Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Lipsticks Review

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Thanks to the lovely lady that is Adrienne from The Sunday Girl and a giveaway she held in conjunction with Urban Decay, I am now the proud owner of the entire Alice Through the Looking Glass lipstick collection. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I tried to purchase one of these lipsticks only to discover they were all sold out so to have them all makes me very happy. It doesn’t take much to make me happy, does it?

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Lipstick Collection
From left to right: Time, Iracebeth, Mirana, Alice and Mad Hatter.

The reason I kept trying to buy at least one of these lipsticks so much was because they’re different from my usual pink and red shades that I usually gravitate towards. I do like a bold lip but I tend to stick with something like MAC Impassioned or Illamasqua Luster over the truly bold colours. The Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass collection is made up of 3 more daring shades and 2 standard lipstick colours so naturally, I was drawn to them.

I’m not going to lie, I was a little intimidated with the bolder choices in this collection when I received them so I played it safe and used Iracebeth first. Iracebeth is a gorgeous matte – although I’d argue it leaves more of a satin finish – red lipstick with pink undertones and it wears like an absolute dream. It’s possibly my new favourite red lipstick as it’s such a classic, bright red.

Mad Hatter came after Iracebeth as I wanted to use it to build up the courage to wear Mirana. Mad Hatter is a beautiful bright purple shade and is made a tad more wearable by the pink undertones. It has some shimmer to it which would typically bother me but because Mad Hatter is a bolder choice anyway, I kind of like the shimmer. It probably looks a little odd on my skin tone but I love it regardless.

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Lipstick Collection Swatches
From left to right: Alice, Mad Hatter, Time, Iracebeth and Mirana.

I think you’ve already figured Mirana was worn next. I was really worried about Mirana originally because I usually wear all black, have black hair and my skin is incredibly pale so I had it in my head that this was going to make me look very gothic (not that there’s anything wrong with that, it’s just not my scene anymore). I think, although I’m sure some will disagree, that I managed to get away with this deep berry shade without looking like I belonged at a Cradle of Filth concert too much.

Once I’d gotten over my Mirana fears, I plucked up the courage to wear Time. I’d argue that Time is the most daring shade of lipstick in this collection as it’s a gun metal blue with a silver shimmer. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see many people wandering down the street with blue lips so I expected some odd looks while wearing Time. I didn’t expect to like Time as much as I did but I actually felt really comfortable while wearing it. It probably makes me look like I belong in a bad 90s death metal band but hey ho, I’m happy to rock it to do the weekly food shop so there’s a plus.

Finally, it was time to try Alice and this is where my hype for these lipsticks ends. I hate nude lipsticks as it is but as soon as you throw sheer into it, I take myself out of the equation. I can understand why Alice is in this collection but it’s just not for me. I’d rather prance around in Mirana than I would Alice…that was a really weird sentence.

Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass Lipstick Collection

Collectively, these lipsticks aren’t the best but they’re far away from being the worst. They apply a little patchily so I have to break out the lip brush to ensure I have an even colour but they all wear for around 6-8 hours (unless you eat a burger) and don’t dry out my lips. The only gripe I have with these lipsticks beyond Alice is the packaging. The actual design of the packaging is fabulous but the functionality of each lipstick case is awful. The lipsticks often get stuck when you’re trying to twist them up and down so I’m forever panicking that one day, the lipsticks will get stuck in the tube and never see the light of day again. Was that too dramatic?

That one gripe aside, I’ve barely given any of my other lipsticks a second thought since receiving this collection and I’m finding myself planning makeup looks around 4 out of 5 of these shades. I’m still trying to work out how I can wear Time to my cousin’s wedding without my uncle calling me a goth (he’s been calling me one since 2006) all night though. Suggestions are welcome!

P.S. Please forgive me for the shaky swatches. I typically do swatches on my left arm as I’m right handed but thanks to the tattoo that takes up most of that arm, it just wasn’t possible this time around. My left hand basically flailed about uselessly while I did these swatches.

P.P.S Are Cradle of Filth still cool, actually, were they ever cool?

"Why Don't You Wear Makeup?"

Monday, 11 July 2016

Why don't you wear makeup?

“Why don’t you wear make up?”

Ah the one question from my teenage years that would’ve made me a millionaire if I had a pound for every time someone asked me it. I don’t know why a girl not wearing make up is such a problem but apparently, it’s a very big deal.

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t really care about how I looked when I was younger. Obviously I showered every day but for the most part, my hair was tied up in the same low ponytail and the only thing that was applied to my face was moisturiser. I liked it that way; as far as I was concerned I was a little too young for make up. Who was I going to be impressing with a bright orange face, spidery eyelashes and too much blush at the age of 11?

Not everyone had the same idea as me though. Somewhere between the end of primary school and the beginning of high school my childhood friends had acquired a big batch of make up and were piling everything onto their faces. Their mismatched foundation and inability to blend properly did not appeal to me whatsoever. It became apparent that they thought, at the tender ages of 11 and 12, they were more “adult” than they actually were so we slowly drifted apart.

A few of the friends I made during high school also slathered on the make up like there was no tomorrow. Every day they would show up with layers upon layers of concealer, foundation and powder and it just looked so odd to me. It took everything I had to not tell them I didn’t want to look like a cake face like them when they asked me why I didn’t wear make up.

Of course I did eventually start wearing make up but it was mostly eyeliner and I was 14. I did own a foundation, powder, one eyeshadow and one lipstick but I didn’t really care too much about them. I was atrocious at applying my make up and I knew that (although it was usually light enough for no one to really notice) so for the most part, I didn’t bother. I did eventually get sucked into the full face of make up but only once I actually became legal to fornicate – although it was my butt that drew in the guys as opposed to my face.

Even now, 12 years later, I still wonder why people couldn’t understand my bare face. Maybe my lack of make up offended them or maybe it was just good old fashioned peer pressure but whatever the case, it still makes no sense to me. I wasn’t going to school to impress anyone because quite frankly, why would I want to? It’s not like anyone I did impress could take me on a date that went beyond the cinema and Pizza Hut anyway. Maybe now at 23 I can wander around with no make up on and no one will demand to know why my face is not covered in the gunk but as a teenager, it’s just not allowed.
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