Update

Hello, it’s been so long since my last post but trust me I have loads of great products coming up soon.  Over Christmas I bought two lovely eyeshadow palettes, one by Dior called Incognito and one by Chanel called Mystic Eyes, recently on a shopping trip I found my Holy Grail nude lipstick which is also made by Dior and Chanel’s gorgeous eyelash curler. I think I may be in love with those curlers. But in complete contrast to this high end splurge I’ve found some fantastic drugstore products that range from £5-£12, I think.  These aren’t just cheap lipglosses either to pad out my kit, no these are the basic essentials such as foundation, concealer, and mascara.  All cruelty free too!

On a completely different note, for Christmas my lovely parents bought me a Canon 550D. It was on sale at amazon.co.uk and I think, but don’t quote me, cost around the £550 mark.  It’s been great fun taking pictures and videos with it of friends, family, pets, and purchases.  I will be updating all the old pictures that I can, but please bare in mind I don’t actually still own all the products.

Anyway thank you for your patience with this attempt at a blog, my attempt at a science-maths based higher education kind of gets in the way. But thankfully I’ve been given the gift of insomnia by study stress, that’s why I’m up at 4:12AM listening to Tracy Chapman and writing these random articles.

This is a rough list of what I’ll be writing about hopefully over the next few weeks;

Update, Up and coming,  Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Foundation, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, Collectin 200 Lasting Perfection Concealer, Collection 2000 Skyscraper Mascara, Chanel Mystic Eyes Quad, Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner, Recourbe Cils De Chanel (Eyelash Curlers) Dior Incognito Quint, Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, Urban Decy Lip Junkie Lip Gloss, Dior Rouge Lipstick, Bourjois little round pot, Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder, Bourjois Flower Perfection Foundation, Ecotools Bamboo Kabuki brush, EcoTools Bamboo Smudge Eyeliner Brush, EcoTools Bamboo Deluxe Concealer Brush, EcoTools Bamboo Foundation Brush, Babyliss 2285U Curling Wand, Babyliss 2287BU Pro Curl 210 Curling Tong… yes I have bought or been given all this since my last post.

I think what I’ll have to do is use these products over the next few weeks in my everyday life and take pictures of the products on me, you can all see how well they wear, the real shades and payoff, and possibly how difficult those darned curlers are to use.

And I thought I’d just pop in this picture I found on Flickr, I absolutely adore the whole look.  Flawless skin, well defined brows, and glossy, soft taupey-brown eyes… aaaahhh beautifully done.

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Bobbi Brown Fondation Stick

Right, now I’ll put this out there straight away to avoid any confusion: I have not been using this product as an all over foundation,  instead I’ve been using it as a concealer for my blemishes.  So if you’re looking for a review on how this fares as a foundation then I don’t know how helpful this post will be to you.

I bought this as my concealer instead of Bobbi Brown’s actual concealer stick -which is called “face touch up stick“- as I felt that it had a more moisturising formula which is essential for me as the parts of my face I really need to conceal can get incredibly dry,  and I thought the concealer stick would just drag over the areas and look cakey.  Also gram-for-gram the foundation stick is much better value, at £3.00 per 1g compared to £7.83 per 1g, and considering how much concealer I get through this is a significant saving.

The casing is a nice lightweight metal, perfect for makeup on the go as it can be kept easily in your purse.  The moisturising formula lends itself to quick and easy application,  as it’s creamy and smooth the product will just glide on.

Obviously on application the colour will be lighter than the colour of the stick,  but the basic under tones are the same.  I went to my local Bobbi Brown counter to be matched to a shade,  and surprisingly enough I’m not actually the palest shade you can get!  Apparently I’m porcelain which is a very light shade with neutral to yellow undertones, this hint of yellow helps to minimise the redness around my nose and of my blemishes.  For those interested in this product I think it’s important to have a shade matched to your skin as opposed to just guessing,  but for those who’d like to use my skintone as reference,  alabastar was too pale and warm ivory came out too yellow on my skin.

