Tuesday, 13 December 2016

New York Haul - Makeup - Sephora, CVS, MAC, Macy's, CCO, Airport

When I look back on my 5 years of blogging, I don't think any post has been requested as much as my makeup haul from my most recent trip to New York City. I published my Sephora wishlist before I left and to be honest, I thought my wishlist was far more refined than it has been in previous years. A lot of the Christmas collections this year did not entice me in the slightest - I was disappointed by most of the Too Faced, MAC, Nars and Hourglass offerings in particular - but I still managed to pick up plenty - enough to renew my VIB Rouge status for another year (I know). I've used quite a few of the products below but I'm not going to go into review detail in this post because Christmas will come and go in the time it takes to read it, but I promise I will do detailed reviews of the products I deem worthy over the coming weeks and months. I also picked up a fair few bits and pieces from Bath & Body Works but this haul would be neverending if I went into that now too. So without further ado, on to the makeup loot!

Foundation

I got a few different foundations from Sephora and the drugstore on my travels. From Sephora, I picked up the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation, a Make Up For Ever stick foundation, an Anastasia Beverly Hills stick foundation and the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream. I also fell for the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Illuminator - it was so brightening under my eyes that it was love from first swatch. From the drugstore, I picked up two backups of foundations I have already tried and loved - the L'Oreal Infalliable Pro Glow and the CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous.

Face


Even though it might sound like quite a princess product, I was dying to try the Tatcha Luminous Skin Mist and after trying out a tester instore twice, I loved the effect and wanted to purchase straight away but battled with forking over the 50 odd quid for it. I heard alot about Milk Makeup but not alot from the brand appealed to me so I picked up just one item - the Bronzer stick in the shade Baked. I toyed with the idea of picking up the Tarte Amazonian Clay full coverage airbrush foundation last year and didn't so this year I didn't delay in making it mine. I also picked up a trial size of the Make Up For Ever Hydrating Primer to try because I'm all about the hydration.
I made a few Becca purchases - the Blushed with Light palette, the Shimmering Skin Perfector/ Mineral Blush duo in Champagne Splits and the limited edition Shimmering Skin Perfector in Rose Quartz. I got a mini version of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Mood Light - I adore the dinky size. I also purchased the gorgeous Make Up For Ever Pro-Light Fusion in 01 because it swatched like an absolute dream.
In MAC, I picked up the limited edition Star Trek Mineralise Skinfinish in Luna Luster because I missed it first time around and it was on clearance for around 15 bucks and two of the new limited edition In the Spotlight Mineralise Skinfinishes in Soft Frost and Show Gold. 

Eyes

I was dying to get the Tartelette in Bloom palette following on from my overwhelmingly amazing experience with the original Tartelette palette so I picked that up on my first visit. I also got a smaller Tarte Tease palette in Sephora and the Tarte Energy Noir palette in Macy's. I vowed I wouldn't purchase the Huda Beauty Textured Eyeshadow Palette in Rose Gold but when I saw it in the flesh and swatched it, I couldn't not make it mine. I spotted a Viseart display out of the corner of my eye and decided now was as good a time as any to dip my toe into the Viseart world so I purchased the Neutral Matte palette. Lastly but not leastly, I picked out four new shades of Anastasia Beverly Hills single eyeshadows - Birkin, Comfort, Buon Fresco and Hot Chocolate - with a quad (which is now plastic and very akin to the MAC quads as opposed to the cardboard palette that I got last year).

I didn't get much in the drugstore this time around but I did pick up a repurchase of the CoverGirl Full Bloom mascara because I really enjoyed this last year, it gives good definition, length and volume and even though I picked up the waterproof version, it's not the most stubborn mascara in the world to remove. I also purchased an ELF cream eyeliner in black and an ELF undereye setting powder - I've wanted to try these for a while but could not justify making an order specifically for these.

Lips

I really excelled myself when it came to lip product shopping in fairness but that's what I was most drawn to when I was in the US this time around. In Macy's, I picked up 2 Black Friday special sets - one with a mix of lip products from Bobbi Brown, Lancome, Clinique, Clarins and Laura Mercier, and one set with four full-size Lancome Juicy Tubes - both of which were only $20 a piece.
From Sephora, I was dying to try the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks so I picked up five different shades - Dusty Rose, Crush, Allison, Sepia and Veronica. I got a Too Faced in Queen B, a NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound, a Tarte Tarteist Lip Paint in FOMO and a Tarte Lippie Lingerie in Exposed, a Bite Beauty Multistick in Gelato and a Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in Slow Burn.

