Sunday, September 7, 2014

My new website!

Hi everyone! I've got my own website up now -, so I won't be posting here any more. Please follow me there! Thanks! :)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Top 5: Pinky plum lip products

I love me a good pinky plum lip, and so should you! This kind of colour gives you the best of both worlds. Because pinks cover such a big spectrum, finding the right one is always difficult. And plum colours, while they're gorgeous, can be a little too dark/vampy to wear during the day. But put the two together, and you've got an almost universally flattering shade which goes with a wide range of looks. So here are my top 5 pinky-plum lip colours. There are subtle variations between each one, so you should be able to find one that works for you. And with autumn and winter approaching, it's the perfect time to try one. :)

L-R: Clinique Chubby stick 'Super strawberry', MAC 'Plumful', Revlon Matte Balm 'Sultry', Revlon Kissable Balm Stain 'Crush', Stila lip glaze 'Black Cherry'
As you can see from the swatches, the colours gradually get deeper, but they're still very wearable. I've included mini reviews of each colour below.

Clinique Chubby Stick in Super Strawberry
This one's the most sheer of the lot, given that it's pretty much a lip balm. If you have very pigmented lips, it may not show up very well, but it will otherwise leave a nice wash of pinky-plum. It's very comfortable to wear, and will also give you a slightly glossy look. You don't need to have a mirror at hand to apply this, so it's a good handbag lip colour.

You can buy it here at Boots.

MAC lipstick in Plumful

I got this lipstick as an intended dupe for my dear discontinued Bourjois Vanille du soleil. It's not exactly the same shade, but just as pretty. It's from their Lustre range, so while it does give you a fair bit of colour, you will have to reapply it fairly often. Having said that though, it goes on like a dream and you get a decent amount of colour payoff from just one coat. It leans more on the pink side than the plum, and isn't entirely opaque, so it can appear different based on your natural lip colour.

 You can buy it on the MAC website.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Sultry

This one definitely has more plum than pink, and is a much richer colour than the other two. It's very buildable, and in a couple of coats, you're going to end up with very pigmented, plum lips. As far as how it actually feels, I have to say, I was quite impressed! I was once stuck on a nine hour flight without any lip balm and only this for company and while I would have preferred the latter, it prevented my lips from drying out (which, if you've ever been on a long haul flight, can be a huge challenge!).

It's available on Boots here.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in Crush

A long-time favourite, this is one of the prettiest plums I have seen. It's perfect for fall/winter, leaving a rich, deep colour on your lips, but you can dab it onto your lips if you want something a little more sheer during the day/summer months. I'm a huge fan of the balm stain range, because they're so comfortable to wear, and last absolutely ages on the lips.

It's available at Boots here.

Stila lip glaze in Black Cherry

I'm not sure if this one is still available, but thought I would throw it in here anyway, because glosses can be a great option for a pinky plum lip if they're opaque enough. I got it as part of a set, and in my opinion, it's the best one of the bunch. It's a pretty, long-lasting colour and I don't find it overtly sticky which is always a bonus with glosses. Stila's lip glazes are quite expensive (£15 per gloss) but if you manage to get them in a set, they're good value.

So if you're in the market for a new pinky-plum lip colour, hope this post helped you! If you have any favourites, I'd love to hear (can never have too many!).

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Guess who's back?

I know, I know, it has been ALMOST TWO YEARS since I updated this blog! That is ridiculous and completely inexcusable. Thank you to those of you who have stuck with me! In the past two years, I have moved, gotten married (!!!) and jumped off a plane. Crazy times! Anyway, I do intend to get back into blogging in a big way. I hope to upload 2-3 times a week, and I'll try to schedule in posts the best I can. I will also get back into reading all of your blogs. I'm glad to be back! :) 
My wedding in April :)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy holidays!

Hi everyone,

Once again, apologies for being away for so long and for the complete lack of updates. There has been a lot going on in the past couple of months, and I haven't had the chance to give this blog the attention it deserves. However, one of my New Year's resolutions is to get back to it in a big way!

I hope that you have all been well, and that you've had a wonderful Christmas. I will be back with lots of updates soon, so thank you for bearing with me. :)

Sneha x

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The past few weeks

Hi ladies! I just wanted to post an update about why I haven't written in a while. I haven't been feeling very well for the past few weeks, so that has kind of robbed me of my motivation. :( I apologize for that, but I do intend to get back to my blog as soon as I start to feel better (hopefully not long now!)

I hope all you lovely girls have been good, and I promise to catch up with your blogs soon.

Sneha xx

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Back to reality!

Hi everybody! Sorry that it has been more than a week between posts. It was my last week in India, and there was a lot to do! Anyway, I'm back in good old England now, and although I've to go back to work, my posts should get more regular. I'll be making a post with some things I got from there once I have unpacked (2 nights of no sleep meant I was pretty much comatose when I got back last night!) but for now, I'll leave you with some pictures of a very dramatic sky I saw on my way back from the airport. Hope you like!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Review: Clinique Super City Block daily face protector

A few posts ago, I had mentioned the Clinique Super City Block daily face protector as something that I use practically every day. It's an SPF 40 sunscreen, and I've been using it for about 4 months now. Enough time, I think, to give a good review. :)

It comes in a 40ml tube (see picture below). And since you only need a small amount, this tube has lasted me nicely.
Now I've always been a bit wary about putting heavy sunscreen lotions on my face for fear of break-outs. So I read about this product online, and given that Clinique products have not given my skin any problems in the past, I decided to give it a shot. Even so, I only purchased this after using a sample for a week.

As you can see from the picture below, when you first squeeze it out of the tube, it has a slight tint to it.
However, the tint starts to disappear once you start to blend it out, and once you've finished doing that, it's barely noticeable.

As I mentioned earlier, you only need a small amount with this. The consistency is neither too thick nor too runny, but if you put too much on, it can tend to look a little greasy. It's a bit of a weird one though, because if you have some dry patches on your skin, it can stick to them as well. So I recommend moisturising your skin thoroughly before putting this on.

And although I said that the tint isn't noticeable once it's blended in, if you have a medium to dark complexion, it might be harder for you to do so. My skin is somewhere between an NC 25 and 30, so if you're darker, I would recommend trying out a sample before you buy it.

With regard to the actual protection - Clinique says that this protects against UVA/UVB rays as well as environmental aggressors such as pollution. I don't live in a polluted city, so I can't vouch for the second bit, but I do feel like it protects my face very well against the sun. I wore it on holiday in Bournemouth and it was fantastic.

So all-in-all, I definitely recommend this as a face sunscreen for dry to normal/combination skin. The only thing that goes against it is if you have darker skin, in which case it might leave a bit of a whitish/pearly cast. And if you do buy it, be sure to use a small amount to avoid looking disco ball. :)

You can buy this product on the Clinique website or at Boots. It retails for £16.00, and also comes in a SPF 25 version if you're interested. 

I hope this review was helpful, and I'd love to know what sunscreen you use!