Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks.

If there’s one thing I love more than make up, it’s Marilyn Monroe, (you guys can learn all about that here) and so my whole day was made when I found out that Max Factor were releasing Marilyn Monroe Lipsticks! Marilyn is currently the face of Max Factor, although personally, I believe all credit for her look should go to her Make-Up Artist and friend, Allan “Whitey” Synder – but, that’s another story!

There are four lipsticks in the collection; Berry, Cabernet, Ruby Red and Sunset Red, I currently have the Cabernet and Sunset Red. Max Factor suggest the shades Sunset Red for Warm Tones and Cabernet for Dark Tones, however I feel you should wear whichever shade you like.

What makes the product stand out from the other Max Factor Lipsticks is the bold red colour, which further emphasizes the Marilyn inspiration. The bottom of each case matches the shade of each lipstick, so without even opening the container you will know what colour you’ve picked!

At first when I tried Cabernet, I noticed how shiny and glossy the lipstick was when I applied it, therefore I was quite apprehensive on how the product would last. However, after I blotted my lips the texture of the lipstick became more matte and I was pleasantly surprised to see the colour had stayed put. I wanted to see how long the lipstick would last and therefore didn’t apply a lip pencil and hours later, after eating numerous times the lipstick was still there! I was very impressed.

At £7.99 these lipsticks are well worth the money and are a quality product! With being inspired by Marilyn they have a lot to live up to and  they definitely do her justice. After wearing Cabernet yesterday, today I decided to try Sunset Red, before trying either I had an inclination that I would prefer Cabernet and I was right.  Sunset Red is a lovely colour, but I personally find it too orangey and coral for my liking. It applies fine and both lipsticks smell absolutely gorgeous, they remind me of the Tutti Frutti sweets. However, out of the two I definitely prefer Cabernet and will wear that one more often.

I can’t wait to try the other shades; Berry and Iconic Red, it will be interesting to see how much I like Berry as that lipstick is meant to suit cool skin tones. If any of you try the Marilyn Lipsticks yourself then please let me know which is your favourite and why, I’d love to hear your reviews!

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Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground Lipstick.

There’s nothing I love more than a beautiful lipstick and with Charlotte Tilbury’s products, that’s definitely what you get! I picked up this beauty yesterday after spotting it a few weeks before Christmas, when I fell in love with Lost Cherry.

It’s a slightly different style to Lost Cherry which is from the Matte Revolution range, whereas Velvet Underground is part of the K.I.S.S.I.N.G collection. The first thing that caught my attention was the shade of the lipstick, a vibrant fuchsia pink! Although I adore the colour pink, I tend to wear red lipsticks a lot more, I’m not really sure why, I guess I just feel they suit me better.

However, something about this pink felt a bit different to me, almost quite daring compared to the warm barbie shades I’m used to. I was pretty sure that I didn’t have another lipstick like it, however, I did realize a few hours later that this sadly wasn’t the case. When you have as many lipsticks as I do, this happens quite often, but fear not, Velvet Underground has a more glossy fuchsia finish compared to my other hot pink matte shade from Rimmel.

Charlotte Tilbury is quickly becoming one of my favourite make up brands, although I’ve only tried their lipsticks so far, they are so aesthetically pleasing and such good quality! I look forward to trying all of their other products one day too. Compared to the Matte Revolution collection, the K.I.S.S.I.N.G collection have a normal shaped lipstick tip, but still apply wonderfully.  There are currently 10 other shades available, my most wanted being of course, So Marilyn – need I even explain why?

Another lipstick on my wish list has to be Amazing Grace, I actually tested it the same day I bought Velvet Underground and it looked like a beautiful rusty red shade. I’ve said this before in previous posts and I’ll say it again, what I love about this brand is the lipsticks are so clearly inspired by so many Old Hollywood Beauties. That’s not just me assuming either, it’s stated on the website!

I decided to wear my new skater dress I bought in the January Sales on Very from South, for just £15 (!), it’s now gone down to £12.99 and is also available in black and pink as well a my colour, cobalt blue. I absolutely adore dresses that are modern but look like they’re from the 1940s and 1950s and this one is just that.

The lace detail creates such a classic vintage feel and it also goes in at the waist – a must for vintage lovers. It’s the rare combination of fairly fitted but comfy, personally, I wish it was slightly tighter on the waist but a belt shall fix that. However, for such a bargain price I really can’t complain! I absolutely love the simple button detail on the back of the dress, the littlest things definitely make the most difference.

