Tuesday, August 15, 2017

NYX Total control drop foundation


Okay so first off can we just appreciate how pale this foundation is. I am pretty sure this is the palest foundation I have ever seen in the drugstore. I was actually really impressed with the shade range of this one as it also goes pretty dark. This has to be one of the strangest foundations I have ever tried it is incredibly liquidy and when trying it for the first time I just expected it to completely disappear into the skin however I was actually really impressed with the coverage it offered. It has been marketed somewhat like the Cover FX drops with NYX suggesting to use one drop for a light, two for a medium and three for a complete full coverage.
 
 
Due to this being water based and me having dry skin I do find I need to use quite a lot of product as my skin almost seems to drink it up. I apply a drop to each cheek, the nose, the chin and the forehead and that for me gives me the light coverage. As I mentioned my skin does drink a lot of this product up meaning I definitely have to really build it up to get any coverage. After one drop on each part of my face I am left with a very light natural looking base however for me it just doesn't cover up redness enough. Due to the lack of oil in this foundation I do find that it doesn't sit the best on my skin and once I begin to build it up it does begin to cake around my nose.
 
I really like the packaging but I do find the pipette to be a bit awkward and as the foundation is so liquid-y it has a habit of dripping on the way from the bottle to the hand or face. That being said I do think it looks really cool and is definitely something that would look nice out on a dressing table.
 
 
The finish of this is fairly matte, I have to say I did expect it to do a little more glowy and natural however I could see it looking really beautiful and natural on a more normal or oily skin type. Lasting wise this does last really well without changing at all really on my skin however I feel like this is due to the fact that the minute I put it on it looks like I have had it on for hours as it skinks in and collects in any dry patches. Overall for my dry skin I am not the biggest fan of this however I feel that if you have a less dry skin type then you will really enjoy this.
 



Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Concealer lip nudes


I know some people hate concealer lips however at the moment they are something I am a little obsessed with. Don't get me wrong on most people these shades are going to be nudes which are actually paler on their skintone however on me these are either a very similar shade to my lips or just a slight bit darker.
 
First off we have Jouer buff which is a super beautiful incredibly pale nude this is even a little paler than my skintone but I just completely love it. This one is a pink undertone nude which looks so beautiful paired with a super dark eye look. Despite this being incredibly pale it doesn't fall into any of the lines in the lips but it can get a little butt hole lip like if you aren't careful. Next up we have Jeffree star I'm nude which is a much more brown toned nude. This one is probably the closest to my actual face. I love the formula of this one. It's very thin yet incredibly pigmented, due to it being so thin it isn't dry at all and almost feels like there is nothing on the lips.
 

Jouer Buff, Jeffree star I'm nude, Ofra Nude potion, NYX Bedtime flirt
Another more pink toned nude is Ofra x Nikkie Tutorials Nude potion which is a slightly more pink version of Buff from Jouer. This is much more whipped in texture but again offers a really opaque coverage. This one is so comfortable on the lips and just feels so easy to wear. Finally we have NYX Lip lingerie in Bedtime flirt which is the darkest out of the four. This one is the most beautiful deeper nude. It still has the same base of that concealer shade but is something a little different and a little darker so is possibly a little easier to wear. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

The palette that is everywhere currently

Urban Decay Naked heat*

This palette is everywhere at the moment and for good reason. I love the Naked palette range and was incredibly excited when they announced the release. I actually couldn't believe when this came through the door from Urban decay. I was actually that excited I made my Brother bring it me to where we were on holiday. What I love about this is that it has a lot more matte shades than previous palettes which is a huge issue with the other naked palettes.
 
 
This one has 7 matte shades and 5 shimmer which I feel like is a really good mix as you can create both completely matte and mixed matte and shimmer looks. so without further ado lets get into the shade breakdown.
 
First off we have Ounce which is a beautiful slightly satin pale cream shade which makes a gorgeous brow bone and inner corner highlight. Next up we have Chaser which is the perfect matte cream shade. This makes the perfect transition for a really subtle look. Then we have the shade that I have been reaching for as my transition shade which is Sauced, this is a warm toned very cream brown which reminds me of makeup geek frappe. This is just the perfect transition on my pale skin tone and is one I have reached for every time I have used the palette. Then we have Low blow which is a slightly darker and slightly more yellow toned brown than sauced. This one is perfect for deepening p the transition a little and would make a beautiful transition shade alone on a more medium skin tone.
 
 
Onto possibly my favourite shade in the palette we have Lumbre which is the most beautiful duo chrome pinky peach which is perfect for a lid colour. Then we have He Devil which is a medium terracotta shade, this I feel is going to be another one of the shades which I reach for on the regular as it is a gorgeous shade to add some more warmth to the crease. Then we have another shimmery shade which is Dirty talk which is a really lovely true copper toned orange. This one looks so gorgeous all over the lid as either a quick wash of colour or a base for a more dramatic look. Next we have Scorched which is a much pinkier toned orange. This one looks beautiful paired with lumbre as they both have that slight pink undertone.
 
My favourite of the deeper shades has to be Cayenne which is the darkest of the true orange shades, I would say this one was just the darker version of he devil meaning that they work beautifully together. Then we have En fuego which is a more purple toned warm shade this one is the shade I would use to deepen if I didn't want to use the super dark brown. The second to last shade is Ashes which I would say is definitely the most cool toned out of the palette. Finally we have Ember which is a stunning metallic brown with red shimmer which is so gorgeous all over the lid with something like he devil to blend out.
 
I am really in love with all of the shadows in this palette. I have no issues with any of the shades and the formula is beautiful as with all urban decay shadows. If you are a lover of Warm tones I would definitely recommend giving this one a go as it is stunning. I also think this would be a really nice palette to introduce someone into to warm tones as it isn't too intense pink or red. So that's it for today, I would love to know what your opinions are on this palette! 


