Make-up is supposed to be fun!

Stylist magazine, 19 May 2015

Stylist magazine, 19 May 2015

Make-up is supposed to be fun. Well that’s my opinion anyway. I never wear the same make-up two days in a row . I always change my lip colour as a minimum and usually  change my eyeliner and blush colour. And that’s just for work!

So when Stylist magazine had a feature on having fun with make-up (“For The Love of Make-up” 19 May 2015) naturally that was the first thing I read.  YSL Beauté make-up artist Isamaya Ffrench showed us how to be less serious with our make-up looks.

Ffrench suggests using lipgloss on the eyelids and eye pencil on the lips.  I’m sure make-up artists have been doing this for ages which led to the MAC Studio Eyegloss being made accessible to people who are not make-up artists.  Before then, I was aware of a trick to use Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream on the eyelids to make them glossy although I haven’t yet tried this myself.  I would feel self-conscious as most of the people I know don’t wear make-up. One day I’ll just do it!

I have worn eye pencil as lip colour.  When I was a teenager I wanted blue lips but to my knowledge, there was no such thing as blue lipstick. I just used a metallic blue eyeliner from Avon. In my mind, it was really pretty! Also, being the 90s, I seem to recall wearing the blue “lip liner” with pink lipstick as an alternative to the black lined lips that everyone else was wearing.  If you’re too young  to remember, you just lined the outline of your lips with black pencil, probably eye pencil, over a natural-ish lip colour or put clear gloss on top. No blending! I think I also tried gold lips with black liner inspired by Mary J Blige. Now, it’s perfectly fine to have a contrasting lip liner and lip colour as long as it’s blended out into an ombré lip.

To me, Ffench was telling us all to find that inner teenager who liked to experiment, who didn’t care what the product was called or intended to be used for, and wore what they wanted where they wanted. She advises us to play and I agree. Part of the reason for this blog was to share with you how I play with make-up but I’ve not succeed on that front recently.  Some of my older attempts are on my Pinterest boards here.

The feature (by Joanna McGarry) suggests ways we can ease ourselves into being more adventurous such as using coloured eyeliners and mascaras.  There’s no excuse now, so let’s play!

Floating Eyeliner full face

Floating Eyeliner full face

Red Eyes full face

Red Eyes full face

Clinique Pop Lip and the #LipPic

Clinique Pop Goodies!

Clinique Pop Goodies!

Clinique has a new range of lip colours called Clinique Pop.  I have used the Clinique long last lipsticks in the past and I really liked them so I was looking forward to this new offering.

Clinique Pop is not just a lipstick, it is a primer too.  I’m not sure about you but I don’t use primer on my lips. Am I supposed to? Anyway, it makes sense as the purpose of primer is to make sure makeup lasts longer and if my lip colour lasts longer because the lip primer is mixed in, I’m not going to complain!

To promote Clinique Pop, there was a little pop-up booth in Westfield London (Shepherd’s Bush/White City) where you could try one shade and take a photo to be entered into a competition to become the “lips of” Clinique Pop, be in an advertorial in Cosmopolitan magazine and win all 16 shades of Clinique Pop.  Naturally I could not resist!

I chose Poppy Pop, a coral shade which comes up as a bright peachy-orange on me. That’s fine by me because I love orange lipstick. I took me picture in the booth and it is definitely not a winner!

The Clinique Pop lip colours are supposed to last for 8 hours.  Mine managed to stay in place for 4 hours which included eating some mac and cheese and drinking water. The full intensity didn’t last for the four hours but there was still colour on my lips and it faded in a way which I could live with.  I would say that’s a good performance and it’s better than the long last lipsticks.  The texture is gorgeously creamy and comfortable to wear and the finish is lovely and smooth (that must be the primer working).

I would like to try (because I can’t buy) Plum pop and Grape Pop because purple just works for my skintone.  I could go for some pinks too.  You can see why I’m on an epic spending ban!

Although the Westfield pop-up is no longer there, you can still enter the competition to become the lips of Clinique Pop in Instagram. Just visit the Clinique UK Instagram page to find out more. Good luck!

All 16 Clinique Pop Lip Colours

All 16 Clinique Pop Lip Colours

Are you going to BeautyCon London?

BeautyCon London!

BeautyCon London!

