March Favourites

Monday, 31 March 2014

Hi Ladies! I honestly can't believe that it's the last day of March already, I know everyone says this but 2014 really is flying by, although I probably won't be saying that after Summer is over and I'm back at Uni! I've been trying a lot of new products out this month, and most of them have replaced some of my old favourites, so I couldn't not include them in my Monthly Favourites. 

Fake Bake Flawless Liquid Tan - First up is the 'Flawless' liquid tan from Fake Bake. I never usually talk about fake tanning products on here as for years now I've had a spray tan if there was ever an occasion that called for a golden glow, but since I moved away from home and my spray tanning machine, I've had to look into other methods of tanning. When I was browsing my local TK Maxx earlier in the month I came across a huge selection of Fake Bake products, all for under £10 so I thought that it would be a good time to try out some of their, usually quite expensive products. I'm usually more of a mousse tan girl, but I'm so glad I changed things up a bit and bought one of their liquid tans as its the best tan I've ever used. All you do is spray a bit onto the mitt which is included in the pack and then rub it into your skin. It dries really quickly so you aren't left with that horrible sticky feeling that most fake tans have and it smells amazing. It has a really lovely tropical scent which lasts on your skin, instead of turning into that horrible biscuit smell. This isn't the darkest tan ever, but one coat will give you a nice golden glow if your pale like me - so it's perfect if you don't want to go too dark, or if you do they have a darker version available. 

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil* - This little bottle really is the stuff of miracles. I apply a few small drops every night before bed, and it's completely changed my skin. Although my skin is typically quite oily at the moment, I do suffer with dry patches on my cheeks and across my forehead, and this oil has prevented them completely, and cured them whenever one has appeared. My overall complexion has been looking a lot better and my skin has been looking clearer - this truly is a wonder product. 

The Balm Lipgloss in The Girl Next Door - I actually bought this lipgloss back in summer from & Other Stories in London but I've recently rediscovered it. These lipglosses really do have the best formulas - they aren't sticky, they're moisturising and they smell like banoffee pie! This shade is like the lipgloss version of Speed Dial lipstick from MAC, a personal favourite of mine. It's a great standard pink shade that would flatter any skin tone, it really is just beautiful. 

MAC Studio Fix Fluid - This foundation is a fairly recent addition to my make up collection, but it's one I've had my eye on for some months now. After being sick of having a shiny face all day, every day, I decided it was time that I invested in a good matte foundation and I'm so glad I chose this one. It's the perfect colour match for me and it stays put all day. I do find that I need to powder at around 2pm but even then, my foundation is still in place and hasn't slid down my face. 

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Rose* - This lipstick has been my go to for this month. Since receiving it at the beginning of the month I've worn it non stop as it's such a pretty shade for spring. The formula of this lipstick is also why I love it, it has a creamy buttery formula that glides onto your lips effortlessly and is super moisturising. Rose is a rosy pink colour that is almost a berry shade. I don't usually go for berry lips but for some reason this colour works really well with my skin tone. This lipstick is sold in a pack of 3 which retail for £20, making them around £7 each, so you can get your hands on these from QVC for drugstore prices - what's not to love!

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Blush in Peach Passion* - For ages now I've been searching for the perfect peach blusher and I've finally found it. Peach Passion is a really pretty shimmery peach shade, so it also doubles up as a highlighter for me and is the perfect shade for spring. It's a lot like a more toned down version of Springsheen blush from MAC which is another favourite of mine. It's also buttery smooth and the shimmer is super finely milled, so don't worry, you won't look like you've just rolled in glitter!

Beautiful Movements Cosmetics Lipgloss Trio | Review

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Hello Ladies! I hope your all well and have been enjoying the beautiful weather we've been having this weekend! Today I thought I'd pop up a review of these Beautiful Movements Lipglosses* that I've been testing out recently. 

If you didn't already know, Beautiful Movements is a cosmetic company founded by Kimberley Wyatt, which specializes in cruelty free cosmetics. Their products are also free from bismuth oxychloride, parabens, nano particles and synthetic dyes and fragrances - so basically all that bad stuff! 

