Saturday, 19 April 2014

Guest Post: Spring Beauty by Overdose De Maquillage

Hi everyone! My name is Rachael and I blog over at Overdose De Maquillage. I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to write a guest post for Corrie's amazing blog while she's away, and today I have decided to go with a spring themed beauty post. As much as I love the change in seasons, I have been counting down the days to spring since the New Year. I am a big fan of everything to do with spring - the brighter days, longer evenings, daffodils, cherry blossoms, and of course the fact that it's once again acceptable to start wearing 'spring appropriate' make-up. This year, as soon as the clocks went forward, I couldn't wait to pull out my dewy foundations, radiance boosting primers and highlighters, pastel and bright coloured nail polishes and lipsticks, and cream blushes from the back of my muji drawers. Today I've picked out my spring beauty favourites, and will be letting you in on what beauty bits I am currently loving for this time of year. 

I'm the kind of person who strives to achieve radiant, dewy and glowing skin year round, but come spring time I always like to up the amp a little more in this area. Of course there's a lot to be said for getting a good nights sleep and sticking to a flawless skincare routine, but priming with the L'Oréal Lumi Magique Pure Light Primer is one of my favourite ways to 'fake the glow'. I like to apply a thin layer of this pearlescent, shimmering primer underneath my foundation, or mix a few drops in with my base of choice to brighten up my complexion and inject a little radiance back into my skin. This drugstore gem is a great all rounder as it can also be used as a liquid highlighter by applying it to the high points of the face, or even on it's own to perk up dull skin on a foundation free day. In terms of bases, I love to ditch the full coverage, matte foundations associated with the winter months in favour of something more lightweight and sheer. The Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation is, in my opinion, a foundation that was made to be worn during the spring months. It looks and feels incredibly natural and skin like, and perfects the skin without actually looking like foundation. It leaves a satin finish, that is neither too matte nor too dewy, and feels so lightweight that sometimes I even question whether or not I'm wearing a foundation at all! A second, more pocket friendly base that I've also been loving this spring is the new Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream. Containing three different pigments to help even out the skin tone and fight signs of fatigue, it's one of my go-to bases these days for covering up redness and imperfections and adding a little luminosity back into my skin. It provides a little more coverage than the Chanel offering, but still looks and feels natural and lightweight on the skin.

I don't really switch up my eye shadow choices too much at different times of the year like I do my bases, blushes, and lipsticks, and tend to stick to neutrals most of the time, but there are two in particular I can see becoming firm favourites this spring. This time of year I like to keep my eye make-up minimal and keep the focus on either a bright cheek or lip. My MAC Eye Shadow in Naked Lunch is the perfect neutral champagne peachy-pink that adds a subtle sheen to the lids - to me it's a toned down, less shimmery version of Stila's Kitten. It looks beautiful whether worn on it's own or paired with a darker, defining shade in the crease. I love to pack it on all over the lid and pair it with a bronze/chocolate brown kohl eyeliner smudged into the lashline and fluttering lashes for a fresh, spring look. A second eye shadow that I've fallen in love with is the Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit, a shimmering taupe with a light and creamy consistency. It's one of those 'one wash wonders' that is so easy to pop on and blend out with fingertips, and is a perfect everyday spring neutral shade. 

I'm all about the cream blushes come spring time, and I can't get enough of the fresh, healthy glow they add to the skin. I am loving the Topshop Cream Blush in Head Over Heels at the moment, which is a warm coral shade that really brightens and livens up my complexion. It is a cream to powder blush, and has a smooth, soft and creamy consistency which makes it super easy to apply and blend out (I love to use my Real Techniques Buffing Brush, for reference!). Coral is probably the make-up shade associated with spring and summer, and this Topshop offering has me sorted in the blush stakes this year. The Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blush in Truth is a second blush that just works for this time of year. Truth is a beautiful nude, shimmering peach shade, and is the perfect 'barely there' blush that tones down the colour on my cheeks and allows me to play up my eyes or lips. I simply squeeze a few drops onto the back of my hand and apply to the apples of my cheeks with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush. It gives a beautiful natural flush of colour to the cheeks, and the waterproof formula means that it lasts all day without fading. It contains a good dose of silver shimmer which means  I can double it up as a highlighter by bringing it up on to the high points of my cheeks  - another good multitasking face product!

