Sunday, 31 May 2015

Face of the Day with Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Sun Tan and Sun Light

This is a Face of the Day from last week when I went to BeautyCon London for work (I didn't stay long). I wanted to try some new products, as I have been getting a bit bored of using the same things all the time.

There are some new discoveries which I love, a few I don't love so much and some old favourites.


Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water and Cover FX Illuminating Primer
I have only just started using the primer water so can't report back yet, except to say I love the idea of a primer spray and it smells nice. I will let you know my findings once I've used it a bit more. 
As far as the Cover FX primer goes, I like it but I don't love it. I wish it was a bit more illuminating because its quite subtle and once I've applied foundation and concealer, you can't really see much in the way of a glow. I do really like the texture, as its light and doesn't have that awful silicone feel, but I can't really say I have noticed a difference in the wear time of my makeup. 

Dior Nude Air Serum
I hadn't tried any Dior foundations until this year but since trying Dior Star and now this, I can say I'm fully converted. This makes my skin look really smooth, almost airbrushed, without being heavy and still letting your skin show through. I like to apply this with my fingers working in sections over the face. My only complaint is that it doesn't have the best wear time and I find it starts to fade on oilier areas like my chin and nose towards the end of the day.

Corrector and Concealer
Giorgio Armani Master Corrector and MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
I've only got a tiny bit of the MAC concealer left, I had to break open the tube with some pliers to get the very last of it out. I love that this concealer works well under the eyes and on blemishes and redness. It's high coverage and long lasting, I can see why this is so popular amongst MAC fans. 

Bronzer and Highlight
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Sun Tan and Sun Light
My latest obsession, I just love this. It makes me look like I've just come back from a two week holiday, bronzed and glowy my friends. 

Too Faced Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder
Still not loving this powder, but I'm almost at the end of it now. I definitely wouldn't buy this again or recommend it, it's just too ashy on the skin.


Illamasqua Precision Brow Gel in Strike and Illamasqua Brow and Lash Gel
Its not often I change my eyebrow combination, but I was clearly feeling experimental. The Brow and Lash Gel is not a new product, in fact it was my favourite until the L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper came along but the Precision Brow Gel is a new product for me. 
Compared to the Anastasia DipBrow, this is less harsh and more natural looking, but I just find these brow pomades a bit fiddly to use in general. I think I'll be sticking to my usual Hourglass pencil.

Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
I dug this out because I wanted a matte eyeshadow and I knew this had everything I needed. 
I used W.O.S all over the lid with a mixture of Naked 2 and Faint in the crease.

Eye Liner
Delilah Slim Line Liquid Liner
I wanted a subtle flick, so used this on the outer third of my eye. I love the slim nib, it really lets you get a precise line but this smudged on me. Admittedly most mascaras and eyeliners smudge on me, but I would stick with my Stila Stay All Day over this.

Benefit Roller Lash and Clinique Bottom Lash
When it comes to Roller Lash you either love it, or hate it and personally I love it. It takes a few coats to build it up but it really lengthens and curls my lashes, plus it doesn't smudge on me. Clinique Bottom Lash is a staple for me now because its pretty much the only mascara that doesn't smudge on my bottom lashes. I told you everything smudges on me!


Lip Liner
Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Tawny
If I had to pick between this and my MAC lip liners, this $1.99 bad boy would win every time. This is creamy, not drying and I really, really love the colour.

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok
These NARS Pure Matte Lipsticks don't get spoken about much, but if you love a matte lip and you haven't tried these, you are missing out. My favourite colour in the line is Montego Bay and I have completely used that lipstick up. Bangkok is lighter in colour and pretty similar to my natural lip colour. It reminds me of that kind of Angelina Jolie, barely there shade.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Two New Discoveries

There are two new makeup launches that I instantly fell in love with from the first use and have been wearing every day ever since.

Charlotte Tilbury's hotly anticipated Norman Parkinson collection has caused quite the stir and its easy to see why when you look at the packaging. 
Sun Tan and Sun Light is the new cream contour palette from the collection. When I first saw it in the pan, I really wasn't sure if this would work for me. The contour colour looked quite dark and the highlight seemed like it would be too gold and warm for my skin tone, but after I tried it I fell in love.

