Monday, 31 October 2016

Super Facialist Skin Renew Cleansing Oil - if you try one new thing this month...

Una Brennan Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil

The entire range of Super Facialist by Una Brennan is absolute skincare gold. I'm yet to meet a product from the range that I don't like - and they're often on offer at Boots. Bonus.

This, however, is my very favourite product - Vitamin C+ Brighten Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. I'm a huge fan of balm and oil cleansers - and this one sits right at the top of the pile.

This cleansing oil contains Vitamin C (notoriously difficult to maintain at relevant levels in a product), grapeseed and rosehip oils. The oil has quite a strong, orangey scent; but the citrus smell doesn't hang around on the skin after flanneling the product off. It has a lightweight, silky oil texture, and emulsifies with water to form a light, non-foaming, milky cleanser on the skin. This cleansing oil is easily removed gently with a flannel, and doesn't leave any weird gooey residue - oily complexions, rejoice! It leaves my skin very soft and comfortable, not at all tight, and pretty glowy overall.

Una Brennan Cleansing Oil

This product is excellent at removing even the toughest liquid lipstick, and I find it's pretty effective on waterproof mascara, too. I do use this as a first cleanse primarily - it is just so good at demolishing makeup.

All in all - nothing not to love (except that darn lid! Pump please Una Brennan!). Have you tried this product?

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Friday, 28 October 2016

Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque - a review

Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask Review

We've all got those products we just keep coming back to. From a Peter Thomas Roth classic, to my absolute favourite liquid lipsticks, I'm a surprisingly habit-filled creature for a beauty blogger. As much as I appreciate the new and shiny, what I really love are hard-working products that do what they say on the tin.

Enter a really lovely mask from Aesop - the Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask. I seem to remember this is a long-term fave of Anna , and I think she was the one, many moons ago, that spurred me on through the interwebs to try this bad boy out.

It is, for all intents and purposes, a clay-based mask. It does do the whole clay-drying thing on the face, so bear that in mind if you're not a huge fan of that slight tightening sensation.

Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask Review

I find that this is a really excellent skin pick-me-up - I always reach for this on a dull, grey skin day. It's a pre-night-out belter. This cleansing masque also contains aloe vera and rosehip and parsley seed extracts - all with the aim of giving the skin a bit of a brighten, and it certainly delivers on this front. I find that despite the slight tightening feeling when the mask is drying, it doesn't suck the life out of my skin, and is pretty effective on angry red pimple appeasing, too.

Oh, and it smells delicious. Fresh, light, herbal and extremely pleasant to slap on one's chops.

No complaints here. This is another lovely product that I'll come back to time and again.

Which clay masks are you a fan of? Have you tried this one?

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation Review and Swatch

Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation in Medium 52

Kat Von D hit Debenhams this year, and I am so glad that the brand has finally made the jump across the pond. I invested in the Shade and Light Eye palette and have hardly used anything else since - the matte eyeshadow formula is beautiful, very blendable across the board and long-lasting. I also picked up Kat's Lock-It Foundation in Medium 52 , as I'd heard so many good things about this matte, full-coverage, highly pigmented formula - especially when it comes to those of us with oilier skin. I've been dutifully testing it out for about four weeks, on good and bad skin days, and for some seriously long days too - I am nothing if not thorough.

Medium 52 is a pretty good shade match for me (I'm NARS Punjab/NC35 currently... and have lots of practice under my belt buying foundation from the internet!). It's ever so slightly on the peachy side when blended out - bear this in mind if you are very yellow or olive toned like me. I would honestly recommend trying to get shade-matched in store if at all possible - so at the moment that means if you're lucky enough to be a London dweller/frequenter for us Brits. The formula is seriously full coverage - you can't really just bronze this up/powder it down and hope for the best. Oompa Loompa/Dead-Face Risk = high.

Kat Von D Lock-it Foundation Review

The formula is pretty gel-like and silicone-y to the touch. As with most long-wearing formulas, this is on the matte side - in a big way. More so than even the cult classic matte foundation -  Estee Lauder Double Wear.

