Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Beauty on a budget #2


We all love to find a good product on the less expensive side, so today I thought I'd share with you some budget buys that I love!
The first is the Bourjois 04 Cream Blush, and as far as blushes go, this is probably one of my favourites. This is cream to powder blush which I love as it lasts the whole day and is very easy to blend. This particular shade is a prefect everyday mauve pink and is my go to blush when I'm not sure what look I want to go for as I find its very complimentary. Moving on to another face product, a concealer that is a good dupe for the YSL Touche Eclat... the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer. This is essentially a highlighting concealer which I love to use under my eyes to bring a bit of light to my face. I don't tend to use powder highlighter so this is a great alternative and it's also a lot more natural! In my opinion I don't feel like you need to splash out on the YSL one as this does the job just as well. For summer, theres nothing better than a bright lip and the Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop will sure get those heads turning! This is a beautiful blue toned bright pink which livens up any look and also makes your teeth look extra white. The formula of these is amazing and they're very moisturising which is great. These are very affordable and the colour range is excellent too, so if this doesn't take your fancy, I'm sure you'll find one that does! Last but certainly not least is a product that you guys know I love...the Lush Tea Tree Water...this is my all time favourite skincare product (a big claim I know) I use this both day and night and my skin has been on its best behaviour since incorporating this into my routine. I use this after I cleanse and it helps to keep spots at bay and makes your skin look youthful and radiant. And the smaller size is only £3.95 which is amazing for such a great product.
What are some of your favourite cheap beauty products?


Thursday, 3 July 2014

MAKEUP BRUSHES - THE ESSENTIALS



In my opinion when it comes to makeup, application is key. Using brushes can completely change your look and make everything look flawless and blended like a pro (well not quite like a pro, but we can dream!) Brushes aren't something you need to spend an arm and a leg on, but quality is definitely important. You also don't need a million brushes for a million things, you'll be surprised how multi tasking our little fiends can be. 

FACE: 
A good foundation buffing brush is key! Some foundations do apply better with your hands but for the most part if you want an airbrush finish, opt for a brush! I have two brushes of choice when it comes to foundation, one of which is the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. This is only available in a set of four, so unfortunately you can't buy this one on its own. This brush has to be one of the softest things in the world and it buffs in my foundation seamlessly. Similarly to this the Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki does a similar job, but it's a little bit denser meaning you can get a streak free application...and who doesn't love that? Another essential brush I can not live with without is my Real Techniques Blush Brush. This can be used as a bronzer, blush and powder brush. (3-in-1...I know...pretty crazy stuff) This is another softy and I find it blends powder products out a treat. And this means that you only need one brush to get those cheek bones looking good! An optional face brush I'll throw in for you guys would be another one from Real Techniques, (can you tell I love them?) the stippling brush! If you are a cream blush lover, like myself, this is one for you. It's a duo fibre brush which ensures it doesn't pick up too much product. This can also double up as a foundation brush, bonus!

EYES:
For eyes I find there's only a couple of brushes you need, unless you want to go all fancy with eyeshadow, which for the most part doesn't happen, lets be honest here. Of course a blending brush is going to be key, otherwise you'll regret it the moment you look back on the photos...yeah...we've all made that mistake. A couple of my favourites are the MAC 217 and the Sigma E35. These both do a great job at blending and I find it's always good to keep a clean on at hand so you don't end up blending your nice taupe eyeshadow with a brush coated in black...not a good moment let me tell you that! You can also use a flat shader brush, such as the Sigma E60, but personally I like to just sweep one colour all over the lid and blend it up to crease using just one handy dandy blending brush. An angled brush is also another saviour to have in your brush collection. I love the MAC 266 as I find it very fine, so when using it for eyeliner you can get a precise line. This also doubles up great for your eyebrows if you use a powder to fill them in!
Which brushes do you love?