I apply this with a synthetic brush and it blends beautifully, it gives a lovely sheer wash of colour, which you can build up if needed. I personally don't use it as contour but more as an all over bronzer and highlight. I don't have the original powder version of the  Filmstar Bronze and Glow to compare it too but I really love this version and think it will look stunning on tanned skin in the summer.

Next, the new Dior Nude Air foundation. This year I've used two Dior bases which are personal favourites for me, Dior Star and the Dior BB Cream. I was never a big Dior fan before, but after discovering how much I love their foundations, I'm definitely converted. 

Nude Air has a similar formula to Giorgio Armani's Maestro and L'oreal's Magique Nude. Super runny consistency, light coverage which melts into the skin and leaves a velvety/powder like finish. I personally love these foundations as they look natural, feel lightweight but provide a good level of coverage. 

This has a dropper applicator and I find this works best by dispensing the foundation directly onto my face from the pipette. I don't use a brush, I simply blend in with my finger tips and work section by section around my face. This melts into the skin and leaves my skin looking radiant. 

I really am enjoying this foundation, the only thing I would say is that it's not the most long lasting foundation and if I was going out after work I would definitely need to touch up. 

Two new launches definitely worth splashing the cash for. 

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Face of the Day with NARS Outer Limits Eyeshadow

At the beginning of the month I mentioned that I was having a slight love affair with peachy toned makeup, so I thought I would slap it all on and do a Face of the Day!


Dior Nude Glow Natural Glow Complexion Enhancer
I like to use this underneath my foundation to give my skin a radiance boost. I'm pretty sure this has  been discontinued by Dior, but either way there are a lot of similar glow boosting primers out there. 

Dior Diorskin Nude BB Creme
This and the Smashbox BB Cream are the only BB creams I can say I really like. The Dior one is a winner for me because it has an almost powdery finish. I find other BB creams are just too wet or greasy, but this actually dries down on the skin and has a satin finish. I would highly recommend trying this if you like your base on the lighter side.

Giorgio Armani Skin Master Corrector (Shade 1)
Don't buy this, buy the Bobbi Brown corrector instead, so much better.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
A good, heavy duty concealer, works well when teamed with a lighter coverage base.

Chanel Soleil tan de Chanel
A rediscovery that I have really been enjoying. This cream bronzer does require a good bit of blending to avoid orange stripes, but if you have the patience it really is worth it. You can really fake a natural, tanned glow with this. 

MAC Mineralize Blush in New Romance
This is a blusher and a highlight in one, yaaaas! I am having a bit of a love affair with MAC Mineralize blushers at the moment, although I really hate the new packaging (wah)

Too Faced Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder
I moan about this powder every time but I'm just not a fan. Its kinda ashy and can completely take the glow out of your makeup, even when applied sparingly.


Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil in Grey and L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper in Dark Brunette
The L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper is a staple for me but I can't say the same for the Bobbi Brown brow pencil. I mentioned before that I like it, but it only lasted me a month. You just can't part me from my Hourglass Brow Sculpting Pencil.

Bourjois Colorband 2-in-1 Eyeshadow and Liner in Rose Fauviste and NARS Outer Limits Shimmer Eyeshadow
Now you know how much I love a good cream eyeshadow stick but sadly I don't think these Bourjois ones are anything to write home about. The colours don't wow me, the texture is OK but they are a bit sheer, in general I'm pretty 'meh' when it comes to these, but they do work as a base underneath a powder eyeshadow. 
This new NARS shadow from the Christopher Kane collection remains the most beautiful eyeshadow I have ever laid my eyes on. Its a glittery, peachy/rose gold colour and it gives serious sparkle.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
This week I came this close to just throwing this Too Faced mascara in the bin, I just can't deal with the flaking. Honestly by mid afternoon I start to get little black specks of mascara underneath my eyes and by the end of the day its full on Uncle Fester mode. Now its dried out a bit I can say that I really like the volume and length it gives my lashes, but if it won't stay on my eyes, its useless! 
Its now been relegated to the Sunday mascara, because I hate Sundays.


