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Beauty: New Spring 2017 Lip Launches

Posted on March 29, 2017

Hi Guys!

There have been SO many new lip launches over the last few months, I really didn’t know where to start with them! So I decided in the end I’d just group everything together and talk you through them all. Some are pretty decent, some are really good, and a couple really are excellent. Let’s get stuck in!

Starting with the new Lord & Berry Timeless Kissproof Lipstick (£15.00 at HQ Hair) – now I must admit, Lord & Berry isn’t a brand that I’d usually gravitate towards, for no other reason than I’m just not overly familiar with their products. But I have to say their new Timeless Kiss Proof Lipsticks really are fantastic!

They have a lovely, creamy formula that contains a nourishing blend of Neem, Sesame and Indian Frankincense Essential Oils, making them super comfortable on the lips, whilst being incredibly pigmented with a transfer-resistant matte finish. I really was impressed with these and they’re definitely worth checking out. I have shades –

  • Brave Red – a true red
  • Pop Pink – an intense magenta
  • First Lady – a mid brown with gold sparkle

(I should just mention that I took my photos before the products had a chance to dry, so just letting you know they do dry down matte)

Next we have the Chantecaille Matte Chic Lipsticks (£33.00 at Space NK) – you probably won’t be surprised to hear these are the most expensive products in this round up. The Matte Chic lipsticks have a light, whipped texture that’s very similar to the new Burberry Liquid Lip Velvets. I love that they feel barely-there on the lips, whilst being moisturising and also long wearing. They’d make a great treat if you’re a fan of Chantecaille products. I have shades –

  • Jerry – a nude pink
  • Carmen – a true deep red

And at the opposite end of the spectrum, the Clinique Crayola Chubby Stick in Wild Strawberry (£17.50 at Selfridges) is perfect if you’re looking for a nourishing lip product with just a hint of colour. The formula contains mango and shea butters to keep lips feeling comfortably soft and smooth, and the Crayola theme is really fun and playful.

Back to liquid lipsticks now, the LA Splash Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks (£9.95 at Beauty Bay) have been a long time favourite of mine. I picked some up direct from LA Splash in the US a while ago now, and I was beyond impressed with how well they lasted on my lips.

Their Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick collection is inspired by desserts, and comes in a range of muted, neutral shades. The formula is full coverage, and completely transfer proof, and it’s also worth mentioning that you don’t want to apply this too thickly, as I’ve found it wears off the lips quicker if it’s applied too generously. I have shades –

  • Dark Mocha Mousse – a light warm brown.
  • Buttermilk Cheesecake – a natural nude with pink undertones.
  • Macaroon –  a deep rosy pink.

The Ciate London Pretty Stix Lipstick (£16.00 at Lookfantastic) is another new product that’s now a favourite of mine. This is more along the lines of a sheer lipstick, offering a moisturising formula which combines Brazilian Murumuru butter and Amino Acid to give the soothing and conditioning properties of a balm, combined with the pigmentation of a lipstick. I love that the Pretty Stix make my lips feel so smooth and moisturised. I’ve been wearing Vintage Blush quite a lot this week!

  • Vintage Blush – a light coral nude
  • Romcom – a bright magenta
  • Heartbreaker – a deep purple

Next we have the brand new Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks (£19.00 at Smashbox) – it’s been quite a while since I’ve used Smashbox products so I wasn’t too sure what to expect with these, but the Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks are some of the most highly pigmented lip products I’ve ever tried – I was so impressed!

They promise to stay put for up to 8 hours, and contain Advanced Polymer Technology and Primer Oil Complex to give a super smooth, intensely pigmented, budge-proof finish. I have shades –

  • Let’s Dance – a bright purple toned magenta
  • Shockaholic – a super bright magenta pink
  • Big Spender – an intense rose pink

For those looking for a budget product, I always recommend checking out Sleek Cosmetics. The Sleek Cosmetics Matte Lip Cream (£4.99 at Superdrug) is a great product for less than a fiver, and they’ve now brought out a selection of fun and bright pastel shades for spring. The formula isn’t the most pigmented in the world, but it’s decent enough to give good coverage with a couple of swipes, and it lasts for a good few hours before you need to think about touching up. Overall this is a great budget product. I have shades –

  • French Fancy – a pretty mid cool toned pink
  • Crushed Lavender – a light lavender purple
  • Apricot Blooms – a light coral-apricot

If you’re not a fan of liquid lipsticks, the new Makeup Forever Artist Acrylip Glosses (£17.50 at Debenhams) could be right up your street. Inspired by bold, high-pigment artist acrylic paints, the MUFE Artist Acrylips give lips the most intense, glossy color with just one swipe. I really love the smoothness of the formula, as well as the amazing pigmentation. I should reiterate that these are glosses and do not dry down or set in any way shape or form – but they also don’t move around the mouth at all which is great news. I have shades –

  • 202 Coral Pink – an intense petal pink
  • 400 Iconic Red – an intense true red
  • 600 Dark Purple – a deep aubergine purple

And the Pixi Beauty GelTint & SilkGloss (£14.00 at ASOS) – Pixi is one of my favourite beauty brands, and I love that their products are always so interesting and innovative. This double ended tint and gloss is just a fantastic idea that I’ve never seem before. One end contains a gel formula lip stain, and the other holds a glossy top coat.

