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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Repurchases: Makeup Edition

As a self-confessed beauty addict and someone who gets to try out a plethora of products, it's not surprising that a lot stuff, unfortunately, gets swept under the metaphorical rug. Going through my stash recently, though, I realised there are a few bits I simply cannot be without, and as such they've been repurchased time after time. Here's my most loved..

Rimmel Salon Pro Kate Moss Nail Polish in Hip Hop, £4.49, ASOS: second bottle after my first went gloopy after the contrast in temperatures after I took it on holiday with me. In some lights it looks orange-red and in others has more of a pink tint to it, the brush makes for easy peasy application and the price tag is equally pleasing.

Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque, £19, John Lewis: a colour correcting, super creamy pre-concealer that cancels out blue and purple tones under the eyes. I was lost without this when I ran out and don't go a day without using it.

Dr. Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips, £11.50, Space.NK: this is never not in my bag or pocket. Like an unfragranced Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream, it can be used for pretty much anything but it's a saviour for my dry lips and cuticles.

YSL Touche Éclat Complexion Highlighter, £25, John Lewis: I've lost count of how many Touche Éclat pens I've been through in my time, but it's probably well into double figures now. Really. Great for touch-ups and adding a believable radiance to the skin. I'm almost too scared to use this Touche Éclat Wild Edition* as it's so darn pretty!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Medium Brown, £15.50, Cult Beauty: after buying my first Brow Wiz stateside, I was hooked from first use. One end twist-up pencil, the other a handy spoolie brush. I was pleasantly surprised with how long it lasted but swiftly repurchased from one of my favourite online beauty havens, Cult Beauty, once I ran out.

L'Oréal Paris False Lash Telescopic Mascara in Waterproof Black, £10.99, Boots: a favourite of mine for many, many moons, the old blue tube was discontinued for a while and I almost gave up before the new packaging was introduced. Thankfully the formula wasn't messed around too much and it remains one of my most loved mascaras.

Benefit Eye Bright Pencil, £15.50, ASOS: I'm still getting through the pile of these I stocked up on when Glamour included them as a freebie a few years back, but it's my go-to for brightening up the waterline on a daily basis. Its pale pink hue along with creamy formula wakes everything up and makes such a difference.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, £20, Space.NK: if I had to pick one beauty tool, it'd be the Shu Uemura curler. There's not a day that goes by that I won't curl my lashes, even if I skip mascara.

NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna, £27, ASOS: I'm not alone in my adoration for NARS Laguna. Mostly matte brown without too much orange and a subtle shimmer, Laguna is a big hit for those lusting after a golden glow.

Do you have any beauty bits you just have to, without fail, repurchase once you hit pan?


Monday, August 11, 2014

YSL La Laque Couture Bleu Celadon

YSL La Laque Couture #50 Bleu Celadon: £18.50*

Whilst I wasn't too taken by the YSL summer 2014 collection, one piece really got my heart skipping a beat. Enter La Laque Couture in Bleu Celadon. With inspiration taken from the glimmering hues of the Mediterranean sea, it's the most perfect poolside blue and I just can't get enough of it at the moment.

The YSL La Laque Couture range of polishes is a polish hoarder's dream - the formula glides on effortlessly, lasts well into a week on me, and not to mention how the rectangular bottles make for blissful storing. Bleu Celadon is creamy and opaque in two coats. It's somewhere in between a blue and a green and alternates between the two in certain lights. I've had countless compliments on the colour and it looks beautiful against a tan.. be it faux or the real deal.

It seems to be pretty hard to find online but I'm sure you'll still be able to grab a bottle on counters no problem. It's a real beauty and if you're going to go high end.. gold ain't a precious metal for nothin'.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

What I Did in.. July

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As quiet as I was in July, I did okay with Instagram. Here's a recap if you missed it!

BST Hyde Park · Kanye at Wireless · doggy paddles · sleeping in · NARS Jungle Red might just be my new favourite · hanging out with my big spoon · Graze breakfast boxes are really good - get yourself a free one with code EMMAW7CKT · lil paw · baby coke & my beloved vintage Woodstock money bank · me and my best girl · Bobbi Brown Surf & Sand collection.. post coming soon · handsome old London · fresh candles are on my list of small pleasures · duck spotting · River Island named a t-shirt after me for their Christmas collection.. how sweet · went to BLEACH London · new baby - still getting to grips with it though! · I can't go out *cough* I'm sick · stalking baby cacti in IKEA · London peeking through the trees · Jo Malone's Christmas drop is pretty special and not even all that far away..??! Terrifying.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Man Overboard

HEY! I'm still alive. I totally didn't even realise it had been a good few weeks since I last updated. Some stuff has got better, some worse.. but I need to get back into the swing of blogging and there's no time like the present, right? I decided to take down my last post as it was looking a bit sorry for itself and this post probably won't come across that different to be honest. Come on though, how are we already a week into August? Somebody please explain this.

