How Much Is My Makeup Bag Worth?

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I was planning on doing a What’s in my Makeup bag for today’s post, but instead I thought it would be fun to put a little twist on the norm. Not only am I going to share with you all what’s inside, but also how much everything is, as well as the total price..eeek!

Mac Blush in Mocha – £18.00
Benefit Porefessional Primer – £24.50
NARS Catfight Lipstick – £19.00
Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette – £22.00
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – £5.99
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation – £10.99
Maybelline Brow Drama Gel – £4,99
Mac Creme Cup Lipstick – £15.50
Bare Minerals Touch Up Veil Powder – £20.00
Benefit They’re Real Mascara – £19.50
Ted Baker Makeup Bag – £27.00

Total = £186.77

Wow, it never looks as much as it actually is!! I hope you liked this post, would love to know how much your makeup bag is worth!

 

It’s all about the Brows

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Most of the time, my brows are a bushy mess and honestly, I always leave it to the very last minute to do anything about them. That’s why I need products like these to try and tame them; these are a couple I have been loving lately and what have been doing the job nicely.

Soap and Glory’s Archery Brow Pencil is my saviour when it comes to brows. The pencil is thin, making it ideal to fill in small areas, easily making hair-like strokes. It also has a spooley on the other end, which is so handy to brush through the brows. I have mine in the shade Blondshell, the perfect shade for hair colours like mine – dark blonde/light brown.

The last step to my brows is to set them in place. For this I like to use a clear brow gel. One in particular which I love is by Maybelline. Their Brow Drama in the shade Translucent does the desired job perfectly. They also come in shades specified for different hair colours. However, the lightest one looked a bit too gingery for my liking, hence sticking to the clear.

What are your favourite brow products? I would love to know and maybe try them out!

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 | Review

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I’m obsessed with my original Naked 2 Palette, and is something which I use on an everyday basis. Therefore, I was resistant in buying a Basics palette, as I thought I had everything I needed already under one palette. However, as soon as I swatched it in the shop, I had to pick it up. Now, I know I am a little late on this bandwagon, but I still thought I would share it with you all and let you know my initial impressions.

Firstly, the packaging was a key aspect that drew me in. It’s perfect for travelling, as it fits in your makeup bag like a dream. It’s compact and has all the shades you need, all but one being matte shadows. The shadows themselves are buttery and blend beautifully. The one shimmer makes the perfect highlight shade, making this palette ideal for creating any makeup look, whether it be a more natural everyday look, or a simple matte smokey eye. Not only that, but the darkest shade, Undone, creates a great liner!

For my go-to everyday look, I’ve been sweeping Cover all over my lid, smudging Undone by my lashline before applying Skimp in my inner corner and on my brow bone. It takes me less than 5 minutes and is so simple to achieve.

This is such a perfect palette and defiantly a great addition to my Naked collection.

My Everyday Makeup Brushes

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It’s safe to say that I have way too many makeup brushes than the average 17 year old could possibly need, but I honestly only use a handful everyday. These are the brushes that I couldn’t live without and which I would really miss from my makeup routine if they were to every disappear.

Real Technique Brushes are probably my all time favourite brushes. Not only are they reasonable, but they’re such great quality and do the job really well. My favourites start with the Blush Brush. I use this for bronzer and blush. I figure if each product go in the same place, why not use the same brush. It’s great for bronzer though, as it’s big and fluffy, yet still slightly tapered, making it fit into the hollows of your cheeks perfectly.

The Buffing Brush would have to be my all time favourite brush. It’s the perfect brush for applying foundation, making the application less time consuming and blending in the product flawlessly. I also use the Contour Brush quite a bit. Okay, so maybe i’m a bit lazy to contour on an everyday basis, but when I have time I like to include this step. I just think it ties the whole look together and makes you instantly look more defined. Lastly for Real Techniques is the Base Shadow Brush. This is a great all round brush. If i’m in a rush, I’ll use this to sweep product all over the lid and as a blending brush, as it’s quite fluffy.

However, my recent favourite eyeshadow brush has to be the Urban Decay double ended brush which comes with the Naked 2 Palette. I don’t usually like brushes that come with palettes, but this one surprised me. It’s a great versatile brush, one end being great for patting on shadow and the other end fits perfectly under the eye, great for creating a smokey effect.

Apart from the Real Technique brushes, i’ve also been loving a set that I purchased on Amazon (the brown brushes from the picture). They again,  are affordable and really good quality. They don’t have names so i’m going to attempt to describe them to you. The bigger round brush, I like to use for highlighter. It’s dense, making it really easily to pat powder highligher onto the cheekbones and where ever else you want to apply it. The smaller brush out of the ones in the picture, I like to use for concealer. It’s similar to the Real Techniques Crease brush, the way in which it’s dense enough to blend concealer perfectly. And last but not least, the fluffy brush. I am in love with this brush for blending out my shadow. Its the best one I’ve come across and would seriously buy the whole set just for this brush!!

Amazon Brushes – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Natural-Bamboo-Handles-Bristles-Eco-friendly/dp/B00IEB38RE/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1422635774&sr=8-8&keywords=makeup+brushes

Real Technique Brushes – http://www.boots.com/en/Real-Techniques/

Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara | Review

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Some girls are really into Blushes, others more so into Foundations and would therefore buy and new releases in order to try out the newest one. Me, I’m obsessed with Mascaras, and that’s exactly what I did when I heard that this was coming out. I’m a massive fan of Maybelline Mascaras as it is, so when I heard that they were coming out with the new Lash Sensational, I went straight to Boots to pick it up.

