Friday, 30 December 2011

Review: Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Perfume

Friday, 30 December 2011

I am not one to collect perfume's so I only have a select few which I use and then when I run out I get something else. I don't think I have ever repurchased the same perfume more than once either. I like trying new ones so that is how I like it.

Viva La Juicy by Juicy Couture is very popular amongst younger women. The packaging is very over the top but I love it.

I love the little detailing with the Juicy Couture logo and the little charm that hangs from the lid. It is definitely a perfume bottle to put on display in your bedroom/dressing room.

Since I am so awful at describing scents, here is a snippet from the Juicy Couture webite,

'Long live the scent of couture. With top notes of wild berries and juicy mandarin gently tempered with honeysuckle, gardenia, and jasmine. Underlying it all are warm tones of amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood, and praline. Boldly bottled with Juicy charms and rocked in fuchsia wrap.'

I love how sweet and girly this perfume smells. I think, for the summer especially, this is definitely a scent to cheer you up and make you feel more alive!

The 50ml bottle is priced at around £46 which is pretty steep in price but is it worth it? Yes!

Atia x x x

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

2011 Favourites: Brushes

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Brushes.. A few years back, I had no idea what a good brush could do. I am so glad to say that my make up application has improved vastly just by starting to use brushes.

There are three face brushes that have really stood out to me this year.

I have been using the large F30 powder brush by Sigma for the majority of this year and love it. It is large, soft and distributes face powder evenly making it an ideal brush to set my foundation.

For my regular readers, it is probably strange to see that the Sigma F80 is not in my favourites for this year. The reason behind this is that although I do love that brush for applying foundation, I found that the F60 works a lot better for my skin type. It gives me a more natural look which is what I like to go for normally.

For blush, I have been using the C405 Crown brush. This works perfectly to apply and blend blush and make it look natural.

The E45 tapered blending brush by Sigma is one that I have recently started using but it has quickly become one that I don't go without whenever I wear makeup. It is great to use in the crease because of its shape and it blends very well too.

The Sigma E25 and MAC's 217 are very similar in shape and size and so they both serve the same purpose which is that they are great for blending. I use them to blend out eyeshadow especially when I am blending between the eyeshadow shades I have used and the highlight.

Lastly, the E05 by Sigma is a brush which I saw michele1218 on YouTube raving about, is the perfect brush for cream or gel liner. It is just the right size which allows you to apply a thin or thick line. It is also pretty stiff so it doesn't bend easily which makes controlling it easy too.

I was surprised at how much my favourite brushes have changed, but it should have been expecting seeing as I seem to have invested in quite a few this year!

What are your favourite brushes?

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Review: MUA Single Eyeshadows

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

MUA is a brand of make up sold exclusively in Superdrug which started off with all their products priced at just £1. I picked up quite a few of their eye shadows after using a couple because I was just so impressed with them.

The packaging of these shadows isn't amazing in any way whatsoever. That isn't really an issue for me as I generally care more about what the actual product is like. That is not to say however, that the packaging is bad, it would still be pretty easy to travel with and I have actually travelled with some of these shadows and they have stood the test of falling around pretty well.

The shadows themselves I find are very smooth and creamy feeling. They don't lack at all in pigmentation which initially was one of the biggest surprises about this product. For £1, really, can you find a good quality eyeshadow anywhere? I highly doubt it.

As I'm sure you can tell, the pay off is amazing for these eyeshadows. The go on very easily and blend so well.

I am absolutely in love with these. The only reason I have not bought more than this is because MUA came out with their professional line which includes some gorgeous larger eyeshadow palette's that come in a variety of colours- those also are very inexpensive!

All in all, this is a great brand for eye shadows, I would definitely recommend them!

Atia x x x

Monday, 26 December 2011

Review: MAC Iridescent Powder in Silver Dusk

Monday, 26 December 2011

I have had my eye on the Iridescent Powder in Silver Dusk by MAC for a long time now. I watched quite a few YouTuber's talking about it and that is what got me curious about it.

