Friday, 30 December 2016

Too Faced - Melted Chocolate in Chocolate Milkshake

Following the success of the bestselling Melted and Melted Metal Liquefied lipsticks, Too Faced have now taken a new leap by marrying their best selling lip range with their best selling cocoa-based eye shadows to create Melted Chocolate - a range of 6 shades infused with antioxidant cocoa powder which not only looks delicious, but smells delicious too.

I received this shade in Chocolate Milkshake as part of a Christmas present. My fiancé was in New York on a business trip at the beginning of December and he walked into Sephora and asked them what someone who pretty much owned everything cosmetics related, could be missing. The helpful sales assistant pointed him to a beautiful, Sephora exclusive palette called Christmas in New York. The collection included a whole range of cocoa infused eyeshadows I have never seen before, but also included Better Than Sex mascara, the Too Faced eye shadow insurance and a full sized pot of Melted Chocolate in Chocolate Milkshake.

The boy definitely did good because there is no way I would have ever found this beautiful collection in England.

Anyway, Chocolate Milkshake is a honey-nude shade. The squeezy pot and cushioned applicator make it surprisingly easy to apply, and the colour laydown is amazing. You only need a little bit to get full impact, and the texture and feel is heavenly. It's not purely matte as it still has a trace of gloss to it, which makes it very wearable for everyday and comfortable. And this peachy, honey nude goes beautifully against my skin tone. It will also suit medium, more caramel skin tones too.

If the above hasn't yet sold you, surely the chocolate taste will win you over, right?

Colour Intensity: medium

Finish:  velvety, soft finish - some gloss

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you are a chocolate fiend!

Perfect for: wearing with a natural look - I would treat your lashes to Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara as well as a sweep of Charlotte Tilbury's blush in First Love.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

MAC - Amplified lipstick in Saucy Little Darling

'Tis the season to be dolled up and beautiful, but with Christmas now behind us and 2017 merely days away, the season we all look forward to is quickly slipping from our hands. I always long for new, limited edition ranges from MAC but I have to say that I am sad that the season for Nutcracker Sweet is almost over.

Nevertheless, let's enjoy the beauty of Saucy Little Darling while we still can. Because if you haven't yet purchased anything from this glorious range, hurry down to your nearest MAC counter and make your purchase this one.

Saucy Little Darling is a seductive mix of hot pink with a hint of coral - it makes this colour unlike any other out there and although one I would likely wear more in Summer rather than Christmas, I still think this is an instant 'WOW'.

Saucy Little Darling's texture is Amplified, so not only is it loaded with colour, but it's also has a boost of moisture too - keeping lips nice and plump.

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: Amplified

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you want that last taste of the jolliest season before the January blues kick in!

Saturday, 24 December 2016

MAC - Lustre lipstick in Patisserie

I'm a little bit late to the party here, but I love MAC's Patisserie! If there ever was a subtle, pink, everyday shade that had just that little bit of a glitter gleam, Patisserie is it.

Just like its name would suggest, the colour is beautiful and delicious - a rosy, pale pink that makes it the sweetest lipstick you can possibly add to your collection.

I have heard bloggers and vloggers rave about this little beauty for so long, but thinking it's just over-hype, I have overlooked it. Now, I'm wishing I'd stumbled upon it sooner because Patisserie has been the lipstick that has kept my lips full of life over the last week.

Created in MAC's Lustre finish, Patisserie will not overload your lips with colour. Instead, it will treat them to a hint of pink that finishes off any look. It's perfect for those 'no fuss' days we all have.

Colour Intensity: low

Finish: Lustre

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you don't want to fuss too much over your make-up

Sunday, 4 December 2016

MAC - Cremesheen lipstick in Kingdom Of Sweets

How could I resist this latest limited edition range from MAC? Not only is it full of Christmas spirit by being called The Nutcracker, but the packaging is MAC's best yet.

I haven't yet delved into the rest of the range, but I have purchased my two first lipsticks and I have to say, I adore them both.

The first one is the lightest shade of the lot - Kingdom of Sweets.

