Sunday, 28 February 2016

Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner || Review

Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner

Merumaya Gentle Exfoliating Toner
Skincare is something I have a love hate relationship with, one month it'll be the be all and end all of my life and the next it will be the bane of my life! Since Christmas i've been into skincare and i've been looking for an exfoliating toner ever since I read Caroline Hiron's post about their benefits. Merumaya is a brand that has been catching my eye a lot, seeing lots of people tweeting their love for their products! The Gentle Exfoliating Toner (£17.50)* is full of AHAs coupled with hydrating ingredients which makes it so gentle whilst still being exfoliating. The first time I used this my skin did get that common tingly feeling that you often get with exfoliating toners but it literally lasted seconds and then was gone. I put a few drops onto a cotton pad and swiped it over my face, I decided to first try it at night (just in case) and when I woke up my skin was smooth and glowy.
Because of the weather, my skin has been super dry lately and this does a good job of getting rid of the dry, dead skin around my nose and chin. It doesn't sting at all now, I actually look forward to using it after cleansing. My skin is definitely calmer and clearer after using this every other day for two weeks. My problem chin and nose area has cleared up massively and the spots that have appeared haven't really developed into the monsters they usually are!
I use this every other day simply because my skin isn't too bad at the moment, I know that there will definitely be times when I need to use this every day and I will have no worries about doing so. You get 128ml which seems like the generic toner size, it's big enough that it's going to last a while but not too big that you get bored of using it (please tell me it isn't just me that does this!) I also think that the application of this product is better than many other toners too -  it doesn't pour out all over the place thankfully!
xo

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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Rosie for Autograph Makeup || Haul and Review

Rosie for Autograph Makeup

Rosie for Autograph Makeup

Rosie for Autograph Makeup
Rosie for Autograph Makeup
When I first saw that Rosie Huntington Whitley was releasing a makeup range I was a little excited. Her underwear range for Marks and Spencers is lovely so I had high expectations for the Rosie for Autograph range - they did not disappoing. Okay, let's start with packaging! I'm instantly drawn to the rose gold packaging but I can't help but think it looks very similar to that of Charlotte Tilbury. That being said, it is beautiful after all. It's sturdy, travel friendly and has the satisfying magnetic click that is often associated with high end makeup.
That brings me to my next point, Rosie for Autograph Makeup is by no means 'cheap'. A lipstick comes in at just £1.50 less than a Mac lipstick and an Eyeshadow quad is £18 - pretty pricey considering it can be brought in your local Marks and Spencers. So is it worth it I hear you ask!? I picked up a lipstick in Silk Cami (£14) and a cream eyeshadow stick in Movie Star Crush (12.50) - at the time of buying there was an offer if you bought 2 products you received a free makeup bag which is equivalent to £16.
The lipsticks contain Argan Oil to hydrate and condition the lips which means they are really nice to wear on the lips. The wear time on this is pretty average for a cream sheen finish, you're looking at about 2-3 hours without retouching. Personally, I don't find that bad and when it's teamed with a lip liner you can extend the wear by about an hour. The shades are also really nice, there's something for everyone and I definitely would by another one. My favourite product out of the two however has to be the Cream Eyeshadow Stick! It blends like a dream, is pigmented and is the nicest colour. I've been applying this straight from the bullet and then blending with my Zoeve Luxe Crease brush, i'll either leave it like this for a wash of colour or reach for my Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette.
This is definitely worth the price and I'll be picking up some more of these next time i'm in M&S!
xo
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Sunday, 21 February 2016

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows and Z Palette || Review

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows in Cosmopolitan, homecoming, drama queen and shimma shimma and Z paletteMakeup Geek Eyeshadows in Cosmopolitan, homecoming, drama queen and shimma shimma and Z paletteMakeup Geek Eyeshadows in Cosmopolitan, homecoming, drama queen and shimma shimma and Z palette
I've seen so many people talking about Makeup Geek Eyeshadows that when I realised they were being stocked on Beauty Bay I knew I had to pick some up (hauled here). I decided on 4 fairly neutral shades to start with but now i've tried them I'm definitely going to be picking up some more daring shades.
At £4.95 these are much cheaper than Mac shadows and I really can't see much difference in quality, pigmentation and application. All of the shadows I picked are really pigmented, sometimes lighter shades like Shimma Shimma aren't as pigmented as others and you have to apply it about 7 times to even show. Cosmopolitan is a beautiful orangey, copper shade that looks gorgeous with a soft, matte brown in the crease. Homecoming reminds me slightly of Urban Decay's Sidecar, its a shimmery, golden, brown - perfect for a smoky eye. Finally Drama Queen is a a deep, shimmery purple which looks beautiful worn on the outer corner for a purple smoky eye.
All of these shades are really blendable and creamy. They last all day with an eye shadow primer underneath or a cream shadow worn as a base, The fallout is hardly any which is another positive point. I really can't say enough positive things about these shadows. The Z Palette (£8.95) is the perfect place to store these eyeshadow pans. The small one holds 9 shadows and feels pretty sturdy. Again, it's much cheaper than the offerings for Mac, even if you can't switch from Mac to Makeup Geek shadows at least swap to the Z Palette, it's definitely much prettier!
xo



