Archive | February, 2014

FOTD: It’s All About Bronze

19 Feb

Hello lovelies!

Thought I’d share an FOTD with you today. I just recently purchased ‘All The Faves’, a bareMinerals kit on ASOS’ big beauty sale (out of stock now boohoo 😦 ). It came with 8 deluxe sample sizes of some of bareMinerals’ most loved products, hence the name. The eyeshadows that came with it literally have blown me away. They’re what’s missing from my ab fab Stila ‘In The Light’ palette. I saw Anna’s post on the new Nars Eyeshadow palette, and was inspired to create a smoky bronze look myself.

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Heard some mixed reviews about that Narsissist Palette, anyone tried it out?

The duo is called ‘The Epiphany’ and has one golden bronze shade with shimmer, and another completely matte dark chocolate brown. 

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I paired it with my Maybelline The Nudes Lipstick in Tantalizing Taupe, which I just got in my February GlossyBox. Can’t believe that was my last one! I still have 2 boxes to redeem with my credits, but still! 😦

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I went back to work today after six weeks off while they sort the park out for the new year. New rides and new challenges! Exciting!

Hope you all have a wonderful day/evening, wherever you are!
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FOTD: The No-Makeup Makeup Look

10 Feb

Hello lovelies!

A very speedy FOTD today for you. Definitely been loving this kind of make-up lately! Nude lips? So not me. But loving it!
As always, please avert your eyes if you are offended by bare faces!
ImageAaaand post-makeup!

I’m wearing Benefit’s ‘They’re Real Mascara’, Collection’s ‘Lasting Perfection Concealer’, The Body Shop’s ‘Honey Bronzing Powder’ in ’02’, Benefit’s ‘Sunbeam Highlighter’ and Beautiful Movement Cosmetics ‘Beautiful Lips’ Lipgloss in Nude.

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So there ya go!

Hope you guys have a lovely day/evening, wherever you are!
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Revlon Matte and Lacquer Balms + Swatches!

8 Feb

Hello lovelies!

A little post on the new Revlon Balms. They’ve just recently launched in the UK, and there’s a huge selection of lovely shades. I picked up a couple of matte ones, but only one of the lacquers caught my eye. A lot of the lacquer balms had tons of glitter in them, and that just isn’t something that I look for.

ImageI picked up Standout (250, matte burgundy), Elusive (205, matte pink) and Vivacious (120, lacquer pink).

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Standout is a warm toned deep red, it has a minty scent that is similar to the original Revlon Balm Stains, but definitely toned down.
ImageElusive is a dusky matte pink that is relatively natural on the lips. It’s smooth to apply, just like the darker colour. It also has a minty scent, but it seems a little more opaque than the darker colour. The matte formula balms are relatively long wearing, with the darker colour wearing off nicely after about 6 hours.

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Vivacious is a hot pink that is super shiny. The shine definitely dims the longer you wear it, with the formula turning to more of a creamy finish. It’s pretty long wearing, I can get up to four hours without having to touch up, which is awesome for a product with shine.

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So, I’ve resigned myself to buying about thirty more of these until my collection is complete. I give them a solid 4/5, the only thing that could improve them would be if the lacquer range had less glitter in them. And if they smelled like marshmallows or fruit instead of mint. But that’s personal preference.

Are you guys gonna go out and grab these while they’re hot? Or have you already taken the plunge and picked up a couple? Let me know what you guys think in the comments! 🙂

Have a lovely day or evening, wherever you are!
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Huge Collective Haul!

5 Feb

Hello lovelies!
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A big haul today. I’ve been shopping too much, but we all know how that goes. My bank account is definitely suffering after all the shopping during December and now January…*cries*
On with the haul!

ImageBenefit’s ‘Hoola’ Bronzer – £23.50

ImageI’ve had a sample size of Hoola forever, I got a big set of Benefit samples last Christmas from my Mum and am still going through a couple of the samples. I figured it was time to upgrade to the full size as I just hit pan on the little sample. It’s a mid toned bronzer, good for lighter skin tones. I can’t wait to be able to use a bronzer brush that’s a good size now! Hoorah!

