Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Paul & Joe April in Paris 2018 Spring Creation

Hello beauties!
Every year, I buy Paul & Joe Spring Collection (spring right, in January - wishful thinking I know!)  and every year I get mesmerised by their packaging and fall a little bit more in love with Paul & Joe as a brand. The new creation is called "April in Paris" and features three new shades of lipstick, three new lipstick cases, six new face & eye colours, three new Compacts, three new nail colours and a UV lipstick. 
And this is what I bought:
Paul & Joe April in Paris 2018 Spring Creation
Paul & Joe April in Paris 2018 Spring Creation
First, we have Paul & Joe Face & Eye Color CS in French Pop. Three gorgeous face colours (mine are going to be used as blushers!) and they look like old school vinyls! So cute! The shades are: powder pink, fuchsia pink and peachy pink. The shades are really pigmented and they last for a full day on my face (with some fading after 5 hours). I feel like with every collection, Paul & Joe keeps getting better and better with their pigments! My only worry is that they are paper thin - the pigment itself is pressed on the paper inside "the vinyl" so I am not sure how long they will last for... However, there is three of them so plenty to keep me going!...
Paul & Joe April in Paris 2018 Spring Creation: Face & Eye Color in 114 French Pop
Paul & Joe April in Paris 2018 Spring Creation: Face & Eye Color in 114 French Pop
Paul & Joe April in Paris 2018 Spring Creation: Face & Eye Color in 114 French Pop

Next up, we have the compacts. If you are not familiar with Paul & Joe, they sell both of their face colours and lipstick cases separately and then you buy your pigments / lipstick shades to slot into the packaging. The compacts I purchased are 016 (Cat Faces) and 018 (Pretty Cat).
Paul & Joe April in Paris 2018 Spring Creation: Compact in 016 Cat Faces and 019 Pretty Cat (L to R) 
Paul & Joe April in Paris 2018 Spring Creation: Compact in 016 Cat Faces and 019 Pretty Cat (L to R)
I also purchased two lipstick cases to match the compacts and a lipstick in Saint-Garmain. The lipstick is a bright red in a bullet, however it's a clear / shiny finish so it has a hint of red when applied. It lasted about an hour on me before I had to re-apply. The formula is moisturising and very comfortable to wear.
Paul & Joe April in Paris 2018 Spring Creation: Case in 043 Cat Faces, 045 Pretty Cat and lipstick in 105 Saint-Germain

I also purchased two other shades of Paul & Joe lipsticks (permanent shades) to slot into my cases and I swatched them all for you:
Paul & Joe Lipstick N in 203 Petite Princess (medium finish) and 302 Rose Chinoise (full pigment)
Paul & Joe Lipstick in Saint-Germain and Lipstick N in 203 Petite Princess (medium finish) and 302 Rose Chinoise (full pigment)
Hope you enjoyed this! Let me know if there is anything else you would like to know about this collection. Love, A xx

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatches, Thoughts

Happy New Year my lovelies! First post of 2018... and what an exciting one!
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette... finally! I kid you not, I nearly peed myself a little bit when I finally was able to place an order on Beautybay (it keeps going out of stock)! I wanted it since it first launched (impossible task as it was pretty much sold out as soon as it appeared on beautybay) and then kept missing it when it was back in stock. So you can understand my excitement a little bit ha!
So is it worth your pennies?.... let's find out!
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette
Packaging: White, cardboard, magnetic, sturdy case. Not amazing but not bad either. Not sure how it will behave over time but I always prefer it when brands put the effort and quality into the actual product not the packaging.  I've seen many reviews where people didn't like it because it gets dirty but I'm like hello..? Have you ever seen Nars cases? So this baby is just fine!
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette



The product: Omg where do I start?? The palette looked soo pretty when I opened it I really didn't want to swatch it and destroy the prettiness but oh boy!... I was really, really impressed. The shades were applied to my hand without any primers and I hope you can see how intense the pigment is! All shades are so buttery and so intense! I absolutely love all the colours and I wish I could wear them all day every day! (I would probably need more than one face!) Full marks for the pigmentation!

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette: Swatches Enlight, Beam, Silk Creme, M.F.E.O., Faint, Sissy,Little Lady
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette: Creamscicle, Butter, Pooter, Pukey, Hunts, Firework, Queen
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette: Obsessed, S.B.N., Hillster, Roxanne, Jacz, Buns, Cranapple
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette: Royalty, Twerk, Hustle, Meeks, 24/7, Chip, Mocha
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette: Pool Party, Jada, Diva, Enchanted, Central Park, Soda Pop, Abyss

Ease of use: I wore Silk Creme, Pooter, Pukey, Central Park, Soda Pop and Obsessed today and all of the shades were very easy to apply and were bendable. Like you don't need to be a pro to blend out these babies (sometimes with mattes it's hard work!). The only a little bit, teeny tiny downside is that there was some fallout from the darker shades. But nothing major and to be honest, it could be the way I applied the shadows or didn't tap off the excess well enough. The shadows lasted on me for 10 hours (with primer) and they almost looked as good as new! Very impressive!

Overall: Only one word: awesome. I really do love it. I've got a feeling it will become my most used product of 2018. If you do want to buy it you can via BeautyBay (out of stock at the moment) or you can also buy it on the Morphe website (in stock). It's £37. Love, A xx

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette


Monday, 21 August 2017

Smashbox Be Legendary Triple Tone Lipstick in Sunset Ombre

Hi lovlies!

