Gerard Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Cher & Iced Mocha

I’ve talked about the Gerard Cosmetic liquid lipsticks in my last favorites post but never actually wrote a review on them, so I figured it was just about time because I’ve had these for a few months now and really been loving them.

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When I ordered these from their website the two shades I went for are Cher, a beautiful dark mauve and Iced Mocha, which is more of a brown with some slightly greyish undertones to it. I tend to go for mauve shades, which is why I chose Cher and Iced Mocha seemed to be quite a unique color in my eyes and I’m always drawn to anything that’s a bit different for some reason.

I think packaging wise they’re really similar to most liquid lipsticks. Basically they look like lip gloss and come with a regular doe foot applicator, which really helps to achieve a more precise application.

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Formula wise I think the Gerard liquid lipsticks are pretty impressive. They apply really creamy and opaque before drying down to a nice and even matte finish. Just as you’d expect from any good liquid lipstick they are very long lasting and fade away evenly without leaving your lips looking like a hot mess. And luckily I don’t find them to be drying either.

I recently wrote about the ABH liquid lipstick in Pure Hollywood and how much I love it and while I’m obsessed with the color I definitely prefer the formula of the Gerard Cosmetic ones because they don’t feel as tacky on the lips and have a better staying power.

As always I’ve included some swatches and pictures of how it looks on my lips.

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(Cher & Iced Mocha)

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(Cher)

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(Iced Mocha)

So to conclude I would definitely recommend these as I think they have a nice formula plus a great selection of shades. I definitely want more but I’d also like to try more by Gerard Cosmetics. Have you tried any of their products? What would you recommend?

Thanks for reading,

Sophie

Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in 13 Orchid Haze

One makeup item, which had been on my wish list for the longest time was one of the Tom Ford Eye Color Quads but since they are so damn expensive I hesitated on buying one for a while. Their lipsticks at $52 are already very pricey in my opinion but 80$ for an eyeshadow quad sure is one heavy price tag. Nonetheless I’ve been dreaming about purchasing one of these because I absolutely love Tom Ford lipsticks and the eyeshadow quads just look so insanely beautiful. So when I got a makeup gift card for my birthday I decided to spend it all on one Tom Ford item but I can’t even say I regret it because I love it so much.

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First off let’s just admire the packaging! It’s just so stunning I could literally stare at it for hours. Call me crazy I don’t care! What I do have to say though is that I was kind of positively surprised by how big the quad actually is, so there’s another plus. It also comes with two small double sided brushes. Now I personally never use any of the little brushes that come with any kind of eyeshadow quad or palette but it’s still nice to have them just in case. The last thing I want to mention about the packaging is that the quad comes with a massive mirror, which is another huge plus in my book. Gotta love a nice sized mirror for traveling!

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After lots of internet research I eventually decided to go with number 13 Orchid Haze because lately I’ve been loving mauve, dark purples and slightly rose toned brown shades, probably thanks to the Tartelette in Bloom palette. I was really hoping that I would love all four shades and thankfully Tom Ford did not let me down. Each shade is so soft and buttery, not chalky at all and incredibly pigmented. They all apply so nicely and blend like an absolute dream. Honestly the formula is amazing.

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I’ve mentioned before how much I love my shimmery eyeshadow, so I was especially happy about the slightly golden champagne highlighting color and its pigmentation. I feel like many of those light highlighting shades often swatch beautifully on your arm but once applied to your lid they seem to loose their pigmentation. At least I’ve come across a lot that seem to do so, which always results in me having to pack quite a lot of product onto my eyelids to reach the desired pigmentation. However with this eyeshadow I’ve not had that problem at all. It still looks absolutely beautiful on the eyes and so do the other three. My second favorite is the mauvey one in the bottom left. I absolutely love this as a transition color. It’s so stunning.

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So is it worth $80? I believe with makeup products this expensive everyone has to kind of answer this question for themselves. Obviously there is absolutely no need at all to spend this much money to get some great eyeshadows because you can get so many other amazing products from other great brands for much less. Nonetheless to me it was worth the money but to me makeup is much more than something I just slap on my face. I love collecting makeup products especially high end ones, which is why I’m okay with spending the money because I know that despite Tom Ford makeup being so pricey it really is of very great quality and I’m not just paying for the name. Basically what I’m saying is if you’re someone who likes to splurge on luxurious high end makeup I would always recommend Tom Ford as a brand but nonetheless you can find tons of other great products for a much more affordable price.

As always thank you so much for reading!

