Sunday, 23 November 2014

By Terry the New Terrybly Densiliss Blush: Sexy Pink

By Terry recently added to their Densiliss line up, there is now a primer, concealer, compact pressed powder and blushers. As soon as I spotted the new blush formula on SpaceNK I just had to buy one even though I'd read no reviews or seen any swatches/real life photos.

I selected what seemed to be the lightest shade #5 Sexy Pink (£52). Its a beautiful cool toned true pink that does not turn ruddy. I'm a fan of the normal Blush Terrybly which I assume that the Densiliss is replacing. This has a similar texture, its smooth, silky and lightweight. Its densely packed so you don't get powder kick up when applying.

Where this exceeds the performance of many blush formula's is the long wear time (I don't notice any colour fade even after a full days work) and the finish.
The is something about the finish that makes my complexion look better, I presume its to do with the "light-reflecting Densiliss technology that harnesses a potent cocktail of pure High Colour micro-pigments and FTC - Flawless Time-Control - soft focus prisms to deliver smoothing correction and a morning-fresh glow".

Swatched below once then blended

Swatched below twice then blended (I had the window open so please excuse the rain drops on my arm)

My skin is naturally very dull, with very noticeably redness and acne scarring so blusher is tricky for me and this is the first time I've found a blush that makes my skin look improved. Whilst if you have a good complexion you might not notice the merits I experience from this, for me this delivers on giving a flush of youthful radiance, which makes the skin look smooth. My husband actually commented on it saying I had youthful rosy cheeks, not the normal thing he would say, so its doing something.
Though the cost of this is on par with my Tom Ford and Sisley blushers I find this out performs them and I think its worth the price.


I bought this from

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Dior 5 Couleurs palette: Montaigne

I wasn't entirely enthralled with the reinvented/reformulated 5 Couleurs palette from Dior in Versailles, finding it too shimmery/frosty, so this time I picked up Montaigne (£42) which looked like a good mix of everyday neutrals.

It contains a satin light pinky peach with a golden sheen, matte yellow toned cream, satin medium/deep brown, satin beige/brown and in the centre a matte warm tan. The only shade I find too warm is the centre shade.

Performance wise I'm not won over by this, I have dry lids and find these shades are prone to highlighting the dryness and they don't blend as easily as I would like. There is a slight stiffness in application which results in noticeable edges rather than a soft gradient.

Shown below you can see the hard edges (I used a Mac 217 to blend). The shadows feel quite smooth and silky, with pigmentation on the subtle side. Whilst these don't crease I do find that even with a base they do fade a bit.

In terms of the finished look I think the colours are great to enhance eyes rather than providing a lot of noticeable colour. However, the blending is an issue for me, and whilst I can get cleaner edges with very careful colour build up and using a more fluffy blending brush (like the Edward Bess Luxury eye brush)  I think that for this price range I shouldn't have to go to great lengths to get the best out of the product, it should just perform well.

I bought this from John Lewis.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

My buys from the Chanel Holiday 2014 Collection Plumes Precieuses de Chanel

We finally got the Chanel holiday collection in the UK, seeing a wealth of reviews before the collection launched here, I'd pretty much decided what I was going to get before seeing it in person, though the only thing I changed my mind about was the Caresse Joues Contraste as on swatching it was extremely powdery and flyaway.

Envol Illusion d’Ombre Eyeshadow (£25) is a warm peach with a frosty/metallic sheen. The initial colour payoff is on the sheer side but its easily built up.

It has the normal smooth texture, ease of blending and long wear as my other Illusion d’Ombres. Its too warm for me to wear on its own so I use it as a topper on other shades and combined with the Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder.
Swatched below L-R:Emerveille Illusion d’Ombre, Envol Illusion d’Ombre then Envol mixed with Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder.
Volage Rouge Allure Lipstick (£26) is a light peachy beige with a hint of pink and has a very pretty cool toned sheen finish.
This is probably one of the most unpigmented Rouge Allures I've had, nevertheless I do really like the colour. It feels smooth and none drying however as it has quite a bit of slip its wear time is shorter than my other Rouge Allures and it has a tendency to show up lip lines which is annoying.
I find it rather similar to the Rouge Coco Shine in Secret,  swatched below Volage then Secret.

