Inside My Makeup Bag | Five Current Favourites

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Although I love trying out new beauty products and discover new gems, there are some makeup items and tools that I just keep reaching for! Today I’ll be taking a look inside my makeup bag and sharing my current favourite items with you.

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation

MAC Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation (shade NW20) has become the only powder that I ever use. No matter how many other powders I try, I always go back to this one! It is great at setting my makeup in place and helping it last as long as possible throughout the day, but what I love about it most is that it also has some additional coverage that works well over any foundation (or alone) to help me achieve a more smooth and clear complexion. I’ve already got my backup sorted! Read my full reviewAvailable here.

NARS Dual Intensity Blush in ‘Fervor’

This is the first NARS product I had ever tried and it has been my go-to blush since around March last year! The ‘Fervor’ blush comes with two shades – a peach/coral blush and a burgundy blush, both of which have a slight shimmer to them and add a gorgeous glow to the cheeks, without having to add any highlight. Apart from looking gorgeous on the cheeks, both of these blushers last incredibly long throughout the day. Worth every single penny! Read my full reviewAvailable here.

Rubis Switzerland Classic ProGrip Tweezers

Dubbed the ‘Ferrari of tweezers’ by the legendary Bobbi Brown, I knew I should expect great things from the Rubis Switzerland tweezers, and I was not disappointed! These tweezers feel really sturdy and are incredibly precise. They have a great grip and although they cost a bit more than what I would usually pay for a pair of tweezers, they are worth the price! I’d highly recommend these if you’re after a really good pair of tweezers. Available here.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Benefit Gimme Brow Volumising Eyebrow Gel

I’ve been a big fan of the Benefit Gimme Brow Volumising Eyebrow Gel for years now. It’s just so quick and easy to use, making it perfect for a quick makeup look before work in the morning. Although I prefer using something more ‘heavy duty’ such as the Benefit KA! Brow when I want to achieve a more precise arch in my brows, Gimme Brow is the one I reach for most often. Read my full review. Available here.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in ‘Bond Girl’

After falling in love with Charlotte Tilbury’s lipstick formula, I had my eye on the shade ‘Bond Girl’ for quite a while – and I was so happy when I finally got my hands on it! It’s the perfect day-to-night shade that’s in between a rose, nude brown and berry shade. Of course, it comes in my favourite Charlotte Tilbury lipstick formulation – Matte Revolution – which doesn’t dry out the lips and lasts really (really) long too! Read my full review. Available here.

Have you tried any of these products yourself?

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NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation First Impressions + Comparison with NARS Sheer Glow Foundation

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There are 2 things I always look for in a foundation – good coverage and one that stays put on my skin all day. Although I prefer a more dewy finish, I have always had to settle for matte foundations that are traditionally known to last longest on the skin. However, the all-new NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation claims that it is possible to enjoy a radiant foundation that lasts all day. As you could imagine, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this and see if it lived up to its dreamy long-lasting dewy claims!

I’m a big fan of NARS products, especially their Sheer Glow Foundation and Dual Intensity Blush – 2 products which I reach for on most days. So it goes without saying that I’ve come to expect very good things from the brand.

The NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is NARS’ first foundation that promises high coverage and up to 16 hours of wear which means it can literally take you from day to night. But unlike pretty much all long-lasting foundations, this foundation has a radiant finish – so you essentially get the best of both worlds: radiance and longevity – i.e. THE DREAM[/pipdig_padded_text]

Wearing NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation on my right and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation on my left (side closest to the wardrobe)

[pipdig_padded_text]I’ve been trying this foundation out over the past week and I can honestly say that it is by far one of the best foundations I have ever tried – I was impressed from the moment I applied the foundation to my face, to the moment when I came to remove my makeup at the end of the day and found that it lasted really well on my skin.

I normally apply this to my face and blend it out using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. The foundation blends into the skin so easily and sets pretty fast too so there’s no need to spend ages blending the foundation into the skin. And although you have to work fast when you apply it to your skin, you know that it’s not going to budge. It also gives me a really good coverage and I don’t normally feel the need to conceal under my eyes when using this.

Apart from this, it also leaves the skin looks so glowy. I knew I should expect a radiant finish from the name of the foundation, but this seriously impressed me! It left my cheek bones looking gorgeously highlighted – without having applied any highlighter! For this reason, I would say that the NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation is probably best suited to those with normal-dry skin types rather than oily skin.

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As I mentioned earlier on, I’m a big fan of the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation – in fact, it’s one of my favourite foundations that I own. However, I must say that if I had to choose just one NARS foundation to repurchase, it would have to be the Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation.

