Friday, August 18, 2017

I'm not in love


Sunday, August 13, 2017



Friday, May 12, 2017

'Designer' items blogsale

Hello again :))

Two posts in one day-it's a miracle!

Here are some other items from my collection I am selling.  I apologise for the quality of the photos but time is not my friend right now.

I am more than happy to provide more detail, closer photos etc of all items-am quite happy to whatsapp details/photos/videos to anyone interested,

Thanks for reading and please feel free to message me on here, email, instagram or twitter :))

Chanel Wallet On Chain // Classic black quilted lambskin // Silver hardware // Original box // Original dustbag // Original receipt // Used a couple of times, in immaculate condition // Bought Chanel Store Dubai Mall // Please message me for price  SOLD

Brand new, never used, perfect condition Burberry black grained leather Baynard tote (exact specification and size here)

Bought Burberry Dubai Mall, never ever used, in original dust bag, original receipt included

Selling for AED3500 // £700  (bought for AED4800 // £1000)

Victoria Beckham python skin clutch with fuchsia trim, small size, original receipt and dust bag included.  Never used
Gold hardware
Selling for £300 // AED1500 (purchase price £495 from My Theresa-invoice included)

Louis Vuitton Logo Mania scarf in Pearl Gray.  Worn a couple of times.  One tiny pull in it but you'd have to be really looking to see it-other than that it is in immaculate condition.  Original receipt included, bought from LV store
Dimensions/ details here
Selling for £190

Louis Vuitton So Glitter Monogram stole..  Beautiful but never used hence selling.  Full details/size etc here
Original receipt, bought from LV in Dubai
Selling for £300 (purchase price was AED2810 / £600)

Jimmy Choo 'Valley' suede and gold slingbacks // Never worn // Size 39 // True to size // Bought net A Porter // Proof of purchase from my NAP account //  In original box with dustbag // Selling for £150

Small size orange/red Tory Burch cross body bag // No receipt // Never used // £50

LK Bennett 'Annina' shoulder bag in Winter White // light usage // excellent condition // soft leather // original receipt // dust bag // Selling £100 (cost £245)

Brand new never used Lulu Guinness glitter lipstick pouch // no receipt but original box // Bought for £95 from Lulu Guinness Dubai store // £50  //

  • Height: 16.0cm
  • Width: 23.0cm
  • Depth: 10.0cm

Thanks for reading xx

Friday, March 17, 2017

4 things I'm using right now #9

Givenchy Teint Couture Balm

Here's my 9th snapshot/mini review of 4 things I'm using regularly right now.

The Givenchy Teint Couture Balm is not my usual type of foundation.  I've not dabbled in Givenchy foundations before because I always find the shades a bit too dark for me.  This product came to my attention via Sali Hughes-she wrote about it and I really trust her opinion.  The formula is quite a dense cream but the coverage is light to medium at best.  I tend to use this at the weekend when I want a lighter base and I do like it.  I am using the shade 3 Nude Sand which is a surprisingly good match for me and rather than adding colour to the face, the formula just seems to even everything out.  Having said that, this is a glowy base that I need to set with powder and re-powder a couple of times a day.  It's a bit heavier than a tinted moisturiser but a lot less than my usual full coverage week day base.  I just whack it on with my fingers and smooth out.

Becca Backlight Priming Filter

Adding to the glowy base the Givenchy offers, I have been using the Becca Backlight Priming Filter after I finished up using the Marc Jacobs coconut face primer (which is hands down the best primer I have ever tried).  This primer from Becca has a slightly thicker cream texture and a definite peachy undertone to it.  The peach tone isn't visible on the skin but it definitely imparts a glow/luminosity to the skin.   The Marc Jacobs primer has a slight tackiness to it which I believe helps foundation to stick longer and I don't feel the same tackiness with this primer.  But it definitely gives the skin a more radiant, soft focus look and it seems to work well with any of the foundations I have tried over it.   There's a lot of positive hype around this primer-I just don't love it as much as I did with the Marc Jacobs.  I would say if you have very dry, dull skin this is a good option, otherwise I would go for the Marc Jacobs.

