Thursday, 30 April 2015

Latest in Beauty - Clinique & British Beauty Blogger Edit

Ooh- look at this box of goodies. (spot the rest of the fragrance sample!)
If you've been keeping on top of the beauty box world recently (which is hard, there are so many), you'll know that the British Beauty Blogger (Jane Cunningham) has curated this Latest in Beauty Box in collaboration with Clinique.
I'm currently on a skincare hunt to try to sort out my skin, which has gone CRAZY, and who knows why. Anyway, this seemed like a bargain for £18, and includes four skincare samples, two full size (!) make up products and a tiny sample of the Happy Fragrance.

The two moisturisers included are the Dramatically Different + and Moisture Surge. Having reactive, acne- prone skin, I like to read reviews and ingredients lists before I put anything on my face. I did a bit of googling on these both, and the Dramatically Different moisturiser has a fair few negative reviews, and seems generally not to be very popular. Furthermore (ooh, fancy), it has mineral oil in, which, according to Caroline Hirons- who I trust with my face- is a no-no for acne-prone skin. So, I think I'm probably going to give this to a friend or a sister because I do not want to risk it. The Moisture Surge moisturiser looks really exciting, however. The reviews look good, the ingredients look mineral oil-less, so I'm saving that one for Summer when I need a bit of extra nourishing.

The word 'soap' with 'face' just scares me a little bit, so I'm a bit apprehensive about using the Liquid Facial Soap, but we'll see when I give it a go. The Make- Up Remover looks promising, even if it is in a weird medicine- like push down bottle thing. Good description. Definitely keeping these for travelling, so handy!

The make- up products are a High Impact Mascara and a Chubby Stick in Plumping up Pink. I've never tried either of these before- I have plenty of the Revlon lip pens which I love a lot, so I'm excited to try the original. I did wack a bit on, but I have no make- up on today so I just looked really weird. I will reserve judgement to another day. It's a fresh, mid pink and a lot more sheer than I expected, but I like that, especially in the summer time. The mascara will remain a mystery until I have finished the other four I have on the go at the moment.

Clinique Happy just reminds me of that bit in the film Juno, but that's probably just me. It smells citrus-y and fresh, but I'm not totally in love yet.

Overall, I think beauty boxes like this are a great way of trying out a brand, and a really budget- friendly way to stock up on some sample sizes for holidays!
I did get this on the first day it came out, and I have since seen it has been out of stock, but keep your eyes peeled if you're after it because it might be restocked!
Thanks for reading!
Lou x

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

3 Products Worth the Hype

 Beauty can be expensive, and in the world of YouTube and Blogging, there are so many products which get hundreds, even thousands, of mentions. So, it's very hard to know- especially when you can't afford to throw your money around and not get results- what is worth your money. All three of these products are fairly 'hyped' in the internet beauty world, and I have to admit I bought them all a little bit because of bloggers/ youtubers recommending them, but have found that all three are totally worth the splurge.

1. Naked 2 Basics palette. Urban Decay eyeshadows in general are the best I've ever tried. I also own the regular Naked 2 palette, but I feel that the Basics 2 is such a staple in any make- up lover's collection.
Skimp and Stark are perfect base and highlight colours. Skimp is more shimmery, and Stark is a little darker and more matte. (Skimp is pretty invisible in this swatch picture, because it's the same colour as my skin.) Frisk is the perfect eyebrow colour for me, but also is a lovely cool-shade taupe for the crease, or even all over the lid. Cover is a beautiful neutral/ warm mid brown. Primal is a darker, more chocolate brown, and Undone is a deep, pigmented black.
So, you can do everything with this palette. Aside from Skimp, they are all matte shades, so you can do everything from eyebrows, highlight and eyeliner, from anywhere between natural to smokey. I can't recommend this palette enough, I've never seen anything as compact and matte- heavy on the highstreet, so I definitely think this is worth the £23 pricetag.

2. Clinique Pop Lip in Beige Pop
First of all, the formula is like nothing I've ever tried before. Creamy, comfortable and moisturising, but still pigmented and beautiful on the lips. Secondly, this colour is my perfect nude.

