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Monday 21 October 2013

Autumn Trend: Vampy Lips

Hi all!

I've noticed that a lot of brands have bought out what I would call "vampy" colors this month in terms of lip colour, and I've seen the look featured on the cover of many magazines. I found a few "vampy" lipsticks that I own and thought I would share them with you. 

There are some plum colours, some red and some slightly more brown tones. Admittedly, some of these colours are very bold, and can be slightly intimidating on paler skin tones. However if you keep your cheeks and eyes natural or neutral when wearing these bold lips, the look will be much more manageable and gorgeous.

1. Rimmel Kate Moss - 04
This colour is so dark and gothic, which I love. I think this colour looks nicest when you're wearing a mainly black outfit because it is such a brave colour to wear and the purple tones make it hard to match with a lot of outfits.

2. NYC - Velvet Wine
I recently rediscovered this lipstick because it was in the bottom of my lipstick box and hasn't been touched since last winter! To me, it is very similar to MAC Dark Side (featured below) but more on the burgundy side. This lipstick is only something like £1.99 which is amazing considering it is so pigmented.

3. MAC - Dark Side
One of my favourite MAC lipsticks for sure! Its a gorgeous purple/red tone and reminds me of blackcurrants. Obviously this is on the higher end of the price scale at £15 - although the wear of this is much longer than the others in this post, and it is much more creamy and smooth to apply to the lips.

4. LA Colours - Matte Berry Ice 
In this picture my lips look really pale red but this lipstick is a dark pinky-red. Its a sort of "just bitten" look with a glossy layer over the top. Not as vampy as the other colours but still gorgeous for Autumn, and only £1!

5. YSL - Legendary Mocha
This colour is a dark brown that I would consider more appropriate for daytime wear. The YSL Lipsticks have such a glossy formula and I love this one - however it's not actually mine, oops. It's my mums but I love it! Its so smooth to apply and you don't need gloss or vaseline over the top!

Swatch time!

With a flash...

For me, dark colours are the way to go for autumn/winter. My skin is a medium to dark tone and therefore wearing pale colours doesn't suit me too well. 
Have you guys got any favourite dark berry colours to wear on your lips in Autumn/Winter?

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Monday 14 October 2013

Glossybox: October 2013

 Hello everyone!

I just got in from Sixth Form and guess what was waiting for me? My October Glossybox!
I was so excited to open this considering the theme was Dark Romance, and I was expecting dark burgundy nail polish and berry lipstick, but no. 

I'm not going to lie, this month was a bit of a disappointment. I don't quite understand how any of these products, except the Cheek and Lip Tint, relate to the theme. 

Anyway, the box contained MeMeMe Cherubs Blush, which is a dupe of the Benefit 'Benetint'. Incidently I have never tried the Benetint. Initially, this product just didn't appeal to me. the consistency is horrible and thin, and to me it just looked like a nail polish. However, I did swatch it on my hand, and then rub it in, and I can see why people love it. Its so light and works into the skin very easily. I think it will look better on my lips than my cheeks but still, I do love it! It retails for £5.50.

One layer - comes out very light pink
The next product that I picked out was the sample of the Katy Perry Killer Queen perfume. This is described as a 'Floriental' scent, and I would describe it as a mature floral scent with a few fruity tones. I find that most celebrity perfumes smell very cheap and young, however this one is a lot more mature and I would say it is suitable for older women. It retails at approximately £29.50 for 50ml.

The third product I pulled out was the Premae Multi-Vit Smoothie Serum. Premae is a brand that produces products that are kind to the skin, and this serum is aimed at people with combination skin. It helps to soothe redness and moisturize and hydrate the skin, but also reducing shine.

 It can be applied in a number of ways -to the skin before makeup, just as a regular morning and evening serum, or it can be mixed with your foundation. I think I will probably use this in the morning and evening to test out how well it works before I buy the full size product. I will do a thorough review on this product once I have finished it because it sounds like the perfect thing for my skin. The full size product is 50ml and retails at £22.50.

Second to last was this Monu Illuminating Primer. Now, in a previous Glossybox I received a face mask from Monu and I really enjoyed using it, so I have high hopes for this primer. You can use this a regular primer under makeup, as a tinted moisturizer or simply on its own. I love the packaging for this, I mean, it's so plain but it just looks so cute and reminds me of the old L'oreal kids shampoos!
It retails at £22 on for 50ml.

Lastly, was these "Broadway Nails" by imPress. Now, I was not "imPressed" by these at all! I hate fake nails and I never ever wear them because my nails are fairly long anyway. These will probably go to a lovely friend if they're willing to pay me for them - or I might do a stingy giveaway or something because these are actually meant to be really good. I have heard good things from my best friend about these false nails, however they're just not for me. These are £7.99 and you can buy them in Boots!

If you guys want any full reviews on any of these products then please let me know in the comments below! Don't forget to follow on Bloglovin' and Google+ Friend Connect which you can find at the side. 


Friday 4 October 2013

Barry M Gelly Collection

Hey readers!

I realise I haven't posted anything about nails and nail polish in a very long time, so I thought I would share with you my collection of Barry M Gelly polishes. 

These are my ultimate favourite nail varnish formulas at the moment because they're so thick and shiny. I have now got 6 more to get till I have completed the whole set - and I aim to have this done by Christmas (if my bank balance allows me to haha).

I have to say, considering these are only £3.99 each - they stay on so well and don't chip easily. For me this is a must as my job involves opening boxes and stuff so my nails often get ruined. I love that they are so shiny, and therefore don't necessarily require a top coat. When I use these polishes to do my nails if I'm going out, I often will apply a top coat. But if I'm simply doing them before bed I won't bother because it adds to the drying time - and no one wants "sheet nails". I think I may have to invest in a Seche Vite Top Coat.  


The only downside that I can think of is that they can take a while to dry if you apply two coats. However, if you apply thin coats then they will dry a lot quicker, or you could even invest in some Elegant Touch Rapid Dry Spray which I absolutely love as it makes your nails touch-dry in seconds. 

Literally guys, go out and buy these polishes!!

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