Sunday, 14 October 2018

Currently Loving #16

Hello everyone!

As you should all know by now, this is my favourite type of blog post to write as I absolutely love sharing new products which I know you will all love too. I knew that I didn't want to leave it too long to share with you what I am loving at the minute as I have a few things to share today.

NuMe Classic Curling Wand 19mm (£60.00):
Back in July I got my hair cut just above my shoulders which was quite a change as my hair used to be really long. I curl my hair most days however the curling wand I had used previously was a bit big for my shorter hair, so I knew that I had to pick up a smaller one immediately. I had heard great things about the NuMe curling wands so I decided to go for their 19mm curler, and it's the absolute perfect size for my hair length. One thing I will say about this is that the plug is European so you have to attach a EU to UK adapter to it, but luckily I already had one at home! Other than that I have been using this most days and I am obsessed with the loose curls it produces. 

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Ring The Alarm Eye Shadow Palette (£15.00):
I bought this palette the day that it was released as it was very hyped about and so I obviously wanted to try it out for myself. I was debating whether to purchase the whole vault of 4 palettes but I decided just to go for the one palette as I know that the shades in this palette are something I will reach for very regularly. The shades in the Ring The Alarm palette are all gorgeous warm toned shadows which means they are perfect for this time of year when pretty much all I wear is warm toned shades! The shadows are buttery and blend out nicely on the eyes, whilst keeping their high pigmentation. I kind of wish I had purchased the whole vault now! 

Bottom to top: Lolli, Boom, Bomb Ass & Framed

Victoria's Secret Body Mist in Temptation (£15.00):
You may recall from my duty free haul back in August that I picked up a few Victoria's Secret body mists, and there is one scent in particular which I am obsessed with. I love Victoria's Secret body mists in general as the fragrance always lasts on me all day and the Temptation body mist has been very well loved by me over the past few months. I am no good at describing scents but one thing I can say about this is that it is quite a musky scent which I particularly love for the Autumn/Winter. I will definitely be picking up more bottles of this in the future as it is my signature scent right now! 

River Island Silver Glitter Block Heel Ankle Boot (£42.00):
I owned a very similar pair of these boots last year, except they were gold, however I was really sad when the zip broke. These are the perfect staple shoes to add to you collection so I knew that as soon as I found something similar I would be buying them without a doubt. A few weeks ago I came across these and I immediately bought them! I love anything glittery so you can imagine I'm absolutely in love with these. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sugar Glow Kit (£41.00):
I have no idea why I didn't pick this up sooner as I have been eyeing it up for ages now! I have been absolutely loving a glowy, highlighted look lately and this palette is a great addition to my highlighter collection. The shades are great for all skin tones and they just look beautiful; my favourite shades being Marshmallow and Butterscotch.

Left to right: Marshmallow &  Butterscotch

NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam (£8.00):
Like I just mentioned, I have been loving the dewy look recently and so I wanted to pick up a liquid highlighter which I can use on my declitage. This looks so pretty and I will be taking it along with me on holiday as it's going to look even more stunning with a tan! 

L'Oreal True Match Foundation in 4.N Beige (£9.99):
This foundation has been one which I have been meaning to try for some time and I have finally gotten round to it recently. I bought the shade 4.N Beige, which is a little darker than my usual skin tone, as I am going on holiday very soon so I will be more tanned than usual. I also like to use a foundation slightly darker because it just makes me look a lot more healthy. The formula of the foundation isn't really thick but isn't super runny either; it's just right. It offers a medium coverage which I have actually been loving a lot recently as it makes your skin look flawless whilst still looking sort of natural. Big thumbs up from me:) 

L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss Semi-Permanent Hair Dye in 550 Mahogany (£6.79):
I started dying my hair about 2 months ago as I just fancied a change, and the shade I've been dying it with is very Autumn/Wintery. I love this hair dye range as it doesn't contain ammonia and is also very conditioning on the hair too. This lasts around a month as it's semi-permanent; I just wish they did a permanent version! 