It's peachy, nudey, and beautiful. Perfect for everyday, or to balance out a smokey eye in the evenings. I have tried a couple of the others in a shop and they feel the same as this one, so I'm definitely looking to pick up a couple of different colours, probably Grape or Melon Pop, and at £16 they aren't as painful as a lot of high-end lipsticks.

3. Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.
This seems to be a lot of people's favourite eye cream. At 21, I'm just starting to notice my eyes getting a little bit worn, obviously I'm not ageing dramatically, but I like to keep my eyes moisturised so they don't age prematurely, and so that my make- up sits a little nicer. This is thick and nourishing, but sinks in after 10 or so minutes, and just feels so lovely on the skin. It does nothing for blueness under the eyes, so if  that's what you're looking for, this isn't for you. BUT if you want nourishing, creamy goodness- even if it is a strange shade of green- then look no further.  This is £18 so it's not too bad as far as eye-creams go, and definitely a good one to start with.

Thanks for reading!
Lou x

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Four Budget Blushes

So, I'm having a bit of a blusher moment. I think its the warmer weather, I just want to have beautifully flushed cheeks All.The.Time.
These are four really good budget options if you are after a new blusher for Spring and Summer,  all with amazing lasting power and an even application.

From left to right-
Make Up Revolution Vivid Blush Lacquer in Rush. -This is an interesting liquid/cream blush formula which comes out really pigmented and beautiful. Now, there is definitely potential for clown-face here. You have to use a VERY light hand, you literally need the smallest smidgen dotted on the apples of your cheeks, and then go ahead with a blending brush- or your fingers- and blend it. And, let me tell you, this blends out like a dream. If you've gone a little overboard you can sort it out with a quick swipe from your foundation brush/sponge to merge it all together. Lovely. Really nice natural colour which lasts all day long.

Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Blusher in Onamatopeacha. - First of all, I have a lot of love for the name. Second of all, I have a lot of love for this product. The handy stick formula makes this really quick and easy, and unlike the make up revolution blush lacquer, this goes on quite sheer and is one you build up rather than blend out. Obviously, you would blend this one out too... but you know what I mean. Despite the swatch, it is really subtle on the skin, with the smallest hint of sheen but no glitter. Lovely for a natural peachy cheek and perfect for summer.

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Lavish Mauve.- This is a colour which I would normally steer well clear of, as I would assume it would be too dark for my fair skin. But, used with a light hand, this is a beautiful bronzer-blush-highlight hybrid. It adds a bit of depth, a bit of a pink flush, and has a lovely shimmer running through it which really brightens up the cheeks. Amazing.

Sleek Blush in Pixie Pink. - This is a lovely blue-based pink which is no way near as scary as it looks in the pan, believe me. The colour is actually very sheer and buildable, which I absolutely prefer to scary unblendable pigmentation. Such an easy colour to wear, and definitely a go-to for a matte pink blush. 

Hope you enjoyed these recommendations,
Thanks for reading!
Lou x


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Friday, 24 April 2015

Mascara Promotion

Mascara is one thing which I find more 'completely terrifying' than 'very exciting', unlike most other make- up. I know what I like, and I am VERY hesitant to try new things, basically because a lot of things just don't work for me. My lashes generally just need a lot of work, two coats at least, and not much seems to hold the curl like my 17 Va Va Voom mascara
However, sitting in my 'reserves and overspill' section of my drawer was the Maxfactor False Lash Effect Fusion mascara,which I bought probably a year ago now. 

Firstly, pretty impressed that it's not dry.
Secondly, that 'giving everything a second, third and forth chance' is true, even for mascaras.
I whipped it out today and gave it a proper go, and I am AMAZED by the results. I remember that the other times I've used it that it gave me no volume, and didn't hold a curl at all. Well, my lashes were obviously having a bad day those times because this thing holds a curl really, really well.

I don't even think this picture does credit to the lashes. 
Volume is maybe not what we've got here. Instead, it's separating, lifting, and SUPER lengthening. Love it.
The only thing with my 17 mascara is that it's very volumising, and when layered up can get quite dramatic very quickly which isn't always what I want. This one needs two layers- but what mascara doesn't, especially on my lashes- and it builds beautifully, keeping everything separated and fluttery- looking the whole time.

So, this mascara is being promoted from the box into the make- up bag, and I am very excited to use it some more.

