Monday, 10 November 2014

A lazy day

If there is one thing that is needed every once in a while, it's a lazy day. I especially love lazy sundays. It gives a refreshing look at the week before going to work the next day. 
I love to stay in my pyjama's, catch up on the tv that i've missed during the week, and have a few too many cups of tea or hot chocolate through out the day. I think sundays are the best days to do this becuase when you get a food baby from sunday lunch it's great to be able to take a nap afterwards and not have to think about all the things you should be doing.
I also like to take these lazy days as a time to just chill out with my sister, with us both working full time jobs we don't see each other all week and so sundays are the perfect time to just sit around all day in each others company. No make up, pyjamas and beauty treatments all day long, who could ask for more.

I feel as though you should take one day out a week so you can destress, breathe and remind yourself that life is not so bad when you can take a deep breathe. 

Whats your favourite things to do on your lazy day? 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Halloween makeup from your bag

I wanted to do this because I'm in no way good at halloween make up or a professional or have practiced doing halloween make up. My parents were never ones who liked the idea of taking me out at night, when I should be going to bed, to ask for sweets from strangers, and I was ok with this because I'd never liked knocking on the doors of strangers and having to talk to them. But I thought I'd do these 3 looks to show you that you don't need the fanciest makeup to look good on halloween, even though they don't look professional.

The Halloween costume that everyone uses as a back up if they haven't got any idea as what to go as. The Cat. I used a very pale foundation to create a smooth and pale base (Nars sheer glow in Siberia). I also kept the eyes plain from eyeshadow and just used eyeliner and eyelashes to focus on a sleek cat eye. I used a blue eyeliner- Revlon Colorstay in 205 Sapphire to bring something special to this look. It's subtle and you only really notice it at various occasions and views. I then did a cat eye with a liquid liner. I didn't use any bronzer or blush because, when do you see a cat with blush or bronzer on? I then used the Cheryl Cole Eylure lashes in No 114 to bring some intensity to the eyes (eyelashes are extremely difficult to put on, I would suggest putting on mascara first as then the eyelashes have something to stick to). I did my normal brow routine of just some dark brown eyeshadow brushed through the brow. To finally pull this all together I used a Gel liner to create the whiskers, a little black nose and the top lip. I found that to get a little cheeky smile I also put little flicks at the corners of my mouth which I thinks adds to the cute of this make up look and a neutral pink brown on the bottom lip to make it pop. Then I just shoved my hair up into two buns on the top of my head to act as ears.

My sister let me use her for the next look because who wouldn't want to attack your sisters face with make up. This one was a little rushed because she was going out to a cartoon themed party afterwards, and not as a skeleton, but as minnie mouse. Again for this look I used the lightest foundation I own which is Nars sheer glow in Siberia, and then the rest I used a black eyeshadow and gel eyeliner to do the darkest bits. I did this look because I'd never done anything like this before and I wanted to show you that even though it's not the neatest and best looking skeleton look ever, but It looks pretty good. I would suggest that whatever you do with this look, as long as it doesn't look neat you'll be well on your way to scaring all of your friends. I also let her do her own mascara because I didn't want to be responsible for making her blind. she also pulled the mascara through her brows.

The final look is a doll style that with the right outfit could look super creepy. This uses the same base and eyebrows as the Cat look however I used my naked 3 pallette to make a pink smokey eye. I used buzz and burnout on the centre of the eye and also mugshot in the outer corner of the eye and just blended like crazy. I used a pink eye because I feel that dolls always look super girly and pretty 'dolled' up. I didn't use any bronzer but I used a bit more blush than I usually would use. I then used some volumizing lashes because I wanted them to be pretty packed, I do wish I'd used thicker lashes but this was the thickest that superdrug had. I the used a bright red lip I believe it was the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 111. I struggled with making my hair look exactly what I imagined and I think that bunches are ideal because it reminds me of the hair I used to have when I was younger.

What is your go to fancy dress outfit when you can't think of anything to wear?

Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Samples

I know i'm late to the party for most of these, but I'm always reluctant to buy things when they are being hyped up because it's more difficult to realise whether I genuinely like the product, or like it because everyone is telling me it's great.

