Wednesday 28 January 2015

Topshop Wishlist |

I know I seem optimistic putting together a wishlist that consists on short sleeves and sandals, but it is never too early to plan for S/S outfits, right? Recently, I have been getting more and more into fashion, Topshop being primarily the place that I go to for my latest fix. Monochrome and stripes are something that I wear all year around, but with so many variations I couldn't resist putting together some of my favourite pieces.  

1. Hatty Cleated Sandals | £30 | Link

2. Cotton Oversized Shirt | £45 | Link

3. Textured Lace Hem Pelmet Skirt | £36 | Link

4. Knitted Stripe Swing Dress | £42 | Link

5. Scallop Frill Tank Top | £16 | Link

6. Crepe V Neck Top | £36 | Link

Monday 26 January 2015

A/W | The Berry Lipstick Edit

As the season changes, so does the colour on my lips. During the Winter, I find that I can dare to wear a dark shade on my lips, without the risk of humidity or sweat (attractive I know) ruining my perfectly lined, filled and polished lip. In Autumn and Winter I tend to go for more vampy, berry shades in order to try and inject some colour. I've collected quite a few berry shades over the years, but 2014/2015 has definitely been the year I discovered my perfect shades. 

Maybelline Color Drama Lipstick | Berry Much | Link
I originally bought this as a lip liner for MAC Diva, but after one application I was impressed with the velvet finish and bold finish that it gave me. Maybelline Color Drama Lipsticks are a brilliant dupe for the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils. With just one swipe, you can effortlessly build up a colour that is rich and opaque. For £4.99, I will definitely be buying more from this range and am pleased to add this to my berry shade collection. 

Topshop Lip Bullet | Wine Gum | Link
I did a full review of this product a while back (Here) and I have been loving it ever since. Even though the packaging is no longer looking pristine, I still swear by this shade when wanting a lipstick to be suitable for when I want to switch between day and night looks. I have been finding the darker the lip shade, the more drying the formula is, however I never find that my lips are pinning for moisture after I apply this. 

MAC Lipstick | Diva | Diva
This was the shade that changed my opinion on MAC lipsticks as a whole. Previously I have spoken about never getting along with the super drying, badly pigmented shades that I had picked, however once I got my hands on Diva I was totally enlightened. This versitile shade is both great for day and night. I have written a review about MAC Diva (Here)

What are your favourite A/W berry shades? 


Friday 23 January 2015

Benefit Hoola Bronzer |

Benefit Hoola Bronzing Powder | £23.50 | Link

Name a bronzer and I will probably have an opinion on it, the same goes with Benefit products. I am a sucker for anything that can either define my cheekbones or add some colour. Benefit Hoola is no exception and has remained a bloggers favourite for some time now. 

Hoola is an universal shade of bronzer which can be applied all over the face for a subtle wash of colour or it can be used to lightly define your cheekbones and features. Unlike other bronzers this doesn't make you look like you've eaten too many carrots, instead with a light hand and a fluffy brush, this powder is easy to apply, giving a flawless, effortless finish. There is no need to blend for hours on end like other bronzers and a little bit goes a long way, so £23.50 can easily be vouched for. As always, Benefit never fails packaging wise, it is very kitsch and retro with an added mirror that is handy for on the go touch ups, however due to the cardboard packaging it can fall apart fairly easily if you travel with it daily. 

I would recommend Hoola for anybody that loves a matte finish and an all over subtle, yet buildable wash of colour. This will continue to be apart of my make up routine until I find a substitute. 

What is your favourite bronzer? What do you think of Benefit Hoola?

Wednesday 21 January 2015

Origins Super Spot Remover |

Origins Super Spot Remover | £15 | Link

Origins is a skincare brand that has been talked about on blogs, raved about by many and has become the skincare brand of choice for many bloggers. Origins Super Spot Remover has been on my wishlist for over two years now, but I could never justify the increasing price, however I finally took the plunge and I can now conclude that I don't know how I ever lived without it. 

