Sunday, 27 July 2014

MAC SPEED DIAL LIPSTICK

MAC lipstick in Speed Dial is probably one of my favourite go to bright pink lipsticks. It is a bright blue toned pink which has a golden sheen. It is probably one of the most interesting pink lipsticks I have because of the golden sheen.
Speed Dial is a cremesheen, which I actually do not lean towards when I buy MAC lipsticks but I actually like the finish of this one. I find this to be flattering on both cool and warm skin tones due to the (virtually invisible) golden sheen that it has.
I am not much of a lipstick kind of girl, I barely wear lipstick on a daily basis but I really like this one if I was to go out during the day, I simply dab this on my lips so it is not so intense.

MAC lipsticks retail for £15 and you can click here to purchase it.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

NARS PURE RADIANT TINTED MOISTURISER

I have never been interested in bases - foundations, powders, tinted moisturisers, BB creams etc, but ever since I checked out the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser last year, it has always been on my mind. I did not purchase it in the winter as my skin tends to have dry patches which I know the bases I have tried previously have emphasised this. So I thought I would try it now and I picked up the shade St. Moritz and I am obsessed with it!
The NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser does not provide much coverage, as it is sheer but it could be built up to a medium coverage and so it is a great base to wear on a daily basis for the Summer. In terms of application, does not look cakey nor can you really feel it on the skin, which I really do not like with a foundation/tinted moisturiser. It also has SPF 30 which convinced me to buy it even more and it offers broad-spectrum sun protection against both UVA and UVB rays, I have realised that none of my bases actually contain SPF, so the fact that this does, is one less step I have to take in the morning.
I have always had an issue with tinted moisturisers/BB creams with looking too 'dewy' a.k.a making me look like a grease ball but this does not do that, it just gives a fresh healthy look to the skin, plus it  is actually moisturising and it does not leave my skin feeling tight or irritated after applying it. As I do have dry/normal combination skin I do not have to set it with powder ever few hours.
The colour selection is a tad bit confusing as it is slightly off, as for the Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser I am St. Moritz (medium 1) but for the Sheer Glow foundation, I was matched to Stromboli (medium 3), so I would definitely say to get yourself matched beforehand. However, I am completely obsessed as I have never found the perfect tone for my skin as majority of the time tinted moisturisers have been too pink toned for my skin and so I look a lot darker than I am, but this tinted moisturiser has more of a neutral base which leans slightly to yellow tone but it is perfect for my skin tone at the moment as I am a little bit tanned.
A little goes a long way with this moisturiser and if you are looking for a new base, then I highly suggest this one.

Monday, 21 July 2014

CHANEL FRENZY

I said in a previous post that I have neglected a handful of nail polishes and one of them is Chanel Frenzy.
It is described as being a 'lilac grey' but I would say it is more of a light mushroom nudey beige colour, that has a cream finish.
 Frenzy was my all time favourite, so much so that this is my second bottle! It is a little on the thinner side in terms of formulation however after a good shake, it is good to go. I have to do three coats for a more opaque and even finish to my nails but I actually do not mind having to do a third coat because the shade is just an exception for me! In terms of drying time for this nail polish, fortunately it dries pretty quickly.
One of the best things about this nudey beige Chanel polish is that it does not give the impression of 'mannequin hands' which can look odd. I normally do not bother with a top coat for Chanel Frenzy because it has a glossy finish and so it looks clean, sleek and elegant on the nails.
Many people say that Chanel nail polishes chip like no other but I find that Chanel Frenzy looks perfect until the third day which is normal for me and that is without a topcoat. 

Chanel Frenzy retails for £18 (click here to purchase)

Thursday, 17 July 2014

RIMMEL MOISTURE RENEW LIPSTICK IN NOTTING HILL NUDE

Ever since I read Danni's post (from WhatICallBeautiful) on her drugstore lip trio that rocks (click here to read that post and tell her I say hi!) I had a rummage through my own lipstick collection just to find the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude
It is honestly all thanks to Danni that I have fallen in love with this lipstick again, I cannot believe I forgot all about it especially when it is a perfect nude for my skin tone. I tend to have a hard time finding a nude lipstick that does not look like either a) too grey/white on me or b) concealer lips - a big no from me! 

