Friday, 31 October 2014

Golds & Nudes - October Favourites

Happy Halloween! I love this time of year. Bonfire night, the start of the Christmas markets, crisp dark nights where it feels more than acceptable to put your pyjamas on as soon as you walk in the door and when cuddling up by the fire on an evening accompanied by a box of chocolates becomes the norm. As you can see, this monthly favourites has a little bit of a theme to it as I currently seem to be obsessing over nude and gold shades when it comes to makeup...

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
I have lusted after the third addition of the Urban Decay Naked palette collection since it entered shops so I was so happy to receive this little gem as a present this month. It's such a gorgeous neutral palette with pretty pink, gold and brown shades. I'm very much a neutrals gal when it comes to eyes unless I'm going on a night out when I love to wear a smoky eye, so this palette suits me perfectly. I'm still experimenting with the different colours but my fave shades so far have to be Strange (a very pale natural nude/white that really brightens the eye), Burnout (a shimmering pinky brown shade), Nooner (a darker brown shade perfect for blending in the crease of your eyes to add definition), oh what the heck, I love them all!

Essie Spin the Bottle
I'm a huge fan of nude nails at the moment and a polish that I am loving is Essie's 'Spin the Bottle'. It's a nude beige colour and I think it looks super classy and natural on nails - a perfect shade for work.

MAC Pigment in Vanilla
I loveeee this pigment. It's a white shimmery powder and it's just so versatile. I use it in the corner of my eyes to brighten them up, giving the illusion of bigger eyes and I also apply it wet over my lids for a more intense colour and glossy finish. My favourite use for the Vanilla pigment though has to be as a highlighter. I dot this along my brow bone, down the bridge of my nose and blend it into the tops of my cheekbones and it provides such a gorgeous glow. The only thing I hate about this product is the gets everywhere!

Temple Spa Look on the Bright Side Instant Radiance Booster
Talking of gorgeous glows, say hello to the Temple Spa Look On the Bright Side Instant Radiance Booster, now that was a mouthful! It's a gold shimmery liquid used to illuminate and provide radiance to dull complexions and reminds me a bit of Benefit's amazing Sun Beam. You get so much product that I think this is going to last me a lifetime as you don't even need to use that much. I've been applying this to my face under my foundation for an all over radiant glow or sometimes I've just been using it as a highlighter on certain areas of my face. It's such a gorgeous product!

Dolce and Gabbana Monica Lipstick in 20 Nude Monica
As a girl with naturally darkish red lips, me and nude lips have never got on. That is until I tried the Dolce and Gabbana Monica lipstick in shade 20 Nude Monica. From the gorgeous classy gold packaging (come on now guys, how nice!) to the glossy natural nude finish it provides, I am in love. I have finally found a nude that suits my lips!

x x x

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

MAC Treats

Life has been pretty crazy recently which sadly meant little time to blog. However, I'm going to sort my life out (hopefully!) and start getting my blogging act together once again. I was lucky enough to do a placement at Grazia magazine on the beauty desk recently, it was such an experience but also made me discover a ridiculous amount of beauty products I now want which my bank balance is definitely not going to thank me for! Recently though, a couple of new MAC products have entered my life and well, it felt rude not to share their wonderfulness with you.

My first and favourite MAC product at the moment has to be the Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Brownluxe. Everything about this gorgeous palette just screams Autumn. The gold, brown, creamy, purply and black tones compliment each other so well - the perfect palette for a smoky eye! I've been applying these to my eyes using a damp eye shadow brush so that the wetness makes the colours super pigmented and provides a gorgeous shimmering metallic finish. Such a pretty palette for this season!

One of MAC's newest mascaras and the one that stole my MAC mascara virginity is the Mineralize Multi-Effect Lash in Charged Black. Containing shea butter, emollients and conditioning extracts for soft and flexible lashes, I love the way my lashes look when wearing this mascara. No signs of clumping and it really gives them some ooomph, whilst also providing that gorgeous black glossy finish it claims to. I am very fussy when it comes to mascara wands but this one is right up my street, allowing me to coat every lash quickly and easily. Currently my go-to mascara for an evening look!

