Makeup

Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour

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Bobbi Brown site says The look of a lipstick meets the feel of a balm for our most wearable lip yet. Loaded with crushed pigments and lip-loving ingredients, it’s the ultimate swipe and go formula. Claims to be Rich in Vitamins E and C and beeswax, the balmy formula glides on comfortably with a satin matte finish that leaves lips hydrated and kissably soft. Plus, it won’t feather or fade for crush-worthy color that lasts all day.fullsizeoutput_4593

In a range of gorgeous 20 shades, and completely wearable on a daily basis. These genuinely glide on like a balm and deliver like a lipstick. After a few hours it did fade away however slight pigment was left on my lips. Definitely didn’t dry my lips at all – big win.

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WELCOME TO SWATCHVILLE

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Top to Bottom: Bare, Lilac, Cranberry, Plum, Baby, Babe, Cali Rose 

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Top to Bottom: Sunset, Cabana, Angel

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Top to Bottom: Bitten, Crush, Watermelon, Punch, Regal

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Top to Bottom: Blackberry, Ruby, Telluride, Cherry, Grenadine

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Bobbi Brown ART STICK LIQUID LIP

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The newest launch in the world of liquid lipsticks from Bobbi Brown. Just about when you think I’ve had enough of drying, deathly looking liquid lipsticks, heres comes Bobbi Brown. But unlike most liquid lipsticks, these are different….more on that later.

The brand claims these liquid lipsticks to be super-pigmented, squeezable liquid lipstick. Delivers semi-matte, full-coverage color that’s creamy, moisturizing and lightweight. Plus, the long-wearing formula stays color true for gorgeous all day wear. The 17 shades choices range from nudes, pinks, deep reds and berries to bright and bold shades.

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First up, they are residents in 5ml plastic squeezey tubes with click on black plastic cap. The squeezing action took me back to Lancôme Juicy Tubes days….anyone remember those?

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The product is dispensed as you squeeze the tube, and the application tip is straight cut plastic to spread the product on lips. No doe foot applicator or sponge for application. Some may say this is difficult to work with, personally I prefer this. It’s easier to dispense product as much as I want and gives a good visual to control how much product is being dispensed. Secondly I like mixing shades, and with this delivery system I feel like mixing oil or water colours on my palette.

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Many said that after application the tube looked dirty, felt unhygienic etc since the colour was all over the application tip (see pic below). But to me this is far easier to clean with an alcohol swab than a sponge or doe foot applicator.

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Now onto the formula, it is certainly super pigmented, little truly goes a long way. I noticed this was across all shades (nudes to deep reds and brights). However, deep reds and brights were pigmented enough to stain my lips.

Unlike traditional liquid lipsticks these did not feel uncomfortable or mask like on my lips. At one point I forgot I was wearing a lippie. No sickly, deathly looking lips. Much to my surprise it felt moisturizing. Yes after about 4-5 hours I did apply, some lip balm on top however point to note the pigment stayed on the lips. But lipstick or not, I always reapply lip balm as the day progresses.

Given the BAM pigmentation and lightweight feel of this product, I tried some on my cheeks for a pop of colour. Immediately this product reminded me of Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge for lips and cheeks. Except the pot rouge gives more sheer dewy finish on my skin while this is proper colour. I think these are great for cheek colour, especially during summer when you don’t want to feel excess layered products on your face. Another point is these are medium to full coverage (I realize this is not a foundation) or should I say stain to full dense opaque lipstick.

SHADE SWATCHES

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Top to Bottom – Honey Bare, Naked Pink, Perfect Nude, Vintage Pink

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Top to Bottom – English Rose, Lily, Azalea, Pink Punch

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Top to Bottom – Rich Red, Uber Red

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Top to Bottom – Cherry, Plum Noir, Boysenberry

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Given the versatility, convenience, pigmentation, lightweight formula of this product this would be great for a minimalist on the go or just about anyone. I for one know which shades are being moved to my office, to my handbag and some in car. Have you tried these, what are your thoughts, how would you compare these to other liquid lipsticks?

Disclaimer: Product gifted by brand.

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Mintd Box

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New in the Subscription box world is Mintd Box, which includes 5 full sized beauty products for the UK and 4 full/2 travel sized beauty products for the Rest of the World (Europe, USA, Canada and Australia). MINTD Box curators believe you should only be putting the best & most innovative ingredients on your skin so they bring you the highest quality of beauty products on the market.

Unboxing Experience

I was generously gifted this box by the Mintd Box peeps, packaged in a solid white box, not flimsy by a long shot, tissue paper wrapped and gorgeous white ribbon bow. Includes a card with details of products. The products were neatly packed, delicate travel sized bottles were bubble wrapped. All in all a snug fitting box with goodies.

