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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Monthly Favourites: February

Hey everyone, so it's the end of February and since I'm new to the blogging world, I thought I'd share some of my favourite products recently so you guys can learn a little more about me and you could tell me what you've loved this month!



Real Techniques Brushes

I've loved these ever since I've got them. The buffing and stippling brushes apply foundation so quickly that it's cut my makeup application time in half. The contour brush is perfect for Chanel Bronze Universal and I don't have brush hairs in my product as these insanely soft synthetic brushes don't shed.



Available at Boots

Armani fluid sheer #10

Got this on eBay for a lot cheaper, and glad I did. The shimmer is so fine, so it's perfect to mix in with your foundation for some all over radiance or to use separately as a highlighter wherever you want to attract light on your face, collar bones etc. #10 is a lovely golden colour with a slight hint of peach and has a easy to control pump so it's unlikely you would waste any product. As far as highlighters go, this is probably the most sophisticated one I've used.


Estee Lauder Topaz Chameleon

I missed out on Modern Mercury, but will pick it up when I'm in India as everything releases late over there and thank god for that as I have been dreaming of what kind of glow that would give me! Topaz Chameleon is a highly pigmented very shimmery copper that looks absolutely stunning on tan and dark skin tones but can also be used with a very light hand if you have a lighter complexion. I like to use this over my Nars Casino as it awakens any bronzer to make you look like the golden glowing goddess like models that pop up in Vogue & Harper's Bazaar in the summer. 



Inglot Liquid Blush #87

This blush is dummy proof. Seriously so easy blendable and simple to apply with fingers and a lovely everyday subtle colour. Lasts really long feels smooth on the skin

Nars 'Casino' Bronzer

My everyday, highly pigmented contour/bronzer.



Mac 'Woo mee' Kissable Lip Colour

Amazing texture, repromoted with the Shop/Cook Mac Collection - might need backups! Long lasting, doesn't dry out the lips and a great pinky nude!



No 17 'Peach' Mirror Shine Lipstick

One of my all time favourites, on my lips its a hot pinky coral. The best kind of lipstick formula as its so hydrating. I pretty much carry this colour everywhere, especially in the summer with a tan. Also a great way of joining the 'orange' lipstick trend if you're not brave enough to wear a full in orange. If I could describe this is in one word: JUICY


Snob Lipstick

Was always scared of this but now have no idea why - picked it up free when I was Back to MACing and now it's pretty much the only light pink I use.


Topshop Infrared Lipstick

Gives envious orange lips, great formula and very affordable at £8




Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara

Free in Elle's March issue. In my opinion, this mascara is on par with Diorshow. Nonetheless, everyones lashes are different, and what works for me might not work for you but its such a good deal so don't miss it!



Avon Supershock Gel Eyeliner

All time favourite eyeliner. Stays on even until I wake up in the morning. It's the richest black I've every used, and I've tried so many (Chanel, YSL, Many Arabic and Indian brands etc) The only con is that it's so soft that I have to sharpen it with each use but that just might be because I wear A LOT of eyeliner. I highly recommend it.
Available at avonshop.co.uk

Illamasqua Emerge Cream Pigment

I came across this as my Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Peach was finishing and I was angry! I was angry because of the fact that i paid £17 for 1.4grams of product. It might be a great product but that's no excuse. Anyway the MA at Illamasqua applied this underneath my eyes and it cancelled and concealed each and every ounce of dark circles. Highly recommend if you're medium olive skintone like I am, lighter or darker complexions may have to layer your normal concealer over it.



Saturday, 25 February 2012

Discounted Makeup and Fashion! YSL, Benefit, Stila, Clinique and More!

Hey all, just a quick post. This website http://secretsales.com/registration_/?invite=8441127 is having huge discounts on a lot of popular makeup as well as many other clothing and jewellery designers! Click the link to browse through the goodies.

Have fun shopping and let me know what you bought! 


Friday, 24 February 2012

Review & Swatches: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette


So the thing with Urban Decay Naked Palette posts and reviews is that I love them but they secretly annoy me at the same time - just because it's everywhere! Anyway, I wasn't planning on buying this especially since I just bought the original palette a couple of months ago. But when I saw it on Buyapowa for cheaper I thought why not.. In case you don't know what Buyapowa is, it's a website that lists items, mainly beauty that are in high demand and hosts co-buys so that because people are buying in bulk, you get to buy them at a lower price. Unfortunately, they only ship within the UK at the moment but are open to expansion in the future. Check them out: http://www.buyapowa.com/cobuys. And if you missed out on the Naked2 palette this time, they have re-listed it!

