Monday, 31 March 2014

MAC Bust Out! Lipstick

I bought MAC Bust Out! From a CCO in York about a year ago. It's one of those lipsticks that I pull out from the depths of my lipstick drawer, draw a heart on the back of my hand and then decide to go with Rebel instead.

I love the special limited edition packaging, the Hawaiian style really suits the theme and I think its one of the better special packaging styles that MAC have done.

Bust Out! Looks quite intimidating in the bullet, it's a very purple kind of purple, if you know what I mean. But when you apply it, it turns out to be quite light and wearable, it sheers out a little into something that's actually really pretty. Think a less sickly version of RiRi Boy, in a much more lip-friendly finish. I'm not normally one to go for Lustre finishes, but I think with this shade of lipstick it really suits it and makes it comfortable on the lips.

Whenever I actually try it on my face I always think "Why don't I wear this more often?" It's unusual enough to be interesting but not so out there that I feel self-conscious. Maybe I don't wear it that often because I'm very aware I won't be able to get my paws on another one! I really can't handle another RiRi Heaux drama.


Friday, 28 March 2014

Day At The Beach

I thought I'd throw in a surprise lifestyle post, seeing as I love to read about what people have been doing and seeing, rather than just pictures of them wearing a new lipstick day in, day out. Not that there is anything wrong with that, what with me being a true hoarder of lipsticks, but change is always good.

Last week, during the few freaky days where we actually got a glimmer of sunshine up north, a few of my friends and I jumped into our cars and tootled off to the seaside for some sand, kite-flying, doggy paddling and fish and chips! Or, because I'm awkward, a ham, cheese and pineapple panini. It was divine.

As it was one of the first sunny days this year, we decided to take my car as well so we could enjoy the sunshine and come back looking slightly redder in the face. With the obligatory white sunglasses marks around our eyes. 

Unfortunately, the beach was very wet and soggy as the tide was out. We did wander closer to the sea, but after lots of skidding and sliding everywhere gave in and headed back up to semi-dry sand! Two of my friends spent a bit of time flying a huge kite, but as I have no strength in my arms whatsoever, and a complete lack of hand-eye coordination I gave it a miss. Instead, we went and sunbathed on the dry stretch of beach and watched the others slip and slide their way around! 

Very wet beach. And a very soggy, happy dog. It was a really beautiful day though, so much blue sky and sunshine. I did come back looking rather rosy-cheeked, but it was definitely worth it! And it teaches me never to skip out on suncream.

Wearing white trainers to the beach was never going to end well. Poor Louise! I decided to be very unpractical and wear glitter ballet pumps, but they actually turned out to be the best choice as I just slipped them off and wandered across the sand barefoot. Avoiding the soggy, sludgy bits, of course!

A sweet snap of me and Stef. I stupidly forgot to bring my sunglasses, so spent most of the day squinting and looking like I was in pain. It was very sunny but there was definitely a rather cool breeze so my hoody was a welcome addition to my outfit! I love the colour and the quilted detailing, and it was a steal at £12 from New Look. 

And this picture is the reason why I wouldn't let Guinness ride in my car! Not only is it very impractical, being a two-seater with no room for a chunky Alsatian-cross, but soggy fur, sand and a pretty fresh-smelling pooch is not something that should be remotely near my car! #mycarismybaby

Look at his little face! I'm a rubbish lifestyle blogger if you hadn't already realised, I didn't take a single photo of anything we had to eat or drink, simply because we were far too hungry and having too much fun to wait any longer before digging in!

It was a lovely day though, and next time I do something vaguely interesting that I think I might write about, I promise to try to take better (and more) photos.

Lucie x

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Soap & Glory Supercat Eye Liner Review

Soap & Glory's Supercat eyeliner is, without a doubt, my holy grail eye liner. I love the sleek black packaging, with a lid that not only has the most satisfying click, but one that actually stays on and doesn't fall off in your handbag.

The nib is long and thin enough to be able to draw a straight line with ease, it doesn't bend but has enough flex to create a smooth cat flick without it being a traumatic experience.

