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Friday, 30 September 2016

Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara in Indecent Black

It's not often that I chop and change up my mascara but I have been doing it a lot lately in order to try out new ones and see whether the drugstore compares to that of the high end. I have a fair few favourite mascaras in my stash such as the too faced better than sex and maybelline lash sensational luscious mascara, but I have recently added another to my ever growing collection, the Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara. I have been using it on and off for a couple of weeks now so I thought I would share my thoughts with you.
Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara Indecent Black
The Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara is the latest addition to 'The Falsies' range. At first I thought that it was a double ended mascara like the rimmel day 2 night mascara but I was in fact wrong. It is a mascara which is formulated to add some length and curl to the lashes as well as giving an extra boost of volume in order to give you the desired 'false lashes' look. Now that sounds all well and good. I cannot apply false lashes to save my life so I had high hopes for this. 

I have the mascara in Indecent Black, a very bold, glossy black. I love how a black mascara looks on the lashes as opposed to a brown mascara which would look a lot more natural. I love the drama that a black mascara brings to my somewhat stubby lashes. 
Within the mascara tube is your average sized plastic mascara wand with spiky cup shaped bristles which is said to help lift and curl the lashes upwards from the roots. The mascara is formulated with a styling wax which helps towards keeping the lashes lifted as well as keeping them in place. It applies wet but dries down to a lovely soft finish without my lashes feeling stiff and flakey which is such a good thing. I also found that the spiky cup shaped bristles make it easier to separate and fan out the lashes too with absolutely no clumping, even after a couple of coats of the mascara.
Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara Indecent Black
If you're looking to achieve more of a natural finish rather than a dramatic falsies finish then perhaps this will work for you because it didn't do much in terms of adding volume to my lashes. It unfortunately didn't give me that wow factor that I always look for in a mascara, but it does give an awful lot of length, so it does tick that box. I do find that the length more than makes up for the lack of volume though. It also seemed to lack in respect of holding a curl too, in fact I think my lashes fall quite flat which is disappointing so eyelash curlers are a must.

Although it didn't seem to meet expectations regarding its volume and holding a curl it exceeded with its longevity. After a few hours of wear there was zero smudging, flaking or even smearing and transferring onto the lid. With some mascaras that can be a problem, especially with ones that aren't waterproof so I am impressed with this.

I know that it has a few negatives and positives but I do quite enjoy using this mascara. Lately I have been using it underneath another mascara so my lashes have both volume and length. I have the best of both worlds that way. 

You can purchase the Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara in Indecent Black here from Superdrug for £7.99

Have you tried the Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara?

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Ooh! Oils of Heaven Face Oils

My skincare routine consists of two cleansers, a skin treatment for my acne, a moisturiser and most recently face oils. I was actually quite worried about trying face oils beforehand as I thought they would perhaps break me out even more and clog my pores, but that is said to be a myth. For the last couple of months I have been trying out three different face oils from Oils of Heaven alternatively and seeing how they react to my skin. I honestly have nothing but good things to say about them.

Before we get to the nitty gritty let's focus on the brand. It is a new discovery for me and I absolutely love their ethics. Oils of Heaven is a brand that scours the world to find the most effective beauty oils, sourcing them from small local suppliers in order to give the people within the community the best livelihood. It's wonderful and so admirable that a brand like this can make such a difference to others lives.
Oils of Heaven Face Oils
As I mentioned before I have been trialling three different facial oils, the Natural Cacay Anti-Aging Face Oil, Organic Rosehip Cell-Regenerating Face Oil and Organic Moringa Anti-Oxidant Oil. They each come within a reasonably sized 30ml glass bottle containing a basic dropper applicator which makes it easier to apply the right amount to the face without going overboard. Each one of the oils have the exact same consistency and they also don't have any scent to them, so if you find that fragrance acts as an irritant to your skin then you'll perhaps enjoy these. You can apply them either once or twice a day but I prefer to use a facial oil within my skincare regime just before I pop off to bed. I don't think they are ideal to apply in the daytime before makeup application as they're not exactly light on the skin. They can look and feel a little oily on the skin but they sink into the skin rather quick leaving absolutely no residue come morning. Each one of them are so hydrating too which is positive for my skin when it's drying out this A/W.

The Natural Cacay Anti-Aging Face Oil of course contains Cacay oil, which is cold pressed from wild Cacay nuts harvested in the Columbian jungle. Oils of Heaven is the first to use Cacay oil as a facial oil. Studies show that it contains 50% more vitamin E and twice the amount of linoleic acid than argan oil as well as three times more retinol than rosehip oil. Now this all sounds rather promising and especially pleasant to the skin, especially if your aim is towards preventing aging. As a 22 year old I feel like preventing aging is so much better than treating it when you've already got to the point of having fine lines and wrinkles.

