BECCA Ultimate Matte Lip Colour Reviewed: Amelia, Aurora, Adele

BECCA Ultimate Matte Lip Colour Reviewed: Amelia, Aurora, Adele

Oh my goodness I am so smitten.

Amelia, Aurora, and Adele Ultimate Matte Lip Colours by BECCA Cosmetics have really surpassed my expectations. These are up there with my favourite ¬†matte finishes (comparable to Illamasqua matte lipsticks and Burberry mattes) – and the colours are gorgeous. I’m especially fond of Adele, which is a breathtaking vivid fuschia shade with comfortable wear and amazing lasting power. Watch this space for a giveaway for these (very very soon).


Amelia: A lovely warm guava pink matte. It’s not completely opaque with one layer, allowing some of your natural lip colour to peek through- which I think works really well with the delicate feel of this colour. You can build up the colour to almost opaque with a few layers- the colour deepens to a medium rose when layered.

Aurora: coral toned red. I find that it’s a lot closer to true red on my lips than coral/orange compared with how it looks on other reviewers. I think this is probably because my natural lip colour is quite pigmented and cool toned, which shows through a little bit.

Adele: A stunning deep fuschia with full pigmentation- a bit of a surprise given that it looks like a brown toned merlot shade on the bullet. It’s a very saturated intense colour, which is quite bold but very wearable at the same time.


BECCA Ultimate Matte Lip Colour Reviewed: Amelia, Aurora, Adele

(lip swatches) top right- Amelia, top left- Aurora, bottom left- Adele

arm swatches (left to right)- Amelia, Adele, Aurora

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Posted by on Mar 6th, 2014 in BECCA, Lipstick | 1 comment


Illamasqua I’mperfect Collection: Immodest Lipstick, Katie & Ambition Blush Duo

Illamasqua I'mperfect Collection: Immodest Lipstick, Katie & Ambition Blush Duo


Hi everyone!

We’re back to makeup talk ūüôā ¬†Here’s a couple of exciting new releases from the new Perfectly I’mperfect collection by Illamasqua.

Illamasqua says…

The world isn’t perfect. But who wants to be perfect anyway?¬†I’mperfection is an open invitation to stand up and show the world¬†what makes you perfectly, imperfect. We want you to highlight the¬†features other brands encourage you to cover up and¬†celebrate your imperfections like badges of honour.¬†So show off your freckles. Make beauty spots more beautiful.¬†Shine a light on your birthmarks. And be proud of your scars.¬†Because life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about¬†celebrating who you really are.

“Within the word imperfection you’ll find I’m perfection; sometimes the soul of the word is staring you in the face. It is our so called flaws that make us unique. The beauty is in our differences, our imperfection is our beauty.” ¬†Alex Box- Creative Director.


Illamasqua Katie & Ambition Blush Duo


Katie & Ambition Blush Duo:

I love the idea of a blush duo- I find that I almost never finish an entire blush on it’s own, and it would be a terrific space saver for travelling. The thing to watch out for with these duos is that you need a smaller brush to pick up the product than you would for a single blush.

Ambition is a  plummy pink with very subtle gold shimmer -> sex in powder form.  This is my favourite out of the two colours and quickly becoming my go-to blush for absolutely every type of look. It gives you such a amazing natural but complex flush (try it with nude lips- it is unbelievable), and can be layered to create a statement cheek.

Katie is a very pale matte bubblegum pink. It is paler than my skin tone, and although the pigmentation of the product itself is good- it doesn’t show up on my cheeks. This would suit super pale skin tones (I’m looking at you Michaela¬†¬†) better than mine.


* here is a pic of me wearing Illamasqua Ambition blush on the apples of my cheeks. I’ve used MAC Bronzer to contour here as well underneath my cheekbones, a full FOTD with Ambition, Immodest, and a speckle eye will be posted shortly*


Illamasqua Ambition Blush FOTD



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Posted by on Mar 28th, 2013 in Blush, Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 265comments


NARS Pure Matte Lipstick Moscow: Review, Swatch, FOTD



NARS Pure Matte in Moscow is one of my favourite lipstick purchases of the past 12 months. It’s a beautiful autumnal terracotta red- a colour that I had been trying to hunt down for some time now (I even went so far as to create my own custom colour by mixing OCC Lip Tars¬†). Found this whilst browsing in Mecca last year and have been using it to death ever since.

Moscow has an almost dreamy, soft focus quality to it- a very easy to wear red that would be killer with a summer dress or jeans.




As I mentioned previously in my Burberry Lip Velvets review¬†, the new generation matte lipstick formulas have come a long way from the (MAC) ‘Ruby Woo’ days when they used to dry my lips out like a prune. The Burberry Lip Velvets, Chanel Rouge Allure Velvets¬†, and NARS Pure Matte (with the exception of Bangkok) are examples of beautifullly formulated matte lipsticks- non drying, light weight, and no chalkiness.

Moscow is one of these great new mattes- it applies smoothly with no tugging on the lips and does not dry my lips out. It is a medium opacity terracotta red, which is buildable to full opacity in two layers. Wear time is a good 5 hours on me (about average for a matte lipstick on my lips).


NARS Pure Matte Moscow Swatch

Swatches (full details in this haul post): NARS Pure Matte Moscow is the third from the left






FOTD makeup breakdown:


– Two faced shadow insurance to prime

– Maybelline Color Tattoo ‘Bad To The Bronze’all over mobile lid to crease

– MAC Mystery eyeshadow in outer V and smudged under bottom lashline

– Physicians formula shimmer strips eyeliner (black) to line upper and lower lashline


– MAC Blushbaby


– NARS Pure Matte Lipstick Moscow

Posted by on Mar 20th, 2013 in FOTD, Lipstick, NARS, Reviews, Swatches | 0 comments.


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