Monday, 2 March 2015

March Payday Wishlist



I love payday, doesn't everyone? 
As payday soon approaches, I like to pretend I have a bottomless bank account, and for that one day a month, I can afford everything on my wishlist - oh how that would be magical!
But a girl likes to dream - so here are my wanted items this month!

I've been using the same contour kit for ages now, and I am intrigued by this one. I love Smashbox, and I like how this kit also contains bronzer - something I've really gotten into lately. I've swatched this a million times, but I've never picked it up!

I had a Casetify case for most of 2014, but I changed it at the start of 2015. I absolutely love their cases - the quality is incredible, and I find they are pretty resilient to my constant clumsiness.

I watched a YouTube video by Miss Budget Beauty, and she was raving about this powder. You actually put it on before foundation, as it's a powder primer, and it is said to keep oiliness at bay all day; I definitely need to try this!

I have recently run out of my Bodyshop Instablur (cries), and I've heard pretty good things about this one.  I'm yet to spot it in my local Boots or Superdrug, so I'll definitely be checking it out once it pops up.

I've seen so many beauty bloggers talk about this, so I think it's about time I tried it! My skin has a lot of redness and dark circles, and this is meant to be an amazing primer. I wonder if it's good for oily skin though...

I think everyone has this, and everyone loves it, right? I love theBalm, and I love highlighter, so my basket may be updated with this very soon...

I spotted this in Boots recently, and I've heard so much about it ever since. I tend to shy away from drugstore foundations, simply because they never have a shade pale enough (yay for pale...). I really want to give this one a go - so I may need to test it out with a little fake tan on first.

My favourite perfume ever. It smells like sweets, and lingers for hours - it's pricey but so worth it!

I bought a sample size of this early last year, and I really loved it. It smells great, and gave my hair so much thickness! It also lasted ages, so the price is justified.

I've spoken about these a lot to people since I first picked them up - I love them! They leave my skin so refreshed - almost like a mini facial. For £5 I can't complain!

What have you had your eye on for payday? Let me know!
Until next time, 

Sunday, 1 March 2015

theBalm Nude 'Tude Eye Make-up Tutorial


I have spoken many times of my love for theBalm Nude 'Tude palette, so I decided to create an eye look solely using it. 


I ended up with a shimmery nude look, which would be great for an evening dinner, first date etc.
Although I used this palette, you can of course use whatever colours you desire! 


The first thing I did was prime my eyes - this is essential for me, as I find eye shadows always crease! The primer I used was the Bodyshop Instablur Eye - the silicone base makes the shadows adhere better, and I find it increases the pigment, which is great!


I then applied a cream shadow - I used Maybelline Excess Shimmer in 'Copper', which is a beautiful glossy taupe/bronze shade, all over the lid. This gives the eye a lovely sheen, and also neutralises any discolouration on the lid. I just used my finger for this, but you use a brush if you prefer!


Now for the eyeshadows! 

I first used Sultry, which is a matte warm-toned brown (perfect for sculpting the eyes!), through the crease. This gives the eye definition, and counts as a transition shade - which gives a soft focus between the lid colour and any other colours you apply (specifically darker shadows). 


Next I took Sophisticated, a satin-finish darker toned brown, on the first half of the crease. I then blended down in a v-shape towards the end of the eye, and also blended it subtly on the lash line. I find creating a v-shape gives the eye a feminine and lifted appearance, without looking too dramatic.

 For an extra bit of drama, I took Silly, a dark brown with a lovely pink glitter particle, over the v-shape I created earlier with Sophisticated. I used a much lighter hand, as I still wanted the look to be soft. 


To lighten the eye, and give even more of a shimmer, I applied my all time favourite eyeshadow - Stand Offish. This is a beautiful shimmery peach-pink tone, which looks amazing with any eye look. 
I took a flat brush and pat the colour down onto the middle of the lid - by using this method rather than sweeping the shadow you get a much more opaque finish.

I then applied Sassy, a bright shimmery white shade, beside the tear duct which instantly brightens the look. This is a great way to lift and highlight the eye!

 


For the lower lids, I used a combination of Selfish and Sophisticated, and ran this through the first half, but really blending it out.

