Sunday, 23 August 2015

Travel Makeup Bag: The Summer Holiday Edition

Travel Makeup Bag: The Summer Holiday Edition

So if everything goes to plan this time tomorrow I will be sipping Margaritas on the beach and oh boy am I excited! Palm trees, sun, salty hair and cocktails? Yes please! Since I can barely contain my excitement, plus I’m trying my best to up my organization skills at the moment, I decided to make a lil’ ‘to pack’ list so that I won’t end up forgetting my bathing suits again (true story). I still refuse to come to terms with the fact that I am not a light packer and decided to try and keep things as minimal as possible for this trip and the holiday makeup manu goes as follows…

A light makeup base with luminous finish is all I want when I’m headed to the seaside, which calls for Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua (here). You aware of my feels for this foundation and I love everything about it from the lovely medium coverage to the healthy glow-y finish it adds. The travel-friendly packaging makes it even better choice for this trip, so in my makeup bag it goes! Concealer wise, I have packed two of my faves and they are in the form of Make Up For Ever Full Cover (here) and Rimmel Wake Me Up (here). The MUFE offering makes all spots nowhere to be found and the waterproof formula makes it that much more perfect for my summer holls. Wake Me Up on the other hand is the foolproof under eye concealer that brightens everything up in one go and I just cannot be without it. I do love my dewy base when I’m at the seaside but for times when I want to matte things down a bit the Chanel Poudre Universelle Compacte (here) is my best bet. It keeps the oils at bay but at the same time the light-reflecting pigments makes my complexion look radiant and natural. Love.

For my brows, I decided to take away my Beauty UK High Brow Eyebrow Kit* (here). I’ve been using the lighter shade recently and I love how nice of a match it is for my natural brow color. The shadow is pigmented enough and easy to apply and the wax is perfect for taming and shaping the brows. I am still trying to stomach the cheap packaging but I’m getting there…

Strobing and I have been having a moment recently and the Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette (here /review) is what’s been helping me get highlighted up. The golden shades are simply beautiful (swatches here) and I love how radiant and glowy they make my skin. They are not necessarily subtle but I can definitely use all the glow right now, plus I definitely favor having super luminous, sun-kissed skin when I’m at the seaside, so this baby is coming with me. If I still fancy adding some warmth to my complexion though, the Bourjois Delice de Soleil Bronzing Powder (here) is my bronzer of choice for this trip. It is a lovely blend of warm and cool tones and doesn’t make me look too muddy or orange. It doubles as contour for me and the amount of people complimenting me on my contouring says it all really. The powder is really fine, blends like a breeze and stays put for yonks. Golden Goddess look made easy right here, plus the cocoa scent is to die for! I haven’t been wearing much blush recently but I decided to be better safe than sorry, so the Top Shop Cream Blush in Flush (here / review) is already thrown in my makeup bag. This little pinky coral gem never fails to brighten up my complexion and enhance my skin and I love how flattering it is no matter how tan or pale I am. It just adds a nice hint of color and makes me look as if I’ve flushed naturally. The cream-to-powder formula is a total winner too and it not only blends easily but it also hangs around for hours. It really is a good’un.

I like to keep my eye shadows very minimal when I’m on summer holls and the Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks in #6 & #7 (here / review) will be my partners in crime this year. They are super easy to just slap on and head out the door and the waterproof formula is perfect for summer nights out and beach parties. They won’t slip and slide everywhere in the heat and the long-lasting, crease-proof formula is just marvelous. #6 Golden Brown is my favorite out of the two and it’s my trusty speedy smokey eye companion. I’ve been sporting #7 Golden Beige as a base for the Too Faced Copper Peony eyeshadow (here), which I’ve been absolutely loving lately. It’s been gracing my lids for the past two months and the stunning copper shadow compliments my green eyes beautifully and enhances my tan. The buttery soft formula and metallic finish are downright amazing and I just can’t leave without this beauty packed in my suitcase!

After making my lashes rather happy on my last year’s beach holiday, I decided to take the Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascaras (here / review) again with me this year. It is water-resistant, separates well and gives my lashes incredible lengths in just one swipe. I love the jet-black color of the mascara and it doesn’t clump or smudge. Skinny Brush is not my usual everyday mascara of choice but amongst all water resistant ones I have lying around it’s definitely proven to get the job done well and I’m not complaining.

