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).

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

TRESemme Heat Defence Spray

I was never one for heat defence spray a few years ago, until fairly recently. First of all, I barely used heat on my hair at all, but even when I did, I never used it because I thought it was hastle. However since using heat defence spray my hair been damaged so much less.
I picked this up after watching a video by MissGlamorazzi on youtube, and thought it would be a good first one if I was going to start heating up my hair. I have to say, I have loved this product, I use it pretty much every time I wash my hair, it just makes it a lot softer and smoother. 

Saturday, 12 April 2014

MUA Undressed Palette

I find that for any makeup palette, you find the ones that you love fairly quickly, and the others just have to take a back seat- not every colour will be loved. In this palette, the only colours that I know I'm not brave enough to try due to my love of neutral and pink toned colours is the blue one, on the far bottom right, and also the orange shimmery one on the bottom left. 
I walked into superdrug looking for one specific item, and walked out with a hand full of products. Including this palette from MUA. The palette is at an amazing price of £4, which is unbelievably low- I think it is anyway. I wasn't expecting anything great, just a product that would be 1. A great budget buy, and 2. a nice wash of colour for when I go to school and do not need a full face on, but this has exceeded expectation. I now use this daily and will probably love it for a long time. 

These are the 4 colours that really attracted me to the palette, but just so that you can see the pigment of the colours I've swatched 4 different colours for you too see.

(Buy it HERE)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

On the Go Cheek Blush

Rimmel London STAY BLUSHED liquid cheek tint. 
This is a perfect product on a lazy morning. You know those mornings where you wake up and just cannot be bothered, but have things to do, well this is the product.
There isn't much to say about this product, except it's ideal to travel with, and simple to use whilst 'on the go'. It doesn't need a brush, just dab and blend with the fingertips. I have the shade Sunkissed cherry, which is a light redish-orange, there are also another pink shade called 'Pop of Pink'. It gives a healthy glow to the cheeks giving you a natural look, I have to say, it's harder to put it into the exact place on the apple of the cheeks in the precise place you need it to go, however, I don't think precision is necessary with this product. I also think this would be good for a school make up look, due to the natural glow.
This picture really doesn't do it justice.

buy it here: STAY BLUSHED

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Disappointing Product: Toni and Guy sea salt spray

I bought this a fairly long time ago, several months (when sea salt sprays were the best thing ever). I guess i just wanted to test the hype and a trip to boots left me with this.
I have fairly thick hair, that is straight and smooth (hardest to style because it just becomes flat throughout the day) and this product just seemed to pull everything around my face and just look like someone had, kind of, hair sprayed it straight. It looks like i have literally been into the sea, but not that 'baywatch' sexy perfume advert type thing, more of the, I've just been knocked out by a wave and washed up on shore type of look, not good.
Overall this product is too heavy, and sticky. This product might be perfect for people with thinner hair but I wouldn't suggest it. 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Staple Nail Polish

When I first started painting my nails, I had no idea where to start. Not only is it extremely difficult to make it look good without going over the edges of the nails, but choosing a colour was even more difficult. I used to use the colours that I was given as a child that were like a disgusting dirty pink that would chip in 10 minutes.
I think a great place to start is to get yourself some classic statement colours that are a general 'must have' The colours I would say is; 1 pastel colour, 1 darker colour and a red. This is a great start to a collection, 3 easy statement colours that you can build on and decide which colours you would prefer. They don't even have to be expensive, I'm not suggesting you go out and find the most expensive branded ones, just cheaper ones that are almost little 'testers'.
I personally think that Barry M are the best drugstore nail polishes and are very easy to use. And at roughly £4 each they are really good value. 

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Make up remover intervention

Ok, intervention is a little strong. This isn't something that I would normally think too much into but they have made my skin feel even softer.
I use a misceller water to remove my makeup and sometimes a cleansing milk to ensure all of it is off. I would just pop down to say superdrug or boots, and buy  myself some cotton pads *every girl needs them* but after running out of the las superdrug batch, i pleaded for my mum to buy them for me as she was already out *she's not into makeup ans skin care really* and she came home with 2 packs of morrisons ones *i hid them straight away from my sister*. I generally don't pay much attention into the cotton pads, but these ones are mega soft. I can regularly find my skin a little rough after using the misceller water *rough isn't quite what I mean, it's just not smoothe* but these have been a huge help and don't tend to scratch at the surface of the skin.
Again, they are morrisons own, so they're bound to be a reasonable price, but I don't know how much because my mother bought them. 
I highly recommend this product.