Thursday, 29 January 2015

Drugstore Gems // Essence Lip Liners

Essence Lip Liners

Essence Lip Liners

Essence Lip Liners

Essence Lip Liners

Essence Lip Liners

Essence Lip Liners Swatches
L-R: Wish Me A Rose, Satin Mauve, Soft Berry, Cute Pink, Honey Berry, Femme Fatale
A year ago lip liners were quite the unknown territory for me. I didn’t think they do anything that special, so I was sticking to lipsticks and swiped them on bare lips. Fast forward to the present and I cannot be more addicted to these godsend pencils. They define the lips and make them appear fuller and plumper, they help you reshape & overdraw them if you fancy (cheating the system Kylie Jenner-style) or if that’s not your forte then you can just pop them underneath a lipstick and they will prevent it from bleeding and will prolong its wear time. Lovely, I know! So the moral of the story? I change my mind, which evidently is a good thing! And the product line that has converted me to a full-time lip liner wearer? Yep, you guessed it – the Essence Lip Liners (here).

I’ve banged on about these drugstore gems on multiple occasions on Twitter (find me here) but they deserve a tale on their own here on RosyChicc as well. So let’s gush about the formula for a minute, shall we? All the desired adjectives apply when it comes to the Essence lip liners and they simply rock. They feel really comfortable on and are extremely moisturizing and buttery, they hug every curve of the lips beautifully and glide on like charm. They feel silky soft and blend effortlessly and the best part is that unlike most lip liners on the market these bad boys don’t dry out the lips and don’t accentuate imperfections. Brilliant. The Essence lip liners hang around for about four hours if worn on their own and have gorgeous satin-y finish, which is simply to die for.

Essence offer nine lip liner shades in total, from which I have six but be sure that my collection will be complete in no time haha. Regardless of the shade you go for though, you are in for a treat; they are all gorgeous colors with beautiful pigmentation. And they go as follows: Wish Me A Rose is a lovely nude rosy pink, perfect for an everyday look, especially if paired with your favorite pinky nude lippy. Satin Mauve is my absolute favorite of the bunch and I’ve been sporting it on its own for months. I adore its medium mauve shade with purple undertones – it gives me the Kylie Jenner vibes and compliments my skin tone beautifully. Soft Berry is another shade I’m smitten by and its brownish nude with berry hues turn you into a retro bombshell on the spot and you can see it in action here. Cute Pink looks rather similar to Wish Me A Rose but it’s a touch darker, which I actually prefer. Honey Berry is a shade you need in your life if you are a fuchsia berry lipstick wearer and it looks bloomin’ marvelous paired with MAC Rebel (here). Last but not least we have Femme Fatale, which is a gorgeous classic red shade and it’s the perfect companion for a red lip lover. Beautiful!

Have you tried the Essence lip liners? Which if your favorite shade?

Lots of love,
Andrea

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

NYX Tea Rose Matte Lipstick / Review

NYX Tea Rose Matte Lipstick

NYX Tea Rose Matte Lipstick

NYX Tea Rose Matte Lipstick

NYX Tea Rose Matte Lipstick Swatch

The NYX Matte lipstick range and I go way back and ever since I confessed my love for Indie Flick (here) I wanted to get my mittens on some other shades. And then just when I didn’t need any more lipsticks in my life I found myself browsing through the NYX website and two minutes later Tea Rose (here) was added to my shopping card. Even though I’m not your typical nude-y pink lip wearer, this little gem and I really bonded. Its gorgeous mauve pink shade peps up my skin tone beautifully and I adore how sophisticated and chic it looks. Tea Rose is a lovely everyday kinda a lippy and just adds a touch of color, making me look extra feminine and polished. This beaut is one of those shades that suit everyone and it’s equally stunning slapped on with smoke eye or natural makeup. It’s a goodie and if you’re after nice subtle pink-y pout Tea Rose is your guy.

Formula wise, NYX lipsticks are possibly my favorite on the high-street and their Matte range gets my stamp of approval as well. They don’t break the bank, yet have all my lipstick needs in check. Tea Rose has beautiful buttery texture that just glides on and feels cushiony soft. There is no drying involved and the lippy applies evenly and doesn’t settle into fine lines. Although Tea Rose is supposed to have matte finish, I’d say it falls into the satin category and has lovely sheen to it, which I adore. What I adore even more though is amazing pigmentation and richness of the lippy – one swipe and you’re ready to head out the door. Score. The only thing about Tea Rose that doesn’t float my boat is the longevity. It hangs around for about two hours, which for a matte lipstick isn’t that impressive. Apart from that though – I am sold.

