Sunday, 28 September 2014

001 / Autumn Outfit of the Day

Despite it being the end of September, today was a surprisingly warm in the UK. I could manage getting away with wearing a crop top and jeans without a wooly cardigan... result. I thought to make the most of the day and take a few pictures showing you all my outfit.

Jeans - Zara £35.00
Check Shirt - New Look £19.99

 Plaid is back in style for fall, so to incorporate the trend into my outfit, I tied my dark plaid shirt around my waist  at the front and let it drape around my lower half. It adds a little extra detail to the outfit plus it saves you carrying your cardigan in your hands, which is really handy....pun intended! I love this colour tartan, in the black watch theme, so when I saw this in newlook I grabbed it and ran to the till. Sizing wise I'd say to size up to get the oversized feel, especially when worn. However I found the arms to be shorter in length in my normal size, so sizing up is definitely the way to go if you're interest in purchasing this shirt.

Nails - £10.75 O.P.I Dulche De Leche
Rings - Forever 21 £4.99 (no longer available) similar here 
 For nails I've kept them nude with my new O.P.I nailpolish in Dulche de Leche(post on this soon). As its just the beginning of Autumn I've decided it's not quite time to crack the bottle of Burgundy polish out, as I'm saving it for the middle of October. With my outfit I wanted the accents on my hands to be the focus, such as the rings. I really love silver jewellery, so I put on as many rings as I could. All of the rings are from Forever 21 except the ring on my left pinky finger which is a midi ring from Topshop. Please excuse my chubby fingers, I can't help it always had them from a young age, thats my fathers fault, not impressed Dad!

 Necklace- Forever 21 £2.00
Earrings - Topshop (no longer available) similar HERE

For my make-up I used my every basic foundation/concealer and brow routine. For foundation I used Urban Decays Naked Skin foundation in 2.0 and then my new Bobbi Brown tinted eye bright under the eyes to hide the pesky under eye area.I then topped this with my Chanel under eye brightener over the top which I use as concealer. I then contoured and highlighted the face with Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette, and finished this off with M.A.C Cream blush in Ladyblush. I groomed and filled in my brows as normal using Omega Eyeshadow and then M.A.C Brow Gel in Quiet Brunette. I made the actual make-up look very autumnal with cool toned brown eyeshadows on the lid and blended into the crease(M.A.C Grain & Omega) with a good coat of thick black mascara(Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara by Kate Moss). For the lips I used Absolutely It lip pencil by M.A.C topped with a mixture of two lipsticks- my go to Chanel colour (the colour name of which had rubbed off, but I'm sure you could find it in previous posts) and Topshops Beatnik. 
This will be explained step-by-step in a future post!

Finally my go-to bag when I'm not rushing around is this small over the shoulder bag which is from Forever 21. I loved this bag, as the leather is so soft and the quality is incredible. Plus I'm a sucker for silver finishing on a bag so I knew as soon as I saw it, it was coming with me. Inside it has two different compartments which can hold your phone and lady things if you need to, aswell as the main compartment, so you could really put everything you need within this one bag. 

So what do you think of my outfit, please leave me your thoughts in a comment below id appreciate it. If you got this far please put in a comment the word 'winner'!

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Two Treasures from Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown. An old favourite of mine. After having a productive day re-organizing my makeup collection it came to my attention that my entire makeup collection consisted mainly of brown eyeshadows and red lipsticks- which left little room for any other colours. Due to this glaring information I've taken myself up on a challenge to try and get myself out of my usual rut and to gradually incorporate different colours other than red and brown into my everyday look ready for Autumn and Winter. With this challenge in mind I strolled up to Bobbi Brown and bought two basic items which would ease the transition. I also bought some items from MAC but they will featured in a future post so keep your eyes peeled for that. Expect to see a-lot of autumn related beauty & fashion posts in the near future *cheers*. 

