Girl With Makeup

28.11.14

November Favourites



Despite being a little bit spendy in November I'll admit that my makeup and skincare picks were basically exactly the same as they were in October; same foundation (Bourjois Radiance Reveal), same blusher (Stila Gerbera), same cleanser (Oskia Renaissance), you get the gist. Through November I also managed to run out of said foundation and YSL Touche Eclat and Kheils Ultra Facial Cream. Empties post anyone? I do still have some new favourites including one new purchase and one very old rediscovery. 

First up: L'Oreal La Palette Nude in Rose. I'll keep this one brief as I'll be posting a review sometime soon but let's just say I've been reaching for it everyday. I've mostly been pairing the first shimmery champagne colour on the lid with the third matte dusky lilac in the crease; it's basically a duplicate eye look of the colours I use from Urban Decay Naked 3 only without such intense pigmentation. The packaging is so sleek and compact that it really makes me enjoy using it that much more, you know? Like I said, full review coming soon on this one.

I introduced the Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight Facial into my routine around a month ago now and together with the Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel my skin has been happy. I use the serum-oil (looks/feels like an oil but sinks in like a serum) about five times a week and it's an absolute pleasure to use on a night after cleansing. It feels so, so good massaging it in and everytime I really feel like I'm looking after my skin and doing it some good. It's not necessarily a product I'd repurchase just because it's so blummin' expensive but I'm very, very glad I have it and it's most definitely been a standout product this month.

You might not know this about me but I am obsessed with curling my eyelashes, like I do it a lot through the day. I have naturally very straight eyelashes and I really hate how they look; curling then makes me look about a million times more awake and generally a whole lot nicer. For the past few years I've been extremely loyal to my Shiseido curlers deeming them superior to the infamous Shu Uemuras (see a really old school comparison post here). But as much as I love them I've realised they're not really that durable and both pairs I've owned have bent/stopped curling my eyelashes after about a year/year and a half of use which is what happened this month. So I dug out my Shu's, put a Shiseido refill in and boom, instantly curled lashes. Shiseido's are definitely better for my eye shape and are just as great at curling but I've had my Shu's for years and they've never failed on me once.

Apologies for the big ole' paragraph about eyelash curlers, I just really love them ok! Admittedly there's not been a great deal to shout about this month but it's not bad thing, I guess it just shows I've been really loving and using the same products on loop.
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25.11.14

My Ultimate Charlotte Tilbury Wishlist


Charlotte Tilbury Wishlist
When things get hyped in the beauty world I always go one of two ways: either decide that I absolutely need the thing/things or go in the opposite direction and couldn't give so much as a passing interest. As it happens, when the Charlotte Tilbury collection first launched last year I was very much in the latter of the two camps. A year on, though, I've done a complete 180. I have never, ever lusted after makeup more than I have with Charlotte Tilbury. My problem is that my wishlist is pretty big, I want absolutely every single piece on it... and it adds up to £153. 

This contour and highlighter kickstarted the whole thing. I used it a few months ago when I did a brief vintage makeup course and it was love at first swipe. The quality is just there and that packaging... ugh. So 50s, so luxury. I don't contour my face but the colour is warm enough and also has a tiny bit of shimmer in there that means I could use it as a bronzer/all-round glow giver. Add some of that champagne highlight and bam, one beautiful, glowing complexion, or at least for £49 I should hope so. I know, the price makes me want to weep too.

Powder & Sculpt Brush £35.00
It's probably just the fact that this brush is by Charlotte Tilbury that makes me want it so much because gawd is it expensive. I only really have my Real Techniques Contour Brush that is a similar shape but I find the synthetic bristles a bit too tight and densely packed. Who knows, maybe with the brush and Bronze & Glow together I would do some subtle contouring, I mean if I was ever to have a proper go at it on myself I think it would be with these two. And if not it's still the perfect shape for highlighting and powdering, and we all love a multitasker.

Luxury Palette in The Vintage Vamp £38.00
I know everyone goes gaga for The Dolce Vita palette and I totally get it but for me those deep burgundy shades from The Vintage Vamp are just calling my name. Those colours! Again, I had the privilege of using a Charlotte Tilbury quad on my course and can confirm the shadows are ah-mazing. Pigmented, buttery soft and a seriously beautiful set of coordinated shades ready to use.

Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk £16.00
I really discovered the worth of lip liners when I first layered MAC Spice lip liner under MAC Peach Blossom lipstick and was met with more full and dimensional looking lips, it was a revelation. I'm still totally hooked on them and when I hear that Pillow Talk is the ultimate I listen up. It's a creamy, pinky nude that supposedly makes every lipstick applied over it that much better - we all know how much I love my nude lips and I'm envisioning it becoming a 'can't live without' accompaniment to all my favourites.

