Sunday, 26 April 2015

Huge Mac Haul!

mac, mac haul, mac cosmetics, lip liner, mineralize skinfinish, lipstick, prep + prime, 239 brush, sable eyeshadow, soar, whirl, dervish, subculture, stripdown, velvet teddy, lightscapade

Uh oh, so it looks like I went a bit crazy in Mac...I must really like making myself poor! The emoji of the monkey covering it's eyes would fit in so well right about now haha. This post has actually been a long time coming but stupid me accidentally got it delivered to my uni address and it wasn't until almost a month later that I could go and collect it when I went down to hand my dissertation in. Karma for procrastinating from my uni work and buying far more than I can actually afford? Yup. Anyway, guilt aside, I'll show you what I bought...

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Lightscapade, Soft and Gentle, Highlight, Highlighter

Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade
I've wanted this for a while and I finally decided to take the plunge and buy it and I'm so glad I did as it's now my new favourite for everyday! It's such a gorgeous pearly highlight that goes so nice with my skintone and I love that you can use a little bit for a subtle effect or you can build it up for more of an intense look. How pretty is the the blue veining too!

Mac Prep + Prime Highlighter, Light Boost, Kim K, Kardashian, contour and highlight

Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost
If you've been reading my blog a while you will probably already be familiar with this product as I've featured it more times than I should have (sorry, I can't help it I love it). It's the best at brightening tired under eye areas and gives you that beauty sleep illusion. I've been without it for a while now because I accidentally lost it on a night out, (don't worry I already gave myself a pat on the back for that fab move..) and I'm sooooo pleased to have it back you don't even know.

Mac Sable Eyeshadow, 239 brush, 217

Eyeshadow in Sable
I've not bought any eyeshadows from Mac in about a year or so and I wanted a shade that I could use for a darker, smokey eye look. I went with Sable which is a lovely shimmery, chocolate bronze shade, I can't wait to try it out!

239 Eyeshadow Brush
I already use my trusty Mac 217 brush to blend my eyeshadow out with, but I really wanted a good eyeshadow brush to pack the product onto my lid with because currently I only use a cheap one. So I thought it was time for an upgrade and I bought the 239 brush, it better be good cos it cost enough!

Mac Velvet Teddy Lipstick, Matte, Kylie Jenner Lips, Nude Lipstick 90s

Velvet Teddy Lipstick
So at first there wasn't actually any lipsticks that I was currently lusting after from Mac, but I told myself that if Velvet Teddy was in stock online then I'd purchase it (thinking it wouldn't be) but by some miracle it was! So I decided to cave and buy it and see what all this damn fuss is about! 

Mac Lip Pencil, stripdown, soar, dervish, whirl, subculture, kylie jenner lipstick

Lip Pencils 
So it appears this is where most of the damage happened...errr...not quite sure what came over me, I guess I was just really feeling the lip liners that day haha, and I swear they're not all the same shade! 
I bought the super popular Whirl and Soar because they were actually in stock for once so I had to nab them before they sold out again.
I also got Subculture which is a repurchase as it's a favourite of mine and also Dervish which I've never heard anyone talk about but it looks like a really pretty shade, kind of a mixture between Whirl and Soar.
The last one I got was Stripdown which was on a bit of a whim but I wanted to try it out as an ombre lip with a nude lipstick in the centre. I have a feeling it's probably going to be too dark for me and I'll end up looking like a scary 90's Pamela Anderson but we shall see.

Eeeek, someone hide my card from me!

Do you own any of these products? If so I would love to know what you think of them!


Thursday, 16 April 2015

5 Minute Hairstyle | Faux Loop Braid

As I have fairly long hair I love being able to try out lots of different braids and pretty hairstyles every now and then, so when I discovered this gorgeous Faux Loop Braid on Imogen Foxy Locks' YouTube channel, I was so excited as it's literally the easiest 'braid' ever. No really! It's amazing for braid-phobes out there as there's literally zero skill required other than being able to tie an elastic around your hair (which I sincerely hope you can do or I'll be a tad worried for ya). It's amazing for those times when you're in a rush as it takes only five minutes to do but looks so pretty, so I thought I'd put together a little tutorial to show you how to recreate it.

1. Gather your hair to the side and tie it in a pony tail with a clear elastic. I got a pack of 100 on eBay for about £1.99 but you can also get them really cheap in Primark and to be honest I actually think they're better quality than the eBay ones. I also pulled a small section of hair out my layers out to frame my face.

