Wednesday, 4 March 2015

FEBRUARY'S ORANGE FAVOURITES

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February passed by in a blur of pancakes and roses. I spent most of my February days eating lemon and sugar pancakes, celebrating valentines day and practising yoga!

My lifestyle favourites are mainly food related this month, the tiny pumpkin represents my love of roasted squash (this little guy is so much cuter than a giant butternut squash!). It's so easy to chop up the squash and then toss with some olive oil, garlic and rosemary before throwing in the oven for a while. It tastes amazing on its own, mixed into a salad or even scattered over pasta with a generous sprinkling of goats cheese. I've also been enjoying soft boiled eggs with buttery toast soldiers for a lazy Sunday brunch. Crunchy nut cornflakes have been my cereal of choice this month, sweet honey and salty peanuts, is there a better combination?!

Moving onto beauty, these have been my favourite this month:

Lip Products: Soap and Glory A Great Kisser lip moisturiser has been giving a peachy hint of colour to my lips whilst keeping them feeling soft and moisturised. I've also really enjoyed wearing Revlon Tutti Fruitti this month for a sheer, subtle orange lip. It's so great to pop in your bag for application on the go, you can see it swatched here.
I'm still in love with my Nars digital world lip pencil coffret set and this month I've been wearing Iberico, a beautiful bold orange red (swatched here). Lastly, I've been loving Revlon Audacious. A bold, matte coral orange that looks so pretty for the run up to Spring, see me wearing it here.

Soigne permission: Soigne nail polishes are vegan, not tested on animals, 5 free and contain plant based and natural ingredients. The packaging is beautiful, as are the shades available. I've been loving wearing this burnt orange shade this month and I have my eye on a couple more shades from them as the formula is so lovely!

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush: This brush blends liquid foundation so seamlessly into the skin leaving a flawless base. It's such a great shape that allows you to buff just a small amount of foundation around the contours of your face, giving a natural finish.

Bourjois healthy mix: I've been wearing a light dusting of this orange toned blusher this month (swatched here) to warm up my complexion. It gives a lovely glow to the skin and looks so pretty paired with a golden highlighter.

What were your favourite products in February?
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Sunday, 1 March 2015

FAVOURITE MAKE UP BRUSH BRANDS

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makeup brushes

The Real Techniques Expert Face Brush is probably my all time favourite brush. It applies liquid foundation with such minimal effort and the domed end lets you gently buff in product around the contours of the face with ease.

I use the Real Techniques blush brush for powder, it's hand cut and blends powder in flawlessly. For blusher, I opt for either the contour brush or the stippling brush. The duo fibre stippling brush is great for applying cream blushers and the contour brush is lovely for powdered blush. They both pick up just the right amount and help to blend blusher in so seamlessly. 

The Real Techniques setting brush is my brush of choice to use if I really want my highlighter to stand out, for a subtle and more defined highlight I use the bdellium fan brush* noted below.

I first heard whispers about this brand on youtube a few years ago and desperately wanted to try their brushes after reading and hearing such great things. When working at IMATS, I was sat opposite the bdellium tools stand, it was so vibrant, cheerful and busy. I didn't have time to buy any brushes but I ordered a few online as soon as I finished for the day. I managed to get my hands on a few of their bambu brushes and fell in love with them straight away.

I now own quite a few of these handmade, vegan and eco friendly brushes, the Purple Bambu Precision Brush Set*, two green bambu and two pink bambu eye brushes. The purple brush bristles feel the softest to me with the green a close second, the pink are really great at blending out eyeshadow but don't feel anywhere near as soft as the purple or green.

I'm normally quite picky about my eye brushes and the green 716 smoky eyeliner is so lovely and quite possibly the softest brush I own. It's perfect for applying product to the delicate eye area, I love to use it for my inner corner highlight or for smoking/smudging out eyeliner. Bdellium is definitely now my first choice for eye brushes. The 785 fluffy brush and 781 crease brush work so well at blending out eyeshadows and creating the perfect smokey eye.

My new favourite bdellium tools brush is the feathery 925 duet fibre fan brush. I own a fan brush in my professional kit and now love having this one in my personal collection. It's great for sweeping a light dusting of translucent powder over the t-zone or for adding highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones for a really flawless finish.

MAC
I'm incredibly loyal to my MAC 150 brush that I use for bronzer so I had to include MAC in this post. Although my MAC 150 shreds terribly each time I wash it, it's lasted me a good 5-6 years now, is such a great size and distributes just the right amount of product with it's tapered bristles. I can't imagine using any other brush for bronzer now, it just works so perfectly for me.

I use the MAC 130 for applying foundation when I have the time to really take care over my base as  the small duo fibre bristles really buff foundation in to create a flawless base.

I used to use the MAC 266 brush for applying gel eyeliner when I wore it daily, now I use it with powder to fill in my brows, it's just the right shape to lightly brush on the powder and leaves me with natural looking brows. I also used and loved the MAC 217 brush when studying make up, it's such a lovely brush that blends eyeshadow seamlessly.