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Clinique Cherry Pop Lipstick.

Yesterday I finally bought one of Clinique’s new  Pop Lip Colour and Primer Lipsticks!  I will admit, this is actually my first product of their’s, but I was definitely not disappointed. I also hope to try their skin range in the future as it’s been highly recommended, so if anyone else is a user of Clinique, please let me know, I’d love to hear more opinions.

Such beautiful packaging!
Such beautiful packaging!

I’ve heard wonderful things about this brand for quite a while now and started to noticed a lot adverts  in magazines of their new lipsticks, so I finally decided to give one a try. The lipsticks are priced at £16 so not cheap, but not too expensive either. It’s definitely a quality product and I’m all for paying a reasonable price if the item is worth it. 

You already know the colour of the lipstick because it's the container!
You already know the colour of the lipstick because it matches the container!

The thing I liked most about the lipstick was of course, the packaging! I do love details and the lipstick is very aesthetically pleasing. I love how the container actually matches the colour of the lipstick, it’s such a cool idea and makes their lipsticks stand out from the rest. The names are really cute too, Cherry Pop sounds so vibrant and chic!


Not only is the product a lipstick but it’s also a primer, so I actually did the unthinkable and wore the colour without a lip pencil! I was skeptical that it would last the eight hours it claims to, but I haven’t had to retouch it once. Ironically enough I really wanted to reapply because the lipstick is so beautiful, but I know it’s a good thing that I didn’t have to.

The lipstick is so smooth and shiny, it hasn’t dried my lips out at all and has kept them moisturized and crack free all day.  It’s such a classic red colour too, perfect for vintage lovers like myself, I feel like I’m back in the 1940s and 1950s! The texture almost looks like a lip gloss, however,  it isn’t sticky at all, just wonderful! 

I absolutely adore the green floral packaging that the lipstick came in, details really make a product and I will actually keep it because it’s so pretty and has a vintage look to it. The only downside I can think of about the lipstick is in the lid, it’s pretty hard to open and close, although I guess that could be considered a good thing. There are fifteen other colours in the collection and I will definitely be trying some other colours in the future.

The first picture was taken after I’d just applied the lipstick, the second picture was taken an hour and a half or so later after I’d had my lunch and the last picture was taken some six hours after I first applied the lipstick. I’m very impressed with how long it’s lasted, not one reapplication!

I also bought another Eye Liner; Rimmel London Scandal Eyes again, but this time the Precision Micro Eyeliner. As I’ve said in a previous post, I bought the Thick and Thin Eyeliner and although I do like it, I much prefer this one. The thinner tip is a lot easier to apply to the eyelid, it reaches right to the root of the eyelash and this time I didn’t need to put my liquid eyeliner over. I love that the tip is small as I much prefer building my eyeliner up then starting off with it far too thick and having to redo it all.

I recommend both of these products and hope you guys are inspired to try them too!

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Look Of The Day.

Hi lovely people!

Now that my face is finally  back to normal I can start wearing make up again, so I thought I’d write my second beauty post! Yesterday, I went to town and bought a new eyeliner and a new lipstick, so they will be the focal points of this.

After my moisturizer disaster, I went back to using my Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturizer, one I’ve used before. It’s really natural and drys pretty fast, which is good if you’re like myself and can’t stand the feel of it on your face for too long! As my skins been so dry since my allergic reaction, I’ve been using it twice a day – in the morning before I put my make up on and at night, after I’ve taken it off. I’d definitely recommend it if you have sensitive skin like me, plus it smells nice so that’s always a bonus.

After applying all of my face make up, it was time to start on my eyebrows. Now, I’m one of the few people who doesn’t like to do anything with them. I’ve been pretty lucky with the shape, but I have had a few comments about them being too light. I personally don’t mind that, there’s nothing worse when you see severely tattooed eyebrows and I definitely wouldn’t do that. Therefore, after watching the lovely
Rose and Rosie’s Eyebrow Video, I was inspired to try something similar! I used my Rimmel London Eyebrow Compact and went for the second lightest colour on the left.

I used the bottom brush and slowly brushed the eye shadow into my eyebrow, following the natural line. It literally took a few minutes if that and is a nice subtle difference, if you don’t like to much change.

Here's my natural eyebrows.
Here’s my natural eyebrows.
The left one is natural, the right one has the eyeshadow on.
The left one is natural, the right one has the eye shadow brushed in.
Here's both of them with eyeshadow.
Here’s both of my eyebrows with eye shadow.