Lets start with Benefits Porefessional. I use this on the areas where my pores are at their worst. It makes a smoother base without letting my make up slip away. I also love the packaging, it's cute. I never really used to wear a primer, when I first really got into makeup I used a cheaper one from Rimmel I think which would make the base look great for about 2 hours and then disappear, I think this kind of started a reluctance to use any other types. This has also lasted me so long even though it's a really small pot, I mean like weeks. Not only have I fallen in love with this, the area I live don't really have anywhere close by to buy higher branded makeup, but our boots has finally started to stock it, so my bank is going to start hating me.

The second Benefit product is the they're real mascara, I really like this for coverage on the lashes and it adds a lot of volume, but I do not love the heaviness. I have really long lashes so keeping them up and curled is quite difficult, and this just seems to weigh them down. I wanted to like this but it just doesn't work well with me.

Finally is the Lights Camera Lashes mascara from Tarte. This was another one that I always wanted to try but always forgot to buy. To be completely honest, I do prefer the Benefit mascara because this one was too much for me, I found it quite difficult to get my eyelashes to look how I wanted them too, I'm not sure why but I just did not get along with this. If you have shorter and thinner eyelashes I think this would work perfectly, giving length and volume, however it is quite thick.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Bronzing for the paler

I've said numerous times on here; I am white. I'm like casper the friendly ghost, you can't get much paler. However i find that if i don't use some type of countouring bronzey thing, then i look dead. Most bronzers are just too orange toned and look unnatural. I like this bronzer because it's a subtle colour and brings just a little oomph to the cheekbones. I use shade 01light matte and so 100% suggest this bronzer, also the name is just delicious, honey bronze bronzing powder (what is it with the foody bronzers i mean this and bourjois chocolate bronzer mmmm).

It's also a really beautiful shell casing which makes it great for travel because it's super smooth and little and there's no extra bulkyness. I also love the idea of the bee hive shapes in the middle with tbe 'honey idea'

Definitely a favourite in my opinion. 

Sunday, 10 August 2014

REVIEW: Soap and Glory Brow Archery

I have been searching for a simpler way to do my eyebrows, something more travel-friendly. I usually just use some chocolate eyeshadow and that does the trick, however it's a pain to have to keep washing my brushes. I had heard mixed opinions on this, some saying it was fairly difficult to work with, and others singing it's praises. I can say that I have loved it for everyday use, it's not as dark as the eyeshadow that I would usually use for a stronger brow, but this makes the look softer. The felt tip type end is meant to be used as a tint, however this is the bit that looks like it's doing nothing when it's actually just filling out some of the more sparse areas. The other end is more like a crayon and works to strengthen the arch itself. I find that it stays all day and is difficult to go wrong with this. It's a lot more convenient. For £10 it's not too bad, but I would say for a budget this probably isn't the best there is. For special occasions I tend to stick with the eyeshadow just because it's stronger and makes my brows more defined.

Buy it HERE 

What do you use to fill in your brows?

Monday, 4 August 2014

Zoeva Rose Gold Brushes

Sorry they're not clean, I was too lazy to wash them this time around
I never realised how much of a difference I would feel when I used makeup brushes instead of my fingers. It's smoother, softer, and probably a lot healthier for the skin (imagine the bacteria on your hands, ew). I'm sure you've read/seen many people rave about these brushes and I'm jumping on that train. Not only do they look beautiful but they apply your makeup so smoothly and like silk. I don't use all of them for their intended purposes but who cares...

My favourite out of the lot by far is the powder brush which I actually use as a bronzer brush but it does the job amazingly, making me look bronzed and spreads it evenly so I don't look orange and strange. It probably does just as good a job with powder but I prefer to use it with bronzer because until recently I didn't really use powder that much.

Whats your favourite makeup application method?

Find them HERE

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Kick back the dandruff

when the climate changes my hair hates me and so does mother nature. I get a very dry scalp. I know this is a weird topic, but I had no idea what to do, I tried most things and only found 2 things that have any sort of impact. One more expensive than the other but brilliant nonetheless. This T/Gel Shampoo has completely soothed my scalp. I use it maybe once of twice a week and then I don't get any flakes throughout the whole week. This bottle has also lasted me like 6 weeks so for a price near £7 it is quite expensive. 

I remember in previous years using the body shop Ginger anti-dandruff shampoo and have loved this previously but haven't tried it recently. Maybe I'll try that next due to the price difference.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Summer Love Book

If there is one book that you read this summer this is it.

