Stila Lip Glaze in Kaleidoscope

Stila Lip Glaze

I swithered about whether to write about this lipgloss for months and I’ve finally decided that I should. I got this in my Latest in Beauty advent calendar last year and didn’t think much of it. That and there’s a lot of controversy surrounding Stila as a brand (I won’t get into it here), so I cast it aside. When I was clearing out my stash I stumbled across it and decided to clean the brush and give the gloss another go.

On the lips, excuse the bad photography. It's super hard to photo your lips

On the lips, excuse the bad photography. It’s super hard to photo your lips

Kaleidoscope looks very pink in the tube, but this doesn’t really translate onto the lips. On the lips it looks more of a sheet pink with sparkle and can actually look fantastic layer over a pink lipstick for a bit of shine and sparkle. I’ve been teaming this with my favourite Benefit lippie and I have to say I am impressed so far. The colour is fantastic. The texture is quite sticky, but not in that horrible thick and sticky way that lipglosses can so often be. Your hair will stick to your lips with this one, but isn’t that the case with every lipgloss? In terms of longevity, I got a couple of hours max from this before another application is required. The flavour and scent of this is somewhat fruity, making it a joy to apply. What I really don’t like is the brush. The brush and twist mechanism sucks. You twist the base of the gloss to allow it to flow onto the brush, but I find it just pools and you get a massive blob on the brush. I don’t like it at all. I don’t really like lipglosses with brushes. The packaging is quite chic looking and sturdy though, so if you can get past the awful brush and throw it in your bag it will survive.

You can buy a 2.4ml tube of this in a massive 36 shades from Stila for £15. It is rather expensive for the tiny amount of product and I don’t think I would repurchase it. I will mention that the controversy surrounding stila has been in the animal testing department, which will put a lot of people off. I’m not here to pass judgement on a brand, I will leave that up to you.

What do you think of this gloss? Do you rate brush applicators or hate them like me?

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Bargain Alert|Urban Decay Anarchy Face Case|Swatches and Review (Picture Heavy)

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The Urban Decay Anarchy Palette

Every now and again, my other half will surprise me by doing something really thoughtful and sweet. It makes up for all the times he just thinks of himself, I don’t think he realises he does it sometimes. You may remember I posted about the Urban Decay Shattered Face Case a few months ago and how much I loved it. I really wanted to rush out and buy the Anarchy Face Case too, but refrained. I went for 5 years with just one handbag palette, so I couldn’t really justify buying this one. Fast forward a few months and I have the Anarchy Face Case, Shattereds edgier sister. I have now also convinced myself that I need all the Naked palettes and probably the electric palette too. I can’t see myself ever buying the electric palette as my raver days are long behind me (I still have a little rave to myself every now and again, especially if I am in the house alone). Anyway a few weeks ago I went shopping in Leicester with my other half and he took a blooming age in House of Fraser and I mean an age. Probably over an hour. I was patient and waited while he tried on a million t-shirts and pairs of shoes. Passing through Debenhams, I really wanted to look at the beauty section but normally he moans so I didn’t. In some twist of fate, we ended up leaving with a Mac Lipstick and this palette. I’m not sure what got over him…

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The Urban Decay Anarchy Palette

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The gorgeous logo on the palette

What Urban Decay Say…

‘Anarchy Face Case the all-in-one palettes for the most discriminating beauty junkies. The LIMITED-edition Face Case includes colors for your eyes, lips and cheeks, giving you all the essentials for a range of looks. Perfect for quick getaways, rushed mornings and last-minute invites to stay the night, this travel-size palette fit stealthily into your bag – making it easy to create a hot look no matter where you are. The double-layer compact keeps everything organized and prevents the shadows from mixing with the blushes and highlighter. Lift the lid to reveal the first tier, which houses the shadows, the lip color, the eye pencil and a big mirror. Delve into the lower tier and you’ll find the blushes and highlighter, along with another mirror.’ – Urban Decay

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Showing the 2 Layers of the palette

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The loose middle shadow

Packaging

When does Urban Decay ever get their packaging wrong? Although this isn’t quite as impressive as the Shattered, it is still pretty with the logo detailing on the front. I’m not sure if it is just me, but the plastic case doesn’t feel as sturdy as the Shattered and is slightly easier to open. It comes in a double layer layout, with two massive mirrors making it extremely great fro on the go application. I feel like this palette is definitely one for parties – the Shattered one does have shades that could be a day to night transition but this one is very sexy. The case is a bit more sophisticated than the Shattered, so I guess UD have anticipated that people will be carrying this around while all glammed up. Nice one UD, very well thought out. It is also really compact for the amount of stuff UD have packed in there: five eyeshadows, 2 powder blushers (which aren’t sold individually), a highlighter, mini eyeliner and full size lip crayon. Big thumbs up.

