Friday, 31 October 2014

NEW IN Bourjois #24hrPartyReady


 
I was lucky enough to attend the Bourjois #24hrPartyReady event last week to showcase their new releases for Winter 2014. The launch was held in a posh swanky London Hotel ( too posh for me anyway), which housed a evening full of glitz and glam - and that was just the makeup! Cocktails were following along with nail and make up stations where we could all try the new products on offer - there was even a hair station with the latest GHD curlers, so even our barnetts could be spruced and titillated to make sure we were made party ready.
Most of the new releases should be available in stores now, all ready for the up coming party seasons and see the arrival of new shades to their existing lines as well as brand new products to coax us into looking and feeling  #24hrpartyready
 

One Second Nail Polish* Top 'Grey to meet you' (new shade)  Middle 'Rouge in Style' Bottom 'Glitterizer' (new shade)

I'm already a huge fan of the One Second Nail Polish with the "fan effect" brush which makes applying polish a breeze, perfectly fanning out and covering the nail bed in a seamless motion. The new shade 'Grey to meet you' is my favourite a muted slate grey that I think is stunning and can be glammed up with the addition of the glitter shade ('Glitterizer') also new to the collection.


Smokey Stories Palette* L-R 'Rock this Khaki', 'Good Nude', 'Grey and Night' and 'Over Rose'

No makeup look would be complete without eye shadow and Bourjois have bought out 8 new quads, all in smokey pre-coordinated shades. All the shadows are a cream-powder texture with a primer built in to intensify the colour and improve the longevity. The palettes are made all the more glam with the addition of  'pop' shade containing concentrated faceted glitter, which will spice up any look!


Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet* in 'Hot Pepper' and 'Happy Nude Year' (new shade)

The rouge edition velvets are easily one of the nicest matte formulas around, leaving the lips feeling soft and uber matt. The latest release 'Happy Nude Year' (love the name!) fills the gap in the market where the Rouge Velvets are concerned. They have some a-mazing bright shades but were lacking in nudes I felt and this the perfect rose, peachy shade to fill the void.


Colour Edition 24H Eye Shadow* in ' Flocon d'or' and 'Marron Givre'. Volume 1 Second Ultra Black Mascara* and MEGA Liner in 'Ultra Black'*
 
Lastly and by no means least is the arrival of two new Colour Edition Eye Shadows. 'Flocon d'or' a frosty off white shade that will be perfect as a highlight or base. 'Marron Givre' is a warm chocolate brown with a hint of sparkle, perfect for the party season and a change up from the traditional black smokey eye.
To finish off the make up look you have the new Volume 1 Second Mascara in 'Ultra Black' and the MEGA Liner in 'Ultra Black'. These are both (as the names suggest) highly pigmented and are meant to last up to 24 hours, which will definitely see you through the party and into the next day!
 
Keep an eye on the blog for full reviews to come.
 
 What do you think to the new releases?
*Pr Samples. All thoughts are of course my own. 

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

How to fake healthy hair.


Most of us like the whole "dewy" make up look, you know - when the skin glows from within looking radiant and healthy. When hair is in tip top condition it tends to shine and one of the tell-tell signs of hair in bad condition is the lack of shine. So how can we achieve this and fake the shine?
Fear not I'm here to help and the process is in fact quite simple in the products you can use and the techniques available to make the hair shine, looking healthy and worthy of any Timotei advert.

Prep Work
When we apply make up we always prep and prime the skin ready, and the same steps can be taken in our hair routine. Using products designed to reflect the light and smooth the hair can make it look healthier, even if it isn't! With the magic of products and styling we can fake it!

Bumble and Bumble Let it Shine Shampoo* contains Sunflower which helps to dissolve "dulling residue" while preserving hairs natural oils. The Let it Shine conditioner* is light weight (ideal for fine limp hair types), non greasy and conditions hair leaving it feeling soft and tangle free. When rinsing out the hair the best way to not only make sure all the products are out but increase the shine is to rinse hair in cool/cold water.
I know this sounds for the brave hearted and especially coming into winter, but it really does work. It helps close the cuticles and can even help control oil production. A smooth sleek cuticle is going to reflect the light and give the illusion of healthy shiny hair. The reason why healthy hair tends to shine and damaged hair looks dull and life less is that the cuticles are flat and laying down and not rough and textured. We all know a smooth surface will reflect the light more than and uneven one.

