Uncategorized

a few of my fav pink lippys!

Welcome back my lovelies! (Or hello to anyone who’s just discovered my blog!)

So I did a poll on my Instagram (linked here if you fancy a follow!) on what blog post you guys would like to see next and it was a close call between my new favourite makeup remover and a post on pink lippys, but the pink lippys just took it! So here we go..

Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Doll Parts

Now inevitably there’s going to be at least one Jeffree Star lipstick when I’m reviewing lipsticks, so we may as well start off there! The first one I want to talk about is ‘Doll Parts’. It is the most gorgeous cool toned pink liquid lipstick, the colour gives me complete Mean Girls vibes every time I see it. The formula goes on opaque, dries down completely matte and lasts for hours! The coverage with only one swipe of the wand is unbelievable, you really don’t need a lot of product for a full coverage lip so they last a substantial amount of time saving you money! Something I love about this colour is that it is so versatile, it works on any skin tone and is just so wearable. This shade of pink can be easily worn on a day to day basis and is one hundred percent a staple in my kit.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Prom Night

The next (and last) Jeffree Star lippy I want to talk about is ‘Prom Night’. It is a beautiful bright matte pink shade which is definitely not for the faint hearted! Just like the other matte liquid lips in the collection, this one also goes on opaque and dries down to a matte. ‘Prom Night’ brings such a gorgeous burst of colour to a makeup look and all eyes go straight for it! Even though the formula dries down matte it is still very hydrating and doesn’t leave my lips feeling dry or cracked. If you already do or you’re thinking about wearing brighter coloured lipstick this shade is definitely a great place to start, it’s a stunning colour that’ll make you feel powerful.

Ted Baker – Treasured Treats

The next lippy is one from the brand Ted Baker. This brand isn’t necessarily known for their makeup products but these lippys are so beautiful, they’re a must have! Not only is the colour stunning, but the packaging and all round aesthetic of this lippy is beautiful. The lipstick itself has a ‘T’ etched into the top and I’m so here for it. This specific shade is a beautiful light pink shade that reminds me a lot of candyfloss, it’s glossy and gorgeous! The formula of this lipstick is very creamy and feels amazing on the lips. These lipsticks are so hydrating and pigmented, the colour payoff is brilliant. I mentioned this in my ‘red lipsticks‘ post, the only thing that baffles me about these lipsticks is the fact they don’t have individual names, when buying a lipstick I like to be able to find out what that specific colour is called. Regardless of the name fiasco, these lipsticks are definitely worth a try. Not only are they beautiful to look at but the colour is also beautiful.

Huda Beauty – Gossip Gurl

The next pink lippy is by the brand Huda Beauty and it’s called ‘Gossip Gurl’. I’d describe this colour as a very cute and bold pink colour, but don’t take bold in the wrong way! What I mean by that is it’s a very classic pink and is very wearable, I have tried it on a lot of skin tones and it seems to suit everyone! Something I love about the Huda liquid mattes is that they’re so comfortable to wear, the formula dries down completely matte but still feels extremely hydrating and doesn’t dry out the lips at all. Saying this, they also last all day without the need to reapply, something that is hard to perfect when the formula is so hydrating! The packaging is also so cute, the frosty looking glass just looks so sophisticated and is enough to draw anybody in! This lipstick is a definite must have!

Maybelline – 157, More to Adore

Another pink lippy I love is from Maybelline. It is shade no.157 ‘More to Adore’ from their ‘coloursensational’ range. This formula is sooo incredibly creamy, it feels like an absolute dream on the lips. It is so hydrating and nourishing, because of this it is not a heavy formula and doesn’t feel like you’re wearing any product which is refreshing. Not only this, but the formula is nicely pigmented which means the colour payoff is definitely worth trying. This shade is a light baby pink that looks pretty glossy. The shade is very versatile but is more suited to people with lighter skin tones as, though the formula is pigmented, it is more sheer than some of the other brands’ lipsticks above. If you like a more subtle pink lipstick I’d definitely suggest giving this one a go!

