Monday, 18 August 2014

Clinique's Cheek Pops

With Clinique's new launch of their Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm's hitting the market, which introduce their great shade range and formulas but in a much more handy, on-the-go bullet packaging. I thought I'd do a little throwback to their pass blush launch which bought us cute little, floral blushers labelled with an even sweeter name - Cheek Pops. I don't think it's much of a surprise when I say it was the appearance of these that drew me over originally. Engraved beautifully with flowers that are still very much visible through the clear packaging meaning nothing quite looks prettier in my collection than these. With four available shades - Ginger Pop, Berry Pop, Peach Pop and Plum Pop, all of which are incredibly wearable, mean that these little beauties resemble more of a collectors item to me. If you have one, you have got to get them all! They're ultra pigmented, easily blended but still look natural - a perfect dash of colour for Spring/Summer. I chose mine in the shades Berry Pop (a deeper, purpley-pink that would look pretty on the cheeks all year round) and Peach Pop (a sweet, peachy-pink that looks natural yet flattering for an array of skin tones). The wear time of these blushers is a decent six-eight hours, a quality that I always love to see in high end products. At only £16.50 a pop (see what I did there?) they're on the much more affordable end of the scale when it comes to higher ended branded products.

Let me know what you think!
Have you tried the Clinique Cheek Pops?

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Collective MAC Lipstick Haul

One of my most popular posts that I have ever written for this blog was a full run down of all my MAC Nude Lipsticks, equipped with pictures, swatches and a mini review on each one. Considering that post went down a treat I've decided to give you all another MAC lipstick orientated post but this time a collective haul of all the bullets I've picked up over these last couple of months. So let's get started. 

Toying Around
Be brave and go bold with a bright and vibrant Coral-Pink with an Amplified finish that appears beautifully creamy on the lips. This Limited Edition beauty was a wild card buy for myself because of the seriously unsubtle shade but I'm pleased to have it in my collection and feel it will be a nice alternative to a red lip for Summer. 

Pink Plaid 
A muted Pink with a blue undertone that looks sultry and subtle especially with its Matte formula. This is a 'your lips but better' colour that dresses up any everyday look or goes hand-in-hand perfectly with a brown smokey-eye. 

Another nudey-pink that has a similar tone to Pink Plaid but transfers slightly more sheerly on the lips thanks to its Lustre finish, creating a pretty, pink pout that's perfect for all year round. The blue undertone emphasises the whites of ones teeth giving you a winning smile, a perfect accessory for any look.

A soft baby-pink colour that gives off a nude appearance but with a slightly more obvious hint of pink. This is a great lippy for when you want something simple but still with a bit of colour as so to warm up ones collection. The Frost finish isn't my favourite but it doesn't do the colour any injustice.

My most recent purchase. A beautiful, rosey-plum shade that may look daring in the bullet but the Lustre finish means it gives just a lovely, sheer wash of colour that compliments any skin tone and works well for Summer but I can imagine even more so for Autumn/Winter. I can tell this is definitely going to quickly become one of my favourite MAC lipsticks in my collection. 

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know what you think in the comments!
Have you bought any MAC lipsticks recently?

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blusher in Acid

The beautiful blusher that gives a pop of colour but still looks like skin for only £15. What product is more perfect for 'no make up' make up days? This product was one of those 'I really want it but I can't get hold of it so now I inevitably want it more' but luckily I found it in the least expected of places - Topshop, Oxford Street. I had the option of two colours Acid (a bright pink) or Trip (an exotic orange). These I understand are the two most popular shades or at least the two most easily obtainable but that's perfectly fine with me as I personally love the shade I chose, Acid. It's pink, it's pretty and it's completely different to any other blush (or even product) I have ever tried before. When I first used this I was very hesitant about the application process. It's a pink coloured water, what on earth do I use? What motion works best? Do I need to set it? It turns out these questions are completely and utterly irrelevant as this is really very easy. According to your preference, you can apply the fluid with your fingers, a blush brush, a stippling brush or Daniel Sandler's very own Watercolour Brush. All of them work magic, which I feel is down to the blush itself. The liquid consistency is a dream to work with, to apply, to blend and to personalise to just how you like it. I just love how even though it appears bright and bold in the bottle, it really is a beautiful, sheer pink with a slight illuminating quality to it once applied. Plus there's an added bonus that you can also apply this to you lips as well. What's better then pretty rosy cheeks than the perfect pink pout? I really can not wait to try more shades from the collection, especially some of the more nude-pink shades as I can imagine these to be just beautiful. 

Let me know what you think!
Have you tried any of Daniel Sandler's products?

Friday, 18 July 2014

Benefit's They're Real Eyeliner

This is without a doubt a revolutionary product on the Beauty Scene. Slightly over dramatic, I know but Benefit really have pulled out all the stops when it comes to their new Ultra-Black eyeliner, one of the three components to the They're Real collection. I knew right from when I saw the product spoilers that this had to be mine. I'd previously been loving Lancôme's Artliner (review here) and I was convinced that my 'perfect liner' search was over but how wrong was I. I've been lining my top lashes for a good five years now and I'm willing to say that after years of practice, I'm not too bad at it. So I don't deem it necessary to find an eyeliner that's simple and foolproof but that's not to say that the Benefit They're Real eyeliner isn't an easy invention that everyone will be able to master after a small amount of practice. Yes, it really is 'criminally easy'. I personally love the look of gel liner more then any other formula but HATE the transfer it creates when it sweats onto the underneath of my brow bone after just a few hours. Not cool! Then there's liquid, I love the easy application and the no transfer guarantee but ultra-black liquid liners that stay black all day come far and few between and that's just something I couldn't deal with. Then the Benefit heavens opened and dropped down the perfect little partner for my eyes, wrapped up in all black, sleek, quilted-patterned packaging and my 'eyeliner life' changed forever. 

