Sunday, 27 November 2016

Winter Wishlist

A winter and christmas wishlist

With winter comes Christmas, and this is totally the time of year that I'm always coveting so many things. I love autumn/winter fashion anyway (hello snuggly jumpers), but there's always so many limited edition goodies and gift sets out there so my wishlist is bulging right now!

If I was feeling spendy (and rich) I would be snapping this lot up in a heart beat! Meanwhile I can dream, right?!

What are you lusting over at the moment?


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Friday, 25 November 2016

A New MAC Lip Duo

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Doe and Stripdown lip pencil review

With autumn comes unfortunately grainy photos, but it also has me yearning for coppery brown eyes and a suitably nude lip. Its been a while since I found myself desperately after any new MAC products but the new Liptensity lipsticks were my first port of call to get that perfect brown toned nude.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Doe is the one that really caught my eye (and clearly everyone else's as it was hard to track down!). Described as a creamy neutral brown, this is absolutely my perfect brown. I've been pairing it with MAC Lip Pencil in Stripdown just to tidy up the edges and define the shape of my lips.

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Doe and Stripdown lip pencil review

MAC Liptensity Lipstick in Doe is quite new to MAC, and as the name suggests the pigmentation is insane. It's actually very similar to their Amplified formula, with a little more of a kick. The bullet is flat and slanted so you can easily outline the edges. The Liptensity formula is super creamy and comfortable to wear, but it doesn't slide around. In fact it has pretty good staying power, especially when layered over Stripdown, which is the perfect matching lip pencil.

Cosy jumpers, slightly messy wavy hair, a coppery brown eye and my new MAC lip duo is most definitely becoming one of my most reached for every day looks.


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Monday, 21 November 2016

Paul & Joe Beauty Advent Calendar 2016

Paul & Joe Beauty Advent Calendar 2016

Beauty advent calendars are everywhere this year. With their popularity soaring over the last couple of years there's such an abundance to choose from that I've never known where to start, so have stuck to my usual Malteaser pick until this huge Paul & Joe beauty advent calendar* arrived over the weekend.

I've tried a few products from Paul & Joe previously (review here & here), but they're still a fairly new brand to me so their 2016 beauty calendar is a great way to explore more of what they have to offer. The box is beautifully illustrated with a Marché de Noël theme - with lots of cats as you'd expect from Paul & Joe! And my god are the contents pretty too...

Paul & Joe Beauty Advent Calendar 2016

The Paul & Joe beauty advent calendar has 24 windows, of which 12 house beauty products. Obviously I haven't opened it as I don't want to spoil the surprise for myself too much, but inside the windows we have the following:

Powder Blush
Powder Blush Case
Lip Essence
Moisturising Foundation Primer
Eye Colour 001
Eye Colour 002
Eye Colour 003
Eye Colour 004
Eye Colour Case
Lipstick Case

What I'm really excited about is the eye colours, as they are actually in the shape of little cats - it literally couldn't get better than that if you ask me. I believe most of (if not all), of these products are limited edition, as are a lot of Paul & Joe's products in general, so its really nice to pick up something quite special and thought out like this.

Grab it while you still can is all I can say!


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Thursday, 17 November 2016

A Few Of My Top Beauty Tools

Top beauty tools and makeup  brushes

It's amazing what the right tools can do to enhance your beauty routine. I'm no expert by any means, but I find that really good beauty tools make it so easy and pretty much do it all for you. Using your fingers to apply makeup just doesn't cut it anymore, especially when there's such a selection of awesome brushes and tools available to choose from. I thought today I would share a little round up of a few beauty tools that I'm loving right now.

ZOEVA Rose Gold 227 Luxe Soft Definer Brush
My most reached for eyeshadow brush is this ZOEVA pick. So much so that I've now got a couple of back ups - forever putting off washing my brushes you see!, and the MAC 217 is just on standby for when this ZOEVA dupe needs a clean. The quality of ZOEVA brushes is so good, they're really soft and they wash well and don't shed. They're also pretty affordable so there's no excuse for not trying them!

Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Brush
AKA the softest eye brush you will find. Best suited for lightly dusting over a base shade and for blending out colour, this is a fairly long-haired brush that gently yet effectively creates the most beautiful eye looks. It's so soft you'll be finding any excuse you can to get this beaut to work! In fact, my blending technique has massively improved since I picked up this brush as its so darn soft and addictive.

Top beauty tools and makeup  brushes

Look Good Feel Better Foundation Brush*
A more traditionally shaped foundation brush compared to the buffing brushes that have taken the beauty world by storm, this hand-made synthetic brush is perfect for applying and building up my base. I really like this with more liquid foundations as somehow it smoothes product into my complexion and doesn't leave any streaks behind. As well as the great application it provides, LGFB is such a great charity to support. I'll be picking up more brushes from them for sure.

