Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Signature Makeup


Pink Nude lip - Whether I'm rocking a dramatic eye or a "no makeup" makeup look I find a good pink nude lip finishes the look off a treat. A pink nude compliments my skin tone and looks natural yet polished and chic. L to R: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine: #68 Candeur, Seventeen Mirror Shine Lipstick in camisole, YSL Fard A Levre rouge Pur in No 148 (Rose The) and YSL Rouge Veloupte in No 2 (Blond Sensuel)


Glowing Skin - My main focus is my skin when I'm doing my makeup, My foundations are radiance boosting and highlighting products are my best friends. products L to R: Jemma Kidd Dewy Glow radiance cream in iced gold, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation, Illamasqua Skin base foundation, No7 Instant Radiance Beauty Balm, The Body Shop highlighting concealer and Dior Amber Diamond highlighting powder.


Cara Brows - I've rocked thick eyebrows for a while and I love them. Cool toned light brown shades (such as Cliniques superfine liner in 01 soft Blonde) are best and Illamasqua's brow gel is amazing at keeping my stray hairs in place.


Sixties Eye - By night I like to channel my inner Biba Girl using black and white eyeshadows to define my crease and false lashes to create wide-eyed dolly eyes. Pictures is my Duo Glue, which I hate the smell of but is a great product, MAC typographic, Mont Blanc, black tide, vanilla and a range of Eyelure lashes.


Red Grunge Eye - I've been loving red toned grungy eye makeup forever! Think Mary Kate Olsen and your there. I mostly take one shade blend away! My pics are MeMeMe's Dew Pot in Autumn Smoulder, Maybelline's 24 hour colour tattoo in Pomegranate Punch, MAC's Sable and the red, mauve in Sleek's Storm Pallet.


Lashes of Lashes - Day or night big lashes are the way forward! The thicker and longer the better. I attempt to achieve this look using Shu Uemura eyelash curlers and L'oreal's Mega Volume Collagene 24hr mascara.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

a pastel manicure



Presenting two of my favourite nail varnishes: Barry M Berry Ice cream and Models Own Jade Stone. The beautiful spring pastel shades are super girly and really make your nails pop. I get lots of compliments when I wear these and as you can buy both and still have change from a ten pound note, they're really affordable too. I find that that the beautiful lilac berry ice cream doesn't streak like the other Barry M pastel shades do and actually applies really well and is opaque in two coats. I find I get full opacity with one coat of the amazing mint green Jade Stone. I find that this shade of mint green leans more green in comparison to Essie Mint Candy Apple and, in my opinion, is a much nicer colour. I hope you've enjoyed this post. please comment and follow on Bloglovin more of the same. xoxo

Rave Review: Illamasqua lash and Brow Gel


Short Review: THIS IS AMAZING AMZING AMAZING - BUY IT!!

Long Review: Some makeup items are not exciting and as such you don't get any "umph" to spend large quantities of money on them.. A foundation yes, a lipstick... Most definitely...but eyebrow gel? Not so much. I actually bought Collection's clear mascara for £2.99 hoping it would do the job. It doesn't!! Months later and I finally bit the proverbial bullet and purchased the illamasqua lash and brow gel for £11.50.

It's a very attractive small glossy black cuboid tube with a white illamasqua logo on the lid and a ball sticker on the back of the tube with the product name and barcode. It's a clear gel which you brush on using the mascara-head applicator. It isn't sticky and does matt your hairs it just holds them in place all day without fail and wipes away as easy as pie.

I love this product and as such this day forward I don't know if I can live without it. xoxo

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Skin Care Winter/Spring 2013



As I get older, and learn more about makeup and beauty I guess, my interest in skin care products grows. I want to look glowing and refreshed but I want my pores and blemishes and any dryness or oily-ness to "do one". Through my teens I was very oily but slowly my skin has balanced itself out! I'm 25 and would class myself with combination skin. I suffer with large pores on my Tzone and every now and then the odd pimple will break out especially around my chin. I have a little darkness under my eyes and a few lines but no visible signs of ageing yet. I have laughter lines around my mouth. Overall I think I have really good skin - woop - which I can only contribute to a mixture of genes, lifestyle and luck.... and the skin care products I use!! Well I truly hope so with the amount of money I have spent and Will spend on beauty products for the rest of my life!! Here are the skincare products I have been using for the past 2 months. Enjoy xoxo

