Monday, 18 February 2013

my top 5 lipsticks

L-R: MAC 'Angel', Topshop 'Mischief', Max Factor 'Bewitching Coral', Revlon JBKBS 'Crush', Rimmel '107'

Hello ladies, Happy Monday! Today, I thought I'd start my 'top 5' product series.
It took quite a while to choose which colours to feature in this post as I have quite a big collection of lipstick and I like to change up my lip colour most days. I finally narrowed it down to the shades that in my eyes, are fool proof.

MAC 'Angel': I love this shade for when I'm just going to sixth form and want something subtle or when I have quite dramatic eye make-up on. It's a soft pink shade that I would say looks lovely on almost every skin tone. I find many nude lipsticks wash me out as I'm quite pale but as this is a pinky-nude I love it. I wrote a full review on this lipstick when I first started my blog, which you can read here.

Topshop 'Mischief': This is my favourite red lipstick that I own. I love wearing this on nights out or days when I feel like I need a bit of a pick me up as this makes me feel generally really perked up and nice. This is a classic red shade that compliments my skin tone nicely, unlike many red shades that make me look too pale. The formula is beautiful and it really is a dream to apply. I have a full review, which you can read here.

Max Factor 'Bewitching Coral': This shade is very similar to MAC's 'Impassioned', although slightly less neon-looking. I actually prefer the formula and shade of this one. It's a gorgeous shade for summer months and it looks gorgeous with a bit of a healthy glowing tan. Full review/comparison of Impassioned & Bewitching Coral here.

Revlon Kissable Balm Stain in Crush: I love wearing this to sixth form and every day as it is a lovely plumy shade that I feel comfortable enough to wear in the day as it's quite sheer. That being said, it can be build up to quite an opaque colour which is equally as lovely. I want to get a few more of these as I love how they wear on the lips.

Rimmel Kate lipstick in 107: When I first bought this, I didn't think I would ever wear it as it is not a shade I thought I could pull off. However, I've actually grown to really love this shade. I think it looks nice against my skin tone and isn't as 'in your face' dark lip colour as I thought. I wear this on days where I'm going somewhere nice or shopping rather than to sixth form- I'm not that confident in it just yet haha. Here's an fotd where I am wearing it so you can see it in action. You can also read my full review here.

L-R: MAC Angel, Max Factor Betwitching Coral, Revlon JBKBS Crush, Rimmel 107
p.s for a better swatch of Max Factor's Bewitching coral read my review here.
I'm always picking up new lipsticks to add to my collection so I'd love to know your favourites whether they are drugstore or high end.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Weekend wishlist #4

Weekend wishlist #4

Monki Dolly Top- Mulberry oversized Alexa- Topshop Aubergine Speckled Skirt- Soap & Glory SuperCat eyeliner- Nars Laguna bronzer- Nails Inc 'Little Miss Splendid'- Monki Marcella blouse- Zara Office City bag

Friday, 15 February 2013

Back to basics: sheer bases

As Spring is fast approaching I'm becoming more inclined to reach for lighter coverage bases. There's something about feeling fresh faced and natural that makes me feel amazing. If I'm having a good skin day that it. I really do dislike the feel of most foundations on my skin. I feel like the majority of medium-heavy coverage foundations that I've tried are way too heavy for my skin. But I've also found that lighter coverage bases don't last as long on the skin. After a long search, I've finally found
 the light coverage bases that work for me.

p.s I think it will be useful to discuss my skin type before my mini reviews of each base. My skin type is combination. I have normal cheeks and forehead, dry down my nose and oily around my nose and chin.

