Wednesday, 26 February 2014

My Favourite Highlighters

Ah highlighters, one of the most beautiful makeup products when used correctly but also one of the most horrendous when applied badly. I am thinking of Reading 2011, listening to some beautiful music but getting distracted by the Violinists extreme inner corner highlight, genuinely looked like her eyes were sweating.

Highlighters are one of those makeup products where you get what you pay for. Pretty much all cheap highlighters are packed with glitter, which is a massive no no if you want a natural looking highlight.

These are a few of my favourite highlighters, with not a speck of glitter insight.

The one - Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight

By far my favourite, the best highlighter I have ever found. It looks so natural you can't go wrong. I know the price is ridiculous but it will last you months and months.
Available from Cult Beauty £34.50

The best one for mixing with your foundation - NARS Copacabana Illuminator

Mix a blob of this in with your normal foundation and it will give your skin the most beautiful, natural looking glow which lasts all day. 
Available from Space NK £22.50

My favourite cream highlighters - MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush and Improper Copper

Before I discovered Kevyn Aucoin, MAC's Cream Colour Bases were my favourite highlighters. These are a cream so they blend beautifully and come in an array of colours to suit all skin tones. Hush is a peachy colour, perfect for an everyday highlight and Improper Copper looks stunning on tanned skin, definitely a Summer must have for me.
Available from MAC £15.00

For the eyes - Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Beige

Bobbi Brown's Shimmer Brick's are designed to be multi use but sometimes they can be a bit OTT on the face but they make for beautiful eyeshadows and really brighten your eyes, especially when used in the inner corner.
Available from John Lewis £32.00

Left to Right: Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight, Nars Copacabana, MAC Hush, MAC Improper Copper, Bobbi Brown Beige

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo +

The past month my skin was pretty shocking. I used to have really clear skin when I was younger and only really started getting breakouts in my twenties, brilliant! 

I'm quite sceptical when it comes to skincare treatments designed for blemishes. As I tend to breakout on my chin, which is commonly a hormonal area for us women. I am always dubious if a product will have that much effect but after covering my chin in concealer for a month I was ready to try anything.

La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Duo is often hailed as the best treatment for blemish prone skin but I had never tried it. I was in Boots the other week and saw they had released a new souped up version, Effaclar Duo +

Effaclar Duo + claims to correct the appearance of blemishes, unclog blocked pores, refine skin texture, control the appearance of shine and fight against the appearance of marks.

You apply this morning and night under your moisturiser, either all over your skin or in specific areas. This has a gel like texture which feels nice and light, although I really hate the smell of this stuff!

I have only been using it for a week, so am not in a position to comment on any results but I will feed back on here in a couple of months time to tell you if it really lives up to its claims. Im particularly eager to see if this does fade marks, as c'mon who doesn't pick their spots?!

Available from Boots £15.50

Monday, 24 February 2014

5 Foundation Recommendations

Foundation is one of my favourite makeup products to try. I love finding new favourites and am always on the hunt for the perfect foundation. 

As I have tried so many I thought I would share with you 5 of my favourites.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation (My shade is B30)

My all time favourite foundation, third bottle and counting. You will like this if you don't like heavy feeling foundation and prefer a natural finish, with your skin showing through.

You wont like this if you like a heavy coverage, this doesn't cover blemishes, or if you like your foundation to be super long wearing. On me this lasts the working day but if I was to go out after work I would need some touching up!

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation (My shade is Fiji)

The latest addition, but its quickly made its way into my favourites. Don't be fooled by the name though, this is not a sheer or glowy foundation. Sheer Glow is a medium coverage foundation with a satin finish.

You will love Sheer Glow if you prefer a bit more coverage, this will cover redness and some spots but you might still need concealer in some areas.  If you have oilier skin and need something with a bit more staying power. 

You wont like this if you prefer a natural looking base, as this does give quite a flawless finish so you can tell you are wearing foundation.

