I've recently been spending money I don't have, lusting over things I can't afford and digging out products I once knew and loved.
So here it is... my mid-November favourites!!
Bobbi Brown does it again! The Hydrating Gel Cream is my new favourite primer, it is so moisturising and keeps my makeup on all day long giving a lovely smooth base for me to work with.
Bourjois, Bourjois, Bourjois!
This is my newest purchase after seeing SWalkermakeup and Lisa Eldridge talk about it I had to give it a try. Already it is my favourite foundation! It gives you an instant glow with a really natural looking coverage that you can easily build up, the makeup stays on all day and doesn't slide even after a long day of work - it's a gooden!
Studio finish concealer is a winner in my eyes, I've tried and loved other products but this one has stood the test of time and never fails to cover any imperfections.
I've never been a huge L'oreal fan however I recently got a box of L'oreal goodies after spending too much money in boots, this eyeshadow was inside and it was love at first sight. The colour is hawt and does not budge! Its a great base colour but I've been loving using it in the inner corner of my eye to brighten my eyes up and to try and draw the attention away from my under eye circles!!
Rose Petal Salve.
This product has been in my room for donkeys! I recently watched a 'uglyfaceofbeauty' video on youtube where she spoke about how much she loved this salve and it instantly sent me on a wild goose chase to try and find the salve! 3 hours later after turning my bedroom upside down I found it! It smells and tastes beaut. It gives your lips a really pretty shine and keeps them moisturised for hours without feeling sticky or too oily.
I've always been a fan of H&M nail varnish so you can imagine my excitement to find these cute little 99p bottles! I saw a colour similar to this by nails inc. in October but couldn't justify spending so much money on it. But 99p? Who wouldn't!!
This bad boy makes my hair so shiny and keeps it in great condition, after dying my hair back from blonde last year I've been trying to get it healthy and finally with the help of this the split ends are backing off.
V05 instant oomph powder is the work of the gods. My hair is ridiculously thin and limp but with a tap of this my hair is huuuge!
I never got on the panda hat band wagon last year but am catching up now! I got this Owl hat from River Island in September, its so cosy and provides alot of entertainment when pulled down over your face...
Her album is stunning, my favourite tracks are:
# Never Forget you
#The District Sleeps Alone Tonight
Definitely worth a listen!!
Cups of tea
At one point I had eight... 8!! Mugs in my room, I don't know what's worse - how much tea I'm getting through or how gross I am for leaving them in my room. Ah well.
Possibly the most beautiful coloured phone of all time?
Today has been emotional.
Earlier today I experienced the painful moment when you reach for your Bobbi Brown oil control lotion and realise that... there is none left.
At first I experienced anger, thinking things like 'How did this happen to me?' and 'This is wrong!' then it turned to self blame... 'I used you too much' and 'I never thought to check how you were doing.'
Now, I reflect on the time with my oil control lotion and think how lovely it was, how matte my skin looked and how smoothly my foundation was applied.
Unfortunately I cannot afford another bottle 'til september. The summer has hit my pocket hard.
I'll miss you, dear friend.
R.I.P primer of joy.
Above: Primer of joy looking full of life.
*please note that when I say ran out I mean every inch of that bottle had been scraped clean... poor thing.
Kate Moss looked absolutely timeless on the cover of the August 2011 Vogue
I wanted to try to recreate the look without buying products that would give me the look instantly such as a red glossy lipstick/lipgloss or a creamy eyeshadow.
For the eyes I used one eyeshadow colour in a coffee beige colour, I simply applied more of this colour where I wanted the shadow to be stronger. I then patted on some clear lip balm over the top to give it a glossy effect. For the skin and cheeks I applied a fairly low coverage foundation but matified the skin using a translucent powder and added a tiny bit of bronzer and some of my bourjois 'rose' blush to get the 'english rose' style look. The lips were created using my MUA £1 red lipstick (bargain!) with an unhealthy amount of glossy lipbalm (from the hello kitty range at h&m - in pear flavour NOM!) to give it that glossy look.
I wanted to show you can mimic these high fashion, glamorous looks without going out to buy new products. It's all about looking at your makeup in a different way.
Hope you like the final look and it inspires you to try things out with your makeup :)
Throughout my teens I tried all the different facial washes, masks and wipes, but none of them seemed to work, many friends of mine went on pills designed to help their skin - and they worked! But for some reason I was never tempted to resort to fixing my skin that way, part of me always thought it was because of what I ate or was due to my hormones.
But now I realise, my skin was just a bit of a bitch.
