Friday, March 6, 2015

Currently Loving

I had no trouble pulling together a 'currently loving' post this month as I am using these products all the time at the moment!  It's serious love

First up is a new youtube discovery/favourite.  I've started watching Sharon Farrell's youtube videos obsessively!  Last time I was in Cairo a couple of weeks ago, everytime I had some downtime I was watching her tutorials.  She is really easy to watch, is super personable and her make up looks are incredible-especially her eye looks.  I hope she comes back to Dubai as I know she was here earlier this year and met up with Simone

I definitely recommend subscribing to both Sharon and Simones youtube channels!

On to make up faves and my first is a new launch in the MAC Prep and Prime family and it's their 24hr Extend Eye Base.  This is a really thick, very silicone-y eye primer and you need a tiny bit to cover both eyelids pre shadow application.  It dries instantly and isn't sticky at all and is fantastic for making eyeshadow last the distance.  I always use an eyeshadow primer and this is my favourite to date.

I don't often feature a haircare product but my hairdresser recommended the Kerastase Ciment Theramique after I was moaning how knotty and tangled my hair gets.  I would never have thought of putting a cream on my hair because I would think it would be too heavy for my fine locks but this styling cream makes such a difference to my hair.  I use a small amount-not much bigger than the size of a 20p piece and rake it through wet hair and then blow dry as usual.  My hair feels smoother, gets less tangled and feels stronger.  Marketed as a 'blowdry primer' it also protects from heat damage.  It's expensive but I need so little that the tube will probably last me at least 6 months if not longer.  It's the only product I am using religiously at the moment.

My skin has been playing up terribly, since I had surgery last year my skin is all over the place which makes me so miserable about it.  I am suffering terribly from hormonal breakouts around my jawline.  The Origins Out Of Trouble mask has definitely helped-every time I use it my skin looks calmer the next day and it seems to ward off some lurking breakouts.  I've been using it once a week but I might up it to twice a week.  This is an old school clay mask but it does remove easily with water and a flannel.

Lipstick wise I am loving MAC Mineralize Lipstick in Grande Dame-no one seems to talk about this lipstick range but they're so lovely and hydrating and have great pigmentation.  This is a mid toned rosy pink with a very slight frost finish.  You may be able to detect microshimmer on the swatch above but it doesn't translate to the lips.  They're very opaque, creamy and hydrating.  I absolutely love this range and highly recommend checking it out.  You can see it in action on my lips in this Lip Six.

Finally a non beauty fave-I decided to pick up one of the 5 year diaries I have seen floating around and I am really loving filling it in every day.  The questions are wide ranging and diverse and some are definitely harder than others but I can't wait to see how my responses change over the next few years.  Oh gawd I am 35 this month so I will be almost 40 when this finishes!

Music wise I am loving Rhianna and Kanye's new song and also Ellie Gouldings new song from the 50 Shades soundtrack.  Also can't stop listening to Ella Hendersons Chapter One album!

What have you been loving this month?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Sephora eyeshadows-tried and tested!

Sephora Colorful eyeshadow review
Sephora Colorful eyeshadow review

Sephora Colorful eyeshadow review

Sephora Colorful eyeshadow review

Sephora Colorful eyeshadow review

Although Sephora's own brand make up is widely available in some parts of the world (including Dubai where I live), the poor beauty obsessed in the UK have to survive on a daily basis without a Sephora. 

But then the world changed for the better last year and Sephora decided to ship to the UK so I had this great idea of doing a series of posts on Sephora own brand make up so that even if you couldn't see the make up in person you could get an idea of what was the good, bad and the ugly from their range.

And then I wrote this one post last year and then forgot about my 'series'.

So I am back today with a review of another Sephora own brand line and I really really highly recommend these as I love them!

Above you can see the Sephora Colorful Eyeshadows and all the ones I own are from the 'shimmer' range except for the mini Hollywood's Calling which is from the 'mirror' range.  Before I start there is a dizzying array of shades of the Sephora eyeshadows-there are 30 shimmer, 16 mattes, 17 glitters and 8 matte lustre single shades before you even start to contemplate the many palettes they also sell plus the odd limited edition shade they bring out.  Here in Dubai, in store they tend to be either on a tall carousel or laid out on the Sephora counter-but I often find the range overwhelming, confusing as they aren't labelled well and the stock all mixed up.  Bad Sephora.

