Review! Illamasqua Matte Lip Liquid!

Hello!

It’s been ages and ages since I have done a beauty review, and that’s mainly because it’s been ages since I’ve been properly updating the blog (when will I ever stop apologising for that? probably never!)

Looking back at my last review I have noticed how my makeup technique has changed. Thanks to my wonderful make-up artist friend Charli XO, I picked up some tips and tricks and have come on leaps and bounds with my eyebrows especially, but that is a post for another day!

Today I will be focusing on the Illamasqua Matte Lip Liquid I got recently when I painted nails at an Illamasqua shopping event (more on that later! and yes, it was super exciting!).

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The colour I opted for is called ‘Forbidden’ and you can see (and buy) it on the Illamasqua website here.

I have always had great trouble finding lipstick that stays on my lips, and doesn’t just go all over these goofy teeth of mine, or come off my lips all together! I decided to give this lip liquid a try after I popped a swatch on my hand, and after leaving it to dry, noticed it didn’t budge at all! If i’m honest, I never expected it to work wonders, because lipsticks very rarely stay on me for very long, but boy was I surprised!

I applied this at around 9am, whilst getting ready for work, it took two coats to get the super solid look in the picture above. My first coat was quite light, and I rubbed my lips together a little, and my second coat was to really pile on the colour and define the lip shape.

The application brush is PERFECT! I found it really easy to get a super flattering cupids bow, with other lipsticks, glosses and pencils, I have always found I end up looking like I have wonky lips! And can we talk for a second about the packaging? That super cute crystal clear tube makes the product seem candy-like and looks simply delicious!

Within minutes of applying, I noticed the lip liquid had dried to matte. This was a strange sensation at first, i’ll admit, simply because I have never tried matte lip colours before, but once I got used to it, I felt super confident that this colour wasn’t going anywhere for a while, and especially, NOT on my teeth (you guys, that is such a huge deal for me!)

I will say though, I think next time I wear this, I will moisturise my lips a little first, but that is simply because my lips are so dry anyway, it didn’t help to make the lip liquid look as good as it could have done. I didn’t really feel that the product itself had any kind of drying affect on my lips at all.

I ate breakfast (a banana) at around 10.15am, and didn’t have to re-apply after this. I then lasted until 1pm without thinking about my lip situation at all, because I felt so comfortable that I still had such a solid look. After my lunch, I re-applied once, at around 1.30pm, and then really didn’t have to think about it again until I went to see my boyfriend at 6pm, when I just added a quick coat to brighten up the colour. If I hadn’t been going anywhere after work, that would have been the day over for my lip liquid at 6pm, and I would have only had to re-apply once!

I would say that this is, without a doubt, the perfect lip product for me. I am so in love with the vibrancy of the colour, as that reflects my character so well, and the staying power is a big plus point from me. It’s ideal if you work in a kind of job where you can’t be nipping off to re-apply make up all the time, and you want to know you look awesome, without having to constantly check for smudges! I just really want them to make this in every colour imaginable now, especially slime green!!

An all-round wonder product, if you ask me!

I know other matte and velvet lip products exist out there, does anyone have any recommendations? what are your favourite trusty, stay-put lip essentials?

That’s all for now!

Kate xx

 

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Etsy Cute 01/04/13 – Sugar Rush

I’m guessing you’re all full of chocolate eggs and Easter sweets? Well i’ve been a sweetie fan from the second I could talk, and todays Etsy Cute is all about sweet things, candy, sugar and confections!

Sweet Insults!

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I’ve had my eye on this for a while… there are some things I find on Etsy and don’t post straight away because I feel like I want them all to myself, but this sweater is perfect for the sweet theme we’ve got going on.

Created by fASHLIN, this super cool sweater is adorable at first but look closer, it’s covered with insults! It appeals to my juvenile brat perfectly and is definitely on my birthday wishlist!

Their products are totally 90’s influenced, with Daria T-shirts, head jewellery and slime effect everything! Check them out and re-live the days of Goosebumps, bindis and The Craft!

Cosmic Lollipops!

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I wanna lick Uranus.. teehee! 

Much like the sweater, I had seen these amazing space-pops a while ago on Tumblr, and since found the creator ‘Vintage Confections’ on Etsy.

Being a huge science and space fanatic, I desperately want to shove them all in my mouth in one go… but I think i’ll wait and save them for a special treat purchase one day! My favourite planet is Saturn, but my favourite of these lollies is the Sun, I think the ones that take up the whole lolly and look globe-like are amazing! Guys… It’s a planet, in sugar form, ON A STICK! *drool*.

