It’s no secret that Claire and I are superfans of a Boots offer. Any kind of 3 for 2, 2 for £10, spend £30 and get a free gift offer we are all over it like two tiny rats on a makeup shaped biccy. I’m hoping that one day soon that Boots will branch out into doing more offers too. I suggest ‘spend £20 and get a person to stand by your fridge who will swat you away when you head in for ice cream’ or perhaps ‘spend £5 and get 3 sincere compliments on your hair and/or face’. It would go down a treat, I can tell you that right now (…can you tell I work in marketing?).
ANYWHO I DIGRESS. Revlon were having a huzzah-worthy 2 for a tenner on their makeup (I think it is still on, GO GO GO), so it was rude not to pick up a couple of lip products. I believe Claire did exactly the same thing recently, and treated herself to a couple more of the ColorBurst lip crayons. However, I decided to go all coral up on this thang and get myself 2 orange tinged lipsticks. I’m a big coral lipstick fan, and I’ve actually had my eye on this Topshop orange lipsitck – it looks mega. For some reason I simply can’t be arsed to go and buy it, so I got these two babies instead.
When I bought them, my stupid boyfriend questioned why I would buy two lipsticks that are exactly the same colour and by exactly the same brand. Obviously, I said WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU, CAN’T YOU TELL THAT ONE IS A LIP CRAYON AND ONE IS A LIP BUTTER. YOU NEED TO GO TO MAKEUP SCHOOL, YOU ABSOLUTE PONCE FACED WANKER. Love you.
My point still stands, these two lipsticks are vastly different, and here’s why – and what I like about each of them.
Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti
We have already established that us Stylingo girls enjoy bigging up Revlon’s Lip Butters (read Claire’s great Revlon review here, chummies). So obviously I knew I was going to like the Tutti Frutti shade…but the question was, how much?!
Erm, very much. It’s actually a very paley orangey shade, which is perfect for the daytime. It’s really moisturising like all of the lip butters are, and it looks really lovely on (honk honk, that’s the sound of me blowing my own trumpet). Obviously, the staying power isn’t that great considering it’s quite pale and also really balmy, but it’s not a huge issue – it fades well and reapplying is a pleasant experience had by all (but mostly me).
Revlon ColorBurst Moisturising Balm Stain in Rendezvous
These are my favourite things ever, and Claire and I are big fan
nys of the Matte Balm offerings from Revlon. This is the Balm Stain, which gives you all the fun of a balm with all of the party of a stain.
I really love the Rendezvous colour, it is SUPER bright and beautiful. The stain aspect of the lip crayon is good too, and it doesn’t fade too horribly either. I would say that if you plan on wearing this for more than 12 hours, you’ll probably have to re-apply. But it lasts a good 4-5 hours with eating, which is simply brill in my books.
And here’s what it looks like on:
What do you think & what are your favourite coral lipsticks? Let us know in the comments below!
Good afternoon to you my dear chums,
There’s nothing better than a delightful foundation review to get you ready for a weekend of erm…slathering foundation all over your face? Which is why I have done the selfless thing of providing you with a review of one of my favourite foundations ever. And I am a girl who has tried a lot of foundations. It has become a slight issue.
This is 100% the foundation that I always come back to. I’ve used some amazing bases from excellent brands like Bobbi Brown, Mac and Estee Lauder, but to be quite honest with you, nothing has quite matched up to this. The main reason I love it so much is because of the price. At £6.99, it’s a huge bargain that you can’t even try and shake your head at.
Another big plus for me is that it actually does what it says on the bottle. While in principal I strongly disagree with calling it a “25 hour” foundation (what use is that to me? When and why on this green earth would I wear foundation for 25 hours?), it really does last a long time. It well and truly lasts all day on my face, even without primer. And that, my friends, is an amazing feat. Makeup never stays on my greasy, cheek infested face.
It also has fantastic coverage. I have pretty uneven skin and coverage is really important for me in a foundation – this is definitely a heavy coverage foundation, so if you’re into the fresh faced thang, it might not be for you. HOWEVER, if you are like me and enjoy masking any hint of your features, then this is one of the best.
