Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Cheap as Chips NYC Pallet | Review

I recently picked up a new quad of eye shadows to try out. I purchased the NYC Best of Broadway Pallet. This is the first product that I have tried from NYC. When in Superdrug, I have always seen the brands stand but never really though of trying anything. It wasn't until I was reading other reviews on it that I wanted to give it a whirl, and at £2.99 I wouldn't be in obscene debt even if I didn't like it.

Considering the price I think that the packaging is okay but the actual quality of the eye shadows are not what I thought they would be. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't expecting M.A.C or Urban Decay quality but something perhaps alongside the likes of MUA. I did not like the pigmentation of the shadows at all as I was required to seriously pack on the colour.

For this make up look shown I used three of the four shadows. The first shade is a shimmery, champagne colour and I swept it over the whole lid. To get the level of pigment shown in the images, it took roughly four applications and even so it is not what I was expecting of the shade.

I then used the second colour which is a taupe/nude colour, on the outer part of my eye and through the crease. There was hardly any difference in the shades and after many attempts to build up the pigment, I eventually stopped and just made do.

Finally I took the darkest shade, which a black colour, and applied it along my lash line to act as a liner.  As I have said with the previous two shades, I was just as disappointed with this one as I was the others. I really did have to layer on the product just to get the amount of pigment shown in the images which is not a lot!

Overall I have to be honest and say that I am slightly disappointed in this quad, but equally for the price, can I really complain? It doesn't look too bad once I have applied the rest of my make-up, especially mascara. I am intrigued to try it again but with slightly wet brushes to see if that will help the pigment improve slightly. Or perhaps with a primer on before applying the shadow.

Have any of you tried this product? What did you think of it?

Monday, 28 July 2014

Fashion Wish List

Fashion Wish List

This is the first wish list that I have done in a while! I have decided to do 2 a month and separate them into beauty and fashion ones simply because I have so much stuff I want to buy (sorry bank balance!) 

Recently I have been early enjoying wearing dresses. I bought a few from French Connection a while ago and I have not stopped wearing them. I think the sheer panel just above the bottom of these Dorothy Perkins dresses modernise the style of the dress. 

This style of sandal is something that I have had my eye on for some time. I think by having the dainty strap across the ankle contrasting with the block heel, again modernises the style of shoe. This pair from Miss KG would work well when paired with the dresses above. It will bring two wardrobe classics staples together with a modern twist. 

Rebecca Minkoff, well what can I say. I am still and probably always will be in love with her bags! The classic M.A.C and Mini M.A.Cs are what originally stole my heart but my eyes have caught this beauty of a bag. The Hudson Moto Mini. It is more structured that the Mini Macs which is never a bad thing. Hoping to get this with my first set of wages that I can spend on fun things rather than savings and driving lessons!

I have seen this white top in TopShop for a while now and I just kept putting it down and thought 'do I really need it?' Well the answer now is yes I do! I think it would look perfect with the pink pair of Joni Jeans that I have chosen too. Coloured jeans are an easy way to make a jeans and t-shirt outfit combo nice and summery. Not that we will be wearing jeans anytime soon with this UK heat wave!

You may be thinking why have I put a jumper in a wish list during the middle of summer. Well I saw this on the Asos website and thought it looked really different to anything that I had seen before. I particularly like the lace detailing at the back! A light weight jumper is always useful to have during those summer nights after a BBQ when the sun has gone down but the drinks and conversations are rolling. 

My beloved Lonchamp bag is on its last legs. I have had it for about 5-6 years now and it has seen me through college, uni and everyday as a handbag. I am on the hunt for another one but have no idea what colour to get. I always think well it needs to go with everything etc but I think I would like one of the bright colours. Any suggestions?? 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Max Factor All Day Flawless Foundation | Review

I told you there would be a few review posts coming after the mini haul post I uploaded not too long ago (here)

Today I will be sharing my thoughts on the Max Factor All Day Flawless Foundation. I have never tried any foundation from Max Factor but I have heard really positive reviews of this foundation, and was obviously eager to try myself.