Dr Jart Water Fuse BB cream:

This has to be my favourite out of all the bases. I wasn't sure how the shade would look on my skin due to me being quite pale. There is only one shade in this, which disappointed me because it's a lovely product that many fairer and darker skinned ladies will miss out on. Hopefully, Dr Jart will bear this in mind and bring out a few more shades as I know many people found the shade range disappointing. This base is possibly the lightest coverage out of the three, which surprisingly didn't bother me. I find myself reaching for this the most over the others as I just love how it makes my skin look.
I buff this in with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, which gives a touch more coverage than when applied with my hands. I really do believe that this does do what it says in regards to blurring out imperfections. I find I only need a touch of concealer, with Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer being my personal choice. I find the finish is lovely and dewy without leaving my skin oily. As my skin has been extremely dehydrated and slightly drier than usual throughout the Winter months, this really does keep my skin hydrated throughout the day, whilst lasting a pretty decent time too.
I bought this from Boots when it was 1/3 off, making it £12 rather than the original price of £18. I believe that the 1/3 off offer is still on in Boots so make sure you check it out if you're interested in buying this!

Laura Mercier Oil-free Tinted Moisturiser:

Out of the dozens of tinted moisturisers that I have tried, this has to be the only one I have actually liked. Every tinted moisturiser I have tried before has made my skin looks pink/red, felt disgusting on the skin and have no coverage at all. The shade range is huge, making it easy to find your perfect match. This is one the pricey side at £33, which made me consider buying this for a while but I can definitely justify the price now. The coverage is lightly more than the average tinted moisturiser and the Dr Jart BB cream that I discussed above. The consistency is rather foundation-like, with it being quite a bit thicker than the average tinted moisturiser but thinner than a BB cream. I buff this in with the trusty Real Techniques Buffing Brush, which again gives a touch more coverage than when applying with hands. The finish is dewy and light reflective (but with no shimmer particles thankfully), but with a light dusting of powder, with Rimmel Stay Matte being my powder of choice, my oily patches are kept at bay. A pea-sized amount buffed into moisturised skin, a touch of concealer on blemishes and under eye circles finished with a light dusting of powder equals my everyday face.

MAC Face and Body foundation:

I'd like to start by having a rant about the price of this going up by a ridiculous amount. I was so annoyed to find that the 120ml bottle has gone up to £26 from  around £20-£20.50 and now they do a 50ml version for £20.50. How does that work?! Although the smaller bottle is better as it's almost impossible to get through 120ml before it goes off but to sell a product under half of it's size for the same price then boost up the price of the original seems ridiculous. I don't think I will buy it again as I'm really irritated by it.

Rant aside, I do think this is a lovely product. It's extremely build-able so if one layer isn't enough coverage, two or three other layers can be added to give a more medium coverage without creating a cakey mess. This is water based and has no spf, which makes it a really good choice for nights out or when you know that flash photography will be used as there will be no flashback. 
I like using this for nights out if I don't want to apply fake tan to my arms, legs etc. It kind of gives the effect that Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs. It looks as if you're wearing tights and doesn't transfer onto clothes which is so nice as it's so quick to apply and lasts all night. 

As a foundation, this gives a lovely dewy/glowy effect to the skin and I do find that it lasts all day. I need to dust some powder onto my t-zone after application and maybe again after a few hours, but other than that, it lasts pretty well all day. 

What are your sheer base picks? I'd love to know what your favourites are.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

What's in my make-up bag? #1

I thought that this would be a nice feature on here as it shows what products I'm loving this week as I'm always changing up things in my make-up bag.

Before applying my base products, I use a thin layer of Good Things Face The Day SPF15 moisturiser. This is quite heavily scented, so I was unsure whether it would agree with my skin. But it has no nasty ingredients and is a perfect base for make-up.

Base- Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in Vanilla : I'm loving mixing this with Revlon ColorStay in Buff. I find Revlon Colorstay makes my skin look clear but slightly dull so I love making it look more awake by adding Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, which is quite low, dewy coverage alone.
Dr Jart Waterfuse BB Cream: There's something about this that just makes my skin glow and feel amazing. The coverage is low so I love buffing this in with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush which creates a natural base with minimum redness. I do find that my redness is covered with this, but I use Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer on blemishes and Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer under my eyes for extra coverage. I found that Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer broke me out terribly when I wore it on spots, however on my under eyes it's lovely and brightening.

