Thursday, 26 June 2014

Lime Crime Velvetines Lip Colour in Wicked

It has been a long time since I posted any beauty reviews hasn't it? I've recently been lacking motivation to blog about beauty, and I haven't been quite sure why. I've mainly been buying beauty things that I need, rather than things I want in an attempt to start saving money. However, when Lime Crime announced that they were releasing their 'Clueless Witch' collection featuring darker velvetines, I had to break my 'need over want' rule. I was debating buying all three, but I wasn't sure if Salem would suit me and I didn't know where I'd wear Black Velvet, so I went for Wicked. I reviewed Red Velvet a few months ago.

I apologise for the Figgy fur in the background. She was walking all over it when I was trying to take photos and I didn't notice until they were uploaded!

Wicked comes in bright red packaging. It differs from Red Velvet in that it features a floral cap. The applicator is a lot smaller than Red Velvet, which allows for a more precise application, although I still find it pretty difficult to get it within my lip lines without smudging, as you'll see in my lip swatch!

I have no idea why it looks so glossy here - it really is matte! The top of my lip smudged really badly, and any efforts I made to fix it just made it worse.

Wicked is a matte dark burgundy red. I mentioned in my Red Velvet review that I wasn't completely sold on the colour. Wicked is the colour that I wanted Red Velvet to be. It's exactly my sort of shade of red, and suits my skintone. As with Red Velvet, it applies as a liquid and quickly dries down to a matte finish and is opaque with one swipe of the applicator.

Wicked and Red Velvet.

It lasts around seven hours a day on me, including after eating and drinking. It wears away from the middle of my lips first, which is annoying, but it is so long wearing that it is not too much of a problem. I do find that it grows a tiny bit uncomfortable on my lips as it starts to wear, so I don't tend to wear this all day. The applicator and liquid formula also means that it's difficult to touch up throughout the day. It isn't practical for long days out for me.

Overall, the colour is absolutely perfect for me, and so I can settle with the awkward fading. The only other downside is that as a company Lime Crime are incredibly shady. I don't know enough about it to comment on it, but it is something to bear in mind.

Lime Crime velvetines cost £13.50 and I purchased  mine from Cocktail Cosmetics. You can also buy this from the Lime Crime website.

Disclosure: I bought this myself.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Little Things

Whenever I have exams or university work, the things that I miss the most are always the smaller things. I miss being able to sit with Figgy in the garden, I miss baking and having the time spare to do whatever I like. Mainly, I miss reading, which is odd considering that I'm a literature student, but I certainly miss the freedom of being able to dictate what I'm reading and also being able to read at my own pace. I'm currently working through my rather extensive summer reading list.

Unfortunately, I have really got to try and part with some of books, as I am running out of room for new books and attempting to stop buying books is not an option. I have now filled a giant box full of unloved and ignored books that I think I will be able to part with. Unfortunately I've almost filled the space that these freed up. My latest book purchase is the Barnes and Noble edition of Dracula. I've been wanting a new version of Dracula for ages, the one I bought for my A-Level studies five years ago is incredibly worn and I never liked the cover. There's another edition by Barnes and Noble, but I don't think it is anywhere near as nice as this one!

It's a beautiful, sturdy and well made edition. My complaint about the Barnes of Noble edition of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (you can find that post here) was that the paper quality was quite poor, and that the pages felt thin and flimsy. Fortunately, this is not a problem with this one and I can finally donate my old edition (books should never be thrown away). I wouldn't be worried about damaging this one whilst reading.

Aside from books, I've also purchased a couple of items from Brighid's Jewellery on Etsy. It's quite rare to find Etsy shops located in the UK as everything I like seems to be overseas! I ordered a pentacle hair slide and a pair of earrings as I am lacking in the earring department.

Both of these items are beautiful. The clip is on the small side, but it is eye-catching regardless. The earrings are lovely too, but I do find that they itch on me (my ears are quite sensitive with jewellery). Luckily they aren't too heavy either. I am saving the earrings for graduation so I'll post some photos of them in use then!

One of the main things I miss when I'm at university is having the freedom to go out and visit places (especially in winter and summer, which are my busiest times). The weather has been incredibly warm recently, so most of these expeditions have been short because the weather is so uncomfortable. I did take a long walk around what may be my university campus at the end  of this year. It is incredibly beautiful, but it takes a long time to walk anywhere which was particularly difficult in hot weather (wearing black jeans did not help).

Aside from sorting out my thesis for my masters degree, reading and filling out job applications, my life is actually rather quiet at the moment. It was nice at first but now I'm starting to really miss university and having something to think about. I'm not going away anywhere either, but I'm hoping to go to maybe York and London for the day at some point just to make my summer a little more interesting and have something to look forward to.

Do you have anything planned for the summer?

Disclosure: I bought everything featured in this post myself.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Queen of the Night by Alchemy Gothic

First and foremost, I'd like to apologise for the sheer lateness of this post. I bought this necklace months ago and I'm only just getting around to posting about it. Anyway, it has been quite some time since I reviewed any Alchemy Gothic pieces hasn't it? I had been lusting after their Queen of the Night necklace for what felt like years. It's definitely one of their more intricate and beautiful pieces, and also one of their more expensive, which is why I waited so long to buy it. I bought this just after my birthday from The Gothic Shop.

The Queen of the Night necklace features a light green stone in the centre of an ornate silver filigree frame, strung on a double chain adorned with two dark green stones. It also features a small oval black stone hanging from the bottom of the frame.

This necklace has a wonderful sense of regal decadence which truly lives up to its name. It is a dramatic necklace whilst remaining delicate. It has astonishing level of detail, and I cannot fault it in terms of aesthetics. It is astoundingly elegant and captures the image of opulence perfectly.

At £39.50, this necklace is definitely expensive. However, the quality is excellent. The price is the only downside, but the quality does make up for in my opinion, as I hope to enjoy this necklace for many, many years to come. I did have to adapt the chain slightly as I found it a little too long for my liking.

This might be the most expensive necklace I've ever bought, but it's also the most extravagant. If you don't like dramatic pieces, you will not find this to your liking. I have also found that it isn't as large and overbearing as some Alchemy pieces are on me. It isn't too large, and it isn't too small. It's incredibly eye-catching, and perfect for formal events or for making an outfit a lot more appealing. I adore how the green stone in the centre catches the light, and the darker stones at the top complement the lighter green perfectly.

This may very well be the most beautiful necklace I own. I had lusted after it for so long that I had expected to be disappointed, but I am far from it. I adore more dramatic pieces of jewellery, and this is just so refined and elegant that I think I will struggle to find a piece to best it. It is expensive, but I am hoping to get a lot of wear out of it. I am definitely glad that I finally invested in it!

This necklace costs £39.50 and can be purchased from The Gothic Shop.

Disclosure: I bought this necklace myself.
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