Sunday, 13 September 2015

August Favourites

So, I'm being a bit crap with this blogging malarky at the moment but lets ignore the fact we're midway through September and I am just posting my August Favourites….ok, cool.

Fleur de Force Lashes by Eylure "Fleur Loves"

Eylure are my go to brand for false lashes and apart from Kandee Johnson, Fleur is the YouTuber that I have been watching the longest, so needless to say I was excited about this collaboration.
 I tested out the entire range on the Cosmopolitan website (link!) and was genuinely impressed. This is definitely not something Fleur has just slapped her name on.
Out of the range, the Fleur Loves lashes are definitely my favourites. These are 3/4 length lashes which look very natural but give a beautiful cat eyed, Angelina Jolie effect. I found these really easy to apply because you don't get that annoying thing of them pinging up in the corners, plus this is the first time I have come across these kind of lashes on the high street. Love.

Bumble and Bumble Don't Blow It

Believe it or not although I'm obsessed with all things beauty, I don't actually own a hair dryer. 
I never, ever dry my hair, I wash it at night and sleep on it wet and in the morning its dry, ta daaaaa. The main reason is that I'm lazy when it comes to hair, but also I have very straight hair naturally and when I use a hair dryer my hair goes so straight and flat, I hate it. I like my hair to have a natural Olsen twin wave, in a completely effortless 'I woke up like this' way, so this new release from Bumble and Bumble is basically my dream hair product.
Normally I spray a sea salt spray in my hair to achieve that look but what I love about this, is it gives me the messy waves, without the feeling or texture of sea salt spray. Just rub a blob of this through the length and ends of your hair and leave to dry. You can't feel this in your hair, but you can see the results. Since getting this, I haven't used a sea salt spray at all. 

No7 Instant Radiance Foundation

No7 aren't a brand that excite me, but this is still one of my favourite foundations. This genuinely does what it says on the tin, gives a radiance boost to tired and stressed skin. This feels really light on the skin and gives a beautiful glow. The coverage and lasting power aren't amazing admittedly, but if you need an instant pick me up, this will do the job.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup

I won't lie to you, I definitely bought this foundation because its what Kim Kardashians makeup artist claimed he used on her, on her (3rd) wedding day (stop it, I can feel you judging me!)
Whether Kimmy actually used it or not, I still use it and love it. 
I use this foundation a lot on other people when I do wedding makeup, as it photographs really well, is quite undetectable on the skin and doesn't have any SPF. This has a very runny consistency (which I love) and provides a decent amount of coverage, whilst still looking really natural. This also a great foundation for mixing. 
The No7 foundation is a bit too dark for my, I haven't been on holiday all year skin, but works really well when mixed with this. 
If you like natural looking and feeling foundation try this.

OPI Nail Envy Strength in Colour Collection "Hawaiian Orchid"

2015, the year I turned into a nail polish bore. This dusky, rose colour is all I've worn on my nails this month and I won't apologise because I love it. 
Nail Envy is a nail strengthener, you apply two coats and then one coat every day for the next 5 days, before removing it and starting the process again. OPI had the genius idea of tinting their Nail Envy's, because who wants to wear clear nail varnish in 2015 (probably me soon). 
I will say that I am far too lazy to go through that rigmarole though and have just been wearing this like a normal nail polish. Either way, I am obsessed with this colour.

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick "Las Salinas"

Its not secret that I am a teeny, tiny bit obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury's line and these Beach Sticks aren't helping matters. I already had the colour 'Formentera' which I love and 'Las Salinas' is my latest addition. You can see what it looks like on in this post but its basically a more subtle, cream version of NARS Orgasm. Finally a cream blush that doesn't put a hole in your foundation.

Zoeva Silk Finish Face Brush

I love my rose gold Zoeva brush set and they are definitely my go to brand for makeup brushes now. They are really high quality, soft, don't shed and they apply makeup beautifully. 
I started to notice that my foundation was looking a bit streaky with my beloved Real Techniques Buffing Brush so switched to this. This blended my foundation in seconds, with zero streaks.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick "Amazing Grace"

I banged on about this lipstick in my last post, so without repeating myself, its amazing, favourite lipstick discovery of the year and I feel like Miranda Kerr whenever I wear it. BUY IT

Ciate Precious Metal Eyeshadow "Lincoln Road"

Nail brands venturing into makeup makes me nervous, but after trying this eyeshadow I'm all for it. Definitely the best loose pigment eyeshadow I have tried (better than MAC pigments)
Ciate I'm sorry for doubting you! 
If you want to see what this looks like on, I am wearing it in my last post as well.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Face of the Day with Charlotte Tilbury Amazing Grace Lipstick

I go through stages of having different makeup muses and at the moment, Miranda Kerr is my muse. I love her bronzey eyes and bright pink, just bitten (not by Orlando any more) lips. I like to find makeup muses with a similar colouring to me because its much easier to copy their makeup.

