Rosie for Autograph Lipstick

Hi everyone!

This is my first post for a while as I’ve been super busy and not found time to take, let alone edit my photos!

For me, Marks and Spencer growing up was the place my grandma bought her clothes, my Mum happily shopped for herself, and I was happy enough to wear the children’s clothing lines! It was a brand built on trust, a family business that generations remained loyal to.

Since those days it has constantly been shifting and changing to adapt to the times – I’ve been a HUGE fan of their Limited Collection (now rebranded to Limited Edition) for some years now, the younger, edgier sub-label of M&S. I’ve grown to love Autograph and it’s tailoring, though not necessarily it’s price tag! It’s a place where I go when I need a staple item I know will last and won’t cost the earth.

They’ve made huge leaps too in their beauty ranges, expanding stores to include almost John Lewis-esque skincare and makeup stands. I was wandering through the other day, actually on the hunt for a decent pair of stockings, when I found Rosie Huntington Whiteley’s beauty range, Rosie for Autograph.

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I was stalled by the Chanel-style packaging, glossy black with Rose Gold (I scorn Mac’s matte black and silver for this!) with a solid rose gold bullet for the lipstick tube itself. I immediately reached for Lady Rose, a neutral, brown-toned tea rose shade. It glided smoothly on the back of my palm, and a testy sniff revealed the same tell-tale scent of Mini eggs as Soap and Glory’s lipstick range.

If I had to wear one shade for the rest of my life, it would definitely be this.

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It wears well, applies smoothly, and I feel as if my lips are being nourished by the formula.

The one thing I would mark it down on, is the price. £14 to Soap & Glory’s £9-10 per lipstick (even that is a bit steep). I noted that in the range there are a number of other products, for lips, eyes and face! My positive experience with this lipstick means I’ll definitely be interested checking out the other items, namely the blushers and eyeshadow pallettes, encased in the lovely rose gold metal. Shop the collection on the M&S Website!

Because I would never review a lipstick without posting a photo of me wearing it, here you go! What do you think?

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me in Rosie for Autograph Lady Rose lipstick

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ignore my weird lip shape – you’re here for the damn colour!!!!
w7 cosmetics review

w7 Cosmetics Mascara – Dupe Alert!

I’ve posted about why I don’t shop with Benefit anymore before, both on a point of there being better and cheaper alternatives, and because morally I have felt sidelined by their marketing tacts.

This post falls into the former category, as I write about two products from w7 Cosmetics.

I wanted to give credit to the lady who reviewed this and made me want to buy it, but I can’t find her to credit! Whoever you are, thank you!

Finding a great dupe is a great way to save money on your makeup purchasing each month. This Absolute Lashes Mascara cost me £3.25 from eBay and took 2-3 days to arrive, versus £6.95 from the w7 website… if you want to buy it from there, you can shop it here.

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Now in terms of the packaging alone, it’s a great dupe for ‘They’re real… Honest!’ mascara, but what about the brush and the application, I hear you ask?

Well some have taken photos of the brushes side by side which you can look at here, but as I did not wish to part with nearly £20 for a mascara I did not have Benefit’s on hand! From my point of view, the brushes are near identical, lots of bristles but not too close together so the lashes aren’t coated too thickly. It applies as well as Benefit’s too, and i was completely ecstatic with this product for the price – my makeup bag will never go without it!!!

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w7 absolute Lashes

Now onto the Brow Parlour kit. This was another eBay purchase, at £3.87 inc postage. The packaging is adorable and would make an excellent addition to someone’s Benefit/Soap and Glory collection based on that alone!

Now, I have forked out before for Benefit’s brow products, and they are good don’t get me wrong. But Boot’s 17 range does the best value for money brow kit out there. This Brow Parlour kit just doesn’t quite cut it. The brushes are useless (not to it’s detriment as I never use kit brushes), and the powders don’t transfer as well. The clear brow wax though is actually a pretty good idea. I stuck to using my 17 kit and my Makeup Revolution brow brush.

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Do you have any great dupes you always go back to?

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Makeup Revolution Chocolate eyeshadow pallette

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So makeup Revolution really have got me sold on their eye pallettes. Not only are they super affordable, but actually the quality of the pigments is way better than  one would expect of a brand that doesn’t charge over the moon!

At £7.99 they are perfect dupes for the Too Faced Cosmetics equivalent, which comes in at around £32!

There are 3 to choose from within this range – milk, white or dark. I’m going to swatch the
milk chocolate pallette!

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Aren’t they the most amazing nudes and chocolates you’ve ever seen? Looking at the pallette makes me feel hungry too!

Have you tried makeup Revolution yet? You can order directly off their website or they are stocked in Superdrug if you’re the sort of person who likes to try before they buy makeup!

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My Top Strobing Products Right Now

Hey everyone!

So while many of us are still getting our heads around and becoming more comfortable with contouring! Personally I’ve not quite nailed it. Powder for contour powders tend to patch on my Base Layer of makeup and make me look dirty versus contoured!

I admit I need to try cream based contour products,  I. E.  From clinique. I quite fancy the chubbie sticks.

Now,  strobing. To me,  the cynical minded, strobing is no different to highlighting,  which I am comfortable with doing!

I decided to share my current highlight/strobing products.

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I am so in love with these makeup organisers by the way… Ebay!

First off is makeup Revolution’s vivid baked highlighter. This is amazing and I love it. For £4 you can’t beat it!

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I love the lilac finish to this product!

I love the lilac tinge,  ideal for combating your skins off-colour moments!