I'm a nude pink lipstick lover year round, but this time of year especially I just can't seem to get enough of them. My MAC Lipstick in Creme Cup is the perfect everyday pastel pink shade, and can be worn with pretty much anything. The cremesheen formula means that it has excellent colour pay off but at the same time doesn't dry out my lips too much. Glossy lips are definitely on trend this spring, and although I've never really been much of a lip gloss lover I couldn't help but fall in love with the Maybelline Colorsensational Shine Gloss in Cashmere Rose as soon as I tried it. It is definitely more of a lip balm/lip gloss hybrid, and could well be described as a dupe for the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors which are a personal favourite of mine. Cashmere Rose is a sheer pinky/coral shade that is perfect for day wear. It lacks the stickiness and gloopiness traditionally associated with lip glosses, and this was the real winning point for me. Another trend I've been getting on board with this spring is orange lips, and the Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayon in Orange Punch was the perfect shade to ease me into wearing this slightly daunting choice of lip colour. Orange Punch is a beautiful sheer pinky/orange with a glossy finish that is much more wearable compared to a true neon orange, and is the perfect way to add a pop of colour to an otherwise simple and fresh spring make-up look.  

So there you have it, my current spring make-up picks! What are your favourite beauty products for the spring months?

Lots of love, Rachael 

Friday, 18 April 2014

Guest Post: Favourite Rimmel Products by Sweet Dreams

Hi everyone, I'm Alexandra and I blog all things beauty and lifestyle over at Sweet Dreams. I've been lucky enough to guest post for Corrie whilst she is having an amazing time on her holiday in Orlando! The guest post I am bringing you today is all about my favourite products from Rimmel. I have always loved Rimmel as a brand, not only are they cheap and affordable, but you know you're getting the best quality too!

Glam'Eyes Liquid Liner - 'Black Glamour'.
I actually stumbled upon this liquid eyeliner by accident! My favourite Rimmel eyeliner has always been Rimmel's Exaggerate Liner as it has the perfect thick tip, so I definitely had to have a steady hand when I discovered Glam Eyes. The Glam Eyes liner has an extremely thin tip which can be difficult for some, but after a few tries I've soon got the hang of using it and I now use it everyday. It's a perfect dark black shade and I try to mix my eyeliner up with smaller lines one day, thicker the next and a little cat flick on a good day! The thin tip means its perfect for creating a cat flick or wing as you can give it a good few attempts without putting too much on at once.
BB Cream Matte - Shade 'Very Light'.*
I have actually never used a BB cream before, I am more of a full coverage foundation kinda girl, but to my surprise this has completely changed my conception of a BB cream. This is my go to product for the 'No makeup, makeup days' - it's perfect for when I just don't feel like concealing my skin and giving it a little break for once. The shade is perfect for my natural pale skin tone and is a lightweight and non-oily formula. This actually reminds me of Vichy's Idealia Life Serum! I apply this all over my face using my fingers and it instantly brightens my skin, evens my skin tone and generally gives me that little extra glow to my skin - all without looking like I've caked it on! The BB Cream also contains an added extra of SPF 15 and as I'm also heading off to Orlando next month, I can see this being my everyday product out there to keep my skin looking fresh and glowing!

Scandal'Eyes Mascara - 'Extreme Black'.
When it comes to my mascara, I always love the thick and volumised look. Enter Scandal'Eyes with its big brush formulated with keratin formula to find the teeny tiny lashes I never knew I had. I usually start with a thinner and lengthening mascara such as Maybelline Great Lash and then I add Scandal'Eyes on top. The mascara really boosts the look of my lashes without giving a clumpy or spidery look. As the brush is quite large, I had wondered whether it would work on my bottom lashes without leaving smudges everywhere, but it's just perfect - I can't beat it!

