Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The flu face

Now I feel like since I started uni I have spent a large majority of my time feeling a little under the weather. Today I thought I would share with you the products I reach for when I am feeling rubbish. 

I always go for a super hydrating base when I feel unwell, the Pixi Rose flash balm is potentially the most hydrating primer I have ever tried. If you have oily skin I would avoid this like the plague but if you are dry and dehydrated give it a go! Bare minerals complexion rescue is my go to when I feel super dry and when I don't want anything too heavy. Glossier stretch concealer is very light and hydrating under the eyes and doesn't cling to any dry patches. It looks super glowy and healthy and makes the skin look a lot less grey and gross.

For bronzer I love Mac Refined golden which is a beautiful warm bronze shade with gold reflects. This gives the skin a beautiful glow and adds colour to the cheeks. I love this bronzer and as long as I use it with a light hand when I am pale it just adds a beautiful colour. Highlight wise I tend to reach for a liquid highlight. Currently I'm loving the Nip and Fab liquid illuminator in White gold which is such a pretty pinky silver toned highlight again adding to the glowiness I pile onto the skin. 

Brow wise as always I reach for Anastasia Dip brow which is my all time favourite brow product which you will know if you read my blog. For a quick wash of colour I love the Maxfactor Masterpiece Liquid shadow in Coffee which is a really pretty taupe shade which just adds a nice little wash of colour and shimmer to the lids. Mascara wise I have been reaching for Total temptation mascara which doesn't end up half way down my face when my eyes water, which they do a lot when I don't feel so great. Finally for the lips I love the NYX butter glosses as they are incredibly comfortable. My lips are very dry anyway but especially when I am under the weather. To finish off the face I love the Pixi Wakeup vitamin mist which again adds even more glow to my skin. 

That's it for today, I would love to know what you use when you are feeling under the weather. 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

This month I loved, 03

March was a weird month, with a birthday, the easter holidays and an operation I didn't end up trying many beauty products at all. However I did have a couple of things I wanted to mention and I definitely didn't want to break my promise of a monthly favourites. So here we are a very late and very little March favourites. 

First off I wanted to mention a book which I really loved this month. Some of you may know I am actually at university studying forensics so I was very intrigued by Val McDermid's book. Forensics The anatomy of crime. McDermid normally writes fiction but spoke to various experts in the field of forensics creating a clear non-fiction piece explain both the importance and the incredible scientific knowledge in various fields in the forensics domain. I feel like even if you aren't studying something forensics related or it's your job area  a lot of true crime and crime fiction would enjoying finding a little more out about various types of evidence and how even the tiniest fragment of bone can be used to solve a case. 

Moving onto the beauty bits I had to mention the Revolution Conceal and define concealer which is everywhere at the moment. Now I've never tried shape tape so cannot compare the two however whether it is a dupe or not I've been getting on really well with this product. I have the shade C1 which is the lightest shade and is actually a tiny bit too light for my skin tone, so I will be picking up C2 next time I see it in stock. This is a medium to high coverage product with a very slight satin finish meaning it doesn't look super caked on my dry skin. It sits beautifully on initial application and throughout the day only sinks very very minimally into dry patches which is a huge bonus for me. 

I have to say when it comes to face brushes I don't really have much of an opinion however I got the Real techniques Blush crush brush in 303 and I am absolutely obsessed with applying my highlight with this brush. Now this definitely isn't a technique for those who don't want a bright highlight however if that's what you want then this product is incredible. It packs highlight on so it looks blinding but also helps to blur any texture as the product is being packed instead of dusted onto the skin. 

Speaking of highlight I have recently rediscovered the Ofra x Nikkie tutorials highlight in Everglow. I tend to reach for the white shade however add a little of the medium shade to move it from a more icy shade to a slightly more champagne shade. This is very bright and can look textured if I'm not careful where I apply it. I know they now sell these shades separately which is why I mentioned them however I'm not sure you can still get it with all three shades in one pan. 

My eyeshadow palette favourite this month was a toss up between this palette and the Anastasia Soft glam however I think I've actually used this one a little more. The palette in question is the Lime crime Venus XL which for me is like Anastasia MR extension. If you love pink shades on the eyes you need this palette in your life. The mattes don't swatch brilliant however on the eyes they blend amazingly. I tend to reach for a setting spray to wet the shimmer shadows to give them more of a metallic effect however they work beautifully without any setting spray. The only thing I wish this palette had is a shimmery white/cream shade for my brow bone however other than that I feel like it has everything. 