PS: Make sure you clean your brushes regularly too! (Or try to remember...mine are rather dirty...opps)




Wednesday, 2 July 2014

THE BEAUTY RECAP - JUNE


Throughout June I have been all about the corals and starting with lips there have been two products that I have been loving! The first is a Topshop Lip Bullet in the shade 'Heartbeat', this is lovely pinky, peach shade which looks great on lighter completions and if you have a slight tan. I find these a lot more moisturising than the Topshop lipsticks, as the formula is more creamy and not as dying. Following on from this, you all know how much I love the YSL glossy stains, and this time it's all about this beautiful sheer, coral orange shade which is number '31'. This is slightly more on the orange side of things but I find you can really build these up to get your desired effect. They also last for a long time and the applicator makes it super easy to apply, making it a great handbag staple! Moving on to eyes, I've stuck to my classic winged liner to get me through the months. The Eyeko Skinny Liquid Black Eyeliner came as a freebee with July's issue of Glamour magazine, which automatically got me very excited. I have heard many good things about Eyeko products so was intrigued to try this, and I was very happy with it. The felt tip nib makes it very easy to apply, perfect for eyeliner noobs like me, and the formula is quite long-lasting too, I think I wore this for about 12 hours and granted it did fade a little bit, but overall, I was pleasantly surprised. Along with this I have dug out an old favourite, Benefit They're Real Mascara. The only fault I have with this is the price...£19.50 for a mascara is pretty crazy...but the results are excellent. It has a rubber wand with a little spiky ball on the end so you can get all your lashes. It lengthens, gives volume, stays put and I find it slightly waterproof too. All in all, if you have a spare £20 lying around and you're in the market for a new mascara, then look no further! 
Continuing the coral craze, my nail polish of choice throughout the month of June has been the Maybelline Colour Show Nail Polish in 'Urban Coral'. As the name suggests this is a pure coral shade which looks great on fingers and toes! This nail polish formula is surprisingly long lasting, I find I can go a good 3-4 days without chipping, which in my opinion isn't bad at all. The brush is also quite big which makes the application a lot easier, and like any nail polish, two coats and your good to go. 
As this has been a pretty makeup filled favourites, I thought I would include a body product that I've been loving, specifically the Lush 'It's Raining Men' Shower gel. Boy, does this stuff smell good. It just simply smells go honey, which is amazing. It lathers up really well and I find the Lush shower gels very moisturising which is great if you have dryer skin. 
What products couldn't you put down throughout June?

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

L'OCCITANE - ALMOND SHOWER OIL


As far as body oils go, I'm not a huge fan. I find them very greasy and some don't sink into the skin quickly, leaving you feeling all sticky which is never pleasant. So, the idea of an in shower oil that I can rinse off roped me in, and I'm sold...and the product in question is the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil.
I'm a huge fan of L'Occiatne (especially their hand creams) and after trying this out I'm going to have to see what else they have up their sleeves! Firstly, the smell is heavenly! It's a nice almond, nutty smell which leaves your skin smelling incredibly lovely. Secondly, it comes with a pump..bonus! I picked this up in an American store however so it may be slightly different here in the UK. I picked up the 500ml bottle and a little bit of this goes a long way, so I know it'll be sticking around for while. The 250ml will cost you around £17.50 which may seem pricey, but I haven't found anything like it and it does last, so in my opinion it's worth it.
Moving on to the formula...as the name suggests its oil based, which helps to nourish and soften the skin. I will apply a pump or two on my hands then lather it up. When rubbing it into the skin I find it develops into a nice creamy consistency, which is very moisturising and makes my skin feel extremely soft. I love to use this before I shave as I feel like my razor just glides along merrily. And I find shaving my legs quite drying, but when I use this pre shave it keeps them legs looking lovely! After I give this a good old rinse off, my body feels so soft, it's a miracle worker.
I would 100% recommend this to anyone who loves the effect of oils but can't stand looking and feeling like a grease bomb. It's quick and easy and for all you nutty lovers out there, this is one for you!


Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Current haircare routine: Dry/damaged hair


My hair went through a bit of a hair-dye diastase recently and since by hair just hasn't been the same! It's been a lot more dry, brittle and damaged (which is to be expected) so I've been trying everything in my right mind to get it back to some sense of normality. If anyone is going to though the same thing or just suffers from dry hair in general then I hope this is helpful.

