Beauty Favourites 2016

It seems like years since I did a beauty-related post. I was thinking of gradually phasing them out, as I am always doing the same thing when it comes to makeup (black winged eyeliner, nude lip) – but I picked up a few pieces in Japan that I am absolutely loving, and have been dying to share!

Islandbell February Favourites: Creer Beaute Japan Sailor Moon Liquid Eyeliner, Vivienne Westwood Boudoir, Leighton Denny Top That, My Melody Time Secret PowderIslandbell February Favourites:Creer Beaute Sailor Moon Miracle Romance Liquid Eyeliner (Black)

I clearly couldn’t leave this liquid eyeliner behind in the drugstore, especially given the fact that at one point, I owned all of the Sailor Moon baton wand things. I have really been loving this eyeliner – it’s well pigmented, and the brush means that depending on the angle, it can be as thick or as thin as I want it to be. Unfortunately I picked this one up in Japan, but I’ve managed to find one that delivers to the UK here.

Islandbell February Favourites: Creer Beaute Japan Sailor Moon Liquid EyelinerVivienne Westwood Boudoir

I’ve definitely mentioned this in a previous post, but my boyfriend recently repurchased me this perfume as part of my Christmas present and I love it. It smells like roses, freesia, and has a touch of tobacco too, which makes it so unusual – and it looks lovely on my dressing table!

Islandbell February Favourites: Vivienne Westwood BoudoirLeighton Denny Top That

This kit makes any nail polish into a gel polish, which is so great, as I don’t want to have to buy a whole load of other colours! While it isn’t as long lasting as the real thing, it definitely adds another week to my manicure – and as chipped nails are my pet peeve, anything that makes it more durable is a winner in my book.

Islandbell February Favourites: Leighton Denny Top ThatMy Melody x Little Twin Stars Time Secret UV Powder

Islandbell February Favourites: My Melody x Little Twin Stars Time Secret PowderIslandbell February Favourites: My Melody x Little Twin Stars Time Secret PowderIslandbell February Favourites: My Melody and LIttle Twin Stars Time Secret PowderAs someone with yellow-toned skin, this Time Secret mineral UV powder has been wonderful, especially over foundation. It feels light, and has great coverage without being cakey. Again, this is another one I picked up in Tokyo, but you might be able to find it at Rakuten.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24-hour Eyeshadow

Islandbell Feburary Favourites 24 Hour TattooI love the Colour Tattoo eyeshadows – they last so long, and both Timeless Black and Chocolate Suede are so dark and pigmented, but really wearable. I’ve tried some cream eyeshadows from Mac and other higher-end brands, but I actually think these are better – and for £4.99 each you can’t beat them in terms of value.

Eyelash Extensions

Ever since I first tried them in October, I’ve been obsessed with eyelash extensions – mostly because they save so much time in the mornings (and anything that will give me an extra 20 minutes of shut-eye, I’m in favour of). My last ones lasted three months, as I didn’t wear any eyeshadow and took good care of them – my current ones I’ve had on for a month now, and I’ve received so many compliments on them that I definitely recommend trying them at least once! I’ve been keeping an eye out for good deals, but I’m definitely a fan – I’m wearing them in the photo below.

Menai Strait RIB RideWhat are some of your recent beauty favourites? Be sure to comment below, or let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

July Beauty Favourites

I haven’t done a beauty post in months – I’ve mostly been travelling around and stuffing my face! I’ve also been trying to be a little more restrictive with my beauty spending – trying to curb it as my mum embarrassingly pointed out during her visit, of the 35 bottles of shampoo, shower gel, moisturiser and conditioner in the bathroom, only one of them belonged to my boyfriend! Living in a tiny studio apartment means that I have to be clever with space.

Which brings me to my first July beauty favourite, which was also my birthday present from my lovely boyfriend – a brand new battlestation!

Ikea Brimnes Dressing TableThis one is the Ikea Brimnes dressing table, which is brilliant for our tiny flat. It’s got a mirror that opens up, and quite a bit of storage space for all my makeup and looks great, too! The best part is the inside of the drawers are red, which means it won’t look too messy with all the brushes and tools I keep inside.

Islandbell July Beauty FavouritesIslandbell July Beauty FavouritesI got my hands on some of these products when I was back in New York, but I have absolutely been loving these in July!