Admittedly, I may have been influenced by the fact that I adore Mcfly, and the wife of the lead singer of Mcfly just so happens to be the writer of this book. However, this does not make it any less brilliant. I'm not all the way through it, but I am already hooked and anything that can get someone hooked in the first couple of chapters has to be made of brilliance. 

It's a little bit of a love story, which I wouldn't normally be a fan of, but this is slow and cute. I'm not going to write a synopsis of it because 1. It wouldn't be great 2. There are better ones all over this internet. On the train back from London (a 2 hour journey) I couldn't put it down. I was trying to walk up and down stairs whilst reading, not my greatest plan. 

This book is a light read and is just very easy. I have such a short attention span and if a book hasn't gripped me by chapter 3 then I struggle to keep reading it, but I'm on part three at the moment and I read it everyday.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Review: PORE goodness Sake Hot cloth cleansing kit

This is another product that I like to use maybe once or twice a week. I can't explain what this does, it just makes my skin look better, and fresher. Alongside that it feels so smooth. It's also super quick, so after starting my forst full time job I have found it difficult to do a full on skin care treatment, but this just gets me through the week. I picked this up in tesco once just because I'd run out of my recent skincare. 

Whats your favourite skin care item? 

Simple Summer Favourites

I think that I have found my 4 favourite skin care items that I'll use this summer. I have posted a blog about the Ren Gentle Cleansing Milk (HERE) so I won't go on about that one. But now for the other ones:

1. Simple Spotless Skin Triple Action Face Wash. A few weeks ago I had an awful breakout on my forehead and chin. Instead of spending a fortune on some hyped up skin clearance regime, I thought I would go back to the basics from when I was 13 and my skin was in desperate need and this is certainly one of those trusted basic products. I love it just because it's so simple to use, you just splash your face, gently massage this onto the problem area/areas, and then rinse off with luke warm water. Depending on how bad my skin is I use it every night and on better weeks I use it every other day and sometime every 2 days. This started to help instantly, I also thought that it would be quite stripping of my skin, but it hasn't given me any other problems.

2. Pore Goodness Sake Hot Cloth Cleansing Kit. This is something that I'm not sure what it does other than clear pores. I'm sure there is probably other products out there that work faster/better but for an everyday budget product this is amazing. Once I have rinsed this off of my skin, it is so smooth and soft, I mainly use this to relax my face after work. You know when you get home and your skin feels disgusting from all the things touching your face during the day (hands and heat) and not forgetting the make up that has melted away. This just helps to revive my skin.

3. Finally, Garnier Miracle Skin Cream. I like this as a sort of base/primer for my foundation. It keeps my skin moisturised all day long, and helps to keep my foundation stay put. I know this is anti-ageing but does this really matter?

Whats your favourite skin care item for summer?

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Work Those Lashes

Eyelashes are my most annoying makeup problems. I struggle to find a way to keep my eyelashes curved all day and a mascara that I have fallen in love with. I have found a way to encourage the curve to open up my eyes throughout the majority of the day so here are 3 tips to keeping up those eyelashes;

1. Use eyelash curlers more than once. I like to use them first, do all of my make up, curl them again and then a 3rd time. This will make them look really weird but after 5 minutes they just look open and wide eyed. I've found this technique to be really effective and I have no problem with my eyelashes staying open. I've also heard that if you heat up the eyelash curlers slightly to begin with, it's meant to work like curling tongs and hold them open, but when you wake up at about 7 in the morning, I can't ever be bothered to wait for them to heat up.

2. Use a lightweight mascara or a waterproof mascara to lock it in and not weigh it down. On an everyday basis, I like to use Rimmel Scandaleyes show off mascara because it's lightweight and it's easy to just coat your lashes once and they have a natural finish alongside separating the eyelashes as well as darkening them. When I'm going out, I like to use Maybelline the Falsies waterproof mascara because it's just a little more heavy duty and makes the lashes look extra special.

