25 May, 2015

REVOLUTION: ULTRA BROW KIT

Having been loyal to my soap & glory archery eyebrow pencil for the past few months, I feel that I am lacking in new products to enhance my brow and make them much more neat and precise during my nights out. I have used eyebrow gels but I find that using a seperate concealer and anothe brush makes everything far more complicated than I would like. Recently I have already posted up about all the products that I own with regards to my eyebrow maintenance so you can check it out HERE if it is of interest to you.


So this amazing multitasking palette caught my eye when I was shopping in Superdrug browsing around. Not only is it beautiful with a good selection of shades to mix and match, but it includes a highighter, concealer and miniature tools for on the go. The powder brow powders are pigmented and I find that the shades can be easily blended to cater for any brow colour and the wax is great for setting the brow hairs in place. The concealer on the other hand is of a good yellow-toned shade which suited me perfectly although I found that it is not as opaque as I would have liked when I blended it out. 


The little tiny miniature tools are very good but I would give the pencil a miss as I find that it is a bit too warm toned for my liking and it tended to smudge a little bit fom my experience. I went on a trip away to Brighton and this palette was all that I took with me as I left my makeup bag at home unfortunatley. The brow powders I made good use of as eyeshadows and lining my eyes with no problem at all. The palette is great and I think it is perfect to have as part of a kit or even if you are beginning to experiment with eyebrow products. The price of this is only £8 which is a total bargain for what you get but my palette doesn't really close properly so before you guys purchase, I strongly urge you to check the packaging first.



What is your favourite eyebrow product?
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20 February, 2015

TOP FOUNDATIONS FOR OILY SKIN

Over the years of combatting my oily complexion and experimenting with numerous different foundations in the hope that one day I would find the solution. These 4 foundations I have found to work best to keep me shine free throughout the day. In addition, I do like to use a primer under my foundation to help it last longer. I did a post here which summarises all my primers that in my collection.


YSL fusion Ink foundation

This is very similar to my L’oreal tent magique in a sense that it is both a thin liquid texture that melts into the skin transforming into powder. This gives an airbrushed finish and there is no need for extra setting powder. It has a little spatula wand that places the product on your face before blending it in. I find that using the warmth of your fingers to blend in the foundation to be the best method as you have to be quite quickly. I do warn girls out there with combination oily skin and prone the the random dry patch - This foundation does cling onto it emphasising it. This foundation is gives a lightweight comfortable feel and perfect for days where skin appears to be having a good day and doesn’t need as much coverage. Lasts around 4 hours before my shine starts to break through. I reviewed the L'oreal Teint magique foundation here.



Lancome teint miracle 24h

This is the most heavy foundation that I own in my collection in my opinion but It really does keep your face shine free for the longest period. This is a medium to heavy coverage so there is isn’t a need for me to apply extra concealer. The consistency of this foundation is very thick but it blends relatively easy to give a nice flawless finish. There is SPF in this foundation and I have noticed that there are minor flashback when with flash photography so I would be wary if you are going to an occasion where there are lots of photo taking. Recommend this foundation for more oilier skin or if you want a heavy coverage base. Full review here


Rimmel lasting finish

This is my most recent purchased foundation. I have combination oily skin and I find that this foundation stays put on my face and keeps me looking matte for a long period. I work long hour shifts and after my shift, I do look a little shiny but a nice kind with a bit of a glow rather than oil slick. This is a thick formulation but I find it a bit easier to blend compared with the Lancome Teint Miracle. Medium to full coverage, this foundation masks all my imperfections whilst giving me a subtle dewiness to the skin that doesn’t look too matte. For a drugstore foundation, I am very impressed with this and I have been using it on a daily basis for the past month along with my other January favourites   


Chanel Perfection Lumiere

I used to use the Matte Lumiere but that was unfortunatley discontinued and replaced by this foundation. I seem to reach for this foundation the least compared to the other ones and I actually don't know why. This is a medium to full coverage and it blends very nicely too. Like the name suggests, it does give a subtle glow to the skin allowing for a more natural look to the skin. This foundation is very comfortable to wear and it has a slight delicate scent of roses. Not much to say about this foundation apart from it does its job well and even my mum complimented on how nice my skin looked with it randomly. I did a full review a couple of years ago when I first purchased it here. 

Whats is your current favourite foundation?

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15 February, 2015

VALENTINES DAY MAKEUP


A day time natural makeup look with a pop of colour to represent the essence of valentines. I think this is a great option for a first date as it is clean and natural keeping the skin looking fresh looking and sweet.


FACE

I used a silicone based primer [Maybelline baby skin instant pore eraser] to cover my pores and creating a perfect canvas for my foundation to go on. For foundation, I went for the Rimmel lasting finish as it makes my skin look flawless and adds a hint of randiance without compromising the longevity of it. To add some more definition to the skin, I used a cream based product [NARS multiple in Altai] to contour my face along with [The body Shop honey bronzer] to set the contour colour. To blend out and set all the products, I used [MAC mineralise finish in natural] to finish off.