I will probably have a last-minute lipstick panic and throw all the lippies in my bag but for now I managed to narrow down my lip choices to three. Two brights and one nude. The nude option will come as no surprise if you’ve been reading my blog for a while and it comes in the form of Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk (here / review). Muted pinky nude that makes my lips look bigger and fuller? Check. Velvety soft and not drying? Check. Waterproof? Check. Super long-lasting? Double check. In my makeup bag t goes then… For my brighter option we have the YSL Rouge Volupte in #11 Rose Culte (here / review), which I love for its bright fuchsia shade. It is really feminine and elegant on the lips and the balmy texture is ideal for the hot weather. The Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in Melodieuse (here / review) is definitely a summer 2015 staple for me and I cannot leave without it. Its bright coral pink shade screams ‘summertime fun’ for me and I love it for times when I’m going for a more classic look. It has that retro chic vibe that I love and the luxurious click packaging just makes me feel extra sophisticated. It feels really balmy and hydrating on the lips as well and I am simply in love with its juicy finish.

Have you tried any of these products before? Which are some of your summer holiday beauty essentials?

Lots of love,
Andrea
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Sunday, 2 August 2015

July Favorites

beauty favorites

Oh boy, I don’t even remember when the last time I did one of those was… It’s been a good while; let’s just say that. Now that I have finally gained my blogging mojo back though, I decided it’s time I did the most ‘bloggery’ thing of all and talk about my monthly faves. July did treat me rather well beauty wise, I must admit, so here is a little roundup of everything I’ve been loving for the past four weeks…

I think it’s safe to say that I found a new favorite skincare combo. I’ve been using the Lancôme Advanced Genifique Concentrate* (here) in conjunction with the Dr. Jart+ Water-Sure Gel* (here) every morning during the month and I absolutely love the results! I can’t quite comment on the anti-ageing benefits of the Lancôme Concentrate just yet but what I can tell you is that it brightens up my complexion beautifully and evens out my skin tone. It feels hydrating on the skin and makes it really soft and smooth. The Dr. Jart+ moisturizer is just the perfect follow-up product and I love how lightweight it feels on the skin. It hydrates and sinks in fast, which definitely makes it the perfect product to use under foundation. The gel also manages to plump up my skin and I love how radiant and healthy it looks as well. Morning skincare duo winner right here!

I’ve been really into luminous skin this past few weeks and highlighted cheekbones have been greatly favored. I may have even given the ‘strobing’ technique a whirl but *shhhh*, don’t tell my bronzers! To help me achieve the perfectly highlighted skin I have had my trusty Sleek Precious Metals Highlighting Palette (here / review) by my side. This stunning complexion cheerleading quad is every highlight fan’s dream. The quality is absolutely incredible; the shades are stunning and not too glitter-laden, which is exactly what I’m after. See them all in action here. For blush, this will come as no surprise if you’ve been reading my blog for a while but Milani Luminouso (here / review) has been the one in July.  I’m sure you know how that goes… Beautiful ‘suite-everyone’ peach with golden shimmer running through, which warms things up and adds all the right amounts of glow to the skin. The formula is one of the best I’ve tried and it not only blends like a dream but also stays put for ages. It’s an oldie but a total goodie and if you can get your mitts on it do it asap!

Not being the biggest eye shadow wearer out there, I often just fancy sweeping some color all over my lid, blend in and head out the door. And when it comes to single shadows you can’t really beat Too Faced in my opinion and Copper Peony (here) is the living proof. It’s hands down the most beautiful copper shadow I own and the metallic finish is just to die for and ideal for this time of year. It warms up my complexion, enhances my tan and makes my green eyes pop in an instant. The creamy, easy-to-blend formula is a dream to apply and the shadow hangs around for some good eight hours with no creasing in sight. LOVE! Review and swatches are coming your way very soon, so keep your eyes peeled!

Have you tried any of these products before? Which products have you been obsessing over for the past month?

