Wednesday, 1 October 2014

September Beauty Favorites

Beauty Favorites Autumn

Autumn lipsticks - Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Suspense and Rimmel Moisture Review in Sloane's Plum

Lush Aqua Marina

Beauty Favorites Autumn

It’s October! It’s Octoberrrr! Hands down my favorite month and I cannot contain my excitement! In my head October means one thing – the beginning of Autumn. The season of crisp weather, comfy jumpers, fuzzy socks, pumpkin pies, spicy candles, tartan clothing and berry lips. Having said that, my makeup Fall preparations have started early in September and some new beauty bits and bobs have been added to my everyday makeup bag. I am talking about darker lips and tips, warm blusher, a gem to clear skin and a delicious spicy hand sanitizer. September was a treat and here is what I have been obsessing over for the past four weeks…

As a proper crazy lipstick lady I couldn’t just pick one lippy to add to my Favorites. The two firm September standouts come from different price rangers but my love for both of them is infinite. First, we have Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Suspense (here) that I have banged on about quite a lot of recently, so I won’t bore you with too much details. To keep it short and sweet, all I have to say is that its cool-toned fuchsia berry shade is perfect and unique. It brightens up my complexion instantly and I love how sophisticated and classy it is. The formula is divine and you can have a read about it here. As for my vampy makeup choice this past month Rimmel Moisture Renew in Sloane’s Plum (here) has been keeping me the best company. I love me a good bold, plum-y lip and this beauty just rocks. The stunning shade is one of those confidence boosters we all love and the divine hydrating and super rich formula is the perfect finishing touch. Full review here.

As much as I love my pink and light peach blushes, this month I wanted to feel more Autumnal and what a better way to do it then to grace my cheeks with a nice deeper, warmer blush. NARS Deep Throat (here) has been the star of the show and I feel like a new solid friendship is forming. This darker warm coral is the perfect Fall blush as it gives me such beautiful natural flush of color and the finely milled warm shimmers perk up my skin in seconds. Goodbye dull skin. The formula is spot on and Deep Throat applies like a breeze and hangs around for hours and hours. Brilliant.

My skin has been one happy little thing for the past month and I haven’t had a single breakout, which calls for celebration. I am pretty positive that the product, which I have to thank for that is my LUSH Aqua Marina Cleanser (here).  I’ve decided to put aside all my other cleansers and only use Aqua Marina, both in the morning and at night. The results speak for themselves and I couldn’t be happier. This sushi roll look-alike not only gets rid of every last bit of dirt / makeup but also evens out my complexion and clams everything down. It does leave my skin a tiny bit dry but if I follow up with a hydrating serum or nice moisturizer it is all-good and I can embrace my clean, breakout-free skin. Love. It.

There have been two products from the hand care department that I absolute fell in love with and they both have contributed massively for my autumn mood. The Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine nail polish in Watermelon (here) has captured my heart yet again with its stunning dark teal shade. This baby screams ‘Fall’ to me and I love how different and unique it is. I adore the thick, highly pigmented consistency and the amazing five+ day longevity. My favorite part though is the ‘salon at home feeling’ and the glossy gelly finish. For swathes click here. I’ve confessed my addiction to hand sanitizers and the Bath & Body Works ones are on the top of my list. Their Warm Vanilla Sugar (here) one smells divine and kills all the germs in seconds. I hope so at least, and if not – well my hands are still lightly fragranced and the spicy scent adds to the whole A-word feel, so I am happy.

Have you tried any of these products? Which were some of your favorite products for the month of September?

