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2 February 2016

Get The Look | Cara Delevigne

      
 

                           

As soon as I saw the images of Cara on the FRow at Chanel's Couture Show I knew I wanted to re-create it. I'm an avid wearer of a dark vampy lip, and loved how clean and glamorous she looked. It is the perfect look for this time of year, it can even be worn on casual days, with a cream knitted jumper and ripped bleach wash jeans.



 The one struggle I had with re-creating this look is that Cara has such beautiful, flawless skin. She probably doesn't need a heavy make-up base. Me on the other hand, my skin has a very pink/red tone to it and I do suffer from break outs. In order to get that 'flawless' look, I used Benefit's Pore Professional as a primer, and then Estee Lauder's Double Wear in 'Cool Bone'. I applied this using my fingers as I find that it keeps the product warm, and much easier to blend.

 I then used Collection's Concealer in Shade 1, the lightest shade, and applied it under my eyes and on any red areas that needed more coverage. Afterwards I gave myself a slight contour to mimic Cara's gorgeous bone structure, I used Benefit's Hoola Bronzer to do so.

I finished the base with a tiny hint of mauve blusher, Cara doesn't appear to be wearing blusher in the photo, however, I find it gives my face more dimension.



For her eye make-up, Cara kept it very simple. No eyeliner, just a stunning peach toned shimmer for eye shadow and a thin coat of mascara. This kept the look very fresh despite the dark lip. In order to achieve a similar look I used Urban Decay's Gwen Stefani Palette. I used the shade 'Blonde', a light creamy tone, in the corners of my eyes and under the brown bone to create a natural looking highlight. I then used 'Baby' all over the lid, which is a mid-tone peachy champagne colour, which I gave some definition to by using 'Steady' in the crease, which is a more warm toned peachy orange. To finish I took 'Punk' on an angled brush and lined the outer lower lash line.

I then applied a thin coat of Catrice Jet Lash mascara, in Black, on both the top and bottom lashes. I also attempted to fill in my brows Cara style using Catrice Eyebrow Stylist, however, in all honesty, mine are in definite need of some TLC, and are certainly not eyebrows on fleek!



For the lipstick, I have been trying out a new range called Freedom. The option I went for is a lovely deep burgundy, and very similar to the shade that Cara was wearing. The lipstick has a glossy sheen to it and is very long lasting, meaning it would be perfect for day and night wear.


 I really enjoyed re-creating this look, it's definitely something I would sport myself on a daily basis, and I look forward to hearing what you think!

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25 January 2016

MAC x Ellie Goulding Lipstick Review


  As soon as I saw that Mac had brought out a range of products in collaboration with Ellie Goulding I knew I had to get my hands on them. I'm a total lipstick fiend and knew that's what I had to buy.

  The special, limited edition packaging of the range is absolutely stunning. It features Ellie Goulding's signature printed in metallic, rose gold and is set against a classic, glossy, black casing. It's practically a bloggers dream.


After some deliberation I opted for 'Only You', which is a gorgeous cream sheen, in a nude, beige tone. If you follow me on , or have read my blog for a while, you will know that I'm more of a bold lip wearer. Neutrals only really grace my eyes and not my lips. However, I really wanted to find a nude lipstick for those days I don't want to have too dramatic make-up.

 I opted for 'Only You', as it wasn't a pale creamy nude, but more of a darker beige nude, which I believed would suit me much better. Having pale skin means finding a nude shade is actually quite difficult, as they can often make me look very drained. With this lipstick however I find it doesn't do that.



 The cream sheen finish of the lipstick leaves your lips feeling very moisturised and soft. It almost creates a gloss effect, which, after wearing mainly matte lipstick for the past few months, is a refreshing change!


 When applied to my lips the lipstick almost looks like a 'your lips but better' kind of shade. It looks natural and muted. On first application it is quite a sheer swash of colour, but it can be built up to achieve this pretty tone. It's a perfect lipstick for those of you who love a more fresh, natural finish to your make up.


Overall, I am really impressed with this lipstick. It wouldn't be my usual choice, and I have always been one to avoid nude tone lips. However, this has always been because I have never actually found a one that suits me. Now that I have found one though, it is definitely a look I will be sporting more often. I like how it makes me look very fresh faced and natural. It will also be the perfect lipstick for the upcoming spring and summer months.

