Top 10 Lipsticks

 

Freshers’ week is looming (not really, not for another month like, i’m just too keen) so i have started thinking about what things i’m going to be packing. Last year i packed a bit too much, in all aspects, so i’m trying to be a lot more selective about what is being brought.

While choosing my favourite things which were definitely being brought i thought it might be nice to share these faves with my readers (that’s you!). Products that I just wouldn’t want to not have at hand.

Autumn and Winter are going to be the 2 seasons i’ll be facing until I come home again, so i had this in mind for the products I was bringing; all about that colour scheme, eh? So, without further adieu, here are my 10 lip products which I won’t be leaving at home.

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Nudes:

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L>R

Soap & Glory Naked Beige,

Soap & Glory Cinnamon Beige

Bourjois 17 Cool Brown

Maybelline Colour Drama 630

I love brown shades when it comes to nudes and each of these, to me, are the perfect subtle lip colour. The Bourjois liquid lip stick is quite sheer but is easy enough to build up. They all have decent staying power.

Reds:

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Maybelline Colour Drama 510 Red Essential

Barry M Matte Me Up

Bourjois 15 Red-volution

Soap & Glory Pommie Girl

Mac Diva

Mac Studded Kiss

The Barry M liquid lipstick sets down and stays on all day. The longest staying power out of all these lipsticks. I find these all a bit hard to apply though, so recommend using a lipstick brush.

Hope you liked this post and got saw a shade or two that you liked yourself!

Thanks for reading,

Steph x

 

 

Holiday Makeup Bag

So i’m going to Madeira very soon (EEEEEEEEEEK) and i thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to treat y’all with a post. Yaa, i’ve decided i’ll give you a little peek into the makeup that i’m packing.

So i’m going to Funchal, Madeira for a fortnight, the temperature here ranging from 20-30 degrees Celsius. Because of this warm heat, i figured that it’s unlikely that i will want to be caking myself in makeup (not like i really do that at home either, to be fair). So anyway, Here are the things which i’ve packed in my makeup bag.

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So, for my FACE, i’ve packed a foundation stick by Maybelline. I figure, it’s a lot easier bringing a stick foundation in plastic packaging in comparison to bringing liquid foundation in a glass bottle. I also will probably use a bit of this at night time, when eating out. just to cover under eye circles and spots. light foundation for light coverage. Plan to also use my fingers to blend this one in. A simple product for holiday time. Also seeing as it is branded as an anti-shine stick, i presume it is reasonably long lasting.

I packed the Fit Me pressed powder by Maybelline. Has to be said, i don’t have much preference when it comes to face powders. I tend to use loose powder when getting ready, but this isn’t a good idea for holidays ( highlights alllll your peach fuzz). So a light dusting of pressed powder to set my suncream and avoid that greasy-face look.

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Bit of powder highlight by Technic to give my face a nice summery glow. This is the perfect natural looking highlight, imo.

Lastly, a bit of the Body Shop‘s honey bronzer to add a bit of colour to my face. I figured there’s not much point me packing blusher as it will be v v hot and my face will be red anyway lol. Bit of bronzer will be nice to add a bit of a summer-ey glow.

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For my EYES, i packed the urban decay naked palette. This gorgeous palette i use everyday. it is perfect for a nice simple look, or a more dramatic smokey eye, or a nice cut crease kinda look. Also the colour, second to right, i can use to fill in my brows due to its cool tone. I also packed 2 eyeshadow singles from Makeup Obsession, to add a bit more of a warm tone to the lids. I will be using the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creme de Rose as a base for these eyeshadows as it is one that makes all my shadows last on the lids all day without creasing!

I packed 2 eyeliners simply because i don’t know how waterproof the pencil is. I’ve found the Chit Chat liner stays on all day once it’s been set. Meanwhile the Rodial one blends in so effortlessly to add a dramatic outline to the eyes. Forgot to include the mascara which i’m bringing (It was in my liquids bag, not my makeup bag lol). I’m packing my Benefit Roller Lash mascara. I like the curl and length this gives my lashes, so nice enough for holidays!

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Lastly, I packed my trusty Natural Collection Brow pencil to fill in my brows as i can’t go a day without a bit of brow product on. This will last all day too, when set with the neutral brown in the urban decay palette.

Thanks for reading this quick wee post. Hope you all have a lovely summer, whether you are going on holidays or not, just have a fab fab time.

Steph xx

My Warm Shadows

So I was in Boots last month with my bestie (irrelevant info, but JUST SO YOU KNOW I’M NOT ALWAYS BY MYSELF…) and there’s a new Makeup Obsession counter in the Boots in Liverpool (near my uni). So obviously I approached in a calm and sophisticated manner, completely controlling my overwhelming excitement. (don’t read this in a judgey way, you all know the feeling!!) So here i am, standing at the new makeup stand and see eyeshadows being sold for £2 and face powders for £3. (wtf?)