Makeup Bag £15.00
I have a real weakness for makeup bags and what better way to round things off than to store all the Charlotte Tilbury goodness in its own designated CT makeup bag. Like everything she produces it's a beautiful looking thing and like I said, me + pretty makeup bag = zero willpower. I have to have it.

I can't lie, I've been on the Charlotte Tilbury website more times than I care to count and each time add everything into my basket without ever checking out. With Christmas coming up I could ask for some things for presents but I think if I ever asked for the Filmstar Bronze & Glow my family would think I was legit crazy. One day you will be mine Charlotte Tilbury makeup, one day...
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21.11.14

Beauty Brushes I Can't Live Without

mac 217, sephora mineral powder brush
Ahh, brushes. OK so they may not be as exciting as talking about a lipstick or blusher but without the tools to apply said makeup where would we be? I know I genuinely feel a sense of panic when I misplace my favourites even for a day and those ones I use everyday without fail? I think that just shows how well loved (and good quality) they are. Let's hand it to the hardworking failsafes that just don't get the limelight they rightly deserve:

My eye makeup was transformed the day that this came into my life. Seriously, I bought it back in the beginning of 2010 and before then I was applying my eyeshadow with the cheap sponges on sticks that you get and god knows what else I could get my hands on. I know, it makes me cringe too. In the same order I bought MAC Twinks and the two together was a revelation. My eye makeup went from two black rings to an actual blended, legit smokey eye. When they say this does all the work for you they're really not lying. There may be dupes out there but I've tried a couple and the original is still the best. It's probably the best investment I've ever made makeup-wise.

I'm a big fan of concealer, I use liquid and solid daily and for the latter there's no better brush for pinpoint concealing than the Real Techniques Detailer. It's small but not too small and the perfect size for getting the concealer exactly where you need it and nowhere else - the clue is in the name really. It's also perfect for running concealer under the eyebrows to get that really clean, defined look that I love. 

I, too, was once a Real Techniques Buffing Brush obsessive. That is until I bought the Sephora Mineral Powder Brush - and since then the RT hasn't had so much as a look in. Why is it better? I actually used the Buffing Brush today for the first time in about half a year just to remind myself of the difference between the two. The Sephora's bristles are a lot more densely packed which I find gives a more fuller coverage and more flawless result - the Buffing Brush sheers out the product a lot more and seems to 'eat' it up really quickly. It's difficult to explain exactly why it's better without trying it out for yourself, you'll just have to trust me on this one.

HD Brows Brush
The best eyebrow brush I've ever used. It was a bit of an accidental discovery as I got it in a Glossybox with a HD Brows palette, ended up selling the palette and keeping the brush. I like my eyebrows defined and neat and this is the only brush I've ever come across that is thin but sturdy enough to get the job done perfectly. I'm not sure you can even buy it anywhere but this might be the full-size version... but it also might not be. I don't know, all I know it that it's amazing, I actually lost it for a few days recently and during that time my eyebrows struggled.

I've probably had this brush as long as the 217 if not longer and am in desperate need of a replacement. It's just the most perfect brush for applying cream blush; the bristles are so light and they distribute and blend the product with such ease. You need not be scared of cream blush with this on hand. Yes it's so old that it now sheds on me and the black dye runs into the white bristles when I wash it but I just can't give it up, I did buy the Real Techniques Stippling Brush as a hopeful replacement but it comes nowhere close. I know there's dupes out there and that I should really buy a new one but it still does the job and I love it dearly.

Five makeup brushes that I just couldn't live without: three face, one eyebrow and one eye. Well, I could live without them, obviously, and I do have standbys but for me these are the best of the best and when I don't use them my makeup isn't happy. I'm seriously coveting the Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush right now - it looks like highlighting and contouring perfection and I need it.
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18.11.14

Latest Beauty Buys

L'Oreal, Urban Decay Naked Basics,  Essie, Bourjois

I've mentioned before how I can go weeks without buying any makeup/skincare/what have you and them bam all at once I'm gorging on it like there's no tomorrow. I thought I'd show you some of my recent buys and I hope you're excited as I am about the inclusion of that L'Oreal eyeshadow palette.

Naturally most if it came from probably my favourite beauty haunt, Boots, and with the 3 for 2 got one thing I've been desperate for and one thing I've been really, really desperate for. Yep, the L'Oreal La Palette Nude is mine. At £14.99 it's far from cheap for a highstreet brand but I'm just over the moon that a more accessible brand has finally brought out a really sleek, nude eyeshadow palette full of wearable colours. The palette is called Rose and it's laden with more pinkish, purpleish tones which leads me to believe (hope) that they'll be bringing out different varieties in the future. Isn't it a thing of beauty? I've used the first and third shadows so far and the shade range is very reminiscent of Urban Decay Naked 3 - without being a total dupe, hate that. On first swatch the shades aren't mega pigmented in the way that the Naked palettes are but I need to give them all a good go before I come to any conclusions. I'll definitely be doing a review so watch this space.

