Tuesday, 31 December 2013

100 Followers Giveaway! (MAC Lipstick)

Hi everyone! I know its been a while since I made a blog post but I decided to take a short break from blogging over the festive period so I could spend the time with my family!
During my short break I hit 100 followers on GFC which is so exciting! Thank you all so much! So I decided to do a giveaway to give back to you guys! I'm giving away one MAC lipstick and you get to pick the shade! As long as its from the permanent line.

To enter all you have to do is leave your e-mail address through the rafflecopter widget below and be a follower of my blog! There are some optional other things that can gain you entries too!

1. Leave your e-mail address so you can be contacted if you win.
2. Follow this blog on GFC/Bloglovin
3. MAC lipstick must be from permanent collection
4. Entrants must have parental permission if under 18
5. Winners will be contacted 48 hours after giveaway is closed
6. If winner does not reply within 3 days, a new winner will be selected.
7. UK only (sorry)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope everyone had a great christmas and new year and I'll be resuming my usual blog schedule just shortly! Thank you to everyone for supporting my blog! I wish everyone the best for 2014!

Friday, 20 December 2013

Barry M 'Duchess' Texture Nail Paint!

So this is my second last post before christmas! I'm so excited and what better to write about than a nice festive sparkly nail polish?!

I'm a huge fan of Barry M nail polishes anyway, they always seem to deliver in terms of application and longevity on the nails, I find they last for days without chipping and this one is no exception! This textured nail polish to me is pretty much a thick glitter polish that you don't need a base coat under, this beautiful nude colour is great as it doesn't clash with anything and it adds the perfect amount of glamour to any look. I took these pictures when my nails were quite short and not looking their best but I couldn't not share this with you and hopefully you like it! I only need one coat of this polish, it dries super quick and I'm good to go as its quite opaque and looks great!

Barry M Textured Nail Paint - Available here.


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

REN Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser!

So lately my skin has been playing up quite a bit, from hormonal breakouts to just nasty blemishes in random places - it hasn't been pretty. I decided to invest in a more clarifying cleanser, in the hope that  my skin might calm down and with being oily skinned the sound of a clay cleanser sounded awfully appealing! 

What I like most about this cleanser is the fact it really leaves my skin feeling clean, I think the clay based formula helps draw the impurities from my skin - similar to how a clay mask would - but in a gentle and calming way. I think this is what makes it so great, since I've started using it my skin has calmed down massively and I'm back on track with almost clear skin (yay!). It smells a little menthol but its not too overpowering meaning I think it would be okay on sensitive skins too. It feels really lovely to use, you wet your hands a little and put one pump on your fingertips and then massage it over your skin for one to two minutes and then I like to rinse it off with a muslin cloth and really does clean the skin. When I use this my blemishes are less red and generally look less angry and with this cleaning the skin so well I think thats what helps prevent any further skin issues. From using this every night I've also seen huge improvements in my blackheads too which is great! 
If you're in the market for a new cleanser and you're skin likes to play up now and again this is definitely something to keep in mind!

REN Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser - Available here.


Saturday, 14 December 2013

Urban Decay 'Sellout' Eyeshadow!

I love a good eyeshadow, especially when it comes to Urban Decay! I'm so excited for the Naked 3 palette!! Anyways, my friend Emmelene was kind enough to gift this to me for my birthday last month and been using it non stop!

Urban decay eyeshadows always impress me, they're buttery soft and the pigmentation is always amazing! This colour is no exception! I love this shade so much, its a slightly pinky shimmer that almost has a kind of pearlescent kind of look to it. My camera hasn't done the swatch any justice but I can tell you its absolutely stunning! I particularly like this eyeshadow for highlighting the inner corner of my eye as it really brightens them up! As with all Urban Decay eyeshadows I do feel a primer is recommended, although I'm not sure I can be the judge as I probably have the worlds oiliest eyelids! Regardless this is a beautiful colour and it lasts all day on me when I use my usual primer!

Urban Decay Eyeshadows - Available here.


Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Josie Maran 'Poppy Paradise' Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee!

So if you know me well, you know I'm a blush hoarder.. But this particular little beauty has become a recent favourite! Unfortunately Josie Maran products aren't available here in the UK but I'm luckily enough to have a Gran who travels across to America a few times a year. I asked her to pop into Sephora for me for a few things and I'm so happy this was on my list!

