Saturday, 29 October 2016

Kat Von D Lip & Eye Makeup: Review | Lexie Rose May

Hello, 

Hope you're all having a lovely Saturday.

Today's blog post is going to be a review on two particular Kat Von D products I purchased from Sephora. I've been a huge fan of the Kat Von D makeup range for a while now, and have been reading reviews of different products in order to make an informed decision of the products I really want. 

Apart from the Shade & Light Face Contour Palette (which was out of stock and which I'm still hoping to get my hands on), the two products that have had superb reviews and that really caught my eye were the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks and the Tattoo Liners. 


EVERLASTING LIQUID LIPSTICK

Shade: Seeing as this was the first Kat Von D liquid lipstick I would be purchasing, I felt like I had to go for one of the Lolita shades (they are the best-sellers after all). I opted for Lolita II, which is a warm, rosy/coral shade and defined as being a "Terracotta nude". 

Colour Range: There are around 30 shades in this range, all of which are extremely trendy. Whilst the shades may not suit everybody, I think the range perfectly highlights the grunge theme of Kat Von D's beauty range. The shades that stood out to me, and which I'd love to try are "Bow N Arrow" and "Vampire". 

Packaging: First off, the packaging of this product is beautiful. It comes in a slim, black box with the words 'everlasting liquid lipstick' and the signature Kat Von D rose design in a silver foil effect all over the box. The liquid lipsticks are housed in a long, slim plastic tube, with a black matte handle (which is rather long itself, giving you a very good grip to apply the lipstick). Ongoing with the theme on the outer box, the black matte handle has a silver rose design, which continues onto the plastic tube in black. Overall, the packaging looks very high-end and sleek. 

Applicator/Wand: The applicator and wand of the liquid lipstick is long and thin, which makes applying the liquid lipstick slightly more difficult than it needs to be. But the applicator itself is very precise, giving you the ability to shape the lip easily and hit all the corners without any damage. 

Texture: Very creamy and quite liquidy, which makes you think that the colour will bleed but fear not; as soon as you as you apply, the colour locks into place 

Finish: Total matte finish, which I really like. Although being so matte, it does not feel drying or tacky on the lips and almost has a velvety feel (although, I wouldn't say its hydrating either). This lipstick does not budge for the first 4/5 hours (I've even tried eating and drinking with it, and it stays completely in place), however it does not last the 24hrs it says it should, so you may need to reapply a few times. 

Pigmentation: The product applies very evenly on the lips (as opposed to Kylie Lip Kit in Leo - a blog post about this will follow shortly), and the pigmentation is very opaque and true to the colour you see in the tube. 

Overall, I really loved this product and can't wait to get my hands on more of these liquid lipsticks. It was around $20, which in my opinion, is worth every cent. I do think that the colour-range is quite grungy, but if you're into having a bolder lip, this range is definitely for you.


TATTOO LINER

I've tried MANY liquid liners, ranging from high to low end brands, and this tattoo liner is hands down, the best I've ever tried. 

Colour: This liquid liner comes in black ("Trooper") and brown ("Mad Max Brown"). This is a bit restricted, as I wish there could be different shades to try (maybe a deep purple or a blue), but the dark colours correspond perfectly with Kat Von D's whole beauty range. 

Packaging: Similarly to the everlasting liquid lipstick, the tattoo liner comes in a black thin box with a silver foiled rose design printed all over, and the words 'Tattoo liner' written across the front. The liquid liner itself is a black marker-like pen, which is not too long, giving you good control to use. One thing I really like is that the lid of the pen clicks when closed, so you'll be sure to know that it is closed and won't dry out. However, do be careful that you're not rough when closing it, as it's easy for a hair from the applicator to get stuck (happened to me twice).

Applicator: Very thin, sleek brush applicator made of loads of synthetic hairs bunched together. The brush is thicker at the base and goes up into an extremely thin and sharp point, making it the perfect applicator for a precise winged liner. 

Pigmentation/Finish: The colour is extremely opaque, which is exactly what anyone wants when applying liquid liner. Sometimes I do find the need to go over some of it for a bit of a bolder finish, but more often than not, one application is more than enough. It's so easy to apply and dries in seconds. The formula is great and does not get dry at all. And my favourite part, it stays on for hours!! I have worn this countless times for whole days, and by the end of the day, you're still left with a dark liner (although maybe a bit messier by the end). 

Overall, my favourite liquid liner hands down! I feel like my winged liner has never been more on point thanks to this product, and I think it would take something pretty miraculous for me to find something I prefer to this. 


Have you tried any Kat Von D products? What are your thoughts?

