Sunday, 25 November 2012

A Smokey Eye

Recently I've been very lazy when it comes to eyes, a swipe of mascara is enough for me. However sometimes I get nostalgic and I whack on the dark browns and smudge a bit of black eyeliner and voila ~ my version of a smokey eye.

I don't think dark make-up suits me. I don't have much eyelid space and black eyeshadow just closes my eyes up. When doing a smokey eye, a sweep a mid-brown shade all over, pack on a darker brown nearer the lash line (and on the bottom lash line) and I add black eyeshadow or black eyeliner onto the lash line and smudge it. I love that the whole point of smokey eyes is for it to be messy - perfect for people like me who get impatient with make-up. Then I just lashings of mascara et voila!

For lips I nude it out. Here I've used No 7 Stay Perfect in Buff which is lovely but a bit drying. For eyeshadows I used the MUA Undressed palette which I love! Sorry that the photos don't really show much, lighting is hard to come by nowadays. (On my cheeks I have NARS Taj Mahal which I haven't put down!)

Monday, 19 November 2012

#001: Beauty Wants

I've been on a bit of a skincare kick recently as I'm really loving the less is more mantra at the moment. I really like only having to apply a bit of concealer and just doing eyes and cheeks after that. I'm not really a foundation girl and I think I only use it as I like trying them out! I'm lucky to have pretty good skin but it can go a bit haywire sometimes. I've heard loads of great things about the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask and I wish I had a spare 30 quid jingling about to splurge on it! I may get it in the new year (new year new skin right?) as my New Year's resolution always involves the "I will look after my skin this year!" statement and I follow it through for about 3 weeks before I bring back the make-up wipes. ANYWAY, they have REN at the Fenwicks near me so I'll let you know if I throw my wallet at the lady behind the counter and lose all my integrity! Another skincare item is the Origins Brighter By Nature moisturiser. This claims to reduce blemishes and anything that says that is a winner in my books! Origins looks like a lovely brand and I really want to get something from them.

The other three are things I've wanted for ages and I've just been putting off. The Enrapture Totem Styler is £32 in Argos which is an amazing price! The NUXE lip balm also looks and sounds fabulous and while you can get 5% off right now it's still a bit extortionate for a lip balm (right? don't weaken me guys...).

The Cheryl lashes and Models Own Blizzard will be making it's way into my shopping basket soon. I've never actually worn lashes but I really want to try some out for events and whatnot! I'm sure something disastrous will happen (maybe a re-enactment of Georgia Nicholson when she gets them stuck together in the books) but fingers crossed I survive. And what can I say about the polish? It's glittery. No justification needed.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

#001: Mini Reviews

I'm really lazy with reviews so I decided to do a few of these ~mini reviews! Let me know if you like this!

NARS Taj Mahal Blush - I remember seeing this in a youtube video and literally gasping. It's the most terrifying colour in the pan. Basically a bright orange that literally looks like someone crushed up an art pastel and made a blush out of it. But oh it's so much more than just an orange. As someone with a darker complexion and a very yellow skin tone, orange coloured bronzers and blushers compliment me much more than a barbie pink say. This blush applies on the skin as a soft peachy orange flush with beautiful shimmer. I like shimmer in blushes as it gives a glow to the cheeks and this one is perfect for that.

Benefit Sunbeam (mini) - When I saw that InStyle was giving away Benefit minis and one of them was Sunbeam I spent a few minutes dragging out all the magazines to find the one with Sunbeam sliding around in the bag. There was one (!!) in the whole stack and I cradled it home. Naturally I still haven't read the magazine but I absolutely love the highlighter. It compliments my skintone really well and just gives this gorgeous polished glowy look. It's not as long lasting as my Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow but together they are stunning.

Sunday, 11 November 2012


I got my brows done yesterday and I'm still a bit unsure about them. She's made them thinner as they go out whereas I usually have it just the same width the whole length. She's also really rounded them and I prefer sharper brows. I'm not sure, I don't think it's too noticeable but I suppose it sits on my face a bit better? Sometimes when I get my brows done they look too striking and noticeable. Anyone else get this?

