Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Tuesday, 9 December 2014
There has been a sparkly, glitter explosion all over my nails thanks to Essie’s 'A Stroke Of Brilliance’ nail polish. It looks super pretty in the bottle and doesn’t disappoint when applied to my nails. The polish is one of the 5 polishes from the Luxe Nail Polish Collection and is intended to be used as a top coat. However with 3-4 layers, this polish becomes opaque and looks pretty darn lovely. The polish has blue/silver (periwinkle to be precise) hexagon shaped glitter, with a clear base. The formula is great and far better in my opinion than Essie's regular polish. It is slightly thicker and lasts for days, without a chip in sight, however it takes a little longer to dry. It can be worn as a top coat, or can be layered and worn alone, or if you want to get a little fancy, you can also create a gradient effect.
With the festive season in full swing, this polish is bang on trend and exactly what I was looking for - I can’t stop looking at my nails, I absolutely love this polish! You can buy Essie polishes online at Fragrance Direct for just £2.50, however 'A Stroke Of Brilliance' is currently out of stock. But I may have just purchased 'As Gold As It Gets' a yellow gold glitter from the same line for just £2.50!
Friday, 5 December 2014
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I have a thing for eyeshadow. Which is a little humorous as 4 years a go I didn’t even own any eyeshadow! So, after having received the LORAC Pro Palette at the beginning of this year and fell head over heels with the mix of mattes and shimmers I couldn’t wait when I heard LORAC would be releasing a palette twice the size, in their Holiday Collection. I was very lucky to get my hands on the LORAC Mega Pro Palette thanks to Jo a fellow beauty blogger from Little Pop Of Coral - thank you Jo!
The palette has the same soft-touch slim packaging, but is twice the size of the original LORAC palettes and is encased in a rich burgundy coloured cardboard. The palette includes 32 shadows, 16 matte and 16 shimmer. 28 of the shades are exclusive to the palette and there are four repeat shades from the LORAC Pro Palette, ‘Black', ‘Espresso', ‘White' and ‘Cream'. The range of colours are beautiful. The palette has everything to create an everyday look, to something more glamorous. The majority of the shadows are warm toned, but there are also a few cool toned shadows. My favourite shade in the palette is ‘Opal', an iridescent white with gold and the stand out shade would be ‘Indigo', a deep blackcurrant/purple with glitter. A couple of the shades are dupable; ‘Sepia' is very similar to MAC’s Soft Brown and ‘Copper' is very similar to MAC’s Amber Lights.
I have read that some find the shadows a little more chalky than the original LORAC Pro Palette, but I disagree and would say the formula of the Mega Pro is consistent to the original LORAC palette. The shadows have a creamy, powdery texture and the bendability is quite lovely. In terms of fallout you actually get more fallout onto the palette itself, so avoid rubbing your brush into the shade, pat your brush instead, then tap away any excess.
If you weren’t already aware this palette sold out quickly and with confusion with launch dates, limited availability and broken palettes this palette has been a disappointment for many. But for me, this palette is close to perfection. I haven’t heard any rumours that they will be restocking this palette. But LORAC would be silly not to! With the post and packaging, I paid £50.93 which if restocked, I wouldn’t hesitate to pay that price again. If you didn’t manage to get your hands on this palette but wish you had, check out the LORAC Pro Palette.
Did you manage to get your hands on this palette?
What’s your go to eyeshadow palette?
Friday, 28 November 2014
If you were to ask me what my most treasured makeup products are in my collection, it would be my MAC eyeshadow palettes and without a doubt my Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow. It’s a beautiful duo palette, packaged in a 1920’s rose gold inspired cigarette case. And inside is two powders, one to ‘sculpt’ and one to ‘highlight’. Both powders are very finely milled, super soft, silky and very pigmented - so use with a light hand. Both shades work perfectly together and can be worn subtly or more intensely dependant on the look you’re going for and have made contouring a dream.
The sculpt shade is a medium brown, with a very subtle warm undertone. The shade isn’t orange in the slightest and warms up the skin nicely, without looking muddy or dirty. And is perfect for contouring. It has a lovely satin finish, so doesn’t look flat on the skin, it blends beautifully and is super flattering. I like to suck my cheeks in and swipe the sculpt shade from the bottom of the ears just before the corners of my mouth. I then put a stoke on the temples, the bridge of the nose and the sides of my forehead. The highlight shade is a beautiful golden champagne and it makes my skin glow. It isn’t at all metallically, or shimmery, doesn't sit in, or emphasise my pores. I much prefer it to the Mary Lou Manizer. In fact, it’s by far my favourite highlighter. I take the highlighter on the brow bone, on the cheek bones and on the end of my nose and chin.