FOTD – Monday,Monday…

I’m always one for quite neutral eyes, and I’m always wearing brown/gold/copper eyeshadow with brown kohl pencil and mascara. So today I thought I’d go with something a little bit different and experiment a bit with one of my palettes. I’m usually pretty cautious when it comes to colour around my eyes, just because I always fear clashing with my hair colour. Having said that I’m really pleased with how this look turned out. I especially love the lipstick shade (which I never thought in a million years would suit me!)

So here’s what I used…

FACE

  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation – Light Vanilla
  • Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer – 1 Fair
  • Collection 2000 Shimmer Shades – Way to Glow
  • MUA Powder Blush – Shade 6

EYES

  • Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil – Hazel
  • Sleek Divine Mineral Eyeshadow Palette – Original (Purple Shimmer & Matte Black shades)
  • L’oreal Superliner Carbon Gloss – Carbon Black
  • Topshop Kohl Pencil – Coal
  • Topshop Lash Catcher Mascara – Black Cat

LIPS

  • Topshop Lipstick – Innocent

I’m so impressed with the pigment of the Sleek eyeshadows and will definitely pick up some more of them in the future and I also swear by Topshop’s kohl pencil, they are amazing and so easy to work with. I think I’ll definitely be experimenting with colour more often now.

Thanks for reading! x

May Favourites

My oh my! It seems like forever since I’ve blogged, and I’ve most certainly missed it. I’ve had such a busy past few weeks, with work and various other things and I’ve just felt too exhausted by the end of most days to even think about getting my laptop out. It hasn’t seen the light of day for soooo long! But I’m back and have loads of products I’ve been using lately ready to review!

I thought I’d ease back into things with a nice little selection of May favourites…I know I’m a little late with it now being the second week of June, but what the hey!

Liz Earle – Cleanse and Polish
It would seem I’ve caved and jumped onto the beauty bandwagon and have completely fallen for this little gem. I never wanted to spend a silly amount of money on something I wasn’t sure would work for me. Having really quite sensitive skin when it comes to fragrance and scents in facial cleansers I was very weary. As a result I instead took advantage of a free sample in a magazine and annoyingly I was sold. Despite it’s fragrance it hasn’t irritated my skin at all (although I did initially suffer from a slight break out) and it leaves it feeling deeply clean, nourished and soft. I’m now making my way through my first 100ml bottle but I think I’m still going to keep an eye out for a cheaper alternative.

Garnier Intensive 7 Days – Soothing Gel- Cream
I’ve really been enjoying this recently as my skin has been especially dry and irritated on my arms and legs. The gel-cream consistency of this means it’s really moisturising but doesn’t take forever to sink into the skin, and so means no waiting around for ages to get dressed after applying straight out of the shower. It’s also non-greasy so leaves my skin feeling silky smooth without leaving it all slimy and uncomfortable. It’s also got a really refreshing scent, so an added bonus!

Gilly Hicks – Calla Bluff Body Mist
Fresh, fruity and the closest I’ll get to a beach this year. This body mist is just divine with the fresh scent of pineapple it’s just really invigorating to use and refresh your skin. It’s long lasting through the day and it’s so nice when you just catch a whaft of it every now and again. Admittedly, it is pricey at £10 a bottle but, a little goes a long way and it seems to last forever in the bottle too! I’ve had this bottle for about 2 months now (maybe even longer) and I’ve only used about a quarter, despite wearing it almost every day. Definitely my scent of the summer!

L’oreal Elvive Nutri Gloss Sparkling Shampoo
I’ll admit, the sparkly nature of this shampoo is what first drew me to it and I wasn’t completely expecting it to do anything for my hair, but I have been pleasantly surprised. It’s lightweight formula means it doesn’t weigh down my annoyingly thin locks and I’ve even noticed I’m not having to wash my hair quite as often as it doesn’t make my hair goes greasy quickly. I can’t say I’ve really noticed that it makes an almighty difference to the shine of my hair as I don’t really suffer from dull hair no matter what shampoo I use so the glitter aspect is definitely a gimmick rather than a shine breakthrough for me personally. I’ll definitely be repurchasing this though.

