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Review: Tarte’s ‘Be Your Own Tarteist’ Palette + Swatches

5 Sep

Hi lovelies!

After picking up the Poppy Picnic palette from Tarte a few weeks ago, I found myself stalking the QVC UK website in order to see whether any new Tarte goodies were coming their way, when I saw the Miracles from the Amazon giftset pop up. The set includes a few other products (watch out for reviews if I love them or hate them), but what really caught my eye was the ‘Be Your Own Tarteist’ palette.

IMG_3876It has the exact same layout as the Poppy Picnic palette, but isn’t quite all matte. It does have four matte shadows, and the blush is totally matte, but there are two shimmery shadows included.

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The shades are t-b,l-r, Pink Beyond, Taupe For The Best, Dreams Plum True, Talented (blush), Out Of This Pearl, Thistle Be The Day and Paint The Brown.

Taupe For The Best and Out Of This Pearl both have a shimmery finish, but not glittery or frosty at all. They are firm to touch but still swatch beautifully in one swipe. I think the one weak point of this palette is the plum shade Dreams Plum True. The texture of the shadow is drier than the others, and Tarte’s mattes are really lovely, so it’s quite noticeable. I can definitely make it work as a liner, but I think it might be a little difficult to blend.

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Once again, sucked in by the packaging, impressed by the actual product! Win win, right?
You can pick up this palette as part of a set on QVC UK for £34 (£38 inc. postage).

Hope you’re all having a wonderful day/night, 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!
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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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October Favourites + Swatches

10 Nov

Hello lovelies!

Today I’ve got a bunch of products to show you, plus swatches and a little bit of a daring FOTD for me. Stay tuned for that…

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Sleek Blush By 3 Palette in ‘Lace’ – £10

I finally put this palette to use – I love the shade ‘Chantilly’, a gorgeous matte hot coral. Wow wow wow. You have to be careful with these blushes, as they’re so pigmented. This blush palette is going to last me forever. It’s great value and quality. Can’t wait to check out the other Blush By 3 palettes.

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Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Mattifying Powder – £12
This stuff has been so so good to me (you can probably tell from the major pan that you’re seeing) – but during October it just shone as a holy grail product. Living without this just doesn’t seem plausible to me, could I possibly go on if I lost it?! Who can tell? It’s totally translucent, works on loadsa skin colours and types, and is affordable. Run to Boots. Run.

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BareMinerals The Next Big Thing Palette (LE) – £29

I first spotted this on Temptalia around six months ago, promptly fell in love and then discovered it was limited edition! I searched high and low for it, including on the Bare Minerals website, and than randomly stumbled across it in the Debenhams sale. I’m pretty sure it was 13.50, which is incredible for a palette of this quality, and the brand’s reputable image only helped me to snap it up. The colours are never usually what I would wear on my lids, but that coral drew me in and ever since, I’ve been falling further and further in love. The gold-y shades are beautifully pigmented, the coral is so so unique on the eyes, and the blackened plum makes a gorgeous liner. I must have used shades from this palette at least ten times during October, and for me, that’s pretty good.

DSCN2306Benefit Posietint – full size £24.50

Just a long-time fave of mine, it’s on my Christmas list and this little deluxe sample has lasted me forever. I love it on my lips the most, but it gives a gorgeous flush to the cheeks too.

DSCN2309ModelCo More Brows in Medium/Dark – £10

This is an exact dupe for Gimme Brow except that it doesn’t get all gross after a couple of uses. It distributes product nice and evenly along the brow and is inexpensive in comparison to the Benefit version. Big ole thumbs up from me!

DSCN2311Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush On Glow BB Highlighter – £23.50
I purchased this on a bit of a whim, and I’m so glad I did. Not only is it a great mutipurpose concealer/corrector/highlighter, but I’ve honestly used it since April EVERY single day (minus lazy days) and it’s still going strong. This is the never-ending product. It’s glowy, long lasting and although it’s a little pricy, I think it’s well worth it.

