Monday, 10 November 2014

The Repurchased

When it comes to make-up, I'm no stranger to trying new things. However, as fun as this can be, sometimes you discover products that you just fall head over heels for and simply can't live without. I name these the repurchased - the one's where upon squeezing out the last drop evokes a sense very akin to fear and results in a panicked dash to repurchase the empty product immediately. (Okay, perhaps slightly dramatic, and besides, I buy back ups!!)

If you've been hanging around these parts for a while, then it probably comes as no surprise that Giorgio Armani's Luminous Silk Foundation is top of my repurchased list - In fact I think this is my fourth or fifth bottle. I have to admit, i'm in a bit of a foundation rut, but for good reason. A small blob of this buffed into skin leaves a natural and luminous (but not shiny) finish that lasts well throughout the day. It's also one of the few foundation's to offer a shade pale enough for my ghost-like complexion. Urban Decay's All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray is another one of those products that I've repurchased multiple times (so much so i've lost count!). A couple of spritzes sets everything in place and really helps to keep things looking 'just applied' for a lot longer. It comes in particularly useful if you've got a long day ahead or if its a bit hot and sticky outside.

I never wear eyeshadow without Nars' Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base underneath so this was another inevitable repurchase. I've tried multiple primers in the past, but for me, none work quite as well as this one. Essie's Fiji nail polish is perhaps my favourite shade, ever, so of course a repurchase was a must. This is my third bottle, though the first one I lost (and still haven't found, how does this happen?!) and I'm sure it won't be my last. It might be a spring/summer pastel hue, but that doesn't stop me wearing it all year round.

Finally, L'Oreal's Miss Manga Mascara is one of the newest additions to my repurchased list. I've always been a huge fan of L'Oreal's Volume Million's Mascara, but after trying this newer release, I think I might just prefer it. It's also £2 cheaper, win, win

Friday, 7 November 2014

An Introduction to Charlotte Tilbury

Since launching last year, the Charlotte Tilbury make-up line has been nothing but popular amongst the beauty community. Despite penning numerous wish lists for at least half the collection, it hasn't been until the recent launch of northern counters that I've finally managed to get my paws on some of the collection. After swatching my way through the majority of the offering, I eventually managed to drastically narrow down my shopping basket to just two items...

It goes without saying that my first choice was always going to be one of the beautiful eye shadow palettes. The Dolce Vita palette is more often the popular choice amongst bloggers, however, as gorgeous as it is, I decided I would get a lot more daily wear from The Golden Goddess palette. The neutral colours are perfect for both day and night, and the sparkly shade on the bottom left adds an extra dimension. It's somewhat akin to pressed pigment and adds a pop of glitter when pressed onto the lid with your finger. Everything from the buttery texture of the shadows to the unique packaging makes using this palette feel so exciting and luxurious - it's definitely one of my favourite makeup purchases ever

Unable to leave with just one thing, I also purchased the Rock N' Kohl Liquid Eye Pencil in Barbarella Brown. The consistency of this is unbelievable - creamy and smooth, it applies effortlessly   without a hint of tugging. It also delivers on pigmentation, making it easy to create either a precise line or smudging it out for more of a soft smokey look. The best bit of all though? This stuff seriously doesn't budge come rain or shine, so there's no fear of panda eyes, even if you've just watched John Lewis's Monty the Penguin Advert. I would advise keeping a heavy weight eye makeup remover handy for bedtime - The Clinique Instant eye make-up remover has had no problem removing every last trace so far, or for a more budget friendly offering, Rimmel's eye makeup remover gets the job done just as well. 

 I might have managed to leave without purchasing the entire counter this time but my Charlotte Tilbury wish list seems to have only increased since - the colour chameleon's, gorgeous blushes, beautifully packaged lipsticks and the swoon worthy's only a matter of time (oh, and pennies!).

Friday, 26 September 2014

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil

Ever since I discovered the wonders of leave-in conditioner a few years back, I can't get enough of the stuff. Bumble and Bumble's newest release however, is more than just an extra dose of moisture for your locks. Marketed as a primer, the spray also detangles, softens, de-frizzes and protects agains both UV and heat damage - talk about multi-tasking! I've been using this for the past few weeks and i'm pretty impressed. It dishes up just the right amount of oil without weighing down fine hair and also makes brushing and styling a whole lot more manageable. I can also sleep a bit easier knowing that it's helping to protect my hair from any heat damage as a result of the occasional ("cough" frequent *cough*) straightening and blow-drying.

There is also a shampoo and conditioner available in the Hairdresser's Invisible Oil range which I think I might just have to give a whirl. Have you tried any of the range yet?