Whilst in Woodbury Common, I visited the L'Oreal Luxe CCO and picked up three Urban Decay lipsticks for little over 6 bucks a piece - presumably when the new lipsticks were released, all of the older stock in the old style packaging would have been shipped off to CCOs so it was a good opportunity to pick up some shades I had my eye on for a while - I got the shades Naked, Sheer Liar and Sheer Ladyflower. In the drugstore, I picked up the Milani Moisture Lock Lip Treatment and two CoverGirl x Katy Perry lipsticks in Kitty Purry and Sphynx Sphinx.
Finally, I searched high and low for the Huda Beauty Liquid Lipsticks and Lip Contour pencils and only found them on my last day in the store on Times Square. I picked up the liquid lipsticks in the shades Medusa, Trophy Wife, Bombshell and Muse, and the lip pencils in Bombshell and Muse.

Hair

I really wanted to try the Drybar range of products when I was over and on my first visit, I found a little Merry Minis travel set containing three of their hero products - the Detox Dry Shampoo, Detox Dry Conditioner and Triple Sec 3 in 1 spray. I tried them over the course of the holiday but I didn't love them enough to purchase a full size of any of them.

Fragrance

I love buying a fragrance when I'm on holidays as that smell will remind me of holidays forevermore so on my first day, I purchased a Sephora Favourites edit of fragrances so that I could try a different fragrance every day before redeeming the enclosed certificate for a full-size bottle of one of the fragrances in the set.
I ended up choosing Tom Ford Black Orchid in the end - I've long time loved the scent so I was happy to nab a bottle and I think the iconic smell will forevermore remind me of an epic trip!
I also picked up two fragrances in Dublin Airport on the way over and they are both by Jo Malone - Pomegranate Noir has been on my wishlist for a long time since I owned it before but I left the bottle on my desk at work and never saw it again. I wasn't planning on picking up a second fragrance but I sniffed 154 and I was so drawn to it's unisexual woodiness - I put the bottle down but came back to it three times because it just struck a chord with me so of course I had to buy it!

Miscellaneous and Gifts

I picked up a Tarte Doorbuster Kit for $10 on Black Friday containing a mini Lights, Camera, Flashes mascara, a mini Amazonian Clay Blush and a mini lipstick.
I also was gifted with some gifts from Sephora - my birthday gift was a mini Marc Jacobs kit with an eyeliner and mini Le Marc lipstick in it (you're meant to pick this up in your birthday month but the cashier gave it to me as she saw I hadn't redeemed it - sound!)
I used some of my account points to redeem some gifts - namely an Urban Decay set containing a mini Urban Addictions eyeshadow palette and a Smashbox Studio Lighting Secrets Kit containing a contour palette, eyeshadow trio, strobing cream and strobing stick - I couldn't believe this was a free gift tbh as I thought it was extremely generous.
I wanted to try the Beauty Blender Liner Designer so I picked that up in Sephora, I've yet to try it and I suspect I will either love it or hate it but I will report back if it is as life-changing as it promises.
I picked up some Clinique Take the Day Off wipes in Sephora because I was literally falling into the bed every night we came back to the hotel with exhaustion and doing a dismal job of taking off my makeup so I thought this would speed up the makeup removal process and result in me going to bed with a cleaner face. On the topic of skincare, following on from my overwhelmingly positive experience with Kate Somerville to date, I picked up the Goat Milk cleanser. I thought this was be a gentle creamy cleanser but it's more of an oily makeup remover - I tried it in NY but not since I came home so I will have to include this in my skincare rotation and see how I feel about it. I also picked up a travel size of the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream because OMFG this smells absolutely incredible and the scent lingers for ages. I'm annoyed I didn't pick up a full size as I was there.
In Macy's, there was a $5 dollar sale on a variety of miniature sized products so I picked up two lip glasses, 2 pigments (including Blue Brown which I have wanted to try for an age) and a mini mascara.

All things considered, I don't think I went too mad, and even though I definitely had a clear idea of what I wanted to pick up, I was of course swayed by the colourful Sephora aisles. Suffice to say, I won't need to buy makeup again for a long time, but "need" and "want" are two different kettles of fish innit! If you'd like to see reviews or comparisons of anything in particular, let me know and I will prioritise :)


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Saturday, 5 November 2016

Sephora Wishlist 2016

I'm heading off to New York City at the end of this month for Thanksgiving and despite the fact that we booked the flights and hotel back in January, I'm only just getting myself organised - booking shows and carparking and writing my packing lists. One of the most important steps before any Stateside trip is, of course, compiling the Sephora wishlist. Sephora is most definitely a highlight for me - it was the first place I hit up when I landed in NYC last year and I got my VIB Rouge Card on my first day (thankfully my VIB rouge status doesn't expire until 31 December this yeI have perused the website and the following are the things that I will be keeping my beady eyes peeled for.

1. Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Splits - you know how much I love Champagne Pop, it's my favourite ever highlighter ever of all time. I've long time wanted to try out the Mineral Blush in Flowerchild too for ages so this neat little duo sounds like the perfect pair.
2. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Mauvember - if you did a word search of this blog, I would be fearful as to how many times the word 'mauve' would appear because I am mauve lip obsessed and actually I would class mauve as one of my favourite colours. I'm a big fan of Bite Beauty since I tried their products last year and not only is this a divine shade, the proceeds go towards mens' health charities also. 
3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - these were on my wishlist for last year but were not available in Sephora - I did see a display in Macy's but there was only 2 shades left - vampy and vampier - so I passed. I have heard so much goodness about these and I can't get enough of liquid lipsticks in recent times so I would love to pick up some  - seeing in the flesh is the real key but I think I would love Pure Hollywood, Dusty Rose or Soft Lilac. 
4. Last November, I picked up the original Tartelette palette and I absolutely love it, so this year I am going to snap up the Tartelette In Bloom palette which is similar to last year's offering with more purple/mauve tones (there I go again)
5. Becca Blushed with Light palette is also on top of my list - though it was not available to us for the longest time, it recently hit Cult Beauty but I decided to hold out for buying it in the flesh in NYC - I get more buzz that way. This palette is gorgeous and contains the shades Wisteria (soft rose), Songbird (peachy pink) and Snapdragon (coral) - a perfect blush all rounder.
6. Last year I purchased a full size Elizabeth and James Nirvana White perfume and I must be on my last two mls of it now. What I like about this Sephora Favourites Perfume Sampler kit is that not only are there are a dozen fragrance samples from brands like Chloe, Elizabeth and James, Gucci, Narciso Rodriguez, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Tom Ford, there is a certificate to redeem a full size of any of the samples included. I often find I love the smell of the perfume when I first spray it but over the course of the day it nauseates me so I'm going to get this on my first day and try out a different fragrance every day before deciding which full size to get on the last day.
7. Drybar is a brand I've been hearing about for months and as I'm always searching for HG dry shampoo, I'm going to pick up a bottle of the Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo to try. I'm really making a concerted effort to wash my hair every other day now to avoid drying it out so if this works the way I want it to, I'll probably end up buying a cartful to bring home with me.
8. I know we have a Make Up For Ever store here in Dublin but my experience shopping there has always been absolutely dismal - they never, ever have anything in stock. I'm not even going to waste my time popping into the Dublin store so I'm going to keep my eyes peeled for the new Pro Light Fusion Highlighter in Golden Pink.
9. I've already admitted I'm liquid lipstick obsessed, and I've been dying to try Huda Beauty liquid lipsticks for ages. I noticed on the Sephora website that they have these dinky Huda Beauty Lip Contour Sets for sale - for $24, you get two liquid lipsticks and a lipliner. I may end up picking up all 3 eventually but the set I really have my eye on contains two colours on my wishlist - Trophy Wife (rosewood) and Muse (muted rose).
10. One of my favourite makeup purchases to date was the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, and I also adore the single Anastasia Beverly Hills single eyeshadows I picked up in the US last year, so it's obviously a no-brainer that I am going to scour all the Sephoras in New York City until I find the Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario. Just look at the colours! I am weak.
11. The Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is such a princess product I know and at $48, it's not cheap but I have been so curious about this for so long that I really really want to try it out. 
12. Milk Makeup is a brand that I have not yet tried but I am curious about it and out of all their products, I think their Holographic Stick is the one that appeals to me most - I'm particularly enticed by the lavender sheen that this promises as I don't have any lavender toned highlighters yet.
13. I wasn't aware that Sephora were stocking IT Cosmetics and I really hope it's not an online exclusive brand because I am dying to try the IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream because this gets absolutely rave reviews like this recent one from Lorraine. 
14. Tarte is one of my favourite brands in Sephora and I particularly love their Amazonian Clay Blushes so when I saw this Amazonian Clay Blush Palette Color Wheel with a whopping 10 shades included, I immediately wishlisted it.
15. Lastly but not leastly, I'm a huge fan of Tarte mascaras - I picked up a couple last year and I used them all up and they were incredible. The Tarteist Lash Paint mascara is their newest mascara offering so I predict I will be getting this to try it out.

