Monday, 31 July 2017

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer - Reviewed

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Custard Review

If there's one beauty product I'm loyal with, it's concealer. My last post on concealers is testament to this fact - it was ages ago! It really does take something pretty special for me to stray from the straight and narrow of Collection and Urban Decay - but NARS have persuaded me with the newest addition to their concealer stable - NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer. I bought mine from Fabled - its the first time I've used their website, and I was really impressed. Amazing one-hour delivery slots too!

The blurb on this describes it as a soft-focus, high coverage, smoothing and softening (really?) concealer, with a soft matte finish. I suppose this is aiming to be the matte equivalent of NARS' cult classic Radiant Creamy Concealer. I use the same shade in both concealers (Custard, for reference) and find that this applies much lighter than it looks in the pan.

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Custard

The texture is quite thick - and believe me, a little goes a long way. I use a small, flat concealer brush to apply, and then pat in with my fingers. The formula blends beautifully on my skin, and is forgiving on texture, pores and fine lines - though be warned, if you don't set this, it will crease under the eyes. I find this to wear really nicely through the day, and don't find that it breaks up at all under my eyes or when used to cover blemishes. It's easy to apply makeup on top of, though I do suspect that if you use a mega-siliconey primer beneath, you may find some pilling happening.
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer Custard

It is entirely possible to use this alone, without a heavy foundation base (I've been using solely my beloved Charlotte Tilbury Healthy Glow and this concealer for weeks now) and not look patchy at all - there's a decent shade range, but I'd definitely recommend doing a bit of an in store test to find the right shade for you, unless you are an obsessive like me who can work out their shade from a colour swatch. I think this is probably not going to be your everlasting love if you have dry skin, but if you have normal-to-oily skin, this is worth a swatch in store.

Overall? Big fan. A new staple in my concealer wardrobe.

Have you tried this concealer? What did you think?

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturiser

Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturiser

I'm not usually one for mad-keen hype - but Charlotte, you got me with this one. Wayne Goss posted about his love of this new product - Charlotte Tilbury's Unisex Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturiser - and I just had to get involved. I'm a long-standing fan of CT's amazing lipsticks - Pillow Talk being a particular fave - but this is the first base product I've tried from her super-luxe range.

Healthy Glow is, for all intents and purposes, a tinted moisturiser with benefits. It applies worryingly greyish-white (and slightly grainy - I tried to capture this in the photo below) but don't be put off - a few seconds in to blending in, it settles in to a believeable, sunkissed version of your own skintone.

Now. I know what you're thinking. Tantastic days behind me. No no NO 90's drugstore foundation tideline, thankyouverymuch. Have no fear. This is seriously flattering and blends away seamlessly - unless you're really slapdash applying it (bearing in mind my method au choix is to slap it all over my fave with my fingers) you'll have no issues here.

Charlotte Tilbury Unisex Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturiser

Note - no sunscreen. Sun worshippers be warned. You'll need an SPF underneath this if you're headed outside.

I've been applying this instead of foundation most days - it is feather light, even oily skins like mine shouldn't have an issue here. Healthy Glow has a satiny, moisturised, healthy finish, and plays well with powder and other base products. I haven't experienced any breaking up on my oily patches, even after seven or eight hours' wear. This, a Dior lip and my Becca Sunchaser Palette - I'm sorted for warm summer days (when they ever appear!)

And the best part? This blurs all the bad bits. My skin looks more even, smooth, less pore-y (is that a word?) and essentially, filtered. This is very forgiving on fine lines, and generally extremely flattering on light to medium skintones. Another Charlotte Tilbury win for me.

Freshly applied, and blended out to the right - note glowy, non-orange shade!

Have you tried this product? What did you think?

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Colourpop Yes, Please! Palette Review and Swatches

Colourpop Yes, Please! Palette

Someone at Colourpop HQ is a genius. Our current obsession as a beauty community with all things warm, plus a limited edition, bargain, almost-Natasha-Denona-dupe release? You had me at the $16 price tag.

