Friday, 9 October 2015

Burberry Eyeshadow - An Expanding Collection

When it comes to makeup, eyeshadow is my weakness. It doesnt matter how many (pretty similar) shades of brown, taupe, beige, bronze and just generally neutral shadows I have, I can't resist adding more to my collection.

When I discovered the wonders of Burberry's Pale Barley - the one wash wonder that all eyeshadowaholics dreams are make of, I knew my venture into the world of Burberry makeup wouldn't end there. Not only the the packaging all sorts of dreamy but the texture of this shadow is amazing. Though they are descrived as 'sheer' the pigment is easily built up and they blend effortlessly. 

My second purchase Midnight Brown is slightly darker than my usual everyday eye shadow pick but it's perfect for adding definition to the outer corner or creating more of a smokey eye for the evenings. The subtle shummer looks beautiful when it catches the light and with a bit of primer underneather I havent had a problem with fallout either.

I don't think my new found addiction for Burberry is stopping here as i've got my beady eyes on the shade Rosewood next - and then there's the lipsticks...

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream

When it comes to hair, I'm not exactly blessed. Thin, frizzy and almost impossible to grow beyond bra strap length it often doesn't feel far away from a nightmare. But before this turns into a self-pitying ramble, lets move on swiftly to the product that has been leaving my tresses a lot more manageable over the past few weeks.

This is the first product I've tried from Living Proof but it certainly does not disappoint. I apply a small blob of the Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream to damp hair and brush through before leaving to air dry overnight. I must confess that it doesn't work miracles as come morning there is still some frizz hanging around but it's a hell of a lot better than it use to be. It feels and looks a lot smoother and leaves my natural waves a bit more defined. As my hair is really fine I was worried it would weigh it down but this hasn't been a problem. Perhaps the brightest improvement is how much it helps reduce frizz in humidity, which for someone who walks to work every morning is a life saviour - let's just say that my hair and the damp early morning air arn't exactly a match made in heaven! Luckily, thanks to a small dollop of this, I've found a distinct lack of fuzz compared to usual.

This might only be my first venture into the Living Proof range but I highly doubt it's my last! They are bit on the pricey side but for something that works so well I think it's worth treating yourself. Is there anything you would recommend from the brand?


Saturday, 22 August 2015

The Five Minute Face

When it comes to mornings, as much as I like the idea of making the most of the early hours, my body unfortunately just isn't a fan. Despite the best intentions the night before, you can safely bet that come morning I'm making friends with the snooze button rather than my toothbrush. In an attempt to claw back some of my lost time dozing, I've pretty much mastered the art of the five minute face... 

For a quick and effortless base, L'Oreal's True Match Foundation is perfect. It's quite similar to my all time favourite, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, but I find it a little lighter in texture and easier to blend - especially when you're in a rush! It also stays put throughout the day, even when things get a bit sweaty. I'm currently using a darker shade than usual as I have the slightest hint of a tan after a few days away in Majorca but once I'm back to being ghostly pale I'll definitely be picking up a lighter shade. I'm not sure if it beats Luminous Silk but it's pretty close (and a lot cheaper too!). With my skin tone evened out, to make myself look a little bit more awake, a few dabs of Collection's Illuminating Touch concealer under my eyes brightens up any dark under eye circles. 

Soap and Glory's Brow Archery is perfect for when speed is essential as it conveniently houses a spoolie on one side to brush them into shape and a waxy pencil on the other fill in any sparse patches. No matter how late I'm running I always find time for mascara! I'm currently a huuuuuge fan of the Fairydrops mascara as it creates long and voluminous lashes that don't smudge or flake at all. I've tried both the water resistant and waterproof versions and i love them both but I think the waterproof one (pictured) is perhaps my favourite.

To add a quick hint of colour to my cheeks I've been using Clinique's Cheek Pops in the new shade Melon Pop. This is one of my favourite blushes as not only does it look beautiful in the pan but it is so easy to apply and blend that it literally only takes seconds. The slight lace of shimmer running through it also acts as a subtle highlighter to brighten your complexion without looking unnatural. I also have the shade Peach Pop from when they originally released the blushes last year and it's safe to say that these two have now become the most used blushes in my collection.

Before running out of the door (usually quite literally), I've been reaching for Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector in the shade coral for the slightest hint of colour but mainly due to the fact that it also moisturises my forever dry lips. I'm not a huge lipstick fan but when it comes to tinted lip balm I just can't get enough! This is perhaps my favourite one ever - I'm surprised I haven't picked up anymore shades yet!

With only five minutes on the clock, just a handful of products make the cut but it's
enough to make me feel and look a little more presentable. So until I finally learn to get out of bed when the alarm rings, I guess I'll just have to save the fancy eyeshadow for the weekend!

