Sunday, 22 September 2013
I adore dark colours and I love wearing them all year, I think a berry lip looks amazing with a tan. But now the leaves are falling and the nights are getting a bit darker, the dark tones have come back; and I've picked my current top 4 lipsticks. Two from MAC are Diva and Heaux. Diva is a deep berry and Heaux is more red. Heaux sold out within the hour, and was limited edition from the Rihanna collection. If you couldn't get your hands on it, my next favourite is a budget buy from the Rimmel Kate Moss collection in the shade 107.
My final favourite is 149 Black Tulip from YSL. It looks terrifying in the bullet but swatched is a beautiful gothic purple. I think this would look beautiful with glowing skin, simple eyes, with hair slicked back.
Above I've swatched them in broad daylight as darker lipsticks can look very different to what they look like in the bullet. From Left : Diva, Heaux, 107, 149.
Saturday, 14 September 2013
I am not an eye make up gal generally as I don't have the patience and just stay with my trusty feline flicks. All that blending, equalling the shape, I really can't be fussed. However, I took the plunge and got the infamous pro longwear paint pot in Bare Study and I've used it everyday since. A couple of sweeps of this and smudging with my fingers and I'm good to go in less than a minute. The consistency is really creamy and easy to work with, but sets and stops minimal shifting throughout the day. It's a beautiful champagne colour that can be almost undetectable if a small amount is used to brighten the eye, but it also looks beautiful for a full effect. I've used eyeshadows on top of this on both myself and other people, and it prevents them creasing which they would normally due to my oily lids. I'm really impressed with this, and I'm really tempted to pick up some other neutral colours to wear on a day to day basis. Any suggestions?
I also haven't blogged in over a month due to being so run off my feet organising things for my new job (woohoo!) and a lack of inspiration and ideas. I'm hoping to post on a more regular basis, please if you have anything you'd like to see, just ask!
Friday, 16 August 2013
My trusty Origins Clean Energy Oil ran out, and I was on a mission for some purse friendly skincare additions. I chose the Vitamin C+ Cleansing Oil and the Vitamin C+ Micro Polish Wash from the Una Brennan Superfacialist range. I have been well and truly blown away with how amazing these products are, and have definitely knocked my previous favourites that are double the price from the top spot. They both smell absolutely gorgeous, a bit like chocolate oranges without the sickly smell you can often get when scents are replicated. They are gentle on my skin but do that they say they will. The face wash has micro beads in and I can feel it refreshing and gently resurfacing my skin, whilst gently taking off the dead skin cells every morning. The vitamins in it made my skin look brighter and perkier after just a few uses, and I can see the difference once I've applied make up.
The only con wish the cleansing oil is that there is no pump, and my clean energy one doesn't fit, but for the price, I really can't complain. This smells a hell of a lot better than the Origins one, and actually does a better job at removing my make-up. This soothes the skin but also takes off foundation, waterproof mascara and lipstick without leaving my skin feeling tugged and dry. It has rosehip oil and olive oil just to name a couple of ingredients, and leaves my complexion feeling smooth and clean. I can't wait to discover more of the range next time I'm in store, and I'm keen to try the Vitamin C+ Daily Moisturiser and the pre-cleanse oil. If you have to buy one thing next time you're in Boots, definitely have a look at this magical duo.
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
I'm lucky enough to be blessed with local, countless options of idyllic dog walks and I thought I'd take some photos of some of the natural beauty that I often take for granted.
This bridge is a mis-used railway, but I'm still convinced that everytime I walk across it that a train is going to come!
After all that walking, we deserved a treat, right?
Monday, 12 August 2013
I was trying to resist falling into the hype, but with a Boots 3-for-2, who could resist? How long has the UK been waiting for the Maybelline Baby Lips to arrive?! I chose the three that have a tint, which are Peach Kiss, Cherry Me, and Pink Punch, but there are 3 others that are clear. I was really pleasantly surprised with the colour pay off, as I was expecting it to be completely undetectable as my lips are already a deep pink without anything on them. Peach Kiss is pretty much clear with a slight nude tinge, but Cherry Me and Pink Punch really add some colour. They claim to provide 8 hours of hydration, whereas I would put it at about 4 hours, before the silky feeling finally starts to wear off. I was expecting these all to be quite a hard balm like the chapstick, but they are really soft and creamy to apply, not to mention smelling absolutely gorgeous in the process of it all. They also have an SPF of 20 which is excellent, especially for the price of £2.99. My favourite is Pink Punch, but I'm hoping they'll bring out some more colours in the Winter.