Saturday, 30 August 2014

Summer Bronzers- My Collection

Although summer is fading and autumn fast approaching, a bit of bronzer can prolong a summer tanned look. I have medium olive skin and while I am amazed to find that there's still a lot of orange bronzers out there, especially in the drug store I've managed to find and recommend ones that aren't.I generally use Zoeva's Angled blush brushes (127 Luxe Sheer Cheek and 128 Cream cheek) to apply these bronzers below.

The Matte Bronzers 

Sleek contour kit in light 
Although this is sold as a contour kit/palette the warm brown makes it more suitable for bronzing. It's very pigmented, fairly long wearing and includes one of my all time  favourite highlighters. For such a cheap price this is fantastic value for money. When I hit pan I will definitely go out and buy another.  Sleek online and Superdrug £6.49

Ben Nye in Contour No 2  
Although sold as a contour powder the warm brown makes it ideal for bronzing.This is extremely pigmented and so requires a light hand and although I apply using a slanted contour brush I would recommend a fan brush so that you don't over apply, see my full review here. I absolutely love this, the pigment, the price everything and will definitely repurchase if I hit pan on this. Available from Treasure House of Make Up at £11.22 they are also available in the USA with other stage makeup brands such as Graftobian and Mehron.

Boots Natural collection in Milk Chocolate
 This is actually an eye shadow, one day I decided to try this as an Bronzer and the warmth of the brown really brings a healthy tanned glow to the face. At it's also very cheap and would suit paler skin tones. I would definitely repurchase as this is a double duty product.
From Boots £1.99

Boots No 7 Perfectly Bronzed Duo bronzer 
This is from a holiday set but is exactly the same as the one in current No 7 regular line which comes in a mirrored compact. Although this has tiny sparkles of glitter they don't really show up when worn so I've put this in the matte category. A good colour for a bronzer and I would repurchase this again. From Boots £12

Boots No 7 Mosaic Bronzer 
Again this is from a holiday set but it's the same as the one in the current collection.with a mirrored compact, although reviews on the Boots website say this palette is fairly fragile so perhaps one to keep at home rather than on the move.The colours can be swirled together for a more sunburnt tan or with applied with smaller brush (such as Sigma E40 or Royal and Langnickle Silk Pro C445 Large Smudger brush) for a swipe of one individual colour. This has some tiny sparkles in it but they do not show when applied so I've put this in the matte category. I would buy this again but I think some people may be put off by how narrow some of the bars of bronzer and blusher are.
From Boots £12

The Shimmery Bronzers

Benefit Perfect 10 
Unfortunately this is now discontinued probably because it never reached the dizzy heights of popularity that Benefit Hoola has. Benefit do boxed blushers and bronzers well and this is no exception. This is a duo bronzer/highlighter in one and does contain sparkle though not full on shimmer. It comes with a boxed brush but really requires an angled blush brush to properly blend it on the skin. I used to love the pinky highlighter until I realised it gives an almost lilac sheen to the skin and actually I think a golden highlighter is more flattering to my warm olive skin tone.

Benefit one hot minute
While the packaging looks gorgeous it's actually very impractical. In less than a minute, One Hot Minute turns into One Hot Mess. There is a sifter and a useful mini fan brush included but the loose powder just gets absolutely everywhere.  I've had to decanter this into a smaller tub that I can stick a brush into it instead. I have tried to throw this out of my collections a few times but each time I hesitate because it's actually a nice shimmery rose gold powder that acts as a highlighter and bronzer in one. It brings a lovely glow to the face but needs to be used sparingly to avoid looking like a bronze Christmas bauble.The texture is a softer lighter powder. It is a very glowy powder/highlighter which is difficult to show up on camera as it looks in person.  In all honesty I don't think I would re-purchase this again because it's so messy to use.
Benefit Cosmetics online uk  £23.50 Benefit cosmetics US site and all good department stores.

While everyone raves about Benefit bronzers I think Boots No 7 is a really underrated brand and offer slightly cheaper alternatives. However I would say the best value and all rounder are the Ben Nye Contour powder and Sleek Contour Kit.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Lipstick drawer is on Instagram!

I hope you're all enjoying the bank holiday in the UK despite the fact it's pouring with rain outside! Those of you not in the UK hope your day is going well. Just to let you know I'm now on Instagram so follow me to keep updated on when and what I'm blogging about and what I'm generally up to. At the moment I'm participating in the #30daysofbookstagrams challenge. I also post any cool murals, flowers, quotes and slights I see in and around London.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms Review

I finally got a chance to try out Clinique's famous Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip colour balms: The Stick That Started A Worldwide Trend or felt like it at least.
These are mini versions from Glamour Magazine in 06 Woppin' Watermelon (centre picture on the left) and 07 Super Strawberry (centre picture on the right.)

