Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Review | Lime Crime Clueless Witch Velvetines - Wicked & Salem.

Lime Crime has once again come up with a winning,budge-proof formula for their latest collection. Both shades that I own (there are three in the collection) of their Clueless Witch Velvetines are resistant to water,wear well and require very little maintenance throughout the day. These last until they are removed and dry down to a matte finish. Neither are particularly dehydrating nor hydrating,though I would recommend using a lip balm before application.

'Salem' is a chocolate brown shade upon application which fades to a more neutral toned brown as the velvetine 'sets' on the lips.

'Wicked' is a rich berry red (much darker in tone than 'Red Velvet' from the same Velvetine line.)
which harkens to an oxblood undertone. 

The Velvetines in this particular collection sport much smaller doe-foot applicators,which aids precision.

        Salem                                                                                                                     Wicked                  

Price-wise,these are no more expensive than the regular line of Velvetines from Lime Crime. I would argue that the packaging (the introduction of the new doe-foot applicator and colour change to the tube) have improved the line. With this in mind,Velvetines have had a place in my heart ever since Red Velvet was first released. I cannot praise them more highly and applaud LC on their improvements!

I bought mine from Love-Makeup priced at £13.50 each.

x ~ x

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Review - Eylure Shape&Sculpt Brow Trio (Dark)

Hey all!

I was browsing (as you do) in Superdrug about a week ago and stumbled upon a new Eylure shelf/display. The display seemed to be primarily brow-taming products. The very first thing that popped out to me was this : The Shape & Sculpt Brow Trio. After swatching the sample palette,I decided on the darkest trio (you can choose from three;light,medium and dark) to match my hair colour. 

It may be worth bearing in mind throughout this review that I don't have any particular brow ailments or scars,so I can't comment on the product's effectiveness in that way.

The packaging design of this product is simple and effective,a classic hinged compact with three square pans,a space for a dual-ended applicator and finally,a mirror in the top. I enjoy the sleek,basic feel of the trio and I like that it doesn't feel cheap,despite being made of plastic. 

The applicator they've provided could be used on the go,though I personally wouldn't be inclined to use it. I find the bristles of the angled end far too rigid,which means it cuts into the wax rather than picking up product. The sponge works fine with the highlight though. If you were truly in a fix,you could use the sponge for all three pans.

L - R

The product in the pans work very nicely for their intended purposes,although they do not appear to swatch as well. The wax is fairly emollient once it's been warmed up with fingertips but the dark powder can seem slightly dry. I'm quite impressed with the powder highlighter they've provided though,which,though still a dryer formula,really brightens up the arch of the brow when applied. The 'lack of' pigment lends itself to anyone with a heavy hand,making it easier to prevent over-the-top application! In order to test this,I took photos (before and after) of my first time using the product -

* First Attempt *


I applied the wax first and filled in with the powder,with highlighter underneath the arch as instructed on the packaging. My brows were set in place all day and did not move until I removed the wax and powders.


Overall I'm happy with this palette,it's easy to use,travel friendly and suits my personal needs. I have a feeling this product will get knocked for it's dry texture in places but for me,this isn't much of an issue. The palette can be found in Superdrug and online at around £9.00.

 Let me know what you think of this palette in a comment below! 
x ~ x

Thursday, 12 June 2014

{Strictly Swatches} Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks make for the perfect summer lip. The finish leans to a cream- matte and opacity (for the two shades that I own) is medium for it's type. They apply beautifully and wear extremely well - around 9 hours,before looking tired or cracked.

  • Framboujous is a medium,warm pink with a slightly 'antique' feel about it.
  • Personne ne Rouge is a muted tomato red.

Both shades are buildable to full opacity.

Personne ne Rouge,Frambourjois.



Personne ne Rouge.

x ~ x

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Review & Swatches : Dior Addict's Fluid Stick in Wonderland (575) & Vie D'Enfer (869)

Hey guys - so I'm back with another review. A couple of months back,I visited my local Dior counter and made a blush purchase ( See my video review of Dior's Rosy Glow blush here <3 ). I received a sample of Dior's newest lip products along with my blush. Inside of the sample were four neat little sample pots of Fluid Stick. I immediately fell in love with Wonderland and ran out to get it! 

