Pick of the Best: Summer Cream Blushers!

creamblusher1 Whether you’re lazy, have dehydrated skin or you just love the glowing properties of a cream blusher here are my favourites of the moment. I’ve chosen ones that aren’t Stila Convertible Colours as I’m planning on doing a full product review of these in the not too distant future. I really do believe everyone can wear cream blush so I’ve separated my favourites by skin type.

Dry

Maxfactor Cream Blusher in Soft Pink

Despite its frankly awful packaging (but this adds to its charm) this creamy blush is one that really is why I love cream products. Its best applied with fingers and looks great on the top of the cheek bones for a healthy pale pink glow. It looks beautiful on light, medium and deep skin tones and is really a great all-rounder and retains its dewiness without being silicony and slippy.

Oily

Elf Cream Blusher in Vixencreamblusherswatches

This is a nice cream to powder berry blusher that applies nicely with a stippling brush. It’s seriously pigmented so I’d advise bluffing a bit off in the lid before going onto the cheeks as frankly nobody wants to looks like coco the clown.

Topshop Cream Blusher in Head over Heels

I love Topshop’s makeup line and feel it represents really good value for money. This peachy-coral blush looks great with a tan to give you a summery flush that lasts really well on the skin. The compact also has a decent mirror for touch ups on the go.creamblusher

Combination

Revlon Cream Blusher in Enchanted Enchantment

My favourite cream blush bar the Stila Convertible Colours is this beautiful shade from Revlon. It’s a pale creamy berry shade that looks lovely applied with fingers or a brush. I love this one layered with a little highlight over the top as it seems to look nice and healthy like you’ve been on a blustery walk.

I really do think there’s a cream blush for everyone and they’re a great alternative for the summery months for a radiant easy look. Plus they’re great when you’re in a rush and often come in handy as a dual purpose product for the lips! Let me know your favourite cream blushers and how you like to apply them?

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Review: MAC Eyeshadow Palette // Amber X9

mac eyeshadowI’m a sucker for a neutral palette and this one by MAC had my name written all over it. It was as if some higher power spoke to me and new that I was having a weak moment and had £30 hanging about in my PayPal account. These palettes come in three different shade ranges ‘Amber’ ‘Burgundy’ ‘Purple’ and ‘Navy’. I was tempted by the Burgundy one however knew I wouldn’t get the use out of it and for £30 I needed to make sure it was living on my dressing table!

So I placed my order knowing the colours were probably going to be pretty lovely, plus it contained a couple of colours I’d wanted to try for a very long time and hadn’t quite got round to purchasing. When it arrived however it was MUCH smaller than I’d anticipated. For some reason I’d got it in my head that these were 9 full sized shadows however they’re much smaller and each pan has only 0.8g of product. Having had a look at the MAC site and the subsequent reviews it looks like I’m not the only person who was surprised by the size! I did however choose to keep it as it makes an ideal palette for nights away and holidays as you’ve got the ability to create so many different looks. Here’s a run down of the shades…

Georgia Peach A beautiful warm satin shade this works really well as an all over lid shade or crease colour. It compliments both light and dark coloured eyes and is a really unique shade.

Kitties This is a stunning pale barley shade with shimmer that is super easy to wear and one I’ve already had a good dig into. It’s really easy to wear and goes with lots of different looks.

Cozy Grey This is a wonderful pale grey which isn’t too cool in tone, as great matte shade this one works really well as a transition colour and is probably my most used shade in this palette. It also works quite well as a brow powder if you’re stuck!

Ricepaper This is a shade I’ve wanted for quite a while and works really well as an inner corner highlight. It’s a yellow toned pale gold that really packs some serious punch in the shimmer steaks.

Creative Copper This is probably the colour that took me most by surprise, the colour pay off isn’t amazing but layered over a cream shadow this works b.e.a.utifully! It’s got fairly chunky glitter in and would work really well for a night out paired with a red lip.

Cork Again another colour I’ve wanted to try for yonks! This is a lovely warm brown which alongside Cozy Grey I’ve used an absolute tonne. This makes a great every day colour and is one I’m most definitely going to purchase a large size of as I know I’ll continue to use it loads.

Don’t Tell Much like Creative Copper, Don’t Tell really hits you with the glitter bomb. It’s a wonderful warm purple taupe toned glitter that I’ve worn layered over Laura Mercier Cream Eyeshadow in Alloy.

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Aromatic A great matte dark brown this looks nice smudged into the lower lash line. It’s not a particularly unique shade but one that would work for a smoky eye on the go!

