Friday, 18 April 2014

A Little Giveaway

A couple of weeks back I hit 100 followers on Bloglovin' and as promised heres my giveaway. Before I get into it though I want to say thank you for joining me on this little 'journey' and I'm sorry that I've been awol lately. If you didn't know I'm actually in my final year of University and my exams are fast approaching, unfortunately this means that all things beauty have to take the backseat. I not only have no time to experiment with makeup but I also have very little time to sit down and write quality posts so I'm going to try to stick to one post a week up until the end of May.  After exams I'l be sure to make up for this as I'm sure I'l be going crazy with the makeup and beauty purchases (to treat myself of course).

Anyway, onto the giveaway. If you've seen some of my blogposts you may know that I've developed an obsession with the Nars Eyshadow Duos so I have decided that I will be giving away one of these in a shade of your choice from the John Lewis Website. As long as its available there I'l be able to send it straight to the lucky winner.

Unfortunately, as this is my first giveaway it will be only for UK followers, sorry!
The giveaway will be running through Rafflecopter and I'l need you to follow on Bloglovin' and Twitter as I will be contacting the winner through Twitter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
This giveaway will end at the end of May so that I can ship the prize after my exams are over, so you have plenty of time to enter!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

The Perfect Highlight: RMS Cream Eyeshadow in Lunar

If you've seen my recent posts you would know that I've become a huge fan of a highlighted and dewy makeup look which I've been achieving with the gorgeous RMS Beauty Cream Eyeshadow in Lunar.

I purchased this as an alternative to the RMS Living Luminizer which is the highlighter that every beauty blogger and their Mums talk about. The Living Luminizer is £30 and is a white pearly colour whereas the Eyeshadow in Lunar is £19 and has a very similar colour with slightly more golden colour to it. On the Naturisimo website they are both described as creamy pearl shimmers.

I purchased Lunar for the sole reason of using it as a highlight as it looked so similar to the Living Luminizer and was £11 cheaper - which is always a plus! The slightly more golden tone of the eyeshadow makes it much more suitable for my skin tone as I find that pearly white highlights don't blend into my skin and stand out more than I'd like

As a highlight Lunar works amazingly as its extremely creamy and blends into the skin beautifully, when applied it it seems to disappear into the skin and can look though there is nothing there but when the light catches your face it gives a gorgeous sheen. The highlight shows up particularly well in flash photography so its perfect for nights out.

I have also tried to use this product as a cream eyeshadow, as it was intended, but I find that it is far too creamy and oily on my lids. Within minutes I found that it creased and faded on my lids which is strange as my lids aren't oily. However, this does work well as a tear duct highlight but it isn't long lasting on my watery eyes.

RMS Beauty is a natural beauty line and the ingredients of their cream eyeshadows are great:

Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopherol (non-GMO), Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, and may contain: [+/- Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Mica CI 77019, Carmine CI 75470].

The coconut oil is the most noticeable as the smell and consistency of the shadow is most like it, if you like the smell of coconuts you'l love the smell of this!

Overall I think that that the eyeshadow in Lunar is a wonderful, and not to mention cheaper, alternative to the Living Luminizer for girls with a slightly more tan skin tone. I can't recommend this enough and I'm sure it'll appear in many makeup posts to come.

Have you tried this or the Living Luminizer? What do you think of them? 

Monday, 7 April 2014

My Spring Go To Makeup

I'm not one to have a 'go to' makeup look as I like to play around with makeup and wear different looks. Recently I've found myself wearing variations of this makeup look, whenever I'm not sure how to do my makeup I opt for this. I think its because of the glowing dewy skin which to me screams Summer.

On the eyes I've been steering away from my usual cat eye liner look and going for bronze shadows along with a good deal of mascara. The shadows of choice have been my faithful Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze or the Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Paint in Rich Russet both of which give a very similar colour but have different formulas. The formulas are both wonderful and last just as long on my eyes, it just depends on how much time I have and which product comes to hand first. My mascara of choice has undoubtedly been the Loreal Miss Manga Mascara as it gives curl and volume to my otherwise flat lifeless lashes.

For the dewy foundation look I've been using the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation on days when I'm feeling super fancy. On less extravagant days its been Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation which gives a very similar glow to the Armani offering. As mentioned in my March Favourites post I've been wearing the Sleek Cream Blush Trio to give a natural flushed look with the RMS Cream Eyeshadow in Lunar on the cheekbones. If I'm feeling like having a slightly more bronze highlight I opt for the Topshop Glow in Gleam on the cheekbones.

