A Beauty Blog...

Friday, 26 June 2015

Festival Beauty Must Haves....

Glastonbury has started today which means one thing....Festival season is finally here! I'll be going to Wireless and V this year, and have just booked Coachella in LA for next April- to say I'm excited is a slight understatement! Now I'll admit it, I love the whole 'daytime drinking/ music/ sunshine' aspect to a festival, however I'm not a fan of camping and living my life out of a tent. I miss my home comforts too much and trying to get ready in a tent that is too hot/ cold/ wet (depending on what the British weather decides to do) is my idea of a nightmare. The other part to festivals that I'm not a fan of is the packing. How are you supposed to condense your wardrobe/ accessories/ beauty essentials/ makeup down enough to fit into a bag that won't break you back (those walks from the car to the campsite are LONG) and also won't take up to much room? 

Being the beauty lover that I am, I've put together my top festival picks that will make you look gorgeous whatever the weather....

Friday, 19 June 2015

St Tropez 'In Shower' Gradual Tan Review....

Being naturally pale (milk bottle legs spring to mind) I am a sucker for any product that will transform me into a bronzed goddess, without looking orange, overly fake or streaky. There is a fine line between having a healthy glow and looking like a tangerine, and I think you'll all agree that we have all dabbled in the perma-tanned look at one point or another (and this is NOT a good look girls!) 

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Top 5 Mac Matte Lipsticks...

Let's face it, who doesn't love a lipstick? It can make any woman feel a little bit more gorgeous and glam, all in a matter of seconds, and can transform any look. I am a self confessed lipstick addict, and at the moment I am loving a matte finish, which I think gives any makeup look an on trend edge.

I have picked my 5 absolute favourite Mac matte finish lipsticks (and there were a LOT to choose from) and have put together a little review, just for you lovely lot. Please read on to see what makes me adore the shades Honey Love, Please Me, Ruby Woo, Flat Out Fabulous and Diva. I hope you love them as much as I do!

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Beauty's Most Wanted....

Like most twenty-something females, I spend most of my hard earned cash on 2 things: 1) makeup and 2) beauty products (with some clothes, food and holidays thrown in for good measure!) I always think that if you are spending money on something that will help to improve/ maintain you looks, it's worth every penny. Let's be honest, we wear our face's every day so why not treat yourself? These are the hottest new products I am lusting over this week....

'The perfect palette for summer is here' I have been told by MUR. This compact is a dupe of Bobbi Brown's 'Surf and Sand' palette from last summer, and contains 12 shimmery gorgeous shades perfect for any sunkissed beach babe! Retailing at only £4, this will definitely be coming on my summer holiday with me.

This dual use product by Topshop beauty is a snip at £8.50, and can be used on both cheeks and lips to add a pop of colour, and fits perfectly into any makeup bag. It has a nifty little brush on the end to blend the product in, and I am loving this gorgeous peach shade. 

Unless you have been living under a rock for a while you will know how on trend contouring is at the moment. With almost every brand offering products to achieve the perfect contoured look, it can be quite overwhelming deciding which one to go for. This little offering from Maybelline is easy peasy and comes in 2 shades (neither of which are orange, unlike of lot of the ones I have tried!) Simply use the brush in the base of the compact to firstly apply the darker colour under the cheek bones, at the sides of the nose and around the forehead, and then highlight along the nose, cheek bones and on the forehead using the lighter powder.

Another big trend it beauty at the moment is ombre lips, and Topshop Beauty have the perfect product to achieve this desirable look. Simply use the dark shade (which has a balm like texture) all over the lips, then apply the lighter shade on top to highlight and create a gorgeous two tone finish. Buy online or instore now for £9.

St Tropez's innovative new 'in shower' gradual tan has finally launched, and I could not be more excited! Use as part of your daily routine, and the brand promise that it will 'build a sunkissed, gradual glow' and 'provide up to 24 hour moisturisation.' It claims to give a streak free finish finish and also there is no need to moisturiser afterwards. It retails at £14.50 and is definitely a game changer for all us pale girls!

I am always on the lookout for new brushes to add to my collection, so I was beyond excited when I heard about Spectrum's new brush set. This limited edition beauty contains 10 of their best selling brushes, all in a clam shell clutch. Part of their Atlantis collection (I LOVE this new colour combo) this retails at £59.99 and is available now.

7) Benefit Porefessional: License to Blot
If, like me, you suffer from oily skin and often end up looking too 'caked' by the end of the day from all the powder you have applied, this product is for you! The newest offering in Benefit's 'Porefessional' range, this handy little blotting stick is £15.50 and is perfect for all those areas that love to shine- the chin, sides of the nose and the forehead. It helps reduce the appearance of pores, and also helps mattify for up to 6 hours. 


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

#TuesdayTutorial- Makeup Revolution Essential Matte Palette

I am a big Makeup Revolution fan, in fact I recently featured their 'Essential Mattes' eyeshadow palette on my 'Beauty buys under £5' post. Yes, I know it is hard to believe but this 12 shade eyeshadow palette is only £4, so it would have been rude not to purchase! 