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Light Infusing Foundation (My shade is Rose Beige R/C/K4)

I love this foundation but I haven't been able to wear it for ages as its my Summer colour and I am far too pale to wear it right now. This is a light to medium coverage foundation, it has slightly more coverage than Vitalumiere Aqua but you would need to use a concealer with it. This foundation gives your skin a real glow, without any shimmer or glitter but you will need to use a powder with it if you have combination/oily skin.

You won't love this if you prefer a heavier coverage or have oily skin, as this wont last long with your skin type. 

L'Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder, in the UK this is called Nude Magique Eau De Teint 
(My shade is Natural Buff 318 I believe this shade is only available in America)

I have sadly just used up the last drop of this foundation, which shows how much I enjoyed it. Like Lumi Magique this is a light to medium coverage foundation, which once applied dries to a powder finish.

You will love this foundation if again you prefer something lighter both in appearance and in texture. If you have oily skin and Lumi Magique is too glowy for you try this, as the powder finish is more long wearing.

You won't like this if you don't like getting messy! This foundation is extremely runny and the bottle doesn't come with a pump. If you have very oily skin this wont last as long on you and if you prefer a higher coverage this isn't the one for you either.

Dior Airflash Spray Foundation (My shade 300)

As you can tell, I generally prefer a lighter coverage foundation but Airflash is the exception to this. This is a high coverage foundation, this baby will cover anything and you definitely do not need a separate concealer. If you wanted to splash out on a foundation for a special occasion, this would be my recommendation.

You will love this if you want a flawless, airbrushed finish. You will also love this if you have oily skin, I find I don't even need to powder with this.

You wont love this if you like a natural finish or if you don't like to spend a lot of money on your foundation. Like the Magic Nude Liquid Powder foundation this can also be a little messy. I like to spray it on the back of my hand before applying it on my face with a brush.

I always love trying new foundations so if you have any recommendations you think I would like, please let me know in the comments :)

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Face of the Day with NARS Copacabana Illuminator

Now the evenings are getting that tiny bit longer and we have seen just the tiniest amount of sunshine I am feeling very Spring like. Although its a Monday, so trust me there is no spring in my step ;)

I do tend to change my makeup with the seasons and I wanted to do a much fresher, lighter, glowy base, so out came the highlighters and cream based products!


Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B30 mixed with NARS Copacabana Illuminator
When it comes to foundations, for me the more runny they are the better. After a lot of trial and error, I have come to the realisation that although I don't have the best skin I just prefer a lighter foundation and
I can then use a heavier concealer where needed. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua is my all time favourite foundation and this is my third bottle of the stuff. I mixed a blob of NARS Copacabana Illuminator in with this and it just gave the most beautiful, natural glow to my skin. 

MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter in Light Boost
This yellow toned highlighter brightens my under eyes and the centre of my face.

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage in SC30
I love my Vitalumiere Aqua but as the coverage is light you do need to use a separate concealer for any areas of redness or blemishes. Secret Camouflage is pretty industrial and will cover just about anything!

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel
As I wanted to keep my base light and dewy, I dug out my cream bronzer. I have used up a whole one of these pots in the past but my second pot has got a bit neglected. Synthetic brushes definitely work better with this product, I used the Real Techniques Multi Task brush and it blended beautifully.

Milani Illuminating Face Powder in Beauty's Touch
The prettiest blush I own, it gives a beautiful sheer, pink glow to the cheeks.

NARS Copacabana Illuminator
For once I didn't use my Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder to highlight. As I wanted to use more cream based products I thought as well as mixing this with my foundation, I would also apply a few extra dots to the high points of my face. I am going to do a post on highlighters later this week but they are one of those makeup products where I do think you need to spend a bit more money to get a decent one.


Eyeshadow Primer
Benefit Stay Don't Stray
Cannot wait until I have finally used this up!

Bare Minerals True Romantic Eyeshadow Palette
Reviewed here yesterday, so I wont say too much else but you can see in the pictures how 'Woo Is Me' gets everywhere, its just so crumbly. I just used Woo Is Me over my whole lid but as it came out quite pink I decided to apply another shadow over the top.

