Tuesday, 14 August 2012

FOTD - Bright "sea" themed eyes and shocking pink lips.

Well hey hey and hello there my gorgeous glitterati.

I'm soooooooooooo crazy busy at the minute, but I thought I'd take the time to do a quick little face of the day post to say hi, show my face and prove I haven't forgotten about you lovelies.

I've had a week off work, but we were doing things every single day and now I'm back to work and my evenings are busy too, it's all go here :)

My next post is going to be later in the week and I think I'm going to do my MAC eyeshadow swatches, a lot of my singles are permanent and I love seeing other people's swatches as it inspires me for what I want to buy next, so that's the plan. Would that be something you'd like to see?

Onto the piccies of today's crazy bright look. I feel the urge to use blues and greens this morning, I was just drawn to them like a moth to a flame, so I went for a mermaid / sea themed eye and a fuchsia lip, I'm never one for subtlety:



I thought I'd pose with no glasses on so you could get the full effect - Oh and yes, I have darker hair and a nose stud now, amazing how things change in a week or 2 isn't it :) What do you think?

Onto the product used:

Face - Illamasqua skinbase in 08, MAC Studio Fix concealer in NW25 and Boots 17 pressed powder in delicate beige.

Brows - Anastasia brow whizz in medium ash.

Eyes - MAC bare study paint pot as a base, MAC freshwater all over the lid, MAC shimmermoss blended through the crease, MAC bio green on the outer corner and MAC ricepaper under the brow bone. MAC black line pearlglide liner in the waterline and finally MAC zoomlash mascara.

Cheeks - Illamasqua Hussy powder blush with a little Dior Amber Diamond highlighter on my cheekbones.

Lips - MAC Rare Exotic Mattene lipstick with a little Liz Earle sheer lip gloss in Fuchsia on top.

That's the lot :) I just thought you might like to see this one today as it's crazy bright and fun, why not, I'm all about playing with the eyeshadow, I just love to experiment with colour.

Have you got any shades you'd like to see me use or any suggestions for new colour combos to try out? I'm open to anything and I love to hear your views so ask away.

I'll be back later on in the week my lovelies, until then take care and much love to all xox

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Lush Emotional Brilliance - My 4 purchases reviewed and swatched.

Well hey hey there yet again my gorgeous glitterati.


Today I thought I'd share with you something I've been super excited about for THE longest time. Lush cosmetics has been one of my favourite shops for so long now, I'm sucked in my the gorgeous aromas, bright hues and crazy friendly staff. I heard a rumour a while back that they were launching a makeup line and this of course sent me on a path of trying to find out anything I could and keeping my fingers and toes crossed.


For those of you that don't know the background of Lush, they used to be called "B" (B never to busy to be beautiful) before closing down at the end of 2009. Well B stocked a full makeup line and this was lost when the company was relaunched as Lush Cosmetics.


Recently Lush have been adding little tid bits to their line "hinting" at makeup, like their colour supplements which are intended to either replace or compliment your foundation.


Well July 2012 hit and along came Emotional Brilliance, consisting of 6 eyeshadows, 13 lipsticks, 11 eyeliners, 1 mascara, 1 loose powder, 1 bronzing skin tint and 1 highlighting skin tint.


I was instantly drawn to the colour, the vibrancy of the shades is just crazy, I'm like a moth to flame :)


I chose 4 colours blindly via the website based on what I thought I'd like rather than the whole "Emotional Brilliance" ethos (more on that later). I ordered 2 lipsticks (Passionate and Believe) and 2 eyeliners (Fantasy and calm), here's my one swipe swatches:



Calm eyeliner, Believe lipstick, Fantasy eyeliner and Passionate lipstick.


As you can see the colour payoff is outstanding, they are so pigmented and bright in just one swipe, perfect for colour mad me but maybe not so much for those who prefer a more muted look. There are a few neutral eye shades, but the lipsticks are pretty much all super bright, although I have discovered that they can be muted with a little clear lip balm and a tiny dab of the colour spread out.


Passionate lipstick is by far my favourite shade, such an intense blue based fuchsia pink, what's not to love for me :) Believe lipstick is more corally peach toned and would look amazing on a hot Summer's night (wishful thinking here eh'!!) with a tan. The lipsticks are smooth and creamy and glide on with the greatest of ease. They dry and almost "set" on my lips leaving colour behind that won't budge, I just add a little clear gloss when I want a shiny look, otherwise I just leave it as is and it will just last and last all day long, literally!!


Passionate

Believe


Fantasy is my favourite eyeliner shade of the 2 I purchased, it's a gorgeous shimmery yellow gold and then Calm is a soft almost matte baby blue. These are also great, I have tried both on my upper lid and have had no issues with smearing or smudging, they honestly looked just as good at 7pm than when they were first applied at 7am.


