Category Archives: Make Up

Make Up Revolution Goddess of Love Highlighter

5th January 2015

Make Up Revolution Goddess of Love Highlighter

Highlighters could well have been my most purchased product of 2014. At first I was a bit intimidated by them but after realising how they can make my dry skin look glowing and radiant I jumped fully on board and proceeded to get my hands on as many different formulas as possible.

One of the most recent additions to my make up cabinet is budget brand Make Up Revolution/I Heart Make Up’s Goddess of Love Baked Highlighter. I fell in love with this as soon as I saw the product pictures on the brand’s Twitter feed and added it to my wishlist straight away. Lucky old me, I unwrapped it on my birthday and proceeded to test it out at the earliest available opportunity. Now I’ve had the chance to try it out a few times I thought I’d share my thoughts.

First up, the design of this product is gorgeous. This baked highlighter comes in a heart-shaped box and, while this isn’t great for travelling, it certainly grabs my attention when I open my make up drawers to pick out my products for the day. Also, it’s huuuge! Even if I used this daily I doubt I’d ever get through it – the whopping size makes the tiny price tag of £4.99 even more impressive.

It’s a gold, champagne colour that looks subtle and beautiful when applied to the cheekbones, centre of the nose and cupid’s bow. The fine particles mean it’s suitable to wear during the day, as you don’t have chunks of glitter on your face (which I’ve seen before in budget highlighters – not pretty!) and it also doesn’t cling to my pores – PRAISE BE.

So you can see how it looks on the skin, here’s an action shot:

Make Up Revolution Goddess of Love Highlighter

If you fancy picking this one up for yourself (and if you’re in the market for a budget highlighter then I really think you should) it’s available for £4.99 from the Make Up Revolution website or select Superdrug stores.

Autumn/Winter Lipstick Picks (Part Two)

15th October 2014

Group 2 So here is part two of my autumn/winter lipstick picks series! Like last time, I’m sharing some perfect colours for the cooler months, ranging from deep pinks to burgundy berry tones. I’ve kept the rest of my make up super neutral so you can see how the colours work on their own. Hope you enjoy!

Too Faced Collage

First up is the Too Faced La Creme Lip Cream in Bumbleberry (£18 from Debenhams/Boots etc). I’ve mentioned this one a few times in the past and it’s still one of my favourites of all time. It’s such a gorgeous garnet colour that’s absolutely perfect for light skin tones. Sometimes shades that are too deep don’t work on me so this is a great way for me to wear an autumnal colour that works with pale skin.

These lip creams are my favourite formula and if you haven’t tried them I really, really recommend that you do. They’re hugely hydrating, stay in place for hours and give a lovely satin smooth finish. Continue reading

Autumn/Winter Lipstick Picks!

8th October 2014

 

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Now we’re into October and autumn’s well and truly upon us I wanted to share some of my autumn/winter lipstick choices with you all. I’ve got a whole load in my make up drawers so I’m going to split this into a few different posts.

Today I’m bringing you five of my picks, which range from £1 budget buys to £23 high end choices and everything in between. The colours featured are everything from pinks to blacks and hopefully there’s something for everyone. Enjoy!

Revlon Lollipop collage

First up we have the Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop (£7.99 from Boots). It’s a deep pink that’s a great transitional colour to wear while the weather tries to make its mind up, like it is at the moment. Like all the Revlon Lip Butters, this is extremely hydrating and is great to combat dry lips.

MAC Plumful collage

Next we have one of my favourite ever autumnal shades, MAC’s Plumful (£15.50 from Debenhams etc etc). This one’s a Lustre finish so it has a slick finish that makes your lips look really well-moisturised – very important during the cool months when lips can get dehydrated.

Plumful is a plum-pink shade that’s a good one for anybody looking to try out berry tones without going full on burgundy. Plumful goes with everything and it’s always one I’ll reach for if I’m not sure what to use.

