This is a gorgeous coral colour. On some people it pulls more milky and pale but on me (paler than NW15) it is quite bright, which I really like. It's opaque in pretty much one swipe and lasts for a good few hours. I have read online that most people are stumped for dupes - not me! Sleek's lipstick in the shade no. 774 'Peaches and Cream' is pretty much identical. Reel Sexy looks a bit starker in the tube but on the lips they look very similar. I said I wouldn't purchase again purely because Sleek's lipstick is much cheaper at £3.99 and also readily available as opposed to Reel Sexy (it's limited edition).
I have never bought a back up product before but am very tempted to grab another one of these before they're gone forever! Unfortunately it's part of the Peacocky limited collection but I honestly pray that it becomes permanent or I find a dupe somewhere. Anyway, this lipgloss is amazing - stunning colour and a wonderful formula. It's somewhere inbetween a gloss and a lipstick. It doesn't feather which really surprised me (the combination of the dark colour with a gloss texture didn't leave me with high hopes) but this baby doesn't budge. I love the texture on your lips which is creamy and doesn't have too much of a high shine like some glosses. The colour is just stunning - the perfect dark, deep red...bordering on plum. I don't have anything like it. It looks like a scary dark brown in the tube but goes on wonderfully and you can build it up with layers if you want. It is extremely pigmented and not sheer which I love. I'm planning on stocking up!
Lipstick -Collection 2000 - Volume Sensation Lipstick
shakerattlerock 11/28/2010 6:10:00 PM
Collection 2000 lipsticks are a complete bargain and really good for the price. This is a brand I usually don't even acknowledge whilst browsing Boots or Superdrug, as I'm sure many other girls do too; it's viewed as a brand you try when you're a teenager and then promptly drop when you discover other brands. But I've recently bought a few of their lipsticks and am very, very impressed! The Volume Sensation Line contain ingredients which make your lips 40% bigger (apparently) - can't say I noticed any plumping but my lips definitely did tingle once the lipstick was applied. I have no. 3 Red Hot which is a beautiful dark wine red and no. 11 Peachy Keen which is a frosted pale peach nude colour. Extremely pigmented, good staying power and cheap too at only £2.99.
Lipstick -Collection 2000 - Lasting Colour Lipstick
shakerattlerock 11/28/2010 5:54:00 PM
Collection 2000 lipsticks are a complete bargain and really good for the price. This is a brand I usually don't even acknowledge whilst browsing Boots or Superdrug, as I'm sure many other girls do too; it's viewed as a brand you try when you're a teenager and then promptly drop when you discover other brands. But I've recently bought a few of their lipsticks and am very, very impressed! Extremely pigmented, good staying power, SPF15 and they smell nice too. I have no. 6 called Bubblegum which is a bright pink with a lilac undertone...kind of a pinkier, more-in-your-face version of Barry M 129 in Palest Lavender (which I also love). It's a gorgeous colour and I love it. At only £2.99 I will definitely be checking out some other shades in this range.
This lipstick is from the re-vamped Lasting Finish line offering 'colour protect technology' - 8 hours of lasting colour and 25% more impact. I don't have any lipsticks from the old line so I can't say if they are any better but I do know that they don't have that awful fragrance that the Moisture Renew ones have! Indulgence (no. 004) is an extremely bright pink lipstick, almost neon looking. It is basically the same colour as the neon pink post-it notes! So really not for the faint hearted. It looks nothing like the swatches online. It took a few hours for me to get used to but I received SO many compliments on this lipstick. Everybody loved it. A fun, bright shade which looks really cute with black winged eyeliner.
I love this eyeshadow. Matt grey shade which looks very unexciting but is in fact incredibly useful. Perfect for contouring, blending out dark colours (I use it to blend out my smoky eyes to avoid that stark line) and adding depth. Whenever I wear smudged kohl liner I always use Copperplate to blend it out. The effect that this shadow gives is so subtle yet so effective.
Beautiful red toned matte brown shade which I actually thought looked quite boring in the pan but looks really good on. It's incredibly versatile too, I use it frequently for neutral day looks in the outer v/crease with Naked Lunch or Vanilla or even for a smoky eye (when I'm bored of the standard black). Even though it looks like 'just a brown' you will probably find yourself using this more than you think.
Would I buy this product again MakeupAlley asks me? In a heart beat, if it wasn't discontinued! I thought I lost this lipstick last week and got really upset - that is how gorgeous it is. Funnily enough, I actually bought this lipstick a few years ago and basically forgot about it until recently. I remember not being too keen on it because I thought the undertones were too fushia and it didn't go with my colouring at the time. I dug it out last week and popped it on - wow. Gorgeous intense matte colour (not as matte as Ruby Woo therefore not as drying) and lasted for for hours without any need to touch up. The reviews below describe the colour well - a blue, crimson, fushia toned intense bright red...like red roses. But it is a beautiful red lipstick, one of my absolute favourites now, and such a shame MAC don't do it anymore. EDIT: I've realised that Revlon's 'Cherries In The Snow' is quite similar. By no means a dupe at all but it has the same hue and tone, unfortunately not with a deep matte finish like Glam.
