Monday, 22 December 2014

Beating The Christmas Stress

It's that time of year and Christmas is literally days away so I thought I'd share all my festive tips that I've found to help me through this stressful season...

Lists: They're your best friend. I made all my christmas shopping last minute but I was in and out of town quicker than you can click your fingers, I knew what I needed to buy and who for and now all my presents are wrapped and under the tree.

Family Time: Remember Christmas isn't a time for arguments and tension. I love spending time with my family during Christmas but we're all partial to a difference of opinion sometimes but life is too short for silly arguments, enjoy the day with your family.

Don't Stress: Try not to stress about what you haven't got or what will go wrong, Christmas is only one day and if you don't manage to get a gift you thought would be nice, don't worry. It's the thought that counts not the quantity. Recognise when you're getting stressed about certain situations but don't let it ruin your festive holiday, the Time4Sleep Relaxtion Zone has just launched a helpful guide to recognise stress and how to combat it, I found the section about how stress affects the body to be really interesting.

Sleep: Get a goodnights sleep. I'm terrible for an irregular sleeping pattern and that makes me grouchy and moody so I use this helpful guide to prepare myself before bed and ensure a good nights rest.

Worry Less: I've eaten my weight in chocolate, I'm actually sick of the stuff but it doesn't matter because it's Christmas. I've enjoyed myself and I'm not worrying about putting on a couple of pounds, when New Year comes I'll shift it. Indulge and give yourself a break.

Remember What's Important: I lost my granddad at the beginning of December and it's been a really hard time for all the family, he was a fantastic man who we all loved massively and because of this, I've realised it doesn't matter what you've got for dinner or what presents you receive, your family are the most important people in your life and that's all that matters.

No Pressure: I've really been beating myself up about not blogging around Christmas time because I love the festive posts so much but ultimately, life comes first and life is more important. My little space on the internet isn't going anywhere and I can always return when I feel ready. My posts will be becoming more frequent in 2015 and I hope you make a proper return to blogging soon.

Merry Christmas to all my lovely readers and all the best for 2015, I'll see you then.
Stay safe and stress free!

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Another Go At Liz Earle...

I love my skincare. I am always up for trying new cleansers, lotions and potions to make my dehydrated skin glow a little bit more and make it look more plump. When Liz Earle got in touch and sent me some of their products to try, I couldn't wait. I had previously tried the cleanse and polish but didn't really find that I was overly wowed by it so I was eager to give it another go.

The Cleanse and Polish* is the best selling hot cloth cleanser which is a cult product in the beauty world. I love a hot cloth cleanser, there's no nicer feeling that washing your make up off after a long day. I really liked the scent of this, it's definitely got a hint of eucalyptus in it and smells slightly menthol which is really cooling on the skin, especially after a long day. The cream is thick and worked into the skin it removes all the grime and even the most stubborn of mascara. The cleanse and polish came in a handy travel case with two muslin clothes which you use with the cleanser to remove make up. These were my favourite clothes before I went onto using flannels but the thin material means it's easy to get into nooks and crannies such as around the nose and corners of your eyes. I've found that with prolonged use the cleanser has really made my skin feel soft and im breaking out less (my skin is having a meltdown at the minute), I think the natural products used in the cleanse and polish are contributing to this dramatically!

Now onto the Skin Repair Moisturiser*, I was sent the normal/combination one which isn't really suitable for my skin on an evening. I really like to pack in some hydration on a night, but this works well on a morning under my make up. It sinks into the skin quickly without leaving a sticky or tacky residue. The cream really hydrates my skin as it sinks in but doesn't leave me with that sweaty shiny glow (we all know that girls). The cream is practically scent less and gentle, it would be suitable for those with sensitive skin as it doesn't appear to have anything in it that could irritate.

Can I say I was wrong about Liz Earle before? Well yeah, I really have discovered a brilliant cleanser which I would pick up when this runs out, but when it comes to the moisturiser, it's not one I'd purchase myself. I need something that packs a punch to help my dehydrated skin.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

A New Beauty from Nars...

When a limited edition product hits the shops, I am like a kid in a sweet shop. I don't know if it's the possible thought that the item could go out of stock, or because limited edition packaging is usually eye wateringly good, but something clicks in my head and I just have to have it. The Nars Virtual Domination Cheek Palette was no exception to this. I am a sucker for Nars, I'm a sucker for their blushers and I'm a sucker for packaging, obviously it was meant to be.

This five piece cheek palette houses a blusher for everyone, for every occasion and it even contains a highlighter. Each product in the palette is finely milled and pigmented which I always love about Nars' products.

Miss Liberty is a light golden peach highlighter with a white sparkle running through it that reflects beautifully when light hits the face, which of course this means it's not a very subtle highlighter and one I'll be choosing to wear during the winter months.

Deep Throat is a sheer coral blush which has an undertone of gold. The colour pay off of this isn't a strong as the other blushes in the palette but it creates a soft, peach sheen on the cheeks.

Sex Fantasy is described as a "pale lavender pink", a pink blush that is very cool toned and offers a matte finish. This shade is one I've not really figured out if it suits me yet, I'm a creature of habit and I like my peach and orange blushes so this has yet to win me over.

Final Cut is a matte blush in a peach coral which looks almost neon in the pan but the colour payoff but really compliments my skin tone.

Of course, the palette does contain the bronzer Laguna which is my holy grail bronzing powder, I was actually running out of this so when I saw this palette included it, it sealed the deal.

The palette's packaging is spot on, it's in an easy wipe-clean casing which is different from the dirt attracting black of the standard Nars products. It's the perfect size to fit in a medium make up bag and it's sturdy meaning it's travel friendly, I love a palette I can take in my make up bag when I'm running late for work (which is often). This retails for £45.00 on Space NK but hurry ladies, I have a feeling it's this years answer to the One Night Stand Palette.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Disappointing Products #2

Don't you hate being a beauty blogger and hating a product? I know I certainly do, I think because us girls write about this and we love it, every beauty product should be good but sometimes they just don't make the cut and this time, we're talking eyes and eyebrows.

Clarins Ombre Matte in Nude Beige, Taupe & Sparkle Grey* | These little pots were a beauty release I was so excited for. I'm not really that skilled in the eyeshadow department, I think I've just cracked a bronze smokey eye but that's about as far as my skills go so when they were released I jumped straight onto the bandwagon and couldn't wait to cut down my 20 minute eyeshadow application down to 5. These little pots are a creamy eyeshadow that turns into powder when applied on the lid and it's this aspect of them I really disliked, I found that when I applied the eyeshadow and let it dry, it looked chalky on my eyelid and there wasn't much colour payoff. I applied the shade Sparkle Grey and Nude Beige together and once they'd dried out, I literally looked like I had a black eye. I usually love Clarins and can't fault their other products, but this? Not so great.

