Thursday, September 18, 2014

Stila Convertible Color

Since I am Stila's number one fan people ask me "What is your favourite Stila Product?"  For me its like asking what is your favourite child, as we all know secretly every parent has a favourite child (even if they don't like to admit it) and for me Convertible Colors have always held a strong place in my heart.  Adorably cute, dependable and flattering its hard not to love Convertible Colors.  Convertible Colors are one of Stila's hero products, created to be used on both the lips and cheeks (hence the name convertible) there is a reason why these have been winning beauty awards for the past 20 years. 
The outside of each compact corresponds to the colour of the product, making each compact not only adorable (come on how cute are they?) but also very easy to pick a shade at a glance.  To add to the cuteness each shade is named after a flower.  Much to my delight Stila have added 5 new shades to the range. 

So Stila won my heart with cute packaging but what I love most about Convertible Colors are how versatile they are.  You can use them on your cheeks and your lips, and you can achieve a very different look depending on how you apply the product.  When I apply to my cheeks I like to use my ring finger in a soft tapping motion to blend out the product.  When applying to the lips you can also apply using your ring finger for a light wash of colour or you can use a lip brush for fuller coverage.  If you fancy a glossier finish you can top of your lips with some of Stila's Lip Glaze.
Traditionally I have mostly used Convertible Colors on my cheeks, this is because my lips tend to be dry but also because personally I prefer a brighter lip.  The new shade range is vibrant and pretty and pretty much offers something for everybody. 

Perfect bright shades Sweetpea and Hibiscus

For me Peach Blossom makes the perfect handbag stable, its the right amount of colour for the cheeks and a perfect shade for the lips.  Personally I don't like to carry around a lot of makeup (otherwise I tend to get carried away and end up with a suitcase rather than a handbag) so for me Peach Blossom can liven up your face while fitting in with most makeup looks.

Sweetpea, Hibiscus, Peach Blossom.
If your looking for something a little bolder and vampy Stila have you covered with the delicious Tulip and Dahlia.  As I mentioned you can apply these lightly on the lips using your ring finger or you can achieve fuller coverage by using a lip brush.

Tulip and  the vampy Dahlia.

All my pretty shades :)

For the Summer Stila have released a limited edition Convertible Color duo which has both a bronzing and highlighting shade.  Marigold has a intensely pigmented brown shade for bronzing/contouring and a light shade for highlighting.

Looking very smug wearing Sweetpea on both my cheeks and tapped onto my lips. 

I think there is something very simple and chic about matching the cheeks and the lips, it creates a simple and flattering look.  I am not quite sure what my favorite new shade is - every day it changes - but I have mostly been reaching for Sweet-pea, Hibiscus and Peach Blossom.  I am sure that in the Autumn I will be wearing the shades Tulip and Dahlia all the time.  Stila never fail to let me down, they have reinvented their classic Convertible Colors with some pretty amazing new shades. 

You can buy the whole range shade range of Convertible Colors (15 Beautiful shades) from and a selection of shades from the Stila Harvey Nicks Counter, Cara Pharmacy, Brown Thomas online and selected Sam McCauley Pharmacies.
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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Bourjois Help us get the last out of Summer

Bourjois is without a doubt my favourite brand from the chemist, I think they offer a great range of products which always seem higher end than they actually cost.  

Since the sun keeps popping its head in and out of the clouds I thought I would share with you some products that will keep summer in your life a little longer.  First up is the Cream Blush (€10.49) which Bourjois have released in 2 new shades 05 Pink Shimmer and 06 Tropical Coral* this cream to powder formula.  I love these little pots of wonder, small enough to pop in your bag, easy to apply and leave you with the prettiest colour on your cheeks. 

I have big huge love for Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet* €12.49 (I spoke about them here).  Bourjois have release 2 new amazing shades to be honest I am not sure which one I prefer.  Grand Cru is a vampy rich shade (perfect for Autumn) and Nude-ist is possibly the only nude to win my heart.  I don't really like nude lip shades but Nude-ist looks flattering and wins the award for the first nude lip product to grace my lips for a long time.

Rouge Edition Velvet Nude-ist (not a scary nude - a lush nude)

Rouge Edition Velvet Grand Cru

If you would prefer a  glossy finish to your lips you can  apply some Bourjois Effet 3D Lipgloss in Or Feeric* €10.49.  Its a pretty shimmery gloss on its own with subtle gild flecks. 
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Maybelline Color Elixir

A little while ago I told you about Dior Fluid Sticks (read here) they are a kinda fantastic product which give the colour of a lipstick, the application and sheen of a gloss but feel hydrating and moisturising on the lips all captured in the dinkiest packaging that looks like a lipstick but applies like a gloss.  AND NOW LADIES AND GENTLEMEN I HAVE A DUPE enter Maybelline Color Elixir.

I have been waiting with great anticipation to see did these babies arrive on our shores and was delighted to hear that they would be launching in September.  When I popped one of these out of my handbag to apply in work one of my colleagues literally had me hounded about what it was and when it was out.  The design of the product is really stand out looking like a lipstick in a clear tube.
While the packaging is clever and adorable it really is the consistency of Color Elixirs that make them winners, they feel amazing on the lips, really amazing, more like a lip treatment than a lip product.  I have dry lips so when something sits so comfortably on my lips it scores highly in my book.  All this and we haven't gotten around to talking about the amazing pigment on the lips.

Blush Essence, Hibiscus Haven, Mandarin Rapture, Signature Scarlet
At the far right we can see Dior Aventure and beside it is Mandarin Rapture from Maybelline - I conducted a quick Instragram experiment applying Maybelline Mandarin Rapture on one half of my lips and Dior Aventure on the other half to see was there any difference.....
As you can see they are the exact same on the lips, the only difference is Dior Fluid Sticks cost €34.00 and Maybelline Color Elixirs cost less than ten euro.  If we do our beauty maths we could get 3 Color Elixirs for less than the price of one Dior Fluid Stick.  I like Dior Fluid Sticks so much I bought 2 so you can imagine how impressed I am with the price and quality of Color Elixirs.

Blush Essence, Hibiscus Haven, Mandarin Rapture, Signature Scarlet

Lets have a look on the lips

Blush Essence

Hibiscus Haven

Mandarin Rapture,

Signature Scarlet

As you can see the lips are left looking pigmented and juicy, the initial gloss wears off well and evenly,  Color Elixirs are not sticky on the lips, I love the consistency.

Maybelline Color Elixir come in 11 Shades (I have a feeling the shade Fuchsia Flourish will be mine) €9.69 and will be available nationwide from September.  Pin It
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