When shopping for a foundation I tend to look for a few key elements.
1. Longevity - I like to have a long lasting foundation because, well who doesn't!
2. Shade - Being as pale as I am, finding the right shade for my skin tone is always a challenge.
3. Not mattifying but not dewy - I have never gotten on with the 'dewy' look as with having already oily skin, I tend to find that I can't get away from thinking that I just look too oily. However I have thankful moved on from my younger years habit, of packing on layers of powder. I like to look natural I guess.

Going back to the Max Factor foundation, which claims to be a 3-in-1 product, a primer, concealer and foundation. To be honest I didn't look too much at this element of the foundation and it wasn't something that was a major point in me deciding to buy it or not. I have no problem with applying a separate product for all of those 3 steps, but if I could have one product that did it all then I certainly wouldn't be complaining!

I have been quite lucky with my skin whilst growing up and have (touch wood) avoided a spotty stage, however I am prone to getting very unwanted clusters of little pimples that sometimes don't even rise. They just annoyingly lay under the skin. So you could say that I don't really look for a foundation that will have its work cut out for it in order to cover up any regular blemishes, but I do like to have a reasonable amount of coverage in order to have a nice smooth and even skin tone.

There is a pump in the bottle which is always well appreciated and I only need one pump for my whole face (a chubby one at that!). If I have a particularly bad patch then I only need another half pump to fully cover it. It is a very lightweight consistency and I hardly notice it on my face. A little definitely goes a long way and it is very easy to blend. I use my very loved Real Techniques Buffing Brush.

When wearing this foundation my face genuinely appears flawless! I try not to use that word too much as I think it is over used at times, but in this case it is definitely worth the mention. I do still feel the need to apply a little bit of a brightening concealer under my eyes but in terms of any other type of concealer, I haven't used one since using this foundation. Regarding powder, what powder? I can honestly say that even with my oily complexion, I have not used a powder. I do however, have one in my handbag at all times. You never know when you might need it, but again I have been yet to need it. I'm not saying that I couldn't have benefited with a little touch up but I was confident enough to go without the regular touch up!

FYI - I have it in the shade 'Light Ivory'. It also has an SPF of 20

Have you tried this foundation? Any other long lasting foundations that you would recommend? 

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Max Factor CC Stick | Review

I recently shared with you a mini haul where there were lots of new products for me to try. This is one of many reviews you can expect to find coming up on my blog :)

The Max Factor CC stick is the first type of under eye, colour corrector product that I have tried.
It does feel a little odd drawing pastel colours all over your face but I have to say that I am really impressed with the outcome of this product. There are a total of five in the collection and each of them do different things to help balance out certain areas on your face. The pink one will help conceal dark spots that you may have, the lilac one will help bring some life back into your skin if you skin looks a little dull in areas. There is a green stick which is to help counteract redness. I think this would be a good alternative to a cream that you would use all over your face if you only had target areas that you wanted to focus on. The one that I have is the yellow one which is designed to help conceal under eye circles. I wouldn't say that I suffer from massive under eye bags however we are all prone to a late night and I am defiantly living proof that you can't burn the candle at both ends! Then finally there is a highlighter stick which as the name would suggest, is used to highlight areas on your face.

 As I said I have got the one used for under eye circles but I am intrigued to try the others in the collection, especially the highlighter.

The packaging is fairly simple and clean cut yet very easy to use. There is no faff with this product as the crayon shape allows you to apply to product straight to the areas needing a little help. It is quite a stiff consistency so you need to be careful when applying it so that you do not pull at the skin under your eye. I think it works best when used under foundation as it is quite light in colour which is visible even after blending. I have tried it after applying foundation, before using a concealer and the payoff is not a good. I found that it just moved the foundation around and then it didn't sit very well on my face. I have only used my fingers to blend it and it works really well however if you were to use a brush then I would recommend using quite a firm, dense brush as the product can be firm to blend. When applying, I focus around the inner corners to the middle of my eyes.

Please excuse these pictures. I wanted to show a true to form colour of the product so refrained from editing the images

Overall I am really impressed with the results after using this product. I can honestly say that I noticed a difference once I had finished applying my makeup. My under eyes bags were no more and there was a  noticeable lightness added to my under eye area.

Have you tried any of these CC sticks? Are there any alternatives that you prefer?

