30 May 2014

Starting To Get Organised #1

Acrylic Muji Drawers

I’ve had my MUJI Storage for a little over a month now and I’ve still not organised them exactly how I want them, but I thought I would show you one of my most used drawers. I will say I do really like my MUJI drawers & where I’m currently living I don’t have as much space as I used to so its nice to have my most used products more to hand & these drawers look nice but the 5 drawer one I have isn’t very deep so bare that in mine, only slim products fit in.

Now on to what’s in the drawer,

Makeup in my MUJI drawers

This is my most used bronzers & highlighters (at the moment).  This drawer fits these in really nicely and being able to see them all laid out makes me want to use them all the more.

Top row

Topshop Sunbeam – This is a gold highlight and I think its nice for evening as it is more on the glitzy side. It has great colour pay off & a little goes a long way with this. I like to apply it to my cheekbones & it gives a pretty sheen to the cheeks. If you’re lucky enough to have a tan this highlighter really compliments it. As always Topshop packaging is very pretty, but there is no mirror in this which is often a pain. There is no way I will ever hit pan on this as you get so much product. Full review here. I have tried to find it online & I don’t think its sold anymore

pur Contour/Highlight Powder Duo in Uncover – I love that this is a matte bronzer and isn’t muddy or orange in colour. Its a great contour shade and is easy to blend and work with. The highlighter is a very subtle pretty pink shade and just lifts the face and makes you look flushed. The packaging is nice and sleek and it has a really big mirror in which is so handy. I like to pop this in my handbag for makeup touch ups on the go.

Mac MSF Natural in the shade Medium – I’ve hit pan on this baby and its lasted me almost 2 years of nearly daily usages. Its a great powder for smoothing out my skin and giving it natural glow thats not powdery at all. I don’t use it all over, I tend to sweep it over the centre of my face focusing mostly on my forehead. I love it & will repurchase a new one before this runs out. It just gives my skin a luminosity without looking glittery or too made up. Best £22 I’ve ever spent

Makeup

Bottom Row

Soap & Glory Glow All Out – This is my least reached for product out of the 6. It is a very pretty face powder & it gives your skin a beautiful glow. I need to use it a little more to get it to work for me. I find it sits in my fine lines. I have put it in my drawer so I remember to use it more. If you have a way this works for you let me know as its too gorgeous not to use.

Soap & Glory Solar Powder – This is my daily bronzer right now, I can’t get enough of this. In the pan it doesn’t look like much but once on the skin its just beautiful. I mix the two shades together to give a subtle sun kissed effect. I sweep it over the tip of my forehead & down on to my cheeks. This isn’t going to give you a deep colour its more for paler skin tones. It just adds such a warm glow to the skin and makes me look healthy. I don’t feel right applying my makeup & not using it.

Mac MSF Soft & Gentle – Now I have to be careful not to go OTT on this. It is a bronze highlighter and it gives the most stunning iridescent glow. I like to wear this when I’m wearing a little more makeup than my day to day simple look. It just adds so much radiance to my face & when I do wear it I fall in love with it all over again. I find this also wears a really long time on my skin no touch ups necessary So glad I have this in my collection.

Let me know what your favourite bronzer / highlighters are or if you’ve been reaching for any of the ones I’ve talked about.

20 Oct 2013

A Few Topshop Favourites

I don’t own all that much from the Topshop beauty range, but what I have tried I’ve loved. I think their products are well priced, great quality and the packaging is always cute. I thought I would share with you a couple of my favourite Topshop products.

Topshop makeup

I have 3 Topshop nail polishes and I love each of these equally. The deep blue is AWOL, the glitter is called Razzmatazz and the pink nude is called Barefoot. These apply really well and two coats gives an opaque colour. The glitter is the perfect topcoat & adds that little bit of glitz to a meh polish. The bottles look cute with their spotty lids. If you have any recommendations for Topshop polishes, I would love to know.

Nail Polish Swatch

The other two products I really like from Topshop are the Sunbeam Highlighter & Cream Blush in Flush. I only have 3 cream blushes in my collection and this Topshop one is my favourite. It is a really pretty peachy pink and gives me a healthy touch of colour. I tend to apply this with my finger and blend it in.