ImageBenefit’s ‘Stay Don’t Stray’ Primer for Concealers and Eyeshadows – £20.50

ImageThis is the first full-size that I’ve had of this product. I adore it. It’s essentially the only product I can’t live without. Even if I’m not wearing ANY make-up I will gravitate towards wearing this. I’m so excited to have this little beauty in my life. 🙂

ImageBenefit’s ‘They’re Real’ Mascara – £19.50

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This mascara is the bee’s knees in the blogging world. It’s also the best-selling mascara in the UK. Even above drugstore ones. Yeah. I’ve had about six minis and one full size of this, but I was just clinging to my first tube for sentimental reasons. That baby was definitely not usable anymore. I had a little funeral for it as I threw it in the bin. But now I have this beautiful shiny new one. Definitely the best mascara I’ve tried for length and definition.

ImageMaybelline’s ‘The Falsies Volum’ Express’ Mascara – £7.99

ImageI love Maybelline’s ‘The Rocket’ Mascara and so I decided to pick up another of their hyped-up mascaras. Have no idea what this one is like yet. It looks like a wet formula, which I don’t usually hate, so fingers crossed.

ImageMaybelline’s ‘Brow Drama’ Brow Mascara – £4.99

ImageThis was kind of an impulse buy. There was a 3 for 2 offer and I jumped at it, but it’s actually pretty god. I’ve used it a couple of times and apart from the awkward wand, it does exactly what I need it to. It gives a little bit of colour and a nice hold. Yay!

ImageMaybelline’s ‘Color Tattoo 24hr’ in ‘Permanent Taupe’ – £4.99

ImageI was so hesitant to pick this up, but grabbed it at the last minute in Boots in a rush. I used it on my housemate last night and it worked really well on her…we shall see. It’s completely matte and quite full coverage on the lids.

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The Body Shop’s ‘Honey Bronzing Powder’ – £13.00

ImageCult product alert! This has been in essiebutton’s videos for months, and I’ve been tempted every time she mentions it. The Body Shop actually have a pretty extensive make-up collection, and there are loads of shades of this bronzer. My housemate was drawn in and picked it up too. I love it! It’s more subtle than Hoola, which is great for everyday use.

ImageRevlon’s ‘Lip Butter’ in ‘Red Velvet’ – £7.99

ImageThis is my…6th lip butter! (yes I did just count) I’ve been on the hunt for this shade for a while. It’s more vampy than the others I have, and is exactly what I’ve been looking for for a while! It’s gorgeous 🙂

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ImageRevlon’s ‘Matte Balm’ in ‘Standout (Berry)’ and ‘Elusive (Pink)’ – £7.99

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ImageRevlon’s ‘Lacquer Balm’ in ‘Vivacious’ -£7.99

ImageI caved to the hype and I am so not sorry! I love all of these little guys. The matte ones are beautiful, and the lacquer one is such a gorgeous colour. I can’t wait until I can wear that lacquer one every day in the summertime. There’s a colour for everyone, honestly. The UK have literally just got these in Boots and Superdrug, so I know that the US have had them for ages, but it’s a brand new ball game for us over here in rainy England.

ImageTop – bottom: Vivacious Lacquer Balm, Standout Matte Balm and Elusive Matte Balm.

ImageBourjois’ Happy Light Matte Primer – £10.99

I got this in early January on a trip to the cinema with my friend Andrew. I actually purchased it with Boots points, and I love it! It’s a bit weird that I picked up the matte primer instead of the luminous one considering I have dry skin, but I’m so glad I did! It’s such a great base. I’m not a fan of the silicone-y primers like The Porefessional from Benefit or the new Baby-Skin Primer from Maybelline, and this one is more of a gel texture.

