Wednesday, 31 December 2014

2014 Makeup Favourites


2014 has almost come to an end and the New Year is less than 24 hours away, which for me is a very scary concept. This year has flown by unbelievably quickly and has on a whole been a really good year for me. As a round up for the year I thought I would share my top makeup products of 2014. I've picked six makeup products that I personally have loved throughout the year, the majority of them I've been using for the whole year and others are ones that I've discovered this year and have really stood out for me. 

1. MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter in 'Light Boost'
The thing I love most about this highlighter is that it's on a brush so it's easy to apply and gives just enough precision for highlighting those tricky places like the bridge of the nose. It's so lightweight and the shade is perfect for brightening up under the eyes.

2. Clinique Universal Primer
I've been using this primer for over a year now and for me its my go-to base. It preps the skin perfectly for foundation application and has just become an essential part of my makeup routine.

3. Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colour in 'Honeysuckle'
I got this lipstick all the way back in April and it was love at first sight, for me its a faultless lipstick. The colour is gorgeous and the formula is everything I would hope for. For me this is a big winner!

4. Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipsticks
These were my best drugstore find in 2014. They are without a doubt the best liquid lipsticks I have ever tried. 'Hot Pepper' has been my favourite red lip shade for months now. 

5. Clinique Chubby Cheek Stick in 01 'Amp'd Up Apple'
There are quite a few reasons why this blush stood out for me this year. Firstly, I love the convenience of it being on a stick and how easy it is to blend into the skin with just my fingers. Secondly, it is such a lovely soft rose shade which is extremely wearable and gentle looking on the skin. 

6. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation
Picking my favourite foundation for this year was so hard but I weighed them all up and decided Match Perfection won the spot. The reason I like this foundation so much is because it really doesnt cake the face and is so fresh feeling, I've re-purchased it the most and it's the one I would grab if I was running out the door. 

Hope you all have a lovely NYE whether your going out or staying in!

Faith x
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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Christmas Makeup/Beauty Gifts





Hey lovelies, Over the past couple of days I've really been enjoying everyones 'christmas present' posts and thought I would write my own sharing some of the makeup/beauty bits I received this year! 

MAC Palette

I have wanted a MAC eyeshadow palette for a ridiculously long time and this year my Mum and Dad got me one as part of my Christmas gift which I was so ecstatic about. I had mentioned seven of the shades that I really wanted which are as follows: Vanilla, Shroom, Naked Lunch, All That Glitters, Wood Winked, Satin Taupe and Cranberry. Some of the shades I have had before such as Naked Lunch which is one of my all time favourite MAC eyeshadows but the majority of them I haven't tried before so I'm excited to try different eye looks with them. I can't wait to fill the rest of the palette, I've already made a list of more shades I want to try! I'm definitely going to keep this palette neutral toned and hopefully in the future I will get another one for colour. I think this is such a lovely present to get so thank you parents!

The next three gifts were all from my sister who spoils me with beauty goodies each year, so thank you Holly you're such a babe!

Bobbi Brown Nectar & Nude Eye Palette

I really love Bobbi Brown, I think they are slowly becoming my number one high end makeup brand. All of their products are packaged so beautifully and they never fail to produce great quality products every time. This Nectar & Nude eye palette is a unbelievably beautiful and I am smitten with it. I haven't tried all of the shades yet as I've mainly been using my MAC palette but I've swatched them all and they all look so divine, the two shimmer shades in the centre are especially gorgeous! I'm looking forward to mixing some of the shades with the MAC eyeshadows. 

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in 'Apricot' 

This Shimmer Brick alike the palette is stunning. It has five different shades ranging from a deep apricot to a snow white shade. Mixed together they create a beautiful shimmery highlight on the skin.  

Tory Burch Perfume

I've been lovingTori Burch recently and without me even mentioning it I got this lovely perfume for Christmas. This perfume smells so similar to the Chloe perfume which I used to wear all the time, when I say similar its pretty much identical. The bottle is so gorgeous and I love the intricate design of the lid, its so different and beautiful. 

If you have any "What I got for Christmas" posts leave me the link, I'd love to read them!

Faith x
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Friday, 26 December 2014

REVIEW: MAC 'MORANGE' LIPSTICK




Hello lovelies,

I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying your Boxing Day! I was lucky enough to receive quite a few makeup products this Christmas that I will hopefully be reviewing in the New Year! 

