Sunday, 29 March 2015

MAC Cinderella Royal Ball Lipstick

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MAC Cinderella Royal Ball Lipstick £17.00 - Link

Over the past few weeks there has been a lot of hype surrounding the MAC Cinderella collection, to the point where counters and online sites were sold out within a matter of minutes. If you know me  then you'll know that I have a rather big obsession with Disney, so in all honesty I was quite excited for the release of the Cinderella collection. While I was a little gutted that I missed out on the first wave of products, I was glad to get a couple of bits when MAC re-stocked last week. 

MAC Royal Ball is described as a fleshy pink which is designed to shade, define and showcase the lips. This is a lustre finish which means that the formula is quite sheer yet moisturising, and once applied to the lips is a little nude, however it doesn't venture into the dreaded foundation lips which is a positive, but if you apply a little heavy it could have the tendency to wash you out a little. For me it's one of those shades that mimics your natural lip whilst adding a gorgeous golden glow, for a lift this looks perfect when combined with a natural lip liner such as MAC's Boldly Bare.

Lustre's are known for their sheerer formulas and the constant re-applying throughout the day. I find that this lasted around the 2-3 hour mark before needing to re-apply as it fades from the lips quite quickly. I find that if teamed with a nude lipliner I get around the 3-4 hour mark, so a little longer but still not too great. What I do like about lustre finishes however is the fact that if your lips aren't in the best of condition - and mine aren't currently - this doesn't cling to dry patches on the lips. 

Now something that has divided opinion has been the packaging, and I have to admit I was on the fence, but now after seeing it in person I do quite like it. The pearlized light lavender blue packaging and gold detailing really screams Disney and Cinderella to me, and I think the child in me really loves it. While I do think they could have gone down other routes it's something different and will definitely stand out amongst my other MAC lipsticks. 

I know it was only stated in my last MAC lipstick post but again this does venture on the pricier side at £17.00, which considering the formula and how sheer it is I don't think is value for money. And no way would I spend some of the amounts that they are going for on eBay and Depop - it's just honestly not worth it in my opinion. I think if this has been a little more pigmented in terms of colour definitely, but the fact it needs that little boost from a lip liner I'm just not too convinced. 

Overall I think that Royal Ball makes a great everyday colour and is very comfortable on the lips without being drying. My only gripe is how pale this shade is, even against my skintone which I mean I'm that pale my doctor always ask if I'm ok ha! While the colour itself is lovely, it does need a little helping hand from a nude lip liner to really help make the colour pop, and for that reason this does fall on the bland side for me unfortunately.

What are your thoughts on the MAC Cinderella collection?

Friday, 27 March 2015

Holiday Wishlist

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Today for me marks payday, and that means it is the perfect timing to have a little splurge on some bits and pieces for my holiday in May. For me going on holiday is always the best excuse to update my wardrobe with some cute items, and I wanted to share with you some pieces I am lusting after for when I go on my jollies.

I really love the Hannah Casual Sandals from Jones Bootmaker, while they are a little expensive I do want to invest in a decent pair of sandals and I love the detailing on top of the sandal. I can imagine these will be perfect for a night strolling down the beach. I'm obsessed with the Michael Kors Marina Large Canvas Shoulder Bag, I've loved this bucket style of bag for so long, and the blue/brown combination of this bag just screams perfect for the summer, and definitely on the cheaper side in comparison to LV. A little cheat but I picked up something very similar to the New Look Monochrome Scuba Stripe Dress yesterday, this is a really chic dress and I've found it to be very flattering - something I don't usually find with this style of dress. Being slightly thicker material also this will be perfect for on a night when the temperature drops slightly. Some more New Look loving with the Love Heart Gem Choker, I'm really loving chokers at the moment I tried not to jump on the bandwagon but I have, and I'm glad. I love the addition of the little charm, it's just a cute update. My look wouldn't be complete without these cute Topshop Semi Precious Bracelets, there's just something about these style bracelets that are so effortless but can look really cute when combined together with a tan.

What's on your wishlist at the moment? I'd love to know!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush vs Flat Contour Brush

Real Techniques Sculpting Brush £9.99 - Link
Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour £22.00 - Link

As contouring is having a major beauty moment as of late, it's no wonder that contouring brushes are a big hit. The introduction of the Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour brush caused quite a stir in the beauty world, however the brush itself is rather pricey so it was only natural that something similar would be released into their normal line - the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush. So I thought I'd do a little comparison post to see how they compare.

The Real Techniques 301 Flat Contour Brush is designed with a dense head to create shadows and highlights on targeted areas of the face to add dimension to your features, allowing you to buff cream or powder makeup into the contours of your face. I did a full review on this brush here.

The Real Techniques Sculpting Brush is described as a wide, angled head brush, specifically designed to help create defined contours or enhance your natural features. This is designed to be used with both cream or powdered bronzers to define and contour the hollows of the cheeks. You can check out my full review here

On first glances it's obvious to see how similar both brushes look, featuring unique wide headed synthetic bristles. With the only differences being that the Sculpting brush features an angled head brush, which I find fits into the hollows of my cheeks a little easier, and the design of the handles. The Flat Contour brush features a weighted handle for optimal control and comfort whilst applying product whereas the Sculpting brush features the signature Real Techniques coloured handles. 

When it comes to application I find that the Flat Contour brush is a lot denser in comparison to the Sculpting brush, however I still find that both work well with cream and powder products picking up product really well. I do find that because the 301 brush is slightly thinner I find that this gives a more defined contour which does require a little more effort, but is perfect for a strong contour whereas the Sculpting Brush is great for a natural everyday contour. Both contain short bristles which allow for easy application and blending, smoothing any harsh contour lines. 

