Quick Peach Look for Spring

Quick Peach Look for Spring kit

Quick Peach Look for Spring kit

I was in a peachy mood so I quickly popped this on:

  • (Broken) Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation in Golden applied with my Lola kabuki brush
  • Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 06 applied straight from the stick
  • One coat of Benefit Roller Lash on the top lashes only
  • L’Oréal Brow Artist Plumper in Medium Dark to neaten my brows
  • Makeup Revolution The One Fluid Blusher in Rush Me applied with my Real Techniques contour brush to the apples of my cheeks and worked out long my cheekbones but this didn’t quite pop the way I needed it to so I added the darkest shade from my Makeup Revolution Hot Spice Ultra Blush Palette on to the apples of my cheeks and blended using the Lola kabuki brush
  • Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque in 01 Appechissant

I didn’t manage to take a photo of my face as I was in a rush but I know I’ll be wearing a peach face again soon. Perhaps I’ll try it with my Makeup Revolution Vivid Blush Lacquer in Heat to see if that works.

Quick Copper Smokey Eyes With Makeup Revolution

Quick Copper Smokey Eyes With Makeup Revolution open eyes

Quick Copper Smokey Eyes With Makeup Revolution open eyes

Quick Copper Smokey Eyes With Makeup Revolution closed eyes

Quick Copper Smokey Eyes With Makeup Revolution closed eyes

After wearing my Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish eyeshadow in Magnificent Copper all day, I decided to smoke it up for the evening. I used my Makeup Revolution Awesome Eyeshadow and Eyebrow palette in Disappear til tomorrow.

Rather than use the dedicated eyeshadows, I used the light brow shade, the one to highlight, from the crease of my eyes up to my browbone using the supplied sponge applicator. I then used the other side of the sponge applicator to apply the dark brown colour, the one to fill in the brows, to the crease of my eyes. I blended the colour with my fingers. I’m usually strictly a brush person but it had been a long day and I didn’t want to stand up! The blending would have been much better with a brush.

I lined my lower lash line with the sparkly black shade using the included eyeliner brush, which could also be used to define the brows.

I am also wearing Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

There you have it, a very quick and easy way to take your makeup from day to night.

Quick Copper Smokey Eyes With Makeup Revolution Kit

Quick Copper Smokey Eyes With Makeup Revolution Kit

Spring Pink, Violet and Copper

Spring Pink, Violet and Copper Eyes

Spring Pink, Violet and Copper Eyes

Spring Pink, Violet and Copper Full Face

Spring Pink, Violet and Copper Full Face

I created this look because I wanted to wear certain products and although I wasn’t sure it would turn out ok, I tried them all at the same time anyway!

I really wanted to wear my Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals Foil Finish eyeshadow in Magnificent Copper, my Givenchy Color Kajal in shade number 3 (limited edition violet) and my Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lip colour in 06 Pink Pong. It was a child-like way to approach make-up, just picking out the colours I liked and sticking them on my face but I really like the result. I think I look like a spring garden full of flowers!

The base is Bobbi Brown Illuminating Finish Compact Foundation in Golden which is no longer available, applied with a sponge. I applied the Magnificent Copper eyeshadow to my eyelids using my Models Own angled brush, lined my lower lash line with the Givenchy Color Kajal, put one coat of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara on my upper lashes and finished the eye area by defining my brows with L’Oreal Brow Artist Shaper in 04 Dark Brunette. I swept a little Seventeen Instant Glow Shimmer Brick in Golden Bronze on to my cheeks using my Real Techniques multi-task brush and finished with the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lip colour in Pink Pong.

Spring Pink, Violet and Copper Eye

Spring Pink, Violet and Copper Eye

Spring Pink, Violet and Copper Lips

Spring Pink, Violet and Copper Lips

Spring Pink, Violet and Copper Kit

Spring Pink, Violet and Copper Kit

What’s the point of make-up if you can’t have fun?

This Week’s Lip Colours 19.04.15

This Week's Lip Colours 19.04.15 - Bourjois, Sleek, Maybelline

This Week’s Lip Colours 19.04.15 – Bourjois, Sleek, Maybelline

You might be wondering why I have ended up carrying around so many lipsticks, lip glosses, lip balms, and lip velvets for the past few weeks. Since becoming a mum, I only have time to pop on a lip colour before leaving the house. Sometimes I really don’t get even five minutes to myself to put on makeup but I don’t mind because it’s for the best reason!

