25 August 2016

Beauty Products On Trial: Maybelline Edition #2

When Maybelline emailed and asked me to be a part of their #MaybellineSquad, it was quite possibly the most exciting opportunity I've received so far in my beauty blogging history. If you saw my last Beauty Products On Trial: Maybelline Edition #1 post you'll know they kindly sent me a bunch of new makeup to try out and some of those products still have a place in my everyday makeup bag to this day. I honesty didn't think they could top that parcel, but they've made this lipstick lovers dream come true and hit the ball out of the park, again. So let me show you a few of the new Maybelline products that will be dropping in a Drugstore near you soon.

A picture of new Maybelline makeup
A picture of Maybellines new Colour Drama Intense Lip Paint in Never Bare
"Never Bare" A gorgeous peachy nude.
"Red-dy Or Not" A muted cherry red.
"Vamped Up" A stunning dark purple, such a unique colour.
"Fight Me Fuchsia" A bright warm toned pink.

This parcel was very lip products heavy, which I have to say thrilled me immensely. I'm sure you all know about my lipstick addiction and Maybelline sure knows how to feed it, and these Intense Lip Paints certainly got my heart racing. All four shades are right up my street, but "Vamped Up" is definitely the one that stood out to me initially,  so I couldn't wait to try it on. The formula is quite thick, so you have to be careful you don't squeeze out too much product at once, but it's very smooth. I haven't given them a full trial as of yet, but it did stick around on my lips for a good few hours, even after a bowl of coco pops haha. I'll definitely get back to you on the true staying power, let me know if you'd like to see one colour in particular in more detail, but for now just look at these swatches:

A picture of Maybellines new Colour Drama Intense Lip Paints Swatched
Sticking on the lipstick train, they've bought out the most gorgeous array of "Creamy Matte" lipsticks, just in time for the upcoming Autumn season. I know, I can't believe I just said that, but I think we need to make peace with the fact that Summer's officially over, I say bring on the berry shades and this line has a some beautiful ones!

Maybelline Colour Sensational " Creamy Matte" Lipsticks* £6.99 Each in

These lipstick apply like butter and definitely deserve their "Creamy Matte" name. I've been wearing the shade "Clay Crush" like crazy over the last few weeks, most of the time over the top of the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk (aka - my go to lip liner) as it's a bit too brown on it's own, for me at least. They're so comfortable on the lips and the wear time is still pretty good for something that's smooth enough to spread on toast. Check out these swatches if you don't believe me.

A picture of Maybellines new Rock The Drama Eyeshadow Palette
A picture of Maybellines new Rock The Drama Eyeshadow Palette
Moving away from lipstick, lets chat about an eyeshadow palette. Now I've never tried any Maybelline eyeshadows before, so this was my first foray. Just by swatching this palette I can already tell a few of the colours are a little chalky. I haven't tried them on my eyes yet, but despite the smokey colour selection this palette hasn't completely blown me away. Though I will give it a go and report back fully.

A picture of Maybelline Super Stay Nail Polishes
This Strobing Stick in Light makes a lovely base for powder highlighter. It's very subtle on it's own, perfect if you just want a soft glow, but it becomes quite the power team if you apply Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter over the top.

I've yet to try this mascara out, but I did do a review on the original formula a while back in my "March 2016 Beauty Favourites ", so I'm excited to try this one out, I do love extra back mascaras!

What's not to love about metallic nail polishes, these scream "festive" to me, so I'm going to save them for a special occasion, but you all know how much I love their Super Stay formula. I did a whole "First Impressions Post" on this line, if you fancy a read.


A picture of Maybellines new Colour Show Preppy Woman Nail Polishes
Yet more nail polishes, Maybelline really do know how to spoil a girl. I'm definitely digging nudes at the moment, so I'm looking forward to trying out Runway Rose, and glitter always has me sold.


I was a huge fan of the very famous "On & On Bronze"shade so I'm very excited to try both of these out, I love the whole Colour Tattoo formula. I have to say it's one of the best out there for long wearing eyeshadows, they really do stay put.

Thank you to Maybelline for sending me these gorgeous products. I'm so excited to try out everything fully, I still can't believe I got picked, so thank you again!

Do any of these products tickle your fancy? I'd love to know what the most exciting opportunity you've had so far from blogging is, I'm curious.
                                                                         
                                                                                                  *PR Samples
XOXO Claire 
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21 August 2016

Disappointing Beauty Products: Luxury Edit #3

No matter how many beauty products you try there will always be a few that end up being a bit of a disappointment, but it's even more of a disappointment when they cost a pretty penny, especially if they carry a lot of hype. So today I'm going to share a few products that just didn't work for me, you will definitely gather from this post that scents and tones play a huge part in whether a beauty product is a hit with me, so lets run through them, shall we?

A picture of Disappointing Beauty Products

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in "Carmello" & "Bellissima" £16
Now before you throw your respective laptop or phone across the room Naomi Campbell style in shock, I must state that it's the colours of these Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks, not the formula I have an issue with. They are both way too nude.  I have quite pigmented lips and they just make me look like I have the dreaded "concealer lips" which really isn't the look I'm going for! Though for the record, I do love their formulation, I wore the shade "Beso" to Taylor Swifts "Red" Tour a few years ago and still love it to this day, just make sure you pick the right shade for your skin tone.
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10 August 2016

What's In My Current Summer Makeup Bag 2016?

Well hello there beauty bloggers, long time no speak. I won't give a long spiel about why I've been absent for nearly a month, sometimes you just need a break, you know? Though I do think my family are sick and tired of my constant beauty talk, so I'm glad there are a few people out there (hopefully) who don't mind reading about my recent makeup related ramblings. I thought I would ease myself back in slowly with a little look inside my current "Summer" (I use that word loosely) makeup bag. There are a few recent acquisitions and a couple of much loved favourites, but either way it's always fun to have a nosy inside, I think a makeup bag says a lot about a woman, don't you think? So lets have a riffle through shall we, it's definitely packed to the brim...

What's In My Current Summer Makeup Bag 2016?
Can we first address quite possibly the cutest, most user friendly makeup bag in existence, the Alphabet Make Up Bag from Oliver Bonas. It's so aesthetically pleasing, grey initialed canvas, with a poppin turquoise double zip, basically me in a makeup bag. It's also self standing which gives easy access and stops your lip-liners spilling everywhere. Ok, moving on to the good stuff:

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13 July 2016

What 10 Beauty Products To Buy From Space NK?

I know from personal experience that shopping for highend beauty products can be quite intimidating, especially if you're not too familiar with certain brands. I normally tend to stay clear of beauty counters and do the majority of my beauty shopping online, after reading numerous product reviews of course. If you've followed my blog for a while you'll know I pretty much log onto Space NK on a weekly basis, to see what new products are "Hot" in the beauty world. The amount of NDulge points I've racked up over the years can certainly vouch for my spending habits, hehe. So I thought I would put together a little guide of 10 "must have" beauty products, that you can pick up in store or order online from Space NK.

A picture of 10 of my favourite beauty products from Space NK
One of my all time favourite bases has to be Nars Sheer Glow Foundation £31. It's just a great all round foundation that can be used to create a medium coverage, flawless satin finish for any special occasion, or become an easy to apply light, everyday staple. Coincidentally, it also happens to be the first product I ever bought from Space NK, all those many moons ago. If you fancy reading my review in full, I'll leave you the link "Nars Sheer Glow Foundation Review".

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