Monday, 29 December 2014

The Best Skin Illuminizers

If you love dewy and glowy looking skin, then this blog post will hopefully help you out a lot! I honestly love the look of glowy skin, I think it's so gorgeous - and whenever I apply makeup to my skin, my aim is always to have healthy, dewy looking skin. This year, I have come across quite a few different products for achieving glowy skin, so I thought I would share with you my top five drugstore and high-end products to achieve dewy skin!

from left to right ~
Nars Illuminator "Copacabana" ~ L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer ~ Revlon Photoready Skinlights "100 Bare Light" ~ Superdrug Vitamin E Radiance Moisture Cream ~ MAC Strobe Cream


Nars "Copacabana" Illuminator -  £22.50 Selfridges - This illuminator has very fine, silver glitters in it. It's quite a pearlescent illuminator. However if you have quite dry skin, they can sometimes cling to the dry areas. 

L'Oreal Lumi Maguque Primer - £9.99 BootsThis is a very raved about product. It is usually compared to the MAC Strobe Cream, but as a cheaper alternative. This primer has no glitters in it what-so-ever, it has a more metallic sheen to it, as you will be able to see in the pictures below.

Revlon Skinlights "100 Bare Light" - £11.99 Boots - This illuminator comes in four different colours, suited for different skin coours. The one that I have "Bare Light" is more of a bronzey illuminator, so it adds a bit of colour to your skin. I personally like to apply this before my foundation. Or you can apply it to your cheekbones after foundation application. 

Superdrug Vitamin E Radiance Moisture Cream - £2.99 - This illuminator is actually a moisturiser as well. This product first applies to your skin as a moisturiser, but as it develops into your skin, the illumination pigments begin to show through. There are also fine and very few glitters in this product. You can also see that this illuminator isn't as dramatic as the others, it's more subtle.

MAC Strobe Cream - £24.50 - In the pictures below, you can see how similar this product is to the L'Oreal Lumi Magique primer. I do find this product very moisturising and it also makes my foundation apply a lot nicer than when I don't use it. It makes my skin look lovely and smooth - and also very glowy.

I hope this blog post helped you out! 
What's your favourite skin product?

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Review: Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics

Hello my lovelies! How have you all been? I hope you all had a great Christmas break. I'm going to do a review on an item that I got for Christmas from my sister! It's called the Naked 2 Basics palette by Urban Decay. This palette retails for £22 from Debenhams. Urban Decay are very well known for their eyeshadows, particularly the Naked palettes. 

I've never tried an Urban Decay product before, however the first time that I swatched these eyeshadows, my first impression was "wow they are so buttery and smooth." 
This palette comes with six cool toned eyeshadows. The Naked 1 Basics has warmer toned eyeshadows. The eyeshadow "skimp" in this palette is the only non-matte eyeshadow, it's a beautiful champagne, satin colour, with very subtle shimmer. (It's actually one of my favourites.) The rest of the five shades are all matte. My favourite matte shade would have to be "cover." It has red undertones in it, which I really like, it's a great colour for deepening up the crease or the outer v. 

The reason this palette has now become one of my top three palettes is because it's such a versatile, everyday product! You can use the lighter colours for daytime, and for nighttime you can reach for the more darker shades such as "undone" and "primal."
These shades are beautifully pigmented as well, as you can see in the image below.

The palette itself is very convenient and practical for travelling with as it's only a centimeter wide - so there's always going to be more space in your makeup bag for more makeup! #OverpackerProblems...
The Naked 2 Basics palette appealed to me more, as the undertones were more red/purple toned - which I personally prefer in oppose to the Naked 1 Basics palette. The shades in this palette are also more taupe shades and not as harsh, in the sense that "undone" is actually a charcoal brown colour and not a black colour like "crave" from the Naked 1 Basics. 

Which palette do you prefer?

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Make Up Forever Flash Palette DUPE!

Hello everyone! Recently I've been venturing my make-up skills into the more theatrical side of make-up. If you're slightly unsure of what theatrical make-up is, it's basically the film/theater side of make-up. For instance; masks, cuts, bruises, face painting etc. 
And in order for me to have pursued something in theatrical make-up, I had to buy some products.
One of the products that really stood out to me was a product that looks exactly like the Make Up Forever Flash Palette. This palette was only £7! 