This is the product blended out on my very pale, slightly pink, and veiny inner wrist,  and in my opinion it covers these “problems” fairly well.  The yellow manages to tone down the purpley veins and my pinky skin, but at the same doesn’t drastically change the colour of the skin.  A lot of foundations have the problem of oxidising,  which means after a few hours of wear it darkens,  but this product does not oxidise at all so you don’t have to worry about having bumped up a shade by early afternoon.  A very big issue I do have with this product though is its wear time,  due to the mositurising formula it melts off my skin after 4 or 5 hours,  but to combat this I put a bit extra powder onto the concealed areas to set it.  I feel the coverage it gives to blemishes is excellent and I can go out without foundation if I’m wearing this with a touch of pressed powder, as it gives me a lovely natural and casual look.  So Bobbi Brown’s foundation stick at £27 is a little overpriced in my opinion because of the poor wear  time,  but because of the smooth application and wide colour range it gets a 7/10 from me.

Chanel Haul

So I haven’t posted in quite a while,  I felt quite bad about this so I decided buy a few things for the blog that I thought would be well received.

I’ve been stalking the Chanel Fall 2011 collection since the previews appeared online,  and I loved every single piece.  To be honest this collection was pretty big and I know a lot of people thought it was overkill,  but I share the opinion at ‘cafe makeup’ –  you can never have enough Chanel,  and those beautiful colours and luxurious feel of the products give me a lovely glowy feeling in my stomach.  But like almost everyone else I’m on a budget and that certainly doesn’t stretch to $633 for the entire Fall line.  So I picked the stunning quad ‘Prelude’ which I thought really complimented my cool skin tone,  the contour shadow brush,  and the shadow blending brush.

The Prelude quad cost £37,  the contour shadow brush was £18,  and the shadow blending brush was £25.  These are my first  “proper” brushes and I found the actual process of choosing them very difficult as there are so many options out there.  Most people seem to like the MAC brushes,  but my experiences with MAC have not been all too good so I chose to give them a miss and go with my favourite,  trusty Chanel.  To be honest I wanted Burberry but I’m not made of money.

All of the items came with a little velvet pouch which is emblazened with the Chanel logo,  I found these very useful as you can locate them by touch from inside your handbag and it also keeps the black plastic quad from being damaged or  scratched,  and the bristles of the brushes being bent out of shape.

Living in Scotland means I’ve got the European version which is baked unlike its US counterpart,  which means the colour payoff is supposedly not as great.  But I don’t care,  I still think it’s a wearable and buildable palette.  The texture is in my opinion smooth and the shadows blend together easily with great results.

These are my descriptions of the shades from top to bottom,  and just so I don’t repeat myself,  they all have an ever so slight shimmer that adds a lovely depth to the lid;  it does not show up too well but this is purple-black with a satin finish,  below that is a grey-purple taupe,  below that is a very useful beige taupe with a nice sheen,  and then below that there is an ivory- champagne colour which I adore.

I’ve been using the top shade as a liner in my upper lash line,  the second top colour is nice for defining the crease or for smoking out the outer corner of the eyes,  I’ve been using the third colour everyday as a blended wash all over my lids and then I drag the colour along my bottom lash line,  and the last shade is a little shimmery for an everyday brow bone highlighter but is perfect for the inner corner of the eyes to give that wide-eyed bambi look.

The top brush is the No. 14 contour brush,  the bristles are natural and the curved brush is firm but not overly so,  I haven’t noticed any shedding so far.  I use this mainly for lining but it’s also useful for adding small bits of colour to the lid or for highlighting the corners of the eye.  The bottom brush is the No. 17,  it is densely packed with natural bristles which blend out eyeshadows like a dream.  I have been using this brush for blending mainly but when I’m feeling lazy I also use it for applying a simple wash of colour from the crease,  this is perfect for applying makeup in a rush as it picks up lots of pigment but does not scratch at your eyes at all.

