Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Fabulous products of the month - July

Hi guys and welcome back.
Today I thought I would talk about all the products I have loved over the past couple of months, this is definitely going to be bigger than a standard favourites due to the fact that I haven't thought about my favourites in such a long time due to not blogging and filming. 

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood flawless filter - 
This has without doubt  been my absolute favourite of the time I've had off from blogging, why did no one tell me how absolutely incredible this product is. I have the driest skin ever so having something this beautifully glowy under the foundation makes me look actually healthy! 

Nars Natural radiant longwear foundation - 
Bet you can't guess what type of finish this one has... If you guessed glowy congrats you win nothing! I am constantly on the hunt to better my foundation collection and I am really happy with this addition despite being glowy it is amazingly full coverage and builds beautifully without caking round dry spots. I almost feel like this is the sheer glow for grownups. 

Dior Forever skin glow foundation - 
Again another glowy base, this one has a little less coverage than the Nars coming in a a more medium to buildable. Like the Nars one this doesn't cake or cling when built up however it is a little more luminous. I also find that despite this shade being the first warm shade it is too dark and too yellow toned for me when i dont hav any fake tam on and am living my best Caspar the ghost fantasy. 

Urban Decay stay Naked powder -
If you'd have told me three years ago I'd be putting a pressed powder into my favourites I would have never believed you. I have realized that powder does have it's merits even on Sahara dry skin like mine. I use this to set under the eyes and the nose to stop my makeup moving and to prevent the transfer of mascara from my bottom lashes to my undereye which is my biggest annoyance when we are talking makeup. This has a little coverage and just smooths and sets the skin beautifully without adding too much and making your face a cakey dry mess. 

Glossier Cloud paints - 
I have had these in my collection for such a long time however I have never consistently reached for them until the last couple of months. I've been particularly enjoying the shade Dusk which is a beautifully brown toned peach which works with just about any eye look. I love to apply these with a stippling brush as this applies them seamlessly and helps them to look more natural. 

P Louise Base'ic bases - 
Now I do love these products as bases however this isn't the reason they have made into my favourites this month. The reason I love them is to use in the water line. I've been on the hunt for some super high pigment pastels and these really fit the bill. I've never had any sort of irritation from using these in the waterline and once they're on they are stuck fast and are going to be super all day no matter if you are part of the watery eye club or not. 

Huda Beauty Matte and metal paints and Stila Suede and Glitter and glow liquid duo -
If you are a lover of cutting the crease you need both of these products in your life, the Huda shimmer side is more of a full pigment liquid shimmer shadow whilst the Stila is a glitter topper type product however that is probably the only super obvious difference. In terms of lasting power these are really amazing even on my oily lids. I definitely always want to use a separate brush to apply however if you don't want to you don't need to I just prefer the extra preciseness (Is this a word?)

Kaleidos Futurism palettes - 
If you haven't tried Kaleidos shadows you need to get round to it and try them as they are absolutely gorgeous. They blend so beautifully and are just incredibly easy to work with. The pigmentation, especially of the metallics is so intense but can be sheered out if that is the look you want from it. Although the palette featured in the photos is the sci-fi green palette I absolutely love all five of the futurism collection. 

Linda Halberg Spectral palette -
So it isn't hard to tell that i'm currently completely obsessed with pastels and the Spectral palette is the most beautiful mixed pastel palette. I feel like currently the large amount of pastel palettes are focused on one colour so I love the fact that this is mixed. The formula is absolutely beautiful. Even the deep purple, which can often be hard to work with is beautiful.

Fenty Beauty Gloss bomb - 
I am obsessed with gloss right now and the Fenty glosses are by far my favourite, they're incredibly comfortable, super pigmented and smell absolutely incredible. They aren't sticky at all, meaning there isn't any sticking of the hair like some glosses we used to use; I'm looking at you Lancome juicy tubes. The only thing I would change about these glosses is an extension to the shade range in some super beautiful bright colours!