The dupe:


I'm really surprised with the quality and pigmentation of these colours. 
I honestly thought that they were going to look really patchy/streaky and very un-pigmented like those really cheap paints you can sometimes buy.
As you can see, I did swatch them on my arm - I left the swatches on my arm for about forty-five minutes each, they did not irritate my arm what-so-ever. However, if you want to test them properly, test the colours on the back of your neck, behind your ear. Of course, everyone has different allergies/sensitivity levels, so the outcome may be different for everyone.
I seriously can't overcome how amazing this item is, especially at the price of £7 when it usually retails for $99!

I hope you found this post interesting! 

Monday, 13 October 2014

How I Clean My Make-up Brushes

Hello everyone, how was your weekend? I thought I would share with you all a rather handy blog post. I'm also going to be sharing with you my tips and advice on how you can protect your brushes!
I clean my brushes after every use, I'm quite weird when it comes to cleaning my brushes. I always like to have a clean brush whenever I do my make-up so that the finished look can look as good as it can! This might also explain why my brushes don't look that dirty. 
Just a disclaimer: for my personal brushes I use just shampoo as the brushes are only being applied to my skin. For the brushes in my make-up kit (the brushes that I use on other people) I use my MAC Brush Cleanser to clean them, as it really disinfects them.

What I need:

A towel
• Shampoo
• Luke-warm water
• Brushes (of course)

Let's get started!

First off I always wash my hands!
I use the Alberto Balsam shampoo in "Sun Kissed Raspberry" for many reasons. It's very affordable, it foams up nicely (which means that it is really cleansing the hairs on your brushes) and it smells lovely! 

I then rinse my brush in luke-warm water - you must remember: on your brush you may have a barrel (in the picture above the barrel of my brush is gold), this barrel holds the brush handle and the actual brush with the hairs together. Never let the water go past the end of the barrel (the end is basically where it meets with the brush handle, which is the black wooden stick on the end of the brush, haha) otherwise it will weaken the glue inside and damage your brush!

After, I then apply a grape size amount of shampoo onto my hand (where the ridges are between my fingers.) I then twirl my brush in the product using circular motions, to massage the product into the hairs to clean it. I really recommend cleaning your brushes between the ridges of your fingers! Allow the product to lather up nicely, so that you can be ensured that your brush is cleaned! 

The best way to dry your brushes:

So these next tips are really important! I like to roll up one side of a towel to create a little hill/slope. All brushes dry the quickest at an angle. So slanting your brushes at ruffly a sixty degree angle will allow them to dry so much quicker, than if you were to put them flat down on a surface. Drying your brushes at an angle also stops any water that is left over in the bristles of your brush from seeping down into the barrel and the wooden/metal handle of the brush, which can essentially weaken the glue and ruin your brushes.

And that my friends, is how I clean and take care of my brushes. I'm sorry that this was such a rambly blog post. I just can never stress enough of how important it is to clean your brushes as regularly as you can. I really hope this post helps you!

What do you use to clean your brushes? 
And what's your favourite brush make?

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Beauty Wishlist | October 2014

Hello everyone! It has come to that time of the month again where I share with you lovely bunch some products that have caught my eyes that I really want to try out. 

What my heart desires:

1. Make up For Ever Flash Palette - $99 Sephora - I'm pretty sure quite a few of you have seen this product, and if I'm honest it is a really expensive item, I'm pretty sure it's ninety-nine dollars...But this item seems like such a handy thing to have. I'm really into theatrical makeup, so this would be such an amazing item for if you are into transforming yourself into a crazy monster/character! 

2. Nars Sheer Glow Foundation - £30.50 Selfridges - Ah. This product is highly hyped about in the beauty community that I am so eager to get my paws on this product and see what all the fuss is about! I am also a huge fan of dewy looking foundations and when I heard that this foundation gives you a natural 'glow' it completely hooked me!

3. MAC "Rebel" Lipstick - £15.50 MAC - This lipstick is so stunning, especially for this time of year! However, I really don't think I could pull this colour off...And I've got a feeling that this colour may wash me out. I shall give it a swatch when I'm next in a MAC store.

4. Bobbi Brown BBU Palette - $250 Bobbi Brown USA - Now I'm pretty sure this is one of the products that first caught your eyes when you saw this post. I really think this product would come in extremely handy for when I hopefully start freelancing in the future. Not to mention, Bobbi Brown concealers are amazing! So it can't really get any better than that! 

5. Bare Minerals "Well Rested" Eye Brightener - £16.75 FeelUnique - I have heard Shaaanxo (on YouTube) talk about this item so much, to the point that I have added this item to my wishlist. And her undereyes always look flawless, so I thought I would take her recommendations on board! However, she is now using an E.L.F powder under my eyes, so I've got a bit of a dilemma to face now...Hmm.