In the top left you’ll find the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Bronze. I picked this one up at Sephora, and it’s really delicately shimmery with an almost rose-gold sheen to it. It’s so versatile, and when I’m going away for the weekend I usually take this compact, using it as a bronzer and an eyeshadow – it’s really pretty, subtle and great for summer.

Next up is the Real Techniques Bold Metals Flat Contour Brush. Not only does it look amazing on my dressing table, but it’s such good value for money. This one costs a little more than the usual Real Techniques range, but is brilliant for blending and contouring – it’s just the right length, and the bristles are packed in really tight. It’s definitely one of the brushes I reach for the most!

Inside the little Lush tin is the Honey I Washed My Hair shampoo bar from, unsurprisingly, Lush. I tried their conditioner bars before, and wasn’t a massive fan (I think my hair is far too thick for that) but the shampoo bars are ridiculously good. This one is my favourite so far – it smells like honey and toffee, and has a really satisfying lather – and it saves on unnecessary packaging too. What’s not to like? I’ve had mine for about two months now, so you get a lot of uses out if it (provided that someone doesn’t break off massive chunks at a time!)

On the top right you’ll find the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. Used with the Real Techniques contour brush, you can (almost) change the shape of your face. Okay, so maybe that is a massive exaggeration, but it’s seriously amazing how a little bit of clever contouring can make your face seem a little less ball-like, in my case. At £39, it’s not dirt cheap, so I still stick to the Beauty UK Cosmetics Ultimate Contour Palette during the week, and save this one for special occasions.

Also from Anastasia Beverly Hills is the Dipbrow in Chocolate. I’ve been using this with the Zoeva 317 wing brush to fill in my eyebrows, and it’s become a holy grail product. The cream-to-powder formula is really, really good, making my eyebrows that bit more defined and helping to frame my face. I’m wearing all the Anastasia Beverly Hills products in the photos below – one smiling, and one where I look a bit grumpy – but so you can really see the difference products make!

Islandbell July Beauty FavouritesIslandbell July Beauty FavouritesI’ve had a few drugstore favourites this month, too! Rimmel London’s Kate range of lipsticks have always been one of my favourites, as I don’t really tend to wear lipstick, but they do a few really good nudes. This month, I picked up Rimmel Kate Lipstick Nude in Shade 43. It’s got a really creamy formula, and the colour is the perfect nude colour for me. I also picked it up in shade 40, but it was far too light and made me look really weird (that is, more than I do usually).

Kate Moss Nude Lipstick, Maybelline 24-hour color tattoo eyeshadow creamy beige and on and on bronze, le roche posay sunscreenI’ve gotten really into cream-to-powder eyeshadows too, and have been alternating using Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Creamy Beige and On and On Bronze. It is really long-lasting, even without using a primer, so it’s a great one to put on and forget about during the week. In the photo below, I’m wearing creamy beige.

Islandbell July Beauty FavouritesI also turned the big 2-4 in July, and in the past month I seem to have turned into my mother. For my entire life, she’s been obsessed with putting factor 50 on her face everyday, and she could easily pass for twenty years younger than she is. She’s clearly doing something right, so I’ve been taking a leaf out of her book and have been putting a layer of La Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultra-Light Fluid on every day as part of my daily routine. The name is a mouthful, and almost impossible to pronounce, but it’s been a godsend – it’s so light you can’t feel it, doesn’t make you feel greasy or break you out, but keeps your face protected all day. Win!

Lush Yuzu and Cocoa, Fushi Cellulite Oil, La Roche Posay SunscreenFor skincare, I’ve been really liking the Lush shower gel in Yuzu and Cocoa. It smells like chocolate orange, and is refreshing and comforting at the same time. The only problem I have with it is that I want to eat it!

Fushi Really Good Cellulite OilMy next beauty favourite is the Fushi Really Good Cellulite Oil*. After my beach holiday earlier this year, I’ve been really trying to get in better shape – going to more exercise classes and eating healthier, too. I’ve been supplementing that with this cellulite oil from Fushi, which smells like peppermint. It’s got green coffee bean extract, which is supposed to be really great for combating cellulite! I do feel like it’s making my skin softer, and that it’s working, but most of all I’m just really enjoying using a body oil as it’s not usually part of my daily routine!

Have you used any of these products? What were your favourites last month? Comment below, and don’t forget to follow me on TwitterFacebook or Instagram!

* I was sent the Fushi product to review – but was under no obligation to blog about it if I didn’t like it!