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The top layer of the palette

Eyeshadows

Crammed into this little case are 5 shadows, most of which are packed with glitter and a travel 24/7 eyeliner pencil. One gripe I have with these palettes is that the middle shade of shadow is loose in both this one and the Shattered Face Case. I figured it was just my Shattered Face Case and my bad luck before, but now I am starting to think that they just aren’t gluing the middle shades down properly. It’s not a big deal as it can be pushed back into place, but still annoying. Inside you get 5 powder eyeshadows:

Redemption: A deep gunmetal satin. This is a true dark grey and the texture is very smooth and silky. Pigmentation and wear time was excellent and I experienced minimal fallout with this one. This does have tiny particles of shimmer in it, but it is quite subtle.

Fray: A warm mauve matte. I wouldn’t necessarily refer to this as mauve, it’s more of an off pale pink if you know what I mean. This one takes a few layers to build up any sort of colour and I imagine on very dark skins this could look a bit ashy. The texture is really buttery and it applied like a dream. Makes a great all over shade.

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Redemption and Fray

Vaporize: Deep metallic grey-taupe shimmer. This leans a lot more brown than grey, but had really cool undertones in it and quite  a bit of glitter. This one was awful for product fallout and application was not as smooth as the first two. Pigmentation was very good and wear time with a primer was still 8 hours.

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Vaporize

Provacateur: Light metallic mauve with multi-dimensional metallic glitter. This one is jammed full of glitter and as it is pink kinda reminded me of something Barbie might wear? It’s quite a pale pink in itself, with the glitter being much darker. Pigmentation was great, but fall out was ridiculous. The glitter just goes everywhere and wear time suffers as a result. I think this one might benefit from a wet brush and I can’t see myself using this often except maybe for a party.

Revolt: Bright metallic silver shimmer with silver micro-glitter. This is a true silver colour, much like the colour of 10, 20 and 50p coins in the UK. Even in the pan it looked like a total glitter bomb and it did make a bit of mess, with some fall out, but nothing like it’s pink sister. Pigmentation of this one was a bit poor – I needed 3 or 4 swipes to get the pigmentation shown in the swatches. It is buildable, but I think I would use this over the top of a more muted shadow to add a little bling.

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Provocateur and Revolt

In comparison to its sister palette, the eyeshadows in the Anarchy Face Case are a little disappointing. I can see me getting a lot of use from Redemption and Fray, but the other 3 just had too much fallout to make a regular appearance on my face. Let’s hope the rest of the palette doesn’t disappoint!

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The pencils in the palette

Pencils

Perversion: Blacker than black matte 24/7 glide on eye-pencil. Wow. This certainly packs a punch. It is so incredibly black. The pencil in itself glides onto the lid without dragging or pulling and can easily be smudged out for a softer look. Wear time on this is incredible – 12 hours plus. The swatch on my arm has been there for a few hours and didn’t budge with soap and water so it looks like a cleanser job for that. The pencil is really really soft and easy to work with. I really like it and would probably buy this in full size when this runs out (it’s a mini and is 0.8g).

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Perversion eyeliner

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Perversion Eyeliner

Scandal: Bright metallic raspberry shimmer. This is definitely raspberry coloured and contains a little shimmer but nothing too noticeable. The pencil is really hydrating and can be built up for full coverage . I like to apply lip balm first, then this pencil and blot it off for a subtle hint of colour. I then top it with a gloss as I love a glossy lip. Wear time on this alone is good – around 4 hours and it partially survives eating and drinking. This shade is exclusive to this palette, but normally these pencils retail at £14 so if you like it, it’s worth buying the palette. Note that if you wear this alone it does stain the lips slightly – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if your out and about.

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Scandal lip crayon

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Scandal lip crayon

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The bottom layer in the palette

Cheeks

Fetish: A mauve-pink. This blush is a bit meh for me. It’s a peachy-plum colour with shimmer in it and the formula was quite dry and difficult to work with. I tried blending this out with little joy so be wary if your applying it to use a light hand. Wear time is not great, but not bad either. I got this to last for around 6 hours on my skin with a primer, but I really didn’t like it so have only worn it 3 times.

