Summer Beauty Favourites

I think I’m pretty resigned to the fact that these beauty posts will be going live on a more quarterly basis than I had originally planned. The problem comes from doing pretty much the same makeup since I was 15. I’ve worn a uniform of black winged eyeliner almost everyday for ten years, meaning that all my selfies pretty much look the same.

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Over the past few months there have been several products I’ve been enjoying, so I thought I’d put together a little round-up of what I’ve been liking recently!

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Nars Blush in Orgasm.

I keep coming back to this blush – it’s just so highly pigmented, and I love the flecks of shimmer in that peachy-pink hue. It’s still a favourite, and is so summery.

W7 Prime Magic Camera Ready.

I think I bought this just before payday a couple of months ago – it’s cheap as chips, and does the job. I really like the purple hue as it counteracts any discolouration in my skin, and keeps my makeup on for so much longer.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow in Chocolate.

I’ve had this for about a year now, and I am still raving about it. No other brow product compares to this, for me, and it lasts ages – I’ve barely scratched the surface. I wholeheartedly recommend this.

Nars Illuminator in Copacabana.

A thinner formula than other liquid highlighters I’ve tried, which makes this highlighter so great for the warm weather. I do miss the brush that comes with Benefit’s High Beam, but this just glides on, and looks pretty and subtle across your cheekbones.

SunPlay Sunscreen SPF50.

I wear factor 50 year round, and I swear by Japanese sunscreens – they’ve just got the formula down. It feels so lightweight, it doesn’t feel cloying or greasy under makeup while giving proper sun protection, and a bottle lasts for ages.

Mac Eyeshadow x9 Palette.

I fancied a palette of neutral colours that weren’t too shimmery, and this MAC palette was perfect – it’s very subtle, and barely there, but adds a bit more definition to the eyes.

BareMinerals Ready Foundation in R210.

In the summer I want to feel like I’m not wearing anything on my face, so I find myself turning more to mineral powders. BareMinerals is so long-lasting – I’m always so shocked when I find foundation on my micellar water pads at the end of the day! I also like that it’s safe to wear even in your sleep – not that I do it often!

Daiso Eyelashes from Japan.

Daiso is like the Japanese equivalent of Poundland, except all the stuff in there is actually brilliant. I always stock up on false eyelashes when I’m over there, because they are such great quality for the price! Over the past few months I’ve had a couple of eyelash extensions done (another 20 mins in bed everyday? Yes please!) but on the few weeks in between appointments I love these ones for a night out.

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Medik8 Glow Oil*.

I’ve really gotten into using serums just before I moisturise, and I’ve been really enjoying this oil from Medik8. I use it just before I go to bed, and it contains Vitamin C, Omega 3 and 6 as well as 12 essential oils, and the effect has been amazing. My skin looks brighter, and the product smells amazing, too.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might know I kind of have a thing for nails.

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After realising I had four separate boxes dedicated to polishes, jewels and tools that were purely nail-related, I caved and bought one of those metal makeup trunks.

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It’s chock full of my favourite polish brand, which has to be Essie. Yes, they are a little pricey, but the colours and quality are great – and you can always find some good deals on them at T.K. Maxx!

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They’ve been a great way to use my latest obsession – nail stamps. I’ve been loving the ones from MoYou – their nail stamps are so easy to use, and nail art has never been easier (or prettier)!

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I’ve been making my nail art last a little longer with my new Leighton Denny Top That gel kit, which makes any nail polish into a gel polish. It’s not quiet as good as getting shellac done, but it makes my manicures a good week longer then they usually do, which works for me!

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Next up – hair.

I blow-dry my hair around twice a week – it’s so thick that it takes a while to dry, and I tend to use a lot of heat on it.

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I’ve been doing a few coconut oil masks recently, around once a week, and it’s made it so much shiner and softer. I’ve been using the Vita Coco* one, which has been great – I find it a lot smoother and easier to use than other brands I’ve tried.

I also don’t usually use a whole load of other products in my hair – I’ve never dyed it, so when I got sent over a box of the Colour Excellence Hair Detox* I was intrigued.

You add a vitamin powder to a bottle of hair product, and apply it to wet hair, rinsing out after ten minutes or so, to boost colour. First off – this product smells absolutely incredible, like I’d just been to a hair salon. I found my hair a lot more manageable, and it made my hair shiny – I would definitely recommend this, even for uncoloured hair!

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Last, but not least, is this lipstick from Sleek – such an underrated brand, especially for how affordable it is! I don’t usually go for a statement lip, but I couldn’t resist this Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Vamp – a really lovely shade and a great formula, if a little drying.

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Have you tried any of these products? What are your favourites? Be sure to comment belowor let me know on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram!

All aboard the Good Ship Benefit! with House of Fraser’s Cheekathon Palette

It’s not often that an email has me squealing at my desk with excitement.

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But when an iconic department store reaches out to invite you to find out more about your favourite makeup brand’s latest palette, it’s pretty damn exciting.

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If you haven’t been to Victoria Embankment to the Good Ship Benefit yet then you should get yourself down there now – it’s seriously incredible.

The Benefit team have really outdone themselves. The R.S. Hispaniola has been transformed into a gorgeous, incredible girly boat, as classically on-brand as you’d expect from Benefit. They are also offering some fantastic events and activities onboard, too –  from yoga classes on the Hoola deck, to brow grooming and afternoon tea, to delicious cocktails and more!

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I’ve loved Benefit forever. ‘Some kind-a gorgeous’ was my first high-end foundation, and Hoola and High Beam have been products I’ve used constantly for years. I was on cloud nine amongst all the makeup products and themed rooms on the Good Ship Benefit – and was even more excited to get a demonstration of their latest product.

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The Cheekathon palette is exclusive to House of Fraser, and features 5 full-sized bronzers and blushers for just £44.50. Considering one Benefit cheek product usually costs about £24.50, it’s incredible value for money, and they last ages, too.

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The packaging is stunning, as usual, and also includes a little brush, which is perfect for highlighting cheekbones. I’ve used it every single day since I got mine – it’s an incredibly versatile palette, and without a doubt my new favourite makeup product.

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We were also given a demonstration of how to use the product by the team, which was really useful. It’s always nice to see what tips and tricks other people use with their products – and in the process, I discovered that Hoola is also the perfect matte light brown eyeshadow, too!

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I had such an awesome time on the Good Ship Benefit, and I absolutely love the new Cheekathon palette. A little too much fun, in fact, getting my brows done and sipping on champagne, that by the time I disembarked they only had Gimme Brow left in a light/medium shade.

But my loss is your gain, readers, because I’m doing a giveaway! Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win a full sized Gimme Brow in the shade light/medium. This competition is UK-only, and if the winner doesn’t respond after a week then I’ll offer the prize to the runner up.

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What’s your favourite Benefit product?  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.

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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