I can’t remember the last time I did a ‘disappointed product’ review. So next week I’m making it a point to film a whole video on products that just didn’t live up to the expectation (subscribe here so you don’t miss out) and I regretted it! However INGLOT was under my radar for a very long time and I was desperate to get my hands on something from the brand, what…I wasn’t quite sure. Eyeshadows seemed like the obvious thing, but after my NARS dual intensity eye-shadow palette purchase, I purposely strayed away from the shadows and found myself hovering over the INGLOT matte lip-pencils. There are two that I picked up. The thin lip-liner which I think looks like a duplicate of the infamous ‘Soar’ from MAC (which I don’t actually own) so obviously I had to get it. Packaged in a shiny little pencil which twists up. The second pencil is a chubbier lip liner, with the same twist mechanism, its the lighter pink/nude tone. Initially when swatched in store I thought it was more along the lines of NARS matte lip pencils but slightly more drying, nothing that a balm couldn’t resolve right? Oh boy, was I wrong…this is U L T R A drying! Like accentuates every line on the lip and really uncomfortable to wear. Applying a balm underneath meant that the product wouldn’t apply evenly and wouldn’t last long and ugh everything about this was just a nightmare.
As for the lip-liners, they’re supposed to be matte, so I was expecting that, a lip balm helped slightly and I was so in love with the colour that I was determined to make it work. But alas the dryness of the product make the lip-pencil break. And I can’t use it anymore. £11.00 for each one – I’m really disappointed! Am I put off of Ingot for good? Probably not. I’ll definitely go for the freedom eyeshadow palette but don’t see myself reaching for anything else. Have you tried anything from Inglot before?
What has gotten into me? I’ve become more and more obsessed with coloured eyeliner. I went into Stratford Westfield and went into the KIKO shop – its been a long time since i’ve been there, probably due to the fact that its nearly always so packed. However this was a mid-day trip which meant that shops were kinda empty. I looked around and there wasn’t really anything I felt like getting until I walked over to the eyeliner stand thats located to the back of the store. There are so many unique shades and with the price-point I don’t think you could get anything as good.
We’ve got the Glamorous eye-pencil range, which I picked up two shades, the first is 403 a lovely burgundy/copper shade, with the orange tint I feel like it would enhance hazel eyes. Its super creamy, ultra long-lasting and incredibly pigmented. I’ve worn this with a neutral matte eye and i love it. 405 is a shimmery purple shade – I have a sudden urge to apply purple eyeliner on the bottom lash-line but I know it’s a phase and a couple weeks later I’ll be over it. In the mean time to fulfil my needs I’ve ventured into this pencil eyeliner and I love it!
The last one was a KIKO Smart eye pencil in 800 it’s the perfect shimmery highlight for the inner corners of the eye. It was 30% off so I ended up getting it for £1.70 my cheapest purchase in a very long time! It has the same consistency as the previous eye-pencils. SO creamy. KIKO products are so affordable and great quality for the price! I still feel like there are hidden gems in KIKO that i have yet to discover…let me know if you know there are any good products within KIKO.
As much as a I miss my acrylic claws – it’s fun being able to paint my nails on a weekly basis (which also means that I am spending far too much on Essie nail polishes) The other day I made a late night trip to Boots and did some hauling, amidst of all the products I picked up Essie Cocktail bling. That same night I painted my nails and you know me, I’m never happy with just one colour and clearly I’m not ready to give up the glitter yet so I added Essie Summit of Style – the most gorgeous rose gold glitter. It looks amazing used sparingly or packed onto the nails. Also layering glitter on top of a nail polish is less damaging on the nails.
Essie Cocktail Bling is a beautiful blue which seems to be infused with grey, very similar to the colour palette of Maximillan Strausse Her these colours are so versatile and they work brilliantly as a transitional shade between winter to spring.
