Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit

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FullSizeRender-2Highlighters are my biggest weakness and Anastasia Beverly Hills glow kits are no exception. I fell in love with ABH’s latest glow kit as soon as I saw swatches online; the pinky-peach tones are so girly and beauty guru Nicole is one of my favourite YouTubers – I was sold straight away!

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There are six shades in this palette, each with 4.5g of product. Compared with ABH’s original four-pan glow kits (photo comparison above) you get less product – each of the pans is 7.4g – but two extra shades, which works out well if you are able to wear all six! I was worried that Glo Getter and 143 would be too dark for my skin-tone as I am pretty pale at this time of year, but I am able to wear them when combined with a lighter highlighter (such as Sunburst from That Glow). Nicole and ABH have done a great job in creating a glow kit with shades to suit every skin tone – on medium to deeper skin tones every single shade would look incredible!

FullSizeRender-1Kitty Kat – pink with a platinum reflect

Forever Young – pink pearl with a silver reflect

Daydream – coral with a white gold reflect

Forever Lit – platinum with a lavender reflect

Glo Getter – champagne with a rose gold reflect

143 – rose gold with a bronze reflect

It was hard to capture just how amazingly pigmented these highlighters are on camera, a little goes a long way! The formula on these is slightly different to the other glow kits I own (That Glow and Gleam); the shades from the Nicole glow kit have tiny glitter specks but they are not chunky at all. When applied they give off a metallic, almost wet looking, glow which is perfect for those (like me) who love a blinding highlight! Kitty Kat is definitely my favourite shade and I LOVE the pale blue/lilac shift on Forever Lit! The only shade I have struggled with slightly is Daydream; this is such a unique and pretty shade but I feel like the formula on this one is a little different and it is the most glittery of the six.

I’d definitely recommend this palette to anyone as you are getting bang for your buck and each shade is so unique! If you are thinking about picking it up I wouldn’t sleep on it as it is limited edition – in the UK this palette is available online directly from the Anastasia Beverly Hills website.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk & Valentine Lipsticks

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Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk Lip Cheat is a favourite within the beauty industry and hands down my personal favourite lip liner- it’s the most beautiful neutral pink and goes with the vast majority of the lipsticks I own (I’m a huge fan of pinky nudes). So when I heard that Charlotte was bringing out Pillow Talk in lipstick form I was ridiculously happy and ordered it as soon as it was released. Charlotte also came out with another limited edition shade for Valentine’s Day – named Valentine, naturally – which I also decided to add to my order, and I am very glad I did.

Pillow Talk is part of the Matte Revolution range, which I haven’t had any prior experience with as all of the Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks I own are in the K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula. The lipstick is pretty much identical to the Pillow Talk lip cheat (swatches above) and on my lips it is the perfect ‘my lips but better’ shade. I am seriously in LOVE with this lipstick and feel as though it would look amazing on every skin tone- it is also super pigmented, goes on evenly and is long-lasting.

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I was very undecided as to whether I really needed another pink toned nude when placing my order on Charlotte Tilbury, but I let my obsession get the better of me and ended up ordering Valentine as well, which is from the K.I.S.S.I.N.G range. I absolutely love this shade and although I own an excessive amount of lipsticks, this is unlike anything else in my collection. I would best describe this shade as a rose petal pink, and again it goes perfectly with the Pillow Talk liner. This is the perfect pinky nude for lighter skin tones and I know I will definitely get a lot of wear out of this in Spring/Summer.

I am so pleased with both of these lipsticks and if I wasn’t on a student budget I’d definitely be ordering back-ups of both (as far as I am aware, they are both limited edition- although I really wish they weren’t)! Both shades retail for £24 and are exclusive to the Charlotte Tilbury website and her London stores; they are both still currently available online so snap them up whilst you can!

 

 

MAC x Mariah Carey: Review and Swatches

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HOW Mariah Carey is this packaging? There’s so much sparkle and glitter its almost blinding! As soon as I saw the product shots of MAC’s collaboration with Mariah, I knew I absolutely had to pick up a couple of items.

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The item which immediately caught my eye was the Touch My Body Loose Powder, and I was lucky to snap one up considering it was the first item to sell out online. The packaging is even more amazing in person, and the powder puff is just so cute! The powder can be applied to the body for a subtle shimmer or, as I have mostly been using it, as a cheekbone highlight. It’s the most beautiful rose gold / copper toned powder (the perfect highlight for deeper skin-tones) and I know I’m going to absolutely LOVE this in summer when my face has finally seen some sun! Although it is extremely pigmented, it looks much subtler and less in-your-face sparkly when blended out.

lipstick-packagingI really wanted to love the lipsticks from this collection, especially since I’m a nude lipstick girl, but after seeing swatches I wasn’t particularly drawn to any of the five from this collaboration; I am not the biggest fan of frost lipsticks and I feared that the three Cremesheen’s from the collection would all be too pale. However, I had already fallen in love with the glittery silver casing and the butterfly detail on the bullet was just too cute to pass up. I ended up deciding on the darkest of the three Cremesheen’s, MCizzle, and I have to say that I am really pleasantly surprised by this shade! It’s a warm peachy-pink shade, but leans much pinkier when applied to the lips- I have been particularly loving this shade worn on top of a brown lip liner such as MAC Stripdown. The consistency is creamy, as with all lipsticks in the Cremesheen formula, and is semi-opaque but buildable.

