April Favourites!

Check out my list of beauty favourites for the month of April!

April

Becca Skin Perfecting Highlight in Opal

This is massive in the beauty world, and I finally managed to get my hands on it this month. Becca is sold in Space NK stores and on various internet sites, however the shade Opal is forever sold out. Cult beauty (www.cultbeauty.co.uk) became my hero this month when I realised it was in stock. It is a little pricey at £30, but I’m sure this will last forever, as it is the most pigmented highlighter I have ever used. This does mean you need to be cautious in application though, if you want to avoid looking like a disco ball! It gives a beautiful warm golden glow to the face when applied to the top of cheekbones. The perfect product for the coming summer months.

Rimmel Long lasting perfection nude foundation in Soft beige

I wanted to find a new affordable foundation that provided long lasting coverage whilst not being too matte, and this one definitely ticks all the boxes. This foundation lasts all day on my skin but still has a slightly dewy finish, without being tacky to the touch. It provides medium coverage and makes skin look naturally flawless. Some cheaper foundations can change colour throughout the day when they oxidise, but I didn’t find this to be the case with this foundation. You can pick this up in most drugstores and supermarkets for around £7.99.

 

Smashbox Double Exposure Palette

I had been saving up my Boots advantage card points for quite a while and I finally decided to take the plunge and spend them all in one hit. This palette contains 12 neutral eye shadows, which can be used wet or dry! Now, usually I wouldn’t suggest wetting normal eye shadows as it can ruin the texture and make them unusable. However, these are specially formulated to be used both ways. By wetting the eye shadow you create a more intense colour pigment and also emphasise any sparkle or shimmer in the eye shadow. This is a palette I have been reaching for time and time again this month, as it’s really versatile and contains several unique shades. I purchased this at the Smashbox counter in Boots for £38.

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Online Beauty Shopping

Shopping for makeup on the high street can provide a fair range of variety and choice, especially living in larger cities like Cardiff or Bristol. However, in smaller towns the options are somewhat more limited to the counters in Boots and Superdrug. Yet, there are a number of shopping opportunities online where you can access brands that are hard to get hold of, and often at discounted prices.

  

Amazon have an amazing variety of brands available to buy here in the UK. One of my favourite brands,The Balm, (super pigmented products in beautiful kitsch vintage packaging) have a whole variety of products on Amazon. This includes their famous ‘Lou Manizer’ range, which consists of the top rated ‘Mary Lou Manizer’ and ‘Cindy Lou Manizer’ highlighter, and ‘Betty Lou Manizer’ bronzer. They have a whole other selection of blushes, eyeshadows and lipsticks. I recently picked up The Balm Jovi palette, which usually retails at £38, for the reduced price of £16, bargain!

Anyone who watches beauty videos on YouTube will have heard of the numerous American brands of makeup, such as Milani and Wet n Wild, which unfortunately are not freely available in stores over here. However Amazon supply a wide range of products from American brands. My top recommendations would be any of the Milani baked blushes (approx. £4.99) and Wet n Wild megalast lipsticks (around £2.50). Amazon can charge a little extra than what you may pay in America but that can be expected. Just make sure you’re not paying over the odds by doing a little research.

For those of you looking to delve a little further into the market of American makeup, beautyjoint.com have an extensive range of products that are shipped at reasonable prices when selecting the standard shipping option. I often make orders on this website and haven’t had any problems with delivery or customs charges. Parcels usually arrive approximately a week after their dispatch date. 

Another hidden gem of a website is cutecosmetics.co.uk. They sell a variety of eco friendly brands from the UK and America. This is my favourite stop for Lime Crime Velvetines – super long-lasting liquid lipsticks, and Sugarpill loose eyeshadow pigments. 

 I understand some people like to test makeup products in person and see the colour against their skin. So I get that online makeup shopping might not be for everyone, but as a makeup junkie, I like to be able to access all the brands I possibly can! Before buying anything online, I always make sure I search for product reviews and swatches online. That way I can get the best possible idea of what to expect before buying.  

FOTD: Jess Glynne ‘Hold my hand’ inspired makeup

Face of the day inspired by Jess Glynne’s negative space eyeliner look from her ‘Hold my hand’ music video. 

  

Face

Estée Lauder Double wear Foundation

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Benefit Dallas Blush

Eyes

Urban Decay Primer Potion

Smashbox Double Exposure Palette

Stila All day Liquid Eyeliner

Urban Decay Perversion Eyeliner

Benefit Roller Girl Mascara

Anastasia Brow Pomade in Soft Brown

Lips

Maybelline Coffe Craze Lipstick

Pantone Colour of the Year 2015

Every year, colour experts Pantone release a colour of the year, which is said to represent the themes and trends that run in fashion, home decor and beauty throughout year. I always eagerly anticipate the colour of the year as I feel it’s really a theme that you can see in many walks of life.

