Current Favourites

“January, month of empty pockets! Let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer’s forehead.” – Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

sake balm, pro sculpting duo, jo malone mimosa cardamom, limecrime poisonberry, mufe, bobbi brown larsson and jennings

First of all I’d like to wish all of you who read ReadBetweenTheEyeliner a very happy new year. I’ve been a bit absent in the past few weeks but I mean to start 2016 as I mean to go on.

I have been enjoying a lot of beauty (and non-beauty) items in the past few weeks and I thought I’d share my current faves:

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1. Jo Malone Mimosa & Cardamom Cologne (100ml, $125)

This is such a lovely all-rounder fragrance. Like a typical Jo Malone fragrance, it’s not super strong but it leaves a nice, soft freshness in its wake. It’s simultaneously floral and warm with a hint of spiciness. Describing perfumes is extremely difficult but every single time I wear this, I’m chased down by somebody to ask what I’m wearing. I can’t think of a better recommendation that that so check it out if you get the chance!

2. Boscia Sake Balm, $46

This is the perfect moisturiser for oily skin. The bouncy gel texture disappears almost immediately into the skin and it’s entirely responsible for how amazing my skin has been looking lately. The glycolic acid and sake in this moisturiser has my skin glowing and it can even be used alone as a primer. If you have normal- dry skin, I’d recommend adding an oil or another moisturiser to it for extra hydration but this is the perfect product to layer under foundation.

3. Limecrime “Poisonberry” lipstick, $18 (currently on sale for $5)

I know Limecrime is (deservedly) controversial in the blogging streets but I’d forgotten how much I loved this lipstick. The dark purple is a showstopper and the best part is that it has wonderful staying power. I never have to touch up when I wear this and it’s so flattering on all skin tones. I’m hesitant to buy anything from Limecrime’s website since my personal information was compromised with my last order, but all their lipsticks are currently on sale for a whopping $5. These usually go for $18 so the choice (and risk) is entirely yours….

4. Bobbi Brown Corrector in “Very Deep Bisque”, $25 

The Bobbi Brown correctors live up to everything you’ve heard and more. I have more correctors than you can shake a stick at but I’ve come back to this again and again. It’s the perfect consistency, doesn’t crease, and manages to look natural while making my dark circles disappear. They come in an impressive 12 shades so there’s something for everybody.

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5. Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation, $43

I wasn’t blown away by the re-tooling of the liquid HD foundation as I didn’t see much wrong with the old formula but I’m a big fan of the stick version. It covers wonderfully without looking heavy and it gives a nice radiant finish, which is ideal for the Winter. it unfortunately doesn’t come in as many shades as the liquid but there is still plenty to choose from.

6. Make Up For Ever Small Highlighter Brush #140, $34 & Pro Sculpting Duo #2, $39

This MUFE brush was a completely unnecessary purchase since I definitely did not need a new highlighter brush but I’ve been loving it for more precise highlighting duties. It’s super soft and blends products out really well. I’ve been enjoying using it with my neglected Pro Sculpting Duo. The bronzer side of the duo has absolutely no use for me as it’s almost the exact same shade as my skin but the highlighter side is gorgeous! It reminds me of a slightly more golden version of Anastasia’s “So Hollywood” highlighter. It’s not a must-have if you’re darker-skinned as you won’t be able to use the bronzer side but the bronzer is a nice shade for you fairer toned ladies.

7. Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick in #10 “Espresso”, $46

Yes it’s another foundation stick but this one I’ve been using to contour. I was unsure of it at first as it leans much redder than I usually like my contour shades, but this shade gives me a lovely warmth for my skin. It blends so easily and stays on all day to boot. Yes, it’s pricy but a little goes a looooong way for my purposes.

8. Larsson & Jennings CM Rose Gold Watch, $380

I’ve been fiending for this watch for a while but the price was always a hindrance since I most definitely do not need a new watch. However, the rose gold version of this Larsson & Jennings watch just kept calling out to me and when they did a (rare) sale on Black Friday, I decided to snap it up. I love a good minimalistic watch and the 40mm size also ticked my big watch box. This watch is beautiful and well-made in person and it attracts a lot of compliments despite its minimalism. It comes in different colours and sizes to suit most preferences so I highly recommend you checking it out.

9.Jessica Jones & Making a Murderer (Netflix)

I loved Daredevil when it was release on Netflix earlier last year so I was chomping at the the bit for Jessica Jones. It took a few episodes to get into it as the pacing is a bit slow at the beginning but I thoroughly enjoyed the newest instalment in the Marvel universe. It was darker than I expected but a great cast (hello to my hubby Mike Colter) with a fantastic villain made this worthwhile. Highly recommended.