Now you can stop here if you want, but I of course use liquid liner! I took my holy grail LOreal Super Liner Perfect Slim in black, and created a winged liner. I always draw a wing, as it makes my eyes look bigger and more put-together. 
I took the wing further down than normal, which gives a fuller effect on the outer corner.



And then, of course, several coats of mascara! I used my favourite at the moment, Benefit Roller Lash, which always gives a curled volumised effect.





I really enjoyed doing this look, I hope you liked it too, let me know!
Until next time,



Saturday, 28 February 2015

Garnier Pure Active Range Review


I was wondering round Boots, as I do, constantly...
I came across a stand featuring new products from the Garnier Pure Active range - of course I saw '3 for 2 on Skincare', and instantly had to investigate.

The new products are designed for combination to oily & blemish prone skin - to which my face lit up, these sounded perfect! I ended up buying the Micellar Cleansing WaterMatte Control Moisturiser, and the 2 in 1 Wipes.

Micellar Cleansing Water - £4.99


I love the original Garnier Micellar Water, so when I saw the same product, but for oily skin, I had to pick it up! I use this to remove my make-up, and it leaves my skin feeling soft and fresh, and it really does remove every scrap of make-up.
It doesn't have any scent, and I find it's definitely more mattifying than the original micellar water. A must for the oily sufferers out there!

Matte Control Moisturiser - £6.99

 

It's a mattifying moisturiser, it targets breakouts, and controls oil for 8 hours. What's not to love right?!
The moisturiser is a blue light gel consistency, which I find sinks in the skin, and leaves it feeing matte but still hydrated. This contains salicylic acid, which is great for oily skin! I applied this alone without any primer, and then applied my make-up as normal, and I found after a 9 hour shift at work, my make-up was still intact! Of course, there was a little oil around my chin, but it was barely noticeable!

2 in 1 Wipes - £3.26


I'm not a massive make-up wipe person - I actually never use make-up wipes to remove any product, however they are useful for quickly cleansing your skin. I picked these up as they were technically free on the '3 for 2' offer in Boots. You get 25 wipes, which do contain salicylic acid (yay), and I do find that they mattify and refresh my skin. I used them after removing my make-up with the micellar water, just to cleanse and clarify the skin. I don't know if I'd buy them full price, simply because I go through make-up wipes far too quickly - although if they were on offer, I'd definitely pick them up again.

Have you tried this range? Let me know!
Until next time, 

Friday, 27 February 2015

February Favourites 2015


So it's nearly March - anyone else slightly freaked out?!
February has been a month of rediscoveries for me, I'm trying to save (pah), so I've been using up the products I already own!
Here are my favourites of February, enjoy!



This sponge is the holy grail of all foundation applicators. I have gone back to it so many times, and every time I tell myself 'just stick with this one!'
The application is flawless EVERY TIME, and it leaves my skin looking poreless. Yes, it's pricey for a sponge, but if you look after it - you get your moneys worth.



This is another product that I keep going back to!
I love this ol' faithful, as it gives the right amount of coverage, and doesn't look cakey. I find layering thinner amounts works better than slapping on loads at once - I also find this always sets beautifully with any powder.
I've bought so many bottles of this stuff, but it really is good (a bottle lasts for AGES too!)



This product range is new in Boots, and it's so good! If you've got oily or blemish prone skin, you NEED this in your life!
The consistency is of a light gel, and it sinks in easily to the skin. It promises 8hr matte control, and it really does deliver.


 

I've had this palette for a while now, but I've fallen in love with it all over again.
The colours range from matte to satin, and have the creamiest opaque effect. This is perfect as an everyday palette - it has subtle and stronger tones (both in warm and cool shades) - Stand-Offish is my all time favourite eyeshadow




I've been using this brow gel for so long, and I can tell such a difference if I haven't applied it on my brows.
The tiny wand makes it so easy to brush the product through the brows, and it really does make such a remarkable difference - it gives the brows fullness and texture, but also keeps them in place.
I would recommend getting the light/medium shade, unless you have super dark hair.




