08 November 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation

Well, what do you know...it's a new blog post up in where? UP IN HERE. As you can see, pictured above is not the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer I have raved about for years and talked about in a previous blogpost - I know people, shock horror. Recently I have decided to shake things up a bit and try something new, and after a good hour browsing the shelves of my local Ulta Beauty as you do, I decided upon Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation. I had heard of this foundation several times before, most notably recommended by the lovely Estée of essiebutton, and decided to just give it a whirl. You know, why not just go wild? Yes - change of base constitutes "going wild" material in the Annesque household. 

This foundation is very different than my two most frequented choices of base (the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Gobi). Here are some of the reasons I have been choosing Tarte over the rest:

♥ It glides on smoothly over imperfections and provides medium/full build-able coverage.
 It is a Vegan product made without animal testing.
It comes in cute packaging with a bamboo detailed twist cap.
It is oil-free but does not dry out my skin.
The color Light Neutral is a perfect fit to my skin tone - and there are many shades to choose from.
It feels soft on my skin - not sticky, patchy or oily like others I've tried.
Very natural matte finish without making the skin look flat or dull.
There is loads of product in the bottle - I reckon it will last me a good while.
Despite great coverage and thick creamy texture, it feels light on my skin.
It has SPF 15 - Mom would be real proud.

26 October 2014

Bow Down to the Palette Queen

All aboard the rave train, people. Never have I ever fallen in actual love with a palette. So prepare yourselves. Although I am exaggerating a teensy bit, I am really not because man do I love me some Lorac Pro at the moment. This is yet another bandwagon purchase (the other I am referring to is featured in my latest blog post about Zoeva - nice little plug there, eh? Check it out!) and again, it lives up to my high expectations.

For months and months I have heard bloggers buzz about this palette, especially with the release of its younger sister the Lorac Pro 2 recently in silver packaging. To be quite honest I never really heard much about Lorac at all before this product, but oh are they on my radar now! 

I have been reaching for this over my Naked and Too Faced palettes (which all are fine and lovely of course), but this little baby just blows them all out of the water. Here's why:

♥ Slim, lightweight, compact packaging makes it my best palette for travel and storage.
 It includes SIXTEEN shades. Sixteen shades. That's a lot, people.
 There's a mixture of mattes and shimmers.
 The colors are all super pigmented and very easy to blend.
 The formula's a dream - one swipe across the lid and you're good to go.
 The colors are mostly neutral and very comfortable to wear - you know me, nothing too cray.
 I actually have used every single shade once, woah. Even Garnet which I was afraid to try but it looks amazeballs on dark eyes.
 My most used are definitely Pewter, Sable and Espresso together.

My only tiny complaint is that the packaging is easily dirtied so it's not the poshest but...Have you tried the Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette? What are your favorite shades? I hear it is very hard to track down in the UK or elsewhere so I do apologize if you're not in America, but if you get a chance I definitely recommend this. Let me know what you think below, and if you want you can check out my social media in the sidebar and subscribe if you'd like to see more. Have a wonderful day, beauty babes .x 

19 October 2014

Breathtaking Brushes | Zoeva Rose Golden Luxury

It was a dull Friday afternoon. I was driving back to my apartment from a less than stellar day at school. Uni for my lovely Brits. I never check my mailbox. But for some reason I had the urge to swing by that day for the off chance that I had received anything. Little did I know my day was going to get a thousand times more golden. 
Rose golden, that is. Yeah, that just happened. Not apologizing.

I had completely forgotten about my cheeky online purchase several weeks before but, 
with a twist of the key and a door swung open, a beautiful surprise sat before me in all its white cardboard box glory. It took everything in me not to squeal as I saw the ZOEVA label 
on the side of the box...I practically hugged my package the whole way home. 

 Boy let me tell you, I've had my eyes on these sexy little numbers for QUITE some time now. 
I had never heard about the Zoeva brand until just over a year ago when I saw them featured on this blogpost by the one and only Zoella...then this set came and every blogger and her mother squealed with excitement. This is a game changer, my friends. 

What happens to a girl who is 1) a magpie to pretty things 2) rose gold obsessed AND 3) obsessed with makeup brushes? She goes a bit cray. Gets a bit overexcited. Develops brush envy. 
Until she can't. wait. any. longer.

Well beauty babes, I am happy to report they live up to my expectations. Here's why. 

  These brushes as stunning with their romantic copper 
touches and the matte finish on the handle.
  They are hella soft. Girl, let me tell you...Sometimes you've gotta 
just feel them on your face.
  This set is a perfect do it all; it's got everything you need!
  They come with a beautiful makeup bag home -- perfect 
for traveling or to just look pretty.
  Great value for the price -- Totally worth it!
♥  I love that they are quite dense but still dry quickly.
  I love white bristles, especially for eye brushes.
♥  No pesky rebel hairs or shedding!
  They are the perfect length and are easy to use.
♥  They make blending an absolute dream.
 Did I mention they are gorgeous? 

Bravo, bravo, bravo.

Have you tried Zoeva brushes yet? Let me know down in the comments what you think. I'd like to know what your favorite Zoeva products are, or maybe your favorite brushes in general! I love hearing from you all, and it's been a while. Hope all is well with my lovely readers. 

Until next time  x 

04 October 2014

Squeaky Clean Feels

What's up beauty babes? It has been a while (and by a while I mean AGES) since I've given you your daily dose of beauty, fashion, and life - how are you? Today I am going to talk about the new addition to my skincare routine: The Clarisonic Mia 2. I know, I know...every beauty blogger and their mother have talked about this so you're pretty tired of seeing it but I can't help myself.

Most of the time it's really hard to tell if your skin has changed or improved, but after several weeks I do see a few differences. I definitely saw brighter and softer skin within the first week. However, apse in the first week of usage, I noticed more spots around my forehead. Now I am definitely no skincare expert, but from my previous experience I understand that this means that the dirt deep inside your pores is surfacing to exit your skin. Soon the spots cleared with continued use and now my skin is back to normal! What's great about this particular model is that there are two speed settings, a normal speed and a gentler speed for delicate skin. I personally use the gentle speed and focus more on my T-zone (forehead, nose area and chin). It's important to be careful about your under eyes and cheeks, usually that skin is more delicate but of course every one is different! The Clarisonic Mia2 comes in many cute colors, is small enough for travel and is waterproof (I use it to wash my face in the shower). I have been loving this little guy and I am looking forward to seeing my skin continue to improve! 

Have any of you tried the Clarisonic? Leave in the comments below what you think! Stay tuned until next time...which may or may not be a review of one of the hottest things in beauty right now :) x