Saturday, 28 September 2013

Autumn/Winter Wishlist 2013

autumn fall trend wishlist 2013

I love creating my own and reading other peoples wish lists at the start of the season! One because I'm really nosey and two because it gives me a good idea of what pieces I want to pick up for my wardrobe or what new makeup collections/trends are around. At the moment I have a bigger focus on fashion as, looking through my wardrobe, i hardly have any winter clothes! It’s got to the point were I've had my current pieces for so long that they’ve gotten old and tatty, not in the cool distressed way but in the horrid scruffy way.

Winter Coat
I seem to have a few coats, but no thick snuggly winter coats. I’m hoping to buy some kind of patterned cute duffle coat in the next few weeks. This one is from a brand called Hell Bunny and I've been eyeing this up for the past year!

Ikea Alex Drawers
After seeing my makeup overflow from my current storage I think it’s time to jump on the Ikea Alex bandwagon. I don't have that much makeup to fill it, but I think the deeper draws at the bottom will be perfect for all my products and nail polish, giving me more much needed space in my room.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil
NARS has always been a brand I've been interested in but never actually took the plunge and bought from. After winning a contest for the Pierre Hardy collection, I got to try a blush and love it! This particular product i can see myself getting alot of use out of and have been eyeing up the shade Train Bleu, so this autumn may finally be the time when I splash my cash.

Shirts & Tops
Wanting to up my fashion game, I’ve been eyeing up a few cute shirts which are casual but classier than a t-shirt. This one is the Ivory Roll Sleeve Shirt from Dorothy Perkins and I think I've fell a little bit in love with it. I need to dress more formally for my PGCE placement so this is perfect for getting me used to more dressed up items, though being in art will give me a lot more freedom than other subjects.

I remember seeing a pair of black heeled brogues a few years ago and never being able to get them out of my mind. They’ve become somewhat of a trend recently so I’m lusting after them even more, seeing them all over the place and wishfully staring. They look cute with both trousers and skirts and can be used casually for formally. Perfect for my placement!

Burgundy/Dark Coloured Trousers
In winter I live in black skinny jeans. Unfortunately a few of my favourite pairs are now past saving, so it’s time to invest in some new! I hope to venture away from black and experiment with some burgundy and dark green.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick
After trying out a sample sized version of Catfight (seen here) I need more of these in my life. They’re matte, moisturising and last. What more would I ask for? My colours of choice are most definitely dark purples/berries.

Urban Decay Naked Basics
This has been out for a while but I've just never gotten around to purchasing it. I love my Naked palettes and think this travel friendly matte offering needs to get in my life.

What autumn trends are you looking forward to rocking? Have you got anything which I'm eyeing up and what do you think?


Thursday, 26 September 2013

Wet n Wild Blue Had Me At Hello

blue had me at hello wetnwild makeup look swatches FOTD

blue had me at hello wetnwild makeup look swatches 2

blue had me at hello wetnwild makeup look

blue had me at hello wetnwild makeup look swatches

urban decay revolution lipstick catfight swatch

A brand I was really looking forward to trying across the pond was Wet n Wild, an affordable drugstore brand with glowing reviews. I’ve heard especially good things about their eye shadows and was looking forward to trying some more out despite my previous bad experience with the Petal Pusher palette. Fortunately I has much better luck with “Blue Had Me At Hello”, an 8 shadow palette filled with gorgeous smoky blues. Their pigmentation was amazing and they applied beautifully, being easily blendable with minimal fallout. I really regret not buying the Comfort Zone palette now I'm back home, but I guess it will have to be a main hit on future trips to the states.

I finished the look with one of Urban Decay’s new Revolution Lipsticks in Catfight. I got a miniature of this from Sephora with my beauty insider points and I’m pretty impressed! The formula is totally matte but not drying in the slightest, as is often my gripe with matte lipsticks. The colour I have, Catfight, is so much brighter in person than shown in these photos, it didn't want to show up properly on my camera. Such amazing pigmentation and they glide effortlessly onto the lips, I can see myself buying one of these when I have some spare cash. Shame and Venom, get in my life!

blue had me at hello wetnwild makeup look swatches FOTD 2

blue had me at hello wetnwild makeup look beauty 2

Inglot Primer, Diorskin Forever in 011, Collection Concealer in Fair, Fyrinnae Loose Powder, NARS Laguna Bronzer, Tarte Blush in Amused, ELF Gotta Glow.

Urban Decay Primer Potion, Blue Had Me At Hello by Wet n Wild (colours on the right), Urban Decay Eyeliner in Zero, Collection Felt Tip Liner, Benefit They’re Real Mascara, Anastasia Brow Whiz in Ash Blonde.

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Catfight

What's your favourite Wet n Wild product? What would you recommend picking up?