I also have to comment on the bottles which I adore, they're not at all tacky when you see them in person, they are sturdy heavy glass bottles and they just make me feel like I'm in Chemistry class back at school. Here's a picture of the applicators:






As you can see the handles are pretty short, but it's honestly no issue at all, I actually found these eyeliners easier to apply that any other as the handles were so sturdy and easy to work with. The lipstick just have your traditional sponge tip applicator which I like anyway, so no issues there for me.


One other thing worth mentioning, in the package I received from lush, they included a little bag with extra applicators in. This is because the colours are actually marketed as multi use, you could use the Believe lipstick on your cheeks and eyes if you do desired, same goes for all the shades, though I can't imagine why  I'd want to have baby blue lips, but hey each to their own :)


Overall I'm impressed, Lush definitely hasn't let me down. the price point scared me at first, £14.50 a pop for the liners, shadows and lipsticks. Now I've sampled the goods, I want more and I'd be happy to pay £14.50 again, the quality is awesome and I can see one of these little bottles lasting a long long time.


If you do get a chance to go into a Lush store, go and have a play around with the shades and see what you think for yourself. The range has been launched alongside a "game" which involves spinning a colour wheel in store and letting your emotions that day draw you to your ideal shades - This is the whole Emotional Brilliance ethos I mentioned earlier. Honestly I think it sounds like fun, but it's not practical overall, you'll choose the shades that you WANT to wear, not based on how you're feeling inside at any given time of the day.


Let me know if you've picked anything up from this range and what you think, I'm still trying to decide what I want next, though I feel a nice bright red calling my name :)


Take care and I'll be back soon. Much love to all you lovely people, thank for reading and subscribing xox

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

LOTD - Chanel Epatant illusion d'ombre and Nars Rue Bonaparte mini raves.

Hey hey gorgeous glitterati.


I thought I'd just quickly do a little "Look of the day" as there's a couple of new products involved that I'm just head over heels in love with.


I'll as always post the piccies first for your scrutiny and then list everything afterwards. I will apologise now for the rubbish mirror iPhone pictures, I literally look like I've rubbed blusher all over my cheeks with my bare hands, I swear it's not that harsh in real life. 

Oh and yes, I have gone darker with my hair and I have had my nose pierced since I last posted a piccie :) I turned 30 and fancied a change, why not eh' YOLO - you only live once.






The products I used are as follows:


Face: Garnier BB cream in medium mixed with a little Illamasqua skinbase in 08. MAC studio finish concealer in NW25 and Estee Lauder double wear loose powder in light / medium.


Cheeks: MAC supernova mineralize blush.


Eyebrows: Anastasia brow whizz in medium ash.


Eyes: Chanel illusion d'ombre in Epatant, Nars larger than life pencil in rue bonaparte and Maybelline falsies mascara.


Lips: MAC petals and peacocks lipstick topped with a little MAC dazzleglass creme in do it up.


Chanel Illusion d'ombre - Where have you been all my life SERIOUSLY it's love for sure. If you have the pennies to spare and want to treat yourself, I'd highly recommend one of these babies. It's an eye product that comes in a lovely little glass pot, the texture is unlike any other, kind of a smooth mousse that glides onto your eyelids with ease and stays put even with no primer. I literally just applied it today with my fingers, it's like it magically blended itself.


The product also comes with a little brush that's the perfect size for creating a lovely line on your upper lid, I might do that tomorrow actually and see what I think in comparison to this look.


Another little recommendation is the Nars larger than life pencils, especially the one I've used in the above look. The shade is called Rue Bonaparte and it's a beautiful nude flesh tone, I've used it in my waterline just to soften my eye and make my lower lashes really stand out. This stays put in my waterline like no other I've tried so far, so I'm super keen to get my hands on another shade just to see if the performance is uniform across the whole range.


Have you ever tried either of these amazing products or do you have a cheaper alternative to recommend? You know I always love to hear your thoughts, so please do let me know in the comments below.


I'll be back later this week with a review and swatches of the new Lush emotional brilliance makeup line - I've had 4 things for about a week now, but I'm just testing them out to give a fair review on them :)


Take care and much love to all xox



Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain swatches and review + Where have I been!!!

Hey hey there my much missed gorgeous glitterati.

I've been so naughty neglecting you haven't I!! I'm so sorry, but I've had so much on, I had all of last week off work because it was my 30th birthday on Sunday :)
Not to mention the fact it was my boyfriend's birthday last week too - We've been busy little bees.

I got lots of pretties for my birthday, mainly money and clothes if I'm honest so I'm not going to do a separate blog post about my birthday goodies. You've already seen the Sigma Paris palette my OH bought me anyway, he also bought me 2 dresses, some Liz Earle makeup (which I may swatch and review separately) and a Pandora bracelet. I did however receive THE most gorgeous Paul's Boutique handbag and a MAC lipstick shaped birthday cake from 2 of my very bestest friends who clearly know me VERY well, so I of course have to share those with you - What do you think?







