Wish List #6 | February 2016

Feb 16 wishlist1. Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eyeshadow Palette

I have heard talk of the quality of Viseart Eyeshadow Palettes floating around the blogging community for a while but they never really sparked my interest. It wasn’t until I found the Cool Mattes palette on sale after Christmas that I really paid attention and did some research. Of course after reading how pigmented and blendable the eyeshadows are I snapped up the Cool Mattes palette and started lusting over the other palettes. The one that I want – no, need – next is the Neutral Matte palette. As I have blue eyes I tend to gravitate towards warm colours as they make my eyes pop. Just look at all of those beautiful warm shades, that middle row is just calling to me. The Viseart Neutral Mattes palette retails for £59.95 and is available here.

2. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Between the Sheets

Towards the end of 2015 I finally took the plunge and purchased some makeup from Charlotte Tilbury, and since that first purchase I have become obsessed with her products. Whilst the eyeshadow palettes are probably my favourite products I have purchased so far I also love the lipsticks. I have the K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Penelope Pink and the Matte Revolution lipstick in Walk of Shame and I enjoy both formulas. When I saw she was releasing two new pink shades (one in each formula) in time for Valentines Day I knew they would end up on my wish list. I only chose to include one in this post – as I thought two might be considered excessive – and the one I chose is the Matte Revolution Lipstick in Between the Sheets. From the swatches it looks like a beautiful rosy pink with a hint of peach, the perfect just been kissed colour. The Matte Revolution Lipstick in Between the Sheets retails for £23 and is exclusive to http://www.charlottetilbury.com, you can find it here.

3. NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Tea and Cookies

Following along on the matte pink lipstick line is the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Tea and Cookies. Liquid lipsticks appear to be the “in” lip product at the moment and I have to say I have not tried many liquid lipstick formulas, neither have I tried many products from NYX. Now that the brand is more easily available on http://www.boots.com I have found myself browsing their products more, and this product in particular caught my eye. There is great variety of colours available in this line, from nude to purple to red, but I thought a pink would be a good colour to start with. The NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Tea and Cookies retails for £6.50 and is available here.

4. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

I am finally getting down to my last few mascaras after making a conscious effort to use some of them up and so now I am on a hunt for new ones to try. I am not usually a fan of Maybelline mascaras but the wand on this one caught my eye. It looks very similar to the Max Factor Clump Defy (Cover Girl Clump Crusher) which is one of my favourite drugstore mascaras. I am interested to find out if this is an even cheaper alternative. The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara retails for £7.99 and is available here.

5. Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Sculpting Crayon and Setting Gel

I love a Soap & Glory eyebrow product, I believe I have tried all of them so far and they are all great. With the new Archery 2-in-1 Brow Sculpting Crayon and Setting Gel I like the idea that you have your pencil and brow gel all in one product, this would make it great for travel. The only other company I have seen doing something similar to this is Revlon with their Brow Fantasy – this happens to be my current go to travel eyebrow product. I find that the blonde colour in the Soap & Glory brow products is a great match for my brows, its not too ashy and it is not too warm, as I prefer to keep my eyebrows blonde even though my hair is red. I am looking forward to trying this out soon. The Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Sculpting Crayon and Setting Gel retails for £10 and is available here.

6. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint

I always get excited for a new NARS drop and I was especially excited for this one. I had heard such good reviews of the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser but knew that it would not be for me as I gravitate towards something with more of a satin or matte formula – my oily areas produce enough of their own glow, they don’t need any help – so when I heard they would bringing out a matte tinted moisturiser I was intrigued. The initial review of this are great and I am dying to try it but I really need to use up some of the foundations/tinted moisturisers I already have. I think this might be on my wish list for a while unfortunately. The NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint retails for £30 and is available here.

What is on your current wish list? Have you tried any of the products on mine? Let me know in the comments below.

Review | Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder in Brilliant Light

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When I heard that Hourglass would be bringing out strobing powders, I have to admit, I was excited. I am not really a fan of harsh contouring or highlighting on myself, however I do like to highlight some ares of my face to bring a bit of life and dimension back to my complexion after I have applied my foundation, concealer and powder.

I already loved the formula of the Ambient Lighting Powders, Blush and Bronzer so I knew I would love the formula of these strobing powders. I am a little disappointed though that two of the shades are pink toned (Incandescent Light and Iridescent Light) and the other is tan in colour (Euphoric Light) as these tones in highlighters really does not suit my skin tone. Luckily the last powder (Brilliant Light) is yellow in colour which is perfect for me.

I was a little worried at first that the highlight the strobing powders provided would not be much different to that of the Ambient Lighting Powders. I really enjoy using a combination of Radiant Light and Incandescent Light as a highlight and find that on my skin tone this provides a really nice natural highlight. As I expected the formula of the Strobing Lighting Powder is smooth and feels light on the skin. It definitely provides more of an intense highlight than the Ambient Lighting Powders yet it still looks natural on the skin as it blends beautifully and there are no chunks of glitter. It lasts well on the skin and still looks just as good after it has been worn all day.

