Wednesday, 28 October 2015

MAC Upward Lash Mascara

I feel like mascara is such a personal thing, everyone has their preferences and everyone has different eyelashes! For me, I like some good volume and a little length. This mascara really blew me away lately and I totally wasn't expecting it!

Usually with mascara I stick to the ones I know I love but when I saw this in my local Mac I snapped it up right away, simply because the brush looked really interesting (the packaging also makes it look like a giant lipstick). The brush is really short, plastic, and the bristles are really short too. Its completely different from your traditional mascara wand, and I think thats why I love it. It does wonders absolute for my eyelashes. My eyelashes are naturally pretty long but this takes them to a whole new level. As well as being amazingly lengthening its adds a decent amount of volume too, giving it the perfect balance once applied. As the wand is so small and cute I find I can really get right into the corners when applying it and coating my lower lash line is an breeze. It can end up a little clumpy if you apply too much, but for me one coat is more than sufficient to get the job done. Typically I would apply 2 coats of mascara but I really don't feel the need when I use this. I haven't found it to smudge or transfer either, which is pretty impressive on my oily eyelids. Its an all round winner so I highly suggest giving it a go if you get the chance!

Whats your favourite mascara?

Mac Upward Lash Mascara - Available here


Sunday, 25 October 2015

Max Factor FaceFinity All Day Primer

Extending the life of my makeup is definitely a priority, I get a pretty oily T-zone so I'm pretty much willing to try everything and anything to make my makeup last all day. I've not heard too much about this primer but I know there are a few bloggers out there that swear by it, so on a recent visit to Boots I thought: hey, why not give this a go.

It has a completely different consistency from what I was expecting, it kind of feels like foundation but a little tackier once its applied to the skin. I was expecting something silicone based that would feel very smoothing but this isn't anything like that at all. In terms of filling in pores and lines, I can't say I notice a huge difference but it definitely lays down a more even and adhesive base before applying foundation. I do find my makeup sits a lot better over the top of this, it generally seems to apply more evenly which isn't a bad thing at all. It contains SPF 20, and although I'm not a believer in the addition of SPF to makeup (I don't feel like you'll ever feel the difference unless you pile it on) its a nice added extra. Personally I have mixed feelings about this. Yes my foundation applied more smoothly, but does it extend the wear of my makeup? I really can't say. My makeup still seems to break down just as quickly in my T-zone yet on the drier parts of my face I don't see any patchiness when I wear this. I find this works best for me if I apply a separate primer over my T-zone but then I feel like that kind of defeats the purpose. I'll use this until its completely empty, but I don't see myself rushing out to buy another bottle. Its nice, but I feel like my oily skin is just too much for it to handle, however, if you're on the drier side you'll probably adore this.

Whats your favourite primer?


Thursday, 22 October 2015

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipsticks

Hello lovelies, if you're looking for a product with beautiful packaging to swoon over then you've come to the right place! I think now is a good time to write about these, as even though the shades I own are perhaps more summer appropriate, these lipsticks would certainly make for a very luxurious Christmas gift.

I have so much love for these lipsticks, they just tick all the right boxes for me. For starters, they look absolutely stunning on my dressing table as the packaging is just perfection. The gold combination along with the lipstick colour being visible on the outer of the bullet makes for something that looks very beautiful. YSL has always been a brand I look too when I want to treat myself as most of their products really are just wonderful and these lipsticks are no exception. They have a kind of sheer formula but not super sheer that they don't pack any colour. Once applied they have a beautiful shine to them without being overly slippy on the lips and pack the perfect amount of pigment. They're great to wear for everyday as they are not drying or uncomfortable once on. Admittedly as they are not a totally matte, they do require a little more touching up throughout the day but I guess thats the sacrifice you make with any glossier lipstick. I love no.6 for day to day as its a super pretty peachy-coral colour that is so easy to wear. No.15 is a beautiful bright fuchsia that I love when I'm going for a bold look, I've also had my eye on no.19 for quite some time too!

Have you tried any YSL products?

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipsticks - Available at Boots


Monday, 19 October 2015

Primary PS Love Beauty Loose Eyeshadow

If you watched my haul from a few weeks back you'll know I picked up a little piece from the Primark beauty line. A few people have tried out some of PS beauty and there seems to be some hit products and some that really aren't worth spending your money on.

