Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick in Coral – £34.00.

 


Despiting owning a few Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks, they were a product that I could never really get on board with. In all honesty I was never overly keen on the shade range or the finish. When the House of Fraser came in to my place of work with their Bobbi Brown stock, I was instantly drawn to the Brightening Bricks and the shade that particularly caught my eye was ‘Coral’. The Bobbi Brown Brightening Bricks are definitely a product I can get behind. Look how pretty it is. If there is one thing that I love, it is coral blush – I own countless coral shades of blusher as I find that they really work with my medium skin tone. Plus it is a very typical Erin kinda shade. The Brightening Bricks are a way of simply brushing on your glow – it is a bright coral blush blended with a subtle illuminator, blended (again) with a bronzer for warmth. It is essentially a bronzer/highlighter/blusher hybrid – a jack of all trades. I apply this very lightly as the colour payout is incredible and the blush is highly pigmented – you don’t want to walk around resembling coco the clown now, do you? Go lightly my friends! I give my blusher brush a nice but very light swirl around all of the colours and tones to dust across the cheeks. The finished result is just glorious – a nice warm colour, luminosity and a hint of warmth. What more could you want from a blusher? It gives your cheeks a soft flush whilst creating a subtle yet noticeable lit from within glow. If this product ran out, I would certainly replace it in a heartbeat. The quality is incredible, so refined without any chalkiness and it applies effortlessly and stays put all day. I have used it pretty much every day since it ended up in my possession and you only need to use a tiny amount meaning you get your pennies worth from it.

I’ve got my beady eyes on the Cranberry Brightening Brick next…

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 Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette – £38.00.

 

  

What do we have here then? Only another absolutely beauty of an eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay and this one is ideal for transforming your look from day to night with ease. If there is one thing that Urban Decay can deliver, it is high quality, insanely pigmented and buttery soft eyeshadows in an array of incredible shades. I don’t think there is a Naked Palette that I haven’t loved and this one was certainly no different. Firstly, the packaging is phenomenal – I love the floating smoke affect that covers the casing which houses twelve wonderful shades. Like all other Urban Decay Naked Palettes, the case contains a large full sized mirror and a fabulous duo blending brush. Swoon. If you are looking for a palette that allows you to quickly go from a clean, crisp eye to a sulty, smokey eye in one foul swoop and using one single palette, then this is definitely the Urban Decay palette for you. It has the most perfect balance of cool and warm tones that would compliment any skin tone and complexion. The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette also contains a mixture of different finishes from matte to satin to glitter to cover all of your eye make up needs.

 


Top row L-R: High (champagne shimmer with micro glitter), Dirty Sweet (medium bronze), Radar (metallic taupe with iridescent micro glitter), Armor (metallic silver taupe with tonal sparkle), Slanted (light metallic grey), Dagger (medium charcoal with micro shimmer).

Bottom row L-R: Black Market (jet-black satin), Smolder (deep-plum taupe), Password (cool taupe matte), Whiskey (rich brown matte), Combust (soft pink-taupe), Thirteen (light beige satin).

As you can probably gather from the swatches above, the Naked palette covers the basics for a lot of different looks and it is a fantastic palette to have in your aresnal. The quality and pigmentation of the eyeshadows is second to none and what I like most about the palette is that none of the shades are repromotes. In fact Naked Smoky contains nine brand spanking new shades and three exclusives that cater to every complexion. What a bloody treat eh? Urban Decay palettes are a make up lovers dream and it really is no wonder that bloggers, celebrities and make up artists alike must have them in their make up stash. A word to the wise, some of the matte and satin shades within the Naked Smoky palette are a teeny tiny bit chalky so you will get a bit of powder kick up and fall out but hey, I can’t complain. Get some tape at the ready and you’ll be sorted – good to go! I am a sucker for a smoky eye and I am in love with this palette!

What do you think the next Urban Decay Naked Palette will have in store for us?

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Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation in Shade 3 – £32.00.

I know that I am a little bit late to the party with this one and I have read endless rave reviews of how amazing this product is but it was never really for me until recently. A few months back I was prescribed a delightful drug by my dermatologist called Roaccutane (gasp) and it changed my horrendously oily face in to something that I can only imagine feels the Sahara Desert. No, that isn’t an exaggeration – all of the moisture GONE. My normal go to foundations became really heavy on my skin and they irritated me beyond belief so I had to swap out my heavy duty bases for something that was lightweight, hydrating and sheer… This is where Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder Foundation came in and took over the show. A lot of people whilst on Roaccutane choose not to wear any make up whatsoever during their treatment, I am most definitely NOT of those people. When I first put this foundation on my face, I was actually quite stunned. It felt incredible on my skin, it was hydrating whilst adding a very subtle yet gorgeous glow. The Light Wonder Foundation was created to hydrate, illuminate and perfect your natural skin and it does just that. I was really surprised that I liked it as much as I did as it is miles away from what I am used to. It adds a wonderful lit from within glow, whilst creating a nice flawless yet totally natural base. If anyone knows about glow, it is Charlotte Tilbury – the Queen of the glow! I found that the best way of applying this foundation was initially using my fingers to really work it in to my skin, and then using a buffing brush over the top to get a little more coverage. You only need a pea sized amount as a little really goes a long way with this foundation. I definitely don’t think that this is a foundation for the oilier skin types out there but it is a definite winner for normal-dry skin. It has certainly bought my sad, dry, dull looking skin back to life and it wears really comfortably on my skin, adding just the right amount of coverage. I’d definitely recommend heading to a Charlotte Tilbury counter and getting a sample for yourself if you can. I am shade ‘3 fair’ and it is a perfect match.