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush
Such a beautiful shade, I don't know why this colour is only available in the US. Its the perfect light copper colour and I applied this all over my lid and underneath my lower lash line.

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara
I have become quite smitten with this mascara, gives me length and volume plus it doesn't smudge.

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette

Illamasqua Brow and Lash Gel


MAC Lustering Lipstick
For lipstick I dug out one of my old favourites, MAC Lustering. This is a pretty, bright but wearable pink which isn't blue based so it looks much more natural on. Lustering is a Lustre finish so it feels very moisturising and has a lovely sheen to it.

Bare Minerals Ready True Romantic Eyeshadow Palette

True Romantic is Bare Minerals latest collection for Spring. The collection is very feminine with neutral tones and grown up pinks. This really is a beautiful, well edited collection and the name, True Romantic fits it perfectly. Now Valentines day is over I feel save to mention the R word!

Not only is the colour palette for this collection beautiful but the rose gold packaging is a really nice touch. Although have you ever tried to photograph a mirrored eyeshadow palette, my attempt is below!

There are 4 eyeshadow's in this palette, clockwise from top left: Love It, Woo Is Me, Head Over Heels and Louder. All the eyeshadow's are nicely pigmented and apply smoothly except 'Woo Is Me' which is a bit gritty and gets everywhere! 

I am a little disappointed with this palette for two reasons. One the quality of 'Woo Is Me', especially as its my favourite colour in the palette and two, the lack of a warm toned brown. 'Head Over Heels' is very cool toned and I just think a warmer tone would have worked better with the other colours, plus you know I love my warm toned eyeshadows.

At £29 this doesn't come cheap and my advise would be to skip this and buy Urban Decay's Naked 3 palette instead. Naked 3 costs a little bit more at £37.00 but you get twelve eyeshadows which are all amazing quality. 

I knew I should have bought the blush, damn it!

Bare Minerals True Romantic collection is available online from Bare Minerals.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Face of the Day with MAC Mehr Lipstick

After my little MAC haul earlier in the week I promised a Face of the Day, so here we are.


L'Oreal Infallible 24 Hour Foundation
I am a massive fan of L'Oreal's foundations, I finished my Magic Nude Liquid Powder this week and I feel slightly bereft. Infallible 24 Hr is L'Oreal's newest addition to their foundation line and I was keen to try it. Today is the first day I have worn it, so I'm not in a position to give a full review but so far I'm not blown away. Its quite thick, especially when compared to the extremely runny Magic Nude.  It gives a medium to full coverage and while I don't think it would last 24 hours, it has stayed on all day. 

MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter in Light Boost
You are probably bored of seeing this in all my Face of the Day posts but I just don't want to use anything else at the moment!

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer
Brilliant, heavy duty concealer for spots and redness.

Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder
I have a bit of a powder gap in my life at the moment. I finished up the Rimmel Stay Matte, which is a very good powder but my inner snob can't deal with the cheap packaging. I tried the Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot powder but I wasn't very impressed and by the end of the day I was shining all over the place. I do love the finish of the Ben Nye powder and it keeps my oil at bay, but again the packaging isn't overly functional for everyday use. If you have any good setting powder recommendations let me know.

Guerlain Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder in 00 Makeup Artist
This will remain my go to bronzer until I use it all up!

MAC Harmony
Still loving it and still sculpting those non existent cheek bones.

NARS Copacabana Illuminator
The weather was beautiful today so I dug out this bad boy as I was feeling very Spring like. Have to say it didn't work so well, as the L'oreal foundation is quite heavy with a matte finish. I think I might do an all out glowy Face of the Day tomorrow with this though.

Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candlelight
As Copacabana didn't work too well I was quite literally forced to apply my favourite ever highlighter on top. Of course I wasn't actually forced but how else do you justify the use of two highlighters on one face!