Notting Hill Nude is more of a brown toned nude, much warmer than the majority of nude lipsticks that are out there on the market. Now it is obviously not a brown lipstick, as you can see from the photo above, but it has a peachy undertone to it.

One of the best things about the Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks are that they are not drying on the lips which I have a hard time dealing with. It is more of a lip balm but it is completely opaque with just one swipe and it has a glossy finish to it.
The only thing I wish I can change about the lipstick on a whole is the scent, it has that old fashion scent to it which can be overwhelming, luckily you cannot smell it when it is on your lips.

The Rimmel Moisture Renew lipsticks retail for £6.49 at Boots and Superdrug.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

MAC MORNING MISTER MAGPIE

I went into MAC the other day because I wanted to find an eyeshadow that I could use for my brows. Even though I love using my Benefit Brow Zings kit (more specifically the wax that comes in the palette), I felt like I needed a change and opted to get a new brow powder. I settled on the shade Brun but then when I saw the new Kelly Osbourne Collection, I noticed that there was a brow duo in the collection and Brun was included, so I decided to pick that up instead.
 The Kelly Osbourne collection comes in a bright lavender colour, which is nice compared to the standard black that MAC is known for.

 The duo comes with both two of MAC's most popular shades, Soba and Brun, which are both permanent shades.

Soba is described as being a 'soft taupe with a Satin finish' but when I swatched it, it is more of a golden brown which has some shimmer which you can see in the pan, but this is barely noticeable when swatched.
Brun is described as a 'dark brown with a Satin finish'. It definitely is a dark brown which is perfect for my brows since they are darker than my actual hair, which is more of a true brown. I found Brun to be more matte when swatched which is great considering I am going to use this for my brows - no one wants shimmering brows!

Even though these shadows are marketed as being brow products, I would still use them as eyeshadows as they are lovely everyday colours, plus the fact that these are already in a compact palette, they would be great for travelling.

You can still buy this brow duo from the Kelly Osbourne collection from the House of Fraser website for £22

Friday, 11 July 2014

NAILS INC BLOSSOM COLLECTION

I mentioned in a previous post that Nails Inc had a sale going on and I brought two collections, the first was the Soft Focus Collection (click here to read and see swatches) and the second is the Blossom Collection, which contains more pink tones. The whole collection contains eight full sized nail polishes which range from glitters to mattes and to creams finishes.
 (two coats, natural light)
London is described as being a 'mink nude polish', it is definitely a mink colour. I had no problems with the polish being patchy or streaky on my nails and it dried to a cream finish.
 (three coats, natural light)
Kensington Square is described as being a 'pastel pink lilac polish'. It definitely has no lilac in the polish (that I can see) but it is more of a true pink than a pastel pink, it is more brighter in person. Although I like this shade, I found it to be very streaky, I had to do three coats and even then I am sure I needed another coat as it seemed to drag.
 (one coat, natural light)
Adam's Row is described as a 'pink, red and white square polish' and that is definitely what it is along with some hexagon shaped white glitter and little specks of white running through a clear base, here I have applied it over Kensington Square. I found that the square glitter to be a tad bit difficult to work with as they would not necessarily stay on your nails if you were to do another coat without it being completely dry.
 (four coats, natural light)
Providence Court is described as a 'iridescent cream polish'. I found this difficult to work with as I needed four coats for it to look somewhat opaque, I think this over darker nail polishes would look lovely, it also has a matte finish.
 (three coats, natural light)
Hamilton Mews is described as being a 'matte pink shimmer polish' and so again, this is also a matte nail polish but it was easier to work with as I only needed three coats for an opaque finish. Unfortunately when it dries you can see the brush strokes but I think with a top coat, these can be not so visible.
 (three coats, natural light)
Weighhouse Street is described as a 'pale blue polish', again I found this to be streaky on my nails so I needed three coats for it to be opaque. Also you can see the brush strokes when this polish has dried, again I think a top coat would sort this out but I have nothing like this in my collection.
 (two coats, natural light)
Palace Gate is described as being a 'rose glitter polish', it has red and some multiple coloured circle shaped glitter along with fine specks of silver running through a clear base, here I applied two coats over London.
(two coats, natural light)
Sugar House Lane is described as a 'nude sprinkles polish'. This is probably one of my favourites from the whole collection. When Nails Inc launched the Sprinkles range, I was excited to check them out but I never had a chance to, so when I saw that this was in the collection, it honestly made me what to buy it even more. It has white, silver and black glitter running through a nude base, I definitely have nothing like it in my collection.