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Friday, 19 February 2016

Beauty Bay Haul

Beauty Bay haul featuring Oskia, Makeup Geek, Gerard Cosmetics and Cover FX

Beauty Bay haul featuring Oskia, Makeup Geek, Gerard Cosmetics and Cover FX
Beauty bay is fast becoming my go to online beauty website. I made 3 orders in January within 3 weeks and this is the third one. My main reason for the order was the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel (£28)which is a cult cleanser with lots of fans. I've been wanting a new cleasner for a while and narrowed it down to this one and Sunday Riley's Blue Moon Cleasner. This won on price and reviews online, this is loved by a lot of people in the industry.
I knew I wanted needed to try Makeup Geek Eyeshadows and they have recently become available on Beauty Bay so I thought this was the perfect opportunity. I picked up 4 (£4.95 each) but I definitely know i'll be ordering more ASAP. The colours I picked up are Shimma Shimma, Homecoming, Cosmopolitan and Drama Queen I have a review coming soon so keep your eyes peeled. To go alongside the shadows it would be rude not to buy the much loved small Z palette in Hot Pink (£8.95). I remember nearly buying one of these a few years back but never getting round to so I decided now was the time. The shadows fit perfectly and I now need another 5 to make it complete!
Finally, I bought the Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Serenity (£9.50). I have seen these all over Instagram and have wanted to try them for so long. I'm on the hunt for the perfect nude so i'm hoping this is the one. If when I order more Makeup Geek shadows i'll definitely be picking up some darker shades of these liquid lipsticks because im obsessed with darker lip colours (you can read my post about that here). As I spent over £50 I got a free deluxe gift as well as super quick delivery (I ordered at 7:30pm on Thursday and it arrived at 11:30am on Friday!). The gift I chose was the Colour FX Illuminating Primer I haven't tried it or read anything about it yet but I have my fingers crossed it'll be good.
xo
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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Elemis Skincare Essentials

Elemis Skincare Essentials
Elemis is a brand that i've only ever associated with Spas and older people. However I recently attended an event with Elemis and Hourglass Cosmetics at the John Lewis store in York and had an amazing facial using their products. It was that nice that I knew I had to buy some products to add to my skincare routine.
Firstly I thought id start at the beginning with a Cleanser, the Balancing Lime Basil Cleanser (£22.50) is really refreshing. It smells delicious - something you might not think of by the title but it's really fresh and clean. I use about 2 pumps, massage it into my dry face and then rinse off with a hot muslin cloth. If i've been wearing a lot of makeup i'll go back in and repeat this step. Next I move on to the Balancing Lavender Toner (£22.50) which again smells beautiful. I like using this as night as the smell is calming and soothing. I spray a few squirts on a cotton pad and press it into my skin. I can't say i've noticed that this does a great deal but I still like this step in my routine.
Finally I couldn't resist the smell of the Fruit Active Rejuvenating Mask (£30). It smells like strawberries and kiwis and a whole host of delicious fruits. I love that this mask doesn't dry hard on the skin which means it's nicer to remove. I use this once a week and definitely think my face is more plump and fresh looking once i've used this!
xo
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Sunday, 14 February 2016

Valentines Day Makeup

Valentines Makeup ft Hourglass, Urban Decay and Charlotte Tilbury

Valentines Makeup ft Hourglass, Urban Decay and Charlotte Tilbury
Valentines Makeup