What are your favourite Charlotte Tilbury products?

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OGX Hydrate + Defrizz Kukui Oil Shampoo & Conditioner – £6.99.

OGX Hydrate + Defrizz Kukui Oil Anti-Frizz Hydrating Oil – £7.35.


Many people think that because I have extremely short hair and a pixie cut that hair care isn’t all that important to me – they’d be wrong! Despite having next to no hair on my head, it is even more important that I get it right it with my hair products as there is zero hiding with bad hair days. Naturally my hair is quite dry and frizzy and even the slightest bit of humidity wreaks absolute havoc on my barnet, and I mean havoc. I have always perused the shampoo aisles at Boots and been a little underwhelmed by the OGX range, never reaching out to purchase any of their ranges until quite recently. The packaging of the Kukui Oil shampoo and conditioner really drew me in and when I read that it helps to hydrate and combat frizz, well I was sold. Kukui Oil is one of those world renowned ingredients that keeps cropping in the beauty world of late and I can see why. It is a Hawaiian secret (not so secret anymore) ingredient, the Kukui nut oil, that is humidity resistent, and locks in moisture which is why it is getting a name for itself in beauty. Not only that, but it smells absolutely incredible and it has been absolute god send to me of late – my hair really loves this stuff. I have been washing my hair every other day with this shampoo and conditioner, finishing off with the hydrating oil on damp hair, and I have seriously loved the results. My normally quite lacklustre looking hair has been looking really healthy, incredibly shiny and smooth totouch  and in great condition overall. What I like most about this OGX shampoo and conditioner is that it feels super lightweight and it leaves behind zero residue. Can I get a hell yeah? I use the hydrating oil after every wash, giving my hair a good once over, before brushing and blow drying my hair to lock in that moisture and to add a little bit more oomph in the shine stakes. It also locks in the scent and ensures that the gorgeous Kukui Oil scent is left with you all day and boy, does it linger. It is divine.

Now for the downside… The packaging. As much as I find the packaging an absolute joy to look at, I love the classy and sleek look of the black and gold and the shape of the bottle is pretty unusual. It is horrendously impractical. When you are nearing the end of the shampoo/conditioner, the packaging and shape, makes it near impossible to get any of the product out. Countless times I’ve been in the bath/shower, raised my knee and had to squeeze relentlessly with both hands to try and get something to come out so that I can wash my hair. It’s just unnecessary. That being said I will still definitely repurchase these products and their pain in the backside packaging because I simply love the results. I think the price pretty reasonable for the product and you can always get a cheeky deal on hair care in Boots so keep a look out. I’m on my third lot already.

Have you tried any OGX hair care?

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Mac Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in Stone – £15.50.

I have loved Stone as a lip liner for as long as I can remember so when MAC Cosmetics decided to introduce the new matte lip collection and include Stone as a lipstick in it’s own right, I did a little squeal of excitement. I got my backside up out of bed, got the laptop out and logged straight on to the MAC website where I bagged not only Stone, but the much coveted Whirl as well. Why the hell not eh? Stone is described by MAC as a ‘muted greyish taupe‘ and it is exactly that. I have read on a number of reviews that Stone leans more towards the warm side but I found it to be a little cool on my lips. It appeared to be more of a medium brown in the bullet but I found that it defintely leant a bit more towards grey once applied and I absolutely adore the colour. I was worried at first that it might not match my skintone but I need not have worried, I adored the shade even more once I was wearing it. It did taking some getting used to though as it is quite different to the majority of lip colours I wear. The colour payout was phenominal which is pretty standard with the majority of MAC’s lipsticks which is why I am hoarding quite the collection. Teamed with the Stone lip liner, the lipstick had some incredible staying power to accompany the colour – it lasted on my lips for around 5 hours before settling in to a nice stain. I did find the finish to be more semi-matte than fully matte but in my opinion that is a bonus if anything, as it wasn’t as drying as the usual matte formula from MAC. I would still definitely recommend a fair bit of lip preparation before hand to get a nice even finish – get the lip scrub and lip balm at the ready folks! If your looking for a gorgeous shade for everyday wear this Autumn/Winter then I think Stone is definitely worth a swatch or two. It is a beautiful colour.

Do you think Stone deserves a place in your make up arsenal throughout the colder months?

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