Kate somerville Oil Free Moisturizer

This is my second experience with the Kate Somerville range-and my first experience was not a positive one.  The Goats Milk cream broke me out really badly, and I donated it to my mum.  I'm happy to say that this Oil Free Moisturizer is much more agreeable to my skin.  I bought this cream before I went through the menopause and my skin was a bit oilier and it's probably not something I would pick up now-but that doesn't mean I don't like it.  I love the hygienic dispenser of this moisturiser even though the packaging is a bit chunky.  This is a really light, unfragranced cream that absorbs instantly, providing just enough hydration.  There's no greasy residue left behind and it seems to even out the skin.  It's a great base for make up and doesn't destabilize anything you place over the top of it. 

Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Liner

The Trish McEvoy Intense Gel Liner is immense.  I have the shade Deep Aubergine and it was included in a Trish McEvoy gift set and wouldn't be something I would usually pick up.  Deep Aubergine is a very dark blackened purple colour-it really pulls out green tones in my eyes.  The formula is so smooth and almost fluid for a pencil liner.  I love the fact this is much softer than black and is so easy to work with.  I'm tempted to get more!

I'd love to know if you have tried any of these products and how they're working for you!


Monday, March 13, 2017

The Dream


As I write this post I am currently on a flight to Cairo and I am typing it into a Notes app on my phone.  I'm pretty sure the creepy guy sat next to me is reading over my shoulder as I type as well.

Scrolling through twitter this morning I saw a tweet that jumped out at me.  And it stuck in my head and through the day all these thoughts have been popping up at me.  Then, I was having another (whatsapp) conversation with a friend this morning and she said to me 'Just enjoy life Stacey, don't worry about the little things. Do all the things you've dreamed of now not tomorrow...'

And that made me think even more during the almost 4 hour flight (I'm a big thinker) 'what is the dream'?

Now I'll be honest, I like my blog posts to normally end with a conclusion-a decision made on whether I like a product or don't or, if it's a personal post, a summary of what I am going to focus on/change/start.  This post isn't going to have a conclusion because I still haven't decided.

I've spent the first 3 months of 2017 telling people 'the dream' this year is to go to Paris in Spring and buy a Chanel handbag.  I felt like that was the way to best 'celebrate' what I achieved last year professionally as it was my best year ever, but also to 'celebrate' surviving the challenges last year threw at me-the breakdown and break up of a 13 year relationship, a secondary diagnosis, further surgery and the menopause which really hit me like a charging rhino.  I felt like I deserved it.  I still feel like I deserve it.  And I wanted to do Paris in the spring because that really sounded like the dream-I want to go with Dani my best friend and enjoy dappled sunshine, cafes, wandering the streets in pastel colours (me not Danielle, she'd rather die than wear pastel) and practising my French on any poor French person who will listen.  I wanted to stroll along the Champs-Élysées and take so many Instagrammable photos I'd struggle to choose what to post.  I wanted to visit Chanel (and maybe Dior) and buy 'the' bag and then skip out, black and white Chanel bag in hand, full of the joys of Parisian joie de vivre.  And in all honesty, the trip to Paris still feels like the dream.  I would love it.  I haven't had a holiday since July 2015.  I have visited the UK but any expat will tell you, going home isn't a 'holiday' because you get pulled (and want to be) in a million directions trying to catch up with everyone who is important to you.

But Chanel?  And here's where the story might get a bit controversial and this is NOT a dig at anyone at all, this is my own personal thoughts.  And something I am still completely undecided on.  I own two Chanel WOCs-one is brand new, still in the box and has been for 2 years.  The other I have used maybe 3 times.  The thing I use from Chanel the most is my Chanel card holder and that was a gift from Danielle.   I'm actually thinking of selling them both WOC's to put the money towards something I would use more. But why am I thinking of buying more Chanel if I don't use what I have? 

