Monthly Archives: June 2014

FOTD: Daytime Orange Lips

19 June 2014

daytime orange lipGoing to have to keep this short as I need to go wax my ‘tache but today signalled the first daytime bright lip of the season so I felt it deserved a post. Keep a’scrollin’ to see what products I used.

COMPLEXION
Benefit The Big Easy Deep Beige (review here)
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 25
Sleek Face Form Contour Kit Medium
Accessorize Merged Baked Blusher Scandal (review here)

EYES
Maybelline Gel Liner Black
Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Eyeliner Nude
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara Black
GOSH Boombastic Mascara Black

EYEBROWS
Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil Black/Brown

LIPS
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Audacious

Nude Pink Lipsticks for Darker Skin

18 June 2014

nude pinks for darker skin 3.jpg Aside from wiping out global hunger, my goal in life is to find the perfect pinky-nude for my skin. As most ‘women of colour’ will know, most nudes are geared towards fair skin and what might look like the ideal lipstick to start a lusty love affair with, usually looks completely wrong once on. I feel like I’m still searching for The One but I do have a few in my cosmetics cornucopia that I feel work with my skintone. The ones I’ve picked would probably work with most skintones but if you’re around the same as me (NC42) these would work as good nude-pinks.nude pink lipsticks for darker skinnude pink lipsticks for darker skin pink nudes for darker skin 3.jpg

MAC Matte Lipstick Mehr

I wear this one the most because I can put it on with my eyes closed and it still looks acceptable. It’s purple-based so balances my yellow tones well and has just the right amount of pink. Opaque and creamy and a joy to wear.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm Elusive

Another matte but a bit more pink than Mehr and not as easy to pull off but I like it all the same. Unlike Mehr, I don’t like to pile this on otherwise it just looks wrong with my colour. This one is definitely one for dabbing on or mixing with other colours. Nice formula but prone to patchiness.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Pink in the Afternoon

If you want a particular lipstick colour or texture, Revlon is the brazen harlot of the drugstore and will almost always have something to tickle your fancy. This one is the only non-matte of the bunch and definitely more peachy than the others. Pretty non-offensive and universal, so would look good on everyone.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Patina

(Review here) A brown-toned nude pink that is most true to my lip colour. It’s the most matte and opaque of the bunch, meaning you can over-draw your lip line realistically if your heart so desires the lip-job look. So smooth it’s very messy to use and needs a lip brush and intense exfoliation beforehand but once it’s on, it’s not going anywhere till kingdom come.

If anyone has any other suggestions do let me know, I have a feeling I won’t stop buying nude lipsticks until Kim Kardashian decides to stop injecting her butt with silicone-based filler.

Morning Makeup Time Savers

17 June 2014

makeup time saversDespite my mammoth 10-hour sleeps of recent times, I really struggle to drag myself out of my pit in the mornings but today was on a whole new level. I had exactly seven minutes to do my face and I was forced to cut corners, however my face ended up looking much the same as when I spend half an hour doing it…what gives? To celebrate this merry achievement, I’m giving you the tips you need to get your face on in record time.

BASE
Forget the creamy moisturiser, primer and foundation, and put down the trowel, little one. The key to time saving is to use products that serve more than one function. Nivea Daily Essentials Hydration Primer (review here) is a moisturiser and primer in one and dries quicker than Kerry Katona’s bank account. Next, you want to use a tinted moisturiser or BB cream with SPF as your base. I’ve been reaching for Benefit The Big Easy (review here) as it’s got sun protection, it blends in easily and quickly with fingers and the liquid-to-powder formula means I can skip the powder, shaving vital seconds off the morning routine. To hide dark circles quickly, I use a creamy concealer a couple of shades lighter than my skin tone and bring it down towards my cheekbones to highlight my face at the same time. If I’ve got time I’ll quickly swirl on some bronzer but on mornings like today, quite frankly I have better things to do.

BROWS
Not compulsory for everyone but for me they’re a must. I feel they require most attention to detail so after I’ve done my base I always do my eyebrows to save time later on. I also feel better about myself when they’ve been filled in, fuelling me to go on with the rest of my face. There’s no time for eyeshadow and an angled brush so it’s pencil or pen at this stage. When I’m rushed I can make do with the felt tip on the Soap & Glory Archery eyebrow pen which is subtle enough to not make any mistakes too noticeable.