Firstly I have to address that I LOVE this Mascara. I never knew I would like a Mascara as much as my trustly old Benefit They’re Real, but I might have to say that I have found one that I like just as much. The stuff is great. The brush itself has lots of different layers of bristles, from short to long, meaning that every layer of lashes are coated. This is therefore meant to give the appearance of multiplied lashes, giving you volume and length in one. The formula is also great, It hasn’t yet smudged on me throughout the day, so has great long lasting abilities.

I also really like the packaging (a weird one I know) but packaging always draws me in – I mean first appearances right?! But seriously, the pink metallic looking packaging is really nice, looks good in your makeup bag or Muji drawers if you’re like me.

I would defiantly recommend this Mascara if you’re a Mascara junky like me, or if you’re just in the market for a new one.

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My Everyday Makeup

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I’m not sure about you, but I love knowing what people wear on their face on an everyday basis, and which products they swear by. That’s why I thought I would share with you all My Everyday Makeup and give you an insight into my routine.

Face

Foundation – No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation Concealer – Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer Powder – Bare Minerals Illuminating Touch Up Veil Bronzer – Benefit Hoola Blush – Mac blush in the shade Mocha Highlighter – No7 Box Highlighter

Eyes

Eyeshadow – Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Eyeliner – Collection 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner Mascara – Benefit They’re Real Brows – Soap and Glory Archery Pencil in Blonde Shell

Lips

Lipstick – Nars Catfight

There is only one foundation for me, and it’s one that I have used time and time again. It is of course my trusty No7 Stay Perfect Superlight Foundation. This stuff beats off any competition in my eyes. It applies like a dream and gives just the right amount of coverage for everyday. I pop on a little of the Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer both under my eyes and on any blemishes, finishing off the base with a bit of Bare Mineral’s Illuminating Touch up Veil Powder, to set everything in place and reduce any shine.

In order to add a little colour back into my face, I love a good bronzer. Hoola in particular is great, it’s not muddy and leaves you with a natural looking tan. Blush in the form of Mac’s Mocha is fab for adding a little pop of colour and No7’s Box Highlighter is a must for adding a bit of a glow into the skin.

For my eyes, I love my Naked 2 Palette. You have everything you need in one place and you can never have too much variety. I don’t tend to stick to a particular look day after day, but I have been loving Tease all over the lid, or alternatively just in the crease with a bit of Suspect all over. Foxy then is my highlight shade. I pop this under my brows and in the inner corners of my eyes. I add a little of my Collection 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner before finishing off the eyes with my faithful They’re Real Mascara.

As far as brows are concerned, the Archery Pencil from Soap and Glory is great. Its natural looking yet still does a good job in filling in any sparse areas. Then last but not least the lips. I like to go for a natural pinky/nude shade for everyday. Something like the Nars Lipstick in the shade Catfight.

So there you have it, My Everyday Makeup. Thank you for reading:)

Emilia xx

New Additions to my Make-up Bag

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I’m a sucker for beauty products, and I’m constantly on the hunt for new loves in my life. I recently popped into Boots and had a brief look around Selfridges, and I couldn’t possibly leave the two empty handed.

Starting with Boots. I picked up two Soap and Glory products which have been on my list to try for a while. The Kick Ass Concealer is one that really appealed to me. It’s unusual for a drugstore product to include both a salmon toned concealer (great for under the eyes), a more yellowy/flesh toned concealer (for those pesky blemishes) as well as a translucent power to set it all into place. It reminded me of a Laura Mercier product which is fairly similar, yet at a fraction of the price.

While I was browsing the Soap and Glory stand, the Archery brow pencil also stood out to me. I’ve heard so many great things about it from other bloggers, hence making me want to try it for myself. I also love the fact that it has a spooly brush on the other side, so handy!

L’Oreal True Match Foundation is another which I have heard so much hype about. I’ve occasionally been close to picking it up, but for some reason resisted. This time however I was determined to give it a go. I have used this once and have mixed feelings on it. Firstly I think I picked up the wrong shade, it’s slightly too light for me. However this says good things about the shade range, as usually the lightest foundation is never light enough for my pale complexion. It applies and blends beautifully onto the skin, giving a medium/buildable coverage which dries to a satiny finish. The one thing I didn’t like however was the way that it clings to any dry patches. I have dry/combination skin and during the colder months especially I get dry patches around my nose, under eye area and on my forehead. Even with a thick moisturiser underneath it still emphasises the dryness..defiantly not a attractive quality. I will however be pulling this out (maybe in a darker shade) for summer and seeing if it’s any better then.

The Real Technique brushes are some of my all time favourite brushes. I think I have almost all of the regular line, with exception to my next purchase. The Blush brush was one I’ve been wanting for a while, so I finally decided to just get it. And boy am I glad I did. This brush is so soft and makes applying blush (and bronzer) effortless.

The last product from Boots is one which I previously reviewed, so I won’t go on much about that again. It’s the Max Factor CC Colour Corrector for under eyes, and I have really been enjoying it. If you want a full, in-depth review then click here.

I did mention that I popped into Selfridges while on a day trip to London last week. As soon as I saw the MAC counter I was straight there for a little nosey. Only one thing really stood out to me, and that was the blush in the shade Mocha. In the pan it’s the most gorgeous nudey pink shade, I perfect one for everyday. Something I’ve been reaching for a lot recently.

Emilia xx