Sunday, 28 December 2014

14 Favourites of 2014

Hello beauties,

Can you believe how fast this year has gone by, the last few months I have been so busy with university the months just rolled into one and now its nearly 2015! Unsurprisingly when it came to picking my most loved products of the year I did not find it so difficult, whittling it down to 14 though was not so simple. With that said here is a look at my final picks....

Face:
Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Plance Makeup This little bottle of perfect skin shows that foundation does not have to look cakey to be full coverage; love this! Review

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer This product has given me so much confidence, I have always hated blemishes and they have prevented me from feeling great so many times, but this is coverage to the max. I feel this is the only concealer I have used that actually conceals and stays put forever. My sister has now purchased this for her wedding day as she is so happy with it's results. Review


NARS Blush in Sex Appeal The blush itself is great at keeping things a little more matte, and the shade is perfectly subtle and natural looking; a beautiful peachy pink. Review


Yves Saint Laurent Souffle D'Eclat Loose Powder I love how light this feels on my skin and how smoth it makes it feel. Longevity is my top priority with my base and this makes all my foundations stay put. Review

Topshop Bronzer in Mohawk: So I can't find this online anymore but I have seen it in store. at £9 from a reatail store I wasnt expecting much, but I have used this everyday over my Benefit Hoola bronzer. Review

Eyes:

Urban Decay Naked Palette I flit between all of my other palettes but my single most used palette has to be the original Naked. Buck is the perfect crease colour. 

BareMinerals Lash Domination Any long  term readers will know this has been my favourite mascara since I fist saw the wand. It's unique design sets this aside from all other mascaras on the market. Review


Maybeline Eye Studio Gel Liner This is actually the only Maybeline product I use but I use it everyday. I cat eye is impossible without this beauty. it is smudge-able for the first 20mins or so them is untouchable without remover. it never feels drying and applies perfectly smoothly. I use the Lancôme 24 double ended liner smudge brush to apply with effortless precision.


Lips:

Soap & Glory Fabu-Lipstick in Super Nude Put simply this is the perfect nude, its matte looking but still moisturising on the lips. Love!
or
M.A.C Matte Lipstick in Honey Love Perfectly matte, and a beautiful everyday nude but slightly more drying on the lips. 

So this is my little cheat on the 14 favourites, the Soap & Glory is my actual fave, The M.A.C is my alternative for overseas readers that cannot get hold of Soap & Glory. These lipsticks are so similar in shade finish and quality. Originally I slightly preferred the M.A.C but Soap & Glory is more hydrating and lasts that bit longer and is my everyday University/Work lipstick. Check out my comparative review of the two here.


Perfume:

Miss Dior Eau De Parfum This was so hard for me to decide but the the subtle sweet floral scent of Miss Dior makes you feel so feminine and guarantees you compliments. It is very long-lasting and even the packaging is beautiful. 

Hair:

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray Honestly my hair is so naturally oily any product that is not dry shampoo I usually hate, but a touch of sea salt seams to do wonders to my locks I can now get away with decent second day hair. Review

Skin Care:

Lancôme Gel Eclat Clarifying Cleanser I will be reviewing this soon but put shortly the tube will last you the year, it is gentle to the skin and eyes and removes everything. 
Malin + Goetz Sulfur Paste This is my top recommendation to anyone who sufferers with blemishes. This not only dries them out but rids the skin of bacteria allowing you to wave goodbye to those unsightly spots and blackheads. Review

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate  My little pot of awesome; the only thing that has made skin feel smoother and appear firmer. Review


That concludes this post and 2014, thank you all so much for reading my blog, I hope you all have an amazing new year.

Feliz año nuevo!
Ciao
  xxx

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

NARS Virtual Domination Palette

Hello ladies,

This product has been blogged and vlogged about more than any other product this festive season and it's not hard to see why. If you are a fan of NARS then I'm sure this was at the top of your wish list this year..
The design of the packaging is so perfectly festive and edgy looking, I have to be honest I like it almost as much as the product itself. I can't deny I am a bit of a makeup magpie.
Exclusive to SpaceNK this product is now out of stock online but if you have managed or do manage to get your hands on this product there is no room for disappointment. 

