Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Easy Go To Eye Look

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I absolutely love applying my make up and if i have the time i love spending ages applying it, especially my eye make up. However, there are many days though when i just want to click my fingers and have achieved a eye look that looks like it's taken a lot of time and effort - this is where my 'easy go to eye look' steps in.

Regardless of what i intend to do with my eye make up i always use Mac's Paint Pot in Painterly - it's a nude cream base that evens out the skintone and creates the perfect base for the eye make up. For the eyeshadow i switch between two products depending on what mood I'm in or how intense i want it to look. If i want a more basic natural looking eye then i go for Max-Factor Excess Shimmer in Copper* or if if i feel like a eye look that's a bit more intense and edgy looking i go for Max-Factor Excess Shimmer in Bronze* - these are cream eyeshadows but they have more of a mousse like texture/formula but they are really creamy and easy to blend out. I like blending these out using a big fluffy brush as it gives a subtle wash of colour to the lid and then i can keep adding more and blending it out until i have the look i want.

Eyeliner is my next step and this also varies alot depending on what look I'm going for. If i want a really clean look i like to apply my Maybelline Mastergraphic liner and i love to wing out my liner too - it's so easy to use. If i want something that's a bit more intense and edgy looking then i reach for my Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Zero and ill use that along my tightline and that gives it a nice smudgy kind of look.

Mascara differs depending on which i feel like using; at the moment I've rediscovered my love for Benefit They're Real Mascara - i forgot just how much i love this mascara, it makes my lashes so lovely and long. To finish it off i bright up under the eyes with my YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch and i also highlight along the browbone and the inner corner of my eye with the MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter.

It may seem like a lot to do but it's not, its so quick and easy to do and it looks like you've spent alot more time on it than you actually have.

Whats your go to eye look?

Natalie xx
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Monday, 15 December 2014

The Nude Lip

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Today marks my blog's third birthday - can you believe that? Because i can't, it's just flown by and i honestly couldn't imagine what i did beforehand without blogging, it's such a massive part of my life. I just wanna say a big thank you to those who follow my blog - it means a lot.

Ideally, this post should have photos of me wearing the lip products but my morning did not go to plan. I was only supposed to be in at 1pm so i got up early with the intention of spending the morning taking photos but instead i was greeted with a text message from work asking if i could go in early as someone had phoned in sick so my plan was thwarted - i did manage to get these few photos done though. Onto the post...When I'm not wearing my bold lip (here) I've been going for a nude lip and I've really gotten into using lip liner at the moment - it's usually only something i would do with a bold lip colours but lately it's been something I've been enjoying doing with a nude lip too.

The lip liner i reach for the most when i do a nude lip is the Studio 10 Age Reverse Perfecting Lip Liner* in the shade Universal - it's dual ended; one side is a skin tone shade and the other is a light pink shade which is the side i use most. I don't use it to fill in my lips with the colour only to line and define the shape of my lips.

The actual lip colour i use varies depending on what mood I'm in but i usually switch between two products. Mac Lipstick in Cremecup it's such a beautiful pink toned nude and I'm sure you all know it's a firm favourite of mine. It's a cremesheen formula which i really like but it's not overly glossy but it still had a nice shine to it.

The second lip colour i also reach for alot is there L'Oreal Extraordinaire Colour Riche Liquid Lipstick in Rose Melody - it's a gorgeous light pink which actually feels more like a lipgloss than a lipstick but it's really lovely and it has a slight shimmer to it as well.

I absolutely love wearing a nude lip because it's such an easy option and it goes with everything - my nude lip changes up a lot but these are the products I've been reaching for the most.

What's your favourite nude lip?

Natalie xx
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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Beauty Swap #2

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The second beauty swap that i took part in was run by Lucie from FatBeautyx. She did a brilliant job organising the swap so i want to say a massive thank you to her. I was paired with the lovely Mariette - she isn't a blogger but i will link her twitter if you'd like to check her out as she is a fellow make up obsessive. She put together such a lovely package and i can not wait to try everything out! I also really love that she included a little letter giving me pros and cons of each product which i thought was a really nice touch.

