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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Sunday, 19 July 2015

10 Summer Beauty Essentials



You know how this is gonna go down. It’s summer, the sun is out, everyone is going on holidays, so what better time for me to talk you through my beauty essentials, which I cannot for the life of me part with during the warmer months than now! I’ve gathered my favorite behind the scenes products and we’ve got everything from body care to nails thrown in the mix, so let’s discuss…

This Caudalie Polyphenol C15 SPF 20 Anti-Wrinkle Protect Cream* (here) has been keeping me the best company this summer. It’s a daily moisturizer that keeps my skin hydrated and plump throughout the day, whilst keeping it protected against sun damage. It’s the best of both worlds combined in one product really and I am absolutely loving it. The cream is really lightweight, which is ideal at this time of year and I like to slather it on post-serum for best results. For some additional help on the hydration front, this Vitamin E Face Mist from The Body Shop (here) has been a total game changer. A few spritzes of this gem is all I need when I fancy toning my skin or if I want to freshen up during the day. The cooling mist never fails to wake up my senses, plus it’s perfect to use as a makeup setting spray. The dewy skin look is seriously dreamy.

During the hot summer days makeup is always kept minimal cuz ya know - who needs full face of makeup when I am hidden behind giant floppy hat and sunglasses? Having said that, my full coverage foundation is being put aside and replaced by this Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow Foundation* (here). This beauty has sheer coverage but could be build up to medium and I love how it just blurs any imperfections, whilst feeling featherlight on the skin. It has that strange matte, yet luminous finish that somehow just makes my complexion look healthy, radiant and shine-free all at once. Love. Baby Glow also has SPF 25, which makes it even more tempting to use now that the sun rays are at their peek. Lipstick wise, when it’s summer I just have to go for the bright lip companions. They just make me feel ten times more summery. The one that I’ve been obsessing over lately is the YSL Rouge Volupte in #11 Culte Rose (here / review). Its stunning bright fuchsia color is giving me the summer vibes in an instant and I love how it compliments my skin tone. The texture is super balmy and hydrating and the easy-to-slap-on, highly pigmented formula seriously rocks.

Tan wise, the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs (here / review) is just the bomb. It’s basically like water-resistant foundation for your legs and it hides all veins, scars or imperfections you have, leaving you with silky smooth and flawless skin. It adds all the right amounts of subtle wash-off glow and it’s perfect for those days when you want to have your beautiful legs on display. Hello shorts! If you fancy making them legs look even more gorgeous then the Yves Rocher Manoi Precious Oil* (here) is what your need in your life. Pop some of this godsend shimmery dry oil on your legs and they’ll get extra shiny and soft. The oil is pretty hydrating also and just makes the skin look sun-kissed and luminous on the spot. The little shimmery pigments help enhance your tan as well, which is the perfect post-holiday treat for me. I always do everything I can to prolong my tan for as much as I possibly can and I find that the L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil (here) is helping me with this massively. Since it is oil, it’s much more gentle on the skin and its moisturizing properties definitely help lock in the color. This beaut not only cleanses well but it leaves my skin deeply hydrated and replenished, which is ideal for the summer months when my skin is peeking through a bit more.

Summer just won’t be complete without a nice set of beach waves, am I right ladies? And for those of us who still wait to go on holiday, texturizing sea sprays are pretty much as close to the sea as we can get, so this Schwarzkopf got2b Beach Matte Spray* (here) has been living on my vanity for the past few weeks. It gives me that mermaid, tousle hair look we all know and love, minus stripping the hair or looking too crunchy. It’s cheap as chips and smells like summer in a bottle. Sold. When it comes to fragrance, the Victoria’s Secret body mists (here) are my ultimate faves. All scents are just beautiful and the fine mist cools me down without fail even on the hottest of days. My personal favorite is Aqua Kiss and that’s basically how I imagine the VS bombshells to smell like – fresh, flirty and floral.

When it comes to nails, this year the choice was pretty obvious for me. If you follow me on Snapchat (@rosychicc; #shamelessselfpromotion), you have probably seen your fare share of this Models Own Beach Bag (here) polish. It’s been practically glued to my toes and I am convinced that its bright neon peachy shade is the perfect color to sport during summertime. It’s vibrant, it’s bold and it’s super fun and instantly puts me in a better mood when I look at it. Oh, and it also makes my skin look really tan, which is always a good thing in mah’ books.

Have you tried any of these products before? Which is your go-to beauty essential for Summer 2015?

Lots of love,
Andrea
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Thursday, 16 July 2015

Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks in #6 Golden Brown & #7 Golden Beige

Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks

Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks in #6 Golden Brown and #7 Golden Beige

Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks in #6 Golden Brown and #7 Golden Beige

Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks in #6 Golden Brown and #7 Golden Beige

Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow Sticks in #6 Golden Brown and #7 Golden Beige Swatches

I am not the biggest eyeshadow wearer out there and quite frankly for the most part I couldn’t really be bothered to go for the full-on eye makeup look. I am definitely more of the lazy type when it comes to doing my eyes, so I am always on the hunt for one of those ‘slap on and head out the door’ products. The Kiko Eyeshadow Sticks (currently on offer here) are definitely the ones in that respect and I love them to bits. They are completely foolproof and uber fast and faff-free to use, whilst still manage to be rather beautiful and eye-catching indeed. Allow me to explain…

The Kiko Eyeshadow Sticks definitely rock when it comes to the formula. They just glide on smoothly without any dragging or pulling involved and also feel very luxurious and lightweight on the lids. They are super creamy, do not smudge and the best part is that they are completely crease-free even on my slightly oily eyelids with no primer needed. Score. The shadows blend like a dream but you need to work fast because once they set, they stay. When Kiko say that these bad boys are long lasting they are not kidding. They just sit patiently on your lids without any budging, waiting for you to wipe them away at the end of the day. The fab twist-up packaging makes everything even more brilliant and add to the overall high-end feel of the sticks. These wallet-friendly gems come in 32 beautiful shades and I am smitten by the two I have.

They are both really rich in pigmentation and go beautifully opaque in one go. The good thing is that you can definitely build them up or down depending on the look you’re after and both shades have metallic / sparkly finish. My natural everyday eye makeup needs would’ve probably preferred for the sticks to be slightly less shimmer-heavy but I can easily mute them down by adding some matte shadows on top. My favorite shade of the two is #6 Golden Brown (here) and I am all about its bronzy shade. It’s the perfect speedy smokey eye companion and it’s been keeping me great company on my most recent nights out where tons of compliments were received. As for #7 Golden Beige (here) what can I say – it’s the most perfect inner corner highlight. Its champagne-y gold color is absolutely beautiful but the shade is a bit too glitter-laden for my all-over-the-lid likes. I can picture it looking rather divine during Christmas paired with a red lip though. For the time being, however, it is being used to help brighten up my inner eye area and let me tell you- it works a total treat. Bye bye tired eyes.

Have you tried the Kiko Eyeshadow Sticks yet? Which shades tickle your fancy the most?

Lots of love,
Andrea
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