Tuesday, 5 July 2016

TARTE COSMETICS ON QVC: SMART SKIN RX

How happy we were when we discovered that Tarte Cosmetics was finally coming to the UK on QVC?

How disappointed we were when we found out prices were not very purse friendly?

Well good job every now and then QVC treats us to some special sets with some amazing discounts so we can own our little slice of  the Tarte dream.

Last year for something more that 30 quids I got this. It was my first Tarte experience and I was incredibly pleased.





The quality is so good, the eyeshadow palette is one of my everyday staples, the brushes are incredibly soft and resistant to multiple washes without any relevant shedding.



 
I am actually surprised I did not see a lot of advertisement around for this year’s offer because it’s an incredibly good deal.

The “Smart Skin Rx” is now priced £55 but it has been on offer for £35...I think...something less than £40 anyway.




When I spotted the post on QVC Instagram I basically bought it straight away and thanks to QVC incredible quick service it was with me two days after.



This is the full list of products with my personal opinion about every single item and close up pictures.

Amazonian 12 hours clay full coverage foundation
After reviews, blogposts, Instapictures etc I was convinced this foundation had to be mine. 
Full coverage foundations are my holy grail, those discolourations will not disappear by themselves.
I picked the shade "Light sand", that it's a bit too light for my Mac NC30 skin but a bit of contouring and matte bronzer do the trick.
It gives my skin a completely flawless effect, no concealer needed and it really lasts a long time, I would say more than 12 hours if you use a good setting powder.

Unfortunately swatches online can be quite confusing sometimes, side effects of not having a Tarte Cosmetics stand in the flesh!



Complexion Brush 
Love, love, love!
Densely packet soft bristles, big handle, luxury gold look.
All the boxes ticked here!

Rule Bender Double-Ended Eyeshadow Brush
Two brushes are always better than a single one, so you have got a blending end and a flat one for shadow application.
It's 100% synthetic and the angled handle makes it easier to use it.





Silk Amazonian Clay Eyeliner


I gave this to my friend so I can't review it at the moment.
I asked her what did she think about it and she defined it "deep black, soft and cool": clearly not a beauty addicted (texture? lasting effect? blending? mah...).
It has a built in sharpener and smudger, always welcome.


Drench lip splash lipstick (2.4g) - in plummy rose



If you are a fan of the nude juicy lips well you are gonna adore this shade.
With a soft buttery texture, rich of oils, the shade is a soft rose pink.
A nude lip liner, a small dab of gloss in the middle of your lips and that's Instaworthy pouty lips.

Double-Ended Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara & Bottom Lash Mascara: 2 x (7ml)


Tarte mascaras have one thing in common: they are incredibly delicate but yet, the blackest of the black.
I liked the Light, Camera, Lashes I found in last year's set, I love this even more.
The small wand makes the task of applying mascara on the lower lashes a bit easier.
Another appreciated characteristic of this mascara is that it will gently come out with any eye make up remover, no need to scrub our poor eyes.

Showstopper Clay Eye & Cheek Palette




Here comes the superstar.
I keep drooling over every single Tarte's palette (aahhhh the Tartelette! One day you will be mine..).
Now, this palette made well clear the reason why Tarte's amazonian clay shadows and blushers are such a must have.

As I said before I had a little taste of the excellent quality of Tarte's shadows with last year's set palette but the Showstopper palette introduced me to the wonderful world of the blushers and the highlighter.

Look at the swatches! Look at that Champagne Pink, all that light rose sparkle..
The blusher is perfect to add just a bit of rose flush to the cheeck and the bronzer can be used as a contouring powder.



Cosmetic Bag
I love the green colour and it looks very summery, this goes inside the beach bag for sure.


The overall feedback is more than positive. I mean even if the discount price isn't available anymore, it remains an incredible value for a well assembled selection of Tarte's best sellers.

Here is the link, let me know what do you think if you buy it.

I will talk to you very soon!
 


Tuesday, 14 June 2016

LOOK OF THE DAY, COS I REALLY LOVE MAKE UP YOU KNOW?

This is mainly a beauty blog because I am obsessed with beauty and that's all I can say.

Spending some (=endless) time in front of the mirror playing with new make up or watching beauty tutorials is for me the most relaxing way of pampering myself, much better than an afternoon in a spa.

I just love all the rituals, choosing shades, blendig, patting, stobing, contouring, swear to God i could stay hours doing it.

Today's post is a plain and simple blabbing about how much I love make up and belive me, nothing makes me feel better than red lips, so here we go, my look of the day with all the products used.


If you want to know more about any particular item let me know, nothing better than a beauty chit chat.

Hope you will like this look, I will talk to you very soon!



Face

L'oreal Nude Magique Blur Cream as primer

Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation in Medium (for reference, I am MAC Nc30)

Kost yellow concealer 308

Kiko Milano Baked Powder 02

Kiko Milano Flawless Fusion bronzer 01

Primark strobe crayons

Illamasqua Beyond Powder in Epic

MUA Luxe Bronzer & Sculpt Contour Kit in medium





Eyes

Nabla Cosmetics cream eyeshadow in Husky

L'oreal gel liner in black

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara




Lips 

Lipland cosmetics Liquid Lipstick Amrezy collection in Brooklyn






Saturday, 21 May 2016

URBAN DECAY ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS COLLECTION, REVIEW AND SWATCHES

If there is a brand that knows how to do a showstopper collection, well this is Urban Decay.

