Thursday, 31 May 2012

Top Picks: May 2012 Loves - with video!

And like I say every month, it's that time again! I know these types of posts overload the beauty blogging world at this time of month, but I always like to add mine into the pool as well! The monthly favourites are great posts to read to discover new products that you may not have heard of and could be loving! So that said lets get started!

  • Sleek Ultra Matts V2 - Darks 
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Shadow Pencil - Sin 
  • Vaseline Rosy Lips 
  • Collection 2000 Lasting Colour Gel Liner - Black 
  • Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation - 51 
  • 17 Shine Control Pressed Powder 
  • Yes to Carrots Deeply Revitalizing Body Scrub 

Sleek Ultra Matts - V2 Darks 
(£7, Superdrug and Sleeks Website)
This is a new release from Sleek, and a great one at that! It contains all matte shades which are pigmented and lasting with a good range in shades. I haven't included the brights one as I haven't reached for it as it's not as wearable for work which is what I spend my life doing! But very worth the price and can be used to create a variety of beautiful smoky eyes. Full review here! 

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Shadow Pencil - Sin 
(Debenhams, £14 for a full size)
I actually got this as part of a set - which I'll be reviewing later. But I was so excited to find these in the UK at a great price as I've been lusting after them for ages! And I wasn't disappointed, they last just like a regular shadow without a primer or any powder over the top! This particular colour is a great everyday shimmery champagne colour. But slightly warmer than the Sin eyeshadow! Price individually is rather steep though!  


Collection 2000 Lasting Colour Gel Eyeliner - Black 
(Boots & Superdrug, £4.99)
This is a new release from Collection 2000 and I must say they've done a good'un! It's pigmented, creamy and long-lasting! The dip you can see in the jar is from less than a months use - which shows just how much I've been using it! I also have a Teal and Gold (good eyeshadow!) one which I've reviewed fully with the black one which you can find here

Vaseline Rosy Lips
(lots of places, ~£2.25)
I'll be honest here I was a bit of a lipbalm snob and didn't want to use Vaseline for years and years, but then I actually tried someone elses and realised it's not half bad stuff! It is more of a barrier product which helps to keep the natural moisture of lips in, but the Rosy one has some almond oil in it which can help moisturize the lips! But the main reason I've been using this so much is I love the feel of it on my lips!    

Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation - 51
 (Boots, £10.99)
I have a bit of a soft spot for the Bourjois foundations and their latest one didn't disappoint either! It has some colour correcting pigments in it to help give the skin a more even appearance, and it works! And does it whilst still giving you a normal looking face, with a nice natural finish. If you wanted to know more about it's colour correcting properties, then check out my review here.

17 Shine Control Pressed Powder
(Boots, £3.99)
This one I actually got free with a voucher from the Boots Card Machines, but after using it I would happily repurchase it again. It is effectively just a regular uncoloured powder (it says neutral). But it seems to have some powdered miracle in there as well. As it works like a dream! I'm not the oiliest person out there but this does prevent the afternoon sheen as I call it! Review coming soon!

Yes to Carrots Deeply Revitalizing Body Scrub
(possibly discontinued!)
I've had this scrub for about a year know and known just how much I loved it. But you know when you love something so much and it's on the pricier side you save it for special occasions? Well I was doing that, but very rarely using it so I just bit the bullet and have been using and loving it! It's very luxurious having the texture of body butter, but with the usual exfoliating particles of a scrub, leaving the skin silky soft and with a beautiful scent.   

And that's it for today folks. For the next few days I'm very busy with my OH's parents visiting for the long weekend (and working everyday!). I have prewritten some posts for you all and hope to have the time to reply to comments. But please be patient if I'm a bit slower than usual. 

But I hope you all have a great weekend too and the sun reappears for the occasion! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the post and video, H :) 

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

FOTD: Natural Glam

Today I've had the morning off and wanted to spend some time doing my make-up. But having work this afternoon I couldn't go all out with bright colours so instead chose to do a more natural glam look paired with a just bitten lip! I do feel that my love for more subtler shades has increased over the last year, it's strange what a real job does to you! Oh and if you haven't already seen it, MUA are releasing a new nude style palette, looks like a cooler Heaven and Earth to me and a bit of an Urban Decay Naked Palette Dupe - fingers crossed! 