Full Reveal

This month’s box had the Explore theme . The curators have included a combination of premium body care, nails, makeup & skincare products to bring full body pampering experience.

Value in Great Britain: With a combined value of over £110 this month’s box sold at £65, aka  savings of up to £45 !!!

Value in USA: With a combined value of over USD$127 (break up below) this month’s box sold at USD$85 (Conversion of £65), aka savings of up to USD$42!IMG_9938

The goodies in the box are:

✨Ameliorate Body Scrub (Full Size 150ml, USD$29)
✨Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer (Full Size, USD$22)
✨Kahina Fez Body Serum (Travel Size – 30ml, USD$32)
✨Anne Semonin The Daily Musts (Mini Coffret, $26)
✨Anne Semonin Botanical Cleansing Milk & Toner (Travel Size 40ml each, USD$18)

You can get 10% off the first box when you sign up with this promo code: 10OFF1STHH (Note: I get nothing from this, just sharing a code). They also ship to USA, Canada and Australia. P1040789

Full Size – Ameliorate Skin Smoothing Body Polish

A beautiful fine scrub, wonderful for arms, legs and back. I considered applying on face however upon glancing the inci list I strictly steered clear. Ingredients like synthetic wax, mineral oil are ok for my body not for my face. Anyway so back to body, left skin wonderfully soft and smooth.

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Full Size – Smith & Cult Lip Lacquer 

Gorgeous neutral peachy sheer lipgloss, not sticky schmicky, no taste. However on my pigmented lips it needs to be layered with a lipstick.

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Travel Size – Kahina Fez Body Serum 

Kahina says it is a mysterious, sensual and exotic, a complex blend of steam distilled essential oils evokes the sacred Imperial city of Fez, Morocco. So here’s the thing, the inci list is so lush that I’m using this on my face! Don’t believe me look at this list:

Ingredient Listing: argania spinosa (argan) oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cocos nucifera (coconut) nut oil, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil, rosa damascena (rose) flower oil, citrus aurantium amara (neroli) flower oil, citrus bergamia (bergamot) peel oil, citrus paradisi (pink grapefruit) peel oil, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf/flower oil, backhousia citriodora (lemon myrtle) leaf oil, santalum spicatum (sandalwood) wood oil, eugenia caryophyllus (clove) bud oil, cuminum cyminum (cumin) seed oil, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) leaf oil, vetiveria zizanioides (vetiver) root oil, bisabolol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, phenethyl alcohol

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Mini Coffret – Anne Semonin The Daily Musts

Travel Size – Anne Semonin Botanical Milk & Toner

Cute, Mini’s of Cleanser, Toner and Masks perfect for travel. I haven’t used them all but sure know I will be preserving these for travel for the convenience. Lush brand of skincare from France.

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If you’re tired of seeing usual ‘deluxe sample’ subscription boxes, check out Mintd Box. As for me, I cannot wait to see what’s in the next box with such a lush lineup.

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J.One Jelly Pack

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ja jiwonYet another ingenious Korean Beauty creation by Ha Jiwon, popular Korean actress and K-beauty trendsetter.

Claims to be a multi-tasker that firms skin, hydrates, and ‘grips’ makeup all in one for a flawless, plump complexion.
Spoiler: YES I agree with every single claim! It performs as promises.

Glow Recipe explains how it works:
The unique jelly texture melts into the skin with gentle patting, creating an ultra smooth canvas for flawless makeup application. Fragmented hyaluronic acid deeply hydrates while fullerene acts as an “oxygen magnet” to brighten complexion. The makeup gripping properties also helps the silky smooth application of any foundation or sunscreen used afterwards. The Jelly Pack is also nicknamed the ‘corset mask’ for its instantly tensing and firming effect. For their video click here.

At first, I was immensely skeptical of this product, its claims and ingredients. Then I played with it on back of my hand and I thought I’m definitely going to hate it. But I knew Christine from Glow Recipe loves this product and truly recommends it.

The packaging is a solid opaque plastic bottle with a pump. Disadvantage I cannot see when the product will come to an end and at what stage I need to stock up. Yes it’s become a staple for my makeup routines especially in summer.

With an open mind I gave it a go the following morning on my face. I dispensed 2 pumps of the schmicky clear odourless gel on index finger. Then spread evenly on face, it felt like spreading sticky honey on face. Unlike regular water or oil based serum it didn’t absorb or melt in skin.

Once schmeared all over, instructions said pat pat pat. Once the patting motion started, it felt sticky. Not in a disgusting way but not in a pleasing way either. My skin felt like that sticky schmicky tape ready to trap whatever I slap on next. In a matter of few seconds, the skin was dry, smooth and firmed from a sagging ol prune to nice juicy grape.

I used my L’oreal Cushion foundation with Real techniques sponge and it felt like the product clung onto the skin so well. Finished makeup, applied my Soap and Glory Kick Ass Powder and set off for the day. I did blot my face at lunch and everything appeared to be in place.

