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new ‘Bare Minerals’ launch review!

Hi everyone! I am beyond excited to share with you the new products Bare Minerals have launched this month. Since starting to work for the brand I have discovered so many products that are capturing my heart, and the new launch isn’t any different! Bare Minerals are powered by nourishing, skin-loving minerals and their aim is to create products with purity in mind. This month they have released all new primers and concealers, so let’s dive right in..

First up are the new ‘BarePro 16-Hour Full Coverage Concealers’. The texture of the concealers is incredibly creamy and glides onto the skin with ease. Not only this, but the pigment is amazing! One swipe coverage is definitely the case here, I love products that this is true for as not only does it make application easier but it also means the product will last longer, and therefore saves you money! I have been wearing this concealer for the past two weeks and it’s safe to say the ’16-Hour wear’ is definitely accurate. The concealers contain Kaolin clay which allows them to have such a strong hold by absorbing excess oils, without using any harsh chemicals. The formula is also waterproof, sweat-resistant, smudge-proof, humidity AND transfer resistant, pretty impressive right? The formula also contains bamboo stem extract to naturally blur and smooth out pores and fine lines, as well as containing antioxidant rich raspberry-seed oil, blackcurrant-seed oil and sea lavender to nourish the skin and keep your under-eyes looking healthy and fresh. These ingredients also help to protect the skin from the damaging effects of environmental stresses (like pollution).  These concealers are also vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free, so they are very available to a wide audience! Love, love, love them!

Next up, the two new primers! I have definitely found a new staple in my kit in the shape of the new ‘Good Hydrations Silky Face Primer’. This primer is an absolute dream, as the name suggests it is so hydrating! As soon as it hits the skin the face immediately feels smooth and nourished. The texture of the primer is incredibly silky and dries with a soft-focus effect that leaves the skin with a beautifully radiant finish. Because the primer is so silky it really helps to smooth out any dry or flaky skin, therefore allowing your makeup to glide onto the skin with absolute ease and helps the makeup stay on for a significant amount of time longer than it naturally would. This primer is formulated for normal to dry skin.

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The other primer that has been released is for combination skin, it is the ‘Combo Control Milky Face Primer’. This primer has been formulated to gently restore the balance of combination skin. Combination skin occurs when there is an imbalance of oil and water in the skin, normally when there is an excess of both. The primer uses smart hydration techniques to bring back a healthy balance, it maintains the skins natural moisture balance whilst absorbing oil in the key areas of the face (e.g. the ‘T-Zone’). This primer feels so lovely on the skin, it is so soft and has such a natural finish. It is powered by African tree bark extract and mineral silica to absorb the excess oils in a natural way and to blur the appearance of pores while smoothing the skin. This is a beautiful primer that gives your makeup such a natural, flawless look whilst also enhancing and protecting the skin.

So there we have it, the new launch review! I would highly recommend grabbing these products for your collection, they have made such a difference to my makeup routine. Not only do they do exactly what they claim to but they also make my routine a lot easier and my skin feels amazing!

Until next time beauties!

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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!)

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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!

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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
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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!

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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!)

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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

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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

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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

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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!