The Organic Rosehip Cell-Regenerating Face Oil is also cold pressed but from wild Rosehip seeds. If you're unsure of the history of Rosehip Oil then I'll give you the lowdown. It contains vitamin A and vitamin K, and is also rich in fatty acids such as linoleic acid, linolenic acid and oileic acid which play a huge part in regenerating tissue and healing scars and stretchmarks. I have stretchmarks on various areas on my body, especially my thighs and boobs since giving birth to Alfie. Stretchmarks aren't much of a big deal to me since they're a reminder of my amazing pregnancy journey I went on with Alfie but it's acne scarring that gets to me the most. I have had acne scarring for a while now and it dents my confidence but I feel that since I've started using this oil it has started to perhaps make them less noticeable. I love this.
Oils of Heaven Face Oils
And finally the Organic Moringa Anti-Oxidant Face Oil. Moringa Oil is rich in vitamins and unsaturated fatty acids. It contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properies which help to heal a collective of skin concerns such as acne scarring and can also be used as a spot treatment too. The main benefit of it is to relieve the sign of aging. It is absolutely wonderful. 

I am happy to say that I am now fully converted to face oils. I have had absolutely no reaction to any of the facial oils which is a massive plus as that was my main concern because of my acne-prone skin. They have in fact added a massive boost of moisture and helped towards ridding my skin of dry patches and acne scarring. I love them! If you are looking for a new facial oil to try I highly recommend that you take a look at Oils of Heaven. 

The prices are different across the three with the Natural Cacay Anti-Aging Oil being £39 compared to the others which are £19.

Have you tried the Ooh! Face Oils?

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

September Beauty Wishlist

There are so many exciting releases coming out lately and so my wishlist has been growing and growing since. I'm now on a spending ban to save money up for the upcoming birthdays and christmas. This time of the year is the most expensive. I have Alfies birthday and Christmas within days of each other, urgh. Why did he have to arrive so early? haha. It is seriously torture knowing that I have money that I can't spend but I've managed it for over a little while now. If I can do that, I can do anything right?. Anyway the whole purpose of this post was to show you what's on my awfully long wishlist. Let's get to it!
September Beauty Wishlist
This gorgeous collection of makeup brushes were only just released not so long ago. It includes a total of 12 brushes which are used for both the eyes and face. They come in the most beautiful shell shaped bag with a pearl metallic sheen with a rose gold chain. Each one of the brushes have accents of baby pink, dark pink and rose gold within them which is so 'me'. I need!

 My skin is in no way perfect. I have acne prone and combination skin which also has its fair share of scarring too, so when it comes down to foundation I really need a foundation that covers everything. I have seen this foundation everywhere, on youtube, blogs, etc. It is highly raved about. It is high coverage and looks like it has a gorgeous finish. Although it's a little pricey I still really want to try it out but I don't think it'd be one for everyday wear.

I'm not normally one for a vibrant and glitter packed eyeshadow palette but the Moondust Palette is just not one that I can pass up on. I really want to try and experiment with more colours and I seriously believe I would wear every single one of the eyeshadows in the palette. My favourites are Galaxy, Element and Magnetic. Urgh, I want this so much!

Sooo, Kat Von D Beauty is finally available in the UK, and I couldn't be more excited. I was literally counting down until the big day and as soon as they launched onto Debenhams I ordered a few things. See what I bought here. I only managed to pick up a few things but next on my list is the Kat Von D Lock-it Foundation. It's supposedly a high coverage foundation which is just what I need. The only thing that baffles me is the shade range. I have no idea what shade I would be as the whole range is quite extensive and there's not anywhere I can get colour matched, unless I spent the £££ to travel to London next month when it launches in stores. Nuh-uh, not happening.

Another from Kat Von D is the Lock-it Creme Concealer. I was going to purchase it when it was finally launched on Debenhams but I decided against it. I didnt want to spend too much. Again I would have no idea what shade to buy but I know I'd need two, one for covering my acne scarring and another for highlighting. It's claimed to be long lasting, creamy and transfer and water resistant. It sounds too good to be true. I don't want it, I need it!

I have seen many a youtuber and blogger rave about the Jouer Long-Wear Lip Creme Liquid Lipsticks. There are so many beautiful shades within the range in matte and metallic finishes but there are at least three that I want, Papaye, Peche and Dulce De Leche. They are described as full coverage with 'pigment-rich colour that dries with a smooth, soft touch finish'. Oh they sound so dreamy.

