Sunday, 9 November 2014

The lip product tag

Another week, another tag inspired by the lovely Laura from buy now blog later. This time we're talking all things lips.


  1. Favourite balm or treatment? Hands down By Terry Baume de Rose. I've been using this for a handful of years now and it is absolutely luxe. It smells of (actual) roses, has thick balmy texture but doesn't feel sticky or oily, and if I put it on before going to bed it's still on my lips come morning. It's the only treatment I need to keep my lips feeling hydrated. That said, just yesterday I as sold by an MUA at Hourglass in Liberty to get the Hourglass No. 28 Lip treatment Oil, which has much friendlier packaging for day time and I imagine will be good for winter. But, it's too early to vouch for it properly.
  2. Best eye-catching red/bright? It's a tie. Most eye-catching is probably the Hourglass Opaque Rouge in the colour Icon, a matte, dark, and very bold blue-based red. Think a bit of old Hollywood. You need guts to wear this. I also had to include the YSL Glossy Stain in #10 Red though, because it's my pick for an attention grabbing red lip with a glossier finish, and in my opinion a lot more wearable, more often.
  3. Favourite pink lipstick? For what occasion? My favourite in-your-face bright pink is MAC's Girl About Town, which is a bright blue-based fuchsia pink in an amplified creme finish. It's one of my go-to bold lips during the warmer months especially. My more everyday favourite pink is Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Saga, a light (but not too light) yellow-based pink. Whereas I would have said something along the lines of YSL Rouge Volupte #1 or #2, or MAC Hue a few years ago, I find these more nudey pinks quite unflattering or draining on my complexion these days. Saga on the other hand has a touch of vibrancy that really brightens the face. 
  4. Favourite nude lipstick? In a similar vain, I've really strayed away from what I would consider typical flesh-toned nudes (e.g. MAC's creme d'nude). I tend much more to go for a 'my lips but better' colour, my favourite of which is Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy. I also love Evasion in the same formula, which is really technically a pink but it's nude in the sense of being extremely neutral, wearable, and won't compete with anything else on your face. Can you tell I love me some Chanel Rouge Coco Shines?!
  5. Best luxury lipstick? Has to be my YSL Rouge Pur Couture in #13 L'Orange. My most favourite pick for a shocking orange/red lip (one of my favourite kinds!). It's a very similar shade to MAC Lady Danger but in a much more comfortable to wear formula. I have a soft spot for YSL lipsticks - I have many and they've never let me down. Their fruity scent is a bonus.
  6. Best MAC lipstick? I have and love many but as soon as I saw this question the answer emerged surprisingly easily. It's MAC's Viva Glam Cyndi, which unfortunately is no longer available but it's one of my all time favourite shades from any brand. It's a super unique slightly muted, fairly neutral (not blue or orange), red. It can be worn more casually or playfully, but it also has a really glam/romantic feel with a light wash of pale gold on the lids with a cat eye, heaps of mascara and a pinched cheek. When I wear this I never feel like I'm making a statement but it always makes me feel pretty and feminine.
  7. Favourite gloss? The first gloss I fell in love with was the YSL Gloss Pur in #3 Pure Coral, a super smooth peachy orange shade. All credit must go to the YSL MUA who sold it to me back in the day because at the time orange would not have been my first pick but she told me it's what they used over YSL Rouge Volupte #2 in Sensual Silk for that perfect editorial lip. And it really is a killer combo. More recently I've been loving the NYX glosses, my most reached for being the pinky/nudey/beige colour called Tiramisu.
  8. Favourite spring/summer shade? I've done a whole post devoted to this so I'll stick with my most worn summer shade, which has to be the YSL Rouge Volupte Sheer Candy in #10 Tangy Mandarin, a super easy to wear but very flattering juicy peach/coral shade. The formula is more like a tinted balm so your lips almost look naturally bitten and it's light to wear, easy to reapply, and smells lovely. All upsides in summer.
  9. Favourite autumn/winter shade? As the season is currently upon us I went for the ones currently topping my rotation - MAC Syrup (bottom) for an everyday plummy shade that goes with any look I'd be wearing this time of year. For more bold options I've been reaching for MAC Rebel (middle), a bold slightly vampy purple-fuchsia that can be worn sheer or really built up, and a recent addition, the Rimmel Kate Matte lipstick in #107 (top), a more red-toned berry shade which wears comfortably and smells amazing. 
  10. Lip liner - yes or no? No. I bought a few awfully dry ones from MAC a number of years ago and was a bit baffled, and put off. What seems like a recent resurgence does have me curious though, and I've just picked up the new Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in 063 East End Snob, which  may be the one to convert me. According to Amelia, it's a good stand-in for the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk, which I'd also love to try.
I found it a bit difficult to slot things in but overall these products represent some of my absolute favourite lip products and would highly highly recommend any and all of them.

Monday, 3 November 2014

My most reached for A/W eye products

Eyeshadow in general, but palettes in particular, are probably by biggest weakness when it comes to makeup. I have far too many but always seem to justify new acquisitions. As far as vices are concerned it's pretty vanilla, so what-evs. Here are the shadows I've been reaching for most this season.


