Category: Beauty

My working week in lipsticks

I was never much of a lipstick fan, I had a few in my collection but nothing massive and certainly not ones I would wear on the regular. You see I am a lazy make up wearer and the whole reapplying thing just used to bore me silly, so I used to forgo this step. This is until I got the most amazing red colour in a beauty box from Love Me Beauty. It was a Make Up Forever mini lipstick, and I thought for fun I would slap it on my lips. The colour was so pretty and it really finished off my look, so from that moment I was hooked! That night (which was date night) I ran to town, hit up Urban Decay and my lippie collection has been growing ever since.

I never shy away from a full face of make up even when I am at work, so I thought I would share with you my working week in lipsticks. Just for the fun of it like 🙂

Monday – MAC Matte Mehr

This is a gorgeous matte brown colour which honestly goes with almost everything. Its not drying like most matte lipsticks either so thats a plus.

MAC satin Viva Glam 2

Its a slightly pinkier colour this one, so I need to be a little bit more selective as to what I pair it with. This was one of the first lispticks I brought, so has seen a little more love than most of these. I adore it.

MAC retro Matte Ruby Woo

Newest red to my collection. Oh my days what a colour. Really I have nothing more to say about this colour than…. WOOOOOOOOOOOW.

Jeffree Star Unicorn Blood

Ahhh, this is one of my Ride or Die make up items. Not only does it smell like orange lolly pops, the staying power of this bad boy is cray cray. I mean I can go out for dinner and drinks, and this is almost tattooed on. The only shame of it is that the stars on the case are starting to wear off.

Kat Von D Bow N Arrow

Hands down most difficult packaging to take a photograph of!!!! When I brought this I was not expecting it to be as brown as it was. I can rock a red no probs, but a dark brown really threw me. Odd huh! I am still finding my feet with the colour, but I am learning to love it. Its about one of the only liquid lipsticks I own and it does dry my lips out, so I need to make sure that I have been kind to my lips before I wear it. I have a few KVD lipsticks though and I have to say her brand is just one I adore!!!

So tell me folks, what do you rock during the week. What are your ride or die lippies? Share with me so I might find a few more faves.

Until next time,

XO’s

Amy

Makeup Obsession Contour Cream Dreams – My first guest post

Ladies and Gents, I am proud to announce that Blogmoo! has it’s first guest blogger. My most amazing buddy Kirsty, who I am dragging along with me to #BlogConLDN, has lovingly agreed to write me a blog post. So without further ado, please read on about her most recent discovery….. Makeup Obsession’s Contour Cream…..

Kirsty’s new discovery – Makeup Obsession Contour Cream

“You can’t go out like that!” Maybe you heard that every week when you were a teenager, but my nan was pretty cool, so when she said those six words, I did stop to listen! My quick fling with loose blusher powder hadn’t gone well and it was banished to the back of the cupboard, never to be used again!

I was born with an eye condition that means I can’t see anything apart from whether the light is on – no colours, movement or shapes. When I was a teenager, I mastered make-up such as lipstick and mascara, but blusher proved to be more of a problem, especially the loose kind. Nail varnish was also a challenge, but I managed to work out a good trade at school – I would help my sighted friends with their questions about our lessons or homework, and in turn they did my nails!

Anyway – the blusher disaster was washed off and I went out without any. Later I tried compressed powder, which meant I didn’t look like a clown, but I still wasn’t convinced that it looked as good as it could have, so I tended not to bother with it.
Fast forward 20 years and my friend Amy bought me the Makeup Obsession (Live Love London) – Contour Cream C107 Light.
We had already established that cream eye shadows are easier for me to apply than powder ones, because there is less chance of fall-out, so we started to look at other cream alternatives. I didn’t even know that cream blushes, contour creams or highlighters existed, so the journey of discovery has been an exciting one!
The contour cream comes in a square compact. It’s not difficult to get in to, but you have to watch that it doesn’t fly out. Apparently the pot of product is detachable so that you can use the products to build your own, larger palate. I’m not going to do this, and I think a clip-in design would have been better, but as long as you have it on a flat surface or hold it at the side, not underneath, the little pot of contour cream won’t escape!
I measure three fingers away from the side of my mouth, then draw a line of the cream from the hollow of my cheek diagonally up to my hairline. I think most people go inwards, but I find it easier to start in what I know will be the right place and finish in an obvious place, which is why I go outwards. I then blend in the product with my fingers.
If you can’t see what you’re doing, it’s important to do what you can to minimise the chance of mistakes, and using cream products does this for me because I can monitor how much product I’m using and where I’m applying it.  I’m really happy with this contour cream and grateful to Amy for snapping it up for me. Make-up shopping with Amy is a lot of fun!
If you want to read more of my posts, you can visit my blog at http://unseen-beauty.com or I’m @englishwithk on Twitter.