Bottom to top - Tantalising taupe, highlight mixed, Triumph, Flora 
This months final favourite is the Maybelline colour sensational lipstick in Tantalising taupe which is a super pale pink nude shade. These Maybelline lipsticks glide onto the lips and feel incredibly comfortable. This is just one of those lipsticks I know I can throw on and not have to be worried about it. It doesn't dry the lips out therefore sits nicely unlike a lot of very pale lip shades do. This isn't a long-lasting lip shade as it has the beautiful creamy texture however due to the nature of the colour I can actually reapply nicely without a mirror. 

So that's it for today, I'd love to know what your favourites have been recently. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The satin and glossy lip edit.

Don't get me wrong I love a matte lip as much as the next person but as I have the driest lips known to humanity I do sometimes need something that is more glossy, creamy and comfortable. Today I thought I would talk you through some of my favourites. I do tend to reach for more basic nude shades when I reach for a creamier lip shade however I have also mentioned a couple of my favourite brights.

I feel like I couldn't have written a post about glossy lips without mentioning the one of the YSL Rouge volupte shine. This shade is 37 which is a beautiful everyday pinky nude shade. It is slightly lighter than my natural lip colour and is one that I reach for when I have a bright or dark eye look. George Satin lipstick in Charm is the newest to my collection and one I have used a lot over the last month. It's a deeper more purple toned nude however still wears beautifully with a large majority of looks. This one isn't quite as glossy as the YSL one and offers more of a creamy finish. 

Clinique's Lip pop's are potentially one of my favourite lipsticks ever. They are so ridiculously comfortable on the lips but they wear for such a long time. Poppy pop is the most stunning pinky toned coral which every summer is the one lipstick that I consistently reach for. My favourite lipglosses no matter the price are the Clarins Instant light lip perfectors. Shade three is the perfect super light nude shade which works so nicely basically over any nude shade ever.

YSL 37, George charm, Clinique poppy pop, Clarins 03, Bourjois 02, Maybelline Tantalising taupe, Rimmel in love with ginger, NYX Angel food cake, Collection 02, Mac syrup 
The Bourjois Rouge laques are a beautiful slightly glossy liquid lip. I don't normally love liquid lips that don't dry down however these are really beautiful. They are incredibly comfortable on the lips and don't ever get the point like a lot of glossy liquid lips do where they start to feather and become very dry on the lips. The Maybelline Colour sensational lipstick in the shade Tantalising taupe is such a perfect concealer lip shade for me and it pairs so beautifully with the Clarins gloss. I know some people aren't a big fan of a concealer lip however on my super pale skin tone I love it. It's a slightly more pink toned super pale nude than I normally wear however its a beautiful shade and one I'm going to be wearing a lot over the summer as I feel like it will look even more beautiful with tanned skin. 

Rimmel In love with ginger is a gorgeous colour and the formula is so beautiful. Don't get me wrong a very glossy bright orange is not the easiest thing in the world however I love it and I had to include in this post. It definitely needs a lip liner and a little bit of care. It is a gorgeous comfortable formula and I need to get round to picking up some more shades. The NYX butter glosses are my favourite drugstore lip product. Angel food cake is a gorgeous shade. Again its the perfect everyday lip shade. These are incredibly glossy and so beautiful on the lips, this shade goes so well with so many different shades and is one I always have in my bag. 

Collection's lip colours are a lovely range, Berry blush is definitely my favourite out of the six shades. It reminds me so much of Mac syrup which is actually the last shade I'm going to mention today. These are again very comfortable (are you sensing a theme here) and non drying (there's definitely a theme). The final shade I wanted to mention today is Mac syrup, this is my favourite Mac lip shade at the moment. It is a beautiful slightly glossier colour which is very similar to the collection shade. This is the best for really neutral makeup look but also works beautifully with a heavier makeup look. 
So that's it for today, I'd love to know what your favourite non-matte lip products are! 

