I started off sugary, sweet and very saturated, now that I have lost all those qualities I'm left with something which starts to look a little more like me. It's a never-ending process of change.
Stick around?


Sunday, 31 March 2013

Barry M Lip Paints

Okay so today I'm reviewing a requested Barry M's lip Paints!
Lets jump right into the review!

Barry M lip paints aren't really popular, I don't see any YouTubers, bloggers or beauty fanatics taking about these, they're missing out so much!
Overall Barry M are such a high quality brand! They're affordable, their products are highly pigmented and they don't test on animals!

Onto the lipsticks! I own 3 (100, 54, 129).
And so far I had great experience with them. In UK they retail at £4.49 which for a great quality lipstick is a bargain!

I'd rate these with 7 lemon points:
Fabulous points:
Lip paints are highly pigmented,
Only one coat will provide you with a nice opaque coloured lip,
Range of colours is exceptional from baby pinks to navy or even green,
Really affordable,
Stays on for good 3-4 hours,
Easy to apply,
Has a nice creamy texture,
And the packaging reminds me a little of Nars packaging it's just nice, simple and classic black!

Not so exceptional points:
The biggest issue for me is the naming it's really confusing, because on the bullet they put a sticker with 2 numbers and only the top one is the actual number of the shade. However when I look in the catalogue all the lipsticks have proper names eg. Vibrant pink, pink suede. I don't see why can't they just put a sticker with an actual name of the lipstick on the bullet? Imagine someone asking you what lipstick are you wearing and you say "oh it's number 388" it's just not very rememberable.
Another point is finishes, mac has lustre, matt, satin etc even Revlon or other drugstore brands divide their lipsticks into finished. Barry m doesn't do that, which is quite silly considering they do different finishes (glossy, semi-matte, matte) they just chuck it all into the box of lip paints.
And lastly, the smell it doesn't bother me that much but I can't resist but say that Barry M's lip paints smell so like play-dough!

I'm so recommending these, the naming is a little of a pain but the lipsticks itself are really great!
Lately new collection came out called "Ultra moisturising Lip Paint" so I'll definitely be reviewing these as soon as I'll get them!

Thank you, and I hope you've enjoyed this!

Cloud x

Benefit Lemon-Aid

The name of this caught my eye straight away! Come on, it has the word lemon in it.. So based just on the name I bought this and here's my review!

Benefit describes this products as "colour-correcting eyelid primer", I think they've got the first two words or the description right and then it all just went wrong. Whatever way you wouldn't use it or look at it, it isn't an eyelid primer.
It doesn't hold the eyeshadow in place, it doesn't make the colour more vibrant.. It just simply isn't an eyelid primer.
BUT with that said I've found a better use for this product, a colour-correcting concealer! And seriously it's brilliant for such purpose. I do get some redness every now and then, and sort of blue'ish under eye darkness.. Lemonade makes then varnish instantly.
I'm totally in love with lemon-aid, but they so got the description wrong!

Onto the final score, I'm going to give Lemon-Aid 7 lemon points!

Great points:
It's nice smooth and creamy texture,
Easy to blend in,
Makes any redness or discolouration varnish,
Great for light to medium skin tones,
Sets itself without the need of putting powder over it,
For a good concealer that I'd call Lemon-Aid it retails at £16.50 which I'd co deride as a pretty good price,
A little goes a long way, make sure not too apply too much otherwise it may look unnatural!

Not so fabulous points:
As I said Benefit totally got the description wrong, it's most certainly not an eyelid primer at all,
It only comes in one shade which wouldn't be suitable for darker skin,
Also which it's unscented which is a massive letdown for me, because I'm not a fan of unscented makeup products.
Wish it could smell of lemons..

So that's Lemon-Aid for you guys!

Cloud x

Friday, 29 March 2013

Watermelon nails!!

As promised (on Instagram) here's a simple tutorial for cute and easy watermelon nails!

So step 1, is to prepare your nails.
Make sure they're nice and clean,also (if you haven't already) push your cuticles back with a cuticle softener.