3. When curling your lashes, tilt the curlers towards the lid of the eye. I find that this just adds a little lift and curl, it also contributes to making the lashes curved for longer.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Comfort: The fleece pyjama bottoms

Fleece pyjama bottoms are THE comfiest thing I own. They are everything to me, when I get home from school and feel groggy and gross, they provide warmth and comfort like I have never felt in pyjamas. I got this specific pair from next 2 or 3 years ago, but they are still just as comfy as the first day I bought them. I'm not normally too fussed about pyjama's, if these bottoms are in the wash then I'm just as happy to wear another pair (for a couple of nights). They're probably not the best thing to wear in the summer when it's super hot, unless you live in England when in summer there can still be really cold days/nights, but oh my gosh they make me want to stay in bed all day and never want to leave.
I swear, you won't regret investing in a pair! 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

A New Look Accessory

I have been searching for the perfect accessories for my summer ball that I have in a few weeks time and managed to find them all on the New Look website. Not only are they super cool, but they are just beautiful. The clutch bag is perfect, it has just enough room in it to carry around a lipstick, concealer and other makeup accessories, alongside any money and a phone. It also has a little gold chain that means if you get bored of carrying it, you can have it as a shoulder bag. Then there are these earrings, they match the necklace perfectly. I cannot wait to wear these.

Click here to buy them:
Clutch Bag

Sunday, 8 June 2014

That Smooth Base Though

Also wearing maybelline the falsies mascara, Rimmel eyebrow pencil, Mac lipstick in Patisserie and bourjois blush in Golden Rose.
I have finally settled on a few base make up items that I think are ones I have trust in and have learned how to use them to suit my skin. I am super fussy with foundation cause I like the base that will stay put without budging and still look how it did in the first place covering up the redness I get on my cheeks and chin, rare but there are a few foundations out there that do the best that I think a foundation can do.
To start with I prep my skin with the Aveeno Skin Relief moisturiser (Review: HERE), and then just a tiny amount of Maybelline New York baby skin instant pore eraser primer because I think if you use too much it does actually make the foundation slip around, so a minute amount just to reduce any imperfections on the surface does the trick. Then I dot my Nars Sheer Glow in Mont Blanc (pale I know) onto my face and blend it in with the Zoeva silk finish brush, this brush makes foundation so quick to blend and leaves it looking even.
I really like to use the Mac Studio Fix Fluid concealer in NC15, which admittedly I think I would prefer NW15 because I think it would brighten and illuminate under the eyes but the NC15 does the job well enough, giving great coverage and stays put almost all day, it might need touching up once in a whole day but it is good. I just use the same Zoeva silk finish brush for ease of cleaning everything and it blends in well.
I sometimes dip into using the Bourjois healthy mix powder (Review: HERE) and just a Collection bronze glow mosaic powder in Radiant just to put a subtle warmth into my pale complexion.

All of these products can be found online but only some in store. 
Whats your favourite foundation?

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Recently Under The Radar

I make a lot of purchases that seem to glide under the radar and so I thought it would be good to put together things that I have bought over the past few months, but don't seem to have made it onto foundmygrace.
   First up, it was my birthday over a month ago, and as it was my 18th my cousins sort of spent a lot on my presents. They got me three things from mac, studio fix foundation, studio fix concealer and mac lipstick in Patisserie. I have absolutely fallen in love with them. I had been meaning to get them for a while, and had never got round to it. The concealer stays put and does not budge, it's not too cakey and I feel that it illuminates the skin. The foundation is full coverage, and makes the skin look naturally flawless even if it is full coverage. Finally the mac lipstick is a perfect everyday colour. It stays put for a good number of hours, it's shade is a my lips but better product, and it's actually fairly moisturising what more could you want for an everyday lipstick shade. These purchases came with a free sample of the mac prep and prime primer, which I think is a good primer but there's nothing special about it. It provides a good base for it but I feel that it just smoothes out the skin and thats it.
   I also may have had a little shopping spree on feel unique and treated myself to a few items including;
1. Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk (REVIEWED HERE)
2. Rimmel London Kate Moss Lipstick in 05
3. Nude Magique l'oreal paris Anti redness CC Cream
Also, because I spent enough, I got 2 free samples so I chose to try the Dr Branat self adjusting BB Cream and La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, I haven't got round to testing the BB cream but The Effaclar Duo I am actually planning on repurchasing, it has helped with redness, moisture and reduces a terrible breakout that had started to show. The Kate moss lipstick is as good as drugstore lipsticks get, it's a nice pink colour. I don't tend to wear pinky colours often but this one is subtle but kind of bright and a little sheer. Thirdly The CC Cream is not something I would ever wear, EVER. It's a little dark, I can never find a shade light enough for my skin. The coverage wasn't very equal and it was just a lot of work, I pretty much threw out the whole tube.
   I am also a sucker for the 3 for 2 deals that go on in boots and superdrug so the last time I popped in I came out with 3 things. Firstly the maybelline baby skin pore eraser is probably the best drugstore primer that I have ever tried. It really does reduce pores, so I actually only use this on the places where my pores show through the most, especially around my nose and on the apples of my cheeks. I also bought 3 Revlon colorstay shadow links, Oyster 020, Petal 070 and cocoa 290 I don't think much of these if I'm honest. They are just eye shadows that aren't the greatest eyeshadows that I've ever used, but they certainly aren't bad. Finally I bought the Revlon Colorburst Matte balm in 240, Striking Spectaculaire, this is an amazing everyday reddish orange colour. It's not too bold, not drying, and the colour holds most of the day.
   I bought some zoeva brushes that, once thoroughly inspected will have a review.
   Finally, the final 3 purchases I got was the Rimmel Exaggerate Automatic Eye Definer which is my favourite waterproof eyeliner. It lasts and lines the eyes perfectly, the other thing is that you don't need to use a sharpener, it twists up which is always a bonus in my book. Alongside this I bought 2 other lipsticks from topshop, Lips in Ooh La La which is a really nice sheer coral lipstick, easy to just glide on on-the-go lipstick, and also the Topshop Lip bullet in Wine Gum which is a purple shade that I haven't loved so much because it gets everywhere and I've had no where to wear it too.