I'm exhausted from all the birthday fun and shenanigans, so onto the blog post at hand :) My new favourite lip product, the fabulous Revlon just bitten kissable balm stains (bit of a mouthful isn't it!!).

I have 7 of these little babies and they are below, left to right: Rendezvous, Honey, Darling, Lovesick, Sweetheart, Crush and Romantic.






These will retail for £7.99 each but are currently on offer in both Superdrug and Boots for £5.99 a piece. I believe Sweetheart isn't available in the UK, there are a total of 12 shades available, but only 7 of these have made it to the UK market, how sucky and unfair, we UK inhabitants like multi coloured lips too you know Revlon!! :)

The formula .......... Ahhhhhhh the formula, I love it so very much, I feel like I can't put it into words how much I love this product, it's like it needs it's own song or something equally over the top. They are smooth and moisturising, glossy not sticky and they impart much more colour than you think they would. They definitely aren't sheer at all, so if you're in the market for a lighter sheer wash of colour, I'd stay clear of these babies.

These do indeed stain your lips (as the name indicates), which is a bonus for me as I feel like they leave just enough colour and shine for me not to have to reapply as often as I usually would, I'd suggest I get about 4-5 hours good wear, before I feel like I need to gloss it up a bit more, but there is definitely still colour apparent on me even at this point.


The tube is a twist up which means so sharpening wastage which is great and the actual product is lightly scented of mint, so if you're sensitive to smells, you might not like these. Overall I genuinely don't have anything bad to say about this product, it's love for me and I've been wearing one of these every day solidly for about 2 weeks now, my MAC lipsticks have been kicked to the curb for the time being anyway :)


Also I just wanted to let you know, I won a fellow bloggers Summer giveaway a while back, my package arrived from the lovely Betty Girl Makeup a couple of weeks ago and I've been testing bits and pieces out to hopefully do some separate reviews for you lovely people. In the meantime, here's a picture of the loot minus 3 awesome wet n wild powders which didn't survive the journey (I'm wanting to repress them though, does anyone know where on earth I can get rubbing alcohol in the UK please? I've looked everywhere).



Amazing haul right :) Mega thanks go out to Betty Girl Makeup for a fabby giveaway which I was thrilled to bits to win, I'm thoroughly enjoying playing with the new bits and pieces so far.

Anyhoooooooooooo I'm getting rambly and this post is getting pretty long so I best be off. Rest assured, I have no more big birthdays or anything else to distract me for too long so I'm back to my usual blogging self. As always let me know in the comments below if there's anything you'd like me to do or review for you and I'll see what I can do :)

Take care and much MUCH love to all xox

Friday, 29 June 2012

Sigma Paris palette swatches and mini review.

Hey there gorgeous glitterati :)

How are we all? I hope you're doing fantastic and your Summer is decidedly more "Summer" like than mine! The weather here sucks, it's practically July for crying out loud.

One thing I do love about the Summer is my bibbly birthday, and I'm a big old 30 this year in a couple of weeks, scary biscuits!! My lovely other half has been buying me bits and pieces, but I only asked for one thing that wasn't a surprise and it was this - The Sigma Paris palette.

Sigma are an American brand who carry the most amazing brushes and have now started to do a range of eyeshadow palettes. Well last year they gathered together in Paris (lucky) 7 of the top YouTube makeup gurus to create a palette and this little baby was the outcome of all their work. Each YourTube guru was given a landmark in Paris to find inspiration from and create their own eyeshadow shade, then all 7 worked together to create a final eyeshadow, 2 blushes and a highlighter.

The first time I spied it was when one of my favourite YouTubers, makeupbytiffanyd showed it on her channel and I fell in love there and then. The palette costs $59 and can be found here there is a code live for $10 off the palette which is "TIFFANYD" and believe me when I say I think it's worth every penny.

Now on to the good stuff, yummy pictures and even more yummy swatches. Apologies, my pictures don't do full justice to this palette at all. Eyeshadows are one swipe of the product and no base:







Ok so left to right in the palette and on my arm, the 8 eyeshadows are as follows:

Eiffel - Matte black with multi coloured sparkles. Created by makeupbytiffanyD

Seine - Navy blue with a petrol blue shimmer. Created by all of the gurus collaboritively.

Louvre - Matte teal / sea green shade. Created by Petrilude.

Orsay - Stunning green with gold sparkles. Created by MacNC40

Elysees - Slightly purple tones brown. Created by Dulcecandy87

Notre Dame - The perfect metallic taupe. Created by xteener.

Triomphe - Duochrome shade, brown with green tinges depneding on how the light catches it. Created by frmheadtotoe.

Versailles - Beautiful white gold with gold shimmer. Created by Xsparkage.

Now for the blushes (heavily swatched) and highlight shade:






Left to right on my arms we have:

Rouge - Deep warm plum.

Peche - Soft apricot peach.

Lumiere (Individually in it's own picture) - I couldn't capture this well at all with my camera but it's a beautiful natural sheen, slightly champagne in colour but gives the perfect glow to your skin.

