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?