Sunday, 12 February 2017

Too Faced - Sweet Peach lip gloss in Peach Tease

I've said it enough times that I'm not a fan of lip glosses, but they are very quickly growing on me. And the new launch from Too Faced has definitely helped.

The new Sweet Peach range is a gorgeous smelling, oil infused range. If you thought "peach" just came in one shade, think again, because Too Faced have got the colour of Spring 2017 completely nailed. 

My peach is Peach Tease. This is probably one of the strongest of the shades, but yet so light and beautiful. 
These goodness-infused glossy oils have finally kicked out heavy, Matte shades and are making waves this Spring. 

Peach Tease is a light orange, coral. The texture is very glossy, so if you don't like that as a texture, this may not be the one for you.

Colour Intensity: light to medium

Finish: glossy, high Shine

Overall Rating: 4/5 - they don't last very long, but they make your lips feel incredible 

You'll like this if: you're a lip gloss fan, and want something that smells and looks delicious! 


Sunday, 29 January 2017

Charlotte Tilbury - K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Valentine

Only yesterday I made a pretty big claim in my blog that my favourite lipstick of 2017 would be Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk. Today, I already regret my words. 

Because today, I tried the "other" most talked about beauty product of January - Charlotte Tilbury's Valentine. 

Named by fans on Twitter, Valentine is a soft nude that borders on baby pink. The colour is pure petal perfection that will take you into Spring in one easy application. Unlike Pillow Talk which is fashioned in Matte Revolution, Valentine is its tamed friend - it has a more traditional, creamy finish that feels glorious on the lips. Even once off, my lips feel refreshed and moisturised as if I've been wearing a lip balm. 

The colour is very similar to my all time favourite MAC lipstick, Fanfare. I love this colour because I feel it's difficult to find it on the High Street. Pale, cool pinks tend to either be too white or too blue, making them look very unnatural - Valentine is the perfect balance between the two. It's definitely more on the blue/white scale than yellow (the picture of the lips is the most accurate to what it looks like), so if like me you're no golden goddess  and are more Snow Bunny than Sun Bunny, this pink is your ideal one. 

After a couple of years of only wearing Matte Revolution, Valentine has made me take the detour back to K.I.S.S.I.N.G, and I'm liking this journey. 


Colour Intensity: medium 

Finish: creamy, shine, moisturising 

Overall Rating : 5/5 - I take back what I said about Pillow Talk (although I love that too!)

You'll like this if: you like MAC's Fanfare, and want a beautiful, cool pale pink that doesn't look as white as Claudia Winkleman's, or as pink as Pat Butcher's 

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Charlotte Tilbury - Matte Revolution lipstick in Pillow Talk

All hail Queen Charlotte as she gifts another precious item onto her people! 

If you haven't yet heard that Charlotte Tilbury has created a corresponding lipstick to her most talked about lip liner, Pillow Talk, then where the hell have you been? Unless your answer right now is "I've been on a hiatus for the last year living in Cambodia", "I don't have any form of social media" or "I've been living under a rock", then I'm not sure how I can continue a conversation with you. 

Pillow Talk (in its lipstick form) has got to be the most talked about beauty product of January. 

For years now, Pillow Talk (the lip liner) has helped us fake the perfect Cupid's bow and we have sworn by it to be a trusted companion of our favourite lipstick, but now, it has its own, exact match. 


This lipstick is a gorgeous dusky pink, enveloping your lips in rosy glory that is ideal for every day wear. The most impressive thing of all is that it looks beautiful on every single skin tone.

Unlike so many nudes out there, Pillow Talk is no wallflower. It doesn't shy away in colour or a barely there feel - it screams out and demands attention to tell all that it is here, and it is here to stay. It will suit both subtle make-up looks, and sultry seductive eyes, so be prepared for this to be your favourite lipstick of 2017. I've already made this claim, even though there are still 11 months worth of lipstick testing to go.


If, like me, you get put off by the word "Matte", please don't let this get in the way. Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution range means that the colour has little shine, but it's just as comfortable and hydrating as a traditional lipstick. 

It's everything you need if you're looking for a "does it all" lipstick. 


Colour Intensity: medium

Finish: Matte, but still very hydrating and wearable. Staying power is amazing.

Overall Rating: 5/5 - how can any other lipstick in 2017 get any better than this?

You'll like this if: You're a Pillow Talk lip pencil lover, or just want a no-fuss nude that ticks all the boxes. For all skin tones, for all looks, for all ages. Winner! 

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Pixi - Mattelustre lipstick in Peach Blossom

I swear by Pixi skin care products. The Glow Tonic is a daily addiction, and I cannot get on a plane without the hydrating mists. But this is nothing new to you. For years now, the blogosphere has gone loco over this brand and there are barely any dressing tables left without a little bottle of green and pink. 

I was in Marks & Spencer's topping up on another Glow Tonic supply (of both large and small size) when I noticed a brand new display of cosmetics. "Hmm!" I pondered out loud resulting in the shop assistant to ask me if I was ok. Once I got her off my case, I mesmerised over the pretty selection. 


An hour later, I had got the goods and here I sit in front of my MacBook writing about my very first Pixi lipstick. 

But I wish I had more optimistic words to write. As much as it pains me, I wasn't as enthralled over this little stick as I thought I would be. This whole purchase has left me confused.

Confusion no.1 stemmed from the Lipstick description - Mattelustre. Surely this is an oxymoron? Does this mean it's both Matte and shiny? What's even more confusing is that the result is actually neither. The finish resembles more of a solid lip balm that you only take out when your lips are desperately parched and you have no better options. 


