Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Spring Tag- Spring 2013

1) What's your favourite spring nail polish?

Spring may just be the best time of year for nails, anything goes really. I love all the pastels around, but currently I am adoring corals and rich pinks. My absolute favourite shade is currently Essies- Cute as a button. 

2) What is your must have lip colour this spring?

This year I haven't really noticed a massive change in lip colour, I am in love with Illamasquas Immodest, but I also keep wearing MACs plumful which I wouldn't classify as spring. I have noticed alot of girls sticking with their berry shades which I am pleased with!

3) Show us your favourite Spring Dress?

This spring I just love all the little puffball prom dresses that are in the shops, I think that this with some little lace up boots and a denim jacket would look adorable- this one is from Miss Selfridge. 

4) What's your favourite Spring Flower?

I don't care how obvious an answer it is but please give me daffodils and let me make you a daisy chain. You have no idea how happy this would make me. 

5) What is your favourite Spring Scarf/Accessory?

Well I do think that items like a denim jacket are super cute for spring, I always like a long cotton scarf with skater dresses and I think a flower for your hair should be the law. 

6) What Spring Trend(s) are you most excited for this year? (makeup, fashion or both)

I must say that nail innovation has really floated my boat this spring with some incredible ideas that are coming out and i'm sure this will continue for the rest of the year. I never find spring fashion massively exciting as it is always pastel and floral... but I like both of these things so I will happily be taking part.

7) Favourite Spring Candle?

There is a yankee candle which is something like Sicilian Lemons which I really want, they also have a fresh cotton one- both of these just seem so fresh and springish that I want them both in my life... now. 

8) Favourite Body Spray/Perfume?

Marc Jacobs- Daisy Eau So Fresh, it smells like spring and hope and excitement to me. And I love daisies. 

9) What is Spring like where you live?

I always romanticise spring and think that it is this amazingly warm, fresh, time of year with little lambs and flowers. I actually live in the UK so it rains and hails and snows (!) so it never matches up to the expectation that I have of dancing in a field in a dress.

10) What is your favourite thing about Spring?

I would say finally getting to put away the coat, but I haven't done that yet.... here is hoping for next month. Other than that, I like that the nights get longer, people get more sociable and I generally feel more active and alive.

11) Are you a Spring Cleaner?

No, I think I might be a bit of a hoarder because I never throw anything away. I do like swapping all my clothes in my wardrobe over though, it always feels like a great achievement.

12) Any plan for a Spring Break or Upcoming Vacation?

Yes! I am off to Madrid for 5 days with my Mum which will be really nice. And i'm already planning next years spring break which is exciting.

How are you all enjoying spring? I tag you all to do this post too! 

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Brush Collection- April 2013

Today I thought I would give you a quick tour around my brushes. I thought that this would be interesting as I always love a post where I can have a nosey and I think that it is always interesting to see which brushes people use together to create their every day look. There's a few that I don't use very often but most of these get used on a nearly daily basis. Firstly lets discuss storage. I use mugs as they're so easy to pick up and also to wash out. My main brushes live in a mug from the Hon Cafe in Baltimore MD, they're a great cafe- like something out of hairspray and they have a great story and serve delicious food, I miss that place. My eye brushes live in an old glass yogurt pot, but I want another little mug for them and my smaller brushes live in an I heart New York espresso mug. 

For your reading pleasure, I'll make sure that my favourites are formatted in this way.
L-R: Foundation Brush, Buffing Brush, Contour Brush all from the Real Techniques Core Collection. 

Foundation Brush- I mainly use this to blend in powder highlighter or to blend concealer, not my favourite for either though so it isn't often used.
Buffing Brush- This is the only brush I use for foundation. It creates a perfect finish and is so soft, this is definitely a holy grail brush for me. 
Contour Brush- I haven't found a main purpose for this brush, I use it for cream or liquid highlighter or as a blush brush if I want to create an intense flush. 

L-R Illamasqua Blush Up Brush, MAC 168 Large Contour Brush.

