20 August 2014

My Summer Beauty Staples

What's up beauty babes? First off, I would like to apologize because I feel like I haven't really been working on my blog that much lately - I think that I may have a future post lined up sort of explaining what kind of place I am in personally at the moment, so do leave a comment if you'd be interested in a post about anxiety and some other personal bits that I may think of sharing with you...Anyways, on to my favorite products of my summer thus far. All of these have been really hyped up with loads of promo prior to their release and then loads of blogposts, YouTube videos and reviews, etc. so I am well sure that you may be completely tired of hearing people like myself rambling on about these products so I do apologize if this post is repetitive for you, but I do tend to wait until hype has died down because I am quite hesitant to buy into hyped up products but alas, I have jumped on the beauty bandwagon AND BOY AM I GLAD I DID.

Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette My goodness gracianious I just love this palette - first of all, the packaging in gorgeous and includes a satisfying magnetic close, a good sized mirror, and nine beautiful shades within. By now you must know that I am an absolute sucker for neutral, natural colors and these are just so gorgeous. I can't remember whose blog/channel I saw this on first but the second I saw it I knew I had to give it a go. The names of the shadows are quite saucy if ya know what I mean - 'Sexpresso' and 'Erotica' among them. It seems that Too Faced has a knack for sexy names like their 'Better Than Sex' mascara, but oh well. The shadows are all super pigmented and easy to wear. I must say I love 'Push Up' (there we go again, heheh), 'Silk Teddy' and 'Honey Pot.' I have used this constantly since I purchased and I am so in love.
Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette (Streak) Oh yes, baby, oh yes. I was a bit hesitant to buy this, just because I wasn't sure how the pale matte bronzer would suit me but I am very pleased with it - the bronzer shade is very light and subtle so it just adds a little bit of life to my usually pale face. The highlighter shade is a gorgeous pinky shimmer and the blush is amazeballs as well. It's a perfect little face palette and it's small/slim packaging makes it perfect for travel.
Benefit They're Real! Push Up Liner Now this one has caused quite the controversy - ever since it's hugely anticipated arrival it has stirred up a LOT of talk. Either you love it, or you hate it. I will be honest it is not the easiest to use at the start - the first time I tried using it I got a lot of flakiness and it just wasn't working out. It definitely requires a bit of dedicated practice but I've gotten to the point where I can just glide this on for a perfect cat eye flick. I am sure you've all heard this before but it has a flexible little rubber nib that the product comes out of with a click of the pen, it is meant to hug your lashes for easy access to the lash line and it is a lovely gel (matte?) formula. It stays on all day and doesn't budge at all which makes it an absolute pain to remove, but over all I am absolutely loving it. 
Thank you for giving my blog a little read, I do appreciate it so so much. Recently I've gathered quite a few more subscribers so thanks a million!!! Do comment below your thoughts on any of these products or what your faves have been this summer! I love reading through all your comments! Do subscribe if you haven't already - all my links are in the sidebar. Have a lovely day! :) xx

11 August 2014

Highstreet Haul

You know when you just pop in the store to buy one bit and come out with a bunch of bits? Yeah...
Hey what's up, beauty babes? Today I've got a little haul for you guys - I really debated filming this as my first YouTube video but I chickened out, so here we go. So like I said, I popped into Target intending to grab just two bits: the first, the Maybelline 24 Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze (or On and On Bronze if you're in the UK I believe) and the second, the L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Amber Rush. Target did not have either of those things but that didn't stop me from grabbing a few other bits instead. And then, I went to Walgreens and picked up a few more...oops!

Maybelline the Rocket Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara
This is a first for me. I have heard only praise for this mascara by Estee of essiebutton, so I decided to give this gem a go. So far, I really like it! It's waterproof nature definitely makes it a pain to remove, but I do like the amount of volume it gives, plus the satisfying sound it gives when you pull the wand out the tube. Well, that sentence sounds odd..but roll with me people. Also, the packaging is rad.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadows (Bad to the Bronze, Tough as Taupe)
Another first time purchase for me. And now that I have said that statement a second time, I've realized that all these items are firsts. Oh well. These little bad boys - there  is a reason that people rave about them! I believe the hype, people. Super pigmented, lovely neutral colors (you know I am all about the neutrals), last ALL day, super wearable, easily applied, lovely creamy texture...man oh man. I usually like to wear these alone all over the lid - especially Tough as Taupe. Both are great for a casual every day look on their own, or you can use them as a shadow base for a more built up, dramatic eye. Adore.

L'oreal Paris 24hr Infallible Eyeshadow (Iced Latte, Bronzed Taupe)
Again, sublime. I wanted to get the Amber Rush shade because I'd heard it mentioned by Fleur de Force, essiebutton and Amelia Liana, but these are equally as gorgeous. Again, very pigmented and lovely. Very similar to the Color Tattoos in that they are very long wearing and super wearable. Highly, highly recommend! 

