Wednesday, 25 November 2015

GIFT GUIDE: Perfect Palettes

Can we just... take a minute. Let us simultaneously bask in the Christmas wonder. Look at the lovely palettes. I know. It's magical. Hold me. 

When I decided to edit down the vast range of beautiful palettes that were available in order to pick the creme de la creme to recommend as Christmas buys... I had no idea how many palettes there are. SO many. It was a hard job, but I managed to whittle down the selection to the top eight palettes that I think covers everyone and provides plenty of present inspiration :)

The one for the chocolate addicts... the Zoeva cocoa blend palette. This had been on my radar for the longest time, and I finally cracked. This is perhaps the finest palette I have ever had the pleasure of using. Bold, I know. So rarely does a palette come along where every single shade is one I would use and love. Also, so cheap?! How. Buy this for everyone. 

The one for the glamorous girls... the Givenchy makeup must have palette is a thing of beauty. This is one that meets all your needs for a day to night transformation. With a translucent powder foundation, 4 shimmery shadows and two lip/cheek creams housed in a little clasped case, this is going to live in my makeup bag because it's too beautiful to give away. 

The one for the lipstick queens... the Seventeen All Out Pout Palette in Woo Me has six creamy lip shades in a sturdy little case. You can mix all of the colours together so easily, or use the red shades on their own for a bold lip. You need a lip brush, but chuck in the real techniques retractable lip brush and you're golden. 

The quirky ones... if your recipient loves a good pun (or two...), then theBalm is the way to go. If you want to give someone the gift of glowing skin (everyone wants that), go with theBalm The Manizers palette. It has three of their best-selling highlighters in one handy and adorable little palette. If you feel like exploring the brand in depth, In the balm of your hand is the way to go and seems incredibly popular but I found some in stock as of right now... it's pretty gorgeous. 

The one that does it all... the Tarte poppy picnic palette. If you want a gorgeous blush and then lots of buttery eyeshadows - look no further. The Tarte formula is one of the best I've ever found because they're so creamy, and now they're available in the UK with QVC! 

The one for the eyeshadow obsessive... the Naked Smokey palette from Urban Decay. So many endless eyeshadow combinations that's perfect for the holiday season, this one has 12 different buttery shades that are all pretty lush.

The cheeky one... NARS just does blush palettes so well, don't they? This year's Steven Klein One Shocking moment version is bigger than ever and has 4 blushes (robotic, blasphemy, luster, dolce vita), 1 bronzer (laguna), and the paloma highlight and contour colours. Luster is one of my all time favourite blushers, and one I recommend everyone, always. This is a palette that I think any beauty lover would fall in love with. 

Givenchy makeup must have palette - available exclusively from 
NARS One Shocking Moment palette - available exclusively from Space NK
Zoeva Cocoa palette - from Beauty Bay
Tarte poppy picnic palette - available exclusively from QVC
theBalm In the balm of your hand palette - available from Feel Unique
theBalm The Manizers palette - available from Debenhams
Seventeen All Out Pout palette - available from Boots 
Urban Decay Naked Smokey palette - available from Debenhams


Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks

Clockwise from top left - Androgyny, I'm Nude, Redrum & Doll Parts

Where have these been all my life?

Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks managed to stay off my radar for a while and then BAM I needed them all, right now. Jeffree is one of those Myspace babes who has now turned to his hand to making some incredible lipsticks. They're quite popular - constantly going in and out of stock on Cocktail Cosmetics (UK stockist). A word on the shades - they seem to sell out fast. At the time of writing, they still have Doll Parts in stock, but it is limited edition. 

OK, these are intense. These are matte. As in, if you're not sure about matte lips leave these alone. If you love matte lips though, then these might just be your new boo. They apply like a gloss with a big bendy doe foot applicator, and then it about 30-45 seconds, it dries down to some sort of delicious powdery finish that is so matte and my obsession right now. These will make your lips feel dry - they will. That's why they're so long lasting, because they suck the moisture out of your lips. Do not wear these all day without some sort of chapstick in your bag - you have been warned. They lasts hours and hours and hours, and stay the same. 

First up, two from the new holiday collection... Androgyny has become massively popular, and has been so in demand that Jeffree Star has just made it permanent so it's returning in February 2016. This is a perfect mauve with a 90s vibe, on me. It looks different on everyone I've seen it on. It's a bit grungy but surprisingly wearable and it's so perfect for right now. 

Doll Parts is like the perfect everyday pink colour that adds some colour to your face and perks you up. It's a juiced up MAC pink plaid, which is something I wear a lot in the day. 

Redrum is like the perfect red. Not too blue or too orange or too anything, and the powdery finish is giving me life. This is such a Snow White colour. Also, the Shining is my favourite movie of all time so I have a lot of love for the name. 

I'm Nude is so so so nude. Ahhh. I think it makes me look like a porn star. This one will forever be used to mix with darker colours to lighten them up. If you're going for an intensely smokey eye, this one would look good though. I wore it to work last week like this to test it and every time I looked in the mirror it made me laugh. 

Do you guys prefer lip swatches or arm swatches? I find both helpful - arm one show the colour in an unadulterated way, but lip swatches are more useful for really seeing the colour. If that makes sense. Either way, my lips were sore after wearing all of these in ten minutes. 

What do you think? Do these sound up your street?

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