March Makeup Favourites

I’ve put myself on a spending ban of sorts, but I’ve rediscovered items already in my possession this month, with some late Christmas presents I missed in my previous beauty post! So without further ado, here are a few of my makeup favourites for March so far:

March Beauty Favourites

The Tools

Real Techniques make high quality yet affordable makeup brushes, and this month I’ve been making use of the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, mostly for blending. I’ve discovered the amazing and cheap-as-chips Beauty UK Ultimate Contour Palette, which has been great – it’s got a cream formula, which is quite hard to find in a contouring palette, especially for under a fiver! I’ve been using it with the Real Techniques Bold Metals Contour Brush. I love the bold metals collection – not only the look, but the soft, synthetic fibres are perfect for picking up makeup and blending.

Real Techniques Bold Metals, Eyelash Curlers

The eyeliner brush is perfect for shaping eyebrows, and looks great on my dressing table too!

I’ve upgraded my old Mac eyelash curlers for a new Shu Uemura, and the difference has been astounding. The results have been really dramatic, and this is one cult beauty tool that lives up to its reputation.

The Products

I’m pretty fussy about perfumes – my go-to scents are Chloe, Elie Saab and YSL Cinema. I got a bottle of Trussardi Donna for Christmas, a brand I hadn’t been familiar with in the past. This scent has fast become a favourite – with base notes of vanilla and sandalwood and a citrusy overtone, it’s in a similar vein to my staples and I absolutely adore it.

Trussardi Donna, Mac Paint Pot, Beauty UK Contour Palette, YSL Blush

For my eyes, I’ve been making good use of my Urban Decay NAKED 2 Palette, the shade YDK in particular. I’ve been building it over the cream Mac Paint Pot in Frozen Violet, which is a beautifully pigmented cream shadow in a metallic taupe shade. I’m not usually a fan of colourful eyeshadows, but this is such a gorgeous shade, and the formula is really long-lasting too.

March Beauty Favourites

This peach YSL blush is one I’ve had for quite a while, and I’ve only just rediscovered my fondness for it – I find myself reaching for the peachy shade the further we get into spring.

Have you tried any of these products? What are your March favourites?

 

February Makeup Favourites

I’ve been running around doing so many food and lifestyle posts recently, and have really neglected the beauty side of my blog. So without further ado, here are just a few products that I’ve been loving this month!

Miss Dior

I’d left my bottle of dry shampoo back in Cambodia, so once I was back I picked up a bottle of CoLab Extreme Volume Dry Shampoo in Tokyo (of course). It feels a lot more luxe and grown-up than my usual Batiste, with notes of sandalwood, orchid and mandarin. I am loving the scent, and finds it gives my hair a lot of extra volume – I definitely prefer this to my usual.

Next product is something I picked up in duty free – a bottle of Miss Dior EDT. I love the scent of this – it’s fruity yet musky, with notes of patchouli and rose. It’s such a classic scent that I know will definitely be a staple for a long time.

I took advantage of a recent 2 for £10 deal on Rimmel products at Superdrug and picked up a bottle of Rimmel’s Lasting Finish Foundation in Soft Beige. It’s got good coverage, although the overall effect isn’t as nice as the Wake Me Up foundation, so I’m not sure whether I’ll be repurchasing this from Rimmel in the future.

Mascara, eyeliner, concealer

I’ve also been loving this tube of Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, which is great for running underneath my eyes on early mornings.

Another duty-free purchase is now a holy grail product for me – Lancome Hypnose mascara has definitely replaced Fiberwig as my new all-time favourite mascara. I love the effect, and it comes off easily with a bit of makeup remover without any harsh rubbing. At £22.50, it’s not exactly cheap, but when you wear contact lenses like I do you have to be particular about what you put near your eyes.

I also picked up a Rimmel Brow This Way brow gel, which is great for running through my brows before applying powder with a Zoeva angled brush.

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Another drugstore favourite is the Delice de Poudre from Bourjois – it smells a bit like chocolate (although not as much as my favourite bronzer from Toofaced!) It’s been great for contouring and giving a little bit of a sunkissed glow.

After much searching, I found a Maybelline Color Drama Pencil in Nude Perfection at my local Superdrug. I love the creamy formula and the nude colour, as I tend to shy away from bright lipsticks colours as I’m usually sporting heavy eyeliner.

And speaking of eyeliner, I’ve rediscovered my love of Urban Decay’s 24/7 liner, which I found at the back of one of my drawers – it’s so pigmented and long-lasting, and I have honestly found that no other pencil liner compares.