2. Next, make a hole in the middle of your hair above where you placed the elastic and push the length of the ponytail up through the hole. Sorry the photo doesn't really show this particularly well but hopefully you understand what I mean. You don't have to do this step, Imogen didn't do this in her video, but I just find doing so helps to create a bit of volume to my hair so the weight of the braid doesn't drag it down.

3. Split the ponytail into two parts, one on top of the other. Take the top section and tie it with an elastic about 3 or 4 cm away from where you placed the above elastic. 

4. Create a hole in the top section of hair, and pull the underneath section through it.

5. Again, place another elastic around the new top section.

6. Make a hole in the top section and once again, pull the underneath section through. 

7. Repeat these steps until you reach the end of your hair, and it should look something like this.

8. Lastly, pull at the sides of each loop to loosen it and make it look much bigger and fuller.

Done! So quick and simple and I love the finished result.

What do you think?


Monday, 13 April 2015

Too Faced La Creme Lipsticks in Naked Dolly and Marshmallow Bunny

Top: Naked Dolly. Bottom: Marshmallow Bunny
Naked Dolly
Marshmallow Bunny
Top: Marshmallow Bunny. Bottom: Naked Dolly
I decided to splurge on these Too Faced La Creme Lipsticks a while back whilst Debenhams were offering £5 off of all their lipsticks for National Lipstick Day (best promotion ever!). I decided to try a couple things from Too Faced as the packaging is so pretty and I'm not gonna lie the cute names did kinda draw me in...

I chose Naked Dolly which is a gorgeous, peachy nude shade that looks really nice on my skintone, but if I had a tan it would probably look too pale. I also got Marshmallow Bunny, which is a pretty, babydoll pink shade that is slightly brighter than I was anticipating. By no means is it a bright pink but just not what I would call a 'marshmallow' pink, lovely colour all the same though. Both feel buttery with a nice glossy finish and last on the lips for a fair few hours. 

My pet peeve with these though is that they can apply a bit streaky and you do have to build them up to get them even. That's fine with me but it's when I go to reapply it's even worse trying to get it even, as the product builds up in certain areas and not others that you're better off just wiping it all off and starting again. Because of this I'll use these up but don't think I'd purchase any more from the La Creme range.

How pretty are the boxes they came in though?! I literally never want to throw them away!

Have you tried any Too Faced lipsticks?


Thursday, 9 April 2015

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle

I've had this little gem in my collection for a while now but I kept putting off blogging about it because I could never seem to take a good photo of it (Winter lighting just hates us all). This is probably the fourth times I've retaken these pictures because I'm so fussy that I actually annoy myself. My iPhone camera really does it no justice!

Anyway, The Mineralize Skinfinishes from Mac are all about faking that natural radiance with Soft & Gentle being one of the most raved about of them all and I can totally see why. It's a beautiful bronzey, champagne shade that gives you that ever coveted, healthy, sun-kissed glow. The shimmer is fairly intense but fortunately there are no tacky chunks of glitter in sight, so you can wipe that scary disco ball image from your mind. When it hits the light it gives you that glossed over, photoshopped angel skin kind of effect and I mean who doesn't want that, right?! It's just stunning and despite being warm toned it would suit a wide array of skin tones, although I do think it would look even prettier on me when I have a tan! 

I like to apply it in a C-shape along the tops of my cheek bones and around above my brow bone, down the centre of my nose, cupids bow and if I want to go all out I'll even pop a tiny bit onto the centre of my chin and forehead and it just that gives the most gorgeous glowey highlight.

The consistency is velvety soft and it glides across the skin giving the illusion of smooth, perfected skin. It's really pigmented so a little goes a long way and I find I don't have to use much of it at all, I've had mine since last June and despite using it loads it's barely dented. So even though it's pricey at £23 I can tell it's going to last me years!

Have you tried Mac's Soft & Gentle?


Monday, 6 April 2015

How To | Winged Eye-Liner in 4 Simple Steps

Winged liner is something I do pretty much every single time I do my makeup, to the point where I actually hate not wearing it because it makes my eyes look so much more defined and awake. However, as much as I love the look of the final result, it can be a damn pain in the ass to get right and it's something that has taken me a fair few years of practice to perfect. 

I definitely still have those off days where one eye goes perfect but the other resembles something like Mr Tickles right arm and the more you try to fix it the worse it gets, it's true when they say 'don't ask a girl with winger eyeliner why she's late'. However, off days aside, I'd like to think I've mastered it somewhat and I always use the same technique to apply it, which I've found to be the easiest and quickest way!

