Friday, 27 September 2013

Holiday Lipsticks

Love holidays, HATE being estranged from my make up.... Especially my lipsticks. I mean, they're like children, how do you pick your favourites? My target was five, but I ended up with 8. 8 days, 7 lipsticks, that's ok, right? 

RiRi Woo. Ain't going no where without you, you never know when you need to unleash some bad gal! I don't normally wear  red on holiday but this goes with everything. Full review here.

Sleek OMG. It's a seriously bright orangey/red and screams señorita. Swatches here.

MAC Impassioned. This one always comes with me. Holiday, sun tans, it just works. Loud, bright but very chic. Full review here.

MAC Costa Chic. Come on, this one screams holiday. Looks gorgeous with a tan too.

YSL Rouge Volupté Lipstick Peach Passion. Too pretty not to take, enough said. Swatches here.

Wet n Wild Think Pink. Gorgeous pale, baby doll pink with a creamy matte finish. Goes lovely with a smoky eye.

MAC Hue. Yes it's very similar to Creme d'nude but less nude. A bit more wearable if you don't want the full lip wash out.

MAC Creme d'nude. My fail sake, if in doubt, whip it out.

That ought to do it. Which lipsticks can you not travel without? 

Monday, 23 September 2013

What's on my Face: Christening Style

Christening makeup is a tricky one. You want to look "done", but not caked in make up. For this look I want extra, EXTRA glowy skin, gold eyes and nude lips. I took inspiration from this gorgeous picture I found on Pinterest (if you're on there, follow me Beautyandlechic)

And this is what I used....

For the base I mixed MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Foundation,  which is very dewy, with a little Benefit High Beam for a very glowy base. For some colour and definition I worked in Bourjois Bronzing Primer with my trusted MAC 130 brush around the outer edges of my face and along the contours of the cheeks. Next I dabbed some more High Beam on the very high points of the cheek bones and to the centre of the forehead  - I said extra glowy, right!

For the eyes I reached for my trusted Urban Decay Naked Palette mixing half baked and smog for a bronzey gold shade. I also mixed some half baked along the lower lash line to add a little sparkle. I traced the top and bottom lash lines with Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Perversion and finished with a quick brush of L'Oreal Million Lashes Excess in black.

Lips, really simple, just a swipe of MAC Creme d'nude. I filled my lashes with the HD Brow Palette and added a little more highlight with the beautiful MAC Skinfinish Powder Soft & Gentle. I was going to go blush-less, but at the last minute I caved and added a dab of Milani Luminoso Blush. Make up fit for the occasion and not too OTT for daylight.


Friday, 20 September 2013

The Favourite Five: Makeup Brushes

Makeup brushes can be as important as the products themselves and something I enjoy quite the love affair with. But you don’t need a big stash to get by. These are my favourite five – most used, most loved brushes.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush £11.99 here
Let’s face it Real Techniques brushes are brilliant, period! But this is my personal fave. My go-to for cream brush. It’s firm and very directional. It picks up the right amount of product and blends it like a dream. Can also be used for foundation and other cream products, but I dedicate it to cream blush.
MAC 217 Blending Brush £18 here
This isn’t a brush, it’s a magic wand. An extension of my right hand since I got it. It’s  a real do it all brush, in fact my other eye brushes have hardly had a look in since this one came on the scene. Application, shading, blending – it does it all. The bristles are really soft and it’s just the right size to cup my lid and fill the crease perfectly.
Autograph Angled Blush Brush £7.50 here
This brush has the softest synthetic hair I’ve ever encountered. It’s actually softer than the MAC Kabuki Brush – I kid you not. Don’t be fooled by the “blush” tag. The flat, angled head makes it the perfect contour/bronzing brush. It’s a treat to sweep around the face and really good for adding some chiselled cheek bones. 
MAC 130 Short Duo Fibre Brush £30 here 
You need this in your arsenal. It’s my best companion for cream products – foundation, concealer, cream highlighter.  It’s a short, round, dual fibre brush with a flat head composed of both natural bristles and synthetic fibres. Because it’s small and fairly short it gives you great control and navigates the small areas with ease – under the eye, around the nose etc. My favourite use is under eye concealer – helps airbrush away those bags like magic.
MAC 266 Small Angle Brush £16.50 here 
I begrudgingly bought this brush in a panic after I lost my HD Brow brush. Fortunately it’s the perfect tool for filling eyebrows. It’s angled, small and very firm. Gets in the gaps easily and helps to extend the arch. Also great for eyeliner! Allows you get to get right into the lash line and create a very neat, precise line. 
Which brushes do you love most?

