Tuesday, 13 December 2016

The Glow Up - Bobbi Brown, Sleek MakeUP, L'oreal and Urban Decay Highlighters

Hey dude,

I'm writing about highlighters today. Tis the season and all that. Just kidding, I'm not Pagan :P
I do love a good highlight, though. I've been using the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze forever and it's mega old. But for a long time it went unused. Then Instagram arrived and hello highlighter obsession. I will say that I don't highlight in that insane way where you can probably see it from space but a little on them cheekbones and I'm all set.

I recently tried a liquid highlight and rather than apply it solely to my cheekbones I applied it all over my face and then applied my foundation on top. It was lovely. It gave a really nice effect. I had a great conversation with this really nice advisor in Boots a few months ago and I found myself buying the L'oreal True Match Liquid Glow Illuminator in Golden Glow. Before this, I'd never used a liquid highlight before. I would definitely recommend either mixing it with your foundation or applying it first and then your foundation.  It really makes your complexion glow and you avoid that mask effect when your skin just looks dull after foundation application. It was super affordable too, only £6.99.

One of my favourite powder drugstore highlighters, that is technically a blush, is the well-known Nars Orgasm dupe: Sleek MakeUp Rose Gold. This is an awesome powder highlighter. I never wear it as a blush as I don't like that much shimmer/pigment on my entire cheek. But as a highlight it's fabulous. Sleek Makeup blushes retail for £4.49 which is nothing short of awesome. I've reviewed Rose Gold here.

I haven't given Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze its due. This is a pricey powder highlighter indeed, but I would say it's worth it. Especially if you're taking lots of selfies for blogging purposes, wear a full face every day or work in the Beauty industry. Shimmer Brick in Bronze is great for my skin tone. The shimmer is mesmerising and you can see why this highlighter has a coveted place in the blogging world. I will say that the Shimmer Brick highlighters are sophisticated. That is the best word to describe them. If you want to add glow to your complexion without looking like a drunken disco ball I would invest in this one.

Last but by no means least is my newest addition! Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Shimmer Powder in Aura. I bet you were wondering when Urban Decay was going to make an appearance. I had £20 worth of points on my Debenhams  beauty club card and since points expire I knew I had to spend them.

Rose Gold, Bronze and Aura swatches.

I was in town with the wifey who was visiting me and I spotted it. I had been meaning to get a new high end highlighter. Mainly out of curiosity more than anything. This highlight is insane. I really like it. I never thought I'd be into a highlight with such a stark pink undertone but here we are. My only criticism is that the glitter falls on your clothes. I'm not a massive fan of glitter in highlighters. Shimmer all the way. So I would definitely advise that you apply this highlight before you get dressed! Weird, I know, but brushing glitter off your clothes is an arduous task and not a welcome one. That being said it is a nice highlight. I'm not a massive fan of the bulky packaging but it does come with a soft brush.

My favourite brush to apply powder highlighters is my contour brush in the Real Techniques core collection set.

What are your favourite highlighters? Will you be buying anymore for the holiday season?

Love blackpistachio x


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Coloured Raine Matte Lip Paints - Raine Fever

Oh my goodness. It has been a very long time since I blogged. Sincere apologies.
Over the last 2 months I have been exploring lipsticks and have become obsessed with liquid matte lipsticks. I bought the Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Damned but promptly returned that after the mini Instagram drama that revealed what a rude dismissive woman she is. Anyway, I discovered Coloured Raine. A black-owned cosmetics company that is vegan, cruelty free and produces some fabulous products. As I blog, I am waiting on a delivery of Roulette and Tootsie also by Coloured Raine. (Instagram, I blame you or this).

The first liquid matte lipstick I bought was Raine Fever. This is a very popular colour by Coloured Raine. I've worn this a few times and got so many compliments. More so than when I wore my Urban Decay Disturbed and Blackmail (shocker). I realised that I MUST blog about this liquid matte lipstick.

First of all this liquid matte lipstick is seriously long wearing. I am not messing about. I mean it. Removing this is not easy either. I used an oil cleanser and a warm flannel but was still left with pinkish lips! I ate proper meals and drinks and Raine Fever did not wear off one bit. I was so impressed. I've never experience this before. Now I know why people love matte lipsticks so much!

Secondly the colour is gorgeous and looks great on black and brown skin tones. It dries to a complete matte and is comfortable to wear. I recently tried the NYX lingerie lipsticks and they dried to the point where my lips were all crinkle up and stiff. Not very nice. But with Coloured Raine Matte Lip Paints, this is not a problem. They dry matte very quickly and you can layer colour with no issues.
I got mine from BeautyBay (no custom taxes) and they retail for £15. Totally worth it.

I love this colour! I will definitely review Tootsie and Roulette once they arrive.
Do you own any matte lip paints by Coloured Raine? What are YOUR favourite liquid matte lipsticks? Tell me below :)

Love blackpistachio x


Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Disturbed and 24/7 Glide-On Lipliner Hex

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Hex

Vice Lipstick in Disturbed
When I heard Urban Decay was releasing 100 lipsticks I got very excited. I'm not a lipstick lover but I definitely wanted to explore the launch. Cue me watching as many swatch videos Youtube had to offer. Best one for melanin babes is this one by Sonjdra Deluxe :) She is a trooper. She wears all 100 shades!

