Wednesday, 20 September 2017

5 Autumn Essentials

autumn essentials

Normally I wouldn't even consider changing things up for Autumn until October but it has been so cold lately in England, even August was chilly! As a result I've changed up my everyday lipsticks and put away my summer clothes so today I thought I would share my 5 Autumn essentials with you.

Most importantly, for me, is a good book! I'm currently reading Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland and I'm planning on reading #GirlBoss when I go on holiday in November. It's so cosy to get snuggled down with a blanket and a good book, this tends to be by the fire in my house but can also be in bed. Reading is a nice break from the internet and the perfect activity when the weather is awful. What books are you reading this Autumn?

Along similar lines, a big scarf or blanket is a must have! Pictured here is a blanket with arm holes, a bit like a kimono but big, warm and cosy. Perfect for wrapping up in when it's cold. I also use big scarves as blanket when on the go - in the car and it's chilly? Scarf on the legs!

essential autumn lipsticks

More on the beauty side of things, a good lip balm is vital for keeping chapped lips at bay. I find this is more of an issue when it's cold outside and the awful chilly wind is in full force. Pictured here is the Nuxe Reve De Miel lip balm. A good, gentle moisturiser is also an essential for me as I have dry skin anyway and in the colder months it gets even more flaky and sensitive. I'm currently using the Avene Tolerance Cream which provides a good amount of hydration whilst also being perfect for sensitive skin. I like a calming product which isn't too fancy or complicated, this fits the bill.

Lastly, we all know it's the perfect time for darker lips! Autumn time means berry lip time, I've featured a few of my favourites here. All these lipsticks are variations on the berry shade - some brighter, some more sheer but all fabulous Autumn shades.

autumn essentials swatches

So, going left from right, we have Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Luxemburg which is the brightest shade of the bunch. Next is the Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry, a great everyday shade and the Revlon Lip Butter in Berry Truffle which isn't as pink as the swatch! Lastly, the Charlotte Tiblury Matte Revolution lipstick in Bond Girl is a classic, deep Autumn shade. What are your favourite Autumn lipsticks?

I'd love to know your Autumn essentials!

Harriet x
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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Affordable High Street Nudes

affordable nudes

I never used to be a nude girl, I didn't think they suited me at all and always stuck to bright colours. Recently I've realised brown-toned nudes suit me, rather than those that are more pinky or cool toned, and now I've fallen in love! So here are a few of my favourite, affordable nude lipsticks from the high street

high street nude

Going left to right - first up we have the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Cream (£6) in the shade Stockholm. This is a classic, every man and his dog has a soft matte lip cream in their collection. This is one of the few more cool toned nudes I own but I still like how it looks.

Next is the Rimmel The One Lipstick (£6.99) in the shade 610 High Flyer, which you can see is quite pink compared to the others. I tend to wear this lipstick to work and find the neutral pink brightens up my face.

In the most gorgeous rose gold packaging is the Revolution Renaissance Lipstick (£4) in the shade Greatest. Now in the pictures this looks rose toned and in the bullet it looks brown but on the lips it is actually quite a neutral nude shade, which is nothing like the shade on the Tam Beauty website. Definitely check out swatches online to get an idea of the true colour! If I have a panic and don't know what lipstick to wear this is usually the one I reach for.

nude lipsticks

Again in pretty packaging, the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick (£6.49) in the shade 56 Boho Nude. This is the most brown toned in this selection which really shows up on my lips. The formula is light weight and glossy but not super pigmented, which is why I can imagine on some people this shade might not show up, but on me I love it!

Lastly, the Tanya Burr Lipstick (£6.99) in Pink Cococa. Again, this looks different in the pictures and in the bullet than it does on the lips. In these pictures this lipstick looks quite deep and rosy and in the bullet looks like a lovely warm brown, however, when swatched this colour is warm pink with a hint of brown. As I said I prefer warm browns (which I thought this would be when I bought it!) I still ended up loving this colour! The pink is not really bright or pale so therefore looks nice on the lips. The formula of this is similar to the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick, light weight and glossy.

I would love your suggestions of some affordable nude lipsticks, I can't get enough of them!

Harriet x
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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

A Very Late ColourPop Haul

colour pop haul

Now this is going up MONTHS late but hey, better late than never right? One weekend ColourPop were doing free international shipping so I decided to finally get my hands on some of the KathleenLights collaborations as she is one of my favourite YouTubers. A little tip - I also split these into a few different orders to avoid custom charges.

aquarius liquid lips

First up we have the Aquarius trio which includes the Aquarius ultra satin lip, Aquarius ultra glossy lip and the Aquarius 2 ultra matte lip. The satin version is definitely my favourite but I also get a lot of use out of Aquarius 2, which is more cool toned than the original. I personally think I prefer the satin formula as it feel less drying on the lips, however the matte formula is by no means super drying and is still comfortable.

where the light is eyeshadow

Next up I chose the Where The Light Is collection (of course!). These eyeshadows are simply beautiful, warm toned neutrals are definitely my go to colours. I have never experienced anything like the ColourPop formula, they have a slightly creamy feel but are still a powder shadow. This formula works well with the sparkly and metallic shades but I'm still learning how best to use the matte shades - any tips are welcome! The colours all work well together and you can make a range of different looks, from simple to dramatic. I can't wait to use the Blaze shade on a night out!

