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How much Glitter is too much Glitter? I’m not a huge fan of glitter polish. On occasion I embellish a finger as an accent but rarely go full glitter. Until now.
I have been dabbling with IsaDora’s new “WILD WEST” bronzing collection for the past two months and realised this morning that I never shared it with you! Sin, I know. Read more…
My blusher of choice for the month of June was NYX Stick Blush in Tea Rose. Read more…
It’s a scorcher of a day here in the Canaries. Too hot for lounging about getting over-heated so I decided to take myself to a local air conditioned cafe for a spot of blogging. There are a few products I want to talk about this week but the first lot that popped into my mind are the City Mono Eyeshadow from N.Y.C. – New York Color Cosmetics.
I have been trying out four shades over the past few weeks… Read more…
I have been enjoying one lip gloss in particular this month – Urban Decay Pocket Rocket in Dustin. It’s not my usual choice of shade, me being such a fan of pink. But there is something about this one that has captured my attention. Read more…
I have had Benefit High Beam in my possession on and off for the past seven years. It’s one of those products that I have completely ignored on my blog and in YouTube videos. Why? Because I accept it as part of my permanent collection. It doesn’t make me feel excited yet it works.
I’m a fan of Benefit’s beauty boxes so I have picked up a few mini size versions of High Bream over the years. Other than my very first bottle which was full size, mini’s have kept my going. I thought it was high time I reviewed this product!
I dabbled briefly with Moonbeam, which is warmer on the skin than High Beam. Although it looks lovely on my skin, warm and glowing it didn’t provide the fresh, well-slept look I get with High Beam. That being said, I would use Moonbeam when I have a tan, as High Beam is much pinker.
I apply it with my ring finer to my cheekbones and down the centre of my nose. On occasion I have mixed a little , very little, in with my foundation for some extra ooph. Texture wise, this is a liquid. It is not oily, greasy or creamy. More like a lotion. It would work well on oilier skins which is rare for a liquid highlighter. The finish is sheer, and provides subtle illumination.
As a highlighter this product isn’t earth shattering but it is very good and most of all it is reliable. If you don’t like powder based highlighters this might be a good option for you. High beam is pinker than all of highlighters I have in my collection. It will work well on fair skin but certainly isn’t for everyone. On the right skintone this product looks pretty and luminous. On the wrong skin tone it shows as a silvery, frosty pink.
A con to this products is definitely how it works on fine lines and pores. I find it tends to emphasize them a little, although it doesn’t seep in. For this reason I always apply it to the top of my cheekbones only, avoiding the outer eye area like the plague and also steering clear of the are of skin where my cheek meets my nose.
It is expensive (€26.50 / £18.50) but I can’t imagine you would run out considering the size of the bottle. If you love it then it’s good value for money. I wouldn’t un out and buy it but if you find yourself at the Benefit counter it’s worth asking the mua to apply it for you and see what you think. I’m a big advocate of try before you buy -less chance of buyers remorse.
I’m intrigued by Benefits latest addition to the ‘beam family’ – Sun Beam. This sounds like my cup of tea. Anyone tried it?
What are your thoughts on High Beam?
I have been playing around with NYC products a lot over the past couple of weeks. I’m generally quite impressed with the products they offer, a few hit and misses like most brands. NYC products are very cheap, yet some of their products are of very good quality. I particularly like their eyeshadows which I recently talked about in my May Favourites video. Drugstore eyeshadows are generally pretty awful but the pigmentation and finish of the NYC shadows I have tried have been brilliant.
This week I have been experimenting with two of their eyeliners and one of their mascaras.
NYC Sky Rise Mascara
This is for a very natural eyelash look. Now I love me a bit of lash volume, in fact, I need it. So this didn’t quite cut it but if you were looking for a natural lash with subtle definition than this is nice. The wand places a thin coat of product on the lashes. There were no clumps and my lashes did look longer, just not volumised (which isn’t the point of the product anyway Amy!). This is a good option for school.
NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner
This is the best of the bunch! It’s extremely easy to use, fool proof actually. It’s precise and there is no mess. It also lasted well during the day. The three swatches above were with different amounts of pressure. Here is how it looks on (roughly applied)…
NYC Liquid Eyeliner
This is the dud in the group for me I’m afraid. The product itself is pigmented and has fairly decent colour pay off. The problem is the brush. It spread when tried to apply it rather than giving a fine tip brush effect. I prefer the High Definition liner by far. That being said I’m might try this again with my own brush.
Any thoughts on NYC products?
I have been dying to try Glamour Doll Eyes eyeshadows. I mentioned that I ordered a big batch of samples so I could try them – more on that in a few days time. In the meantime, six pots arrived from the lovely ladies so I could try out the brand. The shades are gorgeous!
Swatches… (all taken in natural light over foundation)
Typical Girl A light purple with some pink hues. I love how reflective this shade is. It’s so pretty yet still elegant.
Love Affair A pinky, goldish color. It’s very easy to wear and doesn’t emphasise redness. It’s soft and delicate.
Tattooed A very unique blend of matte and shimmer. This color includes a bright blue mixed with a gorgeous shimmery purple. The finish on this is amazing! It’s so smooth and soft yet incredibly intense.
Ahoy Sailor! A gorgeous matte dark blue. Another intense one. Love it!
Royal Assasin This is a dark matte purple that also has a gold and green sparkle. It’s pretty unique in my eyes and looks gorgeous blended into the crease of the eye.
Undead A black with red undertones/sheen, however, some have said that it as a maroonish color to it. This is the perfect smoking out shade. I love the finish.
I think it’s safe to say that I’m a fan :)
I have a tutorial planned, can’t wait! In the meantime I will be bringing these and all of the samples I bought on holiday with me so I can experiment with colour combinations. It will also give my MAC neutrals a rest for a while, enough already.
You can buy them here Link! Full size 5g shadows for $6 each. Sample jar $2.50 (1g), sample baggie $1.25 (.5g).
Have you any experience with mineral eyeshadows? Tried GDE?
Butter London make gorgeous nail polishes, this we know. But I hadn’t heard anything of their Lippy’s until one arrived through my door a few weeks back. It’s in Primrose Hill Picnic, what a whimsical name. It’s a bright pink and I’m just in love with it!
Before I get to the review I’ll add some swatches and show you what it looks like on my mug. The great thing about this Lippy is that it can be worn in its intense form or a little lighter. I photographed both.
I applied two layers for the intense look. Now I have I have heard it said that there is no point in a lip only picture when swatching lip products, that you want to see what it looks like with the rest of the makeup. Here goes…
Now on with the review.
Texture Lippy’s remind me a lot of the Lip Tars from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. It is thick and well, tar like. This means it adheres very well to the lips. This isn’t one of those sheer, smoosh it on over everything glosses. You need a mirror to apply since the colour is intense and you want to keep it within the lip line.
Pigmentation Amazing. ‘Nuff said.
Finish It looks like you have gone to the bother of applying both lipstick and lipgloss but you haven’t. It looks creamy, opaque and glossy. It’s more lipsticky than lip gloss if you know what I mean.
Staying Power I have found this to be the most long lasting gloss I’ve come across. I would put this down to the texture – which you will either love or hate. It will be reliable on a night out or special event, for a gloss.
Price and where to buy €17 from here. Well worth the price tag in my opinion! Top notch stuff. Butter London is also on sale in Avoca or Fran and Jane.
What do you think?