Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Products I Don't Use Enough

So today I went through my collection and realised I have a lot of products I barely use but I wouldn't dream of getting rid of! I'm going to make an effort to use these products more.

L'Oreal Nude Magique CC Cream (£9.99 here)
I have this CC cream in the anti-redness version and when I first got I adored it! Surprisingly I didn't use this at all during the summer when low coverage light bases are perfect. I haven't used this in forever so I'm hoping I still love it and will start using it on those lazy days.

As you can see two of these primers are colour correcting because I have a major issue with redness. The other is pore blurrer (Is that a word?). All three of these primers work well with my skin, as do the others I own, but I often just forget to use them! Primers can completely change your make up look and, in my case, help ease the redness shining through my foundation. Time to put these babies to use, especially with the cold months here and enhancing that redness.

Bourjois Java Rice Powder (£9.99 here)
I bought this powder because it's supposedly illuminating but also a great setting powder but I've actually only used it a few times. The packaging makes it really impractical for me, I always end up with the powder everywhere and too much on my brush. I'm not positive how I'm going to fix this but it is a pretty good powder so I'm going to try and use it more. I will comment that it isn't anything special and I don't think it works as just a highlighter.

Glitter Eyeliners
The first of these is a Urban Decay liner that I was given as a present and the other two are £1 MUA glitter eyeliners. They all are pretty decent but I just don't seem to use them! I bought the MUA versions with the intentions to use them on nights out on my lashes and sometimes as actual liners. All three of these liners are actually just glitter in a clear gel so aren't made for defining the eye, resulting in them lying in the back of my draw. Halloween will be a great opportunity to try and get some use out of them.

L'Oreal Glam Shine Splash Stain (£7.99 here)
I love these gloss come stains by L'Oreal but I forget to use them! Out of habit I tend to reach for a lipstick. One colour I have is great for everyday but the other is more dramatic, so I should be getting more use out of them. I'm going to make an effort to reach for these more because I love the formula and the colours I have. Plus they taste yummy!

What products don't you use enough? Are they secretly brilliant products but just forget about them? 
Harriet x

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

A High End Haul

Last Wednesday I went on a 'make up only' shopping trip with my friend Amy. It must of been fate because my student loan came through in the morning, just in time for our spending spree! I felt we were quite controlled and only bought a few bits instead of going crazy. Here is what I bought...

We went to Harvey Nichols and from Nars I got the Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (£19.50 here) as it is raved about among the beauty community. I've only used it a few times but so far I like it, it provides a long lasting base for my shadows. I also got bought the Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard (£22 here) which is a bit dark for me but I have been using it everyday because I love this concealer! It is everything everyone says it is. I kept my Nars purchases very safe but next time I plan on getting some blushers and eyeshadow, they were so pretty!

At MAC we both indulged in our first MAC lipsticks! I went for Lustering (£15.50 here), a lovely rose shade with a hint of raspberry which is perfect for everyday. I'm very happy with my choice but wasn't impressed with the range of MAC products available at our counter. Leeds Harvey Nicks, sort it out!

Not everyone would class Kiko as high end because it's prices are pretty average for the high street, but because it has it's own shop I'm including it. We ended straight for the Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow (£6.90 here) and I picked up the shade 06 which is a lovely bronzey rose gold, depending on the light. This looks great under every eye shadow I've tried with so far but I also love it all by itself! Then from the Daring Game collection I got the Ace Of Diamonds Lipstick in 21 (£7.90 here) and the matching Lipliner (£5.90 here). I love this colour because it is also another everyday pink tone for me, nude just doesn't suit me. The texture of the lipstick and lipliner is so smooth and they are quite long wearing.

All the products swatched, left to right: Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (although this is a little hard to see, Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard, Kiko Ace Of Diamonds Lipstick in 21, Kiko Ace of Diamonds Lipliner in 21, Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow in 06 and lastly MAC Lipstick in Lustering.

What was your first MAC lipstick? What do you have your eye on in the high end brands?
Harriet x

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Autumnal Nail Polish

Autumn is well and truly here! This is the first post of the season guys so I thought we'd start with something I love to spend time on: nail polish. Here are five seasonal colours, mostly from the high street.

I actually have this colour on my nails right now! It's Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Chilli (£3.99 here). This colour is a blend between red and brown, but I wouldn't call it a 'proper' burgundy. It reminds me of a typical autumn colour, like leaves and chestnuts. And of course it's in the gelly formula that so many love.

So it looks brown in the bottle, but trust me it's not. This is Bourjois So Laque! Ultra Shine in 29 (£5.99 here) and it comes out a deep purple, with a hint of red in the light. Another colour which to me seems typically autumn but I also love the formula of these polishes. They are really glossy and apply well.

The picture doesn't so this polish justice at all. This is the OPI Nail Lacqour in Russian Navy (£8.98 here). I got this from TKMaxx in a set for about £10, I love TKMaxx for bargains like this! The colour is beautiful, a deep purplely blue. Not so typical for this season but I love dark colours when it starts getting cold.

This gorgeous colour is the 17 Magnetized Nail Polish in Green (£5.99 here). This polish is a striking metallic teal, I've never seen another polish like it. And if you're feeling especially fancy you can use the magnet included to create patterns.

This colour is for all you Halloween lovers! It's a lovely sparkly orange which many people have complimented me on in the past. This is a very unique and bold colour but still wearable. It is another Nail Paint by Barry M in Tangerine (£2.99 here).

Lastly a shout out to this genius nail product which I have been relying on heavily these past few months. This is the Bourjois Instant Dry Nail Drops (£5.99 here). You just squeeze the nail drops onto each nail once fully painted, wait a few moments then wash the residue off. They work extremely well, which surprised me for a high street product, but they truly are now an invaluable bit of kit.

What nail colours do you love to wear in Autumn?
Harriet x
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