Saturday, 16 February 2013

NARS Velevet Matte Lip Pencil - Cruella

As promised in this post last month I said I would put up a picture of me wearing my NARS buys. Today's face is featuring the Velvet Matte Lip  Pencil I bought in Cruella. Since buying this lip pencil it has quickly become my favourite red colour to wear competing with my other favourite Russian Red by MAC. Cruella is described by NARS as a "Passionate scarlet red". I would describe Cruella as a brick red perfect for everyday wear.

The lip pencil is shaped as a jumbo pencil not to be mistaken for a lip liner. The large shape & size of the pencil makes application to the lips easy and I find that the product just glides onto my lips with so much ease. I absolutely love how the lip pencil manages to be a matte colour but not drying on the lips which sometimes is hard to find with matte finishes. The wear of the lip pencil is also great as I find that I only really reapply it twice during the course of the day. For example, I put it on in the morning before work and I usually only need reapply it after work; keeping in mind that I am drinking numerous cups of tea and eating non-stop during the day. I tend to put on a lip liner (L.A. Colors - Forever Red) before applying the lip pencil but you really dont need to do this as the lip pencil is good enough to be worn on it's own.

(wearing the lip pencil)

My negatives about the lip pencil firstly is about the sharpening process, I feel I loose a bit of product when sharpening the pencil which wouldnt happen with a lipstick and it also gets all messy in the sharpener making it hard to clean. Another point is the lid never stays on the pencil, it always pops off. I have no idea why but it is annoying as sometimes I find the contents of my make up bag covered in stains by the lip pencil. Other than this, I really cannot get enough of this pencil and I would recommend everyone to try out the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils if you haven;t done so already, you won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Illamasqua Buys - I'mPerfection Collection

Last week I bought Illamasqua's Powder Blusher Duo 3, the Blush Up Brush and Eurydice Lipstick, two of which are from their new I'mPerfection collection which is aimed at women celebrating our 'imperfections' and highlighting it through the use of make up. 

I was immediately drawn to their new blush brush and it's unique shape and thought it would be a great to use with their new blusher duo to contour and highlight. The blusher duo 3 consists of two colours: Beg & Bronzerella. Beg is described as a 'dusky rose' colour and Bronzerella is a 'Copper Bronze'. I haven't attempted to use the blusher brush yet but my first impression with regards to the quality and the texture of the brush is good. The texture is very soft just like any other Illamasqua brushes. 

I have also been on the hunt for the perfect bright pink matte lipstick and after searching online I opted for Eurydice by Illamasqua. Don't be fooled by the above picture Eurydice is a very bright fuchsia pink which isn't for the faint hearted. I have only worn it once since buying it and I must say it was the focal point of my make up. Once I get a good quality picture of it on I will put it up with my thoughts.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Zara Sales Haul

Last month I indulged in the Zara sales a little bit too much, when the sale went up online at midnight on boxing day I bought like a million items. I then ordered a few times after that in January but to my defence a lot of the items I bought were to update my work wardrobe as it is currently looking quite abysmal.

Here are my favourite picks from my massive haul (I didn't put all the items):

Red Quilted Bag                          Leopard Print Blouse

Leopard Print Dress                    Peplum Leopard Prink Skirt

Camoflaugue Print Blouse                                 Plum Crepe Peplum top

Denim Shirt                                                    Polka Dot Print Blouse

I hope not to visit Zara for a long while but if I am being honest that never works especially when I get a looksie of their Spring Collection. I really think Zara should a loyalty reward system or something because I am one of their number one customers ;-)

Sunday, 3 February 2013

My Life Captured via Instagram Pics - Feb 2013

If you follow me on Instagram (which is henessy85) you will know that I am always on it but seeing as I haven't done an Instagram update on my blog for a while I thought I would update you all. Some of my pics are from my holiday to Antigua before christmas which I keep forgetting to blog about (I promise I will put them up). Looking back at my Instagram pics I really wish I could be on a beach right about now sipping on a rum punch or a strawberry daiquiri without a care in the world...oh well  not until the next holiday.

1. My Mulberry & Prada accessories at the airport | 2. American style brekkie in Antigua | 3. Strawberry Daiquiri on the beach in Antigua | 4. At Half Moon Bay Beach in Antigua | 5. The rum goodies I brought back from Antigua | 6. Reminiscing about Antigua | 7. Busaba (my fave) | 8. Catching on the Twilight saga | 9. Treating myself to Links of London, YSL & NARS goodies | 10. Wearing NARS Cruella lipstick | 11. Updating my Filofax for the New Year | 12. Another Mulberry treat to myself

13. Camo & Leather OOTD | 14. Dessert wine at Carluccio's | 15. Dessert at Carluccio's | 16. Braving the snow | 17. Zara delivery | 18. Part of my Zara order | 19. Wearing MAC Up the Amp lipstick | 20. Wine & the Chinese menu | 21. Homemade Caramel Macchiato with whipped cream | 22. Cleaning my make-up brushes | 23. New Neon sandals | 24. Trying Almond milk for the 1st time