Are you going to BeautyCon London? I am! I have never been to any BeautyCon event so I’m quite excited.  I know I will be surrounded by bloggers, vloggers, beauty stands and fans, fashion stands and fans and there will be talks in what I hope will be a really cool, buzzing atmosphere.

Now, what do I wear? How should I do my face? I know that Olympia is huge so flat shoes will be needed. I guess I’ll decide the rest depending on the weather (that’s why we love London, right?)

I’m looking forward to learning a lot more about what’s out there and meeting new people. If you see me wandering around, give me a shout – I would love to meet some of my readers and followers. The best part about blogging is getting to interact with people who have the same interests as me. Without you all there’s simply no point!

So for the serious stuff – I bought general admission tickets which turned out to cost a total of £45.80. This was £35 for the ticket, £5.30 for the Ticketmaster fee and £5.50 postage by special delivery which was not optional! If you can get over the fees, it will be nice to see you there.  If you can’t make it, I’ll be tweeting, Instagramming and Periscoping anything that inspires me.

Oh, and if you can make it, I’m still on my epic beauty spending ban so if you see me trying to buy makeup and nail polish, please stop me!

Benefit Makeup Lesson – My Star Products

Benefit Makeup Lesson -My Star Products

Benefit Makeup Lesson -My Star Products

I hope you have recovered from reading all about my Benefit makeover!  Here is a much shorter post about the products that really stood out for me.

Brow Zings in medium/deep – this is the perfect shade for me and the wax alone made such a difference. When I am off the spending ban I need this wax in my collection.

The POREfessional primer – my skin was left feeling so soft and perfectly smooth.  I don’t need the pore minimising qualities but this makes a brilliant base for foundation.

Stay Don’t Stray in medium/deep – my eyeshadow stayed at full intensity and did not smudge at all until I took it off late at night. I was in genuine awe at the performance of this eyeshadow primer. This needs a place in my collection!

Boi-ing concealer in shade 4 – it conceals well and highlights. I love it when a product multi-tasks!

High Brow Glow – this highlighter pencil is so much easier to use than the two highligher pens I have.

Rockatuer – I have a thing for blushers and this one is really pretty.  Plus I have been reliably informed that there is a generous amount of product so it will last me ages.

Hoola – I also love my bronzers and I need a good matte bronzer. This one is great, plus like Rockateur, it should last a long time.

One potential start is Benetint.  Hopefully I’ll get to try the red lipstick trick with this as a base then I might get to add it to my Benefit stars list.

 

You can see all of these on my Pinterest board here.

Benefit Makeup Lesson

Benefit Makeup Lesson

Benefit Makeup Lesson

If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen that I booked myself in for a makeover with Benefit. I was a bit weary at first as I know Benefit has not traditionally catered for black and brown skin but at the time of booking the makeover, the consultant was confident I could get a full face of makeup from the counter. The best thing is, she was correct.

Here’s how I got my flawless Benefit face- brace yourself because it’s a long one!

Skin Preparation

Georgia prepared my combination oily and dry skin by cleansing it with Remove It makeup remover then using Triple Performing Facial Emulsion SPF15, an oil free facial lotion, to moisturise.  I can’t remember if she used It’s Potent eye cream at this stage but it’s in the photo so it was definitely used during the makeover!

Base

The first product Georgia applied was the POREfessional primer. It didn’t occur to me to use this as I do not have visible pores however it’s not just a pore minimiser.  It made my skin feel silky-smooth so it created the perfect base for the foundation. I know many of us tend to skip the primer but we really shouldn’t!

I wanted to try the Big Easy foundation but unfortunately it does not come in my shade so we went for the Hello Flawless  products. We tried out two shades of the Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow liquid foundation, amber which is the third darkest and has a yellow base and hazelnut which is the second darkest and has a red base. I thought amber would be “the one” as I usually wear golden foundations but hazelnut was the winner as amber was just a tad too pale. Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow can be used on its own for a dewy finish but I wanted a more matte finish so Georgia dusted on some Hello Flawless powder also in hazelnut.  The Hello Flawless powder can be used on its own and comes with a mini brush and a sponge which is pretty cool.

Eyes

I am a fan of bright colour and if you are also, Benefit might not be the right brand for you.  However, if you like your neutrals, pastels and pretty subtle shades of eyeshadow, Benefit is definitely worth a visit. I decided to try out the shades in the Big Beautiful Eyes eye contour which were matte brown, shimmer pink and shimmer taupe. A concealer is also included but it was not my shade.

