Monday, 1 September 2014

On My Face! Dramatic Gold Cut Crease Look

I'm been in such a make-up rut lately - my looks have been boring! That was until I played with some colour last weekend and wore a bright pink look! It's reignited the fun I used to have playing with make-up and colour. I used to create lots of unusual and interesting looks, not just repeating the same thing with different products like I have been lately. But I've made a promise to myself to try new things, experiment more and to not be afraid! And that starts today with this dramatic cut crease look, I hope you like it! 

Primer - SEVENTEEN Skin Wow 3 Way Highlighter
Foundation - Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream - 31 Ivory
Concealer - SEVENTEEN Phwoarr Paint - Fair
Powder - Essence Pure Skin Compact Powder - 01 Beige
Blush - GOSH Giant Blush - 02 Shy

Primer - Essence I ♥ Stage Eyeshadow Base
Lid - ELF Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow - Toast
Crease - MakeUp Store Microshadow - Deadly* & MakeUp Revolution Dia De Los Muertos Salvation Palette - Go and Get The World*
Upper Lashline - Essence Eyeliner Pen Waterproof
Lower Lashline - Essence Gel Eye Pencil - 06
Inner & Outer Corner - ELF Brightening Eye Colour - Day 2 Night (lightest shade)
Browbone - Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette - Strange
Mascara - Essence I ♥ Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara
Brows - ELF Eyebrow Lifter & Filler - Ivory/Light

Lip Lacquer - Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer - Eclipse

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Review + Swatches: Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick - Nudist

Every part of the name of this conjures up inappropriate images in my head - I'm thinking this was intentional on Soap & Glory's part! It does seem to be a bit of a competition with make-up brands as to who can use the most risque names - Nars and Urban Decay are definitely big contenders! I'm not sure how to move on from that comment, so I'll do it swiftly... Do you ever buy a new make-up product, be it lipstick, eyeshadow or whatever else and fall in love with the formula, but totally regret the shade you picked up? This is my story with this lip crayon!

As always I've included a summary at the end :)

The Basics
Jumbo Lip Crayons seem to be all the rage at the moment, infact for well over a year now! And my purchase of the Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick was a classic case of 'the blogger made me buy it'! This one comes in sleek black packaging that twists up, no messy sharpening! Inside there is 2.72g of product, which for this kind of thing seems pretty average. The shade I picked up in 'Nudist' but there are 5 varying shades to chose from in total. Available at Boots, this is priced at £8

The Formula
Now I don't know about you, but when it comes to make-up on my lips, I'm rather fussy! I don't like sticky, thick or stinky! But you'll be pleased to hear this Gloss Stick is none of the above! It doesn't feel heavy or uncomfortable, although you can feel that it's on your lips. This coupled with a slightly waxy (not like a crayon or uncomfortable!) formula means that this lasts on the lips so much longer than the standard lip crayons - 4 hours on me! It also benefits for being hydrating, so perfect for the upcoming cold months! All in all a brilliant formula - so long as you like a vanilla scent!

Colour & Pigmentation 
This is where I was disappointed - mainly in my choice of colour! The shade is a nude peachy shade in the stick. However it wears as a  pink shade, pretty much identical to the natural colour of my lips, so on me this pretty much looks like I'm wearing a slightly glossy balm, an expensive one at that! The pigmentation is also not brilliant, explaining why it look coral, but wears pink on me. I do in part put this down to the colour I chose! As you can see from the pictures there is some golden shimmer in it, but it doesn't translate to the lips at all. There are some other shades available, but from what I can see online they all seem to be on the sheer wash of colour side. If you like something subtle though I think you'll be much more of a fan than I am! Saying that, this is the perfect thing to throw on when rushing out the door for work! 

About 4 layers!

The Good - Hydrating, lasts 4 hours on my lips, subtle vanilla scent, not too slippery or sticky, twists up so no messy sharpening. 

The Not so Good - Rather sheer, this shade doesn't show up on my lips, £8. 

Price & Availability - £8, Boots.

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

The Best Pale Foundations on the Highstreet! (under £10!)

Too orange? Too dark? Too expensive? Finding good quality, reasonable price and a good colour match in a foundation is never an easy thing! Colour matching is such a personal thing, but today I wanted to share with you some brilliant foundations and bases that I've discovered. All are a good colour match for my ivory skin, good quality and best of all, all under £10! Of course the recommendations don't just go for pale skin, there are other shades available and I would recommend all of them based on the formula!