The notorious Laguna Bronzing Powder and Deep Throat Blush are firm favourite of all make up lovers. The Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush Powder had not caught my eye before but can also be bought individually. I normally stay way clear from highlights but this is so subtle it is lovely when used with the blushes. I put this on my brush then a blush before applying rather than applying them separately as this makes the blush a little more subtle looking. 
Sex Fantasy is my new favourite blush and unfortunately can not be purchased separately. Their blush in Sex Appeal (ReviewI would say is the closest in finish and vibrancy of their pre-existing blushes, it has a coral undertone rather than a pure pink but looks just as natural looking. 

I am sure that this will feature in a few posts in the upcoming year and had it not been a December purchase this would have been top of my 2014 favourites post which will be up shortly. 

Hope you all have a fabulous festive holiday!
Ciao
  xxx

Monday, 8 December 2014

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate

Hello Beauties,
T'is the season for photographs and I don't know about you but where there are cameras in the plenty I like to up the ante with my skincare routine. While primers are great for evening out the appearance of pores, I have also found they clog my pores, and unless I want a face full of blackheads, I cannot wear a primer everyday. Let me introduce you to this skin perfecting serum. 
The serum was designed to reduce the appearance of fine lines, increase your skins firmness and improve the clarity of your skin, making it appear more radiant with an evenness of skin tone and texture.
In honesty I have not noticed this have an effect on the evenness of my skin tone, I still have some red pigmentation on my cheeks. The rest of the above however cannot be more true.
Just three drops of this massaged on to face each morning has not only made my skin more firm, it increases the longevity of my foundation, and creates a more even feel to my skin without blocking any of my pores or allowing my make up to crease into my fine lines. 
At £59 for 30ml the primer does not look like a bad alternative, but Lancôme always have free sample gifts when you purchase their products on their website and there are so many gift sets with these little pots in that I have been using this for the past year without ever purchasing it. 

I swear by this product, it has made such a big difference to firmness of my skin and I highly recommend it. If you are looking to achieve the results of a primer with skincare then this is the product for you.  buy here

Ciao
  xxx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

CHANEL Soleil Tan De Chanel

Hello lovelies,
Last month I finally took the plunge and purchased by first Chanel product. After a year of swooning over their foundations and lipsticks I put my sensible head on and decided to go for a product I couldn't buy from another brand. I hear you, there are plenty of non-powder bronzers out there, but non quite like this one. So if the packaging hadn't already, let me tempt you in to buying this little beauty...
For me, the texture of this product really sets it apart from other cream bronzers. In the pot the product is solid, it is only once the heat of your skin touches the product does it become a lovely buttery texture. This allows the product to be worked on to your skin, but also means that once applied this sets beautifully and stays in place all day. 

I think this is the perfect winter bronzer as not only does it add a bit of warmth to a snow white complexion, it has a lovely subtly dewy finish. 
I like to lightly buff this on to my skin after applying my liquid and powder foundation. By applying it after powder it will keep the coverage of your foundation intact and create a smother finish. This can be applied as your bronzer or as a base to your bronzer depending on the finish and intensity of colour you prefer.
Priced at £32 for 30g of never-ending product I did not think the price was too bad. This product could last you a good couple of years even if you used it everyday. buy here

I clean all my products once a month with The Pro Hygiene Collection's make up antibacterial spray which will help increase product shelf life. I also never put my brush in to the pot, I swirl my clean finger in the pot and then wipe this on to my brush. This keeps the product clean and allows for buildable application. 

Let me know what you think of this product or if it is on your christmas list. Also I would love to know your favourite Chanel products, I'm thinking of buying a soft pink or nude lipstick; any shade suggestions? 

