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Friday, 12 December 2014

Obsessed With # 12: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat

Oh wait... is Annie writing about nude lip products? How unlike her. Yes, I love me some nudes. I'm currently heart-eyed emoji-ing over the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in 'Pillow Talk'. Can we talk about it? Now, first of all I'm semi-annoyed at people claiming that a bubblegum pink lip liner from Rimmel is a 'dupe' for this. No, no this is not possible. This lip liner is a rosey nude shade, not pink. Okay, I'm over it now. 

So not only is the shade just perfect, the lasting power + texture of this is amazing. I would say this lasts a good few hours, even after a bit of munching + sipping it doesn't smudge or anything. The most impressive thing about this however is the formulation. Some lip liners don't match the texture of my lips so it can look a bit obvious whereas this does a much better job of matching the texture so it looks more natural. It isn't totally matte but it isn't glossy either, it has a kind of velvet texture which is really comfortable to wear.

Love.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

The New Eyebrow Favorite

I quite recently converted to the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil after being a big fan of the Anastasia Brow Wiz. However, I then started using the Anastasia Brow Wiz again + fell back in love. When I was in Boots a month or so again I spotted the Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Filling Pencil & Brush, which I had read was similar + it does look incredibly similar in terms of packaging + the size of the thin nib + brush. This is a lot cheaper than the Anastasia pencil (£8 vs £15.50) so I thought I would give it a go.

First of all, mine is slightly broken. The pencil part actually falls out if I turn it upside down so I do have to be a bit careful, but I'm sure mine is just a bit faulty. My Anastasia pencil is actually broken too, when I take the lid off the brush end, the whole brush comes off with it. But that's not really enough to put me off.

The Anastasia Brow Wiz comes in nine shades, whereas the Soap & Glory only comes in two which is a shame. But! If either shade suits you then this is actually a great alternative. The blonde shade is slightly lighter than my Anastasia one in 'Taupe' but that works fine for me. In terms of application + lasting power, it really is pretty much identical to the Anastasia Brow Wiz. It's got that great little waxy nib which is perfect for creating a natural looking brow + drawing in fake eyebrow hairs. This is by far the best eyebrow pencil I have found in the drugstore + I have been using it everyday since I got it.

Monday, 8 December 2014

Top Three Nude Lipsticks


I am not sure how many times I have mentioned that I am a nude lips lover but probably a few times too many. And as I bang on about how much I love a good nude, I am here to share with you my top three nude lipsticks. I will also be posting about my top three favorite nude lip pencils so watch out for that if you're interested. I would say that I like to go for a relatively pale nude in comparison to most of the nudes I see around (but I am certainly not talking concealer-lips pale) + I think a slightly pinky nude suits me better than say a warmer, peachy nude. I also think peachier nudes make my teeth look more yellow than they are so that's a no-no for me.

(In both images: Left: Tom Ford, Middle: Maybelline, Right: Armani)

Tom Ford Pink Dusk
This looks a lot darker than the other two but it is probably the most similar to my natural lip shade. As it is a bit darker than the other two, I prefer to wear this one with more minimal eye makeup. This is the nude lipstick that really got me into nudes in the first place. Tom Ford lipsticks are quite creamy + buttery so they feel really comfortable. Also the packaging is just a dream.

Maybelline Tantalizing Taupe
I have written a whole post on this one (click here for that). This is my favorite nude lipstick at the moment because I think it really suits my skin tone + it looks great with darker eye makeup. 

Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani Beige 103
This is a slightly pinkier version of the Maybelline lipstick + it is a bit more creamy + shiny. This is a really easy one to wear with any makeup look. It's another comfortable nude that isn't too dark for my pale skin. I also love the packaging of these - magnetic closure anyone?!

What is your favorite nude?

Monday, 1 December 2014

Review: L'Oréal Nude Magique Blur Cream

Anything that claims it will 'blur' my skin immediately grabs my attention. (Although can we take a moment to giggle to ourselves about those apps that blur your skin so you end up looking like a fuzzy cloud? Ok thanks). I think L'Oréal Nude Magique Blur Cream is a better version of Miracle Blur, which I was never too impressed with.

I have this in the shade 'Light to Medium' + although it does come out of the tube in a shade, the pigment doesn't really transfer onto the skin. My one problem with this problem is the packaging, because it tends to squirt out + go all over the place + it is difficult to get the desired amount of product out. However, I do think it does a great job of evening out my skintone + creating a great base for makeup because it makes my skin super smooth. I wouldn't wear this by itself because it doesn't provide any coverage but I do like it as a primer. It does feel quite silconey so it gives a velvety finish which I think would be fine for oily or dry skin (my skin is generally quite normal).