EYES

I do not actually own any pink or purple eyeshadows in my collection, therefore I ended up using an Urban decay palette which had a pink and purple shade. I used my Shu Uemura Eyelash curlers to curl my lashes and applied my [Lancome hypnose doll eyes waterproof mascara]


LIPS

Back to using my forgotten much loved [Revlon lip butter in Sweet tart] as it is very moisturising and the pink shade is very sweet looking and perfect for valentines day.

What makeup look did you wear for valentines day?

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04 February, 2015

BENEFIT ROLLER LASH MASCARA REVIEW

I was so excited about this new mascara by Benefit Cosmetics that I went out and grabbed the ELLE magasine which contained the generous freebie for £4 which is an actual bargain considering Benefit products are quite expensive. 


Firstly I actually quite like the cute rose gold and black packaging, although the full sized version is pink and rubber which I do not find attractive in any way. The cute 3g travel friendly mascara is perfect for on the go as its a good size to pop in your makeup bag without taking too much space. 


So the mascara is described as a 'super-curling & lifting mascara' therefore I was super excited to give it a try as my lashes are poker straight and I always have a hard time finding products to maintain my curl throughout the day. This is a non-waterproof mascara which I wouldn't normally purchase as they make my lashes droop like crazy because of the wet formulation, however, I did in the back of my mind have high hopes for this mascara as it is by Benefit and emphasises on the curl power.


The brush allows you to 'hook and roll' your lashes to apply the mascara evenly to every single lash evenly and sepearating them out nicely. I absolutley love this mascara so much but it is such a shame that it drooped after just one coat. The mascara made my lashes look amazing and lengthened just like how I want them to, but it just wasn't right for me because of the formulation and the fact my lashes pointed downwards instead of up. 


I use only waterproof mascaras because they hold my curl and budgeproof for my oily eyelids so I really do feel that if RollerLash mascara came out with a waterproof formula, it would definitley replace my holy grail Lancome hypnose waterproof mascara. Overall, this is a great mascara if you already have long and curly lashes, but its just not for me unfortunatley.


Have you tried this mascara?
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03 February, 2015

January 2015 Favourites



Jo malone wood sage and sea salt

This was gifted to me from my boyfriend for christmas and I have been using it constantly eversince. As you can tell by the picture, there is still nearly the full bottle left because a couple of spritz of this is enough. This smells very fresh and I find that it is very lovely for daytime use. I've had a few compliments from when I was out shopping so i know that this quite unique and smells nice to others too. The scent is not too overpowering yet it lasts for quite a long time which is great and I expect nothing less from Jo Malone perfumes.

 

 Dr Lipp original nipple balm

Cold and windy weather just means my skin and lips are contantly dry. This thick balm has really helped keep my lips hydrated and moisturised. It's thick texture means that it really does remain on the lips for a long time. I tend to put this on before I go to sleep and in the morning my lips are nice and soft ready for my lipstick application. The small plastic tube also allows you to pop it into your handbag effortlessly so it is available on the go when I need some moisture


Rimmel lasting finish foundation - shade 100 ivory

Over the festive period, my skin has broken out quite badly after numerous late nights and consuming a tad too much alcohol for my own good. This foundation has definitley been the only foundation I have used in January. It is a medium to high coverage but it blends into the skin so easily and blends like a dream. The price is very reasonable too so I highly recommend this foundation to everybody. It is a bit of a downside that it is in a glass bottle which does make travelling with it a bit of a hassle. Thumbs up to Rimmel once again for such a great product.


body shop honey bronzer - shade 03

I have just hit pan on this product. Not only is the packaging so pretty resembling honey comb and doesn't dissapear after a few uses, but the colour is really natural and easy to use. I just sweep this on my contour to give a bit more colour to my face after my foundation. The shade is perfect for me as my skin is quite pale and most bronzers look a bit too orange for me. I have totally neglected my favourite NARS laguna for this cheaper alternative. The body shop always has offers out so I recommend picking on of these up to try if you are on the hunt for a nice bronzer.

 

Rimmel exaggerate lipliner - shade eastend snob

Not willing to part with my money for the Charlotte Tilbury pillowtalk at the moment, I've decided to invest in a well known dupe of it which is this Rimmel one which is so inexpensive in comparison. This colour is so pretty against my skintop and it is so easy to apply. I do have to admit that it is a little bit drying, but I use it in combination with a lipbalm to solve the situation. This colour is perfect for everyday wear. Kind of neutral your lips but better kind of colour.


seche vite dry fast top coat

Chipped nails and dry cuticles are not a good look when the weather is dry and it is hard to maintain your hands to a good standard. However, I have discovered this Seche Vite and I don't think that I would ever go back to any other top coats. This just adds the final finishing touches to any nail polishes giving it that extra shine and long lasting power. I find that when I use seche Vite, my nail polish lasts so much longer and it motivates me to keep my hands nice and moisturised to keep my hands looking in good condition.


