Thursday, 17 February 2011

A few things to love, vol. 1

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1. Accessorize Merged Blusher in Starlet: These captured my heart and we've been doing a kind of flirtatious Pasodoble for weeks. Weeks! Aren't they just reminiscent of something quite expensive and quite coveted? These little mineralized interlopers are new players in a seldom tapped market, and Accessorize have actually produced little pots of wonder here in a reiteration of a best-selling MAC classic. The blushes are buttery (in a perfectly I can't believe it's not! way), blend like a charm and as pigmented as their costly counterparts.

Starlet is the shade I homed in on like an only slightly dangerous missile (dangerous purely to cosmetics and my bank balance) and with good reason: it reminded me of MAC's Mineralized Blush in Daft Pink. In reality, it's a cooler, less frosty and more budget-friendly iteration. It applies the same, feels the same and costs a third of the price.

Accessorize Starlet vs. MAC Daft Pink.

2. MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo: A little innocent back-to-MAC excursion ended in a sultry, waspish pout which reminds me simultaneously of both the colour of something deadly, and the colour of Hollywood. It commands attention and respect, and stalks about in spike heels, defiant-eyed and impatient; and this is how I feel when I step out of the house in this lipstick. I walk taller, strut better and feel like a pleasing mixture of 40's housewife-turned-cellblock tango. Pretty, yet dangerous.
3. Black bases with a gold eyeshadow: But sadly it turned out barely there in the photo; the vanishing man. Recipe for smutty, smudgy eyes with a little glimmer: take one black cream shadow/liner and smudge all over the lid in a haphazard fashion. Blend edges, and pat a gold eyeshadow lightly over the top. Easy, as it turns out. Black + gold = a simple and beautiful equation. One day I'll show you with pictures where appropriate, when you're older.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

STUFF FROM ALL OVER, vol. 1

This is a post of everything-in-one-place, because this is the way I feel like doing things today. It is a bite-sized morsel of 5 different things that are interesting or note-worthy, listed in bulletin-style for your easy enjoyment ♥

1. Sleek Molten Metal vs. Illamasqua Liquid Metals: The Face-Off.
When Sleek ripped off (and that's not something we can negate) Illamasqua's Liquid Metals recently with their own creation Molten Metal (not exactly an inspired name), I couldn't help but draw comparisons between the two. The first thing which struck me: Sleek's prices are getting higher and higher; this little slip of a thing set me back £6.99. I'd usually balk at that kind of pricing if I hadn't been so curious.


It seems that both brands do not seem to have reached any consensus over just what the colour pewter actually is, though, with Sleek's copycat version being a pale-ish gold rather than the actual more silvered-just-a-hint-of-gold colour of Illamasqua's Surge. That's not to say Sleek's offering hasn't done well; it's just the shade choices aren't as good as the actual product. Where Illamasqua fails and Sleek wins, then, is in the wear and pigment saturation. The Sleek Molten Metal are much more pigmented and rich, although fade really quickly despite their initial payoff. Interestingly, they crease much, much less than the Illamasqua Liquid Metals. That's not to say they won't crease, but you'll get more than half an hour's wear with the Sleek incarnation. 1-0 to Sleek.

2. Sighting confirmed: Kryolan Anti-Shine Powder.

Whilst innocently rootling about on the internet, our intrepid reporter found evidence of Kryolan's Anti-Shine Powder suddenly on the rise in the availability stakes. Dauphines of Bristol have always stocked it, but it has recently been seen on Cocktail Cosmetics too (no link, as they're currently overhauling their site til the end of the week). AWESOME, no more trips to Charles Fox in Covent Garden for me!

3. ZOMG Smells!

I'll admit that the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab site leaves me scratching my head and irritated beyond belief. You want to buy a sample? That's fine, but these collections on this here list are the ones you can't buy samples from, never mind that the list hasn't been adequately updated in any recent period of time. SERIOUSLY. I cannot stand their website. I have always been intrigued by their products, but they seem to have too many limitations, rules and irritations which count on familiarity to their product as a recurring customer. As a newbie, you're on your own. Is it just me?!

I found a link to this awesome perfume oil site, but I can't remember where from; all I know is that I clicked on it. And then I ordered 11 perfume oil samples, just like that? See, BPAL? That could've been your business. Anyway, I'm excited to get my new shinies from ZOMG Smells! and I'll let you know how I feel about them. Seriously, who doesn't love a shop who names a perfume 'Brontosaurus Loves Triceratops'?! Haus of Gloi, you're next in line.

4. New FACE atelier and Embryolisse shiny things!

OH EM GEE you're going to love the new FACE atelier pretty things I have to review soon - they are the Ultra Sheer highlighters, which are like a more sophisticated and infinitely more beautiful and effortless BeneFit High Beam. They give this beautiful, subtle glow when used over the cheekbones, mix perfectly with foundation for a lovely subtly dewy look and, most importantly, are foolproof and don't make me look greasy. From Embryolisse, I have a veritable gamut of things still to review, but the newest of these is the Lait-Crème Scintillant - basically a beautifully shimmering lotion which catches the light on your skin. They've made me come over all 'the precioussss'.

5. Blog sale!

It's coming - perhaps tomorrow! The list isn't final yet, but there's going to be a few MSFs, a Liberty of London product or two, some limited edition things in general and some other such paraphernalia.

I leave you with a picture from my weekend - a pretty, colourful box of macarons direct from Brussels:


(they look prettier than they taste, it has to be said. Though the pink one was the nicest - but the pink version of any kind of sweet food usually is...)

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