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Saturday, 26 March 2016

Swatch and Review: Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shine Lipstick (130 Innocent)

I recently treated myself to a new lippy from Estee Lauder. It is from the Pure Colour Envy Shine range and I got shade 130 'Innocent'. Firstly, I just love the colour. On my lips, it is a sort of coral-nude shade which will be a beautiful everyday sort of shade during Spring and Summer.

Secondly, I love the packaging. Estee Lauder is obviously not the cheapest of brands but the case feels expensive, which makes it feel like a lovely treat. It has a nice weight to it and the cap has a very satisfying magnetised click when you're closing it. The navy and gold case is also really classy looking in my opinion.

Thirdly, I love the texture of this lipstick. It is super creamy and very pigmented so you don't need a lot at all. Lipsticks with a more shiny finish are often very sheer but that isn't the case here. It has a nice shine to it on the lips without being overly glossy. I feel like my lips look a bit more plump and it seems to glide over the lines in your lips and smooth them out. It isn't at all drying on my lips and keeps them feeling moisturised if anything. Estee Lauder do claim that their 'time release moisture complex helps capture and seal in hydration'. 

The lipstick seems to last a couple of hours on me when worn on its own, which is fine by me. I wouldn't expect it to last all day when it is such a creamy texture. You could wear a lip liner for longer lasting colour but personally I don't really like the look of lip liner on me day to day. I really only use them for evenings out or if I'm wearing a bold shade.

I can't say enough good things about this lipstick, it really is good quality which makes the higher price point a bit more worth it. I find with some higher end lipsticks that they're really not much better than much cheaper ones but this feels like a little bit of luxury. I'd love to try another shade and the original Pure Color Envy lipsticks, too.

You can find the Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy Shine lipsticks via Boots here, Feel Unique here (with free P&P) or anywhere else that stocks Estee Lauder.

Have you tried these lipsticks? What do you think?

Em x

Sunday, 20 March 2016

My New Blush and Contour Brush

I've never tried any of the makeup brushes from the 'B' range at Superdrug (although I have tried a couple of skincare things from the brand). I recently decided that an angled blush/ contour brush was something that was missing from my brush collection and I came across this one in Superdrug.

I like to use this brush to apply my day to day contour/ bronzer rather than the smaller, more precise brushes I like to use when I want a more chiseled look. On an everyday basis, I like to add a matte, very brown toned (As opposed to orange toned!) bronzer to sculpt my face and for that I need a medium sized brush that will be precise enough but won't apply the product in a way that is too strong and concentrated. The B. blusher and contour brush is working for that perfectly and it has soft taklon bristles. It also feels like great quality for the price and I would definitely like to try some more brushes from the line.

You can find the B. Blusher and Contour brush for £8.99 here, where it is currently on buy one get one half price.

What do you think? Have you tried any brushes from this range?

Em x

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Nail Polish Shopping

I recently placed an order with Fragrance Direct, which started with me needing a back up of my Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm as I have used quite a bit of my current pot. However, I can't resist glittery nail polishes and also love the Maybelline Superstay line of polishes so when I saw some absolute bargains I had to have them. Here's what I picked up...

I ordered four Essie glitter polishes. Each one has a combination of chunky and smaller glitters and are just stunning. I am a total magpie where nail polishes are concerned and love a bit of glitter so these are perfect. The shades are Stroke of Brilliance (blue), A Cut Above (Pink), Rock at the Top (Gold) and Summit of Style (Copper/ Rose Gold). I actually have two of the four shades already but have almost finished them so I thought I'd pick up some new ones and try another couple of shades. 'A Cut Above' is £2.99 here and the rest are £2.49 here (all around the £8 mark in Boots).

I also ordered two shades of the Maybelline Superstay nail polish that I don't own. I say this because since discovering these, I have collected quite a number of shades. The formula is just brilliant...most of them are really opaque (I can often get away with one coat if I want to) and they are the longest lasting polishes I've found, even compared to much more expensive polishes. These are normally £4.49 in Boots, Superdrug or I can also find them at my local supermarkets. Fragrance Direct had them for just £1.25 so I picked up shades 'Golden Brown' and 'Purple Reflects'. You can find them here.

Have you tried any of these nail polishes? What do you think?

Em x

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Stila In The Light Palette Revisited

Why do I say revisited? Well, because I have just repurchased this palette and I have to say that it's not very often that happens. In fact, I think the only other palette I've ever repurchased is the Urban Decay Naked palette (the original). I actually wasn't going to replace this one, mainly because I have quite a few palettes already, but then I saw that it was half price on the Stila website and at £12.50 it was a steal (the eyeliner included is actually worth more than that!).

The palette comes in very plain outer packaging but I think the palette itself is very pretty. It is made of strong cardboard which is nice and light for travelling with (although one down side is that it might get tatty over time) and the palette is nice and compact. I like the metallic writing and stars on the front and the magnetic closure.

You can probably see from the swatches below that the pigmentation and texture of the shadows is a bit variable. Some of the shades are fabulously creamy feeling to apply. 'Gilded Gold' and 'Luster' on the bottom row seem to be the least pigmented but are still buildable. They all apply nicely over a primer, however (which I use every day anyway) and personally I think this is a great palette for work/ school etc. You can build the darker shades to create a more smokey eye but I think what this palette does best is reasonably natural eye looks.