Primer - Witch Anti-Blemish Skin Clearing Primer
Foundation - Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation - 51 Light Vanilla
Concealer - Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer - Fair 
Powder - 17 Shine Control Pressed Powder
Contour/Highlight - Sleek Face Contour Kit - Light
Blush - ELF Cream Blush - Seductress 

Lid - Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Shadow Pencil - Sin
Crease - Sleek Au Naturel Palette - Bark & Noir
Upper Lashline - Collection 2000 Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip liner - Black
Lower Lashline - Sleek Au Naturel Palette - Bark 
Browbone - ELF Eyeshadow Duo - Mocha Swirl (lighter shade)
Inner Corner - Topshop Crayon - Equinox 
Mascara - 17 Peep Show & Too Faced Lash Injection 
Brows - MUA Eyebrow Pencil - Blonde

Lipstick - Eyeko Liptastik Glossy Lip Pen - Lip Lover (applied very lightly!)

I will most certainly be buying the new MUA Palette - which is called Undressed, think I managed to miss that bit out at the beginning! But anyway I hope you enjoyed this quick FOTD and don't hesitate to ask me any questions. Hope your all having a great day, H :)

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Review: Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation

I have a bit of a love affair with the Bourjois foundations and rate all of the ones I have. So I couldn't resist heir latest foundation 123 Perfect which looked great so I couldn't help but pick it up and have a try. And I must say that I really quite like it! Although not quite as good as the Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in my eyes! But anyway this is available from Boots for £10.99. 

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

The Basics
Like pretty much every foundation this has 30ml of product in it, with this particular one having a pump and coming in a glass bottle. It also has an SPF10 in it, which is lower than I tend to see, but still better than nothing! Apart from that it also has yellow pigments to combat dark circles, mauve pigments to prevent a dull complexion and green pigments for anti-redness. But none of these colours show up on the skin - it's a normal foundation colour! With mine being in 51 - Light Vanilla, but there are 5 shades available in total. 


The Claims - My Thoughts 
The Three Colour Correcting Pigments - As I said previously this has yellow, mauve and green pigments to improve dark circles, complexion and redness respectively. I wasn't 100% sold on this idea but this actually works! It doesn't work miracles (what does!) but there is a definitive improvement that can be seen! 

Upto 16 Hours wear - This is a pretty average claim for a foundation. But this one lasts alright, I only get very slight oiliness in this hot weather by the end of the day (with primer), but it does tend to oxidise a little. 


What did I think?
Overall I have and will continue to like this foundation for the colour correction it does, but to reiterate - it doesn't work miracles. The coverage is light to medium and has a mainly matte finish to it. Although it's not a powdery dry matte, making the finish more natural. The colour is a tad too yellow for me, but it's perfectly doable and warms my face up slightly, but I do find that if I have dry patches on my skin the colour will cling and oxidise on these patches through the day making the finish a little patchy! But if you don't have dry skin this is nice! 

Below I am wearing the Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation with no concealer/powder! 


The Good - colour correcting pigments work well, SPF10, glass packaging with pump, wears well if you don't have dry skin, quite a natural finish.

The Not so Good - A little on the pricey side of highstreet, colour oxidises obviously on dry patches, but much less noticeably elsewhere, limited colour choices.

Would I repurchase? I think I would, yes. But I would wait till there was some kind of deal or offer going on.

Who might like it? Those that want to cover mild colour imperfections whilst keeping a vaguely natural finish. Not great on dry skin though.

The Bottom Line -  Does what it claims well, but doesn't work miracles and comes with a pretty natural finish. 

