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?

UK Box Swap with Cats for Life

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It’s been a while since I blogged hasn’t it? So this post is a good way to ease me back into it. I know your probably sick of me saying I am busy at work, but it’s true! Topped with an untimely visit to A and E, a horrible cold and the landlord deciding to replaster the house we stay in, I’ve been pretty busy. I move department again in a few weeks time, so looks like the 12, 14 or even 16 hour days could be a thing of the past for me. I really love my current department and although this past 2 weeks have been insanely busy I will be really sad to leave. I’ve enjoyed getting stuck into different things. The replastering of our house came at the totally wrong time and there is just stuff everywhere. It’s horrible. It’s even a struggle to sit down at my computer and write this post.

Anyway, I arranged this box swap with the lovely Jordannah back in the new year and we had originally planned to do the swap in March/April time around Easter. We ended up delaying it as Jordannah was on holiday for a few weeks and before I knew it, it was June! I actually got my box a few weeks before Jordannah, even though I posted her box before she posted mine. Her boyfriend ended up forgetting to take the box with him, so poor Jordannah had to wait over 3 weeks to get it from him! I felt pretty bad for her, but eventually she got her box, so we agreed we would show you all what we got!

I was so excited when I opened the box by the sheer amount of things she had managed to cram into our budget. I felt like my box was a little lacking in comparison. I couldn’t wait to rip off the cute orange and red tissue paper and see what was in store. And boy I was not disappointed! Jordannah also included a really cute little cat postcard – we both love cats. I thought the yellow cards that were stuck onto each of the little bundles explaining why she included things was a great idea.

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Skincare

Vichy Idealia Smoothing and Illuminating Cream

‘I had too many of these Vichy Serums lying around so thought you would love one!’

Thanks 🙂 Jordannah! I had seen Vichy on so many blogs as it seems a staple product in those monthly subscription boxes but had never tried anything myself. This little 3ml tube will be fabulous for taking on holiday as it won’t eat into my liquid allowance too much. I’ve put this away in my drawer of holiday sachets, so hopefully it wont be there too long before I get to use it!

Montagne Jeunesse Chocolate Masque

‘And who can say no to a chocolate face mask?!’

I love Montagne Jeunesse Face Masks. I actually have a tube of the chocolate and orange face mask, which I love and I imagine this one will be pretty similar. Mmm chocolatey.

Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash Gel

‘And to a bit of simple. Everyone needs some in their life!’

I knew I would forget to photograph something in the bundle. Sorry. Simple is not a brand I am hugely familiar with – I’ve tried a couple of things and I know it is super affordable and gentle on the skin. This wash is soap free and unscented. I’m going to let my other half try this one out too as he has really sensitive skin. This didn’t dry out my skin, or leave it feeling tight.

Garnier Moisture Match Illuminating Light Lotion

‘Hehe, this is the item I had to break into the box, to put in! I love this moisturiser, it’s by far the best drugstore one I’ve found.’

I am so glad that Jordannah delayed sending the box to put this in! Love it so much. I think it is probably the highlight of the box for me. It smells delicious, kinda citrusy and it so light on the skin. After using this my skin feels amazing and soft and not at all greasy. Applying makeup after this is a dream. I am in love. Thank you so much!

Halo Eye Make-Up Remover Pads

‘I really love Halo as a brand and these make-up wipes are really good.’

I haven’t tried these out yet as I generally only use make-up wipes when I am feeling lazy. The packet is so compact that these would be good for a weekend away when you want to keep stuff to a minimum.

Hair and random stuff

Hair and random stuff

Hair and Miscellaneous

Beauty So Clean Wipes

‘I also put in some Beauty So Clean wipes to clean beauty items like lipgloss and lipstick.’

What a brilliant idea these wipes are and I will definitely make full use of these. More often than not I am cleaning up palettes and lipgloss, so this will be a much more hygienic than a tissue.

Batiste Original Dry Shampoo

‘For hair I love Batiste. Its a life saver.’

This can is so cute and compact and would be perfect for a festival. I don’t use dry shampoo as a shampoo, I tend to use it more for backcombing. Once my current can is finished, I will be giving this a try.

Tresemme Hair Shot

‘I also got a little hair conditioner shot for a little pick me up.’

I could really do with this right now, my hair is an absolute mess! Thanks for including this Jordannah, you must have read my mind. Once the replastering is done in my house, I will be having a pamper session, so will whip this out then.

Maybelline Baby Lips in Hydrate

‘For lips I’ve put in my all time fav baby lips – I’m already on my second.’

I’m surprised Jordannah has managed to go through one of these already! I haven’t tried this Baby lips before, but I have the Mint one which I love the smell of, but don’t find too moisturising. Hopefully since this one is actually targeted to moisturise the lips that it will far better.

Makeup goodness

Makeup goodness

Cosmetics

Collection Cream Puff in Cotton Candy

‘These collection Lip Puffs are great too! I chose a pretty standard colour just in case!’

