Sunday, 29 March 2015

MAC Cinderella Royal Ball Lipstick - Review

Ah, the illusive Royal Ball lipstick. I've never known so much drama and hassle as I encountered trying to get hold of this lipstick. MAC's email to announce the release of their Cinderella collection was too late as usual, and the department stores that were selling it online all managed to have some sort of technical issue. Whatever the case, I missed out, and so did a lot of other people. MAC had a sneaky restock on Tuesday and I ended up with two of the lusted-after Royal Ball lipsticks, so I thought I'd do a little review and let you know my thoughts!

First up, lets talk about that packaging. MAC got a lot of stick for the packaging of their Cinderella collection, but I actually love it. It's a pain to try to photograph, but in real life the blue is incredibly beautiful with a purple iridescence that matches Cinderella's lovely ballgown. The gold goes well with the blue, and it's a definite standout in my collection.

Royal Ball is a lustre finish, I don't own any other lustre lipsticks as I tend to go for matte formulas, but in this case I think the lustre finish suits the colour perfectly. There's a tiny hint of frost in there in my opinion as it's slightly shimmery on the lips, a very similar texture and look to Costa Chic. It's a light rosy pink colour, although it's not very pigmented so looks best over a similar colour lip liner, but for an everyday easy nude, I think Royal Ball will do perfectly.

The wear time isn't great, with it being a lustre lipstick I got around 2-3 hours out of it before I needed to reapply, but as usual I did chain-drink tea whilst testing it out. I would imagine over a good lip liner it would last a little longer, it's more the glossy finish that wears off first rather than the subtle colour. It doesn't cling to any dry or flakey patches either, great if your lips aren't in the best condition like mine!

I think on a day-to-day basis I'd only wear Royal Ball with a lip liner as it's just a little too pale and sheer for me without one, but it's a lovely colour, very comfortable and not at all drying and the packaging is so beautiful that I'm glad to have it in my collection. You may have noticed I have two Royal Ball lipsticks, there might be a little giveaway here on Hummingbird And The Rose soon so if you missed out on the Cinderella collection and really wanted it, keep your eyes peeled!

Did you manage to get anything from the MAC Cinderella collection, or were you not a fan?
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Saturday, 28 March 2015

The Classic Spring Scent - Marc Jacobs Daisy

I think most people will have heard of Marc Jacobs Daisy. It's such a popular perfume, but it's one that I've only recently discovered and fallen in love with. With Spring finally making an appearance, I decided to have a little perfume refresh and switch up my daily scents for something lighter.

Perfume reviews aren't something I usually attempt, describing scents is really hard but as a huge perfume fan, it's something I'd love to start doing more of. The official description says Daisy has top notes of strawberry and violet leaves, with base notes of jasmine, musk and vanilla. Initially Daisy smells quite strongly of vanilla and violet, it's a very sweet floral but without being sickly. I think the jasmine is what gives it that 'freshness' and it's a very light scent, not at all overpowering.

It's definitely a crowd pleaser, there's nothing unpleasant or even unusual about Daisy, it's a very feminine, pretty scent but as it's got that fresh, spring feel it does smell like an expensive, designer perfume. If that makes sense... I'm hoping it does, you can always tell a cheap, poor quality perfume by the overwhelming sickly, sugary-ness but this is a truly beautiful fragrance. I have the EDT and it lasts for about 6-8 hours on the skin before it begins to fade, but as it's a light scent I wouldn't want it to be too strong anyway.

If like me, you're a bit slow on trying out new perfumes, give Daisy a try. I highly doubt you'll be disappointed. Plus, the bottle is so beautiful! I love the huge daisies on the lid, this bottle looks lovely on my bedside table.

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Friday, 27 March 2015

Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation - Review

If a product promises to illuminate my skin and add a healthy glow, then it's a product I want to get my hands on. I love the idea of glowing, healthy skin, and when Max Factor released the Skin Luminizer Foundation I knew I'd want to try it out.

It's not cheap for a high street foundation coming in at £11.99,  but with some premium foundations costing £30+ and failing to perform, it's not that expensive. And look at that packaging! I really do love the design of this bottle, the gold accents and beautiful swirl pattern make it look much more high end, and the bottle is plastic which I know a lot of bloggers didn't like, but as I often take this with me when I visit family it's good to know there's little chance of it smashing.

