Defining my eyebrows has become an integral part of my makeup routine for the last 3 years, as I have very pale brows which get ‘lost’ in my face. When I subscribed to Glossybox, I received this in one of my boxes, which for the most part I was happy with as I’d been dying to try more HD Brows products.
HD Brows Palettes come in three sets:
‘Bombshell’ for fair hair and skin
‘Foxy’ for medium hair and skin
‘Vamp’ for dark hair and skin
I was a little irked that Glossybox had clearly ignored my beauty profile and sent me something suitable for dark hair and skin, however luckily the shades are very wearable so it meant I could still get use of this palette.
Vamp comes with 4 powders- black, dark brown, mid brown and a cream coloured shadow. it also comes with a handy double ended brush to help you do your eyes and brows. I have to admit I don’t use this as I already have brushes for these, but if you don’t I recommend you do as it’s fairly good!
The brown shades are quite pigmented so a couple of taps of the powder with my Mac 208 brush is more than enough to swipe through my brows to create that lovely HD Brows type finish. Because of the darkness of the brown shades, I tend to mix the two to create the perfect colour for my brows. The black is ok, but I wouldn’t recommend it if it wasnt being used for brows as there are many many more shadows that I have used with a much easier and better colour payoff. The pale cream one isn’t very good either to be honest. I had to go over a couple of times to get a proper colour payoff.
Overall I’d probably not repurchase this one, but try in another shade, perhaps the ‘bombshell’ palette as that seems to be more suited to my skintone. It’s a great palette and I genuinely love the brown shades as theyre great and quite pigmented as well as lasting all day on my brows. However the black and cream shadows aren’t that great and there are much better eyeshadows. This palette would probably be better value and better all round if it only included the brow colours.
HD Brows Palettes can be purchased from HD Brows Website from £19.96
Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Concealer has been quite happily sitting in the bottom of my makeup case gathering dust. However recently I decided to give it a revival, unhappy with my current concealers.
Now I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this concealer. I originally purchased it to dip my toe into the double wear world without committing to another foundation. I have to admit I’m a little frightened of double wear. I’m sure it would be fine, but this little voice at the back of my head screams too high coverage going to look like a doll, or an oompa loompa. It probably doesn’t help that someone I used to know would plaster it on and her face looked horrendous, but I digress.
When I originally purchased it, I went to the counter to get colour matched, and whilst I looked fine in the shop, when I tried it for myself it was far too dark. Why don’t I just buy a lighter one I hear you say…because I have the lightest one already…
Double Wear Concealer comes in a tube with a doe foot applicator. It does smell quite…paint-like, but I also find Luminous Silk smells the same so it must be a makeup thing to smell of matte paint.
It’s fairly thick but not difficult to manage thick as it’s very fluid and the coverage is quite brilliant in that it covers red marks (which is what I predominantly use it for) and lasts all day, (which is fairly difficult when I constantly have my hands resting on my face).
It’s pretty pricey at £21 but if you’re looking for long lasting coverage and are a chronic face-toucher this is definitely one to think about.
My only fault to find with this concealer is that the shade range is rubbish, so since its inclusion back in my makeup range, I have been mixing it with my Mac Studio Fix, which gives it just the right colour with all the coverage of Double Wear. Bingo!
Double Wear Concealer can be purchased from Estee Lauder online and counters for £21
Like many of us money is not disposable to me at the moment. With having graduated from university just over a year ago and living in my own place, I find a lot of my pay each month gets eaten up with bills, rent and paying off debts. Anything left goes on food (of which I will never skimp on because I love food!) and lastly beauty bits.
I’d love to spend my remaining 50 or so pounds on luxurious Hourglass Veil Primer, or a YSL lippie, believe me! but it’s hard to justify and doesn’t seem right that for the little amount of money I have left in my hand to last me a month, I have one thing to show for it.
So in true budget style this is my wishlist of beauty bits that I want (or need!), stretching my money like elastic.
1. Tresemme Freeze Hold Hairspray
I’ve officially come to the end of my hairspray, which is a bit of a disaster. As it’s on offer for half price at Tesco I thought I’d give this a go!
2. Batiste Dry Shampoo
Although I’ve still got quite a bit of dry shampoo left, I’m not impressed with either, so I want my favourite tropical dry shampoo back in my collection for those greasy haired days.
3. MUA Pro Base Eye Primer
I love this eye primer, and i’m scraping the sides of my current one, so I definitely need to replenish this. The only problem is it’s sold out everywhere!