NB – Kirsty wasn’t able to take photos, so here is mine…. I may have snapped up the Makeup Obsession contour powder for myself…. maybe…..

Holy Mask Batman!!

I love face masks. Its a great excuse to have some ‘you time’ and relax whist giving your skin some TLC. They recommend a couple of times a week treating your skin, but the issue I have is the mess. The glorious mud gets all over the place and the clean up can end up stressing you out more than you were in the first place, defeating the object of trying to relax. If I am honest it puts me off doing them.

Enter the Sheet Mask, the latest craze. No mess or fuss, just beautiful skin. Whats not to love. I got this one in my recent Glossy Boxes, which I was too late to do an unboxing for alas. It really was a good box!! This item is Vitamasques’s Manuka Honey Face Mask which boast three layers of mask which aid in hydration, so that can only be a good thing. Retailing at £3.99 you can grab them here and it looks like they do a whole load more of them, so I shall be stocking up I think, although this one I got in my January Glossybox.

I left the mask on for the specified 20 mins and once removed massaged the rest of the product into my skin. Some masks have quite a strong smell, but this one didn’t smell of much at all. It also didn’t tear on me which was nice. It fit my face really well and I was able to get it into all the little nooks and crevices. I have to say I am pretty impressed with this mask. My skin felt amazing afterwards and still felt super soft into the days after.

 

See, this is one of the reasons I love Glossybox and boxes similar. Without them I would never have known about Vitamasques, or the many other products that I have totally fallen head over heels in love with. So I would encourage you to grab a Glossybox (not Birchbox though, as I have had nothing but issues from them), or skip that and check out Vitamasques directly. I promise you that you will not be disappointed.

XO’s
Amy

What do Will Smith and Ashley Tisdale both have in common….

Ok, so the opening to this post is a little bit like ‘Whhhhhy is a Raven like a writing desk’, but I betcha can’t guess. They both have songs called ‘Switch’ and I couldn’t think of a better lead up to this post and with all the wonderful blogs out their, a gal has gotta try something to stand out.

Anywho, I stumbled across this little marvel when I was Amazon surfing. When I get bored I like to window shop, and the benefit to doing this on your phone/laptop/tech device is that you can do so in your pyjamas, heated lap yeti on full blast, cuppa in hand and know that you don’t have to face the outside world. Whats not to love, right? During a recent browsing I found the Shadow Switch by Beauty Essentials.

It is a dry brush cleaner which quite simply you use to clean your brush off after you have used it, so you don’t end up with a muddy mix of eye shadows on your freshly primed lids. Maybe it’s just me, but I just use my pyjamas to do this, which in fairness made a muddy mess of them. At only £5.99 I knew I had to have it and one prime delivery later it was in my grubby little mitts.

It is, very simply, a round tin with what I can only describe as an open cell foam inside. The instructions are quite specific in that you ‘glide your eye shadow brush around the black sponge in a clockwise motion to remove the colour’ and you can then use the same brush to dip into a new colour without any crossover. Side note, I am not sure what would happen if you went counterclockwise with your brush, the instructions leave this information out. Maybe if you risk it, a fairy loses her wings or something, so chance it at your own peril if you grab one of these pots.

The sponge, whist quite dense, is easy to remove and cleaning is simple with just water and fragrance free soap. I use my brush cleaner and have included the Shadow Switch into part of my make up brush cleaning routine, and it has done it no harm.

Whilst I wouldn’t go as far as to say that this little pot is a staple part of my makeup routine, it certainly has helped my application of shadows as they only blend when I want them too now, and has certainly saved my pyjamas from a grubby demise. For the small sum I paid I think it is worth it, but maybe you should be the judge of that. If you have a gazillion makeup brushes then you probably won’t need to add this to your collection, but who knows it might be the best thing since sliced bread for ya!

Until next time peeps,

XO’s

Amy

(NB – Affiliate link above to Amazon, just FYI in case you want to use your own link <3)

Searching for the Holy Grail.

Searching for the Holy Grail.

*Cue Indiana Jones soundtrack here*

I think that finding the perfect concealer and foundation is like finding the Holy Grail. You spend your lifetime searching for it, leg it out of the shop (once you have paid of course!) like you are being chased by a gigantic ball of rock and then place the bottles on display on your make up table like they are something amazing to behold. You tell everyone and their dog about your find, and potentially may even buy back ups because, well just in case…. Right? No? Ok so only me then.

As I am getting…. Cough…. Older, I have noticed a number of things. Lines where lines never used to be, my skin plays me up a whole lot more and takes a whole lot more work now, and my make up just isn’t doing the job that it used to. It adds to the depressing feeling of being in the next age bracket up when you are filling in forms. I have always been a MAC Cosmetics girl, and I love and believe in their products so I know it must be me and not them so I have set myself a task….. to find the Holy Grail of concealers.

I started by addressing my problems:

1) Fine lines,

2) Dark circles which will not quit,

3) My face eating the product,

4) Powder, both loose and pressed, making me look like I have scales on my under eye.