Much love,

Sophie

March Favorites

We’re only a little over one week into April, so I think it’s still totally acceptable to be writing about my March favorites,right? Besides I haven’t written a favorites post in forever although they are some of my favorite type of posts to read because I’m just nosey and I love to see which products other people are loving and if I need to add them to my wish list. Now a lot of my March favorites I’ve already written a review about but these are just the products I’ve been using and loving the most throughout March, so it’s only right to include them.

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Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

I’ve already written an in-depth review of this foundation but I’ve now been using it every day for around 6 weeks and I’m still in love. Honestly, I feel like this foundation is exactly perfect for my skin the way it is right now. It really makes my complexion look flawless and feels so light weight even when I wear it all day.

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Tartelette in Bloom Palette

I don’t even think I need to explain why this palette has been one of my absolute favorites in March. Just look at it! The color selection is absolutely stunning! And luckily the quality of the shadows is as amazing as they look. Each shade is so nicely pigmented and blends like a dream. What more could I wish for?

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood

This is another product I’ve written a full review on but I would be lying if I didn’t include it in this post because I have been reaching for this so often ever since I got it to be honest. To me this is the most perfect neutral shade, so whenever I can’t decide on a lipstick this is the one I reach for. It’s not too peachy, it’s not too brown or too pink. It’s not too dark and it’s not too light. It’s just perfectly neutral.

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Urban Decay Naked Palette

I know this palette has been out for years but I only just got it last Christmas. I kind of went backwards and first bought the Naked 3, then the 2, the On the Run, the Smoky and then finally completed my collection with the Original Naked palette. If I’m being perfectly honest I kind of mostly wanted this just so I have all three (cause I’m an obsessive makeup hoarder) but I’m really loving this palette even though I might’ve wanted it for the wrong reasons in the first place. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s my newest Naked palette but it’s the one I reach for the most out of all three right now.

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Gerard Cosmetic Liquid Lipsticks in Iced Mocca and Cher

Liquid lipsticks are so hyped up everywhere and I’d been wanting to try the ones by Gerard Cosmetics for quite some time so obviously I ended up ordering two. First off Iced Mocca I absolutely adore because it’s such a unique and different color. I find it hard to describe but it’s kind of a greyish brown taupe maybe? Cher to me is a perfect mauve color and I sure do love my mauves. The lasting power and pigmentation is great and the they’re not too drying. Chances are quite high I’ll be going back to order some more shades in the near future. 

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Tom Ford Velvet Orchid

Today’s last favorite is actually a perfume and oh my god am I obsessed with it. This is one of the best scents in the entire world to me and I can’t get enough of it. It’s definitely more of an oriental fragrance but then it’s also kind of spicy and has some floral hints to it. Basically I’m just as awful at describing scents as I am at describing colors but this is currently my absolute favorite perfume and every single time I wear this out somewhere at least one person seems to ask me what perfume I’m wearing. 

And this already concludes my March favorites. I hope you enjoyed reading today’s post. What are some of your current favorites?

Much love,

Sophie

A Little Birthday Makeup Haul

So last Monday I turned 21 and since my family knows me quite well I received quite a few makeup bits and pieces along with some other things of course but I thought why not do a little haul and show you which makeup items I got. Let’s get right to it!

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Tom Ford in 04 Pussycat

The very first item I received is this absolutely stunning Tom Ford lipstick. I personally love Tom Ford lipstick despite the heavy price tag and I’ve been trying to hunt down this specific color for a while now because it is such a gorgeous color but I seem to have been out of luck. Hence I was quite ecstatic when I unwrapped this little stunner. 

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Mac Single Eyeshadows in Jest, Cork and Sketch

Ever since I started trying to build up my Mac palette I’ve created a list of colors I still need for my palette and these three have been on that list for quite some time. So far I’ve only tried Jest and Cork and I absolutely love both. Just as expected Cork is such a perfect crease color but I was even more surprised by how much I liked Jest when I first applied it. It’s so beautiful and very nicely pigmented. Now I’m really intrigued to finally try Sketch.

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Zoeva Rose Golden Palette

I love Zoeva brushes but had never tried anything else from the brand, which is why I had my eye on this little beauty. Okay, seriously how freaking pretty is the packaging? This is just one of the palettes I would buy alone just for its pretty packaging. But I also love the Rose Gold inspired colors in this palette. I’ve used the palette only twice since I got it but I’m really liking it so far.