Thanks for reading!
Lou x

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Match Made in Lip Heaven ~ MAC Brave and Rimmel East End Snob

Being on my second Rimmel East End Snob lipliner already, I can safely say- it's a good one. The perfect colour and the perfect formula for a lipliner- works well on it's own and with a lipstick, gloss or balm on top. 
Having spent my time searching for my perfect MAC pink, I settled on Brave. I wanted something a little darker, than my lip colour but still wearable for every day, and this is a really really nice lipstick which I would definitely recommend. 
And- amazingly- I have found that it is almost exactly the same colour as East End Snob and that they work beautifully together. Fab-u-lous.

Here's a lovely swatch with East end snob on the left and Brave on the right. What a perfect match.
If you can only afford one, I would recommend the lipliner, as it is £4 and really really worth your money. Longlasting and a beautiful, every day colour. It is slightly dry, which is why it works wonders with Brave over the top (Which is a Satin finish), but wack on a gloss or a lipbalm and you'll be good to go!

Thanks for reading!
Lou x

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Kiko Skin Glow

When Kiko say Glow, I say yes please.

 This is a nifty little number somewhere between a moisturiser and a glowy primer. It claims to be a light effect day cream which has SPF 10.

 It comes out of the tube looking like it has a tint to it but when you rub it in it just becomes transparent. The only down side to this is the tiny tiny glitter particles which run through it. BUT. I have tried it under foundation with direct sunlight, and you can't see it, I promise. 
I use this when I am applying make up in the middle of the day and it's been hours since my morning skin routine. It adds a light layer of moisture and makes a really nice base for foundation.
It somehow evens your skin out a tiny bit before foundation, so you could in theory wear it without any foundation on top,  but the glitter particles makes that a risky move, unless you want to look like Edward Cullen. And if you do, this is definitely for you.
In terms of moisturising, I wouldn't use this as my only moisturiser, as it is pretty light- definitely not enough for my de-hydrated skin- but if you only need a bit of moisture this might be enough for you.
I would recommend this as a really nice, purse-friendly moisturising, brightening primer which looks super high-end in it's beautiful pink packaging. Very impressed.
Thanks for reading!
Lou x

Monday, 20 April 2015

The Cream Blush Love of my Life

As you can see, this palette is very well loved.
This is the sleek cream blush palette in Californ.i.a and it features 3 long-wearing pigmented, beautifully creamy blush shades.

 All three shades are so beautiful and really wearable for all skin tones. They all blend in without any problem, with both your fingers or a brush (I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush).
The far left colour is a medium pink. It has a tiny bit of shimmer, and can be worn for a really subtle, natural colour, or built up for a brighter cheek.
The middle shade is a really light peach with shimmer and glitter. Don't let that put you off, this really is a beautiful colour, and my absolute favourite in the summer time with lots of bronzer as a lovely highlight/blush hybrid. 
The third colour is completely matte, and its a deep peach. Same with the pink shade, this can be blended into a sheer finish which makes it perfect for pale skin, or built up to a more pigmented look which  would work better for darker skin. 

I'm pretty sure this palette is something like £10, which I think is really worth it for three cream blushes. These are my go-to cream blushes,and I would really recommend this as a great collection of shades.
Thanks for reading!
Lou x

We be Haulin'

So I've been buying stuff again...
Head over to my YouTube channel to watch my new haul video :)

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Thanks reading!
Lou x

Sunday, 19 April 2015

The Best Nail Varnish Ever.

As a huge fan of Barry M (they dominate my nail varnish collection),  I was intrigued to try these Quick Dry versions. 
First of all, the selection of colours was amazing, I had so much trouble choosing just two! I couldn't wait to get them on my nails, and I was immediately so impressed when I did.
The brush is a little thicker than the normal formula, which made it quicker to apply, and the formula was opaque in one coat. Amazing.
But what makes this formula so great is the quick- dry aspect. It works. It dries. Quickly.

The colour on my nails is this one- 'Lap of Honour', which is really similar to my all-time favourite varnish, also from Barry M, called Berry Icecream. 

I also got this beautiful summery- peach called 'In a Heart Beat' which I am super excited to wear in the Summer.
If you're looking for some new nail colours, have a look at the quick- dry selection, they have lots of beautiful pastels and some brights too!