When you swivel the lipstick, you see a stunning petal pink - a gorgeous, light rose that I'm keeping purely as a colour swatch for my future wedding flowers. It's a stunning, cool pink so it's suited to a limited range of skin tones, but if you're feeling brave or wanting to channel a 60's style, then Kingdom of Sweets is the lipstick for you.

The Cremesheen texture is loaded with both moisture and colour - a deadly duo that to me is a must-have in a lipstick.

It makes an ideal stocking filler for any lipstick lover, so go on, treat the one you love, or just yourself!

Colour Intensity: medium

Finish: Cremesheen

Overall Rating: 4/5 - I love everything about this lipstick but the colour doesn't suit me. It makes me look like I have Tips-Ex on my lips.

You'll like this if: you are looking for the ideal stocking filler for lipstick lovers

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Clinique - Pop lipstick in Fab Pop

I was so excited about this colour when I first clocked eyes with it. I happily swatched it on the back of my hand and watched the nude pink stick trace its shade against my skin. The colour reflecting back was the same as the outer packaging, so enthusiastically I bought it!

The colour that the mirror reflects back when on my lips seems to be completely different. 
Instead of it being this gorgeous, rosy pink that's perfect for everyday and would go beautifully against my fair skin, all I see if a harsh pale pink that edges more towards 1970's light fuchsia than modern, playful, dusky pink.

I'm not happy, which is a shame because the texture of Clinique's Pop range is exactly what I need right now - rich colour that's moisturising and long lasting.

Perhaps it's just my particular lip or skin tone that makes the undertones of this look so blue, but either way, for the first time I'm disappointed with Clinique.

Colour Intensity: medium

Finish: creamy, some shine

Overall Rating: 1/5 - sorry, the colour was not what I expected

You'll like this if: you like exceptionally blue light pink lipsticks

Avoid: if you expect the colour from the packaging

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Nars - Audacious lipstick in Barbara

I genuinely thought I was finally done with the nude lipsticks of the Nars Audacious range. After all, I have so many, and to be honest, once you find your ideal nude (for me it's always the ones with a pinky twist), why even bother getting something else?

But actually, just like we defend the amount of red lipsticks you could need, I'd say the same now applied to nudes. Because even though I know soft, cool pinky nudes suit me best, I don't particularly want to only rock one shade. Sometimes you want more of a honey toned nude, or a peachy number, or even something more of a muted beige! We may be late to the party of defending our nudes, but the time has come for all of us to embrace our collection, even if it's tough for even us to distinguish between shades.

I digress, but my point is that my Nars Audacious escapades have led me to another favourite nude - Barbara. One that I wouldn't normally opt for.

Barbara is a soft, peach toned nude. Although pale, it sits somewhere between hot and cold so it will suit most skin tones. It's really beautiful, and just like the rest of the Audacious range, Barbara is a soft semi-matte, but the texture is luxurious and creamy. 

One of my current faves!

Colour Intensity: low

Finish: semi-matte, soft and creamy

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you want to enrich your Nude lipstick collection

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Nars - Velvet Lip Glide in Bound

When I first saw this Nars range advertised, I was a little disappointed. It came across as if it would be another velvet lip style, matte liquid lipstick. One of those that have been done and re-done so many times, I'm completely over it.

But, I was wrong. I swatched a few colours in Space NK on the back of my hand and was surprised to find that even after a few minutes, the texture still stayed soft, moisturising and malleable. 
And that sealed the deal! Without even thinking, I chose Bound and headed to pay.

I haven't looked back since. I may still be a lipstick girl at heart, but this little lip gloss has won me over. So much so that I haven't stopped wearing it this weekend, which for me is a massive deal. I usually swap lipsticks every three hours!

Bound is a gorgeous dusky pink. It actually looks darker when you swatch it on the back of your hand than it does on your lips, so this can easily be passed as a nude. It has beautiful, cool pink undertones which invigorate the natural shade of your lips. 

What I found even more amazing is that despite it having a very creamy, gloss-like texture, this Velvet Lip Glide lasted a long time (two cups of coffee and a bottomless brunch!) 

It must be a big deal for it to turn my head away from the Audacious range, and I strongly endurance you investing in this if you prefer softer lip glosses.

