After roughly five years of near daily wear, my trusty Fly London wedge boots finally breathed their last breath some time ago. I absolutely loved those boots, and no-one ever believed me when I said they were my “comfy” shoes and I wore them walking around New York for eight hours straight without even an inch of pain. I’d been trying to find another pair of shoes that would be equally comfortable for everyday and extensive wear and would still look somewhat fashionable, but that turned out to be quite a mission. I’m rather nitpicky about what I do and don’t like and flats are a no go for me, which made the search even trickier.
Billie Wedge Sneakers by Ash
The pair of shoes I finally got to replace my boots, are the Billie wedge sneakers by Ash. Now let me start off by saying that I strongly dislike the wedge sneaker trend. They became a bit of a hype about one or two years ago when suddenly everyone was wearing them, but I just did not care for their look. I have frowned upon them many a time and I still dislike wedge sneakers as a general footwear style, so it was quite the threshold to overcome to actually buy these shoes. I had them bookmarked for weeks and could never get myself to order them, simply because I had the thought stuck in my head that “they’re wedge sneakers and I don’t like those”. But, in the end, when I just couldn’t find any alternatives, I did order them and what do you know: I am in love with these shoes! They’re all black high-tops with gunmetal silver cone studs at the heel, a 9 cm or 3.5″ concealed wedge and the Ash logo at both the heel and the padded tongue. They are super comfortable, and I have to admit I actually found a wedge sneaker that I love and I think looks good on me.
I’ve been all about lipstick lately. I used to be all about the eyes for most of my makeup wearing life, but these days my style has shifted to a simple winged liner in combination with a bold lip. Time for an update on my latest M.A.C. lipstick additions.
M.A.C. Lipstick in Chatterbox, Vegas Volt, Impassioned, Candy Yum-Yum, Rebel and Cyber
From left to right, these are the following colors:
1. Chatterbox (bright red pink, amplified creme)
2. Vegas Volt (full power coral, amplified creme)
3. Impassioned (amped up fuchsia, amplified creme)
4. Candy Yum-Yum (neon pink, matte)
5. Rebel (midtonal cream plum, satin)
6. Cyber (intense blackish purple, satin)
My absolute favorite brand for lipstick isn’t M.A.C., that award goes to Chanel, but M.A.C. definitely comes in a close second. I like Chanel’s formula better, but M.A.C. simply has the better color range. My favorite colors out of these six, are Impassioned and Cyber.
M.A.C. Lipstick in Cyber
In the picture above, I’m wearing Cyber. It’s a very dark and edgy color, definitely not for every day, but I love how editorial it looks.
I am probably just about the zillionth person dedicating a blog post to these following products, but I just had to add them to my blog as well since I too think they’re just simply that great. I’m talking about the infamous Albatross highlighter, the Orgasm blush and (its slightly lesser known but still highly popular little sister) Deep Throat blush by Nars. Highlighters and blushes are both relatively new discoveries for me. I only started using blush about a year ago and the same goes for highlighters. I’ve gone from never using blush before to now using it daily, and I use highlighters only for special occasions or photographs.
Nars Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross
Nars refers to Albatross as a Highlighting Blush Powder with a luminous glow. It’s a very pale cool toned ivory with some light golden shimmers. It’s subtle and absolutely stunning, and it does give you that luminous glow that Nars speaks of. I apply it to my cheekbones, under my eyebrows and in the inner corners of my eyes.
Nars Blush in Deep Throat and Orgasm
My very first Nars purchase was the Deep Throat blush. I’d read all the raving reviews about Orgasm and I was curious, but I was still a blush newbie and thought I’d try something a bit more subtle to start with. Deep Throat is described as a flirty sheer peach and it’s very similar to Orgasm, but it is a bit lighter, has a bit more pink in it and doesn’t have the golden shimmer that Orgasm has. It looks very natural on me and gives me a nice healthy flushed look. I’ve been using this blush every single day since I got it. I just don’t leave the house without it anymore.
After I’d been using Deep Throat religiously for roughly six months straight, I thought I was ready to try out Orgasm. I had “graduated” and was now up for the task. Orgasm is described as a peachy pink with a golden shimmer. I’d say Orgasm is more warm toned and peachy than Deep Throat, it’s a little less sheer and then there is that golden shimmer. I like it. I like it a lot. But, if I am being perfectly honest, I think Deep Throat suits me better. I think Orgasm works better on warmer skin tones. That’s just my personal opinion though, at the end of the day both would look good on anyone (hence the immense popularity), it’s just a matter of personal preference.
In conclusion: I am absolutely, 100%, sold on Nars blushes. I think they’re amazing, fail safe and would recommend them to anyone. Even (or especially!) blush newbies.
Lipstick heaven, you guys. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this Inglot Color Play Lipstick Palette I managed to get my paws on. As I have said before: I do love my unusual lipstick colors, and this palette is giving me a few new shades I still wanted to get. They’re not colors I’d necessarily wear outside the safety of my apartment, but they’re definitely great fun to experiment with. I’m especially excited about the blues, greens and yellow.
Inglot Color Play Lipstick Palette
The Color Play Lipstick Palette comes in Inglot’s ten pan square Freedom System palette. Normally you’d buy this palette empty and choose your own shades to fill the palette with, but in this case Inglot is giving you a rainbow of preselected colors. The colors don’t have any names, but they go by numbers. From top left to bottom right they are:
94 (bright blue), 93 (teal), 92 (lime green), 91 (yellow), 100 (white),
95 (indigo), 99 (purple), 98 (hot pink), 96 (bright pink), 97 (orange)
These lipsticks are very pigmented, creamy and easy to work with. They do have a bit of a fruity smell, but I don’t mind the scent as it’s not too strong at all. The only thing I’d say would make this palette even better, is if they had put in a black lipstick and possibly a red one. Most lipstick lovers would very likely already own a true red, but since it is a primary color I think it would have been a good addition to this palette (maybe swap it for one of the pinks). But all in all, I do really love the variety of colors and the quality of these lipsticks.