Friday, 31 October 2014

Monthly Roundup / October


Hello everyone and Happy Halloween! What are your plans for tonight, anything exciting? I actually need to storm out the door as we speak to go find a costume. Yes, I left it to the very last minute (typical) and now I have less then five hours to figure it all out. Thank God for the massive amount of last-minute costume ideas on YouTube! Anyway, can you believe it’s almost November now?! This is crazy! Where has the year gone, seriously? For once though, I am excited that the time seems to be flying by because this means that Christmas will be here very soon. Yes, the C word. It might be too early for you but I already started my Christmas shopping, put up my fair lights and I am loving it!! Before I get carried away with Christmas planning though, let’s focus of my favorite posts for the past four weeks. Here is a little roundup and I hope you enjoy in case you’ve missed a post or two.









Lots of love,
Andrea

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Bourjous Volume 1 Seconde Mascara / Review

Bourjous Volume 1 Seconde Mascara

Bourjous Volume 1 Seconde Mascara

Bourjous Volume 1 Seconde Mascara After

Here is a bold statement for ya – I have found my perfect drugstore mascara. You should know that I am rather picky with my lash companions and I have a substantial amount of unused tubes sitting in my stash. I am rarely impressed and the list of requirements is a wordy one. Nothing compares to the excitement of finding a brilliant high street gem that ticks all the boxes, so when I discovered this Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde (here) I was besotted. The results are mind-blowing. Oh my...

Let’s put it this way – even if your lashes point down to the floor, this beauty will trick people into thinking that you have falsies on. Yes, it is that good. Volume 1 Seconde gives gorgeous long, voluminous and luscious lashes in literally seconds. I have never had bigger, blacker and more fluttery lashes and I adore the way the mascara defines each hair. It gives huge amounts of volume and also holds curl like there is no tomorrow. Since adding this miracle worker to my everyday makeup routine my beloved Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler (here) is sitting on the bench, which has to tell you something. One coat of Volume 1 Seconde is enough if you are after more natural and subtle effect but since I favor the dramatic lash look I usually opt for two layers.

The somewhat weird looking wand and the ‘wraparound spherical bristles’ make the application process a breeze and they hug the lashes right from the root ensuring beautiful separation and the wide-eye look we all adore. The Volume 1 Seconde lives up to the claims of no clumps and there is no smudging involves as well. No panda-eyed look at the end of the day then. Brilliant. This baby doesn’t budge and stays put until you say so and it removes with a cotton pad or two of my beloved Bioderma with no dragging and rubbing. Can I think for something negative? Not really! It is tried, tested and well-loved, so if you’re on a hunt for a new mascara that won’t break the bank – look this way.

Have you tried the Bourjois Volume 1 Seconde mascara? Do you love it as much as I do?

Lots of love,

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Purple Lips / Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless Swatches

It’s no secret that I love a good dark bold lip. The burgundy, the plumy, the berry – I don’t discriminate and love them all. As of recently, I added a new shade to my ‘vampy lippy’ list and I really cannot get enough of it. Purple. Yes, as weird as it may seem to some (my mum and the boy included), I’ve actually fallen head over heels in love with gracing my lips with the shade. It’s bold, it’s different and could look rather classy if paired with the right cheek and eye makeup. The star of my purple lipstick collection is undoubtedly the Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Shameless (here). It boosts my confidence massively and adding it to my most-cherished lippies was a no-brainer.

Shameless is one of those shades that you just slap on and either instantly fall in love with or you just take off immediately and never even go close to ever again. It looks scary, and it probably is, but for someone like me who adores to experiment with lip colors it is honestly perfect. Shameless must be the most unique lippy in my collection and I love everything about its medium purple shade and the beautiful fuchsia undertones. It is a hybrid between vampy and feminine and I love how edgy, yet sophisticated it makes me look. And how does it make me feel? Empowered. That’s a nice word. Also, the stunning satin-y matte finish tickles my fancy and I love the way it tints the lips after the first layer has rubbed off. Gorgeous!!

Shameless has a lovely velvety texture and I love how lightweight it feels on the lips. It’s matte but creamy to apply and even though I know it might be a deal breaker for some of you – I am actually in love with the peppermint scent. You need two thin layers to get the color fully opaque and once it’s settles it hangs around for ages. I even managed to chomp my way through a burger once and it did not move. Brilliant. Everything sounding rather fab so far but there are a few bugbears I need to mention. I find that Shameless tends to cling into dry patches and fine lines, so make sure you give your lips a good scrub and prep them with a balm. Also, after about the second hour mark it starts to dry out the lips slightly, which is to be expected from a matte lipstick and it’s honestly not that bad, so fear not! So my final verdict? If you fancy dipping your toe into the purple lipstick pool, look no further and go get involved with Shameless – it is awesome and will turn heads, that’s for sure!

Have you tried Shameless? Would you wear a purple lipstick or is it too bold of a color for you?

Lots of love,