I popped into Boots the other week but just for a browse and I found myself looking around the fragrance section. There are always so many scents being released at this time of the year. I spritzed a little of the Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming Eau de Parfum and I fell in love. It is the most wonderful floral scent mixed with a few juicy fruity notes to it. Oh, it is just divine. 

It's safe to say that I am highlighter obsessed. I've said this many times but I just can't control myself. Everytime I see a new highlighter I am instantly drawn to it like a magpie. The Urban Decay Highlighter in Sin is one that I need in my collection. It's a gorgeous champagne but looking at the swatches is nothing like any other highlighter I have within my collection. That's my excuse as to why I need it anyway.

What's on your wishlist this month?


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

My Favourite Liquid Lipsticks

My two makeup obsessions lately are highlighters and liquid lipsticks. Liquid lipsticks have been around for quite a while now and have since become a huge hit in the beauty industry. There's something about them that I seem to be attracted to. Maybe it's the promise of a matte lip and a highly pigmented, long lasting formula that I can't seem to get enough of. I have tried quite a few liquid lipsticks since they hit the shelves and I have decided to share with you my 7 favourites. Yes, 7! I did try to narrow it down to 5 but I just couldn't, there are too many. There is a mixture of high end and high street products so it's suitable for all budgets too.
Favourite Liquid Lipsticks
Starting with my favourite budget liquid lipstick, the Sleek Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Creams(£4.99). Although these are classed as lip creams I like to think that they are on par with liquid lipsticks as they give the exact same finish that any liquid lipstick does. There are many shades in the Matte Me range but there is one shade that I love and wear the most, Shabby Chic. It's a muted mauvey-pink, not too bright, nor dark, the perfect shade to wear in the daytime whatever the season. It is gorgeous. The formula applies quite creamy onto the lips but dries down to a matte finish, yet still feels very lightweight and comfortable too. A lip scrub is a must when applying these though as they can settle into the lines which isn't a very appealing look. I talk about the Sleek Matte Me Lip Creams in more detail here.

I first found out about Gerard Cosmetics through Shaanxo via youtube when she was talking through her own collection of the Gerard Cosmetics Hydra Matte Liquid Lipsticks(£10.50). Upon the discovery of these liquid lipsticks I found myself swooning over one particular shade in the range, Serenity. It was out of stock for a while on Beauty Bay and as soon as it was restocked I purchased it and I'm so glad I did. It's a gorgeous warm pink nude with a slight brown tint to it. It applies wet to the lips and dries down to a semi-matte finish. It still has a slight creaminess to it which makes it all the more comfortable and easy to wear. It is quite hydrating and pigmented too, you only need one swipe and you'll find its fully opaque. The longevity is amazing too, there are no signs of it fading or cracking even after a couple of hours. I am looking to try out some new shades now. What should I go for next?

 I have a few Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks($20) in my collection at the moment but only one could make it into my favourites. It was between Pure Hollywood(a light-medium peach nude) or Lovely(a mauve-pink), but in the end I decided to choose Lovely. It's so wearable, the perfect daytime pink nude. It has a spongey applicator which makes application a dream and the tip of it allows you to be more neat and precise. The formula feels almost like a smooth whipped texture but dries down to a matte finish after a couple of minutes. After a drink or two and a greasy burger it does flake and wear off leaving a slight stain behind so I always need to make sure that I bring the lipstick with me for touchups. 

If you've seen my latest post about the Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks(£16) then you'll know of my obsession with them(find post here). I went through a stage where these were the only lip products that I would wear. All of the others were left abandoned, and for good reason. Not only are they non-drying on the lips but it honestly doesn't feel like you have anything on your lips at all. The first time I tested them I was blown away by the longevity of them. After eating and drinking I expected them to fade away but the colour was just as pigmented and still very much in place. They last for so long! And the shade range, well it's fairly extensive. I have a total of 8 shades so far but my favourite is Celebrity Skin, a soft brown nude with a peachy undertone. I wasn't sure if it would suit me at first but it is surprisingly wearable. It's one to suit all skin tones.
Favourite Liquid Lipstick SwatchesTop to Bottom; Shabby Chic, Celebrity Skin, Nude-ist, Lovely, Bow N Arrow, Nude Flush, Serenity

  One that I haven't had as much wear out as the others but love just as much is the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick(£8.99). I have two shades from this range but the one I love the most is Nude-ist, a brown toned nude. The formula is very kind on the lips with a velvety texture which is amazing! I would say it is more of a satin finish than a matte though as it has quite a creamy feel to it. I don't feel like I need to top it up after a few hours of wear which is always a good sign but it does tend to flake a little which is disappointing but that's the only negative I find in it.