It goes on smoothly without dragging or slipping, and leaves a very even, true black line. It has quite a glossy finish, which doesn't bother me too much, although I do think a matte finish looks neater. It stays put for the duration of the day, and comes off easily with my beloved Bioderma. I don't really feel the need to touch it up during the day, but on the rare occasion that I do, it applies smoothly over the top, unlike other pen-like liners that can sometimes drag and flake when applied on top of an old line.

Overall, it's a winner. One of these lasts me about 2-3 months, and it's an absolute steal at £6. I think the fact that I can use Boots points to buy it and therefore it's a guilt free purchase might have something to do with my undying love for it too.

Lucie x

Friday, 24 January 2014

MAC Lush Amber Lipstick Review

I picked up MAC's Lush Amber lipstick from a CCO in York, after swatching it on the back of my hand and thinking that it bore an uncanny resemblance to Shy Girl.

Lush Amber is a lustre finish, which isn't one of my favourite finishes as I find it isn't very long lasting and it seems to apply quite sheer. It's fine if you just want a sheer wash of colour, but I prefer a stronger colour payoff with a longer lasting finish.

Lush Amber is a light peachy nude, that is actually a beautiful shade, even though it looks quite brown in the bullet. It's a much lighter colour when it's actually on your lips, and it applies like a dream, gliding over any dry patches and it has the added bonus of not making your teeth look yellow.

I reach for Lush Amber on lazy days when I'm running late, it just makes it look like you've actually put a little bit of effort into your face.

I'd originally bought it thinking it was pretty similar to Shy Girl, but Shy Girl is much more pink-toned and summery, whereas Lush Amber's deeper, almost brown tones make it a little less beach party, and a lot more everyday nude appropriate.

Lucie x

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Insta-Refresh #2

Hey, get me remembering to do Insta-Refresh posts...
I'm not going to be setting a strict schedule for these, I'll just post them as and when I've done enough interesting things or watched enough handsome men on TV to be able to share it with you. And taken photos of cats, obviously.

Got bored of my simple French manicure, so decided on super-cute mini tuxedos!

Snuggle Sunday evenings watching The X Factor. Wait, did I just admit to that?

What would an Insta-Refresh post be without a stupid hat?

Found my Holy Grail hair volumising product. Promise I'll share it with you later this week!
My dream guy. Ezra Fitz. He's so handsome...

Completely obsessed with Pretty Little Liars. Hands down the best show ever.

Chilling out with Buzz, the happiest, and cuddliest pony in the world.

I've been so tired this week, think those super-early starts are catching up with me so I've been cat-napping all over the place!

Emptied all these lip products out of the depths of my bag. Seems a touch excessive. I'm just in denial because this is the overflow from my lipstick storage unit...

Lucie x

Monday, 28 October 2013

MAC Sweet Succulence Lipstick - Indulge Collection

I swatched this a few times at my local MAC counter when the Indulge collection first came out, and was slowly won over by the sheer application that looked quite even when swatched on my hand. I must admit, I was drawn in by the divine dark shade, it just looked so perfect and deep and rich that I couldn't resist.

I don't tend to like Lustre finishes that much, they seem to apply quite unevenly on me and the super-creamy sheeny finish doesn't last long at all. I should have known better when I was eyeing up Sweet Succulence at the counter, but I was hoping for a sheer-ish wash of plummy-purple that would add a berry sheen to my lips. How wrong I was. 

One swipe of Sweet Succulence is fairly uneven, but the shade has potential and I was won over. The second swatch shows several swiped, and the shade has darkened but unfortunately the actual colour doesn't build up or get slightly deeper or richer no matter how much you try to layer it.

On the lips, it slips and slides over them without actually depositing much colour, and the little colour it does leave is patchy and uneven. It bleeds immediately, and seems to just want to slide everywhere apart from where you want it.

