Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A few recent beauty favourites

Ever just feel the urge to sit and write, but have no idea where to start? Me too. It feels like I've been away from blogging for so long and it seems all the faces have changed, all the goalposts have moved, and everything that was once en vogue is now passè. But I still love to talk about makeup so I figured rather than get too caught up comparing my photography skills (or lack of) or trying to keep up with the latest hot products to review, I'd just open up the ol' laptop and tell you about some of the things I've been loving recently.

Okay, so Makeup Geek arriving on Beauty Bay was a bit exciting wasn't it! I spent ages looking up swatches and decided on a few matte shades and some of the foiled shadows, which I adore - I'll do a separate post all about them :) 

One of my favourite looks at the minute is a rounded smoky eye with winged eyeliner, It's taken me so long to perfect the cat eye look but I think I'm almost there *squeals excitedly*. If you're a bit of a newbie like me, I can't recommend the Paul & Joe liquid eyeliner pen enough, it's absolutely foolproof. For those a bit more experienced, the Maybelline Master Precise liner is a great budget option - it's super black, just a little stiffer to work with if you're a beginner.

Remember my post on the Too Faced Glitter Glue eyeshadow primer? Well I'm even more in love with it now. Not only does it secure your pigments and glitters to the eyelid, it brings out the best in any pressed shimmer/glitter eyeshadow too. My favourite trick at the minute is to do my smoky eye (typically transition shade, crease shade, darker shade in the outer corner, light shimmer shade on the mobile lid), then once it's completed, tapping some of the Glitter Glue on the mobile lid and then using a fingertip to press a lighter shimmery shade on the top. It really makes the eyeshadow stand out and is a gorgeous contrast to the darker, smoky shades. 

Ah, Chanel Mademoiselle. With mauve lip colours taking the beauty world by storm, I've fallen head over heels for this beautiful shade all over again. With less grey undertones than some of the current hyped hues, this cult classic is a sophisticated, suits-all choice for anyone wanting to try out this trend - and best of all, this luxe lip colour will always be in fashion.

What are your current beauty favourites?

Thursday, December 24, 2015

A very Lindt Christmas

If I had to choose a favourite chocolate brand, hands down it'd be Lindt. For a start, I refuse to make my signature brownies using anything else (which reminds me, I really ought to do a recipe post soon) and lets face it, no one else quite does seasonal treats like they do. I mean, Easter just wouldn't be the same without a Lindt gold bunny now would it!

I was lucky enough to be sent some Lindt Christmas goodies, including a selection of mini gold bears, snowmen and Santa Claus figures - which me and my family very much enjoyed. My daughters loved making a little Christmas display out of them all too, maybe as much as they loved eating them! 

I also received a Lindt Chocolate Lovers gift set* which contained a large gold bear, some Lindor chocolates and a box of Neapolitans - which a quick Google search informed me are small tablets of chocolate intended to be enjoyed with coffee - so that's exactly what we did :) It was packaged beautifully and was festive without making reference to Christmas - making the perfect winter gift for those who don;t celebrate Christmas too.

We still have some left over, so if anyone has any recipe posts I'd love to have a read!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The radiant, long lasting base.

I have spent years (no joke, I'm properly old now) searching for products that would last the distance on my combination skin. Even Estee Lauder Double Wear doesn't stay the whole day on my fickle face. I have tried more primers than I care to remember, setting my base is a must always and I can't remember the last time I left home without a pressed powder in my purse. 

If you too are a bona fide beauty junkie, or like me, you've tried every product promising to make your base stay put, you'll know just how thrilled I was to realise my makeup had - for the first time ever - lasted all day. ALL DAY GUYS. Obviously what works for me might not work for you, but if you know the struggle of seeing your hard work slip away by midday, it's gotta be worth a try. 

Side note - this is a fairly high maintenance routine, possibly best kept for special occasions because honestly who has the time to buff and blend for hours on a Tuesday morning. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

To start, prep your skin with your usual moisturiser and allow it to sink in, leave for about 10 minutes if you can. Next, go in with the Hourglass Veil Mineral primer. Honestly, this stuff is like angels on your face. Using a damp beauty blender (I find the original performs best) press Nars Sheer Glow (Mont Blanc for me) into the skin, you can build up the coverage or sheer it out depending on what you need, 

Next up, an incredible product which changed the way I do my makeup, the Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer. Using a shade lighter than your skin tone - I use fair neutral - apply a generous amount in a triangular shape under the eyes, a little on the forehead, down the nose and on the chin. Blend it all out with the same beauty blender. This acts as a beautiful, radiant highlight whilst still giving amazing coverage for the under eye area.

Quick, set that concealer before it creases! My favourite is the By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder, a gorgeously fine setting powder that reduces shine without losing that glow we worked so hard to get, and blurs out my pores like nothing else. So there you have it, a long lasting base that's not flat or matte, and not a cake face in sight.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

My Top 5 Nude Lip Pencils

I've been a fan of lip pencils for a very long time. Even memories of my days in the 90's using very pale lipsticks with dark lipliners weren't enough to put me off them (it wasn't my strongest look I'll be honest), and now it's a rare occasion that I don't use one. 

L-R: Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk, Too Faced Perfect Nude, MAC Boldly Bare, MAC Dervish, MAC Soar

What is a nude lipliner post without a little mention for the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk - I ordered mine before it became *the* must-have lip pencil and I can tell you it is completely deserving of the hype. It is a more waxy formula than most, which really hugs the lip line and makes it super easy to slightly overline the lips should you wish. More than marketing, it really does help you cheat your way to a more perfect pout.