After tipping out the contents of my bag, this is what I found:

  • Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me
  • Sleek Pout Polish in Raspberry Rhapsody
  • Maybelline ColorElixir Lip Lacquer in 500 Mandarine Rapture
  • Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque in 01 Appechissant
  • Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque in 04 Viens si tu roses
  • Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque in 05 Red my lips
  • Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Don’t pink of it!

Clearly I was in a Bourjois mood this week!

Attempted Make-up Repair

Attempted Make-up Repair - broken make-up

Attempted Make-up Repair – broken make-up

One day while browsing Pinterest I spotted a post on how to repair broken make-up. I knew this would come in handy one day so I saved it.

Then, the inevitable happened to not one, but two pieces of makeup. Two shades out of the three in my Sleek Face Form kit were cracked and crumbling and my brand new Bobbi Brown Face Weightless Foundation broke into pieces when I turned it upside down to check the shade. So annoying!

I followed the instructions on “Make Life Lovely” and here are my steps and results:

Crushed!

Crushed!

 

Make-up after adding a few drops of surgical spirit and smoothing back down using cling film so my fingers didn’t get messy.

 

After rubbing in the surgical spirit

After rubbing in the surgical spirit

Final result

Final result

 

You can see that my make-up now looks pretty bad but I can still apply it and it looks fine on my face. It also smells like surgical spirit – very clean!

For some reason the foundation has started to crumble again. Perhaps I didn’t use enough surgical spirit.

Have you ever tried to repair your make-up? How did you do it?

Makeup Revolution 1st Birthday Spree

Makeup Revolution 1st Birthday Spree

Makeup Revolution 1st Birthday Spree

When Makeup Revolution was born I was on a spending ban. I had to wait a whole month, watching on the blogs and Instagram what everyone else was managing to snap up. It was painful.

This year, on Makeup Revolution’s first birthday, I was able to spend. I simple couldn’t resist, especially when I would receive a gift worth £25 if I spent £25. Here are the latest additions to my Makeup Revolution collection:

Base

Base

Base

Ultra Face Base Foundation in FB 03 Yellow Tone, FB 10 Mid Tone and FB 14 Dark Tone. I bought these to try contouring with liquid foundation but I have no idea if these are the correct shades! I’m hoping they will be ok as the Makeup Revolution website gives tone information as well as shade.

I <3 Makeup Eye Primer – a gift!

 

Cheeks

Powder blusher

Powder blusher

Liquid blusher

Liquid blusher

I bought The ONE Fluid Blusher in Rush Me and Pink Sea as an alternative to Daniel Sander’s Watercolor fluid blusher. I wanted his shades in Acid (bright orange) and Trip (bright pink) but I really couldn’t justify £15.50 each on something I might not even be able to work with! I thought I’d try the Makeup Revolution versions to get used to the concept. That, and I don’t really like cream blusher so I figured liquid blusher might be a good alternative.

Vivid Blush Lacquer in O’ Boy – a gift, but then I naughtily ordered some more!

Ultra Blush Palettes in Hot Spice and Sugar and Spice. I think people neglect their cheeks but there’s nothing like a pop of blusher to brighten the whole face.

 

Eyes

Eyeshadow

Eyeshadow

I bought the Iconic Pro 1 as an alternative to the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette as the shades are similar. I also wanted to try the brush as I always use a brush to apply my makeup. I had to order an Eat Sleep Makeup Repeat palette as I think a set of bright eyeshadow shades are essential, and you never know when you might need a fluorescent pop!

I received Pure Pigments in Levity and Starless as gifts.

Lips

I ordered the Atomic shades of Make It Right which is dark purple and Make Me Magnificent in light purple as purple goes well with my skintone. I also just had to try Atomic Serpent which is a dark green because for £1, there was no excuse not to.

Lipsticks

Lipsticks

As gifts I received Amazing Care lipsticks in Love Pink! and Electric Love and #LIPHUG lipstick in We have come too far.

Palettes

Palettes

Palettes

Also as gifts I received the I am powerful palette which contains 6 eyeshadows and a complimentary lipstick, and I <3 Makeup Go! to the City which contains 6 eyeshadows, two blushers and a highlighter.

 

You can see why the spending ban is needed!

Epic Makeup Spending Ban Wishlist

Epic Makeup Spending Ban Wishlist

Epic Makeup Spending Ban Wishlist

I’ve only just started the spending ban, and even though some orders I placed before the ban are still being delivered, I WANT TO BUY MAKEUP.

