Thursday, 26 February 2015

Greige Love Affair With YSL

YSL La Laque Couture Nail Polish in Beige Gallery

YSL La Laque Couture Nail Polish in 39 Beige Gallery

YSL La Laque Couture Nail Polish in 39 Beige Gallery

‘Greige’ tips… I never thought I’d say that but the oh-so-sophisticated blend of gray and beige has completely captured my heart this season! It’s the perfect twist of the more mainstream nudes and it instantly adds that classy and chic vibe to any outfit I am sporting. I already had a few beige polishes in my collection and just when I didn’t need any more shades I spotted this YSL La Laqua Couture in #39 Beige Gallery (here) and it needed to be popped in my shopping basket. I went home, put my hair up in a bun and applied this gorgeous neutral and a new love relationship started. It was a love of first sight and the warm ‘concrete beige’ shade with strong gray undertones left me absolutely smitten. Even though I am pale as a ghost and my skintone is rather cool, this high-gloss beauty looks stunning and doesn’t wash me out, which is normally an issue with nudes. Beige Gallery is the epitome of sophistication and not only compliments any outfit but being a YSL creation it is the perfect way to add some luxurious touch to your everyday life.

If you’ve ever tried an YSL nail polish you’d know that the quality is pure perfection (as it should be considering the £18.50 price tag #ouch). Even my beloved Essies can’t really compare! But let’s gush about the brush for a moment: It’s the perfect wide brush, that’s slightly curved at the end and which covers the entire nail in just one swipe with no streaks involved. It dispenses the right amount of product and magically keeps the cuticles nice and clean. The formula itself is brilliant as it’s neither too thick, nor too watery and the polish just goes on beautifully. With Beige Gallery I find that two coats are needed to get the color fully opaque and even but since the drying time is minimal it fine by me. Plus, any excuse I have to admire the incredible YSL packaging is welcomed! The longevity of this gorgeous greige is decent and I find that without top coat is hangs around for four days with minor chipping and tip wear. If you fancy rocking Beige Gallery from Sunday to Sunday though just pop on some top coat (my fave here) and just admire Beige Gallery in all its glory for a whole week.

Have you tried Beige Gallery before? Which is your favorite ‘greige’ nail polish?

Lots of love,
Andrea

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liners in Eastend Snob and Obsession

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob and Obsession

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob and Obsession

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob and Obsession

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob and Obsession

Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob and Obsession Swatches
L-R: Eastend Snob, Obsession
Confession time! Lipsticks are no longer my one true love and they have been replaced by lip liners. There, I said it. But there is just something that they do to my confidence that no lipstick could ever do and over the past few months I’ve accumulated quite a few new shades with all sorts of formulas. The Essence ones (here) are fab, Mac Soar (here) is blommin’ marvelous but the ones that I am having a love affair as of late have been these Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liners in Eastend Snob (here) and Obsession (here). And oh boy, they are nice! Allow me to explain…

These little gems are not only wallet-friendly but they definitely measure up to my high-end MAC and MUFE bad boys. Formula wise, they do tick all the boxes. Soft and creamy formula that just glides on? Check. Amazing pigmentation that goes opaque in just one swipe. Check. No drying out the lips and leaving them feel comfortable? Double check. With The Rimmel Exaggerate lip liners you don’t have to worry much about them settling into fine lines or imperfections, although I’d still advise you to give your lips a quick scrub before you swipe these on. Oh and when you do – be prepared for at least five hours of picture perfect and even wash of color. These babies know how to stay on and not budge! The twist-up applicator actually floats my boat as well, as I hate everything that I need to sharpen – love.

The Rimmel Exaggerate lip liners come in various stunning shades but the ones that I picked up are Eastend Snob and Obsession. If you are after a more affordable Kylie Jenner lip then you are in for a treat with Eastend Snob. Even though it’s not an exact dupe of her signature brownish pout, this beauty still has that KJ vibe with its gorgeous soft mauve pink shade and fully matte finish. It makes the lips look 10x fuller and plumper and it’s my not-so-secret confidence booster partner in crime. You can slightly overdraw you lips if that’s something you favor or you could just follow their natural line but either way – the results are fab and your lips will look bigger and better! It’s my new favorite nude, that’s for sure! Obsession on the other hand is a lovely deep brick red shade, which looks especially beautiful paired with a vampy red (Rimmel Kate 107 (here), I am looking at you!). I am a bit over the darker shades and I’m ready to embrace the spring / summer corals and pinks but I’m sure that when autumn roll around this baby will be twisted up and swiped on daily. I am head over heels in love with its matte finish and its complexion-warming benefits and even though I expected Obsession to be more purple we actually formed a good friendship! So I guess now it’s the time I urge you to go and pick up a few shades of these godsend lip miracles, right? Well, you really need to – they simply rock!

Have you tried the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liners before? Which shade is your favorite?

Lots of love,
Andrea

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Good Skin In A Bottle // First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser

Falling in love with one of those old school foaming cleansers when my stash is filled to the brim with all sorts of high-end cleansing balms was quite the surprise but I guess from now on I shouldn’t be this narrow-minded when it comes to skincare! Ever since I got my mitts on the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser (here) all my luxurious cleansers have been put on the bench and let me tell ya – my skin has never felt more clear, radiant and balanced. I don’t know how the magic actually works but the results are literally mind-blowing. And usually I am not easily impressed when it comes to skincare.

The FAB Cleanser works a total treat and it’s being used both in the morning and at night. It does a fantastic job at removing all traces of makeup and dirt and leaves the skin squeaky clean, minus the tight feeling part. I was actually pleasantly surprised that this gem doesn’t dry out or strip the skin but rather makes it feel comfortable and nicely soothed. The Face Cleanser doesn’t leave any residue, evens out my skin tone beautifully and it is left feeling really soft and smooth. I love how even on the most bad skin days this beauty manages to calm everything down and get rid of the majority of the redness or irritation – love. Oh, and on top of everything it minimizes the appearance of my pores too, which you know I have issues with.

The First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser is targeted mainly at people with sensitive skin and even though mine falls into the normal/combination category, I must report that this product has never irritated my skin, nor caused breakouts – quite on the contrary actually. The amazing fragrance-free concoction of the cleanser is extremely light and gentle and a little goes a long way. You need the tiniest bit of the airy cream to make it form a nice lather, which allows you to really work the product into the skin and treat it to a nice lil’ massage. The FAB cleanser is infused with a blend of botanical antioxidants that protect the skin as well – how amazing! So do you need this cleanser in your life? Absolutely! It might not be the most exciting or pampering addition to your skincare stash bit it does work absolute wonders and I will definitely get the fill-size tube when this one runs out. Hello new Holy Grail cleanser!

Have you tried the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser before? Which is you HG cleanser?

Lots of love,
Andrea