Tuesday, 3 March 2015

YSL Couture Variation Palette in Nu

After a month or so without buying any makeup, I was given a Debenhams gift card so I knew I'd be spending it on beauty! I had a bit of a struggle trying to use it online so failed to buy the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette I was after.

I decided to pop into my local store instead and that's when I spotted this beauty! It's the YSL Couture Variation Palette. They had two variations. This one called 'Nu' and a more purple based one called 'Tuxedo' that they said was exclusive to Debenhams. This one was my favourite as the colours seemed so wearable and as soon as I swatched the buttery soft shadows, I NEEDED it!

There are a few matte shades along with shimmers. One or two have some small chunks of glitter too but nothing too OTT. I love this palette because I tend to wear light neutral shades as single wash of colour over the eyes for work and this is packed with them. You can create so many different looks with this palette though.

The pigmentation is really good on these shadows and the consistency is so smooth. I think this is great value at £49 considering I paid £42.50 for one of their 5 shade palettes last month! You even get a fairly decent double sided brush with this too.

What do you think of this palette?
Have you bought a new eyeshadow palette recently?
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Sunday, 1 March 2015

January & February Favourites 2015

Spring is here! Yay! That means it's time to tell you all about my favourite products from February. Since I didn't get round to doing a January Favourites, I thought I'd make this one a doubler.

I ran out of my Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel so I've been using The Body Shop Nutriganics Softening Cleansing Gel Oil. This costs £10 so it's obviously not as luxurious. There is no beautiful rose scent, well no real scent at all and it has a bit of a weird texture to begin with. It's almost like a thick honey texture but within seconds of massaging it into dry skin, it turns into an oil and a milk on contact with water. I've actually been liking this more than the Oskia one! Yay, £18 saving for me! It is more hydrating on my skin and doesn't leave any tight feeling on my skin at all. I was starting to get that feeling with the Oskia one. A few added bonuses to this product is that it is 98% natural and has no parabens or silicones.

I've discovered some fab new brushes over the last few months. The Real Techniques Bold Metals 200 Oval Shadow is brilliant for packaging eyeshadow on to the lid quickly and without having to go back over it lots of times. The 201 Pointed Crease was the brush I didn't realise I needed but won't be without now. I'm fairly rubbish at blending eyeshadows into the crease and all that jazz so when I used this I was amazed at how well I was able to do this. I haven't suddenly developed make up artistry skills but I can certainly do the job a whole lot better now!

The Zoeva 110 Face Shape brush is supposed to be for contouring but I've been using mine for buffing in concealer and it works extremely well with my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. It is the perfect size for getting around the eye and nose area where most of my concealing magic needs to happen. It's also great for buffing concealer over my pesky chin blemishes too. It gives a very flawless finish. I feel like the 102 Silk Finish is just a bigger version of the Face Shape so I've been loving it for buffing in my foundation. It gives a full coverage, flawless finish and makes blending in liquid foundation very quick and easy.

On days where I just want a little bit of coverage on my dark circles I've been using the YSL Touché Eclat Highlighting Pen in Shade 1. I know this is not supposed to be a concealer but I find the peachy tone does help to neutralise my dark circles a bit and I don't wear it on a night out where flash photography will turn me into a reverse racoon!

My new favourite pressed powder is the NARS Pressed Setting Powder in the shade Flesh. This helps to slightly mattify any shiny areas of my face without making it look flat or cakey. I love that you can buy it in a shade to match your skintone too.

The Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Copper has been on my eyelids for at least 75% of the time over the last two months. It's a gorgeous cream eyeshadow that stays put for hours but it's the shade I like best of all. It's not a copper whatsoever though. I'd describe it as more of an iced coffee shade. It's such a gorgeous colour that doesn't clash with my fair, cool toned skin. It's shimmery but it's perfectly acceptable for daytime wear and I love it.

I've been trying some of my newer Charlotte Tilbury products and have been loving them all but I've included my top picks in this post. The Light Wonder Youth Boosting Perfect Skin Foundation SPF15 is so good. It's quite a light to medium coverage foundation but it makes the skin look quite natural and dewy. It feels really lightweight on the skin, even if you build up a few layers to increase the coverage. I have the lightest shade Fair 01 and it's quite yellow toned so it works well to neutralise any redness I get when I'm a bit flushed!

I ventured out of my comfort zone with the K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Nude Kate as I don't think that nudes suit my porcelain skintone that well however I really enjoyed wearing this lipstick for a night out where I had quite a heavy smoky eye. It's quite brown toned but when you pair it with the Lip Lustre in Blondie I think it looks really pretty. The lipgloss has a lot of shimmer in it but it doesn't make you feel like a teenager, it looks really glamourous. The gloss has a nice non-sticky consistency too. You also feel like a million dollars when you take these out of your clutch bag to reapply throughout the night! The packaging is so glam.

The final product by Charlotte Tilbury is the Cheek to Chic Blusher in First Love. I predominantly go for pink or coral blush so I went for something different as this is quite neutral. It adds a gorgeous glow to the cheeks that doesn't overpower the rest of your look so it's great if you're going for a really bold eye or lip look that doesn't warrant a strong cheek but you still want a little something special going on. You can use either of the colours separately, mix them together or do the 'Swish and Pop' technique where you apply the outer colour in the area you would normally apply blush then add the centre colour as a pop of colour on the apples of your cheeks.