What's your most recent favourite purchase? 

Saturday, 24 May 2014

From Long to Short: Hair

I recently (a few days ago) cut my hair, from medium to short hair. I did originally have really long hair and just wanted a complete change.
A lot of people wouldn't take this step because they're worried about how it'll look. This is just to prove that having shorter hair, is not the end of the world.
The things you have to keep in mind are 1. It's hair, and it'll grow back. It's not just going to stay that length, it will grow. I would say, if you are unsure then cut it after summer and then by the time you get to the next summer holiday, you'll have your longer hair back.
2. After having it cut, try different styles. Make it wavy, curly, straighten it, or even put it up in some way. Don't confine yourself because you think that by having shorter hair, you can't do anything with it.
3. Make sure that when getting it cut, you also have some sort of texture/movement cut into it. I personally think that having a few layers put in, helps the short hair have some bounce, and just looks like there is more going on.
4. Finally, never put yourself down because of your hair. It's one thing out of you as a human being. No one is going to judge you because you think your hair looks awful. Life is not over after one hair cut.
I suppose you could just wear a hat at all times if you really don't like it- I'm kidding of course, unless you think that you could get away with it. But in all seriousness, the world isn't going to end, and if it's too short, it'll grow- just remember that.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Favourite: Ren Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk

I've used this now for a good couple of weeks, and I have to say; I'm so impressed. I'm not the best at a skincare routine, I'm much more into makeup and am just way too lazy to properly take off my makeup. I moisturise and cleanse a little, but nothing major, I don't have time for face masks and I certainly can't be bothered to do cleansing toning and this and that every time but this has brought skin care into a whole new light.
This cleansing milk is so nourishing, as soon as you start using it, you can really feel it relieving your skin. I've got slightly sensitive skin and wanted something that would take away some of the redness I get on my chin and cheeks. This has pretty much solved this problem, it calms my skin, moisturises and seems to clear out my pores.
I am in love with this, I don't use it to take off my make up, but I do use it to make sure all of my make up is off. I 100% recommend this product to anyone that wants a softer and more sensitive way to take off their makeup.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

New to tanning

I am just that pasty girl that has been scared to use any form of tanning product due to the mistrust in products and the lack of knowledge of how to actually apply fake tan. I seem to reflect the sun when I'm outside because I am so white. So much so that I can take a selfie outside and transform into voldemort as my nose just disappears.
I saw this product on one of viviannadoesmakeup's videos and it looked safe, especially as summer is round the corner, I feel that I need to get my trust in self tanning products up so that I can stop blinding people when I'm outside. This is a product that I feel has eased me into tanning. I didn't exfoliate or anything before, in fact I'd been out shopping all day (this was so that if it had gone horribly wrong the next morning I could just rinse it all off). It gave me a glow that I didn't expect. I wouldn't say it tanned me, maybe I didn't put enough on I'm not sure, but I was definitely glowing.
I have 2 issues with this, 1. I wanted it to last longer than it did 2. It dried so fast on the skin that there was a moment of panic between me and my sister as to whether it would come out streaky, however this was nothing of the sort, as long as you keep rubbing. Being a jeans girl, my legs get virtually no sun whatsoever, this means I am almost transparent in colour, even though it took a little bit of work to make sure there were no streaks on my legs, it was easy to apply and just looked unbelievably natural, none of the wotsit legs were going on. It dries super fast, and you can see exactly where you have applied the tan as it is instant and doesn't take 3 hours to develop and then you realise that you have tanned everything but the one streak from the back of your knee to your heel. 
I 100% recommend this product to anyone that just doesn't want to be paper white because it does not make you look 2 different races. I would also use a tanning mitt to apply this because it dries super fast and you don't want the residue left on your hands.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

