Revisiting oldies

Hi all, hope you’re enjoying this laavely weather we’ve been having (Those in the UK, you get it). Today when i was getting ready i decided to have a go with products that seemed to find themselves being set aside. I don’t think i have a reason really for why these were put aside, probably just i started using newer products. (should also say now that the eyeshadows weren’t products that were rediscovered, they’re newbies!)

So, which products did I use && what do i think of them now?

So i’ll start with what i started with;

Miss Sporty InstaGlow primer

This primer is a pink-toned shimmery liquid. It doesn’t have a powdery/matte finish, more of a slightly tacky product. I applied this onto clean skin with no moisturiser as i remember it could go bally combined. Applied nicely today though.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless 105 

This isn’t a completely matte foundation and is a little dark, but blends in easily. It has reasonably good staying power and don’t feel it overly needs set. I quite like this and will deffo use it up, but unlikely buy another.

L’oreal Infalliable Sculpt contouring palette

I actually have been really enjoying this one lately. It’s nice and creamy, but has a cream-to-powder finish. V easy to blend and the paler shade is matte, so nice for a natural finish. The paler shade can also be used to lighten the contour. Nice cool tone as well, so perfect for contouring.

Natural Collection Dusky Pink Blusher

This is a product i will always go back to. It has such a lovely soft blushed shade which is easy to wear… on pale skin anyway… It blends in perfectly and doesn’t kick up too much dust.

Technic Get Gorgeous Highlighter

I love this one. It is the perfect amount of glow and shimmer and everything you would want for an everyday highlighter. So easy to apply and easy to build up. Laaaaaavely. Super cheap as well, you should deffo try this one out.

Freedom brow pomade

This one can be q difficult to use, you only need a small amount on your brush. I think this is easiest to use with a small-bristled brush and wipe off excess product in the lid. It has good staying power and gets a lot easier to use the more you practice.

Soap & Glory It’s about prime

I actually really like this one. Makes a nice base and makes everything look more glowey. Laaaaaavely. I won’t be repurchasing this one as i prefer cream eyeshadows to liquid ones. Easy to apply and is very good though, definitely one to pick up if you prefer liquid primers.

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette 

I used the shimmery shade, Skimp and the 2 matte ones were cover and primal. These were used in the crease area. These blend out soooo nicely and are perfect for brown eyes. You can’t really see ‘Skimp’, but it does make a lovely base for your eyes.

Makeup Obsession Eyeshadow E124, Copper && E141, Alba

I actually recently got these 2 eyeshadows simply because of how warm toned they are. These blend so nicely and warm a look up really nicely. Also, for only £2 a piece you should deffo give them a go!

L’oreal Superliner; Black

I stopped using this everyday simply because of how non-waterproof it is. If you have watery eyes i really don’t recommend it. It has good pigmentation and is ok for standard liner, but don’t recommend it for winging it out. Won’t be repurchasing this one once it runs out.

Collection Supersize mascara

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I love this mascara. Gives my eyelashes gorgeous volume and length and layers really nicely. I highly recommend this one. Will deffo be repurchasing soon! (the bottom mascara with pink lid)

Soap & Glory; Naked Beige 

This is the perfect cool toned brown lipstick. Feels really comfortable on the lips, a nice satin finish. Pretty sure the brand discontinued this one though. I like to use this one for everyday kinda looks. Swatch is below the black liner.

 

AAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the finished look. The camera kinda washed me out, so you can’t properly see what the eyeshadow looks like, my bad.

So hope you enjoyed reading this. Will hopefully be back posting a bit more soon. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Steph x

 

 

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This or That: Felt Tip Liner

After I bought this felt tip liner, from L’oreal a couple of weeks ago, I was  interested to see if it was any better from my previous favourite from Maybelline. The 2 products are the L’oreal Super Liner (£6.99) and the Maybelline Master Precise felt tip (£5.99).

I’ll divide this post up into comparative sections to make it easier to read.

Applicators

Both liners have a slim nib and are easy to use/apply. It is easy to achieve a slim line with both. Both are flexible but not flimsy.

