Monday, August 31, 2015

Lip Six

lipstick swatches

Happy Monday!   My friends Dani and Toral have now left Dubai but I had the best time with them last week and having a 4 day weekend has left me refreshed and energised.  Today I am off to Cairo for a few days on a business trip and then I am already planning to basically sleep the whole of next weekend!

Here are my last six lip picks-thanks so much for all the positive feedback last week xx

Top row (L) L'Oreal Le Matte in 108 Matte-r of Fact  (R) Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy in Rebellious Rose

Middle row (L) YSL Gloss Volupte in 202 (review of the formula!)  (R) Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick in Backstage Bambi (review!)

Bottom row (L)  Buxom Full On Lip Cream in Creamsicle (R) MAC Lustre lipstick in Plumful

Which is your favourite?  Don't forget to follow me on snapchat (stadybelle is my username) to see little snippets of my life!

PS-I am thrilled to have been nominated for 'Best International Beauty Blog' in the Bloggers Blog Awards-you can vote for your favourites here.  Massive thanks to Hayley from Tea Party Beauty for all her very hard work with these awards!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Two powders I am currently loving

make up review

I was thinking today 'what can I blog about that I don't talk about a lot'?  I do tons of lipstick and eyeshadow posts and I wanted to shake it up a bit so I thought I'd talk about a couple of powders that I am in love with at the moment.

make up for ever super matte loose powder

make up for ever super matte loose powder

First up is the Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Powder.  This is my daily make up setting powder at the moment and I like to apply it with the Marc Jacobs The Face 1 brush (pictured-dirty sorry) which is brilliant for powder.  Don't be put off by the name, I wouldn't say this is 'super matte'.  I think that implies it would be heavy and chalky but this is an incredibly lightweight and finely milled powder that is barely detectable on the skin.  It never looks cakey and does control oil well-not all day for me because I have naturally oily skin but I don't need to touch up til lunchtime.  I use the translucent shade but it comes in two darker shades as well.  I did expect it to be very very matte given the name but I like the feel and the finish on the skin a lot.

Hourglass ambient lighting powder in ethereal light review

Next up is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal light.  I haven't tried one of these Ambient Lighting Powders yet that I haven't loved and I own 5 of the 6 produced.

I am sure you have heard of these finishing powders but in case you haven't they are a collection of six universally-flattering finishing powders that recreate the most flattering lighting effect on your skin.  They would be a 'last step' in your make up routine, swirled over the skin to diffuse and soften the way light reflects on your skin.

I can't believe I don't seem to have ever written a review about these but Dim Light and Diffused Light are both amazing and the ones I have used up.  I'd always sort of avoided Ethereal light thinking it might look a bit sallow on my skin and possibly a bit chalky.  Hourglass describe it as 'An opalescent sheer, cool white powder that mimics a moonlit glow, even in broad daylight'. 

What made me take it out of my stash was seeing two Youtubers using this powder to set the concealer under their eyes.  This struck me as a good idea so I dug it out and dusted it off.  It's such a good powder for setting concealer.  It's incredibly finely milled and brightening and leaves no chalkiness on the skin.  I use it mainly for setting concealer using a Real Techniques setting brush but on the days I don't wear bronzer I swirl it over my skin after powder to diffuse soft lines and pores.  If you're not a powder lover these could just change your mind. 

Personally, I've always been a powder fan and these two are very much loved in my routine at the moment.

Friday, August 28, 2015

New in-Chloe 'Carlina' sunglasses

I know usually you tune in here to read about make up or skin care but today I thought I might share a recent purchase of one of my other passions-sunglasses!  (NB I also like shoes, diamonds and handbags)

I had seen these sunglasses whilst browsing Nordstrom and ran them past my personal style adviser Lis to see what she thought. Lis and I have fairly similar taste so I am always whatsapping her going 'what do you think of this'? but the trouble is always encourages me to purchase! 

