Monday, 28 October 2013

Oribe dry texturizing spray

I didn't think i'd like this little can of expensive spray as much as i do, but unfortunately, I really like it. Really really like it.

The oribe dry texturizing spray is a kind of dry shampoo/hairspray/texurizing spray hybrid which basically gives your hair a huge dose of volume and texture whilst removing any grease whilst its at it. Due to the ridiculously high price tag, i vowed to only use this on important occasions or bad hair days, but its somehow worked its way into my daily hair routine. What i love about it is that it's great for fixing any hair problems. I mainly use this when i've just washed my hair, when its flat, soft, fluffy and ridiculously difficult to style. I focus the spray in my roots and fringe area as this is where the main problem lies, and afterwards i'm left with messy but not unruly, texturised hair. This spray gives the hair a bit of grit and hold like that of 2nd or 3rd day hair, which is when my hair styles the best, but without the horrible greasiness. The holding properties help to keep the hair is place once its been poofed to perfection, so i don't find i really need to top up during the day, just re-poof. As it's also a dry shampoo, it's great for removing the grease from my hair, but its completely clear, so it doesn't give my dark hair a horrid grey tinge like other dry shampoos do. This product is a saviour as washing my hair is such a chore, so it means i can go that little bit longer between washes without worrying that i look like i don't own a shower. It also means that when it does come to hair washing day, I don't have to worry about having a fluffball on my hair for the day to follow.

The only downside? The high price tag. This little bottle cost £18, and the full size costs a whopping £38. That's a lot for for whats basically a fancy hairspray. Regardless of this, i know i'll be buying the full size pretty soon and keeping this little one as a handbag essential, as now I've used it i know i can't be without it in my routine. It's safe to say this has pretty much made it up to holy grail status. Sigh, why couldn't i have hated it?

What do you think of the oribe dry texturizing spray? is it love or is it overhyped?

Sunday, 27 October 2013

My MAC eyeshadow palettes

Over the past year or so i seem to have collected enough mac eyeshadows to fill a whole palette - how this happened i do not know, but it's happened, so i thought i'd share with you the colours which i own! I rarely reach for my big mac eyeshadow palette (the 15 pan one), but my smaller mac eyeshadow palette is something i reach for most days i'm wearing eyeshadow. I'm not too much of an eyeshadow wearer, i much prefer a bold lip, but every now and again i'll have an urge to wear a smokey eye, and now its coming to autumn i think its a look i'll be opting for more and more. Hopefully writing this post and seeing the swatches side by side will give me some inspiration to use them more!

starting off with my big mac palette, going row by row i have: grain, a peachy cream eyeshadow with a satin finish, which is nice as a brow bone highlight, as its quite subtle. next is expensive pink, an eyeshadow i've actually only ever used once. It's a pinky coral shade with gold shimmer running all the way through. in most lights the pink is quite subtle, but i'm still struggling to find a way to wear it! The next eyeshadow is texture, which was originally in my quad but was swapped out as i didn't find myself reaching for it all that much. It's a warm brown shade, similar to that of a light bronzer, which is great for smokey eyes but for everyday i find it a little too warm, especially as i mostly use bronze shades. I do think i'll get a little more use out of it now it's autumn though. Next, amber lights, a warm golden amber shade with a slight bronze tinge to it. this is such a lovely eyeshadow to use all over the lid for the basis of a smokey eye. Following on is one of my favourites, satin taupe. Satin taupe is a grey/purple toned eyeshadow, which can look slightly brown, especially when blended out. This makes it really wearable and a really easy to wear eyeshadow as it creates definition to the lids all on its own. Next up is coppering, a coppery red shade with a lovely shimmer running through it. This one is a great alternative to cranberry if you find cranberry is just too red for you. Speaking of cranberry, it's the next one in my palette. It's a gorgeous purple burgundy shade with an almost pink shimmer to it. It can be quite difficult to wear but it looks particularly lovely all over the lid with sketch or brun in the crease - tutorial? Next up is a bit of a different one for me, Fig. 1. As you can probably tell from the picture it is untouched, but i bought it for the purpose of a tutorial which i have yet to film. It's a muted true purple shade, still bright, but not in your face. Following on is antiqued, which i REALLY do not wear enough. It's a gorgeous coppery dark bronze shade which is perfect for this time of year, and it's one of those shadows you can swipe on, blend and your done. Love. Next up is folie, a warm brown shade, very similar in tone to texture but darker. This is a great crease colour to pair with warmer toned eyeshadows. Onto the final two in this palette, the next one is embark, a dark warm brown shade which in some lights looks like it has a slight purple tinge. Strange but lovely! Finally, one if the most interesting eyeshadows i own, black tied. Black tied is a black eyeshadow with finely milled silver glitter running all the way through it. It looks like it has a slight navy tint to it which makes it even more interesting. This is such a great colour for the party season to make a dark smokey eye more interesting!

