Monday, 27 April 2015

STELLA BY STELLA MCCARTNEY | EDP + EDT

If you have been reading my blog for sometime now, then you would know that even though I am not fond of anything rose scented, the STELLA by Stella McCartney perfume is probably one of my favourites. I recently ran out and I instantly had to buy it again. I went onto Fragrance Direct, which is one of my favourite sites to shop on and I saw that it was reduced to only just £20! I settled on the 'nude' snake skin print, which was a part of the print collection for 2013(?)
I love the idea of Stella McCartney releasing a print collection, since it adds a little bit of a twist to the design of the perfume however I do not think there was a print collection for 2014. I then saw the new STELLA by Stella McCartney EDT, I have heard so many things already about this perfume, so I decided to add it to my cart too. A little risky, considering I didn't smell it prior to ordering it, but I had a feeling I would really like it.
'The new STELLA Eau de Toilette is inspired by the idea of a 'fresh, dewy rose captured in the morning sun.' The new STELLA EDT is similar to the original STELLA EDP but it is much more lighter and fresher and like any other person, I am terrible at describing scents so here are the notes:
Top - Modern: Fresh mandarin and frozen lemon balanced with watery tones of freesia
Heart- Feminine: Bulgarian rose with crunchy violet leaves and delicate peony petals
Base- Sensual: Amber
Like the original, this stays on all day. I wore it to uni the other day and I have never been asked so many times what perfume I was wearing, I mean even the security guards asked me! The packaging is what also sold me on buying it, it has the same shape as the original STELLA perfume however instead of being a dark purple, it has light pinky nude polka dots all over the bottle and a corresponding light pinky nude cap with a gold collar which has STELLA embossed across it.

STELLA EDP (30ml) // £24.99
STELLA EDT (50ml) // £46.99

Friday, 24 April 2015

THE SEPHORA SPRING HAUL #3

It's no surprise that I probably spend way too much money on make up but even though I show a lot of 'hauls' here on my blog, my 'collection' is not excessive. I use everything I have and if I don't like something I would either pass it on or just throw it away. However, recently Sephora had a huge sale going on and even though the codes did not work for people outside the US/Canada, I still decided to have a look on the website - huge mistake! Next thing I was checking out and 5 days later, it arrived. Having said that, I was actually pretty excited and I couldn't wait for my order to arrive.
I have heard so much about the new Kat Von D Shade + Light contour palette and I knew I wanted to try it. I have gotten into bronzing and contouring a lot more recently and if you were to ever tell me two years ago that I would be into it, I would have laughed. Now I don't do the whole highlighting and contouring thing so much so that I change the shape of my face! But I do like adding a little bit of definition to my cheeks. I have heard that this palette is better than the Anastasia contour palette and even though I haven't tried that, I'm excited to see how this goes. I will post a review of this palette soon, so be on the look out for that.
Taking a break from make up for a little while, I saw a mini trio of the Peter Thomas Roth masks. I have been wanting to try the cucumber gel mask and the pumpkin enzyme mask for a while now and when I saw that Sephora had a trio, I instantly added it to my basket. The trio contains the cucumber gel mask, which helps to cool down and soothe dry and irritated skin and as of late, I have been suffering from. It also contains the pumpkin enzyme mask, which helps with resurfacing the skin. It also contains the rose stem cell mask and even though I have heard a lot about this, I wasn't intrigued although having said that, I'm pretty excited to use it. It helps to brighten and hydrate the skin along with reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Going back to makeup and more specifically lip products. I have been in a liquid lipstick phase lately, I can't get enough of them! I have heard a lot about the Sephora Cream lip stains and I wanted to try a few. Of course I played safe and I got two pink shades. The first is Pink Souffle (06), which is an everyday pink shade. It has a bit of shimmer running through it, in the tube but on the lips this is barely visible. The other shade I chose was Cherry Blossom (07) which is brighter than Pink Souffle and a lot more cooler in tone. The other liquid lipstick I chose is the well known and hyped up Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Lolita. Now I have seen so many different pictures of this and in some it looks pink or grey. I was a little hesitant because I remember last year, when I was in Vegas, I really liked it but I couldn't remember what it looked like(!) I'm glad I brought it and it actually doesn't look like anything in the swatches I've seen. It is described as a dusty rose shade and on me, it's just a few shades darker than my lip colour. It does look very different on the lips than it does on the skin.