Lip Liner
Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Tawny
I bought this lip liner in a Walgreens in Chicago for $1.99 (actually I bought two) and it is by far my favourite out of all the ones I own. Its really creamy, doesn't dry your lips out and the colour is the perfect nude. I'm going to Seattle in October and will be bulk buying more! 

MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick
I had this lipstick many moons ago but somehow managed to lose it. I was in MAC recently and on a whim decided to buy it again. I'm so glad I did because I just love this matte peach shade. Its quite a muted shade but gives just the right amount of colour.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Project Pan Update 4 - Halfway Point

So I'm halfway through my year of use up as much makeup as I can, and this is my pile of makeup empties from the past six months. 

I explained my reasoning's for this little challenge in this blog post and I'm pretty proud of my progress so far. On average I have been managing to finish about 5 items a month which isn't bad, but that is with consistent daily use. I have found this is making me get a bit boring with my makeup and I have definitely been doing less experimenting, so we will see how the next six months go.

Overall I am still really enjoying this little project pan challenge and project pan videos are my new YouTube addiction! I just find it so satisfying to actually finish something and get my moneys worth from it. I'm not going to go through everything now, as I will save that until the end, but I did add up how much all this used up makeup is worth and so far my total is £641.66! 

Here's what I managed to finish in April.

Tarte Lights Camera Flashes Mascara £15.00
This mascara is the I bloody love it, I just wish you could buy it in England! This gives me really dramatic lashes and I love that it volumes and lengthens. I intend to buy as many tubes as I can the next time I'm in a Sephora.

MAC Cosmo Lipstick £15.50
I actually bought this lipstick before I started working at Cosmo but the name does mean it will always have a special place in my heart. Cosmo is my kind of rosy brown nude, a great MLBB (my lips but better) shade.

MAC Alluring Aquatic Bronzer in Aphrodite's Shell £24.00
OMG this took forever to finish, pretty much a whole year! This was limited edition from MAC's summer collection last year and they have just released their new Summer collection for this year. Lovely bronzer and the packaging is amazing but happy to have finally finished it.

Clinique High Impact Mascara £8.00
I got this in a Clinique Black Honey set for Christmas but I completely forgot there was a mascara in the set until I found it in my drawer. This is a decent mascara, nothing amazing though and it did smudge on me, which meant it got regulated to the Sunday mascara. FYI Sundays were made for not caring!

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil in Grey £29.50
I am very torn with these new eyebrow pencils from Bobbi Brown. They have the same design as my holy grail Hourglass pencil, so of course I love them for that and the colour range is really good but I finished this in one month! At £29.50 these don't come cheap, so once I've used up my other one I will be going back to Hourglass.

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara £13.00
I know to the average non crazy makeup person, a mascara dedicated solely to your bottom lashes seems ridiculous, but if like me every bloody mascara smudges on you, this is a revelation.

Total used up makeup = £105.00 

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

April Favourites

Since I've been making a conscious effort to use up more makeup, I feel like my monthly favourites are becoming more and more boring, but I never want to include things that I haven't consistently used all month. 

This month its a bit of a mixture of old favourites and new discoveries. 

Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel 

Ahh the infamous Bronze Universel, one of those cult beauty blogger items. This is a cream bronzer which is notoriously tricky to work with. Half the battle is finding the right brush to use with it. Personally I really like the Real Techniques Blush Brush, its synthetic so perfect for cream products and   not too dense. Applied right, this gives such a beautiful, healthy bronzed glow. 

MAC Mineralize Blush in New Romance

From a rediscovery to a new discovery. I really do love the MAC Mineralize blushes, as they act as a blusher and a highlight in one. New Romance is a pretty peach colour, perfect for Summer. 
Word of caution with these blushers though, a little goes a long way. 

Essie Nail Polish in Stones 'n Roses

I mentioned this polish in my last post, so I won't bore you all again but safe to say I have been loving this 60's style peach colour.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre

A trip to Boots these days is becoming more and more dangerous. They have started stocking more new and cult brands, that its now almost impossible to just go in for one thing. I have heard a lot about this moisturiser, so when I spotted it in Boots I decided to try it. 
When it comes to moisturisers I tend to be very picky, as I hate anything that feels too heavy. This feels light but hydrating on the skin and isn't at all greasy. I can't say I have noticed any skincare benefits yet, but at the moment I am just enjoying using this.