Lots of love,
Andrea
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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Top 5 Summer Lipsticks

Top 5 Summer Lipsticks

Top 5 Summer Lipsticks

Top 5 Summer Lipsticks Swatches
L-R: 110, Indie Flick, Rose Culte, Impassioned, Heroine
Summer is all about rocking a bright and fun lip, am I right ladies? When the base and eye makeup are kept minimal what better way to add a little something-something to your look than to grace your lips with a splash of vibrant, summery color? I’ve rummaged though my stash and managed to narrow down my favorite summertime lip companions to five, so forget about the mainstream nudes and let’s have some fun…

Kicking things off with the lipstick that just screams ‘summer’ to me we have the ever-so-gorgeous MAC Impassioned (here /review). This almost-neon pinky red is your best bet if you fancy dipping your toe into the really bright lipstick pool. It’s super vibrant and bold and that’s exactly why I love it so much. Impassioned has been keeping me well entertained during the warmer months and it’s become a total summer party essential. The formula is spot on and you get beautiful and rich color in one go with no drying or awkward fading involved. What you do get with this gem though is the up to five hours longevity. Impressive, no?

It would’ve been rude not to include my trusty MAC Heroine (here / review) in this post. After all it’s basically me in a lipstick form and if you’re regular down these part you would know how much I love my purple lip. Heroine is the most unique lippy in my collection and its bright violet purple shade is just hauntingly beautiful. It’s fun, it’s unique and paired with a high ponytail, a flowy dress and my fave wedges I feel 10x more confident. The formula is also a winner and even though Heroine is branded as a matte, it actually has beautiful satin finish. The best part though is that it feels rather comfortable on the lips and lasts for decades as well. Love.

I’ve banged on about this YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in #11 Rose Culte (here / review) on way too much recently, so I won’t bore you with too much details but basically if you’re a fuchsia gal like me and you want to treat yourself to a new high-end lipstick this is your guy. The bright, yet deep fuchsia shade has summertime written all over it and I love that despite being so ‘out there’ it still manages to keep things classy and elegant. The balmy texture of the YSL Rouge Volupte lipsticks is ideal for the summer weather and I love how moisturizing Rose Culte feels on the lips. Such a gem!

The lipstick I’ve been sporting nearly every day for the past week and the very product I got multiple compliments on recently comes from Rimmel and it’s in the form of the Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Matte in 110 (here / review). This beauty is the most perfect bright coral red I’ve ever laid my eyes on the fact that it’s cheap and cheerful floats my boat even more. 110 is ideal for those of you who don’t want to go down the full-on orange route just yet and have something a little more red toned. It is one of the brightest lippies in my stash and oh boy – I just love the neon vibes! The formula is just incredible and all desirable adjectives apply – hydrating, super pigmented, long-lasting and a breeze to apply. I think a trip to Boots is in order ladies - this definitely deserves to be swatched.

Now if you do like your oranges then this NYX Indie Flick (review) is going to make you rather happy. This baby is uber bright, but still wearable and its complexion-warming properties are ideal, especially with tan on. The creamy consistency is fab, the matte finish tickles my fancy as well but my favorite part is the rich, super pigmented color that hangs around for hours and hours. As most matte lippies though, Indie Flick does feel a tad drying but give your lips a lil’ scrub before application and you’ll be good to go.

Have you tried any of these lipsticks? Aren’t they just perfect for the summertime?

Lots of love,
Andrea
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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk Swatches

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk Swatches RosyChicc

It’s official – the best birthday presents come in Charlotte Tilbury packages. Wanna proof? Just look at that gorgeous Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk (here) and tell me I am wrong! You know how I feel about lip liners and this beauty just stole my heart on the spot. From the color to the formula it is perfect and I can sense a new long-term friendship forming. Can you hear my wallet crying already?

My fave secret weapon as of late has been making my lips look fuller and bigger using the magic of the lip liners it doesn’t really get any better than Pillow Talk. Its muted pinky nude is ideal for perfecting your natural lip shape and size even if you don’t favor overdrawing your lips. It has the incredible ability to transform the lips from barely-there to Victoria’s Secret bombshell-esque in one go, whilst still keeping everything natural and sophisticated. Pillow Talk is one of those ‘your lips but 100x better’ kind of nudes and my lips look so much more plump, juicy and even in tone when I sport it. It’s the ideal comanion for both day and night and it just effortlessly goes with any makeup or outfit. I’m in love.