Mariette choose the perfect selection of products for me; she got me the Maybelline Lasting Drama Black Shock Gel Liner which is meant to be a dupe for the Benefit Gel Liner so I'm curious to see what it's like, she also got me Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara which is another mascara I've wanted to try for a while.

The Seventeen Cheek Stamp in Bashful is another item that I'm really curious about to try out - Mariette also told me it was a in between blush/bronzer shade so I'm looking forward to trying it out. The ELF Mineral Eyeshadow in Elegant is a lovely neutral shade which i think will make a lovely base colour - normally, mineral eyeshadows aren't something I'd go for because I'm clumsy and I'll probably end up with it everywhere but it looks really nice and I'm definitely going to try it out.

There also a I Heart Make Up Wow Gloss in the shade No Need to Panic which is a lovely pink shade and she also included lots of samples too which i thought was a lovely addition - these included Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, Benefit Coralista Lipgloss and also samples from Bioderma, Phyto and some others.

I love the package she put together and I'm looking forward to trying everything out and 'm sure you'll see them all featured on my blog at some point. A massive thank you to Mariette for such a lovely package, I'm really excited to try everything out.

Have you tried any of these products?

Natalie xx
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Saturday, 13 December 2014

FOTD | Am i the only, the only believer?

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On Wednesday me and my bestie Gem took a little trip to the Trafford centre to have some tea and to do a little Christmas shopping. I was rather happy with my make up so i thought I'd share it with you.

I kept it all quite simple and it barely took me any time to do - my base consisted of Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation set in place with Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Powder of course. I covered my under eyes and all the pesky blemishes that have appeared on my chin with my current favourite Studio 10 Age Defy Skin Perfector* and popped a bit of colour into the cheeks with Benefit Coralista Blush from the Benefit Cheeky Sweet Spot Box of Blush.

My brows i quickly filled in with a new addition I'm currently testing the Studio 10 Brow Lift Perfecting Liner* and set those with the usual Maybelline Brow Drama.

I knew i wanted to wear a bit of a bold lip so the eye make up consisted of Nyx Single Eyeshadow in Sahara all over the lid, winged out eyeliner using Maybelline Mastergraphic Liner - genuinely one of the best liners I've tried recently and Benefit They're Real Mascara which i am absolutely loving using again, i always forget just how good it is when i don't use it for a while.

Last of all, the lips which i pretty much worked the entire make up look around because i really wanted to wear it. Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Lips in Vega, it's such a gorgeous colour and perfect for this season.

What products have you been wearing lately?

Natalie xx
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Friday, 12 December 2014

Beauty Swap #1

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This Christmas i took part in two beauty swaps; i did a Christmas swap a year or so ago and it was a lot of fun so when i saw a few bloggers hosting swaps this year i signed up to a couple. I will be doing another post on the other swap i took part in. 

The first swap i signed up to was hosted by Clare from The Love of All Things Beauty - firstly, i just wanna say she did a great job and I'm really glad i took part. I was paired with Rachel from Beauty Queen UK; we set a budget of £20 and gave each other a list of likes and dislikes and i have to say Rachel put together one heck of a package, i was smiling from ear to ear opening everything.

She really hit the nail on the head with the products she choose; one of the only things i mentioned I'd like to try was some brow products so Rachel got me the W7 Brow Bar - which I'm looking forward to trying out, she also got me the W7 In the Buff Lightly Toasted Eyeshadow palette filled with a gorgeous range of neutral eyeshadows which you all know i just can't get enough of, the Maybelline Mastergraphic Eyeliner which i do actually own already but its a firm favourite that i use pretty much everyday so i was actually really happy to have a back up and the Rimmel Wonder'Full Mascara is a product that I've been curious to try for a while as the formula has argan oil in it.

