Monday, 30 March 2015

Daily Face

I thought it might be good to do a post on my current daily makeup routine. It's mainly all drugstore, but a few things I order online because you can't get them in the UK.
Base:  L'Oreal True Match Foundation in D3/W3
L'Oreal Lumi Magique Primer
Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer in Light
Sleek Contour Kit in Light
Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
Barry M Contour Kit
I love the highlighter in the Sleek contour kit, which is why I continue to use it even though I'm using the Barry M contour colour- the highlight shade in the Barry M kit isn't great.
Eyes: Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture So Black in Extra Black
L'Oreal Superliner in Black (not shown)
Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Pencil in 01 Dark Brown (not shown)
Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Brown
Lips: Rimmel Lip Liner in East End Snob
Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector in 03 My Pink (PH reactive colour!)
Brushes: Real Techniques Contour brush, Blush brush, Powder Brush.
Beauty Blender (not shown)

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Top 3 Neutral Lip Liners

I am all about that 'your lips but better' look when it comes to lips. As much as I love a bold lip, this look is my go to everyday lip look... or if I'm going all out on the eye make up then these colours are  what I gravitate towards to avoid over doing it.
 These are my 3 favourite nude/pink lip liners 2 from the drug store and one high end brand: 
 Swatches from L-R
Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk  
Jordana Easy Liner for Lips in Tawny 

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk
This is Holy Grail stuff. The best lip liner I think I have ever used. It is so creamy yet long lasting, and the perfect ' your lips but better' colour. It is a pinky-nude colour on me and I often wear it alone because it isn't as drying as other lip liners, but it also looks great under nude/pink lipsticks and enhances their wear time. This has a 7 hour wear time alone and will hold even after eating and drinking. Definitely worth the money!
Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in East End Snob
This is considered the drugstore dupe for the Chartlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk liner. I personally don't find it that similar in colour. On me this is much more mauve whereas Pillowtalk is more of a nude pink. The texture is  similar though- although I find this one a little too soft. I do really enjoy wearing this as an everyday liner and it has a good amount of staying power.
Jordana Easy Liner for Lips in Tawny 
 So technically the Jordana liner is 'drugstore' in America. I do purchase mine in bulk from Amazon because I use it constantly, it works out better to buy a few and pay less shipping. I usually pay around £7 for 3 which is pretty cheap!
This has a subtle reddy-brown under tone, it's semi-matte on the lips and lasts all day. It's slightly darker than my own lip colour, so I use this liner over the whole lip instead of just as a liner, to avoid that awkward line when it wears off.

La Roche Posay Serozinc Review

This product is a French pharmacy staple, that until very recently wasn't available in the UK, unless of course you found an eBay or Amazon seller to ship it to you, or bought it (in bulk) directly from a trip to France.
Thankfully hauling yourself to City Pharma any chance you get is no longer necessary (but still, who doesn't love Paris) and you can now purchase Serozinc online from Escentual (£8.50/150mls)

On to the product itself...

Serozinc is a zinc sulphate toner  in an aerosol can.
To apply you can either spray it directly onto your face and let it dry (my preferred method) or spray it onto a cotton pad and swipe all over the face after cleansing.

This product is targeted toward oily, blemish/acne prone skin, but there is no reason why dry or sensitive skins couldn't benefit from this, as the ingredients are purely water, zinc sulphate and sodium chloride. No nasties hiding in this can!
Zinc is great for the skin and I have recently restarted taking zinc tablets to help clear up my skin. However,  I have definitely noticed a difference with this product, as it has direct contact with my problem areas , namely along my jaw , where I get under the skin painful spots and little white bumps. The under the skin spots have began to clear to the point where they are no longer visible and I can barely feel them to touch .

 I hope this is the wonder product I've been looking for... so far so good!

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Zoeva Luxury Rose Gold Brush Set

Wow... I cannot believe I own these! I have wanted these beauties for soooo long and they are now in my possession thanks to a very thoughtful person gifting them to me for Christmas. Rose Gold is my favourite so I'd had my eye on these for ages.
These brushes are so stunning that I want to just look at them and never use them, but what's the point in that!!
This 8 brush set consists of 5 face brushes and 3 eye brushes and come packages in a lovely leather case with rose gold hardware. The set is mixed between high quality natural and synthetic taklon brushes so they are all amazingly soft.
106 Powder: Apply loose and pressed powder
102 Silk Finish: Apply and blend foundation
110 Face Shape: Contour the face shape with cream and powder products
127 Luxe Sheer Cheek: Apply powder blush
142 Concealer Buffer: Apply and blend concealer

227 Soft Definer: Softly blend and smooth eyeshadow
231 Petit Crease: Accentuating and blending in the crease
317 Wing Liner: Detailed eyeliner strokes and a perfect wing
If you want to get your hands on these they are available from the Zoeva website for 65 Euros + shipping

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette and Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk

These 'Perfect Partners' are the ultimate combination for an evening look! This palette screams out to be worn, it is so beautiful.

