December 15, 2014

Party Season Must-Haves

Party Season Picks

The festive season has always been my favourite for makeup because it's acceptable to rock a bold lip and a bit of glitter. I've compiled 5 of my must-have makeup products for the party season, appropriate for whether you want to go heavy on the eyes or wear a bright red lip! There really is something for every one here and this is definitely what I shall be using over this Christmas!

The first item I couldn't not mention is NARS' Sheer Glow foundation. A classic staple in so many makeup collections and rightly so. Christmas is the time for a bit of luxury and you could squeeze yours in via this - you won't regret it! I've been saving this for special occasions as I'm so in love with it. It applies like a dream, lasts amazingly and gives off a lovely, radiant, my-skin-but-better glow. Again for the base is NARS' Laguna bronzer. After my love-hate relationship with this, I'm back to loving it. A gorgeous bronzer that gives a nice, natural bronzed cheek.

When it comes to eyes, I'll be using The Body Shop 4 Step Smokey Eye* palette in Smokey Brown. I mentioned this a while back on my blog and said that I loved it and it's still true to this day. It gives a gorgeous golden brown smokey look, but if you can't get your hands on this (it's pretty hard to track down!), I'd recommend the Naked palette for the golden/brown shades.

Lip-wise I have two options: the Rimmel lip liner in Black Tulips or the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot Pepper. Black Tulips has become my latest obessions as wearing it on it's own gives a gorgeous, matte lip shade that isn't too drying. Hot Pepper is more Christmassy of the two with it's bright red colour but the formulation of this is second to none. Not to mention the lasting power of both of these products - you're able to pig-out on all of the food you'd like without smearing lipstick all over your face. Result!

What will you be wearing this Christmas - bold eye or bright lip?

December 13, 2014

The Big Blush Debate: Cream vs. Powder

Cream vs Powder Blush

When it comes to blush there's always a constant battle on which I prefer - cream or powder. Cream blushes are something that I've only delved into recently as I've been Team Powder ever since I can remember, but every time I use creams I love them more and more. As with most things there's good and bad points about both but I think I've finally made up my mind as to which I prefer.

Let's discuss powders first. They're compact, readily available and amazingly pigmented - what more could you ask for? There is actually something that powders don't score the points on and that's how they never quite look natural, especially when used on my dry skin. Powders tend to cling to dry patches and highlight the fact that you're wearing blush. It's not all bad - they're super easy to blend out and give a nice glow to the face. My powder of choice is Sleek's Blush in Rose Gold.

When it comes to creams, it's all about the natural look. Cream blushes are very up-and-coming in the makeup world as of recently and rightly so - they're amazing for a natural, fresh look. The only downside to this is that from all of the cream blushes I've ever tried, they're not as pigmented as powders but they're build able. That's not much of a problem if you're going natural - a little is all you need. My cream blush of choice is Revlon's Pinched.

I think when it comes to blush, I'm definitely Team Cream. What about you?

December 10, 2014

If I Could Only Chose One

If I Could Only Pick One

Being a beauty blog reader for three years comes with a shopping list the length of your arm. Over my past few two years of blogging myself I've built quite the makeup collection, tried many brands and naturally, I've chosen my favourites. Whilst I was in the bath last weekend (all great ideas come from the bath), I wondered which my favourites are from each brand; drugstore and high-end. I've been thinking about which products over the past few days and it's really a hard decision but these are what I've chosen. If you'd like more than a little snippet of the products, mentioned here, there's full reviews in my Directory!

Anastasia Beverly Hills: This is a fairly new brand to me but I tend to find myself steering to their Brow Wiz on an everyday basis.

Benefit: The Porefessional. One of the only primers that have actually worked to fill in my huge pores. The only downside is how it's so expensive but I suppose you get what you pay for!

Bourjois: I couldn't get a favourites post done without mentioning the Rouge Edition Velvets. I have three in my collection now and my favourite is Peach Club. The thing I love most about these are the formulas. They're easy to apply, long lasting & comfortable.

Collection: Many people expect the Lasting Perfection concealer here but in fact, my favourite Collection product is their Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip liner. It's the only felt tip liner that is the darkest black colour and hasn't dried out!

MAC: How could a makeup collection be complete without Russian Red? I'm yet to find a more suiting red than this and I bought this over 2 years ago. I wouldn't be without it!

Real Techniques: This was the hardest decision to make because I have almost every RT brush and use them all on a daily basis. I went for the Buffing Brush as it makes my foundation glide on like a dream!

Revlon: Speaking of foundation, my favourite Revlon product is the Photoready foundation - another recent purchase. This is my go-to product at the moment when I want a lovely, fresh, glowing skin.

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