NARS: My ride or die brand.

Hey my loves!

Today I want to share with you a few products from my ride ’till I die brand, NARS. I’ve been using NARS for around 5 years now, and honestly it’s been a game changer. I don’t think I could live without these products.

So here are the top 3 (well, there are 4 but I’m still waiting for one product to be shipped!) products I repurchase endlessly.

Starting off with the NARS light reflecting loose setting powder. This powder is finely milled and is translucent. It mattes the skin out for a flawless base. I could not be without this powder! I use it to bake my under eye area so my concealer doesn’t crease and set my t-zone area. I also use it to bake my nose (because it gets extremely oily) and it just works a charm! I wear this on days I have a full face of make up and even on days I’m wearing minimum/no make up just to take the shine away from my face. This retails at a price of £28.

The second product from my ride ’till I die brand is the NARS sheer glow foundation. This foundation has the perfect medium to full coverage, without making you look cakey. Although I have oily skin, this foundation sits better on my skin than the sheer matte foundation. My shade is Barcelona. I’ve been using this foundation for years, it’s one of my all time faves! I also use this foundation to spot conceal on the days I wear tinted moisturiser. It blends our perfectly and doesn’t oxidise on the skin. It keeps oils at bay and leaves your face with a fresh and healthy glow. This foundation retails at a price of £32.

Next is the NARS radiant creamy concealer. This, ladies and gents, is the best possible concealer known to man. I’ve been using this since the age of 17 and now I can’t be without it. It’s seen me through my worst days! It covers dark circles perfectly, whilst leaving a flawless finish with no creases under the eyes. There’s no need to colour correct with this product because it does it all for you. It’s also a great product for highlighting the skin. My shade is ginger. The concealer retails at a price of £24.

Last but not least, I haven’t included this in the image because I’ve run out of it, but the NARS Laguna bronzer is also one of my faves. It compliments my skin tone perfectly and leaves a natural glow. Great for contouring, bronzing and sweeping over the eyelids during summer, this universal bronzer is a must have. It retails at a price of £29.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to comment below on what your ride or die make up brand is! 💕

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Haulin’: Topshop and Nyx.

Hey my loves!

Today I want to share with you some make up I recently purchased at TK Maxx. Some things were a real steal, others I’m not too happy about pigmentation wise. But before I go off on a tangent, let’s get started!

Here are the products are picked up. A handful of goodies from Topshop’s make up line and one thing from Nyx. If anyone doesn’t know, TK Maxx sell great branded things cheaper, including make up!

The first thing I want to review is the smoke stick by Topshop in the shade Glory. I have to say, this product wow’ed me. It’s so creamy and applies like a dream. It’s meant to be an eyeshadow stick but I use it as highlighter on my nose, cupids bow, under my brows and inner corners of my eyes. It’s so pigmented, words can’t explain how good this product is. It’s totally worth having in your make up kit.

The next product is the Topshop lip liner in the shade Ceramic. The formula is so creamy and hydrating, you could get away with wearing it as a lipstick without drying your lips out. The colour is a perfect warm peachy nude colour. Defo a new fave of mine.

Thirdly, is the Topshop matte lip bullet in the shade Duvet Day. I love the texture of this product but the colour seems to be too light for my skin tone. It looked like a nice nude in the packaging but once I swatched it, it was like I was wearing concealer on my lips (not a good look!) I would probably repurchase this, but in a different colour.

Last but not least is the Nyx eyeshadow palette, Love in Paris. I have to say, usually I’m a fan of Nyx, but this eyeshadow palette was so disappointing. It isn’t pigmented and the texture is so chalky and thin. The colours looked appealing in the palette, but once I applied them to my eyelids, there was no colour pay off, especially with the matte shades.

I hope you enjoyed this review. Don’t forget to like and comment below on your fave beauty steals. 💕

Bobbi Brown eyeshadow quad.

Hey my loves.

I was recently gifted a few make up products as part of graduating university. One thing I received was the Bobbi Brown eyeshadow quad. I’ve never really bought much from Bobbi Brown, just because I feel like it is too expensive for myself. Maybe one day when I have my career in check! But anyway, I wanted to review this little beauty for you.

I can’t actually find this on the Bobbi Brown website, so I’m guessing this was part of a collection.

I don’t usually go for pink tones, but I was gifted it and thought I’d try it out just to step out of my comfort zone.

Here are some swatches:

The white and brown shades are matte, I found them to be very chalky and clumpy. There is a shimmery pink shade and a satin pink shade. I wasn’t too keen on the matte shades, the texture didn’t feel nice on the skin. The two pink shades had a better formula.

I use the white shade to sweep all over my lid, to help blend out other eyeshadows I apply on top. I use the brown shade as eyeliner and the shimmery pink and satin pink shade as a normal eyeshadow.

The eyeshadows are really pigmented. They do leave fallout though, so it’s best to start with eyes before your base when using this palette.

The one thing I love about this product is the packaging. O M G, it’s so classy and sophisticated. I like it more than the Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow quad packaging!