Lexie Rose May 


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Travel Tips: ROME | Lexie Rose May

Good evening 

After travelling to Rome at the beginning of this month, I couldn't help but feel insanely inspired to write a blog post about this beautiful city.

Seeing that I was only there for a long weekend, my time was relatively limited. But nevertheless, I still got to experience the beautiful Roman culture, eat the delicious Italian food, visit the well-known historical sites and shop in some of the most stunning shopping roads in Europe (yes, I am mostly referring to Via Condotti 😍). 

Following this wonderful trip, I formulated a list of tips for anyone travelling to Rome:

1. Walk Around

Forget about catching taxis (unless you're going somewhere on the outskirts). You experience most of Rome's beautiful culture by simply walking around and taking in all that's around you. 

2. Stop for Coffees

REGULARLY. Every time you feel like a small break from walking, or just need a little more energy in the form of caffeine to keep going, walk into the first coffee shop/bar you see. You won't regret it. The coffee in Italy is so creamy that it slides down the throat with such ease. I looked forward to every single coffee break. (PS: You also start to feel like an Italian local too... especially if you drink the coffee standing at the bar) (PPS: Highly recommend the coffee shop Sant Eustachio)

3. Keep a morning free to visit the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill 

The beauty of these ancient sites is out of this world. For an in depth and thorough understanding about what used to go on in these areas, I would recommend investing in an audio guide. Also, I do recommend visiting this area in the morning, as it tends to get busier as the day goes by. 

4. Visit Campo de' Fiori, Piazza Navona and Fontana di Trevi in the daytime and nighttime:

Seeing them in the light vs. seeing them in the dark is a completely different experience, and you definitely won't regret visiting them twice. Piazza Navona is extremely lively at night and if you'd like to take a funny souvenir home, there'll be plenty of caricature artists displaying their talent at night

5. Visit the shopping streets: 

If you're an adamant shopper or if you simply prefer to window shop, just be sure to walk down the shopping streets in Rome. More specifically, be sure to make your way down Via del Corso (for all the high street shops) and Via Condotti (for the more.. you know.. $$$). Via Condotti leads straight to Piazza di Spagna, so you could also use the walk as an excuse to get to the famous Spanish steps. 

6. Eat your heart out: 

May I remind you that Italy is known for its pizza & pasta, so please be sure to eat as many carbs as you possible are able to when visiting Rome. You won't regret it. And if your jeans start to feel a little tight, refer to point 5 above and buy yourself a pair of leggings/tracksuit trousers. A few restaurant recommendations, which I absolutely loved are: 
- Pane e Salame (delicious sandwiches - there may be a queue outside but it's worth the wait),
- Ristorante Alla Rampa 
- Osteria de Memmo (delectable Spaghetti Carbonara)
- Novana Notte (delicious pizza) 
- Ristorante al 34
- Giolitti (hands down, the best ice cream I have ever tasted & also recommended by Romans as being the best ice cream shop in Rome) 

I hope this post was helpful to anyone with an upcoming trip to Rome, or at least, I hope it made anyone reading this wish they were in Rome. It surely made me wish I was back there.

Do you have any tips on traveling to Rome?

Love, 

Lexie Rose May X 



Saturday, 22 October 2016

My Blog Renaissance | Lexie Rose May


Hello again. I'm back. For good this time. 

This is my blog rebirth, or 'renaissance' as I like to call it. It's a fresh start to a blog that has existed for a little while, but has never got the attention it requires. 

I started this blog around a year ago (more or less), knowing that blogging is something I've always wanted to do and simply love doing. I spend a lot of time thinking about this blog; jotting down post ideas, taking photos that can perfectly bring to life the words I write. I also look at this platform as my escape route whenever reality just gets a little too much to handle. And my blogging journey so far has been great (the little bit I've done). 

However, I'm a law student in my 20's - struggling to balance my studies, my social life and my relationship, and unfortunately, when I get caught up in all of that, I start to find very little time for my blog. 

BUT I've decided that I need to start blogging again and putting much more effort into making this blog what I want it to be. I've always desired to be a blogger - blogging about the things I love: Beauty, Fashion, Food, Travel, Life! But it's definitely time consuming, which is an obstacle that has hindered me from creating the blog of my dreams. 

Chasing your dreams is never easy, but is definitely not impossible... So I invite you to join me on my journey of chasing mine - becoming a blogger/lawyer, travelling the world whilst embracing my huge passion for all things makeup and fashion (a bit farfetched, I know - but that's why its called a dream!)

Stay tuned for more from me,

Kisses,

Lexie Rose May