Tuesday, 20 March 2018

New Pink Lipsticks I Have Tried

Pink or pink purple is my must have lipstick color. The other week when I was shopping I decided to get some new products to add to my collection. I stopped at NARS, NYX and Urban Decay and found some colors that I just loved. Here is what I bought.

My first stop was Urban Decay and I noticed that they still had a lipstick from last year's Jean Michel Basquiat collection. I loved this collection when I saw it as the packaging was super creative and the colors on offer were just amazing. From that collection I bought the two eyeshadow palettes, but didn't get any lipsticks. 

The color I got is called Exhibition is is this awesome medium pink purple color and has a comfort matte finish. I love how they packaging is themed to the collection too. The pigment is just insane and glides on easily. It may be a matte but doesn't actually feel like a matte. I do like the Urban Decay Comfort Matte finish.

NYX Super Cliquey Lipstick

 At NYX I decided to get one of their Super Cliquey Lipsticks. I've seen these every time I have gone past the NYX counter and have always wanted to try them. They have a matte finish to them and come in a range of colors. They actually look like a marker pen and instead of twisting them like regular lipsticks, you press the bottom and the color comes up. The color I got is called Chain Reaction and is a bright berry color.

They have a good amount of pigment in them but can be drying and a bit uncomfortable to wear. The dryness can be avoided if you put a lip balm on first, but even then they can still feel a bit dry. They do manage to stay on for most of the day.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

At John Lewis, I stopped by the NARS counter and got one of their Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in the color Pussy Control which is a lilac shade. I tried these lip pencils some time ago and thought they were very good. They are more like a lip crayon and are very pigmented. Even though they are a matte they glide on very smoothly to your lips and stay on for most of the day too.

I've really liked wearing these colors as they look great on. If you love these sorts of shades, then you should get them too.

Golden Rose Haul

Last month I discovered a makeup brand I have never heard of before - Golden Rose. I came across the brand when I was in Primark and had noticed a mini counter had appeared next to Primark's PS range of makeup. They even had a person working on the Golden Rose counter who even told me a bit about the brand. It's been around for some time and is from Turkey. I was also pleased to know the brand has nothing to do with Primark and is a separate company from them. I do find a lot of the PS stuff be not that great, so I was hoping that Golden Rose would be better.

The products look better quality and even though they are more expensive than PS, they are definitely still affordable. I decided to grab some products to try out. I got an eyeshadow primer, two eyeliners, two lipsticks, a color correcting crayon and two nail polishes.

While Golden Rose has a wide range of colors, unfortunately the colors are not named but instead have numbers. This is really annoying as it doesn't make blogging about it as easy, plus a color with a name sounds so much better than just numbers.

Golden Rose Velvet Matte Lipsticks

These lipsticks looked really good so I decided to get two colors in purple and bright pink. These are described on the Golden Rose website as having high pigment as well as a velvety matte finish on the lips. 

The pigment I did think was good and they glided on nicely too. I didn't have to keep layering the color on to get it to show up either and even though these are matte they didn't dry my lips out. I know many mattes, especially cheaper ones can dry the lips out a lot. I think I paid around £3.00 each for these, which is quite good. They are only about £2.00 more than the PS ones as they don't have that nasty dry feel that the PS mattes do. I would definitely like to get more of these as I did quite like them, plus they come in around 39 colors.

Golden Rose Color Correcting Crayon

As I struggle with under eye circles, I thought I would try out one of the Color Correcting Crayons. Golden Rose offer four different colors - yellow, green, purple and peach. Yellow neutralizes purple undertones so this is the color that I chose.

This really isn't a bad product. It feels nice and creamy. Some crayons I have tried before feel very dry and go patchy. This one doesn't. To use I apply it around the under eye area and blend out to neutralize. Correcting the area first makes it a lot easy for under eye concealer to go on top, plus I don't have to use as much concealer either.

