Thursday, 20 September 2012

Mid-September Beauty Wishlist

Hey everyone. Thought I'd do a quick post because I've been lusting over so many beauty buys lately I've lost count. BUT, I've put myself on a spending ban so these are a few items I will be purchasing eventually.

(From left to right)
Elf Studio Lip Stain, in, 'Red Carpet': Now I'm not a fan of lip stains in general because I feel they don't give full coverage and very rarely are they brightly coloured whilst on the lips. Most I've seen slightly accentuate the lip colour to give a natural look, which is good if that's the effect you want. I've heard about this product and ELF for quite a while now but recently fell in love with this shade because of how amazing and bright the Red is. Not only this, the colour when applied dries matte which I love as I'm not a fan of lip-glosses at all. So I doubt I'd be using the gloss end very much. Unfortunately, ELF don't have a store in the UK :(. So if you like the look of this, like I do, you'd have to purchase it online. The price of this lip stain is only £3.75, BARGAIN!!

Simple Purifying Cleansing Lotion: I've also recently been looking for a product that is perfect for cleansing and/or removing all my make-up because using wipes doesn't do the job well enough. I also have sensitive-to-dry skin so I use Simple products all the time anyway. So when I watched Tanya Burr's latest video I was so happy she mentioned exactly what I've been looking for. You can watch the video, here. I also didn't want to pay a lot for something I'd use everyday and would be having to re-purchase all the time so this is great as it's only, £2.99!

Real Techniques Starter Set: I have the Core Collection set and use it practically everyday, especially the Buffing Brush for foundation and the Contour Brush for... Contouring lol. I love this set because it's more for use of make-up on the eyes. It's only £21.99 from Boots which may sound a lot but for five brushes it's so so good (roughly £4 a brush). Plus, you can't really go wrong with these brushes, they clean well and are super soft.

MAC Lipstick in, 'Please Me': Another nude/pink lipstick? Yes. I feel that I'm starting to go a little crazy with these pinky-nudes lately. I swatched this when I went to a MAC store about a month ago and loved it. Mainly because of it's matte finish. If you can't already tell, I love matte lipsticks/lip stains, anything! MAC describe the shade as a, 'muted-rosy-tinted-pink'. I'm also really loving, 'Angel' as well lately. Price is, £14.

MAC 239 Brush: This is the perfect brush for applying eye-shadow underneath the eye because you can create a nice line with it. I also think this brush would be good for packing on eye-shadow's that are glittery - or pigments that are likely to have fall down if you use a more fluffy brush. This brush is, £19 (basically the price of all of the Real Techniques Starter Set!).

Have any of you got any of the items I've talked out?

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Back To Black

(Blouse: Primark/Skirt: River Island/Bag: Topshop/Loafers: Topshop)

Hey guys. I'm trying to blog as frequently as possible so let me know what kind of posts you like to see/want to see so I can make my blog bigger and better - sometimes it's hard to see where I need to improve or what things I am doing right so I'm up for hearing any suggestions. :-)
This look I wore yesterday out to dinner and it's really reminded me that Autumn/Winter is just around the corner. That does kind of make me upset because I've had such a great Summer, but I love the cosiness of the cold nights and layering my outfits once it gets chillier. This blouse I found in Oxford Street Primark and when I saw it, my jaw literally dropped. The studs on the neck look exaaactly like the ones they are selling in Zara but for three times the price. I knew I'd have to pick it up at the bargain price of, £12! Can't go wrong with a studded collar, or any collar if you're slightly obsessed with them like I am. I love the velvet polka-dots too. 
I teamed this blouse with a skirt I hadn't worn in ages which is from River Island. This skirt has to be at least four years old and I'd kind of forgotten about it. I love finding something tucked in my wardrobe that I haven't worn in ages, but fall in love with all over again. In the pictures, it looks like it's got polka-dots on it but they are actually little hearts. Finally, I'm wearing another pair of my trusty loafers, this time in black and also from Topshop like my brown ones in this post, here. Thankfully no need for a jacket or cardigan as it's not too cold yet. Can slowly feel my tan slipping away. Bye bye Summer! :-(

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Brick Lane & OOTD

(Blouse: Primark/Heart Print Trousers: Topshop/Bag: Topshop/Cardigan: Next/Loafers: Topshop)

Yesterday, I went to Brick Lane in East London because I heard they have really good vintage shops that aren't ridiculously expensive either. I was a bit skeptical of what it would be like but I wasn't disappointed. There are loads of vintage shops all along the road and some down the side roads connected to it so there's definitely a lot to look at and browse over. I've been to some vintage shops before but none were as good as the ones I went to yesterday. I've never seen so many Levi shorts, and most of them cost around £20 each which is so good compared to other more well-known brands who rework them and sell them, *cough* American Apparel *cough*. There was so much to look at, I really was in heaven. On a Sunday, Brick Lane has a market also so I think that's the best day to visit although all the other shops are open everyday. 
I love this Topshop Black studded bag. As soon as I saw it I knew I had to get it, it's one of those bags that aren't really going to date much so it'll get so much use. It's also a really good size, not too small but not overly big so that it practically weighs me down. I also wore my pink heart printed trousers which make a nice change from jeans and leggings and are super comfy and the hearts are velvet. My blouse is an old Primark buy and my loafers are one of my favourite pairs of shoes, can't go wrong with them although they're getting a bit scuffed up now because I've worn them so much. :-(
Does anyone know of any other good vintage shops in London?

