Saturday, 29 November 2014

URBAN DECAY FULL FRONTAL LIPSTICK STASH

A few weeks ago, I spotted the Urban Decay Full Frontal lipstick stash on the Debenhams website and luckily for me, it was in stock. Without any hesitation I ordered it and when it finally arrived, I was so excited!
So the set comes with six mini UD Revolution lipsticks and a full sized UD 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil in the shade Ozone. The UD Revolution lipsticks are probably one of my favourites and I was glad that the quality of these mini lipsticks are exactly the same as the originals.
So like I said before, the set comes with six mini sized lipsticks, three of which are limited edition and exclusive to this set, one which was limited edition when the new range of Revolution lipsticks came out and two which are permanent.
The two that are permanent are F-Bomb, which is a classic red and Liar, which is a pinky browny nude shade - perfect for everyday. Gash is deep red that has some slight micro-shimmer running through it, this shade was limited edition when the UD originally released this range of lipsticks. The three limited edition and exclusive shades are Illicit, which is a sheer baby pink that has some slight simmer. The other limited edition shade is Crush, which is probably one of my favourites from the set since it is a bright hot pink. The other shade that I really like from the set is Ladyflower, which is a bright fuchsia plum, again this is limited edition and I hope it will be permanent in the future.
The set also comes with a full sized UD 24/7 Glide On Lip Pencil in Ozone (£15), this is a clear lip pencil and considering I have never tried a clear lip pencil, I am quite excited to use it. 

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

ANTIPODES AURA MANUKA HONEY MASK

Whenever it gets colder, it takes a huge toll on my skin, it becomes a lot more dry and even flakey at times. Horrible I know, and that is the reason why I am always looking for hydrating and moisturising face masks to help combat this.

I was on the LookFantastic website and I came across the Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey mask. It is an antibacterial manuka honey based mask, that draws moisture back into the skin to help hydrate the skin. In terms of results, I have noticed that my skin has become deeply moisturised but I have also noticed that because this mask is a cleansing and anti oxidising treatment, the number of break outs, I usually suffer, have reduced incredibly.I put it down to the antibacterial properties in the mask that help to diminish those pesky break outs. I normally find moisturising masks tend to have a fruity scent and this does too, with hints of vanilla pod and mandarin, it feels like you are in a spa every time you use it.

I simply apply this every week or just on areas that need extra hydration, which is normally my cheeks, I then leave it on for about 15 - 20 minutes and then I rinse with lukewarm water, not too hot because I find that dries out my skin a little bit more.

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey mask is targeted for dehydrated skin but also for blemish prone skin.


Sunday, 23 November 2014

THE CREAMY GLOW DUO

I have never been one for cream products. Why? Simply because I find the product clings onto any dry patches I might have. However, I think I have found the one product that does not do this and it is the Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow Duo.
 The small mirrored compact contains two shades, one for sculpting and the other for highlighting. It is supposed to be the cream version of the infamous Kevyn Aucoin Celestial powder in candlelight and the sculpting powder. Even though the sculpting shade does contain less product than the highlighting shade, I find that less is more with this shade and it just blends into the skin with ease. Since it is much warmer than the powder product, it helps to warm up the skin a little more. The highlight shade is just lovely, I simply pat this on the high points of the face and it does not make you look like a disco ball - score! 

If you are ever in SpaceNK then I strongly urge you to check this out!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

THAT K.J LIP COMBO

Kylie Jenner. The girl who has practically taken over the world with her lips over the past few months. Many are obsessed with her 'go-to' lip combo and honestly, I am pretty obsessed with it too. Last week, I finally made an order on Gerard Cosmetics since Jaclyn Hill (one of my favourite YouTubers, her make up looks are on point!) had a great offer going on. I settled on two lipsticks from her collection, in the shade 'Buttercup' and '1995'. 
'Buttercup' is described as 'the perfect pink nude' and it is exactly that. It has the perfect amount of pink so that it does not look like you've just applied concealer all over your lips. '1995' is a neutral shade that is inspired by 90s grunge and I can honestly say it does look like something that my mum used to wear in the 90s.
This shade was especially designed to be perfect for all skin tones and on my skintone (NC30 in MAC) it is not too dark nor is it too brown. 
I have been pairing these two shades together this past week, with Buttercup in the centre to lighten it up a little and I have been obsessed! Both lipsticks are matte and surprisingly they are not drying on my lips at all. I have a very hard time with wearing matte lipsticks because I find I can only wear it for around an hour or so before it feels uncomfortable, but with this combo, I have been wearing it for around 6 hours and it does not feel uncomfortable, since they are very creamy and hydrating.
Also, the packaging of these lipsticks are very fancy, it has a sleek gold reflective packaging with the same bullet shape as MAC lipsticks. They are also lighter in weight than MAC lipsticks.

