Friday, 7 August 2015

July Favourites and Fails

July was a fab month for favourites. After a couple months of feeling a bit uninspired by makeup and beauty this month was a complete 180! I've been hauling like nobody's business and have also re-fallen in love with a few old-time faves.

  • Lubin Gin Fizz EDT: A new purchase this month that I had lusted after for ages and was an immediate hit. A citrusy, spritely, fresh and summery fragrance that is glamorous in a demure 1950's way. The scent was indeed inspired by Grace Kelly when it first launched in 1955 (re-launch in 2009) and it really does have a low-key elegance that I love. The bottle is gorgeous and it came packaged in the most beautiful satin box. It would make a gorgeous gift or a cheeky seasonal treat for oneself.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Miss Kensington: I hauled this at the beginning of the month and it has quickly become my favourite-ever nude lip. It is the perfect shade that I think I've always been seeking, in a gorgeous retro matte (but comfortable to wear) finish. See true-to-colour swatches in my haul post.
  • Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Mary Antoinette: Another 'win' from CT - her new-ish cream eyeshadow in a gorgeous taupy-bronze shade. Cream shadows are a dime a dozen these days, but this rendition has a very easy to work with formula perfect for blending, sheering, building etc. and once it sets it doesn't budge. An immediate fave.
  • Jouer Matte Moisture Tint in 'Linen': This favourite from last year was a late comer to the party this summer. I had been using other things and it kind of slipped my mind, until this month when I pulled it out again and from day 1 it was love all over again. I've barely used anything else since. It's lightweight, demi-matte, with medium coverage and a finish that is perfecting but also natural looking enough for daytime (read: natural light) wear. Not surprisingly, it made my 'Top 5 Summer Bases'.
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: Another gem pulled out of the depths is this well-known and well-loved trio from Hourglass. As of late I've especially been loving mixing the two right shades (Incandescent light and Radiant light) for a really glowy-bronzy-highlighty cheek over or under whatever more matte blush I'm sporting. On me it gives enough colour and glow to the tops of my cheekbones to skip a separate bronzer or highlighter.
  • L'Oreal Color Riche L'Ombre Pure Shadow in Matte 106 Breaking Nude: An unlikely favourite - I picked this up for no reason other than to complete a 3-for-2 deal at Boots! It's a matte (but somehow not flat!?) cool-toned taupey brown, in the most beautiful and easy to work with buttery pressed formulation. I've been using it almost daily as part of my monochrome taupe eye look.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Review & Swatches: Burberry Light Glow Blush in 'Peony' & Eyeshadow Silk in 'Nude'

I mentioned in my inaugural Burberry haul a couple weeks back that I may have made a cheeky addition while tipsy. Luckily for my wallet the purchase was made using my Boots points, so using girly maths, I got both of these gorgeous bits for free. (Can we just take a moment to say how fab it is that Burberry Beauty is now available at Boots?!). Ok, moving on.

L-R: Burberry light glow blush in 'Peony' and eyeshadow silk in 'Nude' [artificial/natural light]
First up is Burberry Light Glow Blush in Peony, a light cool-toned 'true' pink. I always forget how much this sort of shade suits me but upon first application I fell in love with this blush. It's smooth, velvety, and surprisingly pigmented. It added the most beautiful fresh pinch of colour to my cheeks in a very brightening and flattering way. Even though the colour is light, a light hand is needed lest you want to look like Aunt Betty. That said, this is amongst the lightest and coolest shades in the burberry lineup - I think darker skins would be better suited to some of their other shades, but on me this is an immediate favourite.

Next up is one of Burberry's newly re-formulated Wet & Dry Eye Colour 'Glow' Shadows in 'Nude'. The name is a bit of a misnomer in my opinion - the colour is much more of a bronzy taupe than a 'nude' shade. Nonetheless it is stunning. It's a finely milled powder but with a fairly metallic and light reflective finish. It need not be used wet but I did try it and it looked amazing patted on the lids, and worked wonders for longevity when worn in this way.

I think both of these shades are 'dupable' and I'm planning a post on that soon. Regardless though, the textures, finishes and quality of all the Burberry products I've tried so far really make makeup application a true pleasure. I'd much rather have a well curated collection of products like these than a proliferation of lesser alternatives. Alongside Charlotte Tilbury which reigns supreme, Burberry Beauty has quickly become a favourite makeup brand.