To me Chanel is the most luxe I would buy without stepping into Hermes (and personally, I'm not going there).  A Chanel bag was always, in my mind the symbol of success.  But I now feel like it's losing its exclusivity a bit.  It seems to be becoming more and more mainstream (I feel) with seemingly every twenty something YouTuber I watch owning multiple Chanel bags.  Now again, please please please do not think I am making a statement of hate, jealousy or being snide here-I watch Lydia, Victoria, Claire and Tamara (to name a few of the UK based bloggers) and I absolutely enjoy their content.  They all have completely different backgrounds and I am a big believer of you don't know what goes on behind closed doors.   You can see how hard some of these girls work because they're constantly on the go, churning out content.  Some of them have agents, brokering deals behind the scenes and a lot of what you see is, I suspect bought with discounts, gift vouchers or is simply gifted directly.  Some of it is just bought with cold hard cash they have earned.  I'm not touching on disclosure here, that's a whole different topic, I'm simply saying that it's important to keep perspective that this is their job, we see a tiny fraction of their lives, we don't know their financial backgrounds or situation and therefore we have no right to judge and that not everyone can 'become' a YouTuber who spends their days being dressed in Dior, Chanel, Gucci etc.  These girls have wardrobes that are completely unattainable for me-and I'm a 36 year old investment banker. It's important to retain perspective.  These girls make it look effortless and easy-who wouldn't want paid trips to the Maldives, to attend exclusive events held by luxury brands and to collaborate with a promote these luxury brands?  But it's not 'normal' and sometimes I worry that viewers may start to feel inadequate if they can't afford the lifestyle some of the big youtubers enjoy.  Sometimes, no matter how hard you work, you won't have the opportunities you see Youtubers getting.  Maybe I overthink these things-maybe young girls are savvy enough to separate youtube life and what they see in a 20 minute 'luxury' vlog from the reality of most peoples daily lives.   But I hold my hands up and say I do watch their content avidly and I do lust after certain bags-and that's why big brands are working with these girls.  But honestly, the vast rate at which some of these girls are accumulating luxury, designer handbags is starting to feel uncomfortable.  My YouTube subscription feed is filled with unboxings and luxury hauls and 'come shopping with me at X luxury store'

But back to me.  I am questioning if I am falling for this very consumerist, materialistic 'I must have designer to show I too can have my Instaglam life'.  Is it the dream or is it just what I am being told is the dream?  I genuinely haven't decided. 

Then there is the minefield of which Chanel bag I would buy if I did go.  And here's where I have actually made a decision.  I'm going to stop listening to everyone elses opinions and chose what I like.  I've had conversations in real life and online where people have said 'oh I don't like that style of bag' or that colour/material/size and I've made a mental note that I mustn't then buy that bag-that's just insane!  If I'm going to drop a toe curling amount of money on a square piece of leather I am going to god damn love it.  Other people's opinions don't and can't matter in a purchase like this.  I mean, yes I will do my research into the bag-see if people who actually own it dislike anything in particular about it so I can make a sound decision that it's the right bag for me. 

Longer term and being more 'deep' for a moment, I know that I need in invest some time working out what is 'the dream' ultimately.  I've lived in Dubai almost 12 years now.  I honestly thought I would be married and have children.  The dream would be based around my hopes for my children and giving them the best life possible, making memories and not necessarily buying things.  Taking photos of everything and making old fashioned scrap books of our adventures.  But that's not the way life panned out.

At the start of each year I write down 3 mantras I want to work towards that year-they might be a single word or they might be a phrase.  One of the three things I wrote down at the start of the year this year was 'make more memories not buy more things'.  And that's why Julie's tweet stood out to me so much today because it reminded me of one of my mantras for the years.

This 'dream' though kind of encapsulates both.

I honestly don't know whether I will take the trip to Paris and buy the Chanel.  If I don't do it by May, I feel like I am unlikely to do it at all.  Part of me thinks 'just do it, you deserve it, go and make memories/treat yourself', the other part of me thinks I should be more sensible and save that money for some yet undetermined event in the future.  It's that feeling of 'screw it, you only get one life' versus 'am I doing this for the right reasons'? 

