Friday, October 28, 2016

Back To MAC-So Chaud

MAC So Chaud

MAC So Chaud

I had a pretty good idea when I picked this up it wasn't going to suit me.  I hate bigging myself up but I am relatively lucky that I can wear most shades of lipstick but this one just seemed that bit too orange.  In fact, I think the photo below, although unfiltered and in natural light actually plays down the orange in it because it is quite stark.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

More Make Up Geek.....

make up geek eyeshadow review
make up geek eyeshadow review

I've spoken highly about Make Up Geek eyeshadows before-they really are a brand that deserve all the hype they get and they are at a price point that I think can just not be beaten-I actually think I love them more than some of my MAC shadows-I haven't come across a dud in the range yet.


Monday, October 24, 2016

Lip Six

Happy Monday!


Sunday, October 23, 2016

All about the base

These 7 base products are giving me life right now.  My skin has been much clearer since I have been on the hormone replacement medication but I still have blemish scars and my undereyes are forever dark and wrinkled!


Friday, October 21, 2016

Currently Loving-October 2016

Picking my current faves this month was easy.  If you're a regular reader some of the things in this post you'll be bored of me going on about but this is a favourites post and these are my favourites.....

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

September empties

Lots of good skincare empties, a much loved lip pencil and a surprise discovery are in my empties for last month so lets crack on.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Lip Six

lipstick swatches

Happy Monday!  I think I am finally getting better after my sickness last week but I am super happy with how last weeks trip to Cairo went.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light

I like Hourglass products-a lot-even though they haven't featured a huge amount here on my blog.  But I own a ton of them.  I've resisted every other holiday palette previously released though, because I have found that I owned a lot of the powders that were included.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Dubai make up haul

I bought all the things.   Again.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The review: Rodial Bee Venom Cleansing Balm

Rodial Bee Venom Cleansing Balm

I'm so sad I have just finished up this cleanser!  I've actually loved everything I have tried from Rodial so far-I've written about loving the Super Acids X-treme Pore Shrink Cleansing Pads and the Dragons Blood Hyaluronic range is absolutely lovely.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Lip Six

Happy Monday and hello from Cairo!  I am here on an absolutely manic trip-my boss Raj is also travelling with me and I am sure he is going to be shocked how busy we're going to be!

Here are my last six lip picks:

Top row: MAC Amplified lipstick in Impassioned // Burberry Lip Cover lipstick in Blush

Middle row: Huda Beauty Liquid Matte in Cheerleader (review!) // Buxom Cream lipgloss in Berry Blast

Bottom row: Tom Ford Lip Colour Sheer in Paradiso // NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel

Which is your favourite?


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Autumnal lips/Standard FOTD right now

I started preparing this post as a 'lipsticks for Autumn/Fall' post-nothing groundbreaking or initiative but some solid berry lip options as the weather starts to cool (although 'cooling' is relative depending on where you are in the world-less than 40 degrees in Dubai is a win)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tarte Tarteist lip paint in Love Spell and lip crayon in Magic Wand

Tarte Tarteist lip paint in Love Spell and lip crayon in Magic Wand
Tarte Tarteist lip paint in Love Spell and lip crayon in Magic Wand
Tarte Tarteist lip paint in Love Spell and lip crayon in Magic Wand

I'm really into bold lips at the moment.  I think there is power in bright lipsticks-I think I always feel more alive, more confident and look more awake when I wear bright colours.

These two Tarte products were a birthday gift from my beautiful Tasha and I thought I would dedicate a whole post to them, especially as Tarte is a little more accessible in the UK via QVC and rumour has it that it's about to drop in Dubai too.

I recently reviewed another lip product from Tarte-the Glossy Lip Paint in Goals and I really really love it.  It's such a great, everyday, easy to wear gloss.

The lip crayon is a twist up, thin nibbed liner.  It's creamy and applies really smoothly.  The shade is really pigmented and very long lasting.  My only criticism is that I feel like the nib is not quite fine enough to get a very precise line-it's not horrible by any means but I find my pencil liners easier to work with.  But the colour is a bold fuchsia that pairs well with a lot of my bright pink lipsticks.

