Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Blogmas Day 6 ¦ A pretty huge festive lush haul

I absolutely love Lush at the best of times but at Christmas I super duper love it. There are just so many pretty things and so many sparkles and I just can't resist it. I thought today I would show you everything that I picked up from the Christmas range. I have a couple of bits from the autumnal range as well so without further ado lets get into it.
 So start with the non bath bomb/bubble bar bits I picked up two shower gels, the first being the infamous Snow fairy which I have to have a little bottle over every year and the other being Lord of Misrule. This actually isn't one I have tried before however I loved the heavy scent and though it would be perfect for this time of year. I also picked up a new lip scrub as my bubble gum one was getting to the point where it definitely needed to go. It took me a while to decide but in the end I went for the Santa's belly lip scrub which taste like cherry coke. Then finally for non bath bits I had to pick up a shower jelly. My original intention was to get the shower jelly to match the lip scrub so in the end I decided to pick up the Snowman jelly instead which I'm so glad I did as it smells incredible.
Moving onto things for the bath and starting with bubble bars the first two I picked up are old favourites, I always pick up a Candy mountain and a Christmas penguin as I just love them. Candy mountain is actually the first ever thing I had from Lush so it holds a very special place in my heart and I just love how cute the Christmas penguin is and as a bonus he smells fab too. In terms of new bubble bars for this year I picked up Ruby red slippers which is just incredible. The scent is quite heavily floral however I couldn't resist the red glitter so I just had to buy it. I also picked up Big bang which is the gorgeous bright blue bubble bar which I cannot wait to put in my bath as I feel like it's going to turn the water such a cool colour. Finally for bubble bars I picked up the Santasaurus bubble bar which is possibly one of the cutest things I've ever seen and I just couldn't resist.
For my Christmas eve bath I settled on the Luxury lush pud which is one of the more pricey bath bombs in the collection. I just love the colours in this and I remember using it last year and completely loving it. Another one of my festive favourites and so many other too is Snow white this one just has the most perfect fresh apple scent and makes a fab morning bath. I also picked up Autumn leaves which I'm pretty sure is the only product I got that isn't from the Christmas collection but I'd seen so many demos of this one I just had to give it a go. Stardust looks like a really boring bath bomb as it's just a plain star however I just love it to bits, the scent is very calming and I find it's a really fab one for relaxing tired muscles in. Second to last we have Never mind the ballistics. I cannot wait to use this one as I'm pretty sure the pink layer on top is a layer of bath melt which if it is will make the bath water so lovely and hydrating. The final bath bomb in  today's huge haul is something I have had recommended to me so many times and it's Shoot for the stars. I have seen so much about this one in the past couple of weeks and I have to say it's one of the ones I'm most looking forward to!

Monday, December 05, 2016

Blogmas Day 5 ¦ The red lip edit

Today I thought I would show you some of my favourite red lipsticks. We all love a good festive red so I have a few options with every type of undertone.
The Long lasting red - MUA Lip Lacquer in the shade Reckless
This is a really beautiful deep red shade which lasts so well. It is incredibly matte on the lips, despite the fact it isn't the most hydrating as long as the lips are prepped well it sits really nicely. Due to it being so matte it does last a good 6 hours as long as you don't eat anything super oily.
The Pink toned red - Dose of Colors Matte liquid lipstick in Kiss of fire
The Dose of colors Liquid lipsticks are some of my all time favourites, they sit so beautifully on the lips whilst setting to a velvet finish. These also last really well, I find I get around 8 hours of wear out of this even when I eat oily foods I find this still lasts really well. This shade is a gorgeous pinky red shade and one of my all time favourites.
The Berry toned red - Rimmel Kate Moss Matte lipstick in 107
This is my all time favourite wintery red. Despite the fact this is a matte lipstick it feels incredibly comfortable, it's just one of those colours that I reach for when I'm not sure what type of red to go for and it just works perfectly with any look you'd ever want to wear a red lip with.
Reckless, Kiss of fire, 107, Virgin, Lady danger
The Classic red - Illamasqua Glamore lipstick in Virgin
This is just the perfect classic red shade, not too blue toned, not too pink toned just perfectly balanced. I find most of Illamasqua's lipsticks to be quite drying however the glamore formula is beautiful. It's slightly glossy yet incredibly long lasting but also feels very comfortable on the lips.
The Orange toned red - Mac Matte lipstick in Lady Danger
Finally for today I thought I would pick out an Orangey toned red for those who wouldn't normally go for a classic or pinky red. Although this does have a tendency to make my teeth look a little bit yellow it is still a beautiful shade. It is a matte formula again however it feels very comfortable as with most of Mac's matte lipsticks.
So that's it for today I'd love to know what your favourite red lips are!

