Girl in the Black Hat

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Review: Clinique Nutcracker Palette - Act I: Snowflake Suite

Christmas is nearly here and Clinique have released a gorgeous new festive collection, the Clinique Nutcracker Suite. This collection is a really different take on the festive season and consists of lots of pinks and purples instead of the classic christmas reds and golds. 

The Palette I have is the Nutcracker Act I - Snowflake Suite. Within the Palette is four eye shadows, one blush and two blush applicators. The compact itself is a great size, with a nice big mirror which I always feel is essential with a palette. The four eyeshadows are as follows: 

First up is a white as snow shade which has a very pretty shimmer to it, and is perfect for highlighting the inner corner of the eyes. The next shade is my favourite as it is unlike any eyeshadow I own. Its a very subtle glittery soft pink which really looks stunning on the eyes. The third shade is a lovely taupe shade that I will probably get the most use out of, as its really gorgeous both in the crease of the eye and as an all over wash of colour. Last but not least we have a charcoal black shade which alike the soft pink has tiny flecks of glitter in it, which can be used to create a very dramatic eye look. 

The blush included in the palette is called 'Plie Pink' and is a lovely bright pink that gives a beautiful flush of colour on the cheeks. 

I think the Clinique Nutcracker Palettes would make such a lovely gift for Christmas! The Palette also comes in the Nutcracker Act II which contains more purple toned shades. I really would love to get my hands on the Snowflake Dreams Blended Face Powder from the collection which is a highlight which sounds, and looks heavenly. 

What are your thoughts on the Clinique Nutcracker Suite Collection?

Clinique Nutcracker Palette - £35

Faith x

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Review: Collection Lasting Gel Colour Nail Varnish

I'm trying to get better at looking after my nails as I'm a recovering gel extension addict. If you have had gel extensions before you will know that they leave your nails weak and looking horrible when you get them removed. So, I thought I would buy some new polishes to coax me into looking after them more and quite simply making them look prettier.  I was drawn to the Collection Lasting Gel Colour Nail Varnishes as I love a gel formula and really liked the colours on offer. I tend to stick to either red or nude nails as they go with everything, so these two were obviously both winners in my books.

The formula of these nail varnishes are really lovely, I tend to lean towards nail varnishes with a gel formula as I feel they always seem to give the nicest finish. The wide brush is the best aspect of these varnishes as it makes it so easy to apply to the nail. With two coats it gives a solid colour and high shine, it leaves the nails looking like they have shellac on which is incredible for such a bargain price.

I picked up the shades 'Antique Rose' and 'Daredevil'. Antique Rose is a gorgeous dark nude pink which is absolutely perfect to paint on when your in a rush, and it goes with pretty much every outfit (I'm the kind of person that doesn't feel acceptable if my varnish and outfit clash, silly but I can't help it). Daredevil is a vampy red which is perfect for the winter season and looks really festive. The lasting power of these are quite good, seeing as I tend to pick at my nails a lot. They also dry really quickly which is a added bonus.

The Collection Lasting Gel Colour Nail Varnishes are £3.19

Faith x


Monday, 1 December 2014


Ever since I purchased MAC's Ruby Woo lipstick I've been on the hunt for a liner that matched it perfectly. I did my research and found that the brick lip liner popped up a lot and so I decided to order it. MAC describes this shade as a intense golden red, its really versatile and can be used with various different shades of red. Thankfully it works so well with Ruby Woo and the two together create a gorgeous classic red pout.

Like all of MAC's liners its really nicely pigmented and it has a amazing lasting power which really ensures that the lipstick applied on top of it stays in place. Although the MAC lip liners are slightly pricey they are a lot longer than most other lip liners I own and I can tell this one will last me a very long time, which in turn gives great value for money. If your a red lipped lover and have not tried out Brick then I would definitely put it on the beauty wish list!

MAC Brick Lip Liner - £12.50

Faith x

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Review: EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation

I pre-ordered the EX1 Inviswear Liquid Foundation on after hearing such great things about it and watching multiple youtube tutorials in which it was used and on the 31st of October it finally got released online! I've been wearing this foundation pretty much everyday since I received it in the post and now feel I can finally give a good review of it.

Firstly, let me note that this is a foundation which has been formulated for olive/yellow skin tones, I on the other had am a fair skinned girl with a mega fake tan addiction. I purchased the shade F200 which is slightly dark but is a perfect match for me when I have fake tan on, which is the majority of the time. I will probably get F100 for some of my paler days but I'm guessing it will still be quite dark. It was a bit of a mare picking which shade to get as it was online and I couldn't try it out but F200 was a relatively good match. 