Rimmel – Kate Moss, 101

The last lippy I want to talk about is from Rimmel. It is one of the shades from their ‘lasting finish’ collaboration with Kate Moss and is shade no.101. It is a very light pink shade, probably the lightest pink shade I own, but nonetheless is very beautiful. This is a perfect shade for people who like wearing lipstick but don’t want to wear anything heavy or with lots of colour. The feel of the formula is very lightweight and hydrating and it says on for a decent amount of time. Application is so easy as it just glides across the lips. I’d definitely recommend trying out this lippy and adding it to your collection because the formula is amazing, especially for the price point!

So there we have it! I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that it was a helpful insight into some of my favourite pink lipsticks! what are some of your favs? let me know!

Until next time lovelies.. x

beauty, Uncategorized

Juvia’s Place ‘Saharan II’ Eyeshadow Palette

Okay, so it’s safe to say I am officially obsessed with this brand. From the moment I got my hands on my very first Juvia’s product ‘The Magic Palette’ I’ve been absolutely hooked (you can find my review on that palette here). Recently I’ve got my hands another new palette; The Saharan II Eyeshadow palette.

juvias saharan II

I fell in love with the colours in this palette as soon as I lifted the lid, they are so vibrant and there’s something quite endearing about the different selection of shades. The first thing that caught my eye was the fact there are multiple duo-chrome shades in this palette, and duo-chromes might be the love of my life.. right, lets get to the facts shall we??

juvias-saharan-ii-2.jpg

The palette contains a total of nine eyeshadows. Along with three duo-chrome shades there are three matte shades and also three metallic shades, each as equally gorgeous as the last. Each eyeshadow is 3.6 grams of product and with the palette retailing for £20 in the UK (you can grab it from beautybay.com) I think you get a substantial amount of product for your money.

The colour selection in this palette is absolutely stunning, there are so many different looks to be created from the nine shades. Each of the shades are incredibly pigmented, the metallic and duo-chrome shades are the most pigmented with the matte shadows following closely behind. This fact allows the shadows to be blended easily and quickly with a high impact colour payoff, which is an absolute dream when it comes to eyeshadow.

juvias saharan II 5
left to right: Chefchaouen, Marrakesh and Aziza

The three duo-chrome shades are as follows.. Marrakesh is a gorgeous peach colour that has a tint of gold/orange when in specific lights, Aziza is a beautiful white toned champagne colour with a tint of gold and Chefchaouen is a stunning light grey/blue colour with a tint of silver.

juvias saharan II 3
left to right: Taza, Zohra and Fez

The three matte shades are as follows.. Fez is a gorgeous warm deep brown colour, Zohra is a stunning warm deep red colour and Taza is a warm brown which is much lighter than Fez.

juvias saharan II 4
left to right: Nomad, Berber and Hadiya

The three metallic shades are as follows.. Hadiya is a lovely light to medium brown shade, Berber is a pure sea blue colour and Nomad is a gorgeous burgandy/wine colour.

My two favourite shades in the palette are Marrakesh (the orange toned peach) and Zohra (the deep red). I honestly can’t get enough of using this palette and I would recommend it to anyone and everyone looking for some top quality eyeshadows.

All in all I adore the ‘Saharan II’ eyeshadow palette and can’t wait to start creating some different looks with the shadows! Juvia’s Place holds a special place in my heart and they keep killing it with these palettes, bring on the next one!!

Until next time!

beauty, Uncategorized

autumn inspired makeup look!

