Topshop Spring Summer 2014 – Grunge Sticks

If like me, you still have regrets on having missed out on limited edition eye crayons like the CHANEL Stylo eye shadows and the Topshop eye crayons Mystical and Ramble… (*moment of silence*) then you’ll be as excited as I was to see the Grunge Sticks in Topshop’s latest Spring Summer collection.


Unkempt (top) is a charcoal black with fine silver shimmer and Go-Go (bottom) is a shimmery sea foam green and at £7 are nice dupes for the CHANEL Stylo eye shadows in Black Stream in Jade Shore.  Like the CHANEL ones there is a slight cooling sensation on application to the skin.  Both have a creamy consistency, have good pigment and blend very nicely without much fallout (just a *tiny* bit on Go-Go).

See swatches below compared to other black and shimmery green cream shadows:


MAC Paint Pot in Blackground, CHANEL Illusion d’Ombre in Mirifique, By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Black Pearl, Topshop Grunge Stick in Unkempt, Topshop Grunge Stick in Go-Go, CHANEL Illusion d’Ombre in Epatant

Here are the Grunge Sticks used at the Topshop Unique London Fashion Week runway show (images from


Chanel Les 4 Ombres 2014 – Tisse Ventien and Tisse Gabrielle

If someone had been watching me browse around Boots yesterday they would have wondered what could have turned my relaxed, almost bored demeanour into a fit of frantic panic/excitement/joy/indecision.  If they had bothered to ask, the incoherent response would play out like a charity song collaboration with several big name voices trying to out-sing each other (think “We are the World”, “That’s what friends are for”, etc).  This particular song features:

  • She Loves Praline (me)
  • Impulsive Praline (my impulsive and excitable side)
  • Sensible Praline (my sensible side)

Omg the new Chanel eye shadows are out! (they’re out?!  how can that be?  I haven’t seen many reviews or tutorials on them yet!  I thought they weren’t out until … OMG it’s March!!!)  Oh they look gorgeous *paws them* (I have to have them now – I want them but which ones?! *recalls drool worthy promo pics of Tisse Ventien*  I want them all!!!!) Excuse me, these are the new quads right?  How much are they?  £40?

[Enter Sensible Praline]: I only have 10 minutes until I have to start making my way to dinner.  Better wait until I can look up swatches and reviews so I know which one to get.  And anyway Debenhams are doing 10% off all Beauty this week and likely John Lewis are doing a price match

[CUE random bumps, crashes, tears, screams, punches and shouting]

I’ll take Tisse Ventien and Tisse Gabrielle thanks.  Oh the Le Volume mascara now comes in Waterproof? (Le Volume my favourite mascara ever!  It comes in Khaki?!) Yes please I’ll have one of those too.

chanel-les-ombres-232-tisse-gabrielleChanel Les 4 Ombres in Tisse Gabrielle – taupe, ivory, deep plum and smokey purple shades


Chanel Les 4 Ombres in Tisse Ventien – teal green, icy pink, emerald shimmer and a complex seafoam shimmer

Here they are swatched on my tanned arm (just back from a beach holiday) – I’m probably NC35 at the moment (usually NC30).  The shadows are pigmented and buttery soft – no powderiness and the product picks up a little like mineral eye shadows.  They also feel much softer than the regular EU baked quads and I can’t wait to take them for a spin tonight!


The Winter Dark Red Lip

So it’s that time of the year again. The sun starts going down at about 3.30pm so instead of a day-to-night look I could probably get away with just wearing a night look from breakfast.

My most recent inspiration is the recent Louis Vuitton campaign with Michelle Williams (*drool*). Unfortunately, even a frantic search yielded no results on what lipstick Stephane Marais used on the shoot but I’ve got a couple that hopefully come close.

(Image from WWD website)

dark-red-lip-topshop-velvet-0The newest kid on the matte liquid lipstick block is Topshop with their Velvet Lips range. At £10 it’s pricier than Rimmel Apocalips but at least it does feel like the quality is better. Velveteen Ribbon worn sheerly is a medium-dark red and can get to quite a dark blood-red with more layers.

Most mattes are drying on me (except the Givenchy Le Rouge formula which must be made of magic) and this is no exception – I can actually feel a tightening of the product on my lips as it dries.

You can find Topshop Velvet Lips in store, online and as part of Cult Beauty’s Get the Look “The Damned” Collection.


Here it is swatched with some of my other dark reds – my favourites being Chanel Dragon, NARS Mascate and DIOR Diorling.


(L-R): Chanel Dragon, Topshop Velvet Lips in Velveteen Ribbon, Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Icon, Hourglass Femme Rouge in Icon, NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Majella, NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Mascate, DIOR Diorific lipstick in Diorling