Then in 2007 I found 'Dermalogica' and their products made my skin so much better! I still had spots and the monthly break-outs but it was nothing a good concealer couldn't fix, however as I got older my skin was changing and it needed more moisturising products. I had never moisturised my skin until I was 17, thinking back I'm horrified! But at the time my skin just felt so oily that the thought of putting on something moisturising seemed pointless and quite terrifying!
It was at this point (aged 18) that I went to uni where I was too poor to keep buying the fancy dermalogica products I'd been using, instead I used any cheap cleanser I could find, and oh boy did my skin pay for it!
In my 2nd year of uni I decided to do something about it and went into the 'Aveda' shop in Leeds - and I have never looked back!
Their Enbrightenment facial brightening cleanser is the work of the gods! It has done me proud through the last 2 years and I couldn't dream of using anything else. Now my skin is less prone to breakouts and I think it is due to:
a) being 21 and my hormones 'settling' down
b) using my toner and moisturiser twice daily
c) Using a natural and good quality face wash
d) Using high quality foundations and concealers.
The main things I have found throughout all the years of struggling with my skin are that drinking water, avoiding touching your face/picking at spots AND not using cheap make up can all really help improve your skin.
Now that rant is over! Here is what I use on a daily basis (except for the face mask that I use once every 2-3 weeks):
Summer is apparently here so I have been having a play with my make up trying out different summery looks. Bronzer has always been a close friend of mine so I've been using LOTS of that, my 'Avoir La Peche' palette from sleek has also been the basis of most of my looks using peachy, orange and brown colours to create a really warm look. These colours also are fab for making any eye colour pop.
So here is my 'Summer Glow' look:
Big Fake Lash - Collection 2000, A very battered Rimmel black eyeliner for the waterline all around the eye and the Avoir La Peche Sleek palette for eyeshadows.
My beautiful primark Kabuki Brush - best £1.50 I've ever spent!
Concealers - they can be your best friend or a complete pain in the arse!
Having struggled with bad skin throughout my teens I have tried various types of concealers from sticks, creams, gels and liquids. But recently I've realised that I've never compared my concealers to see which was better, I just tend to grab what's nearest and hope for the best. So here it is...
CONCEALER vs. MOLE dun dun duhhh....
Mole pre cover up:
Mole after using 'Collection 2000 Illuminating Touch concealer' in shade natural 2:
Mole after using 'Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer' in shade Medium 3:
Mole after using 'UNE: Skin-Echo Concealer' in shade E01
Mole after using '17 Hide & Chic Eye Brightening concealer' in shade light beige
Mole after using 'MAC Studio Finish concealer' in shade NW20
Mole after using 'Bobbi Brown Corrector' in shade Light Bisque (correcter is not a concealer I know but... well I don't care)
Bobbi brown correcter really cancelled out the darkness of the mole and I know from using it that it is fab for covering up any scarring or dark circles so... I think I'll cheat and make that #1. Shortly followed by Mac, this concealer gives a very even coverage and isn't patchy so that is going to be runner up!
Now... the rest.
In a way I feel using my little mole was a bit cheeky, first of all this mole is on my hand, and secondly most concealers are designed to be used on blemishes. As a result some of the concealers I love and swore by didn't turn up too great in this test, but for under eyes and blemishes they work fine. The Collection 2000 illuminating concealer did me proud and gave my skin a lovely brightness and although it didn't completely cover the mole it gave it a good try.
One shocker was the Collection 2000 lasting perfection, that stuff when using on top of my foundation could cover anything!! But alas on my mole it didn't seem to do much. 17's under eye concealer did okay but didn't give as even a coverage as the collection 2000, which was surprising as they are both in the same price range.
There is one that I knew would do badly, and that one is the UNE concealer. Urgh I HATE the stuff! It smells like vanilla yoghurt (normally I would like this but in a concealer no. Just...no.) it also is way to liquid-y (new word) and no matter how I've applied it using brushes/my finger it still looks uneven and covers nothing at all. It also separates throughout the day - so basically it is really s###!! Also it was really pricey!!
So to conclude, in the battle of CONCEALER vs. MOLE the winner was...
Bobbi Brown Corector <3 shortly followed by MAC studio finish concealer.
So maybe it is true - high end products really do cut the mustard! So dig out your dosh ladies!
Sleek brought out another wonderful palette over Easter full of beautiful orange/peach colours, but I've only just got around to trying it out!
Some of the peachy colours make my eyes look quite tired but I really enjoyed wearing the orange, it's a pretty intense look but with thick eyelashes and plenty of eye liner I think it could be pretty wearable for a night out.
I teamed it with some white eye liner in my waterline to intensify the orange and an unhealthy amount of mascara.