The colours which I have been testing out are Cherry Bomb, Gypsy Spirit and Nude. Cherry Bomb looks like a true red in the packaging, however when it's applied it goes on quite sheer giving you a more subtle wash of red, which is perfect for me as I'm not really one for statement red lips! Gypsy Spirit is my favourite colour of the three, it's a lovely orange toned pink colour, perfect for summer. This would look perfect over the top of 'Morange' lipstick by MAC or as an alternative if that's a fave of yours. Lastly, I was also given 'Nude' to try. Nude is a classic nude gloss which looks really pretty with a statement smokey eye to balance out your look. 

The glosses go on ultra smooth and aren't sticky at all which is always something I look for in lipglosses because nobody liked their hair getting caught in their lipgloss! I've only tried three of the glosses so I can't comment on the whole range, but the pigmentation does vary throughout. Cherry Bomb goes on quite sheer, however the other two that I was sent go on very creamy and pigmented so I think it really does depend on which colour you go for. 

Overall, I really like these lipglosses. They aren't super long lasting, but that's not something I expect from a lipgloss but they do go on really smooth and they feel really nice on your lips. If you a lipgloss fan, then I'd definitely reccomend checking Beautiful Movements out. 

Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum | Review

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Hello Ladies! Today I have yet another skincare review for you, but I promise this will be the last one for a while! I'm really happy with my skincare routine at the moment, and my skin has been a lot happier too so I'm not looking to add anything more into the mix as I don't want to risk upsetting my skin again. 

I recently received the Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum* from Escentual to test out and I've been pleasantly surprised with the results. This serum is essentially a highly concentrated version of the Avene Thermal Spring Water, and although I've just said I won't be buying anymore skincare, I'm very tempted to pick up the thermal water! 

The Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum is designed to hydrate and nourish sensitive skin. My skin is definitely sensitive and breaks out at almost anything, even products that claim to be for sensitive skin, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that this serum worked really well for my skin. The light weight almost gel like texture felt velvety soft on my skin and sunk in really nicely, without leaving any horrible stickiness behind.

I like to apply this before my moisturizer and since using this over the past couple of weeks I've found that my dry patches have been a thing of the past. I use this twice a day as it makes my skin feel so fresh, smooth and supple - it really has worked wonders for me. The product comes in a glass bottle with a pump, making it look and feel high end, although in reality its not that expensive and it smells divine, like something you'd find at a spa. 

I'd really reccomend using this serum if you supper from dry sensitive skin as it's really make a difference to my skin and helped keep those uncomfortable dry patches at bay. Escentual currently have a third off all french pharmacy products, making this just over £12 instead of £18, so if your thinking of picking it up, now would be a good time as everyone loves a bargain! 

Current Evening Skincare Routine

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Hello Beauties! It's been a while since I posted about my skincare routine, and it's fair to say that last time I did, it was lacking a bit and I wasn't completely happy with it. As you can tell from the picture, my skincare routine and collection has grown a bit since last time and my skin has been thanking me for the more time I've invested in my skincare routine, so I thought I'd share with you what products I use and why they work for me. I don't use all of these products every day (I'd be in the bathroom for hours) but all of these products make an appearance every week. 

First off I remove my make up using the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water. I used to think that I hated Micellar Waters and saw them as a bit of a gimmick, but now I've tried the Garnier one I've realized that I just haven't found the right one for me. Before, I was using the L'Oreal one as I'd heard it was a great dupe for Bioderma but I really didn't get on well with it. I found it left my skin a bit sticky and would take so many cotton pads to remove my make up. Since then I've swapped to the Garnier Micellar Water and I've now realized what all the fuss is about. This removes my make up exceptionally well and leaves my skin feeling fresh, without a hint of stickiness at all. 

