Amsterdam Birthday Makeup Picks

Amsterdam Birthday Makeup

If you follow me over on Instagram then you will know my lovely husband took me to Amsterdam for my birthday, its our 6th time visiting and we just fall a little more in love with the city each time. I wanted to share with you a few of my favourite products that I took with me in my makeup bag, I knew we would be going out for my birthday so I took some of my favourite products.

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude Foundation

I like the coverage this gives, its more medium than full but it covers redness and thats exactly what I need atm.. It gives a lovely soft focus finish to the skin and has a velvety smooth look to it. It is a very fluid foundation so it is easy to blend and a little product goes a long way, I do like to build up the coverage on more troublesome areas and you know this is never going to look caky or overdone. Although it has a very fluid texture it can often cling to dry patches so I always wear a primer with this and make sure I use a very hydrating moisturiser.

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara* 

When I want Va Va Voom lashes there is only ever one mascara I reach for and it is the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir. This is seriously black and a couple of coats of this makes your lashes look so full and full of volume. I think this is the mascara that gives my lashes the most dramatic finish, it never goes crispy and your lashes look amazing all night long. Even the packaging is luxurious.

Stila Perfect Me / Perfect Hue Palette 

I hate travelling with too much makeup and this palette is perfect because it has a whole look in one palette. You get five eyeshadows and two blushes and I have the fair/light option.

  • Eye Shades: Alluring (soft pale pink), Breathtaking (soft neutral white), Passionate (champagne pearl), Dynamic (soft taupe), Glamorous (warm chocolate brown)
  • Blush Shades: Romantic (soft pale pink), Playful (soft rose pink)

It is a lovely palette for creating quite a neutral smoky eye and the cheek colours are gorgeous too. I also like that its quite compact and it has a huge mirror in and I use it to do my makeup with whist travelling.

Giorgio Armani Lip Magnet in Maharajah*

I love the shade Maharajah its a vibrant pink and the perfect colour to amp up any look. I always tend to go quite low key on my eye makeup and opt for more of a bold lip. These Lip Magnets from Armani have the most comfortable formula and the colours are bold, pigmented and have a matte finish so that means it has incredible staying power. Once applied these last all night with out fading, its also such a pretty pink shade and a nice birthday lip option.

Amsterdam Party Makeup

Charlotte Tilbury The Feline Flick in Panther

I actually repurchased this in Amsterdam because the eyeliner I took with me just wasn’t cutting the mustard and I knew I could rely on Charlotte Tilbury not to let me down. This liner has a really fine nib allowing you to get a neat, precise line and achieve that classic winged liner look. I love this product it is easy to use, fuss free and it never smudges and the pigmentation is intense. So pleased to have a brand new one in my makeup bag.

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Bronze 

On a day to day basis I use the Soap and Glory Solar Powder as my bronzer because its quite natural but I wanted a bronzer that was a little more intense for my birthday makeup & this Urban Decay one is gorgeous & if I use it with a light hand its good for contouring. It has a matte finish and it lasts really well on the skin. I also love the cute palm tree packaging.

Birthday Makeup Picks

Giorgio Armani Si Perfume

I recently posted about this perfume over on my Instagram saying how it is my signature scent and I feel more like me when I am wearing it. With that being said I knew I had to take this with me to Amsterdam & there was no way I was decanting it into a Travelo because I love the bottle and they do not hold enough perfume for me, not for a weeks holiday! So Armani Si is a perfume I discovered back in 2013 when it first launched and I have worn it ever since. I love how beautifully sophisticated it is, with a youthful fresh edge.

It has notes of Vanilla, Blackcurrant, Rose de Mai and Patchouli and base notes of blond amber which give it a sophisticated musky scent. When you initially spray this you can smell the Vanilla which gives it a sweet scent but it calms down to reveal a chic musky scent which lingers all day.

It is light enough to be worn through the day but is also sophisticated and sexy to be worn at night. This fragrance has a side that most people will love – the sweetness of the Vanilla and Blackcurrant, the beautiful floral notes of Freesia and Rose de Mai and the more sophisticated base notes of Patchouli and blond wood. It smells amazing. I’m so pleased I had a bottle to take with me to Amsterdam, what would be a birthday without your favourite fragrance.

Giorgio Armani Si Fragrance

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in Formentera*

This is a gorgeous cream blush, It is a pretty sun kissed rose shade and I think its a great shade for my quite pale complexion. It blends so well and with it being in a handy stick form its simple and effortless to apply. It worked well for my night out as it stayed put all night and it. I think this is one of my favourite cream blush products & the colour is quite natural but pretty.

