Sunday, 29 September 2013

September Favourites

Hello Everyone!

It's that time of the month again (favourites that is :S) and as usual I have been loving my beauty stash so without further ado, here they are:

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturiser:
I mentioned this in an earlier post reviewing this item so I won't go into too much detail here but I have been loving this spray on moisturiser and it is certainly something I will be hurrying to repurchase once I run out. 
If you want to read more about it here is the post: http://sparklesoflight76.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/vaseline-spray-go-moisturiser-you-need.html?m=1

Urban Decay's Naked 2 Palette:
Everyone and their mum has reviewed this palette so I'm sure you are aware of it, I think I prefer Naked 2 over the first Naked Palette it has a beautiful range of neutrals to mix and match and I love neutral eyes in Autumn as I wear a lot of bold lip colours at this time of year and coloured eyes and lips tends to look a bit of a mess on me so I like to stick to one or the other. Urban Decay does the most gorgeous creamy shadows that are highly pigmented and blend beautifully and this palette is definitely one if the best in my opinion.

Wet n Wild Palettes ( I Heart Matte and Spoiled Army Brat):
Wet n Wild are difficult to get hold of in the UK but I have been internetting away and managed to get hold of quite a few of their Palettes. I think they are America's answer to our Sleek Palettes and I really do love then, highly pigmented and long wearing I have been reaching for them both but mainly for the brownbone colour in both, in Spoiled Army Brat I have been using the pink browbone on my lids and it is a lovely dusty rose colour and in the I Heart Matte Palette I have been using the white highlight colour on my browbone a lot. I won't go into the individual shades too much as I have a blog post featuring both products already so if you are interested in that have a look at the I Heart Matte review here: http://sparklesoflight76.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/wet-n-wild-palette-reviews-petal-pusher.html?m=1
And Spoiled Army Brat can be found here: http://sparklesoflight76.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/wet-n-wild-tough-girl-collection.html?m=1

EOS Mint Lipbalm:
Again these little babies are hard to find in the UK but I bought this one online and I have been loving it so much. I love mint scented lip products and this one also tastes really sweet (not that I eat it but when I accidentally taste it it's a pleasant experience not an "omg this tastes like bum" moment)
I find that with the weather changing I get really dry lips and this really helps sort me out, I apply it before bed and also before I put any matte lipsticks on and it just helps to keep me moisturised.
If you want a UK alternative the Balmi lipbalms are pretty similar and even used to have the same cute packaging until they mysteriously changed to a cube....
You can pick up Balmi at Boots but you can also grab some flavours if EOS online from Selfridges but last I checked, they didn't have mint.

MAC Viva Glam 1 and Illamasqua Howl Lipsticks:
As I've already said, I love a bold lip in Autumn and these two are both bold red, matte colours. The Illamasqua lipstick is a more tomato red whereas the MAC lipstick is a lot cooler toned and vampier but I love them both.
Again I have mentioned and showed Howl in a previous blog post (really pushing the blog here today sorry everyone) but if you are interested take a peek here: http://sparklesoflight76.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/top-6-favourite-autumn-lip-colours.html?m=1
And the Lime Crime lipstick in that post is pretty much identical to MAC Viva Glam 1 except the Lime Crime lipstick has a glossy finish and Viva Glam is matte.
Matte lipsticks can be pretty drying and this is where my EOS Lipbalm has been coming in handy.

Revlon Colour Stay Liquid Liner in Black:
I love a black liquid liner for my upper lash line and this one from Revlon is really good, easy to use and a nice medium sized brush that goes to a fine point so you can have a small discreet line to thicken up the appearance of your lashes, or you can build up to a nice flick or cats eye look. Wear time is impressive as it lasts all day with no flaking or fading.

Juicy Couture 'Viva La Juicy' Perfume:
This isn't the normal sort of scent I'm drawn to, it is very sweet smelling whereas I normally prefer floral or sharp scents but I got a smell of this last winter and loved it, a very girly sweet smell and the bottle is really pretty too.

Well there we have it, my September Favourites, what have you been loving and using this month?
