I can’t believe it’s November already, where has this year gone? It only feels like yesterday people were complaining about it being too hot, we were in mid June and everyone was wearing their coolest clothes drinking pimms! Now the leaves are falling, it’s getting bitterly cold and we’re all wrapping up in big coats and having hot chocolate! Saying that I do love this time of year, yes for the cosy atmosphere but mainly for the fashion.. autumn is a great excuse to throw on a blanket cape and a full face of autumny makeup! In spirit of this, I’ve decided to share one of my full makeup looks for this autumn; dark lips, orangey eyeshadows and blinding highlighter is all I’ll be wearing for the next month! (no change there then.. I’ll also put a list of all products used at the end of this post including the shades/prices!)

sophie

Now first things first it’s the eyebrows! Everyone has different routines to their makeup, mine happens to be eyes first and base after, but if you do it the other way round there’s nothing wrong with that! To shape mine in I use the Benefit Cosmetics ‘precisely my brow’ pencil and the ‘brow zings’ to fill them in with wax and the powder to set them. I then go in with my Urban Decay ‘naked skin concealer’ and outline my brows to define them even further (I’m a firm lover of strong shaped brows, but if you prefer a softer look then you do you!)

After the brows are looking well defined, I prime my eyelids by covering them brow to lash line with my ‘MAC sot ochre paint pot’ to get them ready for the eyeshadow, this also enables the eyeshadow to stay on and look fresher for longer.

Onto the eyeshadow! For this look I used the gorgeous ‘modern renaissance’ palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills and the ever stunning ‘naked heat palette from Urban Decay. I started with the ‘modern renaissance’ palette and the shade ‘warm taupe’ which I blended into and above my crease, making sure to blend the edges out well as this is the transition colour for the other shades. I then took the shade ‘realgar’ and blended this into my crease, taking it out towards the brow bone but not as far as I had taken the transition shade. After this, I took ‘red ochre’ and blended this right into the crease, only taking it slightly above, as not to go as far as the previous shade. I then moved onto the ‘naked heat’ palette, I took shade ‘cayenne’ and blended this from the outer corner of my lid into the center, I then added a tiny bit of a mixture of the shades ‘en fuego’ and ‘ashes’ and blended this into the very outer corner to add some depth. I then dipped into ‘dirty talk’ and added this to the center of my lid and as for the inner part of the lid I used the shade ‘lumbre’ and blended this back into the center shade. To finish off the eyes I added the shades ‘red ochre’, ‘dirty talk’ and ‘lumbre’ to the lower lash line to complete the look!

Now for the base! I started by priming my face with my favourite e.l.f primer, then went straight in with the best foundation in the world (in my eyes anyway) the Illamasqua ‘skin base’ and blended until it was flawless. After this I used the Urban Decay ‘naked skin’ concealer under my eyes (a little on my chin and forehead too) and the liquid blush to add some colour back into the apples of my cheeks. I then powered my entire face with the Rimmel translucent powder (I swear by that stuff). Time for contour! I always contour my cheeks, forehead, nose and jawline with the Kat Von D ‘shade and light’ palette, using the grey-toned shade ‘sombre’. After contour I took my Benefit Cosmetics ‘hoola’ bronzer and bronzed up the places that I had contoured to add some more colour back into my face. Next up my favourite part of any makeup look.. highlighter. My favourite highlighter palette at the moment is the Huda Beauty ‘3D highlighter palette – pink sands’ as you may have been able to tell from my October Favourites post! I added a mix of the colours ‘azores’ and ‘ibiza’ onto the high points of my face; cheekbones, nose and a little on the chin.

To finish off the look it was time for the two L’s.. lippy and lashes! For my lipstick I decided to go with ‘designer blood’ by Jeffree Star Cosmetics as it just complemented the eyeshadow too well! As for the eyelashes I used the wispy edition of my favourite brand Eyelure, I can’t get enough of that collection!