Golden Rose Dream Eyes Eyeliner

I love colored eyeliners so decided to give these ones a go. I got two in purple and blue. They aren't the best liners I have tried and are not the same pigment wise as my Urban Decay liners, but for the price they really aren't that bad. There was a good amount of pigment in them and I didn't have to push down or tug to get the color to show up.With a good under eye primer they didn't fade either.

Golden Rose Eyeshadow Primer

Out of all of the products I got from Golden Rose, this Eyeshadow Primer was the only one I didn't like. I always find with eyeshadow primers you really do need to spend on them. I've tried many cheap ones and found that they don't work and start creasing within a few hours. With this one it doesn't come with an applicator so you have to squeeze some out of the tube and then apply to the eyes that way. Call me fussy, but I prefer ones with an applicator as they are less messy and much easier to use.

This one didn't keep my eyeshadow crease proof and within a few hours my eyeshadow started to crease. If you want a good eyeshadow primer you need the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer or the NARS Smudge Proof Shadow Base.

Golden Rose Ice Chic Nail Color

Golden Rose offers a full range of nail polishes to choose from and you really will be spoilt for choice. I got two nail polishes in a pale blue and a bright pink. While not the best quality nail polish I have tried, they are not the worst either. They were a bit sheer, so you will need to apply two coats if you like the color looking intense. They also seem to dry fast which is a good thing.

Overall I'm really liking this brand and do want to try more products. Here in the UK, Primark is the only store I have seen selling it. I'm not sure where else you can buy products from as the official website doesn't seem to have an online store either. Although E Bay may have Golden Rose for sale.

I do recommend their products. You can check them out here.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Chanel Holiday 2017 Lipstick

For Christmas, Santa brought me a brand new lipstick from Chanel. The lipstick I got was from the Chanel Holiday 2017 collection. This collection was very popular and many of the products sold out very quick. Fortunately I was able to get one of the lipsticks and the great thing about them is they come in this limited edition red packaging.

Available in 4 different shades of red. I got No 2, which is a raspberry red with a velvet finish. The lipsticks are actually Rouge Allure lipsticks, the only difference being the packaging. To open you just push the bottom and the lipstick comes out of the red sleeve.

I do love a red lipstick. My favorite way to wear red is when having a neutral eyeshadow on. Red is one of those colors that will never go out of fashion. The pigment in this one is superb and it glides onto my lips like a dream. It also managed to stay on for most of the day without having to be reapplied. 

My lips can get a bit dry and this one was very comfortable to wear too, plus it looked amazing on.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Urban Decay Vice Metal Meets Matte Lipstick Palette

Lipstick palettes are that one product I wish more brands would release. Almost every brand brings out an eyeshadow palette but when it comes to lipstick palettes not a lot of brands bring them out. Last year Urban Decay released a lipstick palette called Vice Metal Meets Matte. Santa actually brought me this at Christmas and I have loved using it.

Top - Banger, Amulet, Fast Talk, Big Bang, Mad, Spark
Bottom - CSB, Tame, Backtalk, Double Team, Shallow, 714

The packaging is very nice and hardwearing and inside are 12 different lipsticks in a range of different finishes. The colors are protected by a plastic cover that opens which says 'Lipstick is my vice.' Another bonus is the really good quality retractable lip brush that is included.

The great thing about this palette is there are a wide range of colors to suit everyone from neutral to dramatic. The palette is also very compact too meaning you can carry it around with you and isn't at all heavy.

I like neutrals when wearing a dark eyeshadow, although I am a fan of lipsticks that do stand out. If like me you love your color, this palette is definitely for you as you will love colors such as CSB, Shallow and Spark. For the fan of neutrals, Amulet, Tame, Backtalk and Fast Talk will definitely suit you.

I wasn't a fan of the glossy lip colors in this palette. Fortunately there are more non glossy than glossy. I loved Big Bang as a color, but didn't like the glossy finish. My favorite color had to be Shallow.