I LOVE IT :) I'm just so thrilled with this palette, the products are so buttery smooth and highly pigmented, I've had no fallout issues with the more sparkly shades and the staying power is second to none, although I do use an eyeshadow base pretty much every day anyway. The palette also comes with two Sigma brushes which are the F40 large angled contour brush and the E55 eye shading brush, I can't express how soft and lovely these brushes are, I want a whole kit now :)

I'm so glad I was allowed to play with this little beauty before my birthday as I've been using it nonstop since it arrived.

What do you think? Is it something you'd considering splurging on? It was created by YouTube gurus afterall, so I never for one second doubted the quality and it absolutely hasn't let me down at all. I can see myself using this palette so much, you can create such a number of different looks from natural to crazy bright with a pop of that gorgeous Orsay shade which is my favourite along with the Versailles shade which is perfect inner corner and browbone highlighter.

Let me know if you pick up this palette or if you have it already or even if you can think of some amazing looks to do with this and I'll give them a go, I love your feedback and your opinions are always more than welcome :)

Take care and mega love to you all xox

Monday, 25 June 2012

MAC for Marilyn Monroe collection details.

Hey there my gorgeous glitterati.

I'm so sorry I've been so absent, lots going on - this is just going to be a fleeting post with some info and then I'll be blogging more this week I pinky promise.

the next MAC collection due out is the heavenly creatures collection and it looks amazing, lots of mineralize products, so keep your eyes out for that. But ..... even more exciting in my eyes is the upcoming MAC for Marilyn Monroe collection. There's no release date yet and no promo pictures but I have got a product list and I'm afraid that will have to suffice for now:

Lipstick
Deeply Adored - Deep scarlet (Matte)
Charmed I'm Sure - Dark true red (Matte)
Pure Zen - Warm nude (Cremesheen)
Love Goddess - Mid-tone pink red (Satin)
Scarlet Ibis - Bright orange red (Matte)

Dazzleglass

Phiff! - Sheer yellow peach
Little Rock - Soft sheer white with pearlized pigments

Lip Pencil

Beet - Vivid reddish-pink
Redd - Clearly red
Cherry - Vivid bright blue/red

Eyeshadow

How to Marry - Soft White (Veluxe Pearl)
Preferred Blonde - Pale champagne beige (Veluxe Pearl)
Silver Screen - True silver (Veluxe Pearl)
Showgirl - Dark blue grey (Veluxe Pearl)

Eye Kohl

Smolder - Intense black
Fascinating - Intense matte white

Penultimate Eye Liner

Rapidblack - Rich deep carbon black

Penultimate Brow Marker

Universal - Natural warm taupe-brown

Brow Finisher

Clear - Sheer

False Lashes

Extreme Black - Carbon black

Beauty Powder

Forever Marilyn - Sheer pale peach highlighter

Powder Blush

Legendary - Pale soft coral (Satin)
The Perfect Cheek - Neutral pink beige (Matte)

Nail Lacquer

Vintage Vamp - Rich deep retro wine (Cream)
Stage Red - Dark berry red (Cream)
Flaming Rose - True red (Cream)
Kid Orange - Coral (Cream)
Rich, Rich, Rich - Glittery gold (Pearl)

Lash

35 Lash - Dramatic lash with emphasis on the centre of the lash

Eeeeppppppp I'm so excited for this collection, I just knew the focus would be on red lips and neutral eyes with thick black liner - A girl can never have too many reds in her collection and I'll definitely be picking one of these up after I see the actual swatches online.

I'll keep you posted and I'll add a link in this post to any other information I come across and I'll be back super soon with more posts.

Take care and mega amounts of love to all xox


 

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Quick little FOTD as I haven't done one in ages.

Hey there gorgeous glitterati :)


I thought I'd do a really quick FOTD post for you as I haven't done one in ages.


I'm going to keep it super simple, I'm just going to post the picture and list what I used - I went fairly neutral today, well for me anyway lol!! So here you have it:




Here's what I used to create the neutral (ish) look :)


Face: Clarins Ever Matte foundation in 109 Wheat, Soap and Glory Kick Ass concealer in Medium, Boots 17 pressed powder in delicate beige and MAC pro longwear bronzer in sun dipped.


Eyes: MAC paint pot in lets skate as a base, MAC satin taupe all over my lid, Stila kitten blending out the edges, MAC added goodness fluid line used on top lash line and water line. Finished off with a generous coating of Soap and Glory thick and fast mascara.


Brows: Filled in lightly with Kate eyebrow pencil in BR-3, then finished off with Me Me Me Arch angel brushed through.


Cheeks: MAC fashion frenzy powder blush with a little MAC pink shock cream colour base underneath.


Lips: MAC sweetie lipstick all on it's lonesome.


And there you have it, that's the lot. Let me know what you think in the comments below pretty please, your critique and comments are ALWAYS welcomed here :)


Take care and much love to you all xox

Things I've been love love LOVING recently.

