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Saturday, 21 January 2017

TOP 5¦ Nude Lipsticks for MEDIUM SKIN TYPES- Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, Mac, Illamasqua...

1.) Tom Ford 'Sable Smoke' lipstick is my ULTIMATE nude lipstick. You can wear this by itself, to lighten a lipstick or just dabbed in the centre of your lips. It is a peachy nude lipstick that looks great on all skin tones.

2.) Charlotte Tilbury 'Penelope Pink' lipstick is my lipstick of choice when I want to wear a pinky nude lipstick. It is creamy and very moisturising on the lips and lasts well throughout the day.

3.) Mac 'Velvet Teddy' lipstick is one which I love to apply when I have quite a strong eye look as it is a 'your lips but better' lipstick. It is a matte formula and slightly drying but a definite classic nude lip.
4.) Tom Ford 'Rose Crush' Lip gloss is another favourite of mine. It does double up as a lipstick because it is so pigmented. It looks perfect on medium to darker skin tones as it is an actual lip gloss that can be worn alone especially if you have darker pigmented lips.

5.)  Mac 'Kinda Sexy' lipstick has been such an oldie for me. I would wear this everyday at University. It is a peachy orangier nude lipstick and a must in my collection!


January MakeUp Menu¦ Tom Ford, Bare Minerals, RCMA, Illamasqua

I have finally become that person who has that mindset where 'less is more'. I 've been dealing with a breakout all along my chin since October and I really have harnessed the attitude of simplicity. Simple skincare and simple makeup; so I thought I'd share with you the products which deliver and are faff free.

  • Estee Double Wear Light in Intensity 3.5- This has been my constant base for a few months now as it has the finish of Double Wear foundation but with a much thinner consistency. It keeps my skin looking matte yet natural and it glides onto the skin effortlessly. I use my holy grail Beauty Blender to blend it out and it literally takes 2 minutes to do my foundation!
  • Bare Minerals BareSkin Concealer is the most beautiful shade for under the eyes; brightening and concealing in one. I use the shade 'medium golden' and it stays put all day.
  • RCMA No Colour Powder is the best! It has no colour to it as the name suggests and leaves skin polished all day!

  • Tom Ford 'Cocoa Mirage' e/s palette- This palette has the perfect shades for everyday and even for the evenings because it has a slight shimmery brown which is lovely on the bottom lash line to really give that doe eye effect. These four shades are all you need to create a soft brown smokey eye and it is so easy to use!

  • Maybelline Waterproof 'Falsies' Mascara- This mascara along with my Shu Uemora lash curlers give my lashes an instant lift and open eye effect. My lashes stay curly all day without looking thick or clumpy and I've been using this for years!

  •  Tom Ford 'BiCoastal' Blusher- Gives my cheeks an instant boost to my dull and sad winter complexion. The slight sheen in this blusher combination gives my skin a radiant look and I am in love with this blusher!

  • Illamasqua 'Dream' lip liner is my ultimate brown lip liner. It has the perfect amount of pink and brown tones and I wear this with every lipstick or gloss. I pair my Tom Ford lipstick in 'Thomas', which is a pink shade with a slight brown tinge. It is a matte formula and literally stays on all day!

This is what I have been wearing all month and it takes me about 20-30 minutes to complete my make up in the mornings. My make up lasts up to 10 hours if not more so it is safe to say these products truly deliver! What's your make up menu?

Friday, 13 January 2017

DUPE¦ Mac Whirl Lipliner v. Primark Lipliner!

Guys I have found it, I have found it and the dupe is £1! £!! I literally am on a HUNT for all of these lip liners!

Since I'm getting ahead of myself, let me tell you what it is I'm bleating on about today! Well, I have found a very amicable dupe to my beloved Mac Whirl lip liner which has been a cult favourite of mine for years. I wear this lip liner by itself with some chap stick or, of course, with a lip stick.