Firstly I use a liquid liner, specifically the L'Oreal Waterproof Super Liner (the one that's in a little tube rather than the pen), which is honestly the best I've ever found and believe me I've tried a lot! It doesn't budge all day, even in the inner corner which is the main problem for me with liners, and the tip of the applicator is thin and sturdy enough to get a nice, straight, even line. 

Step One:
To begin with, make sure your elbow is resting on an even surface as it will make your hand much steadier so you can prevent yourself from drawing a wobbly line. Apply the liner starting in the middle of the eyelid and draw a thin line towards the corner of your eye. 

Step Two:
Draw another small line from the outer corner of your eye leading towards your brow. Sometimes getting the angle right can be tricky but I like to imagine that my waterline continues up towards my brow and apply it in that direction. If you find this difficult, you could place a small piece of cellotape along the angle as you can then be as messy as you want on the tape, but once you remove it you get a nice sharp, clean line.

Step Three:
Connect the two lines together from the outer corner to the middle of the eyelid.

Step Four:
Fill in the gap and continue the line towards the inner corner of your eye, and you can go back over and make sure the line is even and thicken it up if you wish. Then just apply your mascara or lashes as usual! 

As an extra step you can even use a black pencil eyeliner along your tightline (my favourite is Nars Via Veneto), which will get rid of any light spaces and makes the winger liner look extra black and defined. I skipped this step but I always do it for a night out.

It's a fairly basic way of applying winged liner but hopefully it helped a little! What do you think?

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

March Favourites | 2015

Thank the lord we have finally escaped Winter, I don't think I've ever been so glad to see Spring in my life, freezing cold Uni rooms and walking back from lectures in the dark are so not the one. So as you may have guessed this post is all about the products that have been my favourites throughout the month of March!

Clarins Instant Lip Balm Perfector
I already adore the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors from Clarins so when I heard that they were expanding the range into the form of six beautifully packed lip balms, of course I had to get one didn't I! I chose the shade 'My Pink' which is the Ph reactive version so it reacts to the acidity levels in your lips and therefore looks a little different on everyone. On me it goes a pretty pink shade which is fairly similar to my natural lip shade but just a bit brighter. It's feels lovely and moisturising on the lips and also has the same yummy scent that the glosses have which reminds me of angel cake!

Lauren's Way Self Tan Bronzing Lotion*
I was kindly sent this item to review and I was really excited to receive it as I'd heard lots of good things about the brand. I love the results it gives so much that it made my favourites post! I'm pretty pale (Mac NC15 kind of pale) and it gives a me lovely bronzed tan like I've just been sunning it up in Santorini for two weeks, no scary orange Wotsit colour in sight woo hoo! One of my pet peeves with fake tan is the gross stale biscuit smell some have and what surprised me the most with this one is the sweet, fresh scent it has, I was so surprised! I can't wait to get more use out of it in the Summer time to fake that gorgeous holiday glow. 

By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Frozen Quartz
This may come as a shock but I haven't used my beloved Urban Decay Naked palette all month!! I do love that palette to death but I've really been trying to get more use out of all my other eyeshadows, I have so many lovely colours it would be a waste to see them all wither away at the back of my makeup drawers. I saw Suzie from Hello October use this Ombre Blackstar in the shade Frozen Quartz in an everyday makeup tutorial and it looked so pretty on her that I decided to whip it back out again. It's a gorgeous, shimmery, pearly pink shade and the formula stays put all day it's incredible. I've written a full review here along with Misty Rock if you'd like to have a read!

Mac Eyeshadow Quad
I've also gotten major use out of my little Mac quad and the shades I have in this palette are Blanc Type, Charcoal Brown, Naked Lunch and All That Glitters. I already get good use out of Blanc Type every single day as a matte brow bone highlight, but I've also been loving it all over the lid with Charcoal Brown in the crease for a defined, contoured eye look. Naked Lunch has been the perfect substitute for Urban Decay's Sin, although not quite as intense, but still a lovely cool toned champagne pink shade. All That Glitters is the only one I haven't used as I'm not sure I really like it that much. I currently have a little collection of six Mac eyeshadows and I'm planning on doing a more detailed blog post all about them!

Maybelline Color Drama Velvet Lip Pencil
The last beauty product is this lovely lip pencil from Maybelline in the shade Nude Perfection. I'm quite late on the bandwagon with these but I decided to buy one whilst it was on offer for about £2.50 and I'm so glad I did. The colour is that darker 90's style nude shade and is really similar to the ever coveted Kylie Jenner lip colour. The formula is matte but velvety and smooth and last ages on the lips, although I do find that it can be quite drying but at this price who cares!

What have you been loving throughout March?