Cosmopolitan’s hot for Spring & Summer

So i thought it would be cool to see what the fashion and beauty lords (Cosmopolitan) were saying was ‘in’ this Spring/Summer. I’m not one to typically follow these trends, no not in a ‘hipster’ kinda way, more just of an ‘i know what suits me and what doesn’t’ kinda way. But, i’ll look through what is ‘in’ this and next season and see if there’s anything i can try! As there are 60 different looks, i think i’ll just comment on the 10 things which interest me.

So, #1 Shiatzy Chen

Basically applying glitter under the eyelids. Honestly, i think this just looks a bit naff – even on the model. Maybe a bit of glitter under a cat-flick eyeliner look, but definitely not beneath my waterline.

#2 Missoni

 Have to say i actually really like this idea, i did it a while ago, may do it again this Summer! Cute way to add interest to your hair! I’d only really do little braids though, not really as big as this model has them.

#3 Fendi

 Glitter lips?!?! Nooooo. How uncomfortable?!

#4 Blurmarine

 Basically, lots of glow! All for this, especially for Summer/Spring time. Have to say i much prefer glow to glitter highlighters.

#5 DKNY

 This is basically just having dark lips during the warm months. Not sure about this one, bit much for the brighter days, no? Maybe more of a night time look?

#6 Giambattista Valli

 Basically, clean-cut red lip with minimal makeup. Have to say i quite like the look of this. Perhaps shall try this with a cherry red lip and copper shadow.

#7 Elie Saab

 I loooove this look! Basically, outer third of the eye lined with a bit of a cat flick. Will deffo be trying this.

#8 Givenchy

 Going to do a big ‘HM’ here. Don’t get this at all, looks a litttttle bit ridiculous, no?

#9 Luisa Beccaria 

 Really like this minimalist look with just a swipe of shimmer on the lids. Will give this a go. I imagine with this i would do big lashes.

#10 Moncler Gamme Rouge

 I like the concept of this glossy minimalist look, but not she looks a bit dead? Maybe with a bit of a pinky lip or something?

 

So those were 10 of the 60 looks found in Cosmo’s Spring/Summer 2017 hair and makeup trends. Maybe i’ll do another post of the way i tried out some of these looks! Hope you enjoyed reading this one, are there any looks that you like the look of?

Steph x

 

The next foundation i’m buying…

So i said in a previous post that i’m trying to use up all my products before buying a new one. I do have a plan for which products i’m going to be buying when i run out of my staples though, so far i know which foundation… that’s it! So anyway, i’ll tell you which and why.

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Nude Foundation.

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Rimmel always nail it when it comes to having light enough tones for pale skin. I got a sample of this like a year ago and i remember loving it. Its ‘new lightweight formula blends smoothly and evenly hiding fine lines & imperfections for a poreless, seamless complexion. The fluid texture is enhanced with a moisturising serum gel for a feeling like you’re wearing nothing at all. Natural-looking, flawless coverage, without the weight. Your coverage remains true from morning to night with a rub and smudge resistant formula for up to 25 hours.’ – Basically it’s got the perfect formula for everyday use.

Because i do have drier skin i prefer this style of foundation. You can buy this in Boots/Superdrug for £8. Shall do a post when i actually buy this and what i think of it.

So thanks for reading! Have you got a foundation you’d recommend? Have you tried this one? What did you think of it? Love to hear what you think!

Steph x

 

My opinion vs Youtube

So we all have seen the ‘my drugstore/highstreet favourite makeup products’ videos by our favourite youtubers. So i thought i would watch a few and see if any matched mine/ any that i had a different experience with, so let’s get on with it, eh? (What works for one may not for another)

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  • Real Techniques Brushes/Applicators

Have to agree with this one; mostly. The most talked about one was the beauty sponge that they do. I love this, especially when dampened. Applies all foundation in a flawless way!

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  • Rimmel Foundations

This i agree with, they are brilliant for paler skins and have a range of different formulas depending on what you want. However, did not like the wake me up foundation – it has literal glitter chunks in it????Not for me, thankyou.

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  • L’oreal true match

I bought this ages ago. All that needs to be said is that I finished it, but haven’t and probably won’t be in a rush to repurchase it. It was ok, just didn’t overly impress me. Too liquid-y. Feel it highlighted dry areas around my nose also.