After removing my make up, I use a hot cloth to open up my pores and wet my face then use my Elemis Fresh Skin cleanser (I use the Skin Clear variety). This is my third bottle of this cleanser, so you can probably already guess that I love the stuff. It helps to keep my skin clear without drying out my skin, and also works on fighting oil. It also smells lovely and feels fresh on your skin, so you really feel like your skin has had a good clean and all the grime is removed. 

After cleansing, I like to use a skin clearing face mask once a week. My current weapon of choice is the REN Invisible Pores Face Mask which works brilliantly to keep my skin clear and reduce the size of my pores. This contains French Clay which helps to extract any impurities from deep down in your pores and I can really see a difference in my skin after using this mask. It has also helped to calm my skin during some particularly nasty break outs, and I honestly couldn't be without it now. 

I also like to use an exfoliating toner twice a week to keep my skin clear and smooth. Currently I'm using the Clarins Exfoliating Brightening Toner which has worked really well for my skin. It's not too harsh so it's good to use if you've got sensitive skin like me and really helps to improve your complexion. If you don't like using grainy exfoliators then I'd really reccomend this as it's a lovely way to keep your skin smooth without aggravating it too much. 

My skin can also get really dry and uncomfortable as well as having a very oily T-Zone (the joy!) so it's really important that I keep it hydrated using products which won't cause me to break out of produce more oil. To start off I like to use the Simple Hydrating Moisturiser as it doesn't contain anything that will provoke my sensitive skin and is just a lovely light moisturiser, great for everyday use. Afterwards, I apply the Avene Soothing Hydrating Serum* to give my skin an extra moisure boost. This really helps to calm my skin down and give it the extra moisture it needs, and I love how light it feels on my skin. To top this all off I apply my Yves Rocher eye cream* and a few drops of the Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil *to my face, as I've found this really helps to nourish my skin and has definitely improved my overall complexion - it's truly a miracle worker. 

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Fearless | Review & Swatches

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Hello Ladies! This week Tarte Cosmetics will finally be available in the UK at QVC so I thought that it was about time I told you all what I thought of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushers. For ages now I've wanted to get my hands on one of these, so I was thrilled when I received one at the launch party for Tarte. 

The Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Fearless* comes in a cute little compact which includes a mirror making it good for travelling. The packaging is quite plain and fuss free, which I don't mind as it fits nicely into my make up storage and having the colour of the packaging match the colour of the blusher is really handy when you own more than one. 

Fearless is a beautiful rosy pink colour which is really pigmented and buttery soft. I apply this using my Real Techniques Blush Brush and I found it really easy to work with and blend out to achieve a natural flushed look. One thing I would say though is be careful of being too heavy handed - this blusher really is pigmented which is great, but if you use a little too much you'll probably end up looking like a bit of a doll! 

Overall, I really love this blush, Fearless is a gorgeous colour which I think would work well on a number of skin tones, and I definitely want to pick up some more when I next get paid. Have you tried any of the other shades? I'd love to know which ones are your favourites!

FOTD: Spring Time Make Up

Monday, 24 March 2014

Hello Ladies! Last week marked the official first day of Spring, I'm not quite sure which day it actually was but hey ho, spring has finally sprung! To mark the end of Winter (my most hated season) I thought I would pop up a Spring Make Up Look. 

To start off I primed my face using the Clarins Instant Smooth Primer as this helps to minimize the appearance of my huge pores and make my foundation apply smoother. Next I used my new favourite foundation, MAC Studio Fix Fluid, this is a really great matte foundation for any oily skinned girls out there as it really does last all day and the colour range is great if you've got pale skin like me. To finish off my face make up I applied my MAC Studio Fix Powder and swept a little of Benefit's Hervana Blush across the apples of my cheeks to warm things up a bit. Although I didn't want to go too heavy on the blusher as I wanted the eyes and lips to do the talking with this make up look. 

Next on the agenda was filling in my brows. My brows are pretty much non existant if I don't fill them in so I used my Benefit Browzings to fill them in (The Sleek Brow Kit is a great dupe for this is your on a budget) and then went over them with the Benefit Gimme Brow to set my brows in place and pick up all of the small invisible hairs, and generally create a more defined look. 