Ciao
  xxx

Monday, 17 November 2014

Bumble and Bumble: Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Set

Hello Beauties,

I love a bit of Bumble and Bumble and their travel sets are just a little too hard for a blogger to resist, and with my combination, frizzy locks I couldn't just walk past The Hairdresser's Trio. The set costs £19.50 and contains the Invisible Oil sulfate free Shampoo, Invisible Oil Conditioner, and Invisible Oil heat and uv protecting primer all 60ml bottles. buy here
This is a sulfate free shampoo with six 'feather light' oils as they have promoted it. I knew this was going to nourish my hair but 'invisible' to me suggests that my hair will look shiny but will feel light and oil free. Unfortunately this shampoo just makes my hair greasy, it looks really heavy and more like 3 day hair than salon washed hair. I do have oil prone hair near my scalp but even the dryer ends of my hair looked oily when I used this. I would only recommend this if your hair is very dry.

Hairdresser’s invisible oil conditioner 
Surprisingly I really like this conditioner, it makes your hair look sleek and prevents dry frizzy hair. I only use this in the ends of my hair but I really love how smooth this makes it feel. I wouldn't say it aids in de-tangling your hair but if your are using a Tangle Teezer or a Wet Brush it is not really a problem.

This is my favorite of the trio. I use this in the ends of my hair when it is wet or dry as like a protecting leave in conditioner. This is perfect if you have dry frizzy hair, used before straightening it really does make the hair look sleeker. 

I have always been happy with Bumble and Bumble products in the past but with this set I feel the high street has some great alternatives and the products are just not worth the price tag. If its a leave in treatment you are after then Aussie have a great range of leave in conditioners at more affordable prices. 

Let me know your thoughts if you have tried these products in the comments. Also see my reviews of the Surf Set and the Ultimate Blow Dry Set for some more of my rambles.  

Ciao
  xxx

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Estée Lauder Perfecting Loose Powder

Do you ever find it is the products you use most often are the ones you neglect to review?

You may have read my previous reviews of the Estée Lauder Double Wear foundations and The Double Wear Stay In Place pressed Powder, well let me introduce you to the Perfecting Loose Powder that completes the dream team for perfect skin. 

At £28.50 for 10g this is a little costly so here is why I think its worth parting with your hard earned pennies...
As you can see the powder is very finely milled and therefore perfectly lightweight. You can apply a few layers of the powder without looking like you have powdered at all. It mattifies and softens the finish of your base creating a more even looking complexion. 

I find most loose powders are more long lasting than pressed powders as they do not oxidise as easily. This one in particular lasts forever, it does not seam to encourage the production of oil at all and hardly ever needs re-touching. 
I am also a big lover of the Yves Saint Laurent Souffle D'Eclat Loose Powder (read review) which costs £9.50 more for 5g more of product. To be honest they are both investment products that are equally great. I differentiate the two on the finish of the foundation you are applying them on to. If you wear a more sheer finish foundation, you will probably prefer YSL's Souffle D'Eclat, where as if your base has a more matte finish and is more full coverage, then Estée Lauder's loose powder may be more for you. 

With both of these powders I have found the realTechniques Blush Brush to be the best at holding the right amount of product and applying a light, even amount all over your skin.

I'd love to know your thoughts on this product, or what your favorite loose powder is. And for those of you that are looking for a drugstore alternative try the Soap & Glory Kick Ass powder; see my review here.

Ciao
  xxx

C'est la vie... #1

Hello Lovelies
While I tend to stay clear of lifestyle blogs from time to time I think it is nice to update you. So if you see a c'est la vie post, it will just be me sharing my thoughts; good, bad and reflective.
 

I am currently finding it a little difficult to juggle my work, social and social media life. I am studying my Masters in Legal Practice this year, as well as working two days a week in an office for a home care company. Honestly, I'm finding it hard to blog as much as I would like with my excessive work load.
I just wanted to say that I will continue to blog, I just may be a little quiet sometimes, and thank you all for reading my ramblings.

