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.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Kiko sale purchases: Active Fluo lipstick & lipliner

Arthur Arbesser Active Fluo Neon Lip & Body Pencil and Neon Lipstick in Stronger Coral
I knew Kiko sale was on for a little while, however did not manage to order anything when it started online. I thought it is best to go in and swatch the products before buying anyway (I almost always search for swatches online, but sometimes they are hard to find for limited edition products). Unfortunately, the wasn't much choice in store - gutted!
What I did manage to pick was Arthur Arbesser Active Fluo Neon Lip & Body Pencil and Neon Lipstick in Stronger Coral. The lipstick did stand out for me from the rest - it is so bright!
What I am really impressed with is the lip liner! It stayed on till lunch time no problem (that's 5 hours since putting it on) - didn't budge or smudge at all (I've been drinking lots of water today - still no smudging!). It was really hard to remove from my lips after the food - I think it would have stayed on all day if it had to! 
Arthur Arbesser Active Fluo Neon Lip & Body Pencil and Neon Lipstick in Stronger Coral

Arthur Arbesser Active Fluo Neon Lip & Body Pencil and Neon Lipstick in Stronger Coral
Arthur Arbesser Active Fluo Neon Lip & Body Pencil and Neon Lipstick in Stronger Coral

The lipstick is not so long lasting however together with the lip liner they are a reliable set. The only downside is the dryness. When lip products are long lasting, they tend to be more matte and with that you get less moisture... you get the picture. So if you don't like feeling of dry lips I would probably look elsewhere. 
Overall, Arthur Arbesser Active Fluo Neon Lip & Body Pencil and Neon Lipstick in Stronger Coral is a nice set however it would not be my first choice when it comes to lip products due to the fact they are both so drying!
Also, the neon range products are supposed to be fluorescent when exposed to UV light - this is something I haven't tried yet! Let me know if you have? Love, A x

Sunday, 16 July 2017

New In: NYX Professional Makeup lingerie shadow palette

NYX Professional Makeup lingerie shadow palette
 I've been lusting after this palette for a few weeks now and today I decided enough is enough and finally snapped it up (yeey!). I own two of their Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks so it was only natural I would go for the Lingerie eyeshadow range. And I am glad that I did. The shades are pigmented, soft and buttery- can't wait to actually use them in the morning! I love all the colours! There was some fall out when swatching though - but it might be due to the fact I was using my fingers to swatch! I'll report back on their blending quality, ease of use and longevity -  I will leave a little update here. Edit: I can report back and now say that this palette is truly gorgeous and it does not fall out as much when used with brushes. The shades blend beautifully and they are so versatile. As much as staying power goes, the eyeshadow was still intact after 8 hours - bare in mind I use a Wet'n'Wild primer underneath to help prolong the longevity. Overall a really good purchase!

NYX Professional Makeup lingerie shadow palette

NYX Professional Makeup lingerie shadow palette

NYX Professional Makeup lingerie shadow palette
What do you think? Do you own this palette already? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Paul & Joe 2016 Autumn Creation: Cheek Colour in 102 Chill in the Air and 106 Petite Promenade

Paul & Joe 2016 Autumn Creation: Cheek Colour in 102 Chill in the Air and 106 Petite Promenade
Eek!.. So excited to get these... Cats on the outside, cats inside... Ahh.. Dream come true!...

Paul & Joe 2016 Autumn Creation: Cheek Colour in 102 Chill in the Air

Chill in the Air is a lovely, peachy, pinky shade with little golden pearls that will look great on any complexion. Great end-of-summer shade. It contains a little, tiny particles of glitter.
Petite Promenade is a mauve shade of pink with little golden pearls. Again, it does contain glitter but its not overwhelming. Also pretty.


Paul & Joe 2016 Autumn Creation: Cheek Colour in 102 Chill in the Air and 106 Petite Promenade

Please, can we all just take a couple of minutes and simply admire the boxes AND cat shaped pearls inside the product?... The packaging looks adorable - same as usual for Paul & Joe brand but cats inside the product is an extra bonus haha! Love it! The puff inside is incredibly soft and easy to use. You are supposed to swirl the puff inside the box and then simply apply to your cheeks... I won't bring myself to use this pretty puff and just going to stick to my blush brush! READ MORE

Sunday, 15 November 2015

H&M beauty haul: Sneak Peak + Swatches

H&M beauty haul
Eeek! I finally got my hands on the new beauty range from H&M! How exciting! If I could I would literally buy every single thing from the collection but... let's be honest. Unless I win a lottery it is not gonna happen lol. So I decided to get some... (yeah, no surprise there!) lipsticks, a couple of eyshadows and blushers.
Clockwise L to R: H&M lipstick in Purple Reign, Orchidding Me, Candy Apple. H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blusher in Imperial Red, H&M Pure Velvet Cream Blusher in Peachy Rose, H&M Eye Colour in Robusta & Eye Colour in Arabica
H&M Beauty Haul
(Left) H&M Eye Colour in Arabica & Robusta (Right) H&M lipstick in Candy Apple, Purple Reign & Orchidding Me. Top: H&M Blusher in Imperial Red & Peachy Rose (bottom one)
So far, I have been using Eye Colours and I can report that they are amazing! All products have creamy and buttery like texures and are very pigmented as you can see on the photo! I will post full reviews soon - but I hope you enjoyed this little preview :) Love, A.xx

Friday, 13 November 2015

Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Home Candle - luxury home accessories


Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Home Candle
When I first smelled Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Home Candle I didn't really like it. I thought it was a little too spicy and the smell was too masculine. But the more candles I tried the more I liked it - the smell somehow stood out from the rest :-) So after smelling almost all of the candles I decided to go with the best selling one, which is Pomegranate Noir and... oh boy, do I like it? I loove it!
Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir Home Candle
Once lit, the smell isn't overpowering or too delicate - it smells just right :) it actually reminds me of a beautiful spa (why - I have no idea). But a spa smell feels like I can relax and have some "me" time :)
The candle is £42 but is it worth it? As an occasional treat I would say yes. Will I be treating myself to another one any time soon? Probably not. I have been using great alternatives such as Dorma candles (Dunelm Mill, £7.99-£13.99) and Next (£10) and I would definitely recommend checking them out before you spurlge your hard earned pennies on any expensive candle. Love, A. Xxx

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Birthday Treat: Nars Audacious Lipstick in Kelly and Lana

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Kelly (L) and Lana (R)
Oh my!... How long I have been thinking about getting these lippies!... too long lol. I fell in love with Nars Audacious lipsticks when I went to Sephora in Paris and swatched some (or all of them..oops!) of the shades... I was so impressed. Although at that time I couldn't bear spending £24 on a lipstick that isn't a Chanel one. Then finally after 4 months I decided this is time to treat myself (it was also my birthday, haha)! After VERY careful consideration (so much choice) I decided to get shades Kelly and Lana.

Nars Audacious lipstick in Kelly is coral shade of pink (very wearable, shade that would suit anyone)

Nars Audacious lipstick in Lana is a bright, orange shade of red.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Kelly and Lana
Nars Audacious Lipstick in Kelly (R) and Lana (L)
The packaging feels luxurious and looks high end.

Both have extremely creamy consistency, they are very easy and comfortable to apply. They are very pigmented and only one swipe is enough for opaque coverage. They last me full 5 hours from when I leave the house to my lunch although they do tend to loose the creamy sheen that you get when you first apply it. Overall, they are very, very good and I would definitely recommend it. So, if you feel like treating yourself... Nars Audacious lipstick could be your answer ;-) Love, A xx
Nars Audacious Lipstick in Kelly (L) and Lana (R)