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Champagne Diamonds

I have a bit of an obsession with cream eyeshadow sticks and out of all the ones I've tries, these Charlotte Tilbury ones are easily the most glittery. Champagne Diamonds is a gold colour with actual visible chunks of glitter. I prefer the By Terry Ombre Blackstar's to these but I do love how sparkly these look on the eyes.

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Pretty in Peach

There is a definite peachy theme going on in my makeup bag right now. I don't know if its the warmer weather or the fact I ended up in a YouTube black hole and found myself watching JLo music videos from 2000….'think I wanna drive your Benz I don't' ;)

I thought I would share some of my current favourite peach shades, just in case you are having a JLo moment too.


Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
Milani is an American brand but you can buy it on Amazon if you live in the UK like me. You don't need much of this as its super shimmery but paired with a tan I love it. I am wearing it in this FOTD post if you want to see it 'in action'.

MAC Mineralize Blush in New Romance
This blush was the result of going into MAC on my lunch break #sorrynotsorry
These Mineralize blushes are so pretty because they act as a highlight and a blush in one. New Romance is a beautiful shimmery peach, pure Jlo right there! Its very similar to Luminoso but I actually prefer this as it has a little more pink it. 

MAC Powder Blush in Peaches
An oldie but a goodie, unlike New Romance, Peaches is completely matte. You can see it in my FOTD post here but this has long been one of my all time favourite blushers.

MAC Cremeblend Blush in Something Special
MAC cream blushes are perfect for people that don't really like cream blushes. They aren't really wet or sticky and dry down to an almost powder finish. If you want to try a cream blush but are a bit scared, I would recommend these. Something Special is such an easy shade to wear everyday, goes with anything. I have it on, in this post.

Left to right: Luminoso, New Romance, Peaches and Something Special

Left to right Stones 'n Roses and Not Just a Pretty Face


Essie Stones 'n Roses and Essie Not Just a Pretty Face

I've become a bit boring with my nail polish choices recently and have been just sticking to these two colours.
 Stones 'n Roses is a really pretty soft coral, it's a real 60s colour but I just love it.
Not Just a Pretty Face is my favourite 'nude' colour. Slightly peachy but just gives your nails a real healthy glow. I have already got through almost half the bottle!


Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer in Melon Pop
I love these new Pop lipsticks by Clinique. They are really creamy, richly pigmented and come in an amazing wearable selection of colours. Melon Pop is a peachy nude, which is really flattering. I think this will be my go to summer colour.

MAC Lipstick in Kinda Sexy
This was my other sneaky MAC purchase and its actually a repurchase. I am a matte lipstick fiend and Kinda Sexy is a matte peach toned nude. I have got a Face of the Day post coming with this, so you can see what it looks like on. 

BareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm in Peach Passion
I am obsessed with this lip balm. It feels so nice on the lips, really nourishing and moisturising. This is a big statement but this may just be the best tinted lip balm I have tried! 

Buxom True Nude Lip Foundation in Au Naturel
This is very similar to Kinda Sexy, just a bit darker. These are only available from Sephora but I'm planning on picking some more up when I go back to the States at the end of the year. I love matte lips and these are like the perfect matte nude wardrobe…I need every shade.

Left to right: Melon Pop, Kinda Sexy, Peach Passion and Au Naturel


NARS Outer Limits Shimmer Eyeshadow
This eyeshadow is all my makeup dreams bought to life. It is genuinely the most beautiful eyeshadow I have ever seen. A peach with pink glitter, although I am slightly concerned that the glitter is an overspray (why do makeup companies do that!) This is part of NARS Christopher Kane collection, so grab it while you can!

Bourjois Colorband 2-in-1 Eyeshadow and Liner in Rose Fauviste
You know how much I love a cream shadow stick but I can't say I am a massive fan of these Bourjois ones. These are a little dry for me and I don't love how this colour looks on its own, but with the NARS eyeshadow layered over the top I love it! 

Outer Limits 

Rose Fauviste

Rose Fauviste with Outer Limits over the top