Sensai Silky Design Rouge – Hiro*


When it comes to makeup, I’m something of a neutrals fan. I love a smokey brown eye, a beige nail or a pinky nude lip, but sometimes you just need a pop of colour. Enter Sensai’s Silky Design Rouge, a slick lip crayon which feels like silk to apply and has the most wonderful colour payoff you can imagine!


Available in a selection of six, super saturated shades which run the gamut from fuchsia to rich wine, Sensai’s Silky Design Rouge is perfect if you’re after a pop of colour. Since the crayons are narrow enough to use as both a liner and a lipstick, so if you’re in the process of choosing must-haves for your summer makeup bag, this one is a no brainer!


Hero is a stunning pink toned red which looks wonderful paired with tan skin and minimal eye makeup. It applied like an absolute dream, and I love how light yet moisturising it feels to wear. The Silky Design Rouge has a subtle sheen which looks so pretty and summer appropriate! In case you can’t tell already – I love it!

Sensai’s Silky Design Rouge in Hiro is priced at £28 and is available here.

Maybelline Master Precise Curvy*

Maybelline Master Precise Curvy

On a day-to-day basis, I have a pretty standard makeup routine that involves a little foundation, some concealer, bronze mascara and some shadow. If I’m feeling fancy I’ll add a lipstick, but for the most part, I grab a balm or gloss to go. But, on mornings when I’ve woken up that little earlier, or if I’m headed out somewhere fun, I do rather like mixing it up a little.

Maybelline Master Precise Curvy 1

So, instead of mixing up my lip colours like I normally do when I’m after a change, I’ve been playing with eyeliners. Usually I’m a die-hard pencil kind of a girl. I like the way I can smudge it into my waterline, creating a soft, smoky effect, but sometimes you’ve got to have something a little cleaner and more graphic. Which is where Maybelline’s Master Precise Curvy comes in. It’s a dinky little liner with a felt-pen like tip which makes creating the most graphic of eye looks an absolute breeze!

Maybelline Master Precise Curve Swatch

On days where I want a subtle, clean, line, the side of the Master Precise Curvy provides a sharp line which looks super cute. When I want something that’s a little more ‘out-there’ the flat of the tip provides a thick, far more graphic look, which is perfect if you’re after something a little more ’60s inspired. The felt tip makes application so easy, and the colour applies so cleanly and evenly, you don’t have to go over a line to darken it. Instead, you just get the perfect black line, no matter how thick or thin you want it!

Maybelline Master Precise Curvy is priced at £6.99 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Eyeshadow Palette*

Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette

So yesterday I shared the rather stunning collection of lipsticks that Urban Decay had released to celebrate the new Alice Through the Looking Glass movie, but I think that the piece-de-resistance has to be the rather stunning eyeshadow palette.

Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette 1

I kind of feel like calling this an eyeshadow palette is kind of like calling a Rolls Royce a run-around. There’s just something so special about this, and it’s the perfect mix of whimsy and much loved colours, and the packaging really is jus to die for!

Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Butterfly

Absolutely every inch has been covered in triply, kaleidoscope-esque images and quotes from the book. It does feel a touch magical! Also, the absolute clincher for me was the rather magical 3-D butterfly which pops up under the mirror. I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite like it in a makeup product before.

Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette Detail

It seems to right that Urban Decay have aligned themselves with a film all about the odd, and not-quite-right. They are such an inclusive and forward-thinking brand, it seems like a wonderfully natural fit!

Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Eyeshadow Palette

When I realised how in love I was with the packaging, I was skeptical about how much I would like the palette. By nature, I’m rather boring when it comes to makeup. I can’t tell you how many brown and beige shadows I have, so I was so happy to see a great balance of neutrals alongside some really rather stunning colours.

Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette review

Each column is designed to represent a character from the book, from left to right, they’re Alice, The Mad Hatter, Mirana, Iracebeth, and Time. It’s just such a novel little palette, I’m completely smitten! For daily use, I’ve been sweeping a light dusting of Reflection (a warm apricot) over my lids for a touch of definition, smudging Chronosphere (a warm, very metallic chestnut) into my lash line, and dotting Royal Flush (perhaps the most beautiful champagne shimmer highlight) into my inner eyes.

Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland shadow palette

As we’ve all come to expect from Urban Decay, the formulation of the shadows is pretty wonderful. They’re super smooth and creamy, with the most wonderful colour payoff. Shades like Dormouse and Chessboard are the perfect daily browns for me, and I wish I could buy a backup Royal Flush as it’s jus the most divine silky-smooth highlight. There are some surprises too! Lily looks like it should be a basic slightly yellow toned beige, but it’s shot through with pink micro-shimmer which gives the shade a beautiful fairy-dust quality. Dream On is another surprise – in the pan it looks like a deep cool toned shimmer mauve, but on the eyes it’s a wash of sheer sparkle. It’s stunning! The brighter colours are just dreamy too! I’m waiting for colder weather to rock the ultra pigmented and shimmering  Salanzan Grum, whilst I’m currently working up enough courage to wear the inky Time as an alternative to black liner.

Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland palette brushUrban Decay Alice in Wonderland Palette brush end 1

The palette also comes with a double ended brush tucked in amongst the shadows. It’s decorated with the same colourful patterning as the palette. I’ve not really tried it out too heavily yet, but it’s lovely and soft and is a great little blender!

Urban Decay’s Alice Through the Looking Glass Palette is priced at £43 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Mirror-Shine Eyeshadow – 541 Equinox

Dior Equinox Eyeshadow

Can you believe we’ve hit May already?! This time next month and 2016 is half way done – crazy! For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been feeling the need to lighten up my makeup routine. I’ve swapped foundations, and I had been looking for something to lighten up my eyes when I happened across Dior’s brand new Diorshow Fusion Mono Mirror-Shine Eyeshadow in Equinox.

Dior Equinox Eyeshadow 2

I had popped into Boots for a quick browse, and had joked that I wasn’t allowed to buy another lipgloss or eyeshadow pretty much ever. Of course, I left clutching this as well as a pretty pink gloss (review here) without a jot of buyer’s remorse. Honestly, as well as having possibly the longest name in my makeup bag, I don’t have anything quite like the Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Mirror-Shine Eyeshadow.

Dior Equinox Eyeshadow 3

Packaged in an über chic glass jar, the Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Mirror-Shine Eyeshadow comes complete with a little foam tipped brush and instructions on how to use it. Honestly though, it couldn’t be easier. Every morning I’ve been using a little primer, then using my finger to pat a little of the formula over my entire lid.

Dior Equinox Eyeshadow 1

The formula of the Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Mirror-Shine Eyeshadow is something really special. It feels cooling and calming to wear, and I’m obsessed with the colour. It’s the perfect cool-toned taupe which sparkles and shimmers in the light. It provides a light wash of colour which lasts all day, and I just love the colour!

Dior Equinox Eyeshadow 4

If I need to intensify my look, I use the applicator to smudge a little of the shadow into my upper and lower lash lines. It’s a no-fail, super easy way to create an eye look that looks both chic and sophisticated.

Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Mirror-Shine Eyeshadow is priced at £25.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

YSL Couture Kajal – 01 Noir Ardent

YSL Couture Kajal

I’ve been a big fan of Kajal eyeliners for a few years now, so when I saw YSL were releasing one as part of their Autumn Collection, I literally ran to the nearest department store so I could get my hands on it.

YSL Couture Kajal 1

YSL described the Couture Kajal as a 3-in-1 product – you can use it as a Khol in your lower waterline, as a regular liner and then smoked out on the eyelid. Honestly, it’s I would only use it as a liner, but I have about a zillion eyeshadows which I need to use, so that might just be me!

YSL Couture Kajal 2

The packaging of the Couture Kajal is absolutely beautiful – an elegant black wand is tipped with a shiny golden cap, it looks stunning in my makeup bag, and it feels so easy to use. The shape of the Kajal just rests in the hand, meaning application is flawless and you can just sweep the liner over eyes and waterlines to create the desired effect.

YSL Couture Kajal 3

Uncapped, the kajal sits in a sharpened point, and unfortunately, that’s all the product you get. Unlike my beloved (and now repackaged) Guerlain, YSL’s offering doesn’t twist at all, meaning what you see is exactly what you get. This caused a major issue for me, when, after my very first application the entire kajal just crumbled away leaving me with exactly nothing left on the wand, and big clumps of kajal all over my table!

YSL Couture Kajal 4

To say I was upset was a bit of an understatement. Not only is this product great, but it’s also pretty expensive, so to get exactly one use out of it isn’t exactly ideal. The formula of the kajal really was lovely – quite dry feeling to the touch, with an insane amour of colour payoff – I needed a single stroke in my upper lash line to achieve the perfect amount of smoky definition. But even so, for a premium product to pretty much disintegrate is extremely disappointing.

YSL Couture Kajal Pencil is priced at £25.00 and is available here

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