Sunday, 29 May 2016

Boots Haul: New Beauty Additions

So, nipping in to Boots in your lunch hour is up there with one of my most dangerous things you can do. I went in with the intention of "browsing" and £50 later, came out with a little haul. My makeup bag was in need of a refresher though, so that's how I'm justifying it. Had to be done. There seems to be a bit of a pink theme going on, this wasn't intentional I just picked up the products that caught my eye at the time!

(L-R) Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick in Pommiegirl, Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in Velvet Slipper, Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in Shabby Chic, Barry M Illuminating Strobe Cream
Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick in Pommiegirl - firstly, as you can imagine, this product caught my eye because of it's beautiful, shiny packaging - it comes in 3 colours pink, red and rose gold depending on the finish of the lipstick. I opted for a matte finish as I can't get enough of matte at the minute. The berry colour is gorgeous and it feels so comfortable to wear on the lips. I thought the bright shade would be great as we come into the Summer months. I was really impressed with how long lasting this lipstick was too and you won't need to reapply continuously.
Barry M Illuminating Strobe Cream in Frosty Pink - I absolutely love this highlighter. I swatched it in store and couldn't quite believe the intensity. It's a full on 'my face looks like the moon' kinda glow and my blog swatch really doesn't do it any justice. It comes in two shades Frosty Pink and Iced Bronze, I opted for Frosty Pink as it suits my paler skin but Iced Bronze would be great for anyone with olive/darker skin. It's so easy to apply and gives an intense, dewy finish. Like most cream products, it does slightly move your foundation so you may require a couple of foundation touch ups.
Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in Shabby Chic - I only purchased this a few days ago and I've already worn it every single day, I'm obsessed. The shade is a dusky pink which is ideal for my skin tone and goes with so many different looks. I love the formula as it dried quickly and I didn't experience any drying or flaking which often happens with matte lipsticks. I didn't find it overly long lasting but you can excuse that because the shade and formula is brilliant.
Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in Velvet Slipper - Strangely, while I was really impressed with 'Shabby Chic', this shade/formula just didn't quite compare. I was initially drawn in by the shade as it looked stunning, however, when I applied it I found that it didn't apply evenly and dried darker in some areas than others which made it look patchy. I'm also not the most careful when I'm applying lip products and tend to make mistakes but when I tried to neaten this product up, it stained the skin around my lips. It's a real shame as I wanted to love this as much as I loved Shabby Chic.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer - I've been lusting after this for a while but being so pale I tend to avoid bronzer at all costs. However, this product is perfect if you have pale skin like me. I apply this to the areas that I would usually contour for a more subtle, warm glow - it blended well and didn't leave me with that 'muddy' look that I was dreading!
Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette - I'm yet to try this product but thought I better include it considering it was part of the haul. I'm really excited to swatch it as I've seen/read lots of good things but I felt it needed a post of it's own with swatches included. So far, I love the variety as it includes two baked powders, a shimmer powder and a cream highlighter.
Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Acai Smoothie - I can just tell that this nail polish will grace my fingernails on several occasions this Spring/Summer. I love pastel colours as it starts to get warmer and they look great with a tan (if I ever manage to get one). It appears lilac in the bottle but I'd say it's more of a deep pink with slight purple tones. Either way, it's beautiful and the application felt seamless thanks to the smooth formula.  
Have you tried any of these products? What new additions have you got in your makeup bag?

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Spring Lip Picks 2016

It's only as I type up this post I realise that while I very rarely wear lipgloss, all four of my favourite Spring lip products are glosses. Look at me stepping out of my comfort zone, eh? I'm just enjoying something a little lighter on the lips as the weather gets (sort of) slightly warmer because I'm pretty sure that lipstick makes your mouth sweat right? Nope, just me then....
(L-R) L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Extraordinaire in Rose Symphony,  MAC Cremesheen Glass in Loud & Lovely, Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Celestial, Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Nude-ist.

L'Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire this gloss is a blogger's dream when it comes to the packaging - shiny and gold! It's an orangey-pink shade which I wouldn't normally go for but it looks really pretty when applied and brightens up my makeup for Spring. The formula is slightly on the thick side for me and the applicator is what I can only describe as fluffy which can make application a little messy. I always need to clean up the edges. Nothing too major though, I'm still a big fan of these.

MAC Cremesheen Glass I feel so girly and feminine when I wear this bubblegum pink gloss, it's gorgeous. I tend to wear this if I go out as it's glamorous and adds a little extra something to your makeup look. It feels so comfortable to wear, it's not sticky or drying in the slightest. It's more long lasting than a lot of lip glosses I've tried, however, you will need to keep this in your handbag so you can reapply every now and then throughout the day.

Rimmel Apocalips I can't stop wearing this gloss, it's probably the one that I am most impressed with out of the four - it's so wearable and suits so many different looks, it's not drying and it's long lasting. I also really like the applicator as it has a little groove around the edge that seems to fit the shape of your lips. So pretty much the whole package. I definitely need to purchase some more of these!

Bourjois Velvet Lipstick I'll get the negative out of the way first - I've seen quite a few bloggers comment that these matte lipsticks aren't drying on the lips but that isn't the case for me, I find them so drying so I was a little bit disappointed about that! However, I do love the way these look as they do give a velvet effect on the lips which is a little different and the dusky pink colour is just beautiful and perfect for Spring.

What are you current favourite lipsticks? Do you prefer lipstick or lip gloss?

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

So, it seems that I've taken an accidental blogging break and I'm not overly sure why. I guess it's a mixture of working long hours and feeling a little bit lack lustre and uninspired with blogging recently. I'm not one to put pressure on myself to blog though so it hasn't been a huge problem for me, I apologise if you all missed my presence greatly ;) I'm back though with my new favourite product that I've constantly been reaching for: the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette.
(L-R) Sweeter End, Warm Notes, Subtle Blend, Pure Ganache, Substitute for Love, Freshly Toasted, Delicate Acidity, Infusion, Beans are White

What I am most impressed with is that Zoeva have clearly spent a lot of time thinking these shades through in terms of what compliments another at the same time as including a great variety. Unlike most eye shadow palettes I purchase, there isn't a shade among these that I haven't used.

The pigmentation is incredible and also buildable if you are looking for a really intense eye look. My favourite combination is Bitter Start as a base colour, Substitute for Love blended as the transition shade, Warm Notes packed on the outer corner of the eye and Delicate Acidity to deepen the crease. 
I have also found that the staying power of these shadows is brilliant - when I went out the other night, my eye makeup pretty much looked the same when I came in even after 1 or 2 glasses of wine too many. Considering this palette was a mere £18, I really wasn't expecting it to stand up against it's high end rivals but it does and I use it more than my Naked Palette.

The only minor complaint I have with this palette is that the fallout is insane. I'd strongly recommend applying your eyeshadow before your foundation as you'll only end up having to reapply it again. It also means that the packaging is constantly covered in shadow fallout too - I like my palettes to be pristine but hey, I'm sure I'll live!

Have you tried the Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette? What is your favourite shade?
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