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Saturday, 30 January 2016

January Makeup Love List

Today I thought I would gather together a few of my current beauty favourites for January. This month I've been gravitating towards these products a great deal so I thought you might like to know what I have been loving. 

Charlotte Tilbury Film Star Bronze & Glow:

As I have very pale skin I was worried that the contour shade would look too orange and muddy on my skin but I couldn't have been more wrong. This is my new favourite contouring palette.The highlighting powder is a beautiful champagne shimmer that is subtle and versatile.  I think it would make a great eye-shadow duo too. Also, the packaging is stunning and very high quality.

Zoeva Smoky Palette:

As you can see this Zoeva Palette is very neutral with a few dark shades in the mix. I mentioned this product in my 'Perfect Palette Tag' so I'm only going to touch on it lightly however I have been using it alot throughout January. The shades are all really wearable and there's next to no fall out. There's a good selection of both metallic and matte shadows and they all blend easily. I'm definitely going to be buying more Zoeva Palettes because the quality of the shadows is outstanding. 

Mac Paint Pot (Painterly): Being the beauty junkie that I am after hearing so many bloggers rave about this product I had to try it for myself and now I feel as though I will never do a make-up look without it again. A paint pot is a solid crème base that mimics the colour of skin tone. I like to apply this with my finger and pat it all over my lids and brow bone as an eye shadow base. It helps my shadows to blend smoothly and help them to stay in place all day without any creasing. 

Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner (Damsel):
 I don't know why but I never used to reach for eye-liners especially because of the inconvenience with having to sharpen them all the time however after receiving this one with the 'In the Light Palette' I've been wearing it everyday.The Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liners are mechanical eye-liners that need to be twisted to release more product. This eye-liner is incredibly smooth and buttery in texture and once applied you have a minute or so to blend it to create a smoky look and once set they do not move.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat (Pillow Talk):
I was hesitant whether or not to purchase this because of the steep price tag however I adore it and it has soon made a holy grail status for me. The colour is perfect to get that fuller lips look as it matches the shade of my lips well and It also lasts on the lips for a very good time. I'm also glad that I purchased the sharpener to go with it as it does blunt very quickly but that may be because I've been using it everyday. 

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer:

This highlighter is simply beautiful, I don't think I can rave about it enough. It's a soft champagne shade with a gold sheen; It very pigmented so I would definitely not call it a subtle highlight.I feel like its going to last forever since you need only the slightest amount to get a beautiful shimmery glow.Overall, I would buy this again and again. I have sidelined pretty much all of my other highlighters because this is the best one I currently own and have been using it almost everyday this month. 

Clinique Blush (02 Defining Berries): 

I have been loving using this blusher throughout January as it gives my skin an illuminating finish. You can use each shade separately to blush, contour or highlight, or you can swirl them together for a glowing blush look. It actually makes a nice eye-shadow too as the textures are really soft and beautiful.

So that's it, my beauty favourites for January. Let me know in the comments what make-up items you've been loving this month. 

Sunday, 17 January 2016

10 things I do on my day off...

It's currently my day off today and I fancied writing a post so I thought I'd share with you all some of the things I like to do when I have some spare time. This post is going to be completely honest; I'm not going to lie to you and say I 'work out' or 'cook a healthy meal' because in reality I watch trashy TV and order a pizza. So, if you'd like to know what I REALLY do on my day off carry on reading...

1. Lounge around and Relax just because I can.

2. Breakfast In Bed. I go downstairs and grab all the junk food I can find and just pig out. My current favourite are doughnuts.

3. Have a pamper session. Have a bath, do a face-mask and paint my nails.

4. Watch YouTube. During the week I can be so busy that I don't always get to stay up to date with all of my Subscriptions so I like to take some time to watch all the videos I've missed.

5. Catch up on Telly. At the moment I'm loving 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' and 'Pretty Little Liars'.

6. Find a new show/movie on Netflix. I'll take my duvet downstairs, grab a bowl of popcorn and have a Netflix marathon.

7. Take some photos for my blog. My schedule normally consists of me leaving the house at 7:30am and not returning home until 6pm so I rarely get to see any sunlight to take blog photos so on my day off I like to take as many photos as I can.

8. Play around with make-up. During the week I have limited time to get ready so I normally stick to a certain look however on days off I like to try out different products and create new looks.

9. Online shopping. What more do I need to say? I'll create any excuse to do some online shopping.

10. Be Productive. Having a day off the majority of the time just consists of me being lazy however every now and again I like to be productive and do some organising or cleaning. This can include my wardrobe, makeup or washing my brushes and strangely enough I actually really enjoy tidying. 

What do you like to do on your days off? Let me know in the comments. 

