Sunday, 30 November 2014

the favourites post - November 2014

As we venture into the month of December, the weather is getting colder, nights are getting shorter there's been a few favourites which have saved my skin and lips this month. Alongside some others which I've thoroughly been enjoying throughout November.

The Boots vitamin E gentle eye cream has been in my stash for a long, long time. It seems to be lasting forever as I use it most mornings. It's lightweight formula is perfect for dotting under the eyes and blending in the morning before applying makeup, as it really hydrates and nourishes the area around the eyes. It is inexpensive and sure lasts a while... so if you're on the hunt for a new eye cream then this one is definitely worth a try.
Onto more intense skincare products, the Hyraluron serum has saved my skin over the last few weeks. A little dot of this spreaded evenly over the face provides powerful hydration especially if you will be outside or in the cold. Your skin instantly feels brighter and more alive once this has been applied.
Wintery scents are an essential throughout the last few months of the year and this Body Shop vanilla eau de toilette fits the wintery scent category perfectly. It's very strong but simply stunning, I get lots of compliments when wearing it, a couple of sprays are enough as it is very powerful but still divine.
For cheeks this month I've been non stop wearing this Sleek blush in the shade Pomegranate, it's a gorgeous pinky plum shade which flatters many skin tones, especially the fairer ones. The formula is well pigmented and easy to blend. Sleek blushes are such good value for money, and there's an array of shades to choose from.
The Réve de Miel lip balm was bound to crop up in one mostly favourites throughout the winter months and November is the one. An amazing lip balm which really nourishes the lips, perfect for daytime or night or whenever they need nourishing...

Sunday, 16 November 2014

brushes: the essentials

 When it comes to makeup brushes there is a lot out there, many high end and a few good drugstore ones too. Every blogger will have glasses/candle jars/ikea pots filled to the brim with various brushes but when it comes down to it how many are used regularly? I've decided to narrow down my favourite five that I use every time I apply my makeup - without fail. These five are all you will need, they are durable, good quality and some are multi purpose which is a huge plus in my books.

The beast of the bunch is the Real Techniques powder brush, I've raved about this one many a time and I'm not going to stop. Whether its powder, bronzer or even blush the massive head evenly distributes the product so it's not too heavy or uneven. The Real Techniques brushes wash so well and even after endless washes it is still as soft as when I first bought it. If you're a fan of RT and this little gem isn't in your collection then you need to invest... you're welcome in advance.

The little sister to the powder brush is also another winner from RT, their buffing brush is probably their most talked about and popular brush and for all good reasons. It applies foundation like a dream but can also double up for applying bronzer and blushes, cream or powder form. It really works the product into the skin and creates flawless results, I'm sure if you're reading this you will have this one in your collection but I couldn't not include it as it really is a miracle worker.

MAC brushes are known for being amazing quality and produce accurate and precise application. The 217 is no exception, again it has been raved about by every blogger and their blog but it really does live up to the expectation. I am the worst at applying eyeshadow, it always looks like I've let my little niece run riot with an eyeshadow palette and her stubby fingers on my lids, but this brush makes applying shadows so much easier. It blends nicely and packs a lot of product onto the lids, it is the most expensive of the bunch but it's my go to when applying shadows so for me its an investment worthwhile.

& other stories is one of my favourite shops to shop in, it's a real experience. The interior is exquisite, the products are divine and they have a pretty decent makeup range. I picked this eyebrow brush up from them on a whim and I haven't strayed from it since. It's nice and dense and really works well when applying shadow to the brows. If you use it lightly it gets the job done a treat, making your brows look fuller yet still natural. I'm eager to try out more of their brushes as this one proves to be so very good, so next time I take a trip to London expect lots of & other stories makeup/brushes reviews...

A spoolie. Kind of a brush, kind of a tool but I thought I would throw it in anyway as every girl knows it's an essential. If you want to keep those brows in check then this is your best friend, I picked this one up via ASOS, it's Daniel Sandler and it was not expensive at all. You can find them anywhere and they all pretty much do the same thing. I run this through my brows before and after doing them in the mornings and it really helps to establish the natural brow shape, making life much easier when it comes to filling them in and more importantly, keeping them in place...

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

all about: the berry lip

bottom to top - revlon just bitten kissable balm stain / korres lip butter / maybelline superstay /
 revlon super lustrous lipstick / MUA matte lipstick / topshop lipstick 

It wouldn't be Autumn time without reference to the classic berry lips, full of berry goodness a deep rouge lip with a hint of purple and plum is one of my favourite shades to wear. Especially with winged liner or just a coating of mascara. So I gathered a bunch of my favourites which I enjoy wearing throughout the colder months and they're all different finishes and shades so there's something for everyone. (apologies in advance for the amount of times I say 'berry' in this post)

The balm - Revlon just bitten kissable balm statin - Crush: This little beauty was all the rage a couple of years back and it's still holds a strong place in my berry lip collection. The colour for me is as true to a berry shade as it could be and the formula ensures the product is long lasting. It can be slightly drying but with a decent enough lip balm underneath the lips shouldn't dry out too much.

