Thursday, 27 March 2014

My Topshop Beauty Collection

One of my favourite high street make-up brands is Topshop and whenever I visit a Topshop store I usually leave with a cheeky make-up purchase. The make-up is amazing quality, the colour ranges are perfect and the product range is pretty incredible for a high street brand.

I do not have a huge Topshop Beauty collection but out of all the other brands I own, I am pretty loyal to Topshop makeup.
L-R The Damned / Pillow Talk / Idol / Rio Rio

I am a big fan of Topshop Lips and yet have only four in my collection, I will be purchasing more in the future because these lipsticks are pretty special. The Damned is a berry shade which was my go to Autumn lipstick and Pillow Talk is a nudey pink shade similar to Mac Creme Cup. The Damned and Pillow Talk are creaming and highly pigmented with a hint of shine. Idol is a hot pink shade which is perfect for summer and Rio Rio is an bright orangey red (my favourite) Idol and Rio Rio are Matte formulas with incredible staying power. Are there any Topshop Lips you think I should add to my collection?

L-R Green Room / Milkshake / Boy Next Door / Razzamatazz / Beleza

Topshop Nails is one of my favourite nail polish formulas ever, they are creamy and opaque and do not chip easily. They are £5 each and there is a huge shade range. There are a few colours I have my eye on and may even pick up a few when I am in Aberdeen this weekend. 

L-R White Lies Setting Powder, Do It Again Powder Blush, Glow Highlighter in Polished, Sandcastle Bronzer

I love all these products and would highly recommend them to any beauty lover. The White Lies Setting Powder is an excellent powder yes, but I think I love it mostly for the scent. Wow. 
Next up is the Blush in Do It again. This is the latest addition to my Topshop Beauty Family and it is a beautiful peachy pink blush that gives a natural flushed glow to the skin. 
Topshop Glow in Polished is my favourite cream highlighter. I apply this to the tops of my cheek bones, under my eyebrows and on my cupids bone.
Finally, one of my favourite bronzers ever is the Topshop Bronzer in Sandcastles. It is perfect for bronzing and contouring in the summer when your have a bit of colour to your face. 

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Holy Grail Status

I woke up this morning with a thought. A horrible thought. What if my favourite beauty items were discontinued. What if my Holy Grail products were unavailable from now on. Obviously there are bigger more important matters to be considered in the world right now but hypothetically, what if?

This question really made me think about what products I could not live without and what items I would buy in bulk the moment I heard a whisper of the D word. 

To be honest there are very few products I could not live without. I am not very loyal when it comes to lipstick brands and eyeshadow palettes but there are a few products that have reached HG status. These might not be the most glamorous or they might be super cliché but it is very interesting to discover which products I will always have a soft spot for. 

I will start with an easy one, my HG perfume and signature scent, The only perfume I have repurchased and will continue to repurchase till the end of time is Marc Jacobs Daisy. My friends and family all know about the love I have for this beautiful fragrance and I have been gifted this many a time. I am terrible at describing fagrances so I have done a little research on Daisy. 
Heart Notes- Violet
Top Notes- Strawberry
Base Notes- White Woods, Accord
I just know it smells wonderful and one of my friends said I smell like Parma Violets whenever I wear this perfume.

The only makeup product that I would consider a HG product and one I rely on everyday to give me perfectly filled in shaped brows is the Benefit Browzing Kit. I remember the day I started paying attention to my eyebrows, with a visit to the the Benefit Brow Bar in John Lewis, Edinburgh. A wax, tint and a cheeky purchase later, I was ready for my journey into the world of eyebrow maintenance. The compact brow kit comes with a wax, powder, tweezers and two brow brushes. I have spied and tried many a 'dupe' but nothing will come close to the result that the Benefit Browzing Kit gives. 

Next up is my favourite Nail Polish ever. I think has been featured on my blog before, perhaps a favourites post, but it is of course the Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Holiday. This is the most perfect reddy orange shade and even though the formula is a little rubbish it is definatly a nail polish that would devastate me if it were to be discontinued. My favourite colour is orange and this nail polish reminds me of summer and my holidays.

An everyday essential product that I always have on me is the Soap and Glory Hand Food. I have multiple tubes of this hand Cream in different hand bags and around my house as it is the best hand cream out there. It smells of marshmallow and leaves my hands moisturised yet not greasy and comes in a handy travel size for when I am out and about.

