Wednesday, 22 July 2015

NEW NAME, NEW LOOK


No, this post isn't revealing my knew secret identity as Princess Consuela... for all you Friends watchers out there... but this is a post to reveal the slightly different direction my blog is heading in. It's not drastically different but hopefully my new name and look should reflect how my blog has grown up with me and my intentions to include a lot more fashion posts in the future. Despite my love for all things beauty and the fact I'd be happy to absorbe myself completely into the world of make-up and skincare, I do fear I've lost myself and my blog and have headed too deep into the sea of cosmetics and forgotten my intentions completely, and that was to use this platform to put my love of fashion into words. You'll still be seeing beauty product reviews, make-up and skincare routines but with some fashion and outfit posts mixed into the collection.

My Blog address will stay the same to insure you can all still find me and so that my little space on the internet won't just disappear but my name is different as is the overall look of my blog. I hope you all enjoy the journey down this new and slightly different path and stay with my along the way and I hope it becomes a nicer blog for you all to read and a nicer one for me to post on.



Saturday, 13 June 2015

WORTH IT





When it comes to make-up it's easy to get swept up into a whirlwind of promotions and beautiful packaging and end up with over-sold products that aren't worth the hype or the money. Because of this there are many products now sat in my make-up draws, unloved and unused and I just can't bring myself so throw them away because of their hefty price tag or gorgeous packaging. Ridiculous, I know. However there are other make-up products I have purchased, ones I could not fault if I wanted to and are worth every penny and every good review.

In the beauty blogging world, if you were to name one of the most reviewed, loved and cult eye shadow palettes, The Urban Decay Naked family would have to at least cross your mind. Gorgeously packaged in a sleek, practical case with a large mirror and an actually decent brush, it ticks the aesthetic box. But most importantly the product its self is amazing. Twelve buttery and pigmented, beautiful shades in each.each. What ever the make-up look you wanted you would have exactly what you needed from just one of the palettes let alone all three.

Another well hyped product that, to me, is worth every good review is The Laura Mercier Foundation primer. It helps increase the longevity of your make-up while giving your skin a gorgeous healthy glow. The cooling gel smooths onto the skin, creating a perfect base for any make-up without clinging to dry patches, breakouts or pores.

Not necessarily a pricey product but an often reviewed one is the Maybelline Color Tattoo. Despite all the hype it took me a while to buy this product as the colour choice never appealed to me and the only shade that did, On and On Bronze, always seemed to be sold out. But I'm very happy with this little purchase, it's a beautiful product. Long lasting, pigmented and no sign of creasing, this little pot is everything you need from a cream eye shadow.

When it comes to cheeks, Nars blushers are the place to turn to. Their cream blushes, especially, are nicely pigmented and have a long lasting formula that gives a healthy flush of colour to the skin. Their large collections of shades means you'll always find one to suit you or the occasion.

For eye products a brand that has a received a lot of hype is By Terry and seen as my favorite eyeliners are from the brand I can say it's well deserved. They are incredibly long lasting, so much so once its dry it does not budge and the pigmentation is great. The wide range of colours are unique, justifying the price tag along with the sleek packaging.


Sunday, 29 March 2015

A NIGHT AT THE BALLET













A recent trip to the ballet, something I'm not exactly accustomed to, called for a slightly less natural make-up look and being completely unsure of what to go for, I decided to go for the classic. Admittedly it seemed the safe option but when in doubt a red lip always goes down well and paired with gold, shimmery eyes and natural, glow-y skin, well, what's not to like? 

For my base I stuck to my usual which I talk about here, and skipped the blush as I didn't fancy a pink face alongside a red lip but I did opt for a good helping of my favorite highlighter, The Balm's Mary Lou-Manizer, and left it there; natural, light and if I'm honest...easy. 

For my eyes I started with one of Bourjois' most recent additions to the family, their Colourband Shadow Sticks in the shade Beige Minimal which is a neutral, gold, shimmery shade that I like to apply all over my lids as well as on my lower lash line. It adds a really nice sheen to the lids and also works well under other shadows, working as a base, helping powder shadows to stay put for longer which puts it in my good books. I then deepened it up with my beautiful No7 palette which I was lucky to receive around Christmas time and, if I remember correctly, was part of a Christmas collection from the brand. Although not available any more most the shades are sold as individual shadows or are in some of their smaller palettes they sell. I opted for shade 14 which is taken from their Golden Trio and blended in into my crease which adds a gorgeous, bronzed look to the eyes. I then lined my upper lash line with By Terry's, Khol Terrybly Color Eye Pencil in Bronze Generation which is the most amazing eyeliner. It's long lasting, pigmented and easy to apply, great for any eyeliner noobs like me and the shade Bronze generation is a Jet black with a subtle golden shimmer which complemented my golden eye shadows very well. I then added lashings of No7's Lash Impact mascara for voluminous, long lashes and lined my water line with a nude liner to open up and brighten my eyes.

In hope that it would help my lipstick last all night I used Max Factor's Color Elix Liner in the shade Red Rush. Although extremely long lasting and pigmented I was disappointed by this product because of the fact it isn't really red, more like a deep pink which then made the red lipstick I applied on top look pink as well. I would recommend this product for quality and price but I wouldn't trust their names as they are very deceiving. Over the top of my liner I then applied Bourjois' Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in the shade Grand Cru which is a very deep, matte red. I love the finish and colour of this product but found it not to be as long lasting as I expected or hoped but it's a beautiful shade and adds a slight twist on the classic red lip. 