The container is quite large and it has a sifter which makes sure to keep most of the product protected so it doesn't fly everywhere.

The product itself is very finely milled and quite sparkly. It is a champagne/pink with silver shimmer and is very smooth.

I like to apply this to my cheekbones for highlighting and I love the effect that it gives.
It is very easy to overdo it though and so a light hand is necessary to make sure you don't get the 'disco ball' effect.

12g of product means I probably will never ever run out of it. It is priced at £17.50 which is quite high but if it only needs to be bought once, I think it is definitely worth it.

It still is not my absolute favourite because I like the Accessorize bronzer in 'Golden Sand' a little more as it is the perfect shade for my skin tone. You can take a look at the review for that here.

Atia x x x

Saturday, 24 December 2011

2011 Favourites: Lip Products

Saturday, 24 December 2011

My favourite make up product has always been lipstick and I have always tried to find different shades that suit my skin tone. This year I came across many new brands and now I have pretty much decided which brands I am most fond of.

Taste in lip products varies depending on the kind of make up looks you enjoy wearing. I personally prefer neutral shades but I like brighter colours on special occasions.

To start of with, I found the perfect lip balm for me.
I always, and I don't know why but I thought that Carmex was only available in the USA. It is a bit silly really, considering their products are readily available at Boots! This lip balm moisturises my lips so well. In winter obviously my lips get chapped a lot more but this lip balm keeps it at bay! The best thing about it is the very reasonable price.

Rimmel's Lasting Finish lipsticks have definitely made quite an impression on me. I now own (I think) around five, all of which I really love. These lipsticks are moisturising, they last quite some time and the colour pay off is really good. I especially love the two shades 'Airy Fairy' and 'Asia'.

Buying a YSL lipstick was a huge splurge on my part earlier this year. I don't regret it though! This is Shade 5 and I love it! The quality of the lipstick is, as expected, amazing. I like the uniqueness of the packaging too.

MAC lipsticks are ones I am sure most of you are aware of. I have one much loved lipstick called 'Gems of Roses'. This only came out recently, from what I recall, the Semi-Precious collection. I use this lipstick so much since it gives colour to my face but doesn't look like it is too much.

I don't have any favourite lip glosses as I don't wear them much but some suggestions would be much appreciated!

Atia x x x

Friday, 23 December 2011

2011 Favourites: Eye Products

Friday, 23 December 2011

I have had a lot of fun this year with discovering new eye products and I have especially experimented with eye shadow and primer's quite a lot.

For eyeshadow, the 15th Anniversary palette by Urban Decay has been a definite favourite. I have used this palette so much and have not tired of it. It has some really pretty neutral shades and also some of the loveliest vibrant colours which are so smooth and creamy. I feel like if I had just this one palette to use for the rest of my life, I would be happy. The only downside is that it is a limited edition palette but it is still available at Debenhams.

Urban Decay features yet again in my favourites for the eyes, but then they most definitely do score considerably higher than other brands, in their eye products quality. I love these 24/7 Eyeshadow Pencils. I use them on their own or as a base. They work perfectly for both purposes. Especially in the summer time, I used to just quickly apply, blend and go. They last so long without creasing it was a bit of a shock in all honesty. I didn't expect that so was glad to know I hadn't wasted my money!

The Limecrime Eyeshadow base I was actually sent early this year. After using this though, I haven't really used other bases that much. This base makes shadow stick on and look vibrant. It prevents creasing better than any other base. Without a doubt I will purchase this once I run out.

I discovered my favourite mascara ever, Max Factor's False Lash Effect, which I have been using all year. At the moment I have been using the brown one which I bought by accident but I actually really like it for every day use. It volumises, lengthens and separates my lashes really well without clumping. I have tried so many mascara's but this one is a definite favourite of mine.

Liquid liner's were not a product I would normally go for on an every day basis. I still don't use it every day but when I do want to use it, I love using the Superliner by L'oreal. It is very black, smooth, flake free and lasts a long time. It isn't stupidly expensive either which, for me, makes it the perfect liquid liner.