I think if you were to buy just one thing from this entire haul (although I recommend them all!) I would suggest the Kat Von D palette. It's amazing!! We definitely need to get Kat Von D here in the UK. Also, did you pick up anything from the Sephora sale?

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

MAC x PHILIP TREACY COLLECTION 2015

I went past a MAC store on Thursday and I saw that the new Philip Treacy collection was on display. I decided to go in store and just 'have a look'. I had seen the collection online and nothing really stood out to me but in store, the collection looked amazing!
 The whole collection contains three lipsticks, two highlighters, three fluidlines and two paint pots. I settled on two of the lipsticks and one highlighter. The lipsticks are bright and vivid, and so they are perfect for the Spring/Summer. I normally stay away from such bright shades but I couldn't say no to these shades, I mean look at them!
 The first lipstick I chose was Hollywood Cerise, which is described as being a 'magenta berry' shade. I would describe this shade as a berry fuchsia which has a cool undertone to it. It is a satin so it does have a sheen but this is barely noticeable on the lips. The second lipstick I brought was No Faux Pas, which is a repromote from last year's holiday collection and I missed out on getting it! It is described as being a 'yellow hot pink', which sounds a little odd but I would describe this as a bright fuchsia which has a cool undertone to it. It is a matte lipstick but it does have a little bit of a sheen to it when applied on the lips and to be honest, I don't mind that. It is not uncomfortable to wear and like Hollywood Cerise, it is super opaque. The other shade in the collection is a gorgeous bright red. Both of these are limited edition so if you want to get your hands on them, I suggest acting fast!
 
The next item I brought is the High-Light powder in Nude Pink. This is described as being a 'champagne base with silver', I would say it is a true peachy shade which has some shimmer running through it. However, when applied on the skin, this creates a gorgeous sheen on the skin. What first drew me to this was definitely the design, it has an art-deco like feel and it's stunning! It does have an overspray of silver in some places but to be honest, I am not very fussed since the actual product is amazing as a blush since as a highlight, I don't think it would really work. I have it swatched in the pictures above and as you can see, when it is blended out, it looks amazing! There was also a pinky High-Light powder in the collection and whilst it looked stunning but it didn't really appeal to me since it was a fairly pale pink.

Unfortunately, there is no special packaging with this collection but I highly suggest checking this collection out, especially since it is nearly sold out online.

MAC x Philip Treacy Lipstick // £15.50
MAC x Philip Treacy High-Light Powder // £23

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

SPRING NAIL PICKS | 2015

After wearing dark nails for the past couple of months, I cannot wait to wear brighter shades on my nails. For someone who has way too many nail polish bottles (and could probably open their own shop with the amount she has) I tend to only have a handful of shades that I reach for, per season.
Spring is the time when I wear pastel nail polish and is probably the only time of year when I do. As soon as March rolls around, I ditch the darker shades and reach for more neutral shades. I have been obsessed with wearing 'barely there' nails lately and the one shade that I like to use to create this is, Essie - Sugar Daddy. This has been an all time favourite of mine for years now and for good reason too, it is a sheer shade but it goes with everything! In fact, I'm even giving this away in my latest giveaway so be sure to enter if you want to win this shade!
If I want a more opaque shade then I reach for Deborah Lippmann - P.Y.T, this is a lot more pink than the Essie polish and whilst it is more opaque, it is still sheer. For a completely pinky peach shade, I reach for Models Own - Peach Puff. I haven't used this shade in months and I rediscovered it in the middle of March and I have been wearing it non stop. It is a true peachy pinky nude shade and it's just amazing! 
Sticking with the nude family, Nails Inc - Porchester Square is an amazing shade. It is a greyish taupe, which is not too cool nor too warm and because it is a part of the gel range from Nails Inc, it lasts for ages on the nails.
Nails Inc - Holland Park Gardens is a different shade for me. I do not really wear green on my nails but this is an exception. It is a creamy light minty green colour and it's completely different to anything I have in my whole collection. You can see it swatched here and I definitely recommend it, it is such an unique shade.