For 10ml of product, £15 may seem like a lot, but this pinky sized bottle goes a long way. This product promises to heal and fade blemishes fast. Salicylic acid is used to exfoliate the skin and decrease inflammation, whilst the added Caffeine and Red-Algae helps to reduce any sign of redness. At first the initial potent scent put me off, however once you got used to the odd mix of fragrances, you started to appreciate this miracle worker a lot more. I apply a thin layer around three times a day to any pesky blemishes and as it dries matte it won't leave a shiny film or any evidence that you have it on your skin. The thick gel-like texture never feels heavy on my skin, so it can sometimes be tempting to over-apply.

Even though no product is going to get rid of a blemish in five minutes, this does significantly reduce redness and inflammation from the get-go. Since using this I no longer have to suffer with blemishes that won't go for days, instead when I first see a spot appearing, I dab a bit of this on and I am good to go. I find that after one day the spot is significantly reduced and after two days it is gone. If you suffer from an odd blemish or two I am sure this will quickly become one of your holy grail products. Even though the price may initially put you off, a little goes a long way and the price is totally worth it. 


Monday 12 January 2015

MAC Diva

If you looked into my lipstick collection a couple of months back, you would have seen a few battered MAC lipsticks that looked like they hadn't seen the light of day for some time. For a while, it seemed like I was the only one not on the MAC wagon and for years I hadn't picked up a new MAC lipstick purely because of the lack of quality my current ones had. Recently, I had an urge to go into my local MAC and swatch some their lipsticks and for a while now I have been on the look out for the perfect Autumn/Winter lipstick that is both suitable for day and night time wear. 

My latest addition, Diva, is berry toned which is perfect if you're looking for an on-trend shade that is wearable, vampy and complimentary to almost every skin tone. It's matte formula means that it sits for hours without the need to re-apply and I find that this lasts around 3 hours without the need to touch up. I particularly like wearing this lipstick in conjunction with a neutral make up look or a subtle wash of colour on the eyes. This shade isn't as drying as the other shades I have tried, however I would still recommend applying a moisturising lip balm before and after application. It is very rich in texture and intense in colour, perfect for day to night make up looks. I would recommend this for anybody looking for a versatile berry toned lipstick for the winter season and I certainly will be repurchasing when I run out. 

Thursday 8 January 2015

Lush Face Masks |

Since the Christmas season has officially come to an end and we're all getting back into our usual routines, I often find that my skin suffers the most from all the late nights and negligence. When I am having a skin care crisis Lush is automatically my first port of call. Their natural, calming ingredients work wonders for my skin and during the colder months, a good face mask is the best way to hydrate and nourish my skin. As someone who has tried the majority of the Lush's face masks, fresh or not, I can now give you the run down on my three favourite skin care saviours. 

Lush Cosmetic WarriorLink | As a problematic, sensitive skin sufferer I am always after a face mask that can both cleanse and balance my skin. Cupcake is the face mask that everyone recommends when you're looking for a mask to cleanse and prevent breakouts, however I don't particularly like the smell or feel that it has, so therefore I was recommended to try out the Cosmetic Warrior. This face mask has much more of a softer feel than that of Catastrophe Cosmetic, so it glides easier onto the skin when applying. Antibacterial tea tree and fresh garlic cleanse the skin, whilst fresh green grapes clean and cool the skin. After one application, I could see the difference in my skin, it both got rid of any excess oil, whilst adding a glow. 

Lush Mask Of Magnaminty Link | I have been using this since what feels like forever. This multi-purpose mask is great for everywhere on the body, but I most like to use it on my face and back. The peppermint stimulates the skin, whilst marigold oil treats the skin and aduki beans gently exfoliate. Even though, they have recently released a self-preserving version, I would still recommend buying the original version because the outcome is much more effective. 

Lush Catastrophe CosmeticLink | After several months of not using any of the fresh face masks due to them not lasting particularly long, my skin started to get bad again so I called on Lush to help me out. After having not a lot of sleep over a couple of weeks, I thought it was about time to treat myself. This moisturising and calming face mask is just what I needed. Blueberries are full of antioxidants and chamomile helps to sooth the skin, after several applications in a week, my skin was back to tip top condition.

