Thursday, 31 July 2014

July Favourites:

I’ve said it before and, believe me, I’ll say it again - this month has absolutely flown by! July has been a relatively busy month for me with work, get-togethers with friends and the start of a long overdue health kick so this month’s favourites are primarily old, tried and tested products with one newbie that I just haven’t been able to put down.

Vichy Eau Thermale Spa Water 
On “those” days when I’m feeling a little lazy and I’m just not in the mood to gather all my cleansers, toners etc together and have a full on skincare session, I’ll reach for the Vichy Eau Thermale Spa Water. I mentioned this product a while ago in my Evening Skincare Routine post and it’s still a staple part of my schedule to this day. If I’ve gone too hard with my scrub, one spritz of this will instantly revive my skin and leave it feeling refreshed, cool and soothed and, despite the bulky 150ml packaging, I’ll even throw this in my handbag to keep my skin feeling fresh throughout the day.

Embyrolisse Lait-Crème Concentre
I have been loving this moisturiser so much I dedicated a whole entire review post to it at the beginning of the month. It’s quickly become a Holy Grail status moisturiser for me and now I would never want to be without it. I’m eager to try more from the Embryolisse brand, do you guys have any suggestions as to what I should try?

Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Addiction
I have been loving lip liner this month. Whatever the look or whatever the occasion I have constantly found myself reaching for a lip liner to finish off the face. However, for that Kylie Jenner pout, I’ve been opting for the Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Addiction, a deep rosy nude with brown undertones. With a slightly lighter shade in the centre of the lips, the combination makes my lips appear a lot larger (something I’m very grateful for) and the staying power and soft formula make this liner a complete winner for me. 

Tangle Teezer Aqua Splash
I mentioned this product a while ago in my March Favourites and somehow managed to lose misplace it not long after the post went live. Since finding it buried at the back of my bathroom cupboard (silly Natalie!) I haven’t let it out of my sight. It’s no secret that my hair is currently at a ridiculous length and, because of this, brushing it can be an absolute nightmare but this brush de tangles and moves through my hair like nothing else I have ever tried and I can get on with styling and blow drying almost straight after showering. 

Ardell Natural 118 Lashes
Whilst the Ardell Demi Wispies are by far my favourite lashes for day to day or a casual evening with friends, the 118’s are definitely my go to pair for more formal occasions and nights out. I love the dramatic, flared outer edges, the length and volume that these lashes provide and above all the invisible band makes them extremely comfortable to wear.

Summer Scoop Yankee Candle
Candles in Summer? Yes indeed! Even on the hottest of days you will find me lighting one of my favourite Yankee Candles and over the past few months it’s been Summer Scoop that has been filling my home with its amazing strawberry ice cream scent. The scent is definitely strong but it is in no way overpowering and, as the name would suggest, it’s perfect for the Summer. 

What have your favourites been this month?

Take care x

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Real Techniques Retractable Bronzer Brush:

Back in the day stippling brushes were all I ever used to apply my foundation and pretty much every other makeup item in my collection. Bronzers, blushes, powders, you name it, I would have a stippling brush for it. Since our falling out however I have moved onto pastures new and am yet to stumble upon another stippling brush that I can actually get on with, until now.

Real Techniques Retractable Bronzer Brush

Real Techniques Retractable Bronzer Brush

Cue the Real Techniques Retractable Bronzer Brush*. I have been a fan of the Real Techniques brand ever since they first launched so was intrigued to see their new line up of retractable brushes, particularly the duo fibre, bronzer brush. Like all Real Techniques brushes this brush is made with synthetic taklon fibres which are not only incredibly soft to the touch, but are 100% cruelty free. The packaging itself is nice, it feels sturdy and well made and will no doubt keep the brush inside protected, but travel friendly? I’m not so sure. For a product that is designed to be ‘mobile’ I’m not convinced that I would want to throw this in my make up bag (if it would fit!) clutch, or handbag as it’s just a little too bulky for my liking and it’s certainly not lightweight either. However, what this brush lacks in design it more than makes up for in ease of use and versatility.

Real Techniques Retractable Bronzer Brush

I’ve found this brush works the best at applying my translucent powder after foundation or to apply a light dusting of bronzer to larger areas of my face (forehead, down the neck and along the jaw line) as the densely packed, soft bristles pick up just the right amount of product to distribute the powder evenly and effortlessly. If it’s precise, on point contour or more concentrated areas of colour you’re looking for, then this brush isn't going to be the one for you, however there is always the option of retracting the brush slightly to bring the bristles closer together and create an even denser brush. The same goes when it comes to applying cream products; I’m talking cream blush or cream bronzer etc. You can’t help but achieve a smooth, natural finish as this brush blends product into the skin like nothing else leaving your skin flawless and looking not at all over done. We all know how bad too much cream blush can look!