The best I can do is create a wishlist so if you want to check out what I think I’m missing out on, follow me on Pinterest. Here’s some things I’ve already added to my Epic Makeup Spending Ban Wishlist board:

Sleek i-Divine Del Mar Volume II eyeshadow palette
B.Sweet Smacker lipsticks in Lollipop, Sherbert Dip and Orangeboom (why did I start the ban before these were released?)
All of the Models Own Colour Chrome nail polishes!
Real Techniques Collector’s Edition Sculpting Set

Epic Makeup Spending Ban

Epic Makeup Spending Ban

Epic Makeup Spending Ban

I am now on an epic makeup spending ban. How epic? Until 30th September epic!

I started blogging partly to make use of all of the makeup I have. Instead, I have probably quadrupled my collection. So that I can regain some appreciation, subject to some exceptions I will not be buying makeup (or nail polish).

Exceptions:

*I can spend Boots Advantage Card points as the reason I collect them is to spend them on makeup.
*I can buy my summer foundation, preferably with points, because the correct shade is a necessity.
*I can buy a waterproof mascara for wedding season, preferably with points, because wedding photos last forever and looking like a smudgy mess is not an option.
*I can buy magazines with makeup as a free gift as long as a genuinely want to read the magazine.
*I can enter competitions to win makeup as I will not be spending the cash I am trying to save.
*I can replace a product that has run out or expired with the exact same product.
*If my bridesmaid duties dictate that I need a shade that is not already in my collection, I can get this, preferably with points.

Wish me luck – I really need it!

This Week’s Lip Colours 10.04.15

This Week's Lip Colours 10.04.15

This Week’s Lip Colours 10.04.15

This week I have managed to accumulate these in my handbag:

 

  • Maybelline Color Elixir Lip Laqcuer in 135 Raspberry Rhapsody
  • YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil No.8 in Pink About Me
  • Makeup Revolution Lipstick in Atomic Serpent (yes it is green!)
  • Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua Laque in 04 Viens si tu roses
  • Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in 145 Ingénue

 

I was clearly in glossy mood!

Outfit to Match the Face Easter 2015

Outfit to Match the Face Easter 2015

Outfit to Match the Face Easter 2015

This Easter I was in a coral mood. I bought a coral dress from Oasis and wore it with my dark coral Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in 538 Ravishing Rose and brown pointed court shoes.

On the rest of my face I wore:

  • No7 Instant Radiance Foundation in Deeply Honey
  • Clinique all about eyes concealer in 08 Deep Honey
  • Bourjois 1 seconde mascara in black
  • Kiko Make Up Milano Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 06
  • Soap and Glory Smoulder Kohl waterproof eyeliner in Cocoa Bean on the lower lash line and eyebrows (I was in a rush!)
  • Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush in 115 Smouldering Plum

Fresh, quick and simple!

Coral car selfie

Coral car selfie

Quick Mauve and Gold

Quick Mauve and Gold Kit

Quick Mauve and Gold Kit

I only had about 5 minutes to slap on some make-up so in my mega-quick attempt to look somewhat groomed, here’s what I wore:

Givenchy Teint Couture Foundation in shade No8 applied with my Real Techniques expert face brush

Givenchy Mister Light in shade No5 mixed in with some of the foundation applied under my eyes with the same brush to highlight

Maybelline Color Tattoo in number 75 – 24K gold on my eyelids using my fingers

L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper in Dark Brunette

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in 01 Extreme Black

No7 Stay Perfect Lip Lacquer in Sugar Mauve

Clinique Blushing Blush Powder Blush in 115 Smouldering Plum applied with my No7 blusher brush

 

Voila!

Quick Mauve and Gold  closed eyes

Quick Mauve and Gold
closed eyes

Quick Mauve and Gold  open eyes

Quick Mauve and Gold
open eyes

Quick Mauve and Gold  mauve lips

Quick Mauve and Gold
mauve lips

Beauty Scrapbook: the Marie Claire shade page and my experiences

Page 257

Page 257

We’ve all been there. Looking for “the one”; that perfect shade of red lipstick, grey nail polish or golden toned foundation. I know my first stop is a brand I already use but if they don’t have what I want, what do I do then?

It happened to me the other day. I wanted a pillar-box red gloss stain and I was sure I’d find one at the YSL counter, having already purchased the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres in 107 Naughty Mauve. They didn’t quite do the shade I wanted with the right amount of blue, the super high gloss and the strong pigment. They had lots of other gorgeous shades that I will buy (uh oh!) but not “the one”. I didn’t know where else to go so I ended up wearing matte red lips that night, being slightly disappointed inside.