What are your favourite Lush products?

Monday 5 January 2015

MAC Quad Palette |

After lusting after multiple eyeshadow colours from MAC for some time now, I chose to put together a MAC quad palette myself and after much deliberation I picked the four colours that caught my eye the most. Even though I have several eyeshadow palette that are neutral in colours, I thought I would still stay within my comfort zone when picking these four as I wanted a palette that I was able to wear daily. 

All That Glitters (Top Left) All that glitters has been on the top of my most wanted list since I can remember. It was inevitable that this was going to be my first shade in the palette because not only is it a great highlight colour, it also works if you want an all over lid colour without any hassle. 

Sable (Top Right) After I chose fig 1, I wasn't quite sure what to team it with. I'd heard that sable was a taupe-y colour with purple tones, so I thought that this would compliment this collection of shades. After one swatch, I was in love. This works for both highlighting, all over the lid and in the crease. 

Fig 1 (Bottom Left) I initially went looking for Cranberry, but some how ended up with Fig 1. This is a dark matte purple which is perfect if you want to add a pop off colour to the crease. After looking for a perfect purple shade to add to a smokey eye, I definitely chose right. 

Handwritten (Bottom Right) Handwritten is a matte rich chocolate brown shade which is one of the most perfect crease shades I own. I find that this pulls a little purple on me, but I like that this compliments the other shades I chose. 

Sunday 4 January 2015

How To Get Glowing Skin | In Winter

Exfoliate. Exfoliate. Exfoliate | One thing that I notice during the winter season is the amount of dry patches on my skin, whether that be on my face or my body. Skin gets sore and lips get chapped, so a good exfoliator is necessary for smooth, glowing skin all year round. Soap & Glory Scrubatomic, one of my favourite facial exfoliators is great for smoothing the skin and making sure that my make up goes on better. Body exfoliators and body brushing are just as important, whether or not you are using fake tan during winter, body exfoliators help to give a natural glow to the skin, whilst getting rid of any unattractive dry patches and cellulite. 

Oil up| During the winter moisturising is as important as it is in the summer. Not only does it lock in moisture creating a barrier from cold weather, but it also makes your skin feel nourished and smooth as it is easy to neglect your skin when you're wrapped up in multiple layers for several months. My skin has never really agreed with facial moisturisers, but recently I have been loving applying Bio Oil* to my face day and night, not only does it sink quickly, it also moisturisers without breaking me out. I find that after applying moisturiser to my face, both my primer and foundation go on much smoother, leaving my skin looking glowing and healthy. 

Mask it | Facial masks are one of my favourite ways to treat myself all year around, but in the winter, face masks are a great way to hydrate your skin, whilst making it glow from the inside out. Lush do some of my favourite face masks. With their natural ingredients that nourish, calm and prevent breakouts, I can not fault their natural face masks. In the winter I like using a face masks two times a week to get glowing skin everyday. 

Highlighter| Highlighters are very much my love/hate beauty product, I use them purely to achieve a subtle glow to the skin rather than a face that resembles a disco ball. Nevertheless, after some serious trial and errors, I have come to a conclusion that less is definitely more when it comes to highlighters or just 'glitter' products in general. Even though I'm no fan of foundations like the Rimmel London Wake Me Up, I still am a firm believer that subtle highlights are a great way to fake glow. Topshop Glow is the perfect highlighter for the winter months, it adds subtle highlights whilst complimenting any contour and cheekbones. Perfect. 

What are your tips in faking a glow? Any products you swear by when wanting radiant skin during the winter months?

Saturday 3 January 2015

High End Beauty Wishlist

Wishlists are one of my favourite posts to write and to read. As someone who naturally scrolls through the internet daily lusting after various beauty and fashion items, I love being comforted by people that do the same. Recently, I have been envious of so many people's high end beauty products that I thought I would put together some of the items that I have been eyeing up the most. 

