Saturday, 26 July 2014

Nails of the Moment #9 Nails of the Moment #9

Summer is in full swing and so I've been cracking out those summery nail shades. This polish from Sleek featured in my recent beauty haul video. As you can see, the colour is just stunning. An amazing, slightly pale, coral shade - called Waikiki. I tested this the same way that I have with all of the other nail polishes I've been trying out recently. Prepared the nails and then applied a coat of Rimmel's Nail Nurse, two coats of the polish, followed by a OPI's DS Radiance top coat.

I had high hopes for this polish. Considering it's gel-like formula claims, I found the polish not to last as well as my other recent tried and tested products and also not to have the high shine of gels even though it claims to. So there is definite room for improvement with the formula. Despite that, I'm sure I will continue to get use out of it as I don't have another shade quite like it. And even though I wouldn't call the formula particularly glossy, the colour is such a winner!

These retail for £4.99, which is not bad for a drugstore nail polish. I just wish it had slightly more lasting power.
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Video: Primark Haul July 2014 Video: Primark Haul July 2014

Today I have another haul video for you all, this time it's of the Primark variety. It's all Meg's fault, I'm taking minimal blame for this one! I've just picked up a few pieces including some summer essentials. Well, without further ado, here it is! 
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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Heavy Duty Solution to Perk Up Those Pesky Dark Circles The Heavy Duty Solution to Perk Up Those Pesky Dark Circles

This little thing has been knocking around in my make up stash for quite some time. It had gotten lost in the chaos that is my cosmetics collection until I recently dug it out after some particularly late nights. I forgot just how much I loved it and thought that this rediscovery warranted some loving on the blog.

Benefit's Erase Paste is essentially a brightening concealer, and whilst it can be used all over the face, I just use it for the mammoth task that is attempting to cover my dark circles under my eyes. For me, Erase Paste (in the shade '3') does what a corrector does but also gives more of a brighter under eyes with less need to use a separate concealer over the top. That said, on days when I need more coverage, a little pat of Benefit's Boi-ing or another concealer over the top works wonders.

Erase Paste costs £20.50, which although it is not cheap for a concealer, you literally need the tiniest amount. I've been using the one pictured a lot and there is still at least 3/4 of the product left! So if you're in need of a quick fix that will leave you looking more awake/alive in seconds, this is for you!
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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Bronze Week: Bronzers Bronze Week: Bronzers

Bronze Week is going out with a bang today with the ultimate post, the one all about bronzers! These beauties are my go to items for a flawless bronzed complexion. It was hard to whittle it down to just these few, who knew that someone as tanned as me needed this many bronzers?! Well, here's a run down of why I love each and every one of them.

Rimmel Sun Shimmer Bronzer - this is the bronzer I tend to use most days. I love that it is so wide so I can swirl big bronzer brushes in it with no problem at all. It has the tiniest amount of shimmer (I'm not a huge fan of full on shimmery/glittery bronzers), and is a great golden tone. This comes in at just under £6, not bad at all!

Benefit Dallas - this is one of my first ever Benefit products. I got my first one when I was 14, and it has been love ever since! I use Dallas as a blusher, but I do know many who use it for an all over 'outdoor gal glow'. For me, this is the most natural, bronzy blush with a hint of colour to keep things looking super healthy. The Benefit box o' powders last an insane amount of time, so although they retail for £23.50, you're not going to be needing to repurchase for a seriously long time!

Benefit Hoola - the ultimate matte bronzer. Hoola has some crazy stats attached to it, it's the best selling premium bronzer in the UK for at least the past 5 years! I think that speaks a lot for itself, but Hoola is one of the few truly matte bronzers and is fab for a natural bronzing, contouring and even to dust over you eyelids if you're in a jam. Again, it lasts so amazing well like the other Benefit box o' powders, if you hit pan on this, it deserves to be repurchased!

Chanel Bronze Universal - the only cream bronzer of the bunch, the Chanel Bronze Universal is quite a cult beauty favourite and definitely a multitasker. Some people like to use it to contour with, for me personally my favourite use of it is just as an all over glow getter. I skip powdering after foundation and just buff this over the top, I would say that I am about the darkest (or close to the darkest) complexion that can use this, you'll really be struggling for this to make a difference on your skin if you're much darker than me. Bring out more shades Chanel! Retailing for £32, this bronzer screams luxury and is a fab treat for any gal's make up bag.

