Sunday, 29 March 2015

My Week in Lipsticks #1


Today I want to take you through the five lipsticks that I've been wearing from monday to friday.

I found that I wasn't using enough of my lipsticks and have therefore decided to switch more often.

There's definitely been a theme this week as you will see. I went for pink and sheer colours and hydrating slightly glossy and easy to wear formulas.

As for longevity, none of these is really long-wearing as they're all quite balm like.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector - 05
Monday : Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 05
These have been raved about a lot and for good reasons. It's very easy to throw on your lips and gives a very sheer wash of colour and a hint a shine. This one is the most natural looking of the bunch and is perfect to complete any makeup look.

NYX Butter Gloss - Vanilla Cream Pie
Tuesday : NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie
I could say the same things I just said about the Clarins Lip Perfector but this one is slightly more pigmented, pink-toned and moisturising. The formula is a bit thicker than all the other ones but it's not sticky at all. I also wrote an article about it at the beginning of the week that you can find here.

Revlon Lip Butter - Peach Parfait
Wednesday : Revlon Lip Butter in Peach Parfait
I think that everyone know about them and their reputation is amazing. It's moisturising, easy to throw on and just pigmented enough to make you look put together. It has a bit of golden shimmer running through it and I'd say that it is kind of like a lipstick version of Nars Orgasm blush.

Dior Jelly Lip Pen - 656
Thursday : Dior Jelly Lip Pen in 656
I've never heard anyone talk about them and I'm not sure why. I find the formula to be extremely comfortable to wear. It's more hydrating and glossy than a Clinique Chubby Stick but slightly less pigmented in my opinion. It's another very easy to wear lippie.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine - Boy
Friday : Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy
Ah … Chanel. That lipstick is the perfect My Lips But Better shade in my opinion. It's slightly shiny and just hydrating enough. It's perfect ! It's my favourite of the bunch !


NYX - Revlon - Dior - Chanel - Clarins
There you go, that was a week worth of lipstick. It hasn't been the most exciting week as they were all pretty similar but they're my favourite kind of lipstick.

What lipsticks have you been wearing this week ?

x
Macha

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Pink Spring Picks from NYX


Today I want to talk to you about two products from NYX that I almost unconsciously picked up just as I saw that the sun was coming out again. It's probably because they are particularly appropriate for this time of year.

I find both their colour and formula to be perfect for spring, sunny days and to roam around chirping birds in a romantic manner (spring makes me terribly cheesy apparently :P)


The first one is the NYX blush in Pinched. It's a gorgeous peachy pink with a hint of golden shimmer running through it.

I find that it has the perfect pigmentation as it's not so sheer that you have to build it up but it's not so pigmented that you have to be overly careful when applying it either.

It gives a very natural flush of colour to my cheeks (therefore works very well for fair skin and I think that it'd work on pretty much any skin tone) with just that hint of shimmer that helps to give a healthy glow (nothing too cray-cray !)

It has been compared to Nars Orgasm but I find that Pinched is a lot less shimmery and more pink than Orgasm.


The other product I want to talk about is the NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie. It is a baby pink but it isn't so opaque that it washes you out. I guess you could say that it is a pinky nude.

I like to wear it because it feels very moisturizing and it is a good thing as my lips are still feeling the remnants of winter. It gives a sheer wash of colour and a hint of glossiness with a very comfortable formula that isn't sticky at all.

It's a winner in my book.

I like to combine these two products with a flawless (ish) skin and simple eye makeup to give a fresh romantic look that makes me feel very spring appropriate.

Have you tried these ? What products did you dig out of your drawers for spring ?

x
Macha

Monday, 23 March 2015

First Impression | By Terry Ombre Blackstar

top : 4. Bronze Moon | bottom : 5. Misty Rock
Today I want to talk to you about a very hyped up product. People have raved about them so much that I caved and bought not one but two colours (I had a voucher and there was an offer on, don't judge me :P)

But are they really worth the hype ?

I have worn them both once now and I wanted to do a first impression post on them as I thought it’d be interesting.

First things first, I love the packaging. It’s sleek, it’s elegant and I like the little ring at the bottom that indicates the shade.

Upon the first application I realised that the fat stick wasn’t my favourite way of applying eyeshahdow as it tends to be a bit messy around the corners but I thought I’d just blend it and the application was very uniform, very opaque with one stroke. I was impressed.

The blending however is in my opinion a bit hard to achieve. If you use your fingers right after applying it, you risk – instead of blending – to take it all off and if you wait a little longer it doesn't budge anymore (which is good afterwards but it means that you have to blend quickly !)
The best thing in my opinion is to use a brush to blend it around the edges and then it works very well. I use my mac 217.

As for the longevity, I was impressed in the store as I couldn't get rid off the swatches on my hand, but I have to say that on my eyes it doesn't last quite as well. Mind you it is still around by the end of the day and it doesn't crease at all but it sort of fades throughout the day and I was expecting some kind of crazy longevity.

I'm really happy with the shades I picked out. Bronze Moon is very similar to the Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and on Bronze and Misty Rock is a gorgeous plummy-taupe.
Both shades are quite metallic, very light-reflecting & pigmented and quite simply gorgeous.

left to right : Misty Rock - Bronze Moon - On and on Bronze
I love the shades and the finish but I was expecting a bit more longevity-wise for the price tag (it still lasts longer than most cream shadows though) and even though I found the application process to be a tad more fiddly than I had anticipated it is still a really good product.

