Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Easter Nails // Models Own Magpie

Models Own Magpie Nail Polish

Models Own Magpie Nail Polish

Models Own Magpie Nail Polish

Models Own Magpie Nail Polish Swatches

So Easter is right around the corner. What?! I swear it feels just like yesterday when I put my Christmas tree down… Time flies and this year I am just not feeling the Easter mood. I still have got some time to feel festive though, so yesterday I decided that taking some actions was in order. And what would any nail polish obsessed beauty blogger do? Well… paint their nails of course, so that’s what I did.

I rummaged through my stash and there it was waving at me – the perfect Easter nail polish! Meet the oh-so-cute Models Own Magpie (here). This little mini egg-resembling gem instantly caught my heart when I first bought it a few months back with its lovely fresh and happy vibe. It’s pastel, yet it’s bright and the gorgeous minty / turquoise shade is just ideal for spring and summer. I absolutely adore the little egg shell speckles running through the polish and if you are fan of the Illamasqua Speckle offerings (here) then you really need to check out Magpie and the rest of the Models Own Speckled Egg collection (currently on offer here) – the shades are much more vibrant and they are literally a fraction of the price. Magpie is hands down my favorite of the bunch. I am a sucker for mint tips, plus I find it really wearable and it’s definitely one of those ‘suit all skin tones’ colors. Love.

Models Own can do no wrong formula wise, we all know that, and I am happy to report that Magpie is definitely no exception. The formula rocks. You need just two thin coats to get that 3D effect speckled polishes are all about and fear not – Magpie dries super fast, so you don’t have to wait ages. The varnish goes on smooth, dispersing all the right amount of speckles and somehow manages to place them evenly across the nail, which gets massive thumbs up. I’ve said that before and I’ll say it again – I am not fond of the tiny brush Models Own polishes come with but it gets the job done without streaking or messing the cuticles, so it’s all good. Magpie wears beautifully for solid five days with no chipping or tip wear, which is one of the reasons I am head over heels in love with it – it’s perfect. So now my Easter mood is finally headed to the right direction and I know what will make it even better - I hear that Duck from the Speckle Egg collection is a good’un as well! Off to my favorite Models Own counter in 3…2…1…

Have you tried Models Own Magpie before? Which shade from the collection would you like to get your mitts on this season?

Lots of love,
Andrea

Thursday, 26 March 2015

How To: Create The Illusion Of Bigger Lips


I have always been fond of the look of bigger and fuller lips on myself but every time the thought of getting lip injections crosses my mind I chicken out and just stick to the temporary magic that makeup does. I tend to embrace what mama naturally gave me on most days but when I fancy channeling my inner Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (those lips tho!!) I usually follow some the techniques below (or all of them at once if I’m feeling extra brave). They’ve all been tried and tested and trust me - the results are seriously “wow!”-worthy. Let’s discuss…

Prep
Prepping your lips is always a good idea but it’s extra important if you’re going to have a little play around and want to make them look extra plump. The reason is twofold. Firstly, you want to create a soft and smooth surface for your products to go on to – chapped lips are a big no-no. Secondly, by exfoliating you get blood flow to your lips and the slight irritation makes them look a bit swollen (in a good way) and poutier as well. You can read all about my lip exfoliation remedies here but basically all you need is a good scrub like the ones Lush do (here) or just a toothbrush to help you get rid of the dry flakes. Once that’s done pop some lip balm on to help soften the lips. Voila – now onto the next step…

Lip Plumper
This is totally optional but I feel like it makes such a difference, so I always incorporate it in my routine when I’m after the fuller lip look. If you are not a lip plumper fan you can always go for something like FullLips (here) or use the cinnamon trick. If you’re not familiar with it, basically all you need to do is just apply one drop of cinnamon leaf oil on your lips (or mix some Vaseline with cinnamon extract), leave it on for a couple of minutes and wipe it away with a wash cloth. This is the best non-makeup lip plumping technique I’ve tried and it really works wonders. If you fancy going for the heavy-duty makeup option though, this City Lips Advanced Formula Lip Plumper* (here) just rocks. It enhances your lip line and adds fullness naturally in less than five minutes and I adore the results. It is one of the few lip volumizers that I’ve tried that actually work and I love how this gem makes my lips so much juicier and bigger without the painful stinging. You can pop it under (or instead of) your lipstick and enjoy your transformed pout – love.