Ciao
  xxx

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Autumn Favourites

Hello lovelies,
As I did with my Summer favourites I thought doing a seasonal collective favourites post may be a better depiction of things that I am currently loving, rather than just things I have been using a lot because I tend to get ready in a rush. So enough with the rambles, here are the things I have been enjoying more as the weather has started to get colder and the days are shorter.
My T-zone has become really oily with the recent weather change and this foundation just seems to be perfect at preventing shiny skin whilst still having a really natural, subtly dewy finish. It is a little lighter coverage than I normally go for but with a foundation brush this is a medium coverage. (review)

Firstly NARS eye shadows full stop are amazing, they have a creamy velvet like texture that don't crease at all even without applying a lid primer (that comes with the palette). Secondly, how perfect are these shades for this time of year. There are transitional and festive shades, but can just as easily be paired for subtle day looks. At £35 for 6 shadows, a primer and a brush I think it would be a beautiful gift for someone...namely yourself.
I Bought this a few weeks ago and after hearing mixed reviews I think this is a bit of a Marmite product but I love this. I apply it as a base for my bronzer if I want a matte finish, or alone when I want a dewy finish. I rub my finger on to the product then wipe my finger on to a buffing brush. This allows for buildable coverage and keeps the product clean. 


I Thought this looked awful when I first saw how thick the product was on the applicator. Seriously, this looks as though it would create some overly clumpy lashes, but I was massively mistaken. My lashes have never look so long, curled, fanned out and voluminous than when I wear this. I will definitely be buying the full size product. 
Again I wasn't too sure on this pencil at first. I am a massive fan of the YSL brow pencil is Ash but my sister assured me this was just as good, at at a fraction of the price (£2.99!) it had to be worth a shot. Verdict; well it's my new fave. I miss my spooley, but the texture and shade are perfect. 

Honestly I love this shade all year round but with me wearing darker lips at the moment I love wearing a matching nail varnish and I just can't get this shade off my nails at the moment. 

If you would like to know my current skincare faves I posted my Evening Skincare Routine the other day so check that out if you would like some combination skin care inspiration.

Ciao
  xxx

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Evening Skincare Routine

Hello beauties,
With every season my skincare products get a reshuffle and with combination skin, weather change has a big affect on it's condition. It is so important we use great products that work for us, and if you are going to splurge out anywhere then it should (unfortunately) be on skincare. The way I convince myself is that your skincare products are as much of a base product as your foundation; even if the packaging isn't as showstopping. 
Step one of my skincare routine is based on pure laziness if I am honest. When I get home form work or university the last thing I want to be doing is a lengthy cleanse and polish. A quick wipe off of the make up with the Bioderma Sensibo H20 or Yves Saint Laurent Top Secret Toning and Cleansing Water with a cotton pad is super fast and makes your skin feel lovely and fresh. I have found Bioderma to be a little drying, so I reserve this for days when I am feeling a little more oily. The cotton pads I like the most are actually from Primark. I find these to be the most gentle on the skin without all the cotton separating leaving fluff all over my fingers. 
Whilest I realise I am getting no younger, and good skin means good skin care, I still try to go for the lazy girls approach to cleansing. This Lancome Gel Eclat is perfect for a super fast deep clean. It is gentle on the skin and does not irritate the eye area, and most importantly it removes all make up; including waterproof products. I massage this all over my face and remove with warm running water. The warm water helps to open your pores so no dirt is trapped. I then dry my face using a cotton pad; simply because I am so bad at cleaning face towels in time this is my solution.

Once cleansed I always go straight in with my toner on a cotton pad, this will close your pores preventing any dirt from clogging them. It also assists in firming the skin. A lot of toners have a drying quality, but this Vitamin E Toner from The Body Shop is a little more nourishing, it will not cause dryness and also assists in reducing uneven pigmentation and redness. (see review)
Your evening routine is the best time to treat your skin, you have the whole night to allow products to really work so this is where I treat my skin by locking in moisture to my dry areas and reducing excess oil from my problem areas. 

For cream I have found Lancome (albeit expensive) to have the most nourishing products that work well on my very sensative skin. For my eye area I love their Rénergie Multi-Lift Eye cream, I massage this in gently with my ring fingers. I then use the Rénergie Multi-Lift Cream which has Firming and  Anti-Wrinkle benefits as well as an SPF of 15. I massage this over the rest of my face and on to my neck with any excess product. 