I’ve been trying to stop buying makeup that i already have, yenno, too much makeup, don’t need more! BUT, I have 0 warm shades. Swear, last few years cool tones have been the thing, am i right or am i right??? So I had a wee nosey to see if they had any warm browns. Wasn’t even looking overly exciting colours, just wanted the shadows to do a nice wee warm smokey neutral eye!

Long story short, I picked up these 3 shades; E101 Burnt, E141 Alba && E124 Copper. The quality of each of these is average to good… if you get me? Not overly creamy, but blend in nicely enough.

Alba is the most neutral of them all. I like this for a simple look/as a base. Copper is then nice to add to the crease as a wee transition shade and then Burnt is a bright red shade which i add to the crease to warm up a smokey look. All shades are matte.

Below are some swatches to give you a wee idea of how the actually look.

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Alba>Copper>Burnt

Anddd here’s just a look i did with copper & alba with the paler shades in the Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette.

 

So thankuu for reading! Have you got any good warm shadow recommendations to moi?

Steph xx

Protect your Skin this Summer!

Hi all, this is a topic which i care a lot about and it completely infuriates me the ignorance people have in relation to it; Any form of skin pigment change is skin damage. Basically, everyone agrees that burnt skin is damaging to your skin, but it’s frightening how few see the same for tanned skin.

Tanned skin is often seen as ‘beautiful’ and desirable, but that golden colour is a result of epidermis injury (the top layer of your skin). Exposure to UV rays accelerates the effects of both ageing and also your risk of developing skin cancer – Neither of which are ‘beautiful‘ or desirable.

So, if that doesn’t scare you enough, how about some statistics?

  • People who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk for melanoma by 75 percent.
  • Melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer, is now one of the most common cancers in young adults aged 15-34 in the UK.
  • Over 80% of all skin cancers are caused by over-exposure to the sun and/or sun beds
  • Like most cancers, skin cancer is more common with increasing age, but malignant melanoma is disproportionately high in younger people. More than one-third of all cases of malignant melanoma occur in people aged under 55.
  • Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.

I think 5 will do…

So what can you do to protect your skin?

Basically it’s really simple; Cover up! Obviously when it’s warmer we tend to wear less clothes, so try wearing lighter layers and most importantly, COVER yourself in suncream and do this regularly. Your suncream should be a minimum SPF of 15. If you’re going to be moving about, try a water-resistant one. There are soooo many suncreams you can choose from and in a range of  formulas: Stick, cream & spray. You can get some that smell amazing and others which are scentless!

Some of my favourites are:

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Nivea sun protect & moisture spray   Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Lotion

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Neutrogena Beach Defense Stick           Malibu lotion spray (smells amazing)

The kind of rule that i go by is factor 50 on my face, using a cream sunscreen and factor 30 on the rest of my body, either spray or lotion. Also, obviously having a tan is desired by so so many, but you can achieve this safely by getting a spray tan or by using self-tanners. I like to use the gradual ones by brands Dove and Johnsons.

So what if you do get burnt/tanned? 

Apply aloe vera onto the damaged skin. Initial research has shown aloe vera aids the skin in healing from sunburns. In addition, aloe vera oil can moisturize the skin, helping you avoid the peeling normally associated with sun damage. I like to keep this in the fridge to make it soo much nicer when applying to burnt/tabbed skin.

Any form of ‘aftersun’ will help moisturise the skin and also cool it down.

Use a good moisturiser.

So i hope this wasn’t too much of a rambly post. Please protect your skin! Hope you have an amazing Summer!

Steph x

 

 

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

 

 

April Favourites/empties

Well hello there! Got a monthly favourite post for ya. Got a good few products which i was loving in the months of Marsh andApril, so let’s see what they were!

I’ll start of with one that i rarely talk about – face and hair products:

No.7 is well known for its brilliant skincare products. I’ve use this cleansing lotion after washing my face with another product (which will be talked about in a post coming up soon) I apply like 10 pumps onto my face, leave it for like a minute to work its magic and then wash off with water and pat dry with a towel. My skin has definitely become much more smooth and this gets off all of my makeup without fail. I’ve been using this every night, mostly to use it up before i go home for Summer. I don’t honestly think i’ll buy another after this is used up however, simply because it’s just an extra step which i don’t overly see the need for.   I’d much rather use a foaming cleanser than a creamy one.