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Where have I been? and what's going to happen with Coleoftheball

The fact I ever felt like I could deal with third year of university, two part time jobs and a blog is quite frankly laughable. However I'm done now, thanks to corona I've found myself one job down and University is completely over minus graduation currently. I cant even begin to describe how heartbroken I am that I've lost the last six months of my university experience however unfortunately it's just the way the cookie crumbles. That being said exams are done and I am so incredibly proud of myself for pulling off a 2:1. I cannot honestly begin to tell you how excited I was when I opened my grade, I had to get my mum to check it for me to make sure I wasn't dreaming.

I have honestly found myself really missing blogging and youtubing in general, but logging back on I can see it isn't what it used to be. That being said, part of that makes me a little happy. It seems more like the old blogging where there is no pressure. I'm not going to come on here today and say I'm going to be posting five times a week and uploading seventeen youtube videos a day however I'm hoping with everything that's going on right now and the fact I work behind a bar meaning i work random times, so im probably going to have days i am not in work till the evening and I can have the day to write and film I'm going to have some time to invest in getting back into blogging. I'm not going to limit myself to one particular genre, however we all know that I love my makeup and although my passion for blogging simmered out a little due to life my passion for makeup has never faded. 

It's going to take some getting used to and it seems to me there's a massive reduction in how many people are blogging as most seem to have moved over to youtube or just don't write in general anymore. I'm not here to make money I want to talk about whatever I want. I want to talk about slimming world and being disabled as well as makeup and if people don't like that, it's totally fine. I'm going back to the way I used to use my blog as my only little internet diary, chattering about whatever I want whenever I want. 

I hope you stick around and here's to the future of Coleoftheball. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The bronzing edit

It appears that the summer in the UK is well and truly over although we are being promised another heat wave. We will see if that happens, so since the rain is awful at the moment I thought I would bring a little sunshine in to todays post. I thought I would talk about all of my favourite bronzers. I love bronzer and although I'm a pale casper the ghost look alike however I love a pretty deep bronzer considering my complexion. This being said all the products mentioned can be used super lightly if you aren't a big bronzer person. 

Bourjois Delice de Poudre in 52 - This is such a cult classic, I know a lot of people tend to go for 51 however I find 52 just gives me the warmth that I want. This is meant to smell like chocolate which personally I don't smell but it is quite perfumed so something to consider if you aren't a fan of powder products with scents. 

Urban Decay Beached bronzer in Bronzed - I don't really hear anything about this product and I really don't understand why as its such a gorgeous bronzer. They do have a lighter shade but as mentioned before I do prefer a darker bronze. This one doesn't contain any shimmer and is just the perfect mix of warm and neutral. 

Nars Laguna - This product does contain some slight shimmer however I really love the glow that this offers me. It is a pretty warm bronzer but I love it. This does require a little building as it does have some sheerness to it. However this makes the perfect bronzer for people who want to be introduced slowly. 

Mac Powder bronzer in Refined golden - Again another ever so slightly shimmery product, this is much more pigmented than Nars Laguna however. I adore this bronzer and its one of my favourites for when I'm fake tanned. That being said I can wear this when I'm at my palest I just need to be a little more gentle. 

NYX Matte bronzer in light - If you don't like pink toned bronzers you're most definitely going to hate this one as it's very very warm. I love to use this when I'm pale but still want the warmth. I also love to reach for this one as a blush when I'm darker as it adds a beautiful bronzey blush. 

Clarins summer 2019 bronzer in 02 - This years summer release from Clarins included two shades of their iconic summer bronzer. I decided on the darker of the two as the the lighter shade had a blush and a very light powder as well as the bronzer whereas the darker shade has three bronzer shades. this is a beautiful cooler toned bronze and is perfect for someone who feels they need to be a little more careful or someone that doesn't love a warm bronzer. 

Too faced chocolate bronzer - Another cult classic this is the original bronzer shade from Too faced and I love it. Not only does it actually smell like chocolate (take note Bourjois). It's just the perfect neutral bronzer shade which can be built up or used super subtly. This one is completely matte but somehow still manages to offer some luminescence to the skin.

