Sunday, 13 July 2014

L'Oreal Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadows

L'Oreal's eyeshadow offering has always been pretty impressive, but the new kid on the block has got my heart racing...

Lets start with the packaging - it's sleek, sturdy and generally looks a lot more 'high end' than drugstore. The pros don't stop there either as the actual product inside delivers too. The shadows buttery texture applies effortlessly and without fallout. For a vibrant impact of colour I use a flat brush like Mac's 239, or for a more subtle and blended wash of colour, the Mac 217 is your perfect companion. Add a little bit of primer underneath (Nars' Smudge proof eyeshadow base is my weapon of choice) and these shadows stay in place and vibrant all day.

Colour wise, the selection is great for a drugstore offering. My choices might look pretty similar on camera but I promise they're all different in real life!

200 Over the Taupe | 502 Quartz Fume | 201 Cafe Saint Germain

Pigmentation, application, texture and packaging - it's all there, and for only £5.49 each (here), you really can't go wrong.

Monday, 7 July 2014

June Favourites

Like every other month this year June has flown by (seriously though, where does time go?!), but this hasn't stopped me finding a generous handful of new beauty gems. To put it bluntly, i've been a little bit too 'spend happy' this month, but at least i've found some good products in the process (let's just not mention the bank statement...)

This stuff is amazing, simple as that - but just to make sure I convince you, i'll delve a little further into its miracle working ways! I have dry really dry hair that can be quite prone to frizz. It's also really fine which makes it rather difficult to find a product that adds enough moisture to tame the dry ends without weighing it down. That is until I found this Redken spray. I spritz some into the lengths of my hair when I get out of the shower and brush through. It makes my hair so smooth and shiny without feeling at all heavy and generally just makes it look a lot healthier than it probably is! It also helps protect against heat damage, what more could you ask for?!

I raved about this at the beginning of June (here), so it's probably no surprise that it's in my monthly favourites! Hydrating, nourishing and perfect for on the go - I'm quickly swiping my way through this!

As much as I love black eyeliner, I've been wanting to try something softer and more day-time friendly. Mac's Teddy is a dark brown with subtle gold metallic shimmer. It's a lot softer than black but still dark enough to define and add definition. I've been wearing it on my upper lash line but it's also great for using on the waterline as it's long lasting and doesn't smudge. 

Despite already owning one of these blushes in the shade Plumb Pop, I could't resist picking up another one and the shade Peach Pop just has me written all over it! It creates the perfect illusion of a healthy glow that's perfect for summer. The formula of the blush pops is also pretty amazing; somewhere in-between a powder and a cream, they apply effortlessly and last well throughout the day. 

Bobbi Brown Sheer Powder Brush
I also raved about this at the beginning of June (here). It's the perfect blush brush for a sheer wash of colour that fits the small proportions of my pea head.

The Wet Brush
The brush that makes brushing hair eaaasy. I'm a huge fan of the Tangle Teezer, but I have to admit, I think I prefer The Wet Brush. It glides easily through knotty hair, wet or dry, and is also a lot easier to hold than the Tangle Teezer (on several occasions i've had to chase after my Tangle Teezer after it went flying out of my hands and half way across the room!). It's also a lot less damaging to hair than a normal brush, i'd definitely recommend giving it a go.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

The Little Things

As this blog is mainly dominated by make-up filled rambles, I thought it might be quite nice to mention some of the other little things in my life that have been making me happy recently...

It might be a bit of a blogger cliché, but peonies are my favourite flowers. In recent months i've found myself falling in love with fresh flowers and can't resist buying a bunch to brighten up the house. Whenever I walk past them and catch a glimpse they just make me feel happy - money well spent! 

I love The Simpsons - I use to watch it every night after school (I was a really cool kid...not). So when I spotted these lego mini figures it's no surprise that I went a little crazy. Richard occasionally surprises me by bringing home a new packet after work - I think he spends a good five minutes in the shop trying to guess which one he's buying first though! I've dotted my growing collection of these mini Simpsons around the apartment - it definitely adds something to the decor...i'm just not quite sure what!

I've had my Peanuts themed Moleskin diary since the beginning of the year but I'm still just as besotted with it as I was in January. The thought of reaching the end of the year and having to buy a new one makes me quite sad as i've become rather attached! I love all things Moleskin so the added cuteness of Snoopy just makes it irresistible! 

What small things have you been finding happiness in recently?

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Goodbye Panda Eyes

When it comes to eye make-up, it's usually a lot more fun to apply than it is to remove. Bring Waterproof mascara into the equation and it can easily become nothing less than a nightmare. And what's worse, is the far too common occurrence of waking up in the morning with panda-like rings around your eyes despite the five minute battle with the cotton pad and remover the night before. In an attempt to put an end to the dread of nightly make-up removal, I finally purchased the highly recommended Clarins Instant Eye Make-up remover. At £18 a bottle, I've been avoiding buying this for a while - not because I was sceptical of its magical removing abilities, but because I was worried it would become a costly re-purchase. And, to cut it short, I was right! This stuff is preeetty amazing. It removes heavy eye makeup and even waterproof mascara in a quick and easy sweep. No stinging, irritation or rubbing involved (and I have rather sensitive eyes). Oh, and it smells pretty good too.

So as much as this is going to be a costly addition to my routine, I think i'm okay with that. After all, anything that stops me looking like i'm trying to resemble a panda when I get out of the swimming pool is a indisputable necessity... right?! 

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Todays Makeup Menu

The weather in the UK over the past few weeks have been rather pleasant, if not (dare I say it...) warm! Due to the welcomed increase in temperature, i've been trying to keep my makeup to a minimum, after all, heat, sweat and foundation really aren't the best of friends!

For foundation, I have been (predictably) reaching for Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation. This is hands down my favourite foundation, ever. I'm on my third bottle of the stuff as it's basically flawless skin in a bottle (full rave review here). In  an attempt to keep melting makeup to a minimum, i've been applying the tinniest amount - just enough to cover redness and imperfections but not enough to cause a mess if things get a bit heated. 

For eyes, i've been using the Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base before applying a few sweeps of Mac's Paint Pot in Vintage Selection for a combination that can withstand the heat without creasing or fading. If I have the time in the morning (rare), i'll then add a fine line of Rimmel's exaggerate waterproof Eye Definer to my upper lash line for a little extra definition before swiping on a few coats of L'oreal's Volume Million Lashes mascara. I love trying out new mascara, but this is the one I always come back to. It lengthens and thickens without clumping or smudging throughout the day. 

And to finish, a sheer wash of Clinique's Cheek Pop in Plum Pop on the cheeks and a layer of Tom Fords sheer lipstick in Spring Fling add a touch of colour that's perfect for summer.

What have you been wearing recently?