Saturday, 12 April 2014

Payday Haul

Payday is a very dangerous time for me, and i'm sure that I am not the only one that thinks this! I see money in my account and automatically feel like I need to spend it. So this month I decided to have one big splurge and then that would be me for the rest of the month! 

I first decided that I would purchase the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation which retails at £34 so was quite pricey. I have read many reviews on this product and wanted a foundation that was medium/full coverage and that was highly pigmented so that I wouldn't need to use much to get my desired look; I always find that I run out of foundation so quick and I like top brand foundations so they do not come cheap when having to re-purchase them a lot! I got mine in the colour cashew beige, having found my colour on The tube was a lot smaller than I thought it would be when it arrived, but having tried the foundation out on myself, the colour is perfect and I only needed a really small amount which was perfect. I applied this foundation using the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, which is one of my favourite brushes to use when applying foundations. It gave me a really dewy, silky finish and I found it lasted all day on my skin, I used Rimmel Stay Matte Powder over the top and only had to apply that once as it sat really nicely on my skin. It hid all of my blemishes and redness and didn't look or feel cakey or heavy on my skin which was nice as I literally felt like I had no makeup on. I would definitely recommend this foundation if your looking to try something new; let me know in the comments what you thought of this foundation! 

I know this looks dark for me on here but I do wear fake tan!

Next I decided to take a look on MAC as I have recently purchased a MAC x15 eyeshadow palette and I am going to gradually start filling it up! I do already have two mac eyeshadows in a x4 palette which are 'charcoal brown' and 'omega', both colours I use on my eyebrows with a MAC 266 angled brush. I also have 'wood winked' eyeshadow in an individual pot which I absolutely love, wood winked is definitely a favourite eyeshadow of mine as I think it compliments any skin tone and is perfect for either the day time or night time. 
The colours that I purchased this pay day were 'Naked Lunch' and 'Sable'. I wanted two colours that I could wear during the day that would work well together and had a slight shimmer. I was drawn to these two colours after watching the Tanya Burr-Demi Lovato look on YouTube and I instantly fell in love with the look and new that I had to have the colours. I am very happy that I got these two colours as they blend so well together and compliment each other so much, and I have now FINALLY started to fill my pallet and am excited to buy more colours. The MAC eyeshadows retail at £10 for the ones in the pans and I think they are so worth the money!

Naked Lunch on the right and Sable on the left.

I also picked up the MAC 217 blending brush as I have read amazing reviews on this brush and I am so glad I did. I have only learnt how to do eyeshadow through watching YouTube videos and think this brush is so easy to use for people who have no idea what they are doing. It fits directly into your crease and applies the shadow exactly where it needs to be. The brush retails at £18 which is quite expensive but it is definitely worth the money and I highly recommend this brush! I also have the MAC 239 eye shader brush for applying my base eyeshadow and think it is just as amazing and easy to use. I do think the MAC brushes are definitely the best types of brushes out there!

I was also happy to see that I had received a free sample from MAC which was the Zoom Fast Black Lash. This retails at £14, I have tried this and I do think it is okay, I don't love it  but I will give it a couple more tries to see what I really think. My favourite mascara is Maybelline Falsies Mascara Black Drama and I think it is going to take something really special to make my change my mind on that! 

Thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog and let me know in the comments below what MAC eyeshadows you would recommend me to buy for my palette! 


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Clinique 3-step

Before being recommended Clinique 3-step by a friend, I used the "simple" products! I can't knock those products because they worked really well on my skin and didn't aggravate it in anyway. However, using the 3 step has really made a difference to my skin and I always feel fresh after using the products and they don't break me out in spots at all! 

When I first tried the Clinique products I did find that my skin dried out a little because I wasn't used to the brand and finds that happens a lot with a skin care that I use; but when my skin finally gets used to the change it really started to make a difference! 

When I am taking my makeup off I first use the Clinique eye make-up remover which is just amazing and even removes waterproof mascara when I wear that! It is really oily so doesn't aggravate my skin in anyway and doesn't sting my eyes when I use it, seriously if you haven't tried this product yet I suggest you do because it completely removes your eye make-up and doesn't leave any redness to your eyes whatsoever!

I use this with cotton pads.

After this, I use the clinique face wash to get my facial makeup off and it removes it so well and lathers up into a really froffy soap and makes your skin feel so nice after using it! I always do this step twice so that after my makeup is removed, I feel like my face is actually getting a good wash on its own! This product also lasts a really long time because you only need a small amount, I get one 3-step pack every christmas!

After this step, I use the toner and it seriously is amazing, you can really feel it cleaning your face and my skin always feels so soft and fresh after using it! The only thing I would say about this toner is it is quite strong and when you first try it, you can kind of feel it burning your skin slightly (not in a painful way) but it really gets a deep clean, so just a warning to new clinique users! It definitely isn't hurting/damaging your skin in any way!

Then for the last step of the 3-step, I use the moisturiser! I find this moisturiser leaves my skin feeling really soft on a morning once the product has soaked in, and you only need the tiniest pump on your hand because this moisturiser really does go so far! I like that this product has a pump on the top of the bottle therefore shows you the right amount of moisturiser you should be using on your face!

Clinique take the day off cleanser

And finally the last product I want to talk about is the "Clinique take the day off" cleanser! I have watched a lot of video's on YouTube about this and about how it can remove eye makeup and face makeup all in one go so that you don't have to do loads of different steps! I am definitely going to purchase this cleanser to see what I think, I am guessing I will like it because I like all the other Clinique products, but I will do a final review on this product at some stage to let you all know what I think!

I got a little bag of mini Clinique goodies for christmas with a variety of different products in a sample to try and have to say I am loving them all, it's a really cute little bag that I can take the mini 3-step my boyfriends house so I'm not carrying the bigger bottles! This little bag could also be a good makeup bag or pencil case so I am loving this little extra that I got with my 3-step this time!

Inside the bag (iPhone photo)

Mini eye-maker remover
Mini face wash (step 1)
Mini Clarifying lotion (step 2)
Mini moisturiser (step 3)
Mini foundation 
Mini mascara
Mini eye correcting cream
Mini all about eyes 

The Clinique Bag (iPhone photo)

What are your favourite skin care products? Leave me a comment and let me know! 


MAC Ruby Woo

I have always wanted to try MAC Ruby Woo lipstick, I just love the colour of the red and think it is such a flattering colour on any skin type! 
I love how matte the colour is and how it literally stays on your lips all day and doesn't smudge. I find I always have a problem with lipsticks coming off on my lips especially when I'm eating or drinking and find when I reapply it, it gives a bitty texture to my lips and therefore makes my lipstick look awful! I never get this problem with MAC lipsticks which is why they are my favourite lipsticks to date!
I have been wearing a lot of vaseline on my lips recently because of the cold weather and this has really helped my lips be ready for lipsticks and has allowed them to go on a lot more freely!  

MAC lipsticks are around £15 so are quite expensive but I definitely feel that you get what you pay for with lipstick brands are MAC ones are always so pigmented and always have the best finish so I would definitely recommend RUBY WOO if you are looking for a new red to add to your lipstick collection!

Me in Ruby Woo

What's your favourite MAC lipstick? Leave me a comment and let me know!