I think it's always best to go in with a leave in treatment or serum if your hair is especially dry. These will add further nourishment and coat the strands, surrounding them in a protective barrier that with reflect the light and increase shine. The ones I really like using are the Milkshake Incredible Milk 12 Effects and the Richard Ward Anti-Ageing Argan Elixir* which is light, non greasy and does a fantastic job at taming and smoothing the hair making it look in tip top condition.

Drying/Styling
Once all the prep work is done it's time to blow dry and this is where the most results are achieved. When blow drying your hair you want to make sure the nozzle is pointing downward in the direction of which the hair falls. This will help smooth out the cuticles and improve the overall texture of the hair.
Turn up the heat. I know we're all told how bad this is for your hair but it really makes a difference to smoothing out the hair and moulding it into place as the heat will soften the bonds and make it easier to manipulate.
When blow drying try to use bristle brushes rather than plastic or metal. These are really going to add grip to the hair so when your pulling the hair around them they're going to smooth it out more.
Curling Wands and Straighteners are also going to smooth out the hair and give it more of a polished look.

Finishing Touches
Once the style is achieved blast the hair with cool air. Much like when rinsing the cool hair is going to set the style in place and set the cuticles laying flat.
To finish off you can use a serum or shine spray to greater enhance the shine. Schwarzkorf Blonde Me Shine Enhancing Spray conditioner* is the same consistency of a dry oil, contains tiny flecks of gold shimmer (which is perfect for blonde hair) and they also do one of darker hair and brunettes. It catches the light and smoothes fly away hairs without making it look greasy or weighing it down.

What are your tip for faking healthy hair and making it shine?
 
 
*Pr Samples. All thoughts are of course my own.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Yankee 'Harvest' Candle


Yankee Candle 'Harvest' review

Yankee Candle Harvest*. £19.99 large jar

Autumn brings the start of some exciting times. We have Halloween, Fireworks nights and then the build up to Christmas. The Harvest candle from Yankee candles somehow seems to blend all these together, to form a warm and comforting aroma. 
 
"The rich hues of the harvest - with golden spices softened and smoothed by the addition of sweet autumn fruits and musk - come together in an inviting blend" Yankee Candle
 
Christmas scented candles tend to be very sweet with the blend of candy and rich spices - which sometimes can be a bit heavy for this time of year. This is a nice transition scent that houses a gentle sweetness which stems from the cinnamon, sweet apples and pumpkin. And has an almost aniseed vibe coming from the cloves, which cuts through the heavy sweetness to reveal a rich welcoming fragrance.  There's also a slight spicy twang to it with the addition of musk, which is warm and comforting - just like a fluffy blanket and perfect for this time of year. 
The aroma fills the room and rooms around it with the vast throw power that is encased in the large jar, but does not over power the room, just adding a soft warming glow.
 
This and many other Autumnal scents can be found on the Yankee Candle website.
What fragrances are you captivated by this time of year?
*PR Sample. All thoughts are of course my own.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Eternity Eye Contouring Gel


I always find it hard to review an eye cream. I mean what is there really to say about it apart from how well it moisturises and hydrates the under eye area? There's no way I can judge if it's reduced lines and wrinkles because I don't really have any yet ( maybe it does work then! lol), and I cant say it's stopped my getting any, because how on earth can I judge how much I've aged in a few months? You can't.

What I will say about the Eternity Eye Contouring Gel is that it's formulated from all natural ingredients like Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel, Rose Flower Water and Cucumber,  so if you're keen to keep your skincare natural this my interest you a lot!

The gel is thick, a lot thicker than I'm used to seeing in an eye product and you only need the smallest amount to cover the orbital bone and surrounding area. The gel feels quite tacky when first applied and offers an instant cooling refreshing sensation. The tackiness soon fades and the area is left hydrated and nourished. I don't really like using thick creams as I find them too heavy for day time use but this sits under my makeup perfectly and doesn't interfere at all with the longevity or appearance of my concealer or makeup.

It's packaged in a simple pump dispenser which to be honest isn't the most attractive, and the pump I find does dispense too much product so I recommend using it with a light hand. That being said it's what is inside that counts and the product is a nice addition to my skin care routine and made even better that I know I'm using all natural ingredients, which melody together to do the job I expect an eye cream to do, and it does it well.


