Thursday, 17 April 2014

Cosmetic Storage With Roo Beauty!

For me, Organisation is key and without it my mind, as well as my possessions, just feels cluttered. Nothing quite gets my blood pumping and my heart racing then having a big throw out, clinging to the stuff I know I'll actually use and finding a place for everything (slightly sad, I know). If you're finding yourself thinking yes, yes, YES! to everything I have just said then I would like to introduce you to a lovely company. Beauty bloggers meet Roo Beauty

Roo Beauty is a company thats specialises in storage solutions for all kinds of beauty lovers. Yes, not just for make up but nails and hair too! Roo Beauty themselves state that 'each piece of their beauty equipment has been painstakingly designed with professionals and home makers in mind'.  Take it from someone who has spent hours on their website, lusting over their detailed brush cases, nail varnish holders and beauty art cases they know what beauty addicts, like ourselves, are looking for. I thought I would take the time to show you some of my favourite items that I found on their website that may interest a lot of you. 

It may be big in size but this case ensures that you can pretty much carry all your cosmetics, nail varnishes included around with you, everywhere you go, both easily and very conveniently. With two pull out drawers that make it good for storing nail art supplies or even blushers, highlighters or single eyeshadows, the organisation ideas are endless. Plus, the nail varnish holder insert on another pull out draw, means that even your most delicate and expensive nail colours can be stored away neatly, ready to use at easy access whenever you so wish. Then lastly, the bottom area contains eight big sections that act perfectly when organising larger products such as nail varnish removers, foundations, skin care products etc. Therefore, the overall look appears neat, precise and easy to use when it comes to accessing each product. All of this is wrapped up in a beautifully detailed, strong case perfect for travel or stay-at-home use.

How gorgeous is this? A lovely protective case that keeps up to eight brushes secure inside, good for personal or professional use. This ensures that your brushes will be kept neat, secure and ready to use. These cases come in a range of different animal patterns and designs, that stand as eye-catching and stylish, as well as being completely unique to anything else I have ever seen. I, personally, love this Giraffe print and think not only will it stand out but will also do the job right, meaning all my lovely make up brushes will be stored safely away from any harm.  
This is my all time favourite item as it's so lovely and compacted but has so many different places for storage. It's clever and cute as well as very inventive. This little black bag has been invented with two storage items in mind being a black bag with a removable black box inside. This case includes four drawers, two of which have flip lids, that are great for storing boxed blushers or powders, lipsticks or lipgloss, the possibilities really are endless. As well as this there is also again, a main compartment, sectioned off for ultimate organisation! Plus even more storage (yes, it is possible!) which come in the form of three black pouches (pictured below) on the exterior of the case, perfect for brushes, mascaras, liners. Pretty much anything and everything will be suitable for this case! Roo Beauty themselves say that this little black case 'has been designed with both style and practicality in mind'. This perfect beauty companion is then completed with two trusty handles making it easy to use for travel or store away for everyday use in the home. Perfect! 

I hope you enjoyed this post and have seen something you liked! Please do check out Roo Beauty's website as there are loads of different options for ultimate organisation and I can guarantee there will be something for you!

Let me know what you think in the comments.
What's your favourite item in the post? 

*These pictures are not mine and belong to Roo Beauty. Roo Beauty know I am writing this post but all opinions are my own and are completely honest. 

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Beauty| Benefit Highbrow

Benefit's High Brow (£15.50) has been around for a good while now but has seemingly gone unnoticed being a simple, slightly unnecessary product when comparing to their liquid tints or flash BB creams. I've never find a brow bone highlighter a necessity as one can easily create such a product with likes of a light, nude-y eyeshadow, be it matte or iridescent. Yet, after a while I found myself in need of a staple, brow product that was natural enough to wear on a day-today basis or complete a smokey eye. 