Blush Up Brush- I couldn't get on with this brush for ages, it's designed to apply blusher in an upwards motion to help define the contour. However, it does take effort to master the technique and I kept being too heavy handed and ending up with a solid line. I've adapted it now but still reserve it for days when I want an intense colour on my cheeks. 
Large Contour Brush- I only use this for bronzer, it is perfect for getting in under the cheek bone and is exactly the right density to create a nice glow and so soft, I am considering buying another to use with blusher. 
L-R Blusher Brush, Powder Brush, Stippling Brush- all Real Techniques

Blusher Brush- What I like about this brush is the angle the bristles are cut at, it means that it can be used to apply blushers as both a contour or a blended flush. I generally use this to wash on a sheer coat of NARS Orgasm. 
Powder Brush-  I use this brush with my Illamasqua translucent finishing powder as it such a fine powder that this lovely soft brush works really well with it. 
Stippling Brush- I used to use this for foundation until I found the buffing brush, recently I have been using it for blusher and I absolutely adore it with MACs Cream Soda blush. 
L-R Illamasqua blending brush 4 , Bare Minerals Doubled ended brush powder and eye. 

Blending Brush- I use this brush for a whole multi purpose of things. Sometimes it comes it handy for foundation, other times I use it to blend in a neutral eye, but mostly I use it with powder highlighter. 
Double Ended Brush- Slightly cringe name, but I didn't know what else to call it. I LOVE this brush. I mainly use it with setting powder, specifically the bare minerals mineral veil, as I buff it all over with the large fluffy side and then use the eye end to pat setting powder on concealer. But it also get chucked in my bag to be used with blusher, bronzer etc most days. 
L-R Eye Shadow, Blusher, Powder- All from Bare Minerals Mini Masters set 

All Three of these are lovely and soft, they normally live in my bag as little travel brushes. The stand out one to me is the powder brush as it is so dense. 
L-R Deluxe Crease Brush, Shading Brush, Pixel Point Eyeliner Brush, Base Shadow Brush

These are the brushes for my eyes that I tend to reach for. I start off by applying the base neutral colour with the Deluxe Crease Brush Then I fill in the outer crease with the Base Shadow Brush, then blend in the accent colour (usually copper or grey) with the Shading Brush (which I also use for cream shadows) and finish liner with the Pixel Point Liner Brush. They are all incredibly soft and create a lovely soft focus effect to my every day eye makeup. 
L-R Naked 2 Brush, Blending Brush both Urban Decay. 

Naked 2 Brush- I will definitely be taking this on holiday as I tend to use this to do a quick natural eye. I particularly like the really soft side to it, I always use this when the line looks too harsh. 
Blending Brush- I use this to apply highlighter to the inner crease as it is just the right size for my eye. 

L-R Benefit Hard Angle Brush, Real Techniques detailer brush and brow brush 

My Brows get drawn on every single day, I always use these brushes with the Benefit BrowZings kit. I start by applying the powder with the Detailer Brush Then use the hard angle brush to apply the wax. Then I use the Brow Brush to go over them again with a mixture of powder and wax which ensures they last all day. I always comb them out with a brow comb as well so that they don't look too 'scouse brow'. 
L-R Eco Tools Hard Angle Brush, Ruby and Millie Shadow Brush, Real Techniques Accent Brush. 

Okay so these are my three least used brushes, but that isn't because I don't like them. 

Hard Angle Brush (2)- I use this one when I am using a powder liner which is rare, however I don't want to use it for anything else as I like the precision angle that it currently has. 
Shadow Brush- This is the first brush that I ever bought and the bristles are quite spikey now, I just can't bear to throw it away as it was the first- it's nearly 7 years old. It doesn't get used, but it still gets a regular clean. 
Accent Brush- I use this when I am doing a proper smokey eye and I use it to get defined highlighted areas, but I generally stick to a neutral eye so find the intense highlight a bit too much. 

And that is my brush collection, I want a new blusher brush as i'm not completely happy with any of the ones that I have so if you have any recommendations let me know. 

Monday, 22 April 2013

Benefit Fine One One for cheeks and lips- review

Benefit- Fine One One* £23.50 

Fine One One is pretty innovative, it is a cream trio blusher that sort of reminds me of Neapolitan ice-cream. From the top there is a highlighter 'pink champagne' blush 'sheer watermelon' and contour 'soft coral' and blended together they made a lovely sheer dewy wash of colour. 