Benefit Hoola - The final of the cult classic bronzers we have Hoola which I feel like everyone has in their collection. This one has a slightly warmer undertone than the too faced however is still pretty neutral on the scale. I feel like the reason Hoola is so loved is it looks so good on a lot of skin tones - unless you are on the much deeper side however they have recently expanded the range. I definitely need to get my hands on the caramel shade as it looks like the perfect super fresh tan bronzer. 

Maybelline City bronzer in Medium warm - This is such a bargain I am honestly not sure I would be able to tell the difference between this and a higher end formula. This is a warmer shade however I think there's either three or four shades so you can go for the undertone you prefer. I also have deep cool however I find I prefer the undertone of this one. 

Barry M Staycation Bronzer palette - This has two very different bronze shades in it, one very warm with shimmer and the other very cool and matte. I personally really enjoy the shade when they're both  mixed together as its a beautiful warm shade which adds a stunning glow to the skin. Definitely one of my favourite bronzers. 

Bourjois Delice de poudre, UD Beached, Nars Laguna, Mac Refined Golden. NYX Light, Clarins summer 2019, Too faced Chocolate, Benefit Hoola, Maybelline medium warm, Barry M Staycation. 

Monday, August 05, 2019

Recent faves and where have I been?

If you told me I was going to take a four month blog break I wouldn't have believed you but it happened. I felt like I had lost my passion and I was really struggling with ideas. I just couldn't seem to get my mojo back and I didn't want to throw out sup par posts that you guys just weren't going to enjoy. I didn't expect the break to last as long as it did however I'm back and I have a head full of ideas for both my blog and my youtube channel. Since I've been gone for four months I thought I would share with you some of the products I've been loving recently. Don't get me wrong this is in no way everything I've loved in the past four months it's a select few that I've really loved. 

Smashbox Primerizer - This is actually my second bottle of this stuff and I honestly cannot get enough of it. If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know about my super dry skin. Lets face it I go on about it a lot ahaha. This is a beautiful super hydrating primer which just seems to work so beautifully with any foundation. I would 110% recommend this to anyone with either dry or normal skin. 

IT cosmetics Bye bye under eye - I love a good high coverage under eye concealer as I have super dark under eyes. Don't get me wrong this is thick but the coverage is so worth it. I do find I have to set it as otherwise it does tend to settle and crease however it copes with any kind of powder and doesn't look dry once it is set. I find it lasts so incredibly on my skin and doesn't emphasise any dryness. If you are on the lookout for a high coverage concealer then you need this one. 

NYX Control freak brow gel - Is this the most boring product I've mentioned in a favourites, potentially however it's bloody incredible. My brows are so unruly so I need a brow gel that really locks them in place. I tend to have issues with clear brow gels as my brows are so dark however this one is really lovely and doesn't have any white cast like so many clear brow gels do. 

Smashbox Lid primer in White - Another super boring product but one I have been completely obsessed with lately. I previously had the shade light but when I went to repurchase I decided to go for the white shade as I wear a lot of super bright shadows and it's just taken the product from one I enjoy to one I absolutely love. If you have oily lids the smash box lid primers are the best

Benefit Rockateur - Finally something a little more interesting. I love this blush its a beautiful shimmery deep pink shade and it just gives the cheeks the healthiest glow. I love wearing this even when I go for a very minimal no foundation face as it just adds a little something to the cheeks. If you love benefit blushes or if you've never tried them before you need this shade as its so pretty 

Elf Metallic flare highlighter in white gold - I was so excited when I saw this in my local boots as I absolutely loved the look of them when they first came out. This is such a beautiful pale champagne shade and works for me whether I've got no tan on at all and am my natural pale self but also still looks amazing when I have full fake tan on. I also love the fact the texture is slightly gel like. It isn't the worlds most intense highlight but can be built up to a really beautiful metallic finish. 

Certifeye Affinity two - This palette is so stunning, I've been loving blues and greens at the moment as I find they really make my eyes pop. The certifeye shadows are the most stunning quality, they blend like a dream and are so beautifully pigmented. The duo chromes are so gorgeous and reflective and I also love the fact by buying this palette I'm supporting a UK based indie brand. 

So that's it for my recent favourites, I'd love to know what you've been loving recently.