Soap & Glory Archery Brow Pencil | Bit of a controversial dislike as this product is doing the rounds on blogs at the moment. This pencil is actually the old style brow pencil which has the felt tip style pen on the other end. I've heard this compared to the Anastasia Brow Whiz and I can't compare there but if it's anything like this, I'll give it a miss. I really couldn't get on with this product, the pencil is far too grey looking and quite solid so it's really hard to work an even colour through the brows. The felt tip? Absolutely awful, don't know about you girls but I try not to look like a 3 year old has applied my make up. The felt tip is literally like a colour crayon which distributes product in the most inconsistent way, making sparse then darker patches in my brows. Give me my Hourglass Brow Arch Pencil any day!

L'Oreal Super Liner | Another product where I really can't understand the hype. The formula of this product is terrible and while I was applying it, the pen would dry out leaving my eyeliner looking lumpy, messy and generally awful. The only thing I do like is it washes away in bits instead of smearing it all around my eye but you're lucky if you can get it looking consistent and dark enough.

Rimmel Brow This Way | I'm a tough girl to please in the brow department, I think it's purely because I have a routine of my Hourglass pencil and Maybelline Brow Drama and it just works, the Maybelline brow gel is actually on it's way out so I picked this up on a whim hoping it would be good. Wrong. It's a thick dark creamy gel which is on a small brush, apparently this is a dupe for Benefit's Gimme Brow but I can't compare. I've tried multiple times to brush this on my brows using minimal product, I've wiped the excess off the brush but the finished look more or less resembles slugs. It's just not for me and I'll be repurchasing the Maybelline Brow Drama.

Maxfactor Masterpiece Line & Define Eyeliner | And lastly, another terrible eyeliner. Thank goodness I'm not a liner girl the majority of the time, I'm very picky, but this really is just like the L'Oreal liner. It's very much the same in formula and on application it dries out half way so when it's being applied it just looks messy. Please leave your eyeliner recommendations below.

I hope I've mananged to stop you ladies buying some terrible products so save those pennies, an October favourites post and a newly released blush palette review will be up soon and they're products worth buying.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Clinique All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream

I love a good eye cream, it's a staple in my morning and evening skincare routine and as soon as I stop using one, I can immediately see the difference. I've tried a fair few eye creams in the past, ones claiming to banish all signs of fine lines and others purely dedicated to plumping out the eye area. Previously, the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream has been my holy grail eye cream and one I've not strayed from, until I tried the Clinique All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream. I picked this up in duty free in Skiathos, having not heard much about the product itself and only it's lighter counterpart, it was the word 'rich' that really drew me in and it's been a purchase I haven't regretted.

Now the product itself is a thick pink cream, very firm in the tub but as soon as it's worked between the fingers and applied on the skin, the product thins and blends in effortlessly. I find that all I need is a pea sized amount to moisturise both eyes, using my ring fingers to apply the cream round my eyes and orbital bone. Once applied onto the skin it sinks in really quickly which is something I love, it's perfect for those half 6 mornings when I'm rushing to apply my skincare and make up. It's not often I find a Clinique product that really agrees with my skin, I've tried their 3 step system and their cleansing balm and each time I've broken out so to say this works is a miracle.

This little pot of cream really packs a punch in the hydration department, after it's applied my eye area is soft, smooth and prepared for any concealer. I find this is a perfect base to use for under eye concealer, the concealer doesn't cake or crease after I've used this, which again gets a big thumbs up from me. My biggest make up pet peeve is when concealer creases under the eyes. In terms of how I'll look when I'm 50 with continuous use, only time will tell. It's a great step for us young ladies who are wanting to combat the first signs of ageing and add some moisture. The eye cream doesn't have any bold statements about anti ageing or correcting the eye area, it does what it says on the tin and delivers intense hydration.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Introduction to Reds

I wish I was a natural red lip wearer, some girls I watch on Youtube or follow on Instagram can pull off a red lip and I have serious lipstick envy. I'm a girl that will always stick to my nudes and peachy toned pinks but now Autumn is officially here and the dark lipstick is coming out, I'm slowing introducing a more varied colour range into my lipstick collection so by christmas, I'll have on my christmas jumper and a bright red lip.

To start of my future as a red lip wearer, I've eased myself in gently, starting with darker shades of pinks, orange toned reds and one dark red. My most worn out of the bunch is the Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien, this is a beautiful formula, very different to the other pencil offerings from Nars, this glides on the lips like a dream and gives a slightly glossy finish. The colour is very similar to MAC Please Me lipstick but I much prefer this for it's glossy finish, it's a soft muted rose shade with a slight hint of brown and red.

Like I said, I'm not the most confident when it comes to wearing dark lips but last Autumn when the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella came out and it was all over the bloggersphere, I knew I had to buy it. I wore it once and it's returned unloved to my make up collection but this year I plan to be wearing it all throughout winter. This is a beautiful blood red, and the formula is just incredible. I find that I apply this once and as it wears off it creates a stain on the lips, the colour can be built up depending on how deep you want the colour but I find a quick swipe straight from the bullet creates the perfect finish.

The next two are gems I've picked up from the high street, the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 110 is my most loved but most neglected lipstick, I never really find an occasion to wear this but it's a truly beautiful colour. The matte formula lasts all day (or evening) and only really needs reapplying once. I always use a lip pencil with this and it's quite a bright colour, the formula stains the skin so to avoid the lipstick bleeding I definitely recommend a lip pencil. The colour is a orange based red which really suits all those pale girls like myself. The Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Bewitching Coral is still very much classed within the pink shades but it's hint of red and orange means for me it's very much in the red category, this has been my transitional lipstick from my nudes.

I'm still very much a red lip newbie so if you have any recommendations of reds I should pick up, leave them below and lets see if by December I'm a convert... Well, we can hope can't we.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

September Favourites

At the beginning of September I came back from a wonderful holiday with my mum to Skiathos and we really enjoyed it, it was so refreshing to have a break from work, technology and just go back to basics. I think the pattern of my holiday was wake up, read, eat, read, swim, eat, read, sleep and repeat. I did have serious holiday blues when I came back but I soon got back into the swing of things, and we're actually talking about going back to the same place next year *counts down days*. Last weekend was my birthday and I turned 22, I was well and truly spoilt and had a wonderful day. I spent the time with my family, having a nice meal and wine and basically just being a bit civilised. Anyone else feel like they can't really face a club anymore? 22 going on 82. Anyway, lets get onto the good stuff...