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Revlon’s ‘Super Lustrous Matte Lipstick’ in ‘Mauve it Over’ – £7.49

I’m still at war with myself as to whether I like this or not. It seemed like a perfect purchase at the time but is definitely not very me. I prefer corals or vampy reds, and this is like an orangey-nude my lips but better shade. I’m gonna have to wear this for a bit longer to figure out whether I love it or loathe it.

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I was in Boots a few days ago and saw some signs around the Clarins counter that advertised a little bag of samples. I’ve never really inveristigated Clarins as a brand before, but there didn’t seem to be any catch with the samples, just a little skincare consultation. I spoke to the lady (named Catherine in Boots Staines) and she was so lovely. She gave me this little bag of goodies and I can’t wait to test it all out! 🙂

PHEW! That was a long post. I’m mentally exhausted now, and feel more guilty for spending all my hard-earned cash. However, I know that most of these products are gonna end up being real faves of mine. I think that means it’s a win!

Have you picked up anything new from the drugstore lately? There are so many new releases I don’t know where to begin!

Have a lovely day or evening, wherever you are!
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The No-Brush Challenge!

4 Feb

Hello lovelies!

I just finished washing my make-up brushes, but definitely forgot to do my make up first. Whoops. I decided to challenge myself, if I could do my make up without any brushes then I would let myself watch some episodes of The Office while I blogged! Let me know if I succeeded (I totally watched The Office anyway).

Fair warning…avert your eyes if make up free faces shock you in any way…
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ImageAnd after the little no-brush makeover….

The hardest part was definitely the bronzer. It was terrible. Honestly. I didn’t leave the house. Can any of you guys do better than me? (yes you can!)

Have a great day/evening, wherever you are!
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Battle of the Tints

1 Feb

Hello lovelies!

I’m a big fan of cheek and lip tints because they are multi-purpose products that are often long-lasting and more subtle than a lipstick or cream blush, and that’s exactly the kind of look I go for on a daily basis. Benefit is known to be a brand that sort of specialises in tints. I’ve managed to acquire mini sizes of three of their tints, Benetint, Posietint and Chachatint. They’ve recently released a brand-new tint ‘Lollitint’ which is the candy-orchid colour that Sephora named as the colour of the year in beauty! I haven’t managed to get my hands on that one yet, but I know that it’s available on the Boots website and in selected Boots stores, as well as benefitcosmetics.co.uk!

ImageThe packaging of these little minis is just to die for. So. Cute.

ImageBenetint is Benefit’s original tinted lip and cheek product and was created in 1977. That’s a pretty long time for a product to stick around and still be relevant and useful today! It’s a rosy red product that blends to a very subtle flush, and is definitely a liquid product as opposed to the other two, which are more creamy. This has been my favourite over the winter months because it makes you look like Snow White (plus it smells like rose). Perfect!

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Posietint is probably my favourite of the three I have. It’s very subtle, but is perfect for creating that bare-face make-up look. I love wearing it under a shiny gloss on my lips. I’m so excited to start wearing this more often as spring rolls around!

ImageChachatint packs quite a punch! This has the most pigment of all three and lasts so long! It’s more of a cream, like Posietint, and it looks incredible on every skin-tone. Honestly, I lived on this stuff over the summer, and I haven’t even been through this little bottle yet. You’re absolutely gonna love this if you love coral. It’s pretty bright when it hasn’t been blended, so definitely daring on the lips. 

For me, tints are essential because I travel with my make-up constantly, and a tint in a mini size like this comes in so handy on the road. These deluxe samples have lasted me FOREVER, and they all get a big thumbs up from me. Run to the shops! The full size of each of these products is £24.50, and they will last you a lifetime!

I love these tints so much. Have any of you tried Benefit’s tints? What about the newest offering, Lollitint?

I’m currently getting prepped for my weekend, off to Tesco for the weekly shop in a bit too. What a glamorous life I lead!

Have a wonderful day or evening, wherever you are!
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