Clarins Lip Kit

Clarins Lip Kit

I’ve heard so many good things about Clarins’ Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector and Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil that when I spotted them in a mini lip kit set last Christmas, I just knew I had to pick them up to finally test them out for myself.

I feel like Anna from The Anna Edit was a big contributor to the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector hype, we’re talking 7-8 years ago (not kidding! Here are some of her posts dating from 2011, 2013 and 2016); it has to be good, right?!


Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

Now that it’s summer and I’m looking for a glossy finish on my lips (as opposed to the mattes I wear the rest of the year), these are perfect!

Starting with the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 02 Raspberry, this range is completely colourless (despite what the colourful bottles may make you believe), so it just comes down to flavour. Although raspberry is delicious (we all tend to eat our lipglosses, don’t deny it!), if I were to pick one out for myself it would have to be the 04 Candy.

Anna also had a post about these Comfort Oils. This raspberry one is super glossy, delicious and although leaves your lips nice and hydrated after it’s worn off (lasting power 1-2 hours), it’s sticky! Now it’s not by far the stickiest lipgloss I’ve ever worn (mostly during my teenage years), but I did have multiple hair-stick-to-lips situations with this one, so be warned.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 02 Raspberry


Yap it’s official, I understand the hype!

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer

Just as Anna said, this Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer really feels like a balm consistency on the lips. And although it has a slight tackiness to it in order to stay on the lips, it’s nowhere near the hair-in-gloss kind of sticky (no said incident and lasted 2 hours on the lips). As a side note; the only glossy lip products that I ever found with zero stickiness to them were the KIKO Shine Lust Lip Tints, which sadly were discontinued. Seriously why do the Makeup Gods do this to us?!

This lip perfector gives a sheer wash of baby pink colour and contrary to what the “shimmer” in the name might suggest, there are no glitter particles.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 Rose Shimmer


Again, this Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 06 Rosewood Shimmer has the exact same balm-like formula as the one above, but with a sheer wash of brown. I thought these lip perfectors would be a bit more pigmented honestly but they’re really not, meaning that if you own one in a particular tone, I feel like you own them all.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 06 Rosewood Shimmer
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 06 Rosewood Shimmer


Revlon's Kiss Plumping Lip Crème in 540 Velvet Mink and Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 06 Rosewood Shimmer

Because the packaging looked so similar I thought the Revlon’s Kiss Plumping Lip Crème in 540 Velvet Mink would be a dupe for the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors…lol. Just goes to show how misleading packaging can be.

The plumping lip crème in no way feels like a rich balm, but it does have a glossy finish that I would say is a tad less sticky than the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors (yes, it’s possible!).

More pigmented than the latter, the plumping lip crème does apply a bit patchy though (easily remedied by spreading the colour with your finger or by rubbing your lips together).

They’re not kidding about the plumping property either; it has the horrible burning/tingly sensation which is common with these plumping type of products. Personally, I don’t notice a difference in the size of my lips, just the discomfort of wearing the product (the sensation does wear off after 30 minutes though). Would not recommend, unless you don’t mind that burning/tingly sensation.

Revlon's Kiss Plumping Lip Crème in 540 Velvet Mink


While all the other products in the lip kit were in generous quantities despite being minis (that comfort oil is going to last ages), the lipstick was a bit of a let-down. Literally the amount you see in the photos is it, the bullet doesn’t twist up any more than that! I feel that once you’ve applied this lipstick of couple of time and the pointed end has worn down, it’s going to be a difficult lipstick to apply straight from the bullet. I see a lip brush being needed in its future.

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet in 742 Joli Rouge

Despite this, Joli Rouge Velvet in 742 Joli Rouge (the namesake), is a really gorgeous red. It’s not quite as matte as I would expect a velvet finish to be, it transfers quite a lot though. So I would personally stick to my favourite transfer proof red lipstick the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always Red or the slightly more pink toned 03 Strawberry Kissed (swatches in my Sephora Cream Lip Stain post).

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet in 742 Joli Rouge

There you have it, my thoughts on the Clarins Instant Light Comfort Oil and Natural Lip Perfectors. Never too late to jump on the bandwagon, right?!

Have you tried either of these super-hyped products? What are your thoughts?

Do you have a tried and tested drugstore dupe for the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors?

Have you ever found a zero-stick gloss? Drop the names please! I have to find a replacement for those KIKO Shine Lust Lip Tints. ;)

What’s your go-to red lipstick?



Lolita Lempicka's So Sweet - Review

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!! Hope you’re all having a chocolate-filled day!
If not, that’s okay, I’ve got a new perfume that I think would make an awesome gift (because if you can’t give a gift to yourself today of all days, when can you?).

Lolita Lempicka's So Sweet 1

The So Sweet perfume from Lolita Lempicka is exactly that; sweet!

- TOP NOTES: Cherry, mandarin and raspberry leaf

- MIDDLE NOTES: Iris, rose and angelica

- BASE NOTES: Whipped musk, amber wood and creamy cashmere

On me, this perfume isn’t too long lasting. About the standard 4 hours which I seem to get with eau de parfum.

The packaging although adorable in its apple-shape-ness feels a bit flimsy; the spray comes out of the thin stem. There is no bottle cap (which I don’t personally mind) and the perfume does tend to drip on your fingers when you spray, but all can be forgiven when you look that cute!

Although someone did point out on the Fragrantica website that it feels like the stem/spray could break at any point. I have yet to experience this, and as long as you press vertically downwards (as opposed to at an angle), I think you should be fine.

Lolita Lempicka's So Sweet 2

As a happy fluke I paired this perfume with a cherry printed shirt I got from eBay (before I realised one of its top notes was cherry). I thought the colours/pattern would go well with the bottle and Valentine’s theme, and although originally from Asda George (they have a strawberry patterned blouse here), I found a similar pattern in dress form on Asos here.

Lolita Lempicka's So Sweet 3

(Yes, I removed the plastic before eating that delicious lolly! I didn’t want a sticky mess while taking photos, but it makes zero sense looking at that now…oops!)

The heart-shaped bag is from Radley about two years ago. Collectif also have a heart-shaped crossbody bag here, although a bit different. But a quick search on eBay for a heart-shaped bag turned up a ton, so might want to try there too!

The shoes that seem to be my go-to for blog posts featuring red heels (Valentine’s Day Outfits and Fcuk’s Friction For Her posts), were from Marks and Spencer. They have a similar pair again here, or if you’re looking for cheaper, New Look have some here.

The earrings were from New Look last year, but Missguided have some rose gold ones here. And Asos have some big fun red ones here.

Finally for my lips and nails, I went with my favourite pink toned red combo; Sephora’s Cream Lip Stain in 03 Strawberry Kissed and Essie’s Watermelon (part of their permanent range). Ahhhh when looking for that last link I saw that Essie have a limited edition Valentine’s Day range! Why have I only heard of this now?! Going to be on the lookout for that one, fingers crossed it comes to Belgium!

Lolita Lempicka's So Sweet 4

There you have it, a quick Valentine’s Day post for you guys to enjoy, whether loved up or #singlepringles. And remember, all that discounted heart-shaped chocolate is just one day away…YUM!

Bought any new perfumes recently?! Would love to know what’s making up your collections this year.

Favourite Valentine’s Day movies…go! Mine has to be the classic Valentine’s Day (I think we’ve all wished to receive a giant teddy bear like Taylor Swift), although I haven’t watched Leap Year in ages, so might make it a point to watch that tonight. But Every Day was a fantastic recent one I saw, which I highly recommend! What can I say, romance movies are my favourite genre, this was always going to be hard for me to pick! ;)



The Body Shop's Festive Scents - Review

It’s nearly Christmas folks!!! One day and counting! So, I thought I would share with you my two new favourite shower/bath product scents that I’ve been using as of late; Peppermint Candy Cane and Vanilla Marshmallow. Both sets came from The Body Shop in the Ashford Designer Outlet (in Kent, UK) back in November for a mere £16.50 each, so I was very pleased that I was able to find this year’s Christmassy scents at such a bargain price (wasn’t a fan of the Berry Bon Bon scent so didn’t pick that one up).


The Body Shop's Peppermint Candy Cane

One of my favourite things to add onto my Christmas tree every year are the candy canes, as it allows for sneaky sweet treat every once in a while throughout December (the plastic ones don’t taste as good unfortunately! :P). So, I thought this would be by far my favourite scent of the two sets I picked up, but surprisingly vanilla marshmallow (see below) had it beat! The scent is softly minty and not as sugary as I would have expected, but it smells delicious nonetheless.

The Body Shop's Peppermint Candy Cane Body Butter & Hand Cream

Peppermint Candy Cane: Hand Cream

The scent of The Body Shop’s hand creams always seems to be a stronger than their body butters, and this one was no exception. Borderline on the sickly side, I tested it out and felt that my hands ended up drier earlier in the day than had I used my normal body butter (always from The Body Shop but scents vary). Just as quick disclaimer; I do tend to do two washing up loads a day with very drying dish soap (because I can’t be bothered to wear gloves) , so this might have contributed to the dryness I felt (although when I use body butter the night before, I don’t encounter this problem the next day, so who’s to say).

Peppermint Candy Cane: Body Butter

My favourite of the set (I mean it’s a body butter so who’s surprised?), the scent was fainter and a lot less sickly than the hand cream. Like the shower gel (see below) it has a faint cooling sensation after application (because of the mint). Which although not unpleasant, might not be the best if you’re trying to stay warm and cosy after a bath during the winter.

The Body Shop's Peppermint Candy Cane Shower Gel

Peppermint Candy Cane: Shower Gel

Not as creamy and moisturising as the vanilla marshmallow shower gel, I still very much enjoyed this one. Not too strong, it adds from the mint a cooling sensation after use. Refreshing yes, but not so great again if you’re trying to stay warm after a nice hot bath in the evening (maybe better used at the start of ones day).

Bath Lily Green

This bath lily isn’t scented (unfortunately), and since I don’t use bath lilies, I can’t attest to its effectiveness. But it’s from The Body Shop after all, so it feels and looks to be of good quality.


The Body Shop's Vanilla Marshmallow

When I first read vanilla marshmallow, I really was expecting something super sugary and sickly, but this one surprised me. It smells like a delicious vanilla-y perfume. If you’ve ready my blog for a while then you’ll know I have a particular affection for anything that is vanilla based, so I wasn’t at all surprised when I found a perfume in my collection that smelled incredibly similar to vanilla marshmallow; Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck Enchanted.

The Body Shop's Vanilla Marshmallow Hand Cream & Body Butter

Vanilla Marshmallow: Hand Cream

I found this hand cream to be more moisturising than the peppermint candy cane hand cream (my hands felt moisturised until the next evening application). Hence this one moisturised just as well as any normal body butter for me. Again, the hand cream’s scent is much stronger than its body butter counterpart and it feel weird going to bed feeling like you’ve just doused yourself is perfume, but not unpleasant or in any way sickly.

Vanilla Marshmallow: Body Butter

My favourite of the set. What can I say, I love their body butters and this was my favourite scent so win, win. Creamy and nourishing this body butter is perfect for the legs after a shave and you’ll never suffer from winter scaly legs ever again with this one.

The Body Shop's Vanilla Marshmallow Shower Gel

Vanilla Marshmallow: Shower Gel

This was really pleasant to use in the bath and shower. It’s so creamy and really feels like you’re just using a fancy perfume all over your body, plus the scent lingers quite a bit after you’ve towelled off which is always a bonus.

Bath Lily Cream

Again, don’t use bath lilies but looks good either way and I’m sure my brother who does love them for exfoliating will appreciate the slightly more masculine colour (unlike my bright purple one he’s had to use in the past :P).

The Body Shop's Vanilla Marshmallow

There you have it my two new favourite additions to The Body Shop range, which sadly as with any holiday scents are limited edition, so go, go, get them while you still can!

Have you found any holiday scents that you can live without right now?

I know Bath & Body Works comes out with a ton of holiday scents this time of year, but sadly we don’t have that shop here so I can never buy or smell them nor their candles. :(

Although imagine if Yankee Candle started doing shower gels, wouldn’t that be awesome!



Fcuk's Friction For Her - Review

So, it's nearly the end of summer and I thought I would share with you my favourite perfume by far to wear this season. The Fcuk's Friction For Her perfume!

I bought this eau de parfum back in November of last year, fully intending it to be a summer perfume. I went in The Fragrance Shop of Ashford Designer Outlet (in Kent, UK), and after a bit of a browse I asked the sales assistant for something with a bit of a strawberry scent in it. She presented me with this Friction For Her by Fcuk. Even though I had never tried a perfume from French Connection before, it smelt delicious plus had an extra discount (£44.50 to £15), so I couldn't resist!

Fcuk's Friction For Her 1
Fcuk's Friction For Her 2

This truly smells good enough to eat! Like my Jimmy Choo eau de parfum (which I reviewed in my Top 5 Autumn/Fall Perfumes post), It has a slight fruit yoghurt appeal to it...which I love!

I mean by now you might notice a pattern in my perfume choices; anything vanilla-y, sugary and edible...I'm in! I mean who doesn't want to smell like a delicious candy bar all day long?!! Plus, it's not too strong or sickly of a scent. However that does also mean it doesn't last super long (like my Jimmy Choo; 4 hours max), some reviewers have compared its lasting power to a body mist/spray, which I would tend to agree. But as usual, my trick of spraying it on my clothes as opposed to my skin always extends a perfume's life span.