You heard me.

Major porcelain doll skin. You'd better be in to matte if you're keen on trying this bad boy. Even for me, the queen of oil, this is almost too matte for the first hour or so - I actually don't powder this foundation at all on initial application (unheard of behaviour in the Key household), and take a little finishing powder in my bag to combat any strike-through later. If you're in to surreal flawless skin, you'll definitely like this one.

Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo Foundation

ONE pump is more than enough for my whole face. I find this plays well applied with a damp beautyblender (this helps to combat the surreal-matte face thing) or with a decent synthetic foundation brush, to stop it from looking too mask-like. Coverage is incredible, as you might expect from the blurb - I can easily get away without concealer, except for undereye brightening purposes, when using Lock-It Foundation.

As for longevity - I can get a solid 7 hours with virtually no oil strike-through and minimal repair requirements; both with very full coverage night-out makeup, and a half-pump-to-the-spots-and-bad-bits poorly applied rush-job. With a little TLC, I can easily get 10 hours' wear with primer and powder. This is incredible for any foundation on my greaseball face! This ages pretty gracefully, too - I don't seem to get crazy separation on my nose or chin, the usual nightmare places, but I know this has been an issue for some people with this foundation.

Kat Von D Lock-it Foundation Medium 52 Swatch

So. Holy Grail? Probably not. I think I'll forever be on that quest. But for a long day, longer night, or for full-on flawless - this is what I'll be reaching for.

Have you tried this foundation before?

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Monday, 24 October 2016

K-Beauty: Sheet Masks

Skinfood Sheet Masks

Following on from my recent Tony Moly/Korean Beauty post, I couldn't jump on the K-beauty train without at least a nod in the direction of the sheet mask. The Sunday Girl is a big fan of a sheet mask, and generally whatever she likes, I like too! I picked up a hefty chunk of them on Amazon from both Skinfood and Tony Moly (the link here is to Cult Beauty, where they're sold individually, but you can totally pick them up cheaper as a set on Amazon, my computer and I are just currently having a link disagreement!), and have been giving them a thorough test out in the past few weeks.

Skinfood Sheet Masks

First thing's first - the texture. Sheet masks are weird. And drippy.  And squishy. And messy. If you're a bit squeamish about slimy weird things - you'll not love 'em. Just a heads up.

If you can get over the squishy, paper-gel texture enough to get the thing on your face, they double up as a great way to terrify your spouse/dog/postman/mum, especially as you'll be so soothed and chilled out by the whole experience that you'll definitely serenely answer the door looking like a ghost that's just done the Great North Run.

Most of the masks, regardless of brand, have one or two specific aims - you can see these at the top of the Tony Moly packaging, and on the back of the skinfood masks. Thankfully, most of them have  a very light citrus/floral/otherwise inoffensive scent - no broccoli face here. You pretty much just stick them on your face and don't move too much for about 20 minutes. Bliss.  This staying-still notion in itself is a good enough reason for me to pick these up!

Tony Moly Sheet Masks

Honestly? I find the main benefit I get from most of these masks is hydration.  Lots of it. I use the leftover extra goo in the packet to moisturise my hands too - it's got a serum like texture across the board, and leaves no residue once absorbed. Hydrated skin is happy skin, and I find that these really do the job without overloading my oily complexion at all - this is an accolade, as I have pretty oily, dehydrated skin.

 As for spot-clearing/pore refining claims, it's hard to say, but I do find my skin is much brighter and generally better hydrated after a Vogue-reading session with one of these bad boys on. For the price, they're not only a lovely experience, but go a long way towards boosting hydration, even with an oily, temperamental complexion.

Have you tried out sheet masks? What did you think?

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Friday, 21 October 2016

Underrated Highlights - Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick - Pink Quartz and Illamasqua Gleam - Supernatural

In my recent foray in to shopping my makeup stash, I rediscovered a couple of beautiful highlighters that are so easily forgotten in the shimmering ocean of highlighting powders available to us these days. I've already posted about some of my favourite highlight formulas this year, but I'm sad to say I'd forgotten about these two - they would definitely have made the cut!

