Friday, 16 January 2015

My Top Shadow Sticks

L-R: Beyond Gold, Misty Rock, Frozen Quartz, Amethyst Aphrodisiac,
Amber Haze, Bad Girl Bronze, Bulletproof Beige, Rose Gold, Glistening Ray.
Shadow sticks, for me, symbolise an easy, on-the-go, smokey eye that anyone can achieve! All you need is your favourite stick companion and your ring finger and/or a blending brush and you are good to go. With shadow sticks appearing on the market in both high end and high street formulas, there is a stick out there for everyone. Today on Nails and Teapots, I am going to run you through my favourite shadow sticks in a multitude of different shades and price ranges. These products can either act as the main event to an eye look or an easy and convenient base that can be partnered with your favourite shadows. I hope you enjoy!

By Terry Ombre Blackstar (here) £29
These are probably my favourite shadow sticks on the market and also the most pricey. Yet, I feel compelled to mention that they aren't favoured based on the fact that their packaging is beautiful. Trust By Terry to create a product that's stunning in both the exterior and interior. These are easily the most pigmented of the lot and the overall look is nothing short then a metallic finish with extreme colour payoff. Wether worn alone or blended as a base beneath eyeshadow - these shadow sticks never disappoint. I've opted for the shades Frozen Quartz, Misty Rock and Beyond Gold and already  have a desperate yearning for more in my collection. My favourite look that is easily achieved with these pencil is to use them as both bases and applied to the waterline for an alternative to black liner. If you are a shadow stick fanatic - you need to get these. 

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon (here) £19
These are revolutionary products for the shadow world. Not only do these have the best wear time out of any shadow I own they also come a range of clever colours to suit everyone - seriously. The idea behind these Colour Chameleon's is that each shade is made to enhance a specific eye colour with both a day and night colour to introduce an alternative. Considering I have green eyes, I opted for the two colours Amber Haze and Amethyst Aphrodisiac, which both do exactly what they say on the tin (stick). They emphasise the green tones and really make my eye colour pop - a feature that I love. If you're on the hunt for a product that will accentuate your eyes then these are easily what you are looking for. 

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour (here) £20.50
The newest addition to my collection and currently the one I keep reaching more most frequently. Although this isn't as pigmented as my two previous examples, the simple wash of colour blended underneath a similar toned base has easily become one of my most favourite eye looks. The formula is incredibly creamy and takes seconds to both apply and blend. Not to mention the shade Rose Gold, is absolutely beautiful and would work perfectly for a day to night transition. 

Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick (here) £4.49
The cheaper alternative in comparison to the ones above is easily by Rimmel. Rimmel always seem to make great dupes for higher end products. The Scandal Eye shadows, although cheap, still have amazing pigmentation and extra creamy formulas. I chose the shadows Bad Girl Bronze and Bulletproof Beige. I don't find the wear time as long on these compared to the higher end version but considering they are more than half the price - this factor cannot really be argued. If you want to dabble into the world of shadow sticks but don't want to splash the cash on something too high end yet, I suggest to give these a go! 

No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define (here) £8
Finally, another drugstore alternative bought to you by Boot's house brand. This is probably my least used of the bunch but that is not to say that the quality isn't still amazing, I just find myself not often needing Glistening Ray, an off-gold colour, to prime my lids. The formula is still really creamy and these sticks are perfect for a simple wash of colour to aid any natural day-time look. It is also the answer to what products you can buy with the constant flow of No7 vouchers from the Boots counters! 

I hope you find this post helpful.
Let me know your favourite shadow sticks in the comments! 

Saturday, 20 December 2014

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade

Let us all just take a moment to appreciate this beauty that is the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade (£23). With the wintery months well and truly upon us, I feel nothing looks prettier then dewy, highlighted skin to compliment that bold red lip or sultry smokey eye. Highlighters for me are a staple in my everyday make up routine and without it my face just appears incomplete. I've previously always opted for the champagne gold hues when it comes to accentuating the high points of my face so I decided to mix things up a little. Lightscapade is a concoction of blue, pink, yellow etc. veins of colour merged together into an individually baked formula. Each package is different meaning no two people will ever have the exact same deepness of shade when applying. A product with a touch of a wild card, making it slightly more enticing. The colour created when swatched completely surpassed my expectations. A light, polished colour with subtle pink undertones that perfectly highlights especially those with pale complexions. I honestly feel all fare skinned ladies need this in their collection. The powder formula is smooth and applies like velvet onto the skin with excellent wear time and incredible pigmentation. If you're looking for one last item to add to your Christmas list, make it this one!

Let me know what you think.
What's your favourite highlighter? 

