Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The best primers for dry skin

If you are a regular reader you will know that I have the driest skin in the world. So today I thought I would share with you some of my favourite primers for my skin type. I didn't until after I'd taken these shots that these are on the higher end of things however I thought I would share them with you anyway as I think investing in a good primer can make or break your entire look. 

Starting off with probably my favourite, we have the Pixi Rose Flash balm. This is a beautiful super thick moisturiser which can be used under foundation, but also as a mask if you layer it thickly onto the skin. This stuff is potentially the most hydrating product I've ever used. It creates a beautiful sticky base for under foundation and is the one out of the four products I wanted to share today. 

The lightest product out of the four is the Smashbox Primerizer, this feels like a very lightweight serum on the skin. It sinks in so quickly and you can barely feel it on the skin. It isn't the most hydrating however when I'm having a slightly less dry skin day this is the one I reach for. This really does help with the longevity of my makeup. 

Something I love for more of a glow is the Clarins Instant light radiance primer. It has an absolutely stunning pinky reflect which really helps to add more radiance to the skin. This does add some hydration to the skin however I do feel like I need to add a moisturiser or serum under it on my more dry skin days. This is one I'd really highly recommend for anyone who has dull skin and is looking to add some radiance to the skin. 

Finally I had to mention the Stila one step moisturising primer. This stuff is just slightly less moisturising than the Pixi but is still one I reach for really often. This again leaves the skin really nice and tacky prepping it beautifully for foundation. I definitely don't need another moisturiser underneath it. 

I would love to know what primers are your favourites. 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The most hyped collaboration of the year - Smashbox and Vlada MUA

This is most definitely the most hyped colab from this year. The first sneak peaks had me hooked and I knew I had to pick up something from the collection. This highlight is so beautiful, in the end I went for the shade Gilded Rose. This is the lighter of the two shades with the textured rose on the packaging. It is the most stunning champagne, pink duo chrome shade. I was a little worried initially that this would be a little too dark on me but luckily I haven't had any problems. 

I don't find this has too much shimmer in it but it does have the most stunning duo chrome metallic effect on the skin. I don't find this picks up on the texture on my skin and I find it lasts really beautifully without the base shade disappearing and the shimmer being left behind like so many highlighters can do. I love the duo chrome finish on highlighters and as I wear so many warm tones on my eyes and lips this works really beautiful with huge amounts of the looks I do. I have to mention the packaging which is absolutely beautiful, it's 100% my favourite packaging of any product in my collection. 

Overall I absolutely love this product and I would highly recommend everyone gives it a go whilst it's still available. If you are even paler than me it might be a little too dark on you but I would definitely recommend you give it a go. 

Sunday, August 19, 2018

The summer lip favourites

Since it looks like we're pretty much at the end of the Summer in the UK I thought I would share with you the lip shades I've been loving this summer. This isn't quite as huge as my normal summer lip favourites as I thought I would do a little bit of a more curated selection. 

Starting off I had to mention the Maybelline Super stay matte ink in the shade Lover, this has been one of those lip shades that I just feel like I can throw on with any makeup look. It's a beautiful browy toned medium pinky nude shade. These products are so comfortable on the lips and are something I reach for when I want a super long lasting matte lip but I don't want something a dry as your traditional matte liquid lip. If you are a regular reader you will know I absolutely love the NYX Butter glosses and the shade Sunday Mimosa is the perfect summer shade. It's a beautiful coral gloss which I have been loving both for a milky coral shade alone or over the top of other orange toned lip shades. 

Next up we have the Smashbox Be legendary lipstick in Fireball. This is the most beautiful orange toned red shade and reminds me a lot of Mac Lady Danger however I find it is a little more red toned. The Smashbox matte lips are so beautifully comfortable on the lips, they don't dry down as much as some bullet matte lips but they give the appearance of being very matte on the lips. 

Maybelline, NYX, Smashbox, Mac, Revolution, Jeffree Star 
Mac Breathing fire is the more raspberry toned pink shade rather than candy yum yum which is more blue toned. I find this one more flattering on my skin tone personally. This is a very matte lip shade but isn't too uncomfortable. That being said the Smashbox one is definitely more comfortable. I have been obsessed with all three of the Soph x Revolution lipsticks lately however my favourite is definitely Cake which is the lightest of the three. It's just the perfect brown toned pinky nude and the formula of these lipsticks is just so gorgeous and comfortable. They're also such a fab price it would be crazy not to try them. 

Finally I wanted to mention Jeffree Star 818 from this years summer collection. This is the most amazing bright pink, coral almost neon shade. As many of you will know I've recently dyed my hair pink and I am just looking the combo of the bright pink lip with my bright pink hair. If you love 714 from J star then I definitely recommend you give this one a go as it's like the more sophisticated older sister. 

