My MAC Lipstick Collection 2013

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Introducing my MAC lipstick collection! So far anyway! I have been wanting to do this post for quite some time but have never got round to swatching them all. I always enjoy reading blog posts like this as I love to be nosey and see what shades other people have in their collection. I have included a swatch, description of the colour and finish of each lipstick...

Left to right: Talk That Talk, Rebel, Heroine, Private Party, Diva, RiRi Woo, RiRi Woo, Ablaze, Impassioned, Viva Glam Nicki, Angel, Pure Zen, Nude
Left to right: Talk That Talk, Rebel, Heroine, Private Party
Left to right: Talk That Talk, Rebel, Heroine, Private Party 
Talk That Talk- Matte dark plum (Retro Matte)
Rebel- Midtonal cream plum (Satin)
Heroine- Bright vibrant purple (Matte)
Private Party- Dirty plum mauve (Matte)

Left to right: Diva, RiRi Woo, Ablaze, Impassioned
Left to right: Diva, RiRi Woo, Ablaze, Impassioned
Diva- Intense reddish-burgundy (Matte)
RiRi Woo- Matte cool red (Retro Matte)
Ablaze- Bright apricot cream (Matte)
Impassioned- Amped-up fuchsia (Amplified Creme)

Left to righ: Viva Glam Nicki, Angel, Pure Zen, Nude
Left to right: Viva Glam Nicki, Angel, Pure Zen, Nude
Viva Glam Nicki- Bright yellow pink (Satin)
Angel- Soft pink (Frost)
Pure Zen- Frosted warm nude (Cremesheen)
Nude- Cool nude cream (Matte)

I hope you enjoyed this post! I am thinking about doing a similar post for my MAC eye shadows. If anyone is interested in me doing that leave a comment below!

I am currently running a MAC lipstick giveaway on my blog, so go and enter! (Ends 5th January)- link

What is your favourite MAC lipstick shade? Let me know in the comments!

Christmas Day Makeup Look

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Hello everyone and Merry Christmas! Hope you are all having a lovely day filled with lots of food, presents and family time! This is just a quick post to share my makeup look for today. I went for a classic sparkly eye and red lip. Here are all the details...

KIKO Mat Base Corrector Primer
YSL Touche Eclat Foundation
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dazzled 
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Whiz in Brunette

MAC Kid Eyeshadow (crease)
MAC Cork Eyeshadow (crease)
MAC Reflects Antique Gold Pigment (lid)
MAC Saddle Eyeshadow (lower lashline)
e.l.f. Liquid Liner
Benefit They're Real Mascara

MAC Cherry Lip Pencil
NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss Juicy Red

If you enjoyed this post, leave a comment below and I will post some more looks to wear for New Years Eve!

L'Oreal | Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution

Monday, 23 December 2013

When you think of micellar waters one brand immediately springs to mind. Bioderma. But with the expensive price tag to go with it, I have never reached for a bottle. So when I saw that L'Oreal had created their very own for only £4.99 (200ml),  I thought it was time I saw what the fuss was about.
This Micellar solution is a makeup remover, toner and purifier in one. It unclogs the pores by drawing out excess oils and impurities in a way that is as gentle as water. 

Having never used Bioderma, I cannot compare the two however I am obsessed with this! It removes my makeup really well and leaves my face feeling fresh and smooth. It does struggle slightly with waterproof mascara as its not oil based but still does a pretty good job. Since I discovered this I prefer using it over face wipes as I find they end up smearing makeup over my face rather than actually removing it. This is really handy to have to remove makeup quickly or to correct those annoying makeup smudges like mascara or lipstick! I don't use this alone to clean my face on a daily basis, I use it before using my Clarisonic Mia 2 (review coming soon!) and it does the job perfectly. 

For the price I think this is a fabulous product with so many uses. It's really handy to have on my dresser and will be a must have for me for travelling. I'm now on my second bottle and can happily say its my most used makeup remover.

