Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Choosing The Perfect Foundation

Hello everyone!

I always have high expectations when it comes to foundation. It has to fit my checklist and cover everything that I want it to cover. Today I am going to be talking about all the different aspects I look for when it comes to foundation shopping.

Tone:
I have quite a cool skin tone, but I don't really stick to buying cool toned foundations. I vary from cool toned and warm toned foundations depending on the brand. I like to test foundation on my jawline so that I can get the closest match to my skin tone, but sometimes that can be quite difficult. If I can't find a particular foundation that matches my skin tone, I make whatever I can find work!

Coverage:
I tend to look for foundations with medium to full coverage. If I want a light coverage then I will go for a BB cream or tinted moisturiser rather than a foundation. If the foundation I choose is a medium coverage, then it has to be buildable to a full coverage. 

Formula:
The formula of a foundation is also very important. I have quite oily skin so I go for oil free foundations. One of the best drugstore brands for skin type specific foundation is Revlon. The Revlon Colorstay foundation has two different formulas; one for oily/combination skin and one for dry/normal skin. It is also important that the foundation doesn't cake up. I often find that some foundations cake up around my nose and chin, so a thick foundation is definitely not the one for me.

Lasting Power:
Durability is also a very important aspect of foundation. I like to be assured that my foundation is going to last all day, especially when the foundation is on the pricier side. There are a lot of foundations that claim to last 24 hours, but often they don't live up to this claim. When I first buy a foundation that claims to last for a certain period of time I will apply it as usual (one side with primer, and one side without!) and wear it for as long as possible. I have oily skin so foundation usually slides around my face, when I can find one that doesn't slide around I get so excited! 

Packaging:
Packaging isn't really too important for me. If it is convenient and sturdy then that is okay for me! It is always nice when a foundation has lovely packaging, but it isn't too essential. If I love a foundation that has ugly packaging, it doesn't really put me off too much. 

SPF:
In the Summer time it is always nice to have a foundation with SPF in it. Again, it isn't really an essential as I do use a moisturiser underneath my foundation which contains SPF. SPF can also be a downside to foundation if you are going to be wearing it when getting your photo taken. SPF is very reflective, so it can make you look washed out and ill in photos! 

What To Avoid:
There are also a few different things that I tend to avoid when it comes to foundation. I like to avoid foundation with a very strong scent as this can break me out. I also avoid foundations that give a very light coverage. What is the point in wearing foundation which looks like you have nothing on your skin?! I also avoid powder foundations because they often offer no coverage and can apply very cakey.

Some of my favourites:
I am going to end this post by listing a few of my favourite foundations that I swear by and use regularly.
Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr foundation
Revlon Colorstay for oily/combination skin
No7 Beautifully Matte foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte foundation
L'Oreal Infallible 24h foundation
GOSH #FoundationDrops

Let me know in the comments what you look for in a foundation! Do you prefer light coverage or high coverage?

Shop this post: Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr foundation (£7.99) // Revlon Colorstay For Oily/Combination Skin (£12.99) // No7 Beautifully Matte foundation (£14.50) // Rimmel Stay Matte foundation (£5.99) // L'Oreal Infallible 24h foundation (£9.99) // GOSH #FoundationDrops (£12.99)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Sunday, 26 June 2016

A Guide To Colour Correcting

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to do a post on colour correcting. There are so many products now that are specially designed for colour correcting; including primers, concealers and powders. Colour correcting products may look a little crazy, but they can be great when used correctly. Each shade has a specific issue that they are specially formulated to conceal, and I am going to talk about each shade today.

Purple/Lilac: Lilac mutes yellow undertones as well as illuminating the skin for a healthy looking glow.

Peach/Salmon: Peach concealers add radiance to the skin as well as covering blue toned under eye circles and dark spots.

Yellow: Yellow brightens skin and conceals purple tones such as bruises.

Green: Green neutralises and reduces redness, this is perfect for covering blemishes that are red.

Products to consider: MUA Pro Base Prime & Conceal Palette (£4.00) // MUA Pro Base Prime & Conceal Powder (£4.00) // Smashbox Colour Correcting Primer (£25.50) // YSL Touche Eclat Colour Correcting Pens (£25.00 each) // KIKO Colour Correcting Concealer Wheel (£12.90)

I hope that this colour correcting guide is useful for you! Let me know in the comments which colour correcting products are your favourites:)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Everyday Makeup Brushes

Hello everyone!

Today I am going to be talking about the makeup brushes that I use on an everyday basis, and what exactly I use them for. I talk a lot about makeup products on my blog, but I don't really talk about the brushes and tools that I use. I thought that this would be a really good post as I can dedicate it to makeup brushes, rather than actual makeup products.

