Wednesday, 17 December 2014

5 Lipsticks


A rundown of my current favourite lipsticks:-

I raved about the Dior Fluid Stick in Rieuse here, and proceeded to buy Magique not long after. I really do love the formula; nice and glossy without any stickiness. You can feel the product on the lips, but I don't find it unpleasant, and I'd go as far as saying they're the best glossy lip products I've tried.

The NARS Audacious lipsticks were nothing short of hyped, and I totally bought into it. I have the shade Audrey, a reddish-plum with a totally opaque satin finish. The Audacious lipsticks in my opinion are worth every positive review, and if they weren't as expensive I'd have bought a fair few more already.

YSL Pourpre Intouchable was my first foray into the brand's lipsticks, and despite it still being my only one I absolutely love it. Sheer but buildable with a berry hue and a glossy finish, it glides across the lips with ease and requires no effort at all to wear. 

I bought Revlon's Sassy Mauve lipstick while I was in Florida in May. It's a warm, creamy pink with a satin finish. It's actually very similar to MAC's Syrup (which I also bought on the same holiday...) but Sassy Mauve is a little more pigmented with slightly less shine. You can't buy Sassy Mauve over here as far as I'm aware, but Syrup is a nice alternative if you like the shade.

Lastly is Make Up Store's lipstick in Poppy. I became a little bit obsessed with Make Up Store shortly after I started reading Linda's blog and picked up a few things back in April from their London store, including Poppy. It's very creamy with a natural rosy hue and is a great everyday colour. You can actually now buy MUS products from BeautyBay, which is great for those of us who don't live local to London to buy from their Carnaby Street store.

Monday, 1 December 2014

3 Handbag Essentials


I'll be honest - my handbag is a bit Mary Poppins-ish. I throw so much stuff in there and constantly have to root around to find what I want. But, there's always a few products constantly sitting in there that only leave when they run out.

First up is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Admittedly I don't feel like this does anything special, but a few spritzes really freshens the face, particularly in summer when it's hot and clammy. The 30ml is a also a nice handbag friendly size, so it doesn't take up too much room.

Next is a Bath & Body Works hand sanitiser. I use these things all the time - I have one in my handbag, one on my desk at work and copious amounts sitting at home from when I stocked up in Florida. My favourites are the Christmas scents though, which you can get on eBay for around £2-3. They're much cheaper in the US (5 for $5) but the scents are what makes them stand out to the hand sanitisers you can get over here.

Finally, a good lip balm is always a necessity. My lips suffer in Winter, so I have to make sure I keep a particularly nourishing lip balm in my bag to keep them hydrated. I love the Nuxe Reve de Miel in the pot, but it's not as travel appropriate as the tube, so I tend to stick to that one. A summer favourite is the EOS lip balms, but I find they don't condition the lips as much in Winter.

It's also worth mentioning that I normally keep a hand cream in my bag too, but they're currently sitting on my desk at work as that's where I tend to use them most. I love the Laura Mercier hand creams, they smell amazing!

I'd love to know what your handbag essentials are!