Monday, 27 June 2016

The summer beauty edit

The summer beauty edit
LtoR: NARS Orgasm, MAC Speed Dial, MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in To Matte with Love, Essie Signature Smile, Benefit Dew the Hoola, MAC Soft & Gentle, MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, MAC Lady Danger, Benefit Ka-Brow, MAC Oil Control Lotion

Well summer has officially started - apparently! I'm not quite sure given the fact that the weather has been very wet, but then again isn't that a typical British summer? Well despite the wet summer we are experiencing let's just relish in the fact that we have had some nice summery days, which call for a change in makeup - whether it's swapping those wintery mattes for bright summer hues or just opting for a dewy base it's a welcomed change, and with that I wanted to share with you all my top picks for my summer beauty edit. 

I love switching to a shimmery blush when the weather picks up, as I just feel they help perk my complexion, and my blush of choice has to be NARS Orgasm which is a stunning rosy pink shade which applies seamlessly onto the apples of your cheeks and has to be one of the most flattering shades I have ever come across. The speckles of gold infused in the formula really help to instantly lift and perk your complexion giving you a beautiful summery glow. 

An oldie but a goodie is MAC Speed Dial, this is such a stunning blue toned pink that is perfect for everyday wear. When the summer months arrive I do tend to opt for a creamsheen formula when I wear MAC lipsticks purely because they are creamier on the lips and slightly more pigmented than a lustre formula. 

You know me I can't resist a good MAC lipstick and next up is MAC To Matte with Love, which is a gorgeous bright raspberry shade that whilst being on the bright side is very wearable and flattering. I love that this is so long wearing, meaning that I don't have to worry about it melting off my lips at the slightest sip of a drink or bite of food. Whilst being a matte formula I find these more comfortable to wear in the summer as my lips are less prone to drying so I don't have to worry about my lips cracking afterwards. 

There seems to have been an influx of high street gel polishes popping up lately and one of my favourites comes in the form of Essie Signature Smile. As part of their Gel Couture range, Essie have released a two-step formula that is said to last up to 14 days of wear, now I won't review this too much as I'm going to do a post on the range. However Signature Smile is a stunning bright rose that is opaque after a couple of coats and dries fairly quickly once the top coat is applied. This is a great summer mani shade, and while it doesn't last 14 days it does come close!

Next up is Benefit Dew the Hoola, a liquid face bronzer designed to give you a stunning summer glow! Let me warn you a little definitely goes a long way and blending is key to keeping this looking natural on the skin. What I love about this is that it dries to a semi matte finish as I tend to opt for a bronzer with less shimmer in the summer as I'm all about highlighter and shimmery blush so I don't want to go all glitter ball on anyone so it's great to keep it subtle. I think this is a great product for when you've got a tan going on also, and you want to keep your makeup looking natural, as I know recently the top of my forehead has caught the sun and this helps keep it all looking natural to give my complexion that bit of extra colour to match. 

A summer staple has to be MAC Soft & Gentle, a stunning peach gold that melts like butter into the skin, leaving your complexion glowing! You only need the smallest amount when applying and I find that a fan brush helps to avoid you going overboard. This is a little warmer in comparison to my other highlighters but none the less looks amazing with a tan to accentuate the high points of your face!

I think I have found my holy grail summer foundation in the form of MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, where a little goes a long way and blemishes, redness and scars are hidden with the buff of your brush. Now normally I'd opt for a lighter base during the warmer months - and this is definitely not one - however this does feel lightweight on the skin to the point where you wouldn't feel you were wearing anything, and the finish is very natural with a slight hint of dewyness. Now in terms of being waterproof I wouldn't full on have a shower in it but if you do get hot during the day you don't have to worry about this melting off the skin, in fact it's rather long lasting and will keep your base looking on point during the day.

Last lip product, I promise! A summer staple for me is MAC Lady Danger, a vivid bright coral-red that surprisingly sits nicely against my skin tone. This is one of those shades that is bright without being too overpowering, and despite being a matte formula this doesn't feel dry or heavy on the lips and as long as your lips have been scrubbed prior to wear you're good to go!

