Makeup Geek ‘Morocco’ Eyeshadow | Warm Neutral Eye

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I’m obsessed with Makeup Geek shadows; they’re so pigmented, come in every colour you could possibly think of and need, as well as the fact that that they blend perfectly and are so easy to work with. I’ve always thought that they’re comparable (probably better in my view) to that of MAC shadows. I am a warm shadow girl through and through, so when I saw the shade Morocco, I knew it had to be mine. It’s a straight up orange with a subtle red/brick undertone. The pigmentation is incredible, especially for the price. You only need to tap your brush into the pan to have way too much picked up. Because of this, and the fact that it’s such an intense colour, you have to use it sparingly. I’ve been wearing it lightly through my crease as well as slightly smudged under my lower lash line. Topped with a small wing of eyeliner, this has pretty much been my go-to look recently. I love orange eyeshadow!

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Other makeup I’m wearing:

Eyeliner – Collection 24 Hour felt tip
Mascara – L’oreal False Lash Sculpt
Foundation – Clinique Superblanced makeup
Concealer – Bourjois Radiance Reveal 01
Powder – NYX HD pressed powder
Bronzer – Benefit Hoola
Blush – Body Shop Hot Brights (discontinued)
Lip liner – Model Co Illusion Lip Liner
Lipstick – Rimmel Kate Moss 56 Boho Nude

Battle of the Bronze |Boni Sands Liquid Gold vs St Moriz

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I’m a total fake tan believer and personal junkie; I don’t see the point in damaging your skin in order to get a tan that you can achieve so easily from a bottle at home. I mean don’t get me wrong, I love nothing more than a natural tan, but I get so bored even on holiday tanning out in the sun. I’d much rather slather my tan on a be good to go wherever I may be. In the past, I’ve only stuck to tanning my legs on nights out, as mine are naturally extremely pale. I should probably flaunt my natural colour and not try to change it, but when you’re surrounded by gorgeous tanned girls, it’s easy to feel the odd one out with my pastey little sticks of legs – hence why I prefer just to tan.

For years I’ve been a huge fan of the St Moriz tanning mouse. It’s so inexpensive and leave you with a lovely colour – not orange at all like you would expect from a cheaper tan. The only drawbacks are that if you happen to spill drinks on yourself (and trust me I’ve spilt a few..) then the tan can wash off and leave you with horrible patchy legs; not so glamourous. It also has that distinctive biscuity smell that I can’t stand. However, I’ve always stuck by this tan because of the fact that it’s so easy to apply, leaves you with a gorgeous natural looking colour and is so inexpensive.

I’ve been hearing so much about the Boni Sands tanning range recently, especially from some of my favourite YouTubers. In particular, the Liquid Gold. This dry tanning oil is supposed to “set in a moment, develop over 2 – 3 hours and lasts for up to a week; leaving you with perfectly bronzed skin that glows from within”. After hearing so many raving reviews I thought that I would pick a bottle up for myself.

The first thing I noticed is the lovely coconut smell, a pleasant change to smelling like a biscuit haha. It’s also so easy to apply, the dry oil formula making it almost impossible to have a streaky application. I find that spraying directly onto my skin and rubbing in with a tanning mitt gives me best results. For a night out, I would usually apply the night before, giving it time to develop over night to the perfect colour. The colour itself is lovely, defiantly not orangey at all. I find that it lasts best for about 4 days, but if you really look after it then you could defiantly keep it looking good for a week before thinking about exfoliating and reapplying.

I think it’s safe to say that I am officially converted. A must have product to pick up the next time you hit up your local boots!

Update and current favourites

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I feel like this is a serious case of long time no see, or in this case long time no blog. I have been pretty hectic as of late, so I’ve majorly been neglecting my blog. It feels so weird writing this because it don’t even know what to say, but I thought I would come back with a current everyday face. A little update of all the beauty bits that I have been loving recently. I’ve been going out so much over the last few weeks (..months) so I’ve been wearing a little more makeup than I usually would, as well as mixing up my norm with a bunch of new products.

I’ve been trying out a few new foundations recently, but that’s for another post! When I go out I want my foundation to be flawless and ideally without SPF as i’m always pretty weary when it comes to flashback. I’ve been OBSESSED with Nars Sheer Glow. I went through a phase of hating this last year sometime, but I have no idea why. I tried it again on a whim about a month ago as I didn’t like the idea of it just sitting there in my drawer not being used, and I have been wearing it everyday since. I think, since my skin has gotten a little oilier lately, the formula of this just sits on my skin s=much better. It’s defiantly not one if you have dry skin as it tends to stick to dry patches – hence why I wasn’t a bit fan of it to start with.