So there we have it, my super autumny full makeup look! I loved creating this look and I hope you liked it too! Look out for some more autumn/winter makeup looks coming your way!

sophie

products used (brands + shades):

Brows:

  1. Benefit Cosmetics ‘Brow Zings’ – No. 2
  2. Benefit Cosmetics ‘Precisely My Brow’ pencil – No. 2

Eyeshadow/Eyeshadow primer:

  1. MAC ‘paint pot’ – soft ochre
  2. Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance palette
  3. Urban Decay – Naked Heat palette

Primer:

  1. e.l.f – mineral infused face primer

Foundation:

  1. Illamasqua ‘Skin Base’ – Mix of No. 2 and No. 13

Concealer:

  1. Urban Decay ‘Naked Skin’ – fair neutral

Blush:

  1. Nars ‘Liquid Blush’ – orgasm

Powder:

  1. Rimmel ‘Match Perfection’ – transparent

Contour:

  1. Kat Von D ‘Shade and Light’ palette

Bronzer:

  1. Benefit Cosmetics – HOOLA

Highlight:

  1. HUDA Beauty ‘3D highlighter’ palette – pink sands

Lipstick:

  1. Jeffree Star Cosmetics – ‘designer blood’

Lashes:

  1. Eyelure ‘Enchanted Wispy Edition’ – #shoesaremymuse
Uncategorized

Liebster Award

I’ve been debating the post I should add to my blog, and luckily I’ve had the decision made for me! The gorgeous Paige of ‘Little P Blog’ has nominated me for the Liebster Award which is so lovely of her, and you should definitely go and check out her blog! Now at first glance I wasn’t quite sure what it was about, but after reading her post I’ve discovered it’s a brilliant way of discovering new blogs to follow, while telling everyone a little more about me in the process!

liebster

Paige has given me some questions to answer, so here they are!

how long have you been blogging for?

I have only been blogging for two months, so not long at all! Even so, I’ve really enjoyed writing and editing the posts I’ve put up so far so long may it continue!!

have you considered uploading to YouTube?

I can’t say I have, maybe something to think about in the future! Never say never!

what do you like to blog about most?

Not sure if anyone’s noticed, but I love posting about beauty! Anything from makeup to skincare to bath bombs, you name it, I’ll blog about it! I think it’s mainly because that’s my industry, being a makeup artist, so I can’t help but be fascinated by it and want to share it with others!

where is your favourite place that you have traveled to?

Now that’s a hard question! I’ve been incredibly lucky with some of the locations I’ve been able to visit so it’s very hard to pick one, but keeping with the theme of this blog I’m going to have to say Milan. Clearly, the shopping capital of the world so I was going to adore it anyway, however this trip allowed me to find new love for products and brands I’d never heard of thanks to their MASSIVE Sephora! We’re not lucky enough to have a Sephora in the UK so shopping there was an absolute dream! Not only that, but the architecture was absolutely incredible. The ‘Duomo Di Milano’ was one of the most spectacular things I’ve ever seen, it is absolutely massive and so detailed, an amazing place to be able to visit! I’ve attached some pictures below (maybe I’ll do a separate blog post about it??)

what made you start to want blogging?

I started my blog because I had so many products that I absolutely love and wanted to tell others about them! I thought it’d be a good way to get that out there, whilst also being a good way to spend some of my free time!

what is the most frustrating thing about blogging?

I think one of the hardest things about blogging is knowing what to blog about! I have so many ideas for posts but it’s difficult knowing which ones will reach the audience I have in mind for this blog, so that can be quite frustrating sometimes!

favourite series to watch at the moment?

Definitely Stranger Things! I’ve just started to re-watch season one as I want to have a refresher so I can go into season two in the know! I’ve heard really good things about season two so I’m really looking forward to watching it!

what is your favourite Christmas tradition?

Bar far my favourite tradition is putting the angel decoration on the top of the Christmas tree. My siblings and I do it together every year and it’s the sweetest thing!

are you open about your blog? do you tell people you blog?

I don’t see the point of keeping the fact you blog from people, I put a lot of effort into my posts so I’d like as many people to see them as possible!

twitter or instagram?