Formula

So I’ve found that the Maybelline one is drier, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It is easy to apply without it going messy/transferring onto the eyelid. I find that it does stay on all day, however many seem to find that the longevity of this is poor. In contrast the L’oreal liner is a very wet formula. After reading reviews about this many seem to prefer this to the Maybelline one. Some have written that they set this liner by smudging this in with a brush. However, I have found that the lasting power of this is ok, but it is very poor in terms of how waterproof it is. I would honestly expect all of my liquid liners to be waterproof. Not so much in the sense that you could go swimming with it on, but if you have watery eyes your liner shouldn’t smudge. As I tend to have watery eyes in the morning I find that this just bleeds down my face and looks horrible. I will try the smudging/setting technique next times I use this and report back on whether it works or not.

Longevity 

As mentioned above, the maybelline product seems to last all day for me whereas the L’oreal one wears off pretty quickly as I have watery eyes.

Pigmentation

I’d say the l’oreal one is more black, however the maybelline one is dark also.

I will be giving the l’oreal one more of a chance, but at this time my favourite pen liner is the Maybelline one.

Brows – Wow or no?

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So I mentioned in a relatively recent post that I don’t get along with brow pencils.. So what did I do other than go out and buy 3 new ones? The last purchase I did that was a brow pencil was from MUA and I was hugely disappointed and turned off with the concept of brow pencils. It was horrible. Too pigmented, too waxy and horrible to apply. I had 2 other brow pencils which just sat at the bottom of my makeup collection, ignored and unloved. I would pick them out every now and then, but then again they would return to the unloved pile. I’d say brow pencils are difficult for me to use as I have naturally quite thick brows.

I just didn’t know how to work with them. It is so difficult when each product has a different consistency, thus meaning that they need a different application technique. Ah the science behind makeup.

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But, on Sunday, when I picked up the L’oreal products, I decided to buy their Brow Artist Shaper pencil in 03 Brunette. I got this for £5.49. Honestly this is difficult to use. I want a brow pencil for on-the-go makeup. I want it to be quick and easy to use with good results. The formula of this is difficult for me to work with because the waxy product with high pigmentation makes it difficult to create a natural looking brow. It’s really difficult to achieve feathery brow-like strokes with this also. The wax end seems to set the hairs in place ok, but i’m not happy to use this when the finish of the colour is quite patchy. When you have the time to use this it can create a nice-ish look, but that’s not what i’d want a brow pencil for tbh tbh. Above is a picture of how the brows look after quickly applying this product to my brows. 

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The Natural Collection Brow pencil in Dark Brown is my favourite. The cheapest too – typical. This is so so so easy to work with. I tend to have a bit of a heavy hand with my brows as it’s usually one of the last parts of my makeup, so i’m typically in a bit of a rush when applying it. This is so forgiving when it comes to a heavy hand. It has a dry formula which seems to adhere to the brow hairs perfectly. It is so easy to shape and fill in the brows with this pencil and the colour of this is an ashy light brown. Shame this only comes in two shades though. This doesn’t clump the brow hairs together and I am yet to get any of those gross ball-clumps of product in my brows. Another note is though that it comes with a good spooli at the end of the pencil, perfect; all-in-one pencil. Above is a picture of how the brows look after quickly applying this product to my brows. 

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I’ve had the Makeup Revolution Arch & Shape pencil for a good while now. I liked it at the start, disliked it and then liked it again. It has a twist-up crayon at one end and a felt tip at the other. I like the concept of this being a twist-up product, but I have to say this is probably the worst out of the 5. It is soooo waxy. My brows clump together into a horrible brown smudge. The felt tip end on this is useless as it has no pigmentation. This costs £3.50. I’m not sure the shade I have this in as Revolution annoyingly don’t put the colour labelled on the product and the receipt for that is long gone. Yet another disappointment, M.R. Above is a picture of how the brows look after quickly applying this product to my brows. 

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NYC have a Kohl Brow/Eyeliner pencil which I have in the shade, I assume Dark Brown. I got this for around £1.50. This has a weird dry texture with really high pigmentation. It comes out in streaks, no matter how lightly/heavily you lean. My brows go into serious clumps when using this and it’s just not too cute. I like the shade of this, but the product itself is disappointing. Also this is just a pencil with no brush on the end, nor on the lid. I honestly thing this is an essential kinda thing when it comes to brow pencils.