Although this cream blush looks bright in the pot, it actually applies more sheer. I personally like this as with being pale its easy for me to be a apply a little too much product and end up looking a little too rosy. This, however, manages to prevent that quite nicely. The reason I love this so much is because its not any other cream blush that I own, I find that this stains my skin a little which means it lasts pretty much all day! It can also be built up if you want a more intense colour too, applying two or three sheer layers will give you a much darker shade. With being pretty pale one layer is just fine for me but if you have darker skin tones you may have to build this up a little for it to show up well. I love how this applies too, it goes on beautifully with fingers or what I like to do is use a duo fibre brush and buff it into the skin which makes it look super natural.

Overall I really like this product, I don't really know too much about Josie Maran as a brand but I'm really interested to try more of their products! Have you guys tried this or any other products from this brand?

Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee - Available at Sephora.


Sunday, 8 December 2013

Face of the Day - A Winters Day!

So its been forever since I did my last face of the day post, but I want to into the habit of doing them again as it encourages me to use different products instead of reaching for the same things!

Today I went for a light base and a light wash of colour over my lids. It was absolutely freezing outside but the sun was still shining! I didn't want to go too crazy with my makeup today as I wasn't doing anything special, just a quick trip to the village to pick a few things and then back home to do some college work and blogging! On my eyes I used two cream products, the mac prolong wear paint pot and the makeup forever aqua cream in 14, I think they work nice together when they are used subtly to add a nice bit of dimension to the lids.

Let me guys know what you think of this look! And Who's getting excited for christmas?!


Thursday, 5 December 2013

November Beauty Favourites!

Well, hasn't December come around quickly this year! I'm sure everyone is going to be talking about how quickly this year has gone by, but it really has and its been a great year so far too! I thought about doing blogmas this month but with my college deadlines nearing I thought better to prioritise! Not to worry though as I'll still be blogging ever 3rd day so there'll be plenty of posts for all you lovely readers!

This month I've discovered quite a lot of new things and I found it hard to narrow it down to 5! I don't like to write about mass amounts of products in my favourites, I just like to talk about the ones I definitely haven't stopped using haha!

1. Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation - I was in need of a new foundation not too long ago and boy this stuff is amazing! It has great build able coverage that looks so flawless at natural. Definitely a must have in my opinion!

2. Tarte 'Tipsy' Amazonian Clay Blush - On my grans recent trip to the US I asked her to pop in to Sephora to pick up a few bits for me and this is definitely my favourite This is the most perfect pink-coral blush with the nicest hint of shimmer. It adds so much radiance to the face and it lasts all day!

3. REN Clearcalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser - My skin has been playing up a little and I've been suffering from the most beautiful breakouts! I've been using this over my usual cleanser and my skin has cleared up massively! They clay texture really leaves the skin feeling super clean and it absorbs all the excess oil in my skin too which helps prevent further pesky spots!

4. NARS Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Palette - This palette is such a beauty and I'm so glad I decided to purchase it! I'm particularly a fan of the highlighter and the darkest blush (which I can't remember the name of..) It has the perfect blush for every look as well as an amazing bronzer and highlight!

5. L'Oreal #TXT Volume Supersizing Spray - I've been eyeing up the Bumble & Bumble dryspun something or other spray but the price tag has been putting me off. I picked this up on a recent Boots trip and I really love it! Its kind of like a hairspray and a dry shampoo in one and it gives my hair that nice, second day texture.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Let me know what your favourites are this month in the comments below!


Monday, 2 December 2013

Hourglass 'Dim Light' Ambient Lighting Powder!

So the hype around these bank breaking powders is huge and I guess I could say I gave in! I tried to resist for so long but we all like to treat ourselves, right?

Anyways, I decided to buy this powder in the Dim Light shade as I wanted to use it as an all over powder. It gives the skin a really nice radiant look without being shimmery or glittery. The powder is also beautifully finely milled so it almost looks like nothing on the skin and it creates a lovely glow.

Hourglass Say: "The power of ambient—or surrounding—light makes a true difference to our appearance. Think about how the complexion appears in soft candlelight compared to harsh fluorescent light. This idea is at the heart of Hourglass new Ambient Lighting Powder, as each powder delivers a soft focus effect that emulates a different flattering light source." 

Dim light is supposed to soften the complexion and blur and imperfections which I think it does so well. Dusted lightly over foundation or on its own it adds a beautiful light to the skin! If you want to treat your self and splash out then I would say this is definitely something worth checking out. I love this so much and I really want to try some of the other shades.

Hourglass 'Dim Light' Ambient Lighting Powder - Available here.

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