Nars NARSissist Palette
This was probably the most lusted after palette of this year for me, I was desperate to get my hands on it but of course, anything thats limited edition sells out super fast and I never got my hands on it. I saw it floating around in various blog sales but never had the funds so when it came up again in Amy's blog sale, I snapped it up and it's been love ever since. The colours are neutral, the consistency is creamy and the lasting power... Well, lets just say it was still there at 10am.

MAC Hue Lipstick
An oldie but a goodie, this is my go-to nude, a lipstick I'll chose for any make up look or occasion. It's a my-lips-but-better-and-nuder shade without looking like you've coated your lips in concealer. The formula is moisturising and the vanilla scent makes so lovely putting it on your lips. This lippy is now a year old and it's still going strong.

MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow
This is another gem I picked up from a blog sale. It was an eyeshadow that's been at the top of my to-buy list and I can't believe I haven't purchased it sooner. This eyeshadow gives the perfect amount of golden and pinky goodness, swept over the eye it works beautifully on it's own as a subtle hint of pink or layered with bronzes and golds. My favourite combo is to add Urban Decay's Half Baked and Nars' Fez for a golden smokey eye.

Rimmel Lasting Perfection Foundation
A foundation that really had been neglected up until September, I've been reaching for this on days where I've fancied more coverage than a tinted moisturiser but this isn't too heavy. What I really like about this foundation is the finish it gives, I really hate looking shiny and overly glowy at the moment but this gives the right amount of matte finish with a subtle hint of shimmer giving a natural sheen to the skin. The colour is a bit off because I'm tanned but mixed with a darker foundation the formula is just as good. It's amazing what you find at the back of a beauty addicts stash.

What products have you been loving during September?

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Faith In Nature Shampoo and Conditioner

I'm in a real rut with my hair, it's a complete nightmare and I have some unintentional ombre going on. Ever since I got back from my holiday my hair has been frizzy, dry and generally looking a little bit rubbish. When Faith In Nature got in touch asking if I'd like to try their natural shampoo and conditioner, I thought yes in hope it would sort out the dryness as this is my main concern.

I chose the Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner* mainly for the scent, I thought a bit of coconut goodness would remind me of my holiday. Firstly, lets touch on the packaging... In my opinion it is very simple, standard shampoo and conditioner bottles, it might not be right but I do tend to lean towards buying a shampoo and conditioner if they have good packaging. I wasn't wowed by this at all.

Now lets get onto the product itself, I'll start with shampoo. When I wash my hair I love a shampoo that lathers up, I love feeling like my hair is getting a really good clean but when I wash it off, I love my hair feeling soft and like it's being nourished. When I used the Faith In Nature shampoo I found it actually stripped the moisture from my hair and when I rinsed, my hair had that dry squeaky feeling which I hate. I find when my hair is like that I really need to apply lots of conditioner. I did think it was my hair just being dry to begin with but after other members of my family mentioning this, I'm not sure it's suitable for those with really dry hair.

After how the shampoo left my hair feeling I went straight onto conditioner with a big handful coated over my ends and even some through the lengths avoiding my roots, I left this on for around 5-8 minutes and then rinsed. My hair wasn't exceptionally conditioned, I found that it was soft but some of that dry squeaky feeling still remained and my hair generally still looked a little rubbish, having dry hair I really like my hair to be soft and feel really conditioned but because my hair was still rather dry when I had finished and then started drying, my hair was a frizzy mess afterwards.

I really wasn't impressed with these products, I love the idea that they're natural and don't contain any nasties but in terms of promoting these products for those with dry hair, I really don't find they pack in enough hydration. I would recommend these to anyone with normal hair who is wanting a basic and natural shampoo and conditioner set.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Holiday Favourites

While I was away, I missed my August favourites post so after coming back off holiday, I thought I'd put together a holiday favourites post featuring the products I used each day while I was on holiday.

Jemma Kidd Mineral Skin Tint | I picked this up in my local bargain shop for around £6 and so far I've been really impressed with it, it's more of a BB cream style base, a bit thicker than your average tinted moisturisers but what I love about this product is the glow it gives the skin. While I was on holiday I did worry about the type of glow I'd get, there's a fine line between sweat and a healthy sheen but this gives the right amount of the latter. The coverage of this is light and buildable, and lasts around 6 hours before needing a touch up.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara | I picked this up in duty free at the airport after being desperate for a mascara for months! Being in duty free is paradise but when you've got an hour to spare, stand after stand full of beauty and not enough time to get round them all, it becomes tense. A nice lady at the Estee Lauder counter helped me pick out this mascara and I'm so pleased with it. At home and on holiday, my previous mascaras would run and end up transferring onto my brow bone or below my eyes and it would drive me mad, the Double Wear mascara stays in place for 16 hours without any transfers and helps separate and define lashes. The brush is what's my favourite, it's a slim brush with bristles that are all one length, the overall shape of the brush is quite narrow meaning it works wonders for building up volume at the root of the lashes, getting into the lashes on the inner corner and coating the bottom lashes without a smudge in sight.

Mac Pro Longwear Blush in Eternal Sun | I know I've featured this on my blog so many times but if I thought I loved it when I was pale, I love it even more now I have a tan. When my skin has some colour, this blush really emphasises my tan giving me a sunkissed glow that lots of people have complimented me on. The colour really suits any skin tone whether you're pale, it gives you some colour or with a tan it really enhances your bronzed glow. This burnt orange colour looks so stark in the pan but dusted over the cheeks it really transforms the face, I've used this to replace my beloved Nars Laguna bronzer.

Kiehl's Creme De Corps | This year I didn't take after sun, I'm a bit dubious about after sun really and whether it works so I stuck to a trusty moisturiser that really packs in the hydration. When I go abroad my skin gets so tight and dehydrated so after every shower, I would apply this and let it sink in, and it let my skin so soft and intensely hydrated. The packaging isn't the most travel friendly but in comparison to big pots of after sun, I'd rather make room for this. What I love about this product is the consistency, it's a thick butter texture which means you're not fighting a battle with creams slipping out of your hand and all over the floor. The scent is to die for and smells like holidays in itself.

Apart from these, the actual holiday was a huge favourite for me too and I'm now facing serious holiday blues!

What products have you been loving lately?

Monday, 8 September 2014

Holiday to Skiathos

Excuse the bad photo quality and the photo spam but I just thought I'd share some of my holiday snaps, I took my old camera but it was rubbish and every photo I took ended up blurry so I ended up using my Iphone for my photos and that did the job. I would of taken my DSLR if my brother wasn't using it, but nevermind, next holiday I'll take it. I had a wonderful week full of sun, beautiful food and total relaxation. It was great to have a break, relax and read a book and just live life very simply while there. I love Greece and it was my first time to Skiathos, the island is only 10 miles long but it's full of beautiful beaches, friendly locals and some wonderful eateries. It's a place I'd love to return to, my heart definitely lies in Greece. I've come back with a fairly decent tan which is impressive for a Caspar like myself, the average temperature there was 26-28 degrees and glorious sun apart from one thunderstorm on a Tuesday afternoon which lasted around an hour and a half. Now back to reality and I've serious holiday blues going on so I'm currently planning next years holiday and the possibility of saving up and going travelling because I feel so strongly that it's something I need to do.