I decided to go with a lilac and purple eye for this look as this just screams spring to me, it's probably not everyone's cup of tea but I personally think purple eye-shadow is really flattering, especially if you have green eyes like me. To start off I applied the Maybelline Pink Gold Colour Tattoo all over my lid as a base for the rest of my eyeshadow. I then used a light lilac colour from this elf palette then used one of the more violet shades from this palette through my crease, then I used a fluffy brush to blend this out and soften the harsh lines. To finish the eye look I lined my eyes using Beauty Marked by MAC as this is a black shade with purple shimmer running through it and then applied two coats of the Tarte Lights, Camera Flashes mascara*. 

Two of the big lip trends for this spring are bright fuchsia lips or blood orange lips. Although I don't think that either of these trends suit me, I decided to go for bright pink lips as it was the best of the two, and honestly, I don't own any orange or red lipsticks. I applied MAC's Girl About Town lipstick lightly onto my lips as I didn't want them to be too bold, as I'm more of a neutral girl and didn't want to look too 'barbie' with purple eyes and pink lips. 

So there you have it, one spring make up look. I'm going to try and make more of an effort to do one Face Of The Day post a week from now on as I've got loads of make up looks saved on my phone that I really need to get around to recreating! 

Blogging On A Budget: Tips For Blogging Without Breaking The Bank

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Hello Beauties! This month the bills are stacking up and it's time to replace my phone, along with other things such as birthdays, events, etc which are all draining my bank account, so I've put myself on a bit of a beauty spending ban. I'm not going to be doing updates on my spending ban or anything as they aren't posts which appeal to me. Instead, I thought it might be a good idea to share some post ideas for any other bloggers feeling a bit strapped for cash. Blogging doesn't have to be expensive, and you can still maintain a sucessfull blog without buying every new release and hyped up products, so here are my ideas for some posts which won't break the bank. 

1. OOTD's or FOTD's: Otherwise known as 'Outfit Of The Day' or 'Face Of The Day'. If your off out somewhere or you just love your outfit that day, why not snap a photo of it? Similarly, once you've done your make up, just snap a quick picture and let your readers know what you used to create your make up look for that day. I've found the FOTD posts which I've done have been some of my most popular, so this just proves that you don't need to spend a fortune to get page views. 

2. Top 5 Posts: Instead of going out and buying something new to review, why not pick out your top 5 products of all time? You could also group these into different product categories such as top 5 foundations, blushers, concealers, mascaras, eyeshadows, you get the point...Another idea for doing a top 5 post would be top 5 drugstore products, high end products, or something along the lines of 'Top 5 Under £5'. I love reading these kinds of posts as it gives me some idea into just how good the product is to have made it into a favourites post. 

3. Wishlists: If your anything like me, you'll have a never ending wishlist. I'm always seeing new products which I can't wait to get my hands on, but are a little over my budget, but the great thing is, it costs nothing to pop a picture of the product into a wishlist. I wouldn't do too many of these as they can get quite monotonous after a while, but once in a while they're a great way of posting without spending any money on products you don't need. 

4. Collection and Storage Posts: These are my all time favourite posts to read. I love finding out how other bloggers store their make up collection as it gives me ideas on how to store my own. You could either do one big make up collection post, or just do one focusing on the storage aspect instead of the actual products that you own. Another idea is to split your make up collection into different sections and do a post on each section, such as foundation collection, palette collection, and the list goes on. 

Obviously, there are hundreds more post ideas which you could use to blog without doing a review or buying anything new, but the point is that blogging doesn't need to be expensive. I hope you liked this post, and if there's any other areas you would like me to cover in my more advice-ish posts, then please let me know in the comments below!

NEW IN: Viktor & Rolf Bonbon Perfume

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Hello Beauties! Today I have a very exciting post for any fellow fragrance lovers out there. On Thursday night I was lucky enough to be invited to a Q & A with Viktor & Rolf, all about their latest perfume release. 

