An Introduction to Trilogy Skincare


Trilogy is a skincare brand that is no stranger to the blogging realm. Using certified organic and natural ingredient skincare products, this Kiwi brand has been all over the blogspace for quite some time. The abundant plant derived and lush pure seed oils, as well as their own trademarked components (such as their antioxidant Rosapene), mixed with other valuable skin nourishing ingredients make Trilogy a brand that is deserving of all the hype it gets.

I'm pretty sure everybody has either heard of their popular Organic Rosehip Oil or currently own it/have owned it at some point. Although this product seems to be their main talking point, there are so many more from them that are of similar great quality. Three products that I think deserve some major recognition are their Hydrating Mist Toner, CoQ10 Booster Oil, and CoQ10 Eye Recovery Concentrate.

June Favorites



Surprisingly I've got only two makeup products this month as I've been really invested in skincare as of late!

I've raved about Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Look In A Palette on instagram nonstop since I got it, and I honestly have not set this baby down. I've mostly used the bronzer and highlighter as they really are just so complimentary on my skin tone, even more so than the original Filmstar Bronze and Glow (I did a comparison of them, you can see here). I have played a bit with the middle eyeshadow shade and it's really so lovely to use all over the lid and the inner corner of the eye. These shadows especially are so buttery and soft, I wish all of Charlotte's shadows were like this! I also apologize for being so late in my review of this palette, I meant to upload it ages ago but you'll be seeing it soon in another post I have planned.

Tom Ford's Revolve Around Me has been a big staple for me transitioning into summer as I 'play it safe' color wise. I really enjoy the color and also the lipstick itself! It's the perfect amount of nude and slight amount of peach/beige to where I don't look totally washed out (as I'm really so fair). Tom Ford has come out with amazing lipsticks for his summer collection and his nude colors from his regular line are some of my absolute favorites.

Burberry Full Kisses Lipstick


Burberry this past April-March (USA/UK dates) released a new lipstick line called Full Kisses, one that Wendy Rowe dubs a "firm favourite" in her kit, and has established itself as quite the rebel in comparison to Burberry's other lipstick products. "Rebel," really? Well, a bit over the top, sure... but I say that in the best way possible. If you've been a fan of Burberry makeup but have not enjoyed the sheerness of their lip products, then you'll fall in love with the creamy, opaque, and moisturizing Full Kisses lipstick line.

Full Kisses are a "full-coverage lipstick to shape and define lips with bold, long-lasting color," and are sold in fourteen beautiful shades ("two nudes, three pink tones, two coral shades, three plum tones, three rosewood shades, and one iconic red"). Described as a "revolutionary new lipstick" by Rowe, it claims to deliver a "full and vibrant color with a luminous finish" and last up to eight hours. It also supposedly works "to tighten and strengthen the lips, as well as repairing and smoothing" them.

The shape of the lipstick is especially important, as the flat tip bullet "enables you to easily shape the lips without needing to use a lip liner" and adds "dimension to the lips and creates an effortlessly full pout." The shape was also made to help those with easier application, as its claimed that you don't even need a mirror to help apply them.

Tom Ford Soleil Color Collection Summer 2016: Lipsticks


Let's all just take a deep breath. Okay, release. Alright... now, let's talk about Tom Ford's new lipsticks from his Soleil Color Collection for Summer 2016.

There are two new lip product formulas that he has come out with this summer: Ultra-Rich Lip Color and Moisturecore Lip Color. Both feature six vibrant colors that range from dark purples to bright corals. Ultra-Rich Lip Colors are $52US/C$63/£39 for .10oz and Moisturecore Lip Colors are $55US/C$63/£39 for .09oz. Ford describes these lip products as "innovative lip formulas in sheer-to-full coverage colors" that have "hydrating, nourishing benefits." Ford has brought back his classic summer white gold packaging, with the Ultra-Rich Lip Colors having similar design to the Lip Color Sheers with the thinner sides and horizontal top lipstick stamped with his initials. Tom Ford has repromoted Sweet Spot and Paradiso from last summer, as well.

Ultra-Rich Lip Colors are described as "full-coverage, high shine lip color that moisturizes lips." By using this lip product, "lines appear smoother, softer and suppler, while reducing lip flaking." It guarantees "luminous and vivid color" lasting up to six hours.