Another from the drugstore is the Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick(£6.99). I have the full range but as a lover of nude lipsticks my favourite was obviously going to be *Nude Flush, a pink nude. I've already talked about them fully here but I thought they deserved another mention as I don't feel like they get enough attention. They apply like a lipgloss but without the stickiness and you only need just one layer of it too. If you build it up too much it can appear slightly tacky. The applicator is slanted which makes it easier for you to be able to line and fill in the lips which is fab! They make my lips look quite juicy and plump too. If you want to find out more about them(with swatches) then take a look here

Lastly is the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks(£16). These are a recent purchase
 but I love them already. I have just three at the moment but Bow N Arrow was always going to be the one that I reached for more. It's a light brown-medium nude with a completely matte finish. These seriously last on the lips for bloomin' ages. I was so surprised at the longevity when I first tried them but I suppose they're called everlasting liquid lipsticks for a reason right? I don't want to say too much about them as I will talk about them in more detail on the blog soon, but they are seriously worth purchasing, Bow N Arrow particularly.

Can you tell I love my nude lipsticks? What are your top favourite liquid lipsticks? I'd love to know!  

Monday, 26 September 2016

New In | Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation & Cushion Blush Subtil

As of a month or so ago I was so happy to receive some very exciting blogger mail from Lancome with their newest releases, the Teint Idole Cushion Foundation and Cushion Blush Subtil. The whole concept of a cushion foundation or blush is something that I am entirely new to but so many brands are jumping onto the bandwagon and creating their own spin on them. At first I didn't think I would get along with them as I'm used to the basic bottled liquid foundation and powder blush. I'm really not much of a fan of cream blush.
Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation and Cushion Blush Subtil
Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation and Cushion Blush Subtil
The Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation(£30) is a full coverage foundation which is sealed within a cushion(or sponge). It comes with a puff which is then used to pick up the foundation from the cushion. You simply pat the puff down onto the cushion and the foundation then comes to the surface ready to be applied straight to the face. I was very unsure at first about applying the foundation with the puff but it surprisingly blends the foundation into the skin seamlessly, blurring out the pores and overall giving a gorgeous satin finish. Although the puff works well though I do like to blend it out more with my real techniques miracle complexion sponge just to make sure that it's all evened out. Unfortunately for me though I have the shade 015 Ivoire which is a little bit too dark for me. I feel that the first or second lightest shade in the range would've worked better for me as I have fair skin.

If I wanted to change up my shade or even replace it if I've run out then I can easily do so as it's refillable so you don't need to spend more money replacing it with another. The refill is just £19.50 as opposed to £30 which you would have to pay to buy another.
Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation Ivoire Swatch, Cushion Blush Subtil Sparkling Framboise Swatch
Overall I absolutely love the Ultra Cushion Foundation. The packaging is so luxurious as always and also comes with a mirror which is ideal for travelling. I'm surprised that I got to grips with it quite quickly and I actually seem to prefer it over my usual foundation. It's just a shame about the colour match. It leaves my skin looking completely flawless, it's hydrating and it's longwearing too. I would apply it at around 9 in the morning and it will still be looking beautiful by 4 in the afternoon. 7 hours of wear is good, is it not? I'm so glad that I discovered it. I will undoubtedly be purchasing a refill in the correct shade soon. 

Now, onto the Cushion Blush Subtil(£28). I have the shade 024 Sparkling Framboise which is a vibrant corally-pink. It is exactly the same as the cushion foundation in terms of how you apply it. You can apply it with the puff that it comes with or simply use your fingers or a stippling brush to build up the intensity. I like to do the latter. It is so pigmented and blends in well, giving a beautiful natural dewy glow to the skin, especially if paired with the cushion foundation. I am surprised I actually liked it. It's not like a cream blush as it's thinner in consistency which makes it easier to blend. I have my eye on the shade Rose Limonade next. 

You can purchase the Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation here and the Cushion Blush Subtil here from Boots.

Have you tried the Lancome Ultra Cushion Foundation and/or the Cushion Blush Subtil yet? Let me know!

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Best Face Masks for Combination and Acne Prone Skin

My skin is always in dire need of some serious tlc. I always try to have at least two nights a week where I have my own pampering session, starting with a nice relaxing bubble bath with a lush bath bomb or two, my usual skin regime and a face mask or two(thank god for multi-masking!). I've even started painting my own nails too to give me an extra confidence boost.