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Saturday, 28 September 2013

The Autumn Tag


Hello everyone, as you may have noticed, Autumn is upon us, the leaves are changing, the chunky knits are coming out and hot chocolate is starting to fill up mugs nationwide... I love Autumn and so I am participating in the Autumn Tag :)

1. What Is Your Favourite Thing About Autumn?
Personally I love most things, Autumn is my favourite season, my birthday is in Autumn so I usually get a good shopping spree and who doesn't love a spree ;)
Then there's the colours, I love all the orange, red and yellow leaves and all the berries I the trees.
I love the nights getting darker which equals snuggles on the sofa and movie nights.
Autumn is the best!

2. Favourite Drink?
I love hot chocolate at this time of year, the kind of hot chocolate that has marshmallows and squirty cream. Flavoured hot chocolate is better, orange, mint, white chocolate.... Yum, actually, I think I will drink one now :)

3. Favourite Scent/Candle?
I love Yankee Candles and they do a really good range but I will stray to other brands for my two favourite Autumn scents, Vanilla and Cinnamon. Not together but I have so many candles of these two scents and I know I will buy more this year, I always do.

4. Best Lipstick?
I did a post of my best Autumn lipsticks here: http://sparklesoflight76.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/top-6-favourite-autumn-lip-colours.html?m=1
But I think a matte lipstick is my favourite in Autumn, a matte red. Illamasqua and MAC are the best for these.

5. Go To Moisturiser?
I am currently trying out a new Neal's Yard Moisturiser for day wear but my constant favourite night moisturiser is Soap and Glory's Night in Shining Armour, it is so creamy, smells so fresh and especially as it gets cooler outside I need the extra moisture.

6. Go To Colours For Eyes?
I get a lot of wear out of my Naked Palettes by Urban Decay this time of year, I love a smokey brown eye to add definition to my eyes but not to take attention from my lips as I tend to play my lip looks up a lot more in Autumn with bold, sultry colours.
I have also recently started wearing purples too and a darkened purple smokey eye also looks great this time of year.

7. Favourite Music, Singer or Band?
Snow Patrol! I don't know why but soon as the Autumn Comes my Snow Patrol albums get a lot of love, it's been this way for the last 10 years and will be for the next 10 years to come.

8. Favourite Outfit To Wear?
I love my skinny jeans, brown fitted boots, a chunky cardigan and my tartan scarf, oh that scarf gets so much love.

9. Autumn Treat? (i.e a scarf or bag you have your eye on)
Well like I have already said, my birthday is in Autumn so no doubt I will be buying myself many new treats when I hit the shops next week ;)

Well there we have it I hope you liked this post, if you decide to do it please link your blog below so I can have a read of it :) I first saw this tag on Chloe's Way Blog http://www.chloesway.com so have a little look there if you want to see her answers.
Toodles for now xxx









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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Beauty Blender Review

Hello Everyone!
So I finally bought the famous beauty blender. I held off and held off with doubts like "can I really spend £16 on a sponge?" And also I was pretty happy with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush so the Beauty Blender ended up being an item I added to my online baskets over and over then removed at the check out, then the day came when Fleur de Force had a discount code for Cult Beauty and so I went for it, 4 days later the Beauty Blender was mine!