Here we have a gel formula liner in a pen contraption - Brilliant, I know. The easy to hold stick along with the accu-flex nib enables one to apply eyeliner with great definition as well as the nib allows you to really get right in to that lash line. Therefore meaning thin lines or fat lines, flick or no flick, whatever you want this pen can do it! Benefit claim you need one twist from the bottom of the applicator and thats enough to get you going. Here I have to disagree. I find two to three twists brings enough product to the surface to perfect one eye and begin the other. It glides on effortlessly, ultra-black (perfect!) and then stays put ALL DAY. It's almost laughable how good the wear time is, to the point where Benefit have actually brought out a They're Real eye make up remover to help get this bad boy off. As well as its fab neighbour the They're Real mascara, another gem that doesn't budge once applied. Put it this way, I went swimming with this liner on and by the time I got out the pool the liner was still perfectly in place. There really has only been one negative I have found with this product so far and that's how quickly the nib gets clustered with dry product after most applications. Yet, one quick swipe with a wet wipe and the ultra-flexible nib is back to normal again. Not a massive issue but I felt it needed to be said!

All in all, the Benefit They're Real eyeliner is a product I have really been enjoying using right from the first application. I honestly feel like everyone needs to give this a go. I would love to know about your personal experiences with it in the comments! Now I'm going to go through and count how many times I wrote the word 'liner'. 

Let me know what you think.
What's your favourite fool-proof liner?

Thursday, 17 July 2014

OOTD | Bright, Coral, Floral.

So my other OOTD post seemed to go down very well with my followers which I'm incredibly pleased about considering they're not something I'm overly accustomed too. I therefore decided to take a few snaps of my outfit today as it features pretty much all new additions to my wardrobe which I have been loving wearing. The main focus of this outfit being, of course, the jacket. I originally saw this jacket full priced and instantly wanted it but sadly they didn't have my size. Or maybe not so sad as a few weeks later I then find the same jacket in the perfect size for half the price! How ace is that? 

Dress: Pull & Bear (£19.99), Jacket: River Island (£25), Shoes: Primark (£12-£15), Bag: Primark (£6), Lipstick: Topshop Sheer Lips in Pleased as Punch (£8) 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

MAC Crew High-Light Powder

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months and have stayed shy of the Beauty world then you'll either know or need to know about the new website Cohorted, a brilliant concept of shopping as team. It doesn't get much better then that ladies. The basic idea of this is that you can request a large range of products that will eventually be available to buy. All you have to do is join the Cohort before the closing date and you get the product. That's not even the best bit though, the reason why I love this website so much is depending on how many different people join the Cohort the more discount you get. Yes, that's right. You could be getting products from both the high street to the high end for up to 44% of the original retail price. I've already grabbed myself a number of products of there, one being the MAC Crew High-Light Powder

I had never seen this product before I spotted it on the Cohorted website and after a bit of research I discovered it was from one of MAC's 2012 'Hey Sailor' Limited Edition Collection. If you're a cosmetic collector like myself, then this will give you a huge amount of thrills. I knew right away I needed it and paying just £14 for an original £25 product just seemed too good to be true. It's advertised as a highlight but once applied appears more as an illuminating rosy-pink blush. Still gorgeous all the same. The mix of purple, pink and peach stripes means the colour works well on various skin tones and creates the beautiful lit from within glow that a lot of us crave. The lasting time is excellent, a usual quality from MAC and the highlight-blush qualities means you're basically getting two products in one. Simple and sweet. I also love products with different shades within the pan as it means you can pretty much personalise your colour by picking up more of an individual hue. 

This is back on the Cohorted website now so if you want it, I suggest you get it right away as it's around for a limited time only!

Let me know what you think in the comments.
Have you tried Cohorted?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

OOTD | The Perfect 'Slacks'

What's this? A fashion post from Nails And Teapots? I believe this is only my second one which considering this blog is meant to be Beauty, Lifestyle and Fashion, that is pretty terrible. The main reason for this is that it's very easy to take a few snaps of a lipstick, edit and upload it with just two hands but trying to take a full body picture, without the use of the mirror, with decent focusing and not cutting of your own head (before cropping), proves to be slightly more difficult. Yet, lucky for me I'm away in Cornwall this week which means lovely looking backdrops and the help of Sam, my boyfriend, to take the photos and I think he did a pretty good job! 

Top: Primark (£1.50), Blazer: Primark (£10-£15), Slacks: H&M (£14.99), Lara Leaf Sandals: Accessorize (£35), Sunglasses: Bourjois (Free), Lipstick: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet 07 Nude-ist (£8.99), Nail Varnish: Essie Parka Perfect (£7.99). 

Let me know what you think!
What are your favourite blogging photos to take?