Monday, September 15, 2014

GOSH Grey Forever Eye Shadow and Crispy Lips Lip Lacquer Review*

Back in July, I attended a local Blogger Meet and received two GOSH items, including an eyeshadow pencil and a lip lacquer that released as part of their SS14 collection. These were all very new items to me as at the time I hadn't even looked at a GOSH stall in months. Since I've not really tried many Gosh products either, I was looking forward to trying these out.

Despite the fact that Gosh Lip Lacquers say 'lip' in bold capital letters, at first sight I thought they were nail polishes. These aren't exactly lipglosses though and are meant to have 'colour like a lipstick and shine like a gloss'. These certainly have a gloss feel to them whilst being quite pigmented. As I'm generally not a huge fan of Barbie pink lips, I like to apply a thin layer though, giving it a nude pink finish. Since I only apply a thin layer the lip colour lasts for 3/4 hours. If you apply a thick layer on, you can expect it to fade after 2 hours into a stain. The lipgloss comes with a doe foot applicator and has a very fruity scent to it. The lightweight formula has a non-sticky feel to it and also contains Argon oil and Vitamin E to soften and moisturise your lips.

Overall, despite not being a gloss fan I quite like it, so I imagine gloss fans would love this. The Gosh lip lacquers come in 8 shades and cost £5.99 each.

The GOSH Forever Eyeshadow sticks aren't a unique concept as drugstore, midrange and high end beauty brands now do them. I've never been sold on the concept of eyeshadow pencils so was quite interested to see how they perform. The entire Gosh forever eyeshadow range have a metallic glitter finish sticks and are meant to have a non-oily finish and a water-repellant formula for longevity. I ended up applying a heavy line but used a makeup brush to smudge it out into a subtle light cat eye. The eyeshadow stick is easily the creamiest pencil I own and it lasted all day. Whilst I don't see this replacing my huge eyeshadow collection, it's excellent for travel or a quick eye look for when you're in a rush.

The Gosh forever eyeshadow sticks also come in a range of 8 shades and cost £5.99 each.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencils

At the end of last year, I ended up stocking up on a fair few Urban Decay products, including a few of their relaunched 24/7 glide-on lip pencils that coordinated with their then new revolution lipstick range. Initially, I had only bought Venom to pair with it's revolution lipstick counterpart and I loved it so much I ended up picking a few more shades for myself.

Ozone (Clear/Invisible), Bang, Anarchy, Native, Venom

Ozone is a clear lip liner which doesn't show up at all. You can use this around your lips or coloured lip liner to avoid feathering. It's also excellent for keeping lip gloss in place. Bang is a bright orange red which I love to pair with neon orange lip products as it seems to tone them down a little. Anarchy is a bright fuchsia, which I'll use with mostly bright pink lipsticks but have also used with a few purples to make the lipstick more magenta. Native is a muted pink that I use with any nude lipstick but I mostly reserve it for troublesome ones. Venom is a rich plum that I tend to use for plum, berry or burgundy lipsticks.

Although these lip pencils contain Jojoba oil, Vitamin E and Cottonseed oil, if you suffer from dry lips, these won't apply as easily, so I'd recommend using a lip balm before hand. However, these still apply well, without tugging even if you skip out on it. Whilst these can feel dry on the lips when applying, I find the feeling disappears when you're done and is even less noticeable once you apply your lipstick or lipgloss.

While these are part of the 24/7 range and are advertised as long-lasting and waterproof, I don't consider these 100% waterproof. They're great for rainy weather but if you tend to drink a lot of hot drinks or soups, most of it can fade. Otherwise, these make lipsticks last for a whole evening without needing them to be reapplied.

My only real critique on these is that I wish the range included non-conventional colours too. Even though these shades were released to accommodate the revolution lipstick line, a true purple or black would have been great. Since both colours are more common now, I'm hoping Urban Decay will be releasing one with matching lipstick and lip liner, as they have with the Pulp Fiction range.

The Urban Decay 24/7 glide-on lip pencils come in a range of 17 colours and retail for £13 each aside from Ozone which sells for £15 at Debenhams or Selfridges, if you're in the US they all sell for the same price of $20 at Sephora.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Illamasqua New Once Collection Nail Varnish in Melange

Illamasqua recently launched their Fall collection, Once, which is the first collection that they've released this year that's really intrigued me. It may not be full of bright colours as some of their previous collections but it's still such a gorgeous one. The collection is inspired by the point where a flower starts to fade and becomes beautiful in it's complex decline. The stand out piece in the collection, in my opinion, is their new nail varnish, Melange.

Melange is described as a cool antique teal with flecks of burnished gold, it's influenced by dry hydrangeas when they turn into incredible shades of blue and green. It's easily one of the most unique nail polishes I own, it's the kind of colour you expect from an indie nail polish brand.

As someone with quite a few Illamasqua nail polishes, I wasn't surprised by how high-gloss and chip resistant their formula was. I've been wearing this polish for 4 nights without a top coat and it's only just began chipping. Some of the pastel and lighter nail varnishes have a tendency to apply a little sheer with just one coat and so was expecting Melange to be more on the sheer side but it was rather opaque but still applied 2 coats. 

All in all, I adore this polish. It's the only new Illamasqua nail varnish I've added to my collection this year. At £14.50, their polishes aren't the most affordable but if you ever decide to spend the extra buck on any one Illamasqua polish, make it this one.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Violet Voss Paige Glitter Eye Look

When I first came across the Violet Voss stall at IMATs London, my eyes were immediately drawn to their purple glitter named Paige. Last night I finally got around to using the in your face purple glitter with my Urban Decay electric palette. I was expecting to have trouble applying glitter on to the eyes and was terrified some of the glitter particles would get on to my eyeball, but the glitter adhesive that Violet Voss offers was surprisingly easy to use and rather budge proof.

This makeup look is somewhat similar to my previous Urban Decay electric palette tutorial. I started off by blending Gonzo (turquoise) into the crease followed by Chaos (royal blue). Next I patted Urban (purple) all over the lid and on the lower lash line before applying revolt (silver) as a highlighter on the brow bone. Then I used makeup remover to remove any excess eyeshadow and create the wing. Finally, Using a makeup brush, I applied the glitter adhesive onto the lid before patting down the purple glitter. I finished the look with bare minimum eyeliner and couldn't be bothered to use mascara or false lashes.

Products Used
Lime Crime Eyeshadow Helper
Urban Decay Electric Palette, Urban, Chaos, Gonzo and Revolt
Violet Voss Glitter Adhesive and Paige Glitter
Illamasqua Skin Base Lift Concealer
Urban Decay Perversion Liquid Liner and Eye Pencil
Illamasqua Rich Liquid Foundation
NYX HD Studio Grinding Powder
Illamasqua Matte Lipstick in Test

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