First of all I want to talk about face cleaning products. Hands up in the air I am a hot cloth cleanser convert and cant think of anything better to cleanse my skin than with Liz Earle's offering or the cheaper alternative but lovely all the same No 7 hot cloth cleanser. I adore using this product so much, it leaves my skin feeling so soft and lovely and it removes makeup and grime a treat - win. Then we have the almighty Bioderma Crealine Solution Micellaire. I have been using it for two years now and I'm not getting bored of it! Then we have a Vichy toner. I only use this when I have spotty skin. I find it dries them out nicely. And finally we have a long standing favourite of mine. I think I mentioned it in my Products of greatness post in 2010!! The St Ives blemish fighting Apricot scrub. This is the best face scrub I have ever used. It feels like your massaging sand into your face but It really works and at £4.99 it's bargainous.

Now we have moisturisers. My favourite at the moment is Olay's Multi-radiance moisturising lotion SPF15. I have loved this since it was released in 2005 I think it was. It's specified at combination skins and is fabulous. It smells gorgeous and gives your skin a lush glow. Then we have my long standing favourite premium product Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel. Again this is for combination / oily skin types and just melts into the skin. Lovely. I have fallen in love with No7 Radiance Beauty Balm. This has been an amazing edition to my skin care regime this winter, it just makes your skin glow. It is highlight for your whole face. I go crazy with it - its amazing and smells of fruit salad (those pink and orange sweets you got with blackjacks) - enough said.

In regards to eye care, Bioderma and the No7 hot cloth cleanser are both eye friendly so I don't need to worry about messing about with products especially formulated for the eyes. I use the No7 Protect and Perfect Eye Cream to moisturise. When I remember to use it I like to slather it on my "crow feet" area. It moisturises well and melts into the skin without feeling tacky or irritating.

And finally we have a territory which I have only just entered and that is of the night time treatments and serums!! I bought the Alpha-H liquid Gold after a crazy amount of hype it was getting and I'm glad I did. Granted it stings sometimes on application but in the morning your skin is left feeling soft and supple and I find that any blemishes that I have do decrease the morning after. And finally I introduce to you my very first serum I have ever bought and of which I bought by mistake: The No7 Overnight Radiance Boost serum I use this under my Clinique moisturiser before bed to give my skin an extra something something. I'm due to give this an in depth review soon, so look out for that.

And that is it. All the skincare that I have been using since the new year. I expect I will do another one of these during the summer when my skin care evolves more around skin protection and regeneration. I hope this has been interesting. Please ask any questions you may have in the comments and please follow! All the best, Natalie xoxo

AMAZING DIOR BRUSH ALERT

I'm sorry but isn't this the sexiest mo fo you have ever seen? I'm obsessed and beyond excited to finally grasp my dirty paws around the gorgeous wooden curves of my Dior Backstage Brush: Professional Finish fluid foundation brush / full coverage. I have been trying to get hold of this brush for months as it was sold out everywhere. I have long developed a penchant for makeup brushes and I have just stepped up my game with Dior, however I feel the likes of Tom Ford and Hakuhodo are still beyond my reach.

In my humble opinion this is the most beautiful makeup brush you will every see. It comes encased in a silver box and is sheathed in a velvet navy, CD embossed, blue pouch. This Raphael artisan crafted brush has the most elegant black wooden handle and its natural hairs which are assembled (but not cut) to support tapered synthetic hairs... The brush also comes with a little leaflet inside full of the most delightful spiel :-)

The bristle are 1.5cm in length and graduate up to 2cm on its longest side. It's very dense and buffs in liquid and cream product a dream. It feels ever so soft on the skin and is a joy to use. It is exceedingly well made and just screams quality. In a nutshell over the moon with my new brush and couldn't be happier. Thankyou for reading. Please follow if you like this post xoxo


Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Bourjois: So Laque Ulta Shine Bleu Fabuleux


This cobalt blue shade has been the talk of the town with the likes of Nails Inc Baker Street and Essie's Butler Please gracing blog posts for most of 2012. After lusting after this beauty everytime I walked past the bourjois stand my friend kindly bought it for me. Thanks Tash ;-)  So what do I think? The colour is stand out bright and I love it. Like the name suggests it's ultra shiny and fabulous. I found it a tad gloopy to apply and as I pick my nails when i'm concentrating this took me less than 24 hours to chip off. It did make an impression on my friends though and for the brief time it graced my nails I couldn't stop looking at them. Bleu Fabuleux retails for £5.99, but if you love the colour I recommend you try out either of the afore mentioned brands, as honestly their formulations and wearability are much, much better. xoxo