Monday, 23 September 2013

Tarte Amused Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush Review

tarte blush amused review packaging american makeup sephora

tarte blush amused review american makeup sephora

The Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushers have been on my USA beauty wish list ever since I first started reading beauty blogs. Raved about by many, these beauties have been lusted after by us beauty fiends in the UK. Not available over here (except on ebay), long has the brand been on my radar. On my recent adventures in America I had to grab one. My biggest regret is that I only managed to get one Tarte product (money was a thing and Disney merchandise was calling okay!)

Amused is described as ‘Bright Pink’, a statement which can be quite intimidating to some. After abit of a swatching session and seeing that it can be blended out I took the plunge. The safe option for me would have been “Dollface”, but I have so many similar colours! I don’t have anything quite like Amused in my collection. Thankfully I am more than overjoyed with my choice. I would say it is more of a medium pink with cooler undertones, perfect for my skin. I can see myself getting alot of use out of this in winter where i prefer darker tones tones to my usual summery light pink/purples. Now it is pretty pigmented so I apply this lightly with an ELF stipple brush and build up the colour gradually. A few dabs will do the trick normally. Amused is soft to the touch and blends beautifully giving a noticeable natural glow to the face.

tarte blush amused review swatches

tarte blush amused review swatches 2

tarte blush amused review swatches 3

I wouldn't say the blush lasts for 12 hours, more like 8 before it starts to fade but that's still pretty impressive. Amused has now most definitely took the top spot of my favourite blusher and I will be looking to pick up a few most shades next time i visit the states (or get some spare money to get my American friends to send some over).

Pros: 15 different shades, applies beautifully, bendable, pigmented, unique packaging, long wearing.
Cons: Not available in the UK, a bit on the expensive side.

You can pick this up from Sephora for $26, a bit on the expensive side but I would happily pay this again. Fingers crossed that one day Tarte will heed the calls of the British and make the journey across the pond.

What's your favourite shade of Amazonia Clay Blush? What Tarte product would you most like to try?


Sunday, 22 September 2013

Disney Makeup Look: Dumbo

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disney dumbo inspired makeup look bright sugarpill 2

Having not worn bright makeup for some months, I thought it was about time I played with my palettes and kick started a new series inspired by my favourite thing in the whole world. Disney! I created something bright and fun yet simple and rather wearable which is based upon one of my favourite characters, Dumbo. For the lid colour i used Urban Decays Pistol from the Naked 2 Palette, a gorgeous grey-brown that’s not quite a taupe but still grey enough to double up as Dumbo's skin tone. On the outer crease and inner corner I used Sugarpill’s Buttercupcake and on the lower lash line Sugarpill’s Love+ as a tribute to his adorable collar and hat.

I forgot how much I love wearing bright colours, the rest of that day finding me skipping around the house exclaiming “look at the pretty eyeshadow!” You don’t need to do a whole elaborate look to stand out, sometimes a pop of colour will do the trick.

disney dumbo inspired makeup look bright sugarpill

disney dumbo inspired makeup look bright sugarpill FOTD 2

disney dumbo inspired makeup look bright sugarpill tarte urban decay

Inglot Primer, Diorskin Forever in 011, Collection Concealer in Fair, Fyrinnae Loose Powder, NARS Laguna Bronzer, Tarte Blush in Amused, ELF Gotta Glow.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Urban Decay Bootycall, Urban Decay Pistol, Sugarpill Buttercupcake, Sugarpill Love+, Kat Von D Autograph Pencil in Immortal Love, Physicians Formula Eye Booster, Benefit They’re Real Mascara, Anastasia Brow Whiz in Ash Blonde.

Barry M 141, Sephora Lipgloss in Dazzling Violet.

disney dumbo inspired makeup look bright sugarpill FOTD

This is the first of many makeup looks coming soon and possibly (probably) some video tutorials. Hello villains for Halloween. Well I have to have something to entertain me now that I’m not in Florida anymore don’t I? Haha! You might be able to see a little bit in these photos also, but I decorated my bedroom. I’m so happy with it and can’t wait to do a cheeky little post on it once I've added the finishing touches. Disney ones of course.

What’s your favourite Disney character? Who would you like to see a look inspired by?


Friday, 6 September 2013

Summer 2013 Favourites

summer 2013 beauty makeup favourites

As we head into September, summer has finally drawn to a close. Spending the whole summer in Florida, I didn't really wear much makeup as it was simply just too hot! I am going to share with you those beauty bits i relied on and used day in day out, some newbies and some much loved collection staples that managed to prove their worth.

Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray
How did I ever cope without this in my life? Not only does it stop the cakey look but it also helped my makeup to last throughout the whole day. It didn't stop me from becoming a bit shiny but hey, that's what I bought blotting sheets for.

PINK Surf Party Body Mist
A random purchase from Victoria Secret, I’ve literally sprayed it every single day this summer. The scent just reminds me of holiday, being described as a fresh mix of water hyacinth and waterfall breeze. Beautiful!

