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

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Butter - Lippy lip gloss in Macbeth

Raise your hands if you don't own a Butter London nail polish? Is your hand up? Well, what are you waiting for? If the hilariously named nail polishes haven't been enough to sway you, I'm hoping this review will.

I'm a sucker for funny names. When you get to the stage of having as many lip products as I do (423 an counting), you start to phase out the colours and just focus on other things, like how much does this lipstick name reflect my personality, or how will this name reflect the person I want to become? That sort of thing.

This was both the case with Butter's Macbeth and also not the case at all. Because the first thing I noticed is the deliciously candy coloured pink. The second thing was the gooey texture that would do wonders for a trout pout, and finally, the third was the name.

I'm not asking you to recall any Shakespeare from your school days, but when I think of Macbeth I think of magic, power and sweet, sweet revenge! This is why I was drawn to this lipgloss. I'm definitely not saying there's anyone or anything I have in mind from the revenge side of things, but what girl doesn't want to walk into a room and ooze power. Butter's Macbeth is the ultimate confidence dress-up in a dinky tube you can take anywhere.

I do steer clear of lip glosses because I'm not a fan of overly sticky textures and clear sheens, however Macbeth packs enough punch for me to use this multiple times. The texture is also thick, but definitely not sticky, making the lasting power of this Shakespearean named hero worth the purchase.

Colour Intensity: surprisingly high for a lipgloss

Finish: lots of shine!

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you want to chant to yourself "Out damned spot, out!" No, only kidding. You'll like this if you want a lipstick/lip gloss hybrid. The texture of a lip gloss with the colour power of a traditional lipstick.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

MAC - Matte lipstick in Whirl

Is there a cult favourite MAC lipstick left that hasn't been popularised by Kylie Jenner? The queen of the pout loves a cocoa colour on her lips, and Whirl is one of them.

If, like me, you spent your pre-10 birthdays in the 90s, then you would know that the chosen colour you would opt for when dressing up in your mum's high heels and cocktail dress, would be a pretty brown. 


Brown shades are nothing new - they have been around for decades now (think Victoria Beckham in her signature black dress, pointing towards you with her famous pout circa. 1998) and despite the fact I spent my teens thinking they were over and out, I am now so glad they're back in fashion.

Whirl is a beautiful neutral brown. It's much richer in colour than the likes of Velvet Teddy or Twig, so this requires a strong look if you're looking to carry it off. The texture is matte, but a rather comfortable formula so it doesn't feel like you've applied cement mix to your face. Creating a full pout, if your skin is darker is shade, this is ideal for you.

I do like this, but It's not my favourite brown - I prefer more subtle, caramel tones. I find this brown a bit too jarring against my pale skin. However, if you want that 90s look, or your skin is olive and beyond, this colour will look stunning on you.

Colour Intensity: medium

Finish: matte

Overall Rating: 3/5 - beautiful texture and colour, but just not for me

You'll like this if: you want to resemble 90's supermodels and movie stars. Who knew the 90s would become trendy again?

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Nars - Audacious lipstick in Lana

Bold. Strong. Sexy.

If your alter ego is any one of these things, then Nars Audacious in Lana is the lipstick for you. This sexy colour is such a great alternative to red - although it's still part of the crimson family, Lana has a whole lotta sunburst making this such an uplifting choice.


The Nars Audacious lipstick range is a semi-matte formula. When you apply it, it's so silky smooth that you barely feel it there, but the shade is always rich in vibrancy. 

If I ever need a pick-me-up, this is the shade I go for. There is something so happy and bouncy about a hint of orange in a red shade that makes everyone smile.

It looks so beautiful against so many skin tones too - against my cool, pale skin this shade really contrasts and stands out, but this also looks beautiful against olive skin as the warming orange tones really stand out.


Colour Intensity: high

Finish: semi-matte

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want a modern, vivacious alternative to a classic red



Monday, 9 January 2017

MAC - Cremesheen lipstick in Pure Zen

I don't often hear about Pure Zen, but you'd think it would be out there a bit more. It seems like the sort of colour (and name) that beauty bloggers go gaga over; like Velvet Teddy and Ruby Woo. But, never mind. It looks like Pure Zen will remain small fry for a little bit longer.

The reason I'm mostly surprised that this hasn't hit its limelight yet is because the nude, peachy hue that is released from this moisturising and creamy bullet is pout power. I really don't think it holds any special properties, so it must be the hydrating sheen itself that adds a 3D, voluptuous look to your lips, but trust me, it really does seem to make your lips look fuller. And the colour definitely resembles something Kylie Jenner would adorn. 


I like to think that there's a touch of innocence about Pure Zen - this is the sort of lipstick one would wear to play the part of a good girl. If you're on a date and you're trying to hide your naughty ways, this little beauty will be your perfect disguise.

Colour Intensity: low

Finish: Cremesheen - full of moisture

Overall Rating: 3/5 - although I loved that this gave the illusion of a fuller pout, it also highlighted my chapped lips. I know chapped lips are 100% my fault, but still, I don't want them highlighted.

You'll like this if: you want to portray the image of innocence... I won't tell if you won't!

Avoid: if you have chapped lips. Sorry, Winter - this lipstick wasn't made for you.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Lipstick Queen in Fire Red Sinner

Lipstick Queen are not producing new lipsticks fast enough. It's safe to say that my vanity table now looks like the exact replica of the Lipstick Queen stand in Space NK. Although I pretty much have all the Saints and Sinners, bought Medieval, Jean Queen, Ice Queen and all the other queens on day of launch and am currently experimenting with Black Lace Rabbit, I'm craving something new from the lipstick mogul.

As I'm so in need of a Lipstick Queen fix, I thought I'd delve into my archive of lipsticks and see what I can review next. And out popped Fire Red Sinner.

This seductive red may be the standard pillarbox, classic red that never goes out of style, but Lipstick Queen's version is so much more than that.

Hidden in a dark tube to represent your most sinful looks, this version of Fire Red is 90% pigment, so you get maximum colour the first time you put this on your lips. This red is neutral - it has a good dose of orange, but equally there is blue pigment in there making this ideal for any age or skin tone. It's rich in moisture, very creamy and lasts such a long time. A real winner!



Colour Intensity: high

Finish: creamy texture with some shine / long lasting

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you are looking for a neutral, classic red

Avoid: if you're planning on kissing anyone. Trust me, it's not romantic - it's f**king annoying!
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