I’d run out of eyeliner when I was in Thailand in January, and picked one up at a convenience store. Mistine is a popular high street makeup brand in Thailand, and I picked up their Super Black Fixed Eyeliner, which is liquid. It’s been really great – goes on smoothly, and is long-lasting and not to mention cheap – but not sure I’ll be able to get my hands on these locally!

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Another Asian beauty product was actually gifted to me for Christmas, and comes from South Korea. It’s a customisable palette from Etude House, a popular Korean makeup brand who do a great range of skincare, face masks (which I have been completely addicted to) and makeup. This palette has been great – all the colours were chosen for me, and they are perfect: minimal fallout, perfectly pigmented in some beautiful shades.

Etude House EyeshadowEtude House Eyeshadow

The packaging seems made for me, too – I’m a massive fan of Etude House.

ETude House Eyeshadow PaletteEtude House

The third and final product is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. My old Cosmopolitan Blend Perfection Sponge was looking very tatty, despite being washed frequently, and I was due for an upgrade.

I love using the sponge to apply foundation over a brush – I think when using a foundation brush, you need to allow yourself plenty of time to buff in order to avoid brush strokes on your face. But by simply wetting the sponge and buffing with some foundation takes about half the time, and leaves you with a lovely glowing effect on the skin.

Etude House Eyeshadow

Have you tried any of these products? What have you been loving this month?

November Beauty Favourites

It’s been a really long time since I’ve done a post about my beauty favourites! Here are a few things I’ve been loving this November:

Lush Haul

I’ve repurchased the Big sea salt shampoo from Lush. It’s without a doubt the best shampoo I’ve ever tried – the sea salt is great for exfoliating the scalp, and it smells absolutely divine. The sea salt gives your hair volume, too – what more could you want? I tend to use it once a week, alternating different shampoos so as to avoid drying out my hair but it’s definitely a product I’ll be getting again and again.

Lush Jungle Solid Conditioner

The next item from my mini Lush haul is the Jungle solid conditioner. I was really intrigued by the concept, and I really like the scent of avocado and banana. I’m not fully sold on the texture, but it does a good job of conditioning the ends.

As mentioned in my last post, I’m ridiculously excited for this holiday season – and I LOVE Lush’s range of seasonal products. Snow Fairy smells like all the good smells from childhood – like cotton candy, or bubblegum.

They're Real Mascara

The next product up is Benefit They’re Real mascara. I recently had this brought over from America for me, and I am loving the brush in particular, and how it lengthens my lashes. My only gripe with the product is that it’s not easy to get off – this has lasting power, so make sure you have some good eye makeup remover to hand. I know Benefit sell their own remover, which is specially formulated to remove it but something about that just doesn’t sit well with me particularly – I don’t like being forced to buy an entire range of products.

They're Real Mascara

Next on my list of November favourites is Bourjois’ Happy Light Matte serum primer. I much prefer the consistency of this to Maybelline’s Baby Skin primer – it feels less greasy, and I like that it is light and mattifying. I like this product as a drugstore alternative to Maybelline’s primer, which I wasn’t a fan of.

Bourjois Matte Primer Elie Saab Perfume

I haven’t found a new scent I’ve liked in ages. I’ve been wearing the Chloe perfume for ages, and while I love it, I was looking for something a bit different. I always associate the Chloe scent with summer, and the patchouli, jasmine and orange blossom of this Elie Saab perfume is deeper – it has a smokier quality to it which makes it perfect for winter. If you are a fan of Vivienne Westwood’s Boudoir, or Calvin Klein Euphoria then I think you should put this scent on your Christmas wishlist.

Nars Orgasm

This Nars blush is a cult favourite, and something else I had brought back for me from the States. Nars blush in Orgasm looks really natural, but with tiny flecks of shimmer which creates a really lovely glow. My one is becoming a little worn because I’ve been using it so much – it’s definitely been featured on other beauty blogs so much for a reason!

Zoeva Brushes

My final favourite this month has been the rose gold brush set from Zoeva. It’s my first proper brush set – previously, I’d been using my bare minerals brushes and I finally couldn’t resist these. They are the softest brushes I have ever touched. They don’t look quite so nice at the moment as they do in the picture above, but I have it on good authority that they wash incredibly well – and for under £7 a brush are more affordable than ones from MAC. The case is great, and there’s a lot of room for other products too.

What products have you loved this month? Anything you’ll be putting on your Christmas wishlist?