Thursday, 29 October 2015

October Favourites | 2015

Its that time again where the end of the month nears and I round up my make up favourites. I can't believe that October is almost over as it definitely had it ups and downs. However I have a few new items to share with you as I have been trying out a range of different products. I have picked a palette, blusher, lip butter and nail polish.

At the beginning of the month, I found this Stila Palette in TK Maxx and have used this almost everyday. The Stila 'In The Light' Palette is quickly becoming my favourite. This palette contains a range of bronze and purple shades which are amazing for creating some great autumn eyeshadows. I favourite shade from the palette is the gold colour in the middle of the bottom row.

The lip product I used most is the Collection Lip Butter in 'Perfect Plum' as it is a lovely purple plum shade ideal for autumn. These lip butters are so buttery and moisturising and feel very soft on the lips.I will mention that the staying power isn't the best and does need to be reapplied. This lip butter is very cheap and only cost £2.99 which is such a bargain.

The blusher of the month is the Illamasqua Cream Blusher in 'Seduce' which is amazing. I haven't really been into cream blushers before but this one has changed my mind. This cream blusher is so pigmented and only really requires the slightest amount. The dark pink shade is brilliant for autumn as it gives me that winter flushed look.

Other than the Stila Palette, the only other eyeshadow product I have used is the No7 Stay Perfect Shade & Define in 'Cool Mink'. I find this eyeshadow stick easy to use and is very long lasting. This product is great as a base or all over lid colour. I personally prefer to use this as a base and then go over with a dark in the crease.

The nail polish that I have been wearing has been the OPI Nail Polish in 'So Elegant' which is basically a clear nail polish containing black glitter. I normally wear this nail polish over the top of other colours to give a layered effect. I also feel that this nail polish would be great for the festival season as well.  

What are your October Favourites?

Emily <3

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Celebrating 20 Years of Life

Coming to the end of my teenage years feels like the scariest thing ever. In fact, I would happily turn 19 again and again. However that can't be the case, so here I am celebrating the 20 years of my life so far. I don't really know where the last couple of years have gone because I swear I was only 15 years old a year ago! I'm going to put that down to the fact that I have had a couple of crazy last years filled with the good and bad. But before diving further into future, why not look back and reflect on what I have learnt along the way so far.

1. You can't please everyone.

2. Not everyone will be your best friend.

3.Your family will always be there for you. Even at three o'clock in the morning.

4. It's Ok to ask for help.

5. Don't put too much pressure on yourself and don't beat yourself up.

6. There will always be down days.

7. But you will always get back up.

8. Stop regretting anything that was necessary.

9. Going for a walk can help clear the mind.

10. Worrying about everything doesn't help.

11. Over thinking makes it seem impossible.

12. Fairly lights make every room cosy.

13. Hugs make everything better.

14. Mint green is definitely my favourite colour.

15. No one is perfect.

16. There is nothing wrong with being shy and quiet.

17. Wear clothes that are comfortable. Even if its sweatpants.

18. Bronze eyeshadows are my favourite.

19. More sleep is better than watching extra tv.

20. Enjoy life because you only live once. (very cheesy, I know!)

There are so many more lessons learnt throughout the 20 years but more importantly, I'm sure there will be many more to come. Here's to another 20 years...

Emily <3 

Sunday, 25 October 2015

The Bronze Eyeshadow Edit

If there is one shade that I always wear, it would be bronze. When I don't know what eyeshadow colour to chose or if I don't have a lot of time to blend, I turn towards my selection of bronze eyeshadows. There is something about a good bronze eyeshadow that makes my eyes pop and look put together. Although I like to experiment with brighter and bolder colours, my favourite shades have hints of bronze to them and I thought I would share my favourites with you.

One of my favourite bronze eyeshadows, is the Rimmel Mono Eyeshadow in 'Spicy Bronze'. I brought this eyeshadow at a discounted price and have got so much use out of it. I find this eyeshadow to be a more brown toned bronze which I like to pair with a darker brown shade in the crease. If your looking for a great budget bronze eyeshadow I would highly recommend trying this one.

Next up, is the newest additional to my bronze collection. The Fleurderforce Eyeshadow Quad in 'Cosmic Bronze' contains three bronze toned shades with a lighter highlighting colour but my personal favourite shade from this quad is the frosted bronze colour in the bottom left. I find that this shade in particular blends so nicely into my lid and gives the eye some definition.