 Let's take a moment to appreciate just how pink this little sponge is, it is the hottest of hot pink and I know this shouldn't be a deciding factor in buying an item, I have to admit that the pinkness did pull me in a little... I mean just look at it!
Anyway moving on from the colour, how does the Beauty Blender perform? Well quite simply, it is fantastic! I don't know why I didn't own this till now, normally I'm pretty happy with my makeup application but one thing I have noticed is that makeup can tend to sink into fine wrinkles after a couple of hours and this emphasises them, so far I have been combatting this by trying not to apply makeup near my lines in the hope of avoiding them but with the Beauty Blender I didn't need to do this, it really does give your face a flawless airbrushed appearance.
Let's start with how to use it, the sponge is a teardrop shape, the pointed slimmer end is shaped perfectly to hit the smaller contours of your face, under eye concealer, around the nose etc, whereas the larger curve is for the rest of your face.
To use the Beauty Blender you rinse it under warm water at which point the sponge swells to around double it's original size, you then squeeze out the excess water and towel dry till you are left with a damp, fat sponge.
I then used my fingers to pop a few dots of foundation around my face and applied my collection concealer under my eyes and around my nose then proceeded to pat the sponge around my face as directed by the instructions, first thing I noticed was how flawless I looked, it takes hardly any effort to smooth the foundation and concealer into my face and there was no brush streaks to have to blend away, it literally was flawless. The product was spread around evenly and looked so natural. I noticed that especially in problem areas (like fine lines) I was able to apply make up and not have attention drawn to them.
In short I looked like me but a movie star version of me, smooth flawless skin, natural looking. I am sold.
I have since reused the Beauty Blender and had the same results so I am pretty excited about this product.
If you get the chance to buy this sponge I urge you to give it a go, I am in love and so happy that I finally bought it with the thanks of Fleur de Force and Cult Beauty.
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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Top 6 Favourite Autumn Lip Colours

Hello Everyone!
Well it's that time of year again, the leaves are turning orange, the weather is getting cooler, the chunky knits are out and the makeup is getting darker.
Bye bye Vegas Volt it was fun but now it is time for my favourite time of year and my favourite makeup looks, Autumn!
I have narrowed down my favourite lip looks to my absolute favourite top 6, why 6? Why not!
  1. Lime Crime - Glamour 101: This lipstick has a glossy finish and is a beautiful deep red colour, very vampy, very autumn. Lime Crime lipsticks have a vanilla scent that's not too different from the scent of MAC lipsticks. I love vanilla so it doesn't bother me but if you don't like vanilla scents this might not be the one for you. You can pick up some Lime Crime lipsticks in the UK from http://www.love-makeup.co.uk 
  2. Illamasqua - Shard: Shard is a new lipstick from Illamasqua's new Sacred Hour collection, a matte purple shade but it is surprisingly creamy for a matte shade.
     
  3. Revlon Lip Butter - 001 Pink Truffle: Pink Truffle is a beautiful everyday moisturising lip tint with a glossy finish. It is a light beige pink colour, I think it would suit most skintones 
  4. MAC - Midnight Mambo: This came out in their summer 'Tropical Taboo' collection but I think it will be a firm favourite this Autumn. A mixture of purple and pink it is quite an unusual shade but a very pretty one. This is such a creamy formulation being one of the mineralize lipsticks making it very easy to wear but not very long wearing.
  5. Illamasqua - Growl: A very brave shade but a truly beautiful one, described on Illamasqua's website as a mahogany brown - this shade wears more deep purple on me. It is a very dry matte shade so lots of lip balm needed but well worth it in my opinion.
  6. Illamasqua - Howl: Another drying matte but in a classic orange/red shade. As I am naturally quite pale I think this really compliments my colouring. 
And there we have it, illamasqua are really impressing me at the minute I have so many of their products and they are fast becoming a firm favourite for me.
These pictures are pretty true to colour (yes I am that pale) so you can get a good idea how these colours look in real life but obviously the colour of your own lips underneath will change the colour a tad.
Hope you have enjoyed reading this little post!
Till next time, Toodles xx
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Monday, 16 September 2013

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation Review

Hello Everyone!

Ah skinbase. Skinbase skinbase skinbase. This is one foundation that seems to have huge divided opinion, where skinbase foundation is concerned there doesn't seem to be any reviews that are just so so, people seem to either love it or hate it.
I know many reviews have already been written about this but I feel my review is worth a quick skim because I've been at both ends of the spectrum, firstly hating skinbase more than any other foundations I've tried, to my current state of mind which is I love this foundation and I will repurchase it.

