Friday, 29 June 2012

Coral Blushes

Morning ladies! Apologies for not posting on the blog recently, i know i have been super bad! I have only been home a week from Spain and still trying to settle back in at home and i haven't even unpacked! LOL!

Now, many of you many know i have an obsession with coral colours, especially when it comes to blush. Coral blushers get me all excited as it's one of those colours that compliment dark skin beautifully.


Coral is the PERFECT shade for summer, whether it's on your cheeks, lips or nails! There are many different shades of coral and there is always one for every skin tone. I have many different tones of coral and in different textures. I don't really have a preference for cream or powder blushes, it just depends on my mood.

Top-Bottom: MAC Modern Mandarin, NARS Gilda, Bobbi Brown Apricot, Benefit Coralista

Top-Bottom: NARS Cactus Flower, Bobbi Brown Calypso Coral, MAC Rich Coral, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Nectar, Benefit Cha Cha Tint.

For cream blushes i like to use a MAC 187 Stipling Brush. I prefer using this brush as i can lightly apply the colour and it's one of those brushes that picks up the right amount of product. When it comes to powder blushes, the MAC 168 Angled Brush is perfect. I love the shape of the brush and it is very easy to blend the colour with this brush.

I don't really have a SINGLE favourite, but i do find myself reaching for the NARS Gilda a lot! For the warmer months, i love using the cream blushes and the Bobbi Brown Calypso Coral is a firm favourite. Benefit Cha Cha Tint is perfect for a long lasting coral flush on my cheeks and lips and it's something that i use on my no makeup days - defeats the object right?!

Do any of you have a favourite coral blush?

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Stand Out Sunday! Lush You Snap The Whip

I know i haven't really mentioned bath products, so i am going to share my holy grail product from Lush!


This is a mixture of a soap, body butter and exfoliator bar and is ideal for those stubborn dry areas. I have noticed a huge improvement in my skin by using this. However i don't use this everyday as it finishes really quickly, so maybe about twice a week.

I get those nasty little bumps on the back of my arms, in beauty therapy terms Keratosis Pilaris. Since using this, the little bumps are pretty much non existent! Yaaaaay!

The smell is quite fruity and is lovely using in the shower. It keeps my skin so soft and nourished, as it has ingredients such as, charcoal, pumice, macadamia nut oil and cocoa butter. All these ingredients bring newer, brighter skin to the surface.

This can be purchased from Lush Stores and online HERE. It retails for £5.50 for 95g and i would really recommend getting the storage tin, as it protects your Lush bar!

How do i use this product? I make sure my whole body has been exposed to the shower. I then switch off the shower because when running water hits the bar, it starts to dissolve straight away. I focus on the areas which are really dry i.e. elbows, knees, back of my arms etc. By the way you will notice your whole bath and your body is a black mess! But don't worry, as it rinses off.

Have you used any products from Lush? Which ones should i try next?

Friday, 8 June 2012

Sleek Blush By 3 Palettes Review & Swatches


I have heard so much about the NEW Sleek Blush palettes and had been trying so hard to get my mitts on them! Every time i went to Superdrug, they were always SOLD OUT! Eventually i thought, you know what i will order it online, STRESS FREE shopping! :)

I had placed my order with Sleek and received my lovely parcel a few days later.

I was amazed when i opened the blush palettes......they were incredibly pigmented and there is a mixture of matte and shimmer blushers in each palette.

I had heard that these were limited edition, which is why i was so eager to buy them. They retail for £10 and can still be purchased on the Sleek website HERE

For 3 blushers, £10 is an absolute bargain. These blushers can be worn alone or mixed with each other to give a different look......fabulous for all occasions. :D

There are 5 different palettes to choose from:
Pumpkin
Flame
Lace
Pink Sprint
Sugar

These palettes are great for everyone, but even ideal for a freelance makeup artist like myself. It saves so much space in my kit and i have 15 colours to choose from when working on a client.

Pumpkin Palette


Pumpkin Swatch


Sugar Palette


Sugar Swatch

Flame Palette


Flame Swatch

Lace Palette


Lace Swatch

Pink Sprint Palette


Pink Sprint Swatch

Overall, i am so pleased with these products. The colour pay off and pigmentation is excellent and its wonderful to find blushers suitable for more tanned and darker skin tones.

Do any of you have the Sleek Blush By 3 palettes? Which trio is your favourite?