Definitely instagram! I post nearly every day and it’s a great way to advertise myself and my business! I am on twitter as well but I prefer the layout of instagram for sure!

Now I’d like to nominate a few others for this award! They are:

A Reading Cat

The Beauty Swatcher

All Things Allatt

UniLifeTravel

Tales of Belle

If you’d like to join in, here are my questions for you!

  1. what made you start your blog?
  2. what’s your favourite thing about your blog?
  3. what’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
  4. what’s your favourite book?
  5. what’s your favourite scent of candle?
  6. what mainly inspires your blog posts?
  7. who inspires you the most?
  8. do you prefer giving or receiving presents?
  9. what is your favourite post on your blog?
  10. what is your favourite day of the year?

The rules:

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award, and you choose to accept it, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to them on your blog.

Answer the questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.

Nominate blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers.

Create a new list of questions for the nominees to answer.

List these rules in your post.

Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

liebster (1)

beauty, Uncategorized

red lipsticks for autumn/winter!

I’ve always found that an autumn/winter look isn’t complete without a gorgeous red lip, so I’ve put together a few of my favourites for you guys to try this year!

Ted Baker ‘Treasured Treats’ – Bright Red + Darker Red

We’re starting with one of my absolute favourite brands, Ted Baker. Now you may be a bit skeptical about these lippys as this brand isn’t famed for their makeup range, but I can honestly tell you they’re brilliant. I’m so here for the aesthetic of these lipsticks, they look absolutely stunning. The formula of this lipstick is incredibly creamy and because of this the texture feels amazing on the lips. These lipsticks are so hydrating and the colour pay-off is brilliant. The only thing that baffles me slightly is the fact they don’t have individual names (hence why I’ve made them up), when buying a lipstick I expect to be able to look at the bottom and find out what that specific colour is called, but I guess this brand may be a bit too up market for that! All in all they are beautiful lipsticks, not just because of the colour, but also because the formula feels incredible!

Jeffree Star Cosmetics ‘Velour Liquid Lipstick’ – Rich Blood

rich blood

I’ve mentioned this brand on my blog before because I absolutely adore it! It is by far my favourite lipstick brand. The velour liquid lipsticks are a staple in my kit, I must own about 15 of them (and I’m telling you now, that still isn’t enough)! This lipstick dries down to a lovely shiny finish but still feels hydrating and keeps its bit of sparkle even when it dries! One of the main reasons I LOVE this formula is that it stays on no matter what, it honestly lasts for hours and hours. You can eat, drink, go about daily life and this lipstick will not budge. What’s more is this brand is cruelty free AND vegan which I really appreciate, so anyone and everyone can get their hands on one!

Huda Beauty ‘Liquid Matte’ – Cheerleader

huda cheerleader

It wasn’t until I went to Milan in August this year that I tried these lipsticks for the first time in Sephora, but I’m so glad I did! I was drawn to them because of their frosty packaging, it just looks so classy and sophisticated I couldn’t help myself! This lippy is soo pigmented, one layer and you’re good to go! The colour is also true to the way it looks in the packaging, a lot of the time you can put on a lipstick and it looks completely different than it did in it’s packaging, however I’ve not found that with these lipsticks and I tested a good few (and might have bought a good few as well..)! The formula dries down completely matte and stays put, however it still feels hydrating and does not dry out your lips, a must have in my eyes!

Jeffree Star Cosmetics ‘Lip Ammunition’ – Unicorn Blood

unicorn blood 2

I know, I know, another Jeffree Star lipstick? This one’s a different formula! These are their ‘lip ammunition’ range which are advertised as stick lipsticks which have ‘one swipe coverage’ and they’re not wrong! This lipstick is incredibly pigmented which means you don’t need to use a lot of product, making it last longer! It has a satin like finish which is absolute gorgeous, however this one does have a tendency to come off if you ear/drink etc. Probably the best thing about this lipstick is that it smells like ice-cream, it really does! It’s an absolutely beautiful colour and more on the darker side for those smokey autumn/winter looks. I love this formula and I’m sure you will to!

