Thursday, 28 July 2016

KAT VON D EVERLASTING LIQUID LIPSTICK


Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade 'Poison Apple'. Link here

I've recently returned from dancing the night away at Benicassim festival, which was amazing to say the least. There's something about waking up in a ridiculously hot tent and sharing a communal makeshift shower every morning that you can't help but love, especially when it means you get to see your favourite bands live (shoutout to muse and biffy clyro). After the first leg of our holiday, we were on our way to Barcelona for a further four days and naturally, the thought of a comfy hotel bed and an actual toilet were the forgotten luxuries I was dreaming after. In the midst of my daydreaming, I completely forgot that Barcelona is one of the best cities for shopping, even the Zara flagship store flew from my brain. Luckily, Benicassim was a ridiculously cheap festival and it left me with plenty of euros to shop till I drop with and given that it was going to be my first experience of a Sephora, I made sure I had more than enough to part with.

Honestly, I was a tad underwhelmed at Barcelona's Sephora. I feel like my expectations were way too high as I assumed there was going to be endless amounts of brands to choose from, but realistically it was pretty small and pretty basic. I've heard so many things about Sephora's branded makeup, but since I was already in a sulk, the busy crowds of people hovering over the Sephora section didn't appeal to me (which I instantly regret now I'm back home, sigh). Doom and gloom aside, my sadness lifted when I spotted the Kat Von D counter and my poor hands were swatched to pieces. An assistant must of spotted my excitement as she came over and offered to do a full look for me, which was incredible to say the least. I wish I had my camera to show you my makeover, but I didn't want to risk bringing anything expensive with me at the festival so I had to make do when I was in Barcelona.

The items I fell in love with the most were definitely the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, but honestly, I have a list as long as my arm with Kat Von D products I need to buy. I decided to be reasonably sensible and purchased a single shade for the time being, which is the shade 'Poison Apple'. The name is more than fitting as the minute I tried this colour on, I instantly felt like Snow White and needed to purchase it. This lipstick reminds me so much of Mac's 'Ruby Woo' but the finish is so much better.



These images are taken with my iPhone and are completely unedited because I wanted to show just how pigmented this lipstick is. The longevity is great, my boyfriend loves it because he can give me a peck without getting lipstick all over his chops. It's almost too good, because it's quite a pain to get off! The only downside to this lipstick is that it can get pretty tacky. I'd suggest getting a similar shade liner to line the lips before use because liquid lipsticks are really difficult to get even and the more I applied to try and get my line right, the stickier the lipstick became.

Kat also released the most loved shades in a standard lipstick line which are the 'Studded Kiss Lipsticks' (the packaging is beaut too). So I will definitely try these in the future too as I usually prefer a normal lipstick, but this item was too good to go amiss! As far as first impressions go, I love this brand and I can't wait to get my hands on some more products from Kat.. especially the infamous Lock it concealer. This experience has left me wanting to buy more and slightly disappointed at how difficult it is to get hold of here in the UK. Have you tried anything from Kat Von D before? What are your favourite products? thanks for reading! 

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

SPECTRUM COLLECTIONS / THE ESSENTIAL BRUSHES*





I don't know about you lot, but when I find brushes that are this pretty the girly girl within me can't help but get a little excited. Arriving home from Barcelona to an exciting parcel from Spectrum collections was a great welcome home surprise. Spectrum are a brand I've seen a lot on social media yet never felt the need to try as I'm super set in my ways when I find something that suits me, I don't tend to budge. Real Techniques have been my go to for my makeup tools for a long time, yet when Spectrum offered to send me this set I couldn't resist and I'm so happy I stepped out of my comfort zone to give these babies a try. 