Concealer, obviously Collection Lasting Perfection..I shall say no more. For bronzer, the Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer is a lovely one. However, it is quite on the warm side so defiantly one for bronzing up the face rather than for contouring. For that, I use my Hoola from Benefit. Highlight for me is a serious game changer, and look no further than MAC Soft and Gentle for the most stunning glow. It looks amazing in photos too!

I’ve been using the Seventeen Brow Kit for a few months now and have really been liking it. It has a tinted wax as well as a power so your brows are set and stay in place all day. The colour is also perfect for me. It comes with a mini little eyebrow pencil also, so such a great kit if your’e always on the go. However, i’ve been loving really strong brows recently, so i’ve been topping them with a bit of the Brow Artist Plumper by L’Oreal in the shade Medium/Dark.

I finally grabbed my hands on the Zoeva Cocoa Blends palette. Yes, I know i’m so late with this, but everytime i’ve attempted to pick it up on Beautybay it’s always been sold out. I can see why however. It’s such a gorgeous palette and perfect for those warm tone lovers out there like me. For mascara, i’ve been loving the new L’Oreal Sculpt mascara, it gives my lashes so much length! But I’ve also been quite into falsies. These ones from Eylure are their 020 Naturals. They are so subtle but just give the tiniest bit of length. Perfect for daytime, but with a bit more mascara can easily be worn for a night out too!

My lips is always something I like to mix up, but I do prefer a more nude shade when i’m going out, only because I then know if it wears off it’s not going to be as noticeable. MAC Velvet Teddy is perfect for this. The matte formula also means that the lasting power will be longer.

So there we are, my current favourite face. Be sure to leave me any comments letting me know your favourite current products!!

xx

 

Tarte Tartelette 2 In the Bloom Palette

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First off, apologies for the lack of posts recently, I have well and truly neglected my little blog. However, I’m back and with yet another review.

As soon as I saw this, I knew I had to add it to my collection. Yes, I have far too many eyeshadow palettes as it is, but the Tartelette In the Bloom palette is mostly all matte shades, making the splurge seem a little more justifiable..

All the shades are just up my alley; all gorgeous warm naturals. It has everything you need for any look, and conveniently is divided into ‘strips’ of shadows  to create different looks, or shadows that go best with one another. For me, the addition of a matte white highlight shade, as well as two almost identical brown/black liner shades, makes this the perfect everyday go-to palette. As well as the mattes, the three shimmer shades are also stunning – Funny girl, Firecracker and Rocker. Funny girl has probably been my most worn shadow, only because it’s so versatile and acts as the best highlight shade.

I picked mine up on QVC here in the UK, and the introductory offer was £30 (ish) and came with a Tarte eyeshadow brush (it’s surprisingly really good). BUY HERE

If like me and you’re obsessed with neutral palettes, defiantly pick this one up. Not to mention the packaging is absolutely stunning!

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation

 

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I had heard so much about this foundation for years before I finally decided to splurge recently.

Chanel describes this foundation as having a “soft and evanescent ultra-fine fluid texture” giving a “second-skin” perfecting result. “The complexion appears amazingly even, fresh and energised. The skin glows with seemingly nude beauty. As if lit from within. Bathed in light… “
I would have to agree that this foundation looks gorgeous on the skin. It evens out skintone and covers light blemishes yet still looks natural and radiant on the skin. When blending, it almost melts into the skin – it’s such a dream to use.

The formula is enriched with a UVB sun filter and has an SPF of 15, protecting your skin from sun damage – maybe not one to use if you’re using flash photography however.

I’ve found that it has a sunscreen smell, personally something that I love as it’s such an iconic Chanel scent. Having said that, if you suffer from sensitive skin you may want to be a little weary of this. The way I like to apply it is either with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush or Bold Metals 101, although Chanel say that best results are with your hands. I personally don’t like the feeling of having foundation on my hands, hence why I just stick with a brush. Alternatively, I have tried it with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and love the results that gives also.

This is 100% worth the £32 I paid for it, expensive yes, but the way it leaves my skin is like no other foundation I’ve used before (and trust me I’ve tried a few). Let’s just say I’m not looking forward to the day I run out.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette | Review and Swatches

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As with most things, I’m completely late on the band wagon with this palette. I tend to wait for the hype to go down before I rush to buy a new product, mainly because then I can see other peoples thoughts before deciding for myself whether or not to go and pick it up. I have seen everyone and their mothers talk about the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette for a couple of years now and have always wanted to get round to trying it. So, while out shopping with my friend the other week, who just happens to be as makeup obsessed as me, I glanced upon it in Debenhams. Having it herself, I was obviously talked into buying it..as well as a few other cheeky little purchases (we’ll leave them for another time).