A product that is quickly becoming one of my favourites is the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Lip Crayon in Vega - it's a really beautiful deep red colour but its so easy to wear and its just perfect for this autumn/winter season. She also included two Yankee Candle Samplers in Frosted Snow that smell incredible, a lovely little Reindeer Hand Warmer that is going to come in handy considering how cold it has gone lately, an Argan Oil Deep Moisturising Foot Pack and two Merryteaser Malteasers which i can assure you didn't last long.

I just want to say a massive thank you to Rachel, I absolutely love everything that she got me and I'm very excited to try everything out and of course i will be reviewing and featuring them on my blog at some point. I loved taking part in this swap; it was a lot of fun shopping and putting it together.

If you want to know what i got in the second beauty swap i took part in, stay tuned as i will be posting it on my blog in a couple of days!

Have you taken part in any beauty swaps?

Natalie xx
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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Most Worn Red Lip Products

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I love a good red lip and whilst it may not be my everyday shade, it's definitely a colour i love to wear. I recently posted about my most worn pink lip products (post here) and i really enjoyed it so i thought it'd be interesting to share with you my most worn red lip products.

Revlon Colour Burst Lip Butter in Candy Apple
I blame this purchase entirely on Essiebutton; she featured it in one of her videos ages ago and i loved it so much i pretty much ran out and bought it. This is probably my most worn red lip product and i bloody love it. It has a sheer application which makes it a lot more wearable because it's not as intense or as bold as a lipstick. It's a really gorgeous red shade and because it's a lip butter, it's so easy to wear and is really moisturising on the lips.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick in Frambourjoise
This is such a nice lip product; the shade 'Frambourjoise' is a red shade with a slight pink undertone. It has really good colour pay off, applies opaque in one sweep and it lasts for a really long time on the lips. They have a matte finish but despite that they actually feel really moisturising on the lips and the finish is really nice - it feels like it has more of a satin sheen to it than a matte finish but i really like it. These are such great lip products; with a nice finish and amazing formula.

Mac Lipstick in Ruby Woo
This used to be my go to red lip products for a nights out, it's a really lovely true red shade. I don't really wear this as often anymore - I'm not so sure why. It has a matte finish and because of that it's very long lasting but it also means it can be a little drying so it definitely requires some lip preparation beforehand and a good lip liner to define the lip and prevent it from bleeding.

Kate Moss Rimmel Lipstick in 107
I'm pretty sure this lipstick is in every blogger's make up collection thanks to Zoella. This is one of the darkest reds in my collection; I'd describe the shade as a burgundy/wine red - it's so pretty and it's the most perfect autumnal shade! The Rimmel Lipsticks have really nice formulas; they're very creamy and this particular one has a semi-matte finish,

Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Red Sunrise
These lip crayons are really lovely; they are glossy and creamy and have really great colour pay off - they're quite similar to lip butters in that they're very moisturising on the lips and have a slight more sheer application. Red Sunrise is a really lovely bold pink-red shade, id say this colour is a good shade for the summer time as it's quite a bright shade.

Sonia Kashuk Tinted Lip Balm in Hint of Red
This is actually a tinted lip balm so it's not as pigmented but it's a great everyday shade if you want a red lip without wearing a bold lip because it is literally a hint of red. As this is a lip balm; it's very moisturising on the lips, i really like wearing this on days i just want add a hint of colour into my make up look without wearing a bold red lip.

So those are my most worn red lip products - I'm always drawn to red lip products and i have gathered quite a collection but this are the ones that i tend to reach for the most.

What's your favourite red lip products?

Natalie xx
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Brand Focus | Bourjois

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I've decided to introduce a new series onto my blog today; I've tried a lot of brands so i thought it might be interesting to share with you some of my favourite products I've tried from each brand. The first brand that I'm going to be focusing on is Bourjois. I've only really gotten into Bourjois in the last two years but it has definitely impressed me and some of my favourites from the brand are:

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Frambourjoise
These are really nice lip products especially if you love a bold lip. Frambourjoise has a slight pink undertone to it, it's a really pretty colour and i love wearing it. These have a really nice formula, are easy to apply and even though they have a matte finish they are really moisturising to wear on the lips.

