Monday, 24 April 2017

Boots & Kiko Haul

Yes, you're reading the title correctly. I have, once again, bought makeup. I went shopping the other day with my mum and we just spent the day perusing the shops and having lunch, and at the end of the day I had *maybe kind of accidentally on purpose* bought more makeup? I also bought some skincare products as well, but I thought that I would put them in a different post, which will be posted in a few days. 


My first stop was in Boots as I have hit pan on the powder that I am currently using, so I wanted to buy a back up for when it eventually runs out. The Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder is only £3.99 and it honestly works so well - the best drugstore powder I've tried so far. I then needed to buy another Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, as I have lost mine, and I bought a two pack as I want to try cream contouring, so I need two to keep the colours separate. This two pack is £9.99. As you will have read in my last blog post, I have been really into bronzer recently, and so I wanted to pick up a new one as I only own one at the moment. I used to have the Soap & Glory Solar Powder ages ago, and I loved it, so I picked it up again to see what I think about it now. It is £11.


It looks like it will work quite well for me as it has two different shades, so you can keep it light or darken it for more intensity, so I should be able to find a colour that looks somewhat natural on me.


I then went to The Body Shop as I needed to repurchase the Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops as I have gone through a whole bottle. This is £10.


I then went into Kiko as I want to try out more of their makeup. This is where I splurged for no reason really, just on a whim. I was looking through their bronzer section, and I saw the Sculpting Touch Creamy Stick Contour. I swatched it on the back of my hand, and it felt very creamy and easy to blend, which is important for me as I am pale so contour products never seem to suit me. I bought the lighter shade and will test out this product soon. It is £9.90. I then decided to try out a lipstick, as I haven't tried Kiko lipsticks yet. I bought the Unlimited Stylo Lipstick in 03, which looks to be like a  pink shade with slight brown undertones - like a Spring nude. It was £8.90. The one thing that I know I love from Kiko is their eyeshadows - I have one of their water eyeshadows already in a gold shade, and it is my go to eyeshadow for a night out, so I wanted to try another shade. 


The Water Eyeshadow in 200 is a champagne shade with slight bronze undertones. It is very shimmery, which I love to use all over the lid. This colour sort of reminds me of my favourite shade from the Naked palette - 'Sidecar'. Hopefully it will live up to that standard. This is £8.90 but it is honestly so worth the price.


Kiko were having a sale on their other eyeshadows, which meant that they were only £2.50 each, so I picked up two. 03 (left) is a bronze shade with red undertones, and 07 is a bronze shade with grey undertones. These shades are both shimmery and look very versatile.

Have you tried any of these products?

Roisin <3

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Everyday Makeup Look

I am currently one week in to a three week break away from University, so I am back home in Bristol and seeing all my friends and family. This usually means that I am out and about for long periods of time during the day, so I often go for a quick and simple makeup look that will last the whole day, but looks good. This look is quite neutral so it will match any outfit I choose to wear with minimal thinking and effort.



Base

When doing a simpler and quicker look, I find that using a heavier coverage foundation with a matte finish will help every other section of makeup to look more polished. I have been trying out the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer for a couple of weeks now, and I can say that my makeup applies smoothly and stays on longer when I have used this product. For foundation, I used a combination of Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation and L'Oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation. This is mostly just to get the perfect colour, but I do think they compliment each other as well as the UD foundation is more liquid, and the LP foundation is more of a mousse texture. They are both high coverage and have matte finishes. For concealer under my eyes and around my nose, I use Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer, as always, and it is perfect. Then, to set all of this in place, I am currently using Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, which is so cheap and so amazing.

Face

You can't really tell in these pictures, but I am currently quite obsessed with bronzer and looking bronzed. The only bronzer that I really own is Benefit Hoola Bronzer, and it is really good. It is a warm toned medium brown shade with a matte finish. For me, it is definitely not my contour shade (currently searching for one) but it is a good bronzer shade. Then I just sweep Soap & Glory Love At First Blush over the apples of my cheeks and above my bronzer, for a very subtle blush that is quite highlighted. Then I go IN with my current highlight of choice, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish. It is a beautiful light golden shade which is just perfect. 

Eyes

My eyebrows are currently always filled in using Benefit Brow Zings, and it is a staple. I have been filling them in more heavily recently though, and adding Benefit Gimme Brow on the top to keep them in place and darken them even further. For eyeshadow I have been using the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette, which I mentioned in my March Favourites, here. For this look, I used 'Pop' on my lid, 'Anaheim' in my crease, 'Skimp' under my brows, and 'Blonde' in my inner corner. For mascara I am currently using Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Lips

My chosen shade for today's look is MAC Velvet Teddy.

