Friday, 12 February 2016

H&M Beauty High Impact Eye Colour

I went to explore H&M beauty department again some time ago and went home with two of their single eye shadows. They have a huge range and selection of colours, ranging from matte-satin-shimmery-glittery-and metallic finish. I predictably ended up with 2 reddish-plummy shades xD.

H&M Beauty High Impact Eye Colour comes in a simple ivory plastic case with transparent lid rimmed with gold edges. The packaging is simple but doesn't look cheap. The case has a good weight to it. 
I picked up 2 similar shades, Wild Sable and Sahara Dawn. I didn't realise they were so similar until I swatched them under better lighting at home, but if you know me, it's no surprise that I ended up with these 2 beautiful plummy shades. lol.

Wild Sable is a purplish plum shade with satin-sheen finish. Sahara Dawn is a burgundy shade. Both shades don't contain any shimmers nor glitters. 

Texture wise, both eye shadows have smooth-velvety texture. They apply beautifully and blend effortlessly. The pigmentation is great but not too much ( I don't really like overly pigmented products as they are usually more difficult to work with ) and they don't really need eye shadow primer because they stay on pretty well and the colour pop up even without any help from eye shadow primer. I didn't experience any noticeable fallouts which is great for something that costs only €5,99. 

Overall, I've been enjoying these mono eye shadows a lot lately. The shades are both winter appropriate and easy to work with. Despite of the rather 'bold' hue, they are still perfect for every day use and you can either tone it down or build up the intensity for bolder look. I'll definitely look at other shades available because these two are impressive.

Have you tried anything from H&M beauty line?

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Catrice Golden Grace

Part of my last year's resolution was to pay more attention to quality instead of quantity. I used to buy bunch of drugstore make up that ended up unused , just because they were 'cheap' and I felt less guilty splurging in bunch of drugstore make up compare to buying one or two higher end make up. I managed to stick to my last year's resolution and bought less impulsive 'cheap' make up. I rarely bought random drugstore products and only purchased what I really liked. But, sometimes drugstores do have hidden gems and this limited edition highlighter from Catrice is one good example.

First of all, look at those stars!!! Aren't they pretty? I'd buy it just because of the look anyway, but the swatch I did on the spot was pretty good as well.

Catrice Golden Grace highlighter was part of the Treasure Trove collection from Catrice. I don't really buy limited edition from drugstore anymore, but this highlighter is just too pretty to resist. Golden Grace comes in a Catrice's signature transparent case. The case is made out of plastic, but has a good weight to it. It doesn't come off cheap or flimsy. 

The highlighter has a smooth and silky texture. It is well pigmented too. As seen on swatch picture above, you can see that it looks very similar to Opal from BECCA. Golden Grace is a pretty golden champagne shade. BECCA Opal is more intense and more shimmery though. Golden Grace could be a nice tone down alternative for Opal which could be too glam for some people. I personally like Opal too especially for a night out or whenever I need to look glam up. But, Golden Grace is more versatile and 'safe' for daily use as it is not as intense as Opal.

Golden Grace applies nicely and is easy to blend. I usually apply it using a fan brush on the highest point of the cheeks, and on the cupid's bow. It is a tad powdery and dry, very different to the creamy and rich BECCA Opal. But it does its job nicely for the price class. It gives a very nice and natural glow on the skin. If you're looking for a intense highlighter, you'd like to look somewhere else as this one is really subtle.
I had a hard time to capture the glow and finish from the highlighter using my digital camera, so I used the front camera of my Iphone and hopefully you can see the finish on the picture. It is really subtle but therefore good for daily use.

For €4,99 Golden Grace is a success purchase,

Thursday, 4 February 2016

SUQQU Frame Fix Cream Foundation

During my recent visit to London, I visited the SUQQU counter at Selfridges for the first time. The beauty advisor / MUA was really friendly and helpful. I purchased the eye shadow trio and I asked for a foundation sample which he generously depotted to the small container I brought with me. The foundation is a whooping £ 62 so I didn't want to blind buy it and gladly the sample given to me lasted me a good week which ended up in me falling in love with the foundation.

SUQQU Frame Fix Cream Foundation comes in a glass jar packaging which is understandable due to its super thick and rich texture. It would be difficult to use pump spender I guess, and jar packaging means I can use up the product thoroughly. It also comes with a spatula which is good for hygienic reason so I don't have to dip my fingers into the jar. 

Texture wise, it reminds me of Revlon Colorstay Whipped foundation, only this one from SUQQU is creamier, denser and richer in texture. Despite of the thick texture, it is easy to blend and melts effortlessly in to the skin. One thing to remember though, you don't want to put too much product because it will be difficult to blend and turn out cakey. A little goes a long way with this foundation. I usually start with a thin layer and put another layer whenever I desire more coverage. I need two thin layers to cover the imperfections, redness and all the bumps on my face. I don't particularly need concealer, but still apply a thin layer under my eye area on most days. 