Garnier Ultimate Blends coconut scented shampoo is gorgeousssssss. This lathers up so nicely in the hair and leaves it smelling tropical afterwards. Will deffo be repurchasing next time at the shops, if not this specific one then another from the ultimate blends range.

Finally i used up Neutrogena’s grapefruit facial wash. This is nice enough, lathered up nicely, took my makeup off and left my skin feeling fresh in the shower. I won’t be repurchasing this however, simply because i’ve found another cleanser which suits my skin type better.

Oh my sweet mother of God have i enjoyed each of these products this month??? (yes, yes i have). I’ll start with the highlighter, by technic. This is the best highlighter for pale skin that i have ever used. This is so easy to apply. Whether this be with your fingers, a compact brush or a fan brush, it blends in so effortlessly into the skin and leaves you looking so glowey-from-within. WOW! This was so cheap as well. Deffo deffo recommend to you.

Next i’ll talk about the Boutique bronzer. I got this from Sainsbury’s like last February. I wasn’t overly fussed about it back then though. I picked this back up in about December and fell in love. I think i’ve gotten better at applying this kind of product and now it’s one that i can’t go out without using! Think i got this for about £10, not overly sure. Definitely recommend this though, not too pigmented and easy to work with. Really really love it!

The Maybelline Fit Me stick foundation is the next foundation i have moved on to for me to finish up. Have to say though, it is really very good. It’s a quick and easy product to apply. Just a few swipes on the face, some extra ones in the problem areas and blend out with either my fingers or a beauty sponge. This gives a medium to full coverage (if wanted), which i really like. Deffo recommend this one to people who like a quick product to use. This will be packed for my Summer holiday.

The tools above have been v much enjoyed this month. I like the Real Techniques powder brush to buff in some powder to set the foundation while i like their miracle complexion sponge to give a natural finish to my foundation.

Blurry photo, apologies. Here i have Natural Collection’s brow pencil, Maybelline’s linerefine liner, collection’s supersize fat lash mascara and Miss sporty’s waterproof liquid liner.

Natural Collection’s brow pencil is the best brow product i’ve used, period. £1.99 for the perfect colour, not too waxy and not too stiff; perfect. Think there are 3 shades also, one for blondes, black hair and brunettes.

Maybelline’s linerefine eyeliner is really nice to add to the waterline to smoke it out. Probs won’t repurchase, but nice while it lasts. Just pulls a look together though, nice nice nice.

Lastly Miss Sporty’s waterproof liner is the best liner i’ve ever bought. This is so easy to apply, has the perfect thin nib and the formula is 100% waterproof. Recommend this over any that i’ve tried. This is one of the few products which i am 100% repurchasing; why get something which mightn’t be as good, it’s less than £3?!??!

Collection’s Fat Lash has actually been really nice to use. I bought this a while ago as a 3 for 2 sale in Superdrug because i was out of mascara, so wasn’t expecting overly much. But yaaa, only really need one coat for thick and lengthy lashes. Definitely recommend this to those on a budget.

 

Since i started to grow my nails i’ve been painting them a good bit. I do prefer just having a nice wash of colour though, nothing too out-there, so soft pinks are my comfort zone. Here are 2, one from rimmel and one from a random company, High Brow. Got both in B&M bargains dead cheap. The highbrow one is more pigmented while the rimmel one is just a wash of colour and adds shine. Like them both though. Recommend both, if you see them about.

OoOoOo, another random one for me! My mum sent me a wee care package around St. Patrick’s Day (yes i’m Irish, so everything was green and chirpy). In this package of green goodies was a vaseline tin. It has been YEARSSSSSSSSS since i used these. In fact, i can tell you how many; 8 years. 8 years ago, when i was at the start of highschool. I just phased out of using this and got more into wearing chapsticks. Have to say though, really been enjoying this. It applies a nice wee bit of shine and is a nice lipstick topper.

Next up is my Marc Jacob’s Daisy perfume. I’ve loved this for yearsssssssss. Haven’t been using a lot of it since going to uni, simply because haven’t overly felt the desire nor need to. This month i have been though, probably because of the brighter mornings and sunnier days. More in the mood!

Lastly is my roll-on deodorant by Dove. Keeps me smelling fresh and dry all day and doesn’t stain my tops. Anything else i need to say?

Lastly is my Revolution 144 Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette Collection. This was mentioned in a previous post in a bit better detail with some swatches earlier this week, read here. As you can see, i’ve done some ‘x’ marks over some eyeshadows, this is so i can remember which i like the most. Working my way through the palette quite well, especially in these brighter days, just motivating me to wear shimmery and glittery shadows.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd those were my favourites. What have you liked these past few months? Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

Thanks for reading,

Steph x

 

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