A classic that everyone talks and raves about the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'On & On Bronze'. I own many eyeshadows but the one that I reach for most has to be this one as it is the perfect product to throw on if your having a lazy day or in a rush. This cream eyeshadow blends perfectly and gives that frosty bronze appearance and matches almost every make up look. Sometimes I use this as a base and go in with a darker shade as well.

The final product is the Collection Eyes Uncovered Nude Bronze Palette which is perfect for a bronze lover like myself. This palette includes a selection of bronze eyeshadows and is ideal for travelling with as you could create a range of different looks. The pigmentation and quality of this palette is amazing and I feel that it is very underrated as it only cost £3.99! If you love bronze as much as me, you need this palette in your life.

What are your favourite bronze eyeshadows?

Emily <3

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Drugstore Gems // MUA Blushers

If I am ever having a down day or feeling a bit under the weather, my favourite thing to do is to have a walk around Superdrug or Boots and see what drugstore gems I can find. There are so many great products for such an amazing price but one of the best bargains and gems is the Make Up Academy Blushers. These blushers are of such great quality and only cost £1 which is unbelievable and these are my favourite three shades.

MUA Powder Blusher 'Bon Bon' 
This was the first blusher that I ever tried and is my most used blusher as it is a wonderful mid toned pink colour and is perfect for all year round and is my go to blusher if I'm running late as it goes with almost every make up look. I will mention that the powder blushers are very pigmented and if your heavy handed, I would seriously be careful. 

MUA Cream Blusher 'Dolly'
I would say that this blusher is a lovely coral colour which I wear a lot during the spring and summer months. Although I normally use cream blushers in the winter, this one is an exception as this is more of a powder to cream finish rather than a liquid to cream formula. If your scared about trying a cream blusher this is the one for you and it won't break the bank either.  

MUA Powder Blusher 'Candyfloss'
The last blusher comes in the form of a powder and is more of a pinky colour which is ideal for the winter months with a hint of shimmer to it. If I'm being honest, I brought blusher over a year ago and just left it and it is never tried or worn but recently I made an effort and use it weekly. I find that this blusher gives that flushed cheeks look. 

(Left to Right: Bon Bon, Dolly, Candyfloss)

Have you tried these blushers before? What did you think? 

Emily >3 

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Updated Skincare Routine | 2015

I recently changed and mixed up my skincare routine as I didn't feel that my previous routine was removing my make up in the best way and make my skin looked dull and boring. Because of this, I spend a couple of days researching and walked out of Boots with a bag full of new products to test out. My main problem I was having, was finding products that my sensitive skin wouldn't reaction badly to while still cleansing my skin and I thought I would share my step by step evening routine.

The first thing I do when it comes to the end of the day, is to remove my make up with the Super Facialist Vitamin C Skin Renew Cleansing Oil. I was nervous about using a cleansing oil as I generally have oily skin but I have since fallen in love with this product. This cleansing oil removes make up like nothing else I have ever used as it is so easy and makes taking waterproof liner and mascara off so simple and quick. However if you can't stand the smell of oranges, I would recommend trying the body shop alternative.

After using a cleansing oil to remove the main bulk of the make up, I use the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water on a cotton pad to get rid of any lipstick as I normally wear a bright lipstick colour with a matte formula. I used to use this micellar water to remove all my make up but noticed that my foundation was still on my face and found that this micellar water didn't work as well as a primary remover.

When all the make up has been removed off my face, I go in with the Avene Gentle Gel Cleanser which is my favourite skincare product at the moment. I heard about this brand from Essiebutton as she said that it was brilliant for sensitive skin. This gel cleanser really cleans and cleansers my skin and leaves it feeling smooth and very soft. The smell of this product is very faint and not strong which I like and the formula really calms my skin. If you are struggling with sensitive skin, I would highly recommend trying this gel cleanser.

After my skin is fully cleansed, I reach for the Simple Soothing Facial Toner on a cotton pad and wipe it over my face to remove any cleanser still remaining on the skin and to even out the ph levels. I have used this toner for the past couple of years and I know not everyone believes that a toner does anything but I find this product soothing and refreshing.

