Tuesday, 31 July 2012

July Favourites

I have decided to join the 'Favourites' bandwagon and share a few of my top products from July. Horah!

Estée Lauder - Double Wear Light 
The first item which I will swiftly run by, as I have written a review post for this below, is Estée Lauder's Double Wear Light foundation. I cannot say enough about this, and either can my colleagues and friends - I don't think I've ever been complimented so much in my life - it's almost embarrassing (not). Let's be honest, we all love to pretend we have no idea why we 'suddenly' look so radiant, when really we are high-fiving ourselves in our head and thanking God somebody noticed as we have spent a small fortune.

Soap & Glory - Sexy Mother Pucker (Yummy Plum)
Next on the list is Sexy Mother Pucker in the shade Yummy Plum. And yes, this is yummy. Not in an edible way, but it certainly does make your lips look yummy. I will warn you, as with MAC Plushglass', you will have to get used to the 'tingling' sensation, however I genuinely believe this product does plump and enhance your lips, without the risk of looking like Leslie Ash (I'm a huge fan of Men Behaving Badly, don't shoot me). It is still on the pricier side of high street at £10.00, however they have numerous shades available and putting aside the plumping, they are genuinely pretty lip glosses.

Natural Collection Blush (Pink Cloud)
Here is a cheap and cheerful addition - Natural Collection's powder blush in the shade Pink Cloud. For a fabulous £1.99, you really can't go wrong with this product. It is a beautiful and light-weight powder which gives you with perfect flush of colour. Natural Collection have various shades, which I also own some of, and this is my current favourite. If blind testing, which really wouldn't be advisable if you are planning on leaving the house, I would genuinely believe this would belong to a high-end brand as the texture is so smooth with minuscule particles. I urge you to try!

No.7 Fanomenal Lashes
Last, but not least, in my favourites of July is No.7's Fanomenal Lashes mascara. I have to say, I am a swapper when it comes to mascaras. Once I use one up, I tend to move onto the next new thing. However that doesn't go to say I don't know a great mascara when I use one. Fanomenal Lashes really does enhance every lash from the lusciously long, to the tiny lashes which we don't even know are there. My eyes look wider, lighter and almost glowing (if that is even possible). And yes, I did use my Boots five pound off No.7 voucher when purchasing this, but this is certainly a product which I would have no doubts in re-purchasing at full price.

So, there we have it. You now know which products I've been loving over the last month, and I'm sure they will be joining me throughout August too.

Goodbye July, it's been truly emotional.

Torn Between Lovers

Well... not quite. But almost.

Okay, so following my raving review about Chanel's Vitalumiére Aqua, which I still stand by, I found myself browsing the make-up counters of my local department store, trying to dissuade myself from buying anything MAC. Next thing I know, I am walking out £27.00 lighter with a new Estée Lauder foundation which goes by the name of Double Wear Light.

What a revelation, and why haven't I discovered this before!? Of course, I have heard the name flown around from time to time, but I have never found myself eager to try. When swatching on the back of my hand (awful idea, I know) the lovely lady pounced on me and that was that. My 'can't say no' nature must be plastered over my forehead - I'm a saleswo/man's dream!

Moving onto the foundation, although I have to admit, the texture and consistency doesn't come close to Chanel, the staying power really is on another level. You may remember me mentioning my oily complexion and paranoia of the looking like a disco ball? Banished. I apply this foundation at around 7am most morning's and when I return home from work, with absolutely no touch ups, I still look as fresh faced as first thing in the morning. How is that even possible? I'm even starting to contemplate whether my skin complexion has magically swapped overnight to 'normal'!

The consistency is noticeably thicker when first applied to your skin which, when compared to the luxury of Vitalumiére Aqua, is a slight negative, however this is to be expected with a long-lasting foundation. The description on the packaging states:
"15 hour wear" check
"Lightweight, comfortable make up controls oil and stays vibrant and fresh throughout your active day." check
"Won't clog pores" check (as of yet)
"Transfer resistant, won't 'melt' off through heat and humidity" huge check

For your information, my shade in Estée Lauder Double Wear Light is 'Intensity 02'. I shall now insert the generic image of the packaging.

I have to say, out of naivety, I truly thought no other foundation could make me part with my beloved Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua, but maybe this was just lust? Obviously, I would hate for Double Wear Light to just be a mere rebound, and I will certainly bare in mind the grass may not be greener on the other side. I just hope that if this is the case, Chanel will take me back?

Monday, 23 July 2012

MAC Chatterbox

After pining over MAC's Chatterbox for quite some time, I decided to take the plunge and 'invest'... and I am glad I did!

First of all, I will talk about the colour - a perfect pink which is completely wearable for both day and night. This may be controversial to some, but I have to admit I am not a fan of 'Barbie' shades, especially on myself. Chatterbox is effortless and elegant, however it still does have the ability to turn heads. Rather than a 'bright' or 'baby' pink, I would describe the colour as slightly deeper. A pink with depth, and warmer, almost purple, undertones, which would suit a variation of skin tones, from dark to light.

The finish to the lipstick is 'Amplified', drying to a slightly matte texture, which ensures the colour is long-lasting and extremely pigmented. As much as I love a smooth, moisturised feel to the lip, I have never taken to Cremesheen finishes as I find they slide off my lip after no time. Although the Amplified finish is slightly matte, it really doesn't leave your lips feeling dry or crumbly. That alone is a huge positive!