Lets start with why I originally hated it.
I assumed skinbase would work in the same way as my other foundations, I was wrong, I squeezed out the same amount I use with my other foundations and applied it with my sleek buffing brush and the result was cakey, patchy and massively emphasised my pores and fine lines. In short I looked old, not just old but an old idiot who had slammed her face repeatedly into a pile of make up, not good.
I tried a couple of times, with powder, without powder, primer, no primer etc but no the result was the same, nasty.
This resulted in skinbase being demoted to the back of my foundation drawer never to see the light of day again. Poor skinbase.
Fast forward a few months and I was looking through Instagram pictures and I noted a few girls with flawless makeup, what foundation were they wearing? Skinbase! So I researched application, reviews, techniques and I came to the conclusion that the 'it's not you it's me' breakup we had suffered was actually true in this case, it was me.
I had been applying it wrong, I had been using too much and I had been using the wrong brush. So without further ado this is why I now love skinbase.
Lets start with the packaging, I love the packaging, illamasqua products are beautiful, they feel good to hold, they look nice in your collection and they just look and feel expensive, I am a bit of a packaging junkie, there are some brands I won't use simply because I don't like their packaging.
The bottle is made of plastic which means you can travel easily with it, I will say however that the bottle is a squeeze top which works well in theory - being able to squeeze just the right amount out, less waste etc - it will be difficult to get the last bits of foundation out as the design is a square base but overall I love this packaging.
The smell, yum. It smells of caramel and vanilla, the smell is soft so as to not overpower you if you don't like scented products.
Pigmentation is amazing, you don't need very much at all to get good coverage and that was my problem before, I was using way too much even though I was only using about the size of a pea on each side of my face, for my face I only need the size of a pea for my whole face, this has helped explain why I looked so cakey before. Also, since I have started using less it settles into my lines and pores less and that is a very good thing!
Lets talk application, I was using a real techniques buffing brush and this just doesn't work, illamasqua recommend that you use their highlighter brush to apply this foundation, so in good faith I bought this brush, *insert sound of angels singing* this brush gets the job done, make sure you have prepped your skin before use as it can cling to dry patches, (I find that pairing skinbase with Illamasqua's hydra veil works really well) then you just use the highlighter brush to buff and press your foundation into your face, it does take longer to work skinbase into your skin than other foundations I have tried but in my opinion, the end result it worth it.
I set my foundation very lightly with a setting powder, at the minute I have been using Too Faced Candlelight pressed powder to add to the glow that skinbase leaves you with and with all these steps I find that I get around 8-9 hours wear out of my foundation, after this time it does seem to start settling into my pores again and looking a little bit oily but I rarely wear foundation longer than that amount of time at the minute anyway.
So there we have it, my little review on a controversial product dividing beauty lovers online :)
Till next time,
Toodles!
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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Wet n Wild Tough Girl Collection

Hello everyone!

I recently was lucky enough to pick up all 6 trios in the new Wet n Wild tough girl collection, this collection mistakenly gets referred to as the Beauty Army collection because of the marketing displays so you may know it as that.
The 6 trios are highly pigmented and wearable, much more wearable than the crazy colour pop series that was released for Spring/Summer 2013. The Tough Girl collection is also miles better in terms of pigmentation than the previous release making this collection - in my opinion - a must have, if you can find them that is.
The limited edition trios come in the following colours:
Zero Dark Flirty: a trio of purples that reminds me a little of the petal pusher palette but swatched side by side the shades are definitely different. Very wearable. The crease colour has a slight shimmer running through it but it doesn't show on the swatches.

I Don't Do Camoflage: this is a blue trio, again highly pigmented and wearable, personally I wouldn't wear all 3 together as it could be a tad 80s but they will definitely mix well with other eye colours. The crease colour again has fine blue glitter running through it which does transfer onto the eye and looks stunning. 

Support Our Troops: this is my least favourite of the collection, it's your standard black white and grey, the white is a bit difficult to build and quite shimmery but the black is super pigmented. 

Spoilt Army Brat: this one is my favourite of the collection, pink can sometimes be a difficult colour to pull off on the eyes but the muted nature of these pinks makes them wearable, the browbone colour is a beautiful dusty pink and looks stunning on the lid, I personally wouldn't use it as a browbone colour as it looks a bit like you have just had a brow wax.... Nuff said.

Enlisting For Beauty: This one is your standard brown trio, nice but if you have a lot of makeup you will probably already have similar colours - that being said, the eyelid shade is a really pretty subtle brown and looks stunning as an everyday wear colour.