 The most recent addition to my collection is the Too Faced Perfect Lips in Perfect Nude. I'm not usually one for twist up pencils but I'm a big fan of Too Faced and I loved the colour so thought I'd give it a whirl. The formula and colour are both excellent but I was kind of disappointed when the top randomly snapped off - I'd barely even twisted it up! Minor breakages aside, it truly is perfect for those days when you just don't know what to put on and it's creamy enough to wear alone. That said, one of my favourite ways to use this is layered under Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss in Lucky.

Boldly Bare was one of my very first MAC lip's described as a "dirty red brown" which honestly I don't get. It has got a slight orange tone to it I find, which actually works really well to balance out and give depth to some nude lipsticks. I like to wear it under MAC Velvet Teddy or OCC Lip Tar in Lament.

I first discovered MAC Dervish when it was near impossible to get hold of Whirl lip liner, thanks to The Kylie Jenner Effect. Whirl is described as a "dirty rose" and Dervish is listed as a pink/mauve, so they're pretty similar. Lovely on it's own or with MAC Brave lipstick.

Last but certainly not least, is MAC Soar. This one leans more pink on me, more of a My Lips But Better *voms a little in own mouth* than a true nude, but beautiful all the same. I love how this pairs with MAC Twig (omg how many times can I say MAC in one post), it's probably my least used of all 5 which is a shame as it's a really flattering shade! Must give this one more love...

What are your favourite nude lip pencils?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Chanel Infiniment Illuminating Powder Review

Introducing the newest addition to my makeup stash: the Chanel Infiniment Illuminating powder. Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this little compact... I mean seriously, Chanel bring their A game when it comes limited edition products. 

I'd been waiting for something special to cash in my advantage card points, and as soon as this became available in the UK I was all over it. I was confident enough buying without testing because, well it's Chanel and it's PRETTY.

I might have made a mistake.

See as lovely as the design is, and lord knows I'd be happy just to look at it, on me this just doesn't work as an illuminating powder. In fact, the only way I could use it was as a blush. I mean, it's beautiful but not exactly what I thought I was getting. 

The infamous interlocking C's make this powder, with their woven design and stunning peach hue; but the darker pigment was all I was able to pick up. Even if you managed to get a smaller brush in the lighter sections, the intensity just wasn't there for me. It has got a gorgeous glow to it,but I much prefer the Becca pressed shimmering skin perfectors for highlighting. It's worth noting that on a darker skin tone than mine (think Mont Blanc in Nars/NW10-13 in MAC) this might work as an all over illuminating face powder. It's also worth knowing that it has a very strong fragrance, it does fade on the skin after time but it is noticeable.

I do love a peachy, glowy blush for the summertime but I'm not sure I'll get much use out of this in the winter months. Still, a very delicious product from Chanel, just perhaps not best suited to those of us with more pale skin tones. 

You can purchase the Chanel Infiniment Illuminating powder from Boots (currently 10% off when you spend over £30 on beauty), but I think next time I'll try one of the Les Beiges powders instead.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Topshop Beauty Sheer Lips in Chuck

It takes a lot for a lipstick to impress me. With so many innovative formulas and beautiful colours available, there's a lot for any new lippy to live up to - and apart from Rimmel's Moisture Renew line, I'd yet to be wowed by any other 'high street' lip product. Until now. 

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I'm not even being dramatic you guys, this lipstick is THE ONE, literally all I want to do is wax lyrical about it to anyone who will listen. Honestly, I only got this for the name (totally acceptable right?) and I can't believe I might have missed out on this little gem. 

The waxy formula glides over the lip, but has enough resistance to really help you follow the lip line for a perfect pout. The real magic happens a couple of minutes later though, when it dries down to an almost glossy stain - and let me tell you, it lasts. The colour is somewhere between a berry and a deep rose, very pretty and super wearable. I don't really see where the sheer aspect comes in, because in my humble opinion it's really more of a medium coverage lip product. 

And the best part? It's on sale on Feel Unique right now for just £4 (almost the same price as your pumpkin spice latte - and your Fall aesthetic will be on point for longer too. *sassy gal emojis all round*)

photo taken in natural light, no filter added.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue Review

I know you feel me when I talk about *those* eyeshadows that swatch like a dream, but lose all their beautiful shimmery goodness when applied to the lids (Smashbox I'm looking at you here). The struggle is real, people.

I don't know about you guys but I don't have time for that kind of disappointment in my life, so naturally I channelled my inner Britney circa 2013 and made it work ~insert sassy gal emoji here~ with the help of Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue.

Firstly the packaging is beaut and I know it shouldn't matter but it helps ;) But what's inside really does count because this stuff actually works!! I've yet to try it with pigments but it's worked wonders with the shimmer shades in the Smashbox Full Exposure palette and I'm excited to see how it fares with the glitter shades in the Charlotte Tilbury palettes too. 

It does feel a little tacky on the eyelids but then that's what gives it the grip to secure the pigment/shadow to the skin in all it's glory, so to be expected really. It doesn't bother me personally but it's definitely something to bear in mind before buying. I've not tried any of the other Shadow Insurance variants so I can't compare - it's usually the Nars Pro Prime or a MAC paintpot for me - but  I'd highly recommend this one, I don't know how I ever managed without it.

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