Friday, 8 August 2014

July Favourites

Can you believe that its already August? Its ridiculous how quickly time has been flying but luckily I've had enough opportunities to play around with makeup.

If you know about makeup, you know about the Lorac Pro Palette (£38). Its the hardest palette to get a hold of, even if you live in the US, and in the UK its virtually impossible. I managed to track down a website that stocks it and I snapped it right up. Its totally worth the price and the hype, theres not a single colour in the palette that I don't love and the quality is amazing. I've been unable to use any other eyeshadows this month so I think that speaks for itself.

Underneath these shadows I've been religiously using my faithful Nars Smudge Proof Eyshadow Primer which has been completely saving my eye looks. I'm able to wear eyeshadow for 12+ hours without worrying about it budging or creasing. Its also completely eradicated creasing of my under eye concealer which is awesome!

To finish of my eye-looks without the use of false lashes I've been turning to the Fairydrops Mascara (£18.50) which I picked up from the Topshop BeautyMart. I remembered hearing a lot about this mascara from some of my favourite Asian beauty Youtubers years ago so I thought I'd give it a shot. Its intended to transform short, straight, 'asian' lashes into long thick voluminous lashes, and oh-boy does it do that! This mascara has given me the ability to have false looking lashes - more so than the Benefit They're Real Mascara! It also holds the curl, doesn't flake and lasts all day. All in all, its amazing.

Finally, as I'm sure you know I'm in love with my Urban Decay Lip Pencil in Ozone to ensure that my lipstick stays in place all day. Over the top of this I've loved the Mac Russian Red Lipstick, it was my graduation day lipstick so I think its going to be one of those treasured - memory filled lipsticks in my collection.

Have you tried these? What are your favourite products? 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Ombre Eyeliner

I absolutely love this Ombre Blue-Teal eyeliner look I created the other day whilst testing out the Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush(£5.99). I used the blue and green colours from the Sleek 'The Original' Palette(£7.99) to create this look.

I first used my Bobbi Brown Black Gel Eyeliner with the Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush to create a base for the colour and map out the line. I then used the same brush in the Sleek palette, to intensify the colour I used some of my contact lens liquid as a mixing medium. I finished of the eyes with a tiny bit of a cut crease look using a grey-brown shade from the palette.

I have to say that I was pretty damn chuffed with myself for creating such a cool look. I think that this is extremely wearable as it is just a twist on the usual black winged liner. You could try this look out with any colour of your choice, I may try green next!

What colour would you choose for this look? 

Saturday, 26 July 2014

I Graduated!

This week I finally graduated. After 4 years of university, 2 different universities and a crazy 4 years I finally had the chance to dress up and robe up for the big day. I was terrified that I would trip and fall, I seriously had multiple visions of myself stumbling or nose diving on the stage, but somehow I made it through and even managed to look (almost) graceful.

Me being me I dressed up in this ASOS Salon Audrey Dress (£85) and my rather high Zara heals that I got on sale for £19.99. I absolutely adore the dress and it unintentionally matched perfectly with the sash of my gown,  I have to say I felt pretty good about that fact! I went for a subtle makeup look but tied the look together with Mac Russian Red on my lip because I don't do subtle lips.

The whole graduation experience was amazing and was much more exciting than I expected it to be. The only problem on the day was I felt like I was melting, the gown is extremely heavy and hot especially when the weather was about 28 degrees! Beware of that if you're graduating soon!

Are you graduating soon and if so do you have a dress picked out? Good luck if you are! 

Sunday, 20 July 2014

My Under Eye Concealer Options

I've never been much of a concealer/foundation girl but recently I've become accustomed to wearing concealer under my eyes and now I can't seem to go without it. Depending on the occasion and how bad my under eye bags are I choose between these three:

For sheerest coverage I opt for the trusty Maybelline Instant Anti-Age Concealer in Nude. It provides enough coverage and under eye brightness for a day to day basis. The sponge applicator makes it extremely easy to blend so its a perfect choice for rushed early mornings.

