The BIG Review – MAC Warm Neutral Palette

For me this was a mammoth purchase, one that I’d been gearing myself up to for a while. I’d umm’d and ahhh’d about this and wondered whether I was mad to spend £65 on a single makeup item! This was something that when I counted up my Christmas money I thought I could finally justify.

MAC brought out two new 15 shadow palettes last year the ‘warm’ neutrals and ‘cool’ neutrals both priced the same and include 15 full sized shadows. I went for the warm neutrals purely because these are the colours that suit me best and the pallet included a couple of shades that I was really keen to get my mitts on.

As per usual these colours are all absolutely stunning and the payoff is just what you’d normally expect from MAC. I always find MAC shadows work best after the 3rd or 4th use as they can be a little stiff in texture at first. The colours included within the palette include (from left to right) Hey, Warm Breeze, Gingersnap, Dark Brow, Dance in the Dark, Brule, Vanilla Extract, Honey Lust, Amber Lights, Saddle, Lemon Tart, Creative Copper, Butterfudge, Divine Decadence and Unwind.

All of these colours have wonderful colour payoff and blend really beautifully, they’re not overly slippy and build colour nicely. Personally I like using MAC shadows over a primer or cream shadow base. My favorites include MAC Painterly Paint Pot, Laura Mercier Creme Eyecolour and for a cheap and cheerful alternative the Maybelline Colour Tattoo’s are some of my most reached for eyeshadow bases. These give the shadows greater intensity and make them last a heck of alot longer on the eye.

I’m a neutrals girl through and through however the best thing about this pallet is it includes some unusual neutral shades that push my comfort zone. Of course on a daily basis I’m still drawn to Divine Decadence and Butterfudge for beautiful bendable shadows that look great all over the lid and smoked out on the lash-line! However I’ve been layering my Laura Mercier Creme Eyecolour in Copper Sunrise and the Amber Lights colour in the pallet for a sexy burnished bronze eye look for the evening! I’m also loving Gingersnap all over the lid with Saddle in the crease to create a vampy look that looks amazing paired with a plumb lipstick for a grungy 90’s vibe.

Overall this pallet gets a total 10/10 for me and is one I would highly recommend, it’s certainly a pallet that challenges my normal look without being garish. I get pretty cross when I buy a pallet and I don’t end up using half the shades however the best thing about this is that you also get a pallet that you can refill when your pans are empty!

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MAC Warm Neutral Pallet £65 – http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/2222/28062/Products/Eyes/Eye-Kits/Eye-Shadow-x15-Warm-Neutral/index.tmpl

Shades of Grey – Well… 4 of them!

In light of the new Fifty Shades of Grey release I thought I’d jot down my favourite gorgeous grey beauty buys.

Laura Mercier – Caviar Stick in Grey Pearl

I’m a massive fan of cream eye shadow due to them being super easy to blend and a one look wonder. I have lots of favourites but the Laura Mercier Caviar stick are some of my favourites as they’re creamy and can be plopped on, then blended at the edges for a sexy, smudgy look that pretty much anyone can do! This gunmetal colour works well with a little gel liner and a slick of mascara to create a night time look in no time at all.

Urban Decay – Eyeshadow in Pistol

This eyeshadow is one of those universally flattering shades that is a nice smoky grey which has a warm element to it. It looks great layers over a cream shadow with a cut crease for a powerful night time look but can easily be worked along the lash line for a soft liner. These are brilliant shadows that blend beautifully with little to no fallout.

Rimmel – Soft Kohl in Stormy Grey

A grey eye liner works really well if you want to add definition to the eyes but you don’t want anything as harsh as black. For me this works really well pushed between the lashes of my lower lash line when I want a no makeup day yet I don’t want to look like a baby hamster!

MAC – Pigment in Silver Fog

I rarely use pigments but when I do I like to use them pressed on to the centre of the lid to make my eyeshadow pop! For me it’s about adding dimension and a less flat look to the lids and one I love is Silver Fog by MAC. A soft grey glitter that looks lovely layered over the Urban Decay shadow mentioned above.

