Make up for Sweaty Betty Weather…

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So if you’ve been living in the UK, you would be currently sweating in the very hot weather we’ve been having. And us being British it always comes as a shock when the temperature gets to a point we don’t recognise unless we’ve paid an all inclusive rate for a nice hotel by a beach somewhere far from here. But something’s telling me as soon as I post this our weather will be boltic again…But in the meantime…what are my summer make up staples to ensure that my make up doesn’t completely sweat off my face?

First up is one I’ve spoken about before a long time ago, and still to this day I always come back to it in the summer time. The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. This product is perfect if you’re not a fan of BB creams, and you don’t want a full coverage foundation that will suffocate your face in this heat. This moisturiser gives a beautiful dewy glow to the skin, with a light to medium coverage. It’s a dream to apply, as it just glides onto the skin beautifully, and gives a beautiful radiant even coverage over the face. Definitely one to pick up for your make up stash!

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Next up is the Healthy Balance Powder by Bourjois Paris. This little well used beauty is just lovely. It gives a nice delicate matte finish to the face which isn’t over powering. If you just want a natural and healthy glow to finish off your base and lock it all in, then this is your pal.

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Ready, Set, Brow. I just love this product by Benefit. Whenever I’m touching up my eyebrows, they always seem to go walk about during the day, but this product just locks them into place all day long. A definite must to have in your make up routine during all the seasons.

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Summer is all about that gentle and delicate glow to the skin, and this summer I’ve been loving my Soft and Gentle Highlighter from Mac. This product is just stunning. I could talk and recommend it for days. It just gives the most beautiful glow and radiant glow to the skin. With its rose gold, and light tones, it just works wonders in adding different tones to your face in a lovely and delicate way. I cannot recommend this product more.

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And of course I’d be silly not mentioning the Urban Decay Make up Setting Spray. This bad boy really does lock in your make up and make it last all day long. It’s oil free, which is great for me having oily skin and it also helps keep your face cool, to stop your make up from sweating down your face. It smells incredible, it’s lovely to apply especially if you need cooling down after applying your make up, it’s just lovely.

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All Night Long…

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We all want our make up to stay put. Especially when you know your make up’s going to be on your face all day and you won’t be able to reapply much throughout the day. So apart from our trusty primers…what else can we do to ensure our full face stays put?

Number 1 has to go to the Amazing All Nighter Make Up Setting Spray by Urban Decay. Everyone knows this product. From beauty gurus, to your sister recommending it to you. This guy is one you definitely need if you’re going to be out all day and you want your make up to stay exactly where you put it when it was applied. This product promises to reduce the risk of your make up creasing, melting and fading, and also making your skin look softer and smoother…Which I can proudly say it does. I recently attended a wedding and I wanted my make up to stay solid throughout the day, with not being able to carry that much make up with me in my little clutch bag. So I sprayed this baby 2-4 times in an X and T motion over my face, and my make up stayed put ALL DAY and NIGHT LONG. Queue Lionel…? Nope? Alrighty then…

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Next up is another Urban Decay love… The Eye Shadow Primer Potion. This one you’ve definitely heard about. If you want your eye shadow to become bolder, brighter and last forever then you’ll probably wanna purchase this little beauty if you haven’t already. I also used this perfect potion for my eyes for the wedding. My eye shadow became even more bolder and brighter, and really did last all day without creasing. A holy grail product for your make up stash. Application is also a dream, with the small applicator at the end of the product. This stuff is also great if you’re wanting to wear winged eyeliner and you want to ensure that it stays exactly where you applied. No one has time for walkabout eyeliners. Especially me. But using this as a base to lock the product in, my eyeliner stays precise all day without smudging. Thank you Urban Decay!

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Nyx Lip Lovin’…

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After discovering that my local Boots store recently started selling Nyx Cosmetics, I’ve found myself popping in and leaving with a cheeky purchase or two. I’ve had my eye on their lip products for a good while, and so with being able to physically see the different shades, I fell over numerous times at the counter, eagerly giving my debit card to the cashier. What can you do? It happens…

So what shades have I been loving I hear you ask? WELL…

First up is the Soft Matte Lip Cream in the Shade Abu Dhabi. This is a real nude with a slight peach tint to it. On the lips I feel it’s very similar to Velvet Teddy, but more peachy. It’s great to apply, and drys very matte and stays put. The only thing I would say would be that all of these lipsticks are quite drying after a while. But they really do stay put and are non transferable. The colour pigmentation force is strong in this lippy, but not overly powerful with it being so nudey and naked. One definitely to wear if you’re wanting something subtle but just very lovely.

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Next up is another nudey shade. But this ones got a lot more sass. This one is the Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in the shade Soft Spoken. This lipstick is just beautiful. The colour itself is more a deep dusty rose, which kisses the lips with so much pigmentation. Application is also a dream. The nib is long which helps for more precision, and the lipstick itself applies with a strong liquid consistency which then soon dries into a gorgeous suede/matte texture which stays put all day. Use a pretty dusty pink lipliner with this and your lips will look pristine. I would recommend Morning Coffee or Absolutely It Lip liners by Mac, which I love putting together with this number.