I also fully accept that it could be pouring with rain in Paris in May and that the SA in Chanel could potentially be rude as hell and I wouldn't enjoy the shopping experience!  The other thing I lack at the moment is the time to plan the trip-to research properly where I want to stay, to shop and to eat-because eating is important in Paris and I want all the excellent French food. 

As an aside, I did spend the whole weekend thinking I was going to stop blogging.  Temporarily at first until my exams are done in July but maybe if I didn't miss it, just stop altogether.  I really do love Instagram and feel sometimes you can make a point more easily there than in a blog post.  It's 'lazier' and it's easier.  And it takes so much time to do good blog content and although I believe I have a valid voice I'm just not 'big' enough even after 4.5 years to get the views I think that effort actually warrants.  But a strange thing happened.  I got a flurry of comments on my last two posts over the weekend. And it made me feel kind of 'valid' again. 

If I have learned one thing about all these jumbled up thoughts today it's that I am going to focus on doing things that make me happy.  I don't need to please or impress anyone else.  I also don't need to justify myself to anyone.  I won't be ashamed of liking a bag because I've seen it on social media.  I'm not in competition with anyone.  I'm going to do me.  And I don't need a designer handbag for the Instagram post.  I think I am quite a 'real' person, I've blogged about difficult times and on my instastories I try to be positive but also real.

And that's why I need to be sure about this purchase-that it really is going to reflect surviving 2016 to me and not just be a way to boost my own self esteem through an Instagram post.  Every blogger has done it, everyone wants to create content others like.  I openly admit, I sometimes need validation that people like me.  Even though I am a grown up, I have massive insecurities about pretty much everything about me.  It's my birthday this weekend and I am hugely excited but at the back of my mind I am already thinking of the photos I want to take and have you seen my friends???  They're all god damn goddesses.  I'm going to look horrendous next to them.

But Instagram isn't really validation and it shouldn't really be a measure of validation-because people are liking the content they see on the screen not necessarily the person behind it.  Those likes on an Instagram post are a very temporary high.

I would love love love it if you shared your thoughts on any of the above-I know it was a bit all over the place and covers a few different streams of thought but if you have any thoughts on my thoughts I'd love to hear them!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

I really like this cleanser but....

Let's be honest, a Caroline Hirons cleanser collaboration was also going to interest me-she's the reason my skincare routine looks the way it does and she brought double cleansing, a deeper knowledge about acids and a love for facial spritzes into my life.

I asked my friend Sydney to pick this up for me when she was in London and I started using it almost immediately, shunning other cleansers in my stash to jump onto the bandwagon.  It was also the reintroduction of double cleansing back into my routine because I had admittedly gotten a bit lazy with my cleansing and my skin really does benefit from taking that extra time and effort and doing a proper double cleanse.

I won't ramble on and on because I am sure the internet is flooded with bloggers reviewing this but the concept is simple-a solid cleansing oil on one side and a nourishing thick cleansing cream on the other.  50ml of each in one solid round tub-good for travelling as it's everything you need to break down make up and grime and then treat the skin.

I really like it.  The solid oil literally melts on the skin and you can get a really good facial massage because of the 'slip' in the oil. It contains Vitamin E, Camellia Oil and Evening Primrose Oil and it feels really lovely on the skin as well as being very effective.  It rinses easily but I do use a damp flannel to ensure it's all removed.

I then pat my skin dry and massage in the cleansing cream.  This to me, feels luxurious and nourishing.  It contains Vitamin C which my skin really likes and is good for brightening and Arginine which improves elasticity.

After cleansing my skin just feels clean, balanced and nourished and when using this cleanser I did not get one spot.  My skin literally welcomed it with open arms.

The only downside?  I feel you get such a small amount of product and I went through the cleansing oil in almost exactly one month.  I still have some of the cream left but I felt I went through the balm at lightening speed.  I probably could have used less but I don't feel I was overly generous in my usage and I have a big face ok?

But that is literally the only downside.  I want to repurchase it.  I really rate it and it's probably my favourite cleanser I have tried in a while.