After reading many mixed reviews on such a product I was hesitant to try it on first application. Luckily my expectations were exceeded and the product worked beautifully, lifting the natural shape of my brows and making my overall eye area appear younger, awake and rejuvenated. The subtle, Linen Pink hue means that when blended correctly, the colour is perfect for all shades of skin, a bonus in my eyes.

The key to getting the best out of this product is blending. This chubby pencil is ultra-pigmented and looks very unsubtle when first applied. This issue can be easily fixed with a detailed eyeshadow brush that can blend out the colour in every which way. Luckily the consistency of the product is extra creamy making it a dream to blend. Once applied seamlessly, the overall product appears faultless and fulfil's its 'high' brow claim. The only negative to this product arises when not blended properly. The product can then appear cheap and chalky and lasts clumsily on the eyebrows meaning all the attention is taken away from those beautifully, groomed brows. Luckily, this is a negative by application though, not the actual product so don't let this put you off buying said item and seeing for yourself if it will become a new staple in your cosmetics collection. Especially with the new release of Benefit's Speed Brow, you may find these two products becoming your very own brow 'dream team'. 

All in all, a lovely product that has definitely been a wonderful addition to my everyday make up routine.
Let me know what you think in the comments.
What's your favourite brow product?

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Beauty| Topshop Cream Blush 'Morning Dew' Review (Picture Heavy)







This review is long overdue and focuses mainly on a Topshop Cream Blush (£7.00) in the shade Morning Dew. Topshop Make Up never fails to impress me and I am still yet to find a person who doesn't find their products amazing quality for such an alarmingly, affordable price. Admittedly, I picked this product up on a whim and was sucked in to the sale when I saw it was paired with a bold lippy and a neon green cosmetics case. I needed neither case nor bright, vibrant, if ever-so-slightly unwearable lipstick but I was in the midst of a shopping addiction and this was no exception. I was hesitant to use this blush at first when I discovered it was cream. Cream blushers have never really been my forte as I find them difficult to apply, hard to blend and just end up looking slightly clown-ish. This resulted in the petite, polka-dot, packaged product being stored right at the back of the draw, behind all my powdered blushers. 

Eventually, I plucked up the courage and after scouring website after website, blog after blog, I discovered there was one neighbouring item that will come as the answer to my prayers. The Real Techniques Stippling Brush. (Don't worry, this hasn't turned into a review on a brush but do watch this space because I will be posting a full review on all my cosmetic brushes very soon!) The Stippling Brush applies and blends cream products like no other and once using this with the blusher I fell in love. For good. This has now quickly become one of my most used blushers all the way through March and still consistently in April. I don't know if it's the amazing pigmentation that does it for me or the beautiful coral, pink hue or the really fine specks of gold that look non existent in the pan but create a subtle sun-kissed glow once applied. Not to mention the long lasting power that ensures that even after a good six to eight hours, I will still have a pretty flush of colour on my cheeks. Don't worry, I know the shade looks scary in the pan but with its cream to powder formula, the blush appears subtle but pretty after application. After this product has impressed me so much, I can pretty much promise now that once my spending ban is over, I will be purchasing one in every shade, just to complete the collection. 

All in all, an amazing product that has completely changed my opinions on Cream Blushers for good.
Let me know what you think in the comments!
What's your favourite Blush? 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Tips and Tricks For Some All Important Beauty Sleep

As much as us Beauty Bloggers like to believe that Make Up and a good Skincare regime is the key to a beautiful appearance and complexion, there is one really important contributor that can help anyone look and feel fresh faced, glowing and most importantly alive and this is a decent nights sleep. I was recently contacted by a lovely lady from HSN who alerted me to one of their publications '4 Overnight Beauty Products You Should Be Using' written by their very own Carly Woods, which states four different points involving four different products that can help you achieve a relaxing, rejuvenating night sleeps enabling you to feel as fresh as a daisy the following day. I encourage you all to go and check out this post (to be redirected to the correct page click on the link above) as there really is some great advice along with amazing products that can help anyone wake up ready to face the day. As their post states:

'When it comes to beauty sleep, I think we generally fall into two categories; those who have managed 8 hours of sleep a night and those who haven’t. For the ones who haven’t, they consequently have to do a darn good job faking it.' 