Make Up Revolution 100 Vamp

So…I wanted to show you some shades I love, plus a couple I really don’t think work on me. This is Makeup Revolution’s 100% Vamp (£1 from the Makeup Revolution site or Superdrug) and…yeah, I don’t think it’s doing it for me. It’s a cool colour and I think on darker skin tones it could look stunning but with my pale skin I’m not a fan. I think it looks a bit Halloween-y but I fancy blotting it and using a red on top to see if it’ll make more of a scarlet colour. We’ll see!

This has an interesting formula that’s almost a bit oily but not in an unpleasant way. It applies nicely but the colour comes out a little uneven, as you can see from the picture. That said, if you’re looking for something to make a real impact and have the confidence to rock a black lip – go for it! I’d love to find a way to make this one work for me so any suggestions, let me know.

Buxom collage My penultimate pick for this post (hello, alliteration) is Buxom’s Full Bodied Lipstick in Menace ($21 from Sephora but they don’t ship Buxom to the UK. Sad face). Unfortunately it’s come out a little bit red in the photo as it’s more burgundy in real life. It’s a gorgeous, creamy formula and also has a nice minty scent, which is quite a nice touch.

Hourglass collage   Last up is the Hourglass Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon (£23 from Space.NK). This applies a little lighter than it looks in the tube but it’s dark red liquid lipstick that has a gorgeous velvety finish. Once this dries it really stays in place and fades evenly to leave a red stain on the lips – handy if you don’t have time to keep touching it up.

So here are my first five choices – what do you think? My favourite is MAC’s Plumful but I’ve also made a big dent in the Revlon Lip Butter so those would be the top two to add to your wishlist, in my opinion. What are some of your favourite autumn lipstick colours?

Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy

6th October 2014

Tarte Tipsy2    Is there a single blogger out there who hasn’t discovered the brilliance of Tarte blushers? Well, whether there is or not, these circular pots of pigmented joy have been adorning my cheeks for around a year now and I love them more and more with every application.

They apply evenly, are pigmented beyond belief and do live up to the claim of staying put for twelve hours. They may fall towards the pricier end of scale but they’re definitely worth it as you only need the tiniest of sweeps of a brush to pack your cheeks full of colour. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever hit pan on a single one of these, so they’re a great investment.

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Sweet Cecily’s Lip Balms: Mojito, Pina Colada and Espresso Martini

28th July 2014

So, a particularly exciting and gorgeously wrapped package arrived for me the other day and as soon as I saw the logo on the envelope I couldn’t wait to delve in and discover what was inside.

Sweet Cecily’s is a natural skincare brand that’s famous for beautiful packaging and lovely products – everything is handmade by Cecily on the North Yorkshire Moors, so it’s great to see a truly homegrown brand doing such great things. Three cheers for Sweet Cecily’s, eh?
So, shall we have a look at what was inside?
(Apologies for the wishy washy colours in this one – the clouds were being a pain!)
Pina Colada Lip Balm*

This balm smells of the gorgeous cocktail that’s completely reminiscent of summer – coconut and pineapple and everything exotic, this is just like a beach holiday in a pretty little tin.

Espresso Martini Lip Balm*

Sweet Cecily’s latest lip balm creation (launching in September) is Espresso Martini, which smells exactly like the swanky cocktail. The smell of coffee is what hits you as soon as you open the tin and it lasts and lasts – my boyfriend kissed me a couple of hours after I’d put this on and he could still taste the flavour. So this one definitely passes the smooch test!

Mojito Lip Balm*

Saving the best for last, I was so excited to discover Sweet Cecily’s has a mojito flavoured lip balm! I’m definitely a mojito girl and no night out for drinks passes without me ordering one of my favourite cocktails – the humble mojito. There’s something about the blend of mint, lime and sugar (and rum, of course) that goes together perfectly and this couldn’t be a lovelier flavour of lip balm.
All of the Sweet Cecily’s balms taste gorgeous, apply super smoothly and keep my lips hydrated and moisturised for hours – they’ve certainly had a good test with the weather we’ve been having! I definitely recommend you check these out, not only is the price great and the formula perfect, you’ll also be supporting a great homegrown company.
All of the lip balms mentioned retail for £2.95 and can be purchased from the Sweet Cecily’s website.