27 June 2015

June Make Up Favourites/My Summer Make Up

I thought that I would do something slightly different today and combine my make up favourites for June with my summer make up. I have been using a combination of all these products each day over the last month and I love them all.

First up, face/base products. I start with the Max Factor FaceFinity primer. These is very lightweight and my make up sits very nicely on it. It also makes my make up last a few extra hours which is always a bonus. Then I either use the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation or the Holika Holika Watery Petit BB cream and finish off with the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer. These give a nice, light coverage that's perfect for everyday wear.

For my cheeks, I start off with the Rimmel Sunshimmer Maxi Bronzer. This gives a nice definition without being too sparkly or orange. I then top this off with The Balm Down Boy blush and Mary-Lou Manizer.

For eyes, I've been keeping it fairly neutral. After I've applied my Urban Decay Primer Potion, I'm either using something from The Balm Nude Tude palette or, if I'm feeling lazy, I'll use my MaxFactor Excess Shimmer cream eyeshadow in Copper. I haven't been reaching for eyeliner much lately and I prefer to just use my Maybelline The Falsies mascara (which is amazing). I'll finish this area off with my Maybelline Brow Drama. 

Finally, I finish off with a lipstick. Since the weather is warming up, I'm gravitating towards more coral shades and these two have been my favourites. MaxFactor Pink Brandy and Mac Coral Bliss. 

What have you all been loving this month?

12 June 2015

Budget Ebay brushes

After reading this post from Fee over at Makeupsavvy.co.uk I had the urge to buy some new brushes. I've found that different products like different brushes so I grabbed two of the ones in her post and here they are!

First up is the Multipurpose Flat Face Blush.

This is a very small kabuki brush with an indent in the middle where you put your foundation. This is then worked into the skin from the brush instead of adding foundation to your face first. This smoothed out my foundation perfectly and gave such a nice coverage although I did feel like I was using slightly more foundation than normal. It also seems to really buff the foundation into my skin, without giving me flaky, dry patches which means that my makeup lasts longer when I use this brush. 

I used this with my Rimmel foundation and this brush has given me the best application. I still have a slightly dewy finish, but due to it being buffed into my skin, hasn't separated. At the 5 hour mark, my foundation still looks perfect, I'm not greasy and it hasn't separated at all! 

A few people have mentioned that this is possibly a dupe for the Bare Minerals Perfecting Face Brush (around £20) but I can't confirm this as I don't own the brush. For a grand total of £1.75ish for the ebay version, I'll be grabbing another few to add to my collection!

This is an absolutely gorgeous brush. You have the option of either black,white or what the seller has called blend colour but I preferred the white (makes it easier to grab when I don't have my contacts in). The hairs are goat hair which makes this different to any other brush I own and the handle has an almost wrapped around effect which is super pretty. It's quite a firm brush but is still soft and the bristles pick up a nice amount of product. 

I have used this for bronzer and it both applies and buffs the product out so it does the job of two brushes! 

This is also apparently a dupe for the Nars Kabuki Artisan brush - but again I can't compare as I don't own the Nars one (it's around £48!). For £1.85ish for the ebay version, again I'll be grabbing a few more for my collection!

Both of these brushes are absolutely fantastic and these photos have been taken after they have been cleaned. They wash very easily and feel exactly the same as they did when they were fresh out of the packaging!

Has anyone else tried these brushes? Or can you recommend any others?

10 June 2015

W7 Eye Palettes

Up until a few weeks ago, W7 was a brand that I had never owned. I'd never seen it in any of the blogs/youtubers that I follow so I'd always assumed that it was poor quality. I popped a picture of the In The Night (left) palette up on my Instagram and immediately had a few bloggers commenting to tell me how good it was. I really didn't need a lot of persuasion to buy it (I have a soft spot for purple) and I loved it that much that I then picked up the In The Buff (right) palette.

Here they are!

All of the shadows are very buttery and smooth and they apply and blend out beautifully. The darker shades are incredibly pigmented though so be careful when you apply these (I put too much on and had to take it all off because I looked like I had a black eye). Each palette has a tin case which really reminds of the pencil tins that I used to use in primary school! They also come with a little double ended applicator that has a sponge on one end and a little brush on the other. 