At $19 they are a little more pricier than MAC lipsticks (just ever so slightly) however I used a 30% discount code (the code is: jaclyn) so from £11.65, I paid around the £8 mark, which is nearly half price for a MAC lipstick here in the UK. In terms of postage and packaging, I paid around £4 for p&p and I paid no pesky customs charges, which is great! I ordered it on a Monday, it despatched the following Wednesday (via USPS) and it then arrived the following Tuesday early in the morning (via Royal Mail), which is pretty good to be honest since it took about 5 working days to arrive.


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

WIW #1: A WINTER WEDDING

Lately, I have been posting a lot of reviews and hauls on my blog so I thought I would take a step back and show you what I have been wearing lately and so I introduce to you all my first 'What I Wore' (on my face) post. The past weekend I had a wedding so what better way to start this little new series off!
For my eyes: I primed my eyes with the Urban Decay primer potion (forgot to include!) and I went straight for my Urban Decay Naked palette, this was the first palette I ever brought and I still prefer this to any other palette I have in my collection. I went for a glittery eye on the weekend, so I used a combination of Naked and Buck as a transition shade, Virgin and Sin in the inner corner, Sidecar and Toasted on the lid and Darkhorse in the crease, I also added a tiny amount of Creep in the crease to smoke it out a little. I lined my eyes with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On pencil in Perversion (this is the blackest of black!) and used the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Troopa to line my upper lash line. I then wet my brush and applied Sidecar from the Naked palette on the centre of my eye lids to brighten things up a little. For my lashes I used the TooFaced LashGASM mascara. For my brows, I used my favourite wax from the Benefit BrowZings palette in Dark and then went over with the MAC Pro Longer Waterproof Brow Set in Bold Brunette to help set everything in place.
For my base: I did not use any foundation because I felt like I didn't need it and went straight for concealer, I used the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer in Custard (medium 1) to cover and brighten my under eye area and to cover any blemishes I may have had. I used MAC Extra Dimension blush in Sea Me Hear Me (limited edition) to add some colour back into my skin and to add some warmth I used the KIKO Golden Game Sculpting bronzer (which I forgot to take a photo of but I featured it here). To highlight I used an old (discontinued) favourite, the DIOR shimmer powder in Amber Diamond - love!! To set everything in place I used my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte powder.
For my lips: I used one of the new NARS Audacious lipstick in Anita, since I had so much going on with my eyes I wanted to tone it down a little. I have a post coming soon on this lipstick so be sure to follow me on Bloglovin' to keep up to date.

What seems like a lot of steps, actually took me about 15/20 minutes to do - I was very proud haha!
I am thinking to do this series every month or so, so leave a comment below telling me if I should or not, I think it would be a great way to see what my favourite and loved products are.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

MAC KEEPSAKES // NUDE LIP BAG

I can't remember the last time I popped into MAC and brought something, so having heard/seen the new Heirloom collection which is their Christmas collection for 2014, I saw a few things that I liked and so I decided to go and check them out. I only brought one thing from the collection and that is the MAC Keepsakes/Nude lip bag.
The set itself comes in a creamy white glitter cosmetics bag, which is big enough to fit your everyday make up, it also has a little pocket inside the bag which is handy. The set contains three full sized lip products, the first being a lip pencil in Boldly Bare which is described as being a 'dirty reddish brown', I would say that it is more of a peachy brown with a matte finish. It also comes with a lipglass in the shade Chic Supremacy, which is described as a 'soft creamy yellow nude' again, I would say that is a light peach with some golden shimmer running through it. Lastly the set contains a lipstick in the shade Kiss The King, which is a lustre and is described as a 'peachy coral', however, again, I would say that it is a pinky mauve which has some golden shimmer to it.
The MAC Lustre lipsticks are one of my favourites because they do not dry out my lips. Together, all three lip products look lovely on the lips and it does not make you look like you have applied your foundation/concealer all over the lips. Chic Supremacy lipglass and Kiss The King lipstick are limited edition whilst, the lip pencil in Boldly Bare is a part of the permanent range.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