The non gloss finish lipsticks do stay on for quite some time and are very comfortable to wear. The gloss ones probably do stay on for a while but I didn't keep them on long enough to see.

Double Team

W7 On The Rocks Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette had to be one of the biggest makeup product disasters for a while. Last year everyone was so excited for this palette called Subculture from Anastasia Beverly Hills. But when people actually tried the palette hardly anyone liked it. Colors were very hard to blend and had a powdery finish to them with massive fallout. You just swirled a brush into the color and the fallout was just insane. It was actually a shame as the colors did look very nice. Before it's release I was actually thinking of getting the palette myself, but didn't bother after looking at reviews.

Fortunately there are dupes for Subculture available and the closest dupe I have seen to it is the On The Rocks Palette by W7. W7 is a budget brand from England that often has dupes for other brands. I had noticed they had released a dupe for Subculture and I was really looking forward to trying it.

Top - Sugar Rim, Moscato, Martini Olive, Espresso Martini, Maraschino Cherry, Cheers, Caracao
Bottom - Body Shot, Champagne Toast, Bloody Mary, Bellini, Magnum, Pina Colada, Last Call

On The Rocks comes in hard card packaging along with an actual eyeshadow brush. It really does make a nice difference not to have those sponge applicators. I haven't actually used the brush as I prefer to use my other eyeshadow brushes. In this palette you will find 14 colors in a mix of matte and shimmer. All colors are not for the faint hearted as these colors really do stand out. If you love playing with color this is the palette for you.

I was really interested to see how this palette would turn out. In the matte shades I  swirled my brush into the color, exactly how people swirled their brush into Subculture. I was pleasantly surprised, there wasn't that much fallout from the color and they didn't feel very dry or powdery either. As for pigment, this palette was quite good. I didn't have to use a lot to get the colors to show up and I didn't have to build them up either. There was no creasing or fading either. I was also able to blend the colors too fairly easy.

My favorite colors in the palette were Last Call, Pina Colada, Magnum, Bellini, Maraschino Cherry and Caracao.

If you are looking for a good alternative to Subculture I would recommend this one as it really isn't that bad. It also seems to do a lot better than Subculture too as the colors don't have that much fallout either. Plus it was only £12.95.

If like me you love color, you will have a lot of fun with this palette.

Pina Colada, Bellini, Maraschino Cherry, Last Call

Bellini, Magnum, Caracao

Too Faced White Chocolate Bar

Too Faced's White Chocolate Bar is one of the latest Chocolate themed palettes the brand have released. I got the White Chocolate Bar Palette for Christmas and have loved using it. There are plenty of colors to choose from in a mix of matte and shimmer, 16 to be precise. It comes in packaging that looks exactly like a chocolate bar, so good I could eat it right now. What's even better is it actually has cocoa powder in it, giving it that amazing chocolate scent.

Top - Mint Chocolate, Glaze, Cake Batter, Exotica, Chocolate Syrup
Middle - Pearl Candy, Raspberry Rose, Indulge, Lavender Cake, Guilt Free, Smoked Sea Salt
Bottom - Frosted Apricot, Cookie Dough, Sugared Raisin, Black Sugar, Banana Date

With so many fantastic colors to choose from it can be tricky deciding what to start with. I liked using the paler shades such as Banana Date and Glaze as base colors and then layered other colors on top. Pearl Candy is an amazing white shimmer and makes a very good highlighter. The mattes in this palette are very good and are very blendable and don't feel at all dry or powdery. Pigment is insane and I didn't need to use a lot to get the colors to show up. They didn't crease or fade either and stayed on all day. My favorite colors were Lavender Cake, Black Sugar, Pearl Candy and Raspberry Rose.

Sugared Raisin, Pearl Candy, Indulge

Lavender Cake,  Black Sugar

Raspberry Rose, Sugared Raisin, Guilt Free, Black Sugar