Overall I’m going to say this shopping spree has left me slightly desperate for more Chanel,  as with each piece I add to my collection I fall slightly more in love with the products.  I believe the products,  when applied correctly,  give a beautiful simplistic look that can be used for both daytime and evening.  I rate these brushes really highly at 9/10 as I think they preform superbly and even though they are quite pricey I believe they will be a good investment.  Although the palette has some of the nicest and well matched shades I’ve ever seen,  I’m a bit dissappointed that the formulation in the US is apparently so much better when I’m paying the same amount for supposedly the same product,  that irks me,  but I can’t deny the colours are stunning so I think 8/10 is appropriate.

Natural Collection Lash Length Mascara

Okay I put this mascara on my wish-list about 2 weeks ago and actually bought it 2 days after that but I’ve been pretty useless and failed to upload my review since then… or you could flip it and could say I’ve been trying it out for the past couple of weeks and been a good reviewer?  Either way I’m writing the review now.

I was and remain completely penniless so this really only appealed to me because it costs £1.99 and seemed worth a shot.  But when I delved further into the Boots website I realised this might actually be a good product,  there were a number of really positive reviews out there.  So I picked my tube up,  having a look at what the collection had to offer in general,  I wasn’t blown away by variety but I guess it is the Natural Collection so I’m not surprised at their choice of shades and there does seem to be some more promising products.

So my first impression of the mascara was that there seemed to be a fair bit of excess,  but that’s nothing a square of tissue can’t fix and for £1.99 I’m not going to complain about waste.  The excess seemed to be concentrated at the base of the brush and the tip,  and I liked to dab and roll it off onto the paper.

These are my bare lashes,  quite short and straight,  nothing to write home about.

This is the 1st coat, and I’ve not brushed out any clumps just to show you how it really applies,  and to be honest I don’t think the clumping is too bad. 

This is the 2nd coat and I’ve still not brushed out the clumps so you can see the it does start to clog up my lashes. 

After brushing out clumps I think the lengthening is great!  I love how long and dark my lashes look,  and the clumps are practically all gone because they brush out so easily,  if I had found my tweezerman lash comb all signs of spider lashes would have been eradicated.

Natural Collection’s Lash Length Mascara applies fairly easily and quickly,  the wand isn’t too big or too small and the only difficulty you may meet will be if you’re as neurotic as me and have to wipe down your mascara wand.  It does have a bit of a synthetic smell,  not too strong or nasty but it’s definitely noticeable when you open the tube.  The mascara lasts all day on me without smudging or flaking,  and I received a few compliments from my friends about how nice my eyelashes looked.  This mascara didn’t give lots of volume but it certainly lengthened my lashes and I liked the formula,  not too thick or too runny,  and it didn’t completely dry so when I pulled at my lashes they didn’t come out.  The price for this is fantastic and is perfect for teens,  for people on lower budgets,  and for people who just don’t want to spend excessive amounts on a mascara.
All this means that I’m adding Natural Collection’s Lash Length Mascara to my permanent mascara stash and awarding it 8/10,  it would’ve scored higher if it hadn’t clumped after the 2 coats or had the strange smell.

Burberry Eyeshadow in Rosewood

The Burberry Beauty brand is so cleverly marketed,  it preys on every girl’s desire to be naturally beautiful and manages to make that illusion appear oh so effortless.  So of course I was tempted when I saw the ad campaign,  I’m only a teenage girl.

But like most people I’m on a budget and could only afford one piece, so I decided to shop around and looked on all the top beauty blogs and had a look at their swatches and reviews,  the product that jumped out at me the most was the Rosewood eyeshadow.  It just seemed to be a classic and neutral shade,  in the daytime I want to look natural and polished and I thought that Rosewood seemed perfect for just a quick wash of colour to accentuate my hazel eyes.

Since I’m a wee Scottish girl and the only Burberry counter in the whole of the UK is in London,  my only option was to purchase online.  I chose to order through the Burberry website itself rather than Harrods because not only was I paying a pound less I also got free delivery.  I paid £22 and it arrived beautifully packaged within 2 days,  so I was very impressed.