Available to buy instore and online from Boots and Superdrug for £4.99 for 200ml as well as some supermarkets.

Have you tried Micellar waters? What are your favourites? Let me know in the comments!

Don't forget to enter my MAC lipstick Giveaway running until the 5th January!

Lush | The Mask Of Magnaminty

Sunday, 15 December 2013

In the never ending quest for beautiful skin, the Mask Of Magnaminty from Lush has recently become my most reached for face mask in these past few months. I am relatively new to Lush products, and I bought this mask in particular because Nicole Guerrero and Jaclyn Hill from YouTube picked it up in a recent haul (if you don't know who I'm talking about you need to check them out!).

For starters, this mask smells just like mint chocolate chip ice cream. It kind of looks like it too with the ground aduki beans in it which help to exfoliate the skin. If you don't like the smell of peppermint in face products then this mask probably isn't for you. I know some people find it quite overpowering, however I think it is a really refreshing scent.

The consistency of this mask is really thick and creamy and has a slightly gel like feel to it. It applies smoothly to the face and mask instantly cools the skin which then creates a tingling feeling. To me this feels so invigorating and makes me feel like the mask is really getting to work in removing impurities deep down in my pores. This sensation comes from the peppermint oil in the mask that stimulates blood flow, and is meant to reduce redness of acne. As the mask dries and hardens, the feeling wears off.

The mask takes around ten minutes to dry and hardens to a crumbly clay sort of finish. It does tighten on the skin as it dries but its not uncomfortable. To rinse off, you can use your hands or a face cloth. As this mask has exfoliating particles in it, you have the option of gently scrubbing your face as you remove it. This is how I choose to remove it as I have dry skin I and any sort of exfoliating is good for me! It is really gentle though, so even if your skin is sensitive it shouldn't irritate it.

After using the Mask of Magnaminty, my skin always looks instantly brighter and more alive. I have this sort of glow that only comes when something really deeply cleanses my skin. This mask works wonders on my pores, in particular on my cheeks and makes them much less visible. The peppermint smell lingers on the face too which makes my skin smell really fresh and clean. Straight after using this mask I spray a couple of spritz of Lush's Tea Tree Water- read my review here, and then apply my regular moisturiser. I like to use this once a week to give my skin a little TLC after a long hard week!

This mask can be used on other areas of the body that suffers from acne like the back or chest. As this doesn't really happen to me I have never used it on anywhere other than my face. Lush offers two different tub sizes so first timers don't have to commit to the largest tub. I actually think I will stick to the smaller tub (125g) as even this size looks like it will last me a little while, and makes it easier to use before the expiration date. This mask doesn't need to be kept in the fridge to keep it fresh, but you can to make it even more cooling on the skin.

The Mask Of Magnaminty can be purchased in store or online for £5.25 (125g) or £9.25 (315g)- link

What are your favourite Lush Products? Let me know in the comments!

KIKO | 01 Lounge Warm Tones Eyeshadow Palette

Sunday, 8 December 2013

On a recent shopping trip to Westfield's in Stratford, I found myself in the KIKO Cosmetics store. One of the many things that caught my eye was this limited edition palette from their Dark Heroine collection.

The palette itself is small and sturdy with a nice sized mirror that takes up the entire lid. Its a great size for travel but is a little on the chunky side in its thickness. This palette doesn't include a brush, although that doesn't bother me in the slightest.

A is a rich warm chocolate brown shade with a matte finish
B is an intense wine coloured shade with purple undertones and a satin finish
C is a light shimmery gold shade
D is a brown toned bronze with a shimmery finish
E is a cream shade with a pearly finish
F is a shimmery champagne shade

The palette contains six beautiful shades which all lean towards the warm end of the spectrum. I love the array of finishes in the palette with matte and satin finishes which are great to put in the crease, and the shimmery shades for the lid. You can easily create a variety of looks with this palette from neutral everyday, to something more dark and smoky for the evening. The pigmentation of these shadows is amazing, and on the eyes they blend out beautifully. For only £16.90, this palette rivals many high end brands in terms of quality.