So there we have it, I hope this post was helpful for those looking for a new red lippy to try out this autumn/winter! These lipsticks the perfect thing to top off a gorgeous makeup look, and I urge everyone to try at least one of them! What are your favourite red lipstick? Let me know in the comments so I can give them a go!

beauty, Uncategorized

my favourite ‘Lush’ products! (pt.1)

 

Anyone that knows me will tell you that I am OBSESSED with Lush, and I think their products are exactly that: Lush! Not only are they cruelty-free AND vegan, their products are super cute and anyone that gets their hands on one is guaranteed to have a smile on their face! From the gorgeous scents to the stunning designs and witty names of their products, there’s something for everyone!

So here’s a list of some of my absolute favourites! (I’ve made this part one because undoubtedly there will be more Lush themed posts..)!

Think Pink (bath bomb)

think pink
£4.50

“banish the black, burn the blue and bury the beige!” – that’s the tagline for this bath bomb, and rightly so! Now I may be a bit biased as pink is my favourite colour, however, this is one of my all time favourite bath bombs! As soon as it hits the water it starts to release the most gorgeous magenta and fuchsia colours, along with a slight sparkle thanks to the glitter! The colour disperses quickly whilst keeping it’s intensity, I put my hand under the water and it completely disappears into the pink, glittery abyss! The scent of this bath bomb isn’t any less impressive that it’s appearance, it has a very comforting and sweet scent, thanks to the vanilla and top note of caramel to add that little extra oomf! Not only that, the ingredients contain cornflour and lavender oil which work together to bring a softening embrace to the skin, leaving you feeling relaxed and your skin feeling soft!

Guardian of the Forest (bath bomb)

guardian-of-the-forest.jpeg
£4.50

“the spirit of nature” – it sure is! This bath bomb embodies everything you imagine when you think of magical forests. As if it’s stunning design isn’t enough to pull you in, the strong scent of oakmoss is just too comforting for words. Not only that, the cypress is added to soothe muscles and also acts as an antiseptic, cleansing the skin as you bathe. The scents of this bath bomb are combined to relax, revitalise and uplift and that’s exactly what they do.. while the addition of fragrant rosewood oil gives it that little extra kick and really adds to that wonderful earthy scent! The colour that you get when it hits the water is absolutely stunning, the bath turns into a lagoon of powerful deep greens, a hint of blue and a little shimmer to bring that extra magic sparkle to the tub. This bath bomb is one of the most unique in the entire Lush collection, mostly down to its earthy scent, which is why it’s one of my all time favourites!

Shimmy Shimmy (shimmer bar – go figure!)

shimmy bar
£5.95

“for skin that shines” – they’re not joking. This product has to be my ABSOLUTE favourite product Lush have ever created. This bar has been made to be nourishing, hydrating, softening and conditioning and I can safely say job well done! The main ingredients are both cocoa and shea butter (fair trade of course, this is Lush after all..) which are both gentle, richly moisturising and easily absorbed into the skin, perfect for a bar like this! The scent of this bar is predominantly vanilla and clary sage oil which give the scent a sweet, calming and sensual feel. Now, undoubtedly, my favourite thing about this product is the gorgeous glittery shimmer that it leaves on the skin after being applied. It is meant to be applied on an area of the skin that you want to highlight, however if you’re like me that’s absolutely everywhere!! The shimmery glitter shows up brilliantly and leaves your skin dewy and glowing, I really find it gives you that extra little boost of confidence!

So there we have it, a few of my all time favourite Lush products! I really can’t get enough of this brand and I will continue to be amazed by the stunning products they keep creating, so no doubt they’ll be many more posts like this one to come so stay on the look out for those!

Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products or what your fav’s are in the comments!