There is my humble wishlist - I'm probably not going to buy everything and I'm sure I will deviate from this list when I actually arrive at a store but those are the products that have captured my attention to date from perusing the website

If you have tried any of these and would like to share your thoughts with me, please do in the comments below. Also please do let me know if there are any must-have products from Sephora that you think I should add to my wishlist?
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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Makeup Geek Warm Eyeshadows - Collection, Review, Swatches

I've said it before a million times on this blog - I adore Makeup Geek eyeshadows - they are amongst my all time faves. For $6 or in and around €6 if you purchase from Beauty Bay, you get highly pigmented little pans of pigmented buttery goodness. If you're not familiar with the brand, Makeup Geek is the brainchild of Marlena Stell or Makeup Geek on Youtube and she launched her own cosmetics line off the back of her Youtube success back in 2012. Whilst the Makeup Geek range now includes blushes, contour powders, makeup brushes, highlighters, pigments, sparklers, eyeliners etc. (and soon to be launching lip products and foundations by all accounts!), the eyeshadows are definitely the standout products. There is now a huge selection of eyeshadows available from Makeup Geek website - mattes to shimmers and foiled and duochrome lines. This post is just a quick look at the warm Makeup Geek eyeshadows in my own collection.
My Makeup Geek warm eyeshadow Z palette is my most used eyeshadow palette at this time of year - as soon as the autumn rolls around, i just cannot get enough of the warm brown and burgundy shades. I got my Z Palette from Beauty Bay - this is the extra large one and it holds 35 Makeup Geek eyeshadows (which are the same size as MAC eyeshadow pans). It's usually around the €25 mark and there is no need to go faffing around with magnet stickers - the pans will just stick to the palette when you put them in.
Voltage is part of the Duochrome collection and is described as a vanilla base with champagne-yellow reflects. This eyeshadow is not as smooth or pigmented as the regular line eyeshadows and it takes a significant amount of layering to build up the colour you see in the swatch above. 
Shimma Shimma is one of my favourite MUG eyeshadows of all time and I love putting this all over the lid with a matte shade in the crease or on the centre of my eyelids for a little bit of reflection. This is described as a metallic champagne shade and I think I am on the cusp on hitting pan on this one. 
Vanilla Bean is a peachy beige colour with a very slight shimmer and is perfect for brightening the eye and setting down a base for applying other eyeshadow products. It's brightening on my fair eyelids but not too stark. 
I'm Peachless is another shadow from the Duochrome collection and again, it's quite difficult to pick up and work with this product. You might notice a recurring theme here when it comes to the Duochrome eyeshadows. This is described as a buff base with peachy pink reflects.
Beaches and Cream is one of my favourite transition colours for the crease as it's incredibly subtle. This is described as a creamy matte natural beige with just a hint of peach. 
Starry Eyed is from the Foiled eyeshadow collection which is not my favourite offering from Makeup Geek (read my full detailed review here) but out of all of the foiled eyeshadows I have, this one is my favourite. I adore this shade - it's like Shimma Shimma on steroids and is described as a light champagne beige with slight pink undertones and a foiled finish pinky-beige champagne.
Peach Smoothie again is an absolutely heavenly transition colour for the crease. I sometimes wear this in my crease with a very neutral, natural colour on my lids as I feel like it just makes my blue eyes pop out of my head. The matte finish on this is probably the softest I have ever come across.
Creme Brulee is an absolute necessity if you're interested in trying out some warm toned MUG eyeshadows as this eyeshadow is one of my top 10 eyeshadows in life, never mind from MUG. This is described as a medium sand colour with a soft matte finish and, believe me, this is soft and matte and beyond pigmented. Such a lovely texture to work with, absolutely zero fallout. I could honestly gush about this one for days.
Glamorous is a gorgeous expensive looking shimmery bronze gold shade that looks amazing over the lid with any matte brown eyeshadow in the crease. It's shimmery enough to be statement but not chunky or glittery in the slightest. 
In the Spotlight is another foiled shadow and is described as a soft pink with coral undertones and a foiled finish. This is a gorgeous shade - no doubt about that - but the foiled formula is not my favourite.
Frappe again is mid toned warm brown perfection in a little metal pan. This is described on the Makeup Geek website as a medium maple brown with a demi-matte finish and has tiny shimmer particles which are not noticeable when applied. 
Latte is a bog standard medium matte brown shade but one that I think is absoutely essential in any warm toned eyeshadow palette. It's darker than Frappe, slightly cooler but still very much a warm shade.
Cocoa Bear is another one of the Makeup Geek eyeshadows that I think is an absolute must have. This might even be my number 1 eyeshadow from the entire MUG lineup - it really is exquisite - the shade is warm and rich - the fact that it is a pleasure to work with - the formula - if this was a pupil, then it would be the teacher's pet. This is described as a matte reddish brown.
Desert Sands reminds me a lot of MAC Uninterrupted - the shade that everybody had to have a few years back. It's described as a medium camel brown with warm yellow undertones and a matte finish.
Goddess is a pale metallic copper shade which, although not as pigmented as some of the other MUG eyeshadows, performs well enough when built up. Again, I think this is incredibly flattering on blue eyes.
