Entries from January 26th, 2012

Review: Clinique – Fall in Love With Colour.

posted on: 31 January, 2012

- This is a sponsored post - 
Fall in Love With Colour is Clinque’s latest launch for this Spring 2012, it’s a chance for the brand to showcase their makeup products and introduce those key products which suit your skin tone and enhance your natural beauty. 
Backing this launch are three exciting products, which will be the key items featured across the launch. I’ve been lucky enough to trial and review these. 

Almost Lipstick
This month, Clinique are launching their latest lip product, Almost Lipstick. This is a very moisturising formula which aims to suit all skin tones, making it easy to pick a shade to suit you. There are 7 shades being launched. 
I was a bit wary of the very bright shade at first, but I was surprised to find it glides on like a lip balm, and gives a natural sheen to the lips. This shade, 41 Flirty Honey, reminds me a bit of a tinted lip balm like Vaseline Rosy Lips. It is rather pigmented though, so it’s that link between a tinted lip balm (as it’s so moisturising) and a lip stick, as it still provides a nice amount of colour – hence the name Almost Lipstick.
The product glides on easily and is great to apply due to the packaging (I hate putting my fingers in to pots and tins, so unhygienic) and because it’s so moisturising, the colour lasts so long.
It’s the right amount of colour, it can be worn easily during the day as it’s not too much, but also built up for night time. 

Quickliner for Eyes Intense 
Also released this month is the new Quickliner for Eyes Intense in 6 shades, this is a rich and highly-pigmented eyeliner which doesn’t need to be sharpened. The intense shades are smudge-proof, and the silky formula aims to provide 12 hour wear.
My first thoughts on this was how easy it applied, without giving the flaky look of kohl. It was literally like a pen, it glides on so easily and sets. There is a smudging sponge provided on the end, but you will need to do this quickly as once it’s dried it doesn’t budge! 
Despite usually wearing liquid liner, I quite like using this. The small nib makes it really easy to apply, and I’m able to get right in between my eyelashes to really define.
The shade I received is 07 Intense Ivy, a dark, rich black with green undertones. I don’t often wear green on my eyes, so I would probably prefer black, but the shade range with these Quickliners is really impressive. 

Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm 
The Chubby Sticks have been out for some time now, but continue to be a popular choice for a lip product. This is a “lip balm in a pencil” which, like the Almost Lipstick, I am a fan of! The pencil packaging means you can apply easily and conveniently, and it’s also a lot more hygienic.
Chubby Sticks aim to provide an ideal amount of colour, whilst also moisturising the lips. There are 8 shades currently, and again, don’t require a pencil sharpener. 
The shade I received was 02 Whole Lotta Honey, which is a pinky/brown. It’s not a shade I’d usually go for, however, it’s actually a really lovely natural colour which I think I’ll get quite a lot of use from. I have extremely dry lips, so this works so well for me. I like a bit of colour on my lips for day time, but nothing too extreme. This glides on so easily, I can do it without a mirror and the packaging means I can top up any time without any mess or fuss. 

L-R: Chubby Stick in Whole Lotta Honey, Almost Lipstick in Flirty Honey & Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Intense Ivy (unsmudged & smudged) 

I don’t own many products from Cliniques colour cosmetics lines, so this has given me an idea of what to expect. I’m really pleased with the products, they’re great, easy to wear, easy to apply products. I think these three products are ideal for those who want to enhance their features, without wearing too much. The lip products are both moisturising and pigmented, meaning they can be worn day or night and built up for more colour.
I found the formula of the Quickliner wasn’t like any of the Kohl liners I’ve tried before. It’s creates such a lovely, defined look without leaving eyes looking dark and harsh.

What are your favourite Clinique products? Do you think you’ll purchase anything from the Fall in Love With Colour range?

New Low.

posted on: 29 January, 2012

Jumper: Topshop (old season)
Top: River Island (*)
Skirt: H&M
I wasn’t sure if I’d blog this outfit or not, I have quite a few posts to publish at the moment and deciding which one to go for each day is proving difficult. Serious blogger problems!
Monday tomorrow, and a busy week ahead! I’ve got a few events this week, including IMATS at the weekend. I’ve hardly seen anyone since I got back to London so hopefully this week will bring many a catch up! 
* Bought with vouchers from a press day. 

2011 Favourites.

posted on: 28 January, 2012

- Skincare - 

♥ Liz Earle Cleanse + Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser: A firm favourite in the blogging world, removes every trace of makeup. 
Liz Earle Normal/Combination Moisturiser: My favourite moisturiser, not too heavy or greasy and absorbs in well. 
Clinique All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream: An excellent light but moisturising eye cream, also cools and helps with puffiness. 
Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil in Gel: An amazing gentle cleanser to remove the last traces of makeup. 
Jurlique Soothing Foaming Cleanser: My absolute favourite cleanser, leaves my skin so so soft and fresh. 