One thing I will note is I've noticed how the Sculpting brush is more of a multi use product, I've found this not only works wonders with contouring but also makes a great alternative to the Buffing brush thanks to the angled head, helping apply foundation in those pesky hard to reach areas. 

The price point is where the brushes differ significantly, the Flat Contour brush retails for £22.00 which leaves a little sour taste in my mouth each time I say it, as you can get luxury brands for not a lot more. Whereas the Sculpting brush will only set you back a much more purse friendly £9.99, and to be honest I think I'd rather have two of these than one Bold Metals brush. 

Since getting both brushes I have to admit I've been reaching for the Sculpting brush daily, as I find it's quicker to work with and just generally easier in comparison. I feel bad for neglecting my other when I think about how much I paid for it, however if I'm contouring on a night and want something a little more distinctive this is my go to brush. 

Overall I've found that since Real Techniques launched their Sculpting brush I've found that their Contour brush has lost its unique factor - the main reason for my original purchase. I think if I had personally purchased the Sculpting brush first I wouldn't have ventured into their Bold Metals range, as I've found both brushes are very similar in terms of application. I think if you are a seasoned contouring expert you'd enjoy the Flat Contour Brush as opposed to the Sculpting, but for those wanting to venture into the world of contouring the Sculpting Brush is a cheaper way to achieve sculpted cheekbones with ease.

Would you spend or splurge on the Real Techniques contouring brushes?

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour Review

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Clinique Sculpting Contour Chubby Stick £19.00 - Link

Contouring is definitely having a bit of a beauty moment as many of us strive for Kardashian worthy sculpted cheekbones. The art of contouring is still relatively new to me but the more I've tried the more I have enjoyed trying to enhance my barely there cheekbones giving a more defined structure. 

So when I heard that Clinique were expanding on their Chubby Stick range and releasing a contour addition to say I was intrigued was an understatement. As someone with non-exsistent cheekbones and a round face I'm always looking for a foolproof cheat to give the appearance of sculpted cheeks. The Clinique Sculpting Contour Chubby Stick is described as a creamy contouring stick which creates the illusion of depth whilst making areas appear to recede with a long wearing oil-free formula. 

To apply all I do is simply swipe the stick across the areas on my face where shadows would naturally fall, and this includes swiping in a three motion across my temples, under my barely there cheekbones and jawline and across the sides of my nose. I find that this blends really easily when using my trusty Real Techniques Sculpting brush, leaving just a subtle hint of colour which is perfect for daytime, and if I want to go for a little more definition I will lightly go over the area and build the colour until I'm happy with the look - and boy does it work when I look back in the mirror I can start to see definition in my face, hello cheekbones!

Formula wise the contour chubby stick is very similar to other Clinique chubby stick products meaning that the formula is really creamy, soft and easy to blend, yet applies matte on the skin which is the perfect combination for conquering two minute contouring. When applied to the skin you don't have to worry about this fading quickly, instead this lasts around 8 hours without fading - even on my oily skin.

Don't be put off by the colour of this sculpting contour stick, as I must admit when I first swatched it, it did look a little scary as it's a very rich pigmented warm brown and was a little scared that I'd end up looking a little orange. However when applied on the skin this blends really easily into the skin to leave either a natural finish or you can build it up for a more defined and sculpted look - so if you are a little heavy handed like me don't worry as you can salvage your handy work. 

The chubby stick design packaging makes this the perfect option for those who are new to contouring or looking for something to take on the go. The stick is the perfect size to fit in the hollows of your cheeks, so suck in those cheeks and swipe the chubby stick from your ear to around halfway down your cheeks and then blend out for a foolproof contour. 

For £19 this may seem a little expensive compared to the many contour products now available on the market, but I think because of ease of application, as this can be blended without a brush and just your fingers this is a really great product and worth the money as you don't really need a lot with it being so highly pigmented.

Overall I think that this is a great contouring product for those who are just getting into the art of contouring, especially because it is a cream formula which means that it is not only easy to apply but blends easily so you are left without harsh lines and instead a natural looking contour.

What are your favourite contouring products?

Friday, 20 March 2015

Kylie Jenner for Nip + Fab

You may have seen a few Twitter/Instagram Nip + Fab related tweet/snaps last weekend, as Kylie Jenner was in London to promote being the new Brand Ambassador for Nip + fab. I have to admit I was a little ridiculously excited to be in the same room as Kylie as someone who religiously watches KUWTK I couldn't wait to see what the day had to offer. 

This was actually my first experience of the Shepherds Bush Westfield, which I must say I'm in love with and got to meet the lovely Jay and Katy who took me in as a Brummie tourist and allowed me to discover the wonders of GBK!

The event itself was a Q&A with Kylie and Maria Hatzistefanis where Kylie answered a few questions, including skincare, beauty - and yes the subject of her lips came up, and for those who may wonder she actually uses several nude lipsticks so I bet some other lipsticks will be getting the Velvet Teddy love if these shades were to come out and her style. She did note that Kimye were her style icons along with North West, and Khloe has taught her about the importance of wearing SPF on her hands - something I would have never thought about previously.

It's a well known fact that Kylie has commented previously about her love for the Nip + Fab range, including them in her summer skin favourites and beauty must haves. Some of her favourite products include the Nip + Fab Glycolic Cleanser, Scrub Fix, Cleansing pads and Dragon's Blood Fix. Now while I haven't tried the latter I can safely express my love for the Nip + Fab Glycolic range. 

My only gripe with the interview was that Kylie lacked a lot of personality, after spending years religiously watching KUWTK and stalking her Instagram I did go with set expectations. I don't know if this is coming down to the fact she could have been shy or just the many years thrust in the spotlight leaving her so media trained to ensure she always says the right things - I don't know. 

Overall it was a really lovely day, and the fan girl in me can now say I have been in the same room as Kylie Jenner.