Seriously, the foundation angels must be smiling down on me because every foundation I have tried in the past year have been nothing but amazing. Today I bring you Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation. It’s awesome and that is all. This (along with 10 other products) was on the top of my to get list. Pay day arrived and I got the tube at 6pm on a Friday evening down to Bond Street, during rush hour, what the hell was I thinking? Made my way swiftly to Selfridges and headed towards the Charlotte Tilbury counter and can I just add as a side note that normally beauty counters in Selfridges (not that counter itself, more so the staff) can be really uncomfortable however the ladies at CT are so nice! Either that, or I was just to in awe with the products that nothing phased me. I was colour matched to no.8 a medium olive tone – it’s a perfect skin match, which I was actually pleasantly surprised, I imagined the foundations to be more pink toned but there is a nice balance of yellow & pink tone foundations. I applied it when filming my favourites video which is up today- subscribe here so you don’t miss out. The formula is so light-weight that it didn’t even feel like I was wearing anything at all but it still manages to give me a beautiful medium coverage. I used the Wayne Goss brush in no.1 to apply which is one of my favourite foundation brushes, the angle and the small head allows me to get into the corners of the nose and it helps to buff in the foundation seamlessly. It’s very rare that I wear a foundation and my husband compliments me – and he even said my skin looked great! You’re left with ‘lit within glow’ so perfect for the winter weather! There’s SPF15 but I didn’t get a flashback when taking photos but I am yet to test it still. I wore this for about 5 hours and it pretty much stayed put. I definitely see the Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation creeping up to be my most loved one! There’s a selfie just to show what the foundation looks like – it’s love.
The do it all eyeliner. These days I see myself steering away from the solid black eyeliner and heading towards brown or olive shades. They’re slightly forgiving for us eyeliner noobs out there. Recently I’ve seen myself using a MAC eyeliner in Teddy, a brown eyeliner which almost has a teensy bit of metallic shine to it. Worn on its own or with woodwinked eyeshadow it just helps to create a soft, day appropriate eyeliner. My criteria for a black eyeliner is quite high, non-smugde, non-budge, water-proof, the works and often quite a difficult product to get my hands on. Teddy by Mac is a much forgiving formula. I tend to heat it up (using a light candle/hair drier heat – let it cool down) and apply it onto the top lash line and lower lash line, sometimes extend it out if I have time. Using an angled brush I smoke out the eyeliner and it gives this whole ‘lived in’ vibe which I am totally obsessed with. There is a slight orange undertone this almost helps brown/hazel eyes to stand out. There’s just something I really love about the product and colour. Longevity is about 6 hours, and it isn’t the most ‘long lasting’ formula but when I applied it on the bottom water-line of the eye, the colour lasts the entire day and even when it does start to smudge, I quite like it.
I don’t really own that many MAC eyeliners but I’ve started to fall in love with MAC products all over again. What other eyeliners do I need from MAC?
When I started taking make-up slightly more seriously (in my early 20′s) I started to experiment with colours which weren’t blue. I’m pretty sure that everyone went through a cobalt blue eyeliner phase at one point or another in their life. Anywho, whilst going on a trip to Istanbul we (me and some friends) found ourselves at the Bobbi Brown counter swatching the gel pots. I was super hesitant and asked the lady at the counter if these would dry out horrendously like the MAC Blacktrack – which by the way, I love. The finish is amazing, matte black which almost looks like velvet once dried on the lids however the pot itself dried up after 3 months of first use, and yes I did close the lid properly. She reassured me that it wouldn’t. The formula is creamier and softer which means that it takes slightly longer to dry, but once dried it wont smudge or budge. I gave in and decided to buy Forest shimmer Ink from Bobbi Brown. It’s a lovely colour with definite olive undertones which work so well for brown/hazel eyes. Forest shimmer Ink posses a hint of green/gold tone and a miniscule smidge of shimmer but not too over the top. It’s great pick if you’re a bit hesitant to use a full on matte black eyeliner as you can get away with it not being that neat. It gives a nice ‘lived in & smudgy’ effect, try applying it on the bottom lash and smudging it out. Totally the whole Olsen twin vibe. You have enough play-time to smoke up it out with some eye-shadow if you wanted too and it’s great because it enhances brown eyes (well, that’s what I found for me). Its a nice formula which lasts a long time, both on the lids and in the pot. My one has clearly been much loved and used. Whenever I whip this out I don’t feel the need for an eyeshadow, this has enough colour (and slight shimmer) to use on it’s one. A lovely alternative to the usual black eyeliner. This probably comes out when I don’t have time or the patience to apply the perfect feline flick, but also eye-shadow is a bit too much on the cards, this is what I take out. I’ve always had lots of compliments when I’ve worn it. And because this was so impressive, I went out and brought the black one from the Bobbi Brown gel (pot) eyeliner range but didn’t love it as much, it was slightly too drying (but not as drying as MAC) and it just didn’t work for me.
