Summer Makeup First Impressions | NARS, Lord & Berry, Glo & Ray

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Earlier this month I shared some of the makeup products that I recently added to my summer makeup collection from Fragrance Direct. As promised, today I’ll be sharing my first impressions of the products and show you what they look like on my face.

I decided to go for a light gold summery makeup look with a touch of pink, which is a bit different to what I’d normally go for and looks perfect for summer. [/pipdig_padded_text]

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Lord & Berry #Reglam Crayon Eyeshadow in ‘Flashback’ and ‘Mad For It’

In order to achieve this pretty rose gold effect on my eyes I used a combination of two crayon eyeshadows from the Lord & Berry #Reglam Crayon Eyeshadow range. I first applied ‘Flashback’ which is a pretty light gold shade across my entire eyelid, then blended some of the shade ‘Mad For It’ which is a pink/rose shade into the crease using my fingers. This was my first time using eye products from Lord & Berry and I was very impressed! The shades looked lovely without any powder eyeshadow on top, and although they were easy to blend once they had set they were truly set and did not budge or crease all day (on a very warm day too!). Crayon eyeshadows are so convenient when you’re in a rush and want your makeup to last long, and these crayon eyeshadows from Lord & Berry are well-worth their £14 price tag as a little product goes a long way. Available here.

Glo & Ray Longwear Precision Liquid Liner in ‘Brown’

Instead of my usual black liquid liner, I decided to apply some of the Glo & Ray Longwear Precision Liquid Liner in ‘Brown’. I like to switch up black liquid liner for something a bit less harsh in the summer as it gives a slightly softer look. Glo & Ray is a brand I hadn’t tried before, however this liquid liner from Glo & Ray is great – very pigmented and long-lasting, especially for the price of £6.90. Unlike my usual liquid liner, the L’Oreal Superliner Perfect Slim, the Glo & Ray Liquid Liner is made from a brush-like tip which helps you achieve a more precise cat flick. Available here.

Glo & Ray Sky Breaker Lasting Silky Eyeliner in ‘Light Brown’

Another product which I tried from Glo & Ray is the Sky Breaker Lasting Silky Eyliner in the shade ‘Light Brown’. The eyeliner costs just £5.50 and is available in over 10 different shades including black, brown, green, gold and blue. I tried using this to line my waterline and found it glided really smoothly although I think it would work better to line your upper or lower lash line as it is much more pigmented when used in this way. This range is definitely worth checking out if you’re after a pencil eyeliner that applies smoothly in a variety of different shades. Available here.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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NARS Dual Intensity Blush in ‘Adoration’

If you’ve been following me on my blog and social media, you’ll definitely know just how highly I rate the NARS Dual Intensity Blushers! Not only do they look mega pretty, but the quality of the product itself is second to none as it blends really nicely and lasts really long on the skin. I already own the ‘Fervor‘ palette from this range with includes 2 perfect blushers – one peachy-coral shade and one burgundy shade – a great combination of blushers to take you from spring/summer to autumn/winter. The shade I am wearing in this post is from the ‘Adoration’ palette, which comes with a shimmering pale pink highlight and a bright pink blush shade. Together, they make the perfect summer cheek duo with a pop of pink and a subtle glowy highlight! Available here.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Lord & Berry Matte Lipstick Pencil in ‘Bouquet’

Out of all the products that I tried, I must say that the Lord & Berry Matte Lipstick Pencil in the shade ‘Bouquet’ is the one that impressed me the most! The shade ‘Bouquet’ is the perfect rosy-pink shade which I love to wear all year round and could actually be a good dupe for my all-time-fave Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in ‘Amazing Grace’ (side by side comparison coming soon on Instagram). Apart from the shade, the formula is TO DIE FOR. It is one of the most comfortable matte lipstick formulas I have ever tried – I’d even go as far as saying it’s almost as good as the Charlotte Tilbury formula! At just £12 I know I’ll be stocking up on more shades from this range. Available here.[/pipdig_padded_text]

Have you tried any products from Lord & Berry or Glo & Ray?

NARS Dual Intensity Blush in ‘Fervor’ | Review

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NARS is a brand that I heard so many great things about, yet it is only earlier this year that I got my hands on a couple of their products and finally got to try them out! As NARS is known for its great blushers, I was eager to try out this gorgeous blush from the Dual Intensity Blush range – and it definitely didn’t disappoint!

I have recently been on the hunt for a compact blusher which I can take away with me when I travel. As much as I love my Benefit Blush Palette, its size means that it’s definitely not the most convenient when it comes to travelling. On the other hand, the NARS Dual Intensity Blush in ‘Fervor’ comes in compact black packaging that looks sleek and doesn’t take up much space at all in my makeup bag!