NOTE: 90% of the brushes I used are Real Techniques!

Primer: It may seem a bit strange, but I actually use a makeup brush for applying primer. I don't really like touching my face too much, so I use the B. Cosmetics Finishing Brush (basically a stippling brush!) just to blend out the primer. I know that a lot of people use their hands to apply primer, but I just like using a brush.

Foundation: For foundation I either use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush or the Buffing Brush. I love both of these brushes for foundation as they are really dense and perfect for blending in foundation. I only ever use liquid foundation, so these are perfect for that!

Concealer: For concealer I actually use the Real Techniques Foundation Brush which is from the Core Collection Set. The reason I don't use this brush for foundation is because it is absolutely tiny and if I used this for foundation then it would take hours to blend it in!

Powder: My favourite powder brush is the Real Techniques Powder Blush. I also love the B. Cosmetics powder brush. I love using a big fluffy brush for powder as I just like to sweep the powder all over my face.

Contour: I use two different brushes for contour. I use the Real Techniques Contour Brush to apply the contour shade all, and then I buff that out using the Real Techniques Sculpting Brush. The Sculpting Brush is really dense, so it gives a flawless looking contour.

Blush: I like using the Real Techniques Blush Brush for blusher. This is an oval shaped brush which fits really nicely on the apples of my cheeks, applying blusher evenly.

Highlight: I have been looking for a fan brush to use for highlighter, but for the moment I have been using the Real Techniques Stippling Brush. This brush isn't as big as the B. Cosmetics one that I use for primer, so it is really good for applying highlight onto the cheekbones.

Eyes: I use a range of brushes for my eye makeup. I love the Real Techniques Eye Starter set, which includes 5 different eye brushes. I also like the brushes that come with the Urban Decay Naked 3, Naked Smoky and Alice Through The Looking Glass palettes.


Eyelash Curlers: I am not really too picky when it comes to eyelash curlers. I have been using some from NYX recently, but I am not really bothered about the brand as long as they do the job!

Other: I also have the Real Techniques Setting Brush which I like to use if I have any makeup mishaps. If I get mascara on my skin, for example, then I like to take a little bit of powder onto this brush to clean up my foundation.

Let me know which brushes you use in the comments! And, do you have any fan brush recommendations?

Shop this post: B. Cosmetics Finishing Brush (£9.99) // Real Techniques Core Collection (£21.99) // Real Techniques Expert Face Brush (£9.99) // Real Techniques Powder Brush (£12.99) // B. Cosmetics Powder Brush (£9.99) // Real Techniques Sculpting Brush (£9.99) // Real Techniques Blush Brush (£9.99) // Real Techniques Stippling Brush (£11.99) // Real Techniques Eye Starter Set (£20.99) // Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (£38.50) // Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (£38.50) // Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette (£43.00) // NYX Eyelash Curlers (£5.00) // Real Techniques Setting Brush (£7.99)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Rose Gold Eyes | My Picks

Hello everyone!

In the Summer time I am quite partial to a good rose gold eye shadow. I have collected a few (okay, a lot!) of rose gold eye shadows, and today I am going to share with you a few of my favourites. I am not going to go into too much detail or this post would be VERY long, and I have probably done posts on all of these products before.

Makeup Revolution Beyond Flawless Palette 
The first rose gold eye shadows I am going to talk about are from the Makeup Revolution Beyond Flawless palette. The entire fourth row is made up of gorgeous rose gold shades. All four shades are very similar to each other, but I still wanted to include them in this post. The shadows are very shimmery and pigmented. They are also very creamy and blend out really easily on the eyes. 

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette 
If you know me, then you will know that my all time favourite eye shadow brand is Urban Decay! Of course I had to include the Naked 3 palette in this post. First of all, the packaging is rose gold and is super pretty. The two rose gold shades in this palette are Dust and Buzz. I LOVE all UD shadows, and this palette is definitely no exception! I find that if I reach for my Naked 3 palette, then these are the shades that I tend to lean towards. 


Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold 
I am absolutely OBSESSED with the Maybelline Colour Tattoos, I just love them! I used to talk about these on my blog all the time. The first shade I ever bought was Pink Gold, and it still remains a firm favourite of mine to this day. I love that these act as an eye base, and you can apply them all over the eyes in a hurry. I use this almost every day without fail, and the rose gold shade is definitely my favourite. You really don't need to apply a lot of product, but I have still managed to almost hit pan on this shade:) 

Sleek I Divine Palette in Oh So Special 
This Sleek palette made a regular appearance on my blog when I first started blogging. I still use this palette, but not as often as I should. The second column of this palette, which consists of two shades, are gorgeous rose gold shades. I love the Sleek I Divine palettes as they are really pigmented, and these shades are absolutely no exception!