That's it for today, what summery colours have you been reaching for recently? 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

An Anastasia haul and review

Today I thought I'd share with you a little Anastasia Beverly Hills haul. On International lipstick day Anastasia had an offer on where you could get buy one get one free lip products so I felt it would be silly not to take advantage especially as I wanted to pick up the Norvina palette anyway. 

First off the liquid lips, I went for Violet which is the new release alongside the palette. It is a stunning deep neutral purple. Meaning it doesn't lean too red or too blue. The other shade I picked up was Pure Hollywood which seems to be a cult shade. I expected it to be a milkshake pink shade however on me it pulls a little cool meaning it compliments the Norvina palette so well. In terms of formula these are definitely on the drier side, due to them being super lightweight on the lips but still opaque enough. I find one dip into the bottle covers both the lips even with Violet. 

In terms of wear time I didn't;t really know what to expect however I am so impressed. Once you put these on they aren't going anywhere. Throughout the day they do become a teeny little bit dry feeling on the lips however considering how long they wear for it's only to be expected. I find I can get a good 7 hours out of these with only reapplying a tiny bit after I've eaten to cover up the inner rim of my lips. 

Moving onto the palette, I have to admit I feel as though this palette is missing a few shades however I do still enjoy using it and I have been happy with most of the looks I've created with it. The first couple of looks I did turned out a little muddy however now I'm used to the shades I don't have as much trouble with it. I have to admit its not a palette I would recommend for beginners like I would with soft glam or modern renaissance. Don't get me wrong it isn't as hard to work with as subculture but I just find I have to be a little more careful and it isn't one I'd reach for when I had only a little time do makeup. 

I think that this palette could definitely do with a warmer purple red shade just so there is something a little deeper to add some depth to the looks. I really like the formula of these, as always with ABH shadows they do have quite bit of fallout however not as much as subculture. I do find one of the shimmery shades tends to have some glitter fallout on the face but I'm not 1000% sure which one it is. Im pretty sure it's Drama which is the darkest shimmer however I cannot guarantee it is. 

Moving onto the shades in the palette.. 

Dreamer - This is such a beautiful duo chrome pinky orange shade. I really like this pop of warm which can be added to the inner corner just to ground a cool purple look a little. 

Summer - This one is a medium copper/gold shade which makes a beautiful lid colour. 

Wild Child - This is most definitely my favourite shade in the palette. You will know if you are a regular to my blog I love a good pink shade so I'm not surprised at all that I love this shade. 

Rose gold - This one definitely does as it says in the tin, it's a pinky gold shade. 

Celestial - The first of the purples in the palette. This one is so stunning on the lid however I find to do this I have to reach for other palettes in order to create a full look. 

Dazzling - This shade is pretty much a mix of summer and rose gold so I feel like it's definitely one of the shades in the palette I'd change. I'd love it to be a gorgeous duo chrome lavender pink. 

Drama - As I mentioned before I think Drama is the culprit of the glitter fallout on my face. It's a deep purple shimmer which looks really pretty packed onto the outer corner to deepen a look however I almost wish it was a little deeper. 

Base - This shade is just a good all rounder, it sets the lid and provides a shade as almost a transition for the transition shade. 

Soul - This is the shade that initially drew me to the palette however I feel like I'm not really 100% on what to do with it. It looks beautiful as the deeper shade for a halo eye however I find I want to reach for shades from other palettes for the middle. I do really like this shade I just feel it needs more purple shades to work with. 

Incense - This is your standard warm brown and a shade I just don't really reach for. I just feels like its very similar to eccentric which I like just a touch more as its warmer in tone.

Love - This shade is my second favourite (Again the pink obsession continues) out of all the mattes I find this one has the most pigment and is the best shade to use as a transition especially when working with the purples. 

Volatile - This one is a cooler toned matte brown shade, this is good as a crease shade when I work with the more neutral shades in the palette. 

Eccentric - As I mentioned this is the warmer of the two medium browns in the palette. This is the one I tend to reach for as I prefer a warmer eye look. Again though this is one I only use when using the more neutral shades. 

Passion - This is the deepest shade in the palette, I would describe it as a cool toned Burgundy shade which is nice to deepen however I feel like for me I would prefer is if it was deeper and more red toned to offset the cool purples. 

Overall I do really like this palette and the quality is great however its not one I would recommend for beginners as it can tend to all get a bit muddy. I have to admit I expected purples and pinks from Norvina however I did expect it to be a purple palette not a neutral palette with three pops of purple. I do hope ABH go on to release a fully purple palette in the future. 

I'd love to know what you think of this palette. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Hyped products that we've forgotten about.

I thought today I'd chat through some products which used to be all over the blogosphere but sort of dropped off the radar. I thought I'd talk through how I feel about them and whether my opinions have changed on any of the products. So without further ado lets get into it. 

