Sunday, 19 October 2014

Cheeks, Lips and Tips / Autumn Edition

Autumn Berry Makeup

Too Faced Full Bloom Lip & Cheek Creme Color in Sweet Pea

Autumn Berry Lipstick Rimmel Moisture Renew in Sloane's Plum and Essie Nail polish in bahama mama

By the amount of autumn related posts I’ve uploaded recently, I’m pretty sure you all know by now how excited I get about fall makeup. I’d even go as far to say that autumn is my favorite time of the year to play around with beauty. I mean, you can’t really say no to the deeper berry hues, am I right?! One of my favorite things to do when the colder weather rolls in is to play it matchy-matchy and combine my most-loved plumy / berry products all in one very fall-like look. Here is the trio that I love slapping on and which never goes out of style. This is my cheeks, lips and nails all sorted then.

Cream blushes and I don’t necessarily always bond, as they could be quite the fuss to apply but I am happy to report that I have found my Holy Grail autumn cheek companion. Meet the beautiful Too Faced Full Bloom Lip & Cheek Crème Color in Sweet Pea (here). Its gorgeous medium-toned berry shade has everything I want in a fall blush, and more. It is more muted then your regular pink blush and its lovely berry hues add to the whole seasonal feel, while still manages to brighten up the complexion beautifully. Sweet Pea looks really natural on and its creamy formula keeps my skin looking dewy and radiant. The formula of the Too Faced Crème Colors really floats my boat and I love how creamy and easy-to-apply the product is. It goes on smoothly and you need the tiniest amount for the perfect flush of color – the pigmentation is a real deal. If you fancy seeing how the blush looks on click here.  

You know how this one goes, right? It’s no secret that I love a good ol’ bold, vamp-y lip and my favorite partner in crime comes from Rimmel with their stunning Moisture Renew Lipstick in Sloane’s Plum (here) In a nutshell – this baby rocks. From the gorgeous deep wine-red / plum shade to the super moisturizing, buttery soft formula – Sloane’s Plum is a perfection in a tube. When I am feeling bolder but still fancy looking classy – this is my first option. The uber rich color is the perfect finishing touch to any autumn makeup look and I am just obsessed. It compliments the Too Faced blush beautifully and the formula is spot on without a doubt. Oh, and the glossy finish is my favorite part – it is to die for. Full review and swatches here.

No autumn look is complete without a fab burgundy nail polish shade and since I love treating my tips to an Essie, Bahama Mama (here) is my polish of choice. Its suit-everyone deep burgundy-plum color that changes slightly color depending on the lightning leaves me smitten every time I paint my nails. I love how sophisticated Bahama Mama looks and it is the perfect fall / winter pairing. I am not overly impressed by the runny formula but I love the color way too much to send this beaut on the bench. See Bahama Mama in all its glory here.

Have you tried any of these products? Which one is your favorite?

Lots of love,

Monday, 13 October 2014

H&M Cosmetics Make Me Blush Palette / Review

H&M Cosmetics Make Me Blush Palette

H&M Cosmetics Make Me Blush Palette

H&M Cosmetics Make Me Blush Palette

H&M Cosmetics Make Me Blush Palette Swatches

After falling head over heels in love with the Topshop Cosmetic range a few years ago, I came to the realisation that clothing brands could actually produce great quality makeup. Having said that, last week when I was browsing through the H&M store I spotted their cosmetic range and decided to give some bits a whirl and see if they measure up to the higher end beauty lines. The first item that caught my eye was this beautiful H&M Cosmetics Make Me Blush Palette (£2,99). There were two blush palettes available and I went for the pink one cuz you know me – I have a soft spot for pink cheeks. For some weird reason though, I couldn’t find the name of the palette anywhere on packaging but it’s the pink one and the other one leans more on the peachy side. Honestly, I am really surprised at how little-to-no information there is about the H&M blush palettes because they are actually really lovely. The shades are beautiful, the formula is great and they are cheap and cheerful – definitely worth a try.