Viktor & Rolf have taken the fragrance world by storm since the release of their first fragrance, Flower Bomb and I'm sure Bonbon is going to be a hit too. The perfume is inspired by caramel candy and it smells divine. I'd say it's more of an evening fragrance as it is quite rich, but I'd probably end up wearing it during the day anyway as I love the smell so much. 

I also love the packaging of this, the pink bow design is just so cute and I love the little Viktor & Rolf tag that comes on all of their perfumes. The great thing about this perfume is that it's also really long lasting. I spritzed a bit on my wrist when I left the event, and it was still noticeable when I woke up the next morning until I washed it off. 

Overall, if your a lover of sweeter perfumes then this will be right up your street. Bonbon is available exclusivly from Selfridges, which you can purchase here. I instantly added this perfume to my wishlist, and once I've used up some of my others, I'll definitely be picking this one up! 

Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch Primer | Review

Friday, 21 March 2014

Hi Ladies! With one of my recent Clarins orders I was given a couple of samples, and one I was really excited to try was the Instant Smoother Perfecting Touch primer, as I've heard a lot about it on other beauty blogs. 

Much like the Maybelline Baby Skin and Benefit Porefessional, the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting touch helps to minimise pores and blur imperfections - all while helping your make up stay put for longer, and so far, I'm really pleased with the results. 

I have combination skin, so I have quite an oily t-zone and quite cry cheeks and I find that this primer works well on both skin types as it helps to smooth over my oily pores and help them appear reduced while not drying out my dry areas further. This also goes some way to reduce the redness I have on my skin caused by spots, making it easier for my foundation to cover any blemishes that I do have. 

Although this is a bit more expensive than the Benefit Porefessional, a much loved primer in the blogging world, I find that it's completely worth paying the extra. This primer really does sink into your skin instead of sitting on top like I found the Porefessional did, and it also doesn't come with that tacky feeling that I find the Porefessional leaves me with. 

Overall, I really like this primer and I've been really happy with the results. I find that this sinks into my skin well and works on both of the skin types I've got going on, while really helping to reduce my pores and smooth over any imperfections. This is only a sample size, but I've hardly even made a dent yet and I've been using this daily for about 3 weeks now, which really shows that a little goes a long way with this primer. I'm already looking into buying the full size of this, but I think it'll have to be a payday treat one month as it's quite pricey at £26 a pop. 

Forest Secrets Skincare | Review

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Hello Ladies! I hope your all having a great week whatever your up to! This year has really been a year of skincare for me so far, I've been really mixing up my skincare to find out what works best for me and so far, I've seen a great improvement in my skin tone, texture and general appearance. I was recently sent two products from Forest Secrets skincare which I've really been loving, so I thought I'd pop up a mini review of each of the products. 

iClear Skin Tonic* - If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll know that a toner is a recent addition to my skincare routine. Up until recently, I never really saw the point in toners but after some research into what a toner could do to my skin, they've been making a daily appearance in my skincare routine. Recently, I've been using the iClear Skin Tonic as my 'every day' toner, as my Clarins Exfoliating Toner isn't really for every day use. The iClear Skin Tonic from Forest Secrets contains Bulgarian Rose Water and Cucumber to balance and refresh your skin without drying it and I've really found that this toner is great for removing all those little traces of make up that you didn't realise you'd left behind. 

This product does smell a lot like cucumber though, which I like, but if your not a fan of cucumber then I'd stay clear and go for one of their other ranges. One thing I did find odd about this product was the packaging. Instead of a regular twist off lid like I was expecting, you have to twist the lid half way round and then squeeze the product out of the bottle. I'm not sure if I love this aspect of the product, mainly because I've never been great with things like child locks but I don't dislike it either. Overall, this is a really great everyday toner if your not looking for anything too harsh. 

iRejuvenate Cream of Wonders* - The iRejunventate Cream of Wonders is a luxurious hand and body lotion made with botanical ingredients proven to promote skin elasticity. I always find that I get quite dry shoulders after showering (odd - I know!) and this cream has really been helping with that as it's very moisturizing but still light weight, as I'm not a massive fan of thick creams. However, the one thing I don't love about this product is the smell. I'm not a massive fan of floral scents and usually stay away from them, and this is definitely a floral scent. If you love a good floral perfume then you'll love this cream, but unfortunately the scent just wasn't for me, which is a shame as the cream does work brilliantly on my dry skin. 