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Mono Eyeshadow

I love this shade, its a gorgeous metallic taupe and once on the lid it looks rose gold, its a great shadow to put on top of other colours just to give a look a little more glamour. The colour is intense and I love the finish of it, especially for a night out as when the light catches the metallic finish it looks really pretty. These Mono Eyeshadow colours from L’Oreal are such good quality and they have a really nice selection of colours. Very handy to travel with as well.

  • PR Sample 

Delving into My Sample Stash #5

Makeup Sample Stash October

Makeup Sample Stash October

Benefit Gimme Brow in Number 5 

This came free with Glamour Magazine a couple of months ago to coincide with the huge launch of all the new Benefit brow products. I have been saving this mini one so I could take it away on holiday with me. Benefit have extended the shade selection which is fab news and I have the darkest shade – Number 5. Its a tinted brow gel with volumising microfibres which give your brows a fuller look. This is so quick and easy to use, it puts down a good amount of colour and it keeps my brows in place all day. I really like the new packaging too, its fun and very Benefit!

New Benefit Gimme Brow

Estée Lauder ANR Synchronized Recovery Complex II

I have repurchased the full size of this so many times, I adore it. Its quite a thick overnight serum and it feels so good on the skin, it instantly hydrates and soothes fatigued skin. This serum makes my skin so happy – that translates to looking radiant, fresher, brighter and all importantly well rested. I have a couple of these very cute mini bottles for travelling, its the perfect skin pick me up after a flight and I swear by it. Have you tried it?

This Works In Transit Camera Close Up

This is a moisturising Primer, it hydrates, smooths and helps skin look radiant. I wore this under my makeup everyday whilst in Amsterdam and I loved how well my makeup applied on top of this, it made a really nice primer. I had quite a few late nights whilst on holiday and I relied on this to keep my skin looking bright, which I have to say it did. This high-performance Superblend features Bio Boost – which is the This Works’ unique blend of anti-oxidant plant oils – to rebuild and protect the skin barrier, along with hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and Caffeine to rebalance and revitalise. Its a must have for anyone that wants their skin to look well rested and healthy.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen

This is one of the creamiest, deepest black, long wearing pencil eyeliner I have ever used. I used this to tightline as I like to use a liquid line for my actual eyeliner but this Pixi pencil was so good on my water line and stayed put all night without wearing off. Like I said its extremely pigmented and very black, I hate it when you are expecting your liner to be black and its more on the grey side, this is a fab pencil to have in your makeup stash and I loved using it. These eyeliners are Paraben-free. Mineral oil-free. Preservative-free. Hypoallergenic & contain Vitamin E which nourishes and protects delicate skin around the eye.

Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Gloss

This isn’t the kind of lip product I would reach for but I am trying to use up my samples, the only thing that puts me off this is that it has quite the sparkle. I am not a fan of glitter but I do have a few nights out coming up & I am sure I can make it work. The colour is Reckless Bloom and its actually quite a pretty pink, I’m thinking of pairing it with a nice nude lipstick. We will see, I may end up having to pass this on.

Let me know if you hoard samples, I have quite a stash to get through but I have been making a big effort this year to actually use them. I love to empty them all out and pick a selection of new things to try, its a fab way to discover new brands & products and test things out before committing to purchase the full size. I get most of my samples from beauty boxes, gwp or magazines. Samples are perfect for taking away with you on holiday, I need to book more holidays so I can use up more of them, that sounds like a great plan.

Blank Canvas Cosmetics Palette One

Blank Canvas Cosmetics Palette-one

Blank Canvas Cosmetics Palette-one

So this month I was introduced to Blank Canvas who are an Irish, online cosmetics brand. Their product selection is quite small but they are constantly adding to the line and growing as a brand. I have been trying out one of their latest releases, the Master Series Palette One. Being a complete Neutral Eyeshadow Addict this 12 pan neutral palette had me very excited.

Blank Canvas Cosmetics Master Series Palette One* £30.40

This palette comes well packaged in an outer sleeve and the palette itself feels very sturdy and good quality, it has a great sized mirror, and the palette has a magnetic close so its not going to end up open in your makeup bag.  You also get a really nice quality double ended (vegan friendly) makeup brush which is also for sale separately and retails at £10. One end is fantastic for packing on the shadow and the other end is a lovely fluffy blending brush. Its a total 10/10 for the quality of this brush, I am very impressed.

