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Sunday, 1 March 2015

February Favourites

I can't believe it's already March, 2015 is going by too quickly for my liking! Now that another month is over though, I'm going to share with you my favourite products I've used throughout February and loved.

My lip combo this month has been the Rimmel Eastend Snob Lip Liner (£3.99) which is an amazing dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk, and I've actually been using the Rimmel one more! It has a great shape to it which means you can line the lips really well and its not drying either! Over the top of that I've been applying the Bite Beauty Chablis High Pigment Lip Pencil ($24.00). This is a really nice raspberry pink-y shade which is lovely for everyday. It has a matte finish which makes it very long lasting which is awesome! Annoyingly this is a US product so cannot be found in the UK, however you should be able to get it shipped from Sephora.

A new launch this month and one I love are the new Barry M Quick Dry Nail Paints (£3.99). This range has some lovely pastel shades for spring and my personal fav is Road Rage which is a minty green. These do dry super quickly which is perfect if you're like me and very impatient when it comes to drying your nails! The first coat can be a bit streaky, but two and you're good to go.

Another new product for me this month is the Korres Guava Shower Gel (£8.00, 250ml). The smell of this is quite musky and not something I would normally go for but surprisingly I really do love it. It's also fruity and lathers up on the skin well. Its nothing ground breaking, at the end of the day its a shower gel and does what it says on the tin, but I love the smell and have used this all month. And you really can't beat Korres packaging!

A rediscovered product this month has been Moroccan Oil (£13.45, 25ml) and I simply massage this into the ends of my hair after I've washed it. Its really nourishing and smells great and is a perfect option if you suffer with dry and damaged ends like myself. Not the cheapest but definitely worth the money.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Current Base

I'm constantly chopping and changing the products I wear on my face, for me, its all about the mood I'm in. There are some days when I want a lighter base and a peach blush, and others where I want to go all out and use a full coverage foundation and stroll out like a brass band with the bronzer.
With that being said I have found a few products that seem to have every base covered - no pun intended - and with the exception of blush, these haven't changed much over the last couple of weeks.

Using a primer first is something I have started doing and I love the way it makes the rest of my makeup sit and look. Recently I have been obsessed with the Dior Glow Maximiser Light Boosting Primer (£25.65, 30ml). I will either mix a pump of this in with my foundation, to give a more lightweight effect, or use a layer beforehand. It gives such a nice rosy glow to skin and I have a feeling this is going to be well loved in the spring and summer too!
As for foundation I have been using something I got last year and have only just got back into, it's the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation ($38.00, 1.7oz). This is quite a strange texture, one I haven't come across before. It's almost like a thick mousse-y cream which does blend nicely. Its high coverage, however during the day, adding a pump of the Dior primer knocks the coverage down a peg a two and makes it lovely and wearable for the day. You can pick this up on QVC too, and it comes with a handy little brush.

Not much has changed in the concealer department and I'm still, like always, using my Origins Plantscription Concealer (£15.30, currently on sale in Debenhams!). I have just purchased a new tube of this which excites me greatly. This is such a lovely formula for under the eyes and around the face. It's not drying which is great, and the coverage is also good. If you have any other concealer recommendations please leave them below so I can attempt to branch out! Not making any promises though...

Blush is always changing in my routine and really depends on the overall look I'm doing and whether it will go with the lipstick, blah blah blah. But for the sake of this post, one I have been loving and use most days when a nude lip is on the cards is the Tarte Dollface Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush ($26.00). These come in a tonne of different shades, Dollface is a true pink, fuchsia matte shade which I love and adds a nice bit of colour if you're keeping the rest of the face natural.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Daily skincare x Clinique

Clinique is one of those brands that seem to do simple, fuss free skincare that suit everyone. For a higher end brand I don't think the prices are ridiculous and they do some lovely items if you're just jumping on the skincare bandwagon!

For the morning time I like to keep my skincare simple and I don't like to use to many products because lets be honest, who has time for a full blown skincare routine in the morning?..
Using a light moisturiser that hydrates but sinks in and is a good base for makeup is a must. I love the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion (£29.00) because it's exactly that! I used to use this and have rediscovered it and have found it the perfect moisturiser to use before makeup. This also comes in a gel formula for oily skins, but the lotion is geared towards normal/dry.

Under eyes its exactly the same story and their All About Eyes Cream (£26.00) is a must as well! It reduces puffiness and you only need a little bit so this will last you. The formula is a cream-gel and it holds makeup under the eyes really well. I'm not massively adventurous when it comes to eye creams so when I find one I like I do tend to stick to it and this one I can see being repurchased many many times!

Friday, 20 February 2015

Where To Save On Makeup

I do love my luxury high end brands, but sometimes there is no need to fork out 20 odd quid for something thats just as good at the drugstore. I'm willing to invest in foundations, good quality eye shadows and lipsticks but some things don't seem as worth it. I'm just covering makeup here but if you would like me to talk through various other beauty bits to save on then please let me know in the comments.

A good base is key to any makeup look and a good foundation and concealer duo isn't impossible to find within Boots, however your choice is limited. If you're looking for a face powder however, the drugstore will have you covered. High-end wise, MAC do some great powders and I know theres a few from Chanel that are very loved and of course the Hourglass Lighting Powder, but you'll find ones just as good from lower-end brands. A few of my favourites include, The Soap and Glory Kick Ass Powder  (£12.00), Rimmel Stay Matte (£3.99) and the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder (£8.99) which are all lovely powders that mattify the skin without it looking cakey. If you're not a great powder lover I would suggest trying these out as they may well change your mind!