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Last up is a bold one for me. I also picked up another Liquid Suede Lip Cream in the shade Cherry Skies, which is a deep and dangerous oxblood shade. Even the tube looks so dangerously inviting. I’m not a bold lip kinda gal’, but I just fell in love with this colour when I swatched it on my hand. The colour is so deep and bloody delicious, it’s almost drinkable. And the way it applies onto the lips is just something else. Once the lip cream has dried into that lovely suede/matte texture, this particular shade gives a sexy and sophisticated look which remains subtle but still so romantic. I’m so in love with the shade that I don’t even care if I feel silly wearing it because it’s just utterly gorgeous.

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So there are my favourite lip buys from the Nyx counter. I’m sure there’s going to be numerous times when my bank card is going to slip out of my hand as I fall onto the cashier, but that’s okay, because all Nyx products are cruelty free and vegan too. What are your favourite Nyx Lip products at the moment?

Drug Store Haulin’…

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It’s been a while since I’ve written a post on make up, so I thought it would be my justification to myself when I was contemplating whether to buy these products. Thank you long lost blog post. Here’s my first impressions!

First up is the Sleek Eyebrow Stylist…For a while I’ve wanted an actual eyebrow wand, with the grooming brush on one side, and a nice twisty angled pencil on the other. I just never got round to buying one. I had my eye on the Arch Brow by Soap and Glory but this one seemed too good to be true with the pricing. First impressions? Not bad. Not what I’m used to, which is the Rimmel Brow This Way Eye Brow Kit, which I absolutely adore. However I love how compact this product is, and the brush is great for brushing through your brows, I’m just not sure how I honestly feel about the pencil itself…It seems too solid and rigid to draw my eyebrows in, I feel I don’t really get a defined brow. Saying that though, because of that it gives a much more natural look to the brow and the colour is great and really natural for my skin complexion and hair colour. So maybe a few more trial runs and this bad boy should be okay. If not Soap and Glory Arch Brow, I’m coming for ya honey!

We all know how much I love a nude lip, well yes, you can guess I went for another nude lip product. This ones from Revlon and it’s the Nude ColourStay Lipliner. I love the shade, I think it’s really lovely and will work with a lot of my nude lipsticks. It’s very similar to the Absolutely It liner by Mac with great pigmentation but is very very matte and a little drying. The packaging is also great, with the twist up applicator rather than having to sharpen the liner. There will definitely be a blog post to follow on my thoughts on this product after wearing it a few more times.

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Next up is a hunt I’ve been on for quite some time now.Will it ever end? I can’t say but I am determined to find a liquid eyeliner that stays on my lids and doesn’t go walkabout around and underneath my eyes, making me look like a Panda. There’s nothing wrong with Pandas…but if I wanted to look like a Panda, then I would? But not every time I put the bugger on my eyes. That’s oily eyelids for ya! So I picked up the L’Oreal Super Liner Superstar Pen. I swatched this on my hand and after a couple of minutes after leaving it, I tried to rub it off and it would not budge. Yes. So I am praying this will be the case on my eyes too. We shall see…

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Sticking on the theme of eyes. I also picked up the Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara also from L’Oreal. I just wanted to try another Mascara and this one stood out for me. My first few wears have gone pretty well. The formula is lovely, not too sticky but not too gooey either. It glides on really well and sticks to the lashes creating a nice and even coverage and volume. The brush is nice and flexible which makes application a delight. I’d say we’re getting onto a good start me and this lil guy. Early days still, but I think it’s safe to say things are getting pretty serious…

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And last but not least on the make up front is the Infallible Sculpt Palette by L’Oreal…Is it obvious they had a 3 for 2 offer on…? And I just look like a cheapskate… I bought this because of all the hype about it. A lot of people and bloggers have been talking about this product and I kind of just wanted to see what the fuss was about. I’ve only used it once, and I wasn’t disappointed. I’ve never used a cream formula for contouring, I’m used to using powders so this was quite weird for me at first. I absolutely love the Dark Shade. It’s really nice to build and blend. The shade isn’t over powering either. The highlight however, I wasn’t that taken back with it. I definitely prefer more powdery highlighters like my little Laura Mercier Highlighter, or the one from my Sleek Face Form Conturing Palette… I just think they work better on my skin. However, I will keep giving this a go especially when I’m going all out on my make up and doing the whole shebang with it.

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So overall not a bad haul. It didn’t break the bank, and I’m pretty happy with the products on a whole. I have also definitely got my beady eyes on the new Revlon Matte Lip Sticks which I think will be very similar to the Boujois Rouge Edition Velvet Matte Lipsticks which I also adore.

What have you been loving in the drug stores lately?

The Old and the New. True Match Foundation Review…

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Good foundations for me are quite hard to come by. So when I do actually find one, I’ll hold on to that baby. I bought the old True Match Foundation a while ago (old formula) and I thought it was okay….It didn’t really do much for me to be honest. I found the formula way to oily and runny. I’d pump it on my hand ready to apply, blink and then half of it had run off my hand onto my floor…Then when I’d apply it, I just felt it was taking days to set. But maybe that was just my skin, as the foundation is supposed to adjust to your skin texture and tone… So it’s my skin that’s fucked but it’s cool…The coverage wasn’t that great either. But saying that, whenever I’d try and give it a chance by wearing it, people would say nice things about my make up…? The heck?

