Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Highlighter Collection

My newest beauty addiction has been highlighter. I apply so much I'm probably going to be compared to a disco ball soon. As I have been loving highlighter recently, I've started investing in buying different types and colours, from different brands and price ranges, and I now have a sort of 'mini' collection of four products. It's not a very big collection, and I will definitely be expanding it in the future, but for now it is enough for me. 


MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in 'Soft & Gentle' - This product really is a cult classic, and for a good reason. This highlighter has a slight marbled effect to it, which swirls together a light bronze shade and light pink shade, to create an overall champagne shade. It has incredible pigmentation, without being too glittery and in your face, and will suit any skin tone. It is the most expensive of my collection, at £24, but it is also the biggest at 10g. I would 100% recommend this highlighter to anyone as you can reach any desired effect with it, as it blends easily and layers nicely to allow you to reach the perfect amount of highlighter for your look.

The Balm 'Mary-Lou Manizer' - This product is also incredibly popular, for obvious reasons. This highlighter is more of a white gold shade, so it may not work for darker skin tones, but it could always be used as an eyeshadow. It does have incredible pigmentation, but it is a very shimmery highlighter, so if you dislike the really highlighted look (I clearly don't!), you may not like this highlighter. It is £17.50, and is still quite big at 8.5g. I would definitely recommend this highlighter to people who love a very glowy look - it doesn't really suit more natural makeup, but I would buy it even for occasional nights out when you want the shimmer as it is that good and worth the money.

Sleek Highlighting Palette in 'Solstice' - I have done a separate blog post about this palette, where I go into more detail and swatch the four shades, if you would like to read it here. It has four beautiful shades, that I would describe as being quite out there - for example, it has a purple shade! At £10, you really should try it out as it is really good quality, especially as it's from the drug store. 

Collection Speedy Highlighter in 'Pearl Sheen' - This product is a cream highlighter, and is so quick to apply, as the name suggests. This was my first highlighter, and I still go back to it occasionally, even with more high end options. It is a light pink/cream shade, and is also really pigmented. It does look slightly more natural as you apply it before powder products (for the best application), so after powder it is slightly less obvious, but if this is an issue for you, you can always layer another highlighter on top. It is incredibly long lasting, and a steal at £3.99. 

What is your favourite highlighter?

Roisin <3

Sunday, 31 July 2016

July Favourites

For my July Favourites, I am switching things up and will only be talking about makeup that I have either re-discovered or started using this month and have been loving. Usually I include other lifestyle categories, but I couldn't pick just one makeup favourite, so I decided to dedicate this post to just makeup products. I definitely recommend all of these products. Also let me know if you prefer this type of post to my usual monthly favourites set up.


Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm - I have been seeing this product being raved about as a primer on so many different blogs and youtube channels that I had to see what it was like. I have been using it every time I wear makeup for about three weeks and I really do think that it makes my makeup last longer. It is a liquid texture, but it is easy to apply and sets quite quickly, and the scent fades too. Also, it is such good value as its cheaper and bigger than most primers, so I mean, it's just logical to use it really.  

L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation - This foundation does have a light coverage, which usually I am not a fan of, but recently I have been consistently reaching for it. It is classed as a dewy foundation, but once set with powder, looks very natural and doesn't make you look oily, which is what I try and avoid. You will have to use concealer to cover up spots and under eyes, but usually I do anyway. It is so quick to apply to, and the applicator really allows you to not waste any product.

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly - I apply this before my eyeshadow every time I wear makeup and it is such a good eye primer. It covers up my veins, and evens out the skin tone of my eye lids, to allow the eyeshadow to look even. It also prevents creasing, and my eyeshadow lasts a long time on top of it. The product itself lasts ages - I have had mine since Christmas and it is hardly dented! It is slightly darker than my skin tone, so it suits all eyeshadow shades too.

Kiko Long Lasting Eyeshadow in 208 - Recently I have been reaching for gold eyeshadows, and this shade is just beautiful. It is a true gold shade. It is super shimmery, and light reflecting, and looks amazing. Once you see it and swatch it, you will need it in your life.

Benefit Gimme Brow - I use this product after I fill my eyebrows in with powder. This brow mascara really sets my brows in place, and applies just enough colour to allow me to even wear it alone on lazy days. The applicator is so small and fits my brows perfectly to allow product to be precisely placed. I'm pretty sure it's waterproof too, so you're covered for all occasions and situations.