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Maybelline Master Shape Brow Pencil in Brunette. I quite like this pencil. I like the brush which is at the end of it. The formula of this pencil is ok. It is quite waxy and also quite pigmented. I don’t find this is that bad when it comes to clumping though. This costs £2.99. The colour of this is kinda gingery, but that’s ok for my hair colour. An alright product for an alright price.

So to rank the Brow Pencils in order, from least to most favourite:

Makeup Revolution: Arch & Shape, NYC: Kohl Brow/Eyeliner, L’oreal: Brow Artist Shaper, Maybelline: Mastershape && Natural Collection: Brow Pencil.

So I hope you enjoyed this post. Do you have any favourite/hated brow pencils? Comment bellow!

Thanks for reading,

Love Steff x

L’oreal Makeup – I went shopping!

So today I was in Boots. As per usual, I said I wouldn’t be buying anything… until the sculpting palette caught my eye. And of course, this was on 3 for 2, so it would be a waste for me to buy it and not get another 2 items…

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So, First up I picked the Infalliable Sculpt Contour Palette. I was surprised when I opened it up and it turned out to be a cream contour/highlight, as when I tried the sample I could almost swear that it was a powder. I’ve only had experience with the Collection cream contour palette, which I was disappointed with. But, L’oreal seems to be hitting the nail on the head with this one! This is just a first impressions post… as I bought the items about an hour and a half ago! But both the highlighter and bronzer are both so creamy and easy to blend. I got this in the lightest shade. They are both matte products. I think the highlighter may be replacing my more expensive light and waxy concealer, as it is so much easier to blend in and still gives me the same highlighting effect. As for the contour/bronzing half, it is gorgeous. It is the perfect ashy contour colour. Today I applied this with my fingers and blended it in using them also. I look forward to creating subtle sculpted cheekbones with this product. Personally I much prefer subtle contour to a darker, bolder one and this ticks that box. Who knows, you might see this in my next August favourites post! This duo costs £9.99. I will mention though, there is a little booklet of how to contour inside the palette. It is so bizarre as it takes up like a third of the space? C’mon L’oreal.. kinda misleading packaging.

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Next up I picked up the brow pencil in the brunette shade. This, so far, seems to be easy to work with. I got perfect application with my right brow, but then leaned too heavily on my left, so had to brush it out to get the same look as my right one. But, this kinda showed that you can achieve a nice, natural brow, or a more bold brow, depending on how heavy you lean. It was easy to do the feathering technique at the start of the brow, gradually getting heavier to leave a gradually darkening brow. This costs £4.99. On the other end of this product is a wax to set the brows in place. I kind of ran this through the top and bottom of my brow, as I was a bit cautious of it blending my hair-like brush strokes together to leave a block-brow… if you know what I mean? But I will experiment more with this. By far this is the best brow pencil that I have used though. Not too waxy, not too pigmented and easy to use. Also, there is a handy brow brush on the lid.

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Lastly I couldn’t help but try out the much-raved about eyeliner. This beauty costs £6.99. This is the Super liner, in black. The nib of this is flexible but not flimsy, slim and easy to create a thick or thin line. The pigmentation of this is decent, but not the darkest one that I have tried. Can’t really do much of a review on this one as I haven’t seen how it lasts yet. But, this is definitely a close second to my favourite Maybelline felt tip liner already.

Hope you enjoyed this post & i’d love to know if you’ve tried using any of these products, comment below if you have and what you thought of them!

Steff x

 

5 Summer Products

So as the sun has been making more of an appearance lately I have switched up the kind of makeup that i’ve been wearing. Summer is the perfect time to add colour to your makeup. Whilst loads of people do this with their lips, I prefer to use bright eyeshadows and keep my lips more neutral. So as I sip on my chai latte I shall tell you about the 5 products that I know i’ll be getting lots of use out of this year!