Step 2, pick deep raspberry shade of pink (I'm using Essie's Peach Daiquiri).
Apply one or two thin coats, let it dry before moving to the next step!

Step 3, grab green nail varnish of your choice to create your watermelon rind (I've used Essie's Mojito Madness). Apply this on the edges of your nails, don't worry about not getting it perfectly straight and same on each nail (practice makes perfect).

Step 4, you can now paint your seeds in!
For this best would be black nail varnish (dark brown will do). Try to rotate your brush so you can create elongated oval shapes, rather than dots. The longer and smaller seeds the better! Be as random as you can be, just make sure not to pain on the green rind!

Step 5, clean up wherever you'd go out over the edges of the nail and finish of with a top coat!

You're done!
Let me know if you'd like to see more nail tutorials!

Cloud x

Lip balms, an ultimate guide to pick the best one for you!

We all use them, we all need them, they're just one of the makeup bags essentials!
Today I'll go through my collection to help you pick the one most suitable for you!

Before picking a lip balm in the shop you need to think what would you like it to do?
Even though the all have one thing in common, which is of course to moisturise we can divide lip balms into so many more categories:
Tinted ones,
Glittery ones,
Organic ones,
Clear ones,
Differently scented ones..
Bare in mind some of the scented lip balms may have ingredients you may be allergic to!

Very often highend brands like Dior do lip balms as well, but is it worth spending the price of a good foundation on a lip balm?
I've personally never tried a highend lip balm, I'm sure I will just for the curiosity of seeing whether it was worth it.
Now lets focus on the affordable options ;)

If you're looking for a moisture, nice smell, but not the tint I'd recommend trying out E.O.S lip balms (£6) they come in a variety of light scents (I especially like the honey and passion fruit ones). They're also organic which means the ingredients that have been used to made this are from natural organic places, so they're less likely to give you and allergy reaction.

I've also been enjoying lately Nivea's Lip Butter (£2.25) you can pick from either unscented, paspberry rose, caramel or macadamian nut option. These dry out very quickly on the lips leaving a nice soft feel!

Burst's Beens (£3-£4) are another favourite of mine, they come in a clear as well as tinted option. These are also 100% natural, the only thing you need to remember is that it's made with beeswax, make sure you aren't allergic to this before you purchase any of the Burt's Bees products.

If you're looking for a tinted lip balms I'd highly recommend checking out:
My new favourite which is miners Tin o'Tint (£3) these come in a selection of different shades (pink, coral, light brown, fuchsia) and matching scents (watermelon, mango, vanilla, watermelon, cherry). I'm absolutely in love with these, they give you great moisture as well as light, but noticeable colour.

Another one I've been using for a whole is Heathcote&Ivory's Vintage Collection Lip Balm, this very light formula balm provides you with a soft layer of moisture and a little bit of colour. It has very small particles of glitter which reflect the light beautifully!

(Swatches of tinted balms below)

I'll keep you guys updated on my purchase of my highend lip balm, until then I hope you've enjoyed this post :) !

Cloud x

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Lancôme Hypnose Star Mascara

I love trying out new mascaras, I've heard so much about Hypnose Star that I've had to see what's the hype about!

I bought mine in the set of 2 for £30, which I think was a really good deal considering that bought separately it costs £22!

I've used it a couple of times now and I'm ready to give it a honest review.

I'm going to score this product with 9.5 lemon points.
I'll explain half of the point at the end!
Great points:
The wand is absolutely amazing, because of the design you can apply product to the whole of your lashes just with one stroke,
Also the wand is great at separating the lashes,
I love how deeply black, the mascara is (it's not ashy or grey'ish black),
Gives "curled" effect without using an eyelash curler,
Doesn't flake off after wearing it all day long,
Easy to remove,
Gives you irresistible volume,
Can be builded up and still look natural,
And all this with no clumps !!

The half point is the price, I think it's quite expensive to buy it on its own for £22 however you could always pair up with a mate and get the duo for £15 each!

Overall, this is my new holy grail by far!
And the packaging is just gorgeous!

