Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween 2014

As the title of today's post suggests I'd like to wish you all a Happy Halloween. 
I wouldn't normally commemorate this calendar event. However I found one of the picture editors I use now has options for the 'seasonal celebrations' - Halloween, Valentines, Christmas to name a few. So, I decided to give it a whirl and have a go at editing one of my old photos into a zombie style are the results.

If you're out celebrating this evening at a party or Trick-or-Treating with your children, have fun and stay safe xx

Monday, 27 October 2014

*Makeup Revolution 'Girls On Film' Palette

Sorry this is a touch photo heavy!

I’ve had the pleasure of trying the Makeup Revolution ‘Girls on Film’ palette* and I’m very impressed with it. First lets look at the packaging. This particular palette comes in an outer box, containing a sleek looking black palette with the name on the front. Inside is housed a large mirror, a double ended sponge applicator, along with 6 matte and 12 shimmer eyeshadows. This palette even comes with a plastic cover giving you the names of each colour, which will make life easy when using this for tutorials! Overall everything about this palette is well made and feels solid.

Now for the eyeshadows. I’ve been using these since they arrived at my door, and have to say I’m extremely impressed. First up I swatched each colour on the back of my hand as you can see in the image below. I should point out that these have been applied over the Makeup Revolution Focus & Fix Original Eye Primer (which I’ll tell you about another time), as I rarely use eye shadow without primer. The pigmentation of  ‘Girls On Film’ is marvelous; they all apply with ease, with very little fall-out, and when applied they all last 8 hours plus! The palette is a steal at £6. I’ve had great fun playing with this palette and will show you some of the eye makeup looks in a future post.
For now all that’s left to say is “Never judge a product by its price tag!”

*PR Sample

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Which Eye Cream?

This is a question that comes up time and time again. I asked my Facebook followers if there was a particular blog post they would be interested in; this very question popped up. I've not done many eye cream reviews so thought I'd consolidate the ones I have done into this post. If you want to read in depth about each eye product I'll provide them with links. So here are my top 3 eye products -

 My most recent eye product and current love. This cooling gel contains extracts of Green Tea (the clue is in the name!) as well as Witch Hazel. The combination means it reduces the appearance of fine lines and puffiness, soothing and revitalizing tired eyes. I’ve been testing this over the past week and I can confirm it does indeed reduce puffiness. I’ve also found that it seems to brighten the eye area after application.

Dermalogica Total Care Eye Cream
This eye cream combines an illuminating tint and non-chemical sunblock.  You only need a very small amount and it leaves the skin around my eyes feeling silky smooth. I also no longer need to use my under-eye concealer,  as this eye cream has a tint and highlighter in it.  Result?...quick and easy all in one eye care which, given how long it can last, actually works out to be good value too.

Dr Organic Eye Rescue Rollerball
This helps reduce puffiness, fine lines, and dark circles around the eye area, as well as making them look less tired. This also contains 20 essential minerals including Aloe Vera Leaf, Vitamin E & C, Spearmint Oil and Kelp Extract to name a few. Dr.Organic Rollerball has a very pleasant fragrance, obviously down to the minerals it contains. I think it smells slightly earthy with a hint of mint. This is also free from Parabens, SLS, artificial colours, fragrances and harsh preservatives.

I hope you found this helpful xx

Friday, 24 October 2014

MAC Lipglass 'Luxuriate'

Would you believe me if I said this is only the 2nd MAC product I’ve ever owned? Well it is! Back in 2008 while preparing to get married I purchased my first MAC lipglass, and now in 2014 I stumbled across another lipglass I rather fancied trying.

My new MAC Lipglass is ‘Luxuriate’, which comes in MAC’s trademark matte black packaging (giving it a very stylish look). Inside the packaging you find a sleek lip gloss that has a black handle and transparent tube. Immediately the colour looks fabulous and it doesn’t disappoint on first application. The only way to best  describe this ‘lipglass’ is to say that it’s a peachy-pink sheer lip tint that has the most amazingly fine shimmer in.

It’s a rather versatile shade;  perfect for use during the day if you fancy a light shimmer on your lips, in the evening with a bold smoky eye, or even over the top of your favorite lipstick. I’m definitely in love with my new MAC Lipglass.

Have you tried this shade? What do you think of it??
Stay Beautiful x

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Maybelline Dream Touch Blush 06

Maybelline Dream Touch Blush comes in these cute little glass pots that make them feel very expensive. I have the shade 06 which is called Berry (I had to search online for the name as the pots are only numbered).

Maybelline say: 'Soft, natural colour. This amazingly soft cream blush blends into skin to brighten your complexion adding a kiss of colour to cheeks, giving you a naturally flushed look. Cheeks have a soft hue of natural colour that lasts all day long!'

Believe me when I say this is super soft and very easy to use! Some mornings I don’t have too much time to apply my makeup, so I find this adds a nice bit of colour to my cheeks without the fuss of putting on powder blusher. I normally opt to applying this with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush; however you can use your fingers or a contour brush if you have prefer. I also found the colour lasted very well on my skin which can be slightly oily at times. This is something I have struggled with in the past with cream-style blush as they can often disappear and slide off the skin.

