Monday, 25 March 2013

Shopping The Stash 002

Things are hard on the old bank account. One too many extravagant purchases have left me unable to feed my beauty habit and rummaging through my collection to rediscover some treasures...

First up is Topshop's Macaroon lipstick. I'm a big lover of these, the colours, consistency and value for money make Topshop a favourite place to pick up some new lip shades. Macaroon is one I picked up and wore once, it sat in my stash and never saw the light of day again until the weekend where I rocked this baby, monochrome outfit and bright lip... Yes yes yes! A subtle hint of pink in this coral shade flatters the skin tone and would look beaut in summer on the sun kissed babes. This shall be one for the travel make-up bag.

Now onto the base, in my tinted moisturiser haze, I tossed foundation aside. But in my recent bad skin days and opting for something fuller coverage on a night out, I rediscovered my love for Mac Studio Sculpt. This gel formulation blended in with my holy grail brush (RT Buffing Brush... Like I needed to say) gives a flawless base and stays put all day. Usually day to day means I will wear a tinted moisturiser but for bad skin days and "days where I feel shit", I will opt for this base and instantly feel better about my skin.

There we have it, a combo I've been reaching for during vodka fuelled nights out and days where I want some extra va va voom in my routine. I may be shopping my stash but this also means my wishlist is growing longer. Oh well, pay day's on Thursday right?! ;)
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Sunday, 17 March 2013

The Lazy Girls Guide To Make-Up

Hello my name is Beth and I'm the queen of lazy make-up. Here I will talk you through my easy, stress-free steps to glowing skin with minimal effort...

Nars Laguna Bronzer: £24; Chantecialle Just Skin: £57; Maybelline The Falsies mascara: £7.99; Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch concealer: £6.99; Gosh Eyebrow Palette: £7.49; Shu Uemura eyelash curler: £16 Buyapowa

Tools: Real Techniques Buffing Brush, Real Techniques Contour Brush, Real Techniques Blush brush. 

Firstly after my morning skincare is done, I will leave my moisturiser to sink in for around 5 minutes, then I take a pea sized amount of the Chantecialle Just Skin on the RT Buffing Brush and buff it into my skin. I find that a large pea sized amount covers the whole face and leaves a natural finish (for info on coverage and a review - it's here). For those nasties, I dab the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch concealer under the eyes and onto any redness - I find this even works well for blemishes. I blend in the concealer using the RT contour brush, I find this is the perfect size for getting into any nooks and crannies.

Now onto the eyes, I let my skin settle, let the product dry and sink into the skin before I go further. I take my trusty Gosh Eyebrow palette and fill in my brows. Luckily they tend to stay in the same shape so I just mix the light brown with the dark brown and brush through the brows. If I'm going all out, I will add some wax to set but I don't do this day to day. Secondly, onto the lashes, I'm armed with my Shu Uemura Eyelash curlers - which are a cult beauty product and now I know why, these make my eyelashes super curled and with lashings of Maybelline Falsies mascara, I've got super long fluttering lashes.

And finally, to give my skin some warmth. I dust Nars Laguna bronzer over my cheekbones, temples and neck with the RT Blush Brush to give me a glow. This stuff is very pigmented so a little dusted over the face warms me up and gives my Casper skin a healthy colour.

There we have it, my guide to easy make-up and everyday routine. Who'd have thought it? A 5 product face!
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Friday, 15 March 2013

Chantecialle Just Skin

If you have read my favourites post from February. You'll know I'm a tinted moisturiser convert and foundation days seems like a distant memory. On my recent trip to Space NK and with Chantecaille in mind, the money was taken and out I came with a little black bag and a purchase that I've definitely not been regretting. Say hello to my new best friend and make up product, the Chantecaille Just Skin...
Chantecaille Just Skin: £57 Space NK

Sitting on the fence of tinted moisturiser/low coverage foundation, this provides enough coverage for good and bad skin days. I've recently been a bit blemish prone due to illness but this buffed into my skin with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush (*swoon* dream worthy combo) and a dab of concealer on those nasties and I kid anyone to believing its Just Skin.

Chantecaille are a brand that incorporate skincare into make up, with an SPF factor of 15 and a botanicals complex to fight free radicals, the Just Skin not only looks nice, it has skincare benefits too.