I hope that you enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments what your favourite rose gold eye shadows are:)

Shop this post: Makeup Revolution Beyond Flawless Palette (£8.00) // Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (£38.50) // Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pink Gold (£4.99) // Sleek I Divine Palette in Oh So Special (£8.99)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette | Tutorial

Hello everyone!

I wanted to start doing more 'tutorial' type posts on my blog. I started off the series with a glam bronze makeup look using the MAC Warm Neutrals palette (read it here!) and today I am going to be doing a look using the new Urban Decay palette. I have worn this look a few times and I really wanted to share it with you because I think that the eye shadows go well together, and this can be worn for both day time and night time.

I started off the look by priming my face using the B. Cosmetics Popping Candy Highlighting Serum. I love this primer because it adds a glow to the skin without looking oily. You can also mix this with your foundation but I prefer to wear it underneath. I have been loving dewy skin recently so I haven't been using too many mattifying products.

For foundation I used the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation. I used this foundation in my previous makeup tutorial too. This is my go to Summer foundation, so it will be featuring in a LOT of posts throughout the Summer time! I love that this foundation has SPF, so it has coverage and sun protection all in one. This is definitely a full coverage foundation, but it is perfect for Summer as it isn't as heavy as other full coverage foundations.

I have recently been trying out a new concealer by NYX. I picked up the shade Fair in the NYX Full Coverage Concealer, which is a little bit too light for me, and I have been using it under my eyes to cover dark circles. There is a similar concealer that was created to cover dark circles but this one has been working really well for me. It has a very good coverage as it is a little bit thicker. If you are going to use this under the eyes, like me, then make sure to blend it really well as it does crease if you don't blend it well enough.

I then lightly dusted a little bit of the Rimmel Clear Complexion powder all over my face. I used to be a big fan of the Stay Matte, but I have been loving the dewy look recently.

I wanted to use a blush that I hadn't really used in a while, so I decided to go for the Benefit Dandelion blush. I haven't used this in so long, but it really reminded me how much I loved this blush. It is a very pretty pink shade with a slight shimmer running through it.


For contour I decided to go with the Sleek Face Form Palette in Light. I only used the contour shade from this palette. This is another product which I haven't used in a while, but I love contouring with the palette as the shade is really pigmented and applies really evenly. I have been trying a few cream contour products recently, but I much prefer powder contour!


I then applied the Benefit High Beam to my cheekbones. I love the glow that this highlighter gives! I like to just take a little bit of the product onto my finger and then pat it onto my cheekbones, as I find that using a brush tends to apply it a little patchily. You can also mix this in with your foundation if you want to have that all over glow.

I have been loving the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara recently. I don't tend to do much with my eyebrows anyway, so this is the perfect product that just adds a slight tint to the brows. I did use other brow mascaras before I discovered the NYX one, and I don't think I will ever use another brand again!

I started off my eye look by applying the Maybelline Leather Effect Colour Tattoo in Creamy Beige. This is a matte base and I think it is the perfect shade to start off any eye look with. I do normally use the MAC Bare Study Paint Pot to prime my eyes, but I have been trying to use up different bases instead. I then took the Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette which I am OBSESSED with! I didn't really know what look I was going with when I started off my makeup, but I love how my eye makeup turned out:) I began with Doormouse and blended it well into the crease and the outer corner. I then decided to darken that up using the shade Chessboard. I took Chessboard into the outer corner and half way into the crease because I love a good matte transition shade. I then took the shade Gone Mad into the outer corner. With this shade I added a little bit at a time, gradually building up the colour. I took Gone Mad a little bit into the crease too. Finally, I took the shade Royal Flush on my finger and pressed it onto the inner portion of my eyes. This created a lovely highlight look.


I have been loving the Rimmel ScandalEyes mascara recently. I used to love this mascara, and I now remember why! It gives a lot of volume as well as length to the lashes. It does not clump at all, and I believe that it has fibres in too.

I wanted to use a lipstick that I don't use that often, so I decided to go with the KIKO Smart Lipstick in 917 Mauve Pink. This shade is exactly as described, a mauve pink!
Finished makeup look:) 

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know in the comments if you would like to see more posts like this one!