Second is this Shu Uemura highlighter. It’s actually from the blush range but I bought it because it was pearlescent. I apply this using the real techniques contour brush to the bridge of my nose and along my cheekbones.

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I love this read techniques contouring brush.

It’s really pretty! You have to buy the case separate with Shu Uemura but at least you can just refill!

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I lost the lid for the Watt’s Up! ages ago… oops!

Next Comes jelly pong cosmetics all over skimmer.  This comes in the form of a liquid  and applies beautifully  like Molton gold. Benefit Cosmetics’ “Watt’s Up!” is a solid form of this,  and is a really great product to apply to the cheekbones.

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I adore this soap & glory trick and treatment highlighter/concealer, with it’s pearlescent shimmer! This eye shadow primer is also great for paler looks

Last comes Soap and Glory’s trick and treatment (shown with the eyeshadow primer though I’ve not swatched it). This product is amazing and I dab it in little circles around the eye area to gift a lift to dark circles.

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I use these intermittently,  and when I feel like it  as part of my daily makeup routine. Strobing or highlighting,  whatever you  call it…  For me it gets the vote ahead of contouring!

What about you?

Here are the swatches of the products;

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Hope you liked this post! Shu uemura didn’t show up well I’m the photo without flash but really it’s a brilliant product.

Do you use anything else for strobing or highlighting? I’d love to see you recommendations!

Love

Jess xx

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Clinique Colour Pop Lipstick in Cola pop

I’ve been trying to resist buying too much makeup, but the pull of this lipstick was too much to resist. I wanted something neutral, something that complemented my pale skin but dark hair and eyes – I spotted something that suited the bill from Clinique’s new Colour Pop collection.

The collection ranges from pale nudes to candy pinks, plums, and marsala browns- it’s really varied and it was honestly hard to choose one. I eventually settled on Cola, which is one of those beautiful reddy-browns. It’s got wonderful warm undertones, and the formula is wonderful- really smooth and easy to apply.

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Clinique colour pop lipstick

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Cola Pop

I absolutely adore this colour, and I’ve been wanting to post this for a while but didn’t want to until I had some lovely photos- the last one I took in a coffee shop!! I have to say as well that the packaging of these lipsticks is beautifully design.

Aside from the basic aesthetics, the formula of these lipsticks is a dream – really moisturizing and easy to apply.

cola pop swatchisn’t it lovely? Have you seen a shade that you like from this collection? I also really love Grape pop, as well as pretty much all of the beautiful colour-pop blushes.

I got mine from Boots, but you can buy the lipsticks for £16.50 from any Clinique counter.

Love,

Jess

Boots 17 Makeup range – new kits!

One of these days I am going to do a collective review of all the different eyebrow products (pencils, spoolies, kits etc etc) I own, because there are so many BAD ones that cost a hell of a lot! But for now I’ll just tell you about the kits I picked up from Boots 17 makeup range; ‘Define and Conquer’ contouring kit, and ‘Brow’s that’ brow defining kit.

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I’ve heard a lot about contouring and marvelled at how it is done and how effective it can be. The idea is to enhance or give illusion of bone structure. Anyway, 17 have a little kit that I picked up at the introductory price of jsut over £4. I must admit I was expecting a creamy texture, perhaps like a concealer type, but they two shades provided in the kit are actually powder.

I’m still getting the hang of it (tips appreciated), but I think it did make a nice difference when used to define my nose and my cheekbones. In the image below I have also used the 17 Brow kit, which is composed of a wax, a brow pencil, and two shades of brown powder. I’ll admit the brush wasn’t much use but I already had a Model’s Own brush that I could use, but the wax was a good texture and worked just as well as the kit from Benefit, which costs significantly more than this kit.

I’d give them good marks for the packaging as well, very sleek and eye catching.

And voila, the finished look! Excuse the rollers, I was just finishing up on my look for the evening. But you can appreciate the effect the eyebrow kit has in that picture! The other photo shows off the slight contouring I did.

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My Review of the Boots No7 Match Made Service – Ta-dah!

I’m sure you must have seen the adverts on TV by now for Boots, but in case not, have a peek. They’ve really ramped up their marketing over the past couple of years and I have to say I’m impressed- they use real ladies in their adverts, no flashy models with impossibly perfect features. They also do not airbrush. 

On a whim last week I stepped into Boots – I often do that to cheer myself up – and sat myself down with the lovely Diane at Boots No7 Counter on Manchester’s Market Street store. They were very busy but she made me feel very welcome and that she had time to spend with me. 

I told her I wanted a neutral shade, but also that I was looking for something a bit more daring, as I always tended to stick with rosy pinks etc.

She cleansed my face and used the nifty little machine (pictured) to match my skin tone to a foundation shade – Calico, if you were wondering! Then she recommended a number of shades to me, and I chose  605 Brick Red from the Stay Perfect range or lipsticks for my daring shade, and 730 Soft Tulip, a pretty rose shade from the Moisture drench range.  Each lipstick comes in at £9.95. There were many more shades I could have chosen from, too!

I love both of these shades, and the red one I am actually going to wear for my wedding!!!

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605 Brick Red – Stay Perfect
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730 Soft Tulip – Moisture Drench

 

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Top, Brick Red, Bottom, Soft Tulip

They also have a promotion on at the moment; buy any two items, and get a free gift!The gift contained a plum eyeliner with sponge to smudge and create a smokey eye effect, a lilac eye shadow, a brush and a mini-mascara- perfect for your handbag!

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No7 have upped their game, and I say well done to them and I look forward to using more of their products from now on!

What’s your shade? xo