The eyeshadow compact itself is made of a lovely gun-metal with the iconic check embossed on it, it has a satisfying weight,  and a magnetised closing.  The eyeshadow is also stamped with the check and the formulation is silicone based so has a buttery smooth texture,  it provides a sheer pigmentation that lasts around 12 hours on me with no fading.  The shade is a mauve-taupe colour with a lovely metallic sheen and frosty pink undertones.

The compact

Swatch

Full eyelid

Open eye

To sum up,  I have to admit that it is an expensive product and there are probably cheaper alternatives but this eyeshadow fulfills every hope I had of it.  The gorgeous colour,  the staying power of it,  and the lovely texture,  make it in my opinion the perfect eyeshadow.  So taking everything into consideration I think 9/10 is a fair rating.  I’ll definitely be looking into buying more from the Burberry Beauty range,  I’m already eyeing up their stunning fall collection!

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine and Chanel Rouge Coco lipsticks

When I was sitting my exams a few months ago I was basically spending all day trapped inside studying,  so to prevent myself from going insane I would go uptown and buy a little treat.  So weeks of study leave resulted in three Chanel lipsticks and oodles of baked goodies.  After hours of browsing online looking at swatches I chose two Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks in Fetiche and Bel-Ami,  and a Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick in Rivoli,  and just for reference both these lipsticks are currently £23.

Scottish sunlight at its best has given my pictures a lovely blue tinge and seems to have washed out the colour slightly.

Bare lips

 

Fetiche

Fetiche is a pinky shade with mauve undertones,  it has the signature glossy sheen and ever so slight shimmer to it that made my lips look fuller.  The Coco Shine formula is emollient based so glides on easily,  but unfortunately wears off within 2 hours usually and will also be used up faster than a traditional lipstick.  This shade is perfect for a daytime pick me up and is really quite a delicate colour so gets 7/10.

Bel-Ami

Bel-Ami was a brown based berry shade with the same sheen and shimmer.  With the emollient base it also only lasted 2 hours,  but it was a slightly deeper colour so left me with a staining that I quite liked so I didn’t have to be contantly applying it.  This lipstick get 7/10 again and I would probably purchase it again.

Rivoli

This was my favourite shade,  it’s a cool burgundy brown colour that had a slight sheen to it and no shimmer.  It’s a little sheer because of its moisturising formula but it still had great colour payoff with no tugging.  I found it lasted about 4 hours on me and even when it did wear off it wore off evenly so looked a bit like a lipstain.  This is only really appropriate for wearing at night but I feel it’s “my shade”  so for that I’m giving it 8/10 .

Swatches

From left to right is Fetiche,  Bel-Ami,  Rivoli.  Sorry about the poor lighting but anyone who lives in or has visited Scotland will understand,  I’ll see if I can get better pictures because I’m quite disappointed in these photos.

My Wishlist on a Budget

Okay I’m sorry that I haven’t posted any more reviews but my phone has been missing for two weeks and without my phone I can’t take any swatch pictures for the reviews.  Right now I’m climbing up the walls trying to find the damned thing because I have so many goodies I want to share with everyone,  and they’re just sitting on my dressing table waiting to be swatched.

Anyway,  just for a quick little update I decided to compile a beauty wishlist that I thought may surprise some readers,  as my regular choice in beauty products are quite highend and some of the products I’ve been lusting after recently are on a 4 for £5 deal at Boots.

1)  Natural Collection blush in pink cloud, £1.99 .   I’m not usually a fan of blusher but I thought the colour seems fairly delicate and it’s a similar shade to my pinky undertones.

2)  Natural Collection Lash Length Mascara, again £1.99!   When it comes to eyelashes,  it’s all about length for me so I’m dying to give this a try.

I think a lot of people give Natural Collection the brush off because it’s low-priced and assume it to be poor quality,  but I’ve heard rave reviews about the brand and at such good prices it’s not going to break the bank by trying a few things from the range.

Again,  sorry about the lack of reviews but the hunt for my mobile continues,  it has been missing in action for about two weeks I think…

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