Wednesday, 29 October 2014

OMG90s: Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick in 16 Candy Rose

I had high hopes for this Rouge Eclat lipstick in Candy Rose when I popped open the tube and twisted up the colour.  It looked like a gorgeous cool toned mid pink, one of my favourite shades, and given how much I love the Rouge Eclat formula, I was anticipating a new makeup bag favourite.

Unfortunately though, when I applied it to my lips, all I could see was the silver-white frost.  The combination of mid-pink with frost makes this a very, very 90s look, and having been there and done that as a teenager the first time, I certainly won't be doing it again.  Shame, as the Rouge Eclat formula is comfortable, highly pigmented, and lasts well.  I guess I'll be sticking to Pink Berry this winter!

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Monday, 27 October 2014

Urban Decay Limited Edition Pulp Fiction Collection

Urban Decay have released a limited edition collection inspired by Pulp Fiction - to mark the 20th anniversary of the film's release.  I can't believe it's been 20 years - although I do remember quite clearly being around 13, bringing the video home, and my Mum immediately switching it off when we got to the shooting up scene.

Anyway - the collection may be emblazoned with Pulp Fiction, but it's really about Mrs Mia Wallace, the film's feisty front woman.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Quick Pick: BeautyBay The Collection Large Detangling Brush

I realised the other day that this purple Beauty Bay detangling brush has become my go-to item for detangling my hair after washing.  It's pretty much the same concept as a Tangle Teezer - flexible plastic bristles help detangle the hair without pulling.  The difference is the handle and the price - for a mere £5, compared to £10 for the Tangle Teezer, you get the same hair-smoothing effects with a handle that makes the process more like brushing with a normal brush.

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Friday, 24 October 2014

Kiko Cosmetics Color-Up Eyeshadow Pencil in 24 Majestic Dove Grey and 10 Bold Rosy Taupe

Ah, Kiko.  Their inexpensive products often perform way beyond their price points, and these new Color-Up Eyeshadow Pencils definitely, definitely impress.  The ten shades are all deep, moody, slightly colour-nuanced versions of greys and taupes, making for a wonderful autumn eye look which isn't too dark, but still perfectly suits the season/

I've been using 24 Majestic Dove Grey and 10 Bold Rosy Taupe for the past few weeks and I'm thoroughly impressed - they go on creamy, blend easily, and set down to a finish which doesn't budge when applied over primer.  The pointy shape means you can easily use them around the whole eye, too, and I've been impressed to see them last a whole day (and an evening of sweaty laser tag) without fading.

I don't think they're actually all that different from Kiko's Long Lasting Eyeshadow stick texture-wise - it's just the packaging and shade range which is different.  Either way, if you're looking for a quick and easy, highly portable autumn eye product, this is it - no brushes required, just the stick and your fingers.  And at just £7.90 each, you can treat yourself to a couple of shades.  Find them now at the Kiko website, or one of the many stores in London.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Illamasqua Multi Facet Palette in Aura

Illamasqua's latest release is a neutral palette.  Bit weird, again, for a brand which has traded so much on unusual shades and textures, but I guess their recent, more wearable collections speak to the fact that brands cannot trade on the unusual alone - most of us love more wearable shades, and thus, Illamasqua are making more of them.

Anyway, the palette itself is a bit of a departure from Illamasqua's previous rounded-edge, squareish shape - this one is a simple black square, embossed subtly with the brand's name on the lid.  Whilst I definitely liked the original shape (and it certainly stood out in my makeup collection), this new shape makes the palette much more compact.

Inside, we get a variety of Illamasqua favourites - on the left, Aurora cream highlighter and Tremble powder blush, and on the right Hollow Cream Pigment (included for contouring), Thunder brow cake, and four powder eyeshadows in Vision (shimmering white), Servant (peachy matte), Feint (reddish pink matte), and Machine (black matte with silver shimmer).  As someone who'd look quite frankly stupid with brown eyebrows, I've been using the Thunder brow cake as an eyeshadow / eyeliner instead.