Lots of love,

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sheer Reds

Sheer Red Lipsticks

Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate

Sheer Red Lipsticks

Red lips, pointy shoes and faux fur vest – the look I usually go for when I want to be braver, look more sophisticated and feel empowered. There is something about the way a simple touch or red makes you feel and I am all about it at the moment. Even though I tend to go all in and sport a full-on bright red lip, recently you can spot me rocking more sheer, subtle reds. They require a lot less maintenance, you can just slap them on and be good to go and they are the perfect option if you are calling it a no-makeup-makeup-day. I rummaged through my stash and my three sheer red standouts are as follows:

The fact that I am on my second tube of Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me (here) should tell you something. I absolutely love this cute little tinted lip balm and I always run it through my lips when I fancy adding a touch of color to my complexion. Cherry Me gives the perfect sheer pinky-red wash of color to the lips and the hydrating balmy consistency is perfect for when you are in a rush and just want something quick and easy that doesn’t require much precision. No-mirror-required type of products are the best, aren’t they! This gem suits and peps up all skin tones and its purse friendly status makes it that much better, so if you still haven’t jumped on the bandwagon, I suggest you get involved asap. Cherry Me just rocks.

The most pigmented out of the three and the product with the best formula comes from Korres and it’s their Lip Butter in Pomegranate (here). Ah where do I even start! From the gorgeous moisturizing formula that makes my lips uber soft and smooth to the gorgeous shade that perks up my complexion in seconds – I cannot fault this bad boy! Pomegranate adds the prettiest reddish veil of tint to the lips and the slight orange-y undertones warm everything up beautifully. I am a massive fan of the Korres Lip Butters for many reasons but the way the balm softens and hydrates my lips has to be my favorite part. Oh and did I mention how much I adore the juicy, kissable finish of Pomegranate? Yes, it’s love.

The first time I got my hands on the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Fuchsia-Ristic (here) I wasn’t impressed. As my love for sheer red lippies developed though, I’ve grown to love it. Ignore the bright orange shade in the bullet, ignore the deceiving ‘fuchsia’ in the name and trust me when I tell you that this baby goes in a stunning sheer pink-y red color that just compliments any skin tone beautifully. It is one of those ‘I could do it with my eyes closed’ kinda lipsticks and I love how evenly and faff-free it applies. The pigmentation is not Fuchsia-Ristic’s strongest feature but if you go on with a few layers you’ll end up with good enough pop of color that will boost your confidence in no time. Formula wise, this lip balm /lip gloss hybrid delivers on all counts and makes my lips feel soft and moisturized. Stickiness in not an issue and you’ll fall in love with the gorgeous glossy finish that makes everything much more exciting.

Have you tried any of these products? Which is you favorite sheer red companion?

Lots of love,

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Essie Parka Perfect / Review

Essie Parka Perfect Nail Polish

Essie Parka Perfect

Essie Parka Perfect

Essie Parka Perfect Swatches

Essie Parka Perfect Swatches

It’s time we dive into the deeper, more muted nail shades and put the pinks and corals on the bench until Spring rolls around. The color that’s been making my tips happy and all ready for the A/W season is yet another fab Essie shade (I have a problem, I know) and the beauty in question is Parka Perfect (here). This luxurious gray with a touch of glitter appeals to me with its colder weather vibe and I am excited to dig out my favorite knitwear more so then ever. The dusty blue undertones are beautiful and make the varnish really unique and en vogue. Think Essie Bikini So Teeny (here) but deeper and grayer– it’s love! The lovely neutral shade of Parka Perfect makes it my lacquer of choice for any occasion. For an everyday wear or for any formal event, this sophisticated gem always looks on point. Not to mention that it goes with everything and you don’t have to spend hours matching your nails to your outfit. It’s a people-pleaser, what can I say?

The formula of Parka Perfect is an important part of the equation so luckily it ticks all boxes. It left me smitten from the very first application and it reminded me once again why I love Essie so much. I can’t say no to highly pigmented nail polishes and I love it that this baby goes opaque in just one swipe. No faff, no mess, no streaks – run the perfect big, fat brush across your nails and you can easily be out the door in five minutes. All sounding rather fab so far isn’t it? Well it gets better and my favorite part is Parka Perfect’s longevity. It just stays on. For days. I wore it on my tips for a solid week and there were hardly any chipping or tip wear. Oh and the finish? Absolutely beautiful with all the right amounts of glossy. Brilliant.

Have you tried Para Perfect before? Do you love it as much as I do? Which is you favorite A/W nail polish?

Lots of love,