Friday, August 26, 2016

Beauty ¦ The summer face

Finally we have had some nicer weather in the UK so today I thought I would show you what I have been reaching for when I want a nice light summery makeup look.

So I've been starting off with the Gosh CC cream I got this last summer and I absolutely love it. It's so hydrating a leaves the skin with a really lovely medium to light coverage however it can be built nicely without it caking up. I like to apply this with my fingers however it does also apply really well with both a beauty blender and a buffing brush. I've been applying a little bit of Urban Decay Naked skin concealer under my eyes for a little bit of concealing and highlight.

For the rest of my face I've been using Benefit Hoola pretty much all over my face to add some warmth to my skin, then using Clinique Berry pop on the apples of my cheeks for some colour. Berry pop is a stunning bright pink which ties in really well with the lip colour. It may look a little scary in the pan however it blends so beautifully. Finally for my face I finish everything off with the Balm's Mary-lou manizer which I basically once again put all over my face as I'm a little highlight obsessed at the moment.

For my eyes I've been keeping it super simple, a little bit of Urban Decay Primer potion to stop my eye makeup from creasing. Then shadow wise I've just been doing a super light wash of In the Spotlight which is one of the Makeup geek Foiled shadows. Finally for my eyes I've been finishing them off with lots of the MUA Volume mascara which is seriously incredible for it's teeny £2 price tag.

Brow wise I've been trying out Benefit Kabrow which I actually mentioned in my last post. I am just about getting to grips with using it and I really like it. It's brilliant for the warmer weather as it is pretty much smudge proof. I've been topping it off with my trusty Gimme brow just to make sure they don't move anywhere. Finally to finish off the look I've been using Bourjois Rouge edition in Pink pong which just really pulls the look together and adds that beautiful pop of colour.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Beauty ¦ Benefit brows

Getting enough internet to get this post up has been basically impossible so I also apologise for the lack of post on Sunday as I didn't schedule any (Never trust the holiday wifi) Today I thought I would share my thoughts on some of benefits new brow products. I actually ordered these when there was an offer on the website which offered 3 of the new brow products and a free gift which was the luv it up eyeshadow tin for under £60.
I am really happy with the shade of all three products I went for 5 which is the darkest cool toned shade and I works really well with my hair. Kabrow is just the tiniest bit warmer however this can easily be fixed by using a little Gimme brow over the top. I know a lot of people really love the new packaging however I have to say I'm not sure. In my opinion I think it's a little garish however I suppose that's what Benefit go for. That being said that is literally my only issue with these products and I can definitely get past it!
Precisely my brow pencil -
This one is the thinner of the two brow pencils in the new range, I've heard it compared to the Anastasia brow wiz on many occasions and I also find it to be very similar to the Smashbox Brow tech matte pencil. It has a very thin nib which makes it the perfect pencil to draw in individual brow hairs. What I like about it is that it isn't a very dry product but it also isn't super slippy. Once on the brows I find I can get a good 9 hours out of it before it begins to fade in the places where there are less hairs and it lasts a good 10 or 11 on the areas that have quite a lot of hair.
Brow pencil, Gimme brow, Kabrow
Gimme Brow -
This is actually my second tube of this and I'm not sure I've ever actually reviewed it. It is a tinted brow gel which contains fibres, I love this one as it is a great multi use product. I can use it as a setting gel when I use pencil through my brows but I can also use it alone when I'm doing quite minimal makeup. The shade of this is also really cool toned meaning that I can use it to cool down my brows when I use products that are a little too warm for my hair colour. This isn't the cheapest however I do really like it and would definitely recommend.
Kabrow! -
This one is taking a little getting used to, I thought it would be similar to the Anastasia dip brow however it is much more of a gel texture where as the Anastasia is a more cream formula. This is so highly pigmented and I have to use such a light hand with it. This is definitely one of those products that is best for someone who is a little more experienced as it can leave you with sharpie brows if you aren't careful. This does last really well and I find I can get a good 10 hours out of it before it begins to look a little rough around the edges.
Overall I'm really happy with these products and I will definitely be investing in more of the range. I've currently got my eye on the brow zings!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Beauty ¦ NYX liquid suede - Soft spoken

I've seen a lot of mixed reviews about these however I have to say I really like them. I did expect these to be a little more matte than they are however when I actually read the packaging they are described as a cream formula. On the lips they do feel quite liquid when first applied and they then dry down almost completely dry. The finish on the lips is a satin and once they have dried down they don't feel any stickier than a normal satin lipstick.
The shade I went for is Soft spoken which is quite a dark pink toned brown nude. I really love this shade as it has that real nineties feel to it. The colour is definitely a little more brown than it looks on the tube and I would definitely say these are products that do dry down darker than they go on so make sure to let the swatches dry before you pick a shade. One thing I love about these is that they are very low maintenance with them not drying matte they don't dry out the lip meaning you don't have to worry about them flaking off like some liquid lipsticks do however you still get that lasting power that you get with a matte lip.
I get around 6-7 hours out of this one with eating and drinking but I do find I get a little fading around the inner parts of my lips. Due to them layering really well however that is a problem that can be easily rectified. Overall I really like these and I think if you are a liquid lip lover but want something just a little less high maintenance this is definitely a good one to go for!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Life ¦ Getting back into planning

So it's been a while since I've really touched my planner and I have decided to get back into it in order to get my life back together. As back to college is fast approaching I thought I would try and get back into it before we go back. I've bee watching a lot of Bullet journaling videos so I've decided to mix it into my Filofax Clipbook. What I like about the clip book is it is very light. It's perfect for throwing in my school bag and also in my handbag if I need it.
I've been using it to help me plan out my content for blogging and youtubing but I've also been using it to plan my everyday life. So I've been really enjoying the whole bullet journaling side of things. Don't get me wrong I've in no way been doing it to the extent that some people do it however I have found it really helpful to keep me more organised and it also fulfils my passion for list writing (I realise how much of a loser this makes me sound hhaha)
The clipbook is fab as you can use it anytime as it is all dated by you. It also has a yearly calendar fold out and a monthly one which help me to see my month all planned out and organised. I also really like this one for tracking my shifts at work as it's so easy to track things in as you get so many sections to write in. I've been using the sections on the weekly planner pages one for work, one for personal and one which will be used for college work once I go back.
Overall I'm really enjoying getting back into planning! I'd love to know if you plan and if you do why?