Wednesday, 29 October 2014

My Autumn Beauty Must-Haves!

Autumn has to be my favourite season of the year - I just love cosy nights in, hot chocolate by the fire, jumpers & scarves & everything else autumnal! As it's this time of year, I have lots of related blog posts and videos starting with today's: My Autumn Beauty Must-Haves! 

Real Techniques Powder Brush - this thing can pretty much do anything from applying powder to cream based products. If I find myself without a brush to apply my foundation, this works just as well and it's perfect for blending any harsh contour lines. You can obviously wear bronzer all year round but Autumn is definitely the time to whip out the smokey eye and warm tones and this is the brush to do it.

Mac 217 Blending Eye Brush - I won't spend too much talking about this one as it's been mentioned on here quite a few times but you know the smokey eye I spoke about above? Well this is the brush to use to get that perfect eye look.

Maybelline's Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze - one of the best eye bases to stay put all day whether you set it with an eyeshadow or not. I absolutely love the colour tattoos from Maybelline and this bronzy shade has got Autumn written all over it.

Essie Nail polish in A List - Essie nail polishes overall are one of the best anyway but put a bit of 'A List' maroon/burgundy into the mix, you've got the perfect nail colour for Autumn - this type of shade is one I keep reapplying week after week as it never gets old with me.

Loreal Infallible Eye Colour in Sahara Treasure - Again, another Autumnal shade but you've got to see this in person - a golden sheen pressed pigment which needs the smallest amount of product to cover the lids with excess still on the brush. I partner this with the colour tattoo and it gives an amazing metallic gold/bronze look - I've actually filmed a tutorial which will be up on my channel soon...

Herbal Essences Uplifting Volume Dry Shampoo - A dry shampoo with uplifting voluming qualities - say what? There are tons of texturising sprays which give you volume and loads of normal dry shampoos, but to have volumised clean looking hair on day three, I'm impressed! I found this whilst perusing the isles of Tesco for a standard dry shampoo and came across quite a few new ones all under £3.

Benefit's Powda Wowza - this limited edition box comes with 3 of Benefit's most famous blush/bronzers including Hoola, Coralista & Bella Bamba. To add the warm tones mentioned above, I've been loving the Hoola bronzer from this box and if you're wanting to try out any of these three shades from Benefit, get your hands on this as it's a cheaper alternative to trying them out without paying loads!

Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick in 030 -To finish the Autumn must-haves, you've got to have a darker lipstick and this one from Rimmel is the perfect berry plum shade which can be used lightly with a lip brush for a more subtle lip or used straight from the bullet for a fuller bolder lip.

What are your favourite things about Autumn? Any suggestions on beauty/makeup picks for this season?


Monday, 8 September 2014

The Mac Palette Tour


Ever since I got into the online beauty community on Youtube, Mac as a brand and their 15 pan eyeshadow palette has always been raved about. The first high-end makeup item I got was a Mac Palette and I came away with 4 eyeshadows. I remember thinking how expensive it was for just 1 eyeshadow but my excitement overtook when my mum said I could choose 4 and she would get them for me - this is where my makeup obsession started!

This palette is my neutrals palette which are the eyeshadows I wear on a daily basis plus 2 new ones I bought in the individual form - I depot them, add a magnet and use the leftover pot as part of the 'back to Mac' to get a new lipstick. This actually works out cheaper as the pot is around £2.50 more than the pan form and lipsticks are around £12. Every little helps!

I take this palette everywhere as I'm a 'do my makeup in the car' last minute gal so excuse the scratched palette - at least you can see I do actually use it ;) The brush in the photos is my trusty MAC 217 which I use for applying, blending, the lot.

Ok, let's get into the eyeshadows: 

Brule: This is a great skintone shade which looks great on the lid as a base or to even out your eyelid. I use this to blend as it's a matte shade with no shimmer.

Phloof!: If you're looking for a strong highlight for the brow then this is right up your street but I prefer to use for the inner corners to bright up my eye area. My tip for applying it the best way is using your ring finger to dab on the product straight from the pan and applying direct to inner corners.

Jest: Along with Satin Taupe, this was the first MAC eyeshadow to enter my palette. It's the perfect shimmery pink without clumpy glitter but with a more metallic sheen to it. On days where I want to wear eyeshadow and not mess it up - this is the shade that you can wash on without much room for mistake. As you can see it is my most loved eyeshadow as it's basically all gone. Another trip to Mac I think!

Shroom: This is a mix between Brule & Phloof! - it's a toned down shimmer without the pinky hue but with a whiter pay off. I use this either all over the lid for a grey & black smokey eye, for the inner corners or a toned down brow highlight.

Retrospeck: In the pan form it gives off a slight yellow/green tint to it but when applied its a very subtle gold with more of a sheen than shimmer. If I'm honest, I haven't got enough wear out of it to know how it looks best on the eyelids but it's on my to do list.

Quarry: That natural crease colour which is one of the only MAC eyeshadow shades I can watch a  tutorial on how to apply and actually nail it! I'll put a base all over the lid so either Jest or Brule and blend a generous amount of Quarry in to the crease and vuala, you have a perfectly natural enhanced crease and brow bone.

Patina: I use this amazing light brown shimmer as an all over the lid colour for an everyday look or as a base before I try a smokey eye look. The colour pay off is great and is similar to Jest in that I can wash it all over (the lid that is haha) and look like I've made more effort than I have.

Woodwinked: One of the most gorgeous shades MAC has. It gives a metallic coppery brown wash which leaves a sheen finish - when I say sheen, I mean the most amazing shimmery colour which sits nicely on the lids and looks amazing. I can't say more about it without using the words gorgeous, amazing & great!

Satin Taupe: As mentioned before, this was one of the first eyeshadows I got from MAC and remains one of my favourites. For an amazing yet natural everyday smokey/brown eye look, I use Jest and then use Satin Taupe in the crease.

Brun: I haven't used this shade that much as it's a very dark brown and I've not mastered the smokey eye yet so this comes in for when I want to do my eyebrows or as a top lash eyeliner. I can smoke it out without putting too much on.

Trax: I've been experimenting with colour recently and this is a nice transition from brown into purple without it being overly noticeable but still making my brown eyes pop. Purple and blue are meant to compliment brown eyes so may look into some blue eyeshadows?

The 2 eyeshadows in pot form are new and haven't been used yet so keep your eyes peeled for my thoughts soon - they are in the shades Shale & All That Glitters.
All of the pan refill eyeshadows are £10 each now along with the 15 pan insert (£2.50) & pro palette which is £14.00.

I have quite a few spaces to still fill, any suggestions?

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo & Conditioner

A few weeks ago I ran out of my shampoo and conditioner and as I had been using this particular one for a while I thought I would try something new. I saw the Bee Strong range from Herbal Essenses so picked up both the shampoo and conditioner. It contains honey & apricot extracts and you can definitely smell the sweet yet natural honey, hence the 'Bee Strong'.

It says it's for damaged hair which for me is only the ends as my hair is quite long. I tend to get greasy at the roots on Day 2 evening when washing my hair so I've found my own technique to getting the best results from this duo. I wash with the shampoo like normal really working it into my hair, rinse then apply a small amount of the conditioner but focusing the product on the ends of my hair. Any product left gets evenly distributed and I then leave it for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

For a supermarket cheaper alternative, I feel like this gives you a luxury wash and condition without the expensive price tag. My hair feels nourished, soft, looks shiny and smells great too.

Have you tried this duo or any others from Herbal Essences? Also, if there is anything you would like me to review or talk about please just message me!