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Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 01 – full size £18
The smell of this product is incredible, I just can’t get over it. I heard the hype, I listened, I put it off. Then I saw a little value set in Sephora with a mini for a minimal price. I jumped at the chance. These are so so comfortable, this colour is flattering and the line is well worth the hype.

DSCN2321DSCN2336Aaaaand that’s all of that stuff on my face. With a coral and icy gold eye. Eeeeep.

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So those were my October favourites. Is there anything you’ve been loving lately? Please let me know in the comments and fuel my addiction.

Have a great day/evening, wherever you are!

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FOTD: Forward Pink-ing

19 Oct

Hello lovelies!

Long time no speak! I’ve been crazy busy at university and work, and I really have missed this little blog, even though it’s only been two week. A quick FOTD for you today while I get things up and running again. I’ve been loving bright lips lately, and I never thought I would. Managed to pick up a few Clinique products today (shhhh!) and can right home at lunchtime and applied the freebie(!!!) that I got for Debenhams BonusTime. I’ll explain some of the other things I got in an upcoming haul, but head to my Instagram for a sneaky-peek! I’m very low-maintenance these days…let’s see how long that lasts!

As always, messy hair, don’t care.

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Face: No7 Triple Protection Tinted Moisturiser in ‘Light’
Estée Lauder Pure Color Blush in ‘Witty Peach’

Eyes: Maybelline ‘The Rocket Waterproof’

Lips: Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in ‘Plushest Punch’

After trying this lip product, I’m gonna be racing back for more. WHY DID I NOT TRY THEM BEFORE?!

Tomorrow I’m off to work for a full day of Halloween fun. Oh, and good news! My contract was extended until January, so happy days for me. Most people finish at the end of the season, which is the 4th of November, but I applied for Christiemas (Freudian slip?) work, and I got it! Can’t wait for the holiday season. We all need a bit of joy this time of year.

Have a wonderful rest of your day or night, wherever you are…and tell someone that thee look beautiful today, it might be just what they need!
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FOTD: Peach Perfect

18 Sep

Hello lovelies!

I thought I would pop a little FOTD in here. In the UK, we have had a lush Summer, but them September 8th came. You could feel the change in the air (or was it just me?). I woke up for work and it was like I stepped out of bed into Autumn. To me, it means one step closer to the most fabulous time of the year, Winter, but to loads of others, it just means that Summer has been left behind. As a little homage to Summer, I thought I’d help everyone cling to the warmer months with a peach lippy, but give it a cool-toned twist.

ImageCheeks: Powder (Rimmel’s ‘Bronze) over cream (Revlon’s ‘Pinched’)
Lips: Topshop’s ‘Whimsical’
Face: Bourjois’ Healthy Mix Serum in ‘Light Vanilla’

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Eyes: BareMinerals’ Prime Time Brightening Shadow Primer

That cool-toned peachy coral! AH LOVE!
Hope you all have a wonderful day/night, wherever you are!
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A little *disclaimer*. I enjoy putting make-up on, and could happily do my make-up and experiment all day, however, when it comes to my hair, if I’m not leaving my house, I do NOT see the point. I have thick, wavy hair that doesn’t really like to behave either. It would take three times as long to do my hair than my face.
That rather long-winded disclaimer-type thing is just to explain why my hair looks crap basically. I feel like actually doing my hair would have taken less time than to type that out! Ha! 🙂

Review: Stila’s ‘In The Light’ Palette + Swatches

28 Jul

  Hello lovelies! Today I have a lovely palette to share with you and review. I also have swatches, so keep reading if you’re interested!

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Lust Haves – Summer 2013 2.0

27 Jun

Hello lovelies!
I’m going shopping tomorrow, and plan to return with many beautiful things, as I got my first ever full month’s wages the other day! These are what I’ve been lusting over for a few busy (and blog-less) few weeks.
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1. Revlon’s Nail Enamel in ‘Bare Bones’
I saw this a few months back on essiebutton’s blog and as I’m a big lover of nude nail polish, I wanted it instantly. It slipped to the back of my mind, but as I was sorting through my collection the other day, I realised that a. I didn’t have it and b.I really wanted it. 

2. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream
This is a holy grail product for so many people, but I have never had any interest in Elizabeth Arden products. However, I break out around my chin all the time and I’m hoping this might solve dry skin and spots around there. Probably not but it’s worth a go!

3. Bourjois Vintage Little Round Blush Pot in Rose d’Or
These are so cute, and that’s basically my reasoning behind wanting this! Also, as a French student, anything with French-esque packaging is basically a compulsory buy.

Sorry I’ve been so absent lately guys! Hoping to get some more posts in soon! 🙂

Also thought I’d share this gem with you.
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FOTD: The Bronzed Have More Fun

22 May

Hello lovelies! Another little FOTD, with a couple of before and after pictures for you. I’ll list the products I used down below!

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The before, zero-make-up me, and after, which is marginally better.

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ImageWhere I place my bronzer. It’s a big pet hate of mine that people sometimes wear non-blended bronzer. I understand contouring, but come on?! Soft edges people, soft edges.

Products Used
Face
Nivea Express Hydration Primer
Rimmel True Match Foundation in Ivory mixed with No7’s Beautiful Skin Day Cream
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Revlon Photoready Cream Blush in Pinched
Benefit That Gal Highlighter
Eyes
Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eye Primer
Rimmel Glam Eyes Palette in Orion
Stila Eye Shadow in Twig
Stila Eye Shadow in Kitten
Bloom Eye Paint in Chocolate (discontinued)
Benefit Bad Gal Lash in Black
Bourjois Mascara Elastic
Lips
YSL’s Sheer Candy in Dewy Papaya (02)

Hope you’re all having a wonderful day/evening!
Christie xoxo

HAUL! Soap & Glory, Revlon and Maybelline!

8 Apr
Hello lovelies!

I’ve been home for the last week and a bit, and it has been SO RELAXING! I’m a first year uni student, so this time is supposed to be ‘revision’ time, but of course I HAD to go to Boots while the 3 for 2 offer is on (it’s still on for a little while, so run RUN to the shops and take advantage!!) Oh I do love it when they do that!

The very first thing I bought was the much-hyped Nearly Naked Foundation from Revlon. I was so intrigued by it, and did succumb to the hype! Very impressed so far, if you’d like a review then let me know. 🙂 I have the shade ‘Ivory’, which I THINK is the lightest shade. (I just don’t like that screw top!)

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation is available at Boots and Superdrug and is priced at £8.99.

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Next up is a cream blush from Revlon called ‘Pinched’. I saw the YouTuber essiebutton talking about this blush a couple of months ago, and seeing as she has a similar skintone/skin type to me and she loved it, I decided I had to have it. I love the sleek circular pot, and I think that the product itself is good. I have quite a bit of redness on my cheeks, so once I neutralise that, I don’t always want to add blush, but this muted coral-coloured one does the trick. It’s quite sheer, incredibly easy to blend with a brush or your fingers and is from Revlon, whose face products rarely disappoint.

Revlon Cream Blush in Pinched is available at Boots or Superdrug and is priced at £7.99.

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The next thing I got was Soap & Glory’s answer to a high-end, world-famous lip and cheek tint, Cheekmate. It caught my eye a few months ago and although I’ve been lusting after Benefit’s Benetint for aaggggeeesss, it’s just not in my price-range for one product. This was in the 3 for 2 and is a nifty little £8. I actually bought two, one for me and one for my mum, as she doesn’t have many brushes and like to apply make-up with her fingers, plus she’s a huge fan of Soap and Glory in general. Believe it or not, she has all but one of their eye products! Shades and all! She loves it, and I have to say I do too. This has raspberry seed and kiwi extract, as well as Vitamin C in it, and it’s also supposed to improve circulation in your facial capillaries. I’m not sure I need that in my cheeks, but in your lips it sounds like a fab thing!

