Wednesday, 1 October 2014

• September lusting // October wish list •

Wish list!
I really missed writing last month's lust list, so I was very excited to write this one! I've loved writing the #alipaday series throughout the month of September, but I'm definitely ready to dive back into normal blogging! So please do excuse me if this post is slightly waffly - I haven't done this in a while... If you'd like to see what I was lusting over in my last 'lusting' post, you can click here.

1. Pixi Glow Tonic
Currently £18
I've been reading Caroline Hirons' blog (probably every single day) and I was thoroughly intrigued whilst reading her post on chemical exfoliants. Now I've always been one to manually exfoliate and have never even tried a chemical one, but apparently it's all the rage at the moment and I want to make my own mind up about it. I've done my research and this basically seems like a gentler (to the face and bank account) version of the Alpha H Liquid Gold exfoliant, and I've heard great things about both. I guess I'm just jumping on the bandwagon but the fact is that I do have acne scarring that, to be frank, is getting on my bloody nerves, so I'll try anything once!

2. Vaseline Spray and Go in Cocoa Radiant
Currently £3.99
My friend owns this and ohhh she smells delicious. I'm a massive fan of anything cocoa or sweet scented so I feel like I need this in my life. The spray factor, funky packaging and fine mist that comes out just excites me, and it's such a new and novel product that I'm curious to test it out myself. I love Vaseline as a brand and have used them for years, so can trust the products, and I just like the fact that this is the lazy girls cheat to moisturised skin. At the moment I'm using Johnsons baby oil in the shower to moisturise, but it's scent-less and I want something that can make me smell yummy, you know? And since this is currently £1 in Boots, I'm thinking, why the heck not.

3. Urban Decay Glide on Eye Pencils 
Currently £12.60
I own a few of these already and I hadn't used them in months up until last week. It reminded me of how creamy, rich in pigment and easy to apply they are, which made me think that I need to pick a few more up. I do think there are dupes for more than half the price, but the colour range is just fantastic and in my opinion, this alone is worth the money. I have my eye on Zero (black), Whiskey (deep brown) and Mildew (khaki green). Just beautiful!

4. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Glastonberry
Currently £23
Since I saw Zoe apply this in one of her recent videos, I have been obsessed with it. Now, when I say obsessed, I don't just mean 'when I think of make up that I'm in the mood to buy, I think of this'. I mean the kind of obsessed where you think about it all of the time, when you flick onto the website to buy it and just stare at the photos, when you apply other lipsticks but they're just not perfect enough. Therefore, before I drive myself insane, I have to buy it. This is a stunning deep berry shade and it comes up in my favourite formula - matte. Charlotte Tilbury is the queen of make up so I doubt it would be drying on the lips, which makes me happy, and the packaging is just... oh... the packaging. Let's leave it there shall we? I need it. End of.

5. Urban Decay Flushed Palette in Naked
Currently £19.80
So things are getting a little Urban Decay-crazy in this month's lusting post! I've never really been a massive 'cheek' girl, if that makes sense at all. Blushes don't excite me and bronzers are just there to serve a purpose. That was until I came across the Tarte 12 Hour Amazonian Clay blushes and benefit Hoola bronzer. Since then, I'm a girl on a mission, trying to find the perfect shade of both and not stopping until I have them all. So what's another compact to add to the collection? I chose Naked in particular because the highlight is more of a pinky shade and I don't own any pink highlights, the bronzer is more red-toned which I'm liking at the moment, and the blush is deeper which is really pretty for Autumn-Winter.

6. Soap and Glory Kick-Ass Blur and Brighten Concealer
Currently £6
Late nights always show through my under eye bags and, although I don't get massively dark ones, bags are still bags nonetheless. I do find it such a faff in the morning to apply concealer under there as it always worries me that it will start to crease basically straight away but I've read reviews on this one that say it doesn't crease at all. I probably wouldn't use it straight from the stick as I think of that as quite unhygienic so I'd swipe a bit onto my finger then dab it under my eyes.

Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to know what 
you think before I just go ahead and splurge away! :)
Daniela xo
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

• #ALipADay // #30 - Revlon Lip Butter Sugar Plum •

This is the final lip in the #alipaday series - *sob* - and today I'm going for a really pretty, sheer, glossy purple.

After a few days of bold lips, I'm going for lighter and more neutral today. The Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum is my go-to lip when, basically, I just can't be bothered, but want to add a wash of colour. It's a really sheer pinky-purple (it definitely comes off more purple in real life) and I think it's a lovely, easy colour to wear when you're trying to tone down your make up a little. As it's in lip butter form, it's really easy to apply and you don't need a mirror, so you can whack it in your bag for touch ups throughout the day. The formula is so moisturising and my lips always feel so soft when I remove it after a day of wear, so it feels like I'm giving my lips a bit of a break from all of the matte lipsticks I love wearing! It's really glossy, meaning that the lasting power isn't amazing, but I don't mind reapplying as it's a swipe-on kind of jobby.