I was very close to not buying the Camelia de Plumes Highlighting Powder (£47) once I'd swatched it in store as it seemed extremely shimmery and metallic, but for fear of missing out on something magical (with so many reviews declaring it a must buy not to be missed) I decided to jump on the bandwagon.
The colour is quite interesting, its a very pigmented cool toned gold that also mixes in platinum. Texture wise it feels smooth and blends easily onto the skin and lasts the whole day on me with minimal colour fade.
However this is certainly not my favourite highlighter. Even with a light touch I still find it a bit too metallic in finish, I prefer something more natural looking, I am enjoying this more used on the lid and in the inner eye corner.
Overall, whilst I'll get use out of these, I don't feel that any are must haves.

I bought these from Boots.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Guerlain A Night at the Opera Collection Holiday 2014: Meteorites Perles d’Etoiles Illuminating Pearls

Limited edition for this years Holiday collection, the Meteorites Perles d’Etoiles (£37.50) come packaged in a gold case with the Coque d’Or red bow on the lid and a matching red powder puff.

Though its meant to contain 6 shades, I can only identify five; beige, gold, pink, red and bronze in a mix of shimmer and matte finishes (there is some sparkle but its not over the top). The overall colour effect is very different to what I was expecting. Even though I only have 2 red balls in mine, they are so pigmented that their inclusion makes this work as a blush.

Swatched below, I've swiped each ball twice.

For me this is too dark to use as a highlighter/finishing powder unless I first remove the red and also bronze balls first. All the colours used together results in a very warm rusty bronze effect. With the red and bronze balls omitted the result is a warm soft golden beige with a extremely subtle glow. The powder feels quite smooth and soft, though as its quite light in texture its a bit flyaway instead of instantly adhering to the skin, I'd say it lasts about 5 hours before I notice fading.
Swatched below all colours combined and then with the red/bronze balls removed.

Overall as pretty as the Night at the Opera Collection is the majority of products, like the Meteorites Perles d’Etoiles, are best suited to those who suit warm tones. There has been a lot of hoopla over the must have status of these Meteorites Perles d’Etoiles but for me they just don't deliver on the expected luminous glow. Whilst it undeniably warms up the complexion I find the finish is just a bit too flat.

Ingredients below, this is scented.

I bought this from John Lewis.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Tom Ford Lip Colour Negligee, Ultra Shine Lip Gloss Pink Guilt & Bronzing Powder Terra

On hearing that my brother was going on a business trip, I of course presented him with a hopeful list of makeup to pick up from the airport.

Lets start with the limited edition for Fall, lip colour in Negligee. It really is the perfect rose for the autumnal season. It has a very slight sheen to it so it doesn't look flat. I tend to prefer the TF lip shines to this formula, but I find Negligee not drying like I have other colours in the past and the creamy feel, opaque coverage and very long lasting wear are all great attributes.

Ultra shine lip gloss in Pink Guilt is a warm golden copper with some pink. It has a high-shine finish, with high pigment that provides opaque coverage. It has a smooth, albeit quite thick, tacky texture that does not feel drying. Its one of the longest lasting glosses I've tried. Though I am not a fan of the stickiness, the colour payoff and wear time is so good that I would get another one.
Swatched below Negligee, Pink Guilt

Lastly we have the Bronzing Powder is Terra, which has a matte finish.
The compact is humongous and quite heavy, though you are getting a good amount of product (21 grams). It has a very useful large mirror, which I find myself using for applying a lot of my makeup.

Being pale and cool toned, bronzers tend to either look orange or like dirt, but Terra is perfect,with just the right balance of warmth that never turns orange or muddy looking. I'd say pigment is on the lighter side but I find this ideal as it allows for foolproof application and its easily built up should you desire.
It has a smooth texture that is not powdery/dry and lasts a good 9 hours before I notice any fading.

