I bought Lady Million at the start of 2011 and still canít get enough of it! Itís an exquisite mix of bitter orange, raspberry, neroli, jasmine and patchouli that gives it a balance of warmth and sweetness. It retains a freshness to it that is so refreshing to wear, and as you wear it it develops more nicely. Itís so strong, 2-3 sprays of it lasts on my skin and clothes all day. Definitely all time favourite!
Euphoria is amazing! It's got quite a spicy, woody scent mixed with sweetness - very unique and needs to sniffed. I got a tiny sample from Debenhams and loved it so much I went out and bought the full-sized bottle. At first, it's very overwhelming and strong, then it dries down into something very sultry, and it lasts a very long time on my skin.
Along with Soleil Tan De Chanel (Bronze Universal), this is my most-loved bronzer! No orange tint to it, just a brown with gold undertones that I don't have work hard at making it look natural on my NC25 skintone. The pigmentation is fantastic, I build it up slowly so I don't apply too much. I use it on my cheeks and then sweep it up onto my forehead and around the tip of my nose. It glides on my cheeks effortlessly, and has a slight shimmery sheen to it. It works so well with the yellowy undertones to my skin, for a natural sunkissed glow. Perfect! I do hate the pan though. In my experience NARS products shatter so easily, especially once you've hit pan, the whole product crumbles. Be very, very careful if you put this in your bag.
Very similar to my beloved Double Wear foundation. However, it broke me out. Whenever I wore this I noticed little pimples all over my skin, so that was my first issue I had with it. The second issue was that after a couple of weeks, it oxidised horribly. It looked like I was wearing a shade darker. Coverage wise, it's a solid medium-full coverage foundation. Will never repurchase.
Possibly one of the very few NARS products I dislike. Pulls far too red on me, and it's loaded with chunky gold glitter. Hello mirrorball! Quite hard to blend on my cheeks and not worth the effort of trying.
Very pigmented super black mascara! Definitely not for length but for volume and thickness it's wonderful. Doesn't flake on me, but then again I use it on top of L'Oreal Telescopic as the latter only gives length. I don't think that using one mascara gives length AND volume, so I've always combined a few. I wish we had the waterproof formulation in the UK.
Iíd always been loyal to the MAC Liquid Last liner in 'Coco Barí, but since MAC decided to discontinue all the colours except black, (Why MAC?!) Defiantly Feline is a chocolate brown with gold shimmer. It looks like a lighter brown than my old favourite Coco Bar due to the shimmer, whereas Coco Bar was completely matte. Instead of having a brush tip applicator, it has a narrow felt tip pen which is saturated with the liquid.The liner has quite a watery, thin consistency to it, but is very pigmented with colour. I have to say I much prefer a brush tip applicator in a liquid liner, as sometimes the felt tip doesnít apply evenly, but I don't mind the applicator. Depending on your personal preferences, you can either get a nice thin line (using a light hand and light strokes), or a thicker line, complete with flicks. Iím much more of a person who likes just a thin line of liner on the upper lashline, so I just shake the liner, and apply it in a smooth motion on my eyelid. No dragging either, because the felt tip feels smooth against my skin.Compared to the Liquidlasts, I would say that the Superslicks dry quite easily, and once they are dry they are very crease, smudge and water-resistant. It stays on for as long as you want them to. I do much prefer my Fluidline in Rich Ground as brown liner though.
I utterly love the look of uber-bright, stark white nail polish on the nails, and Orly ĎWhite Outí is most definitely the whitest ĎTipp-exí shade Iíve found. Very bright and eye-catching, if you hate white on your nails, skip this. Bit of a thick consistency so I have to use around 3 coats and a top coat to get the effect I want.
I had wanted a silver/white eye shadow for ages, so I could use it in the inner corner as a nice alternative to Goldmine, and was spoilt for choice between Nylon and Crystal Avalanche. In the end I picked Nylon, a golden-white frost, and itís exactly what I envisaged it to be! It can be used also as a highlight on the brow bone but personally I find it too bright and stark for that though. Nylon has a frost finish. I think itís because of itís stark frosty metallic finish, but it really does give that Ďawakeí look to eyes.