For the areas of my skin that I have excess oil I apply the Malin + Goetz Sulfur Paste with a cotton bud. I also apply this directly to any blemishes and leave on over night to wash off in the morning. (see full review)
As you can see I love really creamy products that make my skin feel healthy and nourished. The cold weather can make my skin feel so dry but this cleanser and the creams really help to combat any damage the cold wind can do. 

I would love to know your current skincare must haves and if these products are part of your routines. Let me know in the comments below. 

Ciao
  xxx

Monday, 20 October 2014

Malin + Goetz Sulfur Paste

With the recent weather change my skin has has decided to have a colossal breakout, and whilst we all long for younger looking skin, I'm not sure a teenage breakout is what we all have in mind. Whether you have actually broken out, have clogged up pores, blackheads or just oily skin, this handy little sulfur paste may just be your new best friend. 
First things first, don't make the same mistake I did and open the pot thinking this is a paste. This is a liquid; if you do not open this carefully you will have it everywhere, and this does stain. Warnings done this is an amazing skin care product. My oily T-Zone now has healthy normal skin, and while my spots have not completely gone yet, I have not got any more since using this. 
As you can see this dries your skin so it is not a great idea to use this everyday. I use this every other day, and I still moisturise; the aim is not to dehydrate your skin, this just kills the bacteria reducing excess oil and spots forming. 
This costs £16.50 for 14ml and can be bought in SpaceNK (buy online). I apply this with a cotton bud on to my skin, this keeps the unused product clean and is very easy to apply to a blemish alone or to a larger area. For best results leave on over night and wash off with water in the morning. Apply it after cleansing fully, and moisturise as normal in the morning to prevent dry skin. 

Obviously if you have dry skin or dry patches this is not one for you, but if you are someone that has suffered with excess oil and breakouts then reducing bacteria is key. This used to be known as a treatment for acne, now I think it is important to not rely solely on a product. Healthy lifestyle, sleep, keeping hydrated will also keep your skin looking great, but for a little extra help in keeping blemishes at bay, Malin + Goetz have got it spot on. 

Ciao
  xxx

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Lush: Popcorn Lip Scrub

Hello lovelies,

While I'd love to follow the crowd and swoon over all Lush Cosmetics products, having not owned a bath for 4 years and being a firm lover of showers has meant that the shop tends to get sidetracked whilst on my spending sprees. That said I have a couple of Lush product reviews coming your way so lets start things off with their impulsive till point purchase; the Lip Scrubs.

The Scrubs come in 3 different flavours; Popcorn, Mint Julips and Bubblegum and retail for £5.50 buy here. There is also a christmas edition Santa's Lip Scrub if you are feeling a little more festive.
The Good Bits: Well most importantly, it actually works. My lips always feel perfectly exfoliated, smooth and healthy looking after using the scrub. This product is great if you too like wearing mate lipsticks. I always use a balm on my lips after using this to make the benefits last longer. My choice of balm is The Body Shop Vitamin E lip care; this nourishes your lips even in the coldest of weathers. Together they make the perfect dream team against chapped lips.

The Bad Bits: This tastes horrific, I haven't been sat here eating it I can assure you but of course rubbing this on your lips you do get a little taste and ergh! I have started using this before brushing my teeth that way I counteract the taste with some mint. This does smell amazing but keep your lips firm shut when scrubbing.
The other thing I think could easily be improved, is that it seams to have a little too much sugar and not much scrub. There is very little oil or balm holding the sugar together so it tends to go everywhere. 

While I am am very happy with the results the product gives, there are a few tweaks that could be improved before I would make another purchase.

Let me know what you think of this product, and if you are using a better lip scrub please share your finds! 

Ciao
  xxx

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Yes To Cucumber Soothing Hypoallergenic Facial Wipes

Hello ladies,
I realise wipes are a bit of a love hate in the beauty world, and although we all know a little wipe does not amount to a skincare routine, these lazy girl favourite do have their uses so we may as well use the good'ns.
Im such a sucker for packaging, a cute message always makes my day but on with the stuff that matters...
Price: £3.99 for 30 wipes Buy here

Smell: Well as you would expect, the cucumber wipes smell of just that. There are no nasty surprises just a lovely fresh scent.

