Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Natural FOTD

So recently, I'm not sure if you noticed I've been getting a bit handy with fake tan. I've been loving letting the tan do the talking and just wearing minimal make up.
  • Chenel Soleil Tan De Chanel
  • Guerlain Meteorites Perles
  • Bourjois Delice de Soleil
  • MAC "Cheek and Cheerful" Mineralize Blush 
  • Bourjois Clubbing Mascara
  • Lancome Doll Eyes Mascara
A dab of lip balm and we're done! 
I know it's simple and it takes the minimum amount of effort (and time!) but I've just been loving it.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Finally, some Guerlain in my life!

Have you ever fallen in love with a product but haven't been able to justify the price? I lusted after Guerlain's Meteorites Perles for months and months before finally treating myself. At around £35 it's definitely not the cheapest product I've bought but I just couldn't resist as it's such a pretty product.
There is a limited colour range available, I think there are three permanent shades and one limited edition shade (I'm not sure if the limited edition shade is still available as I can't find the product at all on the Debenhams or House of Fraser websites, I'm sure it's available in store/on other websites though). The shade I chose is Teint Rose 01 which is used for brightening up your skin.
I love how pretty all the different coloured balls look. These smell gorgeous as well, exactly like Parma Violet sweets. The smell is fairly strong in the pot however doesn't translate or linger when applied to the face. I like to use a fluffy powder brush to apply this product all over my face after applying foundation. The effect is incredibly pretty and gives a subtle healthy glow.
I'm wearing the brightening pearls in the above picture, I just love the effect. Admittedly it's not a product I use every day, I often forget especially when I'm in a rush! I do love using this when I have the time to. Whilst it's not a vital product I'm so glad I bought it, it's a gorgeous luxe purchase.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Hello Kitty fake eyelashes?!!

So, I did a teeny bit of hauling a while back (and I mean a while, these took FOREVER to arrive) I had to stock up on an essential and then decided to treat myself to the cutest eyelashes ever!

Apologies for the quality of some of the images, these were taken (with flash) at night time...I've been wayy to busy during day time to take pictures recently :(
How adorable are these lashes?! There are various styles that you can buy in this packaging. I bought "no. 3 Volume Up Eye". These cost just under £7 (including postage from Hong Kong) and you get 2 pairs, I've actually worn one pair so I'll pop up a post soon, if you want?
I thought I should buy a Hello Kitty eyelash case to go with my new eyelashes! This is really cute and even comes with a little mirror inside. I previously used a Dollywink one but this has more space inside for lashes/glue. This also cost just under £7 including postage.
I don't know why the packaging looks so grubby!
Finally, the essential that I needed to repurchase! Since discovering Dollywink Eyelash Fix, I've not used another adhesive for fake eyelashes. This is amazing! I'll make a separate post about this soon as it's achieved HG status! This cost just over £10 including postage.

What I love the most about Asian beauty products?! The packaging, it's all so cute!

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Bourjois 16 Rose Coup De Foundre

If you read the mini haul which I posted yesterday (link) you'll have seen this pretty little blusher. 
I bought this whilst in a rush and actually thought it was more peach toned (peachy blushes are my current obsession) so was initially a little disappointed. I'm very pale, naturally and have quite rosy cheeks (euck) so it's not a colour I would have normally bought however it's actually a lot more flattering than I originally thought! It looks especially lovely when I'm wearing fake tan! 
As for the little brush which is included, I hate it. I normally use my own brushes as I don't like using little ones but I gave it a go for the purpose of this review and it's horrible! The bristles are so scratchy and really irritated my skin! The mirror is a little pointless because it's so small however I'm sure it'll come in handy!
There is a lot of glitter to this blush, so it's not for everyone however this isn't too obvious on the face, it translates to more of a shimmer.
One thing I noticed about these blushes is that few (if any, I didn't see a single one) are matte, I'd love to see some pretty matte shades being brought out.
The blush is £7.49 and available from Boots and Superdrug. I bought this as part of a 3 for 2 offer. 