- TOP NOTES: Pink honeysuckle, apple blossom, red berries and creamy coconut

- MIDDLE NOTES: Spun sugar, vanilla absolute and pink jasmine

- BASE NOTES: White vetiver, blonde woods, sandalwood, amber and magnetic musk

Apart from its lightness and deliciousness, what makes this Friction For Her perfume the perfect summer perfume is its coconut note.

I'm a big fan of coconut all year round (I mean strawberries, chocolate and coconut shavings = YUM!!!). But in the summer I tend to go overboard; it's the smell of my hair detangling spray, my body butter and my drinks (virgin piña colada all the way!!!). So, having it as a note in one of my perfumes complements the rest of my beauty products perfectly!

Now I know what you're all thinking; "Enough about the perfume, where did you get that strawberry-shaped bag from?!". Well my lovelies it's usually sold on Collectif for a ludicrous £46.50 although it's currently on sale for just £11.63, so grab a bargain!!!

However earlier this year I wasn't as lucky as you guys could be, so after a bit of a search on eBay I found a seller with the exact same bag for much cheaper (and it wasn't a scam, woop woop!). Although, I still have to get around to varnishing mine, because I'm a bit paranoid that the red dye from the bag will get onto my light summer clothing without that extra protective layer. This is just a precaution though, to each their own.

There you have it, my summer perfume favourite! Although if we were to talk just normal favourites for this summer; then my new desk fan has to make the top of the list. I was a life saver in the multitude of heatwaves we've had this year, and luckily, I bought it early enough before all fans in existence went out-of-stock (stupid non-aircon houses and flats)! I'm looking forward to more humane temperatures now :)

What has been your summer go-to perfume this year?

How did you keep cool in all these heatwaves?

What are you looking forward to the most this autumn?




Spring Makeup Shakeup

Now that spring is firmly here and I'm no longer fighting a runny nose, I thought I would share with you the subtle changes I make to my everyday makeup in the spring.

The main change is that I tend to add a lot more colour (not that I shy away from colour during the autumn/winter). I've noticed that my palette changes from more burnt copper hues, mauves, and plums (and sometimes neutrals), to fresher pastels, pinks and bright reds.


KIKO Tropic Heat Collection

There are two ways I like to add subtle colour to my eyes:

The first; (as seen above), is with an aqua eyeliner (from last year's Tropic Heat Collection by KIKO). Although to be honest I wasn't very impressed by the colour payoff of this one, so I'm going to try the same look again but with the NYX Faux Whites Eye Brightener in Mint Cream (it's the only mint eye pencil/eyeliner I can find).

When I'm using a lighter eyeliner (pastel or bright coloured) above my upper lashline, I first want to create the appearance of a thicker lashline with a thin line of brown or black eyeliner (we're not going for a 60's cat eye here). Then above that I put my lighter "fun" eyeliner (effectively doing double eyeliner lines in different colours). This way you still get the subtle hint of colour with the added benefit of a fuller lashline.

KIKO Super Colour Eyeliner in 109 Pearly Purple Cranesbill

The second way; you may remember from my Coloured Eyeliner post, involves purple eyeliner and mascara. Both dark enough that it's only really in sunlight that you'll be able to tell it's a purple. (One of my best friends in high school took two years to notice I actually wore purple mascara every day, so don't be offended if no one really points it out). This time, because the purple eyeliner is dark enough (109 Pearly Purple Cranesbill - KIKO Super Colour Eyeliner), you don't need to create a thicker lashline first, and can directly create a wing. Then add the purple mascara, my favourite is the YSL Effets Faux Cils in 4 Violet, and you're done!


Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in 03 Berry Pop

For cheeks, it may not be a surprise to those of you who have been reading me for a while, but I don't deviate from my favourite blushes the Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes of course!!!

The gorgeous Gerbera daisy design embossed in the product and clear clean packaging makes it a real treat to use! Especially during the spring when all the flowers are starting to make an appearance. For more info on the three colours I own from this range, feel free to check out my Clinique Cheek Pop Blush "US Exclusive" post (yes, I was crazy and ordered a limited colour all the way from the United States...#spoiler so worth it!!!).


M.A.C. Retro Matte Lipstick in Relentlessly Red

Even though I wear reds all year round there is a marked difference between the autumn/winter ones, which tend to be more blue based (as seen in my Top Berry, Plum & Red Lipsticks post) and my spring/summer ones; which are more orangey or pinky and a lot brighter in tone.

Also, come the warmer weather, I like to change to a glossy finish every once in a while, (when it's not a windy day and there is no chance of the whole "hair in the lipstick" scenario)!

However, in all these particular photos, I'm wearing Mac's Retro Matte Lipstick in Relentlessly Red. Contrary to what the name might make you think, it's not really a red but more a pinky red/dark magenta pink lipstick (so no, the photos aren't deceiving you!).

Wearing M.A.C. Retro Matte Lipstick in Relentlessly Red almost dupe with Revlon's Colorburst Matte Balm in Unapologetic

This is another option for all the red lovers out there; Revlon's Colorburst Matte Balm in Unapologetic. (I love this range from Revlon and I feel like I own every colour by now, I can do a collection post if you guys want?).

This particular shade is a rather fluorescent orangey red, with its minty freshness and easy to apply pencil shape (it self-sharpens as you use it), it's one of my easiest and quickest reds to apply. Because of its orangey tinge however, it will make your teeth look slightly yellow, but I feel that it is "fluorescent" enough that no one will notice!

Wearing M.A.C. Retro Matte Lipstick in Relentlessly Red but showing Revlon's Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Love and Essie's Blue-La-La

Lastly, we have Revlon's Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in Love. A true red (again not actually on my lips here), this is an interesting formula; it goes on like a gloss and stays quite creamy/shiny for a looong while (if you're in a rush, quickly blot your lips on some tissue to speed up the drying process). For the long haul, this is a nice moisturising and comfortable formula.


Finally, I can't not talk about my nails! They also usually get an overhaul this time of year too (majorly influenced by the springtime releases of course!). Again, I seem to ditch the darker/neutral colours and gravitate towards more pastel shades. This one is Blue-La-La from last year's Essie Summer Collection (post coming soon).

I've swatched all three red lipsticks on my arm here. From left to right: Mac's Relentlessly Red, Revlon's Unapologetic and Revlon's Love.

So, there you have it, my subtle switchups come spring.

What do you like to change in your makeup bag this time of year?

What fun things have you been doing whilst the sun was out?

Any bright eyeliner formulas you can't get enough of? I'm always open to new suggestions!




Burberry's Burberry Brit - Review

January is a bit of an awkward month; the festivities are over and everyone is up for a fresh start. The heavy, dark jewel tones are no more, the sparkles are dissipating yet it's still freezing what to wear?

Burberry's Burberry Brit 1

My solution? Fresh and light coloured outerwear combined with a deep red lip and this gorgeous matching Mango checked scarf (still available here). Best of all, my new perfume (received as a Christmas gift) matches this crisp look perfectly!

P.S. The fact that the perfume box and scarf have the exact same matching pattern is puuure coincidence...shifty eyes. Okay, I liked the check on the box so much that when I found it in scarf form I just couldn't resist, so sue me!

Burberry's Burberry Brit 2

Burberry Brit Eau de Toilette (not to be confused with the heavier original) sits in strength in the middle of this perfume chart. However, I found that even after two (short) train rides and an afternoon of cleaning, I could still smell it on my jumper. That's why I regularly spray perfumes on my always last WAY longer!!!

Burberry's Burberry Brit 3

You'll know if you've read any of my other perfume reviews (here, here and here) that I tend to always go for the sweeter perfumes. But this one, as well as being sweet (can't stray too far from what I love guys), is also quite citrusy. This gives it that extra zestiness that will have you walking with a spring in your step in no time! Plus, the scent doesn't make you smell like toilet cleaner (which is always the danger with citrusy smells)! #BONUS!!!

- TOP NOTES: Green almond, icy pear, lemon grass and Italian lime

- MIDDLE NOTES: Sugared almonds and lush peony

- BASE NOTES: Mahogany, amber and vanilla

Burberry's Burberry Brit 4

The watch, if you're curious, is a new addition to my watch collection from New Look (available here). The coat however, is a really old one from Next (I'm not kidding, I bought it when I was 14-15 so 10+ years ago time flies!!!). But any white or cream pea coat should be fine if you also want to achieve this look. And finally, on my lips is the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 17 Dark-Red.

Burberry's Burberry Brit 5

There you have it, my quick review on the perfume and outfit (more specifically scarf) that I'm loving at the moment!

What do you like to wear during the non-festive winter months?

Have you received any perfumey gifts as of late that you're absolutely loving?




3 Easy Halloween Makeup Looks


In Belgium, where I live, we don't really celebrate Halloween. Nevertheless, I can't ignore my true calling...honouring the "candy holiday" is a definite must for me! So, I came up with three quick and easy makeup looks, so you too can indulge in your sweet tooth this fine evening (sadly not a socially acceptable practice any other time of year).


Countess Dracula Look 1

I VANT TO SUCK YOUR BLOOD!!! Excuse me while I teach my precious little fluffy offspring here, how it's done! :P

Anyway, for this look, all you need to add to your everyday makeup is two different shades of red liquid lipsticks (which I recommend over normal lipsticks to avoid smudging). I personally used a brighter red for my lips; Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always Red, and a slightly darker rustier coloured red for the fake blood (so it doesn't look like you've just smudged your lipstick down your face), Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 17 Dark-Red. The latter, you'll want to draw in a slight zig-zag going from the corner of your mouth to your chin...a.k.a. where blood would dribble if you actually had fangs!

Countess Dracula Look 1

The vampire cape came from Stonemanor, a British Store, here in Belgium, that likes to go all out when it comes to Halloween. I even got some spider web tights and tablecloth there (the latter which I use as a makeshift cape in the look below #improvising).


May I present; the Spider Queen a.k.a. Aragog in human form! I know what you're thinking...why couldn't it be a pretty butterfly?!

Now if you wanted to be really fancy/creepy with this look (and had a lot of extra time to spare) then you could always do a double or triple vision makeup look to imitate the numerous eyes that spiders have. But I took the easy way out, and with just one good eyeliner, my trusted Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner in 1 Black, I drew spider webs on my eyelids.

Extending from my lashline and following the natural direction of my eyelashes, I drew five lines to create the basis of the webs. Then, connecting them with a slight concave shape whilst gradually going closer towards the lashline as I reached the inner corner of my eye. Don't worry, it doesn't have to be perfect or symmetrical. It's very effective no matter how smudged and messy! To complete the look, I just added Mac's Matte Lipstick in Stone.

Spider Queen Look 2


Lastly, I created a cat makeup look which I feel is the easy go-to for anybody who's running too late to get a "proper" costume together. So, don't be surprised if you turn up to a Halloween party and it feels like you're just an extra in a production of "Cats The Musical".

Cat Makeup Look 3

Again, I used my favourite eyeliner, Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner in 1 Black, to create the whiskers. Unfortunately, you have to freehand it (haven't found a better solution) and wobbling is an annoying occurrence. At least, I wasn't wearing any foundation, so mistakes were more or less easy to rectify. Continuing with the eyeliner, I drew the nose and the line between the philtrum ridges.

Then for my top lip I used KIKO Instant Colour Matte Liquid Lip Colour in 15 Anthracite, and my bottom lip I used Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 01 Always Red. I wanted both lip products to be as smudge resistant as possible, so that they wouldn't bleed into each other when my mouth was closed. This would have been successful had I not then decided to eat and drink, minor transfer of colour was unavoidable in that situation I'm afraid.

(pro tip: DON'T DO THIS LOOK IF YOU'VE GOT A RUNNY NOSE!!! One blow in a tissue and you end up with black EVERYWHERE...I learnt my lesson the hard way guys!).

The gorgeous lace cat ears came from New Look, but I can't seem to find them on their website anymore. However, they do have some cute alternative options. But anyway, there you have it; my three quick and easy Halloween makeup looks. Which one was your favourite?

Do you celebrate Halloween? If so, what's your favourite memory?

What's your must-have candy for this holiday?

Also, what's your favourite movie to watch this time of year? I can't do creepy anymore, I used to be an avid horror movie watcher...then Paranormal Activity happened, and I just can't watch them anymore (there's always one!)




Jo Malone's Myrrh & Tonka - Review

So it was my birthday last week (I'm now officially in my late twenties...sniff), apart from the noticeable wrinkles and grey hair that have appeared overnight (I might be a tad overdramatising here) I received this gorgeous Jo Malone perfume from my big boo (a.k.a. brother).

Now don't be too impressed with his choice, we actually went together to Senteurs d'Ailleurs (in Place Stéphanie here in Brussels); a swanky perfume shop which carries: Jo Malone, Diptyque, Molecule 01 to name a few. And if you've read any of my other perfume posts (here, here and here) then you'll know that I have a particular fondness for very sweet/vanilla-y perfumes and this Myrrh & Tonka is no exception!

Jo Malone's Myrrh & Tonka 1

New to Jo Malone's collection (which I only realised when I went on to their website), this scent is just delicious! I will admit it might not be for everyone, after all their most popular scents amongst bloggers - Peony & Blush Suede and Wood Sage & Sea Salt - I don't particularly care for.

However, so far anyway, I've had no complaints! My family would generally tell me if a perfume was too strong/sickly (not that that makes me stop wearing it of course!). And even my mum liked it so much that she wants it for her Christmas (and we generally have very different tastes; she likes the more floral and me the more fruity/sweet).