The butter: Korres lip butter - Wild Rose: Again, an old favourite - the Korres lip butters are loved my many bloggers. The wild rose shade is perfect for Autumn with the shade being a slightly more of a pink berry. The beauty of this one is that the colour can be built up as you wish, with a little amount creating a sheer wash of colour but it can also be built up to a much more intense shade. A little note to add, this one can be a bit messy so I would recommend applying with a lip brush to avoid berry stained fingers!

The lacquer: Maybelline superstay 24 colour - Absolute Plum: Out of all the products mentioned this is the one that doesn't get as much use. I tend to find it drying as it dries matte and even with the balm end applied over the top my lip still feel dry and flaky. The colour is a divine shade of plum but the formula just needs working on a little.

The shimmer lip: Revlon super lustrous lipstick - Spiced Brandy: This little gem is definitely up there with my favourite lip products ever. I'm not sure if it's still available in stores but I'm sure it can be found online. It's a more of a brown toned berry but I still find it flattering on my fair skin, the super lustrous formula keeps the lips nourished for a little while also. With minimal eye makeup and this on the lips, the look is simply gorgeous.

The matte: MUA matte lipstick - Wild Berry: The most budget friendly of the lot is this gorgeous matte purple toned berry shade from MUA. For the price you really cannot complain, I think it was £1 or £2 but the colour pay off is amazing and the matte formula itself isn't too drying. A definite winner if you're on a budget, I have a few shades from the range and they are all lovely.

The vampy lip: Topshop Lipstick - Depth: Last but by no means least is this lipstick by Topshop, which is not for the faint hearted. This one is the vampiest of them all and is an intense shade, get it wrong and it could be mistaken for a bruised face but get it right and you will be modelling a gorgeous vampy berry lip. The consistency is quite a bit drying so again make sure your lips are well prepped to avoid flaking and drying. It is a gorgeous shade though and is sure to turn heads!

Friday, 7 November 2014

the favourites post - October 2014

Apologies for the lack of posts recently (*cough* since August, I'm ashamed) I have no excuse other than I have transferred unis and have been busy settling into my new accommodation and course. I have some spare time throughout the week and obviously at the weekends so I decided enough was enough - it's time to get back to the blog! I have also missed reading and writing posts too, so I'm excited to start again. 

October is over which means it's time to get festive and look forward to all things Christmassy. Throughout the month I've been loving a handful of products, some are new and some are old. 
The first being the Palmer's Cocoa butter concentrated cream - first things first this stuff smells incredible like simply delicious. It's nourishing and gentle on the skin and soaks in quickly leaving the dreamiest cocoa scent. For such an inexpensive product it is great for throwing in your bag and using when your skin is feeling a little worse for wear. The beauty of this product is that it's multi purpose and can be used on hands, feet, elbows, the list goes on... 

A product I've been meaning to try for the longest time is the Laura Mercier foundation primer, I bought the glamour beauty box and I think I squealed when I saw this was in it. This definitely helps your makeup to be more long lasting and creates such a smooth base for foundation to go on top. Primer is definitely an extra step that makes a big difference in the way your makeup applies and stays for the day/night. I've really been enjoying using this and it's now a firm favourite in my daily makeup routine. 

Now every blogger includes a berry lip in their Autumn months favourites I swear, but this months I've been all about the your lips but better shades and the nudes. I dug out this Rimmel Apocalips in the shade Celestial and have been wearing it loads. Apart from the scent, I adore everything about this product. The shade is so flattering on my skin tone and the finish ensures it sticks around for a good few hours before it needs reapplying.

If the Rimmel Apocalips hasn't been on my lips then the Maybelline Coloursensational in Sultry Sand has been. This shade is such a 90s throwback, fusing together grunge and glamour - it's a beautiful nude for fair skin, I do tend to pat the product out once applied so it doesn't look like concealer but once that's done it looks really flattering. Teamed with some winged eyeliner and highlighted cheek bones, it creates the most effortless look. 

With late nights and early mornings taking their toll it only meant one thing... The Bobbi Brown creamy concealer and I became best friends again. The creamy consistency makes it a dream to apply and it's long lasting and keeps the bags at bay. It may seem like a big investment for a concealer but a little goes a long way so it will last forever... well almost. 