Another Soap and Glory product that I discovered last year but has quickly become my favourite bath product ever is the Soap and Glory Sugar Crush Body Wash. I have repurchased countless bottles of this amazing body wash and I will repurchase it for a long time to come. It smells exactly like Lemon Meringue Pie and if I could drink this stuff I would, it smells that good. There are a few more amazing products in the Sugar Crush Scent that I also adore but the body wash is my favourite. It is the perfect scent for early morning showers as it is so refreshing. 

What are your Holy Grail products? 

Thursday, 20 March 2014

What I am Loving this Week #2

This week has been a blur of work and chilling watching two series of Pretty Little Liars. But there has been a few beauty favourites that I have been enjoying.

Firstly, I received this Lipgloss from the March Glamour Magazine and it is from the brand ModelCo which I had never heard of before. It is in the shade Strip Tease and is a shimmery Nude colour. For days when I don't want to wear a lipstick but feel I need a little something I have been picking up this and I have been loving it. It had a doe foot sponge applicator and smells delicious. The lipgloss itself is a little tacky when first applied but it is so beautiful on the lips I haven't been noticing it. I am keen to try out more of these lipglosses. 

Another makeup product that I have been using this week is the MUA Blush Perfection Cream Blusher in Dolly. This is a highly pigmented coral cream blusher that I always find myself reaching for when I want to have a more natural cheek colour. I love these blushers and for £2 I think I may complete my collection. I like to apply these with a stippling brush or just my fingers.

The sun has got me thinking about summer and has got me really excited for summer related products and smells. The body moisturiser I have been reaching for this week is the Boots Coconut Body Oil. It is a 100ml of a coconut balm that melts when it makes contact with your skin. When I picked this up I was under the impression it was a Virgin 100% coconut oil that could be used on skin, hair, face, cooking Ect but it actually has a lot of chemically sounding ingredients, so I have just been using on my legs and arms after a shower. It really is moisturising and is making my skin feel softer.

I have been wanting to show this in a favourites for a while but it's not very glamorous. It is the Garnier Pure Active Anti-Blackhead Deep Pore Wash and it has become a staple in my skincare routine. It is a face wash with Salicylic Acid, minerals and microbeads that all help to exfoliate and unclog pores. I have noticed a big difference in the appearance of my skin recently and I don't know for sure if it's down to this or a mix of some amazing products but I would fully reccomend this to those who have blemish prone and blackhead prone skin. 

What have you been loving?

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Perfect Red Lips

My favourite makeup look is always finished off with a bright red lip... I prefer the orange toned bright reds that are perfect for spring and summer. Here are my top red lippy picks:

Topshop Lips in Rio Rio 
Kate for Rimmel Lipstick in 110
Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balm in Striking
Clinique Chubby Stick in Two Ton Tomato 
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in In Love with Ginger
Mac Lady Danger 

Is there any other bright red lipsticks you would reccomend? 

Thursday, 13 March 2014

What I am Loving This Week #1

I have been an awful blogger the last couple of weeks, with zero posts and zero motivation but I am back today with a weekly favourites post. I am gonna post a weekly favourites every Thursday to make sure I post something. I love my blog but recently have had little time to dedicate myself to it.

An oldie but a goodie, I've recently re-discovered my love for the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum. I love to apply this foundation with my fingers for the perfect air brushed base. I have the shade 52 Vanilla, which is one shade too dark for my skin tone but it actually gives my skin the warmth it requires to give me have a healthy glow. I have received many compliments on my skin recently and I think it is down to the foundation I have been using, although my skin in general has improved (more on that in a second) This has been my go to foundation this month and have even been mixing it with other foundations to make it last longer.

The reason for my skin improvements has been the La Roche-Posey Effaclar Duo(+). I have been using this, in place of a moisturiser, for the past two weeks and have seen some miraculous improvements. I was having a skin crisis, with a breakout around my chin that never seemed to go away and redness around my nose and cheeks and it was just getting me down. Since using this product, I my redness has disappeared and the breakouts have vanished leaving a loving clear complexion. I almost considered not wearing makeup today to show off my lovely skin.

Another product I have recently re-discovered is Benefit's Fine One One. It is a stick blush and highlighter that gives a beautiful coral glow. The product is a trio of blush colours and a highlighter with a coral, pink and champagne stripe. The packaging is rose gold and is unique among the pot and boxed blushes that I also own. I have been loving wearing this on top of the Healthy Mix Serum to create a beautiful illuminating combo. LOVE IT.

I recently posted a review on the Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Texturising Spray so I won't go into too much detail (You can read the review here) but I am addicted to this product. I take it with me to work, to the shops and on nights out and it is the perfect volumising spray. I have had the best hair days recently and it is all down to this product and... it smells amazing.

What have you been loving?