Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Blog Sale



Hello! Just a quick post today to let you know there's a blog sale here at Hummingbird And The Rose. There's a lot of MAC lipsticks, NARS and other high end pieces, with a few high street bits as well.  You can find the blog sale here.

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Wednesday, 29 April 2015

April Favourites


April seems to have lasted for ages. It probably doesn't help that my boyfriend has been away for the last two weeks working and won't be home until May 1st, but it just seems to have been a really long month. I've spent a lot of time with my family throughout April and it's been brilliant to see everyone and spend some proper time with them, rather than just a few hours here and there. I've not been wearing make-up every day as I've had quite a few days at home, and April's favourites definitely reflect that! With the weather turning warmer, my skin has been extra dry and needing a lot of love, so this time my favourites are focused on my current skincare loves.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre - Review Here

Since I bought Embryolisse back in January, I've been reaching for it almost every day. I love to use it as a primer under foundation, as it prevents the foundation from clinging to or highlighting any dry patches, and I use it as a moisturiser too when my skin is particularly sensitive as it's so gentle and hydrating. A little goes a long way too, so the smaller tube is worth picking up if you're wanting to try it without buying the huge one.
Buy Embryolisse here.

MAC Fix+ - Review Here

I've been rediscovering my love for MAC's Fix+, nothing else refreshes my make-up quite like it and when I've gone a bit overboard with the powder this sorts everything out in seconds. I can't believe it's now £15.50 though, in the review I linked to above it was only £12.50! How can it have needed a price increase of that much for what is essentially fancy water? Anyway, daft prices aside, Fix+ is a lovely product and whilst I wouldn't consider it an essential, I do enjoy having it around in the warmer weather.
Buy MAX Fix+ here

Origins Make A Difference Plus Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion 

This is just the mini sample I got in a set at Christmas, but I'll definitely by buying the full size bottle when my mini runs out. Origins' skincare suits my skin so well anyway, but I love this treatment lotion as it helps my moisturiser absorb into the skin better and makes it work extra hard. I can feel a significant difference in my skin when I use this as it feels so hydrated and soft, and that feeling lasts for the whole day as opposed to my skin starting to get dry again in the evening when I don't use it.
Buy Origins Rejuvenating Treatment Lotion here

REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask - Review Here

Pricey, but this REN mask is always a skincare staple for me. Nothing else compares when it comes to getting glowing, radiant skin overnight. Plus, it smells like marmalade, and that makes me happy. Results aren't instant with this mask, but the morning after using it my skin just looks so glowy and illuminated, and it lasts for ages. I love to pair it with the exfoliating scrub from the same range to maintain the radiance between uses.
Buy REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal Mask here

What products have you been loving this month?
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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Why Do I Wear Make-Up?



I've been wanting to write this post for a long time now, but I could never seem to put into words my reasons for wearing make-up. It seems to have become acceptable to judge people on their appearances immediately and ridicule them if that person doesn't fit certain standards, especially females.

Just one glance at the Daily Mail will show you that almost every article about a female celebrity is judging their body/clothing/hair/make-up, and it angers me because it's not their place to say anything about that person. If a girl wears a lot of make-up, does that make her vain and narcissistic? No. If someone doesn't wear any make-up does that mean they don't care about their appearance and we should think less of them? No.

As a beauty blogger, I get the odd negative comment about how I must be so insecure to have to use so much make-up, and they make me laugh because the amount of times I leave the house completely bare faced and in scruffy clothes almost outweighs the times I go out wearing make-up! Today's post is hopefully going to explain the reasons why I choose to wear make-up, and why I don't feel that I should be judged by my decision.

Creativity

For me, applying make-up has never been a chore. I love every second of it,  from preparing my skin to experimenting with different looks and trying to recreate a look I might have seen elsewhere. Make-up allows me to explore my creative side and each finished look is like a piece of art, it won't be to everyone's tastes but if I love it, that's all that matters.

It's so rewarding when you look back on older photos and see how far you've come, how much your application techniques and skills have improved and it's something you can be proud of. I look to Instagram, blogs, magazines and people I see in the street for inspiration, make a mental note of what it is I like about their make-up and try to put my own twist on it. At the moment I'm learning about exaggerating my lips with liner and improving my cat flicks, but I want to get more into eyeshadows and work with new colours.