Current thoughts are as follows: will I ever find perfectly sized plastic tubs for makeup storage in an IKEA Alex? Is there a magic spell for removing gel polish? Will I ever get rid of all these clothes and shoes I don't need? Stay tuned.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner

Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner: £18.50*

Benefit's They're Real! mascara was a huge hit when it was released a couple of years ago and remains the best-selling mascara in the UK to this day. It's a great little mascara, though I'm more used to waterproof formulas these days. My interest peaked, however, when I was recently introduced to the new partner in crime, They're Real! Push-Up Liner. Yep, they're sticking with the boob innuendos for now! After all the hype around the embargo I was at first not that interested in just another eyeliner pen, but within seconds I changed my mind. What got me so excited is the twist-up mechanism and gel formula, meaning no brush required for a perfect feline flick. Think of it as the Touché Eclat for your lash line..

As with all twist-up mechanisms, first use can take a bit of getting used to what with waiting for product to be dispensed from the tip, and figuring out your perfect amount of product. Benefit advise 1-2 clicks at the most and I'd say it varies for me. Something I've learned to do now is to squeeze the nib gently with my thumb and index finger to use up the gel still there rather than send more up and wasting product - to avoid this it might have been wiser to keep hold of the protector that comes with the pen, but silly old me threw it away. The tip is spongy but firm and makes for a really close, comfortable application, getting right in there at the root of the lashes - those fleshy gaps are a thing of the past. It's incredibly easy to use, the formula is super black and matte. Considering I wear waterproof mascara, They're Real! lasts just as long and doesn't budge until I want it to. I have tried the They're Real! Remover which is good, but not really all that necessary if you have something strong enough anyway (I'm a die-hard fan of bi-phase formulas). I'm hooked!

Have you tried the They're Real! Push-Up Liner? What do you think?


Friday, July 18, 2014

Illamasqua Glamore Nude Lipsticks

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick: £18.50 each*

When the first round of Illamasqua's Glamore lipsticks were released, I fell head over heels for them. Perfect for all skin tones, much creamier and easier to apply and wear than the original Illamasqua lineup and just beautiful to look at. However, a Barbie pink, neon orange-red and a bold berry aren't for the faint hearted on a daily basis. It is with great pleasure that I'm introducing the Glamore Nudes today. Seven really great shades in cool, neutral and warm tones. Once again the formula is lovely; so creamy and pigmented, easy to apply on the go and not drying at all.

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Buff

Described as a fudge brown, Buff has to be my least favourite from the bunch. I think it would look beautiful on darker skin tones, but it's just too brown and old-fashioned on me. I look dead!

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Cherub

Cherub is a warm coral, and the shade I 'warmed' most to (sorry) at first. It's a juicy peach that's perfect for every day and will surely be one of the most popular nude shades.

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Minx

Minx, a warm rose, is pretty dark and pink when it comes to what you'd think of as a nude, but I really love this one. I wore it to dinner last week and received a heap of compliments, plus it appears to stain slightly as it wears down.

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Naked

Naked is described as a creamy nude, but definitely leans towards the warmer side of nude, as it can look almost like a pale orange at times. I'm not sure I have the right skintone for this one but I think it actually looks quite nice above!

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Rosepout

Rosepout is hands down my favourite from the bunch. A neutral pink brown, it's paler than the shade description would suggest but it's easy to wear and has an 'everyday retro' feel about it. If I had to keep only one shade, it'd be Rosepout.

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Starkers

A soft flesh pink, Starkers is definitely a little more brown than expected from the blurb. I'm in two minds about this one; sometimes it looks too brown, and sometimes it has a great 90s pink-brown feel. A really good nude, nonetheless.

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Tease

Tease has that whole 60s thing down, but can be a bit of hard work. It's a very pale pink beige which for me can look a bit too pale and I'm not sure I like that you can see the wet part of the lips when you speak and so on. I'm wearing it to full opacity here but you can also wear it dabbed onto the lips lightly for a less intense effect.

All in all, the Glamore Nude collection is a release I'm really excited about. I'm told the secret to finding a great nude is down to the tone of your natural nail beds - so if yours are more pink, go for cool toned rose-tinted nude, if they're more golden, obviously go for the warmer nudes. The coral kind of sits in the middle but really there are no rules to which colours you can and can't wear. Also recently released are four more bright shades to the Glamore range, meaning there are 7 'colours' to match the amount of nudes. I'll get around to trying those too to show you soon!

What do you think of the Glamore Nudes? Do you have a favourite shade?

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