Wednesday, 23 April 2014

NARS LIPSTICK IN CRUISING


I've never been into Nars make up at all but being slightly bored of the classic brands I usually go for, I decided to explore some of the brands I still like but rarely use these days. Nars is a Shiseido brand and I've always liked Shiseido. 

Cruising is a super sheer lipstick. I was choosing between Cruising and Pago Pago (which is a beautiful colour but those silver sparkles ruin the whole effect) and Cruising reminded me of one of the most beautiful colours I've owned which is Seduction from Dolce & Gabbana, Seduction is a nicely pigmented gloss in greyed pink. Cruising looks slightly similar in the tube but once applied it looks like a barely tinted lip balm. It still looks nice and on my pigmented lips it even looks like a pink beige which is a perfect everyday colour for a polished and elegant look. The list of ingredients is impressive though!
Nars Cruising sheer lipstick ingredients Part 1

Nars Cruising sheer lipstick ingredients Part 2
 As you can see on the picture below, Cruising is a pink beige, it could be a perfect nude if only it wasn't so sheer, it might not show up at all on someone whose lip colour is similar to the colour of this lipstick. It reminds me of Dior Incognito and Uber Beige from Bobbi Brown, both of those being much more pigmented than Cruising. I love sheer lipsticks more than any other ones but this one is too sheer even for me. On the other hand, it feels nice on the lips, it's slightly hydrating and doesn't have any strong fragrance to it. 
Nars Cruising sheer lipstick 

Nars Cruising sheer lipstick 

Nars Cruising sheer lipstick
Clinique High Impact Curling mascara plus Nars Cruising on the lips. Deep Throat Blush by Nars

CLINIQUE HIGH IMPACT CURLING MASCARA

Clinique High Impact Curling mascara

Clinique's High Impact (classic) mascara is one of my all-time favourite mascaras for a simple and natural look. This time I was out shopping for a new mascara and decided to get a High Impact Curling one from Clinique. The tube itself is nothing exciting, it's simple and functional, something you'd normally expect from Clinique. I always admire the way they make even the most usual packaging look so good and refined. 

The brush itself is slightly curved, it's a good shape and makes it super easy to coat the lashes quickly. The final result is similar to the original High Impact though, with slightly less volume. It does lift the lashes but it does not curl them (it won't beat the lash curlers for sure). On the other hand, peronally, I much prefer a slightly lifting mascara for myself. My eyelids are pretty small so I'm not after any great lash volume or extra curves to keep the eye make up clean and fresh looking. 

Overall, anyone who is looking for a mascara to darken the lashes, lift them and maintain a natural separated and groomed look of the lashes, will like this one. It will not give you any outstanding volume or x3 longer lashes, which is good for natural makeup lovers. For a more dramatic effect I'd go for a Sumptuous mascara from Estee Lauder. 

Clinique High Impact Curling mascara
Clinique High Impact Curling mascara

Clinique High Impact Curling mascara

Monday, 21 April 2014

VINTAGE STYLING


I went to see one of my dear friends today; she's got a wonderful wardrobe full of the most refined and daring styles! Some of them she's had for many years.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

BLOG SALE LAUNCHES TODAY


Dear friends, today the Angus & Rich Blog Sale will be launched. As a beauty/lifestyle blogger I constantly update and expand my collection with new products and I can't use all of them. For a very small price you can get an access to some beautiful products which have been swatched/tried/tested. Of course, Terms and Conditions apply, and you can find them on the Blog Sale page here. If you have any questions, please email me at ANGUSANDRICH@GMAIL.COM. The list of products will be constantly updated, for example, if a product finds a new home or if a new product becomes available. Please enjoy!

Monday, 14 April 2014

LIP GLOSSES: THE GOOD AND THE PERFECT. THE PERFECT

This post is Part Two, please see Part One here!

Left to Right: Gloss d'Armani in Beige 100, Chanel Extrait de Gloss in Fatale (61), Dior Addict Lip Polish (002), YSL Vernis a Levres (15), Benefit Coralista, Chanel Glossimer in BonBon, Chanel Glossimer in Bliss, Chanel Glossimer in 172, Chanel Glossimer in Coral Love, Estee Lauder Tempting Tearose, Dolce & Gabbana lip gloss in Seduction and Lancome Gloss in Love in Pink Pampille
In my previous post I talked about those of my lip glosses that I decided to keep but they are still not the best ones I own. I kept them because the colours are useful or make a good addition to my collection which just got 80% smaller as I cleared my make up wardrobe up for spring/summer! 

These 7 glosses are my most worn and most favourite ones for many reasons. 
4 of them are Chanel Glossimers. Glossimers are my favourite glosses of all times and I keep re-purchasing them. Not all of the colours available are great, some of them are too glittery and some are too sheer. Some of them are exceptionally refined though and Chanel know how to make make up look elegant. Glossimers are unique and there's a colour suitable for everyone. They are comfortable to wear and they look so good! I've had many more of them previously but at some point I learned that not all of them are equally great. I find that more shimmery shades are thicker and less comfortable and the most sheer shades don't bear that Chanel elegance, at least no more than any other brand. The four I decided to keep are BonBon, Bliss, Rose Sauvage and Coral Love. Bliss is the newest one in my collection and I am so in love with it, I wear it almost every day. Rose Sauvage is the most elegant rosy colour with shimmer and Coral Love is the most flattering orangy coral I own. BonBon is well used and it's the lighest pinky beige with lots and lots of tiny golden shimmers. It's a beautiful colour and looks like a pink moonstone in the tube. 

Estee Lauder Pure Color gloss in Tempting Tearose is a sheer brownish caramel colour. The frangrance can be off-putting to some and I'm not a big fan of it either but it's not horrible in any way and the gloss is great itself, it's one of the most long lasting lip glosses I've had. 

I've owned the Seduction lip gloss from Dolce & Gabbana for almost a year and it's rare when I keep anything for such a long time. It's a very flattering shade of greyish pink and the formula is beautiful, it's just a great balance between non-sticky and long-lasting and between sheer and pigmented.

Pink Pampille is the only Gloss in Love I decided to keep as it's the most flattering pink and the quality of this one is great. Some of the creamier shades are thicker and more difficult to apply evenly even though the colours are nice. I can't say I love the range of colours and Pink Pampille is the only one I find exceptionally beautiful and unique. It's hydrating and slightly gel-like (not as fluid as Dior Addict). If you love violets, you might like the range of Gloss in Love colours from Lancome. Most of the shades are too shimmery for my  liking.



Left to Right: Chanel Glossimer in BonBon, Chanel Glossimer in Bliss, Chanel Glossimer in 172, Chanel Glossimer in Coral Love, Estee Lauder Tempting Tearose, Dolce & Gabbana lip gloss in Seduction and Lancome Gloss in Love in Pink Pampille