I used it a handful of times before writing this post, and found myself sticking to 2 key looks- a more natural brown based look for daytime, and a more dramatic smoky look for the evening. Please read on to see how I achieved these....
Look 1- Daytime Browns
Using shades 5, 6, 7 and 8 from the palette (as labelled above) I created a contoured natural daytime look.

Apply shade 7 liberally all over the movable part of the eyelid. The purpose of this is to create a natural base for the other colours to layer onto nicely.

Using a small brush (this Spectrum crease brush is ideal) take shade 5 and apply to the outer half of the eyelid. Work the shadow into the base colour with and then blend with a blending brush so there are no harsh lines. 

Now take shade 6 and repeat the above step. The idea is to gradually build the colour up so remember to stick to the movable part of the eyelid ensure you are blending the edges. 
Tip- Be patient and remember it is not about going straight in with the darkest colour!

Now take you darkest shade, shade 8. I love this as it is a taupe/ mushroom shade and looks great layered on top of browns. Go back in with your small brush and apply this gently from the centre point of the crease of your eyelid, then follow the crease towards the outside of the eye. Once you have done this you are going to make a v shape from the end of your crease line coming back to the outer corner of your eye. 
Tip- Remember to keep to the natural crease and don't go outside it.

Blend blend blend! Once you have blended out the darkest colour nicely, you are going to go back in with your small brush and repeat step 4 again. Keep alternating this step with blending until you are happy with the level of colour and final look. 

Apply shade 8 lightly under your lash line, and then use a liquid eyeliner to frame the eyes. I've used black as I like slightly more definition, but go for brown if you want to keep it quite natural. This one from Mac is great and comes in black and brown. I apply it with this fine liner brush from Spectrum. Finish off with lashings of mascara and voila! The perfect natural daytime eye. 
Look 2- Smoky Purple
Using shades 10, 11 and 12 (as labelled above) I created a smoky purple look which is perfect for a dramatic evening look. This can get a bit messy so a little tip would be to do your eyes before your face makeup so you can easily clean up around the eye afterwards! 

Using the lightest purple shade in the palette (shade 12), take a large flat brush (like this one from Mac) and apply all over the moveable part of the eyelid. You can go slightly outside the crease line as this is a slightly more dramatic look, but don't go to mad (stay away from the eyebrows!)

Next, take shade 11, which is a slightly darker purple and use a small brush (like Spectrum one used for the first look) and apply all the way along the crease line, in a back and forth motion. Once you are happy with the level of colour, use your blending brush to blend the colour onto the eyelid. 
Tip- Work in circular motions and do not be afraid to use a bit of pressure, but be careful not to drag the eyelid.

Now is the bit that may get a little messy! Shade 10 is a highly pigmented black shadow which is quite powdery so be prepared to end up with black specs all over your face (hence the suggestion to do your eyes before your foundation!) With your small shadow brush follow step 2 (follow the crease line and then blend in towards the centre of the eye) however this time you don't want to take the shadow and further than the centre point of the lid. You don't want any black eyeshadow on the inner half of your eyelid. 
Tip- Tap the excess powder off before applying to the eyelid, this will prevent too much from dropping onto the face.

Take your blending brush again and really work the black colour into the lid. You want to avoid leaving any harsh lines and you want the colours to blend together so there is not a line where one colour ends and the other starts. Work the colour outwards at the corner of your eyes which will elongate the eyes slightly. I definitely need this with my piggy little eyes! Quite often you can lose the shape of the eye where you have blended do if this happens, blend a bit of concealer onto the tip of a cotton bud, then trace it round the eye which will erase any unwanted bits. Always powder the area after this and then go back in and blend the edge out again as the concealer may leave a line. 

Use a kohl eye liner on the inner part of your eye (this Rimmel one has been my absolute favourite for years) and then trace it along the top of the eyelid, and under the lashes as well. As this is a smoky look you don't want any sharp lines, so go over the top with your blender blush for a smudgy finish.

Apply mascara, then if you want to go very dramatic, try fake eyelashes. These pre glued ones from Eyelure are great as you don't have to faff about with glue! 
What do you think? Have you tried this or any of the other Makeup Revolution palettes?

Love, Beth xxx  

Essential Mattes eyeshadow palette- Makeup Revolution

Crease shadow brush- Spectrum
Blender brush- Spectrum
Liquid eyeliner- Mac
Eyeliner brush- Mac
Large flat brush- Mac
Pre glued eyelashes- Eyelure

Friday, 5 June 2015

Beauty Buys Under £5.....

I'm a sucker for a beauty bargain, and at the moment there seems to be so many amazing new products on the market that are so affordable. Don't get me wrong, I do also love my premium makeup, but there's nothing better than discovering an amazing new product that has cost you next to nothing. 

