Friday, 22 June 2012

A Mixed Bag : Essie, L'Oreal, Stila & Models Own

FOTD : Benefit Hello Flawless, MAC Select Cover Up, MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural Medium, Laura Mercier Peach Mozaic Shimmer Bloc, HD Brows Palette, Stila Smudge Pot Kitten, MO White Eyeliner, L'OReal Rouge Caresse, MAC Liquid Eyeliner & MAC Dazzle Lash... Unbrushed hair & basic black tee. Effort.

A week or so ago, I went a bit shop crazy and bought a couple of random things I wouldn't necessarily always buy. They don't really go into any sort of category, so I figured I would have a little write-up about them here altogether!

Essie Polish (£7.99) :

This is completely a blogger influenced buy. I'll admit, I was sucked into the hype, I saw some in my local Boots, I couldn't help myself. So far I have In Stitches and Tea & Crumpets.

I'm not gonna beat around the bush, I'm just gonna say it... I really dislike Tea & Crumpets. It's not very 'me' and I'm not really sure what I was thinking when I picked it up. It almost reminds me of something my grandma would buy. It is a metallic, beige/brown that doesn't seem to apply very well, described on the site as a 'subtle and frosted beige'... No me gusta. In Stitches on the other hand, 'a cheeky blush pink' is lovely. I wouldn't say it's very pink - pink, and almost looks like a mixture of coral/purple/pink when applied, quite unusual and different to any other colour I have! So a big thumbs up for that.

Would I buy again? I'd say Essie has some great unique colours, but as for application & price? I think there are better.

Models Own, White Eyeliner (£4) :

Again, pretty weird. Still a 'not sure what I was thinking' purchase - maybe I was asleep during all this? However! I actually quite like this strange addition to my makeup bag (it's only strange because I'm such a fan of black eyeliner, never tried any other colour type person). I need to figure out how I really want to use it, I think it does a great job of making eyes look bright & wide and for the price I think it's great!

Would I buy again? Good colour pay-off, long lasting... Not sure what more you could ask for for four squid!

L'Oreal Rouge Caresse, Sweet Berry (£7,99) :

My favourite purchase of the bunch!* I'd been (again) hearing lots of good things about lipsticks which are more sheer, buttery & moisturising rather than thick, matte and heavy for this (supposedly) summer season. I came across these in Boots, and instantly loved the swatch I did on my hand of Sweet Berry. I'm always a fan of lipsticks that have hints of purple or are deep yet vibrant so Sweet Berry seemed like the obvious choice. It applies really well, it's buildable & lasts quite a while. It's light & feels similar to vaseline, whether is moisturises or not I can't really make my mind up - but do I like it? Hell yeah.

Would I buy again? *sigh* if only I knew L'Oreal test on animals sooner... more about that later. So, no.

And finally, Stila Smudge Pot, Kitten (£13) :

Loooooooooove it! This is fab little product. It's basically a gel eyeliner / eyeshadow and has an inky inset rather than powder or liquid (kind of in between the two). The colour is 'kitten' but I'd imagine this is what Rose Gold looks like in makeup form.  My only bug bare about it - is that it does crease as an eye-shadow, or at least on my eyelids that seem to like eating anything I put on there. One way I've found to fix this is by putting a neutral powder shadow on first then I apply this with my finger over the top. I haven't used it as an eyeliner yet, but I'll be sure to let you know how that goes if I do!

Would I buy again? I really love the colour & I love the shimmer yet not glittery effect, so a big thumbs up to Stila - I already have my eye on the brown smudge pot!

And there you have it! Some of my current make-up purchases :)

What are you liking recently? X


  1. Well, I won't be buying any more Loreal products then! I try to avoid brands that test on animals... It makes me SO sad :( Love your amber ring by the way! :)

  2. Yeah! I was pretty shocked. It's made me have a good look at my makeup bag anyway, there'll be some definite changes soon.

    The ring was an 18th birthday present from my mum! Never taken it off since :) x

  3. your makeup is flawless! you're glowing!

  4. Oh that Stila smudge pot sounds fab!

  5. *blush!* thank you, but I'd like to thank the makeup for that :)

  6. I really love it! Little bit crease-y but if you but a bit of shadow underneath it's soon fixed :)

  7. You look so pretty! I love the colour of the L’Oreal Rouge Caresse. x

  8. really pretty :)

  9. your makeup ALWAYS looks so lovely!! also, i may have to try that white eye liner tip. never thought of that!!

  10. Thank you! :) yes it is a lovely colour (just a shame about the bit re: animal testing!) x

  11. Thank you! I never thought I'd like it, but actually really do! Hope you're well lovely x

  12. Oh wowser, you look fabulicious! I absolutely love your face, haha! Great products too :) xx


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