To think 2 years ago I only worn foundation on special occasions and now I have far too many and wear it most days! It is a pretty nifty invention though! I'm thinking of doing a post on my best and worst drugstore foundations? Is this something you'd be interested in? Let me know, but as always thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed bit, H :) 

Monday, 28 May 2012

Review + Swatches: MakeUp Academy Lip Boom - OMG

It's time again for another Lip Boom review guys! This time I'm going with a brighter peachy shade which is great for the spring and summer! At first I really wasn't convinced by this shade, but it's been growing on me whilst testing it and I can actually see myself picking this up if I'm not feeling like my usual pink lips! They are a lot of other colours available as well so if you like the idea but not the colour then check out MUA's Website or Superdrug where you can get them for just £4 each!

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

The Basics 
These lip duos come with a lipstick and lipgloss in complementary colours. They can be worn in four ways, each side on it's own, layered or with just a small amount of gloss highlighting the lipstick. My favourite ways to wear them are layered or the lipstick alone though! In total there are 8 different colours available, in shades to suite everyone - reviews of the rest are coming! As for how much product you get, there's 2.5g lipstick and 3.5ml of lipstick. You can also pull the end of the lipstick end which gives some more lipstick! 

Brighter in real life!

The Lipstick 
Now I did say that the Lip Booms have a matte finish, but this particular one does actually have a subtle sheen to it, so isn't completely matte. This isn't so great if you were looking for completely matte (although it's not far of the mark!), but it's good from the perspective of feeling and applying less dry on the lips. As for how it does feel - much like the regular MUA Lipsticks, rather balm like and smooth! It has a peachy pink (overused description in the blogging world I know!) colour to it, which lasts about 2 hours before obvious settling in the lips creases occurs. 


The Lipgloss
On some of the other Lip Booms I've had problems with the glitter being really chunky and in your face, especially with LMK, but this one has a subtler amount which doesn't feel as chunky or look as mad on the lips! Infact I actually really like the level of glitter in this gloss, with it's gold and copper shades it looks really nice layered over the lipstick. It's also good for helping to prevent the lipstick from settling into the lips creases so much and lasts about 2-3 hours on. It's also worth mentioning that it's not sticky and has a really nice vanilla scent to it, yum! 


The Good - cheap, 2in1, can wear it 4 ways, pigmented and non drying lipstick, gloss has a beautiful shimmer, lots of other colour choices.

The Not so Good - lipstick is prone to settling in creases and could have a longer wear time.

Would I repurchase? Yes, although maybe dependent on the amount of glitter in the gloss! This particular shade I'm not sure on, I can't decide if I like it or not!

Who might like it? Those that like brighter colours and want to have more fun mixing up their finishes!

The Bottom Line -  The glitter in this one is more subtle and wearable than some of the others and is a great summer shade. 

For finish and colour this has to be one of my favourite Lip Booms for the summer season so far! As I said I still can't quite make my mind up on liking the colour on me, but one thing I know is that I like it a whole lot more with the gloss over the top! Have you guys tried any of these yet, what do you think? Thanks for stopping by, H :)

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Top Picks: My Favourite Pink Lipglosses!

For so many people, me included, pink lipglosses are a staple item in their make-up bag. But with so many choices out there I though it would be worth telling you all the ones that I rate! I've included a good mix of pigmentaion, applicators and price ranges, so hopefully something to catch everyones eye! Lip Swatches run throughout with the swatches on my skin at the end :)I hope you enjoy!

What I like in a Pink Lipgloss?
I personally like the brighter fucshia shades, but use both sheer and pigmented versions of the colour. I also use more nudey shades, but prefer these not too pigmented as I'm scared of looking dead! As for formula I'm a big fan of non-sticky colour and love it when they smell good! The only thing that I really can't stand is a thick, gloopy, sticky gloss! 

Barry M Glossy Tube - 11 Passion Pink 
(£3.99, Superdug/Boots)
In the tube this looks a bit bright and scary, but applies a lot sheerer giving a subtle but glossy hint of colour. Which sounds pretty average and not particularly exciting, but it's non-sticky and has an amazing sweet bubblegum scent to it. Which is what really won me over! 