Jo Malone's Myrrh & Tonka 2
Jo Malone's Myrrh & Tonka 3

Finally, after patiently waiting for two months since I picked it out, I get to wear this cologne! Yes, I have been saying perfume, but this is in fact a cologne. It's part of Jo Malone's more expensive "Cologne Intense" range a.k.a. the black bottles (which unfortunately don't come in the 30ml, so make sure you really like your choice before purchase because it's a SPLURGE whether you get the 50ml or the 100ml). And contrary to what the perfume chart indicates: that a cologne is weaker in fragrance oils than a perfume, this cologne really does deserve its "intense" categorisation, as it's very strong!!! Composed of:

- TOP NOTES: Lavender


- BASE NOTES: Vanilla, tonka bean and almond

Jo Malone's Myrrh & Tonka 4

Isn't the packaging amazing?! Plus, since the shop (Senteurs d'Ailleurs), at the time, had run out of boxes to wrap my cologne in, I got a whole bunch of extra Jo Malone samples to enjoy (and I ain't complaining!).

As for longevity, this cologne lasted on me all day! Same as their Blackberry & Bay cologne in fact (which is the only other Jo Malone perfume I own; see my Top 5 Autumn/Fall Perfumes post for more info about that one), albeit a bit stronger. However, I have to acknowledge that I have a tendency to spray my perfumes on my clothes which is a contributing factor to longevity (except when I'm testing them out before purchase, then I make it a point to spray it on my skin to see how my body's chemistry reacts to it).

Jo Malone's Myrrh & Tonka 5
Jo Malone's Myrrh & Tonka 6

There you have it, my review of the new Myrrh & Tonka fragrance. I urge you to go and sniff it, and if you like it, definitely spritz it on your skin to test out (I mean why not?! That's what the samples are there for!).

Do you own any Jo Malone cologne or cologne intense? What do you think of it/them?

If not and you've only had a curious gander (cause your wallet can't take it), which one caught your eye, or should I say nose?




Top Berry, Plum & Red Lipsticks

So it's officially spring!!! Now I know what you're time to crack out the berry, plum and red lipsticks! I kid, I know these colours are considered to be more "wintery" but seeing as the weather over here doesn't seem to have gotten the message of the season change (except for a few sunny days here and there) I thought why not?! Plus, I know my ladies (and gents coz no one is left behind!) south of the equator would appreciate this post (SHOUTOUT to my bae Maga!).


First up are the berries and plums. I find the berries (along with the brighter reds, see below) the most versatile, season-wise, of the lot. When I think of berry lipsticks the colours that immediately pop into my mind are those of strawberries (the darker smaller ones) and raspberries. Because they contain more of a red tone, they tend to make the lips brighter and juicier looking than their plum counterparts (this can vary depending on the finish of your lipstick too of course) and hence can be worn pretty much whenever.

However, plums are a lot darker and more blue toned in nature hence their purple appearance can give you a more "vampy" look very quickly. Now you can rock this look in the summer by all means but for me, personally, under the harsh bright sunlight it makes you look like you're wearing too much makeup (even if you're not!). But don't despair, for summer evenings/nights, when the sun has quietly nestled beyond the horizon, your dark plums can come back out to play! Paired with a golden goddess look, it can be really fun, as it's an unexpected yet very glamorous combination!

Berry & Plum Lipsticks
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 02 Frambourjoise

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet - 02 Frambourjoise

Speaking of berries making me think of raspberries, let me introduce you to my first favourite and aptly named liquid lipstick: Frambourjoise (it's a play on the word framboise which is the French for raspberry). This is the perfect berry colour! This range of liquid lipsticks has one of the most pleasant textures out there, and when Bourjois first launched this line (before everyone and their mother started making liquid lipsticks) it was all the rage for good reason!

Velvety matte without being drying (it looks shiny in the pictures because I didn't wait for them to dry down after application as I was quickly swatching one after another). I especially love the almost airbrushed lip line it gives without even trying (using a lip pencil is not needed and would ruin the effect). You can layer it up too from a simple wash of colour to a bolder one (yet always super smooth and pigmented). Hence this Edition Velvet is the perfect consistency to create a Korean gradient lip. Just you wait, like the cushion compact, this trend will surely trickle its way to the western beauty soon as everyone puts down their contouring brushes that is! ;)

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 14 Plum Plum Girl

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet - 14 Plum Plum Girl

And because at this point I may or may not own every colour from the Edition Velvet line (there are a few colours that aren't my cup of tea) I had to also include another favourite from this line (...don't make me choose, they're all my babies!!!), Plum Plum Girl. This one is right on the cusp between a berry and a plum depending on how many layers you apply; one coat would be more berry but it gets darker and hence plum-ier as you layer. It still has a hint of red, which is why I hesitate to call it a full on plum despite the name. To be fair, Bourjois themselves have categorised it, along with the lipstick in Violine Strass (just below), as a plumy fuchsia.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in 18 Violine Strass

Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick - 18 Violine Strass

Despite belonging to the same plumy fuchsia category as the lip velvet above, this one I wouldn't hesitate to call a plum (even if it's in a lighter plum on the "plum spectrum"...yes I am indeed inventing my own colour grouping!), because it's darker and more purple toned. As it has a satin finish, it has a certain glossiness which I'm not a big fan of in darker lipsticks! This consistency means the lipstick can transfer easily and never actually quite "sets". We've all experience those windy days with our hair dragging across our lipstick to then leave random lipstick marks all over the rest of the face, now while this might not be a problem with a glossy neutral...dark plums are a different story! Hence, I mattify down all glossy dark lipsticks (depending how transferable and glossy they are) by blotting my lips on a tissue (I usually don't bother with the transluscent powder step).

However, since this lipstick also contains small specs of super fine gold glitter (you can just about see it in the photos) you never actually fully lose the shine. When any light hits it, you still get a slight sparkle/shine not matter how much you've mattifyed it beforehand.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 14 Blackberry Sorbet

Sephora Cream Lip Stain - 14 Blackberry Sorbet

You may recognise this beauty from my Sephora Cream Lip Stain post. In those photos however it appears to have a blue sheen which was caused by my camera flash. These photos are a way more accurate depiction of what this colour actually looks like. Still dark and very blue toned, i.e. a quintessential plum, it's still one of my favourites. I stand by my first description though, that it's a bit finicky to apply; excess product on the doe foot applicator can line the edge of your lips (a quick dab with a tissue solves this problem). Not too drying, yet not as comfortable as the Bourjois Edition Velvet liquid lipsticks. The Sephora Cream Lip Stains still remain some of my favourite go-to liquid lipsticks. As a bonus, since they dry down completely matte and transfer proof these are my saviour in windy conditions when I still want to wear a bold lip.


M.A.C. Satin Lipstick in Captive

M.A.C. Satin Lipstick - Captive

Described as a pinkish-plum on the Mac website, this is another colour that can be described as right on the cusp between a berry and a plum. It has a rusty red quality/undertone to it (exaggerated in certain lights), which is what first captured my interest (see what I did there?). Bought pretty recently (right before last autumn) it is a colour I find myself keep being drawn back to as an everyday lipstick. When I'm craving the pigmentation/colour of a berry/plum but I don't want it to be the centre piece of my makeup look that day (dark lips will automatically draw the eyes downwards), this is the one I reach for! It has this amazing capacity to be a lip accentuating lipstick all the while without monopolizing the totality of the attention to that area of the face either, which is a rare feat and one which I very much love!

M.A.C. Satin Lipstick in Rebel

M.A.C. Satin Lipstick - Rebel

Described as a midtonal cream plum this is quite a strong purple hued lipstick (it also stains the lips pinky-purple when removed). It's an autumn classic when it comes to anyone that collects Mac lipsticks. If you've followed me for a while now you'll know that I've never been obsessed with the whole Mac lipstick craze that went on for a while in the YouTube Beauty community (don't get me wrong, I found some of my favourite YouTubers that way!). But price point wise, I wasn't impressed and still find them very expensive to this day, especially since you can find equally good formulas, if not better, at the drugstore! So I never felt the need to look anywhere else; personally my all-time favourite drugstore lipsticks are The Moisture Renew ones from Rimmel.

Since then however, and after many solely lipstick swatching trips to Mac, I now know that my favourite formula from them is their Satin finish (with a few exceptions for certain colours). If you weren't aware, Mac do their lipsticks by finish: Amplified, Cremesheen, Frost, Glaze, Lustre, Satin, Matte and Retro Matte. And a colour will only come in one of these finishes, not all...sad face (with a few exceptions like the Matte vs. Retro Matte), so sometimes you'll absolutely love a colour but hate the finish or vice versa.

Needless to say, only fools don't change their minds and since then, after much umming and ahhing, I've amassed quite the collection (seven total) that I'm really happy with! While there are still some colours I might have my eye on, I'll never become one of those "must have the latest Mac IT colour girls"...nope...that honour is exclusively reserved for Essie I'm afraid (probably all those nail polish fumes going to my head).


Red Lipsticks
Red Lipsticks
L'Oréal Color Riche Collection Exclusive in Julianne's Pure Red

L'Oréal Color Riche Collection Exclusive - Julianne's Pure Red

A true classic red (although also a bit of a lip stainer; it leaves a pinkish hue when removed), I can't get enough of this lipstick come spring and summer. I love to style it with gingham...a bit "à la vintage", with some red sunnies to complete the look (as seen in my Sunglasses Lookbook). But there are many ways to style a red lipstick (as it goes with anything) but if you're looking for some fresh ideas then I highly recommend checking out Wendy (from Wendy's Lookbook), who recently did a red lip; pairings video which I absolutely loved! You'll stay for her soothing voice and impeccable taste in me!

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in 107

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish - 107

This lipstick needs no introduction, made famous by the beautiful Zoella (yes I immediately went out to buy it the first time she ever mentioned it), it's a staple autumn shade. However, this has also got to be my favourite of all time dark red/burgundy colours, which makes it an all year round go-to for any evening event in my opinion. Plus, I have yet to see anyone that this colour doesn't suit (which I'm sure has helped with its huge popularity). Great formula, long lasting power and overall comfort, I'm now on my second tube, that's how much I love it! Do be warned though, it leaves your lips stained a bit red when removing ;)

Topshop Velvet Lips in Velveteen Ribbon

Topshop Velvet Lips - Velveteen Ribbon

Last but by no means least is this Topshop Velvet lipstick (also leaves your lips a bit stained after removal). Now this one is a bit of a tricky lipstick because I absolutely love the colour and velvety finish it gives (it really does look like you've cut up a piece of soft velvety fabric and stuck it onto your lips) but I hate the heavy/dry feeling it leaves on your lips (like literally having a piece of velvety fabric glued onto your lips). So, a no-win situation really! But I thought it was important to mention, as Topshop sporadically comes out with different colours in this formula so it might be worth knowing what you're getting yourself into beforehand. I personally can't stand wearing it for more than an hour stretch at a time, but for that one hour, it really does look stunning!

Red Lipsticks
M.A.C. Satin Lipstick in Rebel

There you have it; my top berry, plum and red lipsticks. Sorry this latest blog post has been such a long time coming, but hopefully you've enjoyed it nonetheless?!

What are your favourite berry, plum and red lipsticks?

How do you like to style your red lipsticks? Do you coordinate your outfit to your lipstick or do you prefer to clash (it can be a fun look too!)? Although clashing with red is a bit harder to do as it suits pretty much every outfit!

Finally, do you reserve these colours strictly for autumn/winter time or do you like to wear them all year round like me? I still do love to wear bright colours in the spring/summer I just don't "ban" these ones from my repertoire, the more the merrier I say! ;)




Ralph Lauren's Tender Romance - Review

Ralph Lauren's Tender Romance 1

So, Valentine's Day is coming up...cough cough...tomorrow, in case you needed a quick reminder. I know I don't, I LOVE "stuffing my face full of heart-shaped chocolate" day! #livingthesinglelife. But just in case you needed a last-minute gift inspiration or if you just wanted to treat yourself to something special, I thought this little short and sweet post would do the trick!

Ralph Lauren's Tender Romance 2

Ralph Lauren - Tender Romance (Eau de Parfum)

Without further ado, I present the newest addition to my perfume collection and a recent release (launched in 2016) from Ralph Lauren: Tender Romance! Now while this perfume doesn't actually contain any vanilla, which if you're a long time reader you'll know is the basis of most of my favourite perfumes (see my Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire post or my Top 5 Autumn/Fall Perfumes), it does however contain benzoin. This is a resin with a vanilla-like sweet aroma and this perfume certainly delivers on sugariness...hence why I liked it so much (yes I do have a sweet tooth...what gave me away?!).

Nevertheless, I would describe this perfume as quite floral and fresh smelling (still with a strong sugary undertone), perfect for the last winter months where you're naturally craving a rejuvenating scent to start off the new year. While I can't personally detect the spiciness of the ginger note, the base notes definitely come into play after a couple of hours and make everything softer somehow.

Furthermore, this perfume has one of the strongest lasting powers I have ever come across, you're getting lots of bang for your buck that's for sure! Admittedly, I tend to spray my perfumes on my clothes, which tends to extend the life of any perfume anyway, but this one I tested out on my skin and I could still smell it on myself after 8 hours, amazing!!! I also read that for some ladies this lasted on them for up to 15-24 hours!!! If that doesn't persuade you that this scent is at least worth a try, I don't know what will?!

- TOP NOTES: Bergamot, ginger and pear

- MIDDLE NOTES: White ginger lily, white magnolia and jasmine

- BASE NOTES: Cashmere wood, benzoin and musk

Hope you all have a lovely day tomorrow, whether you spoil yourself or someone you cherish...we all know those chocolates aren't going to eat themselves!!! Num num!