It is £18 so definitely on the pricier end of things, however recently I’ve found the Maybelline Lasting Drama gel eyeliner in Black Gold which is pretty much a dupe and for a fraction of the price it’s not too shabby, slightly more glittery but totally day appropriate.
The MakeUp Forever black eyeshadow cream pot reviewed here is definitely my all time favourite long-lasting black eyeliner gel pot.
However word on the street is that Inglot does an amazing black gel pot eyeliner too and Westfield Stratford have an Inglot store –
how have I never noticed this before? Has anyone tried the gel eyeliner pot or any other makeup bits from Inglot?
It seems like in 2014 Too Faced got some real attention from some of the bigger beauty bloggers. It’s not a brand that I find is easily available in the U.K, I’ve only ever really seen it in a few of the larger Boots stores. So I decided to invest in one of their eye-shadow palettes – behold Too Faced Natural at Night. This is the perfect set of colours for someone who is an eye-shadow amateur. 9 neutral shades that are separated for different occasions -but that never really means much to me.
A collection of ‘neutral’ tones whilst remaining on the shimmery side, so if you’re light hearted and don’t like a bit of glitz then this is probably not for you. There’s two matte shades, which is a highlight and a mid-tone brown which I guess is designed to be some sort of transitional colour.
After playing around with it for a month or so the bottom row is my personal favourite. Mainly because I’ve always found a dark smoky eye very over-powering which means that i usually I opt for dark browns. However the shade Night Fever has a mixture of gold/green tones which may seem over the top in the palette but when worn it gives a lovely green/golden sheen. It’s also a stunning shade on the bottom lash line which makes brown eyes pop. With only two matte shades it’s definitely a ‘in your face’ kinda palette. I always find that with eyeshadow palettes you end up compromising for a few dud colours that you will never wear, Natural at Night provides colours where each one is wearable. The shadows are quite heavily pigmented so you need the lightest hand with them. I learnt the hard way. Now in shape or form am I an eyeshadow expert but there are two brushes that I’m loving at the moment and they the MAC 217 and MAC 239. MAC eye brushes – so amazing! I’ve heard a lot about the Too Faced, Better than sex mascara. What do companies think when they’re naming their products? I do wonder.
The Too Faced Natural at Night palette is my favourite eye-shadow palette at the moment and for £29, it’s not the cheapest out there but the quality and quantity is truly amazing and worth the money in my opinion. Side note, I did go to Inglot yesterday and the eye-shadows looked/felt dreamy! Have you tried Inglot products before…?
New year means we’re trying to get our skin back on track. The MAC Ruby Woos go back into the lipstick draws and the lip-balms and creamy, glossy lipsticks start to make an appearance. Chanel Rouge coco shine is a brilliant formula, its nourishing with a decent amount of pigment. Even though I have a huge lipstick addiction I don’t really own that many from the coco shine line. I’m not a massive fan of glossy lipsticks, so investing in one would be slightly frivolous. See, there is some logic to my buying habits. Rendez-vous (86) is a lovely, pretty pink shade. One swipe and you have a full on glossy, but not sticky, pink pouty lips.
Concealing is everything. Without it I look like I’ve missed a years worth of sleep. Dark circles are part hereditary, part bad diet/lack of sleep. My ultimate mission is to find one product which does all. Too much to ask for? Maybe. I’ve mentioned before how amazing NARS creamy concealer is, but after almost a year of using it I’m starting to get really bored. So I’ve switched it up and the moment I am really enjoying MACs Prep & Prime highlighters. I have two – which may seem excessive but each one serves a purpose of its own. Bright Forecast provides my initially coverage, its a yellow/pinky undertone. It works well on its own, but I’m into the whole Kim K highlighting right now and Bright Forecast just doesn’t quite cut it. I apply Lightboost on top in order enhance under the eyes.
Bright eyes and pinky pouty lips, what else would a girl want?