Monday, 22 September 2014

The MAC Palette

When I first ventured into the world of MAC eyeshadow, I started off buying them in the individual pots. As cute as these are, as my collection has grown i've begun to find them a little less convenient to use compared to palettes and consequently, they've ended up being a little unloved at the back of my draws.

In an attempt to reignited my MAC eyeshadow flame, I purchased one of the 15 pan palettes and begun de-potting (well actually I left this task for Richard but I did supervise!). One casualty later (spot the cracked Satin Taupe in the top right corner), and my new palette had started to take form. I also bought two new additions, All That Glitters (actually a re-purchase as my first pot has been completely used up) and Sable. I honestly couldn't be happier with the result. Not only have I started to use my MAC eyeshadows again on more of a daily basis, but the look and feel of the palette is really quite lovely.

Since we're on the subject, I might as well divulge into a little breakdown of the shades I have so far (listed from left to right, row by row):

Phloof : A shimmery highlight shade that is perfect at brightening your eyes and making you look much more awake than you really are on Monday morning. I like to dab some onto the inner corners of my eyes but it also works well as a brow bone highlight.

All That GlittersThe eyeshadow that pretty much everyone and their dog has/loves/wants. This is my second purchase and is quite possibly the only shadow i've ever used up. It's a beautiful peach/gold toned nude shimmer that looks perfect alone or layered with other shades.

Satin TaupeA cool toned taupe with a hint of shimmer. this is one of my favourite crease shades, but also works well blended over the entire lid.

Naked LunchThis is a little paler, less pink toned All That Glitters. It's the perfect shade for the inner half of your lid.

WoodwinkedA coppery/gold with quite a metallic finish. I particularly love this in summer with bronzed skin and lashings of mascara.

MulchThe second MAC eyeshadow I ever bought (the first was All That Glitters - no surprise there), Mulch is a warm chocolate brown with gold shimmer. I usually wear this in the crease or outer corners, but it also works well as a liner.

Gleam : A shade I bought waaaay back when I thought it was still a good idea to buy makeup depending on how pretty it looked rather than how practical it would be to wear. In the pan this looks really pink but on the lid the colour doesn't really translate and it's more of a golden shimmer. It's not one I reach for on it's own but a little bit patted onto the lid over other shades adds a pretty hint of shimmer.

SableThe newest addition and one of my favourites yet. A warm brown with ever so slight purple undertones, this shade is perfect washed all over the lid.

The only problem with my new palette? That I now have an unyielding itch to fill it! Let the recommendations commence...

Sunday, 7 September 2014

August Favourites

Boy does favourites time roll round quickly. With last months post scheduled so late (not that this one is particularly timely either), it's no wonder that it only seems like yesterday that I was typing out the deats of July's favourites. Not to worry though, as my 'spendy' ways have quickly led to another accumulation of much loved products to rave about in August's instalment of favourites.

It's a wonder this polish hasn't appeared somewhere on the blog sooner as I've had this bottle for almost a year now. Porchester square has the whole nude nails thing perfected - it translates on the nails as a grey/nude hue with a hint of lilac that is one of the most easy to wear shades that I own. It's been one of my favourites for a while but after dusting it off in august after a few months apart, i've fallen head over heels all over again. Formula wise, it's not bad either, easily applied and an average wear time, however, I am very interested to try the gel version some time soon.

I'm a bit of a germ-a-thobe, so it's no surprise that hand sanitiser is a daily must. The only problem is that my hands have a tendency to dry out ridiculously easily (thanks Dad for the dry skin gene), so the alcohol in most antibacterial gels can be a bit harsh on my skin with frequent use. The Lanolips cream is my newly discovered solution as not only does it kill 99.9% of germs, it also moisturises your hands pretty darn well. A skin and time saver in one. 

I raved about this here so of course it was going to end up in my favourites too. This is without a doubt my favourite cleanser and one I can see myself using for a long time to come. It's improved everything from the texture to the appearance of my skin and made daily cleansing just a little bit more luxurious.

On days when things are looking a little bit dark under the eyes (something that could probably be avoided by not staying up to the early hours binging on episode of One Tree Hill), this is what i've been using to made myself look more awake. Patted on under concealer it neutralises dark circles and discolouration for that extra bit of coverage. I've also found that on days where things a looking a little less 'zombie like', this works well alone for brightening up the eye area.

A shower oil that smells A-mazing and leaves skin feeling A-mazing, what's not to love? (perhaps the price but let's just ignore that for now!). Every time I treat myself to a blob of this, my skin always feels silky smooth and smells pretty good too. I've found that it also doubles up pretty well as a bath oil. I can't deny that it's pricey, but it's definitely a lovely treat that adds a bit of luxury to everyday bathing.