Tresemme Colour Revitalise Shampoo (£5.49):
Last but not least, the final product I have been religiously using is this Tresemme Colour Revitalise shampoo. This was on offer in Superdrug so I picked it up and I really wish I had of got a few more bottles as this has helped to keep my hair colour vibrant, whilst also making my hair silky smooth. The bottle is huge and so it will last you quite some time, even if you wash your hair daily like me. If you have coloured hair this is an essential product that you NEED!

Those are the gems I have been using and loving recently. What are your current faves? 

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Best Of Luxury Makeup

Hello everyone!

Following on from my 'Best Of Affordable Makeup' post I thought that I would explore the other end of the scale and share my favourite high end makeup products. I love treating myself to high end makeup hence why I own such a range of high end products, and I want to share the ones with you that I think are really worth the splurge:)

Kat Von D Lock It Foundation:
I mentioned a drugstore foundation in my previous post however I am also obsessed with this foundation. This is definitely a heavy duty foundation which you can rely on to last for as long as you could possibly need it too. The formula of this foundation is on the thicker side and it sets to a matte finish but I still like to set it with powder for extra longevity. I just love this so much I am on to my third bottle and am going to be purchasing another pretty soon. 

Kat Von D Lock It Loose Powder:
Usually the loose powder I use to set my everyday makeup is this Kat Von D Lock It one. It goes hand in hand with the foundation and is great for baking the face or applying all over the face to set everything in place. A lot of powders can alter the shade of your face but this one doesn't, whilst still brightening and mattifying the complexion. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette:
This is the first ABH eye shadow palette I have tried before but after my experience with this one I will definitely be buying more in the future. The shades in the Soft Glam palette just screamed to me so I knew that I had to make this my first ABH eye shadow palette purchase. The palette consists of gorgeous neutral shades and the shimmers are absolutely stunning also. I was really impressed with the pigmentation of the shadows in this palette and also how easy they were to blend out. 

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara:
I have been using this mascara for such a long time as it makes my lashes look absolutely incredible, and I cannot find any other mascara which makes my lashes look as good as this does. One coat of this mascara and your lashes are long and voluminous. Who needs falsies?!

Benefit Gimme Brow:
Another gem from Benefit that I love is the Gimme Brow which is a brow gel. I desperately need to repurchase a new tube of this as mine is running low but my brows look so voluminous when I use this brow gel. Don't get me wrong, I love my NYX brow gel which I mentioned in my drugstore favourites post but this is such an amazing product and it's nice to add a bit of luxury to your makeup routine. 

Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette:
I have loved and used this contour palette for about two years now. You can clearly see which shades are my favourite from the palette as they are very well loved and I will be buying a new one soon as no other contour product works as well as this one. It blends out amazingly well and sculpts my cheekbones to perfection. I don't know if I would be able to live without this amazing palette! 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost in Sarcophagus:
My favourite highlighter brand has got to be JSC as the pigmentation is on a whole other planet! His highlighters are so blinding and I always get complimented when I am wearing one of his Skin Frosts. My favourite shade is Sarcophagus, which is a gorgeous champagne shade, but I own a few of them and they are all equally as lovely. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette:
I just had to include this luxurious Hourglass palette in this post too as it is one of my favourite luxury purchases although I haven't used it in a little while. I used to be obsessed with this back when I first bought it and I really should use it more often. The three shades in the palette are more on the natural side but they offer a lovely glow nonetheless. The far right shade is beautiful on the collarbones and shoulders when you've got a tan. 

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Celebrity Skin:
I decided to choose just one JSC liquid lipstick for this post because I will be doing a full Jeffree Star Cosmetics collection soon, so keep an eye out for that! My most favourite shade has got to be Celebrity Skin as I've went through three tubes of this lovely natural nude shade. It's absolutely perfect for everyday wear hence why I've gone through so much of it.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray:
This has got to be my favourite high end makeup product EVER! I honestly didn't think that this would make a difference to the longevity of my makeup whatsoever but I can say that it really does and I don't know what I was doing without this. I am going to stock up on this setting spray so that I never run out of it! I wear my makeup for very long periods, especially when I'm at work, and I have definitely noticed that this extends the wear of my makeup and makes my face look fresher for a lot longer. 

Those are all of the luxury items that I love and use all of the time. What's your favourite high end makeup product?