What's your favourite thing on Valentine's Day? I love watching romantic films too (they're my favourite genre anyway), although I'm not quite sure what this year's picks will be?

Have you had any recent perfume discoveries I need to know about?



Tanya Burr 12 Day Beauty Calendar 2016

Tanya Burr 12 Day Beauty Calendar 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Now that it's officially Christmas, the countdown of Tanya Burr's 12 Day Beauty Calendar can begin!

As with any 12 day calendar, when you're supposed to open it is entirely up to you (within the reasonable of course: nooo...opening everything up on the first day is cheating! But...twiddles foot on ground...I'm a beauty blogger?! Nods approvingly). So whether it's on the first days of December, so you can have all the beauty products at your disposal for any upcoming festivities, every other day to make it last longer, or even sticking to the traditional 12 days of Christmas (because you've only just received it as a Christmas gift to enjoy over the next few days), either way it's going to be a wonderful surprise for any beauty lover out there!

Last year I was fortunate enough to find the Ciaté London Mini Mani Month Calendar for sale in March, so if you still come across this calendar then, you'll know you'll want to pick it up! Personally I managed to snatch this calendar up when it was reduced to £15 (instead of the usual £25); amazing bargain especially since that works out at £1.25 per beauty item - definitely one of the most affordable Beauty Calendars out there (and great quality too, except for the polishes, but more about that below)!

As with any post of this kind this is going to contain major #SPOILERS so if you don't want to know what's in your calendar before you buy then GO NOW, save yourself!!!...If you do, then stay, let's hang out! And you can join me on my first foray into the Tanya Burr Cosmetics line.

 In order of appearance, this calendar contains:

 1. Lip Gloss in Candy Cane
 2. Nail File

 3. Mirror
 4. Eye Shimmer Pot in Champagne Sparkle (rose gold)
 5. Lip Gloss in Berry Pavlova
 6. Nail Polish in Glitters and Gold (gold)
 7. Glitter Eyeliner in Ice Crystals (silver)
 8. Eye Shimmer Pot in Snow Day (white)
 9. Matte Lip in Christmas Stocking
10. Glitter Eyeliner in Treasured (gold)
11. Nail Polish in Sleigh Bells (red)
12. Nail Polish in Glitter Rain (silver)

Tanya Burr 12 Day Beauty Calendar 2016


Let's begin with the filler presents of the bunch: the nail file and mirror. The former is pretty (my favourite colour) but I already have a metallic Pfeilring Nail File that I swear by and at £9.99 it's well worth the investment (I've just bought a new one after 10 years of usage on my old one, I kid you not!!!). Cardboard nail files are too gritty for my liking, they tend to tear my nails more than anything, and I already have an issue with peeling nails to begin with.

The mirror is cute but I wish it had a cover so you could protect it from scratches in your handbag (keys people!!!! Or as I like to call them; little stabby swords! (we've all been there when it comes to searching into the abyss of the handbag).


The whole reason I wanted this Beauty Calendar in the first place was for the red glitter polish (Sleigh Bells), it's beautiful and the formula is amazing!!! As you'll know from my recent Seventeen Colour Carnival blog post I've been looking for a great red glitter for ages, but unfortunately this doesn't cut the mustard because of THE STINK. Now I'm not a novice when it comes to nail polish smells, I've poisoned my lungs with my fair share, but I don't know what it is in all three polishes of this set (or even if it's the same problem with Tanya's other polishes), but they smell incredibly strong, almost like paint thinner/glue. After painting these three swatches for the photos I had to let them dry OUTSIDE, overnight, because I couldn't stand it! (Don't want to try applying it to my whole 10 fingers). Maybe I'm being too fussy, but something that chemical really can't be good for me to be inhaling. So I'm back where I was, still without my ideal red glitter polish...sniff.

If you're also put off by the smell of these polishes then good dupes for the gold (Glitters and Gold) and silver (Glitter Rain) ones are Essie's Luxeffects toppers in Rock At The Top and Set In Stone respectively (both of which I already own, hence why I'm not heartbroken over those ones).

The glitter eyeliners on the other hand are A-typical glitter eyeliners and I have no real qualms other than they apply a little bit sparse. I know looking at all these beauty products the last thing you would think is "this needs more glitter" but here I am saying the eyeliners could have used more glitter! Or maybe some more pigment in the suspending liquid?

Tanya Burr 12 Day Beauty Calendar 2016


Now I'm a contacts wearer, so I must admit my experience with loose glitter is pretty non-existent (I mean waterlining was not suggested either and look how far I've come). But these are little pots full of what is essentially specks of scratchy "dust" and I'm a bit more hesitant to dip my foot in THAT pool!

Nonetheless, I've always loved the effect glitter has on the eyes (just not my eyes) and with Snow Day (a white glitter with multi-coloured sparkle, almost holographic) and Champagne Sparkle (a gorgeous rose gold glitter with silvery sparkle), you're sure to dazzle this festive season!

Tanya Burr 12 Day Beauty Calendar 2016


And now the bit you've all been waiting for, SWATCH TIME!!!! All of Tanya's lip products smell absolutely delicious, a sugary candy cane scent which is a far cry from her polishes.

Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in Candy Cane

Tanya Burr - Candy Cane (Lip Gloss)

Speaking of which, her appropriately named lip gloss. This Candy Cane lip gloss although rather fuchsia coloured in the bottle is much more of a softer pink on the lips. Now I'm not a fan of lip glosses (to many struggles with hair on lip situations in the past) but Tanya might have made me a convert! Very similar to the almost balmy buttery and non-sticky softness of the L'Oréal Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Colors, I think these are a must try!

Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in Berry Pavlova

Tanya Burr - Berry Pavlova (Lip Gloss)

Again appropriately named, this colour is not as red as the bottle might have you imagine, it's in fact quite a fair bit pink and hence more berry toned. Same gorgeous formula as the one above.

Tanya Burr Matte Lip in Christmas Stocking

Tanya Burr - Christmas Stocking (Matte Lip)

Christmas Stocking is a super orange-y toned red, perfect for the holidays.

I was very interested to try Tanya's matte lip formula and I could honestly not be more impressed! Similar feeling to the Sephora Cream Lip Stains, which are the Beauty Blogger/Guru World's favourite liquid lipsticks formula and for good reason! This one is right up there too, more velvety and a tad bit more drying, this formula nonetheless might give Sephora Cream Lip Stains some serious competition (plus Tanya's price is a pittance in comparison to the price of those bad boys, I know which my wallet prefers!).

Do be warned though, you'll need some seriously heavy duty makeup remover (oil/remover combo) to get this baby off your lips (it's what make it so long lasting). But nothing my trusted Lancôme Bi-Facil couldn't handle.

Tanya Burr 12 Day Beauty Calendar 2016

So all in all, what do I think of Tanya Burr's Cosmetics? Pretty fantastic!!! Good quality especially for the price range, other than the minor blip of the nail polish smell I would honestly love to try more from her Cosmetics line (and isn't that the clever point of these calendars? Tasters for a product range).

I have to say my absolute favourite part of all these products has to be the names that Tanya gives them. If I ever had a beauty product line (I can dream people!!!) I hope I could come up with names at least half as good as she does. Honestly there's something quite disappointing when your favourite beauty product doesn't have a cute name to remember it by...cough, Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 107...cough.

So there you have it, a peak in Tanya Burr's 12 Day Beauty Calendar, hope you enjoyed?!

Let me know what was your favourite product?

Have you tried anything else from Tanya's line that I should get my hands on?

What's your makeup go-to for the holiday? Glitter yea or nay?




Zoella Christmas Collection 2016 - Review

What better way to start my Christmas blog posts than with another Christmas obsessive like me...Zoe!!! This is the second year she has brought out a Christmas range, however unlike last year where the products retained the Zoella "Classic" scent, this year it's a brand new, limited edition, gingerbread scent!!!

Zoella Christmas Collection 2016

Now you may or may not know (depending on how long you've been following her), Zoe doesn't actually like sweet scents (shock horror I know!!!). Although technically, gingerbread might be more accurately categorised as a spicy scent, it still retains a sweet factor. She has succeeded once before with her Zoella's Sweet Inspirations range, so I had the utmost faith that she would succeed again. And I was right!!! (go me!!!). She manages to encapsulate the gingerbread spiciness all the while keeping it sweet with a hint of vanilla.

I have tried gingerbread scented products before (as a giftset from Boots years ago) but the shower gel and cream were so bad smelling (the world's strongest and most unpleasant spicy smell mixed with chemicals...shudders just thinking about it) that I had to throw them out (that's £5 I'll never see again). This time I had to take the same gamble, and not smell the products before buying, as I didn't go on our annual Bluewater shopping trip this year.

If I'm honest though I wasn't really expecting to get anything from the Zoella Christmas range, as this time last year it had already sold out (still wish I had got my hands on that lip balm duo in vanilla and mint...sniff). This year however, my luck had turned, and I got all the items I wanted (bearing in mind I didn't go overboard, since I didn't know if I would actually like the scent) and I'm very happy with them!

Zoella Christmas Collection 2016 Hungry Hands Hand Cream
Zoella Christmas Collection 2016 Hungry Hands Hand Cream

Zoella Hungry Hands: Hand Cream

Hands down (see what I did there) my favourite packaging from this entire collection! It has rose gold detailing, the red & white string effect and the cutest little rose gold gingerbread silhouette (mais oui!) above the lid.

As for the product itself it's good but not great, but wait...wait before you click away! What I mean is that when it comes to moisturising my hands I'm used to using The Body Shop's Body Butters as my winter saviours. I put it on before bed (since I'm not going to wash my hands for a long period of time) and the next day my hands stay fully moisturised without any additional top-ups. The down side is that the Body Butters aren't really designed for the hands and therefore take a bit of time to sink in.

With Zoella's Hungry Hands however, the product sinks in super quickly with almost a matte finish, so you're not left with greasy hands, and 2 minutes after application you could potentially go about your day. But I tested it out before bed as usual, and my hands didn't stay moisturised for quite as long during the next day (they started to feel really dry by evening time), but because of the quick dry time, I really wouldn't mind carrying this cute hand cream around with me (in my handbag), and just re-apply throughout the day...leaving a gingerbread trail behind me as I go. :)

Zoella Christmas Collection 2016 Ginger Cream Body Cream
Zoella Christmas Collection 2016 Ginger Cream Body Cream

Zoella Ginger Cream: Body Cream

Nice packaging although the mis-matched red lid with the bordeaux hurts my eyes (...and my heart #matchinglunatic); it would have been way cooler with a rose gold lid. But I'm being fussy, the product itself is superb, and my favourite by far!

Same gingery vanilla scent as the hand cream above, it moisturises freshly shaved legs to perfection! It also sinks in relatively quickly; I wouldn't go trying to put on a pair of tights 5 minutes after application though, you'll end up in tears...or with ladders. Having tried it as a hand cream now too (what is with me and not using products as they should be?), I can confirm that it keeps my hands moisturised for as long as my Body Butters. All in all, if you were only going to try one product from the Zoella Christmas range I would highly recommend this one, but I just wish it came in the cuter packaging that is the one above.

Zoella Christmas Collection 2016 Bake My Day! Fragrance Body Mist
Zoella Christmas Collection 2016 Bake My Day! Fragrance Body Mist

Zoella Bake My Day!: Fragranced Body Mist

My least favourite of the bunch, I'm glad it came with the body cream so I feel like I didn't waste too much money (although to be fair Zoella manages to always keep her products reasonably priced, so can't complain too much).

I've noticed when it comes to Zoella's Fragrance Mists that they all seem to have a slightly different smell to the range they represent. I don't know what it is, (maybe the alcohol it contains?) but each time I smell one, I find them a lot stronger and too unpleasant/sickly to actually wear. I tried spraying this one on my jumper (yes I tend to spray perfumes on my clothes rather than on my last longer #tips) but I had to immediately wash it because I couldn't stand the smell. It's just too strong! This might be due to the "wearoff factor" hence it has to be stronger at first spray to last throughout the day?! It's just too much for me personally, and I much prefer the slightly sweeter and diluted smell of the creams.

There you have it my thoughts on Zoella's Christmas Collection 2016.

What did you think of the scent? Does it encapsulate gingerbread/Christmas to you?

Have you tried anything from the range? If so, what's your favourite product?

What would you like to see Zoe come up with next year? I'm thinking a candy cane scent with more rose gold packaging, pretty please!!! Any turkey or Brussel sprout scent suggestions won't be taken seriously! :P




H&M Makeup Haul - Review & Swatches

I think we can all remember 6 years ago, when Topshop decided to launch a beauty range...I know I was rather dubious back then, but any doubt over the quality of the products was quickly erased (swatches galore anyone?). It's not every day a high street clothes store decides to invest in makeup and does so successfully, but 5 years on (yes I'm a little late to the party) and H&M have repeated the feat!

I do have a sneaking suspicion that this is not H&M's first dip in the makeup pool, as I do remember spotting some eyelash curlers and eyeliners through a store window maybe 3 or so years ago. But this is certainly the first time they have released such a beautiful, cohesive and extensive range.

The standout packaging of the H&M Beauty collection has to be the hexagonal blush compact. Geometric shapes, especially hexagons, have been the latest fad in the jewellery world. No more the statement earrings and necklaces (I'll keep mine just in case, we all know fashion is bound to repeat itself...hello 90s) but rather the more delicate and minimalistic jewellery is the new "in".

H&M have got it so right when they decided to use minimalistic and just as equally gorgeous packaging. Enough with the gushing though, I know you are all here to read about the quality of the products...and let me tell you, they don't disappoint!

