AUTUMN/WINTER’13 LIPS

It’s common beauty world knowledge that as you move into Autumn/Winter, the dark shades of your eye and lip palette emerge and this is my favourite time of year because of that. So I was more than happy to embrace the trend a little bit early for my 19th birthday which was in early September.

I was persuaded to get my makeup done professionally at MAC for my birthday evening, and I’m relatively pleased I did…. The lady got the dark lip and eyeliner spot on, but my foundation, contour and eyebrows is another story  ……

However all in all I am pleased I had it done as I have found my favourite eyeliner and lipstick of this season. So in light of this, I have focused on finding you the perfect lip shades for this autumn/winter and here they are:

Firstly I have the lipstick that they used on me, and that I then bought, in MAC. It is from their  Viva Glam range and is number III. This is described as a ‘muted brownish plum’ on their website, which to me is off putting when I hear the word brown. But it is a very beautiful muted plum colour.

Image

One thing I have to say though, it is very matte. I found on the first time that I wore it, that after a few hours it would become a bit crumbly.. I tried different techniques however, and mixing a slight bit of lip balm and putting it on with a lip brush instead of straight from the lipstick made it better.

The second lipstick I have is of a completely different consistency. Glossy and silky; this deep pink-plum will give you a complete full coverage with your first application. The Bare Minerals Lipstick from their Marvelous Moxie Lipstick range and is in the colour Live Large. It is a lovely creamy formula that looks like you are wearing a clear gloss over the top of your lipstick.

Image

Definitely more day time friendly than the MAC lipstick, but still a good option for the evening. Live Large is a ‘rosy-plum’ that is not as deep of a purple as Viva Glam is, as it has an underlying red tone.

A similar lipstick in consistency, is from the brand Catrice. And no, I didn’t know that brand existed until I found this lipstick either! I found this lipstick in a drugstore/ pharmacy in Ireland a couple of years ago and it’s stuck with me ever since. It is from their Ultimate Colour range, which promises ‘highly-pigmented, rich shades with perfect coverage and shine’ and it doesn’t let you down. The only negative I would give this lipstick is that it is very watery based, so be careful when you apply as it can easily go outside your lip lines.

Image

Similarly to the Bare Minerals lipstick, one coat and you get a full application and glossy finish. The main difference between the two lipsticks is the slight differ in colour, as Catrice offers you a plum/purple undertone, rather than a red/rosy undertone like the Bare Minerals. I don’t think they do the exact colour I have any more, which is 160 – Tell Me a Berry-Tale, but the closest one to it is probably 030 Ginger and Fred.

Finally! My last lipstick swatch is from the Collection 2000 Lasting Colour range and is probably the more daring lip colour, because simply it is purple. This lipstick gives opaque coverage, with a natural finish and is perfect for a pop of colour in the day or night. I really really like lilac shades for the day with a very simple eye and I find using a lip brush and lip balm tones the colour down to something slightly more wearable. This lipstick is long-lasting and I even found it a challenge to take off with my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish which usually can remove anything without a struggle. This lipstick is also the cheapest of them all, retailing at £2.99, and the shade is  no. 10 – Berry Blast.

Image

Sorry that this post is so wordy – but I really hope it helped introduce you to some new colours for this season.

Let me know what other colours you have found for this Autumn and Winter!!

Shall we all just jump off the bandwagon now and admit that Vaseline isn’t actually that good?

“My lips feel so sore and dry, I really need some Vaseline’ is something that I will be hearing a lot over the next coming winter months, as I do every year. But I want to know when people are going to start using a product that actually works.

Vaseline’s original lip balm supposedly provides ‘long-lasting moisturization’ whilst protecting ‘dry, [and] chapped lips.’  Admittedly putting Vaseline on to sore or dry lips provides immediate relief but I feel that’s all it does; there is no ‘long-lasting moisturization.’

 I always thought that Vaseline was the ultimate lip balm, because I hadn’t tried anything else and  I guess I didn’t really know what to expect from a lip balm. When I was in Boots in the summer however, I picked up Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula Nourishing Lip Care. I wanted a lip balm that would keep my lips soft and moisturised whilst I went on holiday because laying in the sun with nothing on them isn’t ideal.. and oh my god I am in love… this is what I want from a lip balm.

In a lipstick style case, you don’t need to get your fingers greasy when you apply it. It’s so beautiful to glide across your lips and I can just feel how it’s deeply moisturising them straight away. Even afterwards when the entire lip product has sunk into my lips, they feel baby soft and look visibly healthier… a feeling I do not get after Vaseline.

So please, please pleeease do not reach for that probably out of date Vaseline you have at the bottom of your bag. Invest in a good lip balm like this one and I promise you it will change your lip life forever.

photo original source 1 and 2

MY LATE NIGHT FIND

Eeek!! I love finding new beauty and lifestyle vloggers on YouTube and I have just fallen in love with Claire Marshall’s channel!

It’s near 3 am, and I should definitely be asleep to wake up fresh for my lecture tomorrow this morning, but I had to write a blog asap.

One video that has stood out to me so far is the video about her tattoos, she has an edgy, cool style and has a tattoo sleeve. They may not be to everyone’s taste, but I absolutely love tattoos… when they’re done right. And I think Claire’s tats are beautiful, especially the roses on her collar bones. So one of my favourite videos so far is where she explains her designs in detail which you can watch here.

