ponedeljek, 30. marec 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Cheat

I've mentioned several times already that I've been on a hunt for the 'perfect' my lips but better lip liner for a while. I have two liners from Bourjois and Essence that come pretty close to my natural color, but their wear time is average at best. You're probably all familiar with Charlotte Tilbury and her make up line that was released in the past two years. Several of the items form her line are hyped up, somewhat also due to her clever marketing campains and made-ready looks she came up with. One of those products is also the 'Pillow Talk' Lip Cheat (lip pencil).

petek, 27. marec 2015

Net-A-Porter Valentine’s Beauty Kit Box

Every couple of months Net-a-Porter releases a themed Beauty Box featuring a range of luxury items available on their website. I love trying out new products from different price points, so when I saw this box was still available when they had a free shipping promotion going on, I immediately knew I wanted to try it out, before it got sold out again.

sreda, 25. marec 2015

Empty Products #4

Today I have another bunch of empty products to share, including skin care, hair care, body care and make up. I've been pretty good at using up products and have been posting these monthly and I hope to continue doing so.

četrtek, 19. marec 2015

Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows Review & Swatches (04 Golden Chocolate, 05 Rosy Brown & 06 Golden Brown)

Last week when I posted a review for the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks I forgot to mention how similar they really are to another product in my collection - the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows. I purchased both around the same time, back in December, and have been using both in different variations since.

Both products come in a similar packaging - Kiko Stick Eyeshadows come in a plastic matte black pencil shape, while Laura Mercier's is dark brown and shiny. There are 10 shades available for Caviar Sticks, while Kiko's Stick Eyeshadows come in a range of over 30 colors. Full sized
products both contain the same amount of product (1, 64 g/0.05 oz) and each cost 6,9 € for Kiko vs. 28 € for Laura Mercier.
Both have a similar texture, but I find Kiko's formula a little bit drier, but still creamy and easy to work with and blend. The colors are buildable and can be worn as a wash of color all over the lid, or as a base for other powder eyeshadows. I find that areas set with powder stay on the lids without losing their intensity or creasing for 12 + hours, which is impressive to say the least. Without a primer I notice creasing after wearing them between 6-7 hours, with a base they stay on my lids the entire day, so their lasting power is very comparable to that of Laura Mercier's.
As a lover of neutral eyeshadows I chose three shades I knew wouldn't leave me disappointed.
04 Golden Chocolate: medium/dark brown with golden shimmer
05 Rosy Brown: shimmery mauve purple
06 Golden Brown: medium golden brown with shimmer
I find that creamy eyeshadows have definitely become one of favourite eyeshadow formulas so I've included some other (similar) swatches and comparisons in different lightening below.
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color Amethyst
Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 05 Rosy Brown
Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 06 Golden Brown
Kiko Color-up Long Lasting Eyeshadow 24 Majestic Dove-Grey
Maybelline Color Tattoo On and On Bronze
Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow 04 Golden Chocolate
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color Cocoa
One thing I noticed when swatching these was the fact that Kiko's 05 Rosy Brown and Ametyst by Laura Mercier looked suspiciously similar. On the swatches it appears that Rosy Brown is not as pigmented as Ametyst but the difference is barely noticeable once you apply either (or both) to the eyes.

Kiko's Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows are an effortless product that can be used in a variety of ways on the eyes. Their wear time is amazing and I'm really happy with all three shades I have so far. I really wish there were more Kiko stores around so I could check out more colors (and their other products) in person. They are also available online.
Let me know in the comments if you have any other colors that I should also try out!

sreda, 18. marec 2015

Maybelline Color Drama Velvet Lip Pencils

A lot of different lip products have caught my attention lately. These Velvet Lip Pencils were released by Maybelline last fall, but since the drugstore distributors in our country are very behind at launching any new products released by several brands, we have to be resourceful at finding these in other countries or ordering sight unseen online.

ponedeljek, 16. marec 2015

Chanel 641 Tenderly Nail Polish

When I first saw the promo photos for Chanel's Spring 2015 Collection Rêverie Parisienne I immediately fell in love with a number of items, but by the time the products actually arrived to our counters I've had a lot of time to read the reviews and lower my wish list to two items only. For Spring Chanel released three new nail polishes: Chanel Le Vernis 641 - Tenderly, 643 - Desirio and 645 - Paradiso. Out of the three I only picked up Tenderly.

sobota, 14. marec 2015

Lush Haul #2

This week I popped into Lush to pick up a couple of items and wanted to share what I got. A couple of years ago I was a huge Lush fan and was using a bunch of their products daily but then for some reason forgot about them and only recently I've been slowly getting to know them again.

sreda, 11. marec 2015

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color Set - Review & Swatches

Back when I posted my January Favourites I mentioned I'll be reviewing the Laura Mercier Caviar Sticks soon and now this is finally happening! I got a set of mini Caviar Sticks back in December and I've been wearing them almost everyday since - so you can already guess that I like them a lot.

četrtek, 05. marec 2015

Essence Make Me Brow (01 Blondy Brows)

I featured this product in my February favourites so it's only appropriate I write a full review and explain why I like using it. With their spring collection Essence came out with a new product for eyebrows and since I'm on a mission of getting my brows looking more defined I was excited to give it a try (for € 2.49 there wouldn't be any harm even if I didn't end up liking it).

ponedeljek, 02. marec 2015

February Favourites

Today I'll be sharing last month's favourites with you. February went by really quickly and I almost feel like I wrote the last favourites post two weeks ago. In the past month I've tried a couple of new things but I'm not sure if I'm ready to call them favourites just yet, so they'll need to go through some more testing. A couple of items I've kept loving from the past month (or two) and I'll also feature them at the end of the post.