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Rococo T-Cup


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A couple of months ago, Rococo Nail Apparel unveiled a few new shades for the summer. One of them was this beautiful baby blue. I know pastels have been done to death but T-Cup caught my eye for a specific reason: it has gold flecks which shimmer when it catches the light. Annoyingly I’ve failed to capture the subtle shimmer in my photo but trust me when I tell you it is there and you ought to check it out.

It needs two coats, possibly three if you can because even though it’s quite a thick formula, it’s a very pale pastel shade that looks much better with more than one coat. Wear is very good, in fact better than some of their other polishes strangely enough. What else can I say except this is gorgeous and one of my favourites.

Rococo nail polishes cost £12 and are available in Space NK stores or

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It is quite an accomplishment to gather a bunch of beauty bloggers under one roof at the same time. Rarely does it happen, and what you get is sheer excitable chatter about make-up. Obviously.

Last night was one of those moments where we gathered for the launch of Stila Cosmetics’ Autumn 2012 collection. I might as well cut to the chase here…what we saw was pretty exciting.

For me there are two particular things that jumped out: their high definition foundation, and the Stay All Day™ Liquid lipsticks. I’m pleased the latter is finally coming to the UK, albeit long overdue.

I already have Fiery that I picked up in the States earlier this year, but Ive got my eye on the rest of the collection too.

These shades will suit just about all skin tones. They are creamy, very pigmented, apply wet and dry to a matte finish. AND they do not budge. No do they feather or bleed. Enriched with Vitamin E and avocado oil, there are 10 shades with a mix of matte and shimmer finishes to choose from but I do find that after a while they do start to peel, which is unavoidable with a product of this texture and composition.

But it is difficult to resist these and there are some stand-out colours. The ones to look out for are Aria, Beso (an orangey red), Amore (a rose pink), Fiery (maroon red) and Patina (a nude pink). I think those are correct! If not, the swatches on my hand will give you an idea of the intensity and smoothness of these lip stains.

(Apologies if I’ve got any of the shade names wrong in the picture below.) Stila’s Stay All Day™ Liquid Lipstick costs £15.

As I mentioned earlier, I was also wowed by Stila’s High-Definition foundation – their All Day™ Foundation and Concealer. Yes, concealer because that too is cleverly hidden inside the foundation’s cap which you flip it open. I thought this was great since I am always rooting around for my concealer in my make-up bag and often it falls out or I accidentally leave it behind at home.

The foundation also has a spoon-shaped applicator which at first glance makes the foundation appear thick and gloopy. However upon application it felt very light and blended in smoothly to leave a matte finish. It is an oil-free formula and when demonstrated on the model, evened out her skin tone with a very little amount used. It is certainly a product I am keen to try so I look forward to finding my match from the 16 shades available at £29.50.

Another key item is the In The Know Shadow palette in matte which comprises of 10 shades for £25. It is a selection of Stila’s chosen shades for the autumn season, with identical packaging to their In The Light palette which came out recently.

Finally for Christmas, there is an array of snowflake shaped palettes, lip glosses and other Stila delights. Quite frankly they are back with a bang. What do you think? Is there anything above you really want to get your hands on?

I believe the autumn collection will be in shops in August (correct me if I’m wrong!) so head on down to Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge, Birmingham, Manchester and Dublin or Selfridges in London, selected Boots stores and selected Space NK stores.

To buy online, visit or you can go to ASOS, beautybay, feelunique, lookfantastic or cultbeauty.