I’m still in the middle of Making A Murderer but whoah is it gripping stuff. I’ve had to take a break because the injustices were making my blood boil but it is truly gripping viewing. Run, don’t walk!

10. Ty Dolla $ign- “Miracle/ Wherever” 

I’d never really paid Ty Dolla $ign much attention before and I often got him mixed up with the countless other singer/ rapper hybrids in the music  streets but that all changed with the release of his latest album Free TC. Ty’s raspy singing voice is a delight and this surprisingly soulful album has a little something for everybody. My favourite song often changes but “Miracle/ Wherever”, a duet with his incarcerated brother TC is the one I come back to again and again. Have a listen:

So there you have it. It was hard narrowing it down to just 10 but this is everything I’m loving right now. Anything catch your eye? Let me know what you’ve been enjoying in the comments below!

Nana Adomah

(I’m extremely active on Snapchat (nanaadomah)- these days so be sure to follow me for instant reviews and unboxings!)

 

 

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Collective Haul ft. NARS, Make Up For Ever, MAC, Kat Von D, Cover FX, Smashbox and more!

“You’re either in it for the long haul or you’re not” – Crystal Gayle

I filmed a haul video over on YouTube and wanted to share. Look out for reviews on a lot of these products soon!

Nana Adomah

Best Makeup of 2014

IMG_19412014 was a great year for beauty. I discovered new brands, I fell in love with old ones and I become more discerning about the products I purchased. I tried to avoid unnecessary hype where I could and I also learned to “shop my stash”. I’ve been trying to compile this best of 2014 list for a few weeks now and I’ve been struggling to cut the list down to a manageable length. I love sharing beauty discoveries and I also love to read recommendations from other people so I’ve decided to split my list into makeup and skincare.

Without further ado, here are my favourite makeup products of 2014:

Foundation: I tried a LOT of foundations this year and I have to say that my number one pick has to be the BECCA ultimate coverage complexion creme. This one-pump-wonder has the most amazing pigmentation and coverage, stays put the whole day, and still looks like skin. I will definitely be doing a dedicated review very soon.

Honourable mentions: Cover FX natural finish oil-free foundation, Dior Star foundation, Lancôme nude miracle, Make Up For Ever HD foundation.

Concealer: This was my easiest pick out of my list and the honour goes to the NARS radiant creamy concealer. I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this. It covers blemishes beautifully without looking cakey and it has great staying power. My only gripe is the price but this is definitely one product that lives up to the hype.

Honourable mentions: Amazing Concealer, MAC studio finish concealer, Smashbox BB for eyes

Eyebrows: I flirted with MANY brow products in 2014 but the one that rose to the top is the Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow. The tiniest amount of this gel fills in brows perfectly and it really doesn’t budge once it’s dry. Anastasia Beverly Hills’ dipbrow pomade got all the hype but this old faithful is a better product imho. It does everything dipbrow does but better. Anastasia’s brow wiz was another product I loved but I couldn’t give it the top spot because there’s far too little product in the pencil for the price.

Honourable mentions: Hourglass arch brow sculpting pencil, Anastasia Beverley Hills Brow Wiz, Tarte Amazonian Clay waterproof brow mousse

Eyeliner: For pencil eyeliners, my heart unequivocally belongs to the Marc Jacobs highliner gel eye crayon in “blacquer”. I’m a contact lens wearer so I don’t muck about when I’m looking for an eyeliner. This liner is deliciously creamy, intensely black and Does. Not. Budge. once it dries. I used to carry my eyeliner in my makeup bag so I could touch up during the day but that is now thankfully a thing of the past.

For gel/ liquid liners, I have to give the nod to Benefit’s They’re Real push up liner. I HATED this with a passion when I first got it but something told me to give it another chance I couldn’t be more pleased. Once I learned how to use it properly, it made doing a winged liner so easy and it truly does not budge until you want it to.

Honourable mentions: NARS larger than life long wear eyeliner in “via veneto”, Stila stay all day waterproof liquid eyeliner, MUFE Aqua black, Kat Von D ink liner,

Blush: I stuck with my beloved NARS and Sleek blushes this year and my most used shades were NARS’ “Liberté”, “Torrid”, and “Dolce Vita”, and Sleek’s “sunrise” and “coral”. BECCA’s blush in “songbird” muscled its way in towards the end of the year and it’s definitely a shade I believe everybody should own.

Honourable mentions: Kat Von D ” heartagram”, Make Up For Ever HD blush #515- tangerine

Mascara: I went mascara crazy this year. I began to appreciate why higher-end mascaras cost so much after I flirted with Dior, Lancome, YSL, and Givenchy. MUFE’s smoky lash and old favourites like Benefit’s They’re Real did not disappoint. This category is very hard but I have to give the edge to the Givenchy Noir Couture 4 in 1 mascara over the Lancome Grandiose. It gave me length, it gave me volume, it gave me durability, and it gave me conditioned lashes. If only it was a little easier on the pocket….

