Monday, 28 July 2014

The Review: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper has received a fair amount of love in the blogging community recently, so naturally, when browsing the aisles of Sephora, I had to have a look. I was skeptical about picking this up, since I was quite happy with my Soap and Glory Supercat Liner, which is slightly cheaper, and much more readily available in the UK. Curiosity, however, got the better of me, and this made the transatlantic trip home with me, to be put to the test at my dressing table.

I should take a moment here to explain that I am something of an eyeliner noob. I can't do gel liner, or liquid liner in a brush and pen form for the life of me, and even pencil liner is iffy. The Supercat Liner works for me because I can basically angle it from the corner of my eye, pointing up the edge of my brow, and press it down, which gives me the perfect base for a winged liner. 

The main difference between Supercat and the Tattoo Liner is that Supercat has a foam tip, not unlike that of a felt tip pen, whereas this one is a very fine bristled brush. Because it's so fine I can basically lay this right in the base of my lashes, and create a really really fine line which I love! Because the bristles aren't as firm as the nib of Supercat, it is a little trickier to create a wing, but after three or four uses I got the hang of it. This has a more precise end, which makes creating a precise wing a lot easier. I've had trouble with the end of the Supercat Liner misshaping before too, which I would assume won't happen with bristles!

As far as formula goes, This is a little wetter than Supercat, which I like, it's more like a true liquid liner, and you never have to build it up. The liner itself is jet black, and once it's down, it's going nowhere, I've got perfect wings til bedtime. 

I was skeptical, but I think I'm a Trooper convert! There will definitely be a sneaky Sephora order when I run out!

What's your favourite liner?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sunday Thoughts

I guess you guys know buy know that I've been feeling pretty disenchanted with blogging recently. I used to blog because I was excited and wanted to share, but it's started to feel less exciting recently. I don't really know why that is, there's no real reason for it, it's just my brain being weird I guess.

I've been craving time offline too, something that never used to happen. I've wanted to be outside, enjoying my last summer holiday, not cooped up on a laptop in a hot bedroom.

I always feel less inspired when I'm out of London too, so hopefully spending next weekend back up there will help!

That doesn't mean I want to stop producing content though, I'm just running out of steam a little here on the ideas front. I'd love if you guys could tell me what to see here, do you want to see drugstore stuff, more videos, pictures of my face, more standalone reviews? What floats your blog reading boat, so to speak?

In the meantime, I'm going to skimp out on a proper post today, because I'm writing this on the first Saturday my boyfriend has had off work in two months. So we are going out, to make the most of the great British Summer.

See you all tomorrow!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Crushing On Josie Maran

So I have fallen in love with a new brand, and it's all looking pretty pink. Josie Maran products aren't readily available in the UK, unless you are willing to fork out for Sephora shipping, so I stocked up in the States. I already wish I'd picked up more because I love it all.

I should mention that for a luxury brand, Josie Maran isn't particularly pricey, especially with the good exchange rate, and it's all formulated without parabens, sulphates and phlatates. Good stuff. 

I've spoken about the Josie Maran Agan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil in Limitless Pink before so I will keep it brief here. This is the product that kickstarted my intrigue with the brand, when I added this into my online basket last minute during my first Sephora order. You can check out my full review here but the gist is it's a really pretty cream blush shade, which wears pretty sheer (second swatch), but just adds a glowy flush to the cheeks. It's pretty on the lips too, but it doesn't last very long!

So the first thing that made it into my basket in the states was a miniature of the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape, since I've heard so much about them. I went with the mini size, a) just because I didn't know if I'd like it and b) I knew I'd never be able to use up a whole one of the big one anyway! This is a really sheer blush product (third swatch) but it gives a super natural glow to the cheeks.

I'd heard a couple of people mention the Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Eyeshadows so I was keen to try them out. I really wish I'd picked up more of these because they are freaking amazing. The colour I ended up with is Playa del Pink, which isn't pink at all, but a pretty golden champagne. You have to mix these up, and then apply it with the little doe foot applicator and it just sets and does not budge. I fell asleep without taking my makeup off (naughty, I know), and it was still perfectly intact in the morning. That's impressive.

The one I was most excited about was the Josie Maran Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick in Playful Pink, I hadn't actually heard anyone talk about them so when I stumbled across it in Sephora I was pretty intrigued. From the gorgeous packaging (they feel so luxurious) to the shade, I love everything about this lipstick. It's got a 'hydrating ring' of pure argan oil around the pigmentation of the lipstick, which gives it an incredibly moisturising formula, and also sheers out the colour. The colour is a really pretty, summery pink, and I just freaking love it.