Georgia prepared my eyelids by using Stay Don’t Stray eyeshadow primer in medium/deep then applied the eyeshadows.  I can’t quite remember which ones went where as in the palette the colours looked pink and brown and on my lids they came up lilac under the shop lighting! Either way the result was really pretty. At the very least it looks like Georgia put either the shimmery pink or the shimmery taupe all over my eyelid then contoured the crease using the matte brown. That’s how I would use it. There are instructions on how to use the palette online.

Georgia lined my eyes with They’re Real push-up liner. She showed me how to click the liner until the gel comes out, wipe it off then line my eyes.  It dries really quickly so if you struggle with eyeliner like I do, make sure you have some eye-makeup remover nearby, preferably They’re Real remover because it is designed to remove the They’re Real products. She used Roller Lash mascara on my upper lashes but I didn’t want any on my lower lashes as it is not waterproof. I didn’t want to end up a smudgy mess thanks to the pollen count.

 

Benefit Eye - Big Beautiful Eyes, Stay Don't Stray, Roller Lash, They're Real Eyeliner

Benefit Eye – Big Beautiful Eyes, Stay Don’t Stray, Roller Lash, They’re Real Eyeliner

Benefit Eye - Big Beautiful Eyes, Stay Don't Stray, Roller Lash, They're Real Eyeliner

Benefit Eye – Big Beautiful Eyes, Stay Don’t Stray, Roller Lash, They’re Real Eyeliner

Brows

I really wanted to try Gimme Brow but Georgia was convinced I would prefer Brow Zings. We tried Gimme Brow in medium/deep first and while it was nice, it wasn’t amazing. Georgia then tried Brow Zings in deep. She only used the wax but the result was amazing.  My brows were perfectly filled in, enhanced and neatened in a natural but “wow” way.  The shade of brown is the grey-brown I like to wear. I love Brow Zings so Georgia won the battle!

To highlight under my brows, Georgia used High Brow Glow, a bright, shimmery golden pencil.  I was shocked at first but it worked. I thought I would end up with two white streaks under my eyes but I was wrong again- Georgia really knows what she’s doing.

Concealer

Georgia used Boi-ing concealer in shade 4 on me which is the second darkest shade.  Shade 5, the darkest shade, was much too dark.  There really is quite a jump between the shades. She mixed it with It’s Potent eye cream to make it less thick and brushed it under my eyes. She also used it as a highlight around my eyes and to perfect the eyeshadow line. I like that trick so I will definitely use it.  To set the concealer, Georgia dusted on the POREfessional agent zero shine. Another multi-tasking product from Benefit, the POREfessional agent zero shine was designed to smooth the appearance of pores and minimise shine but it also works as a setting powder.

 

Benefit eyes and brows - Brow Zings

Benefit eyes and brows – Brow Zings

Benefit eyes and brows - Brow Zings

Benefit eyes and brows – Brow Zings

Cheeks

Georgia used Hoola on my cheeks and to gently contour my face. It is a matte bronzer which looks quite light in the box but it was the perfect shade on my face. I was pleasantly surprised.  She then followed with Rockateur, a rose gold blusher on my cheeks. Again, somehow it just worked. I was feeling quite lucky at this point – looks are deceiving! I really wanted to try Sun Beam which is a golden highlighter so Georgia used this also.

Lips

I chose to try out Lollitint, a lilac lip and cheek tint.  It has a buildable colour but I opted for one coat.  I didn’t want my lips to compete with my eyes, although I did choose complimentary shades. While it was drying I was quite aware of it.  I wondered if I was allergic to it but I wasn’t. I think I was just feeling the tint penetrating my lips.  I followed this with Lollibalm, a tinted balm designed to be worn with Lollitint.  The balm emphasised the tint and made my lips look better.  I found the tint to be very drying so the balm was essential.

I could have tried Benetint, the original red lip and cheek stain.  It has a different formula to the new tints. It looks like food colouring (although I’m sure it is much more sophisticated) whereas the new tints are opaque and thicker. It wouldn’t have gone with my eye-makeup at the time but Georgia gave me a great tip.  She said she wears Benetint under red lip colour so when the lip colour fades, colour is still there. Red lips are tricky so this is something I want to try as it might just make them more wearable.