And lastly, MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick (£17.50 at Selfridges) – this collection includes some really beautiful shades, and I was drawn to ‘So Me’ which has a real 90’s vibe about it. I’m not actually a fan of MAC’s original Retro Matte Lipsticks as I find them to be incredibly drying, so I was interested to see how the liquid version fared. Well I have to say I was impressed! As expected the formula was richly pigmented, but it was also pleasant to wear and lasted all day. I definitely want to pick up some more shades now!

I’d love to hear which lip products you’ve been loving lately?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

Lookfantastic February 2016 #LFLoves Beauty Box

Posted on February 22, 2016

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Hi Guys, happy Monday!

I’ve got the latest beauty box from Lookfantastic to share with you today. This is the #LFLoves Februaury edition, and it’s packed full of beauty treats –

  • Monuspa Relaxing Bali Massage & Body Oil 35ml – worth £7.00
  • Bliss Pink Grapefruit & Aloe Body Butter 30ml – worth £3.30
  • Hi Impact Brows Perfector Palette full size – worth £18.99
  • Lord & Berry Matte Lipstick Pencil in Intimacy mini size – worth £5.00
  • KMS California Colour Vitality Conditioner 75ml – worth £4.50
  • Denman Mini Keyring Brush – worth £2.79
  • Elle Magazine (not shown) – March Edition – worth £4.10

Total value of box – £45.68

I haven’t had a Lookfantastic beauty box for quite a while, so it was great to receive February’s box to see if they’re still of the same quality they were when they first started out. This box includes a rather generous six items, and there’s a couple of brands in there I hadn’t heard of before too.

Starting with the new-to-me brands, the KMS Colour Vitality Conditioner is not so relevant to me as my hair isn’t coloured right now, it’ll definitely still get used though! The Hi Impact Brows Palette looks pretty interesting, this is a kind of one-size-fits-all mini palette that contains four powder shades for brows, to suit wether your hair is blonde, brunette, red or black, there will be a shade for you.

The Denman Mini Keyring Brush is super cute, as well as handy – I don’t think I’ll fix this on my keys as I already have way too many keys and bits and bobs on there, but this will be going straight in my bag. I know I’ll definitely use the Lord & Berry Lip Pencil too, Intimacy is a beautiful nude rose colour that will suit most complexions.

The Bliss Pink Grapefruit & Aloe Body Butter smells amazingly fresh and juicy, and it’s perfect for use on any extra dry areas such as elbows and knees, to moisturise and intensely hydrate. And lastly the Monuspa Relaxing Bali Massage & Body Oil, now this sounds right up my street! You just need to find a willing friend, get them to warm the product in their hands and then give you a nice massage – I think I’ll get my other half to try this out on me 🙂 It also doubles up as a bath or shower oil too, so I don’t think this little bottle will last me very long!

Overall this is a great box and I’ll get use out of most of the products. I’d love to hear if you picked up this box and what you thought of it?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

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Lookfantastic March Beauty Box | Review

Posted on March 7, 2015

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Hi Guys!

You may remember this time last month my Lookfantastic beauty box review started a bit meh, and actually turned out quite positive. I’d originally decided not to buy any more boxes, but by the end of the post I’d changed my mind! Well as it turns out I actually forgot to order March’s box, but then Lookfantastic kindly offered to send me one for review – thanks guys! So let’s see what March’s box has to offer…

  • Cowshed Lippy Cow Lip Balm, 12ml is £5.00 so 5ml is worth £2.91
  • Lord & Berry Eyeliner Pencil, full size is £10 so travel size is worth about £5.00
  • Wet Brush, £7.99
  • NudeStix Magnetic Colour Eyeshadow Pencil, £24.00
  • Bliss Fatgirlslim, 60ml £10.40
  • Caudalie Polyphenol Anti Wrinkle Serum, 30ml is £35 so 10ml is worth £11.66

Total value = £61.96

This looks like a really interesting box, with a good variety of products so I’m looking forward to getting stuck in! One thing I wanted to mention though is the card you get in the box gives the value of the products, but it’s not always accurate, so for example it says the Cowshed Lip Balm is worth £5, but that’s actually the 12ml full size version, and the same goes for the Lord & Berry Eyeliner, they say it’s worth £10, but they’re referring to the full sized product, rather than the half size travel version you get in the box… just thought I’d give that a mention.

Anyway, this box contains six sample and full sized products covering makeup, skincare, and hair. I’m loving the variety! I’ve got lip balms coming out of my ears at the moment, but you can never have too many, right? The Cowshed Lippy Cow Lip Balm contains essential oils of linden blossom, rose geranium and ylang ylang. I’ve used it a couple of times and it’s actually a pretty decently balm!