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL 50+ Melt-In Cream
My facial sunscreen of choice this summer, I’ve just posted a review of this beauty here! Briefly though, it did a perfect job in protecting my fair skin over in the sunshine state.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling
I’ve raved about this product before here, but the love affair is still on going. This adorned my lips every day off and pretty much had a permanent home in my handbag.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair
I’ve fallen even more in love with this concealer after seeing first hand how it performed in the hot weather. It didn't freaking budge! Even when I was a sweaty gross mess! Best concealer ever!

Benefit They’re Real Mascara
Having only had smaller sample versions of this mascara I feel its done pretty well. My first mini tube lasted the whole 3 months i was in America, not smudging or giving me panda eyes as the day progressed. Will 100% be buying the full size.

Some other honourable mentions are Fyrinnae’s Loose Finishing Powder, John Fredia Heat Protection Spray and Sephora Ruby Without a Cause Nailpolish.

What products have you been loving this summer?


Thursday, 5 September 2013

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL 50+ Melt-In Cream Review

la roche posay anthelios XL suncream sunscreen 50  facial sun protection melt-in cream french skincare

la roche posay anthelios XL suncream sunscreen 50  facial sun protection melt-in cream

Having spent the summer in the beaming sun and 34+ degree heat, my fair skin needed all the protection it could get. Step up La Roche-Posay! I bought this facial sunscreen last year in Paris, but never really needed it until my time in the sunshine state. I was a little apprehensive at first, always being wary of products that could break me out. I’m happy to say, that wasn't the case. The main properties I was looking for was protection (obviously), length of effectiveness and ability to wear well under makeup.

Working outside really put this product to the test! I would apply it in the morning after moisturiser and before a primer, giving it a few minuets to sink into the skin. My face never burnt once! Not even my nose, which is usually the main casualty from the suns rays. It would last the whole day with added water resistance for those days around the pool, saving me worry on whether I needed to top up. It didn’t feel too heavy on my face, and when a primer was used I couldn’t feel it at all. Now this did last under certain makeup products. Foundation, not as long as usual as I did see abit of movement as the day progressed, but below my collection lasting perfection concealer it worked a treat (even with the sweating, ew!)

For £14.50 at Boots, this is a little pricey if you only want it for a short trip. I was using it daily for three months and I still have a quarter of the tube left. I do recommend you pick it up if you’re visiting France though, as it is cheaper in it’s home country.

Pros: Sufficient protection against the sun, Lasts all day, Works well under certain makeup products, Product lasts for a long time, Great for sensitive skin, Water resistant.
Cons: Doesn’t work as well under a full face of makeup (why would you even want that in the heat though!)

Yet again, La Roche-Posay haven’t disappointed! They are fast becoming one of my favourite skincare brands. What facial sunscreen do you use? Have you been anywhere nice this summer?


Sunday, 1 September 2013

USA Beauty Haul: Sephora, Bath & Body Works, Target and More

I'm back! After spending 3 months in America I'm now unfortunately home. Of course I did abit of shopping while I was over there! Not as much as I thought I would mind you. I showed incredible self restraint in regards to beauty purchases. If only i could say the same for Disney related buys!

usa beauty haul makeup sephora bath and body works

Bath & Body Works
5x Pocket Bac Hand Sanitizers (Hoot Berry, Sweet Clementine, Fresh Strawberries, Vanilla Cupcake and Pumpkin Cupcake).
2x 3 Wick Candles in Frosted Cupcake and Farmstand Apple.

Pink Surf Party Body Most from Victoria Secret
Parisian Charm Body Mist from Wallmart

usa beauty haul makeup sephora target drugstore

EOS Lip Balms in Blueberry and Strawberry Sorbet
ELF Blending Eye Brush
ELF Black Liquid Liner
ELF Under eye Setting Powder
Physicians Formula Correcting Primer
Physicians Formula Happy Booster Blush
Physicians Formula Eye Booster
Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Berry Nude
WetnWild Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells
WetnWild Lipstick Fusha with Blue Pearl
WetnWild Megashine in Sugar Plum Fairy

usa beauty haul makeup sephora

Anastasia Brow Whiz in Ash Blonde
Sephora Ariel Quad
Sephora Jasmine Quad
Urban Decay Setting Spray
Tarte Blush in Amused
Kat Von D Eyeshadow Palette in Ladybird
Sephora Nailpolish in Ruby Without a Cause (not pictured)

Makeup Brushes
Nail Polish in Looking for My Prince and Mistress of Evil
Eyeshadow Palette in L’mour Mauve

Check out the video above to hear more in depth ponderings and to see some bits I was gifted from a friend! I craved to go makeup shopping in America since I started blogging so getting a chance explore drugstores and Sephora’s alike for 3 months was amazing!

If you could try one brand that isn't available in the UK what would it be?


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