I also picked up the single eyeshadow in Weenie, which is a gorgeous rose gold, however I forgot to include it in these pictures!

kathleenlights satin lips

Lastly I picked up the ultra satin lip in November which is also a KathleenLights collaboration. This shade is a pretty, bright mid-toned pink. Not too pale but also not super bright or neon. I really enjoy wearing this shade for a natural, feminine look and tend to gravitate towards it if I'm unsure what colour to wear. The shade on the right is Frick N Frack which I bought on a whim as it took my fancy.  This comes out much darker on my lips than I expected and is a sort of burgundy tone, not quite as red as it looks in the tube or swatched.

kathleenlights swatches

I am dying to get my hands on more lip and eyeshadow colours but the custom and shipping charges scare me! What are your ColourPop reccomendations?

Harriet x

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Make Up For Dry Skin

make up for dry skin

An alternative title for this post could be 'my everyday base routine' as these are the products I tend to wear everyday. I have dry skin and these products work really well together on my face without looking cakey or making my face look like it's flaking off which is a constant struggle with some foundations. As dry skin seems to be more of a problem in the colder months I thought this would be a useful post for lots of people!

The most important product in this selection, to me, is the Real Techniques Beauty Complexion Sponge. If you have dry skin this sponge is a must! It applies any foundation in a really even way without causing the skin to become irritated or flaky. I like to use the Rimmel Match Perfection foundation for everyday as it evens out my skin tone without being too heavy or thick. This makes it a great match (see what I did there?) for dry skin as well as having a more natural finish instead of matte.

Next up is concealer! Another Rimmel product, the Wake Me Up concealer provides good coverage for undereye darkness without going into fine lines or looking cakey which I often struggle with under the eyes. Dry skin under the eyes can be quite noticeable and feel tight or flaky so it's important to find a concealer that works well with your skin

foundation for dry skin

The Maybelline Fit Me powder is my current favourite as it is very silky and soft, blending in with foundation and the skin instead of leaving a powdery finish. I also find this is great for touch ups on the go because it doesn't look cakey or obvious.

And for a bit of glow (or natural sheen in the case of dry skin) I like the Freedom Pro Highlight in Ambient as it gives a nice, subtle highlight that isn't in your face or super glittery. I've heard some people even like to use it all over the face as a setting powder!

What are your favourite make up products for dry skin? I would love to hear your reccomendations!

Harriet x
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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Nars Luxembourg Dupe?

A Nars Luxembourg Dupe?

I received this Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg as a present at Christmas last year and when I spotted the Bourjois Souffle de Velvet in Plum Plum Pidou I snapped it up as I thought the colour may be a dupe for the Nars. As I knew the formulas are different I did assumed the Plum Plum Pidou would be a more sheer colour, possibly a more wearable version of Luxembourg but unfortunatly I was disappointed...

A Nars Luxembourg Dupe?

As you can see from these swatches the colours are very similar. As the Bourjois is more sheer it may seem different but I believe it is just a less concentrated version of the same colour as the Nars, a gorgeous raspberry plummy colour which I love! However this is where the similarities end.

As I mentioned I knew the formulas were different so was expecting a different look from each product but the wear time of the Bourjois Souffle de Velvet was very minimal and it also wore off in a very strange, patchy way.

A Nars Luxembourg Dupe?

So even though the colours of these two products may be very similar it really isn't a dupe as the formula of the Bourjois is not only different but awful compared to the Nars. On the other hand, the Nars Satin Lip Pencil applies with lots of pigment, isn't dehydrating on the lips, has a good wear time and, most importantly, wears off naturally and subtly. To wear this colour in a more sheer way I recommend applying a little bit of the colour to the lips then patting it in with a finger.

Have you tried the Bourjois Souffle de Velvet? Have you ever found a dupe for a Nars Satin Lip Pencil? Let me know!

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Favourite Revlon Products

favourite revlon products

Another edition to my favourite products series! Today it's all about Revlon products, which are high street but tend to be at the more expensive end of the spectrum. This post looks like it's all lipstick but I promise it's not haha!

First up are two mascara's: the 3D Volume and Lash Potion. Contrary to it's name I find the 3D Volume mascara has more of a natural, lengthening look which is great for every day. I get a little bit of smudging with this mascara but take that with a pinch of salt as every mascara tends to smudge on me unless it's waterproof. The Lash Potion mascara is extremely volumising but along with this has a very big brush so you do have to be a bit careful! I really enjoy both these mascaras but I have just discovered they have been unfortunately discontinued with the release of their new mascara wardrobe but I will be trying some of these as hopefully there will still be similar brushes in there somewhere!

Another eye product I love by Revlon may seem a bit random but it is the clear Precision Lash Glue. I much prefer this to any glue that comes with false lashes as it has a stronger hold and is easier to apply as it has a brush tip. If you wear false lashes I recommend checking this glue out!

revlon lip swatches

On to the elephant in the room... Lip products! I have never tried a traditional lipstick from Revlon but I adore their Lip Butters and Color Burst Lip Crayons! I have a range of shades from both of these ranges and cannot fault the formula. The Lip Butters are extremely pigmented, not sheer in anyway, and apply easily as they have a soft consistency, just like butter. I will definitely be featuring some of the lip butter shades in an Autumn/Winter lip colour post.

revlon lip products

I have tried all three formulas of the Color Burst Lip Crayons: Matte, Lacquer and original, which are all pictured in this post. I can't say I love them all equally as the Matte and original are my favourites, not much of a fan of the shiny lip look I'm afraid. The Matte balms are more of satin matte than a true (dry as a desert) matte which means they don't dry out your lips at all while the original and Lacquer versions are quite hydrating. Both the Lip Butters and the Lip Crayons wear off evenly, without leaving a line around your lips, which is something I look for in a lip product now.

What are your favourite Revlon products?

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