Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Wish List | July

I recently bought myself some Yeezy inspired khaki Lycra heels from Solewish - find them here and they inspired me to do a fashion post for you all.

Over the last few weeks I have been finding so many cute pieces online that I wanted to share with you, I hope you enjoy!

Shona x

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

NYX Haul & First Impressions

Now that NYX is available in Boots, it means us UK makeup lovers can delight in budget beauty heaven like our American neighbours have been for the longest time. Cue excited beauty bloggers everywhere...

Now I'm aware that NYX now being stocked in Boots means there is going to be tons of posts on this brand and probably these products, but I couldn't resist putting this up!

I was a little bit late to the party and by the time I went to splurge, the most talked about products had already been snatched up so I decided to pick up a few things that interested me and that I wanted to try out for myself.

First up, I got the NYX Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer (annoyingly, Boots don't have a lot of the products listed online so I have had to link to the American NYX website, sorry!)

I had heard this mentioned in a few tutorials so wanted to give it a go for myself. When I tried it out, I can't lie, I was disappointed! Mine was super watery and even after shaking the tube for a while all I could get out of it was a milky watery liquid which definitely didn't do anything to help the staying power of my makeup.

Now that I have squeezed all the water out of it and shook it up again, I can now use the primer itself. It is super velvety, similar to the feel of the Benefit Porefessional, (which if I'm honest I do prefer) and as much as I haven't noticed my makeup staying on longer, it does give me a really soft base to work products into which I like.

The next thing I picked up was the NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray which is something I didn't even know that NYX did! They do a matte finish and a dewy finish version but I wanted to try out the matte one as getting the formula right so that a liquid helps your makeup set matte is tricky! I wanted to really test them!

The first thing I noticed about this is that it smells really chemically when you spray it, which isn't great! Nobody wants a chemical smelling face! Saying that, it did keep my makeup in place and the smell does subside after a little while.

What I did really like about this product was it's size. On it's size alone I would chose to take it with me whenever I travel over something like the Fix+ or Urban Decay setting spray as it takes up hardly any room and does set product nicely. 

Next up is something I heard Nicole Guerrero talking about on YouTube. It's the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils - I got one in the shade 625 Sparkle Nude and one in 609 French Fries.

These are super soft, blendable eye crayons which you can use for so many different things. I mainly use mine either as a shadow base to pack a shadow on top of, or on their own if I want a super quick and easy eye look.

The colour 625 Sparkle Nude is a really soft gold shimmer with silver reflex sparkle in it. I love using this as an all over shadow and then just packing some shimmer into the inner corner for a super easy bright eye.
609 French Fries is another shimmer but this time it is a darker mocha brown with a bronzy shimmer running through it. This is great for using in smoky eyes as you can blend creamy products out so easily.
I want to get these pencils in every colour, I love them!

I had previously tried the NYX HD Concealer that I picked up from ASOS a while back and I loved it but when it ran out I couldn't remember the shade to reorder and didn't have anywhere I could swatch before buying it! 
Finally, I got my hands on it again, this time in the shade CW02 Fair which is a really light bright yellowy tone which I add into my under eye concealer before blending so that I get coverage and highlight under there. 

This has always been a firm favourite and I'm so glad I can now get hold of it so easily!

Last but not least, I picked up the NYX HD Finishing Powder in translucent. This is a very soft powder, perfect for setting the under eye area or brushing out any baking that you might have done.

This powder has a super filmy feeling to it, almost silicony in the hands which feels amazing on the skin and gives a super diffused finish to the foundation. I have been really loving this and would definitely recommend it!
The only thing I would say is be careful not to pack this on heavily under the eye as it can leave a super white cast if you do!

Overall, I think it was a mixed bag of what I was impressed with and what I wasn't so that means I will have to try a few more products out before I can determine what I think of the brand as a whole. This time around, I have definitely found a few gems I know I'll keep using.

Sorry that this post has been super wordy and less visual! I just wanted to give you my opinions and explanations on these products so that you know if you should try them out for yourself. If you do, feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below!

Shona x

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Give Me The Glow | Highlighter Haul

If there's something you should know about me, it's that I love highlighter. And seeing as every cosmetics company is bringing out their own glow, it's something I haven't been able to resist!

If you regularly watch beauty YouTubers or read beauty blogs then you must be all too familiar with the 'blogger made me buy it' excuse... Well this post really is a result of that.

I was watching one of Nikkie Tutorials makeup videos on YouTube and she was using the Sleek Solstice Highlighter Palette to get her glow! If you watch Nikkie regularly then you'll know she is the queen of highlighter, so without even hesitating, it was in my basket and on it's way to me. 

The palette comes with 4 highlighters; 3 powders and 1 cream product, all of which are super shimmery and light reflecting.

The cream highlighter is called Ecliptic and is a pink, rose gold colour cream product. I have been using this on a beauty blender that has been sprayed with MAC Fix+ to really bring out the highlight and keep it in place all day. I love this technique!

The top right shade is called, Hemisphere, and is a much more unusual highlighter colour. It is a really vibrant, violet/lavender colour with more of a silver undertone. This one I have been using as an inner corner highlight on my eyes when wearing a plum smokey eye. I would wear it on my cheekbones for a more adventurous look rather than everyday.