Vintage Confections sell other amazing candy too! Loads of designs and flavours! You can even order flavour samples, in case you’re not sure which to go for. This is true gourmet candy at it’s finest, expertly made and unique!

Jelly Beanie Bow!

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Sweet hair bow, bro!

I can never get enough of bows, I do worry I’m getting a bit old to rock them now without looking ridiculous, but then I remember that I DON’T CARE!

The pastel dreaminess mixed with sugary perfection of this little treat have me practically thrusting at my computer screen. Made by the aptly named Super Kawaii Bows, it’s also a total steal at only £3.40 (not including shipping).

They have a TONNE of amazing bows in their store, including ‘starter packs’ of 11 solid coloured bows and multipacks of different metallics! Perfect to bulk out your bow collection!

Crotchet Cupcake!

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Swirly cupcake confection perfection!

Yes I know it’s Twinkie Chan again!! WOOOH! (love that girl so hard!). I’m also loving this swirly cute cupcake slouch hat currently for sale on her Etsy! It’s a custom listing, so the colours can be changed and as with all her masterpieces, it’s really reasonably priced at just over £30.. remember guys, that’s all crocheted by hand!

You’ve probably heard (read?) me bang on about Twinkie Chan before.. but just in case you haven’t.. she’s a wonderfully inspiring crafter based in San Francisco! She learnt to crochet from a friends Grandma and now runs a food themed crochet empire!

Check her out, it’s pretty amazing stuff!

Just four for today.. Unfortunately I am a human and my head is killing me! What I would give to be a sexy android robo-babe who never gets ill… 

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have an Etsy Cute theme to suggest!

Kate xx

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If I Owned It: Dream Summer Wardrobe!

Hey guys!

Tonight I used the power of Polyvore to bring you my dream summer 2013 look.

I am an unashamed fan of 90’s fashion, but I tend to veer towards a more bratty 90’s punk look than Buffy influenced goth vibes. In my world I could totally get away with retro slogan tee shirts and dungarees everyday. I’d go for bunches too but at 26, I feel that’s gonna look a little weird, so a high ponytail it is!

Here you go guys…

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I already own a pair of dungarees, and I have my sights set on the Lazy Oaf ‘slime’ tee for my birthday next month! I regularly stomp around in my DM’s so i’ve got that base covered.. all I need is to stock up on spacey patches and eat lollies all day!

My brat look will rock your summer!

Kate xx

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Etsy Cute 1/12/12 – Party Time

Here’s my selection of items to inject cute into the festive party season!!

Click the pictures to view the items on Etsy!

Mini Mouse Dress!! ^_^

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Become a fully fledged member of the Disney Club!

I discovered Devowevo a while ago, but back then I think they had a different name. They do all kinds of adorable dresses with ponies, owls, rainbows and all sorts on them! This dress with Minnie’s grinning face is perfect for a night out! I would wear it with nice thick black tights and maybe some crazy sculptural heels like these.

Pastel Bow Goodness!

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Sugar sweeten your hair!

For all you pastel lovers out there! (me!) I’ve found this amazing crochet hairbow complete with sugary sweet inspired heart decorations! It’s from a seller I have just discovered, Sugar Junkie Shop, and their name doesn’t disappoint . If you want all things candified you’ll want to check them out! I would wear this with a pastel dress and white tights! 

Rainbow Tights! ❤

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Wear the rainbow!

Okay, I’m obsessed with tights… just think of all the possibilities! Like these wonderful pastel rainbow tights by Virivee. Hand dyed and 50 Dernier means they are truly unique and will last for a fair while. These would be perfect for anyone keen to pop a little bit of subtle cute into an outfit. Why not whip out a cute black dress and doll it up with these? How about this one?!

Yum Yum Nails! 🙂

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Kawaii Claws! 

One thing that might not be obvious to buy from Etsy are nails… But they ARE essential in looking adorable over the festive season! These Yum Yums nails are handpainted by nail artist Mkittynails in Japan! So you will be buying genuine kawaii goodness from the land that invented cute! There are more than just these to choose from, and jazzing up your nails will last longer than just one night, why not treat yourself to this sugar sweet manicure for Christmas day and get out of doing the washing up! ^_^

Sweet Snuggly Sweater!

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Boys need some ‘cute’ too this Christmas!

Who said that lovely things were just for girls? Any fun loving fella would appreciate this sweet sweater from Rogue Retro! On the other hand, any gorgeous girly could wear this too in a casual big-n-baggy sort of way with leggings and heels for cosy drinks with friends. Everyone needs a Christmas jumper so why not make it a wonderfully adorable one?! I would wear this with a big red bow, like this one!

 

If you have any suggestions for Etsy sellers you think I would like, please don’t hesitate to email me.. katykamikaze@gmail.com