L'Oreal Color Riche Matte Lipstick in 640 - This lipstick has been on my lips basically every day of July. It is a muted pink, with slight undertones of brown, and is matte, so you know I love it. Think of MAC Brave, but more pink. It is like the summer version - it is beautiful! To see the colour in action, you can see a recent post of my typical summer makeup look - here

What have you been loving in July?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Stila 'Eyes Are The Window Palette in Soul' Review

As you all may have gathered by now, eyeshadow palettes are one of my weaknesses. Recently, I spent an M&S voucher from Christmas, and part of it went on purchasing an eyeshadow palette from Stila that I have wanted for the longest time - the 'Eyes Are The Window' Palette in Soul. 




The palette has twelve shades in a variation of formulas - mostly shimmer (my favourites) and mattes. The tone of the palette is not unique, as it falls into the same shade range as many similar palettes, with light champagne and gold shades to warm and cool toned browns. However, there are many options of different combinations of eye looks in this palette, ranging from natural to dramatic, cool toned or warm toned. 


T-B:
*Light - a matte cream
*Kitten - a shimmer champagne
*Thought - a shimmer dark brown
*Vitality - a shimmer gold


T-B:
*Individual - a matte warm brown
*Affection - a shimmer copper
*Heart - a matte cool brown
*Substance - a shimmer dark grey/silver


T-B:
*Being - a matte dark brown
*Character - a shimmer dark brown with red glitter
*Peace - a shimmer dark copper
*Essence - a matte black

The lighter matte shades are not as pigmented as the other shades, but the darker mattes are and all of the shimmers are incredibly pigmented, so overall, the pigmentation is good, and they last a long time on the lids. The packaging is nice and simple, with a big mirror inside and a magnetic close. It is also not too heavy or big, so it would be easy to travel with too. This palette costs £30, which I think is quite a good price for the quality of the eyeshadows. Overall, I would 100% recommend!

Have you got this palette?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Summer Makeup Look

Recently, I have been loving a lighter base, to show off my tan and freckles, and I have been playing around with some new products, so I thought that I would show you my current favourite look, and what products I'm using on a daily basis. It is more of a natural look, with more bronzer than usual.




Products Used:
* Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm
* L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation
* Chanel Concealer
* Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot Powder
* Tanya Burr Perfect Brows Palette
* Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette
* Maybelline Lash Sensational
* Benefit Hoola
* Soap & Glory Love At First Blush
* The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
* L'Oreal Matte Lipstick in 640

Have you tried any of these products?

Roisin <3

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Current Skincare Routine

Recently, I have been really preferring a more natural makeup look - particularly with a lighter foundation. This may be because I managed to catch a tan and have more freckles on my face which I like, or because its summer and heavy makeup sometimes feels a bit too much. This means that I would prefer to have a clearer complexion and less spots, so I have been more focused on my skincare routine and what products I have been using. I thought I would share with you my current skincare that I am using, as I do think that it is working, and it is quite affordable too. Just a side note though, I am by no means an expert, and most of these products are quite popular.


I use these two products to take off my makeup in the evening. I know that face wipes are usually not seen in a good light, but for me they are quite useful. I use the Simple 'Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes', which are around £3.45 for a pack of 25. They are regularly cheap and do get off the bulk of my makeup, and are sometimes a great option for a lazy night when you are too tired. I occasionally even use one in the morning if I have overslept and am running late, or just to quickly refresh my skin. I have repurchased these wipes many times. However, I do almost daily use the Garnier 'Micellar Cleansing Water' on a cotton pad afterwards just to get the extra makeup off and do a slightly deeper cleanse. This one bottle costs around £3 and honestly lasts such a long time - I am on my second bottle I like it so much, and shows that I have used it for a while now. 


I usually use these two products in the mornings. Most days I have a morning shower, where I will use the Clean & Clear 'Blackhead Clearing Scrub'. It gently exfoliates the skin, and helps lift away dirt and extra oil, which not only prevents blackheads, but helps keep my oily skin at bay throughout the day too, which is always a bonus. This is £3.75, and again lasts quite a while as a little goes a long way. If I haven't had a morning shower, then I will use the Witch 'Oil Control Face Wash', which I have repurchased so many times - I have been using it since I was a young teenager. I usually use around two pumps, and then foam it up in my hands and apply it all over in circular motions all over my face, and then wash it off with a flannel. It is so quick and easy, and leaves my face really soft. This is £3.50 and again, helps to combat oily skin. I occasionally use this in the evening too, just be careful to avoid over washing.