So Eco Blush Brush*
This is a soft fluffy blush brush that applies the perfect amount of product every time. It's quite a large brush, but the synthetic hairs pick up just the right amount of product. I also love using this for powder too, so don't feel you have to stick with just it's so-called purpose. So Eco brushes are cruelty free and made from sustainable and biodegradable materials which is a big tick in my book. This handle is also shaped to make it super comfy and easy to hold, so you end up applying just the right amount of pressure.

Top beauty tools and makeup  brushes

Real Techniques Bold Metals Diamond Sponge
To blend concealer and finish off my base I love using a damp sponge. This new addition to Real Techniques is every blogger's dream thanks to it's gorgeous marble appearance. The point on the end and little facets around the sponge allow you to get into every nook and cranny and it leaves natural, yet perfected airbrushed skin every time. I find the smaller sides perfect for blending in cream contour too. This is quite a large and unusual shaped sponge so it did take a little getting used to, although it was totally worth it.

The Brow Shaper by Lilibeth of New York
I get a fair amount of peach fuzz on my face which I like to remove as I find it can be quite visible in the sun and some foundations can make it quite noticeable too. These little razors are amazing for removing it, and for shaping your brows which is ultimately what they're supposed to do. They gently remove all of the hair which grows back after a week or two, and if you're wondering it grows back really soft, so no fear of stubble appearing. They also exfoliate my skin and leave it super soft, so my skincare sinks straight in and my makeup applies so much more flawlessly.

Babyliss Brilliant Shine Ionic Hair Brush
This is a new addition but I love it! It's a super clever hairbrush that when turned on releases ions that remove static from my hair and smooth down the hair cuticle. It basically gives the same effect that straightening irons give, but without any heat damage. My hair is super fine so it does tend to get a static-y and stick up any which way, especially in winter. I find that this little brush makes my hair so glossy and shiny, it really is a must have!

Have you tried any of these and what are your favourite beauty tools?


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Monday, 14 November 2016

How To Keep Your Skin Happy In The Colder Months

How To Keep Your Skin Happy In The Colder Months

As soon as the weather starts to turn colder around this time of the year my skin can become quite difficult to keep happy. The combination of the colder outside elements, wind and central heating can make my complexion somewhat reactive and sensitive so I like to switch up a few beauty products to keep my skin happy through autumn and winter.

Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm
Central heating and the cold really zap my skin of moisture and can leave it really quite sore, so I don't want to cause any further stress by rubbing away at it in order to remove my makeup. A thick balm cleanser such as this Pixi offering gently melts away my makeup, revealing soft and supple skin. I quite often leave this on my skin for a couple of minutes before removing it with a warm damp flannel, leaving my skin feels nourished and comforted. It transforms into a soft milk upon contact with water, washing away the day. It's literally a hug in a tub and my skin adores it.

How To Keep Your Skin Happy In The Colder Months

Kiehl's Daily Reviving Concentrate
When I was on roaccutane my skin became incredibly dry, so adding an oil into my morning step was essential and it's one step I've kept in my morning routine as autumn has come around. This is a super light and fine oil that sinks into the skin and boosts the complexion. It plumps up my fine lines and makes my skin look so radiant - perfect for when I've not had quite enough sleep. It contains a cocktail of naturally derived antioxidant oils so it also helps protect the skin against environmental aggressors.

Ren Flash Defense Anti-Pollution Mist
I always have a facial mist in my bag to refresh my makeup throughout the day, but as the elements outside are getting harsher I've been reaching for this Ren mist quite a bit recently. It's designed to protect against the damaging effects of pollution and promotes cell renewal, so its perfect for city-dwellers and commuters like me. It creates a shield for the skin so I find it sets my makeup and prevents my skin from getting red and angry. And of course it feels lovely to spritz on while on the go.

How To Keep Your Skin Happy In The Colder Months

Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment
By now you're probably aware of my love for a good facial oil, and I always include one in my evening routine. The Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment is super hydrating, so probably more suited to those with dry and problematic skin. It has quite an earthy rose scent to it and a few drops massaged into my skin make all the difference. I can easily leave out a moisturiser as it's so hydrating, and come morning my previously parched complexion feels so soft and nourished.

Which products do you add to your routine in the colder months? Or do you stick to the same routine all year round?


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Friday, 11 November 2016

The New Obsession - ABH Master Palette by Mario

ABH Master Palette by Mario Review

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario is autumn in a palette. And it really is beyond gorgeous. It's a limited edition release which annoyingly isn't reaching UK shores, so when I saw it had come back in stock on Sephora after selling out super quickly I didn't hang around. So it did end up costing me fifty something pounds in the end once factoring in shipping, but as you can see it's already been used a far bit and I am literally obsessed with this palette!