 Charlotte Tilbury states she has 'de-coded the secret to mesmerizing eyes' , and mesmerize it does.
This palette is particularly PERFECT for green eyes, the reddy copper brown, champagne gold and bronzey browns accentuate the brightness in your eyes, giving that sultry Mediterranean 'Dolce Vita' look... but this palette still works beautifully for all eye colours and skin tones.

The texture of these shadows are buttery soft, with incredible pigmentation, making them super blendable. The staying power is pretty great too!
 1. Prime shade: A light champagne shade with hints of  gold shimmer (gorgeous worn alone for a daytime look)
2. Enhance Shade: A coppery red toned brown
3. Smoke shade: A bronzey chocolate brown
4. Pop Shade: An 'old gold' chunkier glitter (best applied with fingers) which brings the look together!

This palette can provide that 'Desk to Dusk to Disco' look. Charlotte herself has an amazing tutorial demonstrating how to get the best out of this palette.

The nude-pink soft finish of the Lip Cheat in 'Pillowtalk' provides the perfect lip look, enhancing size and shape but not outdoing the eyes. This stuff last and lasts! It is waterproof with a 6 hour + wear
This is hands down the best lip liner I have ever owned but at £16 isn't the cheapest, but it's certainly worth it!
I have a post with some dupes/similar liners coming up which are more purse friendly.

Buy the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette (£38) and Lip Cheat (£16) at

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

L'Oreal True Match Foundation Review...The Best Drugstore Foundation Ever?

Wide shade rage? Check
Blendable and buildable? Check
Long lasting? Check
For £9.99 can you get a better everyday foundation? Well, I don't think so,  I love this foundation!
Available in 23 shades in the UK, L'Oreal claim this foundation provides coverage without caking and conceals imperfections due to it's micro-fine, creamy texture that blends perfectly with the skin.
 I have to agree with all of that.
I wear the shade D3/W3 and apply it with the Real Techniques buffing brush.
 I have combination-dry skin, with an oily T Zone.
 I can put this foundation on at 6am, return home at 8.30pm and it is still on (without primer and without powdering) with only some slight movement on my T-Zone area . Applying primer and powder only enhances this foundation even more.
In terms of finish, I'd say this is a semi-matte to matte foundation on my skin, and the colour is perfect- it's still wearable on days where I'm a little paler or a little more tanned than usual due to it's ability to adapt to skin so well.
I love wearing it with the L'Oreal Lumi Magique primer underneath to give it a bit of a glow, but if you're looking for a more overall dewy foundation then check out L'Oreal's Lumi Magique foundation. Blog post coming soon on both of these!
Ps, This post is not sponsored
Pps, I hope you like my improved Blog pics... thanks to my new camera!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief

This is holy grail for me! Hands down THE best moisturiser I've ever used.

I love this product so much because it has multi-use purposes, as well as using it as a daily moisturiser, you can also use this OVER makeup or as a 5 minute moisture mask.

If you find the odd dry area once you've finished your makeup, a dab of this and it soaks into the skin relieving that patchy surface often left by dry spots on the face. In terms of the moisture mask- this is the perfect product for long-haul flights! On my trip to Australia this stuff saved my skin on the plane, it was so dehydrating and after I smothered this over my face it immediately felt more hydrated and continued to do so, it was then easily rubbed in after leaving it to sit on the face.

This is an oil-free gel consistency moisturiser, and for me this is so much better than a cream. It sinks in so quickly but is continually hydrating at the same time, not tacky, shiny or greasy. It leaves your skin feeling baby soft and I've noticed it's helped with healing blemishes I have.
I think this works for any skin type. I have combination-dry skin, which is particularly dry at the minute, Clinique also state this is suitable for skin types 1,2,3 & 4 according to their system!

£32 from Clinique at Boots