The main differences I noticed between the 2 foundations are;

  • Sheer Glow has a lighter coverage than the Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation which has a medium-full coverage
  • Natural Longwear Radiant Foundation has a thicker consistency yet blends a lot quicker into the skin and feels lightweight once blended
  • Sheer Glow has a more natural-satin finish whilst the Natural Longwear Radiant Foundation is full of radiance
  • Natural Longwear Radiant Foundation comes with a pump (!!) whilst you need to purchase a separate pump with the Sheer Glow Foundation
  • Natural Longwear Radiant Foundation costs £35 whilst Sheer Glow is slightly less pricey at £33 (+ pump)
  • Both foundations last really well on my skin, however the Natural Longwear Radiant Foundation lasts slightly longer

Although I prefer the Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation and found that it works better with my skin, I still feel there’s a place for Sheer Glow in my makeup bag. Sheer Glow is great for those days when I prefer a lighter coverage and a more natural makeup look – one that isn’t too glowy but instead just looks like I’m having a naturally good skin day.

Available from Feel Unique

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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.

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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?

6 Favourite Makeup Brands | Drugstore & High End Makeup Recommendations

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As a beauty blogger, there are many makeup brands that I adore and frequently write about on my blog and social media. So today I thought I would round up 6 of my current go-to makeup brands and share some of my recommendations from each brand.

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Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury is one of the first high end makeup brands that I bought into, and to this day I still adore the brand! The luxurious rose gold packaging and thought that goes behind every single product released by Charlotte Tilbury makes the brand really stand out. Some of my favourite products from Charlotte Tilbury include the Magic Foundation and Matte Revolution Lipstick in ‘Amazing Grace’. Although the products are quite pricey, the luxurious feel and fantastic quality makes them worth every single penny. I’ve previously written a post about the best and worst Charlotte Tilbury products, which you might be interested in checking out!

NARS Cosmetics

NARS is a brand that I had been dying to try out for years and I was so happy to get my hands on some of their products earlier this year. Anyone who enjoys reading beauty blogs or watching beauty videos on YouTube would have definitely come across the many positive reviews of NARS products. One of the most highly raved about NARS products is the Sheer Glow Foundation, so I was very excited to try this out for myself – and it has since become one of my favourite ever foundations! It is packed with skin-loving antioxidants and leaves you with the most natural-looking, flawless skin. I am also a huge fan of the Dual Intensity Blush which leave you with glowy, healthy-looking cheeks and the lasting power is the best I ever experienced with a blusher!

L’Oreal

L’Oreal is a brand that I have loved and trusted for the longest amount of years. Although it is a high street brand, the quality of their products is frequently comparable to more high end products. I recently wrote about their newly released Hydra Genius Aloe Water, which is my current go-to morning moisturiser. However, it’s not just their skincare which I love – their makeup range is pretty damn good too! Both the Infallible 24 Hour Foundation and the True Match Foundation are two really great drugstore foundations which I would recommend, and no matter how many liquid liners I try, I always go back to the Superliner Perfect Slim, which I can always count on to give me the perfect feline flick.[/pipdig_padded_text]

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Rimmel London

Rimmel is another one of my top drugstore makeup brands that I always have in my makeup bag. They are one of the most affordable brands available in the drugstore, and also one of the best! All the foundations that I have tried from Rimmel, including the Wake Me Up Foundation, Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation and Lasting Finish 25 Hour Nude Foundation, are just incredible quality and never let me down! I also love the Rimmel Matte Lipsticks and of course the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder is also a great drugstore powder (although I am currently loving the MAC Studio Fix Powder too).

Benefit Cosmetics

Benefit is another brand that I have grown really fond of over the past years. Their super fun, girly and witty branding is on-point, and they are a great brand to look out for if you’re after innovative, great-quality products. Of course, Benefit are mostly known for their impressive eyebrow range (and also their Brow Bar service – which I reviewed here). My favourite products from the range are the KA-BROW! Cream-Gel Colour and the Gimme Brow Volumising Eyebrow Gel which is perfect for super-quick full-looking brows. I am also a huge fan of the Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Highlighter which is a beautiful golden-rose highlighter that you (strangely) almost never hear about online! I rounded up the best and worst Benefit products in a previous post too.

Topshop Beauty

My final favourite makeup brand is one that doesn’t get the recognition it deserves – Topshop Beauty! As Topshop is primarily known for its fashion, you might not think that the makeup range is any good, but it sooooooo is!! I have quite a few Topshop Beauty products in my collection and 99% of the time I am very impressed with how their makeup performs. Check out my previous post for recommendations on the best products from Topshop Beauty. ps – They also do the best bronzer for pale skin, which I reviewed here.

