Friday, 27 February 2015

Friday Favourites #9

Favourite Instagram - BeautyByLaurr

My new favourite beauty crush. I mean, just look at those brows! Laurr's make up artistry skills are on a whole new level, her skin is flawless and if my blending skills were half as good I'd be ecstatic. Every new post is more make up inspiration, whether it's a classic red lip or something wild, Laurr pulls it off every time.

Favourite Blog Post - Frock Me I'm Famous - 20 Ideas For Instagram Posts

I've really been trying to be more consistent with my Instagram posts, but sometimes I just get so stuck for ideas! I don't want to post something that isn't up to scratch just so I stick to a posting schedule, so this post with 20 detailed ideas for new Instagram posts has been very useful! If you're trying to build your Instagram account and engage more with your followers, you need to read this post.

Favourite past time - The Sims 3

I've been totally addicted to The Sims 3 this week! I know Sims 4 is out, but I bought too many lipsticks this month so I can't buy it until I get paid again. Thought I better get some practice in at keeping those little virtual people alive! I forgot how all-consuming this is though, many hours have been wasted Simming when I should have been doing something productive!

 

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation - Review

 
Believe it or not, but the Skin Base Foundation was actually my first ever Illamasqua purchase. I was in Debenhams to buy a MAC foundation and get colour matched, but after being ignored for over ten minutes I gave up and went to mope around the other make up counters. The girl on the Illamasqua counter had the most flawless base makeup I'd ever seen, so I asked for her tips and she recommended this. After she tried it out on my face, I was instantly in love and bought it without checking how much it was! Instant love.
 
It's not cheap, it's definitely one of the pricier foundations in my collection coming in at £32. The Illamasqua counters are great at taking the time to ask about your skin type and whether it'd be suitable, and finding the perfect colour match for you, so I'm happy to pay a bit more and get such good service.
 
The packaging is the only thing that I'm not 100% sold on. The shape is really unique and I love how it looks, but it's not easy to use! As the nozzle is tiny, it's easy to control the amount of product that's being dispensed, but I struggle to get the product out, especially when it gets close to running out. Last time, I just cut the end off out of sheer frustration!
 
The foundation is a thick, creamy liquid formulation, it's not runny so that gives you an idea of how thick it is. It takes a bit of buffing in, but paired with my ZOEVA Silk Finish brush (review here!) it gives an even, flawless finish. It's a medium to heavy coverage depending on how much you apply as it's very buildable, without looking cakey or thick. It covers any red patches and hides blemishes quite well, although I still use a bit of concealer (this one is brilliant) on any blemishes and under my eyes just to perfect my skin.
 
In terms of longevity, this is definitely one of my longest wearing foundations. Set in place with a good powder, and used with primer, I can easily get a good 8-9 hours perfect wear with this so it's perfect if I'll be out and about all day.
 
You can find Illamasqua Skin Base foundation here.
 

 

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Sephora Cream Rouge Lipstick in It Girl - Review

It occurred to me yesterday that I haven't shared one of my most worn red lipsticks on my blog yet, and I have absolutely no idea why. It's the Sephora Cream Rouge Lipstick in the shade It Girl. A vivid, orangey tomato red, this is my go to lipstick when I need to feel confident. I don't know what it is about It Girl that instantly perks me up, but it works every time.

 

As usual with the Cream Rouge lipsticks, the wear time is around 6-7 hours with a liner, and the formula is non drying with a satin finish. It feels really comfortable and smooth on the lips, but it doesn't smudge easily at all. I'm also in love with the shape of the lipstick tube, it's so unique and feels luxurious, and when I'm scrabbling in my bag for it amongst the other handbag-dwelling lipsticks I can always recognise the shape.

 

The colour is very similar to NARS Short Circuit, and MAC Lady Danger, but I'd say the formula is better than both of those lipsticks and it's a heck of a lot cheaper too! I usually wear it with my RiRi Woo lipliner, or if I want it a little darker it also looks good with Brick. Both liners are from MAC, I just find that their lip liners perform the best for me and last a long time.

 

If you get the chance to visit Sephora or fancy ordering it online, I highly recommend giving It Girl a try.

 

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

MAC Please Me Lipstick - Review

MAC's Please Me was the very first lipstick I bought from the brand, along with Angel which I hated and gave to a friend. It's a light, neutral pink colour that can look quite bright depending on your skin tone. On me, it comes across as a bright mid-pink with yellow undertones.

 

Please Me is a matte finish, I do find it be quite drying on the lips so I have to exfoliate them really well and apply lip calm before wearing it, but oddly it's got a sheen to it after being applied, so it's not a true matte. It lasts about 2-3 hours worn alone, but recently my favourite way to wear it has been over MAC's Soar lipliner which results in a very pretty pink-nude colour.