Quality: The wipes themselves are not as soft or quilted as most other brands, however, they are far from rough. The feel as though they are good at getting the muck off your face. They are relatively large wipes so you can do your full face without having to use a dirty section of the wipe. 
I personally do not use these to take off my make up, they will not cleanse your face fully. If you are in a rush in the morning and have cleansed your face fully the night before then these do a good job at making your face feel cleansed. As they are oil free it also feels as though they have some toning qualities. 
If you were on the hunt for drug store make up wipes for on the go I would suggest Garnier Skin Naturals cleansing wipes as they are quilted and take off more of the make up. However, if you are looking for wipes just to freshen up in the day then these are perfect.
Range: There are four different wipes available in the range, all for different purposes including
The standard size packs are all sold in Boots. There is also a Yes To Cucumbers On The Go Facial Wipes that contains 10 wipes, however, I am not sure where stocks this pack.

Let me know if your have tried these wipes and which are your favourites, also check out the Yes to website to to see full product details.

Ciao
  xxx

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation

Hello Beauties,
I know you are probably used to seeing the trusted Touche Éclat foundation round these parts, but Yves Saint Laurent have stepped up their game and created this little beauty. So let me tell you why Fusion Ink, or Le Teint Encre De Peau for all you mademoiselles, should be on your wishlists...
Starting with the packaging, before opening the bottle I was a little disappointed that there was no pump, but don't fear ladies, YSL has added their signature shaped wand to the inside of the lid. The wand makes layering this foundation so much easier. No more pouring out too much product; which is super helpful with this foundation because a little really does go a long way. 
The Foundation itself I really couldn't flaw. With my combination skin I often find other foundations drying out my skin or making my skin look oily. This seams to sidetrack all the things you don't like creating beautifully flawless looking skin that stays put all day. It has a velvet like touch and look to it, but it does not feel heavy on the skin at all. 

I have found this foundation to be best without adding powder, I do still wear bronzer and blush but somehow they have made the liquid foundation feel like a powdered matte foundation but still keeping a natural glow.

At £30.50 it is hardly the cheapest product on the market but if good natural looking skin is what you are after then I haven't tried better than this. 
The reason this foundation is so perfect for all skin types is that the formula contains a combination of sensorial and volatile oils. The texture of the foundation changes from a regular liquid foundation to a velvet type texture once blended on to the skin. They say the oils evaporate once blended, and while I can't understand the science behind it, I can confirm both the dry and oily areas of my skin looked like normal healthy skin throughout the day. 

The only downfall I can see is that she shade range is much smaller than other YSL foundations. There are still 16  shades but there are very few available for darker skin tones. Hopefully they will come out with more shades but for now, most of the lighter shades do correspond with those of the Touche Éclat.

This may not be buildable to full coverage but it is a good medium and it looks so natural, provided you get the perfect match I'm sure a few people will be fooled into thinking you were born flawless.

Ciao

Friday, 26 September 2014

Review: Topshop Bronzer in Mohawk

Hello Beauties,
I have finally taken the plunge and purchased my first product from Topshop Cosmetics. I have always been a little sceptical about them having beauty products with them being more well known for their fashion, however, I have read a lot of great reviews on their beauty bits so it had to be worth a try.
Topshop have 4 powder bronzers but I would say Mohawk is the most wearable out of the 4. In fact I would say this is a pretty good doop for Benefits Hoola bronzer and it is a fraction of the price. At just £9 I would struggle to justify Hoola's £23.50 price tag.
The shade is a little darker than benefit's Hoola but I think this makes this a mover versatile product. Where Hoola can look a little orange when used as a contour, Mohawk has a more earthy tone to it so looks great as a contour or a bronzer. I also really like using this as an eyeshadow, it looks great as a crease or transition colour as it is perfectly matte.

