Thursday, 26 April 2018

Beauty Lookbook

Primer: KIKO Matte Face Base Primer
Foundation: Maybelline Super Stay Warm Sun & Ivory
Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection in Fair under eyes, and Tarte Shape Tape around my nose and on my chin.
Powder: Kat Von D Lock-It Translucent Loose Powder & RCMA No Colour Powder
Bronzer: L'Oreal Glam Bronze & Sleek Powder Contour Kit in Light
Highlighter: Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Sunlight, Ofra Glazed Rodeo Drive
Blusher: Inglot Face Blush in 30
Brows: Benefit KaBrow Shade 3
Eyes: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer. ColourPop Making Moves eyeshadow in crease. Eyeko Me & My Shadow in Chocolate all over lid to act as a base for the two brightest purples from the Morphe 35P palette to sit on. Also used the Eyeko pencil on lower lashline and tapped the purple over the top, and used the ColourPop shadow that I used in the crease to blend it out. Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner on top lashline. ColourPop Flexitrian highlighter on inner corners. Mac Nylon to highlight brow bone.
Lashes: Kiss Lashes in the style in Peony.
Mascara: Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara on lower lashes.
Lips: ColourPop Sure Thing & Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Sugar.

Monday, 23 April 2018

TILI Beauty Box

Beauty boxes are a great way to try out new products, but if you hate the commitment of a monthly subscription, this TILI box may be the one for you! There's absolutely no monthly fee as it's a one off and you can see exactly what's in it before you buy.

I ordered a couple of their previous boxes before and was not left disappointed. You can have a read all about them here! I even went on to purchase a few of the products after they were finished, and I also managed to win a Dyson hairdryer for taking a creative photo of the contents of the box. Hooray!

Anyway, here is a quick rundown of the products included in April's TILI box:

Elemis Superfood Facial Wash
Anything from Elemis gets a big thumbs up from me and I'm always willing to try out new cleansers. This claims to enhance skin's natural glow with the help of pro-biotics whilst deeply cleansing the skin.

PIXI Rose Tonic
You would have to have been living under a rock not to have heard about PIXI's Glow Tonic. Well, this is a nourishing version that promises to calm skin, and is infused with elderflower and rose. I think this would be well suited to more sensitive skin than the original Glow Tonic as there's no glycolic acid in this one.

Nails Inc Duke Street
Nails Inc are like the Rolls Royce of the nail polish world. This shade is a mix between lilac and grey, and I don't really know how I feel about it. I would have liked a more summery shade as it's a bit muted for me, but I may grow to like it when it's on my nails. Hopefully.

Vitamin Zooki
I must admit I didn't actually know what this was when I opened the box. Apparently it's a vitamin shot, packed with 100% of your recommended daily allowance of  eight essential vitamins. Obviously you would need to take this on more than one occasion to gain any benefits from it, but it's certainly a good way of giving it a shot. Excuse the pun.

Molten Brown Purifying Shampoo & Conditioner
I am going away for a few days next month and these two are the perfect size for travelling. It claims to remove product build up and leave your hair super clean and fresh. It also smells delicious!

Magnitone Wipe Out
I got one of these in my advent calendar at Christmas and they are amazing! I always use a face cloth to cleanse at night but these microfibre cloths remove make up much more effectively, you won't quite believe it. You don't need to even use a face wash, but I do just because I feel better about myself if I do. Got to be squeaky clean!

Vita Liberata Body Blur 
I have always wanted to try this stuff, but it's quite expensive. Luckily you get a small tube in this month's box, so now I can see if I really am missing out. It is supposed to give an HD finish to skin, making it look flawless and smooth.

Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream
I ran out of my beloved Estee Lauder eye cream recently and haven't found anything to replace it yet, so this is a welcome addition to my skin care collection. It claims to combat dark circles, wrinkles and puffiness, and contains hyaluronic acid.

Percy & Reed Dry Instant Volumising Spray
I love volumising sprays as although I have lots of hair it's quite fine and falls flat quite quickly. This gives volume and texture, leaving your hair full of body and looking fabulous!

So there we have it, everything you get in April's TILI box. Although most of the products are not full size, I do feel that £20 is a decent price because of the brands included and the number of products you receive. If it tickles your fancy, don't hang about as they tend to sell out pretty quickly. You can order yours right here!


Monday, 16 April 2018

Beauty Lookbook

I have really been loving a pop of colour on my lower lashline recently. It brights up any eye look, especially if you've gone with quite dark shadow on the top. This navy also makes the white of my eyes look brighter, so it's a handy trick to look more awake!

