Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Off The Runway: The Futuristic Sixties

(*wipes dust*)
It's been a pretty long time since I last posted anything to my blog, and I had actually intended on posting this last week. However, bad news kinda got in the way. So although it's a little late…

This season seems to be all about perfect skin, dark lips and (my personal favourite):

The Reinvention of 'The Sixties Liner'

Sixties makeup is an iconic look, and one that comes around time and time again. Somehow, the look never seems to get dull, but this is perhaps due to the constant reinventions of classic looks. This season, the runway was full of new and creative takes on the style, but what really stood out to me was the bold graphic liners many brands such as Dior, Rag and Bone and Anna Sui were sporting.

Anna Sui

Monday, 18 November 2013

Review: Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede

I promised in an earlier post that I would review a couple of items I purchased in my haul a while back and the first item on my list is...

Revlon's Colorstay Lipstick:
Texture and Appearance

When applying the lipstick, the product is very smooth, though I would say that it requires being built up to achieve the best colour (otherwise it has a more 'stain like' effect). Another thing I should mention is that you must, must, must! Keep your lips moisturised before using this. If your lips are dry, this product is very unforgiving and it will show. 

Once the product dries, however, I personally found my lips felt very sticky. I've never experienced this with a lipstick before, and I can't really say it's something I want in a lipstick - so maybe Revlon have a little improving in that department. Otherwise, the colour is really nice (I have 'Backstage' or '035'). There isn't a huge range of colours just yet, but perhaps they will in time. The colours they do have, on the other hand, I don't think will be to everyones taste and I would definitely recommend people try them before purchasing. My sister, for example, absolutely hates this colour I have, while I love it. Each to their own, I guess. 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Review: Glossybox - November 2013

So I promised to do a review of the glossy box I was to receive this month, and here it is:

The box comes very beautifully wrapped using pink ribbon, black tissue paper to encase the products and more shredded black tissue paper beneath the products. It creates a really nice effect and I kind of felt like I was receiving a present… from myself! 
Inside, the products are carefully placed inside, some of which were further wrapped in pretty packaging (as you can see on the left, on of the products was stored in a pale pink ribbon drawn bag - a very nice touch, if I do say so myself).

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

An 'Eat Me' to Storenvy

Hello Fellow Wandering Friends!

Today I would like to briefly talk about a website called Storenvy, and talk about a few exciting updates! 

So firstly:

For those of you who are not well aquatinted with the site, it has a very similar feel to that of Etsy, where members sell various things, from music to clothes to handmade crafts. 

What I really liked about this website was the user friendly nature, and interest catered features which suggest stores that might interest you particularly. It seems to me that this site really would appeal to those who like to be slightly quirky or individual about their sense of style and tastes.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

A 'Haul' Lotta Stuff…

One of the best things about working in a store is the discounts… and I fully took advantage of my double discount this time round. In all honesty, I have never bought this much makeup in one go and upon arriving home, arms full of goodies, couldn't have been happier with my purchases and somewhat extravagant *coughs* (by my terms anyway) self pampering. So without further ado…

The first thing I picked up was something I've been desperate to try… and in dire need to get! I think I've been without foundation for around 6-7 months now and have been reduced to wearing either just concealer or occasionally my BB cream.

Maybelline's 'Dream Matte Mousse' was greatly talked about during its release, however, due to my lousy relationship with foundation (I'm just too pale for the stuff *sigh*) I personally never tried it… until now. I must say, I really like this one. It dries to a slight powdery finish and leaves a really pretty overall look to the skin.

In addition to the foundation from Maybelline, I also picked up the blush to match… again something I don't tend to do, as I am not only pale, but a constant shade of pink. But I figured 'what the heck' and got one. I tried a little and thought the effect was certainly nice - but I think a few more tries and a closer look at the product will determine whether I like or love the product.

Final Maybelline product - I promise! I also spotted as I was shopping the 'Colossal Volume Express Mascara'. I've tried a couple of the other mascaras Maybelline have to offer and (on the whole) have really liked them. I have yet to try this one, but I am hopeful it'll be a good mascara *crosses fingers*.

The next product is one I deliberated on buying for a really long time. I probably stood in front of the lipstick for a good, 25-30 minutes. Even before the big boom in dark lipsticks being fashionable, I've been dying to get one.  Eventually, a work colleague came over to me and told me to 'just get it' - so I did! And gosh am I so glad I caved...

Thus, the next product on my list is Revlon's 'ColorStay Ultimate Suede' in 035 - Backstage.

The lipstick is a really pretty dark-berry colour with a slight metallic sheen upon application. It's definitely not a colour everyone would opt for, as my sister hated it - but at the end of the day, it's what you like and makes you feel good. I like this lipstick, so I shall continue to wear it *laughs*. I will very likely be doing a more in-depth review of this lipstick soon - and perhaps some other products too~

As for my slightly cheaper purchases, I picked up Rimmel London's 'Soft Kohl Eyeliner' in white. 

Collection 2000s 'Fast Stroke Eyeliner' - a tried and tested cheap(er) favourite.

Toni&Guy's 'Dry Shampoo', because I like to use dry shampoo as a styling tool to give my hair a little more texture 

And Umberto Giannini's 'Salon Shine Glossing Mist'… it was reduced, I figured it couldn't hurt to try it.

And of course, last but not least - I got some hair grips! 

… Because you can never have too many of these babies. 

Have you tried any of these products? Are there any products you would like me to review specifically? 
Comment below! :D

~ Emsie ~

Friday, 4 October 2013

Barry M "Touch of Magic" Lip Paint – Is There Such A Thing As The ‘Perfect Pink’?

So when I initially looked at the bright green stick, I must admit, I was met with confusion… and a horrifically coloured lipstick. Who would possibly wear green as an everyday colour? Bright green, for that matter. I quickly learnt that this lipstick was not; in fact, green, but a blank canvas, as it were. One in which reacts to your own skin in order to create a shade of pink, one individual to each person. I was sceptical, but when I first tried to buy the product, it was actually sold out in all of my local make-up stores, so this, in effect, made me want to try it so much more.

How does it work?

The aim of the lipstick is to create the best shade of pink suited to your skin tone. The lipstick works by using Alkali levels. When the lipstick is applied, the chemicals in the product aim to react to the Alkali levels on your skin. By doing this, the product is able to determine, through these Alkali levels, what shade of pink is best for you.