Friday, 29 May 2015

May Favourites

I'm sure I say this every single month without fail but I cannot believe that May is over. That means that my birthday is next month, that my exams are almost over, that I finish college for this year and that it's time for another favourites post. Last month I decided not to post a monthly favourites as there were not a lot of products that really jumped out to me though I have definitely made up for that this month. 



Mac Mineralise Blush in 'Dainty' - This is a product that I have had in my collection for such a long time now and have especially been loving it this month. It gives off such a peachy glow to the cheeks which is spot on for Spring!

Mac Paint Pot in 'Painterly' - This is probably my favourite cream shadow for acting as a base. It works to cover any discolouration on the lids and prolongs the wear of your other shadows.

Topshop Glow Highlighter - I always seem to gravitate towards cream highlighters at this time of year, and this one is just lovely. I have recently written a review on this if you'd like to read about it in more detail (here), but have been applying a small amount onto the tops of my cheekbones and cupids bow lately.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara - Since I got my hands on this sample I have been using it non-stop! I have never used a high end mascara before but this one has made me want to rush to my nearest Boots and stock up, it's that good. 

Soap and Glory Butter Yourself Moisture Lotion - I've never really been one for religiously using moisturiser (apart from on my face and neck) but this has totally gotten me hooked! It smells amazing, as do most of the products from Soap and Glory and I apply it whilst my skin is still damp and am left feeling silky smooth.

Soap and Glory Heel Genius - As summer is fast approaching I've been trying all sorts of creams in a bid to get my feet looking good in order to wear sandals. I apply this all over my feet, rub it in then pop on a pair of cotton socks and leave to do its magic.

What's been your favourite thing this month?

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Review: Loreal Nude Magique BB Cream

This is one of those products that has been sitting at the back of my makeup collection for some time now and have recently decided to give it another go. When I first used this BB cream I absolutely hated it, but now after giving it a second chance I've really grown to love it. This is the only BB cream that I've ever used as I usually prefer something with a fuller coverage due to my acne prone skin, but as it's getting slightly warmer here in the Uk, I wanted to swap my usual base for something lighter. 




At the time that I picked this up from Boots there were only two shades, light and dark, though this may no longer be the case as it was quite a long time a go now. I'm quite fair and the shade 'light' is the slightest shade too dark for me but one that I can make work when blended out. This particular BB cream is different to most on the market as it contains smart pigment capsules which change colour as the liquid is blended into the skin. As you can see from the photos, when you first apply this its is a light coloured but as you blend it in   it becomes more suited to your skin tone. I will admit that this is very gimmicky, but it seems to work well enough for me.

Contrary to what I originally thought about BB creams, that they are extremely light with little, to no coverage, this one built up to give a medium coverage, which when applying concealor wherever needed was spot on for me! This wouldn't be a base that I'd wear on a day to day basis, but for those warmer days when I want to quickly apply my makeup and go. I apply this with fingers as I find it warms the product up nicely, then blend using my Zoeva Silk Finish brush. 

Overall, I'm very glad that I gave this BB cream another chance, and just in time for spring/summer too! Have any of you tried this one out? What's your favourite BB cream? I'd love to hear your recommendations.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Makeup Starter Kit - The Base

Some of you may have read my 'Makeup Starter Kit' post that I'd written a month or so ago, and may be wondering why I have another, but I thought that it would be a good idea to break my ideal starter kit down further into different categories (bases, cheeks, lips, etc.) to make it even easier for those starting out to build a makeup collection that they will get a lot of se out of. Today I'm going to focus on bases - primers, foundations, concealors and powder and let you know which ones I would have loved to have known about when I started out with makeup. 

I know that people starting out with makeup may not want to splurge and tend to stick to drugstore products but there are so many great products that are slightly pricier that are definitely worth trying out if you don't mind spending that bit extra on. I also think that if your going to buy any high end products, then a good base products is a great place to start so have included a few that I love.






