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? 

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Fruit Fiesta Peel: Review

During my exam period my skin freaked out, the stress was really getting to me and it was coming out in my health and skin. I ended up purchasing a load of skincare bits and this MyChelle Fruit Fiesta Peel  (£23) was one of the most standout products for me.

Its a similar idea to the REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask as it is made up of fruit acids and refreshes and renews the skin. Its very similar in consistency with a jam like texture and smell, it even has raspberry seeds which you can see whilst applying it to the face.

Unlike the REN mask the MyChelle offering is much more intense and gives me much more noticable resultsThe Peel should only stay on the skin for 1 to 3 minutes which at first had me feeling sceptical because I felt that 3 minutes was far too short to have any impact, but I was wrong.

Upon applying the mask the skin tingles slightly, much more than the REN one but not so-much-so that its uncomfortable. After the 1-3 minutes you rinse it of, the skin feels fresh and glowing. However, the real result comes the next day when my skin has an incredible glow and looks renewed. The results are very noticeable in comparison the the REN offering which works nicely but doesn't wow as much as the MyChelle does.

My Chelle is a natural brand and the ingredients are wonderful:

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit*, Passiflora Edulis (Passionfruit) Fruit, Glycerin (Vegetable)*, Lactic Acid (L) (Glucose), Acronychia Acidula (Lemon Aspen) Fruit Extract, Syzygium Leuhmanii (Lillypilly) Fruit Extract, Davidsonia Pruriens (Plum) Fruit Extract (Rainforest Harvest™), Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Powder, Citrus Sinensis var. Sanguina (Blood Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Paradisi (White Grapefruit) Peel Oil*, Mandelic Acid (L), Tartaric Acid (L), Malic Acid (L), Caprylyl Glycol, Alcohol Denatured (Grain)*, Glucuronolactone (D), Xanthan Gum (Fermented Sugar), Phenethyl Alcohol (Rose), Potassium Sorbate (Salt).

All in all this mask/peel has managed to wow me in the way I had expected the REN mask to do. I hadn't realised how underwhelming the REN offering was until I tried this and observed the difference in result. If you're thinking about trying either of the two I'd 100% say go for the MyChelle offering.

Have you tried this or anything else from MyChelle? Let me know! 

Friday, 6 June 2014

Phantom Jewels

Modus Operandi £22 

Crystal Elixir £16.99
These beautiful necklaces are from Phantom Jewels and they pretty much speak for themselves so I don't think that this post will be very long but I just had to show you these!

The necklaces are a very nice weight and have amazing details including the small white flower in the Modus Operandi necklace which I think is such a beautiful and unusual touch.

Crystal Elixir has a very unusual chain which sits flat against the skin and makes a beautiful piece even more eye catching. I also love the mixture of gold and silver/white in the necklace as it means it can be worn with all sorts of jewellery.

I also want to mention the fact that the service from Phantom Jewels is outstanding, my Crystal Elixir necklace arrived broken and upon contacting them they straight away sent me a new one which arrived the very next day. They also didn't ask me to send the broken one back to them which was my main worry as I didn't want to spend more money on return postage!

All in all, I'm in love with the company and my necklaces and I'l definitely be purchasing more from them. Let me know if you do too! 

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Oily/Post Workout Hair Saviour: Lulu Organics Hair Powder in Lavender & Sage

Hi guys! I know I've been gone for well over a month and I had promised to post at least once a week during my exam period but it was far too hard I barely had the time to eat or sleep so blogging had to take a back seat for the month. I'm really sorry about that but thanks for sticking with me! For those of you interested in the Giveaway I have announced the winner, the lovely Amber from Little Things She LovesLoves. Thanks so much for entering and following and I can't wait to hold some more giveaways!

Now its time for me to get back into blogging and reviews and I thought what better a product than a dry shampoo that saved me during my intense revision mode. The Lulu Organics Hair Powder (£20) is raved about in the natural beauty world and I've wanted to try it for quite some time. Unfortunately its not the easiest product to get hold of but when I was in Liberty I managed to pick it up with a 10% discount which was amazing!

I've recently learnt that the scalp absorbs a lot of what you put on it and there are a lot of blood vessels in the scalp region, this means that the artificial hairsprays and dry shampoos are more likely to damage your scalp and body. This drilled home the importance of using natural and chemical free products on my scalp in particular so I decided enough was enough, I had to get my hands on the Lulu Organics offering.

The product is a fine white powder which you can either shake onto the scalp and work in, or they recommend you rub it between your palms and then apply it to your scalp. Both of these methods work well depending on what you prefer. I find shaking tends to distribute too much product and I waste more than I use so I prefer shaking it into my hands and working it all around my scalp.

Now that I have tried this I will never go back to conventional dry shampoos, even if I was not interested in natural products. I hate the gritty and dirty feeling that dry shampoos leave whereas the Lulu Powder is undetectable in the hair and you can use it numerous times without it building up in the hair.

I was initially afraid that the lavender scent would make me feel rather sleepy, much like my Tisserand Lavender Body Lotion which I use at night to relax, but the scent is so gentle and unless you stick your nose in and take a good sniff its barely noticeable.

This also lasts forever, I've had mine for over two months and myself and my sisters have used it weekly and it still feels full. So its definitely worth the price.

Overall this product is wonderful whether natural haircare is important to you or not. If you hate the texture of ordinary dry shampoos but don't want to wash your hair too often I 100% recommend giving this a shot.