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Friday, 26 June 2015

The month of May was a one of discovery, where I picked up a number of products which are already becoming staples in my June make-up routine. As much as I love the A/W make up trends, such as a berry lip, nothing quite beats going to town with a golden bronzer and enough highlighter that would only be acceptable in the warmer months. Which leads me in naturally to my first current favourite, the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping. This is definitely not one of their most talked about products which is seriously surprising considering how beautiful this product is both aesthetically in the pan and applied to the high points of the face. Don't let the colour of the merged, baked powder scare you, the deep purple-hues do not transfer onto the skin but instead just a subtle pinky-gold glow that adds a little life to a dull complexion. I will be uploading a full review on this highlighter within the next week so watch this space! 

Next up is a skincare saviour that I never now want to be without. I have struggled a lot with my skincare so far this year as I have had to deal with a gradual change in skin type. Although I am happy that I am no longer prone to breakouts with my old oily skin, I am not loving the annoyance of very dry skin either! The thing that has been the most irritating is having to completely change my whole skincare routine as each product I had currently been using only catered really for oily skin. Thankfully, the Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi Phase has been absolute god send. Not only does this feel amazing when applied to the skin as it's ultra-liquid consistency replicates the feeling of splashing cold water onto your face, it has also minimised the majority of my dry patches AND disguised the appearance of pesky dehydration lines on my forehead - amazing! If you suffer with dry skin, you need this in your life!

Next, is a holy grail product that definitely has its fair share of coverage in the blogging world. The MAC Paint Pot in Painterly has held holy-grail status in many peoples collections and it is understandable as to why. Although it does not look much in the pot, the pinky-nude matte cream is a perfect base for virtually any eye make up look and even looks pretty worn alone for just a simple day-to-day, natural eye. I honestly have no idea why it has taken me this long to purchase as now I find myself using it on a regular basis and surprisingly have nothing else similar in my forever expanding collection.

Another product that I have currently been loving is the Anastasia Cream Contour Kit in the lightest option. This has recently been made available on Cult Beauty and I was incredibly eager to get my hands on it as it has many controversial reviews and I wanted to make up my own mind. As you can see by the picture above, despite this being the lightest variation of shades, the hues are still somewhat dark and each have a warm undertone yet surprisingly this was not necessarily a bad thing. I have ended up loving this palette despite my doubts and honestly do not know how I have ever lived without it. My favourite shades are easily Banana and Cool Pink as both of these add a beautiful highlight to my face and also blur out any pores, creating a flawless complexion that lasts all day. 

Finally, the last product I wanted to publicise, is easily the prettiest out of the lot. This is the Stila Eyes Are The Window - Soul palette. A neutral palette that has a combination of matte and iridescent finishes that caters for multiple eye looks. This has quickly become one my all time favourites due to its flexibility and amazing quality of each eyeshadow. The pigmentation of each colour and finish is great and all of which blend like a dream due to their buttery formulas.  All of the 12 shadows are encased in a beautiful rose-gold packaging that isn't excessively bulky so will work well for travelling. If you are looking for a new neutrals palette, I seriously suggest checking this one out! It has only very recently been made available in the UK but random places like Look Fantastic actually stock them online.

I hope you enjoyed a run down of my favourite products!
Let me now what yours are in the comments below.

Estée Lauder Pure Colour Crystal Lipstick

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Estée Lauder as a brand, always promise great quality for a steep but highly justifiable price. I am sure everyone has heard of their cult classic foundation, Double Wear and almost everybody has spent what feels like forever, wishing they would bring back that limited edition 'Tease' blush that seems incomparable with anything else. Yet, I have never heard much talk about their lip products so I decided to bite the bullet and buy one myself. The Estée Lauder Pure Colour Crystal Lipstick (£21) in Crystal Baby has a creme formula and a sheer pigmentation. It is perfect for an everyday lipstick that you can just throw on without a mirror handy. The colour is a nude pink with a subtle shimmer that sounds scary but do not worry, it is a far cry from being frosty so you will not be looking like a 70-year-old cougar. The packaging is weighty with a gold finish that feels the epitome of luxury, a good thing considering the price. This type of lipstick has an abundance of beneficial ingredients including Shea Butter thus feeling completely comfortable on the lips and leaving them moisturised but still with a decent wear time. If you are after an everyday lip product or want to splash the cash on a high-end lipstick that you are guaranteed to get your money's worth out of, then definitely go and check these out!