Primers: 
Of course, primers aren't an absolute essential when applying makeup, and definitely weren't a product that I used when starting out with makeup, but if you do want to try out a primer here are a few that I'd recommend.

Maybelline 'Baby Skin' - I have actually heard of a lot of people who don't seem to get on with this primer, but I for one love it! If you don't mind a silicone, and almost gel-like texture, then this is a great one for minimising pores. Just apply this to the areas of your face which have larger, and more visible pores and wait a few minutes before applying foundation, and your good to go!

The Body Shop Instablur Primer - This is another primer that's great for minimising your pores. The texture is very strange though, thick and clumpy. Despite this, it does it's job very well and is easy to use.

Nivea Express Hydration Primer - This is a great primer for those with dry skin, and even though I have oily/combination skin I still use this on those days when my skin is looking a bit dull. I apply this all over the face and blend in using my fingers. It sits very well under makeup and doesn't leave me feeling oily at all throughout the day.

Foundations:

Revlon Colourstay Foundation - This is a great foundation to start out with as it comes in two different formulas - one for dry/normal skin and one for combination/oily skin. This foundation has 22 shades in the range so hopefully there is something for you! This gives off a medium coverage but can be built up if needed and is great for anyone with acne/acne scarring as it covers them really well. This is a long lasting foundation so a primer isn't necessary. (You can read my review on this here)

Loreal True Match Foundation - Unlike the Revlon Colourstay foundation, this is avery lightweight foundation but can still be built up to give off a medium-heavy coverage. This however is only made in one formula and is best suited for those with oily/combination skin as it leaves you with a semi-matte finish. I feel like this foundation is great for the summer time as it is just so comfortable to wear and doesn't feel the slightest bit heavy on the skin. (You can read my review on this here)

Loreal Nude Magique BB Cream - If your looking for a lighter base, but that has buildable coverage this is the one I'd recommend. This doesn't look cakey when built up and feels very weightless on the skin.




Concealors:

I do love a good concealor as I tend to get blemishes often and also use a concealor to brighten the under-eye area.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealor - This is my go-to concealor for under the eyes as it goes on very creamy and works to cover any dark circles (You can read my review on this here). It is easy to blend and lasts all day.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealor - This is a very affordable concealor and one that is perfect for concealing blemishes. It stays put through out the day which is something that is very important for me when it comes to concealor as there is nothing worse than having to reapply throughout the day.


Powders:

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder - This is my favourite powder at the moment as it is a lovely match for my pale skin, keeps me looking shine-free all day long and comes in a very sleek compact with a mirror inside.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder - I don't tend to use this powder very often nowadays but it is one that I used non-stop when I was starting out with makeup. This is great for anyone who has combination/oily skin as it does exactly what it's title suggests!

Rimmel Silky Loose Powder - If you prefer a loose powder then this is a great one to go with. It feels weightless on the skin and doesn't at all look cakey.

Let me know if you like this kind of post, I'd love to hear what you think! What were the base products that you used when starting out with makeup?

Friday, 22 May 2015

My Holygrail Makeup Products

There are a number of products that I repurchase over and over again, and which I don't think I could be without. Over the past few years I've built up quite a makeup collection but there will always be those products that I reach for on a day to day basis. Today I'm going to share with you my all time favourite, holy-grail products.  


Holy-grail makeup products

Holy-grail makeup products



Revlon Colorstay Foundation (review here) - This is my all time favourite foundation, and tops any that I have ever tried, both high-end or drugstore. It ticks all of the boxes for me, a semi-matte finish, great coverage, perfect colour match and super long lasting. Not only that, this is extremely affordable.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealor (review here) - Although I haven't been using this concealor for as long as I have the foundation just mentioned, it's one that has been repurchased a few times already. This is perfect for concealing under the eyes and one that I know some people like to use to contour/highlight. 