Lasting Finish Lipstick - 'Coral In Gold'.
It's not often I delve into the world of lipsticks, but Rimmel's 'Coral In Gold' shade is a gorgeous coral with hints of shimmer - perfect for spring and summer time! The gold tones are subtle enough that you can wear this shade day and night. It looks lovely teamed with a tan (If I ever have one!), has a creamy texture when applying and also gives a high impact colour.

What are your Rimmel favourites? x

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Guest Post: Kiko Haul by Zoebowx

Hello everyone, hope you are all well. I am Zoe and i write the blog and sit in front of a camera and talk to people about makeup at Today I am delighted to be writing a post for Corrie whilst she's jetting of on holiday. Jealous is the biggest understatement right now. 

I was recently in London and was on Regent Street and wandered past Kiko. I am fortunate enough to live only 30 -40 minutes outside of London, so I can get up there easily, but I hate paying for the train fares; 'why you so expensive train fares??!?!' Two things: when you wander past a makeup store, its rude not to enter and secondly, to not buy anything is even worse. If you haven't heard of Kiko then fear not, as it is a relatively new brand to the UK. It is an Italian brand and the products are amazing! The best thing about this is that the products are all luxury standard, but at drugstore prices. How can anyone say no to that?!? Certainly not me. Like I said, it would have been rude for me not to buy anything, so I took advantage and bought a few to many brown/bronze eye products.

First of lets start with the primer. I am a lover of primers and think they look amazing on others, but on me, they never seem to actually make my foundation stay any longer, if not makes it stay shorter then it normally would. I suffer from rosy red cheeks and its not something I'm fond of. No one wants to look like you've gone OTT with the blusher. I am up for anything that's going to help hide the redness and this seems like a good place to start. It seems like a good product so far and does an average job at hiding the redness. Its not blown me away so far, but I will keep using it and try different foundations with it as that may be help. I think the packaging is so chic and feels so nice as well. The primer was £9.90 which I personally think is bloody amazing, as most colour correcting primers are so expensive and not many of the drugstore brands do one, apart from L'oreal.

This brush caught my eye on the website when i was having a sneaky browse and i was intrigued. I love big fat dense kabuki esq brushes, so of course I just needed this one. It's not like I don't have any, oh wait.... The packaging of the brush, I think is quite ugly, but then I'm not using the handle to apply to product, so it technically doesn't matter, but it would look better in black. I'm so fussy I know. I used this with a powder and it literally makes my face look like a airbrushed goddess. My face is actually not a goddess of faces. This was the most expensive at £16.90, but its one of my new favourite brushes already!

I have always been fascinated with pigments, but never owned any. They literally made me so happy and could easily keep me amused for hours. I'm easily pleased. I also really want to just pour all the product out and put it everywhere, but I shall resist the temptation. I'm not actually that weird, I promise. I swatched this on the back of my hand and it's the prettiest bronze colour ever. I am a neutrals fanatic and just want every product that's bronze or brown. Really pushing out my limits. This pot was £5.90. Yes, you heard me right. I know, amazing, let me buy some more. They do have a fluro coral one, but i would just stare at it and be amazed. I got the shade 12 Cocoa.

The next product is eye base and a recommendation on behalf of Lily Pebbles. She mentioned this in one of her latest videos and I was sold. I love my Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On & On Bronze and I've nearly run out, so of course I needed to try an alternative and after hearing Lily rave about this, it just jumped in my hand. I got the shade snappy brass and I am in love. I swatched this on my hand and after it had set, I'm not even kidding you, it wasn't going to move anywhere. I literally tried to scrub it of and it wasn't moving and I even struggled with makeup wipe to get it off. The fact I have no arm muscles, may not help, but still it wasn't going to budge. It's the most gorgeous champagne bronzy colour and I think it would be perfect for everyday use, but work quickly otherwise, it may look patchy and un-blended. This beauty was £7.90. I know, amazing. I think these are limited edition, so if you are near a Kiko store, do check this out!

Next up is another recommendation from Barbara from the Persian Babe on youtube. I was watching her latest haul and just had to pick up a water shadow. I think it says what is does in the name, but they are beautiful eyeshadows that are designed to be used with water, but can also be used without water. I got the most beautiful light gold 208 shimmery colour . Its absolutely amazing. I tried this out with water and oh my goodness, its so pigmented and creamy and just amazing, there are literally no words for it. The price of it was £8.90 which is so reasonable for an eyeshadow which i think is so unique and it won't seal a specific area and its also 3D which is so cool! 