I'd love to know if you have also tried this cleanser and if you agree with me!


Friday, March 10, 2017

Three mascaras currently on rotation


Monday, March 6, 2017

Lip Six

Happy Monday!

This week I've been loving:

  • The fact it's March becasue March is my birthday month and therefore March is always awesome.

  • The gym-yes I have become that person.  Last week I did 2 body pump classes, a spinning and a step class-they were all fab!  

  • Dubai restaurant week-apparently this happens every year but I only learned about it this year.  A ton of swanky restaurants put on a specially curated 3 course menu for AED199.  I went to Gordon Ramsey's Bread Street Kitchen with my friend Lisa and Rib Room at Emirates Towers with the girls on Saturday.  Both really good value but Bread Street Kitchen was definitely a clear winner for the food and service.

Here are my last six lip picks:

Top row (L) MAC Huggable Lip Color in Feeling Amorous (review!) (R) Tom Ford Lips and Boys in Jake (review!) (I adore this lipstick)

Middle row (L) Marc Jacobs Love Marc Matte Lip Gel in Shout (R) Tom Ford Gloss in Peach Absolut

Bottom row (L) Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips in Liv It Up (R) NARS Audacious lipstick in Anna (review!)

Which is your favourite??

My 100th Lip Six giveaway is in it's final week-find out all the details here


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Gucci Beauty Magnetic Color Shadow Quad in Rose Quartz

Gucci Beauty Magnetic Color Shadow Quad in Rose Quartz swatches
Gucci Beauty Magnetic Color Shadow Quad in Rose Quartz
Gucci Beauty Magnetic Color Shadow Quad in Rose Quartz
Gucci Beauty Magnetic Color Shadow Quad in Rose Quartz


Monday, February 27, 2017

Lip Six


Sunday, February 19, 2017

January empties

Let's start this post with a cliché-how is it the middle of February already?  Maybe I am just getting old but time is flying by!

My January empties are an equal mix between skincare and make up and there's some great products in here I am sad to say goodbye to!

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy AM Gel Cream-longest name ever but I did enjoy using this light, non sticky eye gel.  it's quite hydrating for a gel and absorbs quickly meaning you can follow up with make up immediately.  I think I might need to start opting for heavier formulas than this going forward given I am in late thirties territory but 20-30's might love this.

MAC Prep and Prime Blemish Control Gel-This is probably my 4th tube of this, it's a brilliant spot zapper with a hefty dose of salicylic acid.  I love it.

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel-Another Elemis product I love, this cream mask contains AHA's to chemically exfoliate with natural fruit acids.  It can tingle a bit but this is one of the milder AHA products and should be fine even for sensitive skin.  It doesn't dry down, you just apply to dry skin for ten minutes and rinse off with a damp flannel for glowing smooth skin.
Glamglow Powercleanse-I loved this dual cleanser and reviewed it in full here.  It's a mud and oil in one and the ultimate lazy girls double cleanse.

SKII Eye Mask-I liked these under eye saturated fiber masks but I didn't see a significant improvement considering the price.  These come in a box of either 8 or 12 and are individually packaged.  I feel like I get the same result from the Sephora eye masks from a fraction of the price.

Lancome Hydra Zen moisturisor-Although this was only a deluxe sample size I wanted to include this because this was a moisturisor I hadn't used for years but I really love.  The gel texture of the cream feels so soothing on the skin and it instantly calms redness and stressed out skin.  I can't smell it now because of my anosmia but I remember it haven't a really beautiful, soft, sweet, relaxing fragrance when I used it years ago.
Too Faced Hangover Primer-I raved about this primer because I thought it was amazing but then I started using the Marc Jacobs Coconut Face Primer and I utterly loved it.  The Too Faced primer is good though-it has a nice 'tack' to it to keep make up on and make up sits really nicely over it.  But the Coconut Primer from Marc Jacobs is just lush.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation-I loved this.  It has a great density and offers great coverage without settling in pores.  It really smoothes out the skin and lasts a good amount of time on me.  It applies equally well with fingers, a brush or beauty blender although I prefer to use the beauty blender or hands.  I think I would repurchase this again