Let me know what you think in the comments!
Have you tried any Estée Lauder lip products? 

MOTD ft. 5 Years of Topshop Beauty

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Face
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair
Nars Matte Multiple in Altai
Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Palette:
Banana under the eyes
Cream and Cinnamon blended together on the outer-corners of my forehead
Cool Pink buffed into the centre of my forehead and on my chin
Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush in Cherub 
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Global Glow

Eyes
Benefit Browzings in Deep
MAC Paint Pot in Let Me Pop
Topshop Chameleon Glow Eyeshadow in Shuffle the Cards 
Topshop Magic Liner in Engraved
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Black

Lips
Topshop Lipstick in Nevada

Let me know what you think in the comments!

MOTD | Day-to-Day in May

Tuesday, 12 May 2015


Face
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Mont Blanc
Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in 1 Fair
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit
Banana under the eyes
Cream and Cinnamon blended together on the outer corners of my forehead
Cool Pink on the middle of my forehead and on the chin
Ben Nye Banana Powder to set my under eye concealer
NARS Matte Multiple in Altai in the hollows of my cheeks
MAC Pro Longwear Blush in Baby Don't Go in the hollows of my cheeks
Accessorize Merged Baked Blush in Sensation
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping

Eyes
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Eternal Gold 
MAC Eyeshadow in Creative Copper
The Balm Schwing Liquid Eyeliner
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

Lips
MAC Lipstick in Creme D'Nude

Let me know what you think in the comments!

April Favourites

Sunday, 10 May 2015

April is over and again, I cannot believe how fast it flew by. It finally bought us a slight bit of warmer weather in the UK, meaning more of the S/S products could resurface. I only have a few to tell you about today but all of which are firm favourites in my collection. 

So first up is the Soap & Glory Lid Stuff palette (£10) in What's Nude. The look of this palette reminds me a lot of the MAC Pro Palette Quad's and the shadows contained are almost at an equal quality for MAC shadows, also. The palette contains 4 shades: Vanilla, Pink T, Mudhoney and Aubersheen, three of which are mattes and one slight iridescent shade. If you are after a neutral palette on a budget, I would seriously recommend this one. The formula is very buttery and reminds me a lot of the Urban Decay shadows. The pigmentation is very decent and are easily build-able. I love how easily each shadow blends and is everything you could require for an all matte eye with an added iridescent pop. 

Next up is a product a lot of you will recognise as it's very much talked about in the beauty world. The MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle (£23) is one of my most favourite highlighters, if not my absolute favourite. It has a subtle champagne-gold hue with a slight peachy twist that looks beautiful dusted on the cheeks no matter your skin tone. There is a stream of glitter running through the baked powder but that really is incredibly subtle once applied to the skin so don't let that put you off. If you love to add a bit of something special to your makeup, I would seriously suggest picking this up! 

Some of you may have seen my recent post all about my favourite fragrances for S/S. If you have then you will already be familiar with the Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess fragrance that is an absolute staple for the warmer months. I won't go on too much about this as you can already read about my opinion on this product in both my fragrance post and the product review here but seriously, the scent is addictive and it's limited edition. Can it get any better? 

Next is another product that I have recently written a review on. The Benefit Roller Lash is the next big thing that has taken the beauty world by storm. Everybody has tried it and the majority have loved it. I find it perfect for both lengthening and separation with the added bonus of good volume. The only slight downside I have discovered after weeks of wearing it is that it doesn't hold a curl as well as some of my other mascaras but that's nothing a good set of curlers can't fix. 

Finally, is a firm staple in my collection and a product I would go as far as saying that is holds a holy grail status in my opinion. The Balm Schwing Eyeliner has an ultra fine nib that is excellent for precise eyeliner application. The colour pay off is excellent with a blacker than black finish that last all day. The liquid formula is easy to remove so is perfect for any liner newbies who need a little bit of working time when trying to perfect a winged liner look. I seriously cannot get enough of this liner and only wished I have discovered it sooner. I'm currently working through my second one and am already planning a repurchase. 

I hope you enjoyed reading this post!
Please let me know in the comments some of your favourite products from the month of April!