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Then I heard about the new formula that had recently hit the shelves, and it’s safe to say I’m absolutely loving it! The new formula contains three new shade enhancers which make matching the skin tone and texture even more precise. I find the formula to be more creamier than runny, which makes application a dream. It glides on easily and stays put, giving a nice dewy finish to my skin, making me feel that little bit more radiant, with excellent coverage on all my blemishes and dark spots. And the bad boy lasts. All day. Be sure to wack a primer on if you really want it to last. It’s just great. Thank you L’Oréal.

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Here’s the bad boy in action. What foundations are you currently loving?

 

 

Travel Essentials For a Long Haul Flight…

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It’s suddenly dawning on me that I’m going on a pretty big trip in the next day or so. I’ll be enduring 18 to 22 hour non stop flights, which suddenly gave me the realisation…oh snap that’s gonna do some nasty things to my skin as well as other nasty realisations. So here’s a little post on some products I’ll be taking to help defend my skin against the nasty cabin air, keep me calm, pass the time and make me comfortable for these flights ahead.

One thing I will definitely be taking is my This Works Deep Sleep Stress Rollerball. This is going to be my savour on this daunting trip. The gentle and calming aromas are sure to take the edge off the worry when I roll it on my pulse points and inhale the calming scents. If you want to read more about this product read the full post here… Another product I will be taking is the Avene Spring Water spray which will not only refresh and care for my skin but also freshen me up and bring me back down in moments of calmness.

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I will also be taking a deep moister mask, which I can apply and leave on my face for a good while. I’ve made sure I’ve got a clear one which doesn’t need much attention after applying. Because let’s be honest no one wants to be walking back from the loo and see a little green monster sat on an aisle, and the poor person next to me definitely won’t want that either as they do that awkward sleepy head roll and wake up with some green mask on their face too… So I picked up the clear Avene Moisture Mask which is travel size friendly too!

I’m also taking my small Emma Hardie Cleansing balm, which I know will instantly relax me and cleanse my skin beautifully. It’s also a good excuse to get up stretch my legs and wash it off. Moisture moisture moisture. My skin is going to dry out so much, so I’m making sure I’m taking a moisturiser that I know works deep into my skin, so I’m taking the Avene Hydrating Cream. I’m also taking the Clinique All About Eyes Serum, just to brighten and hydrate my eye areas. I’m also taking the one and only Elizabeth 8 Hour Cream. I love this stuff. It has too many uses, seriously from a lip balm, to a nail moisturiser, to a highlighter to bloody elbow cream…Honestly, if your elbows are dry, wack this bad boy on. I wonder if my elbows will get dry on the flight…

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And then obviously the other less fancy essentials: Passport, Visa, Purse, Toothbrush, toothpaste, tissues, hair ties, hair grips, paracetamol, chewing gum, kalms, etc etc…

Moving onto the not so beauty items, I’ll be taking a good set of headphones [a definite must] which will help to cancel out the engine noise of the plane. Books books and plenty of books. I’m gonna try and read so much to pass the time, but also to let me escape and forget where I am so I can relax and keep calm throughout the flight. I’ve downloaded podcasts and apps so I can use this time to learn some of the Vietnamese language too! Portable phone charger in case I can’t find any areas to charge my phone in between flights. Blanket/scarf… I have a safety/comfort thing…Is it a thing? I just love scarves, but I also love how safe and comfortable I feel when I wear one, so I’ll definitely be taking one that I can turn into a throw and blanket as well as wrap around me.

Hello head pillow…This guy is great! I’ve been trialling him out getting used to the neck and psyching myself up, and he’s really comfy and the fabric is really soft and comfortable too! I got this one in Muji, and it comes with a nice little sock which you can put it in to keep it compact when it’s deflated.

So there we have it. A little look into my survival kit for my trip. Hope this also helps you if you find yourself travelling somewhere soon!

Cherish Those Lips…

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If you’ve been up to date with the ol’ blog then you will know I’m a nude kinda gal…Okay, that came out wrong. But I do love a good nude lip. If you don’t know what I mean then maybe you should go here and possibly here to know about my little love adventure.

However, recently a new love has begun which I am cherishing. Let me introduce you to another lipstick by Mac. Cherish.

Isn’t she lovely? Again very similar to Faux, she’s got a satin texture which I think personally works well with my lips, because it’s not quite matte, but not too creme sheen either. The colour and pigmentation is to die for. It’s a true nude, whereas Faux is quite pinky, this one is nude all the way. The little minx. Stop Charlotte! But yes, very versatile and easy to wear whatever the occasion. I’ve found it works great with the Nice n Spicy ProlongWear Lip Pencil, if you’re wanting to give it that extra pout. Enriched with blue tones, this lipstick also makes those pearls extra white. A win win all around?

Here’s the lipstick in full flow from the other day…

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Go on…I know you wanna…