Confusion no.2 is the colour. The stick itself looks more like a brick-red coral. I thought this would be a lovely, retro peachy orange that is making a splash at the moment, but the result is tame and uninspiring. Yes, Peach Blossom is a pretty colour once on the lips, but it doesn't have the kick I expected it. There's very little peach, and absolutely no blossom. 

Confusion no.3 is that when I have this on, my relatively full lips look thin and lifeless. I have no idea why this is - maybe the combination of the texture and shade, but this isn't the 18th century when thin lips were an aspiration, so I see no reason who would find this appealing. Unless they've time traveled forward 200 years. 

Colour Intensity: medium

Finish: hard to say. A little bit Matte. A little bit traditional lipstick. 

Overall Rating: 1/5 eeek! 

You'll like this if: you're not as fussy as I am. 

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Rosie for Autograph lipstick in Laugh Out Loud LOL

I've been dreaming of occasions to wear this glamorous lipstick, but with my life just being casual office wear, presentations and meetings with agencies, wearing a bright lipstick is frowned upon. This isn't the norm, by the way, just in case I've made you rethink corporate life - it's just this particular company that I work for, where wearing a novelty jumper embroidered with the brand you're working on is the height of sophistication. Yawn.

It is a bit annoying, which is probably why my weekend outfits and make-up are probably so over the top. Picnic at the local park? Chanel lipstick and a cocktail dress, right?

I felt that Rosie For Autograph collection deserved a real first outing, especially as the colour is so beautiful - both inside the packaging and out of it, so I waited until I had an evening do to rock this one. And it went down a treat!

You can tell that Rosie really took her inspiration from Charlotte Tilbury, because this collection really reminds me of the magnificent make-up mogul. From the gorgeous rose gold packaging to the products available, the Rosie For Autograph range is really a dupe for many Charlotte Tilbury products that are slightly out of your price range.

I was finding it difficult to choose a colour, but I thought I'd go all out for the first purchase in the range. Laugh Out Loud is a beautiful coral red. It's bright, vivacious and full of life, and yet not overbearing and certainly very light and creamy. It's a joyful red that is bound to lift any look and would look amazing as part of an evening out, or as a way to quickly glam up a Sunday outfit of grey jumper and ripped jeans. It's versatile - and that's what's great about this particular shade.

I love the heavy feel of the lipstick. Despite it being part of the Marks & Spencers range, Rosie For Autograph is pure elegance and the weight makes it feel like an upmarket purchase. 

The lipstick has a slight sheen to it, but it feels moisturising and wipes off like a dream if you're one of those scatty people that changes their mind a lot (like me!)

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: slight sheen, moisturising

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you want a Charlotte Tilbury dupe!

Saturday, 21 January 2017

MAC - Cremesheen lipstick in Coral Bliss

It's cold, but it's beautifully sunny outside. Galaxy Golden Eggs are finally back in store and I'm wearing a jumper with bright flowers on it. Spring may still be a couple of months away, but we're all waiting for it with open arms.

The lipstick shades I'm currently fascinated by are not the best for the current season, but it's all about looking ahead. MAC's Coral Bliss reminds me of peaceful Spring spa breaks in the countryside. It's calming, delicate and very beautiful. 

If you're not a fan of lip glosses, MAC's Cremesheen range is the closest lipstick you will find to a lip gloss. It has high impact shine that really radiates the colour and it's incredibly moisturising. You may have guessed that Coral Bliss is a coral shade (shock horror!) - it's very peachy nude, like a pretty petal and this is exactly how it makes your lips look. Not only are you drenched in moisture, but the colour has enough pay-off, making this a stunning every day, happy shade.

Colour Intensity: low

Finish: Cremesheen - creamy, moisturising, lots of gloss

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want a subtle, pretty coral shade

Friday, 20 January 2017

MAC - Matte lipstick in Tropic Tonic

Don't you hate it when you just buy something and a couple of days later it's half the price in some sort of spontaneous sale? Yup, it eats away at you. One day it's there among the rest of the MAC shades as a full priced £15.50, and the next day it's sitting in some discount cosmetics relater at £7.49! Ouch.

I chose Tropic Tonic because, let's face it, we all have the January Blues. The weather is either wet and miserable, or blindingly bright and freezing. You have numb hands as you stand there de-icing your car while your neighbour seems to heat his up just by turning on the engine. You turn up at work when it's dark, and leave the office when it's, well, still dark. And pay pay feels years away - you have literal moments where you turn your purse upside down and a cloud of dust emits out. 
In the midst of seasonal depression, we all need an injection of Summer. And that's why Tropic Tonic was very much needed in my life.

You cannot tell me that you do not feel happy and uplifted when you look at orange? The bright, warming tone not only sizzles up your look, but also warms the cockles of your heart. It may be frowned upon to wear Summer shades in the midst of a freeze, but I say let's revolt against this! 

I have said many times on here that I'm over and out on matte finishes. They're drying, uncomfortable and because they were such a fad, they are now starting to look outdated. I do, however, relish at the thought of a MAC matte. Sleek, smooth and deeply comfortable, this particular matte is ideal for Winter. It's non-drying helps create a wider, fuller smile.

The orange of Tropic Tonic won't be for everyone. It is more on the orange spectrum than the red, so this will alienate a lot of you, unless you have darker or golden skin. 

But if you do need that sunshine is a tube moment to get you through the January Blues, then Tropic Tonic is for you.

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: matte

Overall Rating: 2/5 - lost a point on the pricing issue, which with a January bank balance isn't easily forgotten!

You'll like this if: you need a Summer perk in the middle of a frosty January
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