Plus... you can never have too many highlights, right? Packaging and promoting of highlighting formulas has gone bonkers in recent years - but that doesn't mean that there arent some fantastic, "older" formulas kicking around out there!

Underrated Highlighters - Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick and Illamasqua Gleam

First up - a classic. Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Pink Quartz. Remember when Jaclyn Hill was obsessed with these?! To be fair to the lass, I can see why. Look at that shimmery goodness.

This is super shimmery - not for the faint-hearted, and over-application can definitely cause a bit of a pore-drama situation if you have quite large pores, but it is, regardless, beautiful. It's quite a warm, subtle pink shade, so plays well with most neutral to pink blushers and with bronzer, too. I find I get about 8 hours wear from Shimmer Bricks on the cheeks before fading.

The other nice thing about these is that they are really easy to use as eyeshadows too - each individual shade is different enough to notice, but complementary enough to use together. This is really handy if you're travelling, and just want a slick of shimmer on the lid - Bobbi's got you covered.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
Illamasqua Cream Highlight Gleam

And for cream formulations - ooooh boy. Illamasqua Gleam in Supernatural. Gorgeous.

This is the darker shade - if you're fairer skinned/are sans-tan this time of year you might want to try out Aurora for size instead - but for summer, Supernatural is gorgeous. It practically applies itsself - I use fingers to apply and tap it in along the cheekbones - and used with a cream or powder bronzer it is really beautiful. Worryingly orange in the pan, I'll give you that, but its bronzey and lovely in person. Both Illamasqua Gleam shades give a sophisticated, smooth, fresh dewiness to the cheeks without looking at all shimmery.

 I feel like this is a really underrated little gem from Illamasqua - definitely worth checking out. If you're a pro makeup artist, this plays really well with natural and artificial lighting, and imparts a really lovely, dewy, youthful texture to the skin.

Highlight Swatches

I'm so glad I've rediscovered these beauties! What are your favourite highlight formulas?

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Colourpop Creme Gel Liner Review

Colourpop Creme Gel Liner

As a heavy-lidded gal, I struggle to find a decent eyeliner. Having a mega transfer line practically on my browbone is not my idea of fun - especially when you only discover it in the middle of the day. Mare. 

Now that Colourpop are doing U.K. shipping, it's so much easier to get hold of their fab formulas - including one of my favourite eyeliners, the Colourpop Creme Gel Liners. At a bargain-basement $5.00 a pop, even in the wake of the Brexit pound rollercoaster these are affordable!

Colourpop Creme Gel Liner

I picked up a few of these in both matte and metallic finishes: Fast Lane, a matte forest green; Honeydude, a matte nude shade; Dirty Talk, a gorgeous metallic true gold; and Get Paid, a rosy copper-gold.

Considering the price-point - these are fantastic.  Fast drying (so work quickly!), smooth and easy to use - however, don't twist the tip up too far, as they are pretty fragile due to the softness of the formula! The mattes are skip-free to apply, and the metallics aren't in the least bit chunky. Fast Lane makes a really nice alternative to black liner, and Honeydude is brilliant for a fresh-looking waterline without being too stark-white.

Colourpop Creme Gel Liner Swatch
L-R - Get Paid, Fast Lane, Dirty Talk, Honeydude
As ever, above are single-swipe swatches. No pigmentation issues here. I find these hang around for a solid 8 hours on the lid, 4ish hours on the waterline, and tend to fade evenly. I've not experienced any transfer on to my lids with primer underneath - woohoo!

All in all - a big thumbs up from me!

Have you tried these eyeliners? What is your favourite eyeliner formula?

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Shopping sans-spend - the importance of shopping your collection

Non-Shopping - Shop your Stash

It is so easy, blogger or not, to get caught up in product hype.

 Social media, "influencers", us bloggers, and brands, are all set on product-pushing and the need for new. I'll hold up my hands and say I'm a sucker for the hype train (especially when it comes to liquid lipsticks - Jouer's Lip Topper and liquid lipstick marketing has been amazing, and only these beauties have truly lived up to their hype for me so far).

