Tuesday, 12 September 2017

RIMMEL STAY MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK REVIEW AND SWATCHES - LATTE TO GO, MOCA, PLUM THIS SHOW AND PITCH BLACK.


I saw the advert for this all over my Facebook page, and knew I had to give them a shot. I popped into my local Boots and picked up Latte To Go and Moca for buy one get one half price and loved them so much that I knew I had to go and grab another two shades. This is then where Plum This Show and Pitch Black came in. I have a lot to say about these guys, so let's get stuck in!
Moca, Latte To Go, Plum This Show and Pitch Black.

So as I previously said, I picked up Latte To Go and Moca first and I kid you not, I fell in love. This is hands down one of the best matte lipstick formula I have found on the high street - For nude shades. These two shades applied beautifully from the tube with easy application and an opaque, matte finish. The nudes stayed on all day with no need for any touch ups. These didn't bleed, didn't flake and most importantly, did what it suggested it would - Waterproof, kiss proof and touch proof. They didn't leave any marks on my countless cups of tea which left the person cleaning my cups at work happy as my lipstick usually gets everywhere. 
Even with that high praise, I can't say the same for Plum This Show and Pitch Black. Plum This Show wasn't terrible, it was just hard to get even. Because the texture is so light and whipped, it takes a lot of time to get the rich plum shade opaque with no streaks. The colour is absolutely beautiful and because of that I don't mind giving it that extra couple of minutes to get it to look nice, but it does take time and if you're inexperienced with liquid lips I would give this one a miss. It's such a shame as once it's on the lips it doesn't bleed or transfer, and I can kiss my boyfriend with no red left behind. 
Pitch Black was honestly a huge fail. I really don't like saying completely bad things about a product but this shade really let the team down. It was streaky beyond belief, and the swatch on my lips below is after a long time building the layers up and hoping I could get a flawless finish. The photo below is about as good as I could get it, but it was so thick and weird that it just wasn't cute. You can see in the swatch above that it's a little streaky and isn't really black enough to be called 'Pitch Black'. Unfortunately I will not be reaching for this at all and the only time I can see myself using is it to darken any of the Stay Matte Liquid Lipsticks or create an ombre, but I wont be wearing it on its own at all. That said, Latte to Go and Moca are two incredible shades and really are faultless - so if you are a nude lipstick lover I urge you to check those shades out, they're beautiful!
Latte To Go.
Moca.
Plum This Show.
Pitch Black.

As I said, if you're a nude lover please check out the nude range, you wont be disappointed! I want to try a few more shades that are darker to see if there are any dark shades that are a little less streaky, so watch this space for that!

Grab these from Boots for £5.99 and include
them in your 3 for 2 offer here.
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Saturday, 26 August 2017

KAT VON D PASTEL GOTH PALETTE - REVIEW AND SWATCHES

When I stepped into Debenhams in London with a friend a week a go, I had no idea I was going to be returning to Norwich with one of the most beautiful palettes I've seen. I hadn't used or seen anything from Kat Von D in the flesh, so when I saw this in the corner of my eye I had to swatch it. Kayleigh and I oohed and aahed over the pigmentation and I knew I had to have it. When I asked if it was limited and how much it was, I had to have it at the affordable £32 price tag knowing that I wouldn't be able to get it online. I knew if I had gone home without it, I would've regretted it. To give myself another excuse to buy it, I realised I don't have any pastel matte shades, so this would fill a gap in my growing palette collection.
The packaging is so stunning. All her products are uniform and looked gorgeous on the shelves, and knowing that Kat Von D puts so much thought into each product design gives me extra respect for her and extra love for the palette. I love the rainbow ombre text at the front and how the colours are laid out in the pan. Usually with palettes I would have a couple of favourites and possibly a few I'm not that bothered about, but every shade in this palette is strong and I adore them all.
Star, Clementine, Meow & Dope.
Doom, Gloom, Dagger & Skull.

As you can see, these swatch like a dream. They're insanely pigmented and the colour is popping! The formula is on the powdery side, but I don't say that as a negative as that's usually the case with mattes, and these apply smoothly and blend out so easily. Not only do they perform well, I've honestly never seen a palette like it. Each colour seems unique and I know that this is an investment and an extension to my palette collection. I'm guilty of sticking to the same palettes (Naked palettes I'm looking at you), but even though they're beautiful, they're not quite as unique as this. As you can see below the shades blend beautifully together, and they're soft enough to create a barely there pastel look, but also pigmented enough to pack on and create an impact. 
Unfortunately I am struggling to find a decent place to purchase this in the UK online, but as I only bought it a week ago in the Oxford Street Debenhams, I would say that's the place to get it. For £32, this is a steal. If you love pastel shades or simply want to jazz up your collection, grab this if you're passing - You wont regret it.

Grab this from the Oxford Street
Debenhams Kat Von D counter for £32.
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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

SLEEK DISTORTED DREAMS HIGHLIGHTING PALETTE

When I first saw this, I HAD to have it. There was no way I was going to let this out of my sight. I picked this up from Boots, but I can only find it available online at Superdrug, so grab this here while you can for £11.
I had seen this on Trendmood (If you don't follow her on Instagram what are you doing?) and knew I had to have it when it was released in stores. I don't think it was available for very long, maybe a month or so, so can only assume that it was incredibly popular. I'm already a huge fan of their highlighters, especially their Solstice Highlighting Palette which I reviewed almost a year ago. I've hit pan on that palette now, but I've moved that aside for a hot minute to make way for this beautiful palette.
Sleek describes this highlighting palette has a mixture of creams and powders with holographic and reflective pigments. This palette has three creams and two powders, but I wouldn't describe this palette as holographic. It has a iridescent glow that really makes your skin look like it's glowing, almost radioactive looking. I adore that there are three creams in here. I softly apply them with a beauty blender on top of foundation to try and not disturb the foundation underneath. If I'm feeling a little extra, I'll apply the powder on top. If I don't do that, I just wear the cream or powder as is. 
Top left, top right and middle swatch.
Bottom left and bottom right swatch.

The creams and shadows are equally as pigmented, packed full of iridescent shimmer that really show up on the skin. Both creams and shadows blend beautifully well, just be aware that blending the creams over foundation can be a little difficult, so you have to be gentle and work at it. My favourite shade in the palette is the bottom left, a really pretty violet hue. The highlighters last around the 6/7 hours mark on me, fading slowly throughout the day. 
I love the ethereal glow that the shades give. It gives a bright pastel glow that isn't too 'Oh my goodness is that blue on her cheeks?', with the highlighter being very soft. I reach for this palette and the Solstice the most at the moment for highlighters. I reach for this when I want to match a glittery eye look with my cheeks, and then the Solstice palette on my more natural days. 
For anyone wanting an inexpensive interesting highlighting palette, this is the one. And also if you're wanting to jump on the iridescent and holographic wagon, I'd recommend adding this to your collection and having a play around before splurging on a more expensive palette, such as the Kat Von D palette.
You can grab this from Superdrug
for £11 online here.
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