I have my eye on some Zoeva brushes next, I just can't decide between the rose golden luxury set and the rose golden luxury set vol.2.

Which are your favourite make up brush brands? 
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Friday, 27 February 2015

A SPRING WISHLIST

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There's been a hint of spring in the air this week and flowers have started to pop up everywhere! I've seen some really pretty spring things in store too, in particular I've really been loving Topshop's offerings. These are at the top of my wishlist for spring:

New Look Crochet purse: This little purse is available in black, shell pink, coral, lilac and mint. The mint version is so pretty and although it seems to keep disappearing on the website, I have it saved in my favourites to snap up as soon as it becomes available again!

Olivia Burton Winter Garden Floral Rose Watch: I've been torn between getting an Olivia Burton or a Daniel Wellington watch for quite a while now but this beautiful floral version may just have swayed me. I love the rose gold detailing and the floral print would work well throughout all the seasons.

Topshop Cream Blush in Afternoon tea: I love the cream to powder formula of topshop blushers and this pretty pink shade looks like it would make the perfect spring blush.

ASOS Spring Flowers Hair Garland: Something about spring makes me want to wear flowers in my hair, I feel like this would be great for spring weddings, festivals or for hanging on your dressing table mirror as a pretty decoration.

Topshop crystal V midi ring by Orelia: I love wearing pastel nails with lot's of midi rings in spring, I can imagine wearing this beautiful crystal ring with a pretty lilac nail polish.

Topshop Deco Lace Bralet: This topshop bralet looks like it would be perfect for spring and would work well layered under thin knits or worn with a high wasted skirt.

Topshop iPhone case: I love this honeycomb/bee case, I just need to upgrade to a iPhone 5 or 6 now so that I can justify purchasing it!

What's on your wishlist for spring?
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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

FOUR CORALS FOR SPRING

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I'm normally a lot more excited for spring by now but something this year has me holding on to the cosy winter months. In an attempt to get a little bit more in the mood for the warmer seasons I've pulled out four creamy corals to wear. Hopefully the brighter colours, along with buying fresh tulips and daffodils will surely help to make me get more excited for spring!

Topshop Cream Blush in Head Over Heels: This is a beautiful light peach/coral blush that instantly brightens the complexion and gives a pretty glow to your cheeks. The creamy, peachy pink tones in this blusher make it perfect for spring and the cream to powder formula blends so seamlessly onto your skin. The packaging is already brightening up my make up bag, it really is the perfect spring blush!

Sleek Matte Me in Party Pink*: I've been wearing this bright coral pink as a long lasting pop of colour to my lips. Bright lips were seen in fashion week for S/S 2015 and this super pigmented liquid lipstick has been helping me to get in the mood for spring.

Essie Cute as a Button: I've been pairing this pretty coral pink nail polish with silver midi rings for a bright pre-spring mani. This is normally one of my favourite shades to wear in spring as it's not too bright and is such a beautiful creamy coral shade.

Revlon Matte Balm in Unapologetic: A bright warm coral pink that looks great with shimmery champagne eyeshadows, fresh dewy skin and a lash lifting mascara like benefit roller lash. Despite being a matte shade, Unapologetic feels creamy on the lips, it lasts well and is such a flattering shade. You can see it swatched on my lips here.

What makes you excited for spring?
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Wednesday, 18 February 2015

MY FAVOURITE MAKE UP BOOKS

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Over the years I've accumulated quite a collection of make up books. When studying make up artistry I bought some for reference and inspiration and i've loved flicking through them ever since! Here are four of my favourites:

Makeup is Art: A great coffee table book full of beautiful and inspirational photos. This is my favourite make up book that I own as the skill, photography and tips are simply amazing. It's great for professionals, to use as reference and for anyone interested in make up.

Favourite parts: Make up brush guide, invaluable industry advice and the incredible avant garde make up.

Rae Morris Makeup The Ultimate Guide: The name pretty much says it all, it really is an ultimate make up guide from one of the worlds most creative make up artists. This book has an amazing, detailed contouring/face map guide and a huge section devoted to eyes, covering every eye shape and type. Rae's make up looks are simply stunning and this comes in at a close second as my one of my favourite make up books.

Favourite parts: Ten minute makeovers, the pinterest worthy photos and the visual eye colour charts.

Jemma Kid Make up Masterclass: This is such a great book for learning the basics of make up. It's full of beauty tips, basic make up looks and colour palettes for your skintone. It also includes a great basic make up section including lip shapes, blusher shapes and how to create different brow shapes.
Favourite parts: Basic make up looks, detailed colour charts and great lip section.

Bobbi Brown Make up Manual: This pretty book covers everything from make up and skincare to diet and health. It gives detailed step by step photo tutorials and provides clear descriptions. The end section of the book is great if you are interested in make up artistry, It provides recommendations for what to include in your professional make up kit and a brief overview of editorial make up, TV and film make up and fashion make up.

Favourite parts: Step by step photo tutorials and the who's who in make up section.

What are your favourite make up books?
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