Thursday, 26 May 2016

Space NK Haul

Just a teeny tiny Space NK Haul, but don't good things always come in small packages?

I had to get a replacement for my Hourglass Mineral Veil primer, I just can't be without it now. I always buy this in the smaller size though, it makes it so much easier to justify that way! It's the most beautiful primer, it makes my makeup look flawless and it's one of the few primers that actually make my foundation last longer. If you need your makeup to be absolutely perfect for a special occasion, this is definitely one to try.

Another primer, and one I've been without for an absolute age, the Nars Pro Prime eyeshadow primer. I raved about this when I first started using it, but I didn't really wear eyeshadow often then - what this was great for was stopping my concealer from creasing and keeping my liquid eyeliner from smudging. When my first tube ran out, I decided not to repurchase and to try and get some use from my Paintpot in Painterly. I do love that one, and I've really enjoyed using it but I wanted to see how the Nars would fare with the heavier eye makeup that I wear these days.

Lastly a beautiful new lipstick for the summer, Nars Jungle Red. I know everyone raves about the Audacious line but I've had mixed experiences with them. I do have a bit of a soft spot for original lipsticks though and at the timd of writing, I've already had some good use from this one. It's the perfect low key summer red and I've really been enjoying wearing this with bronzed, glowy skin and minimal eye makeup.

What goodies have you been buying recently?


Thursday, 19 May 2016

Kylie Lip Kit in True Brown K Review

Whether you're a beauty blogger or makeup aficionado, there's really no way you could have escaped the hype surrounding Kylie Jenner and her lip products of choice. As soon as they were mentioned in the press or on social media, the MAC lipsticks and liners she was said to wear all sold out  - and kept selling out (yes I did buy Velvet Teddy and Soar as soon as they became available, thanks for asking). Coming from a family of business savvy women, it was only a matter of time before she brought out her own line of products. 

I'll admit, I was apprehensive about attempting to order one of the Kylie Lip Kits. It seemed like such a lot of effort to find out when there would be a restock (they are ALWAYS sold out), to be online at the exact time that they would be available to buy, plus the worry about ordering from the US and the horror stories I'd heard about people receiving faulty items and poor customer service for overseas customers (or worse, just receiving empty boxes), I'd pretty much accepted that this was one product I'd have to miss out out. Until my wonderful boyfriend decided to take on the challenge for himself and surprised me with one for my birthday! I've never been so shocked as I was when I saw that unmistakable black and white box, and I still don't know the lengths he had to go to in order to obtain one, but needless to say, I was very impressed!

Had I chosen it for myself, I almost certainly wouldn't have chosen True Brown K - it really is a true brown and I would never have thought that I could pull it off. I still haven't worn it on it's own, but I've had so much fun mixing it with other liquid lipsticks that I already own.

The formula works amazingly well with the Stila Stay All Day Liquid lipsticks - I've used it with Caramello to make a lighter, more nude brown shade. with Patina to make a more brown-toned, rosy shade, and with Baci to give it a more grey/lilac undertone. I've been really pleased with all of them, but I think my favourite combination so far is True Brown K and Stila Caramello - it's so wearable and totally reignited my love for the 90's makeup trend. 

Having something outside of my comfort zone encouraged me to be more creative with my lip colours. I often play around with different eyeshadow looks but I'm somehow more reserved with my lipstick choices. Since I received this, I've found myself layering and mixing colours and finishes much more.

The liquid lipstick has a lovely vanilla scent, and the applicator seems to pick up just the right amount of product. I don't find it to be too drying at all, it's very comfortable to wear. The lipliner I received actually has a bit of a fault, it seems to disappear into the packaging then reappear if you give it a little shake. It's very creamy, much more creamy than MAC lipliners (I actually prefer a drier, more waxy formula like the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat liners but I guess that's personal preference).

So... Are they worth the hype?

Let's just say I've already put in an order for another one ;) 


Monday, 16 May 2016

Loreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation and Glam Bronze Cushion De Soleil Review

When Lancome released their first cushion foundation (an exciting foray into the world of Korean beauty - influenced by Lisa Eldridge, their newest Creative Director), I made it my mission to go out and try it immediately. At the time, I was all about that full coverage face and sadly, the cushion foundation was just too sheer for my liking. 

Fast forward about a year, and my taste in bases shifted slightly. Okay, I still love my Double Wear and Sheer Glow, but I've developed a new found appreciation for a sheerer, more natural looking finish. My most recent love is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk, but that stuff is hella expensive. I've been using the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, which has a lovely finish and the low maintenance "throw it on with no need for brushes or beauty blenders" vibe that I've become obsessed with, but in reality it's just too yellow toned for my skin *cries in corner for days*

The L'oreal Nude Magique Cushion is described as a "dewy glow foundation" and that's definitely true. I used to have oily skin so a dewy finish takes some getting used to! I got 01 Porcelain, which is the shade - I'm usually between Siberia and Mont Blanc in Nars Sheer Glow, between shades 2 and 3.5 in Illamasqua Skin Base and shade 2 in Giogio Armani Luminous Silk - although the cushion foundation is probably quite forgiving if you don't get an exact match, due to how sheer it is. 

For the purpose of testing the foundation, I skipped out on primer and I only lightly powdered areas where I'd concealed. The foundation evened out my skin tone but didn't cover any blemishes or redness, and I could have done with a light dusting of loose powder all over to keep the shine down. That said, I do really like it and I'm much happier these days to use a lighter coverage foundation and pin point conceal any problem areas. I think this is an excellent foundation for summer, due to its SPF of 29 and its radiant finish. I also love how practical this product is, its plastic compact packaging will be great for travelling and touch ups on the go. 

It's been a while since I tried out drugstore foundations, but I'm suitably impressed with this one and I'll definitely be trying out more that the high street has to offer - if you have any recommendations please let me know :)

It was actually was the Cushion De Soleil that I was originally  interested in - I've never been much of a bronzer gal, but have recently become re-acquainted with my Nars Laguna and I'm loving that summery bronzed look right now. I've become rather preoccupied with finding the perfect natural looking bronzer and have spent hours browsing beautiful cream products; but was worried that I don't have the skin type, the skin tone or the skill required to get the best out of them. I was equally afraid of the new liquid bronzers, mostly I'm concerned that I'd overdo it and look streaky or muddy. 

This new offering from L'oreal piqued my interest as it seemed like it might be a fool proof way to get that bronzed goddess look on my low key makeup days. If you're pale like me, this "fresh glow bronzer" is perfect to get a gorgeously sunkissed appearance, which is just what I've been craving. So far, I've used my Real Techniques stippling brush to apply it, and it meshes seamlessly with the cushion foundation.

Both of these items have an RRP of £14.99 but are currently on sale at Boots and Superdrug for £9.99. I'm so happy with both of my purchases, but I think my favourite of the two so far has to be the foundation - which I never thought I'd be saying! Will you be trying either of these?