Essie // £7.99
Models Own // £4.99
Nails Inc // £14


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

URBAN DECAY NAKED SKIN CONCEALER

For someone who suffers from dark circles, I want my concealer to provide enough coverage without looking cakey or making my under eye area seem like it's dry and so in comes the new Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer. I've heard quite a bit about this concealer and so I was interested to try it, especially since people were saying that it is very comparable to the NARS one. Now, I've been using it for the past couple of weeks now and I can honestly say, I'm hooked!
It has a doe foot applicator which is very flexible. It is so easy to use as it does not apply too much product in one go and I have found that it is really soft on the skin! As for the formula, it is really creamy. Not in the sense that it will slip and slide everywhere, but that it is not drying at all, it does not cling to any dry patches you may have and it blends out like a dream. It instantly feels light on the skin, hence the name 'weightless'. It dries quite quickly and has a powder like finish but it barely looks noticeable on the skin.
As for the coverage, I mentioned before that I do not want my concealer to look cakey or dry and this does nothing of the sort! It provides radiance to the skin and the coverage is great, it really does hide my dark circles. I have the shade Medium-Light Neutral (I'm around an NC30 in MAC) and I only use under my eyes to help brighten the area up a little, especially since it has a light diffusing technology which helps to bring brightness to the area.

As for my love for the NARS radiant creamy concealers, this is definitely giving them a run for it's money. I have found that this concealer is much more hydrating than the NARS concealers as they can be a little drying on the skin and they tend to cling to any dry patches I may have, especially now since the weather has changed. 

There are up to eight shades available from the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer range and they all have different undertones to help suit your skintone, which is great! 



Wednesday, 8 April 2015

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS LIQUID LIPSTICKS

Liquid lipsticks. People have been going crazy over them and for good reason too. They practically last all day and they are immensely pigmented. If you have been reading my blog for a while, then it may surprise you that I was never really a lip product person. I never really brought lipsticks or lip-glosses until the beginning of last year and it's kind of crazy to see how much things change. I have seen so much hype over the new(ish) Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks that I just had to try them for myself.
The packaging is gorgeous, it comes in a sleek and fairly heavy tube. It has a doe foot applicator, which makes it great to apply the product evenly on the lips. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks are incredibly pigmented and are full coverage. They are instantly creamy to apply but once dried, they have a matte finish. I normally have issues with lip products drying out my lips, but this didn't do that, which is actually shocking.
The two shades I brought were Pure Hollywood which is a cool beige. This is probably one of the most hyped up shades from the whole collection and I was a little hesitant when I ordered this. I thought it would be too grey on me, but in fact it looks a lot more peachy on my skin tone, which you can see when I swatched it. The next shade I chose was Lovely, which is truly lovely! It is a dusty rosey pink and it just looks really lovely. This was the shade that I was looking forward to and I love it. I wore this a few days ago and I got so many compliments on it(!)

As I said before, these are incredibly pigmented and are a dream to apply. They do not set very fast, so you can take your time applying them on the lips before they set. Of course I chose the most neutral (safe) shades, but there are a ton of shades to choose from in the range. As for wear time, I noticed it started to fade after 5/6 hours and that was after eating/drinking.

In terms of shipping, it took about 10 working days to arrive, which is pretty standard, and I actually did have to pay customs (which I was SO excited about...) but I definitely do recommend them, even if you have an eye on one shade.

