Tuesday, 27 September 2016

10-Minute Makeup

10 minute makeup
I don't know about you but I'd much rather have longer in bed in the mornings than get up and apply makeup for an hour or more each day. On the weekend I can spend anywhere up to an hour applying day time makeup as I like to take my time and use this time to try out new products but during the week I much prefer sleep over makeup application.  I wouldn't go to work makeup free though but I like to use no fuss products that I can apply quickly and that I know just work for me.

I have super speedy makeup application down to an art at the moment, I throw these products at my face, not literally, and within 10 minutes I look presentable enough for a day in the office. It has gotten to the point now though that if I was to suddenly go into work with a full face of makeup, most of my colleagues wouldn't recognise me. I tend to favour a 'no makeup' makeup look but I like to mix it up by having a bold lip but not all the time, I like to change my lip colour daily to keep things interesting but can still not wear any eyeshadow or mascara as my eye has not 100% healed since my eye infection.

All products mentioned in this post are applied in the morning and they last me until I get home from work so no need for any re-applying at lunch time well apart from the lips but that is more habit than anything. I like to apply some lip balm to my lips at lunch time after I have eaten to stop them from drying out.

Garnier BB Cream Original - Light | £9.99 | post
Even though we are moving away from Summer and the warmer weather (well, what we had of it!), I am still favouring a lightweight, easy to wear base so the Garnier BB cream is ticking all the boxes for me at the moment. This shade is pretty much a perfect match for me and has been my go to base for a couple of weeks now. It is quick to apply and is perfect for the 'no makeup' makeup look.

Makeup Revolution Ultra Base Corrector Palette | £6.00
I'm no makeup artist so have no idea why I actually bought a corrector palette. I don't use this properly at all but I do like to use a touch of the peach shade under my eyes before, and even instead of, concealer to try and help with discolouration. I have tried numerous undereye concealers in search of the one but the closest I have come is Soap & Glory Kiss Ass Concealer (post here) which I liked but I tended to put another concealer on top of. This palette is good especially if you want to colour correct but it works for my needs as well although I would definately prefer buying a single colour corrector shade once this has run out as that is all I am really needing. The correctors in this palette are creamy and so apply really easily and blend well.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder - Transparent | £3.99 | post
Is there anything I can say about this which hasn't already been said by millions, not an exaggeration, of people before me. It is the one powder that I have seen many bloggers and YouTubers rave about numerous times and it something that I will always have in my collection because I love it so much. It is the perfect setting powder with its mattifying powers and longetivity. It also costs very little so perfect for those of us on a budget.

Maybelline Master Contour Stick - Light | £6.99 | post
I wanted to love this, I really did but I just don't. I don't dislike it but it is not what I expected it to be. The contour shade is really nice going on to the skin, it doesn't look like a streak of dirt or orange like on your face but is a really good natural looking contour shade. The problem I have is that once I blend this into the skin, be it by beauty blender or brush, you just cannot see it on me.  I am pale skinned so tend to stay on the light handed side of things when applying products especially bronzers, but no matter how heavy handed I am with this stick it just doesn't show on me once blended in. I love the idea of this but I think once this has been used up, I will just get an all in one bronzer stick. I hardly use the highlighter side and due to this the two sides are merging into each other, well the highlight side is taking over the bronzing side causing a lot of hassle for me to use.

MUA Luxe Highlight Kit - Pearl Gold | £5.00 | post
I am all {heart eyed emoji} over this two part highlight kit, I absolutely love it. It takes no time at all to apply, is ridiculously pigmented and leaves the most gorgeous highlight on your face. The fact it is so cheap is another big plus point for me, you know how I love my budget beauty.

MUA Blush - Pink Shimmer Kisses | £3.00
This MUA blusher contains four separate colours which can be used alone or altogether, I definately favour them altogether. A quick sweep of my brush through the four of them and onto my cheek gives me the best shade, it's almost like a candy pink shimmer but don't worry as the shimmer isn't very intense so doesn't clash with any highlighter you might be wearing with it.

Freedom Duo Brow Powder - Medium Brown | £3.00
I don't think I have spoken about this Freedom Duo Brow Powder on the blog before. I really like this powder. I tend to use a mixture of the two shades to create a colour close to my own natural brow colour. I like to use this under WunderBrow to create my perfect eyebrow look. I have used it many times on its own and also with other brow gels on top and I am always impressed with it.  It is easy to work with and I would definately repurchase this.

WunderBrow - Brunette | £19.95 | post
Ever since I first bought this, I have been obsessed with it. I have had so many compliments on my brows lately. The hair like fibres add a little something to my brows but still leave them looking natural, you can apply this as thickly as you want but I like to look more on the natural side so use it lightly. This is a great time saver in the mornings for those of you who have to spend a long time perfecting your brows ordinarily. A lot of the time I cheat and do my eyebrows the night before so that I can miss that step altogether in the morning. WunderBrow is waterproof so will last for days and is only removed when you want to remove it and at which stage you would need to use an oil based cleanser, soap and water will not even make this budge in the slightest.

NYX Liquid Suede - Soft Spoken | £6.50 | post
The NYX matte liquid lipsticks are really hyped up at the moment but for very good reason. I bought two of the Liquid Suede ones and and they really are as good as everyone says, I am so impressed with them. They are really pigmented and long lasting. This applies almost like a gloss and dries completely matte, it is very comfortable to wear on the lips once dried and there is no discomfort at all. Soft Spoken is the perfect mauve nude shade for me to wear to work and for running errands at the weekend. A complete all rounder. 



