Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Still Obsessed: By Terry Ombre Blackstars

So, I've raved about these quite a few times. Hasn't everybody? These magical little sticks from By terry are my go-to for an easy eye look. Ah, By Terry. So expensive, but so lovely. I am still a massive fan, and needed to check back in and make sure you all know that I still love them.

By terry ombre blackstar review

By terry ombre blackstar review

A quick note on the formula of these - all of the shades are pretty similar in texture. I love that you can just scribble these all over the lid and then blend them in with a brush or your fingers. You can layer them under powder shadows to make them extra vibrant or use them on your own and be super speedy with your makeup. 

For the swatches above from L-R it's Beyond Gold, Frozen Quartz, Bronze Moon, Brown Perfection, Velvet Orchid & Misty Rock.

Brown Perfection was raved about here. I use this one almost every day smudged under my lower lash line to add some definition without being too heavy. The formula doesn't smudge all over my face like most liners do. 

Bronze Moon was my first one, and a dangerous gate way into the brand. I don't love this as much on its own, because it can pull a little cool toned on me and I like all my shadows to be as warm as possible. Yup. Using this as a base for something like MAC Bronze or NARS Fez is incred.

Misty Rock is one that gives you a little purple sheen without being too purple. Exactly, I know you know what I mean. I love this one, as I find the shade is really nice at reflecting light onto the eyes.

Velvet Orchid is one I love to use along with Misty Rock. I also like this smudged on my lower lashes. All over the lid makes it look quite dramatic, so I prefer this one used to smudge things up a bit. 

Frozen Quartz is your guy if you are a fan of MAC All that glitters eyeshadow. It has the similar peach champagne tones and manages to make your eyes look brighter and sheenier. I actually love layering this one under ATG for the extra champagne effect.

Beyond Gold is my latest one, and the one that made me fall back in love them all over again. At first I thought it might be a little bit too gold but I was so foolish and I forgot that nothing is ever too gold. This one, under Woodwinked/Amber Lights/Urban Decay Half Baked... just so beautiful.

Have you tried the By Terry Ombre Blackstars? What are your favourite cream shadows? :)

Monday, 25 May 2015

Make Up For Ever Beauty Kit

So yeah. I'm still excited that Make Up For Ever has launched in the UK. I am. Last week, on launch day, I skipped down to Oxford Street and had a look around. The store was so so busy and all the staff had a mad glint of panic in their eyes. It's OK though, because I still asked them loads of questions and was probably massively annoying. 

One of the many things that looked amazing was the Beauty kit, which has 6 products for £30 (1 full sized), so it seems like a pretty good opportunity to try the brand. After some googling, it seems that it was an American Holiday gift set from last year? I guess it's limited, so grab if if you see it. It's out of stock at the moment, but will update with the link when it's back in store, but you can also check here.

In the kit:

HD Primer 
HD Powder
Aqua Eyes Black Eyeliner
Smoky Extravagant Mascara
Aqua lip liner in red
Rouge Artist Intense Lip Colour in Moulin Rouge (full size!) 

Some quick first impressions on everything I've tried!

The HD primer does not feel silicone-y like Porefessional, but did make my foundation peel/roll a bit later in the day. The powder doesn't seem to make my skin very matte. The mascara was nothing special... Three negatives. 

Both liners are really good - creamy, but long-lasting. The formula of the lipstick is my favourite, and I will definitely be checking out more of the range. So creamy, so matte, so pigmented... j'adore! The colour is similar to Ruby Woo and is basically amazing. Obsessed! 

Have you tried anything from MUFE yet? Next on my hit list are the aqua eyes :)

Friday, 22 May 2015

Crushing on Blush

I love to rhyme almost as much as I love blush. Honestly. At the moment I have four blushes on constant rotation, and I love them all. I tried to take a photo of me wearing them everyday, and it turns out I'm not so good at taking photos in the morning when I'm in a rush. Like this morning when I was watching Princess Diaries and lost track of time. I'd just much rather be in bed, really. 

The no-brainer blush. As in, I bought it immediately because it is the prettiest thing I ever did see. So fancy and insanely beautiful, the colours are all so lush and go together so nicely. I thought it might be too nice to use, but it evidently wasn't and I happily swirled my brush all over the place. It is so soft, and so sensational to use. It's limited edition, so grab it if you see it. 

MAC Blush in Hipness

This one has no links because it's sold out and for that I am sorry. Love the packaging, love the blush. It's a pinky peach that makes your face look healthy. I just typed it makes your teeth looks healthy. I am obviously too tired. I'm writing this on Thursday night and I am not functioning, obviously. I like this one because it's not shimmery and it's deeper than a lot of my other 100000 peach blushes.

The formula on these blushes is insane and I need them all. They last all day, and feel so silky and soft. Mmm. I have the colour fetish (all the names are 'sexy'), which is a cool toned dusky pink sort of colour. If you like blush, these are definitely worth checking out. Again, I love the finish of these because they're not shimmey, and they're so blendable. I am super impressed with Urban Decay at the moment - their concealer is also pretty lush. 

Yet another Stacey enabled purchase. That girl has a lot to answer for. Like the fact I have no money and live in a shoe. I saw this reviewed on her blog and bought it the very same day, because I am so weak like that. Also living in London now means there are Space NKs everywhere, which is brutal. This blush is the blush that someone who drives a Rolls Royce would wear. As in, this is a blush for those who want something seriously legit. It's a peachy pinky sort of magical shade, and is so flattering. J'adore.