Colour Intensity: low to medium

Finish: gloss

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want to embrace anti-matte lipsticks again

Perfect for: every occasion! 

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Burberry in Primrose Hill Pink No.30

If you were a teenager in the mid-naughties, you may not have the best memories when people say "Burberry"! It's really sad, but it took me a really long time to disassociate this British, heritage brand with... chavs.

If you don't know what chavs are, google it. It really is a sight to see firsthand, and once upon a time, this resourceful segment of the British population donned Burberry. Ok, so it may not have been actual Burberry, but the pattern was all over the place - socks, inner lining of baseball caps, outer lining of baseball caps, scarves, gloves, trainers... you name it, they had it on there! I hate to say it, but due to this, I grew up thinking that Burberry is some cheap brand that I shouldn't be associated with. I'm so glad I was wrong.

Roll on a few years and thankfully chavs of Britain have now moved on since 2005 and Burberry has been freed for anyone to wear proudly. And I couldn't be more proud to show you one of my favourite lipsticks of all time - Burberry's Primrose Hill Pink.

Glossed with tons of moisture, this seductive petal pink is perfect to wear everyday. The colour can suit anyone because it has the right combination of blue and yellow tones. It's a bright, yet muted colour that I think will be popular with most of you.

The texture itself is very traditional - it's moisturising and creamy which I absolutely love, a true soft, satin finish that will leave you wanting to try more.

The lipstick packaging is also worth it - it has that really heavy, magnetic lid that makes it feel just that little bit worth the extra money.

Colour Intensity: medium

Finish: some gloss, light but creamy

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you're a Burberry fan and want a basic pink

Avoid if: you still haven't received from the chav/Burberry outbreak of the mid-naughties...

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Nars - Audacious lipstick in Angela

The Nars Audacious lipstick range is holding the test of time. Even though it launched a few years ago, the novelty hasn't yet worn off. This was definitely not a fad range that would soon be so last year - the Audacious lipstick are clearly built to last and I'm still happily making my way through the collection.

My latest addition is Angela. Mixed in a beautiful blend of cool pinks and violets, Angela is a statement lipstick. It reminds me of 80s glamour - all you need is volumous ringlets, some shoulder pads and a little pencil skirt to channel Whitney Houston circa 1984.

The colour is created to last - the Audacious range is a semi-matte formula. It contains the creaminess of a traditional lipstick without the shine. It's incredibly comfortable to wear, lasts a really long time and makes your lips feel truly fabulous.

If you're truly going to dedicate yourself to one lipstick range, make it this one.

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: semi-matte 

Overall Rating: 3/5 - the colour isn't quite right for me

You'll like this if: you want a bright, cool toned pinky purple

Perfect for: parties! This is an ideal dress-up shade. 

Monday, 7 November 2016

MAC - Lustre lipstick in Where No Man Has Gone Before

When I have mentioned the name of this lipstick to people, they seem to automatically go into two groups. Group 1 are the ones who take it at face value and consider the name to be something to do with the unknown, adventures and galaxies far, far away. 

The second group have a vastly different opinion. For some reason they automatically see the name as suitable to a woman who is hard to get. To be honest, I'm sceptical about this latter group so I'm sticking with group 1 - Where No Man Has Gone Before is a stunning, unique colour that is very difficult to find.

I'm not sure if it's just vey much within my attention, but I feel like metallic, glimmering lipsticks are absolutely everywhere! This particular one is a blend of peachy pinkness with a sheen of pearly gold. It really is beautiful when you apply it. On my lips, the pink tones seem to outshine the peach, so it feels cooler, but it's the pearlescent finish that adds the special effect. As you move in the light, the colour changes, giving it a futuristic holographic effect.

I adore this Star Trek inspired colour - I'm just very sad that it's limited edition.

Colour Intensity: low

Finish: Lustre -  high shine, moisturising, pearly effect

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you're inspired by sci-fi chic! 

Sunday, 6 November 2016

MAC - Lustre lipstick in Sophisto

For years now, I have avoided wearing anything too glitzy for longer than the moment it takes me to review it in this blog. I'm a very girly girl, but when it comes to lipsticks, I've always found that anything too shimmery makes your lips look thinner and your overall look less sophisticated. 