My final favourite had to be the wonderful book Fleur de Force has written called The Glam Guide. I'm a massive fan of Fleur de Force. I love her videos and I am always a bit envious of her life to be honest! She seems to have it all, the perfect career, husband, dogs, house etc! Fleur's book covers a good range of topics like beauty, style, fitness and other general lifestyle stuff like confidence. I think she's written this book so well. I read it with her voice in my head (that sounds creepy but hopefully you know what I mean!) and I didn't feel it was written for a really young audience like some of the other YouTuber books. She gives a lot of helpful advice and although I might have known a lot of it, it was still really interesting to read. The book is also very well designed and illustrated. I think she's done an amazing job and should be really proud of herself. It's good to see the success that is possible in the blogging/YouTube industry.

Hope you enjoyed reading about my favourites from the last two months.
I'd love you to let me know in the comments below what you've been loving :)
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Sunday, 8 February 2015

A Little Lush Haul

A few weeks ago I decided to pop into Lush as I hadn't seen their Valentine's Day stuff in person yet. Everything looked so good but I managed to just pick up a few things from that range plus a few other goodies.

First up, the Valentine's Day products. I bought The Kiss Lip Scrub as I absolutely love their lip scrubs. They always smell delicious and taste good too. This one has a nice fruity scent but it doesn't taste very nice. In fact it's quite salty. Ah well, I guess it saves on calories as I won't be eating this one and it still does a great job at gently removing flaky skin from the lips.

The Kiss Lip Gloss is a gorgeous slightly tinted pink lip balm with a subtle shimmer running through it. This is really pretty and makes the lips lovely and soft.

I picked up the Jason and the Argan Oil Shampoo Bar simply for the fact that it shares the Rose Jam fragrance which I love so much. I used this a few times and it left my hair and scalp feeling fresh and literally squeaky clean. Unfortunately I didn't get to give this a full test because I put it into an old shampoo bar tin I had and it got stuck. When I tried to force the product out, it crumbled all over me and the bathroom. Sad times! My bathroom did smell rather amazing that day though...

The most exciting part of my trip to Lush was finding some random Christmas products that had apparently been sent to the store from the Mail Order team! Yay! I managed to get one of the gift sets I'd wanted to get in the Boxing Day sales, the Little Snow Fairy! I now have some Snow Fairy shower gel after all.

I also managed to pick up my favourite Christmas bath bomb, Cinders! I love the sweet, spicy scent of this one and will have to make time for a relaxing bath soon!

What are your favourite Lush products?
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Friday, 6 February 2015

Even more goodies in the Blog Sale!

I've added even more things to my blog sale so please take a look here if you're interested :)
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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Blog sale - make me an offer!

My blog sale is still on and it would be nice to get rid of things now as they are taking up a lot of room! Take a look here and see if there's anything you fancy. Hopefully you can get yourself a nice bargain! If you're looking to buy multiple items, feel free to make me an offer if you think the price is a little expensive :)
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Thursday, 29 January 2015

NARS Audacious Lipsticks

Last year saw the release of the NARS Audacious Lipsticks and I'm so impressed with them. I want to show you the three that I own and tell you a bit more about the formula.

There are 40 gorgeous shades so there's something for everyone. It was so hard narrowing down my choices each time I purchased one! The formula is a satin finish which I absolutely love. It doesn't leave the lips really dry but doesn't look too glossy either. It stays in place on the lips for hours and feels really comfortable. I find these to be a great choice for nights out as the bold colour lasts through many drinks and even through eating food!

Each shade I've tried is extremely pigmented too. You get a beautiful bold colour in one smooth swipe of the bullet.

The shades I have are Janet (dark pinky berry), Angela (pink with a hint of purple) and Michiyo (hot pink) and I love them all. I definitely want to add more of these lipsticks to my collection.

Another plus point about these lipsticks is the packaging. It's not the usual matte, rubberised casing. It's a sleek, smooth metal casing that doesn't attract fingerprints like the usual NARS packaging. It also has a magnetic lid which I think is a nice touch. These definitely feel and look more luxurious so I would 100% say they are worth the £24 (Space NK) price tag.

If you want to see what Janet looks like on the lips, check out my Modern Autumn Makeup post here. It was the first one I bought and I've worn it quite a bit since I got it as it's the perfect shade for Autumn/Winter. I think Angela and Michiyo are going to be great for Spring/Summer.

Me wearing NARS Audacious Lipstick in Angela
Me wearing NARS Audacious Lipstick in Michiyo
Swatches of NARS Audacious Lipstick in Janet, Angela and Michiyo

Hope you've enjoyed looking at my little NARS Audacious collection.
Have you tried these lipsticks? Which one is your fave?
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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow - Instant Soft Focus Beauty Flash

If you're looking for something to give your skin a glow under foundation, I have just the thing! The Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Instant Soft Focus Beauty Flash is a product I won in a giveaway. If I'm honest, it's not a product I would have picked myself, even though I've lusted after pretty much every other product by Charlotte Tilbury.

The reason I wouldn't have picked it, is that it's quite a dark golden product that looks like it would be awful for my porcelain skintone. Don't worry, I was totally wrong!

Yes, this is a warm toned, golden liquid that is full of shimmer but it doesn't look dark on my skin at all. It blends out to be colourless on my skin but it leaves behind a beautiful shimmer. It is far too glittery on its own though. That's why I use it under foundation. It creates an extremely smooth base for foundation which is absolutely perfect for my normally dehydrated skin. This allows makeup to look a lot more flawless as it feels quite moisturising. It's really lightweight though and doesn't leave my skin greasy at all.

When you've applied foundation on top of this, you don't see any of the shimmer, only a gorgeous glow and radiance. I really love wearing this as a foundation primer and I would totally pay the £38.50 (Selfridges) to replace it if I ran out. I can tell this is going to last me for a long time though as you only need to use a little bit and the nozzle doesn't let you dispense too much in one go. Amazing stuff!

Have you tried this product?
Do you use anything similar under your foundation?
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