Review | Jaclyn Hill for Gerard Cosmetics

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Jaclyn Hill is probably one of my favourite people on YouTube. She comes across as down to earth and really knows her stuff when it comes to makeup. When she announced she was working with Gerard Cosmetics to create a lip gloss (Rose Hill) I was immediately intrigued. Later when she announced three more products (Butter Cream, 1995 and Buttercup) I knew at some point I would have to try them as from her videos you get the feeling she would not put her name to something that isn’t good. I kept waiting for a good deal to come up on the website and on Black Friday it appeared. I managed to get hold of all four of her products for $39 including free shipping to the UK. When they arrived I was blown away by the quality of these products and they have pretty quickly become favourites. The swatches on my arm give the best idea of the colours on my skin tone.

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L-R: Butter Cream Lip gloss, Rose Hill Lip gloss, 1995 Lipstick, Buttercup Lipstick

Jaclyn Hill Lip Products

Top: Butter Cream Lip gloss, Rose Hill Lip gloss; Bottom: 1995 Lipstick, Creamcup Lipstick

Butter Cream Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss is a highly pigmented creamy pinky nude that just screams Jaclyn Hill. It applies smoothly to the lips and is very opaque. It looks beautiful on its own and equally as beautiful over the top of other lipsticks, especially Buttercup. The texture is not sticky but it still wears well on the lips.

Rose Hill Color Your Smile Lighted Lip Gloss is again a highly pigmented lip gloss in a bright rose pink shade that really brightens up the face when it is worn with simple natural makeup but also looks good if you are rocking a heavier look too. I have not tried layering this over any other lipsticks but I am sure it would work well like this too.

1995 Lipstick is was really on trend last year and that will be carrying on through to this year too. It is a very “Kylie Jenner” warm matte brown colour that looks great with a grungy smokey eye. The matte texture is not drying on the lips and feels lovely and creamy to apply.

Creamcup Lipstick is similar in shade to Butter Cream Lip Gloss just a little less opaque and obviously less glossy. It almost reminds me of the texture of the MAC creamsheens where it is creamy yet not glossy looking on the lips. It feels lovely and moisturising and it is a perfect pink nude that can be applied easily on the go without the need for a mirror.

Overall I am super impressed with these lip products and I would definitely recommend them. I would love to try some of the other colours in the range and I might put in another order later in the year.

Butter Cream Lip Gloss and Rose Hill Lip Gloss retail for $24 each and are available here.

1995 Lipstick and Creamcup Lipstick retail for $19 each and are available here.

At the time of posting Gerard Cosmetics are offering four products for $39 (including the Jaclyn Hill Collection) with $9.50 shipping to the UK here.

First Impressions and Swatches | New Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette

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I mentioned in my review of the original Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette that there were rumours of a second palette being released and I guess you can tell from the title and content of this post that they were true. This palette has not been released in the UK yet but it was available for Sephora VIB and VIB Rouge members to purchase early before it was released for everyone else, so of course I snapped it up. I have already mentioned how much I love the original palette in my November Favourites, so I have high hopes for this palette.

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The Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette is supposedly the warmer of the two palettes and while it does contain warm shades I do not feel there is much difference in tone between the two palettes.

Once again the packaging is a metal tin with a magnetic closure and small mirror in the lid – the tin is also a lighter brown so it is easy to tell the two apart with a quick glance. One of the differences between the two palettes I like most is they have done away with the plastic insert – hurrah – and the colour names are now printed on the actual tin. The names still follow with the chocolate and dessert themes and the shadows themselves still smell of chocolate. Unfortunately they have not made the two larger shadows transition/crease type colours, they have stuck with having two large highlight shades (one matte and one satin), which is a shame but it will not affect my over all opinion of the palette.

First I will show you the colours in this palette and then do a quick comparison with the original palette.

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Licorice is a medium matte black.

Coconut Crème is a matte yellow toned beige that is quite similar to White Chocolate in the original palette.

Cocoa Chili is a medium dark warmed toner brown with what looks like multi colour glitters that do not really transfer when swatched.

Pink Sugar is a light baby pink with pinky/purple glitters. You will see below that the base colour does not transfer when swatched, just the glitters do. This is probably the most disappointing shade in the palette.

Puddin’ is a matte cool toned medium dark brown that looks slightly grey when swatched.

Rum Raisin is a medium taupe brown with a satin finish. This is one of my favourite colours in this palette.

Mousse is a matte light medium warm toned brown.

Caramel is a gold with a hint of copper in a satin finish.

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Nougat is a muted dusty peach with a matte finish.

Truffled is a medium warm toned brown with a matte finish.

Hot Fudge is a dark brown with a hint of grey and mostly a satin finish, though there are a few glitters in there, these do not appear to transfer when swatched.

Blueberry Swirl is a medium dark blue with blue glitters and a satin finish.

Peanut Butter is a rich warm toned brown with red undertones and a matte finish.

Frosting is a bronzed brown with a satin finish.

Bon Bon is a muted coppery brown with a satin finish. This is another of my favourites in the palette.

Butter Pecan is a light gold shade with a satin/frost finish.

