Friday, 17 October 2014

Too Faced Natural At Night Palette

First and foremost, I'd like to send out a massive apology in regards to my lack of blogging! September was a very busy month for me and it meant my little blog took a back seat but I'm determined to get it back on track. I'm going to start by stating that from now on, the Nails And Teapots Beauty Blog will only be uploading on Fridays, due to the pressure of other commitments, with the odd little extra post thrown in here and there. This still means that there will be plenty of product reviews, monthly favourites, tags and hauls for you to (hopefully) enjoy every Friday. Hope that's okay!

Okay now onto the fun stuff. Palettes, for me, are one of my all time favourite things to collect and I truly believe no one can ever have enough. I've had my eye on the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette for a while now but after realising and accepting that it's impossible to find in store in the UK, I instead decided to try out their Natural At Night Palette and as you can so quite clearly see, it is gorgeous! Structured very similarly to the brands other palettes, there's 3 looks, 9 shades and a mixture of matte and iridescent finishes, making this a good-to-go all round palette with the darker, tertiary like theme being perfect for the upcoming A/W. If you want a sexy, sultry smokey-eye, this is the palette for you. The quality of these shadows are nothing short then what I would except from similar high end brands such as MAC and Urban Decay. Their buttery, easily blended, no fall out and have exceptional lasting power. There really isn't a bad quality to go against them. My favourite shade within this palette is easily After Hours from the Classic look, which looks incredible blended all-over the lid or paired with a similar pinky, cream base that really amplifies that shimmer.

Priced at £29, it's fairly expensive but I like to think it's worth it. Grab your own from here and be sure to let me know how you find it!

Let me know what you think in the comments.
What's your favourite A/W palette? 

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

August Favourites 2014

It's the beginning of September, so that means it's August favourites time! This month I pretty much established an 'everyday make up routine' due to the fact that I found a palette of colours and finishes that worked well for me. So seeing as I've been using pretty much the same products on a daily basis, this meant that it was pretty simple to round up my favourite products from the month of August.

First things first, a rather overused and well-loved eyeliner pencil from Rimmel. This is the Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal pencil in the shade Nude. Nude eyeliners are simple but extremely effective when it comes to making the eyes appear more bright and wide awake. I've used this everyday this month and traded it in for my typical black eyeliner to adopt a fresher brighter complexion for the sunny months. This is ultra pigmented and honestly stays in place all day, I highly, highly recommend it! Next up is one of my all time favourite (and expensive) blushers I own. This little sleek, black package of beauty is the Le Blush Créme De Chanel in the shade 64 Inspiration. This gives a beautiful, natural flushed appearance to the cheeks with a satin finish that lasts and lasts all day, better than any other blush I've tried. The colour is build-able so wether you want a slight wash of colour or an intense pop to the cheeks, it's really up to you. Another product that I've used non-stop this month is the Dior Addict Gloss in the shade 257 Venus. This is just a really pretty pinky-nude with a shimmery, ultra-shine finish that looks beautiful with any make up look. This is my go-to lipgloss on a daily basis as it looks so natural but still very lovely. This next favourite is definitely my 'most loved' of the month and that is my MAC Pro Palette, I've been using at least one of the four shades in this palette everyday this month and I honestly can't get enough. My favourite eyeshadow combination that I've fallen in love with is the shade Naked Lunch washed over the lid with Mythology blended through the crease and then Nylon dotted onto my tear duct, all of which creates a simplistic but 'pretty in pink' smokey eye. Next up is a fragrance favourite,  this being Estée Lauder's Modern Muse - a repurchase of mine that I bought and loved all through A/W 2013 and used up way before the first signs of Summer. I then tried to dabble in some other perfumes that were more fitting for the S/S months but now the weather is cooling down and thicker coats and leather boots are making an appearance on the runway, I decided to repurchase this beautiful fragrance and have loved it even more. Last up is a revolutionary product when it comes to self-tan. Of course, it's by St Tropez, my favourite fake-tan brand and it's their Self Tanning Express Bronzing Mousse which is basically a beautifully bronzed self-tan in a bottle where you can choose the depth of colour depending on when you wash it off. You can let it develop for just an hour for a light wash of colour of three hours for a deep, dark bronzed glow that carries on developing for up to eight hours and the colour pay-off can last up to a week. If you love fake-tan then I seriously suggest splashing the cash on this one!

Let me know what you think in the comments.
What products have you been loving in the month of August? 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Topshop Matte Lipstick in Whimsical

Topshop lipsticks, to me, seem like excellent dupes for a lot of higher end brands products and most especially MAC's. I don't think it's any surprise that MAC lipsticks are one of the most (if not the most) popular lipsticks on the beauty scene but they may have some serious competition when Topshop lipsticks come into the picture. The first good noticeable comparison there is between these two excellent brands are the shade and finish ranges that they both offer. Admittedly MAC do have a lot, lot more but Topshop do give a noble offering and I personally have not found a colour in there that I wouldn't wear. I picked up Whimsical on a whim (see what I did there?) and it was love at first application. It's a gorgeous nude-pink with a lovely peachy-orange undertone that is completely on trend for Summer 2014. The finish is matte which I find to be the quality that makes this nude different from every other. The formula isn't drying despite the velvety finish and the wear time is excellent considering the product comes from a drugstore brand and costs a nifty £9. I love the cylindrical packaging with the horizontal stripes as it stands out in my collection and appeared causal and edgy before I even popped off the lid! This is one of the five Topshop lipsticks I own and after how impressed I've been with every single colour and their varying formulas, I know I'll be purchasing a lot more! 

If you'd like to see my full Topshop Cosmetic's Collection (which has already grown since I published the post!) click here

Let me know what you think.
Have you tried Topshop's lipsticks? 

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?