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

LIP GLOSSES: THE GOOD AND THE PERFECT. THE GOOD

Every spring I revise my collection of make up, get rid of the old items and review the colours and textures, see if they are still flattering, suitable and performing. 

My grandmother has a huge collection of lipsticks and all of them are almost the same colour. I find her lucky as she managed to find a shade that is perfect for any occasion which she re-purchases when the newer textures and formulas come on the market.

In this post I'm going to share with you the list of lip glosses that I'm going to keep. They would probably make up 15 to 20% of what I've had before but these are either very good or truly exceptional.

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
The first five ones are the good ones.


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

I've been using the Gloss d'Armani in Beige 100 since the beginning of February and overall I'm still happy with it, when it dries down it is slightly sticky though which is not good when the lips are slightly dry. The problem is solved if I apply it on top of some hydrating lipstick like Dior Addict in Miss Dior. Gloss d'Armani works well as a top coat. 

Chanel's Extrait de Gloss in Fatale is my perfect red, it's a deep and rich blood red colour. Everything is beautiful about this product except for the slightly thick texture. The pigmentation is good, the finish is perfect and refined but it's on a thicker side and the lips need to be in a perfect (exfoliated and hydrated) condition to make this gloss work.

Dior Addict Lip Polish definitely works better for me than the Addict glosses. It's very good, non-sticky, smoothing and slightly tinting. It doesn't do much but makes lips look very fresh. 

The YSL Vernis a Levres in Rose Vinyl (15) is the only YSL lip product I've got left. I'm not a fan of the brand at all and the mango scent is so off-putting to me personally. I also find their lipsticks just sitting there on the lips, not fine enough. This product is good overall, and I prefer to wear just one coat of it despite all the recommendations. Two coats make it a little too thick for my liking and the stain effect is uneven especially when it's coming off. 

I like how the Ultra Plush lip glosses from Benefit feel on my lips. I expected such a texture from Dior Addict Glosses but Dior Addict ones are too gel like, they move around alot. This Ultra Plush gloss from Benefit is super comfy on the lips but it just doesn't last. It keeps the lips hydrated but not for long, I always have to keep a lip balm with me when I use this gloss. It's not that pigmented at all, it's rather sheer but I prefer my lipglosses sheer rather than pigmented so it's not a problem!

Overall, these 5 glosses are well used and loved even though they are not perfect. They cover all the occasions. If I was to re-purchase them, I would only go for another Fatale Extrait de Gloss from Chanel as it's my favourite one of those 5 and it's the most flattering and unique. 

See the perfect ones in my next post! 

VICHY NORMADERM EXFOLIATING GEL

If I had to choose only two beauty products to use for the rest of my life, it would be a lipstick and a scrub. I look for new facial scrubs more often than any other type of skincare. I believe in simple skincare and rarely use masks and serums, a facial wash, moisturiser and an exfoliator (preferably an actual "mechanical" one rather than a chemical one, even though chamical exfoliators sound more advanced and overall more effective). I find exfoliators with polyethylene beads working best for me personally. 

Recently I've tried scrubs from Nivea, The Body Shop and ThisWorks. To be honest, I've used the Nivea one as a body scrub as I didn't have one for the body and Nivea works so well. The Body Shop Aloe scrub is mild and non drying. ThisWorks scrub is natural and overloaded with fancy ingredients but I liked it. 

I've tried Normaderm range from Vichy a few years ago but it didn't suit my skin as I found it a little too harsh in general. The exfoliating gel is very nice though! It's a simple exfoliator which does the job. I'm a big fan of French pharmacie brands so from time to time I do come back to them. This Vichy scrub is better used a couple of times a week. It is fragranced and the fragrance is not one of the most pleasant ones but still not off-putting. It's also got a light green colour. What it hasn't got is alcohol which I find drying and irritating (also no soap and no parabens).
Just like any other good scrub it leaves the skin fresh and smooth, what more can you ask for!



Sunday, 6 April 2014

ANGUS IS 2!

Angus, who was originally the inspiration behind this blog celebrates his Birthday today! He is an adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. 

To honour Angus at this special day, here's a blog post to remember his first days at home!

Taking Angus home

Angus in his room