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Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Recently Purchased #2

Oh no, another two weeks postless.. (slaps back of hand). I know for sure that any of you with upcoming GCSEs will understand me here, where does the time go? I honestly cannot wait until summer so that I can dedicate more of my time to my blog, perhaps even some fashion content - gasp! Anyway, you know me, I do love a good mooch of the drugstore and over the past few weeks some products may have slipped into my basket...

First up is the Bourjois CC Cream in Ivory. I've worn this the past two days and all I can say is love at first application. Seeing as it is a lighter base I wasn't expecting particualrly great coverage or anything wow, but the colour correcting properties in this do a pretty decent job of counter-acting the redness in my cheeks and in particular hide an unexpeted amount of purple in my undereye circles. Plus, the finish is not too matte nor dewy, but more of a satin appearance, me like. So far, super impressed and cannot wait to wear this for school and in the summer months.

I very rarely take the time to swatch at the Natural Collection counter as the testers are always so grubby, but finally my local Boots put out some clean stock out and I was all over their lipsticks. One peachy nude that caught my eye was Rose Petal. I haven't had a chance to test it yet, but judging by the swatch I think this will be a lovely affordable option.

After hearing all the rave over the Maybelline ColourSensational Glosses I finally snapped up Cashmere Rose yesterday and was very impressed by the non-sticky formula and gorgeous neutral shade. A big tumbs up from me so far!

Anna over at ViviannaDoesMakeup always seems to be featuring the Rimmel Scandaleyes Bronze Kajal on her website so naturally, I was dying to give it a go. A warm chocolate-bronze colour with gold shimmer and some impressive pigmentation, I can tell this will be adorning my lids non-stop during spring.

Lastly, not exactly beauty related, but recently purchased nonetheless are my New Balance trainers. I was originally going to go with the classic monochrome pair but then realised that everything I wear is black and white, so why not spice it up a bit? In the end, this grey, white and orange pair entered my life and as of yet have not come off my feet.. I am completely in love with these shoes; extreme comfort, a smidge of colour and perhaps some fitness motivation too, all the while making me feel like some Scandanavian Fashionista (ha, I wish).

I hope you enjoyed this small collective 'haul' if you like. Thankyou so much for reading, and remember, once my exams are over (mid June time), be expecting more exciting and -fingers crossed- more regular content, but for now thankyou for bearing with me:)

Esmé




Monday, 24 March 2014

The Heavy Duty Beauty Bag

Firstly, I just want to apologise for going over two weeks without posting! Art exams and revision have unfortunately taken over and as much as I didn't want it to, my blog has taken a back seat. Not to worry, I am back today with an exciting post exploring the contents of my 'heavy-duty' beauty bag (bearing in mind I do not pack lightly..). I took this with me at the weekend as I was staying with family for my Nan's 80th Birthday celebration and apparently needed 3kg of makeup for the occasion. Here goes..


Base: YSL Youth Liberator Serum Foundation, Bobbi Brown Corrector, Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, 17 Stay Time Concealer, Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre

Cheeks: Rimmel Santa Rose Blush, Max Factor Soft Pink Creamy Blush, NYC Sunny Bronzer

Eyes: Stila In The Light Palette, MUA Matte Palette, MAC Quad (here), Urban Decay Anti-Ageing Primer Sample, Maybelline On And On Bronze Colour Tattoo, L'Oreal Telescopic Mascara, Eylure Brow Pencil, Maybelline Brow Drama

Lips: MAC Patisserie, Topshop Ohh La La, Maybelline Cherry Velvet Baby Lips, LUSH Popcorn Lip Scrub

Tools: Real Techniques Expert Face, Powder, Blush, and Setting Brushes, MAC 217, EcoTools Wide Shader, 2 Elegant Touch Eyeliner Brushes (one for brows, one for powder eyeliner), Glass Nail File, Nail Clippers, Tweezers, Bobbi Pins, TwistBands

Hair/Skin: Oribe Dry Texturising Spray, Nivea Soft, La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +

Extras: Body Shop White Musk Smoky Rose, S&G Hand Food, M&S Antibacterial Gel, Kleenex Blotting Sheets, Mitchum Deodorant

So here's eveything I packed in my beauty bag. Suprisingly I did manage to cram most of this on my face over the course of the two days and had a lovely time:) Hope you enjoyed and thankyou for reading!

Esmé







Monday, 3 March 2014

February Favourites

Hello everyone and welcome to my first favourites post, how exciting! I've put together several items I've been loving throughout the month of February and today I thought I'd share them with you...



I ordered these stunners from Monki a few weeks back and am completely in love. Perhaps a bit inappropriate for the season, but hey we have seen some sun recently and I have been whipping these out at every possible opportunity.Warning, these are HUGE but I personally adore the whole bug-eyed look. The size also makes them great for whacking on with no makeup in the summer as they hide everything that needs to be hidden.

Next up is this pink notebook from Sainsburys I picked up back in January for jotting down blogpost ideas. It's a perfect little size to sit on my desk and is even more likeable with it's mint fastenings.

