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Budget Beauty #1 – Natural Collection Blusher

29 Aug

Welcome back lovelies! Some of you may or may not know that I am re-entering the scary world of education in 3 weeks time! Eeek!! That’s right, i’m off to university which means student lifestyle and budgeting….sad times. 

With all that in mind, I have decided that I really need to embrace my thrifty side and seek out all things beauty that will fit into my shoe-string budget.

For the wedding last month, I was on the hunt for a new blusher. Now I know what you’re thinking, I say budget blusher, you say Sleek right? Let’s face it, it was first to my mind also. However they’re £4.99, not breaking the bank I know and they’re super pigmented for the price but I thought I would try do one better.

One of the make-up counters I always seem to walk past in Boots is the Natural Collection counter. This is Boot’s own brand of make-up and if I summed it up in 3 words from first impressions it would be cheap, unattractive and unimpressive. However I have eaten humble pie as far as this brand is concerned.

Natural Collection – Blushed Cheeks – Peach Melba

The first thing I would like to say about this blusher is the packaging leaves a lot to be desired. It’s in the same faux pas category as the Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush packaging – not pretty. However for the very attractive price of £1.99 I am so willing to look past that, after all never judge a book by it’s cover!

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The blusher is available in 4 different shades, each all a variation of a pinky nude: Peach Melba, Rosey Glow, Pink Cloud & Dusky Pink. I chose Peach Melba as the initial swatch seemed to compliment the warm undertones in my skin. Since I purchased this I have not used another blusher! I am incredibly fair skinned and I often find most blush looks really awful on me, it either doesn’t suit my skin, doesn’t blend well or looks cakey!

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This blush creates a really natural glow that sits really softly on the skin, it is well pigmented so you don’t need a lot to create the desired effect but it’s easily build-able so it would suit darker skin tones too!

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Have you tried any of the Natural Collection range before? What other beauty budget brands would you recommend?

Much Love x

P.S Generally there is an offer with this range to buy any 3 products for £5.00! Definitely reason to go investigate! x

The hunt is over – Makeup & wedding

3 Aug

I feel like i’ve been out of touch for years and i’ve only had a week away! However my lovelies if you’ve been following my post series titled ‘The Hunt is On’ you’ll know where i’ve been!

Some friends of ours were getting married in Cornwall and invited us along for a weeks worth of preparations and celebrations! I had the dress, shoes, hair and accessories all sorted. So was feeling pretty confident that nothing much could go wrong!

On the day of the wedding I started off by exfoliating and giving my face a deep cleanse and a moisturise. My hair i’d washed the day before so it was clean but already had loose waves in from sleeping on it damp. I started my hair off by curling it with large barrelled straighteners and setting with hair spray as I went. After that I braided a section of hair by my temples and started to sweep it to the side to pin in place for my boho up-do.

It took a lot more effort and patience this time! My hair was a lot smoother and cleaner then the previous attempt so it was a bit more rebellious!

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After the hair was completed, I went onto the makeup for the day! Here is what I ended up taking…

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Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in 100 Ivory// Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in Light Vanilla 51// Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Translucent// Benefit High Beam highlighter// GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer// Bourjois Bronzing Powder in 51// Natural Collection Blushed Cheeks in Peach Melba// Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 1.Picture 575

Sleek Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Au Natural 601// Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Light to Medium// Natural Collection Clear Mascara// Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Black// Markwins Eyeshadow Palette in 00512// Mememe Cosmetics Dew Pot in Silk Dust 11// Topshop Engraved Magic Liner in Black.Picture 576

Makeup Bag Past Times// Revlon Super Lustrious Lipgloss in Kiss Me Coral// Fraulein Spoolie Brush// Revlon Shadow Contour Brush// Real Techniques Stippling Brush// QVS Stippling Brush// Dirty Works Eyeliner Brush// Dirty Works Smoky Eye Duo Brush. 

First step was to prime my skin, for this I used the GOSH Velvet Touch Foundation Primer. After applying that liberally to my face and neck and letting it settle I went straight in with my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation. I wanted a semi matte/dewy finish and I think this lasts slightly better on my skin out of the two choices I took. I buffed that in to my skin with my new Real Techniques Stippling brush and after that just touched up any other imperfections with my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer.

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After creating a flawless canvas I started with the eyes. I applied a base using the Mememe Cosmetics Dew pot to give my eyeshadow staying power and longevity. I applied my all over lid colour and the crease colour as so… I then started to blend the crease colour using a windscreen wiper motion until all the harsh lines disappeared. Carrying on applying colour then blending to create the desired gradient and depth I groomed my brows and applied mascara.