H&M Colour Essence Eye Cream in Champers & Earth Angel

Colour Essence Eye Cream - Champers & Earth Angel

When it comes to cream eyeshadows my only real reference in terms in quality has to be the Maybelline Eyestudio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadows (try and say that 5 times quickly!). In terms of colour payoff and lasting power I would say the H&M Colour Essence Eye Creams are on par with the former. However, texture-wise they are a lot lighter and mousse-ier hence it's very easy to accidentally dig your nail in the H&M cream eyeshadows and get too much product on your finger (especially if you are heavy handed like me). But the light texture also means you can barely feel it on your eyelids, so not really something I'm going to complain about.

Champers is a beautiful warm beige with gold shimmer and Earth Angel is a rich chocolaty brown also with gold shimmer (don't base yourself on the colours of the pots in my photos above but rather the swatches on my arm below). So far, I've only tested Champers; by itself, over eyeshadow primer, over eyeshadow primer and with powder eyeshadow to set it, and I got very different results:

- BY ITSELF: very much like the Maybelline Color Tattoo, the product creases after a couple of hours. Nothing too noticeable, especially with such a light colour as Champers, but not ideal.

- OVER EYESHADOW PRIMER: no creasing even after 8 hours of wear. The only issue I had was that my eyeliner in my upper lashline smudged onto my crease because the H&M eyeshadow cream was not matte enough to prevent the smudging. Completely resolvable by wearing a smudgeproof eyeliner, powder eyeliner, or simply no eyeliner at all.

- OVER EYESHADOW PRIMER & WITH POWDER EYESHADOW: This combo will mean zero budging, the problem then becomes finding the perfect powder eyeshadow to match the eyeshadow cream which kind of nullifies the need for an eyeshadow cream in the first place I think (just wear the powder eyeshadow).

In conclusion, the best technique with this product is to wear it solely over an eyeshadow primer (my favourite you'll know by now is the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer) and avoid wearing a smudging eyeliner in your upper lashline.

H&M Pure Radiance Powder Blusher in Imperial Red

Pure Radiance Powder Blusher - Imperial Red

If you have read my KIKO Super Colour Eyeliner post then you'll know that I've been looking for a bright and pigmented poppy red blusher for a while now. I was so pleased to finally find such a good one in H&M Beauty, the Pure Radiance Powder Blusher in Imperial Red is exactly what I had wanted.

Now don't be an idiot like I was and assume that this blusher doesn't have a lot of colour payoff, because it does! I did a couple of dabs with my brush and applied it directly to my cheek...needless to say I immediately regretted this move (dab off the excess on the back of your hand first). Amazing pigmentation, zero patchiness but because I had applied too much I had to go in with some foundation to neutralise my error. Hence why the blusher you see in the photos below is perfectly reasonable and not a re-enactment of Pikachu (a Pokémon with very red and round cheeks in case you didn't know).

H&M Fluid Hues Eye Colour in Mulberry Mist
H&M Fluid Hues Eye Colour in Mulberry Mist

Fluid Hues Eye Colour - Mulberry Mist

This is a gorgeous cranberry colour that swatches beautifully on the arm but eyelid application is a completely different story:

- BY ITSELF: I tried applying it directly to the eyelids with the sponge applicator then immediately tried to blend with a brush. The brush unfortunately removed some of the product and created patches.

So I then tried again this time blending with my finger...this worked but you do loose some of the pigmentation when blending, so I then put on an extra layer (to get the colour intensity back) and tried to blend a bit more...disaster, it removed some of the product underneath. I tried a gentle patting motion but that also lifted off the previously blended product. So I then just went straight in with the applicator again on the patches and abandoned blending a second time altogether. This technique kinda works, but it still didn't give me the colour intensity I wanted or that swatches on your arm. Plus, it was also rather uncomfortable, heavy and sticky to wear, especially when waiting for it to dry.

- OVER EYESHADOW PRIMER: a total disaster, this was how I first tried to wear it, and because the product is so good at sticking to your eyelid, I got drag marks when I tried to blend it in the outer corner and my crease.

- OVER EYESHADOW PRIMER & WITH POWDER EYESHADOW: because of the said drag marks mentioned above, I only had a limited time the fix the issue caused by the eyeshadow primer before having to go out in public (yes, the blusher incident did not help either). I had to quickly apply some Mac eyeshadow in Coppering in my crease, and Cranberry (Mac eyeshadow post coming soon) on my mobile eyelid and outer crease as well as my lower lashline. I then added some Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in 001 Black in my waterline (when wearing such a dramatic colour on your eyes you need a dark barrier between the whites of your eyes and the colour, otherwise you just look like you've been crying). I finished off the look with the Sephora Lip Liner To Go in 17 Light Brown.

The best technique with this one is...I don't know?!! This is a very difficult product to use, but it's such a beautiful colour I will persevere and try and find a solution. But if you were to buy from the Fluid Hues Eye Colour range I would suggest going for a much lighter colour so that the patchiness (if there is any in the lighter colours) might not be so noticeable and the need for blending not so dire.


H&M Makeup Swatches

So there you have it, my H&M Makeup haul, the liquid eyeshadow needs a little more application practice but overall I was super happy with the quality of these products.

Personally I would highly recommend the cream eyeshadows and blushers. If you've tried anything else from the H&M Beauty range I would love to know your thoughts.

What is your favourite look to wear now that it is finally autumn? This is the first time I've ever worn such red eyeshadow, but I rather like it! Plus, it makes my eyes super green (complimentary colours).

Do you know of a liquid eyeshadow with easy application and longlasting staying power?

Were you surprised by this H&M launch or were you expecting/hoping for it after Topshop?




Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire Mini Set - Review

Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire Mini Set

If you've read my Top 5 Autumn/Fall Perfumes of 2015 blog post, then you'll know the special place in my heart that Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire holds. If not, that's ok; go read quick...I can wait...yay you're back, now let's get started!!! About a month ago, it was my birthday...I know I'm older (still waiting on the wiser), sighs in resignation...why does this happen every year?!

I kid, we all know a birthday means PRESENTS (makes grabby hands) and this year I got this special La Petite Robe Noire mini set from my Mum. She came across it at the airport and I have not seen a similar set anywhere else, but since I know most of you are probably going on your summer hols or coming back from them, I'm sure you can get your hands on one too!

Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire Mini Set

This mini set came in a cubed box meant to look like a house...very cute! Guerlain definitely knows what they're doing when it comes to packaging, I mean look at the bottle of these perfumes; vintage looking and elegant (thanks to the bottle shape) yet modern at the same time (pink colour and LBD little black dress designs). Brilliant!!!

Interestingly enough, the vintage bottle shape is in fact a replica of Guerlain's long standing perfume L'Heure Bleue, invented back in 1912, and the lid which is shaped like a hollow heart (albeit upside down) alludes to those romantic pre-war years...fascinating! But it doesn't stop there, Guerlain have recently launched a La Petite Robe Noire beauty range (lipsticks and nail polish) with similar heart shaped packaging to match...must resist! Sooo much history in one design.

My only qualm with the mini perfume version (which are 5ml) is that the bottles are not sprays, and unfortunately the stoppers are prone to breakage (I've already cracked one of the stoppers) and if you're heavy handed like me, you risk spillage too. But I'm getting ahead of myself: this set includes Ma Première Robe, Ma Robe Cocktail, Couture and last but not least Ma Robe Pétales.

Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire Mini Set in Ma Première Robe

Guerlain - La Petite Robe Noire "Ma Première Robe" (Eau de Parfum)

Don't let the name deceive you, this wasn't the first perfume from the La Petite Robe Noire range. Guerlain first launched an exclusive limited edition for Paris back in 2009 and again in 2011, it finally came back, slightly modified, and for a worldwide market, in early 2012. I first heard of it and bought it in Paris back in 2012 during my University exchange year at the Sorbonne (I'm halfway through my second 50ml bottle already...shhhh). So as you've probably guessed, this perfume brings back a lot of wonderful memories of Paris and my later Uni years back in Edinburgh. Especially during the colder months, as this is quite a "heavy" perfume that I reserve for autumn/winter. It is a rich fruity sweet scent which from the moment I first smelt it, I knew would be my signature scent. Four years later, and I'm still not tired of it!!! Furthermore, thanks to this mini set, I've now expanded...muahahaha!!!

- TOP NOTES: Black cherry, bergamot, red berries and almond

- MIDDLE NOTES: Bulgarian & Turkish roses, liquorice and smoked black tea

- BASE NOTES: Aniseed, tonka bean, vanilla, iris and patchouli

Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire Mini Set in Ma Robe Cocktail

Guerlain - La Petite Robe Noire "Ma Robe Cocktail" (Eau de Toilette)

If you know your perfumes then you'll know an eau de toilette is a lighter version of an eau de parfum (see this perfume scale as reference). However, this "Cocktail" version is in no way just a watered down version of the original. The rose, jasmine and orange blossom top notes give this perfume a much more floral quality, you only really get the sense of similarity with the original when the middle notes come in (similar to the top notes of the original) but even then it's just a fleeting recognition. Still very sweet, the lack of vanilla (which along with patchouli and sandalwood are my favourite notes) makes this version less of a sweet caramel-y melt in your mouth candy-like perfume and more of a sharp sweetness like a rhubarb and custard sweet (probably due to the sharpness of the cherry and crispness of the apple middle notes).

- TOP NOTES: Rose, jasmine, orange blossom

- MIDDLE NOTES: Cherry, apple, blackcurrant, green accords

- BASE NOTES: White amber, white musk, patchouli

Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire Mini Set in Couture

Guerlain - La Petite Robe Noire "Couture" (Eau de Parfum)

This is the evening gown version of La Petite Robe Noire, it's not richer or heavier than the original, which is something you would be forgiven for assuming given the "Couture" name. On the contrary, the rose notes which are much more prominent here than in the original gives this perfume a more vintage/powdery smell, a softness that complements the sweetness and fruitiness of this perfume charmingly. However, don't be confused, none of these perfumes smell like variations of the original; despite all being in La Petite Robe Noire range they are very much individual smells in their own right. Don't make the mistake that because you like one of them you'll like all of them, you really do have to test all of these out before buying. Now sadly this "Couture" version is being discontinued in favour of the "Intense" version which released this summer (not featured in this mini set). I haven't smelt the latter so I can't tell you how they compare or just how intense the new version is. But let's be honest, the original is quite a strong perfume to begin with, so how Guerlain can make it any stronger is beyond me.

- TOP NOTES: Bergamot, raspberry

- MIDDLE NOTES: Rose essence, rose absolute

- BASE NOTES: Patchouli, vetiver, tonka bean, moss

Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire Mini Set in Ma Robe Pétales

Guerlain - La Petite Robe Noire "Ma Robe Pétales" (Eau Fraîche)

The freshest of the bunch (and the most short-lived because it's an eau fraîche), I personally think this is the one that smells the least like the original (again they are all very different), which seeing as it lacks cherries or any kind of red fruit in its notes is not a surprise. Very similar to the more floral "Cocktail" version with its orange blossom and jasmine notes, this one however stays fresh and citrusy, unlike the former which becomes sweeter and more like the original as the middle notes come in (as previously mentioned above). Whereas the original La Petite Robe Noire is more of an autumn/winter scent, the freshness of this one makes it very spring/summer appropriate, which looking at the petalled LBD design was most probably Guerlain's intention. :P

- TOP NOTES: Mandarin, lemon, bergamot, orange blossom from Sicily, grass

- MIDDLE NOTES: Bulgarian and Turkish rose, almond blossom, freesia, jasmine Sambac

- BASE NOTES: Pistachio, almond, tonka bean, patchouli, white musk

Guerlain's La Petite Robe Noire Mini Set

So there you have it, a quick overview of La Petite Robe Noire perfume range (minus the "Intense" one obviously). For a more detailed history of the perfume I would highly recommend you read this web page (of course Fragrantica is also always a great source of perfume information). Personally, my favourite is still the original La Petite Robe Noire "Ma Première Robe" (2012), followed by "Couture", "Ma Robe Cocktail" and lastly (because it's the most different) "Ma Robe Pétales"...what can I say, I'm predictable!

Have you tried any of the La Petite Robe Noire range, which one is your favourite?

When it comes to mini perfume bottles do you prefer just a stopper or a spray? Rollerballs are one step better than a stopper but like the latter you can only dispense the perfume so far i.e. on the pulse points (neck, wrists and if you're legs are on display/you're feeling fancy, back of the knees).

What perfume, if any, have you come to associate with a specific place? I also wore YSL's Parisienne in the beginning of my exchange year back in 2011 (before La Petite Robe Noire launched worldwide) so when I think of Paris, I think of those two perfumes. :)




The Body Shop's Piñita Colada - Review

The Body Shop's Piñita Colada 1

I've got a quick post for you today (I know, what is this sorcery?!!) and it involves the delicious new scent from The Body Shop; Piñita Colada!!! As you might have guessed, it's a play on the famous pineapple and coconut drink, Piña Colada :P Now sadly you can't drink these, but don't worry, you will be smelling delectable in no time!

The Body Shop's Piñita Colada Body Sorbet

The Body Shop Piñita Colada: Body Sorbet

I was the most intrigued with this one as I had never tried a Body Shop sorbet before. Much like the palate cleanser, this product is super refreshing! It has a gel-like consistency which is ideal as a light moisturiser in the summer when it's hot (I wish!!!) but you still have to shave your legs (rather drying on the skin) and a rich "slow absorbing" body butter doesn't cut it. I would have to agree with The Body Shop's claims that it's fast absorbing and instantly moisturising, plus the lightness of texture means that it doesn't clog my pores and I don't get spots on my décolleté area, which you'll know if you've read my Winter Saviours post and Zoella's Sweet Inspirations post, is a real problem for me when it comes to moisturisers. Furthermore, I think if you leave this product in the fridge before using it, then applying it will be like a little slice of refreshing Heaven...especially after tanning (do always use sunscreen though, we don't want any sunburn here)!