Now I can see why everyone says that the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheats are the crème de la crème of lip liners. They simply rock. I am absolutely smitten by the luxurious feel of the pencil and the formula is literally brilliant. We are talking velvety soft, rich waterproof formula that just glides on like a dream and keeps all my drying worries at bay. It hangs around for yonks without budging and I even managed to chomp my way through an entire brunch and it stayed in tact. Talk about being impressed! If you love the idea of Pillowtalk but don’t fancy splashing out then I may or may not have a cheeky dupe for you to try. You are aware of my raves about the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob (here / review) and let me just tell ya – it does get pretty darn close to our CT offering but you’ll have to wait for a special post on this coming your way veeeery soon… In the meantime, just go give Pillow Talk a swatch, just go!

Have you tried the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk yet? Have you fallen in love with it as much as I have?

Lots of love,
Andrea
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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan – Is It Worth The Hype?

St. Tropez Gradual In Shower Tan

Every now and again a popular beauty company launches a new, innovative product and the whole beauty community goes mental. Everyone and their dog blog about it and it’s fast selling out in all stores when you desperately want to get your hands on it because you just have to see what the hype is all about. That was the case with the St. Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan (here). My Bloglovin and Instargram feeds have been flooded with pictures of the item in question and I was desperate to try it. After multiple unsuccessful trips to the drugstore I was finally given it as a present for my birthday last week and I literally squealed when I opened the bag. After having my fare share of applications I am finally ready to report back and tell you if this beauty is worth all the hype it’s had over the past few weeks…

I’d like to start by saying that I am a total self-tan amateur and I lost my St. Tropez virginity with this very product. Needless to say – my expectations were sky high. Plus, the In Shower Tan does sound rather fab indeed. I love the innovative concept behind it. I mean – who wouldn’t? All you need to do is apply the super creamy lotion to cleansed, wet skin, wait for 3 minutes and just rinse everything off. In a few hours, you are supposed to get natural-looking sun kissed bronze glow with no streaking or transferring to clothes involved. It’s super speedy, easy and completely foolproof to use. Brilliant. Also, the sweet almond oil that the lotion is enriched with, feels really luxurious and pampering on the skin and it is left feeling beautifully moisturized and nourished. I literally cannot stop stroking my skin after I get out the shower – it’s dreamy. Plus, the lotion doesn’t have the typical fake-tan scent and honestly smells divine. It all sounds too good to be true right? Well, that’s because it actually is.

The St. Tropez In Shower Tan did sound a bit gimmick-y at first but after reading so many fab reviews about it I was convinced that it would actually work. Unfortunately, as much as I wanted to love it, it just did not work for me. I love love love the way it makes my skin feel but that’s pretty much it. Tan wise, it did nothing. I repeat nothing. I’ve used it over ten consecutive times (yes, some days I used it both in the morning and at night – I was desperate for results haha) and I have noticed zero difference in the color of my skin. Before I used it for the first time I exfoliated properly, so I had no trace of fake tan on and let me just tell you – I am naturally rather pale, so for me not to notice any difference is just ridiculous. The In Shower Tan is also supposed to work on people with all skin tones and to ‘gradually build an intense tan’, which was definitely not the case for me. I obviously cannot comment on the streaking part, as you need to at least have some sort of color on in order to notice unevenness.

Another thing I am not crazy about this product is the fact that you have to apply it on wet skin and turn the shower off. So you are basically left in the bathroom butt naked and freezing, waiting for those three minutes to past, which trust me – it’s not the most comfortable position to be in. You can always treat yourself to a hair mask or something but it’s still for from ideal. I would’ve gladly overlooked the freezing part if the product worked though but that’s sadly not the case for me. Another thing worth mentioning is that I find that the In Shower Tan runs out way too quickly and my bottle is now completely empty. After just ten uses – no impressed. As you can probably imagine this product is definitely a ‘no no’ for me and it won’t be joining my everyday shower essentials any time soon.

Have you tried the St. Tropez Gradual In Shower Tan? How do you like it?

Lots of love,
Andrea
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