They are actually amazing. The colour is perfect for me and compliments my skin really well. I love the idea of these, they dry to a matte finish but apply like a gloss. I managed to get around 2-3 hours wear from this and it did transfer a little when eating and drinking. One thing I noticed was that it required good lip preparation before so that my lips didn’t look flakey and liney.

Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in Peach Melba

Ah good old natural collection. I used to love natural collection when I was in school as everything was so affordable. I was pleasantly surprised by how pigmented this blusher is and how smoothly it applies. This colour is really natural looking, so perfect for those no makeup days.

Collection Bronze Glow in Terracota

‘ I got you my all time favourite blush and bronzer so you can try out some contouring.’ 

I am a bad beauty blogger. I don’t contour. I wear blusher and sometimes bronzer and I guess you could say I sculpt my cheeks a little, but I never contour the jawline, hairline or nose. Lets give it a bash with this matte bronzer shall we?

Seventeen Phwoar Paint

‘I bought you my fav concealer of the moment, it says its for under eyes but works great on blemishes too.’

I’ve seen this on a few blogs and have been intrigued. I am the queen of dark circles, so really need something heavy. I haven’t actually tried this under eyes yet as I am worried it will crease, so need to wait for a day when I am not leaving the house but it is fabby on spots. So creamy and the colour is an okay match for my skin.

Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner in Black

‘I really love the collection liquid eyeliner – it’s so easy to do a cat eye with.’

When I saw this I turned away and groaned. I am so useless at liquid eyeliner as my hands are so shaky, so I thought I would just make a mess. I wasn’t wrong. So much mess. Anyway, Brittany from the Beauty deputy had a cool technique to use tape to mark off your area for a flick. I’m gonna get some masking tape and try this out. In terms of formula, I don’t really have any other eyeliners of the liquid variety to compare to, but it seems quite wet, drying to a semi matte finish. I will report back if I successfully manage a flick.

Alima Eyeshadow

‘I also put in a little loose eyeshadow I had but never used. I know you love eyeshadow more than me!’

Awh this was very sweet to get this included. The colour of this is hard to describe, a kinda grey-brown shimmer. I’m going to review this soon as I had never heard of the brand.

Notebook, pens and brush roll

Notebook, pens and brush roll

Food and Non-Beauty Stuff

Brush Roll, Notebook and Gel Pens

Cute notebook

Cute notebook

Couldn't resist a close up of the pens

Couldn’t resist a close up of the pens

Brush roll

Brush roll

Ah how cute is the brush roll?And she hand made it! I was scared to use it incase it gets dirty, but its washing machine safe! Once my house is back in order, this will take pride of place on my dresser. The notebook with the stitched on dolls was a cute addition too. And the swirly gel pens took me back to my childhood.

Food :)

Food 🙂

Haribo, Mikado, Eton Mess Chocolate and Necklace

I already ate most of the strawberry haribo as I opened them at work and shared them with people. The mikado were amazing –  never tried them before. I’m ashamed to say that me and the BF ate the whole box in one sitting. #Piggies

Has anyone else ever down a box swap? Big thanks to Jordannah for agreeing to do this swap with me:)

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The Lip Product Addict TAG

 

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I was tagged by the lovely Soph from A Little Bit Soph to do this TAG and it sounded like fun, so I thought I would give it a bash. I’m not too much of a lipstick addict, but I love my balms 🙂 I put together most of my collection and took a photo and it’s pretty crazy how big it is. There’s a few balms and glosses missing, along with all my benefit tints. Maybe I am an addict? I thought I would include a few pictures in the post of my stash for interest 🙂

FAVOURITE LIP BALM / TREATMENT

Hands down this has to go to my L’Occitaine Lip Balm. I got this one as part of a gift set and I am gutted that they don’t seem to have it on their website? They have a slightly different version, so will be trying that out for sure. The balm makes a great base for under other lip products and is very moisturising beacuse it contains shea. It doesn’t smell or taste of much, making it great for men too.

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BEST EYE-CATCHING RED

Red lipstick does not suit me, so I don’t really own any true red lipsticks other than in palettes. I’m going to say my Urban Decay Scandalous Lip crayon from the anarchy face case. It’s more pink than red, but it does pack a punch and it quite bright. I’ve done some swatches here if anyone is interested.

BEST LUXURY & BEST DRUGSTORE

In the best drugstore category I am going to say The BodyShop. I adore their lip balms and lip butters and the tinted ones are not too bad either. In the drugstore category I have to also mention Maybelline. Over the years I have had so many products from Maybelline that I have loved, including the watershine gloss.

Best Luxury has to be Mac. I’m new to Mac, but I am in LOVE. So pigmented, creamy and doesn’t smell like playdough.

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BEST MAC LIPSTICK

I only have 2 to choose from, but I’m going to say Angel. This was my first ever Mac lippie and the colour is just so wearable. Swatches here.