Pantone announced that the colour of 2015 is Marsala. Marsala is described as “A naturally robust and earthy wine red, Marsala enriches our minds, bodies and souls.” 

To me it’s a reddy brown tone that resembles the oh so popular lip colours of the 90’s, which has recently come back with a vengeance following the ‘Kylie Jenner lip’ trend. The good thing about this colour is its pretty wearable in all realms of makeup, particularly lips, blush and nails. 

  

Pantone pair up with Sephora every year following the announcement of the colour of the year and create products such as eyeshadow palettes, blushes and lipsticks that represent the chosen colour. Unfortunately, living in the UK means we have no access to Sephora stores. So I decided to take this opportunity to scout out the latest Marsala beauty products on the market. 

So here are a few ways of incorporating the Marsala trend into your everyday makeup! 

Lips – this is probably the easiest and most wearable way of incorporating the trend. There are several lip products that I found that can provide either a sheer wash of colour or a full blown Marsala lip. One winning product would be Rimmel Provocalips in ‘Make your move’. This is a new, super long lasting formula from Rimmel that gives good colour pay off while not being too in your face.

Eyes – I love using a warm red tone brown to enhance and deepen the eye crease. This tone compliments a number of other shadow shades such as gold, champagne, gunmetal or even teal. A Marsala shade could also be used all over the lid as an alternative smokey eye. Mac provide an amazing range of marsala tone shadows, so you are sure to find one that suits you. One shade that I frequently use in my eye makeup routine is Mac ‘Swiss Chocolate’ a perfect marsala shadow.

Nails – A marsala polish is another easy way of wearing this colour, and it’s neutral tone makes it versatile and work appropriate. A brand of nail varnish that I go back to time and time again is the Barry M Gelly polish. They are high shine and can last on my nails for a good week. They currently have a great marsala polish in the shade Paprika. 

How are you incorporating Marsala into your makeup routine? 

March Favourites 

I have a number of makeup products that I have reached for over and over again during the month of March, most of which are new discoveries. Take a look at my list of March favourites for some beauty inspiration!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (£29 from Boots) – I had heard so much about this foundation previously and this month I finally took the plunge and invested in it. First off, I went to my local boots counter and asked for a sample. The range contains around 30 shades so there’s a shade to suit everyone. They colour matched me perfectly and after two days of wearing the sample I decided to purchase the full size foundation. This foundation provides totally flawless coverage while not being heavy in the slightest. It has a satin matte finish, so oil is kept at bay while still looking natural and not clinging to dry patches. I wouldn’t wear this foundation every day, as I feel that it probably doesn’t let your skin breathe quite as much as other lighter foundations or BB creams, but it is a must have for a long-lasting flawless complexion. 

Rimmel Provocalips (£6.99 from Superdrug) – I have mentioned these briefly before, but these lip colours continue to amaze me. I put them on in the morning before work and they are still perfectly placed by tea time. They dry to a matte finish but the balmy gloss that comes with them can be applied throughout the day to keep lips shiny and hydrated. They are available in a range of bright and more neutral shades. My favourites have been ‘Make a move’ and ‘I’ll call you’. Rimmel often have 3 for 2 or 2 for £10 offers on, so it’s worth taking a look in your local Boots or Superdrug store for any bargains!

Essence Lip Liners (£1 from Wilkos) – These lip liners are great for prepping the lips for lipstick or worn alone. The creamy formula glides smoothly over lips making them really easy to work with and doesn’t dry out the lips. They have a whole range of shades, and the best part is they are only £1!

Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks (£4.49 from Boots) – These pencils come in a whole range of vibrant colours and have a super long-lasting formula. They can be used as a quick all over the eyelid colour when in a rush, or as a base for shadows. I’ve been really enjoying using them on the lower lash line instead of an eyeliner or applying shadow. It’s super quick and easy to apply, doesn’t create a mess and gives plenty of colour pay off. The two shades I have been loving are Rose Gold (from the Kate collection) and Bluffing. 

 

FOTD: Vintage Marsala

Face of the day: Warm brown and peach eyes with a marsala lip

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Face

Revlon photoready foundation in nude

Maybelline better skin concealer

Collection blusher in Blushalicious

Seventeen Wow highlighter

Eyes

Lime crime eyeshadow helper

Anastasia Maya Mia Palette

Urban decay Shadow box

Essence liquid liner

Max Factor clump defy mascara

Anastasia brow pomade in medium brown

Lips

Rimmel Provocalips in Make your move

FOTD: Teal

Face of the day: Simple teal eyes with a neutral brown-nude lip

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Face
Garnier BB cream
Collection lasting perfection concealer
Mac give me sun
Mac lightscapade

Eyes
Urban decay primer potion
Lime crime Venus palette
BH cosmetics wild n free palette
Bourjois Pinceau liquid liner
Max Factor clump defy mascara

Brows
MUA shade 19
Benefit gimme brow

Lips
Wet n wild bebot love