The Bag Lady

I am usually a one bag does everything and goes everywhere type of person but a recent shopping trip with my sister left me with 3 very different bags that will probably be the only bags I use for the rest of the year.
I am so incredibly fussy with the bags I choose, I tend to stick to one bag (usually stolen from my sister) and it goes everywhere with me, does everything and holds everything I could ever need. My current bag has been used for the last 6 months and it has been to school and back so many times and has carried way too much stuff everytime, I'm surprised that it's not just fell apart on me. 
Primark- £8.00
This was actually the first bag I bought (the black one) and I didn't realise how similar it was to my actual bag (the purple one, my most loved bag). This has to be the same bag just in different colour and improved. I say improved because it has more structure and is more of a satchel rather than a deflated balloon. This means it doesn't flop open in the middle of a restaurant and have everything fall out at the most inappropriate times of the day (usually when I'm in a rush). It's actually fairly roomy in there aswell and will probably end up looking like my purple one anyway (which will probably be kept just in case).

New Look- £14.99
This satchel was much more of an impulse buy this time. I saw this and just couldn't leave it in the shop. I don't actually own a bright coloured bag, they all seem to be either black or just a darker colour. I felt this will be needed to add some form of colour to a monochrome outfit and will add a little oomph to a dull day. Again it is another satchel over the shoulder styled bag (shocker, can you tell I like one particular style and I don't really stray from that).

New Look- £14.99
I had to build courage to buy this one because it really is out of my comfort zone. That little gold chain was making me hold back, I wasn't sure how it would come off when wearing it. The pastel colours are, in reality, a lot brighter than this and make an outfit look classy. It is another over the shoulder type bag, but it sits at the hips on me. It doesn't have too much room, but how much room do you need at a dinner night or going out on the town.

Whats your favourite type of bag? 

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Soap and Glory Super Cat Liner

This is a new favourite, that I never thought I would try.
I know many bloggers have said that the soap and glory make up range is doing everything it says it would and should, but I never thought I would get away from the l'oreal superfine liner if I'm honest. I have used that liner ever since I was in year 10 (a few years ago now) but I have to say, this liner might just be trumping it right now.

This liquid eyeliner has not got the finest point ever, but it certainly makes it easier to apply. I'm not into thick liner, but I am into winged liner right now, and this just makes the wings so much simpler and also the colour is jet black. I always found that the superfine liner didn't come out as black as I would like when on top of eyeshadow, you really have to work it into the eyelid, and then would run out super quickly. I have only just picked this up for £6 in boots but I'm hoping this will have a longer life than the l'oreal liner.

One negative thing is that, if it is put straight onto the eyelid, it tends to smudge a little bit, and leave some residue on the top of the lid. This works brilliantly on top of eyeshadow though.

I will have to report back in 2 months time and I'll let you know how long it lasted. But so far it has been the best eyeliner I have.

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Staple Lipsticks

I think lip sticks are very particular and should only be worn if you feel comfortable in them, and for me every lipstick is different, whether it be the colour, texture or longevity of the lipstick. In this post I've tried to pull together 4 categories of lipsticks that are different budget styles.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate lipstick in 107
Lets jump right in at the deep end with a bold statement lip colour. This is my favourite lip colour and have used this for a couple of years now, ever since I was becoming more adventurous with my make up. This is the Rimmel London Kate Moss Collection matte lipstick in 107. This is a deep velvety red that dries onto the lips. I do believe that it dries the lips to the point where you will have to carry a lip balm type of product but it's worth it for the seductive colour and texture.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish lip liner in Black Tulip
Following on from the Rimmel London lipstick, this lip liner just holds the colour for longer and  more defined. I only put the lip liner on if I am going out as it's not completely necessary, just makes it more glamorous.
I like to put these two together because they're a fairly similar match, not 100% but close enough that it makes the lipstick glamorous and amazing for nights out and about.