Honourable mentions: YSL Babydoll, Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies, Dior New Look, Lancome Grandiose, Givenchy Noir Couture Volume

Eyeshadow: This was surprisingly easy for me as the eyeshadow I used the most was the old-stye Make Up For Ever eyeshadow in #162. I used it as a crease colour, as a transition colour, and as the star of my favourite brown smoky eye look.

Honourable mentions: ColourPop super shock eyeshadows in “cricket” and “so quiche”, MAC “woodwinked”, NARS “Persia”, NARS dual intensity shadow “callisto, UD “mugshot” and “blackout”

Lipstick: It’s extremely difficult to pick just one lipstick but I loved the hell out of my Urban Decay Revolution lipstick in “shame” (check out my review here) and my Hourglass opaque rouge liquid lipstick in “Icon”.

Honourable mentions: Bite “vento” lipstick, MAC “flat out fabulous”, NARS “damage” and “Dragon Girl” lipsticks.

Lipgloss: This has to be another tied category with the winners being the Dior Addict Fluid Stick in #575 “Wonderland” and the NARS “Priscilla” lipgloss. They both had great pigment and stayed really well on my lips without any stickiness (my pet peeve).

Honourable mention: They arrived too late to fully make it to the top but the Smashbox lip lacquers are fantastic. YSL gloss volupte #49, Buxom full-bodied lipgloss in “Dolly”.

So there you have it. This list was surprisingly difficult to put together but I have to say that I’m really loving my collection at the moment. I’m hoping to buy (FAR) less this year but I’m excited to see some truly innovative makeup. Let me know if you’d like an in-depth review of any of these products and keep an eye out for part 2 featuring my favourite skincare!

Nana Adomah

Collective Haul: Lime Crime, NARS, Marc Jacobs, MUFE, Carol’s Daughter and more!

I’ve been shopping way more than I should have been so I thought I’d make the best of it and film my first haul video.

It’s quite a long one so grab yourself a cuppa and enjoy!

Made any sneaky buys lately? Let me know in the comments below.

Nana Adomah

Dress Your Face: Anastasia Tamanna Palette Review

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Products used listed at end of post

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna palette

I went back and forth about whether or not to get this palette as I need another palette like a hole in the head. Of course it quickly sold out in store and I was hit with an acute case of FOMO (fear of missing out). Like the sheep I am, I snatched it up without a second thought when I saw it back in stock online.

Don’t be fooled by the blue. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face palette is essentially a neutral palette. This is the 3rd palette released this year in collaboration with Instagram/ YouTube personalities and this is by far my favourite. This collaboration with Tamanna Roashan (a.k.a “Dress Your Face”) is perfect in that it will look good on almost anybody and a lot of thought has clearly gone into the colour selection.

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IMG_1380There are mattes, shimmers, semi-mattes, a gold, a brown, a black- basically everything you need for a successful palette.

Anastasia Tamanna palette swatch dark skin top row

L-R: fresh, blush, venezia, gilded, custom

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L-R: sangria, bengal, chocolate, china rose, noir

I’m not going to go through all the colours but my favourites are “noir”– a fantastic true black matte eyeshadow that reminds me of Urban Decay’s “blackout”, “gilded”– a beautiful dark gold shimmer, “china rose”– an orangey, pinky, goldish shimmer, and the reason I bought the palette: “sangria”– a cranberry shimmer that looks great on the lid, crease and lower lash line.

Quick note: I found both “chocolate” and “venezia” to be a little dryer than the other shadows.

The Tamanna palette also comes with a serviceable double-ended brush and 5 surprisingly useful “Get The Look” cards.

Products Used:

Eyes:

Brows: Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow #40

Main Lid- “gilded” and “china rose”

Outer V- “chocolate” and “sangria”

Crease- “sangria”, “chocolate” and Make Up For Ever eyeshadow #162

Highlight- “fresh” and NARS “Madrague”

Lower lash line- “sangria”

Eyeliner- NARS “subra” dual intensity eyeshadow

Mascara- Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll

Face:

Foundation- Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme in “sienna”

Concealer- NARS radiant creamy concealer in “amande”

Contour- Sleek contour palette in “dark”

Blush- Sleek “coral”

Lips:

Sephora ultra shine lip gloss #22 “Shimmery Deep Rose”

The palette is sold out in quite a few places but you can still find it at Macy’s and Nordstrom online for the great price of $29.