P1040494Fast Forward to 6pm: makeup was intact, product hasn’t moved at all. I’ve tried this with all my bases (see my morning routines) below. It was worked really well with all bases. In terms of application tools I used RT sponge, brushes and good ol’ fingers. I found sponge and fingers worked best with lots of patting motions. Much to my surprise this product photographs really well.


Ingredient Speak:

The formula is Free of:  Parabens, Synthetic Dyes & Fragrances, Mineral Oils.

Not only has my skin appreciated a decent primer but also loving how firm, taut and hydrated my skin feels. From an ingredient speak perspective the fourth inci is Niacinamide, you know how much that tickles my soul. Addition of Rose water, Rosemary water, Chamomile water, Fermented Black tea (works as humectant), Cogon Grass root extract, Water Lily Flower extract, Sea Daffodil Flower Extract, Glycerin, Adenosine, Hylauronic Acid with a blend of some preservatives and thickeners.

Suitable for all skin types, although dry skins might need a little bit more. In fact, I don’t know how it will perform in winter given my skin is a bit more demanding.

All in all, thumbs up from me unless winter skin makes me change my mind.

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SNEAK PEAK: Urban Decay VICE Lipstick

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Holy Smoking Bloody Hell!!!! Urban Decay are revamping their whole lipstick range and introducing 100 shades of which 74 are brand new colours. With Ruby Rose the face of the campaign you know it will be seriously BadAss! The lip lovers are going to have a ball with this one!

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I was sent 10 lipsticks by Urban Decay in various formula’s with accompanying lip liners to complete the look.

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Urban Decay lippies are enriched with Aloe Vera, Jojoba, Avocado and Babassu Oils to nourish and soften the lips.

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Vice lipstick is in a modernized version of UD’s original lipstick case which looked like ‘Shotgun Shell’. The packaging is gorgeous faceted gunmetal case with a gold base and debossed lettering on packaging. The only pain would be finger prints on the packaging, but no one would care about that on a day to day basis.

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The smart thing is they have the shade matched labels for ease of finding.

Of the 6 finishes, I have here 4 finishes ranging from Cream, Mega Matte, Comfort Matte and Metallized. The other two are Sheer (a punch of colour with a sheer, shiny finish) and Sheer Shimmer (slightly transparent finish with a floating pearl and a smooth texture).

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The lipstick features brand new bullet design, with embossed “UD”. There is something incredibly exciting about unused untouched lipstick bullets (is it only me?!) Moving onto most important thing, Swatches!!!!

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Cream –  The original creamy, badass luxury

Top swatches are two swipes, however below vertical swatches are one swipe.

Naked – a beautiful muted rosey pink, perfect for everyday looks. Could also qualify as someone’s MLBB (my lips but better) shade.

Firebird – just as name suggests, bright fuschia pink

Rock Steady – classic neutral red

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Right swatches are two swipes, however left swatches are one swipe and they’re still a decent colour payoff.

714 – Bright blueish undertone red (Just look at Ruby rocking her 714).

Pandemonium – Classic purple shade, check out Ruby’s video on link

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Comfort Matte – Creamiest Matte (which it sure is, I would have mistaken it for cream formula)

Top swatches are two swipes, however below vertical swatches are one swipe.

Backtalk – This shade is my perfect MLBB, dusky mauvey pink

Disturbed – Deep creamy maroon, (reminds me of Milani Black Cherry)

Menace – I would call this “The Pink”

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Metallized – Cream with a high level of pearl

Top swatches are two swipes, however below vertical swatches are one swipe.

Conspiracy (brown) – Caramel brown

Big Bang (pinkish) – Bright pink with flecks of glitter

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Final Line Up and First Impressions

Gorgeous cutesy packaging, with seriously pigmented shades, one swipe delivers decent colour laydown.Once applied, it stains the lips, which again indicates high pigment and fabulous pay off. They’re really creamy and I didn’t experience any pulling, dragging or tugging. Whilst I don’t have all 100 shades, of the 10 shades it appears there is a shade for every age, every colour and every one!

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And of course a collection wouldnt be complete without a lip liner to pair with lipsticks.

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Swatches from Top to Bottom: Naked, Rush, Conspiracy, Gash, Hex, 714, Jilted, Anarchy and Pandemonium. Here we have one stroke swatches, smooth, soft, pigmented application. Obvs can be used all over lips too in place for lipstick.

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Over the course of next few weeks, I will be talking in little bit more in depth about my experience with these lipsticks and lip liners over in my Instagram feed.

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Vice lipsticks ($17) will be available from 5 June at Sephora, Ulta Beauty and select Macy’s stores. Or online at Sephora, Ulta, Beauty.com and UrbanDecay.com.

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