The MAC ‘One Sweep Wonder’ Eyeshadows

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(Left – Woodwinked Right – Satin Taupe)

I love myself a good eyeshadow that can be swept all over the lid and you’re pretty much good to go. Shades that even look like you’re wearing two or even three different shadows when really, you’re not. You can apply messily and they still look good. Today i’m bringing you two of my favourites from MAC, possibly the daddy of all eyeshadows.

Woodwinked is probably the colour that a lot of you would be thinking about when reading the title of this post. But it is the perfect shade for all over the lid. When blended, it turns almost orangey in shade, meaning that in the crease, it looks like you’ve applied another eyeshadow, when you really haven’t.

But the one that i’ve been wearing pretty much on an everyday basis recently is another popular mac shadow, Satin Taupe. It can be applied sheerly for a wash of colour or packed on for a more intense look. Either way, matched with a few generous coats of mascara these two shadows look stunning and a great natural alternative for summer.

What’s your favourite one sweep wonder?

June Favourites

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Yep, another month has been and gone which means only one thing, June Favourites. There hasn’t really been a lot of new things that I’ve tried this month, so i’m going to narrow it down to a few products.

If you read my last post, you’ll know that I recently had a little MAC spurge. One of the things that I picked up was the Fix + spray, something which has been on my list to try for a while. This has been a LIFE CHANGER in my everyday makeup routine. Not only can you apply before makeup, but i’ve been loving using it with my Real Techniques Mirical Complexion Sponge. I mist a couple of sprays directly onto the sponge (can be damp or dry) and use it to blend out my foundation and concealer. It works so well and ensures that all product is evenly blended. I’ve also found that it makes it last a lot longer throughout the day, especially my concealer!

I know i’m very late on the band wagon with this next favourite, but I have been a great fan of the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser this month. My skin has been so bad this month, dry, spotty and generally just looking dull. My mum suffers from Rosasca and recommended this product to me, as it’s worked for her to not only remove makeup from the day, but improve the appearance of her skin. And I have to say, I have noticed a difference. It’s lovely to use, and has a calming scent making makeup removal feel more like a pamper session. Because it’s a cream texture, I’ve found that it also leaves the skin hydrated and not tight. If you have any other skincare recommendations I would love to try them out!!

Orange Lipstick – love it or hate it right? Well I’ve actually really been liking it recently. It’s one of those shades that looks so flattering on so many skin tones, and has the ability to actually make me look slightly tanner than I am. The Rimmel Moisture Renew in the shade In Love With Ginger is gorgeous. It’s not only the perfect shade for summer, but the formula is so comfortable on the lips. A must try for summer, and even if it turns out it’s not for you, the Rimmel lipsticks are inexpensive anyway so it won’ leave you feeling too guilty.

Onto the nails and this month there’s only been one polish that I have been wearing continuously. It’s from Nails Inc and it’s in the shade Fiesta. I actually got this as a free gift in Marie Claire a while back, and have been OBSESSED. It’s such a beautiful pink with slight reddish tones. A great one again for summer.

I told you I was keeping it short and sweet this month. As always, if you have any recommendations then I would love to know, as i’m always wanting to try out new products. Thank you for reading!

New MAC Purchases

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Sadly I don’t have a MAC store near me, so from time to time I have a little splurge on their site. This week included one of those splurges, and I picked up a few products which I have been wanting to try for a while.

For as long as I can remember, or at least for as long as i’ve been into makeup, i’ve wanted to start my own MAC palette. I finally gave into the temptation and picked up the 15 shade palette, along with 2 shades to kickstart my collection. Woodwinked is a shade I have lusted over ever since I saw Tanya Burr use it in a tutorial a few years ago. As I have blue eyes, it’s a gorgeous copper/bronzey shade which instantly makes them pop. Such a lovely shade for summer.

Another Tanya inspired purchase was Satin Taupe. Probably one of the most talked about MAC eyeshadow, and I can see why. It’s a beautiful taupe shade with a slight purple undertone. One I know I will be wearing a lot.

Seeing as I have combination skin, I find myself with dry patches, yet a very oily T-zone, something that makes my makeup, especially foundation, separate and not last during the day. So I wanted to give Fix + a try, as I’ve heard it does a good job at setting makeup in place, and even for refreshing the face before or after application. I’ll defiantly keep you updated on this one!

The Best Foundations For Foundation Haters | The Weekend Post #2

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If you’re anything like me, then you’ll hate the feel of foundation on you’re skin, yet you still own excessive amounts of the stuff. Having said that, I’ve come across a selection of foundations that feel lightweight and comfortable on your face, almost like you’re not wearing makeup at all.

If you’re all for the super light coverage, but something that skin evens out your skin tone and leaves you with a dewy finish, then you’ll love something like the No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation. This stuff is probably one of my all time favourite foundations, and the one i’ve worn to all my special events such as prom. If you like the finish that this one gives, but you want something with a little more coverage, then the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation. This gel-formula applies seamlessly and surprisingly covers a fair amount.

Like most over people, I’m a big fan of the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (blog post here). I love the fact that it’s quick to apply, has probably the best coverage out of the lot, but leaves your complexion looking dewy and, like the name suggests, glowy. A perfect option for summer, and one that is well worth the hype. Something similar, yet with a rather deceiving name, is the Rimmel Lasting Finish Nude Foundation. Defiantly more of a medium/buildable than ‘nude’, this one again, gives you the coverage, but is super comfortable on the skin and actually looks very natural. A new favourite of mine recently.