Before I paired Please Me with Soar, I hardly ever wore it. It's too yellowy to work for me, I hated how drying it was and there was a whole heap of other lipsticks I'd choose over Please Me, but in the past few weeks I've been wearing almost every day. Who knew a lip liner could sway my opninion so much? I'm still not sure I'd repurchase this. The formula more than anything is my least favourite aspect, it's just too drying for regular wear by itself and a lip balm drastically reduces the longevity.


You can find MAC Please Me here if you want to try it for yourself.

Any suggestions for a lipstick similar on colour but without the desire to suck all the moisture out of your lips?


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Monday, 23 February 2015

Sephora Cream Rouge Lipstick in Love Test - Review

 

I got Love Test back in 2013 when I went to France on holiday, but recently my dad went back over there and I realised I'd lost my original Love Test lipstick. As a big fan of the Sephora Cream Rouge lipsticks, I asked him to bring me one back over and he very kindly did! I'm so happy to have this lipstick back in my collection, the colour is really unusual and the actual formula of the lipstick is as close to perfect as it gets. I love Sephora's own brand of make up, especially lip products, but like every other beauty blogger I long for the day they open a store over here!

 

 

Love Test is a dark, blue toned fuschia pink that reminds me a little bit of MAC's Girl About Town, just darker. The colour payoff is incredible, it's opaque in one swipe and the shape of the bullet means you can get a very clean, neat application on the lips, if you didn't want to wear a liner with it. I usually pair it with MAC's More To Love liner, as it emphasises the blue tones in the lipstick and looks so beautiful. Love Test sometimes comes across more purple in certain lights, it's such an unusual shade.

 

 

The longevity is really good, when worn with a liner I get about 6-7 hours wear before it needs a touch up, without a liner it lasts about 3-4 hours which is still good. There's no smearing or bleeding with the Cream Rouge formula, and the finish is satin so it's not at all drying.


If you fancy trying out Love Test, you can order it from the U.S. Sephora site here.

 

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

NARS Creamy Concealer in Chantilly - Review

 

NARS' Creamy Concealer has been out for quite a while now, but I was happy plodding along with my budget concealers so didn't feel the need to splurge. Until I got a beautiful SpaceNK gift card and the Creamy Concealer shot straight to the top of my shopping list.

The packaging is typical NARS, sleek and minimalist with the rubberised black cap. It has a slim doe foot applicator, and the opening of the tube does a good job of ensuring it doesn't come out overloaded with product. I wouldn't apply the concealer directly onto blemishes as that wouldn't be hygienic at all, but when applying under the eyes the applicator is soft and doesn't drag the delicate skin.

I have the shade Chantilly, the lightest shade, which matches my skin perfectly. I've taken before and after photos so you can see how it completely evens out any differences in skin tone and colour for a truly flawless finish. It has the best coverage out of any cream style concealer I've used in the past, and the longevity is excellent. I get a full days wear out of this without any creasing or fading, so if I've got any pesky blemishes I can be confident knowing they will stay concealed!

You can buy NARS Creamy Concealer here!

Have you tried the NARS Creamy Concealer? I'd love to hear your concealer recommendations!

 

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Friday, 20 February 2015

Friday Favourites #8

Favourite Instagram account

Leigh Dickson Artistry

I can't include Leigh's Instagram account and not mention her dreamy hair. Oh, the hair. Moving on, her makeup artistry skills are incredible and she creates the most beautiful, ethereal, and unique makeup looks on Instagram. This girl is seriously talented.

Favourite blog post

From Roses - Doing What You Love: Realistically

This post from Rebecca really made me think. I might not love my day job, most of the time I don't even slightly like it but it pays the bills, whereas my blog doesn't. But I think not loving my job makes me work harder and better so I can eventually make my dream job a possibility. I've always wanted to work for myself and my blog is all I think about when I'm at work, I'm forever noting down post ideas and ways to improve. Rebecca's post made me realise the thing that's pushing me to work as hard as I can on my blog is the fact that I can't be that person who does something they don't love and feel passionate about. Dream jobs are hard work, and take time, effort, so many tears and sleepless nights, but it's going to be worth it.

Favourite YouTube video

Fleur De Force - FebVlog

I love Fleur's vlogs so much! She has most charismatic vlogging state out of all of the vloggers I suscribe to, and I always make sure I'm up to date with her videos. It's so sweet when Mike, her husband, finishes off her vlogs too. I've ordered her book too, I'm so excited to read it! I've not been bothered by any of the other blogger books that have been released recently but Fleur's looks great.

 

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