It is such a shame that some of these, previously raved-about products get lost in the ether, rarely used, or bypassed for the latest, not necessarily better, equivalent. The pressure for having the latest thing isn't exactly bank-balance friendly, either - unless you're a mega-blogger being sent every new product left, right, and centre, it is genuinely impossible to keep up.

The Importance of Shopping your Makeup Stash

I decided to shop my stash this week - dig out some gems from the pile of palettes, and use them religiously again. Unsurprisingly, I've rediscovered some seriously fab products that (I am ashamed to admit) I'd forgotten I owned!

MAC Fluidline in Looking Good

MAC Fluidline in Looking Good - if you have eyes, you need to try this stuff out. I think it may have been limited edition sadly, as I'm struggling to find it online - but if you already own it I urge you to dig it out for this season. Russet-reds and burgundy-bronze eye looks are a big deal for A/W '16, and this little pot of joy fits the bill perfectly. If you are blessed with beautiful green eyes, you could definitely justify selling your spleen for this on Amazon somewhere.

OCC Lip Tar in NSFW

OCC Lip Tar in NSFW - old packaging, yes, same amazing colour. This is a gorgeous, bright red with a fine, shimmering, metallic golden finish. Totally on the metallic lip train that's surfacing in the wake of all things uber-matte; unbelieveably pigmented; and very long lasting. Nothing not to love here.
I suggest using a teeny tiny lip brush to apply this - it is bright and mega-pigmented - not very forgiving on mistakes, but absolutely incredible on!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette - I am quite sure you'll have seen a million reviews of this in the past year or so - and that's not really the point of this post, anyway. This is just a classic example of a super-coveted, hard to get hold of palette that has, temporarily, disappeared into the stash. I remember the crazy hype around this launch - it sold like the proverbial hot-cake. I'm so glad I've rediscovered it though - it's A/W appropes, loaded with pigment, and allows for everything from a light wash of shimmer to intense smokes. Love.

I've also fallen back in love with MAC Soar lip liner, and Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Gold. So autumnal, so rosy, so golden... I can't believe I ever put them down!

Shopping sans-spend

Have you tried shopping your collection recently? If not, give it a go. you might just rediscover something amazing!

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Saturday, 15 October 2016

Tony Moly Egg Pore Series

Tony Moly Egg Pore Balm, Cooling Pack and Primer

Tony Moly burst on to the mainstream UK market this year with the huge K-Beauty trend - and I'm so freakin' glad it did. Previously the preserve of Amazon or those travelling to South Korea (if that's you, I am well jel), it's now pretty easy to get hold of many of their products via Cult Beauty. They are a little more expensive through this route, however, so do have a good scout around on Amazon in case you can find them for less!

I bought all three in the Egg Pore series - designed for those of us with large pores and blackhead-prone, temperamental skin. These can be used individually, or in the suggested order of Blackhead Steam Balm, Tightening Cooling Pack, followed by Silky Smooth Balm.

I've been trying these out as a once-a-week treat for a couple of months, and I have to say - I love 'em. Thankfully, many Korean Beauty products are designed with oilier complexions in mind, so they suit me down to the ground!

Tony Moly Egg Pore Review
L-R - Steam Balm, Cooling Pack, Silky Smooth Balm
Tony Moly Blackhead Steam Balm is a gel-to-.. (well.. foam?) formula that does feel quite warming on the skin when applied. It has a very light, inoffensive citrusy scent, and sort-of effervesces to a light foamy balm texture on the skin. It apparently contains Vitamin E, charcoal powder and eggshell powder to exfoliate and lift blackheads without drying out the skin. Personally, I find this does a pretty good job (at least of lifting the blackness of blackheads) and leaves skin feeling soft, not stripped, when washed off.

I follow this with the Tightening Cooling Pack. This feels, and behaves, like a lighter-than-air clay mask. For me, it definitely has a cooling effect on application, and afterwards behaves like a pretty standard clay mask - again, top marks for oily skin. It's not going to change anyone's life, but it's non-drying and does what any good clay mask does - clearer pores ahoy!