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Bargain Beauty – Collection: Eyes Uncovered Palettes Nude and Nude Bronze

These have got to be one of my favorite beauty discoveries of the last few months. I was casually wandering through my local Superdrug and wandering the isle’s looking at the vast range of new products on the stands – and there’s been A LOT of new launches for Spring/Summer 2015 which I’ll hope to report back to you on.

Anyway, I happened to be at the Collection stand picking up a Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair 01 – which I’ve worn for years! I then started looking around at the stand seeing if there was anything new and stumbled across these two gorgeous palettes. One called ‘Nude’ and the other ‘Nude Bronze’ the ‘Nude’ palette is the cooler of the two and the ‘Nude Bronze’ is warmer and more copper/gold toned. The thing that really struck me was the amazing range of shades – none which I wouldn’t wear! In addition to this; FORMULATION never have I ever come across a drugstore pallet that compares to Urban Decay quality. These shadows are so soft, bendable and creamy! I absolutely adore the way they perform with no fallout at all. I was so surprised and for only £3.99 a pallet these really are crazily good!

If I’d bought these from a high end retailer and paid £20 for this pallet I would have been pleased with the quality. These little babies are on 3 for 2 in Superdrug at the moment and I couldn’t recommend them enough! I’ve been reaching for them over my MAC shadows and Urban Decay palettes and that really is (for me) the true test.

Nude Bronze – £3.99                                                Nude – £3.99

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Perfecter? Give it to me Clarins!

Since the launch of the new Clarins Lip Oil I’ve been pretty desperately trying to get my hands on some but I’ve really struggled to find anywhere that has it in stock. Whilst I wait for this to come along I’ve resorted to picking up an old faithful which is really the reason why I’m so eager to get my mitts on the new oil and that ladies is…. Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfecter in the shade 03 Nude!

It’s one of those products that you get a sample of and the very next day it’s in your shopping basket and on its way home to you in a nice little John Lewis bag. I really am someone that tends to make their mind up on the first use of a product. I’ve learnt to persevere a little longer with products (especially foundations) but this wasn’t one I needed to hang around with to know I loved it.

It’s a vanilla scented liquid lip-balm/gloss hybrid that comes in a nice and easy sponge tip applicator tube. It instantly feels nourishing and leaves a comfortable balmy feeling. For me this is the best colour as essentially it just looks a little glossy. The other shades offer a slight tint but for me this product is more like skincare than makeup. Tclarinsinstantlighthat being said I’m more than happy to wear it under a matte lipstick to make it slightly more wearable. It’s quite pricey for something that’s essentially a lip balm but it lasts for ages as you only need the tiniest amount. I believe it’s something everyone needs in their collection and one that isn’t age or taste appropriate, I can’t imagine there’s anyone who wouldn’t love it!

Clarins – Instant Light Lip Perfecter RRP £18.00

http://www.boots.com/en/Clarins-Instant-Light-Natural-Lip-Perfector_36455/

Top 5 Affordable Foundations: all about that base!

“I’m Hannah and I’m a foundation junkie…”

Yep, I mean it I’m a fully fledged foundation-aholic and am obsessed with finding the perfect foundation. I’m (generally speaking) someone who believes that it pays to spend a little more on base makeup to get results however that doesn’t mean that I don’t love drugstore foundation hunting too! I thought I’d talk about my top 3 price friendly foundations as there are some that I reach for just as much as my high-end alternatives…

Vichy – Dermablend Corrective Fluid Foundation RRP £14.95 

This is a real hiddedermablemdn gem for me and one that I reach for on days when my skin is looking drab and blemish filled. I refer to it as my PMT foundation as it’s one I reach for when my skin’s at it’s hormonal worst. It offers a brilliant amount of coverage that can be built up or sheered out depending on your preference. It comes in a handy lightweight plastic tube and gives a very similar finish to some of my higher end foundations. I’d recommend it for dryer skins as it does tend to leave me
a bit oily by the end of the day and I’d describe mine as dehydrated/combination. The only downside is that it comes in only a few shades. I wear Opal which is the lightest shade and even for me this is a little dark and I wouldn’t consider myself to be REALLY pale.

