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An everyday essential no nude-lip lover should be without. These No7 lip crayons have worked their way into our daily school makeup look - they're just perfect. They provide moisture with a shine and a sheer layer of colour, making them easy to wear and great to go with any makeup look. We love wearing these by themselves but they also work great over a complimentary lipstick, giving it a nice shine without the stickiness of a lipgloss. (Mentioned here in our combinations post.)
The left swatch above - Daydreamer - is a very subtle, everyday nude. It's peachy undertones make it perfect for summer although it is a brilliant go-to shade for all year round. The right swatch - Delicate Pink - is a little more pigmented than the last, but it still a very easy to wear moisturising crayon. The colour is very easy to build-up from a sheer wash of colour to quite a bold, bright pink. This second shade is also perfect for the hotter months!
Stay beautiful x
I don't know why these Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets have not had their own post already. These have had so much hype throughout the blogging community for the past 6 months or so that I thought it was time I gave them a mention. As always, I read many reviews about these before making the purchase but many of them were mixed, some saying they were drying others saying they were brilliant. So of course, I took the plunge - being mostly drawn in by the long lasting qualities.
Now I never really intended to have such a collection but when I went to pick them up there was a 3 for 2 on so... you know what happened - it was a good saving of £8.99 to be honest! And for the maths-savy of you out there, yes I did pick up another one after that because it was just a classic I was missing. Can we give a moment to the packaging, please? Just the way they are all so tidy and they line up so nicely (you can appreciate this in my lip drawer photo of our storage post).
But the product impressed me too. Firstly, they're very pigmented. This means they can be worn as a usual liquid lipstick or patted in as more of a stain.
As for the finish, they certainly do go matte. I find building it up in layers is a better way to create the matte finish faster because one, thicker layer does take a good 5 minutes to set. I also find doing layers does help them to last longer.
The shades I own are 02 Frambourjoise, 03 Hot Pepper, 04 Peach Club and 07 Nudist. Frambourjoise is a bright, statement fuchsia pink perfect for the summer. Hot Pepper was certainly a Vivianna Does Makeup inspired purchase - it's a brilliant, cool toned red for any time of year which goes perfectly with a simple black cat-flick. Personally I wouldn't say Peach Club was very 'peach' but I do love it; it's more of a bright orangey shade with pinky undertones to it which I'm looking forward to sporting this summer. Finally, Nudist - also not a shade very true to it's name - is a browny toned pink shade which can be easily built up to a very bright shade.
Since its release earlier this year Estee Lauder's Little Black Primer has received its fair share of love in the beauty world and, after trying it out for a few months, we're going to share our thoughts with you.
The idea behind Little Black Primer is one product that can tint, amplify and set your lashes. There are three ways of wearing it: by itself on bare lashes for a natural look, underneath mascara as a primer and on top of mascara to set it. I personally love wearing it all three ways but I like the effect the best when I put it over my mascara. It's so useful as it sets your mascara so you know you won't have to top up during the day and even adds a bit of water resistance to your lashes. This is my favourite part as I have so many mascaras I love that aren't waterproof but with a layer of this over the top I know I won't get black streaks down my face if a spring shower decides to surprise us. When worn by itself it creates a softer, more natural look for those no-makeup-makeup days. Underneath lashes it does exactly what it's meant to do but I wouldn't recommend wearing it if you know the mascara you're going to put on is prone to clumping as it doesn't really help this.
I love the spoolie as it is a great shape for coating all your lashes in one sweep and distributes the product fairly evenly. The packaging is also, in my opinion, really rather beautiful; simple and elegant, something you'd expect from a high end brand.
Little Black Primer is quite pricey at £20 but definitely not as expensive as other products out there. I have to say, I actually bought this with my Boots points that had been accumulating so that might be something to keep in mind if you like the sound of this but don't really want to splash out £20.
Overall, Estee Lauder's Little Black Primer is a great product. I wouldn't call it a must-have but it is certainly useful luxury to have in your make up stash!
Be sure to check back next week for a review of the much raved about Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets.
Stay beautiful x