Girl With Makeup

30.10.14

The Nude Lipstick Collection

MAC Nude Lipstick
MAC Nude Lipstick
Everyone's chattering on about autumn lip colours at the minute (including me) but for me it really is all about the nudes, all the time. It may be a bit of a seasonally inappropriate post but who says you can't wear a nude lip year-round? Nudes were made to wear year-round. While I've showcased my MAC lipstick collection a couple of times before (here and here) I thought it time I paid homage to my absolute favourite type of lip colour, because no one does a nude lip like MAC.

Creme Cup 
See that one in the picture that's nothing but a stub? Yep, that's Creme Cup and it's been very well loved. It's a true soft, pale pink colour that sits somewhere between the definition of a nude and a pink. Nude pink? That's the one. The Cremesheen formula gives just a little bit of shine to it and it definitely gives the highest coverage of the lot but don't worry, you won't get corpse lips with this. If you like your nudes on the pink end of the spectrum you will love this and while it's not one that would suit everyone it's definitely one of those infamous MAC lipsticks that everyone should try, even just once.

Peach Blossom
This is the lipstick I haven't had off my lips for the past couple of months and is the one I've been pairing with Spice lip liner which takes it to a whole other level. It's much less in-your-face pink than Creme Cup and swatched next to it has some peach in there but it definitely still translates as a pink on the lips (trust me on this, I don't do out and out peach lipsticks). It's a Cremesheen again but it's quite sheer and glossy and in my opinion much closer to a Lustre finish. This is the nude pink for people who are scared of nude pinks.

Patisserie 
Just the name makes this one sound good enough to eat. Patisserie is a muted pinky-peach and really is a 'my lips but better' shade. There's a few shimmer/glitter particles in there which might be off-putting for some but I've never been averse to a bit of shimmer in my lipsticks. It's a Lustre formula and is much the same as Peach Blossom in terms of application and finish although it maybe offers a bit more coverage. Patisserie is a true nude in my opinion, and is one I think pretty much everyone could pull off.

Modesty
At first I really didn't like Modesty, I thought it pulled too brown on me but I'm definitely coming round to it. It's a dark pinky-brown Cremesheen that's opaque in the way that Creme Cup is but perhaps a tad glossier and I think it pulls more pink or brown depending on the skintone. Now this is one that would be great for a nod to the whole 90s lip trend without looking legit 90s, because let's be honest no one needs a repeat of that.

Feed the Senses
Unlike all of the other straight up pinky/peachy nudes this one is a mauve-pink colour and is very cool-toned - totally perfect for my fair skin but maybe not one for people with warmer undertones. Sadly it was also limited edition and it took me ages to track it down until I eventually found it in a blog sale, hooray! I feel like I need a matching lip pencil to go with this so if you have any recommendations of pencils that are a bit more neutral or cool-toned than Spice, hit me up.

So err, can you tell I love me some pinks? If you think there's any I'm seriously missing from my collection then I'm sat with open arms for your suggestions (I've already used up Hue and Angel) although I've got a serious hankering for Pure Zen at the minute.

P.S. I hope you enjoy the kind of old-school arm swatches, I just figured what good is a picture of a bunch of lipsticks when you can barely tell the colour? It's all about the swatch.
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27.10.14

A Hair Update with Cloud Nine

Cloud Nine Touch Straighteners Cloud Nine Touch Straighteners Straighteners. Something pretty much every girl (and plenty of boys) owns. I'm gonna hold my hands up here and say that 1. I've never owned GHDs/any fancy expensive straighteners and 2. the ones I've been using for the past couple of years or so are donkeys old and beyond knackered and it had gotten to the point where they were frazzling my hair because the plates were so rough. Ouch. I was this close to buying some new ones when up popped an email asking if I'd like to try out some Cloud Nine straighteners. Err, hello?! If that's not fate I don't know what is. I also very recently got my hair cut - it was in dire, dire need of a chop - so what better way to coincide the debuting of my fancy new straighteners than by also debuting my new 'do? 

I got to pick which ones I wanted from this lot and for me the obvious choice was the Cloud Nine Touch* irons AKA the world's first automatic straightener. I hadn't heard anything about these but boy are they clever. The entire thing is buttonless; no on or off switch, no dial to change the temperature, nothing. Everything is done by tapping the plates together. Yep, that's right. Plug them in, touch the plates together and instantly they heat up with a quick beep to let you know they're ready. Ok so maybe it takes five seconds to get them to their max temperate (195 degrees) but this is quick. If 195 is a bit too hot just tap the plates together three times, the light turns blue and they reduce to 165. They also switch off after 30 seconds of not using them which I've found comes in very handy because come on, I know I'm not the only one who's forgotten to switch them off on more than one occasion.  

So design aside the important bit is how they perform. Like I said I've never owned GHDs but before I'd even used the Cloud Nines I'd heard they were just as good - if not better - than their rival. In fact, word on the street is that Cloud Nines were created by one of the founders of GHDs so you know you're in good hands. They glide through the hair which is truly a wonderful feeling and one that still fills me with joy - it's the simple things in life OK? 195 is the perfect temperature for straightening the hair without frying it and they do a really good job of curling it too - I've always been a fan of the using straighteners approach to curling rather than a curling wand. It's much quicker and easier in my opinion. 

