Wednesday, 19 February 2014

MAC Peach Blossom...

Over the last few years I have accumulated quite a lot of MAC lipsticks. I think it's safe to say that they are probably my favourite, the variety of shades is second to none. My first ever purchase was Speed Dial, a really girly pink shade that I still wear a lot. Then I started to play with some colour, Vegas Volt, a bright coral colour with a tinge of orange, looks great with a tan and Rebel, a gorgeous deep berry colour. Then I started to go through a phase of more nude colours, Cherish, Hue, Snob and Viva Glam V were all added to my collection.

So what could I possibly get my hands on next? Anna over at Vivianna Does Makeup recently blogged about her new favourite MAC lipstick, Peach Blossom. I have been following Anna's blog for a few years now and I really trust her judgement and recommendations. It's a cremesheen formula, which is my favourite of all the textures. It gives the right amount of moisture and shine to lips. It's very much a my lips but better shade and it's fast becoming my go to lipstick on a daily basis. I love pairing it with natural makeup, a touch of foundation, a slick of mascara, a pop of blush on the cheeks and Peach Blossom smeared on the lips. Definitely my kind of makeup style. 

After wearing Vegas Volt throughout last summer and Rebel nearly through the entire winter it's nice to swap to a more neutral shade. I also love popping the Laura Mercier lip glace over the top in Bare Peach to give a little more colour and shine, my review on that can be found here. You can also check out Anna's review of the lipstick here.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Charles Worthington's Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray...

So you may have heard every beauty blogger rave about the Oribe Dry Texturising Spray over the last few months. There is only so much a gal can take before indulging in a hair product that, quite frankly, is supposed to transform flat, lifeless hair and boy do I need transforming!

The only problem I was faced with was the price! £38 for the 300ml spray and £18 for the 75ml. Now I  enjoy spending money on beauty products, both high end and drug store but I can't justify that kind of money on a spray. I thought there must be something similar out there that I can try for under £10. And yes, yes there is. The lovely Amelia Liana did a review on the Charles Worthington's Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray and actually said that this is just that tiny bit better. So how much does this one cost? At only £6.99 from Boots I jumped straight onto this band-wagon and purchased two.

I don't have anything to compare this spray to but I don't think I need to. This just ticks all the boxes. It adds volume, height, texture and long lasting hold. Everything that the Oribe spray does but at a fraction of the price. It's a brilliant alternative to dry shampoo but it doesn't leave roots looking grey. It's an invisible spray that gives full on glamorous hair. And at only £6.99 I don't feel guilty for using it on an every day basis. 

The lasting power of this spray is pretty incredible, it's so good that when I wake up the next day it's still in my hair. It is a bit of a nightmare to brush out so a few quick sprays go a long way. So I wouldn't recommend using it like a hairspray. A few sprays at the roots to add volume and a few sprays quickly through the ends to add some sexy texture. Anyone would think you have just walked out of the salon with a freshly blow-dryed bouffant.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Kevyn Aucoin the Iconic Eye Set...

The Kevyn Aucoin Iconic Eye Set is a beautiful nude palette containing 5 custom hero products. The palette includes 2 iconic Kevyn Aucoin essentials, the Sculpting Powder in Medium and the Celestial Powder in Candlelight. It also comes with 3 gorgeous eye shadows, the Shimmer Shadow in Rose Quartz and matte shadows in Light Bone and Taupey Gray. It's the perfect palette to create timeless looks that will never date. 

The Celestial Powder in Candlelight, this sheer, champagne coloured powder works beautifully as a highlight. It is designed to blur out any imperfections. Apply over foundations or on bare skin to highlight cheekbones, brow bone or as an all-over glow.

The Sculpting Powder in Medium, something that you may have spotted in my last post! This powder combines the perfect pigments that help recreate natural shading on the face. It's great as a contour through the eye socket to create definition and also through the cheekbones to easily enhance features. Kate Moss eat your heart out!

The Shimmer Shadow in Rose Quartz, a gorgeous shade that will suit every eye colour. This iridescent shadow creates dimension and light. It's a great colour I often use alone, sweep over the lid and add lashings of mascara. 

The Matte Shadows in Light Bone and Taupey Gray. These staple shades are designed to be used as an all-over base shadow or as a crease contour for real definition. They are colours that will help transform any look.

Basic Black full-sized Eye Pencil, this waterproof eye pencil is 'perfection'. The smooth creamy formula is smudge-proof free and delivers a silky carbon black colour. The palette also comes with a small angled brush that is great for applying any of the shadows onto the upper and lower lash lines.

Overall it's a gorgeous palette that I am sure I will be getting a lot of use from. It seems to have the perfect colours for bridal makeup so I am really excited to use this on my next job.

Monday, 3 February 2014

My Wish List...

Since falling in love with the Space NK site I seem to be spending most of my time browsing the products and adding items to my wish list. Only thing is it's just getting bigger and bigger!

So first up on my list is Charlotte Tilbury's Powder & Sculpt brush. After watching Charlotte use it continuously on her YouTube channel & Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup rave about it on her blog, it's a brush I am longing to add to my collection. The tapered brush just looks like it will help create the most killer cheek bones! Available from Selfridges for £35.

Something else that helps achieve supermodel bone structure is the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder. Formulated with brown, grey and red pigments, It seems to be the perfect shade to really sculpt the face. Available from Space NK for £35.

Tanya Burr celebrated the launch of her first makeup range last week and I have been itching to get my hands on some of the products! Tanya has created a beautiful range of nail polishes and lip glosses and they are now available to buy from Feel Unique. The names are super cute and I love the look of Afternoon Tea lipgloss and Penguin Chic nail polish.

Hourglass have recently announced the launch of the Ambient Lighting Blush powders and OMG do they look ah-mazing! Only thing is what one do I go for! They are available to pre-order from Space NK and I am in love with the colour Ethereal Glow! They come in at £26 a pop but seriously just look how pretty they are! Another thing I am longing for is the Ambient Lighting Powder in diffused light. Although everyone seems to adore these powders I just can't bring myself to spend £38 on a powder. However I will probably find this sneaking into my makeup bag sooner rather than later.

And the last two items on my wish list are the Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £35.50 and Kevyn Aucoin's Sensual Skin Enhancer, £38. Both are loved by Nic from Pixiwoo and are firm staples in her make-up bag. In fact the Georgio Armani foundation is pretty much loved by every beauty blogger out there. Fluer De Force has been wearing this a lot in her recent YouTube channels and her skin is looking insane! It's been on my list for months now so I think it's only a matter of time before I bite the bullet and purchase it, even if it does carry a serious heavy price tag!