Eyeshadow Primer
Benefit Stay Don't Stray
This must be the never ending eyeshadow primer, the darn thing just wont finish. Its a good primer but the packaging is crap and its overpriced so I do not recommend.

MAC Pigment in Naked
One of the items from my little MAC trip. This is such a pretty but subtle champagne colour. Works really well as an inner corner highlight because its so natural looking. I applied this all over my lid.

MAC Folie Eyeshadow
I then took Folie, which is a red based brown and applied it through my crease and underneath my lower lash line. I did also use a bit of my bronzer to act as a transition colour between the two shades. This keeps everything blended and prevents any harsh lines.

L'Oreal Miss Manga Mascara
I have been loving this mascara lately, it gives me lots of volume and length and it stays put all day, hoorah.

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette
No surprise here.

Illamasqua Brow and Lash Gel
I desperately need to buy a new one of these, this one is getting quite nasty!


MAC Lipstick in Mehr (Matte)
My favourite item from my MAC haul. This lipstick is my new obsession, a beautiful dark pink, perfect for every day and I simply love the matte finish. Surprised I haven't heard more people raving about this lipstick.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control

I have tried and loved the Photo Finish Light primer by Smashbox, so when they released a Blemish Control primer I had to try it.

As well as prolonging the wear time of your makeup, this primer promises to treat breakouts, provide oil free hydration and keep skin clearer over time.

I have had this primer for quite a while now, in order to give a fair opinion before I reviewed it. 


I love how this primer feels on my skin, its not at all siliconey (nothing like Maybelline Baby Skin) and feels almost like a moisturiser when you apply it. Great for oily skin.

There is a noticeable difference in how long my foundation and face makeup last when I use this. Its 11.30pm now and I have just removed my makeup, my foundation still looked good, there was some shine but it was still on my face.


Does absolutely nothing in the way of blemish control. While I didn't expect this to stop breakouts, I thought there may be some difference but no, I can honestly say I have noticed absolutely nothing.

Overall this is a wonderful primer and I would recommend it, but don't expect it to control your blemishes in anyway shape or form! 

Available from Boots £28.00

Thursday, 20 February 2014

A Cheeky Little MAC Trip

I had 6 empty MAC containers, so of course a MAC trip was in order to exchange them for a lipstick. If you are not familiar with the 'Back to MAC' policy, then make sure you save your empty MAC containers from now on. Once you have 6 empty makeup products you can exchange them for any lipstick of your choice, pretty fab.

Of course I didn't just pick up my free lipstick and walk away! I didn't have anything in mind to buy, I didn't even know what lipstick I wanted. All three of these items were completely random purchases, but thats how I have found some of my very favourite MAC products. 

Folie Eyeshadow - I am always drawn to the eyeshadows at MAC, but when I see one I like I usually check the name and find out I already have it (clearly I have a makeup addiction!) For some reason Folie really stood out to me and I didn't own it already! Folie is a reddy/plum based dark brown, its quite unique and would look great with any eye colour.

Naked Pigment - I blame Keeping Up With The Kardashians for this (I know, I know, please don't judge me!) I was watching season 9 and Kim's makeup crept into shot. Honestly that family make me want to go and smother my face in makeup whenever I watch them! 
Anyway she had a lot of MAC pigments and it reminded me that I've always wanted to try Naked. For a pigment, Naked is pretty subtle. It has shimmer but its not crazy metallic like some of the other shades. This neutral shade looks really pretty in the inner corner of the eyes and I have been wearing this with Folie in the crease. 

Mehr Lipstick - I swatched so many lipsticks trying to find one I liked/wanted. As soon as I tried Mehr on my hand I knew it was the one for me. This is a matte finish (my favourite) but is the least drying matte lipstick I have ever tried. Its like a lip butter compared to Ruby Woo! This dark pink is my idea of an everyday lip colour and I can tell its going to be my new obsession! One of the best MAC lipsticks I have tried, both for the colour and the formulation.