EYES
Let’s face it, you won’t be able to recreate your finest Kim Kardashian smoky eye but you can make yourself look a bit more done. Don’t even think about doing any crease work, you will 100% mess up in your rushed state and will simply waste time. Multi-dimensional, neutral eyeshadows are your friend here – they give the illusion of a contoured eye when all you’ve done is rubbed on a bit of product. Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze blended onto eyelids with your fingers is optimum in these situations and the gel formula and muted colour means it’s simply impossible to go wrong. A bit of mascara and you’re done with the eyes!

LIPS
All you need here is a neutral pink gloss – do not try and perfect a matte lip at this stage, it’ll only end in tears and stains. Surprisingly, I’ve been loving MUA Sheer Finish Lipgloss in Happy Days (review here) which adds shine, volume and just a hint of colour.

There you have it, this should take you between five and ten minutes, unless you attempt too much and it all goes horribly wrong. Do let me know if you have any more tips that will enable me to have another few minutes in my snuggly duvet-cave!

Review: MUA Sheer Finish Lipgloss Happy Days

16 June 2014

mua lipgloss happy daysDespite being a matte girl at heart, the recent glorious weather and reduced wind speed have made lipgloss-wearing conditions a lot more favourable. I woke up one morning and decided I need a pale pink, pornstar worthy glossy lipgloss so off to Superdrug I trotted. After much rummaging, I found MUA Sheer Finish Lipgloss in Happy Days which appeared to be exactly what I was looking for. And at a heart attack-inducing £1 I simply had to try it.mua lipgloss happy daysThe lipgloss comes in a squeezy tube (no fancy applicator here) which is never going to give you precise application but for a neutral gloss I feel this doesn’t matter. The colour ‘Happy Days’ is a pale pink with a peachy undertone and looks quite opaque in the tube. However, once on the lips, it’s more translucent, giving the tiniest hint of colour but huge levels of glossiness. I like to go over my upper lip slightly to make it look bigger, and I really do think it makes my lips look super full.mua sheer finish lipgloss  happy daysAt just £1 I fully expected this gloss to be gloopy and sticky, but it’s not! If you’re familiar with Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker lipglosses, you’ll know what sticky means. It’s smooth, moisturising and comfortable to wear. It beautifully fills in the fine lines in my lips as you can see from the close-up, giving a great plumpy effect. Wear time is standard for a gloss, so quite short but it’s pretty fuss-free to reapply.mua lipgloss happy daysAll in all, I am loving this gloss, both on its own or over a pink or nude lipstick (the first photo shows me wearing it alone on the left and over Revlon Pink Pout (review here) on the left).

MUA Sheer Finish Lipgloss is available in 7 shades and costs £1 from Superdrug.

NOTD: Pastel Polka Dots

11 June 2014

pastel polka dot nail art.Just a quick one today because I’ve been summoned to iron questionable images onto t-shirts for a stag party Mr TBL is organising because apparently I ‘can do it better’. God help me.pastel polka dot nail art3pastel polka dot nail art2Anyway after I mentioned Rimmel Salon Pro nail varnish in Aqua Cool in my 5 Beauty Favourites Under £5 post, I had a hankering to use it again. I was in a nail art mood but wanted something a little less garish than the neon leopard print that sprung to mind. Polka dots seemed to fit the bill so I stuck to a pastel theme and dug out some white nail polish. I used one from Natural Collection (think it’s the nail tip whitener) along with an unbent kirby grip to dot on the spots. Simples really, any fool could do it, although the spots on my right hand were a little more haphazard. pastel polka dot nail art.

5 Beauty Favourites Under £5

5 June 2014

5 beauty products under £5I love a high-end beauty product as much as the next fool, but it would be senseless to overlook the saucily packed shelves of Boots and Superdrug. Although there are countless drugstore products I adore with all my beating heart, I thought I’d pick 5 under £5 for anyone whose bank balance is looking especially scanty. I’ve tried to choose products that aren’t often raved about (Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, I’m looking at you), in the hope you’ll discover something new.

Maybelline Master Drama Cream Khol Eyeliner Black, £4.49

This is my go-to black eyeliner I use in my waterline or to tight-line every single day. Occasionally I’ll use this to line my upper lid but it does have a cheeky habit of transferring if it’s not blended enough. I’ve always got one of these on the go and no longer feel the need to continuously and irresponsibly splash out on Urban Decay 24/7. Super black, creamy and long lasting – but keep the lid on it as it dries out quicker than Kim Kardashian’s marriages.

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Polish Aqua Cool, £4.49
My favourite thing about these nail polishes is the jumbo brush that fits perfectly against the nail bed, meaning you get a neat finish every time, no matter how cack-handed you are. The formula is on-point too and this grey-blue shade offers a classier take on summer pastels. It looks especially spectacular with silver jewellery.