Cloud x

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain

Sorry guys for not posting for 2 days!
I'm mad busy with finishing off college for spring. Anyway I've got a quick review of Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain for you today! I've only bought one to see how am I going to like it. So here's what I think!

I've got the Balm Stain in colour 040 Rendezvous, which is a lovely orangey coral colour! (I've got it on in my last motd post). Also they are £7.99 in UK.

I'm going to score this product with 9 products, because there's really only one thing I don't like about this. However that one thing made me not want to buy any more colours :(

Great points:
They feel really moisturising on the lips,
Great range of colours,
It's a really Camry hybrid between a lipgloss and a lipstick,
Gives you lovely glossy finish,
It's buildable (from very sheer to quite of a deep colour),
It's easy to apply, you may not even need a mirror to put it on,
No primer needed,
The stain remains for good 4 hours (depending how heavily you've applied it),
It's really affordable!

And the one horrible point is that it stings and gives you that "freeze" effect a lot of pluming lipglossses have. I know some people love such feeling, if you do then this product is just made for you.
I personally really find it uncomfortable when my lips feel numb and just like they're about to fall off.

Hope this was helpful for you guys!!
Cloud x

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Spring-inspired makeup of the day!

Hello beautiful beings!
This morning I woke up thinking that even though its absolutely freezing outside, it's still spring so colours are absolutely essential!
So I've gone for blue eyeshadow all the way along with my new Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in colour Rendezvous on beautiful peachy coral shade!

Here's a list of products I've used to create this look!

Giorgio Armani, Maestro Fusion Makeup foundation in no.5 (SPF 15) £38
Maybelline, Lumi Touch under eye highlighter in Ivory, £6.99
Collection 2000, Lasting Perfection Concealer in Ivory, £4.19
Rimmer, Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Peach Glow, £3.99
Mac, Brow Gel in clear, £12.50
Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil in Soft Brown, £2.99
Urban Decay, Brow Box in Brown Sugar, £17
Pupa Luminys Baked All Over Blush in 02 , £22.50
Benefit, They're Real Mascara, £18
Clinique, Bottom Lash Mascara in Black, £11
Estée Lauder, Pure Colour Eyeshadow in Blue Storm, gift
Soap&Glory, The Daily Double Lidshadow and Liner in stick pencil, £8.50
Rimmel, Skandaleyes in Nude, £3.99
Collection 2000, 24h felt tip liner in black, £2.99
NYX, Every Colour Imaginable 78 colour palette (only two top blue shades, gift
The Body Shop, matte eyeshadow in 13, £7
Revlon, Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in rendezvous, £7.99

Wow! That's sounds like a lot of products, but really what's most important is the contrast between the blue eyes and coral lips!
Neutrals are safe, lets go for colours!

Review of Revlons Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain coming up tomorrow!

Cloud x

Friday, 22 March 2013

First impressions! Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks

Yay!! So those Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks have finally been released in UK a couple of days ago!

I've been looking forward to trying these for ages, and I finally got a chance.
So these cost £8.99 here in UK in colours "Designer" and "Trendsetter". As Revlon says the main feature of these lipstick would be the long-lasting, food/drink proof formula. On the website it says the lipstick supposed to stay on for about 16 hours, I've been testing "Trendsetter" today for you for 10 hours.
And I've been taking picture every 3 hours.

1. 9am the product went on very beautifully, I haven't applied any primer just to see how long-lasting would it be without it.

2. 12pm I haven't eaten at that point so the colour still looks intense and pretty, however the insides of my lips have clearly rejected the product creating a strong line.

3. 3pm So I had some lunch and my lips felt really dry so I applied a little bit if Chapstick at the top. As you can see the colour has gradually started to varnish

4. 6pm At this point my lips were really dry again so I've reapplied some Chapstick.
Even though the colour has significantly faded, the stain has remained.

Right now it's been 10 hours and my lips look exact the same as on the last picture.

I'm happily going to give these 8 lemon points!