Until next time, 
Emily xo 

Sunday, 30 September 2018

Best Of Affordable Makeup

Hello everyone!

Whilst it's nice to treat yourself to high-end makeup sometimes, you can't deny that drugstore makeup can be just as high quality (and sometimes better!). In today's post I thought that I would share my favourite drugstore makeup products that I think you should try too:)

Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation:
This foundation has got to be my favourite drugstore foundation ever, and is definitely in my top 3 foundations of all time. I have been using this for years and I just cannot fault it as it offers a good coverage which is what I always look for in my foundation. It lasts incredibly well as I wear my makeup for 14+ hours most days, so a long lasting foundation is definitely a must have for me. 

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer:
The Collection Lasting Perfection concealer has to be the most hyped about concealer in the beauty world, and I totally understand why everyone loves it so much! This is easily one of the most full coverage concealers I own whilst being a fraction of a high-end concealer. I use this under my eyes and it doesn't crease whatsoever once it's set in place and I also use it to cover any blemishes as it doesn't wear off throughout the day like some other concealers do.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder:
Rimmel Stay Matte has been part of my makeup collection ever since I can remember- so that just goes to show how great this powder is! I love this as it really does keep my face looking matte all day without it looking cakey or powdery. I will continue to use this for as long as I wear makeup as I can't imagine wearing makeup without it. 

Wet N Wild 10 Pan Eye Shadow Palette in Nude Awakening:
Wet N Wild has been quite a recent discovery for me but I am loving their products nonetheless. I could not believe my eyes when I saw this 10 pan eye shadow palette for under £4! I like to keep my eye looks very safe, sticking with primarily neutral shades, so Nude Awakening is a great option if you go for neutral shadows like me. The eye shadows themselves are have some great pigmentation and are also smooth for easy blending. 

NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Brunette:
As I have mentioned previously, I don't do too much to my eye brows as they are already quite full and well shaped. For that reason I use a tinted brow mascara on a daily basis just to enhance the colour and also keep the hairs from straying. The NYX Tinted Brow Mascara is what I will be wearing on my brows 99% of the time and have been doing so for around 3 or 4 years now. 

Wet N Wild Mega Glo Highlighter in Blossom Glow:
Another gem from Wet N Wild that I have been recommending a lot recently is the Mega Glo highlighter in the shade Blossom Glow. I love a blinding highlight so those that I will recommend will be exactly that- blinding. I was so impressed with both the formula and pigmentation of this highlighter when I first tried it, and I still am, as it's everything I usually look for in my highlighters. It doesn't wear off throughout the day which is really great as I have found in the past that some don't tend to look as blinding at the end of the day as when they were first applied. If you like cool toned silver highlighters then this one is definitely for you! 

Wet N Wild Megalast Lipstick in Bare It All:
I am loving Wet N Wild's makeup at the moment and I will definitely be trying a lot more of it out soon. I wanted to mention this lipstick because, although I haven't been using it for all that long, it has featured heavily in my everyday makeup routine. The shade Bare It All is a nice darker nude and one quick swipe of the lipstick gives an opaque, even finish. I actually have two other shades of this lipstick but this is the one which I get the most use out of, and I do want to try some more shades out. 

Revolution Pro Matte Lip Pigment in Pretence:
This is one of the only drugstore liquid lipsticks I use as I find that the majority of the others can be very drying on the lips. I was really impressed with how long lasting this lipstick is and for £4 you honestly can't go wrong. Pretence is a classic nude shade which applies smoothly onto the lips. It also dries down fairly quickly. I definitely want to try out some more shades as I can imagine they are all as great as these:)

GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Antique:
I first mentioned this lipstick on my blog many years ago and I have loved it ever since. I definitely need to purchase a new one of these because mine is very well loved. It's perfect for everyday wear and lasts well for a stick formula lipstick. It's also a matte finish however is very comfortable to wear and not drying. 

These are all absolute gems! Do you own any of these? Will you be picking any up?

Until next time, 
Emily xo

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette | Review & Swatches

Hello everyone!