First stop...shampoo and conditioner. The first step to maintaining healthy hair is to pick a good shampoo and conditioner to suit your hair type! As my hair has been lacking in the moisture department I needed to hunt for a good duo to get all those nourishing oils back into my hair. Aussie is always a safe bet, and I didn't want to opt for anything too pricey so these were perfect. The miracle moist range was exactly what my hair needed and I'm very pleased with the results. I've been using this for a couple weeks after dying my hair and although it's still slightly dry, it's definitely regaining some of its much loved moisture. I also love the constancy and smell of these, the conditioner is a but more creamy which I love for nourishing my hair. A trick that I like to do about once a week is leave my conditioner in for a few minutes longer, acting almost has a hair mask, then rinse out with cold water. This leaves my hair very soft and shiny! Or..the Aussie 3 minute miracle is a great treatment also. This is effectively a deep, rich conditioner which you leave in for a few minutes to nourish your hair. I find this is a great middle ground between a hair mask and a conditioner, I love it.
Now for when we get out the shower it's important to tame that mane..I love to use oils and serums on my hair, as it just adds that extra bit of moisture and shine and prevents brittle, damaged ends! I have been using the L'Oreal Mythic Oil which is an old favourite of mine. This is a very lightweight oil which I apply just to the ends of my hair to keep them healthy. Moroccan oil is also a great alternative, a bit on the expensive side though which is why I love this one!


Thursday, 22 May 2014

The daily face - pop of coral



In the summer I do love a good, bright lip and I'm sure I can't be the only one. Experimenting with bright colours is must for me, and this is the perfect time of year to do so...even though my wardrobe still remains very monochrome...oppsy!

I like to keep my foundations tucked away in the warmer months as I don't like my skin to feel too weighed down with makeup. Recently I've just been applying my Origins Vitazing moisturiser (which has appeared a lot on my blog a lot lately) with my Real Techniques buffing brush. This has a hint of colour to it so it does give a small amount of coverage which I like. Then just to cover up dark circles I'll blend in my Origins Plantscription concealer with my ring finger.
I really like to play up my cheeks so I go all out with bronzer, blush and highlighter! Of course I started off with my Nars Laguna bronzer...no change there...but it's seriously the best of the best! Then Laura Mercier's Lush Nectarine was by blush of choice and I just swept that over my cheeks with my Real Techniques blush brush, which I'm loving at the moment. To finish off the face I went in with my Benefit Watts Up! highlighter which is amazing. It's not a powder highlighter which I prefer as there aren't any big chunks of glitter that end up everywhere, making you look like a disco ball...
For my eyes I kept it very simple with some slightly winged liner and mascara, I used the Rimmel Liquid Liner then my favourite mascara, L'Oreal telescopic!
Now the lipstick in question is MACs Vegas Volt (I have a whole blog post dedicated to this beauty right here!) This is seriously one of my favourite bright, coral lipsticks and looks even better with a slight tan! MAC are my go to brand when searching for a new lipstick and this one is stunning and one I would definitely recommend you try.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Nails Inc - Royal botanical gardens



For spring and summer I'm all the bight and pastel shades, and this nail polish ticks every box for me! The nail polish in question is from Nails Inc in the shade 'Royal Botanical Gardens' and I'm in love with it!
This minty shade has been everywhere for spring over the past few years and it's a colour I'll endlessly return to. This specific polish is slightly more blue based which makes a very unique shade, although it's appearing almost like a pastel blue shade, I promise you it's not. Comparing it to other pictures online I seem to have accumulated a slightly bluer version which seems odd...Oh well...At £11 this polish does a good job at lasting a fair few days and you can even get away with one coat, however it may look a tad streaky so always opt for two!  A similar and slightly cheaper dupe for this would be Essie's 'Mint Candy Apple', but I find that to be a slightly more true mint shade.
If you are in the market for a new spring nail polish then this one I would 100% recommend! What's your favourite minty nail polish?