But that's the only criticism I have of these shadows as they are just fabulous on the eyes.  I can't speak for the matte shades as I am definitely a shimmer girl but they are all so smooth and even to apply.  The pigmentation is great on all the shades I own but the texture is light as a feather.  The staying power is fantastic too, once they're on the eyes they will not crease, fade or dry out until you decide to take them off.  They don't contain any particles or glitter and I would say the texture is more satin finish than a true shimmer.  Having said that, in artificial light they really do look luminous on the eyes.  Blending wise-they're so easy to work with and to build up if you want a more dramatic look.  The colour is also true to the pan.  I literally adore every shade I own.

Size wise, you get slightly more product that you would in say a MAC single eyeshadow-MAC is 0.05oz per pan and Sephora is 0.07oz per pan.  I would love to depot these and have them all together but they don't look as easy to depot as a MAC shadow.

Price wise they retail at $13 which is around £8.50 which I think is really good for something that is such good quality.  Of course don't forget US products have an additional 8% tax and of course the shipping charges to the UK.

This is another product I would highly recommend checking out if you're in a Sephora or if you fancy a little online splurge.

Have you tried any of Sephora's own brand make up line?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lip Six

Happy Monday lipstick lovers!  Here are my last six lip picks!

Top row (L) YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in #12 Corail Fauve (R) Tom Ford lipstick in Indian Rose

Middle row (L) Armani Rouge Ecstacy CC lipstick in #304 Heat (R) Dior Fluid Stick in 872 Mona Lisette

Bottom row (L) Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Electric Pink (R) YSL Rouge Volupte Shine #13 Pink in Paris

My pick of the week?  I am loving the Dior Fluid Sticks again-there were two in last weeks Lip Six as well-they're just so glossy and light on the lips.  Really really love the formula of the Bobbi Brown Art Sticks too and 'Electric Pink' has made it into my handbag.

Which is your favourite?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February empties

Umm hello March, where did you sneak in from??

So yes, here we are in March which is lining up to be a pretty crazy month here in Dubai!  Well the first two weeks are anyway.  I am off to Cairo today so here's a quick post covering off my February empties.

Not many things really stood out to me and I ended up picking two 'standouts' that I have previous featured on my blog and have been constant repurchases.  And they're two drugstore items too!

The first is the Charles Worthington Salon at Home Texturising Spray.  I have tried a load of texturising sprays-everything from Oribe downwards in pricing terms and I keep coming back to this one.  It adds enough 'grit' to my fine hair without being sticky and it also absorbs excess oil.  It smells great and is a bargain at around £6.99

The second is the L'Oreal Absolute make up remover which is a bi phase eye make up remover that gives Lancome Bi Facil a run for its money.  I think I actually prefer it although it has one downside-the product dispenser is really difficult to control meaning a lot of product gets wasted because it just goes everywhere!  But looking online it looks like the packaging may have been redesigned so thumbs up L'Oreal!

Some mini thoughts on the rest:

You can find a review of the Clinique Take The Day Off cleansing balm here-this was my third tub of this and this time I didn't love it as much as previously-my skin is so oily at the moment that it didn't seem to feel as nice.

The Chanel Illusion D'Ombres had dried out and were beyond repair, just cracking as soon as I touched them.  I stored them upside down but that didn't help.  That's a big flaw with this formula although the colour on the lid is pigmented and shimmery.

L'Oreal True Match powder-a bit meh.  Very powdery.

Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen-I had the lightest shade but it was a little yellow toned for me.  Good for undereyes as has a very thin watery texture and blends easily.  The metal tip applicator I can take or leave.

MAC loose blot powder-a decent setting powder-not cakey but not the best oil absorber.

Caudalie Vinosource-reviewed here

Smashbox Photofinish foundation primer light-not as good as the original!!

Have you used any of these products?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre review

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre review

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre review

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre review

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre review

Today I share my thoughts (briefly I promise) on the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre lip glosses.  I think I will let the pictures speak for themselves to be honest-the colour pay off is not what I expected from the colour in the tube which I am really disappointed about.

Candy Darling looks like a glossy red in the tube but is a very sheer pink on application.

Sweet Stiletto looks like a coral toned nude in the tube and actually applies well to the lips with a fairly decent colour payoff.

Hall of Fame looks like a muted pink in the tube but is almost clear on my lips.

I think the formula of these is actually really nice-they're not sticky at all, or too thick and apply very evenly without streaking-they just lack any kind of punch in terms of pigmentation and for that reason I am really disappointed.  Of course you could layer these over a lipstick or liner but personally I prefer not to-I don't like it when applicators pick up lipstick colour as it 'pollutes' the lip gloss in the tube but that might just be me being extra anal!  Sweet Stiletto is a great everyday 'suits everyone' glossy nude but the other two are destined to sit unloved in my stash.