Mac Paint Pot in 'Painterly' (review here)- Although this costs £15.50, and cheaper alternatives can be found at the drugstore, in my opinion this is well worth every penny. I use this as a base for my eye shadow and it's just perfect. It covers any discolouration on the lids and prolongs the  lasting power of your shadow. I really should pick this up in a few other shades!

Mac Eyeshadow in Omega (review here - a very old, and cringe review I must add!) - I use this shadow almost every single day, mainly to fill in my brows but also as a crease/contour shade for my lids. I bought this around two years ago and it's still going strong. I have recently hit pan but there is still plenty of product left, so definitely worth it's price tag!



What are your holy-grail makeup products?

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Review:Topshop Glow Highlighter

Since Topshop are having their five year makeup anniversary at the moment, it reminded me of how much I love this little pot of shimmer! This is one of the few cream highlighters that I own and has been one of my most used at the moment as it gives such a lovely, dewy look to the skin which is perfect for spring.

First off, as with all Topshop makeup products, the packaging is just lovely. Aside from the look of the product though, what's inside is amazing! The highlighter itself is a lovely champagne colour which is exactly the shade of highlighter I tend to go for, and has a very natural shimmer to it. It hasn't got any large glitter particles as with a lot of cheaper highlighters, both powder or cream, and definitely doesn't leave you looking like a disco ball!


Review: Topshop Glow highlighter


Review: Topshop Glow highlighter

This is such a creamy product which makes it extremely easy to blend onto the skin. I tend to pop a tiny amount onto my finger and dab onto the areas that I want to highlight, usually the highpoint of the cheekbones, the centre of the nose and a very, very small amount on the cupids bow. I then use a brush, such as the Zoeva Face Shape brush (which I have been loving atm!!), to blend out. 

This is just the perfect highlighter for spring as it gives off a very natural, dewy look which adds radiance and youth to the skin. It is very affordable at only £9 and the packaging is lovely (even better at the moment due to Topshop changing up their packaging for their five year anniversary).


What do you think of this highlighter? What other Topshop products do you love?

Monday, 18 May 2015

Tips: Covering an Angry Spot!

Lately my skin has been acting out (which I've decided is the downside of falling back in love with Mac's Studio Fix Fluid) and have been frantically looking for the best ways to cover up those angry spots. I've read countless blog posts/articles, from 'how to get rid of spots asap!!' to 'the best skincare products for oily/acne prone skin' and have finally created a routine that works to minimise the look of spots, as well as any scarring that they've left behind.


Tips: Covering an Angry Spot!


1. Start by cleansing the skin (and exfoliating only if needed) - It's always best to start with fresh and clean skin so now is the time to use your regular cleanser, whether that be the 'wash off' kind or simply a micellar water.

2. Moisturise, concentrating on the dryer areas of your skin - Apply a moisturiser all over the face and leave to sink in for around ten minutes, even if you have oily skin. This not only leaves your skin feeling healthy and looking awake but works to create a good base for your makeup.

3. Apply a small amount of eye drops to the affected areas - This may sounds pretty bizarre, and, of course is optional but don't kick it until you've tried it. I was watching an old Youtube video from Sali Hughes where she mentioned that using a tiny amount of whatever over the counter eye drops you have lying around the house can reduce the redness of your spots. I was a bit dubious but since I had a bottle of Optrex in my stash I decided to give it a try, and believe it or not, it actually worked!

4. Layer your concealor - Yet another one of Sali Hughes' amazing tips. After applying your foundation, spot conceal then apply a very, very thin layer of powder. I find that a loose powder works best as it doesn't leave the skin looking cakey. I then go in with another layer of concealor, making sure not to apply too much and then powder. I usually do this two/three  times or until the spot is nicely covered.

5. Avoid highlighting - This may be pretty obvious but I wanted to include this as a tip due to highlighting being such a popular step in most peoples makeup routines. Highlighting will draw more attention to the areas where it is applied so when having a particularly bad skin day it's best to step away from the highlighter. 