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  • Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation

Definitely loved this one. Lovely smell, relatively cheap and sat beautifully on my skin. Only comes in a few shades though, but matches mine nicely. Nice glowey finish on the skin. This will be one that i will buy again, soon, soon.

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  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I just haven’t had the same experience most seem to have had with this one. I just found this really cakey, didn’t blend whatsoever and didn’t match my skintone. Perhaps it has changed its formula – i have seen it does a lighter shade now, so may try this one again?

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  • Sleek contour palette

Nope, too dark for pale skin, doesn’t blend at all. Highlighter is clumpy and doesn’t do much?? Nope nope nope. V disappointed in this.

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  • The Body Shop Bronzer

Have to agree with this one, really enjoyed this one for my pale skin, nice and light. Will definitely be using this again over the summer months as it is a bronzer, not a contour; if you get me.

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  • Sleek eyeshadow palletes

This i have to agree with. The pigmentation is so nice. So buttery and easy to blend in. A bit expensive though, but if you have the money deffo worth it. Think they do a good few unique shades too that you wouldn’t find elsewhere! I really like their shimmery and matte shades. Reallyyyyy niiiice.

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  • Maybelline brow pencils

I used to agree with this, it was my first brow product that i used. I think that i’ve just started to find better products since. I find this a bit too waxy for me now.

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  • L’oreal felt tip liners 

Nooooooooo. For me this smudges everywhere! Not at all waterproof, impossible to have anything stay on my lids personally. It has great pigmentation, great nib and is v easy to use, just the formula completely lets it down for me. Maybe it is just the one that i used though, perhaps there are other l’oreal felt tip liners which are more waterproof.

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  • Barry M Lip Liners

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas. I love the lipliner that came with the lipkit duo thing that i got a while back. It is so creamy and easy to use. One of my most-reached for lip liners. They’re cheap as well, definitely agree with this one!

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  • Rimmel Lip Liners

Has to be my favourite of the lip liners that i have. I love their shade range and the creaminess of the products. Love the twist up liners and also the sharpening ones. 100% recommend these and prefer them the the mac ones also.

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  • Rimmel Kate Moss Lipsticks

I’m Neutral on these actually. Some i like, others i think are just meh. Lipsticks are very personal i think though. Depends what shade, finish etc. you’re looking for. There have been a good few that i just didn’t like at all; the shimmery ones, and some that i lovvveeee; the brown/neutral (shade 48) toned ones. Although they’re cheap enough, i just am not overly drawn to rimmel for lipsticks.

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  • NYX Matte Lip Creams

yenno what, i’m not overly fussed. I only have 2; a berry red and a brown matte. They sit ok on the lips, don’t overly fully set, a factor which i don’t like. The shade range is massive though, so you will probably find something that tickles your fancy. Just not really the brand that i would go to for liquid lipstick though.  I hear the Sand Storm liquid lippy is good though, so might try it out.

 

So I hope you enjoyed this kind of post? Just thought it would be cool to hear a range of opinions on products. Are there any of these which you’ve used/have an opinion on? Please comment below! Good to hear a range of opinions!

Thanks for reading,

Steph x

 

 

Quick pasta

So as i’m in uni and making my own dinners, i’ve found/made a ton of recipes that i love. Thought i’d share what i made for lunch with you today, so let’s be doing that!

As i’m going home tomorrow (can i get a hallelujah?) i was trying to use up the rest of my fresh foods. Was really in the mood for pasta after watching a chef on tv make it. But i had no pasta sauce/chopped tomatoes to make my own sauce – boooo! So, I went to the kitchen and improvised a bit.

What i used

  • like 12 cherry tomatoes
  • last garlic clove
  • last red onion
  • tsp sugar
  • lots of olive oil
  • last bit of my shell pasta
  • sprinkle of salt
  • good bit of black pepper
  • bit a oregano and/or thyme
  • last bit of feta cheese

So basically i boiled up the kettle and put my pasta on to boil. I put it on a high setting and added a decent amount of salt; Jamie Oliver said it was important to do this (on yesterday’s cooking programme) so i took his word for it and obeyed. After this i chopped up my red onion and tried to dice it (usually give in half-way through simply because my eyes are in agony). I then put this in a frying pan with a decent amount of olive oil and gently fried it while i was cutting up my other stuff.