If I had to describe these in one word it would be comfortable. As in Comfortable and carefree not comfortable and boring. These are basically tinted lip balms, but in a easy twist up crayon that was appealing to make up lovers, make up newbies and those who don't wear make up, preferring to go au naturale. So their target market was basically everyone- see how clever they were there eh? These are nice to wear on the lips, definitely moisturising without making lips feel dry or tight at all or give that obvious wet look like Vaseline does. Because they are so comfortable you may find that frequent use means you'll go through the lip colour Balm quickly. These don't have any taste or scent which is a big plus as I have asthma and those of you who have allergies will appreciate this as well. This is fitting since Clinique's brand and ethos is based on being hypoallergenic / allergy tested. They are also not sticky, tacky or waxy either.It's great that these automatically twist up and that no product is wasted if you had to sharpen them. Unfortunately it does transfer on to cups like other lip balms but because they are fairly subtle they wear off evenly.

Super Strawberry is a red that's very close to pink and is darker. Out of the two I prefer Super Strawberry.

Woppin' Watermelon is paler with a lilac tint a colour which which I wouldn't usually gravitate towards but it looks ok on my lips and works as a nude shade.

Because these are lip balms the lighter colours will show up subtlety, the darker and brighter colours such as Jumbo Jasmine and Two Ton Tomato have more impact appearing like a diluted lipstick/stain. (Although Super Strawberry does stand out) This is a bonus if you feel you cannot carry off strong lipsticks colours such as red then I would try Two Ton Tomato  which may give the desired look but in subtler finish than lipstick or to dip your toes in the water by wearing bright lip trends such as Orange. Additionally If you want more bang for your buck (or pounds over here) then I would opt  for a dark or bright colour or try Clinique's new Chubby Stick for Lips Intense, for a more pigmented look. 

Clinique's Chubby Sticks Lip Colour balms are basically tinted lip balms in a convenient form. They feel lovely on the lips and definitely moisturise as they claim to.The colours show up but often subtly. I do think these are expensive for what they are, however Clinique were the ones who pioneered the lip crayon and didn't have to worry about a competitive price, they were the ones to set the trend for chubby sticks. I really like that these have no scent or taste something which is absent from the copycat products such as Revlon' s which taste of mint which I hate. Clinique do set the bar high for quality and I would recommend these if you have the money to spend. 

Clinique Chubby Sticks Moisturizing Lip Color Balms are £17 and available from Clinque OnlineBoots  and all good department stores. 

You may like it if...You don't like wearing lipstick but want a little colour, have allergies to taste and smells of products,hate anything sticky like some lip glosses or are high end brand conscious
You may not like these are on a budget, or if you like pigmented lipsticks.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Ghost Eclipse Perfume EDT Review

image from ASOS

Firstly lets take a moment to appreciate the beautiful bottle which is similar to previous ghost incarnation Deep Night. The warm colours of  Ghosts Eclipse bottle remind me of orange sunsets, exotic holidays to Morocco and desert countries such as Saudi Arabia and Jordan. 

With this months Marie Claire Magazine UK (September) comes a travel sized bottle (EDT 3ml) to pop in your bag. The bottle is a roller ball version which makes it super convenient to apply without showering anyone else nearby in perfume. However I do feel that a spray lasts longer than a swipe with a roller ball.

Ghost Eclipse smells like the original ghost fragrance with an orange fruity twist. Immediately after applying it smells very citrusy and then settles down into a more musk and freesia combination.
The top notes that create the first impression are very fruity, containing  bergamot, lemon, mandarin orange, blackcurrants, peach, apple and marigold. The middle notes or core scents are lotus, freesia and rose while the base notes that you can smell later on are amber and musk.  This is a fresh scent and because the perfume is light it doesn't set off my asthma which can be triggered by heavier scents. I am a fan of the original scent and also own Ghost's Deep Night, I think if you like fresh fruity fragrances you will like this.

This perfume would be appropriate to wear for any occasion especially for early summer evenings. For night outs though you may want to take it up a few notches and opt for a heavier sexier scent.
Unfortunately the perfume doesn't last a whole day more like 4 or 5 hours so will  require another spritz or two during the day and a EDP is not available as of yet.  A single application of the  roller ball lasts roughly two hours. A full sized 30ml is around £21 so compared to pricier perfumes this won't break the bank. This perfume is  similar to  Moschino's I Love Love and D&G's Light Blue so if you prefer a chicer bottle to Moschino's I Love Love or want to fork out less money than Dolce and Gabbana's Light Blue this is a good alternative.

  • Pick up this freebie with the Marie Claire UK September issue for £3.90 
  • Sign up for free sample here: Ghost Fragrances website (Click on the 2nd dot at the bottom of homepage)
  • Or Buy from Currently on sale from £21.25 for 30ml EDT

Disclaimer: I am not sponsored by or affiliated with Ghost, Escentual or Marie Claire or compensated in any way for this post.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Blogging Break

Hi everyone, apologies for radio silence on Lipstick Drawer for the past few weeks. I suffer from RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury) in both my hands every now and again have to take a break and rest my hands. (The RSI was actually caused by playing games on my old Blackberry because the keys aren't really designed ergonomically as a proper games console, so take care people!)

The break has actually inspired me and I've been coming up with lots of great ideas for posts but have been unable to actually write and post them which has been very frustrating!
I've also been drafting ideas for a logo for Lipstick Drawer, reading lots of novels and catching up on Made In Chelsea New York City!

I aim to post 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays,I hope you guys will stick with  me and check back on Wednesday for my next post!
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