Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Fleur de Force The Glam Guide

Fleur De Force The Glam Guide £7.49 - Link

It seems that a trend sparked towards the end of 2014 and into 2015, as many of the biggest YouTubers ventured into new waters and put pen to paper and release their own books. There has been a considerate amount of hype and success surrounding these books, and with that I couldn't wait to get stuck into Fleur de Force's The Glam Guide! Fleur was actually one of the first YouTubers I discovered and have enjoyed watching her videos over the years so was thrilled to hear of the release of her debut book.

The Glam Guide is described as a complete guide that features topics including makeup, fashion, hair, health and fitness, body image and relationships making it different from many of the beauty manuals available to buy, meaning that there's a topic for every kind of reader and the perfect guide to reference back to should you need inspiration or to recap a certain tip or recipe.

I have to start by talking about how beautiful this book is, from the pretty pastel cover to the photography, typography and gorgeous illustrations by Sally Cotterill featured throughout. I don't know about you but flicking through these illustrations really make reading the book more of a pleasure. After all who can resist a book that stands on your bookshelf?

I find that the Glam Guide is a definite coffee table type of book where I don't see myself gravitating to it to read as quickly as possible but more for when I want a relaxing 20 minutes in an afternoon or before bed or even some inspiration. As soon as you begin reading the book you really get a feel for Fleur as a person and comes across very genuine in her writing, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading snippets of her personal life. Each chapter is very detailed containing some really useful tips, and proves to be a really interesting read, and I actually found myself enjoying each chapter - as I found this is aimed at a wider market from young teens just starting out in their makeup journey to thirty somethings who are after a nice easy read. At 23 I found myself thoroughly engaged in the book and found that the tips suited me and my lifestyle. 

One of my favourite aspects of this book is the top tips that Fleur reflects on at the end of every chapter, and acts as quick reference point which is great if you want to quickly recap. I like that you don't get lost in the tips she gives within the book either, as I find sometimes you can read these manual type books and find yourself re-reading pages to fully understand what has been written. 

Overall I found this book to not only be really interesting but beautifully designed also - I could spend so much time just flicking through admiring the beautiful illustrations. This is definitely one of those books that you won't read just once also as the tips will not fade with time and instead proves t be a great guide to refer back to. 

Have you read The Glam Guide? I'd love to know what you think!

Sunday, 1 March 2015

February Favourites

LtoR: Benefit Majorette, Benefit Roller Lash, Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in Eastend Snob, Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade, MAC Viva Glam Miley, Seventeen Skin Wow Primer, Soap & Glory Solar Powder

It's that time of the month again - no ladies not that one- but we're another month into 2015, it is honestly flying and I can't believe we are in March already, before I know it I'll be on my jollies in May. This month well this year I have tried to experiment with my makeup, and try items out of my comfort zone whether this be a brighter lip or darker contour I've been experimenting more, and I can honestly say how much I've been enjoying trying new things, and I wanted to share with you some of my February favourites. 

I actually picked up the Benefit Majorette when it was first released and used it a few times and kind of forgot about it - shameful I know. It was only until last month that I rediscovered not only this blush but my love for it also. I am a big fan of cream to powder blushers and this is really easy to apply and the smallest amount gives a healthy glow to the cheeks. Once applied it's a gorgeous soft pink coral that looks amazing just as we are heading into Spring. Benefit have hit the mark with both their stunning packaging and the gorgeous scent this blusher packs. 

Another favourite last month comes in the form of the Benefit Roller Lash Mascara I recently did a full review of this that you can read here so I won't ramble on too much. But this mascara is the bomb dot com - to be frank. As someone who is quite picky with mascaras this delivers length, volume and even curl! The small curved wand means that you can apply the mascara to each individual lash achieving length and volume really easily without weighing the lashes down. This also looks amazing when teamed with the They're Real mascara making a dynamic duo. 

Last month I discovered the Rimmel Exaggerate Lipliner in Eastend Snob, after coming to the realisation that to get a backup Whirl lipliner is virtually impossible, so I needed something that I could use on a daily basis and something that is easier to repurchase - this is where Eastend Snob came into play. This is a gorgeous deep nude pink lipliner that is similar in terms of colouring to Whirl but for a fraction of the price. This has become a favourite lip liner this month as it pairs perfectly with many of my nude lipsticks. 

After much deliberation I caved and purchased the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Soft Brown, which coming from someone who is scared of purchasing makeup online in the worry that I'd pick the wrong shade is a big thing. I actually did a full review on this here, but in short this is by far my favourite brow product to date - not only does to help define the brows it also looks very natural and sculpts arches that I never knew I had in my brows. With someone with very fine brows this gives the appearance of fuller and thicker brows even when using the smallest amount.

Another new purchase last month was the MAC Viva Glam Miley which you can read the full review here. As someone who hadn't ventured into bright pinks this was a welcomed change from nudes. What I really like about this shade is how well it complements my complexion and with being an Amplified finish it sits somewhere in the middle of a matte and creme lipstick - which is quickly becoming my favourite formula. This is not only a fun colour to wear but proceeds of this lipstick go to the MAC Aids fund so a win win lipstick for me.