Ever wondered how beauty companies can make a lip lover (who has all the shades of lipstick you could imagine) buy more lipstick? This is how. Create 3 in 1 lipstick. Ombre lips. I mean, how can anybody resist lipstick this pretty?!

Smashbox Be Legendary Triple Tone Lipstick in Sunset Ombre
Although ombre lips isn't new thing I think Smashbox did a good job bringing back this trend. I like all the shades but loved Sunset Ombre the most.

Smashbox Be Legendary Triple Tone Lipstick in Sunset Ombre

I was a bit afraid that the application might be a bit frustrating as you need to turn the lipstick upside down to achieve ombre effect. However, I find it quite easy and I am pleased to repot that it works. The lipstick itself is quite moisturising despite being matte. Thumbs up.

Smashbox Be Legendary Triple Tone Lipstick in Sunset Ombre
Smashbox Be Legendary Triple Tone Lipstick in Sunset Ombre: swatch

In terms of lasting power it the ombre effect lasts for a couple of hours without drinking and eating, after that all colours just blend into one, which is bright blue pink (the type of pink that makes your teeth whiter).
So is it a keeper? Definitely! I want to buy more shades, can't wait to try the purple one! Love, A.x


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Dolce & Gabbana 3 L'Impératrice Eau de Toilette

Hello beauties!
Today post is a bargain alert! Dolce & Gabbana 3 L'Impératrice Eau de Toilette is on sale at Boots and it's £28.66 for 100ml! I did own this perfume before and I used it all before so I need it was a good one!
Dolce & Gabbana 3 L'Impératrice Eau de Toilette
I normally don't post reviews of perfumes because it's hard to describe fragrance and whatever I like a smell or not is personal. However I think this Dolce & Gabbana one will appeal to most of you! It's perfect for end of summer nights, it's sweet and fruity but fresh - and very addictive! Go on and have a smell yourself :) Love, A. x

Sunday, 13 August 2017

MAC Boldly Bare Lip Pencil & MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy

Hello beauties!
Last weekend my & my hubby went to York Designer Outlet and I couldn't resist popping into The Cosmetics Company Store, obvs... ;-) So I went into the MAC section and found this little beaut set... (it was about £22) - a true bargain!
The lip pencil is as Mac describes it a "dirty, red brown". It is your regular, ordinary, hard working lip pencil. I love layering lip products at the moment as I haven't been having time to top up at work except for after dinner so my lips need to stay on and look good thought the day. And this lip pencil does the job.
MAC Boldly Bare Lip Pencil & MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
MAC Boldly Bare Lip Pencil & MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
MAC Boldly Bare Lip Pencil & MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy
The lipstick in Velvet Teddy is described as a "deep tone beige". It's a matte shade but it is definitely not drying. Again, paired up with the lip pencil it stays on for a few hours before needing a touch up. This combo is definitely my favourite Monday lips set, when you need to really focus at work, not worry about lipstick on your teeth (hello red!) and look like you mean business! Love!
A, x

MAC Boldly Bare Lip Pencil & MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy


MAC Boldly Bare Lip Pencil & MAC Lipstick in Velvet Teddy

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Clearance alert! Yes to Tomatoes Charcoal Paper Mask


Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask
Hi lovlies!
Just to let you know, Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask is on sale in Boots in store only. It's £2.99 on the Boots website here http://bit.ly/2usMHjX however it's 75p in store! I bought... all I could find. I had it before and really liked the way it worked  - it makes my skin feel refreshed and really moisturised. It does feel a bit tingly at first but after the tinging goes away it feels really nice on the skin. I use it once a week or more if required - it keeps my skin feel smooth and calm.
75p is such a bargain & I am so happy I've got a back up for the next few weeks :)
Love, A. x

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Smashbox Be Legendary Power Pout Set

Lipstick set? Yes please! I saw it first online on Boots website and I knew it had to be mine! I am obsessed with lipsticks (as some of you may already know) so any opportunity to buy more than one - I am there! I knew they are good quality lipsticks, as always I looked as swatches online before I decided to purchase. 

Smashbox Be Legendary Power Pout Set: Audition, Famous, Stylist, Bing and Screen Queen.

The full size lipstick included in this set is called Audition (cream) and it's a lovely pinky nude - your perfect everyday nude, for sure. I know I will be using this one a lot. It's moisturising and feels nice on the lips. It's easy to apply no liner required however if you do want it to last a little bit longer I would definitely add one. 

Smashbox Be Legendary Power Pout Set: Audition, Famous, Stylist, Bing and Screen Queen.
Smashbox Be Legendary Power Pout Set: Audition, Famous, Stylist, Bing and Screen Queen.
Another cream lipstick in this set is Famous. Again, it's comfortable and moisturising however it's a little bit too peachy for my skin tone. But, I am sure it will look just as nice as Audition providing it will be paired with the right lip liner :)
The other three lipsticks are matte ones: Stylist, Bing and Screen Queen. Stylist is a gorgeous pinky coral shade, Bing is tomato red and Screen Queen is wine red. All intense and very pigmented colours. They stay on for ever and don't move. Happy happy happy :)
Love, A. x
Smashbox Be Legendary Power Pout Set: Audition, Famous, Stylist, Bing and Screen Queen.