Quick Tip Time!

skin tone photo credit google

For you cool toned guys and gals.
I have a cool skin tone, which means I have pink undertones, so when looking for a new foundation, understandably I’m steered to the cool shades.
However so many of them I find are just far too pink and they accentuate the redness in my skin. So I always go for the neutral shade. Neutrals are shades that have an equal amount of pink and yellow undertones in them. The neutral cancels out my redness and just gives me more of a healthy look.
So if you find you’ve got the perfect shade but aren’t satisfied try out a neutral.
That’s all for today folks!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation Stay in Place Foundation.

Wow. Just wow.

Why did it take me so long to jump on the bandwagon with this foundation?!?

estee lauder double wear

I have tried many foundations over the course of my makeup fuelled life, and ALL have paled in comparison to this baby.

It literally does everything it says on the tin, and it comes in a fabulous 31 shades in cools, warms and neutrals.

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I went to the Estee Lauder counter and got matched, the girls are very helpful there and I got a sample to take away. Always best to get a sample as you really don’t want to spend a lot of money only to find you don’t like it!
First off this is a full coverage foundation, so if you like yours light this won’t be for you. When they say full coverage they mean it. I have pigmentation and redness on my cheeks from being too harsh on my acne in the past. This covers it and still keeps my skin looking natural.

It claims to be long lasting and oh boy it is, my wearing time is roughly 12 hours and it looks exactly the same at night as it did when I applied it in the morning. I’ve never had that from a foundation, my skin type is oily/normal so foundations’ normally slide off my skin.
I’ve tried a few different application methods with this and I’ve found what works best with me is laying it on with a paddle foundation brush and buffing it into the skin with my Real Techniques buffing brush using stippling and buffing motions. I do a thin layer all over then, if I need more coverage I’ll do another thin layer on top. You’ll need to work quickly with it as it dries fast! I do sections of my face at a time, lay it on, blend, then move on to the next section. There is zero time for faffing because once it’s dry it’s like cement!

If you have dry skin I’d strongly recommend using a really good moisturizer beforehand as this is quite a ‘dry’ formulation, you really need the moisture to help it blend and sit better.
Because of my skin type I rarely need a moisturizer in the morning, but even I find I need something, otherwise the foundation gets very dry and hard to blend. I use Becca rejuvenating primer and find it gives me enough moisture on the skin with the benefits of a primer to make the foundation look its best. I don’t feel like I’m wearing a mask with this on and my skin still looks natural (this is why colour matching is so important!) but because of the coverage you need to put colour back into your skin with blusher/bronzer or both!

If you want full coverage and long lasting I can’t recommend this enough! Just make sure you moisturize and work quickly with it.

I’ve heard that they changed the formulation of the foundation and some people weren’t happy with the new one. I’ve never tried the old formulation so I can’t comment between the two, but I can genuinely say I’m super happy with it and it’s my new favourite.

Lucy.x

*I brought this with my own money and recieved nothing in return for this review.