Yes the product is expensive, it's a whopping £57 for a tube but a little really goes a long way with this. I chose the shade Bliss which is slightly warmer colour as summer is coming up but my winter shade would be Alabaster *cue Casper jokes*. Anyone that is considering trying this, head to your local Space NK where a make-up artist will be happy to colour match you and apply the product to your skin. Coverage lasts all day, a dab of concealer under the eyes around lunch time to banish panda eyes, but no reapplications necessary.

For lazy days when Im around the house, I will use a high street alternative - No.7 Tinted Moisturiser, but for days where I want to splash out and opt for high end, I look no further than Just Skin. This sinks in like a dream and really does look like skin. A dust of Nars Laguna and I'm good to go. Needless to say I will be stocking up for the warmer months as I can see this definitely being my go-to summer base...

Now, which way to the beach?
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Monday, 11 March 2013

An Introduction to Kiehl's

Another purchase was made after the devastation of not getting hold of Beyonce tickets, but no more on that, my heart still aches when I realise I won't be seeing Bee on stage. But to soften the blow and armed with some cash in my bank account, I set out to improve my skincare routine and fill the little gap left inside me. Does anyone know where to find local Shopaholic Anonymous meetings?

Lets start with the wonder product, and that's the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado. I'm very skeptical about anything for the eyes but this little pot delivers. Packed with Avocado oil and Shea Butter this leaves around my eyes nourished and has definitely improved the texture of the skin surrounding my eyes. I rub the cream between my ring fingers and patted along the orbital bone, it turns into an oil which is quickly sunk into the skin. I've definitely found a big big love for this little pot of goodness and will repurchase when I run out, but that won't be for a while, only a little amount is needed for each application and it's suitable for both day and night!
The blogger favourite, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, was something I'd seen floating around the blogosphere and I can't turn down a good old oil! This smells divine, enriched with Evening Primrose Oil and essential oils like Lavender, the product is made up from 99.8% natural ingredients. Two little drops of this from the handy pipette dispenser massaged onto my face on an evening before moisturiser means my skin on a morning looks brighter and hydrated. I opted for this as one of my deluxe samples so haven't even broken into the full size bottle yet but this is a new oily favourite.
And finally, another moisturiser! Have you guys lost count of how many I have? Too many but I couldn't resist the Ultra Facial Cream. A cream that promises to deliver 24 hour hydration and it certainly does. I've recently had very temperamental skin, some oil on my forehead and breakouts but the tightest and dry skin around my nose and cheeks. The moisturiser is gentle, doesn't have a scent or any nasties and the light-weight formula sinks in well and doesn't leave any tackiness. I use this morning and evening so hydrated skin all round!

As for the samples, the Ultra Facial Cleanser still remains unopened and I've passed the Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate onto my mother to tackle her "age lines" but on first use she was sold. Mumma BBB may becoming a beauty lover? Who'd have thought it?!

So Bee or no Bee, I have soft supple and hydrated skin. Hurrah to Kiehl's! But if you have spare Beyonce tickets, you know where I am ;)
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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Monthly Favourites: Feburary

If you read my blog regularly, you'll know my January Favourites were MIA but here I am, back on the bandwagon and here to share all things loved in Feb!

001. As a strong heavy coverage foundation girl, I've turned over a new leaf and been introducing tinted moisturisers into my make-up... Shock horror! (More on that later) But I am so suprised how much I love a dewy skin and low coverage combo, a dab of concealer under the eyes and on any hormonal nasties and I'm good to go. It also means less time spent scrubbing at my face with a muslin.

002. In my quest to become a blonde bombshell, I've been having highlights and on previously dark dyed hair means highlights can turn out brassy so I've turned to this and use it around 2-3 times a week when I wash my hair. There is no orange/yellow tones in sight. It's a bargain in the shops and can be bought for around £4.

003. In combination to the purple shampoo and bleaching my hair, I want to retain any moisturiser I can. The Macadamia oil nourishes the hair instead of coating it and leaves me hair so soft. I use one pump of this through the ends, then blow dry. Teamed with a volumising heat protectant and I've got a soft locks full of va va voom!

004. My skin on my body is so dehydrated and I permanently have dry rough skin on my arms, I find exfoliating regularly helps but I need something to really moisuturise my skin. This oil nourishes my skin, sinks in so quickly and smells absolutely divine. The oil is dry, glides over the body well and the spray applicator is so handy for big areas such as legs.

So oiled up, blonde and now tinted moisturisers?! Looks like I'm turning into a new woman ;)

What are your February Favourties?
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