Sunday, 29 June 2014

An Ode to Eye Pigments | My Greatest Love

Hi beauty lovers!

As you probably fathomed from the title, todays post is very close to my heart. Eye pigments are my most favourite makeup product...ever! I love the versatility, blendability and most of all, the pigmentation. I thought I'd share with you my favourite pigments and why I love them so much.

Lets start with the colour crazy pigments, both which are obviously from MAC, my favourites include the bright pink Fushsia and the bright purple Violet! I love wearing these pigments under my lower lash line for a bright pop of colour or mixing it with a sealing gel to create a bold eyeliner.

Now for the pure liquid gold pigment, Utopia by Makeup Geek is my favourite pigment EVER...but ssh don't tell the others! When mixed with a mixing medium the plain looking powder transforms into a pure gold liquid.

Moving on to my favourite wearable brights these include Opera, Zen and Buddhaful by Zoeva. Opera is a gorgeous deep plum perfect for a sultry smoky eye. Zen is a forest green shade, perfect for spicing up a smoky eye. Buddaful is a beautifully weird golden olive colour.

And lastly the pigments I wear most are Champagne Beige by Zoeva and Golden and Angelic by ELF. Champagne Beige is a soft tan brown, Golden is slightly more jazzy with a hint of gold and Angelic a soft shimmery white.
L-R: Fushia | Violet |  Utopia | Opera | Zen | Buddhaful | Champagne Beige | Golden | Angelic
 
What are your favourite pigments?
 
Lauren
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Friday, 27 June 2014

LUSH Grease Lightening | Review

Hi Beauty Lovers!
 
Todays post is on a beauty taboo area that is scarcely talked about and the thought of it makes our blood run cold...spots, zits, breakouts, acne! Nothing ruins my day like waking up to a new facial accessory, fortunately I have good products to conceal my new frenemy but only recently have I obtained a product that claims to treat the problem.
 
I've been aware of LUSH grease lightening for a while now, ever since my blogging bestie +Charlotte-Louise Thompson told me about its magical healing properties. I tried to get my sticky paws on a bottle for weeks, but it was always sold out, I took this as a good omen.
 
Grease Lightening comes in the form of a clear gel solution jam packed with skin loving goodies, such as Lavender, Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera. The price is beyond reasonable, this little bottle costs £6.25 and contains 45g, considering how little you actually need to use, this bottle will last you an eternity. It comes in a handy pump bottle, so bacteria contamination is at a minimum.
 
I gave this product one hell of a test run, prior to going on holiday I had a few stress breakouts, so I religiously applied Grease Lightening to fight the pests, however I saw no difference. The only thing that seemed to help my skin was good old fashion sunshine. I applied this product with a cotton bud to avoid transferring bacteria. I religiously applied Grease Lightening morning and night, and it felt as though it was doing good, when sadly in actual fact I saw no difference to my breakouts at all.
On the LUSH UK website Grease Lightening currently has a 4.3/5 star rating, but sadly I would only rate it around 3 stars. For the price this product is worth the gamble, because some people absolutely swear by it, sadly for my skin, I do not.
 
Let me know what your thoughts on this product are, I'd love to hear how you rate it.
 
Lauren
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Tuesday, 24 June 2014

High End Eye Creams vs High Street Eye Creams | Experiment

Hi Beauty Lovers!

I don't know if you noticed but two weeks ago I missed a post, the reason being I foolishly deleted the scheduled post whilst on holiday, one too many pina colada's I think. I've rewritten the post and given myself a second attempt to post it, if I delete it again I'll take it as a sign!

Way back in 2013 I gave myself a New Year's resolution, to start taking better care of my skin, well my face to be precise. I found myself some kick ass face care products, and stuck to my daily skin ritual. One aspect of my routine I became obsessed with was applying eye cream, I would examine my eyes on a daily basis and look for signs of improvement. From six months of use I can hand on heart say I've noticed a difference in my general eye area, I cant quite put my finger on what's different, but I myself know...weird.

I was lucky to have some seriously luxurious eye cream samples, Benefit It's Potent and Clinique All About Eyes, and these have been my cult favourites. I love the gel like consistency of Benefit's eye cream, that soon got lovingly lathered on my bags every morning, and Clinique's butter like formula gets dabbed on my peepers every night.

Sadly nothing lasts forever and I have come to an end of both these products. To replace them both would set me back a whopping £50, generous donations will be accepted *cough* Benefit *cough* Clinique.! To say my eyes know no different this seems one hell of an expense, this is where the experiment takes place...
I sauntered into Boots and purchased two cheap as chips eye creams for £1.50, one a gel like consistency to replace my beloved Benefit and the second a thick cream to substitute Clinique. I will use both these eye creams and see if I notice a difference in my peepers. I'm entering this experiment with a complete open mind and when enough time has passed I'll write a follow up post, so be on the look out, it could save you £50.

What do you think the results will be?

Lauren
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Friday, 20 June 2014

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler | Review

Hi Beauty Lovers!