My slightly higher coverage option is the Une Skin Echo Concealer in E12. This has a very liquidy consistency which makes it very easy to blend with a brush or with fingers. When swatched it has some shimmer particles but when applied and blended the shimmer doesn't show through. To me this concealer is fairly fool proof as it gives a medium coverage and goes on very easily.

Finally, for my highest coverage choice I go for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger. This is a much thicker formula which makes it extremely high coverage. Its slightly harder to blend out but with the Zoeva Concealer brush mentioned here I find it works beautifully and you only need a tiny amount so it will last for quite some time.

Whats your favourite concealer? 

Friday, 18 July 2014

Mum-Approved Heals

If you've been reading my blog for a while you may remember me talking about how much of a failure I am when it comes to wearing heals. In summary, I buy loads but never wear them because I'm always scared of hurting my feet.

Every time I purchase a new pair my Mum looks at them and says 'You're never going to be able to walk in them' and more often than not she's right. So when I saw her look at these beauties from Zara and say 'Oooo those are nice' I had to buy them. I got them for about £20 on sale (the black pair are £15.99 now!) which I think is an amazing steal considering that they are real leather and feel really sturdy.

The thick heal and straps make sure that my feet are nicely secure and make it easy for me to walk around for a few hours. These are also easy enough to drive in which is always a plus for me! I also love that they're a brown leather as they're more day time appropriate and work amazingly with summer dresses.

Are you a high heal failure like me? Or do you rock your heals? 

Sunday, 6 July 2014

An Amazing Primer: Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

I've come to the realisation that I have oily eyelids, despite my skin being dry and dehydrated my eyelids somehow have a mind of their own. I also have slightly hooded eyes and the combination of oily and hooded makes it impossible for eyeshadow to stay on my lids without creasing or smudging.

This is where eye primers come in. I was under the impression that most of the eyeshadow primers on the market are pretty comparable but the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (£19.50) has far outshone my Urban Decay Primer Potion (£16) .

I've tried the Primer Potion time and time again and although it helps keep the eyeshadow on for longer it has done nothing for the creasing on my lids. So on a whim I decided to try the Nars Primer, and I'm so glad that I did. Having used this I doubt I will bother with trying any other primers as this does exactly what I need it to. It stops my eyeshadow from budging or creasing all day long. I've even been using it under my eyes as a primer for  my under eye concealer and it works great there too.

I'm so happy that I chose to try this primer, its made me more confident to wear eyeshadow on a daily basis because I know that my eyes wont end up looking like a mess. I think I may even try a black smokey eye soon which I couldn't do before because the creases showed up far too much through the black shadow.

Have you tried this or the Urban Decay Primer Potion? Let me know your thoughts! 

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

June Favourites

I haven't done a favourite in quite some time so I'm starting afresh with my June Favourites. These are the products I've been using for my daily makeup look.

First up is my newest love the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (£19.50), I have to be honest and say that I only picked this up last week but its already made an impact on my makeup routine. It stops my eyeshadows from creasing like nothing else, its safe to say that I won't be using my Urban Decay primer anymore! Over the top  of that I've been loving the duo toned brown-green colour (top left) of the Illamasqua Empower Palette (£34) along with a crisp cat-eye liner thanks to the Rimmel Scandaleyes Precision MicroLiner (£5.49). To top of the eyes I'm still loving the L'oreal Miss Manga (£8.99) mascara as it holds the curl without being waterproof and gives volume to my rather rubbish lashes.

I'm not a daily foundation wearer but I do like to conceal under my eyes especially when I'm wearing a heavier eye look. For this I've been loving the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger (£22) blended in with the Zoeva Concealer Buffer 142 (£6.00). I've found that dabbing the concealer onto the tops of my cheekbone and then blending towards the under eyes gives a much less cakey and flawless finish and the brush makes blending it out so much easier.  

Finally to give my cheeks a pop of colour I've been loving the Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Raspberry (£19), its a cream blush but it doesn't dry to a powder finish so it leaves my cheeks looking flushed and naturally glowing. It also lasts amazingly on my cheeks which is always a plus.

What are your current favourites?