Shop this post: B. Cosmetics Popping Candy Highlighting Serum (£14.99) // Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation (£7.99) // NYX Full Coverage Concealer Jar (£5.50) // Rimmel Clear Complexion Pressed Powder (£3.99) // Benefit Dandelion Blush (£23.50) // Sleek Face Form in Light (£9.99) // Benefit High Beam (£19.50) // NYX Tinted Brow Mascara (£5.50) // Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Creamy Beige (£4.99) // Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette (£43.00) // Rimmel ScandalEyes Mascara (£6.99) // KIKO Smart Lipstick in 917 Mauve Pink (£3.90)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Urban Decay Alice In Wonderland Palette | Review

Hello everyone!

So, last week when I was in House Of Fraser I saw an Urban Decay display. Right in the centre of the display was the new Alice In Wonderland palette. This wasn't something that I was intending on buying, but when I saw the gorgeous shades inside I knew that I HAD to have one! £43 later, I am now the proud owner of one of the gorgeous limited edition palettes:)


The palette itself is absolutely stunning. There is a full sized mirror in the top compartment (as well as a 3D butterfly!) and a pull out drawer with all of the shadows in. The shadows are all very pigmented and have the beautiful creamy texture that all Urban Decay shadows have.




You get 20 shades in this palette as well as a dual ended eye shadow brush. All of the other Urban Decay palettes I own are very high quality, and so I was expecting good things from this palette. I think it's safe to say that I am absolutely in love with this palette! You can create so many different looks because there is something for everyone; neutrals, pinks, purples, blues and greens. The majority of the shadows are either satin or matte finish, with the exception of a few heavy glitter shadows.

My favourite shades so far are: Duchess, Salazen Grum, Royal Fluss, Chessboard and Dream On. But I do think that all of the shadows are stunning!

Let me know in the comments if you have tried the Urban Decay Alice In Wonderland palette. What did you think of it?!

Shop this post: Urban Decay Alice Through The Looking Glass Palette (£43.00)

Until next time,
Emily xo 

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Summer Beauty Life Hacks

Hello everyone!

Today I am going to be sharing with you some of my favourite Summer beauty life hacks. I always love reading these types of posts, so I will definitely be doing more in the future!

Tip #1: Tackling shine
I always go through so many matte pressed powders in the Summer time because my skin gets so oily. One tip that I want to share is that if you have oily skin like me, it is best if you switch to an oil free moisturiser so that your skin doesn't get too oily. Many people think that you shouldn't moisturise during the Summer time, but you definitely still should!

Tip #2: Uses for melted lipsticks 
I always get a few lipsticks that end up melting in the Summer heat. If this happens to you then you can still use them. Liquid lipsticks are definitely growing more popular in the beauty industry (I have actually been loving liquid lipsticks recently!) and this is just a really easy way to save those melted lipsticks.

Tip #3: Cream blush 
I love a good powder blush but in the Summer I always switch to cream blushes because I find that they last longer on the skin. One of my favourite cream blushes is the Sleek Creme to Powder Blush in French Rose. These are really good because they apply like a cream, but set as a powder. Blush tints are also really good for the Summer time, Benefit Cosmetics do some really nice ones:)

Tip #4: Achieving a dewy finish 
In the Summer I love it when my foundation is really glowy and dewy on my skin. Some of my favourite foundations don't have a dewy finish that is perfect for the Summer, but don't worry about that because you can create your own dewy foundation! I like mixing a liquid highlighter in with my foundation, like the B. Popping Candy Highlighting Serum, and this creates a gorgeous glowy finish.

Tip #5: Lip balm with SPF 
There is nothing worse than sun burnt lips! I always like to carry around a hydrating lip balm with SPF so that I can make sure that my lips are always hydrated and protected. I would suggest Carmex lip balms because they do have SPF in them and are really soothing on the lips.

Tip #6: BB/CC creams and tinted moisturisers 
BB/CC creams and tinted moisturisers are perfect for the warmer months as they are really light on the skin. Most BB/CC creams and tinted moisturisers provide some sort of sun protection and there are many that don't feel really greasy and heavy on the skin. My favourite CC cream is the Korres Wild Rose CC Cream as it is really light and offers a natural coverage.

Tip #7: Waterproof mascara
In the heat it is very easy for mascara to melt and run all down your face, but waterproof mascara can prevent this. One of my favourite waterproof mascaras is

Tip #8: Soothe sunburn with aloe vera 
Freeze aloe vera in ice cube trays and then if you get sunburn you can just pop them out the freezer and rub them anywhere you are sun burnt. Being sunburnt is so painful, and this just helps to soothe the skin.