Maybelline Dream Touch Blush in 06 is perfect for any skin tone. If your medium or tanned then you simply build the colour up, if you’re fair then only apply a little to your cheeks.

I think this is a really great little product and definitely one to pop into your suitcase if you're off on your holidays!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Maybelline Eye Makeup Remover

‘Maybelline Augen-Make-up Entferner Spezial Waterproof’

Let me just start by stating the obvious the bottle is in German; this is because I purchased it while in Switzerland and I’m sad to say I haven’t been able to find this product back in the UK :( So this will obviously be of interest to any of my Swiss or German readers!

Maybelline Eye Makeup Remover is specifically designed to remove waterproof eye makeup. It’s oil based two-phase system has been created to help break down tough waterproof mascara and eyeliner with ease; so there is no need to rub the delicate eye area.

To use, simply shake the bottle well to mix up the two liquids. Saturate a cotton pad and place over closed eyes. I tend to hold the cotton pads in place for a few seconds, then sweep them down to remove the makeup. Its as easy as that! I do find I need to do this a couple of times to ensure my lashes are free from makeup however I don’t find this to be a problem. The only downside to a product like this is it does leave a slight greasy feeling on my skin but that washes off during my cleansing routine.

Overall I’m very happy with the Maybelline Eye Makeup Remover, I’ll just be adding it to my Swiss shopping list when we are back next!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Feel Good Formulas by Arran Aromatics

*PR Sample

How cute do these little pots look!
These beauties are part of the ‘Feel Good Formulas’ at Arran Aromatics, based on the Isle of Arran in Scotland. They have just celebrated their 25th birthday would you believe!

Anyway onto the products before I lose my train of thought. First I’d like to tell you about the Green Tea Refreshing Eye Gel*. This cooling gel contains extracts of Green Tea (the clue is in the name!) as well as Witch Hazel. The combination means it reduces the appearance of fine lines and puffiness, soothing and revitalizing tired eyes. I’ve been testing this over the past week and I can confirm it does indeed reduce puffiness. I’ve also found that it seems to brighten the eye area after application. The gel itself isn’t sticky when you apply it, nor does it leave a residue on the skin. I was very impressed with the Green Tea Refreshing Eye Gel and was surprised to find it costs just £3.50.

Next onto the Honey and Lemon Lip Balm*, and wow what a combination! Meanwhile I currently have my nose in the pot trying to find the best way to describe the fragrance. It’s not what you’d expect from the label; think wild honey from your local farm shop, sweet with a hint of lemon - but not sharp citrus, it’s soft and inviting.
The lip balm has a UV protection filter, so it does more than just nourish and protect your lips from becoming dry. I found the Honey and Lemon Lip Balm to be the perfect combination; it moisturises and protects but doesn’t leave a horrid greasy film on your lips for hours on end. Plus its the ideal size for popping in my handbag!  

I love that these products are from the United Kingdom, and I’ll certainly be looking to buy some of these as Christmas stocking fillers!

Friday, 10 October 2014

What's in my Wash bag - Travel Edition

Oh the answer to this will always explain why I’m too close to my weight allowance when flying - No joke!!!!

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Nais of the Day - Stripes

Today's post is nails based as I'm sure you guessed by the title.  I wanted to show to two nail designs that are super quick and easy to achieve; but also super stylish while adding a nice pop of colour. Both designs are based around a natural matte nail. For this I used my Orly 'Matte Top' nail polish, one coat as all I needed. Ths dries very quickly and stays a true matte for several days. The top image shows a blue stripe on the left of each nail bed. I used the fabulous my OPI Nail Lacquer in  OPI....Eurso Euro, I love this colour as it's a perfect primary blue tone.  The next image I used Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Espresso and done a random stripe on each nail, making sure that each one is different to the next. This was slightly more fiddly but still effective! 
I'm loving my nail art tools again! It's great fun creating new and exciting looks using nail polish, gel color, glitters and gems xx

Thursday, 2 October 2014

REVIEW - Essence Blush Stick

I just love love love these Blush Sticks by Essence! The colours I have are 020 Bronze Babe and 030 Miss Peachy; these were purchased during our Zurich trip.

What do I love about them? Well lets start with the formula. The Blush Sticks have a very smooth creamy consistency that turns into a powder finish. They are easily applied directly to the cheeks and blended with your fingers (as recommended by Essence). The pigmentation is very good so these are incredibly buildable; you have the option to apply more colour if you desire without looking overdone. Essence is a ‘purse friendly’ brand, and trust me when I say you can’t go wrong with their range. I’ve been buying it for over 3 years and so far haven’t found one item I don’t like! So lets look at my application technique...

My technique is somewhat different. Don’t get me wrong I did start off blending with my fingertips but prefer my way. I start off by applying my foundation of choice with the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. Once my foundation is done I contour my face with Bronze Babe, and add colour to my cheeks with Miss Peachy. Then apply my highlighter under my eyes and start to blend - with the same brush I used for my foundation application. I think this works really well and I find it looks seamless and polished. A kind of natural flush of colour and hint of contouring….perfect for a day to day makeup look. I'll be posting a video soon of how I use my Essence Blush Sticks so keep an eye out for it ;)

I’ll be back again soon with more makeup treats xx
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