Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Venom

Hello everyone!

Another lipstick post, and this is seriously just the tip of the iceberg in terms of my collection guys.

But THIS lipstick is a wee bit more high end than I normally go for, so it's a big deal!

Urban Decay is renowned for its eyeshadows and other eye products, but until now has been lacking in the lips department. Enter, the Revolution Lipstick collections. 

I read about these lipsticks on a ton of beauty blogs, including What I Heart Today, Vivianna Does Makeup and The London Lipgloss, and it was Zoe's post that first introduced me to the shade that would appear in my dreams (no joke) until I purchased it, Venom. It looks a little lighter on me than her, but I think I just have generally pale lips.

Apologies again for the spotty face!

It's a gorgeous plum-purple-wine colour, perfect for achieving that vampy, just bitten look. I know dark purples like this are kinda daunting, but I think they just look incredible with smoky amber eyes or a slick of liquid eyeliner, especially seeing as A/W is on the way!

The pigmentation is freaking amazing in these things, and lasts a good few hours on me. Thanks to the blend of oils, cocoa and shea butter in them, they are super creamy too, and feel really comfortable and moisturising. The packaging is also seriously cool, with a faceted gunmetal case with signature Urban Decay purple lining, it is dead on for a mid-range product. This will definitely be a staple for my beauty regime once autumn starts.

Will you be investing in one of the new Urban Decay Lipsticks?

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(This product was purchased by myself and reviewed honestly)

Friday, 16 August 2013

Beauty Wishlist #1 // Pixiwoo Inspired

Beauty Wishlist #1

(Chic doesn't seem to be on the shade list, although it is the one Sam uses in the video! Hopefully it's just out of stock)

Well guys, it's happened. I'm officially addicted to Pixiwoo and their make-up tutorials on YouTube. I know, I'm soo late to the party as always. Obviously, I knew who Sam and Nic Chapman were, and own the Real Techniques core collection kit, but had never really gotten into watching their videos. However, that has all changed! These girls are crazy talented, and watching them apply make-up makes it seem so easy. 

Watching these vids has inspired me both in terms of make-up, and in the length of my beauty lust list! The products above are ones I've seen them using, and wish I had the funds to possess. The exception is the Hourglass liquid lipstick in Icon, which I actually came across on one of my favourite blogs, The London Lipgloss, here.

The Illamasqua Skin Base foundation is one they use a lot, and I think shade number 2 with a pinkish undertone would be just perfect for me. 

The Mac eyeshadow is in Cranberry, which I haven't stopped thinking about ever since seeing it in the Kristen Stewart tutorial below. That's not that sad, is it?

The Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blusher, in Chic, I spotted in this hooded eyes tutorial. It's a beautiful peachy colour and the texture looks so wearable and lovely.

Numbers 5 and 6 are really just make-up basics I should already own; a good black gel liner from Bobbi Brown and the Real Technique Starter kit

I already tried emulating some gorgeous Pixiwoo looks, but sadly I ain't there yet. I'm sure with enough practise I'll be a make-up whizz soon enough!

Are you a fan of Pixiwoo?
What's on your beauty wishlist?

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Rihanna x River Island AW13

Scrolling through my emails earlier, I happened across the first pictures of Rihanna's new collection for River Island on the VOGUE website, here.

After the insane success of the previous collection, AW13 seems to be following in the same vein; there's a sporty, androgynous feel, with mesh, camouflage print and bold stripes being the key themes. There's leather too, and most of the items come with 'RIRI G4LIFE' bands across them, which isn't really up my street but adds to the urban vibe. 

Here's some campaign shots:

And here's a couple of my picks from the collection:

Red Limited Edition Leather Mesh Jumper / £80

Camouflage Cropped T-Shirt / £25
Baseball Top / £40 

Mesh Cropped Top / £25

Although most of the collection isn't really what I personally would wear, it is definitely striking and will look incredible in the stores and on the right person, that just isn't me haha! I am loving mesh at the moment, so those are my favourite bits.

The collection will land in two drops, September and November, and is sure to be another mega success! You can read the full VOGUE article here.

Here's a behind the scenes video:

Are you a fan of the new collection?
Which pieces will you be wearing?

