Thursday, 14 May 2015

The Balm Nude Tude Palette

Being palette obsessed, i of course had to eventually pick up Nude Tude by The Balm. I've had it on my wishlist for far to long, and finally decided to pick it up. The palette consists of 12 gorgeous neutral shadows, with a variety of shimmers and mattes. Nude Tude retails for £30 which i think is a pretty good price for a perfect for everyday kinda palette. You can totally create a night time look with this palette too, with the shades Sexy (burgundy/berry) and Serious (black). The black shade in the palette isnt too pigmented, but with a damp brush, its amazing! 

The lighter shades in the palette, towards the start are all GORGEOUS and so perfect for an easy, everyday look. Snobby looks like a random weird yellow shade, but it has small tiny shimmers in it, and looks lovely all over the lid. For everyday, Snobby and Sultry look amazing, all though im not really into natural eyes so i do tend to reach for Sexy almost everytime i use this palette!

I wont lie and say i've used the brush, because i haven't, and i probably wont. I find them to not be to great, and i have plenty of other, better quality brushes! I thought the cardboard packaging would be really flimsy and rubbish, but its actually really sturdy. The mirror is a good size and the packaging is perfect for traveling - so slim and sleek.  I do have a lot of palettes, but with Sexy being one of my favourite ever shades, this has to be one of my favourites, and ive definetly been reaching for it alot!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

My Most Used Blushes & Lip Products

NARS Outlaw Blush - This blush is crazy pigmented and looks stunning with a flawless base and bold brows. Outlaw is a gorgeous, rosy berry shade with gold shimmers running through. It may look scary in the pan, but when blended out, it can look really natural and glowing.

MAC Fever Blush - I love this super longlasting, matte blush for when im going on a night out. It lasts so long on the skin and doesnt budge all night. 

NARS Bahama Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - Is the perfect, matte Kylie Jenner lip shade for my skintone. Although im not a massive matte lip lover, this shade looks amazing for everyday and is lovely for when wearing bold eyes.

Dior Addict Gloss 684 Merveille - I'm obsessed with plum/berry/natural looking glosses and Merveille is a gorgeous one. I love the Dior glosses as they are super pigmented and last long on the lips!  I love the applicator and the packaging is stunning as always. I dont find Dior glosses to be overly sticky, which i like!

MAC Spice Lip Liner - My everyday, favourite ever lip pencil! I cant go a day without wearing Spice. It looks amazing with so many glosses, lasts all day, and is a 'your lips but better' almost Kylie Jenner (again) shade!

NARS Seduction Blush - One of my all time favourite, most worn blushes has to be Seduction. I find Seduction really suits and compliments my skintone perfectly and seems to look amazing with all the eye looks i do. 

Urban Beso Decay Gloss - Urban Decay are one of favourite brands for glossees (and many other things) and Beso is the perfect everyday shade. Ive virtually ran out of this shade and will 100% be picking up a new one in the next few weeks!

NARS Oasis Gloss - Oasis was my replacement for UD's Beso. It's a stunning natural berry shade and lasts so long on my lips. It's not as pigmented and glossy as Beso, but its still a gorgeous, amazing shade!

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

What's In My Muji Drawers? #3

The third drawer in my collection has a few more base products in, that i dont reach for as often. I have a few foundation's in this one. I love the Urban Decay Naked Skin, its definetly one of my favourites for everyday. Its so light on the skin and blends in like a dream. I have my newest foundation - DIOR Diorstar skin foundation which i did a post about here.  As you can tell, im a big Studio Fix lover! I havent used it for a while as it can look pretty thick and heavy on my skin, but i love it for bad skin days. I also have Studio Fix in a few shades to suit me when im pale, and when im tan. 

I have a few illuminating products in here, one being one of my all time favourites - MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush. Hush is so perfect for if your wanting a natural glowy look, as it contains virtually no shimmer, making it look like natural dewy-ness. You can also apply Hush on top of powders, without it looking cakey, which is amazing. NARS Cococabana also lives in this drawer, but this one is quite a sparkly one. Underneath foundation, you cant see the 'sparkles', too much, it just leaves the skin looking super illuminated, which i love.

For contour, one of my favourite products to use is Bahama Mama by The Balm. It's the perfect contour shade for my skintone and can look really natural when blended. I have the Bourjois Bronzing Primer in here also, but i cant say i reach for it too often. I do like to use this on days i dont feel like wearing much makeup, just to add some colour and warmth to my face.

And of course, a few more NARS blushes are in this drawer. I have so many NARS blushes, they need a drawer of their own! I have four gorgeous shades in this drawer, and these are ones i dont reach for too often as they are my more 'summer' shades!

Sunday, 3 May 2015

DIOR Diorskin Star Foundation

 After only trying Dior lipglosses, i definetly was excited to try more from the brand. I had my eye on the Dior Diorskin Forever foundation, but i hadnt heard or seen much about it before. After reading the foundation's description, i had high hopes...