Monday, 9 January 2012

Mini Bourjois haul

Don't you just love it when Boots and Superdrug have 3 for 2 offers on! I'm not going to lie, I've neglected highstreet/drugstore make up of late in favour of more expensive higher-end brands. Naughty I know!
I can honestly say I am so, so impressed with these products and will definitely be paying more attention to drugstore brands. I just wanted to give you a little sneak peak and these products (mostly because I'm ill and unsure if I can write coherently), I'll be doing a full review of each product soon.
I have the say, the whole reason for the haul was the eye shadow. After swatching it in Boots I completely fell in love and pined after it for a while before actually purchasing! It is so stunning, I can't wait to tell you all about it!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

2011 Favourites

I'm sorry for my absence from the blogging world but things have been so hectic at the moment and I just haven't had the time, at all. Prepare yourself though, because this post is going to be a long one!
Diorskin Nude Foundation (010), Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette
I think it was pretty obvious that these 2 products would feature in my best of 2011 post as I rave about both products again and again! I'm yet to do a post about the Sonia Kashuk concealer palette however if you're interested I'll have one up asap - I'm so sad to have hit pan on the peach toned concealer as this product is only available in the US :( As for the foundation, it's a favourite of mine and is perfect for my dry/sensitive skin. 
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel
Again, another obvious choice! I literally use this bronzer every single day, it's perfect for when I'm wearing fake tan but also wearable for every day use as it gives a lovely, sheer wash of colour which can be built upon.
(Clockwise from Left:) MAC "Melba" Blush, MAC L/E Mineralize Blush "Cheek & Cheerful", MAC Cream Colour Base "Pearl"
I actually have a ton of cheek products which aren't MAC however my favourites of the year are definitely those pictured above. Melba is a gorgeous blush which flatters every skin tone and suits every make up look. Cheek & Cheerful is a colour I tend to use after fake tanning, as it's got a definite bronze-y finish. As for the Cream Colour Base in Pearl I've used this as a highlight almost every single day since purchasing it (not so long ago) it's a gorgeous, gorgeous highlight as I've (already!) hit pan on this product it looks as though I'll definitely be repurchasing in the near future!
(Clockwise from Left:) Chanel Les 4 Ombres "14 Mystic Eyes", Inglot Freedom Palette, Sleek Luminaire Concealer "L01"
I love using the Chanel quad whilst on the go because it's a fool proof, nude, smoky eye look which is so pretty! I love how the 4 colours can be used to make a subtle neutral look too. As for my Inglot palette, I love it so much that it's the reason why I have neglected both my MAC and UD Naked palette! The shadows are so pigmented and high quality - something which I wasn't expecting from such a reasonably priced brand! I use the Sleek concealer under my eyes every single day, it's perfect for counter acting dark circles and leaving your eyes looking bright.
(Clockwise from Left:) Bobbi Brown Gel Liner, Dollywink Eyelash Adhesive, Dollywink Liquid Liner
I'm actually in desperate need of repurchasing my gel liner, because it's getting so dried up (naughty I know)! I love this particular gel liner though as it doesn't fade and is a beautiful true black. As for the Dollywink adhesive, I am in love with this product! I am a huge(!!!) false eyelash fan and this is literally the best glue I've ever used, ever! The Dollywink felt tip liner is another fab product, a liquid liner with a nib which is a cross between a felt tip and a paint brush, it's so easy to control and unlike many liquid liners is a true, deep black!

MAC lipsticks have, on the whole been favourites for me throughout the year and MAC is definitely my go to brand if I'm looking for a new lipstick. The three pictured above (and below) are my absolute favourites of the year. I would also include the shade Creme Cup (a pretty nude pink) however I lost it whilst out which makes me very sad :(
(L-R) Vegas Volt, Shy Girl, Russian Red
These 3 lipsticks are AMAZING!!! Vegas Volt, is just a beautiful colour - probably my all time favourite. Shy Girl is a gorgeous peachy almost nude colour which is extremely flattering and Russian Red is the most perfect red for me!
Jill Stuart Fruity Lip Balm
This is probably the most beautifully packaged product I own! And such a lovely lip balm too, which melts on your lips leaving them feeling hydrated and slightly tinted.

Woo! Congratulations if you made it this far! I've taken tons of pictures today for future blog posts so keep your eyes peeled! What were your favourites of the year?