(All images from Vogue UK website)

Monday, 12 August 2013

Beauty Review // Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivid Lipsticks

I am most definitely, a lipstick girl. Reds, pinks, purples, nudes; just about anything you like, I've got them, and love wearing all kinds of colours on my lips. Today I thought I'd share one of my favourite lipstick ranges at the moment, the Maybelline Colour Sensational Vivid Lipsticks. 

As you might guess from the name, this is a range of eye-wateringly bright colours, which I love, though I know not everyone does. I have three from the range, and all of them have a creamy finish, are really moisturising on the lips and, for me personally, last aaaages. Like, all day. Especially, I've found, if you use a really nude product underneath them, for example Clinique's Chubby Stick in Curviest Caramel, then dab the Vivid lipstick on for a soft version of the colour, then do a full on swipe across the lips. I know that's three layers of stuff, but I swear, it lasts forever on me. 

Here's some shots of them on my lips. Now, I have really wonky, asymmetrical lips, and some horrific blemishes around my mouth that just will not go away, so taking photos was a bit of a nightmare. So try to ignore all that, and focus on the beautiful lipsticks. :)

I had been after a purple lipstick ever since seeing Mac's Heroine on LULUTRIXABELLE here, and I was hoping Hot Plum was the one; however, it wasn't quite what I was after. I definitely would not call it a plum, it's more of a bright pink with purpley-blue undertones. It's probably the least wearable of the three, but is a gorgeous colour nonetheless and one for when I'm feeling brave!

Shocking Coral is probably the most wearable of the three Vivids I've got; again, I would call it kind of a bright but rosy pink rather than a coral, but it is one of those colours that goes with everything and despite it still being really bright, you don't have to think too hard when putting it on. 

Electric Orange is probably the only shade that actually lives up to it's name: this is about as orange as it gets folks. It is seeeriously bright, and I'll be honest, not as blue-toned as I would like, but is still probably the shade I've worn the most. I do feel a wee bit 80's or something occasionally when putting it on, but it is a gorgeous summer colour, which I think looks amazing with a light layer of peachy gloss over the top (for example, Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya) teamed with a metallic nude eye. Definitely my lipstick of the summer.

So there you go, some of my favourite lipsticks. Be warned, they are super bright, so not for the faint hearted, and the swatches online (and the names!) really don't represent the actual colour so I would recommend heading to a drugstore and swatching them for yourself before you buy.

What's your favourite lip colours at the moment?
Are you a fan of the bright lip?

(All photos my own; all products purchased by myself and reviewed honestly)

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Me, But Different.

Little life update for you today; Sophie Butcher is no longer a blonde. I have crossed to the dark side.

I've been blonde for my whole 20 years and 11 months on this Earth, so I thought it was time for a change. Hello dark hair!

It's more chestnut brown than chocolate, which is what I wanted, but I love it nonetheless.

Do you like it?
Are you feeling like a change at the moment?

Today's Listening // Foo Fighters: I Should Have Known

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Sarah Angold for Freedom at Topshop

Hello everyone! 

Topshop are known for their numerous collaborations with designers, both up-and-coming, and well established. Previous designer collections include Christopher Kane back in the day (anyone remember those animal tank tops?), JW Anderson's highland knitwear, Louise Gray's eccentric makeup and now, Sarah Angold for Freedom jewellery.

Sarah's studio creates both jewellery and lighting, and is "inspired by graphic shapes, mathematical structures and industrial processes". Her designs are sold worldwide but still made by hand in their East London studio, making each piece part of a limited collection. Check out their website here.

The exclusive diffusion range created for Topshop follows in the same vein, taking inspiration from "science fiction and classic art deco". See the whole collection here. Geometric shapes, mainly triangles and hexagons, are combined with futuristic colour spectrums to create a stunning series of statement necklaces and earrings, which are right on trend.

They're a little very pricey for accessories, but the designer exclusivity would make them worth it. If only I could afford them! A girl can dream haha.
Triple Drop Earrings / £30

Triangle Earrings / £35

Diamond Shape Earrings / £32

Four Hex Necklace / £52

Line Necklace / £60

Cut Out Necklace / £65

Layered Shape Necklace / £60

Every piece is gorgeous! Particularly love the two rounded necklaces at the end there.

Is any jewellery catching your eye lately?

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