Friday, 31 May 2013

MAC Pink Nouveau Lipstick

I looooooove MAC lipsticks, I don't know why really. Maybe it's the smell or something but they all just seem to have the most wonderful colour and texture. Here's one I've found thats going to be great for the summer.

Pink Nouveau is a bright blue toned pink which is very, very girly and pretty. It kind of reminds me of what people would describe as a 'Barbie Doll' pink but I don't think it looks bad at all.

This lipstick is a satin finish which I think means it's kind of matte but not really. Whatever the formula I find it to be just a little more moisturising that most matte lipsticks. Usually I wouldn't ever go for a lipstick this bright but hey.. sometimes we just can't resist right? I think its absolutely gorgeous and since it's a satin you can apply one swipe or build it up to make it even brighter.

I personally love this and on the days where I want to wear this but don't want it to be as bright I apply a little and work it into my lips with a little lip and it makes it a little less intense without changing the texture. I think this is what I'm going to be wearing all summer long!

What are your favourite spring/summer lipsticks?


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Clarins Splendours Colour Quartet & Eye Liner Palette!

A recent splurge of mine which.. I could have resisted, but if you know me, anything pretty I see is hard to resist haha! As if I need anymore eyeshadow too.. Anyways! This little beauty is gorgeous and I can't wait to share it with you.

Clarins is supre luxurious in my opinion haha! This cute little palette comes with a velvety soft sleeve to keep it safe which I think is exceptionally adorable and it makes it feel all that more special!

The packaging of this baby is lovely too, it comes in this lovely red casing which has some kind of sunny/summery looking pattern encased within the lid.. its very pretty!

Not only is the outside nice to look at the packaging on the inside really makes a statement too, pressed into the eyeshadows is a pattern similar to the one in the lid. I'm used to seeing eyeshadows pressed flat into their pans but this little cutie has such a gorgeous imprint in it I was almost too scared to use it! I really didn't want to spoil its beauty! On using this a little you can see I've spoiled it a little but nothing to damaging.

The palette also comes with two little applicator brushes which I personally haven't used because I'm a total brush addict.. but they look nice shapes and the gold packaging makes them look a little more special than usual. On of them is also a little angle brush which means you can use it with the black eyeshadow as an eyeliner if you wanted too, which is what I think the purpose of the black eyeshadow is for based on the name of this product...

The eyeshadows in this palette are super soft and super pigmented and blend like a dream which makes me feel a little less guilty about splurging on it haha! The swatches are below and sadly I forgot to swatch the black but its very black and just as pigmented as the rest.

The colours in this palette are absolutely gorgeous, theres a lovely warm, dark, bronzy purple colour, a warm pink colour, a champagne colour and a beautiful gold colour - all amazing for the summer months and good for coming into the autumn moths too. They're all shimmery which gives you that nice glowy look about your eyes.


Saturday, 25 May 2013

Revlon Lip Butter - Wild Watermelon

New Revlon Lip Butters? Of course I had to get them..

These lip butters are my favourite formula of lipstick, they have a good amount of pigmentation which isn't too overpowering and they're super moisturising. I picked up this new shade in Wild Watermelon which is a lovely bright red - a good one if you've wanted to wear a red lip but are too scared to be so bold! I love how you can wear these sheer or build them up for more colour! I'm sure you've heard it all before about these lip butters but I really do love them and you really should check them out! The new colours are gorgeous and there is definitely something for everyone!

The lip butters a definitely one of my all time favourite lip products - I tend to reach for them 4/7 days a week haha!


Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Face of The Day #4 Simple Spring

It's been so long since I've done a face of the day! I do apologise.. I'm terrible at remembering to do these things haha!

For my skin I used the Revlon Nearly Naked foundation with some of the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch concealer under my eyes. I set this with the Rimmel Stay Matte powder! I used MAC's blush in the colour Well Dressed on my cheeks along with MAC's Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle as a highlight on the top of my cheekbones.

I primed my eyes with the Urban Decay Primer Potion and MAC's Paint Pot in Bare Study and did some really simple eyeshadow using WOS and Naked 2 from the Naked Basics Palette. For My eyebrows I filled them in using the lighter colour from the MUA Pro Brow Kit and then applied some Benefit They're Real Mascara to my eyelashes. For the lips I used a little of the Revlon Lip Butter in the colour Wild Watermelon.

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation
Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
MAC Well Dressed Blush
MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralized Skin Finish
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Bare Study Paint Pot
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
MUA Pro Brow Kit
Benefit They're Real Mascara


Sunday, 19 May 2013

Garnier 5 Second Perfect Blur Primer!

Okay.. So I didn't need this but.. It happened and I thought I may as well tell you guys what I think of it! This Garnier primer actually surprised me and I'm glad I picked it up!

Most of the time I never really think that primers do much for me but this one is quite nice. It comes out the tube quite thick and on first impression from squeezing it out I genuinely thought it would be a disaster. I soon found that a little goes a long way and that I'd put far too much on my face haha.. Anyways from using it over a period of a couple of weeks I've come to quite like it - now that I know how much to use. 