The Lip Paint is so smooth and velvety to apply-it's almost mousse like and like nothing I have ever used before.  It feels so lightweight on the lips yet is completely opaque and it's not drying at all for a matte liquid lipstick.  I adore the colour-it's a punchy fuchsia and when I wore this on snapchat one day so many people asked me what it was.  But it is very dupeable...I can pretty much go to my lipstick stash and pull out 5 dupes in different textures.

And there is one more 'but' with this formula-it never dries down so it is so so transferable.  It goes all over drinking glasses, I even had it on my hands and at one point in the day I had it on my chin!  It's definitely a high maintenance formula which is a) unusual for a liquid lipstick and b) not ideal on busy days when you don't want to/don't have the time to check your face for lipstick smudges.

How high maintenance are you with your lipstick?  Are you a swipe and go girl who reapplies sans mirror or are you a liner and lip brush girl who always wants a perfect pout?


Sunday, October 2, 2016

Disappointing Products #8

disappointing make up products

I've been stashing away some products that I've found really disappointing and thought I would share my thoughts with you today.

1-Guerlain Cils D'Enfer (Maxilash) Waterproof

I was 100% expecting to love this mascara from Guerlain.  I had read rave reviews all over the bloggersphere and I personally loved the Le 2 mascara from Guerlain so I was actually shocked at how much I disliked this mascara and my dislike was for one reason only.  I was constantly removing black spots from my cheeks.  The formula hadn't dried out and it applied so nicely, giving me voluminous and long lashes but I just couldn't keep it from flaking all over my cheeks every day.

2-Dior Forever and Ever Control Loose Powder

I did a mini review of this powder back in May and I was a bit undecided about it then-initially hating it and then making it work but now I am back to hating it.  But it really does make my skin look so dry and cakey and almost floury when I use it.

3-Dolce and Gabbana Mono Perfect in Desert and Gold Dust

I reviewed these single mousse-y shadows last year and initially they were brilliant-but they completely dried out, becoming cracked and hard and unusable.  I've been stashing these for absolutely ages to put into a disappointing products post so it's not just that they're now 18 months old-these became terrible after literally a few weeks.  The design of the pot is also unfriendly-I am not a big fan of dipping my finger in pots of eyeshadow anyway but the design of this shadow pot needs to be flatter and more user friendly.

4-Becca Under Eye Corrector

A recent purchase, spurred on by the launch of Becca in Dubai (finally) but I just can't get this to work for me-it settles in all my lines and I find the texture very sticky.  It definitely works better when I warm it up with my fingers but I find even when I use a tiny amount it creases on me.  I'm sure it will work better on people with less lined under eyes but it emphasises dryness I didn't even know I had on me.

5-L'Oreal Infallible 24 hr Lip Colour

This is one of the worst lip products I have ever tried.  It's a liquid lipstick with a conditioning balm to apply over the top.  The liquid part applies really nicely, it has a long doe foot applicator which makes it easy to apply-and initially the colour is even, pigmented and glossy.  But it feels horrible on the lips, even with the conditioning balm over the top.  The lipstick itself is so sticky and really pulls at the lips, sucking out the moisture.  The conditioning balm removes the colour from the lips, leaving just my liner behind.  As it dries down, the colour actually starts to flake off the lips and it highlights every single line on my lips.  It fades so unevenly and unattractively.  I am not a fan.

6-Bite Honey Lip Lacquer in Cienna

It's a little unfair to include this as Bite have discontinued this formula but it's a really horrible product.  The formula is thick and sticky but I could forgive that if the pigmentation was good and the lacquer was long lasting.  But the pigmentation is so poor, you really need to work to get any colour at all-and this is a lacquer not a gloss so it isn't supposed to be a sheer wash of colour.  Marc Jacobs do a brilliant lip lacquer if you prefer that heavier gloss texture.  Having said that, this is the first 'bad' Bite product I have tried and I am usually a big fan of their products.

Have you tried any of these products?

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