Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Too Faced Melted Liquidified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Violet, Melted Peony, and Melted Ruby

Too Faced's Spring collection contains these lovely new lipstick formulas.  They're long wearing, high pigmented, and come with a soft sheen (at least for the first hour or so), and come in some surprisingly out there shades.

Melted Violet, Melted Peony, Melted Ruby
The lipstick is delivered via a sponge tip applicator, which gives you good control over the amount dispensed at a time, and lets you get a clean line around the lip line.  I find it easier to use than a sponge doe-foot as the colour saturates the applicator before it hits the lip, and once it does hit the lip it's easy to get an even, smooth application.

Melted Violet, Melted Peony, Melted Ruby

As you can see from the swatches, the pigmentation is intense.  Melted Peony and Melted Ruby are pretty standard lip colours - pink neutral, and pink red - but Melted Violet is a pretty crazy colour.  It's a blue toned purple, and it's seriously bright.  It looks crap on me, but I imagine it'd look stunning on darker skintones.

Melted Violet

See?  Looks crap.  Makes my teeth look yellow too.

Melted Peony

Surprisingly, Melted Peony is my favourite of the three shades I've tried - it's a perfect neutral pink.  It's pigmented enough to cover over the slight blue tinge around my lips, and it's flattering without being insipid.

Melted Ruby
Melted Ruby is a classic bright pink toned red, and it's glorious - bright, punchy, and with a lovely sheen to the finish which is a nice change to the more common matte finish you find in this shade.  Curiously, you can really see the fuschia base tone around the outline of the lips, making for a subtle ombre rather than a flat red.

Texture wise, these lipsticks are lovely - they're more akin to a lacquer, but apply more silkily, and don't feel tacky on the lips at all.  My lips feel hydrated and comfortable for around four hours before they start feeling a little dry - the colour clings to the lips for much longer, though, wearing down into more of a stained finish.

At £19, these are average priced for a mid-range lipstick (isn't that scary?  I remember when mid-range lipsticks were more like £14).  They're well worth it if you like that intense pigmentation, saturated look - they remind me a little of OCC Lip Tars, just easier to apply and more portable.

Find them at Debenhams from the end of April, alongside the rest of the Spring collection.

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Monday, 21 April 2014

Paul & Joe Stormy Weather Eyeshadow Trio and Kitty Case

The internet was made for cats, so Paul & Joe must have known their kitty-adorned makeup cases would get plenty of blog coverage just because they feature felines.  And I'll admit, I decided to buy an eyeshadow trio mostly because I saw the case first and wanted something to put in it.

Anyway, the kitty case is made from sturdy cardboard, and comes empty.  You can choose to fill it with eyeshadow or blush - the pans snap straight in and are held in place with a magnet.  You can then replace the product once you've used it up (assuming you ever finish anything up - I certainly don't).

I chose the Stormy Weather eyeshadow trio - three shades of shimmering grey, which I chose mostly because of that lovely grey-taupe in the middle.  I'm a sucker for a grey taupe, really I am.

Swatched, you can see that they have a lovely sparkly finish, almost metallic but not quite as flashy.  Applied to the lid, they're a bit more subtle than this swatch would imply - unless you pack on the colour you're going to get a soft wash effect rather than full on shimmer.  That dark grey is particularly good for a bit of gentle smokiness atop the lash line, and the middle taupe-grey is absolutely stunning if you go in for taupe.  I just wish the sparkling bright white had been replaced with something a bit more interesting - I have a million bright sparkling white shades.

And a final gratuitous kitty-case shot.  I'm not sorry.

You'll find the case and the eyeshadow trio at ASOS, where the whole set will cost you £21 (because Stormy Weather is on sale).  The normal price for a trio and case is £7 + £23 = £30, which is quite a hefty price tag for three shades of eyeshadow in a cardboard case.  Granted, it's a really pretty cardboard case, but if you lug it about in your makeup bag, it will start to look a bit battered.

Disclosure:  Bought with my own hard earned pennies, alongside two skirts, because you can never have enough black full skirts right?

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Monday, 14 April 2014

BUY THIS NOW: Macadamia Flawless 6 in 1 Cleansing Conditioner

Cleansing conditioners are starting to gain a bit of momentum in the mainstream beauty market.  I used to exclusively co-wash my hair, with any old conditioner free from silicone, and I'm pleased to see sulphate free cleansing conditioners coming onto the market.