What's your favourite nude lipstick?
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11 January 2016

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Palette Review


Just before Christmas I decided to treat myself to Urban Decay's new palette that was collaborated with Gwen Stefani. I was immediately sold by the packaging, let alone the beautiful choice of shadows inside. Urban Decay are my go to brand for eye shadow. I have all 3 of the Naked Palettes and was very tempted by the Smokey palette, however, because I'm very fair I didn't think I would get the most wear out of it and sorrowfully decided not to buy it.

What grabbed my attention with this Gwen Stefani Palette is, that not only does it have a beautiful selection of neutral tones, it also has some striking pops of colour too for those brave days.


The palette contains 15 shades, ranging from beautiful champagnes to vivid blue. There are 10 neutral toned shades and 5 colourful shades. I really love the burgundy shadow, it's perfect for this time of year. My favourite shade in the whole palette is 1987, which is a really pretty gold. I regularly like to wear a light brown smoky eye with a pop of gold in the centre, and this palette is perfect for creating this look.


The colours are very pigmented and blend together beautifully, enabling you to create so many versatile make-up looks. I created this look using 'Bathwater' all over my lid, which is a pretty peachy gold. I then used 'Anaheim' in the crease and finished off the look with a pop of '1987' in the centre of my lid. I can't wait to experiment more with the different colour combinations and create some unique looks.  It's definitely a palette that will take you through the seasons, as the light champagne and peach tones will look pretty for summer, whilst the dark browns and burgundy's will look sultry for the winter.


Overall, I really can't fault this palette. The packaging is sturdy and easy to keep clean. The shades are versatile, yet very wearable, and all of them are hugely pigmented and easy to blend. What more could you ask for in an eye shadow palette! 10/10 Urban Decay!

What's your favourite eye shadow palette?
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7 November 2015

Clinique 'Cherry Pop' Lipstick & Primer

 
 
I picked up Glamour Magazine recently to see the lovely Tanya Burr's segment, and was blown away about the fact it had a free Clinique product with it! The one I picked up had 'Cherry Pop' lipstick with it, which being a bold lip worshipper, I was over the moon about!
 


I love getting mini samples to try, especially lipstick, as it's hard to judge whether the colour will suit you from just a swatch on the back of your hand. These cute little mini's are also perfect for popping in your clutch bag on a night out too.

The packaging itself is beautiful, the main body of the packaging represents the colour of the lipstick. This is great for helping you pick what kind of shade your looking for. The lid is a stunning metallic silver, with Clinique printed on it, which adds a touch of luxury to the product.


If you've been around my corner of the net long enough, you will have noticed I have a penchant for red lips. From Mac's Ruby woo to Rimmel 107, I just love them.

I was very impressed with the finish. I'm normally more of a matte girl at heart, but this formula is very moisturising due to it, not only being a lipstick, but also a primer! I've never come across this type of lipstick formula yet, but I really like it. Your lips are left feeling soft and velvety.




Look at that colour pay off! I didn't expect the formula to be so opaque with it being a moisturising lipstick, but I was nicely surprised. It really is as it's name suggests, a bold, pretty cherry red. Perfect for the upcoming festive season. I'm tempted to buy some more of the collection, as the formula is just so good.

Have you tried any of Clinique's lipsticks?
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2 November 2015

Lush Christmas Collection Haul

 
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Now that Halloween has passed and it's November it's practically Christmas right?!
I popped into Lush a couple of days ago after seeing everyone's new season hauls popping up in the blogosphere. I had a good nosey at what people had picked up and made my selection.

It was hard to resist buying everything glittery in sight! However, I pulled in the reigns and chose just four products. These four products are the best in the Christmas collection for me. I did adore all the pretty bath bombs and bubble bars, but in reality I never get chance to have a nice long, relaxing bath and instead opt for a shower, which is why I only picked up the one bubble bar.

The first product I chose was Santa's Lip Scrub






One of the things I suffer with a lot during the cold winter months is dry lips. I have tried the old toothbrush trick but find it to be a bit too harsh, so when I saw this cute lip scrub it went straight into my basket. Not only is it Cola scented, but it's also edible! It literally makes me think of the Cola Christmas Truck adverts. The scrub is very gentle due to it being made with caster sugar, dates and cherry scrub. Leaving your lips perfectly polished, essential for those Christmas kisses *wink wink*

Santa Baby Lip Tint


Santa Baby is the perfect accompaniment to Santa's Lip Scrub, its a stunning ruby red and smells just like cola, the same scent as the lip scrub. It's the perfect festive lip colour and is sure to make your lips look irresistible under the mistletoe. The lip tint contains carrot oil and shea butter, both of which help nourish your lips, leaving them feeling soft and hydrated. The lip tint also has a hint of cinnamon which is sure to give your lips a little extra seasonal flare.  This is going to be a definite handbag essential this party season.