As a heavy coverage foundation, this one is quite thick and a bit gloopy (like Augustus Gloop). I believe it is oil based too, which isn’t for everyone I know. However, while it definitely is a heavy foundation, it’s also surprisingly light for the coverage you get. I don’t tend to feel like I have a lot on my face, which is fabulous for those of you who aren’t keen on that “heavy” makeup feeling. I also like that it’s oil based, because the oil seems to help it last longer through some oily wizardry. Whether you prefer a dewy look or like a matte/powdered face, this works really well.
And here is a little swatch of Rimmel’s Lasting Finish 25 Hour foundation, the bit on the right has been semi-blended. I got it in Light Porcelain 010, which is several shades lighter than what I usually trowel on my face. Unfortunately, my life has been ruined so I can no longer tan (sob and woe) because of skin problems. All of my foundations were a bit dark, so I had to launch myself at the Pale Gail side of life with gusto. Light Porcelain 010 a nice pale colour (the palest they do I believe), which works really well for my skin tone. It’s a warm colour, which I think would suit most pale gals and blends well when you apply. I like to use my little foundation egg to apply this magic foundation, but a stippling brush works just as well.
And now you can see it on my gompy face. I considered doing a before and after, but I didn’t want to alarm anyone. Safe to say, I have a very spotty chin at the moment, but I also permanently suffer from dark circles and some discolouration of my cheeks. Rimmel’s 25 Hour Foundation covers these nasties absolutely perfectly. The picture on the top right is without flash, but I’m sure you can see how well this covered my GIANT MOONFACE.
What do you think? Have you used Rimmel’s Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation before?
Well, we may as well end this review here and now because it’s quite clear which pink lipstick I can’t stop wearing (I’d give you a prize but all I have is half a slice of toast and I am not giving that up for love or money).
Like any girl on the planet (and even the universe), I love a pink lipstick. Nothing says “look at me, I am a girl” by a nice pink lippy and the days I’m looking somewhat manly are always rectified by slapping some pink on my face.
When I decided to put this post together, I spent approximately 3 and a half minutes whittling down my collection to my top seven (if 7 is good enough for Voldemort’s souls, it is good enough for me). I can tell you here and now that I wear all of these on a regular basis, but there is one or two that really stand out for me. Without further ado, let the makeup fisticuffs commence. Let’s hope things don’t turn into a fracas. Or god forbid, a ruckus.
Collection Deluxe in Tallulah – £3.99
This is one of my favourite everyday lipsticks, the perfect subtle pink that looks magnifico for a casual daytime face.
Pigment: Fabulous, it’s a lovely colourful shade that doesn’t look wishy washy at all.
Staying Power: Pretty good – it lasts for about 3-4 hours if you’re not scoffing cakes like I usually am.
Price: Grand and spiffy.
Kate Moss for Rimmel in 16 – £5.49
This is the lipstick that is permanently on my face. I love it.
Pigment: Amazing, one of the best pigmented lipstick I’ve used in my tiny little life.
Staying Power: Really good. This will last you a night out with no drams.
Price: You can buy a lipstick for the same price as a bottle of wine. Need I say more?
Clinique High Impact in Extreme Pink – £17.00
This is a stunning golden rose pink that is another daytime favourite for me. It’s so moisturising and really lovely.
Pigment: Not heavily pigmented but one coat is enough.
Staying Power: It’s a moisturising lipstick, so wipes off quite easily but if you’re not eating or drinking, it’s fab. It fades well too.
Price: Best to force rich strangers to buy this for you.
MUA in Lipstick Shade 4 – £1.oo
Not the best lipstick, but nice enough to put on if it’s the only thing you can find.
Pigment: Frankly, a puddle of water is more pigmented than this lipstick.
Staying Power: Less than Britney’s husbands.
Price: Amazing. Worth it just so you can tell people you own a lipstick that cost £1.
The Body Shop Colourglide Lipstick in Shade 58 – £6.00
The Body Shop makeup is something that I continue to be impressed with, and this vibrant lipstick is fabulous.
