24 June 2016

Urban Decay in Wonderland

Urban Decay has disappeared down the rabbit hole and I don't think they could have produced anything more beautiful. Urban Decay is in Wonderland, with a beautiful, collectable palette that they do so well in, as well as seven lipsticks ranging from the wearable to the mad... in-keeping with the release, of course.

An initial glance into the palette* may be a little daunting, there's a lot of glitter (only three mattes) and some bright shades to content with. There is still an impressive range of neutrals, even if they do have shimmer or glitter to most. I've been wearing Lily almost daily since I got the palette - a beautiful champagne colour with a pinky pearlesence, it looks great on the lids with a slick of liner. I've braved the brights, dipping my toes into the blue of Metamorphosis, lined under the eyes brings a bit of colour to the daily.

The brights are more wearable than first glance would have you think and the shimmer shades are almost creamy so easily blended out for a sheerer look.

For the lip releases*, be prepared to be daring if you're investing. There are some vampy darks, Mirana which I'm reserving for winter. The nude shade isn't as stark as the bullet looks, plus there's a subtle pearlescent hue running through to add some more wearability to it. My favourite is Iracebeth, a bright red shade with some cool undertones to make it easily wearable for paler skin tones. The finish is comfortable on the lips and it lasts amazingly well.

I'm yet to be brave enough to try the blue Time, but in-keeping with Urban Decay's creative releases, this is definitely one for make-up die hards to add to their collection.

The palette has become a part of my blogging space purely because it's too pretty to stash away. Who else amongst you will be heading down the Urban Decay rabbit hole?


22 June 2016

The Glamour Summer Edit Beauty Box

Hands up who has become a bit bored with beauty boxes *raises hand*. I have been subbed to three at some point over the years, but once past the initial unboxing, the majority of products were stashed away and eventually used for need rather than excitement.

BUT (and it's a big but), the carefully curated 'edit' boxes that have popped up recently are an in to get me excited again. This, the Glamour Summer Edit, is a collab with Latest in Beauty - whom I have a particular fondness for from when I interned there a few years back - and ticks some serious cult beauty boxes and, more importantly, ticks some Phoebe excitement boxes.

There's a couple of products I've never heard about - intrigue excitement - and some cult favourites like the Oribe spray and the Revlon matte lips - FOMO excitement - all ready to be broken in. It's saying a lot that I've taken 70% on holiday with me, none are left in a drawer.

These are still to be tried for the most part, but I have got on board the Oribe spray hype (although that is a pricey product) and I will be investing in another of the Revlon matte lip colours, it's so comfortable for a matte product.

It's a £20 box (with a value of £104... Although never sure if that means full price or these sizes) and well worth it with some of the high-end brands that feature. You can get yours on Latest in Beauty, if you've got a summer holiday coming up then you'll be near set for your toiletries bag, who's in?

20 June 2016

College dropout

I present a very apt outfit post for you today. I'm on my way to the States today for a two week adventure; four days in Chicago and a week in Minneapolis (the former for exploring, the latter to be reunited with my bestie). Who's visited either? I'm surprised to hear that few people have visited Chicago yet it's meant to be amazing. I'm all ears for any and all recommendations so throw them away.

Jacket Fanclub Clothing // Tee ASOS (a favourite staple) //
Jeans ASOS // Boots Missguided (similar here)
Necklace SheIn 

The tip to the US in my outfit is via Fanclub Clothing - I've eyed this varsity jacket on Instagram for so long, so massive kudos to my boyfriend for surprising me with it for no apparent reason (and obviously a shout out for being the one behind the camera here). It fits like a glove, it's near tailored to my size which is unreal.

Under the jacket is my frequented uniform, all black everything and some dream boots from Missguided. These seemed to sell out near immediately after I bought them so I'm hoping a slightly similar version will appease anyone who's eyes turned to hearts when seeing these - alternatively you can dry and track down the Jeffrey Campbell versions which these are a dupe for, they're still on my wishlist so I'll keep you posted.

Have a great week everyone and expect to see a few US travel posts coming your way shortly. If you're not already following me on Instagram then head on over to keep up :) @phibster_

15 June 2016

New in: Kiss Blooming and Trio Lashes

Everyone has their favourite eyelash brands - if you're a frequent wearer of them then you'll easily have your go-to brands. I never hear that much about Kiss lashes but I always have such a great experience with them. I must have bought about three packs of their easy lashes a couple of years back. Granted I'm not in the thick of the lash market, but Kiss always seem to innovate with their releases - but never go gimmicky, just genuine useful 'inventions' to make the lash process that little bit more pleasant.

I've been trialling a couple of their newest releases, partnering them with the Duo latex-free lash glue. It's my preferred anyway as it has a brush applicator, but I'm also allergic to regular lash glue, so go figure. The Kiss lashes come with glue included and a particularly nifty 'glue pocket' in the trio lashes for easy dippin'.

The strip lashes, the Blooming Lash* in Daisy are particularly fluttery. They're really natural looking and so light on the lids. The strip is really fine as well which makes them subtle with a bit of liquid liner involved, even on bare lids if you nail the glue-down I think you're set. The selling point is the multi-layers on these, not just one level across the strip, adding to that natural look.

I am in love with the Trio Lashes*. I tried my best to work with individual lashes from Eylure but I could never get them to stay on my lids. These are a banded trio, so you can line up across your lid, or just add along the outer corner - it's essentially a join the dots for lash n00bs. I've been adding two sets to my outer corners for some really natural fluttery action. They are so easy to work with and as they're on a longer band it makes them so much easier to adhere to your lashes. One box comes with 30 sets, 6 'x-short' and 24 'short'; I've only tried the short, but the x-short would be great just to thicken your natural lashes.

The Trio Lashes are great for through the day and I've liked having that subtle extra flutter on the edges of my lashes with these. The ease of use is a massive bonus point which is why I've been using them more than I would any other natural lashes.

Have you tried any of the Kiss lashes? Happy fluttering!

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