Sunday, 19 April 2015

My High End Lipstick Collection

Over the last couple of years I've become a bit of a lipstick addict. It started with drugstore brands such as Rimmel and Maybelline but the more I got into makeup the more I discovered high end lipsticks. I don't have a huge collection (compared to plenty of other bloggers) but I do try and buy shades that are different from each other, that's how I justify it to myself and my boyfriend haha!

Lets start with Mac, my collection has grown massively since this post again, compared to others it's still relatively small. Starting from the top row (left to right) Vegas Volt, Love Lorn, Shy Girl, Girl about Town, Candy Yum Yum, Angel, Rebel, Velvet Teddy, Russian Red, Faux, Viva Glam Miley Cyrus and Viva Glam Nicki. My favourites are probably; Rebel, Velvet Teddy and Candy Yum Yum. You can't beat a new Mac lipstick, the smell is instantly recognisable and I just love them/

Next up, Charlotte Tilbury. As you can see I don't have a lot but they are quite pricey. There are a few more I want to add to my collection but for now I have two polar opposites for my collection. The nude shade is Penelope Pink which I received in my Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Gift Set which is the perfect everyday nude whereas the darker shade, Glastonberry is a much more dramatic night out shade.

Moving on to Illamasqua lipsticks, these I have to admit I don't wear as often. Test is my favourite, again it's another nude which looks lovely with a brown smoky eye. Rosepout is a slightly more pinky nude, perfect for spring time. Finally, Immodest is my favourite shade but my least worn out of the three. It is so drying I really struggle with being able to wear it, the shade itself is a beautiful, bright Barbie pink but it is far too drying for my lips.

Another little luxury that I've slightly dabbled in is YSL Glossy Stains, I'm yet to own a YSL lipstick but if I love them as much as these Glossy Stains then I need one ASAP. The purple is shade 108 and the orangey/pink is shade 35. I love how moisturising these are and how they feel on the lips. I've reviewed them here if you want a more in depth look at these.

Finally, these aren't really high end but they aren't really drugstore either. They are made by Jenny Packham and I received them for Christmas. There is a true red, orangey red, pink and a purple shade. They are really moisturising lipsticks and the shades are gorgeous. I've never been able to find them anywhere else but if you ever see them near Christmas time (I bought them in Boots) I would 100% recommend picking them up.


Sunday, 12 April 2015

Exercise|| The Easy Way

This is a bit of a different post for me to do but one that I hope with give some people (even just one of you) some motivation to get out of the house and do something out of your comfort zone. At 22, I've been in education all my life and now I'm a full time teacher, teaching 29 9-10 year old. I pretty much have no free time so finding time to relax and dare I say it exercise is a nightmare. That being said, I know how important it is and for my own health, it is essential.
I recently joined the gym with my mum but as I've said finding time to go in between staff meetings, marking and assessing is really difficult. I don't particular enjoy the thought of going to the gym, once I get there I do enjoy the feeling but getting there is a different story. We go to yoga weekly which I really love but although it's good for my mental health, is it all that good for weight loss? So I've decided to take things into my own hands. Why not do fun things outdoors! I'm not an outdoorsy person, at all. I hate cold, warm, hot, bugs, mud etc but the idea of being outside away from work and technology and the strain of everyday life is very appealing.
Ever since I did Go Ape a few weeks ago I've been open to stepping out of my comfort zone. Go Ape took around 3 hours to complete and I can honestly say I worked muscles I never knew I had before (embarrassing I know)! In case you don't know what Go Ape is, it's like an assault course up in the trees, it's strenuous and exhausting but I laughed more than i'd laughed in years. Put me in the gym for three hours and i'd be crying and running for the hills, but outside up in the trees I was climbing and holding my own body weight all whilst looking at amazing, unbelievable sites and laughing with my family. During the Easter Holidays, my boyfriend and I again visited Dalby Forest (where Go Ape is) but this time we had planned a walk... yes, me walking!?
We chose a moderate walk that took us around 2 hours; the sun was shining, we had zero signal on our phones and we had a truly lovely time. Being so high up meant we saw some beautiful sights, we took pictures, had a picnic and saw a snake! I woke up the next day and couldn't feel my calves, we walked up hill, down hill and threw mud all of which I would never choose to do. Basically, what i'm trying to say is exercise isn't about being a gym bunny sweating it out on the treadmill. Get outside and step out your comfort zone, a simple walk to the shops or an activity filled day at your local park will be so much better for you then being inside on social media or doing work. It'll be good for your mental health to so next time you get the opportunity, grab it with both hands!



Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Updated Spring Makeup

Now the weather is getting (slightly) warmer,  I think it's about time to update my makeup. Gone are the heavy duty foundations and the berry lips (sad face). Spring time is when dewy, light bases and bright pinks are thrown on our faces and embraced by makeup lovers all around. There's a mixture of high end and drugstore products but there's plenty of offerings in both price ranges.