These are products I usually use at night after I've taken my makeup off and washed my face. My most recent purchase and the one I have been loving recently is the Witch 'Overnight Clearing Serum'. I use one pump and apply a thin layer all over my face, but concentrating mostly on my breakout areas - my forehead, nose and chin. I then leave it on to soak in overnight, and I honestly think that it has been working to reduce my spots. This is around £3.99 - which for a serum is a bargain! Another overnight serum/mask I use is The Body Shop 'Drops of Youth Sleeping Mask', which is more expensive at £24, which explains why I use it less frequently. This is much heavier than the Witch serum, so I put it on quite a bit before I actually go to sleep too to help it soak in. If I have a particularly aggressive or new spot, I will put the Clean & Clear 'Spot Control Treatment Gel' on to hopefully reduce it overnight - it claims it reduces spots in four hours. This is perfect for one off spots, and it is £4.35. Another staple for me to dry out spots is plain and simple Sudocrem. My handy squeezy tube is around £1.70 and is just magic. 


These are products I don't use daily, or sometimes even weekly. I am quite bad at remembering to put on eye cream, but when I do I do feel more refreshed. I have the bareMinerals 'Renew & Hydrate Eye Cream', which I got for Christmas one year - which I can't find online anymore, but I'm sure any will do.  As I have oily skin, exfoliating is a must every so often to ensure I have a smooth base to apply makeup on. I have the No 7 'Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Exfoliator' which kind of feels like gentle sand, but it works really well. My tip is to wash it off with warm water, and then immediately wash your face with cold water. This is £11.50, but it is amazing. Another newer purchase for me is the Nivea 'Oil Free Moisturising Day Cream'. In the past, I have been rubbish at moisturising, as I either leave it or apply a primer and then makeup and forget about it. However, I have vowed to now try and get better, so I bought this one that one of my aunts recommended. It is £4.10.

What is your current skincare routine?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

L'Oreal 'Infallible Sculpt Contouring Palette' Review

Back in February, I purchased this contouring palette from L'Oreal, and I showed it in this blog post. I have to say, I have not really jumped on board of the cream contouring trend, either because I have not found a shade light enough for it to look somewhat natural on me, or because I don't have the time or motivation to constantly clean my brushes. However, I did try and my first step was purchasing this product.



I bought it in the shade 01 Light/Medium, but if you are in the category of 'light', this really is not the shade for you. The highlight shade is my actual skin shade, so it doesn't so much highlight anything as just add a layer of coverage, and the contouring shade is quite dark, with a slight orange undertone.  For these reasons, it doesn't quite work for me, but I am still trying and will keep you updated if anything changes and I suddenly become a master at cream contouring.

However, if you have darker skin than me, this could be a good option for you. The shades are easy to blend, and you do get a considerable amount of product - especially for £9.99, which is a very affordable price. The shades are both matte too, which allows a natural look as there is no unnecessary shine or glitter. I quite like the packaging too, it is simple yet slim and light. If you want to see this product used in action, this video by Amelia Liana made me interested enough to purchase it - here.

Have you tried this product?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Hot Holiday Makeup Bag

One of my most liked posts are where I show what makeup I'll be bringing on my holiday, so that is what I am going to be doing today. As you are reading this, I am on holiday in Spain with my family. As it is a family holiday, in a hot country, I will be taking quite simple makeup this time, as I will probably only wear makeup in the evening, if that.

Base


I am not bringing any moisturiser with me as I will be undoubtedly be using suncream before any makeup is applied. For primer, I have chosen the Body Shop 'Instablur', which I have been using for a while now. For foundation, I recently picked up the L'Oreal 'Nude Magique Cushion', and even though I have only used it once, it was a nice natural looking foundation, and super quick to apply! I am only bringing one concealer, my trusty Collection 'Lasting Perfection', which I'm sure I've talked enough already in previous posts. I am bringing two powders, as the Kiko powder has more coverage, so perfect for days I'm wearing less makeup, and the Soap & Glory powder is really mattifying, but translucent, so perfect when wearing foundation.

Face


This has been my favourite combination recently. The Benefit 'Hoola' for a really nice bronzed look, the Soap & Glory 'Love At First Blush' for a natural looking pink flush, and The Balm 'Mary Lou Manizer' which is just an amazing white golden highlight.

Eyes


For eyes and brows, I am keeping it quite easy. The Too Faced 'Natural Eyes' palette has nine beautiful shades to get me through any event, and the two individual eyeshadows from Kiko are perfect for a quick eye look (more detail in my last post). My mascara choices are obviously Maybelline 'Lash Sensational' and Benefit 'Roller Lash' - my current holy grail combo. For eyebrows, I am bringing Benefit 'Brow Zings' and Soap & Glory 'Archery'.

Lips


I may have gone a bit over the top with the lip choices, but I mean you can never have too many right? From left to right, I have got; MAC 'Brave', 'Velvet Teddy', 'On Hold', Revlon 'Honey' and a really sheer lipstick from Number 7 that I'm going to use as a lip balm. They range from nude to pinky red, which just screams summer to me.

What would you bring on a hot holiday?

Roisin <3