I've had time to relax and enjoy myself and I'm hoping to make a full return to blogging ASAP, I'd love to start some more lifestyle posts on my blog, although I love beauty, I realised how much I love lifestyle blogs. There will be lots of posts coming up soon so stay tuned!

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Monthy Favourites: July

In terms of July, I've been a pretty shoddy blogger. I've had a lot of stress on me at the moment; learning we have to move house, deciding what to do with my life career wise and generally just figuring out a place in my life... Woah, deep I know. But all in all, July has been a month where I've tried to spend as little time on the internet as possible. I spend all day in front of a computer screen, sometimes it's nice to switch off the internet and actually live in the real world, whether that's taking a bath and reading a good book or spending the day with loved ones. It's easy to forget to live life and spend time with those you love and really appreciate it without having a electronic device attached to you.

I feel that July has been a month where I've tried to better myself, I'm trying to have a more positive outlook and live life without worrying, just taking one day at a time. As well as that, I've been aiming to lose weight and overall eat more healthy. I've recently bought myself a juice blender so on a morning I will opt for a fruit smoothie instead of a trip to my local Costa and I can already see the difference in myself, getting the essential vitamins and minerals makes me feel 100% better in a morning and I have more get up and go. I'm hoping once I've got to grips with what smoothies I like and what ingredients I use, there will be some smoothie posts up on my blog.

MAC Pro Longwear Foundation
I've written about this foundation numerous times but if you're looking for medium coverage, a foundation that stays all day and a semi matte coverage then this is the one for you. In comparison to Estee Lauder Double Wear, it's not cakey, doesn't set into lines and isn't drying on the skin. I remember back when I used Double Wear and even after cleansing I still had it on my skin, it was a total nightmare! With this MAC offering, I can cleanse my skin and all traces of foundation are removed. Hurrah!

MAC Mineralize Concealer
July has been an absolute scorcher and the last thing I want to do is cake my face in make up, I've been loving a tinted moisturiser for especially hot days and when I needed a bit of concealer, I've used this one by MAC. It's lightweight and doesn't cake around my eyes or nose, it's a creamy semi thick consistency that blends easily and stays put - in this weather, that's an essential.

Make Up Revolution Iconic 3 Eyeshadow Palette
I love this, I put off buying the Naked 3 palette because I thought I wouldn't like pink eyeshadows, turns out I do and I love this dupe so I've got a high street alternative and it's as good as the high end counterpart. I love creating pink smokey eyes with this and using a different palette of colours aside from browns and bronzes really is a breath of fresh air sometimes. Who knew I could stray from my gold smokey eye?!

Make Up Revolution Focus and Fix Eyeshadow Primer
I featured this in last months favourites but I just can't get enough, all the tens of pounds I've spent on eyeshadow primer in the past and this was only £4 I think and it's as good as any I've used previously. I can't go without an eyeshadow primer and with this I don't have to. If you're in need of one, pick this up ladies and you won't be disappointed.

I hope you like this style of monthly favourites, I've really missed blogging and I found it quite laborious writing in the same style about the same things so I'm mixing up my writing style and hoping to add some lifestyle features into my blog. I love beauty but sometimes I feel like I've exhausted it and it's nice to try something different. So stay tuned for more posts and something new, I hope you'll enjoy it!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

MAC Pro Longwear Blush in Eternal Sun

4 posts in July, it really isn't on is it? I don't even know how to explain myself, I was doing well and posting, really enjoying blogging then I hit a bad patch and every time I signed onto Blogger, I just couldn't come up with what to write. Anyway, I hope that's in the past and I'm about to mention one of my favourite products in July.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I was a bit of a payday millionaire and had a little splurge in my local MAC, in my defence I did so well and worked so hard, I thought I deserved it. Yeah yeah Beth, spenders lies. I'd been looking for a new bronzer, trying to find a good one that suited me (yada yada yada) or hand over the cash and be handed back a Nars Laguna but something just put me off having to trial new bronzers and I do have a Nars Laguna at home that's not completely empty so y'know... I saw a girl pick this up and put it back down and it caught my eye, so I swatched and then fell in love.

The MAC Pro Longwear Blush in Eternal Sun looks like a burnt orange in the pan but when swatched, the colour is a bronze with a hint of golden shimmer running through it, I use a light dusting of this over my cheekbones and on my temples to give my skin some colour. The pigmentation of this blush is fantastic and the powder is very finely milled so my Real Techniques Blush Brush does pick up a lot of product, you just need to softly dab the brush in the pan to pick up enough product for application on one cheek. In terms of long wear, I can safely say come 5.30pm in 25 degree heat, the blusher is still in place and looking as good as ever. Maybe this will be the product to give my beloved Nars Laguna a run for it's money...

Thursday, 10 July 2014

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium

Who else is suffering from shiny face syndrome now the weather has got hotter? I am anyway. When summer hits, I love a glow. I'm all for the glow infact. But when it starts looking like I'm a greasy sweaty mess, I am not all for the glow. So in my recent shopping spree and a last ditch attempt to combat any more shine, I headed over to my local MAC counter and picked up a Mineralize Skinfinish in the shade Medium. This shade is a perfect match and neutral colour for anyone like me who's around MAC NC20.

I only own two powders in my stash, well 4 if you count the other two in my Hourglass palette but none are suitable now it's summer. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette is a lovely palette, the formulas are perfect and they're a great powder to blur any imperfections but when I've applied this, more often than not I look like I've got greasy skin. Then there's my Natural Collection Translucent Loose Powder, this is a typical powder, great for getting rid of any shine but when I apply this, my skin looks dry and dehydrated and the powder cakes and basically it doesn't look good.

In terms of the Mac Mineralize Skinfinish, this is probably a distant cousin if you were to put the Hourglass and Natural Collection powders together. The finish of the Mineralize Skinfinish is more of a powder finish similar to the Natural Collection one but it's light enough it doesn't cake, it sets make up and still let's a little glow come through without looking shiny. See what I mean about distant cousins? I apply a light dusting of this all over my face using the Real Techniques Duo Fiber Face Brush and after each application means my make up lasts right through the day.