Face- Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light will always be a staple in my make-up bag. The soft texture and non-muddy shade makes contouring my pale skin a breeze. I've had this for so long and it doesn't look as if it's going anywhere any time soon. I'm still loving Rimmel Blush in Santa Rose. It's just the most gorgeous inoffensive shade ever. It just brings a natural flush to the cheeks whilst still looking subtle. I love using this when I'm doing heavy eye or lip make-up as it just compliments them amazingly without looking too much. 

Eyes- I'm still loving HD Brows in Bombshell, I just use one shade and brush through my brows with ELF's Concealer Brush. For an everyday eye look, I'm really liking sweeping Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze all over the lid with my fingers for a easy wash of colour. I'm still using Loreal Volume Million Lashes mascara in Black/Brown but I'm after a new mascara so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

What's in your make-up bag at the moment? I'd love to know what products you're loving this week.

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Weekend wishlist

Weekend wishlist

Liz Earle Signature foundation- Soap & Glory Whipped Clean Shower Butter- Bobbi Brown Tinted Balm- Clarins Insta Smooth Primer- Benefit It's Potent eye cream- The Fault In Our Stars- Miss Selfridge shoes- Topshop dress- MUA Undress Your Skin highlighter

What is on your weekend wishlist?

fotd #2

What's on my face: Dr Jart Waterfuse BB cream, Boujois Healthy Mix concealer, Soap & Glory Kick Ass concealer, Ebay blush palette, Sleek Face Contour Kit, 17 Shimmer Brick in Pink Bronze

What's on my eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion, MAC 'Naked Lunch' eye shadow (lid colour), Soap & Glory Lid Stuff eye palette in What's Nude- 'mudhoney' in crease and 'aubersheen' outer corners, L'Oreal Carbon Gloss eyeliner, Loreal Million Lashes mascara, HD Brows in Bombshell

What's on my lips: Rimmel Apocalips in Celestial

The best of budget beauty: skincare #1

I know we all love a splurge on expensive make-up and skincare every now and then but day to day, it's just not practical for most of us. I've tried many budget cleaners, scrubs and moisturisers in my time therefore I consider the products below the creme de la creme of budget skincare if you will. I'm always on the hunt for amazing skincare at low prices so this feature will start off with my current collection and reviews will be added whenever I find a product that amazes me as much as these little beauties. I'm warning you now that this is going to be a long one so get comfy and grab a cuppa. Here are my favourite picks of budget skincare:

Nspa skincare: 

 Being a fully pledged member of the Nspa skincare fan club,I thought I would dedicate a section to them in order for my love to be declared to its full potential. (I'm deadly serious, why doesn't everybody rave about this brand?!) p.s and no I promise I am not sponsored or anything, I just like to shout from the rooftops when I find amazing products for bargainous prices.

N-spa Beauty Rituals is a range of luxurious facial products that let you have the Nirvana Spa experience from the comfort of your own home. The range is available at Asda stores nationwide and the prices range from £2.50 to £6.00. Since their launch, the brand has extended to gift sets and body care, which I'm yet to try. But I'm sure I won't be able to resist picking up a few bits on my next trip to Asda. The whole range is paraben-free, not tested on animals and is made in the UK. The products are dermatologically approved and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Toiletries are now 2 for £8 in Asda stores so get down there now and grab yourself a bargain skin care routine!

I've already posted some reviews of a few products from this brand, which will be linked below. But here is a basic run down of each product. Products that haven't been reviewed yet will be up in  the week. 

Nspa Melting Cleansing Gel: I think I could say that this is my all time favourite cleanser. All you need is a blob the size of a 20 pence piece massaged over dry skin, wet your hands with warm water and rub your skin to create a milk and then rinse. It feels so luxurious to use and my skin feels amazing every time. It doesn't make my combination skin oily because it transforms into a cleansing milk once water is added. I love to use this after removing my make-up at night time. Read my full review here. This little beauty is £6.00 is Asda stores.