I bought the lightest shade (obviously!) which is 40 Light Ivory, and it's the perfect match for my skin. If you're paler like me, you should be able to find a good colour match for you, but Skin Luminizer only comes in six shades so if you're dark skinned I think you'd have a real struggle. For such a lovely foundation that performs on par with premium foundations, it's a real shame Max Factor haven't expanded their shade range.

Skin Luminizer is a medium coverage foundation that can easily be built up to a heavier coverage if you prefer. I do agree that it fulfils its luminizing claims, as my skin has a glow that most thicker foundations fail to create, but it's not a dewy finish and doesn't feel wet on the skin after application. I prefer to apply it with my Zoeva 104 Buffer brush as it helps to give a flawless, airbrushed finish.

In terms of longevity, you get a good 5-6 hours wear out of this foundation before it needs a little touch up. I do have quite dry skin and the foundation doesn't cling to any dry patches, but I would say if you have oilier skin you would most likely need to powder every 3-4 hours to keep it looking fresh.

You can buy Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation here.

Have you tried this foundation? What do you think to it?
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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara - Review

Apart from Benefit's new Roller Lash mascara (review), I've been hearing a lot of people rave about Maybelline's latest mascara offering, Lash Sensational. With hefty promises of lash lengthening and extreme volume, and a brush that grabs each and every lash, I had high expectations for this mascara.

I love the rose gold colour of the packaging, it sets it apart from other drugstore mascaras and the design of the lid means it's easy to hold when applying the mascara. It might not be as fancy or as pretty as Roller Lash's packaging, but for a drugstore mascara it's still quite impressive.

The brush is a similar shape to Roller Lash, in that it's slightly curved, and there are so many different length bristles that it really does grip lashes. I find that Lash Sensational does a better job of boosting volume, as it deposits more mascara onto lashes than Roller Lash, (how many times can I say lash in this post?!) but as a result of that, you don't get quite as much length and definition.

For me, Lash Sensational is much more dramatic than Roller Lash. It gives incredible volume, my lashes are naturally quite sparse so it makes a huge difference to me, and it gives good length and a little definition too. It's easy to remove at the end of the day too, but it also doesn't smudge and run if you have a little cry. Lash Sensational is great if you want a long lasting mascara, there's no flaking or crumbling during the day.

With bare lashes on the left, and one coat of Lash Sensational on the right.

With Lash Sensational on both eyes. (In different light! I didn't get a tan!)

You can buy Maybelline Lash Sensational here.

Have you tried Maybelline's latest offering? Which did you prefer?
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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Blogs Worth Bookmarking #1

I've been reading a lot of blogs recently. And by a lot, I mean nearly 100+ posts a day. I have a lot of spare time. So, I thought I'd share a few of my favourite blogs that I've discovered over the past few weeks. I find a lot of new blogs through Twitter and Twitter chats, so if you have any recommendations or want to send me your blog link I'd love to have a read!

Ally's blog is my most recent discovery. Since I've been reading her blog she's made me want to chop off my hair and revamp my entire wardrobe, and I can't wait for each new post. I really love her tattoo post, not only does she have some beautiful tattoo art but I completely agree with the statements she makes about getting tattoos for yourself and not judging people who have them either.

I'm also getting some serious hair inspiration from the lovely Annabel over at Mascara And Maltesers. Her product reviews are brilliant, they're so in-depth and her photography is beautiful. Plus, she's funny! Her mascara shopping thoughts post resonated with me so much, I definitely need to learn some self-restraint.

Vix has such a pretty blog design, and her funny, witty tweets were what originally caught my eye and made me head over to her blog for more. Her post on why she'd never make it on YouTube had me in stitches, they are my exact reasons too! I'd love to give it a try but my bedroom isn't Pinterest worthy enough, and facing the camera straight on is not my best angle...

If you're not already following these lovely ladies I definitely recommend paying them a visit. I'm thinking of making Blogs Worth Bookmarking a regular feature on Hummingbird And The Rose, so many readers have left links to their incredible blogs and I'd love to share them!