Howdy gorgeous glitterati :)

I've been wanting to do Summery posts and favourites for a while now, but honestly if you see the weather here, you'd understand why I'm not quite feeling in the Summery mood, it's pap here at the minute, tell me when is the Summer going to hit the UK?!!

Anyhooooooo, I figured I'd do a little bit of a random post for you today, it's not all entirely beauty related and it may well be a bit rambly, but hey that's me in real life (as oppose to Internet me who is actually usually super coherent and understandable). Just a few bits and pieces I fancied sharing with you lovely lot really, so here goes :

1. Converse design your own shoes ......... Yes really. My lovely OH wanted a pair of converse for his birthday, but couldn't find any in particular that he loved, so we went on the UK converse website and discovered you can literally design your own pair, down to every last detail including the stitching colour and even a little personalisation on the side. Click here to check them out, there are colours and patterns galore, the choices are endless for what you could come up with, but here's ours, let me know what you think:



2. My new dress. You know how it goes ...... you're walking around the shops with no intention of actually buying anything, you try something on "for fun" and that's it, you're sold :) Well that's how it works in my world. I saw this dress in Republic and I fell in love, it's the perfect Summer dress for me all floaty and feather printed, the material is so silky and soft and the neckline is all embellished and beautiful. I'll show you my picture, but click here if you want to check it out on the Republic website, I'm afraid they only delivery with the UK and the EU. Look how pretty:


3. MUFE (Makeup Forever) Aqua creams. Why have I not discovered these little multi purpose babies before I ask you?! They're amazing!! Check out the shade selection here. These are advertised as "waterproof cream color" and that's exactly what they are, I use them as shadow base, cream shadow, eyeliner and if the shade is appropriate, even as lip and cheek colour. I plan on doing a separate review on these little babies, but for now here are my one swipe swatches, look how crazy pigmented they are in just one single swipe:


4. My MAC eyeshadow palette. I had truly forgotten in my crazy "must have more lipstick" haze, just how much I adore MAC single eyeshadows. I only have the one 15 pan palette, but I've removed the dividers so I can fit more eyeshadows into one palette - I'll obviously pop the dividers back in if I plan on taking it travelling with me.
I just love the freedom these palettes offer, I know buying all the individual shadows costs a heck of a lot more than say a Too Faced palette, but this way you get to choose the individual shadows and can ensure there'll be none lying all unloved in your collection.


As you can see, I'm a blue and green girl through and through. Again I plan on doing a separate post on my MAC shadows so I can give you names and swatches of all in my palette, but honestly I've been using this palette every single day for THE longest time and the look possibilities are just endless.

5. I couldn't do a post about things I love without including my fur babies Ruby and Millie, They're 9 weeks old now and getting cuter and more mischievous by the day. Here they are for your viewing pleasure:


Might I add how flipping impossible they made typing this post up :) they love to crawl all over my keyboard while I'm typing, honestly if they weren't so cute they'd be a pain in the butt.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this post, just something a little bit different that I thought might be a nice change from the usual solidly makeup orientated posts. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and let me know what you've been loving this month :)

As always, take care and mega love to all xox

Saturday, 9 June 2012

My favourite bronzers for Summer.

Hey gorgeous glitterati :)


I've been wanting to do a post on bronzers for a while now, but I've been waiting for the weather to perk up so I could really test them out .................. Then I remembered I live in the UK and the weather was never going to pick up. 


So I've been playing about with every bronzer I have for a while now and believe me I have a few!! I'm a bit addicted to bronzer. But I've come up with my top 5 and I thought I'd share them with you.


I'm not going to do them in any particular order as I love them all, but I will tell you which one is my favourite overall at the end of this post.


Anyway as usual, on to the good stuff that is the pictures and swatches:




And we have left to right the following :



  • MAC pro longwear bronzer in Sun dipped - This is just beautiful, it's from the new MAC hey sailor collection and it's a whole new formula from their normal bronzer. This is so smooth and finely milled, pigmented in one swatch and has absolutely no glitter to my eye which is perfect for contouring those cheeks and all over the face without looking too garish. It's a beautiful tone too, very nude with a golden undertone.




  • MAC bronzer in refined golden - This is part of MAC's permanent collection, mine just happens to be in special edition packaging. There is definite glitter in this bronzer so it can't be worn all over the face and it has a much more orange tone to it compared to the pro longwear bronzer. But this looks gorgeous on your cheeks and all over you chest when you've got a tan. It isn't as smooth as the pro longwear, but it's not gritty at all despite the glitter.




  • Soap and Glory Solar powder bronzer - This is the lightest of all my bronzers but it makes it absolutely full proof for all over your face. There are 2 sides to this product and my swatch is of the 2 shades mixed, but obviously you can mix and match to get your perfect shade. There is the faintest shimmer to this bronzer, but it's not too much so I'm happy to wear this any way I like without looking like a disco ball. Again this is a very smooth product and super pigmented in just one swipe with a gorgeous golden glow.