Primer: KIKO Matte Face Base Primer
Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in Warm Beige & The Ordinary Coverage Foundation in 2.0 YG.
Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection in Fair under eyes, and Tarte Shape Tape around my nose and on my chin.
Powder: Kat Von D Lock-It Translucent Loose Powder
Bronzer: L'Oreal Glam Bronze & Sleek Powder Contour Kit in Light
Highlighter: Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Sunlight, Jouer Citrine & Ofra Glazed Donut
Blusher: Mac Melba
Brows: Benefit KaBrow Shade 3
Eyes: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer.  Morphe Jaclyn Hill palette on top, and Rimmel Ultimate Waterproof Kohl in Navy on lower lashline with the navy shade from the Morphe palette over the top for an extra pop. Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner on top lashline. Lightest shades from Jaclyn Hill Morphe palette on the inner corners of eyes.
Lashes: Kiss Lashes in the style Peony (Love these lashes!)
Mascara: Benefit BadGal Bang on lower lashes
Lips: Rimmel Tiramisu lip liner & Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink in Poet.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Beauty Lookbook

Primer: KIKO Matte Primer
Foundation: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation Light Beige & Warm Beige
Concealer: Collection Lasting Perfection in Fair under eyes, and Tarte Shape Tape
Powder: Kat Von D Lock-It Translucent Loose Powder
Bronzer: L'Oreal Glam Bronze & Sleek Powder Contour Kit in Light
Highlighter: Becca Champagne Pop & Ofra Glazed Donut. Mac Nylon on brow bone
Blusher: Inglot Face Blush in 30
Brows: Benefit KaBrow Shade 3
Eyes: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eyeshadow Primer. Morphe Day Slayer palette & Morphe Jaclyn Hill palette. Urban Decay Vacancy eyeliner smudged along lower lashline. ColourPop Flexitarian Highlighter in inner corners. Laura Geller Eye Calligraphy Pen along upper lashline.
Lashes: Ardell Wispies
Mascara: Benefit BadGal Bang
Lips: Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 03 & Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Sugar in the middle of the lips.


Friday, 6 April 2018

March Favourites

It may be April, but it feels like November because I don't think anyone has informed Mother Nature that it's now spring. Anyway, here are some products I've been really loving over the last month, some longer, that you could treat yourself to if the weather is getting you down.

First up, is the Eyeko Me & My Shadow Waterproof Liner. I bought this after seeing someone use it on Instagram, and I love it. I purchased the shade Chocolate, and used it as a base for my sparkly green eyeshadow look in my latest beauty lookbook post. I pressed the green shades from the Urban Decay Moondust palette over the top and it didn't crease or fade throughout the day. It also made the green really pop! You can of course use it as an eyeliner too, and there's even a brush on the other end for smudging. Perfect!

Another great product I have really been enjoying this month is the OFRA Cosmetics Glazed Donut Highlighter. This is the most intense highlighter I own, and I got it after seeing Keilidh Cashell using it in one of her YouTube videos. She tapped it lightly over Becca Champagne Pop, and it gives such an amazing glow. Even though it is beaming, it doesn't look like it's sitting on top of your skin. I am obsessed.

I fell out of love with liquid lipstick for a while as I was fed up of having dry, flakey lips. That was until I discovered the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipsticks. These stay put allllllllll day, even when I have eaten. I think they are the only ones that don't break up on my lips after a while, and although they require a bit of work to get off at the end of the day, I really don't mind because they are pretty much bulletproof and come in so many gorgeous colours.

While I love a matte lip colour, I also have really liked wearing lipgloss and shiny lipstick. This L'Oreal Color Riche Shine in the shade 642 is the perfect nude colour. I love wearing a nude lip liner and this over the top for a really fresh and glossy look. The packaging is also very aesthetically pleasing.

A more recent purchase but one that has quickly become a favourite is Mary-Dew Manizer from The Balm. I am a huge fan of their powder highlighter, Mary-Lou Manizer, and this is just the liquid version. It's so handy as you can use the applicator to draw it onto your face and then blend it out with your fingers. It reminds me slightly of the Iconic London liquid highlighter, although it's definitely not as intense. The packaging would make it great for travel, and I'll probably take it with me when I'm in Edinburgh next month, as I don't want to chance taking my glass bottle of Iconic highlighting drops.

I was struggling to find a black gel liner that stayed black throughout the day when I decided to give the Inglot 77 liner a try. This stuff is so pigmented that you have to be quite careful as you can end up looking a bit panda eyed, but once it's on it stays black and it is easy to smudge out if you work quickly before it sets. I also saw Keilidh Cashell use it to stop a watery eye ruining your eyeshadow. She recommended placing a small bit in the outer corner of your eye where it's watering and because it's waterproof, it basically plugs the corner of your eye and stops the water. I've tried it and it does work!