Have you tried anything from this range before? Are you keen to keep your skincare natural?

*PR Sample. All thoughts are of course my own.





Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks


Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipsticks in sexy sienna and lost cherry. review and swatches.


Charlotte Tilbury matte revolution lipsticks in sexy sienna and lost cherry review and swatches.

My first Charlotte Tilbury purchase!! I know, I know I'm a little late to the party but I'm here now so let that be the end if it.  
I've seen numerous posts and heard everyone raving about her line but somehow I never got around to ordering anything - Probably because there's not a counter near me so it meant I had to order online, and the thought of parting with that much cash and not liking the colour or product was too much to bare. This all got thrown out her window when I saw the release of the new Matte Revolution lipsticks. I'm rather partial to a matte lippy and everything about these said" buy me". So I did.
 
This is a beautiful nude with a pinky peachy undertone that I think is so easy to wear and would flatter most skin tones. A "golden coral" is it's description but I think it to come off more nude on me.


This the perfect bright fuchsia pink with a slight coral hue, that some how doesn't look too bright, but bright enough to get noticed. It's described at "pastel fuchsia", which I think is spot on and the exact description for it.
 
Both lipsticks benefit from a creamy matte finish that isn't drying and very comfortable to wear. The matte formula is unlike any I have tried before, containing Lipstick Tree and Orchid exact that hydrate and soften the lips meaning it wears evenly on the lips without flaking or going "scabby" (you all know what I mean! lol). What makes these different again is you can layer the lipsticks and re fresh the colour throughout the day without it caking up or looking patchy. Some matte lipsticks don't allow you to do this and don't lay well on each other, but this does and makes it stand out from the crowd and sets the mark when it comes to matte formulas. 
 
The bullet is shaped very different from conventional lipsticks where the tip is a flat square shape that makes application a breeze. The squared tip allows me to line the cupids bow and trace the out line of my lips perfectly, and with ease. Looking at the unusual shape you'd think it wouldn't work, but it does.
Like most Charlotte Tilbury makeup the price isn't cheap but not completely outrageous either. £23.00 is on par with most high end brands like YSL and Dior, and I do think the product is worth it if you want to treat yourself and have something that's not only beautiful on the inside, but on the outside too. I mean come on, it rose gold vintage packaging for god sake. Blooming stunning!
 
What do you think to the Matte Revolution Lipsticks? Have you picked up any shades yet?




Monday, 20 October 2014

Halloween | Barbie Got Burnt




Unsure of what to go as for Halloween? Want to go full out glam or gory and bloody? This look combines the two perfectly!
All the products used are from my make up stash, but if you have some special effects make up and fake bloody the look will be all the more realistic!
 
For the traditional Barbie side I used all iconic Barbie shades like, blue eyeshadow and big bubblegum pink lips, all finished off with false lashes on the top and bottom and lots of pink blusher to give off that fake OTT makeup look. I also put white eyeliner in the water line and just below it to give the illusion of bigger more doll like eyes.
 
For the "Burnt" side I started off by making the scar under the eye which was rolled up tissue fixed down with eyelash glue. If I was to do this again I would also place this down the centre of the face to separate the two sides and give it a more textured look.
As for the rest,  I simply used a makeup sponge that I had pulled pieces out of to give a stippled effect, and used alternate purple and red lipstick all over the face, and then darkened areas with a black gel liner.  The sponge gives the appearance of veins and textured skin which I think works really well and looks quite effective.
 
What are you going as for Halloween this year?
 
 

Friday, 17 October 2014

Jurlique Balancing Foaming Cleanser




Jurlique Balancing Foaming Cleanser* £27.50 (currently on offer for £21.18)
 
This is my first dip into Jurlique products and one I must say I have been very pleased with. All of their skincare is derived from natural ingredients and this cleanser is no different. Containing Ginseng Root to help firm the skin, Rosehip Oil to restore skins radiance, and Ginkgo Biloba which helps restore skin cells. It's also packed with Vitamins E and C, and these together with the other ingredients create a harmonious balance for normal/combination skin.
 
One small pump is all you need to cover the entire face, while the cleanser lathers up into a rich moisturising foam which feels creamy and hydrating on the skin - a far cry from most foaming cleansers that can be stripping and drying on the skin. This is not.
 
The scent is everything you expect from a natural skincare line, a herby infusion that may not be to everyone's taste, but I personally don't mind.
 