If you're wondering, I get my brows threaded (£5) and I fill them in with the darkest shade in the HD Brows Foxy palette.

What do you think of them? And what do you do to your brows?

Monday, 5 November 2012

Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow in Rose Gold on the skin

A few of you have asked me to show how the highlighter looks on the skin and this barely captures it! It's beautiful though. :-) I will be posting more in here so bear with me pleeease. Would you guys like me to make videos too?

Thursday, 18 October 2012

#004: Make-Up


L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation in W5, Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer in #4, MAC MSF in Comfort, Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Creme in Rose Gold, Maybelline Gel Liner, L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic, No 7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Bare

For the outfit click here! 

Friday, 5 October 2012

Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Creme in Rose Gold

Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Creme - £17 £11.90
 I've wanted this highlighter for absolutely ages and seeing it reduced on the FeelUnique website was the push I needed. I was in the market for a highlighter anyway and was going to buy the Topshop one for £10 but this is only a bit more! I got it in Rose Gold and it's stunning. I've tried to pick up the shimmer in the photos but failed a bit. You can't really see it on my face in the picture either, the lighting was very dull today. But believe me when I say, it's gorgeous. It's very light and blendable and is quite subtle too. 

The shade is so nice and I am in love with the packaging! It shouldn't be important but I love how slim and sleek it is. I know I'll be throwing this in my bag as it's so small and the mirror is so useful. This is my first Jemma Kidd product and so far, I'm really liking it! My friend has the Light As Air foundation which I might try out to see if it's worth buying. Only thing is I'm really bad at picking shades...

Do you have this highlighter? What do you think of it?

Thursday, 27 September 2012

#003: Make-Up

Collection 2000 lasting Perfection Concealer in #4, Benefit Coralista, MUA Heaven & Earth Palette, L'Oreal Telescopic, Topshop Gloss Stick in Ablaze

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Holiday Series: Make-Up

This year I went to India for 4 weeks and by the third day I had to laugh at myself for bringing so much make-up. I had two make-up bags worth and only used about 8 products. I'm going to Rome on thursday and this time I'm being smarter about what I'm taking! So here we go:

OBVZ you need an SPF and the Lakme Sun Expert Fairness + UV Lotion is great because I hate getting tanned (I don't get a glowing tan I get a horrible tan) so this has some fairness thingies which lightens the tan. Even if it doesn't work it has SPF 30 which is what matters! Also to help stop my make-up sliding off (which is inevitable really) I'm taking the Philosophy The Present primer which I haven't used in so long!

I can't stand foundation in heat. It's like I can feel it bubbling on my skin or something but I completely avoid it. However I'm "blessed" with dark undereye circles and blemish-prone skin so a concealer is a must have. I know people say the MAC Studio Finish Concealer is really drying but in the heat it actually melts a bit and becomes really creamy! I love it and it's still one of my favourite concealers. For bronzer I'm taking Stila Sun SPF 15 Bronzer in Shade 2, I use this to contour as it's matte and a nice shade (similar to Benefit Hoola). It's sleek and compact and just an all round great product! Blush is also Stila, Stila Convertible Colour in Petunia. I love cream blushes in summer! It adds this beautiful sheen to your skin which I think looks amazing with a tan. This colour is great for the day but I wish it lasted a bit longer on the skin. I'm also taking VIVO Baked Blush in Peaches & Cream for when I don't want dewy cheeks. To use these cheek products I'm taking the Real Techniques Blush brush as it's so multifunctional!

I'm keeping the eyes pretty simple too. First up, Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze, I. LOVE. THIS. The colour is gorgeous, it lasts SO LONG and it's a great base too! For other colours I wanted to take a MUA palette but I didn't need that many shades so I'm taking the Stila Quad in Marrakesh. It has two highlight shades, a gold shade and great dark shade for the night. Very good for travelling! You can get similar items from Maybelline/Rimmel/L'Oreal! Eye basics involve L'Oreal Telescopic, Maybelline Eye Kajal, Collection 2000 Extreme Liner - pretty standard stuff.