When I finally got around to reading the April 2015 Marie Claire and spotted page 257, I knew it would go straight into my beauty scrapbook!

It highlights some brands with large ranges and I put some to the test to find my shades:

Marie Claire says NARS does 61 shades of eyeliner. On a quick search of the NARS website I found the gold and silver shades I wanted but as the silver was limited edition, it is no longer available. 50% success rate there. The only other brand I could think of that may have gold and silver was Urban Decay. I was in luck – out of the 39 shades I saw on the website, there also have gold and silver! I think gold and silver eyeliners are a beauty essential – perfect for a quick and easy highlight.

MAC has 185 shades of lipstick. Well they certainly have a lot. Remember my search for the perfect orange? I found 4 oranges plus a coral and 5 pinky-nudes which would suit me. My own experience says I might well find what I want at the MAC counter!

Bobbi Brown has 40 shades of foundation. That’s clear on a visit to the Bobbi Brown counter. I am a fan of Bobbi Brown because of the wide shade range. Several members of my family use Bobbi Brown foundation following my recommendation. Also, Bobbi Brown has a huge range of natural lipstick colours which is why my first nude lipstick purchases were made there. Dare I say it… she does something for everyone!

As for eyeshadows, Marie Claire highlights Illamasqua but I have to say, I’ve never had a difficulty finding an eyeshadow shade. I think that’s the easiest thing to find with all the palettes available and lots of brands have a wide range of shades. For budget eyeshadows I go for Makeup Revolution, for highstreet/drugstore I start off at Sleek and if I’m willing to spend more, Urban Decay has lots of shades to choose from.

What are your go-to brands when you need that perfect shade?  Do you have a beauty scrapbook?

Lancôme, please make the Miracle Cushion in my shade!

Miracle Cushion

Miracle Cushion

I first encountered the Lancôme Miracle Cushion on the beauty blogs and was really looking forward to trying it and buying it.

I went to my local Boots counter and spotted that there are currently only six shades which has attempted to cover a broad range of skin shades from light to dark. Clearly with only six available shades, the range does not cater for all skin shades or undertones but I was hopeful that there would be one for me.

The consultant first tried 04 Beige Miel but this was way too light for me. She then tried 05 Beige Ambré but this was too dark! The foundation felt lovely on my skin but this time it just wasn’t meant to be. At best, I might be able to wear Beige Ambré in the summer after I get a tan.

I understand that as this is not just a new product, it’s a new concept in the UK so Lancôme are just testing the waters before they make more shades. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that the Miracle Cushion is a hit so I can get one made in my shade!

No wonder my bag is so heavy!

How many lip products in a handbag is too many?

How many lip products in a handbag is too many?

I usually carry more than one lip product in my handbag but how many is too many? As a minimum I carry a lip care product such as a balm or Vaseline plus the lip colour that I’m wearing that day. I also might throw in another lip colour just in case I change my mind halfway through the day.

 

For the past two weeks for some reason I’ve been using a lip product, throwing it in my bag then the next day picking another lip product and chucking that in my bag. No replacement, just adding. No wonder my bag weighs a ton! As of today, I’ve ended up with:

  1. Maybelline Baby Lips Intensive Care
  2. Maybelline Baby Lips Cherry Me
  3. Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch
  4. Revlon ColorBurst Lipgloss in Sizzle
  5. Rimmel Oh My Gloss! in My Eternity
  6. Rimmel Apocalips Lip Velvet in Burning Lava
  7. MAC lip pencil in Cherry to wear with Burning Lava
  8. dr.organic lip balm in Organic Moroccan Argan Oil
  9. Dr. PawPaw Orginal Balm
  10. YSL Volupte Tint-in-Oil No.8 in Pink About Me
  11. MUA Luxe Velvet Lip Lacquer in Dare
  12. Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 10 Don’t Pink of it!

Phew!

Givenchy Eyes Violet Colour Pop

Kajal No3

Kajal No3

Kajal No3

Kajal No3

After creating my Givenchy face, I had to add a pop of colour using the gorgeous Color Kajal in shade 3, which is a limited edition shade from the Givenchy Beauty Spring Summer Collection. I simply drew it onto my waterline and lower lashline directly from the pencil.

Kajal No3

Kajal No3

I was wearing Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in 202 Rose Dressing which comes up quite bright on me so I toned it down by patting it with my fingers so it wasn’t so bold. I was left with more natural looking, not-so-done pink lips. I did this so the eyes were not in competition with my lips.

Le Rouge in Rose Dressing

Le Rouge in Rose Dressing

Full face

Full face

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