The highlighter in Sunbeam comes in the cutest packaging, this thing is huge too! It is a baked gold highlighter that I always wear when I am going out. It is so very pretty. This thing is going to last me my whole life it is that big. I do wish it came with a mirror, that is my only negative point. The highlighter itself is not for the faint hearted, it gives quite the glow and has a good amount of shimmer in.

Blush and Highlighter

Topshop Makeup

Topshop Sunbeam Highlighter

There is just something really satisfying about Topshop makeup, it makes me very happy. I love having it sat out on my dressing table. Do let me know if there are any products I mush try from their range.

17 May 2013

Feeling Flushed

I had a look through my makeup collection and picked out some blushes / highlighters that will be perfect for summer. So here are my picks.

Summer Blush

MUA Shimmer Kisses Blush £3.00 for 7.3g – this blush quad is really pretty and can be used as a blush or a highlight. I tend to swirl my brush around and pick up all four colours. It’s a really soft pink and very easy to wear, it isn’t too dusty and I find it wears about 5 / 6 hours on me before the colour starts to fade. It has a slight shimmer to all the colours but nothing too over powering. This is also a great product to travel with as you can get alot of great blush shades from it and the packaging is quite slim and compact.

Me Me Me Shimmer Stack in Bronze £9.99 for 12g – This is very versatile and for £9.99 you get alot of product for your money. It comes with 5 shades from a cream, bronze, gold and a rose gold. They can be used individually and make lovely eyeshadows too. As a blush it gives the same look as Mac MSF in Soft and Gentle. It is very pretty and gives a lovely metallic shimmer, all shades are very pigmented. I’ve loved using this and would highly recommend it.

Topshop Highlighter in Sunbeam £10 for 6.5g – Wow this is a big highlighter and the packaging is so cute although it doesn’t have a mirror. It is a little bulky to travel with but I really like using it, mostly as a night-time highlight. On the top of the cheeks it leaves a very pretty sheen. It is gold and very pigmented so a word of warning, use with a light hand otherwise you will end up with far too much shimmer. This will last you forever so is very good value for money. I can’t see me ever finishing it.

Summer blush

e.l.f Baked Blush in Pinktastic £3.75 for 6g – I have some really fantastic e.l.f products in my collection and their baked blush & bronzers are some of my favourite. Amazing value for money and you get 6g of product. They are a little chalky but if you tap off the excess product you will be OK. This Pinktastic blush is a very subtle pink, I’d say it was more of a highlight than a blush but either way it gives your skin a healthy glow. I plan on taking this with me on holiday as its is quite small and compact.

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush in Rose $11.95 for 7g – This came in a beauty swap I did last year & I admit I wanted it solely for the packaging and the love heart detail looks so pretty. But all that aside it is the perfect touch of pink, great for summer. It isn’t the most pigmented product but it leaves you looking healthy and fresh-faced & not like you have overdone it. The down side to this is the packaging is a little clumpy and not great for travel but I love the blush.

Cute Blush for Summer

Benefit High Beam £19.50 for 13ml – I have both high beam & moon beam and love them both but if I had to pick just one then high beam would win. It is on the pricey side and I have seen a few people blog about great dupes but this 13ml bottle lasts forever. I have mixed it in to my foundation for a radiant all over glow (Only a drop needed) and it looks great on the cheek bone for a real beach look. I am a huge fan of this and wouldn’t be without it in my collection. It can make quite a subtle highlight if you dab it on lightly and when the light hits you just looks radiant and glowing. Very summery.

Avon 24k Golden Glamour Duo 8g – I can’t find this for sale online, I paid £6. I have spoken about this Avon blush and highlight duo on my blog quite a few times & if you want to see a swatch you can here. I love the blush part of this duo so much it’s quite a frosty pink and looks really pretty for day or night. The highlight shade is a creamy peach shade and just adds the right amount of glow to the tops of your cheeks. I often travel with this as it is two products in one & again you get 8g of product which will last you a long time. Pixiwoo have done a video using this blush here.

