Metallic Red Lips: Jouer

I’ve been pretty quiet on the blog front lately; my broken brain has been torturing me even more than usual. This has severely limited the already meagre time I had available for wearing makeup and reviewing products. Now that I’ve finally taken this lipstick out for a couple of test drives, I’m ready to tell you what I think of it.

This liquid lipstick is in the shade Bronze Rose from Jouer. It’s metallic enough to look different from matte liquid lipsticks without being so over the top that you feel over dressed wearing it in the day time. Full-on metallic lips that look like liquid metal may be gorgeous when they appear in my Instagram feed but I need something more subtle for use IRL! 

It smells gorgeous in the same way that all the Jouer lipsticks do. The fragrance fades once the product has dried down though so if you’re not a fan of scented lip products, this shouldn’t cause you a huge problem. The formula feels like a moussey kind of texture as opposed to more liquidy formulas such as those by Anastasia Beverly Hills.

This dusky brownish rose shade is really easy to wear and would look pretty on a range of skin tones. It has impressive staying power and while there can be a little transfer, it’s nothing major and most of the product stays put on the lips. I’ve received a couple of compliments on the shade whilst wearing it, which is always a good sign.

I added the lip topper Skinny Dip from Jouer on top of Bronze Rose to create the above lip look. I think the lip topper caused more transfer than usual and a little stickiness but it did look lovely. The colour faded pretty evenly and lasted several hours including a meal. 

I like the Jouer lipsticks and this shade is lovely for winter. If you haven’t tried them and you’re a fan of liquid lipstick, I recommend grabbing one and seeing what you think. I also own a couple of ‘nude’shades from the brand that I find myself reaching for quite often. They haven’t quite toppled theBalm Meet Matte Hughes Liquid Lipstick from my Favourite Liquid Lipstick throne but they’re definitely worth checking out and may well become someone else’s favourite.

What do you think of Jouer lip products?

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x

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Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Swatches

I’ve been really struggling to post lately; even my weekly Sunday beauty post has fallen by the wayside. I’m going through one of those phases in my Chronic Life when I have zero energy left; the constant battle with the pain is wearing me down. The pain itself is also particularly severe and persistent, even by my standards. I’m scheduled to have brain surgery in January, but that’s another post.

So, while I haven’t had the opportunity to properly test drive this batch of Makeup Geek eyeshadows (my first!), I do have some swatches I would like to share with you.

They are swatched on the back of my own hand so bear in mind that I’m super pale; I use NW10 in Mac foundations. I didn’t use any primer underneath. I used a fingertip to swatch and didn’t go over them several times; I wanted to show as accurately as possible how pigmented the shades are. 

I was impressed with the pigmentation of these shadows and I’m pleased with the shades themselves- soooooo pretty 😍. I’m particularly excited about Mermaid, the bright metallic bluish green right in the middle. Now if I could just get a few  low pain hours to test drive these beautiful shades…

What do you think of Makeup Geek eyeshadows?

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x

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A New Nail Shape and Bargain Polish 

I’m something of a perfectionist when it comes to my nails. If they look shabby or the layer of acrylic has grown too far out, it bothers me. Way back before I became largely housebound, fitting in regular nail appointments around teaching and socialising wasn’t a big deal. Now of course, things are different. Weeks can go by when I’m not well enough to leave home and when I am, it’s only with the support of my husband and/or parents.

Nonetheless, getting my nails done remains a tiny and all too infrequent window into the person I used to be. No matter how sick I am, my nails looking nice gives me a little joy.

So, here’s how my nails look after my latest (and too long delayed) visit to my nail place. I’ve gone for an Almond shape rather than the square with slightly rounded edges shape I’ve been in the habit of getting for a long time.

I really like this shape. It elongates the fingers and strikes me as elegant. I find the sharp spike look that’s popular now to be too extreme for my taste but the Almond shape is somewhat softer. 