There’s nothing more I like than to snoop in peoples make-up bags. Okay, that totally doesn’t make me sound like a weirdo. It’s really interesting to see what people use on a day to day basis. I thought I would share my make-up bag goodies. Bare in mind that these are only my little top-ups for the day and not my entire face hence why you see no foundation, eyebrow products, etc.
Concealer is a must and as much as I love the NARS creamy concealer it doesn’t have a mirror – so the NARS concealer compact works perfectly because it provides a nice top-up and has a handy mirror too. The NARS compact concealer does tend to crease so I have pat it on gently, it’s definitely not a concealer that you can layer on. The two shades, Ginger and Custard work well for that last minute highlighting. Concealing sometimes just isn’t enough. No matter how much I conceal, there are still days where my eyes just look really tired. To make them appear bigger I apply the Rimmel Scandaleyes in Nude on the bottom inner rim of the eye. I love this stuff, it was so hard to get hold of. But they leave my eyes feeling brighter instantly. Perfect for those morning after, late night marking sessions.
Anyone else carry 5 lipsticks in their bag at a time? I try to not do it as much these days and keep it to two, just ‘essentials’. The Revlon Colourstay lip liner in Plum is a gorgeous colour and almost a dupe for MAC Current. A lovely matte burgundy shade, pigmented, easy to apply! I don’t use this on it’s own, I add a little gloss on top and even though I do love a good matte lip, at the moment I’m really into a glossy lip. I can’t stand the stickiness. However the Clinique intense chubby stick in Grandest Grape provides the right amount of colour. The two shades just work so well together. I was never a fan of the original Clinique gloss stick line however the Intense range is stunning and has brilliant colour payoff. This is by far my favourite colour out of the range!
Eyes done, lips done, now time for cheeks. My favourite and I mean all time favourite blusher is the Hourglass Ambient lighting blush in Diffused Heat. I stopped using it for a month or so last year and oh boy did I miss it. I absolutely love it, Diffused Heat gives a flushed cheek without being too over-powering and the highlighting power adds a lovely glow onto the skin. The brush I’m using at the moment is the 300 Real Techniques bold metal collection brush. Now if you’ve missed my post you may want to check here I’ve written my first initial impressions of the Real Techniques Bold Metal Collection. After having a couple weeks or so play-time I can officially say that the brushes are definitely well worth the money. The brush picks up the right amount of product and feels like silk.
Lastly who doesn’t have a hand-cream in their handbag? Especially with the weather conditions London is facing, my hands are forever dry! This is by far the best hand cream I have ever used. L’occitane bodycare is wonderful and worth every penny.
I’ve shared my little make-up bag gems, it’s only fair you share yours….
Blending eyeshadows is something I have always lacked. These YT gurus make it look so easy but I never think it looks good on me. What am I doing wrong? I feel much more comfortable in wearing a single wash of shadow, maybe something darker in the crease if I’m feeling adventurous. TIP; on small eyes, black smokey eyes never looks good – it’s way to over powering.
Have you ever gone into MAC and thought, ‘there are just waaay too many eyeshadows to choose from?’ This happens to me all the time. I find small, crowded spaces overwhelming. I spent a lot of my free time googling swatches in order to see what colours I should get – at the moment I own 29, (I know) but the ones I always use and come back to is the combination of these four shadows. The advantage of having a quad palette is that I can travel around with it and not feel like I’m carrying too much. Paired with my 217 MAC brush, aka best brush ever! I have a understated, completely day wearable eye look.
Woodwinked is probably the best golden taupe eyeshadow I’ve come across (please feel free to suggest anymore) - it glistens and gives a ‘I blended two shades’ look. It’s a really lovely, classic colour and my most used one for a day to day. It’s shimmery but not over powering. All that glitters is a pink shade that I pair with a simple thin winged eyeliner. A shade that would look lovely on any skin-tone. The next two colours are for when I want a matte smokey-shadow look. Soba is the base colour and then I add Mystery in the crease – blend away, add your classic black winged eyeliner and hey presto! My four little wonders.
I love my little quad palette – I like to chop and change colours but these are the ones I have been constantly been reaching for. They’re easy to use, not much blending required. What’s not to love, right? What have been your top MAC eye shadow colours?