Lastly, I apply my Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser which is my all time favourite moisturiser as it is so thick but still sinks into the skin quickly and feels the skin feeling hydrated and feeling smooth and soft. I found that this moisturiser doesn't react with my skin and is the best one I have found from the drugstore for sensitive skin.

What skincare products are your currently using?

Emily <3

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Autumn Makeup Menu

When the cooler months come around, I find myself reaching for different shades and products as this time of year suits darker tones, berry lips as well as golden eyes. During the summer, I turn to lighter champagne eyeshadows, bright pink lipsticks, coral blushers and brown pencil liners as they give a more bright and fun look. However as autumn hits, my make up bag is emptied and refilled with different more appropriate shades.  

In terms of base, I swap my tinted moisturiser for a foundation with slightly heavier coverage as my skin generally looks duller and spottier during the cooler months. My foundation of choice is the Revlon Nearly Naked in '110 Ivory' as it gives a fairly matte finish. However if I am having a good skin day I turn towards the Simple Perfecting Beauty Balm which gives a lighter coverage. The only powder I ever use is the Bourjois Healthy Balance in '52 Vanille' which takes away shine and controls oil. I use the Helen E Stage Eyeshadow Primer everyday as it makes my eyeshadow last all day. 

During the summer, I just apply bronzer and leave it but I feel that autumn is a great time for contouring as it gives more definition to your face and my favourite contour kit has to be the Seventeen Define and Conquer Contour as it is so easy to use. However if I do want to bronze I turn towards the L'oreal Glam Bronzer in '06'. There is one blusher that I always use in the colder months and that is Sleek's Powder Blusher in 'Rose Gold' as it gives a flushed cheeks look while also giving a highlight as well. I also love using the Rimmel Stay Blushed Liquid Cheek Tint in '001 Pop of Pink' because it gives me that rosy glow look.

Eye shadows are my favourite thing to change during the autumn as I am a massive fan of copper and gold shades. My all time favourite eyeshadow for autumn is the Rimmel Eyeshadow in 'Spicy Bronze' as it is the ideal bronze colour and suits almost every look and lipstick. Another great alternative is the Mac Eyeshadow in 'Amber Lights' which is a warm burned orange colour. It wouldn't be an autumn post without mentioning the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'Metallic Pomegranate' because it is a wonderful red plum colour. I always go for darker thicker liners and the Soap & Glory Supercat Liner is a wonderful choice as well as the Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide On Eye Pencil in 'Lush'. 

When it comes to autumn lipsticks, it will come as no surprise that I wear nothing but purple as I find it suits me really well and is always a eye catcher. I know that not everyone feels comfortable wearing such a bright and bold shade but over time I have learnt to become confident in wearing more fun colours. The Rimmel Kate Moss Lasting Finish Lipstick in '29' is the most amazing purple shade with a hint of pink to it where as the Collection Lip Butter in 'Perfect Plum Plum' is more of a purple plum shade.

What are your favourite make up products for autumn?

Emily <3

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Collection Lip Butters | Review

The other day when I was food shopping, a couple of Collection Lip Butters made their way into my basket. They caught my eye as they look very similar to the Revlon Lip Crayons but at a much cheaper price and I felt like trying a new product. I picked up a normal lip butter and a matte lip butter to test the formula and thought I would share my thoughts on them.

I believe that these are a fairly new addition to their lip butter range so I decided to try one as I am a massive matte fan. The shade I have is 'Marshmallow Pink' which is a pink dusty shade with a slight blue tone to it and is a great everyday colour. I personally find the crayon style packaging easy and cute and the formula feels creamy and pigmented while still lasting without drying out the lips.

I also brought a regular lip butter in the shade 'Perfect Plum' which is ideal for autumn as it is a darker purple plum colour. I was shocked at the colour pay off from this product as it is very pigmented and feels very moisturising and looks very glossy on the lips. I would say that this product is aimed at girls who prefer a bolder glossy finish but saying this, I have worn this non stop over the last couple of days. 

Have you tried these lip butters before? What are your thoughts on them?

Emily <3

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Bronzers On a Budget

There are so many different and great products that you can buy from the high street and drugstore but one item that I found particular hard to hurt down was bronzers. When I first started using make up, I couldn't find a bronzer for a reasonable price but over the last couple of months, I have discovered many great bronzers on a budget.

