Creature of the Night

Manic Panic have recently launched their new collection namely the Creature of the Night which contains a few palettes and some individual products all based on gothic-vampire kind of genre.

Below is their Lip Locked palette in Drama Queen. Isn't the cardboard packaging so cool? A mixture of black and purple reminds me so much of Urban Decay. I love such funky packaging but the only problem with them is that of storage as they are a little bulky.

The palette comes with three glossy lip colours, two lip pencils, some cute brushes and some how-to-achieve guides. The glosses come in a black, a purple and a red. Although radical, they are quite wearable to be honest. This is because they are formulated in such a lovely manner that it applies almost like a glossy stain rather than a full on lip colour.

The purple and the red are gorgeous and I would actually wear them for a night out! The black is pretty too but I don't have the guts to wear it out...

hence to get more use out of these colours I actually tried them on my eyes and quite liked the results.  I managed to create a glossy smoky eye by using the black lip colour as a base and the purple one in the crease. Voila!

Of course it would have been a bonus if these would last long but as they are quite glossy so they wear off within a few hours unless you layer them over a good base.

They also do a cute eye shadow and liner duo (again, don't Urban Decay do one like this too?) and I have the one in black. It contains one greyish eye shadow and a gel liner.

I am not very fond of the eye shadow as it's not as pigmented as I would like it to be and its kinda greyish on application. However the gel liner is one of a kind! It is on the drier side, like the cake liners there used to be in the olden times?

It does not drag at all and is very pigmented. Because it's on the drier side, it helps achieve a gorgeous smoked out liner which other gel liners don't quite do because of their glossier finish. This does not set immediately and due to its slightly powdery finish allows me smoke it out as much as I want.

Love the vintage results it help me achieve :) This is suitable for the waterline too.

I have more edgy stuff from this brand to show you guys so keep your eyes peeled. 



Accessorize Frangrance Wardrobe

Did you know Accessorize launched their fragrances a while ago? If you think they only do accessories well then you are wrong. 

They have 3 sets of fragrance wardrobes, each containing a day fragrance, a complimentary night fragrance and a carry pouch. Of course, If you know your fragrances well you can mix and match them to create a unique fragrance of your choice. 

The packaging looks great in the first place, opening so cutely to reveal two fragrances packaged in clear glass bottles with gold and silver lids. They have kept the design pretty safe to appeal to both adults and teenagers I would say. The carry pouch is something I would not use to be honest but may be your little sister can eh?

The design team have done a great job at designing the boxes as they are the main attraction of this product in my opinion. Inspired by their jewellery there are a lot of hearts, birds, butterflies and flowers placed appropriately to avoid them from looking tacky. 

Boho - This is their fruity fragrance set from the lot with lots of sweet and subtle fruity scents. 

It contains Joy - a sophisticated day fragrance with a fresh and fruity blend of mandarin, watermelon apple and raspberry. 

and Spirit - an evening fragrance with a vibrant and refreshing hint of mandarin, grapefruit and raspberry.

This is a perfect blend of ingredients and I love the watermelon and raspberry that I can smell off these. It quite refreshing and light that it painfully reminds of the good old summer days. *sob sob*  This is something I would not think twice before wearing.

I would recommend this for those of you who like your sweet and subtle fragrances and don't want to turns heads with your fragrance choice. 

Forever - Don't you love the Ed Hardy inspired outer cover?

It comes with True -  a day fragrance with refreshing blends of lemon, ginger and bergamot.

and Love - an evening fragrance with blends of citrus, bergamot and spice.

Forever is the 'spicy' fragrance of the lot with strong  notes of bergamot and ginger. It's like aromatherapy in a box and would be perfect for self-pamper relaxation sessions.  It smells very much like organic products in the market which contain such scents for relaxation.

This would be perfect for someone slightly older in my opinion rather than a teenager. Someone who particularly likes such strong woody scents. It's not everyone's cup of tea I would say.

Paradise - This comes with Butterfly - an effortlessly chic day frangrance with fancy floral notes.

and Bliss - a smooth and sophisticated evening fragrance with blends of bergamot, mandarin, grapefruit and orange.

This is without doubt my favourite duo from the lot! Butterfly is a light floral fragrance with slightest of citrus notes and Bliss is what I am in love with - citrusy and slightly woody. It is pleasantly sweet without being overtly powerful or sickening. It dries off to a gorgeous warm citrusy smell which I adore!

Floral and Fruity fragrances together make a pretty good combination hence I love to layer these two together. 

Overall, I haven't seen such cute fragrance gift sets in the market and coming from Accessorize they are surely to be a hit this festive season. I don't think they are kiddish at all and I would surely be happy if I'd be gifted one of these. The only problem with these just like every other fragrance is that they don't last more than 3-4 hours on me and I have to keep reapplying.

Available from Superdrug, Boots, Accessorize.com and The Fragrance Shop at £15 each, get yourself or someone a treat this Christmas and I am sure they will love it. 

* They are currently on half price in Superdrug *


Glamtox Cleanser

I love Rodial's skincare in the first place. I have tried their Glamtox Night before and have been quite impressed. My mum is on her second bottle now and loves it for her dehydrated ageing skin.

Here we have another product from the range namely Glamtox Cleanser (£48).

I love their packaging firstly, so classy yet efficient. It is pretty lightweight too you can pop it in for travel and its always so convenient to have a good  face wash outside home.

This is a balm-type cleanser, so the cream is of a lovely thick consistency and foams up nicely. It smells pretty pleasant too. It removes every last trace of make-up, cleanses my skin thoroughly and keeps is soft and plump after use. Rodial products always leave skin feeling velvety and maybe its got to do with some common ingredient they use in their products.

It did not work really well when I massaged the cream between my hands before applying to my face. So the correct way to use this is to directly apply the balm to damp skin and then massage it in circular motions. I like to do this for about 1-2 minutes, so that way the product has time break down any left over make-up or dead skin cells and you also help the blood circulation on the areas of the face giving yourself a nice mini-facial.

You do however need a good dose of moisturiser after using this. What I like about this is that it does not irritate my combination-sensitive skin and works pretty well at keeping my skin blemish free and supple in the winter. I wear a whole face of make-up on a regular basis, so I prefer this to drug store alternatives which don't suit me really well to be honest. I either like high-end skincare (without trying to sound like a snob!) or organic/natural products for the skin.

This is my cleanser for the season. Do you change your skincare with season?