Sleek blushes

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Sleek blush: left, Rose Gold; right, Coral

Today I want to talk about blush, possibly the most underrated of make-up products. For the longest time I didn’t really use it, or I just used a bit of bronzer instead (my faithful NARS Laguna). I have a naturally pink complexion and that combined with years of being a shy, blushing child made me reluctant to voluntarily make my cheeks pink!
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Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer

L-r: Apocaliptic, Aurora, Celestial

L-r: Apocaliptic, Aurora, Celestial

Anyone who frequents Boots or Superdrug on a regular basis will have seen these adorning the shelves of the Rimmel counter for months and months. They are the Apocalips Lip Lacquers and they are brilliant.
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Rimmel BB Cream

I want to tell you today about Rimmel’s BB Cream because it is flippin’ brilliant.

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BB Cream means Beauty Balm (but I’m sure you already knew that) and they’ve been around for ages! But I was looking at my make up collection this week and realised this cream is one of the long-standing members of the group. I’ve been using it since it came out!

The BB Cream is a 9-in-1 skin perfecting super makeup, apparently. The nine things it claims to do are:
Primes
Moisturises
Minimises Pores
Conceals
Covers
Smoothes
Mattifies
Brightens and
Helps protect

Now, to me, conceals and covers are pretty much the same thing, right? And I’m not sure how you can mattify and brighten at the same time… Regardless of what it claims to do, here’s what it actually does. It perfects your skin. By that I mean, it evens skin tone, adds a hint of colour and gives a healthy look to the skin. For me, it brightens the skin and has a slightly dewy finish – but I feel this is because I have slightly oily skin. I doubt it will give such a finish on dry skin.

I use the Rimmel BB Cream on the days when I don’t want/can’t be bothered to wear foundation. It’s a really creamy formula which blends beautifully into the skin. I use either my fingers or my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply the BB Cream after my moisturiser. I then usually add a bit of powder to set the cream and to prevent any shine throughout the day.

I use the shade light as I’m paler than pale but it also comes in Medium. There is also now a matte version if your skin is super oily, or you don’t want a dewy finish. Also, it has SPF25 which is brilliant to protect the skin from those harmful sunrays! You can pick this up from Superdrug, Boots etc for £6.99.

Do you use BB Creams? Which is your favourite? Leave links and comments below!

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Make-up for work

I don’t know about you but I am terrible at getting up in the mornings. I mean TERRIBLE! I am most definitely a night owl. Those larks can bugger off in the early hours!

As it takes me three alarms to get up in the mornings I am often pressed for time when getting ready for work. I’m not one of these girls who can manage my make-up on the tube to work, I seriously admire all those that can! So for me I have to be ready as I run out the door and here is my look – it’s quick, simple and looks like I’ve spent at least 3x as long on it as I actually have.

So this is my general face attire for work:

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And here are the products I use:

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel foundation – Beautiful foundation which lasts all day. I use this as an everyday foundation when I don’t want a glowy finish which I get from the Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte powder – The BEST powder ever. Fact. Very battered and well loved.
Wake Me Up concealer – Super high coverage. Makes me look awake!
NARS Laguna Bronzer and Deep Throat Blush duo – My favourite item of my make up collection by a mile. Adds a touch of colour and makes me look healthy and ready to face the day. The duo was a limited edition but you can buy both colours on their own.
Urban Decay Primer Potion – I use this everyday, without fail. Makes my eyeshadow stay put all day.
Mac eyeshadows in Patina, Mystery and Omega – Patina over the lid, Mystery along the lash line. Omega through the eyebrows.
Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara – My favourite mascara ever. Ever. Makes your lashes look massive with one fell swoop.
Revlon Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya – Moisturising, sheer and a beautiful colour, I love it.

What’s amazing is you can slap these products on in a flash, they’re easy to work with and are quite lenient if you aren’t quite awake when applying them!

What do you wear for work everyday? Are you as hopeless as I am at getting up in the morning?? Leave links and comments below!

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Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara

*New favourite mascara alert!*
*New favourite mascara alert!*
*New favourite mascara alert!*

So I was lucky enough to receive a tester of this mascara with my perfume (La Vie Est Belle) at Christmas. It is the simply wonderful Lancôme Hypnôse.

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This mascara is incredible – it gives so much volume to my lashes without clumping my lashes together, the perfect combination for me.

The wand, aka the PowerFull™ Brush, is tremendous at separating each lash and can build up to 6 times more volume (according to Lancôme!) And whilst I can’t calculate the actual amount of volume it gives me I can assure you my lashes look huge! I often get asked whether I am wearing false eyelashes or what mascara I’ve got on – it really turns heads! Another plus point is the wand is quite slim, making it really easy to use it on your bottom lashes too.

IMG_0896666The packaging is sleek and understated, beautifully put together – to me it screams quality.