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Fetish Blush

Quickie: A bright pink. This colour looks gorgeous in the pan, it is so vivid and I was initially a little apprehensive that I would end up with clown cheeks. This blush has cool undertones and is completely matte and the pigmentation was amazing. This blusher is really, really soft but blends easily and wore for a good 8/9 hours. I’m really impressed with this one.

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Quickie blush

Craze: A pale gold shimmer. Me and highlighters don’t get on so I didn’t expect to like this one but I did. I love it! It is a yellow toned beige, with the shimmer we have come to expect in most highlighters. As with any shimmer, it emphasises pores if you use too much. It is very soft in texture and blends well. Where this really stood out for me was used on the cupids bow and brow-bone. Wear time was in excess of 8 hours for this, which I thought was impressive.

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Craze highlighter

Swatches

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From L-R: Redemption, Fray, Vaporize, Provacateur, Revolt

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Out of focus to show shimmer. From L-R: Redemption, Fray, Vaporize, Provacateur, Revolt

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Left: Perversion 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil
Right: Scandal Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Colour

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From L-R: Craze, Quickie and Fetish

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Showing the shimmer better. From L-R: Craze, Quickie and Fetish

Final Thoughts and Where to Buy

I definitely don’t like this as much as the Shattered Face Case, but I do like more than half of the palette so I guess it’s not too bad. For me the stand out products are the lip crayon, eye liner and the bright pink blusher. The eyeshadows are pretty disappointing by UD standards, but I think they will get some use come the party season.

This is currently on sale at Debenhams for £21 and they are offering free delivery on orders over £30. The shattered Face Case is also reduced to £21 and I would say buy it over this one, unless you love glittery eyes or really like the lip crayon (it is gorgeous).

What do you think of this palette? Are you tempted to buy it? Would anyone like to see side by side swatches of this and the Shattered?

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Manicure Monday #7 – OPI Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer

OPI Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer

OPI Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer

So technically it’s Tuesday, not Monday but I was far too tired yesterday. I didn’t get home from work until just before 9 and then had to eat etc, so just didn’t have the time. Sorry bloggers. I’ve also been feeling a little demotivated for the past few days, not so much blogging but life in general. A few things got said to me last week at work – both by people I consider friends and a manager. It just left me feeling a little kinda like “Is that really how people see me? Do people really think that?”. It’s really daft to get upset about, as they probably didn’t mean for it to upset me, but I am really a sensitive soul. It was mostly about positive sexism towards female engineers and also how it must be difficult for me in a male dominated environment. These are 2 things I never think about until people bring them up and then the awkward turtle comes out to play. Anyway, enough of my rambling an onto the pictures and review.

More than a Glimmer in the bottle

More than a Glimmer in the bottle

I got this set of 2 OPI polishes in TK Maxx for around £13. I am a sucker for OPI and a sucker for pink. This was a winner. This was released last year for breast cancer awareness, so OPI donate a pound. Pah. A measeley pound; I suppose it is better than nothing, but I’ve decided to save more and donate to cancer research regularly. I lost my Granny to cancer when I was 8 and it terrifies me that 1 in 3 of us will know someone with cancer. So at the moment, I’m donating only £3 a month but it is better than nothing. And no, I didn’t do the no make-up selfie. One look on my facebook page and there is plenty of no make-up photos. I also don’t do selfies, although I do have one coming up on the blog when I can get the courage…

Close up of Pinking of You

Close up of Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer

Cinderella Hand after 2 days

Cinderella Hand after 2 days – showing minor chipping

Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer again

Pinking of You and More than a Glimmer again

The formula of Pinking of you was not the best. It was quite thin and watery, drying streaky. As a result this was a 3/4 coater. It took an age to dry, but the result was a lovely glossy, Barbie pink. More than a Glimmer is the showstopper here. It is a very pale and milky pink, with different coloured hex glitter. The formula is far too sheer to wear alone, so I layered it over Pinking of You. I think the result was stunning. I also think pinking of you would look great in a jelly sandwich. Drying time for this one was great, within 5 minutes. Pinking of you dries to a matte finish, so I skipped the topcoat. I got a full 5 days of wear with only minor chipping. Massive winner.

Have you tried OPI and would you wear this combo? What’s your spring polish of the moment?

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