9 May 2013

Long-Lasting Beauty Buys








Melting base makeup, migrating mascara and bleeding lippy - we've all been there, suffered that and have the cringe-worthy snaps to prove it. Whipping out a mirror for an on-the-go face inspection is one thing I'm guilty of but there's not always the time for touch-ups, so to prevent the latter explained makeup mishaps from happening, I've gathered up my first group of products with promising long-lasting properties, they've been tried, tested and have my own personal stamp of staying power approval...

OPI gelcolor gel polish - lasts up to 3 weeks - And most gel manicures do for that matter. High-shine, chip-free formulas which are brushed on like regular polish though each coat is cured under an LED/UV lamp. Wave good bye to imprints, nicks and smudges as this stuff is set solid straight away and unlike varnish its glossy goodness stays put from application to removal. 

Xen Tan Dark Lotion Absolute Luxe - lasts up to 10 days - It's the lengthiest tan my limbs have seen so far, and the most natural at that. Deep, rich and olive-toned, the shea butter filled formula smooths on streak-free which works even on those 'hard to tan' spots, nourishing nicely. Containing 'Scent Secure' it rids chemically traces leaving skin smelling more vanilla than old biscuit and ten days on there's still a hint of tint but the shade fades evenly.


Rimmel Instant Tan Face & Body Makeup - lasts up to 24 hours - A budget buy, wash-off quick-fix glow of the shimmery sort which can hang around for the whole day (and night), but dribble a drink down yourself and you're in trouble, however, more matte, water-resistant versions are now stocked on our shelves. For pasty, pale limbs it's a complete savour when last minute nights out crop up. I find it works best simply slapped on with hands - just make sure to give them a good ol' scrub straight after to avoid tan-tinged palms.


Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Intensifying Mascara - lasts up to 16 hours - Housed in a gunmetal chrome tube, the thin, long wand works wonders wiggled from root to tip and is a breeze to use on those bottom bunch too. Results are not so much volumising but it adds a whole lotta length and lasts on lashes without flaking, smudging or clumping. 

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Sticks - lasts up to 8 hours - All the goodness of the same potted product whittled down into a twist-up stick. Simple to apply in a single sweep, I then give it a quick pat over with my ring finger and all is set for the day - there's no creases or crinkles, but there are 8 creamy colours to take your pick from. 

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencils - lasts up to 8 hours - I'm no waterline kohl wearer unless it's my flesh-toned favourite, Custom 3 Color's Light Clarifying Pencil for a bit of a brighten, anything else just doesn't quite look right so I can't say how long these lot last swiped in the inner eye but smudged between the upper lashes to define lasts as long as I need it to. The best pick for this is 'Perversion', a cushiony soft blackest-black, but there's a whole multi-coloured clan of them out there if you're after a slightly more subtle shade.

YSL Glossy Stains - lasts up to 6 hours - The Queen of liquid lippies. Layered up three times and you're left with an intense colour and glossy sheen which, after 4 hours has just about gone but that stain is there to stay for a good few more. I'm the proud pout owner of #16 Fuchsia Dore but with a selection of shades ranging from pastel pinks to orangey corals, it won't be long until I'm adding to my glossy array. Recommendations warmly welcomed...

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  2. I think you'd love the glossy stain in #7 (think it's called Corail Aquatique)...nude/pinky coral colour. Not sure if you like super bright colours but #8 (Orange De Chine) is a orangey tomato-red which I think would look amazing with your blonde hair :) x

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    1. Ah they both sound right up my glossy street ;-) Thanks for the recs! x

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  3. OMG I need to get my hands on one of those YSL Glossy Stains! They look incredible :) x

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  4. Great post, Jessica! I absolutely love Perversion as well. It's definitely one of my go-to black liners!

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    1. Ah thanks Tiffany :-) Yes! Great it's stuff! x

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  5. love sun shimmer! & gel polishes are great xx

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