To apply, I swipe it on, starting from the apple of my cheek and working along my cheek bone. I tend to put three layers on each cheek as the product is very sheer but can be worked up to a more intense colour. It then needs blending in and I have read hundreds of reviews that all have a different blending in technique so it is important to just make it work for you. I personally blend it in a circle on the apple of my cheek and then blend down along my cheek bone. This is because I prefer the highlighter to be defined over the contour but I know other people do this the other way round! I then finish with bronzer but skip the powder as it dulls the dewy effect. 

On my skin this lasts all day. I probably have the perfect skin for cream blusher as I am pale enough for it to show up and have dry skin on my cheeks so it doesn't slide off. However, I know that it doesn't last as long on oily/combination skin! I think this would work on darker skin but it would need to be thickly applied. This can also be used on lips either by swiping all three together or just using each one for a pop of sheer colour.

This is perfect for on the go touch ups or quick morning makeup! I only wish that Benefit made this in more colours as I would buy them all. 

Friday, 19 April 2013

Harry Potter Studio Tour- warning, contains spoilers!

On Tuesday I went to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour and I never wanted to leave. I absolutely love Harry Potter, I read the first book aged eight and I continued to read the books over and over for my entire child and teen years. I eagerly awaited the new books and I sat up until I read every single word (mainly so that I read it faster than my sister, who ever said I was competitive?!).  I made it a tradition to read the books every summer and would spend most of the six weeks holidays flopped out in the garden reading through a story I could never possibly forget. Harry Potter (the book version and the film version) was the first boy I ever had a crush on and I wanted to be Cho Chang in 'that' scene more than anything else in the world and I am still jealous of Ginny. When I was eleven, on the first morning of secondary school, I remember getting ready thinking 'well this is a waste of time, i'll get my letter to hogwarts any minute now' and I am still bitter about having to attend a muggle school. Like so many people my age, I genuinely believed in the story and the characters. We grew up with Harry, he could have been our mate. 

So for me, going to do the studio tour was something that I was beyond excited about, i've been to the Harry Potter world in Universal Studios, Orlando- but this was something else. There are some great stages, sets, props, costumes and information. You can go on a broomstick, step into the Knightbus and learn how they make character like Dobby. I felt like they really made everything come to life and all the displays were so interactive. Walking around in the Great Hall may just be the most incredible thing that I have ever done and I finally felt like I had my acceptance letter to Hogwarts.

If you are a huge Harry Potter fan then definitely go, it isn't too expensive (£29.00 a ticket) and is fairly accessible as it is just outside of London. There is also a lovely cafe there, a midway point where you can buy Butterbeer and an expensive gift shop at the end.

This summer, for the first summer since I left school, I am going to spend my time lounging around reading my favourite story. 

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Illamasqua Matte Lipstick- Immodest

Illamasqua Immodest Lipstick Review
Illamasqua Immodest Lipstick Review
Illamasqua Immodest Lipstick Review
Illamasqua Immodest Lipstick Review

Illamasqua Lipstick in Immodest: £16.00

Recently I seem to have developed a bit of a lipstick obsession, I've bought 7 in the last three weeks and I have a massive list of ones that I want. This lipstick is my current favourite, it is from illamasqua and is part of their collection: I'mperfection. The collection definitely caught my attention, a celebration of the characteristics we perceive as flaws such as freckles, pigmentation, beauty spots and other quirks. As a proudly pale and freckly girl, I absolutely love the empowerment that this gives us and the confidence to stand up and celebrate who we are rather than to spend our time attempting to cover them up. (seriously, the amount of time I have spent trying to blend away my freckles is ridiculous). 

There is definitely beauty in being different and this is Illamasqua all over. 

Immodest is a no apologies vibrant pink with slight blue tones balanced with raspberry pink. It is cool toned without being draining and is unlike anything else I have seen on the highstreet. It is a matte finish, something which I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with. I like it because it makes it more wearable and long lasting yet it does tend to drag on the lips and clings to all the dry patches. I have been priming the lips with a balm and then blending the colour out so that it doesn't pool on the lips, not an 'on the go' application. I find that this lasts about 3 hours, but will need to have the last bits scrubbed off before reapplication. It is bright and it is in your face, yet somehow it is suitable for work. Incredible.

What do you think of immodest, is it too daring or a fun shade to play around with?