Charles Worthington – Front Row Heat Defence Spritz

I recently rediscovered this in my collection after recently having my hair cut after months of it being pretty damaged I thought it best to try and take care of it as best I can and keep it healthy. This spray leaves a lovely texture to my hair, without feeling sticky and weighed down. It also gives a little extra volume, stopping my locks looking overly flat when I’ve straightened them to death. The smell is a little ‘hair-salony’ (technical term!) but it does the trick and I’ve really been enjoying it.

L’oreal Infallible Eyeshadow – Sahara Treasure
This neutral golden/mink shade has been perfect for my everyday make-up look. It’s so easy to apply, as it glides effortlessly onto the lid and is really easy to blend. It’s really pigmented too so a little goes a long way. It’s staying power is also amazing, which is perfect for me for a long day in work, with very minimal creasing by the end of the day (especially awesome considering I don’t use eyeshadow primer) The little compactor in the packaging is also great for keeping the loose powder formula less fiddly and less messy to use. Beautiful!

Topshop Nails – Adrenaline & Razzmatazz

After reading so much about these around the bloggersphere before they were even released, as soon as they arrived in my local store I snapped them up straight away and haven’t left them alone since! Both, with incredibly eye-catching holographic glitter, add just that little something special to my nails. I haven’t braved using either on all of my nails, out of fear of it taking a century to remove, but I’ve regularly been using them on my ring fingers with solid colour all all other nails. Simple but cute! I’ve found Adrenalin looks great with Essie’s Fiji and Razzmatazz with Barry M’s Berry Ice Cream.

So there we have it! Have you used any of these products? What did you think, and what have been your favourites over the last month?

Thanks for reading! x

Smokey Eye Effect Make Up

With a week off work and plenty of spare time on my hands, I thought it would be the perfect time for me to get a bit of practice in when it comes to my make-up. As I said in my first post, I’m not one for change and tend to stick to what I know, but for the purpose of the blog and eagerness to learn how to do something different I thought I’d give something different a go, and experiment with the make-up I do have (though it is very little! lol)

I decided to try out a smokey eye (ish) effect look, because it’s always something I see on other people or celebs, and watched many tutorials on YouTube and always thought it looks really nice how the colours stand out and blend in nicely together. I also thought I’d experiment with using foundation because I own some yet never ever use it out of fear of looking orange or looking like a wax work and being able to feel it all over my face, but I thought I’d see what difference it could make to my complexion.

Because I don’t own any expensive primer (Urban Decay etc…) to prep my eyelids with, I just used vaseline in order to help bring out the pigments in the eyeshadows that I used and it seemed to work really well, and I was really pleased with the results.

Here’s just a little list of all the products that I used…

  • Max Factor Miracle Touch Liquid Illusion Foundation – Creamy Ivory
  • 17 Eyeshadow Trio – Plum Pudding (I used the 2 lightest shades, for highlighting and to cover my lids)
  • BeautyUK Palette 1 – Using the very dark brown in the top left corner in the creases in order to add depth
  • Barry M Kohl Pencil – Brown (Shade 2)
  • Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara – Brown/Black
  • Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil – 002 Hazel
  • Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush – Soft Copper

Here’s what I look like without any make-up (Apologies in advance, sorry folks!) (Taken on my iPhone crap quality!)

And here’s the after working my magic… (also taken with iPhone, so same quality as before)

And then here are just some better shots I’ve taken with my camera to give a better impression of how it looks 🙂

All in all I know it isn’t perfect, but the idea is for me to experiment and get better as i practice more. Whether I would have the patience to go to all this fuss of a morning is another matter, but for special occasions think I will definitely try out new things with my make-up more often. 🙂

Feel free to comment with any other ideas I could try, or to let me know what you think of my efforts 🙂