The one downside of this mascara is the price – at £22 each this is not cheap but its the price range we’ve come to accept for high end products. At the minute though there are offers around offering two mascaras for £32 pounds, like Boots or John Lewis. £16 each is still a lot but when you consider how expensive high street mascaras are getting now, I’d happily pay the extra few quid for a far superior product.

Have you tried this mascara before? Which is your favourite mascara? Leave links and comments below!

Rx

Review | Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua

For a long time now, I’ve wondered if there is any real difference between the high street brands and high end brands when it comes to foundation. Other than colour, I questioned why people bought high end foundation – it is so much more expensive than its high street peers, can it justify the price?? My curiosity got the better of me and after hearing lots and lots of beauty folk rave about the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua I thought I’d give it a go too.

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I’m not one for a heavy coverage foundation – I feel like my skin can’t breath with a heavy foundation on, so I was keen to get a light to medium coverage. The Vitalumiere Aqua has wonderful coverage. It’s very light and gives you that ‘yeah my skin is just this perfect’ look – the look I try to achieve with my foundation! The formula is also very thin – you MUST shake the bottle before you apply it! But the thin consistency makes the foundation feel very light and sheer on your skin – it feels like you’re not wearing anything at all, its beautiful.

As for whether there is a real difference between high street and high end? I can definitely feel a difference in quality in the Chanel – the foundation just feels a better formula, it lasts longer on my skin, gives a better look to my skin. In short, I love it! Aside from this foundation, I have tried the Mac Studio Finish Fluid (also brilliant!) and that has a similar feel of quality to it – I just get impeccable skin when wearing them which is the only thing I’m really looking for in a foundation.

That is not to say that I don’t like or won’t continue to wear high street foundation. Regular readers will be aware of my love for Rimmel’s Wake Me Up Foundation (as I don’t stop banging on about it) and as an every day base it is perfect. But when I want that perfected look I will go for the high end everytime!

What do you think of high end foundations? Which is your favourite? Leave links and comments below!

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Review | Maybelline Colorsensational Lip Liner

Lip liners, I find, are one of those beauty products that everyone has in their make up collection but rarely gets used. Which I think is a great shame. I think lip liners are so underrated as a lip product – I use them all the time on their own to create a matte lip as well as using them under lipstick to make it last longer.

I know its often seen as a bit of a fuss to apply lip liner but I really don’t get that. Its often quicker for me to colour in my lips with lip liner than trying to perfect a lip stain before it ruins my face for the day.

So my latest lip liner is the Maybelline Colorsensational Lip Liner in 140 Intense Pink. And wow, oh wow, it’s a good’un.

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First off, the colour. The Intense Pink is just that – intense! It is very pigmented, a deep dusky rose colour which suits my skin tone perfectly. If I’m going for the English Rose look, this will feature every time! Also, now we’re in October I can give up on summer colours and head into my favourite autumnal fall shades – this being one of them!

This lip liner also has excellent staying power, it lasts hours on my lips and because it is a pencil it takes no time at all to top up if I accidentally eat it off with my sandwich… Also, used under lip gloss or lipstick, this lip liner really does extend the life of your top product. I use Intense Pink with Rimmel’s Apocalips in Aurora (my favourite shade!) and its just beautiful.

Finally, this gem of a product is only £3.99! An absolute steal!

What do you think of lip liners? Do you use/wear them? What’s your favourite? Leave links and comments below as I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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My Mac palette

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I simply adore Mac eyeshadows. I consider them the best eyeshadows around – they are beautifully pigmented, come in the most fantastic colours and generally look stunning! I have pretty oily eyelids so I use Urban Decay Primer Potion as a base (which is incredible by the way!)

But back to Mac, I finished my first eyeshadow palette the other day so I thought I’d share with you all my satisfaction, pride and the beauty of the thing.

Most of the palette is fairly neutral, focusing on the golden-brown and plum-pink shades of neutral!

Top row (l-r): Phloof!, Grain, Naked Lunch, Arena, Omega Middle row (l-r): Patina, Woodwinked, Mulch, Sable, Antiqued Bottom row (l-r): Mystery, Club, Cranberry, Sketch, Carbon

Top row (l-r): Phloof!, Grain, Naked Lunch, Arena, Omega
Middle row (l-r): Patina, Woodwinked, Mulch, Sable, Antiqued
Bottom row (l-r): Mystery, Club, Cranberry, Sketch, Carbon

As you can tell, Naked Lunch is well loved! I wear it all over the lid with either Cranberry or Sable in the crease. Woodwinked was my very first Mac eyeshadow and I love it dearly, I wear it on its own and as you work the eyeshadow into the crease it almost changes colour into a deep orange/rust colour which compliments the shimmery gold over the lid. A brilliant eyeshadow!

Omega is for my eyebrows and Phloof! is my inner eye and brow bone highlight.
I use Grain, Patina and Arena as everyday colours with Mystery, Mulch or Antiqued in the crease if I want to give more depth. Sable and Antiqued are great all over the lid colours to make my blue eyes really stand out. Club and Sketch are stunning and I often wear them when going out for a more dramatic look.

