Monday, October 24, 2016

Lip Six

Happy Monday!

Here are my last six lip picks!

Top row-Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie lip gloss in Maven // Huda Beauty Liquid Matte in Gossip Gurl (review!)

Middle row-NARS matte lipstick in Montego Bay // Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine in Charmed (review!)

Bottom row-Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope lipstick in Brat Pack (review!) // NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil in Bettina

Which is your favourite?

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

All about the base

These 7 base products are giving me life right now.  My skin has been much clearer since I have been on the hormone replacement medication but I still have blemish scars and my undereyes are forever dark and wrinkled!

These products are helping me make the best of what I have and I love this combination.

Too FAced Hangover Primer

I am so so late to the party on this one but I've been using this just over a week and I love this replenishing primer.  And I know so many people love this-I have no idea why it took me so long!  I would say now that my skin type is normal to oily and I find that this fluid primer not only makes my make up sit so nicely on the skin but also it just makes my make up last hours and hours and hours.  It's lightweight and slightly illuminates the skin and just seems to smooth and hydrate and prep.

too faced born this way foundation

by terry cover expert

I then use not one but two foundations, dotted over my skin and then buffed in with the Artis 10 brush.  I have come to realise that I love a good, liquid foundation with a decent density-these new pigmented but watery formula foundations do nothing for me.  Too Faced Born This Way and By Terry Cover Expert are similar in density and blend beautifully.  Born This Way in Porcelain is way too yellow toned for me on it's own but the shade of the Cover Expert balances out the yellow tones and the combination of the two together gives me coverage on the fuller side without it looking mask like or too heavy.  The Artis brush makes light work of the buffing as well-it gives a seamless finish.  I don't like the By Terry Cover Expert on it's own, it tends to highlight my pores really badly but mixed with other foundations it works really well.

tarte aquacealer

I use the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer concealer under my eyes-it has a thin liquid formula and is best patted in with a damp beauty blender.  It's not the best ever concealer for me as it does crease if you use too much (or have wrinkly undereyes like me) but it offers a decent amount of coverage, is buildable and the serum feel to the fluid makes it quite hydrating.

This liquid bronzer by Armani is absolutely amazing but I've realised it was limited edition for the summer and no longer available.  And that makes me so sad because this is hands down the best liquid bronzer I have ever tried (although admittedly I can't name that many).  But I LOVE THIS PRODUCT.

This is a very watery consistency and it blends absolutely seamlessly into the skin-it's not orange or muddy or too red, it's just an absolutely perfect tan shade.  The only thing I haven't mastered 100% is the application-well the process for getting it from the bottle to my face-but once on my face it's perfection.  At the moment I am dispensing one drop on the back of my hand and then using a RT Stippling Brush to rub that drop around the back of my hand to disperse the product evenly onto the bristles of the brush.  One drop is enough to lightly contour and to bronze the temples but I am left with a very tanned looking hand!  But because a tiny amount goes such a long way I can't think of a better way to do it.

But I love it, it's amazing and if they ever re-release it buy it, buy it, buy it!

I was so late on the bandwagon to the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder too but this is an absolute firm favourite for me now.  I love the way it smoothes and evens out the skin-I've nearly finished my first pot and will need to go out and buy another one-I think this is one of the best loose setting powders I have tried to date.

My last step is a light dusting of the Estee Edit The Barest Bronzer in the shade Light/Medium.  I recently reviewed this bronzer in full here and it's just a no fuss,  matte, blendable bronzer to throw all over your face for a little extra faux health.

And that's it, 7 steps to a base that makes me happy to face the world on a daily basis!

What are your base essentials?
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Friday, October 21, 2016

Currently Loving-October 2016

Picking my current faves this month was easy.  If you're a regular reader some of the things in this post you'll be bored of me going on about but this is a favourites post and these are my favourites.....

Having said that, since I took these photos last weekend there are already about 5 other new products I have been using that I have fallen hard for! 

First up, and much raved about by me for the past few weeks are the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette (review!) and Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Love Liberty (review!).  The Violet Voss shadows are super buttery and pigmented and I have been totally gravitating towards the warm, reddy tones which is a bit of a change from my usual cool neutrals.  But it is quite hard to source this palette at the moment-keep an eye on the Violet Voss website for restocks.    This literally is the only eyeshadow palette I have been using for weeks.

Love Liberty thankfully is way more accessible and is the perfect velvety, luminous berry shade.  Everything about this lipstick, inside and out is utter perfection in my eyes.  I pair this with MAC Morning Coffee (pictured) liner for a perfect match.  This liner stops the colour bleeding and works brilliantly with berry tones.

Soft and Gentle was resurrected from my make up stash after I complimented my colleague on her cheek colour and she said she was wearing this.  And now I am obsessed!  Somewhere between a hybrid of a blusher and a highligher, I have been using this as a cheek topper for tons of luminosity.  The slightly rose gold tone is flattering without being in your face.  I also use this as an inner corner highlight and to highlight under my brows.

My Artis 10 brush may look a bit worse for wear, but I had just washed it and it was still drying-but I needed to take this photos #BloggerProblems.  This brush is perfect for buffing in liquid foundations-it literally takes me less than a minute and the brush leaves the most seamless, streak free finish.  Extremely expensive at £60 but the amount I am using this means the price per use is actually very justifiable.  It's a bit of a pain to wash if I am honest but it's so good that I can bear the annoyance!

This is the first Anastasia Beverley Hills single eyeshadow I have tried and it is immense!  Similar to the Make Up Geek foiled shadow formula, this is pigmented, blendable and very long lasting.  The shade Pink Champagne is a stunning shimmery cool taupe-the sort of shadow I live for.  I really want to try more from the ABH line-have just ordered the Master palette and can't wait for it to come!