Surely there must be a product or products out there for me, a 30 something, which could take these issues and eat them for breakfast. The intermerweb is brilliant for these things, but I wasn’t prepared to pay gazillions of pounds buying products for them to not work. So I donned my Indie hat, well my warm hoodie, and I set off into town to see what I could pick up.

We have a moderately sized Debenhams, so I thought that I would start there to pick up a few samples. The longer you hang about on my blog you will see I ADORE samples. I mean whats not to love. You get to try products, without having to pay, and might find something that you really can’t live without. Also, if you really love a product and you are going traveling, you don’t have to pack your full sized items or faff with small pots which you will always forget what is inside. Genius. I was surprised that certain brands would not allow you to take samples away. They immediately lost my business (Benefit I am looking at you). I know and appreciate that there are certain things you simply can’t take away, pressed powders for example, but for what I was after I didn’t feel it was too much of a tall order. Even stick concealers you can scrape some off and pot it up, lord knows this is what Dior did for me, yet other brands with similar products won’t do the same. If you pay a premium price, you expect a premium service, and that includes me being able to use these products in my own home, at my own convenience, even if it means making a small mess of your tester products (which is what they are there for anyway!!!).

Anyway I digress, I picked up a number of products from Debs. Concealer, correction sticks, foundations… Oh my! (I really should keep my movie references to one movie per blog right). I also picked up a few high street concealers from my local Boots. My aim is to test them out over the coming weeks and let you know how I get on.

My ‘hit’ list, so far, is:

Dior – Diorskin Nude Air Loose Powder and Fix It Colour 2-in-1 Prime & Colour Correct

Clarins – Instant Concealer

Bare Minerals – Mineral Vale Powder

YSL – Touche Eclat 01 and Setting Powder

Clinique – Super Primer Discolouration, All about the Eyes Concealer, Super Balance Foundation, Beyond Perfect Foundation and Loose Powder Invisible Blend.

Estee Lauder – Double Wear Foundation

NYX – Dark Circles Concealer and HD Concealer

Maybelline – The Eraser Eyeshadow

LA Pro Girl Concealer

What do you use? If you have any suggestions for me let me know and I shall add them to my ‘Hit’ List.

So, until next time my lovelies,

XO’s

Amy

Best make up remover I have ever tried.

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You will never see me without a full face of make up. Not because I feel I NEED to wear make up, but because I love to play with it and experiment with colours. I have never been artistic, but I am creative, and I see make up as a creative outlet which if you get wrong, washes off at the end of the day. No harm, no foul….. right? I love to paint my face with an array of wonderful eyeshadows, blushes and highlighters. I adore learning new techniques, absorbing everything that the world of make up can throw at me. If only I had a bigger budget, then my make up collection would be far better than it is now, although I am sure my other half would argue that it is big enough already.

One thing that comes with wearing a full face, or make up of any kind, is the removal of it. In the world of waterproof this that and the other, there are a fair number of lotions and potions that profess to remove the gunk and make your face glow. Lord knows my dressing table is as full of bottles as it is with lipsticks. I was getting frustrated with the daily slog of removal, of products just not doing what they claimed they would, and quite frankly bored of the same old stuff. I was certainly finding that the skin around my eyes was taking a battering as I was scrubbing at them trying to get the layers of mascara from my lashes.

That is, until I found Clinque Take the Day off balm. Ohmygeeze, I mean seriously, this stuff is amazing. It is very rare that I am raving after one use of a product, but seriously if you buy nothing else in 2017 (and I include food and bills in this!!!) then you NEEEEED to get one of these pots of magic. You will thank me, I promise you. This little pot of magic looks like a solid, but once you scoop out a small amount and rub it between your hands, it turns into an oil like consistency. Simply rub your hands over your face, focusing on the areas where you have more stubborn make up (for example, your eyes or lips if you have a liquid lip on). Your make up will simply melt away. I wash my face with a damp washcloth, and carry on with my routine. It has reduced the amount of time I spend removing my face, without compromising on the actual cleaning of it, and the way it feels the following morning is as soft as my most amazing heated lap yeti (ahhh I bet I caught your eye. I will explain all in another post soon I promise)

 

It comes in at £22.00 on Clinque’s site direct, but with 125ml of product it will last you a long while making the cost not so steep. It’s light weight, non drying or greasy and doesn’t clog your pores, which is also a bonus. It really is suitable for all skin types, which means you won’t hit any restrictions if you want to pick up this bad boy. Side note, not all counters stock this product so I had to get mine from the webpage, but it allowed me to pick up a few additional extra freebies in the form of a Take the Day off Make up liquid remover, Liquid Facial Soap and a Moisture Surge moisturiser, which I have yet to dig into as they are perfect travel size and as I am going to be going away in April I thought I best try and keep them for then.

Until next time party people,

XO’s

Amy