I am always on the lookout for a good anti-ageing eye cream, and managed to swipe this Estee Lauder one from my mum who got it in a free gift after buying Double Wear. The Revitalizing Supreme + Eye Balm soaks into my eye area really quickly considering it isn't a thin consistency, and it leaves my skin feeling really soft and hydrated. I am considering buying the full size as it feels lovely and luxurious and will hopefully keep the fine lines at bay.

If you follow me on Instagram you may be aware of my skin burning drama. I recently used something on my face that caused me to come out in a red, bumpy rash that was not only very sore, but very, very dry. I don't have sensitive skin, nor do I suffer from dry patches, so I was quite surprised my skin reacted the way it did. I still don't fully know what it was but I do know I am going to be much more careful about what I put on my face and what products I use together.

Anyway, working in a beauty hall has its advantages as the lady from the Origins counter heard my skin saga and recommended I try some of the Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief range. At that stage I was willing to try anything, and that evening I used the micellar water to cleanse my rash and a lotion to moisturise the area. The next day I woke up looking like a new girl. I was so impressed, as the redness had reduced, the dry, flakey skin was more moisturised and the texture had definitely improved. I then discovered my mum had a full sized pot of the face cream so I have been using it religiously morning and night to maintain the moisture levels in my skin, and I am so thankful that I tried it.

There's still a tiny patch of dry skin but the Mega-Mushroom Relief really improved the appearance and gave me a bit of my confidence back. Apparently it's great for eczema prone skin, or skin that becomes dry and irritated easily. If this sounds all too familiar, I really do recommend giving it a try, it's not the cheapest product but the results really speak for themselves.

Now for a perfume favourite! I am a Chanel Chance Eau Tendre fanatic, so I have to really like something to wear anything else. I received some Jo Malone goodies at Christmas and there was a sample size of the Peony & Blush Suede Cologne in the bag. It was love at first spritz, and I set out on a mission to get the full size. I also have the Jenny Glow dupe version which does smell exactly the same, but there's just something about wearing the real thing. It's sweet, fresh and super girly and I absolutely love it.

Lastly, is a palette that I think might just be my favourite palette ever. Do you ever buy a palette and it has a few colours that you know you'll probably never use? Well, the Lime Crime Venus XL contains 18 shades I know I will most definitely use. It's right up my street with hot pinks, pinky nudes, deep plum, and warm browns. The colours basically blend themselves as they apply so smoothly, there's really no work in it, and they stay vibrant throughout the day. I just cannot get enough of it. You can read my full, more detailed review of it right here.

So that's all my favourites for this month. Can I just reiterate how much I love the Lime Crime palette? It's amazing! Anyway, if you have any products you've been loving recently, feel free to leave a comment below. I love any excuse to try new things!

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Top Beauty Award For Local Eco Salon

If you live in or around Derry/Londonderry, you are probably quite familiar with RoCo hair salon. If not, where have you been? Not only are they top class hair stylists, they pride themselves on being eco-friendly, and they've now scooped two prestigious awards for their hair and beauty products!

I was lucky enough to try their Conscience Clear tan, and it seems that I wasn't the only one to be impressed. The tan, free from the nasty chemicals associated with other tanning products, was awarded an Image Beauty Award for Best Body Care Tan! I am an avid tanner, and I like to think I know my stuff when it comes to getting a glow, so I can vouch for the fact that this tan is fabulous. If you love looking like a golden goddess but hate the stickiness and smelling like a packet of digestives, give this luxurious liquid a go. You can read my full review of it right here, and see the results for yourself.

It doesn't stop there, as RoCo's Matte Dust also picked up the Image Award for Best Styling Product. This non-sticky, lightweight, and easy to use plumping powder gives texture and body to even the limpest of hair.

RoCo are listed within The Leading Salon's Of The World, an exclusive circle only given to those salons that provide excellence across the board. All products designed and created by the founders, Ronan and Connor, consist of natural ingredients and environmentally friendly packaging, so you can look gorgeous without the guilt!

So what did the co-owners themselves think of it all?
Ronan explained, "When we entered the Image Beauty Awards we had high hopes for our products , we are delighted to be awarded with two winners!"

Connor added, "It's amazing to have been recognised in both categories and we are really excited to see what the next year brings for RoCo and our products."

If you would like to find out more about RoCo or shop any of their products, you can visit their site here. Psst...Here's a little peek at the other awards RoCo have deservedly picked up over the years!

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