A short time ago I was lucky enough to win a competition in conjunction with Feelunique.com and Figs & Rouge, a relatively new British lip balm brand which led to me receiving their whole collection. As a fan of the brand, I was ecstatic, mainly because my tin of lip balm had melted in my hot car and was no longer usable so I was in desperate need of some more!
The reason I love this brand and their lip balms so much is the ingredients they use, or to be more precise, the ingredients they don’t use.
The reason I knew about this brand in the first place is because whilst in Boots looking for a petroleum-free balm this winter, Figs & Rouge were the only one that didn’t contain mineral oil/petroleum (they are essentially the same thing, and what Vaseline is made of) in their balms. The latter is actually a byproduct of crude oil production, and provides no moisturisation whatsoever.
The reason why you constantly have to re-apply your chapstick or Vaseline every two minutes? And why your lips are still dry and peeling no matter how many times you put your balm on? The answer is in your balms’ ingredients. I bet mineral oil or petroleum will be a main one listed. This stuff actually coats your lips with a waterproof barrier preventing any moisture going in, and is therefore are useless at curing your dry lip problem. Figs & Rouge however, have raised their standards and have the following in their products which can be seen on their website:
Application : Their balms are easy to apply just like any other, and smell divine. Lovers of vanilla scents should definitely go for the Coco Vanilla tin. My personal favourites are Pomegranate and Cherry Blossom.
Packaging : Who can ignore these gorgeously packaged gems? All items have a beautiful vintage design, with the larger tins tins having unique ones reminiscent of different eras such as Art Deco and Art Nouveau, so they would look great on anybodys dressing table. They are hard-wearing too- I have the last two mentioned in regular rotation in my handbags and they have retained their lovely designs.
Verdict? 10/10 I just can’t fault this brand, what’s great is that their balms can be used on dry patches of skin too, and even on cuticles to provide extra moisturisation.
Stockists include Boots and Urban Outfitters. Items retail for approx £3.49 – £4.99
ArtDdeco is a brand that only recently I have stumbled upon. The only thing I’m annoyed about is that I didn’t find it sooner! The overall look and feel of the brand has my name all over it, mostly because the Art Deco era is my favourite in the whole of history. According to BeautyBay.com (from where you can also buy their products) ArtDeco is Germany’s number 1 cosmetics brand. And for what I believe is the third time running, Dita Von Teese has got together with the brand to create the ‘Golden Vintage’ range, which will be special edition.
One thing that will strike any woman, regardless of whether they are into make-up or not, has to the the packaging. Echoing an era gone by, the golden cases and feather designs are enough to win you over.
The collection consists of ruby reds and dusty rose shades, with a few vampy berry tones and smoky brown to give that glamorous 1940’s look.
For some time I have been eyeing up items from the Illamasqua cosmetics brand, but had never really pushed through with actually buying anything. This is mostly because their price points are a little on the high side for a student, and as an Estee Lauder girl I have been spending most my time at their counters instead. The almost gothic kind of vibe this brand gives off, along with their unusual advertising campaigns are no accident either, as the brand is the baby of Joseph Corre, son of Vivienne Westwood and co-founder of Agent Provocateur. Three new blush duos were released not so long ago- Below are colours Katie & Ambition described as a neutral and candy pink, and Lover & Hussy described as a soft apricot and candy pink
The one I bought was Beg & Bronzerella which is described as a dusky rose and copper bronze. I thought this would suit my skin tone best (you can see details of my About section if you are similar and looking for something that would suit you). Illamasqua claims the blush duo’s are highly pigmented, and can be used to shade, brighten, enhance and contour.
Verdit : Totally in love with this blush as the colour payoff is incredible. Due to the high pigment, the only thing I would advise is to be careful in your application and choice of brush. I’m definitely going to have to buy a new brush so that I can apply this without the colour coming off too strong. A little bit goes a long way and a light hand should do the trick. This applies to the bronzer especially, which can easily double up as an eyeshadow too.
The only drawback I have is the shape of the case. It’s great that it comes with a mirror, but the corners aren’t ideal for throwing in my makeup bag. However I can overlook that due to the quality of the product. Overall rating? 9/10