Pepper Please This is probably the colour that will be most neglected as it’s a black with chunky gold glitter through. I might give it a whirl nearer to Christmas but for now I can’t see it getting a whole load of use.

This is definitely a palette I’d recommend you getting your hands on as its one I’ve consistently used for trips away over the last month. It allows me to change my look up quite quickly and try out lots of shades I’ve wanted to sample for some time. Let me know if you’ve got the ‘Burgundy’ one and whether you think it’s worth me investing in it?

MAC Review: Russian Red Lipstick & Brave Lipstick

macrussianredandbraveAs I’ve mentioned a fair few times I’m a real lover of MAC lipstick, maybe it’s because I associate it with payday as for the majority of the last two years I’ve treated myself to a new one each month. I’ve done a top 5 favourite MAC lipsticks (right now!) post HERE but I recently had a delivery of two new shades to add to my collection. The two I went for were Russian Red and Brave I’ve done a small run through of each one and have also included some swatches and even some suggestions for dupes!

Russian Red – Matte

This really is a classic, true Hollywood red and one that I know I’m going to get tonnes of use out of. This is a matte finish and works really well with my fair complexion. For me red nearly always has to be matte as frankly I end up smearing it all over my face when eating/drinking/talking…breathing! It really is stunning though and one that I would 100% recommend.

DUPE ALERT: If you’re looking for something similar at a more affordable price-point then Kate Moss 107 would give you a similar effect and finish.

Brave – Satinmacrussianredandbraveswatches

Now my hunt to get my mitts on this shade has lasted nearly 5 months. After seeing many a blogger/youtuber rave about this shade I knew it sounded right up my alley and boy was I right! This is a lovely warm pink/brown shade that definitely errs heavier on the pink side of things. It’s a satin finish however dries quite matte therefore I don’t find I need a lip liner with this shade. It’s a creamy, wearable colour that works for a ‘done’ but not OTT look. Definitely worth picking up if like me you enjoy an easy shade that’s super flattering on pale skin.

DUPE ALERT: A good dupe for this shade is Maybelline Coloursensational Lipstick in Velvet Beige it’s got a really similar finish to Brave and is also a decent colour match though the MAC version is slightly pinker.

I’d really love to know what your favourite MAC shades are? Please leave your recommendations in the comments.

10 Minute Make-up Look

10MinMakeupSo this little look shouldn’t take two seconds and is a perfect “I’ve got no blumin’ time to think this morning” make-up. I asked on Instagram if this was a look you wanted to see and plenty of you seemed pretty keen. Using a mix of high-end and drugstore make-up this look is super easy to do and can be done in under 10 minutes!

Base

To start off with I use a lightweight moisturiser to prep my skin, this gives me a nice glowy base and gives me also a primer like effect. My favourite (as per usual) is the Bioderma Sebium Global Moisturiser. I then add a small amount of Illamasqua Foundation to a buffing brush and blend all over my face. You could use another cheaper full coverage foundation, something like the Collection Lasting Perfection would work well! I then pop on a little concealer over any blemishes, as per usual I use the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 01 Light under my eyes, down my nose and on my cupids bow. I finish the base with a little of the Gosh Prime’n’Set Loose Powder to mattify my t-zone.

Eyes

This is what really cuts down the time, I just use a cream shadow stick like the Kiko Long Lasting Cream Eyeshadow Stick in 06 all over the lid and then use a fluffy brush to blend at the edges. I pop a little on the lower lash line and then use mascara to add a little definition to my lashes, either the Maybelline Colossal Mascara or Clinique High Impact Mascara.

Finish

For this look I used the Sleek Contour Kit in Light and used a large fluffy brush to pop a little of the bronze shade over the high points of my face. I move onto blusher and use the Maxfactor Creamy Blush in soft pink and dab this on just using my fingers. I then finish by using the Mary Lou-Maniser from The Balm on my cheek bones, down my nose and on my cupids bow to give me highlight in all the right places.

Lips

For this look I used MAC Viva Glam IV which is a classic ‘no mirror’ make-up and one of my all-time faves but any pinky/brown nude would work just as well.

My Top 5 Cream Eyeshadows

As I have mentioned time and time again I’m a huge fan of cream eyeshadow due to its simplicity and versatility. Some of my favourites include limited editions from MAC which I won’t go on about as they’re not available anymore however here are my top 5 that I turn to for easy one-product looks that even I can do on a dark Monday morning!