This is described as a 'Balancing Cleanser' which is exactly what it is. It has controlled my oil levels and also hydrated my skin in areas that need it,  leaving it looking and feeling soft and radiant.
 
One aspect I was not expecting to find was how it banished breakouts and spots. As you know me and my skin have not been the best of friends for some time. The situation has been better these last 3 months or so but I was still finding myself with a visitor at least once a week. Which was a lot better than it has been, but still annoying.
Since using this for 5 weeks now I have been spot free for 4 of them ( you know the 4th week has something to do with hormones and our good old friend that visits once a month! Sorry TMI). 
Now I can't say for sure if it's this cleanser, but what I can say is I haven't changed anything else in my skin care routine apart from this.
As an oily skin gal I've always gravitated towards cleansers that are designed to tackle spots and banish oil, so for me trying a "hydrating cleanser" was well out of my comfort zone and something that I thought would hinder my problem rather than improve it.
 
For now I'm sticking with this. I've enjoyed my spot free face and don't want them back! If you've struggled with breakouts and tried everything on the market to get rid of them, I can definitely recommend giving this a try. Who knows, you may see the same results I have?
 
Trying this has made me more interested in other products from Jurlique. If you've already tried some what would be your recommendations to try next, I'd love to know!
*PR Sample. All thoughts are of course my own.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Guest Post | Real Women?

 
Today I have a very special guest post from my dear friend and fellow blogger Rachel. If you've never read her blog Rantings Of Lard I urge you to as I personally think she's hilarious! She basically writes about things that "grind her gears" ( if you're a Family Guy fan you'll get that reference), and today she's talking about body image and what the media expects us women to look like to be considered a "real woman"...
 
I've got a bit of time off work this week which means inevitably I will have a moment where I get sucked into daytime TV. It happened today and it's got me feeling ranty.
 
This Morning are running a campaign called Gok's Real Women. The This Morning website says:
 
"Today we launch our Real Women campaign on This Morning, throughout October we will be showing no models on the show, just real women."
 
This term "Real Women" really does get on my thrupennies. It appears to have been hijacked in order to shame skinny ladies as some how not being "real". As far as I'm concerned, if you identify as a woman then you're a real woman. It's got absolutely nothing to do with your size and it's certainly not about how you dress.
 
I'm about a size 22 and my cousin is a size 6. Does that mean that I'm a "Real Woman" and she isn't? Of course it doesn't. We are both women pure and simple, neither of us more so than the other.
One of the models was told today that bigger ladies can "still be beautiful, you've just got to know the tricks".
 
Now I'm all for body confidence and I'm a bigger lady myself but now according to this campaign I can only be beautiful if I follow the "tricks".
Tricks today included panelling on the the dress because in a lighter tone "there's a tenancy it could make you look a little bit bigger" but if you look at the lines when your buying a dress "if it's nice and slim it's going to be slim on you too".
Thus giving the the impression that if you play by the "rules" you can look slimmer. Just don't wear stripes, show too much arm or leg and carry a nice big handbag to cover up those massive hips!
 
What a load of cack. I'm sure that at the beginning when they first thought of it, this campaign had good intentions but it has completely conflicting views. 
 
At the beginning of the segment Amanda Holden (not a fan of her either but that's a whole other post) proudly declares:
 
"We've banned professional models"
Gok replies:
"Absolutely, we're getting real girls in"
Then within 5 minutes Gok follows this with:
"Fashion is about being inclusive, it's not about excluding anyone"
 
Unless of course you're a model because apparently they're not "Real Women" and if you are on the lardy side we'll teach you all the "tricks" to make you look slimmer.
Here's an idea This Morning, how about just promoting body confidence whether you're a size 6 or a size 22. How about not playing women off against each other because of your own skewed idea of what constitutes a "Real Woman".
Women are bloody fabulous regardless of their size, how about celebrating that instead?
 
What are your views on this?
Thanks for reading
Lard
x

Monday, 13 October 2014

Black Toothpaste. Say whaaat??


 
So this may be the strangest thing I've reviewed on my blog, Black Toothpaste! If it was from any other brand I would have thought it was a joke, but Beverly Hills Formula are well known and trusted by many, so my initial fear of being left with black stained teeth was quickly resolved.
 
