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

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


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

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


Friday, 2 May 2014

REVIEW: Revlon Photo Ready Foundation




I am extremely picky when it comes to foundation. I ideally like a foundation that isn't too heavy but leaves me looking flawless and glowing. I'm on a continuous hunt for the perfect foundation so I'm always trying out new ones. I've been using Revlons Photoready foundation for around a month and a half now so I think it's finally time to share my thoughts. The last Revlon foundation I used was around four years ago and because I didn't like it very much so I never really tried out any of their other foundations. However, I had read that this foundation was very similar to Makeup Forever’s HD foundation which I really wanted but couldn't bare the price tag so obviously on one of my many boots trips I picked it up. I've actually been wanting to try the Photoready range for quite a while as I'm a sucker for anything that suggests that I'll look picture perfect. The actual packaging is really mini and I'm not the biggest fan of the bottle but it's what's on the inside that counts right?

So let's get down to the nitty gritty.
The finish it definitely satin, and the product does have very tiny sparkles in it that make your face look me it's naturally glowing but does leave the skin looking rather sparkley and Edward Cullen esque in certain light. However, I think this is one of the reasons that it photographs so well.This foundation contains photochromatic pigments that apparently bend and reflect light to help erase every flaw. Obviously it doesn't remove every flaw but it does give a considerable amount of coverage. I was expecting a much heavier coverage but I think if it did give more coverage it would be really heavy on the face. I picked up the shade 004 Nude and its just slightly darker than my skin tone and blends really nicely into the skin. I think its a really good colour match as I like to be close to my skin tone but always the tiniest bit darker.

Overall I really like this foundation, it's perfect for special occasions and for when you really want a full face of makeup. I won't be wearing this everyday but I will be reaching this on many occasions, particularly on a night out!

Are you a fan of Revlon foundations? Let me know if you have any suggestions of any good ones!

Faith x

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

April Favourites





April has been such a lovely month, the weathers mostly been great and I've seen loads of my family which is always nice. On the blog front I've been pretty naughty and haven't posted much this month which has been a mixture of me being busy and being super lazy but I'm kicking my butt back into action so hopefully the posts will keep rolling out!

Beauty wise this month I've been loving quite a few products but I've narrowed it down to three that have particularly shone for me. First of all there's the Tom Ford cream colour for eyes in the shade 02 Guilt. Guilt is a gorgeous light shimmery gold which is so effortlessly easy to apply. I've been loving just wearing this with some mascara during the day as it really looks so pretty. I've also been loving the MAC Prep + Prime transparent finishing powder, as I have quite dull, dry skin I always stick to using a very fine powder that wont cake my skin and accentuate any dry patches. This powder works so well for me so I definitely think I'll be repurchasing this once it runs out! The last of the three is my beloved MAC Soft + Gentle Skin Mineralize finish, this is really an all time favourite but I can say that I've worn it everyday this month so I thought I would squeeze it in.  I've also been using it as a eyeshadow and to illuminate by brow bone which I don't normally do but it looks really good.

My favorite fashion piece of the month would have to be my new Dorothy Perkins Orange heels. Now I'm mainly a monochrome girl but one colour I also allow in my wardrobe would have to be orange. I'm so in love with these shoes, they're so comfy and are the perfect height! I also think they were quite a bargin, I brought them instore for £25 but they're now online for £22.50, which I personally feel is a really great price.

Book wise I started reading the vampire academy books this month and I've got to say I think they're great. I hate to admit it but I love fantasy books with a love story, I can't help it they're just so easy to read and become immersed in. I've read all six books in the series this month, so I've got through them pretty quickly! If you know of any other good books/series to read let me know cause I need to start a new one soon!

Hope you've had a lovely April!

Faith x

Monday, 28 April 2014

REVIEW: MAC Lipstick in 'Angel'






Angel is a soft cool toned light pink which is perfect for a quick wash of pink on the lips. The coverage is certainly buildable and you can develop a great nude pink colour. This is the first frost finish lipstick I've purachased from MAC, I found it lasted for around three hours which isn't great but I didn't expect it to last for hours on end. It's not exactly moisturising but it doesn't dry out the lips to much either. I do however like to apply lip balm afterwards just because I like my lips to look and feel soft and smooth. Out of all of the formulas I've tried I definitely prefer the other MAC finishes more, I think its because its slightly pearlised which I'm not a huge fan of. I'm a bit on the edge whether I like this lipstick or not. I don't think it suits me extremely well but sometimes it can look so beautiful on. However, it is a really pretty lipstick so if you like nude/light pink lipsticks and don't mind pearl finishes then I would go check out Angel!

Faith x