Mac MSF in Soft and Gentle £21.50 for 10g – I only bought this in December and so was massively late to the party. How I lived without this I will never know (bit dramatic). Pretty isn’t a good enough word to describe this but it just gives your face a fantastic glow. I need to be careful that I don’t apply too much around my outer eye / top of cheek area as it does gather in my fine lines ( I am 35 this year). I have used this non stop for 5 months and it looks like new, like I haven’t used it. This is one product where a little goes a long way. I love having it in my collection.

So they are my 8 cheek products for the summer. Looking at them now I seem to have an obsession with baked products, I do love them and how they look. Let me know If I have mentioned any of your favourites or if I have mentioned something you have never tried before.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend

Vicki x

17 Sep 2012

Instagram Roundup Week #14

What a week it’s been so first off I was invited to a blogger event in London organised by Grace from All That Slap and Ewa from Social Beautify. We discussed high-end must haves & high street favourites too. It was nice to meet lots of other beauty bloggers and have a good old chat about makeup & skincare. I will have a proper post on the event as soon as my internet is connected.

I also moved into my new house on Friday, so I have been unpacking and sorting out for most of the weekend. I still have lots of boxes in the garage that need unpacking I just don’t have the mental capacity to open them yet. My internet won’t be connected until the 22nd so until then I’m on the slowest dongle connection.

I will upload some photos of the house and I’m hoping to have a beauty related blog up at some point this week. I just need to find the boxes with all my products in first. So in the mean time I will leave you with my week in Instagrams.

Cidre / Berocca / Pinch Punch / Coffee Break / Pink Bubbly Vaseline / Piccadilly Circus

Sunny London / Chanel Pop Up Store / Hubby <3 / Flat Pack Hell / Illamasqua / Bunting

 

 

8 Sep 2012

A little Glitter goes a long way

I am a complete sucker for a glitter polish. They always look so nice on and they last for ages on your nails. I did pop into Topshop to pick up a highlighter (post on that to come) and I saw the Louise Gray collection. Which is so nice. Lots of fun colours and statement makeup. I almost caved and bought the Mascara too, but I remained focused and just picked up this stunning pink glitter polish ………

Pinch Punch Nail Polish

This pretty polish is called Pinch Punch and it’s as I said a collaboration between British designer Louise Gray and Topshop. It’s a stunning pink coloured polish with gold and sliver hexagonal glitter in. It is just beautiful.

Pinch Punch Topshop Nail Polish

You can get away with wearing one coat of Pinch Punch and it looks lovely and subtle. With two coats the pink polish really coms through and the glitter is far more bold. Either way this polish looks stunning. I like it when the glitter is not uniform on your nails & it’s a little haphazard. It looks quirky and fun & that’s exactly what this polish is for me, it’s just fun to wear. I Love it. Have you tried anything from this collection? What do you think?

Showing one coat of polish

There are 4 nail polishes in this Louise Gray Collection – Junk Yard, Dart, Hat Trick and Pinch Punch. They are limited edition and retail for £6.50 – All are available in Topshop or online at Topshop.com so be quick if you want anything from the Louise Gray collection.

23 Aug 2012

AWOL & Barefoot

AWOL & BAREFOOT

These two lovely nail polishes from Topshop are two items I received in my recent giveaway win. They are both really great. I would normally have been drawn right to the Barefoot shade more neutral and subtle but I’ve been really enjoying the AWOL blue shade. It’s really lovely a bright blue a perfect summer shade and it looks so nice on.

 

I’ve found the formulation of Topshop nail polishes to be very good quality. Both of these shades went on really well and two coats is perfect along with a good topcoat. I wore AWOL from Sunday through to Wednesday evening with no chipping at all so that’s great for me as I’m always washing dishes and I’m crap at looking after freshly manicured nails.

I found these polishes dried really fast so if you’re impatient like me you will love them. You have to say the packaging it sweet too. Just a little polka dot pattern – really cute. Topshop Makeup has just really nice packaging. Nothing too OTT just a simple touch I like it.

