Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick - Madison and Potion

One of my friends had recommended me Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks. As I was in New York in July, I decided to get a load of products you can't find over here in the UK, Anastasia Beverly Hills being one of them. When I was in Sephora I decided to check out the Liquid Lipsticks and found there were an amazing color range to choose from. There was every color you could want from natural to dramatic. The colors I went for were Madison (Vibrant Plum Magenta) and Potion (Deep Aubergine). These were $20 each.



I just love these sorts of colors as they stand out and go nicely with a dramatic look. Both lipsticks come with one of those doe foot applicators that allow for easy application. I much prefer these ones over those brush applicators that some brands have. The Kylie Jenner lip kits have gotten a really bad name because the hairs on the brush applicator started to split. When you are paying $20 or more for a lipstick you expect the applicator to be great quality.

The pigment in these ones is insane, you don't need to use a lot to get full color on your lips. You could get away with one coat, but I am quite fussy, so I went and applied two coats to my lips. 

Drying time is really quick. Once dry, the color was a matte finish and stayed on all day without any need to reapply. My lips do get quite dry and these didn't dry them out once.

Out of the two I don't really have a favorite as they both were amazing.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture - 52

When I was in New York, I stopped by the YSL counter in Bergdorf Goodman and got one of their Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks. I went for the color 52 which is also called Rosy Coral. I don't have many coral lipsticks, so this one was a great one to have in my collection. This was $37.00

This one has a really nice creamy texture to it and has a fab amount of pigment in it. You don't need a lot to get the color to show up and once on it stays on and doesn't really need reapplying.

Coral is such a great color too. I'm really glad I got this color for my collection as I could do with more corals. I just love this lipstick on and is a great one for the summer, although it could be worn in the winter too.

Trish McEvoy Sheer Lip Color - Milan

I haven't tried many Trish McEvoy products before apart from blusher, which I found were really good. Trish McEvoy isn't a brand I can easily buy unless I am in London. When I was in shopping in New York in Bloomingdales back in July, I stopped by the counter and decided to check out the lipsticks.

Like Bobbi Brown, this is a brand that has mainly natural colors. I'm not a big fan of natural and I only go for neutrals on lips if I am going for a dramatic eye makeup. There was a good range of lipsticks available and the one I went for was called Milan which is from the sheer range of lipsticks.

This was $28.50 in Bloomingdales.

For a sheer lipstick, this one actually has a good amount of pigment in it. Many sheer lipsticks don't have very good color payoff, but this one has a really good amount. It glides on nicely to the lips too and has a nice creamy feel to it. I'm pretty sure it is moisturizing too as it doesn't dry my lips out.

You don't need a lot to get the color to show up either and this one is a great color if you want something natural. Or if like me you love dramatic eye makeup, this one is great to wear with it.

It did need a bit of reapplying later on in the day as some of it did come off.

I just love this lipstick and the sheer lipsticks from Trish McEvoy.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Urban Decay Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette

I'm a big fan of Urban Decay, especially their eyeshadow palettes. Every year around November they release a Vice Eyeshadow Palette. So far Vice is on it's 4th year and to make it even better the brand has been known to release some extra Vice palettes too. A while ago they released a limited edition one with bright yellow green packaging. It was very hard to find and people are selling it on E Bay for around £80.00!!

Earlier this year Urban Decay released a Vice Ltd Reloaded Palette. Originally this was only released in America, although it is now available in the UK too. I got this palette when I was in New York last month. This was $56.00 in Macy's.

Like all other Urban Decay palettes this one comes with a really nice double ended brush. I really like how Urban Decay give a proper brush with their palettes. Most brands just give you those sponge tipped applicators. The brush with this one is really good quality and allows you to apply and blend the colors really well.

There are 20 colors in this palette, in a mix of matte and shimmer. If you love color, you will love this palette as there are loads of different color combos to be created.

All colors have an amazing amount of pigment in them and blend easily. The texture is nice and smooth and you don't need to use a lot to get the color to show up. Once they are on they don't crease or fade and stay on all day.

My favorite colors in this palette are UV 9, Goldmine and Asphyxia.

UV 9, 501

Asphyxia, Freakshow

Acid Rain, Mildew, Misdemeanor


Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Illamasqua Extinct Collection

So a while ago I did a post about how I fell out of love with a brand that once was one of my favorites - Illamasqua. I still like the brand and think their products are great, but are just not obsessed with them as I was before. Their collections seemed to get more mainstream and not the usual creative collections I had fallen in love with.

The other day Illamasqua launched a brand new collection called Extinct. The looks in this collection reminded me of the good old days from the brand which once dared to be different. This has to be the first collection from Illamasqua I have liked in a while and I can definitely see myself getting most of the products from the collection.

The Extinct collection is said to be inspired by nature, yet destroyed by society. The looks from this collection are awesome and focuses on brave unique shapes that emphasize the lips, eyes and nails to inspire creativity and push boundaries. 

So here are the products from this collection

Demise Eyeshadow Palette £34.00

Powder Eyeshadow £16.50

  • Jubilance (Pale Copper)
  • Cascade (Blue/White Frost)

Pure Pigment £17.50
  • Axolotl (Holographic blue)

Gel Liner £20.00
  • Quixotic (Emerald Green)

Matte Lip Liquid £18.50
  • Exoskeleton (Dusky Plum)

Nail Polish £14.50
  • Quagga (Duo Toned Green Gold)
  • Remains (Glittered Purple)

Info and images courtesy of Illamasqua

MAC Trolls Beauty Powder - Play It Proper

I'm totally in love with the MAC Trolls collection. I have all of the Trolls lipsticks and one product from the collection I really liked was the Beauty Powder. It's called Play It Proper and is a pastel pink with sparkle. 

As the collection is limited edition, so is the packaging. It comes in a really nice pink compact with Trolls printed on the outside. A Troll is also stamped into the actual powder too and it doesn't disappear either as you use the product.

At first this looks like a blusher but it doesn't have the pigment in it to be a blusher. I have tried some beauty powders from MAC before that can be used as blushers, but this one isn't one of them. It's more of a highlighter, great for strobing.

The best way to use this is to get your brush, you can actually go mad with your brush as you can never use too much of this product. Once you dust it all over your face you get this really nice pink glow.

Once on, it doesn't fade or need reapplying later on in the day. There is another one of these in the Troll collection which is more of a gold highlighter. This was £24.00 at MAC.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick - Poe

I've never tried Kat Von D makeup before, which is probably because over here in the UK it isn't a brand that is easy to find. When I was in New York last month I decided to try a lipstick from the brand. For the person who loves colors that stand out, there were plenty of colors for me to choose from.

Kat Von D's Studded Kiss lipsticks come in all different colors with a variety of finishes. The one I liked the most was Poe, which is a shimmery navy. This was $21 in Sephora.

This is an absolutely amazing color and perfect for people who like something not ordinary. The pigment is insane and you don't need to apply much to get the color to show up. You can definitely get away with one coat of this to the lips. It's got a nice creamy feel to it too and glides on the lips easily. 

Once on it stays on pretty much all day and doesn't really need reapplying either.

I matched this lipstick with blue eyeshadow to create one unique look. This is definitely one for those not afraid of color.