Now, speaking of Face Masks, they are an absolute necessity for a pamper night. They help me with any skin concerns that I may have. I have combination and acne prone skin so anything that will help combat those are perfect for me. In fact I have five wonderful face masks to show you that do just that. If you have acne prone, or possibly combination skin like me then read on to find out my favourites.
Best Face Masks for Combination and Acne-Prone Skin
One of my favourite brands for face masks are undoubtedly Origins. They have a vast range of face masks dedicated to any skin concern, from ageing to dry and dehydrated skin, and of course acne prone skin. I actually have two different face masks to show you which you may or may not have heard about before. First up is the Clear Improvement Mask(£24). It includes bamboo charcoal and white china clay which works to draw out any impurities that lay beneath the surface of the skin and dissolves them. After use my pores are tightened and the next day my spots are visibly reduced with less redness. I talk about this face mask in more detail here

Another from Origins is the Out of Trouble Face Mask(£24). If I am having a reaaally bad skin day I always reach for this one. It smells minty fresh which I love, but that's down to the camphor within the mask which is known for its calming properties. It also includes the spot busting ingredient salicylic acid to slough off dead skin cells too. I like to use a thin layer of this all over my face(avoiding the eyes) and neck and leave it to dry down for 10 minutes, then remove with a face cloth. My spots look less angry and calm and my complexion feels so smooth after using. I love this. 

My favourite to use in the autumn/winter seasons is the Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask(£10). They have not long ago changed up the packaging on their skincare products so I have the older packaging, not that it makes any difference to the actual face mask itself. Anyway, it is a self-heating face mask which adds warmth to the face in order to deep cleanse and open up the pores to draw out all the daily dirt and grime. I apply a small amount to the face and leave it on for 5 minutes as suggested, or even 10 minutes sometimes. It makes my skin feel so rejuvenated and soft. For just 5 minutes of use it makes such a delightful difference to my skin.

And lastly is the Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment49). It features many fab ingredients such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid to improve the skins texture and de-clog the pores. Although it may be a bit pricey, I personally think it's worth it. It smoothes out the skin, reduces breakouts and just feels really luxurious on the skin. If you get up close to a mirror after it's dried down after 10/15 minutes you can see the face mask doing its job. I cannot rave about it enough. I love it so much that I'm scared I will run out of it soon.  

Lastly is a face mask which is entirely new to me, the L'Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask(£7.99). I don't want to say too much about this as I have a review on all of the L'oreal Pure Clay Masks coming up very soon. It is made up of three different clays, combined with charcoal, which are designed to eliminate the impurities and dirt which contributes to acne. It is quite a creamy texture but you only need a small amount to see the benefits. It is quite like Glam Glow masks in a way as you can see in various places where your pores are being opened and the dirt being drawn out. Sounds disgusting but at least you know its doing its job. It is a fab price too, so if you're in dire straits of a new face mask which doesn't break the bank, this may be the one for you.

What are your favourite Face Masks for Combination/Acne-Prone Skin?

Friday, 23 September 2016

Maybelline Creamy Mattes and Loaded Bolds Lipstick with Swatches

Maybelline are on fire with their newest releases lately. The summer releases absolutely blew me away, but now we are in Autumn and we are being hit left right and centre with more brand new releases. Recently Maybelline introduced some more new Color Sensational Lipsticks into the mix, and let me tell you, they are so so beautiful. They are in an entirely new matte formulation which are split into two different collections, Creamy Mattes and Loaded Bolds.
Maybelline Creamy Mattes and Loaded Bolds Lipstick
Maybelline Creamy Mattes and Loaded Bolds Lipsticks
The Creamy Mattes contain a variety of four different shades with deep blue lids to separate them from the Loaded Bolds, which also contain four different shades but with light blue lids. There is a shade to suit all skin tones. There are pinks, nudes and even deep vampy shades which are the epitome of Autumn. 

The Creamy Mattes collection consists of Blushing Pout(light pink nude), Rich Ruby(medium-dark red with cool undertones), Burgundy Blush(dark burgundy) and Clay Crush(a light-medium, peachy-brown). They are so pigmented within the first swipe and glide so effortlessly onto the lips like butter. They also have a satin finish but within a couple of hours they start to dry down and wear off. I must also stress that they are not smudge proof and do transfer which is a little annoying. My favourite shade out of the four is Clay Crush. I was actually quite apprehensive about trying it at first as it's one of those shades that either suit you or washes you out, but it was surprisingly wearable and suited me down to a tee. I love it!