The scent, as promised by its name, is a combination of pineapple and coconut. The pineapple provides a lovely fruity zingy side to this scent (much like The Body Shop's citrus scent: satsuma and grapefruit) and the coconut compliments it with a creamy soft richness. Like the drink, this is a perfect fusion of flavours!

The Body Shop's Piñita Colada Body Butter

The Body Shop Piñita Colada: Body Butter

This is one of the lightest body butters I've tried, if you're like me and you've tried more or less every Body Shop body butter there is, then you'll know that different scents mean slightly different textures. Some are slightly harder like the strawberry and peach, and some are softer and creamier in consistency like the mango and piñita colada. All of course are easily spreadable on the legs with the natural body heat from your hands (too rich for my décolleté area though).

I would say this scent is slightly softer than the body sorbet, more soft coconut-ness maybe? And because it is richer it keeps the skin hydrated for longer compared to the sorbet (kind of a given) and when you're experiencing a British or Belgian summer (80% of the time miserable and not particularly warm) then this body butter is ideal. It provides all the hydration you'll need whilst transporting you to a summer vacation full of cocktails and relaxation! It also comes in a smaller travel size, great for easy packing if you are actually going somewhere sunny!

The Body Shop's Piñita Colada Shower Gel

The Body Shop Piñita Colada: Shower Gel

I've got to be honest, when it comes to shower gels I'm pretty un-experimental, my all-time favourite scent is the Dove's Winter Care with Nutrium Moisture. It's limited edition sadly, so I usually stock-up like crazy in the winter (we're talking at least 20 bottles of the stuff). But come summer, even I will get bored of the scent and this piñita colada is the perfect fruity fresh and yet soft alternative! The smell does linger a bit after towelling yourself dry, but for maximum longevity I would highly recommend using either the sorbet or body butter depending on your moisturising/climate needs.

Why...oh...why does this also have to be limited edition?! Definitely grab as many as you want while you still can guys (they also have a special gift set available).

Dear Body Shop, if you're listening...please bring this scent out again next summer...pretty please!!!! Love, a new #piñitacoladafan

So there you have it, a relatively short post from me. Hope you've enjoyed it nonetheless?!

What's your favourite summer scent to wear? You can include perfumes!

If The Body Shop was to bring out a new tropical scent next year, what cocktail would you like them to base it on? I'm not a drinker (all virgin drinks for me) but I think a Tequila Sunrise would be fun, you?

Have you been anywhere nice? I'm certainly enjoying the sporadic heat/summer we are having (better than nothing eh?!).




Coloured Eyeliner - KIKO Super Colour Eyeliners

KIKO Super Color Eyeliners in 112, 109 & 107

So it's no secret that I love KIKO products for their affordability and quality, so let me introduce you to their Super Colour Eyeliner range. Yes, when it comes to matte black eyeliner my go-to favourite; as you'll know from my Stila Soul Palette post, is Collection's Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner in black. However, while Collection do make some great coloured eyeliner in the same 24h range, my go-to for coloured eyeliner has to be KIKO.

KIKO Super Color Eyeliners in 112, 109 & 107

From their Super Colour Eyeliner collection I've picked up: 109 Pearly Purple Cranesbill, 112 Crocodile Green and 107 Blue Majorelle (by far the brightest of the lot). Of course you can wear coloured eyeliner all year round but I especially like to wear it in the summer when I'm naturally craving something a little different and brighter on the eyes than my go-to dark brown eye pencil and mascara. So I've created three makeup looks around each eyeliner, of course you can pair these up with anything, but this is what I tend to go with.

But first as with any use of liquid eyeliner I always properly prepare my eyelids to prevent any smudging throughout the day or bleeding of the eyeliner upon application (although to be honest if your liquid eyeliner is bleeding too much in the first place, it's not a good product). So I always first apply my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer to my eyelids. Yes at £17 it's expensive, but you only use the tiniest amount (less than half a pea size for two eyelids) so it easily lasts me a good year. Try not to put any foundation or heavy moisturiser on your eyelids beforehand, as this just creates product build up and will reduce the efficacy of the primer. A good and light eye moisturiser (which also doesn't give me milia #bonus) is Boots' own brand Essentials Cucumber Eye Gel. Before applying any makeup though always allow moisturisers to sink in for a good 5-10 minutes.

Then over my primer I apply a bit of my face powder in N°7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder in 10 Fair, if I'm doing a specific eyeshadow look that day then it might be an eyeshadow. Either way, your primer acts like glue (hence why eyeshadow last longer because it's more "glued" onto your eyelids), therefore you have to set it down with a powder of some form to prevent your liquid eyeliner from wanting to stick to your primer and hence being smudged (which defeats the whole point of using a primer in the first place). The powder/eyeshadow will act as your matte barrier which will prevent your eyeliner from smudging onto your eyelid, and because of the primer the matte barrier will not budge (it's your eyelids' natural oils that makes eyeshadows and eyeliners smudge/not last).


LOOK 1: Using 109 Pearly Purple Cranesbill

KIKO Super Color Eyeliners in 109 Pearly Purple Cranesbill
KIKO Super Color Eyeliners in 109 Pearly Purple Cranesbill
KIKO Super Color Eyeliners in 109 Pearly Purple Cranesbill

For this look, I tend to keep it simple on the eyes and just let the flash of purple bring out the green of my eyes (purple complements green and brown eyes if you didn't know). The mascara is also purple but you can only really tell in direct sunlight, either way it gives a lovely "je ne sais quoi" to the eyes. And because purple and pink are an obvious/girly combination I paired it with a pink blush and fuchsia coloured lipstick and nails. Looking at this look now though, I think adding a bit of a lilac coloured eyeshadow on either the outer corner of the eyelid (like the lime green in the next look) or on the mobile lid itself would have been very nice too.

KIKO Super Color Eyeliners in 109 Pearly Purple Cranesbill

Products Used:

  • Eyeliner: 109 Pearly Purple Cranesbill

  • Eyeshadow: N°7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder in 10 Fair

  • Mascara: YSL Effets Faux Cils in 4 Violet

  • Blush: Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in 03 Berry Pop

  • Lipstick: Bourjois Rouge Edition in 07 Fuchsia Graffiti

  • Nails: Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Color in 190 Pink Volt


LOOK 2: Using 112 Crocodile Green

Lipstick: M&S Limited Collection in Matte Coral & Nails: Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Color in 490 Hot Salsa
KIKO Super Color Eyeliners in 112 Crocodile Green
KIKO Super Color Eyeliners in 112 Crocodile Green

For this look I added a bit of lime green eyeshadow in the outer corner and upper crease to match my lime green jumper. I paired this look with a more orange-y tomato red lip and nails and the same pink blush as above. Ideally a more orange-y red toned blush would have been a better match but the pink worked surprisingly well. Also the YSL Shocking Mascara in 3 (sadly discontinued) is black with the slightest hint of green. Again you can't really see it except in sunlight and even then unlike the purple mascara above it's not that obvious. But have no fear, YSL are masters of the coloured mascara (in fact it's the first brand I think of when I'm searching for a particular colour) and they are launching this summer 2016 their Vinyl Couture range, which you guessed it...has some amazing colours; including a green...YAY!!! But don't just take my word for it, check out this amazing blog post by Musings of a Muse a.k.a. Isabella. Now I have yet to see this new collection on the Boots or YSL websites but I have spied them/swatched them in my local Planet Parfum :P

KIKO Super Color Eyeliners in 112 Crocodile Green

Products Used:

  • Eyeliner: 112 Crocodile Green (more of a khaki green eyeliner which is to say a yellow toned green which goes perfectly with lime green eyeshadow; a green toned yellow)

  • Eyeshadow: N°7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder in 10 Fair all over eyelid with a lime green eyeshadow in the upper crease and outer corner from my First Edition BH Cosmetics 120 Color Eyeshadow Palette

  • Mascara: Volume Effets Faux Cils Shocking in 3

  • Blush: Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in 03 Berry Pop

  • Lipstick: M&S Limited Collection in Matte Coral

  • Nails: Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Color in 490 Hot Salsa


LOOK 3: Using 107 Blue Majorelle

Eyes: KIKO Super Color Eyeliners in 107 Blue Majorelle & Nails: Essie's Aruba Blue:
KIKO Super Color Eyeliners in 107 Blue Majorelle
KIKO Super Color Eyeliners in 107 Blue Majorelle

This eyeliner is so bright I let it do all the talking! Blue goes really well with orange so for lipstick and blush I would tend to stick to more neutral/orange-y toned colours. In these photos I'm not wearing any blush but that's more from lack of time than anything...since normally I would pair blue eyeliner (or if I'm wearing baby blue eyeshadow) with my Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in 02 Peach Pop. And because you guys know I like to match everything, this pop of blue eyeliner goes extremely well with Essie's Aruba Blue on the nails and a gorgeous pair of blue tinted aviators that I got for €5 from C&A last summer!

KIKO Super Color Eyeliners in 107 Blue Majorelle

Products Used:

  • Eyeliner: 107 Blue Majorelle

  • Eyeshadow: N°7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder in 10 Fair

  • Mascara: Lancôme Hypnôse Precious Cells in Densifying Black

  • Blush: Nothing but would normally be wearing Clinique Cheek Pop Blush in 02 Peach Pop

  • Lipstick: N°7 Precision Lip Pencil in Nude under Rimmel London Lasting Finnish Lipstick by Kate Nude Collection in 42

  • Nails: Essie in Aruba Blue



I've honestly been able to wear these eyeliners for a good eight hours without any issues of smudging or peeling off. But I'm pretty sure my application technique (primer and powder) have got something to do with that. Plus, I'm very conscientious when I wear makeup and I don't tend to rub my eyes either, so that might be another factor in their longevity.


All eyeliners come off pretty easily using a makeup wipe, so no issues there.


So there you have it, the three makeup looks I would wear with these KIKO Super Colour Eyeliners. Which one is your favourite?

What makeup looks/lipsticks would you pair these eyeliners with?

Do you wear coloured mascara? If so, what's your favourite brand? Are you also looking forward to the YSL Vinyl Couture Mascara Collection?

Now I do also own KIKO Super Colour Eyeliners in 104 Dark Slate Green (black with teal shimmer), 110 Pearly Regal Purple (black with indigo shimmer), 111 Pearly Charcoal (black with silver shimmer) - would you like me to do a blog post about those three this autumn/winter?




Zoella's Sweet Inspirations - Review

Hi guys, sorry you haven't received any new post from me in a while, but I'm back!!! Minus the full body allergic reaction to a new softener I bought (yay!!!), which delayed my testing out of these gorgeous products for you.

Now if you haven't heard of Zoella, that's just haven't been around YouTube for as long as I have...circa 2008:

Zoella a.k.a. Zoe Sugg, started off as a beauty guru/fashion guru (endearing term given to people making beauty/fashion videos on YouTube). I think I started following her...about 5 years ago, certainly, I remember looking forward to coming home from Uni and going straight on to YouTube and catching up on all the makeup tutorials/hauls out there (I also loved Elle Fowler, Fleur DeForce, Pixiwoo and Tanya Burr's tutorials...hands up who remembers the epic Edward Cullen tutorial on Jim?!!).

Yes guys, you heard correctly; there was a time when Zoe had yet to introduce us to her brother (Joe Sugg), met Alfie, or even started ombré-ing her hair (shock horror...I know!!! #ZoellaSignatureLook #KateRimmel107 hadn't happened yet either!). But since then she has expanded her work greatly; her video content has broadened (she has 10 million subscribers for good reason!), she has written books (destined for young teens which sadly now that I've reached a quarter of a century, I'm old...sniffles..., are not really my cup of tea) and launched a beauty line!

Zoella's "Sweet Inspirations" is the third official scent from Zoe's beauty line which also includes her original scent the "Classic" (launched September 2014) and last year's summer scent "Tutti Fruity". All of which can be found at Superdrug.

If you follow Zoe's channel, you'll know that she's not a fan of sweet scents; when she said that she didn't like "The Comforter" from Lush, I think I died a little inside (16 minutes in here). So when she announced that she was coming out with a sweet scented line; I've got to be honest, my first feeling was trepidation. You'll know from my perfume post that I'm a big fan/obsessed with sweet sugary scents (if it smells edible - I'm more than likely going to love it!). But I needn't have worried, as Zoe's sweet tooth prevailed and she based this new scent on the soft sweet almond smell of French macarons...yummy!!!

Zoella LIFE IS SWEET Beauty Bag
Zoella LIFE IS SWEET Beauty Bag

Zoella LIFE IS SWEET: Beauty Bag

This sweet little bag is in a gorgeous light periwinkle blue - think Essie's Saltwater Happy (yes, I do relate all my colours to nail polish).

While I do like the scalloped edging, the actual size of this bag is not that useful (for me anyway) when it comes to holding makeup (I've expanded too much since my schooldays of carrying just powder, lipgloss, mascara and a nail file kit).

Yes, technically it's a coin purse...but I have a wallet to hold my coins. And who honestly has time, whilst at a till, to take out several wallets to put away their change? Without simultaneously holding up the queue that is?! (Good in theory but not so much in practice). However, I've found the perfect use for this bag; holding the unused cubes from Le Fizz bar once you've opened the packaging (I go into more detail about that below).

