Girl in the Black Hat

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

NYX HD CONCEALER REVIEW




I always seem to find really good beauty bargains on amazon and whilst recently browsing through the beauty section I came across this NYX concealer which I had heard really good things about so I thought I would try it out as it was only cheap and looked really nice. The NYX HD Concealer is one of NYX's best selling products and renowned for its great ability to brighten under the eyes, concealing dark circles and any red marks on the skin. I chose the shade CW10 yellow as yellow concealers can help to clear up colour issues by neutralising those pesky shades such as blues, purples and reds which is exactly what I need.

One of the main reasons I like this concealer is because it blends so seamlessly into the skin and doesn't cake up your face leaving it heavy. It has a medium coverage but is very build-able, I layer the concealer to gain slightly more and it still looks very fresh on the skin. The formula is very creamy and is lightweight and blend-able so it makes the concealing process just that little bit easier. It also works great as a highlighter as it has a great brightening aspect to it. This is currently my go to under the eye concealer and for such a bargain price i'm really happy with it.

 I purchased the NYX HD Concealer on amazon for £4.72 with free postage.

Faith x
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Review: Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks




Bourjois is one of my favourite high street makeup brands as they never seem to disappoint, so I was drawn to buying some new bits from them on a recent Superdrug trip. I've not really tried out many liquid lipsticks before so I was really intrigued by the Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks as its always nice to try out something different. The two colours from the range that really appealed to me were Frambourjoise and Hot Pepper, both of which are gorgeous bright shades. 

02 Frambourjoise
The reason I picked up Frambourjoise is because I tend to steer away from pink lipsticks as they don't always suit me but this shade is so pretty so I thought I would embrace the pink and try it out. What I love about this shade is that its pink without being too in your face, its quite a reddish pink and it makes the lips look really full and plump.

03 Hot Pepper
Hot Pepper is one of those shades you want to wear on a rainy day to brighten up your life. It's a beautiful red which really livens up any makeup look. I wore this one to uni the other day and got so many complements on the colour. I can see this one becoming my go to easy red lip.

I love the formula of these lipsticks, they apply so beautifully on the lips. I was slightly skeptical at first as when first applied they look quite glossy (as you can see in the swatch) but they dry completely matte which is just to my liking. The applicator is really easy to get along with and allows just the right amount of precision to ensure the lip looks perfect, which is a necessity as these things stain like a bitch (which in my opinion is a very good thing as long as you haven't smudged it on your face!) I apply two layers as I feel it gives just the right amount but even one layer would do as the colours are very strong. These things literally stay on for forever even after drinking one too many cups of coffee which makes me love them even more. I'm seriously tempted to try out the other colours in the collection possibly some of the more nude shades. 

I picked these up for £5 each on offer in Superdrug! So if your looking to try them I would definitely head there while the deal is still on!

Faith x
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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

MAC RUBY WOO LIPSTICK REVIEW






I've been lusting after this lipstick for what seems like forever. I have so many of MAC's nude lipsticks and I thought that instead of buying yet another nude I would branch into the world of the red lip. When looking at the different red offerings MAC has to offer I was drawn to Ruby Woo. Ruby Woo is one of those classic lipstick shades that is always associated with MAC. Now that my hair is slightly blonder I love wearing red on my lips, although red looks great with the majority of hair colours theres something about blonde hair and red lipstick that just looks so gorgeous together.

Ruby Woo has a retro matte formula which is definitely the most matte formula I have ever tried. A lot of people don't get along with MAC's matte formulas which is understandable as it has an extremely waxy formula and tends to dry out the lips quite a bit but personally I love them. Yes, there is the constant urge to lick your lips but as the formula is matte it means the lasting power of this lipstick really is incredible and the beautiful colour makes it worth it! I'm really happy I picked this shade up and it will be stable in my makeup routine for a very long while.

