Friday, 29 April 2016

Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Iced Mocha

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Gerard Cosmetics is a brand that became a lot more well known due to instagram. Their packaging usually includes a bit of gold which looks sleek in photos but can look a bit tacky in real life, especially their bullet lipsticks. I've reviewed Cherry Cordial and 1995 on my blog. Liquid lipsticks have become quite the 'it' product now and of course they started selling them. I have the shade Iced Mocha but I have my eyes on a few more shades!

Now, when the liquid lipstick arrived, I was quite shocked on how small it was. I'm not talking about the amount of liquid lipstick you receive but the actual size of the tube. As you can see it's such a dainty little thing which weighs next to nothing. It has a frosted tube which does look nice I guess. The lid is made out of plastic and feels like it could break perhaps and to be honest I did expect much nicer packaging as they retail for $20 (£13.75) on Gerard Cosmetics Website and £9.50 on BeautyBay.

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The lipstick has a doe foot applicator which makes it super easy to apply and doesn't have too much liquid lipstick on the applicator. The shade itself is a muted brown shade which is ideal for everyday as it isn't 'out there' as Kylie Jenner's True Brown K or Jeffree Star's Dominatrix. It does feel the tiniest bit tacky once dried (it dries in 3-4 minutes) but it's nothing too major. It doesn't feel heavy on your lips, almost satin-y even though its dried. It does transfer a bit on cups which sucks because I find that lipstick stains are the hardest to remove from glass cups. Nevertheless it is a pretty good liquid lipstick, not amazingly good but good enough for me to like. I have my eye on 1995, Everything Nice and Cher next!

What's your favourite brand for liquid lipsticks?

Nazia xo

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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

MAC Lipstick Collection

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I feel like this is such a typical beauty blogger post and despite the countless times I have said that MAC isn't worth the hype I have a surprisingly number of MAC beauty products, namely their lipsticks which I still think are overly hyped. I have 13 MAC lipsticks in totals up to just over £200 which is a pretty scary amount.

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L-R: Taupe. Retro, Taupe
My second ever lipstick was Taupe and I have two of them as the first one is so close to finishing and I seriously do not want to be without it. Taupe is what Velvet Teddy is to light-medium skintones, but to dark skintones. It is the perfect warm nude for me and will be forever one of my holy grails. Despite it being a matte shade, it doesn't feel all that drying but it is the second most drying MAC lipstick I own. I reviewed this lipstick here.

Retro is slightly darker and is a red-brown shade. It's a satin finish but to be honest MAC's matte and satin finishes seem the same to me so I'm not too bothered. It dries down to a matte but has a slight sheen to it.


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L-R: Amorous, Paramount, Double Shot

Amorous is another satin finish and is probably the only closest to a pink shade that I have in my collection. It swatches to a purple-y shade but on my lips it's more of a pink-y nude which I love wearing in the summer. This shade is another holy grail for me. I highly recommend trying this shade out if you're a NC42 or darker as it looks beaut on our skintones.

Paramount is a beautiful chocolate brown shade with slight red undertones and a satin finish. I definitely feel like a bad ass wearing this (lol) because it's such a dark shade which is very wearable in my opinion.

Double Shot is one of the lightest lipsticks I own and is close to being 'concealer lips' for me. Because it has an amplified creme finish (the only one), the pigmentation is definitely there as it's quite opaque, however it does slip and slide a lot. I tend to wear this with a lip liner so it doesn't look 'off' when I wear it otherwise it can wash me out in certain lightings.

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L-R: Verve, Studded Kiss, Persistence

Verve is another satin finish and is a straight up brown shade. It looks slightly more muted when compared to Paramount.

Studded Kiss is the most drying MAC lipstick I own. It has a matte finish and was part of the permanent MAC Matte Collection that was released summer of 2015. It took me more than half a year to pick it up but I'm glad I did because it's such a beaut red shade. I much prefer deeper reds than  Ruby Woo kinda reds or bright reds as I feel that my skintone suits deeper reds the most. I also highly recommend this shade!

Persistence was also part of the permanent MAC Matte Collection and so it has a matte finish of course. The actual shade is quite close to Taupe, but I feel like Taupe is slightly lightly and warmer on me. Nevertheless this is also another holy grail for me, for which I will be picking up a back up soon!

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L-R: Spirit, Rebel, Viva Glam III, Whirl
Spirit is the light shade that I own. It's slightly darker than Double Shot with a pink undertone and a satin finish. I have to use a lip liner for this one too otherwise it gives me 'concealer lips' too.

Rebel is one that I had such high hopes for but was disappointed. I reviewed this here. Despite the packaging saying that it has a satin finish, it is has the most sheen and is more of a gloss-y finish which I loathe. It is also a pink toned berry shade which, if you know me, I don't wear pink lipsticks ever. Had it been darker, then I would've been okay will the aforementioned but I guess we can't always have what we want. Maybe this is why I bash MAC as a brand, perhaps it's not but what I do know is that this is my least favourite MAC lipstick and I don't know why it has a cult status in the beauty world and blogosphere.

Viva Glam III is a crossover between Amorous and Paramount. It's a red-brown shade with slight red-purple tones to it which I love! I'm all about my brown nudes and dark shades and this shade is the perfect crossover of the two! It has a matte finish so feels drying but to be honest I'd much prefer my lipsticks to be drying and matte than to be slipping all over the lower half of my face.

Finally, Whirl. The lip liner version of this became well known because of Kylie Jenner and when the lipstick version was released under the permanent MAC Matte Collection, everyone and their mother picked up this shade and most of them were disappointed as the lipstick was a few shades darker than the lip liner. Now, me being an NC42 southern-asian with pigmented lips meant that the lip liner didn't show up on me at all no matte how many times I filled my lips in. The lipstick however, is another one of those perfect shades for me! It's another holy grail for me and I love it! It's a shade darker than Taupe and Persistence and is the perfect nude for when I'm slightly bit more tanned (NC44) in the summer.

What are some of your favourite MAC lipsticks?

Nazia xo

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