Ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag review

Three makeup products, of which one is....   

 Check out the contents of my April 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag. Featuring a Too Faced Melted lipstick!

Stuff like this never happens to me, never. I usually end up with some random foil sachets and infernal black pencil liners while other subscribers get GHD straighteners in their beauty boxes. Not exaggerating here; that actually happened with LookFantastic.
Now to bring back a semblance of normalcy to this post.
The April 2015 Ipsy bag is themed Best Beauty Bag Ever Beautifully Bohemian. The jute bag's pattern certainly fits the theme.

Check out the contents of my April 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag. Featuring a Too Faced Melted lipstick!

LookFantastic April 2015 beauty box review, unboxing

April's LookFantastic Beauty Box costs £15 and claims to be worth £45.

LookFantastic April 2015 beauty box review, unboxing, contents

Are you, like me, a beauty box purist? Someone who believes beauty boxes should contain only beauty - makeup and skin/hair care products - and not tea, chocolate, balloons or diet supplements? If you are, come, rant with me.
I don't get it. Why would you send out vitamins, supplements, mouthwashes and other things in a beauty box? Perhaps they do come under the broad definition of beauty, but I'm a purist who only wants to find makeup, skincare and hair care in beauty boxes. What next, yoga mats, resistance bands and dumbbells? DVDs and vinyls? Toothpaste and tampons?
Which has been my problem with a couple of the recent LookFantastic beauty boxes. They have been marvellous, sending out generous quantities of high-end brands, but the moment I went on an annual subscription, I began receiving dietary supplements. But I am getting ahead of myself. Let me show you what I received this month. Warning: I whinge quite a bit, and not just about the pills.

Check out the contents of my April 2015 LookFantastic Beauty Box below.

theBalm Balm Voyage Vol. 2 face palette review, swatches

With eyeshadows, face powders and lip colours.

Swatches and review of theBalm Cosmetics Balm Voyage Vol. 2 face palette, a travel makeup palette.

Any new release from theBalm Cosmetics excites me. They have the cutest packaging and good quality makeup. I liked theBalm's Balm Voyage 1, reviewed and swatched here. This "sequel" palette, the Balm Voyage Vol. 2 Travel palette, doesn't really feel like a sequel, but more like a standalone travel palette. Apart from the packaging, there are few similarities between the two - there are fewer eyeshadows; the pans are smaller, and there are more face products. Balm Voyage 2 is marketed as a travel-friendly palette - there are blushes, lipsticks, a bronzer and a highlighter all within a sturdy case. Two-thirds of the eyeshadow shades chosen are neutral.

Scroll down for the review and swatches of theBalm Voyage Vol. 2 Face Palette

NARS Audacious Anna is a smoky mauve lipstick

Swatches and review of NARS Audacious lipstick in Anna, a smoky medium dusty mauve that suits all skintones.

I am trying to organise a gazillion things before leaving on a month-and-a-half sojourn in London (and hopefully Rome) on June 1. Flights alone are done. I've gone and booked at too many flats to stay and need to narrow them down based on location and facilities. It will be good to return to the UK and hopefully I can catch up with my former classmates at some point.
Sometime ago, I had done a post on the NARS Audacious lippies, featuring Jane, Anita and Natalie - click here to view it. At the time, I had said I would show you Anna by itself. Described by NARS as a "smoky rose", this is the lipstick in the Audacious line-up that will appeal to all mauve and deep-pink fans. This is the kind of colour you can pair with both strong smoky eye makeup or a subtle, everyday look. It is a work-appropriate, daytime lipstick.

Scroll down for more photos, swatches and deets about NARS Audacious Anna.

Birthday party FOTD with smoky eye makeup

Ft. NARS foundation, Cargo eyeshadows and Rimmel lip colour.

Birthday party FOTD with smoky eye makeup

It was my birthday on Tuesday, and I did a smoky eye makeup look for the party at night. It has been a while since I did a smoky look. I opted for very deep grey-green eyeshadow, to match my dress, and paired it with a medium pink lip. I kept the rest of the face matte and mildly bronzed, though I oiled up as usual after a couple of hours. I also wore my current-favourite pair of earrings.

Check out the FOTD I wore to my birthday party below.

Mother's Day Pamper Hamper Giveway Results

Congratulations to the winner!

I have been rather quiet lately. I was celebrating my birthday - more on that, including my FOTD, in tonight's post. There's nothing I (and my recovering tummy) would love better than to curl up for the rest of the week, but the Mother's Day Pamper Hamper giveaway from ElevEase ended last night.
The winner has 48 hours to send me the deets: Full name, postal address including country and post code, and telephone number. Failure to do so will lead to my choosing another winner. Please note that the photograph is for illustrative purposes only and that the actual contents of your prize hamper may vary.
Aaaand the winner is:

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream review, swatch, FOTD

With three pigments for colour correction.

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream review, swatch, FOTD

I try to use lightweight foundations in the Summer, as heavier foundations can cause blocked pores and breakouts in the humid, sweaty weather. Which is why I checked out the Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream recently. I've tried the Bourjois 8-in-1 BB Compact and loooove it (its formula and pigmentation are that of a medium-coverage cream compact than a BB cream). So I figured I would turn to the same brand for a CC cream for this Summer.
The Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream is oil-free and claims to contain three colour-correcting pigments: Apricot, to correct fatigue; Green, for redness; and White for dark spots. The product promises luminous and smooth skin and hydration for 24 hours, and contains SPF15.

Scroll down for the review and swatch of Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in shade 33 Rose Beige.