MAC ‘Hug Me’ Lipstick – The perfect pale girl nude!

MAChugme2My names Hannah and I have an addiction to Nude Lipstick! Yes it’s a problem, yes I’ve tried to give it up but it’s well and truly an urge I cannot fight when a new collection gets launched. However time and time again I use them once or twice and determine them either too concealery, too brown or too pink to actually ever be considered a nude lipstick.

I’m also a MAC Lipstick addict and have bought countless nudes from them which I like and use but none that I’ve ever been truly head over heels about. Until now! I’ve been weighing up a new lipstick purchase from MAC for a good while, I toyed with getting Whirl from the new collection however when I looked at swatches and read reviews from other bloggers it looked like a colour I would only get minimal use from. Being a pale girl it’s so hard to find a nude lipstick thMAChugmeat suits my complexion and doesn’t yellow my teeth. To date my favourite nude was always VIVA Glam V but I’d always reserved it for nights out and due it’s significant sparkle it wasn’t the most comfortable to wear on a day to day basis.

But now I’ve found the perfect pale girl nude lipstick that gives your lips a hint of pinkish brown, with a definite nod to the Kylie Jenner lip trend that makes wearing a nude lipstick the easiest thing in the world. I was torn between this and ‘Patisserie’ but ‘Hug Me’ really is the perfect nude. It’s one that I can apply liberally and doesn’t look too over the top!

Also despite being a ‘Lustre’ finish (my least favourite MAC finish) this doesn’t contain lots of unnecessary sparkle, in fact for me it’s much more on the ‘Cream sheen’ side of things. I’ve worn it heaps for work and even on a night out with Whirl lip liner or Gosh Nougat Crisp lip liner either of which pair really nicely to give you that 90’s supermodel look.

Tell me your favourite nude lipstick? I’d love to know!

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Review: Real Techniques Core Collection

corecollectionRTWhen walking past my local boots a gigantic sign stopped me in my tracks (yup I’m that affected by a makeup deal!) the Real Techniques core collection has been slashed in price for a limited time to only £10.99 – this normally costs £20.99.

One of my favourite foundation brushes of all time is the RT Buffing Brush however it’s not available as a single, only in sets and kits so I was pretty pleased to see this was a part of it. I was also keen to get my hands on the Contour Brush as I don’t tend to like anything too angled to apply my contour as I find I end up with two stripes down my cheekbones. This one is nicely tapered and allows you to buff whilst defining your features in a natural way.

The two other brushes, Flat Foundation and Detailer are again useful ones to have around. The flat foundation brush is a little small for a full face but works nicely to apply concealer under the eyes. The detailer brush works really well for lipstick as it’s slightly rounded meaning you get a much nicer finish. I also like this brush for applying small amounts of eyeshadow on the lower lash-line.

The kit also comes with a handy brush stand which is superb for when you’ve washed your brushes and you want them to retain their shape in the best way possible. Out of all the collections from RT this, Sams and Nics picks are by far my favourites. I’d recommend these brushes as not only are they brilliant value for money, they’re cruelty free, super easy to wash and most importantly they apply make-up beautifully!

Review: Rimmel Mono Shadows

image1Rimmel London is probably one of the brands that’s synonymous with the makeup any UK 90’s kid wore on a regular basis. My first Rimmel product was their classic Sun Shimmer Bronzer closely followed by the Extra Super Lash Mascara in Brown!

Nowadays I head to Rimmel for some of the best drugstore lipsticks (I love the Kate Moss collections) and scandaleyes eyeliners (the nude one is brilliant) so when I heard they’d revamped their range of mono eyeshadows I was pretty keen to give them a try. Firstly the shade range looked right up my street with a nice blend of shimmering golds, muted bronzes and some nice deep browns. There’s also some brighter shades such as a pink and an electric turquoise – not my taste but pretty all the same! I picked up two shades each for £3.49, the price point for me seemed a bit of a stretch maybe because I know for only a couple of pence more Collection does their Nude pallets which are by far the best quality drugstore shadows I’ve ever tried.

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This is a pale warm brown which I’ve been enjoying all over the lid for a laid-back sepia toned eye. This is great on lazy days when doing your makeup just feels like a chore. The quality of the shadows is decent enough, they do air on the slightly powdery but blend really nicely with a fluffy brush.

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A true bronze brown this is the kind of shade I use as the basis for an evening smoky eye. Personally I love the red/brown cast in this shadow and like the fact there’s not a tonne of fallout. This works nicely layered over the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On-and-On Bronze for a look that lasts!