BeautyUK Lip Lust - Date Night 
(£2.99, Superdrug)
Date Night is the first Lip Lust I bought, but still remains one of my favourites and sparked off a love affair with the whole line! The gloss is not too intense, but has a well pigmented colour and again is non-sticky. For me this is a medium pink, with nudey tones going on which makes it more wearable. The application is also really nice, with it's spongy applicator - makes it look so even! 

BeautyUK Lip Vinyl - Pure Pacha 
In formula and in packaging the Lip Vinyls and Lip Lusts are very similar. Except they have one rather large difference, the Lip Vinyls are much more daring and have some pretty intense pigmentation going on! Other than that their the same non-sticky lovely feeling formula! This particular one is a bright medium fuchsia, but there's also a lovely looking red one that keeps catching my eye! 

Ciate Lipgloss - Ibiza
(no longer available)
Ciate is a brand more known for their nail polishes than lipglosses. But it seems they have stuck with their roots as they no longer appear to sell lipgloss. So apologies for mentioning it, I'm a rubbish blogger aren't I. But I didn't realise till I was writing this here. But it's a shame as it's a nice gloss that has a medium pigmentation, showing the colour well, but without being to strong! 

ELF Luscious Liquid Lipstick - Rasberry
(£1.50, ELF's Website)
This one is a bargainous option and also has a good pigmentation too it. The name does say that it's a lipstick, but it comes in a lipgloss form and has some gloss to it. Which for a lot of people ticks the boxes for a gloss, so I wanted to mention it! I like this formula in general as it's not sticky, but is slightly thicker than some others. So coupled with the pigmentation means it lasts a little longer than some short wearing glosses. Also they have a lovely refreshing minty scent, perfect for summer!

Too Faced Glamour Gloss - Barely Legal 
(£15.00, Boots) 
And my most expensive choice here! I didn't pay full price for this, and never will as it's more than I am willing to pay. But I got it as part of a set and love it nonetheless. The colour is a warmer nudey shade, with only very subtle pink hints to it. But I wanted to include it as the sheer colour it has makes it a great nudey pink from the natural lip colour showing through. It's also worth mentioning that this has a plumping effect in it, but I find it the most comfortable one I own! 

L-R: Passion Pink, Date Night, Pure Pacha, Ibiza, Rasberry, Barely Legal

So quite a variety here, but I love wearing all of them, for different reasons and occasions. I couldn't pick just one that I prefer, they're all here because I love them! I hope this post helped some of you though and made you aware of some gems out there!

I'd love it if you shared your favourite pink glosses though, I sure you all know of some beauties I'm yet to discover! But anyway thank you all for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my little space on the interwebs! H :)                    

Saturday, 26 May 2012

My First Tag: The 11 Questions Tag!

One of my lovely followers 'Clouds and Cuticle Oil' tagged me with the 11 questions tag and I thought it would add a bit of fun to my Saturday night blogging! I thought it might also be nice for some of you to be able to know me for more than my reviews and make-up! Let me know if you like this kind of thing and I'll do it again! So lets get started! 

The Rules 
1. Give 11 facts about yourself. 
2. Answer the 11 questions the person who tagged you set. 
3. Write 11 questions for the people you tag. 
4. And get tagging! 
Simples :) 

My 11 Facts! 
1. I'm really short - 5ft exactly! 
2. I am obsessed with animals that live in the sea, like fish and octopus! 
3. I also work with them! 
4. I haven't worn nail polish in years! 
5. I really like to make cake, I think spicy apple has to be my favourite! 
6. I really don't like sweet savoury foods, like sweet and sour sauce. 
7. I used to figure skate. 
8. I'm a bit of a geek at heart and struggle to read non factual books! 
9. My favourite band is System of a Down
10. Most of my clothes come from Primark because I'd rather spend my money on make-up! 
11. I have two tattoos, but want more! 
That was hard! 