I'm thinking of picking up Russian Red when I'm next in MAC which is slightly less matte and also a little darker than Ruby Roo, which I think will look really gorgeous in the winter months. 

MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick - £15.50

Faith x
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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Brow Chat



I've finally got myself into a steady brow routine that is quick, easy and leaves me with brows that I can finally accept. I'm not one for the over-drawn look, been there, done that and I've got one too many dreadful photos to tell the tale. This combination of liner and gel just builds on the brows and doesn't leave them looking overly drawn in but gives full brows with a good amount of definition. 

Model Co More Brows - I've tried my fair share of brow gels and this has got to be one of the best out of all of them. Not only does this gel thicken the brows but it also shapes and moulds them perfectly into shape. This gel keeps them in place for so long ensuring that they don't have to be fixed or brushed throughout the day.

Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows in 02 Soft Brown - This has been a staple in my makeup bag for a while for many reasons. Firstly, its a perfect colour match for my brows, finding that colour match has been a trial and a half. My hair is a fair bit lighter than my brows so when it comes to drawing them in I like to find a shade close enough so that my eyebrows don't look overly dark or false. I like to gently use this to sharpen the lines of my brows to define them slightly more.

I'm probably gonna stick to this combo for a while as I love it so much, although I am very very tempted to try out Benefit's Gimme Brow and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz! If you have any other suggestions of amazing brow products let me know!

Faith x
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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

A Simple Skincare Routine





When reading this months Elle magazine I came across a article called 'The Skin Fast' which discussed whether a detox from too many beauty products could fix all your skincare woes. This idea has been playing on my mind for a long time now and has really influenced my skincare routine the past couple of months and so I thought I would share by journey of cutting down my excessive beauty regime. I went through a period of really bad skin towards the end of last year and the beginning of this year. I was so confused as to why my skin had suddenly broken out and was so dry and sore. I tried everything I could to try and fix the problem, I cut out dairy, I drank more water and I consistently cleansed and looked after my face. 

 It wasn't until I stop my over obsessive skincare routine that my skin returned to its normal state. I found it quite difficult cutting back on all of the face masks and oils and moisturisers because I used them so frequently and thought they were really helping my skin. I've not plastering my face with different lotions and face potions to try and improve it and my skin has been better than ever. I wouldn't say I've neglected my skin, I've just given it a much needed rest.

 My new routine is so simplistic and really saves me so much time, it goes as follows:

Clinique Take The Day Off - I've talked about this product so many times before and its without a doubt my HG skincare product. It's fragrance free and is so gentle on the skin yet removes makeup and cleanses so well. I recommend this to everyone, I'm 99.9% sure that I won't find a cleansing balm that will top it.

Elemis Re-hydrating Ginseng Toner - I could never cut a toner out of my routine, since discovering toner it is without a doubt one of the essential parts of my morning and evening beauty schedule. This Elemis toner is so lovely and has re-hydrating elements which is perfect for my dry skin.

Superdrug Naturally Radiant 2 in 1 Moisturiser and Serum - I change up my moisturisers every other week to ensure my skin doesn't get too used to them. This Superdrug one is surprisingly one of my favourites. I normally opt for a more luxurious moisturiser but after receiving this is a goodie bag I've been using it quite a bit. I love the idea that its both a moisturiser and serum combined so I get two steps over with one product. It has a gel formula and is so light on the skin so is perfect to apply just before makeup. 

Yes I enjoy the occasional face mask session and don't always keep it so minimal but don't we all? I would without a doubt recommend a skincare detox if you are having skin issues that won't seem to go away!