As I am writing this post (8:30pm on Friday), I have been wearing this makeup look for around seven hours and it literally looks just as good as when it was first applied. 

What is your quick and easy everyday makeup look? I'd love to read your comments.

Roisin <3

Thursday, 13 April 2017

March Favourites

I know this post is late as it is currently about half way through April, but better late than never right?


L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Purity Mask - This face mask aims to purify and mattify the skin, which I can honestly say it does. It sets incredibly quickly, and leaves the skin feeling soft and fresh, and helps to reduce existing spots and clear the skin of any impurities. This does mean, however, that it brings new spots to the surface, but this is better for your skin in the long run. I use this once a week.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner - I have been loving this recently! I use it at least two times a day, in the morning and the evening. It helps to mattify my face, which is helpful for before I apply makeup, and it helps to keep my skin clear by getting all the dirt and oil off in the evening. I have seen an improvement in my skin since I've been using this, so I definitely recommend this product. I have reviewed the whole set here if you are interested.

Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Palette - This has been my go to eyeshadow palette for a while now. I find that as it has multiple matte brown shades which vary in tones, it is perfect for any look, whether that is a simple everyday look or a full on glamorous smokey eye. I will say that the shimmer shades could be slightly better, as they are quite similar to each other, but they are good quality and very wearable. I have reviewed this palette in more detail too here.

Benefit Gimme Brow - I go through phases of using this product, but I have been using it basically everyday for the last month. Recently, I have been a lot more into brows, and making them look as good as I can, (which I'm still working on), and this product just keeps the hairs in place all day. It has a slight tint too, which ensures the brows are bold.  

 MAC Faux - I've had this lipstick for a while, but I only tried it recently and I love it. I was looking for a colour in between MAC Brave and MAC Velvet Teddy for a super everyday go to shade, as Brave is quite pink. This is perfect. It is still pink, but with more undertones of brown, and as it is a satin finish, it is slightly less harsh than a matte finish so suits any occasion. 

Zoeva Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush - As it is Spring, and Summer is fast approaching, I have been loving bronzer. I am still yet to find the perfect shade for me, especially for contouring, but I am currently using this brush to help blend my bronzer out so that it is less harsh and it is just a dream brush. I have mentioned this brush in another blog post too here.

What have you been loving recently?

Roisin <3

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Current Everyday Makeup Routine

For today's post, I thought that I would share with you the makeup products that I am currently using on a day to day basis for a quick and easy/hardly any effort makeup look. Most days, especially when my only plans are to go to the gym and university, I even skip foundation and just use concealer all over. The only thing that is currently changing is the amount of eyeshadow I put on and the shades I choose, as this really changes the overall look. Most days, it is just a light shimmer shade though to make me appear more awake than I am, especially for those 9am lectures.

Products:
* Smashbox Photo Finish Primer
* L'Oreal True Match Foundation
* The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops
* Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
* Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
* Benefit Brow Zings
* Benefit Gimme Brow
* Urban Decay Naked or Naked 2 Palettes
* Revlon Ultimate All-In-One Mascara
* Benefit Hoola Bronzer
* Soap & Glory Love At First Blush
* The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter
* MAC Faux or L'Oreal 640 Erotique Lipsticks

What products are you currently using?

Roisin <3

Sunday, 26 March 2017

L'Oreal 'Infallible Total Cover Foundation' Review

Two of the foundations that I regularly use at the moment are from L'Oreal - True Match and Infallible 24 Hour Matte - so when I heard about L'Oreal's latest release, their Infallible Total Cover Foundation, I knew I had to try it. 


This foundation promises to give a high coverage, with a matte finish. It has seven shades, and I bought the lightest one, 9 Light Sand. It is still slightly too dark for me, but nothing my whitening drops can't fix. It retails at £9.99, which I think is such good value for money, as this foundation will last a long time.


Yesterday I tested the foundation for the first time, during a trip to the cinema to see Get Out (weird but good film). I only wore it for a total of about six hours, so I haven't managed to test its wearability over a long period of time out yet, but I imagine that it is pretty good. 

It definitely has a matte finish that is noticeable as soon as it is applied. You could probably even get away with not setting it, except I have oily skin so I always do anyway just for back up. Even though it is matte, it is easy to blend and it builds easily. It is definitely full coverage, but the texture is lightweight so it doesn't look cakey. It covers up redness and imperfections, but you can still see freckles and your skin underneath, giving it more of a slightly natural look, that isn't too much for a day to day basis. 