Real Techniques Retractable Bronzer Brush

When it came to applying foundation or my tinted moisturiser this brush just wasn’t up to the job. Rather than blend my foundation of choice into my skin, it instead just moved the product around my face and took what seemed like forever to apply. About halfway through application I got bored and ended up reverting back to a damp makeup sponge to finish the job! To test a brush’s true quality however I like to see how it responds to washing and, after application, washing this brush was absolutely fine. There was no sign of shedding, no loss of shape to the brush and the bristles were just as soft as they were when the brush was new.

Real Techniques Retractable Bronzer Brush

Even with the few set backs I have actually really been enjoying using this brush and it has restored my faith in stippling brushes once again. Grab yours here!

Have you tried this brush? What are your thoughts?

Take care x

Monday, 28 July 2014

Makeup Revolution Sugar and Spice Blush & Contour Palette:

When it comes to blush I am definitely more of a golden/bronze hue kind of girl but will happily make an exception for the odd coral or pink shade every now and then. Whilst browsing the Makeup Revolution site a while ago I stumbled up the new (not so new now) blush and contour palettes in Hot Spice, consisting of taupe, brown and mauve shades, and Sugar & Spice which contains more pink and coral shades with one peach and one slightly coppery shade. Oddly enough, I ended up with Sugar and Spice in my shopping basket. 

Makeup Revolution Sugar and Spice Blush & Contour Palette

Makeup Revolution Sugar and Spice Blush & Contour Palette

The palette contains eight shades in total with a mixture of mattes, shimmers, one baked blush and one highlight. All shades without exception are incredibly pigmented, be sure to use a light hand when picking up product onto your brush, and even the smallest amount of powder goes a long way. Once the blush is deposited onto the cheeks you’ll find that they’re extremely easy to blend and simple to work with and you’ll be left with a stunning sweep of colour no matter what shade you decide to wear.

Makeup Revolution Sugar and Spice Blush & Contour Palette

The two shades in the top left hand corner are designed to be used as contour shades but, due to the shimmery copper tone to one and the light peach hue to the other, I would never choose to use either of these as a contour shade. Maybe these two could work as a transition shade for your lids but to add colour and warmth to my face, I don’t think so! The rest of the shades however work perfectly as they’re designed to, I especially love the icy white baked highlight, the deep rosy pink (bottom left hand corner) and the supper shimmery baked raspberry pink shade in the bottom right hand corner.

Makeup Revolution Sugar and Spice Blush & Contour Palette

Makeup Revolution Sugar and Spice Blush & Contour Palette

What I love the most about these blushes would have to be their staying power. Maybe it’s because they’re so brilliantly pigmented, who knows, but each blush lasts an impressive six to seven hours on me which is fantastic considering the budget price tag. They don’t fade as the day progresses, cling to dry patches or smudge after one soft touch, they just stay put perfectly and transition well from day to night. The packaging is rather remarkable too. The blushes are housed in a solid, sleek, black palette with a large mirror sat within the lid making it great for travelling and the sturdy clasp that locks the lid in place ensures that your blushes inside the palette are protected.

Makeup Revolution Sugar and Spice Blush & Contour Palette

 All in all I have been very impressed with this palette and will definitely be taking it with me when I’m next on my travels.

Have you tried this palette?

Take care x

Sunday, 27 July 2014

FOTN - Cinema Date Night:

Last night my boyfriend and I went on a long overdue cinema trip to see the new Planet of the Apes film (it's amazing by the way) and to mark the occasion I thought I would go all out with my makeup, I'm talking false lashes, liner, contour, the works. Here are the products I used:


To primer my eye lids I used the Collection Eyeshadow Pencil in Hot Chocolate and as a base shadow I used Marzipan from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette (review coming soon). As a transition shade I used Milk Chocolate from the same palette and to deepen the crease and outer corners I went for Gilded Ganache. To highlight my brow bone and inner corners I chose to use Zephyr single eye shadow from Urban Decay. 

To line my to lids I used my ever so faithful L'Oreal Super Liner and used another Holy Grail product to fill in my brows (slightly too much I must admit) in the form of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Brunette. I then popped on a pair of false lashes, the Primark Sultry lashes, and used the Maybelline Mega Plush Volum' Express mascara to blend then in with my natural lashes. 


For primer, I opted for the L'Oreal Lumi Magique Base and for foundation I went for one of the longest lasting foundations I have ever owned, the Dior Forever foundation in shade 022. I then applied the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer in Vanilla under my eyes (luckily I don't have any blemishes at the moment!) and set it in place with the Rimmel Stay Matte powder. 

To contour I used The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in shade 03 and as a blush I used a combination of the top two left hand shades from the Makeup Revolution Ultra blush palette in Sugar and Spice. 


