Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in shade Magick Review & Swatch | Lipstick Monday!

Kat Von D is fast becoming my new favourite when it comes to makeup.  It is therefore probably a good thing that it is not readily available in the UK!

I have had my eye on the Studded Kiss Lipsticks for some time, and recently placed an order from Sephora and slipped this one (and possibly one other!) into my shopping cart!

This beautiful shade in Magick is a pretty dusky pink shade that could easily be my new ‘my lips but better’ shade. It perhaps verges on the warmer side, however works surprisingly well with my cool undertones.  The lipstick has a very subtle shimmer and looks so pretty on my lips.

I applied this in the morning and it lasted right through to lunch time, even surviving coffee drinking!

The Studded Kiss Lipstick packaging is like no other I own, and adds a fun touch to my makeup bag.  The lipstick has a lovely chocolate scent and glides onto my lips effortlessly.

You can purchase the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick from Sephora (they ship internationally) for $21.00  – approx. £14.60 plus tax and shipping.

Have you tried the Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipsticks? Can you recommend one for me to try? I would love to hear from you!

Talk to you all soon x


Clinique Nude Pop Lipstick Review & Swatch | Lipstick Monday!

I absolutely love wearing makeup, but there are some days when I just want to look minimal but still well put together. For todays post I am sharing with you all a lovely nude colour from the Clinique Colour Pop collection in Nude Pop.

The Clinique Colour Pop lipsticks offer both intense colour and a primer in one and are perfect for those days when we are pushed for time as you don’t have to apply a primer separately.   Nude Pop is a pearly pink nude with a slight shimmer.

The lipstick does not last all that long, even with the promise of the primer added to it, but that said it was not disappointing. Reapplication was easy and the lipstick glides onto my lips leaving an even colour.

This lipstick is priced at £16.00. If you are looking for a pretty nude to add to your makeup bag then perhaps give this one a try!

Talk to you all soon x


My Makeup Setting Spray Beauty Tip!

I discovered a little beauty hack recently that really works – and naturally wanted to share it with you all!

I love using my Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray, and really notice the difference on days I forget to use it.  You can catch up on my review of the spray in detail here – Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray – Review

I recently suffered from sore eyes and was faced with a real beauty dilemma! I wanted to fix my makeup with my setting spray but didn’t want to spray any into my eyes as this would only aggravate my eye complaint.

So, what is a beauty addict meant to do in a situation like this?!  ……. Improvise!

I use my MAC 187 brush (but any soft kabuki style brush would do) and lightly mist my makeup setting spray over the bristles.  I then gently pat the brush  over my face.  This gives exactly the same finish as misting it in the usual way, but I am able to control where the setting spray falls.

Another benefit of applying in this way is that I suffer from a very oily nose, so I am able to make sure my nose has more spray than drier areas such as my cheeks.

Have you ever tried applying your makeup setting spray in this way? If not, give it a go and let me know your thoughts!

Talk to you all soon x



Lancôme Juicy Shaker Lip Gloss – Walk The Lime Review & Swatch | Lipstick Monday!

I have been so excited about this latest offering from Lancôme ever since watching Lisa Eldridge share it with us all on YouTube.  They finally hit the shelves last Monday, and I am pleased to report they exceed my expectations!

The Juicy Shaker lip gloss is like no other lip product I own.  It is called a lip gloss, but it certainly doesn’t feel like one.  This lip gloss has a bi phased formula that combines nourishing oils with beautiful pigments for plump but natural looking, glossy lips. The oils contain sweet almond oil, omega 3 and cranberry oil that just sink into my lips.  I have read about lip oils in the past, but have never tried one until now.

The Juicy Shaker is a cross between the 1945 shaker lipstick and the iconic Juicy Tubes from the 1990’s.  Before application it is important to shake the Juicy Shaker well.  It has two little ball bearings in the tube that make for a very satisfying noise when doing so! This process helps to mix the oils together making it just right for application.  Once you are satisfied the colour has mixed, twist open the lid to reveal the cushion applicator that has absorbed just the right amount of pigment. The shape of the applicator makes application a dream and makes applying in the corners of your mouth as easy as the fullest part.

So, would I recommend the Lancôme Juicy Shaker? I most certainly would!

There were not a great deal of colours left when I hit the Lancôme counter, but I decided to try Walk the Lime. In the shaker it looks very orange but on application the orange is not strong and is flattering on my cool skin tone. The lime scent is not strong, but is detectable. The nourishing oils make this product non sticky and non drying and the finish is very pretty.  The oils plump up my lips and hide any fine lines my lips naturally have.  Application is very easy and a mirror is not a necessity as it is so sheer.  I am looking forward to trying out some more colours in the collection and seeing if the colours look more visible on my lips. I would recommend trying these out if you get the opportunity.  The  formula would be perfect for wearing in the day and giving that pretty spring finish!

The staying power is not particularly great, but when the product is such a dream to apply this doesn’t bother me in the slightest!

You can purchase the Lancôme Juicy Shaker for £18.00.

Have you been able to try this product out? I would love to hear any recommendations of colours for me to try out!

Talk to you all soon x


Clinique Chubby Stick Intense 06 Roomiest Rose Review & Swatch | Lipstick Monday!


This colour is gorgeous, don’t you think?! A lovely deep rose that is an absolute joy to wear. I decided to wear this colour today as I wanted something that was easy to wear yet add a little colour to my complexion, and this colour certainly did just that.