The name of the foundation itself, 'Invisiwear' really intrigued me as I always like to try foundations out that claim to make you look like your not wearing any foundation when you really are. Of course you can tell that you have foundation on but you can hardly feel its on as its so lightweight. The formula itself is really nice and blends into the skin really nicely. It  gives a really good medium coverage that can be built up easily. I personally like to apply it to the skin with the Real Techniques sponge and it gives a gorgeous luminous and fresh finish, I've applied it with a buffing brush and foundation brush too but the finish is definitely best when used with a sponge.

At first I didn't really like the packaging too much but I've really warmed to it. The pump is good and I love the fact that you can visibly see how much you've got left. All in all at £10.50 this foundation is an absolute steal and I'm without a doubt going to re-purchase it!

Faith x

Monday, 3 November 2014

Review: Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil

I admit I have an unhealthy obsession with lip products and really its all I've written about recently in the blogging world but I honestly can't help it. This new addition to my nude lip collection from Maybelline has yet again caused me to enter into absolute lip heaven. 

The shade I picked up is 630 Nude Perfection and the name certainly does it justice. It's one of those infamous  'Kylie Jenner lip' shades and it makes the lips look so full and luscious. The formula is matte and extremely pigmented, they last around 2-3 hours on my lips, whilst drinking and eating before I have to re-apply. There are eight different shades of these lip pencils currently available on and after trying this one I'm defintely going to pick up some of the others. 

I've had this beauty of a lip pencil/crayon for around three weeks now and I have seriously fallen in love. This little stick is essential in my makeup bag now and If I don't have red lipstick on this will without a doubt be plastered onto my lips. The Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencils only cost £4.99 so are a complete bargain and seriously worth trying!

Faith x


Tuesday, 21 October 2014


I always seem to find really good beauty bargains on amazon and whilst recently browsing through the beauty section I came across this NYX concealer which I had heard really good things about so I thought I would try it out as it was only cheap and looked really nice. The NYX HD Concealer is one of NYX's best selling products and renowned for its great ability to brighten under the eyes, concealing dark circles and any red marks on the skin. I chose the shade CW10 yellow as yellow concealers can help to clear up colour issues by neutralising those pesky shades such as blues, purples and reds which is exactly what I need.

One of the main reasons I like this concealer is because it blends so seamlessly into the skin and doesn't cake up your face leaving it heavy. It has a medium coverage but is very build-able, I layer the concealer to gain slightly more and it still looks very fresh on the skin. The formula is very creamy and is lightweight and blend-able so it makes the concealing process just that little bit easier. It also works great as a highlighter as it has a great brightening aspect to it. This is currently my go to under the eye concealer and for such a bargain price i'm really happy with it.

 I purchased the NYX HD Concealer on amazon for £4.72 with free postage.

Faith x

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Review: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks

Bourjois is one of my favourite high street makeup brands as they never seem to disappoint, so I was drawn to buying some new bits from them on a recent Superdrug trip. I've not really tried out many liquid lipsticks before so I was really intrigued by the Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks as its always nice to try out something different. The two colours from the range that really appealed to me were Frambourjoise and Hot Pepper, both of which are gorgeous bright shades. 

02 Frambourjoise
The reason I picked up Frambourjoise is because I tend to steer away from pink lipsticks as they don't always suit me but this shade is so pretty so I thought I would embrace the pink and try it out. What I love about this shade is that its pink without being too in your face, its quite a reddish pink and it makes the lips look really full and plump.

03 Hot Pepper
Hot Pepper is one of those shades you want to wear on a rainy day to brighten up your life. It's a beautiful red which really livens up any makeup look. I wore this one to uni the other day and got so many complements on the colour. I can see this one becoming my go to easy red lip.

I love the formula of these lipsticks, they apply so beautifully on the lips. I was slightly skeptical at first as when first applied they look quite glossy (as you can see in the swatch) but they dry completely matte which is just to my liking. The applicator is really easy to get along with and allows just the right amount of precision to ensure the lip looks perfect, which is a necessity as these things stain like a bitch (which in my opinion is a very good thing as long as you haven't smudged it on your face!) I apply two layers as I feel it gives just the right amount but even one layer would do as the colours are very strong. These things literally stay on for forever even after drinking one too many cups of coffee which makes me love them even more. I'm seriously tempted to try out the other colours in the collection possibly some of the more nude shades. 

I picked these up for £5 each on offer in Superdrug! So if your looking to try them I would definitely head there while the deal is still on!

Faith x
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