Because there's only 2 bad points I'll bring that one up first, basically it's just the silly informations Revlon is giving you.
This is by far the longest lipstick I've ever used, but saying that it's going to last for 16h it's just ridiculous.
Also Revlon states as this lipstick is very moisturising, which is true guy only for about an hour. Have your Chapstick handy ladies, because you'll need some to put over it in order to keep your lips feeling nice and soft!

So GREAAAAT points:
Beautiful light formulation, which doesn't feel heavy on the skin,
Very, very, very long lasting (indulging eating and drinking I'd say you're safe to aware it for about 4-6 hours which is amazing, I also think it's quite higenic to reapply it after such amount of time),
Range of colours is exceptional, theres something for every skin tone,
Highly pigmented,
Packed with great stain power,
No need for primer,
Only one coat needed to get the opaque bold lip,
Also very quick and easy to apply!

I'm so impressed with these and I'll be definitely repurchasing more!
I think they're amazing, just wish Revlon could be more down to Earth with their descriptions!

So we came to an end of my first ever "first impressions" post!
Hope you've enjoyed this!

Cloud x

Collection 2000 24hour Extreme Felt Tip Liner

Since I've ran out of my Mac gel liner, I mean it dried out, I went on a hunt for some drug-store eyeliners and I came back home with two!
One of them being a replacement for my Mac gel liner and other felt tip liner.
Today we'll cover the felt tip one.
Let me just say that I've never been keen on those felt tip liners, I though they weren't really pigmented and didn't go on smoothly.. My views have changed.

I'm going to give this collection 2000 eyeliner 9 lemon points, 9 lemon points!

Good points:
It's only £2.99 !
It goes on so smoothly,
Ridiculously easy to apply,
Easy to remove,
Stays on for a good all work day (I don't wear makeup for 24h so I can't check you on this one),
It comes in a variety of colours, I'll be definitely purchasing more of these,
Doesn't irritate the eyes,
It doesn't have that horrible harsh scent, eyeliners often have,
And it goes over eyeshadow very nicely, it doesn't flick off at all whilst on eyeshadow.

Only not so great point is that the black isn't like a jet black, it has an ashy tone to it, but for the price and amazing quality it is I couldn't care less!
Overall highly, highly recommended drugstore felt tip eyeliner.

Hope you've enjoyed this!!
Cloud x

Thursday, 21 March 2013

21st of March 2013 Outfit of the Day

First day of spring today!!
Such event deserves a decent colourful outfit, regardless of the weather behind the window!

Today I wore (staring from the bottom):
River Island Navy flats with gold details, these are in size 5 (£23)
TopShop JAMIE Jeans, W26 L30 size 8 (I think these were about £30)
TopShop floral top, size 8 (gift)
Zara coral jacket, size xs (£30'ish)
And mint ribbon as a hair band!

Hope you liked this ootd!
Enjoy your first day of spring!

Cloud x

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Dior Hydra Life BB Cream

Another holy grail of mine, Dior Hydra Life BB Creme. Absolutely brilliant product.

I know a lot of people have an issue with the colour. Which now isn't a problem since Dior made another 2 shades. I have the versatile one which came out first and I as a very pale person find it possible to blend.
The secret is not to use a lot.
The point of BB Cremes or Creams is to use a little bit, just to even out the skin tone. Using it as a foundation and building it up for the sake of coverage is the worse thing you can do with bb Cremes.
BB products aren't designed to have heavy or even medium coverage. It's the kind of product you wear when you want something light, but effective. And that's exactly what Dior created.

I'd score this BB Creme with 9 lemon points!
Here's good&bad points..

Great points:
Because of the neutral tone of this product it evens out any redness or darkness on the skin,
Formulation is very light,
It's kind to the skin, if your skin is irritated it won't make it worse,
Gives you just enough light coverage to make you feel confident, yet feel like you aren't wearing anything at all,
It has a beautiful floral'ish scent,
Packaging is very handy and it comes with a nice pump (I only need 2-3 pimps for the whole of my face),
Since Dior brought up another 2 shades everyone can find one which suits them best,
It's so so so extremely moisturising
also has SPF 30 protects your skin like nothing else!

Not so fabulous points:
In UK it retiles for £41 which is the equivalent to about 6 drug store bb creams, not a bargain.