Have you tried any of these two products? Send me your links and check out my instagram for beauty pics! 

x x x 

Monday, 22 September 2014

My 22nd Birthday: Beauty Presents and First Impressions

I was always told that once you reach a certain age you start dreading your next birthday and I have to say I really was dreading turning 22. Luckily for me, I got to celebrate the day in the beautiful hot sunshine in Southern Italy (travel post coming soon!) which I guess made turning old feel slightly more bearable! I received quite a few beauty products for my birthday but there were three that I'd specifically asked for that I had extremely high hopes for and so I thought I'd share my first impressions with you...

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray
After lusting after the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray and reading Amelia Liana's blog post on a possible dupe (see here) I just knew I had to try out what has been claimed to be a cheaper alternative. As a girl with straight flat hair I am always wanting to try products that will give it some oooph and I have to say this is actually working for me! Since I received it, I've been applying it to the roots of my hair and kinda ruffling my hair up to create a voluminous look. So my first impressions of this texturizing spray are pretty darn good, does this finally mean my flat hair is a thing of the past?!
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
The Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, a winner at Company magazine's beauty awards and I can totally see why. I actually received a mini version of this last Christmas in the Smashbox Try It kit which I'd also definitely recommend, as it has miniature versions of their bestsellers for you to try out before you splurge on the originals. I remember having high hopes for this product and I was not let down! So when my mini version was coming to an end and the thought of paying £25 for it kinda broke my heart, I scribbled it at the top of my birthday list! This actually makes my makeup last all day, yes really! It also gives me the smoothest skin, doesn't break me out in those pesky spots and you only need the tiniest bit so it will last for a ridiculously long time. Very very impressed Smashbox!
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
As a huge fan of the Real Techniques makeup brushes and hearing that beauty blenders are meant to provide that flawless finish that so many of us desire, I decided I wanted to try their Miracle Complexion Sponge. It's early days but I'm currently preferring using this to my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to apply my foundation and that's saying something because I adore that brush! It's so easy to use, great for contouring and really does appear to make my foundation look better on my skin. Oh and it's completely purse friendly..

Let me know if you've tried any of these products and what you think! It was so nice to wake up on my birthday this year to gorgeous weather but now I've decided I want to go away for it every year! I spent the day sunbathing by the pool and spent the night eating delicious food and drinking too much wine in a quaint little restaurant on the cobbled streets in the old town of Scalea in Calabria.

Spaghetti with seafood
Swordfish and Chips
Fried Seafood
Hope you all had a lovely summer! I can't believe it's all over, though I have to say I am secretly excited for winter. I love winter fashion, dark nights and nothing beats Christmas!

x x x

Monday, 25 August 2014

Greece: Holiday Outfits

If I know I'm going to be spending the day sightseeing I love to wear dresses. I always find that walking around for hours in the boiling hot sunshine can be so uncomfortable and dresses are so much cooler to wear. I was instantly drawn to this dress from H and M because of the bright coral colour which is so perfect for summer. I also loved the fact it had a bandeau style top which means no annoying strap marks! 

I'm a little bit obsessed with jumpsuits at the moment and I got this gorgeous tribal printed one in the sale at River Island before I went away. I wore it on the first night as well as to travel home in as it's super comfy! I love how you can easily dress it up with some jewellery and a clutch for the evening or dress it down with some flip flops for daytime. 

I always take a maxi dress on holiday with me as they're just so easy to wear and again, can easily be dressed up for night or down for day. This one was an absolute bargain from Primark and was actually in the beach section of the store but I thought it looked slightly dressy so I wore this on an evening instead. I love the patterned waistband to give the illusion of a slimmer waist and the bandeau style top. Plus, white looks fab with a tan.

I practically live in shorts and cami tops on holiday and this time was no different. This loose asymmetric cami in a nude pinky colour was from Zara. Cami tops are great to layer over a bikini.
There was an evening when we were in Greece when the weather wasn't ridiculously hot on the evening and so I took it as the perfect opportunity to wear my white jeans. These are the Topshop Leigh ones which are my faves as they're always super tight but stretchy. I wore them with some black and silver sparkly sandals and a silky turquoise cami top.

Hope you're all having a good bank holiday :)
x x x


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