Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Star Gazer Nail Polishes | Review

I was so happy to know that Star Gazer was at IMATS, I absolutely love love love their black glittery nail polish. I had it for about 4 or 5 years and it just went really like gummy and old. So I was hoping they would have the same (or similar) varnish I could replace my old one with. I always wear it on my toe nails, I think it looks really flattering and especially now that I have to wear black to work. It just goes. So anyway, Star Gazer had a deal 3 for £5, and I'm a sucker for deals so I obviously picked up 3. I not only found the colour I was looking for but also a quite similar one, it's a grey/silver shade with smaller bits of glitter. Kinda like the glitter I put on my nails sometimes except in fluid form. I couldn't really decide on the 3rd nail polish so I picked up a colour I don't have in my collection yet - a pinky-purple, glittery shade. I love both dark ones, however I'm not too convinced about the purple. It needs so many layers to be opaque that it put me off a little. The black polish only need about 3, same with the silver one. They also stay on for ages. I remember that shade 172 (black glitter) lasted on my toe nails for like 2 weeks without chipping or anything. So yeah, happy I picked up those. And would actually like to get a few different colours now, well payday soon so.
Have you tried Star Gazer polishes? What's your go-to shade you use on your toe nails?
Star Gazer polishes: £5 for 3 (IMATS offer)


Sunday, 23 June 2013

IMATS London 2013

So as it is 23rd of June aka the day I went to IMATS for the first time ever, and definitely not last, I decided to post straight when I got home. Well, after getting some food and checking out everything I got. Anyways, it was one of the best experiences and seeing Karin Darnell was a cherry on top, I'm now absolutely knackered and happy, and can't wait to try everything out. I went to Nars first as this (and NYX) was my main destination, but I was a little disappointed actually. They weren't selling any of the stuff I wanted to get (Orgasm and Laguna mainly), only palettes, a few eyeshadows and nail polishes.They did have a good deals on them though so not a complete waste of time. I got a duo of Albatros and Sin for £12.50, which I was eyeing up anyway. Then I went to NYX, which was timed brilliantly, by the time me and my friend Jess got to the checkout the queue was as long as in front of an Apple store on a new iPhone day. I got lots of eyeliners, the three blushes that were on my wishlist, a couple of lipsticks and three eyeshadows. I was expecting to get more bits and pieces but they didn't have the rest of the things I wanted so. Still, pretty successful little haul overall. I also got a palette from Inglot with 5 different shades of red, Stargazer nail polishes and some brushes from Crown Brush, bdllium tools and Royal & Langnickel. Absolutely loved it and will definitely be going back next year. And the year after that.
Have you ever been to IMATS? What did you think? If not, would you like to go?


Thursday, 20 June 2013

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder | Review

I don't really use bronzers that much, I'm so pale that it's hard to find one that wouldn't make me look like an Oompa Loompa. But (there is always a but,) a while ago I got a couple of Bourjois bronzing powders just because I loved the way they swatched on my hand when I was browsing makeup in Boots (and they were on offer, who doesn't like offers). The one I'm reviewing in this post is Delice de Poudre in 51, it comes in a lovely chocolatey-looking box and when you open it, it looks and smells like chocolate. Lovely. The powder doesn't have that orange effect that I'm not really a fan of, it also has a bit of sparkle to it when in the box, but it doesn't translate on my face. It's slightly glowy but not in a bad way. The powder is buildable and also great for contouring. Personally, I only need a touch of 51 but there is also a darker shade - 52, if you are not as pale as me or if you get a tan over summer etc. I unfortunately cannot get a tan, my skin goes tomato red straight away. Anywho, I would definitely recommend this powder and I will probably re-purchase if I don't find anything better. Its got a good price tag too.
What's your favourite bronzer? Have you tried Bourjois ones?
Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder: £6.99


Tuesday, 18 June 2013

MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup | Review

Creme Cup is my first ever MAC lipstick, I don't know why I picked it as my first one. I think I just wanted to start off with a shade that I know would match me, kind of like staying in my comfort zone. But it was a good choice cause I really love Creme Cup and it's one of my favourite lipsticks, ever. It's a colour you can wear anywhere and anytime, and it looks just gorgeous with a pink blush and/or a smoky eye. Best pinky-nude I came across really. It's so nicely pigmented and creamy as well, goes on smoothly and is buildable. Can't say enough good things about this. It stays on for ages, I re-apply it every now and again just because I'm so used to doing it, but there is no need to for about 3-4 hours. The lipstick doesn't settle into creases or dry out my lips. Love it. All in all, Creme Cup is a winner and I would highly recommend it. Oh, and I will definitely re-purchase.
What's your go-to pink-nude lipstick? Have you tried Creme Cup from MAC?
MAC Creme Cup Lipstick £14


Friday, 14 June 2013

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick in 13 Pink In Paris | Review