Pigment: Brilliant, top marks BS. These are sheerer lipsticks, but the pigmentation is still excellent.
Staying Power: Grand – the Colourglide lipsticks are quite ‘waxy’ so they stay on very well and are quite waterproof.
Price: Very, very reasonable for The Body Shop!
MUA in Lipstick Shade 3 – £1.00
This lipstick is much better than Shade 4. If you invest your pound before payday in anything, it should be this lipstick.
Pigment: Fantastic, considering it is one Great British Pound.
Staying Power: Also good, although it is quite a drying lipstick so it does get stuck in the cracks of your lips.
Price: One pound. (?!?!)
The Body Shop Colourglide Lipstick in Shade 57 – £6.00
Another Body Shop favourite, the Colourglide lipsticks are really really vonderful.
Pigment: Really good – less vibrant than Shade 58 but really feminine and pretty.
Staying Power: As good as Shade 58 – it also fades just as well and my lips feel nourished and marv when I wear it.
Price: Worth it.
But who wins the title of Pink Lipstick Overlord? Obvs, Kate Moss for Rimmel in Shade 16. It’s incredible and rules my life in every way.
I have an unhealthy obsession with eyebrow, I will happily admit. If you’ve read any of my many previous eyebrow kit reviews, you will know that I look like a ginger Voldemort without eyebrow makeup. Things get a bit alarming when I don’t have eyebrow makeup on, so searching for my Holy Grail eyebrow product has become a life-consuming challenge.
When I was in the market for a new eyebrow kit a few weeks ago, someone on Twitter recommended the Christian Eyebrow Kit. So obviously, I dived straight in and bought it (some might say I’m easily influenced and I would heartily agree). I’d not heard of Christian as a brand before, but it’s always exciting to try out new products and see how they perform. If you’ve not heard of Christian Eyebrow Kits before, then here’s a little information to get you all fired up (I feel alive).
Christian is a brand that mainly do eyebrow products, which are used throughout the UK by both professionals and idiots like me. The website is a bit baffling, but Christian Eyebrow is somehow linked to Calgel – which you’ll probably know about if you get your nails done in a salon (you fancy human being). The Christian Eyebrow Kits themselves are semi-permanent powders that adhere to the skin, rather than just to your eyebrow hairs. They’re meant to last up to 24 hours and are water resistant too (huzzah). The kits themselves come with stencils and the kits can be bought in variety of different shades. They’re also supposed to be an easy and affordable way to get perfect eyebrows in seconds.
So. What’s my experience of the Christian Eyebrow Kit? In short, I really really like it. I think it’s one of the best eyebrow kits I’ve used to date, and I’m using it pretty much every day.
The one thing I most love about the kit is that it really does last. There’s nothing worst than an eyebrow product that slides all over your face, and this one stays put until you decide to wipe it off of your face. It even lasts when I go to the gym, which is quite frankly excellent. Even though it’s semi-permanent, it’s really easy to remove with my daily makeup remover too. As far as lasting 24 hours, I can’t say that I’ve tested it for that long but it definitely lasts from the morning until I take my face off for bed. Top marks.
I’m also a fan of the stencil situation. They’re a bit tricky to get the hang of, especially for the cack handed like me. If I’m not paying attention, I end up moving the stencil too much and end up looking like a lunatic. However, if you’re a normal person, they’re probably quite easy and really useful. As you can see, the product comes with three different shapes: thin, natural and thick. I’m obviously a big fan of the thick eyebrow, so I’ve only actually used this shape so far.
The brush is also really fabulous. It’s double ended with an angled brush and a wider brush for application. I prefer a square ended eyebrow, so I use the angled brush to fill in the edges once I’ve stencilled on. It’s absolutely excellent quality and it’s probably a brush I’d buy on its own if I could.
But are there any cons? As I mentioned above, the stencil is a bit tricky and sometimes I end up with horribly wonky brows (but then again, that’s probably just me…). Also, there is a bit of powder fallout which is somewhat annoying – but that is the risk you take when you use powder products I suppose.