I did not see a need to touch it up, and it looked just as good at the end of the night as it did when I first applied it. I will definitely keep using it and I would recommend it to almost everyone - it might not work for people with very dry skin as it does have the matte effect, but it is perfect for people with oily, combination or normal skin.

Have you tried this foundation?

Roisin <3

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Beauty Wish List Three

I love all things makeup, except the price. Whenever I notice a product that I want to buy, either from online shopping, blog posts or youtube videos, I write it down in my notes section on my phone, under the title Wish List. Then, every time I have saved up enough money, I go through and choose an item to buy. I have written two previous posts (here) showing what is on my current wish list, and so I thought I would do an updated version today. 



1 - 'Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation' £30: This foundation claims to be full coverage, whilst still being lightweight, which sounds perfect. It also comes in twelve shades, and so it is quite likely that one will be light enough for me. 

2 - 'Tarte Highlighter in Sparkler' £23: This is a rose gold highlighter, which I would love to try as I usually use a light gold/champagne shade, and recently I have just been obsessed with all things rose gold.

3 - 'Morphe Eyeshadow Palette in 35T' £23.50: If you haven't heard of Morphe by now, you have seriously been missing out. Their eyeshadow palettes are being raved about by everyone, and they're seriously affordable - this palette comes with 35 shades, making it just 60p per eyeshadow. The 35T is filled with gorgeous taupe and golden shades, with a mixture of mattes and shimmers.

4 - 'NARS Laguna Bronzer' £29: This bronzer has been loved for many years, but I have just not gotten around to trying it yet. It is supposed to be perfect for contouring on a lighter skin tone as it has no orange undertones.

5 - 'Jouer Lip Cream in Penny' £15: I saw this lip colour on a recent video of Shaaanxo's on Youtube (here), and instantly fell in love. It is a light pink/rose gold metallic liquid lipstick. It reflects the light beautifully, and is a unique colour without being too bold - it can definitely still be an everyday colour.

What products are on your wish list?

Roisin <3

Sunday, 29 January 2017

The Body Shop 'Tea Tree' Range

At the beginning of the year, I bought a skincare gift set from The Body Shop, as one of my New Years Resolutions is to attempt to stick to a skincare routine and clear my skin. I have a couple of the face masks from this brand, and I think that they are really effective, so I wanted to look into more of their products. My favourite face mask at the moment is their Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask, so I looked for a set in the same range, which I found and bought, and am now going to share with you, in case you can still get it. I have only used some of the products a few times now, so I cannot really speak from experience yet, but who knows, if I like these products they might be featured in a favourites post soon.


This is the set all together. I got it for an amazing price - £25, when it is worth £38. It comes with five full size products, which are £5 each with this deal, which is such a bargain. The Tea Tree range combats oily skin and acne, as it has mattifying and skin clearing qualities, which is perfect for my skin type.


3-IN-1 Wash - Scrub - Mask (125ml)

This product can be used in three different ways, which intrigued me. To use it as a wash, daily, you wet your face with warm water, apply the wash and rub it in with circular motions until it foams up, and then rinse it off. To use it as a scrub, two to three times a week, you massage it gently onto damp skin, focusing on the t-zone, and then rinse it off. To use it as a mask, one to two times a week, you apply a thin layer onto a dry face and wait five to ten minutes for it to dry, and then rinse it off. I probably won't use it as a mask, as I already have the mask from the range, but it is good that this product is so diverse as then you don't have to spend extra money on different products. I like to use this in the morning.


Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser (150ml)

This product helps to remove make up, dirt and impurities from throughout the day, so I like to use this at night after I've taken my makeup off with either a wipe or micellar water, for an extra deep clean. You apply this onto your wet face and massage it in until it is lathered, and then rinse it off. This assures that my face is clean for the next few products.


Skin Clearing Mattifying Facial Toner (250ml)

This product is my favourite from this set so far. I use it after I have cleansed my face. I just pour it onto a cotton pad and sweep it over my face, focusing on my t-zone as that is where I get most oily. I can straight away feel it tingling, which is quite a nice sensation, and I think it does help to keep my face matte for longer. I use this at night and in the morning.


Mattifying Lotion (50ml)

This product is similar to a moisturiser. I apply it after I have toned my face, as it helps to control oil throughout the day. I use this only in the morning, before I start applying any makeup.


Night Lotion (30ml)

This product helps to prevent and treat acne overnight, so this is the last product I put on my face before bed, at night, to allow it the full time to sink in. I have noticed that this product really sinks into the skin quickly, which is different from other overnight treatments I've tried before which just sit on the skin, so I think this product will work for me.

Have you tried any products from this range?

Roisin <3