red lip week day 4: nyx liquid suede in kitten heels

nyx liquid suede kitten heels swatches and review

nyx liquid suede kitten heels swatches and review

Welcome to the penultimate day of Red Lip Week! I wanted to include a drugstore red lip option in this series, and NYX liquid lipsticks have such a good reputation that I thought I'd try one out.

Today's red lip is NYX Liquid Suede in Kitten Heels.

So how does it perform?

It's a true brick red. I LOVE the colour. One layer of the NYX Liquid Suede in Kitten Heels gives you quite an orange-toned red, and the second layer takes it to true brick red status.

One of my favourite things about this lippie is the applicator. As you can see from the pictures, it's quite long and thin with a slightly flat, domed shape. It's also very flexible. This makes it super easy to apply it exactly where you want it, without any "migrating" of pigment. It's super easy to line your lips with this as well, so you end up getting a great shape without any fuss.

The pigmentation is brilliant--you get full opacity in one swipe, but as I mentioned, I like to layer it up for a deeper colour. The pictures at the end of the post show how it looks in natural light, but away from the window, and then in direct sunlight.

nyx liquid suede kitten heels swatches and review


Does it pass the Holiday Feasting Test?

Well, it unfortunately doesn't pass the Holiday Feasting Test. I wore this whilst eating an extremely greasy salmon dinner, and it took off most of the pigment on the lower lip (upper lip was ok). That having been said, it layered up super well and there weren't any issues with texture when touching it up.

Also--critically--it passed the equally-important Holiday Cocktail Test. This didn't even transfer onto the wine glass!

What's the verdict?

This isn't the best for your holiday dinner, but it is GREAT for your holiday cocktail party, as well as any and all wine you might need to consume to get yourself through Christmas dinner without bringing up Tr**p or Roy Moore. And at only £7, it won't set you back too much.

nyx liquid suede kitten heels swatches and review

nyx liquid suede kitten heels swatches and review



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red lip week day 3: charlotte tilbury matte revolution lipstick in red carpet red


Charlotte tilbury red carpet red review and swatches
Charlotte tilbury red carpet red review and swatches


Charlotte tilbury red carpet red review and swatches
How is it already Day 3 of Red Lip Week??

Today's post features what is possibly my favourite lipstick of all time (bold claim, I know). It's the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red.

So what's all the fuss about?

The formula of this lipstick is INSANE. It bills itself as a luminous matte, which it truly is. It glides over my dry patches and makes my lips look super smooth. And it lasts FOREVER. You could go all day with barely a touch-up. Also, crucially--it fades evenly, leaving a pretty stain on your lips that isn't patchy or sparse in areas.

Charlotte tilbury red carpet red review and swatches

Charlotte tilbury red carpet red review and swatches


Does it past the Holiday Feasting Test?

This is a resounding YES. This is actually the lipstick I trust most with the holiday feast. It does fade a bit with eating, but really only a bit--and, as mentioned above, it fades evenly. This means your lipstick still looks good after eating and drinking as much as you possibly can. I would touch-up the lipstick after a meal to maintain full opacity if I had a spare moment (cause I'm just like that), but I wouldn't need to do so in order to not look like a person with crazy, patchy lipstick.

Ps. it smells the teensiest bit like Lindt Chocolates--which is a win for both me and my husband.


Have you guys tried this? What are your thoughts?
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red lip week day 2: clinique ruby pop

clinique matte lip pop ruby pop review and swatches

clinique matte lip pop ruby pop review and swatches

It's Day 2 of Red Lip Week! Today we've got Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour in Ruby Pop.

This bills itself as a lipstick and primer in one. I've never really used a lip primer, but it's supposed to smooth the surface of the lips and aid in application and lasting time.

clinique matte lip pop ruby pop review and swatches


So how does it perform?

Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour in Ruby Pop is a cherry red that leans ever so slightly orange in certain lights. The bullet is pointed at the top, so its easy to apply and line your lips at the same time. Definitely quicker to apply than the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint.

When I've got dry lips, this does cling onto my dry patches, so that's something to bear in mind. Most matte lipsticks do this, however, so I was expecting that. It is a true matte with no hint of gloss.