As you may have guessed with the Star Trek Kling-It-On lipstick I reviewed a few days ago, the time has come where I am fully embracing all that glitters. 

MAC's Sophisto is a funky mixed breed of a plum and brown shade, enhanced with a dollop of shimmering, iridescent gold. It's not overpowering - in fact, it's a very wearable everyday colour, which instantly adds on marks for me.

Sophisto is part of the Lustre family, so as well as lots of gloss, you will find more of a sheer finish and the colour isn't as intense as you may anticipate. This is perfect or those of you looking for something more casual and day to day, but that's still just as glamorous.

Colour Intensity: low to medium

Finish: Lustre - high shine, sheer finish, moisturising

Overall Rating: 3/5

You'll like this if: you want a subtle but glamorous lipstick

Lipstick Queen in Bright Natural Sinner

I'm posting this very late, because Lipstick Queen's Bright Natural Sinner was my summer go-to lipstick. If you have a neutral to cool complexion and are looking for a nude lipstick that really knows how to pull a punch, this one is for you. 

If you're a fan of Anna from the Nars Audacious range, this colour is incredibly similar. It's a beautiful blend of rich rosyness, a dose of camel and a pinch of plum. 

The Sinner range means that you do not skip on colour - packing 90% pigment, you only need one swift glide to get a whole lotta colour. 

Colour Intensity: medium

Finish: creamy, rich colour

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you have a cool to neutral skin tone and want a richer nude than normal 

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Charlotte Tilbury - Hot Lips lipstick in Hot Emily

To say that Charlotte Tilbury intrigues me is a huge understatement! I'm obsessed with her attitude, creativity, product range and celeb address book! So, when the Hot Lips range made its first appearance, I was quick to join the many many people buying these celebrity inspired lipsticks.

This particular colour is inspired by the beautiful Emily Ratajkowski and is an enriched orange coral. Although more of a Summer shade than one to wear in the Winter, Hot Emily is a richly creamy formula that is ideal for those looking for that traditional lipstick feel.

If you're a fan of warm, daring shades, Charlotte Tilbury's Hot Emily is definitely for you. If, like me, you're not always ready to embrace the darker, matte shades that undoubtedly come with Autumn, then cling on to the warmth of Summer a little longer. It's bright, vibrant and fun - just like its namesake.

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: creamy, some shine, very moisturising

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want a beautiful, vibrant colour inspired by a celeb

Avoid if: you don't like overly creamy textures. This can also come across a little bit neon, so if you don't want too much intensity, opt for something else.

Friday, 4 November 2016

MAC - Frost lipstick in Kling-it-On

If you thought that Star Trek was restricted purely for Comicon, geek conventions and The Big Bang Theory, then you might need to think again, because MAC's Kling-it-on is out of this world!

Amongst the iridescent colours that are full of vivacious life, lies this stunning lipstick that has enough glitter to rival the Mily Way. The name alone is surely enough for you to get your geek chic on, but once you try the truly unique colour, you will be fully channeling the life within the SS Enterprise. 

I chose to wear this on Halloween, because despite the number of deep Berry shades and pure blacks,  Kling-It-On actually offers beautiful glamour. The gorgeous black shade is overpowered by a mix of purple, gold and even green shimming flecks, giving your lips a stunning holographic effect. 

The Frost finish is a light texture with a full dose of sparkles, but who doesn't want that this season? The colour is buildable and although doesn't last as long as you want, is very fun to re-apply. 

So, this Autumn and Winter, instead of opting for your mainstream wines, berries and deep plums, why not give this glittery lipstick a try. 

Colour Intensity: high

Texture: high gloss, glittery

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you're bold and daring 

Perfect for: Winter, Halloween

Sunday, 30 October 2016

The Balm - Pretty Smart Lip Gloss in GRRR!

I accidentally bought GRRR! And that's probably the strangest sentence I've ever written.

As you have probably guessed, lip glosses aren't my thing. I'm not a fan of the sticky texture, the overhauling shine and the fact that it lasts on average ten minutes. Nope. For me, it's all about lipsticks.