In terms of the palette, as all you know, it's great value, stunning quality and amazing shades for neutral lovers. I don't think you need both since they are similar, I quite like the fact that I can use them together. Plus I much prefer the packaging on the Naked 2, it's heavier, more durable and easier to clean. Although my big pet peeve is the letters! They chip so easily, in fact even when new they aren't perfect. For £36/$50 I expect more. It's not a Collection 2000 £3 concealer after all where the name rubs in the first 2 weeks.


Also, the mini 'Naked' lipgloss that come with it is seriously under appreciated in my opinion. Look at it, it's cute and minty and a universal colour. Just think, you can put it in your handbag, apply it if you're out and your lipstick is fading and it makes your lips smell a bit minty (always a good thing). 


The brush that comes with it is great! Since it's synthetic I might favour my MAC brushes for actually applying the eyeshadow this works really well at applying and buffing in concealer! 



Onto swatches…


Swatches from left to right: Foxy (doesn't show up well on my skintone), Half Baked, Booty Call, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout

Price on Buyapowa: £26
Debenhams, House of Fraser: £36 




Thursday, 23 February 2012

Review: Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair & Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator Serums

So you may realise I'm really enjoying blogging, I wish I started earlier, but hey, better late then never. Since I have been using both these serums for around 5 months now, I thought I could deliver quite a thorough review.


Little background, I have dry sensitive skin with rosacea on my cheeks. Let's start with Advanced Night Repair. The Estee Lauder MA at House of Fraser recommended this to use before my moisturiser claiming that it would help me get the most out of it and keep my skin from getting dehydrated. The serum promises to 'repair' your skin as you are asleep - sounds like a pretty smart product!



Determined to do something about my dry skin - I mean by makeup was fading within 4 hours - I used it religiously every night. No joke, I saw results within a week, my skin felt plumper, more radiant, pigmentation decreased and it my skin wasn't dry at the end of the day. Whilst it didn't solve all my makeup issues - it definitely helped. Nonetheless, I did realise that if I stopped using it for a while, my skin issues would return. I don't know if that's because it takes extended use to change your skin's texture or if that's just the kind of product it is. Even still, this observation just makes me want to use it more. 

Directions: Every night, after cleansing skin, use 4-5 drops and pat onto skin. Follow with moisturiser

Packaging: Simple and easy to use drop style dispenser, clearish bottle also lets you know how much you have left. I've gone through a little more than half the 50ml bottle in 5 months, in my opinion that's pretty good value.

Product: Smooth clear consistency and absorbs quickly

Price: £41 for 30ml, £54 for 50ml (get it at duty free for cheaper if you can)

I've heard good reviews from people with combination skin as well, however mixed ones with people with oily skin. I suppose this is because the serum is quite hydrating, but maybe this could be fixed by using a light gel based moisturiser?

So far so good, would repurchase just based on the fact my skin isn't as dry anymore. Even made my Mum buy it.



Onto the next... Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator. Now this product seems to claim to do everything under the sun - reduce marks & hyperpigmentation, blotchiness, radiance yadda yadda yadda. I'm always quite sceptical about such promises but after getting results with Advanced Night Repair I decided to try it out.. You're supposed to use it twice a day, morning and night, and see results within two weeks. It's suitable for all skin types and is oil free. 

I suppose you could say I have a love hate relationship with this and it's because I have seen a difference with my complexion and redness but it dries out my skin (I only use it during the day), so sort of reverses the benefits of Advanced Night Repair. Therefore, who knows - it might be a godsend for combination/oilier skins. Still, I continue to use it and just make sure my skin is extremely well moisturised after and sometimes I add a drop or two of Advanced Night Repair to my moisturiser/tinted moisturiser/foundation. Also, unlike the the other serum the results don't seem to fade away which is a big plus!

Directions: Apply one pump twice a day. Smooth on to skin and follow with moisturiser

Packaging: Convenient pump, bottle is opaque though so you cannot tell how much you've used.

Product: Perlescent looking consistency. Easily absorbed.