Nana Adomah

It’s Electric!- Urban Decay Electric Palette Review

Urban Decay Electric Palette

FOMO (fear of missing out) is a real condition, I’m convinced. I snatched up this beauty about 3 weeks ago when I saw it on the shelves at Sephora and I’ve worn it almost everyday since. Yes the Naked palettes are nice and they have been stupendously successful for Urban Decay but I’m so glad that they’ve gone back to their roots with their new Electric palette. My very first quality eyeshadow palette was the original Deluxe Palette from Urban Decay about 7 years ago and I haven’t looked back since! Urban Decay were originally known for their crazy brights and bold pigments and they are back in full force with the Electric palette.

Urban Decay Electric Palette

Look at all of those glorious colours! I’m very impressed with this palette and the pigmentation is excellent. We are presented with 10 shades in the palette and they are:

revolt– a glittery silver, gonzo– a matte blue with a hint of turquoise, slowburn– an orange red matte with floating micro shimmer, savage– a hot pink matte, fringe– a metallic teal, chaos– a matte cobalt blue with floating micro shimmer (one of the standouts of the Vice palette), jilted– a slightly shimmery fuchsia with a blue shift, urban– a metallic medium purple, freak– a metallic neon green, and thrash– a chartreuse matte with floating micro shimmer (an exact dupe for NARS ‘rated R’).

Slowburnsavagejilted and urban stain the skin slightly and they required more effort to remove. Urban Decay included a little note about these colours in the box which indicates that they are not intended for the immediate eye area. As usual, people have kicked up a fuss about nothing and I’ve used all these colours with no ill effect so just use your own judgment is what I say. Here is the company’s official statement regarding this issue:

We created the Electric Pressed Pigment Palette with artistry in mind. Using pressed pigments was the only way for us to create heavily saturated brights with the intense pigment load we craved. Traditional eyeshadow formulas just wouldn’t cut it. To achieve shades like these, we started with our existing Eyeshadow formula and modified it to create a new Pressed Pigment formula.

Everywhere but the U.S., the Electric Palette is an eyeshadow palette. Because of a technicality, in the U.S. it’s considered a multi-use artistry palette. To get the most out of this palette, experiment and see what works for you. You can use the Electric Palette all over (and that’s where the creativity comes in!).

A few shades contain a colorant that has not yet been approved for the use around the immediate eye area. However, this restriction only applies in the U.S.; in every other country where Urban Decay is sold, these shades are approved for use around the eyes.

Bottom line? We didn’t want to limit the Electric Palette to eyeshadow. It’s an artistry palette with unlimited possibilities! How you use these shades is up to you. (And no matter where you use them, you’ll get insane color payout.)

So there you go.

Urban Decay electric palette dark skin swatch

The colours swatch easily on my skin, even the mattes which can tend to disappear on darker skin tones. I think the fact that most of the mattes have a slight floating micro-shimmer contribute to their creaminess. The micro particles don’t really show up on the skin but they do contribute to a happier blending experience. I own the original Vice palette and the chaos in this palette is better in my opinion. I have no idea if they reformulated the colour but I feel as though it’s slightly more pigmented here. Chaos is a beautiful colour but I do wish that they’d only had chaos OR gonzo. The palette has quite a few blueish shades and I think that gonzo is one blue too many. I wish they’d replaced it with a bright yellow and it would have been just about perfect. I was initially unsure about the purpose of revolt as well but I’ve seen a few people do some interesting things with the shade.

The palette also comes with a very decent double-ended brush and the smaller end works really well as a liner brush. Both ends have quite stiff bristles which is great for the nature of the eyeshadows as they lay down colour better.

The packaging is also a winner in my book as it’s non bulky and the case opens up to a large mirror. The hinge ensures that the mirror stays where you want it to and the magnetic closure is very secure.

Now on to how the colours look on my face!

Urban Decay Electric palette FOTD dark skin

“Urban” all over the lid, smoked out with a matte black shadow and “fringe” on my lower lash line. I also added Urban Decay’s moondust eyeshadow in “glitter rock” on the centre of my lid for some added sparkle. Lips: “Vento” lipstick (Bite Beauty) Foundation: Cover FX cream foundation in N100 Powder: Mineralize Skin Finish in “dark” and “dark deep” (MAC) Brows: Aqua Brow #30 (Make Up For Ever) Eye liner: “blacquer” liner (Marc Jacobs) Mascara: Diorshow New Look mascara in black (Dior)

Urban Decay FOTD ELECTRIC dark skin swatch

Are you as in love with the Electric palette as I am? If you’re undecided, the palette is a permanent addition so you have plenty of time to make up your mind. The palette retails for $49 and can be found at Sephora, Ulta, and on the Urban Decay website. Let me know your thoughts!

Nana Adomah