- Face Products - 

♥ Rimmel Stay Matte Powder: I prefer this over MAC MSF Natural, a great way to set makeup and absorb excess oils on the cheap!
Topshop Highlighter in Sunbeam: I think this may be sold out now, but it’s my favourite highlighter ever!
MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation: I’ve gone off this a bit now, despite using it for the last two years. The colour is all wrong for me, but still the best foundation I’ve come across in terms of finish and coverage. 
Benefit The Pore-Fessional Primer: Hands down, the best primer I’ve found (after trying so many!) makes pores invisible and also creates the smoothest base. 
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer: Heavy duty coverage without looking caked or unnatural. 

- Eye Products - 

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara: the best mascara I’ve ever tried, leaves my eyelashes thick and full of volume. 
Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit: Perfect for concealing under eye bags, without being heavy or creasing. 
Benefit Brow-Zings in Medium: I’ve never used any other eyebrow product, this has everything you need. 
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler: A recent purchase but already in my favourites, makes such a difference. 
MAC Fluidline Eyeliner in Blacktrack: Perfect for thick, black eyeliner and my favourite cat flicks. Lasts all day and never smudges. 

 - Lip Products - 

MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup: The perfect shade for me, lasts well and doesn’t dry out lips. 
Revlon Matte Lipstick in Smoked Peach: A lovely warm orange/peach shade, goes on easily without being drying. Lasts well for a matte lipstick. 
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink in the Afternoon: My favourite pink lipstick, very pigmented and lovely finish.  
♥ Look Beauty Double Hit Lip in Rose Riot: A lipstick and gloss duo, a gorgeous colour – wear alone or together. 

 - Blushers - 

Benefit Bella Bamba: A shimmery coral which has quickly become one of my favourites. 
NARS Orgasm Powder Blush: My all time favourite blush, a peachy pink with gold shimmer. This suits all skintones! 
MAC Fleur Power Powder Blush: A bright pink with a Satin finish, gives such a lovely, natural flush.
♥ MAC LE Bite of An Apple Blush: Similar to Fleur Power but matte and a bit brighter. 
Illamasqua Powder Blush in Beg: A dusty pink with a matte finish, although I tend to add highlighter.

 - Nail Polishes -

Models Own Utopia: A perfect white/lilac shade, my newest favourite! 
Models Own Juicy Jules: Perfect for using on one finger, this goes with everything! 
Models Own Slate Green: I love this colour, a darker mint. 
Missguided Nail Splash in Misstique: I love the quality of these polishes, I wear this teal shade often.
No7 in Cheeky Chops: This looks like Shellac when it’s on, and the colour is beautiful. It lasts a good few days before it chips too. 

- Misc. -

Sigma F80 Brush: The perfect brush for applying foundation, buffs in so naturally. I’ll never use anything else. 
St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse: My favourite fake tan, it applies easily and naturally without streaking. 
Marc Jacobs Daisy EDP: Probably my favourite perfume, fresh, floral and light. 
Kiehl’s Creme de Corps Body Lotion: Unscented, moisturising without being greasy and absorbs in well. 
MAC Matte Gel: The perfect prep product to absorb excess oils, I use this on my T-Zone under foundation. 

 - Hair Products -

Dove Express Treatment Conditioner: My favourite conditioner, it only takes a minute and leaves hair feeling amazing. It also smells delicious. 
Aussie Luscious Long Leave-in-Conditioner: Perfect for when you can’t quite get the brush through your wet hair! 
L’Oreal Mythic Oil: This has been replaced by Moroccanoil, but I do love this product. It smells lovely and leaves ends feeling soft and conditioned. 
L’Oreal Pli: The perfect product for creating texture and volume at the roots. 
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Hair Serum: The best serum I’ve used for leaving hair soft, shiny and frizz-free. 

Paper Chase.

posted on: 26 January, 2012

Top: River Island (*)
Scarf: Ebay
Disco Pants: American Apparel
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Ring: Topshop
Nails: Models Own Utopia & Nicki Minaj for OPI 
So, I spontaneously purchased some Disco Pants! I had previously thought they looked awful, but seeing them on Emma changed my mind. I tried them on and Lily‘s reaction meant I bought them straight away. 
I actually believe they are quite flattering, and they go with everything! 
Today was spent blogging and eating. I went on a mad dash to get my hands on a peanut butter kit kat now they’re back. Dedication. 
PS. The title is from this song
* Bought with vouchers from a press day.