Friday, 15 June 2012

Heart today...

My favourite product of the week has been my Carmex pink lip tint. It gives the lips a lovely, rose sheen which lasts for hours. As it is Carmex, your lips are left feeling really soft and moisturised. It's the perfect size to pop in your bag and you don't even need a mirror to apply it!

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Lipstick love

You may have noticed that I have become slightly obsessed with lip products as of late. I used to be all about lip-gloss but I have discovered a new love for lipsticks. After seeing Fleur (from Fleur-de-Force) mention the Kate Moss for Rimmel lipsticks, a couple of times, I thought I would give one a go.

After swatching a few colours I went for shade '16' which is a bright pink/coral. This colour is perfect for summer as it just adds a nice pop of colour without being too overpowering. I like to pair this with my bare study paint pot for eyes, and then a light, peach colour on my cheeks. I find the finish of this lipstick to be really moisturising and not at all drying. It also lasts several hours before needing a touch up and leaves a nice 'stain' behind on the lips.

The only slight negative, for me, is the smell of the lipstick. I have heard it being described as a 'cherry' type smell but to me it's very strong and slightly 'chemically' smelling. It's not too much of a problem as once it's on the lips it's not really detectable after a few minutes, but it is something to bear in mind.

Overall I would definitely recommend checking one of these lipsticks out. I got mine on offer at Boots for £3.99 and I would say it's worth the money!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

M.A.C Casual colour 'Relaxation'

I feel like M.A.C's newest collection was released a little under the radar. 'Casual colour' was released at the beginning of the month along with the new Beth Ditto collaboration. As of yet I haven't seen many reviews on the collections and I'm surprised because I think the casual colour lip and cheek creams are the perfect product for summer! To my knowledge the collection is marketed as being easy to wear, and simple products you can use for 'lazy' days. In the summer I love wearing cream products on my cheeks. They feel less heavy and seem to withstand longer-wear. The casual colour lip and cheek creams come in eight different shades. They come packaged in little plastic pots with a black lid, which are basically the same containers that the lip conditioners come in.

I have the shade 'relaxation' which is described as a 'warm pink'. I would say this pretty much sums the shade up although it does lean towards a darker pink/berry shade which I find really flattering on my skin tone. I have read a couple of reviews saying these feel 'sticky' on the cheeks. I personally have not found this to be the case. I can easily blend the product into my cheeks just using my fingers and it leaves me with a lovely, healthy glow to the skin. For me, there is no residue left on the skin but just a lovely, soft sheen which I think is lovely for the summer months. You can also use the product on your lips to give you a lovely flush of colour. It leaves yours lips feeling really moisturised and not at all sticky. This is the perfect item to pack if you're going on holiday or if you just want something really quick and easy to use in the mornings. These are limited edition so grab them whilst you can!
(Available from M.A.C for £17.50)

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

M.A.C haul!

Recently I've been starting to add to my M.A.C collection. I started off with 'Plink!' lipstick and have just recently purchased 'Creme cup' (which I absolutely love and a separate post on that will be coming soon). So, I decided to purchase a couple more items including a blush, paint pot and lipglass.

Blush wise I decided to go for 'well dressed' as I have heard so many amazing things about it on both blogs and YouTube. I love this shade! It is an amazing, soft pink which gives a lovely, healthy flush to the cheeks. It's great to pair with a neutral eye and a pink lip.

For the paint pot I chose 'Bare study' as it looked like an easy colour to just slick onto the eyelids and you'd then be good to go. And that is exactly the case! I just apply this over a primer, with a brush and I'm done. It gives a nice, clean look to the eye with a subtle hint of shimmer. Sometimes if I want it to last a bit longer I will put a little bit of 'grain' eyeshadow over the top!

Lastly I chose 'pink lemonade' lip glass. This came from watching 'Miss Glamorazzi's' YouTube videos where she constantly raves about this colour. I can totally see what she means! It is a lovely pink/coral colour which is perfect for the summer months. It is lovely worn alone but I have also been layering it over my 'Plink!' lipstick.

Monday, 4 June 2012

May 2012 Favourites

Here are a few of my favourite things...

1. M.A.C 'well dressed' blush
2. L'Oreal caresse in 'lovely rose'
3. M.A.C suntint in 'abalone'
4. Revlon matte powder blush in 'perfectly peach'
5. Korres lip butter in 'Jasmine'
6. Carmex moisture plus in 'pink'
7. Urban decay eyeshadow primer potion
8. M.A.C paint pot in 'bare study'

Concealer Crazy

When it comes to concealer, I have always been a big fan of the YSL touche eclat. Now, whilst this product is not necessarily marketed as an under-eye concealer, I found, for me, it worked really well! After many, many months I ran out of it and couldn't really stretch to the £23 price tag, so I went on the hunt for a cheaper alternative. I was debating getting the Collection lasting perfection concealer but I can never seem to find my correct shade in stores (fair). So, on a recent trip to Bicester Village, I came across the Bobbi Brown concealer in the Cosmetic Company Outlet store. I'd heard lots of great things about it via YouTube and on various blogs and it was discounted to £14 so I thought I'd give it a go. I purchased the shade 'porcelain' which is the lightest they do and it seems to be a perfect fit for me! It goes on really smooth and has a lovely creamy finish. I only use a tiny amount as using too much can lead to it creasing slightly on me.