THE DIORSHOW ICONIC OVERCURL SET

Last week I was walking around the beauty department in House of Fraser and I stumbled across this bad boy from Dior. Now I absolutely love Dior, it is probably my favourite high end makeup brand and so it was no surprised when I picked this up without any hesitation.
The Diorshow Iconic Overcurl set itself contains a full size Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara and an ever so cute mini 5 colours palette in the shade Montaigne 646. Now I had never tried the Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara but I had high hopes and it has definitely not let me down.
The mascara is not too wet nor is it too gloopy and so it provides the right amount of volume to your lashes. I have quite sparse and short lashes, so I prefer to have length over volume just to open my eyes, however I find with this mascara that it is the best of both worlds, due to the shape of the wand itself.
What actually sold me for this set is the fact that it came with a mini eyeshadow palette, I do not know why but if something is mini, it just makes it more appealing. The palette is in the shade Montaigne 646, which contains 5 different variations of pinks and beiges.
The top left shade (TL) is a light pinky peachy shade that has a golden sheen to it, now when swatched it looks slightly more pink than peach. The top right shade (TR) is a light beige that has a more yellow undertone to it, it is also a matte shadow so it is perfect to help blend your eyeshadow. The bottom left shade (BL) is a light beige that leans more towards a light brown, it has a sheen to it which I quite like. The bottom right shade (BR) is a lot darker than the BL shade, it is a dark brown which a satin finish which is great to help darken your look. Finally the centre shade (C) is a warm light brown that has a matte finish, now when swatched it is very close to my natural skin colour so it was hard to swatch but I think in the photo above, you can see the natural colour.

As you can see the palette is very small but I find that this is perfect for whenever you are travelling and you do not want to take 274629473 eyeshadows with you. I was very surprised with the quality of these shadows, I thought they would be very chalky and hard to blend however they are very pigmented like all Dior eyeshadows that I have tried and they are definitely not chalky, plus they bend easily.
Plus the packaging is just lovely like all Dior palettes. If you want to get your hands on this then I suggest you run to your nearest Dior counter and pick one up, as it is already sold out on the House of Fraser website but I did find it on the John Lewis website.


Monday, 10 November 2014

NARS DIGITAL WORLD LIP PENCIL COFFRET

Last week I made it my mission stumbled across a SpaceNK and I wanted found the Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret set, which is a part of their Holiday collection for 2014. Now I brought the NARS Virtual Domination cheek palette last week and so I thought it would only be fitting to get the other set in the collection.
I love my NARS velvet matte lip pencils so it was really a no brainer that I would love this set. The NARS lip pencils are £18 so the fact that this set is only £32, it is such great value for money. The set of five mini deluxe lip pencils contains three of the NARS satin lip pencils and two of the velvet matte lip pencils. It also comes in a sturdy acrylic box which has a intricate white web like design.
So like I said before, the set contains three satin lip pencils in the shades, Descanso which is described as a 'tea rose' but is more of a pinky peach (leaning more towards the pink side), the second shade is Yu, which is described as a 'shocking pink' and this could not be more accurate, it is a bright fuchsia and the third shade is Torres Del Paine which is described as a 'peach coral'. The set also contains two velvet matte lip pencils, the first being Iberico which is described as an 'intense coral' it is more of an orangey red and the second is Cruella which is described as a 'passionate scarlet red' which is definitely right, it is a true red, both of these lip pencils have a matte finish but are not drying on the lips.

The Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret set is limited edition so if you want to get your hands on it, then you have to be quick!!

Saturday, 8 November 2014

NARS VIRTUAL DOMINATION CHEEK PALETTE

 Whenever Christmas rolls around, I always look forward to the Holiday sets that come out. The one that I was looking forward to was the NARS Christmas sets, last year I purchased the NARS Guy Bourdin palette and I have been loving that so it was no surprise (to myself that is) that I would preorder the NARS Virtual Domination Cheek palette.
 The NARS Virtual Domination cheek palette contains three blushes, one highlighter and one bronzer. Now compared to last year's Guy Bourdin palette which contained one highlighter, one bronzer and four blushes, it does not contain the same amount, however the bronzer in this years palette is a lot bigger plus it is a lot more compact and less bulky compared to last year. The compact comes with a huge mirror and the outside has an intricate white web like design and it is does not have the rubber like feel like all NARS packaging typically has, so it is a lot more easier to clean.
So like I said before, the palette comes with one highlighter in the shade Miss Liberty, which is a soft shimmery peach shade with some sparkle. It does not contain any chunky glitter so it does not make you look like a disco ball but it accentuates your cheekbones. The palette also contains three blushes, the first which is in the shade Deep Throat, which is coral with golden shimmer. The second shade is Sex Fantasy, which is a matte pale cool-toned pink and the third shade is Final Cut which is a peach coral shade that also has a matte finish, these two are also limited edition. The palette also contains a bronzing powder in the shade Laguna, which is a medium brown shade which golden shimmer running through it.

