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. 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

The current everyday face

I have so many deadlines at the moment and I 100% hate that my blog is on the back burner right now but there's not much I can do. I am hoping as I begin to finish some of my modules that I'll be able to focus on my writing a little more. Anyway on to today's post I thought I would talk a little about the products i've been reaching for on a daily basis. 

Starting off with my base the Stila one step prime and nourish primer is one of my all time favourites especially when I'm having a super dry skin day. Foundation wise I love Lancome teint idole ultra wear, it's super high coverage but isn't cakey at all. A lot of high coverage foundations look super dry on my skin where as this sits really nicely. Urban decay's naked concealer is still my go to out of my collection. Again it just sits super comfortable on the skin and doesn't crease which is a massive problem I have with a lot of concealers. Finally for my base I cannot put the Maybelline master fix powder down. It is by far the best drugstore powder I've tried. 

For the rest of the face I've been using a couple of Mac blushes first off I've been using Harmony to add some contour to my skin then for some colour i've been using Fleur power which is a gorgeous natural blush shade. Bronzer wise I've been using the new Maybelline city bronzer which I absolutely love. It gives the skin the most stunning healthy bronzed glow. Finally for the skin i've been using Laura Geller Charming pink gelato swirl illuminator. 

Brow wise I've been reaching for Benefit Kabrow over my Anastasia dip brow, I find its a little deeper than the abh and since having my brows re tinted I've just found it matches me better. As always i've been reaching for Glossier boy brow. 

Eyewise I love the Urban Decay born to run palette, it's such a massively versatile palette and you can do everything from a matte basic look to a bright blue/green look. I recently picked up a new Maybelline gel liner and i've been using it a lot both in the waterline and on the top. The mascara wise I've been using They're real from Benefit. Finally i've been reaching for the Jouer matte lips which I love, they're super comfortable and the shade range is really lovely. 

So that's for today, I'd love to know what you've been using recently. 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Trying Too faced

Too faced is everywhere at the moment and now you can get it so easily in the UK I had to try some products from them. I am very interested in the base products from the range but initially I thought id try out some of the powders and the lip products. 

Starting off with Eyeshadow we have the Just peachy mattes palette. As soon as I saw this was being released I knew I wanted it and I finally managed to get my hands on it at Christmas. For me this is an amazing everyday palettes as I love peachy shades. These are really beautiful quality shadows and even though they're super pigmented they aren't powdery at all which I know some people have a huge issue with. I love the range of shades and just think it's perfect for if you want an everyday peachy shades. 

The Natural Face palette again is another amazing everyday product. The powder are rich and buttery but not too pigmented. The highlights are so beautiful and glowy, the blushes sit really nicely on the skin and although they look pretty bright in the pans they aren't too bright on the skin. The bronzers are my favourite products out of the three sets of products. They're very warm, but I love them they warm up the face beautifully. They have a little bit of shimmer in them which just gives the skin a very healthy and glowy look. 

Lip product wise I am obsessed with the Sweet peach lip oil in peach fuzz is a really beautiful and comfortable peach lip gloss. I love how this isn't sticky at all yet it doesn't feel drying at all. With it being a lip oil it feels super hydrating on the lips but contains a huge amount of pigment which I love. A lot of more pigmented glosses are uncomfortable but this one really isn't.

Finally I tried the Melted matte lipstick in Gingerbread girl which was a limited edition Christmas shade which I adore. It also smells incredible which is always a bonus. These have to be one of the most comfortable liquid lips I've tried alongside the Jeffree Star and Dose of colours ones. It's incredibly opaque and sits beautifully on the lips wearing super evenly and pretty much lasting all day without reapplying. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

The liquid glitter eyeshadows.

It's been a while, but I'm hoping I'm back for good this time. I've managed to get two youtube videos up and I have one ready to edit and I have plenty off photos pre taken for posts so hopefully I'll be around a bit more. Today I thought I would talk about my favourite thing which is glitter. So without further ado lets get into it. 

Barry M glitter goals - Queen and Bling bling. 

Out of every product I'm mentioning today these have the least base pigment especially the lighter gold shade. These are a fairly chunky glitter in a clear base, Bling bling is a cool toned gold shade with a completely clear base where as Queen is a deeper copper shade. This has more pigment in the base than the gold but is still pretty sheer. These are best used as eyeshadow toppers rather than a sole shadow but are super beautiful especially for the price. 

Essence Metal shock shadows - Stars and stories and Solar explosions. 

These are so affordable and such incredible quality as with the majority of Essence products. These are the least glittery out of all the shadows I have to mention today but still beautiful. Stars and stories is a cool toned pink with a silver metallic through it. This is one of those products that I reach for when I want a pretty eye look but I can be bothered blending for hours. Solar explosions is a very light more cool toned light gold shade. This one isn't quite as metallic as the pink one so one I reach for regularly on an everyday basis. 

Barry M Glitter goals Bling bling and Queen, Essence metal shock Stars and stories and solar explosions, Stila Glitter and glow Smoky storm and Rose gold retro, NYX glitter goals Metropical, Barry M Asteroid. 
Stila Glitter and glow shadows - Smoky storm and Rose gold retro. 

These are the original liquid glitters and the ones that made me fall in love with this kind of product. I  am seriously proud of myself for only owning two of these as I would happily spend my entire student loan on them. They have more of a base shade to them than the Barry M ones and are definitely more glittery than the Essence ones. Smoky storm has a slight bit more glitter than Rose gold retro but in terms of the actual shade the rose gold one is definitely my favourite. 

NYX Glitter goals - Metropical.

These are a new release and definitely the closest I've found to the Stila ones so far. In the swatch it looks more like a simple metallic shadow however once on the eyes the glitter is much more obvious. There are a couple of brighter shades in the range however the range is no way near the Stila one. That being said if you can't get your hands on the Stila ones I'd definitely give these a go.

Barry M Holographic eyeshadow topper - Asteroid. 

This one is a little different from the rest but I wanted to mention it as they're so pretty. There is a little glitter in this however it's more focused on the duo chrome side of things. The range is mostly focused on blues and greens and I do wish they had some different shades as they look amazing on halo eyes. Out of all of the products I've mentioned today I really hope they expand this range. 

So that's it for today, I'd love to know what your favourite glitter shadows are.