The other thing I really wanted (but not nearly as much as the L'Oreal palette) was the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder. After a long time of not touching the stuff I'm back into using powder daily and Healthy Balance has been getting a lot of praise. I got the lightest shade on offer in the Boots I was at - 52 Vanilla - although if 51 was available I would have went for that. I love that the packaging is so compact and has a really good, big mirror in the lid - always a plus.

For my freebie and after a lot of deliberation at the stand I decided on an Essie nail polish in the shade Merino Cool. I'm a fan of the 'greige' category and this one is a very lilac-grey colour or a 'sensuous autumn mulberry' - whatever you say, Essie. I can't wait to paint my nails with this, I have nothing similar to it and it's makes a nice change to the usual autumn nail polish colours.

Lastly we have, yep, another eyeshadow palette. I was never sold on the whole Naked Basics thing but when the new Naked Basics 2 was going on Cohorted for £15.40 I went for it. It's more cool-toned than the original which for me is only ever a good thing, plus I've been almost exclusively wearing matte shades lately and so to have a small, compact palette full of them is very handy indeed.

Not a bad lot, huh? I'll share my thoughts properly once I've actually used them all and can form an opinion. What I do already know though is that L'Oreal palette? Love.
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14.11.14

The Yearly Lush Haul


Lush Christmas Collection
Are you bored of Lush hauls yet? Nope, me neither. You see it happens like clockwork. Most of the year I don't give so much as a passing interest in Lush but roll around October time when the Christmas stuff gets released, when the weather gets colder and when I crave baths round the clock and all of a sudden I need Lush. This year I went maybe a tad overboard and bought seven things but a girl simply can't have too many Lush baths, that's what I'm sayin'.

Bubble Bars
Everyone goes nuts over the Magic Wand and the Snow Fairy scent and I was a bit hesitant to buy it because I really dislike anything that smells overly sweet but I can easily handle this - it smells like strawberry bubblegum and I can totally get on board with that. Plus it has a bell on it, it actually jingles! I've used this once and oh my goodness if you want pretty bathwater (who knew that was a thing) get this, it turns the water an amazing soft pink colour and makes lots of bubbles. I imagine it'll last for plenty of baths as well as I've barely made a dent in it. I'll admit that I get the hype on this one now.

I'd already used half of this before I took the photo #bloggerproblems. It lasted me a good three baths and I thought Candy Mountain was my favourite bubble bar but that was before I tried Magic Wand - Candy Mountain is basically like a less intense smelling version and doesn't turn the water quite so pink.

Bath Bombs
Apparently this year they made Father Christmas using the Snow Fairy scent but I didn't make the comparison, I just thought it smelled delicious. If you want a more 'exciting' bath bomb this is fab, it  fizzes away and turns the bath water from pink to a darkish green which looks a lot nicer than it sounds. Loved it.

This one smells like apples, and I love apples. It has orange flower absolute, bergamot oil, rose absolute and neroli oil. It's one of the few I haven't used yet but from what I've read the white outer fizzes away to a rosy centre that turns the water pink. Using Magic Wand has made me realise I'm a fan of pink water so I'm excited for this.

Not particularly being a fan of spicy or cinnamony scents I wasn't sure I'd like this but I've found that the scents aren't nearly as overwhelming as you expect once you use them. This one turned the water a bit... visually unappealing. Put it this way, yellow bath water with random brown bits. Yeah, I'll leave that to your imagination. It's not bad but not a favourite.

Bath Melts
I used The Melting Snowman year and loved it for how soft and moisturised it left my skin. The second ingredient is icing sugar, I mean come on. There's also cinnamon in there, shea butter, cocoa butter and sweet orange oil to name just a few ingredients. I haven't used it yet simply because I'm saving it - best til last and all that.

Not gonna lie, I'm a little bit scared to use this because it is glittery and I don't have a bath to come out of it looking like a disco ball. I was very hesitant to buy it but then I thought when else can you have a glittery bath if not at Christmas? It smells like marzipan, has cocoa butter and all that good stuff and, well, I guess I'll just have to report back on this one. Fingers crossed.

I swear, there's nothing like having a whole load of Lush stuff to make you want a bath near enough constantly. I'm restricting myself to two a week and my stocks are already rapidly depleting and I just know I'll find myself restocking. The Lush bug is an expensive habit.
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