Saturday, September 28, 2013

Smoky Eye on a Budget


When it comes to budget brands you really can't go more budget-y than with NYC Cosmetics, and cheap doesn't always mean poor quality by all means, and I have two brilliant products today to demonstrate you (and me!) just that. 

I was sent these products by the brand on Thursday and I was quite delighted to have received their Color Instinct quad in the shade that I've been looking for ages, shade 967 'Picnic in Central Park' which was always sold out from the NYC stands I came across in my endless quest. This costs 3.49 Euro and it's bleedin' gorgeous if you ask me, if you're on a budget and love shimmery neutrals, then you'll love this palette. The formula of these is identical between them, soft and creamy and very pigmented. I wish the darker shade would come in a bigger size, but I guess these were created in a clever 'light, medium, dark' kind of way, knowing that the medium shades would be mostly used all over the eyelids, and the rest will be used in smaller amounts on the outer and inner corners of the eyes respectively.  



NYC COLOR INSTINCT PALETTE 'PICNIC IN CENTRAL PARK'










NYC KOHL KAJAL 'CHOCOLATE BROWN'



Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sleek I-Divine Vintage Romance Palette


I am a woman of many eyeshadow palettes and yet I have never tried anything from Sleek in terms of eye products, until recently that is. Very recently I may add, until Thursday past. I was sent their new eyeshadow palette by  Cloud10Beauty to try and review, and I literally could not wait for the weekend to start playing with it. The new Sleek Autumn 2013 collection comprises this gorgeous 12 shades eyeshadow palette plus a blusher called 'Antique Blush' which I wasn't all that keen in trying to be honest, since I am not a fan of their 'Rose Gold' blusher in terms of formula and texture, which by all means has nothing to do with it I know, but I just wasn't interested in that.  

Now the eyeshadow palette, is a whole different story if you ask me...




RRP: 9.99 Euro

*Press Sample*







The compact is, well, very sleek as the name of the brand would suggest, perfect for travelling and has a certain vibe of good quality about it, which I very much like. 


Twelve gorgeous shades are housed in the palette:

TOP ROW, L to R: - Pretty in Paris, Meet in Madrid, Court in Cannes, Lust in LA, Romance in Rome, Propose in Prague

BOTTOM ROW, L to R: - A Vow in Venice, Marry in Monte Carlo, Honeymoon in Hollywood, Bliss in Barcelona, Forever in Florence, Love in London

Monday, September 16, 2013

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa


Here. I'll be honest with you lot. I get sent and buy a lot of serums, creams, lotions and potions, and yet I am not the type of girl to use a moisturiser on a nightly basis, instead I usually use serums only which I very much like the consistency of. And you see, I have oily to normal combination skin - more so on the oily side, so although I KNOW (please don't remind me in the comments) that oily skin can be dehydrated also and that a moisturiser is crucial to hydrate for a healthy looking/feeling skin, I just don't feel like doing so. There, I said it. I'm just not in the mood to moisturise, therefore I generally don't. Until now that is. Enters Vichy Aqualia Thermal Night Spa.


*Press Sample*

RRP: 27 Euro



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sally Hansen 'Runway Ready' Autumn 2013


Whether you're a fan of classic red, nudes, outstanding or dark and seductive nails, this Autumn Sally Hansen has knocked off 2 Euro of each of seven already existing shades in the Complete Salon Manicure family, seven shades which I will show you below. There is literally something here for everybody, so if you're a fan of the range, these particular shades now only cost 6.95 Euro each. These were carefully selected by the Sally Hansen experts to catch the A/W 2013 nail trends as seen on the international catwalks. 



*Press Samples*



GREIGE







JUNGLE GEM




Thursday, September 5, 2013

Clarins 'Graphic Expression' Autumn 2013

It's a bit sad that September is here already and the only good thing about Autumn in my opinion, is the make-up side of it, the colours we wear become richer, darker and more fulfilling if I may, very much like the 'Graphic Expressions' collection from Clarins which is rich and comforting in shades and textures, like a warm blanket on a cool yet sunny Autumn afternoon. Here is rundown of my favourite products from the collection, all of which are press samples I received a few weeks back.  




EYE QUARTET MINERAL PALETTE 'FOREST';  RRP: €41




The eyeshadows in this palette are quite impressive in quality. They're pigmented, buttery soft and easy to blend and work with,  and cause no fall-out which is always a bonus. My dramatic self is  inclined to be believe that there's nothing worse than a non-pigmented or a powdery eyeshadow that goes everywhere once applied, especially if like me, you do your base/foundation first as a general rule. Another bonus for this palette is that it's a fabulous neutral go-to ensemble, perfect for work but nonetheless perfect for after-work too. Quite versatile for a wee little palette. I am still not convinced about the price of this (at 41 Euro, it is pricey), but one thing is certain: Clarins have upped their game in terms of the quality of their eyeshadows and I am happy to admit that. 





CRAYON KOHL '01 - Intense Black';  RRP: €17



 I simply had to show you this product since it's the best of both a khol and a gel eyeliner, it's not as creamy as say, Avon's Supershock Gel Eyeliner is (which can be messy at times), but it's not a hard, waxy textured pencil either, which by all means makes it perfect to be used around the delicate eye area and on the waterline. Ladies, this one delivers the blackest black pigment, decency in lasting abilities and it's bang on my go-to eyeliner at the moment. Plus that smudging, sturdy little brush at the opposite end means business and again, delivers! The brush is perfect for smudging and blending the eyeliner in. Oh, and it comes with a pencil shapener inside, win-win-win.


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