Nspa Deep Cleansing Face Wash: This has to be the easiest way to cleanse your face. Whereas the Melting Cleasing Gel- mentioned above is luxurious and feels very pampering. This face wash smells gorgeous and leaves your skin feeling amazing but it is extremely quick and simple. I love this for mornings as it takes a few seconds to wash my face. I think girls with oily to combination skin would really love this. This is avaliable in Asda stores for £4.50

Nspa Hot Cloth Polish: A great alternative to Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish which I love, without the price. I prefer using this to a face wash some times as I feel like I get a deeper clean. Once it is buffed off with the muslin cloth, my skin is left looking glowy and feels amazing. Read my full review here. You can pick this up from Asda stores for £7.00

Nspa Brightening Detox Scrub: As my skin is quite sensitive, it was difficult for me to find a scrub that wasn't too harsh or abrasive for my skin. This scrub is effective yet quite gentle on the skin. The combination of micro exfoliation beads, moisturising Ginseng and natural Vitamin E gently buffs away dead skin cells whilst unblocking pores and leaving skin silky soft. You can pick this little beauty up in Asda stores for £4.50.

Nspa 5 Minute Magic Mask: I haven't tried this enough times to say a lot about it. But it has similar ingredients to the Bright Detox Scrub. This mask is designed to draw out impurities and refine pores. When applied, there is lots of beads which once massaged, burst and release Vitamin E. As I said, I can't comment too much on this yet, but from one use it did make my skin feel lovely. You can pick this up for £6 in Asda stores.

Don't forget that toiletries are now 2 for £8 in Asda stores so get down there now and grab yourself a bargain skin care routine!

Other budget skincare picks:

No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream- Normal/oily skin: This range is catered to all skin types and although it is at the higher end of the 'budget' category at around £12 a tub, Boots nearly always have 3 for 2 offers and £5 off vouchers. This moisturiser is the perfect consistency for me, I like them to feel like creams rather than thin milk like moisturisers, but I hate having a heavy moisturiser on that clogs my skin. This is perfect for an everyday moisturiser and leaves the perfect base for make-up. Read a more in depth review here.

Superdrug Aqua Hydrating Serum: The fact that this fragrance free was what initially attracted me to this serum. I cannot stand putting strongly scented products, especially moisturising ones on my skin before I go to bed. I use this as a treatment when my skin is feel dehydrated (so everyday recently *sighs*) underneath my moisturiser. This has made the appearance of my skin much smoother, more glowy and it feels so much more hydrated.

Good Things Face The Day day cream: When I first picked this up, I thought it wouldn't agree with my skin as it is quite strongly scented with fruit. After giving this a go, I found that due to it's light consistency and good quality ingredients it is the perfect base for make-up.

Nivea Daily Essentials; Gentle Cleansing Lotion: I use this with cotton pads to remove my make-up. As my skin has been quite dehydrated and dry recently, this really does the job as it doesn't strip my skin. I was a big fan of No7's cleansing water but for winter time, it really didn't do it for me. This makes removing make-up a breeze- a winner for me as I'm so damn lazy.

Sudocrem: Now I know everyone probably knows that this is amazing for putting on spots before bed so I won't babble on too much. But this really is AMAZING for drying out nasty spots overnight. This really does do wonders for my skin when it's misbehaving. You can pick up a pot in various sizes almost anywhere that they sell baby stuff.

Botanics Cleansing Balm (in first picture, not pictured above): I love using this when my skin is lacking moisture. It leaves my skin feeling silk soft and nourished due to it's luxurious ingredients.

What's your favourite budget skincare buy?

Instaupdates #2

- Downsized my lipstick/gloss collection into one box- Day off=pamper day- Finally got my hands on Rimmel Apocalips- Shopping my stash- fotd using Rimmel Apocalips in Celestial- Starbucks had Christmas cups left over- Boyfriend bought my Disney films- Loving the Naked Eye Palette from Too Faced atm- Me and the boyf <3-

Monday, 4 February 2013

25 random facts about me

Since I've read quite a few of these posts in the past few days, I thought I would write on myself. I think it's a lovely idea as you can kind of 'get to know' the blogger a bit more. So here are my 25 random facts...