Tuesday, 3 March 2015

BEST BUDGET BUYS


With the past two months being 'No money months' I have completely rediscovered my love for the Drugstore with many new discoveries finding their way to my everyday makeup along with some old, affordable favorites. Admittedly there are some things you just can't find in your local Boots but some budget friendly brands are just brilliant and offer great value for money on some faultless products.

When it comes to brows I've never had much trust in the more affordable brands, as their shade choice can be poor and disappointing for someone with sparse, light blonde brows like myself but recently I've discovered two great products that have completely restored my faith in the Drugstore. Admittedly my first favourite isn't anything particularly special and isn't the best quality product out there but it has managed to find it's way into my most loved recently because it's a shade that actually matches my brows. For some reason budget brands just can't do brows and the shades are always dark, red-y brows that aren't great for me, with the light blonde hair so when I do find a shade that works I immediately fall in love and the product I've been using everyday for the past month is Maybelline's Master Shape, Brow Pencil. A product that has completely transformed my sparse brows has been LOreal's, Brow Plumper, the long wand means it's much easier to use than the annoyingly short wands of most other drugstore brow gels and the perfectly sized brush and the great gel leaves your brows fully plumped and set in place all day without being shiny or crusty. 

When it comes to concealer I haven't strayed away from the usual, Wake me Up but the recent cold weather has made me appreciate it's powers of transforming dull skin and under eye circles into something of the past. It's perfect for any where you need brightening and offers great coverage that lasts all day. 

For eyes I've been loving two No7 products, A Stay Perfect Eye-shadow in Truffle which is a gorgeous bronze-y brown shade, not the bright blue that the website says it is and their Stay Perfect Shade and Define, cream Shadow stick in Gunmetal Grey which is a gorgeous shimmery, grey shade with slight purple undertones that complement my green eyes perfectly. I've been rotating between these products all month as, unfortunately they do not complement one another and they both, like all No7 products are faultless with packaging that rivals those of a high end brand. Admittedly not the most affordable brand, No7 is the more expensive side of Drugstore but all their products are great quality. 

Another favorite when it comes to eyes has been Bourjois' new addition to the family, the Colorband cream Eye-shadow and Liner in the shades Beige Minimal, Rose Fauviste and Brun Dadaiste . All a gorgeous shades perfect for the transition between winter and spring as they add a gorgeous, pigmented sheen to the lids and the cream formula makes them long lasting and perfect for layering power eye-shadows over the top or on their own as a more natural tint of colour.





Sunday, 22 February 2015

THE LOU-MANIZER OF DREAMS




When it comes to make-up one thing I think makes all the difference is a good highlighter, it can add a gorgeous glow that can help your whole complexion look so much healthier and alive. I've tried many and one that has stood out massively from the crowd is, The Balm's, Mary Lou-Manizer. As well as having a great name and sturdy packaging with a big mirror (always a selling point) the powder it's self is A-MAY-ZING! 

It's a gorgeous golden, honey-hued highlighter that has no obvious shimmer or pieces of glitter but instead adds a beautiful and natural sheen to the top of the cheeks that is really flattering and pretty.The powder is really pigmented and applies nicely on to the skin without disturbing the rest of your make-up. As well as looking great on the top of your cheek bones it looks great as an inner corner highlight on your eyes, on your brow bone, the top of your nose or even as a eye-shadow. It's a super versatile product that looks great no matter how or where you wear it.   

Considering it's great quality the price tag isn't hefty and I can see this powder lasting me forever because of the super pigmented formula and the size of the compact, I can't see my self hitting pan anytime soon, despite it being used daily. 




Thursday, 12 February 2015

MY CURRENT BASE




My current base has probably got to be my favorite combination of products I've ever used. I've managed to find that perfect dewy glow and long lasting coverage combination that has really helped my skin look healthy all day when in reality it is just like the horrible winter weather; grey, dull and in need of a little sunshine, aren't we all?

For primer, surprise, surprise it's Laura Mercier's foundation primer. I'm nearing the end of my second tube of this stuff and I've already got my self the next. My favorite primer ever, it helps my make-up last all day while giving it a glowy, smooth complexion. What I love most about this primer is the texture, unlike most primers that are either too silicone-y and feel thick and heavy on the skin or are too much like a moisturizer and do absolutely nothing to help your make-up last longer, this primer sits perfectly in the middle. It has a smooth, pleasant texture that feels really hydrating and soothing on the skin but still helps to smooth out imperfections and acts as an adhesive for your foundation, creating a long lasting base. The packaging is travel friendly and easy to use and clean which is always great but still feels and looks luxurious. 

For my foundation I've really been loving something that helps hide my tired winter skin and angry breakouts while still looking super natural and a foundation that does all that is Bourjois' Healthy Mix. One of my favorite foundations, it transforms my dull skin and helps it look healthy and has a gorgeous natural dewy finish that lasts all day. 

To hide my nasty under-eye circles I've been loving Rimmel's Wake Me Up concealer. Bought in the lightest shade it acts as a luminous coverage that helps counteract those awful blue tones of my under eye circles because of the subtle yellow tones. 

                                         What base products are you currently loving?