Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What's On My Face #1

Bellechaton Mac Candy Yum Yum Laura Mercier Silk Creme
Asos Lace Collar Dress Zoella

Foundation - Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Rose Ivory
Eyebrows - MAC Paint Pot in Quite Natural
Bronzer - Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel
Blush - Topshop Cream Blush in Head Over Heels
Eye shadow: MAC Nylon, Urban Decay Half Baked & Urban Decay in Smog
Powder - Rimmel Stay Matte 
Highlight - MAC MSF in Soft & Gentle
Lips - MAC Lip Pencil in Nightmoth and Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum

ASOS - £35.00 

I really like 'FOTD' style posts and I just noticed the last time I actually did one was way back in 2012! So I thought I'd do one today and show you what I'm wearing too! I bought this dress before my birthday and hadn't actually worn it until now, I love love love the collar on this dress. It's knit fabric and it's perfect to wear in this weather with some tights!

What makeup have you been loving wearing recently?

Saturday, February 22, 2014

MAC Myth VS Topshop Nevada

Topshop Nevada Lipstick and MAC Myth Lipstick
Topshop Nevada Lipstick and MAC Myth Lipstick
Topshop Nevada Lipstick and MAC Myth Lipstick
Topshop Nevada Lipstick and MAC Myth Lipstick
MAC Lipstick in Myth

As you may have seen in my 'Topshop - Nevada' post, I was left feeling pretty disappointed and just like magic, I received an email from Debenhams telling me that I had £10 to spend on my beauty card. Obviously, it had to be a MAC purchase, I'm obsessed...and I thought I'd purchase Myth because if I did hate it, I'd only be wasting £5!

Myth is described as a 'light, neutral nude' with a Satin finish and is highly pigmented. 

Before applying this I lined my lips with the Topshop Lip Pencil in Ceramic and I loved how creamy Myth felt on my lips, I much prefer this formula compared to Nevada and I love how much more pigmented it is! Some people have said they found this to cling to dry patches, but I personally didn't think it was too bad. It can sometimes look slightly like concealer lips, but It just all depends on what other makeup you have on with it! I'm thinking of maybe doing a FOTD soon featuring this lipstick! I think I'll be wearing this a lot as the months start becoming warmer!

So, what are your thoughts - Nevada or Myth?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cleaning My Makeup Brushes

How I clean my makeup brushes with baby shampoo
How I clean my makeup brushes with baby shampoo
How I clean my makeup brushes with baby shampoo
How I clean my makeup brushes with baby shampoo
How I clean my makeup brushes with baby shampoo

Recently, I've been really getting into buying makeup brushes! I currently don't have that many and I store them all in this cute little pot that is actually a candle holder from Debenhams! I like to clean my makeup brushes at least once a week, I hate the look and feeling on my skin of dirty brushes and the fact they become so unhygienic isn't all that appealing either! 

I'm going to be honest, before I started watching beauty gurus on YouTube, I didn't really know how to wash my makeup brushes properly. I think I watched a video over on SWalkerMakeup's channel and I've never looked back!

There are two ways to clean brushes: spot cleaning, which consists of using a brush cleanser like the MAC Cleanser which allows you to quickly wash brushes without the need of water and the brushes dry really quickly!

I usually prefer to deep clean my brushes, which basically consists of using a foamy cleanser (or in my case baby shampoo) and using water, I usually do this in the evening before bed so they have all night to dry! I take all the brushes that are in need of washing and a towel into the bathroom and lay them all out. Firstly, using lukewarm water I dampen all the brushes and squirt a little bit of shampoo onto the palm of my hand and swirl the brush and rinse. If the brush is really really dirty you may need to repeat!

When all the brushes are clean I leave them on the towel laying down to dry overnight! Also, I just thought I'd add, brushes sometimes can look a little strange when wet, don't panic they will go back to normal once dry again :)

How do you clean your brushes and what products do you use?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Love Locket

Lush Cosmetics Love Locket Review
Lush Cosmetics Love Locket Review
Lush Cosmetics Love Locket Review
Lush Cosmetics Love Locket Review
Love Locket | £6.95

If you've read my blog before, you'll know that I have a huge obsession with Lush! On a recent trip to Essex to visit Charlie's family, we popped into Lush and I picked up a few bath bombs. This is the first time I've EVER gone into Lush and not gone mad, are you proud? 

I had a look at the Valentines collection and wasn't overly amazed, I think it has been better in previous years, but I did really like the look of 'Love Locket' I was in two minds though, because £6.95 it is a pretty hefty price tag for a bath bomb, but it was so pretty, I couldn't leave without one! It is designed to be used for three baths though, so I didn't think the price was too bad for three uses.

Lush say - "The Love Locket was inspired by the kind of heart-shaped locket you wear as a necklace, perhaps with a secret photograph of a loved one inside. In the same way, you have to unlock (crack open) this Love Locket bath bomb to reveal the secrets hidden within… The outside shell of this bath bomb is full of paper confetti hearts that will float up through the water. When you break open your Locket you will also find a smaller heart-shaped bath bomb hidden within, that’s filled with agar hearts to create a romantic spectacle in the bath. Love Locket is made with a blend of uplifting and sensual oils to create a luxurious, indulgent Valentine’s Day treat. Create the perfect romantic bath for two and immerse yourselves in a cascade of hearts!"

I was half tempted to just use it in one go, but that would be one expensive bath! At first, I just put the small heart in, which I loved because out exploded lots of little hearts, but it only gave the water a small tint of pink, so I added another half of the heart!