Overall, my favourite nail polishes from the whole collection is definitely Sugar House Lane, London and Kensington Square (although it is streaky but I can get over it). The Blossom Collection is still on the Nails Inc website (click here to purchase) for only £20, which is definitely reasonably priced as for just one full size Nails Inc polish it is £11.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

JULY MAGAZINE FREEBIES (AUGUST 2014 ISSUE)

I have been waiting for July to arrive just because in this month's issue of Glamour magazine, there are Clinique goodies up for grabs! So on the cover of this month's issue is the lovely and flawless Ellie Goulding, she just looks absolutely gorgeous!
I made a dash straight away this morning to my local newsagents to pick up the two mini Clinique chubby sticks that are free this month and they are in the shades Woppin' Watermelon and Super Strawberry.
Woppin' Watermelon is a sheer Barbie pink colour and Super Strawberry is a sheer berry pink colour.
 As you can tell from the photo, the Clinique Chubby sticks are not exactly pigmented, but the thing is, they are not supposed to be! They simply add a hint of colour to your lips whilst being moisturising and hydrating. I really love the fact that you do not need to sharpen these, it is retractable which is great!
In terms of how much product you get in these mini sized Chubby stick, it is not a lot, I checked against a ruler and you get 1.5cm worth of product, but it is a mini so obviously the full sized product you will get more but for £2 I am not complaining at all!

There is a choice of four Clinique mini products to pick up, you first have the two Chubby Sticks - which I think is going to be cleared from the shelf within a few days and then you have the High Impact Mascara in Black and the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ - which I love, it is perfect if you have dry skin. I have been wanting to try Clinique Chubby Sticks ever since they came out (over) two years ago but I cannot justify spending £17 on what is practically a lip balm.

Glamour magazine retails for only £2 which is a total steal for a mini chubby stick, be sure to get yours this month before it sells out!!


(p.s. if you have seen a difference in the quality of my photos that is because the camera I used before is broken and so I am left with my old one for the time being)

Monday, 7 July 2014

NAILS INC GEL EFFECT POLISH

(I know today is supposed to be a Manicure Monday, but I just had to show you all this nail polish!)

Who knew I needed another nail polish in my collection! I have been umm-ing and agh-ing whether or not to buy the Nails Inc Gel Effect polish in Porchester Square, but when I was making an order online the other day and I had to 'boost' up my total to get free p&p (postage and packaging) and I just decided to get it.
The whole idea of the Nails Inc Gel Effect polish is that it provides a high shine and a super glossy finish without the need for a UV lamp! Great if you are not one for spending a fortune on gel nails but you love the look of it. It is also said that the polish contains a plumping technology that is also used a salon Gel manicure. 
 The original Porchester Square was a cult beauty favourite in the blogosphere, but I did not pay much attention to it (more like it took all my willpower not to just buy it!) but when I saw the new Nails Inc Gel Effect polishes last year, it made me want it more, so here it is on my nails:
(two coats, natural light)

Porchester Square is described as being a 'cute muted mushroom shade' but to be more specific it is a greyish beigey lavender, that has a creme finish. It is definitely one of those shades that is non offensive, so great if you work in a more corporate environment (?), but it really is one of those shades that you can wear all year around. Plus you have never really have too many nudey nail polishes, right?
In terms of application and longevity, I found two coats to be sufficient and I did not bother with a topcoat as it does give a really nice finish to the nails and it seemed to last on my nails for about four days and on the fifth day I found it started to chip a little. The Gel Effect polish is highly pigmented and as it has a wide brush there is hardly no streaking or dragging, which I really dislike in a polish.

I purchased mine from Beauty Bay where it is only £12.46 whereas it retails for £14.

Friday, 4 July 2014

NAILS INC SOFT FOCUS COLLECTION

I got an email from Nails Inc stating that there was a sale going on and whilst I have not really brought any Nails Inc nail polishes - in terms of them not being free with Glamour magazine, so I decided to have a look. I ended up buying the Soft Focus collection along with another collection which will be in a different post (it will be up further in the week so be sure to follow my blog for updates!). The whole collection contains eight full sized nail polishes which range from glitters to mattes to creams finishes.