This gorgeous palette recently entered my life when it was restocked on Beauty Bay- thank goodness! I had been wanting this for the LONGEST time but it always sells out immediately; I guess I had a stroke of luck this time:)

There are some nude shades in this palette but most of them are colourful reds and purples; something I would never used to dream of using, until now. I have experimented so much with different colours since getting this palette and created so many beautiful looks.

The formula of these shadows are like no other- they're really creamy and blend out absolutely amazingly and easily. They are definitely some of the most pigmented shadows I've ever used before.

Just look at these swatches of my favourite shades!
Bottom to top: Donor, Candy Floss, Cavity, Blood Sugar & Extraction 

All in all I am completely in love with this palette! Do you own it? If not you're really missing out!

Shop this post: Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette (£46.00)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Ring The Alarm Eye Shadow Palette | Review & Swatches

Hello everyone!

One of my favourite eye shadow palettes I am using at the moment is the gorgeous Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Ring The Alarm palette. If you didn't already know, Jaclyn Hill recently collabed with Morphe to produce a vault containing 4 eye shadow palettes. I was really tempted to buy all 4 palettes because they looked beautiful and I wanted the full collection, however I just knew deep down that the shade range in the other 3 palettes isn't something I would usually reach for and therefore I wouldn't use them. I do want to share my thoughts on the Ring The Alarm Palette today as it is right up my street and I am LOVING it:)

The packaging of the palette is quite simple but very nice and elegant at the same time. Each of the palettes contain 10 eye shadows, with the Ring The Alarm palette containing solely warm toned shadows. 

I instantly fell in love with this palette as the shades are everything I reach for on a day to day basis. There are a few matte browns in the palette which are great transition shades and there are also some really pretty berries, reds and shimmers. 

The formula of the eye shadows is up to the usual Morphe quality; with them being very smooth and easy to blend out. They are also really pigmented and vibrant, as you can see in the swatches. 
(Bottom to top: Lolli, Rush, On Camera, Boom & Alert

(Bottom to top: Bomb Ass, Siren, Mugshot, Framed & Secret

If you are debating whether to try out one of Jaclyn's new palettes with Morphe then I would definitely tell you to do it, and if you are into warm toned shadows then this is the palette to go for! This is definitely going to be my go-to Autumn/Winter eye shadow palette this year as the shades are just perfect:)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Beauty Bay Haul | September 2018

Hello everyone!

These Beauty Bay hauls are becoming quite the regular occurrence, and are possibly my favourite posts to write (although I'm sure my bank account will not be pleased with that!). I shop on Beauty Bay at least once a month so I thought that I would make this a series where I share what I've bought on Beauty Bay each month, starting with September:)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette (£43.00):
I have lusted over Anastasia Beverly Hills eye shadow palettes for so long and I have no idea why I'm only just getting around to trying one out. I was really excited to receive this as I have been waiting so long to get my hands on one of these coveted palettes. The Soft Glam palette just screams my name as it contains 14 gorgeous neutral shades which I would use on an everyday basis. The palette contains a range of opaque mattes as well as some really intensely pigmented glitter shades, as you can see from the swatches. I also love the packaging of the palette as it has a suede cover; although I can imagine it gets really dirty! I can't wait to get some more ABH palettes- so expect to see at least one in my next haul! 

Top row (bottom to top): Tempera, Glistening, Orange Soda, Rose Pink, Sultry, Bronze & Mulberry

Bottom row (bottom to top): Dusty Rose, Fairy, Burnt Orange, Sienna, Rustic, Cyprus Umber & Noir

Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighter in Blossom Glow & Precious Petals (£3.75 each):
Wet N Wild has recently launched on Beauty Bay and it is a brand I have heard a lot about, so I wanted to pick up a few products to give them a try. I picked the products based on reviews which I have previously read, and the MegaGlo highlighters are something that have been recommended time and time again. There were only two shades available on the website at the time of ordering, Blossom Glow and Precious Petals, and as you can see I did pick both shades up. Blossom Glow is a cool-toned silver highlighter whereas Precious Petals is more on the warm/peachier side. Both highlighters are very light and powdery meaning they blend out really easily, and you also only need a small amount of product as a little does go a long way. They both look stunning and catch the light well. I know that there are more shades in this collection and I can't wait for them to be added to Beauty Bay so I can buy them all:) 