A rediscovery last month has been the Seventeen Skin Wow Primer a three way highlighter that has proved to be a big hit. I've been loving using this liquid highlighter when combined with my foundation, as it leaves my skin glowing and really brightens my face. I find it works perfectly with two  pumps foundation one pump Skin Wow. I find that sometimes my skin looks rather dull whether it be due to the winter or lack of sleep - but one pump of this and it instantly radiates the skin giving a healthy glow. For that reason I am definitely looking forward to continue using this into the Summer!

My last February favourite has to be the Soap & Glory Solar Powder which I did a full review on here (can you see a trend forming). My new look on makeup has led me to experimenting more with bronzers and contouring products and one of the newest products to enter my collection was Soap & Glory's Solar Powder. I love that this is a multi-shade bronzer and highlighter duo, because when mixed together it gives a light glow to the skin whilst highlighting the tops of my cheeks. This is the perfect shade for us paler girls also, making a safe bet for those who want to introduce bronzers into their routine.

There we have it my favourite products for the month, I'd love to know what your monthly favourites are?

Friday, 27 February 2015

Soap & Glory Solar Powder

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Soap & Glory Solar Powder £11 - Link

I've been having what I can only explain as a love affair of late with bronzers, and as a paler girl I have been full on embracing the glowy cheeks and like to keep my complexion looking a little more tanned, and as of late I'm expanded my collection with the addition of the Soap & Glory Solar Powder. 

Solar Powder is described as a brilliant, brush-on, multi-shade shimmering bronzer and highlighting brick for beautifully luminous sun kissed skin. The product itself is half matte bronzer and half highlighter  which can be worn separately or swirled together. 

What I really like about Solar Powder is the fact that it's neither too orange nor too dark, which is perfect for us paler girls as I don't know about you but finding a bronzer that suits me can be a difficult task. I love that both colours can be mixed and worn together for a natural glow, or you can contour and highlight with the colours individually. I tend to apply this with my angled blush brush just for an everyday natural glow, and I sometimes find when I swirl my brush between both colours I end up with a gorgeous bronzed glow just below my cheeks and a subtle highlight on top - a win win situation. This blends really easily so you don't have to worry about a blunt orange line below your cheekbones - which is never a good look.

This applies really easily also, the powder itself is a dream on the skin and feels almost creamy when applied directly onto the cheeks. The powder itself is lightly pigmented so you can go heavy handed and not worry about overdoing it in the colour department. But on the other hand even the smallest amount can give a pop of colour to your cheeks. Where this product really packs a punch is in its lasting power, I find that I can apply this in the morning and it still be present as I'm leaving work - so a good 7-9 hours. I will note though that the pink S&G highlighter fades after the first use so not really sure of its purpose - but kinda glad because I'm not sure how this would have looked on the skin. 

Solar Powder retails for £11 which may be a little expensive for a drugstore/high street product but in terms of the quality is worth every penny. 

The only negative I have about this product is the cardboard packing, and the fact that it is not very sturdy. I have already had a little vanity accident where I've ripped the back as it got caught when shutting the drawer so the lid is dangling there, annoying I know. 

Overall Solar Powder has become my favourite high street bronzer, and adds a natural healthy glow to the face. This is a great option for those new to the world of blush as it's not only easy to apply to the cheeks but makes a safe bet for contouring as it's so easily done with this product.

Have you tried Soap & Glory's Solar Powder?

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Must-have MAC Lipsticks

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LtoR: Creme Cup, Velvet Teddy, Plumful, Viva Glam IV, Rebel, Ruby Woo

If you know me you may know I have a little obsession with MAC lipsticks, and I think it's safe to say many of us will have tried at least one of their lipsticks in our lifetime. However for those who haven't I wanted to share with you my top must-have MAC lipsticks. Now I've gonna be honest, within my collection it was very hard to whittle it down to just 6 (I was going to do 5 but then needed to add one more) but I think I've covered a range of shades that will suit many and are some of my favourite MAC lipsticks. 

MAC Creme Cup

I think this was about the third MAC lipstick to enter my collection and as you can see it has been well loved - I have a repurchase sitting in my collection for when this runs out. This is probably my favourite MAC pink nude, and even though I'm quite pale I find this doesn't give the dreaded foundation lip nor does it wash me out. Instead it's the perfect nude lip which looks amazing for either an everyday lip or teamed with a killer smokey. This is a cremesheen finish which means it provides a creamy and highly moisturising finish to your lips which is perfect for when your lips need a pick me up in the winter. 

MAC Velvet Teddy

I don't think Velvet Teddy needs any introduction as it has become one of the most coveted MAC lipsticks and very often sold out both online and in store. Velvet Teddy is the perfect 90's lip and once applied gives a gorgeous deep-toned beige lipstick that mimics the whole your lips but better effect. Don't be put off by how dark this looks in the bullet as it is another stunning nude and I think would suit many skin tones and I find that once applied it helps give the appearance of fuller lips. This is a matte finish but doesn't dry the lips at all nor does it drag when applying, it's rather the opposite and glides on smoothly. 