Kiko Eyeshadow Sticks

This little guys are super easy to use and a lovely creamy consistency that sets brilliantly well on the lid. You don’t have a great deal of play time but they’re fantastic products that are great when you’re short of time. Personally I apply them really roughly all over the lid and then use a fluffy brush to blend out the edges. They’re a great one product look that makes a smoky eye super easy, my favourite shades are 08 and 06 which are lovely warm neutral shades.

Barbra Daily Eyeshadow Sticks

I’m not 100% sure whether you’re still able to get hold of these but much like the Kiko sticks these are a brilliant creamy shadow stick. For me these are slightly wetter and creamer meaning you have a little more playtime and they work really well as a base to stick powder shadow to.

Laura Mercier Crème Eyeshadow

My all-time favourite cream eyeshadows these little tubes will last you forever. The pigmentation is absolutely insane and they’re again quite liquidy. The only downside is the packaging but I can live with that as they’re such stunning, unique yet highly wearable shades. My favourites are ‘Burnished Copper’ and orangey bronze and Rose Gold, pretty self-explanatory but I love this with a pale taupe in the crease and a matte highlight under the brow bone with a little brown mascara!

Maybelline Colour Tattoo

These are some of the best cream eyeshadows available and come at a budget friendly price of only £4.99! I must admit that I don’t love all the shades and find they can be quite hit and miss. On and on bronze is a beautiful colour however and makes a great base under shimmery powder shadows or pigments. The USA has a mCream Eyeshadowsuch broader range of shades and a couple of the ones I got on eBay include ‘Sleek and Spice’ which is a lovely shimmery taupe colour and ‘Nude Compliment’ which is a slightly cooler toned bronzer/silver hybrid. I can take or leave the others but the three I’ve mentioned are really stunning shades!

Bourjois Colourband Eyeshadow Sticks

I’ve done a full post on these HERE so I won’t go into them again but these are a great release from Bourjois and I really do hope they release a few more colours. A warm orangey bronze would be lovely and a deep khaki green would be great too!

I’m also really keen to try the By Terry Ombre Blackstar’s but have yet plucked up the courage to fork out £29.00 for – even the Laura Mercier ones are only £19.00 and last agessssss however I’m sure I’ll pick up Bronze Moon and Misty Rock eventually!

Review: Gosh Prime and Set Loose Powder

I’ve been suffering from a serious bout of oily skin for the last 6 months, which at 25 years old is really quite annoying. Luckily (fingers crossed) I don’t have much trouble with spots if I keep my skin routine consistent but keeping the shine at bay has been a real problem. I’m pretty sure the route cause is me using a cleanser that contains SLS combined with generally dehydrated skin however this cleanser doesn’t break me out and I do continue to use moisturiser and serum day and night so I’m doing my level best to combat the dehydration.

Anyway, I’ve tried setting sprays and gel/liquid primers to try and curb the shine but these either break me out or don’t last past about 3 hours, fine for a night out but useless for a day at work! I then watched one of my favourite bloggers/youtubers Khila from Miss Budget Beauty (check her out if you haven’t already) who recommended the Gosh Prime and Set Powder as a brilliant setting powder for oily girls and blumin’ heck she’s not wrong!

This is a translucent loose powder (a little messy) but very easy to apply with a large fluffy brush to set my foundation. I put a light dusting along my t-zone with particular focus on my forehead (as this is what gets the oiliest) and it really dose mattify really well! It’s not cakey and doesn’t cling to blemishes or bumps and by 4-5pmstarproduct – after applying at 7am it only just starts to look a little oily which for me is a real result! You can use this before foundation but it doesn’t seem to work quite as well for me anyway. I love Gosh as a brand and feel their products really do represent amazing value for money. This isn’t the cheapest drugstore product in the world at £9.99 but it beats many high-end items I’ve tried before to battle my quest against oil!

My Top 5 Favourite MAC Lipsticks (Right Now!)

top5MAC2Like most beauty junkies I’m a total sucker for a MAC lipstick, having been bought my first one as a birthday present nearly 10 years ago I’ve grown quite a collection. I have probably around 20 in total but feel it has to be a really special colour that I know I’ll wear a lot to justify purchasing one of these babies. I have a broad range of favourites but the ones I turn to at the moment the most are the following…

Dangerous

A beautiful matte orangey red this is one hell of a sexy colour. It’s a blue toned red and therefore makes my teeth look a little whiter and frankly makes me feel a little braver. It’s one that I pair with a white t-shirt, black jeans and a ‘hell yeah’ Friday night feeling!