I've been wanting a YSL lipstick for absolute ages, I've seen the hype it's got and pictures were all over the place. So I finally decided to treat myself on my last payday and picked one up in Fenwicks. The shade I got is Pink In Paris, which is quite literally the prettiest pink I've ever seen. Plus the packaging is so lush, a gold tube with the shade shown in the middle and a YSL logo all round it. Beautiful. The colour is buildable so it's up to you how strong you want it to be. It's a good everyday kind of shade as well, so you can easily wear it to work or uni. The application is smooth and easy, you don't even need a mirror. Staying power is great too, especially when you're not planning on drinking or eating but then again, I don't really mind re-applying so. It's like the creamiest lipstick I tried so far, feels so nice on the lips. I already know which shade I'm going to get next, so yes I will definitely re-purchase this product. It might seem quite expensive but it's definitely worth the money. It's good to treat yourself sometimes, and a good lipstick every now and then is a brilliant treat. Well, for me anyway.
Have you tried any lipsticks from Rouge Volupte Shine collection? What do you get when you decide to treat yourself?
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick: £24


Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Favourite Spring and Summer Nail Polishes

I was recently browsing through my nail polishes and decided to write a post on my go-to varnishes I reach for most over spring and summer. I knew straight away which ones to pick, Barry M polishes just stand out. Especially the pastel shades and especially when it's this time of the year. The colours in the pastel collection are Peach Melba, Mint Green, Strawberry, Blue Moon, Lemon and Berry. My favourite is Peach Melba, it's just such a pretty shade and I think it brightens up my little collection along with Lemon. I usually change my nail colour every two days, but recently I haven't had much time cause I'm moving in 6 days and I have an overload of work so yeah. They don't chip at all if I put a top coat over them, well two days is not long enough for them to chip anyways but. I have tried a lot of pastel polishes and I always seem to go back to these ones, there is just something about them. I love them. And I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for pastel varnishes. Also, Blue Moon is a lovely colour for winter and with a touch of 'frost' (a white or black and white glittery top coat) over it, it just looks amazing.
What are your go-to nail polishes over the spring/summer? Have you tried Barry M pastels?
Barry M Nail Polishes: £2.99/each


Saturday, 8 June 2013

Rimmel Stay Matte Powders | Review

I've had a couple of Stay Matte powders from Rimmel for a while now but never actually thought of reviewing them for some reason. And I don't know why really cause I use them pretty much every day and they are my go-to powders at the moment. I have quite a few powders but none of them have such a nice matte and silky finish, I am yet to try high-end powders but I just love these ones so much I keep putting it off. They are well-pigmented so you need a light hand while applying, otherwise it might look cakey. They also go on well over concealer and instantly mattify any shine on my face. Plus they make my makeup last longer and there is no need to re-apply, I normally wear them to work and they lasts for up to 9-10 hours. The only thing I would say I don't really like is the packaging. The lid comes off way to easily and I'm always scared it's gonna break or randomly come off. But then again, for its price it's not that big of an issue. I will definitely re-purchase Stay Matte, they are just are just amazing.
Have you tried Stay Matte from Rimmel? What powder would you recommend?
Rimmel Stay Matte Powders: £3.99/each


Wednesday, 5 June 2013

IMATS Wishlist

So as every makeup-obsessed person I cannot wait for IMATS, which is in less than 3 weeks now! I just can't stop thinking about it and decided to put together a little wishlist of what I was thinking of getting. Bring on June 23rd!
1. Nars Blush in Orgasm £21.50
2. Nars Highlighter in Albatross £21.50
3. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer £18
4. Inglot Palette £10 + £4.50 for each eyeshadow (I wanted an Inglot Palette for ages and finally have a chance to get one, probably with different shades of red as I've got so many beige/brown eyeshadows already and I'm kinda falling for reds recently)
5. MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash Macsara £18
6. NYX Powder Blushes in Mocha, Summer Peach and Cinnamon £5.50/each
7. NYX Glam Shadow Sticks in Yellow Diamond and Elegant Marble £4.50/each
8. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in Cashmere, Knight, Pots & Pans, Milk, Slate and Iced Mocha £4.50/each
9. NYX Round Lipsticks in Indian Pink, Sky Pink, Strawberry Milk, Spell Bound and Blush £3.50/each
10. NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams in Candy Land, Buttery Nude and Spicy £5/each
It's quite a big list, but I hope I'll be able to get most of the things.
Are you going to IMATS this year? Have you been before?


Saturday, 1 June 2013

theBalm Frat Boy Blush | Review

Frat Boy is actually my first product from theBalm, I heard about that brand loads of times but never had a chance to try it. So after my payday last month I went on an online shopping spree and ordered a blush from them on Amazon. I've noticed that they've now changed the price from £12.48 to £14 plus £2.95 delivery charge. So I was quite lucky to get it a bit cheaper. Anywo, the best way to describe Frat Boy is coral-pink and peachy-apricot, it reminds me of them all and I absolutely love the colour. It can be used as an eyeshadow and a blush but I've only been using it as a blush, might give it a go as an eyeshadow too, you never know. It's got a very tiny amount of shimmer and sheen but it doesn't really read on my skin. The product is very silky, smooth and soft all at the same time, it's just a great texture, plus it doesn't even look powdery. Its pigmentation is incredible as well, you only need a swipe to get a flushed look but it's buildable. It's quite easy to overdo so you need a light hand while applying. It's no surprise that the staying power is great too, the blush lasts for the majority of the day with no fading. Frat Boy is definitely one of the best blushes (if not the best blush) I've ever used and will definitely re-purchase. I also want to try more of theBalm products, especially other blushes they have and an eyeshadow palette Nude'tude.
Have you tried any of theBalm blushes? Is there any coral-pink blush you would recommend?
theBalm Frat Boy: £14 (+£2.95 delivery fee if you order via Amazon)