I crushed up a garlic clove then added this to the frying onions and mixed it through. Next i diced the little tomatoes, the smaller the better; presumably. When i finally finished chopping these up i added them to the frying onions and mixed it through. Then i sprinkled in some oregano and thyme (Mum always said it makes things taste 100 times better adding herbs). Thought it would be a good idea to add some of the starchy water from the pasta to my frying onions and tomatoes (Nigella did it in one of her things sooo?).

When my pasta was soft i drained it and drizzled with olive oil and left it in the bowl i was going to be eating from. I continued to mix the tomatoey sauce and tried to crush the tomatoes to get more juice out of them. I added like half a teaspoon of sugar, just to make the sauce less tart. Salt and pepper were added to the sauce along with a bit more olive oil and then stirred through. Everything was gently simmering an then i decided i was too hungry to wait any longer. So i added the pasta to the sauce, mixed it through and served with my last bit of feta (Aldi actually calls it ‘Greek Cheese‘ so god knows what standard of feta it is) crumbled over and mixed through. Have to say, it was really yummy and I recommend 100%. If you have any basil i’m sure it would go wonderfully also… but alas, i am a student and do not have basil at hand everyday.

Hope you enjoyed this style of post. If ya did i may do more; maybe.

Steph x

 

Finishing products off – Like or hate?

Let’s get back into the swing of things, or at least try. Hello my lovely lovely reader, hope you’re having a brilliant week and a good 2017. It’s getting close to Summer, which i think is really exciting as i’m going on le holidays to Madeira with the lovely boyfriend! (Eeeeek!) Have you got any plans for your summer yet?

Over the past month i’ve really condensed my makeup collection to my absolute favourites, simply because i’ve got way too much which just sits in my drawer. I did this by using up older products and also giving things to friends. So I thought i’d talk about the products which i did use up and have reintroduced myself to and whether or not i’ll repurchase when they are finished.

SO: WHAT have i used?

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I’ve been using the primer again, which i’ve found can go quite bally under certain foundations, which is quite annoying. The Fit me matte and poreless is ok, but it’s a fraction too dark for my skin, so i’m going to use it over the Summer. I finished the Super Stay by Maybelline, i actually really enjoyed using it, but made sure i had my skin v moisturised before applying it because it kinda showed flaky skin where i didn’t even know i had it! (I don’t think i’ll buy this one again). The MUA Matte foundation i got very annoyed with. It was a good shade for pale skin, but it was SOOOOOOOO oily on me and i just didn’t understand why!! This was a product i gave to a friend. Never got along with the Benefit Boi-ing concealer, so gave it away as it was too heavy and really showed up dry areas on my skin. Lastly, I like the Miss Sporty Perfect Stay concealer, but it is a littttle bit too orange toned for me. I do like it, but will most likely not buy it again.

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I’ve been using the Soap & Glory It’s About Prime eyeshadow primer every day underneath my shadow as i’m determined to finish it. I bought this a few years ago and did like it. It is an OK product, i genuinely don’t mind it. I have just found so many better products which i prefer now, one of which being the creme de rose colour tattoo by maybelline (That’s not the one seen in the picture aboveeee). But, I swear i will finish this Soap & Glory primer by the time i’m moving out of uni. (Have until start of June!)

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I never really actually got into Sleek’s face kit thing. The contour was too dark, didn’t like the blusher and the highlighter was only ok. I’m probably just too pale for this palette, i’ve heard many rave about this palette, personally i just don’t think it’s at all worth the hype. Gave this to a more tanned friend of mine, hope she has better luck with it.

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The Real Technique’s Contour brush – the brush to the left, has been passed on to a friend. I don’t understand this brush. This shouldn’t be used for contour!!! This is much too dense, nobody wants a harsh contour, surely??? Just didn’t get along with this brush at all, much prefer a small fluffier brush to apply my contour/bronzer. Sorry Real Techniques!