Cosmopolitan is a rose gold shade with gold flecks and a gorgeous shimmery finish and it looks absolutely incredible with Cocoa Bear blended in the crease. 
Roulette is described as a rosy, burnt sienna shade with a silky, shimmery finish - it's quite similar to Goddess on the eyelids and I do prefer this one so if you were to pick between the two, I would go for Roulette instead.
Grandstand is also from the foiled eyeshadow collection, which means that even though the colour looks amazing on the pan and absolutely stunning when swatched, it just does not last that long on the eyelids unfortunately. This is described as a medium rose gold with slight taupe undertones and a foiled finish.
Flame Thrower is the one eyeshadow in this palette that your eye is completely drawn towards - in fact, when I posted a picture of this palette on my social media a few months back, all anybody asked me about was "that shade third from the right on the third row". This is from the foiled collection and is described as a true brightened warm copper with a foiled finish. 
Mango Tango is described as a peachy pink with flecks of gold. I'm not sure about the flecks of gold as I can't see them nit this is a gorgeous crease or transition shade with gold toned eyeshadows. It's a little more subtle than the burgundy shades in the next row.
Poppy is the opposite of Mango Tango as it is most definitely a predominantly orange shade with slight pink undertones. I really don't think I use this shade enough and this exercise of swatching all of the shadows and comparing them with each other has made me aware that there are some gems in my collection that I'm not sharing enough love with.
Cupcake is another one of my absolute favourite MUG eyeshadows - a gorgeous matte medium pink that looks incredible on the eyelids with warm or cool toned shades. It's quite a sophisticated shade of true pink I think - not Barbie or bubblegum but not salmon or orangey pink either. 
Tuscan Sun is another relative newcomer in my lineup and, unlike Cupcake, this is very much a salmon pink shade. This is a gorgeous matte shade, more orangey than Mango Tango as you can see comparing swatches of both (which of course totally justifies owning both)
Anarchy is described as a medium marsala shade with a shimmery finish, and on first inspection, it looks like a shimmery version of Bitten or a Bitten/Roulette hybrid. I cannot wait to use this eyeshadow to its full potential in December when I typically embrace the cranberry and burgundy shades. It swatches beautifully. 
Wild West is described as a rich rose brown with a matte finish, deeper and redder than Latte. This for me, is very very similar to Cocoa Bear, perhaps slightly lighter and browner. It's a gorgeous matte shade.
Bitten is described as an earthy maroon with a matte finish - which really could not be any more appropriate. It was this shade and the next shade Burlesque which made me less scared of red tones near my eyes - they are phenomenal. A little bit of Bitten in the outer V with a metallic gold or champange shade like Shimma Shimma and something like Cupcake or Cocoa Bear in the crease really is my signature warm eyeshadow look.
Burlesque is described as a metallic muted burgundy with warm undertones - so it's a little darker and a little more shimmery than Bitten. I really use the two interchangeably so I don't have a favourite between the two of them.
Cherry Cola is described as a deep brown with strong red undertones and a matte finish. I have to say, surprisingly, that this eyeshadow is quite poor in terms of pigmentation and ease of application. It took a couple of swatches to build up the intensity of the colours above whereas for most of the other matte shades, one single swipe was enough. I might have just gotten one from a bad batch but I have to say, this had much potential for greatness and just fell flat. 
Unexpected is quite an unusual colour - sometimes I feel like it is pink, sometimes grey, sometimes even light brown - it's one of those colours that just goes with a multitude of other colours and you can see in the picture of the pan above that I have made a pretty sizeable dent in it. It's described on the MUG website as a matte pale pink brown and it reminds me a lot of the MAC shade in Quarry.
Vintage is another gorgeous shade and one that I have really been enjoying wearing in recent times - it's described as a medium brown with mauve undertones and a matte finish. It's a gorgeous colour in the crease and again, I just find this works so well with warm or cool toned shadows. It's unusual but it's become a favourite of mine.
Homecoming is described on the MUG website as an earthy buckskin colour, or a medium brown with gold shimmer to you or I. This looks incredible with some of the red browns like Cocoa Bear and Wild West and the burgundies like Bitten and Burlesque. It's nicely pigmented with no fallout and lasts well over primed eyelids. 
Taupe Notch is described simply as taupe - no further explanation necessary. If you are a neutral eyeshadow lover, I really feel like this is an essential shade - in the pan and swatched it doesn't look like much but when paired with other eyeshadows, it really is special. It looks great with the warmer tones, with purple and even with a smoky eye.
Pretentious is a gorgeous warm metallic bronze shade - more antique bronze than Homecoming or Glamorous. 
Mocha is a described as a deep matte neutral toned brown eyeshadow but it's not as deep as I would like it to be (think MAC Mystery deep). I think it this was more pigmented, it would pack more of a punch, but truthfully this eyeshadow takes a little bit too much work for my liking.
Americano is described as a dark brown with subtle purple undertones, and again, rather unfortunately, it applies patchily and takes a bit of work but once it is applied and blended, it looks great and lasts well.

