Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Pencil Essentials


There has been quite a big move towards pencils and crayons in the last few years in the beauty industry and I can totally see why. They're easy to carry in your handbag, don't require brushes, the textures are usually beautifully creamy and I could almost do my whole face with just crayons and pencils (apart from foundation and mascara)

The reason I started thinking about this blog post was because of the Nudestix I tried a while back, although I think they're all quite nice the concealer stuck out to me the most and I've had it in my handbag since. The Nudestix Concealer Pencil is creamy and easy to apply, I never apply too much and can just use my fingers to blend it all in. 

Another product which is permanently in my handbag and which I find really helps me look more awake after a long day other than concealer is the Benefit High Brow. It's designed for the brow bone and it's great for this but I also love it in the inner corner of my eye or warmed up and blended on to my cheeks. The colour is great and it saves me carrying around highlighters which I always manage to shatter. 

Pencils we all use are eyeliners and brow pencils- there are so many great ones that I'm not at all too fussy as long as they're pigmented and creamy. I love the Urban Decay 24/7 Liners and the Rimmel Liners, they're just the best! 

Everyone has jumped on the Clinique Chubby Stick bandwagon but I still think Clinique does it best although the Revlon ones do come a close second. However when I am after something a little brighter, more pigmented and often matte I reach for either Topshop Bullets or Nars Lip Pencils. I also love Clinique Chubby Sticks Cheek Colour which are great if you are into cream blush! 

I don't think I've quite mastered the eyeshadow crayon and usually do finish off with a shadow on top or through the crease but I do love the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows. 

What are your essential pencils/crayons? 

Christmas Gift Guide

I'm so excited to be sharing the first of my Christmas gift guides with you! This is my main one with gifts ranging from £15-£50 and it is largely womens beauty items as I'm simply not that good at knowing what a man wants (apart from Playstation/Xbox Games).

I did include a dressing grown and slippers right at the end so stay tuned for that as I think they're a really great gift- especially as the dressing gown can be personalised!

I was going to try and pick a favourite but I am in love with so many of the items! I have already started using the Real Technique Brushes and they are amazing, just as I expected. I can't wait to start using the Aromatherapy Associates Oils as well as the candles!

Let me know what is your favourite in the comments plus don't forget to like and subscribe!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Lara Lashes

 With my diary a little busier over the next few weeks and since I've decided to do to vlogmas this year I decided that I would get a set of eyelash extensions. I will probably be on camera bare faced quite a bit and I think lash extensions can make a huge difference. 

I was asked by Lara Lashes if I wanted to review their lash extensions, after reading some great reviews online I went off to Clapham Junction for a set of my own. 

I've had lash extensions various times before, usually in the summer when I want to run around the pool bare-faced and need all the help I can get. I feel they're also great during the festive season but I think I would find them a little high maintenance all year round as you do have to be fairly careful.

The salon itself was really nice and comfortable (although a little cold but that's to be expected and I was given a blanket.) When I get my lashes done they usually tape down my lower lashes, which is often very uncomfortable so I loved that they didn't do this and instead I got a comfortable eye cooling patch. It was actually so relaxing that I fell asleep! 

I left with a great pair of lashes although I probably asked for them a little more natural than I should have. I love that I can wake up and not worry too much about eye makeup and some days just wear a little concealer as I don't feel the need to wear mascara. They have been comfortable although I have lost a few here and there which I think is quite normal. I've only had them for a week so I'll keep you updated on how they wear. 

Check out Lara Lashes here to book for your own set of party ready lashes. 

Have you had lash extensions?

Monday, 24 November 2014

Red Lips, Golden Eyes

A festive theme seems to have creeped into my daily makeup look and I've been loving a red lip teamed with a golden/bronzy eye. Usually I still for one, either a coloured eye with a neutral lip or a bright lip and neutral eye but I actually think this look has been working quite well and I can't stop recreating it! 

I discovered Clique Matte Crimson in my collection a few weeks ago, it hadn't had much use as I don't use reds quite as much in summer but I am so glad I rediscovered it. Although it's a matte lipstick, it doesn't dry out the lips or cling to dry patches which is very rare. It's a beautiful classic blue red, which applies evenly and whitens the teeth. Teamed with that I have one of my favourite eyeshadows, MAC Woodwinked. Although it's a bronze colour, I find it's quite close to my skintone and therefore doesn't look too made-up, I also find that I don't really need a crease colour with this makes it all look a little more effortless. I do however find that this eyeshadow requires a little bit of eyeliner to really define the eye and lash line for which I turned to Estee Lauder Double Wear Liner.

For the rest of the makeup I keep it fairly simple, Chanel Vitalumiere Foundation teamed with a quick brush of Eyeko Brow Gel and a sweep of Illamasqua Contour Powder under the cheek bones. Depending on how I am feeling I also often add a touch of Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector powder in Moonstone which is the most perfect highlighter I own, beautifully fine texture and I love the colour. 

Another item I have been wearing a lot recently my new Vashi Pearl Pendant Necklace which I find to go with most outfit as it's beautiful, classic and quite dainty. If you have heard of Vashi, he is the man who lots of celebrities go to for diamonds and beautiful Jewellery and you may have recently seen his work on Cheryl Cole on the X Factor. You can purchase the items from Vashi.com and it's a worth a look if you are looking to purchase something special this Christmas.

What has been your recent go to makeup look?

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Party Season Beauty Picks

At the beginning of autumn I shared my favourite beauty bits and new releases for Autumn which you guys seemed to really enjoy so I thought I would do the same for the Christmas Party Season. For me party season is about long lasting bases, red lipsticks with a little bit of gold and glitter to finish it off. You can go a little over board and still look festive rather than drag queen in my eyes so it's just a little more fun. As it's getting so cold I like to play up the makeup and keep my outfit boring as I can't bear feeling cold.
 
What are your party season must haves?

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