Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Natural Collection Clear Mascara

£1.99 at Boots

If you've read my previous posts, you'll know that up until about 6 months ago I had never even been near my eyebrows with any sort of product other than tweezers. However these days I cant go a day without filling them in and adding some definition. I've tried and tested various products to fill them in with including the MUA brow kit and the Look Beauty brow kit. However I have now settled on a not so budget friendly combination of MAC's Espresso eyeshadow and MAC's 266 brsuh. I really do think that this brush makes a huge difference, as it allows a more precise application.
I've always wanted the shape of brow that has a point at the top, and it very angled. Unfortunately for me I was not blessed with 'angled' brows and seem to have drawn the short straw with thick, dark hairs that dont grow in a particulary 'groomed' fashion. For ages I used the brow gel that came with the Look Beauty brow kit to set my brows into my desired shape. However this didnt dry to a matte finish and so I was left with shiny, greasy looking eyebrows.
I have recently discovered 2 things though, 1, if plucked and shaped properly, my natural brow shape is quite nice, and 2 is Natural Collections Clear Mascara.
This product is so cheap and does such a good job as a brow gel (am yet to try it as a mascara). It dries to a matte finish, is very natural and doesnt even look like you have setting product in your brows. Its so affordable and keeps them pesky hairs in line all day long! Overall a massive thumbs up from me!

Monday, 23 September 2013

Recent Skincare Buys

Skincare, skincare, skincare. Good god where do I start?! Skincare is something that, despite know a fair bit about makeup, I know hardly anything about. There are so many different types of products, so many different type of skin, and so many different application methods.
For my whole teenage life I've suffered with spots and blemishes. I've tried alot of high street products, but up until now had never tried anything more pricey. The other day whilst out shopping, I took myself to the Origins counter in John Lewis. I spoke to the lady there for a bit and she recommended the Spot Remover Blemish Treatment Pads and the Clear Improvements Active Charcoal Mask. I have been using these for the last couple of weeks and despite speeding £40 on them, I'm yet to see a difference. Obviously I'm fairly dissapointed by that but I will persevere and keep using them. The pads are the things I was really excited by, as from the woman's description, I really thought they would work. The mask I can see working in the long run. and she did say it would take 3-4 weeks for a noticeable difference, so hence I shall carry on with this routine. If anyone has any recommendations of what I could use to sort my skin out, or if you've had similar experiences, I'd love to hear from you.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Revlon Lash Potion

£9.99 here

Recently I've become very attached to Benefit's They're Real. However at £19.50 a pop I'm keen to find a high street alternative that I love just as much.
I first saw this mascara in one of Fleur De Forces haul videos, and if I'm honest, it was the packaging that I noticed first. Its really pretty and girly and really caught my eye.
I sort of forgot about it until a few weeks ago when in Boots I saw it, as usual I was sucked in by the packaging and popped it in my basket.
Unlike most people I'm one of those who actually favours a plastic mascara wand over a brush, so I wasn'y sure how much I was going to love this. However I was plesantly suprised when I first used it at how long and thick it made my lashes look. Its got a triple groove wand which combs through the lashes leaving them clump free and long. Usually it takes a few goes for me to make my mind up about a mascara, but this one seemed lovely from the start. 

Unfortunately half way through the day I realised it had given me a baaaaad case of panda eyes. I've never really had an issue with mascara ending up under my eyes, and having loved this mascara so much when I applied it, I was very dissapointed.
I don't know if it would have made a difference had I not put it on my bottom lashes as well, but for me personally, I can't really be bothered to faff around with having to apply more that one mascara every morning.
Its such a shame because I really like this other than the panda eyes aspect, but for now I'm still on the hunt for a more budget friendly alternative to my holy grail, They're Real.

Friday, 6 September 2013

This Summer I've Been Loving...

So it seems that summer is sadly nearly over. I think its been one of the best summers England's had in years due to the fact we've actually had sun! However unfortunately the days are now getting shorter and autumns definitely on its way, so I thought I would show you some things i've been loving this summer. The first being orange coral lips. I've always been a pink/reddy lip colour girl, but have been loving a more summery colour over the last few months. Here I have chosen my favourite 5 out of my collection to show you. 

Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Colour £7.99 here
The first one being Bourjois's Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Peach on the Beach. This particular colour has been raved about widely on many a blog since it was launched a few months back. The colour is so lovely. I find these are also pretty moisturising, and the colour lasts fairly well, I only find myself topping up a few times throughout the day. Their  pretty glossy but not sticky like some lip crayons i've tried. I think theres currently 4 colours in the range which are all pretty summery so hopefully we'll get some deeper shades for autumn.
MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick £15.50 here 
This is definitely the most orange lipstick I own. Its by MAC and is a Sheen Supreme formula in the colour Fashion City. Its a really true orange which seemed pretty scary to me when I first tried it but I'm 100% a convert. I find it really flattering and feel it really complements a tan, however slight mine may be... This is the most expensive orange toned lippy I own but its such a lovely colour and formula I really think its worth the dosh.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer £6.49 here

The next one i've found myself reaching for on many occasions is Rimmels Apocalips in Luna. I first saw this shade on Emily's blog here back in July and fell in love with it. I'm a massive fan of the Apocalips collection and have a fair few colours in my collection. Again this is a product that is famous in the blogger world, and rightly so if you ask me! They have a lovely range of colours, which last well, don't dry the lips out and are affordable!

Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish £5.49 here
The next lippy is a much more pink toned coral than any of the others. Its from the Kate Moss collection for Rimmel and is in the colour 16 which is lovely and summery. The only issue I have with this one is if you have slightly dry lips then it does accentuate that unfortunately. However if your lips are lovely as smoooooooth, then this colour is gorgeous! 

Revlon Lip Butter £7.99 here
Finally, saving my favourite till last, it Revlon's Lip Butter in Juicy Papaya. I absolutely love this and it has become my go to orange/coral lip colour. The lip butters are fairly sheer which makes them alot less scary to wear than it they were an opaque colour. These are so moisturising as well making them perfect for people prone to dry lips like myself. 

Thanks for reading, what have you been loving this summer?

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Look Beauty Fat Lips

Ever since Clinque launched their famous Chubby Stick the beauty world is literally bursting with lip crayons! With most brands having their own take on them there are alot of colours, formulas and finishes to choose from. The other week whilst taking advantage of a half price sale on the Look Beauty website I snapped up these two babies. The colours I chose were Smooch and Smacker. Currently the lip crayons I own are fairly light colours so these two darker ones were a welcome addition to my collection. 
The first one (top swatch) is Smooch. This is a purple berry colour which reminds me of a much sheerer MAC Rebel. Due to its blue undertones it makes the teeth appear whiter and brighter and so is very flattering.
The bottom swatch is Smacker. This is quite a deep red colour but isn't too bold due to it being fairly sheer. This means that its much more wearable if you're not wanting to make too much of a statement. 
There's 5 colours in the Fat Lips range and they are a decent variety of shades. The formula of them is fairly moisturising but not particularly long lasting and I do find myself topping them up through out the day. The colour isn't very build-able but if your looking for a sheer sweep of colour then these will be perfect! The packaging is simple yet stylist and it has to be said that I do have my eye on another colour (or three) from the range. 

Have you tried these? What were you thoughts?