Hot Gossip

This shade was a happy accident, I went into MAC seeking a completely different shade. Unfortunately it was out of stock however the very persuasive Sales Assistant managed to coax me into picking up this deep muted purple/pink. It’s a stunning shade and probably one of my most worn MAC lipsticks as it’s not a million miles from my natural lip colour. Definitely a hidden gem that I’d really recommend!

Plumful

I’ve mentioned this lipstick on more than one occasion as my favourite wearable berry shade. It’s a purple that I can even wear to work without getting any funny looks. A lovely creamy formula this is definitely one of my favourite lipsticks of all time. It was a really unique shade for a while but I must admit there are a couple of good dupes out there for it at the moment.

Angel

Angel has always been rumoured to be Kim Kardashian’s shade of choice and I can see why. It’s a wearable nude ‘frost’ that’s really easy to wear. I like to team it with a smoky eye and big lashes for a 60’s look! It’s not one that everyone will love as it can make fair girls like me look a little dead however teamed with fake tan and a bouncy blow dry it really is a stunning shade!

Fanfare

If springtime was a lipstick it would be this beautiful coral shade. It’s a lovely wearable colour that I love to wear with a sheer foundation, a little blusher and a slick of mascara to do a really pretty ‘off duty’ look. This shtop5MACade seems to suit anyone I’ve ever used it on and can be built for serious punch or tapped in with a little lip balm for something really effortless.

All of this MAC chat has made me pop online and place an order for two new shades, which I promise to review when they’ve arrived… well it is Friday/Pay-Day afterall!

Work ‘Appropriate’ Makeup

workmakeupUpon finishing university I ‘properly’ entered the world of work and have always worked in office style environments. For me there are pretty apparent rules when it comes to ‘work appropriate’ makeup and what’s deemed acceptable for the office. The team I work in these days is predominantly male and the company I work for is very relaxed when it comes to dress code. Put it this way, I have no problem turning up for work in jeans!

Despite this I like to make sure that every day my hair is clean and ‘done’ and that I’ve got a decent face of slap on. To be honest I think I could probably turn up for work with a bag on my head and the boys in my team wouldn’t have a clue but for me its all about feeling-the-part and making sure I’m ready to face the day.

My everyday work makeup tends to take me around 15/20 minutes and is kept generally pretty natural. I tend to avoid using this time to trial looks and experiment, I know what suits me and generally speaking my work makeup sticks to a fairly consistent formula.

Satin Skin + Subtle Bronzer + Peachy Blush + Neutral Eyes + Pink/Nude Lip = Work Failsafe Makeup

First and foremost I moisturise (after having cleansed in the shower) using the Bioderma Sebium Global Moisturiser, a great base for makeup and great for spot prone combo skin. Next I apply a foundation that’s an exact match for my skin, the harsh lights of the office will most definitely pick up any skin mismatches. At the moment I’m mixing Illamasqua Skin Base in 07 with Revlon Nearly Naked in Ivory! I then conceal under my eyes and any blemishes using the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in 01 to highlight and 02 to cover.

Following this I move onto eyes whilst my foundation settles. At the moment I’m using MAC Kitten all over my eyes with MAC Cork blended into the crease. Next I smudge a little of the brown Bourjois Colourband Eyeshadow stick into my waterline and finish with the Maybelline Colossal Mascara in Black, I generally apply a couple of coats to give me decent curl/longevity.

I move back to the skin and use the Gosh Prime and Set translucent face powder to set my base into place, I’m doing a review on this later this week so keep your eyes peeled! I then apply a little of the Gosh Natural Bronzer in 01 to the back/hollow of my cheek bone, my forehead and under my chin. To complete the skin I dust a little of the Gosh Blusher in Rose Whisper on the high points of my cheeks. This blusher placement slims my face a little – a good tip for round faced girls!

Lastly I apply my lip product of choice and a splash of perfume, today I wore the Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle (but I was running late and needed to get out of the door) this and the Soap and Glory Gloss Stick in Nudist are my go to ‘I haven’t got time to think’ lip products. Other work choices are MAC Viva Glam V, Avon Lipstick i02n Toasted Rose and Tanya Burr Lip-gloss in Picnic in the Park.

Fragrance-wise for work I tend to pick something fresh, inoffensive and classic! My work favourites tend to be Este Lauder Sensuous (the name makes it sound anything but work appropriate but for me it’s not a ‘sexy’ smell) I also like Korres Lychee, Vanilla and Freesia and a classic… Chanel Coco Mademoiselle, this has been my ‘work perfume’ for the last 5 years. It’s light, feminine and is definitely ‘my fragrance’.