I've owned this Rimmel Foundation for over a year now and recently have re-discovered it. The buildable, light to medium coverage and dewy but not-too dewy finish accompanied by good lasting power has made it an everyday staple for me in the past month. I would certainly recommend:)

Another Rimmel offering comes in the form of their Blush in Santa Rose. This is a lovely natural peachy looking tone and can be built up from a sheer pop of colour to a bold peach flush. I've just been reaching for this non-stop lately and can't get enough of it!

MUA's Matte Palette launched a few months back and caught my eye in the ever-so inticing isles of Superdrug. OK so the pigmentation isn't outstanding (I didn't expect it to be for only £4) but there are two shades; top row far right and bottom row far left, which I have been using for my eyebrows non-stop. I am now a brow-powder convert due to these ashy-toned shadows, an angled brush and Maybelline's Brow Drama in Medium. Who knew faux-brows could look so natural?

This big-hair-in-a-bottle offering from Oribe has been review-exhausted so I won't go into much detail. I got this to slot into my clutch bag for prom in the summer as I was passing by Space NK, and although it pained me (well, my mum) to hand over the £18, I do love this stuff. Plus it smells divine.

My current mascara of choice is L'Oreal's Original Telescopic. Super lengthing, separating and ultra black, with a seriously thin wand to wiggle right down to your roots. This is completely different to any other mascara I own and is the one I've been reaching for the most throughout February.

A dainty little accessory to end things off are these TwistBand-esque hair ties. I bought two sets from Forever21, wear one on my wrist every day and love them. You all need some in your lives, they're so cute!

What have you loved throughout February? Is there anything I should save up for in March?

Thankyou so much for reading and WOOP for 60 followers!

Esmé









Sunday, 23 February 2014

Love, Like, Hate // Maybelline Mascaras

Hello everyone! Today brings a new edit for CloudEsmé; Love, Like, Hate. This is going to be where I talk you through three specific products from a particular brand, one of which I love, one I like and one I really don't get along with.

I'm usually one to stick with drugstore mascaras and one brand everyone seems to gravitate to, including myself, is Maybelline. They just seems to have the widest selection of brushes and mascara types and are a brand I know and trust. I have several of their mascaras in my collection, some of which are staples and others which just don't cut it for me...

New Camera YAY
My most-loved of the bunch is the Falsies Black Drama. This is super volumizing, thickening and has an extremely black finish. The brush of this is fiberous and slightly curved which allows you to get right to the root of the lashes giving a full false lash effect. I like.

Next up is the quite controversial The Rocket Mascara. I picked this one up after hearing rave reviews from the lovely Estée (essiebutton) and was intrigued by the larger than average wand and short bristles. This mascara is great for volume as well as separation (if that makes sense) and the plastic bristles ensure no clumps.

Lastly is the Rocket Waterproof Mascara. Of course I like this mascara wand, as I do with the original Rocket, it's just the formula. The only way I can describe this is as eyelash cement(!). I've tried to get along with this formula but it literally does not come off, even with strong eye makeup remover this pulled out several eyelashes - boo, and some product still remained. Perfect if you're a keen swimmer (unlike myself) or if you're a hardcore waterproof mascara lover, but not for me.

[obviously mascara preferences are completely individual, we all have different lashes and like different finishes:)] 

Thankyou all for reading and 50 FOLLOWERS EEEP! Thanks so much :D

Esmé

What are your favourite/least favourite mascaras? Are there any I should add to my collection?


Friday, 14 February 2014

My Powder Picks

As mentioned in my last post, I thought it would be really useful to focus on powders for today. No matter what your budget, if you're in the market for a setting/mattifying powder, I've got you covered.

L-R; Rimmel Stay Matte, S&G One Heck of a Blot, CHANEL Poudre Universelle Libre
First up and coming in at a super affordable £3.99 is this popular Rimmel offering. Although this is the least finely milled of the bunch, it lasts a good 3-4 hours on my T-Zone before things get a little too shiny. This was my first powder and I think for the price it does a pretty good job of setting and mattyfying the face.

This is my second 'One Heck of a Blot' and for months I loved it (and admittedly still do when I choose to apply a pressed powder). This is much more fine and velvety than the 'Stay Matte' which can sometimes look chalky and powdery. The only downside to this S&G option was that at £12 for 9g it didn't seem very good value for money. Also, if I had bought a third one, I would have spent a total of £36 on these little compacts, which explains my next powder pick...

*swoon*
 After realising that the aforementioned powder was only lasting me a month or so, I decided to spend my pennies on something containing a lot more product. After doing some serious research and review-reading alongside feeling a little spendy, I opted for this gorgeously packaged and oh-so luxurious Chanel Translucent Loose Powder. Containing an impressive 30g of finely-milled powder heaven, this for me is the best mattifier of the three and has hands down taken the crown. It seems as though there are three stages to the finish of this powder throughout the day; initially my face is completely matte without a trace of cake-iness, then as I start to get oily, the powder melts into my skin leaving a velvet finish, and finally, in the evening my face has this slight shiny glow, all of which I love the look of. Loose Powder Perfection.

Hope you enjoyed this powder-specific post and it was helpful to anyone in the market for a new powder, or was simply informative:) Thankyou for reading!

Esmé