Lastly, Soap&Glory have very recently come out with a make up line. I picked up the black pencil liner when I saw it because it seemed very creamy and dark. Although this is not a product I have been using all year, I have used it a lot since I bought it a few months back. It is what I use for my lower lash line and I find that it stays on so well and just glides on. I would say it definitely is better than a lot of higher end liners I have tried.

I think it has been a good year for eye products. I have discovered some fabulous ones which I know I will continue to use for years to come!

What are your favourite eye products this year?

Atia x x x

Thursday, 22 December 2011

2011 Favourites: Face Products

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Since it is the end of the year and also almost the end of the first year of my blog, I thought I would share with you the products that I have enjoyed the most throughout this year.

Starting off with the face products, I actually discovered quite a number of new ones. I did delve into the higher end products more this year and have been pleasantly surprised at how (certain) ones can really change your outlook on make up application.

For an eye cream, I have used the Origins Starting Over cream, which actually I purchased as a mistake. I was meant to buy a different one but purchased the Anti-Ageing one instead. Having said that though, I really love this cream. It is hydrating, it moisturises very well and I feel like it has really prevented my eyes from looking too tired. It is pricey (approximately £26), but worth it.

The L'oreal Studio Secrets Face Primer is quite a recent buy. It blew the rest of my primer's out of the water though! All year I have been on the look out for a decent primer that keeps my oiliness at bay and also helps to keep foundation on for longer. This product does just that and I love it!

NARS is a lovely luxury brand which I only really got into this year. I had heard so much about the Sheer Glow Foundation that I had to try it. This is a foundation which gives sheer to medium coverage and for me, definitely needs powder on top to set it. I don't have too many imperfections on my skin so this is a great foundation for me. When I don't want to look too done up and want a nice glow, I go for this and find it works perfectly for me.

At the beginning of the year, when I first purchased the MAC Studio Fix Fluid, I liked it but I thought it was way too much for every day. I soon discovered that I actually was applying too much and didn't need more than half a pea size for the whole face. Now this is my daily foundation because it keeps me from getting oily but still gives me a glow.

The Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer has been my 'go to' for almost every time I have worn make up this year. It is cheap (£4.19 I think?), it covers really well and brightens the under eye area perfectly. It also lasts incredibly long, hence its' name I am guessing!

MAC's Select Cover-Up Concealer is very very similar but has a considerably higher price tag. You also need just the tiniest amount (and you do get a lot of product) so that kind of makes up for it. I have been varying between this and the Collection 2000 one since I have bought this. If you are on the lookout for a good high end concealer, I would recommend this.

 My favourite blush without a doubt this year has been Deepthroat by NARS. I mean, just look at it! It is such a beautiful shade of pink with a little peach, and gold shimmer. The perfect blush which goes with almost any look! I have worn the heck out of this blush since I bought it and just know I will be wearing it for years to come!

 Lastly, when it comes to setting foundation, or just face powder in general, I am very picky. The reason is, because I get quite flaky skin around my nose and detest it when make up cakes up around that area. I tried the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, a Rimmel powder, the ELF Studio one and a few others but this one has by far surpassed them all. It is smooth, silky and goes on so naturally. It doesn't cake up, it doesn't accentuate my flaws- on the contrary it hides them pretty well. I have worn this every single time I have applied make up and there has not been one day when it has not worked for me. It is definitely a product I will not hesitate to buy again!

All in all, it has been a pretty good year for face products. They are the most important for me, as if they work well for your face, the rest of the make up will just come together pretty easily.

I am currently using my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel but really want to try something different which makes a noticeable difference to my skin. That is pretty much why I don't have a favourite for a face cream. Any recommendations?

Atia x x x

Monday, 19 December 2011

First Impressions: Glossybox Special Edition (December)

Monday, 19 December 2011

I received my Glossybox this morning due to having missed the delivery earlier last week. Since I am always out and about and so busy with my personal life, I find it very difficult to fit everything in the way I want it to.

