Nip + Fab Make-Up Haul, Review, Swatches & Give-away!

Nip + Fab Make-up Range
I’m a little out of breath after such a long title! It’s pretty exciting stuff though, popular skincare brand Nip + Fab have released a make-up collection!

Naturally, as soon as I was well enough and able to pop down the shops and bag me some of their goodies I did so. I wanted to buy the foundation in person rather than online so I could choose the right shade for me. This is something I always recommend doing if possible. If necessary take a tiny pot with you to put a pump of the tester in to take away and try in daylight.

In my Nip + Fab haul were foundation, matching concealer, the eyeshadow palette, and travel palette. I received a gift with my purchase of a little cosmetics pouch with a liquid lipstick, lip liner and mascara inside. I have another one of these pouches to give away so keep reading to the end to find out how you can win it for yourself.  Continue reading

Colourpop Sale Haul & First Impressions

Colourpop HaulAfter trying my first Colourpop lippies a little while back I just had to try some more of their products! I took my chance when there was a sale on a few weeks ago to pick up a few different things to try out. Now they’ve arrived and I’ve had time to play with them all I’m going to share my haul and my first impressions on the products with you guys.

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QVC Tarte Haul + Sephora Rant

I did it! I held my ground and did not order this palette from Sephora even though they have had it since December and we only just got it here in the UK. Go me! Rant incoming:

After the dreadful customer service I had from Sephora regarding the unavailability of pretty much any promotions for international customers including those with VIB and VIB Rouge status I decided I won’t be ordering from them again unless I really have no other possible option. It seems they will take our cash and they might (begrudgingly) ship some items to us but they don’t want to allow us to have any of their offers, sales, birthday gifts or coupons and claim “shipping and taxes” as their frankly bullshit excuse for it. All other US based sites allow us to use coupons and be involved in sales why do they think they are so special? VAT is 20% on the sale price of an item (since they give the prices without tax), it doesn’t matter if the price changes it’s still 20% of the new price. Pardon my French there but they really, really annoyed me.

Anyway, rant over let’s get on with looking at the Tarte products I ordered from QVC UK!

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I ordered the ‘Tartelette Tease’ palette which follows on as a handbag sized addition to the Tartelette family. Having got it from QVC instead they repaid my waiting by pairing it with a brush! I do already have one of these funky bendy (!) brushes from when I got the ‘Tartelette in Bloom‘ palette from them a little while back but you can never have too many good blending brushes right? I also ordered the lip kit (I’m noticing that this is becoming a thing since Kylie and quite a few brands are selling two items together as a ‘lip kit’ now!) with the lip paint in ‘TBT’ which is described as a mauve and a matching lip crayon in the shade ‘Latergram’. I ordered the kit because it was only about £2 more than the lip paint on it’s own which I thought was bizarre!

26822546126_6f8e5119a5_zThe palette is very small and cute containing 6 warm neutral shades. True to the Tartelette family of palettes four of the shades are mattes. There is also one satin and one metallic so a variety of on-the-go looks can be created with this little handbag sized beauty.
All of the matte shadows in the palette are buttery soft, no crumbly powdery mattes here. I love Tarte for mattes they really do know how to do them well. The metallic does have some glittery fallout so it’s worth using a creamier/stickier primer with that shade to minimise it.

I think it’s a shame they’ve made this a limited edition palette as it’s such a handy sized and well priced addition to the range.

26265830193_9386712991_zThe individual shades are ‘Whisper’ which is a well pigmented peachy beige matte; ‘Crush’ which is a golden brown metallic with glitter particles; ‘Heartbreaker’ which is a warm chocolate brown matte; ‘Wink’ is light mauve matte, it’s quite close to my own skin tone so doesn’t show up very well in my swatch photo; ‘First Kiss’ is a beautiful medium brown with a satin finish; and finally ‘BFF’ is a well pigmented matte plum.

26836066226_8ce45f8c2f_zOn to the lip kit now!
The lip crayon (in the shade ‘Latergram’) as they call it is a lip pencil for lining the lips and matches the Lip Paint liquid lipstick shade it accompanies perfectly.
It’s a twist up pencil so you never need a sharpener (in theory at least) and applies smoothly with great colour payoff. You could quite easily wear it alone all over the lip and top with some gloss

The liquid lipstick is in the shade ‘TBT’ which is a mauve shade. In the tube you get 6ml of product so more than some brands put in their tubes.

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Crayon in ‘Latergram’ and Lip Paint in ‘TBT’

I really like the brownish-mauve shade and I feel the crayon does help get the perfect application of the liquid lipstick so it’s definitely something I’ll be trying with my other liquid products if I can find matching pencils in my collection!

Things I don’t like about this particular lipstick are the shape of the applicator which is basically just a round fluffy stick, it’s not shaped at all to help with application and I feel it picks up too much product. It applies much better with a lip brush, as if you get the layer of product even slightly too thick it will transfer all over the place! This lipstick doesn’t dry out in the same way a lot of other matte liquids do, it’s quite helpful to apply a thin layer and blot as you would with a regular cream lippie.

Have you tried the Tarte Lip Paint? How did you get on with it? Have you had any bad customer experiences with ordering from the US?

I’d Rather Be In Wonderland

The rest of us outside London finally got the Alice palette on Thursday and I rushed over to Debenhams to pick up my reserved palette straight after college. Here it is:

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Oh it’s a beauty! Urban Decay have really pushed the boat out on this one haven’t they?

26763215432_2b1c05f7db_zOnce you have got over the amazing box design and open it up you are stunned once again by the inside. Inside the lid is a mirror and on the surface two flaps with the phrase “I’m not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours” printed across them. You lift up two flaps to reveal the most beautiful three dimensional butterfly whose wings move as you move the flaps.

The eyeshadows themselves are in a little 26584056780_2212dd7875_zdrawer that pulls out from underneath giving you a slow reveal of the shades and their chequerboard-like base design.
As you would expect from Urban Decay they have included a double ended brush with the palette this one is decorated to match the palette exactly which is a nice touch.

They are well pigmented and blendable with a great mix of bright jewel tones and more everyday neutrals. You can create a wide variety 26763233832_1243d0a8c0_zof looks with this palette from completely out there to every day.

The palette costs £43 and contains 20 shadows which works out at £2.15 per shadow. Given the production values of this palette and renowned quality of Urban Decay shadows that is an absolute bargain!

I haven’t done any swatches because the world and his wife are swatching this palette right now but if you are in need of swatches do pop over to Aisha at Lipstick and Daydreams as she has done some brilliant ones.

I did do some swatches of all of the lipstick shades for you though as these don’t seem to be as widespread. I bought ‘Mirana’ and ‘Hatter’ (shown bottom right) for myself but decided to leave the other shades in the store as I wouldn’t wear them personally.

26252303504_6225c401f3_zSwatched left to right: ‘Alice’ (so nude it’s almost invisible on my skin!), ‘Time’, ‘Iracebeth’, ‘Hatter’ and ‘Mirana’ . It’s not quite catching on my camera but both Hatter and Mirana have tiny flecks of glitter running through them, they’re really quite unusual.

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The lipsticks provide good coverage with the exception of ‘Alice’ which is a very sheer and
pale nude, I would recommend using a lip liner with them as I do with all UD lipsticks as I find their formula prone to movement without one.

Unfortunately I believe all of this collection has sold out online so if you’re still after any of it good luck hunting it down on counter!