Thursday, 11 August 2016

Kate Moss 15 Year Anniversary Nude Lipstick Review

Its no secret that I'm really getting into wearing lipsticks at the moment. For me its all been about rocking that bold lip to go with my blue hair. However recently I've been leaning into trying out more nude shades for the days I want to be more subtle. Imagine my excitement when I learned that Kate Moss was bringing out a new 15 year anniversary lipstick collection that included some brand new nude shades. I obviously had to get my hands on a couple.

I decided I wanted to get the lightest and darkest nude there was to offer so I purchased No 54 in Rock'N'Roll Nude which is a pinky nude ideal for cool skin tones and No 56 in Boho Nude, a caramel colour more suited to warmer tones.

Before I go on can we just appreciate how gorgeous the packaging of this product is? I was like a magpie to all things shiny when I noticed the rose gold detail. To me it resembles the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks and gives off a more "high end" feel. Totally love that. 

Both creamy in consistency and moisturizing on the lips these are true to colour and give off a very sheer look and great pay off. The longevity however is a bit disappointing in my opinion. I wouldn't advise leaving this lipstick at home as It does need to be applied throughout the day, especially if your planning to eat and drink. However at £6.49 each who am I to complain? I think they're a bloody bargain!

left to right Rock'N'Roll Nude, Boho Nude

 I'm actually really fussy when it comes to wearing lipsticks. I don't like how drying some can feel and by the end of the day I can't wait to reach for a face wipe to take them off. However these lipsticks feel really comfortable and I always reach for them over a lot of my higher end ones. I think they are perfect for everyday wear and look really flattering with a subtle make-up look.

Overall I'm really happy with these. There is no denying that Kate Moss brings out some iconic collections that have many people raving and I myself am all for jumping on this band wagon. I will definitely be purchasing the "My Nude" shade to add to my collection along with her "Retro Red" shade which is a gorgeous plum colour for my more vamped up looks.

I can't wait to see what other products Kate Moss has lined up for the future.

Have you tried any of Kate Moss's 15 year anniversary collection? What were your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Photos & Words : Sammi Williamson

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Laura Geller "The Delectables Eyeshadow Palette" First Impressions

Last weekend was very special to say the least. Why I hear you ask? Well I happened to receive the prettiest of packages off Mr postman (who might I add is probably getting sick of all the things coming to my door recently..sorry about that). On this occasion he dropped off Laura Gellers "The Delectables Eyeshadow Palette"

I'm really starting to grow my make-up collection and try new things so I cant even explain the sheer excitement I had getting my hands on this. I was lucky enough to win a twitter giveaway with MMCL who kindly sent it to me along with a mascara and beautiful lipgloss. As a way of getting back into writing and contributing more to this blog I thought I'd do my first impressions of this palette.

Firstly can we talk about how visually stunning this palette is? The 14 shades that are included are nothing short of memorizing. To me they kind of look like teeny tiny planets! There is a mixture of matte and shimmery warm tones and nudes which are baked to give off a really subtle look or if used wet a more dramatic effect. The colours are so versatile and can be used to create many different looks, not to mention they make a really flattering eyeliner.

When I first used this palette I was really impressed with how highly pigminted the shades were. They glide on like a dream with very little fallout and were very easily buildable. After wearing the eyeshadow for over a solid 12+ hours it still looked as good as the first time I applied it. 

The packaging leaves something to be desired I guess, I'm not really a huge fan of the cardboard or the brush thats included but thats because I've been spoilt by the likes of urban decay and their smokey palette. I have to say though that is it really sturdy and comes with a big enough mirror so its worth taking it on the go.


Top row left to right : Créme, Dolce, Hazelnut, Raisin, Truffle, Khaki. Forest
Bottom row left to right : Vanilla, Mushroom, Honey, Sunrise, Vintage, Brown Sugar, Mahogany

My favourite shades out of this palette would have to be Rasin, Sunrise, Forest, Brown Sugar and Vintage. For my everyday go to look with this palette I start with Vanilla as a base all over my lid followed by hazelnut on the outer corner of my eye and blended into the crease. I then bring that shade a bit higher above the crease to make my eyes stand out more (great tip if you have hooded eyes) and then I finish off with Raisin going over the Hazelnut to really build up that colour and intensity. It makes for a really great smokey nude.

I hadn't ever looked into Laura Gellers products before now but its clear to see she is a very passionate woman who puts the most effort into her line. This palette is amazing value for money and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I can't wait to experiment with it more :)

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Have you tried Laura Geller's products before? I'd love to know your thoughts. All comments are appreciated and don't forget to leave your links so I can comment back! :)

Photos & Words : Sammi Williamson   

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Younique's 3D Fibre Lash Macara - Worth the hype or just another fad?

I'm going to be totally honest. When I first heard about the younique brand I wasn't sold at all. I don't know if it was because their price range was way out of my budget (hey, I'm a drugstore kind of girl) or their selling techniques which practically had their presenters forcefully encouraging you to buy everything under the sun. Either way I wasn't totally into the whole idea of trying their products. However,  I received one of their more popular items as a gift from my sister. The 3D Fibre Lash Mascara. Having used it a number of times and it being one of those products a lot of people um and arr about, I thought I'd share my opinion with you guys.

You can't deny that the 3D Fibre Lash Mascara is something a little new and different to the make-up industry. The whole idea of this product is to replace the use of false lashes and to make your real lashes appear more fuller and longer. The technique is carried out by applying a coat of translating gel over your original mascara and then adding fiber lashes to create the effect. Truth be told I bloody hate applying false lashes so this mascara sounded like the perfect solution to my problem.

The packaging is elegant to say the least. The sturdy case contains two different tubes. One containing the gel which has a hourglass wand to apply with and the other containing the fibers which comes with a slightly smaller wand as shown in the picture below. 

Reading the instructions that are included with this mascara I followed the step by step process. The first thing that's mentioned is to apply a coat of your own mascara. For me this kind of defeated the object of the 3D mascara. Why should I already have to own another product to achieve the look? Especially when your paying out for a high end product. In my eyes this was a bit of a cop out. 

After applying a coat of mascara it states to add the transplanting gel and add the fibers straight after.
To avoid any fall out I made sure I took my time. I'm not going to lie, once adding the fibers to the ends of my lashes I saw an instant difference. Its actually quite impressive with just one coat. Built up to three or four coats this mascara surprisingly does deliver. Below are my "before" and "after" photos. 

The before photo shows myself wearing just my normal mascara and the after photo shows myself wearing the 3D fiber mascara.

Evidently there is no denying that this product does achieve the look it states. My lashes felt fuller and longer with the added bonus of not putting up with the annoyance of falsies. However depending on how many fibers you add Its worth stating that the product can become quite clumpy on your lashes. Its always worth taking your time and getting a bit of practice in as when it is used correctly it looks quite flattering and gives an overall dramatic make-up look.

If your into trying new things and like something a bit more fancy I recommend giving it a go.  However, I don't think I'll be purchasing this for myself again. I liked the idea of the product and I liked the overall look but personally I cant justify spending nearly £30.00 on something that makes me just as happy as my £8.99 drugstore mascara does. Call me a cheap skate but hey... at least my purse is better off.

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Have you tried any of Youniques products? I'd love to know your thoughts. Leave your comments and links below. Thanks!

Photos & words : Sammeh Williamson