Wednesday, 13 August 2014

My Cream Blush Picks

I while back, I wrote this post giving the low-down on my top three powders from all different price points. Seeing as it is my most popular post to date, I thought I'd make it a regular thang. Without further ado, my cream blush picks:

By one single penny, Max Factors popular offering comes in at the cheapest - £6.99. Believe it or not this is one of the first makeup products I actually owned and is now about 5 years old (probably should replace this soon). In recent years this has got a whole lotta loving thanks to it's delightfully creamy and super-blendable texture, convenient diddy packaging and beyond flattering shade. I love it both for cheeks and lips so much so that I haven't bothered trying any other shades in the range. Definately one of those 'desert island products' for me and would certainly be in my drugstore makeup starter kit. Post coming soon.

On the brighter side of things brings Topshop's 'Head Over Heels' - £7. A beautiful perky coral with a cream to powder finish. This is a fab option for summer down to the shade and works wonders paired with mascara and concealer for minimal makeup days. Although only recommend for cheeks, I've found that with a swipe of lip balm underneath, this product makes for a great velvety muted coral shade on the mouth that really brightens the face. Lovely.

Bumping up the price now, Stila's blush option stands at £16. The colour 'Lillium' is somewhere between a peachy nude and ever-so-slightly blue toned baby pink (if this awful description leaves you as confused as it did me, I'd very much recommend a google search for swatches;) ). Anyway, super creamy and easy to work with on the cheeks, adorable packaging, plus the most perfect pink pout on the lips, this blush is gorgeous but certainly more of a treat than a necessity, but hey - everyone needs a splurge here and there... am I right?

That's it for todays roundup. Let me know what products you'd like to see my favourites of next time; I'm thinking bronzers maybe? Thankyou for reading:)


Sunday, 10 August 2014

A Mini NARS Round-Up

Oh, NARS. Probably my most coveted brand of all time until recently. Two years ago when I first started watching youtube and venturing around blogs (mostly Zoella's I must add, surely I'm not the only one who used to trawl through the archives on a much too regualr basis..) this brand kept cropping up everywhere. Something about the sleek matt black packaging and nothing but good reviews of almost everything they sold, not to forget the amount of gorgeous limited edition palettes they've released over the years. The only issue for me was accessibilty. As much as I could order online with a few clicks, there is nothing more satisfying than leaving a counter with an armful of swatches and a newly bagged purchase (or two) in hand.

Ramble over, a few months back I took a trip to London for my brithday only to end up in John Lewis Oxford Street (I think you can guess which counter). Happy as larry I left with Laguna Bronzer and the (not anymore) 'sold out everywhere' Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla - victory was mine. To add to my happiness I also recieved a single eyeshadow in Ashes-to-Ashes as a gift and could not be more pleased with all the new additions - warning, serious praise to come.

First up, the concealer. Lets just say I've used this almost every. single. day. since I bought it and am never as happy with others if I dare try a different one out. As I'm sure you've all heard, this covers everything with no issues and has never caked. It hides blemishes, brightens under eyes and looks so flawless yet leaving a natural finish that lasts. Holy grail stuff here!

Another product that nothing in my collecition seems to compare to is the Laguna Bronzer. It sculpts, adds warmth, contours, works beautifully as an eyeshadow, contains a big mirror, is matte in some lights but radiant and slightly shimmery in others, is...lets face it, bronzer perfection.

Finally, probably my favourite mono eyeshadow (I did warn you;) ) besides All That Glitters. Bare with me for this part; the shade is a stunning mix of taupe, lilac, frosted bronze, slightly warm, slightly cool toned shimmery goodness topped of with great pigmentation and easy blendability.

I must say it was certainly worth the wait to get my hands on some NARS products, I honestly cannot fault any of the above. Hope you enjoyed my round-up, let me know some of your favourite bits from the brand for me to try next;) Thanks for reading!


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Fingertip Picks: Summer 2014

Another installment of 'fingertip picks' on the blog today. Prepare for some classic brights and relaxed neutrals that will be sure to keep your mani season appropriate and chic this time of year...