Sunday, 9 September 2012

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette

I'm sure there has been tonnes and tonnes of reviews on this palette on YouTube and in the blogging world since it first came out but I thought I'd give my review and thoughts on it for anyone who cares enough to read!
I first got this palette last month on the plane back from Cyprus haha. Usually it costs around, £36 from stores like House of Fraser and Debenhams but I got mine for £30. Not much of a difference but I'd wanted this for ages and knew that finding it for a cheaper price than this would be most likely impossible. I really wanted the original Naked Palette but after inspecting both out, they are quite similar to be honest so I'm quite happy with this one.
The colours are (from left to right), 'Foxy' , 'Half Baked' , 'Bootycall' , 'Chopper' , 'Tease' , 'Snakebite' , 'Suspect' , 'Pistol' , 'Verve' , 'YDK' , 'Busted' and 'Blackout'. My image doesn't show all of the eye-shadows because I wanted to get a real close-up of how they look in the palette and how amazing the colours are!

Aspects I love about the palette:
The fact that all the colours are neutrals means that if you are an eye-shadow wearer/lover you most definitely will get so much wear and use out of it during both the day and night because the colours are perfect for both occasions. Not only that, other high-end cosmetic brands eye-shadows cost round about between £12-£20 EACH, so to get all these colours for Thirty-something pounds is so so good. The colours are also highly pigmented so you don't need tonnes of it applied at the end of the brush. It's definitely a palette which would last ages!

There is also such a good balance between matte and shimmery shades in the palette. Arguably, I'd say there are about Seven shimmery/glitter shades and Four matte shades (although some of the more matte shades do have a slightttt shimmer in them such as, 'Bootycall' and 'Busted', but they're not as intense as some of the other glittery eye-shadows like, 'YDK' , 'Chopper' and 'Half Baked'. 

With the palette you get a double ended eye-shadow brush and a mini Urban Decay, 'Lip Junkie' lipgloss. 
The brush is surprisingly super-soft and something that I'd actually use (in the past, the brushes in palettes I've got tend to be crap). The fluffy end I'd use to apply a base colour and the more tapered brush I'd use in the crease for definition. 
The lipgloss I'm not a fan of, purely because I'm not a lipgloss fan. However, this feels sooo good on and isn't sticky in the slightest. It also smells amazing - the only way I can describe it, is that it smells like Mint After Eight Chocolates haha. 

Aspects I don't particularly like about the palette:
When using the super shimmery colours, (especially, 'YDK') you find that when you apply it, it falls out all over your face. I've tried different brushes and techniques and still there is a lot of fall out. So when using these shades, I'd recommend priming your eyes first, doing your eye-shadow and then applying your foundation. One of the big mistakes I made when first using it!

Other than that I haven't really got any other negatives as the palette is just worth every penny. 

Favourite shades:
'Bootycall' - PERFECT tear-duct highlighter.
'Tease' - Great base colour.
'Chopper' - A mix between a Gold/Bronze shimmery shade. 
'Snakebite' - Less shimmery than, 'Chopper'. A sexy deeper Brown shade with shimmery flecks.

Least favourite shades:

'Pistol' and 'Verve' - Not a fan of Silvery tones on my Brown eyes... I think the warm golden/Bronze tones work better. Nevertheless, I'd still wear them layered with some of the other colours. 

Anyway, that's my opinion on the popular Naked2 palette. If you have this palette, let me know what you think/what you're favourite and least favourite shades are!


Sunday, 2 September 2012

MAC, 'Brave' Lipstick

I'm in love with this lipstick! Heard about it for a while and finally picked it up at the Duty Free in Cyprus for 12 euros. It's another nude shade with more of a pink tone rather than a peachy shade. On Mac Cosmetic's website they describe it as a, 'pink beige with white pearl' colour. To me, that kind of gives the impression that it has shimmery tones to it but it really doesn't. The lipstick is a satin finish but it's definitely heading towards more of a matte shade compared to that of another nude shade I reviewed called, 'Plink!' here. 'Plink!' as you can see from the swatch is a LOT more shimmery, hence the reason I also bought this shade as it's nice for when I don't want an as sheer finish. I have to say, in the images I have taken the lipstick seems like it would be a lot darker on the lips than it really is. The swatch, however, is quite an accurate representation of what it actually looks on. For me, it's just a few shades darker than my actual lips which I love. With this, I wear, 'Boldly Bare' lip-liner (sold out at the moment and I think it's limited edition?) also from MAC and it goes perfectly. As I have a tan at the moment I think it suits me better than if I was my normal pale self! So I'd definitely recommend this if you're olive skinned - I'm just hoping it will suit me when I turn back to my snowman colouring :-(. 
I can definitely feel this becoming one of my favourite pink/brown nudes. The only thing I would say is that because it does have more of a matte texture, it can feel like your lips become dry when wearing it for hours and hours so just make sure you have a lip balm handy also. Other than that, I wear this constantly and would definitely re-purchase.


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