Now for lips I'm shaking it up a little! Holidays are the perfect occasion to slap on the bright lipsticks especially with tanned skin! I love Rimmel Colour Show Off in Tell No One, it gives a pretty almost neon orange but it's not red based (wearing here). Rimmel Colour Show Off in Red Fever is my FAVOURITE red lipstick ever and finally Rimmel Moisture Renew in Funtime Fuchsia is a beautiful hot pink (reminds me of FleurDeForce haha) and it's very creamy and glossy. I also added MAC's Brave for a nuder lip!

So there's my really long rambly post about make-up! Looks like a lot but really it's not. It all fits in one small pouch and it's more than I need for 6 days really! What do you guys take on your holiday?

Thursday, 6 September 2012

MUA Undressed Palette

A few months ago I raved about the Heaven & Earth palette and while I do love it, I wanted cooler colours. I was close to splurging on the Naked 2 palette but this palette came out and so I thought I'd "splurge" some pennies (literally, I counted coins out for this baby and I hate coins) on this.

What can I say? I love it. It's just as soft and pigmented as the last palette but this time there are matte shades and they are also buttery soft! Matte shades are usually chalky but this isn't in the slightest. The colours blend wonderfully and I'm just really enjoying using it! So far my favourite shades are the 4th one on the top row and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th on the bottom row (I'm a bottom row fan basically). I'm really excited to take this palette with me on holiday because it's perfect for day and night!

Also did I mention that it's only FOUR POUNDS? Go and get this! 

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Elizabeth Arden Eyeshadow Duo in 'Autumn Leaves'

I bought this duo completely blind as I actually found it in TK Maxx. I've always been quite intrigued by Elizabeth Arden as a brand - I love the luxe, expensive feel they have about them as a brand. I got the duo for £7.99 in TK Maxx and assumed by the name "Autumn Leaves" that they'd be some sort of neutral shades.

I was kind of disappointed to see that they were matte shades but I was really happy with the shades. The lighter shade is a peachy shade which is actually quite close to my skin colour so it's really nice to use it on my lids to get rid of darkness. The pigmentation is okay for this shade but it does need to be built up. The darker shade is gorgeous though, a rich chocolate brown which is very pigmented. It is a bit chalky but it's to be expected with matte shades.

I love using these shades for a very simple every day smokey eye and the size makes it great to pop in your make-up bag. The packaging in general is just really nice and I love the mirror too. It's great for travel and touch ups and overall I'm really happy with the duo. However I don't think I would pay the full price for it. It's very pricey and I think you could get better eyeshadows like MAC, Urban Decay, Stila for a similar or even lower price!

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Essie Fiji Nail Polish

When I found out Essie had come to the UK I wasn't too bothered. However when I got to the little Essie stand I found myself getting really excited and bought two straight away. I bought the infamous Essie Mint Candy Apple and this one, Fiji. I think lighter/brighter colours look better on my nails - I just think it looks better with my skin. I find dark colours make my hands look uglier than they are (I really hate my hands). Fiji can be described as a very very very light pink and I adore it.

On tanned/darker skins it really pops out but it still compliments paler skins really nicely too. I think it's a really versatile colour! I know some people with darker skins don't like it. If you don't like "tippex-y" looking colours then I wouldn't buy this. But if you're a fan of neutrals and pastels then I think you'd really like this one.

You can buy Essie in Superdrug and Boots in the UK or online.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Korres Materia Herba Anti Ageing Eye Cream

You must be thinking two things. One - why on earth are you using an anti ageing eye cream when you're only 19?! And two - an eye cream for £39?!?!?!?! Hmmm yes. To answer the latter - I got it from the wonderful TK Maxx (I promise I'm not sponsored by them) for around £9 (which is a hefty saving). To answer the first...I don't really have an answer! Might as well prevent what I don't have yet!