I have been wearing my newest MAC purchases all over my face this week, so I will make sure to do a Face of the Day on the weekend!

Oh and I have just noticed MAC have their new collection online, A Fantasy of Flowers. Luckily nothing takes my fancy but let me know if you pick up anything!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Dior Nail Glow

Strange things are happening to me, for the first time in about 4 years I have the urge to shun nail polish. Don't be alarmed, this is just one of my phases. Like the time I became obsessed with milk roll (its bread but its round!) I had ham milk roll sandwiches everyday for a month. Then one day i hated milk roll and haven't eaten it since.

This is exactly like the milk roll phase.

It started off because my nails weren't in the best shape (I may, or may not have anxiously nibbled them whilst watching The Grudge) and on me dark colours and short nails don't mix.

Dior's Nail Glow is designed to reveal the 'natural beauty of your nails'. Its almost like a sheer pink gel but the effect on the nails is really quite pretty and it doesn't look like you are wearing nail polish, it just looks like your nails are a really healthy pink!

Its one of those products that sounds very gimmicky but actually does exactly what it says and I think a lot of you who favour a more natural look when it comes to the nails will love this.

Available from House of Fraser £18.00

Monday, 17 February 2014

Face of the Day with Stila Eyeshadow Trio in Goddess

This was one of those days where you just play around with your makeup. I didn't really know what look I was going for but it was fun digging out a few products that I hadn't used in a while. 


L'oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder
I have used this foundation consistently all month long and its nearly finished! One of my favourites, as its so lightweight and doesn't feel or look heavy on your skin. I would highly recommend this.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
I don't like to use this under my eyes but it works a treat on blemishes and areas of redness.

MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter in Light Boost
Possibly my favourite under eye brightener. I also use this down the centre of my nose and in the middle of my forehead to brighten up my skin and add a highlight.

Soap and Glory One Heck Of A Blot
I have finally, finally finished my Rimmel Stay Matte powder. Instead of buying it again, I thought I would try this Soap and Glory one instead. I like it so far but I don't know if its as good at controlling oil. I will use this a bit more before reporting back!

Guerlain Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder in 00 Makeup Artist
My current go to bronzer as its quite a light colour, perfect for the Winter months.

Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow in Pravella
A beautiful pink blush, perfect for upcoming Spring.

MAC Harmony Blush
Two blushes is a bit excessive I know, but I wanted to add a bit more of a contour so I used Harmony in the hollows of my cheeks and around the temples.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight
I love this highlighter because it gives a beautiful but natural glow.


Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette
My favourite, the brush on the end is so helpful I use it every single time I do my brows.

Illamasqua Brow and Lash Gel
I don't know why I even bother listing my eyebrow products in my face of the day posts because I use the same two products every time!

Stila Eyeshadow Trio in Goddess
I've had this trio for a while but dug it out my makeup collection as its been neglected. You can probably tell from the picture that I mainly use the light copper colour on the end. I used this colour over my whole lid and as per usual, right the way under my lower lash line.

Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Camel
I was only going to use the Stila trio for this look but I felt it was missing something, so I added the Camel colour to my crease and underneath the lower lash line. This added some definition, as the Stila colour is very shimmery.

L'oreal Voluminous Mascara
Such a good budget buy mascara, adds volume but with no clumping.


Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet
I have dug out my Hole albums recently so was channelling my inner Courtney Love here. I wanted a deep but sheer, red lipstick and Red Velvet is perfect for that. Problem is now I really want red velvet cake!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Living Proof Full Discovery Kit

I discovered Living Proof in Sephora last year and I'm not going to lie, having Jennifer Aniston as the face of the brand really suckered me in! When I got back to the UK I did some research and discovered that Jennifer wasn't just the spokesperson but she is also co-owner of the brand. Its one thing getting paid to advertise a product but actually putting your own money into a company says a lot.
This video gives you a bit more information on the brand and the different approach they take.

