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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Review + Swatches: Ellis Faas Creamy Lips in Pale Coffee L109

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Last week I reviewed my Ellis Faas Glazed Lips in L302 lip-gloss, so this week I’m back with Ellis Faas Creamy Lips in L109 Pale Coffee.

The creamy lips products differ from the glazed lips as they’re of course creamier, and more of a lipstick. The colour definitely isn’t sheer and has a matte finish.

Again, as with all Ellis Faas products the bullet is lush; sleek silver with a shade indicator on the base and a twist-up dispenser.

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ellis faas review swatch photo

Unlike the gloss that has a lip brush, the Creamy Lips applicator is a ‘shower head’ that allows a smooth, even application. I find that it isn’t as ‘precise’ as the lip brush but it’s definitely easy to use.

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L109 is described as a Pale Coffee shade and has an amazing colour pay off. It’s also paraben free and enriched with vitamin E, so whilst it’s creamy and matte it’s still very moisturising. I still apply it over a balm, something equally as matte like Nuxe Reve de Miel or Beptanthen – both of which seem to help prolong the wear.

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The colour looks very nude when swatched on my hand, but pops a little more on my lips. This is mainly due to the lighting; I was inside when I did my lip swatches so it’s not quite as vibrant in real life. In fact I find the colour quite subtle, although you can build it up so it’s more solid – too much of this makes me look dead so I try to keep it quite toned down.

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Even though it’s moisturising, the creamy texture unfortunately clings to any dry bits on your lips so it’s important to have a little scrub before applying!

To darken the colour a bit and tone down the ‘milkiness’ I sometimes add the Sheer Dark Brown GlazedLips on top. The pictures on the left are L109 alone, the right are with L302 on top.

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I find that with the gloss on top the colour looks more nude - almost caramel, perfect for day wear. Without the gloss it has a wear time of about a few hours without eating or drinking, but with the gloss on top the wear is prolonged slightly.

My only issue again is the price. £22 for 2.8ml of product is just hugely expensive. Especially since you have no idea when it’s going to run out!

Bottom line: It’s a great product, but it’s definitely a rare treat – not a regular splurge!

Ellis Faas Creamy Lips are available to buy from SelfridgesSpaceNK and Liberty London, priced at £22 each. 

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Review + Swatches: Ellis Faas Glazed Lips Sheer Dark Brown (L302)

Since getting this lip-gloss in my Liberty GWP I’ve fallen in love with this brand. Ellis Faas Glazed Lips in Sheer Dark Brown (L302) is a highly pigmented sheer gloss enriched with Vitamin E.
I love the branding (yes, I’m a branding fiend!); the bullet is just gorgeous. It’s so sleek and it looks nothing like a gloss. This is the great thing about all Ellis Faas products; they all have the same sleek design. Mascara, eyeliner, and even foundation.

When you open it up it has a small lip brush, the perfect size for applying product. You simply twist the base and it slowly oozes out. I emphasise on the slowly as you have to twist it for an age to get it going at first!

The colour is a very rich brown and although sheer it’s very buildable.

On my already quite pigmented lips I find that it’s very ‘my-lips-but-better’ – if that makes sense?! There’s a hint of colour but it’s not overpowering at all.

I think it’s a perfect shade for winter wear, mainly because I like to wear it in the evening so it’ll be great when the dark afternoons roll in.

The best thing about this gloss is that it’s so darn moisturising. It’s so lightweight and feels more like a balm and it’s not sticky at all, which is really important to me,

The only thing I don’t like about it is the price. £22 for 2.8ml of product isn’t really my cup of tea. However you do truly get what you pay for as it’s a great product.

Bottom line: It’s a gorgeous lip gloss with gorgeous packaging and a not-so-gorgeous price.

Would I repurchase? I already have! Expect another Ellis Faas review very soon!

Ellis Faas Glazed Lips glosses are available to buy from Selfridges, SpaceNK and Liberty London, priced at £22 each.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What I Bought: Liberty London Haul & Deluxe Gift With Purchase

I blogged about it the other day and I’ve been harping on about it on twitter, and finally I’ve managed to get my hands on the amazing Liberty London gift with purchase deal.

To be eligible to get the gift, you had to spend £125. Gasp. I know, it’s a lot and I’d usually never dream of spending that much (in one go anyway!) but the deal was too good to pass up.

So here’s what I bought. Long, picture heavy post – you’ve been warned …

NARS The Multiple in Malibu, £29 
 I can’t find this on the Liberty website.
My first NARS item! I love the colour and the fact that it’s multiuse!

NARS Sheer Lipstick in Damage, £17.50 
 Again, not on the Liberty site. Odd. I tried this in store and it’s gorgeous. I prefer sheer lipsticks and this is like butter!

Egyptian Magic Secret Magical Cream, £29
The name alone had me. I’ve read great reviews on this for acne and scar treatment. We’ll see.

Korres Fig Body Butter, £12.50
I reviewed the Quince Body Butter, and since figs are my favourite I picked this up.

Korres Plum Lip Butter, £7  
Not on the Liberty site, but £6 from FeelUnique I’ve been wanting to try one of these for ages!

Korres Mandarin Lip Butter Stick, £7 
 Not on the Liberty site available from FeelUnique I wasn’t aware Korres did chapsticks, very excited to try this.

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Ultra-Moisture Body Oil, £34
At £34 this is a crazy expensive body oil. But I’ve finished my beloved L’Occitane Oil so I grabbed this. I’ve got high hopes – but again, we’ll see.

And then the freebies
Please excuse the lack of links, a lot of this stuff isn't available to purchase from Liberty so I decided it was best to not include any links at all.

It all came in this very cute makeup bag, although half of it wouldn’t fit inside because there was so much! This is going in my handbag as it's bigger than my current one and

Diptyque Mimosa Mini Scented Candle, worth £20

Decleor Aroma Confort Moisturising Body Milk, worth £6
REN Hydra-Calm Cleansing Milk, worth £3.60
Blanche Body Lotion, worth £7.50

Cowshed Soothing Hand Cream, worth £2.60
EPSA Energising Body Lotion, worth £12.50
Aromatherapy Associates Balance Shamoo, worth £3

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, worth £14.50
QMS Medicosmetics Hand Care, worth £20
Margaret Dabbs Intensive Hydrating Foot Lotion, worth £6
Malin+Goetz Grapefruit Cleanser, worth £3

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, worth £7
Aesop Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash, worth £2.70

Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Wheat, worth £11
Chantecaille Luminous Lip Gloss in Guava, worth £15
Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara, worth £25
Trish McEvoy Beauty Booster SPF Lip Gloss, worth £16.50

Ellis Faas Glazed Lips Lip Gloss Sheer Dark Brown, worth £22

Slightly off the £220 Liberty claims it’s worth, but an amazing goody bag nonetheless. 
I’ll be reviewing most of this stuff in the coming weeks, and I managed to get a few duplicates so expect a few giveaways too.

Best Gift With Purchase ever, methinks.

Have you tried any of this stuff?

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