Zoella Le Fizz Fragrance Bath Fizzer
Zoella Le Fizz Fragrance Bath Fizzer

Zoella Le Fizz: Fragrance Bath Fizzer

This product is the one that most intrigued me from Zoe's beauty line as Lush doesn't really have an equivalent. And when you're going to compare bath product you can't not mention Lush.

While I was hoping this would give off way more fizz, and last longer (a bit like taking a bath in fizzy water for 5 minutes...wouldn't that be fun?!) expectation didn't quite match reality. It gives a little fizzle (not quite the power of a typical bath bomb) but by the time you get in the bath i.e. when it's run (Le Fizz is recommended to be used under warm running water) there is no fizz left... #Fail. But it does give a pleasant soft scent to your bath water, so I will give it that.

My issue with this product however, is the recommended dosage. Why recommend 4 cubes of product when you've clearly designed it to be broken off in 3s (see pictures above)? Instead of neatly snapping off the end (with 3 cubes) each time you want a bath and sliding the rest back in the paper packaging (like chocolate...oh I do like that design!) you have to try and break off a single cube without crumbling the others next to it, and for one of your baths you'll be left with only 2 cubes. This creates a messy "trying to put it back in the packet/I give up and put it in the Life Is Sweet bag instead" scenario.

Overall, just break this product in 3s and don't expect much fizziness. The soft scent that Le Fizz gives your bath is what makes this product worth it.

Zoella Bath Latte Bath & Shower Milk
Zoella Bath Latte Bath & Shower Milk

Zoella Bath Latte: Bath & Shower Milk

I've gotta say, this is my favourite packaging from the Sweet Inspirations line, well done Zoe! And you might be fooled, like me at first, but it's NOT ACTUALLY GLASS!!! So no worries, you're not going to end up accidently re-enacting a Saw movie if the bottle drops in your bath.

I've used this product in all three ways: to pour into your bath as your water is running, to wash with in the bath, and to wash with in the shower (you wouldn't think there would be much of a difference for the last two; but gravity is a fickle thing).

The consistency of this product is what surprised me most: it isn't as liquid-y as you would think, in fact it's a bit more gel-like (like a hybrid between a cream and a jelly maybe?) either way, when pouring it under running water, it's quite easy to control. As the consistency is thicker, when you lift the bottle it stops pouring relatively easily and doesn't dribble, same when washing with it in the bath. However, when showering, the gel-like consistency has a tendency to slide off your arm before you have the chance to lather it and the quantity that come out is a bit harder to control (yay, gravity!). Ideally, had there been an added flat nozzle (a bit like the Bioderma one) so that you could still have the milk bottle imitation screw on cap (aesthetically pleasing) and more control when pouring (smaller circumference), this product would be much easier and less wasteful to use.

Now the product itself is gorgeous! When used to pour in the bath (my favourite way to use it), it adds the sweet macaron scent from this line without being too powerful (Le Fizz is quite faint in comparison though). It also leaves your water hydrating without being oily or leaving an oily residue all over your bath which is just asking for trouble (yes...butterbear I'm looking at you!); no bubbles though. All in all, a great product! Plus, the scent does manage to linger for a good 7 hours after you've dried yourself off (without cheating and using the Body Cream to extend its life).

Zoella Double Créme Body Cream
Zoella Double Créme Body Cream

Zoella Double Créme: Body Cream

This product is by far my favourite one from the Zoella Sweet Inspirations line. Not only does it smell incredible, like the rest of the line, but it doesn't give me spots!!! As you'll know from my Winter Saviours' post, I can only use The Body Shop's Body Butter on my legs as it causes spots if I put it anywhere near my décolleté area. This Double Créme however (yes as a French speaker, it does hurt me a little that they couldn't get the accent right...wrong direction people! Please tell me that it was at least purposeful and not because someone didn't bother to check), I can slather it on as much as I want...and no spots, which is a big deal!!!

I did notice that the product does take some time to fully soak in...especially after taking a hot bath and your still technically sweating a little; then the cream does act a bit like a sun screen i.e. it leaves white areas where the cream isn't properly rubbed in/absorbed, but I'm putting this down to its thickness (which also means it's super hydrating). Definitely not a cream I would use in the summer months though because of this issue, but come winter...gimmy gimmy!!! Packaging-wise I have zero issue with this one, and would not see any way to improve it, perfect as is!

So there you have it, my thoughts on the new Zoella Sweet Inspirations line (and there are a couple more products that I didn't pick up but you can see here). I feel like I've been rather negative in this review but I really do like the products...promise! I'm just a perfectionist, and when I see a way to improve a product, why not mention it?

Certainly, for someone who doesn't like sweet smelling things; Zoe has nailed this scent and if anything, I urge you to go sniff it for yourself! Plus, all her product are super affordable so what's not to love.

What do you think of Zoella's Sweet Inspirations line?

Do you remember what your first Zoella video was? I'm pretty sure mine was this one :)

Who were/are your favourite YouTube beauty gurus? New discoveries would be awesome!




Father's Day perfumes

When it comes to writing or in my case blogging, I think we all know the "write what you know" rule; but rules are meant to be broken right? Nah, I'm totally a goody two-shoes, but I did make a promise to my brother in my Mother's Day perfumes' post that I would write a Father's Day one too. So here you have it; broaching the subject of male keep in mind that it is by no means my area of expertise and I did go raiding through my brother's perfume collection (yes men can have one too!) for my favourite ones. Purely in the interest of research you understand. So if you don't like any of these, there is only him to blame (scuttles away innocently...muahaha!).

Armani Privé by Giorgio Armani in Figuier Eden, Pivoine Suzhou & Vétivier d'Hiver
Armani Privé by Giorgio Armani in Figuier Eden, Pivoine Suzhou & Vétivier d'Hiver

Armani Privé by Giorgio Armani - Figuier Eden (Eau de Toilette)

One of my brother's favourites from the Les Eaux selection of the Armani Privé Collection (i.e. all composed of Eaux de Toilette). I would describe this as a very fruity and sweet scent with a touch of woodiness to it. It is meant to smell like a Mediterranean garden/pristine nature, olive and fig trees but having never personally sniffed a fig, I couldn't tell you about that last one. Certainly, when it comes to Mediterranean gardens I always think fresh citrus; I mean they can grow full orange and lemon trees in that climate (my Dad is currently attempting to grow one too, but at the moment it's still more of a...bush, yay for Belgium weather!...note the sarcasm). Anyway, there is zero citrusy-ness in this perfume, definitely more on the sweet side that's for sure!

- TOP NOTES: Madarin, bergamot and red pepper

- MIDDLE NOTES: Tea, grass and green fig

- BASE NOTES: Moroccan iris and amber

Armani Privé by Giorgio Armani - Pivoine Suzhou (Eau de Toilette)

This one is quite similar to the one above in that is is very sweet, but it doesn't have the same woodiness that Figuier Eden has, and I would describe it as a tad sharper thanks to the fresh floral peony, the musky base notes however gives it that rich spiciness reserved solely for evening perfumes. Inspired by Asian gardens this time, I know what you're thinking...Japanese cherry blossom? No, this one celebrates one of China's favourite flowers the peony (any Chinese readers are more than welcome to give their input).

According to fragrantica this perfume is for women, but Armani's own website doesn't specify a gender (which at the £110 - £200 a pop, I get why they aren't limiting themselves to just 50% of the population, right?!) so if you have the money and your Dad likes these kinds of scents, then go for it! Personally, I can see this being worn by both genders (why limit yourself?). Yes, it is very sweet and also a bit floral thanks to the peony but layered on top of the typically masculine scented shower gels and aftershaves it provides a nice contrast. In any case; happiness, prosperity and grace, the symbols of the peony, are gender-neutral qualities!

- TOP NOTES: Madarin, pink pepper and raspberry

- MIDDLE NOTES: Peony, rose essence and May rose absolute

- BASE NOTES: Amber, orcanox, musk and patchouli

Armani Privé by Giorgio Armani - Vétivier d'Hiver (Eau de Toilette)

Unlike its namesake, my brother finds this one to be quite a summery scent. Which, with its citrusy top notes I would have to agree with. This perfume, inspired it is said by the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, also has a faint herby pepperiness to it, thanks to the middle notes (similar to the herby-ness of my Blackberry & Bay by Jo Malone perfume), but it remains still just as sweet as the other two from Les Eaux Collection. These perfumes are for sure not a given (for cheaper scents see below) but I wanted to cover all budgets so there you go.

- TOP NOTES: Madarin, lemon and bergamot

- MIDDLE NOTES: Coriander, cardamom and pink pepper

- BASE NOTES: Vetiver and patchouli

YSL La Nuit de l'Homme
YSL La Nuit de l'Homme

Yves Saint Laurent - La Nuit de l'Homme (After Shave Lotion & Eau de Toilette)

If you really wanted to treat your Dad (or overload him with a particular scent...make sure he really likes it first though) then this duo of aftershave lotion (the tall bottle on the left at £45) and eau de toilette (bottle on the right at £50 - £60) is perfect! This is my personal favourite scent from my brother's collection; another sweet one but with a manly undertone that I unfortunately can't quite describe. Exquisite!

- TOP NOTES: Cardamom

- MIDDLE NOTES: Bergamot, lavender and cedar

- BASE NOTES: Vetiver and Cumin

Gucci's Gucci Pour Homme
Gucci's Gucci Pour Homme

Gucci - Gucci Pour Homme (Eau de Toilette)

This perfume is the one that reminds me the most of my brother. Seeing as it's half empty (or half full depending on your perspective) it's safe to say that it's his favourite (and he has confirmed this suspicion). At £49 - £62 this is a normal price I would expect for a perfume. The fragrance of this one is very similar to the typical Axe shower gel smell or even a shaving foam; definitely one that will have you instantly smelling fresh and clean. A pretty safe bet when it comes to picking out a perfume for Dad if you don't know his particular tastes, sure to be the crowd pleaser this one!

- TOP NOTES: Bergamot, cypress and violet

- MIDDLE NOTES: Leather, sweet tobacco, amber, jasmine and black pepper

- BASE NOTES: Patchouli, cedarwood and amyris

Crabtree & Evelyn Uncharted & Zara's Zara Man Gold
Crabtree & Evelyn Uncharted & Zara's Zara Man Gold

Crabtree & Evelyn - Uncharted (Cologne)

Finally we've reached the more budget-friendly scents! This is a cologne which on the perfume scale puts it right beneath an eau de toilette. It's what I would call a typical man scent (again not sure how to describe this), quite similar to what I would expect an aftershave to smell like (the bottle is pretty typical of one too), plus we've finally veered away from the sweet. Very woodsy and fresh, this £30 cologne would make an ideal gift, unfortunately I can no longer find it on the Crabtree & Evelyn website, but they have three other scented colognes in this packaging/range and currently at 30% off, I say go go go!

- TOP NOTES: Ozone and citrus


- BASE NOTES: Scraped pale woods and moss

Zara - Zara Man Gold (Eau de Toilette)

I remember when my brother bought this one, as I had dragged him to Zara for a "quick look" and he entertained himself by looking at their perfume range. At £5.99 (I kid you not!) this is another lovely manly fragrance with a twist of chocolateness (from the praline note of course...nummy num num) yet not too sweet. Unlike most "cheap" scents it smells rather sophisticated (people would be none the wiser), I shouldn't expect it to last too long at that price, but for an evening event it would be perfect!

- TOP NOTES: Lemon

- MIDDLE NOTES: Cinnamon and praline

- BASE NOTES: Ebony tree and amber


So there you have it, I think we can all draw the same conclusion from this post; big brother likes sweet smelling toilet water...sorry I mean "eau de toilette" (possibly the worst name they could have thought of when thinking of things that smell nice; but everything sounds better in French n'est ce pas - oui oui!).

Hope you all got some ideas on what to get your Dad on his special appreciation day, and have a lovely weekend!




Dior Addict Lipstick in After Party - Review & Swatches

Dior Addict Lipstick in After Party 1

Sorry I've been so MIA lately, unfortunately spring cleaning is a thing and no amount of sugar is making this job a game! :P But this new lipstick beauty certainly made things more fun!

A couple of weeks ago, right before (Belgian) Mother's Day, my brother and I were browsing the beauty section in Galeria Inno...oh alright, I was browsing, he was being dragged along! :P And we saw an engraver sitting next to the Dior counter; discovering she was providing free engravings on any Dior purchases, I thought this was it! chance to finally own my very own personal Dior lipstick!

I've always loved the look of the Dior Addict Lipstick range (yes totally judging a book by its cover) but the extreme sheerness factor of some of these lipsticks really put me off making the final splurge, can you tell I tend to prefer full coverage matte lipsticks? But the engraving option swayed me, now was the time to pick a colour!

As I know mauve-y plums suit my colouring the best and the lipsticks are mucho dinero, I went for my "everyday colour" (which I always highly recommend when first testing out a new range of lipsticks, because that trendy colour isn't going to be trendy forever, and you don't want to base your whole opinion on a range from a colour you won't like as much by the end of the season). If I'm honest, I was quite disappointed by the complete lack of mauve and cooler toned lipsticks in this range (even after looking on Dior's official site I can see that all the lipsticks are very warmed toned; but if corals and reds are your thing, you're covered!). The closest one I could find to my liking was the one I picked up in 680 After Party.