Wednesday, August 09, 2017

A boots beauty haul


So you know when you just splurge on makeup and it has just sort of happened! As i'm going to Uni in September (hopefully) I have been getting all of my beaut purchasing in as I know I am not going to have the spare cash to splash out on new beauty products.
 
First off I picked up more new foundations, if you are a regular reader you will know I am currently on the hunt for my perfect foundation. The first one I picked up was the super hyped Dior Forever foundation. After seeing Jamie Paige do a first impressions on this a couple of months ago and loving it I knew I had to give it a go as I always seem to love the foundations she loves. The next one I picked up was the YSL Touche ├ęclat foundation which is another one I have heard so much about especially from those with dry skin. The third and final foundation I picked up was the Smashbox Studio skin hydrating foundation which had such good reviews on the boots website.
 
 
Something which seems to be everywhere at the moment is the L'Oreal Paradise range. I picked up all three products, thus far I've tried the mascara and the brow pomade and really love them both. The mascara is beautifully lengthening and makes the lashes look like I've had extension's. The pomade is also really lovely, I decided on the shade Brunette which is pretty much the perfect match for me as it is a nice ashy toned deep brown. I find it to be incredibly easy to work with and I can definitely see myself reaching for it regularly. The only product from the line that I am yet to try is the Kohl which comes in even black and white. I decided on white as I just have a ridiculous amount of black liners in my collection. I feel like this is going to be perfect for an everyday basis as kohl's this shape are so easy to run along the lash line.
 
I got a couple of the new releases from NYX, the first being one of the Faux white liners in the shade Vanilla. This is a really pretty yellow toned white which is perfect to use alongside the warm eyeshadow looks I am always wearing. It does a fabulous job of ensuring that the red tones don't make the eyes look sore and has a really lovely creamy formula. It is definitely going to be one which I pick up more shades of. I have been lusting after the duochrome highlighters since they were released and I finally got round to picking up the shade snow rose which is the most beautiful white gold with a pink reflect. If anyone owns Makeup geek Mai Tai it is a very similar shade but obviously a little more subtle.
 
The final product I picked up from NYX was the eyebrow primer. I actually initially thought this was an eyeshadow primer which it most definitely isn't. That being said I really do like this product. It is kind of similar to a clear wax you would get in a brow palette. It does set hard in the brows however it does an incredible job of keeping on brow product and is perfect for someone like me who has quite large gaps in the brows. Finally I bought six of the shades of the brand new Rimmel matte liquid lips. I got quite a varied range of the shades from the palest nude to the deep navy. I am going to be putting up a review of these in the next couple of weeks so keep a look out for that to find out what shades I picked up!
 
That's it for today I would love to know if you have picked up any of these products recently! 


Friday, August 04, 2017

Bourjois Rouge Laque


I fell like at the moment all the new releases from the drugstore seem to be matte liquid lips so when I saw that Bourjois were releasing a glossy finish liquid lip I was instantly intrigued. Don't get me wrong I love a good matte lip as much as the next beauty blogger however sometimes they can just be too uncomfortable so I was excited to try something which was a little more hydrating.
 
The Rouge Laque's are essentially a glossy finish liquid lipstick which leave behind a really nicely even stain once the glossiness has worn away. Thy do feel very comfortable on the lips however are a litte sticky so are probably not the best for windy hair down days. This slightly sticky feel does however make them feel moveable and therefore more comfortable on the lips. In terms of lasting power I would say that I get a good 4 hours out of the gloss and then another couple out of the stain which is left behind. I really like the packaging as it is nice and compact much like the rouge edition velvets. I also really like the fact it is obvious what colour you are using which in a makeup collection as big as mine is important.
 
01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06.
The colour range is 8 shades which include pinky nudes up to a dark red which is one of the shades I don't have. I have to say I do think this range could include more nudes however I have come to expect this of Bourjois as they seem to bring out a product then expand the nude shades further. The only issue I have with these is the smell and taste of them. They smell slightly like synthetic fruit with a splash of chemicals. But when it comes to the taste it is definitely something I have to try and ignore they taste very chemically on initial application however this does go away after only a couple of seconds. I think if you can get past the smell then these are a really lovely product and are well worth trying out.


Tuesday, August 01, 2017

The warm eyeshadow obsession.



I think it's fair to say that cool toned shadows are most definitely not cool anymore. Over the past year the blogosphere has been rocked with beautiful warm toned releases and with the latest Urban decay release warm tones are once again all over all my social media. You will know if you are a regular reader that I am a lover of anything pink or orange toned so today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite warm toned palettes I own.

My custom Makeup geek palette is something I have written about here if you would like to see swatches and a full rundown of all the shades I have. It contains some of my most favourite warm shades and is a palette I reach for ridiculously often. I think single shadows are a great way to try new shades especially if you are thinking of experimenting with shades that are more out of your comfort zone. Some of my favourites are Chickadee, Peach smoothie and Morocco. With these three you could create a really beautiful and simple matte look but you could also easily add a little sparkle.

A palette that I get so much use out of the warm shades is the Jeffree star Androgyny palette. I don't tend to use the blues and the green more often however I use the warm shades all the time. Safe word is the best transition shade and fetish is a really beautiful deep red which is perfect to deepen up the crease of any warm looks.

Finally I had to mention the Anastasia Modern renaissance palette which is most definitely my favourite at the moment. It contains some beautiful pinks as well as some orange toned shades meaning you can get a huge amount of looks out of it. Love letter is the most stunning deep pink and is like nothing else I have in my collection. I also love Golden ochre which makes a really lovely transition to add a little warmth to a look. 
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