Thursday, 12 November 2015

Make Up and Glow

 I know it's not really the right time of year for discussing bronzers, it should be berry lipsticks and liner right now but I've only now gotten round to actually trying out my W7 Make Up and Glow bronzing base. I bought it months ago and it sat in my cosmetics basket gathering dust until I had a 'play day' where I hauled everything out and swatched and applied till I looked like Aunt Sally. 

The texture of this is super light and sheer, which I gather is down to it being a gel base rather than a heavier cream. It's perfect this time of year for adding a bit of healthy colour to my 'it's-dark-90%-of-the-day-now' ghostly sheen that I've currently been sporting. For a night out, it works great as a contour, just blend blend blend (which it does pretty well).

Fair skinned gals, beware. It's very warm and if you're pale I think it'll look too orange. If I tried to apply this directly to my skin without any foundation on,  I could probably just about get away with it if I spent an hour buffing it in but colour wise, it works best when I'm a bit evened out with foundation. My preferred method is to apply where I want it with my fingers (heat from your hands keeps it a little more malleable) then blending with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush.

I love the packaging for this product. It's way better than a powered bronzer that cracks and spills everywhere and there's always something ever so slightly more decadent about a product in a pot, plus it makes it that little more like Chanel's bronzer... except this one is under £6. *Sound the Bargain Horn* Plus, this is well pigmented and a little goes a long way, I honestly only need to swipe across the top for a bit of colour. I've used this several times now and it still looks brand new. Yasssss. I love it when they stay looking brand new for longer, instead of old and hideous and then I have to go out and buy replacements... just 'cos.

W7, this one gets a thumbs up from me!

Shel x 
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Thursday, 29 October 2015

Autumn Walk

Among a throng of over cast, drizzly days, when I woke up to blue skies and that lovely crisp Autumn air, I decided to make the most of it and headed out for a walk in the woods. There's something very rewarding about Autumn walks, I think it must be the combination of exercise (always good when you've been seriously putting it off) and jumping through piles of golden leaves, kicking them in the air with joy like a small child (I know it can't just be me). 

Just look at all the leaves!!

Shel x
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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

My First Charlotte Tilbury Order

I had to. Once the sample of the 'Magic Foundation' had arrived at my doorstep with it's parchment envelope and gilded post card... I was hooked. The foundation itself is a good 'un. I eked out the sample sachet for about four days and it was love at first application.  I decided to place an order and to avoid the delivery charge, I bought a mascara as well, who wouldn't rather have another product in place of a delivery charge, right? 

I'll most more on my thoughts of the products so far but just had to share some images of  how it arrived.. so decadent and special feeling. So far, this order has definitely been worth the money and felt like a real luxurious treat. I can sense that I might be accidentally logging on to Charlotte's website again soon. My bad.

Shel x

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Lasting Finish Concealer

When you have annoying skin full of angst that thinks it's still a teenager, then you'll appreciate a good, full coverage concealer like me. I'm always on the hunt for the 'next best thing', mainly with foundations and concealers, to help make my skin appear more flawless. 

Enter Rimmel's Lasting Finish Concealer. I love the fact that it's in a pot so you can take out what you need, rather than applying it straight from a wand or stick and thus transferring bacteria every time you do so. For me, it's definitely a more high coverage concealer, perfect for disguising those pesky blemishes. It's quite heavy and I would recommend setting it with a powder and if you have oilier skin, use a primer to save it from sliding right off again and leaving you exposed!

I have tried using it under my eyes and although it does the job coverage wise (doesn't matter if I have 3 hours or 9 hours sleep, those bags just will not shift) I think the texture is a little much. I prefer a lighter concealer under the eyes, that doesn't settle in lines or look so cakey but it comes down to personal preference.

I'm a big fan of the Soap and Glory Kick Ass Concealer duo but this one is holding it's own right now too as far as the more heavy duty concealers go, plus it's not over expensive - so it's one for the bargain hunters. 

What do you guys think, have you tried it? What concealers are a staple in your kit?

Shel x
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Sunday, 9 August 2015

The Gothic Quarter

The Gothic Quarter is like a place from my dreams. I'm a little bit obsessed with history and this place in Barcelona is just brimming full of it. I could just imagine myself dressed in my medieval clothes, drifting around the cobbly streets that are steeped with mystery. Drama queen, me? Neh.

Every time you think you've seen enough of this place, or you've done a loop, you discover some other narrow path that you haven't explored before and off you go, only to find it opens out into another courtyard framed with another church... honestly such a beautiful area. That being said, the narrow roads can get very busy, especially around the Picasso museum, so keep hold of your bags and purses!

My enjoyment of this place was made SO much better by the insanely good cakes in a little bakery. Everything was set out so well and looked so pretty, I could have stood sight seeing in the bakery alone for an hour (when I say sight seeing I mean eating... everything. Obviously).

Shel x
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