Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The Ultimate Makeup Guide - Rae Morris

'Rae Morris has been described as one of the world’s most creative artists, but her work is not hanging in museums, it’s seen on the faces and bodies of some of the best-known international models and actors. In Makeup: The Ultimate Guide, Rae brings the world of fashion makeup to you. With her simple step-by-steps she makes even the most sophisticated and creative makeup easy to achieve. She also reveals all the tricks, techniques and trade secrets you always wanted to know. Discover all the essential makeup tools you’ll need, how to find the right product at the right price, which eye shadow colours work best for you, how to achieve the perfect eyebrows, all about false eyelashes, contouring and highlighting your face and ten-minute makeovers for days, evenings and the morning after. This luscious ultimate guide to makeup contains everything you ever needed to know about makeup and is written for ordinary women of all ages.'

I received 'The Ultimate Makeup Guide' by Rae Morris, last year, for Christmas. The book has 14 different chapters covering a range of topics from essentials for makeup kits, eye colour charts, step by step guides for different eye makeup looks and tips for blush, foundation, contouring, highlighting, bronzing etc. As you can see from below, the book is full of gorgeous photographs and it's lovely just to flick through, to see all the different makeup looks on the models.

The step by step guides are written with clear, precise instructions, which are easy to follow and each guide is paired with more gorgeous photographs. There's a multitude of different eye makeup looks which you can create including - 'Rock Chick eyes', 'Cleopatra eyes' and 'Smoky eyes.' There are also many other guides, including ones for contouring, bronzing and highlighting. In these sections the before and after photos are brilliant, as they show just how much of a difference contouring and highlighting can make to the face. As well as the makeup guides, the book also has helpful information on different topics, such as foundations and the different types of coverage/finishes, which eyeshadow suits your eye colour and everything you should have in your makeup kit.

This is a great book covering all the basics for makeup application and it's full of helpful hints and tips which you can use. The photographs are absolutely stunning, and illustrate the different looks perfectly. This is a brilliant book and definitely worth a read. You can get it on for only around £10, so it's not expensive either!


Sunday, 28 August 2011

We learn from our mistakes

When I buy a makeup item, I usually research the product first - looking at swatches, reviews, FOTDs to make sure my money is well spent. However when I first started getting into makeup, I didn't know about these resources, and I ended up with three lipsticks from MAC, which I definitely regret buying.

 (Left to Right: Tanarama. Pet Me Please. Quiet Please)

I bought each of these lipsticks at the start of my makeup obsession. In the shop, I thought the lipsticks looked pretty when swatched on the back of my hand, so I bought each one, only to be extremely disappointed when getting home and actually applying them to my lips.

(Left to Right: Tanarama. Pet Me Please. Quiet Please)

(Left to Right: Tanarama. Pet Me Please. Quiet Please)

It was really hard to catch the 'frostiness' of Tanarama and Pet Me Please on camera, but in real life they look a lot more frosty than above, almost metallic. And Quiet Please just adds a sheer sparkle to my lips. I think they could maybe they could be used for layering or something, but I'd reach for Hue or Cremecup over these, any day.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Review: Dirty Works Pore-fect Face Scrub

'The big reveal! Gently foaming, exfoliating face scrub to help revitalise dull and tired skin. With a cooling effect for instant skin awakening'

My mum actually received this in a package of products when signing up to be on a beauty panel. She used it a few times to try it out but then she gave it to me.
The packaging is obviously a total rip-off of the Soap and Glory packaging, and the scrub could easily be mistaken for a S&G product. However, it's still pretty and girly and looks nice sitting in the bathroom.

The actual scrub is a lightweight cream with small, non-abrasive beads and has a gorgeous, fruity, slightly menthol scent. You don't need to use a lot of product because once applied to the skin, the cream really does lather up and foam - a little goes a long way. The beads are non-abrasive and gently exfoliate your skin. The menthol scent also becomes a lot more apparant and creates an intense cooling effect on the skin.
My skin always feels so clean and fresh when I've used this. The scrub is very gentle on the skin, but always leaves my skin feeling very soft and smooth.

I'm really impressed with this product. I don't think it's one that I would of gone out and purchased myself, so I'm pleased I got to try it out, because once it's finished I would buy it again. I would say this product is best for those with more oily skin types. I personally like the effect of the scrub and find it nice and refreshing, however, I don't think it would be suitable for anyone with sensitive skin, because the intense cooling effect could be a bit overpowering.