The product contains two blush shades – a peachy-coral shade (worn here) and a burgundy shade (worn here), both of which are shades that I use on a day-to-day basis.  The peachy-coral shade is absolutely perfect for spring, and I love the burgundy shade when I want a more deep blush colour. It is literally my perfect mini-blush palette, which is why I have been reaching for this everyday since I got my hands on it![/pipdig_padded_text]

NARS Dual Intensity Blush in 'Fervor'

[pipdig_padded_text]Both blush shades have been formulated to give your cheeks a healthy glow and I was surprised to find out that they also contain pearls (!) which create a gorgeous multi-dimensional, dewy effect on the skin (and kind of justifies the price tag too!). I find that the pigment blends really nicely and stays on my cheeks all day, so even when most of my makeup has gone patchy on my face, this blush somehow still looks great on my cheeks. Both shades also look really lovely and natural on my skin and add a gorgeous glow.

Apparently, the product can be used either dry or wet. I’m going to be honest here. The thought of using a wet – and therefore more pigmented – blush kind of terrifies me. However, I think that the burgundy shade in particular would also double up nicely as an eyeshadow, especially around autumn! I will keep you posted about this over on my social media.

The NARS Dual Intensity Blush in ‘Fervor’ costs £30 and is available from Fragrance Direct. You can also check out what other beauty products I picked up from Fragrance Direct in my recent high-end beauty haul.

What other NARS products would you recommend?

 

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BENEFIT SUGARBOMB BLUSH

Benefit Sugar Bomb


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I’m a huge fan of Benefit blushers, and was thrilled to get my hands on this palette which contained five of Benefit’s best-selling blushers at Christmas.  I couldn’t wait to try out the highly-raved about Coralista and Rockateur blushers, and I must admit I thought Sugarbomb would be the one I reached for the least.  However, over time this particular blusher proved otherwise and has since become the blusher I reach for on a daily basis!

The Sugarbomb blush contains four shades; a cool-toned pink, a warm rose, a peach shade and a lilac-plum colour.  All four shades are slightly – but not overly – shimmery, which I love as it adds a nice glow to my cheeks.  It catches the light so nicely – you can kind of see this in the photo above.

Before I first used Sugarbomb, I wasn’t sure what to expect once I swirled my brush around the four shades and applied it to my cheeks.  And the only way I can describe the resulting effect is that of a natural radiant flush.  It doesn’t look too pink or too peachy on my skin – it’s just the perfect way of adding a natural, glowy pop of colour to the cheeks.  I don’t know how it does it with the four different shades it contains, but it just really, really works and deserves way more recognition!  I also love how the blush complements pretty much any makeup look I have worn with it.

Benefit Sugarbomb is available for £23.50 (and is totally worth the investment!)

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TOPSHOP METALLIC CREAM BLUSH 'AORTA' | REVIEW & SWATCHES

Topshop Cream Blush 'Aorta'

Topshop Cream Blush 'Aorta'


Last week I posted my Christmas party makeup look in collaboration with Topshop, and as part of that makeup look I used Topshop’s recently launched Metallic Cream Blush in ‘Aorta’.  I have been *really* loving this blush lately, so if you’d like  a more in-depth review and swatches – read on!

I am a huge fan of the Topshop Beauty range, in particular their cheeks, lips and nails products (.. as well as their eyes and face products, haha!).  Having tried out only one other cream blush from the Topshop range (‘Head Over Heels’, a coral shade, perfect for the summer!) and been very impressed with it, I could not wait to get my hands on a more winter appropriate shade. 

Keeping with the latest ‘metallic’ trend, Topshop have recently added some ‘metallic’ items to their beauty range – mainly cream blushes and lipsticks.  I was instantly drawn to the darker of the two new cream blushes, ‘Aorta’, a metallic (obvs) burgundy-berry shade.  Although this might sound like a pretty daring colour to apply to your face, I can assure you that it looks very subtle and beautiful once blended into the skin!  Take a look at the swatches below.  (You can take a look at what it looks like on my face here).

Topshop Cream Blush 'Aorta'

I find the easiest way to apply Topshop’s cream blush is using my fingers rather than a blush – I do this by simply dotting some blush onto my cheeks then blending it outwards on the apples of my cheeks.  One thing I really love about this cream blush is that due to its metallic properties, it also doubles up as a highlight on top of the cheeks!  It has also got great lasting power and lasts pretty much all day.

As with all other Topshop Beauty products, the cream blush is housed in really pretty and sturdy packaging.   It also comes with a mirror, making it ideal for travelling with or for touch ups on the go!

I would highly recommend trying this one out!

Topshop Metallic Cream Blush in ‘Aorta’ is available from here.