Mystery and Carbon are great for smokey eyes and brilliant used as eyeliners, they give a much softer finish which I love!

Basically I love them all and I use them all (which is probably more important). As I’ve got older I’ve realised that paying for quality products is much more worthwhile and though these eyeshadows are not cheap they are such good quality that I don’t mind paying a bit extra.

I hope you like my palette! What do you think of Mac eyeshadows? Do you love them as much as I do? Leave me links and comments below as I’d love to see your palettes!

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Benefit Brow Bar

Let’s talk eyebrows!

Confession time. I have never, ever plucked or waxed my eyebrows. Ever. I’m 24. A little weird you might think for someone who is very interested in make up, beauty and all that jazz.

The reason for this is simple: I have very fair eyebrows. I have white, blonde, translucent eyebrows and I always have. They shine beautifully in the sunshine and glow white when the rest of me is burnt. They are very difficult to see – On at least two occasions I have been asked if I have shaved my eyebrows off – yes they are that fair! And as they are so fair, it seemed stupid, irrelevant and pointless to put myself through pain for something that no-one would notice.

That was until a couple of months ago… Whilst they are still about 95% white a few of my eyebrows have started to colour themselves in a bit. They are trying to make a name for themselves on my face and are slowly but surely succeeding!

So, to avoid cocking up my eyebrow shape as I lost my eyebrow-plucking virginity I thought I’d better get a professional to shape my brows for the first time. And I chose the Benefit brow bar in Debenhams Oxford Street. The brow bar itself has just had a revamp – they’ve added waxing services and all manner of other treatments women are conned into thinking are necessary to function adequately in society.

My brow expert was called Monika and she was brilliant – so friendly and down to earth. She wasn’t intimidating or judgemental or any of the other traits associated with counter staff. But to the waxing! Monika used a silvery wax on my brows to shape them and then plucked out some pesky stray hairs. Whilst it was painful, it was no where near as painful as I’d expected. She then used a cooling cleanser to clear away any excess wax, covered up any redness with concealer and then filled my brows in with Benefit’s Brow-Zings. Overall it was a very nice experience – I learnt a lot about the shape of my brows (and what to do from now on) in a really friendly environment.

Once I’d had my brows done I had a nosey around the products and got my make up done by one of the other members of staff. Benefit counters are my favourite for their friendly, positive attitudes and their willingness to help. I would highly recommend their brow shaping service – ask for Monika!

Have you had your brows waxed? What did you think? Would you do it again?? Leave links and comments below as I’d love to have a read!

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Top tips for speedy make up

Recently on Youtube there has been a make up tag making its way around the vloggersphere – 3 minute make up challenge. There have been some excellent videos in this tag from the admirable performances to the comedic ones. But the tag got me thinking about ways to do your make up in a rush so here are my top tips for speedy make up!

Don’t use brushes
– Nothing slows you down like trying to find brushes when you’re in a rush! Plus using your fingers gives you a pretty good feel for your make up when applying it. Use a pencil for eyebrows, its much quicker than using a brush and eyeshadow!

Use cream products
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– I am a massive fan of cream blushes and highlighters. My favourite one is the Collection duo, above. This is incredibly cheap but very good! I use this if I’m in a rush in the morning, but most often, just before I leave work. If I’m meeting friends after work I pop a bit of this on to add some colour to my face and brighten my face. I love this product!

Go for the simple ‘my natural face but better’ look
– Nothing too complicated. Skip eyeshadow – or at least skip using a two colours – there is no time for blending! And if you rush blending it will look naff, no offence. Skip contouring, it take too long and if you rush it you can end up looking like a drag queen! For me I use a BB cream, foundation and some bronzer to add some colour. Then I use liquid eyeliner and mascara for my eyes, add a slick of lipstick and you’re good to go!

Take a compact with you and some lipstick

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– A compact with a mirror can be invaluable! I love my Maybelline Fit Me powder, above, as there is a sizeable mirror and the powder is great to stop shine. My fail safe way to make myself feel a bit better about my face is to powder my face and add a bright lipstick such as Revlon’s Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie

Organise yourself
– If you, like me, really struggle to get up in the morning meaning you are almost always rushing to get out the door on time, organisation is essential. I’ve set up my make up in order of when I’ll use it (roughly), it’s near my mirror and out ready to be used, not tucked away in drawers – saves loads of time!

Speedy essentials: Fit Me Powder, Revlon Colourstay, Collection Blusher and  Highlight Duo and Volume de Chanel Mascara

Speedy essentials: Fit Me Powder, Revlon Colourstay, Collection Blusher and Highlight Duo and Volum de Chanel Mascara

Accept you’re not going to have a full, pristine face of make up. Just accept it. No ifs, no buts, just accept it. And realise that it’s not the end of the world if you go outside with minimal or no make up on – beauty is on the inside remember, so I’m sure you’ll look gorgeous whatever!

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