Lip Liner
Out of all techniques the quickest and easiest way to create the illusion of filler lips is without a doubt using lip liner. By just following the natural line of your lips and filling them in with a lip pencil they already look plumper, more defined and slightly bigger. If you want to make them look even fuller you can use two close shades of dark nude lip liners – a lighter and a deeper one. Apply the darker shade in the outer corners of the lips and then fill in the rest with the lighter and this will instantly enhance the lips and make them look larger. I adore the combination of MAC Soar (here) and Rimmel Exaggerate in Eastend Snob (here) – hello poutier lips! My favorite way to trick people into thinking that I have naturally fuller lips is to overdraw them Kylie Jenner-style. This could, however, be a bit tricky and I find that the foolproof way to do it is to go no further than the white highlighted line that is above the lip. Nikkie has a fab tutorial here that you can check out to see what I am talking about and see what the right way to overdraw is. I follow this rule on a daily basis and I love the au natural effect of bigger lips it gives.

Contouring
One of the easiest ways to create an instant illusion of fuller and juicier lips is to use the Holy Grail trio - lipgloss, highlighter & bronzer. All you need to do is apply your lip color as usual and then just pop some lipgloss in the center of your lips. This will bring the attention right to the center of the pout and will make it look plumper and bigger. You can use a clear gloss but I find that the ones that work the best at creating that 3D effect are the ones that have some fine golden shimmer particles running through. If you are not a lipgloss kinda gal you can also use lighter shade of lipstick, pearly eyeshadow, highlighter or even concealer – it’s up to you. Now that’s done take your favorite highlighter and run it gently on your cupids bow. This will make your upper lip look more pouty and fuller. Last but definitely not least, take your non-shimmery bronzer and place some in the little hollow that’s right under your lower lip. This will deepen up the shadow and instantly make your lips appear bigger and juicier – simples.

Okay, ladies these were all my tips and trick to making your lips look larger and I really hope you found this post helpful. Make sure to report back if you end up trying some of these techniques. Pucker up!

Lots of love,
Andrea

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

MAC Costa Chic Lipstick / A New Spring Favorite

MAC Costa Chic Lipstick

MAC Costa Chic Lipstick

MAC Costa Chic Lipstick

MAC Costa Chic Lipstick

MAC Costa Chic Lipstick Swatches

Oh hello there everyone! Long time no see. Without boring you with tons of details as to where I’ve been and why I haven’t blogged in over two weeks you can read all about it here if you fancy. The important thing, however, is that I am back to my regular blogging schedule and lots of exciting posts are coming your way very soon eep. Oh boy I missed this!! And what better way to be back than sharing a new lip favorite that I’ve been obsessing over for the past few weeks? Ladies and gentlemen, meet the ever-so-gorgeous MAC Costa Chic (here). There isn’t anything I love more that coral lipsticks in spring and this gem happens to be one of the most beautiful corals I’ve ever laid my eyes on. It’s a gorgeous super bright coral pink with a touch of golden shimmer and it just makes me happy.

Costa Chis is fun, vibrant and cheerful and basically the perfect companion for spring and summer. It is one of the brightest lippies in my collection but I find that it’s still perfect for both everyday wear and nights out. The reason I fell head over heels in love with this beauty is because of it’s skin brightening and complexion warming properties – so pretty. Costa Chic also makes me look tan and pairing it with black liner is a killer combo. As much as I adore the shade though, I am afraid it might not look particularly flattering on deeper skin tones as it’s a touch too bright.  

MAC Costa Chic has frost finish and this is the very reason why it took me so long to cave and pick one up. Usually I steer clear of frosts because I find they tend to look a bit dated and unflattering. Raise your hand if you remember those frosty lipsticks our grandmothers used to sport when we were little – not a cute look. Luckily though, Costa Chic has really fine frosty bits and has more of a satin finish, which I like. With this gem preparation is key and you need to treat your lips to a nice scrub prior to applying the lipstick, otherwise it will go patchy and will settle into fine lines, which we don’t want. Apart from that Costa Chic has beautiful creamy formula that feels comfortable on the lips and hangs around for 3-4 hours. The pigmentation is spot on and one swipe is all you need to get full blown color – fab. So my final verdict? If you are a fellow coral lip lover you need to go give this beaut a swatch and see how you like the finish. I don’t have doubts about the shade – I am sure you will fall in love with that one.

Have you tried MAC Costa Chic? Which is your favorite coral lipstick?

Lots of love,
Andrea