Price: £46 for 30ml, £62 for 50ml

Finally, I do have to conclude that with the use of both serums I'm now able to get away with the coverage of a tinted moisturiser and concealer (cheeks & under eyes). So until/if I find something better I will keep using them. Let me know your experiences with serums, and I hope this post was beneficial in some way!





Review & Swatches: Nars Gaeity Blush

I decided to treat myself, for no apparent reason really, and checked out Nars' Spring/Summer collection.

I know everybody hates on the packaging and even if one keeps it properly, the rubber will always attract foundation, powder etc.. If that happens, just take some mac brush cleanser, spray it on (spray bottle - cheap as chips in Superdrug and much more efficient way of using brush cleanser) the packaging and wipe off - tadaa! Clean Nars packaging!..



Now I love pink blush, it's youthful, pretty and for rosacea sufferers like me doesn't emphasise redness. The release of this cool candy colour has got me thinking, as Nars' Desire blush isn't available on the UK website anymore, will Gaeity be replacing it? I know it's said to be limited edition but as many of you know that limited edition Nars products are available on their website.. I went into slight panic as I had always refrained from buying 'the perfect pink' as Mario Dedivanovic named it, because Sleek's Pixie Pink seems like a pretty good dupe. Well, i guess we're going to have to find out soon! Ahhh! Is there a makeup rehab out there? One of those spa type ones? Or is that cheating due to beauty products at the spa? Hmmmmm......

Gaeity gives an extremely pretty glow against my olive complexion, it is very pigmented but doesn't translate so upon wear. I never bought MAC's Well Dressed thinking it wouldn't show up on me but think the effect would be similar to Gaeity. Something I don't understand is why warm toned skintones should look away from this as some reviews have stated. I say, a cooler blush would look good if you pair it with a nudish lip or even just to break up a monotone warm makeup look. Nonetheless, i dont think darker skintones would like this as it could turn ashy... but fair to medium = YAY!



Swatches left to right: Nars Angelika, Nars Mata Hari, Nars Gaeity, SleekMakeUp Pixie Pink

Anyway, I'm really glad i picked it up - impeccable Nars quality as always. Long lasting, pigmented and smooth, I'll do a FOTD with it soon. The collection on the whole is lovely, I'm eyeing the Mexican Rose chubby lip pencil thing. What do you guys think?

Monday, 20 February 2012

Mac Shop/Cook, Lunch & Armani


Greetings blogging world. 

So this past week, whilst everyone had been trotting off to London Fashion Week events, I have been adding more things to my shopping list and lusting over the usual: bags, shoes and more makeup that even China knows I don't need. 


Nonetheless, after a hilarious luncheon with some of my childhood friends I decided to make the most out of my day. So me and my Cavalli ankle boots went to Selfridges. The new Shop/Cook Mac Collection was on show and I - with some serious restraint - picked up only two items along with a sample of their Studio Sculpt foundation in NC30. 


On to my main mission - Giorgio Armani samples courtesy of Grazia magazine. Unfortunately there were all out of their Eyes to Kill Mascara sample (try another counter e.g Harvey Nichols but go to http://giorgioarmanibeauty.co.uk/services/storelocator-search.aspx to find one in your area) which, lets be honest has been so raved about making me want to join the lash fluttering community already out there. Still, the free Soap and Glory Mascara in Elle's March issue works absolutely amazing on me and I'm about to stock up on some more of them. 



Anyhoo, the MA at Armani was incredibly sweet and gave me generous samples of their Designer Lift foundation that hopefully will help my dry skin issues as well as some of their Fluid Sheer in #7 and Blushing Fabric in #3. 

The Mac items i picked up were 'Woo Me' Kissable Lipcolour and 'Wholesome' Fluidline. I was afraid 'Woo Me' would be too milky for my darkish pigmented lips but the formula is so smooth that it melts in and gives that oh so popular nude look - going back for more of these. As for 'Wholesome' - I love it - in my opinion its MAC's 'Coffee' eye pencil in a gel form. 

So it seems like this week is going to be pretty experimental with all my cute samples! What are your picks from the recent, what seems like millions, of MAC collections? 


Swatches from top to bottom: 'Woo Me' Kissable Lipcolour, Studio Sculpt Foundation NC30, 'Wholesome' Fluidline, Giorgio Armani Blushing Fabric #3, Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer #7, Giorgio Armani Designer Lift Foundation 5.5



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