Now...for the Holiday Feasting Test. The lipstick lasts for a really long time and if you weren't eating, I don't think you'd need to touch it up throughout the day. But I'm a grazer and am constantly snacking. After lunch, this lipstick definitely needed touching up. It had stayed in place on the edges of the lips, but had pretty much completely gone in the middle of the bottom lip. It's pretty easy to reapply and layer up, but it isn't nourishing, so my (super dry) lips felt drier throughout the day.

clinique matte lip pop ruby pop review and swatches

clinique matte lip pop ruby pop review and swatches


What's the verdict?

It's a gorgeous cherry red that will look best on people with slightly warmer undertones and skin tones. Wear time is good, although you'll need a touch up after a meal. I think this would be a great day-time red because of it's bright, cherry colour. I certainly wouldn't say the primer element of the lippie makes a huge amount of difference.

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red lip week: fenty beauty stunna lip paint

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint review

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint review
I love a red lip all year round--but I think there's something so special and festive about rocking a red lip this time of year. So this week is....RED LIP WEEK!

Every day this week, I will be featuring a new red lipstick with pictures of how it looks on my pigmented lips and fair skin tone. I hope you guys enjoy! Let me know if there's a red lip in particular you'd like to see!

This week...it's the Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint! Regular readers will know that I'm a huge fan of the Fenty Beauty Skin Stix--they just look so natural on the skin. I was so excited when they announced the Stunna Lip Paint, although I was dubious about the release of just one "universal" shade. However, since the Gloss Bomb universal shade went down so well that I decided to give it a try.

So how does it perform?

The Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint wears exceptionally well throughout the day. It truly is a liquid lip that you can rely on. It just lasts for ages. It even lasted through a greasy pizza dinner and still looked undisturbed. The colour also really suits me. On my fair skin tone (with neutral/olive undertones), it reads as a true red. Not too orange, not too blue. I love it. I've been googling around, and it seems like on darker, warmer skin tones, it reads more warm and orangey, and on fairer, cooler skin tones, it reads as more of a blue red.

Any drawbacks?

I am not a professional makeup artist (obvs) and I found it a bit difficult to apply the first time I used it. Like the Kat Von D & Chanel liquid lipstick formulas, it "migrates" a little bit toward the lip line after you apply it, before it "sets". The moral of the story is apply less than you think you need. I used it with the NYX Suede Lipliner in Alabama and that helped guide me as to where I exactly wanted my lip line to be and where I therefore needed to apply the lipstick.

The only other drawback for me is that even though Rihanna says this is a red lipstick that can survive a make-out session, I can unfortunately report that it did not. TMI! For some reason, it survived the pizza and the wine, but not the smooching.

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint review





Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint review

What's the verdict?

If you're not sure about whether the colour will suit you, pop into Harvey Nichols or Sephora and try it on. But you can be sure that this is a red lip you won't have to worry about reapplying, no matter how much festive feasting you do.

Have you guys tried this? What are your thoughts?
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the base product I just don't get on with: nars hydrating glow tint

nars hydrating glow tint review

nars hydrating glow tint review

Normally, the words "hydrating glow tint" would have me fawning like a fan girl. And when I saw that NARS was releasing a limited-edition Charlotte Gainsbourg-inspired collection, I knew I had to snap up the tinted moisturiser. I was hoping it would be a slightly hardier version of the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint (which I do love, but doesn't have the best lasting power).

So how does it perform?

The NARS Hydrating Glow Tint has a really light, mousse-y formula. You can see in the swatch below that it kind of has air pockets in it, just like a mousse would. I bought the shade Fair, which has pink undertones. I have more olive undertones, so that could be one reason this product didn't agree with me.

It bills itself as "easy going, fresh-faced perfection...awakens dull skin and evens out tone". Based on this description and on the product's name, I thought this would be the answer to my dehydrated skin woes.

nars hydrating glow tint review

nars hydrating glow tint review

Unfortunately this product just didn't work for me. For some reason, it looks super powdery and crumbly on my skin. It didn't look hydrating or glowy...and actually kind of accentuated dry patches and pores so that my skin looked worse after application.