This eyeshadow doesn't appear to have a name or a shade but it looks like a very pale pink in the tub. This was only £1 and I really wasn't expecting much from it, but I thought why not just give it a go and see how it turns out and its not nearly as terrible as I thought it might be! In terms of pigmentation, it doesn't really have any.. When applied to the skin you really can't see any of the pink hue coming through. Its pretty much a super fine glitter which I'm actually not that sad about. Christmas is just around the corner and adding a little sparkle to your makeup is a great way to make things look a little more festive. Its hard to come by a finely milled glitter on the hughstreet so I'm actually pretty chuffed with this purchase. I always apply a primer to my eyes before any eyeshadow and this seems to hold up just as well as any other eyeshadow I apply. All in all its not really too bad, yes there isn't much pigment but a pretty glitter isn't something I'm sad about owning!

Have you tried any makeup from Primark/PS Beauty?


Friday, 16 October 2015

Urban Decay Brand Focus

I was looking through my makeup stash recently and I noticed that I've accumulated quite a few Urban Decay products, and a lot of them are in my daily routine too. Its amazing how sometimes you don't realise how much you like a brand until you're rummaging through your things!

Urban Decay have some really amazing products, and they have loads of things I want to try too. Everyday staples for me are the Naked Skin Concealer and the Primer Potion. Their concealer is the best I've ever used and I genuinely can't get enough of it, I think I'm on my third tube now! Its super high coverage without being cakey or heavy which is perfect for combatting my dark circles. If I wear eyeshadow (which is pretty much everyday) I need to prime my eyes as they have a tendency to get pretty greasy! The primer potion keeps my eyeshadow in place all day and prevents any creasing as well as making my shadow look nice and vibrant. I've been using the Naked Skin Foundation a lot recently but its always been a favourite. Its medium coverage but doesn't feel heavy at all and it has a really light, blend-able consistency. I've also been using the Brow Beater to feather in the front part of my brows as, as its a really skinny pencil it allows me to mimic the look of hairs keeping my brows looking nice and natural. I love their Revolution Lipsticks too, especially the shade Turn On which is a deep mauve-plum kind of colour thats perfect for this time of year. These lipsticks are really creamy and non-drying with a satin-matte finish - beautiful. Lastly is probably everyones favourite, the famous Naked palettes. I'm not even ashamed to say that I own all of the Naked palettes, they really are that good. The quality of Urban Decay eyeshadows is amazing and I'm yet to find a brand that rivals them palette wise.

Have you tried any Urban Decay products? What are your favourites?


Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Makeup Revolution Flawless Matte Palette

Today I haaaaave to share with you this amazing palette. I think in terms of what the high street have to offer makeup wise, matte eyeshadows are seriously lacking. A lot of the matte shadows I do come across just don't perform quality wise and they're often chalky or hard to blend. I picked up this palette after falling head over heels for the original Flawless palette and I wasn't really sure what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised when I got this home!

Whats great about this palette is not only the quality of the shadows but the great shade selection you get too. 32 matte shadows all in one place is like a dream come true, theres pretty much every shade you could ever need for a transition colour and so much more. Theres a lovely combination of cool tones, warm tones and some neutrals in there as well which really makes this a very versatile palette. When I begin an eyeshadow look I always start off with mattes and then add my shimmers later, this palette provides all the matte shades I could ever need to start off a neutral eye look. The eyeshadows themselves are very soft and buttery, admittedly they do have a little fallout and can be a little dusty when you swirl your brush in them but other than that they blend really well and the pigmentation is great. I wasn't hugely impressed with the black shade here but the rest of the palette makes up for it so its not really an issue for me. Its a great little palette and especially great if you want to experiment with different looks, I love it and for £8 it really is amazing.

Have you tried any Makeup Revolution products?

Makeup Revolution Flawless Matte Palette - Available Here


Saturday, 10 October 2015

Beauty Blender Pure Solid Cleanser

I can't be the only one, but I genuinely hate cleaning my makeup brushes and I especially hate cleaning my makeup sponges. I always feel like when it comes to sponges I can never get all the product out and cleaning anything in general always feels like such a chore. On one of my recent Beauty Blender purchases I got a sample of their Solid Cleanser, and honestly, its changed everything.