Yes, Please! is a super-warm toned collection of wearable-to-wild shades. It is remarkably similar in tones and finishes to that spendy ND palette - not an exact dupe, but a fraction of the price for something extremely close in colour selection. I love me a Colourpop Super Shock, so I was really excited about this palette.

 There's a nice mix of mattes, duochromes, and full on metallic shades, and it's surprisingly easy to create a lovely, summery, cohesive look using only this palette. The pans are small, and the palette is compact - sturdy cardboard, with 0.85g of product per pan (for reference, a MAC x9 Palette shadow contains 0.8g of product, three less shadows per palette and costs considerably more). I'm honestly not bothered about the size - they are perfectly useable and the colours are so intensely pigmented, you're still getting great bang for your buck.

Colourpop Yes, Please! Palette

Ok - formula. Overall - I'm overjoyed. This is my first foray into Colourpop's pressed shadows, and I am impressed. The matte shades are, across the board, exceptionally good - I've paid triple the price for shadows in the past that don't perform nearly as well. A couple of the shades kick up a bit of dust in the pan (Big Cocktails, the matte orange, and Mischief, the canary yellow) but they all applied well, the other shades were surprisingly creamy, and they blended beautifully.  Even Spoiled, the amazing dark red, applied without a hitch.

The shimmers - well. The swatches speak for themselves. They apply as well as they swatch.
Colourpop Yes, Please! Palette Swatches
 I get a solid 7-8 hours wear-time wearing this palette (I must confess, I haven't worn all of them for a full 8 hour test - I only have two eyes and two full makeup wearing days a week!).

Ok, sure. I've definitely got some dupes for the paler shades. And three million dark browns. But these fiery, hot, summery shades in a compact, travel friendly, completely useable solo palette is a dream come true. Well done Colourpop.

Yes, Please! is a limited edition product - did you manage to get your hands on one? Fingers crossed for a restock!

All products above bought with my own money. Some links are affiliate links.


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Beauty Pie Lip Haul

The Beauty Pie Lip Haul
Here it is. The other half of this month's Beauty Pie order - you can find my thoughts on their Superstrobing drops here. I went a bit lip-crazy this month!

New to Beauty Pie - 3D Shine Liquid Lipstick. I picked up two of these - Good in Red and Cherub. These are, essentially, high-shine, long wear lip glosses. Cherub is quite a pastel-coral nude - definitely not for everyone, but a pretty colour on the right skintone. Good in Red is a seriously red red - mid-tone, bright, vinyl-shiny - some killer mascara, a sweep of bronzer and you are good to go. I'm really enjoying the red in particular. The formula is slightly sticky, and one-swipe is completely opaque. I get about 4 hours' wear before fading, with a flattering stain left by the red.

Beauty Pie's Futurelipstick Matte lipsticks are already a firm fave of mine - thin, matte, clingy-in-a-good-way, and super easy to wear.  Hot Saucy was an obvious summer choice for me - sizzling orange-red. Yesssss. This is my kind of shade!
Beauty Pie 3D Shine Liquid Lipstick
Good in Red
Another purchase I'm really happy with is the Fantasticolour Sculpting Lipstick in Guilty Pink. Sculpting? I'm not sure how that works, but the satin finish, smooth formula is lovely. Not dissimilar in packaging to Chanel's luxurious Rouge Coco Stylo, though not as balmy and glossy in texture in the shades I own. This is marketed as sheer, but I found this shade to be a pigmented, mid-tone pink. This is a super flattering, chuck-in-your-handbag, goes-with-anything colour. I found this lasted for about 4 hours before requiring re-application.
Beauty Pie Fantasticolour Sculpting Lipstick
Guilty Pink

Beauty Pie 3d Shine Liquid Lipstick, Fantasticolour Sculpting Lipstick and Futurelipstick Matte Swatches
L-R 3D Shine in Good in Red and Cherub, Fantasticolour in Guilty Pink, Futurelipstick Matte in Hot Saucy
I'm really happy with this summer lip haul - the 3D Shine formula is really lovely, and Hot Saucy is going to get a lot of use!

Have you tried Beauty Pie yet?