So, that's my big palette, next onto my quad where i put 4 of my every day colours. First up is retrospeck,  a super shimmery champagne pearl colour with a slight green leaning to it. It's not actually green, but i can definitely see a little green in it. I love it all over the lid to brighten the eye, or as a brow bone and inner corner highlight. Next is wedge, my go to crease colour. It's a slightly cool toned light brown which can be built up slightly darker. I think this would be a great brow colour for light-mid brown haired people. Next is my brow colour, brun. Its a dark neutral toned brown. This is my perfect brow shade as it makes my eyebrows look full and defined but not harsh. This is also what i use in the crease when i want a darker crease. Finally, woodwinked. Woodwinked is a great all over the lid colour, as it does all the work for you. It's a highly pigmented light bronze/brown shade with golden shimmer running through it. Once blended out you can really see the bronze/brown at the edges which helps to define the eye all by itself. Definitely one of my favourites.

I hope this has given you a little inspiration into what eyeshadows you might want to try from mac! Let me know any of your favourites as there are a fair few i have my eye on!


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Maybelline 24hr colour tattoo's

I've been a fan of the maybelline colour tattoos since their release, and consider the shade 'on and on bronze' to be one of my favourite 'slap on and go eyeshadow' products, but since the purchase of my much loved mac 'eclair' paint pot, they've shunted to the back of the draw, up until now.

I recently had a complete sort out my my makeup collection and discovered a fair few forgotten loves, these being one of them. I soon scurried off to my local boots to pick up two new shades to try out for future smokey eye tutorials (coming soon): timeless black and metallic pomegranate. Now that i have a fair few in my collection, i thought i'd give them a little shout out and mini review.

Firstly, my favourite shade, on and on bronze. This one is a gorgeous cool toned almost taupe bronze shade, the opposite to mac eclair which is very very warm toned. i find that patted onto the lid and then blended out with fingers, this makes the eyes look 'done' whilst still being fairly subtle. It also gives the eyes slight dimension with it somehow managing to look darker in the crease and more shimmery in the centre. You can of course build this shade up to make it more dramatic, and it also looks great layered under other bronze shades (eg. mac woodwinked).

The rest of the shades are less wearable (in my opinion), but all great colours and of great quality. Permanent taupe is, as the name suggests, a taupe shade. It's grey with a slight hint of brown which means it doesnt make your eyes look too flat. It's completely matte, and works well as a basis for a cool toned smokey eye or paired with a purple lip. Metallic pomegranate is very similar to mac 'cranberry' eyeshadow but slightly more burgundy toned. it has silver shimmer in it which is quite subtle but helps to make it stand out more. This looks great paired with deep purple eyeshadows and cranberry which i mentioned earlier. Timeless black is an interesting shade, its pretty much matte black, but if you look closely you can see the tiniest amount of navy shimmer, which basically makes no difference once on the lid. This again is great for bold smokey eyes, or for making eyeshadows stand out more when used as a base.
Pink gold is probably my least favourite of the bunch, but that's mainly down to the fact that pink tones on my eyes are a no go. It's a baby pink shade with silver shimmer running through (probably should have been called pink silver?) It just looks a little strange against my complexion but have seem it looking lovely on some people.

All of the colour tattoo's last a long time on my eyelids with no creasing or fading. I'd say they last a full day so around 8 hours before i see some difference. I'd definitely recommend them, they're great value for money and can be used in so many ways.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Whats on my face #2

I haven't done a whats on my face post since july - say whaaaat?! I love doing these posts and seeing how my make-up style changes so i'll defnitely try and do them more often. Today i went for quite a simple look with a dark bold lip as i wanted to try out my new nars lipstick.