The Questions I was asked! 
1. Favourite movie? I really like Pearl Harbour, Back to the Future and Pirates of the Caribbean!
2. Hats or scarves? Scarves all the way!
3. What inspires you? (I'm looking for really deep answers here!) Achievements and happiness.
4. Would you rather spend a lot of money on a designer handbag or a pair of shoes? Neither in all honesty.
5. Do you play video games? Yup, although not as much as I used too, too little time! Oblivion's my favourite!
6. Favourite colour and animal? Favourite colour is probably purple and animal octopus or pufferfish!
7. What colour eyes do you have? Brown!
8. What's your star sign and do you believe horoscopes? I'm a Scorpio, but I don't really believe in them - I used to though!
9. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live if you aren't allowed to say somewhere where you already live or have lived? A cabin in the woods, but it would to be about 10 minutes walk from the shops!
10. Do you play any musical instruments? If not, would you like to? Nope, but I used to play Clarinet and a bit of guitar.
11. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood? As much wood as a woodchuck would chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood!

My Questions to you! 
1. Nude of bright lips? 

2. What's your favourite food? 

3. Do yo leave the house without make-up on? Would you? 

4. Orange Juice or Apple Juice? 

5. What brought you to the beauty blogging world? 

6. How many mascaras do you own? Do you think it's too many? 

7. If you could dye your hair any colour what would you choose?

8. When you were a kid, what did you always want to be when you grew up? 

9. Would you rather go to the bottom of the sea or the moon? 

10. Would you rather do without mascara or foundation? 

11. What is your favourite type of post on beauty blogs? 

The Tagging! 
I got a bit stuck here, so I've just decided to tag anyone that wants to do it. Because no-one like to be excluded! I'd love it if you linked me your tag though! Yes I'm a wee bit nosey! 

But anyway, I hope you learnt something today about me and can see me as a real person now, not just the person behind the keyboard that likes eyeshadow! But anyway I'd love it if you did the tag, I tagged everyone! Let me know if you did it! And thanks for stopping by, H :)        

Friday, 25 May 2012

Review + Swatches: Sleek Ultra Matt Palette V1 - Brights

This palette couldn't have come at a better time for Sleek. Bright colours and beautiful sunshine go pretty well together! And this palette sure packs a punch! And I must say I'm really liking it! Sorry for the slightly late review, but as I always say, better late than never! I'm full of excuses! This is available from Superdrug & Sleek's website for £7.00 - price increase! (but still reasonable!)

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

Sorry about the funny coloured reflection!

The Basics 
The most important part to start with is that these are permanent so don't worry if your Superdrugs sold out - should be back in stock (hopefully!). That aside this palette has 12 mineral eyeshadows all in bright shades, but it has a sultry sister - V2, which has some deeper darker shades in it. Each eyeshadow has 1.1g of product, which is pretty decent. The packaging is simple, sturdy and looks nice and has a new style with the logo on the front! But also come in a cardboard packet with a more funky design.


The Formula
As you can see from the pan shots, the finish is flatter now as opposed to the criss cross pattern of the previous palettes. This formula is really really pigmented, but does take a little more effort to blend. But matte shades have a habit of being a bit for tricky! And actually Sleek's done a really good job with them here, the colour lasts all day, with creasing starting at about 8 hours. Some shades can be a little powdery, but overall very soft and creamy and lovely! 


The Colours...
Chill - A pigmented baby blue shade! 

Pout - A medium fuchsia shade with slight red tones. 

Cricket - This shade is a little on the powdery side, but a beautiful green that doesn't have much of a yellow tone. 

Bolt - Again quite powdery, but a well pigmented blue, slightly paler than a primary shade. 


... and some more! ...
Sugarlite - A really nice medium/light purple that swatches more on the pastel side

Dragonfly - Super pigmented blued green, slightly deeper than cricket. 

Strike - A bright yellow based orange, which swatches on the sheerer side. 

Floss - This on is a pastel cool toned pink. Pigmented, but due to my skintone the swatch isn't that visible. 

... and the rest! 
Pucker - Super similar to Pout, but slightly more intense and brighter. Would have preferred something else here as it's almost identical to Pout. 

Bamm! - Again this one isn't as pigmented as the majority, but is a bright primary yellow

Crete - A very pale grey shade, almost white! 

Pow! - This looks like a white, but actually it's more cream with hints of yellowy green in some lights, so subtle though so works well as a highlight for pretty much every look - although maybe not stark enough for my pale skin! 