  • Nars Laguna bronzer - This is a great tone of bronzer, very warm but not at all orange. There is very definite golden shimmer is this bronzer so I definitely wouldn't wear it all over my face, but again it's gorgeous with a tan on your chest and cheeks. This is super pigmented so you have to use a light hand, but it is worth it as the outcome is just beautiful.




  • Too faced chocolate soleil in original chocolate - I adore this bronzer, it's the perfect tone for me, not at all orange and it's totally matte which makes it ideal for contouring and all over your face if you so desire. The added bonus with this bronzer is that it actually smells like milk chocolate. Again this is super smooth and super pigmented in one swipe and is a gorgeous deep tan without being too dark and in your face.



If I was absolutely forced to pick my favourite, at the minute it would have to be the Soap and Glory solar powder bronzer, but the too faced chocolate soleil and MAC pro longwear bronzers are both super duper close seconds, there's virtually nothing in it. I just enjoy that the Soap and Glory powder has two shades to mix and match and the slight hint of shimmer just makes my skin glow with looking over the top.


At the minute I've got both the Soap and Glory and the Too faced bronzers in my makeup bag, I use the Too Faced to contour with or all over my face, then I'll use the Soap and Glory for the same if I want a little glow or as a very subtle cheekbone highlight. Soap and Glory is currently 3 for 2 in Boots which is brilliant, I got the solar bronzer, kick ass concealer and thick & fast mascara and thus far I'm loving them all, the Soap and Glory makeup range is well worth checking out.


What's your favourite Summer bronzer, any I should check out? Let me know in the comments below pretty please :)


Thanks for reading people, I really appreciate it. Take care and much love to all xox



Friday, 8 June 2012

MUA launches the "Undressed" palette.

Well hello there my gorgeous glitterati.

***Firstly I just need to apologise for the lack of pictures in this post - Blogger is playing up big time with me today, but hopefully you can get the gist without any piccies***

I just wanted to let you know some exciting news I've seen floating about in the land of blogging.

All you lovely UK lasses will have maybe heard of the cosmetic brand MUA (makeup academy), it's a brand sold in Superdrug which is famous for it's £1 price tag on all individual items.

Well I for one enjoy the occasional dabble into MUA, for £1 surely it's worth a shot - Their clear mascara (which I use as brow set), brow pencils and single eyeshadows are amazing for the money.

They also do a range of palettes, with 12 shades in each and these retail for £4 a pop, bargain!! Even better, they have just unveiled the newest palette in their collection which ranges from nudes to smokey neutrals and it's aptly titled "undressed" ............. Ummmmmmm bargain naked palette anyone.

Swatches can be found here on MUA's blog, check them out and I think you'll agree they look utterly amazing quality for the bargain price tag of £4.

This baby wasn't meant to be launched until July but I've spotted the palette for sale on their site now, click here to go straight to it.

If you've ever lusted after the Urban Decay naked palettes, but couldn't justify the price tags, I think this may just be the palette for you. All you lovely international ladies need not fret as MUA deliver worldwide directly from their site linked above, so feel free to browse and shop to your hearts content.

Have you got this palette yet, or anything else from MUA that you'd highly recommend for me to check out? Let me know in the comments below.

I'll be back over the weekend with my favourite bronzers for Summer, the pictures have been taken, I just need to write up the blog post to go with them :)

Take care and as always much love to all xox

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Monthly favourites - May 2012

Hello there gorgeous glitterati :)

I thought I'd do a quick little monthly favourites as it's nearly the end of May ....... yes seriously, it's June in a few days, crazy times!!

I always enjoy monthly favourites posts and youtube videos, so I figured I'd jump on the bandwagon and give it a bash.

I honestly don't have very much this month at all, I've been jumping between products all month long, but there have been a couple of things have remained constant and a couple of other things I've just really enjoyed in general.

Going from left to right we have the following yummy goodies:



1. MAC "O" lipstick - So not my usual thing at all. MAC describe this frost finish lipstick as purplish red with golden pearl. In the tube it looks bronze with a shimmer to it, but on the lips it really comes alive, the red undertones really shine through on the lips and it's definitely been my go to shade this month. Never judge a MAC lippie on first appearances :)



2. L'occitane hand creams - I have Fleur Cherie and Frangipani both in mini 30ml sizes. I LOVE this hand cream so very much. I have large tubes of it in my bedside drawer and little tubes in my handbag and various others scattered everywhere. It's super thick but not greasy and it just makes your hands feel super soft too. I've been loving this especially this month because I'm trying so hard to stop biting my nails so I'm slathering my hands in moisturiser to encourage the nail growth :)

3. Too Faced chocolate soleil bronzer in original chocolate. This is just an amazing bronzer, the first and most fickle reason for me loving it is because it smells like cocoa and vanilla, yummy chocolaty goodness. Other than that it's matte in finish, looks amazingly natural and stays put all day long. I've been faking the tan when we haven't had weather good enough to provide a natural one.