After having a lengthy beauty chat with the lovely Sophie who worked at the Bobbi Brown counter, I walked away with two items pictured above, A Tinted Eye Brightener in Porcelain Peach 6 and a sheer lipstick in Nude Beige. Although in true makeup artist style she used many more products which have been added to the already lengthy make-up list on my phone - my purse isnt very happy! At the counter Sophie re-did my makeup from the beginning and the one product which really made a big difference to my over-all look was the eye-brightener.
Close up of the packaging and the doe-foot applicator.
This product really does what it says on the tube, brightens. The colour of the product itself is about one shade lighter than my natural skin tone. This is what really makes the difference as it visibly brightens the whole under eye area, and takes away the blue tones under my eyes. What I think makes this product really work is the consistency. It has a very light liquid formula, which is comparable to liquid foundation. So you can build this up in small layers under the eyes where needed to get the coverage needed to counter-act the darkness. Also due to it being liquid formula, it has not collected under the eye on prolonged wear which a major bonus for anyone who is on their feet all day! 
The opening of the tube, which wipes any excess product from the applicator. The doe-foot applicator is super soft, which surprised me. I never realised they could be so soft. Sounds weird I know but when compared with my chanel concealer doe foot this applies so effortlessly, which makes a big difference
Close-up of the applicator. The tube the brightener is packaged in allows for just enough product already loaded on the brush so you don't need to re-dip in the tube for each eye- which saves precious time in the mornings! I will do a full-review of this product when it is fully incorporated into my routine for a month so I can give the product a fair trial. But so far I'm impressed and can see myself using this on a everyday basis!

Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colour in Nude Beige 7 £19.50

The last item I purchased from the Bobbi Brown counter was a sheer lipstick in Nude Beige. I instantly fell in love with this colour. I personally hadn't spotted it whilst I was browsing, but when Sophie plucked it from the stand, I knew I had to take it home with me. It instantly reminded me of the colour Lana Del Rey constantly wears, as it is a true brown-toned pink with a slight pearl sheen.
It applies smoothly whilst having a good coverage, especially for a colour which is marketed as sheer! The one niggle I have with this colour is that it does tend to cling to the dry areas on your lips. Due to this I would recommend exfoliating your lips the day before you intend the wear the lipstick for the best application. I would recommend this colour to everyone as it is so versatile which would match any look. It has been a staple in my handbag since purchase and its such an easy colour to throw on, which you could make no mistakes with especially when you don't have a mirror to hand!Products swatched from left to right.Tinted eye brightener dotted then blended out underneath- Nude Beige Lipstick swatch(one swipe).  
I'm wearing O.P.I nail polish in Dulce de leche if anyone is wondering! Rings from left to right Topshop,Topshop, blue stone ring from Forever 21.

Bobbi Brown can be bought both online and at any Bobbi Brown counter, see the website to find your nearest counter.

So that is it for my visit to Bobbi Brown, short but very sweet!

Do you have any products suggestions from Bobbi Brown, let me know in a comment below I'd love to hear your favourites!

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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

May Favourites | 2014

Can someone tell what happened to May? It literally flew by... it's almost June. . . JUNE! I can't think of a better way to welcome in June by explaining what products I've been constantly using the entirety of last month!

I love this blush, I purchased this at the end of Summer and I absolutely love it. Its a golden-toned coral colour which gives an instant healthy glow to the cheeks. It has hints of gold shimmer which catch the light beautifully. Don't worry it doesn't make you look like a disco ball! It's my go-to colour for the warm weather, I can't see myself not using this anytime soon.Definitely worth the investment if you ask me, plus it looks so sophisticated when you pull it out of your makeup bag!

  I love the hollister smell. I really do it remind me of summer and sun-tan cream (not the gross kind). I'm rubbish at describing scents but this smells exactly like the store with an added dash of a feminine floral note. Don't worry it wont make you smell like your grandma its not that floral, but its just enough for me in the warmer weather. As you can see its definitely well loved. Although for the price it does come in a small bottle, so you go through it quickly. Not good. Plus I don't know if its the type of sprayer it comes with, but my bottle leaks if its not standing upright. So I cant travel with this, which is a big let down. Another thing I don't like how this sprays. By all means its looks pretty vintage, but I like putting on perfume not a tiny dusting!