One of the most popular bronzers on the high street is the Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder in '51'. Straightly, I didn't bother to try this one until recently but it is a great budget buy. The product is a warm brown shade with a hint of shimmer to it and has a wonderful soft texture. This Bourjois bronzer isn't overly pigmented which means that you can go in heavy handed and build it up.

If your really short on money, one for you would be the Make Up Academy Bronzer in Shade 1. I will admit that this bronzer does contain shimmer and glitter which could be a deal breaker for some but during the summer months, it looks great with a tan.This shade may look very dark but it comes off lighter and at £1, you can't fault its simple packaging.

A newer addition to my bronzer collection is the L'oreal Glam Bronzer in 06 which is fast becoming a favourite. This is a fairly matte bronzer with a couple bits of shimmer here and there but nothing noticeable. I also love the warmer golden shade that this product has and makes it ideal all year round and adds great warmth and depth to your make up look. 

The final bronzer is one from Rimmel.  I don't really hear people raving about Rimmel Bronzers but this one is a great option. The Rimmel Sun Shimmer Bronzing Compact Powder in Light Matte is my go to bronzer if I am having a lazy or minimal make up day as it gives your face that healthy glow. I also love this product because it is completely matte and comes in a very sleek and thin compact.

What are your favourite budget bronzers?

Emily <3

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Life Long Beauty Essentials

I will be the first one to admit that I am a massive make up lover and hoarder and own more products that a normal person needs and would use. Because of this, I often try different make up everyday to test out new and different products. However saying this, I have a few products which I always turn to and will use for the foreseeable future and these include a make up brush, a powder, a primer as well as some nail polishes.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush: I remember buying this brush and thinking that I may not ever use it but I was very wrong! This has to be my most used brush as the quality is amazing and suits my small face well. I prefer to use this brush for applying and blending in foundation and powdering. The bristles feel very smooth and soft and works the foundation in well.

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder: As a oily skinned girl, I have tried a load of different oil controlling powders but there is one that works the best for me and that is this one from Bourjois. I find that this powder gives me a matte finish but still feels light on the skin and can be used on its own. I also love the scent and can see this product living in my make up bag for years to come.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion: I couldn't possibly do a essentials post without mentioning this amazing primer. Normally eyeshadow doesn't stay anywhere near my eyelids but this eyeshadow primer is a life saver. Not only does this primer make the eyeshadow last longer but makes it more intense. Not to mention the cute packaging.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Liner in 'Bronzer': When it comes to liners, I wasn't really bothered until I found this liner from Rimmel. This eye liner makes it so easy to draw a line along your lashline and doesn't smudge which I love. I haven't found a liner that lasts as long for the price and I don't think I will ever stop using this product.

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in 'Nudist': I never got into the lip crayon trend as they didn't interest me but one product that I couldn't resist is this lip product from Soap & Glory. This shade is my perfect nude colour and is the one I turn to when I am wearing a bold eye look as it gives my lips that glossy feel and has a heavenly vanilla scent to it.

Essie Nail Polish in 'Mint Candy Apply: In terms of nail polish, there is only one colour that I really wear all year round and that would be mint green. I have a thing about this colour and own it in many different formulas and my favourite is from Essie but Barry M have a very similar dupe as well. When in doubt, paint your nails mint green!

What are your life long beauty essentials

Emily <3

Thursday, 8 October 2015

The Liquid Lipsticks

If there is one type of lip formula that I love, it has to be liquid lipsticks. It took me a while to move away from nude lipsticks and balms and step out of my comfort zone to brighter and bolder colours and that's when I first discovered this formula and haven't stopped using them since. I personally find liquid lipsticks easier to apply and generally have a great formula so I thought I would give you a run down of my favourites.

The first lip product is designed to be a lip cream which dries to a matte finish but I still refer to it as a liquid lipstick as it has the pigmentation of one. The Collection Cream Puff in 'Cotton Candy' is a lip product that I turn to when I don't want my lipstick going anywhere as it dries very quickly and doesn't move after it. This light pink shade is a great everyday colour and the vanilla smell makes it me want to eat it!

These Bourjois lip products have been out in the shops for a while now and have a lot of hype surrounding them but it wasn't until recently that I finally decided to pick one up and give it a try. The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 'So Hap' Pink' was the shade I brought and has become my favourite everyday lipstick. This product applies smoothly onto the lips without going everywhere and dries to a complete matte finish but doesn't dry you lips out and lasts until you take your make up off in the evening.