4. Illamasqua powder blush in Hussy. I honestly only bought this because I wanted the skinbase foundation and you got a blush for half price when you bought any foundation ...... well what a good choice this was. Hussy is the most divine pinky coral, it's matte finish too which I just adore, not all of us want our faces plastered in shimmer all the time. The formula on these blushes is incredible, so smooth and crazy pigmented in just once swipe, I think I may have started a little illamasqua love affair.

5. Barry M super soft eye crayon in 8 "Matt Turquoise." I use this primarily as a liner, even in my waterline and I've had no issues whatsoever. This is just the most stunning bright turquoise and it looks absolutely fantastic on the waterline for that pop of colour to really brighten up your eyes. Obviously these crayons can be used as shadow or bases, but they're so soft and pigmented, you can use them any way you so desire. Superdrug in the UK have these on 3 for 2 at the minute and I'm feeling the itch to grab some more shades.

My last favourite has got to be my gorgeous little fur babies Ruby and Millie. We've had them for nearly 4 weeks now and they're just getting cuter and cuter by the day.


What's not to love :) they're cute as buttons!!

Well that's it for my May monthly favourites, hopefully there will be more next month if I can stick to the same thing for more than a couple of days, I've been so fickle this month, chopping and changing my mind every day. I've been trying out lots of new things though, so hopefully that'll find me some lovely June favourites.

Let me know in the comments below what your favourites are this month? Anything I should be checking out that I haven't? You know me, I love a good beauty buy.

Take care and much love to all xox

Friday, 25 May 2012

Betty Girl Makeup - An awesome giveaway you NEED to check out :)

Hey there gorgeous glitterati.

My awesome friend from Betty Girl Makeup is hosting a truly amazing giveaway, it's for over $170 worth of yummy scrummy makeup goodies.



You need to get your butts over there right now and check it out.

Click here to go straight to the giveaway blog post.

Definitely 100% follow her blog because not only do you have to for the competition, but it's an amazing diverse blog well worth checking out - her looks are amazing and super easy to follow, plus she's an absolute sweetheart.

Let me know in the comments below if you check her out and enter the phenomenal giveaway :)

Take care and much love to all xxx

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Quick little catch up - Fur babies, MAC and Real techniques :)

Well howdy, hey hey and hello my gorgeous glitterati :)

I'm so sorry, it's been a week and I haven't popped in even to say hello, how rude am I!!!

I've got a few things to share with you lovely lot, but this is mainly just a catch up post to reassure you I'm still alive and kicking about, I've just been super busy.

First and foremost, I got 2 gorgeous new fur baby kittens:



Can we all say Awwwwwwwwwwww together. The tabby is called Ruby and the black kitty is called Millie.


I've had them for 2 weeks and they're just so adorable, I find myself speaking to them like you do a new baby, it's totally crazy. But needless to say they've been taking up loads and LOADS of my time, training them as best I can and playing with them non stop.


Other than that I've just been busy with work and stuff, which is majorly boring I know but unfortunately it is what it is :( I'm back now though and I promise I'll be continuing on in my "how to" series and Summer favourites too.


In the meantime here's a few swatches for the goodies I picked up from the MAC hey sailor and reel sexy collections:



Left to right we have:

Pro longwear bronzer in sun dipped - Fabulous smooth gorgeous bronzer, it's a much nicer texture and finish that the regular liner bronzer AND it's a matte finish which I just love.

Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade - LOVE with a capital L, there's no glitter to this at all, just a beautiful pearly sheen that really gives you that lit from within look we all crave.

Blush in Fleet Fast - Lovely warm peachy coral, quite subtle when on the cheeks, so perfect for a more natural Summer look.

Lipstick in Sail la vie - Ooooo so orange and coral all at once, I love it so very much. It's a satin finish and just looks gorgeous on, very much a holiday colour, I can't wait to take it away with me.

Lipstick in pink popcorn - Lustre finish gorgeous pinky purple, it looks a little scary swatched but trust me, it's fab when on the lips. I use this nearly every day for that hint of colour with a gorgeous sheen.

Ooooooo and I've also been playing with and loving my new real Techniques brushes:




I got the core collection, starter kit, powder brush and blusher brush.

They're all so soft and lovely to use, plus they wash really brilliantly without any shedding or the brush hairs losing shape.

I'll have a review on these babies coming up soon I promise.

Well that's it my lovelies, I just wanted to get a post up, sorry it's a bit rambly, but I had to let you know where I was at :) I hope you enjoyed the brief swatches and the pictures of my gorgeous Ruby and Millie (yes, they just HAD to be named after makeup).

Take care and love to all - I'll be back soon with more glittery goodness xxx

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Tarte Amazonian clay 12 hour blush swatches

Well hello there my gorgeous glitterati.