Last month me and the boyf were pootling along the motorway to Leeds for a shopping trip and I'm telling him all about these crazy good eyelash curlers I really want but I don't know where they sell them, later on were pottering in Harvey Nichols and low and behold there's a Shu Uemura counter selling the exact eyelash curlers...fate? I think so! I jumped for joy when I was told Shu Uemura released the limited edition gold pair that very morning and I was the first person to buy a pair...YEY!

These beauties will curl your eyelashes longer than Jacks Bean Stalk, they are amazing! Now I know what you're thinking, what makes these eyelash curlers special? I'll let you onto a secret...they hold the curl all day, Shu Uemura will put this down to precisely engineered hinges, I put it down to makeup magic.

These particular curlers come with a replaceable 'Mushroom' shaped pad to protect your eyelashes, if used daily this will last 6 months and each pack comes with one replacement, so you can curl away for a year. Now what happens after a year is a crying shame, Shu Uemura do not sell replacement pads, they claim the metal hinges become worn down and ineffective, so yeah you guessed it, you need to buy a brand new pair.

This really irritates me because these are the best eyelash curlers I have ever used, but they come with a use by date, I'll have to remember to jot it in my diary every year...Mum's birthday...Dad's birthday...Rebuy eyelash curlers...cat's Birthday.

What are you thoughts on these curlers? Would you buy them knowing they have an expiration date?

Lauren
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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils | Review

Hi Beauty Lovers!

I'm baaaaaaaaack, I arrived back home in the early hours of this morning, I would say its great to be home but I miss the Pina Calada's and the Turkish sun beating down on me.

A while ago NYX jumbo pencils had a quick mention in a NYX haul post, you can recap here. It was love at first sight with these pencils, I had heard and read so many great reviews on these pencils, it seemed silly not to buy a couple.
L-R - Strawberry Milk | Yogurt | Gold
 
Strawberry milk I bought because I thought it would make the perfect base for Urban Decay's Bordello eyeshadow, and guess what? It really does! Yogurt I bought because...well who wouldn't its gorgeous, the perfect neutral shimmer ideal for every day wear, highlighting and adding innocence to a smokey eye. Gold I bought because its deep earthern shade would make a great base for many of my deep brown eyeshadows, and because it would look amazing worn alone.
 
The main gripe I have with these pencils are they don't twist up so sharpening them poses a dilemma, I haven't needed to as yet, however I'm sure putting it in the fridge before hand will work just fine. If you've ever sharpened one then please share your method.
 
I wear mine alone without a primer, as these are retailed to double up as an eyeshadow base, they are yet to crease on me. These giant sticks retail at £5.00, however I snaffled mine for £4.50 at a trade show, lucky me. These are an amazing quality product for such a reasonable price. These come in a varity of shades and finishes, trust me there is a jumbo eye pencil for you!
 
Have you got any NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil's, I want to expand my collection and stock up at IMATS

 
Lauren
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Friday, 13 June 2014

Urban Decay Up All Nighter Setting Spray | Review

Hi Beauty Lovers!

I'm sad to say my holiday is nearly over, oh snap I better go order another Pina Calada, don't judge...it's 5pm somewhere.

Its only recently that setting sprays have made a reappearance in my life, I once swore by ELF Cosmetics Makeup Mist and Set, however its popularity sky rocketed and it sadly forgot who it's most loyal friend was *sad face*. With a void in my life I was open to suggestions and a devil on my shoulder, that strangely resembled +Charlotte-Louise Thompson, convinced me to buy the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray.

Urban Decay claims this powerful spray glues your makeup to your face for 16 hours. It contains technology that lowers the temperature of your makeup giving it incredible longevity, I know it sounds like witch craft to me too!

The mantra 'you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone' is undeniably true on days I forget to apply setting spray. When applied I don't really notice, but on the days I unforgivingly forget to apply I miss my invisible force field protecting my makeup from evil forces.

I've been informed you can use this to make eyeshadows more vibrant and to make pigments more workable. I haven't tried this myself because I use Illamasqua Sealing Gel for this - review here

I only have one grumble with this product, my pump keeps getting clogged and annoyingly sprays unevenly, however this is easily solved by running it under warm water, but still...annoying.

This makeup saviour comes at a cost, at £20 it resides in the splurge category.

Lauren
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Friday, 6 June 2014

Utopia | Makeup Geek Pigment

Hi Beauty Lovers!

I'm so excited about todays post, I've been wanting to share this pigment with you forever! I bought this gorgeous Makeup Geek pigment when I made my first transatlantic haul, see what else I bought here.

This ridiculously shimmery and dazzling pigment is perfectly named - Utopia. Do not even try to wear Utopia alone, it is extremely hard to control, an issue only worsened by its thick and chunky formula; so be advised a mixing medium is a must. I use my trusty favourite, Illamasqua sealing gel - full review and tutorial here.

