All posts filed under: Make Up Review

Is There Still a Pressure to Wear Make Up At Work?

I love wearing make up, buying make up and reading make up reviews. Lipsticks are my fave beauty product to buy thanks to the multiple brands available both on the high street, in Boots & Superdrug to high-end brands such as Dior, NARS and Charlotte Tilbury. But when it comes to wearing a full face and lipsticks on a daily basis, is it still the norm? I work in a very casual office; think jeans and trainers in general with a smarter sense if style when client meetings take place. So, wearing a full face of make up and bright lipsticks isn’t the norm, in my workplace anyway. But, I still get up, dress how I please and apply foundation, concealer, eyeshadow and lipstick on the daily. Whilst it’s not expected and every woman I work with has a different take on how they wish to present themselves, I enjoy it. You read glossy magazines and large city-based blogs and they present officewear as being tailored suits, heels and hair and make up in place. …

Beauty // BECCA Cosmetics, Glow Bar Launch

BECCA is a makeup brand I’ve admired for a good few years. I initially followed the brand for their range of highlighers, namely Champagne Pop. So, when I heard the brand was launching a makeup counter in John Lewis in L1 and had a mini launch planned, I headed along to learn a bit more about the brand and eye up the latest releases… I had always thought the brand was very similar to MAC in that sense that they’re all about heavy coverage and the full makeup look. However, talking to the senior MUA, she said the complete opposite, which was a lovely surprise! The counter offers free 15-minute mini makeover classes – I was treated to a foundation and concealer session. As I’m very pale, I didn’t want anything too different from my normal skin tone and medium coverage whilst it’s summer. Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation Trying the aqua luminous perfecting foundation in the lightest shade, it was gently buffed into my skin, following a layer of the Becca First Light Priming Filter. …

Beauty // Maybelline Fit Me Foundation & Concealer

I got a Boots voucher for Christmas and where I’d normally skip down to my nearest Boots faster than you can stay ‘new make up’ this year I’m trying to be sensible so I decided to save it and only use it when I really needed to. Fast forward to the start of March and I’d run out of foundation and concealer. My everyday go-to’s has come to an end and even the old tubes of miss-match foundation knocking around in the bottom of my make up bag have been used. So, off to Boots I went and after spending a while looking at the different brands, shades and coverage options, I went with the Maybelline Fit Me foundation and concealer. I’ll be honest I haven’t seen much hype around this foundation or even recall reading any reviews, but I liked the blurb on how it’s designed for normal to oily skin and it’s a matte foundation. As I’m naturally pale, I wanted something super light and a true match to my skin tone. I’m …

Beauty // Lola Make Up Red Lipstick Review

If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack, Coco Chanel I am such a red lipstick girl. It doesn’t matter whether I’ve been blonde, a redhead or a brunette. A red lipstick is the classic colour that you bring out for all the right occasions – date night, job interviews, Christmas parties. It’s fun, playful, sexy and shows you’re not afraid to play with colour. And whilst I’ve worked my way through the different reds – girls, we all remember purchasing our first Ruby Woo for MAC, snapping up on the Rimmel Kate Moss shades and then over the years, I’m sure we all retreat to our tried and tested. Well, I thought I had mine. Until Lola Make Up turned up on the doorstep and switched up the game. Matte red? Tick. Long-lasting? Tick. Comfortable to wear? Tick. Enter, the game changer. This is the first piece I’ve tried from Lola Make Up. Up until now, they’re a brand I’ve spotted on Instagram and shown some virtual love too, but I was yet to …

Beauty // Four Fave Burgundy Make Up Products

I haven’t shared any new additions to my make up bag for a while, so here we go with a new beauty post of the products I’m loving at the moment. Burgundy is the perfect wintery shade and whilst we normally reserve it for December, I’m putting this handful of products to work well into the New Year too. Billion Dollar Brows First up I wanna talk about this dark blonde brow product from Billion Dollar Brow. I hadn’t heard of the product before they kindly got in touch, but I’m impressed. It has an easy to use applicator brush and it’s not too dark for my very light blonde brows, thank god. NYX Butter Gloss I’m such a fangirl over NYX lip products. The consistency, the variety of colours and the many collections just have me at hello. This lip gloss is from the Butter Gloss collection and oh my word, it does what it says on the tin. Easy to wear and long-lasting, this gloss is in a brown-nude shade and I love …