THE MOST DISAPPOINTING

Oh gosh, this has to be makeup revolution. Okay, the lipstick was only £1 but it is horrible. The formula is just so dry and snags on the lips. I really didn’t like it, but I think I maybe got a dud as other bloggers seem to be raving about the lipsticks? Maybe it’s the shade I bought? Has anyone tried Makeup Rev lipsticks, comment below and let me know if you have.

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LINER – YES OR NO?

I tried lip liner twice. Once was from a now defunct brand and the other was from Inika. It was a disaster. I looked awful. Now I just don’t bother.

BEST GLOSS

Oh uhm gee. Too many. I love smashbox and I’m currently working my way through their minis, but I also love Bareminerals too. They are sweet and sticky, so not to everyones taste, but I love them.

SOMETHING EXTRA!

I thought I would mention Lush Lip Scrubs in here. I previously had the Bubblegum and now I’m giving the Popcorn version a whirl and although these are expensive, I love them. They really do help to smooth my lips. An honorable mention must of course go to the original nipple balm for lips. When you have mega chapped and dry lips, this stuff sorts them out!

I’m tagging:

Steph – Think Love Make Up

Effie – Stephanie Wright

Elegant Ageless Beauty

Tarika – CherryBlossom 15

Kavi – Kavi Chick 2000

Brittany – The Beauty Deputy

Victoria – Randomness I Like

Jordannah – Cats for Lifee

Let me know if you do this TAG, so I can read it. Would love to hear anyone elses thoughts on Makeup Rev? Does anyone else have as big an obsession with lipgloss as me?

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My 1st Mac Product – Frost Lipstick in Angel

Mac Angel

Mac Angel

Like most people, I never tell my family and friends all the good things. Only the bad. I have a tough outer shell and I don’t like letting people break it. I guess this is probably down to being picked on when I was younger. I don’t really know, but I suspect it also affected me in the way of low confidence, self esteem and generally being quite socially awkward/shy. Anyway I am digressing slightly from the point of the story here and the point is I have a lovely boyfriend. Last weekend in Leicester he bought me this Mac lipstick and an Urban Decay palette. It was very sweet of him. We were walking past the Mac counter in Debenhams and I mentioned how I would love something and he dragged me over and picked this lipstick for me. It wasn’t his first or second choice, but those were really not my style, so we settled on this one. The Mac experience was horrible, people pushing past to get in at things and the shop assistant even managed to bruise my knee when she viciously shut the drawer on my leg. How rude. So onto the lippie!

Mac Angel

Mac Angel

Packaging

I love how chic the black plastic tube looks on my dresser. I know it’s only a lipstick, but it just looks expensive and I have it pride of place at the moment. The tube feels really sturdy and the lid clicks into place, meaning no opening in your bag. Big winner from me.

Mac Angel in the Tube, so gorgeous!

Mac Angel in the Tube, so gorgeous!

Colour and Application

Angel is a frost finish lipstick and is one of 30 available from Mac. They have an absolute enormous range of colours, I was kinda speechless when I saw the tester stand. After a scout around on the lovely inter web, it appears that you can also but Angel nail polish (we all know I don’t need that) and lipglass. The colour is a medium-toned neutral pink with a little bit of silver shimmer. I think this shade would suit most people. The coverage is quite opaque, making this a perfect choice for those (like me) who are afraid of bold lips. I wish I was brave enough to wear bright pink, it looks fab on others, but I doubt I could pull it off.

Mac Angel in the Tube

In the tube again

I must apologise for the used lipstick in the pictures, I put this on as soon as we left the shop, I couldn’t wait. I was so excited. Application is good, the lippie glided onto my lips easily with its creamy formula. The thing I did notice was the smell. It didn’t smell like lipstick, it almost smelled a bit like cocoa. I’m not sure if this contains cocoa or not (I couldn’t see it in the ingredients list) but the smell was surprisingly pleasant. So far so good.

Mac Angel in the tube

And again

Wear Time

I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but pout and lick my lips whenever I am wearing lipgloss or lipstick. Bad habit. This means I need to reapply often. I made a concious effort not to one day for the sake of a review and I can tell you I got around 3 hours wear from this without any eating. I thought this was pretty good.  I didn’t find this dried my lips out at all – nor did it accentuate my lines. Now I know you are probably sick of my rambling, so I will leave you with a swatch while I go and prepare for work tomorrow.

Mac Angel review

Mac Angel again – because it is so pretty

Mac Angel Swatch

Swatched on my arm

Final Thoughts and Where to Buy

Overall I really like this and I am pleased with the shade Woody chose me. I can wear it during the day or at night, so it is very versatile. I love the formula – it is so creamy and applies like a dream. I will definitely treat myself to another lippie from Mac, but maybe after I have been on holiday. We are looking at going to New York for 4 days in June for my 24th. Geezo I am getting old. Time to start saving the pennies.

You can buy Mac lipsticks in the like of Debenhams and House of Fraser and from Mac online for £15.

So now I have the Mac bug, what other shades can you recommend? Has anyone tried their paint pots or blushers? They look amazing.

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