The Lo'real Glam Shine Stain Splash in 'Lolita' was one of the first lip products that I brought but still use it to this day. I know that this product is labelled as a lipgloss but I would say that it is a lipstick as it dries to a very matte finish and has the texture and pigmentation of one. What I really like about this product is that it still feels moisturising on the lips and stays throughout eating and drinking. The applicator of this item is perfect for the lips and doesn't waste any extra product either.

The last product is one that I have talked about fairly recently as it is a lovely berry shade. The Maybelline Colour Elixir in 'Glam 6' is a great budget liquid lipstick as it is has a very thick texture to it which can smudge if you apply too much so that is something to beware of. The pigmentation of this lipstick is unbelievable and is very hydrating, not to mention the super sleek packaging.

What are your favourite liquid lipsticks?

Emily <3

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

My Autumn Blush Picks

Blushers are my guilty pleasure and I own way too many but it means that when the season change, I can switch out and change over the blushers in my draw. Because of this, I thought I would share my favourite autumn blushers. During this time of year, I turn towards glittery and shimmery blushers with a darker peachy or pinky tone to them as they give me that rosy cheek glow.

Starting off with a blusher from Make Up Academy. This is one of the first blushers I ever brought and used and still use it to this day. The Make Up Adademy Powder Blusher in 'Bon Bon' is a great autumn blusher because it has a peachy tone and is very pigmented so a little goes a long way. I find this blush very creamy in texture and only costs £1 so I would highly recommend buying this one. However the packaging isn't the fanciest but for such a cheap price, the actual product is great.

Every year when autumn rolls around, I always use the Sleek Powder Blush in 'Rose Gold' which I have talked about time after time and have even reviewed it here. There is something about the rosy pink shade which has bits of gold throughout that makes it ideal for the cooler months. The pigmentation is unbelievable and only requires the smallest amount of product to create a flushed glow and the buttery texture makes it so blend able.

I find that peachy tones are much better suited during the warmer months, but one that I carry through to the winter months would have to be the Natural Collection Blusher in 'Peach Melba'. This peach shade is one of my go to blushers because it has a slight brown and red undertone. Another more peachy blush is the NYX Powder Blusher in 'Mauve'. I would say this blush is more of a pink tone rather than brown and can be built up.

Finally is a small blusher from Rimmel. I don't ever hear people talk about blushers from them but the Rimmel Lasting Finish Soft Colour Blush in 'Live Pink' is a great autumn pick. I would say that this blusher has a bright pink colour with gold shimmer which is very similar to the Sleek Blusher.

What are your favourite blushers to wear to the autumn?

Emily <3

Sunday, 4 October 2015

H&M Eyeshadow Palette | Review

One of the first make up products I ever brought was a little eyeshadow palette from H&M which came with a sponge applicator and everything. Because of this, I knew that H&M did make up but was never that bothered by it as the quality wasn't that great. However what I didn't realize was that they had completely re branded and relaunched their whole make up range. I had a look around the beauty section and decided to pick up an eyeshadow palette.

I picked up the palette called 'Aubergine Dream' which looks ideal for autumn and contains some amazing shades. What really caught my eye was the new packaging of the products and this palette was no different. I have heard some people compare the packaging to Tom Ford and it looks very fancy and sleek. The palette comes with a large mirror and nine pretty shades. I also like how slim the product is and is a great size for popping into your handbag or make up bag for travel.

The actual eyeshadows have a very buttery texture to them and feel silky and blendable. However I will mention that some of the light matte shades are more chalky which can result in a bit of fall out but nothing too bad. I will say that the darker shades are very pigmented so be carefully if your heavy handed but blends perfectly into the lid and stays in place. The range of shades is great and includes a mixture of shimmers and mattes which I actual like and prefer. Unfortunately the brown shade on the bottom left basically contains chunks of glitter which I can't wear and that is a shame.

(Top Row Swatches From Left To Right)  

(Middle Row from Left to Right) 

( Bottom Row from Left to Right)

Overall, I would say that this is a great budget eyeshadow palette as it offers a range of different colours which allow you to create several different looks. I have been using this palette for the past couple of weeks and I have been loving it. However at £9.99 there are some cheaper alternatives on the market but the packaging of this one really makes it reach for it over others. 

Have you tried any of the re launched beauty products? 

Emily <3 

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