Snow Fairy Shower Gel


Snow Fairy is a cult Lush product within the blogging community, and you can see why. It smells really sweet with a hint of candy floss and bubble gum in there. Snow Fairy is only available within Lush's Christmas Collection, and therefore if it's a scent you love I'd recommend stocking up! It leaves your skin smelling fantastic, and is really revitalising, which is needed during these darker months.

Holly Go Lightly Bubble Bar



The final product I picked up is the Holly Go Lightly Bubble Bar, which is practically Christmas encapsulated in one product. It's green, glittery and has a warm spicy scent to it. What more could you ask for in a Christmas Bath Product! I'm definitely going to be using this one before a Christmas Party to give my skin a very festive shine.

So there are my top picks from Lush's Christmas Collection this year. I think the products I've chosen are perfect this season, with plenty of glitter, festive scents and red and greens thrown in for good measure. Let the party season begin!

What are your favourite Christmas products from Lush?
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10 October 2015

The Perfect Primark Lip Liner




When I was browsing the aisles of Primark last week, I popped over to the beauty section to grab my favourite eye liner and stumbled across this lip liner. I'm really impressed with Primark's range of make-up, it seems to keep growing, and the quality is really lovely too!


This particular lip liner took my fancy. It's the perfect dark nude shade for Autumn. I find nude lipsticks really difficult to wear due to having such a fair complexion, however, I think this particular shade suits me quite nicely. It makes my skin tone look warmer.



Primark lip liner



The only gripe I have is that the lip liner doesn't appear to have a name, so I've tried to capture the colour of it as best I can for those of you who want to try it out. For the price, it's definitely worth trying, even if, in the end, you decide it's not for you.


The packaging itself is a very clean, black and gold design. I love gold on anything at the minute, and I have somewhat become a magpie for it!






The pigmentation is excellent, the liner comes out slightly creamy and very opaque. I'm a huge fan of a matte lip in Autumn, and therefore decided, after testing it out of my hand, that I would apply it all over my lips.



primark lip liner



I really liked how the lip liner looked by itself and the staying power was so much better than your standard lipstick. It lasted most of the day, even after eating and drinking, which is a definite bonus when you work long days like me.  I'm always looking to improve the longevity of my make-up.


The pointed tip makes it so easy to get a perfect outline, enhancing the natural shape of your lips.  At the same time the formula makes it simple to use all over. It's a win win situation in my eyes!








Overall, what I love most about this Lip Liner is not only the amazing price, but also the longevity. The less you have to re-apply, the longer it should last. Essentially more bang for your buck! The colour is so lovely and autumnal too, I can see it fast becoming my go to lip product. Although, I may have to find a good lip salve for the winter, as the product is mainly matte in texture, which could be a dry lips worst enemy. Considering all of the elements, this liner gets a 10/10 from me, hats  off to Primark for having the best autumnal dark nude lip shade.



What's your favourite autumn lipstick?
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6 August 2015

Sleek Au-Natural Palette Review



One of my lovely friends, who clearly knows me very well, bought me this palette for my Birthday last month. I have given myself plenty of time to give it a good trying out and I really like it. It's right up my street colour wise, I love a bronze smoky eye for a night out or a very neutral eye for the day time.


The packaging is well suited with it being plain black plastic, however, it does get dirty quite easily so that's something to be aware of! I get foundation fingerprints all over it. Oops!

The colour pay of is very pigmented and quite velvety to the touch. The colours blend beautifully together, making it a very good palette to create fun sultry smoky looks.


I have found that orange gold tones really suit my blue eyes and this palette has two lovely orange golden shades that look perfect together. There are 12 different shades in the palette, the top 6 are very much golden neutral day wear shades and the bottom 6 are more dark sultry evening wear shades. There are a good mix of both shimmer and matte shades which I love as not many palettes have a good mix, you normally have more of one but this palette has 5 matte shades which is almost half of the palette.

I'm not a fan of the brush that comes with the palette, like most of the palettes I own. I tend to stick with my real technique brushes as I find they pick up the shadow better and therefore aid the application of the eye shadow.


I love how slim the palette is and also how it comes with a large mirror, making it a very useful palette to take travelling. This is always a good selling point for me as I love being able to have a range of looks in one small compact palette.

Overall this palette is really lovely, the quality and range of the shadows is excellent and very versatile, I would definitely recommend this palette to those of you who love a good neutral palette.

 
What's your favourite neutral palette?
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