This is the best bronzer I've tried, application is a breeze, as unlike a lot of bronzers, I don't have to really blend/buff this in, it just seems to apply seamlessly with no hard edges, never looking patchy.
Furthermore the colour is perfect for adding a natural looking healthy warmth to my complexion.


Well what a success as I love all the products, many thanks to my brother.

My brother bought me these from Heathrow terminal 3

Sunday, 19 October 2014

October Hits & Misses from Burberry, MAC & Surratt

With a backlog of products to post about before moving onto the Holiday collections, forgive me for doing a couple of bung as many products as you can together posts :)
Part of the Burberry Fall release, Lip Cover in Tulip Pink #27 (£22.50), is available in the regular line up. Its a beautiful warm nude pink with an almost opaque coverage and a creamy slight shine finish. Though not particularly hydrating, its not drying and has an average wear time.
I'm still very tempted by the Nude Blush eye palette from the collection, I'm just waiting to see a review from someone cool toned to see if it would work on me.
From the MAC Artificially Wild collection I bought eyeshadows in Stony and Artificial Earth (£13 each). Artificial Earth is a medium mauve/pink nude. Stony is a medium grey. Both have a satin finish, good pigment but slightly dry in feel.
Neither shade suits me, Artificial Earth looks a bit muddy and Stony is just very ordinary and flat looking.
I bought Gospel Lipstick (22) from the Brooke Shields collection. It has a creamy, hydrating feel with a very good wear time, I wish all Lustres performed like this.
Its a medium plummy cranberry, its very wearable as is does not pull too dark or too bright. 
I've been impressed with the Surratt products so far, though a lack of coverage does make it difficult to make informed online orders for those of us unable to see the brand in real life.
For the eyebrows you buy the Expressioniste Rechargeable Brow Pencil Holder £17.50 and the Expressioniste Brow Pencil Refill £11. I bought the lightest shade Blonde. Its a slim line holder and the brush is tightly packed with the right amount of firmness.
In terms of texture this is easily the best brow product I've ever used, it just glides on like you wouldn't believe, delivering such a smooth application. The shade intensity is easily adapted to suit your needs and its lasts the whole day with no fading. Unfortunately the actual colour doesn't work for me as its too warm, nevertheless if you can find the right shade I'd recommend this in a heart beat.
Swatched below: Charlotte Tilbury Grace,Surratt Blonde, Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe (formally called Ash Blonde).

Relevee Volumising Mascara in Noir £23, really is a lovely mascara for a more natural look. It gives really good length to the lashes with lift. The best aspects for me it just how clump resistant this is and how well it wears, even in hot humid or wet conditions.I do prefer more thickening with my mascara as I have sparse lashes but this is a mascara worth checking out.

So on the whole mostly hits, though I am forming a habit of making MAC mistakes (I didn't like anything I bought from the Novel Romance collection) so probably need to exercise some restraint :)

I bought the MAC from a free standing store, the Burberry from and the Surratt from

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The New Rouge Dior Baume: Spring & Lili

The recently launched Rouge Dior Baume has 14 shades in the line up, I was surprised by just how pigmented some were for a balm style product.

The new launch also includes three lip pencils, four blushers and four nail polishes.
The idea is that the Rouge Dior Baume combines colour with a protective, nourishing lip treatment.

They do not feel heavy and glide on with no sticky feel. As they don't cling on as such but have more slip the wear time is not long.
They have the hydrating/emollient feel of a balm, leaving lips feeling smooth and soft, and work well for general dryness/roughness.
Though if your lips are in a very bad way (I've had a cold so have that lovely peeling thing going on at the moment) these don't cover up such issues so best to exfoliate first.

I didn't buy the more intense shades, I picked up #468 Spring (£26 each) which is a sheer peachy/coral

and #558 Lili which is a soft red rose, it leaves a slight stain behind once the colour has faded.

Both shades have a glow/shine finish which makes the area look plump.

I think these are a great product for the impending winter months when lips aren't in the best condition and you really need something to hydrate and protect the area.


I bought these from John Lewis
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