Sadly colouring, is the only similarity me and Miranda have in common (oh hey Orlando).


Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water
I'm going to be honest and say I'm not entirely convinced this isn't just regular water from a tap. 
I spray this all over my face before I apply my makeup, and it leaves my face very wet, just like water from a tap would. I then have to frantically fan my face with my hands in an attempt to dry it, so I can put my makeup on and I haven't noticed any improvement in the wear time of my makeup since using it.
Honestly? I don't think it does anything.

Cover FX Illuminating Primer
Another meh product, again I just don't think it does much. Its not particularly illuminating and it doesn't extend the wear of my makeup, which is what I want it to do!

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation
I went from hating this foundation, to loving it. 
As its a gel, its slightly thicker in consistency, but it gives the skin a beautiful glow. This would be a lovely foundation to use in Winter when your skin is dryer and looking a bit blah.

MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter's in "Bright Forecast" and Light Boost"
I really love these highlighter pens by MAC. Bright Forecast is a peachy colour which I use first to correct any darkness under my eyes. I apply Light Boost over the top because the pale yellow colour is the perfect under eye highlight.

Chanel Soleil tan de Chanel
This cream bronzer is perfect for warming up your entire complexion. Definitely one for the summer months though.

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick in "Las Salinas"
I love Charlotte Tilbury's Beach Sticks and I am obsessed with this colour. Its a pink with gold shimmer, think NARS Orgasm but less in your face. I hate cream blushers that move your foundation, but these Beach Sticks dry down to an almost powder finish so they don't move your makeup. 

MAC Blot Powder
After reading some amazing reviews about this powder on Makeup Alley, I really thought this powder would be life changing, turns out it wasn't and life is still shit. This powder was so hard that my brush hardly picked any of it up. It did an OK job at oil control but nothing amazing, I was still oily by the end of the day as per usual. I have now used this up and I wouldn't bother buying it again.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in "Champagne Pop"
AKA the most intense highlight ever! I'm still obsessed with this, although do be careful how much you apply, because this baby ain't subtle.


Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in "Soft Brunette" 
Of course! Although, spoiler I am currently trying a new brow pencil which I love. I know I said I wouldn't stray from my beloved Hourglass again, but we will be reunited soon enough.

L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper in "Dark Brunette"
Love this stuff, although I'm starting to wonder if I should buy a new one as this is over a year old!

Ciate Precious Metal Eyeshadow in "Lincoln Road"
When I heard that Ciate had released a makeup line I had zero interest in trying it TBH but this eyeshadow is my favourite makeup discovery in a while. In the top there is an eyeshadow primer, which actually works really well and I have oily eyelids. Then you unscrew the bottom to get to the loose pigment. This colour, "Lincoln Road" is a beautiful bronzed brown, perfect for my whole Miranda Kerr vibe. It lasts all day, there is minimal fall out, which is amazing for a loose pigment and yes I want every colour now!

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
I love me some Bobbi but until recently I would have never in a million years tried a mascara by her. Yet again I have been proved wrong, because this mascara is the bomb dot com. It gives amazing volume and length, zero clumping and it doesn't smudge or flake. NOT EVEN ON MY BOTTOM LASHES. I haven't even been using my beloved Clinique Bottom Lash, because with this guy I don't need to.


Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in "Amazing Grace"
I am in love with this lipstick, its definitely in my top 3 lipsticks of all time #justsaying and when Charlotte Tilbury did Miranda Kerr's makeup, this is the lipstick she used. You don't have to tell me I'm a creep…I know ;)
I got to interview Charlotte Tilbury for work and I managed to keep the fan girling to a minimum, apart from telling her that I was a) wearing this lipstick and b) how obsessed I am with it
Its just perfect, everything from the colour, to the matte finish. I would happily throw out all my other lipsticks and just keep this (of course I would never throw away my children!)