MAC Bronzer - this one nearly didn't make the list. As you can see from the pictures above, this one has needed a little scratching on the top layer because the colour pay off was becoming poor as a film had developed over the top of the product. I'm not exactly sure how that happened, because it definitely hasn't come into contact with a wet brush. Hence, why it nearly didn't make the cut. That said though, MAC offer an awesome range of bronzers in rather sleek, portable packaging compared to many brands. There aren't too many bronzers that are really handbag friendly. But aside from the portability aspect, and the weird film that developed over the top, these bronzers are really fab. The colour is great, not too red and they provide a nice glow without being to shiny and shimmery. At £21.00, these are more affordable high end bronzers.

L'Oreal Glam Bronze - I surprised myself when I purchased this. I don't normally buy bronzers from the drugstore that often, let alone ones that have quite a shimmery surface. But as you can see from the photos, the crazy leopard print shimmery top has gone leaving a really great natural bronze colour, which I've gotten plenty of use out of. Unfortunately the lid has now snapped off, which although it is super annoying, I can get over it considering how much I've managed to use it. I'm very interested in trying the new L'Oreal bronzers that have come out, the matte ones, the colour pay off on this one has been so good, as well as the lasting power, so I would hope those are the same. At approximately £10 (the one I have seems to be discontinued), these bronzers are on the pricier end of the drugstore line up, but are well worth it in my opinion.

Sleek Blush in Sahara - last but certainly not least we have another bronzey blush, and it comes from the very purse-friendly brand, Sleek. I use this for basically the same reasons as Benefit's Dallas, but it is just a slightly different shade, more terracotta toned bronze blush as opposed to the ruby toned Dallas. I can't recommend Sleek blushers highly enough, they are so well pigmented, super compact and really affordable at just £4.49.

So that's it for Bronze Week folks! Never fear though, there'll always be something for the bronze lovers on the blog, I can't stay away!
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Video: Product Empties #2 Video: Product Empties #2

This week's video is a run down of all of the products that I have used up recently. It was such a nice feel to finally get rid of these from my drawer! See what makes the cut to get repurchased, what doesn't make the cut and what I now can't live without.
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Saturday, 19 July 2014

Bronze Week: More Multitaskers Bronze Week: More Multitaskers

More multitaskers? That's right folks! Having shopped my stash again, I realised there were a couple of items (at least!) that I deserve to be included in Bronze Week as they are also very handy products that can be used for lots of things.

First up we have the MAC Lustre Drops, I have the shade Sun Rush which is more golden bronze. This little bottle is awesome, and certainly a multitasker if I've ever seen one. I tend to add a drop or two to my foundation to keep things golden and glowing. But this little wonder can be patted on as a highlighter and even popped on the eyelids for a wash of colour. Retailing for £18.00, the lustre drops are a tad pricey, but they last a seriously long time.

Next we have the cult beauty favourite, the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, in the shade (you guessed it!) Bronze. The ultimate bronze highlighter, the shimmer brick is perfect for dusting on the cheek bones, swiping on the eyelids and the very light/pearly white shade is fab for under the brow bone and the inner corners of your eyes. Coming in at £32.50, the price has definitely been upped (I remember them being £30 not too long ago!), so if your in the market for a high end multitasker, this is a great option.
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Bronze Week: Powder Shadows Bronze Week: Powder Shadows

(excuse the super messy MAC palette! It's just because it's well loved!)

Lots of pictures today! Rather than do the run down of each and every product, I thought I would let the products do all the talking! They are all amazingly pigmented, there's a range of mattes, glitters and shimmers; all in the bronze family. Sleek is representing for the budget brands, while there is a lot on offer for the higher end alternatives - I am rather addicted to golden/bronzed shadows as you can see!
Featured in the photos are:
MAC eyeshadows
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
Tom Ford Eye Shadow Quad
Sleek Face Form Palette

If you want to know the colour of a particular shadow, comment below and I'll let you know.

Stay tuned for more Bronze tomorrow!
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