As much as I love my trusty Anastasia Brow Whiz I do need something a little more waterproof and durable to wear throughout the day. I've recently discovered the Benefit Ka-Brow and I'll let you know now it's all good things! This cream gel colour is definitely impressive, once applied you don't have to worry about it budging or melting off leaving your brows looking less than on fleek. Apparently this lasts for 24 hours and the formula is waterproof, but let's be honest no one is going to be wearing this for 24 hours, but I've found that I can get away with 12 so we're definitely on to a winner!

Last but not least is the MAC Oil Control Lotion, being an oily lady I always despise summer for the fact that I feel my face becoming oiler within a matter of minutes. I tend to apply this before my primer and base products, and I find that this instantly mattifies my skin and helps to keep shine at bay for an extra few hours which in the summer is definitely a great thing! The lotion is very runny so a little goes a long way, and because the texture is so runny this feels very light on your face, and is definitely worth picking up a mini!

So there we have it my summer staples, I'd love to know what you've been switching up for the summer?

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Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Must Have US Beauty Picks

Must have US beauty picks
LtoR: Kat Von D Everlasting Lipstick in Double Dare, Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Marvellous Mauve, Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Lumiere 2, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara, Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop, Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette

As much as I love British beauty, I often find myself lusting after the latest Colourpop release or Sephora exclusive brands. I have to admit I love US beauty, from the feeling of getting your hands on a product that is not ready available in the UK to falling in love with these coveted products. Unless you're going on your jollies or have friends or family going overseas it can sometimes be difficult to get your hands on US releases. However thanks to Sephora's UK shipping and mail forwarding services it has made getting hold of US only products a lot easier, and I wanted to share with you my must have US beauty picks.

I've well and truly fallen head over heels for the liquid lipstick obsession and hands down my favourite shade comes in the form of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Double Dare. This is the most stunning muted mauve pink with warm undertones, and the colour is so opaque that you don't have to worry about layering too much causing flaky lips. I cannot recommend the formula enough, it dries down to a matte finish within seconds and this stuff does not budge lasting anywhere from 5-7 hours. If you are planning a Sephora order you definitely need to pick a few of these up!

If you're obsessed with a matte lip you need to get your hands on the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Marvellous Mauve - these lip stains definitely live up to the hype and work out such a bargain! This is probably the creamiest matte formula I have come across, just typing it seems like such a contradiction but these glide on so easily and then dry to a long-lasting matte formula. During wear this settles to the most beautiful stain on your lips that remains on your lips for pretty much the majority of the day. The colour selection of this range is fab also, meaning you can't resist just one!

If there was one brand I'd recommend using a forwarding service for it would definitely be Colourpop, since discovering their products I have fallen head over heels in love. A definite must have from their range is the Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Lumiere 2, a gorgeous dark muted mauve which forms part of the Kathleen Lights collection. The formula whilst being quite watery is so pigmented that a single swipe instantly colours the lips without the need to re-apply and once dry feels so lightweight on to the point where you wouldn't think you were wearing anything.

A bit of a cheat as Harrods now stock Marc Jacobs beauty, but it's definitely worth getting your hands on a couple of bits as the range is just so beautiful! I am usually such a fussy person when it comes to mascara so was pleasantly surprised by the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara*! I'm always looking for a mascara that will give both volume and length without venturing down the spidey route, and this definitely delivers on both of those. This gives the false lash appearance after a couple of coats and I cannot believe how defined my lashes look, they are instantly lengthened and volumised whilst remaining separated and no clumps in sight.

Another cheat as you can now get this from Space NK, but another must-have has to be Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop. This is the most gorgeous highlighter and one single swipe leaves you with a stunning golden glow to your complexions high points, whether, this is most definitely all about the pop. What I really like about this is that is never looks too shimmery or glittery but instead leaves your skin glistening and if you have oily skin like me you never have to worry about this making you appear even oilier as this never ventures down that route but rather leaving a healthy faux glow.

