Ready To Wear Makeup Review

Ready To Wear Makeup Ready to Wear Mascara and Eyeliner

I have been using two products from a brand called Ready To Wear Beauty which as of this January is being sold on Ideal World TV. Its an American makeup brand which I had never heard of before. They seem to have quite a selection of natural wearable makeup and I was kindly sent a Mascara and Eyeliner to try out.

Ready To Wear Beauty Precision Eyeliner in black*

This eyeliner has a very fine nib, as the name suggests its really good for achieving that thin & close to the lashes precision liner. I like to wear eyeliner most days but don’t always want a dramatic thick liner look so I tend to use a liner that has a precise nib. I found with this liner that the nib wasn’t quite long enough for me, I prefer a little more length so I can lay it flat along the lash line & almost print on first where I want to draw the line & that was hard to do with a short nib.

I did like how precise the nib was & that it didn’t blunt or go soft. The liner glided on & didn’t drag but I did find the product sunk into the wrinkles / creases on my eyelid (so it didn’t sit very well). If you go back over with the liner a few times it helps but if this is meant to be a ‘Ready To Wear’ eyeliner I would have liked it to apply a little better first time round.

Also I wouldn’t say this eyeliner was an intense black, if like me you like your liner to be jet black this isn’t for you. It does last all day without transferring or smudging so thats a plus. I just wasn’t won over by the liner, it has a few great things about it but it just didn’t sit very well on my eyelids & the colour wasn’t black enough for me.

Ready To Wear Beauty

Ready To Wear Mascara*

This is perfect for achieving natural fluttery eyelashes. This isn’t a mascara that will make your lashes look fake or give them length but it does coat each individual lash and gives the illusion you have thicker lashes. Its quite a wet formula and it doesn’t clump or flake throughout the day and you don’t get crispy lashes. It was also good at holding a curl which I really liked.

The wand was quite big & picked up every lash, it was easy to work right down to the bed of the lashes. I have really enjoyed using this & its been in my makeup bag for a few weeks now. So if you’re looking for a black mascara that looks quite natural & which you can wear on a daily basis this is a winner.

No eye makeup

With no eye makeup other than a touch of cream eyeshadow & in the after photos below I have the eyeliner & mascara on. I need to get better at perfecting my cat eye flicks.

With eyeliner & mascaraReady to wear eye makeup

So I loved the Ready To Wear Beauty mascara but I would say to give the eyeliner a miss unless you have youthful eyelids with no creasing or wrinkles. Let me know if you’ve heard of this brand or have tried anything from them. I would love to hear your recommendations.

I have my eye on their lipstick trio and think the colours look subtle & pretty. Right up my street.

Ready To Wear Beauty is available to purchase online from idealworld.tv

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

Best Lipsticks Shades For Winter

Favourite WInter Lipstick Colours

Top WInter Lipsticks

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Mrs Mia Wallace*

This beautiful bright ruby red lipstick was part of Urban Decay’s Pulp Fiction Collection. The colour is so intense & I love it. I’m not one to normally wear such bold colours but this is so pretty I love wearing it. The formula is creamy and feels smooth and nice on the lips, this colour does bleed a little but nothing a lip pencil can’t help with. The packaging is as luxurious as the product, it comes in a sleek black bullet with UD embossed on the lid & inside you get a pop of purple.

If you have tried any of the Revolution Lippies let me know what colours you’d recommend as I’d love to try a few more.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Galaxy

This gloss is a deep plum colour and it looks extremely pigmented and glossy on the lips. It’s really pretty for nights out and I find it easy to apply with the doe foot applicator, but be careful you don’y apply to much. I tend to wipe most of the excess product off the applicator before applying it to my lips. Do note that a little goes a really long way with these. This tube has lasted a year so far & I still have so much product left.

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in Hot 401*

This is a very pretty deep berry shade, it is so long wearing and applies very smoothly on the lips. It is marketed as a CC Lipstick as it has the moisturising qualities of a lip balm and the pigmentation of a lipstick and I find that this formula looks quite glossy on the lips. I like the formula a lot & like how hydrating it is without compromising on pigmentation Can I just say how luxurious the packaging is too, it has a magnetic close and I love the deep red bullet.