Tremble Powder Blush, Aurora Gleam highlighter, Hollow Cream Pigment, Thunder Brow Cake

Vision, Servant, Feint, Machine Powder Eyeshadows

And here is most of the palette on my mug.  I'm wearing Tremble and Aurora on my cheeks, with all four eyeshadows on my eyes, and a bit of Aurora on my browbones too.

This is mostly Servant (peach) and Feint (reddish pink) blended across the lid and into the crease, with a touch of Vision (shimmering white) in the inner corner and Machine (black) along the lash line.  All the colours blended easily, although I did find that the matte colours needed a bit of layering to give a strong finish.

Tremble powder blush is a rather nice pink, but the thing I'm most impressed with is Gleam in Aurora - it's an incredible highlighter, as you can see above on my browbone and cheekbone.  It catches the light subtly, and doesn't rely on glitter or shimmer, just a very smooth sheen which manages to look perfectly natural and very polished indeed.  I'm definitely buying a full size once I've used up the pan in the Aura palette.

Overall, this is a lovely palette for workhorse every day looks and I'm particularly pleased to see it include so many cult favourites such as Aurora and Hollow.  Illamasqua fans will like this one for the sheer number of products crammed into one tiny package, and those new to the brand will find it a great introduction to a variety of Illamasqua products.  At £45, it's not cheap, but given the number of products included, I think it's worth the cash.  Find it now at the Illamasqua website, alongside it's sister palette Semblence, which is designed for deeper skintones.

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Sonia Kashuk Essential Eye Kit

Here's another thing-I-bought-in-the-US-recently, and sadly this one isn't available in the UK - although I really, really wish it was.  Those of you with long makeup-brush memories will remember that budget priced, high quality US brush brand Sonia Kashuk made it to Space NK a few years ago - with a staggering markup which saw brushes sold at twice the price they were in the US.  Unsurprisingly, they weren't popular, and Space NK retired the brand.

This rather gorgeous travel set contains five short-handled brushes with super soft bristles, in a tiny travel case, for a mere $11.49 plus tax at Target.   It was all I needed, brush wise, for my recent three-week work trip to San Francisco - for lining, smudging, blending, everything.  The quality is excellent, the portability fantastic, and I love the little case - the brushes are well protected, the case is held shut tightly, and it's so streamlined!  Wonderful.

I really hope Sonia Kashuk makes it back to the UK sometime - without the markup - but in the meantime, beg your US friends to post you one of these.  You won't regret it.

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

By Terry Baume De Rose Nutri-Couleur in Toffee Cream

By Terry's Baume De Rose is a bit of a cult favourite, and with good reason - it's waxy/smooth texture hugs the lips and injects serious moisture which doesn't disappear when the product wears off.  It is, however, absolutely extortionately priced at £35 a pot.  The latest version, Nutri-Couleur, has a soft tint to it - less multi-purpose, yes, but if you're a fan of the soft, tinted lip, perhaps even more of a daily staple.

I'm wearing Toffee Cream in the photo above - it's a very soft tint, giving a slightly polished nude look, and as usual for Baume De Rose, the texture is gorgeous.  My lips feel conditioned and moist, and the effects last long after the product has worn away.  Unusually for a balm, it sticks to the lips for a good hour before melting away, leaving the soft tint behind.

If you like a tinted lip balm, this one is easily one of the best I've tried - it has genuine lip moisturising effects.  At £35, though, it's easily one of the most expensive balms I've ever tried, and whilst it's excellent, I'm not sure I could bring myself to spend that much on a tinted lip balm.  Lanolips is a similar, much cheaper option at £7.99 a tube, but if you're into seriously luxe, lip loving products, Baume De Rose Nutri-Couleur is very, very good.  Available in six shades, you'll find it at Space NK.

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