Bourjois Delice De Poudre AKA The Chocolate Bronzer
If i was to recommend just one product from Bourjois it would be this one - their infamous Chocolate bronzer. It's a really lovely bronzer to use - it's matte so it's ideal to use as a contour and also because it's brown-toned it's not muddy looking and actually looks quite natural on. The scent of this is incredible; i wouldn't say it smells like chocolate though, the scent reminds me of being on holiday - it has a really summery type scent.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in Vanilla
This is the older version of the foundation so i don't know how it differs from the newer ones but it is a much loved product in the blogger world. I'd say this has a medium coverage and it covers blemishes and imperfections really well. The consistency of it is quite thin but you can easily build it up if you feel you need more coverage. It blends out easily and sinks into the skin to give a lovely healthy and natural glow.

Bourjois Cream Blush in Nude Velvet
This is the perfect everyday blush; the colour is a light peachy tone, it's really subtle and natural and it compliments all skin tones and goes well with all make up looks. It's a cream blush which normally i don't like so much because i find they can sometimes be quite difficult to blend out but these have a cream to powder formula and it blends out so easy and effortlessly and it's really long lasting too.

Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Orange Punch
These are some of my favourite lip crayons I've ever tried; they are really glossy and moisturising on the lips. Orange is a colour i usually steer away from but this applies quite sheer so i find it's really wearable and i just love it, especially in the spring/summer. I also have the shade 'Red Sunrise' in the lip crayon and it's also really nice.

Bourjois Smokey Stories Eyeshadow Quad in Good Nude
I actually own all 8 of these quads and they are all great products but the 'Good Nude' is the one that I've been reaching for the most. They are really good quality with good pigmentation and they blend together really nicely. The fours shades in the quad are the perfect components in creating a smokey eye. I don't rate the glitter shade in the middle or the 'light touch' as Bourjois call it as it doesn't apply very well. The other three shades however compliment each other really nicely and its so easy to create a smokey eye with.

Those are some of my favourite items I've tried from Bourjois and the ones I'd recommend checking out. What are some of your favourite products from Bourjois?

Natalie xx
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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Tag | The Me-Time Tag

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1. What do you like to watch or read during me-time?
I don't have anything specific that i go back to, i just tend to watch or read whatever it is that I'm currently reading or watching at that time. At the moment, I'm quite addicted to Netflix so I'd probably turn to that.

2. What do you wear during me-time?
Pyjamas - what else?

3. What are your favourite me-time beauty products?
I love using a good face mask and i also don't think you can go wrong with a nice Lush bath bomb either - my personal favourite is Dragon's Egg or if I'm after a pamper i love Big Blue.

4. Current favourite nail polish?
That would have to be Max-Factor Gel Shine Nail Lacquer in the shade Sparkling Berry - it's such a good quality nail polish and the colour is really gorgeous too.

5. What do you eat or drink during me-time?
I normally opt for a cup of tea or a caramel latte, as for food it just depends on what i have in, at the moment it's Lindt Salted Caramel Chocolate.

6. Current favourite candle?
I'm currently burning Black Coconut by Yankee Candle and it smells incredible so I'm going to say that.

7. Do you ever have outdoor me-time?
Not really, although i sometimes go for a lot of drives with my friend and i find being in the car rather relaxing, so i guess that kind of counts?

8. Would you ever go and watch a film alone?
I love the idea of it but i don't think i could do it. I'd hate the idea of people judging me for going alone and id feel very aware of being on my own which would just ruin it.

9. Favourite online shop?
This is tough one - i am actually truing to avoid shopping online as much as possible but id love ordering off amazon.

10. Anything to add? What else do you do during me-time?
My me-time mostly consists of blogging, reading, doodling in my sketchbook or watching films, TV or youtube - if I'm not doing those, I'd probably say napping. Sleeping counts, right?

How do you like to spend your me-time?

Natalie xx
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