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MUA Cover & Conceal Concealer

For the face makeup i like to keep it relatively simple as i tend to feel like things are caked on in the Summer months when wearing a full face of makeup. So basically I stick to just concealer and powder. I use the MUA Cover& Conceal concealer which is £1.50. This is amazing and comes in a range of 3 shades, one light enough for the paler people also! This shouldn’t be used to conceal blemishes, but instead to cover dark circles and possibly to highlight. I use this only really under my eyes to cover up my dark circles. I found the best way to make this work is to apply it and then leave on for about 2 minutes, before blending it in and then using a small stippling brush I buff it into the skin. It gives much better coverage by doing this and leaves a non-streaky finish also. Below, to the left, is the concealer blended in and to the right is a swatch of the concealer applied.

 

Makeup Revolution Sugar & Spice Blusher Palette

Adding colour to the cheeks is perfect during the Summer. My favourite 3 shades to use in this palette are the last 2 in the top row and the 2nd in the 2nd row. The two blushers add such a lovely pink flush whilst the highlighter adds an amazing glow to the cheeks. I love how this highlighter is pure shimmer with no sparkle also. Below are the 3 swatches. The 2blushers didn’t swatch well – not sure why, sorry about that!

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So as well as face makeup, I like to switch up my eye makeup. There is an Urban Decay Palette that always finds its way in my Summer Makeup Bag. I don’t think this one actually has a name, but is very recognisable. It has a range of neutral and bright shades. I can’t even find the price of this one online?! Almost certain it is still available and probably sells for about £25-27. Anyway, I love the colours PEACE and GRAFFITI in this palette. I like to add these to more neutral looks. I would apply these to my waterline or the outer/inner corner to add a little bit of Summery colour to my looks! The bottom 3 shades could be used also as the more neutral looks.

Soap & Glory The Missing Pink Lipstick

L’oreal infalliable Mega Gloss 101 Lipgloss

Lastly, for my lips I like to use pink/neutral shades during the summer months. My favourite pinky-nudes are Soap & Glory, the Missing Pink, £9 and L’oreal 101 lipgloss, £6.99. The lipstick is relatively sheer and just adds a fresh pink shade to the lips and the gloss adds a soft pink shine. I feel this is perfect when you are having more focus on the eyes.

Sooo, here’s a wee look that I made using these products 🙂

Hope you’re having a fab month & I would love to know what you’ve been loving/what you like to use in the Summer months! Hopefully i’ll do a few more Summer makeup posts soon!

Much Love,

Stephanie xx

 

January – April Favourites

So i’ve done like 2 posts this year – my bad. It’s not that i’ve lost interest in blogging, more just that I can’t think of what to post & that I don’t really have the time. Perhaps I will post more in the Summer…

So as a lil catch-up post, I thought that I should tell you about what i’ve been loving this year. I’ll tell you about basically everything – both beauty and non-beauty related! As a quick catch-up, I’m in my last year of school, so everything is a bit hectic at the moment.. only a fortnight until i’m off for study leave! Repierced my ear, so I have 9 piercingzzz now.. I’m sure there are more new things, but I just can’t think of any! Perhaps I will remember as I do more posts! 🙂

So anyway, things I have been loving in 2016:

Non-beauty:

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So it was about January when my friends and I were talking about the dreams we had the previous night. It was at this stage that I went onto amazon and looked for a dream dictionary and found this book by Tony Crisp. (Earlier that month I bought a book called ‘The master key system’, which I am saving for the summer.) So yes, it arrived in the post however many days later and since then i’ve been reading about my friends’ and my dreams. It is such an interesting book and helps you to understand your unconscious mind.

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In December, when Starbucks had their seasonal coffees out, I tried my friend’s chai tea latte and holy mother it was amazing! Since then i’d been looking for something similar to make at home & this is it! This is such a nice relaxing drink. I mix it with milk and it then goes nice and foamy/creamy!

IMG_8975Earl Grey is my favourite kind of tea now. Earlier this year I was introduced to it by the boyfriend! He takes it with milk, but I prefer it black with 1 sugar! It is q fragrant and very tasty! This is my 2nd box… yum!

