Tuesday, 31 December 2013

December Favourites 2013 - Beauty

I hope you all have a wonderful New Years Eve and I wish you all the best in the new year! Today’s blog post will not be a review but a few of my favourite things in the month of December 2013. This month I really tried to switch out my normal everyday products and instead finding the older makeup that had been lost in my collection and I discovered a few new favourites that replaced my old daily makeup essentials. This blog post will not be an in depth review of each product but a mini review and why I have been loving them!

December Favourites 2013

December Favourites 2013

I will start with my holy grail foundation. Many bloggers and YouTube beauty videos have talked about the 
L’Oreal True Match foundation, but this is honestly the best foundation I have ever tried. It is very light but I find that if you have a good concealer it makes all the difference!

The next thing is my Max Factor Facefinity Compact Foundation. This shade is obviously too dark for my skin tone but what I love is that I can use this as a bronzer. I am sure some of you ladies out there have very pale skin and find it difficult to find a bronzer that is good for contouring without looking muddy. Using a face powder a few shades darker than your skin tone can be the perfect bronzer! This tip can be used on darker skin tones as well but I find it particularly useful for people with very pale skin.

L-R - Max Factor Foundation (Sand), L'Oreal True Match Foundation (Ivory), MUA Matte Lipstick (Wild Berry),
Nyx Round Lipstick Pumpkin Pie)

I have never been a big fan of lipsticks, even though they are probably the most thing I have in my collection but this month I have been using Nyx Round Lipstick in Pumpkin Pie which is a very neutral colour which I find is not too pale. I have also been loving the MUA Matte Lipstick in Wild Berry for a deeper lip colour. If you would like to hear a more in depth review on these lipsticks you can check out my reviews on the Nyx Round Lipsticks and the MUA Matte Lipsticks.

L-R - L'Oreal True Match Foundation (Ivory), MUA Lipstick (Wild Berry), Nyx Lipstick (Pumpkin Pie),
Maybelline Colour Tattoo (Turquoise Forever) 

For blush I am normally one who likes the pinker toned blushes, but this month I decided to branch out and use a rose coloured blush which is Rimmel’s Pink Rose. Honestly I never really use this blush normally but I found it buried at the back of my blushes and decided to give it a try and it just gives you a nice natural rosey look to your cheeks.

This month I have also loved highlighting my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose with Elf Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder in Luminance.  This highlighter is great and provides you with a nice glow around the face without being shimmery and looks very natural. If you would like to hear more about this product you can check out my blog post on the Healthy Glow Bronzing Powders by ELF.

L-R - Rimmel Blush (Pink Rose), Elf Healthy Glow Bronzing Powder (Luminance),
Bottom Row - MUA Eyeliner (Jet Black)

For my eyeshadow base I have loved using Maybelline’s 24hr Colour Tattoo in Turquoise Forever. This is the best blue eyeshadow base and I have found that it looks nice under green eyeshadows which I have been doing a lot this month in order to be festive for Christmas. The colour is very pigmented and it the colour is great! If you would like to hear more about this product you can check out my review on the Maybelline 24hr ColourTattoos.

Finally I have been using the MUA Colour Intense Eyeliner in Jet Black, and I just have to say this eyeliner is AMAZING. I have used this eyeliner every single day without fail, as you can see by how short my pencil has gotten. I have only had this eyeliner for around a month and it is nearly half gone. It is so creamy and has great pigmentation. I set this with some black powder and it honestly lasts all day without touch-ups. If you would ilke to hear more about this product you can check out my review on the MUA Colour Intense Eyeliners

Swatches of December Favourites - 1. Max Factor Foundation (Sand), 2. Rimmel Blush (Pink Rose), 3. Elf Bronzing Powder (Luminance), 4. Maybelline Colour Tattoo (Turquoise Forever), 5. Nyx Round Lipstick ( Pumpkin Pie),
6. MUA Matte Lipstick (Wild Berry).

