Sunday, July 5, 2015

Colour Pop Lippie Stix review

Colour Pop Lippie Stix review

When I did my first Colour Pop order I didn't just buy their eyeshadows.  I also thought I would try two of their Lippie Stix and picked up the shades Easy (above left) and Rocket (above right). 

The Lippie Stix comes in a variety of formulas-matte, satin, cream, hyper glossy and glossy and they all retail at $5.

The packaging does feel quite 'drugstore'-the lipstick is housed in a slim white tube and has a flat rounded nib.

Colour Pop Lippie Stix review

This is really a review of two halves because Rocket (satin) is a great lipstick.  It's a punchy pink colour which applies smoothly and evenly and gives opaque coverage in one pass.  The shape of the bullet actually makes application really easy and I found this formula to be really hydrating, light on the lips and long lasting.

Colour Pop Lippie Stix review

The shade Easy (glossy) however was a different story.  Sadly, the pastel pink shade doesn't suit my skintone at all but the glossy formula was patchy and gathered in all my little lip lines.  It felt very creamy on the lips but the colour moves around quite a lot which didn't help the uneven finish.

There are almost 70 lipsticks on the website to chose from and I definitely give a thumbs up to the satin formula. 

Colour Pop still don't ship to the UK at the moment but if they do ship to where you live I highly recommend checking this brand out.

Friday, July 3, 2015

NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Adoration

NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Adoration review

NARS Dual Intensity Blush in Adoration review

I feel like a million beauty bloggers are going to disown me right now but I am about to say I hate this NARS Dual Intensity Blush in the shade Adoration

When I first saw them online I was like all the heart eyed emojis then when they launched I was a bit like I'm not that wowed but then the make up addict in me got the better of me and I ordered one from Nordstrom.

It's pretty to look at-I like the packaging, I like the pretty embossing and I like the concept.  But the blush itself is just doing nothing for me.

The problem lies in the texture for me-they have the exact same hard texture as the Dual Intensity eyeshadows.  Don't get me wrong, the singles I have of them I love.  As for the Dual Intensity palette-the shades are a bit meh for me but the formula I like.  I use them wet and dry no issues.  But I don't think that concept works for a blush.  There is no way in hell I am putting a damp blusher brush on my cheeks, messing up my foundation after I have spent an age blending it in.

As I can't even contemplate the thought, I have not tried these blushes wet.

My normal MAC 168 blush brush is far too fluffy for this formula and barely picks up any pigment no matter how hard I dig in.  I had to chose a much stiffer brush but even then on the cheeks there wasn't that much pigmentation and it felt uneven and patchy.  And Adoration has a frost finish which is overkill for daytime.  The raspberry pink shade kind of makes me look like I have metallic rosacea and the angel delight pink shade is presumably supposed to be used as a highlight but it's too pink and too frosty for me to pull it off.

As a final insult, the lasting power is awful and it doesn't last on me more than a couple of hours.

I am unsure how NARS got the eyeshadow version formula so right yet the blusher so wrong.  Off the top of my head I can literally name 10 blush formulas that are better than this one and I'll definitely be sending it to a nice new home in my next blogsale.

I would love to know your thoughts on these if you've tried them!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Undecideds #2

This post is dedicated to three products I just can't make my mind up about.

First up, and I know this will be a controversial choice but it's the NARS Dual Intensity palette.  As you can see mine is barely touched.  It's not that I don't like these eyeshadows, infact I have four singular shades that I really love, but the colour combination in this palette doesn't really do it for me.  The three shades from the right on the top row are really the only ones I have touched.  I expected to love this but I'm just not.  Formula wise, it's pretty spot on-pigmented, smooth and long lasting yet the palette remains pretty much unloved.