Wet N Wild Colour Icon 10 Pan Eye Shadow Palette in Nude Awakening & Rose In The Air (£3.75 each):
I spotted these palettes on Beauty Bay also and I must admit that I had never seen these before, but I couldn't believe how affordable they were. For under £4 you get a palette which contains 10 eye shadow shades which is more than enough to create loads of different looks. There are three varieties and I ended up going with the two that screamed 'me' the most. The first palette I picked up is Nude Awakening which consists of neutral browns, beiges and also a few pinks. This palette is perfect for a minimal everyday eye shadow look and the shades are just so easy to work with. The other palette I got is Rose In The Air. This reminds me so much of the ABH Modern Renaissance palette with all of its warm toned oranges and purples. I will definitely get a lot of use from this palette in the Autumn/Winter and, again, it's so easy to use. If you are looking for a good palette to travel or just to use on a daily basis then check these out! 

Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Colour in Mocha-licious, Bare It All & Spiked With Rum (£3.00 each):
The final products that I bought from Wet N Wild are their Megalast Lip Colours, and I bought three shades. It won't surprise you that the three shades I bought are all nudes because they are what I wear everyday, and if these last as well as what they claim to then I will be wearing them everyday. The three shades I got are Mocha-licious, Bare It All and Spiked With Rum, and I was pleased to see that they weren't too similar to each other. Mocha-licious is the darkest of the three and a true dark brown shade. Bare it all is the lightest of the shades and is a very natural nude shade, whereas Spiked With Rum is a pink nude. 

(excuse the shimmer on my hand- I had just swatched the Wet N Wild highlighters and this just shows how good they are!)

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Thick As Thieves & Androgyny (£16.00):
As I mentioned loads of times on my blog, I am expanding my Jeffee Star Cosmetics collection so do expect to see at least one product of his in every haul from now on! I am obsessed with his liquid lipsticks and I just want to own every shade- I will get there some day! The two newest editions to my collection are Thick As Thieves and Androgyny. Thick As Thieves is a warm toned nude which is the classic shade I always reach for and can never get enough of. Androgyny is a very similar shade to Deceased, which I already own, except Androgyny is slightly warmer toned. I will be doing a Jeffree Star Cosmetics collection at some point and I will also swatch them all so that you can compare the shades, so stay tuned!  
(Again with the Wet N Wild highlighter shimmer haha!)

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost in Sarcophagus (£25.50):
Whilst expanding my JSC lipstick collection I am also working on my highlighter collection. This is only the second JSC highlighter I own but I will definitely be buying more shades as these are just so pigmented and stunning. These highlighters are literally going to last me FOREVER because the pans are so big and you really don't need to apply a lot of product due to the intense pigmentation. Sarcophagus is a champagne highlighter with almost a hint of pink undertones. This is the classic shade I go for when it comes to highlighter so no doubt I will use this to death!

Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit (£28.00):
It feels like I have been writing this blog post for such a long time now- but we're finally on the last product! The last product I picked up is skincare because my skincare routine has just went downhill lately. I have heard so many great things about Mario Badescu skincare but I thought that I would get this starter kit before purchasing the full sized products just in case. I have used this a few times and my skin feels amazing and I already see and feel a difference, so no doubt the full sized products will be in next months post and also a 'Currently Loving' post:) 

Those were the goodies I picked up for Septembers Beauty Bay haul. Do you shop on Beauty Bay? What was the last beauty item you bought?

Shop this post: Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette (£43.00) // Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighter in Blossom Glow (£3.75) // Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighter in Precious Petals (£3.75) // Wet N Wild Colour Icon 10 Pan Eye Shadow Palette in Nude Awakening (£3.75) // Wet N Wild Colour Icon 10 Pan Eye Shadow Palette in Rose In The Air (£3.75) // Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Colour in Mocha-licious (£3.00) // Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Colour in Bare It All (£3.00) // Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Colour in Spiked With Rum (£3.00) // Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Thick As Thieves (£16.00) // Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Androgyny (£16.00) // Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost in Sarcophagus (£25.50) // Mario Badescu Acne Starter Kit (£28.00) 

Until next time, 
Emily xo 

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