Monday, 30 December 2013

Revlon Matte Suede Nail Polish - Ruby Ribbon

For today’s review I decided to show you one of my favourite nail polishes that is not only pretty but unique. It is one of the Revlon Matte Suede nail polishes in Ruby Ribbon. The photographs in the blog show the colour as being a darker red but in person the shade is a darker red with a more visible purple undertone. These polishes can be purchased online at stores like Amazon or you could probably find these at your local drugstore for around £6. 

Revlon Matte Suede Nail Polish in Ruby Ribbon
This polish is different to normal nail polish because it does not actually have a shiny coat, but instead a matte coat. Even though the polish is a matte finish it actually has sparkles within the nail polish which can only really be seen when you look very close at your nails. The light does hit the nails but in a much different way to normal nail polish as it just looks like a reflection of light instead of a shininess to your nails.

Two Coats of Ruby Ribbon Nail Polish
The formulation of these Revlon polishes is spectacular and does not streak at all and is actually opaque within one coat, but I personally like doing 2 coats as I am not very good with applying nail polish and usually have little spots I didn't cover the first time. With many other colours I will finish the polish and go do my normal everyday things and during the process I will smudge or scrape the nail polish which can be really frustrating, but with this polish I find that it dries VERY quickly and I never have problems with smudging.  I have also tried many other Revlon nail polishes and I actually find that most of them dry pretty quickly where I don’t have problems with smudging.

Two Coats or Ruby Ribbon Nail Polish
The only downside to this polish is that if you want the matte effect you probably would not want to put a normal top coat on as this would more than likely take the matte polish and make it shiny. To avoid this I am sure you could buy a matte top coat or just do what I do and do not use a top coat and just touch up when the nail polish starts to chip. The polish lasts on the nails around 2-3 days before I notice any chipping.

This shade is really great for the fall/winter time as it is a darker red shade which fits perfectly with the berry tones that are quite popular in the winter time. I would highly recommend the Revlon Matte Suede nail polishes, but also all Revlon nail polishes if you are looking for opaque colour with a quick drying time. For nail beginners or even just people that aren't great at doing your nails this polish is PERFECT and will really save you a lot of stress if you are used to smudging or chipping your nail polish!

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Golden Bronze Eye Tutorial

For yesterdays makeup look I decided to use MUA products since I have been doing many blog posts recently on the brand. This tutorial will show you how the eyeshadows apply to your eyelid and what looks you can achieve from this palette. For this look I used my Immaculate Eyeshadow Palette by MUA which I am not sure if it is discontinued or not. I bought this when it was on offer for free when you bought like £8 in MUA items, but I have seen this recently in my local Superdrug. Many of the MUA eyeshadows are within different palettes or contained in the single eyeshadows so if you don't own this palette feel free to use similar colours that you do own.

Products I used for this eyeshadow look

To show you the colour payoff of some of the eyeshadows I decided to use no base or primer to see the actual colour payoff of the eyeshadows. I first took number 1 in the palette and swiped this all across my lid. This shade in particular does create some fallout but its not overly bad and the pigmentation is fantastic. Next I used number 2 in the palette and used this in my crease. This shadow is a little harder to blend but as you can see it turned out fine, you just really need to make sure you spend a lot of time blending out the edges. I also used this colour a tiny bit on the eyelid corners to darken up the look. Finally I used number 3 in the palette as my inner corner highlight. As you can see from my palette I use this colour a LOT but I swear this is my favourite colour of eyeshadow I think I have ever found. It creates the most beautiful highlight on the inner corners but also looks beautiful across the lid.

After my eyeshadows were applied I took my MUA colour intense eyeliner in Jet Black and lined my eyelid and bottom waterline. I then set this liner with number 4 in the palette in order to make the eyeliner last much longer than if I hadn't applied the powder over top. I do have a blog post on these eyeliners which can be found here. Next I curled my eyelashes and applied my MUA Lash Boom mascara which is a new product I have been playing around with. A blog post on this mascara and eyeshadow palette with swatches will be coming soon!