Friday, 7 November 2014

The Autumn Red Lip Menu

The Autumn Red Lip Menu 
Autumn is now upon us so it's fully acceptable to relocate the knee high boots, put on the fur coat and wrap yourselves up in a million tartan scarves. The Autumn/Winter season is probably my favourite, there's something about being wrapped up in the cold weather, the longer nights and Christmas on the horizon, that always makes me feel excited. Another element that seems to be more approved in the Wintery season is, of course, the red lip! My red lippy collection seems to have suddenly grown within the past year but I seriously can't get enough of the wine, berry and cherry red shades. So to get everyone in the spirit of things, I thought I'd give my followers a run down of my all time favourite red lipsticks - high end and drugstore! So here is the The Autumn Red Lipstick Menu...
MAC Dark Side £15.50
A deep, burgundy shade in an amplified creme formula.
One of my all time favourite lipsticks with it's shiny finish
and the vampy, red-purple hue. 
Revlon ColourBurst Lacquer Balm Enticing £7.99
A chubby lip pencil with a high shine finish and sheer pigmentation.
MAC Plumful £15.50
A rosy pink-plum shade with an easily builded formula. Perfect 
for those who don't feel confident enough to wear a bold lip
but still want something red toned for A/W. 
Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Moss 030 £5.49 
A beautiful red shade with a dark pink undertone. One of my
favourite reds from the drugstore! 
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Glastonberry £23 -
The perfect plum pout with a matte finish. Great quality and
excellent pigmentation.
Dolce & Gabbana Passion Duo Intense £26 - 
The darkest in the collection. There's no surprise that it's called
'Intense'. A dark red-brown with a glossy finish and ultra 
creamy formula.
Revlon Colourstay Moisture Lip Stain India Intrigue £7.99 - 
An extra shiny formula with bold, beautiful colours. Takes a bit
of work to get these glosses perfectly blended but the end result
is really beautiful. 
Rimmel London Kate Moss Matte Lipstick 107 £5.49 - 
One of the most iconic, raved about reds out there. A beautiful 
deep berry shade teamed with a matte finish that is as good as
many of the high end lip products that I own. 
YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain 16 Fuchsia £25 -
The first high end lip product that I owned. Has one of the 
prettiest finishes that I've ever seen. A fruity but subtle scent 
incredible staying power. Honestly the stain effect will not budge! 
Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Moss 01 £5.49 -
Comes up a lot brighter in the picture but this is a really beautiful 
deep red with a creamy formula. Amazing pigmentation evidently
and a lovely cherry scent. 
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil Damned £18 - 
A lovely red shade with a plum undertone finished off with a soft,
velvet matte finish. The formula is quite drying so be sure to smother
your lips in lip balm before. A really gorgeous product that's easy to
apply in its stick form. 
MAC Pedro Lourenco Lipstick Ruby £16.50 -
A limited edition red dressed in rose gold and matte black packaging.
One of the prettiest finishes I own for a red and lasts well on the lips
with a fade-to-matte stain formula. 
Topshop Lipliner Deception £5 -
One of my all time favourite shades. A bold, dark red that's easy to
apply in it's pencil form, giving ultimate precision for a great red lip
or a base for other products.

What's your favourite red lipstick for A/W?
Let me know what you think in the comments!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette

With Hourglass bringing out their new Ambient Blush Palette, hoping to the hit UK stores in November, I thought it would be fitting to give you a quick rundown on their previous beauty, the Ambient Lighting Palette. This showcases a trio of their beautiful powders: Dim Light, Radiant Light and Incandescent Light, with the latter being a limited edition shade only. I think we all need to take a moment to fully appreciate how truly beautiful this palette really is. Not only does the palette alone look amazing, the effect it has on one's complexion is stunning. The powders are designed to not only conceal imperfections but to also soften the way light hits the skin to create a brighter appearance as well as subtly highlighting the high points and altogether giving a flawless finish.  It can't really get much better than that. I personally love the middle shade for an all over lit-from-within finish and then applying Dim Light (left) on my cheek bones, brow bones and down the bridge of my nose to lift these areas. The final shade, Radiant Light, is a little harder to use if you're pale skinned like me but the golden-beige colour adds a sun-kissed glow to any tan, real or fake, making it my go-to bronzed highlight when I've commenced my self-tan routine.

All in all, a beautiful palette that is almost just as pretty in the pan as it is on. Priced at £56, I really did not except anything less from Hourglass but considering you're getting three of their powders for this price when just a single on costs £38 alone, makes the cost seem slightly more justified.

Let me know what you think in the comments.
Are you excited for the Ambient Blush Palette? 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Too Faced Natural At Night Palette

First and foremost, I'd like to send out a massive apology in regards to my lack of blogging! September was a very busy month for me and it meant my little blog took a back seat but I'm determined to get it back on track. I'm going to start by stating that from now on, the Nails And Teapots Beauty Blog will only be uploading on Fridays, due to the pressure of other commitments, with the odd little extra post thrown in here and there. This still means that there will be plenty of product reviews, monthly favourites, tags and hauls for you to (hopefully) enjoy every Friday. Hope that's okay!