The Make Me Blush Palette comes with three stunning shades – Pink, Bright Pink and Plum. They are housed in a not-so-classy looking packaging, which definitely does not float my boat but it gets the job done and it’s great for travelling. Pink must be my favorite shade of the bunch because as you know I am a sucker for lighter, cool toned pink blushes. This one compliments my skin tone beautifully and instantly brightens up my complexion. It’s a great all year-rounder and perfect for daytime wear when you need some skin boost. Bright Pink looks rather scary in the pan with its vibrant coral-y pink shade but on the cheeks it looks more natural and adds the perfect veil of tint to the skin. Just be careful and apply it with light hand and you’ll be good to go. Bright Pink would be the perfect spring/summer blush and I can’t wait for it to grace my cheeks when the warmer months roll in – I love how it perks up the skin. The last shade of the trio is Plum and let me just tell you that it’s a colder weather must-have. It’s gorgeous Plum-y shade is super unique and looks so sophisticated and natural on, while warming up the complexion wonderfully. It has that wintery vibe to it and I’d hazard a guess that it will be very well loved now that autumn is here.

All blushes have beautiful satiny sheen to them, which I absolutely adore and they make my skin look healthier and more polished. The formula of the trio varies slightly in the pigmentation front but they are all still super pigmented and you need the tiniest dab of the brush to get full-blown, even color. The blushes have lovely silky soft texture, which feels almost creamy and they all glide on like charm. *Pleasantly surprised!* Also, these beauties don’t cling to dry patches, nor do they look cakey, which I find rare for high street blushes. The longevity is not the strongest feature of the palette and the blushes start to fade around the fourth hour mark but that’s to be expected considering the ridiculously low price tag.  So my final verdict? For what it is the H&M Cosmetics Make Me Blush Palette rocks. Definitely go get your mitts on it – I’m sure you’ll love it and for the price you don’t really have anything to loose, am I right!

Have you tried this blush palette yet? Have you tried anything from the H&M Cosmetics range? Which is your favorite product?

Lots of love,

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Autumn Eye Makeup Change Up

Autumn Eye Makeup Essentials

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate

Benefit They're Real Puck-up Liner

For the A/W season the attention is on the eyes and my preferred look definitely involves loads of drama and a touch of color. Cranberry eyelids, thick eyeliner and big, voluminous lashes. Yes, that’s pretty much my fall eye makeup sorted and I can’t wait to start sporting the look more frequently. I will forever be a bold lipstick wearer but on days when I fancy going nude on the lip front, the following trio will be keeping my eyes a great company. 

Cranberry / burgundy eye shadows have always been my shade of choice when it comes to autumnal makeup and this Maybelline Color Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate (here) just rocks. I adore everything about its stunning metallic burgundy shade that makes my green eyes pop and the golden light-reflecting shimmer is such a lovely touch. If you’re not feeling comfortable wearing red-based shadows, fear not as you can apply Metallic Pomegranate more sheerly for a more muted, brown-y shade. I tend to wear this beauty on its own for a swiftly added seasonal touch of color but you could also pop some MAC Cranberry (here) eye shadow on top to intensify the colors. The formula of Metallic Pomegranate is downright incredible. It is creamy, pigmented, extremely long-lasting and completely crease-proof. Love it.

Even since the Benefit They’re Real Push-Up Liner* (here) hit my doorstep I’ve been trying to nail the perfect winged eyeliner with it. The concept behind the twist-up gel liner pen is simply brilliant, as I do love a dash of good gel eyeliner, especially during the colder month. However, I do find this one a bit hard to use when it comes to creating a thin line – precision is not my greatest feature haha. Luckily, it’s all about the dramatic eye makeup here, so I’ve been getting a lot of use out of this gem. It creates the perfect thicker, more graphic a la Dita Von Teese winged eyeliner, which dries matte, doesn’t budge for hours and is a beautiful jet black color. Gorgeous.

Now that the summer is behind us it’s time for the natural looking lashes to step aside and make room for my beloved doll-eyelash look. I love the look of the long, black fluttery lashes as they enhance the look and make the eyes appear bigger and brighter. My favorite partner in crime when it comes to dramatic eyelashes is the YSL Shocking Mascara (here). It definitely has ‘bold’ written all over it as it does separate beautifully, adds tons of length and volume and holds curl for the day while making the hairs look super rich in color. The formula of this baby is incredible as well and it doesn’t clump or smudge and there is no smearing in sight. It’s the perfect more dramatic option and if you’re looking for mascara that will magnify your lashes, look this way.

Have you tried any of these products before? Which one is your favorite?

Lots of love,