First up, base! Hourglass Illusion Tinted Moisturiser is all kinds of dewy goodness. It feels light and airy on the skin but provides a pretty decent, full coverage (win win) paired with a good primer this will last all day! Concealer is a must if you're going for a lighter base and my choice is Mac's Pro Long Wear Concealer in NC15, to brighten your complexion but conceal your blemishes go for one shade lighter (any more and you'll draw too much attention to your blemishes).

I'm taking a step out of my comfort zone in the eye department this spring, Hourglass Modernist Eye Palette in Colorfield is full of golds, browns and greens. This is perfect for day and night and the greens make blue eyes pop. Highlighter comes in the form of Nars Illuminator in Copacobana. It's dewy, light and with just the right amount of shimmer.

This Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit is an essential for Kim K fans, it's easy to use and suits pale skin tones like mine. There's a handy guide of where to apply each shade which means you can't go far wrong. Blusher moves from powder textures to cream formulas, this Bourjois Blush Exclusif adapts to your own skin which gives a perfect, natural flush. Finally, the Too Face Melted Lipsticks in Melted Fuchsia and Melted Coral add the right amount of colour to lips without being to in your face.

Spring Makeup featuring Too Faced Melted Fuchsia Lipstick!



Sunday, 5 April 2015

Hourglass Cosmetics Haul

If you've read my latest post then you would know all about my makeover at Hourglass Cosmetics in John Lewis. Obviously, all you beauty bloggers will know you can't go and have your makeup done at a counter and leave empty handed (well I definitely can't!) I did go a little crazy, four products doesn't seem like a lot but Hourglass is quite pricey...
Firstly, I bought Veil Mineral Primer (£52) I have a sample of this and it's literally a game changer. My makeup lasts so so so much longer when I use this. My mum likens it to putting Angel Delight on your face, the texture is so soothing and soft; it's the perfect base for applying makeup to. Next up is the Illusion Tinted Moisturiser (£45). I'd been eyeing up the Nars Tinted Moisturiser but didn't want to buy it online without testing the coverage. Megan suggested trying this and i'm in love. The coverage is amazing, you can see from my instagram selfies. Yesterday I put my beloved Estee Lauder Double Wear on because I was only popping to the shops and it just didn't look as flawless as the Tinted Moisturiser.
Moving on to eyes now and I picked up another Modernist Eye Palette, this time in the shade Exposure (£56). I already own Colorfield (the green one) so I wanted to try something at the other end of the spectrum and this is that. The look Megan created was stunning and I knew I had to buy it. The colours are so versatile, it is definitely suitable for both day and night wear. Alongside the palette, I also picked up the No 4 Crease Eyeshadow Brush (£22) again Megan used this on me and I loved it. I've wanted to pick up another Mac 217 brush for blending but this is more of an all rounder. It's super soft and the perfect addition to a smoky eye lovers collection.
Have you tried Hourglass products? Which are your favourites?


Friday, 3 April 2015

Hourglass Cosmetics Makeup Experience (York) || Review

Hourglass Makeover
Hourglass Makeover York
Hourglass Makeover York
I'm back with another blog post featuring Hourglass Cosmetics. I first blogged about my experience with Hourglass way back in January and since then I've created a little love affair. It was my 22nd birthday at the beginning of March and my mum and sister bought my a Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow palette in Colorfield and a £30 voucher which included a makeover (I was extremely grateful!)
I emailed Megan, the lovely MUA I mentioned in this post and we arranged a date for 1st April. Amazingly, Megan and Anna (another makeup artist who is just as lovely) managed to squeeze myself, my mum and my sister in all for make overs which included a bottle of Presecco. Megan did my make over, whilst Anna did my mum's and sister's. The thing I loved about mine was that Megan gave me a lesson which taught me a lot of things. She did one half of my face and I did the other, she taught me some sneaky tricks which have been really useful to create the perfect smoky eye.
You can see the aftermath of our makeovers from the pictures, we were there for around 2 hours but the time flew by. It felt like spending the day with friends which was really nice because some makeup artists can make you feel a bit inadequate. Like I mentioned in the first post, Megan asked me to create a love pile (dangerous) and my mum and sister did the same. I'm going to do a separate post with the products so I wont say what I picked up yet (muhaha) but the three of us all bought one of the same product and then I bought 3 more items.
Hourglass collage
Once we left, we headed to Eds Diner for some dinner and we couldn't resist some selfies! We couldn't get over how amazing the makeup looked so we wanted some evidence of the girls hard work. My lovely boyfriend also drove the 3 of us to York and stood around whilst we had our makeovers so thank you (he didn't leave John Lewis empty handed). The four of us had an amazing day and we will definitely be repeating it in the future. If you're looking for luxury makeup, Hourglass has it all and if you live near York then definitely go and see Megan and Anna; they really know their stuff and make you feel so welcome (thanks girls!)

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