April 04, 2014

how to: the pin-up look

I've always found that the pin-up inspired make up look seems to suit me most, I adore the combination of flicked liner with wispy false lashes along with bold eyebrows and bright red lips. This time round I decided to take it one step further and give my hair a 50s style twist too, it was super easy to create and I've come to the conclusion that I must give it a go more often. Do forgive my excessive posing but my inner pin-up girl couldn't resist a bit of pouting.

For my base I used the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation along with Benefit Erase Paste for my under-eye circles. To contour I went for the He-Shi Bronzer which adds a lovely warmth to the skin, along with the Nars Copacabana Illuminator which is my new favourite highlighting product. I used my HD Brows Palette as always and the Maybelline Gel Liner with Mac 48 Lashes all topped off with the Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in 'Red Island'

March 11, 2014

blistex lip care products

A bunch of Blistex products landed through my door at just the right time as I've been suffering from cracked and very dry lips lately. The Relief Cream (£2.59) is the first thing I reach for when my lips are at the stage of being too sore for most balms to work, it feels soothing and works quicker than anything else at relieving chapped lips. The packaging is slightly annoying though as if you accidentally dent it when it's new a lot of product gets wasted. Once my lips are feeling slightly more healed I tend to use the Intensive Moisturiser (£2.59) which is slightly more hydrating and is less thick feeling on the lips. The Daily Lip Conditioner (£2.59) is equally as soothing and makes a great base for lipstick as it's moisturising without leaving any kind of gloss finish. For everyday use, the Moisture Max (£2.49) is perfect as it is both light-feeling and moisturising, along with Raspberry Lemonade Blast (£1.75) which tastes yummy and Lip Brilliance (£2.59) which leaves a slight pink tint on the lips.

March 06, 2014

illamasqua sculpting powder duo

Having such a rounded baby face means I'm forever on the hunt for contouring products to give my cheekbones some definition, without some sculpting around my cheeks I tend to look like a fourteen year old as I've often been reminded of. I usually use hoola by benefit for contouring however the lovely people at Illamasqua kindly sent over their 'sculpting powder duo' for me to give a whirl. It has both a matte greyish brown contour shade and a pearlescent highlight shade together in a rather large compact fitted with a mirror in the lid. The powders themselves are so rich and pigmented that you only need to lightly sweep the brush over to get enough product to use, I've always been impressed by the pigment of Illamasqua products before and this certainly has lived up to expectations. I've found both the contour and highlight shade to be absolutely perfect for my skintone and love how they both come together in this handy little palette.