Friday, 19 September 2014

Obsessed With # 11: Laura Mercier 'Lush Nectarine'

I bought the Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Color in Lush Nectarine for my mom in June + it took me a while to decide I absolutely needed it too (I don't, but in my world want + need are pretty similar). As a pale girl, I love a peachy blush to bring my corpse-like skin back to life a bit. You probably know by now (unless you're new - hello!) that I love a bit of golden shimmer in my blushes too so this is right up my alley. I usually wear this blush when I'm not wearing much else on my face + I tend to pile it on a bit. I know that's not everyone's thing but I like a statement cheek from time to time. Usually this involves bold brows, no eye makeup + maybe just a gloss on the lips. I've learned that I don't actually like to overdo my makeup on a daily basis anymore. I used to go for a smokey eye with winged liner, lipstick, blush, bronzer, highlighter... I mean really the whole sha-bang. Not a good lewk.

I like the packaging + transportable size of this little thing so that's another bonus. I find some blushes tend to gather or cake on certain parts of my skin (maybe the drier areas) but this applies like a dream + isn't too sheer or too pigmented. I don't actually like when blushes are too pigmented because I can get a bit too enthusiastic with the blush + go a little heavy-handed.

Have you tried this? What is your favorite blush?

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Recent Vibez

I've been the worst blogger ever recently + I apologize profusely for that! But I will explain a bit because I have been a bit all over the place. I finished my internship at L'Oréal Paris USA last week + I move to London in less than two weeks *gulp*. In that time I have been sorting out my apartment (I will be living with my partner in crime Ellyn who you may have seen in our Fierce & Flawless Blondes vidz), I was also chilling with my new favorite person aka Chelsea from chelsea wears... OH + the wonderful Vivianna mentioned me on her blog which made me die a little bit. And I mean die in the American 'oh my god I die' sense (aka this is a very good thing). Anyway I am just trying to really enjoy my few days in this amazing city before I go into poverty in London. If anyone wants to keep up with my life a bit better than do follow me on instagram!

As I mentioned I got to meet Chelsea a few times I thought I would talk about her online store Anomie because it is genuinely a favorite right now. She has impeccable taste so you can steal a bit of that from her store which has the most beautiful jewelry, clothes, home stuffz... etc. Also if you don't know who her boyf Ryan Patricks is then... NOT SURE WHAT YOU'VE BEEN DOING WITH YOUR LIFE jk you've probably just been living it like any other normal person. You need to buy his book 'You're Not Helping' + follow him on twitter. I promise you won't regret it. Unless you hate laughing. In which case you need to rethink your existence.

The 'New York is my boyfriend' pouch is by Pamela Barsky. I own a couple of these + they're really useful for makeup/skincare/pens/whatever so I'm a big fan of these. I get these from Chelsea Market in Chelsea, New York. CHELSEA CHELSEA CHELSEA... I need to stop liking all things Chelsea related. Although Made in Chelsea NYC was a bit cringe, non?

Friday, 5 September 2014

Review: Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil

Vivianna from Vivianna Does Makeup (you all know) kind of did an opposite piece to this. She was obsessed with this pencil first + then recently moved on to the Anastasia Brow Wiz. I have done the opposite so I thought I would share my feelings towards the Hourglass pencil. I love both but I have been reaching for this one more when I am initially applying my makeup + then the Anastasia Brow Wiz for touch ups if maybe I applied my brow pencil too quickly in the morning or didn't do a great job.

I bought the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in the shade Soft Brunette because despite being a blonde I do like a darker, bolder brow. What I like about this one over the Anastasia pencil is that it's a lot quicker to apply + it seems to stick to my skin better, which sounds odd so perhaps I should explain. My eyebrows have never been very long so I have to extend them + I find this pencil makes that 'task' (let's be seri, it's not really a task) a lot easier + quicker because the Anastasia doesn't always stick onto skin where there are no hairs I find. Maybe that's just me. But maybe not. I don't know pals. I also like that this is waxier so I don't need a brow gel on top of it. I'm not going to say much about the spooly sitch: it works. It only comes in three shades whereas the Anastasia comes in quite a few more so that is also something to bear in mind.

My only problemo with this is that the triangular nib isn't THE most precise thang in the world. But that is why I also like to have the Anastasia Brow Wiz for touch ups just in case. That might seem excessive but I do my eyebrows every single day whereas I don't even wear mascara every day. So there. Stop with the judging eyeballs.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

My Mini Must Haves

I feel like I have so many posts I want to write but finding any spare time as the moment is a tough. I'm actually off to Miami tomorrow (for Labor Day Weekend) + I'm hoping I will have enough time to do a couple posts there. Fingers crossed. Now, onto this post. Whenever I get samples that come in sachets I always manage to forget about them + they just sit in my sample jar for the longest period time. However, when samples come as minis of the actual product itself I am way more likely to use them. These are three mini products that I have been using everyday for the last week or so.

The first is the Origins GinZing Eye Cream, which I have been using every morning because it's extremely lightweight so it works well under concealer. I have actually liked everything I have ever tried from the brand so it doesn't really come as a surprise that I like this. It's a lightweight, pink, shimmery cream (sounds weird, I know) + it really brightens up the undereye area. I tend to apply a richer eye cream before I go to bed (at the moment it's the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment) so I don't need anything too heavy during the day. I do actually like to use a tiny amount of this over my concealer too + just gently dab it on for even more brightness. This is a generously sized sample so although I won't be finishing this anytime soon I am already thinking this will have to be a purchase. However, if you're only going to have one eye cream I would definitely pick something more moisturising.