I most definitely fall into the latter category and really do struggle sleeping most nights meaning I often miss out on my healthy eight hours. Therefore I have developed a few tips and tricks of my own to go hand in hand with those of Carly's, so you can start achieving that all important Beauty Sleep.
1. An Eye Mask
Cheap and simple, this item helps to eliminate all sources of light that can act as distraction when trying to get some shut eye and isolates the eyes and mind meaning you can start conjuring up some sweet dreams. As much as this could be argued, isn't a beauty product, if it wasn't for this little beauty, I'd be accessorising my Mascara with dark, under eye circles for days. 

2. Scented Candles
Any avid readers of blog would know that I am no stranger to the sweet, sensual smell of a candle. I'm currently loving fragrances that Our Own Candle Company has to offer (review here) and there's nothing more that helps me relax and wind down after a long day then the soft, warm smell of a burning candle. Once blown out the smell still lingers meaning my senses are succumbed to the scent and my mind can relax as my subconscious is gently swept away by the likes of Blueberry Pie. 

3. The All Important Moisturiser
The main reason I purchased the Chanel Hydra Beauty Gel Créme (review here) was because of the cool, refreshing feeling it produced on my skin once applied. This is a great addition to my skincare regime especially when we are coming into these Summery months as it manages to cool down the skin, especially  in a warm bedroom, ensuring complete relaxation, a quality we most definitely need for sleeping.  Being that it is also a moisturiser ensures that your skin is also being hydrated whilst you sleep, meaning lovely refreshed, younger-looking skin is there to greet you in the morning. When I lay in bed after an application, it honestly feels like my face is post-facial and I begin to enter a coma of complete and utter bliss. 
4. A Good Book
I honestly feel there is nothing more relaxing then lying in bed, after a long day, with a good book. This is the ultimate way to wind down ready for a good nights sleep. Turn off the laptop, put the phone on silent and unplug the telly, a good book is exactly what you need for a subtle piece of entertainment before ones sleep. Occupy your mind right from when the book is opened to long after it's closed meaning you can drift away into a tantalising dream world where no one can find you until the following morning. 

I hope my additional tips helped. Please let me know in the comments if you checked out '4 Overnight Beauty Products You Should Be Using' and if you liked what you saw check out their  newly revamped Skincare Page where you can find out even more information on said products, make a purchase or an even bigger list of more tips and tricks at your fingertips. 

Thank you for reading!
What tips do you have for a good nights sleep?

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Mac's 'Hue' Lipstick

For a little over a month now I have been on the hunt for the perfect nude colour that I could dress my lips in on a day-to-day basis, be it for work, leisure or maybe a perfect companion for a smokey-eye. After playing around with some drugstore dupes and trying to detect what formula I was after, as at this point I was still unsure if I was looking for a gloss, balm or stick, I eventually decided a lipstick would give me the boldest colour with the most easily-wearbale, natural finish and a long-lasting formula and where else is better to go for a lipstick with all these qualities then Mac? As soon as I started to indulge into the never ending selection of lipsticks Mac has to offer, already my mind was going tick, tick, tick when checking all the boxes on my mental 'what I'm looking for' list. I narrowed my choices down to a short list where Mac's Creme Cup and Shy Girl made an appearance but in the end I decided on none other then Mac's Hue

Hue is a pale, nudey pink with a creamy formula and features in the Mac Glaze Collection. As it does fit into the Glaze category this means you can be ensured that the lipsticks has an extra shiny finish and although the product can apply fairly sheer, the pigmentation is still incredible which one would expect seeing as it is a Mac product. Once applied, the colour last around four hours on the lips, an impeccable amount of time for such a light, pale colour. The formula is extra moisturising and the creamy consistency lasts well once on with minimal transfer. One of my favourite things about this product truly is the shade (sounds obvious I know) yet it's more about the subtle pink undertones that make it perfect for every skin colour. I was worried about purchasing such a nude shade as being someone with very pale skin I was cautious that the colours final result would end up washing me out but instead it emphasises any bronzed tones in the skin and really finishes my everyday look. Now I've had it in my collection, I definitely could never let it go. 