 

Benefit lips - Lollitint and Lollibalm

Benefit lips – Lollitint and Lollibalm

I have put together a Pinterest board of the products used in the makeup lesson – check it out here.

Overall I had lots of fun and I was really surprised at just how many products I could wear from Benefit.  Although there is room for improvement, Georgia and I have proved that Benefit can cater for brown skin!

Benefit face

Benefit face

Benfit - the kit

Benfit – the kit

 

Handbag Swap Lip Colours April 2015

Handbag Swap Lip Colours April 2015

Handbag Swap Lip Colours April 2015

This post is a little late but I still want to share with you my bag swap moment! I decided that my faithful Mango black patent bag was too large for purpose these days so after a lot of walking around the shops culminating with painful deliberation in Debenhams, I bought cute yellow Jasper Conran bag which I think is perfect for summer (I can only find the blue and black versions on line and I think I want the blue one too!). The purpose was to try to carry less so we’ll see if that works. When I tipped out my Mango bag this is what I found:

 

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 07 Nude-ist which is currently my favourite nude

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 05 Ole flamingo which is my current favourite out of all of my lip colours!

Bourjois Rouge Aqua Laque 07 Fuchsia Perche which I didn’t wear for very long because I just didn’t have the time to re-touch

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Velvet in Burning Lava although I’m not sure why this was in my bag because I haven’t worn it for ages

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Velvet in Orange-ology

Sleek Pout Polish in 958 The Show which is currently my favourite tinted lip balm

 

So you can see I am sticking with a few favourites at the moment. Let’s see how many make it into my new bag!

 

Bright Silver Eyes With Red Rosy Lips

Bright Silver Eyes With Red Rosy Lips

Bright Silver Eyes With Red Rosy Lips

Bright Silver Eyes With Red Rosy Lips - full face

Bright Silver Eyes With Red Rosy Lips – full face

I created this look because I wanted to try out my new silver liquid eyeliner from e.l.f. As you can see, it is very bright!

Base

No7 Instant Radiance Foundation in Deeply Honey applied with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.

Clinique All About Eyes Concealer in 08 Deep Honey applied with my fingers to cover my under eye dark circles.

A dusting of Bare Minerals foundation in Golden Tan to take away the shine on my nose using my Bare Minerals flawless face brush.

 

Eyes

I applied the brown highlighter colour (the large rectangle) in my Makeup Revolution Make Believe eyeshadow palette all over the lid up to my brows using my Teez flat stiff brush. I then lined my upper lash line using my e.l.f. liquid eyeliner in silver. I needed 2-3 coats to get a smooth line. I applied one coat of Givenchy Phenomen’eyes mascara in 1 Deep Black to my upper lashes. I then used my Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in 1 Black Ink on my lower lash line using my Bobbi Brown mini ultra fine eye liner brush and Eye of Horus goddess smokey eye pencil in black along my lower waterline. I wasn’t initially going to wear black eyeliner but my eyes needed some definition on the lower half to balance the top half.

 

Bright Silver Eyes With Red Rosy Lips - eyes

Bright Silver Eyes With Red Rosy Lips – eyes

Bright Silver Eyes With Red Rosy Lips - even in the shadows the eyeliner shines right through!

Bright Silver Eyes With Red Rosy Lips – even in the shadows the eyeliner shines right through!

Brows

I applied the clear wax using the included brush then used the angled side of the brush to apply the dark brown colour to my brows to fill them in. It wasn’t dark enough so I lightly went over the brown using the black shade (black is too dark, even for my black eyebrows).

 

Lips and cheeks

Deciding what to do with my lips and cheeks was tricky. As you might have seen from my Instagram photo, I went through several options. At first I thought I would go for a nude lip so my lips weren’t in competition with my eyes but I just looked washed out. I decided on Maybelline lipstick in Ravishing Rose as although it is an orange-red colour, it has a gentleness to it which makes it work. I then brushed the bronze colour in my Sleek Face Form palette in Medium 374 on to my cheeks and blended out using my Models Own Powder Brush.

 

Bright Silver Eyes With Red Rosy Lips - lips

Bright Silver Eyes With Red Rosy Lips – lips

To finish I set my makeup with my Kiko Face Makeup fixer.

Bright Silver Eyes With Red Rosy Lips - kit

Bright Silver Eyes With Red Rosy Lips – kit

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!

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