It makes the skin feel nice and velvety smooth which I think makes it great for applying foundation over the top of. It also does a really good job and smoothing out my large pores and again creating a really nice base for my foundation. As it says on the tin it does have some kind of blurring effect - if I were going for a no makeup day I would happily put some of this on as it somehow manages to just make my skin look better and smoother.

Having quite oily skin I always find that primers never seem to work all that well but this one does do a nice job of making my foundation a little longer, its not a miracle at making it stay on for longer but I definitely notice a difference when I use this compared to when I don't, and I've tried it with quite a few different foundations.

I think this is a nice product from Garnier and I think its a great little primer for everyday use - it definitely makes the skin look better and foundation applies wonderfully over the top of it!


Thursday, 16 May 2013

MUA Pro-Brow Kit!

I picked this up a few weeks ago, simply because it was only £3.50 and I needed something new for my brows. I am so glad I picked this up!

Despite MUA's cheap prices some of their products are absolute gems! For the money this is a great little product!

The kit comes with two brow colours at the top and underneath it theres a highlight shade and a wax for holding your brows in place. It also comes with a mini pair of tweezers and a mini double-ended angle brush.

I tend to favour the lighter shade for my brows and then use a little of the darker one on the outer part of my brows as I think it looks more natural. Sadly the colour in this palette which is supposed to be for highlighting the brow bone is far too dark for me but it still makes a nice eyeshadow. The wax is super handy, I find it really does hold my bows in place without making them look too unnatural. 

I tend not to use the little angle brush that comes with it and use one of my own as I find this one a little too plasticy for my liking and I find it picks up far too much product. The tweezers are not bad and it's super handy that they come in this little set. I think overall it's a great set for travelling with and for everyday! I think the powders are nicely pigmented and are great shades for most peoples eyebrows. Good job MUA!

Swatches above, left to right: highlight shade, darker brow shade, lighter brow shade.

Please check out my last post as I could really do with some help! Click here to view it!


Monday, 13 May 2013

I Need Help With My Wishlist!

Okay so it's not really that little.. But hey! We all have those things we see and think 'ooooh I'd like that'. I mean, I'm probably going to only pick up one or two of the products I've drooling over lately but I thought it might be fun to let you know what I've been eyeing up and maybe you can help me decide whats worth getting! I do want to treat myself as its nearing the end of my first year at college so I feel its okay to splash out on a few little fancy bits!

1. Firstly is something I know I'm going to be purchasing in the near future as I've used the sample and I loved it! The Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream has a price tag of £28 but y'know.. we've got to treat ourselves every so often right? Thoughts?

2. The next thing I've been obsessed by lately is the Clarins Splendours Summer Bronzing Compact, just look at it! It's so pretty - I must admit the packaging is whats really been drawing my eye more so than the product.. this bronzer has quite a steep price tag of £30.

3. YSL Rouge Volupe Shine Lipstick in shade 13.. Oh, my, goodness. Every time I pass a YSL counter I swatch these bad boys and just drool over the packaging and the colour and the formula etc etc..

4. I'm a big fan of cream blushes, especially for the spring/summer. I really want to try some of the Stila Convertible colours - the particular one here is in the colour 'Petunia' but I've also had my eye on 'Gladiola'.

5. Maybe you can tell already since this is the second bronzer I've mentioned but I am in the market for a new one as the one I currently have is nearing its end.. Benefit Hoola is something I've always wanted to try as I only really like matte bronzers.

6. Last but not least is Origins Plantscription Concealer which is supposed to be anti ageing, but really I just want something good for under my eyes. I like the Bobbi Brown Corrector but I find its not enough  coverage for my horrendous dark circles so I'm looking for something to put over the top that wont crease or look cakey.

So.. That's my list! Please please please leave some comments as I really don't know what to go for! I don't want to go and buy the whole lot and if no one gives me any suggestions I know thats whats going to happen :( Give me some advice and save my bank account! <3 Also if you have any other suggestions for things I should try then please let me know, I read and reply to all my comments!


Friday, 10 May 2013

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream!

The other day when I was swooning around the Clinique counter in Boots, the kind lady who was working there asked me if I had tried their new CC Cream yet. After matching me up she kindly gave me a sample and after using almost all of it up I decided to give you my thoughts!

"One day, your skin looks 'different.' Too red, sallow, dull or ashy. Our guiding dermatologists know why. Skin's undertones change. Now, Smart Colour Correcting Technology helps change them back. In seconds, you look like the picture of health. Lasting, oil-free hydration and a sunscreen mean a more flawless look tomorrow, too." - Clinique

Basically CC stands for "colour corrector" and the cream is meant to even out any colours on your face that you aren't too pleased with! You can wear this on its own or underneath your foundation.

Personally I've been wearing this on its own with a little power over it as I'm generally not a fan of lots of coverage - I like to have natural, fresh looking face. Despite this product claiming to be moisturising I find that it dries semi-matte on the skin, and for someone like me with combination skin this is a great thing! (My T-Zone is super oily and my cheeks are really dry.) I definitely wouldn't say this gives a great deal of coverage on its own, but it could be built up. It looks very natural on the skin and does a great job at making any imperfections less noticeable. 