I never thought I'd see the day where I'd happily pay £14 for a bar of soap but honestly I've never been able to get my makeup sponges so clean. I just wet my sponge a little, swirl it around in this soap, massage the product into the sponge and rinse it clean. Genuinely, every last bit of makeup washes away - its like magic. I use this with my Beauty Blender and also with my Real Techniques sponge and it cleans both equally as well. This also cleans my makeup brushes really well too, admittedly I found I went through the soap fairly quickly when I cleaned my mammoth collection of brushes but they were all squeaky clean and none of them were dried out or ruined. I think I still prefer baby soap for my brushes but for sponges I can't see myself using anything apart from this solid cleanser in the near future. I did try a few regular bars of soap to see if they'd compare but not one of them got my sponges as clean as this did. The Blendercleanser also has a really nice, light lavender scent that keeps my sponges from smelling weird or like makeup. I seriously love this soap (of you can't already tell!).

Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser - Available Here

What do you use to clean your makeup brushes and sponges?


Wednesday, 7 October 2015

My Custom MAC // Makeup Geek Palette

Hey lovelies, I thought I'd show you around one of my eyeshadow palettes today. I have a magnetic palette from MAC which I have filled with my depotted and pan form MAC and Makeup Geek eyeshadows. I love seeing what other people have in their custom palettes so hopefully you guys enjoy reading this post as much as I enjoy peeking inside your palettes!

I love warm toned eyeshadows and I also love plum and purple shades too but generally I'm a fairly neutral gal so without further ado, starting with the top row from left to right..

Mac Omega, Mac Naked Lunch, Mac Cranberry, MUG Cocoa Bear
MUG Bitten, Mac Mulch, Mac Daydreaming, MUG Cosmopolitan
Mac Fig. 1, Mac Dynamic Duo 4, Mac Club
Mac Stars N Rockets, MUG Peach Smoothie, MUG Creme Brule, Mac Dazzle Me

Some of the Mac shadows are limited edition so if you can't find something on Mac's website then thats probably why (I'm sorry!), but most things I think are still available! In this palette I also keep my Mac 'Emphasise' powder which I use to set my concealer under my eyes sometimes, and also a powder foundation from Stila that makes a nice natural bronzer on my pale skin. Some of my favourite shades that I own here are Bitten from makeup geek as its such a pretty burnt red colour, I'm going to have so much fun creating autumnal looks with this! I also really like Club from Mac as it is a duo chrome, meaning it looks green in some lights and brown in others. It adds a little something different to your typical neutral, smokey eye. I love both Makeup Geek and Mac shadows and would definitely say they're on par with each other in terms of quality, MUG is more affordable and they have loads of dupes for Mac eyeshadows too! I hope you enjoyed seeing whats in my palette, please let me know what your favourite eyeshadow is!

Mac Eyeshadows - Available Here
Makeup Geek Eyeshadows - Available Here


Sunday, 4 October 2015

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea

Hello everyone, today I thought I'd chat a wee bit about a product thats completely new to me. Obviously I've tried it out and its not new to me now but the whole idea was something I'd never really experienced before. I think nearer the beginning of the summer (I could be wrong) The Body Shop released their new scent - Fuji Green Tea. I typically wouldn't have reached for a scent like this but the product itself really intrigued me.

I can't say I've heard of such a thing as a bath tea before, but after trying out this one I'm definitely keen to try out more bath products in the same form. The Fuji Green Tea scent is a beautifully fresh scent that still has a lovely warming undertone, making your bath smell refreshing but not sterile which I adore. The idea behind this is that you pop some of the Bath Tea into the little strainer and let it steep into your bath water like how you would with a regular drinking cup of tea. Its a strange concept but it worked really well, the crystallised granules of the tea dissolved into my bath water turning it a pretty blue-green colour. The tea leaves stayed in the strainer and my whole bathroom was flooded with the beautiful scent. There were no bubbles but I added a little scentless bubble bath and I was good to go. Its a very relaxing scent that really aids in de-stressing after a long day and green tea in general has lots of added benefits to your body and skin. After my bath I felt very clean and calm and my skin felt nice and soft. All-in-all I think this is a pretty cool and unique product, and I love how chilled out it made me feel in my bath! I love the cooler months as its the perfect time to start re-introducing baths into my routine.

Whats your favourite bath product?


Friday, 2 October 2015

Primark, The Body Shop, Cult Beauty & Mac Haul

Finally I've had the time to record and upload a new video for you all to watch! I hope you enjoy it, I just decided to do a haul to get back into the swing of things. I am - of course - a shopaholic so its only natural for me to do a bit of shopping here and there. If you have any video suggestions or requests please let me in the comments.

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