Kinda Beauty

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So for Christmas I was given Soap & Glory shower gels. I got the Sugar Crush one, which is the nicest smelling of all their body products! It is like a soft citrus scent and costs only £6.50 It makes your skin so soft and it foams up lotssss in the shower! This has lasted 4 months, which is crazy to me because shower gel is always the quickest to run out for me! There’s about a third of it left also! -Crazy.

In March I bought both the ‘luxurious moisture‘ shampoo and conditioner by TRESemme. This says that it is for ‘dry or dull hair’. Although my hair wasn’t really dull or dry, I bought it because my hair had become frizzy as I had been changing my shampoos up too much. These were really cheap at the time too, so my friend urged me to pick up the conditioner too – I didn’t really use conditioner much previously. I can honestly say, since I stuck to the same shampoo and conditioner, my hair is feeling so much nicer. It stays clean for 2-3 days before I need to wash it again also! This smells good also, not so much a fruity smell, but a salon-shampoo kinda smell! These cost about £4 each.

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For my face i’ve been using 2 different face scrubs: Garnier pure 3 in 1 wash scrub & mask and Clean & Clear daily exfoliating daily wash. The Garnier one, £3.79, I use as a mask. I would cleanse my face first and then rub this onto my tzone and then leave it for about 3 minutes. You can feel this tingle while it is on and when it is washed off your skin is sooooo smooth. I used this about once a week – because it is so strong! As for the clean and clear one, £3.10, I used this more regularly because it was much more gentle. This could also be used everyday.

I got the Neutrogena visibly clear facial wash for £4.69. This smells amazing and fresh, like grapefruit. I’d say this is a good cleanser as my skin has that clean feeling after using it!

Lastly in skincare is coconut oil. I’ve replaced my moisturiser for this. At night time I would massage this onto my face for like 5 minutes and then go to sleep. The next morning I then wake up with the softest skin in the world! I would then take a little bit and apply it to my face again, before I apply my makeup. If it is too oily I then blot it off (after about 5 minutes) with a soft towel and apply my makeup. Such an easy product with such good results! You should definitely try this out – especially if you have dry skin!

Beauty Favourites:

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Maybelline Master Precise Black liquid eyeliner  £5.99

This is a really true-black pigment. It stays on all day and is thin enough to go very close to the lash line, but is also very easy to thicken up. Lasts quite long also.

Rimmel Lash Accelerator mascara £7.99

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I know I used to say that I hated all plastic-wands as they were sore to apply (?) But it turns out, for me, this is only no.7 mascaras. So this makes my lashes really long with a bit of curl. This stays on all day and doesn’t flake off.

Benefit Roller Lash mascara £19.50

When coming home from Liverpool I bought this mascara in duty free, so it was a bit cheaper. (Not sure how much I paid!) This mascara is amazing! I find that this however is quite similar to the Rimmel and Essence mascaras though, so I save this for nights out or whatever. But, really great product and worth the money if you’re willing to spend it!

Essence Maximum definition volume mascara £2.99

This is such a little gem! This is another one with a plastic wand. The formula isn’t waterproof though, so if your eyes water a lot it could be a problem. But, nonetheless, it is a really nice wand and gives the lashes a really nice curl.

I will probs do a post (at some stage) of each of these mascaras on the lashes.

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Collection Eye Brow Kit Brunette £3.99

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I use the light shade of this everyday to fill in my browns and occasionally the darker colours to do stronger/defined brows. This is also so pigmented. Like i bought this last August and only just hit pan on it!

Natural Collection Mocha/Latte eyeshadow £1.99

The brown shade in this duo is soooo beautiful. It is such a soft brown. I use it in my crease, as a smoked out lid colour, or as a smokey undereye shade. Really gorgeous and is so easy to layer up.

Bourjois Shade 08 little round pot eyeshadow £5.99

Again this is in my favourites. Recently i’ve been using this only in my inner corner as a highlight. I use a really small, compact eyeshadow brush and apply it to my inner corner to give a really brightened effect.

