Instead what I have done is put together a couple of pieces that are within my budget, kinda!
Over the past year the majority of these products/tools get used and abused on a daily basis.
You know why that is? Because each and everyone is awesome.
I am a huge neutrals girl and like my makeup to look like natural, the base therefore is either my DrJarts+ BB or Armani Luminous Silk. I tend to wear my BB for work with a little concealer, which is either the famous Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection or Bobbi Brown’s Creamy concealer. Both do a stellar job in hiding all those unwanted dark circles or blemishes.
Then for blush I grab Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge, I’ve mentioned this product before, I wear Powder Pink but Melon is a beautiful alternative too. It is cream blush, I know it’s not for everyone but I like that dewy look and this has the dew-factor! Next, my go-to post would be lost without Hug Me by Mac. Thee perfect neutral lipstick, ’nuff said. For eyes, if I’m feeling particularly energetic/ have enough time I reach for my Bobbi Brown eye palette. I absolutely love this set, all wearable and very versatile. I tend to do a quick swoop over my lids but these colours are very buildable and you can achieve a decent smokey kardashian eye too.
My mascara loyalty lay with Maybellines The Falsies, I did a review recelntly-check this post out here. For the brows, it can only be HD Brow products, I have done a post, if your interested in having your eyebrows HD’ed here but if your not then you still have to try their brow line, they get a huge thumbs up for me, especially the palettes and pencils.
To chisel those cheek bones and add a bit of life to my very pale ski, my go-to bronzer has to be Nars Laguna, I know very cliche but nothing yet come up to scratch! Then FINALLY, again, if you haven’t already, go and get one of these stippling brushes by Real Techniques. Using circular motions I use this to buff in my base; you can really get right into the nooks and crannies. I also use this to pop my cream blusher on, works a treat! Totally versatile = happy Annie!
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I’ve been lusting, well, more drooling over this product for the past knows how long; so when I spotted this beauty on Xmas day I was more than overjoyed! Hmmm, I may have made a slight whooping noise.
Now I’m usually a complete powder-phobe; the matte look tends to look cakey-drag queen on me, eeek! But Hourglass Ambient Powder promises the perfecto ‘dewy’ finish that not only keeps your makeup in place, but airbrushes out imperfections. You can see why this sounded like my kinda powder; yes, I couldn’t grab my makeup brush quick enough!
Apply a little bit here and a little bit there and hey presto it’s a little short of fabulous. My skin instantly looks luminous, softer and glow-y in a hey, this could face could have been done by a pro-ish. I’m used to seeing cakey powders that sink and set in all the wrong places, but this, absolutely not.
The downside is parting with £38!! (Jaw drop) but I would say definitely go for it. If not save, save, save! I’ve only had it wee while but a little reading around and beauty bloggers alike comment on its longevity! So that, with its genius formula gives it the Yorkshire thumbs up for pence wear.
It comes in six shades and I’m the proud owner of Dim Light.YEY!
I’ve spoken of my love of leather and black cherry hues on the lips and nail, but I can’t help but re-discover new shades of deep berryness and how ‘right now’ it looks with leather!
I know it all can be a little halloweeneey but trust me, do a big ‘YES’ to the vamped up trend. You’ll end up like me, swatching only these colours.
My especially fave lippie shade is MAC’s Diva; although it looks all deep and purple-y, it photos a little redder but still looks amazing. If you check my Merry Berry Lips post here you’ll see a swatch of Diva and a multitude of very similar shades (I told you, I’m hooked!)
Now saying that, I thought they’re can’t possibly be another dark purple-y lipstick I don’t know about, but NO, I was wrong and even more so a matching lip liner!! Tut! The shame of it when my beautiful friend Emily handed over MAC Media lippie and matching Vino lipliner!
To match my vampy lips, I painted Nails Inc’s Victoria; this is a perfect dark and daring shade and I LOVE IT!
So if you’re going to wear the lips and the nails, I say, grab yourself some leather, go oooon, do it!
Lacking the inspiration? Check out my past post here…
This Lady is a Vamp!
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Nails Inc Victoria
ASOS Leather Cami Dress
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Just a few bits and bobs I’ve bought recently…
These beauts were from Poundland!!! Check it out as I believe people have dropped on Stila!
Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Blonde; £4.99 at Boots… There’s buy one, get on half price at the mo, so I also bought L’oreal Color Tattoo in Permanent Taupe.
The latter is great, does exactly what you expect and lives up to the hype! This one is matte and stays all day with no dreaded crease line! I love this colour too, very wearable…
But I’m sorry brow drama… I’m disappointed; it says it has a no streak, no clump formula, yes it may, but the product application is inconsistent, leaving you with patchy eyebrows. I think you may as well use something like Brow Beater by HD Brows which is more or less a clear mascara…
The beautiful Two Sided Soft Scarf by Zara, well more blanket then scarf…
Its dog tooth on one side and tartan on the reverse; it’s very oversized, which I love (minus the neck ache) and extremely comfy. I can’t wait to wear this over the chilly months! It costs £19.99 but well worth it.
H&M Biker Jacket was a steal at £34.99 and there doing a £5.00 off voucher when you buy in store. I’ve been looking for a jacket for this in between weather and I’d seen something similar in Topshop for like 80 quid, so when I saw this it ticked all the boxes. It has a detachable fur cover which, I think looks a bit cheap and nasty so I took it off. Check it out online here.
I think I’ve blogged about this before; this arrived in my Glossy Box a few months ago and since I’ve been addicted. I use it for work instead of foundation; as I hate looking too dolled up, especially for work, therefore a great happy medium. At the minute there is a 1/3 off at Boots. It says it’s suitable for 30+ but I don’t think it matters, its packed with the good stuff, its spf40 and I.LOVE.IT.
Last, but not least, I succumbed to Boots 3 for 2 deal and purchased these.
I’d heard a few raves on various blogs about the EverRiche range and being a hair snob sticking to either Joico or Sebastian. I was sceptical. I’ve not properly used them yet to give an honest review, but I know L’Oreal own Kerastase so hoepfully it’ll compare. I did used to use the pink Elvive and loved it, until someone told me it put a plastic like coating on your hair so that you thought it felt health but really it was’nt 😦 … sad times…
So I thought I’d pull all my MAC lipsticks out and do an entire blog post on my collection. My collection is probably minute compared to other ladies, I know it can get seriously addictive!
I can’t say they’re all the most amazing lipsticks, but they are some top contenders and I still get that excited feeling when I buy a new one.
I have blondie brown hair and dark brown eyes so my lippies are obviously chosen to what suits me. I’ve swatched and tried on my lippies for you so you get the gist of the colour and what it looks like on. Some are a little tired, bless um, but still look fab!
Please forgive my lip shots I’m full of cold. I hope you can get an idea of the colours.
I’m thinking of adding a new lippie to my collection, any advise?