I got this Chubby Stick as part of a Bonus Time deal.  I had not used it until today and can’t help but wonder what took me so long. The formula glides on effortlessly and has a balm like texture on the lips.  The Intense Chubby Sticks are available in 8 shades that each deliver full coverage in divinely rich shades.  Lips are immediately moisturised and left with a glossy sheen. Roomiest Rose belongs to the ‘Pinks’ colour group and it looks very flattering on me as it has cool undertones.

I have always been a fan of the Clinique Chubby sticks, but have found that whilst the colours look pretty in the tubes, they don’t show up on the lips. Thats why I am particularly excited to have discovered the Intense collection, as I get all the benefits the Chubby Sticks offer, with the bonus that the colour pay off is excellent too!

I applied this colour before leaving the house for work, and it lasted surprisingly well! I did get some transfer on my coffee cup but it still left a faint stain of the rose colour, and the pencil formula makes for easy reapplication so this was no issue at all.

Application was very easy as the colour feels like it melts onto my lips. It was easy to stick within the lip line, and the colour did not bleed.

You can purchase the Clinique Chubby Stick Intense for £17.00 from Clinique counters nationwide.  I am super excited (albeit my purse is not!) at discovering this fabulous lip product, and can’t wait to pass a Clinique counter where I will be testing out other colours in the range…and maybe even make a purchase (or two!)

If you are looking for a new lipstick that has spring written all over it, then look no further!

Have you tried any of the Clinique Chubby Sticks from the Intense collection? I would love to hear from you if you can recommend any colours for me to try.

Talk to you all soon x


Benefit Gimme Brow Light/Medium Review | February Product Of The Month

Apologies for the ever so slightly late product of the month for February, but I am sure you will totally understand when I say it was because I was waiting to get my eyebrows threaded before sharing it with you!

I have brunette hair, yet for some reason very fair brows.  It was only in recent years that I started to colour my brows with product to try and help define my naturally fair brows against the contrast of my dark hair.  I couldn’t help but wonder why I wasn’t doing it years before! Personally speaking, I am not a fan of the dark, heavy, almost painted on brow that seems to have become popular over recent years , and that was what had initially put me off trying this product.  However, as my brows are particularly sparse and fair, I decided I would try this out and was delighted when I was given this as a gift at Christmas.

Benefit Gimme Brow is available in two colours – Light / Medium and Medium / Dark. My shade is Light / Medium which is perfect for my fair complexion. It is a nice natural brown colour that translates well once applied.

This brow volumizing fibre gel promises to adhere to the skin and the hairs for fuller looking brows.  To use, I gently stroke the brush tip along the brow to define the shape.  I then use a brow comb to brush the fibres through the hair and neaten up the finish.

My reasons for awarding this my product of the month are not only because I think the product is easy to use, but also because of the ability to actually stay where I apply it! I don’t know about you, but I have very oily skin that gets worse as the day progresses (I can only thank working in a warm office environment for this!) and I have found on the odd occasion I have used other products, that the product works its way across the centre of my brows! The Benefit Gimme Brow Gel will not create a full brow look, and will not create  hairs that are not there, however it does thicken up any brow hairs you have that are in need of a little extra volume.  I think this is a really natural way to enhance brows and for that reason, is a winner in my book.

You can purchase Benefit Gimme Brow for £18.50 from Benefit counters or stockists.  You get 3g of product and I have used it more or less every day since Christmas and I have plenty left.

I hope you found this post useful.

Talk to you all soon x


Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick In Lovesick Review & Swatch | Lipstick Monday!

I have had my eye on the Kat Von D Liquid Lipsticks for quite some time now, and this particular shade (Lovesick) seems to sell out at Sephora almost instantly. I had registered interest in this shade online, and when I had the email to say it was in stock decided that was the time to do my first Sephora shop of 2016!

My Sephora order arrived very quickly and I was planning on doing a haul post and sharing with you what I had ordered including the Kat Von D makeup setting mist.  Unfortunately however this leaked all over my order and ruined the contents of it which is a real shame, but on the upside this lipstick survived!

The lipstick comes in a relatively long tube with an extra long applicator to match.  This made applying the lipstick relatively easy.  I would say it is important (with any liquid lipstick not just the Kat Von D’s) that you apply very neatly to your lips and avoid the temptation some people have to enhance the lips by applying slightly beyond the lip line.  This is because when the lipstick dries it becomes very apparent!

Lovesick is a lovely rosey pink that is very flattering to wear.  It reminds me ever so slightly of Sandwash Pink by Bobbi Brown with its earthy tones.

I applied this lipstick in the morning and it lasted relatively well.  It did need a top up to keep it looking tidy but this was more out of choice than necessity.

A little tip I would  give to make this lipstick look its best is to ensure you have exfoliated and moisturised your lips well before application.  The very nature of this lipstick is that it is drying and this makes it unforgiving to any rough patches.

Getting my ‘kiss’ swatch was rather difficult as it dried and wouldn’t transfer at all! It was also difficult to wipe off my hand after I had swatched it.

I would recommend this lipstick to all, and I can certainly see why this shade is so popular. I wouldn’t necessarily rush to buy another one purely because there are not many muted colours to choose from.   I would however love it if you could recommend any other pretty shades for me to try.

Kat Von D Lovesick Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Review Swatch

You can purchase the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick for $20.00.  It feels so good knowing that us Brits are no longer excluded from the delights that Sephora has to offer!

Talk to you all soon x