Friday, 21 February 2014

Lip this....

Lashes, lips, and brows is my go-to makeup look, and I think I probably have enough lip products to rival my local Boots. Oh the perils of being a beauty blogger....

So when on holiday recently and I saw a load of Sephora products in a shop (the owner was American and imported Buxom, Tarte, Sephora!) I was instantly drawn to this lip set...

Yes you're right I DON'T need any more lip products but with the likes of Bite, Tarte, Kat Von D and Buxom in here that aren't readily available in the UK, I was carrying this out of the shop looking like the cat that got the cream. 

First are the nudes...

Swatches l-r: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Dolce, Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Nylon Nude, Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Naked, Buxom Full On Lip Cream in White Russian.

I love the consistency of the Stila liquid lipstick but HATE the colour on me so this will go straight into my pro kit. The Smashbox lipstick is a full size and I know I'll get loads of wear out of it, and I'm so in love with wearing the Laura Mercier gloss over the top of it. The standout in the nude section is the Buxom lip cream....Americans I'm so jealous that you can just pick these up creamy, make my lips tingle but in a great, fresh way, and last crazily long for a gloss!

Next the pinks...

Swatches l-r: Too Faced La Creme Colour Drenched Lip Cream in Marshmallow Bunny, Smashbox Lip Gloss in Pout, Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Never Say Never, Kat Von D Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in Backstage Bambi

Two full size products here, the Bare Minerals lipstick which I love the consistency of, and the Two Faced lipstick which is probably my favourite product in the whole set; my perfect shade by far (and super cute name). The Kat Von D liquid lipstick is a great colour but Hello cheap packaging! The colour of the Smashbox gloss isn't really that wearable but maybe over a darker lipstick I can work with it!

Anyone for some reds...

Swatches l-r: Kat Von D Foiled Love Lipstick in Adora, Hourglass Opaque ROuge Liquid Lipstick in Icon, Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Natural N45, Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Pomegranate

Firstly I hated the MUF lipstick, which actually snapped off when I did this swatch. Also wasn't a fan of the Kat Von D lipstick, it's very frosty which is not my style at all. I think the Bite lip crayon is a full size and I love that I've been able to try this, so pigmented and lasts ages! I've wanted to try the Opaque Rouge for SO long so I'm really happy I got a mini sample in here, love the shade and will definitely pick some more of these up!

Lastly, darker pinks...

Swatches l-r: Tarte Glamazon Pure Performance 12 Hour Lipstick in Inspired, OCC Lip Tar in Strumpet, Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick in Menace, Stila Colour Balm Lipstick in Sonya.

OK so I'm just a little bit (OK a LOT) in love with this Tarte lipstick. The formula, the colour, the lasting power...just wow. Another full size product from OCC, the first thing I've tried from them and probably the longest lasting lip product I've ever applied. The Buxom lipstick is creamy and a gorgeous colour and I'll get lots of wear out of this when I get back to wintery England! The Stila lipstick is OK, don't love it but I'm sure I'll wear it!

Such a great sample box, I got to try so many products I'd never tried but really wanted to, plus 5 full sized products!

What do you guys think?


Thursday, 13 February 2014

Byron and Nimbin holiday....

So in my last few weeks in Australia I'm trying to tick a few things off the 'to see' list, the first of which was Byron. Me and Ty took a trip down for 2 nights and I loved the place so much!! Warning...this post is very picture heavy!

First night - Dress - Trade Secret
Belt - New Look
Watch - Jag at Myer
Sandals - Aldo

Watching the surfers at The Pass, an iconic Australian surfing spot

We walked all the way round (via the most eastern point of Australia!) to the lighthouse....what a treck! Views were worth it though...

Looking back over Byron Bay

Happy we've reached the top!!

Our last night in Byron.
Dress - Supre
Boots - ASOS
Necklace - Lovisa
Watch - as above

The last few shots were from our trip to Nimbin....what an interesting little place! If you've not heard of it, I'll let you google it for yourself and see what its all about...

Such an amazing trip, had the best time and ate the best food!! Next trip...Melbourne!


Saturday, 8 February 2014

Nars Adelaide Illuminator review...

Swatched and blended out

You know when you're having your makeup done and it's really distracting because the lady (or gentleman!) doing it is wearing something gorgeous on their face and you just want to ask them what it is? I recently went to get colour matched for Nars Sheer Glow and the lovely girl doing the honours had what I can only describe as pure magic on her cheeks. It was, as the title of this post suggests, the Nars Illuminator in Adelaide, which I believe is part the Final Cut Collection. 

Its a lilac toned bright pink with a silver shimmer running through it, which makes it really wearable as an everyday shade blended onto the cheeks and up onto the cheek bones. It really brightens my complexion and I think it would really suit most skin tones. 

I've also found it a really great product to pop on underneath a powder blush. It gives matte pink blushers a bit of life, and also makes them last a lot longer so perfect for a night out or if you prefer a brighter cheek.

This probably won't be the last Nars Illuminator I'll be adding to my collection! What do you think?


Friday, 7 February 2014

Who wants to go for frozen yogurt...neon OOTD....

I love this really shows off a tan, and the sunshine yellow can't help to put me in a great mood!

Coconut frozen yogurt with fresh strawberries, watermelon, and granola. Hashtag yummy. 

A few shots at Mooloolaba. I need to pinch myself daily....asif I live here. Best make the most of it before I come home to drizzly cold UK at the end of the month!

Shorts - Miss Shop at Myer
Boots - ASOS
Watch - Jag at Myer
Bag - Australian Market 
Top - Trade Secret
Sunglasses - RayBan 


Monday, 3 February 2014

Aztec brights OOTD....

Dress - Primark 
Boots - Dr Marten
Bag - Australian market
Watch - Jag at Myer (Australia)

Just a casual outfit for shopping in Brisbane a little while ago, beautiful weather but still needed some good shoes for pounding the pavements and dragging the boyfriend around all the makeup shops!
On a side note, I'm loving how my hair has got natural ombre from the sunshine!