This is definitely a highlight I will save for special occasions or when I am doing more of a full face of makeup as it can be a little too intense for everyday makeup for me. The Ambient Strobe Lighting Powders retail for £34 each and are available here.

Review | Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(Marc)Able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate

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I am going to start off by saying that I am not usually a fan of full coverage foundations. In the past, I have found them to be flat looking, cakey and not quite as full coverage as they claim to be. However, I just couldn’t help but purchase the Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(Marc)Able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate when the Marc Jacobs line landed at Harrods.

The Re(Marc)Able foundation claims to provide flawless full coverage that lasts 24 hours with a light weight oil free formula. The highly pigmented formula is infused with Marc Jacobs’ patented golden pigments which are encased in lecithin (an ingredient that is similar to skin) to provide a soft matte finish. It comes in a frosted glass bottle – which actually feels quite heavy compared to my other foundations – and under the lid is a “dot” applicator which you unscrew and use to dot the foundation onto your face. I do find this applicator slightly unhygienic, however I am willing to look past that as this foundation is just so good.

To find my correct match I looked at photographs online of swatches and read the descriptions of the shades on Sephora.com. I chose Ivory 12 as it was the lightest shade with yellow undertones and looked to be a good match for my skin (I wear NC15-NC20 in MAC for reference). I would say that Ivory is nearer NC20 in MAC but it looks fine on me once blended into my skin and slightly down my neck. I have used both a Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush and the Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush to apply the foundation and both worked well, I imagine this foundation would work well with a beauty blender for a sheerer coverage. Be aware that a little goes a long way with this foundation, I would recommend starting off with a few dots of foundation, blending it out and then adding more to achieve the coverage you require.

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Top R-L – Before foundation, Foundation alone; Bottom R-L – Full face of makeup, After 6 hours wear and no touch ups

As you can see from the photographs above the foundation alone does a fantastic job at covering redness, evening out the skin tone and covering blemishes. One of my favourite things about this foundation is that it looks really natural on the skin, yes you can tell you are wearing makeup but it does not look cakey or flat, it provides more of a satin finish in my opinion. I did set the foundation with the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder but as you can see from the final photograph it has lasted really well on my skin without being touched up. I also found that the foundation did not oxidise throughout the day. I did get slightly shiny on my forehead and nose but no where near as much as usual, I also had not used my mattifying primer (Becca Ever Matte Priming Perfector) prior to applying the foundation. I have since tried the foundation again with a mattifying primer and at the end of the day there was only very minimal shine on my nose and forehead.

As you can probably tell, I love this foundation. It is definitely my new go to foundation when I want full coverage. In fact, I want to wear it all of the time as I just love the finish and the way it lasts on my skin. The Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(Marc)Able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate retails for £37 and is available here.

Review | Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder

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I think I have finally found a powder that can keep my combination skin matte all day, the Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder. I picked up this powder initially as it is yellow toned so it should be good for keeping redness at bay throughout the day, however I was presently surprised when I first used it that it also kept the shiny areas of my face looking matte too. I have tried many powders over the years to attempt and keep my t-zone shine free. I wanted something that I could use to set my makeup and then also use to touch up throughout the day without my skin looking cakey. The Soap & Glory powder is perfect for this job, it feels light weight on the skin and it does not look cakey when touched up later in the day.

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Whilst the powder provides little coverage, the yellow pigments help to disguise any redness in the skin. This is ideal for me as my cheeks tend to have some redness in them. The powder suggests it is totally translucent, however I would not recommend this powder for darker skin tones as I feel it would leave an ashy look to the skin as I do not feel it is completely translucent.

Although the powder is pressed I want to highlight that when you dip your brush in the product it does pick up quite a bit of product so I would recommend tapping off the excess from your brush before applying it to your face. I prefer to apply this powder using a powder puff when I first apply my makeup and a duo fibre brush like the Duo Fibre Face Brush from Real Techniques to touch up or when I want a lighter application.

Overall I feel this is an excellent powder and what makes it even better is that it can be found at the drugstore.

The Soap & Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder retails for £12 and is available here.

Review | Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso

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The Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso is probably one of the most talked about affordable blushes in the beauty community, and for good reason. It is a gorgeous peachy blush that adds a beautiful glow to the cheeks. The glow it provides comes from very finally milled shimmer, as opposed to the chunkier glitter that some blushes have running through them . It applies smoothly and blends out easily with minimal effort. I usually use something like the Sigma Large Angled Contour F40 to apply it to the apples of my cheeks and blend it towards my hairline. As this blush is shimmery I don’t apply a highlight to my cheekbones, this highlights the cheeks nicely on its own.

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This blush will suit a variety of skin tones and can be built up for a more intense colour, or sheered out for a more subtle look. I find I can wear Luminoso with almost any makeup look, it looks perfect paired with a bronzed goddess inspired look – this is my favourite way to wear it. A little goes a long way with this product so I can see it lasting me a long time. It is definitely a makeup staple for me, especially in the summer.

The Milani Baked Blushes come in a variety of different colours, so if a peachy blush is not your thing then there are plenty of other colours to choose from. I am eyeing up ones of the pink shades next.

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso retails for £6 and is available here.