So here’s the final results, I personally like it and although I probably won’t do it all of the time, I think it’s a nice easy way to make a subtle change. After all, less is more!

Next, I used my new Rimmel Scandal Eyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner, there were three different ones available. The first was a really thick felt pen, which I didn’t want as I like to be able to build it up. The second was similar to one I’ve had before, it was a thin felt tip, I was tempted to go for that but I decided to try a new one. The third was my choice, the tip is defined to shape the winged eyeliner. At first I found it pretty hard to use, anyone who wears winged eyeliner will know that it’s not an easy task, but I had to be even more careful because of the shape of the eyeliner.

The 3D precision slanted tip, which enables you to draw a thick or thin line.

Sometimes, I find it hard to fill the tip of the lid by my eyelashes, without messing up the rest of my winged eyeliner. To do this I use Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner, the brush is so thin and perfect to fill in the hard to reach places.

Another tip, when your felt eyeliner is running out, dip it in to the liquid one!
Another tip, when your felt eyeliner is running out, dip it in to the liquid one!

Here’s the finished result, first without mascara and then with.

Up close detail of the flick.
Up close detail of the flick.
With mascara and highlighter.

I used my Maybelline Mascara Mega Plush Very Black for volume and Maybelline Mascara Rocket Waterproof Very Black for separation. Lastly, I put Benefit  Eye Bright inside my inner eyelid, it gets rid of any access eyeliner and brightens up the eyes by contrasting the dark winged liner.

Lastly, I used my Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque Liquid Lipstick in 07. I saw it advertised in a magazine and decided to give it a try. I think Bourjois is a beautiful brand, but I haven’t really used it much for some reason. I’ve always been wary about buying one of the liquid lipsticks as I wasn’t sure how well they would last. Therefore, I used my MAC Pro Longwear  Lip Pencil in Dynamo first, to make it last better and to define my lips.

The brush is a  nice change from using lipstick, but it was quite messy to put on and I needed to use quite a few q-tips. Obviously, blotting lipstick is a must, but with this you absolutely can’t forget to as otherwise it gets on your teeth, which is not a good look. However, it can be frustrating as it removes the colour because it’s in liquid form. I do really like it and would probably get another colour, but overall I definitely prefer lipsticks.

The lipstick is a beautiful colour, I love pink and red tones, they remind me of the 1950s Vintage Stars and the liquid form does give it a nice 3D look.

Full make up look.
Full make up look.

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Baby Blue.

Hi guys!

So today I decided to wear one of my favourite colours; blue, or more specifically, baby blue! I paired my blue peplum dress with a blue cardigan and blue pearl style earrings. My look today was inspired by the 1940s femme fatales, think Rita Hayworth or Veronica Lake and Lily James in Cinderella, quite a contrast – but I think it turned out well! The peplum figure hugging dress is so 1940s/1950s and fits perfectly with my vintage fashion. My colour theme reminded me so much of Cinderella, my favourite disney movie – so that was an added bonus. Also, the Bardot style off the shoulders are always very in trend for Spring/Summer.

The peplum is so flattering and really helps emulate an hourglass figure and gives you a mixture between pin up girl and sexy secretary.

To keep the Cinderella innocence I added my baby blue cardigan, obviously for warmth but to add a vintage feel of 1950s girl next door – think Debbie Reynolds. I adore the detail on this cardigan, the little things always make the outfits!

As for my makeup, I went for dark red lips to emphasize the 1940s femme fatale look I was going for. I used my Max Factor Colour Exlir Lip Pencil again and Blake Lively’s Pure Red L’oreal Colour Riche, it’s so nice and easy to put on and smells lovely too, which is a nice bonus. I also have Julianne’s Pure Red, but that’s more of a warm tone and goes against the cool mysterious blue tones of a dark red. This dark red really works on fair skin and blonde hair, it’s definitely a 1950s Marilyn red.

For my hair, I was inspired by Veronica Lake’s loose curls and Game Of Thrones, once again, quite a variety! I teased the back and front of my hair, to created a nice vintage shape and I decided to twist two front pieces of my hair, inspired by Cersei Lannister. I then went back to my vintage roots and added a baby blue bow to the back for the finishing touch.

I took some full outfit shots so you can see the whole thing put together, I hope you like it! Here in England it’s still too cold to go bare legged so I just wore my leggings, luckily they go with pretty much everything.

I hope you enjoyed this Spring look and don’t be afraid to mix and match with your inspirations! 

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