The Loaded Bolds collection include Orange Danger(vibrant orangey-red), Fiery Fuschia(medium-dark fuschia), Midnight Merlot(dark vampy plum) and Berry Bossy(dark berry). They are loaded with pigment with an opaque, creamy clay base finish. They are all very wearable shades. I am surprised that I came to love the darker shades within the collection as I wouldn't normally considering I am very much a nude gal. I will be getting a lot of wear out of the shades Berry Bossy and Midnight Merlot during the Autumn and Winter, that's for sure. These are also not smudge proof so taking your lipstick on the go is a must for touch ups.
Maybelline Creamy Mattes Lipstick SwatchesL-R; Burgundy Blush, Clay Crush, Rich Ruby, Blushing Pout

Maybelline Loaded Bolds Lipstick SwatchesL-R; Berry Bossy, Orange Danger, Fiery Fuschia, Midnight Merlot

The only niggle that I have with both collections are that the lipsticks tend to bleed outside of the lip line, therefore not giving the best finish. I prefer to apply a lipliner beforehand.

The Creamy Mattes and Loaded Bolds Lipsticks are both £6.99 each from Superdrug but currently there is a buy 1 get 2nd half price on selected Maybelline.

Have you tried the Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Mattes or Loaded Bold Lipsticks? 

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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks

I have come to notice that I appear to have quite an obsession with liquid lipsticks lately. I have so many of them from various brands such as Maybelline, Sleek, Bourjois and most recently Kat Von D. I love them so much that I haven't even touched a basic lipstick in months. They must feel so neglected! But there is something that I love about liquid lipsticks that makes me want to buy more. There is one particular brand that I have been loving more than most recently, Jeffree Star Cosmetics

For those of you that don't know of Jeffree Star, well where have you been? He is a singer turned youtuber and makeup artist. He has some serious makeup skills that I could only dream of having. I was totally unaware of his cosmetics line up until a few months ago when I read about the Velour Liquid Lipsticks. They had become quite a hit with a lot of youtubers and bloggers and so I knew I had to see what all of the hype was about, but that wasn't without doing a little more research first.
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks
On the first time of ordering I bought them straight from the Jeffree Star website. Luckily I knew of the restock date of the shades I was looking for and managed to get them all but they came with a pretty hefty custom charge once received in the UK. After that I resorted to Beautylish but you pay the duties and taxes upfront rather than getting a surprise at your door. I was also surprised to find out that not so long ago the Velour Liquid Lipsticks have become available to buy on Beauty Bay, which is like sweet music to my ears.

The packaging is super pretty, pink with silver details, and the wand is a nice curved shape which makes application so easy. With the tip of the wand you can easily line the lips before filling the rest of the lips in. It's just perfect.

My Velour Liquid Lipstick collection started off with just three shades but has since expanded to eight. I just can't help myself. Whenever I hear of a restock date I am straight on it. The eight shades I have are I'm Nude, Mannequin, Celebrity Skin, Scorpio, Posh Spice, Androgny, 714 and Watermelon Soda

I'm Nude is a light, milky nude. I was quite unsure about this at first as I have a relatively fair skin tone so I didn't know if this would work for me or not. Luckily it works and I absolutely love it, especially paired with a bronzed smokey eye. Mannequin is one of my faves. It's like a darker version of I'm Nude mixed with Celebrity Skin, which is a brown based nude with a little hint of peach. They're so gorgeous. Mannequin and Celebrity Skin are my most worn of all the shades I own. Now onto my latest purchases, Scorpio and Posh Spice. I am yet to wear Scorpio but it is a grey-purple shade. A little out of my comfort zone but I hope I pull it off well! Posh Spice was also out of my comfort zone with it being a greige shade but I absolutely love it. The shade I feel like I will come to wear a lot in the A/W is Androgny, a sultry plum mauve that suits any skin tone.
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick SwatchesTop to Bottom; Androgny, Mannequin, Watermelon Soda, 714, Posh Spice, I'm Nude, Celebrity Skin, Scorpio

Now you may or may not know but Jeffree launched a Summer Liquid Lipstick range, consisting of 5 limited edition shades. I only went ahead and bought 2 of them, 714 and Watermelon Soda. 714 is a gorgeous peachy-coral, very bold and bright, which is exactly what I love. Watermelon Soda is also another bright shade, a reddish-pink. I'm so rubbish at describing lipstick shades. 

The lipstick shades may be beautiful but it's the formula that has got me completely hooked. They apply wet onto the lips but dry to a matte finish within a couple of minutes. After they dry down they stay completely matte throughout the day. The first time I tried them I was so surprised by the longevity. No matter what I ate or drank it stayed put. I didn't even need to reapply. There is disappointment with the Summer shades though. They appear quite wet and patchy on the lips at first but after a few swipes it evens out to a matte, opaque finish. It is very annoying that you have to keep applying it again and again to get the finish you want. 

Despite the disappointing hiccup with the Summer Liquid Lipsticks I absolutely love the Velour Liquid Lipsticks and I already have a few more shades on my wishlist to buy too. They are one of the best liquid lipstick formulas that I've tried. 