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain (London Posh, Cannes Crush) 
I understand that these are relatively new on the market and I've heard loads of buzz surrounding these lip colors. I picked up a pretty pale pink nude shade called London Posh and a bright pinky/corally shade (I am awful at describing colors) called Cannes Crush - both under the recommendation of the lovely Fleur de Force. When I first applied them, I was a little unsure - it went a bit gloopy on the lips and I had to remove most of it. But after a few tries the gloopiness was gone (maybe I caught a bad batch or something) and then they were magic. I especially love the brighter of the two, Cannes Crush. The formula is super pigmented, has pretty good staying power. Overall, I was very impressed by these and will have to pick up more! 

Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso
Yet another Amelia Liana and essiebutton favorite, this blush is absolutely gorgeous. It adds a very subtle (and buildable) healthy glow to your cheeks and can also be a high light as well. It is a lovely peachy shade with some gold shimmer to it, and the compact includes a mirror.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner (Brown, Sparkling Black)
Where oh where have these been all my life? I believe Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup described these as a dupe for the Urban Decay kohl liners which I had been wanting to try but not entirely keen on spending twenty dollars a pop. These were only about three or four dollars and have tremendous quality. They glide on, are super pigmented, very easy to apply and smudge for a smoky effect, they don't budge. Love these! I also hear Pixi kohl liners are great - need to pick up some of those as well.

30 July 2014

A Day in Old Texas

Today, I awoke at the crack of dawn (ok fine, eight a.m. is not the crack of dawn - but when you're a night owl like me, that is pretty early). Why would I disrupt my alarmingly screwed up sleep schedule, you ask? Well, long story short - my best friend of fourteen years is off to serve our country in the United States Marine Corps. It's kind of a big deal. He leaves out to boot camp next week, and during that time I won't be in town to see him off so I decided it would be a good idea to have a last hurrah with him prior to his send-off. We went to Gruene, Texas. It is a super teeny tiny picturesque place not to far from the big city (where I live). 
Here is the famous Gruene Hall, the oldest dance hall in Texas, where even some of the big greats in country music got started - including the legend himself, the King of Country, George Strait.
The General Store was probably the most awesome thing I saw that day - I wish I took pictures inside! It literally looks just as it must've looked ages ago - everything is so vintage and there is even a Pharmacy counter with kids selling ice creams and floats and milkshakes.
 There's that Marine soldier I was talking about, all smiles...
 This restaurant is legendary here in Texas. It is absolutely lovely - I definitely plan to return! 
 And the manly-man ordered a fruity drink. 
I'm wearing...
Crop Top - Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses - Aldo
High waisted shorts - Urban Outfitters
Socks - H&M (bought in Paris)
Bag - Longchamp
Shoes - Classic White Converse High Tops

Real Techniques by Sam & Nic Chapman


What's up, beauty babes? I am WAY late to the party on this one - sorry! I just recently ordered my first ever Real Techniques brushes online, and they have arrived! *happy dance time* Needless to say, these little babies are basically living legends in the beauty world - and I hadn't even heard of them until I started getting into beauty bloggers/vloggers this year. I think Tanya Burr and Zoe Sugg were the first to introduce me to them on their YouTube channels, and ever since then I so desparately wanted to give them a go. These guys are very hard to find in store where I live - pretty much impossible, in fact - so I took to the good old Interweb.

I am so so so happy to finally add the Blush Brush and the Expert Face Brush to my little collection! If you're wondering, the rest of my brush collection is the Sephora Presige Luxe Set, a gift my wonderful momma gave me for my eighteenth birthday! Those brushes are lovely as well, but I did find that the Buffing Brush from that collection (I used it to put on bases - foundations and BB creams, etc.) kept shedding on me and wasn't very good at doing it's job, haha! 

The Expert Face Brush (the orange one above) is genius. It is sturdy yet soft, and blends my foundations like a dream! Previously my NARS Sheer Glow Foundation took ages to blend, it ended up looky patchy and unsmooth - it was just a mess. But I find that using this brush has improved the way my foundation sits on my skin: it no longer looks cakey, it glides over bumps and imperfections...I gotta say this brush DEFINITELY has changed things for the better! I also use this to blend my concealers and again, lovely. The great pink Blush Brush is also amazing - it is a bit big for my small face, though. I use it for not only blush but bronzer too, and again, there is definitely a reason people love these so much! 

They are synthetic, very easy to wash, sturdy, soft...And, best of all, these brushes truly are INCREDIBLE quality for their super cheap drugstore price - I look forward to adding more of Sam and Nic Chapman's creations to my collection in the future! 

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