This launch is unique as the 100 shades come in a range of finishes. Cream (the OG), Mega Matte, Comfort Matte, Sheer and Sheer Shimmer. If you have an iPhone you can download the free Urban Decay app that lets you try on all 100 shades so you can see how they will all look! I don't have an iPhone but my sister does so I kinda took over her phone for a few days as I played with the app.

Wearing Disturbed

I decided the first one I would get was Disturbed based on how great it looked on Sonjdra Deluxe. Disturbed is a Comfort-Matte. The colour is rich and glides on nicely. You can deepen the colour by layering it on if you want it to look really dark. I bought the Hex 24/7 Glide-On Lipliner in Hex to go with it. There isn't a Disturbed lipliner but Hex goes with it well.  Using a lipliner to prime my lips, Disturbed lasts AGES. I will say this, it's not easy to remove which is a testimony to the staying power.

I really like this lipstick. There's other shades I would like to get so watch this space for more posts. The Urban Decay Vice lipsticks retail for £15.00.

Do you own any of the Urban Decay Vice lipsticks? What shades are you loving?

Love blackpistachio x


Sunday, 28 August 2016

The Makeup Brush Egg - Ingenious Little Tool You Never Knew You Needed

Hi everyone, I haven't been around as I've been unwell but I'm back now and ready to blog again :)

I bought this brush egg in May when I saw something similar being used on Youtube. I know Sigma has a fancy brush cleansing glove and recently Real Techniques came out with a brush cleansing palette (it looks really good btw). But I bought this little egg before Real Technique's cleansing palette came out.

Brush Egg, check out the nifty grooves
I got this brush egg from Amazon for only £1.19 and delivery was free. I think it came from somewhere in Asia so it look a long time to arrive. I don't know about you, but I hate cleaning my brushes. I do it but I don't enjoy doing it. It's a straight up chore. Using the palm of your hand to cleanse brushes takes a long time so no wonder cosmetics companies are coming out with products to make this necessary task easier.

If you use liquid and cream makeup products you definitely need to be washing your brushes AT LEAST weekly. Bacteria on your skin as well as dirt and oil are going to get clogged up in your brushes and in your makeup which is the last thing you want. Cleanliness next to Godliness, people.

Anyway, this little brush egg is a thing of genius. Now, it's not the most comfortable tool to wear on two fingers as demonstrated in the diagram (to counteract this just hold it in your hand) but it does clean my base makeup brushes very well. Washing my makeup brushes takes less time and I'm able to work a sulfate-based cleanser into the bristles far more effectively than I could when using my palm.

I think that everyone should definitely own some kind of variation of this because it really does help cut into the time it takes to deep clean your makeup brushes. I no longer dread cleaning them so much ;)

Do you own a brush egg? How do you like to deep clean your brushes?

Love blackpistachio x


Monday, 13 June 2016

Artist of Makeup Extreme Art Liner Pen - The Best Liquid Eyeliner Ever

If you’re addicted to Youtube beauty tutorials you’re not alone. If you find yourself buying products used in the tutorials then I am right there with you, sister.


Saturday, 11 June 2016

Champagne Flop - Jaclyn Hill x Becca Collab

I wasn't initially going to blog about this but the numerous video reviews and thread comments have enticed me to do so. I was one of those who was looking forward to purchasing the hyped up Becca x Jaclyn Hill eyeshadow palette.


Monday, 30 May 2016

Soap & Glory SPF 50 Sunshield Superfluid Review for Black Skin

Sunscreens for Black Skin
Soap & Glory Sunshield Superfluid SPF 50
I've finally found a sunscreen for black skin that doesn't leave a white cast!


Sunday, 29 May 2016

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Brows on Fleek: bareMinerals Frame & Define vs NYX Micro Brow

Who remembers when everyone wanted their brows to look non-existent? Or when girls felt embarrassed by having full luscious brows? I know those ladies with full brows are laughing now. Everyone's trying to imitate!


Friday, 13 May 2016

I Found a Drugstore Dupe for Urban Decay Blackheart!

Did you miss me?

I've had phone problems which meant no blog posts as I like my interaction on social media to coincide with posting.

Anyway, I never thought I'd be writing about this so soon.


Saturday, 23 April 2016

Save or Splurge - Real Techniques Buffing Brush & BareMinerals Precision Face Brush

L-R Buffing brush by Real Techniques, Precision Face brush by Bare Minerals

What Makes a Good Foundation Brush?

Density. Softness. Doesn't shed.


Friday, 22 April 2016

Stop the Makeup Meltdown - Makeup Setting Sprays

Makeup Setting Sprays
Hey dude!