I definitely think this would be a particularly nice primer if you have slightly blemished skin or visible pores because it does make everything look a lot more even + smooth.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Review: Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow


I haven't been buying much new makeup recently, mainly just a couple of repurchases. However, I am a sucker for a bronze eyeshadow. I have plenty in powder form but I quite like working with creams so I thought I would give the Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow in Bronze a go. I have heard mixed reviews about these cream eyeshadows so I was quite curious to see how I got on with it. There are six shades but this is the only one that appealed to me.

The texture of this is quite dissimilar to other cream eyeshadows that I have tried. It is super pigmented + soft so you can easily pick up too much product/color. It is almost more similar to a mousse or jelly texture. Because it is really soft, it is incredibly easy to blend. As it is quite a wet product, I like to use this with eyeshadow brushes rather than with my fingers which can be a bit messy. I have been wearing this all over the lid + in the outer part of the crease with liquid liner. I find that warm, brown shimmer eyeshadows tend to look darker in the crease anyway so there is no need for another eyeshadow. I like the shade of this one but I would like more if it were a little more red in tone. Just a little bit. I still really like this + would recommend it if you want an affordable cream eyeshadow.

PS: Don't be put off by the name, it's not excessively shimmery...

Monday, 24 November 2014

Recent Favorites 11.24.14

Oh hi everyone, fancy seeing you around here. What's new with you? Great, great. Okay so I have some random favorites I feel like sharing with you. I have a couple of Burt's Bees bits that I got from the #BeeMerry event thing that my homegirl Meg was doing at a pop up store in LDN town. Just a quick disclaimer in case any of you try to sue me etc.

Burt's Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream
I believe Meg mentioned this was one of her favorite products by Burt's Bees + let me tell you... it smells so good. I keep this next to my bed + I 'apply it generously' before going to bed. Not only doing it smell really good but it does a good job of reviving dead winter hands.

Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille
This is my perfect perfume + I would probably say it's my 'signature scent' because I wear it all the time. Every time I wear this someone will ask about it. The best thing about it is the fact that it stays on all day so the scent doesn't start to disappear after an hour or so like most perfumes. If you like warm, slightly masculine scents then give this a little sniff.

Skandihome Love Birds Coasters
I love these coasters, yes they are nice to use as actual coasters but I think they look pretty to display jewelry on.

Burt's Bees Hydrating Coconut & Pear Lipbalm
I used to really like Burt's Bees lipbalms back in the day but I am now loving this particular one purely because it smells ridiculously good.

Anomie Rings
I am sure I have mentioned before that I love anything from my friend Chelsea's online store (click here) but at the moment I am particularly obsessed with all of the silver rings on the website. I used to be such a gold jewelry girl but I am definitely getting more + more into silver. I don't really buy jewelry unless it's from Anomie or Chelsea Market in New York.

Skandihome Candles
I love a good candle but I often find they burn really annoyingly so half the wax ends up wasted. At the moment I have been burning the Skandihome Sandlewood + Vetiver Candle + not only does it burn really nicely without sticking to the sides, it's an amazing winter smell. However, I now want the Christmas Spices one...

Monday, 10 November 2014

MINI BLOG SALE ft. MAC, NARS, LAURA MERCIER ETC


Oh hi, just me again. I am on a quest to own far less makeup so in that process I thought I would part with some products that don't get enough love (but are still lovely!).

RULES:
This is a UK only sale.
All payments must be done through PayPal. 
I am not responsible for any items damaged or lost in the post (but hopefully that shouldn't happen!)
Shipping costs £2 plus £0.50 for each additional item. 
Leave a comment below telling me which items you’d like as well as your PayPal email address so I can invoice you. 
I will ship items within 2-3 days of payment. 
*Disclaimer: I bought all items with my own money*

Products from 1st image (from left to right)
Maybelline Sensational Vivids Lipstick in Fuchsia Flash (used once) - £1
MAC Lipstick in Morange (used twice) - £8
MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam Nicki (used three-four times) - £6
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Showy (used once) - £2.50

Products from 2nd image (from top left, going clockwise)
Soap & Glory Peach Party Blush Brick (used twice) - £5
NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Cordura (used three-four times) - £12
Tarte The Sculptor (used once) - £10
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Rose Gold (used once) - £12

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