1. I love Disney films and my all time favourite is Lady and the Tramp
2. I cannot function without tea
3. My Grandad was an Olympic boxer
4. I've only ever had one boyfriend and we've been together for 14 months
5. I'm addicted to Heinz Spaghetti Hoops and Alphabetti Spaghetti
6. In September, I'll be starting university to study Education
7. My dream job is to become a primary school teacher
8. I want to go to New York more than anything
9. I'm currently studying A-levels in sixth form in the subjects: English Language, History and English Literature
10. Lipstick in my weakness
11. I've been to Disney World in Florida twice and to this day, it is still my favourite place in the world
12. I'm such a bookworm so I can't wait until Summer is here so I have the chance to read all the books I want.
13. I was born in the North-East of England and lived there until I was 9
14. At the age of 9, I moved to Cardiff where I have lived ever since
15. I'm the baby of my family with two older brothers which are 21 and 23
16. I'm way more obsessed with my cat than I should be
17. I have the most gorgeous 2 year old neice ever
18. If I won the lottery the first thing I would do is buy a Mulberry bag
19. My guilty pleasure is One Direction- don't hate me
20. I went to Reading festival last summer and it was amazing
21. I'm terrified of wasps
22. I have a fear of the dentist and I will do anything to avoid going
23. I drive a cream Mini
24. I'm a scorpio- yes I'm obsessed with astrology and all that shit
25. I'm the least athletic person on this planet

Thinking of 25 facts ended up a lot harder than I expected. If you've done a post similar, link it in the comments, I'd love a read :)

Saturday, 2 February 2013

What I've been loving this month: January favourites

So this month I've discovered quite a few products which I didn't think would ever be included in one of my favourites posts. Every month, new make-up bits seem to dominate these posts so this month, it seems I've had a little bit of a shake up.

Before I get into the products, I just want to quickly apologise for the poor quality of my photograph. I can't find my memory card for my camera so my phone had to do the job for today, I'm afraid. Now enough of that, here are the products I haven't been able to put down this month:

No7 Revitalising Hand Saviour:
I received this, along with other No7 goodies, as a Christmas present from my best friend. I'm going to be honest and say, I neglect my poor little hands way too often. This is essentially a hand scrub but it is packed with salt crystals and I'm sure it has some sort of oil in it as it softens hands so well. You squeeze a tiny amount into dry hands and massage it in, then rinse off with warm water. When the water meets the product, it turns into a lovely liquid that makes your hands feel baby soft.

Dr Jart Water Fuse BB Cream:
This could be classed as a cheat considering I only bought it around two weeks ago. But I had to include it as I have not touched a different base since. I have fallen in love with this little beauty. A pea-sized amount buffed in with my buffing brush creates such a even base that I feel like I don't need any more make-up. I will be doing a full review, which should be up tomorrow so I won't babble for too long about it. But I honestly think it might be holy grail material- yeah I said it!

Liz Earle Deep Cleansing Mask:
I've had this mask forever and it doesn't seem to be ending any time soon. It's a dark green, clay mask that does wonders for my skin. When my skin is feeling either really oily or I have a lot of spots, I whack this on my face (not literally, that would probably result in injury..) , buff it off with the sponge that it came with or a muslin cloth and my skin feels instantly boosted. I feel like my skin has had a real deep cleanse after using this.

Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave In Conditioner:I'm surprised this hasn't been mentioned on my blog before. Perhaps, it is because I've been using it for so long, I don't really think to mention it?.. Regardless of that, I honestly don't think I could get a brush through my hair unless I have sprayed this on first. My hair is ridiculously knotty and tangled and after washing. Regardless of what conditioner I have used, it's a pain in the ass to brush through. This softens my hair and makes brushing so much easier. Not to mention that it smells absolutely gorgeous too!

No7 nail polish in Fox Glove:
This is another gem that was in my No7 gift set that I received for Christmas. In my eyes, this is one of the most gorgeous nail polish shades that I currently own. I don't have anything else like it in my collection. For my nails, I love deep reds, purples and black, especially around Autumn/Winter. This shade is just the perfect shade of purple, not too dark, not too pinky. When this cute little bottle runs out I will definitely be picking up the full size.