Blogmas // Festive Party Looks with Sleek Cosmetics

It’s that time of the year when Instagram is awash with photos of Christmas parties. The annual works do is such an event in the calendar with all your pals planning what everyone’s wearing, are pre-drinks happening beforehand and who’s going out-out afterwards. But for me, the party starts at home when I start doing my make up! I love getting glammed up as I’m not really an out-out person and I tend to wear a full face on the daily anyway, so the opportunity to look even more extra and add a whole lot more sass to my look. One of my fave brands of the moment is Sleek Make UP. I’m sure you’ve gathered by now that I’m a fan of the budget make up brands that don’t cost the earth but have products worth investing in. Sleek is up there in my book on both counts! The Hella Good Eyes Set is perfect for creating loads of different eye looks. Complete with two full eyeshadow palettes, take your pick from either the …

Blogmas // Kiko Milano Cosmetics First Impressions

I’ve wanted to try Kiko Milano Cosmetics for a while after having a nosey in the Covent Garden store earlier in the year, but due to the location of the store it was just too busy to even consider getting matched. So, on a day-trip up to Glasgow last month I spotted my chance and picked up a foundation and nail varnish in the Buchanon Street store. I decided to try the foundation as I’m in-between a couple at the moment after opting to use tinted moisturisers throughout the summer. But my skin needs a bit of help at the minute due to the change in weather, so a thicker base is needed. I picked up the Smart Hydrating Foundation after being matched in store. Overall, I do find the brand to be quite ‘glam’ in the sense of a lot of makeup is worn by the in-store MUA’s and despite being quite pale naturally, I was matched to a darker shade than I would generally go for. So, I actually went against the shade …

Beauty // Glitter Smokey Eye Makeup 

Sometimes it’s nice to have a root through your makeup collection and rediscover old favourites. And that was exactly what I did when packing for my recent trip to Ragdale Hall. I’m really enjoying dark, opulent looks at the minute – vampy red lips and a bold eye. I know, I know, the MUA’s say one or the other but at this time of year I find myself reaching for the both. I love this eyeshadow quad palette I was very kindly gifted from the brand Me Me Me last year. The mix of pinky red shades and metallic golds work so well together when blended and it’s my newly discovered fave. You can use it to create a variety of eye looks – I’m loving using the berry shades across the lid to build up to a dramatic eye and then add a touch of bronze in the crease to add a bit of sparkle. I’m using it most weekend and I can’t wait to see their latest releases for this season. And like I …

Beauty // Debenhams Glamoween 

I thought Halloween would pass me by this year as I haven’t got any concrete plans to celebrate but when an invite to Debenhams Glamoween event landed in my inbox a couple of weeks ago, I had to go along for a nosey! The event consisted of two 30 minute masterclasses with a ghoulish twist! Perfect for fright night, we watched the talented MUA’s at work! One by Make Up Forever – a brand I hadn’t actually looked at before and one by Urban Decay. Both looks were perfectly pigmented using gorgeous a variety of products. Make Up Forever created a beaut ombre mermaid lip which was amazing, although I’d never be able to recreate! I also had the chance to look at the nnext Urban Decay Moondust palette which was so pretty and pigmented. I had to stop myself from buying it so close to payday!

Sneak Peek……Me Me Me Opulent Collection

With the arrival of the new Starbucks autumn cups all over my instagram, this is the signal we’ve been waiting for. It’s time to put away our beloved summer clothes and head straight into autumn with cosy scarfs, knee high boots and burgundy nails. And what better way to embrace the new season that to switch up your make up collection? I’ve made the transition ever since this fabulous Me Me Me Opulent collection landed on my desk. The Quad Palette I’ve always been a fan of a brown, smokey eye and this quad palette features lovely berry tones that can be built up to create a striking eye look. I’ve been using this when I’ve been going ‘out out’. Perfect for the impending party season, the 2 brown shades look great on their own and gorgeous when you add a bit of colour using the pinky/red and plum. Dark and Divine Mascara I think finding a holy grail mascara can be tricky. You need to make sure the brush works for you and it’s …