Rimmel – Match Perfection RRP £6.99MatchPerfectionFOundation_TEASER

It’s been written about to death so I’ll keep this short and sweet. It’s a medium coverage foundation with a satin finish, available in some good shades and in a nice glass bottle with a pump – my favorite! It’s super affordable and easy to blend with a buffing brush.

Bourjois – Healthy Mix Serum RRP £10.99

Again another one that’s had a lot of write up; it’s a lightweight formula that I wear when my skins looking it’s best. healthy_mix_serum_foundationIt’s quite dewy and blends nicely with a buffing brush or with your fingers. For me this is a perfect shade match (I wear number 52) and their seems to be a fairly nice range of shades which seem nice and natural! I would definitely recommend this as a staple of everyone’s collections but perhaps not the best if you have super oily skin.

Dr Jart+ – BB Cream RRP £10.50DRJ

A lovely lightweight foundation, yes I said it… for me this doesn’t feel like a BB cream in the slightest. It definitely offers a medium coverage and nicely evens out my skin tone. This is one that I definitely feels applies best with your fingers and doesn’t need any clever tapping or dabbing, I just apply it like I would a moisturiser. Nowadays you can also get this stuff in a waterproof version which is great for the summer time. It offers a decent amount of SPF (30 to be precise) and makes my skin feel nourished and protected which isn’t something I get from any of my other foundations!

Revlon – Colourstay RRP £12.49

This is probably my favorite drugstore foundation of all time. For me it’s all about the formula and the shade, it really lasts well on my skin without looking cakey and trevlon colourstayhe shade ‘Buff’ is one that makes me look healthy without being orange. It’s a medium-full coverage foundation that really gives you a very flawless base. I’m a lover of anything full-coverage that doesn’t feel heavy and this really ticks that box. Another great thing isthat they do formulas for both Oily, Dry/Normal complexsions and I think this is simply amazing for such a budget friendly foundation. The only downside is that it comes in quite a heavy glass bottle without a pump but it certainly won’t stop me repurchasing for years to come! It’s one I can always rely on to give me the finish and coverage I wan’t without breaking me out.

Review: Tanya Burr – Lipgloss in ‘I found Nemo’

I’d been meaning to try the Tanya Burr cosmetics line for some time, however I have no real need for nail polish as I have my nails professional manicured as per my recent post about Jessica Geleration. In addition to this she’s brought out a range of false lashes which have had rave reviews but again I rarely wear them as I’m pretty hopeless at applying them and they tend to make me look more drunk than I really am on a night out – you know what I mean right?

So the last thing left for me to potentially purchase was something from her lip gloss line. Now I’m always more of a lipstick kind of girl due to their long-wearing abilities and personally I just always think lipstick is that bit more luxurious. But having watched a few YouTube video’s about ‘fresh new year makeup’ I’ve been inspired to dig out my glosses and give them some love. I’ve been enjoying Barry M’s lipgloss in number 2 – toffee and feel that good lipgloss doesn’t have to cost the earth! The only higher end gloss that I really believe is worth the money is Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lipgloss, I don’t know about all day but it definitely lasts a few hours – other high end makeup retailers TAKE NOTE!

Anyway… back to the reason I’m here and that’s to review Tanya Burr’s Lipgloss, the colour I went for was ‘I found Nemo’ and one thing Tanya has done really well is name her products. I’m a big lover of giving products good names and she really does nail that in a big way I mean who wouldn’t buy a lipgloss called ‘I found Nemo’ – it could of probably been any colour and I would of bought it with that name!

These glosses have a superb formula, not to sticky yet still holds onto the lip nicely. it’s very wearable and can be worn alone or over lipstick. The colour I went for is a bright, peachy-coral shot with a small amount of shimmer. It’s really flattering shade and I think would genuinely suit a real range of skin tones. The packaging also surprised me how it feels of good quality despite it being purely plastic and the design is simple and effective. Personally one of the stand out features is the tapered applicator which makes application nice and easy. The only thing that I don’t adore is the pretty heavy fruity scent but it doesn’t last on the lips however very reminiscent of a ‘My Baby All Gone’ my sister had about 15 years ago! I will definitely be purchasing more from the range as this gloss is totally on-par (if not better) than some of my higher end glosses!