If you want to buy the Christian Eyebrow Kit, I’d head over to Amazon. That’s where I picked mine up from, and prices tend to range from £20-£25. Feel Unique actually do it too for £22 – you can find it here. They have the full colour range in one place, which is quite useful! If you want to check out the baffling Christian Eyebrows website, you can right here but be warned, it doesn’t make much sense and it doesn’t look like you can buy from them!
Instead of watching the CBB final like everyone else in the world, I’m lurking around in bed and blogging. Because that’s just how dedicated I am (plus, Liz annoys me and I have a duvet).
On my eternal bid to find the perfect eyebrow kit, I went and bought myself another one (and another one after that…). I’ve heard some good reviews about the GOSH Eyebrow Kit, so I thought I’d give it a whirl and so on and so forth. If you’re interested in checking out my other eyebrow product reviews, read my Sleek Brow Kit review, Barry M Brow Pen Review and MUA Eyebrow Kit review. I’ve also recently bought the Christian eyebrow powder and stencils (and re-bought the Sleek palette), so expect a review in the next week or so!
On that note, I think I need to go to eyebrow products anonymous.
Anywho, my eyebrow needs are slightly different to the average human so I think I need to make a little disclaimer. I have blonde brows that have no definition whatsoever. In a dark light, I resemble Voldemort. As a matter of fact, in broad daylight people often mistake me for the Dark Lord and shout “Expelliarmus” willy nilly. So, I tend to need a product that I can literally draw an eyebrow on, rather than simply fill in.
The only one that I’ve found do this properly as an eyebrow kit specifically is the Sleek palette. Eyebrow pencils always work fine, but where’s the fun in an eyebrow pencil I ask you? I’ve liked other products, but the brushes that come a long with them have been below par.
And unfortunately, that’s my one and only bug bear with the GOSH palette. And that’s not to say that the brush isn’t good quality, because it is. In fact, it’s one of the best quality palette brushes I’ve come across in a while. However, it’s slightly too thick for me to work with and I need something that gives a bit more precision. The brush also has one of those weird sponge brushes, which I’m sure no one has ever used ever.
Other than that, this is a fantastic little kit. The three powder shades are workable for most different complexions and their pigmentation is good. They’re also really buildable, so you can layer on to achieve however dark you want your brows. The gel/wax is also good for sweeping in any strays, so no complaints there. I still find it a bit weird how one kit has 3 different shades (sensible? I think not), but it has actually proved quite useful since dying my hair ginger and my dark brown eyebrow products make me look like a silly Paloma Faith.
In terms of staying power, this bad boy has the same amount as Beyonce and Jay Z’s beautiful relationship (i.e. loads). There were no eyebrows-wandering-around-my-face incidents and they still looked excellent at the end of a busy day drinking tea and moaning about the state of society at the office. Top marks GOSH.
You can buy this eyebrow kit for £8.49 and it comes with a nice little mirror, meaning you can alarm yourself throughout the day by looking at your face and/or great eyebrows.
I’m really looking forward to trying some more GOSH products, especially if they’re all as fabby and fantastic as this magician’s pot.
Hello you incredible human beings,
Last weekend I reviewed Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Even Finish Foundation and good lord in heaven, it is incredible. I thoroughly recommend it if you’re looking for a high end foundation and it is truly the best foundation I’ve used in a very long time.
Obviously, when I went to the excellent people at Bobbi Brown at Selfridges in Birmingham, I was persuaded to get more than one product. We used the Tinted Eye Brightener as well as lots of other nice things on my troll face and I really loved it. So, you know…when in Selfridges.
It’s pretty self explanatory what this little tube of joy does. As an eye brightener, it is erm…designed to brighten your eyes. For those of you gals who are looking for a heavy duty under eye concealer, you might think that this probably isn’t quite what you’re looking for. But let me tell you something: I used to be one of those girls. My under eye routine was intense, involving lots of patting-with-the -ring-finger and a copious amount of re-applying trowels load of concealer to hide my horrible dark, baggy eyeballs. However, this product is actually so, so, so good for my under eye area. I’ve found that I don’t actually need such a heavy duty product, and this Eye Brightener genuinely does what it promises it will.