MAC Plumful

MAC Plumful for me is the perfect option for when you are looking for a bit of colour but don't want to go too bold. This is a gorgeous everyday plum lipstick which is just so wearable, and a great option for those who don't dare to wear shades such as Rebel. This does fall on the bolder side of lustre lipsticks but still remains really natural when worn, making it for me a firm favourite and a lipstick I think many should own in their collection. Plumful is a lustre finish which means that it is slightly on the sheerer side in terms of pigmentation, but still packs enough colour.

MAC Viva Glam IV

Now I couldn't do this post without mentioning a MAC Viva Glam lipstick, and I've opted for Viva Glam IV - which I find to be quite an underestimated shade as I don't hear many people talk about it. For me I find this one of those shades that doesn't look much in the bullet but once applies looks gorgeous, the shade itself is a midtown rose that is neither too warm or cold meaning it will suit many skin tones. Being a lustre finish the shade itself is sheer but it's a very easy colour to wear and my pick from the permanent Viva Glam range. 

MAC Rebel

MAC Rebel is again a firm blogger favourite and my go to lipstick for the Autumn/Winter. This is a gorgeous deep plum shade which can be worn in all its glory or dabbed on for a stain giving a statement look that's perfect for daytime. This lipstick is so ridiculously pigmented you could get away with the slightest amount on your lips. For me I find the shade so unique and I honestly don't own nothing else in my collection that is similar to it and for that reason alone I think it's definitely a must have MAC staple within your collection. Rebel is a satin formula which means it's that happy medium between gloss and matte as it provides a subtle sheen on the lips.

MAC Ruby Woo

MAC Ruby Woo is one of my newest additions to my collection since discovering my love for a classic red lip. Ruby Woo is a cool-toned red that looks amazing when applied on the lips, being a retro matte lipstick it can be a little difficult to apply as it definitely pulls when applied directly from the bullet, but when applied this baby does not budge. This particular shade of red I find is neither too cool nor too warm which means it looks stunning when applied and I imagine would suit may, making my list as my favourite MAC red. 

What are your must-have MAC lipsticks?

Monday, 23 February 2015

Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Soft Brown

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Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Soft Brown £15.00 - Link

Statement brows seem to be the in thing at the moment thanks to a certain Miss Cara Delevingne, brows have quickly become a trademark that we all want groomed and plucked to perfection. This is where Anastasia Beverly Hills comes into play, the brand has become very well known for their cult brow products and I have to admit I needed to jump on the bandwagon to see if they lived up to the hype.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade is described as a waterproof brow colour which sculpts and defines the brows. Complete with a smudge free, creamy formula which glides effortlessly onto the skin and brow hairs of optimal definition.

The dipbrow pomade is available in 11 shades so when it comes to picking a shade online it can be quite difficult. After much deliberation and talking to a few of you lovelies on Twitter I ending up going for Soft Brown, as I was worried that blonde would be just too light and medium brown too dark. Soft brown is designed for those with dark blonde to light brown hair, so I figured this would be the right shade. Since ombre'ing my hair and going darker on the roots I found myself preferring darker more striking brows and this shade matched the bill perfectly - I would definitely recommend doing your research before buying as it's not the thing you can go and swatch in store if you live in the UK unfortunately.

This can take some getting used to and results in a lot of trial and error to begin with. I have realised a little goes a long way, as even the smallest amount is really pigmented and can be easy to go a little overboard if you are heavy handed. I barely dented my pot to show you guys the swatch above which means that this will last a long while proving to be a great bargain for £15! Formula wise the dipbrow has a lovely creamy consistency meaning that it applies like a dream, and is very easy to control once applying. If you do find yourself overdoing this you can easily brush out any excess product with a brow comb leaving a more natural finish. 

I like to apply this outlining my brows firstly and then filling in any sparse areas with small strokes for a natural brow, I don't know about any of you but I find this thickens my brows altogether as naturally they are quite thin (I'm working on thickening them) but not to the point where they are OTT. This is perfect for day or night depending if you are looking for an everyday or defined brow it's just a case of outlining your brows. I like to apply this using my Benefit Brow Brush and this works perfectly, I did debate purchasing the Anastasia brow brush but seeing as I already own about 4 brow brushes and a spoolie I thought I'd be frugal and shop my makeup stash.

I find that throughout the day when using a brow pencil I have the tendency to rub my brows away and combined with oily skin, pencils are not always my best friend. This is where Dipbrow Pomade is perfect for those with an oilier complexion, as this will stay in place all day and I'm even talking about when you have a shower, not a smudge in sight! However saying that this does come off easily with a cleanser or makeup remover, so don't worry about having to scrub your brows off to remove the stuff. 

Overall I am a Dipbrow Pomade convert, the wax consistency means that once applied your brows  instantly look fuller and thicker even with the smallest amount. I've noticed when wearing this how much better my brows look, even to the point of healthy thicker looking lashes - that coming from the girl who has barely any towards the end. 

Have you tried the dipbrow pomade, I'd love to know what you think!