Friday, 30 January 2015

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

Being a highlighting junkie, i obviously had to purchase the Mary Lou Manizer by The Balm - one of the most talked about highlighters of the mo! I received this about a week ago and have been head over heels for it. I'm in love with the girly, retro, quirky packaging and love the fact the highlighter comes with a huge mirror, and 8.5g of the gorgeous product.

Mary Lou Manizer is a gorgeous, frosty, champagne golden shade that has a super smooth, buttery texture, that almost feels creamy. The crazy pigmented highlighter can be a pretty intense one, and for the faint hearted, id definetly use a light hand! I'm loving the flawless looking finish this highlighter gives.. So glowy and radiant. Mary Lou Manizer sits on the skin so well, with no chunky glitters and no cakey, powdery finish. Its so finely milled, you wont be looking sparkly with this highlighter. 

I apply Mary Lou Manizer to the tops of my cheekbones, center of forehead and down the bridge of my nose for a 'glowing from within' look. I can wear this stunning shade all over the lid too and in the inner corner for a brightening, easy, eye look.

This highlighter definetly isnt for the faint hearted, its not very subtle, but blends out so well if you make the mistake of adding too much! Containing no sparkly, glitter particles in, makes it look more natural and glowy instead of the 'disco ball' look. For the moment, its definetly beating my MAC Soft & Gentle, and is my most reached highlighter of the mo! Cant recommend this highlighter any more!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

My Everyday Makeup Routine

Im definetly an all or nothing kinda' gal when it comes too makeup - your either seeing me bare faced or im going all out! Here's what i reach for and wear on an everyday basis.

Flawless, bronzed base
I always start out with my base. Mac Pro Longwear foundation or Urban Decay Naked Skin are my favourites for the moment. They are both medium coverage and lasts alllllll day long. Under my eyes, its gotta be the famous Collection Lasting Perfection concealer with a small amount of MAC Prep & Prime light boost. For any blemishes, usually on my cheeks, i camouflage them with my trusty MAC Studio Finish concealer. I then set my face with the Mac Blotting Powder. I bronze my skin with the bronzer in the Urban Decay Flushed palette in Strip, and contour with Bahama Mama by The Balm. For blush, its gotta be my all time fave - NARS cream blush in Montenegro - the perfect natural shade for my skintone. Highlighting has to be done by the ever so loved MAC Soft & Gentle.

The brows & eyes
After brushing the brows out with a spooly, i use the wax from the Urban Decay Brow Box to stick my brows down. I then fill them in with the darker shade from the box. For everyday eyes, i stick too MAC Woodwinked & Tempting eyeshadows and dust both of these all over my lids, crease, and under the eyes. Both shades really flatter my eye and skin colour. Then for my winged liner i use the Miss Sporty liquid liner as its cheap, and easy... The fact im allergic to liquid liner means i never spend alot on it! For mascara, recently ive been reaching for the Urban Decay Supercurl as a base for lots and lots of length, and then i follow up with the Perversion mascara, also by Urban Decay to give me tonnnnesssss of volume!

Lips & finishing touches
I then go in with Spice lipliner from MAC to line my lips, and then fill them in with the Urban Decay lipgloss in Sesso from the On The Run palette. This shade is the perfect everyday, me kinda shade and the combo last hours! Ill then give my face a spritz of either MAC Fix + or the Urban Decay setting spray.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Urban Decay On The Run Palette

One of Urban Decay's newest releases - On The Run - £37 - is a limited edition palette, perfect for traveling. The palette contains a bronzer, blush and highlight, 5 gorgeous eyeshadows, a full-sized lipgloss, a eyeliner and a mascara. The packaging is in a camo-looking secure case with rose gold detail, and inside is a mahhhooosive mirror, great for on the go!

The bronzer and blush in this palette are both stunning shades and are super creamy and smooth to apply. The blush is a vibrant, barbie pink, which isnt great for my skintone, and not my favourite shade to wear but ill give it a go. The highlighter, or eyeshadow (next to the bronzer and blush) feels so velvet like and is a gorgeous light champagne pink with tiny specks of shimmer in.

The five eyeshadows -  Dive, Fix, Resist, Dare and Stun - are absolutly beautiful. With three shimmers and two matte, you can create some gorgeous looks! All five are crazy pigmented and wearable for day and night.

The full size lipgloss in the shade Sesso is definetly a me kinda shade and i can imagine this to be a wearable shade for all skintones. Its a gorgeous deep medium more natural kinda pink shade.

The 24/7 glide on eye pencil in Stag isnt my fave ever liner, although it is very pigmented and feels creamy to apply, i found it to smudge around around my oily lids.

Last but no means least, the Perversion mascara - my new favourite. I have a full size version of this outside of the kit and absolutly love it. I love how black this mascara is, and how easy it is to create big, voluminious lashes! I get alot of length from this mascara too, and is definetly one of my all time fave mascaras! Its not waterproof, but i never go for waterproof anyway, but if your into waterproof mascaras, this may not be for you.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Bronze & Glow All Year Round

Bronzing, contouring and highlighting are probably my favourite things to do. I love chizzled cheekbones and a glowy, healthy looking complexion, all year round. Here are some of my favourite products i use to create a bronzed, glowy look.