Moisturecore Lip Colors are "two innovative formulas in one lip product." Within the middle of every lipstick, there is a "liquid core infused with passion fruit oil" that provides moisture and hydration. Surrounding the pink passion fruit oil core is a luminous color made of "exotic blend of melon fruit extract, murumuru butter and plant-derived esters that help condition lips." Each color available in the line is "sprinkled with subtle golden pearl" and provides "lightweight color that lasts for hours."

I managed to pick up three Ultra-Rich Lip Colors and two Moisturecore Lip Colors from Sephora during their sale (perfect timing, really!), along with other products that I'll be reviewing in a different post soon.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Review: Sugarcane, Sake, Beetroot, Pepper, Gazpacho, Radish


Long time no see! I apologize for going off the grid for so long! I'm back with a review of Bite Beauty's newest products from their Amuse Bouche line!

Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche line is a collection of 34 lipsticks that range in color from pale pinks to deep dark purples. They are 0.15 oz and sell for $26/C$30. Per Sephora's website, Bite Beauty describes them as "a collection of high-impact lipsticks in dimensional shades that have been handcrafted to deliver extreme moisture, soft texture, and creamy wear." They are a "low-heat process" that preserves "a balanced blend of lip-quenching nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils that are essential for achieving healthy-looking lips" and "made with 12 edible oils and triple milled pigments" that provides "saturated lip color with weightless coverage and a citrus flavor made from fresh pressed fruit." They are made without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. They do no contain petrochemicals and are certified gluten-free.

If you've never heard of Bite Beauty, they are a cruelty-free makeup brand that operates out of Toronto, Canada, and prizes themselves on their lip products that are made with "natural and food-grade ingredients."
T-B: (left side) Gazpacho, Pepper, Radish; (right side) Sugarcane, Sake, Beetroot


The lip colors I have are Sugarcane ("pale pink"), Sake ("dusty mauve"), Beetroot* ("bold berry"), Pepper* ("dusty rose"), Gazpacho* ("blue red"), and Radish ("deep magenta"). I would describe them as a satin and opaque. I would advise prepping the lips well before wearing them.

The first thing that I absolutely love about these lipsticks is the citrus smell. It makes me want to book a holiday to Hawai'i and forget about being an adult (if only!). The second thing that I love is the color range. You have a large assortment of colors and tones that easily compliments many different skin tones. I find that is very hard for brands to do when it comes to lipsticks! The third thing that I love is that it really does live up to what Bite Beauty says and more:

  • Citrus flavor 
  • Weightless coverage 
  • Extreme moisture 
  • Soft texture 
  • Creamy wear 

From my own experience of wearing them:

  • Good lasting power (5 hours for me, darker colors a bit over 5 hours)
  • Vibrant colors
  • Easy to layer over each other for touch-ups (if needed)
  • Good packaging (top stays on very well and bullet is a good size)
  • Good pricing per amount of product you get
  • Negativity: Sugarcane was not the most hydrating. I also found that they did not perform very well after eating (but that's not a real big issue for me, personally). 

All in all, I think that these lipsticks are definitely worth a try! After being sent three of them, I went out and bought two because I loved them so much (the mini one was a point perk from Sephora!). I would recommend getting Pepper, Sake, and Beetroot! Do you own any lipsticks from Bite Beauty or specifically their Amuse Bouche line?


xoxo

*complimentary gift from Bite Beauty

Top 5 Berry Lip Liners


'Tis the season for berry lips. 

Fall is one of my favorite seasons out of the whole year. I only wish that Southern California could be up to pace with the rest of the USA when it comes to it! We've been lucky here the past few days to have clouds and rain, but we're soaring back up into the heat starting tomorrow (sigh). 

One of the reasons why I love Fall is that you can go about wearing a dark lip and not have a care in the world. You can do that any time of the year, of course (!), but Fall allows those who may not have the confidence to wear dark lips join in with the abundance of makeup lovers who are happily wearing them. Personally, I'll rock a dark lip any time of the year, that's just my own style! 


I thought that I'd introduce on the blog my five favorite berry lip liners! I don't have a huge assortment of them but here are some I've really loved throughout the years and ones that I've recently picked up.

  • Charlotte Tilbury lip cheat in Berry Naughty
  • NYX lip liner in Currant/Raisin
  • NYX lip liner in Plum
  • MAC lip pencil in Vino
  • MAC lip pencil in Currant

Now, they may sort of look the same but they are different, I promise!