I kept the skin really natural and dewy using the laura mericer foundation primer in radiance, giorgio armani luminous silk foundation, nars radiant creamy concealer and the mac mineralize skinfinish in lightscapade. I never usually bother with primer but i wanted my makeup to last all day today, and as i was wearing a dark lip i needed to add some extra radiance to my skin so it didn't look flat and lifeless in contrast. For the cheeks i used my much loved nars laguna bronzer to warm up my face (i cant believe i only just tried this a couple of months ago, definitely holy grail!) as it just gives me a really natural sunkissed look whilst still defining my cheekbones enough to give me a little bit of shape. I also used the nars blush in liberté which is just a gorgeous red-peach shade, a perfect alternative to coral for the autumn. I applied a really light wash just to give my cheeks a bit of life without it being too overpowering. I recently purchased the jouer highlighter and i must say i absolutely love it. I found my mac pearl cream colour base would look slightly cakey if applied over blush but this just blends in like a dream and look really natural but still gives me a lovely glow.

For the eyes, I've gone back to using powder on my brows. I wen't through a phase of using my hourglass brow sculpting pencil again, and then i tried out the l'oreal brow artiste, but my mac eyeshadow in brun always reigns supreme for brows as its just so quick and easy to apply, and defines my brows nicely without being too harsh. I then set them with a new product, the maybelline brow drama brow gel. I have the shade dark brown and although i haven't tried using this on its own, i find that when applied over the powder it helps my brows to look a little less flat and drawn on, and just gives them a bit of fullness. On my eyeballs i used a slight bit of mac wedge eyeshadow right in the crease to define slightly, and i then applied the revlon grow luscious mascara to my top and bottom lashes. I always forget how much i love this mascara, one coat gives so much volume and its actually surprisingly easy to apply to the bottom lashes.

And now for the star of the show, The nars pure matte lipstick in volga. I purchased this on a whim when i ordered my nars 'ride up to the moon' palette as i refuse to pay for shipping, but i actually love it. It's matte, but when applied over a balm it glides on super easily and is really pigmented. In this picture its faded slightly as it was taken a couple hours after i applied my makeup, but you can see it freshly applied in todays earlier post. This is definitely going to be one of my most worn autumn lipsticks.

So, there we have it, todays (well, saturdays) face.

Mac 'lightscapade' mineralize skinfinish

In the past when browsing through the mac store, the mineralize skinfinish in 'lightscapade' was never one which caught my eye. The fact that it was almost white in tone with blue flecks made me think it would be far too pale on my skintone as a highlight, and when swatched it never seemed the most pigmented. A few months back i watched one of kate from gh0stparties videos and she mentioned that she was using this product an all over finishing powder, much like the everloved and highly expensive hourglass ambient lighting powders. With that in mind the next time i visited a mac counter, out came my card and into my bag went lightscapade.

Lightscapade, as mentioned earlier, is shimmery pearly white with a very slight yellow/champagne tone, and blue and pink veins running through, which are undetectable once applied. I tend to dust this all over my face to set my makeup, and it just gives my skin a subtle glow and sheen without being too much. That being said, if i use too dense of a brush then it can look a little disco ball like in the t-zone. I don't find it all that effective as a highlight at all, but i definitely think its one to look into if your looking at the ambient lighting powders but they're out of your budget. At £22 its almost half the price of said hourglass powders, so definitely worth trying out. I actually tend to reach for this one more as i'm scared to use the other one up, ha, logic.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

The Body Shop 'colour crush' lipstick shade 110

I've never really taken an interest in the body shop. It's one of those places that I've always thought is expensive for no reason so although i do like some of their products, i never really bother with it. I recently decided to check it out due to seeing a few bloggers mention some of there products, namely the bronzer, and was pleasantly surprised by what i found.

The new colour crush lipstick line is made up of 24 super pigmented glossy shades, and with shades ranging from reds to pinks to oranges to nudes, there really does seem to be a colour for everyone. They've brought out some really modern bright shades which i wouldn't normally expect from the body shop. The colour i chose was the shade 110, a gorgeous muted peachy coral shade which is a great every day shade for me.
The formula of these lipsticks is great, they contain cherry seed oil and marula oil which help to condition the lips and mean that the lipsticks all glide on with ease and don't cling to any dry patches.