The Good - cheap, pigmented, permanent, practical packaging, great colours for summer, value.

The Not so Good - the two pinks are almost identical, would have been nice to have a black or another colour instead, some shades are a bit powdery.

Would I repurchase? Yes, although of all of Sleeks bright palettes, I think the Caribbean one still holds the top spot.

Who might like it? People that like bright, fun colours!

The Bottom Line - Great quality especially for £7 and really fun to play with!

All in all I still have a soft spot for Sleek and their gorgeous palettes. I can't help but wonder what they have up their sleeve for us next, I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for a limited edition summer palette/collection. And maybe my toes too haha! But anyway thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the post, H :)

Thursday, 24 May 2012

FOTD: Petal Power!

Here in the UK at the moment we're having a lovely burst of sunshine! How long it lasts is another matter, but I'm going to enjoy it as much as I can whilst it lasts as we might not see it again for a while! To celebrate I wanted to wear a bright and fresh look and pulled out a trusty Sleek palette - nothing new there! But I hope you enjoy the look :)

Primer - 17 Photo Flawless Skin Primer 
Foundation - Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation - Light Vanilla 
Concealer - Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer - Light 
Powder - 17 Shine Control Pressed Powder
Bronzer - ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder 
Blush -  Sleek Blush - Flamingo  
Highlight - 17 Blush & Go - Strawberry Swirl (highlight side)

Primer - Too Faced Shadow Insurance 
Lid - Sleek Ultra Matts Palette V1 - Floss
Outer Lid - Sleek Ultra Matts Palette V1 - Pucker 
Crease - Sleek Ultra Matts Palette V1 - Sugarlite & Pout & a matte black.
Highlight - Sleek Ultra Matts Palette V1 - Pow!
Upper Lashline -  Collection 2000 Extreme Art Liner - Black 
Waterline - NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk
Lower Lashline - No7 Metallic Eyes Pencil - Amethyst 
Mascara - 17 Peep Show Mascara 
Brows - MakeUp Academy Brow Pencil - Blonde   

Lipstick - Eyeko Glossy Lip Pen - Loudmouth 
Gloss - Collection 2000 Lock N Hold Lipgloss - Beat Box 

I know a review of this palette has taken a little while, but the review will be coming up tomorrow. I've got my opinions nice and confirmed now! But anyway I hope you liked the look, let me know if you have any questions on anything mentioned and I'll speak to you again tomorrow with that review! Enjoy the sun, H :)   

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Tutorial: Ombre Eyeliner - with Video!

It's seems to be all about the Ombre look at the moment but I'm not into fashion that much so won't be doing the ombre clothers. I also don't wear nail polish due to my jobs and can't really dye my hair as it's in pretty rubbish condition at the moment. That sounded a bit grumpy didn't it! But I wanted to join in the fun and some came up with this quick and easy winged liner look. I hope you enjoy the look/tutorial! 

Primer - 17 Photo Flawless Skin Primer 
Foundation -  NYC All Day Long Foundation - Classic Ivory, mixed with ELF Shimmering Facial Whip - Lilac Petal
Concealer - Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer - Fair 
Bronzer - ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder
Blush - Collection 2000 Blush - Bashful
Powder - 17 Shine Control Pressed Powder  

Primer - Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Crease - Urban Decay Eyeshadow - Buck 
Upper Lashline - Collection 2000 Lasting Colour Gel Eyeliners - Black & Teal 
Lower Lashline -  ELF Brightening Eye Colour - Brownstone (darkest shade) 
Mascara - 17 Peep Show Mascara 
Brows - MUA Brow Pencil - Blonde & Sleek Brow Kit - Light (wax) 

Lipgloss - Barry M Glossy Lip Tube - 11 Passion Pink 

A very simple idea for today, but hopefully a fun and quirky twist to add to your summer make-up! Talking of summer I'm really loving this warm weather at the moment! Just hope it lasts! But anyway I hope you enjoy the tutorial and I'll speak to you again tomorrow, H :)   
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...