Thursday, 22 May 2014

My Spring and Summer Fragrance Collection

I hate to sound really British and talk about the weather but seriously I wish it would make it's mind up. Sun or no sun? It is becoming very difficult to decide what to wear in the morning.

But in preparation for when the sun does decide to make an extended appearance I thought I would share my collection of Spring and Summer fragrances with you. If you're curious to see my Autumn and Winter fragrances you can read my previous post here - link. I'm not really sure when my collection got this big! I used to only ever have one bottle on the go at a time.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Kiko Lipsticks - Spring Colours

The colours and the formulas of these Kiko lipsticks are just perfect for Spring and Summer. They feel very moisturising on the lips and quite balmy, applying with a lovely sheer wash of colour. This is my favourite kind of everyday lipstick as they are very low maintenance, they give a subtle glossy pop of colour, don't appear patchy when they begin to wear off and can be applied easily even without a mirror if need be.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

A Face Mask Experimentation...

Face masks always make me think of sleepovers with my BFFs back in my school days! I remember we used to buy those 99p face mask sachets from Superdrug after school, and they always had a 'peel off' or 'heat up' novelty to them. I don't remember them ever really having any special skin benefits but boy did we love pulling our hair back with a massive headband and scrunchie, slapping on the face mask and putting cucumber slices over our eyes, only to get grossed out by the cucumber smell (I still hate cucumber).

Saturday, 10 May 2014

New Neutral Maybelline Colour Tattoos - Dare To Go Nude

Don't worry, I'm not going to go on about my love for the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze again. Instead I am going to go on about my love for some of their other neutral shades!

A very lovely friend of mine recently visited some family in America and offered to pick up some US beauty products for me. Having seen that America have a much larger selection of Maybelline Colour Tattoos than we do, I just had to ask her to pick some up for me. All three shades are from the Maybelline Limited Edition Dare To Go Nude Collection.

The first one she picked up for me was Stroke of Midnight, a black shade with silver glitter particles. I was hoping this one could be used as an eyeliner or as a dark eyeshadow base for a dramatic smokey eye. Unfortunately the colour isn't quite opaque enough to create a decent eyeliner line with an angled brush. However, the colour tattoos are very buildable. You simply allow one layer to dry and then apply another over the top so it still works perfectly as a dramatic dark base.

The second shade she picked up is Nude Compliment, a cool toned shimmery taupe-brown. This one is quite similar to On and On Bronze (comparison below) so I know that I am going to get a lot of use out of it. Although this is a great shade to use as a base for powder eyeshadow on top, it is also a perfect shade to use on its own. A quick swipe over the lid and you're good to go.

The last shade she picked up for me is Pure Nude, a shimmery pink-tinged champagne colour. I love this shade as it is really brightening. It is ideal to use as an eyeshadow base for lighter powder eyeshadows such as MAC's Naked Lunch and is also perfect as an inner corner highlight. It could probably even be used as a highlight in other areas of the face but would need to be applied lightly.

Top to Bottom - Stroke of Midnight, Nude Compliment, Pure Nude
When I first opened the shade Nude Compliment I thought it seemed very similar to On and On Bronze. However, when compared next to each other there are some noticeable differences so I am glad that I have both in my collection. On and On Bronze is quite a warm brown shade whereas Nude Compliment is much cooler with a grey undertone, both are shimmery and can be applied either quite sheer or built up to an intense colour.
Left - On and On Bronze, Right - Nude Compliment
Left - On and On Bronze, Right - Nude Compliment

I have been so impressed with every Maybelline Colour Tattoo I have tried. They make great eyeshadow bases and prevent powder eyeshadows from fading and creasing throughout the day. They can also often be worn on their own for a simple and long lasting eye look. I know these are meant to be similar to the MAC Paint Pots, which I am very tempted to try, but the difference in price make these Maybelline cream eyeshadows such a bargain buy! MAC Paint Pots retail for £15 whereas the Maybelline Colour Tattoos are £4.99 in the UK or around $6.99 in America.

It is a shame that these shades are only available in the US (it pays to have an American friend who can pick these things up!) as the UK shades are quite limited with only a couple of neutrals and a lot of brights that I wouldn't use. Hopefully they will decide to expand the selection here in the UK at some point. A greater selection of matte shades would also be brilliant!

I would also like to mention that my friend also bought me 5 boxes of Pop Tarts! The flavours they have out there are amazing....Red Velvet ..... yes, Red Velvet Pop Tarts! Thanks Amanda, you're awesome!

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Beauty Haul - Fragrance Direct, Kiko & Lush

Don't you just love pay day? It seems like every month when I start running out of money I start a list of things to buy after pay day. Sometimes the lists can get quite lengthy! This month I wanted to treat myself to some nail polishes as I recently had a clear out and got rid of all my old gloopy ones, and was also after some new Spring appropriate lipsticks.

Monday, 5 May 2014

April '14 Favourites

April was a bit of a crap month and I'm pretty glad to see the back of it. Work has been pretty stressful and I have just generally felt a bit rubbish. I've been trying my hardest to be more positive so let's look forward to May's potential and concentrate on the good things!

Anyway no one wants to hear me complaining so let's get on with the products I have been loving this month....

Thursday, 1 May 2014

How To Get The Perfect Glow...

I wouldn't have thought that at 26 I would need to start worrying about the effects of ageing, but I swear I woke up on my 26th birthday with wrinkles, and I kid you not, I actually found my first grey hair on my wedding day! It's a good job I don't believe in omens isn't it? Or maybe it was just a sign that we would grow old together...yeah lets go with that one!

Anyway, the point I am trying to make is that the older I get, the harder I need to work to give myself that healthy glow of youth. It used to be natural but now I need a little bit of help.