I think it's a great highend product which is most certainly worth taking close look at!

Cloud x

What's in my bag? Travel edition

As promised here's travel edition of "What's in my bag", I haven't even done a standard one yet but it's all to come, all to come!

This only one day trip to London, but I need to be prepared for everything right?

Okay so my bag is from TopShop £46
And inside I have:
March issue of Vogue, £3.99
Just a book for notes with cute kitty £4.99 from TK MAXX
"Wreck this journal" which I'll do a separate blog post on, because its just amazing. Google it! £8.99
Bootle of water (a must have)
Purse from river island £19, which is soon to be replaced by Marc Jacobs ohh yess
Makeup bag from H&M £7.99 SO TROPICANA, what's in my makeup bag travel edition blog post is coming up
iPhone charger (obviously)
My super cute Moschino gloves (a gift)
And my dolce&gabbana specks (closer photo below)
Oh and of course my iPhone 5

Promise I'll do a standard what's in my bag soon!

Cloud x

Monday, 18 March 2013

Perfect red lips!

Red lips are timeless, classic and they suit everyone!
I'm wearing my ultimate red lipstick combo torus so I'll take you through of what I did to archive this prefect red lip!

I've used 4 products in 4 simple steps!

Step 1; PRIME!
Always remember to prime your lips if you know you'll be wearing pigmented strong colour of lipstick (primer will increase the strength of your lipstick so it will stay beautifully for good few hours)
I've used MAC lip primer, £12

Step 2; LINE!
Many people forget of how important this step is. You most certainly don't want your lipstick do bleed, do you?
Lip liner has to be used!
My lip liner is a gift from Ukraine (not sure how much it was)

Step 3; COLOUR!
Pick a matte, thick lipstick; you want to feed those lips with a strong pigment!
I'm using Ruby Woo, by Mac £14.50

(This is optional, you could block your lipstick right now using a tissue, replay and repeat. I decided to miss this step since Ruby Woo is so pigmented there's no need to do so)

Again this is optional hover I like to finish off with a lipgloss or luster/glossy formula lipgloss just to give my lips that one final oomph!
I'm using Red Berry by Philosophy (I have review on this lipstick too, have look at few posts back) and I believe this was about £10

Okay so here it is!
Your ultimate red lipstick, long-lasting colour guaranteed!

Cloud x

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Essie Nail Varnishes!

We covered some of my beauty holy grails , but how about the nails?
There's not much to say, because when it comes to painting my nails there's only one word "Essie".

During my life time I have never used better nail varnishes than those Essie makes. I absolutely love them, and they're so worth the £7.99 they retail for in UK.

I'm scoring Essie nail products with amazing 9 lemon points!!
I'm totally all over these varnishes <3

Fabulous points:
Even when layered ridiculous amount of times they dry out very quickly (I hate waiting for nail varnishes to dry for ages),
They're so so long lasting yet so easy to remove,
Because of the light yet intense formulation they don't chip,
Colour range is so pretty and unique,
Essie is always coming up with some new limited edition colours and finishes, so I'm always at the counter checking out their new collections,
Often one layer is enough to get nice opaque colour,
The brush you get in these is just perfect, with one stroke you paint your whole nail,
Also they don't have that strong scent that a lot of people get irritated by.

Not so great point:
Even though I've said before they're worth their price, it's a shame that boots or other drug stores never do any deals on them or such..

Let me know what your thoughts are on Essies nail varnishes!!

Cloud x

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Jemma Kidd Lipgloss

So this is the last makeup piece from my little Tk Maxx haul of which photograph I've uploaded on Instagram.
Today I'll be giving you a quick review of the Jemma Kidd's lipgloss in "Shell" which is a lovely light peach colour with gold shimmer.

I'm going to score this lipgloss with 7 lemon points!