If tattoos aren’t really your thing, you can click here to find a get ready with me style video or here for a vlog!

Definitely check Claire out, she is already very popular on YouTube, but I hadn’t heard of her until today, so I hope you fall in love with her, just as much as I have.

MUA

After my Nails Inc disaster I was reluctant to try another nail varnish because I thought I was just going to get even more pissed off. But I had seen a couple of good reviews about this particular nail polish, so I thought I’d give it a try and oh my god….

Amazing. Just amazing. Everything I could ask for in a nail polish, it passes all my tests. It’s called Make Up Academy (MUA) and it’s from Superdrug.

1)      After two coats it is completely opaque

2)      It dries super fast

3)      It dries without getting those annoying imprints on the top of the nail

4)      And most importantly, it passes the 2-3 day chip.

I applied this nail polish on Thursday afternoon, and by Sunday I still have absolutely no chips.

But if that wasn’t enough, let me just let you know how much this amazing nail polish cost… £1!! Yes… ONE POUND.

I’m really surprised as to how long this lasted and how professional looking it stayed for days so I would 100% recommend this! It was so hard to photograph the nails and get the true colour. Although the colour is called.. I see it as a baby pink with a lilac undertone, but definitely more pink than lilac despite what these photos look like.

What’s a cheap beauty product that you’ve been surprised about!?

NAILS STINC.

First of all I would just like to apologise deeply about the bad pun in the title ….. *tumbleweed* I thought of it and couldn’t resist putting it as the title, even though I’m sure most people didn’t get it or mainly, didn’t find it funny at all……… haha.. anyway…

It always angers me when I buy an expensive product that has had rave reviews and it turns out to be shit.. It happened with a MAC brush I bought a couple of years ago, (yes I’m still annoyed 2 years on…) Aussie shampoo and conditioner and now a Nail Inc nail polish.

 

I should have learnt my lesson the first time really – I bought a Nails Inc polish a few years back and wasn’t impressed about how long it stayed on for but I thought I’d give it a second go.  I’ve had this nail polish for quite a while now, I just haven’t properly used it, it’s called Saville Row and it’s a lovely deep purple colour with an underlining red tone. So I guess an easier way of saying that would be a ‘plum shade’…

I put it on and the immediately I didn’t like it the way it went. The coverage is really uneven and if you get a fraction of more product on one section of your nail, you can really tell, as it does not spread easily at all. However… I put another layer on and it appeared to even out, so I got over that one quickly.

Buuut! After a double application AND a top coat, after just one day it had chipped! ONE DAY! I have a limit of a minimum two – three days (depending on how expensive the product is) before I think it is acceptable for a nail polish to chip. However again… I just painted over it and let it slide, hoping that I had just badly caught or hit my nail on something.

(after 2 days it looks like i’ve been wearing it for 7) also as you can see, the surface is very scratchy.. even though I did not go out/ do anything drastic for at least three hours after I painted it. I expect a smooth, glossy finish for the price.

 I feel like I was really generous with this nail polish, but it just tipped me over the edge when I looked down and saw two nails on my other hand seriously chipped at the top. For a nail polish, which average price is £11, I think it is really disappointing… I know that I’ll be sticking with Essie nail polish, which very rarely lets me down.

It just shows that paying more for a product doesn’t always mean you are getting higher quality..

Have you ever been really disappointed by a product you paid a lot of money for!? Share it so we can all be warned!

photo credits: (1) http://blog-mademoisellec.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Nails-inc-savile-row13.jpg


(2) my own.

 

KALIFORNIA KLASS

The Kardashian/Jenner family… Now, you either love them or you hate them. And I’m not ashamed to say, I love them. (That probably excludes their clothing range which I can’t even talk about…….) My favourite is, and has always been, the star Kim. I just find her so funny and intriguing to watch.. which I know a lot of people won’t agree with.

Buuuuuut.. this post is not about the ‘star’ of the family Kim, it is in fact about my new emerging favourite, Kylie! After watching the most recent KUWTK episode, it shows Kim talking about how cool she thinks Kylie is and it dawned on me…….. she is actually really cool. Her blog, is filled with iconic images and as Kim said, it really is an insight ‘into her soul.’

As this is a beauty blog.. Obviously I am going to talk about Kylie’s make-up ways as well as her style, and the thing I am most drawn to about Kylie is the way she emphasises, or at least does not try to cover up, how pale she is.. And being surrounded by olive skinned Armenian sisters, I applaud her for not being sucked into the tanning world (*applause*)

I think her skin colour in this picture is more of a statement than her outfit. Her porcelain, flawless legs really caught my eye and if anything, I think it only adds to the outfit.. It’s sad how a girl may feel self-conscious or embarrassed if they wore a short skirt without tanning.

The second thing I’ve noticed about Kylie is always her flawless eye-makeup, and the way that she has developed, even by the age of 16 a classic look that really suits her. This look is a slightly brown smoky eye with heavy eyeliner. In this pic you can see really clearly her statement eyeliner:

Do you rate Kylie’s style? Or do you think another member of the family does it better? I wana know!