New OBSESSION: Modern Renaissance

Anastasia Beverly Hills are killing it this year. With nearly 15 million Instagram followers they are close behind MAC in the race to be crowned most followed beauty brand. These 15 million followers have been hit with killer release after killer release this year, with many of these products becoming cult products quite literally seconds after their release. 

I spent a fair few months eyeing up this beauty from afar, watching friends cave in and purchase and I was remaining strong... after all I didn't 'need' another autumnal eyeshadow palette. Here we are a couple of months later and look what I've bought *slaps hands*. One thing I've learnt over the years is if fall for a product, no matter how long I can hold out or how much my sad little bank balance doesn't want me to, I'll cave and buy it. 

Anyway, no regrets, I love the Modern Renaissance palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. First off the pigmentation is INSANE. You have to be very light handed with application and you need next to nothing on the brush. FYI the brush that comes with this palette is super usable and makes blending a dream. Fall out is minimal - slightly more of a problem with the shimmer shades but still the bare minimum. 

The only downfall, in my opinion, is the packaging design. I love the muted pink shade and the super simplistic design but how impractical is a velvet cover?! I have been very careful with this palette since purchasing, leaving it out of my makeup bag and keeping it far away from foundation, yet still stains keep appearing. Yes, it may look adorable but for the price point of this product I would expect it to be more durable!


TEMPERA: velvety beige with an ultra-matte finish
GOLDEN OCHRE: earthy yellow with an ultra-matte finish
VERMEER: iridescent shell with a metallic finish
BUON FRESCO: antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish
ANTIQUE BRONZE: metallic sable with a satin finish
LOVE LETTER: raspberry with an ultra-matte finish
CYPRUS UMBER: dark coffee with an ultra-matte finish
RAW SIENNA: neutral amber with an ultra-matte finish
BURNT ORANGE: deep orange with an ultra-matte finish
PRIMAVERA: shimmery gold dust with a metallic finish
RED OCHRE: sienna with an ultra-matte finish
VENETIAN RED: crimson with an ultra-matte finish
WARM TAUPE: earthy gray with an ultra-matte finish
REALGAR: brick with an ultra-matte finish
(from the ABH website)

Hit or Miss: New in... Tanya Burr Cosmetics

Tanya Burr has recently stepped up her game (once more) by introducing a long awaited mascara, eyeliner and brow pencil to her already amazing beauty brand. It's fair to say she did not disappoint. The most noticeable change with the new additions is the packaging. I've always been a fan of the original, cardboard packaging but the gold with black detailing is a welcomed upgrade.

Eyeliner is without a doubt the most testing part of my daily makeup application. Getting those flicks symmetrical takes more time and patience than I possess. This eyeliner might not be a miracle worker or the easiest eyeliner to use but the flexible brush applicator and great pigmentation does make the pain-staking task a little more bearable. This eyeliner is now a firm favourite and holds a place in my makeup bag.
When it comes to eyebrow products I am extremely loyal to my trusty Fleur De Force X Eyelure powders, so the fact that the Tanya Burr brow pencil in Medium now lives alongside it in my makeup bag speaks volumes. I may not be able to replace my trusty powder just yet but I love the finish this brow pencil gives. The angular shape of the tip makes for easy, fast application and the colour is the perfect shade of ashy brown for my hair colour. 
Drugstore mascaras are always hit or miss. I am yet to find an affordable alternative that lives up to the amazingness that is Benefit They're Real. That being said this mascara is pretty damn good. The wand is allows each and every lash to be coated which creates lengthened lashes. As I'm a fan of super voluminous lashes I do two or three coats of this mascara to create my desired look which is something I would also do with They're Real. Tanya Burr has done an amazing job at creating a mascara that holds lashes in place all day without any transferring onto the upper or lower lid (and without taking a whole pot of cleanser to remove). Love this. 

Overall: HIT

Hit or Miss? Cheryl X L'Oreal



I managed to resist picking up the Cheryl x L'Oreal lipkits for a whole 3 days before 'falling' into boots and 'acidently' picking up all 3 shades. These colours are all very me shades. Out of the whole Matte Lip Paint range these are my top 3 picks, a peach toned nude, muted purple and deep, burgundy red. Paint it Peach, Paint it Griege and Paint it Burgundy.

Packaging - The cardboard packaging makes this product feel more high end than the average drugstore lipstick. I like how the image allows customers to see the shade of the lipstick on the lips before purchasing. After all, we've all been in that situation when the lip colour we loved the look of in the bullet looks hideous on the lips. As for the liquid lipstick and the lip liner, the packaging is no different to those in the usual L'Oreal range. 

Formula - Overall the staying power is pretty poor. These liquid lipsticks are unlike any other matte formula I have tried. After application they feel very moussey and wet, I was expecting these to dry down to a more matte finish. I would compare the feel of the product on first application to the Boujoir Rouge Velvet lipsticks, however unlike the Boujoir ones these don't change texture once they settle on your lips. Eating whilst wearing the L'Oreal lip paint is best avoided. The deep red shade is very patchy, even after a couple of layers an opaque colour is impossible to achieve. The lip liners, however, are a lovely formula and are much more long lasting. The lip liner looks great alone, drawn all over the lip - a look I've been wearing a lot lately. 

Cheryl and L'Oreal have teamed up with The Prince's Trust with this launch. £1 from each lip kit purchased will go to the charity. 

Overall: Miss