That's the blow by blow account of each of the colours in my warm eyeshadow palette, and if it's not clear already, I might do another post in the not too distant future on my top 10 Makeup Geek eyeshadows, my favourite Makeup Geek eyeshadow combinations or my cool toned Makeup Geek eyeshadow collection (let me know in the comments below if this interests you). The thing with these eyeshadows is that for the most part, they are incredible quality, and they are are still cheaper than MAC who recently reduced the price of their single pan eyeshadows to $6/€7 a piece. In general, the eyeshadows from their regular line last well, I've applied them first thing in the morning and they are still decent in the evening when I go to take off my makeup, and I've already expressed my disappointment with the foiled and duochrome eyeshadows. I'm a huge fan of Makeup Geek as might be evident from this here blog and I will definitely continue adding to my collection, particularly when we can now get Makeup Geek so easily on this side of the Atlantic thanks to Beauty Bay.

I would love to hear of any Makeup Geek shade or combination recommendations in the comments below. Was there any shades in particular that tickled your fancy?


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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

INGLOT What a Spice! HD Lip Tint Mattes - 26, 32, 33, 37 - Review + Swatches

Hot on the heels of the gorgeous What a Spice! Collection Freedom Eyeshadows, Matte Lipsticks and Colour Play Lipliners, Inglot Ireland have finally released the long awaited and much anticipated What a Spice! Collection HD Lip Tint Matte collection. Y'all will recall how I recently proclaimed undying love for the What a Spice! eyeshadows and how I have previously professed my admiration for the original HD Lip Tint Mattes so it should come as no surprise that as soon as the HD Lip Tint Mattes were launched last week, I wasted zero time in making my selection and purchasing a few. I did state back in April that if Inglot released new shades of these lip tint mattes, I would waste no time in picking them up and I am a girl of my word. I've been trialling these for the last few days and I'm ready to let you know what I think!

A little on the What a Spice! HD Lip Tint Mattes before I get into my picks and experience with these. Like the What a Spice! Freedom Eyeshadows, there are 10 different shades available in a variety of mauve, plum, red and neutral tones, all perfectly Autumn appropriate colours. The formula and packaging of these is the exact same as the formula and packaging of the original HD Lip Tint Mattes. The liquid lipstick comes in a transparent tube with a doe-foot applicator and the formula is well pigmented but thin and smells incredible like sweeties but not too overpowering or sickly sweet. I've attached some of the original Inglot imagery so you can get a better feel for the collection and the colours offered.
When I was choosing colours, I went with my old reliable - different varieties and tones of mauvey/smokey pinks. I went for the shades 26, 32, 33 and 37 because they all appealed to me in different ways. These retail for €22 each which is a €2 hike from the last time I purchased some of these HD lip tint mattes. 26 is a lovely mid pink berry shade whereas 32 is a mauve pink shade with slightly grey undertones. 33 is a mix between a dark plum, a mauve and a grey in my mind and is so autumnal that my heart has little palps and shade 37 is a little out of my comfort zone altogether as it is a brown shade and I'm not usually a fan of brown on my lips with my colouring. I was feeling very inspired by the What a Spice! red and burgundy toned eyeshadows that I wanted to pair them with a brownier shade than normal for full autumn impact. 
Like the original HD Lip Tints Matte, these are extremely comfortable to wear on the lips. They apply like most liquid lipsticks - shiny and smooth before turning matte. When these do dry on the lips, they don't feel crumbly or heavy - in fact, I barely notice them at all. They don't last for ages - shades 26 and 32 are more forgiving and I find you can get away with for longer than you could with 33 and 37 - the darker the colour, the more obvious the fading - but this is the case with practically all liquid lipsticks that I've tried.  For the lighter shades, I think you'd get 3-4 hours and the darker shades about 2 hours before needing to touch up or reapply. Luckily the doe-foot applicator makes it easier to reapply on the go.