I have once again got another MAC lipstick review, quel suprise. I got this lipstick around 2 weeks ago and I've become so addicted to wearing it. 'Morange' is a really popular shade from MAC and is a bright almost neon orange shade. Although it may appear to be a very attention seeking shade its very wearable and looks beautiful with a very natural face as it really makes a statement. The formula is really creamy as it is one of MAC's Amplified cream lipsticks and applies on the lips so softly. The pigmentation is absolutely incredible, one coat is more than enough for a perfect cover of colour. It lasts for around 4 hours and then gently fades and leaves a lovely wash of orange on the lips.  

This is going to be a perfect colour for Summer, which is a bit of a wait but I'll still get a lot of wear out of it until then. If you are looking for a gorgeous orange statement lipstick this ones for you!

Faith x
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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Review: Clinique Nutcracker Palette - Act I: Snowflake Suite





Christmas is nearly here and Clinique have released a gorgeous new festive collection, the Clinique Nutcracker Suite. This collection is a really different take on the festive season and consists of lots of pinks and purples instead of the classic christmas reds and golds. 

The Palette I have is the Nutcracker Act I - Snowflake Suite. Within the Palette is four eye shadows, one blush and two blush applicators. The compact itself is a great size, with a nice big mirror which I always feel is essential with a palette. The four eyeshadows are as follows: 

First up is a white as snow shade which has a very pretty shimmer to it, and is perfect for highlighting the inner corner of the eyes. The next shade is my favourite as it is unlike any eyeshadow I own. Its a very subtle glittery soft pink which really looks stunning on the eyes. The third shade is a lovely taupe shade that I will probably get the most use out of, as its really gorgeous both in the crease of the eye and as an all over wash of colour. Last but not least we have a charcoal black shade which alike the soft pink has tiny flecks of glitter in it, which can be used to create a very dramatic eye look. 

The blush included in the palette is called 'Plie Pink' and is a lovely bright pink that gives a beautiful flush of colour on the cheeks. 

I think the Clinique Nutcracker Palettes would make such a lovely gift for Christmas! The Palette also comes in the Nutcracker Act II which contains more purple toned shades. I really would love to get my hands on the Snowflake Dreams Blended Face Powder from the collection which is a highlight which sounds, and looks heavenly. 

What are your thoughts on the Clinique Nutcracker Suite Collection?

Clinique Nutcracker Palette - £35

Faith x
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Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Review: Collection Lasting Gel Colour Nail Varnish







I'm trying to get better at looking after my nails as I'm a recovering gel extension addict. If you have had gel extensions before you will know that they leave your nails weak and looking horrible when you get them removed. So, I thought I would buy some new polishes to coax me into looking after them more and quite simply making them look prettier.  I was drawn to the Collection Lasting Gel Colour Nail Varnishes as I love a gel formula and really liked the colours on offer. I tend to stick to either red or nude nails as they go with everything, so these two were obviously both winners in my books.

The formula of these nail varnishes are really lovely, I tend to lean towards nail varnishes with a gel formula as I feel they always seem to give the nicest finish. The wide brush is the best aspect of these varnishes as it makes it so easy to apply to the nail. With two coats it gives a solid colour and high shine, it leaves the nails looking like they have shellac on which is incredible for such a bargain price.

I picked up the shades 'Antique Rose' and 'Daredevil'. Antique Rose is a gorgeous dark nude pink which is absolutely perfect to paint on when your in a rush, and it goes with pretty much every outfit (I'm the kind of person that doesn't feel acceptable if my varnish and outfit clash, silly but I can't help it). Daredevil is a vampy red which is perfect for the winter season and looks really festive. The lasting power of these are quite good, seeing as I tend to pick at my nails a lot. They also dry really quickly which is a added bonus.

The Collection Lasting Gel Colour Nail Varnishes are £3.19

Faith x








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Monday, 1 December 2014

REVIEW: MAC BRICK LIP PENCIL





Ever since I purchased MAC's Ruby Woo lipstick I've been on the hunt for a liner that matched it perfectly. I did my research and found that the brick lip liner popped up a lot and so I decided to order it. MAC describes this shade as a intense golden red, its really versatile and can be used with various different shades of red. Thankfully it works so well with Ruby Woo and the two together create a gorgeous classic red pout.

Like all of MAC's liners its really nicely pigmented and it has a amazing lasting power which really ensures that the lipstick applied on top of it stays in place. Although the MAC lip liners are slightly pricey they are a lot longer than most other lip liners I own and I can tell this one will last me a very long time, which in turn gives great value for money. If your a red lipped lover and have not tried out Brick then I would definitely put it on the beauty wish list!

MAC Brick Lip Liner - £12.50

Faith x
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