Tony Moly Egg Pore Balm
L-R Steam Balm, Cooling Pack, Silky Smooth Balm
The Silky Smooth Balm is a silicone-y feeling primer, designed for use under makeup. It has a very similar feel and texture to Benefit's Porefessional, and does a similarly excellent job at filling in pores. If you don't like that kind of texture, this won't be for you, but I find for my skin this works really well.

Have you tried any Tony Moly products?

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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Jouer Long Wear Lip Creme - worth the hype?

Jouer Long Wear Lip Creme Review

Jouer Long Wear Lip Creme in Melon

Jouer Long Wear Lip Cremes are having a bit of a moment. With every YouTuber banging on about the brilliance of these little babies, it has been pretty difficult to ignore them - particularly when the colour range is ah-mazing and there's about fifteen different nudey-pinks, which are essentially my lip colour catnip.

But.. are they worth their insane hype?

I have to say I was majorly impressed with Jouer's Lip Topper in Skinny Dip. The formula is beautiful, it smells like a vanilla cake from your dreams, and it does hang around for ages. Nothing I don't love about that stuff.

But... the liquid lipstick formula?

First - packaging. Shiny, square, weirdly all clicks together as per the instructions above (though I can't see myself spending hours of my life doing makeup lego...) There's a pretty standard doe-foot applicator, and the tube is a reasonable size. Nothing too exciting so far.

I picked up Melon - a warm, pink-nude - which is a really beautiful colour. As with Skinny Dip, this formula smells like the most delicious vanilla cake you could ever imagine - it makes you want to eat the tube. No exaggeration. I have to stop myself every time I open it!

The formula is a slightly moussey, thin texture with a quicker dry-down time than Dose of Colors liquid lipsticks, but slightly slower on me than Kat Von D. Not a huge issue - there's certainly enough play-time for sorting out a dodgy lip line. It plays well with others - and looks dreamy when combined with Jouer's Skinny Dip Lip Topper.

Like I said, a beautiful colour, and easy to apply. It's pretty long-lasting, too - about six hours, with drinking coffee - and no transfer whatsoever. After the six hour mark, the Lip Creme does start to look quite crumbly and pull in to lines - bear this in mind if you plan on no touch-ups for a really long day!

Honestly though? It's not my favourite formula. It feels quite chalk-like on the lips, even carefully exfoliated and moisturised ones, and I find that this is definitely drying over time. This is a personal preference thing though: by sacrificing the more pliable, comfortable, borderline satiny Dose of Colors or KVD formula, you do get a more matte looking lip.

If you're willing to totally sacrifice the concept of hydration, or love an uber-matte lip, you will probably love these. I don't think I'll be buying more, but the colour of this is so beautiful I will be using it frequently (for short, non lip-killing periods of time!)

Have you tried Jouer's matte lipstick formula?

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Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Dose of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick Review

Dose Of Colors Matte Liquid Lipstick

Dose of Colors Liquid Lipsticks go like freakin' hotcakes on Beauty Bay. Like, a day, and everything nude and berry is gone. Boom. No more. I was quick-fire enough to pick up two of these babies a while ago, and I've been giving them a thorough road test for the last few weeks.

You'll know by now about my limited/mixed success and definite mixed feelings on the whole liquid lipstick thing (If you don't, check out previous loves and hates on the liquid lipstick front), but I'm a glutton for dry-lipped punishment, and just keep testing these in the hope that, one day, I'll get it. I really liked Kat Von D's offering recently as a genuinely matte option that doesn't give you the cat's-bum lips situation, but I'd heard rave stuff about Dose of Colors' formula. I'm subjecting my lips once again to potential arid displeasure - don't say I'm not good to you.

Dose of Colors Bare With Me
A slightly slopey doe-foot applicator. A dream to apply with.

Thankfully - I needn't have worried.