SUQQU Frame Fix Cream Foundation provides a solid medium to full coverage. I have to be honest that this one doesn't feel lightweight. It is a full coverage foundation, so it does feel like you're wearing make up. It also feels slightly tacky on the skin. But, I really like the flawless - radiant finish. It gives my skin a polished look and I can see myself wearing it on special occasions e.g. party or a night out. When I tried it for the first time, I spent the whole day being outside under London's pouring rain, and when I checked it out at the end of the day, the foundation still looked intake. The finish is not dull, and it has a slight lustre. The website suggests you not to wear primer or not to set it with powder, I however always lightly set with translucent powder due to its dewy finish. 

The foundation comes with SPF30++ but I don't notice any white cast which is good. My shade #002 has a distinct yellow undertone. It is a wee wee bit yellowish for my skin tone, but once it's set, the shade is a good match for my complexion. 

SUQQU Frame Fix Cream Foundation is one long wearing base. It can easily go to 8-9 hour mark on my combination skin. 

As mentioned above, this foundation is freakin' expensive. It is £62 for 25ml. But, it is stellar.

What is your current favourite foundation?

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Dolce and Gabbana Luminous Cheek Colour in Mocha

I received this blush as a gift from a dear friend of mine who just recently visited Paris. I was so happy when I received it and since I didn't have a lot of products from Dolce & Gabbana beauty , I was excited to see how it was going to perform.

Dolce & Gabbana Luminous Cheek Colour comes in an elegant gold case. The packaging has a good weight to it and the surface of the case is matte, means it's finger prints free. Woohoo! The case also comes with a built in mirror and a mini brush. The brush is swanky and not good though, unlike other high end brands' mini brushes which are usually quite decent.

Quality wise, this blush ticked all the boxes I'd expect from a high end blush. The texture is soft and smooth. It applies beautifully and blends effortlessly ( though I prefer to apply and blend it using a sparse blush brush to saturate the color a little bit ). The shade Mocha is a deep-warm burnt burgundy shade with a hint of brown. I didn't own anything close to it in my collection so I am glad my friend picked up this shade for me. I expected it to be very pigmented and hard to work with. Surprisingly, it goes on softer than I thought and applies rather sheer but still manages to be pigmented, if that makes sense. Mocha has a matte finish with no shimmer or sheen whatsoever, so for certain skin tones, it could work nicely as contour shade, I guess. It won't be for me though as it is too warm for that purpose. 

The blush is finely milled and feels smooth to touch. It provides a nice finish on the cheeks and despite of the bold shade, it is still wearable and doesn't end up looking 'dirty' on the face. Quality wise, I'd say that it is on par with other high end blushes I've tried ( e.g Dior blushes, Chanel baked blushes, or Guerlain blushes - Burberry blushes are still on a higher level though ). 

The staying power is excellent. I got a good 8-9 hour wear on my combination skin. The color started to fade gradually after 9 hour mark.

Dolce & Gabbana Luminous Cheek Colour in Mocha is one expensive blush at €37,99 for only 5gr of product, but you get what you pay for.


Wednesday, 27 January 2016

H&M Velvet Lip Cream

My encounters with H&M Beauty have been mostly all pleasant, with the exception of one product which is the velvet lip cream. Find out below why it didn't work out well for me.

Jumping on the velvet - matte lip cream / liquid lipsticks bandwagon, I decided to give H&M beauty velvet lip creams a try. I picked up 2 bold shades ; Dare Me and Screen Siren. Dare Me is a dark deep purplish burgundy and Screen Siren is a cherry red shade. Both shades are actually pretty and interesting , but the formula totally failed me.

H&M Beauty Velvet Lip Cream is housed in a simple plastic tube packaging with doe foot applicator. The packaging is sleek, simple and functional.
Texture wise, the lip cream is very very dry. It didn't apply smoothly and tugged my lips. The consistency is wet, but not lightweight and a bit on the thicker side. It was really difficult to apply it evenly on the lips because it tended to set directly in to lip lines. It dried up pretty quick too, so you really need to work fast otherwise it will get blotchy.

I actually tried both lip creams when I was at home because I just couldn't imagine wearing it while being outside. The lip cream was very dry and it made my lips feel very uncomfortable. Once dried up, it kind of set in to every lines of my lips and the finish just looked unhealthy. 
Talking about staying power, both shades had a good 6-7 hour wear. They stained the lips heavily though, especially the purple one. And the stain was not a good - natural just bitten stain. It looked more like I was sick and had purple blotchy lips.
I tried to wear it using different techniques ( blotted-dabbed using fingers-layered ) but none really worked out. I think in the end, it came down to the formula, and the formula for this lip cream just failed.

Overall, I just couldn't find a way to love them, which is sad because any other stuffs I bought from the brand have been lovely.

H&M Velvet Lip Cream retails for €7,99