I hope you enjoyed this post! 
How has your day been? And what is something that has caught your eyes recently?

Monday, 6 October 2014

My Z Palette!

Hello lovelies! How are you all? So recently, I purchased a Z Palette off of Amazon. I've been looking for a way to store some of my eyeshadows, as I am running out of space in my make-up draws and I found that the Z Palette seemed like a handy and nifty product to store my eyeshadows in! So of course, I bought one. These do retail for around £20, depending on the size of the palette that you want. I bought an Xtra Large one as I thought it would definitely fit all my eyeshadows in...Which it did!

So, in this palette I store all of my MUA eyeshadows. This brand has amazing quality eyeshadows. They are insanely pigmented and creamy and not to mention, the sizing is double the size of MAC eyeshadows, oh...And they're only a £1. WHAT?! I really love these eyeshadows, I honestly think that these are much better quality than a majority of some MAC eyeshadows, which is rather insane seeing as the MAC eyeshadows retail for nearly £15. I really urge all of you to give these eyeshadows a go, you probably won't regret it!


Just a little side note: "Shade 20" is actually a black eyeshadow, but because it is contrasted so much next to the eyeshadow "Onyx" which is an even darker and stronger black eyeshadow - the shades of brown in "Shade 20" show up more, as "Onyx" is a more intense black - but I promise you that "Shade 20" is actually a matte black colour!

I hope you enjoyed this post!
What's your favourite eyeshadow brand?

Monday, 22 September 2014

My Hair Care Routine

Hello lovelies! Today's post is going to be on my hair care routine. I have recently bought these products and I thought I would share them with you as they have changed the way my hair looks and feels, and not to mention, I am soo happy with the outcome. 
These products work amazingly well, and in order to confirm to you guys that they do I thought I would do a comparison between two hair types which these products have worked insanely well on. My mum and I both tried out these products. My hair type is normal, it's not very dry - it is a bit dry towards the ends of my hair, but it's not rough or anything. I have wavy/curly hair. My mum's hair type is very curly and as she has been dying it for over five years her hair has become quite dry and rough towards the ends. After this routine my mum and I found these results to be amazing, especially my mum as she has tried every hair product in the shops to help with renewing her hair and these ones worked the best. 

The products:

The routine:

*This coconut oil step only applies for every two weeks*
Firstly, I like to take my Tangle Teezer and I like to brush my hair thoroughly so that the next step will be easier for me. 
I then take my Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (I bought mine from Tesco) and I scoop out some of the product with a spoon into a small metal pan. I then put the gas on so that the coconut oil can turn into a liquid. The coconut oil comes as a solid, so you need to heat up the product, so that it can turn into a liquid, so that you can put it in your hair. 
After that, you should definitely wait for it to cool down. So once it has cooled down take your spoon and pour the product into your hands. I will then rub the product in evenly to my hands and I will then begin to evenly distribute the product throughout my hair. Remember to avoid putting a product like this to the roots of your hair, as it can clog the pores and possibly prevent hair growth there. 
After I apply the product to my hair, I then take my brush again and I brush through my hair, this step helps to distribute the product even more. 
After that, your hair should then look quite damp. You'll then want to tie or clip your hair up into a bun. Now, this next step sounds really weird, but trust me, without this next step you probably won't have the best outcome. You'll want to put a bag over your hair, so that the bag can keep in all the moisture from the coconut oil.
I leave the product in my hair for about two hours.
After two hours, I take out my hair clip and this step is when you can see and feel the instant change in the texture of your hair. My hair felt extremely soft!
I then wash my hair with the new range of shampoo and conditioner from Garnier called Ultimate Blends. My mum and I absolutely love these products as well! The shampoo is in a sort of oil formula, which I thought was quite peculiar - but then my mum and I both found that this shampoo moisturises and conditions your hair rather than stripping your hair dry like a majority of what other shampoos do! 
*I prefer not to brush my hair again after washing my hair as I have quite curly/wavy hair so my hair tends to poof up if I brush it, so I stay as far away from any brush as I can!*
I then wait for my hair to dry so that it becomes fairly damp. I then apply my Garnier Ultimate Blends Oil. I found/bought this product before I found the shampoo and the conditioner, this product is my favourite hair product ever. This product lead me towards the shampoo and conditioner. And my gosh, it was one of the best buys in my life. I use this oil nearly every day (on the ends of my hair), it really depends... Ohh, I also forgot to mention, but this hair range also smells flawless. 
Anyway, this oil makes your hair soft, shiny and it also makes it smell like coconuts, obviously, haha. If there was one product in this post that I would recommend it is by far this one! But then again...I really like the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil just as equally...Oh dear.
The last step isn't extremely necessary but I find that it works rather well for the days when I plait or curl my hair. This Aussie Curl Definition product also smells gorgeous and it also softens and gives shine to your hair whilst defining and holding in the curls of your hair.

