Tuesday, 28 October 2014

ordinary witches ♥

I have been meaning to put together an October favourites post for a few weeks now but I really wanted to focus on the two products I have not stopped using! The Bio Sculpture Gel nail polishes* are my new winter must haves - I cannot get enough of these babies. I am so impressed with their pigmentation and how fast they dry on your nails. I can put my hands up and admit that I am awful at painting my nails - I can't keep still enough to let them dry properly so the Bio Sculpture polishes are definitely perfect for me. The two colours that I have been using are the shades 180 Heart & Soul (the coral shade) and 182 Pursuit of Beauty (the deep blue).  To find your nearest salon distributor of Bio Sculpture nail polishes, you can check here. What nail shades are you loving at the moment? 10/10 

Monday, 27 October 2014

charmed noir ♥

I think we can all agree that primping and preening ourselves can get slightly tedious - don't get me wrong, I love how nice my skin looks after I exfoliate or how tidy my brows are once I tweeze and shape them. But it would be nice to use just one product that works fast and easy. With winter here my lips are prone to becoming dry and chapped - even though I live in lip gloss, my lips do not get on well with the cold. To keep my lips soft and smooth, I have been using the adorable Jelly Belly lip balms* in flavours coconut and tutti-fruitti. These lip balms have not left my side - they keep my lips moisturised and healthy without a sticky, uncomfortable feeling. As soon as I started using them my lips instantly felt softer. They smell gorgeous without being overpowering or sickly and best of all, they come in countless different flavours. I cannot recommend them enough for giving your lips some TLC! You can buy them for usually £2.50 each from Primark, Sainsbury's or you can buy a pack of 8 from Truffle Shuffle. You can also buy Jelly Belly candles or larger lip balms on the official Jelly Belly website here - what tips do you have for looking after your lips in the winter weather? 

Thursday, 16 October 2014

once in a blue moon ♥

When it comes to lips, I don't think lipsticks are very practical - just one sip from your glass of wine and you have to reapply your lip gloss all over again. With the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks* you really see a vast improvement - not just in staying power but also in intense colour. I have been obsessed with these lipsticks since I first used them, they give incredible pigmentation and the matte and creamy finish allows it to last for quite a while without having to constantly reapply. There are eight shades available and the three shades that I have reviewed are called: 08 Grand Cru, 07 Nude-ist and 03 Hot Pepper.

Now although it has a light weight texture, it still provides intense colour without drying out your lips. I really am impressed with the formula of the lipsticks because I think it appeals to the everyday girl - we see hundreds of adverts that show a model wearing perfect lipstick but in reality, the make-up artist has probably used countless products to create  a look that won't last ten minutes. I really love that you can get a long lasting finish with the Bourjois lipsticks without having to constantly reapply throughout the day! I cannot recommend this range enough -  you can buy these shades here. Have you tried the Rouge Edition lipsticks before? Let me know what your favourite shade is! 10/10 

Monday, 13 October 2014

love in paris ♥

When the lovely Hayley sent me the new NYX Love in Paris Eyeshadow palette* to try, I was excited to say the least. I have been a fan of NYX products for as long as I can remember so it's lovely seeing how big their range has grown over the years! The palette I have been using for the past few weeks is called Love in Paris 01 A La Mode. This little kit is everything you need for creating a range of different smokey eye looks. Whether you prefer warm brown shadows, soft greys or intense black smokey eyes, this palette lets you create all three! I tend to stick with brown tones when it comes to my eyeshadow, but I really like how versatile this palette is. The size of the NYX palette is ideal for fitting in your make-up bag and it's even better that you can take it with you for a night out. 

Focusing on the pigmentation, I have to say I was really impressed. The shades blended really well and there was hardly any fall out when I used the darker colours. As you can see from my swatches, the shades are really easy to build up. There are a few shimmery tones which I think goes really well for the winter time! Out of all the shades, I was really impressed with how strong and pigmented the white powder is - it's perfect for highlighting your brow bone and even highlighting your cupids bow and centre of your nose. I can't rave enough about this palette - it is definitely replacing my Naked 3 dupe that I've been using recently! What NYX products are you using at the moment? You can see the full Love in Paris range here 9/10 


Thursday, 9 October 2014

oh my goddess ♥

It's currently raining outside my window right now, I know it's only the second month in autumn but I am already missing summer! I know for the autumn and winter time it's about embracing pale skin but I still feel like reaching for my bronzer. The two bronzers I am obsessed with at the moment are the Bourjois Gold Bronzing Powder* and the Bronzing Powder and Highlighter* - my first impression of the bronzers is how sleek and simple the packaging is. With how clumsy I can be, I quite like that it isn't made from plastic so it won't smash as easily as my past bronzers and powders have! I instantly recognise that it is made by Bourjois and I think it's really important to keep products true to the brand look. What I love about these bronzers is that they are also great for contouring - especially if you are just starting to do this in your make up routine.

The powder allows you to control how intense or natural you want your contouring to look and it really does blend very easily into the skin. The lighter gold shade in the Bronzing Powder and Highlighter pack is the perfect tool for creating defined features and it saves you having to spend more money on just a highlighter. I'm not a big fan of carrying around lots of products in my bag so I love that you have a bronzer/contour and highlighter all in one! I cannot recomend these bronzers enough, whether you want to create an overall tanned look with the Bourjois Gold Bronzing Powder or if you also want to highlight, they are definitely the best option. Have you used Bourjois bronzers before? What is your top tip for using bronzers? 10/10 *Due to being hospital bound - my sister will be replying to any comments and helping out over the next few weeks! ♥

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

centennial charmed ♥

Just as I was about to order a natural MAC lipstick, this Illamasqua beauty arrived at my door. I ordered the Glamour Beauty Edit from Latest In Beauty a few weeks before and luckily the new Glamore Lipstick was included. I'll be honest, beauty boxes usually contain two to three things that will directly suit my skin tone and complexion so I was pleasantly surprised with the Glamour Beauty Edit box. You can imagine how pleased I was when I tried this Starkers shade from Illamasqua. I have quite tanned skin so really light shaded lipsticks can make me appear quite washed out but this shade has a very nice richness to the formula, I could imagine Victoria Beckham pairing this with a dark lip liner in her Spice Girls day! 

I have always raved about the lipstick formula for Illamasqua, although some people find it quite dry, I personally prefer a matte texture that will hide my natural lip pigmentation. Starkers is definitely a perfect everyday lipstick, it really compliments my Bourjois bronzer that I'm using at the moment as well. I really recommend this lipstick for everyday use, you can buy it here. Yes it is slightly on the pricey side for £18.95 but I think the quality and pigmentation really goes that extra mile. What do you think of the Illamasqua Glamore range? 9/10 *Due to being hospital bound this is a scheduled post - my sister will be replying to any comments and helping out over the next few weeks! ♥
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