Have you tried anything from Josie Maran? What should I try next?

Friday, 25 July 2014

The New Gloss Generation

Gone are the days when gloss means sticky lips, and one gust of wind causing all your hair to stick to them. Makeup production has advanced to a point where gloss means gloss, not tacky. And now, drugstores are flooded with non-sticky, long lasting, pretty lipglosses, and I've fallen head over heels for a few. 

The balmiest, most hydrating of the bunch here is the L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire Lip Gloss, a gorgeous balm, gloss, stick hybrid that offers colour, hydration, and that beautiful glossy finish. The shade range is a little squiffy for these, the shade pictured (Rose Melody 101) is probably the only shade I would wear. A shame, but this is a perfect everyday pick, a good one for the handbag. 

If bold lips are your jam, I'd go for the Revlon Colourstay Moisture Stains, which should be launching in the UK any day now. There aren't really any, what I would call 'proper neutrals', in this collection, they're all pretty bright. The shade above is the tamest of the bunch, and this is still pretty bright (LA Exclusive)! These are awesome, glossy and pretty on the lips, but they leave a stain so as they wear down and loose their glossiness, you're still left with a pop of colour.

The least long lasting of the bunch is probably the Maybelline The Elixirs Coloursensational, but I'll forgive them that since they've got a dreamy shade range and a gorgeous formula. Pictured above are the shades Breathtaking Apricot and Petal Plush, the former is my favourite, and both are fairly sheer, but intensely glossy, and moisturising too. I'm desperately awaiting the day these land in the UK.

And last but certainly not least, the Nyx Butter Glosses, a gorgeous, affordable, answer to all your gloss problems. The shades in this range are all much of the same, you've got peaches or nudey pinks (pictured above are Peaches & Cream and Vanilla Cream Pie), but they are all lovely. They apply incredibly smoothly to even chapped lips, and stick around well throughout the day (it's still a gloss, it's not gonna last all day, but it does a coupla hours which is pretty damn good).

Are you a fan of any of these glosses?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Luxury Beauty #3

Another trio of high end beauty bits that are tickling my fancy right now. I'm sorry everything looks like it's floating in this image, we are experiencing an unprecedented amount of sunlight in the UK and it's damn near impossible to take photos. But, as they say at the Moulin Rouge, the show must go on.

First up, my main cheek jam right now, the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Streak. I caved and got this because it seems that every blogger who was gifted this as a press release has waxed lyrical on it, and to be honest, I was curious to see whether they were praising it because it was good, or because it was gifted to them. I trust no one, clearly. The palette contains a bronzer, highlight shade and a blush, all sized based on what you will need to use more of, a clever idea. I like the packaging, it's sleek and perfect for travel, the mirror is a good size, and the lid is magnetised, so it stays shut, but isn't going to chip your nail polish when you try to open it. I picked the shade Streak partly because it has the lightest bronzer of all three palettes, and partly because I'm obsessed with the lipstick and gloss of the same name. Completing the trifecta and all that. I have to say the bronzer isn't my favourite, whilst the shade isn't too dark for me, I find it to be a little orange on in tone, and once you apply it to the skin it looks a hella lot more glittery than it does in the pan. I will use it, and it wouldn't put me off buying it again, but it's just not my favourite. The real stars, however, are the blush and highlight shade. The blush is a matte peach which is my current favourite shade, it really shapes my face a lot better than any other blush shade. The highlight is a peachy golden shade, which looks really pretty layered over anything peachy or coral, I'm wearing it today over the Chanel Creme Blush in Intonation and it looks really pretty. The pigmentation of all three is good, and they are buttery soft and smooth. I am impressed with this, I just wish the bronzer was a little better. 

My other current cheek product of choice is the Chanel Creme Blush in Revelation, a recent rediscovery. These are an all time favourite of mine, the formula is so spot on, soft and easy to blend whilst being really long lasting. This particular shade is a perfect natural flush on me, and I reach for it a lot.

And lastly a shoutout to the MAC Paint Pot in Constructivist. I may flirt with other cream shadows, but I always come back to the MAC Paint Pots. Nothing is as long wearing and durable on my lids, they're just good stuff. I love the shade Constructivist, it's a no-effort smokey eye in one swoop. If you don't have this, you need it.

What high-end beauty are you loving right now?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

31 Days of Lipstick: Week 3

Three weeks into the challenge and my selfie taking prowess has dropped to an all time low. My most spoken sentence this week - "Does my face really look like that?!". It's been a traumatic week. I almost resent Tami for putting me through it. Almost.