E.L.F. COSMETICS BAKED BLUSH IN 'RICH ROSE' | REVIEW & SWATCH

E.L.F. COSMETICS BAKED BLUSH IN 'RICH ROSE'

E.L.F. COSMETICS BAKED BLUSH IN 'RICH ROSE'

Today I’ll be reviewing a blush from ELF Cosmetics’ ‘Baked Blush’ range in the colour ‘Rich Rose’.


I bought this on my recent ELF Cosmetics haul, which you can view here.

I had heard lots of great stuff about ELF Cosmetics’ baked products, especially about their gorgeous baked eyeshadows (which you can take a look at here).  However, since I have recently purchased quite a few eyeshadows, I thought I would give their Baked Blush a try!

ELF Cosmetics Baked Blush costs £3.75 (BARGAIN!) and is available in four colours; Peachy Cheeky, Pinktastic, Passion Pink & Rich Rose, which is the colour I opted for.

Rich Rose is a hard to describe colour!  The best way I could describe it is a peachy, slightly brown-toned blush with tiny golden shimmer throughout, and in the pan it’s got shocking pink threads (best word I can think of!), which make it look so interesting.  In other words, it’s absolutely lovely.  I love using Sleek Blush in ‘Rose Gold’ throughout the summer (which I reviewed here), however I found it is a bit too bright for the winter months.  On the other hand, Rich Rose is perfect.

E.L.F. COSMETICS BAKED BLUSH IN 'RICH ROSE'

 It’s VERY hard to photograph this blush!

Once applied to my cheeks, Rich Rose compliments my fair skin amazingly well.  It creates a very natural, slightly flushed look and it also adds a bit of a golden glow.  Gorgeous.  I wore this blush in my recent ‘Neutral Eye Makeup | Drugstore Edition’ post.

I find that this blush is highly pigmented, and applies very nicely with the Real Techniques Powder Blush for a lovely natural finish.  Lasting power is also great.  I find that this lasts for most of the day, especially with some powder applied on top to set the blush in place.  And finally, I’ve had some lovely compliments whilst wearing the blush, which makes me love it even more!

Have you tried any of ELF Cosmetics’ baked products?

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SLEEK BLUSH IN 'ROSE GOLD' | REVIEW & SWATCHES

SLEEK BLUSH IN 'ROSE GOLD'

Today’s review is for one of the products I mentioned in my August Favourites – 

Sleek Blush in ‘Rose Gold’.

I had read lots of positive reviews about Sleek products in the past, and after trying out the Sleek i-Divide Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Storm’ (which really impressed me) I could not wait to try out one of their blushes!

I was initially set on purchasing Sleek ‘Life’s a Peach‘ blush, a gorgeous matte orange/peach blush, however it was sold out *sad face*.

Then I noticed ‘Rose Gold’ sitting there in all its peachy-pink-golden glory, and it kind of made its way into my life.


Sleek ‘Rose Gold’ is a gorgeous rose pink blush with peachy undertones and gold shimmer – a dupe for NARS Orgasm some might say.  Like all Sleek blushes, it is also highly pigmented and a little does really go a long way!

SLEEK BLUSH IN 'ROSE GOLD'

This blush compliments my fair skin really well, and the gold shimmer looks absolutely gorgeous in the sun.  Together with the Bourjois Delice de Poudre bronzing powder it helped me achieve a lovely warm summer glow.

SLEEK BLUSH IN 'ROSE GOLD'

I would highly recommend this blush, and can’t wait to get my hands on a few more Sleek Blushes.

– 10/10 –

Do you own any Sleek Blushes?  What are your favourite shades?


Sleek is now available from Boots.com

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L'OREAL TRUE MATCH BLUSH IN 140 OLD ROSE | REVIEW

L'OREAL TRUE MATCH BLUSH IN 140 OLD ROSE 


Today I shall be talking about my favourite drugstore blush, 

L’Oreal True Match Blush in 140 Old Rose.

This is described as a “rose blush for medium skin tones”, although I find it works well with my fair skin tone too!  I found that it is has got a smooth texture, is very blendable and leaves me with the “soft, healthy-looking glow” it claims to achieve. If I had to describe the colour in my own words I would say that it looks like a dusky pink, with slight peach undertones and (very) tiny silver shimmer.  


L'OREAL TRUE MATCH BLUSH IN 140 OLD ROSE 

L'OREAL TRUE MATCH BLUSH IN 140 OLD ROSE 

It also comes with a small mirror and a small blush brush, which although is alright for a small brush, I do prefer using a slightly bigger and softer brush myself.  Overall, I would definitely recommend this blush to anyone with light/medium skin tones looking for a drugstore blush!


– 8/10 –


L’Oreal True Match blush is available for £7.69 from Boots.com

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