MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Medium Rare Review

Can you believe it? I actually managed to use up a full lipstick! It was MAC’s Brave which I love so much I wore it daily until I used up the lot. I was in need of another muted pink that I could wear as my MLBB shade and since the MAC’s Liptensity lipsticks were available I decided to give the shade Medium Rare a try. Read on to hear my thoughts.

The Liptensity lipsticks come in different packaging to the short rounded top black packaging. These shades come in these slimmer cylindrical tubes with the lid corresponding to the colour. These lipsticks are more expensive than the standard lipsticks and retail for £17.50.

MAC describe their Liptensity lipsticks as the following:
A Lipstick with enhanced amounts of pigment for extreme colour intensity.”

Online, MAC describe the shade Medium Rare as a creamy soft pink. Originally I wanted Doe until I realised it was a nude so I was hoping this would be slightly darker. I did swatch this in store and as you can see from above, it is as the name would suggest a soft muted pink however, on the lips this appears much paler.

The formula is creamy when swatching however, on the lips this has a lot of drag. One thing I also don’t like about a lot of Mac’s lipsticks (namely the paler shades) is that it has this weird glazed effect where it’s very obvious that you’re wearing a lipstick and the texture separates a little bit of any dryness.

Clear case in point, the lipstick has been applied in more than one coat and you can see in the middle where it doesn’t adhere to the lips very well, it kind of sits on tops of the lips but reveals every detail which is unflattering. The shade appears paler than it does on the swatch and it’s hard to get the pigment to appear on the lips. To work with this I do have to pat it down a lot and it feels fairly heavy on the lips.

Overall, I am a bit disappointed with this, I can forgive the shade but the formula is disappointing to me. I’ve heard a lot of people rave about these lipsticks but I’m not sure, there’s other lipsticks that are better and for the price these should be creamier than they are. I wouldn’t recommend these and I probably wouldn’t repurchase either.

The MAC Liptensity Lipsticks are available from MAC for £17.50.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried these lipsticks and what your go to MLBB shades are, my top three are: Essence Natural Beauty, Urban Decay Fiend and MAC Brave.

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Christmas Beauty Gifts 2017

With Christmas in less than three weeks the clock is ticking to sort your last minute gifts. I usually try to do some form of Christmas Gift Guide however, this year I thought I’d share the gift sets I’m genuinely interested in – the beauty ones of course! To give you a little inspo – and to indulge myself by writing about pretty things here’s ten beauty gift sets that should (and would) make any beauty lover happy.


1) Benefit Dandelion I Pink I Love You Kit £27.50 (Look Fantastic)
You’ll be tickled pink by this sugary sweet gift set. I have tried the Posie Tint before and can comfortably say it’s a lovely product especially for the cheeks. Personally I’m not the biggest fan of RollerLash but plenty of people love it and a mini version is included here. Giftees are also treated to a Dandelion finishing powder as well as a mini Dandelion Dew Liquid Blusher.

2) Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Beauty Icons Gift Set £55.00 (Feel Unique)
I haven’t tried everything by Charlotte Tilbury myself but if the hype is anything to go by her products are next level perfect. This set includes some of her best selling items including minis of her Magic Cream, Full Fat Lashes, Wonderglow and K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Penelope Pink. The set also contains a full size of the Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk.

3) GHD IV Styler £109.00 (Feel Unique)
For anyone who loves heated hair, a GHD gift is a truly luxurious extravagance. Whether you enjoy poker straight strands or bouncy beachy waves, this tool is for you. Considering this is a multi award-winning product I don’t think the price is bad either.

4) Ghost Perfume and Makeup Beauty Box Gift Set £45.00 (Superdrug)
A truly lovely gift for any Ghost lover. This set contains 5ml Ghost the Fragrance EDT,
10ml Eclipse EDT, Purple Nail Polish , 50g Ghost the Fragrance Candle , Dream Compact Mirror , 10g Deep Night Eyeshadow Pallet  and Limited Edition Cosmetic Bag. I love Eclipse and can confirm it’s a beautiful scent, I’ve also smelled Deep Night which is also gorgeous. I’m not sure how they eyeshadow will perform but I reckon the candle, mirror and nail polish are all lovely token items.

5) Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Starter Kit £16.00 (Feel Unique)
The Cleanse and Polish is my holy grail cleanser so I definitely think this is a gift worth having and one I always like to receive myself! This set contains the cult Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser as well as a muslin cloth. I absolutely adore this cleanser and definitely recommend everyone tries it!

6) Lush Christmas Candy Box £17.95 (Lush)
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without at least one mention of the Lush Christmas sets. This year, my eye is drawn to the Christmas Candy Box which contains four sweet Lush products. This set contains a Candy Mountain Bubblebar, Snow Fairy Shower Gel, Rockstar Soap and Luxury Lush Pud Bath Bomb.