Thanks for reading!
Lou x

Friday, 17 April 2015

Make up Revolution Tutorial/GRWM

Oh hey these look familiar.
Yep, I've already done a review on all three of these,but I've put  them into live action over on my YouTube channel.
This is Make up Revolution's Radiance Palette, Blush Palette in Sugar and Spice and Salvation Palette in 'What You Waiting For' and they will all be on my face in this video:

So head over to :
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Thanks for reading!
Lou x

Thursday, 16 April 2015

This Thing Though...

Just a quick one today, to tell you that this thing is Great. Really really great.
I have been thinking about making the leap from brushes to a sponge for so long, and I finally took it, and bought the Real Techniques sponge for a fiver from Amazon. (There was NO way I was buying the real Beauty Blender...£20 for a sponge? Err no.) 
£5 seems a lot more reasonable, I would pay that for a good brush so I hoped that this would live up to the sponge hype.
Anyway, long story short, it's amazing. So quick to blend everything in, and makes your  foundation sit so so nicely on the skin. I haven't got any photos yet, because my skin is  having a mare at the moment, but when I've had a play around a few more times I will take some snaps and put them up on tha blog.
I really want to try some heavier and dryer foundations like the Double Wear light which I have but never wear because its cakes like a biatch.

So yeah, if you're hesitating, stop. Go for it. Take the plunge. Walk the walk my friends.
Got way too excited about this.

Thanks for reading!
Lou x

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Essence 'Come Naturally' Lipstick

I've never tried anything from Essence before, but I was in Wilko's today and I had a look at their lipsticks and grabbed this absolute beaut- the shade is Come Naturally.

Its a lovely muted purple/ nude shade, which it beautiful, but its the formula which is really impressive for such a budget lipstick. It's creamy and pigmented, not quite matte, and farily longwearing.  I would definitely recommend having a look at the Essence lipsticks, because this was £2.30 which is incredible, and the quality is just. Great. 

Here's a lovely swatch so you can see the colour a little better. This is a nice nude shade if you prefer something a bit darker rather than a pink or peach nude lipstick, or if you have darker skin.

This photo doesn't do it justice. The sun was going down, the light was all weird, and my camera is charging so I only had my phone. But you can see the natural finish and the smooth colour. Lovely.
It does't have the best wear time, because it feels so creamy, but I wore it for a couple of hours, and it faded nicely rather than drying and flaking off which is never nice.
 I will definitely be picking up some other shades because this is an amazing formula,
Thanks for reading!
Lou x

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Peaches and Cream: Easy Spring Everyday Make-up Look

If you love a peachy eye and a fresh, summer skin, head over to my YouTube channel and watch me putting my make up on and make my face look like this:

I'm not sure what's going on here, but my camera has made my skin look flawless. It's a lie.
All the products I used are mentioned in the video.

It's nice and easy and uses pretty much all drugstore products and brushes :)
Check it out, and appreciate my music/editting skills. Been working on dat ting alllll day.
Probably should be doing coursework...

Thanks for reading!
Lou x

Monday, 13 April 2015

My New Favourite Nude Lipstick for Summer

I bought a Kiko lipstick at the weekend, which I did talk about in my weekend post about my cheeky kiko purchases, but I needed to share an update. 
The lipstick is A-mazing.
Peachy pinky nude, moisturising, a natural sheen, a hint of glitter...

What's not to love? I think peachy nudes are the most flattering on my skin tone, but Kiko do tonnes of colours in these 'Smart Lipsticks' (this shade is 906), and they are £5, reduced to £2.50 most of the time.
Those of you who don't have a Kiko near you, I would seriously consider doing an order online, 99% of Kiko stuff is amazing and really worth the money.

What is your favourite summer nude lipstick?