The polish I went for is the shade 04 Our Sweetest Day from Essence’s The Gel range. I love these little polishes; they apply and perform well and are a bargain at £1.60 each (available in the UK from Wilko online or in store). I chose to have 3 coats of this particular shade but generally 2 coats is sufficient with these polishes. They’re a great way to update your collection of colours each season without causing significant damage  your bank balance 😊.

What nail shape do you favour? Do you have a favourite brand for polishes? 

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x

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Mac Nutcracker Sweet Blush Highlight Compact

Every now and then, a limited edition product comes along that makes my eyes widen and I just HAVE to have it. In my own defence, this is actually quite rare; lots of limited edition products strike me as over hyped and all too often they aren’t going to work with my milk coloured skin. Plus, living with a chronic debilitating illness tends to do bad things to your disposal income. 

But when I saw this compact in the marketing ads/reviews for Mac’s Nutcracker Sweet collection, I fell in love. I was lucky enough to get it as an early Christmas gift – yay! It’s one of those products that really makes me look forward to the times when I’m well enough to put on makeup.

There were two versions of this compact available in the collection; I went for the Peach version which includes (unsurprisingly) a peachy pink shade of blush called At Dusk. The Copper version was super popular because it included the much loved Whisper of Gilt highlight but those shades just weren’t to my taste for my skin tone.

Both of these products are easy to wear and buildable. I don’t own many peachy tone blushes but have found that I really like it; it’s a soft and natural look that’s great for daytime. I found that is was just the right side of pigmented, meaning that the colour pay off is good but not so stark that one swipe needs endless blending to be wearable. The highlight is a lovely shade called Tutu that you don’t often see on the market, light but not stark or cold looking. Mac descibes it as a pale white peach. It works really well on my very fair skin tone. 

The packaging in this collection is adorable without being juvenile. I love the burgundy/purple and pink combination and the stitched detailing makes the whole thing feel a little luxurious. The detailing is repeated on the pans of product and makes using them for the first time a little sad! Mac have really got it right with this collection in my opinion.

I’m going to include a couple of pics of me wearing these products but bear in mind that I’m no expert at taking such photos – it looks great in real life! On that morning I was well enough to wear makeup but not well enough to remove shades in any kind of light; pretty typical of my rare ‘good hours’ these days.

The Nutcracker Sweet collection is well worth checking out. At the time of writing, this product was still available  online in the UK (yay!) along with some of the gorgeous lip and eye sets.

Did you buy anything from this collection? Have you spotted any other LE holiday products that you’ve fallen in love with?

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x

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Revlon Diamond Top Coat

A good top coat is one of those beauty products that tends to be an unsung hero; they aren’t as glamorous as much a hyped highlight or eyeshadow palette but finding a good one is a little beauty blessing. I’m very much enjoying this Colorstay Gel Envy Diamond Top Coat from Revlon so I though it deserved a quick post.

I was pleased to receive this top coat in my October Glossybox as I had almost run out of my previous bottle from Sally Hansen. There are so many top coats on the market to choose from and I’ve never loved one so much that it became a regular repurchase.

That said, I intend to buy another of this product when I run out. I like the double brush design; I can cover my entire nail with one swipe if I’m trying to be quick.

The finish this top coat creates is super glossy and long lasting. The formula is slightly thicker than most top coats I’ve tried but it doesn’t take any longer to dry. I’ve found that it helps keep my nails shiney and ‘just painted’ looking for a good 5-7 days, bearing in mind that I like my nails to look really glossy.

This photo shows my nails in serious need of in-fills (I have a layer of acrylic on top of my natural nails) and the top coat is doing any excellent job of distracting attention away from the shabbiness of my nails, with the cunning use of glossiness. This is very useful when I’ve been too unwell to get to the nail place regularly; let’s face it, that’s the case all the time these days.

So if you’re browsing the drugstore for your next top coat, I recommend giving this ago – what’s not to like about a top coat that’s glossy and keeps your nails look freshly ‘done’ for longer?