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Burberry Lip Cover Lipstick Blush & Lip Definer Bright Plum Review & Swatches


Burberry* is such an iconic brand and their cosmetics range matches that. The packaging is simply luxurious and makes me feel like a million dollars!

The Burberry logo is etched onto the actual lipstick itself, which i think gives Burberry that little bit of extra class! The lipstick also has a magnetic lid, so you know that it's not going to get all over your makeup bag!



The lipstick is in shade 09 Blush and is impressively hydrating. It felt moisturizing and luscious on my lips.  There is a slight rosy scent, that doesn't really bother me. Wearing this on an evening out did not dry up my lips at all! I didn't even have to apply lip balm prior to putting on this lipstick! SUPER HYDRATING!

Natural Day Light
Taken with flash

I went out to dinner in Spain wearing the combination lipstick and lip definer. The colour wore for a good few hours and after food and drinks, the colour has started to wear off a tiny bit but not a huge amount.

I kept the rest of the makeup very simple. It was just too hot to wear heavy makeup, which is why i opted for the Burberry lipstick.

Burberry Lip Covers retail for £22.50 and can be purchased HERE


What I'm wearing:
Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer (med)
MAC Select Moisture Cover (NC42)
NARS Gilda Blush
MAC Tarnish Pencil Liner
L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes
Burberry Lip Definer Bright Plum
Burberry Lipstick 09 Blush  

I also got the Burberry Lip Definer in Bright Plum and this shade fits perfectly with the Burberry Lip Cover in Blush.

I was very impressed that the liner came with a sharpener, as some brands make you purchase a separate one!

I have also used the lip definer as an all over lip colour. I just fill in the entire lips with the lip definer and for a more bolder, long lasting colour, i would layer a lipstick over the top.

 

Burberry Lip Definers cost £15.50 and can be purchased HERE

The quality of the Burberry products is outstanding and it seems as though Burberry have lived up to the hype. I am in love with the lipstick and find myself putting it on as my everyday colour. I am definitely going to be adding more shades!

I think the prices are reasonable for a luxury brand, and there are other brands that charge a lot more, i.e. Tom Ford lipsticks at £36.
You can currently purchase these products on the Burberry Website HERE and Harrods.

Have any of you tried the makeup range from Burberry? What do you think of it?

* Disclaimer: These products were sent for review. I was not paid for this post, nor am i affiliated with them. This is my honest opinion, as always.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Stand Out Sunday! MAC Paint Pots Review & Swatches


I love using MAC Paint Pots and the fact that the product lasts forever is another bonus! I have picked my top five paint pots and you can see Blackground and Constructivist have been used quite a lot!


They come in glass jars and the downside is that if you accidentally drop the jar, then it can be chipped or even broken. The other issue that i have is the black lids do not screw on properly and the product starts drying up! It's so frustrating and a pain in the backside, especially when you are no where near to finishing the product!

Top: Constructivist, Blackground. Middle: Painterly. Bottom: Bare Study, Indianwood.
These paint pots can be used as simple eyeshadows or as primers. If you are using them as eyeshadow, then you have to blend it straight away because it will start to dry as soon as you apply them to the lids.

When i am using them as a primer, i just use my fingers and lightly blend. However, when i want to use it as an eyeshadow, i would apply it with a MAC 217 blending brush. I find using this brush applies the eyeshadow evenly and gives a nice blended look.


These paint pots are great for everyone but particularly for those who have oily eyelids and eyeshadows always crease! I, myself have very oily lids and always have to use a primer. Paint pots do not crease on my eyelids, whether i am using it as a primer or as an eyeshadow.

My base is normally Painterly and when i put on a powder eyeshadow on top, it makes the colour much more vibrant. The powder eyeshadow clings better onto the paint pots in general.

I have noticed that the matte shades are a tad bit more drying and thicker in texture. The frost and satins ones seemed more creamier and smoother to apply.

I love using Constructivist as a quick smokey eye. I apply this on my eyelid and along my bottom lash line. Smudge some kohl liner and pop on a bit of mascara and waheyy you have a super quick smokey eye makeup!

Top-Bottom: Constructivist, Blackground, Painterly, Bare Study. On the side: Indianwood

MAC Paint Pots cost £14.50 and can be purchased HERE

Join me on my Bobbi Brown Giveaway! Click to enter HERE

Have any of you used the MAC Paint Pots? What do you think?

I hope you are all having a fab Jubilee weekend! x