Rimmel blush in Santa Rose:
I know I have mentioned this before in another favourites post but it really is all I've been wearing this month. This month I've been into quite natural looking make-up. This is a really inoffensive blush colour, especially if you have a dramatic lip or eye look going on. It gives your cheeks a tiny pop of colour but it doesn't ever look too much.

Barry M lip gloss in shade 11:
I'm not a lip gloss fan at all usually. I usually wear a lipstick or just a slick on lip balm so getting a lot of use out of this surprised me. The main thing I hate about lip gloss in general is the fact that the are so sticky. This is the least sticky lip gloss that I have ever used. It just feels creamy and smooth when I rub my lips together, rather than sticky and tacky. The shade is gorgeous, it's just a peachy pink colour that comes off quite sheer on the lips. When I'm doing just an everyday make-up, applying this just pulls the whole look together and it doesn't look too dramatic. The shades seem to be different on the Barry M website and the Boots websites so if you're after this colour, make sure you look carefully because the name might have been changed.

So there goes another month that has flown by once again! What were our favourite products this month? Let me know in the comments :) I'm going to be posting every other week day and twice every weekend on here now so keep popping on for a few new reads if you're interested. I hope you have a lovely weekend and I'll be back with another post tomorrow.

Shopping my stash #2

I'm trying to be a good girl and save my pennies at the moment. January always seems to drag to me and as Christmas usually brings new products, the oldies seem to get left behind. I was craving a beauty buy and although I ended up caving in the end (Dr Jart was on offer- enough said), I was pleased with some of the findings lurking, unloved in my drawers.

Beauticology Vanilla Frosting body lotion- I received this in a set for Christmas and I after a few uses I became extremely lazy with moisturising my body, as per usual. I say this all the time, but I vow to start regularly moisturising. This lotion smells amazing, it's my kind of scent- ridiculously sweet.

Benefit Coralista blush- This was my favourite blush for a long time but it was soon replaced with Nars Orgasm and Benefit Hervana. I put this on after I fancied a change and remembered how much I love it. It's such a gorgeous shade.

Bare Minerals Prime Time primer- You know when you have a sneaky look in your mum's make-up drawer and find so many things you didn't realise she had? This is how the discovery of this little sample came about. My mum isn't really into make-up but after seeing it on QVC, she purchased Bare Minerals foundation (which by the way, she has hardly used as she can't get away from her usual no7 foundation). Little to my knowledge, this little beauty came with the set my mum bought. I haven't tried this before so maybe a review will be up shortly as I don't really know what to expect from it.

Loreal Rouge Caresse in Rose- I love this shade and the formula. It was simply just pushed aside when I purchased other lip colours. This is just one of those products that you can quickly swipe on your lips without a mirror and you're certain that it looks nice. It's a lovely rosey-pink shade, which really flatters my pale skin tone.

Models Own Hedonist- I know this is quite a summer shade as it's bright, but I'm so bored of having either red, dark purple or black on my nails. I miss having a lovely bright shade on my nails so this is coming back out!

Vivo Baked Blush in Rosy- I completely forgot I even owned this blush. It gives such a gorgeous natural-rosy glow and the formula is lovely. I think I might buy the other shades in this range as they are so cheap. Although I buy a lot of blush, I seem to go through phases of wearing the same one all the time and not going back to others, which is a shame.

Blistex Lip Brillance in Blush
It doesn't say the name of the shade on the product, but I'm pretty sure it's called Blush or Blushing?... Regardless this shade is just gorgeous. It looks natural on the lips but really brightens up the face. This lasts forever on my lips and gives it the moisture it needs throughout the day.

eBay blush palette- I bought this a long time a go after reading a few reviews. To tell you the truth, I haven't actually used this at all since I bought it. *slaps wrist* I'm going to start using this as it's so versatile and the blushes seem really easy to work with from swatches I've done.

So this weekend why not go shopping in your own stash? You will probably be surprised by what you will find. I love doing this every few months so I'm not wasting products.
If you just did a 'shopping my stash' let me know what you found.