Bare (barely visible as it almost matches my skin), Kitten, Bliss, Sunset, Sandstone
Bubbly, Gilded Gold, Luster, Night Sky, Ebony
The Smudge Stick eyeliner in shade 'Damsel' is my absolute favourite dark brown liner. The formula of the Smudge Sticks is amazingly smooth and very richly pigmented and they apply with no tugging. They glide on even easier than the Urban Decay 24/7 pencils and similar pencils if you are familiar with the texture of those. I apply it to my upper lash line and smudge it with a pencil brush to make it a bit more smokey looking as I don't like my liner to look too harsh day to day. I have enough time to smudge it out but it then sets to a long lasting finish.

Overall, I like this palette for everyday make up. It's not really one I'd reach for if I wanted to do something more dramatic. As I say, you can build it up, but I would personally reach for something more pigmented for that purpose instead. I would recommend it if you're looking for a nice everyday palette of neutrals and it works out to be good value when you can consider that you're getting 10 shades plus a liner that has a value of £14.50. I think it says a lot that I used up pretty much the entire palette and ended up repurchasing it!

Although not £12.50 any more, the palette is still on sale at £17.50 (down from £25) on the Stila website here.

Have you tried the Stila In the Light Palette? What do you think?

Em x

Sunday, 6 March 2016

February Beauty Favourites

Before I start, I will say that I have still been enjoying using the things I mentioned in my January Beauty Favourites. I won't go over those again but here are the other bits I've particularly been enjoying...

GOSH Velvet Touch Primer and Setting Powder isn't something I particularly enjoyed when I bought it because I tried using it as a primer and wasn't keen (interesting concept to use a powder as a primer but it didn't do much for me). Most days I use the Rimmel Stay Matte powder to set my foundation but I find that it's so matte that if I use it to set my under eye concealer, it is a bit too dry and emphasizes lines (I have lines under my eyes that are part of my eye shape and have always been there rather than being age related). I went through a couple of pots of the Bourjois Rice Powder for that purpose but I caught sight of myself in sunlight a couple of weeks back and it looked a little shimmery/ sparkly. So I pulled the GOSH one out in the hopes it would work well for setting concealer and yes it does! It sets everything and makes my under eye area look nice and smooth. Find it via Superdrug here.

Stila Smudge Stick Eye Liners in Damsel and Gilded didn't leave my everyday makeup bag in February. I just love the formula and shades. The liners are super smooth and smudgeable/ blendable but set down to a long lasting finish. Damsel is the perfect dark brown that is my preferred shade for lining my upper lash liner. Unfortunately, Stila only seem to sell this shade in sets and not on its own (please sort it out, Stila!). Gilded is a gorgeous gold/ bronze shade that I love to use underneath my eye and blend out with a pencil brush for some very subtle definition. This one's a permanent shade that you can find on the Stila website here.

I did mention Makeup Geek Shadows last month but I have since been back and bought more shades so I now have 9 in a small Z palette. I am just as impressed with the rest of the shades as the first four I bought (see my full review here).

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo is something I picked up a couple of months ago but I like to give skincare a good test before I mention it on the blog. I have been enjoying using this as a night time moisturiser since I have skin that is on the oily side and can be prone to blemishes. I don't use it every night because I vary my night time routine slightly depending on how my skin is feeling but I think this is a great product for if you are feeling a bit spotty or for helping to keep skin clear in general. For me, it is moisturising enough that I can use this without a moisturiser. Find it via Boots here.

Maybelline SuperStay 3D Gel Effect Plumping Top Coat (bit of a mouthful there!) has been on my nails all month. I absolutely love the Superstay nail polishes so thought I'd give the top coat a try and it goes really well with the polishes, making them last even longer. It's also super shiny and really does give a gel effect (I have been asked a lot recently if I have gel polish on). It is currently on 3 for 2 at Superdrug here.

Did you have any favourite beauty products during February?

Em x

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Bubble T Bath and Body

The Bubble T bath and body range is something I saw in Superdrug a while back. I opened the cap of the shower gel to smell the scent because a Summer fruits tea scent sounded intriguing! I thought at the time that it literally smelled like a really juicy, yummy Summer drink but didn't buy anything from the range because in all honesty, I just didn't need anything. I had them in the back of mind though because the scent is just amazing!

Fast forward a couple of months and I was browsing the website when I noticed that they had an online only offer were you could get the three products you see above for £6 (ordinarily £12.99 for all three). I decided to try them out and there was actually no point in buying just the one item because 1 of the items is £6 on its own.

The bath fizzies are like mini bath bombs. Personally, I use two in a bath to get a stronger scent but you could just use one if you prefer. There are 10 in a pack and they are £6 here.

The bath and shower jelly is really quite a strange sort of product. It literally is like a jelly that you have to scoop out a bit of to use it. Oddly, it slowly levels itself out again once you have disturbed the surface. It's sort of fun! My preferred way to use it is to scoop a bit out and hold it under a running tap to use it as a bubble bath.The bath and shower jelly is £4 here.

The body spray is something I can see myself carrying round in my bag in the warmer months because it is in a plastic bottle and isn't too big (100ml) and the scent is so refreshing! I'm not generally one for body sprays, preferring to wear perfume, but I could imagine it being so lovely to freshen up with in hot and sticky weather. It would therefore be great for taking on holiday if you don't want to wear a heavy scent. It's also a bargainous £2.99 here.

You can find the full Bubble T range here and the £6 bundle with the 3 products is still currently available. Have you tried anything from the brand? What do you think?

Em x