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation | Review - My New Holy Grail Foundation

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Hello Beauties! As you've probably guessed from the title of todays post, it's a product I'm absolutely in love with. I feel like saying something is a 'holy grail product' is much like the 'I Love You' of the blogging world, it's tossed around far too frequently now and has lost it's meaning a bit for me - but this product has definitely gained my 'holy grail' seal of approval. 

For ages now I've been looking for a long lasting foundation that will help control my oily t-zone on long work days, and something that will take me from day to night without having to take off all of my make up and re-apply - because honestly who has time for that if your nipping out for after work drinks. Once again, MAC has come up with the goods. Recently I've rediscovered my love for MAC again, any problem I want to tackle, they seem to have the make up for it, as long as your prepared to pay for it, and for a good foundation I'm willing to pay. I feel like if your going to splurge on anything, it should be your base products as they're the setting for the rest of your make up and can drastically improve your overall appearance. 

MAC Studio Fix Fluid is a matte, medium to full coverage foundation that comes in a wide vareity of shades, which is something I personally love about MAC foundations. I have very pale skin with a pink undertone, so finding a shade to match my skin in Boots is near on impossible. I was going to just purchase this online, however I'm so glad I made the decision to brave the MAC shop on a busy Saturday and get colour matched as it turns out I've got paler than I was before, not really what I wanted to hear but I can roll with that if it means I can get rid of the horrible orange tide mark I get from most foundations. The girl who served me was really nice and really knew her stuff which always helps, after a skin consultation and colour match I happily marched out of the shop with my new foundation in NW13, one of MAC's paler shades. 

Before I reviewed this I really wanted to test it properly to see if it would last on my skin and I can safely say it does. I've tested this on a sunny day sunbathing in Hyde Park and several long work days and I can honestly say that no other foundation I've tried has lasted this long on my skin. Usually I need to powder by 10am and my foundation is already looking patchy if I'm working due to the stuffy heating and being sat right by the printer which kicks of so much heat, but the Studio Fix Fluid was still firmly in place and hadn't gone patchy at all. I did touch up my powder just on my nose at around 2pm after putting my make up on at 7am, which I think is really good going for someone who is currently suffering with combination to oily skin, and when I returned home at around 7pm it was still all in place, admittedly looking a little bit shiny and lived in but still very much presentable. 

Once concern I had with this foundation was that it would break me out as its such a full coverage foundation, and I've also heard a lot about MAC foundations causing breakouts but my skin has actually been better than usual since I started using this. Obviously this isn't due to the foundation as it has no skincare benefits, except containing SPF 15, but it hasn't broken me out so if you skin is breakout prone like mine, this foundation won't necessarily cause a breakout, but this will be different for everyone. 

The only issue I have with this foundation, which is more of an issue I have with MAC than the product, is that it doesn't come with a pump. I think if your spending over £20 on a foundation, it should at least have a pump - drugstore brands manage this for half the price! I did buy a pump, because personally if I'm spending that much money on something I don't want to risk wasting it, so spending the extra £3 isn't completely pointless, but I don't think I should have to spend this to not waste my product. 

Overall, I'm so pleased I took the plunge and bought this foundation as it gives me a flawless matte coverage and stays in place all day. It manages to cover all of my redness and spots and is a perfect match for my skin, not something I find easy to achieve being so pale. I'd really reccomend this to anyone with an oily t-zone who is fed up of having to powder throughout the day, as it's really solved such an annoying problem for me. 

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Blush in Peach Passion | Review

Monday, 17 March 2014

Hello Beauties! I hope you've all had a lovely weekend in the sun and aren't too sad about going back to work this week! I've spent my weekend relaxing in the sun in Hyde Park and doing a bit of window shopping in Harrods, and a bit of actual shopping in more budget friendly shops! 