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Improving blog photography with everyday objects

So it's taken me a long time to get where I am with my blog photography and it is no way where I want it to be yet however I feel like I have shown a huge improvement in the past year or so. Today I thought I would talk about some of my favourite ways to spice up my photos with everyday objects. The photo above shows how I used to take a photo on the left and how I would talk a photo now. It includes all the same products but by using everyday objects I have made the photo much more visually appealing. So without further ado lets get into my tips and tricks. 

Backgrounds are something incredibly important, they very quickly change a photo completely. There are so many different things you can use as backgrounds whether that is wallpaper samples, tile samples or samples or hardwood floor. Magazines also make fabulous backgrounds and obviously work well for beauty posts as the content is often related to makeup. 

Sparkles and sequins add a little bit of bling to the picture. If you have a super boring background sparkles are a super easy way to add a little something to the mix. I also love to coordinate the colours the sparkles with the packaging. For example if I am taking pictures of products with gold packaging I will include some gold sparkles to add a little bit of something else.

Other products are a good way to add a little bit of something interesting you are taking products for a review. For example when I take a picture of a palette for a review I like to surround it with other products pointing towards it which helps to focus in on the product. Brushes are also a gorgeous way to add something else to the photo especially the new Real techniques blush crush range which have the most stunning glittery handles. 

Glass wear and trinket dishes add a little something extra. I have a huge amount of cute little dishes which I use for storage which look so pretty around the house as well as in the photos. I have them from places such as Primark, Wilko and Ikea. I also use normal glasses and tumblers which look super cute when you put lipstick/liners in them and have them spilling out like in the photo above.

So that's some of my tips for making blog photos a little more exciting. I'd love the know what your blog photography tips are? 

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Posts I loved - March

It's that time of the month again where I share with you some of my favourite posts from the month. So without further ado lets get into the posts. I'd love to know what your favourite posts of the month have been. 

I would love to know what have been your favourite posts from this month?

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

The forever repurchases

Today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite products and the ones that I have and will go on to repurchase over and over again. I would love to know in the comments what are your forever repurchase products. 

Starting off with the base products Porefessional has been a go to primer for me for such a long time. The pores on my cheeks are huge so this is a go to for me whenever I go for a heavier base. I know a lot of people don't love silicone based primers but if you do and you haven't already tried this you need too. concealer wise I had to mention both the Clarins instant concealer which is the most light weight super high coverage concealer. It looks beautiful on the skin and is brilliant for dry skin. The Naked concealer is a cult classic. It isn't quite as high coverage as the Clarins concealer however it does still offer a good strong medium coverage. Again it doesn't feel heavy on the skin and looks amazing on my dry skin. 

I love a good setting spray and the Urban decay All nighter setting spray is by far my favourite. It reduces any powderiness on the skin and takes any cakiness away. For a dry skinned gal like myself this is something I cannot be without. It also makes my makeup last so much longer on the skin. Hoola bronzer is the only bronzer I have ever hit pan on. It's a gorgeous slightly warm toned bronzer which I can use for both contouring and bronzing up the face without looking orange in any way. 

Moving onto the eyes I had to mention the Anastasia modern renaissance palette. This is by far the palette in my collection that I use the most. These shadows blend like an absolute dream and are so crazily pigmented. I also wanted the mention the Smashbox Brow tech matte pencil. This is a super thin pencil which means I can get a very accurate brow. It is one I reach for on a more natural day. It also has the best spooley ever which seems like a random comment but it really is amazing. Dip brow was something I couldn't have written this post without. I have been using this product at least 3 out of 4 times I've worm makeup for about the last two years. I have the shade medium brown which is the best for me, it's a dark brown shade with ashy undertones. This is the product out of all of the products in this post which I would recommend the most.

Hoola, Syrup, three shades from MR 
Finally for the lips I had to mention the Nuxe Reve de meil lip balm which I am actually on my fifth pot off. It is the most hydrating balm I have ever tried and as someone with potentially the driest lips in the world this is something I adore. Lipstick wise I had to mention Mac syrup as for me it is the perfect everyday lip colour. I love a good my lips but better shade and this one is perfect. Finally I had to mention the NYX butter glosses which are my favourite glosses from the drugstore. They are highly pigmented and super glossy yet not sticky. I think the only glosses I like more are the Clarins lip perfectors however they are a lot more expensive than these and the shades are also fairly limited. 

So that's it for today, I would love to know what products are your forever repurchases.