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Real Techniques Core Collection

Everybody seems to love these brushes, which is why I’ve been wanting to try them out and put them on my wish list. I guess you can never go wrong with some basic brushes. As you can probably tell from the picture I’ve already tried them (sorry I did not feel like washing them for one photo). So far I’m definitely liking them. 

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Chanel Lipstick in 99 Pirate

This is such a stunning lipstick I don’t even have words for it. It’s so perfect from the packaging to the color. But it’s Chanel so there’s not really much more to say.

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The Balm Mary-Loumanizer Highlighter

This is another product I’ve been wanting to try for the longest time because everyone raves about it and I have a bit of an obsession with highlighters. I cannot wait to use it!

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Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in 13 Orchid Haze

This one I actually chose myself and got it with a gift card. I thought about this long and hard and whether it was worth the splurge but then again I’ve been dreaming of owning one of these for the longest time, so in the end I just went with it and so far I’ve not regretted it. The shades are all so pigmented and just beautiful! 

So this concludes my little haul of what I got for my birthday. Well at least makeup wise. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

Lots of love,

Sophie

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – New HG?

As I’ve mentioned before I don’t like to change up my foundation a lot and usually tend to stick to the same product but every now and then I do feel the need to try out something new. One foundation I’ve been lusting after especially is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. First off my skin is definitely more on the dry side so everything luminous always sounds nice to me and then I’ve read so many raving reviews about this foundation. The only thing that put me off for the longest time was the hefty price tag this foundation comes with but being the makeup addict I am I eventually bought it anyways.

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I still remember how torn up I was about this foundation when it was delivered and I was about to try it for the first time. On the one hand I wanted to love it because I just spent a little fortune on it but then I also wanted to hate it because I was a little afraid that I would end up liking it so much that I’d always need to repurchase it. Do you understand my dilemma here?

But lets’s get back to the actual product and start talking about the packaging. The foundation comes in a very nice looking glass bottle with a simple black cap that has the logo on it and most importantly it comes with a pump! I personally love the very simplistic yet beautiful packaging because it adds a touch of luxury to the product but then again considering that this is a very luxurious high end foundation I wouldn’t expect anything less.

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In the past I was always drawn to very full coverage foundations such as the Estee Lauder Double Wear or the Mac Studio Fix Fluid and while I still love them my skin has been changing  and so have I and I just don’t feel the need to wear high coverage every day anymore. The Luminous Silk foundation has up to a medium coverage, which is all I really need for every day as my skin is in a pretty good condition these days. What I really like about the formula is that it is not as thick as most of my foundations that I’ve used before but a lot more thin and watery without being too runny. I think it is because of the formula that it blends so seamlessly into my skin and feels so light as if I’m not even wearing any foundation at all.

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I’m so happy that I found my perfect color match right away and I honestly love how it makes my skin look. I feel like it provides me with just the right amount of coverage and doesn’t sit heavy on my face but actually feels really nice. It doesn’t emphasize any dry patches and it doesn’t get cakey. It lasts all day even throughout work when I’m constantly active and it doesn’t settle into fine lines or breaks around certain areas. Basically it’s all I would ever wish for in a foundation! Having tried this foundation I can now definitely understand why it is so hyped in the beauty world and I my fear of liking this too much has become reality because I have a feeling that it might become my new favorite despite how expensive it is.

This really reminds of how when I was around 15/16 I used to think that Mac Cosmetics was already super expensive and I always wondered how anyone could spend more than maybe 20 to 30 bucks on a foundation and now here I am at nearly 21 practically writing a love letter to a foundation that retails for way over 30. Oh how times have changed!

Have you tried this Armani foundation? Do you love it or hate it? What are your favorite high end foundations?

Thank you for reading.

Love,

Sophie

Feeling Moody? *

In the past few days the weather over here has been so nice. It’s still pretty cold but the sun has been out a lot more and for some reason this has totally lifted my spirits and I’ve been in such a good mood. Honestly I’m just tired of this cold rainy weather and I’m so ready for Spring and Summer. One thing that has definitely helped me to get even more into the mood for sunshine and Spring  was a lovely delivery from Australia, which I received last week.

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A while back I was contacted by the lovely people from Moodi if I would like to try some of their body spritzers. I love perfumes/body sprays (who doesn’t?) so of course I was really excited to test these out. Moodi is a brand created and made in Australia and I love that they don’t test on animals. However, what I think makes them quite unique is their concept. The body spritzers they offer are all inspired by moods and right now they offer four different fragrances called Dreamy, Peppy, Chill and Loco.

