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Friday, 13 March 2015

Crazy Eyes!

This week I've been feeling really under the weather and unfortunately today I had to drag my self-pitying body out of bed and to a meeting. Therefore I think I subconsciously made the decision to overcompensate for my lack of enthusiasm for getting out of my PJs this morning with BAT S**T CRAZY EYE MAKE UP! I mean really over-the-top, I'm wearing a rainbow on my face kind of eye make up. 

I decided to take a couple of quick pictures for this spontaneous post and share the look with you which I created using a mixture of indie vegan eye shadows and the Urban Decay Vice 3 pallete.

For your reference, I'm wearing: Shiro Cosmetics' Finklestein all over the lid, Notoriously Morbid's Dita on the outer V and a little into the crease, Urban Decay's Alien on the outer half of my lid, Urban Decay's Alchemy  in the crease, outer V and outer third of my lower lash line (what a mouhtful!) and finally a little wash of Urban Decay's Bobby Dazzle  all over and then built up on the inner third of my eye. 

I was surprisingly happy with how this look turned out this morning and I felt it brought a little edge to my otherwise boring outfit today. As a side note, what you can't really see in these photographs is that Finklestein has a strange green/purple thing going on which I love. 

If you happen to have some of these products lying around, give this an experimental try! 

(Note: I'm wearing a coat of Pixie Epoxy under this to bring out the shadows to their best)

Thursday, 12 March 2015

The Matte Reds: Part 1

Searching for the perfect matte lipstick? You've come to the right place! 
I'm an addict when it comes to red lipsticks and for me, it's matte all the way. So today I've decided to share with you some of my favourite matte reds, including one from the new Dolce and Gabbana range (reviewed here). 

Left to right: L'Oreal Exlusive Reds Blake, L'Oreal Exclusive Reds Eva, Rimmel Kate 01, Dolce and Gabbana Desire

1: L'Oreal Exclusive Reds Blake £7.99

To me, this shade is a perfect red. It's the purist red of all the reds! With a lovely very matte finish.

02. L'Oreal Exclusive Reds Eva £7.99

With an identical finish to the Blake shade in the same range, this lipstick is a very rich orange-red. It's not overly bright and therefore I find it very flattering and easy to wear, and I think it would suit olive skin tones beautifully (like Eva's of course)

03. Rimmel Kate 01 £5.49

Similar in colour to Eva but brighter and slightly more red, this shade is pretty bold. It has the least matte finish of the four but tends to dry to a more matte finish after a little while. This is one of my oldest and trustiest reds!

04. Dolce and Gabbana Dolce: Desire £26.50

My current favourite, this shade from Dolce and Gabbana is a cut above the rest, with a somewhat hefty price tag. Personally, I think it's totally worth it for that creamy velvet finish that this lipstick gives, and I love the deep pink-red colour. It's the most matte of all which in my opinion is a great thing!

So there you have it, I hope I've helped you on your way to finding your favourite matte red lipstick! If you're still searching, come back soon for part 2 where I'll have a few more matte reds for you deliberation (I know, I have problems).

Plus, if you have any recommendations for me of your favourites, I'd love to hear about them so please leave a comment below. 

Monday, 9 March 2015

Dolce & Gabbana's New Matte Lipsticks - Dolce Desire

Today is just a really quick post about my first impressions of the new Dolce & Gabbana matte lipstick range. I haven't worn the lipstick out yet so I can't tell you how well it fairs all day (although I'm already thinking it will do pretty well) but thought a few of you out there might want a better grasp on the colour and finish of the product so here it is.

(please excuse the state of me, it's been a long weekend!)

I am OBSESSED with matte red lipsticks, have been for years. To be honest, I struggle with the concept of ever wanting a red lipstick that doesn't have a matte finish. I just don't understand why I would ever want glossy red, when I can have matte red. I'm weird like that. So when I saw the ads for the new range by Dolce & Gabbana I was super excited. Mostly because I wanted to be the woman on the poster of course.

I picked up my lipstick in Harrods yesterday, which I am pretty sure is the only store in the UK currently selling this range and I went for Dolce Desire which is the pinker shade worn by one of the two lovely ladies from the ad campaign.

In the harsh department store lighting the shade looked a little bit too pink for my liking, but I remembered how lovely it looked on the advert and behind the scenes footage and how excited I had been and went for it. Boy am I glad I did.

Firstly it is unlike any other colour I have in my somewhat extensive range of matte reds. The slightly pinkish hue is beautiful and brings out the whiteness in my teeth more than some more orangey reds in my collection which can make them look a little yellow. I think what makes it that bit fresh and original is the deepness of the colour, as most pinkish lipsticks I have tried in the past have been quite bright but this one is so deep and sexy. The finish is PERFECTLY MATTE. Like your lips are coated with velvet or suede. The packaging is simple but feels expensive and heavy as you would expect. 

So to conclude, I am loving this lipstick and no doubt will slowly be building myself a collection of many of the colours in the range although I am super glad I picked this shade to start off with.

Has anyone tried any other shades in the range yet?