Tip #9: Fixing a bad fake tan 
We have all been in a situation where you apply fake tan, but it clings to dry patches and looks really bad. Do not fear! If you find yourself in this situation then simply mix lemon juice, baking soda and water together. Then apply this anywhere you want to remove the fake tan and you're good to go:)

Tip #10: Prevent blisters 
I hate when you're wearing new shoes and you end up with blisters after an hour of wearing them. If you have new shoes and fear that you will get blisters on your feet, rub some deodorant. I was so surprised that this hack actually worked. I am not sure what makes it work, but I will definitely be using this trick a lot more.

I hope that you learnt some new hacks from this post. Let me know in the comments if you try any of them out!

Until next time,
Emily xo 


Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Glam Bronze Eye Look Using The MAC Warm Neutrals Palette

Hello everyone!

Today I am going to share with you a makeup look that I created using the MAC Warm Neutrals palette which I got for Christmas. The eye look is very glam and you can always switch the lipstick to a red one, which would be perfect for a night out!

I started the look by priming my face using the Olay Hydration + Flawless Blur moisturiser. I love using this cream before I do my makeup because it is really hydrating and soothing on the skin. It also smells really good which is a bonus!

My go to Summer foundation is the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr foundation. I love this foundation because it is not a matte finish foundation, it gives a gorgeous glow to the skin. The coverage is medium and can be built to a full coverage. It is also really lightweight on the skin and doesn't look cakey. I have nearly ran out of this foundation and I will DEFINITELY be repurchasing. I am also going to pick up a lighter shade as well so that I can wear this foundation all year round, as the shade I have now only really matches my skin in the Summer when I have a bit of a tan.

I then set my foundation using the B. Cosmetics Sheer Finish pressed powder. This powder isn't matte, which I really like because that means it doesn't counteract the lovely glow that the foundation gives. You really don't need to use a lot when it comes to this powder, which explains why I still have loads left despite using it all the time.


For blush, I used Stay Pretty by MAC. Stay Pretty is a gorgeous bright pink shade. I like to use this blush with a very light hand, so that it just gives a pink glow to the cheeks.

I love the Makeup Revolution Highlighter Lights palette. I used the first shade in the palette on the top of my cheek bones, just above where I applied my blush, and it gives a gorgeous silver glow to the cheekbones. I have been obsessed with highlighter recently, and this palette has been my go to!

I lightly contoured using the contour shade from the Sleek Face Form palette in Light. I hadn't used this little trio in ages, and so I decided to get it out and use it for my contour. It really reminded me of how much I used to love this little palette, so I will definitely be using it a lot more often. It is perfect for travel too:)


I brushed through my eyebrows using the NYX Tinted Brow mascara. I don't fill my brows in, I like to just brush through them with a brow mascara so that they look as natural as possible. I love this particular brow mascara from NYX because it doesn't leave the brows crispy, which a lot of the brow gels and mascaras tend to do.

I started off my eye look with the Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I then took Brule and applied it all over my eye lids. This sets the primer and creates a base which will allow all of the following eye shadows to blend out really easily. I then took Saddle and blended it well into the crease. I pressed Satin Taupe all over the centre of my eye lid. This shade isn't from the Warm Neutrals palette but I think it starts the look off well and is a nice base shade to start with. After that I patted Divine Decadence everywhere that I applied Satin Taupe, these shadows look gorgeous together! I took Dark Brew, which is a red toned brown, and applied it to the outer corner as well as half way across the crease. I went back in the crease with Saddle to clean up the edges. I took Hey on the inner corner of the eye to highlight the eye, I also find that this makes me look more awake. I took a really precise brush and mixed Dark Brew and Dance In The Dark together, I then applied this to my lower lash line.


For mascara I used the Rimmel Volume Colourist mascara. I am in love with this mascara at the moment, and I love that when applied it looks very natural but gives a lot of length and volume at the same time.


To finish off the look I applied the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit in Dolce K. This is my favourite shade from the range. I love matte lips and I love nude lips, so this is the perfect combination!

I hope that you enjoyed this makeup look. Let me know what other makeup looks you would like to see in the future:)

Shop this post: Olay Hydration + Flawless Blur Moisturiser (£9.99) // Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation (£7.99) // B. Cosmetics Sheer Finish Pressed Powder (£7.99) // MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Brush in Stay Pretty (£20.50) // Makeup Revolution Highlighter Palette (£8.00) // Sleek Face Form Palette in Light (£9.99) // NYX Tinted Brow Mascara (£5.50) // MAC Warm Neutrals Palette (£65.00) // MAC Satin Taupe Eye Shadow (£13.00) // Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara (£7.99) // Kylie Lip Kit in Dolce K ($29.00)

Until next time,

Emily xo 


 

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