The Dirty Works Pore-fect Face Scrub - £4.99 - Sainsburys

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Review: Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation

'This remarkably lasting, yet lightweight makeup wears comfortably up to 12 hours. Provides a natural finish and sun protection all in one.'

A while ago, around Easter, I visted the Bicester Village outlet and one of the products I purchased in the cco there was the Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation. Doublewear is well-known for being full coverage and long lasting - two claims that I definitely agree with.

The formula of Doublewear is quite runny, but it blends well onto the skin and dries to a matte finish. It's definitely a full coverage foundation and evens out my skin tone, covering imperfections perfectly. My favourite way to apply the foundation is with the Sigma F80 (flat top kabuki) as I've found, when using my fingers to apply Doublewear, it can look a bit cakey and too heavy for my liking. 

A downside to the foundation, is that there is no pump, meaning you have to be careful when pouring out the foundation, to avoid waste!

Doublewear is renowned for being extremely long lasting. I usually always find the need to touch up my makeup during the day, but with this I was extremely pleased to find it still looked intact at the end of the day, with only a touch of blot powder needed on my t-zone.


I can definitely see why people have issues with the foundation feeling too heavy and I much prefer it when applied with a makeup brush. That being said, I love this foundation. I do like the full coverage, and I'm seriously impressed with the lasting power. I don't reach for Doublewear on a day to day basis, I tend to reach for it more if I'm going out for the day or have a long day at work, as I don't have to worry about touch ups. At £26.50 for a 30ml bottle, it's not cheap, but less is definitely more with this foundation, and for the finish, coverage and lasting power, it's worth it in my opinion.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Lip Combo of the Day: MAC

MAC Angel lipstick with MAC C-Thru tinted lipglass

Monday, 22 August 2011

Sue Moxley 'Bali' Baked Bronzer

The other day, I popped into Superdrug and I was browsing the various stands when I came across the Sue Moxley stand. I'd never really paid the brand any attention before, but I had a look and when I saw the baked bronzers were all reduced from £6 to just £3 (half price!) I couldn't resist! I went for the shade 'Bali' which is a gorgeous bronzey coral. It's a gorgeous colour and reminds me of the mineralize skinfinishes from MAC. I love it so much, I think I may actually go back and try to purchase some of the other shades!

If anyone has tried the baked bronzers or any other Sue Moxley products, let me know what you'd recommend :)


Sunday, 21 August 2011

Travel makeup bag: Brighton

Last week I went away with my best friend and a few of her friends to Brighton, and I thought I'd show the makeup I took with me. We only stayed there for two nights so I didn't really need to take a lot with me, but I do like to have options :)

Bare Minerals Prime Time
MAC Select Cover-Up
Bare Minerals foundation
Vichy Dermablend foundation
Clinique Even Better foundation
MAC Blot powder (pictured with sponge)
MAC Studio Fix powder
Benefit Hoola bronzer
MAC Dollymix
MAC Margin
NARS Albatross


Urban Decay 'Ammo' palette
L'Oreal Voluminous mascara
Benefit Bad Gal eyeliner
MAC 'Rapid Black' Penultimate eyeliner
MAC Espresso e/s (brows)


Natural Collection 'Apple Blossom' lipstick
MAC 'Hue' lipstick
MAC 'Jazzed' lipstick
Miss Sport 'Innocense' lipstick
Smasbox 'Luminous' lipgloss

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Oxford Street Purchases

H&M tops: Striped top - £9.99. White top - £14.99

Vichy Dermablend foundation - £15.50

I'd heard so much about this foundation, and was really pleased when I found it in Boots, on Oxford Street. I went for the shade 035 - Sand, which seems to be a good match. At £15.50, it's not cheap so I was really hoping it would live up to my expectations! I've only tried it once and so far, so good! It's definitely a full-coverage foundation (no need to use concealer!) and it's a thick, creamy consistencey which blends well onto the skin. I'll do a review of it, once I've used it a bit more!

Saturday, 6 August 2011

What was in my Makeup Bag: July

This is the start of a new series. I love 'what's in my makeup bag' posts and youtube videos, but my makeup bag looks different every month. I have a big makeup bag which I carry around, full of my favourite/most used products of that time. I've decided, at the end of every month, I'll empty my makeup bag and show you the products inside. Of course I have my essentials which I always carry around (including MAC blot powder, MAC Select-Cover Up, YSL touche eclat and some brushes) so obviously I won't include these in the posts.