Skeptical? You might as well be. The product itself is quite thin and liquidy. If you tested this on your hand or elsewhere (whatever floats your boat and so on), you’d probably think it was weak and useless. But despite the liquidness (inventing new words is fun), it performs really well. Somehow, the pigmentation is amazing and it covers as well as brightens. The lightweight nature of the Brightener means that it doesn’t get into the creases, which can happen with heavier concealers.
There’s a slight sheen to the product, as you’d imagine, which is what makes you look awake and brilliant. I have quite dark circles, especially when I’ve put my alarm on snooze 50 times, and the Eye Brightener really helps to cover the dark circles as well as perk my face up.
It comes in a handy tube and with a doe foot applicator (who knew that this was what those little things were called?!), so it’s really easy to apply to the right areas. In terms of colour, I got the brightener in Bisque, which is a warm pink-toned shade that works well to combat blue toned dark circles.
Swatched / Semi Blended
Like the Long Wear Even Finish foundation, this concealer/brightener is a little on the pricey side. It is £19.50 for a 6ml tube, but this is one that is definitely worth it. I’ve read a number of reviews that say this is much better than Touche Eclat (I haven’t tried so I wouldn’t know!), but what I do know is that I am going to carry this around with me like a precious, beautiful child. Please, go and buy it. PLEASE.
So…for those of you who have fallen off your chairs because I bought something that didn’t cost around 50p, I am very sorry and I hope you haven’t hurt yourselves too badly.
It’s no secret that I like a bargain. In fact, Claire and I have written lots of posts here on Stylingo about super cheap makeup (MUA’s Matte Perfect Shine Foundation, for example, which costed a wild £2). I think that if you can get something cheaply, you definitely should and there is very little better than finding a bargain. Apart from Jennifer Lawrence. However, I do think there are some things you should spend money on and as MUA’s £2 foundation has demonstrated, foundation is definitely one of them.
With this in mind, I headed over to Selfridges last week and decided that enough was enough. Some of you excellent people recommended Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Even Finish Foundation and I trust your recommendations wholeheartedly – so I went to get matched by the lovely gals at the Bobbi Brown counter. After an alarming time of nearly having my eyebrows wiped off and looking like a lunatic for the rest of the afternoon, we went with shade 3 Beige.
I have to say, I am in love. This is hands down the best foundation I have ever used. It’s oil free, so suits my skin type (which is combination/oily, ew) really well. This also helps with the application – it’s so easy to apply and feels super fresh/lightweight. It contains glycerin and shea butter, which apparently means that it’s wonderful and hydrating, as well as being generally great. According to the Bobbi Brown website, it lasts for up to 12 hours in humid conditions and also is SPF 15.
Another big NAY HUGE must for my foundation is coverage. I don’t have the best skin, so I prefer to have foundation that covers any nasties and unevenness. I was a bit way of this foundation at the start, because it’s marketed as a medium – full coverage foundation. Usually, I will always go with full and never really bother with something that would only offer medium coverage. However, I needn’t have worried my tiny little head about this. The Long Wear foundation actually gives great coverage and you don’t need a lot of product to achieve a good level of “where have my features gone”. I’ve been using about two pumps, which is unheard of in my makeup routine. It’s also totally buildable, so if I’m having a day where I literally want to cover everything in a wonderful foundation-y mask, I can do just that.
This is a bit of a weird thing to comment on, but Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Even Finish foundation also has an excellent smell. If you’ve read my Dermalogica Skin Perfect Primer review, you may have seen that I said it smelled a bit like trees. This foundation also smells like trees, which somehow makes you feel like you are at one with nature.
Now lets get to the real nub and gist of the matter. It’s called Long Wear, but how long does it actually last? I’ve been wearing it for the past week, mainly to work (where my face is put to the test of sitting in front of a computer every day), and I have to say that it’s been lasting very well. If I’m totally honest, it probably lasts as long as Rimmel’s 25 Hour foundation, which is the best foundation I’ve used in terms of staying power. Saying that, with a few powders during the day, Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear can and has lasted me from about 8am-9pm. 13 hours isn’t so bad, AM I RIGHT?