Have you tried Tea Rose before? Which is your go-to mauve pink lipstick?

Lots of love,
Andrea

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Four Beauty Oils You Need In Your Life

Beauty Oils: Macadamia Healing Treatment Oil, Roger&Gallet Body and Hair Oil, Clarins Blue Orchid Treatment Oil, L'Occitan Almond Shower Oil

Beauty Oils: Macadamia Healing Treatment Oil, Roger&Gallet Body and Hair Oil, Clarins Blue Orchid Treatment Oil, L'Occitan Almond Shower Oil

Beauty oils have and forever will be my favorite way to combat the dry and lifeless skin / hair. They seem to have some magical properties, which never fail to inject moisture into my skin and locks, making them look healthy and nourished again. Ever since I came out of the oil-free zone a few years back my hair grew a lot and my skin no longer looks as if it’s about to crack any minute. I’ve tried my fair shade of beauty oils and here are the top four that make every day a pamper and help me leave the flakey, brittle days in the past…

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment (review // here)
Kicking off the oil talk let me introduce you the product that has been a staple in my hair care wardrobe for well over two years and to which I own my now long and happy locks. Basically, the Healing Oil is therapeutic hair oil that helps repair dry and damaged hair and which rejuvenates and nourishes the locks. It is by far hands down the best hair oil I’ve tried and I love the fact that it also offers UV protection and helps massively with tangles. The Macadamia Hair Oil Treatment reduces the drying time and tames down the frizz as well, which is much appreciated. You can mix the oil with your favorite hair masque (here) for ultimate results and you can use it on both wet and dry hair. This gem makes my strands super soft and smooth and helps them look polished and healthy. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better then that, let me tell you that the oil smells good enough to eat and its lightweight formula absorbs instantly and doesn’t leave any greasy residue. It’s a total winner, ladies – get involved!

Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil (here)
Meet the very product that has completely transformed my skin over the past year and which has earned a Holy Grail status with pretty much the first application! This Clarins Treatment Oil has all my skincare needs sorted and if you get one product based on my recommendations this should be it. The one I swear by is Blue Orchid, which is designed for dehydrated skin but there is also one for dry (here) and one for oily/combination (here). The idea behind these oils is that they help balance everything out, revitalise and tone the skin, while restoring its natural radiance. I use Blue Orchid twice a week and three-four drops is all I need for making my skin deeply hydrated, soft, smooth and healthy-looking. This overnight miracle in a bottle evens out my skin tone beautifully and instantly calms down my skin as well. It also makes my not-so-subtle pores nowhere to be seen and it helps with blemishes as well. It either heals them completely or brings them to head (gross I know but it’s true). I’ve noticed that this Clarins facial treatment makes any scaring that I have fade away quickly, which makes me love it even more. Best. Skincare. Product.

Roger&Gallet Huile Gourmande Fleur de Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil* (here)
I love a good beauty multitasker, so imagine my excitement when I got this body & hair nourishing oil! This Roger&Gallet gem is supposed to smooth both your skin and hair and it’s enriched with 96% natural oil mix of grape, pomegranate, blackcurrant, apricot and sweet almond. It has my soothing, nourishing and antioxidant needs in check and I adore the way it makes my locks and skin feel. Its luxurious rich and silky formula is actually featherligh and sinks in rather fast without leaving oily residue or making me feel sticky. Love. I like to use this beauty in the morning after my shower and I apply it all over my body and at the ends of my hair. The oil makes my skin feel silky soft, beautifully nourished and supple. Hello healthy skin! As for my hair. Roger&Gallet know what they’re doing and my strands get super soft and glossy on the spot. And you wanna know the best part? Huile Gourmande smells incredible and the irresistible blend of figs and grapefruit makes my mornings that much more special and pampering.

L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil (here)
This L’Occitane baby and I go way back and what can I say – it just makes my skin happy. It’s an in-shower essential for those days when my skin’s seriously lacking on the hydration front. It’s one of the most satisfying products to slap on and I love how it takes care of my dry skin. The oil injects moisture into the skin, making it feel replenished, uber soft and deeply hydrated. I like to use it after I’ve gone over with my regular shower gel as I feel like the oil doesn’t have enough cleansing properties on its own but works wonders in locking the moisture in place. What adds to the whole spa-esque experience is the oh-so-divine marzipan scent of the Almond Oil, which is seriously dreamy and relaxing. Go give it a sniff beauties, just go…

Have you tried any of these products before? Which is your favorite beauty oil?

Lots of love,
Andrea