I actually wore this eye look for around 13 hours and the shadows were still visible on my lid even though no primer or base was used. The shadows were not as vibrant as when I first put them on but they honestly withstood very well. The eyeliner was still visible but it had tiny splotches where the colour wore off on the waterline but for 12 hours I think its pretty great if an eyeliner is still somewhat visible. The mascara did smudge a little on the bottom lashline but overall it wasn't too bad and no flaking occured.

This eyeshadow look in total would of cost £12 to recreate and the lasting power is fantastic. The colours are vibrant and a little goes a long way, I use this eyeshadow palette almost everyday and I absolutely love it. For only costing £8 for the Immaculate Collection and £4 for the normal eyeshadow palettes I really think the price and quality makes it a steal and I really would recommend trying them. My only warning is that many of the matte colours I have tried from MUA are not the greatest pigmentation but they can still work in creating a decent eyelook.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Makeup Academy (MUA) - Undressed Palette (Naked Palette Dupe?)

Before I get into this review I wanted to wish you all happy holidays and I hope you all had a great Christmas. This palette is in the £4 range at Makeup Academy (MUA) and can be purchased at your local Superdrug or the MUA website. One thing that is particularly popular about this palette is that it is supposed to be a “dupe” for the Naked palette by Urban Decay. I do not own the Urban Decay Naked palette so I cannot compare the two, but I will provide swatches and pictures of the MUA palette so you can make your own comparison.

MUA Undressed Palette

MUA Undressed Palette
The eyeshadow palette comes with 12 different eyeshadows, 2 of which are matte. The colours are very neutral but it also provides a blueish grey colour to spice it up a bit. The pigmentation is sort of hit and miss with this palette as I find the shimmery colours / darker colours show up great but the lighter colours / matte colours are a little harder to see. I think the lighter colours not showing up great is due to me being so ghostly pale. I have always found that the matte shadows from MUA are hardly pigmented to watch out for that.
L-R  Top Row of Palette
L-R Bottom Row of Palette
On your eyes the colours do show up and they last all day when you wear an eyeshadow primer or an eyeshadow base beneath them. The colours are gorgeous and you can make a ton of different looks by using the palette. On the back of the palette it even gives you a step by step tutorial on how you can use the eyeshadows to create an eye look.  The packaging isn’t comparable to big brands such as MAC or Nars, but it is good for its price and will not open on you unexpectedly.

Overall I think the MUA palettes are worth the money and I personally use one of the palettes almost every day for my eyeshadow. Although some of the colours are hardly pigmented most of them will show up just fine and they are easily blended and honestly just amazing for its price. I would recommend this eyeshadow palette to anyone looking for affordable makeup or just want to give this a try to see how it compares to your Naked palette by Urban Decay.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Monday, 23 December 2013

DIY - How to Depot NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils

For today’s blog post I thought it would be nice to share how I depot my NYX Jumbo Eye pencils. This blog post will not contain a review of the jumbo pencils, but if you would like me to do a full review please let me know in the comments! You can purchase these jumbo pencils online at Amazon for around $5, I am not actually sure if you can pick these up in drugstores in the US but they are not available in the UK. I currently own 3 of the NYX eyeshadows Milk, Yogurt, and Iced Mocha and I love them; but they are a pain to use when you don’t have the correct sharpener! To avoid this mishap I have decided to depot 2 of my NYX eyeshadows as I have used them until the point is gone and the rest of the product is inside the pencil (I do not have a NYX jumbo pencil sharpener).

For this DIY you will need a NYX jumbo eye pencil, a hair blow dryer, a container to put the product inside, and something to hold the pencil so you don’t burn yourself such as pliers. Make sure you use a container that has a good lid. Also if you are worried about making a mess, it would be useful to have a newspaper or something to put under your container in case something spills.

First you need to remove the lid on the pencil and set it aside. Next you need to break off the bottom of the pencil. This can be very difficult so I recommend using pliers.

Once you break off the cap at the bottom a little product may stick out but that is ok. Next grab your container and take off the lid and put it aside. Then grab the jumbo pencil with your pliers and place it vertically over the container you have just opened. Make sure that the bottom of the pencil that we just broke off is facing downwards. The pencil should be about an inch higher than the lid. With your other hand grab your hair drier and turn it on low speed with a high heat and aim it at the middle to bottom portion of the pencil. Keep moving the hair drier back and forth over the pencil and you will eventually see the product melt down into the container. This process can take quite a while between 5-10 minutes so be patient.