This product may work for some people, and that's awesome! But for me, it's a no. If you're interested, I would recommend trying it in-store first to see how it works with your skin.

Who would it work for?

I imagine it would be a lot better for girls and guys with oily skin, especially since it's oil-free.

Have you guys tried this product? What are your thoughts?

a totally underrated mascara: marc jacobs o!mega lash volumising mascara

marc Jacobs mascara review

Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumising Mascara reviewThere are some mascaras that get so much hype in the blogging world...but there are some mascaras that don't get the credit they deserve!

One of those under-hyped mascaras is the Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumising Mascara. Marc Jacobs as a beauty brand gets a lot of hype, especially for their eyeshadows, but I hadn't heard much about this mascara formula. And I'm happy to report that it's less expensive than my beloved Tom Ford option (review here)!

So how does it perform?

It has a medium-sized, fluffy brush and it gives the prettiest, flutteriest look to the lashes. You know when you want just really flirty, feathery lashes? That's what this delivers. It gives my ideal type of volume--which for a lot of bloggers translates as "clumpy"; but this mascara just makes it look like you've got loads more lashes than you actually do.

It's not super lengthening, but then again, it doesn't promise length, and in my opinion, the fluttery, feathery effect makes up for the lack of length. It gives a very similar effect to the Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes--but without the instant crumbling/flaking/smudging that I get from the CT mascara.

Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumising Mascara review

Any drawbacks?

My main issue with volumising mascaras is that they often flake away and create a black smudging line beneath the eye or where the lashes hit the bottom of the brow bone. This mascara doesn't do that--which is a huge plus. However, by the end of a long day, there will be some flaking happening beneath the eye. The good news is that it's at least the length of a work day + dinner before it gets to that point.

So does it deserve more hype?

Yes! I think the Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumising Mascara deserves way more hype than it currently receives. If you can get your hands on a sample, give it a try!

Have you guys tried this mascara? What's your favourite volumising formula?
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wedding wednesday: my wedding makeup

Scottish bridal boho bride makeup inspiration


Even though I love doing my own makeup (obvs), I decided to bring a team of professionals to help out on the big day. My reasoning was this: a) I knew some women in my family would appreciate it, and b) despite my best efforts, sometimes, no matter what I do, my birthmark just won't "take" the concealer. I know that sounds odd--but it's true. Sometimes it just shines through. I usually find this quite frustrating--and I knew I wanted a professional on-hand just in case.

Plus, I think it was really relaxing not to have to worry about doing my own makeup on the day. I didn't have to think through what eyeshadow colours would and wouldn't work and whether I should go with bronzer or blusher.

My one concern was that the makeup artists would put on too heavy a layer of makeup. I always want my skin to look like skin, rather than like foundation. So I did loads of research before booking my makeup artist. The makeup artist I went with had tons of reviews saying that she'd make the client look natural and hadn't piled it on. I was nervous, but I booked them based on the many good reviews.

Scottish bridal boho bride makeup inspiration


What company did I use?

I decided to go with AMM Hair and Makeup Team. They're based in Glasgow, but they have travelling teams all over Scotland. I didn't want to pay for a hair and makeup trial (not to mention that I was teaching summer school full-time and there just wasn't a free moment). Luckily my stylists were super understanding and just asked that I send them some pictures of the styles I had in mind. My makeup artist was Amy, and she was amazing!

What was my inspiration?

This photo and this photo, both from Pinterest, were my inspiration. I knew I wanted a softly defined eye and natural-looking skin, with not too much shimmer anywhere but still a bit of a glow.

I told the artist that I was terrified of my cheeks getting too rosy throughout the day, so she just used bronzer and highlight. The bronzer was a shade from Mac that I can't remember, and the highlight was a mix of the shades from this Tom Ford Skin Illuminating Powder Duo. My foundation was Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow (my review here). My lipstick was a Milani one...I can't remember the shade! I'm not sure what products she used on my eyes, but she definitely used Mac Extended Play Gigablack Lash, and my concealer was--what else!--the Collection Lasting Perfection (my review here).

Scottish bridal boho bride makeup inspiration

Scottish bridal boho bride makeup inspiration


What's your ideal bridal makeup? Sound off in the comments below.

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