However, there are certain lip glosses that do break the mould and I can't help but reach for them occasionally.

This, sadly isn't the case for The Balm's GRRR! While I love The Balm as a brand and have adored other colours within this range, this particular colour just isn't for me. The nude is just a little bit too dull for me to really fall for it.
Unfortunately, it will fit into my draw of bad lipstick mistakes bought online where the colour swatch doesn't quite live up to the truth.

I don't want you to not give this a try just because I've given it a negative review, because if you like nude lipsticks, then you will absolutely love this. This lip gloss range is not sticky in the slightest, offers the colour that is in the tube and contains a dose of glitter to add that extra bit of glamour.

Colour Intensity: low

Finish: glossy, high shine

Overall Rating: 2/5

You'll like this if: you're a fan of nude lip glosses

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Chanel - Rouge Coco Shine in Flirt

There was a time when Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks were the main component of my make-up bag. My three favourites consisted of Boy, Chance and Flirt. While Boy and Chance were my two everyday shades, Flirt would always make an appearance in the evenings. 

The subtle tones of mandarin and coral, mixed with dazzles of gold shimmer were my ideal combination for a beautiful 'going out out' lipstick. 

You won't get intense colour from the Rouge Coco Shine collection, but you will get a stunning lipstick with tonnes of gloss. As well as add a drop of coral colour to your lips, Flirt leaves lips looking moisturised and plump. 

I have to admit that it has been a good few years since I last wore this shade, but since discovering it again, it hasn't left my side.

Colour Intensity: low

Finish: glossy, subtle colour

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want a sophisticated, subtle lipstick that can be worn from day to night

Perfect for: a hint of colour, high shine look, sunny holidays, wearing with Nars blush in Gina

Charlotte Tilbury - Matte Revolution lipstick in The Queen

As my lips are currently painted in Charlotte Tilbury's new limited edition shade, I'm currently by the pool in Mauritius. This is probably not the way she intended The Queen to be worn. The luscious pinky-red is a regal lipstick designed for black tie events over poolside glamour. 

Despite it being worn for the wrong occasion, The Queen is a fabulous lipstick that is sure to make you feel like the belle of the ball. The intense red is softened by vibrant shades of pink, making this a unique colour that doesn't really have an alternative counterpart. 

If, like me, you're finding mattes a bit old school, you don't need to worry about this one. The Matte Revolution range is all about comfort, creaminess and just that little hint of glass. It also lasts for so long so it has all the greatness of matte colour, without any of the fuss. 

Colour Intensity: very high

Finish: matte

Overall Rating: 5/5

You'll like this if: you want a beautiful, limited edition glamorous shade

Perfect for: making a fabulous first impression, first dates, wearing with a subtle pinky nude blush 

MAC - Matte lipstick in Babes And Balls

It does feel like as soon as October rolls around the dark lipsticks suddenly make a show stopping appearance. We immediately say goodbye to the gentle hues of Summer and embrace the forthcoming Winter with deep berry and plum shades. 

There is no better way to pay homage to the colder days than with MAC's Babes And Balls lipstick. This beautiful lipstick is a cross between a stunning ruby and a gorgeous amethyst. That mix of purple and red makes it the jewel of the berry tones.

Created in MAC's Matte formula, Babes And Balls is long lasting with little sheen. A world away from warmer climes, this gemstone of a lipstick is made for the Winter.

Colour Intensity: very high

Finish: Matte

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you want a spectacular berry tone to prep yourself for Winter

Perfect for: Winter, cold days, all skin tones

Chantecaille - Lip Chic in Amaryllis

Chantecaille has always stood for making products that are filled with goodness, which means no parabens and definitely no sulphites. Despite the fact every Space NK shop adviser has always recommended it, this Lip Chic in Amaryllis is the first product I have bought from the range. 

It has been mentioned in beauty blogs before, but I don't think Chantecaille's Lip Chic range gets the true credit it deserves. The range claims to leave your lips liking younger and fuller but without the irritation that some other lip plumping agents do. Instead, it has gained this end result by containing the sheen of a lip gloss, but the even coverage of a lipstick. 