Giorgio Armani Luminous silk was so hyped up it was ridiculous. I have to admit this isn't one I've ever liked. I find it is very patchy on my skin, it clings to dry patches and just doesn't look as luminous as I feel like it should. There was so many positive reviews of this product but for me the wear and the finish were just not what I wanted especially for the price. The other base product I wanted to mention is the Bourjois CC cream, this was everywhere. I actually bought a shade far too dark so I can only use this when I have fresh tan on. That being said this product is so gorgeous. It look so glowy and dewy on the skin, it is the perfect summer base product for anyone with dry skin. 

The Naked concealer is something I still really love. I feel like this one was overtaken by the taste shape tape however I am yet to try that and am still obsessed with this concealer. It isn't the highest coverage in the world however I find its enough for me and doesn't cling to any of the dry bits on my face. The Jeffree star Skin frost got a lot of hype when they were first released however I feel like it has definitely died down. I have a couple of shades and I like them but they aren't a product I reach for all the time. I feel lie across the range of these highlights there are a lot of inconsistencies. Some are so incredibly beautiful and highlighting whereas some are super chunky and glittery. I know a lot of people also have a lot of trouble with the pans sealing.

The body shop honey bronzer did the rounds due to it's diverse shade range. I found that the range didn't go deep enough however for the paler and medium skin tones there was a great shade. I actually picked up the second shade and for me I love it on a very subtle makeup day however for me, as someone who loves a deeper bronzer it just doesn't pack enough punch for me. I really enjoy it but it isn't one I reach for regularly as it isn't dark enough for me most of the time. It would still be amazing for people who are super fair and don't love a deep bronzer. 

I feel like Rimmel Santa rose is definitely the oldest hyped product in this post. I love this blush it is a staple in my collection and is something I have pretty much almost always had. It is the prettiest pinky peach shade with a golden sheen to it. I feel like this no longer gets the credit it deserves which is such a shame as it is so beautiful. Next up I wanted to mention the Makeup geek eyeshadows. I still adore my makeup geek eyeshadow palettes but I have to admit I don't use them as much as I should. another product I still love is the Kiko Eyeshadow sticks. When Kiko first came to the UK I was so excited and bought so many of these. I still love them, they're beautiful, shimmery and something I love when I need something super quick and cute. 

The final product I wanted to mention is the Bourjois Rouge edition velvets. These where everywhere, everyone loved them and then all of a sudden they just dropped off the radar. They are very comfortable on the lips but don't completely dry down meaning I don't reach for them as I personally prefer a matte liquid lip that dries down completely. These are a nice product but not one that I reach for often. 

So that's it for today, what products do you feel lie have dropped of the blogging radar? 

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Why I love blush and you should to

I feel like blush is a super controversial thing in the blogging community, some people love it, some people hate it. I personally love it and I wanted to talk about a few of my favourites and why I love it so much. 

For me blush gives me such a healthy look, being super pale I feel like it really adds something, however I feel like blush looks beautiful on any skin tone. Without it I feel completely flat faced and 2D. I feel like a little shimmer in a blush helps even further to make the skin healthy however I am very careful with shimmery blush as it can go too far and be sparkly. I do tend to prefer a higher end blush, that being said there are a few gems from the drugstore. So without further ado lets get into my favourites. 

Starting off with the more affordable, I love Milani luminoso which is a beautiful shimmery peachy shade. I need to try more shades from this range as I love how glowy and healthy they look on the skin. I actually also love the Essence matte and satin blushes. They're such high quality for the price and come in a really nice range of shades, nothing too out there but a nice range for everyday. Moving onto the higher end products the Clinique cheek pops are absolutely beautiful, the shade above is Berry pop which is a beautiful deep pink shade. These feel slightly creamy yet apply like a powder. I also love the pressing in the pan. I mean who would not want a blush in the shape of a daisy. This is another one I need to buy more shades of. 

Benefit blushes are always beautiful but my favourite currently is gold rush which is a beautiful peach with a quite heavy gold sheen. This for me is the perfect everyday luminous blush which just makes you look so healthy. It also an amazing blush for a super heavy eye look if you don't want anything to clash. The Mac blushes are a classic and a staple for many. Fleur power is a really pretty medium pink shade. I love the fact Mac blushes aren't too pigmented so they are a little harder to go overboard with. I just thing this shade is a really lovely classic blush shade. Finally I wanted to mention Urban decay's Afterglow blushes, the shade above is indecent which is a gorgeous muted neon peach. Again this is another shade thats amazing to go with a super heavy eye look. 

Gold rush, Luminoso, Indecent, Berry pop, Fleur power

So that's it for today I'd love to know how you all feel about blush and if you love it what is your favourite.