I have tried and loved their Prime Style Extender and was keen to try more from the brand. 
The Full Discovery Kit contains 4 travel sized products from the Full range, which are designed to give volume to flat, lifeless hair. In the UK you can buy Living Proof from Space NK and for £25 I think the kit is great value for money.

Full Shampoo and Conditioner - The shampoo and conditioner are the 2 products from the kit I wouldn't repurchase. Not because they were bad but I just don't love them enough to pay £21 for the full size. Out of all the volumising shampoos and conditioners I have tried, these are definitely the best. When I have used volumising shampoos in the past I have found them to be very drying but these didn't dry my hair out at all. However, used on their own, without the styling products the volume results weren't as noticeable.  

Full Thickening Cream - The cream and Root Lifting Spray were my 2 favourites out of the Full range. You apply a small amount of the Full Thickening Cream through towel dried hair and either leave your hair to dry naturally or blow dry. I tried both and the volume is definitely more noticeable if you use a hairdryer on your hair. This gave my hair volume but didn't feel sticky and didn't weigh my hair down at all, in fact it didn't even feel like I had anything in my hair. 

Full Root Lifting Spray - This was the one product in the kit that I wasn't bothered about, but it ended up being the star of the show. You spray 5-10 pumps of this, at the roots of your towel dried hair then dry as normal. No fancy blow drying required! This stuff is a miracle worker, you could see and feel the volume in my hair and I love that it gives volume at the roots where I need it most. I particularly liked using this at the front of my hair by my parting. I have a centre parting and my roots at the front tend to get quite lank. By spraying this right in the corners it gave me so much lift, you would have thought I had spent hours properly blow drying my hair (something that would never happen). 
I will definitely be buying the full size of this from Space NK.

I am a bit obsessed with Living Proof now and already eyeing up what I want to try next! 
I am desperate to try their Perfect Hair Day 5 in 1 Styling Treatment but its not available in the UK yet, so I'm thinking maybe the Restore Revitalising Spray or Satin Hair Serum
If you have tried any Living Proof products that you would recommend, let me know!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Face of the Day with L'oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation

Its been 2 months now and I am still loving my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I think in that time its already had more use than both my Naked 1 and 2 palettes combined!

There are still a couple of shades in the palette I haven't tried and one of them was 'Trick". Trick is the gold shade and to be honest it really didn't appeal to me. In the pan I thought it was pretty much identical to another Urban Decay shade, "Half Baked". Now don't get me wrong, Half Baked is a gorgeous colour, but its such a bright metallic that it just screams I AM WEARING EYESHADOW! 

Anyway long story short, I needn't have worried and I wish I had used Trick sooner. Its a beautiful, soft rose gold colour. Nothing like Half Baked, Trick is very wearable! 


L'oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder in 318 Natural Buff
I have recently got back into this foundation and I love it. Makes my skin look flawless, without looking like I caked on the makeup!

MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter in Light Boost
My favourite under eye brightener, love the yellow tone of this.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Medium
This has been a life saviour this past week, F you Mother Nature!

Guerlain Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder in 00 Makeup Artist
I will not make a comment about English weather here, all I will say is I'm just glad its not snowing!

MAC Harmony Blush
I rediscovered this after watching Pixiwoo's Katy Perry tutorial and have fallen back in love with it. Love the 90's pinky/brown colour and it also acts as a bit of a contour to my podgy cheeks.

Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in Candleight
The best.


Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Soft Brunette
As always.

Illamasqua Brow and Lash Gel
Another staple!

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette Dust and Trick
I used Dust which is a glittery light pink all over my lid, particularly focusing on the inner corner. I then applied the rose gold colour Trick directly over the top. I also smudged Trick right the way under my lower lash line. 

L'oreal Voluminous Mascara
Such a good mascara, gives lots of volume with no clumpiness. My only complaint is that its not waterproof and smudges on my lower lashes when my eyes water in the morning.


Burberry Lip Cover in English Rose
I think I can safely say this is my favourite lipstick ever and trust me I don't make such statements lightly!