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Monday, 23 March 2015

MAC Kinda Sexy - Review

Kinda Sexy is one of those shades that you will either love or hate. Described by MAC as being a neutral pinky rose, I have to say I really don't agree with that description. On me, Kinda Sexy is much more of a brown-toned nude, without a lot of pink in there. It's still a beautiful nude colour, but pinky rose? Definitely not. Thankfully it doesn't pull too orange, as I'm not sure that would look good on paler skin like mine and it wouldn't do much for my teeth!

It's a matte finish, as you'll know if you're a regular reader here matte finishes are my favourite, purely for the fact that they last a lot longer on the lips and don't require as much maintenance. Kinda Sexy is still easy to apply straight from the bullet, it doesn't pull or drag on the lips and the colour distributes evenly. It has an almost velvety finish, feeling soft and smooth on the lips.

I don't find it particularly drying, but if you struggle with dry lips I'd advise a lip scrub before and wear a small amount of lip balm with it, as it's not very forgiving on flakey lips. It doesn't bleed or settle in any fine lines, it just stays put exactly where you apply it which is great! I hate lipsticks that bleed.

In terms of longevity, I get about 4 hours perfect wear out of Kinda Sexy before it needs a little touch up in the centre of the lips. Although, I drink a lot of tea, so if you drink a normal amount you'd probably get an extra hour out of it.

I wouldn't recommend pairing it with MAC's Whirl unless you're going to a 90's fancy dress party, just to let you know. It turns an interesting shade of brown, and not one that I'd wear out of the house.

What do you think to Kinda Sexy? Is it a colour you'd wear?
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Sunday, 22 March 2015

How To - Quick And Easy Winged Liner

I love winged liner. I first started wearing it when I was about 15, and over time I've managed to improve my cat flick technique to the point where most days I'm happy with how it looks. The thing with winged eyeliner is that it can either go really well and you'll walk round all day feeling all smug and slick, or one eye will look perfect and the other will just not go right at all. No matter how much you try, or reapply it, it's just not happening. Those days usually end up in me going liner-free and sulking about it.

I always used to start applying my liner from the inner corner, but for the past year or so I've been starting with the flick, as that's the hardest part to perfect. Just as a side note, my liner of choice is the Soap & Glory Supercat Liner as I find it to be a really true black, and the nib is the perfect size and shape to get a clear, defined flick. If I need it to stay put all day and evening then I'll go over it with a liquid liner, usually the Barry M Liquid Liner as that stuff does not budge!

I start by priming my eyes. For this, I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (review here) as I find it to be amazing as an eye primer, and I'd apply my eyeshadow first before the liner. I'm only wearing a tiny bit of eyeshadow here to neutralise the colour of my eyelids.

As I said, I always start with the flick. I start at the edge of my lash line and draw it out towards the end of my brow. My best tip to get the liner to look super-straight is to follow the lower lash line, as you can see in the photo above my line is simply an extension of that line.This helps to make it look straighter, and better suits the shape of your eye.

Next, I draw the upper outline of the flick. It doesn't have to be perfectly straight at this point, as I'll be going over it in a moment anyway. It just helps to get the outline in place before you start filling it in! I find it easier to look down into a mirror when I'm doing my eyeliner, and I don't pull the skin taut as when you release it, your liner won't be where you want it!

I fill in the flick, and then working outwards from the inner corner draw the line across my eyelid. I don't find this bit hard, just try to stay as close to the lash line as possible as you don't want to see any skin between the liner and your lashes. Once you've done the initial line, then go back in if necessary and neaten it up. Fill in any gaps, and get that line as smooth as possible, including making it thicker towards the flick so it's one fluid line.

And that's the finished look! I have gone over the Supercat with the Barry M liner just to make it ultra-black. You can see how I've thickened the line so it joins onto the flick without any gaps, and the bottom of the cat flick is still an extension of the lower lash line. (Please excuse my dark circles, I was so tired!)

I hope you find this little how-to helpful, it really does just take practice and finding the technique that works for you, whether that's doing the flick first or starting from the inner eye.

If you have any tips, I'd love to hear them!

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