Berry Naught is a true berry and has a very creamy formula. I recently picked this up as Charlotte has brought over more of her makeup line to the USA. This Lip Cheat especially is great paired with her Matte Revolution, Glastonberry, which is a gorgeous dark and vampy lipstick. I've found that Charlotte's Lip Cheats really don't last very long on the lips (tops would be 3-4 hours without drinking or eating), so keep that in mind if you're wanting to buy some and hoping that it lasts through a good 9-to-5 workday. They are very luxurious and I currently own five of them, so regardless of the lack of staying power I really love them.

NYX lip liners are a great drugstore alternative and I've found that the quality of their lip liners are really amazing. They are creamy yet strong enough to stay on the lips without bleeding or losing their pigmentation. Currant/Raisin is a true dark vampy color and Plum is more of a red-toned plum + berry color. These last an average amount of time (over the 5+ hour mark) and have a great range of colors. I like to pair Plum with some of my darker mauve lipsticks and also some of my darker lipstick colors.

MAC lip pencils are really at the top of the tier. Most of my lip pencils are from MAC and if you're willing to shell out the money I definitely would try any of their lip pencils. Vino and Currant are both great vampy and berry colors. Vino is more of a true dark berry and Currant is more of a red-toned berry color. Currant and NYX's Plum are very similar in color, but Currant is a tad bit deeper than Plum. They definitely are more on the dry side and if you have sensitive lips I would be careful using them. These last more than the average amount of time (8+ hours) and one time I went to sleep with Currant on and it was still holding strong! If you want longevity and great pigmentation, I would go with a MAC lip liner. Nightmoth is probably the most popular out of the dark lip pencils MAC has, I'd also look at getting that one as well (I've lost it somewhere so couldn't include it in this!). 


Berry Naughty, Currant/Raisin, Plum, Vino, Currant
Berry Naughty, Currant/Raisin, Plum, Vino, Currant
 These are my picks! What are your favorite berry lip liners for Fall? 

xoxo



Burberry Eye Colour 'Wet & Dry Silk' and 'Wet & Dry Glow' Eyeshadow Review: Nude, Midnight Brown, Pale Barley, Rosewood

L-R: Pale Barley, Midnight Brown, Nude, Rosewood
I'm going to be completely honest. I was never at all interested in any of Burberry's makeup before it launched at Sephora. I had read reviews here and there about numerous products but never took the plunge to try anything for myself. The interest simply wasn't there. I can't really give you a reason why, but I found myself not at all captivated by anything. I might have been too obsessed with Tom Ford to notice anything else (understandably), but it wasn't until I saw the beauty community freak out over it being sold at Sephora that I became infatuated with everything Burberry.

My first picks were the eyeshadows. I chose Nude, Midnight Brown, Pale Barley, and Rosewood. Nude is the only color that is part of the Wet & Dry Glow Shadows, the rest are part of the Wet & Dry Silk Shadows. Nude is a medium metallic silvery-ish gold, Midnight Brown is a medium-to-dark iridescent brown plum, Pale Barley is a medium warm golden taupe, and Rosewood is a light taupe with a purple undertone.



Top: Rosewood, Bottom L-R: Nude, Midnight Brown (this is coming off a bit too warm in photo), Pale Barley
The consistency of all the eyeshadows are quite on par with each other. They come off sheer but the colors can be built up with extra layering and especially using them wet. The longevity of the shadows are adequate, most of them (except for Pale Barley) lasted a good workday without creasing or losing their pigment significantly (for context I have oily eyelids and hooded eyes). Out of all of them, Midnight Brown and Nude lasted the longest on me. I really love how creamy and blendable they are, they honestly are some of the softest eyeshadows I've ever used. Compared to the Burberry quads, I've found these shadows to be much better in quality.

Wet & Dry Silk Shadows hold 2.7g/0.09oz and Wet & Dry Glow Shadows hold 1.8g/0.06oz. They are both sold at the retail price of $29.00. It's actually a good price in relation to Burberry as a brand and also the amount of product. For some perspective, NARS' Dual-Intensity Eyeshadows only hold 0.05oz and are sold at the same price. You can buy any of these shadows in the USA at Nordstrom, Sephora, Burberry's Official Webstore, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Net-a-Porter.

Have you bought any of Burberry's Wet & Dry Silk Shadows or Wet & Dry Glow Shadows? 
I'd love to hear your opinion on what you think of them or if you'd like to buy any!

xoxo 

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