4. Essie Good to Go Top Coat
With the upcoming party season, I’ll probably not have enough cash spare to treat myself to a manicure, so I’ll need to ensure when I do my nails they don’t chip after half an hour. I’ve never tried this so we’ll have to see how it goes.
5. Pantene Volume & Body Shampoo
Another hair product! but I seem to go through so much shampoo, and again it’s on offer at Tesco, making it a pretty thrifty purchase.
Like many of us in the beauty blogging world (or avid followers), I squealed a little bit when the new Autumn Collection from Essie was released. I’ve loved all of their offerings since they finally crossed the pond and started popping up in Boots and Superdrug stores all over the country.
The Autumn Collection however, slightly disappointed me a little. Most of the shades were either ones I had in other polishes, or ones I knew I would be unlikely to wear. After School Boy Blazer was the exception to the rule for two reasons, I love a good navy polish despite only owning one, and secondly after seeing it on Anna’s blog I simply knew I had to have this polish in my collection.
After School Boy Blazer is a gorgeously deep navy colour that looks black until you look up close. It’s got a great glossy shine that only needs a single coat to achieve a perfect finish. However I really would advise application of a second and top coat because the bad thing I’ve found about this nail polish is it seems to be quite bad for tip wear and chipping, although I’m not the most careful with my nails. Has anyone else found this?
Overall gorgeous colour, hi-shine finish, but seems to be iffy on the longevity front. Nonetheless, it will be one I will be frequenting regularly this winter, even if I will be doing my nails more regularly.
Essie After School Boy Blazer can be purchased from Boots or Superdrug for £7.99
It’s officially nearly Halloween, and if like me you’re struggling for costume ideas this year, then I hope this will help you look stylish this Halloween.
These Topshop tights come in both orange and black or purple and black, and you could team either of these with the Missguided dress for a cute witch’s outfit, or the orange ones would look great for a pumpkin outfit.
Technically speaking the lace dress from Missguided isn’t a costume, but I think it’d look great as part of a witch’s outfit and the benefit is you can wear it the rest of the year round.
Another item that technically isn’t Halloweeny, but I’m in love with this skirt. It’s velvet- so it’s on trend- with little pleats of lace. It’d look great as part of a cat outfit perhaps, or even as part of a witch’s outfit.
This ghost jumper from New Look is so kitsch but I love it, and will keep you warm whilst trick or treating. This pumpkin beanie is awesome and means you can incorporate a bit of Halloween into the daytime, or during work.
Along with the eyeshadow purchase I mentioned last week, within that Illamasqua haul I also purchased this beauty. It was a little bit of an impulse buy I will admit, as my Mac MSF Natural has yet to run out, but I was in a bit of a splurge mood that day.
Illamasqua Loose powder has simple but sleek packaging, (as with all its products) and opening the lid, you will see lots of holes for the powder to come through. They also provide you with a handy puff although I tend to use a brush, I’m seriously considering using it for a heavier touch on concealer to set it.
It is so, so fine, living up to it’s description as being ‘finely milled’. I can best describe it as like talcum powder, both in texture and in colour. It’s also got a very sweet scent to it, which my friend described as smelling like sugar. I’m not sure if that’s an added bonus, but if you like your powder to smell great then this may be the one for you. The other upshot of it being so soft and fine is that you can keep reapplying without your makeup looking too claggy and caked on.
This powder is translucent, but even so it is a little disconcerting to be brushing white powder all over your face. Never fear however, unless you blotted it on thickly with no blending you cannot tell whatsoever.
The finish on this is top notch. It floats over your skin, evening out pores and blurring imperfections to leave you with a fabulous airbrushed, matte finish. The lasting power for oily skinned gals however, I’m afraid isn’t fabulous. I found shine came through after just a couple of hours. I’m not criticising the powder though, I haven’t found a powder yet that will keep my pesky oily skin at bay, in fact I fear I never will.
The only irksome thing about this loose powder, is that well…it’s loose powder. I’m clumsy at the best of times and trying to tip enough out without ending up with powder on my leg can be quite difficult.
Overall, a great powder, gives an amazing finish and smells great. Probably not the best for oily skinned gals if you’re looking for longevity and it’s a bit bulky for carrying about with you.
Illamasqua Loose Powder can be purchased from Illamasqua for £23 and comes in two shades.
