Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer in 'Chantilly'.

A few weeks ago I got hold of Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer in Chantilly. I've always struggled for two reasons, stemming from my pale skin. Firstly there were never any shades light enough for my skin, and secondly, my dark circles are very prominent and need heavier cover.

This is my face with no base. No foundation or concealer and as you can see, my circles are quite dark.

I dotted this new concealer ready for application, and as you can see, it's lovely and pale, it's like the colour of cream. It's slightly lighter than my skin colour and so it works great as a subtle highlight too.

Here you can see it blended. It doesn't completely cover my dark circles but it makes a huge difference. With foundation underneath it looks much more seamless and I think the colour compliments my face.

The picture above is of my previous go-to concealer, Benefit Fake-Up in 01 Light, and Nars Chantilly next to it. This is so you can see the difference in the shade. The benefit one was always too dark but it was the best for me because it was very moisturising, however the Nars is very hydrating too, and doesn't go flaky like other ones do.

Overall I'm very happy with this concealer, and I will definitely be using it for the foreseeable future, I think it's my new favourite cosmetic product :)

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

My Top 5 Favourite Bloggers.

As someone who spends a huge chunk of their life on the internet reading blogs, I decided that I would make a short list including my favourites and let you know why.

1. Lily Melrose.

Anyone that knows me knows that I love a well thought out well written blog. One day I aspire to have the sort of blog people go to for advice, a blog that they can trust. This is how I feel about Lily. Her blog llymlrs is always honest, and I can take her word as truth. The amount of amazing recommendations I've listened to and found to be perfect is crazy. So basically now, if she recommends something, I want it. Not only does she post frequently enough that there seems to always be something new to read, she's filming videos for youtube also, and even writing a book. (A book which I must add, I can't wait for, and will be buying as soon as it's available). I'd recommend reading her blog if you're looking for an opinion you can trust.


2. Caroline Hirons.

Skincare Goddess. Dermatological Genius. This woman changed the way I care for my skin and I must thank her for that. Mostly what she recommends for skin care routines I was doing any way but there are little things in her posts that you otherwise might not know. She offers step-by-step guides on how to properly care for your skin and also recommends and reviews all the latests products/fads and lets you know whether or not you should be buying in to them. She's also hilarious and brilliant (See recent post; The best things about being in your 40s). This is another blog in which you can take the word as gospel. Basically if you do what she says, you'll have beautiful skin and I couldn't possibly say no to that.


3. The Beauty Crush.

Sammi is a fashion an beauty blogger from London. She features posts showing her outfits which are always flawless, and taken in some beautiful locations. The photographs are honestly beautiful. And now she is even launching her own line of clothing with her boyfriend Jason. She also runs a successful YouTube channel and her tips on beauty and fashion are great. She is super funny and bubbly and I could watch her vlogs for days. She always has something useful to say and she has some great opinions and recommendations. I love to watch her videos and see what products she's been loving (because hello, perfect flawless face) and  I'd definitely recommend giving her blog and channel a look.


4. Zoella.

I know she doesn't blog much, or at all anymore, but I had to put her on here. She is the reason I not only started reading blogs, but why I wanted to start my own. She has achieved absolutely amazing heights considering she started off blogging at home in her bedroom in some small village in Wiltshire. Now she's a global star with millions of followers and she owes it to her brilliant business mind and her determination in doing something that she loves. It's foolish for me to ever want to be that successful because it won't happen, but she is an inspiration and a role-model.


5. In the Frow.

Victoria, writer of In the Frow is an inspiration to someone like me. She's academic, she knows her stuff, and her blog is growing increasingly successful. She's from Manchester which is very close to me and where I spent a lot of my adolescence, and, I'm not sure what it is but there don't seem to be many successful northern bloggers in ratio to ones from London. Her blog In the Frow is a mixture of Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle. She has recently moved to London and she documented the move and also her recent trip to Japan. It's all interesting stuff and I'd love to, one day, be in the same successful position that she is currently in, owing it all to hard work, and a job well done.


Let me know about your favourite bloggers in the comments, I'm always open to recommendations. Also let me know if you love any of my top 5 :)

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

MAC Whirl.

We all know that the MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl is extremely sought after. I was working a long 12 hour shift one Sunday and whilst on my break I received an email letting me know that it was back in stock. I was so desperate for it, and I managed to get hold of one.

 Ignore my claw hands taking the picture.

The pencil texture is actually quite hard. It's slightly difficult to get as much colour payoff compared to my other MAC Lip Pencils. 

The colour looks quite brown on me, because I'm so pale. I like the colour it's just not necessarily something I could wear every day. You can see it swatched on the back of my hand below.

And here you can see it on my lips with MAC Lipstick in Brave. I like it a lot more with the lipstick rather than allover the lips because it can be quite drying, and Brave is a bit more pink than brown and so I feel like it suits me a lot more.

Friday, 8 May 2015

My week on Instagram.

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Monday, 4 May 2015

Illamasqua Hydra Veil with Skin Base.

I just wanted to do a little (but will probably be long) post about the Illamasqua HydraVeil. It seems popular among bloggers and makeup gurus alike, and I had heard great stuff so I wanted to get a pot for myself!

After debating for a few days I was trawling ASOS and find it on sale for £21.50 instead of the full £30 and so I didn't hesitate.

The packaging is pretty simple, I don't dislike it but it's nothing special. Although they do say that it's what is on the inside that counts ;) It comes with a teeny tiny spatula for handling it which is great so you don't have to shove your fingers in and get all bacteria in there.

When it came I was so intrigued to see for myself the unusual formula that goes from jelly to gel to liquid. Just to show you, I used the little spatula to stir the jelly in the pot and took some photos progressively as it began to go runny in the pot.

It's so cool to mess around with. Anyway on to performance, I wanted to try the Hydra Veil with the Skin Base which I actually only got last week so I've tested it out and taken some pictures to show you what the products work like together and what the Skin Base looks like without the Hydra Veil.

Here on the skin I have just the Hydra Veil on, as you can see it makes the skin very dewy, which is great because the pallor of my skin is so pale, makeup leaves me looking quite chalky and dull sometimes. The hydra veil goes on to the skin wet and dries almost instantly, kind of like a gel-based moisturiser, but it's specifically designed to be used under makeup.

I then applied Skin Base in 03 over the top and as you can see, only a very light layer of the foundation works wonders. It evens out my skin tone and covers all my redness, and with the Hydra Veil underneath it still looks healthy and dewy.

The next picture is the Skin Base without the Hydra Veil. To be completely honest I was shocked at how bad my skin looked. It looks dry and flat and chalky. But I always have this problem, it's no reflection on the quality of the foundation.

I focused on parts of my face here where you can see the dryness without the Hydra Veil.

I'm just unbelievably happy that not only have I found a pale foundation that matches my skin colour but has a complimentary product that provides moisture and depth to the skin.

Have you tried any of the Illamasqua products? And did you love/hate them? Let me know in the comments :).