Whether you're a fan of Valentine's Day or not, no beauty lover can deny how nice they feel when their makeup is 'on fleek'! For me, Valentines is all about girly looks and rose gold hues, I just love girly makeup for a change and Valentine's day/weekend is the perfect excuse to rock one. Personally, I'm going away this Valentines which is nice (i'll update this with a picture of my makeup after the weekend) so i've had to pre-pack my makeup before the big day.
For foundation, I decided on Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Foundation because I love the coverage and finish. Concealer and contour is my regular Urban Decay Naked Skin and my Anastasia Beverley Hills Contour Palette which isn't particularly Valentines themed so I didn't bother including it. For blush and bronzer I opted for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit (reviewed here) mainly because it's beautiful but also because i've used nothing else since Christmas day - true story! Highlight is another Hourglass product, this time in the form of their new Strobing Powders in Brilliant. This gives a beautiful, natural glow that makes you look like you're lit from within,
Brows again are my normal Hourglass offering but I decided to shop my stash for eyes! When I decided to create a Valentines look this was the only palette I thought of - Urban Decay Naked 3. It's so pretty and girly and full of rose gold tones for a perfect smoky eye. There's so many options with this palette, i'm thinking of Dust, Limit and Buzz or Limit and Factory for a more coopery look or Nooner, Liar and Factory. Finally, for lips i've gone for a classic favourite of mine - Charlotte Tilbury's Glastonberry which is a gorgeous deep purple shade. It'll last all night and when used with a lip liner doesn't bleed or feel drying on the lips! Update - I switched to Hourglass Icon lipstick because who doesn't love a red on Valentines and the purple didn't look right!
xo

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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Becca Jaclyn Hill Highlighter Champagne Pop || Review

If you live under a rock then this post might be a surprise to you, however if you're a regular blog reader, youtube watcher or general makeup lover then you'll be sick to death of seeing Champagne Pop reviews. This being said, I can't not review this little beauty, it's honestly amazing and 100% needed in any makeup collection!
After seeing swatches online and stalking the hashtag on Instagram I headed straight to the Sephora website (you can buy this from Space NK and Cult Beauty but it was sold out unfortunately) and added this to my basket. Like the name suggests, this highlighter is a golden champagne colour; I was slightly worried that this would be too obvious for my pale skin but it really isn't! It settles on the cheek bone like no other highlighter I own, leaving a golden swash of colour that shimmers in the light.
You can see from the pictures and the swatches that it is super shimmery but that's what you want in a highlighter, especially when you're paying £30+ for it! I've read a lot of reviews of people who only wear this for a night out or part of a special makeup look but I totally disagree and think Champagne Pop is definitely wearable on a daily basis. I use a different brush for different looks, if I want a more highlighted, glowy look I use the Hourglass No8 Large Concealer brush to pack it onto the skin and if I want a more natural look I use the Zoeva 129 Luxe Fan Brush to brush it onto the skin.
xo
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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Foundation Collection



Ah foundations! They come so beautifully packaged and with so much promise to make me look flawless that I just can't resist - hence why I thought id do a post on my foundation collection. This is just my high end collection (minus one holy grail drugstore foundation) simply because for me I think it's worth paying the price for your base. If you have beautiful, clear skin then that probably isn't the case for you but unfortunately i'm not blessed with that!

The lesser worn foundations used to be favourites but have soon been replaced with newer releases and discoveries. Dior Airflash, Estee Lauder Double Wear and Mac Studio Fix all hold a place in my heart but are rarely worn anymore. I save Dior Airflash for big nights out and the other two come in handy when my skin is not playing ball. Out of my two Nars offerings, Sheer Glow is hands down the winner but the All Day Luminous Weightless foundation is nice for 'no makeup' days. Hourglass needs no introduction on this blog, so it'll come as no surprise that I own all three of their foundations. Illusion Tinted Moisturiser is my favourite, followed by Immaculate then Veil but they are all lovely foundations that serve a different purpose. My newest high end foundation comes from Charlotte Tilbury - this is amazing! It's weightless but full coverage and looks so natural on the skin. Finally the only drugstore foundation to make the list is Lo'real Infallible 24 hour foundation. This is my choice for work as it's so long lasting. It gives enough coverage to feel confident without feeling heavy on the skin.
xo
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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

January Favourites


I haven't done a favourites post in so long! I'm not committing to one every month but i've definitely fallen head over heels for some new products this month and I felt I needed to share them! Starting with my new base and it's the L'Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Matte Foundation (£7.99). This is my new everyday base for work, it literally lasts all day! It covers all my spots and redness and makes my skin look flawless. I apply it with my Real Techniques sponge or a buffing bush and it leaves my skin looking natural!
Another work staple is the NYX Matte Lipstick in Whipped Caviar  (£6.50) and I love it! It's a natural pinky nude that compliments my skin perfectly. It's super pigmented, it lasts properly until around lunch time and then it lasts until home time with a slight stain if I don't have time to top it up. Next up is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit (£65) which i've reviewed here, this is just perfect! I use it every day without fail, the mirror is brilliant for getting ready too! I love the powder, blushers and the bronzer and i've used nothing else since I received this for Christmas.
Finally the Becca Champagne Pop Highlighter (£32) (insert heart emojis here)! This is just too beautiful for words. I use it everyday even when i'm just going to work. I have a review coming soon but I definitely think this is wearable for everyday depending on how you apply it.It's super pigmented and gives the nicest glow.
xo
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