  • Soldiers in Charms: Green, I love green, this is a definite must have from the collection, the pigmentation is excellent and the shades work really well together, the browbone colour makes a wonderful 'colour pop' inner corner colour and even though it looks lime green in the pan, the actual wear colour is more a light emerald shimmer. This is another favourite for me.

    And there we go with the picture heavy post.
    Wear time is the usual with these types of products, around 4-5 hours without a primer and around 8 hours with a primer. Personally I love Urban Decays Primer Potion as it seems to really help bring the shades out as well as prolong wear.
    Being in the UK these trios are pretty much impossible to get hold of and I gather they can be tricky to get hold of in some areas of the USA. I grabbed mine on ebay and I'm very glad I did!
    Hope you enjoyed this review and hope you can get hold of some of these.

    Toodles!

























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Monday, 9 September 2013

Love-makeup.co.uk (love makeup) Review

Hello Everyone!
This is my little two cents worth for the website www.love-makeup.co.uk
If you haven't heard of this website it's basically a must have for anyone in the UK who wants to get their hands on some of the US beauty brands and not be whacked with a massive import bill.
As usual I was a bit worried about ordering from a website I hadn't used before but as I browsed their selection I couldn't resist investigating further as they had 3 of the top brands I wanted to try in stock:

  • Lime Crime 
  • Sugarpill
  • NYX
I also noted that they allow their customers to pay via PayPal so that swayed me further as I don't like putting my bank details in on new websites (unless it is a large well known website such as MAC or Debenhams) 
I then went and read a couple of reviews of love makeup and everything seemed pretty positive. Armed with this I placed an order for a Lime Crime lipstick (glamour 101 if you're interested) paying via PayPal and waited.
I didn't have to wait long, two days later it arrived at my door. 
I loved my purchase and ease of shopping (no typing in card details or security codes, PayPal is so convenient for shopping) and I was also thrilled by the quick delivery and so I placed a second order and spent a little more this time.
I ordered a combination of Sugarpill and NYX goodies, they arrived next day...
So if you are interested take a little peek at their website and treat yourself, I am already eyeing up my next purchases which might include a Z Palette for my first foray into depotting.

I hope this review has helped you somewhat if like me you were a bit nervous of ordering online after hearing a lot of bad experience involving other websites that promise US products to UK customers and also if you have been stung by fake products on sites like eBay I can safely say, in my opinion, this website is amazing I only wish they could stock a few more brands, for example the sigma makeup brand as well as the brushes they already stock.
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Friday, 6 September 2013

My Top 5 Blushers

Hello Everyone,
Today we will be talking about blushers, in particular, my top 5.
I love a bit of blush, applied with a light hand for a subtle glow or packed on as much as I can to look like a clown.... Well luckily for society the clown look will stay in the horrific memories of my early teens, bad times.
Anyway moving on here they are:

Marvel at their beauty, I know packaging isn't everything but I do love a bit of sleek packaging that feels nice to hold in your hand and all of these feel good to hold, and even though the Gosh blusher is cheaper it doesn't have packaging that feels cheaper than the rest.
The blushers are:
1. Nars Orgasm - I have this in an old limited edition palette but you can buy this blush as a single. It is one of NARS best sellers and I can see why, it is a beautiful salmon pink colour with golden shimmer running through, it is one of those shades that suits almost everyone. If you are looking for a drugstore alternative, Sleek do a blush called Rose Gold which is pretty identical and for only around the £5 mark. 
2. Illamasqua Cream Blush in Dixie - a beautiful coral pink, perfect for spring and summer, Illamasqua blushers are VERY highly pigmented so you only need to dip your brush in this lightly to get good coverage, I dip it in, tap the bristles on my arm to get off the excess then I move on to my face to avoid the dreaded clown face.
3. Gosh Powder Blush in Electric Pink - another highly pigmented blush in a dusty pink colour, this one doesn't last as long as the other blushers I tend to need to re apply after about 5 hours wear with this one but it is easy to blend, affordable and very good colour payoff so I'm still in love with it.
4. Dior Glowing Color Powder Blush in Vintage Pink - a beautiful muted pink, the lighter shade can act as a highlight but I like to mix both together to get a pretty, fresh, innocent looking glow.
5. Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect in 30 Tweed Rose - the sheerest of the group, you do have to build this one up to get a colour that is noticeable but when you do the result is lovely, it is a very natural looking glow that just looks like you are healthy and happy.