The Balm Nude ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette

My thought on The Balm’s nude ‘tude palette!
the balm nude tude palette
I’ve now been using this for a month pretty solidly so I think it’s fair to say I’m in love!
The photo below is with flash.
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The shadows are beautifully pigmented, sooo buttery soft and completely wearable. It has taken me from night to day, it’s a great neutral palette to have in your collection.
The photo below is without flash.
nude tude the balm
The shades are as follows
nude tude the balm
  • Sassy. A satin white highlight shade. I use this very sparingly on my browbone, you really don’t need much, it’s so highly pigmented.
  • Stubborn. A dusky pink satin shade, lovely in the light.
  • Snobby. A light peach gold satin shade, great to brighten up a bronze eye look.
  • Stand-offish. A very shimmery light pink shade.
nude tude the balm
  • Selfish. A really nice shimmery taupe shade
  • Sophisticated. A gorgeous dark bronze shimmering shade. Looks lovely as a dark bronze night look.
  • Sultry. Another of my favourites, a warm matte brown, which I find is great as a transition colour for a dark eye look.
  • Seductive. My top favourite of the bunch! I’ve been using this a lot for a variety of looks. It’s a warm shimmery bronze shade. Fab on blue eyes.
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  • Sexy. This beautiful matte deep red/purple shade is one of my favourites in this palette. It makes a simple smokey eye look so much more interesting and gives such a lovely depth to the look.
  • Serious. A matte black with fairly good pigmentation. I don’t find it as blendable as the others, but I do like it over black kohl liner.
  • Silly. The only glittery shadow, it’s a dark purple-brown shade with purple and gold glitter in. Although it isn’t a shade I would use often, it’s so well done. Despite the glitter it’s still incredibly soft and pigmented.
  • Sleek. A very very dark matte brown. A good alternative to black.
nude tude palette swatches
My favourite combinations are, sassy, snobby and seductive for a nice bronze eye and sophisticated, sexy and sleek for a different smokey eye for the evening.
The palette comes with a double ended shadow/liner brush.
nude tude the balm
I adore the packaging! So girly and pretty! The shade names are great fun too! Practicality is important though and it’s a sturdy casing with a magnetic closing with a good sized mirror in the lid.
One thing I would’ve like to have seen in this palette though is a lighter mid tone matte brown as I often find myself reaching for one to blend out my eyeshadow. If they included that this really would be the ultimate palette.
I definitely recommend it for anyone in the market for a great neutral palette. It’s a fabulous addition to my makeup, I love it!
Hugs, Lucy x
*My boyfriend brought this for me with his own money, all opinions are my own.

January 2014 Makeup Favourites

It’s a few days late (6 to be exact) but better late than never as they say!
I’ve been using these pretty much every day through January so they definitely step up to the mark!
becca rejuvenating primer
Becca Rejuvenating Primer is one of the best primers I’ve used. It just feels like a hydrating moisturizer, and my foundation literally glides on. You can pick it up here
estee lauder double wear
I’ve been using Estee Lauder’s Double Wear foundation for a few weeks now, and can I just say? I totally get the hype! Truly full coverage, bulletproof yet natural looking. Full review is in motion! I strongly recommend getting colour matched but if you know you shade, it’s available here
Gemma's Wedding 102
Another Becca product (and there’s another to come!) this time it’s the fine loose powder, it’s natural looking and feels like real silky skin. On the Becca website they say… “The initial, slightly matte finish will only last half an hour, by then the natural oils in the skin begin to surface and the powder will have a perfectly undetectable finish” I completely agree with this statement! You can get some shades for a absolute bargain £5.99 (rrp £30!!) here but I’d be quick, they’ve been selling out on shades super fast.
elf studio blusher
I rediscovered an old fave this month, you can see how much I love it by the amount of pan showing! ELF’s Studio blush in Tickled pink, it’s such a pretty shade for my skin tone (light) and has fantastic pigment. Available here they always have offers on so keep an eye out for those!
bobbi brown shimmer brick
I’ve recently done a review this one, Bobbi Brown’s shimmer brick which you can read here if you like. I’ve been using this as a highlight on my cheekbones. It’s lovely!
miss manga
L’oreal’s Miss Manga mascara is a favourite that has surprised me! I thought I was loving Benefit’s Bad Gal but when it came to choosing my favourites I realised I’ve been picking up Miss Manga every morning for the last two weeks! I want my favourites to be reflective of what I’ve actually used so well done L’oreal, you surprised me! Available here
becca line and define
Here’s the last Becca product! It’s the Line and Define eye pencil in Santorini which is a gorgeous royal blue one end and a flesh tone the other. The navy is much softer on the eyes than black. You can get it here for a bargain £3.99, I love this website!
the balm nude tude palette
Last but by no means least.. The Balm’s Nude ‘tude palette. I’m planning a full review and swatches so keep your eye out 🙂 I’ve used this pretty much everyday this month, so soft and so pigmented, it’s a definite winner! Available here
What have been your favourites for January?
Thanks for reading guys!
Lucy.x
*I brought all these products with my own money.