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Am I the only person in the World NOT wowed by Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution?

Arguably the Rolls Royce of micellar cleansers, it’s a favourite of makeup artists the world over because the no-rinse, soap-free, pH-balanced formula removes even waterproof makeup without irritating skin. So, am I the only person in the World that hasn’t been wowed by Bioderma Micellar Cleanser?
What are Micellar Cleansers? In case you’ve missed/ignored the hype...  Dubbed the next big thing in cleansing, they look like water and remove make-up with one simple swipe. Containing micelles (liquid 'crystals' that trap small quantities of oil) and a lot of water (among other things).
Biorderma’s Sensibio H2O has serious cult status in France. Now I’m not saying I don’t like it, but given the hype and the lengths I went to get my hands on it, it hasn’t lived up to the expectations. As with all these “waters” you soak a cotton pad with the cleanser and wipe across your face. It’s far more effective than using a baby wipe and it feels like you’re giving your face a good wet wash. It’s gentle and not at all irritating. BUT with I don’t feel its make up removal powers are super effective. It takes a good 4-5 saturated cotton wool pads to take it all away and it definitely doesn’t shift mascara. The other down side, it leaves my skin slightly dry and tight.
On the plus side it’s a real saviour when you’re feeling too lazy to take your makeup off properly, it’s handy to keep on the dresser when your makeup goes wrong or you want to remove the smokey eye fall out and it’s a good as a pre-cleanser cleanser. I find I can take the “thick” off with this, and then follow up with a creamy cleanser like the No7 Clense & Protect. But it’s not the complete makeup removal/cleanser package I was hoping for. I actually prefer Sephora’s version read my review here.
What do you think of Biorderma? Is it a yah or nay? Tell me I'm not the only one on the fence! And have you tried any other Micellar Waters?
Available in the UK From Escentual £4.50/100ml and £9.99/250ml here

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Barry M Gelly Nails in Lychee and Passion Fruit

New nail polish, it's been a while. I made a pact, no more new polishes until I'd caught up on the backlog - a promise worth breaking for these two gems. Barry M Gelly Nail Effects...

Lychee - Nude nails I can normally take or leave, but there's something special about this one. A beige/putty colour doesn't do it justice. It's very chic with a creme yet glossy finish. Opaque, well pigmented and easy to apply. Both polishes tended to be a little on the thick side, just keep shaking the bottle so it doesn't go glupey. Two coats was all I needed. 

Passionberry - a wonderfully eye catching orangey red - think tomato soup but better with an ultra glossy, shiny finish. Again it's very opaque and two coats was fine, although three would have been better. 

Gel? A lot of polishes claim to be gel-like and this one actually is. The professional glossy finish is very gel like and they're thicker than your average polish. Of course wear time has nothing on an actual gel manicure - I got 3-4 days, but as that price, it's more than I expect. Kudos to Barry for creating a gel like polish for under a fiver! 

Barry M Gelly Effects Nail Polishes £3.99 at asos here and Boots here - currently buy one get one half price.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Saturday night makeup – Gold Bronzey Eyes and Nude Lips

This look was all about the eyes! I took some inspiration from a picture in the H&M magazine. Rather than my usual grey/black smokey eye I created one that was more golden with strong eye liner.  Here’s how... 
For the eyes:
Step 1 – Primer of course. Really important if you want to eye to last all night and prevent the greasy creases. I used Urban Decay Potion but any will do.
Step 2 – A wash of MAC soba all over the lids with my trusted MAC 217 brush, up to and a little past the crease. It’s a warm shade with a light golden shimmer so provides the ideal base for a golden/bronzey eye. Full review here.
Step 3 – Time to bring out the Naked palette. Using a smaller shadow brush I applied smog to the outer half of the lids to add some definition and depth. Followed by a dab of half baked to the centre of the lid. It’s a shimmer gold that catches the light and really brightens the eye.
Step 4 – Time to line. I lined the eyes, top and bottom, with Bourjois brun pencil before smudging and blending out. Then I tight lined the inner and outer lids and water lines with Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Perversion. This pencil is brilliant. Glides on creamy and doesn't budge.

Step 5 – Mascara of course. Benefit They’re Real and lashings of it.