Mascara and eyeliner are both things I very rarely walk out of Boots and Superdrug for. I know many people love mascaras from higher end brands, and of course they are great, but there are ones just as good for a lot less. L'Oreal and MAX Factor are my favourite mascara brands, they have lots of different options for lengthening and volumising and they are all rather excellent. No7 also do some great ones and Maybelline offer some which I know are very raved about. The same goes for eyeliner and although the Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen and the Kat Von Dee Tattoo Liner entice me greatly, £40 for an eyeliner is not worth it in my eyes. They may last a bit longer but I go through them so quickly I would rather pay a bit less. The Soap and Glory Supercat Liner (£6.00) is amazing, its super black, lasts well on the eyes, has a great felt tip nib which is easy to use and doesn't dry up quickly! For liquid liners I would recommend the Rimmel Exaggerate Liner (£5.29), and for pencils the Rimmel Scandal Eye Liners (£3.99) are an amazing dupe for the Urban Decay 24/7 liners!

Since the launch of the much loved Real Technique brushes my MAC ones have started to collect dust..I think Real Techniques have you covered in terms of brushes, they have one for everything and they're great quality and very soft! Zoeva is also a brush brand which has been new on the scene over the past couple of years. Their brushes are inexpensive too, but very lovely and they also come in some great sets if you're starting out with makeup.

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Getting that Glow

I love to have dewy, glowing skin and I think its definitely an all year round trend that can make a nice, subtle difference to your makeup. I figured as winter is coming to an end that I would share with you my favourite highlighting products to transition that dull, wintery skin into spring.

To get that glow from within, I think primers that also have highlighting properties are the best way to go. They help to smooth out the skin, inject some life and glow as well as helping your makeup sit better and last longer. The Dior Glow Maximiser Primer (£28.50, 30ml) is a lovely option, but a pricey one too, so definitely one to save your Boots advantage points for! I use 1-2 pumps of this and it has a pinky undertone so its more rosy than bronzy which is pretty for everyday.

Moving on to actual highlighters theres a few that I have and go back to. We'll start out with the two cream products. Benefits Watts Up (£24.50) was the first cream highlighter I tried and now I'm definitely a convert. Its a twist up product which you sweep over your cheekbones and down the nose then simply blend it out. It does come with a little sponge on the end, but I tend to just use my fingers. Its a beautiful champagne gold and blends into the skin like a dream. A slightly cheaper alternative is the Topshop Glow Highlighter in Polish (£9.00). This is a similar shade to the Benefit one but a bit more creamy and comes it a pot. I do find with this one that its a bit harder to blend but it does give a lovely sheen to the cheeks and a great pick if you're on a budget.

As you can probably tell when it comes to highlighting, I love my champagnes and my MAC Soft and Gentle MSF (£23.00) is along a similar line. This is a finely milled powder which has a gorgeous amount of shimmer to it. Out of the four, this one is the most shimmery, but for a night out you can totally get away with it, as long as you don't go too crazy. This is the product that got me into highlighting and I know its loved by a lot of bloggers out there.

Friday, 13 February 2015

Essie Winter Blues

Over the winter I fell in love with these two shades from Essie. The muted pastel blues are very whimsical in my eyes and they are such pretty colours and a bit different from your typical winterly dark, burgundy shades.

The first is Who Is The Boss (£10.95, 15ml) which is a beautiful, blue-y green, almost like a duck egg blue, which is my favourite colour so no wonder I love this so much! Two coats of this and you can achieve a nice opaque look and with a good top coat, it can last a good 5 days.

Moving on to the second shade, Find Me In Oasis, which is a lot lighter then Who Is The Boss. It's an off white shade with a hint of lilac and blue. This is such a lovely nail polish and it makes your hands look a bit more tanned..always handy in the winter!

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Valentines Day Makeup

As Valentines is just around the corner I thought I would give you some inspiration on what to do makeup wise. Even if you're snuggled up with Ben and Jerrys and a good chick flick, this is still a pretty, feminine look wearable for most occasions.

I wanted to keep the base nice and fresh so I went with my trusty Liz Earle Signature Foundation (£21.00, 25ml). This gives a natural finish and blends into the skin like a dream, it's definitely one of my favourites. I then reached for my Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Concealer (£6.99, 9g) to conceal and brighten under my eyes, then set it all in place with some powder. I used the MAC MSF Natural (£22.00, 10g) but a great one from the drugstore is the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder (£8.99) which gives the same weightless, cake-free effect.

On my cheeks I bronzed up with The Body Shop Honey Bronzer (£13.00, 11.5g) which is really lovely, matte bronzer. I then added some Laura Mercier Lush Nectarine Blush (£20.50, 3.6g) to my cheeks to inject some colour into my face. I love this blush, is a beautiful coral pink shade and it gives off such a natural and pretty glow.

For my eyes I kept it fairly simple but wanted to use a champagne shade to keep the look oh so romantic. I swept MAC Bare Study Paint Pot (£15.50) over my lids. This is such an old favourite of mine and I love the sheen it gives, very appropriate for Valentines! I blended it out with a matte brown shadow then did my eyeliner using the Soap and Glory Supercat Liner (£6.00), which is an excellent drugstore liquid liner. I then curled my lashes (a must on Valentines) and used the MAX Factor False Lash Effect Mascara (£10.99, 13ml) to coat my top and bottom lashes.

I definitely wanted to do pink lips as I thought it was rather fitting for the occasion. I went for the NARS Yu Satin Lip Pencil (£17.50) which can be quite intense, so I just patted it in and went a bit blotting crazy to tone it down. I think this is such a pretty colour and the formula is really nice and moisturising.

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