Onto the most standout part of this makeup look, the lipstick. On this particular day I went for my Mac Lady Danger Lipstick, a matte orange toned red. I feel like orange toned reds are much more Spring/Summer appropriate than my usual blue toned reds. A cheaper alternative that I've also been loving is the Sleek Lipstick in OMG which is an extremely creamy orange red.

Do you like this kind of makeup post? Let me know what you think! 

P.S. I'm so close to 100 followers and will definitely be doing a giveaway when I hit 100! 

Friday, 4 April 2014

March Favourites

March is over already, which for me is terrifying as it means the dreaded exams are just around the corner. Gahh. However, it also means that the weather is warmer and signs of spring are being seen so I'm loving glowing dewy skin and textured hair.

The Korres Liquid Lipstick that was featured on my blog quite a few months ago has made its comeback. I'm not a lipgloss girl, in fact I haven't worn lipgloss since I was in my preteen years when I snuck it on when I got to school and removed it before I went home. But this is a liquid lipstick lipgloss hybrid with amazing pigmentation, I've been wearing it sheered out over the top of nude lipsticks to make the colours suit my skin tone better. Also, this smells and tastes amazing. 

I picked up the LOreal Miss Manga Mega Volume Mascara on a whim thinking if it didn't work I'd hand it over to my sister. Surprisingly this worked for my short sparse lashes and I'm in love with it! It adds a wonderful curl, volume and length to the lashes. The best bit about this is that it holds the curl in my lashes all day, not even waterproof mascaras hold their curl on me so this is a shocker! If your lashes are anywhere near as frustrating as mine I totally recommend trying this out.

The John Masters Organics Sea Mist Spray is a product that initially disappointed me as it doesn't give the beachy waves that I expected of it. My hair is dead straight and quite heavy, curls or waves just don't hold on me so its no surprise that the sea mist doesn't give me instant waves. If I ignore the fact that this isn't the miracle product I wanted it to be, I still think its a great texturising product. I spray this in my wet hair and once air dried my hair has a lot more texture and oomph to it without feeling dirty or grity.

As for the glowy skin the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 7.5, RMS Cream Eyshadow in Lunar & the Sleek Blush By 3 Cream Blush Palette work amazingly together. The Foundation is so light and weightless on the skin and gives an amazing dewy finish. I'm not somebody who wears foundation often but I've been so in love with this that I find myself wearing it far more often than I should. To add to the glow I've been using the Cream Shadow as a highlight on my cheekbones and high points of my face along with the shade 'Newport Beach' from the blush palette on my cheeks. The Sleek Palette blushes are the longest lasting blushes that I've ever tried, I find that blush doesn't stay on my cheeks for more than 3 hours but these last all day on me!

Have you tried any of these? What were your favourites this month? 

Monday, 31 March 2014

Having A Ball: Part 2

You may have seen my previous post about the outfit I wore to my final year ball, if not its here. Here is the makeup post to go along with it.

I decided that I wanted flawless glowy skin with a slightly more subtle eye look than my usual because the dress stood out so much. So on the eyes I used both of my Nars duos in Isolde and Cordura, using the colours from lightest to dark I created a subtle transition into a very subtle bronze smokey eye look. I also added the tiniest amount of a dark blue shadow in the crease to tie in the blue of my dress, its barely visible but I think it made all the difference. On the brows was, as usual, my Beauty UK Brow Palette which I used to subtly define my brows and give them a slightly thicker shape.

This was my first time wearing false lashes, I'm embarrassed to say that my younger sister had to apply them for me. I've always been hesitant to wear falsies because my eyes are so sensitive, I sometimes find wearing mascara tires my eyes out! To my surprise the lashes felt fairly comfortable and I almost forgot I was wearing them. I'm so glad I finally decided to try falsies because they make a huge difference to the finished eye look.

My favourite part of this look was the skin. I used the Laura Geller Spackle as a primer to make my makeup last all evening,  if you're looking for extremely long lasting makeup I say go for this - its never let me down. Next up was the foundation and OH MY do I love this foundation, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in 7.5. First of all it is the perfect colour match and secondly it makes my skin look flawless and glowing when using the tiniest amount of product. To conceal under my eyes was the cult product Nars Radient Creamy Concealer in Ginger As if the glow from the foundation wasn't enough I used the RMS Beauty Cream Eyeshadow in Lunar to highlight my cheekbones, nose and browbone.