Do you have any good tips for covering spots? Have you tried any of these tips?

Friday, 15 May 2015

Review: An Affordable Neutral Eyeshadow Palette

Today I wanted to show you all this bargain of an eyeshadow palette. I picked this up at B&M for around £2 and had seen a few reviews on it in the past. For that price I thought that it was definitely worth trying out, and even if I didn't end up liking it, it wouldn't be the end of the world! 


Review: An Affordable Neutral Eyeshadow Palette

Review: An Affordable Neutral Eyeshadow Palette

This is by the brand W7, which I have never bought from before but had heard some great things, and is their 'Naked Neutrals' palette. It consists of four neutral, easy to wear shades that have a very slight shimmer to them. The shadows are very buttery feeling when swatched and are actually pretty pigmented too, which I was quite surprised about.

I have used this palette frequently since I bought it and find that it fits very nicely into my everyday makeup routine. The shades are perfect for anyone wanting to create a 'no makeup-makeup look' or for those looking for a 'grab and go' kind of palette.

Have any of you tried this palette or any other products from W7?

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

From the Drugstore: Mua Eyeshadow Trio

Lately I've been a little more skint that usual due to saving up for my upcoming holiday, so have had to resist the urge of buying high-end makeup for a while, but have definitely been making up for it by buying from the drugstore instead. The thing I love about the drugstore is that you get the chance to experiment with different products, be that formulas, colours, you name it! I've decided to start a series called 'from the drugstore' (I know! Not the most inventive name ever, but it's to the point right?) where I will feature budget products that I've picked up recently in a bid to expand my makeup collection, not only in size but through trying out different things. 

To kick off this series I have decided to feature this eyeshadow trio by Mua, if this isn't purse friendly I don't know what is, so at £2.50 I couldn't say no! This particular trio is in the shade 'pink sorbet' and is right up my street, however I'm not usually one for picking up shadows that have a 'baked' formula. With Spring now here I thought these would be perfect for both day or night, depending on how you apply them. The shades in this trio however do not have individual names which is actually one of my pet peeves, but for £2.50 I can definitely get past that!




I have used these a few times since picking them up, and have to admit that I was surprised at how pigmented they actually were. As you can see from the swatches, they go on just as shimmery as they look in the pan and the colour is pretty opaque too. The middle shade in the trio, and the lightest of the three works brilliantly as an highlighter for the inner corner of the eye, although personally, I find that it's that bit too shimmery to use on the brow bone. The slightly darker pink shade works great as an all over the lid colour, and one that I can see myself wearing alone for a subtle wash of colour. The darkest shade is lovely to apply in the outer corner/outer v and could be used in the crease if wanted, however I prefer to wear more of a matte shade in my crease.


Overall I was very, very pleased with this trio by Mua. What more can you ask for, great pigmentation, lovely shades and an extremely affordable price. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for some of the other shades in this range.

Have any of you tried these before? What did you think?

Monday, 11 May 2015

Dupes: Mac Lipstick in 'Please Me'

I have had a slight obsession with Mac lipsticks for a long time now, and one of my all time favourites is 'Please Me', my perfect pink lipstick. However, I have almost finished this lipstick so would have needed to repurchase sometime soon, until I found this one by Revlon. It is one of the Revlon Colorburst lip pencils, which I'd never tried before picking up this one in the shade '205 - Elusive'

The main difference between these two lipsticks is the price. Mac lipsticks retail at £15.50 whereas this one by Revlon cost me £7.99, which is much better for my bank account! 'Please Me' comes in your standard lipstick form which I actually prefer to the pencil form that the Revlon Colorburst balms come in. 

They both have a matte finish which is by far my favourite finish and are very comfortable to wear. 'Please Me's' staying power is amazing, like all other Mac lipsticks and don't feel the need to constantly reapply. 'Elusive' has pretty good staying power too, though is not as long lasting as 'Please Me'. Another thing I wanted to mention was the scent of 'Elusive', it's very different from any lipstick that I've used before. It has a very pleasant mint scent to it so is completely different to the Mac lipsticks  scent.