L-R: Rimmel Sun Downer, Models Own Utopia, Revlon Sweet Tart, Rimmel Nail Nurse, Essie Mint Candy Apple

Rimmel Sun Downer: I like to think of this as a varnish form of the Nars Red Square Lip Pencil - a gorgeous orange toned red perfect for fingers and toes. The finish is gorgeously glossy and the brush is great too.

Models Own Utopia: Just because the sun's out, doesn't mean I'm all about the brights on the nails. I'm a neutrals girl through and through, so for days when I'm not wanting vibrant fingertips, or if my outfit is colourful enough, I'll most likely opt for this bottle of lilac-y greige goodness.

Revlon Sweet Tart: If we're talking hot pink but not too barbie-fied nails, this one surely takes the cake. A stunning almost neon pink that works wonders with a tan and stacked silver rings.

Rimmel Nail Nurse: When you thought things couldn't get any more neutral in a summer post of mine, think again... If even the likes of the Models Own option are too much (colour or effort) I'll just whack this on and be done. This is currently my go-to base coat anyway down to its strengthening properties, so why not leave it at that for the true 'barely-there' appeal.

Essie's Mint Candy Apple: Dare I say the most popular of Essie shades? It's understandable why; a delightful mint green tone that just seems to work on everyone and for most occassions. A definate staple in my collection that I would definately recommend if you haven't tried it already:)

That concludes the summer edition to the series. I personally can't wait for autumn for things to get a tad more vampy and sophisticated in the nail department, perhaps even more neutral picks? Don't shoot me;)


Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Benefit's Bronze of Champions

I've coveted this set for over a year now, so last month with spending money in hand, I skipped to the Benefit counter (in my head I did) and walked out super chuffed with this adorable makeup kit. If you didn't already know, I'm a complete sucker for minis...

I stuck completely in my comfort zone and opted for the neutral-bronzey set which includes travel sizes of Watts Up, Hoola Bronzer, Hoola Lipgloss, They're Real Mascara, Thanks O Latte eyeshadow and Bikini-Tini cream eyeshadow. Dreamy, right?

If I were to choose a favourite of the bunch it would have to be Watts Up. Initally I thought my skin would be too fair for it to look natural but I couldn't have been more wrong and think this would suit anybodys skin tone. A creamy, shimmer-free, subtly sun-kissed glow; I am beyond tempted to pick up the full size.

The eye products are fairly good: a pretty nude shimmer cream shadow, but a tad on the wetter side of things eyeshadow base-wise (nice), so be warned of creasing. A shimmery brown powder shadow that bears some resemblance to Maybelline's 'On and On Bronze', plus a sample of They're Real, which I already know is fab.

Both Hoola products are lovely and natural. The famous matte bronzer didn't dissapoint (although any tips on how to get it out of the box with breaking it?) and provided a good tan whilst carving out cheekbones. And the lipgloss a delightful nude that wasn't ultra sticky (Maybelline's 'Coffee Kiss' seems similar FYI).

I would certainly recommend this to anyone wishing to venture into Benefit or as a gift to a fellow beauty obsessive. There's lots of neutral goodies to try and would without a doubt please any makeup lover. Thanks so much for reading!


Saturday, 2 August 2014

Return of the Quad

I just can't help myself. Another MAC quad has begun and to lessen my guilt of the purchase, I thought I'd let you in on my new palette seeing how much you loved my first one...

Top Left - Charcoal Brown. Only, what, 3 years late to the bandwagon with this one? If only I'd have picked this up sooner as it seriously is brow powder perfection (for my eyebrows anyway;). Also a good crease/transition colour.

Top Right - Naked Lunch. OK, so you've met before. Just thought I'd show you his new home?

Bottom Left - Brun. The lady in MAC recommended this as an eyeliner shade and boy was she right. A near-black cool toned brown perfect for all levels of shadow smoke.

Bottom Right - Soba. Anna (VDM) sure knows her MAC eyeshadows, and if it's a favourite of hers, it was always going to end up in my collection. This shade is so unique and in the pan looks, as my mum put it, "dirty".. but on the lid and smudged below the eye it's a whole other story. Wonderful.

There you have it, another quad:) Somebody take me away from MAC eyeshadows.