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!


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?


Sunday, 3 April 2016

March Beauty Favourites

LtoR: Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub, Anastasia Brow Wiz, Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, Colourpop Lippie Stix in Lumiere, Benefit Rockateur, Eylure Lengthening 035 Lashes, Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

It's crazy to think we have just welcomed April, and that we are already four months into 2016. Anyways I haven't done a monthly favourites post in a while and the past month I have been trying to cut down on my makeup spending and shop my stash, resulting in re-discovering some old favourites that I couldn't wait to share with you all in my March beauty favourites.

Starting with one item I haven't been able to put down all month and that's the Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub, for some reason my lips have really took a battering recently and I've been suffering from really sore, dry and chapped lips - which I'm blaming down to the weather. But this scrub has been a complete lifesaver removing any dry flakes which just a rub of my fingers - and it tastes divine which makes it all the better. Despite how sore my lips have been this doesn't irritate them either but instead leaves smooth lips that are flake free and ready for a slick of lip balm to moisturise.

Now a little while ago I did a statement brow post featuring some of my favourite brow products, and naturally the Anastasia Brow Wiz has made my monthly favourites also. A bit of a long story but two Brow Definers down I've gone back to my trusty Brow Wiz (be warned I've had two definers pop out and break on me) and I can safely say I won't be wandering elsewhere anytime soon. This is such a great product to not only define the shape of your brows but fills in sparse areas with ease whilst always giving the appearance of natural brows. 

I don't know about you but I seem to own so many mascaras I end up just buying and buying so I am on a mission to use them all up before buying new. Since the beginning of the month I have been using the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara and I don't know how I ever forgot about this, I remember when I first tried it not being impressed at all but once the formula has dried a little this is amazing! This clings onto the lashes with such ease not only lengthening them but giving some serious volume at the same time. I like how buildable the formula is and you never have to worry about spider lashes and lashes remain separated and natural. I'm gutted I only have the travel size of this but once my spending ban is over this will be a definite repurchase. 

After hearing such good things about Colourpop I knew I wouldn't be able to resist putting an order in, and since getting my box of goodies last month I've really been loving the Colourpop Lippie Stix in Lumiere, a stunning dusty mauve pink in a matte finish which was actually created by Kathleen Lights! This is such a beautiful colour and the formula is amazing, despite being a matte this never feels drying or tight on the lips but rather creamy when applied. This lasts fairly well on the lips also surviving many drink and food tests with just light feathering around the corners of your lips. This has definitely left me wanting to check out more of the Lippie Stix range.

One of my favourite Benefit products has to be the boxed blushers and during the last month I've really been loving the Benefit Rockateur Blush, a beautiful brown / peach blush. Now normally this isn't the sort of shade that I'd go for but I find this adds the most beautiful sun kissed glow to your skin and really perks your complexion. I love that this has a super fine shimmer which applies to the skin without being too glittery, acting as a multi use product highlighting the tops of your cheeks at the same time. 

Over the past six months I've really grown to love false lashes and one set I've been wearing more than any others has been the Eylure Lengthening 035 lashes. These have a subtle band which makes applying a lot easier, and when it comes to applying the glue because the band is so thin these look very natural and you don't have to worry about applying liner to blend the band. Once applied these look very natural whilst giving the appearance of longer and more volumised lashes. These are so lightweight once applied and you can go ahead your day or night and not even feel like you're wearing lashes which is always a good sign!

Last but not least is the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, I often go through phases where I love setting sprays and other times I don't see the point in them. However the past month I've been getting into the routine of applying the spray before and after makeup and it seems to have really made a difference in the longevity of my makeup. This spray literally does what it says on the bottle and keeps your makeup in place all day, and despite having oily skin I think I actually prefer this version to the de-slick as I just find this holds my makeup in place better. 

So these are my monthly favourites, I'd love to know what yours are!


Friday, 1 April 2016

Spring Glow Getters

Spring Glow Getters
LtoR: theBalm Mary Lou Manizer, No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter, Benefit Watt's Up, Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop, Seventeen Skin Wow Primer, MAC Soft and Gentle

It seems that since the clocks went forward spring has finally sprung and we have welcomed longer days, rays of sunshine and most importantly a hint of warmth in the air. Not only do I love the change in season but I find myself switching things up in the makeup department opting for a healthy glow instead of matte bases and I wanted to share with you all my top spring glow getters. 

Highlighter is still something that is relatively new to me, but gone are the days of chunky, glitter-filled pans and instead we have been introduced to finely milled formulas that leaving the skin glowing rather than glittering. But you know what it has been a short love affair and one I definitely won't be quitting anytime soon.

Starting with a cult classic, theBalm Mary Lou Manizer is a firm favourite with good reason. The buttery texture blends effortlessly into the skin to leave a gorgeous golden glow that is subtle yet still noticeable on the skin. I like that this can be built up depending on the look you're going for, so it's definitely a highlighter that can be amped up on a night, and you don't have to worry about looking oily either, as this remains radiant throughout the day/night.

A high street favourite of mine has to be the No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter, this is such a fool proof highlighter sweeping across the tops of your cheeks with ease and blending seamlessly to leave a healthy flush to your complexion. This is the most stunning subtle light pink and despite being a cream highlighter you don't have to worry about this slipping straight off, as this has some serious lasting power keeping your skin looking dewy throughout spring.

My favourite highlighter has to be Benefit Watt's Up, a beautiful golden highlight that really flatters the skin. This is a dream to blend, being a cream formula this melts into the skin instantly leaving a warmth of dewy radiance that never looks oily. I love the fact that this also comes with a blender on the opposite end which helps to move the product around the tops of your cheeks without running the risk of ruining your base. This is one of those highlighters that is subtle enough for day wear but can be built up for a more prominent glow for evening wear. 

Coming in at a close second is the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop which gives the most gorgeous rosy golden glow to your cheekbones, this highlighter is all about the pop showing up really well on the skin especially when caught in the light allowing your features to pop. This is also a great product for highlighting your cupids bow and inner corners of the eyes, without looking too shimmery but instead leaves a faux holiday glow - you know the one I'm talking about when people comment on how radiant you look when you've been on your jollies!

An oldie but a goodie is the Seventeen Skin Wow Primer, this is one of those products that I always find myself repurchasing. I love the fact that this isn't just your average highlighter but instead a three way product which can be used as a primer, highlighter or even mixed with your foundation for a radiance boost. I actually use this mostly mixed with a foundation especially when I'm wanting to add a bit of glow to the skin rather than a flat matte face, and this lifts the skin without steering down the oilier side of the scale. When I'm after added glow a couple of dots across the tops of my cheeks and cupids bow are perfect to wake my skin and accentuate certain aspects of my complex.

Last but not least is MAC Soft and Gentle a stunning peachy gold that blends into the skin effortlessly without looking glittery. A little definitely goes a long way and I tend to apply this with a fan brush as it's easy to go overboard but don't worry you can always blend out any heaviness to reveal gorgeous, glowing skin. This is a little warmer in comparison to the other highlighters but I like that as this means it's a great multi use product which can be used as a topper on your favourite blush or bronzer as well as highlighting the high points on your face.

So these are my spring glow getters, I'd love to know your favourite highlighting products!

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