Wild Mega Volume was a mascara I picked up entirely by accident, whilst on the prowl for the similarly packaged Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex mascara. As I was only going off “I can’t remember which brand but I want the mascara with the lime green packaging” philosophy I picked up the Maxfactor mascara and went on my way.
Wild Mega Volume claims to give 3x more volume thanks to its ‘amplifier’ brush and claims to be water resistant.
I’m definitely impressed with the volumising effect of this mascara but that’s as far as it goes I’m afraid. After being used to Bad Gal Lash mascara, which is a relatively dry formulation, the wetness of Wild Mega Volume was quite a shock to the system. It’s not water resistant as far as I’m aware, it’s easy enough to take off, and I still get panda eyes if I don’t take my makeup off before showering.
I find the brush clumsy as well, it’s great for doing your outer lashes, but absolutely rubbish at doing the inner lashes, I either get mascara on my nose or get clumpy lashes as I’ve had to poke at them using the end of the wand. The combination of the wet formulation and awkward brush also makes it impossible to use on lower lashes without smudging.
Overall it’s a fairly decent mascara for the price and worth a go, but if you’re quite clumsy with your application, then it might not be the best mascara for you.
I’ve still not tried the Rimmel mascara, I might when this runs out. Maxfactor Wild Mega Volume Mascara can be purchased from Boots for £4.99
This fabulous lip liner by Look Beauty is not a new purchase, in fact it’s been sitting happily in my makeup kit for some time now. Although I’m not an avid red lip lover (I much prefer smokey eyes) I felt I needed a liner to compliment my one red lipstick, should I fancy wearing it.
Perusing the aisles in Superdrug, I was only sure of two things, I wanted a lip liner, and it needed to match my lipstick. Other than that I was a lip liner novice. However this little beauty from Look caught my eye. It was the perfect shade of red to compliment my lipstick and when I swatched it, it glided on the back of my hand.
I can’t say I have any fault to find with this lip liner, it’s a soft application that’s super pigmented, and leaves a satiny-matte finish. I usually team it with my red lippie to stop it feathering and make it last, which it does. I wore it on a night out recently where I was drinking (a lot. ha!) and after 4 hours it was still going relatively strong with minimal fading.
I will definitely be repurchasing, I think this is one of the best drugstore finds, it’s amazingly soft and pigmented and lasts for hours, despite drinking.
Look Beauty Pencil -Cherry Bomb can be purchased from here for £2.00
This week I’m blogging about my wishlist for things around the home. Living on my own (or with my boyfriend) means I can finally make furniture and styling choices of my own to make the place exactly how I’d like it. However it’s also an added expense.
I would like a new rug to replace my tatty old one, as it’s looking quite worse for wear now. I’d choose a beige one as I think it would go more with my decor, but in the place it is, it would get dirty so quickly.
I would also like some cute natural storage towers to complement my vanity table (see no. 3) and store my many many items of makeup etc.
At the moment I don’t own a vanity table so it means all my makeup and other beauty bits lie on the floor in front of my mirror, which is definitely not ideal. I’d love to pick this one up from Dunelm Mill as I love the French style of it.
Finally after proclaiming my love of Yankee Candles in this post I’d like to add these two to my collection as it’s becoming Winter now and I think they’d be perfect. However I haven’t yet sampled them so they could be absolutely vile…
Have you tried the Yankee Candles? Is there anything you’d like for your home?
I love Yankee Candles, but like many people, I find them extortionately expensive and only use them on special occasions…well mostly. However over the summer when I was in the glorious land of Kent I took a trip to the Ashford Outlet centre and was so happy to find a Yankee Candle store there.
Overwhelmed with choice, I started with the scents I thought I’d like most, Clean Cotton or Baby Powder. I’m not a big fan of overly strong or sweet scents so I finally settled on Fluffy Towels.
It is described as the fresh scent of clean towels warm from the dryer with notes of lemon, apple, lavender and lily. To be honest, they have the description SPOT ON. Smelling this immediately evokes the memories of taking the towels and bedding out of the dryer, warm in my arms and the smell of the clean laundry filling my nose.
It’s also long lasting at an approximate burn time of 95 hours. I’ve already burnt it for about 10 and it’s barely made a dent in it, which does make it worth the money.
The scent isn’t as nice as I expected when it’s burning so I don’t think I will repurchase, however I will definitely be purchasing similar candles from Yankee Candle.
Yankee candles can be purchased here for prices starting at £1.25