8 Dec 2014
I wouldn’t say that I change up my makeup every season but I have been using a few new products this past few weeks & also rediscovered a few old favourites too.
Origins Nanette Lepore. Makebag* – This is a great size makeup bag & manage to fit so many products in. Its the perfect size for a weekend break. Its a limited edition makeup bag and sees Origins team up with fashion designer Nanette Lepore. Origins are offering this complimentary makeup bag with any purchase over £50.
Available while stocks last at Harrods, Selfridges London, John Lewis nationwide and Arnotts Ireland.
Bourjois Bronzing Duo- This is quite a new addition to my makeup collection, it came in the recent British Beauty Box. These make a pretty pairing and I have been wearing them both a lot. The bronzer isn’t at all orange & gives you just the right amount of colour, no shimmer. I have been attempting to contour with it & so far so good. The highlighter is a pretty pearl shade, not white & stark. This gives your cheekbones an instant lift & and adds just enough glow without looking like a disco ball. This will be a staple in my makeup bag this winter for sure.
Clinique All About Shadow Quad* – These colours although not bright or too out there are still not in my comfort zone when it comes to eyeshadow but I have been trying to use some of the less loved products in my collection. The colours are beautiful & after getting to grips with what colour to put where on my lid I have been creating some winter appropriate smokey eyes. The plum & browns work so well together. The shadows themselves are easy to work with & very pigmented. The palette is packaged really nicely too & is so slim. So ideal for travel.
Origins GinZing Brightening Mascara* – This mascara has a HUGE wand & I have little eyes so I thought that was going to be a major problem, but I have discovered that it means I can apply my mascara in double quick time. This mascara isn’t going to wow you if you’re looking for volumised lashes, but this mascara is great at separating your lashes & it keeps a curl like no other! I like my lashes to look fluttery and this works well at achieving that. I also like the chunky packaging & I’ve grown to love the big oversized wand.
Korres Wild Rose Lip Balm – These Korres Lip Butters are fantastic, not only are they hydrating but the colour pay off is pretty damn good too. These won’t hang around for hours & hours on your lips but still they will give you a pretty flush of colour & keep your lips moisturised too. I need to get a few more of these in different colours.
Soap & Glory Glow All Out – I’m still on the fence about this powder, I like it & think it gives a illuminating glow but I’ve heard some people say they sweep it all over their face, I am a little scared of that & use it as more of a cheek highlighter. Its beautiful used like that & think I will stick to using it that way. I hate the cardboard packaging & wish they would repackage it.
L’Oreal Super Liner – L’Oreal make my favourite liners, there are a few but this Super Liner is the one I have been reaching for the most. The nib is long and easy to get right up close to you lashes. I like to wear eyeliner most days & like it to be subtle. This liner is great at getting a precise line. It has a glossy deep black finish, that stays put all day.
Seventeen Stay Time 18 Hour Concealer – This is great for both under eye area & blemishes. I do powder over the top to ensure it stays put all day. Its a great affordable concealer and I’m thrilled with it. Although not too sure about the 18 hour claims, nothing a quick touch up won’t solve.
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – This foundation, applies really nicely & gives me a natural finish with a good amount of coverage. Never does it look cakey or too much. If I want it to last all day & in to the evening I do need to wear a primer, but thats OK with me. I might be speaking a little too soon but I may have found something to rival my beloved L’Oreal True Match.
What is in your winter makeup bag, have you switched up any products?
Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.
4 Dec 2014
Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot – This cheek set is just adorable & I have used it more than I thought I would. It comes in a festive sweet shop style tin & comes with 6 of their popular box o’ powders inside and also the highlighter Watt’s Up. I’ve only tried two of the Benefit Boxed Powders & they’re Dallas & 10 both of which I use all the time. I was pleased that neither are in this palette so I get to try 5 more blushes, a bronzer and a gorgeous highlighter. This is a Limited Edition Christmas release so if you want it you best snap it up quick.
Notebook – I am completely and utterly obsessed with stationery and own so many notebooks, how could I resist this floral one? I am trying to be more organised and write down my ideas instead of storing them all in my over crowded mind where I eventually forget them & they never come to fruition. So this is the notebook I am currently carrying around with me, its quite plain inside and has standard ruled lines but the cover is so pretty & reminds me that Spring isn’t far away.
North Pole Postcard – I saw this & thought it would be a cute idea to write it & send it to my little niece as if it’s from Father Christmas. So thats what I have done, I will be calling her later in the week to find out if she has had any important & exciting mail. So watch this space. She is beyond excited for Christmas so this might just send her over the edge, a hand written card from Santa himself.
Red Nail Polish – Just the perfect colour for this time of year & these are my current favourite duo. Essie Toggle to the top and American Apparel in Lipstick. Both are beautiful reds. The Essie polish is fun and glittery where as the American Apparel is more vibrant and bold.
Dr Stuarts Detox Tea - I love this brand of teas & this is my latest obsession. Its packed with the pure natural flavours of dandelion and burdock, sage, ginger, peppermint and spearmint. This tea will help to refresh your system from the inside, giving you the kick-start you need. Its also naturally caffeine free. I have been really enjoying it & its a great tea to warm you up on this chilly wintery mornings.