These blushers tend to be my most reached for, I do love them so much. I love a bit of pink blusher, I usually follow it up with a pop of highlighter with the exception of Nars Orgasm, simply because this one has flecks of golden shimmer running through it so it acts as a blusher and highlighter in one (well for me it does you can feel free to add as much sparkle or highlight as you deem fit)
Now without further ado here are the swatches:

1. Nars Orgasm
2. Illamasqua Cream Blush in Dixie 
3. Gosh Powder Blush in Electric Pink
4. Dior Glowing Color Powder Blush in Vintage Pink
5. Chanel Blush Duo Tweed Effect in 30 Tweed Rose

Well I hope you enjoyed this quick little show and tell. What are your favourites?
Bye for now x






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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Vaseline Spray & Go Moisturiser - You Need This!

Hi Everyone!

So if like me, you start with the best intentions but sometimes life happens and you end up jumping out your shower with no time to moisturise, this my friends, this is the potion for you.
Vaseline have brought out a nice new spray and go moisturiser, it makes those 'I'm so late!!!' Days (everyday) into days where you are still late but you are also smooth and smelling gorgeous in seconds.
The can is like an aerosol deodorant can and you just point and spray where you would normally moisturise and a thin mist of product spreads over the area, it feels wet not greasy and rubs in within seconds which suits me as I'm not a fan of sitting around being sticky.
You can see the film of moisturiser applied fresh to my arm here.

Now the best bit, it's cheap. I picked mine up from boots for only £4.99 and they have 3 scents, the cocoa butter one I have, Aloe Vera and 'Essential Moisture'
I urge, no I demand you pick one up ;)
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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Illamasqua Reflections Palette Review

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Hello everyone,

I'm sure you might have guessed it by now but I'm a big illamasqua fan, I love the packaging, the colours and the general artistry associated with the brand.
Straying from their trademark bright and brave colours comes the new Reflections palette, part of the new Sacred Hour collection released for Autumn or Fall 2013.
When I first got wind of this palette coming out I was pretty excited, infact I've not been so excited about a palette since the Naked palettes from Urban Decay arrived on our shores so this was a pretty big deal to me. Added to this were the other pieces in the collection so I popped an order in on illamasqua.com for this palette, the new lipstick in a berry shade called Shard and the two new nail varnishes called Facet and Hemlock.
Now just take a step back and fall in love with this collection, it is beautiful.
Sacred Hour is about the two magical times of dusk and dawn, a time with shimmering lights, darkened colours and the unmistakeable feeling of possibility. The Refections eyeshadow palette captures this perfectly.
The shadows themselves are an unusual texture, a mixture between cream and powder that is truly unique and with all the makeup I have come across in my years, this is the first texture like this, almost like silk in makeup form, because of this silkiness the colours blend together like a dream, so easy and effortless.
The four colours in this palette are:

  • Precipice - a shade that looks cream in the pan but applied to the lid it has yellowy green undertones, very slight but enough to add a little something extra.
  • Acute - a deep chocolate shade with enough shimmer to break up such a strong colour.
  • Dart - a beautiful copper bronze with slight golden shimmer.
  • Graphica - a beautiful grey blue colour with flecks of silver shimmer running through.
To me this palette has such an earthy feel to it I feel like each if the shades could represent the four elements: earth, air, fire and water with precipice being air, acute being earth, dart being fire and graphica being water. It adds to the beauty and mysticism of the palette for me.

A word of warning about this palette is that with the shades being as creamy as they are they can tend to crease if you don't use a good base, I use Urban Decay's Primer Potion followed by NYX's jumbo eye pencil in Milk, I then use my shadows and follow with a setting spray and that makes everything stay put.