The black colouring stems from the activated charcoal ingredient which is well known for targeting tannins, a main compound found in tea, coffee, wine and spices, all of which are a main cause of staining. The charcoal removes the tannins from the surface of the teeth without harming the enamel, which some harsh whiting toothpastes can do. The charcoal also tackles bad breath and neutralises bacteria, and the sodium Fluoride helps keep teeth strong and healthy - meaning it's safe to use daily to clean teeth and achieve a whiter smile.
 
Once I got over the initial colour the toothpaste tasted very minty and instantly left my month feeling really fresh and clean. My husband and I normally use a whitening toothpaste so to be honest I wasn't expecting to see a dramatic difference in the whiteness of my teeth. But it did a great job at removing stains, and my teeth felt really clean, I mean really clean.
The black paste transforms into a slight grey, off white foam, so just like any other toothpaste. I really do notice a difference after using it. But don't get me wrong, you're not going to end up with a smile similar to Ross from friends did when he had he's teeth whitened! But any coffee connoisseur out there will probably see the difference in the whiteness of their teeth, I know I did!
So if you're a coffee addict like me, or partial to a glass of red wine or two, and looking for a more natural, less harmful way to whiten your teeth this could be the tooth paste for you! 
In a nutshell, Black Toothpaste can really make your teeth white. Who knew?!

What are you favourite whitening toothpastes?
*PR Sample. All thoughts are of course my own.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Yankee Candle | Witches Brew

Yankee Candel Witches Brew
Yankee Candle Witches Brew
The nights are drawing in and that only means one thing...winter is on it's way. Halloween and Christmas are the only things that get me through the cold gloomy days and what better time than now then to talk about the Yankee Candle Halloween selection?

There are three candles in the collection, two old favourites and one new addition. The one I'm talking about today to is Witches Brew* which has seen a come back onto the Yankee Candle site. The other two spooky additions are Candy Corn and Ghostly Treats, and all come in scary Halloween style jars.

If you're a fan of sweet spicy fragrances then this will be right up your street! The black spooky casing with orange trim houses such ingredients as Exotic Patchouli and has a smokey cinnamon and clove hint to it. To me it screams cosy nights in and is perfect for this and the Christmas season as it has that rich warm spicy vibe that we all crave that time of year.

The scents come in four sizes, tarts, samplers, tea lights  and medium jars, which I thick is a great idea, as the large jar would last ages and mean you'll still be lighting Halloween scents in spring!

All three candles are avaible now on the Yankee Candle website priced at £16.99.
Which scent will you be going for this Halloween?

 
*Pr Sample. All thoughts are of course my own.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Battle of the Advent Calendars

This year is 'Year of the Beauty Advent Calendars'. Everyone, and I mean everyone is jumping on the band waggon when it comes to Christmas themed beauty treats. There are 15 in total, yes 15!! Some old favourites, some new exciting contenders, and not all are beauty themed - some are fashion and there's even a lifestyle one thrown in for good measure.
Some of the Calendars are well out of my league on the price point, but some are much more affordable and purse friendly meaning there's one out there for everyone!
Lets see what's on offer this year with the 'Battle of the Advent Calendars' ......

Boots No7 Advent Calendar. £35.00 Available from 29th October in store and online.
Worth over £130.00 and one of the more purse friendly calendars on the market, you can expect to find a variety of No7 goodies enclosed like, No7 high Shine Lip Crayon, Lash Impact Mascara, eye serum and many more!

Benefit Candy-Coated Countdown Calendar £60.00 Available online from 16th October and in store from 1st November.
Jammed packed full of benefit wonders that would have a true BeneBabe quivering at the knees, and worth £109.53!. Expect to see, Fake Up, Porefessional, They're Real and many more. See the full contents here.

The Body Shop Days of Joy Advent Calendar £50.00 Available in store from 26th October and online from 4th November
The Body Shop calendar last year was a huge success and this years I think will be no different. Inside you can except to see the likes of Wild Argan Oil, Colour Crush Nail Polish and White musk perfume as well as much more totalling £83.00 worth of products!

Selfridges 'Enchanted Spells' Advent Calendar. £85.50 Available NOW here
Good old Selfridges don't half know how to do an Advent Calendar. Now this isn't cheap but if you like your high end beauty products and feel like treating yourself then this is it! This contains a mix of fragrance, skin care and of course makeup from major brands like, YSL, Lancôme, Kiehls and Victor and Rolph.