My Wish List

I thought I’d write a wish list of all the things I’m lusting after this month! It’s definitely helped my winter blues!
  Too-Faced-The-Chocolate-Bar-Eye-Palette-spring-2014
Too Faced’s new spring collection launches on Debenhams this month! No date yet but I’m itching to get my hands on this!
naked basics
I’ve been lusting after the basics palette for a while as I love a good range of neutrals to use for lots of different eye looks.
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My absolute favourite blush has hit pan now (ELF’s studio line Tickled Pink) so I’m going to try out one of The Balm’s blushes as I’ve heard lots of good things about them!
What are you lusting after this month?
I’ve been a little quiet this week, my posts went funny and I’ve had to re-upload my photos! Not fun and extremely time consuming! I’m hoping it was just a blip and it won’t happen again!
Lucy x
 

The Liebster Award!

liebster

Hi guys, I’ve been nominated by Rachel Williams for the Leibster Award! I love reading her posts when they pop up, and I’m sure lots of other will too!
I *shamefully* admit I’ve not heard about this before :/ But it sounds like a fab idea! I’m going to copy and paste what Rachel put about this award as she explains it well!
“It’s especially for blogs with a small number of followers and it helps you find more blogs you’d like to follow as well as having people check out your blog too. It’s like one big online friendship circle to put it in simple terms. It’s such a good idea but there’s some rules to go along with this:”
1. You must link back to the person who nominated you
2. You must answer the 11 questions given by the person who nominated you
3. You must nominate 11 of your favourite blogs and give them 11 of your own questions to answer
4. You can’t nominate back the person who nominated you … and finally …
5. Make sure you let the bloggers know you’ve nominated them by sending them a message!
1. What is your favourite make-up brand and why?
This is a difficult one! One of my favourite things to do is try out different makeup brands and their products! But I guess if I had to choose it would be The Balm, their packaging is just beautiful, the names are so imaginative and the eyeshadows are like butter!
2. What is your favourite TV show?
It has to be Hollyoaks, it’s been the one show I’ve always watched!
3. What is your most rated album of 2013?
Would it be awful to say I don’t have one in particular? :/ Sorry! A group I’ve really loved listening to this year however has been Boyce Avenue, they do acoustic covers and I love their sound.
4. Why did you decide to start a blog and what do you prefer to write about?
Because my friends were probably fed up listening to me babble on about makeup and beauty, I needed an outlet! I wanted to be able to share what I’ve learnt along the way. I love writing about new products I find and what I like/dislike about them.
Also it gives me an excuse as to why I can’t stop buying makeup, I’ve got to, so I can review it for my blog 😉
5. What is your favourite mascara?
Ahh I’m split between two! Benefit’s Bad Gal and L’Oreal’s Miss Manga! I love both as I love thick volumized lashes!
6. What are your most visited websites?
Bloglovin’, WordPress and Google for all my favourite blogs and Fragrance Direct and Feel Unique for buying more stuff!
7. What do you prefer running, cycling or walking?
Cycling! I don’t do it nearly enough!
8. Would you describe yourself more as outgoing or a bit shy and introverted?
Shy when you meet me, but ridiculously loud and out there when you know me!
9. Where is your favourite place to shop?
Boots and New Look.
10. Name your favourite place in the world.
My home, cheesy I know but it’s where I feel safe and I can just ‘be’
11. Where would you like to visit in the future and why?
Italy, I’ve always loved the food and culture there and I’d love to stay in an area away from the tourist hubs to really get a feel for the way of life over there.
These are my questions for you guys!
1. What is your ultimate foundation?
2. What is your favourite drugstore brand?
3. And favourite high end?
4. What is your top tip for keeping hair in good condition?
5. Describe your style?
6. How do you keep fit?
7. What do you mainly read blogs for?
8. Would you rather have a job you love and just enough money to live or a job you hate and be rich?
9. What are your hobbies?
10. What was the best book you read in 2013?
11. Finally, what is your best quality about yourself?
I would like to nominate… Amuleta Beauty Little Bit Soph Sarah Love Makeup Emily Burrows Izzie’s Beauty Blog Gretchen Foxx Joanna Loves Shes Looking at the Stars Cava with Daisy Little Beauty Buddha With Nails and I
I think this is a fabulous idea! Hope you guys enjoy 🙂
Hugs, Lucy x