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Boutique Bronzer

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So this product is from Sainsburys. I bought it for £9, if I remember correctly.  Recently i’ve been using this everyday on my cheeks and forehead contour. I use this as a bronzer and not a contour as it is more or a warm toned product. A big fluffy brush is perfect for this!

Maybelline Super Stay24hr Foundation

This was the first proper foundation that I ever bought. But, it has now been reformulated and a new, nicer packaging is on it. This comes in a pale enough shade for me,so I bough it again recently. I found that, because it was such a high-coverage product, that it was a bit cakey with how i’d been applying it- onto moisturised skin with a buffing brush. Now I apply it to my face, after the coconut oil has been applied, with a dampened complexion sponge from Real Techniques. This nicely covers up whatever redness is on my face, but doesn’t cover up my freckles! A nice natural-ish finish! This costs £8.99

Benefit Feelin’ DANDY Cheeks & Lip Palette

This was also bought when I was coming home from Liverpool, but sells for £25.50 in Boots. I’d always wanted to buy the dandelion blusher, as well as the highbeam highlighter. I love all of the products inside this. The lipgloss tastes like grapefruit and is such a nice feeling on the lipsss. It isn’t sticky or gritty, it just feels like a lipbalm, but makes your lips all glossy. The blusher is such a subtle shade of pink and the liquid blusher/liptint gives a nice flush of colour. My favourite inside this set though has to be the highlighter. I dab this on the high-points of my face and this gives the nicest glow. It isn’t sparkly and it isn’t too shiny. Perfecccct.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge 

I love this for applying foundation. I dampen this before use to give a really nice natural application of foundation. for £5.99 this is such a cheap product that every girl – who wears foundation – needs in her makeup bag!

Benefit Hoola Bronzer 

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I use this cool-toned bronzer to contour. This is really good and comes with a little brush – which can be used to contour! My friend gave me this & i’m so glad, as I probably wouldn’t have bought it myself because i’m always a bit sceptical about pricey makeup products as this is £23.50.

Maybelline Matte Maker pressed powder 

I like this simply because it was cheap, £3.99, it came in a light enough shade for my pasty pale skin and it isn’t cakey!

Sleek Matte Me 436 Birthday Suit matte lip £4.99. This matte lip cream, although somewhat difficult to apply, is a really brilliant product. It’s a nice naturalish shade and stays on a lonnnnnng time. It also doesn’t feel too drying when on le lips either!

L’oreal Girl On Top Lipgloss 

This is just a nice girly pink gloss. Not too sticky and no gritty glitter! The applicator on this is a weird shape, which I like too! This is £6.99. For something that lasts ageees that isn’t so bad either!

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Mac Studded kiss & Diva lipstick

May as well talk about these two together because they’re so similar. They are both amazing. I love how deep they are and how long lasting. I’d say Diva lasts a bit longer and is more dark in comparison to studded kiss, which is slightly more orange-red toned but is still very dark – more of a vibrant red perhaps? These cost £15.50 each, which yes is crazy, but I don’t even care! I love wearing these and it makes it more special when I do.

The Bodyshop 340 colour crush lipstick £10

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This is such a nice plum/purple tint. I would wear this by itself for a lil bit of purpley colour, or on top of another lipstick to darken it up. It is one of my favourite lipsticks! This is a really moisturising one too.

Revolution lipstick -? £1

Firstly, gotta say that I don’t know the name of this one! I bought this because of how amazing it looked before use. It looks pure black with the best shine to it. Plus, it’s £1… who really cares if it was shite…? It wasn’t either! This is reallly nice smudged on the lips. When I wear this I apply it and then blend it in with my finger – because it is so pigmented, but also so moisturising? As it is so pigmented and also so moisturising it almost has a streak to it? But this easily blends in. The smell of this is like fruit pastels and is amazing! This could also be used to darken up another lipstick!

Rimmel 700 Naughty Nude Lipstick

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This is a newer lipstick from Rimmel. This goes on feeling really moisturising, but then locks down and stays on for ages! I love this brownish shade too, as a natural/nude colour. It’s so strange because it has a veryyyy subtle gloss effect, but it also feels matte? so weird. For £6.99 this one doesn’t disappoint!