Once the product starts dripping down, you know if you have the entire product when you can look through the inside of the pencil and see through it. Once the pencil has fully melted out, set the container aside to let it cool. Once cooled, you can use a brush or your finger to apply the product to the eye or any other area.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Iced Mocha depotted.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Elf Healthy Glow Bronzing Powders

EyesLipsFace (ELF) healthy glow bronzing powders are in the ELF £1.50 line. These bronzing powders can be found on the UK ELF website or on Amazon.  There are 3 colours in the range containing 2 bronzers and 1 highlighting powder. I own the highlighter “Luminance” and the darker bronzer “Warm Tan”.

Both of the bronzing powders I own contain a lot of shimmer and glitter in them. This can be nice for the highlighting powder but is quite annoying for a bronzer. Bronzers are usually preferred matte because if the bronzer is shimmery it cannot be used under the cheekbones or used on the face to act like a shadow under the cheekbone. Another problem I have with the bronzers is that since there are only 2 shades, they are usually too dark for people with very pale skin. I myself am very pale and find that the bronzers look very muddy and too dark on myself. Even though this product is claimed to be a bronzer, you could still use this as an eyeshadow colour which I think would be beautiful.

The highlighting powder is great and does reflect a little light on top of your cheekbones, but it is not very noticeable or over shimmery. If you like a more natural look this highlighting powder is probably the best I have found so far. As you can see from the pictures I have used this highlighter a lot and have hit pan.
The packaging on these products feels very flimsy and feels it would break pretty easily so that is something to keep in mind when travelling. The casing is also clear so it gets dirty very easily and the clasp for the lid does not actually click, but will open on its own with very little pressure.

Personally I would recommend the highlighting powder to anyone who wants a more natural highlighted look, but I would recommend staying away from the bronzer as it is too shimmery to use as a bronzer or contour but would look great as an eyeshadow if you like a darker shimmery brown color. For only being £1.50 the highlighter is a steal and you will not be disappointed!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Makeup Academy (MUA) - Extreme Curl Mascara

This blog post is going to be a little different as this is not a review of mine but more my moms. My mom has visited me in England the past week and I introduced her to the MUA brand, she chose the Extreme Curl mascara. My mom does not normally wear makeup and she was very impressed with the way this mascara applied and looked on her lashes. My mom’s natural lashes are shorter and do not curl very easily. This mascara can be bought in Superdrug or on the MUA website and costs £2.

The mascara has a slightly curved wand with shorter bristles which helps to curl your lashes when you apply the mascara. It is a drier formula so when you apply it you do not have to wait for the mascara to dry before applying another coat. With only one coat of the mascara it was not clumpy but defined the lashes and kept an amazing curl. In the pictures below she did curl her eyelashes with an eyelash curler and then applied 2 coats of mascara. As you can see from the pictures the mascara did not clump at all and you can see the amazing curl it kept throughout the day. 

For £2 this mascara is a great deal, and is one of the better mascaras by MUA. It does not clump and keeps a curl all day. A great mascara for the price. Definitely worth going to your local Superdrug and giving this mascara a try!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Makeup Academy (MUA) - New Matte Lipsticks

Recently Makeup Academy (MUA) has come out with new matte lipsticks but every time I visit my local Superdrug they are all sold out, but I managed to pick up 2 yesterday! The lipsticks retail for £1 in Superdrug or they can also be found on the MUA website and Amazon. These lipsticks are easy to find as the normal lipsticks come in a black tube, where the matte lipsticks come in a white tube. These lipsticks contain the same amount of product as the normal lipsticks and they have 5 colors you can choose from. I picked up Wild Berry and Pouty Pink.