The base:
After I wiped away the fall out from the smokey eye (with bioderma and a cotton pad) I used Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation NC30. I covered my eye bags with MAC Prep & Prime Highlighter in Light boost and dabbed a little bit of MAC Blot Powder around the T zone. I swept my trusted Guerlain Four Seasons Bronzing powder around the forehead, temples and cheek bones, dabbed a little Benefit Sun Beam on the high points of my cheek bones and finished the look with a pop of cream blush in the form of Stila Camellia. I wanted to keep the base fairly bronzy and neutral.
I lined and filled in my lips with MAC lip liner in nude followed by Freckletone lipstick. The liner helps the lipstick stay on longer and Freckletone is a great nude that doesn't look like concealer... (porno lips are out!) full review here.
A spritz of MAC Fix+ to finish and voile – Saturday night make up at your service!


Tuesday, 10 September 2013

The Union Jack one – Glossybox September 2013

I’m not going to lie, I let out a little squeal when I spotted this box. It’s cute, no? Paying homage to London Fashion Week, this month's box is, of course, the London Edition:

Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips – 3ml sample worth £2.30
I’m definitely intrigued by this one, it has quite the cult following. This is a 100% natural S.O.S. multipurpose balm for lips, dry, sensitive skin, eczema, dry cuticles, burns and abrasions, sore nipples and even baby's bottoms! Basically it has a million uses. Reminds me a little of my beloved 8 hour cream, but thicker and stiffer. Full size 15ml £11.50 Spake.NK here 
Eyelure Pre-glued Ready to wear lashes – Full Size £5.29
I don’t use false lashes. My own are pretty decent plus I’m rubbish at applying them so these could come in handy for me. Quite looking forward to trying them. Available at Boots here 
Toni & Guy HairMeetWardrobe Classic Shine & Gloss Serum – full size (30ml) – £7.19
Shine gloss serum. Controls frizz with lightweight shine and alignment. I’m pretty bummed about this one. I don’t have frizzy hair and shine serums tend to flatten my already pretty flat hair. I’ve updated my glossybox customer profile to reflect this so many times. Send me Mousse, thickening sprays, hair sprays, whatever. BUT serums, intense moisture masks and shine sprays, no thank you! Sorry, rant over. Available at Boots here.
Be a Bombshell Onyx Eye Liner – $14 / £8.92
Long-lasting and highly pigmented, Be a Bombshell eye liner can be used to create everything from a sexy cat eye look to a daytime flirty look. The marker-like tip is easy to use and goes on smoothly with no smudges, feathering, or running.
Elizabeth Arden Untold – 5ml sampe worth £4.80
Generally perfume samples don’t excite me, but this one smells nice and it’s a good size. Good for handbags and travelling.
Love the box, love the packaging. Happy with Nipple Balm and lashes, not so happy with hair serum and eyeliner – Glossybox, why do you keep sending me eyeliners? No more, PLEASE! Let me know what you think of your box this month? Find out how to subscribe to Glossybox here.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Beauty Blog Sale - MAC, OPI, Bobbi Brown and more....

As you can imagine I’ve got more makeup than I could use in two life times and I need to downsize.  Some products are new, some have been swatched for blogging purpose and some have been used just a few times. Please look on Beauty and le chic or Google for swatches before purchasing.

Important information

Paypal and U.K only (sorry but international postage is too expensive, plus the whole “liquids” thing is a nightmare)

Postage & packaging is £2.50 plus 50p for each additional item.

Please comment below with the items you would like and your Paypal email address. I will then total it up and invoice you.

If payment isn't completed within 24 hours the transaction will be cancelled and the next person in line will be contacted. I will strike through the items that have sold.

RiRi Heart MAC Hibiscus Kiss Bronzer/Blush Duo RRP £20 Limited Edition  – Used 3 times Selling for £17
I know what you’re thinking, am I mad selling this? It is gorgeous but I’ve only used it a few times since I got it and I don’t want it to sit there collecting dust.

MAC Lipstick Naughty Saute Limited Edition Cremesheen RRP £15 – Used twice £8

Bourjois Healthy Mix Gel Foundation with Serum Shade 55 Beige Fonce RRP £10.99 – 7/8th full £5

MAC Lip pencil In Sync RRP £12 – used once and sharpened £6
Helen E Eyeliner with smudge Black RRP £8 – Brand New unused £2

Bobbi Brown Lipstick Bikini Pink RRP £19 – used twice £7

OPI Full size RRP £11.50 Metallic for Life (from Nicki Minaj Collection) and My Address is Hollywood both used once £4 each