Saturday, 16 August 2014

the round up: liquid eyeliners

Liquid eyeliner is something I like to think I've mastered over the last few years. From my gothic (ish) days in years 9 and 10 I've been a fan of the stuff and since growing out of that stage I've ditched the heavy eyeliner and kohl for a more sophisticated feline flick.

I've experimented with a fair share of eyeliners, most of them from the drugstores and I'm going to do a quick roundup of the ones I've got on the go at the moment. A couple are good and a couple not so - so if you're on the market for a new eyeliner then this may be worth a read...

Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner - £6.00: 
Probably my favourite eyeliner I've ever used, the S&G super cat liner makes applying the feline flicks a much easier and enjoyable process (there's definitely less cotton buds and makeup remover used). The pigmentation of this product is good, very good - where some eyeliners tend to dry up with time this one (which I've had for a few months) still applies jet black in colour just like the first time I used it. For £6.00 from Boots it definitely doesn't break the bank and the results are just priceless.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner - £3.99:
Next up is a mediocre number from Rimmel, the nib on this one I prefer however the pigmentation is definitely not good. You really have to press down hard to get the deepest black and even then it still comes out a bit streaky and can all get a bit messy. For £3.99 you can't really expect much but it may be worth paying a little bit more for a better quality product.

Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner - £12.00:
The most expensive of the bunch I managed to pick up this Eyeko full sized eyeliner in a mCagazine a few months ago - typically I picked up the Navy Blue colour (when I'd rather of had the black). However I feel it was a blessing in disguise and I've been embracing the Navy and have really enjoyed using it. For £12.00 it does seem a bit steep and the eyeliner is good, however it definitely does dry up quickly and it can be a bit temperamental. Colour wise - it's gorgeous and definitely a fun one to experiment with.

Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner - £2.99: 
The cheapest of the lot is this eyeliner by Collection, this is definitely my most repurchased (this is probably my third or fourth) at £2.99 you just cannot fault the quality. The pigmentation is great, the pen nib is good and it creates a really lovely over all eyeliner look. If you're on a budget or starting out then this is definitely a good place to start...

Friday, 8 August 2014

the favourites post - July 2014

A little bit late this month but here is a belated July Favourites! It's been lovely and sunny throughout most of the month and on the odd days off I have I tried to make the most of the sunshine.

For my nails this month I've been loving the Rimmel Salon Pro varnish in Happily Ever After - this looks gorgeous on both finger nails and toes - the most beautiful coral/red/pink shade. The application is a dream too, with the brush being ideal to cover most of the nail in one swoop.
Now, I'm only 19 but I've really been enjoying this OLAY Anti Wrinkle day lotion, it's the perfect pre makeup face moisturiser as it's not greasy or oily and provides the skin with the nourishment it needs. It was pretty inexpensive too so definitely a good all around product.

Earlier on in the month I bought this Seventeen lipstick in the shade Blush - it's a gorgeous everyday mauve pink shade (similar to MAC Brave which is my all time favourite) the consistency is glossy yet not sticky and the colour pay off is really good too. For under a fiver they are definitely worth swatching, and I'm a fan of the sleek silver packaging too!
The L'Oreal eyeshadows have probably been a few peoples favourites this month as they are divine - I've recently written a whole post dedicated to them and over the past few weeks I've been wearing them on their own with a bit of mascara or added a bit of winged eyeliner for a more glam look.

Finally, these sunglasses have been constantly on my face (or head) this month, from New Look they were £4.99 which is an absolute bargain and I love the retro crossed with chic look they mix together.  I think the hughstreet shops like New Look, Topshop and H&M are really good with sunglasses and they're always affordable too... I'm still lusting over a pair of Ray Bans though...

Friday, 1 August 2014

the l'oréal launch

Every body and their blog has been raving about these shadows over the past month or so, a new release of shimmery and matte shadows from L'Oréal tempted me in too. So I picked up a couple of shades the other week and have been trying and testing them ever since. 
I picked up two shades to begin with - Nude 201 & Matte 106 were the ones that I felt I would wear the most. I have to say I'm not sure about the packaging, it seems that the shadows aren't secure properly and a few I opened in the shop the shadows were starting to crumble out of the container. 

However, don't judge a book by its cover as the quality of the shadows themselves are as everyone else has said, they are buttery soft and apply evenly so not a lot of blending is required (perfect for eye shadow noobs like me!)
I usually wear these shadows on their own because they are simply that beautiful, on top of the MAC Painterly paint pot these shadows stay set for a good few hours with not a crease in sight. I tend to opt for Nude 201 for evenings or special occasions as it has more of a shimmer in the shadow and I wear Matte 106 on a more daily basis as it's slightly more understated. 

These little pots of goodness can be found in Boots or Superdrug for about £7 each but it's definitely worth trying to pick them up whilst on 3 for 2 because one would simply not be enough...