On to the swatches which are in the same order as in the palette! Up first is the In The Buff palette that is full of beautiful copper and brown shades.

Left to right  Buff (very pale), Camel, Sand, Dust, Chocolate and Topaz

Left to right Earth, Storm, Silk, Wave, Thunder and Onyx.

Out of the In The Buff shades, I think my favourites are Camel with Dust in the crease.

Now for the In The Night palette!

Left to right Dusty, Wonderland, Summer, Atlanta, Abracadabra and Top Hat

Left to right Razzamataz, Lady Luck, Laura E, Party Pooper, Gate Crash and Bologna. 

My favourites from this palette are Party Pooper with Atlanta in the crease.

I think that these palettes are absolutely fantastic! Your get 12 shades for roughly £5 a palette.

Which ones are your favourites?

7 June 2015

May Favourites

I know that this is a little late but I had real difficulty picking out my favourites this month because I had so many! I finally managed to cut it down to these few items. (I only had 2 nail favourites so I've thrown them in here)

W7 Eye Palettes - In The Buff and In The Night. I bought both of these palettes this month and I absolutely love them! The colour payoff is absolutely fantastic and there is a good mix of matte and shimmer shades to suit everyone. 

Makeup revolution Viper Mascara - I really wasn't expecting a lot from this mascara as it only cost £2 - but it's fantastic! It really volumises my lashes which I love, although it doesn't do much for the length. I did also find it to be a really wet formula when I first opened it which meant it ended up all over my eyelids! Once you've used it a few times it does thicken up though. 

Collection Gorgeous Glow Blush Block - I must admit, I bought this one on a whim because it was on offer in Boots... But it's one of the best purchases I made this month! It's almost a blush/bronzer/highlight all in one which makes this perfect for the mornings where I only have 5 minutes to get ready. It is really pigmented though so you need to apply this very lightly. You can also use any combination of the 5 shades dependent on what look you're going for.

MUA Matte Black Eyeliner - I love this eyeliner so much! It's been years since I've used an actual liquid eyeliner as I usually go for the pen ones because they're easier to use. And I must admit, I bought this because I thought it was a pen. But I gave it a go and I absolutely love it! It's very black (not grey like some) and it's super easy to apply as long as you use a light hand. I am sad though because I knocked mine over and lost half of it to my makeup drawer :( which is why there's a big mark on mine. 

Danglefoot Nail Polish Cuticle Oil - I was very lucky to be sent a sample of Hayley's new cuticle oil and it's quite frankly, one of the best I've ever tried! It sinks in to my skin really quickly, smells amazing (like sweet peas) and the doe foot applicator makes this really easy to use! I will definitely be picking up more of her scents at some point as this one is amazing. Plus it means that I don't get shouted at for using it at work as the scent isn't a really sweet foody one that makes everyone hungry :).

Essie Strut Your Stuff - This is a fairly new addition to my collection but it's a firm favourite already. It's a stunning mid blue that almost has a jelly finish and it's so pretty! It's opaque in two coats and the wide brush makes it incredibly easy to apply.

What have you all been loving?

5 June 2015

Summer Gradient Stamping

I haven't been into doing my nails as often as normal in the last few weeks. The weather has been rubbish where I am and I had no urge to paint flowers and pretty, bright, summery things on my nails when the weather is so grey and wet.

BUT... Yesterday was a gorgeous day (still 24 degrees when I left work) and it inspired me to do something bright and fun on my nails,

Polishes Used

Essie - Blossom Dandy
Essie - Strut Your Stuff
Essie - Flowerista
Barry M - Gold Foil

I started off with one coat of Blossom Dandy (my palest shade) and then sponged a gradient using all three Essie shades on top once this was dry. I waited a few minutes and then sealed this in with a layer of top coat.

Once this was thoroughly dry (I wait 15-20 mins when using a quick dry top coat), I added some stamping detail over the top using Barry M Gold Foil and Vivid Lacquer stamping plate VL014.

And here are the finished nails!

I really love these nails and I think they're perfect for summer! 

What designs have you all been doing?