Sunday, 28 February 2016

Review: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eye Liner

I've spoken before about my hunt for the perfect liquid eyeliner, & I don't think anything illustrates that hunt better than the three almost identical black liners I discovered in my drawer whilst taking photos for this post. Unfortunately, I don't think my search is over.

I picked up Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (£14.50) after seeing it listed as many people's holy grail liner & was hoping it would be a dupe for my favourite, but difficult to get hold of, Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper.

My first impression was certainly positive. The liner pen is sleek & lightweight, making it easy to control, & the nib has the right balance of firmness but flexibility. However, once I started to use it there were some clear issues with the formula which were impossible to ignore.

L-R: Stila, Kat Von D, Soap & Glory, Illamasqua

As you can see in the comparison swatches, the Stila liner really lacks the pigmentation of the other products - even Soap & Glory's Supercat Liner which is a steal at only £6 - & this is particularly noticeable on the lid where the coverage is patchy & difficult to build.

The second issue is just how liquid the formula is. It felt very watery when applied & as you can see in both images there was some significant feathering, making it impossible to get a crisp line. This also had an impact on the wear time, with the liner beginning to fade & crumble after only a couple of hours.

Honestly, I'm a little baffled by how negative my experience with Stila's liner has been given the overwhelmingly positive reviews I read before purchasing, so if you've personally tried it please do leave me a comment below letting me know your thoughts. 

Have you ever tried a raved about product that just didn't work out?

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Review: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer in Taupe

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer

I've been a fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills' brow products ever since I purchased my first pot of Dip Brow over a year ago (which I'm still nowhere near finishing). Since then I've also tried the Brow Wiz pencil, which I also love, & I switch between the two depending on how much time I have to do my makeup in the morning. So when I came to the end of my current Brow Wiz pencil just after the launch of the new Brow Definer (£16) I had to give it a try.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer

As you can see, the packaging is very similar to that of the Brow Wiz pencil. The only difference is that it's slightly chunkier, but I actually quite like that as it makes it feel sturdier & is easier to hold. Like the Brow Wiz, the Brow Definer has a spoolie on one end (making it great for travelling with) & a twist up pencil on the other end.

The big difference between the Brow Wiz & Brow Definer is the shape of the pencil. The Brow Wiz pencil is small with a rounded tip, making it perfect for precise application but not so great for filling in large areas. You also didn't get a huge amount of product, meaning that if you used it to fill your brows every day you ran out pretty quickly. In contrast, the Brow Definer pencil is significantly larger, with an angled, triangular tip. This means that you can quickly fill large areas using the flat side of the pencil, while still having precision application from the point of the triangle, something I've demonstrated in my swatch below.

I wear the shade Taupe in both the Brow Wiz and the Brow Definer - I love the fact that it's a cool-toned ashy blonde shade, something which is surprisingly hard to find, particularly in high street products.

The texture of the Brow Definer is fairly similar to that of the Brow Wiz, although it is a bit stiffer meaning it requires more pressure to really lay down the colour. This is actually a change I appreciate as it gives you more control over the application, something which is particularly important when you're using the wider side of the pencil.

Overall, although the Brow Definer is slightly more expensive than the Brow Wiz (£16 vs. £15.50) it's definitely worth it in my eyes. Not only do you get around double the amount of product, but you also get a much more refined product. It may take a couple of tries to get used to the unusual shape, but once you've perfected your technique it's so much quicker & easier to use any other brow pencil I've tried.

Have you tried the Brow Definer yet? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

OOTD: Casual Denim with ASOS Curve

ASOS Curve Denim Jacket with Borg Collar
I feel like one of the most insidious ways plus size style blogging has been shaped by fatphobia is our collective fear of posting more relaxed looks. & it's not an unfounded fear - god knows, the beauty standards fat women are held to are a huge weight to carry, even for those of us who reject them wholeheartedly - so it shouldn't really come as a surprise that we feel a pressure to constantly be showing our most polished selves.

That's why, today, I wanted to share a genuinely casual outfit. This has basically been my go-to look for the past few weekends because it's practical, flexible & easy - plus it makes me feel great.

ASOS Curve Denim Jacket with Borg Collar
ASOS Curve Denim Jacket with Borg Collar

This outfit also features some of my favourite items from ASOS Curve at the moment. I haven't been loving their latest releases but they're still my go-to brand for classic pieces which I know I'll wear again & again.  

ASOS Curve Denim Jacket with Borg Collar

This ASOS Curve Denim Jacket with Borg Collar in particular is incredible & currently on sale for just £27.50. Seriously - rich blue denim, faux sheep skin collar, relaxed fit & fully-lined - why doesn't everyone already own this? 

I've spoken before about this oversize striped shirt but it's still a firm favourite & I'm already eyeing up this grey version. These black denim shorts are a few years old but they seem to come back year on year, & they're so comfortable (stretch denim, yes please) I'd definitely recommend picking a pair up.

Weekday Agate Ring
Philadelphia Eagles Beanie

In terms of accessories it's all about simplicity & comfort so I'm wearing my Weekday Agate Ring, Philadelphia Eagles beanie, & Warehouse black leather boots.

What are your go-to weekend looks? & do you ever share them online?
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