Inglot – Matte Lipstick 405 Review

I chose this because the sales lady said this was one of their best sellers so I was eager to try it. I fell in love with the colour. 

Firstly I want to say I love Inglot’s lipstick packaging. They’re not an expensive brand but their packaging screams ‘quality’. It’s not a cheap bit of plastic. It’s glossy, it’s black, it’s chic AND the lid clicks into place. I really hate it when a lid comes off easily. Those lipsticks need to stay away from handbags. 

I think this is one of those colours that would suit most skin tones. It’s a ‘safe’ shade to go for. It’s an everyday colour. If your skin tone is medium to dark, then you’re looking at more of a nude/natural finish. 

If, like me, you suffer from dry lips, then ensure you exfoliate prior to popping this on as it will just catch those dry bits and make them stand out. Not a good look. 

It is extremely pigmented but it just doesn’t last as long as I would like. The colour starts to fade where your lips meet. Maybe I lick my lips too much but eating and drinking only adds to the problem. I suppose you can keep it in your handbag and touch up as and when but I’m lazy. I want my lipstick to last that bit longer. Mine started to fade within an hour of wearing it.

Once it’s on, it doesn’t dry out your lips like some other matte lipsticks do. It contains Vitamin E, Macadamia Oil and Avocado Oil, which are obviously meant to help in that department, however I found I had to wear a balm prior to application.

It’s a budget friendly lipstick for everyday wear but be prepared to reapply. 


Illamasqua – Precision Gel Eyeliner

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Whilst I was in the UK I decided I was going to find a decent gel eyeliner and not leave until I found one. Luckily for me – I found it. 💃

For me, MAC’s Fluidline eyeliner in Blacktrack was the best gel liner around. However, since I’ve started to buy ethically – I’ve had to start looking elsewhere. There are so many options out there and it can be a daunting task searching for something that might not work for you. 

I bumped into my old makeup teacher and he recommended Illamasqua’s liner. He was using it on his clients and compared it to MAC’s liner. Before I knew it, I was online, popping it into the cart. 🙈

I was sceptical at first but it really proved me wrong. It works like a fluid liner in the form of a gel so it’s easy to work with. I find that with a lot of liners you have to work fast, as they dry quickly. You know that feeling when you’re tugging at your skin? Well, you won’t get that problem. This just glides over the eye making it so easy to use.

You can also use it as a base for a smokey eye. You can smudge it all over the lid and then apply your black eyeshadow on top for a more intensified look. 

Once it’s on, for me, it lasts all day. I didn’t have any problems in this department. It’s able to withstand the heat of Doha and all the sweatiness that goes along with it. That’s good enough for me. However, I have read reviews where there have been complaints of it smudging – but for me it didn’t. 

The colour pay-off is a rich, gorgeous black – not as bold as the Inglot liner but a lot darker than the MAC liner. 

I’ve finally found an eyeliner I love so I’m a very happy bunny! 🐰

You can order yours online on the Illamasqua website. They deliver to Qatar. 

NARS Lipstick – Barbarella (Sheer)

I know this isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea as the colour is very sheer. It’s more of a mix between a gloss and lipstick with a slight hint of colour.(I did have to swipe a few times to get that swatch colour).

However this goes beyond a lipstick/gloss, it also works to hydrate your lips. It feels like a balm. It’s enriched with Vitamin E which helps protect and moisturise your lips. I could really feel a difference throughout the day. Plus it’s so easy to apply. No mirror necessary – just swipe and go! 

It’s advertised as long lasting but I don’t agree with that but topping up isn’t a problem. For me, the colour is perfect. It’s a touch of peach on the lips to bring them to life and at the same time making sure they’re being looked after. 

Thumbs up from me.

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NARS Lipstick – Barbarella 

This lipstick is extremely sheer – was hard to get a picture to show you the true colour. Its a peachy orange. I will post a picture of it swatched on my hand.

Will post the review in a short while. 


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