27 September 2013

Swatch | Illamasqua Lipstick in Liable

Illamasqua Lipstick in Liable

Illamasqua Lipstick in Liable Swatch

Another day, another lipstick.  Until about 2 years ago, I had never worn lipstick.  Now I can't seem to get enough, as evident by the swatches on this blog!

Liable is a orangey red lipstick with a matte finish.  I really, really like the colour but it's really drying.  It sticks on to every bit of dry skin on my lips so it is vital to ensure you've thoroughly exfoliated and moisturised your lips beforehand.  I apply my Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm underneath as it's matte, so the lipstick retains the matte look without being too drying. 

Longevity of this lipstick is excellent, as it was still there when I got home from work.  I'd say about 7-8 hours.  Sure, it fades a little, but doesn't completely disappear.  It's easy enough to wipe of with micellar water so doesn't leave a stain on your lips after you've removed your makeup.

I really do like this lipstick, but the texture lets the product down.  Shame it doesn't have the same texture as Eurydice.   

Available at Illamasqua for £16.50.

Have you tried any Illamasqua lipsticks?


19 September 2013

Haul | Boots, Debenhams & Feel Unique!

It's haul time!  I am rather excited with the products I've purchased, I've been eyeing up these beauties for some time now.

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask, Dior Addict Lipstick in 771 Passionee, MAC Lipstick in Russian Red & Flat Out Fabulous

Dior Addict Lipstick in 771 Passionee, MAC Lipstick in Russian Red & Flat Out Fabulous

First up, Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask   I read about it in various different blogs and the ingredients intrigued me.  My skin has recently gone berserk and I have broken out like never before.  I will be putting this to the test and report back right her on BBF.

As you can tell, I've had a bit of a lipstick obsession.  The recent swatchin' might have given it away.  On one of my many swatchin' trips to Boots, I tried the Dior Addict Lipstick in Passionee.  It was love at first sight.  It's a really girly, romantic pink and just perks me up!

MAC's retro matte collection has been long awaited in the BBF household.  And when the release coincided with the Debenhams 10% off Beauty Event - I was sold!  Flat Out Fabulous is from the retro matte collection.  It's quite a bright fuschia pink. 

Last but not least, MAC Russian Red is somewhat of a cult favourite.  I couldn't justify not having this in my collection any longer.  This is quite a vintage, classic sort of red.  Very Gatsby if you ask me.

Swatches of the above will follow shortly, so keep checking back!

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask, available at Feel Unique for £21.50.

Dior Addict Lipsticks, available at Boots for £24.

MAC Lipsticks, available at Debenhams for £15.

Have you indulged in any beauty buys lately?

15 September 2013

Reminiscing About Summer with MAC Vegas Volt Lipstick

My summer 2013 lipstick of choice has been undoubtedly MAC's Vegas Volt.  I wasn't sure about wearing a bright neon orange, so opted for Vegas Volt.  It's an orange, coral colour with a creamy finish.  Like most MAC lipsticks, it has an opaque finish.  

MAC Lipstick in Vegas Volt - Beauty by Eff
MAC Lipstick in Vegas Volt
MAC Lipstick in Vegas Volt Swatch - Beauty by Eff
MAC Lipstick in Vegas Volt Swatch

I really loved how bright yet wearable the shade is.  It will suit most skin tone, in my opinion.  I found the longevity to be around 4-5 hours, I don't expect lipsticks to have longer staying power to be honest.  Especially moisturising ones.  Vegas Volt is easily one of my favourite lipsticks now.

Available here for £15.

What has been your summer lip colour of choice?

6 September 2013

Rave Review | Bourjois Effect Smoky Pencil in Intense Black

I'm very loyal to liquid eye liners.  But when I''m in a hurry, I have always reached for my Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil (in Jet Black).  I've been using this for as long as I can remember.

A couple of months ago, I won the Bourjois Effect Smoky Pencil in Intense Black in a Twitter Giveaway.  So, I strayed.  Boy, am I glad!  This is the most black eye pencil I have ever used.  Like seriously.  Intense black indeed.  

Bourjois Effect Smoky Eye Pencil in Intense Black - Beauty by Eff
Bourjois Effect Smoky Eye Pencil in Intense Black 

The pencil itself is two-sided.  One side has the pencil itself, and on the other side there's a small brush to smudge the liner if you want to create a smoky eye.  It's also really soft compared to the Rimmel pencil and glides on to my lash line effortlessly.

The formula is long lasting.  Although it does smudge on to the top part of my lid, I put it down to my super oily eye lids (like an oil sick, no joke.).  I just love how even after I get home after work, the liner is still there, intensely black.  The Rimmel on the other hand is long gone by the end of the day.  I absolutely love the Bourjois pencil!  Tiny little issue, because it's so soft, the tip breaks off when trying to sharpen.  But that's just me being pedantic.  I still love it!

Bourjois Effect Smoky Eye Pencil in Intense Black swatch - Beauty by Eff
Bourjois Effect Smoky Eye Pencil in Intense Black swatch

Will I repurchase?  I'm thinking yes!  Although I still love my old, faithful Rimmel pencil, unfortunately it has been knocked off the top spot by this beaut.

Available here for £5.49.

2 September 2013

Swatch | Kiko Nail Lacquer in Grass Green 391

One of my favourite nail polish.  The colour is a true green grass sort of colour (hence the name).  I have two coats on my nails and it's opaque.  The formula is lovely and I picked it up in their sale for £2.50.

The top coat is possibly the best top coat I've ever used.  It makes my nails super glossy.  Only little issue I have is that it's quite thick and sometimes leaves bubbles on my nails. I got it in June, and it has gotten quite gloopy.  Still it does its job really well.

Essie Protein Base Coat unfortunately isn't amazing.  It peels off (taking the polish with it) after a day or two.  Bit of a disappointment, but it prevents the polish from staining my nails.

Left to right: Essie Protein Base Coat, Kiko Nail Lacquer in Grass Green 391, Kiko Gel Look Top Coat
Kiko Nail Lacquer in Grass Green 391 swatch

Essie Protein Base Coat - available here for £10.50.
Kiko polishes are available here for £3.90.
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