7) MAC Snow Ball Mini Lipstick Kit £85.00 (MAC)
You didn’t think I was going to miss this one of did you? Everyone has been talking about this and it’s not hard to see why. 12 mini MAC lipsticks featuring their festive snowflake embossed design including some of the most popular shades such as Whirl and Ruby Woo. I don’t think there’s any beauty lover that would be unhappy with this gift.

8) Marc Jacobs The Night Owl Cracker Makeup Gift Set £24.00 (John Lewis)
I’ve always wanted to try Marc Jacobs beauty so this is a gift I wouldn’t mind getting myself. It’s a luxurious take on the beauty cracker and contains three minis of his cult products including a Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Magic Marc-er Precision Pen Waterproof Liner in Blacquer and Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner in Blacquer.

9) No7 Beautiful Skin Set £16.00 (Boots)
No7 do some wonderful skincare products so I think this is a lovely gift for a mum, auntie, nan or sister. This contains five No7 skincare products including: Beautiful Skin Micellar Water, Beautiful Skin Radiance Exfoliator, Beautiful Skin Day Cream, Beautiful Skin Night Cream and Beautiful Skin Hydration Mask.

10) Sleek Makeup Pout and Polish Gift Set £8.50 (Boots)
This makes for a wonderful secret santa or stocking filler for any beauty lover. It contains one of the cult Sleek Matte Me’s in Birthday Suit as well as the matching Birthday Suit nail polish. These are also available in different shades and I’ve seen the shade Rioja Red in Boots.

So there we have it, plenty of Christmas gift ideas. If you enjoyed this post please hit the like button and let me know in the comments which of these gifts you’d love the most I think for me it would be the Marc Jacobs cracker or MAC Lipstick set!

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Blogger Enabled Purchases #2

Last week was a super stressful week however, I’m pleased to say I’ve officially moved and I’m back to creating content! This week I thought it would be fun to share some of my previous purchases that were enabled from bloggers. I’ll freely admit I read a lot of beauty blogs and my wishlist is probably a mile long, so without further ado here’s what I’ve bought courtesy of you!

1) Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz £22.00 (Beauty Bay)
This one is a bit of a cheat as this was bought for me as a gift, but I wanted this for a very long time after seeing so many bloggers use it.  At the moment I’m using the Dipbrow Pomade but I actually prefer the Brow Wiz, it’s easy to use works for my brows and doesn’t look too obvious. I saw so many bloggers and vloggers talking about this and for good reason because it’s great – this has become my favourite brow pencil to date.

2) Barry M Gelly Hi Shine in Blueberry £3.99 (Boots)
I remember my first beauty haul, I’d googled what makeup to buy and stumbled across a Zoella video. One of the products she hauled was this nail polish which I decided was gorgeous. This was the first Barry M product I bought and I fell in love. Even now I adore the Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint range and Blueberry is quite possibly my favourite nail polish shade of all time. Not only is the cornflower blue shade gorgeous, but this always takes me back to when I first started blogging.

3) Bourjois Little Pot Blush in Rose de Jaspe £7.99 (Look Fantastic)
I’ve seen a whole host of bloggers and youtubers using this and in particular I remember watching Gabrielle (Velvet Ghost) use this. I had this on my list for ages but finally ended up picking it up recently and it is stunning. I love the shade, I love the formula and I love the shimmer, this makes me feel amazing when using it. Definitely a worthy purchase!

4) L’oreal Fibrology Shampoo and Conditioner £4.99 (Boots)
My hair is very fine so the idea of having thicker, volumised hair really appealed to me. I saw Khila from Miss Budget Beauty and Fleur from Fleur de Force both talking about this and I quickly decided I needed it in my life. This was one of my most recent purchases and I’ll be honest, I don’t like the Fibrology range! This dries my hair out massively and I don’t see much more difference other than more baby flyaways!

5) L’oreal Lumi Magique Primer £10.99 (Feel Unique)
I was desperately in need of a primer and when I was browsing the aisles of Boots I remembered Sara Bailey from Glitter Lips Beauty raving about the L’oreal Lumi Magique Primer. I have to say I have not been disappointed with this at all, it’s a wonderful radiance enhancing primer that makes my skin looks so glowy without looking oily or glittery. Definitely worth a try if you haven’t tried it already!

6) Lush The Comforter Bubblebar £4.95 (Lush)
I was never really into Lush for a while but then one day I decided to give it a go and I haven’t looked back since. One of my first Lush purchases was the highly coveted The Comfoter Bubblebar, a product that seems to be adored by many bloggers. I have to say I get the hype, it smells good, turns the bathwater pink plus it leaves the skin so soft and smooth!

7) Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette £39.50 (Debenhams)
Side note what a price increase I remember buying mine from Urban Decay and it costing £32.00! Price aside, this was a product I never thought I’d like, pink eyeshadows weren’t really my thing back then. Eventually after seeing so many people talking about this I caved and added it to my wishlist and received it from my boyfriend one Christmas! I have to say this is fantastic, as it happens I can pull off pink eyeshadow and this palette is a stunner.

8) Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams £6.00 each (Boots)
I remember watching Bailey Van Der Veen on Youtube and being insanely jealous that Americans and Canadians could use the Nyx SMLC’s yet in the UK they were so hard to get hold of. When they landed in the UK I bought mine from Very and quickly got the hype. I have three of these now and they’re so lovely to use, a wide array of colours, a velvet texture, matte finish and affordable price what’s not to love?

9) Origins GinZing Eye Cream £20.50 (Look Fantastic)
I’d seen a  lot of bloggers talk about the Origins GinZing Eye Cream so of course I decided I needed it. This does have a wonderful cooling texture and it does add radiance. Having said that I can get similar results from products that cost below £20. Origins isn’t a brand I’m enamoured with to be honest their products smell quite strongly and some of them don’t really do it for me, having said that I can understand why they’re so popular.

10) Seventeen Mirror Shine Lipsticks £4.99 (Boots)
Good old Lily Pebbles convincing me – a lover of purple and bright lipsticks to try two sheer nude and pink lipsticks. But, I actually quite liked these. I bought Beehive and Belle, I since gave Beehive to my Nan who looks lovely in it, but Belle is a lovely sheer pale pinky nude that’s easy to wear and the balmy texture is quite hydrating.

So there we have it, another round of blogger inspired purchases. Do bloggers encourage you to buy products? Have you bought something you might not have otherwise bought due to reading blogs and watching videos? I’d love to know let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading.

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No posts this week!

Hi everyone,
This week there will be no posts on my blog, the reason for this is that I’m actually moving house. I’d like to say I planned ahead but I didn’t, however, after issues in the area we have decided to move elsewhere unfortunately this has given us only four days to get everything sorted!

Everything will be back to normal next week (I hope!)

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The Body Shop Glazed Apple Shimmer Mist Review

I’m super late to the game with this review, in fact this isn’t even available right now (what a failure) but The Body Shop do like to repeat collections plus this is still a review of their shimmer mists so it’s kind of okay. I’m had this sitting on my chest of drawers for ages but since I had a ton of perfume to use up it kind of sat there until I realised I still hand’t used it. I’ve been using this non stop throughout Autumn so here’s my thoughts.

The shimmer mists come in boxes but the packaging is relatively simple. It’s a large orb like glass ball which can be a little tricky to store and isn’t easily transportable however, the glass does make this feel more luxurious. The clear glass allows you to see how much product you have left as well as being able to see the shimmer once you shake this. I’m not sure how much this retailed for as it was a gift however, the Frosted Berries version this year is £12.00.

These shimmer mists are perfect for a nice refreshing scent as well as a touch of added sparkle from the shimmer. To be honest the shimmer particles must be very fine as I don’t really notice them on my skin (which I’m okay with in honesty). The scent is the main selling point for me. The glazed apple is a stunning scent, it is definitely a tangible apple scent but it’s sweetened somewhat, it’s seriously delicious though and the perfect sweet fruity scent without smelling sickly or synthetic.

Of course the shimmer looks wonderful when you shake this up, it’s super pretty and reminds me of a snowglobe. It’s definitely festive and yet this can be worn for all ages, it’s not like body glitter so it isn’t too young which I like.

The longevity isn’t the strongest but this is a mist rather than a perfume so that’s to be expected. When I spray this I can’t smell it after a few hours which is a shame but it’s still lovely to use in a morning and as with any mist if you spray it onto your clothes it will last longer.

Overall, this is a nice little product, it’s not quite the same as a perfume but I think for the price The Body Shop have delivered with these. Sadly this scent isn’t available this year however, they do have a Frosted Berries scent so if you are a berry lover I’d highly recommend that.

The Body Shop Shimmer Mists are available from The Body Shop for £12.00.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these and what Body Shops scents are your favourites, I’ll admit from the perfume line I love Japanese Cherry Blossom and the Indian Night Jasmine smells amazing too.

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November Favourites 2017

November hasn’t dragged nearly as much as I thought it would and already Christmas is right around the corner. This month I’ve been focusing on using up more beauty products and really making sure I get the most out of my collection before I get an influx of new bits. Due to that, I’ve not been buying or testing as many products so my favourites should be a little shorter this month. Here’s what I have been really enjoying though.