Maybelline 910 Shocking Coral Color Sensational Vivid Lipstick


I'm exceptionally excited about this product! You know when you have a colour in your head that you want and you can't find it, not for love nor money, well I FINALLY found mine on the Maybelline stand! Maybelline have recently launched a line of BRIGHT "vivid" lipsticks for the spring / summer and I chose  the coral; which in all honesty comes out more pink and not that neon, alas its bright and funky and I love it. They retail for around £7. Check out your local Superdrug or Boots today. xx

Monday, 11 March 2013

Work Makeup



My job involves long hours and spending nights away from home. I like to be low maintenance but I still want to look refreshed and perky! This is how I hopefully achieve it... Enjoy xoxo

First up lets talk eye brows!! I'm all about brows at the moment, the bigger and the bushier the better. They're youthful and natural and tes chic. I can't believe that before I discovered YoutTube makeup tutorials it never occurred to me to do anything with them! In order to channel my inner Cara Delevinge I use a MAC 224 spooly brush to comb my brows through and brush away any product in them, then I fill them in using Cliniques 01 soft blonde and then tame with the Holy Grail to end all Holy Grail brow gels - Illamasqua Brow and Lash gel. Believe me your brow hairs will not move all day. And that's a necessity when your working all day!

Now onto the complexion products. I have my light to medium glowing (cheap version of YSL touche Eclat foundation but smells nicer) foundation Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation in 52 I think. The label was coming off so I pulled it off altogether so I can't remember; but it's in the lightest they do though. I apply a little of this using my Real Techniques buffing brush. I put on the tiniest amount to cover my large pores really! I take my Kick Ass concealer pot around with me because it holds a mirror, translucient powder and yellow and pink toned concealer. The perfect SOS product to throw in the bag and help my eye bags, blemishes and any oilness that may attack during a shift.

I chose not to wear mascara during long shifts as my eyes can get sore and I get panda eyes etc etc etc so in order to open my eyes without the mess I use my Shu Uemura eyelash curlers instead. I use my bright pink "Guava" Jemma Kidd cream to powder blush as it is truly the best thing to use to sproose me up half way through the day. It's actually rather difficult to apply. I find it best to literally pat all the colour out onto my hand and then dab the excess on to the apples and of my cheeks and blend backwards. And finally my makeup bag wouldn't be complete without my favourite lip balm/gloss hybrid Clarins instant natural light perfector and this one is in 03 nude!

Et Voila I hope this was interesting. If you liked it please follow me for more of the same! Lots of love Natalie xoxo

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

L'oreal Feria by Preference in S01 Pastel Pink Panther


I have long been tempted to go pastel pink but I never went through with it until L'oreal released their new range of Feria by preference pastel toning conditioners. They come in 3 shades: lilac lavender, peach punch and, my chosen hue, pink panther. first of all this product is only for those of us with very light bleach blonde hair. my hair is white blonde so this was perfect for me. all you do is wash your hair with your chosen shampoo, comb through and then apply the product like your conditioner; then comb the product though again. After 15 minutes (I left it on for 30 minutes) all you do is wash it out.

The colour actually came out darker than the picture suggests. Also no matter how hard I try I can't get the colour as uniform as the picture either; even with help! Also this isn't permanent. the box says it lasts up to 3 - 5 washes but even after one wash the colour rapidly fades to a slight tint of pink until there is nothing. It's a fun product but not if your after pink hair on a permanent basis - at £5 every few weeks this may become an expensive habit. Also a word of note: This drastically emphasised my roots and this drove me crazy.

All in all I think this is a great product for those of us who want to embody their inner Frenchy or Kelly Osborne. The product is non irritating (but they do suggest you do the 48 hour skin test prior to using this) and most importantly does what it says on the tin. hopefully your more skilled at hair colouring than I am and can get the uniform colour! Bravo L'oreal for creating this, it's exactly what I wanted. xoxo

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Essie Sand Tropez

Sand Tropez: a lush murky nude. I refer to it as the perfect greige colour. There is almost a mauve tinge to it in certain lights. It's a cream formulation which is opaque in two to three coats. The colour has long stood out on the Essie stand and I finally took the plunge last month and purchased it! I was worried it would clash with my skin tone or just look yuky! Alas I was wrong it is lovely colour. Very chic I think.