Granted to look at Utopia resembles a pot of dirt, but when you look past the initial appearance and mix it with the sealing gel it transforms into pure liquid gold. To me this pigment epitomises a modern twist on old Hollywood glamour, paired with a rich red lip, thick winged liner and a pair of soft fluttery lashes it looks gorgeous.
Makeup Geek Utopia mixed with Illamasqua sealing gel.
 
Want to know the best bit? The price, its costs a teeny tiny £4.15, yes its that cheap! As I said in my original Makeup Geek haul, I was so impressed by the delivery prices and the time it took to arrive. I would highly recommend giving this site a browse, and to save on import taxes buy with a friend.
 
Have you used Makeup Geek products before? Let me know your thoughts
 
Lauren
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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Packing for Your Summer Holidays | Tips and Ideas

Hi Beauty Lovers!

This is my last post before I jet off on my holidays and I thought it was a perfect one to share with you after experiencing many a fraught packing session. I will still be posting whilst I'm away but only twice weekly.

Miniatures // holidays are the time to pile all your miniatures together and pick your favourites, this way you can take more but save space. Whether you're jetting off for a week or two there are some products you simply do not need in full size, I'm talking eye primers, blushers, bronzers, eye liners. I have samples of Benefit tints, Urban Decay Primer Potion and 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencils, all which will be coming with me.

Multitaskers // take products which are jack of all trades, Benefit Girl Meets Pearl is a highlighter and a primer, Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner is a gel liner gentle enough to be used to on the water line and Illamasqua Sealing Gel turns any powder into a waterproof liquid, perfect for making eyeliners. Taking products with more than once use not only saves space but gives your more makeup opportunities.

Subtlety is Key // unless you become enviably sun kissed and tanned after a day lounging in the sun, be mindful that your normal highlighter might interact with your lobster like redness, so chose wisely, I highly recommend MAC Soft and Gentle.

Favourites // we all have those products laying in the depths of our makeup collection that we'll get round to using some day soon, well these are the exact products to avoid when packing. Take your favourite products that you know without a doubt you'll wear. Don't waste space on 'some day' products. I know without a doubt Red Cherry #DW are my favourite evening eyelashes so they'll be the only pair I take.

The Best of the Bunch // I'm sure I speak for every beauty addict out there when I say, we do not have a single perfect palette, so with that in mind make sure you choose your favourite all rounder eyeshadow palette, mine is Urban Decay Naked 2. You can always compensate by taking a few single eyeshadows. As the Naked 2 palette doesn't have a great transitional colour for my skin tone I'll be taking my single Beaches and Cream eyeshadow by Makeup Geek.

Finishes // Be wary of your products finishes, dewy foundations mixed with heat can leave you looking a hot mess, so pack a selection of finishes to pick and choose from. In addition to MAC Prep and Prime loose powder I'll be packing MAC Studio Fix Powder for the nights when I need to cover additional redness.

Respect the Rules // don't be tempted to pack foundations and other beauty liquids in your hand luggage, on too many occasions I've seen women blow steam out their ears when there foundation and perfume has been confiscated.

Pack Safely // my last beauty tip is pack your makeup safe and sound, the airport staff will not loose sleep over a few broken eyeshadows, but you sure will. I always take my powders in my hand luggage, this way I know there safe and sound and well protected. If you prefer to pack you makeup in your case then make sure there in the middle of your case swaddled in your thickest beach towel.

I hope you picked up a few tips and tricks from this post, if you have any of your own please share in the comments.

Lauren
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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Colour Correctors | Worth the hype?

Hi Beauty Lovers!

I have amazing news...my dissertation has been printed, bound and handed in...YIPEE! Now that's finally out of my life for good I can finally get a YouTube video uploaded, so be on the look out for that!

Anyway back to the post, recently colour correctors have been flying off the shelves, so I rounded up a few of my products to give you my opinions on whether there actually worth the hype.

The products featured are Smashbox Photo Finish Primer - Light, Max Factor Colour Corrector - The Reducer and NXY Studio Perfect Photo-Loving Primer - Green.
T-B - Smashbox | NYX | Max Factor
I don't suffer from general redness, however when I have a breakout the redness is out of this world. My current routine for this is priming my skin with Smashbox primer and colouring over the problem area with my Max Factor CC stick. I know the Smashbox primer isn't a colour corrector, however the Max Factor CC Stick doesn't prime your skin, so they go together like peas in a pod. On days where I'm left with slight pigmentation and redness from resolving breakouts I find this method slightly heavy, especially since summer is coming up, I could do without the extra layer. To resolve this issue I've been using the NYX green tinted primer, this cuts out an extra layer of product and saves me a mammoth amount of time. Its more water based than the Smashbox primer and feels so light on my skin, it only reduces redness a slight amount but once my foundations buffed in, I'm left with a flawless complexion.

If your not tied to a budget I would recommend getting all these products, alternately If your being money savvy, I highly recommend the Max Factor CC stick, this will soon become your best friend.

What are your thoughts on colour correctors?
 
Lauren

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