Makeup Brushes -MAC - #187 Duo Fiber Face Brush (Stippling, Skunk Brush)
shakerattlerock 11/24/2010 7:39:00 PM
You will never go back to using your fingers if you buy this brush. It buffs foundation beautifully into the skin and I love it. It's expensive but worth it for the results. However, I have knocked a lippie off because it is shedding like crazy all over my face....it's becoming a real problem which is irritating the hell out of me. I am also searching for a synthetic/animal friendly alternative because I think this is made from goat hair.
This is the first negative review but different products work for different people, eh? I am not a fan of this moisturiser because it made my oily skin even worse. The texture is very greasy so I'm not quite sure how this is meant to mattify your skin! I used this for about a month and noticed my face looked even more shiny than normal. I switched moisturisers and guess what, it improved. This is just too thick and greasy. I also found the berry scent too strong and not very pleasant. You get 100ml worth of product which is good and I like the packaging and general idea behind this brand (free from parabens, mineral oils, vegan friendly etc) but this is going straight in the bin.
My favourite foundation is the regular Double Wear (in shade Ecru) but I bought Double Wear Light last year for a holiday because I didn't like the idea of wearing such a thick foundation in 35 degree heat. Bearing in mind that I like full coverage due to my bad skin I was weary of trying something that was potentially quite sheer but was really surprised with this foundation. It actually provides quite decent coverage and gives a different finish than normal DW - it's slightly more dewy and almost like satin. It also blends well and most importantly lasts for ages too - it doesn't oxidise and go patchy or wear off. Great for oily skins. My personal preference would be normal Double Wear anyday over this, however during the summer months I'll use this because it's lighter on the skin.
This is one of my favourite mascaras. I like the obvious, slightly clumpy fake look and this does a great job - great volume and length. You could apply just 2 coats for a more natural look if you wanted and then build it up for a more dramatic look. The bright pink packaging is different, not very classy I'll admit, but it stands out. The wand is quite big. Importantly (for me, anyway) it doesn't flake all over your cheeks - if a mascara flakes I bin it instantly. It is cheap too at £5.99. Other Prestige products worth checking out are their Intensity eyeliners (their black one is AMAZING!) and My Blackest Lashes mascara.
I first tried this mascara about 6 years ago and didn't like it. But I gave it the benefit (pardon the pun) of the doubt and tried it again about a year ago, just to see if I got a dud and see what all the fuss was about - suffice to say, I should've kept my £15.50. I have tried so many different mascaras from high end (YSL and Lancome) to the very cheap (Boots 17 & Rimmel) and Bad Gal has to be one of the worst I have tried. The formula was too dry and it did absolutely NOTHING for my lashes - no length, no volume, no definition. Nada, zero. I am not a fan of natural lashes and prefer the fake, slightly clumpy "obvious" look so this went straight in the bin. The only thing I like is the large wand and packaging but for similar size wands that do a much better job check out Prestige My Biggest Lashes or Boots 17 Va Va Voom Volume.
Eye Shadow -Unlisted Brand - Beauty UK- Eyeshadow Palette #1
shakerattlerock 11/2/2010 5:29:00 PM
I adore these palettes! You can only get them in Superdrug or via Beauty UK's website (and possibly Claires too, not sure about that though). They are only £3.49 each for 10 colours and there are 6 palettes in total (pics above). I have palette no. 4 "Earth Child" and no.2 "Soho Bright". No.4 is my favourite and I use this regularly. The shades are very wearable for both a neutral look and a smoky look. There is a deep black (I tend to use this instead of MAC Carbon - nicer colour and blends easier), white, deep silver, light silver, 2 shades of brown, a bronze, champagne and then an olive green and a khaki green. They are very pigmented, blend very easily and last ages too. The no.2 palette is very bright and features a pink, purple, orange, yellow, green etc so I use this less but again the quality is excellent for the price, very pigmented and cute colour selection. The packaging is also quite sturdy for a cheap product. Overall I really recommend these palettes, I was pleasantly surprised and I'm sure you will be too!
I bought this brush about a year ago with a £5 off voucher from Boots having not really heard much about Ruby & Millie brushes. I applied foundation using my fingers for years and when I used this for the first time it made my face look flawless. Sometimes it can look a little streaky and if you're not too careful you can put too product on your face and it can look cakey - but if you blend well it should be fine. However since purchasing the fabulous MAC 187 brush (my essential foundation brush, couldn't live without it) I only ever reach for this R&M one when using cream foundations, as the 187 doesn't pick up creams so well.