These lipsticks when applied to the lips are somewhat pigmented and show up, but I feel like the normal lipsticks give a better color payoff. The lipsticks are also not as creamy as say the Nyx lipsticks I reviewed earlier which can be found here. It does feel a little drying when you rub your lips together, but obviously you could use a lip balm or a gloss over the top. The lipstick also appears to cling a little too dry patches on your lips, so this can easily be avoided by using a lip scrub to exfoliate your lips before you put on the lipstick.

The only other complaint I have is that the color shown in the bottom of the tube is not necessarily what will come off on your lips. I was very hesitant to buy the Wild Berry shade because on the tube it looks like a very dark purple/brown color but luckily there were testers in the store. I feel like this product is very meh.. It’s not terrible but it isn’t amazing either, it is just average. I feel like the normal lipsticks do a much better job at pigmentation and portraying the color that is shown on the bottom of the tube.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Maybelline Colour Tattoo’s

Maybelline Colour Tattoos’ are considered a gel like cream eyeshadow. These can be used alone as an all over eyelid colour or below eyeshadows to make them pop and appear more vibrant, or even as a gel eyeliner. The range comes out with new colours seasonally as well as their permanent collection. The names of these products can be confusing as the UK version and US versions have different names for each product. I currently own Turquoise Forever (Tenacious Teal), On and on Bronze (Bad to the Bronze), and Immortal Charcoal (Audacious Asphalt).

These cream eyeshadows are very pigmented but could definitely be blended out to give a softer look to them. They are very creamy so blending is very easy; this can be done with a blending brush or just simply using your fingers. The product does set after a while so you need to somewhat work quick with the product so it is perfectly blended before it sets. These colour tattoos last all day without smudging and do a great job as an eyeshadow base for eyeshadows keeping them vibrant and fresh all day without creasing. All of the colour tattoos that I own have a shimmer to them but it is not too much and looks great over shimmery eyeshadows! The range of colour tattoo’s do contain matte colours as well.

 The packaging for this product is quite bulky compared to the product that you actually receive. If you look at the product on the side you can see the excess glass that does not contain any product, but tricks you to thinking there is more product inside the jar. Although it is bulky compared to the product you receive, the pots do not take up much room in order to store them.

The Maybelline Colour Tattoos can be found at any drugstore and cost around £5 in the UK, which is a great price considering the pigmentation of the product and the lasting power. You can sometimes find these colour tattoos on Amazon for a slightly cheaper price, especially for the colourful ones. I personally can’t wait to try out more of the colour tattoos, and would recommend them to anyone who wants a long lasting colour eyeshadow. 

Friday, 13 December 2013

Makeup Academy (MUA) - Intense Colour Eyeliners

Recently I bought 4 intense colour eye liners from the £1 Makeup Academy (MUA) line. I purchased these from my local Superdrug, but you can also find these eyeliners on the MUA website or on Amazon. I currently own a black (Jet Black), brown (Malt Chocolate), green (Forest Green) and a blue (Royal Blue). All of the eyeliners come with a sharpener cap which is very convenient when you are doing touch ups throughout the day if your eyeliner goes dull.

(Top - Bottom) Jet Black, Malt Chocolate, Forest Green, Royal Blue

These eyeliners have very good pigmentation and are very creamy. You do not have to push hard on the actual pencil to get the colour payoff. These eyeliners will smudge if you touch them, but this can easily be avoided by applying a similar colour eyeshadow on top of the eyeliner to set it. I personally use these eyeliners everyday on my lash line and in my water line. I do put a tiny bit of powder not on the waterline but right on the bottom lashline to ensure the eyeliner does not smudge off.

(L-R) Jet Black, Malt Chocolate, Forest Green, Royal Blue

The only complaint I can see with these pencil eyeliners is that the black is not super black. I personally do not mind this though and use this almost everyday as my eyeliner and don't really find this a big problem. All of the colours I own are matte apart from the brown which has a little bit of shimmer in it. The range offers a wide colour selection so at £1 you won't break the bank by trying out these eyeliners, they won't let you down!

