Tuesday, 15 April 2014

My Top 5 Makeup Essentials!

Hello Everyone!

I want to tell you all about my favourite products in my makeup bag! I'm alwasy changing up the makeup I use, and trying new things, but this is a list of my current top products.

Number 1: No7 Match Made Concealer

 I like this concealer for a couple reasons. Firstly, it is part of the Boots No7 skin match range, meaning I can match  it to my foundation shade exactly (although I went a shade lighter with this than my foundation, as I was paler when I bought this) and secondly, because it is in a stick form, it gives a better coverage over blemishes and spots than most liquid concealers I've ever tried, which are best for underneath your eye to lighten dark circles. I use it as a highlighter under my eyes first, using a concealer/large eyeshadow shading brush, and then over any spots using a small thin eyeliner brush. I'd totally recommend it. A cheaper alternative is this Collection (2000) liquid concealer, which is also amazing!

Number 2: No7 Essentially Natural Foundation

 This foundation is really nice because it has a light-medium coverage, which means it can cover up minor blemishes, without being too heavy on your skin. It also contains SPF 15 (sun protection factor), so it's great for your skin to add protection, and is almost as light as the BB creams in this range. It's also part of the skin match range, and it's so easy to apply, whether with (clean!) fingers, or a brush. Go to your local Boots store and ask for a skin match test, then ask for a sample in your shade to try it out and see whether it's for you!

Here are some swatches- on the right is the concealer in Calico, and on the left is the foundation in Cool Vanilla. As you can see, the foundation has a much runnier, dewy texture, whereas the concealer is more of a creamy texture, and creates a more matte effect on the skin.Although the foundation is a shade darker, they are a pretty good match, and it looks fine when worn together.

Number 3: Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks

My Bobbi Brown blusher is a must in my makeup bag! I love it on my cheeks, because it looks so dewy and fresh and application is easy- you can use your fingers or a brush, but even Bobbi herself says she likes to apply with fingers a lot of the time! I'm not so keen to wear it on my lips, as it can look a little dry, however, using a lip balm first, then a light coverage of this can create a sheer, glossy tint. I'm pale skinned and have it in Pale Pink, but ask the people at the Bobbi Brown counter in your local department store which colour would be best for you! It is a little expensive, but I'm so glad I bought it!

Number 4: Miss Sporty Pump Up Lash Booster Mascara- Black

At only £3.99, this mascara is really good, and probably my favourite Miss Sporty product. I saw this advertised in a magazine ages ago, and I decided to try it, and have used it ever since. The selling point for me, was the fact that it offers up to 15x more volume, because of it's 'unique mega brush'. They're not lying! The brush is massive and makes my eyelashes long and thick- the only caution I would suggest is that, if you have quite short lashes, or small eyes, the brush may be a little big, so it may not be for you, but at the great price, I would totally recommend trying it to see if you like it!

Number 5: Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm

These lip balms are lovely, and come in a wide range now! I own the blue tube 'Hydrate', orange tube 'Cherry Me' and pink tube 'Pink Punch'. I find that applying the Hydrate one first gives my lips that added boost in moisture, before applying one of the two above shades to give some sheer tint! My lips are quite dark, meaning that Cherry Me isn't too heavy on my lips, and Pink Punch seems to be one of the most popular around the girls at my school! I'd definitely recommend purchasing a 'Hydrate' one first though (yellow and blue- or green for a mint hydrate), because although the tinted ones are nice, they don't seem to be as hydrating, which is why I like applying both types. 

Comment below your top 5 makeup essentials, tell me whether you've used any of these products, and feel free to recommend something new for me to try, as I really like finding new great products!

Monday, 14 April 2014

April Buys!

Hi everyone!

Having saved up some money recently, I decided it was time to treat myself and go for a little shopping trip! I really wanted to update my wardrobe, so firstly, I popped to New Look and bought a few summery tops.

The middle top is a floaty exotic design crop top, which was the most expensive being £17.99. The top in the right hand corner is an aztec design tight crop top, costing £5.99, and the shoulder/short sleeve blouse in the left hand corner cost me £14.99.
The accessories and foundation (the foundation wasn't bought from New Look) in that picture are shown below:

This is a Boots No7 foundation- the Essentially Natural foundation, medium- light coverage in Cool Vanilla, £7.50, along with some (fake) gold earrings from Accessorize, £2 in the sale, and a necklace from New Look that looks like 3 necklaces that cost me £2, after being reduced in the sale from £4.99.

I really wanted some new accesories since I don't really own that much of this kind of thing, and lots
of my friends have been wearing chunky necklaces like the one above recently, so I'm glad I found one.

Finally, I got some new beach wear ready for summer and a holiday I have coming up! All items shown below are from Matalan.

The peach flip-flops were only £3, the gold sandals were £6, the bottom part of the bikini was £4, and the bikini top was £8. However, I got a 10% discount (an offer currently being held by Matalan) so everything was a bit cheaper! Matalan is great for things like this because it's reasonably cheap, and good quality! I can't wait to wear these things!
So those are my April buys, I think I got a lot of great stuff this month, and I'm well prepared for summer, now that I've updated my wardrobe a bit!