Last but not least I couldn't resist sharing another Kat Von D product - honestly if you have not tried her range yet I'd definitely recommend it! The Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette is a must add product to your Sephora wishlist, especially if you are like me and fall into the lighter complexion scale. The shades are quite cool toned and unlike other contour palettes I can find a use for each shade in the kit - as that is the one thing I hate about palettes as you always have one or two shades that will remain untouched cause they don't suit. The formula is so buttery and blends like a dream sculpting out any non-existent cheekbones to leave a chiselled look.

I'd love to know what are your must have US beauty pick!

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Sunday, 10 April 2016

The Spring Lip Edit

The Spring Lip Edit
LtoR: MAC Hot Gossip, MAC Sunny Seoul, Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer in Cherry Pop, MAC Ellie Goulding Plushglass in Explosion, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick, MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip in To Matte with Love

Now that we are fully embracing spring, I like to not only switch my makeup round but I tend to say goodbye to brown nudes and vampy purples and reds that saw me through both Autumn and Winter and instead welcome brighter hues and creamier formulas. So I thought I'd share with you my perfect spring lip picks that I will most definitely be reaching for over the next few months.

When it comes to MAC lipsticks during the warmer months I often have a good swap round, leaving behind my beloved mattes and satins and finding out my cremesheen and lustre lipsticks. A firm favourite for spring has to be MAC Hot Gossip a mid-tone pinky plum with a cremesheen formula. This definitely falls on the cooler side of the spectrum but I love to wear this during spring as I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to some of my plum favourites, so this is a great option to still sport a plummier look without going down the vampy route. 

I couldn't do this post without mentioning one of my favourite corals MAC Sunny Seoul, described as a frosted light warm pink and a cremesheen formula this feels very moisturising once applied and gives a subtle sheen to the lips without the need for a gloss. Being a cremesheen, this lipstick is incredibly creamy and once applied leaves a gorgeous sheen to the lips. The formula is a little on the sheer side but don't let that put you off as it's one that is definitely buildable layering more for a more intense colour. This is a perfect transitional shade for spring that can easily be worn day or night instantly warming the complexion during the warmer months. 

A re-discovery in my collection that I know I'll get a lot of wear from during the warmer months is the Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer in Cherry Pop. The formula is just heavenly and offers the best of both worlds, a glossy butter lipstick with a serious pop of colour, gliding on smoothly leaving your lips feeling nourished and moisturised. Cherry Pop is such a gorgeous red and I think no matter the season a red is always a good option to wear, and what I love about this formula is that it not only nourishes and smooths your mouth during wear but this lasts around 4-5 hours which is amazing considering how glossy it is. 

I'm not really the biggest fan of lip gloss but I couldn't resist getting my hands on the MAC Ellie Goulding Plushglass in Explosion. This is the most gorgeous warm golden shimmer, and once applied on the lips gives the most stunning champagne pink finish which is quite sheer with a subtle hint of shimmer. This also contains small speckles of glitter which means that this helps to give the appearance of fuller lips without the formula being too scratchy or sticky. This is definitely one of those products that can either be worn alone or on top of any shade of lipstick, which makes it the perfect addition for on the go.

A recent favourite of mine has to be the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lovesick, I've been sporting this for the past couple of weeks constantly as the colour is just perfect for spring. Lovesick is the most gorgeous mauve nude and a perfect choice for the warmer months without being too pink. The formula is so easy to work with and this lasts for around 5-6 hours so you don't have to worry about re-applying throughout the day. This shade just instantly perks and lightens your complexion and I can see why it is such a popular shade. I have to admit I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to mattes just yet, so the fact that this isn't too drying on the lips in a major bonus!

Another firm favourite for spring will be the MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip in To Matte with Love, described as a bright raspberry this is the most gorgeous fuchsia shade that is very wearable without being too bright on the lips. This formula is so pigmented that a little goes a long way, and applies very smoothly so you don't have to worry about the matte formula dragging across the lips. This is such a long lasting product also, easily lasting for around 6-8 hours without the need for any touch ups during the day.

I'd love to know what are your go to spring lip products?

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