Thursday, 17 April 2014

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak / Review

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak Swatches

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Streak Swatches

You can never have enough peach lipsticks, they say. Following that motto, feeling excited and not at all ashamed to add a new lippy to my collection, I took the plunge and bought it – the ever so gorgeous Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in Streak (here). Lipstick is my ultimate weakness, plus I love sporting the peach pout at the moment, so getting it was only fair. And do I regret it? Hell no! Ladies and gentlemen, meet *wait for it* the best lipstick I have found in a really, really long time! Surely a pretty bold statement but for a good reason! Streak is one of those products that you apply once and you never look back – it left me absolutely smitten and it took me less then a second to completely fall in love with it. A bright peach with pink-y coral undertones – this beauty is one of those ‘suit everyone, slap on with smokey eye or natural makeup’ kind of shades. The beautiful semi-matte finish of the lippy is exactly my cup of tea and I adore the subtle sheen running through it. I love how the shade brightens up my whole complexion and how my lips actually appear fuller and plumper when I wear this. Score.

The luxurious packaging is downright stunning but what is better about this lipstick is the formula! This gem definitely has all the boxes ticked and it is like nothing else I have tried. Streak applies like charm, gliding effortlessly across my lips, hugging every curve and feeling cushiony soft and buttery. You can kiss goodbye any dry patches or imperfections, as this miracle worker covers them all, making your lips look as soft and juicy as ever. You only need one swipe to get full-blown color and the almost waxy texture ensures amazing longevity, sticking around for absolute ages and making the lips feel comfortable and hydrated at the same time. That’s magic in a bullet right here.

If you fancy dipping your toe in the bright lipstick pool – Streak is the lipstick you need to get involved with. Stunning shade that turns heads? Check? Brilliant long lasting, moisturizing formula? Check? Well then the moral of the story is this – I need to continue buying lipsticks, as you never know when the perfect one will come around. Or at least that’s what I like to tell myself haha.

Have you tried Streak before? Which is your favorite Urban Decay Revolution lipstick shade?

Lots of love,

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Spring Makeup / Pastels

pastel spring makeup

inglot rainbow freedom system eye shadows

bourgeois cream blush in 01 nude velvet

maybelline color whisper in coral ambition

ysl rouge volute lipstick in 07 lingerie pink

Spring has officially sprung and I couldn’t be any more excited! The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and I keep seeing the pastel trend everywhere. Wearing the beautiful subtle shades always makes me so happy and for me spring is the ideal time to step out of my comfort zone and incorporate some color into my life and especially my eye makeup. So if you fancy learning more about my favorite milky makeup picks - keep reading! Pastel pink and peach lips and colorful, yet soft eye makeup? Yes please!

Inglot Rainbow Eye Shadow Quad

Colorful eye makeup is usually not something that I’d go for, but during springtime I’m willing to make an exception and play around with colors a bit more.  My partner in crime for those occasions is this beautiful eye shadow quad from the Inglot Rainbow Freedom System (here). The shades I have in here are mint green (104R), purple (114R), peach (118R) and the not-so-special beige (106R). The beautiful gradient pastel colors are ideal for creating subtle spring makeup and just adding a little pop of color into your everyday makeup look. The pigmentation of the shadows is incredible and the quality is not far away from my beloved MAC ones. They all have lovely matte finish and blend beautifully, allowing you to create the perfect happy, fun look. Pop some in the inner corner of the eye (as I did here), apply some under your lower lash line to help bring out the color of your eyes or go a bit crazier by sweeping the colors all over the lid – it’s up to you but one thing is certain – you will look as radiant and whimsical as ever!

Bourjois Cream Blush in 01 Nude Velvet

Pastel peach blush is something that is on top of my spring makeup favorites and the one that has been glued to my cheeks recently is this Bourjois Cream Blush in 01 Nude Velvet (here). This little pot of prettiness is my pale complexion’s best friend! The stunning light shade adds just the right amount of soft color, making my face look brighter, healthier and happier. This easy-to apply cream-to-powder blush also has incredible formula, which not only blends effortlessly but stays in place for some good 7-8 hours! It’s love! See my full review and swatches here.

Maybelline Color Whisper Lip Color in Coral Ambition

The only thing better than rocking peachy cheeks is rocking peachy cheeks, accompanied by pretty peachy lips, don’t you think? To go with the lovely Nude Velvet blush, I’ve pulled out this Maybelline Color Whisper Lip Color beauty in Coral Ambition (review here). Now that I have some more tan on (fake tan sadly *cough*), this lovely coral with strong peach undertones has made its way into my makeup bag. Coral Ambition helps me take my pastel makeup obsession on another level and its soft shade provides all the right amounts of milky color. It finishes off my peachy makeup beautifully and makes it look so soft and gentle – perfect for spring. The formula of the Color Whisper is lovely and the lip color feels so light and moisturizing on the lips. The color is buildable and the lipstick glides on the lips easily and it’s not sticky. The only bugbear is that this beauty doesn’t last much on and you need to reapply throughout the day. The yummy vanilla scent makes it not all that bad though, so I’m not complaining. 

YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in #7 Lingerie Pink

If you are more of a pink makeup type of gal, this YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in Lingerie Pink (here) will keep you the best company when it comes to pastel lips. The oh-so-gorgeous frosty pastel pink compliments my skin tone beautifully and makes me feel feminine and classy. Lingerie Pink is so gentle and soft and paired with a nice light pink blush your spring makeup is sorted. The formula of this lippy is absolutely brilliant and the pigmentation is downright amazing! This gem is so buttery and the gorgeous glossy finish helps you achieve the perfect pastel pout in no time. Simple, yet so beautiful – Lingerie Pink completely captured my heart! Review here

Have you tried any of these products before? Which is your favorite pastel makeup product?

Lots of love,

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Disappointing Products #1

Disappointing Beauty Products

Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation

OPI Suzi’s Hungary Again!

MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in Supreme Style

Hello beauties! Recently I was scribbling down some new blog post ideas when it hit me – I haven’t done a Disappointing Products type of post yet. I bang on about my favorite products all the time but unfortunately not everything I buy I like. Even though I always make sure I’ve done my research before going and getting a product, there still are occasions when I end up utterly disappointed by it. So that’s what I’m going to do today –showing you some beauty bits that definitely didn’t work for me and which I think you may want to research a bit more before deciding whether you should buy them or not.

Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation

Here it is – starting off with the product that not only disappointed me massively but the product that completely messed up my skin and which I hate to my stomach – the Laura Mercier Silk Crème Foundation (here). I bought it in September and I was oh-so-excited to try it and initially I loved it. The coverage is absolutely amazing – full coverage, which looks natural and not as if you’re wearing makeup. The finish of Silk Crème is also fantastic and it is the perfect mixture of matte and dewy. The foundation makes the skin luminous without looking shiny or greasy and just makes it look beautiful, healthy and airbrushed. My skin has never looked better and I was all about Silk Crème. Until a week later. I noticed a lot of black and (mainly) white heads all over my face but I didn’t think the foundation has anything to do with it. I continued using it and by the end of week two my skin had gotten SO bad that I honestly couldn’t get outside of the apartment or look myself in the mirror. My skin was red, inflamed, terribly breaking out and the horrendous cysts hurt so badly that I could not move the muscles on my face. For someone who has never had skin problems before, this reaction was a huge shock and even though I immediately stopped using Silk Crème my skin needed some good three months to go back to normal. I still have some minor acne scaring left on my cheeks etc. so what can I say – Silk Crème has officially made it to the top of my black list and even though I know it works wonders for some, I wouldn’t even recommend it to my worst enemy. Hate. It.

MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in Supreme Style

The next product in my don’t-recommend-it list definitely needs to be this MAC Sheen Supreme lipstick in Supreme Style (here). Over Christmas I bought two of these - one for my mum and one for my aunt and they both got a terrible reaction from it. Their lips got scary swollen and there were weird dry patches all over them and took ages to recover. I decided to try the lipstick myself, regardless of their terrible experience and luckily it didn’t react that bad on me but it was still rather hideous. The lipstick made my lips super super dry and an hour later they were SO dry and flakey that they hurt massively. I was honestly shocked since we are talking about MAC here and we all know that their products are usually amazing quality. I’ve also read some reviews online and found people with similar reaction, so I’m guessing that some of the ingredients are not suitable for everyone unfortunately. The lipstick itself is a really lovely soft beige-y pink with nice shimmery finish. It applies effortlessly and buttery, but as I said - it gets pretty bad once it sets and the consequences are ridiculous. Not my cup of tea and from now on I’ll stick to the regular MAC lipstick range.

OPI Suzi’s Hungary Again!

It’s rare for me to find a nail polish which is so terrible that I couldn’t be bothered to even finish applying it, but well done OPI – you’ve disappointed me so much that I had to include your Suzi’s Hungary Again (here) in this post. When my boyfriend gave me this beauty I immediately fell in love with the shade. The stunning warm medium pink is perfect for the warmer seasons and the subtle shimmer running through it captured my heart in no time. However, I was too quick to call the polish my newest best friend. The formula of the lacquer is downright horrible! I tried to sit down and apply it twice but it was such a nightmare to use that I ended up wiping the polish off and using another color. Suzi’s Hungary Again (love the name btw haha) has such thin consistency that you not only need at least four coats to get it opaque but it also streaks like crazy! To make the color even you also need to work with very light hand, otherwise you’ll be left with bold patches everywhere. The varnish is super watery and leaks all over your cuticles as well. Not a cute look! I definitely wouldn’t recommend this polish to anyone - the formula is a pain and the color is nothing that unique so I’m giving it a miss.

Have you ever tried some of these products? What do you think of them?

Lots of love,