A quick mention about the packaging too. I've had a Mineralize Skinfinish before and it's packaging was flimsy, would always open unexpectedly and it was generally shoddy. I'm pleased to see MAC have changed their packaging to a magnetic compact which is strong and stays closed well and even contains a mirror unlike the previous packaging meaning it's great for on the go. Can you tell I like to take my make up with me? I'm not sure if MAC have increased the price because of this but it's much better quality than before.

I'm really impressed with this product, I had a little MAC splurge at the weekend so no doubt there'll be more reviews to come soon!

Have you tried the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish?

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Monthly Favourites: June

Can you believe we're now in the 7th month of the year? It's scary to think we're already half way through and closer to christmas than the beginning of the year, Christmas feels like it was only last week. Where is my life going?! I've had a busy June mainly working, I started a new beauty therapy job alongside my full time job so it means a lot of 6 day weeks but my wages at the end of the month made it all worthwhile. We've had some news about us moving so that'll all be within the next month or so which probably means I probably won't get a summer holiday this year but I'm still holding out hope. Anyway, enough of my ramble, I'll get onto the good stuff...

Excuse the grubbiness of it but I am absolutely head over heels in love with the Real Techniques Complexion Sponge, when I was applying concealer under my eyes it would crease and cake and it drove me mad, but since using the sponge to dab in the concealer, I've noticed it stays put and doesn't crease around my eyes. If you read my Birchbox post you'll know how much I'm dying to try the BeautyBlender, of course since I've never used it I can't comment on how well it fairs in comparison but it's a good starting point for anyone like me who's new to sponges.

I've been loving my bases at the moment but seeing as it's been hot in England (well sticky, humid and hot) I've been switching up what foundation I've been using. For good skin days, I've opted for the Garnier Miracle Cream, a white cream that changes to adapt to your skin tone when applied, I like this as a base because it evens out my skin tone, doesn't look orange and also hydrates my skin all day. It doesn't last throughout the whole day and I do find I need a touch up around 3ish but for those days where you've got errands to run or having a good skin day, it's a great base to opt for. When my skin isn't looking so great, I'll be honest in this weather I am looking slightly spotty, I go for a base with more coverage and at the moment I've been loving the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light, I picked this up in my local Boots for £14 (yes, £14!) and I've really enjoyed wearing this. It's a lighter version of the Double Wear but I find this formula isn't as drying so I can wear this throughout the day and the foundation doesn't cake. The best thing of all is that it really does stay put all day so when I'm busy I don't need to worry about touch ups.

For lips, in this weather it's pretty much pointless trying to wear lipstick, I carry them in my bag but they just seem to end up melting so I leave my lipsticks in the safety of a cool drawer and I've been loving the Clarins Lip Balm Crayon in 02 Creamy Pink. It's a lipstick/lipbalm hybrid but it's lovely on the lips, a soft wash of colour and a moisturising formula. I did post that I didn't see much colour pay off with these but my lighting must have just been bad because when applied well, the colour really comes out.

And finally, we have the Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix Eye Primer, I was debating purchasing the Nars one I love so much but when I saw the packaging I personally didn't think it was great value for money. After hearing about Makeup Revolution and how good their products are, I put this in my basket when I ordered the eyeshadow and blush palettes. The verdict is in and I'd say it's as good as a high end counterpart, I've worn this on a couple of occasions and it's seen my eyeshadow through a hot, sweaty day and if that's not putting it to the test, I don't know what is. For around £4, this is an absolute bargain so save your pennies and get an eyeshadow palette to team it with.

What products have you been loving throughout June?

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Clarins Double Serum

Im a bit biased when it comes to Clarins products, I work with them and I love all their products so everything I've tried has worked wonders for my skin and it's the same story with their Double Serum. I put off buying this ever since I started my beauty job, I tested and tested and samples coming out of my ears but never bought it but since I did, it's been love. This product is suitable for anyone over 25 (oops I'm 21) as an anti aging preventor and it works with two elements, a water and oil mixed together it creates one serum that glides over the skin and with 20 plant extracts, it helps reduce any signs of aging.

Now let me get started on the packaging... Handy? Yes. Clean? Yes. Sturdy? Yes. This is true Clarins packaging, strong, travel and handbag friendly without any possible chance of leakage in sight. I've not taken this out with me yet but I'm sure I will soon. The two elements of the serum are separated then once pumped, they are dispensed together and you apply as you would. And the product itself? Well, 25 or not, I'd say this is a fantastic product for anyone. Of course I've not really seen any benefits of anti aging but in terms of my skins appearance, it's dramatically improved. I have dry skin which is dry and combination as the weather has got warmer, but since using the serum, my skin is intensively hydrated and I have no trouble with my skin. Pores are reduced, I found I have particularly large pores around my nose and chin but since using this they've shrunk and any dehydration lines I had on my face have disappeared. What I particularly like with this product is that it adds a glow to the skin, I usually apply the product after eye cream, let it sink in then apply moisturiser and onto my make up, I've noticed when applying my foundation I've got more of a glow and the make up sits a lot better on my face.

As I said above I can't comment on the effect of anti aging as I am only 21 but it's a great starter for anyone looking for an overall barrier. I was debating picking up the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair instead of this at the same time but I'm so glad I opted for the Double Serum because it beats it hands down.

Have you ever tried Double Serum?

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Birchbox: First and Last

It's not often I'm disappointed with something, most of the time I read into what I'm buying and usually I end up perfectly happy with what I've received. This is what I thought would happen when I signed up to Birchbox. After speaking to other bloggers (some who are sent the box and others who pay for it) who all raved about the box, said it was good value for money and received good samples, I signed up and then 4 days later the box was mine.

In all fairness, I probably wouldn't have signed up to the subscription unless it wasn't for the BeautyBlender that I saw everyone receive in their June box, I too was sent the June box so I was really looking forward to getting it. The BeautyBlender was the only full size product in this months box and to me, I got the impression the BeautyBlender would be included in each box. Boy was I wrong. In my June box, I received 4 samples, the letter in the box stated I would receive 5 and it turns out I was missing the Naobay Body Radiance Lotion. Fair enough, I contact customer services who said they'd get one sent out to me (I'm waiting to see if it surfaces) but as for the rest of the items? I'm not overly impressed. I got an OPI Brazil nail polish, Caudalie face cream, Shea Butter hair mask by a brand I've never heard of and a Benefit They're Real mascara mini, which I will add was included in their last months box! Firstly the Benefit mascara is no good for me, I've had an allergic reaction to it on previous use, not that Birchbox knew this but what appalled me more than anything was the fact they've just recycled last months products and still have the cheek to charge you £10. Their excuse for this was "this is a great sample from a great brand and although featured last month we like to share these with new subscribers, so they too can enjoy these great samples", Birchbox if I'd of wanted last months samples, I would of signed up last month wouldn't I? I am fully aware that not everyone can have the same samples but I'd at least like to be sent items from the picture they have advertised on their website. It's sods law really that I didn't receive it.