Fragrance Favourites for S/S

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Besides make-up, fragrance is my all time favourite thing to purchase wether its because they're often cased in killer packaging or because it adds a feminine touch to any look. Nothing seems to be more uplifting than spritzing on a tantalising perfume before walking out the door. Switching up your fragrance choices is the perfect segue for the transition from the winter to spring. So this is why I decided to share three of my all time favourite fragrances for the warmer months, so you can feel inspired to shake up your fragrance stash ready for spring/summer. 

First up is the MAC Turqautic fragrance (£38.50 for 50ml) that featured in my March favourites. I know what you're thinking - MAC do perfume?! Not only do they do perfume but those clever clogs at MAC headquarters have created the most amazing summer scent, cased in a gorgeous oblong-shaped cube that connotes cool underwater vibes. I spritzed this on my wrist when making a purchase at the counter and ten minutes later I was back in store, picking it up to purchase. The aquatic packaging mimics the the fragrance ingredients as it contains anemone, lotus and Corsican blue cedar to name a few. The fragrance lasts well throughout the day so rarely requires a top up and has already drawn in many compliments from others. If you are looking for a new fresh scent for this summer, I seriously recommend checking this out! 

Next up is the plenty raved about fragrance, Molecule 01 from Escentric Molecules. The innovative idea behind this product is what initially sold it to me in the first place. The fragrance is unisex so pretty much everybody in your household can use it, making the steep price tag of £65.50 for 100ml, slightly less horrifying. The main ingredient in this fragrance is the chemical iso E super, the base note that is often used to create allure in a scent. Therefore, this perfume has a unique scent for everybody meaning no two people will smell the same but they will still most definitely smell good. The undertones of this perfume are subtle and sultry but work all year round. If you purchase this bottle, you can be ensured you can wear it all day, everyday, through every single season. Therefore, it's more an investment piece, right? The only downside to this fragrance is that it is fairly difficult to smell on yourself thus giving the false conception that it's worn off yet the compliments will still be flooding in from everyone else around you. Trust me. 

Finally, is of course the number one summer fragrance in my eyes. The Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess. This only comes out once a year during summer, is incredibly limited edition and is basically summer in a bottle. A spritz of this fragrance is enough to make you crave a tropical vacation in paradise. Featuring ingredients such as coconut milk, lemon mandarin and magnolia petals, this scent is addictive. The scent is light but alluring and is enough to get anyway excited for the heat of summer. I have already written a raving review about this fragrance last summer on my blog so do go and check that out if you want to know more about what this fragrance contains. 

I would love to know your thoughts in the comments.
What are your favourite fragrances for S/S? 

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara Review

Sunday, 26 April 2015

I am pretty sure you would have all heard of this mascara by now as when it comes to promotions, Benefit never disappoint. To say I was fairly apprehensive to try the new Benefit Roller Lash Mascara is an under-statement. I waited for the tester sized samples, that were spotted in a few magazines, to pass as I was refusing to buy into the hype. Benefit are renowned for their mascaras, wether it's their bold Bad-Girl Lash, or the reward winning They're Real. Each are amazing mascaras but two products I have always struggled with. Initially, the results were great. Bad-Gal Lash and They're Real had great offerings of amazing volume and serious length, yet the formulas were fairly dry. By the end of the day the product had often transferred either on my brow bone, or has crumbled off half way down my face - not cool! Luckily, the new Roller Lash completely excelled my expectations so no pennies wasted. From first use the mascara gave some insane length (enough for people to ask if I was wearing falsies) and lasted the whole day. I had heard mixed reviews when it came to the volume attribution so I wasn't expecting much in that field. Yet luckily again, my expectations were wrong and I still achieved good volume that made my eyes look wide and defined. The packaging is, of course, a mimic of a hair roller hence the name! It's okay and I like the rubbery texture on the end as it ensures an extra grip but I am never a huge fan of the Benefit packaging as I rather things much more simplistic. Another winning feature of Benefit's new mascara is that it is no way near as difficult to remove as its predecessors. A couple of wipes on the eye with a good cleansing gel and the product was gone. Retailing at £19.50 (currently on sale at Debenhams for only £17.55) it's not cheap but it certainly is worth it!

I would love to know your thoughts in the comments.
What are you thoughts on the Benefit mascaras?