Monday, 1 September 2014

August Favourites

August has been quite a good month for finding new products I like or rediscovering new ones. There's a mix of makeup, brushes and a DVD thrown in. I've recently written a post about The Perfect Base where I talked about a few of my perfect base products. I was going to include all those products in my favourites but seeing as I've already done quite a detailed review of it I just included The Body Shop's Instablur which I have worn everyday in August and I can't fault.

I discovered Revlon Lash Potion mascara when I realised I didn't have any waterproof mascaras at all and after browsing the aisles of Boots I found this one, I really like the packaging, it's simple but I love the colours, I admit I'm one of those people that the packaging can either put me off buying a product or entice me in and this mascara was the latter. I tend to wear this one over a non waterproof mascara to keep it on longer. I do find that because this is waterproof it takes quite a while to remove but it does keep my mascara on for longer without it flaking off.

A rediscovery this month has been Maybelline Brow Drama, I gave up on this one a couple of months ago because me and the brush just didn't get on, it has a large round bit at the top and then it's thinner below but after having brows that wouldn't stay in place I decided to give it a go again and fell in love, it works well on its own to keep brows natural or with another brow product.

Two brushes that I've been reaching for most days have been Real Techniques Brow Brush and Deluxe Crease Brush. As the name says the Brow Brush is used for my brows with an eyeshadow, I'm using Soap and Glory Lid Stuff in Mudhoney and then use Maybelline Brow Drama to keep them in place. I use the Deluxe Crease Brush with concealer, specifically this month has been Mac Pro Longwear Concealer, this brush is the perfect size to blend in a small amount.

 Included in a No7 set that my mum kindly gave me for my birthday was the No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colour in Duck Egg Blue. I've been wearing this colour none stop this month, I'm not usually fond of blue nail varnish but this is a perfect colour, I've been loving pastel colours this summer and it's a great addition to my rather large nail varnish collection. Another birthday present but this time to myself was a Mac lipstick in Peach Blossom, I love this colour, the texture is perfect (I now want many more Mac lipsticks) and it's my perfect nude with a subtle pink tone.

You may know that I am an eyeliner lover and I got the Eyeko felt tip liner free with a magazine a couple of months ago, this has been a firm favourite since I got it, it's so easy to use either having a thin line or by making it thicker, it also lasts for ages which is a must and doesn't smudge. I can't believe I got this free as it's an amazing eyeliner, I will repurchase this when it runs out because I reach for it everyday and it will be missed when it's gone.

My final favourite of the month has been Divergent, I read the books earlier this month and couldn't put any of them down and then the film came out soon after I'd finished the books so as soon as this was delivered through the door (yes I pre-ordered it) it was watched.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Get the GLOW

When I first heard that Topshop had a makeup range I didn't imagine that it would be very good, however after trying a few of their products I take it all back. They have a great range of lipsticks, eyeliners and blushes just to name a few and I'm always looking to try new products from their range. My friend introduced me to Glow which is a lovely cream highlighter. I'd been looking for a highlighter on the highstreet for a while and I couldn't find anything that caught my eye in the likes of Boots and Superdrug so when she showed me this I was sold.

I got the shade Polished and it's amazing for highlighting cheekbones as well as under my brows and the inner corners of my eyes. It's not a product I use everyday but for when I want that extra something it's ideal. It blends in like a dream and gives a subtle glow. Polished has a slight pink/peach hint but I think this makes it look quite natural.

You can get other shades of Glow on the Topshop website here

Friday, 29 August 2014

Brows on a Budget

I already have quite thick brows but I like to add a bit of extra definition and keep them in place using these two products that are widely available and quite cheap too.

First up is the Soap and Glory Archery Brow Tint and Precision Shaping Pencil in Brownie Points. I like to use the pencil side and even though this is slightly too light for me as I have really dark brows it doesn't matter as it still gives that bit of colour where my brows are sparser. I'm not too keen on the brow tint but I know that some people prefer it, sometimes if I've over plucked my brows I'll use both of these.

Next for keeping my brows in shape I'll use the Maybelline Brow Drama in Dark Brown. When I first bought this and opened it I was surprised at the shape of the brush and wondered how I was supposed to use it but it's not difficult, I wipe the brush on the top of the tube to get the excess off and then lightly sweep it over my brows and they tend to stay in shape all day.

Have you tried either of these products? What do you use on your brows?

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Delicious Brownies

I've been making these brownies for years and after family and friends telling me these are the best browines they've had I thought I should share my recipe.

