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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Myself and NARS are having a little bit of a love affair at the moment, so I jumped at the chance to try out one of their new Audacious lipsticks. There's 30 different shades, all in the classic black NARS packaging, and claim to provide full lip coverage with just one swipe and give comfortable, long lasting wear all day.

I chose the shade 'Rita'* which is an absolutely beautiful deep red, perfect for the cooler months. There's a fantastic shade range, and I think I'll have to get my very own 'Catherine' lipstick next. The pigmentation is true to it's word, just one swipe across each lip and I'm done; I do like to use a lip liner underneath but only really because it's such a deep colour, it'd be a fuss to tidy up if I made any little mishaps. The colour lasts all day too, it fades slightly after drinking or eating but does so really evenly rather than just from the middle like you'd expect from drugstore lipsticks.

The formula is really lovely, so comfortable to wear and I've actually forgotten I've been wearing anything when wearing. As you'd expect, they're not the cheapest of lipsticks in the world (£24), but for a failsafe option which is long-lasting, comfortable and so easy to wear, this is where you need to be looking.

Have you tried any NARS lipsticks?

Friday, 12 September 2014

Stripes & Red Lipstick
( top : charity shop, ysl kiss and blush, topshop rio rio )

The Perfect Base
( NARS Creamy Concealer, MAC Studio Fix Fluid, Real Techniques Buffing Brush )

All About The Eyes

Current Toning Routine

I Finally Have a Place For My Business Cards

What are your favourite combinations?

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Skincare is usually something I like to spend a little bit extra on, but saying that, there are also some gems to be found on the highstreet. Not everything, but some of the brands out there produce fantastic products that work really well on my oily skin, and probably make up around half of my skincare routine. There is some really good stuff out there, and I think as long as you can find things to work for you and keep them in a strict routine, there's no need to spend big bucks on a cleanser. 

Lush - Lush' skincare range probably gets overlooked in favour of their bath ballistics and bubble bars, but they have some really wonderful, natural skincare items, and do a really fantastic range for all different skintypes. I absolutely love their fresh face masks (Cupcake and Catastrophe Cosmetic are my favourites) but I know some people can't get through a full pot before they go out of date, myself included, so I always have a pot of Mask of Magnaminty too. I have to mention their Tea Tree Toner and Grease Lightning, both of which I always have on hand for when any big blemishes appear. 

Botanics - I personally think Botanics are a bit hit and miss, but there's a few products I've always found work well for me. I don't think you can go wrong with a toner, and as well as the Rosewater Toning Spritz I really like their All Bright Cleansing Toner. Before I upgraded to Antipodes Divine Oil I used to absolutely love the Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil, which really works almost as well at clearing up any blemishes, scarring and making my skin look bright. They're also so cheap, £2.50 for a clarifying toner? Yes please. I've heard their clay mask is also pretty good, so I want to try that next.

The Body Shop - Again, when we think of TBS we probably head straight to their body butters and shower gels, but they do some great skincare ranges. Of course, we have to start with their Camomile range which the blogging community has gone a bit crazy for this year. I have the cleansing oil and the cleansing butter, and I really love them both. I also use some things from their Vitamin E range which I find really lovely and soothing.

Superfacialist by Una Brennan - One of my all time favourite mask, the Tea Flower Clay Mask comes from these guys; any sign of the slighest blemish I can whack this on and it's really reduced and soothed. I also one of their other masks, as well as their cleansing oils. I have used cleansers from them in the past too which have always been lovely. I also hear nothing but good things about the Rose Miracle Facial Oil. My favourite mask has actually been reformulated recently but now has salicylic acid in to really help with blemishes, so I'm looking forward to when I have to repurchase. 

What are your favourite high street skincare brands?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

There was a time when highlighters and contours were absolutely no part of my make-up routine. I just thought they were too fussy, timewasting and what difference would they really make anyway? But having quite a round face and being referred to as "chubby cheeks" by family members for most of my life, highlights and contours make all the difference for me. And especially having oily skin that I have to use a powder on, it's nice injecting a bit of a glow back into my skin, as well as trying to thin things down with a contour too.

My absolute favourite highlight is the No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter Stick, I've used this so often since buying it a few months ago. It's a cream highlight that's so easy to pop on wherever the light would hit, and you can blend with your fingers or a brush in a matter of seconds. I pop this underneath my powder and it leaves a gorgeous glow all day. If I forget to use this before my powder which happens more than I'd care to admit, I have the Sleek Contour Kit on hand which I use the highlight from in exactly the same place. Being powder I don't find this happens quite as long, but it's great coming in a handy little compact with a contour shade too. I have this in 'light' which is perfect for my pale skin tone, the contour isn't at all orange or muddy looking, and it blends pretty well considering the price too.

Urban Decay's Naked Flushed Palette is similar, although I do find this getting neglected once my extremely light summer tan has faded. The highlight is a really pretty champagne shade but is probably a tad too dark to look natural on me, but the bronzer is spot on, I just prefer to use a contour once September is here. Bourjois Java Rice Powder is one of my favourites for adding an all over glow to the skin whilst keeping all your make-up in tact; I'd much rather have dewy looking skin than matte, so this is great for adding a bit of light back in. If you're not really a heavy contour fan, light, natural looking blushers are fantastic for sculpting your face whilst adding a bit of colour. On my pale skin I can use a pretty pink blush with a slight brown undertone (No7 Honey pictured) to add a bit of definition around my cheeks, but it looks really natural if you're a bit wary of deepers contour shades.

What are your favourite highlight and contour products?