I ordered the lipstick through the MAC website, which is always a worry considering the swatches are, lets just say, less than accurate. However, after my usual routine of researching blogs and swatches, I knew I wouldn't be disappointed.

In a nutshell, I really would recommend Chatterbox to anyone who is looking for an everyday, wearable pink with fantastic staying power, and without the Barbie resemblance.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

It's what's on the Inside...

Today I write about beauty. Not physical, but true beauty.

Although I am a self diagnosed beauty addict, obsessed with products, magazines and all things 'pretty', I also believe that there is no such thing as perfection. Having developed a skin condition, Vitiligo, at a young age, I found it hard to feel comfortable and happy with myself for a long time. Now, I couldn't be happier or more content. Not becuase I am vain, but because I have learned to love the things that make me different.

Insecurities can cover many things, for both men and women, whether this be weight, height, body hair or acne, and we will all have insecurites that stay with us for the duration of our lives. What to you may be a huge, obvious imperfection, may to others be unnoticeable, or even beautiful. My skin condition isn't something 'on show', however during my teenage years, made me feel ugly, abnormal and singular. However, through time, and great family and friends, I have learned to become confident about my uniqueness. 

We are all guilty of judging people at the first glance, whether that be in a good, or bad, way. However, I think there becomes a time in everyone's life where you become aware of the important things in life. Anyone can make themselves look beautiful, however it takes a lot for one to become a kind, loving person.

Rather than using make up items to cover up any 'imperfections' or draw attention away from a certain areas, it should be used to complient and enhance your features - something which I have learned over many years. Of course, products are there to be used for the 'feel good' factor, and for times of endulgance, however you should always remember that even if you are the definition of perfect on the outside, your personality is the key.

If you look around, and feel overwhelmed by the fantastic family and friends you have, this is because they love who you are as a person. Not because you look perfect. So, always remember, they will be the people supporting you for the rest of your life. You will also (or may have already) meet that certain someone who decides they would like to share the rest of their life with you - and that is becuase they think you are beautiful, inside and out. Your imperfections will be perfect to them.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Current Nail Colour - Rimmel

Just a light and breasy post for a Sunday!

I made the bold move of cutting my nails (sob). The reason for the 'chop' is because I find it hard for bolder nail colours to look wearable on longer length nails.

I have been a fan of Rimmel 60 Second nail polishes for a while now. I find them affordable, very pigmented and they do genuinely dry in 1-2 minutes. Let's be honest, who really enjoys waiting around, unable to touch anything until your nail colour has dried? I certainly don't.

With the summer trend of pastel and light coloured nails, I have been eager to pick up a lilac varnish. Originally close to purchasing Essie's 'St Lucia Lilac', I decided to just go for Rimmel on the basis I wasn't sure how often it would be worn, and at half the price, you can't go wrong.

The colour is '620 HOW DO YOU LILAC IT?', and I am in love with it. With cheaper polishes, you do have to be wary of chipping, however for the price, let's be honest, you really can't complain! A decent top coat varnish will do the trick for staying power.

Happy Sunday all - my roast dinner is calling!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua - Review

As a true foundation struggler, I have tried endless brands, from high street to high end, however I have always felt as though I haven't found 'the one'. As pessimistic as that may sound, it has encouraged me to continue my search...

I will begin by updating you on my skin type - oily - which is certainly something that does make me self-conscious throughout the day. Constantly checking my face, armed with pressed powder and shine control sheets is a routine which I have become accustomed to. The difficulty with oily skin and myself is that I am a huge fan of the healthy, dewy complexion, however my paranoia of looking greasy means that look hasn't been possible. Until now!

After deciding that my only hope for a 'good' foundation is by going down the high end street, I was magically lead to the Chanel counter by my gut instinct. When chatting with the lady at the counter, who was brilliant, I explained that I am looking for a lightweight foundation, which will work on my oily skin type, yet still give me a flawless image. Instantly, she showed me Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua (Beige 20) which she then applied on my skin. I was sold!

The foundation itself is water based, meaning you do need to give the bottle a GOOD shake before application - this is essential. The consistency is very thin and a little goes a long way. When touching the skin, the liquid feels like silk, so luxurious and almost refreshing! With a light rose scent, the smell is not over-baring and actually rather pleasant. Described as 'ultra light', the coverage is fantastic yet not matte and cakey in the slightest. Obviously areas of extreme redness, such as spots, will need to be corrected with concealer, however the finished look is just beautiful. 

I have tried application with both my fingers and a stippling brush, both working fantastically, but I have to admit, I do think the better finished result is using fingers. I also add, the foundation does have an SPF of 15, which as great as SPF is to have, it initially worried me with regards to photography, however this hasn't seemed to be a problem at all.

I have been using this product for approximately two months now, so a fair amount of time for any flaws to be highlighted - which have not. I must say, I have researched other reviews which have mentions of breakouts. This has certainly not been a problem for me, however, as with all foundations, it may be worth sampling a tester before purchasing if this is a re-occurring problem for you. 

This is a product which I cannot rave about enough. Although on the pricier side (£32.00), Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua is completely worth the money - especially for people who struggle with finding 'the one'.