Concealing; what works for me?

My favourite concealers tend to follow a fairly classic format, they’re medium coverage, pretty creamy and I tend to favour one with a doe-foot applicator. Don’t be fooled that concealers and highlighting pens are the same thing, though I’ve chucked in my favourite one in here for good measure as its definitely got a concealer like texture and colour!

Clarins Instant Concealerconcealer

This little baby has had rave reviews and for good reason, this is lovely lightweight concealer with decent (but not masking) coverage. It’s one that I turn to on a good skin day and does a good job of lifting my skin and looks great under the eyes for a pumped up brightening feel. I wear the colour 01 and feel it could be a smidge lighter for me and comes in a tube (bucking my trend) but neither would put me off repurchasing. This looks brilliant on everyone from my younger sister to my grandma and that’s a true test!

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

This is probably my most used concealer as it works well under the eyes and on blemishes. It’s a nice creamy formula that just works! It’s super cheap and the perfect packaging, there really isn’t much I can say other than this product is most definitely worth the hype! I use shade 1 Fair under my eyes and shade 2 medium on blemishes.

Maybelline FIT ME Concealer

This concealer is a fantastic dupe for the NARS creamy concealer as like the NARS it melts into the skin and has a similar lightweight but powerful texture. This one’s brilliant as it comes in such a great range of shades for all different skin tones however I use it in Light 10.

Bourjois Bio Detox Concealer

Unfortunately this lovely light creamy concealer was discontinued from production a little while ago though I know you can buy it pretty easily and cheaply on sites like Amazon and Rakuten for around £4.50! It’s a really unusual concealer as it’s got an rollerball applicator meaning it cools the under eye area. I love the formula of this concealer and though it doesn’t conceal blemishes very well it’s one that really enhances the face and looks nice and natural.

L’Oréal Paris Touche Magique Concealer

This product came into my life as a strong dupe for the MAC Prep and Prime pen in Light Boost, it’s amazingly creamy and is a medium-full coverage, yellow-toned concealer. It’s my go to concealer for nights out as it gives me a great base for contour when used with a cream bronzer. I wouldn’t buy the MAC version as for me it’s just not worth splashing the cash when I can get something just as good for a mere fraction of the price!

Do let me know any concealers you think I’d like as I’m always keen to try new ones!

My Top 5 ‘Budget Friendly’ Nude Lipsticks

top5nudesAs a very fair gal (I know I harp on about this all the time) I feel it’s really important to get the right shade of nude lipstick! For me it’s all about finding a colour no more than one shade lighter than my lip skin tone. My lips happen to be fairly dark and almost berry in tone. For me a nude has to be comfortable to wear and flattering with most eye looks. I love one that airs on the pinky-brown and though they’re all along a similar colour spectrum the different shades really do compliment different eye looks, some air on the side of a balm and others I only tend to wear seasonally but all 5 are brilliant in their own right! Here are my top 5 favourites which are all ‘super-duper’ affordable and definitely wearable…

Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle

Probably my most worn lip product of all time this is a beautiful warm nude/pink with a hint of brown. It’s moisturising and is one of those lip colours you can even apply without a mirror. It’s one that I really must get backups of as it’s the perfect shade and formula for me.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 08

I’ve spoken about this lipstick before as the Kate Moss for Rimmel lipsticks are some of my all-time favourites. This lipstick is richly pigmented and is a deep brownish nude. It’s extremely comfortable to wear and is a great dupe for MAC’s velvet teddy!

Avon Cosmetics Lipstick in Toasted Rose

This is a lovely warm pink toned brownish nude, easy to wear and a nice comfortable formula this is one I reach for regularly to mute down other lip colours. This would look great on everyone from the reddest of red-heads to the deepest most chocolate skin tones.

Sleek Lipstick in Liqueurtop5nudesswatch

This is a true nude shade but doesn’t give me that ‘dead’ washed out look. It’s one I like to wear with a little gloss layered over, something like Tanya Burr’s Picnic in the Park works nicely! This is also a great dupe for MAC’s Viva Glam II if you’re looking for something a little more budget friendly.

MUA Lipstick in 11

This is a lovely ginger/brown nude that works beautifully with bronzey/amber coloured eyeshadow looks. It’s definitely my ‘go to’ autumnal nude and only costs £1 – there’s not a lot better for the money!