Next is the Benefit Watt's Up highlighter that I briefly thouched on in my last post. I never had any interest in trying this out for some reason but it's actually pretty perfect. This really is the perfect champagne toned highlighter. I love a cream highlighter for ease of application + because it blends in with the skin better + I also don't find this one to be overly shimmery. Again, this is a decent sized sample so I probably won't finish it too quickly but I'm thinking after I use this + my old Jemma Kidd highlighter up then this will be on my shopping list.

The last sample is an exciting one for me because I have nearly picked up the travel size of this on so many occasions (aka everytime I'm at Sephora). I'm talking about the pricey Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, which I have unfortunately fallen in love with. I'm definitely a bit of a primer lover so I should've seen this coming. All I'm going to say is that it doesn't feel too siliconey, slippy or thick + it just makes you skin look + feel amazing. If you can get a sample of this, do it.

***PS: I am hosting a giveaway! Click here if you want the chance of winning the Original UD Naked Palette :)***

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

A Few August Favorites

I have been going through a weird no-makeup phase which has consisted of only wearing foundation, concealer + brows. I don't know why but I've particularly been enjoying having nothing on my eyes. I'm saving those products for another post, so here are my other favorites I have been enjoying when I feel like making more of an effort.

First off is the Maybelline Master Hi Lighting Blush in 10 Nude which is a great blush/highlighter in one. Even if I'm not wearing blush I like to use the lighter shades for a bit of a highlight on the high points of my face. Another highlighter that I got as a sample (I will also be doing a post on the millions of samples I got from Sephora, please bear with me) is the Benefit Watt's Up which I am absolutely loving. It reminds me of the discontinued Jemma Kidd Rose Gold cream highlighter from back in the day. I love cream highlighters because they look more natural + they are so quick + easy to apply. 

Lipstick hasn't been on my radar recently so I've either been wearing the incredibly expensive Aesop Lip Balm because it does have SPF 30 in it + it smells amazing as well as being really moisturising or I've been opting for a lipgloss. My favorite lipgloss at the moment is the Soap & Glory Pillow Plump in Coy Toy because I'm not going to lie guys, I do want lip fillers + this does help make my lips look fuller even if it's just for a while. It's a neutral peachy shade too so it's very inoffensive + not too sticky. 

Earlier in the month my nails got destroyed by Shellac (which is weird because I have never had a problem with gels from other brands) so I have been avoiding nail polish. However, I am currently wearing L'Oréal Paris Greycian Goddess which is a perfect grey shade for fall. I'm pretty much over summer makeup, nails + clothes now despite loving the warmer weather. I just want to be wearing sweaters + layers already.

The last product is L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara which has hands down been my favorite mascara since about May. I like a lot of volume + I like my mascara to be very, very black so this gets a massive thumbs up from me. I also find this to be great on the bottom lashes too... basically I can't fault this. I think this is probably my third tube of the stuff.

***PS: I am hosting a giveaway! Click here if you want the chance of winning the Original UD Naked Palette :)***

Monday, 4 August 2014

August Goals

I've seen a few posts like this before but I thought if I actually typed out my goals + posted it on the internetz then maybe I wouldn't forget them + I might accomplish something!

cook //
I am really lazy in the kitchen + that is probably a bit of an understatement. I eat cereal for breakfast, lunch + dinner on a regular basis. This is probably one of my main goals this month because I can go days without eating any vegetables, which is pretty gross really. I have cooked three times this month already + I'm rotating with my sister who will also be cooking so it's looking good so far! I'm not a bad cook either persay, I'm just really lazy in the kitchen + when I'm hungry I want my food now, like right now.

exercise //
I have a gym membership + the gym is in my building so really I have no excuse apart from sometimes I get home from work too late. I want to be going to the gym at least three times a week.

organise move //
As you may or may not know, I am moving to London next month which means I need to organise some stuff. But I need to actually do it rather than talk about it...

save money //
I expect I won't be working as soon as I move to London (+ I would like a week or so off to be honest) so I really need to save at least a little bit of money.

plan a trip //
As I am leaving the US soon, I would like to get my ass to a couple more states before that happens. 

stress less + cheer tf up //
I am a serial worrier. I'm the kind of person if you don't text me back I think someone has spread a vicious rumor about me that has made you hate me or I think you've died. It's a very annoying trait + it makes me stress about stupid things so I am learning (slowly but surely) to chill tf out but I don't always manage. That's not really an August goal but a life goal.

make the most of New York //
This is my last full month in New York before I move so I really want to make the most of it. I absolutely adore this city so I shouldn't let any sad feels make me forget that!

***PS: I am hosting a giveaway! Click here if you want the chance of winning the Original UD Naked Palette :)***

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

It's Looking Promising: Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather

As I was already a fan of the Maybelline Color Tattoos but disappointed by the shade range, I was excited to discover they had a new collection out - the Leather Collection. Not all of the colors appeal to me because I really am a neutral/bronze/reddy brown/gold girl when it comes to eyeshadow + I really don't ever wear anything else on my lids. However there were two shades from the range that caught my attention + I have been wearing them everyday since I bought them. By the way I am pretty certain that these are not limited edition.

The two shades I bought are Creamy Beige (top) + Chocolate Side (bottom) which are both great for all over the lid with a little sumtin sumtin in the crease. The finish is velvety, so they don't have the shimmer of the original ones which means that they do give that leathery effect which I love. Although Tough As Taupe has a comparable finish. Like the originals, these don't crease on my eyelids but I always wear my Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath any shadow I'm wearing. 

***PS: I am hosting a giveaway! Click here if you want the chance of winning the Original UD Naked Palette :)***

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