Chanel Illusion d'Ombre in 837 Fatal: A sparkly cream-to-powder shadow and a good alternative to my usual champagne base shades. Fatal is a plummy-rusty-slightly bronzy shade that is great on its own, but also works as the perfect enhancement underneath other reddish-purplish toned shades that I like to wear this time of year.

Chanel Holiday 2013 Ombre Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette in Charming: This pick is a bit cruel because it was limited edition last year, but hey, honesty is key! This palette has the best formula of a any Chanel shadows I own and the shades provide the most gorgeous bronzy, sultry, smokey look on the eyes. Almost a slept-in, the morning after look, but in a good way. If I had to pick my 'sexiest' eyeshadow palette this would definitely be it.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Dolce Vita: I've been banging on about this a lot lately, but for good reason. The formula of these shadows is like butter - amongst my favourite I've ever tried. The shade range is perfectly autumnal, and the gold glitter shade is exquisitely executed - a sophisticated and festive sparkle without any garish, chunky glittery or fallout. A palette that is definitely worth the hype. Full review and swatches here.

Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Matte Palette: By far the best value of the lot. 12 all-matte shades with as good a formula as any. I like wearing matte eyes when I'm going for a bold or vampy lip, and this palette has everything you'd need. Available at Target if you find yourself Stateside. Review and swatches here.

Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette: My newest addition, and so one I've been reaching for often. A warm brown matte palette with a full range of intensities. This palette doesn't necessarily excite me but it is very handy. Great on it's own or as a supplement to any of the others, and the perfect size for travelling. Review and swatches here.

NARS eyeshadow duos in Brousse (top) & Rajasthan (bottom): I often forget to use my single/duo eyeshadows but these two from NARS offer a gorgeous selection of slightly jewel-toned but still neutral shades that are perfect for Autumn. The left shade of Rajasthan is a fairly unique golden/pewter shade perfect for the lid, and any of the other three work both in the crease and as liner. It's as close as I get to colour, if I'm honest.

What have you been reaching for lately?

Sunday, 2 November 2014

The blush tag

My first ever tag post! Inspired by the much loved Laura from Buynowbloglater who I'm still hoping will make a return to youtube :-D


  1. How many blushes do you own? 48. Hangs head in shame.
  2. What is your favourite blush brush? It's a toss up between MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush and the Real Techniques Blush Brush. When I want more precisely laid colour I go for the former, and when I'm using a light or no-fuss colour, or really need some blending action I use the latter.
  3. Cream vs. Powder? Powder. No competition. I have found a few cream blush formulas I like in the past year (I'm looking at you, NARS Matte Multiple, Dior Cheek Cremes and Chanel Creme Blush de Chanel), but regardless, I wear powder blush almost every day of the year. I find it lasts better on my combo skin and is more quick and effortless to apply. When I wear cream blush it's usually because I've made an effort to use unloved bits in my stash.
  4. Peach vs. Pink and favourites of each? Silly question! Why should I have to choose!? I don't draw lines in the sand like that but my favourites of each are Becca Flowerchild for peach and Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush (who names these things?!) for pink. And, if I really had to pick a colour family it would probably be those neutral but still defining blushes like NARS Madly, Tarte Exposed or MAC Blushbaby. See what I did there?
  5. Drugstore vs. high end and favourites of each? High end. I actually own very very few drugstore blushes so I don't even think I can pick a favourite. My favourite high end probably changes with my underwear, but some of my favourites include Chanel Accent, Dior Rosy Glow, NARS Sin and NARS madly.
  6. Most overrated? I'm going to be controversial here and say the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes. I have Exposed and Tipsy and while I love both colours I find the formula oddly hard in the pan. I'm not sure if everyone has this issue, but there's just something about the texture and application that I don't enjoy. That said once they're on they do look lovely.
  7. Most underrated? My most underrated shade I think is NARS Madly, because I've fallen madly in love with it over the last year. I think NARS describing it as a 'seashell pink' when it's far bronzier than that puts people off. But I freaking love it. Most underrated formula, or one I was surprised and blown away by is the Becca Mineral Blush (I have flowerchild) which is velvety soft, pigmented and creates the most gorgeous glow/sheen without any sparkly bits. And, finally, MAC blush palettes - mostly relative to how hyped the eyeshadows are. MAC's blush lineup is pretty fab (some of my faves are blushbaby, well dressed, springsheen, and trace gold).
  8. Worth the hype? I'm going to put my tail between my legs and say Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes. When they first launched I was a bit let down with mine in Radiant Magenta. It was lovely but I'm not sure I thought it was that amazing compared to other blushes I own. But, it's grown on me and does provide a luminosity that is really beautiful. I'm basically dying to get the matching blush palette from Space NK this week. It launches today.
  9. Top 5 blushes everyone should own? You're killing me! In no particular order: 1. NARS Sin (a gorgeous plum with gold sheen, perfect for Autumn), 2. NARS Madly (perfect all year round), 3. MAC Blushbaby (an essential shade, even if you opt for Tarte Exposed or NARS Douceur), 4. Dior Rosy Glow (I've been known to wear exclusively this for months at a time), and 5. NARS Orgasm (because even though it is super overdone I'm still surprised by how nice it's effect is each time I put it on).
  10. What blushes are on your wishlist? The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Palette. That is all.
You're all tagged! Let me know your answers below or blog the tag and send me a link!