Urban Decay Summer Collection 2015

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Urban decay has come out with a whole range of new products for summer 2015. The brand previously had a limited number blushes available. However their new collection brings us a range of 12 brand new matte and shimmer Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blushes (£19.00).

The luxury packaging is gunmetal with a cut out on the lid so you get a peek of the shade inside. They have a finely-milled formula which means they apply smoothly and blend out well. They have great pigmentation and a shade range with something to suit everyone. I have the shades Video (a neutral nude brown) and Fetish (a pink-nude). I definitely want to give Crush and Rapture a try though.

Urban Decay has also released their Revolution High-Colour Lipglosses (£15.00). This collection contains 14 highly pigmented lipgloss shades. They apply super buttery and smooth, last a long time on the lips, while not being sticky or tacky. They are available in crème and sparkle formulas. I currently own the shade Liar, which is an everyday medium nude in a crème formula, but I do have my eye on Punch Drunk and Scandal.

In addition to the blushes and lipglosses, Urban Decay has added to their already extensive eye shadow collection. They have released eight new eye shadow shades (£14.00) which contain six duo chrome shades and two mattes. They are incredibly pigmented (as expected with Urban Decay!) and apply smoothly to the lid. I love that they have released more duo chrome shades, as I really felt there was a gap in the market for duo chrome. I have the shade Sideline which is a rich yellow gold with an olive green shift, but I definitely want to try more of the duo chrome shades!

Have you tried any of Urban Decay’s new products?

I’m looking forward to the upcoming release of their Matte Revolution Lipsticks!

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June Favourites

For a bit of beauty inspiration, take a look at the products I have loved during the month of June…

No7 Stay Perfect Foundation (£14.50)

I hadn’t tried any of the Boots No7 foundations until recently. After having a £3 off No7 voucher I decided to give them a whirl. This foundation claims to last up to 24 hours with a natural and lightweight feel. The product gives good medium coverage, and while it lasts a long time, it doesn’t dry to a matte finish so it still manages to look luminous and fresh. Sometimes, long-lasting foundations can tend to cake up and cling to areas of the face during the course of the day. However, I actually think that this foundation looks better as the day goes on. It’s great for those with normal, dry or combination skin. If you prefer a more matte finish maybe try out No7’s Beautifully Matte.

Too Faced Candlelight Glow (£25.00)

I have been using this highlighter for the majority of the month as it’s just so easy to wear. This highlighting powder contains two different shades in a compact. Half is a pale shimmery pink that counteracts any dullness in the skin. The other half is a white gold shade that adds a luminous ‘candlelight glow’ to the face. I usually swirl the two shades together to give a fresh glow to my cheekbones. It does contain shimmer, but doesn’t give an ultra-metallic sheen, so it’s perfect for everyday wear.

Maybelline Colour Drama Lipstick (£4.99)

These lipsticks come in a chunky pencil form, which means you get a bit more precision than a regular lipstick. The finish is satin matte, but doesn’t dry lips out and has a creamy texture. They last a really long time on the lips too, so I don’t need to think about reapplying throughout the day. There is a good selection of shades available ranging from everyday nudes to fluorescent pink. I have been wearing ‘Nude Perfection’ a medium nude and ‘Berry Much’ a deep plum.

May Favourites

Here are my very favourite beauty products from the month of May…

Nip Fab Glycolic Fix Serum (£14.99)

This overnight serum has totally transformed the texture of my skin! I apply this to my face before I go to bed and wake up with super smooth, fresh feeling skin. The product promises to improve the surface texture of your skin in two weeks, and I definitely agree with that claims!

NSPA Hot Cloth Polish (£6.00)

I picked this up in Asda on a whim, and this used in combination with the Nip Fab Glycolic serum works wonders! I’ve wanted to try a hot cloth cleanser for ages, as it exfoliates your skin without being too harsh and this one is great value.

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Body Shop baked blush in Coral (£12.00)

On one of my regular trips to the Body Shop outlet in McArthur Glen I came across their baked blushes, and this one is beautiful! I’m a big fan of baked blushes, as I find them less powdery than traditional blush formulas and they last a very long time. £12 seems quite expensive for a blusher, however when you buy four items in The Body Shop outlet you get 40% off, meaning you can get some really good bargains!

Nivea Lip Butter in Coconut (£2.00)

On a recent shopping trip to Tesco, I was delighted to discover that Nivea have come out with two new lip butters to add to the collection- Coconut and Cocoa. I love these lip butters, they’re so smooth, moisturising and they have the most amazing range of scents (highly addictive!) And at only £2, they are a makeup bag essential!

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April Favourites!

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

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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.

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?