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x

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Jouer Liquid Lipstick and Lip Topper

On the topic of liquid lipsticks, I seem to have gone from one extreme to the other; from not being remotely interested in them to owning several and rarely reaching for anything else. The brand I’m posting about today is one that has been popping up all over Instagram and after seeing so many lovely swatches, I finally took the plunge and bought a liquid lipstick and a lip topper from Jouer.

At £15 each, these products are in the Mac kinda price range, which for me means that I’ll buy one now and then but I expect them to perform well. I went for the shade Tawny Rose in the liquid lipstick and the lip topper in Skinny Dip. I purchased mine from the Cult Beauty website which is the only place that I’m aware of that sells them in the UK.

The packaging is sturdy but not too heavy. I like that it’s transparent so that you can see when you’re running low before you’ve actually run out of product. These products have a delicious fragrance that is sweet and for some reason reminds me of childhood…marzipan? I can’t put my finger on it but it smells lovely and doesn’t hurt my fragrance-sensitive brain, so yay! 

Tawny Rose is such a gorgeous shade! It’s a perfect colour for easy daytime wear. The applicator is small and doesn’t bend, which is the kind I like best for creating clean lines. It dries down relatively quickly. It can feel a little dry on the lips after a few hours wear but nothing unusual for a liquid lipstick. It survives eating and drinking impressively well.

Skinny Dip is an ideal way to lift your makeup slightly if you’re going out straight after work (I miss those days!). Applied on top of dried down liquid lipstick, it creates a gorgeous shimmer and also stops the lips feeling dry. Of course there’s no reason that it couldn’t be used during the day to sparkle up your lips and combat the dryness that tends to come with liquid lipstick.


{Me test driving Tawny Rose before one of my rare ventures away from home for a couple of hours}

I’m really pleased with these products. Obviously I’ve only been able to test them for a few hours at a time (Chronic Life restrictions 🙄) but I’m impressed with how transfer resistant Tawny Rose is. I think Skinny Dip should now live in my handbag to help me out on those occasions when the dryness of liquid lipstick alone is irritating me. I must check out Jouer’s more metallic liquid lipsticks…

Have you tried any Jouer products?

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x

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Clinique Quickliner for Eyes

When I find myself repurchasing something for the 3rd or 4th time, it feels only right to devote a post to the product in question. The Clinique Quickliner for Eyes found its way into my birthday beauty haul (Part 1 & Part 2) and I’ve owned it several times before.

This isn’t a super exciting product but it is one that I find myself reaching for a lot when I’m well enough to apply makeup. I use it only on my bottom lash line and am happy with the job it does. There is no unpleasant tugging on application and you don’t need to press hard to get the desired amount of pigment. The nib is soft but not crumbly and obviously doesn’t require sharpening since the pencil is of the twist-up variety; always a good thing as I’m in the habit of misplacing my sharpener!

This time around I opted for the Brown/Black shade for ‘everyday wear’ but I’d be interested to try out other colours such as the Intense Plum shade that is available.

The thing I really like about this  product is the smudging sponge thing on the end. I’ve tried other pencils that turn out to have a smudging end that is rock hard and therefore not easy or comfortable to use. This sponge is firm enough to use precisely but still soft enough that it is comfortable for use in the delicate eye area. 

Having said all of that, this product isn’t perfect. Considering that it is a relatively expensive item, the packaging can be unreliable. The twist up mechanism isn’t strong and can become loose and difficult to use even when the product is still quite new; this is poor when you factor in what it costs to purchase.

Overall I like this product and use it regularly. The problem with the packaging and twist up mechanism hasn’t happened with every individual pencil I’ve owned but it has happened twice, which is enough to suggest that it wasn’t a one-off faulty item but a design flaw. It is for this reason that while I like this product, if I were to come across one with a similar sponge that is more reliable, I’d have no qualms about switching.

What is your favourite eye pencil?