To finish of I went for my perfect nude pink lipstick from Rimmel in Heather Shimmer.

Have you tried any of the products mentioned? I'm planning on reviewing quite a few of these products soon, which would you like to see first? 

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Having A Ball

If you had seen my previous post you may know that I had my final year ball over the weekend. Its ridiculous to think that I'm nearly done with uni, I'm so not ready to enter the real world!

I had a bit of a dress crisis a day before the ball, lets just say it was stressful. Thank god for ASOS as I managed to order two dresses from Virgos Lounge for next evening delivery (£7.50). Virgos Lounge is a brand that I've lusted over for such a long time but never had a reason to buy one of their pieces. I was intending to wear the full length version of this dress but it wasn't going to be practical as it has a long train which would have been ruined on the tube and it would have made dancing impossible. So instead I opted for the Denise Midi Dress (£66.50) which ended up being perfect, even though it wasn't a traditional full length ball gown it still makes an impact.

The detail around the stomach does a really good job at hiding any unflattering bumps and really shows off my natural curves. The length of the dress is perfect too. The most unusual and sexy part of the dress is the low cut back, unfortunately we were running extremely late and I had absolutely no time to take any outfit photos, despite best laid plans. So this is what the back looks like:

 To tell you the truth there is absolutely nothing that I can fault about this dress, I just hope I have an opportunity to wear it again as its far too beautiful to stay in the cupboard.

A post about my makeup of the evening will be up later this week!

Friday, 21 March 2014

Ball Gowns: My Asos Picks

Tommorrow I have my final year maths society ball, its hard for me to fathom that university is nearly over but if it means I get to dress up then I don't mind. I've had a few dress crises and a lot of manic last minute internet searching but I think I've finally found my dress (I better have as the ball is tomorrow!). Whilst I was searching I found some amazing dresses on ASOS, no matter what your price range or taste theres something there for you. Seeing as I'm now an 'expert' on ASOS's ball gown offerings I thought I'd compile a list of my favourite picks for you from budget friendly to not-so budget friendly. 

From the top left to right:

  1. Asos Petite Maxi Dress with Embelished Cut Outs: On sale for £72: I think that maxi dresses are a must for a ball and even if you are a petit girl you can still rock a gorgeous full length gown. This is a beautiful red colour and the embelished cut outs are a lovely detail to an otherwise simple dress. 
  2. Mango Cross Back Maxi Dress: £129.99 This is another elegant beauty, red is one of my all time favourite colours for a dress as is the cut of this dress. This is one of those dresses that could be worn multiple times and it would never do you wrong. 
  3. Forever Unique Plunge Maxi Dress: £220 This dress is amazing, I would love to rock this for a summer ball especially if I were in a warmer country. The dress is very simple but the low cut cleavage adds an extremely sexy touch to an otherwise girly dress. 
  4. Elise Ryan Maxi Dress with Lace Scallop Back: £52 this is beautiful for the girls who love to wear a dark coloured dress but want something with a bit of added detail. I love the slit up the leg and the lace detailing and the fact that its a deep navy colour gives a nice alternative to the standard black evening dress. This is also a great price for a full length gown 
  5. Asos Black Embroidered Maxi with Open Back: £150 This dress is elegant and mature but the cutout back adds shows of a playful bit of skin whilst maintaining a very refined feel. I absolutely love the embroidered detailing of this dress with the subtle neutral fabric. If you're heading to a more formal work gathering this would be amazing. 
  6. Coast Lauder Maxi Dress with Beaded Waist: £195  Coast is known for their elegant and beautiful quality dresses, this dress could work for any sort of formal occasion and even as a bridesmaid gown. I love the vibrancy of the colour and the elegant cut. 
  7. Virgos Lounge Raina Maxi Dress: £95 I have admired Virgos Lounge dresses for such a long time, the price is so reasonable considering the detail of the embroidery and the shape of their dresses are amazing. This one in particular would be perfect for any dressed up occasion as long as you're not afraid to stand out
  8. Virgos Lounge Sadie Cami Maxi Dress: £200 Another beautiful piece from Virgos Lounge, if you have the body and confidence for this dress you should totally rock it. I would if I could and thats all I've got to say about it. 
This was only a small handful of the dresses that I wanted to share with you. Unfortunately this post would have gone on forever if I'd shown you them all. If you'd like to see some of the shorter dresses that I adore then I'l definitely do that, so let me know!

Which of these dresses do you think I'l be rocking tomorrow? I'd love to see if you get it right!