Sunday, 23 March 2014

Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Shameless

I did a blog post about the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balms (here) but I just wanted to show you guys a quick FOTD with me wearing my favourite shade from the collection. The purple shade I am wearing is called Shameless as I currently have a thing for purple lipsticks there was no doubt I was going to like this shade over the others I bought from the colllection. I wore Shameless layered over NYX's Purple Rain lip liner and I must say it is such an easy shade to wear on daily basis.

Monday, 17 March 2014

MAC All Fired Up Lipstick

MAC All Fired Up Lipstick - £15 
Purchase here from MAC Cosmetics or in store

I bought MAC's All Fired Up lipstick back in October as a Duty Free purchase on my way to Italy, but after getting back from my holiday I dumped it somewhere in my room with all my other holiday makeup purchases and I forgot about it until recently. All Fired Up was released back in September last year as part of an update to MAC's retro matte collection. The consistency of the lipsticks in the new retro matte collection are matte but I feel that they have slightly been updated compared to the old version to be a little more less drying than before. The lipsticks are still very much matte but when worn on exfoliated lips that have been prepped with a lip balm before hand I find they don't dry out my lips as much. 

All Fired Up is described by MAC as a "bright fuchsia matte". This shade is deeper than most bright fuchsia lipsticks I own and I feel it has a slight red tone to it.  It is also a warm toned shade which I feel works well with my skin tone. Most of the time I find bright pink/fuchsia lipsticks are usually cool toned with blue undertones which sometimes can be a hit or miss with my skin tone. I think this shade will definitely work well on darker skin tones compared to other bright fuchsia/pink lipsticks from MAC such as Candy Yum-Yum which I feel do not compliment some darker skin tones.

I wore All Fired Up in the above picture without a lip liner with two layers and as you can see the pigmentation of the lipstick is very good. I found that the lipstick lasted a long working day and I only needed to reapply it once during the day after eating lunch. 

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Milani: Baked Bronzers and Baked Blush

Milani Baked Bronzer - Soleil - $9 | Milani Baked Bronzer - Golden - $9 | Milani Baked Blush - Rose D'Oro - $8

Back in October I did a massive haul from Cherry Culture which I never got the chance to blog about, but part of that haul were some items from Milani. I have never tried Milani products before but because I had seen them on other blogs I decided to take the plunge by trying two of their baked bronzers and a baked blush. The baked bronzer and blush range from Milani instantly reminded me of MAC's Mineralize Skin Finish range however, Milani is an inexpensive alternative as they retail between $8-$9 (apprx £5-£6). Milani describes their baked bronzers as 'A bronzing powder that features a mélange infusion of colors baked on Italian terracotta tiles... This hi-tech, streak free bronzer, gives a perfect radiant look.'

Soleil - 'Medium tan with gold shimmer'
On my complexion this shade seems to be more of a highlighting colour than a tan/deep bronzer. It has a golden tone to it with lots very fine shimmer particles running through which would be great to place in areas that I want to add shimmer to. Such as, my cheekbones, bridge of my nose and on my eyelids (as an eye shadow). This colour would be great for the spring/summer months and it will definitely be in my makeup bag for my next beach holiday. 

Golden - 'Golden tan with gold shimmer'
This is the darkest bronzer shade of the collection and it would be a good shade to use to add a bit of warmth and glow to my skin, especially during the winter months. Just like Soleil it has a golden shimmer to it but not as much. This would be great applied with a kabuki/buffing brush all over my face especially on my cheekbones and forehead. If you are of a tan complexion this bronzer will look lovely on you but for anyone my skin tone or darker this will not be a bronzer that you can use to contour with. I will mainly be using this just to bring some warmth to my skin.

Rose D'Oro - 'Pink and gold with shimmer'
This blush shade is just gorgeous! It is a warm coppery pink with a golden shimmer shade. I wore this shade for the first time yesterday over my contour and it was gorgeous. It is very easy to build up and it doesn't leave a cakey texture when building up. Apparently it is a dupe of the MAC's every popular MSF in Stereo Rose, I don't own Stereo Rose so I can't give my opinion on that but I would say that Rose D'Oro is a shade that would compliment practically all tan, brown and darker skin tones. This may became one of my everyday go to blushes.

Overall, the textures of the bronzers and blush are very soft which is surprising for a drugstore brand. They don't look chalky when applied to the skin and very easy to build up and blend. My only negative of the is the packaging, I find that it is bulky and looks a little cheap. But hey! who am I to complain when comparing it to the quality of the product that comes in it and the cheap price too. I am very pleased with the Milani products I bought and I am happy I finally took the plunge to try the brand out. If you like the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish range but find them a little pricey I would definitely recommend trying Milani as a cheaper alternative.