February 01, 2015

Gerard Cosmetics Lipsticks in Nude and 1995

If you're active on Instagram then chances are you've come across a post or two about Gerard Cosmetics lipsticks. GC is an independent brand, and their matte lipsticks have quite a following, and of course being a lipstick lover that I am I had to test them out myself. They had a sale on at the time I bought these, so I picked 3 colours, though I'm only showing 2 in this post. The colours shown here are Nude and 1995 (as in, the year when such mauve/brown lipsticks were last trendy!).

January 27, 2015

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Review

A friend of mine gave me a couple of deluxe samples of the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in 2W1 Sand and 3W1 Tawny. Having heard so much about this particular product I was keen to see if the hype around it is worth it or not.

I've got warm skin, light/medium to medium (around MAC NC25 or slightly darker). The colour 2W1 is slightly too light and 3W1 is way too dark so I  mix a bit of the darker shade into the lighter one to come up with my perfect match. In the blended swatch below 3W1 looks like a pretty good match but my arm is darker than my face so the shade difference is more obvious on my face.

January 23, 2015

Models Prefer Soft Touch Mineral Powders - possible dupes for The Hourglass Ambient powders?

I've tried quite a few things from the Models Prefer range (available from Priceline) over the last few years. I've found that their powder products, e.g. blushes, eyeshadows, have all been amazing despite the cheap price tag. The lip and nail products haven't really done it for me (they have a smell I've found off-putting), but powders I've had no problems recommending to anyone and buying them myself. So when the other day I noticed they had new powders out, which suspiciously could pass off as dupes for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, I knew I had to give them a try!

L/R: Luminous Glow, Soft Focus

January 20, 2015

5 Nail Polish Brands That You Probably Didn't think were 3 Free But They Really Are!

During my first pregnancy I only ever wore Essie nail polishes. Why? Because I had read that you should avoid certain chemicals that are contained in nail polish during pregnancy, and Essie was one of those brands that did not contain said chemicals. Firstly, about the chemicals.

The Toxic 3
Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) - used in polish to make it flexible to minimise chips. Can also cause harm to a foetus during pregnancy.
Formaldehyde - hardens the nail. Has also been linked to cancer.
Toluene - used to dilute nail polish formula. Can affect skin, liver and kidneys as well as human reproduction.
If a brand claims to be 3 Free, this means they don't contain the above 3 toxins. 

The Toxic 5
These include the 3 above, plus:
Formaldehyde Resin - can cause skin irritation
Camphor - it's a naturally occurring tree product however exposure to too much can cause vomiting and seizures.
If a brand claims to be 5 free, this means they don't contain all 5 of the above toxins.

The amounts of these chemicals contained in nail polish are so tiny, that normal use is probably not harmful if you don't have any health concerns, but for pregnant women it's definitely best avoided.

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January 13, 2015

Urban Decay Naked On The Run Palette - Review & FOTD

It was my birthday last week, and the husband got me this gorgeous palette! Yes, he may have had a hint. Actually I gave him a list of 3 palettes I had my eye on including a link to where he can buy them from (I think sometimes you need to be very obvious with guys :P). The 3 palettes on my list were the UD Naked On The Run, Lorac 2 and Stila Soul. The hubby chose the UD Naked on The Run. He did well.

Look, if I'm honest, the Naked On The Run palette isn't unique. The colours are all dupable, though the formula of most of the items is quite nice (the eyeshadow on the top right hand corner is a bit gritty, but everything else is beautifully pigmented). What is good about it is the fact that all the colours are very wearable, including the blush and the bronzer. And the inclusion of a pencil and mascara mean if you're travelling or are on the run, this is really all you need to do your eyes and cheeks. There is also a lipgloss included, but this is not a game changer for me as I'm not a big gloss wearer.


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