A new generation of fusional wear, fluid foundation. Its ultra-sensorial texture, bursting with made-to-measure perfecting skin care ingredients, melts into the skin for an absolutely perfect complexion that lasts all day long. The foundation blends seamlessly with the skin for a smoother, more even complexion day after day.
Taken from the Debenhams site. ^

I love that it comes with a pump. Any foundation that comes with a pump, makes me happy. Why would you sell a foundation without one?! And of course the packaging, its simple, but gorgeous. The formula of Diorstar foundation is so lovely and the watery consistency makes it feel so nice and light on the skin. It did take quite a while to blend in without having brush lines/marks on your face, which was slightly annoying, but it just needed more time to work with than a usual foundation. I love how lightweight Diorstar feels on the skin, and the light to medium coverage made it look very natural and not heavy looking on the face.

I found Diorstar foundation to have quite a few cons. Firstly, being the price. At £32.50, it's pretty expensive, but i suppose your paying for the name. After a few hours of wear, it clung to the dry patches around my nose, sunk into the fine lines around my mouth and sunk also into my pores. None of those are a good look at all! I was pretty disappointing to also see that after about 3 hours of wear, it was fading. 

I definetly should have read more reviews of this foundation, as its not really for me.  I'm not going to waste it as it was so pricey, so ill wear this foundation on days when my skin is abit better, when i dont need much coverage and aren't going to be wearing my makeup for a long time. I am gutted about Diorstar foundation, although im glad i tried it out as i have wanted to for a long time!

What are your favourite foundations?

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

The MAC Warm Neutral Palette

What brand hasn't brought out a neutral palette?! With MAC being one of my favourite brands, and being a big warm tone eyeshadow lover, i had to pick up the MAC Warm Neutral palette.  Both the cool and warm ready made palettes come with regular shades and some new shades. £65 is a big bargain for this palette, as buying and building your own MAC palette will cost over £150. 

The palette contains the shades: Hey, Warm Breeze, Gingersnap, Dark Brew, Dance In The Dark, Brule, Vanilla Extract, Honey Lust, Amber Lights, Saddle, Lemon Tart, Creative Copper, Butterfudge, Divine Decadence, Unwind. 

All shades are super gorgeous, pigmented as always and apply and blend out amazingly. There are a mixture of mattes, frosts, satins, veluxe, and veluxe pearls. I can see my self reaching for this palette over my naked palettes for the moment, as the shades in this palette go with each other so well. If you have blue eyes, this palette will be perfect for you. It really makes blue eyes pop.

The first half of the palette are all shades that are pretty similar which is a little annoying, but they are all gorgeous shades that ill definetly be getting use out of still. Also, the pans are actually stuck in this palette, so you cant mix and match the shades, for a shade you have already in your collection, which i do find quite frustrating as i probably would have taken a few of the first shades out to mix the palette up slightly. But that's not a massive issue!

If your thinking about purchasing this palette, i seriously recommend it. For the price, its a steal, and 100% worth every penny. If neutral, bronzed and golden eye looks are your thing, you need this palette in your collection!  It's perfect for any makeup artist, or if your just an eyeshadow junkie.

Whats your favourite neutral palette?

Friday, 24 April 2015

Self Tanning Guide | Top 3 Fake Tans

How i achieve a flawless, (almost) natural looking tan

  • take a shower/bath and remove all dead skin and old tan left on the body by exfoliating - i use an exfoliating mit and Soap & Glory's Breakfast Scrub
  • shave at least 5 hours before your going to tan, so your skin doesn't get irritated  
  • use a tanning mit to apply for a non streaky, well blended application
  • apply the tan in a WELL LIT room so you can see what your doing and where its going
  • wear loose dark clothing until fully dry (approx 1hr)
  • moisturize regularly to keep the tan from fading and going patchy

There are thousands of different fake tans on the market, from light, dark to medium and from mousses, sprays, gels and creams. There's also instant tans to give you an instant bronzed look, or regular gradual tans that take up to 8 hours, or overnight to fully develop. I've tried them all, and find an instant mousse works best for me. Because its instant, i can see where im applying the tan, and also, im instantly bronzed! I do leave them on overnight to get a really intense tan, but if your in a rush to go out, you can apply, dry for a few minutes and then your ready to go!

SUNKISSED Self-Tan Mousse Dark £3.99 - This has been my new favourite tan of the moment. The pump design is so easy to use and you can really control how much product you want to come out with this tan. It is an instant tan, so you can see where its going, which is great for beginners, or if your worried about it going patchy!  It's natural looking, but still pretty dark. I find this one out of all my tans, fades the nicest without any patchyness. It has a slight coconut scent to it, which is a massive bonus as fake tans arent the best smell in the world!

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan Mousse £7.99 -  I didnt get off to the best start with this tan. I found it didnt give me a super bronzed look like other fake tans did. But i recently gave it another chance, and its lovely. A more natural, subtle looking tan without looking orange. This tan has an almost floral scent to it, which is kinda strange, but you seen get used to it! It develops within 1 hour, but i do like to leave it on overnight for an extra bronzed look. I love using this tan for a natural, healthy, glowing look.

ST Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse £3-5 - An oldie but a goodie. I've used St Moriz for years, it was the first fake tan i ever tried. Its instant, and goes super dark. I find it goes on really smooth, and lasts a good 3 days on my skin. The only downside is that it does take slightly longer to dry, and feels tacky on the skin for quite some time after! For £3, you really cant go wrong though!

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