For a light coverage product I think it lasts really well - on my skin at least, its semi-matte finish makes it great for all skin types (in my opinion) as its meant to be moisturising too. It also has SPF 30 which means its a great light coverage product for the summer!

I just got a new job and as soon as I get my first pay cheque - this is what I'll be buying!

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

MAC 217 or Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush?

I've never done a this or that post before but I thought this one might be a good one, hopefully it might be useful for you fellow brush lovers out there as initially I thought these two brushes were going to be very similar - I was very wrong!

My Base Shadow Brush is getting a little old now - I could really do with a new one haha! I've had it for almost two years now, and I still love it to pieces. It has a funky purple, metal handle with a rubbery end which makes it nice to hold. It's quite light (I would say lighter than the MAC 217).

The MAC 217 has a black wooden handle with some nice silver which makes it look very classy and professional. It still feels nice to hold even though it isn't as light. This is a more recent addition to my collection as I see so many people using these all over YouTube and I just really wanted to try it for myself!

As I mentioned before, I thought these two brushes were going to be similar - I've come to the conclusion that they are in fact quite different and have different uses.

As the name states the Real Techniques brush is for your eyeshadow base and this is what I think it does very well. Before I had my 217 I used to use this brush for applying shadow all over the lid and for blending other colours into the crease. When I use this brush for blending I find myself reaching for another brush to soften the edges as it doesn't quite blend out the colour enough for my liking. 

Overall I think the Real Techniques brush is great for applying colour all over the lid as its super soft and its slightly tapered top means you can get right into the inner corner with the colour.

Since I got my 217, I'll have to admit I've gotten very lazy. I tend to use this brush and this brush only when I'm doing my everyday neutral eyes. Not only does it do a wonderful job and applying colour all over the lid, it's amazing at blending. Like seriously - this brush does all the work, I feel like I barely need to do anything when I use this. It makes my life so much easier, especially when I'm in a hurry!

The Real Techniques brush has synthetic brushes which generally means its easier to clean, however, I can't really say I've had any bother when it comes to cleaning my 217 (which is not synthetic). I do think the RT's brush wins on softness, again probably because it's synthetic but the 217 doesn't cause me any bother as it's pretty soft too. 

The Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush comes as part of the Real Techniques Starter Set which is priced at £21.99. The MAC 217 comes on its own with a price tag of £17.

I honestly love both of these brushes so much and I wouldn't be able to go a day without either of them! The RT's brush is my favourite for a quick swipe of colour over the lid and the 217 makes my life so much easier when it comes to blending out some colour in the crease! Let me know what you think in the comments below!


Saturday, 4 May 2013

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

Okay, okay! I know, I wasn't going to buy this but.. I caved in.. I had to complete my Naked collection.  Also an urban decay counter opened up in a Debenhams near me and I simply couldn't help myself!

This palette has six fabulously neutral shades, all matte apart from one! Venus has a slight shimmer to it which makes it perfect for highlighting the brow bone and inner corner!

These colours are great for everyday in my opinion, the mainly matte combination doesn't look too over done during the day and can be built up to be more dramatic in the evening. As usual from Urban Decay these eyeshadows are super pigmented meaning this little beast of a palette is going to last a long time! 

The shades: Venus - to me this is like an off white colour with a slight shimmer which is great for highlighting!
Foxy - This is a pale, matte colour which has a yellowy undertone, great for sweeping all over the lid!
Walk of Shame - Similar to Foxy but with a pink undertone, also great for all over the lid.
Naked 2 - A cool toned matte, brown which makes a nice crease colour.
Faint - A slightly darker brown which is more warm toned.
Crave - A dark matte black which is lovely to use as an eyeliner!

Swatches, left to right - Venus, Foxy, W.O.S, Naked 2, Faint, 
Above - Crave.

I personally think this is a lovely little palette, great for everyday as the colours are super easy to work with and blend together fabulously. I think this is a great addition to my makeup collection and I think it will be a staple in my everyday make up for a long time!


Wednesday, 1 May 2013

A Spring Nail Combo!

Finally the sun is beginning to shine through, so I'm cracking out the pastels and trying to encourage the sun that we're all desperate for the warmer weather!

As usual when I make nail related posts.. excuse the fact that I'm awful at painting my nails and that my cuticles aren't anything to be proud of haha!

Anyways! Recently I've found myself going back to this nail combo again and again because it's perfect for adding in a bit of colour now that its spring! I've been painting my nails with two coats of the Barry M High Shin Gelly Nails in the colour Papaya which is a gorgeous soft orange. I also love the formulation of these Barry M nail varnishes as they're super glossy and last for ages without chipping! To glam things up a bit I've been sprinkling on some of MUA's Costellation Nails in Gemini for some sparkle and a bit of fun! 

Please let me know what you've been loving on your nails this spring so far in the comments and I shall speak to you all in my next post!

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