Sunday 26 October 2014

Tom Ford Lip Colour Negligee, Ultra Shine Lip Gloss Pink Guilt & Bronzing Powder Terra

On hearing that my brother was going on a business trip, I of course presented him with a hopeful list of makeup to pick up from the airport.

Lets start with the limited edition for Fall, lip colour in Negligee. It really is the perfect rose for the autumnal season. It has a very slight sheen to it so it doesn't look flat. I tend to prefer the TF lip shines to this formula, but I find Negligee not drying like I have other colours in the past and the creamy feel, opaque coverage and very long lasting wear are all great attributes.

Ultra shine lip gloss in Pink Guilt is a warm golden copper with some pink. It has a high-shine finish, with high pigment that provides opaque coverage. It has a smooth, albeit quite thick, tacky texture that does not feel drying. Its one of the longest lasting glosses I've tried. Though I am not a fan of the stickiness, the colour payoff and wear time is so good that I would get another one.
Swatched below Negligee, Pink Guilt

Lastly we have the Bronzing Powder is Terra, which has a matte finish.
The compact is humongous and quite heavy, though you are getting a good amount of product (21 grams). It has a very useful large mirror, which I find myself using for applying a lot of my makeup.

Being pale and cool toned, bronzers tend to either look orange or like dirt, but Terra is perfect,with just the right balance of warmth that never turns orange or muddy looking. I'd say pigment is on the lighter side but I find this ideal as it allows for foolproof application and its easily built up should you desire.
It has a smooth texture that is not powdery/dry and lasts a good 9 hours before I notice any fading.

This is the best bronzer I've tried, application is a breeze, as unlike a lot of bronzers, I don't have to really blend/buff this in, it just seems to apply seamlessly with no hard edges, never looking patchy.
Furthermore the colour is perfect for adding a natural looking healthy warmth to my complexion.


Well what a success as I love all the products, many thanks to my brother.

My brother bought me these from Heathrow terminal 3

Sunday 19 October 2014

October Hits & Misses from Burberry, MAC & Surratt

With a backlog of products to post about before moving onto the Holiday collections, forgive me for doing a couple of bung as many products as you can together posts :)
Part of the Burberry Fall release, Lip Cover in Tulip Pink #27 (£22.50), is available in the regular line up. Its a beautiful warm nude pink with an almost opaque coverage and a creamy slight shine finish. Though not particularly hydrating, its not drying and has an average wear time.
I'm still very tempted by the Nude Blush eye palette from the collection, I'm just waiting to see a review from someone cool toned to see if it would work on me.
From the MAC Artificially Wild collection I bought eyeshadows in Stony and Artificial Earth (£13 each). Artificial Earth is a medium mauve/pink nude. Stony is a medium grey. Both have a satin finish, good pigment but slightly dry in feel.
Neither shade suits me, Artificial Earth looks a bit muddy and Stony is just very ordinary and flat looking.
I bought Gospel Lipstick (22) from the Brooke Shields collection. It has a creamy, hydrating feel with a very good wear time, I wish all Lustres performed like this.
Its a medium plummy cranberry, its very wearable as is does not pull too dark or too bright. 
I've been impressed with the Surratt products so far, though a lack of coverage does make it difficult to make informed online orders for those of us unable to see the brand in real life.
For the eyebrows you buy the Expressioniste Rechargeable Brow Pencil Holder £17.50 and the Expressioniste Brow Pencil Refill £11. I bought the lightest shade Blonde. Its a slim line holder and the brush is tightly packed with the right amount of firmness.
In terms of texture this is easily the best brow product I've ever used, it just glides on like you wouldn't believe, delivering such a smooth application. The shade intensity is easily adapted to suit your needs and its lasts the whole day with no fading. Unfortunately the actual colour doesn't work for me as its too warm, nevertheless if you can find the right shade I'd recommend this in a heart beat.
Swatched below: Charlotte Tilbury Grace,Surratt Blonde, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe (formally called Ash Blonde).

Relevee Volumising Mascara in Noir £23, really is a lovely mascara for a more natural look. It gives really good length to the lashes with lift. The best aspects for me it just how clump resistant this is and how well it wears, even in hot humid or wet conditions.I do prefer more thickening with my mascara as I have sparse lashes but this is a mascara worth checking out.

So on the whole mostly hits, though I am forming a habit of making MAC mistakes (I didn't like anything I bought from the Novel Romance collection) so probably need to exercise some restraint :)

I bought the MAC from a free standing store, the Burberry from and the Surratt from

Sunday 12 October 2014

The New Rouge Dior Baume: Spring & Lili

The recently launched Rouge Dior Baume has 14 shades in the line up, I was surprised by just how pigmented some were for a balm style product.

The new launch also includes three lip pencils, four blushers and four nail polishes.
The idea is that the Rouge Dior Baume combines colour with a protective, nourishing lip treatment.

They do not feel heavy and glide on with no sticky feel. As they don't cling on as such but have more slip the wear time is not long.
They have the hydrating/emollient feel of a balm, leaving lips feeling smooth and soft, and work well for general dryness/roughness.
Though if your lips are in a very bad way (I've had a cold so have that lovely peeling thing going on at the moment) these don't cover up such issues so best to exfoliate first.

I didn't buy the more intense shades, I picked up #468 Spring (£26 each) which is a sheer peachy/coral

and #558 Lili which is a soft red rose, it leaves a slight stain behind once the colour has faded.

Both shades have a glow/shine finish which makes the area look plump.

I think these are a great product for the impending winter months when lips aren't in the best condition and you really need something to hydrate and protect the area.


I bought these from John Lewis

Sunday 5 October 2014

The new Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss: Sensible

Chanel has just brought out a concise collection showcasing their new Rouge Allure Gloss. Asides from the 8 Rouge Allure Gloss shades at the counter I went to (though I have read there might be 10/11 shades) there are also 3 new Nail Polishes and 3 new Rouge Allure lipsticks.

The first thing to notice is the packaging, its the same concept as the Rouge Allure Lipsticks in that you click the top and the tube pops up. It has a doe foot applicator which holds a good amount of product, I find one application provides enough coverage.

I bought shade #15 Sensible (£26). Its a natural looking pink with a glossy finish.

In terms of formula, the write up is that this is "a gloss for women who love lipstick. A lipstick for women who love gloss". The product is said to combine "lacquered shine with intense colour, maintaining shine and hold for hours on end".

Do I agree, well If you are going to bring out a new formula its needs to offer something different or be an improvement on the other products in the range. I don't find this that dissimilar to the Rouge Allure Extraits (which I assume its replacing). It has the similar gel like texture, smooth application and good pigment and non drying feel. Its perhaps slightly lighter than the Rouge Allure Extraits, though still has the same sticky/tacky feel. I would say that the new Rouge Allure gloss has a very short wear time, which is disappointing considering that was meant to be one of its attributes.

Its not a bad gloss by any means, but I just don't think it offers anything new to the table and I don't think it delivers on its claim of a long wear.
I bought this from Boots.
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