ABH Master Palette by Mario Review

The Master Palette is a very well thought out little palette, designed by Mario Dedivanovic, who is mostly known for being Kim Kardashian's makeup artist and for also introducing the world to banana powder - how did we survive before this?? The palette contains twelve autumnal and warm shades that will bring a smile to any neutrals lover. Each shade is named after a person or place that have inspired Mario, and there's definitely a good Kim shade in there. As you can see, Kim, Marina and Paris are firm favourites so far.

This is my first foray into the world of ABH eyeshadows, and the quality is pretty darn amazing. They're well pigmented and lovely and buttery, but as a result they can be quite messy to dip into. I literally just dab my brush on the shadows to pick up product. I apply my base products after eyes so fall out isn't really an issue but worth mentioning none the less.

ABH Master Palette by Mario Review

Mario has covered all formulas in this curation. From satins to shimmers to mattes, it's all here. The palette is predominately warm in tone but there's a couple that are on the cooler side, and it's nice to see the green hues of Bronx and the almost blue-toned granite Claudia.

If you find that you often have shades in your eyeshadow palettes that never get any wear I would recommend picking up the ABH Master Palette. I'm yet to delve into all of the colours but each and every one of them appeals to me and I've created so many different looks so far. I'm going to get so much use from this so it's a very good pick for me. Just gutted it won't be around forever as I will definitely be hitting pan on this!

Will you be picking this one up before it's too late?


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Sunday, 6 November 2016

The Cliche Autumn Berry Lip

Autumn berry lipsticks

It wouldn’t be autumn without a berry lip, so as cliche as it might be, it’s a trend not to be missed. As someone who usually stays closer to the pinky nude end of the colour spectrum, I’ve carefully been curating my own edit of go-to berry lipsticks that I can’t wait to share with you.

Starting with least terrifying hue, Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in 22 Berry is a great and easy everyday raspberry pick. Super comfortable and surprisingly long lasting given it’s satin finish and sheer texture, this looks incredible with dewy skin and paired back makeup. If I’m after a slightly nuder dusky shade, NARS Audacious Lipstick in Anna is a favourite of mine. It’s quite a cool toned dusky mauve and definitely one of my most loved NARS shades. The audacious formula is unbeatable, it’s insanely pigmented and lasts for hours.

On the more glossy side is Burberry Lip Mist in No. 214 Oxblood. I have last year’s limited edition which is why it features gold packaging instead of the usual gunmetal in case you were wondering. Although this looks super dark in the bullet, it’s quite sheer and is a glossy formula. A more reddish berry, Oxblood is one of Burberry’s most popular shades which comes in lots if other formulations if glossy isn't your thing. A more affordable offering is the NYX Intense Butter Gloss in Toasted Marshmallow. It’s so pigmented, and such a beautiful dark purple hue. I’m going to get so much wear out of this in the coming months.

Sometimes though, a matte finish is the only thing that will do, and it also wouldn’t be a lipstick post without the following two picks. Firstly, I really love mattes, and comfortable ones at that, so when I’m in the mood for something dark and fuss-free I always turn to Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution in Love Liberty. This has serious staying power and always garners me a compliment or two. It’s a dark rosy, almost raspberry shade which goes with my pale complexion perfectly. For a true, chuck it on and forget about it lipstick, I had to include a liquid lipstick. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Craft is absolute perfection. Super flattering and so easy to wear, it’s almost identical in colour to the previous Tilbs lipstick. The ABH liquid lipstick formula is one of my favourites for sure.

What are your favourite autumn picks?


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Thursday, 3 November 2016

The Life-Changing Magic of Sparkly Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown Pebble Sparkle Eyeshadow and the Life-changing magic of not giving a f**K

I've come to two conclusions this week. Firstly, there are an increasing number of things that I don't give a f**k about, and secondly, I actually now do give one about sparkly eye shadow. I won't bore you with the former - and will just leave it at recommending you get yourself a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K, but I will tell you why I'm all of a sudden I'm an advocate of glitter.

Kate first brought this to my attention with her gorgeously dazzling eyelids, but the Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow in Pebble is one of the most versatile and life-changing beauty products I've come across in yonks.

It's literally pure sparkle in a pan. Pebble is almost a silvery, taupey, pink-toned hue that works best dabbed on with a clean finger on top of your existing makeup. As it barely has a colour itself, it goes with just about everything. Especially cream eyeshadow which helps it stick in place. I've been patting it all over my lids for a little glimmer of light and my favourite cream shadow combos so far  have been the MAC Pro Longwear Paintpot in Groundwork and Stormy Pink.

If like me circa last week you thought glitter and shimmery shadows were suited to the under 10's and Barbie, you'll be pleased to know that Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Pebble is finely milled and somewhat grown up in it's effect. It won't be shimmering around on your cheekbones (unless you apply it there and if you like that then you do you). And you're certainly not going to look like a disco ball, but what I can promise you is that if you swatch Pebble, this will be one look you will very much give a f**k about.


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