NARS dual intensity palette swatches

NARS dual intensity palette swatches

Next up is the Guerlain Les Voilettes Mattifying Translucent Loose Powder.  When I first got this I swooned over the golden dome packaging but actually it is the worst packaged powder I have ever used.   Exhibit A below shows just how messy it is and how it gathers at the edges of the compact every time you open it, destined to go all over your black suit.  The powder really is nothing special either and doesn't keep my (albeit oily) skin matte for any decent length of time.  In contrast though, I absolutely loved the compact pressed version of this powder, it's one of the best mattifying touch up powders out there.  I am pretty sure I am nearly finished this loose powder but the neat freak in me alone wouldn't let me repurchase.

Guerlain les voilettes loose powder review

Another controversial one as I haven't seen a bad review of this but I really don't rate the Lancome Grandiose mascara.  I am a big fan of Lancome mascaras in general but everything about this mascara annoys me.  First up the packaging is bulky.  Yes yes, I appreciate the perspex 'floating rose' but the bottom of the mascara tube is bulbous.  I suppose it's to house the ridiculous 'swan neck' wand.  I find this wand really cumbersome to use and don't personally find it any easier to coat my lashes with, in fact I probably find it harder.  The wand is short and I feel like it scratches my lashes a little.  In terms of the formula it's ok-it doesn't smudge or flake at all but it doesn't really do anything for my lashes-it doesn't seem to lengthen or add volume.  It's a no from me.

lancome grandiose mascara review

Are you using anything you're on the fence about?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Lip Six

Happy Monday!  Here is another all MAC lip six following on from my 50th lip six. Don't forget to enter my giveaway to win six lipsticks of your choice from MAC here.

Currently I am somewhere in the States between Chicago and Vegas -check out my instagram and twitter for more accurate updates!

Top row (L) Satin lipstick in Faux  (R) Amplified lipstick in Craving

Middle row (L) Satin lipstick in Retro (R) Cremesheen lipstick in Speak Louder

Bottom row (L) Mineralize rich lipstick in Lush Life (R) Dazzleglass gloss in Steppin Out

Which is your favourite?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

US Sephora wishlist

US Sephora wishlist

For some reason, Mike got upset when people asked us where we were going on holiday and I said Sephora!  Now I am in the States here are some of the products high up on my Sephora wishlist!

Hourglass Modernist Eye Palette in Obscura and Incandescent Light blush:

The reviews of the new Modernist palettes have been somewhat lukewarm but I just can't help wanting to try one!  Obscura is the one that is saying 'buy me'.  Incandescent Light is the newest Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blusher and the one I don't own.  It shall be mine.

Sunday Riley Luna:

My desire for this is sky high and it's been on my wishlist for months.  Not available in Dubai, I will pick this up the moment I see it.

Peter Thomas Roth Retinol Fusion PM:

I had a sample of this night treatment from PTR and it was a game changer for my skin.  Definitely need a full size bottle.  This stuff is amazing on hormonal acne, especially around the jawline.

Kate Somerville RetAsphere Night Cream:

My retinol obsession continues and I want to pick this cream up in particular.  I also want to have a good look at the whole range-my wishlist for the US is quite skincare heavy.

Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo foundation:

Long lasting heavy duty foundations are right up my street.  I was recently reading all the comments on Lauras instagram post about Estee Lauder Double Wear and this foundation got a couple of mentions.  Obviously I have been out and bought Double Wear after Laura raved about it too!

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Rollerball:

Who doesn't love a good rollerball?  I feel like picking up a couple, this Elizabeth and James one and I am sure I'll be spoiled for choice for the second!

Marc Jacobs Mod Noir:

Marc Jacobs newest launch is touted as being gardenia heavy and as a gardenia lover I will be sniffing this one out.

Glamglow PowerCleanser

I am a big fan of GlamGlow masks and I am tempted by their new cleanser range.  Power Cleanse is the one I am most likely to splurge on but I'll be checking out the other two in the range.

Make Up For Ever Nude Palette

I haven't seen this at the Make Up For Ever here in Dubai but this nude palette is being raved about.  I really really like Make Up For Ever single eyeshadows so to have a compact palette would make me very happy!

**There may be other things on my Sephora wishlist but I don't want to look greedy