Overall, I really loved this collection: the packaging is possibly my favourite ever from a MAC collaboration and the products are just as impressive!

NARS Barbara Audacious Lipstick Dupe

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fullsizerenderNARS has to be one of my most loved make-up brands (their Laguna bronzer was one of the first high-end make-up purchases I ever made) and so I can’t believe it has taken me this long to try one of their raved about Audacious lipsticks. I recently picked up the shade Barbara, and I would go as far to say that this is my favourite lipstick formula I’ve ever tried. It’s SO creamy and completely opaque with one swipe, plus it lasts for hours.

I knew I wanted one of the nudes, but I was very undecided over which one to go for as they are all so pretty! I eventually decided upon Barbara, which is described by NARS as a ‘tan rose’. On me it is the perfect peachy-pink beige. However, when I got home and swatched the lipstick, I knew for certain that Barbara is a dupe for another lipstick I already own: MAC Velvet Teddy.

swatchesThese lipsticks are near enough identical except Barbara looks slightly more pink when applied. Barbara is also quite similar to MAC Viva Glam II– in fact I’d say if you mixed together Viva Glam II and Velvet Teddy, you’d get Barbara! If you already own Velvet Teddy, I wouldn’t say you really need NARS Barbara as well (however Velvet Teddy is one of my most loved lipsticks and so I am happy to have a dupe)! In terms of cost, MAC lipsticks are much cheaper at £15.50, whereas NARS cost £24. Although the price of NARS lipsticks is rather steep, I personally don’t mind spending that bit extra as the quality and formulation is THAT good and I will definitely be picking up more shades from the Audacious range in the near future!

 

MAC Nutcracker Sweet: Review and Swatches

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cover-imageA few weeks ago I picked up a few items from the MAC Nutcracker Sweet holiday collection and decided that this had to be the topic for my first ever blog post! I am just obsessed with the bright, bold and fun packaging and the products are just as impressive. I had a really tough time narrowing down everything I wanted from the collection but managed to limit myself to 4 items- all of which I love!

The item at the top of my wish list was definitely the Nutcracker Sweet Copper Face Compact (£29), which includes the re-release of the infamous Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish – it lives up to all expectations! The compact also includes a blush in the shade Pleasure Model which I thought, when looking at swatches online, was going to be far to dark for my skin tone. However, I am really pleasantly surprised by the blush and find when applied with a light hand (it is very pigmented) it actually does work for me.

The second item I picked up (and possibly my favourite) is the Gold Pigments and Glitter Kit (£26). The packaging for this is so cute and has a pull out drawer which contains the pigments and glitter. I love MAC pigments and use them pretty much every time I do a dramatic eye look- they are also very versatile and can be used as a highlight, mixed with a mixing medium or pressed on top of lipstick for a glittery lip effect.

The two pigments in this set are English Gilt (amazing as a highlight) and Heritage Rouge– both of which are lovely additions to my collection.pigmentsThe set also contains two glitters, which I have had no experience with previously so wasn’t really sure what to expect. The glitters are quite messy and don’t really stick unless you use some sort of adhesive underneath. When I use these, I prime my lids with the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue and spray my brush with MAC Fix + before applying. The Gold Glitter is amazing and perfect for the holiday season! I also really like the red glitter, Reflects Rust, as the glitter is finer and looks super pretty when pressed on top of a reddish brown eyeshadow such as MAC Antiqued.pigment-set-swatchI also decided to buy the Nutcracker Sweet Rose Pigment (£16) – part the permanent collection – which I had already been eyeing up for some time. This is a beautiful Frost finish metallic pigment with gold flecks throughout which give it a duo-chrome look.

The final set I picked up is the Nutcracker Sweet Nude Lip Bag (£29). This set is amazing value as the individual product prices total at £49 and the set comes with a zip-top make-up bag which is super cute! The Vamplify lipgloss in the shade Tuned In was what swayed me to purchase this set- I love the Vamplify glosses as they have the most amazing pigmentation with one swipe and are not at all sticky!

I am also loving the Cremesheen lipstick in the shade Magic Spell which is the perfect cool toned mauve-pink (unfortunately this shade is exclusive to this holiday set, however a close dupe would be MAC Hug Me). The Pro-longwear lip pencil in the shade In Control complements the lipstick perfectly and is extremely long lasting – I struggled to remove the swatch from my hand!lip-set-swatches

Overall, I am very pleased with everything I picked up from this year’s MAC holiday collection and think any of these sets would make perfect Christmas gifts (that’s if you don’t end up keeping them for yourself)! The collection is available in store or online at maccosmetics.co.uk or retailers such as John Lewis, Selfridges, Debenhams and House of Fraser.