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Tuesday, 13 September 2016

MUA Luxe Strobe & Glow Highlight Kit | Pearl Gold

MUA Luxe Strobe & Glow Highlight Kit, Pearl GoldMUA Luxe Strobe & Glow Highlight Kit, Pearl Gold
I seem to have developed a highlight addiction over the last few months, it feels like every week I spot another one that I need want to add to my collection. It's getting a bit out of hand now and I need to reign it in.

One highlighter that I have been absolutely loving in recent months is the MUA Luxe Strobe & Glow Highlight Kit which is a complete bargain at only £5.00, perfect for those of us on a budget.  I used to be a huge fan of MUA and then I sort of fell away from them when other brands came into play and caught my eye but I really feel like they have upped their game this year, they have so many amazing products out at the moment. Quite a few of them I have purchased so keep your eyes peeled for them appearing on the blog very soon.
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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

August Beauty Haul

August Beauty Haul
I am struggling to accept that we are already at the end of August, honestly it seems like the older you get the quicker the months go by. I can't be the only one to feel like this, surely? Anyway, for some reason August made me super spendy which should never have happened as I am supposed to be on  a major budget but oh well, there is always September to reign it back I suppose. Just please don't tell my husband!

I asked on Twitter a week or two ago if anyone wanted me to do a beauty haul post to show what I have been buying lately and some people showed an interest.  It has taken me longer than expected to gather up the bits, photograph them and write this post. I wanted this up a few days after I initially asked on Twitter but every time I started working on it, I would get distracted by something else around the house.

I will warn you now that I am having a bit of a lip moment just now and am enjoying wearing a different lip colour/product everyday so there are quite a few lip products in this haul, don't say I didn't warn you.
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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Kiy-oshi Eyelash Enhancer Serum

Kiy-oshi Eyelash Enhancer Serum Kiy-oshi Eyelash Enhancer Serum
Oh eyelashes, how I love you. Particularly when you are looking long, separated and super thick with zero clump! 

Those of you that read this blog regularly will be aware of my love for mascara and how I love my lashes to look not only longer but also thicker, the quest for amazing lashes is definately where my love for mascara stems from.  Something which I have never tried, though they are not new to the market, is eyelash serums. I don't know why I haven't tried them before, it is probably because I found them a bit gimmicky but I am seeing rave reviews of them pop up on my favourite blogs so have become somewhat more interested in them. When the opportunity came up to try the Kiy-oshi Eyelash Enhancer*, I couldn't really resist. I had to know what all the fuss was about and more importantly to see if they live up to all the hype.
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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Essie Gel Couture Collection

Essie Gel Couture Collection
I love the look, and lasting power, of gel nails but the expense of getting them done in a salon always puts me off, as a one off treat they are great but personally I like things I can do myself at home and have previously even dabbled in doing my own acrylic nails, I still have the kit somewhere!

When I heard that Essie had brought out the Gel Couture Collection, I was intrigued. The collection is an easy two step system for an at home, gel like manicure which is right up my street and would be ideal for anyone else like me who prefers to do things themselves with less expense. You do not need to use a base coat before applying the nail polish in this range but being the rebel I am, I like to use a coat of O.P.I. Nail Envy underneath which is something I always use as a base under any polish. The polish colours I chose from the collection are not ones which are likely to cause me any problems in relation to staining and such like but I like to use a base coat anyways just in case and it means my nails are always in tip top condition. The colours I chose were:-

Pre-Show Jitters - Alabaster White
Fairy Tailor - Sheer Nude Pink
Touch-Up - Soft Mauve Pink
Essie Gel Couture Collection, Pre-Show Jitters, Touch-Up, Fairy Tailor
These three colours are very wearable for work and also leisure so are ideal for me. I like polish colours that match whatever you are wearing and you are not having to worry about changing your nail colour to match your outfit, obviously it is a bit different when you need a certain nail colour for special occasions but otherwise I like to have a pretty neutral colour on my nails especially when I will have them on for a week or two.  I find with these polishes you can get an opaque finish in just two coats but I found that with Pre-Show Jitters and Touch-Up, I preferred the colour finish after three coats were applied.  My favourite of all three I currently own is Fairy Tailor which I currently have on my nails, I have actually been asked a few times this week what nails I am wearing because my nails are looking quite good right now, there is no false nails here though lovelies.

The Top Coat is what really makes this collection so amazing.  It is quick drying, although not quite as quick as my beloved Seche Vite, and your polish is touch dry in only a couple of minutes. It also seems to smooth out any lumps and bumps in the polish and leaves you with a super smooth, high shine, gel like finish. I have found that no matter how hard I am on my nails that this polish just will not chip, in an average week I am at work every day full time as well as doing all my housework including washing up daily and not to mention the baths and showers that I have daily but still my nail colour is in tact where others would be chipped and peeling within a day or two. It is recommended that you re-apply the Top Coat every 2-3 days but I haven't done that yet and the longest my nails lasted was two weeks, at which time I removed the polish as my nails were growing out underneath and I wanted a change but there was still no sign of any chipping so I could have gotten longer out of them.

The brushes of the polish are the standard wide, easy to work with brushes we come to expect from Essie so not a lot of work is required on your part to get an amazing finish on your nails that look like you have just stepped out of the salon. Essie tend to have their prices set around the £7.99-£9.99 mark so the new Gel Couture Collection isn't more expensive than their other polishes but definately check out Boots if you are looking to treat yourself to these as there is usually some sort of deal on the go, I got mine on buy one get one half price.

Have you tried the new Gel Couture Collection yet? I'm totally eyeing up other colours in the range as I am so impressed with the ones I currently have.



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