Finally for lips I used the Marc Jacobs lip gel in 102 Strange Magic and as a gloss I went for the NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee.

I kept my hair pretty simple, I just parted it to one side and pinned each section back (please excuse my humongous forehead!) and for my outfit I went for jeans, a floaty black top and my floral kimono from New Look.

What have you been up to this weekend?

Take care x

Friday, 25 July 2014

Summer Brights - Cheeks:

For my third and final installment of my Summer Brights series I’ll being sharing three of my favourite cheek products for Summer.

First up we have Angelika blush by NARS. This striking, cool toned candy pink blush is always a winner for me in the warmer months. Despite the heavy shimmer and strong pigmentation this blush is exceptionally easy to apply, the soft velvety texture is a dream to work with and blend and it’s a shade that will flatter a wide variety of skin tones. Pair this with a brown smokey eye and a nude lip and you won’t go far wrong.

Gold Deposit is without a doubt my favourite cheek product of all time. A stunning, shimmering gold that not only adds warmth to the skin but adds just the right amount of shimmer to the cheeks for that healthy Summer glow. To be honest I wear this blush all year round as it’s just so perfect for every occasion but throughout the Summer months is when you will really reap its benefits, when it catches the light the blush is like no other and looks gorgeous when paired with tanned skin.

Finally we have the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Rose Quartz, one of my favourite pink blushes available in my collection. It’s an extremely pretty light rose pink with an inner section of baby pink, bronze and silver shimmer. When blended together the effect really is beautiful, leaving the cheeks with a light pink wash of colour and a pop of champagne shine. Like most MAC MSF’s the consistency and texture of the powder is soft to the touch and easy to blend and this particular product acts as a great two-in-one blush and highlight.

 What are your favourite bright  blushes for Summer?

Take care x

Thursday, 24 July 2014

W7 Souffle Mascara:

Since it's been so hot here in the UK of late I have been embracing natural lashes and left the falsies behind. Even after a few hours in the heat wearing a set of strip lashes can start to feel uncomfortable so, after delving into my mascara draw, I plucked out the W7 Souffle mascara* and have been putting it to the test to see if it can sway me away from the falsies for good. Here's the report:

First of all, the brush is huge! I'm normally a skinny brush kinda gal but, I must admit, I actually really like the super size of this brush. It ensures that every one of my lashes are coated in product and the length of the wand is the perfect size for me too. Its short enough so that you have maximum control during application and its just about long enough to avoid making any mistakes and wiping the product all across your nose and cheeks. Not a good look!

The consistency of the mascara itself is extremely lightweight, so lightweight that it can actually take quite a while to build it up to something noticeable and intense, but once applied it feels like there's not a trace of product on your lashes at all so you can guarantee that your lids won't feel weighed down as the day progresses. Thanks to this delicate formula all possibilities of 'clumping' are completely eliminated so  you can casually apply your mascara without worrying about too much product accumulation and achieve either a natural look or a more dramatic effect after three or more coats. To get the most out of this mascara I like to apply it working from the roots of my lashes and wiggling the wand right up to the top, I've found that the intense pigmentation and 'blackest black' shade makes the lashes appear thick and healthy whilst the large brush and sporadic bristles provide defined separation and shapely curl. 

My lashes after two coats
For £4.95 this a surprisingly good budget product that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone looking for a more natural effect from their mascara. You can grab yours here.

Have you tried this mascara?

Take care x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Summer Brights - Eyes:

For the second installment in my 'Summer Brights' series I'll be showcasing a few of my favourite bold and beautiful eye products for the warmer months.

For a pop of colour on the water line or along the upper or lower lash line I often reach for the Maybelline Kohl Express waterproof eyeliner pencil in Metallic Green. The texture of this pencil is so incredibly creamy and easy to work with and the waterproof formula means the colour and intensity  will stay all day without running or smudging in the heat. 

As a base for brighter shadows or as a stunning stand alone lid colour I've been eyeing up my Maybelline Color Tattoo in Turquoise Forever. This stuff sticks like glue to my eye lids and ensures that any subsequent shadows will stay in place all day. I love how this turquoise shade looks with brown eyes and a nude lip and even works perfectly as a hint of colour when run along the lower lash line.

Despite the hot weather, I still love to use powder products on my eyes and the MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Odd Couple has been one of my favourite duos to use of late. In one half you have a dazzling violet shade and on the other half, a gorgeous, warm gold shade with lilac veining and high shimmer. After one swipe of shadow the purple shade packs an instant punch whist the gold can be used lightly for a quick wash of colour or built up for a little more impact. Either way, these shades compliment each other perfectly and I cant wait to continue using this duo throughout the Summer.

What are your favourite eye products for Summer?

Take care x


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