I've really loved writing the #alipaday series (even though it has been hard work at times - I've had to factor in 'camera set up and photo-taking time' into my morning routine!) and I hope you enjoyed reading it, too. Lots of product reviews and recommendations on my favourite topic - lipstick!
Daniela xo
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Monday, 29 September 2014

• #ALipADay // #29 - MAC Viva Glam 1 •

I think (hope) you'll agree that this colour is absolutely stunning. 
It's totally up my street and one of my most used.

I've definitely been gravitating more towards the brights these past few days! I think it's because I've been waking up earlier, so I've had a little more time to play around with my make up and take care with my lipstick. Anyway, on today's menu is MAC Viva Glam 1, a very beautiful matte red which is extremely similar to the Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte 107 (which I reviewed here!) and I'd say they are pretty close-to-perfect dupes. This one is more red and the Rimmel lipstick is more on the berry side of things, but they're both gorgeous in their own way. I love this MAC lipstick as it's so creamy even though it's matte. It goes on so easily and is so comfortable to wear - I've done the 'rub your lips together and see if they drag' test and it passed! I love the formula, the deep red colour and the fact that it's just so Autumnal - love!!

Daniela xo
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Sunday, 28 September 2014

• #ALipADay // #28 - Rimmel Apocalips Stellar •

Another liquid lipstick! I'm a self-confessed addict. This is a really light-weight, thin and highly pigmented lipstick.

Rimmel Apocalips in Stellar is a very bold, 'look at me' lipstick and I love it when I'm trying to make a statement. It's red with a pinky undertone and it looks so lovely on! I remember wearing this loads last year and it was the lipstick I wore on Christmas day 2013. It's very festive, very current and looks absolutely beautiful with slightly smokey eyes neutral cheeks. It's certainly an attention grabber and I totally let it steal the show when it comes to the rest of my make up. The lipstick formula itself is very liquidy but so pigmented, meaning that you definitely need a mirror when it comes to application, otherwise you could have yourself a hot mess. It does dry down but stays glossy, and I find that when the glossiness wears off, you're left with a stain.

Daniela xo
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Saturday, 27 September 2014

• #ALipADay // #27 - Revlon Matte Balm Audacious •

I cannot, and never will be, able to resist an orange lip. Soz.

Especially when it's matte. So basically, orange + matte = my perfect kind of lipstick. The Revlon Matte Balms just impress me, although, if you read my review of the colour 'Unapologetic' earlier on in the month, you'll know that when I first swatched them a few month ago, I wasn't crazy about them. My perception of the collection definitely changed when I just took the plunge and bought a couple, as when they are on the lips, they are seriously gorgeous. Swatches just don't do them justice. Seeing them paired with the rest of my make up just made me fall in love with the range and I'm so happy I picked up a few. Revlon Matte Balm in Audacious is the perfect tone of orange - it has a very subtle red/coral undertone and it just perks up any make up look. It's a great shade for Summer although I'm obviously wearing it in September, and I've even managed to wear it for work - I took a little of it, dabbed it onto my lips to sheer out the colour, et voila. The formula of these matte lipsticks is so creamy and comfortable, honestly you can still rub your lips together and it doesn't feel drying at all. I am so in love with this range and cannot wait to pick up some more, and I seriously recommend giving them a try.

Daniela xo
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Friday, 26 September 2014

• #ALipADay // #26 - Bourjois Peach on The Beach •

This product is so similar to the Revlon Lip Butters but in crayon form.

After reading Kate from Ghostparties' blog and watching her videos, I was intrigued to try Bourjois Peach on The Beach. She wore it in so many of her tutorials and it looked amazing with her pale skin tone, so I decided to pick it up in Summer and lo and behold, I fell in love with it. It really suits pale skin but I don't think I'd wear it when I'm more tanned. The shade is a very pale, very glossy peachy pink (as the name would suggest) and it's extremely moisturising and comfortable to wear. I guess you could try to build up the colour but to be honest I quite like that it's so sheer. In terms of application, I love any lipsticks that are in crayon form as I love the ease of them, and this one is no different. The staying power isn't great as it's such a moisturising product that it tends to slip off your lips/I tend to end up licking it off without realising, but it doesn't matter too much as it's so easy to apply throughout the day. I basically see this as a tinted lip balm which treats my lips and provides a little colour!

Daniela xo
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Thursday, 25 September 2014

• #ALipADay // #25 - MAC Viva Glam Nicki •

This is the latest addition to my collection and I don't own anything like it!

I've never been one for Barbie pink, whether that be in a handbag, jacket or lipstick, but when I saw this I was drawn to it for some reason. MAC Viva Glam Nicki is a wearable blue-toned bubblegum pink as it's quite a dark shade so it doesn't wash you out. You definitely need to wear blush with this lipstick otherwise it's like POW on your face and the blush will even the pink that's going on. The formula of this lipstick is semi-matte as it goes on semi-satin but then dries down to a more matte finish. It's extremely long-lasting, creamy and feels very comfortable on the lips. I don't tend to wear this during the day, if I'm honest, because I'd feel self-conscious of wearing a bright pink lipstick around school, but in the evenings I really enjoy wearing it with a cat-eye and pink cheeks.

Daniela xo
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