These are the ChloĆ© Carlina 60mm sunglasses in the green/gold shade and I bought them in store at Nordstrom in LA recently.  They also come in a grey and bronze shade but the green was subtle and something unique in my collection.  They're oversized, extremely lightweight and I love the almost 60's feel to them.

I'm so pleased I bought them and I got great feedback when I posted a picture of me wearing them on instagram.  The other trouble is, I really want the ChloĆ© Danae sunglasses too now.

Living in a hot country is the best excuse I can think of for lusting after so many sunglasses!  Totes justifiable.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

US drugstore delights

So I have already shared a few US drugstore disappointments from my trip to the States and today it's time to share some of the drugstore delights I have discovered so far!

L'Oreal had some great bits-first up is the L'Oreal Magic Lumi light infusing primer.  This is my absolute favourite from all the things I bought and I have developed an obsession.  This is a pearlised white liquid primer that adds an amazing glow to the skin.  It's very very similar to MAC Strobe Liquid but not as 'on speed' as the Strobe Liquid.  It's lightweight and can be used as a primer, mixed with foundation or as a spot highlighter.  Foundation sits really well over it and it makes me feel like I look awake and glowy.  I bought 4.  In terms of glow I would say MAC Strobe cream is the most glowy, then this and then something like the Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base is the most subtle of this type of product.

Also from L'Oreal is the Magic Lumi Highlighter in Light.  It's a twist up pen concealer that gives YSL Touche Eclat a run for it's money.  It's really good for highlighting under the eye and disguising dark circles.  It blends easily and doesn't crease.

Finally from L'Oreal is a new release that I don't think is available yet in the UK or Dubai.  The Le Matte lip crayons are really good matte lip products.  They're long lasting and non drying and really pigmented.  I picked up Matte-r of fact and Mad for matte and love both.  A couple of downsides-personally I find the tip of the crayon quite difficult to control and I recommend using a lip liner first and then for really precise application, a lip brush dipped into the crayon to apply.  Secondly, Walgreens stuck a very sticky sticker on the lid of the crayon which is a nightmare to get off and leaves the pen sticky and dirty.  Little things like that can really put me off using a product.

The Essie Gel Setter top coat is brilliant for extending the life of my manicure.  It adds a really glossy finish to nails and since using it I haven't had one chip.

Last up are the Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder eyeshadows.  I bought the shades Bella Bronze and Bella Sand.  The first time I used them I wasn't very impressed, feeling they were a bit dry in texture.  But since I have gotten back to Dubai I have been using them a lot and really like them.  They literally last all day, there is very little fallout and the pigmentation is excellent.  Bella Bronze is such a stunning reddy brown colour with complex microshimmer embedded into it too.  I'm loving this type of shade at the moment.

Have you tried any of these drugstore delights?

Monday, August 24, 2015

Lip Six

So yesterday, James my assistant (and beauty blog critic extraordinaire) told me my blog was being 'very predictable' and I think he was specifically relating to this post-my weekly Lip Six.

So I am open to feedback-has lip six had its day?  Should I stop doing these posts?  What else would you like to see here on my blog?  I have always been good at taking constructive criticism so hit me with it!

In the meantime, here are my last 6 lip picks.

lipstick swatches

Top row (L) Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Lost Cherry (review!)  (R)  MAC Lustre lipstick in Lustering

Middle row (L) Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in 42 (R) Dior Rouge Dior Brillant in Miss (review!)

Bottom row (L) MAC Lustre lipstick in See Sheer  (R)  Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Pink Pong (review here and here!)

Mini rave about Pink Pong-I wore it to a baby shower on Saturday and it is such an amazing liquid lipstick-it lasts forever and does not budge.  I raved about it on Snapchat (add me-Stadybelle!) and am I so in love again with this hot pink!

Which is your favourite?  And do let me know if you think Lip Six should be discontinued?

Have a great week!  My best friend Danielle arrived today so we're having dinner and drinks at Buddha Bar tonight-I think Pink Pong may make another appearance!