What are your current favourite makeup brands?

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation | Worth The Hype?

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The NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is a product that had been on my wish list ever since I started blogging in 2013. This was the one foundation that all beauty bloggers and vloggers seemed to swear by and I really wanted to see what all the fuss was about. SPOILER: I’m going to need to repurchase this.

At £32, the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation isn’t the most affordable foundation out there. However, I believe that a good base product can make the biggest difference to your overall makeup look and it can also affect the way that the rest of your makeup applies.

The NARS Sheer Glow Foundation promises to give you a medium, buildable coverage and a natural, radiant finish. It also claims to contain skincare benefits, so the more you use the foundation, the better your skin looks and feels. It contains powerful antioxidants to protect against damaging free radicals as well as turmeric extract to improve the skin’s brightness and it is designed specifically for normal-dry skin types. All this sounded great to me – but how did I really find it?[/pipdig_padded_text]

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I totally got what the whole fuss was about from the first time I applied this foundation. It is quite liquidy compared to my usual Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, but it blends really nicely using a brush (I normally use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush with this) and once blended, it is undetectable on this skin so you won’t look caked up in makeup. It gives a gorgeous, natural glow and one layer of this is enough to cover up most of my blemishes or any redness.

I found this foundation to be quite similar to the L’Oreal True Match Foundation in terms of consistency and coverage – however the NARS foundation is just a little bit more glowy and natural looking on the skin.

The only thing I don’t like about this foundation is that unfortunately it doesn’t come with a pump. However, as the foundation is so good, I decided to buy a pump for £3 as this is a foundation I’ll definitely want to repurchase!

Have you tried the NARS Sheer Glow Foundation?

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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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AUTUMN 2014 BEAUTY MUST-HAVES

Tomorrow officially marks the first day of autumn – and so I will be sharing my top 5 beauty must-haves with you!


1. Lancome Grandiose Mascara

One thing I love about the autumn months is that, as the weather starts to cool down, you can get away with wearing more makeup (without having it melt off your face)!  And now is the perfect time to try out Lancome’s newest mascara, the Lancome Grandiose Mascara.  This mascara promises to help you achieve fanned-out, curvy lashes, which is exactly what I look for when choosing a mascara.  Tanya Burr tried this out in one of her latest vlogs, which you can see here, and the results looked amazing!  In fact, Tanya mentioned that she was planning on wearing false lashes that day but then changed her mind as the mascara was so good!  (Also, how gorgeous is the packaging!?)

2. Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Two Ton Tomato

As the weather gets colder, it becomes even more important to keep your lips as hydrated as possible.  This prevents them from drying out and getting sore and chapped (not a good look!).  The Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Two Ton Tomato is perfect for the autumn as not only does it allow you to wear the glamorous, classic red lip, but it does this whilst also keeping your lips moisturised!

3. Clarins Cream Blush in Rosewood

I love using cream blushes, especially in the autumn/ winter as they are easy to apply, look natural, and add a subtle glow.  The Clarins Cream Blush in Rosewood is a great cream-to-powder blush, and comes in a lovely gold mirrored packaging, making it perfect for travelling.  Also, the dusky rose shade of this blush is the sort of shade I tend to go for – and love wearing – during the colder months, as opposed to wearing more bright, coral shades during the summer.

4. Nars Duo Eyeshadow in South Pacific

Both Chanel and Prada have sported blue lids this season, and the Nars Duo Eyeshadow in South Pacific would be a great product to help you achieve this look!   This eyeshadow duo consists of two shimmery shades – a turquoise and a more silvery powder-blue shade – which is great for adding a pop of colour and brightening up your makeup look in the autumn.  Contrary to what some may think, blue eyeshadow can work with any eye colour – If you’ve got blue eyes, silvery-blues work best (such as Taylor Swift here), if you’ve got green eyes, purple-toned blues can look great (such as Kristen Stewart here) and for brown eyes pretty much any blue shade goes (such as Keira Knightley here).

5. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser

 As I mentioned earlier, the colder weather means that lips are more prone to getting dry – and this also applies to the face in general.  I prefer wearing a foundation or tinted mosituriser with a more dewy finish during the colder months as I find that as my skin gets drier, it could definitely do with a bit of brightening up!  The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser provides coverage and also moisturises the face, whilst SPF20 provides sufficient sun protection for the autumn/ winter.




All the products mentioned above are available from John Lewis.  And if you’re looking for more autumnal beauty & fashion inspiration, take a look at the John Lewis Autumn Fashion magazine here.

What is your beauty must-have this autumn?