These shades all mix together beautifully and I would fully recommend you pick this little gem up, if nothing else but to marvel at its beauty. Below are three of the easy daytime looks I have created with this palette, enjoy :) 



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Monday, 2 September 2013

August favourites 2013

Hello Everyone, these are my new favourites this month. I feel like it has been a short month as I've hardly been shopping and been super busy but of course I did manage to grab a few new products as always ;)

  • Dove Dry Shampoo: I usually use batiste dry shampoo religiously however I spotted this when I was out to pick up a new batiste and decided to give it a go, I have to say I prefer it to the batiste version, the dove one has a nice fresh scent, nothing overpowering just a nice clean smell and it doesn't leave a white cast in your hair nor does your hair feel sticky like it can do after using other dry shampoos. I will be buying this again.
  • Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner in Perversion: perversion really is the blackest black eyeliner I own, it is easy to apply with its creamy formula and doesn't drag on the lids, you can smoke it out or leave a strong line and it even stays well on the waterline, I'm almost halfway through this pencil and yes I would repurchase again and again.
  • Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer: there has been a lot of hype online surrounding the wake me up foundation so I thought I would try the concealer. I do really like this concealer and it does have a subtle brightening effect but that does mean it is a bit of a no no for covering spots as the brightening effect draws attention to them, it also seems a tad less full coverage than my usual collection concealer which makes me think that come winter I will switch back.
  • Illamasqua Reflections Eyeshadow Palette: I have been loving these shades this month, I will be writing a post on this palette soon so I will just say it is amazing and move on.
  • MAC Creamsheen Lipstick in Pink Pearl Pop: a beautiful bright pink shade perfect for the summer, it has a beautiful iridescence to it whilst being bright and wearable at the same time, being a Creamsheen it glides softly into the lips and is easy to wear, however you will need to reapply every 3 hours or so.
  • Revlon Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon: everyone has talked about these lip butters so I won't bore you but I will say this is a new shade and its quite unique to anything I own, a coral red colour that looks juicy and bright. I love this shade for summer.
  • Too Faced Candlelight Pressed Powder: I use this as either a quick face powder or to set my foundation for a subtle glow, it really is a lovely product, finely milled and cute packaging, on the inside mirror it has the words 'why be pretty when you can be gorgeous' written on the mirror, all in all I am loving this product at the minute and as it claims to be vitamin enriched and good for your skin I like it even more.
So there we go, August favourites done and dusted, hope you enjoy this and hope you have a happy September! 
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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Neal's Yard Rose and Mallow Moisturiser Review



Hello Everyone!
I'm going to keep this short and sweet, this is my review of my first Neal's Yard product, sadly after this it will also be my last.
I didn't hate this product per se, I just didn't love it either and being that I paid £21 for it I would expect to love it a little bit more.

The Neal's Yard website says the following about the product:


Cooling and restorative rose balances the complexion while mallow and almond soften and smooth for radiant skin. 

Sounds good right? Except it isn't really that good, for me it looks the part, comes in a pretty blue glass jar and with the vintage apothecary style label it just looks special, on first glances inside it still looks good, you can clearly smell the rose scent and being a lover of rose scented things this sold the product to me.
The actual product itself seems medium thickness and rubs into the skin nicely, however this is where I started to notice things I didn't like, first of all was the smell, that pretty, light rose scent is replaced by a smell a bit more unpleasant, if you are from the uk and can remember back to the 90s where they had those scratch and smell history books there was a one where they told you they used to use rose petals to hide the smell of dirty outdoor toilets? You would scratch and there was a small of rose mixed with a barnyard scent? That's what this reminds me of, not a pleasant memory as I'm rubbing it into my face thinking 'this smells like a farmyard' :S
Secondly was the fact that the product doesn't actually seem to do anything, I didn't feel more hydrated through the day and my skin has actually been a tad drier than usual and I've even had a couple of spots, I never really get spots so this is likely to be the cream.

So there you go there's my quick review of this moisturiser and all I can say is, yes the jar is pretty but save yourself a bit of money and get a better cream, like Liz Earle day cream for example, dear Liz Earle day cream, I'm sorry I left you please take me back!!


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