Thanks for reading!
Lou x

Top 5 Undiscovered Beauty Gems

There are a lot of things in the beauty internet world which get a lot of mentions, and most of them deserve it.
However, there are at least a few things in my collection which I absolutely love and I've never heard anyone speak about.
Here's a lovely swatch of the lipstick (MAC's Captive), liner (Collection 24hr Liquid Liner) and Cream eyeshadow (Bourjois 24h cream to powder in a mysterious colour)

Check out my YouTube video to find out more :)

thanks so much for reading/watching, please subscribe and follow my blog to keep up to date :)
Lou x

Sunday, 12 April 2015

A Couple of Cheeky Kiko Purchases

As always on a Saturday, I found myself *accidentally* buying a couple of make- up bits on my lunchbreak at work. 
I wandered into Kiko, and these two beautiful vibrant shades fell into my hands.
Since I bought the 24- pan Kiko palette, I've become obsessed with picking up new shades and building up my collection. I have been so impressed with the quality of these shadows so far, there has only been one which is less than impressive- I go through my whole collection in my 'Kiko Palette' post which I did a few weeks ago.

These two shades are so vibrant and beautiful. I'm using my kiko palette to fill in the gaps in my eyeshadow collection, which is saturated with bronzes, browns and nudes. These are like Spring in an eyeshadow.
226 is the beautiful peachy pink, which I think would work amazingly well as a blush as well as an eyeshadow, especially because kiko eyeshadows come in such generous sizes.
252 is the muted lilac/purple. I am loving this colour so much at the moment, and I have nothing quite like it to create a bright, spring-y eye. Looking forward to giving that a go for sure.

As always, they are beautifully pigmented but silky smooth at the same time. When I create an eye look using these colours, I'll be sure to create a post on how they blended and wore- but knowing that the quality of my other eyeshadows is so good, I expect they will live up to others.

The lipstick is one of Kiko's smart lipsticks, and was on offer at 2.50, so I grabbed it. It's a pale peach: the kind of colour I LOVE this time of year. It's very sheer, a wash of colour with just the right amount of pigment to make it really pretty and wearable. Also- it smells like a MAC lipstick. I tried it on last night briefly and I couldn't get over how good it smells. It also leaves your lips feeling really nourished and plump. Definitely not a long-wearer, but one for the Summer months with a little more glossy- ness and the moisturising factor. (and the amazing price tag)

Thanks for reading!
Lou x

Friday, 10 April 2015

Revlon Matte Balms ~ Swatches and Review

Spring has sprung, and I've re-discovered some old favourites.
As matte lipsticks go, these are top notch.
They feel smooth and buttery, smell of peppermint, and last like a dream.

I have three shades, from left to right - Showy, Audacious and Elusive. 

Here's Showy- it really is a lot more 'showy' than it looks here. It's a bright flamingo pink which looks amazing in the summer. It's quite blue- based so it also makes your teeth look really white. Love this one, would look even more amazing on darker skin tones.

Here is Elusive, and I've applied it here on top of a lip balm so you can see that there are different ways to wear the colours. They all work great mixed with a little lip gloss or balm to make a sheerer finish, but still packing a punch of pigment. This is such a beautiful, wearable natural pink, very flattering and grown- up, definitely a good one to pick up to try out the formula and see if you like it.

This is Audacious- a straight- up orange lipstick. I love this, I think orange is so flattering on all skin tones. It packs an amazing punch of colour, and is definitely one to look at for the Summer months.

When it comes to wear time, I would say they last four or so hours without needing a touch up. If I wear one of these balms, I carry round a lip balm or gloss with me to add over the top as the colour fades or breaks up as the day goes on. 
I would also always say to make sure your lips are moisturised before you apply these.
I would definitely recommend these if you like a matte lip. The colour selection is amazing, I'm tempted to pick up a few more...

Thanks for reading!
Lou x

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Laval Eyeshadow Palette ~ swatches and review

I really need to calm down with the old eyeshadow posts don't I...
I just couldnt resist sharing this one, it's so beautiful and so incredibly CHEAP.

This is the Laval Nude palette, available on amazon for £2. £2! 
Have a look at that amazing selection of shades...

This is genuinely my second one of these, I actually had to repurchase it because I used the first one up. 
Such a great collection of nudes, but with a twist- a really reddy brown, a purple, khaki's and two peachy shades.
I really recommend this palette if you're on a budget, they last really well and blend like a dream.
Here are the swatches:

Oh ma gosh. Dat shimmer tho....

Check out my video to see the peachy shades in action:

Thanks for reading!
Lou xx