Cinnamon Nutmeg & Candle – This is from Clas Ohlsen & it smells so festive, I have stocked up on quite a few so I can burn them without fear of running out. I love my home to smell of cloves & spices at this time of year & the scent from this little candle fills the room. Its so nice.
What have you been loving this week?
1 Dec 2014
I have a fair few neutral palettes in my collection and although they all get used quite a lot, I thought I would share four of them with you.
VIVO Colour Block Palette in Unprotected – This palette has 12 shadows and you get a lovely range of neutral colours and finishes. There are 3 matte colours and the rest have an almost frost / pearl finish to them, they’re really pretty. I found they blended well if you take your time. The darker shades are more pigmented & the lighter ones are more powdery but nothing you can’t tap off. There is no mirror inside but you get great value for money, it’s a great high street palette. 8.4g for £3.99
I bought this palette in Tesco a couple of years ago but from what I can tell they no longer sell VIVO, but you can buy their range online at www.vivocosmetics.co.uk
L’Oreal La Palette Nude in Rose – I was drawn to this in Boots & couldn’t resist it despite it being quite pricey. The packaging feels luxurious and its nice and slim with a go0d sized mirror in, so perfect for for travel & popping in your makeup bag. You get 6 shimmers & 4 matte shadows. As with most drugstore palettes the matte shades aren’t great, I found them to be hard to blend and you don’t get that much colour pay off. You can make them work by building them up if you have time. The other 6 shades are beautiful and more than makeup for the disappointing mattes. Much to my surprise I really like the darkest plum colour & think its the most beautiful Autumn / Winter colour. 10g for £14.99
What I like most about this palette is that none of the shadows are overly shimmery but instead more metallic and very long wearing.
Catrice Absolute Nude – I bought this whilst in Amsterdam it has 6 neutral shadows but none of them are matte. So this is for people that like a bit of shimmer. I know thats not to everyones taste. This isn’t the best budget friendly palette out there and this is the one palette out of the four that I would say you need to use a primer as the lighter colours crease and aren’t that pigmented. I tend to use the last darkest brown shade the most, its pretty and pigmented.
The packaging is sturdy and quite sleek, it doesn’t have a mirror and the brush that comes with it is pretty useless (aren’t they always).
Makeup Revolution Disappear Till Tomorrow – This palette is so slim and travel friendly although it does feel quite cheap, inside you get fourteen eyeshadows and two brow powders. Two of the shadows are matte and the rest are a mixture of pearl and shimmer finishes. If like me you are addicted to a neutral smokey eye then you will love this palette. Even the two matte shades are good quality. I must admit I don’t use the brow colours so can’t comment on them but it is nice to see a high street brand including them in a palette. You get fourteen pigmented eyeshadows and thats a lot for £4.00. I know Makeup Revolution have a huge selection of palettes, let me know if you have tried any & what you would recommend. 5.7g for £4.00.
If I had to pick my two favourite palettes they would be the Vivo Colour Block and the L’Oreal La Palette Nude. I would say don’t buy the Catrice one its not great value for money & Essence do a much better neutral palette.
28 Nov 2014
Tesco kindly sent me a £25 gift card to spend on beauty products. My local Tesco is quite a big shop & they stock brands like Nip & Fab, Sleek, L’Oreal, Max Factor and more. If you’re lucky enough to live close to one of the Tesco’s that has a Beauty World then you will find a huge selection of affordable & luxury brands including favourites like, Korres, Dr Lewinn’s, SteamCream and L’Occitane. So Tesco are making these Beauty World Shops a real destination for beauty addicts.
Barbara Daly – This brand has recently had a revamp & they have re launched back into Tesco with a great collection of makeup. I was drawn to this lovely nude pink nail polish & think it will look beautiful on both my fingers & toes this Winter.
Rimmel Match Perfection in Soft Beige – Took me ages to decide on a shade but I picked soft beige in the end & that seems to be a good match. I have only ever tried one other Rimmel Foundation, the Wake Me Up Foundation and I like that so thought I would try the Match Perfection. I don’t know anything about it & purchased it on a whim but after using it a couple of times, I like the medium coverage & it gives me a nice almost satin finish. So far so good.
Sleek au naturel Palette- This is my first ever Sleek eyeshadow palette, I own many a blush but have never treated myself to one of their palettes. I just had to have the au naturel palette as I’m addicted to neutral eyeshadow and its beautiful. It has 12 shadows, a mixture of 8 mattes and 4 shimmers.
L’Oreal Super Liner Ultra Precision in Black - Liquid liner is my go to liner, I love how easy it is to apply & L’Oreal make my favourite liquid liners. I have had many over the years. This gold packaging sucked me right in & I popped it in my basket. It has a long fine nib that is flexible and easy to control so if you want to achieve a fine precise line you can & also if you want to build it up & have bolder liner look you’re able to achieve both. Love how long wearing this liner is and also how intense and black it stays throughout the day. LOVE it.
The last product I purchased was a Freeman Anti Stress Dead Sea Minerals Face Mask – this is for my Sunday evening pamper session. I’m hoping it will help unclog my pores and leave me with radiant skin. This is a brand I have never tried before so I will let you know how I get on with it.
*I bought these products with a Voucher sent to me by Tesco.
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