P.S. if you would like to see one of these eyeliners on my actual eye, you can see the Jet Black liner used in my previous turquoise blue eye tutorial and natural eye tutorial in both my lashline and my waterline.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Nyx Round Lipstick - Review/Swatches

Today I decided to share with you my Nyx Round Lipstick collection. I currently own 12 of these lipsticks, but could only manage to find 11.. hmm..
L-R (Mars, Thalia, Pumpkin Pie, Orange Soda, Heredes, Doll, Fig, Indian Pink, Tea Rose, Strawberry Milk, Opal)

These lipsticks are quite affordable costing $4 on the Nyx website. In the US I believe you can buy these from drugstores, but in the UK it is a little more difficult to find. I bought mine from an Ebay seller called Joys Cosmetics for a set of 12 lipsticks for around £15. You can also purchase these lipsticks on Amazon which is a little easier to get your hands on.

L-R (Mars, Thalia, Pumpkin Pie, Orange Soda, Heredes, Doll, Fig, Indian Pink, Tea Rose, Strawberry Milk, Opal)

These lipsticks are very creamy and last around the same time as a normal lipstick, 3-4 hours. They are not long lasting but the colors come off very true to color and I find a lot of them just melt into your lips with a smooth creamy finish. The lipsticks have a very shiny finish, none of which I own are matte.

L-R (Mars, Thalia, Pumpkin Pie, Orange Soda, Heredes, Doll, Fig, Indian Pink, Tea Rose, Strawberry Milk, Opal)

A few of these lipsticks I was not to pleased with as they seemed very splotchy and honestly didn't look very nice: Orange Soda, Fig, Indian Pink, and Strawberry Milk. Now it is winter time and my lips are somewhat dry, especially after swatching so many different lip shades on my lips, so the lipstick could be clinging to dry patches although it doesn't happen with any of the other colors.

My personal favourites of the Nyx Round Lipsticks that I own is Doll for a red lip, Pumpkin Pie for a natural lip, and Tea rose for a nice pink shade. I do really enjoy layering Opal on top of different lipsticks, which gives the lipstick shade a hint of shine and a purpley tinge to it.

All lip swatches are done without lipgloss and lip liner

Overall I am very pleased with how these lipsticks perform and their pigmentation. The only other thing that you need to be careful about if you purchase these lipsticks is that they do melt extremely fast in the slightest bit of heat, so beware of putting these into a clutch or purse. For example while doing the photos for this blog post two of the lipsticks actually snapped while I was swatching them *tear* I know. Other than the slight splotchyness of a few colors the rest of the lipsticks are great and very good for the money. I recommend you try some of the colors out for yourself.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Turquoise Blue Eye Tutorial

Today I decided to create a turquoise blue eye tutorial look. I personally love wearing colourful eyeshadows on an everyday bases, but why not try something a little outside your comfort zone if you are used to wearing natural eyeshadow. For this look I used the Coastal Scents 88 eyeshadow palette which is full of different colourful eyeshadows as well as neutrals. This palette can be purchased off of the Coastal Scents website or off Amazon for around £20/$20. For this tutorial I only used 1 fluffy brush to create this look, and between colours I would wipe the brush on a cotton pad.

To start off this look I primed my eyes using Maybelline’s Color Tattoo in Turquoise Forever. Next I used 1 from the palette which is a slightly shimmery light blue colour, and packed this on the inner 1/3 of my eyelid. Next I used 2 from the palette which is a light blue much more shimmery than the first eyeshadow, on the rest of the eyelid and blended it into the first colour I applied.

 Then I used 3 which is a matte darker blue, and applied this throughout the crease and blended it towards my brow bone. Make sure you spend a lot of time on this step as it is important to blend out the look or else it will have a harsh line. Finally I used number 4 which is a dark matte green colour on the outer v. If you are unsure where the outer v is, it is on the outer corners of your crease and a tiny bit onto your eyelid which would create a sideways v shape. Instead of using a shimmery white for the inner corner highlight I decided to use the shimmery blue shade marked 2 in the palette, which I was very pleased with.

 To finish the look I used MUA’s intense colour eyeliner in jet black. I then curled my lashes with just a cheap eyelash curler I bought from Primark, and applied a few coats of Maybelline’s define-a-lash mascara.