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Topshop | My Winter Wishlist

This wishlist started when I began browsing in the sale and since then it has just grown bigger and bigger. Topshop is my favourite high street store and has been for ages; I don't know about you but I'm very guilty of adding everything I love to my basket. So for today's post I thought you might like to see what I have my eye on at the moment.

Moto Mid Blue Ripped Jamie Jeans £42

Rose Gold Plated Rhinestone  £15.00 

90s Racer Vest  £8 

Moto Block Stripe Shirt  £36

Bind Back Lace Boots £42

Chevron Colour Block Sweatshirt £42

Round Collar Hybrid Jumper £42

I think my favourite item has to be the rose gold bracelet, it looks so beautiful. 

Now all I need is a lottery win...

Do you have some pieces that you have your eye on in Topshop? Let me know. What's your favourite from my choices?

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Review: Zoeva Rose Gold Complete Eye Kit

I was shopping online for beauty products and stumbled across Zoeva brushes. I had heard quite a bit about this brand from various beauty bloggers which of course sucked me into buying them myself. I am now seriously obsessed with Zoeva and they've fast become one of my favourite make-up brush brands. I used to swear by Real Technique brushes (and I still love them) but Zoevas brushes have blown me away. Before we start, I feel like I am obligated to mention that I am a make-up brush addict so it takes a lot to impress me. Now that's out the way, lets get started. 

To begin, I have had these brushes for 2 months now so I feel as though I have tested them out enough to give you a satisfactory review on whether they are worth the money or not. So lets get the facts out the way; this brush set comes with 12 brushes that are a mixture of synthetic and natural hair. Natural hair works wonders for powder products as they are loaded with texture so you'll get a better application.Synthetic brushes are great to use with liquid or cream products because they wont trap make-up. 

The overall appearance of the brushes are beautiful and the selection is perfect, you get all the brushes you need for any eye look and more. It also comes with a stunning faux leather bag that is perfect for travelling. 

This set is £56.95 which is an absolute steal compared to Mac brushes. I purchased mine from Beauty Bay and got free next day delivery which was a bonus! So I'm going to take you one by one to let you know my opinion on the brush and how I use it. 

Luxe Soft Definer Brush- 227 

This brush is very comparable to the Mac 217 brush that many people rave about, however I don't personally own that brush. This brush does an amazing job at blending products that you've already deposited into your crease to get a defused look. I think its too big to fit into the crease to apply colour precisely however its the perfect tool for creating smooth transitions between eye-shadows. 

Luxe Define Crease Brush- 224

This brush has a completely flat top which makes it great for blending in the outer corner of the eye and also the crease. You can easily add a darker colour and blend it into the crease while remaining precise. This brush gives me an accurate application for producing a cut crease and it could also be used for contouring down the nose or applying powder under the eyes. 

Concealer Brush- 142

Because of it's dome shape this brush is the perfect size for getting into the contours of the eye to apply and blend concealer or powder. As its very dense you could use it to apply cream products onto the eye lid. 

Luxe Pencil Brush- 230

This is your typical pencil brush that has a pointed top and stiff bristles; its not rough on your eyes like some pencil brushes can be. This is another one of my favourites and I personally like to use this to smoke out shadows under the eye to get a nicely blended lash line. 

Luxe Petite Crease Brush- 231

This brush is great for producing a cut crease because of its dome shape which also creates precise application when adding darker colours into the deep crease and outer corner. It could also be used to smoke out eye-shadow on the lower lash-line. 

Luxe Crease Brush- 228 

I think that a fluffy brush is a must have in any make-up brush collection for popping in a transition colour just so you have a base to work with when you are blending your eye-shadows out.This brush is perfect for getting in the crease because of its pointy edge and it also works well to defuse colour because its tapered. If you were to only buy one brush from Zoeva I would recommend this one because its amazing. 

Luxe Smoky Shader Brush- 234

This brush is a complete dupe for mac 239 in fact they are identical. 
I use this brush to pack on lose or pressed eye-shadow onto lid because of how dense it is as a posed to using a fluffy brush which will give you more a defused look on your lids. 

Brow Line Brush- 322

This is wide brush with short bristles which is something you don't typically see but it works ideally to apply eye-shadow on your upper and lower lash line. This brush makes creating the perfect square for your brow so much easier Its nice and firm and the hairs are short which helps the colour apply well into your brows 

Smudger Brush- 226

This brush has packed bristles which works well to apply or smudge shadow or coal liner in the lash-line. You could also use this to conceal or highlight on the brow bone. 

Detail Shader Brush- 237

This small flat shader brush is great for applying details in your make-up like eye-shadow in a certain small area.  It works Great for applying highlighter in the inner corner, brow bone,  or to add eye-shadow very precisely. You could also use it to smoke out the lower lash-line.  