For ages now, I've been looking for the perfect peach blusher for my skin tone. I love the look of a subtle peach blush blended into bronzer - so it doesn't look too obvious but it just warms up your face a little, and I think I've finally found one. The Estee Lauder Pure Colour Blush* in Peach Passion is perfect for my fair skin tone, and even looks nice with a tan. 

Peach Passion, as the name suggests, is a really pretty peachy coral colour with a hint of golden shimmer. However, the shimmer is so finely milled that you don't have to worry about looking a bit too disco ball when you step out of the house, it's just enough to add a bit of life to your face. I also really love the formula of this blush, it's buttery smooth and blends like a dream into my bronzer which is just what I wanted it to. It's also really pigmented so you can either sheer it out by only adding a little like me, or you can go all out if you want more of a dramatic look. 

Another thing I really love about this blusher is the packaging. It comes in a gold mirrored compact which looks so luxurious sitting in my make up bag or in my drawers. The mirror it comes with is also a really good size for doing your make up on the go as well, making it more of a useful compact to carry around with you. It does come with a brush too, however I always opt for my Real Techniques blush brush to apply this product as I find the brush in the compact a little too small for my liking, but it would still be great if you were travelling and didn't want to take all of your brushes. 

Estee Lauder isn't a brand I've ever considered before, despite hearing so much about their Double Wear foundation, as I've always associated it with more mature women. However, this blush has definitely changed my opinion. The quality and colour are amazing and they definitely do have some great products available. 

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipsticks | Review

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Hello Ladies! I hope your all having a great weekend and enjoying the beautiful sunshine that we've been having! I've been loving the weather this week, I can now walk home from work in the light and the sunshine really does seem to put everyone in a better mood. Until this week, Tarte was just a brand that I lusted over, knowing that it would never be mine - unless I wanted to make a very expensive shopping trip to America. On Tuesday I was lucky enough to attend the Tarte QVC launch party and pick up a few goodies on my way out. 

One of the things I picked up was this trio of their Amazonian Butter Lipsticks* so I thought I'd share my thoughts with you all in time for payday and the release of Tarte Cosmetics on QVC (coming on the 28th March). 

At the moment, Tarte will only be selling 3 shades of these lipsticks on QVC but after the launch, Tarte have assured me that they will be bringing more over for their UK fans. The first lipstick in the trip is Rose, which is surprisingly my favourite shade from the set. I'm usually more of a light pink or nude lipstick lover and shy away from pretty much anything else but this rose pink lipstick compliments my skin tone perfectly. It's a lovely rosy pink which is bordering on being a berry lipstick, so it's a perfect summer shade for any berry lipstick lovers. Second in the set is Soft Coral, which is more of an orange toned coral with a hint of pink. This lisptick has the tiniest bit of shimmer but it's so fine that it's hardly noticable - just enough to give a glint to your lips. I think that this shade would look perfect with a tan and has come just in time for me, as I've ran out of my favourite Clinque coral lipstick. And lastly is golden pink. Golden Pink is a light salmon pink colour which looks lovely on my pale skin. 

The name says it all with this product, these lipsticks really are quite buttery - think MAC Cremesheen formula but a little better (never thought I'd be saying that!). They glide on to your lips effortlessly and have a semi-gloss finish, so I'd say these are somewhere inbetween a cremesheen and a lustre finish if your comparing them to MAC lipsticks. Another thing to note is that these are actually quite long lasting, considering they have a creamy formula. I applied these in the morning and went a few hours before having to touch up, which is more than any of my MAC lipsticks have lasted. 

Overall, I really love this trio of lipsticks. Tarte have got it just right with the formula and every one of these colours is right up my street and would suit a large range of skin tones. The only problem I have with these lipsticks is the packaging. Don't get me wrong, I love how the packaging is the same colour as the shade (makes is soo much easier in the mornings) but my problem is that the packaging is made out of card. Mainly just the lid and the outer case, but this just worries me a little that they're going to get ruined. The card packaging is made quite sturdy and it is hard to bend and break but it just bothers me a little. 