(two coats, natural light)
 St. Catherine's Dock is one of my favourites from the whole collection. It is described as a 'soft pink polish' and I would definitely agree. It is a creamy pink which has a slight hint of purple, it just looks lovely on the nails.
(one coat, natural light)
 Highbury is probably one of my most interesting glitter nail polishes I have in my collection, I do not have anything like it. It is described as a 'nude and pale pink glitter polish'. It has specks of gold foil like pieces along with white bar glitter and multiple hexagon shaped pink and white glitter of different sizes, in of which are in a clear base. Here I applied Highbury over St. Catherine's Dock, which just makes the polish all that interesting. I also did not find it a pain to remove.
 (two coats, natural light)
Holland Park Gardens is described as a 'delicate sage polish' and I cannot think of a better way to describe it. I do not have anything like it in my collection but I do quite like it.
(three coats, natural light)
 Park West is described as a 'cream nude polish'. I actually found the formulation to be very thin (but not runny) so in order to have a complete opaque finish I found I had to do three coats but it gives a nice shine to your nails once dried so I did not use a top coat.
 (two coats, natural light)
Chelsea Green is described as a 'silver grey polish'. This is a very interesting polish, it is a silver nail polish with black 'bits' running through it. It actually made me feel a tad bit queasy if I kept looking at my nails. It just reminds me of the Glamglow mask when it dries (you get the picture). It dries completely matte which is probably why it made me feel queasy so with a topcoat it would probably look better.
 (two coats, natural light)
Fitzroy Road is described as being a 'mink polish'. This was one of my other favourites from the whole collection, it is just the perfect nude nail polish.
 (two coats, natural light)
Holland Park Avenue is described as being a 'glossy taupe polish'. This definitely has a glossy finish to it whilst having a cream finish too. It is more of a dark taupe than anything else. Again, I do not have anything like this in my collection but it is one that I would wear during the colder months.
(two coats, natural light)
Little George Street is described as being a 'pastel blue polish'. I am not one for blue polish but I do like how this looks on my nails. It reminds me of Essie Bikini So Teeny in terms of the colour but it does not have any shimmer running through it like the Essie polish has.

Overall, my favourite nail polishes from the whole collection is definitely St Catherine's Dock, Highbury and Fitzroy Road. The Soft Focus Collection is still on the Nails Inc website (click here to purchase) for only £20, which is definitely reasonably priced as for just one full size Nails Inc polish it is £11.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

THE ROUND UP | JUNE 2014

So I have been quite good at switching products around so I get to use my make up a lot (AKA so I can use up some of my make up stash!) I have found a few new favourites but a few old favourites too!
Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in N155 - I brought this when I went to Vegas but I never had a chance to use it because when I came back, I had lost my tan and so the colour did not match. It still is a tad bit dark for me but I can make it work by using my beauty blender (which has also been a favourite this month). I have found that using the beauty blender is the only way I can apply this foundation, it is definitely on the thinner side in terms of formulation so it does not feel heavy on the skin which is perfect for hot Summer days.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir (30ml) - Since it has been hotter this month, I have been opting for my Caudalie Beauty Elixir as it is a great way to refresh your face when you have been out in the sun all day. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and it does not leave your face feeling greasy.
BeneFit Fake Up Concealer - I have been using this stick concealer once again this month, since it suits me a little better in the warmer months. It definitely does not provide a lot of coverage but it has been great for those 'no-make up' make up days.

MAC Viva Glam Nicki lipglass - I have to say I am not a Nicki Minaj fan, her songs are just not what I listen to, but her lipgloss from MAC is definitely one of my old favourite rediscovery this month. It is definitely an opaque Barbie pink, but I simply apply this to the centre of my lips and then blend it out and it looks lovely, perfect for the Summertime.

Nails Inc Instyle nail polish in Sao Paulo Streets - I got this last month free in InStyle magazine and I have been applying it non stop this month, it is such a wearable colour. My only regret is that I did not pick up a back up!

MAC Extra Dimension blush in Sea Me Hear Me - I brought this blush at the beginning of June and I have worn it non stop this month so it is no surprise really that it is in my favourites. I wrote a product review which you can read here.

HOURGLASS Ambient Lighting powder in Dim Light - I have been obsessed with this powder this month, it blurs imperfections and just highlights your face perfectly. I wrote a separate blog post on this which you can read here.