Okay now onto the fun stuff. Palettes, for me, are one of my all time favourite things to collect and I truly believe no one can ever have enough. I've had my eye on the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette for a while now but after realising and accepting that it's impossible to find in store in the UK, I instead decided to try out their Natural At Night Palette and as you can so quite clearly see, it is gorgeous! Structured very similarly to the brands other palettes, there's 3 looks, 9 shades and a mixture of matte and iridescent finishes, making this a good-to-go all round palette with the darker, tertiary like theme being perfect for the upcoming A/W. If you want a sexy, sultry smokey-eye, this is the palette for you. The quality of these shadows are nothing short then what I would except from similar high end brands such as MAC and Urban Decay. Their buttery, easily blended, no fall out and have exceptional lasting power. There really isn't a bad quality to go against them. My favourite shade within this palette is easily After Hours from the Classic look, which looks incredible blended all-over the lid or paired with a similar pinky, cream base that really amplifies that shimmer.

Priced at £29, it's fairly expensive but I like to think it's worth it. Grab your own from here and be sure to let me know how you find it!

Let me know what you think in the comments.
What's your favourite A/W palette? 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

August Favourites 2014

It's the beginning of September, so that means it's August favourites time! This month I pretty much established an 'everyday make up routine' due to the fact that I found a palette of colours and finishes that worked well for me. So seeing as I've been using pretty much the same products on a daily basis, this meant that it was pretty simple to round up my favourite products from the month of August.

First things first, a rather overused and well-loved eyeliner pencil from Rimmel. This is the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal pencil in the shade Nude. Nude eyeliners are simple but extremely effective when it comes to making the eyes appear more bright and wide awake. I've used this everyday this month and traded it in for my typical black eyeliner to adopt a fresher brighter complexion for the sunny months. This is ultra pigmented and honestly stays in place all day, I highly, highly recommend it! Next up is one of my all time favourite (and expensive) blushers I own. This little sleek, black package of beauty is the Le Blush Créme De Chanel in the shade 64 Inspiration. This gives a beautiful, natural flushed appearance to the cheeks with a satin finish that lasts and lasts all day, better than any other blush I've tried. The colour is build-able so wether you want a slight wash of colour or an intense pop to the cheeks, it's really up to you. Another product that I've used non-stop this month is the Dior Addict Gloss in the shade 257 Venus. This is just a really pretty pinky-nude with a shimmery, ultra-shine finish that looks beautiful with any make up look. This is my go-to lipgloss on a daily basis as it looks so natural but still very lovely. This next favourite is definitely my 'most loved' of the month and that is my MAC Pro Palette, I've been using at least one of the four shades in this palette everyday this month and I honestly can't get enough. My favourite eyeshadow combination that I've fallen in love with is the shade Naked Lunch washed over the lid with Mythology blended through the crease and then Nylon dotted onto my tear duct, all of which creates a simplistic but 'pretty in pink' smokey eye. Next up is a fragrance favourite,  this being Estée Lauder's Modern Muse - a repurchase of mine that I bought and loved all through A/W 2013 and used up way before the first signs of Summer. I then tried to dabble in some other perfumes that were more fitting for the S/S months but now the weather is cooling down and thicker coats and leather boots are making an appearance on the runway, I decided to repurchase this beautiful fragrance and have loved it even more. Last up is a revolutionary product when it comes to self-tan. Of course, it's by St Tropez, my favourite fake-tan brand and it's their Self Tanning Express Bronzing Mousse which is basically a beautifully bronzed self-tan in a bottle where you can choose the depth of colour depending on when you wash it off. You can let it develop for just an hour for a light wash of colour of three hours for a deep, dark bronzed glow that carries on developing for up to eight hours and the colour pay-off can last up to a week. If you love fake-tan then I seriously suggest splashing the cash on this one!

Let me know what you think in the comments.
What products have you been loving in the month of August? 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Topshop Matte Lipstick in Whimsical

Topshop lipsticks, to me, seem like excellent dupes for a lot of higher end brands products and most especially MAC's. I don't think it's any surprise that MAC lipsticks are one of the most (if not the most) popular lipsticks on the beauty scene but they may have some serious competition when Topshop lipsticks come into the picture. The first good noticeable comparison there is between these two excellent brands are the shade and finish ranges that they both offer. Admittedly MAC do have a lot, lot more but Topshop do give a noble offering and I personally have not found a colour in there that I wouldn't wear. I picked up Whimsical on a whim (see what I did there?) and it was love at first application. It's a gorgeous nude-pink with a lovely peachy-orange undertone that is completely on trend for Summer 2014. The finish is matte which I find to be the quality that makes this nude different from every other. The formula isn't drying despite the velvety finish and the wear time is excellent considering the product comes from a drugstore brand and costs a nifty £9. I love the cylindrical packaging with the horizontal stripes as it stands out in my collection and appeared causal and edgy before I even popped off the lid! This is one of the five Topshop lipsticks I own and after how impressed I've been with every single colour and their varying formulas, I know I'll be purchasing a lot more! 

If you'd like to see my full Topshop Cosmetic's Collection (which has already grown since I published the post!) click here

Let me know what you think.
Have you tried Topshop's lipsticks?