Miss Sporty’s Waterproof Liquid Liner is one which i’m trying to finish. Have to say, I love this. Don’t know why i haven’t been using it prior to my makeup clearout. This stays on my eyes all day, no flakes, no smudges. It has the perfect felt tip nib which creates a pointed cat eye easily. You can buy this, in Superdrug, for less than £3. Seriously, give it a try! I will deffo repurchase when this is finished.

Think i’ll finish this post on that note, didn’t realise the amount of negative things i had to say about the other products – oops! So, look out for another post similar to this.

Thanks for reading!

Steph xx

 

144 Eyeshadow Palette – Revolution

So i think i can finally write this post about Makeup Revolution’s 144 Ultimate Eyeshadow Collection. I bought this way back in like November as it was £10, £8 with my student discount. So basically 18p per shadow… That’s how i can justify this purchase.. So anyway, what can i tell you about this palette? Note that this is typically selling for £20, but you can buy for £10 this month on TAM beauty. CLICK HERE TO FIND

I haven’t used this a whole lot simply because it’s overwhelming having so many colour options. This month i’ve reached for it more though because it’s getting to the more shimmery colourful months. Although this palette ranges from the gorgeous pale shades to the darker and highly pigmented ones, there is one thing it is missing; matte shades?!?!? I can forgive that though as i do have another palette from makeup revolution which has 32 matte shadows.

So what’s in the palette?

As you can see in the picture it has the most gorgeous copper, purple and golden tones, lovely pink shades and then more vibrant greens and blues. This is the first palette (even Urban decay ones haven’t interested me) that has actually had me reaching for copper shades, so bravo for that! I’m sure majority of these shadows are complete dupes for shadows you’d find in more expensive brands. I know the coppers and brows are Urban Decay Dupes (from palettes i’ve previously owned). Below are swatches of my favourite shades.

I loooooove the cranberry red shades and the gorgeous coppers. The purple and gray shades are perfect to smoke out also.

So, what looks can you do with this palette? Below are some eye looks that i created using only this palette. Sorry about the shite quality; did this on le phone camera.

    
 
 – (this one is 2 different looks, not supposed to look the same, i swear!!!)
I’d say majority of the shades are highly pigmented, but you do get q a bit of fall out when applying. I also gave away all my shimmer palettes after getting this as they really aren’t necessary anymore. Only flaw with this is the size of it, not exactly travel friendly. But, I do recommend it if you’re a beginner, as it does have every shade you need!
The palette has 2 lovely dark dark dark shadows, one is a black with gold specs in it and the other is a shimmery black, both really nice to darken your look up. Only thing i thought it was missing was a dark dark dark brown without anything else in it. There are lots of brown-golds, brown-reds etc. no plain dark browns. Ah well.
Anyway, hope you enjoyed this review. Ano it was a bit rambly, but i’m a bit out of my blogging-mode, if you get me? Been meaning to post about this for donkeys though, so it’s finally up!
Expect a few more posts in the next few weeks, got some more free time again! Comment below your favourite shadow palettes and if you’ve tried this one!
Much much much love; as always,
Steph xx

Home Made Crisps

Hi friends! Long time no post – What’s new though??

Today i’ve got a bit of a different post for you… So i’m gonna share a recipe which i have recently discovered and LOVE. It’s how to make your own crisps when you’ve just got the cravings but don’t want to be too unhealthy.

So what you need is:

1 potato

Salt

Olive Oil

Plate, Microwave, fork, sharp knife, potato peeler.

 

So how you do it…

1 Start by cutting a potato into very very thin slices.

2 Next spread some olive oil on your plate. Make sure this is a thin layer.

3 Now place your potato pieces around your plate, having space between each. Place the thicker slices around the outside of the plate.

4 Sprinkle salt over the plate.

5 Microwave this for 2 minutes – or until you see the potato starting to go brown.

6 Take out of the microwave and flip each potato piece.

7 Repeat earlier step, but just have them in for about a minute and a half – or until they go brown.

8 Take off the plate and put on a cool plate or bowl.

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You can either wait for them to cool or eat them hot! A really quick and tasty treat. I’m going to try adding different flavours on top soon – like paprika! Hope you enjoy this quick little recipe & enjoy your week!

Thanks for reading,

Steph xx