The next issue I had was postage, when I signed up I was aware that I would be entitled to free p&p as I am a new subscriber, so when I went to the checkout, put in all my details and pressed confirm, I was charged for p&p. We are in the 21st century and most websites are aware of new users so surely deducting p&p in the final stages of checkout surely isn't rocket science? In this case, it is. I was charged for p&p and as their way of rectifying this, they credited me with some lousy points for a website I shall no longer be using. £2.95 isn't a great loss but it's the principle, I'd rather have my money back than it tied up on their website.

I probably sound like a Moaning Myrtle and I'm asking too much but the truth is, this box is a rip off. Samples are widely available in stores and even online so spending £12.95 each month for samples is beyond me. Like I said above, I wouldn't have purchased it if the BeautyBlender wasn't shown but lets face it, I didn't receive that either did I? So for £12.95 on a rolling subscription, I'll tell you now, my account is cancelled.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Makeup Revolution Blush & Contour Palette

When I made my Makeup Revolution haul, I also picked up this Blush & Contour Palette in Hot Spice. I was undecided against the two but living up to my typical self, I opted for the orangey tones and I haven't looked back since. The palette contains 8 shades, blushers which are matte or shimmer finish, a merged baked highlighter and a merged baked blusher. The tones in the palette is warm and nearly almost of the colours are coral/orange toned.

First thing I'll say is that the packaging of this palette is incredible, the casing is sturdy and strong meaning it's travel friendly and the big mirror is ideal for touch ups on the go. The packaging of this reminds me of the MAC palettes, although this isn't as flimsy. The palette is a good size meaning you can put this in your make up bag but if it doesn't fit, it'll happily slip into a side pocket of your handbag and you don't have to worry about it breaking - a big bonus for us girls travelling at the crack of dawn.

Now lets get onto the good stuff, the product itself. If you want a blusher range the same as MAC and quality as good as NARS, then pick up this palette for yourself. The colours of this palette remind me of the MAC blushers and the quality of them is just as good as NARS, a tiny bit on the brush is enough. These blushers are so pigmented it's easy to go overboard and look like a clown but a tiny bit dusted over the cheeks gives a wash of colour which will see you through to the end of the day. The only downside to this palette is that it's marketed as a blush and contour palette but for myself personally, I'm too pale to be able to use any of the shades as a contour, I think they're still a bit too red/coral based to use a contour. This isn't a huge deal for me as I tend to skip the contour step (#fatfaceproblems) so I use each shade as a blush.

Another wonderful product from Makeup Revolution, I can't believe how high quality and affordable the products are. I'm seriously impressed with everything I've tried so far and I think it's about time to make another haul... Well, it's been payday afterall.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Eyeshadow Palette

I love my Naked palette from Urban Decay, it was one of the first blogger influenced products I bought (well received for my birthday) and ever since then I've had an endless love with neutral eyeshadows that's led me to a count of near 10 neutral eyeshadow palettes. When the release of the Naked 2 & 3 hit the blogging world, to say I was a bit underwhelmed with them was an understatement and never made the purchase. The release of the Naked 3 had me umming and ahhing throughout countless blog posts and I never did checkout. Never being a pink toned eyeshadow wearer I stayed clear and that was that. When Makeup Revolution hit the blogging scene showcasing their dupes I was skeptical, retailing at £4 for their take on the Naked 3, the Iconic 3 is the double of it's high end counterpart.

In terms of packaging, this isn't anything compared to the Naked 3, it's a sturdy black plastic outer which clicks together instead of the long tin case which I find make up bag unfriendly. This case is compact size, travel friendly and secure enough to survive some of the bumpiest of journeys. The palette contains long strips of product which are a reasonable size, possibly giving more product than the Naked 3. It comes with a dual ended eyeshadow applicator but I hate these so I tend to use a mix of my Real Techniques Duo Fibre Eyeshadow Brush and MAC 217 to apply the eyeshadow and blend.

Now lets get onto the product itself. If you were like me and wanted to pick this up instead of the Naked 3 then checkout, CHECKOUT NOW. The eyeshadows really are as pigmented as the Urban Decay offering, each one fully opaque in one swatch and giving a strong wash of colour over the lid. I find the glitter and shimmer of the shades don't drop down on my face and the colour in the pan really pays off on the eyelid. The colours are almost identical to the Naked 3, apart from one or two shadows which appear slightly lighter or darker depending on the shade but as I like to say, a galloping horse wouldn't notice - the difference is minimal and barely noticeable and would probably only be obvious if you looked very very closely, but who does that? I can't say how these fair without an eyeshadow primer as I always apply a primer beforehand (#greasyeyelidproblems) but when applied with a primer, the eyeshadow has stayed put all day and even during 20 degree heat.

To say I'm impressed really is an understatement, I made a little order when I purchased this palette so stay tuned for more Makeup Revolution reviews. If their eyeshadow palette has me head over heels, I can't wait to see how the other products fare. Makeup Revolution is sold on the Superdrug website or on their own website.

Have you ever tried Makeup Revolution?

Monday, 23 June 2014

Origins Eye Doctor Eye Cream

Oh eye creams, the bane of my life. I had been using the Kiehl's Creamy Avocado Eye Cream previously and I just couldn't get on with it, it was my second tub but this time round, it just wasn't working. I hated how the cream went into an oil and if you didn't warm up the product enough before application it would drag the skin and the oil took ages to sink in, it never sat right under my concealer and I generally really didn't like it. I can't say it was hydrating enough either, yes it turned into an oil but it would sit on the skin instead of sink in. So after being thoroughly fed up of a bad eye cream, I found myself purusing the Origins stand in my local Debenhams. I purchased the Origins Eye Doctor Eye Cream after watching one of Tanya Burr's videos where she mentioned she used it, if it's good enough for Tanya Burr and her skin is flawless, it's good enough for me. At the moment I'm 50/50 with this, it's hydrating and sinks into the skin well but I've not seen a massive reduction to the dehydration lines around my eyes - I do think this is caused by my lack of water intake. This eye cream is a great base for under eye concealer because of how quickly it sinks in, it doesn't leave any greasy residue so that concealer doesn't crease. If hydration is your main concern around your eyes then I'd really recommend picking this up, I find it's very similar to the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream but not as thick in consistency but packs in the same amount of moisture. I like that this cream is gentle so it would even suit those with sensitive eyes and it seems fragrance free. This is a great step for anyone in their 20's wanting to prevent any signs of fine lines, of course I can't say how well it will work because I'm only 21 but an eye cream is always a good place to start.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick

When I first stepped into the make up world, the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick was on every wishlist of mine and I recall swatching endlessly but never made the purchase so late on to the high street bandwagon and a purchase way overdue, I picked up the Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick. With a choice of two shades, one being Pink Bronze and the other Gold Bronze, I of course opted for Gold Bronze, you know me - if it's bronze and gold toned, I'm all over it. How is this compared to the Bobbi Brown offering? Well, it's certainly as pigmented, as you can see from the swatches each shade of bronze has a fantastic colour pay off. I use this more as a bronze highlighter when I'm wearing self tan or lightly blended over bronzer instead of highlighter to give myself glowing skin. Each shade can be used individually depending on the look you're going for, or all blended as one to create one tone. This is a great little palette which could be used as a bronzer, highlighter and even on the eyes used to create a bronze smokey eye, so it's great for those heading off on holiday this year and don't want to take lots of products. For £4.99 instead of £32, it's a great bargain and if you're like me and lusting over the Bobbi Brown version, this could be the one for you.

Have you tried this, or the Bobbi Brown one?

Monday, 16 June 2014

Garnier Ultimate Beauty Oil Beauty Scrub

Summers officially here in England and we've got weather over 10 degrees, who'd have thought it? Of course it's now time to get the pins out and after months of wrapping myself in skinny jeans and jumpers, I've neglected my skin and it's looking less than lacklustre at the moment. I used the last handful of my Caudalie Divine Scrub which really was divine but I couldn't afford the over £20 repurchase just yet, after seeing the Oil Beauty range in Boots, I picked the Garnier Ultimate Beauty Oil Beauty Scrub up on a whim and now I'm not looking back. Seeing as I have quite rough skin on my arms and legs, I prefer a scrub that's very grainy which can really exfoliate the skin and shift any dry and rough skin. Firstly, the scent with this really is gorgeous, not as nice as the Caudalie offering but lovely nonetheless. The scrub is rough with an almost sand like texture, nothing too abrasive so it doesn't irritate the skin, I buff this into the skin during a hot shower and rinse. The four oils help the scrub slide over the skin but doesn't leave an oily residue, it does leave skin soft enough that if you were lucky enough you could skip moisturising, unfortunately I'm not so lucky. I really like this body scrub as a high street alternative to the Caudalie one and does it compare? It certainly does and for £7.15, it's a bargain! My arms and legs will be summer ready!

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

L'Oreal True Match Concealer

I love concealers and when I buy a new one, I want one that's gonna tackle my main 3 concerns:

• Dark circles
• Blemishes
• Redness

I've had hundreds of concealers and being as lazy busy in a morning as I am, I need a product I can use for all 3 concerns and something that helps cut down my make up routine, even if it is marginally. I saw the L'Oreal True Match Concealer on a video of Amelia's and anything that girl puts on her flawless skin, I need. Off I totted to Boots and have I looked back? Definitely not. This really is a 3-in-1 product and my morning routine has been reduced, like I said not marginally but every little helps. The doefoot applicator makes application easy and quick and it's small enough to dot product around my eyes and the sides of my nose. I blend this out with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and it stays put all day. I picked up the shade Vanilla which is probably a bit too light for me but this lightens up my skintone and the yellow undertone compliments my skintone perfectly. All in all this is a wonderful concealer and it's even giving my MAC Pro Longwear Concealer a run for it's money. My 3 main concerns? Well, they're well and truly concealed.

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Demure

I'm so late on the bandwagon with these, when the Balm Stains were released, I purchased the shade Lovesick and from then, it's been applied on my lips around once and it's never seen the light of day again. So when I saw the lacquer and matte versions of the balms I swatched to high heaven on my arm every time I went into Boots and all of a sudden found myself head over heels with the shade Demure. A typical Beth offering, how predictable can I be? This is a beautiful pink nude with specks of glitter running through but the glitter is very subtle. I personally think the glitter in the balm adds to the finish when it's applied, making my lips look glossy and full. The colour really suits me, it's more of an everyday colour in my opinion and one I can apply on the go thanks to it's handbag friendly packaging. The staying power of these isn't fantastic, like any glossy lipstick they tend to wear off quicker but this is handy enough to have you on the go that you don't need to worry about the wear off and the £8 price tag doesn't make you feel guilty for being a bit heavy handed - I was, especially after a few glasses of vino. The pencil like applicator makes it easy for a correct application and the best bit? No sharpening! This twists up dispensing more product once you've worn it down and this in my eyes is a huge bonus, anyone else hate having to sharpen pencils and feel like you're losing so much product? Well not with this.

Revlon have 9 other shades in the Lacquer Balms and I've been eyeing up the shade Coquette which is a bright blue toned pink, because lets face it I really need to branch out of my nude lipstick bubble.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Monthly Favourites: May

Monthly favourites time! Can you believe it's June and we're half way through the year? How crazy is that! May has been a busy month for me with various ups and downs but I'm going into June more positive and determined to get myself into some routine and continue being happy. Anyway, enough of the rambling, lets get down to the good stuff...

The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is a product I have a love/hate relationship with, it's definitely different to Bioderma and a great product if you're after that sort of thing but for me, Bioderma is a cut above the rest. I've opted for using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water if I can't be bothered with a full cleanse (we've all been there) and this removes all my make up, the only downside is that it doesn't remove waterproof mascara but for under £10, this is a great high street version of Bioderma and a great start for anyone who wants to dip their foot in the micellar water pool.

It's got hotter and my skin has got slightly oilier, so after suffering too many breakouts from using the heavy Clinique TOTD Cleansing Balm, I switched up my cleansers and I'm now using the REN Rosa Centifolia Hot Cloth Cleanser, this is a lightweight cream that I used to massage all over my face and even over my eye make up to remove all the grime. This is a perfect morning and evening cleanser, it doesn't strip the skin or irritate, the formulation is very mild and it's almost scentless. It removes even the heaviest of make up without a second cleanse and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth.

Is anyone else the worst at washing their make up brushes? I've got a pot full that need cleaning as I type this but to make that job a bit shorter and to give my brushes a thorough clean, I've been using the Dr Bronners Magic Soap, I run my brush under the water, swirl the brush in the soap and lather up, then rinse. It's as easy as that and my brushes are soft with all traces of powder/foundation/cream is removed.