You Beauty Discovery. £49.95 Available NOW here
This is worth a whooping £240 and jam packed full of big names. Expect to see a Aromatherapy Associates candle, Essie nail polish, GlamGlow, Rodial and even Sisley!

W7 £19.99 available from Xtras, and currently on sale for £16.99 at Fragrance Direct NOW.
The cheapest out of the bunch but no less still packing a punch with the goodies they have to offer. This is full of make up items that any beauty addict would love. There's nail polishes, lipsticks, eye shadows, a foundation and even a full sized mascara! A great gift for teenagers and for those that are watching the pennies on the run up to Christmas.

Jo Malone Advent Calendar £250.00 Available 20th October in Harrods and Nationwide 10th November
If you think this is an ordinary calendar then you'd be wrong. At £250 its a whole-lotta cash to be spending, and is really a Christmas present in itself! But if you're a Jo Malone fanatic then this might be just up your street, with mini perfumes and body creams all from their best selling scents like Pomegranate Noir ( my personal fav) Lime Basil & Mandarin, and Peony & Blush, it's certainly a beautiful treat if its in your budget!
 
L'Occitane £45.00 Available from 3rd November
This is slightly different from the other calendars in that there are only 13 windows to open, but never the less deserves a good old  mention. 13 beautiful bath time and pamper treats that range from hand lotion, to shower gel and even moisturisers.

Elemis 12 Days of Beauty £59.50 Available NOW here.
This is similar to the previous one where there are only 12 days instead of 24. The gift set is filled with Elemis classics like, Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm, Marine Cream, Flash Balm, and bath and body products all worth £113!

Lush 12 Days Of Christmas £49.95 Available NOW here.
If you're an avid lush fan this will interest you greatly. Lush have released an advent full of festive joy to see you through the Christmas period. 12 assorted bath and shower gifts like 'Snow Angle Bath Melt', 'Holly GoLightly Bubble Bar' and 'Hot Toddy Shower Gel' to leave you in the mood for all the seasonal fun.

Liberty Advent Calendar £125 Available November
This one sits nicely in between Selfridges and Jo Malone's offerings on price and contains some fantastic gifts. Think Nars, Diptyque, Laura Mercier, Eve Lom and you're on the right path.

Ciate Mini Mani Manor £49.00 Available NOW here
For all nail polish addicts, this ones for you! Seeing 23 mini polishes and one full sized, all in different shades and finishes.

Non Beauty Advent Calendars
 
Yankee Candle Advent Calendar £21.99 Available NOW here
Christmas would not be Christmas without a festive candle burning, and Yankee have not disappointed with the release of this years advent calendar. Housing 24 tealights in scents such as 'Snowflake Cookie', 'Cranberry Ice' and 'Christmas Cookie'.

Top Shop Freedom Advent Jewellery Calendar Available NOW £25.00 here
If make up and candles aren't your thing this calendar could be just up your street, featuring 24 gold and silver coloured earrings, bracelets and necklaces.

Primark Jewellery Advent Calendar Available in store NOW £10.00
A slightly cheaper option is the jewellery calendar from Primark containing cute stud earrings, necklaces and rings that would be perfect for teenagers and anyone into fashion.

My personal favourites have to be the Jo Malone, even though there's no chance in hell of me getting it, unless of course there's anyone that wants to give me one. *wink wink, nudge nudge*. Other favourites are the Yankee candle advent ( lets face it who doesn't love a candle at Christmas) and the Lush 12 Days of Christmas.
Which are your favourites, and will you be buying any this year?

Monday, 6 October 2014

Autumn Eyes.



This is a simple and easy way of adding colour into any make up look and to transition into the Autumn season. The shades I've gone of today are purple with a pop of copper sparkle in the centre. By placing this warmer shade in the centre makes the look a lot more wearable and everyday, as purple can be a little hard to carry off - you don't wan to look like you have a bruised or black eye now do you?