Once again, UD has partnered with the worldwide phenomenal production of the year, Alice in Wonderland-Alice Through The Looking Glass, to release a make up collection that is already sold out almost everywhere.

The collection sees a new eyeshadows palette and 5 new lipsticks.



Urban Decay is one of the mostb edgy and experimental brand out there and this collection is the perfect translation of the crazy and adventurous word of Alice in bright and dreamy make up.

The palette is a collector's dream.



 The beautiful coiffret opens up to reveal a mirror, a butterfly and a selection of 20 shadows, matte,  shimmer and metals (whit names clearly inspired by the film) plus a double ended brush (shadow + blending).




Natural and nude shades are paired with bright and colorful hues, pastels and dark ones, it's a great mixed selection with endless possibilities to play with.





Not only this palette is special for being so unique but it's a bloody bargain too, considering that 20 shadows and a double ended brush will cost you £43, so it's £2.15 per shadow, not bad at all.

Fave shades of mine? Well definitely Chronosphere (metalllic brown), Dream on (metallic grey), Reflection (velvety peachy pink) and Paradox (shimmery orange).





The UD lipsticks have had a new packaging, launched with this collection.
These limited edition ones (£16) have the case decorated with a multidimension pattern and there are 5 shades available, with names all taken from the characters of the movie.




Alice: pink nude-sheer
Mad Hatter: Purple-shimmer
Mirana: Berry-matte
Iracebeth: Cherry red-matte
Time: Bluish gunmetal-shimmer 

 

(Mirana is not in the pictures because I was sent a broken one so I had to swatch it with a brush).

Some are quite peculiar shades to wear but browsing on IG i have discovered unusual lipsticks shades are A THING now so, here we go, served with your new fresh trend!



The buttery texture and the colour payoff are a very appreciated feature of all UD lipsticks and these ones are not any less.



The one I love most is Iracebeth, the most juicy cherry red with a non drying matte finish.

Paired with Dream on on the lids and Reflection on the browbone, I am ready to go.


All the collection is sold out online but I have seen a good stock around the UD counters in Selfridges, Debenhams and House of Fraser (at least in Manchester) so hunt them down until you can.

*press samples*

Saturday, 23 April 2016

KIKO MILANO WANDERLUST COLLECTION HAUL REVIEW AND SWATCHES

Hello People!

How lucky I was to be in Italy just the day the amazing Kiko Wanderlust collection launched?
Well, we get Kiko in UK too but in Italy it's a bit cheaper so the haul was mandatory!

First of all this collection is pure packaging porn.
The genius beyond this curved gold and shiny cases is the designer Ross Lovegrov, known worldwide for his futuristic works.

The collection is quite big, with BB creams, foundations, blushers, bronzers, brushes etc.
Prices are a bit higher than normal Kiko standard but the limited edition collections are normally more expensive than the basic line.

Now, if you are familiar with previous Kiko summer collections, you will notice there are some products that have been kind of repromoted.
The baked bronzers, the multi colour baked blushers, the BB creams and the compact are basically a constant of every summer collection.

I read some negative comments regarding some products reappearing every year but to be honest I did not find this a boring repetition at all.

These products are so good you really want to see them in every year's collection.

The foundations, compacts and the DD creams are sun proof, waterproof, sweat proof and are a must if you can't say no to make up even if you are on the beach.

Last year's BB cream was my holy grail, I could go on all day long with no retouches needed in the hottest days in Italy in August, so welcome Kiko for doing this stuff every single year.

So, here is what I got:





Desert Dunes Baked Bronzer in Warm Melange


I missed last year's one, I was not gonna do the same mistake.
This is one dream of a bronzer.
It blends to an incredibly light and natural fine powder with a very subtle shimmer.
I just pop a tiny bit on my cheekbones for that summery tanned touch.
Later on in the summer I will probably go wild with a kabuki all over my face.



Free Spirit Lips and cheeks pencil in 103 free flamingo

 


Wow wow wow to this big chunky pencil...and the sharpener that comes with it.
It has got a semi matte finish and this particular shade is a intense cherry red.



Now, I don't really like the idea of using this on my cheeks, I find this particular shade quite hard to blend and dry as a blusher so I will stick to it as a lipstick.


On the lips it's amazing, not sticky or too dry and this red it's just my cup of tea.


Mirage Lip Stylo in fired earth pink 03



In all the sea of matte lipsticks I decided to indulge in this creamy shiny formula.
I went for this brownish-pink just to give my red lips obsession a little break.


I really like it as a natural shade that isn't too "nude".
It's quite comfortable to wear, soft, creamy and the pigmentation is quite intense.


It won't last more than two three hours and won't survive 5 minutes if you eat, but nevermind, it is so beautiful that you will love picking it up from your bag to re-apply it.




Of course, I am not done with this collection at all, but I am waiting for some offers or discounts to buy more.
On the wish list: the brushes, the highlighters and more lipsticks.