The outcome:

*Please excuse how messy my hair looks, I took this as soon as I woke up, literally*
I did this full routine exactly this time last week, and since then I have just washed my hair with the Garnier products and added the Garnier oil, and the pictures above are from the outcome two days after doing so. The picture above is also taken a couple of minutes after taking my hair out of a plait which I did the night before (yesterday.) 
I am currently feeling my hair as I am writing this and my hair still feels smooth and looks shiny. It still smells great and I can actually run my fingers through my hair fairly well, which is great considering that I've been outside with my hair down since I washed it, and it's pretty much knot-free.

And...That's my routine! I hope I helped you all out with finding some new products. I believe these products will work on practically any hair type, as they worked on mine and my mums and we have quite different hair types!

What are your favourite hair products?!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Beauty Wishlist | September 2014

Hello, how are you today? I thought I would share with you some products that I want to get my greedy paws on! I've wanted a majority of these products for over a month, and I'm still craving them. And I know that I really don't need these items, but I'm a make-up collector sooo, I do kind of need them, but I probably won't ever get round to buying them... (well, maybe item number three!)

1) Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ~ £56 Space NK ~ This item is a definitely collectors item! Apart from the only downside of this item being extremely expensive, I have actually heard amazing things about these powders. (I have nothing else to say about this item...Oh dear.)
2) Anastasia Brow Wiz ~ £15.50 BeautyBay ~ I'm pretty sure a lot of girls know how important brows are these days, which is why a majority of the girl population (except me) have turned to this holy grail item. I've heard amazing things about this item, and not only that but I've seen the transformation it has done to some people's eyebrows! I would really love to give this item a go and see what all the fuss is about.
3) Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Perfume ~ £69.50 Boots ~ Out of all the products shown above, I would choose only this one out of all of them. I went and smelled this perfume a couple of days after it came out, and my gosh, it is such a gorgeously scented perfume! P.S. Boots have currently reduced this item by six pounds and ninety-five pence.
4) MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural ~ £23 official MAC site ~ Yet again, Nicole has been hearing people rave about this product. I've heard pretty great reviews about this item. People say that it's fantastic at setting your make-up whilst adding some extra coverage. Now, I honestly don't like wearing foundation or any face-covering-liquid for that matter (except concealer) because I hate having those sort of products on my face...So when my skin became bad during the summer of 2013, I was so embarrassed about it that I turned to foundations. To this day I have been left with red-brown, hyper-pigmentation marks that had been left behind from my pre-spots. So now that my skin is getting better (touch wood) I'm hoping to wear just concealer and maybe a powder with a bit of coverage, and this will most likely be the powder I turn to!
5) Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette ~ £21.88 Amazon ~ This palette has such stunning colours will I am practically dying to try out. And let's all talk about the packaging of this product, it's really cute! I swear I wouldn't buy it just for the packaging...!

What is an item on your wishlist?

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Review: theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer

Hello lovelies! Today I'm giving you a review on a very popular product among the beauty community which I actually got round to buying very recently. *Drum roll please* 
theBalm products can be bought on Amazon or on the Superdrug website (I'm unsure if they sell them in stores, but they do sell them on their site) for if you're living in the UK.

Please welcome theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer!

So as you can see from the pictures above, the packaging of this product is very cute and rather fascinating. This product also comes with a mirror - which is always a plus in a product. From the last three pictures above you can see that this highlighter is more of a yellow-champagne tone, which looks very natural looking on pretty much any skin tone! I really do love this highlighter (maybe even a bit more than I love my MAC "Soft & Gentle" highlighter - shhh! The reason I say this is because this item doesn't have as chunky glitters in it, which is what I've found with the MAC highlighter, and I also find this highlighter to be quite a bit more natural than the MAC one.) This product retails for around £16, which is not the cheapest but it's also not the most expensive. However I do find this product to be amazing quality yet with just the right amount of pigmentation and I've also noticed that it's got a nice creamy and smooth consistency. In my opinion I think this item is very reasonably priced in comparison to higher end products that would most likely have the same quality and colour pay-off as this product. I also think this highlighter is very appropriate to wear on an everyday basis as it's not one of those in your face products. 
What is your favourite highlighter?