I do apologise for the severe lack of posting throughout these past couple of weeks! Life has been pretty hectic with exams here in Florence, which will indeed be featured in a blog post sooner or later…as well as interviews for my internship here with Ermanno Scervino! I also has 32 of my family and family friends over here to celebrate Mum’s birthday, which was amazing!!
I thought I’d head back to the roots of this blog and do a little bit of beauty talking! Since Christmas and my birthday are relatively close together, I was lucky enough to get a beautiful amount of makeup items! I thought I’d split it into two or else this blog post would go on forever.
Let’s start with eyes – these are the Chanel ‘Illusion D’Ombre’ cream eyeshadows. The top is in 88 Abstraction and the bottom is 82 Emerveillé. They have a great mousse to powder-like iridescent formula, and applied really nicely. However, they come with a small brush, which I didn’t really like and prefer to use a wider flat brush like the MAC 242 Shader Brush, I think it picks up more product and gives an even finish. The lasting power I’d say is pretty good, they don’t seem to crease, either alone or with another powder eyeshadow. I’ve never used a primer with these and never felt the need to since they seem to act as their own primer. Colour payoff is also wonderful, these are neutral colours and do show up really nicely and give a nice shimmer to the eye too. The colour range is quite good, they seem to have more lighter colours, which I feel is more suited for this type of product as it’s easier to use as a base, but nevertheless I would like to try darker colours like Illusoire andNew Moon.Overall, I really like this product and think the formulation is gorgeous, I will definitely be buying some more colours.
On the topic of Chanel, Millie (who I am sure you’ve have heard of through my Florence posts) bought me this absolutely gorge lipstick for my 21st. It is so so beautiful (swatch below) and really compliments my complexion. (Nice one Millie) It is really easy to apply, a lip brush/pencil isn’t that necessary. I wore this for my 21st party with a light red lipliner and it literally stayed put all night. I only reapplied once and only because it had faded ever so slightly (and that’s after drinking too). I was really impressed with the staying power since it is not at all matte, and is slightly glossy, so I was pleasantly surprised!! It is also really moisturising, which is a bonus! I would 100% by another lipstick from this collection as I’m really loving this one. Another bonus is the packaging, which is super sleek! So thank you Millie!!
I have always loved Bobbi Brown products and I had this lipstick for yonks but the name label had worn off!! So I went to get it matched in Reading and it turned out the colour had been discontinued and the closest we could find was Pale Mauve. It is practically identical just has a slightly more glossy finish. I wanted to buy a lip liner to go with it since it didn’t have the best staying power, however I find these kind of nudes never do. I went with Ballet Pink – but the lady accidentally gave me Pale Pink, however I didn’t find this out until I got back home! I didn’t have the time (or effort) to go back to Cambridge to get it changed, yet the Pale Pink is still a good match so it wasn’t the end of the world! I really like the formula of the lip liner, it doesn’t dry out my lip like quite a few lip liners do, I literally start lining and my lips dry up like prunes…nice. It glides on really nicely too. The lipstick is also beautifully moisturising and the colour is divine. When I apply it along with the lipliner I can definitely see a difference in both the staying power and the colour – it is more opaque and even. It is also nice and slightly sheer on the lips when applied alone. So you can mix up the finish to your desire. There’s no surprise that I do love both the products and I won’t be stopping here with purchasing Bobbi Brown products!!
Last and by no means least is this little duo. After the massive media controversy (slight overstatement but hey) about Miss Kylie Jenner’s lips, I thought I’d give it whirl. I really liked the colours she used, although since she is clearly not as pale as I am by living in the Californian sunshine, I thought I’d go a tad lighter. I heard she used MAC Spice liner, which seemed way to dark for me when I swatched it, so I opted for MAC’s Boldly Bare, which is slightly lighter. I’m in love with it!! I goes on beautifully, and if I am honest, better than the Bobbi Brown, and it is cheaper which is all the more wonderful. I feel that although the Bobbi Brown liner is not drying, the MAC one is actually moisturising and doesn’t drag at all. It’s a dream! It’s so pigmented and glides on like a lipstick! I would highly recommend MAC lipliners and would most probably by another one over a Bobbi Brown one.
The Sephora Gloss Effetto Rossetto is also lovely. It applies nicely and pigmented. It dries matte and doesn’t cling too much to dry patches, although I’d recommend you exfoliate and apply a lip balm before applying. It stays put all night too which is fab! I ate with this and it didn’t need reapplying. The only downside to this is the fact that it can be quite drying, so those with really dry lips, I’d probably stand clear. But saying that it’s not as drying as the Topshop Velvet Lips, which I found to be really drying and majorly clung to dry areas and when I reapplied it just went patchy and gross. Overall I really like the two together and felt pretty Kylie Jenner-esque.
I hope you like this post! It had been a while!! I will be back with another Florence post very shortly so keep an eye out for that!
Lots of Love,