Sunday, 18 October 2015

A New Favourite - MAC Uninterrupted

I'm not a big smokey eye gal - I mean, I like them, don't get me wrong. I just ain't got time for that, I'm more of a winged liner and mascara gal, and that's on a good day. I much prefer a sweep of easy colour, and a load of eyeliner and mascara, and this new addition to my collection is an actual dreamboat.

I know Lily Melrose has been using this for a long time, and I always loved it on her. I happened to be at a MAC counter a couple of months ago with some money to burn* and decided then and there that this had to be mine. Lily wrote a post about her Heroin Chic eyes using this shadow, which is pretty accurate, and very 90's, and very cool. It compliments all eye colours, including brown, and just adds a nice amount of grungy depth underneath a bit of liner and loads of mascara.

What do you guys think? Something you'd like to try? What's your 'go-to' one wash wonder?

* Read: I just paid my credit card off. Did not have actual money. I wish.

Monday, 12 October 2015

An Ode To The Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

If I haven't mentioned it before, I'm mentioning it now. This is hands down, my favourite foundation of all time.

I definitely have gone through my phases of 'loved' foundations (Too Faced's 'Born This Way' is a recent new love of mine FYI) but never has a foundation matched the greatness that is Laura Mercier's Silk Creme Foundation. Nothing has even come close, and this has been one of the only foundations I have actually ever re-purchased (in fact, I think the only other foundation I have re-purchased is the Loreal True Match, yikes). When I find something I love, I love it.

I was a little sad when I heard it was being re-formulated - there's always that fear that the new formula won't be as amazing as the original, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The formula is slightly thinner - the old formula was like a thick paste almost, but somehow smoothed onto the skin like velvet, not heavy or cake-y at all. When I first felt the new consistency, I was worried the coverage would be lost but it remains just as lovely and smooth as ever, full coverage but with a slightly more satin finish than the old formula. I quite like this, as most days I will definitely go for a dewy finish over a matte finish and this new hydrating formula gives me just that.

I can't put my finger on exactly what it is about this foundation that I love so much, it just somehow checks all the boxes. It's full coverage, but it never feels heavy or looks cake-y. It covers everything, and you only need a small amount of product. It leaves a beautiful finish that can virtually be transformed into a dewy finish, or a matte if you would prefer.
The only thing I have left to test is the longevity of the new formula. The old formula would stay on my face morning till night, and I used to have normal (sometimes on the oily side) skin. This new hydrating formula has been a godsend in the winter months when my skin has been abnormally dry, but it will be interesting to test it in the coming warmer months.

I'm not sure if I will ever find a foundation I will love more - big call? Maybe. Have you guys tried it? If so, what are your thoughts? Have you tried a foundation that you think is - dare I say it - better? Let me know your thoughts!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

New Linen

You guys probably don't know this, but I have a thing for bedding. I don't know how it started, or why, but I've collectively spent more on bed linen in the past ten years than makeup and shoes combined. Alarming, I know.

This boring obsession of mine has possibly reached it's peak when I finally invested in a real linen quilt cover. Like, the proper cotton linen. In a grey blue colour. On sale. The stuff dreams are made of. Unbelievable.

Adairs had a pretty good sale on recently, and when I first saw this quilt cover, I knew I had to get it. I have been searching for linen sheets for a loooong time, all those Pinterest and Instagram photos of comfy, cozy beds finally getting to me. I regret nothing, I love them so much I don't want to take them off my bed - ever. 

I really should have taken these images on the morning after - because that's when they are the most magical. Look at that - messy, wrinkled, homey. The way bedding should be. Basically, I never want to get out of bed, especially since the mornings have been so cold recently!

This is absolutely not at all beauty related, but I'm so in love I had to share with you lovelies. Anyone else love a good sheet set? Anyone?

Just me? That's okay. If you need me, I'll be the lump in the middle of the bed, like a big, toasty cinnamon bun.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

June Favourites

Wowww, June has come and gone, I can't believe it! I'm officially longing for warm, long summer days as I sit here with freezing toes and three jumpers on, looking outside into the dark miserably, and wondering how it can possibly be dark at five in the afternoon (I never seem to get used to the short days in winter...?). With this month comes with a few of my usual winter favourites - dewy skin with dark features!

When it comes to winter skin, I want radiance and dewyness to counteract my horrible, dull winter skin. If I'm going to be pale and colourless, I'm at least going to make it look amazing and fresh! I always, always reach for my Laura Mercier Radiance Primer, summer or winter, but especially in winter. There is no shimmer, but a ton of GLOW, and that's exactly what I want! This month I have been pairing it with my new favourite - the newly released, newly reformulated Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation, now the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Photo Edition Foundation. Of course I had to get my hands on this when it came out - the original is my HG of foundations, and this new improved formula is even better. More hydrating, and therefore more of a dewy finish. Perfection.

Going back to an old favourite, I've been adding colour back in my face using the NARS Bronzing Powder in Laguna, as it is the perfect tone for my fairer complexion. Just enough to rediscover my missing cheekbones, and add a bit of colour around the hairline. I've never been good at contouring - I'll leave that to the pro's.

I've mentioned the Stila Eyes Are The Window palettes a few times on this blog - I own three, that's how much I love them. This month I've been using the Eyes Are The Window in Spirit quite a lot, in particular that burgundy colour in the top right corner. I pair it with the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Brown Perfection - this acts as a great base (it's super long lasting) and it gives the burgundy colour a bit more depth. I've been bringing both of these colours much lower down on the lash line as well, in an attempt to do that cool, grungy smokey eye. I haven't succeeded in walking out the door like that yet, but baby steps.

To finish off, one of my all time favourite lip products - the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick. Pictured are Aria (the deep, berry colour) and Bellissima (a very nude, peachy colour). I love these lipsticks for their longevity - they literally Stay All Day. I ate spaghetti at lunch and still didn't need to reapply. You can drink and not leave a mark on the glass, it's amazing. The colours are so pigmented too, and my favourite thing about them is that even if you have dry lips, you can still wear these and no one will know. They are slightly drying, as any matte lipstick is, but when you apply it, it seems to cover any dryness, and almost camouflage it. Great for my poor dry, winter lips!

I thought I should give an honourable mention to Yen magazine too. It's a magazine I've read for years, as I love that they cover art, fashion, music and entertainment that appeals to me, and some really great and interesting articles to read too. I've gone a bit off magazine buying the past year as I seem to have trouble sitting down and reading one (I still have a pile I'm waiting to get through), but when I saw this cover I had to give in. For anyone who used to love Frankie magazine (back when it was actually good, sad face) you might enjoy Yen. It's a bit more grown up, but it's still fun and pretty to look at!

What have you been enjoying this month? Anyone in the Northern Hemisphere, please do not tease me with your warm weather stories. I miss summer!