Barefoot as I said is a perfect nude colour and looks great on its own or as a base to pop a lovely glitter topcoat. It’s a really lovely shade it can look slightly pink but only a really dusky toned one. I find it so easy to wear, Its lovely and subtle. Both shades cost £5 and you get  8ml so that’s great value. They do last and Topshop have a great range of colours some lovely glitters and some really funky Metallics.

I really like both colours and have been impressed with the quality and finish of them. They have been getting a lot of wear. Have you tried any other colours from Topshop? Or anything else from their makeup range? I’d love to know if you’ve any recommendations.

21 Aug 2012

I love getting mail

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway about a month ago. It was on Alice’s blog Bright Town Girl and as you can see I won some amazing goodies. I was so excited to receive them. Alice did send them really quickly I just kept forgetting to write this post. Along with all the items in the photo below Alice sent LOTS of samples/sachet’s which I have used up. Like the Liz Earle tinted moisturiser and lots of lovely skincare samples.

The Topshop nail polish in AWOL (blue) and Barefoot (nude) have been getting a lot of wear. They are both great colours and like all the Topshop nail polishes I’ve tried they have great staying power.

How nice are the two Maybelline eyeshadow quads. The colours are really pigmented and i took the neutral toned one – Coral Drama 20, with me to Amsterdam, I’ll have a post on this in more detail at the end of the week. The colours are beautiful.

You also can’t beat a tube of Soap and Glory’s The Righteous Butter – this is a firm fave of mine and I love it. This sample size has come away with me to Scotland for the week. So i am enjoying using that.

The L’Oreal liquid eyeliner is so nice. It allows you  to do such a precise line & its a great black. This is great for doing a cute flick and i have been practicing my eyeliner flick. So far so good and I’ve been enjoying using this.

This was my first giveaway win and I was sent so many wonderful products. I am thrilled. So if you get chance check Alice’s blog! Have you won any giveaways or are you holding one ATM? Have you tried any of the products I was sent? I’ve really been loving testing them out this past month. So expect some reviews over the next few weeks,

18 Aug 2012

Instagram Round Up Week #11

This has been a week of trying to get back into the groove (in a madonna style) after getting back from Amsterdam on Sunday morning. We have had a busy week of work and  catching up with friends, before heading off up to Scotland tomorrow for 4 days to see family. I dont think we are ever in one place for more that a week. We always seem to be on the motorway going somewhere.

This is a little of whats been happening this week

Gold Post Box in Manchester, YSL Serum Tester, New Razor, Me & the hubby, Tote Bag, Buying books in Amsterdam

Topshop Nail Polish, Lego Shop Manchester, Me in Inglot Amsterdam, August Glossybox – NOT IMPRESSED, Mac Lipstick in Bombshell, Meeting Sprinkle of Glitter in Liverpool – ignore the daft face i am pulling??!

Hope you all had a lovely week. :o)

12 Jun 2012

My First Cream Blush

I am a huge fan of Topshop Makeup, its price point, the quality and most defiantly the packaging are all bang on trend all the time. I really like it. I’m building my collection slowly but I am excited to try alot more of what they have to offer. So I purchased my first ever cream blush, I know i’m slow on the uptake. I’ve read and heard lots of great things about the Topshop cream blush range so i decided to take a look and fell in love with the colour Flush,its a great true rose pink colour and i think a pink is a good place to start my cream blush collection.

Topshop say this is a cream to powder blush and i really like the finish of it, it doesn’t make your skin look powdery and  the colour pay off is great & is so build-able so you can achieve a really vivid colour if thats the look your going for. I purchased this in store for £6 and you get 4g of product, now that is a great price for a blush that has great pigmentation and good staying power. I am a fan and will get more colours for sure. I’m also such a sucker for cute packaging. I get totally sucked in by it & Topshop Makeup is in cute dotty packaging so thats a plus in my book.

I have to say that the colour of Flushon the Topshop website does not look like the real think it looks very orange on screen and in real life it is a very rose pink. So be aware of that.

Do you have any Topshop makeup recommendations for me? I’d love to hear them.

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