Overall I’m pleased that Rimmel has come out with some nice new shadows however feel that the texture of the original Glam Eyes Mono Shadows packed a slightly better punch in the formulation steaks. I’d definitely purchase these again if they were to extend the line however I do think there are better shadows on the market for £3.49 a pop!

Fabulous Three: my top 3 high-end foundations!

highendfoundationsI’m always an advocate of making sure you invest in your base makeup. Blushers, lipsticks and eyeshadows from the drugstore can be great quality however there are occasions when splashing a little extra cash can make all the difference to your makeup look. Here are the ones that I really do think are worth their money however if you are on a budget I’ve included the drugstore dupe…

NARS Sheer Glow RRP £31.00

This has been a staple in my collection for some time. For me it’s the perfect amount of coverage that I can sheer out or build up and gives a dewy healthy look to the skin. My favourite way to apply it is with a densely packed buffing brush. Something like the 104 Zoeva Buffing Brush or Bobbi Brown Full Coverage Face Brush work the product in nicely to give a flawless airbrushed look.

DUPE: L’Oriel True Match Foundation – nicely glowy with good coverage.

YSL Touché Éclat Foundation RRP £31.50

When I’m having a ‘good skin day’ I love applying a sheer, radiant foundation that evens my skin tone. This is one step up from a tinted moisturiser and gives me a nice easy makeup look that doesn’t look too overdone. I like applying this with either a fluffy buffing brush like the Real Techniques Buffing Brush or with my fingers for a nicely natural application.

DUPE: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum – gives a similar coverage and finish.

Illamasqua Skin Base RRP £32.50

This is probably my favourite high-end foundation of all time. It’s definitely on the pricier side for a foundation that comes in a small plastic squeeze bottle but the formulation is a full-coverage foundation which doesn’t look cakey or overdone. I find the shade range is the perfect balance of yellow and neutral and evens my skin tone without looking over the top. It’s always one I turn to when I’m having a bad skin day to calm everything and prevent me from breaking out.

DUPE: Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation – the same full coverage with a satin finish.

Barely There Makeup ft. My Sister

amynaturalMy sisters always been very much a natural beauty (though she’d hate me for saying that) and the make-up look she asked me to do for her birthday family BBQ was only done to enhance her lovely features. This would be a great easy make-up look for a day out with friends or even work work/school.

Base

For a nice light base I used the Bourjois Healthy Balance Serum foundation in 52 Vanille for a dewy look that evens the skin tone. To brighten under the eyes I used the Urban Decay Naked Concealer in Light Warm to keep the make-up looking fresh!

Eyes

On the eyes I whipped out my trusty Stila Eyes Are The Window To The Soul palette and blended the shade Kitten all over the lid. I then popped on the Gosh Forever Cream Eyeshadow Stick in 04 Brown in the outer V and used a pencil brush to blend. To frame the eyes I used the Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara in Black for a lengthening, fluttery look.

Skin

On the skin I used the 2true Bronzer all over the high points of the faced and popped a little of the Stila Convertible Colour Blush in Lillium on the cheeks. For added depth I used the Boots Number 7 Cream Bonzer down the hollows of the cheek bone. To finish I applied the MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle on the tops of the cheekbones, down the nose and on each brow bone.

Lips

On the lips I used the Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist with a little of the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Nude. This created a soft balmy finish to the lips with the tiniest hint of colour!

FOTD: Girls Weekend!

image1My lovely friend Emma came to stay this weekend and in true girly form we took the opportunity to have a little fun with some makeup. Emma has great skin and the most unbelievable brow bone and jaw line so we wanted to give her a bronzed look that was nice and glowy! The aim was to create something wearable for a nice meal out but with a little added sparkle to see her throughout the night…

Base

To start off I used the Garnier Ultra Repair Moisturiser all over the face which gives a lovely emollient base perfect for foundation. Next I applied the Urban Decay liquid highlighter which I believe now is discontinued. A great alternative would be the Rimmel Good to Glow Highlighter in Soho Glow or the Revlon Skinlights PhotoReady Liquid Highlighter in Bare. For foundation I used the NARS Sheer Glow  in Deauville mixed with a tiny bit of Este Lauder Double Wear in Vanilla Light Medium. Under the eyes I used the Urban Decay Naked Concealer in Light Warm and heighted the face using the L’Oriel Lumi Magique highlighting pen.