All products mentioned bought with my own money. Some links are affiliate links.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cream Review

Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cream

I'm not a moisturiser repurchaser, as a rule. I get a bit bored, and almost all moisturisers are a bit lacking when it comes to oily-dehydrated complexions - they either do absolutely nothing at all for me, or overload my poor pores and its spot-city for a few days afterwards. My fave Bio-Essence moisturiser is almost impossible to find in the UK at the moment, and nothing else has really been cutting it for me.

However - I think Skyn Iceland may just have cracked the combination complexion conundrum for me with this one. Pure Cloud Cream.

Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cream

I mean, even the name is dreamy.

Pure Cloud Cream is a concoction of hyaluronic acid, almond oil, cranberry seed oil, various vitamins and the usual moisturiser suspects in a light, whipped-gel type formula. The texture is slightly weird - honestly, a bit like Angel Delight - but it's quickly absorbed in to the skin with no sticky residue. It is very soothing and cooling on the skin, and sits very well under makeup - I often don't use any primer over the top of this moisturiser (mostly out of sheer laziness, in all honesty) and foundations and powders sit beautifully over the top.

It doesn't aggravate the spot situation either, and provides just enough moisture for the flaky bits to remain under control without any excessive greasiness.

Skyn Iceland Pure Cloud Cream

Will I repurchase? Umm.. yes. I can say that confidently. It's going to take a lot to knock this off the top spot for me.

Have you tried any Skyn Iceland products?

All products bought with my own money. Some links are affiliate links.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

L'Oreal Infallible Lip Paint Matte in Off White

L'Oreal Matte Lip Paint in Off White

L'Oréal are a top drawer highstreet/drugstore brand when it comes to makeup. Relatively affordable, and with some products rivalling my pricier faves (True Match foundation, my friend, I'm looking at you). So when they came out with a nude matte liquid lipstick, promising to be long-wearing, non-drying and with no flaking - it took me about three seconds to get on board.

I have the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Nudist Matte Lip Paint in Off White (Largely because I perpetually wish my lips looked like Lydia Millen's, and this is often her go-to shade). This is a nude nude - peachy, opaque, and quite pale - I use it dotted over Spice lip pencil from MAC or Charlotte Tilbury's perfect Pillow Talk liner, though I reckon in the winter months this will be a slamming statement nude lip with a festive smoky eye. Full marks to L'Oreal, incidentally, for including much deeper, richer, tones in their nude lip lineup for this range.

L'Oreal Lip Paint Matte in Off White

So. The formula. First off - the smell. Fake strawberries and fake cream. Boak. it does dissipate quite quickly, but if you're sensitive to scented products, give this a sniff in store first (cue hoards of people sniffing lipstick wands in Boots. There's an image for you.). It's a creamy, opaque, easily spreadable formula overall.

 In all honesty - this is definitely more on the satin end of the liquid lipstick scale. This won't suit everyone, but I'm a bit fed up of having all bodily moisture extracted via ultra-matte liquid lipsticks, so this isn't a deal-breaker for me. It takes a good few minutes to fully set, which does give you some mistake-correcting time, and I do find that it's relatively long-lasting - I can get about 4-5 hours sans-touch up from this formula. I don't find that it's particularly transfer resistant.

L'Oreal Lip Paint Matte in Off White

Will I use this up? Yes. Will I repurchase? Probably not. It's not changing my life, but it is a nice product - one I'll get more use of once the summer bronze has died down!

Have you tried this formula yet?

All products mentioned above bought with my own money. Some links are affiliate links.


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Dior Diorshow Pump 'N' Volume Mascara

Diorshow Pump n'Volume Mascara Review

I know, I know. I've said before. You don't need to spend the big spends on mascara for really lovely lashes. L'Oréal are all over the lash game. But sometimes, a launch comes along that you just don't want to miss. When Dior drop a new mascara - Diorshow Pump 'N' Volume - you sit up and take notice.

For some background - I have about three short, fine eyelashes on my top lids, and my bottom lashes are basically the lash equivalent of a particularly exuberant toilet brush. Unfortunate. I pretty much never apply any mascara to my bottom lashes, but need allllll the help I can get for the pathetic top lid brigade. Volumising, thickening, lengthening mascaras are a must.