17 Sulk Unused £1, Avon Aqua Fantasy used once £1, Me Me Me Tenacious Unused £2, Nails Inc Eagle Street Full Size Used once £2.50, My Face Lil Bling Morocco 15ml unused £2 

OPI Katy Perry Collection Minis RRP 12.75 – Used couple times £4 for the set

OPI Texas Mini Lil Shooters I vant to be a-lone star and Do you think I’m Texy Used once £2 for the pair

Maybelline Dream Nude Airfoam 021 Nude Unused £1.99

Jelly Pong Pong Irish Cream Pavlova Lip Frosting RRP £10 15ml full size swatched once selling for  £2

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Extra Mild 30ml £3

Yves Rocha Hydra Vegetal Instant Anti Wrinkle Moisturiser 30ml RRP £18.50 ¾ Full £3

John Frieda Fine to Full Blow Out Spray RRP £6.99 Used once £2

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

I Heart NYX Rouge Cream Blush

So here’s what you need to know. MAC blushcremes (not to be confused with Cremeblends) were, in my humble opinion, the best cream blushes in the World (review here) and since they were sadly discontinued I’ve searched high and low for a replacement. The best I've found are Stila’s convertible colors, however there’s a new contender...

Some of my lovely readers recommended NYX (thanks girls) unfortunately in the UK it’s only available online – and I’m a swatch first buy later kinda gal so that’s why I procrastinated.
Natural  A creamy, natural light pink with a tiny hint of peach (the closest colour to MAC Blushcreme Ladyblush)

Glow A bright pink that gives cheeks a natural pop of colour. It's fairly sheer, but buildible.

Tickled A gorgeous peachy/corally/pink with a gold shimmer running through it.

First of all they look just like the MAC ones. The packaging is almost identical and they’re available in lots of pretty and bright shades.
Texture & Pigmentation – tacky and creamy, just how I like it. I’m not really into the cream to powder types. I like them to go on creamy and stay creamy. Sadly they’re not as creamy as Blushcremes and depending on the shade they’re fairly sheer but certainly builible. The colour pops on and blends easily, leaving a soft dewy glow.
Application – finger application works fine, but if you want a flawless finish, go with a brush. Stippling brushes work fine, but my go to for cream application is Real Techniques Expert Face.
Longevity – I wear them for work and they easy see me through a 8-9 hour day. Tip – dab a little face powder or pop a little powder blush on top and it will stay put even longer.
Value - £5.50 + postage, what do you think? Far cheaper than MAC and Stila, I just wish they sold in store this side of the pond.
Fantastic and affordable cream blushers, one of  the best on the market. They give a natural, dewy glow that lasts all day. Available in 12 colours £5.50 here. I want more already!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Beauty Giveaway: NUXE Travel Kit

Fancy a sleek five piece set of Nuxe must haves to be chic and glow everywhere you go? Enter my giveaway and it could be yours. Whether you're going away or not, you'll love this skincare selection which includes cult favourite Huile Prodigieuse® Multi-Usage Dry Oil and a really cute cosmetic bag.

Nuxe The Essentials Travel Kit Contains;

Micellar Cleansing Water 35ml - a light and fragrant floral water with plant-derived (Coconut) micellar surfactants that leaves skin cleansed and softened in a single step.
Nuxellence Jeunesse 15ml - an anti-ageing fluid to recharge your skin to reveal the it’s youth and radiance.
Huile Prodigieuse® Multi-Usage Dry Oil 10ml - a subtly fragranced dry oil with a unique super activated formula combining 30% Precious Plant Oils and Vitamin E to nourish, repair and soften the skin and hair.
Reve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream 15ml - a repairing and non-greasy cream that wraps damaged and sensitive hands with softness.
Body Fondant Shower Gel 30ml - a soap-free foaming body wash which cleanses the body without drying the skin. It leaves the skin clean, supple and soft.
Shop Nuxe and find out more here.
It's easy to enter, all you have to do is follow me via Google Friends Connect (links on the right) or Twitter. New and existing followers welcome. Just leave a comment at the bottom of this post "enter me etc" you know the drill and don't forget to include your GFC/twitter handle.

Thanks for following me and good luck!

The boring stuff... One entry per person, UK only, closing date Sunday 8th September 23:59 gmt. Winner will be chosen randomly by and notified by 13th Septmeber. 
UPDATE: 09 September 2013 Winner Reveal has chosen entry number 3, PickandMix. Congratulations, I'll contact you seperately for your details. Thank to everyone that entered and please come back for more giveaways! 
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