Overall I'm a big fan of both these What a Spice! HD Lip Tint Mattes and the rest of the Inglot What a Spice! collection in general.

Have any of the HD Lip Tint Mattes in the What a Spice! Collection caught your eye?
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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation - shades 1.5 and 2.5 - Review, Swatches

One of the most anticipated makeup launches for 2016 was the Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Longlasting Liquid Foundation. Urban Decay promise a full coverage foundation with a modern matte finish. I've spent the summer lusting over good old full coverage foundations so I jumped on that bandwagon with gusto - twice. Yes, I have two shades of this foundation now - a summer shade when my skin darkens ever so gently, and my pasty winter shade. This fact alone should indicate to you that I really, really, really like this foundation. In the pictures below, I am wearing the lighter of the two shades I own which is shade 1.5. I take a MAC NW20 for reference but I would say 1.5 is a shade lighter than that so I'd pitch that at NW15 and 2.5 would be a better match for NW20. 
This foundation is incredibly pigmented - one normal pump will cover my whole face and I don't think I can say that about many foundations. I use my Artis Oval 8 brush so I can really buff the product in and depending on my mood, I might sometimes bounce a wet beauty blender over it. This foundation provides instant full coverage - this is one you definitely don't need to build up by applying multiple layers. Given how strongly pigmented this is, it feels quite lightweight on the skin and is not heavy or clingy at all. Also I am pleased to report that this does not look cakey or powdery, again unusual for a matte full coverage foundation, but this matte foundation has a gorgeous matte but not flat finish.  I also have to commend the staying power of this - it's amazing - perhaps even better than my other full coverage foundation HG Estée Lauder Double Wear - this foundation just stays flawless all day long.
I don't have oily skin so I didn't experience any oily breakthroughs or shininess - I did find that I was a little more glowy at the end of a full day of wear but I didn't mind it at all and the foundation held up well around my usual trouble spots - around my nose and around my chin are the usual spots where foundations evaporate over the course of the day. This foundation is oil free which might be a beacon of hope for the oily skinned gals amongst us. I haven't found that this has clung to any dry patches on my skin but I will be keen to see how this foundation fares in the winter months when my skin is at it's most dehydrated. 
I've read a lot about this foundation oxidising badly but I haven't experienced any major oxidising issues. I originally got the shade 2.5 and this was a perfect match for me in the late summer and I noticed as the evenings were getting darker that I was getting a little paler so I went and bought the next shade down which is 1.5. Actually, speaking of shades. the kind ladies at House of Fraser explained to me that all of the cooler or pink toned shades end with .5 and all of the warmer shades or more yellow tones end with .0. I do think that the foundation dries down darker than it looks when you initially apply it but I haven't found that to be significant. I would definitely definitely recommend getting shade matched for this foundation though and if possible, try to get your hands on a sample before forking out for it. Speaking of forking out, this foundation is a rather reasonable €34 for your standard 30 ml / 1 fl.oz bottle. I think the packaging on this is so luxurious feeling - sturdy metal bottle with cutout detail so you can see both the shade of the foundation and how much you have left. The foundation comes with a built in airpump so you are guaranteed to get every drop of foundation out of the bottle, unlike some other glass bottled foundations or worse still, foundations that don't even come with pumps! 
This was my first time dipping my toe into the Urban Decay base offerings and I have to say, I am honestly genuinely so happy to have discovered this foundation. I don't wear full coverage foundations every day of the week but when I do want full coverage or a foundation that I know is going to stand the test of time, this is going to be my first choice. As I said already, if you're thinking about trying this foundation out for yourselves, I would strongly recommend getting shade matched in store first because there is no easy way of deciphering the different shades. This foundation is available online from Debenhams, House of Fraser and FeelUnique.

Have you been tempted by the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation also?
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Sunday, 16 October 2016

Kylie Lip Kits - worth the hype?

