4 May 2015

Etude House Give Me Chocolate Shadows

As soon as I saw the promotional images for this limited edition valentine's range from Etude House, I knew I had to purchase something, it was just too adorable to pass up.

The products are packaged in really amazing card boxes, that are obviously inspired by chocolate packaging, I love the aesthetics of it all, but I do wish that it was part of the actual packaging of the products. The eyeshadows themselves are housed in very simple and sleek clear compacts, which is slightly disappointing that it isn't as fancy as the outside, but I do quite like the minimalistic look as well. And of course, the eyeshadows are shaped like chocolate bars, which is so adorable. 

I have two out of the three colours available, #1 Cherry Truffle and #3 Salted Caramel. The first of the two, Cherry Truffle, leans more towards the pinky side of things, it includes a red toned brown with pink shimmer running through it, and a matte pink that has a slight coral tone. The latter, Salted Caramel, which is more on the orangey, coral side, it includes a warm toned brown with gold shimmer, and a coral shade with gold glitter, I was quite disappointed with this colour as barely any of the colour underneath the glitter showed up, but I do really like the other colours.

These eyeshadows aren't the most pigmented, which I actually quite like (with exception of the coral shade mentioned above) because it helps make the colours more natural and wearable on a daily basis. They go onto the eyelids nice and smoothly, and is very easy to blend out, also, they don't actually kick up too much powder when you use a brush, which I think is pretty good for such an inexpensive product.

To be honest, these products aren't anything mind blowing, as the main selling point is the packaging, but I do like them, but I would only recommend Cherry Truffle. I purchased these for around £5 from eBay, if you really want them, you should purchase them as soon as possible as they are limited edition.

Have you tried these? What are your thoughts?

30 April 2015

April Favourites 2015

It's the end of the month, and of course, that means it's time for me to talk about my favourites, this past month has certainly started to feel more like Spring as the weather is getting a little warmer lately, so i've been switching around the products i've been using to be more appropriate for the lovely weather.

One of the first things I tend to change according to the weather are fragrances, i'm currently loving Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh, not only is the bottle gorgeous, but the scent is lovely too, it has fresh, floral notes that radiates a sense of youthfulness and femininity, despite being very light, it lasts throughout the whole day for me, which is always a good thing.

If you've been reading my most recent posts lately, you would know that i've fallen absolutely head over heels for the Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer, to the point that I would label it as a holy grail item! It's a primer for the eyelashes and does almost everything I would ever want it to do, it adds volume, holds the curl ALL DAY (literally), and prevents mascara from smudging, so all in all, this product is incredible!

I've been purchasing a ton of new lip products lately, so naturally, I have quite a few to mention, let's start off with the Maybelline Colour Sensational Popstick #Citrus Slice, because the bullet is translucent, I was intrigued to see how it would perform. Although it isn't anything mind blowing, it's a nice tinted lip balm type product, it provides a light wash of pink to the lips, which makes it really quick and easy to apply when i'm in a rush.

I have two more lip products to talk about, the Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque #Appêchissant is a beautiful peachy nude shade with a glossy finish. I love the sensation of these lip lacquers as they leave a watery cooling affect on the lips, which is quite interesting. Another product from the same brand is the Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon #Proudly Naked, i've been using this almost everyday since i've bought it, it's a stunning rosy pink colour which is perfect to wear on a daily basis for a natural look. Also, it feels very moisturising on the lips, and because it's in a crayon form, it's easy to apply and touch up whenever it's needed.

This is quite a recent discovery, but I instantly fell in love with it, so I couldn't not include it, and the product in question is the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint #Coconut, this is the ideal light nude nail polish i've been searching for, it's a neutral cream shade, verging to almost becoming a white shade, which I like as in my opinion, sometimes whites can be a bit too stark for me. You need to apply 3 layers in order for it to be fully opaque which isn't too bad, moreover, it lasts for an entire week without chipping, which is amazing.

Finally, I have a fashion item, which I don't think i've ever included in a favourites, but I think I might do so more often. The item is the New Balance ML999AA, i've been wanting a pair of New Balance for the longest time, and as soon as I saw these, I had to purchase them, the main body is grey suede with purple accenting, which I absolutely adore. Not only is the design beautiful, but it is literally the most comfortable shoe I own, the soft, cushiony material, and the platform makes it a dream to walk around in, i'm so happy with my purchase.

That's it for today, I hope you enjoyed reading!
What have you been loving over this past month?

27 April 2015

Clio Kill Cover Liquid Founwear Cushion

You may know that i've been wanting to try this for quite a while if you've read: The Covet List | Korean Beauty, this product was on sale, and I hadn't tried any cushion type makeup yet, so I took the chance and jumped onto the bandwagon.

The product is packaged in a compact, and of course, inside is the cushion that's infused with the foundation. An air puff is included as well, this applicator is especially designed so that it doesn't absorb product, I actually really enjoy using it as it's not only quick and easy to use, but it provides a flawless finish to the skin. It's also great that there is an extra lid inside the compact, this is to prevent the product from being exposed to air and drying up, and it separates the puff and the product too, which is more hygienic. Along with the compact, there is a refill bottle and an extra air puff is included inside as well.

There are three shades available within the range, which isn't too great, but is pretty typical when it comes to Korean base products, I have #3-BY Linen, which actually is a really good match for my skin. As I mentioned above, the air puff applies product very nicely onto the skin, it blends and smooths on seamlessly, leaving a satin finish. The key to use the puff isn't to drag, but to pat, this will therefore allow you to achieve a lovely high medium coverage.

Although it has very good coverage, it doesn't look obvious or caky on the skin at all, it rather looks quite natural and feels extremely light weight. Something i'm slightly disappointed about is that the oil control isn't too great, I have incredibly oily skin, so that's always something I look for in a product, however, I wouldn't say that it's bad as it does last throughout the day, it's just that my t-zone becomes slightly oily after a few hours, so maybe this would be a product I would use more during the colder seasons.

Overall, I do really like this product and would recommend this, especially if oil control isn't a major problem for you. I am definitely going to be testing out other cushion compacts from different brands to see how they compare! I purchased this product from eBay for around £20.

Have you tried cushion makeup? If so, which would you recommend?