However, given the price tag (29£ / CHF 32 – for once, they're cheaper in Switzerland yay !) I would expect a bit more. In my opinion the Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and on Bronze is a great dupe (slightly cooler toned) for the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Bronze Moon and I read a post saying that one of the Kiko eyeshadow stick (05 Rosy Brown) was a perfect dupe for Misty Rock (I'll have to look into it !) I do even find that the Maybelline one is slightly better, I find it easier to blend and on me it lasts a little bit longer than the Ombre Blackstar.

All in all, they make a great luxury present or treat but if you're just looking for a bronze cream shadow I'd suggest picking up the maybelline color tattoo instead as it's just a fraction of the price and performs just as well if not better.
In Switzerland you can pick them up from Marionnaud for 32CHF.

Have you tried these ? What do you think ?

x
Macha

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Back to Basics | A Fresh, Nude, Spring Makeup Look


Lately I've been going for a very quick and fairly nude makeup look. With the return of the sun I've been wanting to keep things simple and fresh. With this look, the emphasis is on the eyes and everything else is left pretty nude.
*Also I keep on being late and as this makeup look doesn't require too many things or too many skills, I just throw it all in my handbag and do my makeup on the train. (How glamorous...)

Now that most my zits are gone (here's my post on what I did to get rid off them) I'm left with a lot of scars on my face and I've changed my foundation routine slightly (here's my post on my foundation routine when I had a lot of zits.)

I've opted for a fuller coverage foundation and I don't really use concealer anymore as my foundation manages to cover pretty much everything.
I use the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation and the L'Oréal Infallible. I have to mix the two because one is too light and the other one is too dark for my skin but they are pretty similar in my opinion and both have a good coverage with a quite natural finish and last a long time.

As I said, I don't use any concealer with this look as I don't mind that you can still sort of see the scars and don't want to cake it up with more products.

However, in order to keep it looking fresh, once I've applied my foundation with my Real Techniques Buffing brush I spritz my face with some of the Caudalie Beauty Elixir and work it into the skin with my brush. It feels very cooling, smells great and allows the foundation to melt even more into the skin making it look more natural. I also feel like it gives some kind of glow that shines through the powder which is exactly what I want.

Once that's done, I apply a touch of my Soap&Glory One Heck of a Blot powder to set it all in place and that's the face done. I don't use any blush or bronzer.

I then tame, tint and fill in my brows using the L'Oréal Brow Artist Plumper, apply a generous coating of the Benefit They're Real mascara (very important as I want my eyes to stand out)(if you want to read a review of it, click here) and finish off the look with a hint of Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in Notting Hill Nude. Then I'm out the door, ready for the day.


I've been rocking this look most days for a week now and I really enjoy it. It only takes me 5 minutes in the morning and I really like how it makes my skin looks fresh and my eyes stand out.

What has been your go-to makeup look lately ? What do you think of this one ?

x
Macha

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Swiss Cosmetics for the Win ! | A Great Leave-in Treatment by A.N.J.I


About a month ago, I was lucky enough to be sent a gorgeous blue box with a great hair treatment inside.

Swiss cosmetics are quite rare and we don't hear a lot about them. That's why when I was given the opportunity to try some out and to give you guys my opinion about them I said yes.

A.N.J.I (Audacieuse, Naturelle, Joviale, Intelligente) (meaning : Daring, Natural, Cheerful, Intelligent) is a swiss, natural and vegan brand. Their products are free of silicon, parabens, mineral oils and cruelty free (amongst other great things so here's a link to their website (sadly in french so if you have any question just ask))

As I said, I was sent a hair treatment. It's their Revival Leave-in Treatment and it is a daily treatment that claims to nourish, hydrate, revitalise and regenerate the hair.

The principal active ingredients are hyaluronic acid (hydrating), keratin, rose and lavender hydrosol, argan and jojoba oil and lavender essential oil.

The product comes with an easy-to-use pump and has a standard creamy consistency.


I've tried using it a few different ways, as a treatment on towel dry hair, as a treatment on dry hair and as a mask before the shampoo.

When using it as a mask before the shampoo (I apply it the night before on dry hair) I found that it left my hair smoother but that it wasn't the way to use it most efficiently.

I usually use it as a treatment on towel dry hair after my regular shampoo and conditioner. What I noticed straight away is that it is a great detangler and once my hair is dry my ends feel a lot softer and look a lot smoother (almost no fly aways) than they usually do.

When used after the shampoo but on dry hair (you have to be careful not to use too much as it can be heavy) I found that it gave more volume and texture to my lengths. It has a similar effect to salt-spray to give a destructured look but has the advantage to be a treatment at the same time. I love it !

I also like to use it once I curled my hair to make the curls less structured and give them a "I just spent the day at the beach" look.

I also gave it to my mum (who has shorter and finer hair than I do) to try and she found that it gave her hair a lot more volume and texture (her ends are perfect and she doesn't have any split ends so she didn't say anything about that.)

Do I have anything bad to say about this product ?! Not really … expect maybe for the scent which is exactly what I expected from a natural product, it smells like plants. I don't really like it but it isn't too strong so I don't really mind. Also my mum loves the smell so it's just my opinion.

If you're looking for a natural (swiss) product that will make your dry and damaged ends smoother and shinier and that will allow you to give your lengths more volume, texture and body while taking care of them then this is for you. As I hadn't heard anything about it I didn't have any expectations and I was really impressed ! Good job !

At CHF 54.90 it is a little more expensive than the hair care that I usually buy (though it still is less expensive than my trustee moroccanoil (post here)) but there is a generous amount in the bottle (100ml) and the results are impressive so, in my opinion, it is totally worth it !

You can order it from the website (here) and if you hurry up there is free delivery until the 20th of march (to Switzerland only though.)

Have you heard of the brand A.N.J.I ? Have I tempted you ?

x
Macha
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