I absolutely adore I Heart Revolution products and have reviewed many over here on the blog – including the chocolate palettes, mermaid, unicorn and dragon highlighters and the intriguing surprise eggs. I was super excited to see the launch of lots of lipsticks under either a mermaid, unicorn or dragon theme. Today I’ll be reviewing two from the Mystical Mermaids collection, but also keep your eyes peeled for reviews of two from the dragon and unicorn collections in the near future.
I chose the two matte shades in the collection – to be honest I can’t cope with anything other than matte on my lips for long day wear, so decided not to get any other shades. I really liked the look of these two shades anyway!
Below I have swatched them on my hand and on my lips in natural daylight.
Reasons I love these lipsticks – the finish is even and pigmented and lasts for a good, long time.
The colours are absolutely gorgeous – I especially love Beach Babe with its pinky undertone.
They look STUNNING! The outer packaging stands out with the turquoise tube with mermaid scales – it puts me in the mood for summer and I love the scales pattern on the actual lipstick itself too.
Memi were kind enough to send me a selection of products from their gorgeous range, including this Luxe Lipstick in the shade Quickie. If I was to design my ideal lipstick shade, quite honestly, this would be it. It’s that perfect peachy nude that I’m forever searching for in shops and longing to swatch on the back of my hand. When I popped this lipstick out of its casing, I was very excited! Just look at it!
The lipstick comes in a silver, matte box with the Memi branding on it. The lipstick itself is inside a gorgeous silver mirrored effect plastic case. Top Tip: You can even use the lid as a mirror when applying on the go!
To use the lipstick, you have to pop it out of its tube by pressing on the bottom and a spring-like contraption releases it. I love it because it means it won’t come open in my handbag/makeup drawer/pocket .
The shade and pigment of the lipstick itself is stunning. It applies smoothly and evenly in just one swipe and doesn’t sink into fine lines on the lips. It also has excellent staying power and is easy to top up after a heavy meal.
In case you couldn’t tell already, I am in love with this lipstick and hope to purchase more from the range. The brand are also vegan and cruelty free – which makes me very happy!
To buy your own, click here. To check out other lipsticks in the range, click here.
This isn’t my first review of a Jeffree Star Cosmetics product, you can read all about the last liquid lipstick I reviewed here. This is the one shade I chose from his Christmas Collection. Christmas Cookies is a gorgeous peachy nude and the one shade in particular, which really stood out to me. This collection also saw a gold shade called First Class, which I’m hoping will eventually go into a Beauty Bay sale and which one day I’ll be brave enough to wear! I do have to say that all the colours are gorgeous, I’m just not cool enough to wear them!
As you can see from the photos, the packaging is stunning. This is my favourite design so far – the glitter and sparkles really appeal to me and not just for this time of year. My camera didn’t pick up the full impact of the glitter (as usual) but take my word for it that you won’t stop looking at it under a very bright light! I have a short video of it on my Instagram highlights in ‘Beauty Faves’ – check it out!
The lipstick comes in a holographic box with the name sticker acting as a seal. The liquid lipstick comes in a very sturdy and expensive feeling container with the gorgeous pink and glittery packaging. The lid also clicks shut which means it won’t come open in your bag – phew! It has a curved doe foot applicator which makes applying the lipstick easy and slick.
The colour itself is lovely, I’ve been wearing it every day since I received it because it’s the perfect everyday colour. I wouldn’t say it lasts all day and it is quite drying. It looks lovely when first applied though.
To buy Christmas Cookies for yourself, click here.
And last thing to say – Merry Christmas to you all! Thank you for your amazing support and I hope you have a wonderful time ♥
The Maybelline collaboration with Gigi Hadid was highly anticipated in the drugstore beauty world but unfortunately received mixed reviews. After watching many YouTube reviews and reading others, I decided to just try out the lipsticks. I chose a nude and a classic red – Taura and Austyn.
