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Fenty Beauty Spanked S1ngle Lipsticks NC30 review swatches
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks

I'm delighted to get my mitts on the ever hyped Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks. The collection features daring bright shades but I opted for the more everyday work-safe colours. I've compared them to a few lipsticks from my collection. Here are my thoughts.

Fenty Beauty Spanked S1ngle Lipsticks NC30 review swatches
Fenty Beauty Spanked S1ngle Lipsticks NC30 review swatches
From L to R: MAC Cosmo, MAC Persistence, MAC Retro, Sephora Lucky One, Fenty Beauty Spanked Lipsticks on NC30 Skin

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Spanked is a midtone coral rose colour with a creamy finish. I've compared it to my other lipsticks below:
  • MAC Cosmo Lipstick is more pink.
  • MAC Persistence Lipstick is more brown.
  • MAC Retro Lipstick is a close dupe but a little darker.
  • Sephora Lucky One Lipstick is more pink.

Fenty Beauty Spanked S1ngle Lipsticks NC30 review swatches
Fenty Beauty Spanked S1ngle Lipsticks NC30 review swatches
From L to R: MAC Freckletone, MAC Kinda Sexy, Fenty Beauty S1ngle Lipsticks on NC30 Skin

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in S1ngle is a midtone matte peach. I don't seem to have a reasonable dupe for this in my collection!
  • MAC Freckletone Lipstick is more yellow and a glossy lustre semi-opaque shade.
  • MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick is more pink.

IN SUMMARY:

The Good
  • Beautiful rose gold packaging
  • Slim and sleek design
  • Soft pigmented matte finish, reminiscent of the NARS Audacious lipsticks
  • FB embossed detail on the top of the lipstick looks classy
  • The UK price is £16 per tube, which is comparable to a cost of a MAC lipstick (£16.50)

The Bad
  • The glossy metallic packaging attracts fingerprints!
  • As the embossed portion is shallow and on the top of the bullet, it wont take long before it rubs off.
  • Contains such a small amount of product (1.7g) and therefore expensive price point per gram; £9.4/g compared with £5.5/g (MAC lipstick), £6.2/g (NARS Audacious lipstick).
  • Transfers easily so reapplications would be fairly frequent.

Overall would I repurchase? I'm not so sure. I definitely think this product is overhyped as the product is not quite so revolutionary. For the amount of product you get, this is not good value for money, but it may be okay if you hardly go through a tube of lipstick. I do love the colours I've picked though, especially Spanked, and I'm sure I will be using these often.

Livia
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30/12/2017

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks Review & Swatches

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Tinted BB Cream SPF 50+ and La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Sun Cream SPF 50+
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Tinted BB Cream SPF 50+ and La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Sun Cream SPF 50+ on NC20 Skin
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Tinted BB Cream SPF 50+ and La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Sun Cream SPF 50+ on NC20 Skin (Flash)

When it comes to drugstore skincare, La Roche-Posay remains one of my favourite to-go brands. The winter chill flares up my dry skin especially around my cheeks, leading to a lot of itch and redness. It's time to switch up my usual La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+ to a more moisturising and calming formula, and I choose La Roche-Posay Anthelios Comfort Sun Cream SPF 50+.

I purchased these two products: La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Tinted BB Cream SPF 50+ and La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Sun Cream SPF 50+ (regular untinted). The BB Cream is essentially a tinted moisturiser that only provides a light layer of coverage. I have swatched these on my current winter NC20 skin and pictured under flash photography. As you can see La Roche-Posay Anthelios Comfort Sun Cream SPF 50+ leaves a subtle white cast compared to the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Tinted BB Cream SPF 50+ which avoids it. Unfortunately the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Tinted BB Cream SPF 50+ is not a universal shade. This only works in my paler winter complexion but would be too ashy for anything darker than NC30, which is my colour during the sunnier summer months.

If you have dry irritable skin, I would definitely recommend these. Both instantly soothe and calm irritated beetroot skin and also work well under makeup. This is only lightly fragranced and so this would suit sensitive skin. Both makes provide added protection with SPF 50+ and high shield against UVA & UVB rays to prevent sun damage and premature ageing. You can use either for everyday wear.

I would not recommend these if you have oily skin as the cream formula can make you look greasy - in this case you can try the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+ instead. The La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Tinted BB Cream SPF 50+ is a tricky shade that would only seem to fit light-medium skintones. It would be too dark for fair skin and too pale for anyone with medium to dark complexions. I would also avoid La Roche-Posay Anthelios Comfort Sun Cream SPF 50+ when you are expecting flash photography.

Overall I do love these products and I would repurchase should I run out.

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Livia
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11/12/2017

La Roche-Posay XL Anthelios Comfort Sun Cream SPF 50+ Review

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, MAC Dance with Me Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick, MAC Russian Red Lipstick, NYX Amsterdam Soft Matte Lip Cream on NC25 skin swatchesFenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, MAC Dance with Me Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick, MAC Russian Red Lipstick, NYX Amsterdam Soft Matte Lip Cream on NC25 skin swatches
Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, MAC Dance with Me Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick, MAC Russian Red Lipstick, NYX Amsterdam Soft Matte Lip Cream on NC25 skin swatches
L to R: Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, MAC Dance with Me Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick, MAC Russian Red Lipstick, NYX Amsterdam Soft Matte Lip Cream on NC25 skin

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint is a very much well-hyped red lipstick, expertly released during the holiday season. It boasts the perfect red for any skintone, and I must say I do agree it is an amazing flattering colour. The formula is very runny - a little goes a long way. I find that red lipsticks are tricky to apply on their own however, and I would recommend using a matching red lip pencil eg. MAC Cherry Lip Pencil. The liquid formula is a dream - it wears comfortably and it is not drying at all.