Here's what was in my makeup bag throughout July..

Bare Minerals foundation (medium tan), Bourjois '52' delice de poudre bronzer, Sleek 'Pan Tao' blush, MAC 'Hue' lipstick, Natural Collection 'Apple Blossom' lipstick, Benefit California Kissin' lipgloss, Smashbox 'Luminous' lipgloss, MAC 'Underage' tinted lipglass, Clinique 'Grapefruit' superbalm moisturizing gloss (Glamour freebie)


Friday, 5 August 2011

FOTD ft Chanel Mystic Eyes

A while ago I did a FOTN using my Chanel palette in 'Mystic Eyes' which my mum bought me for Christmas. The photos were taken on my old camera and the quality wasn't very good, so when I used the palette yesterday, I took the oppurtunity to take a few photos on my new camera.

I absolutely love the 'Mystic Eyes' palette! It's the only Chanel item I own and I really hope it's not the last! I love everything about it, from the sleek packaging and the little Chanel logo on the compact to the colours and texture of the eyshadows. The eyeshadows are lovely, wearable shades and I think it's a really good every day palette.


MAC Matte primer
MAC Select Cover Up
REVLON Colourstay foundation
Bare Minerals faux tan
Benefit 10 (bronze side as contour)
MAC 'Dainty' mineralize blush

Natural Collection 'Rose Petal' lipstick

Eye Makeup

MAC 'Rapid Black' penultimate eyeliner
L'Oreal Voluminous mascara
Benefit 'Recess' creaseless cream shadow
MAC Espresso e/s (brows)

Chanel 'Mystic Eyes' quad.

I used the light pink as a wash of colour all over my lid to crease, then applied the light brown on my lid and used the dark brown in the outer-v and smudged it under my lashline. I then used a big fluffy brush to blend the eyeshadow. In my inner corners I used MAC's 'Grand Entrance' eyshadow.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

My Top 5: Blushes

MAC Dollymix - This was actually the first MAC blush I ever bought from the permanent line, and it was featured in my first ever haul on my blog. It's also my favourite blush, out of all the ones I own. In the pan Dollymix looks very bright, but once applied it's gorgeous! It gives the cheeks a lovely pink flush and the shimmer is very fine, just adding a sheen. I tend to reach for Dollymix the most when I've got a bit of a tan.

MAC Margin - This is quite a recent addition to my blush collection, but I love it! It's a unique peachy/golden/bronze shade and warms up my skintone nicely. Margin is a frost finish so has quite a lot of shimmer, which gives the cheeks a nice sheen, meaning you don't need to use a highlighter.

Benefit Coralista - Such a gorgeous coral blush! Coralista is the blush I reach for the most in the Summer. It's a pretty pink-toned coral with lots of gold shimmer, adding a beautiful glow to the cheeks. It's so flattering on. The Benefit powders are quite pricey but they do last ages. I've had this blush for about 2 years or so now, and I've hardly made a dent in it!

Benefit 10 - This is another Benefit boxed powder I've had for for about 2 years (my mum got me this and Coralista together.) On one side of the box there's a pearly pink highlight and on the other there's a shimmery bronze. Sometimes I'll use the light side to highlight and the bronze underneath my cheekbones to give that contoured look, but usually I just mix the two shades together. It gives a lovely, bronzed effect.

Bourjois Rose D'Or - I've talked about this blush before in my 'My Top 5 'Drugstore' Makeup Products' post (here.) It's a pretty, rosey pink with gold shimmer, giving the cheeks a gorgeous glow. I also love the packaging! It's a tiny pot, which makes it perfect to carry around, and there's a little mirror inside. This only costs £7.50 so it's not too expensive either!

(Left to Right: MAC Dollymix, MAC Margin, Benefit Coralista, Bourjois Rose D'Or, Benefit 10.)

Tuesday, 2 August 2011



Bare Minerals Prime Time
MAC Select Cover-Up concealer
DIOR Forever foundation (applied with Sigma F80)
Bare Minerals Faux Tan
Benefit Coralista

MAC All that glitters (lid)
MAC Woodwinked (crease)
MAC Nylon (brow bone & inner corners)
MAC Espresso (brows)
AVON Glimmerstick eyeliner
L'Oreal Voluminous mascara layered with MAC Zoom Lash mascara
 MAC 'Supremely Confident' sheen supreme lipstick

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