Last but not least, on to some old favourites. L’oreal’s True Match has always been a winner. It’s a little more on the satin/matte side than the others i’ve mentioned, but still manages to feel lightweight on the skin. It does have a tendency to cling to dry patches however, so I recommend moisturising well first before applying if you have more dry skin. Maybelline Fit Me was a love of mine right after my ‘Dream Matte Mousse’ phase in my early school days, during the time when everyone and their mother used it, usually a couple of shades darker than their skin tone in order to achieve the oh so famous foundation line along your jaw – how lovely. Fit Me is a great light coverage option, with matching concealers and powders in the range (both of which I also have and love). A great choice for makeup newbies.

Glow For It | The Bronzer Edit

IMG_0565 Whether you prefer matte, shimmer or a bit of a sheen, I guarantee there’s a bronzer out there that’s perfect for you, and which’ll make you look hot¬†under the summer sun. I’ve thrown together a few of my favourites, mostly drugstore, but with a holy grail mixed in for good measure.

L’oreal Glam Bronze // L’oreal is one of my favourite drugstore brands as it is, but their bronzers are defiantly up there close to the top spot. Their Glam Bronze includes 3 shades from dark bronze to a rosy pink, leaving the skin looking radiant and with that ‘glow from within’ look. What’s more, the compact includes a mirror and a little brush, making this one great for travelling and carrying in your bag!

L’oreal Glam Bronze Matte Bronzer // Yet another L’oreal (can you tell that I like their bronzers?). This time i’ve picked one of my favourite matte powders. The cool tone makes this one ideal for contouring, or alternatively perfect for an all over the face bronze as the shade isn’t too deep.

Gosh // I have used this product to death over the years, to be honest i’m surprised it’s lasted me this long. Again, this bronzer includes a variety of different shades, something that creates the perfect tone when all mixed together. The added shimmer reflects light beautifully, instantly making you look like a golden goddess. Beautiful.

Benefit Hoola // Last but defiantly not least is Hoola by Benfeit. Understandably this is my all time favourite bronzer. This is another matte bronzer but is the perfect cool tone for pale skin like my own. You can tell from the picture that I am soon going to have to make a trip to Boots to pick up another of this beauty. Again, a great one for contouring and for a all over tan.

April and Mid May Favourites

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So i’ve been MIA for the last month or so, what with exam stress and life in general getting in the way, it’s meant that i’ve abandoned my little blog for what seems like too long. Hence why now I thought it’d be a good chance you bring you lovely lot all up to speed with some of the things that i’ve been loving lately.

Let’s start with skincare shall we, and i’m not sure whether or not i’ve mentioned this first product on my blog before. It’s the Garnier Moisture + Matte Moisturiser from their Moisture Match range. My skin tends to be on the combination side, with dry patches appearing here and there I can’t skip the moisturiser step in the mornings. However, my T-Zone tends to get very oily throughout the day, so I can’t be dealing with greasy products emphasising the oiliness. That’s why I love this product. It hydrates the skin but leaves it feeling matte, making a great base for foundation.

Micellar Water’s seem to be the talk of the blogging/youtubing beauty community as of late, and i’m no stranger to their makeup removing and cleansing abilities. The Garnier one has always been a favourite of mine, so when I saw that they came out with a green version (targeting at combination and sensitive skin) I was all for giving it a try. Not going to lie, it doesn’t seem to be much different than the original for me, both doing a great job at removing my makeup. However, still one i’m obsessed with and one that’s well worth the try if you haven’t already.

I love nothing better than a good old hand cream, so when i saw that Marie Claire had Neal’s Yard’s Geranium and Orange hand cream free in their May Issue, I went straight down to Tesco to pick up my own copy. This is probably the most gorgeous scent, one that leaves you relaxed and feeling like you’ve just come back from the spa. Not to mention the cream itself leaves your hands smooth and soft. Love this one.

Makeup time, and one to one of my favourite discoveries probably of the year. I’m talking Mac’s Patisserie Lipstick. This is the perfect nude on my skin tone and one which goes with anything you throw at it. Defiantly a new staple in my collection.

New foundation alert..well new to me anyway. Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Nude is one that I picked up fairly recently and one that i’ve been giving a go for the last week or so. So far so good. I love the finish it gives to the skin, medium coverage but still looking natural and slightly dewy. I’ll keep you updated!

And last but not least is a Barry M Jelly High shine. In the shade Sugar Plum, this is probably the most gorgeous bubblegum pink shade I have ever come across, and what’s more, it’s in my favourite nail polish formula of all time. I can already tell that this is one that I’m going to constantly be wearing on my nails this summer.

What are you current favourites? I would love to know and maybe try out for myself!

The Best Drugstore Lipsticks? | Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks Review & Swatches

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IMG_0462I love nothing better than a new lip product launch, especially when it comes from the drugstore. Hence why I had to go straight to Boots when I heard about the new Revlon HD Lipsticks. Claiming to have “Revolutionary wax-free gel technology for true color clarity in one smooth swipe”, I was all for these. I picked up 3 shades out of the total of 20, partially because of the 3 for 2 deal that is currently on in Boots. Although they have a great shade range from nudes to brights, my local Boots only had 6, so I was limited on shades to chose from. Having said that, the ones I picked up are gorgeous, and defiantly colours that will see me nicely into summer.

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What I love most about these lipsticks is the fact that they feel so lightweight on the lips, yet still giving you a full opaque colour. Not only that, but they smell and taste great! However, the one drawback being that they don’t last that long, meaning you have to reapply quite a bit throughout the day, though that’s expected when wearing a more moisturising texture, in comparison to a matte. Perhaps why some of you would prefer the nuder shades from the range, as they don’t look as noticeable if they wear off.

For £7.99 these are great, and defiantly a product which I know I am going to get a lot of wear out of. I might even take another cheeky little stop to Boots to pick up a few more shades!