If you're looking to purchase a particular shade of the velour liquid lipsticks then I highly suggest you either follow Jeffree on Twitter or Instragram to be kept updated on a restock. You can also find purchase them here on Beauty Bay for £16.

Have you tried the Jeffree Star Liquid Lipsticks? If so, what are your favourites?
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

The Top Highlighters You Need to Try

Over the last couple of years, more so since I started this blog my makeup collection has expanded quite dramatically, with my most purchased products being highlighters. I just can't help myself, they have become quite an obsession lately. I like to switch my highlighters up daily so I don't get into a habit of using the same one over and over again. Since doing this I have discovered some pretty incredible ones that I wouldn't have tried otherwise. There are different types of highlighters, powder and cream, but I seem to prefer powder highlighters over cream as they glide ever so smoothly onto the skin and of course they apply better over powder too. 

As I mentioned before I have been switching up my highlighters lately and so I wanted to share with you my top 5 highlighters that I think are worth trying out. I did try to mix it up a little with drugstore and high end but I noticed that I actually play around with higher end products more than drugstore. If you'd like to see a drugstore highlighter roundup then please let me know as there are a few hidden gems out there that you may or may not have come across just yet.
Top Highlighters to Try
A few days ago I actually talked about a new highlighter favourite from the drugstore, the NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette(you can find the review and swatches here) but I chose not to feature it within this post. It is seriously dreamy with a variety of different shades and intense pigmentation. You should check that out.

With all of that to one side let's take a look at my top favourite highlighters! First up is my absolute favourite from the drugstore, the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette. This is all kinds of beautiful in one palette. It includes 3 powder highlighters and 1 cream. I don't want to say too much as I have a full review and swatches on it here. The pigmentation is spot on, some may even say it's quite full on and a litle glittery but that is exactly what I love about it. My favourite shades within the palette are the bronzey/orange shade called Ecliptic and the Lavender shade, Hemisphere, they are so stunning. It is a bargain at just £9.99 here.

One of the highlighters that I have used continuously for years is the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle. It has been going for years now hence the old packaging and there's not much of a dent to it either. It's the most beautiful beige-champagne shade, which adds a certain amount of warmth and radiance to my complexion. Whenever I'm looking for a subtle highlight I always opt for this one. It's especially perfect for the daytime. You can purchase it here for £24.
Sleek Solstice Palette SwatchesSleek Solstice Palette Swatches Top-Bottom; Equinox, Subsolar, Hemisphere, Ecliptic
Top Highlighters to Try Top to Bottom; Prosecco Pop, Champagne Pop, Starlight, Soft and Gentle

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in Starlight is a rather new addition to my collection. I had it on my wishlist for so long but soon enough it was out of stock. Unfortunately it has now become quite hard to get hold of now but luckily I found it in a blogsale. I am so glad I got my hands on it because it is an absolute game changer. It is a pale white gold with zero shimmer which imparts a stunning lit within glow to the skin. I have been using this a lot lately and have even been using it underneath other highlighters too to intensify it. This particular shade may be unable to purchase but the other shades are so gorgeous too.

Lastly is the limited edition Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette. Within it contains three blush shades, but most importantly two highlighting shades, Champagne Pop and Prosecco Pop. Champagne Pop is a warm peachy champagne and Prosecco Pop is a true light-medium gold. They are so rich in pigment and smooth and creamy to the touch. In fact I would go as far to say they're probably the best of high end highlighters that I've tried so far. You can purchase Champagne Pop separately for £32 but unfortunately Prosecco Pop is only available as part of the Champagne Collection Face Palette and within the new Split Pans too.

What are your top favourite highlighters? Let me know!

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Kat Von D has Launched in the UK

After a long anticipated wait we finally have Kat Von D Beauty available in the UK! The popular beauty range hit the Debenhams website just last week and I am so so happy. The beauty range will also be launching at Debenhams flagship store on Oxford Street, London next month too! Before the launch you were only able to purchase Kat Von D Beauty from Sephora which was slightly annoying as it was super pricey to ship over to the UK, plus it also came with custom charges on top of that too which made it all the more expensive.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks and Shade and Light Palette
Of course with KVD launching in the UK I was straight onto the website the very moment it launched and soon enough a few products were added to my basket and I was heading to the checkout. Moments before that I was actually going through youtube swatch videos of the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks because I was so unsure of what shades to go for. The shade range is incredible but in the end I ended up opting for three shades, Beloved, Bow and Arrow and Lovesick. As soon as they popped through the post I was swatching them all and trying them on and I am seriously impressed.