For Summer Hollister have now created a Rollerball version of this perfume, which I've definitely got to pick up. So if the bottle design has put you off you could always try their smaller rollerball first!

This palette contains everything you need for a healthy looking face. It has a neutral toned matte bronzer which suits my light skin tone perfectly. No orange face for me this Summer *cheers of joy* . Next to it as you can guess is a ice pink shimmery highlighter. This is great for popping on the high points of your face. Less with this product is more as it is very pigmented. I use my real techniques pointed foundation brush to slide this onto the top of my cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, the center of the forehead and a light dusting on the cupids bow. I then lightly blend this in with a MAC 224 brush.

Finally the blush. The colour is quite a dark pink so you only need to apply a tiny bit of this and blend it in well. I've found this gives such a natural looking colour on the cheeks,as it is quite matte in finish. If you prefer some shimmer in your blush you could always dust some of the highlighter over this for some glowing cheeks. I'd definitely say this is the most pigmented colour out of the three. If you're in a rush remember build this colour up, as its easier to add more than it is to take-away!

If you like the look of this palette the word is on the street that Urban Decay are launching more of these palettes in June so if you want a bit more choice wait till then to pop into stores and have a look, a big thanks to Fleur (Fleuredeforce) for letting us know!

I apply the blush and the bronzer colour with my Real Techniques contour brush. This brush is definitely my second most used brush ever. Number one goes to the tarte brush I will explain later on.

MAC Quad (Custom Made)

Colours from L-R Top to Bottom Orb Patina Grain Cork.
This is my everyday palette. To me this has everything I need for a quick eyeshadow look. I have quite light skin and these colours really suit my natural skintone.

 Orb has a satin finish and I love using this on the browbone and to blend above the crease.

Patina is my most favourite MAC eyeshadow, it has a frost finish. I use this on a lazy day all over the lid, or for a smokey look on the outer half of the eye and under the lower lashes. Recently I've also been using this in my brows and I've been loving the look it gives.

Grain is a staple colour to me. Its such a buildable colour and can be used virtually anywhere. I use this mostly as a base in my crease to give me some natural definition, before I add a darker shade. Grain has a Satin finish.

Cork is a warm toned brown, which is a staple if I'm creating a smokey look.Sounds weird but I use this to blend out the crease and it instantly warms up the eyes. On darker skin-tones this would be a great colour for the outer corner of the eye to give some natural definition. Cork has a Satin finish.

Each colour is highly pigmented, the most pigmented out of all of them is Patina. Please note that Grain is also very pigmented, it doesn't really show in the photo above as it matches my skin tone! 
I feel having your own tailored MAC quad is a true life saviour.They are easy to travel with compared to their single pot counterparts, and you can really make a multitude of looks from only four colours. 

If you follow me on twitter you know I bought the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation and the bruhs counterpart. I've been testing out the foundation, the full review is in progress and will be here soon if you're interested! To cut a long story short I've reverted back to my beloved Bare Minerals Original Foundation and I'm using the Tarte kabuki to apply it. I love how it give more of a full coverage than the recommended brush by Bare Minerals. Plus the bristles are much,much softer. I love absolutely everything about this brush and it is my most used brush ever. Has definitely made me think about investing in more of their brushes.

I recently treated myself at the Chanel Counter, naughty I know. I picked up this after having it applied and recommended to me. Its basically Chanels offering of the YSL Touche Eclat. After having this for a month, I've already used it up pretty much, which goes to show you that the amount of product in here isn't a-lot. I only use a pea sized dot underneath each undereye area to brighten my dark circles. This aside this product does work in brightening the face and has made me look into getting their larger undereye concealer which I've mentioned HERE.

So thats it for my May Favourites, if you've got this far please write a comment below letting me know one product you've been loving this month!

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