Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Sparkle Shadow & Liner ‘Smokey Topaz’

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

I got sucked in. Completely and utterly sucked in. Usually I’m pretty good at holding back on new releases, but as soon as I swatched Bobbi Brown Long Wear Sparkle Gel Shadow & Liner in ‘Smokey Topaz’ in store I just knew I had to have it in my collection.

As the title suggests, these can be used both as a shadow and a liner. You can smudge, smoke, line or define for a variety of different looks. You can see on the picture above I’ve used it as shadow. I used a fluffy MAC 217 brush to buff it into my lid. It definitely loses some of its warmth when you do this, but it still leaves a pretty, silvery pearl finish. I think I prefer it as a liner (picture below) as the true colour of the product comes out better; it’s also so quick and easy to use this way. A quick swipe across my lash line with a trusty Louise Young Fine Eyeliner Brush (HERE) makes it a doddle to apply.

Other things to note? 
  • In terms of longevity, they don’t budge. Even when worn as a shadow without eye primer it doesn’t crease.
  • The packaging is beautiful as are all Bobbi Brown products. The gel sparkle liner and shadows are housed in a study glass pot and a screw on top - the packaging is completely minimalist chic.
  • They retail at £20 and can be found online at Selfridges (HERE) or in store.
  • Storage wise ensure to keep the lid firmly screwed on and always store upside down – they won’t dry out as quick that way.
Overall I’m mighty impressed with these little pots of shimmer. Now I’ve got my eye on ‘Thunderstorm’. Have you tried any new gel liners that you like recently? 

Charlotte Tilbury 'Pillow Talk' Lip Cheat Pencil

Sunday, 26 October 2014

I'm gonna go straight in and say that there are no words for how gorgeous this lip pencil from Ms Tilbury is. A butter soft, pinky nude pencil to add a subtle oomph to the lips. It's been my lip product of choice ever since I got my hands on it a few weeks ago. 

On the picture above I've applied it direct to my lips, I find that if I put lip balm on first it hinders the staying power ever so slightly. On the picture below I've dabbed a little bit of the Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm (HERE) on top to give a little bit of sheen and moisture. 

It's quite pricey for a lip pencil retailing at £16.00, but I've never found anything that comes close to it in terms of colour, consistency and longevity and therefore it'll be a definite repurchase for me. You can pick one up for yourself HERE.

What Charlotte Tilbury products do you like? 

ANOTHER Selfridges Make Up Haul

Sunday, 19 October 2014

I've finally spent my Selfridges vouchers. I promised myself I wouldn't spend it in the beauty hall, but we all knew that wasn't going to happen|! Here's what I picked up recently and what turned a mundane Monday evening quite exciting!

MAC Technakohl 'Earthline' Eyeliner // £14.00 / HERE 
I've got in to the routine of applying a single colour of liner along my upper lashes for my every day make up look at work. I've found that bronze/taupe colours suit me, but wanted something different to switch it up every now and again. I opted for Earthline - a muted grey with a slight lavender running through it, and just a tiny hint of frost. I think it really suits my blue eyes and it's buttery soft texture makes it a dream to apply quickly in the morning.

Louise Young Fine Liner Synthetic Brush // £8.00 // HERE 
I'd go as far to say that Louise Young is my favourite make up brush brand (well, out of those that I've tried anyway). I spotted this super thin fine liner brush in a Pixiwoo video, but had also eyed it up when I was last in Selfridges. It's incredibly thin and precise meaning it's perfect for using with gel liner. As with all Louise Young brushes, it washes really well, keeps it shape and has absolutely no shedding.

MAC 'Brule' Eye Shadow // £13.00 // HERE 
I ALWAYS run out of the lightest shade in my palettes because I use them as a base shadow nearly every day. I thought it was about time I picked up a separate basic shadow that could be used in conjunction with all of my palettes hence the reason I bought it in a pot instead of as a pan.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat 'Pillow Talk' // £16.00 // HERE
My lord I wish I'd picked this up sooner! What an absolutely gorgeous lip pencil that does exactly what it says on the tin! It easily creates a fuller pout, but without looking fake or overdone. I'm not going to say too much about it here because I'm going to do a full blog post on it later this week.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel 'Smokey Topaz' // £20.00 // HERE 
I'm not one to fall for product launches usually, but I swatched this in store a few weeks ago and it's been playing on my beauty brain ever since. As mentioned, I've been enjoying using a single stroke of colour along my lash line so 'smokey topaz' is perfect for this. Again, I won't go into too much detail here as I'm going to do a proper post, but all you need to know in the meantime is that it ROCKS.

Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder 'Invisible' // £23.00 // HERE
A bit of a boring, but necessary purchase. I've never had a compact that I can cart around with me during the day for quick touch ups. I decided to go for a completely sheer shade to pat away the 1 o'clock shine I seem to get during the day.

What's on your wish list at the moment? Have you tried any of the products I've bought from the above.