This is the perfect ingredient if you want a true princess bath, filled with pink water, glitter and tiny hearts. The only niggle I have with this is that it does fizz away super quickly and it's not really an exciting bath bomb. Personally, for the money, I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Have you tried this? How did you find it?

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Too Faced Sweetheart Blush

Too Faced Sweetheart Blush in Candy Glow Review
Too Faced Sweetheart Blush in Candy Glow Review
Too Faced Sweetheart Blush in Candy Glow Review

Recently, I've been really boring with my makeup and sticking to the same old routine. As I think I've said before, blush kind of scares me. I think it's mainly due to the fact I used to go a little overboard with blush in my early teen years haha! Usually, I won't use blush at all and if I do, it will have to be incredibly subtle! 

I had seen the "Too Faced Sweetheart Blushes" all over Tumblr and obviously, I fell in love instantly...and as you would have seen, I was lucky enough to receive one for my birthday in the shade 'Candy Glow

"With three perfect swatches baked into one heart, you can swirl the colours together and apply, or use more of one shade to custom flush or highlight."

Firstly, let's start with the packaging...oh my god it's SO beautiful! There is nothing more that I love than beautiful packaging. 

The blush itself consists of a trio of shades ranging from a candy pink to a peachy pink and a coral, all with a shimmery finish. In some lights, they can look a little frosty, but they're not at all. What I love the most about this blush is that it leaves you with a lovely subtle glow, without being too in your face and it doesn't leave the skin looking too shimmery. 

I've been applying this with a really cheap stippling brush from ELF and it applies like a dream! I think this might be my go-to blush as the months start getting warmer!

I 100% recommend this to everyone who has fair-medium skin tones, as it's not super pigmented.

Have you tried this? If not, what is your favourite blush?

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Golden Wonder

Lush Cosmetics Golden Wonder Blogger Review

I'd been putting off using Golden Wonder for ages, just because I knew it was going to be amazing and I knew I couldn't buy it again, but what better time to use it than on my birthday, right? So that's what I did!

"First take some time to shake it, listen to the little rattle from within and try to imagine what’s in there. Then drop it in your water and revel in the sweet orange and cognac oils. This bath bomb is guaranteed to put you in the mood for festive celebrations. You could even try using our new, unpreserved Celebrate body lotion after your bath – they share the same fizzy champagne cocktail fragrance. This isn’t a bath – this is an event! We loved this ballistic so much, we decided to put one of our most popular perfumes in it, so that lots of people will enjoy bathing in it. Long-standing customers will recognise the smell of Snowshowers shower jelly. Newer customers might like to know that the smell is of a light fizzing champagne cocktail, and contains sweet orange oil, cognac oil and lime oil. So wonder no longer – put one of these in your basket and try it for yourself. This ballistic contains edible gold lustre and soluble paper stars – so there’ll be no sparkly bits left to clean out of your bath afterwards."
What I love most about this bomb is the smell, it's so citrusy and gorgeous! I also love all the different colours that unfold as a different layer is revealed. At first being really bubbly and gold, which then turns to yellow/orange finally turning a lovely blue shade with the added stars, I felt like a true mermaid! It did slightly stain the bath, but nothing too crazy. I'm so sad this is only available at Christmas!

Did you manage to give this a go?

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Topshop Makeup Haul

Topshop Lipsticks in Crystal, Nevada, Straight Ace and Jewel
Topshop Lipsticks in Crystal, Nevada, Straight Ace and Jewel
Topshop Lipsticks in Crystal, Nevada, Straight Ace and Jewel
Topshop Cream Blush in Head Over Heels
Topshop Lip Pencil in Ceramic
Topshop Lipstick Swatches

With some birthday money, I thought I'd buy some Topshop make-up goodies! I love Topshop makeup, but as my local Topshop doesn't actually stock it, I only have four lipsticks and a cream blush. Initially, I was only going to pick up one of the Topshop highlighters that I always see being raved about online, but sadly I couldn't find them anywhere!

Cream Blush in Head Over Heels | £6.00
Firstly, I picked up a coral toned cream blush in the shade Head Over Heels. At the beginning of last year, I picked up my first ever cream blush in Flush. Blush generally scares me I feel like it never looks right on me so I was really apprehensive with buying one, but I love the look of dewy cheeks so I thought I'd give it a go and I fell in love I use Flush every day now so I'm excited to try a new shade!

Lipstick in Crystal | £4.00
I fell in love with this lipstick when it was first released with the Sisters of the Moon collection, but it was sold out everywhere so I couldn't get it, I'm so glad to have it now and I will probably do a review on this because it's soo pretty!

Lipstick in Nevada | £8.00
I really wanted Myth from MAC but didn't really know if it would suit me, I'm a complete novice when it comes to nudes, so I really didn't want to pay £15 on a lipstick I may never really wear. I heard Nevada is a perfect dupe for Myth so I'll see how I get on!

Lipstick in Straight Ace | £8.00

I've been loving purple lipstick recently and as you may have seen in my birthday wishlist, I really want Heroine from MAC, but I don't think that's available in the UK yet so I think this is perfect until I can finally get my hands on Heroine!

Lipstick in Jewel | £4.00 

The main reason I picked this up was because it was reduced to £4 but with a closer look I realised it was the lip tint that is PH reactive, I'm excited to try this!

Lip Pencil in Ceramic | £5.00

I've seen so many people rave about this lip pencil and it's apparently really nice with Nevada/Myth!

What are your thoughts on Topshop make-up?