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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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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Review: WishTrend.com - LizK Lizy Lips in Red Mango

When I was about 13/14 I used to love lip-glosses. Clear, sticky, and extra shiny was my thing. Looking back I literally cringe at how awful my lips must have looked. Due to this I’ve steered clear of any sort of lip gloss ever since. I’m seriously scarred.

However, when WishTrend offered to send me a few of their products to review, I was really attracted to their LizK Lizy Lips Gloss in Red Mango*.

 It looks quite blue-toned in this picture but it's not.

I really like the packaging; I think it’s quite cute and girly without looking too childish. A big part of the reason I don’t like glosses, is that a lot of them look like the cheap, oily glosses teenage me used to use.

The applicator is a contoured doe foot, which makes application really easy; probably not easy enough to apply without a mirror though.

The gloss itself is a deep pink with yellow tones, and a bit of shimmer to boot. The shimmer isn’t overpowering, but it definitely adds depth to the colour and reflects light making it look quite rich. And unlike lots of shimmery products, you can’t feel any particles on your lips.

The colour pay off is very sheer, although fairly buildable. My lips are naturally quite pigmented though, so I’m sure the payoff would be better on lighter skin/lips.

It lasts for about 2-3hours (without eating) and fades fairly evenly, leaving behind a hint of colour and a nice shimmery glow to the lips. As with a lot of glosses, it doesn’t taste great but it’s not overpowering at all. And it smells lovely!

Bottom line: I really like this gloss, but I don’t think I’d buy it as the colours are a bit too limited for my skin tone. 

LizK Lizy Lips is available in four other shades, including Angel Pink, Sweet Peach and Bling Bling Red Sorbet. You can purchase all five LizK Lizy Lips Glosses from the WishTrend website, priced at $16.50. The code 'FS12TZ84' will get you 10% off of your order.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Glossybox - July

Ever since I got my years’ sub to Glossybox (a steal at just £50!) my boxes have been awful (perhaps not a steal?!). You may have noticed a distinct lack in monthly beauty box posts (aside from the LIB themed boxes), and that’s because they’ve been rubbish. In fact, the contents of the last few boxes have all been given to friends/family.

So yesterday when the Hermes guy delivered my box, I wasn’t feeling that excited. Okay, I was a little. But only because it feels like ages since I got the last one.

So. In the box:
HD Brows Eye & Brow Palette – full size worth £19.95
Clynol Colour Enrich Shampoo – 50ml worth £1.55
MONU Golden Glow – 30ml worth £3.45
Jelly Pong Pong Irish Cream Pavlova Lip Frosting – full size worth £10
Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion – 5ml worth £3.20
*BONUS Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference sample set*

HD Brows Eye & Brow Palette
This item probably made this box the ‘best box’. Although now I’ve tried it I really don’t see the hype. I know if I didn’t get it I would have moaned, but now I do have it it’s just a bit meh.

Clynol Colour Enrich Shampoo
My hair isn’t dyed so this didn’t excite me. I tend to use a lot of shampoo so this would only have lasted one wash anyway.

MONU Golden Glow
<rant> Eugh. Don’t. Just don’t. I can’t wait to get my tan on with this … NOT. I stated in my beauty profile that I’m black – if they didn’t know then I wouldn’t be mad. But they do know. Don’t ask if you’re not going to use them! </rant>

T: Heavily swatched. B: Blended.
Jelly Pong Pong Irish Cream Pavlova Lip Frosting
I’ve actually been wanting to try these for a while as I’ve seen a few people on BBS with it. But it smells sickly, like kids’ sweets – i.e. sugar and E-numbers. Not only that but mineral oil? Why would I ever use this on my face when it contains mineral oil? Especially as it’s the first ingredient. And parabens too? No ta.

Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Skin Balancing Lotion
The sample is a bit on the small side so I’m not sure whether I’ll really be able to test this thoroughly. Will be good to try though.

The bonus samples were a nice touch, but one-use samples are of no use to me (I know that sounds so diva-ish, but you never truly know what a product is like after one use).

Worth over £38, this box was pretty decent. But I’m so over the GB hype. I won’t cancel my sub, it was such a deal and honestly speaking I’d feel a bit out of the loop if I wasn’t subbed.

Did you get a box this month?

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