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Like probably many girls out there I’m a total sucker for cute packaging, and I think these come in such cute and fun little bottles. I also love that they included a little bag and some fun stickers. I just think it’s little things like that, which make me like brands even more because it shows they put a lot of thought into their productsIMG_9142IMG_9143

So let me talk a bit more about the different scents. Peppy and Chill are both very fresh and light scents, which is what makes them perfect for those days when you don’t feel like wearing a heavy perfume but just want something fresh. Peppy is describes as ‘fresh apples with a touch of zest’ and Chill as ‘floral fruity apple with green cucumber’.

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While I do like Peppy and Chill my two favorite scents are definitely Dreamy and Loco. Okay, so Dreamy literally smells like a day by the beach and summer in a bottle. That’s the only way I could describe this scent but it smells so so nice. I feel like once Summer rolls around I’ll be using this all the time. It just makes me think of sunshine, the ocean, palm trees and pretty beaches.

So Loco smells like coconut and vanilla and I’m genuinely surprised by how much I love this scent because I usually don’t like anything coconut. I hate the taste of it and I’m not too keen on the smell either. But basically this smells like Pina Colada to me and I think it’s the vanilla in it that makes me like it so much.

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I love body sprays for spring and summer because I usually don’t like to wear heavy perfume unless it’s for a special occasion. I think it’s so cool that these sprays are inspired by moods and I have a feeling I’ll be using all four a lot this summer but Dreamy and Loco are my personal favorites.

Thank you for reading!

XX,

Sophie

Tartelette In Bloom Palette

Last summer I unexpectedly fell in love with Tarte’s Tartelette palette, so the second I found out that they would come out with the Tartelette in Bloom palette I knew right away that I had to get my hands on it at some point. I finally got it around a month ago and have been playing around with it ever since.

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I think I’ve mentioned several times before how much I love glittery and shimmery eyeshadow. The more glitter the better, which is why I usually gravitate towards very shimmery eyeshadow and neglect the mattes, although we all need some good basic mattes in our makeup collection. After all it’s the mattes that help us to really add definition and dimension to our eye makeup! Initially I wanted the Tartelette palette because I figured that having an all matte palette would come in quite handy. What I didn’t expect was how much I would end up loving it. It has become one of my most used palettes in the past 6 or 7 months. Hence I just needed the Tartelette in Bloom palette in my life!

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While the Tartelette palette comes with 12 all matte shades the Tartelette in Bloom includes 9 matte shades but also comes with 3 gorgeous shimmery shades. But before I start talking more about the palette itself let’s take a moment to appreciate the stunning packaging! I think it’s so pretty. Every time I look at it I think of spring and sunshine and pretty flowers and it just makes me so happy. Okay now back to the actual product.

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If you look at both Tartelette palettes the first one definitely includes more cool toned shades like soft pinks, lilacs and purples along with your basic neutral matte shades. In contrast the Tartelette in Bloom palette has much more earthy warm toned shades, so they are definitely quite different when it comes to the color scheme.

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What I love about this palette is that there’s not one shade I dislike or not use at all. Of course I have my favorites but I do use them all. I love how soft and buttery each shade is and they are all so nicely pigmented. One minor thing I was not too happy about with my Tartelette palette was that some of the darker pink/purple shades weren’t as pigmented and didn’t apply as evenly as the other shades in the palette. However, I find all the shades in the Tartelette in Bloom palette to be very nicely pigmented and they all apply evenly and are a dream to blend.

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Of course I’m including swatches as always. The shades from left to right are Charmer, Jetsetter, Rocker, Smokeshow, Flower Child, Smarty Pants, Firecracker, Activist, Funny Girl, Sweetheart, Rebel and leader.

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To round off my review I just wanted to tell you which shades are my personal favorites. I love Jetsetter and Rebel for the crease and Flower Child and Sweetheart are lovely transition colors in my opinion. Obviously I love all 3 shimmery shades but Funny Girl is by far my favorite. It’s so stunning I can’t use this palette without using it. I love applying it all over my lid. Lastly one shade I’m also obsessed with is Leader. I don’t even know how to describe this color but it’s a gorgeous slightly reddish deep brown and I love using it to darken the crease as well as the outer V and along my waterline sometimes.

As you can probably already guess I love this palette. I couldn’t tell you which one of the two I prefer because they consist of such different colors but I’m glad I own both and they are currently some of the palettes I reach for the most. I think that about says it all!

Thank you for reading!

Love,

Sophie