Winter Lipstick Swatches

Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick in Sugar Plum

This is my favourite affordable lipstick, its a bold pink colour and looks fresh and pigmented on the lips. It brightens up my look & feels nice on the lips. I wouldn’t say this formula was long wearing but I don’t mind reapplying this throughout the day. Its a pretty colour so I will forgive its not so good staying power.

DHC Premium Lipstick in Rich Raspberry

I wore this a lot in the Summer but I think its the perfect shade for Winter too. I love berry’s all year really. If you like your lipstick to be hydrating, easy to apply and fresh looking then you will love this one. I find that it lasts a nice amount of time on me, a good couple of hours. If you are eating and drinking they will wear off as they’re a satin finish and quite buttery on the lips but topping them up is so easy too! The packaging of this lipstick is beautiful, the casing is a stunning mix of gold and silver with etched flower detailing. They look very pretty and feel luxurious.

Lord & Berry Twistick in Shut Up*

I love lip crayons and this one is my absolute favourite. They’re a 3 in 1 lip product with the moisturising benefit of a lip balm, the colour of a lipstick and a gloss finish. Perfect! Shut Up is a berry pink and it’s pigmented and very easy to apply. I always have this in my handbag as its so easy to apply on the go & I think the colour is flattering day or night. You can build up the pigmentation to look quite bold or just sweep across your lips for a wash of colour.

Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose

Such an old faithful of mine. I have been through a couple of these. Its a lip balm with great pigmentation. I like that it doesn’t fell sticky or greasy on the lips. It adds a beautiful pinch of colour and I find that although it is a lip balm in texture the colour is quite long-lasting. Wild Rose is a pretty red berry colour and perfect for daytime. I want to try a few more of these as I just love this one and think they’re great value for money. I featured the Korres Lip Butter in my Winter Makeup edit if you’d like to read it

I have to say I have been enjoying quite a few Korres products lately & its a brand I want to try more from so if you have recommendations let me know.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

Favourite Makeup of 2014

Favourite Makeup of 2014

I have been really strict with my 2014 makeup favourites & only included the cream of the crop in this post. So without further ado these are my favourite makeup products from 2014.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Roundest Raspberry* – this is an intense raspberry shade which for a lip crayon has great staying power. Its quite glossy but not slippery on the lips and looks beautiful and bright. Its a shade I wear all year round and love how easy it is to apply this on the go. I need to try a few more Chubby Sticks this year.

Rimmel Apocalips in Galaxy - which again is a deep berry shade. I have 3 of these but this colour is by far my favourite, it glides on the lips and is vibrant and feels nice and hydrating. The other colours I have are a little patchy but this gives a nice even colour. You do need to wipe off the excess product before you apply this as a little goes a long way and can get quite messy.

Clarins Instant Light Complexion Base - I like to wear this either under my foundation to perk my skin up or I mix it in with my foundation for an extra reflective boost. This gives me a healthy glow without being shimmery, it evens out my skin tone and hides imperfections. I have the shade Champagne 02 & its also good at dulling the redness in my skin. I find it to be lightweight & doesn’t feel greasy on the skin at all, it just gives you a lovely fresh healthy finish. It makes a really nice base to apply your foundation & just keeps your complexion looking fresh & bright.

Barbara Daly Long Wear Eyeshadows in Shell –  This is a light pink cream shadow with a gorgeous champagne tone which is pretty worn all over the lid or as an inner corner highlight. This colour really adds brightness to the eye & opens it up. This long wear shadow stick is incredible quality and the packaging is sleek and looks a lot more expensive than £3. They do start to crease a little on me after about 5 hours of wear but I do have quite crinkly eyelids & I just blend it out with my finger & that does the trick.

2014 Makeup Favourites

L’Oreal True Match Foundation in the shade Vanilla – this is the first ever L’Oreal Foundation I’ve tried, this is a light to medium coverage, you can still see all my (hundreds) of freckles which I like. It looks natural and wears really well. It doesn’t oxidise on me and my oily skin seems to only start looking shiny after about 6 hours wear & then I lightly dust some powder on and its good for a few more hours.

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray – This is a dual action eye primer so not only will it keep your eyeshadow in place but you can use it under the eye to keep your concealer put all day long and it works a treat! It gives my eyelids an even colour & is the perfect base on which to apply eyeshadow. Its love & I am going to use some vouchers I got for Christmas to get the full size.