This challenge has made me realise that I really need to try and wear brighter lipsticks a bit more, I seem to be something of a nude-lip-lover. 

I started the week with the easy to wear Max Factor Colour Elixir Giant Pen Stick in Subtle Coral, which is kinda like a gloss in stick form. A pretty peachy nude, nothing exciting, but it looks pretty and it wears nice, even on chapped lips. 

Day 16 I went for my new favourite gloss, the Nyx Butter Gloss in Peaches and Cream. A beautiful creamy peach gloss (did you guess that buy the name?), it's pretty balmy and hydrating, but still offers a beautiful colour & glossy finish.

Day 17 was my second attempt at trying to pull off the Revlon Colourstay Moisture Stain in LA Exclusive, and I'm pleased to report it went much better. This is too light a shade for me to wear on my natural skin tone, but since I'm a shade darker than usual (could you even tell?) it worked! This is a really pretty gloss which wears down to a pretty pink stain. I sported this down the beach, and it looked pretty, well, pretty. 

For day 18 I returned to a trusty favourite, rather than a new pick, the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak a gorgeous coral shade that perks up my day quite nicely. I've spoken about this a thousand times, it's a good'un.

Another trusty favourite, the next day I went with the amazing Dior Lip Glow. Is it true this is being discontinued? If so that's a real shame, it's a beautiful product. This just gives my lips a little something something, it adds a little pinkness and a little glossiness. Much love for this one.

Day 20 and my lips were feeling a little chapped, so I opted for the L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick - thing. Who knows what the name of that product is. I have the shade Rose Melody, a pretty nude pink (shocker, I know) which has the hydration of a balm, the finish of a gloss and the colour of a lipstick (my brain is now singing that Hannah Montana song, YOU GET THE BEEEEESSSSSST OF BOTH WORLDS...).

I don't normally go for a lipstick AND a gloss in one sitting, but on Day 22 I applied the Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Pink Sinner and it just felt a little matte, so I added a little of the Maybelline Coloursensational The Elixir in Petal Plush, which added gloss, shine, and lifted my lips a little. I actually really like the combination of these products, my lips but pinker!

Ten days left! Don't forget to check out Tami's post here.

What lipsticks have you been wearing this week?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Mascara Edit #2

 It's been a while since I've done one of these posts, so I thought it was time it made a comeback. My mascara wardrobe has been made up of three drugstore picks I purchased Stateside, and whilst each has their own merits, none of them have totally blown me out of the water. Nevertheless, I thought I'd share the deets with you guys!

First up, the only mascara that is exclusive to The States, the Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara. I bought this completely because of all the positive reviews I've seen across the blogging & YouTube community. It's pretty hyped up. I must admit, the packaging drew me in too, it's so different and unique. It's got a plastic bristle wand with lots of short & stubby bristles, which theoretically should do a good job of getting all the lashes. The formula is a little dryer than I would normally like, it's pretty thick and not the easiest to work with. While there's nothing wrong with this mascara on paper, it's just lacking a little something for me. I was expecting to be wowed, but I can't say I was. It's a nice mascara, but it's nothing special. 

Next up is the L'Oreal Miss Manga Mega Volume Mascara. My first observation here is that the wand is pretty similar to the Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara, unsurprising really since L'Oreal own Lancome, and they are doing a good job of duping their high end brands in their drugstore line at the moment. The wand is tapered, and slightly twisted, and the bristles aren't as close together as I would like. The formula is wet, but not too wet and not at all flaky so no complaints there. I also like that there is a little kink in the wand before the brush, making it easier to move the brush around, and wiggle it into the lashes without getting product all over your face (does anyone else do that, or is it just me?). The problem I have with this is the same problem I have with the Lancome offering, the bristles aren't placed closely together enough to really coat each individual lash, instead they end up kinda clumped together, with massive gaps. You can fix the problem if you spend a while brushing them through, but to be honest it's all a bit of a faff. That being said, a few people have commented on my lashes when I'm wearing this, so maybe it's worth the faff. 

Lastly, the Maybelline Colossal Go Extreme Volume Mascara. I think I'm gonna give up trying Maybelline mascaras, they're nice enough but they really never blow me out of the water. This one has a thick, chunky natural bristle wand, which in theory I should love, and a great formula, however something just isn't working right with this. I can spend ages piling this on but it never looks that impressive. It coats every lash but to the bare minimum, leaving them looking pretty much how they looked to start with, just a little darker. Disappointing, because that wand looks like my dream wand!

Sorry that that was a little negative! It's always a shame when products don't work for you, but at least I can give you guys my thoughts!

What mascaras are you loving right now?

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