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Mini Haul

Before I went away on holiday I did some last minute shopping and as always boots and super drug were the places I was drawn to the most. Some of these products you will have seen in my most recent YouTube video because I did get these goodies a while back now. I just wanted to share what I bought and some mini reviews as I will be doing a full review on most of the products in this post. I also bought the 'Wet Brush' from Sally's which is not in the image, again I will be doing a review on that soon.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Tanya Burr Lip Gloss | Review

I never thought that I would be writing a review on a lip gloss. I am by far an avid lip gloss user and quite frankly I try to avoid the stuff. There have been too many incidents with windy weather equaling with a hair in mouth and stuck on face situation, that have put me off using it. I did however delve into a lip product that was as much gloss as I could handle, the Rimmel Apocalips. They were really nice and I enjoyed them a lot (see review here) Sneaky little post in a post for you there!

Getting back to the actual topic of this post. Whilst shopping in Superdrug, I was feeling rather spendy and spontaneous (Amelia Liana reference there!) and with that in mind I was on the hunt for a new lip product. I had obviously seen and heard all about Tanya Burr and her brilliant new lip gloss and nail polish collection, so that was the first place I went exploring. Originally I had the shade Aurora in mind as from the reviews and swatches that I had seen I thought that this was the one I wanted. I was gutted to see that, that shade alone was sold out. It could have been any other shade, but no, it had to be the shade I wanted. So instead I picked up the colour 'First Date'. This is a pale pink shade which I though I could wear on its own but it might also look really nice over the top of my M.A.C lipstick in Creme Cup. When I got home and tried it, my first reaction was that it was too sheer for my liking. I didn't know if it was because my lips were a little dry or not so I held on to it a little bit but I just didn't find myself wanting to use it.

So on a second trip into town, I went to pick myself up another shade and this time I was able to find Aurora! I had just seen the new Maleficent film and was on a bit of a Disney high. It is a lovely shade of candy pink, something that I love in a lip colour. The consistency of Aurora is different to First Date as there is more of a colour pigment. The lasting power is also very impressive. I was able to eat and drink without it budging. Of course the top layer of shine faded but that is to be expected, however the main colour left almost a light tint/stain on my lips which was really flattering. It didn't go into the horrible, cracked lines I have on my lips which some lip products do. Something else that I think works really well is the shape of the applicator. It is different to normal lip gloss applicators and is thin. This makes it easy to apply in general but also if your in a rush and can't grab a mirror, it is sleek and easy to cover evenly on your lips.

So to sum it all up, good job Tanya you've done a great job at creating some fabulous lip glosses, I can't wait to try some more shades out, any recommendations?

Sunday, 13 July 2014

A little bit of admin

Hello Hello Hello

Todays post I wanted to have a bit of a chat and a catch up. I have been away on holiday recently and had a nice relaxing time where I could chill out and get ready for my new life adventures.

I have just finished University and am happy to say that I have recieved a 2:2 in BA(Hons) Photography. I was aiming for a 2:1 however considering that I went through a lot of personal issues during my second and third year as well as having dyslexia which made the written work that much more of a struggle, I am so pleased with my grade. I get the impression that people who get a 2:2 feel the need to justify why. At the end of the day all graduates have managed to get through uni and worked hard to achieve the grade we did so we should all celebrate together :)

With my little blog I have decided to adjust the schedule that I follow. This is just to make things a bit more practical for me because my time will be limited because of work commitments. However this is something that I really enjoy doing so have allocated time to do so.

My blog uploads will be on Tuesday and Thursday and you can expect the same topics, mainly beauty but also featuring a bit of fashion and lifestyle too. Also on the first and last monday of the month there will be a fashion and beauty wish list.

Regarding my youtube channel I wanted to upload lots of pre recorded videos that I have made but I also wanted to make sure they were going to be consistently uploaded. So I have decided to make the uploads for that on the last two fridays of the months.

If there are any random post that I feel desperate to share with you all or just little catch up posts like this then I will most likely upload them on a Sunday (like this one) or Monday.

I leave you with a lovely view from the villa we stayed in on holiday

Hope you are all having a lovely start to the Summer!!