Finally the colour sphere eyeshadow. I got mine in a bronze surprised and its the most amazing chocolate brown colour. The name of the colour is actually 05 Spicy Chocolate Special FX that's one hell of a name. Again, these are super pigmented and just amazing. This eyeshadow can also be used wet or dry, but have only tried it dry so far! They have such a wide range of colours in all of their products, but these were just the ones that grabbed my attention. Zoe, don't fear colour.  This eyeshadow was £5.90 and you get 1.8g of product. 

I can not wait to go back and buy some more as so far, I am seriously impressed with the products and brushes! I hope you enjoyed this post, I've got close ups of them on my latest youtube video as well, so hope you can check that out! Thank you so much to Corrie for having me and hope she is enjoying her holiday! Thank you so much for reading and have a lovely week!

Zoe xxx

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Guest Post: Spring Lip Colours by Lipgloss & Lashes

Hi Ladies! I'm Becky and I usually blog over at Lipgloss & Lashes. I've been reading Corrie's blog for ages now and it's still a firm favourite of mine, so when I was given the opportunity to guest post I was thrilled. I thought I would share some of my favourite lip colours and products for Spring, now that the weather is finally getting warmer and the shops are filled with pretty pastels and bright florals!

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Golden Pink - If your into your pink and nude lipsticks like I am, then this one will be right up your street. Golden Pink is a pretty light pink colour with a hint of coral, making it perfect for this time of year. I love to wear this with a peach blusher and light neutral eyes for a day look. 

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Soft Coral - I love wearing coral lipsticks throughout spring and summer and this one from Tarte is perfect. It's a lovely muted coral colour which isn't too orange, so it's perfect for me as there's no way I can pull off the orange lip trend! Tarte is also now available in the UK through QVC and at £20 for three, you can pick up these lipsticks for drugstore prices - bargain! 

MAC Sunny Seoul - For me, this lipstick is the perfect cross between a pink and a coral colour, making it great for spring/summer. I'm a pink lipstick girl at heart so I never tend to stray too far from a pink lip, meaning that this shade is perfect for me as I can still work the coral trend while still sticking in my comfort zone with the pink tones in the lipstick. This is a cremesheen finish so it's ultra creamy and moisturising which I love. 

MAC Girl About Town - Admittedly, I've only worn this lipstick a few times, but that's not because I don't like the colour (it's seriously beautiful), but because I'm too much of a chicken to rock a bright lip. However, on a night out this would be perfect. This looks great with some winged eyeliner and lots of lashes if you keep your face colour simple. It's also an amplified creme finish so this little bullet really does pack a punch of colour, I tend to only dab a little bit of this on as I find that's enough for me, but you could definitely create a statement lip with this colour. 

Beautiful Movements Lipgloss in Gypsy Spirit - I thought I'd also include some lipglosses in this round up incase your more of a gloss girl, and this one would be perfect for spring. Gypsy Spirit is a neutral coral colour which is super pigmented and creamy, so it's perfect to just wear on its own if you didn't want to fuss around with lipstick. 

E.L.F Mineral Lipgloss in Wild - Wild is another pink/coral colour and is quite similar to the Sunny Seoul lipstick that I've just mentioned. It's a really pretty coral pink with a very subtle golden shimmer running through it. This lipgloss goes on quite sheer so it would be perfect if you didn't want to wear too much colour, or to layer over a pink or coral lipstick. 

The Balm Lipgloss in Girl Next Door - This is hands down one of the best lipglosses I've ever used. It's not sticky at all and applies so well, I really can't recommend it enough - and it smells like banoffee! Girl Next Door is a medium pink colour which is really similar to MAC Speed Dial Lipstick, it's edging towards being a bright lipgloss which makes it perfect for this time of the year too. 

There you have it, my pick of the top lip colours for Spring. I hope you enjoyed reading this and thank you Corrie for letting me post on here while you are away!

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