Taura is a classic nude lipstick, I would describe it as a ‘my lips but better shade’. Probably a bit more subtle than I wanted, but is nice for ‘no makeup’ looks and easy days. The formula itself is very nourishing and doesn’t dry out my lips at all. It’s described as a matte, but I’d say it’s a semi-matte.
Although this lipstick is nourishing and quite pretty, for £8.99 it is a bit of a disappointment. It is not very long wearing at all and comes off as soon as you drink/eat/kiss. I’m so sad about this!
Now, Austyn on the other hand is a lovely little lipstick. It is a bright, bold red with great pigment and much better staying power than Taura. It too is nourishing which I need in these cold months.
The red is super bright. I love the undertones of orange which make it a true festive red.
Both these lipsticks are available as lip kits and also with matching lip liner pencils. You can purchase them in Boots and Superdrug for £8.99.
As you know, I already own quite a few Makeup Revolution products but I don’t own many of their lip kits. I have the Halloween Unicorn lip kit and the original Retro Luxe Matte kit in Echelon. However, the Echelon kit I own is in the original formula, which quite frankly wasn’t brilliant. Makeup Revolution worked hard to perfect their matte lip kit formula and I’ve heard only good things. I was super excited to see that they had put five gorgeous mattes, two glosses and three metallic shades into one box for Christmas and today I’m excited to share it with you!
The lip kits come in individual boxes inside a black, classy and pretty sturdy box. The kits are spread across two slide out drawers – an expensive looking Christmas present. Inside the top lid are illustrations of lips with the colours on and name of the kits. I really like this finishing touch.
The top drawer contains the matte lip kits and the bottom drawer contains two glosses and three metallics.
Let’s start with the matte kits. To be honest, I would buy this set for these alone. I love me a matte lipstick and five of them is just a bonus! They are mostly nude shades too, which are also my favourite (and a lot of other peoples’ at the moment!). Each kit contains a lip pencil and a liquid lipstick with a doe foot applicator. Each lipstick has a clear tube and matte rose gold lid. Each pencil is black, with a black lid and a little strip of the pencil colour on the bottom. The shade names are also written on the products.
Echelon – My favourite of the bunch! A pink based nude. This shade also won Gold in the 2017 Pure Beauty Awards!
Grandee – Very pink and very pretty. This is the brightest of the mattes
Noble – A close second favourite. This is a lovely brown nude
Duchess – A muted red/orange. Very sophisticated and slightly festive too!
Highness – A darker version of Noble – more brown but still in the nude category
Now for drawer two – glosses and metallics. Once again, all of these kits come with a lip pencil and liquid lipstick. The lids of the liquid lips are a shiny rose gold. So pretty!
Lip Glosses –
Honour – For a lip gloss, I actually love this. It isn’t gloopy and sticky. It is actually very wearable and super pigmented for a gloss. I love the colour too – a true nude brown
Original – This is my least favourite kit of the ten. It is very light and a peach colour. I just don’t think that it suits my skin tone. It would look lovely in the summer on someone with a fresh tan or even on deeper skin tones. I feel it just washes out my complexion. The colour is very pretty though.
Metallic Lip Kits –
Regent – This is the most pigmented and my favourite of the metallics. It’s a very festive red. It’s super unique and pretty. I feel this will be getting a lot of wear over the next couple of months!
Empress – This is a peachy nude metallic with a gold reflect. This looks gorgeous when it catches the light
In Waiting – another pretty pink. It’s the most natural of the metallics
When I swatched the lipsticks I didn’t use the lip pencils, I’ll hold my hands up this was probably not fair on the metallics. I feel the colours would be much more vibrant and stunning with a lip pencil underneath.
I have been testing out the formula of the mattes over the last few days and have to say I’m very impressed. The longevity of the colours is fantastic and lasted through various snacks, drinks and meals. The colours are also gorgeous. It is a lightweight formula and doesn’t have the stickiness that the original formula had.
If you’re debating whether or not to get this for someone for Christmas, or even as a gift for yourself I say get one! For £30 you’re getting £60 worth of products. There’s something in this set for everyone – you really can’t go wrong.