The Trio of Amazonian Butter Lipsticks is available exclusively on QVC from the 28th March, and retail for £20, which I really don't think is too bad for 3 lipsticks in wearable colours. 

Trish McEvoy The Power Of Make Up Azure Planner Collection | Review

Friday, 14 March 2014

Hello Ladies! Last week I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the new Trish McEvoy Azure Collection Make Up Planner* and find out all about the products included and how to apply each of them. At the end of the event, I was lucky enough to receive one to take home, and it was even monogrammed with my initials! 

The Azure Collection is coming to counters in May and is laid out much like a Filofax. The first section is a pull out mesh bag in a gorgeous hot pink colour, perfect for spring. It contains the beauty emergency card for eyes and one of the Trish McEvoy flawless lip colours, leaving plenty more room to add some of your own make up for when your on the go. The pouch also has a metal clip with the Azure Petite Make Up Wardrobe page clipped on, however, you can add which ever one you prefer or clip on more as your collection grows. And finally, in the third compartment there are separate slots for each of the products included and a few spares so you can add some more of your own products in. The last compartment includes an eye primer, a brightening concealer, a mascara and a gel eyeliner in pencil form. 

Beauty Emergency Card For Eyes - One of the products in the first compartment is this beautiful eyeshadow palette. The Beauty Emergency Card for eyes contains a mixture of cool and warm tones and shimmers and mattes, making it perfect for you whatever you prefer. Each shadow is pigmented and buttery soft and the range of shades allows you to create a couple of different looks. I also really like how thin this is, the packaging is sleek and thin, meaning you can just slot it into your make up bag without taking up loads of room like some chunkier palettes. 

Flawless Lip Colour in Chic - The first compartment also contains this lipgloss. It comes in a very sleek looking silver tube with a brush applicator, allowing you to controll how much product you apply. The colour of this lipgloss is just beautiful and I think the coral pink colour will be perfect for Spring/Summer. This lipgloss is also really pigmented, which is surprising considering that light lipglosses are usually sheer. 

Petite Make Up Wardrobing Page - This little face compartment clips into the center of the organizer and contains a translucent powder, a rosy blush, a bronze/natural highlight and a bronzer. This little compartment creates a gorgeous spring look and contains everything you need to do your face colour in a few minutes. Each of the powders is extremely soft and finely milled and are really buildable if you wanted to go for more of a bronzed look or prefer your blush a little heavier. 

Instant Eye Lift - The last compartment contains a couple of product, the first one being the Instant Eye Lift. This is a brightening concealer which you apply in a triangle shape under your eye to wake up your face and open your eyes up. It has a slight salmon tone to it which is great for cancelling out dark circles and brightening the area. I'm really impressed with this product as it gives you great coverage without looking cakey and also really goes a long way to brightening up your face. 

Eye Base Essentials - The kit also contains an eye primer which is slightly yellow toned to cancel out any purple tones you may have on your eye lids. This helps to keep your eyeshadow in place all day and also makes the colour more vivid, meaning you don't have to apply so much. 

Intense Gel Eyeliner - The kit also comes with a gel eyeliner which comes in pencil form. The eyeliner gives you a really intense black colour and glides on really smoothly because of the gel formula. This works really well to intensify your lashes and make the base look fuller if you dot this in between your eyelashes on your upper waterline. 

Lash Curling Mascara - The kit really wouldn't be complete without this mascara. It has a tubular formula, meaning that it coats your lashes 360 degrees, and when you remove it, it comes off in little tubes. This means that it prevents the panda eye effect which I can never seem to get rid of. I really like this mascara and it does help to really curl my lashes, although my lashes are naturally quite long and curly. 

Overall, I really like this kit and will definitely be checking out some of the other products that Trish McEvoy has to offer. Sorry about the really long post, but I really wanted to cover everything that comes with the kit, but I did try to make it as concise as possible!

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