I had such high hopes for Sweet Succulence, but I can't see it working for me. I've tried layering it over MAC's Nightmoth lip liner, which looks quite stunning, but it still slides all over and looks a hot mess after half an hour. I'm not sure how I can make this work, but something about it keeps drawing me back in... Any advice would be very welcome.

Lucie x

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Make-Up And Beauty - Aria Montgomery from Pretty Little Liars

If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might remember this post and this one I did on make-up and beauty for Aria Montgomery from my favourite ever TV show, Pretty Little Liars. It's been getting so many hits lately that I figured it could do with a bit of tweaking, so I decided to do today's post and try out my own Aria Montgomery style make-up and make it work as an everyday look for me.

I've listed all the products I used at the bottom of the page, and linked to reviews of them if I have done them.

Hope you enjoy the mini-tutorial!

This is the photo I decided to use, it's a typical Aria look, but it's a little more wearable than some of her other looks, and her eyebrows are a little more toned down than usual...

She has flawless skin, with a little definition and contouring on her cheeks and a smoky eye. She is wearing a nude lip and her brows are clearly defined and made to look quite bold and striking.

I used the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer to create a smooth, flawless base ready to apply foundation on. I'm not 100% sold on this primer, it's a little too heavy on my skin and it's something I'd use only if I wasn't going to be wearing it for a long time, I'm too afraid it's going to break me out. But it does the job of creating a perfect base!

Then I used the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser to even my skintone, before blending in some of my favourite Sephora 10 Hour Wear foundation to really create the perfect, flawless creamy base.

Finally, I used my beloved Collection Concealer under my eyes to disguise how tired I was and look a little less like I should be in a Twilight film. I dusted a light covering of Make Up Forever's High Definition Powder over my face to keep everything in place and make it look as perfect as possible.

Moving on, I used NARS Douceur on my Real Techniques Blush Brush under my cheekbones to contour and make them seem a little more exaggerated, Aria style. I love Douceur, it's the perfect "pale girl" contour shade and it's so underrated. In the summer, I switch Douceur for NARS Cream Blush in Penny Lane, which is pretty much the same shade, just in cream formula rather than powder. For this look, however, because I was wearing foundation, I decided to go with the powder version. I then used my Benefit High Beam dupe, the Technic High Lights which is a beautiful pearlescent pink liquid highlighter. I blended it up along the tops of my cheekbones and up around my temples to get that perfect, glowing look and really emphasise my cheekbones.

Moving onto eyes, using my trusty MAC 217 brush, I used MAC's Phloof! On the inner corner to make my eyes look bigger and more awake. Then I blended Naked Lunch all over the lid and up towards my browbone. Finally, I used Brown Down on the outer corner and blended it out into a subtle cat eye shape, and worked it into the crease to create definition and get that smoky look that Aria wears so much.

I continued adding more Brown Down and blending it out to create a much more dramatic smoky eye, as the one above was a little too washed out for Aria's style. I also smudged a tiny bit of NARS Eye Liner in Black Moon along my lower lash line to make it look fuller.

Then I applied the Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara in Black, Aria has beautiful, thick, dark lashes, so the Rimmel mascara was the only choice. It gives endless length and volume and it lasts all day without smudging. I also blended a small amount of Benefit's High Brow just under my brows to highlight the shape.

Onto the brows. I used my Soap & Glory Brow Archery in Brownie Points to shape my brows and fill in any gaps, and just make them look a bit fuller and healthier. Aria has incredibly strong brows, but I'm not quite brave enough to make them that intense! I also used a brow brush just to make sure they were under control and soften any harsh lines.

For my lips, I used the Rimmel Apocalips in the shade Celestial. It's a beautiful rose pink shade that looks really pretty, and it's not too bright or bold. Aria tends to wear neutral, rosy lip colours so this one works perfectly. Celestial is the only shade from the Apocalips range that I actually use, the others just transfer too much and smear all over the place.

That's it! 

Quick hair ruffle. Wishful thinking that I could ever coax my hair into looking like Aria's.

Hope you liked this post! Let me know what you thought!

Lucie x