Monday, 8 June 2015

A Few Luxuries

When it comes to makeup, I don't like to judge a product by its price tag. However, there are times when the purse weepingly expensive items becomes some of your most treasured. There is something about luxury packaging that excites the makeup collector in me a little bit too much! Pair that with an equally dreamy product that delivers all you could wish for and you'll find me handing over my credit card faster than it takes me to scoff down a few cupcakes. 

Burberry's sheer eyeshadow in Pale Barley is one of those items i've wanted for what seems like forever. When I was last in London and finally found it in stock, it was like Christmas come early. Everything from the packaging, to the colour, to the texture is beautiful. It's the perfect neutral shade to quickly blend over your lid and into the crease for a bit of definition and shimmer. I've also recently found that the Boots in Meadowhall have just acquired a shiny new Burberry counter so things could get dangerous....(Boots points, Boots points, Boots points!)

Speaking of Boots points, I used my savings to buy Chanel's Les Beiges in N10. When it comes to powder that looks nothing like powder when applied, Les Beiges has got it covered. Gone are the days of a 'cakey' face - a light dusting of this induces a healthy glow without the shine. Having such pale skin, I often find that even the lightest shade of Chanel face products are too dark *weep* but as this is such a sheer powder it matches perfectly without any sign of an orange tinge. And I have to admit, there is something quite exciting about taking the gorgeous compact out of your bag for a little touch up on the go. If you've got the will power to save up enough Boots points for this, it's definitely a great way to spend them!

When it comes to lipstick, I probably spend a lot more time swooning over it than I do wearing it. I'll apply lip balm throughout the day but despite by best attempts, I either forget or can't be bothered to reapply lipstick. For this reason i've narrowed down my collection to a handful of lipsticks that I love and would repurchase over and over again. Tom Ford's Pink Dusk is one of those that I just can't get enough of. It's a slightly pinker 'my lips but better shade' that I can just about apply without a mirror. The texture is smooth and creamy and quite hydrating on the lips. Again the packaging wins me over as not only does it look dreamy but the satisfying click when the lid closes encourages me to reapply this more than any of the other lipsticks in my collection.

Jo Malone is a brand I've loved for years but after receiving this miniature Pomegranate Noir bath oil as a spontaneous gift from Richard (he's a good egg), I've fallen in love with the scent. A few drops of this in a running bath not only fills up the rooms with the beautiful aroma but you can smell it throughout the whole apartment too! I've since accumulated (thanks to my recent birthday) the perfume and candle and I think I may have finally found my signature scent.

What are your favourite luxury products?

Friday, 20 March 2015

The Affordable Face

If you're short on pennies but don't want to compromise on quality, there are still plenty of drugstore options to choose from that rival the more luxury alternatives.
 I thought I'd give a little run down of my picks from the aisles of Boots and Superdrug that I like to reach for when creating a quick and natural everyday face... 

 For foundation, there are actually quite a few gems out there, but my favourite at the moment is Revlon's Nearly Naked Foundation for a sheer and natural finish that evens out skin tone and reduces redness.  To cover the dark circles, I use Collection's Illuminating Touch Concealer on a daily basis.  As I don't like things too dewy, I then dust on a thin layer of Soap and Glory's Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder. This powder is so finely milled it reduces shine without ever looking too powdery. The yellow hue also helps to conceal any redness.

To add a bit of colour to my pasty complexion, I've been using Maxfactor's Creme Puff Blush in Lovely Pink. This is a great dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes. It might not be quite as pigmented, but the marbled peachy pink hue delivers a subtle wash of colour and a hint of highlight. Complexion done, I move onto my brows. I've been using Soap and Glory's Brow Archery in Hot chocolate for the past few months and i'm in love. The pencil is so small you can create really precise and natural definition whilst the slightly waxy texture keeps everything in place. The colour is also a pretty good match and not too red toned. Oh, and it comes with a little spoolie on the other end - I can't fault it!

For eyes, the L'Oreal Colour Riche eyeshadows deliver on texture, pigmentation and longevity. My favourites are Over the Taupe for a wash of colour all over the lid and Quartze Flume to add definition to the outer corner and along the lash line. if you prefer eyeliner, Rimmel Scandal Eyes liners have got you covered.

To finish, a few coats of L'Oreal's Miss Manga Mascara adds length and volume to lashes with ease without smudging or flaking throughout the day. I'm not a huge lipgloss fan but Maybelline's Colour Sensational Shine Gloss in Cashmere Rose adds a wash of colour without having to worry about gloopy, 'hair stuck to my face' dramas.

If you're also looking for good and affordable blushes, I can't recommend the Real Techniques collection enough. The buffing brush, blush brush and shading brush are my personal favourites and ones I reach for daily.

What are your drugstore must haves?