Let me tell you, my new hair is seriously thanking me for no longer getting abused by old and worn out straighteners. The Cloud Nine Touch irons are the best I've ever used and the whole buttonless thing is no gimmick, it really just helps make doing your hair that little bit quicker and easier. And we all want that. If you're after a bit of a hair update yourself or are looking towards Christmas already (eek) then as a heads up they're currently 10% off on Look Fantastic making them £89.10 which ain't too shabby at all and there's pretty much always a discount code floating around too. Hair refresh? Done. I feel like a new woman. *swishes hair*
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21.10.14

Space NK Shopping

Sarah Chapman Overnight Facial Nars Concealer

Soo after finally splurging on 'the wishlist buys' the other day I decided that I couldn't stop there and went and placed an order on Space NK, AKA the place where makeup dreams come true. Amirite? I  took advantage of the 'spend £40 and get £10 off' deal they had going on (I'm such a sucker) and bought two very good but very expensive beauty bits.

First of all, a repurchase. My beloved 'can't live without you' Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla had completely ran out and I was having to rely on the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer - ick. Me no likey. I went for the lightest shade Chantilly what with the winter months rolling around and it's very, very light. A bit too light for my personal tastes but it's the formula that makes this so great. So creamy, covers everything and lasts all day. I love it. Love love love.

For the other purchase, well, I like think that it's this that the £10 off applies to because when I think about the fact it costs forty five english pounds I feel a little bit sick. But really, all it took was a couple of girls on Twitter telling me how much I needed it and how truly amazing it was and I was sold. I have zero willpower. None. I am weak. The Sarah Champman Skinesis Overnight Facial was bought as a result of me desperately wanting to give my skincare routine a bit of a kick up the bum and wanting to revive it a little; before the introduction of this and the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel my routine was dull, dull, dull and my skin was too. Anyway, the Overnight Facial is a serum-oil but comes out a lot more straight up oil-like than I was expecting. I massage it in on a night (it feels so good doing this after cleansing), wake up and my skin is baby soft, plump and dare I say it... glowing? As for the scent, well, I've heard it's nice but I can't comment as my sense of smell has currently gone walkabout (again - it likes to do this now and again and I'm sad because I can't smell any of my Lush stuff. Come back!) It's early days yet so I will of course report back in full review-mode but for the price I'm not expecting it to be anything less than utterly wonderful.

I'll just end this post with the infamous words of Tom Haverford... treat yo' self. And if you get the reference you're awesome.
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15.10.14

My Autumn Lipstick Duo



A blogger simply can't let autumn pass by without doing an 'autumn lipsticks' post, right? Well I was going to but then remembered I have two lipsticks that get whipped out like clockwork once the weather starts turning. Both by MAC, both lustres, both in the same colour family and both genuine staples in the colder months.

Let's being with Syrup (the stubby one in the photo), a long time favourite which for a good while I wore anywhere and everywhere regardless of the season. Syrup is a pink-mauve and suits my cool, pale complexion perfectly although I do think this is one everyone could wear. It's one of those 'wear every single day and wear on nights out too' lip colours which is why it's now nothing but a sad looking stump. The purplish-mauvey undertones make it particularly autumn appropriate and while I might not wear it much in the warmer months the second it starts getting a bit chilly this is the lipstick I jump straight to. It's autumn in lipstick form, basically.

The other lipstick is Plumful (the one I'm sporting in the picture) which is basically Syrup's older sister. Same colour family, Plumful is a bit more pigmented, a bit less pink and a bit more, well, plummy. It's like the night out version of the more daytime-friendly Syrup although being a lustre formula it's not one you can go too over the top with. Which is why I love it so.

Don't get me wrong, I'm still not over my Spice and Peach Blossom duo (it really is all about MAC for the lips) but I imagine it'll be gradually getting phased out more and more over the coming months. It's a bit of a cliche but sometimes you really do just need a berry lip in the autumn.
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11.10.14

The Wishlist Buys

Oskia Renaissance Cleanser, Stila Gerbera

You know those things that have been on your wishlist for so long but you never really get round to buying them? That's what these are, until I decided I couldn't be without the Oskia cleanser any longer and a Beauty Bay order was placed. The 20% off discount code certainly helped take the sting away (BBMISSG20).

So, Oskia. The Renaissance Cleansing Gel has been on my radar a lot recently... OK so maybe just from Lily and Anna's skincare routines but that's enough to push me over the edge and get me to make the purchase once and for all. It comes out orange with a jelly-like texture that's a bit thicker than a gel but not as heavy as a balm and emulsifies with water which you then wash/flannel away. It has all kinds of great ingredients: loads of vitamins, Omega 6, pumpkin enzymes, chamomile and rose, the list goes on. I've only been using this for a few days, once as a makeup remover (which it's amazing at) and a few times as a cleanser and already I feel like it's doing some good for my skin - I can see why a lot of people declare this their favourite cleanser. You get a very decent 100mls which makes the £28 price tag slightly easier to swallow and can find it at Beauty Bay - one of the few places it doesn't seem to be sold out at the minute. Again, there's a 20% off discount code which brings it down to £22.40. Full review will be winging its way once I've given it a good go but already I'm guessing it will be something along the lines of 'this is amazeballs'.

From a cult skincare product to a bit of a cult makeup product is the Convertible Colour in Gerbera from Stila. Considering how much of a huuuge fan of cream blush I am it's kind of shocking that this is the first time I've ever tried out Stila's and I need to give myself a slap on the wrist because Gerbera is just beautiful. Why oh why did it take me so long? It's a peachy pink without too much of the peach and the colour lifts and brightens my complexion. The formula is so, so good; it's creamy but not so creamy that it goes into greasy territory and stippling and blending it out is a doodle. It's probably my favourite cream blush formulation that I've come across to date, and I use a lot of cream blush. So Gerbera has stole my heart, basically, and I'm already sensing a bit of an obsession coming on with me hoarding all the colours. Watch this space.

Sometimes you just gotta cross them items off your wishlist, right? Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel, tick, Stila Convertible Colour, tick. It feels so good.
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