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R-L: Licorice, Coconut Crème, Nougat, Truffled, Hot Fudge, Cocoa Chili, Pink Sugar, Puddin’, Blueberry Swirl, Peanut Butter, Frosting, Rum Raisin, Mousse, Caramel, Bon Bon, Butter Pecan

Here are swatches of the original palette – the lighting is slightly different as I now have studio lights:

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R-L: Gilded Ganache, White Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Black Forest Truffle, Triple Fudge, Salted Caramel, Marzipan, Semi-Sweet, Strawberry Bon Bon, Candied Violet, Amaretto, Hazelnut, Crème Brûlée, Haute Chocolate, Cherry Cordial, Champagne Truffle

As you can see there is a great range of mattes, glitters and satin shadows in each palette and there is also a good range of light to dark shadows in both. Whilst there are some comparable shades, for me, it is different enough to justify having both – that is what I am telling myself anyway. Do I think you need both? Probably not. However, if you are a neutral eyeshadow junkie like me then I would say yes you need to get this palette. The shadows have the same good pigmentation as the original palette and feel lovely and smooth when they are swatched.

Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette retails for $49 and is available here. I believe it is due to be released on 19th January in the UK and will be available from Debenhams.

Review | Urban Decay Super Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner

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When I ran out of my MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack I decided it was time to try something different. I had seen the Urban Decay Super Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner in Perversion – longest product name ever – on FeelUnique.com and decided to give it a go after reading great reviews. It arrived and I swatched it on my hand whilst taking photographs for this blog post and I was impressed. It was pigmented, super black, creamy, easy to apply and seemed to dry pretty quickly.

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However, when I applied it along my upper lash line it took ages to dry and then throughout the day it transferred into my crease – not the look I was going for. I thought maybe it was a one off, as some days my eyelids can be oiler than others, so I persevered with it. But every time I applied it, no matter what primer or shadow I used, it did the same thing. Thats when I decided to set it with a black eye shadow, not ideal when you are in a rush but I thought I would give it a go. This helped some what, but the liner still transferred a small amount into my crease. I was left feeling disappointed. I am going to continue using this product at is was quite a bit of money, but I will probably only use it on days I am filming or when I am only wearing makeup for a short time, and I will definitely set it with eye shadow.

It could just be that my eyelids are too oily for this product as it has received great reviews on other blogs, but for me, I will be going back to my trusty MAC Fluidline.

Urban Decay Super Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner in Perversion retails for £16 and is available from urbandecay.co.uk, FeelUnique.com and Debenhams.

Review | Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Mistletoe Kisses

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I saw on Instagram that Tanya Burr was releasing a limited edition lip gloss for Christmas called Mistletoe Kisses and when I checked Superdrug’s website it was out of stock. But I managed to track it down on offer on Cloud 10 Beauty so snapped it up before it sold out.

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As with all of the Tanya Burr lip glosses it smells very sweet – like gummy sweets – and it is quite a sticky formula, which personally I like as sticky glosses tend to last longer on the lips. Even though the formula is sticky this gloss does feel lovely and smooth on the lips and actually feels quite moisturising. In the tube it looks quite similar to Heart Skipped a Beat, however when it is on the lips it is definitely more red in colour. It has small gold shimmers running through it which adds to the shine and makes it look very Christmassy.

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Mistletoe Kisses applies evenly on the lips – despite how it looks in the photo above – and lasts well before a top up is needed. In my opinion it performs just as well as the permanent line up, which makes it a shame that it is limited edition. Unfortunately this is not available in stores but it is currently in stock online, so grab it while you can.

Tanya Burr Mistletoe Kisses retails for £6.99 and is available from Superdrug online and Cloud 10 Beauty.

First Impressions and Swatches | NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret

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When I saw Alix from I Covet Thee talk about the NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret in her Autumn Beauty Haul I knew I had to get my hands on it as NARS limited edition products usually sell out super quick. I was surprised to find it was still available on the Space NK website (and still is) and I had a £5 off voucher to use so I added it to my basket and waited patiently – or not – for it to arrive. Space NK are also offering complimentary gift wrapping at the moment so I decided to take up that offer making my naughty purchase feel even more special. Cue lots of pictures of the gorgeous packaging.

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Not only is the packaging beautiful but the lip pencils inside are too. There are five mini lip pencils, two velvet matte and three satin. I think there is a great selection of colours in this set from a glossy nude to a gorgeous matte red.

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L-R: Descanso, Torres Del Paine, Yu, Iberico, Cruella

Nars Lip Coffet

Top: Descanso, Torres Del Paine; Middle: Yu, Iberico; Bottom: Cruella

Descanso is a pinky nude with a satin finish

Torres Del Paine is a peachy nude with a satin finish

Yu is a bright fuchsia pink with a satin finish

Iberico is a bright orange red with a matte finish

Cruella is a deep blue based red with a matte finish

So far I have worn Cruella and Descanso and I am really impressed with the formula. Both the matte and satin lip pencils are long lasting yet comfortable to wear. I think this would make an excellent Christmas present as I think you get a lot for your money and a great selection of colours.

NARS Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret retails for £32 and is available here.