Every morning, I'll have an idea in my head of how I want to do my make-up that day, sometimes I'll have thought of it a few days before and I can't wait to get my products and brushes out, lay them all out in order and get to work. I don't claim to be amazing at make-up, but to me that's not what matters, it's about experimenting and learning, and having fun with it.

Confidence

I'm not going to lie, make-up works wonders for my self-confidence. I don't have a lot of self-esteem and have a lot of negative thoughts about myself, so anything I can do to combat those thoughts and boost my confidence is really important to me. Sometimes I'll go out with no make-up on, hair scraped back and I don't have a problem with that. But, at the same time, I love to go out knowing that I've worked hard to create a make-up look that I'm happy with and can't wait to show off. 

Some days, that might be because I've done the best cat flicks ever and I want to show the world how great they are, or I might be having a great skin day and have just enhanced my other features for a more natural look. If I'm going somewhere that makes me feel a bit anxious or intimidated, I like to have the extra boost of confidence from wearing a make-up look that I love and think looks good, especially as I often feel self-conscious at swish parties and events (not that I go to a lot of swish parties, but you get the idea) because of my insecurities about my figure, so to at least know that I can feel confident in my make-up is a blessing for me. 

Self-Care

This one might sound strange, but for me, applying make-up is quite relaxing and therapeutic. Not just the make-up, but the whole skin-prep process too. Learning what my skin needs and using those products to make it healthy and look good makes me feel better because I'm taking care of myself, and often things seem a bit too busy and hectic and I need to hit the pause button and breathe. 

Taking those five or ten minutes at the beginning and end of each day to cleanse my skin and soothe it with a good moisturiser isn't just relaxing, it's so great to be able to take that time and just focus on what I need to do for myself. It's reassuring, like I'm being looked after (even if it's me doing the looking after, it still works!).


I've never felt the need to wear make-up to impress a guy, or felt that I should wear it every time that I leave the house in case someone looks down on me for going bare-faced. If I want to wear make-up, I will, and if I can't be bothered because I'm not going anywhere special, I won't. I have some friends who never wear make-up and look amazing, and it should be down to personal choice, not because you feel pressured into wearing it just because someone else might think less of you if you don't. At the end of the day, their opinion doesn't matter. How you feel is the only thing that matters.


I know this was a super long post, but if you managed to make it to the end I'd love to know your thoughts, both on my post and what I've said, and your own opinions.

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Friday, 24 April 2015

MAC Chatterbox Lipstick - Review



Another day, another MAC lipstick. Chatterbox never really stood out to me until I picked it up on a whim from a blog sale, it just looked a bit too light and bright to be something I'd wear often but I decided to give it a try anyway.

In the bullet, Chatterbox is very bright, which stops it from looking too pastel-y and on me it is a typical Barbie style pink. It does have a hint of blue undertones which I wasn't expecting from looking at the bullet, so teeth look whiter and it'd probably suit most skintones.

Chatterbox is an amplified finish, so I was already expecting excellent colour payoff and pigmentation but surprisingly it applies quite unevenly and tends to smear across the lips, rather than apply smoothly. I use a lip brush to counteract it but I don't usually experience this with amplified lipsticks, so I'm not sure why it happens with Chatterbox. It's moisturising on the lips and doesn't dry down to a more matte finish, it stays creamy on the lips which makes it so comfortable to wear.

With it being a creamy texture, it doesn't last as long as I'd hoped it would, only lasting for around 2-3 hours before needing a touch up. Despite it not being at all drying, it still clings to dry lips and you need to exfoliate them before wearing this. For some reason I just don't feel that impressed by Chatterbox, the colour is a bit too 'girly' for me anyway, but the application and longevity are what I'd expect from a mediocre drugstore lipstick, not MAC.



Have you tried Chatterbox? Is it just me, or did you feel the same about it?

You can buy MAC Chatterbox here.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A Little Something Sparkly From Gemporia...


A few weeks ago the lovely people at Gemporia contacted me and asked if I'd like to review a piece of their jewellery. You might already know, but I love my jewellery and have several pieces that I wear every single day, only taking them off when I have to. Each piece means something to me and has incredible sentimental value, so I knew whichever piece I chose would have to go well with my other jewellery.