Wishing you good luck & happy days,

Kindra x

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Makeup Geek Blush Review

It feels like an age ago that I got these two blushes from Makeup Geek as part of my Birthday Beauty Haul (Part 1 & Part 2) back in August. My Chronic Life currently restricts my ‘well enough to apply makeup’ hours drastically so it’s taken a while for me to have used these blushes enough to be ready to review them…but finally I’m there 😊. 

These are the first Makeup Geek blushes I’ve bought and I ordered them online from Beauty Bay. MUG has released a new batch of blushes in compact form since but I rarely carry blush about with me so am happy to buy pan versions to live inside my Tarteist Pro Custom Palette.

The shades I went for were Valentine (left) which is described as a pastel pink beige and Soulmate (right) which is described as muted mauve with rosy nude undertones and a shimmer finish. I find myself reaching for Soulmate most often. Both shades are suitable for my very fair skin but I think my taste has changed somewhat since I bought Mac’s Blush Baby almost a year ago; I’ve started to lean away from lighter pinks towards those that have some mauve or hints of brown in them. It’s worth noting that whatever shimmer is supposed to be present in Soulmate isn’t very noticeable to my eye; this is a bonus in my opinion as I prefer my blushes to provide colour rather than shimmer.

The swatches may not look particularly pigmented but for me that’s not necessarily a bad thing – I don’t want to look like Coco the Clown after one light swipe. These blushes produce enough colour on the cheek that I still need to concentrate so as not to overdo it! 

The thing I like about these blushes is that they blend beautifully. A fluffy face brush blends and smooths the edges very nicely without removing the colour. Both of these shades work nicely with the silver or pink toned highlighters that I gravitate towards.

So far I’ve only been able to test drive them for a few hours at a time, since that’s as long as any excursion of mine lasts (if I’m lucky). But I’m impressed with them and think they’re worth the £8.50 each that they cost in the UK. Soulmate has fast become a blush that I use regularly. If you haven’t tried Makeup Geek blushes then I recommend you check them out.

What is your favourite blush?

Wishing you good luck & happy days,

Kindra x 

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ABH Moon Child Glow Kit

Anastasia Bevelery Hills’ Glow Kits have been EVERYWHERE on Instagram and YouTube beauty channels for quite some time. As ever, the majority of these highlighting products are not a suitable shade for my milk-white skin tone. Golds and bronzes just don’t work on me! But when the Moon Child kit launched a few months ago, I wondered if this might finally be a Glow Kit I could work with. When the time rolled around to do my birthday beauty haul (Part 1 and Part 2), this palette was my number one priority.

The palette contains 6 shimmery highlight shades, some of which are pretty unusual compared to the range of highlight shades currently on the market. The palette itself doesn’t have a mirror which is a bit of a shame in my opinion. The packaging is pretty but doesn’t feel particularly sturdy as it’s cardboard rather than plastic or faux metal. To be honest I’d have preferred a more solid feeling palette with a mirror from a product in this price range. 

I have fallen in love with the highlights themselves. The shades appear quite muted in the pan but when you start swatching them, their true colours shines out! You might think that these colours would be hard to use in an every day sense but it is actually possible to use them without going to Instagram-worthy extremes (as gorgeous as the photos are of stripes of highlight that can be seen glinting miles away, they can be a bit much for day time in IRL!). These powders are easy to blend and mix together to get the look you’re after.

At this stage it’s too early in my love affair with the Moon Child kit to choose a favourite shade, but for quick and easy every day look Pink Heart is the easiest to use. Star can also be used with a light hand for day time looks; to be honest they all can with a little blending. When I’m well enough to being going out in the evening again, I’ll definitely be incorporating Blue Ice and Purple Horseshoe into a shimmery highlight and eye look. Lucky Clover is also a really interesting colour with more green & yellow going on than you’d expect from looking at it in the pan.

Overall I’m really happy with this palette; it’s a joy to behold. While the packaging and design of the palette could have been a bit better, I really like the products themselves. It’s a really unusual collection of shades and I’m looking forward to playing with them more as my Chronic Life allows.

What do you think of the ABH Glow Kits?

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x

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