This is the 10 piece essentials set, which includes the basics you need to create an everyday face (as you can see by the flat top buffer brush, I was keen enough to test this one out before I even photographed!). First impressions were great, they're colourful enough to satisfy my instagrammable needs and the design and quality is amazing. The bristles felt super soft and didn't feel an ounce flimsy or cheap which is a must when it comes to makeup brushes as nobody wants that dreaded hairy face. The brushes are made from the highest quality of synthetic hair and are completely cruelty free which is another factor I love about this brand. A PETA registered brand always gets a thumbs up from little animal lover me. Upon reading some reviews of these brushes they seem really easy to clean too which is a huge relief as there is nothing worse than finding the perfect brushes yet watching all the bristles come away the minute you try to give them a clean.

This set in particular consists of:
B01 - Flat Top Buffer 
A01 - Large Domed Powder
A05 - Small Angled Blush
B03 - Buffing Concealer
A06 - Large Fluffy Shader
B06 - Tall Tapered Blender
B04 - Small Angled Blender
A17 - Angled Brow
A15 - Lip Liner
A09 - Angled Eyeliner
I much prefer blending and applying my makeup with these brushes as I've found it gives such a flawless finish to my everyday makeup routine and it's a huge difference to what I'm used too. Given that these brushes are on sale at the moment for a mere £34.99 (that's £3.49 a brush!) they are super affordable, you can sometimes pay around £12-13 for a basic brush at Real Techniques. I simply cannot recommend this brand enough, they are definitely worthy of a place on my dressing table from now on, I'm a massive spectrum convert.
Thanks so much to the lovely PR team over at Spectrum who sent these brushes out for me to try, I'm hooked. You can view this collection by following this link here. Have any of you tried any Spectrum brushes before? What did you think? Thanks for reading! 

Monday, 4 July 2016

CHARLOTTE TILBURYS HOT LIPS


#LIPSTICKCONFIDENCE

The minute my phone pinged for a new email notification from Charlotte Tilbury, I knew I had to bag myself a new lippy. Instead of going crazy like I usually do and buying too many and spending god knows what, I decided to only order one, just so I can check that the lipsticks work for little old me before I purchase more. Because to be honest, the whole Hot Lips range is right up my street. As you can probably guess, the lipsticks are named after iconic women in the industry and feature 12 brand signature colours which were created in collaboration with the ladies they are named after, including; Kidman's Kiss, Super Cindy and even Kim K even got one.

Since we're well into summer I made an effort to pull myself away from the nude shades and went for a brighter colour.. (although, I'll definitely be buying Very Victoria pretty soon!). This shade is the 'Hot Emily' shade, inspired by the beaut Emily Ratajowski, I have similar dark features so I didn't bother going to stores and swatching as I knew I'd love it. For someone who always tries to find the best cheap alternatives for lipsticks, I'll admit £23 made me die inside a little. However after testing my lippy I do believe every single penny is worth it. Quality aside, even the packaging is gorgeous and I really admire the detail, especially the little etched kiss mark in the lipstick. As if that wasn't enough, this particular range donates a pound from every lipstick sold to Women For Women International.. if that doesn't justify a splurge I don't know what will.


LTR: Maybelline Colour Sensational in Electric Orange / Hot Lips in Hot Emily / Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in In Love With Ginger

The lipstick is described as an incredible coral colour, so I felt it would be best to swatch the lipstick in-between an orange and bright coral lipstick to show it's true shade. The lipstick itself is a square, angled tip which mimics the shape of a lip brush and makes it effortlessly easy to apply to them awkward inner lip angles. In the description of the lipstick, it claims the lipstick is enriched with a 'secret antioxidant' which creates full-bodied, lasting impression lips and I completely agree. With some brighter lipsticks I've tried in the past with application, the colour is lost the minute you apply and takes a few coats to get that bright shade through; however with this lipstick it's instant and the longevity is great. I wore this all day yesterday and it barely budged which I love! absolutely nothing worse than having to go to the bathroom and top up your lipstick all day.

Overall, I love the new Hot Lips collection and I can't wait to try a few more shades as the range is so complex I love almost every colour, I'm so impressed by the pigment and a long lasting lipstick is a lipstick you need to grab hold of with both hands and never let go! Have any of you grabbed one yet? if you haven't - go treat yo lips! 

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