May has been a month where I've been hating my hair, it was greasy, heavy and generally all around awful, I've got an appointment booked at the weekend so I'll have new locks soon but I was desperate for a product to remove all the grime. I searched Boots and my local Space NK and neither of them stocked the Bumble & Bumble Sunday Shampoo so I had to do with the next best thing and under Anna's recommendation, I purchased the Boots Expert Build Up Removal Shampoo. So far so good and I'm liking it, I use this around once a week to get rid of the Oribe build up and it leaves my hair squeaky clean. I wouldn't recommend this for coloured haired ladies like myself, it's removed some of my hair colour quite quickly which isn't a terrible thing for me but if you're a glossy brunette, maybe use this very sparingly.

Finally, we have a Clarins product?! Haha wouldn't be a favourites without something from Clarins would it? The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector has been gracing my lips all month, it's a balm and gloss combo with the tiniest amount of colour but for days when I'm super lazy or opting for a 'no make up, make up' look, this is perfect. I've written about a fab dupe in my previous post here so if you don't fancy forking out £18, head on over to have a read.

Lets see what June brings, I've got lots of exciting things planned and I'm really feeling more positive and can't wait to see what life has got for me round the corner. Here's to a happy June!

What products were your favourites this month?

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Maybelline ColorSensational Shine Gloss

Payday came and I headed straight to Boots, what beauty blogger doesn't? I had a list in hand and whilst I was perusing the stands, I picked up the Maybelline ColorSensational Shine Gloss and put it in my basket. Let me tell you now, if you're one of those girls who's fed up of the hair in lipgloss situation when it's windy and hate sticky lipgloss in general, these really are the lipgloss for you. The Maybelline gloss reminds me so much of the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors and I could write a full blog post on my love for them so this is a fantastic dupe, I prefer the doefoot applicator in the Maybelline gloss compared to the spongey applicator of the Clarins. I'd describe these more as a balm/lipgloss combo giving just a subtle sheen of colour to the lips, I find I wear these when I'm wanting to make my lips look fuller or apply them lightly over a nude lipstick to give a glossier finish. I picked up the shade Cashmere Rose which is a light peachy pink (surprise, surprise) with tiny flecks of glitter running through. These retail in Boots for around £6.20 instead of Clarins which retail at £18 so if you're wanting to save the pennies but get the same finish, head to Boots now... Quick, I'm off to buy more!

Monday, 26 May 2014

Shavata Arch Enhancer Pencil

I recently took part in a Shavata mystery shopper project where I received a complimentary eyebrow threading and as a thank you, they sent me a little gift from their product range, the gift I received was their Arch Enhancer Pencil which is a creamy eye pencil in a soft pink colour that is used under the eyebrow arch to enhance the eye area. So far so good with this product, the pencil is very easy to use, this reminds me a lot of the Benefit Eye Bright Pencil but for the eyebrows. The formula of the pencil is thick and creamy, swatched heavily this has a lot of colour payoff but it's subtle enough so if you do go overboard, it's not overly noticeable, I blend this out under my eyebrows and this really enhances the arch, teamed with the eyebrow threading by the lovely women at Shavata, I have a defined arch - something I never had in my teenage years after months of overplucking (yes I had thin strip eyebrows). I did try to swatch this but the camera just wouldn't pick it up but this can be applied lightly or heavily depending on the impact you're after, the colour is very subtle and suitable for most skintones. This is my second product from Shavata and as well as their products, the women who do the threading really are fantastic and the only people I'll trust with my brows.

Have you ever had your eyebrows threaded? Have you tried Shavata?

Monday, 19 May 2014

Lip Product Addict TAG

It's very rare I do a tag on my blog but when I saw Amelia and Essie's video I couldn't wait to do it so here we are ladies, it's the lip product addict tag!

Favourite balm/treatment?
I love the Nuxe Reve De Miel, I have the stick version that I bought in Cyprus and it's still going strong, this nourishes my lips and stops them getting chapped. It's so hydrating and a perfect base for any lipstick.

Best eye-catching red?
I'm not much of a red lip wearer but when I do I love the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 110, it's a gorgeous orange based red which really suits my skintone. The formula of this is great, it dries matte and stays put for hours. It's a great lipstick from the high street and every time I've worn this I've received so many compliments.

Best luxury & best drugstore?

My favourite luxury lipstick is the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, the colour is beautiful and the formula of this lipstick is fantastic, I love that they come in a stick form which makes application so easy. The lasting power of this lipstick is around 2-3 hours before I need to reapply and lets not forget the pigmentation, look how deep that red is. For high drug store, I love the Topshop lipsticks, they have a wide range of colours at affordable prices and the finish of these are beautiful, I have a few Topshop lipsticks but my favourite by far is Whimsical, a nude peach with matte finish.

Best MAC lipstick?

MAC Hue Lipstick will always be my favourite lipstick from the brand, I have a few MAC lipsticks now and there's just not one lipstick out there that compares to Hue. This lipstick is so creamy and is the perfect nude lipstick, this isn't too pink, brown or pale. This lipstick goes everywhere with me and completes any make up look, I especially like wearing this with a dark smokey eye.

The most disappointing?

I love Hourglass and I've not found a product I don't love from them apart from this, the Hourglass Opaque Rouge in Muse was such a disappointment in my opinion, I love the colour and the pigmentation but this goes on the lip and dries to a dry, slightly tacky finish. I find on application you have to be super quick with this otherwise it cakes on the lips and forms awful lumps if too much is applied. The colour choice they have on offer is very good but I've found you can buy these colours in lipstick form, I'll be opting for them instead.

Liner - yes or no?
I'm gonna say no for this one really, I own one lip liner which is from Topshop and I only ever really use it if I'm wearing the Kate Moss Rimmel 110 lipstick, but most cases are I'm wearing a nude lipstick so I never really bother with lip liner. I know they're very good to use with dark lipsticks to stop bleeding around the edge of the lips but personally I don't wear dark lipsticks enough to warrant lip liners.

Best gloss?

The Clarins Instant Lip Perfector is the only gloss I'll wear on my lips now, these hydrate the lips, add a teeny hint of colour and give lips a glossy finish without that sticky finish. I have the shade 02 Apricot which has a hint of peachy gloss to the lips without having to worry about the wind blowing your hair and suffering from them dreaded hair stuck in lipgloss moments.

Something extra!

I have been loving the Rimmel Apocolips Lip Lacquer in Luna, I'm a bit late on the bandwagon with these but they give just the perfect amount of colour and a hint of gloss, this has been on my lips whenever I've opted for a peachy coral lip. The only downside is they don't last that long but they're a great high street lip lacquer so you don't feel so bad constantly reapplying it. I've seen a few people wearing the shade Celestial which is a dusty pink shade, I think it would be a good shade to ease me into wearing pink lips more often.

I've really enjoyed doing this tag, it's been great going through my lip stash and writing about some of my favourite lippies. Thanks Amelia and Essie for doing this tag. I tag Charlotte, Abby and Jemma as well as all you lovely readers!
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