And this is how it looks on my face, with a full face of makeup. I’ve got Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Eye Brightener on too, which I’ll be reviewing soon! (Spoiler alert: it is amaaaaaazing and I want to marry it).
The only downside in my opinion is the price. At £30, it’s definitely not the cheapest foundation on the market and while I’d like to repurchase this every time I needed some new foundation, I’m pretty sure I’ll only be doing so when I’m feeling rich or its my birthday.
It has been a looooong time since I’ve nattered away on Stylingo, but unfortunately I have been very busy drinking and being festively merry with my fam and pals. I hope everyone had an excellent Christmas and is looking forward to partying tonight…I, for one, am sitting in bed with a cider listening to Miley. It’s a hard life, eh??
Has anyone else noticed how WUBBISH the sales are at the moment? I went shopping on Sunday fully expecting to spend all of my hard earned dollar and I couldn’t find one sale item I wanted to buy. So so so tragic. I was forced to comfort myself with some Seventeen purchases. And 2 pairs of shoes.
Anywhoo, I’m sure I will feature my new shoes in an OOTD post soon (probably not at the same time, but you never know) but here is what I bought from Seventeen. As you may know, Claire and I are hugey fans of Seventeen and absolutely love their new product launches. I’ve been pretty much universally impressed with what I’ve bought in recent months, so they’re swiftly becoming my go-to highstreet makeup brand (sorry Rimmel).
When I got this, Claire quite rightly said ‘YES BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT YOU NEED, ANOTHER BROW KIT’. Well, a gal can never have too many brow kits, and technically this one was a free gift. That’s right gals, if you spend over £8 with Seventeen, you get a free Brows That Brow Kit. You basically can’t say no to that, can you?
It’s a great little kit actually, and I have swiftly replaced my MUA Brow Kit (which had it’s faults) with this. You get:
- Brow Wax
- Eyebrow Pencil
- Setting Powder
- Eyebrow brush
It’s £6 from Boots, which, for the quality of the product and for what you get in the palette, is absolutely amazing. The colours are not too dark and would suit most complexions, I think. What I like most is that it’s really similar to Sleek’s Brow Kit in the sense your eyebrows literally don’t go anywhere. With the MUA kit, I found my eyebrows tended to wander around my face, probably in search for a small snack. They didn’t last well at all and if you accidentally touched your face, your eyebrows would be gone (sob).
I’m a big eyeliner fan, particularly after a lad at work said ‘ARE YOU OK, YOU LOOK ILL’ when I didn’t wear any the other day. I’m usually more of an eyeliner pen or tube kind of girl, but I thought I’d give this gel eyeliner a whirl as my current Rimmel liner was running low. It’s described as having all of the staying power of a liquid eyeliner with the smokiness of a pencil. Wizardry? Basically yes. It somehow manages to be soft yet you can define your eyes properly too. I highly recommend this little pot, chums. It’s incredible!
This was a bit of a ‘pardon me, what on earth is this nonsense’ purchase more than anything. We’ve all heard of velvet nails, fur effect nails, 3d nails…but suede nails?! I wasn’t too sure if I was being a bit of a dongle and ‘suede’ was the name of the nail polish colour, but it actually comes out a little bit suede-y. It’s much more pleasant than it sounds. It’s sort of a matte, slightly metallic silvery grey – really lovely. I’ve tried to take some snaps on my falsies but I’m not sure if the suede came through.
I wasn’t actually going to feature this in my mini-haul because it’s actually quite boring. HOWEVER. This is an amazing white polish and I definitely didn’t expect such fab quality for such a bargain price. I only needed to do one coat and so far, it hasn’t chipped after 3 days (on my toes at that). It’s quite a pearly white, which is a bit different to Barry M’s white polish (which is a little thick and Tipex-y). Thoroughly recommend this white polish too, gals. Top marks again, Seventeen.
Well chums, I hope you have a wonderful NYE and both Claire and I can’t wait for what the new year is going to bring. I can safely say, probably more clothes, more makeup and most likely a hint of fake tan.