I chose Amaryllis because the glossy red looked beautiful as it rotated out of the tube. Once on the lips, the red was no where near as vibrant - instead it created a beautiful subtle crimson with heaps of shine but no stickiness. 

I didn't notice my lips getting any fuller than other lipsticks, but the texture really is lovely of you want something light.

Unless you like subtle shades, Amaryllis is definitely for the Summer.

Colour Intensity: low

Finish: high shine but not sticky

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you want a pretty, does-good lipstick/lipgloss hybrid 

Avoid if: you like Matte shades or a strong colour laydown 

Saturday, 1 October 2016

MAC - Matte lipstick in Strip Me Down

It's not often I purchase a MAC lipstick that I feel 'flat' about. It's not that I dislike Strip Me Down - it's just that it doesn't stir me in the same way that some of the others do.

I'm not too sure why because it ticks all the boxes.
It's a beautiful autumn leaf, nude shade. Tick!
It's a comforting matte finish. Tick!
It's MAC. Tick Tick Tick!!!

And yet...I don't know. I can't quite explain it but as enticing as Strip Me Down sounds, it just fails to get me in the mood.

But that's just me.

You could be completely different, so as I've started this blog post on such a sour note, let's turn things around, shall we?

Strip Me Down is a beautiful autumnal nude. With the changing leaves all around us, the cold front approaching and what I can only describe as Heinz Tomato Soup weather, changing your normal nude to Strip Me Down will turn the heat up a notch.

MAC's Strip Me Down is created in its matte formula, so unlike its signature Retro Matte, regular mattes are so much easier to wear everyday. They are still creamy but with very little shine.

This nude sways more on the brown side, so it will be popular if you have a neutral to warm skin tone, so unless I've completely put you off just by reading the first sentence, do give this lipstick a go.

Colour Intensity: low

Finish: matte, but creamy and comfortable

Overall Rating: 2/5 - it's nice, but not my cup of tea

You'll like this if: you want a nude to match the changing season

Perfect for: Autumn days out, every day, first dates, office wear

By Terry - Rouge Expert Click Stick in 16

My weekly trip to the local Space NK brought me so much joy (more than normal!) when I saw the By Terry Click Stick range.

Not just because By Terry is an amazing cosmetics range that not only makes you look good, but does amazing things to the health of your complexion, but because I have been looking for a new lipstick innovation for so long.

The new Click Stick does exactly what it says on the tin. You click the bottom of it like a YSL Touche Eclat to get more out of the tube. And when you do this, the crayon-like lipstick is a beautiful tear drop shape, which is ideal for application.

I was so excited by this. To me, this means the ideal cupid bow with a lipstick that has a point where you can literally trace the outline of your lips. Bye bye lip liner!

After much deliberation on the colour, I chose 16 - a lovely crimson that enriches your look. I swatched the colour on my pale arm (holiday is next week) and the brightness of the shade was offset beautifully.

I could not wait to try it as soon as I got home, so I sat in front of my vanity mirror, clicked the stick and carefully painted my lips with my new scarlet shade.

My first thought was that the texture was light, delicate and very creamy. The colour intensity was so obvious with the lightest application and within seconds my pout was a pillarbox red.

My second thought was that despite the fact I had about half an inch of the lipstick showing, my one application had turned it into a blunt stump. The tear drop shape's edge diminished in an instant and when I next reapplied, I had to click it about 10 times to get the right amount of lipstick out again.

Despite the creaminess of the texture, the colour does have longevity, but considering it's roughly £25 a stick, this lipstick runs out very quickly.

This is a treat lipstick. It makes the perfect gift, but it's not something I would urge you to buy if you're on a tight budget. Unfortunately, there are others out there that do exactly the same job much cheaper.

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: creamy, some gloss

Overall Rating: 3/5 - the colour and texture is great, but this is used up quickly

You'll like this if: you want the YSL Touche Eclat version for you lips, or you feel like your thumb needs the exercise

Perfect for: quick application, first dates, special occasions, wearing with flicked out eyeliner

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Soap & Glory - Sexy Mother Pucker lipstick in You Say Tomato

Don't be too hasty to say goodbye to the summer just yet. Instead of putting the bright colours to the back of your cabinets and bringing forward the wines and deep nudes, hold your horses. Just because the weather that turned slightly sour doesn't mean that your look must too!