I've included the Kat Von D Trooper liner before in a favourites post but I have been really loving it again.  I am really really bad at eyeliner and I just find this one the easiest to use for an even, seamless line.  I will admit it isn't the blackest of blacks in a liner but this is my perfect everyday liner.

Lastly the Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm in Robust Rhubarb is my go to, use everyday cream blusher.  I love the ease of this product, I just scribble on my cheeks and use a short stippling brush to blend in.  It has a slightly slippery texture so it's very easy to blend out and the peachy coral tone is universally flattering.

Do you love any of these products as much as I do?

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

September empties

Lots of good skincare empties, a much loved lip pencil and a surprise discovery are in my empties for last month so lets crack on.

Sarah Chapman Skinesis Ultimate Cleanse

Loved this thick balmy cleanser but it's super expensive and there are cheaper, just as effective options out there on the market.  But the whole cleansing experience with Sarah Chapman is so luxurious-not only does this remove every scrap of make up and daily grime, skin is left soft, bright and clear.  I applied to dry skin, massaged, added water and then removed with a damp flannel.  I have big love for Sarah Chapman products.

Rodial Bee Venom Cleansing Balm

Very very similar to the Sarah Champan but slightly more 'sticky' in texture and slightly harder to remove.  But I also loved this balm cleanser and reviewed it in full recently here

Paula's Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser

I found the Paula's Choice Clear Pore Normalizing Cleanser to be a good, basic cleanser that I used in the shower as my morning cleanse.  It's refreshing and doesn't strip the skin.  Definitely a cleanser to be used on clean skin, rather than a make up removing cleanser-it just isn't heavy duty enough.

Clinique Mild Clarifying Lotion

I'm gutted this exfoliating toner has been discontinued-this is literally my 7th or 8th bottle of it.  A brilliant mild chemical exfoliant, I am hoping the one that Clinique has replaced it with is as good!

Elemis Visible Brilliance

This serum was nice but I didn't see any specific improvement in my skin tone or texture.  Again I have noticed this has now been discontinued which shows you how long I had it for!  But Elemis as a brand-I love!

Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence

I love this facial spritz-it's so refreshing for perking you and your skin up during the day.  The spritz is a really fine, lightweight mist, doesn't disturb make up and isn't too wet.  Expensive but luxurious.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

A brilliant, gentle cleansing water-I don't use micellar waters to remove my make up (unless I am on a flight) but I use this to clean up any leftover mascara residue after I have properly cleansed-it does the job amazingly.  Cheap and awesome

Nivea Double Effect Eye Make Up Remover

This is what I go in with first to dissolve my eye make up/mascara.  This definitely gives products like Lancome Bi Facil a run for their money-the bi phase formula definitely destroys mascara effectively.  My favourite drugstore eye make up remover.

Smashbox Primer Water

The surprise discovery-this primer water is awesome.  My preferred way to use it is to either spritz on my face after moisturiser and before using an illuminating cream (like the Charlotte Tilbury below) or to spritz onto a dense foundation brush and use the dampened bristles to get a flawless result.

Deciem Hylamide HA Blur*

Really loved this blurring primer-foundation applied with a beauty blender over the top of this gives a really smoothed, blurred perfected base.  You can read my full thoughts on this primer here.

Smashbox Indecent Exposure Mascara

Loved the effect on the lashes that this mascara gave-really dark lashes, lengthened and volumised but there is a big flaked on me constantly to the stage I was getting so paranoid that I had mascara all over my cheeks I had to stop using it.  So not an empty but I product I can no longer use.

Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow

If you're worried about the cost of this product let me tell you that it lasts forever and you really only need a small amount to cast a soft focus, pearly golden toned but very subtle veil to the skin.  Use this as a primer or mix it with foundation to amp up the glow.  A lot of skin illuminating creams are quite cool/pink/silver toned to give the glow but this golden toned fluid works well on all skintones.

Clinique Pep Start eye cream

Bought on a whim at the airport but I really liked this light, refreshing eye cream.  I'm not a big fan of these eye creams that come with the ball on the end of the packaging which I think you are meant to use to massage the product into the skin-I always just prefer to use my finger to smooth the product into the skin. 

NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover

Glossy, easy to apply, non sticky hybrid between a lipstick and a gloss-I love these pencils.  New Lover is a really pretty pinky coral that is almost duochrome and you can see it in my Lip Six post here

Laura Mercier Caviar Eye Stick in Amethyst 

The only shade of Caviar Stick I like from Laura Mercier-I am not a massive fan of this formula compared to other eyeshadow sticks on the market but this is the one that lasts the longest and creases the least-but I use it more as an eyeshadow base-powder eyeshadows stick brilliantly to this kind of formula and really amplify the tone and longevity of any powder or pigment you apply on top.

Have you used any of these products?
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Lip Six

lipstick swatches

Happy Monday!  I think I am finally getting better after my sickness last week but I am super happy with how last weeks trip to Cairo went.

Here are last six lip picks

Top row: L'Oreal Infallible 24 hour lip colour in Toujours Teaberry (one of the worst lip products I have tried...) // Marc Jacobs (P)outliner in Honey(bun) lip liner (review!) and Make Up For Ever Plexi Gloss in 202

Middle row: YSL Rouge Volupte Pearl in 113 Iridescent Burgundy // Marc Jacobs Matte Lip Gel in Shout

Bottom row: NARS Audacious lipstick in Brigitte (review!) // Dior Addict Extreme lipstick in Lucky

Which is your favourite?

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