I've scoured the high street and put together some of the best beauty buys for £5 or under. Who said that updating your makeup bag had to be expensive??

one- Mono eyeshadow in 'Interstellar' £5- Topshop 
I've always been a big fan of Topshop beauty, despite having pre conceived ideas of it when it launched. Having never come across a high street brand that offers a beauty range as good as the big names I was dubious, however I was proved wrong and 5 years later they are still offering up some great products. I'm a huge fan of eyeshadow (a smoky eye being my go to look for most occasions) and these this one is not only a gorgeous browny/ taupe colour with a hint of sheen, but it is also highly pigmented, silky smooth and lasts all day. An all round winner!

two- Eyeshadow brush, £4.99- Lottie 
I recently discovered the Lottie range of brushes and I was instantly drawn in by their colourful handles. Let's face it, who doesn't want their brushes to look pretty on their dressing table? This red eyeshadow brush is top of my list, and with change from £5 it'd be rude not to! 

three- Maybelline Baby Lips lipbalm in peach kiss, £2.99- Superdrug
 I already have a couple of these lip balms and 'Peach Kiss' is next on my list. Believe it or not it smells just like peaches, and leaves a hint of colour on your lips. Perfect for a natural daytime look and super moisturising at the same time!

four- Essential Mattes eyeshadow palette, £4- Makeup Revolution
I was introduced to Makeup Revolution a few months ago when my friend told me they do amazing Urban Decay dupes- needless to say I was straight down to Superdrug to invest! I went for the essential mattes palette as I prefer a matte eye for daytime but I also have my eyes on a couple of the others. The shadows are highly pigmented, and the colour lasts all day. Plus £4 is an absolute bargain. Highly recommended!

five- Vaseline Rosy Lips pouch, £4- Superdrug
Who doesn't love Vaseline, especially when it comes in a cute pink little pouch?! In the 'rosy lips' flavour (my fave) and with a mirror for all of those quick touch ups this is a must have for your handbag!

six- Bourjois bronzing powder, £4.99- Superdrug
This gorgeous bronzer is 'sprinkled with rich clusters of sunshine' for the perfect summer look. Plus it smells like chocolate- I need this in my life!! Use on your face for a sunkissed glow, or, if you are pale like me, on your chest and shoulders to add a bit of colour.

seven- Shimmer box in 'rose', £4.99- Beauty UK
Beauty UK's version of the Nars shimmer brick, this little compact contains 5 complimentary shades which can be used on their own or altogether for a gorgeous pop of colour. Also available in bronze.

eight- B beauty makeup brush cleanser, £4.99- Superdrug
When it comes to cleaning my makeup brushes, it always seem likes a bit of a faff, especially if like me you like to shampoo them and then leave them to air dry! This makeup brush cleanser from 'B' couldn't be more convenient- just spray your brushes, wipe them on a cotton pad and hey presto, clean brushes! Great for a quick fix.

nine- Rimmel Scandal'Eyes eyeshadow stick in bad bronze, £4.49- Superdrug
I love love love these Scandal'Eyes eyeshadow sticks from Rimmel. Simply apply all over the lid, then blend with an eyeshadow brush (the Lottie one from number two would be perfect!) for a quick smoky eye. I love this bronze shade which also looks lovely as an eyeliner. 

ten- MUA Luxe whipped velvet blusher in 'Hedonic', £3- Superdrug
I'm a big fan on the MUA range and an even bigger fan of the MUA Luxe new collection. This cute little blusher comes in 5 shades, but i'm head over heels for the candy pink shade 'Hedonic.' It is super soft (hence the whipped velvet name!) and provides gorgeous build able colour. 

Have you tried and tested any of these products? What are your high street beauty must haves?

Love, Beth xxx  


Tuesday, 2 June 2015

The Kylie Jenner Lip- Mac Velvet Teddy & Soar

The 90's are officially back, and brown toned lipsticks are 'oh so hot' right now. Being naturally fair, I tend to keep browns to my eyeshadows and go for a pink or red lip, however feeling brave, I decided to try out this trend. After month's and month's of trying to get my hand's on this 'sold out everywhere' lipstick, I am now the proud owner of Mac Velvet Teddy. I am a big fan of the Mac matte lipstick range (infact, I don't wear any other finishes) and I was looking for a new daytime colour. In addition to this Kylie Jenner is a huge fan, so I had to have it! 

I'd heard that Soar was the best lip liner to go with this, so purchased both on the Mac website. At first glance, the liner looks a lot more red than the lipstick, which is a pinky brown, however they are a very good match.  I started off by lining my lips with Soar. A good tip is to use little strokes and work your way around the lip slowly- there's nothing worse than trying to line the lip in one go as your hand will get shaky and you will probably end up with a less than desirable result! I tend to stick to my natural lip line, however if you like a fuller look or are feeling brave, go slightly outside this.  

 Once I was happy with the liner, I took my Spectrulip brush and generously applied Velvet Teddy, starting at the centre and working my way to the outside of the lip. I used the tapered tip to go over the liner, as I personally like my colour to be blended, however you can leave this if you prefer more of an ombre finish. I do think this is one of those lipsticks that looks slightly different on everyone- my lips are quite red already, so it looks more pink than brown on me, however some of my friends end up with a more brown finish. Crazy, huh? 

The verdict? I love love love it!! It's perfect for a daytime 'natural' look, plus I always struggle with the 'eyes or lips' scenario for the evening as I love a smokey eye. Velvet Teddy just adds a hint of colour and the matte finish makes your lips look flawless- perfect when you've gone for a strong eye! 

Love, Beth xxx

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