 Apart from the super-delicious cakey-vanilla scent, Dose Of Colors have managed to make a really great formula here. These have a pleasant, creamy-mouse texture when applied, and have a much longer dry-down period than, say, Colourpop Ultra Mattes or Anastasia Liquid Lipsticks. This allows for a little correction on application, and generally makes them much more forgiving on a slightly more textured lip than one full of fillers and Instagrammed out of its life.

Dose of Colors Berry Me and Bare With Me Swatch
DOC Berry Me (original) and Bare With Me swatched
I was a little impatient with my swatch photo here - you can see these haven't quite dried down yet - but you get the idea. Berry Me is a more purpley-berry tone, and Bare With Me is a classic peachy-nude. They are one-swipe opaque, which is a bonus, and play well with super-shiny lip toppers, too.

 I find these relatively comfortable to wear, seriously long lasting and minimally drying, which is a mega plus. They seem to fade pretty evenly too, with no weird white mouth-ring syndrome (phew) and no flaking or bunching up in the corners of the lips.

I was seriously impressed with these, and will definitely be picking up more in future!

Have you tried any of these liquid lipsticks?

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Sunday, 9 October 2016

High 5: Top 5 MAC Lipsticks

5 Best MAC Lipsticks
As with many of us, I am sure - MAC lipsticks were my first proper foray in to the makeup world. As such, they will always hold a little special place in my makeup-loving heart.

They were (and still are) that mid-range price point but borderline-luxury product you could actually afford, with such an exciting and vast range of colours and finishes - I remember being a little overwhelmed on my first trip to a MAC counter!

There are 5 particularly special lipsticks that I use regularly, love, and don't think I'll ever be without. Yeah, liquid lipsticks and indie brands are fun (and, in the case of indie brands, largely excellent), but there's something so lovely about that chic, black bullet and light vanilla scent that I'll always come back to.

Top 5 MAC Lipsticks

My top 5, in no particular order, are:

MAC Ruby Woo - well now. What a red. It is an all-time favourite. The Retro Matte formula is unbelieveably matte - not the easiest to apply, and needs a lip liner and a hefty dose of patience - but once it's on, it's on. And not going anywhere.

MAC Kinda Sexy - Peachy-nude, glide-on matte, mega-pigmented and comfortable to wear. Nothing I don't love about this. It is particularly great with a colourful/super-deep smokey eye on my skintone, as it is very neutral on me - if you are cooler-toned it may come up a little more obviously peach, but the gorgeous and very fair Sharon Farrell loves this, so...

MAC Flat out Fabulous - Fuchsia pink, super-pigmented, matte and gorgeous. I have no complaints. It is ah-mazing with just a little bit of eyeliner, and leaves a little stain on the lips so fades very gracefully as the day/night wears on.

MAC Pink Plaid - a beauuuuuutiful cool toned light pink. My word. I love this. It's a matte lipstick triumph too - very comfortable, glides on with no tugging, and lasts for ages without being even slightly drying. Liquid mattes have a lot to learn from Pink Plaid.

MAC Syrup - a totally underrated shade. Lily Pebbles raved about this ages ago so I picked up a tube - it's a more purple-toned, very comfortable satin lipstick that just edges in to the more-fun-than-a-nude-lip spectrum for everyday.
Ruby Woo, Kinda Sexy, Flat out Fabulous, Pink Plaid
Ruby Woo, Kinda Sexy, Flat out Fabulous, Pink Plaid, Syrup

And the swatches - Ruby Woo never swatches well I'm afraid, you'll just have to trust me abut how bangin' this is on the lips! However - just look at Syrup. Beautiful.

MAC Lipstick Swatches : Ruby Woo, Kinda Sexy, Flat Out Fabulous, Pink Plaid, Syrup
L-R: Ruby Woo, Kinda Sexy, Flat out Fabulous, Pink Plaid, Syrup

Velvet Teddy was a close run-in on this edit, but if I genuinely could only choose 5 MAC lipsticks to wear ever again - these chaps are the ones.

What are your favourite MAC shades?