   All in all, this is definitely my new favourite nude lipstick and I really encourage 
you all to give it a go.
What's your favourite Mac lipstick?

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Beauty| Nars Laguna Bronzer

For all the fair-skinned ladies out there, this is a definite 'must-have' which should be an integral part of your Cosmetic collections. The Nars Laguna Bronzer is a light, natural brown shade that looks gorgeous on any skin tone a rarity with most others. The cool brown tone does nothing less then warm up the complexion along with a healthy glow. If you're pale-skinned like myself you may struggle when applying Bronzer as often it can appear cakey and muddy, a look nobody strives for. This is definitely not an issue with Nars Laguna, with its easy, build-able formula and great blending qualities, you can finally perfect that summer kissed look or a flawless contour. It's a finely, milled powder and so does not emphasise lines, thus making it not terribly ageing but instead smooths over these 'imperfections' as well as those pesky pores. The Laguna Bronzer does have a slight shimmer which isn't too obvious in the pan and isn't so apparent in the face, a quality I praise as highlighting attributes can often appear strange when contouring in the hollows of the cheeks. If anything the subtle shimmer helps the skin to appear more radiant, exactly what you need to achieve a Summer Sunshine glow. Like most Nars products the pigmentation is incredible and the formula is so long-lasting that re-applications are kept to a definite minimum. This ensures that a little bit really does go along way making the high price tag of £26 slightly more justifiable. The packaging is simple yet classy with the black, matte exterior that looks the part in the Cosmetic collection, the only downside being that it shows up marks like nothing else! Although, I am willing to live with that. All in all, a lovely Bronzer that I never want to be without.

Let me know what you think in the comments.
What's your favourite bronzer? 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Beauty| Topshop Glow in Polish

Topshop is not only one of my favourite clothing bands but also one of the best quality, affordable cosmetic brands on the high street. I often find myself debating wether you can call the Topshop cosmetics 'high street' as many of the products finishes and pigmentation doesn't differ in quality when comparing to brands that are more high end eg. Mac, Benefit (the list really can go on). The only downside to the Make Up by Topshop is that the fair prices always ensure that I end up buying products in bulk which end up costing me a small fortune. A positive for my collection but my bank balance definitley disagrees. 

Having magpie-like-tendencies, I'm always drawn too the shiny, shimmery, light-reflecting products which explains why I own so many highlighters. After my love affair with Mac's Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle came to an end when I hit pan once and for all (unfortunately right at the beginning of my spending ban) I decided to venture into my stash and try and incorporate one of my pre-owned highlighters into my routine. This is when I fell I'm love with Topshop's Glow in Polish.  

A pretty, pearlescent cream that works wonders on the cheek bones, accentuates the brow bone and also helps to finish off a smokey eye when placed on the tear-duct to brighten up ones eye area. This gives a really subtle glow, with no sparkle and looks lovely for those of you that have pale complexions like myself. The forumla is pigmented, long lasting and the creamy consistency ensures that  the product blends well. A little bit really goes a long way so even though the pot is a little on the small side, it last for ages. The packaging really brings the only negative to light as the small proportions unfortunately make a difficult application for ladies with long nails. Unless you keep your claws short, you can pretty much write-off ever applying this creamy highlighter with your fingers but this really is a minor issue. 

Priced at only £9 for a excellent quality product, I really can see little to no reason for why everyone shouldn't have this in their make up collection. Especially when we are approaching the warmer months where bright, radiant complexion will be in everyone's favour.

Let me know what you think in the comments.
What's your favourite drugstore highlighter?