So I hope you enjoyed my overdue favourites! Hoping you’ve all had a fabbbb 2016 so far & hope to be posting more… soon! (If you’ve made it this far, hi B.N)  Much much love,

Stephanie x

 

Everyday Work Makeup Routine!

So recently I got two new jobs, so I’ve been trying to find the ‘appropriate’ makeup for a work place. So basically I’ll be showing you what I wear to work and how I get my look! 🙂

Hope you enjoy reading, i’m always a bit weird about posting tutorials because I’m not, in any form, a professional and nor am I overly comfortable in posting pictures like this of myself… so yeah, hope you enjoy!

So I always begin my makeup routine with moisturiser. This is the most important step in your makeup routine. It is good for your skin and also creates a sort of ‘base’ for the rest of your makeup. No, your moisturiser does NOT have to be expensive. Just experiment with a few different brands that offer a moisturiser for YOUR skin type. I personally use Boots’ own brand moisturiser that sells for £1.49 and it works wonders on my skin! This is for all skin types and I find that the fresh cucumber scent is just lovely!10085480

So after I apply my moisturiser, I then dampen my Real Technique’s beauty blender under cold water. I find that if you squeeze the blender whilst the water is going through it, it will make the blender go twice the size and work so much better!

So I then choose my foundation, today I used Bourjois healthy mix foundation. I put one pump of it on the back of my hand and then dabbed the blender into it. I begin in the middle of my face and then move to my forehead and then finish on my chin!

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So once i’m happy enough with the finish of my foundation (honestly, for everyday I love just a natural finish – a your skin but better kinda thing) I would then use my new contour powder from the body shop. I use my Real Techniques Contour Brush to do this! I apply this to the hollow of my cheek bone. This looks quite harsh when first applied, but this brush makes it so easy to blend out to a natural finish!

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Next with a little blusher brush I apply my Natural Collection Blusher. I dab only a little bit of product onto my brush because with blusher I think it is so easy to go OTT and look crazy. So it’s best to start with a little and build it up! 🙂 Blusher, I feel is so important in an everyday look because It fills your face with a lil bit of life and colour 🙂

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So lastly for my face I apply loose powder. I use a large fluffy brush, from real techniques, to do this. I focus on my nose, chin and forehead because they’re the most likely to be getting oily throughout the day. Plus, I like to avoid applying powder on my cheeks because it takes away the natural glow from your skin. This means you don’t have to use a highlighter!:)

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So then I move onto my eyes. I begin by applying my It’s About Prime eye primer from Soap & Glory to my eyelids. Next I sort out my brows! I use a spooli to get them into shape and then use my Catrice Cosmetics brow powder. I use the lighter colour to fill my brows in!

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So Next up are the eyes! I use a small little stippling brush to apply a light colour from my Revolution palette all over my lids. This just evens out the colour of my lids and kind of ‘pulls the whole look together’ whilst also setting the primer! After I’m happy with the base, I then apply a little bit of my favourite gray eyeshadow, from Catrice Cosmetics, to the crease of my eye. I use a small fluffy blending brush to do this.

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After this I use my Eyeko cosmetics pen eyeliner in the brown shade and line my upper lids. I do a very close-to-the-lash liner for this look – No flicks or anything! Once this is finished, I curl my lashes and then apply a thin coating of mascara. Instead of using my Maybelline ‘Big Eyes’ mascara (a big fave of mine) I use a more natural looking mascara called ‘great lash’ again, by maybelline. I use the waterproof version to avoid any awkward panda eyes throughout the day!

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To finish the eye look off, I use my maybelline brown eyeliner on the outer corner of my waterline and blend it in using my finger. I also like to use my pale eye pencil from Seventeen in my inner corner to open up my eyes!

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To finish off the whole look I moisturise my lips and then apply a lipstick from the body shop on my lips.

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annnnd here’s the final look:

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So I hope you enjoyed reading and here are a few links to the products that were used if you’d like to read more about them!

Shopping Haul

Catrice Eyeshadow

Loose Powder

Eyeliners

Thanks for reading! 🙂 Let me know what you think of this tutorial… should I do more?

Stephanie x