However, when perusing the aisles of the Primark make up section I came across this lip liner in question, which is the exact  dupe of Mac Whirl lip liner. It is even creamier than the said lip liner all for a quid. Guys, it's a pound. The Mac lip liner retails at £13.00 and it pains me every time I have to repurchase, well not anymore because I am on a mission to hunt and find more of this Primark lip liner in 'Warm Up'. I found literally one of these in my local Primark in West Bromwich and I'm going to look for more in another Primark close to me to stock up and I recommend this to all of you!

It's crazyyyyy!!!!! The shade above is the Primark lip liner and the shade beneath is the Mac Whirl lip liner. On the lips they are identical however, the Primark liner is a lot creamier and not as drying which is why I would recommend the cheaper alternative. :)

Sunday, 1 January 2017

TOP 10¦ Best of Make Up 2016!

2016 was a year was a year in which I worked full time on a beauty counter so I HAD to wear make up which WAS long lasting, didn't move or make me look a mess after running around after customers sweating and in humid conditions (AC seems a myth these days).

Finding what worked for my skin type (oily, dehydrated and veryyy sensitive) meant I did look a bit of an idiot half the time; smudged mascaras, disapearing foundation, creased under eyes and a complexion which was never here or there when it came to my make up.

As a result of all of this I have FINALLY found products and techniques which have worked for my skin and which I will religiously use time and time again. So, if you would like to read what my best of 2016 make up products are then keep reading :)

1.) Double Wear LIGHT in 'Intensity 3.5', a medium coverage with a thin consitency which does not move and is sweat and humidity resistant. It keeps me matte all day and doesn't gather around my chin which is my problem area. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

2.) Urban Decay Naked Concealer in 'Medium Neutral', see post here :)

3.) RCMA Colourless Powder is the BOMB! Better than Laura Mercier powder and you can read a detailed synopsis here haha

4.) Becca Mattifying Primer truly keeps my make up matte and instantly makes my skin look refreshed. Read more here.

5.) Soap & Glory Brow Pencil is my most used brow product of the year. It has a very small nib so you can create brow strokes and fill in the brows beautifully. I use the colour 'chocolate brown' and I much prefer this to the ABH dipbrow pomade.

6.) Maybelline 'Falsies' Mascara is amazing on my top lashes. It separates, elongates and thickens without looking clumpy. I think I've used 5/6 tubes of this and it is my all time favourite. Mac Gigablack Waterproof Mascara is amazing for the bottom lashes as it does not transfer. Since I have oily skin my mascara would always transfer but with this mascara it doesn't at all. A lot of YouTubers love this as well so I assume it is already a cult favourite for many.

7) Tom Ford Blusher in 'Savage' is the deep maroon with a beautiful gold shimmer throughout. I have been using this non stop since Autumn and it is so pigmented so a little is enough. As well as this TF's limited blush duo in 'BiCoastal', is another favourite. The hot pink shade beneath instantly perks any make up look and the highlight above just gives the most beautiful glow.

8.) Tom Ford 'Deeper' liquid eyeliner has been used this entire year! Doesn't move and is so easy to use. It can literally be used by anyone!

9.) ABH 'Shadow Couture' Palette  has been my everyday eye shadow palette. Read more here :)

10.) Lips: TF lipstick in 'Sable Smoke' which is the perfect beige browny nude and TF lip gloss in 'Tawny Pink' and 'Sahara Pink' have been my go to lip products for which ever make up look I wore and since I pretty much only wear nudey browns or pinks these products have never let me down. They stay on and look amazing. Oh, and I forgot to mention my favourite lip liner which is my OBSESSION, Illamasqua's lip liner in 'Dream', is my perfect brown lip liner. It has a small amount of pink to it and it is beautiful!

2016 has been a month of falling in and out of love with make up but I am always going to be a make up lover! These products are all my holy grails but I'd love to know yours or if we have the same favourites! :)

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