Wing Liner Brush- 317

This brush is very thin which means its easy to create a cat eye look with gel liner however I have been using it on my brows which works wonderfully. The bristles are not too soft or stiff and its thin enough for precise lines. 

Fine Liner Brush- 315

This brush is used for winged eye-liner and is a great brush for someone who's too afraid to use eye-liner as you can get into the roots of your lashes. To be honest I'm still on the fence with this brush. I'm not really an eye-liner girl so this brush didn't really appeal to me anyway. This is a nice brush if you like bent liner brush, I just have to get used to using it. It could also be used to apply lashes. 

Overall I am very happy with my purchase! I have plenty of other eye brushes, but I enjoyed using these so much more so I would say if you have the money to splurge these brushes are totally worth the price. 


Thursday, 7 January 2016

My Favourite Mac Nude Lipsticks

In the past few months I have become a huge mac lipstick fan and especially of their nude lipsticks. I very rarely wear anything other than nudes, unless I find my outfit better suits a plum or red in the Autumn & Winter seasons although nude shades pretty much go with anything and look very natural for day to day wear. MAC is the first place I call for lipsticks, and their selection of nude lipsticks is enough to make any make-up lover drool. So, today I'm going to share with you all my favourites. 

From left to right....

Velvet Teddy
This was my first ever mac lipstick and most definitely my favourite. Velvet Teddy is a matte formulae lipstick with a beigy-pink colour which can be a tad drying although I still continue to wear it because I love it so much. I wear this lipstick almost every other day because it is gorgeous! Definitely one that would work with all skin tones. 

I love this lipstick! It's a deeper pinky mauve with slight brown undertones.This is my Kylie lip. It's satin but not too shiny with just a nice sheen and If you want it matte you can just blot.  Its creamy formula makes it comfortable to wear (it doesn't even dry out my lips) and it smells amazing as all mac lipsticks do.

Honey Love
This is a matte lipstick with enough colour to keep it natural without making you look like your lips blend in with your face.  I can't imagine many skin tones that would suit this colour on its own because it's so pale. I'm convinced that Honey Love is one of those colours that is meant to be used either with a slightly darker liner or used with another matte lipstick to make ombre/3D fuller lips. 


I've never owned the lip liner but I gave into the whole Kylie Jenner craze and decided to buy this lipstick.  I absolutely love the colour and the formula isn't as drying. On my fair skin this is a dirty rose with a hint of brown which isn't something I would normally wear but I absolutely love it. This matte isn't hard to wear the way some mattes are either. 

This is my newest mac lipstick and whenever I want something on my lips that's as natural looking as possible but still gives a "finished" look to my overall make-up I reach for Modesty first thing. It's a beautiful muted neutral pink shade with just a hint of peachiness. I feel as though I can apply it without a mirror and not have to worry if the application is messy. 

What are your favourite nude lipsticks? Let me know. 

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Current (Winter) Beauty Wishlist

Every time pay-day comes around I convince myself I need more make-up which obviously isn't the case;I've been accumulating a large wishlist on my phone so I thought it was about time I shared with you some of my wants and wishes for this winter. 

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara:

I've read great reviews about this product and seem to find applying my current mascaras to my bottom lashes quite difficult as it tends to smudge. This mascara is supposed to apply easily and last well without flaking so it's something I would love to try out. 

Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation:

I'm a foundation collector and I have heard so much hype about this product. The packaging looks beautiful and from the reviews I've read this is meant to be a fantastic product. However the price is quite steep. 

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer:

Another product I love to collect are concealers and this has been within my wishlist for a while now. I do have several concealers that I'm currently using nevertheless I love to try new ones in case I find something that works better to cover my atrocious dark circles. 

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette:

Compared to other palettes you can get this one is extremely expensive but there's just something about it that makes me want it. The colours are neutral, easy to wear and very versatile and from what I've heard they are very pigmented and easy to blend too. Charlotte Tilbury's packaging is always stunning and after trying a few of her products I know the quality will be great. 

Caudalie Beauty Elixer: 

I've just recently been getting into beauty mists/setting sprays and this one seems interesting to me. Its a hydrating/ moisturising facial mist that you can apply throughout to day to refresh your make-up which is something that I would love to try. 

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette: 

Ever since I received my first naked palette last Christmas I have wanted to try them all. I currently own the Naked 1 and Naked Smoky palettes and this is another that I would love to add to my collection. 

Tom Ford Lip Colour in 'First Time':

Dark lips are a big love for the Winter season however I have been loving nudes at the moment so this is a definite want for me. I've never owned a Tom Ford lipstick or anything from that brand actually so I would love to try something out especially there lipsticks as they look beautiful. 

What are some beauty products that you would love to try this winter?