As regards to the texture there is very little difference. Benefit's Hoola feels velvet like and the powder is chalky; it is very easy to apply too much of this product. Topshops Bronzer has the same chalkiness but is slightly less velvet like in texture. If they were both put in the same packaging I don't think most people would know which is which.

The brushes I use to apply this are the Real Techniques Multi Task Brush; for when I apply this as a bronzer, and the Lancome 25 Cheek and Contour brush (review) for when I apply it as a contour. Like I say this is a chalky powder so you have to tap off excess product off the brush before you apply.
I am so happy with this bronzer, I highly recommend this to everyone. It is rare that you find such a high quality product with such a little price tag, it is definitely one of the best bronzers on the high street! I am also very happy I no longer have to spend £23.50 on Hoola, that means I can buy some more Topshop goodies right? 

Ciao
  xxx
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Benefit Hoola £23.50
Real Techniques Multi Task Brush £29.99 (for set of 6 brushes)

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

What's in my handbag makeup bag

Hello there ladies,
If you didn't already know I'm nosey parker and love all 'what's in' posts so with the assumption/hope that I'm not the only nosey one round these parts heres a sneaky peak at the beauty bits I use on the go...
Now if like me you would love a kitchen sink in your bag you will probably have learnt the don't pack light, pack miniature technique. I have managed to cut my makeup bag down to this little Ted Baker pencil case. I love the whole Ted Baker wash bag range so click here to see this seasons picks.
Jouer Lip Sheer; St Tropez
Jouer Face Compact and Jouer Moisturising Lip Gloss; Cherish. Both from Blushing Beauty Collection (review)
Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint sample in shade pearl (review


All my miniatures I usually find at the till in Boots, samples I tend to collect from online orders, I know they want you to try new things, I just pick my faves so that I don't have to lug around the full size products. 

In my bag I also like to keep some hygiene bits, and if I am only using a small bag I would rather take these bits than my make up bag.


I realise I don't need all this stuff in my bag but I tend to have 8 hour days so it's nice if you can feel fresh throughout. If you would like to nosey at my What's in your bag post click here.

Let me know if you have done one of these posts and pop the link in the comments. Is this an excessive amount of stuff or am I fairly normal? I don't know, but I can't see me down sizing anytime soon.

Ciao
  xxx

Monday, 22 September 2014

College/ University Makeup Look

Hello beauties,
Time I did another make up look, as always the products are linked if you want to go and buy them but this is really just about a speedy application so if you have products you love that you are more familiar with, mix it up.

I think you all know by now this is my favourite medium coverage foundation. It gives a lovely my skin but better look. (review)

Powder foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Powder Makeup 
This adds a little extra coverage and blots the foundation slightly. This can be skipped if you have dry skin, but as mine is combination I use a little on my tee zone and on my chin where a little more coverage is needed. (review)
Eye Shadow: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette 
This is the perfect palette for A/W, as I went for a bold eyeliner I just used a little of shades Strange on my lid and Limit in to my crease. I then went all over my lids with shade Burnout using a big fluffy crease brush, just to add a little bit of shimmer. (review)

Eye Liner: L'Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim Black Intense  
I have such sensitive eyes and this is one of the few non gel liners I can wear without it making my eyes feel really dry. I go over this with MAC Fix+ on an eyeliner brush to prevent any smudging throughout the day (review).
Mascara: Clinique High Impact Mascara
This is actually just a sample size I am trying to use up, I do like it but if you want to see my top  3 mascaras read my last post here.

Lipstick: MAC AngelJouer Lip Sheer Capri 
I get a little of each lipstick on to my ring finger and dab on to my lips. Throughout the day I would probably just apply the jouer lipstick as this is incredibly buttery and moisturising, but I like to start of the day with a hint of pink but very natural looking lips.

I haven't used any bronzer, contour, highlight or blusher here. Because I used a medium coverage foundation I like to let my natural blush come through. This makes the overall look more subtle and, more importantly, faster to apply for the early morning lessons.

Let me know what you think of this look and please comment with your links if you have done a look post recently.

Ciao
  xxx