This palette is a must have for the festive season and would make light work of any Christmas party makeup. I am so impressed with the quality of KIKO products I will definitely be back for more in the near future.

The 01 Lounge Warm Tones Eyeshadow palette  is available in store and online from KIKO Cosmetics - link 

Have you tried KIKO products? What are your recommendations? Let me know in the comments!

International MAC Lipstick Giveaway!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

I recently hit 100 Bloglovin' followers, and to say thank you to all my lovely readers I thought I would do a giveaway! This is my first giveaway on my blog and I am so excited for one of you to win a MAC lipstick of your choice! Good luck to you all!

Please Read Before Entering!

  • Winner will recieve one MAC lipstick of their choice (no limited edition shades and is subject to availabilty at the time of purchase)
  • Giveaway is International
  • Giveaway is open from 7th December and will end on 5th of January
  • Prize will be bought with my own money! This is not a sponsored giveaway!
  • One entry per person
  • No fake or spam accounts
  • Winner will be notified by email and will be given 48 hours to respond. After than another winner will be picked at random
  • Must be 18 or over to or have a parent/guardians permission to enter as your address is required
  • Winner will recieve item in the post via Royal Mail 1st Class Recorded or via Royal Mail Airsure depending on your location 
  • Prize will be posted within two weeks of giveaway ending
  • If item is lost or stolen in transit, winner will not receive a replacement

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10 Things I Love About Christmas!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

I can now officially say its Christmas Time!

I refuse to say its Christmas before the 1st of December even if the shops start filling the shelves with Festive goodies from October! I must admit, Christmas is one of the only things I enjoy about the winter time. I don't enjoy being cold so I would definitely say I'm a summer time girl! 

As I am feeling very festive today, I thought I would write a little post on the 10 things I love about Christmas. Here is my list!

1. FOOD 

Anyone who knows me should definitely know that this is top of my list! I adore the comforting food at Christmas time! The HUGE Christmas roast with all the trimmings, the mulled wine, Quality Street's, cheese and crackers ( the posh ones!) the list is endless! One of my favourites has to be my Nan's home made Christmas Pudding. She actually makes enough for me to eat them all the way through January! 

2. Christmas Shopping

This may sound slightly insane but I do enjoy the stress of buying gifts for friends an family. To see their little faces light up when they love what I bought makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside!

3. Wrapping Gifts

I may not be the best at it, but I do love wrapping presents! I love finding the most beautiful paper and going to town with bows and ribbons and glitter!

4. Starbucks Eggnog Latte

This drink is quite literally Christmas in a cup. I am obsessed with it! It's creamy with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Very festive! 

5. Time Off Work

I am lucky to get nearly two weeks of work for Christmas which I am very thankful for! Gives me time to relax and be ready for the new year!

6. Family Time

Christmas is definitely a time when we spend more quality time as a family. I'm a very family orientated person so this is very special to me.

7. Christmas Movies

My all time favourite has to be Elf. I try and watch it as much as humanly possible in December as I feel I can't watch it at any other time of the year!

8. Novelty Christmas Clothing

I am so excited to wear my new novelty jumper that I got from Primark. It was an absolute bargain! I also picked up the cutest Reindeer and Snowflake knitted leggings too. They are so comfortable and soft! Seriously Primark have nailed Christmas clothing this year, check them out if you can!

9. Christmas Lights

The streets of London look so much more beautiful covered in fairy lights!

10.  Cheesy Christmas Songs

Who can resist all the cheesy Christmas songs! If I had to pick one favourite it would have to be Wizzard's I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday but I love them all.

I hope this post made you feel super festive! I would love to read your 10 things you love about Christmas so I tag all my readers to make your own list! Please leave a comment below so I can find you!


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