Nars Laguna - A natural looking (on my skintone) bronzer that created an easy, sunkissed look. Its definetly a more cool toned bronzer, so there are no orange tones, but more grey tones, which makes it perfect for contouring on lighter skintones.

NYX Liquid Sunbeam Illuminator - So many people dislike this highlighter as its too 'sparkly' but when applied underneath foundation, it gives a lovely dewy, healthy looking look to the skin.

MAC MSF - Soft & Gentle - My all time favourite highlighter. The champagne tiny shimmers give the face such a flawless finish without looking 'shiny' or 'oily'.  

The Balm - Bahama Mama Bronzer - My go-to, everyday, contour powder. Definitely apply with a light hand so you dont create muddy looking cheeks though! I love applying Bahama Mama into my crease to give definition to my eyes.

Mac Stobe Cream - I love using Strobe Cream underneath my foundation to give me a dewy, glowy, more hydrating base. I leaves a slight iridescent finish to the skin that leaves the face looking more healthy and radiant.

Stila Kitten Duo - I love this duo for highlighting my inner corner and cupids bow.. These two shades are both stunning and when mixed together, they create a gorgeous frosty rose gold shade that looks amazing in the inner corner of the eyes.

Urban Decay Naked Illuminated Highlighter - Again, another too 'sparkly' highlighter, but once blended out with a fluffy blush, it gives a gorgeous sheen to the tops of the cheekbones.

Mac Lustre Drops - If your looking for a gorgeous golden glow in a creamy formula, this ones for you. Lustre Drops blend like a dream and give the skin the perfect sunkissed looking complexion.

What are your favourite bronzers and highlighters?

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan

Brand info + packaging + price 
Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan 150ml - £7.99 
Being a tannaholic and seeing Cocoa Brown tan everywhere, i had to pick up a bottle. The pink packaging is eyecatching, bright and unique. Cocoa Brown claim this tan develops in just 1 hour and lasts up to 5 days on the skin. 

Application + first  impressions 
I had already scrubbed all my remaining fake tan off and exfoliated my body. Onto application, there wasnt a usual 'fake tan' smell, but a strong, floral scent, which i wasnt a massive fan of. I didnt find it too pleasent but after a few minutes it dissapears. There is a colour guard in the tan, but not a strong one so you do have to be careful. The tan itself is thick, and applies super smooth and easy so you get a good, even coverage. It blends into the skin so quickly and with hardly any effort and feels soft on the skin.. There was also no tackiness left on the skin once dried (after abut 30mins). I then left on overnight as i like my tans to be super dark and wanted to see the full potential of this tan.
1st day + after showering
I woke up to a light - medium, glowy tan that looked super natural, but not as dark as i would have liked. The floral scent had gone, and the typical 'tan' smell came through. After showering, i noticed it had faded slightly but not too much.. The colour was smooth and even, with no patchiness anywhere. Even though i wasnt happy with the colour (not being dark enough) i went and applied my makeup for the day.. As soon as i started applying my foundation i noticed the tan completly flaked and peeled off my skin as though i had severly dry skin.. which i dont! This was super strange but i just reapplied the tan to my face and carried on with my makeup. 

Throughout the day + final thoughts
The tan didnt develop anymore throughout the day and i stayed a natural tan shade for the day. I like this tan, but not enough for me to repurchase as i like to be much darker than what this tan gives me. I also disliked the floral scent to it. All in all, its a nice, natural tan for paler complexions that may want to experiment with a NATURAL self tanner or want a healthy natural glow, but for now, my trusty £3 St Moriz gives me the perfect shade i want!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

I've Been Loving...

Urban decay naked skin foundation
I love the dewy natural finish this foundation gives and the shade is perfect for my skin right now! The consistency is super thin and applies so easily. I love the coverage this foundation gives and its perfect for everyday wear. The foundation feels so light on the skin making it feel like you have nothing on your skin, which i love.

Nyx liquid iilluminator - sunbeam
I love this highlighter/illuminator for a super highlighted, glowy look. Its not the most natural highlight, as it contains a few glitters, but i dont mind that.

Too faced melted liquified lipstick - melted berry
I like to apply a really small amount of melted berry to my lips and then pat in with my fingers to create a slight berry/pink tint to the lips that lasts all day long without looking too much.

Urban decay on the run lipgloss - sesso
This limited edition gloss from the On The Run palette has been my fave of the moment for everyday wear. I pair it with MAC Spice lip liner and the duo look super natural and last all day long on my lips.

NARS blush - outlaw
Another NARS blush, oops.. Outlaw is a stunning rose/berry pink with gold shimmers running through.  Im obsessed with any berry blush shades at the moment and Outlaw is my new favourite. It leaves a gorgeous sheen on the cheeks with a glowy finish too.

The balm Bahama mama bronzer
Definetly the perfect contour shade for me.. Its super dark, and easily blendable. This shade gives me chizzled cheekbones instantly.

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