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(Sorry for the bad quality in swatches, turns out it’s quite hard to take a full length photo of your arm haha)

I’m so glad I finally added it to my collection; it’s been the only real thing I’ve been using on my eyes for the past month or so. The colours are gorgeous and so up my alley. A perfect mix of shimmer and matte neutral shades, along with the odd pop of slightly more adventurous colours. The shadows themselves are buttery, pigmented and blent like a dream. Being made of cocoa powder, the shadows also smell just like chocolate (as the name would suggest), though they taste like chocolate too!! (..not that i’ve been dipping my finger in and licking them that is) haha so guilty!

The one draw back I would say about this palette however is the packaging. Although it looks adorable and ties in with the whole chocolate thing well, it does feel a little cheap. The closure for instance is a bit weak and if traveling you would feel like it was opening quite a bit.

With that to one side, this is a stunning palette that certainly deserves all the hype. It’s defiantly becoming my favourite and most used in my collection!

Best in Beauty 2015

2015 beauty favourites

Happy New Year!! I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by – like seriously where did it go?! As quick as it may have felt, I sure used the time wisely to find some amazing new product discoveries along the way, all of which I know I’m going to be using and loving for many more years to come! Now it’s hard to narrow it down to only a few, so this may be a bit of a longer post than usual, hope you don’t mind!!

Bases

As far as bases go, there’s been a couple that I having been really loving this year. First off, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. An old favourite with bloggers and YouTubers alike but one I only discovered this year. It’s such a lovely base that gives enough coverage but feels comfortable on the skin. And secondly is the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua. I have been totally obsessed with this foundation over the last few months of this year. It’s so lightweight and leaves the skin looking glowy and healthy and all round gorgeous.

Concealers

Again, I have two favourites from this year when it comes to concealer. You’ll all know that the Collection Lasting perfection concealer is up there at no.1, but I’ve also been loving the Soap and Glory Kick Ass concealer. The peachy shade is great for counteracting dark circles, but I’ve also been using the more yellowy skintone shade to cover up blemishes. The thick consistency makes it ideal for this!

Blushes/Bronzers/Highlighter

My favourite blush of this year has to be the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in the shade Lovely Pink. As the name suggests, it is a lovely pink shade that looks so gorgeous on the cheeks as the perfect natural flush.

As far as bronzer goes, my Hoola by benefit is once again my favourite. However, i’ve also been enjoying the L’oreal Glam Bronze for added glow during the more warmer months. It looks great paired with my No7 Boxed Highlighter – another favourite of mine.

Brows

This year has 3 stand out brow products from me. I started the year being obsessed with the Archery pencil from Soap and Glory. It’s perfect for drawing in any hairs in areas where you’re looking a little sparce. The Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette however has been my go to brow product. The matte neutrals makes it perfect brow shades, especially for mid tone hair colourings like me. I top it off with a quick coat of Maybelline Brow Drama in Transparent, the best brow mascara in my eyes.

Eyes

Nothing beats cream eyeshadows, they’re so quick and easy to use, especially on lazy days when you don’t want to be fussing around too much with eyeshadows. There was one that stood out to me in 2015, the Max Factor ** . It’s a more recent discovery but one I have been wearing non stop on nights out and even during the day. It’s a gorgeous red toned bronzey shade, a perfect suiting for my blue eyes!

As far as palettes go, my Naked 2 palette is up there. I’ve found that I’ve used it so much more than my Naked 3 as the colours are so much more up my street of warm neutrals. However, another more recent discovery has been the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. I have been wearing this everyday since I picked it up and haven’t wanted to put it down. It’s such a beautiful palette!

Liners

I have really been enjoying using a nude liner in my waterline this year. With contacts, I find that my eyes tend to go a bit red during the day, so a crisp nude liner helps to counteract the red and leave my eyes looking bright. Also a good trick if you’re looking a feeling tired in the mornings. My liquid liner is the same as it always is too, the Collection 24 Hour Felt Tip liner. It’s such a black liner which is so easy to use. It doesn’t have the lasting power as some more higher end liners, but for the price it’s a steal in my eyes.

Mascara

I think there has only been one mascara that I have used all year, and that’s the Maybelline Lash Sensational. This stuff gives serious definition and length to the lashes, and I find it picks up and separates every little lash. Obsessed with this mascara, and I’m sure I’ll be loving it next year too!

Lips

As we now probably know, I have a little obsession when it comes to lip products. I’m a serious lip hoarder and love nothing better than to try out new ones. The liner that I have loved this year is amazing value. At £1, yes you heard me, £1, the MUA liner in the shade ** has been my go to. It’s the perfect nude and is great under so many lipsticks. MAC’s Velvet Teddy along with Midi-Mauve have been major lipstick favourites of the past year, gorgeous shades that are perfect for everyday.

What were your favourite products of 2015? I hope you all had a lovely christmas and that 2016 is an amazing year for you!

Emilia x