Soap & Glory Solar Powder – This has been my daily bronzer since I bought it back in May. In the pan it doesn’t look like much but once on the skin its just beautiful. The lighter shade has a little sheen to it whilst the slightly darker brown is matte. I tend to mix the two shades together to give a subtle sun kissed effect. I sweep it over the top of my forehead & down on to my cheeks. This isn’t going to give you a deep colour its more for paler skin tones. It just adds such a natural warm glow to the skin and makes me look healthy. The only downside to this is the cardboard packaging it looks tatty after a while and it’s not very travel friendly.

Miss Sporty Cat’s Eyes Palette – Mineral Earth. This has been a handy quad for my many trips up to Scotland. You get four good quality shadows and they’re ideal for achieving neutral smoky eye, or most of the four colours can worn alone all over the lid which Is how I wear them mostly. All 4 colours have a slight frosting to them, nothing sparkly or overly shimmery but they do have a pretty light reflecting quality to them. Its a bargain of a quad & I use it all the time. Like I said its handy and small for travel, its not the most robust packaging but its still going strong after a lot of use.

Sharon Osbourne Duchess Eyeshadow Quad – All four shades are pigmented and very blendable, I think they work well together & unlike a lot of palettes / quads there really isn’t one dud shade, they’re all beautiful. Three of the four have a pretty shimmer frosted finish, I wouldn’t  say they’re overly frosted or shimmery but just enough to add some iridescence, glow and brightness to your look. This is the only Mac purchase I’ve made for the longest time as I tend not to shop there but I couldn’t be happier with this quad & I have used it so much.

2014 Makeup Favourites

L’Oreal Super Liner Carbon Gloss – This eyeliner lasts so well on me and the colour is such a deep black. I like to use this eyeliner for making a really thin line and the nib is precise and easy to use. It doesn’t transfer at all and once it dries it won’t smudge. It also doesn’t dry out in the tube, I find a lot of liquid liners do & its so annoying. These last me at least 3 months and thats using it daily.

Seventeen Stay Time 18 Hour Concealer – This is great for both under eye area & blemishes. I do powder over the top to ensure it stays put all day. Its a great affordable concealer and I’m thrilled with it. Although not too sure about the 18 hour claims, nothing a quick touch up won’t solve. I like to apply this with my finger and find that gives me the best even coverage.

Origins GinZing Brightening MascaraThis mascara is great at separating your lashes & it keeps a curl like no other! I like my lashes to look fluttery and this works well at achieving that. You can build it up on your lashes so they look thick without being crispy. I also like the chunky packaging & I’ve grown to love the big oversized wand. Its a very good all round mascara & I think its quite an unsung hero.

Let me know if you love any of the products I’ve included or if you have any other recomendations.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

 

Anna Sui Eye Colour Palette

Anna Sui Palette

Anna Sui Eye Colour Palette

This Anna Sui Eye Colour Palette* is so pretty and girly and I’ve been enjoying using it over the past couple of months. It has 10 good sized eyeshadows with mixture of satin, shimmering and glittering eyeshadows, you even get a couple of matte colours too.

I have been wearing the copper & purple colours most. These are highly pigmented and very long wearing. The lighter colours are a little chalky and not as pigmented but it you wear a primer & build them up they will work. There is a nice selection of coppers, greens and purples so beautiful Autumn / Winter shades.

The majority of them blend really nicely but there are a couple that are more stubborn like the last dark grey shade. I do like shadows that have a metallic finish and thats what the majority of these colours have and they look so pretty on the lid.

Anna Sui Eyeshadow Swatches

Anna Sui Eyeshadow Swatches

The black and gold cardboard packaging is pretty and lightweight, although I would say its lacking a mirror. I wouldn’t say I would pay £28 but I think at 50% off £14 is a great price. I love palettes & especially neutral ones, and this palette is a little different as it adds a little more colour than I would normally wear but I really like the Autumnal tones and pretty satin & metallic finishes. Thats right up my street.

Anna Sui are more well known for their perfume but their makeup line is now available online at Escentual.com and right now this palette is 50% off so if you like the look of it be quick!

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.