I have compared it with my other red lipsticks and here are my thoughts.

  1. MAC Dance With Me Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is darker and applies less evenly. 
  2. MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is nothing like Stunna at all. It is a lot deeper and more berry in colour. 
  3. MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick applies more matte. It is a little lighter and pinker in colour. 
  4. MAC Russian Red Lipstick is close. It leans a tad more orange. 
  5. NYX Amsterdam Soft Matte Lip Cream is also close, but a little lighter and more orange.

Overall, Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint is nice to have but if you already own MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick, MAC Russian Red Lipstick and NYX Amsterdam Lip Cream, you don't have to rush out and purchase this. If you don't have a single red lipstick in your collection or if you are an avid red lipstick user, this should come in one of your top choices!

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Livia
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Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint & Other Red Lipsticks

L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)

Highlighter an essential makeup product in my kit especially in the evenings where intermittent light provides a beautiful sparkle on top of one's cheekbones. Utterly captivating.

Here are our favourite 5 highlighters guaranteed to give you an instant glow:


  1. NARS Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross. Whenever I wear this highlighter, I get compliments about how healthy my skin looks. It is a pale gold with a golden frost. Absolutely stunning shade.
  2. MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl. This is perhaps one of the most underrated MAC products in their permanent collection. It is a shiny pale white gold similar to NARS Albatross. This, as the name implies, comes in a cream formula and when applied with the fingertips on to the high points of the face gives you a natural-looking super glow that flatters especially warm-toned skin. It is perfect for your travel makeup bag as it is not as fragile as the breakable powders.
  3. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone. This is my favourite highlighter from Becca and I used it on my wedding day. It is a pale white gold that is less yellow compared to NARS Albatross and MAC Pearl CCB. It is very shimmery but still suitable for daytime wear. Love.
  4. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal. This is Moonstone's much more extravagant sister. It leans more beige and applies more metallic. This is stunning especially on medium to deeper skintones.
  5. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle. Another underrated MSF, perhaps overshadowed by the myrad of new collections from MAC. It provides a pale beige sparkle that is ever so slightly paler than Becca Opal. This is an everyday highlighter.

L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)
L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin 


L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)
L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)
L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)
L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)

I hope this post was useful. Leave a comment below!

Livia
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08/12/2017

The 5 Best Highlighters for an Instant Glow

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Real Techniques Mini Multitasking Brush and Real Techniques Mini Medium Sculpting Brush
Real Techniques Multitasking Brush Review
Real Techniques Multitasking Brush - Mini vs Regular Size

Looking for stocking fillers for a beauty addict? Look no further! Here's a quick post on these beautiful minis. The Real Techniques Multitasking Brush is by far one of my favourite brushes. It is soft, made of cruelty-free synthetic fibres and fit my chipmunk cheeks like no other blush brush can. Unfortunately, it was previously only found in kits and not sold separately.

While perusing the makeup aisles in Boots, I squealed when I came across its mini version - the Real Techniques Mini Multitasking Brush. It has a similar-sized brush head but with a travel-sized shorter handle (6cm vs 13cm). I found however that the bristles are not as tightly packed as the regular sized and therefore applies product a bit more 'fluffily' and with less precision, but it still works for its intended purpose.

Of course this mini size is also available for other brushes - I picked up the Real Techniques Mini Medium Sculpting Brush which is excellent for contour, bronzer, and can also triple up for face powder in a pinch. I'm so pleased with these and they have made it to my travel makeup kit. I'm actually eye-ing up the Real Techniques Mini Contour Brush next.

Livia
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04/12/2017

Real Techniques Mini Brushes

mac eyeshadow swatches nylon all that glitters sable amber lights satin taupe sable woodwinked bronze antiqued nc25


With so many MAC eyeshadows, its almost next to impossible to choose the perfect one for your Christmas makeup look.

We've pulled out our 9 favourite sparkly shimmery eyeshadows from the range to fill our MAC 9-pan pro eyeshadow palette. Hopefully these swatches help you plan your holiday makeup!

  1. MAC Nylon Eyeshadow is a white gold with icy shimmer in a frost finish. It is perfect on the lid, inner corners of the eyes and under the browbone as a highlight. A stunning shade.
  2. MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow is a peachy champagne pink with a touch of gold in a Veluxe Pearl finish. It is a perfect safe eyeshadow for neutral-lovers and the colour-shy.
  3. MAC Sable Eyeshadow is a medium-toned pinky-brown eyeshadow in a Frost finish. This works well on the lid or crease for a daytime look.
  4. MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow is a vibrant orange gold in a frost finish. I love wearing this paired with red lipstick. It is stunning especially on deeper skintones!
  5. MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow is a cool toned purple-tinged taupe with silver shimmer in a Frost finish.
  6. MAC Woodwinked Eyeshadow is one of my favourite eyeshadows of all time. It is a vibrant warm antique gold, in a Veluxe Pearl finish.
  7. MAC Tempting Eyeshadow is a deep yellow-toned coco brown in a Frost finish.
  8. MAC Bronze Eyeshadow is a true bronze with gold shimmer in a frost finish.
  9. MAC Antiqued Eyeshadow is a rich dark cherry bronze with a Veluxe Pearl finish. I love using this on the eyeshadow crease.

From L to R: MAC Eyeshadow Swatches of Nylon, All That Glitters, Amber Lights, Satin Taupe, Sable, Woodwinked, Bronze, Antiqued on NC25 skin

Have you thought about your holiday makeup look yet? Leave a comment below!

Livia
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