Beloved is not one for the faint hearted, it's a coral-pink, bright and bold, probably not best suited for the upcoming A/W seasons but it is so striking and beautiful. Bow N Arrow is a medium to dark brown toned nude, my favourite kind! It's so wearable and not your average nude which I love. Lovesick is unlike any shade I have within my whole entire lipstick collection, a mauve pink with cool undertones. The only way I can describe it is gothic barbie. It looks so stunning. I already want to try out some more shades! I'll be making a list for the fiancee. Christmas isn't too far away now. The Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are £16 and you can find them here.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks
Kat Von D Shade and Light Face Contour Palette
Alongside the three Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks I also picked up the Shade and Light Face Contour Palette. I have been wanting this particular palette for the longest time but as I said it was way too expensive to purchase from the US. Unfortunately when I received it one of the contour pans had smashed into smithereens. I was so gutted about it but the Debenhams team quickly fixed me up with a replacement which I am so happy about. The Shade and Light Palette consists of three matte highlighter shades and three matte contour shades, all of which are paired together for different skin tones so there's something for everyone. I haven't tried it as of yet but I am too excited to try it out. It's £36 which isn't too expensive. You can find it here.

Lastly is the famous Tattoo Liner in Trooper. This actually came free with the rest of the products I bought which I thought was a lovely added bonus. I was uhhm-ing and ahh-ing about purchasing it before but I decided not to as I didn't want to go too over the top and spend a lot of money. I am so glad I got a sample size though so I can give it a go before I decide if it's worth buying or not. The original size is 0.55ml compared to my tiny small 0.2ml and £16 which is quite good for the amount that you get. You can find it here.

I am so excited to delve more into Kat Von D beauty now it's available here in the UK. I already have my eyes on the Lock-it Liquid Foundation and Lock-it Creme Concealer but the shade range is so extensive, I don't know what would be my match. That's the tricky part, especially when there's not a KVD counter near me so it's purely based on guesswork.

Have you or will you be buying anything from KVD now it's launched in the UK? I'd love to know!
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Monday, 19 September 2016

A New Highlighting Favourite | NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette

So as you all well know by now if you're a regular reader of this blog, highlighters are my absolute favourite makeup product. I first discovered highlighters around two years ago and since then I have not gone without one in a makeup routine. I have quite a collection of them, ranging from the Sleek Solstice Highlighting Palette and the cult favourite MAC Soft and Gentle to the ABH highlighter in Starlight. Although I have quite a few in my collection already it continues to expand and my latest purchase(thanks to the fiancee!) is the NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette which has quickly become a favourite of mine.
NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette
NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette
I literally read one review about the Strobe of Genius Palette and I was won over. I knew it had to be mine from then on and so I added it straight to the top of my very long wishlist. Somehow Josh had got hold of my wishlist and made a cheeky surprise purchase and the rest is history. I'm so glad I have it in my possession now. Don't you just love surprises? The good kind of course. 
The palette includes 7 highlighting/strobing shades, 4 of which have smaller 0.07oz pans, and the other 8 shades 0.014oz. I love the variety of shades that live within the palette as there's something for everyone. There are pinks, golds, a champagne, and even a pearlescent lavender which happens to be my favourite of them all. They come packaged within a simple black palette with a transparent lid. It feels quite sturdy and the clasp shuts down tight so you know they're secure. I do feel that a mirror could've came in handy for travelling though so that's slightly disappointing. 

The colour payoff is incredible, seriously, although there are one or two disappointing shades within the palette that appears a little chalky and lets it down a little. Those are the pink and gold shades from the left on the top row.  The highlighters are so buttery and soft and glide so beautifully onto the skin too. To apply my highlighter I like to use my Real Techniques Setting Brush as I do with my other highlighters and it works so so well.
NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette Swatches
All of the shades are so striking and beautiful on the skin(well, some more than most), particularly the lavender shade and the 3 on the bottom row. I find them to be the most pigmented of them all. You literally need one swipe on the cheeks, tip of the nose and cupids bow and you're good to go. They can come across as quite intense but that's what I love about them. You can also apply it with your finger or a fan brush if you want a subtle, natural look, or even combine different colours together to make your own customised shade. 

As you can see by the swatches above the pink and gold shade on the top row is barely detectable and that's after a few swipes. I am so disappointed that they're not all of good quality but I would happily purchase it again just based on the rest of the shades within the palette.

If you're a lover of strobing or highlighting as much as me then I highly suggest you check this out. The NYX Strobe of Genius Palette is £15 available here from Selfridges.

Have you tried the NYX Strobe of Genius Illuminating Palette?

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