This picture makes the colour look redder than it really is
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick in 016 Heart Breaker
This is a much pinker, with a hint of red, colour and more sheer. It isn't moisturising, but it's not drying. The only downfall to this girly pink lipstick is the longevity of it. I wouldn't suggesting have a meal out because you will be left with a lip liner effect and no colour on the lips at all. I have to say this picture makes the lipstick look way more bright red than it actually is. On the other hand, this lipstick does seem to have blue undertones which makes the teeth look even whiter.

Topshop lipstick in Ooh La La 
This is a newer lipstick for me, something new I have ventured into. I usually like to stick with something more buttery and neutral, or go all out bold and wear either Mac Rebel or the kate moss lipstick I mentioned in the first paragraph. However for spring I thought I would try something lighter, and this immediately sprung out at me. I have to admit that I thought it would be more pink, but as you can see it's more orangey/coral and I have fallen in love. It's not too pigmented so it doesn't look like you've had to apply it a thousand times because once the colour settles onto the lips, it looks wonderful.

The last thing I think every girl should need to use at some time in her life is a lip balm. This is the Burt's Bee's lip balm, and it is fab. I never used to like vaseline because I thought it felt greasy and I'm just not a fan, however this lip balm just feels super moisturising and isn't sticky afterwards. The other thing I like is that you don't have to use your fingers to apply it. I'm not one for using fingers to apply any make up because all I can think about is all the dirt that has to be left on there, whether you've just washed them or not.

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder

This is my new favourite powder. I really only use powder to set the foundation onto my skin, and so a cheaper one is usually my choice (Rimmel stay matte powder). I absolutely love the warming effect this brings to the paler skinned, especially coming into spring. I find that I can look a little washed out if I'm not careful, and as some foundations oxidise I think it turns a little orange, but this just brings a tiny bit of colour to the porcelain touch without an orange glow. This is in the lightest shade because I don't use it to cover up anything, but just lighting dusting over the skin is just glowing and radiant.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Everyday Make Up

Obviously, you should start at the beginning, which would be the whole skin care routine, but I feel thats a completely different post entirely.

As you can see some have already been used *guilty*
For my base I have been absolutely loving The L'oreal Infallible foundation. I has become one of my most reliant foundations. It's matte but not dehydrating on the skin. I would suggest putting moisturiser on as not to take any chances. It hides blemishes, evens out skin tone and lasts most of the day, I would say reapply after a day at work or school. Exactly what I look for in my foundations. Then I use the Lasting Perfection Concealer to hide those extra red areas and some traumatising blemishes. Finally setting the base with the Bourjois Healthy Balance powder. This was a spontaneous purchase to switch up from the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, and this sets it nicely, adding a bit of extra warmth into my face, being so pale is a chore.

I then move onto the eyes just because thats the routine I'm in right now. I really like the NYC HD color quattro in 815 Best of Broadway, which I already have a review on HERE but I like to just use the second to lightest shade all over the lid just so it's not bare, but isn't heavy. I then like to use the L'oreal Colour Riche LeSmokey eyeliner in Brown Fusion because it's super blendable and I like the top lid close to the lash line, and then with a eye shader brush I just blend it a little and blend into the outer corners for more definition. L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Brow Artiste in Dark Brunette is up next just to brush through the brows and define them a little more, as you can tell I don't go in too strong. Finally finishing up the eyes with eyelash curlers and then Maybelline the falsies mascara which I am in love with right now.

Next is a slight contouring session using the Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light 884. I'm not a massive contour-er type of girl as most contouring things look a little orange, but this is totally fine as long as I don't pack on the product. Then I just dust on my blusher which is currently the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Soft Colour Blush in 050 Live Pink, which looks extremely bright in the packaging but once on the cheeks just adds a healthy glow.

This is the final step that I do and is the quickest and easiest if you ask me. I like to switch up my lip colours a lot, but the one I find easiest to maintain is the Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle 001 which is a pinkish brownish type colour and just gives a little oomph to the lips.

This seems like a really long process when explained by typing, but it really only takes me half an hour or less in the morning depending on how tired I am. I think all of the products I use can be found in either Boots or Superdrug and aren't too expensive (which is why I use them as everyday make up).