The Lord & Berry Eyeliner Pencil is again another great product, the formula is super soft and silky and it glides on the eyes without tugging – the only thing is it does smudge easily, so this pencil would be great for a smokey eye look, but if you want a clean line, I wouldn’t try it with this pencil.

The Wet Brush is a tool for detangling thick curly or straight hair, wet or dry. My hair is very fine, so this doesn’t really appeal or apply to me – but the mini sized brush is a handy spare to keep in my bag. The next item is the Nudestix Magnetic Eye Color Pencil, I’ve never heard of Nudestix before and seeing the price tag is £24.00 I was very interested to try this pencil out. The formula appears to be a smooth, creamy pencil, that applies easily but then surprisingly sets really well too, and it actually doesn’t budge. I’ve tried this out on the back of my hand and on one eye (I’m multitasking ok!) and it really doesn’t move, even with rubbing! This pencil is also advised for oily lids, so if you have a problem with your eye makeup smudging and sinking into creases, you should definitely check the Nudestix pencils out.

Bliss Fatgirlslim is next. I’m not really sure what to make of the name to be honest, but this is a body firming cream that is supposed to make skin feel firmer and more toned with use. It’s a thick cream with a slightly minty scent and contains caffeine as it’s active ingredient, which I’ve read is supposed to ‘make fat cells shrink’. Hmm, this sounds very unlikely to me! I think you’d need to use this product every day for at least a few weeks to get an idea if it works or not, but you’d need at least another one or two of these small 60ml tubs to trial for that length of time.

And lastly the Caudiale Caudalie Polyphenol Anti Wrinkle Serum. I’m a big fan of serums so I’m glad I have another one to add to my collection! This is an anti-oxidant, anti-wrinkle concentrate that blocks free radicals whilst moisturising and plumping the skin. It’s enriched with hyaluronic acid and olive squalane, and in time promises visibly brighter skin and reduced fine lines and wrinkles. I’m looking forward to giving this a proper try, and I’ll report back soon!

Well I have to say I’m actually really impressed with March’s box, it contains a great range of products, most of which I’ll definitely use, so it get’s a big thumbs up from me!

Have you tried any of Lookfantastic’s beauty boxes? I hope you enjoyed my review xxx

My Top Five Red Lipsticks for Christmas!

Posted on December 14, 2014

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Hi Guys!

We’re now officially counting down to Christmas, and I decided it’s about time I bust out the red lippy! Red shades are notoriously difficult to wear – some people don’t think reds should be worn in the day time, and some are scared of red all together. I say if you fancy wearing bright red lipstick, GET IT ON! If you want to wear purple, green or blue lipstick, just do it! I’m all for bright colours! In the spirit of the season though, I thought I’d get together my favourite red lip shades to share with you…

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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, £18.00. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils are an old favourite of mine, and I think this was actually the first ever NARS product I bought. The Velvet Matte formula name says it all, these pencils give a perfect matte look with a comfortable, velvet finish. They’re definitely my favourite matte lip product. Dragon Girl is similar to Annabella below but ever so slightly less bright, and slightly more pink toned.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Annabella, £24.00. The NARS Audacious lipsticks are simply fantastic, I have a few of them now and I really don’t have a bad word to say about any of them (except for the £24 price tag, eek!) Annabella is the truest of reds that I own, it’s a perfect intense red shade that really does make your teeth look whiter! Take a look here to see what I mean 😀

MAC Pedro Lourenco Limited Edition Lipstick in True Red, £16.50. As soon as I saw the Pedro Lourenco collection I knew I had to get my hands on the lip products! True Red is a bright orange-red that’s not for the faint hearted. It comes in an amplified finish, so the formula is super creamy, highly pigmented and long wearing. I love this shade!

Yves Rocher Moisturising Cream Lipstick in Orange Muscade, £7.50. Yves Rocher’s Moisturising Cream formula gives their lipsticks a beautiful hydrating creme finish, that is super smooth and comfortable to wear. Orange Muscade is a semi sheer tomato orange, that’s great for a hint of colour to brighten the complexion. If you’re a bit scared of a full on red, I’d recommend giving this a go.

Lord & Berry Vogue Lipstick in Rebel, £13.00. This is a new addition to my collection, and my first experience of Lord & Berry lipsticks. The Vogue lipsticks apparently have a ‘matte formulation with a velvet feeling and extreme comfort in application’. The Rebel shade is a deep brownish red, I’d say it’s quite a 90’s colour if you know what I mean. It definitely doesn’t have a matte finish though, it’s more of a creamy satin, but I’m definitely not disappointed. I love this Rebel shade for winter, it’s deep and richly pigmented and a great alternative to a bright red.

I’d love to hear what your favourite red lipstick is? I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx

This post contains samples provided for review