You get a total of 12 colours, 11 matte shadows and 1 shimmer shade, often it is hard to find good quality matte shadows and a couple of the lighter colours in this palette are a little hard to work with which is a shame but I like that you get a nice selection of warm neutral colours, these colours are so easy to wear and exactly what I reach for daily so I was hoping this could become my new goto palette.

Blank Canvas Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette One

Blank Canvas Palette One Swatches

Lily / Goddess / Core / Hibiscus / Brazen / Carmin

I really wanted the quality of these shadows to be great and in the pans they looked gorgeous and rich but once I started swatching, the shadows had quite a lot of fall out and quite a few colours applied patchy. The top row has all of the lighter shades which are not the best quality, the three darker shades on this row are better and their texture feels a lot softer in comparison, they’re much easier to blend and have better colour pay off.

The bottom row is much better, these 6 darker shades are on the whole rich in colour and easier to work with. There are a few shadows in this palette that I absolutely love like HIBISCUS, CARMIN and COCOA but I really wish all the colours were of the same quality. I had to work hard to get the swatches below to look as bold as they do.

Master Series Palette One Swatches

Cocoa / Downtown / Forza / Hickory / Strut / Corruption

I didn’t use a primer because day to day I don’t wear one and not everyone would have that step in their makeup routine. If I could make a smaller palette out of the shadows I love I would 100% purchase it. I have searched for other reviews of this palette and a few people have said they are not completely in love with it but there are also quite a few people that love it and say that it’s pigmented and wonderful quality. I wonder if I have a dud or maybe I’m being super critical.

To look at this, its a gorgeous neutral palette & has the potential to be my dream palette but overall for me the quality just isn’t there so I’m sticking to my guns and saying this Master Series Palette One isn’t one I would recommend.

*PR Sample

QVC Tili Beauty Box Second Edition

QVC Tili October Beauty Box Spoiler

QVC Tili Beauty Box October

October Tili Beauty Box

This is the Try it Love it (Tili) Beauty Box from QVC and before you ask if there is really room for another beauty box on the market – just take a look at the contents! Its jam-packed full of luxurious, current, must have beauty products.

So October saw the release of the Tili Beauty Box Second Edition and once again they’ve managed to include some big name brands like Tarte, NIOD, OPI and Caudalie. The contents have a value of £99 but retails at £20 including p&p, so you’re getting a fantastic deal. I thought their first box was going to be hard to follow-up but they have knocked it out of the park, these Tili boxes feel like they’re been carefully curated and I’m very excited to try everything.

QVC Tili October Beauty Box Spoiler

In your box:

  • 1 x Percy & Reed Abundantly Bouncy Volumising Mousse (200ml) – with a formula created to stay light and feel natural thanks to its creamy moisturising texture, this mousse is designed to give your hair extreme, lasting volume, without a sticky or stiff feel
  • 1 x NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex (15ml) – this advanced serum combines 12 forms of hyaluronic compounds in a peptide-charged delivery system to offer visible hydration, helping to plump and even out the appearance of your complexion and leave it feeling comfortable and smooth
  • 1 x Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara (7ml) – helps separate and lift lashes, while painting on glossy, ultra-black definition with a patented soft bristle brush that saturates even the tiniest lashes to increase lash volume instantly
  • 1 x Amazing Grace shower gel (30ml) – a three-in-one shower gel, bath foam and shampoo, with an amazingly clean, beautifully feminine scent
  • 1 x OPI Nail Lacquer in Russian Navy (15ml) a richly-pigmented inky blue shimmer
  • 1 x Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Make-Up Primer (59ml) a lightweight formula with a sheer bronze tint designed to even out the look and feel of your skin tone, creating a smoother canvas on which to apply your make-up, and giving a soft, luminescent glow
  • 1 x Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen (0.8g) – in Black Noir (intense black). This water-resistant, long-wear eye pen glides on smoothly in a single sweeping motion, and is designed to be smudge and budge-resistant
  • 1 x Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Moisturizer SPF20 (15ml) – this rich formula features soft-focus mattifying powders that instantly prime and blur the look of your skin, while helping to smooth and re-contour the look of your complexion. Combines micro hyaluronic acids with Vine Resveratrol, plus peptides

New Tili Beauty Box

You get 8 products in this months box and they’re a good mix of skincare, haircare and makeup and I have to say I’m really impressed with the contents. I’m particularly excited to try the Tarte Mascara, NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex and the beautiful OPI Nail Polish. Quite often with beauty boxes there are a few dud products or foil packets but it seems with Tili you get top named, good quality brands and a mix of full size products and generous deluxe samples.

These boxes sell out quite quickly so don’t hang about!

Tili Beauty Box : £20 including P&P