I am not a fan of the Kardashians - it's not that I don't like them per se but I don't watch their TV shows or follow them on social media. We know the makeup loving world went crazy for the Kylie Jenner lip last year when Kylie exploded on to the scene wearing a variety of 90s nude and mauve shades so I was not at all surprised that she decided to capitalise on this trend and launch her own cosmetics line with her Lip Kits being the first offering. I wasn't immediately enticed by these - quite the opposite actually - celebrity endorsed products usually have the effect of turning me off and I vowed that I wouldn't buy into the Kardashian krap. Also, at $29 for a lip kit plus $15 international shipping AND the risk of getting caught by customs, it wasn't worth it to me. As the months rolled on, I grew more and more curious because of the hype that was generated online around these lip kits. I am weak for liquid lipsticks - in fact, I think 2016 will forever be known as the year of the liquid lipsticks in my mind - and because of this curiosity, I decided it would be worth trying out these lip kits myself. The original formula of these was met with criticism but the formula has been reformulated and this new composition seems to have down swimmingly with the masses.
I made several small orders when Kylie reduced the price of international shipping to $5 for 48 hours a couple of weeks back, and I'm pleased to let you all know that I did not get caught for any customs charges on any of my orders (this is purely luck however so be wary that you run the risk of customs charges any time you order from the US and your order including the price of shipping is more than $30. I ordered three lip kits in total - Koko K, Candy K and Posie K. The packages arrived in about a week which I thought was impressive and they were packaged well with foam. I got three varieties of pink shades in total.
I have found that all of the shades have applied in the exact same way and have lasted similarly in terms of pigmentation. wear time and feel on the lips. I will show you the colours I picked up first before sharing my thoughts on these.
Koko K is a nude light warm pink shade. When you apply the lipliner, the shade was almost bordering on coral, but the liquid lipstick brought it back down to a pink again. I think this is one of those pinks that would be flattering on pretty much any pale or fair skin tone. 
Candy K looked more brown in the tube than I was expecting but is actually a dusty rose colour of my lips and against my skin tone. I heard that NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm was meant to be a good dupe for this but I think Candy K is a lot rosier than Stockholm is. If you're into your 90s lip shades and are afraid of veering too far into the brown spectrum, this is a great colour. 
Posie K was my favourite out of the three shades that I tried because it is just such a gorgeous shade. I'd describe it as a wearable bright blue toned pink. The lipliner alone is a softer shade but when teamed with the liquid lipstick it is just perfection. This is such a great colour for the office because it literally does not budge all day long. 
So for my collective thoughts on the formula and wear of these - I don't want to admit it but I will admit it - I really really rate these. I wanted to be able to pick out some flaw with the product but I really can't. I like the packaging, I like the small head on the doe-foot applicator, I like the smooth creaminess of the lipliners and the comfortable texture of them on my lips when I apply them. The liquid lipsticks apply in quite a thin layer so they are pleasant on the lips and because they dry down to a completely matte finish, they last surprisingly long, particularly when you pair them with the accompanying lipliners. The product smells nice, it applies smoothly and evenly and doesn't dry so quickly that you don't have the time to work with it. They remind me a lot of the Colour Pop liquid lipsticks but I feel that the formula is just that little bit thinner in consistency when on the lips which I actually prefer. I suffer from dry lips at the best of times but these lipliners and liquid lipsticks have not exacerbated this - I always put a good thick layer of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream every night and this puts a bit of moisture back into my lips. I would say that your lips have to be primed and moisturised before you apply these as they will really highlight any fine lines or cracks in your lips over the course of wear. I use the MAC Prep + Prime Lip and it does the job perfectly. These last for HOURS - particularly Posie K - I've been able to apply this for work at 7am and come home at 7pm and it still looks perfectly decent after a day of talking and eating and drinking.
My only criticism of these products is the price tag - at $29 a pop, I think these are far too expensive. Granted, they are good quality and they perform well, but when you consider that a Colour Pop lipliner and liquid lipstick duo would set you back $11, you can really tell how much you are paying for the celebrity endorsement. Not only are the products themselves expensive. the cost of international shipping is $14.95 which pushes you into the customs danger zone. These are nice lip products but not high end lip products. A few weeks back, Kylie Cosmetics offered a $5 international shipping promotion which definitely took the sting off a bit and if they offered a similar promotion in the future, I would definitely consider purchasing another.

Have you tried any Kylie lip kits or are you tempted to try them? I've my eye on Moon and Lovesick next and we won't even get started on that Burgundy palette! 
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