Friday, 22 June 2018

Byredo Gypsy Water Hair Perfume

Byredo Gypsy Water Hair Perfume

If you, like me, are the proud manager of some long, thick, wild, non-washable-everyday-able locks, then the Byredo hair perfumes are a little luxury worth a peruse next time you're passing Space NK.

Long term readers will know I'm pretty picky when it comes to perfumes - overwhelming, heady scents give me a headache (super-rich YSL Black Opium being the peculiar exception), so I'm much more a light, woody, floral-y fan overall. Gypsy Water is a scent dripping with cool-girl (and boy, for that matter) credentials. It is woody: think damp pine needles in the summer, juniper berries, and a vanilla-ey note to stop it being overtly masculine.

The big advantage here, however, is that it's a hair perfume specifically. About half the price of a Byredo EDP, for those of us not made of money. It's designed not to dry out the hair as a normal perfume would, either - and as the hair moves, you catch a delicate reprise of the scent again. If you, like me, can't wash your hair every day, or if you are sensitive to perfume formulations on your skin, this is a lovely formula worth looking into.

Byredo Gypsy Water Hair Perfume

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Monday, 18 June 2018

NARS Narsissist Wanted I Cheek Palette Review

NARS Narsissist Wanted I Cheek Palette review

Generally, I struggle with limited edition products. I hate that if I fall in love with them, I'm usually too slow/penniless to buy an instant backup, and I then find myself being completely ridiculous about the possibility of using them up entirely (bear in mind I have only completely finished one blush in my entire life - MAC's Blushbaby).

That being said, NARS had me at hello with the Wanted Vol. I Cheek Palette. I mean, just look. Gorgeous packaging (less risqué than the Sarah Moon palettes, equally sturdy and travel-proof) and what a beauuuutiful shade selection. I chose Vol. I as the shades were overall warm and looked easy to use on the daily (yep, even that incredible coral) for a light-medium skintone like mine. Vol. II is equally gorgeous, and if you have a deeper skintone would be worth checking out.

NARS Narsissist Wanted I Cheek Palette review

Unlimited, the top-left shade, is a beautiful, buildable, peachy highlighting blush shade which layers well with all of the other shades in the palette. It's not going to blind you straight out the gate, but it works beautifully with the rest of the shades here. The lilac shade, Notorious, looks absolutely terrifying in the pan, but is sheer enough and so blendable, that even my olive tones can take it. My favourites are the whole bottom row - Bumpy Ride, the middle shade, is a throw-on-and-go satiny pink, and the other two shades are beautiful mattes. Even the coral is completely useable - it diffuses to a fresh flush if applied carefully with a light hand. I find the longevity to be excellent - about 8-9 hours in, all of the shades still look intact.

NARS Narsissist Wanted I Blush Palette Swatches

Overall - gorgeous, practical, and super pretty.

Did you succumb to this limited edition?

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Monday, 21 May 2018

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand and Contour Wand

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand and Contour Wand Review

After great success with Charlotte Tilbury's beautiful Hollywood Flawless Filter (you can read my thoughts on this glorious addition here) I went on a CT bender expanded my collection ever so slightly to include the new-to-me Hollywood Beauty Light Wand and Contour Wand. Needless to say, I am not sorry about this in the slightest.

Charlotte Tilbury's Hollywood Beauty Light Wand is everything good about liquid/cream highlight formulas. It glides on, looks absolutely ethereal, blends in with a pat of the finger and lasts remarkably well. I have very oily skin, so most cream or liquid highlight formulas just slide off my face in about half an hour, but this hangs around for a good 6-7 hours and reflects light in just the right way. It gives a glossy, glassy, non-glittery highlight that is very kind to textured skin. Basically, CT nailed it again.

The applicator is, well, a bit of a pain. Word to the wise, make sure it's in the "off" position before you close the cap or you will be cleaning glossy goodness off the entirety of your makeup bag. I imagine it would do the head in of any working makeup artist - I hear reports of people cutting off the fluffy head altogether to make it more hygienic - but as long as you're using it regularly and just on your own face, I reckon you'll use this beauty up before that becomes a massive issue.

The Hollywood Contour Wand (I have the shade light/medium) is another really lovely product. I'm inherently terrified of cream contouring - so line, much blend - but I was pleasantly surprised to find the Contour Wand very easy to use. The tone is more neutral than I was expecting - if you are very cool toned, you may need something more like Illamasqua Hollow to provide that realistic shadow. It is nicely pigmented, with good play-time before it sets. I blend this with a Zoeva synthetic brush and have no issues with patchiness. The formula is light and fluidy enough to blend beautifully with other cream and liquid products - a little goes a long way, so go easy to start with!

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Light Wand and Contour Wand Review

You can see both products above swatched and blended. Beautiful, don't you think?

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Saturday, 5 May 2018

Natasha Denona Darya Diamond and Blush Palette Review and Swatches

Natasha Denona Diamond and Blush Palette Review and Swatches

This is probably the most traumatically expensive frivolous purchase I've ever made.

The Natasha Denona Diamond and Blush Palette is, in a word, delectable. The cream blush/highlights are very pigmented (use with caution and a damp sponge, for fear of the Doll Cheek Phenomenon), with a beautiful, soft, non-greasy texture. The Glow Cream Base (top left) is absolutely beautiful - non-glittery with a super-fine shimmer that doesn't settle into fine lines and makes you look like you've had 10 hours' sleep. The wear-time is excellent - about 7 hours on oily skin, and much longer for the powders or with some careful layering.

The powders are gloriously dense and soft (as you'd expect at this price point, to be honest). The diamond powder (bottom left) is not going to be everyone's cup of tea - it's borderline glittery, and for me is a bit much for general use. The powder blush, however, is the most beautiful, multi-dimensional coral-rose, that I imagine will be almost universally flattering. With some care and a light hand, the creams and powders layer beautifully on top of each other  - though beware, it is very easy to go overboard! It's really easy to create an editorial shine (too easy - I was definitely taking people aback somewhat on the weekly Tesco trip), or pare it down to a glowy, sheeny, fresh highlight on the cheeks.

Natasha Denona Diamond and Blush Palette Review and Swatches
L-R top row, bottom row.
Does anyone need a bajillion-dollar blush palette? No. Is it gorgeous? Yes. Will I use it? Forever and ever. 

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