NYC All Day Long Foundation - Classic Ivory
(£3.99, Superdrug)
Everything mentioned in this post today is under £10, but this is by far the biggest bargain at just £3.99! Despite being the price of a bus ticket this is actually a rather good foundation! It gives a solid medium coverage and has a matte finish to it, not perfect in wear but with a good primer/powder you won't run into too many issues! As you can see from how much I've used, this is a firm favourite!

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation - Ivory
(£8.99, BootsSuperdrug)
It's not a secret that I don't like the packaging of this foundation, liquid foundations without a pump are a pain in the backside! However I've been reaching for this a bit more recently after rediscovering just how much I love the formula. It has a light feel, complete with a light coverage (although it is buildable!) which transforms the skin into a much more even canvas whilst still keeping it looking lovely and natural! As with all the foundations in todays post, no strong yellow tones and a nice light colour! Full review here - link. 

Autograph Smooth Matte Mousse Foundation - Ivory
(£9.50, Marks & Spencers)
My newest discovery and perhaps my favourite as well. This truely is a pale foundation, perhaps even a touch too light for me! It has a medium to full coverage and evens the texture of the skin as well as the colour to make you look flawless. It also wears impressively well, starting as a satin finish and towards of the day giving more of a natural glow (my skin is not too oily). Check out the full review as well as before/after pictures here - link

Witch Anti-Blemish BB Cream*
(£6.99*, BootsSuperdrug)
For the days you don't want to wear a full face of make-up or want something a little lighter (formula not colour!) BB Creams are perfect. This one from Witch contains witch hazel and is oil free making it perfect for those of us prone to blemishes - myself included! I have to confess to actually using this as a base under my foundation when I'm having a bad skin day, for which it works very well! The only downside is that this is only available in one shade, one rather pale shade! Full review here - link.

GOSH CC Cream Illuminating Foundation - Porcelain
(£8.99, Superdrug)
From BB to CC! I haven't tried anything DD as of yet! Jokes aside I've actually tried some really impressive CC Creams, this one from GOSH definitely stands out for me though as it is so pale. I wouldn't say it's particularly illuminating, but does a really good job of covering over any red patches in my skin - it is a Colour Correcting (CC) Cream though so I'd expect as much! The tone of this in neither too yellow nor too pink, making it great for pale skin of any tone. If you want something more pink toned, but still very pale try the Max Factor CC Cream! Full review of the GOSH CC Cream here - link. 

What's your favourite foundation formula? Let me know in the comments!

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

On My Face: MakeUp Revolution Colour Chaos Palette (Video)

As soon as I saw the bright, fun colours that the Colour Chaos Palette has to offer I knew I had to create a look using it! I was so indecisive about which colours to use, this palette has everything bright in it - except a red! In the end I asked my husband (ahh!) to pick a colour and I would work around that - he picked the neon pink! To me this palette looks like the love child of Urban Decays Electric Palette and Sleeks Acid Palette - two of the brightest palettes around! 

Click here to view the Video on the Youtube Page :)

Primer - MakeUp Revolution Anti Bacterial Serum & Primer*
Foundation - Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation - Ivory
Concealer - MUA Hide & Conceal - Fair
Powder - Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Powder
Contour & Bronzer - Soap & Glory Solar Powder
Blush - Collection Blush - Bashful

Base - NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk
Lid - MakeUp Revolution Salvation Palette Colour Chaos* - Pink Obsessed
Crease - MakeUp Revolution Salvation Palette Colour Chaos* - Me Three & Neve Cosmetics Eyeshadow - Black Sheep 
Browbone & Inner Corner - MUA Pretty Pastels Palette - top left shade
Upper Lashline - Essence Eyeliner Pen - Waterproof
Lower Lashline - Sleek Eau La La Liner - Raisin 
Mascara - Max Factor Wild Mega Volume Mascara
Brows - ELF Eyebrow Lifter & Filler - Ivory/Light

Lipstick - MakeUp Revolution Lipstick - Crime

I hope you liked the look - even if it is a bit pink! If you liked the video don't forget to Subscribe to my Youtube channel so you don't miss out in future :)

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