Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Red Lipstick Series - Guerlain Rouge G Jewel Lipstick in 23 Geisha

Time for another one in this series I think, I still have lots of reds to bring you but today I thought I would share this one. I absolutely love Guerlain makeup and I have a think for their limited edition Eyeshadow quads but they do excellent face powders too. This is my only lipstick from them and of course being a bit obsessed with all things Japan the colour is Geisha.

Colour (4/5)

I really like this red, it's a true red but very very easy to wear. It's not quite a vibrant and in your face as some of the other reds I have tried and therefore gives a slightly more subtle look. It is also quite sheer allowing you to build the colour so you feel comfortable.

Application (4/5)

The application on this one was a dream it is just the right formulation being creamy enough to work with but stays where you put it. After lining my lips I used a brush to fill in and the finished by applying straight from the tube for a pop of colour. It feels super light on the lips and has just the right amount to gloss.

Ronseal Factor (4/5)

This exceptional object boasts a comprehensive, premium formula containing a star ingredient: ruby powder, which acts as an optical whitener to bring out the colour and shine of the shades. The blend of natural active ingredients (Tiger Grass, wild mango butter, Gugul resin, used in Ayurvedic medicine) complete the formula to plump up, smooth and bring moisture and softness to your lips.

Ok so there is a fair amount of blurb about the case as a major selling point but we will come to that, the formula of the lipstick itself is lovely, I would actually agree it smoothed my lips but there was no plumping action and it did moisturise and soften them.

Wear (3/5)

This does not stain the lips at all and it wears off quite quickly but because it feels so nice on the lips t is something you will want to reapply and the case makes that easy. I like the fact it doesn't stain the lips because sometimes I don't want to wear my lipstick all day and like to be able to get rid of it at night.

Price (2/5)

These are extremely expensive around £26 but the packaging is exceptional if you compare it to say the £23 for the Chanel I think the extra money is justified. The formulation is certainly worth it but there is no denying the price is prohibitive,

Packaging (5/5)

This has to be the most beautifully packaged lipstick in the world, heres the blurb.
A jewel lipstick compact with a white gold shimmer designed by Lorenz Bäumer, the young and talented jeweller in Place Vendôme. A horizontal design with feminine curves that houses a secret: a mirror automatically appears when the compact is opened. The lipstick has a pure elegant, contemporary design, and closes magnetically.
Nothing more really needs to be said it is a joy to behold.

How it left the lips (5/5)

This is quite possibly the only lipstick I have tried that left me lips the same if not better than before I applied it, it really does make them feel nice and is so light to wear. It is also really easy to remove which is nice I don't like scrubbing to get my lipstick off.

Overall 27 out of 35, that is the highest score to date with only the price letting it down which shows you get what you pay for with this brand. If you can afford one of these beautiful lipsticks then go for it you on't regret it.

Monday, 27 December 2010

Mammoth Nail Round Up

So here we are at the end of another year and again I haven't got nearly as much blogging done as I had wanted. So with the purchase of a new camera for Christmas we are going to change it up a gear and there will be more vlogging and hopefully better pictures.

So without further ado heres what I have been sporting recently

I went to Finland at the start of December and picked myself up a few new polishes, this is Orly Ou Of This World (deep purple with a gold shimmer) and it is from their Cosmic FX collection, you have seen this swatched a million times I guess but it is a lovely colour. Application is fairly good, it does not play well with the old Seche though and as you can see I suffered some shrink and horrendous tip wear. It didn't chip though and lasted quite well. The Duo tone wasn't as nice as I expected but hey still love it!
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Next up is another from the same collection and the formulation is the same this is Lunar Eclipse, Looks more Purple in the bottle but comes out electric blue again the duo tone isn't all the but a nice polish none the less.
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Nails Inc have been at it again with their free giveaways, this was on the front of some magazine which I can't remember the name of now. The colour is Saville Row deep aubergine purple and not a lot to be said about Nails Inc really. I don't think I have ever had a bad one the polishes are a great formulation and last really really well.
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Up next is Mac from the Venomous Villains and it's Bad Fairy. This was the only unique polish from the collection and it's a beauty, I wasn't sure at first it;s a coppery pink and not really my style but once on it is mesmerising and not as garish as I thought. This seems to be the same formulation as the Orly Cosmic FX (with the other two polishes being direct dupes) so you do get a bit of tip wear.
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Again you have seen this a billion times but it is the Barry M Dusky Mauve which is a direct dupe of the Chanel Paradoxal which was a big hit back in the summer. I have to say I like this more if you remember my review of the Chanel I wasn't all that impressed but the shimmer in this is just a little stronger and the formulation is a little better not to mention the price.
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I can never resist a Mavala release their polishes are always quality and they are trying really hard with the colours even if they are still a heartbeat behind. This is Blue Smoke, smokey blue with blue glitter. I actually liked this more than I thought but I just never seem to feel comfortable with blue polishes.
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This is from the same collection and it is called Rococo Red. I can say hands down this is the best red nail polish I have ever tried the colour is so vibrant and it is a one coater, two if you are a perfectionist like me. It just glides on thin, precise and opaque I love it. I will be buying lots of back ups of this.
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This was a polish from my New York trip in October It's OPI for Sephora and the colour is 212. I think it is exclusive to online and in the times square store and it is such a hard colour to describe. it's a blackened brown jelly with glitter (gold and holographic) and kind of coppery flakies. Sounds complex, looks stunning!
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The final polish I have for you today is a little gem from Accessorize. They have dabbled in polishes and cosmetics before but their recent major release was a tour de force by them and this duo chrome polish is outstanding.
It's called Aztec and is a passable dupe for Mean and Green from Mac. Having them both I would say the glitter in the Accessorize is chunkier and the duo chrome slightly better, in fact I preferred this one to the Mac I think. Formulation and wear were the same you still need loads of coats but for £4 you can't complain.
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Thursday, 16 December 2010


sorry it has taken me so long to post this but the winner picked by random.org was Number 5


Congrats to you email me your address and I will post off your winnings :)