I got this cream cheek and lip product in a Christmas gift set, and at first I didn't really like it. However, I recently discovered it again in my collection, and have fallen in love! It is the most beautiful deep fuschia, which when applied with a light hand, gives a lovely flush to the cheeks. I've really been loving cream products at the moment, and I'm glad I gave this one another go!





I was wondering round the M&S beauty section, and I found these facial sheet masks. I hadn't heard of Maskeraide before, but I seriously love these! I picked up 'Detox Diva' and 'Beauty Restore' - both of which I will definitely be repurchasing. They left my skin feeling so soft and renewed, and I especially loved the lotus scent of 'Detox Diva'
I forgot to take a picture before I used mine (bad blogger!) - these are the best face masks I've ever used though, go and have a look!

What have been your favourites this month?
Until next time, 




Thursday, 19 February 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Brow Wiz vs Dipbrow Pomade


Eyebrows - they can make or break a face!

In my opinion, brows need to be cared for, and paid attention to, just as much as any other part of your face when doing your make up.
So today I will be comparing/discussing/swatching my two favourite brow products EVER.

Both are from the fabulous Anastasia Beverly Hills brand; however, there are differences between both - as you will see in this post, enjoy!


Possibly the weirdest product I've ever put on my brows - this is essentially a gel liner for your eyebrows, weird right?


I have two shades - Medium Brown & Dark Brown
To be honest, there isn't much difference between the two shades, and I would say if you have medium - dark brown hair these will suit you to the ground.
Now I don't actually have solid medium brown hair - I have blonde and caramel highlights throughout, although I can still easily use both colours!

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Told you there wasn't much difference!
The medium brown looks a lot darker in the pot, which is strange because you'd assume the dark brown is, well, darker.

The medium brown is a cool-toned brown, this would be perfect for ash brown or medium brown hair colours.
Dark brown is a warmer, rich brown shade - this would suit medium to dark brown, but with warmer tones in the hair.

The swatches above are the most pigmented, and you wouldn't normally apply such a heavy layer of product!


This is the pomade with a much thinner layer - I would personally say this is typically how it will look on your brows. 


Now I know my brows aren't perfect - but they're sisters not twins remember!

So, what do I think of the dipbrow pomade?

The texture is quite thick, but creamy, and it's best to use a super thin brow brush with these.
The product can go on quite heavily, although it is very easy to sheer out. Creating a defined shape is ideal with this product, and it can make your brows look amazing!

Pros
It's waterproof, and smudge-proof - I mean it really doesn't budge. I've applied this at 8am, and it's still completely intact at 8pm.
You can achieve amazing results! I use a very thin brow brush, and I find you can create really shaped and sculpted eyebrows.
It will last forever - Ok, maybe not forever, but you get the idea! You only need a small amount, so it can potentially last a very long time.

Cons
It's time consuming - This definitely isn't a product to use when you're in a rush. You need time and precision to make this work, although the results are worth it.
If you use too much, there are consequences - Sounds silly, but I find if you're ever a bit heavy handed, you end up looking like this...



Brow Wiz - £15.50

Now Brow Wiz is your more typical brow product.
It is a dual applicator, with a pencil on one end, and a spooley on the other.



This product is great if you're after a more natural finish. 
I find the pencil creamy and pigmented, and you only need a light hand to achieve a full brow.
I have mine in Medium Brown, which is slightly warmer-toned than the dipbrow pomade.


This product has a lighter, feathery feel compared to the dipbrow. I find creating movement at the front of my brow really easy, and you can use the spooley to blend the product.

What do I think of the brow wiz?

The soft pencil is great for quickly filling in the brows, and this product seems to last a full working day too.

Pros
Very easy to use - The pencil is really thin, but has a buttery texture, so creating hair strokes and filling in is so easy!
Takes no time at all - This is my go-to product for work brows
Looks more natural - This definitely loooks more natural compared to the dipbrow

Cons
Harder to achieve sharper results - Because the pencil is softer, the overall effect is slightly softer, so creating a sharper line takes a little longer


So what do I prefer?
Honestly, I love them both the same.
I use Brow Wiz for everyday, and Dip brow for night outs (or when I have longer to get ready!)
They work beautifully together though! I use Dip Brow to shape, and Brow Wiz to fill in.

So what do you think? 
Have you tried either of these?
Until next time, 









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