The Glossybox this time around is a bright red. It is a limited edition box as it is Christmas time and so the colours used are very relevant to the festive season.

At first glance, I was very impressed with the contents. Of course this months' box would have been better than previous ones but all the same, I wasn't expecting so many good products.

1. Blink+Go Hi-Definition Mascara

 I am actually quite fussy with my mascara's but I do look forward to seeing how well this one works for me. The brush is quite small, I thought it would be pretty large considering the size of the tube. It feels and looks quite expensive (which it is!) so I do have high hopes for it.

Retail Price: £14.99

2. Cargo Cosmetics Classic Lip Gloss in Morocco

 I have a lip gloss by Cargo already which I really like as it isn't sticky at all and feels nice on the lips. Cargo products are usually pretty expensive so this will be a nice addition to my collection. The only thing is that I don't wear lip glosses very often so am not sure how much I will use it.

Retail Price: £10.00

3. Deborah Lipmann Mini Nail Varnish in Razzle Dazzle and Stripped to Go Sachet

 Deborah Lipmann nail polishes are constantly being raved about and are very popular amongst Youtubers and bloggers. I personally rarely wear nail polish and would not have bought a nail polish so expensive normally. This is such a pretty colour though and it will be perfect to brighten up a dull winter day.

The finger mitt to remove nail polish will be handy for my make up bag on the go.

Retail Price: £14-£16

4. MEMEME Seventh Heaven Moisturising Facebase

  This moisturiser smells divine! It has a lovely citrus-y fresh scent. I haven't tried MeMeMe products before so this will be nice. A £5 off voucher was also included in this so the full size can be purchased for £10.

Retail Price: £15

5. Rituals Foaming Shower Gel
 I have never heard of this brand but the smell of this shower gel is amazing! The scent is Indian Rose and Sweet Almond oil, which even sounds lovely. I am looking forward to my shower tomorrow when I can try this out to see how well it works.

Retail Price: £6.50

Overall, this box is one of my favourites since they first started them. Literally every product is one that I would use and maybe would not have thought to buy otherwise.

I am looking forward to seeing what comes in the new years' box.

Did you like your box this month?

Atia x x x

Friday, 9 December 2011

First Impressions: Sigma Premium Brush Kit

Friday, 9 December 2011

The once a year free delivery offer was up on Sigma's website a few weeks ago for Black Friday. Since I had been waiting for an opportunity like this, I got a hold of the Premium Brush Kit that I had my eye on for what seemed like a long time!

Although I am affiliated with Sigma, I have bought many of their brushes in the past myself and have absolutely loved them. They are high in quality and haven't let me down. I especially love the Sigmax line. They are definitely their most unique brushes.

I apologise in advance for the quality of photo's, it was night when I took them and they just didn't come out as clear as I would have liked them to.

 I like the way the Sigma brushes are always packaged. It all looks very pretty. The brush roll for this brush set is a really soft faux leather which has a magnetic button to open and close it.

 There are good descriptions on the leaflet that is included, which explains how to use each brush.

The face brushes are all incredibly soft and well made. I am expecting them to shed a little as a few of my other black bristled brushes by Sigma have shed a few times but it is not a major issue as I only seem to see a couple of hairs shedding.

The only brush from the eye brushes that I might not use very often is the flat definer one as I like to use angled brushes for cream liner and am not sure what I would use this for yet.
I have been on the lookout for a good lip brush which comes with a lid and am glad to have one now. It makes application of OCC lip tars and the Sleek Pout Paints very easy, along with any other lipsticks etc.

Lastly, I was also sent a free blending eye brush which is the E25.
I love this brush. I have the MAC version, which is the 217 and a few of the Sigma ones already and it is one of my most used brushes. If you are on the look out for a good eye brush I would definitely recommend this one.

So far, I am very impressed, but then I knew I would be anyway. I would much rather invest in these brushes than the MAC ones because they are cheaper and last a very long time if they are cared for in the right way.

What Sigma brushes do you have?

Atia x x x