MUA powder blusher - shade lolly

Being a big fan of orange shades, I just had to pick up this inexpensive blush by MUA. I have tried MUA eyeshadows in the past and I am truley amazed by their quality for the price. This powder blush I must admit is very powdery and one touch of the brush gives so much fall out. However, it is highly pigmented and applies onto the skin very well and non patchy. It doesn't last as long as my other blushers but it fades nicely throughout the day. For the price of this, I am happy with it and it has constantly been in my makeup bag for the month of january. 


What are your Janurary Favourites?

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31 January, 2015

MINI JANUARY HAUL + FIRST IMPRESSIONS

ESTEE LAUDER - Modern muse Eau de parfum

I am about to start on my new job next month and I thought what better way to start it off by investing in a more grown up mature scent. This scent caught my attention around half a year ago when I smelt this within a shopping centre and I haven't forgotten about it since. I really like this sophisticated scent and it is very different from my usual fruity and flowery scents that is already in my collection.


Clinique Bottom lash mascara

I have been intrigued by this little mascara for ages and never understood the hype because I never gave in to the hype. Having tried the big eyes mascara by Maybelline with the smaller brush for the lower lashes, I found that a smaller brush does mean easier application and grabs onto the lashes. First time using this mascara was quite frustrating to be honest because it is such a small brush. Although it took a longer time to apply, the results definitley showed as my lower lashes appeared longer compared with when I use a normal mascara. Removal was a little bit messy though because it comes off in little tubes and bits which i'm not really used to and defintley unexpected.


Louise young LY34 brush

Blogger fueled purchase. This foundation brush is a dome shaped which is nothing like any of the other brushes that I own in my collection. I do love using my real techniques buffing brush but this one is a little bit larger and flexible in comparison. For the price, this is really soft and good quality. I find that applying liquid/cream foundations with this brush made the process much more quicker and it blends the foundation in much more seamlessly compared with the buffing brushes. The only downside to this brush is that it is a little bit bulky and long in length so it is a mission to fit into my makeup bag when I travel around.


MAC pro longwear lipglass

An orange shade is definitley not on any makeup looks at the moment as the weather is so cold and such a warm summer shade is not appropriate. However I adored how this colour complimented my skintone so well and instantly made me look very awake and full of energy. My skintone naturally suits orange toned lipsticks and I was captivated by the thickness of this gloss and how pigmented it was. First impressions of this lipglass is great and i'm looking forward to the springtime where I can get more use out of this shade. 


REVOLUTION ultra aqua brow tint

I have been sitting on the fence for the past couple months deciding whether I wanted to invest on the infamous anastasia dipbrow promade because the price was a little bit steep for my liking and I was unsure whether it would be for me or not. When i realised that revolution did a similar brow gel and in a tube form, i instantly placed an order with them and at such a small price, it cannot go wrong. I have used this product a couple of times and I have been loving it so far and gives a more precise and neat finish to my brows compared with just using my eyebrow pencil. The formulation was easy to apply and the pigmentation level was just right. 

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29 January, 2015

MY TOP 5 BOLD LIP PRODUCTS


MAC MATTE LIPSTICK - RUBYWOO

Perfect blue toned matte red lipstick I have found. This lipstick has a really good formulation which is comfortable on the lips and doesn't leave my lips cracked and dehydrated. I usually apply this with a lip brush to give a more defined and precise finish. It also makes my teeth look alot whiter. Full review and swatches can be found here


TOPSHOP VELVET LIPS - VELVETEEN RIBBON

This is the newest addition to my stash of never ending lip products. Eversince I have found the Sleek lip cream, I have wanted a similar product but in a more deep red colour. This Topshop lip cream was a tad drying but I do like the colour of this and it's lasting power was very good. I was a bit shocked by the price of this as it does resemble the price of other higher end products and I was unaware until I reached the till. Although I was a bit unsure about the pricing of this, I was in love with the colour and overlooked the issue.


KIKO SMART LIP PENCIL - 710

This is a more daring and vampy shade that I tend to just wear on limited occasions. I love the deep plum colour of this but I am not brave enough yet to sport this during the day. The lip pencil itself was very inexpensive and it was a delight to use as the consistency of the product was very nice and made it such a breeze to define my lips. With this colour, it makes me look a bit more sophisticated and mature which is good on nights out.


SLEEK MATTE ME LIP CREAM - FANDANGO PURPLE 

Long lasting lip product and compliments my skintone very well. I am always impressed by sleek products because they are high quality and the pricing is reasonable. This is a well pigmented lip cream which is very easy to apply and dries to a excellent matte finish. Full review and swatches can be found here

 

RIMMEL LASTING FINISH - KATE 107 

Long standing favourite of mine within my big stash. Rimmel lipsticks always deserve a big thumbs up for me because they are just so nice to use and effortless to apply. I would say that this one is a bit less matte than the rest of the other lip products I have chosen, but it does have much more moisturising properties. This deep berry colour is so pretty on the lips and definitley goes well with most makeup looks and outfits. Great product for such a good price.

 

Are you a fan of dark lipsticks? 

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