Picture 628Time to sort out the cheeks! As i’d caught the sun quite considerably on the first day there I wanted to bring some warmth to my complexion. Using Bourjois Bronzing Powder I swept this lightly across my cheek and back into my hair line. This helped define my freckles and brought the desired bronze glow. I picked up a blusher from Natural Collection before I went away and used this to bring a flush of colour to the apples of the cheeks. Finally I highlighted my brow bone and the highpoint of my cheekbone using High Beam from Benefit.

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Finally the lips got love from my new favourite Lip Gloss from Revlon Kiss Me Coral!

Picture 627I hope you like how I did my makeup for the big event! I went for quite a neutral palette in the end to not take away from the amount of colour I was wearing! A snap of me and my fella from just after the ceremony! Please excuse my brolly in the shot but if you look at the weather behind us you’ll understand!

See how sunburnt we are! This is not actually a very flattering photo. Oh and just to give you a giggle, I was so taped into this dress that it took nearly an hour to get out of it!!!

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Finally a lovely shot of the happy couple! Didn’t they both look gorgeous!

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Much Love x

 

Avon Haul – Review

1 Jul

Such fond memories fill my head when I think of Avon. Sitting with my mum as she opened her Avon purchases and feeling grown up flipping through the scented pages of the catalogue. It’s no secret that I love their Supershock Gel Eyeliner which I raved about in my last review.

I was so excited to get some new bits and pieces from Avon as I always love trying new things, I think my boyfriend and I might need to get a bigger house soon to accomodate my ever growing makeup, hair and beauty collection – oopsie!

I love nail polishes and anything nail care and i’m desperately trying to wear brighter colours this year!

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This nail polish comes from their Nailwear Pro+ range and is in the shade Inspire (*). It’s a wonderful summery yellow with a cool undertone that would give a great pop of colour to your outfit. I find with nail polish I am an impatient cow, I want it on my nails and dry within minutes because as soon as the first drop hits there is a million and one things I want to do. I mean come on, who hasn’t had the worst urge to go to the toilet as soon as you’ve painted your nails…it’s definitely sods law.

I anticipated this would take a good few coats to get a good colour payoff so I started applying it a bit on the thicker side to try speed things up, mistake that was! The polish only needed 2 decent coats to give a nice opaque colour which pleased me lots, it looks really pleasant but only lasted on my nails a matter of hours before the first sizeable chip…doh silly me forgot to put a top coat on!

This isn’t a colour I would normally purchase, it’s one of those brights that intimidate me, but we’re all about embracing change aren’t we?

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I also got this blush in the colour Russett (*), on Avon’s website there are nothing but great reviews about this blush range so I was eager to try it for myself. When you look at the picture I hope you share this first impression, you don’t get a lot of product do you? A lovely compact with a mirror and brush but actual product for your money, hmmph maybe that’s just me.

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I thought i’d give the free brush that came with it a go, which immediately got thrown over my shoulder in the direction of the bin. It literally gave my cheek a pinky red ‘go faster’ stripe – not attractive… Undeterred however I picked up my trusty blush brush and picked up a small amount of product to apply. It applied on the bright side, I quickly learnt it’s a very pigmented blush and I needed to go over the top with my foundation brush to tone it down to my taste.

This isn’t a blush colour I think overly suits me, instead of a healthy rosy cheek I just look….embarrassed. This would look lovely on a darker skin tone I think, but as for pale and interesting here, it didn’t cut the mustard – Sorry Avon!

Moving swiftly on, the last product I received was another liner! Hurray! Avon Gilmmerstick Diamonds Eyeliner in the colour Twilight (*). This is a beautiful sparkly blue liner and again like its Supershock cousin glided on to give a smooth application. I was super surprised that I didn’t have to do a couple of strokes to get a decent colour payoff – once again Avon delivered with a one stroke wonder. I applied this on my lower lash line and married it with a few coats of my favourite mascara, the pop of colour lasted all day and several people commented on how it caught the light.

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So pleased with this little beauty, this is definitely finding a home in my everyday makeup bag. I am buzzing with ideas of making a navy sparkly smokey eye or smudging the liner for a more sultry look.

Please don’t take my words as gospel, if you like the look of any of these products then do feel free to try them out yourself! Just because they might not have been right for me, doesn’t mean they won’t be wonderful on you. One thing I can safely say across the board with everything i’ve tried here – they are FANTASTIC quality for money.

I would love to hear your thoughts, have you tried any of these products? Let me know what your opinions!

Much Love x

My product picks for summer

22 Jun

I do not proclaim myself to be a ‘fashionista beauty guru’ but I do love trying new things and finding little gems among the overwhelming range of products on my local highstreet. What girl doesn’t honestly love feeling like she looks her best? Because when you’re looking good, it makes you feel great! (Well it does for me anyway!)..

Lately I have really pushed the boat out and tried to move away from my safe harbour what I know and branch out into the unknown territory of beauty. I thought it would be really nice to share a few of my new discoveries!