I'm back today with yet more swatches :)

I did a swap with a lovely lady I met though Makeup Alley and she is US based so I grabbed the opportunity with both hands to finally try some of these Tarte blushes that I've heard nothing but rave reviews about.

I managed to get my hands on 7 shades and as usual, I'll give you the good stuff that is the pictures first and then explain a little more after. I will apologise now for my picture quality, I just couldn't seem to get it right so I've done the swatch shot with flash, they're still pretty accurate swatches in my humble opinion:




The swatches are from bottom to top :

Natural Beauty - Red toned pink for that perfect "flush" of colour.
Glisten - Peachy pink with added shimmer.
Exposed - Beautiful neutral nude for those "Au naturale" days.
Blushing Bride - Berry plum, perfect for Autumn / Winter.
Amused - Gorgeous bright bubblegum pink.
Blissful - Hot coral peach, bang on trend for Spring / Summer.
Adored - Light pink with added shimmer.

The texture of these blushes is just lovely, very smooth yet super pigmented in just one single swipe. I'm wearing Blissful today to test out the 12 hour claim, I'll have to let you know how I get on as I only just got these babies yesterday and wanted to get the swatched up ASAP for you.

There are many many benefits that Tarte claim from the Amazonian clay base of these blushes, check out the full details on their website here. The benefit are supposed to include oil control, nourishment for the skin, a reduction in the appearance of dryness and all this while also making your skin look smoother and giving you more clarity - What more could you ask for eh' :)

Tarte also do Amazonian clay based foundation, concealer, mascara and eyeliner amongst other things and I've now been bitten by the Tarte bug and I'm keen to try more out.

Tarte isn't readily available in the UK unfortunately!! Mega sad face!! But if you do know anyone State side who can help you out, they're definitely worth checking out, it's a lovely brand with great ideas, products and ethics.

Have you ever tried anything from Tarte? Anything else you'd highly recommend for me to check out?

Take care and love to all as always xox

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

How to ....... Stop lipstick bleeding.

Hey there gorgeous glitterati :)

This post has been requested by a lovely friend of mine called Trina. It sparked a little idea though, I was hoping to do a little series of posts on my ideas on "how to" do certain things that some people can find particularly tricky.

Let me know in the comments below if there's anything you'd like me to do a blog post on "how to" do - I have a few ideas of my own, but I'm always here to help where and when I can.

Anyhow onto the topic for today ....... How to stop dark coloured lipsticks bleeding.

When I'm wearing a particularly dark shade and I want it to absolutely 100% stay put as long as possible, there are certain measures I take. I'll be honest and say I don't really have a problem with lipsticks bleeding on me, but I feel like these steps would definitely help those that do.

When I'm applying my makeup, I'll first pop a nice thick layer of lip balm on to keep my lips in tip top condition. My favourites of the moment are the Jack Black lip balms:

I got my lemon flavoured one for £7.25 from feel unique with free delivery - Click here to check it out.

I like to leave the balm to sink in while I do the rest of my face and this product is fab at sinking in over a period of time and keeping your lips super moisturised and supple.

Then when the rest of my makeup is done, I grab my favourite lip liner of the moment which when I'm wearing a red lip is currently MAC brick:

I use the liner to line my WHOLE lips, not just the outline. I literally just line the edges of my lips then scribble in the centre and spread the product out with my fingers to get a nice thin layer of colour. I find that the liner spreads easily and sinks in nicely after application of the Jack Black balm.

Next I take my favourite lipstick, which when I'm doing a red lip is MAC Kanga rouge:

I apply a thin layer of the lipstick with a lip brush, using it straight from the bullet will apply too much product and defeat the purpose of building up thin layers.

The next step for me is to blot my lips with a clean tissue and brush over a small dusting of translucent powder, my favourite at the minute is the Laura Mercier translucent loose setting powder:



Only apply a very fine dusting of powder, the last thing you want to do is make your lips super dry and tight.

Then my final step is to apply a layer of lipstick straight from the bullet for added shine and depth of colour.

If I do all of these steps I promise you my lipstick does not bleed or budge - I just carry the actual lipstick with me to top up as and when necessary, but the base shade the lip liner has provided does not budge so your lips look fantastic all day / night long.

If this is just all too much for you though, why not try a lip stain ... granted the colour is not as intense, nor do you get the finish of a lipstick / gloss. That's when I'd point you in the direction of the new YSL glossy stains, my LOTD and mini review is here. These give you the look and pigment of a thick gloss, but they stay put for hours on end without bleeding or completely wearing off at all.

Maybelline have also just released their very own version of the YSL glossy stains called "Super stay stain gloss". I haven't tried these yet, so I can't comment on their likeness to the YSL version, but they're a fraction of the cost and 100% worth a try:



So that's it - Those are my top tips to help stop your lipstick bleeding. If you try my method out, definitely let me know how you get on :)

Take care and love to all xox