Real Techniques Bold Metal Flat Contour Brush | Link | Since they were first released I have always been real techniques brush obsessed. Their brushes are always wonderful quality with suitable prices, but since the bold metals collection was released I have been obsessing over these brushes even more. Recently,I have been looking at contour specific brushes, but haven't found any that caught my eye like this one. A definite purchase from me, despite thinking that the sudden rise in price is a odd one. 

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick- Glastonberry | Link | Charlotte Tilbury is a brand that I am dying to try out in 2015. This lipstick is right up my street, from the rose gold packaging to the gorgeous berry shade, it's definitely one that I'm going to have to buy at some point. 

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow | Link | You know a brand is deemed to be good when it is featured twice in one post. I am currently surgically attached to my Sleek Contour Kit, however I would still like to give the high end contour kits a whirl. Bronze and Glow is the one that most appeals to me, with endless positive reviews and it's luxurious packaging, what is there not to like. 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion | Link | I have recently been trying out the Naked 2 and Naked 3 Palette, whereby both of these came with generous samples of all four primer potions, by favourite being the original. After several uses, I was head over heels for the nude coloured formula which primed my eyelids to perfection and made me eyeshadow stay on all night on NYE. Definitely going to be a future buy. 

Make Up Forever HD Foundation | Link | EEEEEEEK. When I found out that Make Up Forever was coming to the UK in Spring 2015, I think my smile didn't fade for a good 24 hours. HD Foundation has been raved about for as long as I can remember, whether that be on YouTube or on blogs, it seemed like everyone and their mum were loving this foundation. On several occasions I was tempted to order a bottle from the US, but after much deliberation I didn't think I would ever forgive myself if I got the wrong shade. Nevertheless, I no longer have to worry, but instead sit patiently waiting for the arrival. 

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer | Link | After trying out several products from Nars, I am now officially on the bandwagon and it doesn't look like I'm getting off any time soon. I have never really gotten along with any high end concealers because they tend to be too heavy and dry out my skin, however after seeing several reviews on the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, it looks perfect and has been described as a luxurious Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, which automatically gives it a thumbs up from me. 

Thursday 1 January 2015

Most Worn Rings |

As 2014 has officially come to an end, I have been looking back at my beauty products and fashion items that I have most loved throughout the past 12 months. Rings for me has definitely been a fashion breakthrough. I started 2014 off as somebody who couldn't wear rings simply because of the annoyance that came with them every time they fell off my finger every 5 seconds and I ended 2014 as somebody that may as well have their rings surgically attached. 

Brandy Melville (Top Image) is a brand that I have only discovered about a month ago when I was strolling through London. This ring instantly caught my eye and I knew I had to have it. At first, I couldn't quite believe the price tag, you know when you think there should definitely be a zero at the end of a number? Well, this vintage esque ring was only a mere £4 and for that price I had to snap it up quick. 

Before purchasing my beloved Brandy Melville ring, I was still very much into the boho/vintage styled rings. Dixi was a website that I checked daily and even though I love almost every single item of jewellery on their website, it took me a good 18 months to pluck up the courage and purchase. Even though a little bit more expensive than the other rings in my collection, Solstice Moon Ring and Willow Red Garnet Ring (Middle image) are totally worth the price, great for stacking and complimenting other rings and outfits. 

Midi rings were very much on everyone's fingers during 2014, but it took me quite a long time to come around to the idea because I simply just thought they looked like you bought the wrong size ring. However, after searching endlessly on pinterest and tumblr, I decided to cave and bought myself a few staple midi rings to add to my collection. River Island (Bottom Image) wasn't exactly the place I had in mind when finding my perfect rings, but after a lot of searching, I ended up falling in love with these miniature looking items. Perfect. 

For me, I believe that 2015 will be the year of the rings for me. I have still searching for the perfect rings to add to my collection. What are your most worn rings? What is your favourite place to shop for jewellery? 

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