Now I find eye creams strange. I've never seen any effect from an eye cream. I used to really hate my dark circles but no eye creams ever helped. I bought one just because I thought I needed one in my skincare routine! And why not pick up a Korres one, I always hear great things about the brand.

The cream is a pale colour and is unscented as far as I can tell which I'm grateful for. One thing I notice is how quickly its absorbed. You put the tiniest amount and softly massage it in and it's gone! Simples. It keeps my under-eye area moisturised and refreshed! Now I can't really compare this to anything as it's the only eye cream I have on hand. However there's no way I would pay £39 for it. I'd rather splurge on the Origins GinZing! However this eye cream is lovely and luxurious and a great addition to my skincare routine.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Lush Eau Roma Toner Water

I bought this a few weeks ago in London because I really wanted a toning spray as I love how refreshing they feel. I also really trust Lush as a brand as it never breaks me out and generally does good things for my skin.

Now if you've read my Caudalie Beauty Elixir you'll know I wasn't particularly impressed. This however, I'm in love with. It smells gorgeous and feels incredible on the skin. I love using it before my moisturiser and it's absorbed really easily which I like. It's not one you could spray out and about because it's not a fine mist, it's quite a hard spritz actually! It still makes me jump! Aside from this I love this product.

It's helped clear my skin and in conjunction with my Angels On Bare Skin cleanser it works wonderfully. It's a very good price too for 100g whereas the beauty elixir was nearly £10 for only 30ml! You can buy a bigger bottle of this which I may do next time as I really love it. Have any of you tried this?

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Stila Lipstick in Keren

Another TK Maxx purchase. I actually own a lot of Stila and most of them are from TK Maxx! I absolutely LOVE this lipstick. The colour is the perfect nude for me and I love wearing it. It's very creamy and buildable and has a slightly glossy finish. It lasts nicely on the lips and I just really enjoy using this.

Now the reason I'm not going to write a lot about this is because I have a feeling it's discontinued. I can't find any Stila lipsticks in their official stockist websites which I'm so sad about because I love this shade very much! I do have dupes for this shade though but I really do love this particular one.

Have any of you tried Stila lipsticks?

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

#002: Make-up

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation in Gold Sand, MAC Studio Finish Concealer, Soleil Tan De Chanel Bronzing Base, MAC MSF in Comfort, Benefit Coralista, The Balm Frat Boy, Shaihnaz Hussein Kajal Eye Liner, Stila Lip Pencil in Paramour

Saturday, 14 July 2012

#001: Make-up

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation in Gold Sand, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, Stila Sun Bronzer Shade 2, No 7 Vital Enlightening Highlighter, The Balm Frat Boy Blush, Natural Eyes Palette (Gold Shade), Elizabeth Arden Eyeshadow Duo in Autumn Leaves (dark shade in the crease), L'Oreal Superliner Eyeliner, L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara, Topshop Infrared Lipstick

Friday, 13 July 2012

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation

I really wanted to try this foundation but it's shade range is very disappointing. The darkest shade (Gold Sand) looked okay however and I went for it. It's actually a tiny bit light but some bronzer makes it look okay on my skin. I love the consistency, I'm not used to such a light feeling foundation. It smoothes into the skin wonderfully and blends in so quickly. I hate applying with fingers but I actually like using my fingers for this foundation as it's so fuss free and easy. It gives a slightly dewy finish and your skin does feel a tiny bit tacky for a while. Powdering is optional but it's not that long lasting unfortunately!

What I have to say about this foundation though is that it photographs beautifully. It just blurs out my imperfections (I promise you my skin is not that nice!) but doesn't look harsh or glare-y. So far it hasn't broken me out and I PRAY it doesn't because I really like it! My one snipe is that it's so pricey for a drugstore foundation!! L'Oreal is usually quite cheeky with their prices I suppose. This and their lack of darker shades kind of ruin the experience for me but other than that I'm in love!

Have you tried this foundation? What do you think?