So. Pump 'N' Volume. Silly name. The tube is flexible, and the idea is that you can squeeze it to load up the brush with more product. The formula is marketed as "creamy to the last drop" which will be excellent if this is true - I hate it when a mascara which was a bit of an investment dries out after three uses.

Dior Diorshow Pump 'N' Volume Mascara
Well - the product. Volumising - massively. This is not a "natural" mascara by any stretch of the imagination - it is definitely there. I honestly haven't felt the need to do much tube squeezing - this provides quite enough volume with just a normal swipe of the wand. It is a lovely, thickish formula - I personally like thicker mascaras with a bit of stick to them, but it may not be for everyone. Once it has dried, the formula is pretty transfer-proof, but it does take about 30 seconds to dry down - sneezers beware. You can easily ruin an eye look if you're not careful. It is midnight-black, and really lengthens the lashes too - you can see in the photo below how a) rubbish my top lashes are on my right eye with no mascara b) brilliantly this lengthens on the left eye c) ridiculous my non-mascara-ed bottom lashes are!

The wand, as it happens, is minimally stabby for a plastic wand - great if you're an accidental eye-stabber/enthusiastic mascaraist.

Dior Diorshow Pump 'N' Volume Mascara
Genuinely hooded lids, sun spots and no foundation. You're all just going to have to cope.

Overall - it's a lovely mascara. Does exactly what it says on the tin. Pricey, yes, but if you like a premium mascara, this is a great choice.

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Beauty Pie Pro-Glow Superstrobing Drops - Gimmick or Gimme?

Beauty Pie Pro Glow Superstrobing Drops Review

Highlighting is showing absolutely no sign of slowing down as a beauty trend. In fairness, who doesn't want to look bright and fresh every day, right?! I have to say I'm pretty dubious when it comes to the mega highlight category (Iconic London Drops, I'm looking at you) but given I'm still a Beauty Pie member, the opportunity to try a slightly cheaper version was just too sparkly and tempting to pass by. And obviously it's a purchase all in the name of research, right?

Well. That's what I'm telling myself.

Beauty Pie's Pro-Glow Superstrobing drops are very much in the insta-famous tears-of-gold-on-yo-cheeks end of the spectrum when it comes to a highlighting formula. I have the shade Illuminati, which is a gorgeous, champagne-peach lustrous shade. I think fair to medium-deep skintones will get on well with this - if you're blessed with beautiful dark skin, this may be a little stark on you (unless, of course, that's what you're going for, in which case, this is your man). As you can see below, it is literally like a molten bar of champagne-silver-gold (is that a thing? It's a thing in my brain).
Beauty Pie Pro-Glow Superstrobing Drops

Now. Evidently, this is not for the faint hearted. I'm pretty sure there are unicorns fainting somewhere in the universe at just how shiny this product is. It is a beautiful shade - much more complex than I was expecting - I tried to show it's amazing multi-dimensional light reflecting-ness in the swatch below. Happily, despite the pretty extreme shine going on here, it is a doddle to blend. Even on completely bare skin, just bounce a damp Beauty Blender on top a few times and you're good to go.

Beauty Pie Pro Glow Superstrobing Drops Swatch
Illuminati is, as I said, very flattering - a teeny drop mixed in with a light summery base (my base of choice for warm days is Omorovicza's BB) really gives that "her skin is amazing" glow, without being even slightly glittery or Edward Cullen-esque. It's even beautiful mixed in with moisturiser alone if you're wanting a really fresh, bare-skin-but-better complexion. Illuminati lasts as well as your average base product, and on my skin doesn't cause any weird oily separation of foundation. Score.

Beauty Pie Pro-Glow Superstrobing Drops
 Overall? Worth a shot. If you love a see-from-the-other-end-of-the-universe cheek highlight, or just a juicy, dreamy, glowing complexion, this is a one-stop shop.

Have you tried any of these super-intense liquid highlights? What did you think?

All products mentioned above bought with my own money. Some links are affiliate links.
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