Faith x


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Monday, 11 August 2014

NARS DELPHES EYESHADOW TRIO





I always get overly excited when a new Nars product is added to my beauty collection, there's just something about the smooth, sleek packaging that makes me melt inside. The Delphes eyeshadow trio has been around for a while but I've never really heard too much about it. However, my sister gave it to me as part of my birthday present and I now absolutely adore it. This is my first Nars eyeshadow trio and I was intrigued as to whether it would be as amazing as their face products, the laguna bronzer and orgasm blush are my Nars favourites. The Trio itself is so compact and it has a mirror which makes it even more handy!  If you explained this palette to me without me seeing it I would without a doubt be puzzled by the weird colour combo, but they actually work really nicely together. The three shades are as follows:

Sparkling Sheer Peach - Firstly we have this lovely sparkly pinky peach shade which is so pretty. It's not as pigmented as the other shades but works really nicely when used as a highlight. The only downfall with this one is that it does contain some large bits of glitter which ultimately lead to fall out. You have to place a tissue under your eyes when applying to avoid your entire face looking like a disco ball. 

Matte Dove Grey - This cool dove grey shade is probably the shade I will use the most out of the three, its really buildable and perfect for creating a smoky eye. Like the peachy pink shade it has glitter in it but its very subtle and leaves more of a frosted finish. On first application its quite sheer but it can be built up to a strong, bold grey.

Frosted Sage - Out of the three I've probably worn this shade the least as I'm not a 'green' kinda person but the consistency and colour payoff of this shade when built up is great. It has a metallic finish and really makes my brown eyes pop.

They all stay on the lids for a substantial amount of time, around 6-7 hours. I was really impressed how well these shadows blended into the skin, they appear to have an almost creamy finish. I would definitely say that the eye-shadows aren't as amazing as Nars face products but they're still really nice. If you love cool toned eye shadows that are a bit different then this is a perfect option out of the NARS Trios.

Faith x

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

July Favourites





So I haven't blogged in a very long time and writing this feels extremely strange. There wasn't one specific reason I stopped blogging, it was just a mixture of being busy and feeling uninspired. I'm going to try and get back into blogging a couple of times a week because I really do love it and I miss how committed I was to my little blog. I thought the best way to get back into it was with one of my favourite posts to write which are monthly faves. This month has been great, I celebrated my 19th birthday and went to Greece for a girls holiday so most of my July faves are holiday/summer related.

MAC Pearl Frost Cream Colour base £15.50 - Highlighting is my favourite makeup routine during the summer. I love the high shine this highlighter gives and on a tan it shows up so well. I've stuck to fresh dewy skin this Summer and this highlighter has been a main part of my makeup routine. Another thing I love about this highlighter is that a little goes a long way, you only need the tiniest amount!

Clinique Repairwear Intensive Lip Treatment £24.00 - I'm so sad I've nearly finished this lip balm, it's by far the best high end lip balm I've tried. I smother my lips in this stuff every night and wake up to the softest lips I've ever had. The moisture lasts throughout most of the day so I hardly ever have to top it up. It's the perfect base for lipstick as well! The only downside is the very high price tag which is quite hard to justify but it has lasted me quite a long time.
 
ASOS Sunglasses £10.00 - These things have been with me everyday this month and I can't seem to peel them off of my face. On holiday I hate wearing makeup during the day especially when its so hot and melts off of your face so these were great to put on and cover up my sleep deprived and hungover eyes. They're such a nice shape and I will probably keep wearing them until they break!

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray £21.00 - This bottle of freshness was my holiday savior! I get extremely hot when I'm out in the sun and my skin often feels tight and dry on my face from sun exposure. Spraying this on my face would make me feel so much better, refreshing my skin and making me look like I have dewy, healthy skin.  With the warm weather London has been having I'm sure I'll make my way through this bottle by the end of the Summer. 

SONY White Headphones £10.99 - A bit of a odd July fave but I brought these beauties on Amazon earlier in the month after breaking multiple pairs of cheap earphones. I didn't want to spend a fortune on headphones so when I came across these on amazon for £10.99 I thought I would give them a go. They are by far the best headphones I've owned and make everything sound so much better. If your looking for a new pair I would without a doubt check out these ones.

I hope you've all had a lovely July!

Faith x


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