If you want to keep the warmth of summer alive for that little bit longer, Soap & Glory have you covered. Among their new shades in glitzy sweet wrapper packaging lies You Say Tomato - a blushing, hot red that awakens your complexion.

This shade is rich in gorgeous orange and red tones, which makes it a joyful colour. It's bright, fun and unforgettable. It's also packed with moisture so it has tonnes of shine, giving your lips a 3D element.

Soap & Glory is a great brand when it comes to cosmetics, and if this colour wasn't beautiful enough, it definitely wins brownie points from me just by the name alone.

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: creamy, high shine

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you have pale skin. This tone looks amazing against a cool, pale complexion

Perfect for: date night, days out, beating winter blues, with subtle make-up

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Lipstick Queen in Saint Deep Red

If I had to choose between the two Lipstick Queen alter egos, I would definitely say I'm more Sinner than Saint. Let me clarify that that's no reflection of me or my everyday life, before you start asking questions. Just purely that I prefer the more pigmented lipsticks than their 10% colour counterparts.

I prefer Sinner up to a certain extent and when it came to Deep Red, I knew the Saint version was definitely for me. 

We all know how popular Rimmel's 107 shade became the moment that Zoella marked it as her signature shade a few years ago, so deep wine lipsticks bursting with a strong colour laydown are nothing new. But beautiful burgundy red in its purest form definitely is rare. I have never seen a dark lipstick as delicate as this, and that is incredibly refreshing.

Saint Deep Red loads my lips with moisture and leaves behind a gorgeous, supple shade of deep red. It's just enough to give a boost of colour and is perfect all year round. It's incredibly thirst quenching and holds a lot of benefits in its tine form, like lashing of Vitamin E. So it does good too! 

Colour Intensity: low

Finish: moisturising, shine

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you want to add a delicate wine shade to your dark collection

Perfect for: every day, with a natural look

Sunday, 11 September 2016

MAC - Cremesheen lipstick in Speed Dial

Another oldie in the MAC collection, Speed Dial is a pretty colour that anyone with a love for pink should own. This beautiful, pocket sized lipstick is a gorgeous, soft cool pink that is ideal for a cool to neutral complexion. 

Although a girly colour, Speed Dial isn't an intense pink. The Cremesheen finish has enough colour pay-off but won't paint your lips. The moisturising feel makes Speed Dial a very comfortable everyday pink.

I love wearing this to perk up my complexion. It's an instant hit of colour without taking over your look. The only downfall for me is that the colour doesn't last as long as some others, but this is still a MAC lipstick I have got a lot of use from.

Colour Intensity: medium

Finish: moisturising, slight sheen 

Overall Rating: 3/5

You'll like this if: you want a pretty MAC pink

Perfect for: everyday, office wear, date night, cool to neutral skin tones

MAC - Frost lipstick in Costa Chic

For the young ones among you who are looking to try your very first voluptuous colour, Costa Chic is the way to go. The richness of the almost fluorescent coral is bright, fresh and fun. Costa Chic is that naughty colour you put on for a first date, or a fun day out with your friends.

Belonging to the "Frost" crew, Cosa Chic is not just a block colour - instead is contains a beautiful, iridescent sheen that gives this shade another dimension. Unlike so many within the Frost collection, Costa Chic can very easily be worn on its own, whereas some others are better suited as an additional layer to another lipstick.

Costa Chic feels a little bit like the younger sister of Vegas Volt. The tone is very similar, but Costa Chic is more on the lighter side. If you feel that Vegas Volt is a little bit too intense for you, try this one instead. It will brighten up your day!

Colour Intensity: high

Finish: creamy, moisturising, slight pearly sheen

Overall Rating: 4/5

You'll like this if: you are looking for a very first vivacious colour lipstick

Perfect for: days out with friends, first dates, warm skin tones
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