Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Guerlain KissKiss Matte Lipstick in Spicy Burgundy


Guerlain KissKiss Matte Lipstick in Spicy Burgundy
Have you ever seen a more luxurious lipstick bullet?!

Blurbed as hydrating and plumping, Guerlain's new KissKiss Matte Lipstick in Spicy Burgundy is a real treat. These are designed with comfort in mind - the formula contains oils and hyaluronic acid, with the intention of creating a genuinely comfortable matte lipstick (instead of the normal Saharan discomfort in the name of beauty). Hooray for non-drying mattes!

Guerlain KissKiss Matte Lipstick in Spicy Burgundy

I picked up the shade Spicy Burgundy - it's a beautiful, deeper toned red, in a slightly satin-matte finish. The formula is beautiful - smooth, absolutely non-drying, and nicely pigmented. If you like Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution formula, you'll love these. This shade is feather-light on the lips - I've worn more drying satin lipsticks - and lasts for about 4 hours before starting to fade, which it does evenly and comfortably without gathering in lip lines. It's not transfer-proof, but it won't slide all over your face either.
Guerlain KissKiss Matte Lipstick in Spicy Burgundy

If you're in need of a lipstick update, definitely give these a swatch next time you're in store!

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Monday, 14 August 2017

Autograph Fibre Sculpting Brow Gel

Autograph Sculpting Brow Gel




Brow gels are a slightly odd category of beauty product, in my opinion. Gluey, sticky, unrealistically shiny hair cement in a tiny,wildly overpriced tube used to be the accepted norm - the ol' soap brow trick has long been my go-to as a result. I am blessed with caterpillars for brows (and I wasn't cool enough in the 90s to pluck them into oblivion) but now and again, they need a little help.

Autograph Sculpting Brow Gel


Most brow gels that are worth their salt are ridiculously expensive, considering the volume of product in those tiny tubes. Marks and Spencer have come out with an absolute stoater (for a relatively reasonable price) in the Autograph Fibre Sculpting Brow Gel.

The brush is lovely - just the right size for the average brow, and it doesn't deposit the gel all over your browbone. The fibres aren't in the least bit irritating, and the colour (I have the darker shade) is cool-toned enough to be entirely believeable. It's rapid to use, too. It sets quickly and genuinely holds the brows - even unruly creatures - all day. I know I'm on to a winner when a random lady in the street asks me if my brows are mine (these are the times we live in, folks).

Autograph Sculpting Brow Gel

Not that I wanted my arm hairs enhancing, but you can see in the photo above that the fibres have set to work!

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Surratt Grisaille

Surratt Grisaille Review and Swatches

Contouring has (thankfully) reined itself in for A/W. Ok, we're all still at it, but at least we're moving away from stripes down the cheekbones, and towards a more natural, gently sculpted finish. Thank goodness for that. 

I've been trying to get my mitts on Surratt's elusive Artistique Blush in Grisaille for about five months, since the oracle that is Sali Hughes endorsed its beautiful sculpting qualities. It's an elusive little critter - I'd suggest getting yourself on to Cult Beauty's waiting list so that, if it ever comes back in to stock, you can snap it up pronto.

Grisaille is a very unappealing, greyish brown shade - not dissimilar to Illamasqua's Hollow, but slightly warmer, and in powder form. Oh, and the blush itself is pretty weeny. Travel friendly in size, sure, but bang-to-buck ratio is low. This is, without doubt, a luxury.

Surratt Grisaille

That, however, is where any negatives end. This is the most beautiful, gentle sculpting taupe shade. Eyes, cheeks, jawline, whatever - this is your contouring friend. It's hard to overdo. The formula is divine - butter soft, smooth, and silky. There is absolutely no kick-up of powder in the pan, and Grisaille blends like a dream over foundation, with powders, or on bare skin. On my NC30ish skintone, this gives a subtle hint of contour - on a fair skin this will be sublime.

Surratt Grisaille Swatch

What's your favourite contouring product?

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

L'Oreal Lash Paradise Extatic Mascara

L'Oreal Lash Paradise Extatic Mascara

L'Oréal's new Paradise Extatic Mascara (to my knowledge, this is the same formula as Lash Paradise in the USA) is the newest addition to their mascara range. I'm a big L'Oréal fan - Baby Roll mascara lives in my makeup bag permanently, and True Match foundation is an all-round winner. I'd heard this compared to the double-the-price Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (what a name) so I was really keen to give it a go.

No disappointment here.

This is a lovely, volumising, lengthening mascara. It's quite dramatic, even with one coat, and really black. The wand is immense - fluffy, Stig of the dump dishevelled, but it does the job. If you have very hooded eyes, be careful! It's not as wet a formula as Dior Pump'N'Volume, which is borderline ridiculous when it comes to splodging everywhere - Paradise Extatic is considerably more forgiving to apply.

L'Oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
I don't have any issues with transfer even after 8-9 hours. It is very lightweight on the lashes - I certainly don't feel like I've got heavy, loaded lashes when wearing this mascara.

Definitely one to check out next time you're in Boots!

Have you tried this mascara?

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