I’m not sure how much this palette retails at. I’m not exactly woo’ed by the contents of the palette, but I am woo’ed by the packaging.

Would I repurchase? Maybe, but not this exact palette. I would definitely choose warmer colours to compliment my olive complexion. I would be sure to try before I buy too, as the matte shades in this palette felt chalky.

Charlotte Tilbury – Dolce Vita eyeshadow review.

Hey guys!

I recently bought my first Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow quad a few weeks ago, I’ve been dying to get this for ages but I couldn’t justify spending £39 on an eyeshadow quad! But I committed the sin and bought the Dolce Vita palette.

That’s the palette without flash and with flash.

I’ve totally fallen in love with this palette. I hate using these words because it’s so cliche, but the eyeshadows are so… BUTTERY AND CREAMY! They glide on like a dream and blend out so well. The eyeshadows are so pigmented and can be used with brushes or fingers. It’s suggested that the copper shimmery shade is applied with the finger for best colour pay off.

The packaging is so glam and chic. It’s elegant, feminine and seductive. It comes with a mirror in the compact.

Here are some swatches without flash and with flash:

Totally worth the money in my opinion. A little goes a long way. I want to purchase Vintage Vamp next, that palette woo’ed me too!

I hope you enjoyed this review. Comment below on what your fave Charlotte Tilbury products are. 💕

Huda Beauty Liquid Lipsticks.

Hey my darlings!

Today I want to share with you a couple of liquid lipsticks I’ve been loving. I’ve wanted them for so long but have held back due to not being able to swatch the products and test them out. I was in London a couple of weeks ago and got the chance to swatch and snatch them from Harrods! They’re the Huda Beauty liquid lipsticks.

These retail at a price of £18.00. I picked up the shades ‘Girlfriend’ and ‘Trendsetter’.

Here are some swatches:

Girlfriend is on the left, and Trendsetter on the right. Girlfriend is a great everyday nude shade. It can be worn with a simple eye look or a bold eye look. Trendsetter has an orangey/brown undertone. It reminds me of MAC spice lipliner and Taupe lipstick. This is great paired with a gold/copper shimmery eye look.

The consistency is liquid, but when it dries it is a matte finish. It’s long wearing, the only downfall is, it can crumble on the lips. I have worn this a few times to work, and by the end of a long shift, it has turned all crumbly. I’m not sure why that is.

Other than than that, this product is highly pigmented and good value for money with the amount of product you get. Be careful not to drop the container though because it will shatter!

Xx

Drugstore dupe for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer?!?!

Hey my loves.

Today I want to share with you a drugstore dupe for the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer. I think I’m a bit late finding this out, but better late than never, eh?

The dupe is the Nyx HD Concealer.

This retails at a price of £6 and is widely available from Nyx.co.uk, Boots, Asos, Selfridges and Feelunique.

This concealer has a similar consistency to the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, which retails at a price of £23.

Here are some swatches:

With flash:

Without flash:

I picked up the shade 04 beige. The shade is similar to ‘Custard’ from Nars. My shade in the Nars concealer is ‘Ginger,’ so I was worried the Nyx concealer would be too light for my skin tone. I looked at shades 05 and 06 and realised they had pink undertones. By the time I got to shade 07, I was hitting the deeper skin tones. So I thought I’d give 04 a whirl. I’ve made this shade work, by the time it’s blended into my tinted moisturiser and I have bronzer on, it looks amazing. Sometimes I’ll add a touch of bronzer under my eyes just to warm it up if I feel like I’ve applied too much concealer, just to get rid of the light cast under my eyes. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good, highlighted under eye area, but I get paranoid that it looks too light with this concealer! You can also colour correct before applying this concealer, which helps warm up the concealer.

I can definitely say this is an extremely high coverage concealer. A little goes a long way. I’ve noticed that if you slap a whole load of this concealer under your eye area, it will look cakey and will settle into fine lines.

It has a doe foot applicator, which makes life so much more easier!

The packaging is my fave, the glass bottle makes it feel more up market and classy.

Would I repurchase it? Maybe, I’m still 50/50 about it.

So yeah, here’s the dupe! Super affordable, great coverage and can be used to highlight areas of the face. There isn’t a wide shade range to choose from, so many people might not be lucky enough to find their shade.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Comment below on what your fave concealers are. 💕

Internships.

Hey my darlings!

I know I’ve been gone for a while again, but I’ve been busy with life. 😭

I had my graduation yesterday, I have been working and am currently doing two internships.

So today’s blog post is going to be short and snappy. I want to share with you guys a fabulous article I’ve produced for Asian World News! I was so chuffed when I received it today. It makes me certain that magazine editing is something I want to go into. I’ve wanted to go into editing for quite some years now. It’s just hoping somebody gives me a chance! 

I’ll be blogging about my graduation near the end of the week, with images. I can’t believe it’s all over! I’m a graduate and am so happy with the grade I have received. I’m going to miss uni 😭

I hope you enjoy this article!

Thanks for the support. 💕