Recently my lips have been extremely dry, to the extent where i could hardly wear any lip products because they all looked terrible over the dry flakey patches, but this lipstick was a saviour as it masked the dry patches and the glossy finish meant they didn't dry out more.

At £10 each they aren't the cheapest of lipsticks, but for the quality i definitely recommend them and can see myself buying a few more colours from the range.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Nars 'Ride up to the moon' limited edition eyeshadow palette


Nars is a brand which has swiftly worked its way up to possibly being my favourite makeup brand overall. There just isnt a product i've try from them which i dislike, and this palette is definitely high up in the ranks of must haves. The nars 'ride up to the moon' palette is one of two limited edition eyeshadow palettes nars have brought out for autumn, the other being 'fairys kiss', a more purple toned palette (next on my wishlist).

The ride up to the moon palette contains six highly pigmented shades, five permanent and one limited edition. Shades from l-r, top row then bottom: argentina (LE), isolde, night porter, biarritz, fez and cordura.
The palette includes one matte and one shimmer highlight shade, a shimmery amber shade, a brown bronze shade, and two more interesting shades - an almost black, metallic forest green shade and a darkest brown shade with gold glitter. This palette includes an interesting array, but the shades all work extremely well together.

This palette was my first dip into the nars eyeshadow pool, and i must say i'm really impressed. The colours are all buttery soft and extremely pigmented, as well as being blendable and builable. I created a smokey eye with this palette which i then wore to a gig, and upon return around 6 hours later, my eyeshadow looked exactly as before, with creasing or fading, and if i wasnt off to bed i'm sure it would have lasted a lot longer.

If you already own a lot of nars eyeshadows and use them a lot, you may find that this palette is rather small and may be disappointed to see you may already own some of the shades, but for someone like me who likes to try out new things, these smaller shadows are perfect as i know i'd never be able to use up a whole eyeshadow pan. For £32 this palette is rather affordable in my eyes considering a nars eyeshadow single costs £18 and you get to try out six shades.

This palette is limited edition so if your interested in it (which you should be) i'd highly recommend you get your hands on it FAST before its gone!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Superfacialist rose hydrate creamy cleanser

I'm not often one to try out cheaper skincare brands, simply because skincare is far more important than makeup to me, and i'd rather know that what i'm putting on my skin is actually benefiting it and the ingredients are of good quality. The superfacialist line by Una Brennan is one of the only skincare brands from boots I've tried, other than Simple and La Roche-Posay, and i must say so far I've been really impressed, and this cleanser is no exception. 

The superfacialist Rose Calming Creamy Cleanser is a gentle cream cleanser which aims to thoroughly cleanse the skin whilst leaving it hydrated and more radiant. It's formulated with moisturising Shea and Cocoa butters plus Pro Vitamin B5 which works to remove make-up, debris and oils, all without drying out the skin.
Marshmallow and Allantoin further help to soothe and restore skin’s natural ph balance, meaning that this cleanser is great for even sensitive skins to use.

I've been using this cleanser pretty much every morning for a week or two now and its been such a pleasure to use. The colder weather has meant that foam cleansers are far too stripping for my skin now, so this cleanser is a nice middle ground between a foaming cleanser and a balm. Applied onto dry skin and massaged in, it removes all dirt and skincare from the night before, and once washed off my skin feels fresh and clean, whilst feeling just as soft and hydrated as if i'd have used a balm cleanser, without the heavy feeling. When i use this, i do feel like my skin looks slightly more radiant than when i use other cleansers, which is always a bonus. I have used this in the evening, but i don't really find it all that great at removing makeup, so i tend to save it for mornings and use my balms in the evening.  

This cleanser has a slight rose sent, but its only very subtle so should be fine for skins sensitive to fragrance. I'd definitely recommend this cleanser to anyone with normal, dry or dehydrated skin looking for a refreshing but hydrating cleanser, or to oilier skin types looking for an alternative to a heavy balm. At only 7.99 for 150ml, this is a bargain product. 
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