To buy yours, visit TAM Beauty here or Superdrug here.
Everyone knows who Joan Collins is, right? Not everyone knows that she has her own line of makeup though. I didn’t know myself until I stumbled across the Timeless Beauty Instagram page. I instantly fell in love with the gorgeous gold packaging of the lipsticks (a nod to the Charlotte Tilbury ones) and I was very fortunate to be sent two gorgeous shades by Alex Silver PR.
I received a red shade – Helene – and a shimmery pink – Lara. Both are very wearable and perfect for every day wear. Helene is very festive and perfect for a party. I have worn Lara more because it is lovely during the day and due to its sheer finish, looks very pretty on minimal makeup days.
The Divine Lips lipsticks are extremely nourishing and moisturising. I actually can’t believe how good they make my lips feel. They also make them look fuller, which is always a bonus! The lipsticks contain hyaluronic acid, which isn’t as scary as it sounds. Hyaluronic acid is an excellent ingredient and something which our skin already contains. It plays a big part in hydrating the skin – so having some extra in your makeup and skin care is a brilliant thing.
To buy your own gorgeous Joan Collins Timeless Beauty Divine Lips Lipsticks, click here.
When I received a box of twelve Bourjois Rouge Velvet The Lipsticks, complimentary of Bourjois and Influenster, I couldn’t have been more excited to try them all out! Every single shade appealed to me and I just didn’t know where to begin!
The packaging for these lipsticks is simple but elegant and they have a very secure closing lid which clicks loudly so you can guarantee it won’t come off on your travels and in your bag.
The Rouge Velvet lipsticks have a matte finish – but the thing I love about them is that they go on in a creamy, almost typical lipstick formula and then dry down to a matte finish. It’s like magic!
After trying the lipsticks for a few days now, I can say that they are non-drying and very comfortable to wear. They last for a few hours but the real test is when you eat. I wouldn’t say that they last very well through a meal, only a small amount of colour remains.
My favourite shade is ‘Brunette’, the darkest of the collection. Watch the video below for swatches and names of all the lipsticks.
I was MUA to Kitty Clements this week, on a shoot with the amazing Oliver Lall and I used one of these on her. We went for the shade ‘Fuchsia Botte’ as Oliver wanted a blue and pink theme (more about this in a separate post soon!). The colour looked fab and here’s a sneak peek from the shoot…
To buy these lipsticks for yourself, visit Boots here.
This is my second purchase of the Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipsticks. I already own ‘Vow’ and have been addicted to its colour and formula. I spoke about it recently here. The lipsticks come in the most beautiful rose gold packaging. They really remind me of the much coveted Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks and I often get the two confused when I see them in Instagram posts! A big bonus to these lipsticks is that they close very securely with a reassuring click – it means the lid won’t be falling off in your bag! I love how the Makeup Revolution logo is printed on the lipstick barrel and is revealed when you take the lid off.
This particular lipstick is in the shade ‘Greatest’ – a mauve/pink/nude colour which I felt was missing from my collection. I’m absolutely in love with the colour. I’ll actually be purchasing it for my mum too – it would suit her so much!
The formula of these lipsticks is incredible – creamy and long-lasting. It glides onto the lips and doesn’t cling to dry patches. It doesn’t smudge and stays put all day. It removes easily at the end of the day too. I’m honestly blown away by these lipsticks. And guess how much they are?! £4!! And yes, I’ll say it, I love these more than the MAC lipsticks, by miles.
If you’d like to purchase this particular shade for yourself, click here. To look at the other beautiful shades in the range, then click here.
When I watched Shaaanxo’s new makeup line announcement video last week, I was so excited by the beautiful colours and quality of both her liquid and regular lipsticks. I was especially excited by the matte lipstick in the shade ‘Philocaly‘ and settled on just this one. It arrived today – just a week after it was posted from New Zealand!