Eyes

Emma has lovely light coloured eyes so I wanted to use something pretty that would add definition without looking heavy or over the top. I used the Australis Cosmetics Cream Metallix Eyeshadow in Pearl Jammin all over the mobile lid and I then used the MAC Eyeshadow in All that Giltters which is a pretty warm orangey bronze over the top to add some serious copper glow. On the lash line I used the Bourjois Colour Band stick in Brun and softened it with a pencil brush. Finally I added a little brown eyeliner from Gosh cosmetics into the water-line and framed the eyes using the Maybelline Colossal Mascara in Black!

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On the skin I used the Boots Number 17 Cream Bronzer to add warmth whilst keeping it looking luminous and soft. I used this round the perimiters of the face and through the cheekbones. I then went down the cheekbones using the deep shade within the Maybelline Master Sculpt to make it more defined. On the tops of the cheeks I used the MUA Skin Undress Highlighter to keep that radiant look to the skin. For blush I just used a little of MAC’s powder blush in Melba.

Eyebrows

Emma has brilliant brows so I used a tiny bit of the Sleek Brow Pen in Light to define and the Rimmel Brow this Way Clear Brow Gel to set them in place. On the brow bone I went back to the MUA highlighter to add definition and glow in the arches.

Lips

On the lips I used MAC’s Fanfare lipstick for a lovely coral flush! Emma likes a glossy look so I finished the whole face with a little of Tanya Burr’s lipstick in I Found Nemo.

Probably My Favourite Hair Product… Of All Time?

fudgehairsprayI’m not particularly adventurous when it comes to my hair on a daily basis and my 4 fail safe styles include waving it using my GHD straighteners, rough blow drying it and a little back combing for volume, a half up/half down using a small grabber clip and a messy bun. ALL of these styles however use my favourite hairspray of all time, Fudge Urban Iced Vanilla and Raspberry Hairspray.

This hair spray first and foremost smells divine! It’s a sweet smell that lasts nicely in the hair all day. I love the way Fudge Urban products smell but mostly I love the way they perform and this is no exception. When I’ve finished any of the hairstyles above I simply spray a fine layer over. This hairspray does a great job of giving me hold without being actually visible in the hair! Though my hair is thick (and it works brilliantly) this spray works really well in fine hair as it doesn’t coat it or cause it to go gunky. I won’t lie, it’s not the cheapest hairspray around but a can lasts quite a while and for an effortless non-drag queen hairstyle this is a great way to make sure it lasts all day/night long!

More is More?

moreismoreNormally when I think about creating a new makeup look I think about how I’ve done my hair and the outfit I’m wearing as a starting point. I was going for lunch with a good friend the other day I opted for a simple black t-shirt dress and a rough blow dry with a little mouse to give me some volume! Of course I opted for some sunnies too, which I often use as a hair-band.

I had a little spare time on my hands, which is VERY rare so I took the opportunity to create something a little different. On most occasions I’d opt for lips or eyes and make just one of them a feature however I got a little carried away and came up with this look! I really like it and though it’s a little more intense than a brown smoky eye and a nude lip (my go-to weekend look) it’s one that I’ll definitely be creating again and hopefully you will too!

Base

To start I applied my new Garnier moisturiser with SPF 15 with my fingers giving me an emollient base, perfect for applying foundation. Next I mixed the Collection Lasting Perfection Foundation in Ivory with my Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat Foundation in BD40. I used a Real Techniques Buffing Brush and blended the foundation across my face in circular motions to give me a ‘flawless’ look. Lastly I used the Urban Decay Naked Concealer in Light Warm on my blemishes and the L’Oriel Magique Touch Concealer under my eyes – this has a great yellow undertone which is perfect for brightening!

Eyes

For the eyes I started by using the Australis Metallix Cream Eyeshadow in Pearl Jammin all over the lid which is a beautiful intense bronze glitter. Next I used the New Rimmel Mono Eyeshadows in Millionaire through the crease a pale sepia brown and VIP a warm reddish bronze on the outer V for a little definition. I then used the Bourjois Eyeshadow Stick in Brun to the lower lash line and used a pencil brush to smudge this a little. Finally I used the Maybelline Colossal Mascara in Black for fluttery lashes.