As you can see from the swatches, the shades are ridiculously similar (Left - 'Elusive, Right - 'Please Me'). This is also the case when applied which is amazing as I've gone though the Mac version so quickly!

I'm very happy about finding this dupe as 'Please Me' is my all time favourite, pink lipstick and to have an affordable alternative is always a bonus. Have any of you tried either of these lipsticks? Whats you favourite dupe?

Friday, 8 May 2015

5 Tv Shows to Watch on Netflix

I'm always reading this type of post, hoping to find something new to watch on Netflix and thought that it was about time I wrote one for myself! I'm forever watching tv shows, and watch probably watch more on Netflix, than I do on normal tv, haha. 


1. Pretty Little Liars - By the time this post is up, we will hopefully now who 'A' is! I've been watching this show ever since it came out and definitely recommend it to anyone who's looking for something new to watch as it never fails surprise me and always keeps me on edge. If you haven't already heard about this show, it is about a group of friends who are taunted by the mysterious 'A', which after five series' we still aren't 100% sure who that is.

2. Orange is the New Black - This show is hilarious and actually one of the funniest shows that I've ever watched. It's about a woman who ends up in an all women's prison due to a crime that she committed a decade ago and shows what she gets up to during her sentence. I wouldn't recommend watching this whilst your parents are around as there are some pretty raunchy scenes, haha!

3. Once Upon a Time - This is a show thats pretty new to me and am only on series 2 so far, but I have become completely obsessed with it already! This is a show about a bunch of fairy tale characters who become trapped in the real world.

4. Misfits - I've recently started to re-watch Misfits as I loved it the first time around and sort of ran out of things to watch. This is another show thats super funny

5. The Vampire Diaries - This ones an old one for me, but I'm still religiously watching this show. I love that theres always something new and shocking going on. If you've read the books then you'll find that there are some similarities, but it doesn't stick true to the books, but I think in this case I actually prefer the show to the books!

Monday, 4 May 2015

Recipe: Banana Muffins

Today I've decided to post something a bit different from what I usually post, and have a recipe for you. A week or so ago, I had a craving for some banana muffins so searched the web for a recipe but actually couldn't find one that I though sounded any good, so I decided to grab one of my recipe books and adapt a basic muffin recipe. I really enjoy baking and bake quite often so this wasn't a problem for me and found that they turned out pretty tasty! The recipe is really easy to follow and includes ingredients that your likely to have in your kitchen already. If any of you do decide to give these a go then let me know how they turned out! 


Ingredients:
125g butter
125g caster sugar
Few drops vanilla extract
1 egg
2-3 over-ripe bananas
190g self raising flour
60ml milk
12 muffin cases

Method:
1. Start by preheating oven to 190°C/180°C (fan oven). 
2. Measure out the butter and sugar and heat in either the microwave(for around 1 minute) or on the hob. Keep mixing until the sugar and butter are combined.
3. Next add a few drops of vanilla extract, but this is optional so feel free to miss this step out!
4. Now it's time to mash the bananas and then add to the mix. If you fancy changing these up a bit you could try adding walnuts or chocolate chips!
5. Add the egg to the mix and mix until combined. You can do this by hand but I find it much easier to use an electric mixer.
6. Now stir in the flour and the milk to the mixture.
7. Share the between 12 muffin cases in a muffin tray, or if you haven't got a muffin tin then you can always pop the mixture into cupcake case. A good way to make sure that you have an equal amount of mixture in each one is to use an ice cream scoop! If you want to ad a crunch to the tops, sprinkle on some demerara sugar before putting into the oven.
8. Pop them into the oven and bake for around 15-20 minutes (or until golden). Once cooked, remove and leave to cool.

9. Now it's time to eat, enjoy!

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