Trish McEvoy 24 hour eye shadow and liner-If you haven't heard me rave about these where have you been??  I've done a detailed review here.  They're in my top 5 all time favourite beauty products.  I recently restocked on 5 more in London.  This shade was Smoky Quartz and is a beautiful taupey purple shade and it is perfection.  I highly highly recommend.
MAC Woodwinked-My all time favourite eyeshadow, I love this warm bronzey shade all over the lid.  This shadow was super creamy and easy to blend and so pigmented.  I of course repurchased, but I have to say I feel like MAC changed the formula??  My new one doesn't seem so velvety or pigmented and I am so disappointed.  I'm using it damp to get the same metallic shine from my finished pan.  Devastated.  MAC, you disappoint me.

Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation in the shade Exposed-I love these blushes for their staying power.  And Exposed is a very easy nude shade to use that just ties in with every make up look.  If I wear a red lip I would always choose a shade like Exposed because it's a 'nothing but everything' shade.  I wore this obsessively the latter half of last year-it's just an easy (read lazy) choice.

Marc Jacobs (P)outliner in Honey(bun)-I loved this liner from Marc Jacobs beauty and the shade Honey(bun) is brilliant for a nude or coral lip.  It's gel based so it doesn't drag at the lips and the twist up aspect means no sharpening.  I've reviewed this in full here and my thoughts remain the same.
MAC Fix+ No matter how I try to photograph Fix Plus it never looks clear #EpicFail  But I live for this stuff.  Here are two empty bottles-one normal Fix Plus and one Fix Plus I 'enhanced' with MAC pigments in Tan and Vanilla for extra glow.  I spritz it everywhere, before make up, during make up and after make up.  I just think everything sticks better and lasts better with it.  Love love love.

Jo Malone Ginger Biscuit-Another absolute obsession.  I've spoken about this so many times but I adore it.  It's a comforting hug in a bottle.  It's a winter-only scent for me but as December 1st rolls round, my Jo Malone Ginger Biscuit gets cracked open.  Luckily I have a back up-and it's sold exclusively to the Regent Street store in London.

Have you tried any of these products?


Friday, February 17, 2017

Metallic lipstick-trend or foe?

metallic lips


Monday, February 13, 2017

100th Lip Six-and a giveaway!


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Natasha Denona Star Palette


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Currently Loving

This months 'Currently Loving' are all basics that I consider to be essentials in my make up stash-I guess that's what favourites should be all about-the things you can't live without.

Something I dug out of my stash thanks to Marni Keane is the Hourglass Dim Light Ambient Lighting Powder-I had used this before and this was an unopened repurchase.  Marni used it in her Flawless Skin video as a finishing powder buffed all over her face and I loved the way it diffused all her makeup, making sure there were no harsh lines and everything looked perfectly blended.  I've been using it daily since.   It gives a really luminous finish to the skin without adding any additional real colour. 

MAC Cremesheen Glass in Boy Bait has to be the easiest nude gloss in the world to wear and at weekends I am constantly reaching for this.  I tend to layer it with a nude liner like Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk or L'Oreal Beige A Nu but I am equally happy using it alone.  It's non sticky and lasts reasonably well.  I'm going through it rapidly.

So this Tom Ford lipstick in 'Pink Dusk' is brand new but it has been my go to nude for the last few weeks-my first one however met a sad end (see this empties post) and so I repurchased from Heathrow at the end of my Christmas holiday.  This is a beautiful peachy nude that works with every make up look.  And the packaging...well it's just everything you want in a luxury lipstick.

I'm a big fan of all primers whether it be foundation, eyeshadow or in this case the Lancome Cils Booster XL lash primer.  I'm not sure where I picked up this sample but this stuff is awesome for boosting your lashes and keeping the mascara on your lashes.  It's white so you can see it on your lashes, I tend to apply one coat on each eye and then go in with my mascara-the result is more voluminous, longer, lifted lashes.  I'm definitely going to purchase a full size.