When I first heard about makeup setting sprays I assumed they would ruin your makeup but it's quite the opposite. As a woman with oily/combo skin these sprays are a lifesaver (hyperbole obvs). I never knew how much these setting sprays would improve my makeup but they really do!


Sleek MakeUP Vintage Romance Palette Review and HD Swatches on Black Skin

Hello again!
Guess who's awake at a ridiculous hour and ready to do a new drugstore review :-D
This review is all about the beautiful, romantic, ultra pigmented Vintage Romance palette by Sleek MakeUP. I love Sleek MakeUP. They're one of my favourite drugstore brands. I bought this palette from Tesco (yes, Tesco, they're stepping up) and was sooo chuffed because I got it on offer for £4.99. BARGAIN! 12 beautiful, pigmented eyeshadows for less than 5 quid. That's a guilt free purchase if there ever was one.


Monday, 18 April 2016

Battle of the Drugstore Eyeliners Review and Swatches

Hi all!
I'm finally reviewing my little stash of drugstore eyeliners. Some of these I bought simply to review. Others because they were recommended. Thank you, Lavinia Ray :) This post was dreamed up after a bit of teasing over my love of highend products. I'm not loaded by any means, just FYI :) I gave in and decided to give drugstore eyeliners a proper try. I've only tried two drugstore eyeliners in my time. Two?! Yes, two. A Bourjois creamy kohl one that I love and a rubbish Collection 2000 liquid eyeliner that put me off drugstore liquid eyeliners forever. Until now.


Friday, 15 April 2016

RANT POST: Groupon Conned Me! Macadamia Deep Repair Hair Masque

Well, hello there.

This was going to be an awesome review of the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque. But guess what? I can't review it because Groupon sent me a fake product. How did a smart woman like me come to acquire a fake hair product? Grab some snacks and let me tell you a story.


Saturday, 9 April 2016

The Ultimate Face Mask - Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Howdy doodly, face mask lovers :)

Today's post is all about the amazing Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay.
I love face masks. They are one of my weaknesses. I honestly think you don't really need loads of face masks if you have this one but where would the fun be in that? This face mask is HARDCORE. I repeat, HARDCORE. It's not the kind of face mask you use when you want to lounge about in your white terrycloth robe and drink gin and tonics while watching Say Yes to the Dress. Nope. This is the kind of face mask where you wish you were sedated while it did its job.


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Urban Decay Vice 4 Palette Review and HD Swatches on Black Skin

Hi, I'm back!
I bought the Urban Decay Vice 4 palette from Debenhams last year but I'm only just reviewing it now. Oops. I've been able to use some of the colours since purchasing it so I feel I can give a more well-rounded review now I've had it a while. It's still available online and just recently it was on offer at Debenhams for £30. It's normally £43! I didn't really think twice about the price but as one of my besties has repeatedly pointed out, that is a lot of money to spend on ''face paint'' :-D

Time for some swatches!


Friday, 18 March 2016

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Review and HD Swatches on Black Skin

Hi all!

I have sat down and done nothing but swatch eyeshadows on my hand. I've swatched the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette and the Urban Decay Vice 4 palette. I've been meaning to review these palettes for weeeeeeeks.

I've wanted the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette for AGES. I watched an obscene amount of Youtube videos and searched for blog posts with really good swatch photos. At the time the Semi Sweet palette was also out and I had a hard time deciding between the two.


Thursday, 17 March 2016

Review: Hair Therapy Wrap for Deep Conditioning Low Porosity Afro Hair

Hi all!
If you have low porosity afro hair then you know how difficult it is to get your hair to accept and retain moisture.


Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Sleek MakeUp Blushes in Flamingo, Sahara, Rose Gold, Flushed and Life's a Peach Review and HD Swatches on Black Skin

Hi all!
The agenda for the early hours of this morning are blushes.
I love blushes.
I remember when I first started wearing them and immediately thought:
''Why haven't I been doing this all along?''.


Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Revlon Colorstay Caramel Foundation and Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Even Finish Warm Almond Foundation Review and HD Swatches on Black Skin

Hi all!

This post is going to be all about foundations. I've been using Bobbi Brown's Warm Almond foundation in the Moisture Rich formula since I was 16 years old. I then dabbled with MAC's foundations (in particular, their Studio Sculpt formula) but while I liked the coverage it was too light for me and other MAC formulas (Studio Fix and Matchmaster) didn't suit me. To be honest I found the colour to be too orange and my skin has more yellow tones.


Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Urban Decay Tonic Eyeshadow Review and HD Swatches on Black Skin

Never go makeup shopping with a BFF who doesn't get your obsession. It will be puzzling for the sales staff and exasperating for yourself. The only solution is to coerce, cajole and bribe said BFF with products that didn't work for you but you know will work for them. Said BFF has created some beautiful looks using an ELF palette I donated :) I will attempt to get permission to share photographic evidence.

Onto the matter at hand. This post is about the luxurious and stunning duochrome eyeshadow that is Tonic by Urban Decay.
My frugal BFF could not deny the splendor of this eyeshadow once swatched on my hand.

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