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Friday, 7 October 2016

Rituel de Fille - Natural and Wonderful

Rituel De Fille Swatches
Rituel De Fille

A relative newcomer to Cult Beauty, Rituel de Fille is a beautiful, natural, cruelty-free brand from the United States. They are mega-passionate about natural products that do what they say on the tin - sounds good, right? I purchased a little selection recently and have been testing them out over the past few days

Disclaimer: This is long. Get yourself a brew.

First off - packaging. Chic, black, compact, classic. No complaints. Oh, and some cute little shiny stars to boot. There's an ingredient list on each box, and a little blurb on the delights held within.

Inside the beautiful packaging... BEHOLD. Pretty colours indeed. I picked up the Ash and Ember Eye Soot in Serpent de Mer, Inner Glow Cream Blush in Lovesick (this is a freebie at the moment on Cult Beauty if you spent more than £35 - run, don't walk), and Lip Sheer in Datura.

Rituel De Fille Serpent de Mer, Lovesick, Datura

The Inner Glow Cream Blush is a thing of beauty.

I am, as a rule, not a cream blush fan - oily skin means that these just don't tend to hang around on my cheeks, and emphasise pores and texture. Nice. This is absolutely not the case when it comes to this little creature, however. It blends effortlessly on the cheeks, simply tapped in with the fingers - a really easy on the go option. It is healthy-dewy, without any greasiness, and hangs around for a solid 7 hours before fading (sans powder of any kind - that, my friends, is almost a miracle).

You can see in the pan that once swatched and used, the colour is lighter than the initial "skin" on the top of the product would suggest - no bad thing, as it reveals a go-with-everything dusky rose. I am approximated NC30 at the moment - this blush (to join my only other cream blush love) has gone straight in my makeup bag.

Rituel De Fille Cream Blush Lovesick Swatch
Swatched heavily, then lightly blended

Second in to the ring - Ash and Ember Eye Soot in Serpent de Mer. Wowzers. Look at that colour.

It is described, cryptically, as "a dramatic burnt taupe with a hint of violet and subtle metallic bronze highlights" which is pretty accurate. Think MAC Satin Taupe having a baby with Woodwinked, and make it better. Got it? You're there.

Rituel De Fille Ash and Ember Eye Soot Serpent De Mer

This translates to a really complex, beautiful shade on the skin. Below is a one-swipe swatch - pigment-o-rama. Serpent de Mer is one of those colours that just gets better with blending - it's a proper one-stop pot.

The texture is somewhere between powder and cream - less emollient than Colourpop's super-shocks, less overtly sparkly than a By Terry Ombre Blackstar - and gives a really expensive, sheeny finish to the eye. I have been using this all over the lid, and also just smudged in to the lashes for an easy, smudgy liner look that's a bit more interesting than black liquid liner.

Word to the wise - the packaging is a little unusual - there's quite a small aperture to the product itsself, and it takes a little getting used to to use successfully; theres a little guide on Rituel de Fille's website here. I find a dense synthetic brush, using the tip rather than the flat side, picks up loads of pigment and makes a super-quick, gorgeous smokey eye easily achieveable.

Rituel de Fille Ash and Ember Eye Soot Serpent De Mer Swatch

As ever, I need an eyeshadow primer with this product - NARS' old faithful sees me through - and with this, I get about 7 hours of solid, crease-free wear. I am loving it.

Last, but certainly not least: Enchanted Lip Sheer in Datura.

This is a pretty teeny tube, if I'm honest - but the contents are in keeping with the quality of the rest of the line. The Lip Sheer formula promises to impart "a sheer, creamy coat of vibrant colour" - I would pretty much agree with that. There is a slight, but noticeable, lavender scent to these - bear that in mind if you're not a fan (personally I love lavender!)

Datura is a lovely, my-lips-but-better rosy pink shade. It is pigmented enough to be present, if you know what I mean - more than a tinted lipgloss, less than a full-on lipstick. It can be layered and built up easily to a stronger blush pink, and has a satin-matte finish.

Rituel de Fille Lip Sheer Datura

I feel like Datura is going to become a makeup bag staple for me - it's such an easy, throw-on colour and I can't think of a look it wouldn't compliment! Hooray for go-to shades!

Have you tried any Rituel de Fille products?

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