I've read so many good things about the Tarte Tarteist mascara but this has been a slow grower for me.  In fact I hadn't used it for a few weeks, but this last week I have been using it daily combined with the Lancome primer above and I have been loving it.  My lashes look so black and so full.  The wand is plastic and packed with short, stubby (but thankfully none scratchy) bobbles and it's really easy to navigate the lashes from root to tip.  Without the primer I do find this mascara does smudge a bit on me but the primer keeps that situation totally in check!  Top marks-every Tarte mascara I have tried has been great!

Have you tried any of these products?  I'd love to know your thoughts!


Friday, February 3, 2017

Two new lipstick launches

I'm a sucker for a new lipstick formula launch.  And I'm a big fan of both Giorgio Armani and YSL lip products so their new additions to my local Sephora had me intrigued-and they're actually both pretty similar!

Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet in 505 Second Skin 

I ended up picking up rosy toned shades in both formulas-not intentionally to be honest but actually it makes a nice comparison between the two.  Something I have found with both forumlas-they're not the easiest to apply straight from the tube.  The Lip Magnet has a pointed 'spade shaped' applicator which picks up slightly too much product and leaves streaks, especially around the outer lip line unless blended really well.  I've found the easiest way to deal with this is to line my lips (MAC Prolongwear liner in 'In Anticipation' goes perfectly with both shades), apply the liquid lipstick and then just use the pencil to smooth out the edges of the lip line again.

The Lip Magnet formula feels quite tacky and it doesn't seem to ever fully set.  The formula is supposed to be matte but I would say this shade has a definite luminosity to it; it's not flat or particularly drying and it does transfer.  What I did find though was it was more drying and likely to cling to dry patches than the YSL.  The pigmentation is excellent considering the fluidity of the formula and it felt very lightweight. 

I think the shade is really versatile and pretty on, but it definitely doesn't last the promised 8 hours on me.  In fact, it failed spectacularly when pitched against pancakes last weekend. 

YSL Vinyl Cream Lip Stain in 412 Rose Mix

Of the two, I did find this one easier to apply.  It has a longer, diamond shaped applicator and it's a little bit easier to work with, probably because the formula is not quite a pigmented as the Armani. But the formula does feel much 'heavier' yet less tacky and it's very comfortable to wear.  It has a much glossier, shinier, vinyl-like finish than the Armani and I did find it to be longer lasting and less likely to cling to drier patches.  However, it reminded me of how the older YSL Vernis a Levres Glossy Stains feel on the lips-I didn't feel much of a difference between those two formulas.   The pigmentation is definitely not as concentrated as the Armani but this formula is very buildable.

If you like liquid lipsticks without that ultra matte look to them then both of these are a good option.  If I had to pick one over the other I would probably go with the YSL because I prefer the feel of it on my lips and the packaging and applicator just nudges ahead of the Armani and I love the glossy finish it gives.


Monday, January 30, 2017

Lip Six

Happy Monday!

This is my 99th Lip Six-which means look out for something special to celebrate next weeks 100th lip six post!

In my mini round up this week the three random things I have been loving this week are:

1-The perfect weather in Dubai.  Bright blue skies, cool breezes and no air con on at home.  I absolutely adore this time of year!

2-Sleep.  I have been utterly exhausted recently but this weekend I caught up on some very much needed rest and I feel ten times better for it!

3-ok actually I couldn't think of a third one...I'm actually feeling quite stressed out at the moment so I will try harder this week to find three things!!

My last six lip picks are:

Top row: (L) Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Love Liberty (review!) (R) Tom Ford Lip Colour Sheer in Incorrigable

Middle row: (L) Dior Rouge Dior in Souveraine (LE) (R) Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy in 104 Skin (review!-I laughed when I read this about my lipstick buying!)

Bottom row (L) NARS Audacious lipstick in Brigitte (review!) (R) YSL Vinyl Cream in 412 Rose Mix

Which is your favourite?


Sunday, January 29, 2017

4 things I am using right now #8

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