Gemporia have some beautiful things, I fell head over heels in love with their Gemstones In Bloom collection as the flower shaped rings are just gorgeous, and I really like the use of birthstones as I already have a peridot and diamond ring that I got for my 21st birthday, and I'd love to find something else to complement it. You can see both rings below.


Eventually I found this stunning silver and diamond ring with the eternity design, and I knew it had to be mine. It's so elegant and dainty, and it looks perfect either worn alone or paired with something more fancy. For £48 it's such a good buy, and I've seen some other pieces on the website that would make amazing gifts, and look a lot more expensive than they actually are.

You can find the exact ring I got here, I recommend checking out the Gemstones In Bloom rings and the stacking rings, my wishlist is now huge!

Have you ever ordered anything from Gemporia? What do you think to the ring I chose?


*This ring was sent to me for my consideration. As always my reviews are completely honest.

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Monday, 20 April 2015

MAC Studio Fix Fix Fluid Foundation - Review


MAC's foundations never really appealed to me until a few weeks ago, I think I was still stuck in the mindset that they don't cater for super-pale skin like mine, and I hate it when you get colour-matched to a ridiculously dark shade! My skin was really playing up a few weeks ago, it was uneven and patchy with blemishes and I don't think my skin has ever been so dry, so after getting my skincare regime back on track I needed something with a bit more coverage to hide my poor skin.

I read a few reviews about Studio Fix Fluid, with a lot of people saying it was best suited to oilier skin types but that the coverage was brilliant. My skin is dry most of the time anyway, I really have to keep on the ball with moisturising so I was a bit undecided as to whether this would work for me. I ended up being colour-matched at my local store and I explained to the MUA that despite my dry skin, I did want to try this and see how it felt. Immediately after application I was so impressed by the coverage, and the fact that it looked flawless! It didn't cling or flake so I snapped up a bottle. (NC15, if you were wondering! A tad dark for me but once it's blended, you can't tell.)

The glass bottle and rubberised cap remind me of the NARS Sheer Glow packaging, it definitely feels luxurious and at £21.50 I wouldn't expect it to be plastic. Annoyingly it doesn't come with a pump. I actually asked for one when I bought Studio Fix but they must have forgotten to put it in my bag as it wasn't there. I highly recommend you buy a pump, otherwise things get very messy, very quickly.




Studio Fix Fluid is quite a thick consistency, it's not overly runny so it's easy to apply. I use my Zoeva 104 Buffing brush (review here) with the flat top as it makes buffing it in effortless. The coverage is definitely medium and can be built up as heavy as you like it, I tend to apply less on my cheeks and concentrate more on my chin, nose and forehead. For base, I'm just wearing the foundation in the above photo with under eye concealer, and the foundation has completely covered the redness and blemishes on my chin and forehead.
Studio Fix has to be one of the longest wearing foundations I've ever owned. It wears perfectly for a good 8-9 hours, providing I use primer and powder to set. I don't have any issues with it slipping on my nose which seems to happen with nearly every other foundation I have.

It's a bit heavy for everyday use now it's getting warmer here, but for days when I need a bit more coverage or I just want to feel like I have amazing skin I'll be reaching for this.


What do you think to MAC foundations? Which is your favourite?

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

The Perfect Purple - MAC Heroine


When I was writing up my MAC lipstick collection post the other day, I realised I still hadn't reviewed one of the more unusual shades in my collection, Heroine.

I bought Heroine about a month ago from a blog sale, it's one of those colours that I'd picked up in store but couldn't quite bring myself to buy. I do love bright lip colours, and I've got a few other more muted purples in my collection but Heroine just seemed a little too bright and intense for me, and I definitely did not want to pay full price for a lipstick that I might never wear out of the house!

Heroine is a true, vivid purple. Not one for the faint-hearted, and on my pale skin it does seem extra bright and intense. Thankfully it doesn't make your teeth look yellow, which I was a bit worried about. It's supposed to be a matte finish but on my lips it feels and looks more like a satin, as there's still a touch of sheen and it's not at all drying. I get about 4-5 hours perfect wear before it starts to fade and needs reapplying.


Heroine is a dream to apply. It's incredibly pigmented and forgiving of any dry patches, and it doesn't bleed or smudge. It does tend to leave the dreaded ring around the edge of your lips after a few hours so definitely keep it handy for touch ups, but it wears well and lasts quite a while before fading.

You can buy MAC Heroine here.

Have you tried Heroine? What do you think to purple lips?

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