Skin

I managed to catch a very light tan on my holiday to Cornwall so I used a combination of The Balm Bahama Mama Bronzer and the Gosh Natural Bronzer in 02 to add warmth and definition to the face. I also popped a little of MAC’s Soft and Gentle Highlighter across the top of my cheekbones. This is one of my favourites to achieve a super-glow! To finish I popped a some of the KIKO baked blusher in Coral on the tops of my cheekbones for a nice summery flush.

Lip

This is where I had an ‘ahh blow it’ moment, I really wanted to wear the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 37. Thinking it would look all a bit much I tried it out and was actually pretty pleased with the result. This is a gorgeous poppy orangey red that doesn’t make your teeth look yellow. Having tried this on friends with much deeper skin tones I can safely say that this suits everyone! If you want to wear it in a more subtle way then I’d recommend using your middle finger to pat a little of the colour into the lips and use a small amount of lip balm to give it a sheen. The result should be a pretty coral flush to compliment the blusher.

This is probably a makeup look I’d wear more in the evening however if you’ve got the confidence and the time to create it then it’s a pretty makeup that should bring a little something extra to a simple summer outfit!

Lip Combo Lovin!

combo1I’ve discovered a lip colour combination which really does tick all the boxes! It’s super long-lasting, comfortable to wear, is a stunning colour and isn’t too OTT for the office. The two product’s I’m loving mixed together are…

Kiko Free Spirit Lip and Cheek Pencil in 03 Safari Rose

This Kiko product is slightly pinky peach and is nicely pigmented. It’s a chunky crayon which is easily applied and comes out as a pretty matte formula. You get alot of product for your money and it even comes with a super sized sharpener to keep your lip line nice and crisp! It’s pretty alone but mixed with…

Gosh Forever Lip Shine in 004 Fluffy Feeling

This gives you a beautiful rich moody mauve/pink. It’s a great my lips but better colour on me and gives me a really pretty ‘just bitten’ look to my lips. However paired with the Kiko Pencil this gives a super creamy pastel rose pink that’s really easy to wear. It’s one of those colour combinations I’d be happy to wear all year round and would suit any skin tone or colouring. It vaguely follows the Kylie Jenner lip trend but is definitely a colour combo worth investing in!

Personally my favourite way to wear this is with super minimal BB cream on the skin, a decent swirl of a bronzer, a dab of cream highlight and a slick of natural looking mascara!

What’s your favourite lip combo? Comment away ladies…

Drugstore Dash

Drugstore DasLethally for me my local pharmacy is open until 6:30pm and even more lethally I park my bike outside it everyday and reach that very spot at 6:15pm meaning I have a decent quarter of an hour to have a whip round and see what’s new. Here’s what I picked up last night in my mad dash around my local Lloyds Pharmacy…

Lloyds Pharmacy Baby Wipes

Although I’m distinctly against baby wipes for removing make-up they do have their uses. Being a blogger and an avid make-up fan I find they work well to quickly remove swatches and make-up mistakes swiftly. These ones are only £1 and smell rather nice however I’d never use them to remove my make-up!

Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel

Having used the L’Occitane Angelica Cleansing Gel for 5 years I recently tried a sample of this cleanser whilst on holiday recently – check out my post on how to nab yourself beauty freebies HERE. It takes a pretty special cleanser for me to be happy but this one seems like great quality, works effectively to remove my make-up whilst being gentle and non-stripping. The thing that really swung it was the fact it’s also a whopping £10 cheaper!

Garnier Vital Restore Day Cream with SPF 15

I’ve used the Bioderma Sebum Ultra Moistoriser for what feels like an eternity and I still can’t find anything that my skin loves more. However in recent months I’ve been exposing my skin a little more and leaving out my SPF filled foundation. I therefore needed a moisturiser with SPF that wouldn’t break me out and would sit nicely under my make-up. This little baby was reduced to half price making it only £4.99 – a total bargain. It’s one that I’ve used today and I’m pretty pleased with it but only time will tell!

Rimmel Mono Eyeshadow in Smoky Quartz 

I feel like I’ve been looking for this for ages, ever since one of my favourite bloggers Miss Budget Beauty recommended it I’ve been trying to get my mitts on smoky quartz as it always seems to be sold out. I also wanted to get a wiggle on and buy it as Rimmel has just launches a new range of mono eyeshadows and who knows if this one will be discontinued? Anyway, having tried this eyeshadow this morning I’m really pleased with it – it’s just the kind of colour I love! A warm neutral with a hint of satin shimmer! I was really impressed with how soft, pigmented and blendable this was for the price.