Skin

With the seasonal change the weather has turned rather muggy in my little corner of the UK. My skin has unfortunately not welcomed this change and has become super oily. This of course as the story goes has led to several breakouts and me being exceptionally fed up over it all. Instead of admitting defeat, this time I took action!

Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Day Cream

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This has become my new mattifying mate! This moisturiser is a match made in heaven for my oily/combination skin. It’s all made with natural organic ingredients (sounds rather posh doesn’t it!). The main star of this show is the Willowbark which is supposed to help clarify your skin and provide all day shine control along with hydration and protection. Sounds a lot for this little tub of cream!

In my opinion it’s doing wonders for my skin, I have been applying it on a cleansed face in the morning before make up to give myself a good base to work on. So far without any primer my foundation has been lasting all day and at 17.00 it’s just starting to break down around my nose. Bear in mind, i’ve used no primer and not set with any ‘powder so I am sure this will be a well used product as the summer months continue and whilst we might not get any sunshine, my skin will be shine free! Hurray!!! Despite the thick texture appearance it does blend and absorb into my skin easily and the anti-shine effect is instantly noticeable!

I would definitely recommend this to my fellow oily skinned friends, go try it!! If you needed another reason it’s cheap as chips too so there is NO excuse!!

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Purifying Mask

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Still sending offerings of thanks to the skies for the angel that sent this to me as a substitute in my online shopping! My skin has needed a bit of pepping up lately, it’s been a sorry old state! So, I was hunting for a face mask that would do just that. If you’ve not guessed from the product above i’m an oily kinda gal so a clay mask was definitely on the cards.

I am totally in love with this product! It first of all smells amazing, a very light and delicate scent. Once I have smoothed it on my skin it’s instantly cooling and feels very refreshing, although it’s menthol in the ingredients that makes it cool it has NO giveaway smell (thankfully!! – I HATE mint and menthol blergh!).

I normally kick back and relax with this on my mush for 15 to 20 minutes, I know i’m ready to rinse when I can’t move my facial muscles (which cracks my other half up!). It’s easy to remove with warm water and doesn’t leave a residue on your skin. After using this I find my skin is extremely soft, I look refreshed and perkier. I find it helps calm my redness patches and reduces swelling on any nasty spots. I have been using this twice a week now for 3 weeks and I am over the moon with the results, I have even noticed my blackheads disappearing. Palmers – I salute you!

If you’re looking for a clay mask, look no further. I promise you will have no regrets!

Makeup

I am very particular with my makeup as I have extremely fair skin, I find I struggle to find shades that suit me especially when it comes to blusher. I tend to shy away from corals and orangey shades as I am paranoid they clash with my hair colour which is a natural dark strawberry blonde/auburn.

However, I have been converted!

MeMeMe Boho Balm Cheek & Lip Tint

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I have been using the colour combination Coral Taupe and I adore it! It has a creamy texture that is easily blendable with your finger tips and creates a peachy glow for your cheeks or a sheer tint to the lips. I found the taupe shade slightly intimidating at first, but, I quickly took the plunge and tried it as a bronzer/contour and it works wonderfully. Either apply with a brush or your fingers for effortless beauty. The only thing I find at a downside of this little gem is it can be quite hard to open.

This is another highstreet steal so go grab yours today!

Lips by Topshop

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How…how on earth have I only just discovered the Topshop Range?! I know beauty bloggers have raved for what seems an age but this range has always been on my “To Do” list. I love dirty pink nudes for my lips, my last favourite being the Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle. I picked up the Lips by Topshop in the colour Beatnik.

First of all the packaging on the entire Topshop range is so cute and although I think the range is a little pricey for some pieces I was eager to see if they lived up to the hype. I have been living in this colour, I think it’s truly versatile and suits my complexion perfectly. I have worn this with an understated summer makeup, a more rock chick grunge look and even to the office. It has a slight shimmer to it and I find it lasts well on my lips.

If you are new to the Topshop range like myself, check this colour out.

Nails

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you’ll know i’ve gone a wee bit potty over nail polishes lately. I have bought loads but the one colour i’m coming back to time and time again is…(drum roll……)..

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint

Barry-M-Gelly-Hi-Shine-Nail-Paint-Prickly-Pear-187727I own two of these beauties this lovely colour (pictured) Prickly Pear and Blueberry. I love the shiny gloss effect they give and the fact I can be lazy and only do one coat and still get a good colour pay off! I have been rocking this colour most of the time since I bought it and I am almost in need of a second!!! I have to say when I repurchase this I will be buying more colours and I have my eye on Lychee, Green berry, Guava & Pomegranate…

barry-m-gelly-hi-shine-nail-paint-prickly-pear.jpgI am sure that these are well and truly on your radar for the summer, if not..where have you been!

 

I hope you enjoyed my post on product picks for summer, please do feel free to share with me what you’re loving this time of year and if you’ve discovered anything new.

Much Love x