But one is never enough. Oh no. 

On with the review!


Vie D'Enfer.

As you guys can see,the packaging on these babies is as good as it gets. Gorgeous,sleek and luxurious. The Fluid Sticks *feel* weighted as well,which adds to the overall luxury element. I absolutely adore the teardrop applicator in the lipstick-shaped tubes. They make application a dream,as the tip sort of 'moulds' around the shape of your lips.


Vie D'Enfer.

Wonderland is a hefty pink shade which applies with light - medium opacity.

Vie D'Enfer is a muted terracotta-leaning red with a bitter berry undertone. It applies with medium - full opacity.


Let's talk formula for a moment,cos these are beautiful. I'm seriously in love with how easy they are to apply and their glossy finish. I find that I'm satisfied with Wonderland in one coat,whereas Vie D'Enfer can be slightly patchy on the first try. With another coat though,the problems are solved. Personally,I don't find this to be much of an issue,simply because Vie D'Enfer feels like such a unique shade of red. 

In terms of wear,I can get around 5 hours without any major touch-ups. There's a surprising amount of hydration from these too,which lends itself nicely considering the £26.00 price tag. 

Will you be picking up any of the Dior Fluid Sticks? :)

x ~ x

Friday, 9 May 2014

{Strictly Swatches} Illamasqua Neutrals Palette.

Illamasqua's classic Neutral Palette combines four beautiful and versatile shades for a simple yet stunning result on the eyes. This palette is perfect for the busy make-up junkie's life and works well with most skin and eye tones. Application is easy and the colours are great to blend.

Top L- R : Stealth, Vintage.
Bottom L - R : Wolf, Obsidian.


x ~ x

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

{Strictly Swatches} Revlon Photoready Cream Blushes in Charmed & Flushed.

Though Revlon's offering of a cream blush formula may seem small in range (only four colours to date), the shades themselves are wonderful to work with. Flushed appears as a hot pink which blends to a subtle rosy glow on the skin while Charmed leans deeper in tone and gives a moody but warm hint of colour.

Flushed can apply slightly patchy if blended incorrectly so using the right brush with these is essential, as with most cream products in the drugstore. ( I'd recommend a duo-fibre of some description.)



L - Flushed.
R - Charmed.
Swatched without a base.

x ~ x

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Review : Topshop Gloss Ink in Cruel.

Hey guys! Today I'm bringing you a review of a product I am absolutely loving at the moment. It's no surprise to my long-term followers that I love lip products - but this one is unlike anything I've ever used before. 

On with the review! 

Starting off (as we always do.) with packaging. The sleek, black tube is certainly appealing and definitely something I'd be proud to brandish during an evening out. Strangely enough, I actually really like the font they've chosen, along with the reflective coating on the words 'Gloss Ink',plastered on the side. 

On the underside, the colour name is clear and comes with a shade swatch, although this isn't entirely accurate. The applicator is a typical doe foot with a slightly more rounded tip for easy angles. The entire tube itself measures at little more than 8cm, so it's perfect for handbags! 

The product itself is a beauty. It's something I could only describe as a cross between a lip lacquer and a one-coat-wonder gloss stain!

 Application is smooth and opaque on the lips in one coat. Although the formula does feel sticky, it doesn't feel like it's going to move around all over my face. Once the ink is properly set, it won't budge easily. Through eating and drinking, I only had minor touch-ups to add after about 4-5 hours. When removing the gloss ink, there is some noticeable staining and pigmentation. 

What I love about this shade is how comfortable it feels. There's no tightness or major creasing issues,which means happier lips afterwards.

Swatched without lip primer.

So I'll definitely be going to pick some more of these up. Once again, Topshop have exceeded expectations and have gone above and beyond! I've got my eye on a lighter shade in the range, called 'Sugar Rush'.

Will you be picking any of these up? Have you tried them? If so, let me know in a comment! 

x ~ x