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A mini haul/review?

Sorry it’s been so long since I last posted! Everything’s been a little crazy but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things soon. I happened to have got my mitts on a few bits and bobs that I’m keen to share and have now had the chance to try them all!

First Aid Beauty – Ultra Repair Cream

I was in the market for a new moisturiser that would combat my combination skin throughout the harsh winter months. I picked this one up as I’d heard a load of good things about First Aid Beauty as a brand and I also love a moisturiser that comes in a tube – for me it’s much more hygienic and easier to take on the move as it weighs a lot less. It’s a decent sized product and very reasonably priced too! I do like it and will continue to use it until it’s finished however I’m not sure I’ll be running to repurchase it. It’s quite a heavy formula that drinks into the skin quickly however I don’t feel like my makeup goes on so well after it? I don’t know why this is but it does seem to make my makeup separate slightly on my skin! I love the Bioderma – Sebum Global and it just doesn’t quite hit the mark that this one does.

Urban Decay – 24/7 Glide-on Eyeliner

Well this was a impulse purchase if ever there was one! I happened to be in the John Lewis beauty hall (always dangerous) and came across a pack of 3 mini liners from Urban Decay at the incredible price of £10 – ughmazinggg! They come in the following shades; Rockstar (darkest aubergine shimmer), Zero (classic black) and Demolition (deep brown matte) which are all fantastic, wearable shades. The liners themselves are easy to use and don’t tug, they’re also super bendable and creamy!

Kiko – Smart Eye Pencil

I bought the shade 801 Grey Taupe, a very simple liner that’s creamy and long wearing. I use this in the waterline as it gives me definition without looking as harsh as a black liner. A nice product that I’d definitely recommend.

Kiko – Smart Lip Pencil

Shade 701 is a pretty basic nudey-peachy-pink I needed something to go under my nude glosses that would stop me looking a bit dead. This works well but isn’t anything particularly crazy good.

Stila – Convertable Colour

I know I’m mega late to the party on these cream blushes/lip hybrid but this colour is genuinely one of the most stunning cream blush shades that retains its dewiness on the skin. I got the colour Peony and have the colour Lilium winging its way to me! This really is a brilliant colour that’s a very natural shade for my incredibly fair skin. I can’t lie, I don’t love it on my lips but as a cheek colour this little baby is worth every penny.

Stila – Lip Glaze

I bought the colour Angel Food to compare it to the Longwear Vinyl Lipgloss’ – these are lovely but don’t quite give me the ‘wow’ moment that the Vinyl Lipgloss did. They wear longer than the average gloss and the colour Angel Food looks nice over my Kiko pencil. A nice ‘bung it on’ colour that I’ve been wearing patted on for a more subtle look.

Shiseido – Perfect Refining Foundation

After seeing a video by Fleur De Force I set about finding this foundation. Once I tracked it down I couldn’t help but think I’d accidentally picked up a sample size as the bottle is teeny tiny! The foundation itself provides a satin finish with a medium coverage and is nice and lightweight. It builds pretty well and I find it applies best with a buffing brush. For me it’s a good everyday foundation that doesn’t break me out (bonus!!) and definitely one I’d recommend. Shiseido is a brand I’d like to try more of so if you know of any stand out products I need to try then please let me know in the comments below.

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Overall the look I’ve been wearing most this month is a dewy foundation with a nice subtle contour and highlight and a natural ‘flushed’ blusher (all about the skin!). Eye’s I’ve kept pretty neutral with matte shades and a little smudged liner on the lower lash line and a good lengthening mascara. With my lips I’ve been using lots of balms and nourishing products to banish any flaky, central heating induced cracking. For me it’s all about looking healthy in January and feeding your skin!