  • In the crease place a transistion shade so the colours blend out smoothly. I used 'Peach Smoothie' from Makeup Geek, but any warm toned neutral shade will do, on a fluffy blending brush.
  • Next, sweep your purple shade into the crease and socket line. I used Nars 'Seduction' Blush as I didn't have any purple shades.
  • To fill in the outer and inner corners I used Mac 'Cranberry' a rich reddy purple shade with a hint shimmer. Make sure to leave the centre of the eyelid free of shadow as this is where your copper will go. I also blended this under the eye from outer to inner corner. 
  • I used Mac pigment in 'Copper Sparkle' on a flat brush and patted it onto the lid, and also placed it under the eye in the centre to mimic the colours on the lid.
  • To finish off the look line your upper and lower water line and create a winged liner on the lid, followed with plenty of mascara on the top and bottom lashes, and even add some falsies  if you want to?
What eye shadows are you sporting this Autumn?
 

Friday, 3 October 2014

September Favourites


I'm not gonna go on at how another month as flown by. blah blag blah, but it has! This month saw a lot of new products for me as I did do rather a bit of shopping, so some of these are new and some are old favourites.

This is a great budget eye primer that creates a perfect base for applying eye shadow to. The sticky formula grabs on to colour, intensifying it and making to last without creasing. There's only one thing though, why the hell didn't I get it sooner?
This is another product that I wish I had sooner. So many people raved about this and in my mind I was thinking, "how good can a lip liner really be?" Well let me tell ya, it's fab!
I don't know how it does it, but this baby makes my lips so much bigger than they really are and also acts as a perfect tacky base when you apply lipstick over the top. The colour is perfection and I've been pairing it with a nude lip stick and even worn it alone on days where I cant be bothered, and it's still looked fab. (Full review to follow).
This will probably come as no surprise to regular readers. I absolutely adore this perfume. It's everything I look for in a fragrance, it's fresh, light and just perfect. Full stop, end of.
I tend to be a little slack when it comes to body moisturisers, but this one smells so damn good and sinks in within seconds that its a crime NOT to use it. It's another fresh and light product that leaves my skin feeling hydrated and smooth leaving a nice cooling sensation behind.
If you read my post here it will be no surprise that this has been featured in my monthly favourites. The cream to powder blush is just the perfect colour that flatters and suits the majority of my make up looks. I just can't get enough of it!
I'm always looking for a good under eye brightener as I do like to sport the whole Kim K look. This setting powder contains tiny flecks of shimmer, but once on the skin are undetectable, and instantly highlights and brightens the areas while setting my concealer in place.
I've been using this for the past month and have fallen head of heels in love with it. The cleanser is great at removing dirt without drying or stripping the skin.
One aspect I wasn't expecting to find was how well to has kept my skin spot and blemish free. I think the cleanser does a fantastic job at controlling oil and hydrating the skin just where it needs it, and the results so far have been completely unexpected and greatly received! (Full review to follow).
This is a new discovery of mine and one I have been really impressed with. The product comes in the form of a mousse that is used on dry unwashed hair and then dried in with a heat from a hair dryer. After this you wash and condition as normal and then use it weekly in the middle of the shampoo and condition steps or your hair care routine. I've used this a few times now and I've been surprised at how soft and manageable my hair is left afterwards. It feels nourished from root to tip, looking and feeling like I've had an expensive salon treatment. (Full review to follow).

What products have you been loving this past month?
*Pr Samples. All thoughts are of course my own.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

*NEW IN* My MAC Palette



mac shroom, club and expensive pink eyeshadow swatches and review.
 Top - 'Shroom'. Middle - 'Club'. Bottom - 'Expensive Pink'.

If you read my latest haul post you would have seen a went a bit cray cray in Mac and ended up picking up a few new bits. Some of what I purchased were new eye shadows to add to my MAC palette and I've swatched them here for you to see.
 
'Shroom' - is a yellow tone off white with a pearlized satin finish which is perfect for an inner corner highlight or for placing under the eyebrow to highlight the brow bone. It's not the most interesting of colours but the sort of shade I think everyone needs to have in their collection.
 
'Club' - a unique colour which looks like a boring brown in the pan but when applied and the light catches it, you can see hints of iridescent blue and even green. This is easily a shade you can wear alone on the lid as it blends out beautifully into the crease and turns to a  completely different finish then when it's packed on the mobile lid.
 
'Expensive Pink' - is another shade which changes colour in the light. In the pan it's a stunning pinky copper shade which has yellow and gold shimmer running through it, and this catches the light beautifully making it almost look almost duochrome.
 
All the shades are buttery soft with fantastic colour pay off with little to no fall out, but then I wouldn't expect anything else from MAC really!
 
What do you think to my new additions? Have you any other recommendations you think I might like?