The bottom left shade is my personal favourite! It's called Subsolar and is a gorgeous pearlescent pale yellow. This one is definitely more of a traditional highlight colour and it gives the most gorgeous glow to the skin. I have been using this shade as my daily highlighter.

Finally, the bottom right is called Equinox. This is an orange/peach tone with a strong gold shimmer. This looks amazing when the skin is slightly more tanned and could even be used on top of your bronzer to create a super dewy/shimmery finish to a summer makeup look.

Top to bottom: Ecliptic, Hemisphere, Subsolar & Equinox
The next highlighting palette that I picked up was also a result of the 'blogger made me buy it' - this time, it was a blog I came across on the explore page of Bloglovin. I can't remember the blog name, but their review of the Revolution Highlight Palette gave me an instant reflex of spending my money on it and I am so glad that I did.

The palette contains 3 highlighters (3 giant highlighters) that are super pigmented and such gorgeous shades!

The first colour is very similar to Subsolar from the sleek palette but slightly less yellow. This one definitely looks more like a creamy pearl shade when applied to the skin. Again, it has a gorgeous shimmery glow and looks amazing as an everyday highlight applied to the cheekbones, inner corners of the eye, tip of the nose and cupids bow.

The middle colour in the palette is a pink/blush shade that has a peachy/gold shimmer throughout it. I love adding a small bit of this on top of my matte blusher if I want to give it a super shimmery finish. The colour is quite subtle and is perfect to add to a more natural makeup look if you still want to be highlighted.

The last shade is another purple highlight but this isn't as vivid as Hemisphere is the Sleek palette. This one is a much more subtle light lavender and would be much easier to wear with a more casual look. I hadn't seen any purple highlighters until I picked up these 2 palettes so I can't wait to try these out properly!

These colours don't have names but you can see the yellow, pink and purple shades from top to bottom
I have spoken before about being a fan of Revolution as a high street beauty brand doing great things so I knew I would like this palette but I wasn't expecting to like it so much! The colours are great, covering the shades you would need without being excessive and the formula is so nice to work with! 

It feels really soft and easy to blend out and the product sits nicely on the skin, which for a cheaper product is great as there is often issues with the product looking chalky.

I don't think I could chose a favourite between the 2 palettes I have mentioned and as a highlighter fiend, I would suggest you buy both! If you don't want to buy both then I would probably recommend the Sleek palette over the Revolution one as the Sleek palette has a combination of powder and cream and I just think it's more versatile.

I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know you're favourite highlighter or what you think of the palettes mentioned. I love reading your comments.

Shona x

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Collection

As my blog has grown, so has my collection of makeup. As if I didn't own excessive amounts in the first place, I now have the perfect excuse to buy more...

I did a post a few months back about a Zoeva brush haul and since using those brushes more, I have realised what a great brand Zoeva really are. The quality is amazing and the price is just as good; which gave me more of a reason to purchase some more, this time the Rose Golden Collection.

The Zoeva Rose Golden Complete Eye Set Vol. 2 (what a mouthful) comes complete with 12 brushes and a matching rose golden clutch bag to keep the brushes in. All brushes in this set are for the eyes or areas around the eyes, such as concealer or brows. You can also get a Rose Golden face brush collection, but my personal makeup brush collection had a 'decent selection of eye brushes' shaped hole that I needed to fill...

Here's a quick rundown of the brushes and their uses:

142 - Concealer Buffer: for applying and blending concealer
221 - Luxe Soft Crease: for blending out eyeshadow seamlessly through the crease
227 - Luxe Soft Definer: for softly blending and smoothing shadow across the lid
228 - Luxe Crease: for blending transition colours through the crease and brow bone (slightly more densely packed than the 221)
230 - Luxe Pencil: for applying and blending shadow or kohl liner to below the lower lash line or defusing colour on the top lash line
231 - Luxe Petit Crease: for accentuating and adding more depth to the crease area

232 - Luxe Classic Shader: for applying eyeshadow evenly and intensively on the lid
235 - Contour Shader: for emphasising the contours of the eye. Also good for adding intensity to the outer edges of the eye for a smokey look
238 - Luxe Precise Shader: for applying eyeshadow precisely. This is good for adding shimmer to the inner corner or for use with a loose glitter that you want to use in small quantities
310 - Spot Liner: for applying liner along the lash line precisely for intense volume. Also good for cleaning up under the brows with concealer
322 - Brow Line: for applying eyebrow product for perfectly shaped brows
325 - Luxe Brow Light: for applying highlight to the brow bone area. This would also work well as a base shadow brush or with a eye shadow primer to make sure it is completely buffed in

These brushes have a very feminine look and feel to them. They look really pretty stood all together in a glass jar on my vanity table and everybody has been asking about them recently!

The brushes are all very soft and easy to blend with. They are cut really nicely and the tapered brushes fit perfectly into the socket to ease the blending & buffing process.

I have been a Zoeva fan for the longest time and this purchase has only encouraged that obsession more. I highly recommend getting your hands on some of their brushes and maybe even one of their eyeshade palettes to go with them!

Shona x
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