Beauty
The first mention has to go to the budget primer that I have very quickly fallen in love with and that is the L’oreal Lumi Magique Primer. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this but I was still unprepared for how amazing this truly is and how easily I fell in love with it. From the gorgeous healthy glow it imparts to the lightweight and pleasantly scented texture to the formula that just works…This really does it all and for under fifteen pounds as well.

Another product I was seriously obsessed with to the point where I’ve even wore it on a daily basis, is the Body Shop Matte Lip Liquid in Goa Magnolia. I’m very picky with liquid lipsticks and I much prefer a whipped or cream texture over the paint scented ones that suck the life out of your lips. This one smells like sweets, has a cream formula not unlike the Nyx SMLCs and the colour is a beautiful raspberry shade that’s just perfect for this time of year.

A final favourite that borders between beauty and lifestyle is a handgel. I like carrying an anti bacterial hand gel with me because you know GERMS ARE EVERYWHERE. The Carex ones really appeal to me because they smell nice as well as doing their job. My favourite is still the Bubblegum but after the Strawberry Laces I decided to try the Aloe Vera scent and I love the fresh, clean scent it gives my hands.

Lifestyle
Onto lifestyle now and I have two favourites. The first is an author and that is Jill Mansell. As a chick-lit author, most people read Jill Mansell’s books on a sun lounger with a cocktail in hand but since it’s got colder and darker I’ve found myself feeling a little blue and these lighthearted stories that I can relate to have given me a much needed lift – cheers Jill.

Another favourite is a televisions series. This has been around for ages (more than ten seasons in fact) but in typical me fashion I’m late to the game. The show I’m talking about is Project Runway. I’m not super interested in fashion but I love fashion television shows. I love the designing focus of this and how you get to see people’s creations, I’m quite a creative person myself so I always love to see what ideas people come up with. Definitely one I’ve binged!

So there we have it, relatively short and sweet but those are my November favourites. I will admit I’m not looking forward to the weather getting even colder but I’m definitely excited for the holidays and some much needed time off. I hope you all have a fantastic December!

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Illamasqua Colouring Eye Pencil in Debonair Review

I’ve been excited to try this product for a while I mean I love eyeliners, I love Illamasqua and I love sky blue so it had to be a match made in heaven right? I will admit that on workdays I tend to use more of a neutral palette but weekends are for colour and I was so excited to give this a shot, here’s my thoughts.

In terms of the packaging it’s quite nice, I don’t think you can do much with a pencil especially one that isn’t plastic coated. I like the fact this comes in a sleek thin box as it makes it feel much more luxurious. I also like the black with the Illamasqua logo. The tip reminds me of old school pencil crayons. These liners are definitely high end I believe I bought this one for £14.50 but it now retails for £16.00.

Illamasqua describe their Colouring Eye Pencils as the following:
Create long-lasting definition with the versatile, colour-intense Colouring Pencil. Easily blendable, the creamy texture glides over skin. Use as an eyeliner, define the eye crease, or blend across the entire lid using an Illamasqua Brush to create a variety of looks.”

Starting with the colour, this is super bright which I love. It’s a stunning sky blue that has a vibrant pigmentation and a rich finish, you’ll definitely turn heads with this one and can use it fully across the lid for a bold look or just on the lash liner for a pop of colour.

The formula is an unusual one, typically I find Illamasqua products (lipsticks, liners etc) lean on the dryer side, I don’t think I’ve ever had a product that has been greasy or slippy and I think the drier texture is what makes them last so long. Having said that, this does also have a lot of drag so it’s great for the lid and lash line but the colour doesn’t translate onto the waterline at all.

When applying this to the lid, it was relatively easy, since this is new the tip was sharp allowing me to gain a precise line however, this isn’t self sharpening and it is going to be difficult to use when it blunts.

(Top to bottom: One swipe, middle heavy swatch, bottom blended out)

This did stay on my lids for a few hours but I also found that when applied alongside eyeshadow it did get a very scaly texture which isn’t great. I have tried blending this fully, it’s not the creamiest of liners so I did worry that it could crumble or break apart.

Overall, this is nice, not one for every day but one I’ll use when I can, I don’t think I’d repurchase as this is more of a novelty item rather than something I’d wear on a daily basis. In terms of recommendations if you are looking for a bright blue liner then absolutely but if you are hoping for something a little creamier than I’d maybe look elsewhere.

The Illamasqua Colouring Eye Pencil in Debonair is available from Selfridges for £16.00.

I hope that you enjoyed this post and if you did please hit the like button, let me know in the comments if you have tried any Illamasqua liners and which liners are your favourites. Also, I’d love to know how you like to wear bold colours on the eyes.

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