Collection Blush & Highlight Strawberries & Cream, £4.19

One of my all-time favourite products is the humble Blush & Highlight. The cream blusher is subtle and the cream highlighter gives enough shine without being overly shimmery. Plus, the whole thing is tiny so perfect for my makeup bag which is fit to burst at any moment, much like my gut after I’ve gorged myself on delicious tiger loaf.

Boots Natural Collection Solo Eyeshadow Crushed Walnut, £1.79

The Natural Collection stand in Boots is forever devoid of any life which I passionately believe is undeserved. They’ve got some smashing products at, quite frankly, mad prices. Crushed Walnut is easily overlooked but it is quite the genius in disguise. They grey-toned matte brown shade makes it PERFECT for contouring (it’s extremely similar to the Kevyn Aucoin sculpting powder when it’s on) and it’s also ideal for filling in eyebrows. And er, it’s an eyeshadow too! The best £1.79 I’ve ever spent.

MUA Sheer Finish Lipgloss Happy Days, £1.00

Full review here. The level of gloss this offers makes me feel like quite the brazen wench. AND LOOK AT THAT PRICE. Who knew lipgloss was cheaper than literal chips? It’s much less sticky than you’d expect a £1 lipgloss to be and gives a subtle wash of colour that looks mightily glam on its own or over lipstick. The shimmer is undetectable but adds to the full-on gloss factor – I feel a bit like Jordan when I have this on, so maybe pass if you’re a shy and retiring type.

Review: Benefit The Big Easy

4 June 2014

benefit big easy reviewI promised myself I wouldn’t buy any more ‘big’ beauty products this month but I was in Duty Free in Heathrow last week and out of sheer boredom came away with, you could say, the biggest of them all: The Big Easy by Benefit.

I’d read more reviews than Kerry Katona has had cheating husbands and came to the conclusion that The Big Easy is best suited to oily gals and not skin that resembles Grade 40 sandpaper like mine. However I was feeling loose with my worryingly limited funds and like a scarlet woman I handed over my card.benefit big easy review

Benefit The Big Easy is described as being a light to medium natural coverage complexion perfector. It claims to balance moisture and control oil, melting into the skin and giving a powder finish. It has lovely skincare properties too like a generous SPF of 35 and abilities to soothe the skin and fight free radicals. All in all, sounds like quite the wonder product, non?

As you probably know by now, my skin is on the dry, rough side and I don’t really suffer from oiliness except on my hooter which acts as some kind of beacon so understandably, I was concerned The Big Easy would be hell on earth (or face) despite the rave reviews of other beauty fiends, but as usual I was proved wrong.benefit big easy review
The product comes in a squeezy tube (big thumbs up from me) and is quite thick so prior moisturisation is a must. I use my fingers to really work it into my skin and finish off with a buffing brush to encourage a flawless finish. Surprisingly, it was love at first troweling. It blends in easily and smoothly, and leaves my skin soft and velvety. It also provides more coverage than I was expecting and smooths out my somewhat ruddy complexion. It didn’t feel at all drying even on my dry skin and kept the shine on my nose at bay all day. I typically put this on at 8am and it’s still more or less there when I take it off in the evening. As long as you moisturise well beforehand, you shouldn’t experience any flaking on dry patches. I was concerned the ‘beige’ tone would be too pink for my yellow-toned skin but it adapts really well and doesn’t look like I’ve dipped my face into cigarette ash.

Once it’s on I feel like my skin looks almost too flawless (you can’t bloody please some people, eh?) so I feel a quick contour is needed to add some dimension back into my pancake face. This is a winning combo and looks absolutely smashing.benefit big easy reviewYou can probably see from the photo above that the wrinkles on my forehead are reduced, the shine on the tip of my nose has buggered off, my dark circles are less offensive and my skin tone is more even. When I put the rest of my makeup on, I didn’t even bother with concealer as The Big Easy seemed to do a good enough job on its own.benefit big easy review

The only downside to The Big Easy is the shade range (although the six-shade offering is quite generous for a BB cream). Mine is in the shade Deep Beige and is the darkest available, so anyone darker than me is sadly not catered for which makes me increasingly infuriated.

I hate to end on a sour note especially when I truly love this with a ravenous hunger that cannot be quashed, so I’ll say this: The Big Easy really is a big easy choice. I’ve been using this nearly every day and can see it being a godsend on the sweaty days of summer – it truly is addictive.

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