Good points:
It's a really affordable product (I believe it's only £7-8)
Because the shade I have is only slightly tinted it goes beautifully over any lipstick
It has a lovely citrus scent
The consistency is very light
Long lasting
I had chapped lips and this lipgloss didn't irritate them

Not so great points:
The applicator isn't very practical, I personally prefer when lipglosses have brushes
The colour range is very poor which is such a shame considering how great the formulation of this product is
The packaging is chunky and not very pretty

Overall very recommended product, looks great on its own as well as over a lipstick

Hope you've enjoyed this review!
Please give me some feedback or any requests for reviews you would like to see!

Cloud x

Friday, 15 March 2013

No-makeup makeup?

If you're following me on Instagram you've probably noticed I'm taking part in those monthly beauty challenges.
Today is no-makeup day, but because last month I've already posted such picture this month I decided to define it in different way, by doing no-makeup makeup!

If you don't know what no-makeup makeup is, basically is when you're wearing makeup that looks so natural it doesn't look like you're wearing anything at all. Whilst trying to do this makeup you need to remember one thing, lines are your enemies. So make sure not to use eyeliner and blend all your foundations and concealers perfectly well!

Here's my way of doing no-makeup makeup, and the product I've used!

Makeup products used:
Bobbi Brown Extra Moisturising Tinted Balm in Extra Light, £34
Maybelline Lumi Touch in ivory, £6.99
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Peach Glow, £3.99
Soap&Glory Solar Powder Bronzer, £11
The Body Shop Blush in Macaroon, £8
Mac brow gel in clear, £12.50
Mac brow pencil in brunette, £12.50
This works Shimmer balm, £10
Jemma Kidd lipgloss in Shell, £8.40

And this lot sums up my no-makeup makeup!

Try it yourself!

Cloud x

Bobbi Brown Extra Moisturising Tinted Balm

Another one of my holy grails, even though they've called it Tinted Moisturising Balm, basically it's just a tinted moisturiser, which I use when I'm not looking for coverage as much for hydration during the day.

Some people say you meant to be using this under your foundation, I do it when I know I'll be wearing makeup for over 16 hours or more eg.when after college I know I'm going out and won't have time to do my makeup again.
Overall great product on its own as well as under foundation. For some people wearing tinted moisturiser as well as foundation at the same time may reel a little heavy, but with this product you won't even realise you're wearing it!

8 lemon points, that's how much I'm scoring this product with!
Here's why:

Amazing points:
You don't feel like you're wearing anything at all,
It's nice smooth consistency,
Blends to the skin like a dream,
Extremely hydrating,
Goes over dry patches/wrinkles/lines perfectly, without highlighting them,
Suitable for all skin tones and different age groups,
It comes in a big range of colours,
It has quite a good coverage for the light formula it is!

Not so fabulous points:
Again it's £34, not the most purse-friendly tinted moisturiser out there,
And it has a quite of a strange plant smell, it doesn't bother me but some people may not enjoy it.

I highly recommend this product!!!

Hope you've enjoyed this!

Cloud x

Thursday, 14 March 2013

14th Of March 2013 Makeup Of The Day

This morning I though I'd show you my today's makeup and what products I've used to create this look.

I've spend about 7'ish minutes on doing this makeup and I went for quite bold lip.

Okay so starting with the base I used:
Bobbi Brown Tinted Balm in Extra Light SPF 25, £34
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch, under eye brightener in Ivory, £6.99
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Ultra Smooth Pressed Powder in Light, £20
Sleek Blush in Pomegranate, £4.95
Soap and Glory Solar Powder, £11
Pupa Luminys Baked All Over Blush in02 (just the highlighter part), £22.50

Eyes & Eyebrows:
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original, £14.50
Too Faced Eyeshadow Palette in Natural Eye, I've used "Heaven" as an all-over colour and "Velvet Revolver" on the crease, £26
Some sort of black eye pencil my mum got me on her holiday,
Benefits They're Real Mascara, £18.50
Mac Eyebrow Gel in Clear, £12.50
Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil in Soft Brown, £2.99

Mac Lip Primer, £12
Mac Lipstick in Diva, £14

Okay so that's all I used, it sounds like a lot, but I've only used a little bit of each product to create quite natural look just with the focus point on bold lip colour.

Let me know whether you've enjoyed this motd!

Cloud x

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