Monday, 6 April 2015

NARS DUAL INTENSITY EYESHADOW PALETTE

Ever since I went mad in MAC for the Cinderella collection, I promised myself that I would not buy any other make up product. I don't exactly need anything new since I want to start using a few products up (which I have been doing! Why do I need 8 concealers, I would never know!) but lately ASOS had 20% off full priced products for students and I decided to have a look on the website. I haven't checked ASOS in months so I was a little surprised when I saw they still stocked the new(ish) NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow palette. I instantly added it to my basket and checked out, the next day it was here! Now I said to myself that I don't need anymore eyeshadow palettes, and it's true! I have too many (some would probably say I have a small amount, but I think I have quite a lot!) and I know I probably wouldn't even hit pan in some of them. With this palette, I really liked it but with some self control, I put off from buying it..it didn't last very long - haha!
The NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow palette (£45) comes with eight of the dual intensity eyeshadows, which you can use wet or dry (so technically you have 16 eyeshadows!). Seven of the eyeshadows are permanent, with just one being limited edition, so ideally it is a great way to try out the shades without buying them individually (£21 each). Plus it comes with a travel sized eyeshadow brush too! Here are the shadows applied dry:
 Here are the shadows applied wet:
Europa is a soft pastel pink however I noticed that when swatched, it looked a little more coral. Himalia is a gold shade with a bronzy finish, this is definitely a cool toned gold and for that reason, I really like it! Ursa Major is a medium brown shade that has a satin finish, this is limited edition. Subra is a dark brown with purple running through it. I noticed that when it is wet, it looks a lot more purple, nevertheless, it is a gorgeous shade! Andromeda is a creamy beige that has pink/gold shimmer running through it, this is perfect for the inner corner. Lysithea is a silver that has a grey undertone, it is a lot cooler in tone and a pretty unique shade. Giove is a pure dark navy blue, this is absolutely stunning! Lastly, Sycorax is a pure matte black shade, this is perfect for darkening up any look or using it to line your eyes, it's not chalky at all. 
As you can see, the eyeshadows are very pigmented and are very easy to blend. However, I noticed that when I tried to swatch the shadows wet, it was a little difficult but I put this down to the brush that I used (I used the one that came in the palette), I think a stiff shadow brush would do a better job, or even using your fingers!

NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow palette // £45



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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

THE ROUND UP | MARCH 2015

This month consisted of rediscovering old favourites. I organised my make up and I found a lot of things that I loved in the past but they were hidden at the bottom of the pile and so I just decided to start using them again. I normally get stuck in a rut and I keep using the same old products everyday, so I don't really change things up, but this past month I decided to change things up a little.
 The first thing I rediscovered was the NARS Foreplay palette (again with the explicit names!). It contains three blush shades (one being orgasm) and one gold highlighter. I have been loving the top coral shade this past month, it is a matte and is very pigmented. It lasts for ages on the skin but it also looks natural. As you can see I dropped this palette and it completely broke. The mirror broke (bring on 7 years bad luck!) and it came apart, I was surprised none of the products broke either! I have been using it with the Zoeva Luxe Sheer Cheek brush, it is an angled brush and so it makes it really easy to apply blush. I found that it does not pick up so much product so by using it for the coral matte blush from the palette is great!
 Next up is the Benefit Roller Lash mascara, I posted a review last month and whilst I wasn't a fan at first because it was too wet, I really like it now since it has dried up a little. It lengthens my lashes and really holds a curl! It's amazing! Another Benefit product is the Ooh La Lift, which is an under eye brightener. I use it under my concealer and it looks like I have had 8 hours of sleep, when in reality I have only had 5! 
The NARS Laguna bronzer is an old favourite. I think everyone loves this bronzer and for good reason too. It is not too orange nor does it look muddy on the skin. It has some shimmer but this is barely noticeable on the skin. The Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon in Blacquer is another favourite this month, I have been using this to line my eyes and it's great! I have very watery eyes, and for something to still stay on after a long day is shocking. This does just that! It's so pigmented and once it sets, it does not budge, but it is not a pain to remove. The Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in Liar is another favourite this month. It is a pinky brown nude and I have kept this in my bag (as it is a mini) for random touch ups on the go. It's long lasting and it does not dry out your lips.