• Illamasqua brow gel & Starlaisa palette
    Makeup

    Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel & Starlaisa Basics Collection Palette

    I’ve heard it said before by makeup artists and tastemakers that it’s preferable to enhance either the eye area or the lips, but not all at once; in theory, there’s something about this type of style rules, and their whiff of snootiness and pretentious bleh that sits wrong with me… but in practice I adhere to it: I like to paint my eyes to kill, and the rest just isn’t as important to me. In fact, when I don’t have as much time to do a full makeup application the way I like, I just focus on the eye area (this annoyed my mother’s 70’s and 80’s aesthetic so… my…

  • Illamasqua Beyond Powder & Juvia's Place Saharan Blush Palette
    Makeup

    Fresh-faced review: Illamasqua Beyond Powder & Juvia’s Place Saharan Blush Palette

    Juvia’s Place palettes have been winking at me for a while now, and as it happens, there’s a shop in my little godforsaken corner of Spain that carries them, so I don’t even have to go online… what was I to do? I first wanted one of the eyeshadow palettes, but on seeing this one I said: “Mine!” And the reasonable part of my brain said: “Very pretty, but it’s a blush palette, and you know you don’t use blush much. Also, look at those two shiny pans, you’ll use those even less.” Me: “I said: Mine.” Juvia’s Place Saharan Blush Palette vol. II So I’m back to using blush…

  • NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner
    Makeup

    W7 “Delicious” palette, Black Lash mascara & NYX Epic Black Mousse Liner

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a lady in possesion of a great hoard of powders and paints, must be in want of collecting more… these I’m posting today have been with me for a few months, and it was time to trot them out in this blog. W7 “Delicious” Eyeshadow Palette This must probably be review #21816984 of this palette, but I just had to know what all the noise in the MU social media was about; in my case, I chose this palette “Delicious” from Brit brand W7, the low-priced, aspirational dupe of the coveted, pricey palette Modern Renaissance from Anastasia Beverly Hills. Are they in any…

  • Organic Rose Otto Lip Serum by Dr. Organic & Douglas Naturals lipbalm
    Facial skincare

    Organic Rose Otto Lip Serum by Dr. Organic & Douglas Naturals lipbalm

    I looove roses, I do, but as soon as Valentine’s starts creeping round social media and shop windows, suddenly the world is all via GIPHY But! the truth is that deep down I find collective nonsense like this entertaining, so I’m playing too, and today I bring roses… well, not really: I do bring lipbalm, though, which is a necessity for me at this time of the year; lately I’ve been using this Douglas Naturals lipbalm with organic pomegranate extract, and the Organic Rose Otto Lip Serum by Dr. Organic. Lipbalms and I, a tale of devotion (& a brief disgression) First off, I want to make one thing clear:…

  • I Love... Lemon Sorbet Body Butter
    Bath and body care

    I Love… Lemon Sorbet Body Butter, Shower Gel and Whipped Sugar Scrub

    I’d seen this brand often in my frequent trips to cosmetics shop, but its products never caught my eye: even so, one fine day I decided to give the I Love… Lemon Sorbet shower gel a sniff, and it was just as the brand name said: ooh, come to me, yummy, caloric-smelling lemon meringue pie. Yes, pie, even though it’s called Lemon Sorbet, but who cares; it smells like lemon pie and it’s delicious. It’s a sweet scent, as one can expect, but the citric touch combined with the baked crust tinge save it from being one of those cloying, dull drugstore products. It’s not that I’m a committed hater…

  • Secretale Ideal Brow Pencil and Technic Brow Gel
    Makeup

    Angel and demon: Bell Cosmetics Secretale Brow Pencil and Technic Brow Gel

    It’s been a while now since my brows have lost the density of youth, and until not long ago, my solution to keep from looking like the Mona Lisa was to fill them with a little eyeshadow or eyeliner. However, one day an acquaintance who is a MUA gently let me know my brows looked too black, and she was right; she also suggested I look for a product specific for brows, preferably in a brown tone. So I decided to try these two inexpensive ones. The angel: Bell Cosmetics Secretale Ideal Brow Pencil This pencil is available in three shades of brown, and mine is nº 3, a nice…

  • Rimmel London Wonder'Full Volume Colourist mascara
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    Review: Rimmel London Wonder’Full Volume Colourist mascara

    Mother Nessie, the beauty enabler, strikes again: about two months ago, she nabbed this Rimmel London Wonder’full Volume Colourist Mascara for me. I don’t know if she was aware when she chose it (I doubt it, since my mother doesn’t read fashion mags or blogs, or pays much attention to ads; probably it was because this is one of her favorite brands, and the sleek packaging very likely did its part too), but the makers claim that this mascara darkens eyelashes gradually, with the help of pigments in the formula. Is this true? According to the brand’s claims, after two weeks of using this Mouthful Volume Colourist Mascara (don’t you…

  • Nessies Beauty Blog
    Musings

    Lazy Friday post: a cream, a listen, a look, a tune

    Today’s Friday! And I don’t feel like lifting a finger to publish a proper review or post or anything… still, I have things flitting round inside my head and I must get them out:   A product In memoriam of my beloved Enzymion from Lush, that reached its end some weeks ago. There was still some left in the jar, but since it looked a little strange, at first a bit like curdled cream with some liquid on top, then runny, then sort of congealed like in the photo, it made me suspicious. It didn’t smell off, and its due date is next year (I got it last year), but…