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Blogmas Day 4 ¦ Top 10 high end favourites

I did this post about a year ago and I thought it was about time I updated it as my favourites are completely different. So without further ado lets get one with it as I feel like it's going to involve a lot of gushing.
Starting off with bases I had to include the Urban Decay Naked foundation this is just my favourite foundation for dry skin. It's a beautiful medium coverage which can be built up beautifully. It doesn't sink into any dry patches and just sits so nicely on my skin. I also picked out the Bare minerals complexion rescue which is again another beautiful formula for dry skin. This is a much lower coverage than the Naked skin foundation and it is the base I always reach for on good skin days and days which my skin is even drier than usual. For my concealer I picked out the Clarins instant concealer I do love the Naked concealer however this one is just a little bit better. I find this works beautifully on anything I need it for whether it be my dark circles, blemishes or redness. Again it just sits beautifully on my dry skin and doesn't sink into any dry patches. Can you sense the theme!
For the rest of my face I had to include the Benefit Hoola bronzer which is just the perfect bronzer for pale skins. It blends beautifully into the skin and looks incredibly natural whilst still adding some warmth to the face. For blush I had to pick out the Illamasqua blush duo in Lover and hussy these blushes are absolutely stunning, highly pigmented and just beautiful shades. For the brows it was a close call between Anastasia dip brow and Gimme brow from Benefit. In the end I went for Gimme brow as it is one of those products I feel like I will always have in my collection. It's perfect for no makeup days when I just want a little bit of texture in my brows but I also love using it over any other brow products to just set them in place.
Dose of colours, Bare with me, Truffle and Kiss of fire, YSL 47, Clinique Poppy pop, Gimme brow, Hoola bronzer, Illamasqua Lover and Hussy, Urban decay, Pop, Anaheim and Punk.
For eyes I had to pick an Urban decay palette and in the end I settled on the Gwen Stefani palette as it's definitely the one I get the most use out of. I love that it is mostly neutrals however it has those few pops of colour. I especially love the blue for on my lower lash line. As with all Urban decay shadows these are beautifully pigmented and creamy and blend like an absolute dream. Then finally for lips I had to include the Dose of Colours liquid lipsticks, they are so beautifully velvety and comfortable on the lips. Highly pigmented and extremely long lasting they are definitely my favourite Liquid lipstick formula I have tried. Then for actual lipsticks I picked out the YSL Rouge volupte shine in the shade 47 which is just the most beautiful pinky brown nude shade. It is incredibly glossy on the lips so I find it perfect for the days when my lips are feeling a bit dry and gross. Finally my 10th pick is the Clinique Lip pop in the shade Poppy pop which is a orangey red shade. Again it feels very comfortable and although it feels very hydrating it still lasts really well.
So that's it for today I hope you enjoyed this post! 

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Blogmas Day 3 ¦ New Mac lipstick additions

I feel like if John Lewis has 15% off mac lipsticks you just have to take that opportunity and grab it. I've been pondering over purchasing some new Mac shades for a while now and I figured there's no better time than the present. Especially when the present involves 15% off. In the end a few of the shades I wanted where out of stock so I picked out two nudes I'd heard a lot about and two darker shades off my list. I ended up picking 3 matte shades and a lustre shade which is a Mac formula I hadn't tried before however one I really like.
So without further ado lets get onto the shades I picked. First off I went for sin which is a stunning autumnal purple matte shade, this was one I had seen in quite a few Mac lipstick collections and knew I wanted. It is just on of those perfect autumnal/winter shades and one I feel like I'm going to get a lot of wear out of in the next couple of months. Next up I went for Whirl which is a shade which is so hyped up on blogs and in videos. I'm a little undecided about this shade on me however it is very pretty in the swatch. The swatch makes it look a beautiful pinky brown however I'm not sure on me whether it pulls just a little too yellow. I'm definitely going to have to wear it a couple more times before making my final verdict. 

The third and final matte shade is Diva, even though this one looks very similar to Sin in the swatch it is actually a much more red toned berry. Think on the lines of Rimmel 107 but darker whereas Sin is a darker version of Rebel. All three of the matte finishes are incredibly comfortable to wear however I would say that whirl is a tiny bit more drying than the other Mac matte lipsticks I have. Finally we have the lustre finish I picked up. I've heard so many good things about the shade Syrup and I have to say I think it is my favourite shade out of the four I picked up on this occasion. It is an incredibly comfortable formula to wear and one of those shades that is perfect for just chucking on without a mirror. It's a gorgeous pinky rose nude which is my perfect my lips but better colour. I
would definitely recommend this one for anyone who is looking for a nice everyday shade.

Sin, Whirl, Diva, Syrup
I'd love to know what Mac shades are on your wishlists and what shades you think I need to own!