Dior Addict Lipstick in After Party 2
Dior Addict Lipstick in After Party 3
Dior Addict Lipstick in After Party 4

Dior Addict Lipstick - 680 After Party

This is a gorgeous berry coloured lipstick with a tiny hint of mauve, but overall rather more warm toned. It also contains beautiful silver flecks of micro-shimmer which give the lipstick a lovely glistening look (not the dreaded frosted finish). The micro-shimmer does feel a bit gritty on the lips but only because the formula of the lipstick is so smooth and glide-y; barely noticeable unless you're looking for it!

Comparing it to my two favourite lipsticks in the swatches below, you can see why I picked After Party as my "everyday colour". Almost an exact dupe to Clinique's Plum Pop the different finishes give however a distinct look; Clinique's is much more of a opaque creamy finish whereas Dior's is more of a high shine glossy finish (without the awful stickiness of a lipgloss), which is the finish I tend to prefer in the spring/summer months anyway. Now although Rimmel's Vintage Pink is more of the mauve I would be looking for, Dior's After Party is pretty close to the mark, so I'm very happy with my final choice of colour!

P.S. On my nails is Rimmel's 60 Seconds nail polish in 630 Be A Star, which I don't think they make anymore (...weeps in corner), but which is a perfect match to the lipstick.

Clinique Lip Colour Pop in 14 Plum Pop & Rimmel Moisture Renew in 180 Vintage Pink

Left: Clinique Lip Colour Pop - 14 Plum Pop       Right: Rimmel Moisture Renew - 180 Vintage Pink

Dior Addict Lipstick in After Party 5

Dior Addict Lipstick - 680 After Party


It's just so pretty!!! The packaging is a real pleasure with its magnetic seal, the opening and closing of which is always extremely satisfying (much like the clicking of a pen). The silver lipstick tube is of course adorned with the CD monogram on its end. And the plastic (made to look like glass) lid casing has the Dior name indented on it; overall super sleek, chic and luxurious! Plus, mine has my name engraved on the lipstick tube, which makes it that much more special of course! :P

Side note; the ribboned box in the photos was the perfume we bought and had engraved for Mother's Day (best kids ever!!! Going to be hard to top it next year). Just in case you were wondering about the large amount of packaging for just one lipstick! :P

The formula is described as a "breakthrough creation" boasting "a hydra-gel core with a top coat effect for sensational mirror shine" composed of "three expert oils among the shiniest used in cosmetics. The Sensorial oil delivers unprecedented fluidity and glide for a new generation of voluptuousness. The Comfort oil improves moisturization of the lips, while the Shield oil ensures colour will adhere and last."

Now this all sounds rather fancy but the general idea is that they are mega shiny and hydrating, which I 100% agree with! Now, whether it's a "breakthrough creation" I would say the Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters come pretty close and at the fraction of the price! Admittedly, a tad more sticky (still not lipgloss sticky though) and pigmented, which makes it last a fraction longer than the Dior Addict Lipstick, the shine of the latter last way longer. So your preference really depends on what your looking for in a lipstick and how much money you have to spare, if I'm honest. :P


Sadly the embossed CD all but disappears after a couple of applications (you can still see it in the lipstick as it's a lighter colour, it's just no longer 3D). Super easy and smooth application that really just glides on. Normally, I'm not a fan of the rounded and flat-topped lipstick (the classic pointed shape makes for far more precise application) but with this sheerer formula it works (much like the Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters)! You can get away with a rough or even no mirror application due to the lipstick's sheer factor, which is very forgiving in nature. To get full opacity though, you do have to swipe a few times across the lips.


After 1h30, I noticed fading in colour (not shine) the opacity is fairly low to begin with (as it's not a full coverage lipstick) plus, it also might have been affected by my tapping and rubbing it into my lips after application. But I did wait another hour before feeling the need to reapply, after which was another two hours before the next re-application. So lasting powers (again opacity wise, not shine wise; my lips still looked shiny and super moisturised) is estimated between 2h00 and 2h30 hours, which is pretty high maintenance if you're used to matte lipsticks like I am (which generally require zero re-application on my part) but when you're taking into account the pleasure of application (and opening and closing of packaging) all is forgiven! Plus, any glossy lipstick including my trusted Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters give me around 3h00 of wear time before needing a top-up, so pretty standard performance really! :P


Couldn't be easier! Quick removal with tissue if you're just swapping out your lipsticks from day to night. Otherwise, for complete removal of the leftover silver micro-shimmers, a babywipe or makeup wipe will do.


I wish they had more mauves in the Dior Addict Lipstick range (but this is more personal preference than anything). Other than that, I can't find any fault with this lipstick! Gorgeous colour, high shine, super hydrating and amazing packaging...all in all, sold!!!

Dior Addict Lipstick in After Party 6

Do you have any of the Dior Addict Lipsticks? What do you think of their colour range?

What was the first high end lipstick you were super excited to finally buy? Or if you generally buy high end, then has any drugstore lipstick ever caught your eye?

What is your "everyday" lipstick colour?

Do you tend to prefer very opaque matte lipsticks or sheerer high shine glossy ones? Or are you like me and it completely depends on the season?




Stila Soul Palette - 3 Looks, 1 palette

Stila's Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Soul 1

About a year ago I purchased Stila's Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in "Soul". Now, since I didn't have my blog back then you only get to see it now ;) But as you can still get Body, Mind and Spirit from BeautyBay (where I purchased mine), Soul although sold out (no wonder, what with all its bronzy shades) might still reappear. And you never know, you could still find it in your local beauty watering hole!!!

I must say, although I tend to stick to the cheaper side of things when it comes to eyeshadows (I have yet to own a Naked Palette...I know, shock horror!!! #dupesalltheway) this £30 palette was definitely worth it! It was a hard decision picking from the four beautiful Stila palettes of this Eyes Are The Window Collection, but ultimately it was nearing autumn and bronze shades really suit my green eyes, plus, I'm not going to lie, the rose gold packaging won me over! :D

These eye shadows are all buttery smooth, pigmented and blend superbly (except Character; small patchiness issues with that one, but nothing major) and there is the tiniest amount of fallout (I have yet to come across eyeshadows with zero fallout...don't think they exist!) but doing your eye shadow first, wiping off the fallout, then doing foundation/concealer, solves this issue with no problem.

By now you must know that I like to show swatches of products (which are always colour corrected to make them the most accurate) but for an eyeshadow palette I thought that giving you 3 "wearable" looks additionally would be the most useful (Allana Davison on YouTube is #queen when it comes to doing 3 looks with 1 palette, so I highly recommend watching her videos for some tutorials too). I have to say I did struggle a bit to think of 3 "unique" looks without going the extreme smokey eye route or the barely there why did I even bother with eyeshadow route, all without being too repetitive, but I love the final results!

Stila's Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Soul 2
Stila's Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Soul 3

THE EYESHADOWS (going horizontally left to right, on my arm by threes as presented in the palette)

Stila's Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Soul Swatches

Light, Individual, and Being: the "matte row", these eyeshadows are the transition/blending shades. Light is the perfect eyeshadow to place all over your lid to set your eyeshadow primer in place and provide easy blendability for the rest of the shadows (if you skip this step, eyeshadows will tend to be patchy as the darker colour will try to stick to the primer...this will happen unevenly though, so always have a "skin toned" powder over your primer before pressed face powder from N°7 works equally well for this step).

Kitten, Affection, and Character: these are the shimmery versions of the 3 colours above. Kitten is a classic and the first Stila eyeshadow I ever purchased. Always try an individual shadow before splurging on a full palette (particularly in Europe since you can't return makeup, it will save you a lot of money in the long run, especially if you end up being allergic to the stuff!). Kitten is the perfect inner tearduct and brow bone highlight (I tend to skip highlight as I don't like the look on me, plus I tend to keep most of my eyeshadow to my mobile lid, but if highlighting suits your eyeshape, then this colour is a good one!). Character as previously mentioned is a tad patchy and the more red-ish bronze glitter flecks which you can see in the palette do not translate on the eye, it really is just the shimmery version of Being above.

Thought, Heart, and Peace: the "bronze row", these eyeshadows are a lot more brown toned compared to Individual and Affection the more coppery/almost orange-y shadows of the palette. Heart is another matte in this palette (Thought and Peace are shimmers) and just like the "matte row" it makes for the perfect blending/transition shade. Plus, it's a lot cooler toned which makes it ideal as a crease shade to cool down a very warm eyeshadow on the lid, or warm up a cool toned one. Because of this versatility, Heart is definitely my favourite shade of the bunch.

Vitality, Substance, and Essence: compared to Kitten, Vitality is a lot yellower; almost a pale gold in contrast to the champagne of Kitten. Substance is the only completely cool colour of the palette (a grey) and although you may think it sticks out, it actually provides this palette with a much needed flexibility...LOOK 3 (below) makes a lot of use out of this one. Essence is the standard matte black needed in a palette for eyeliner or to help make your look more smokey; an essential! ;)



Stila's Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Soul Look 1
Stila's Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Soul Look 1
Stila's Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Soul Look 1

You may recognise this look from my KIKO Rebel Romantic Collection post, granted the lipstick and blusher make this look a little bit more dramatic than it needs to be, but I'm not shy when it comes to makeup, so I would wear this during the day (more so autumn/winter time hence why this is the perfect autumn palette).

I had my standard N°7 pressed face powder all over my lid to set my primer. Then I went in with Individual all over my lid and crease area, over which I added Affection to provide the shimmer. I also put Affection close to my lower lash line and connected it with the eyeshadow in my outer corner in a more rounded shape than the standard V-shape. I skipped all eyeliner and just put on a couple of coats of my favourite mascara; Lancôme Hypnôse Precious Cells in black (I would have preferred brown but they discontinued that one unfortunately).

As previously mentioned, my blusher is 04 Passion Red Wine and my lipstick is 06 Melodious Wine both from KIKO's Rebel Romantic Collection. On my nails (if interested) is a BarryM polish in Plum On Baby light My Fire from their Daylight Curing range.

To make this eyeshadow look more spring/summer appropriate I would pair it with an orange blush like my Clinique Cheek Pop blush in 02 Peach Pop, and a nude or peach lipstick (depending on my mood). For the eyes I would also add a bright turquoise or blue liquid eyeliner (KIKO and Collection have some good ones) in a cat eye shape (not too elongated) and either wear a blue or purple mascara (YSL 03 or 04 Volume Effet Faux Cils)



Stila's Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Soul Look 2
Stila's Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Soul Look 2
Stila's Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Soul Look 2

Admittedly this look is pushing it a bit, to be a daytime one :P I'm wearing my Rimmel Scandal Eyes eyeliner in black on my waterline for this look which make my eyes way more intense (this is an easy trick when wanting to adapt your daytime look to a nighttime one, just add eyeliner on your waterline!). It is a beautiful look though to try for a date or any other occasion you feel like wearing it to.

Again I have my N°7 pressed face powder over my primer to set it. I went in with Heart all over my mobile lid and upper crease area then placed Peace over what I just did; concentrating it more on the mobile lid and creating quite a long V-shape on my outer corner. I also brought down Peace along my lower lash line (quite close to it to create a more "thin" line). Character was then used to create the cat eyeliner shape. Usually I struggle to create a long cat eye flick on my eyes (they never end up I right?!!) but this time, first try I might add, both eyes looked the same...woop woop! (I used a flat angled brush I got in a Sephora brush set, yonks ago). I also added Character on the outer corner of the lower lashline to connect it to the cat flick. I then added eyeliner on my waterline to make the whole outer corner more seamlessly dark. Finally, I added a couple of coats of my trusted Lancôme mascara in black (you could even add false lashes if you can be bothered with that palaver).

Since my eyes are doing all the talking, I've left my cheeks and lips drama free. Hence, I'm not wearing any blush and on my lips I've kept it rather neutral with my daily N°7 lipliner in Nude with Revlon's Colorburst in Complex on top.



Stila's Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Soul Look 3
Stila's Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Soul Look 3
Stila's Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Soul Look 3

Hard to deny the influence of the 60s for this final look...Twiggy anyone? But I've kept it a bit more modern with the double cat eye flick that seems to be on trend at the moment.

I wanted more of a highlighted/glowy overall look to my brow bone, so I put Light all over my lid to set my primer in place this time. I then put Heart in my crease (which added a bit of warmth to the overall look) to start off the shading of the 60s look. Then I went in with Substance in my upper crease to create the cut crease look, you don't want to blend it out too much as the harshness adds to the effect. I then lined my upper lashline with Substance (quite thinly, it mostly gets covered up by the liquid eyeliner) and connected it at the outer corner in a distinct V-shape with the Substance eyeshadow placed earlier in the upper crease. To finish off the look, I did a double winged cat eye on my top lash line using my Collection's felt tip eyeliner in black and added 3 little flicks (imitating lashes) on the outer corner of my lower lash line, re-creating that wide doll-eyed look of the 60s, just a little bit less intensely. And of course a couple of coats of my Lancôme black mascara later, the look is complete!

No blush on my cheeks for this look either, on my lips I'm sporting my Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 13 Marvelous Mauve over my N°7 lipliner in Nude. On the nails I have Essie's Virgin Snow from their latest Winter Collection, but Apres Chic would work just as well with the overall look.

Stila's Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Soul 4

So there you have it, 3 looks using 1 Stila palette. As I said earlier these shadows are well worth the money; smooth, super blendable and pigmented...basically a dream to work with! But there are four to choose from, so if these shades aren't to your liking, I'm sure one of the other three will be! :D

What's the best eyeshadow primer you've ever used? I'm still loving my Too Faced Shadow Insurance after all these years! :P

What's your favourite eyeshadow palette?

Do you tend to stick to drugstore or higher end eyeshadows?

What's your makeup trick to quickly turn a daytime look to a nighttime one?