Laguna and Deep Throat are already one of my favourite powders from NARS but I have also been loving the shade Final Cut which creates a 'I-Have-Just-Been-Running-Around-In-The-Snow' look. Like the majority of NARS blushes, the names are very explicit which can be embarrassing when you ask the sales assistant for a shade(!) but nevertheless I still like the shades and I know I will get use out of it.

I purchased mine from SpaceNK which was great because I had £10 to spend with my points so I got it for only £35!

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

SOIGNÉ NAILS BOX SETS

I know what you are probably thinking, I do not need any more nail polish in my life but in my defence, these were just too pretty to give up. At the end of September, Soigné launched their website and so we were able to order online, I kept eyeing up the website and it was not until last week when I made an order because of the midseason sale. I decided to pick up two different gift sets considering I could not choose between the two.
Just look at the packaging! It is absolutely adorable and it definitely feels a lot more fancy compared to other brands that I have tried. It almost reminds me of a macaroon box! I chose the Saint Tropez box set and the Sault box set, which all contains three full sized bottles.
The Saint Tropez box set contains three shades, the first being Orge, which is a nude polish that has some shimmer running through it. The second shade is a pure black in the shade L'Encre de Seiche and finally the last shade is a pinky berry colour in the shade Cerise.

The second box set I chose is the set Sault, which also contains three shades. This box set is slightly different to what I would normally choose but I decide to venture out a little. The first shade is Muscadine which is a purple, the second shade is called Bleuet, which like the name suggest is a shade of blue, I would say this is a blueish teal shade but either way I really do like this shade, it is completely different to what I already own. Finally the last shade is called Sésame Noir which is a true grey, which is probably going to be my most used shade from the set.

All six of these nail polishes have a creme finish and are completely opaque with just two coats. If you are looking for a new brand to try out then I highly suggest Soigné, I am so glad I made an order. The bottles feel and look a lot more expensive than what they really are.

Saint Tropez box set // £28.00 (currently £19.90)
Sault box set // £28.00 (currently £19.90)

Sunday, 2 November 2014

F/W NAIL PICKS 2014

I think Autumn/Winter is my favourite time of year, simply because it means I can get away with wearing darker shades on my nails without looking like a 'emo'. So I thought I would show you my go to Autumn/Winter nail picks for 2014.
One of my favourite red nail polishes is OPI - I'm Suzi and I'm a Chocoholic, it is a reddish brown shade with a creme finish. Now I am not one for bright red nail polishes (even though it is a classic) but I love dark red nails. Another dark shade is a newbie in my collection, I brought the Rimmel London Salon Pro - Punk Rock, it is part of the Kate Moss collection for Rimmel and it is looks lovely on your nails. It is a dark greyish blue with a purple undertone with a creme finish and because it is part of the Salon Pro range, it is super glossy and it lasts on your nails for days (day 6 is when it starts to chip on my nails). On the opposite side of the spectrum, I have one nude nail polish that I always gravitate towards in the colder months, and that is Topshop - Nice 'n' Neutral, it is a true nude polish with a creme finish, I recommend this to everyone! 
Nails Inc - Piccadilly Circus is a dark pink shade with a creme finish, now it looks a lot more red in the bottle but when applied to your nails, it dries to a more darker berry pink shade that is just perfect for this time of year. Nails Inc are known for their great formulation and this shade is no exception, I can usually get away with just one coat but I tend to do two, just to be on the safe side.
Lastly, for all the glitter nail polish lovers out there, I think this has got to be one of my favourite glitters of all time! It is Butter London - Bit Faker and it is seriously stunning! It is virtually opaque with just two coats and whilst it dries to a semi-matte finish, it will look perfect for when you have a party to go to! I tend to use a topcoat just for that added gloss and shine to my nails.

Topshop - Nice 'n' Neutral // £5