One of the new breed of cleansing conditioners is this very prettily packaged Flawless 6 in 1 Cleansing Conditioner from Macadamia.  It claims to cleanse, condition, and detangle the hair, whilst also adding volume, reducing blow drying time, and eliminating frizz.

Does it deliver?  Surprisingly, yes.  On my colour treated, dryish hair, it leaves my hair feeling soft, hydrated and completely clean, and when I blow dry my hair after use, my hair does dry more quickly, has plenty of volume, and is pretty smooth.  When I leave my hair to dry naturally, it's not perfectly smooth, but it is smoother than usual without additional product.

In short, I'm seriously impressed by this cleansing conditioner.  It's not cheap, but it's not overpriced, either - the 90ml bottle, which is good for around 5 or 6 washes, costs around £7, not bad for something which fulfils so many functions.  I'll definitely be buying the larger 250ml can, which costs £22, and keeping my 90ml sample for travel.  You'll find Macadamia Flawless 6 in 1 Cleansing Conditioner at BeautyBay.com.

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Stila Ruby Grapefruit Lip Glaze

Stila's trademark Lip Glazes are a thing of legend - soft, plush on the lips, super shiny, and with that lovely milky quality.  This one, Ruby Grapefruit, has previously only been available in special edition sets, but is shortly going to be launching alone for a mere £15 - and in Marks and Spencer, no less!  The brand is coming to M&S' ever growing Your Beauty section, bringing with it some super cute exclusive palettes alongside the usual lineup of Convertible Colours and Smudge Pots.  Find Stila in store from April.

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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Pur Minerals Spring/Summer 2014 Chateau Collection - Powder Blush in Sassy & Lipsticks in Starlet and Jezebel

Pur Minerals' latest collection for Spring/Summer 2014 draws inspiration from wine and vineyards, and uses 'wine extract' for an anti aging effect.  There's little detail on what this 'wine extract' actually is, but unfortunately, the blushes, lipsticks and glosses from the range won't get you tipsy.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Decleor Aromessence Mandarine

Decleor have celebrated their 40th birthday by releasing a new range of skincare - the Aroma Lisse range utilises Mandarin Oil to fight the signs of aging.  One of the four products is this Aromessence Mandarine, a rich night balm designed to smooth and hydrate the skin.

The packaging works against it a little - because it's a solid balm, you need to scoop out a little bit using your fingertips, and the jar neck is quite narrow - I've solved the problem by scraping some off with my fingernail, but it's still a little awkward.

As you might expect, it smells delightfully citrusy.  It's also incredibly thick and rich - the texture is more akin to a balm cleanser like Elemis' Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm, and like a balm cleanser it melts and softens on the fingertips so you can massage it into the skin.

Dry, parched skin will feel dreamily soft and hydrated in the morning, and visibly plumped up for good measure.  If your skin is normal or oily, I wouldn't recommend trying this - it's so rich it's quite likely to overload delicate or oily skins.

At £33 for 15ml, this is one expensive balm - although it is made of 100% natural ingredients including shea butter, mandarin oil, and evening primrose oil.  If you like a facial oil but find a liquid texture too much hard work, you'll love this - the solid texture is much more travel friendly, whilst still packing a potent hydrating punch and actively encouraging a bit of facial massage.  Find it at the Decleor website now.

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Quick Pick: Marks & Spencer Tuscan Escape Lemon Verbena Olive Stone Body Scrub

This body scrub was a bit of a chance find at a recent M&S event - and I'm very, very glad I brought it home with me.  It's a scrubby, bits-in-gel type format, with the bits made of olive stone.  The scent is heavenly - zesty, lemony, and very, very fresh without any of that sickly, artificial sweetness lemon scents can sometimes bring.  It smells like the zest of a lemon - sharp, fruity, and only slightly sweet.

The olive stone scrubby pieces do make this a manual exfoliant which is very effective, and could be too harsh if you have very sensitive skin, so do be careful with it.  Luckily there aren't too many scrubby bits, so my normal skin found it just fine.  I can't find it on the Marks and Spencer website right now, but you'll find it in store for a very reasonable £6.

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