You will need:
90g Dark chocolate (milk chocolate doesn't work as well with this recipe)
140g Butter
125g Plain Flour
15g Cocoa Powder
160g Soft Light Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 tsp baking powder

  • First heat your oven to 180 degrees C/Gas 4 and line a small baking tin (aim for something similar to 20cm/15cm that is a couple of cm deep) 
  • Melt your chocolate and butter in a heatproof dish over a pan of simmering water. Meanwhile mix your eggs and sugar in another bowl.
  • Once the chocolate and butter has melted pour it into the sugar/egg mix. 
  • Next measure in the baking powder, cocoa powder and flour (I tend to do these separately and then mix in well after each one so you know it's all stirred in)
  • Once all the dry ingredients are mixed in pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 20-25 mins. Allow to cool and then cut into squares. 

These are cute if you cut them quite small if you were having a party or meal and serve with other mini desserts or you can have them all to yourself, whichever way you chose I won't judge!

Monday, 25 August 2014

Seeing Double

I've been a fan of Soap and Glory's Thick and Fast Super Volume Mascara (the black one) for a good few months and when I went back to repurchasing I decided to try a different type so I got the Flash-Extensions Effect Mascara (the silver one) to see if it was any better, I think I can say that it's not. I prefer the formula of Super Volume, it's a bit thicker and the brush is huge which I love.

The Flash-Extensions mascara is quite thin and watery which makes my lashes stick together. I'm trying to see if this will slightly dry up and go thicker but it's been open for over a month now and it's still too thin for my liking, this makes my lashes go clumpy every time I use it. I've even tried it with other mascaras both before and after and my lashes always stick together. This could be because my lashes are quite short so this may be a great mascara for someone who has longer lashes but it's just not the one for me.

When I've used up a few of my mascaras I've got at the moment I will definitely be buying another Thick and Fast Super Volume Mascara, it makes my lashes look thick and long with only two coats and lasts all day. I'm yet to find a mascara as good as this one.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

The Perfect Base

I decided to try Instablur from The Body Shop and I haven't looked back since, I prefer this over the Porefessional and it's less than half the price. This primer gives a smooth base to put my foundation on, keeps my face from getting too oily which in turn keeps my makeup on longer. I can't imagine finding another primer that will do a better job.

After primer I put concealer on, I decided on Mac Pro Longwear Concealer when I was having a bad skin day and it is the perfect shade for me (NW20) and has a really heavy coverage which is perfect for spots and other blemishes. I like to dab this on with a small brush and because it's hard to get a very small amount of this out, the concealer's only problem, I mix whatever is left on the back of my hand in with my foundation.

My makeup drawer is full of different foundations after the search for 'the one' and I feel I've come pretty close in Benefit's Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow, it provides the perfect amount of coverage, that brightens my face up. I use the shade "I'm so money" Honey and even though I try to use my other foundations I always end up reaching for this one.

I get quite oily skin so I always powder my t-zone and sometimes the rest of my face depending on what I'm doing. I'm not too fussy with powders, if it keeps the shine at bay for a good few hours then it's a winner in my books. I usually go for a translucent powder such as One Heck of a Blot from Soap and Glory but Mac Studio Fix (NW20) adds an extra bit of coverage when needed and really keeps my face from looking shiny, I can do a 7 hour shift at work when I'm on my feet all day and only have a little shine that I can pass off for dewy skin.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Healthy Skin in Two Tubes

My skin had been having a bad time; spots arising and a mixture of an oily t-zone and dry skin on my cheeks and parts of my forehead. I began to search the beauty blogs in search of something to improve my skin and I stumbled upon La Roche-Posay Effaclar range. First the Effaclar Duo which is great with spots, as soon as I see one coming I rub a little of this on it and it tends to go away a lot quicker than usual and not be as bad either. I've been using this for a few months now and I'm loving it, the best thing is that you only need the smallest amount on and it soaks in quite quickly so you could put it on before you put your makeup on.

Next is the Effaclar H which is a moisturiser, on the back it says 'Oily skin weakened by over-drying treatments' I'm not sure that I've used too many over-drying treatments but I thought this would be perfect for my dry skin but seeing as it's for oily skin I thought it would be good for all over my face. Boy I was right, when I don't use this moisturiser my skin just doesn't feel the same. I still have slightly dry skin on my cheeks but it's much less obvious.

My skin at the moment is really good, the odd spot or two but much less than I used to get as well as nice healthy looking skin that isn't perfect but can be controlled now I have these two.