Soap & Glory’s Cheekmate is available from Boots exclusively and is priced at £7.99.

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While browsing around the Soap & Glory stand (seriously the best looking stand in any Boots shop!), I saw the Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss sticks. I live for Soap & Glory’s punny names for their products, don’t you just love ’em! There are only three shades of this, Fuschia-ristic (which I own and love), Nudist (ooo-errr!), and Plum Jam, which I picked up! I loved my first one, it smells like marshmallows and feels lovely on the lips. This is a burgundy-plummy shade would have been lovely for Autumn/Winter, but to be honest, I’ll wear it at any time of the year, I don’t care! I like how it’s a twist-up pecil type product even though it’s a lip gloss/stick. It’s a perfect dupe for the Revlon Kissable Balm stains, but smells better in my opinion! Lasts for a good few hours too! I definitely recommend these!

Soap & Glory’s Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks are available from Boots exclusively and are priced at £8.

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The very last thing I picked up was a quad from Maybelline in ‘Bronze Drama’. I got this a little earlier in the month, from Superdrug, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere online. It’s an Eyestudio quad though, which has a large highlight champagne shade, an orange-gold, a gorgeous khaki, and a deep green that’s allmmmost black. It’s a gorgeous selection of colour, if a little random. I love the champagne and khaki. All four shades are nicely pigmented and buttery.
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So that’s my cheeky little haul for you! This is the first time I’ve been shopping to Boots and Superdrug in months, believe it or not!

Do you prefer applying make-up with or without brushes? Is foundation best applied with fingers?

Hope you’re all having wonderful days/evenings!

Christie xoxo

Review: Topshop’s ‘Desert Sun’ Bronzer/Blush Duo

1 Apr

Hello lovelies!

Today I’ll be reviewing a product I’ve actually owned for a while, but have only started really using recently, and that’s Topshop’s Bronzer/Blush Duo in ‘Desert Sun’.

ImageThe packaging on this is super-cute, and very American-esque, don’t you think? Kind of reminds me of stars and stripes! It’s also pretty sturdy, it snaps shut in a very satisfying way and is holding up well. It’s nice and compact, easy to travel with. It doesn’t have a mirror inside though, which I always hate. If the room is there, why not put one there? The packaging, like a lot of Topshop’s make-up, has the tendency to get pretty dirty though. However, it’s nothing major and comes off easily with a make-up wipe.

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Doesn’t the blank space where the mirror *should* be annoy you?!

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Top: mixed, middle: bronzer, bottom: blush.

The product itself is raised up into a dome, not unlike the Mac Beauty Powders. It’s roughly half blush, half bronzer. The blush is a coral colour, whereas the bronzer is absolutely a golden shimmer. The great thing about this product is that it’s a 3-in-1 job. You’ve got a blush, bronzer and a highlight type colour when you mix them together.

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Top: mixed, middle: bronzer, bottom: blush.

ImageI think this product performs best when it’s mixed together and used as either a blush or a highlight. The blush alone isn’t pigmented enough, and the bronzer is too yellow/orange-tones to work well for me, but could be nice on more tanned skin. Bearing in mind I always buy the lightest foundation to match my skin, this possibly would suit many skin tones. I’m looking forward to seeing whether I can get some use of the bronzer as a lone product in the summer.


This is actually advertised on Topshop’s website as solely a bronzer, but I really think it’s more of a combo product. 

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This product definitely didn’t blow me away, but it’s gonna be a nice addition to my summer make-up choices, and it’s a good hit for Topshop, who don’t get a lot of hype surrounding their face products. It’s also a bit pricy, at £12.50, you could buy a face palette from Sleek, or 12 cream blushes from MUA!

‘Desert Sun’ is available at Topshop stores and the Topshop website.

Have you tried any of Topshop’s make-up? What are your favourite summer face products? I can feel it approaching!

Christie xoxo