Girl About Town is a bright blue-based fuchsia pink lipstick with an equal mix of cool and warm undertones. Itís a bright pink, but not as bright as other pinks I have, like Impassioned. On my lips it looks great, a bright pop of pink thatís really fun to wear, even in the daytime. As an amplified, the pigmentation is excellent, one swipe of colour on the lips gives off the true intensity and colour of the lipstick. Itís so creamy on the lips that I have to wear a good lipliner underneath to stop it from bleeding. At the end of its cycle, it fades elegantly and leaves the most gorgeous berry stain on the lips! It is also incredibly similar to one of my all-time favourite hot pinks, NARS Schiap. When I wear this, I keep the rest of my make-up as simple as possible, because itís such a vibrant colour, it definitely commands attention! :)
Too orange on my cheeks. Even with a light hand it just runs orange on me, not peach. Gilda is much better for my NC25 skintone. It's a matte blush, with incredible pigmentation. As you expect from NARS, the staying power in phenomenal. Had to give this to a friend, not flattering on me at all.
I'm going to review each brush in detail. Overall this is a great set of brushes, the Real Techniques brushes are designed to be multi-purpose so you can use them any which way you want. All of the brushes have luxuriously soft bristles, the feeling of them against your skin is lovely! The Core Collection cost me £21.99, which dived by 4 is £5.50 a brush Ė such a tremendous bargain! Contour Brush This brush is the baby sister of the Blush brush. It has the same domed head, the same tapered end with super-soft dense bristles. I use this for precise placement of my Dior Amber Diamond highlighter, and also for application of my Soleil Tan De Chanel Ė Iíd rather stick my Sigma F84 for cream products though. The bristles pick up plenty of product, but itís not my favourite brush for contouring with Ė I prefer my Bdellium tools contour brush. Pointed Foundation Brush This brush is the least used out of the set, I think it would take me longer time to apply and blend my foundation with this brush. I do use it for cream contouring though, and it does the job! Detailer Brush Iíve wanted a lip brush for ages, I believe that when you were brighter colours or red lipstick, your pout should be precisely defined. The detailer brush is brilliant for applying bright lipstick to your lips, you can get an even coating and get right into the corners and cupidís bow of your lips thanks to the rounded tip. It keeps itís shape after washing too. Buffing Brush The Buffing brush is great. Itís a medium-sized brush, with round bristles around the edge and a flat top. The Buffing brush can also be used for powder and blush/bronzer application, but I have brushes that already work well for those applications. I would most definitely purchase this brush as a back-up, annoyingly it is only available for purchase in the set Ė really hope this changes soon.
Snob is a very cool-toned pale pink with a strong blue/lilac undertone. I like it a lot, but then again I do like most of MAC's cool-toned pink lipsticks. It looks slightly Barbie-esque, but I like the look. As it's a Satin I always prep my lips and wear lipbalm underneath. It's wearable any time of day, with decent staying power, around 3-4 hours before you have to reapply.
Ok, I know this eyelash curler is one of the most overhyped products in beauty existence, but it really does the job! I have the shortest, stubbiest lashes in existence, but this curler really helps to create and hold a lasting curl. All it takes me is a couple of swipes with the curler to create a curl with no crease lines. The best way in my experience to use it to first curl the base of your lashes for 10 seconds, then moce curler up to the middle of your lashes, for another 10 seconds, and finally repeat this motion to the tips of your lashes. I do this nearly every single day and it works! The curler never feels uncomfortable or pinchy, it's so easy to use. Definitely worth the hype!
Expensive Pink is described as a Ďpink with duochromeí and I have to say, I quite agree! A mix of pink infused with gold, with a slight hint of coral, it actually reminds me of a sunset, you know all those gorgeous colours illuminating the sky? When I apply it onto my eyelid, the pink and gold sheen really shine through to give it a beautiful dimension.The colour is very unique, Iíve never seen an eye shadow like this before. Itís definitely one of those shades that will look different on other peopleís skin tone and eye colour. Oh, and applying and blending it is incredibly effortless Ė itís a Veluxe Pearl, which is my favourite MAC finish. My favourite way of wearing it everyday is by using Goldmine in the inner corner, Expensive Pink all over the lid, and then to really accentuate the gold tones, Woodwinked in the crease. It really creates a shimmering yet understated look. I think Expensive Pink would also look amazing paired with Cranberry, Plum Dressing or Star Violet, either on the outer third or in the crease. Or, you could wear it all over the lid, and a little higher in the crease, and then tone it down with UD ĎNakedí or MAC Cork. It is definitely an eyeshadow that can be worn multiple ways!