Shaaanxo is by far my favourite YouTube Beauty Guru. I first discovered her when scouring the web for a wedding makeup tutorial. I actually used her one for my own wedding makeup (yes I was brave enough and mad enough to do my own makeup!). She always manages to achieve pure magic with any eyeshadow and her makeup tips are useful and achievable. I was extremely excited to see that she’d actually signed the card that came with the lipstick too – I had a extreme fan-girl moment when I saw it!
The lipstick came packaged in a cute white box with grey polka dots on it. Inside, the tube of the lipstick has a chrome/mirror effect which is just so classy and pretty. The lid clicks into place over the lipstick, so there’s no need to worry about it coming off in your handbag.
I did a swatch of the lipstick on my arm first and it swatched beautifully. It has a very creamy texture which glides onto the skin. The colour looks even more beautiful in real life and I think I picked well for my skin tone. It is a stunning pinky nude – my fave!
When I put it onto my lips, I was first impressed by the gorgeous smell of crème brûlée – don’t worry if you don’t like strong smells in your makeup, this is a beautifully subtle scent. The lipstick went smoothly onto my lips and didn’t cling to patches as matte lipsticks have a habit of doing. It feels very nourishing on the lips too. I’ve had it on all day and my skin doesn’t feel dried out at all. It also really stayed put! There was very little transfer when kissing Baby J and the hubby and it stayed on very well during meals.
Overall, I’m very happy with this lipstick. I’m so pleased that it has been lovingly designed and created by a brilliant YouTuber, who has worked hard to get to this stage. You could tell from her announcement video how much this collection really meant to her. Philocaly also really reminds me of MAC’s Brave in colour – but I actually prefer this formula! It has better staying power and is much easier to apply.
To buy your own xoBeauty Matte Liptick in Philocaly, click here. To check out the other lipsticks in the range, click here.
Last week I was sent some gorgeous goodies from Benecos to review. Benecos produce natural, cruelty-free and vegan makeup and sell them at affordable prices. They also sell natural skincare, natural hair care and natural body care products which are all 100% natural with organic ingredients. In my package I received the Natural Light Fluid Foundation, Natural Lipstick in ‘Catwalk’ and two eyeshadows – Shimmery Eyeshadow in ‘Rose Quartz’ and Eyeshadow Matte in ‘Mauve Me’. I tried them all out today and here’s my honest review…
This is a lightweight foundation which blends beautifully and evenly over the face. To apply it I used my Kabuki brush. I built up the coverage because I have some redness on my cheeks which I like to cover. The foundation coped very well with this and evened out my skintone effortlessly. I took a photo of the coverage on just half my face for comparison purposes.
The foundation contains organic, hydrating and nourishing ingredients including Avocado Oil and Argan Oil to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. It has a matte finish – perfect for me and my oily T-Zone! I also found that it lasted for a good few hours too and only started to cake slightly around my nose (no foundation has ever passed this test – trust me!). To purchase this foundation for yourself, click here.
I received two beautiful eyeshadows, which perfectly compliment one another. I find that Mauve Me is perfect for the crease area, and have been reaching for it a lot.
Rose Quartz is a gorgeous shimmery shade, excellent for brightening up the eyes and I love to use it on the centre of the lid and inner corners for exactly this purpose. This would also make an absolutely stunning cheek highlight.
The eyeshadows are, of course, made from natural ingredients including Macadamia Oil and Sunflower Oil to help care for the delicate eye area. To buy yours, visit the eyeshadow section of the website here – there are lots to choose from!
I love this lipstick colour! It’s an orange-toned red and is such a statement lip colour. It is very nourishing on the lips and glides on with ease.
It contains beneficial and kind ingredients including Olive Oil and Avocado Oil to keep your lips feeling soft and moisturised throughout the day. It is just beautiful! To purchase your own, click here or to see what other shades are available, click here.
Overall, I am very pleased with these products and the high quality payoff I get from them. They also have fantastic longevity and didn’t need touching up throughout the day (apart from the lipstick!). I especially rate the foundation as the coverage is excellent and so natural looking. It also made my skin look silky smooth and the colour was a perfect match for my skin tone!
Visit the Benecos website here to find out more about the brand. I just know you’ll love them too!