MY 2015 FAVOURITES: EYES

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It’s that time of the year again, where I talk about my favourite makeup products of the year. In 2014 I posted them all in one giant post but I decided to do something a little differently this year and I’ll be splitting them up to eyes, lips, base and everything else (i.e. everything non-beauty product related). And first up is my favourite, all about the eye makeup.

Starting off with palettes, there’s been one that has really stuck out to me this year – the Lorac Pro Palette 2. I’m lucky to own the original Lorac Pro Palette too (which I mentioned in last year’s favourites, coincidentally!) and whilst that is one of my favourites, there’s something about this one which I love all that bit more. Maybe it’s the colours themselves, but I’ve never seen a palette quite like it shade-wise. My favourites have to be Nectar, which is a terracotta-peach matte, Cool Gray, a warm gray (ironically) matte and Rose which is a rose gold shimmer as the name would suggest. The formula of these is incredible, highly pigmented and they blend like a dream – so if I were to suggest one thing for people to try out, it would certainly be this. I know it’s practically impossible to get a hold of in the UK but if you get the opportunity, it’s well worth picking up!

Speaking of eyeshadows, I’m normally one to favour palettes due to the handiness of them but there are two single eyeshadows that I’ve been reaching for a lot this year; an old favourite and the other a relatively recent find of mine. One that’s been hiding in the back of my makeup collection for as long as I can remember is MAC eyeshadow in Amber Lights which I’d describe as a bright copper shimmer. I’ve always been a little hesitant on how to wear it but this past year it’s become a real staple for me and on days when I’m feeling lazy, it’s a great for a wash of colour all over the lid, or even just blended into the crease. I tend to have my eye makeup as the focal point each day, so there’s nothing more I love than a daytime smokey eye. A Kiko store recently opened up in Newcastle so a little browse was totally necessary and that’s where I picked up this single shadow in 175 Dove Gray. I’d not heard much about their formulas so I wasn’t sure what to expect but I’ve been really pleasantly surprised with this one in particular, as it’s dark grey matte finish is perfect for when I’m wanting to smoke out an eye look. I think it can be quite difficult to find a colour like this that doesn’t have any shimmer to it, but alas I’ve found the answer – and it’s buttery formula makes it super easy to blend.

In terms of brows, I’m still a bit rubbish with them and struggle most days to make them look presentable. However, using the Maybelline Color 24 Hour Tattoo in Permanent Taupe has been an absolute life-saver for me the past 12 months. Applied with an angled brush, I lightly brush this through my brows to add that little more shape and definition (as mine are really fine) as part of my daily makeup routine. I do have to be quite careful I don’t go overboard, because crispy brows, but the colour is a great match for me as it’s very cool toned. Plus it’s very afforable which is a great plus.

When it comes to eyeliners and mascaras, I don’t tend to buy them very often. And when I do, I’ll use them up until the very end. Mascara-wise, when I received this Benefit They’re Real Mascara in Brown I was slightly unsure whether I’d get much wear from it as I tend to favour quite dramatic eyelashes on a daily basis. However, I’ve really been enjoying using it over the past few months as it’s great for those days when I’m favouring a bolder lip. I find it a little uncomfortable to apply, but the result is well worth it. I’m normally very much of a quick swipe of liquid eyeliner and go kind of girl, however at the start of the year I had one of those No7 vouchers to spend (we all know the ones) so I treat myself to the No7 Stay Perfect Shade and Define in Coffee Bean. I’d describe the shade as being a deep chocolate brown with some glitter running through it. Primarily an eyeshadow stick I prefer to use this along my upper lash line blended out to create a smokey daytime look. I find the shade really complements my eye colour and I’ll certainly be picking up more to try in the new year!

So what are your eye makeup favourites? Anything you think I should give a go?

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FESTIVE MAKEUP FAVOURITES

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Festive makeup is one of my favourite parts of this time of year, with any opportunity to pile glitter on my face being a good one. And I often find the getting ready for a night out more exciting than the night out itself as I love playing around with my makeup collection.

I’m definitely my least ambitious when it comes to base makeup, because lets be honest here, buying pretty lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes is much most exciting. As I’m quite pale I don’t have the biggest collection of foundations going (well, I do, but most leave me resembling a wotsit so they’ve been retired) so I tend to just go with the coverage I need at the time. During the day I often favour a dewy finish but at night I much prefer to play with highlighter, so I use a powder to matte my skin and then strobe away with my favourite MAC Minerialize Skin Finish in Lightscapade on the higher points of my face i.e.cheekbones, brow bone and cupids bow.

Base aside, I love to play around with my eyeshadow all times of the year, but for the festive season, I have a few special favourites. A new addition to my collection is my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette which I received in October. This palette contains a vast selection of neutrals all on the cooler side which I find complement my skin tone the best. I’m particularly loving YDK right now which is a very in-your-face frosty rose-gold which I pack onto the lid with a flat brush and Busted blended in the crease. Instead of using a liquid eyeliner which I can find looks a little too much with heavier makeup on me, I’ve been enjoying smudging a darker eyeshadow, such as MAC Eyeshadow in Black Tied along the lash line smoked out. I love how this can easily transform an eye look and it’s super easy to do as it’s certainly not about precision. For my daytime makeup, this Stila Eyeshadow in Oasis (similar linked) has won my heart. It’s more of a yellow gold with a satin finish, but it’s perfect to just sweep over my eyelids for that wash of Christmas cheer.

When it comes to lips, depending on my eye makeup I’ll either go for a neutral lip or my fail-safe matte red, for which I’ve been loving the Topshop Velvet Lips in Blood Orange (similar linked) recently. As the name suggests, it’s more on the red orange side which can make it a little trickier to wear but I love the pop of colour it can add to an all neutral outfit. Plus the formula of this is incredible, I’m talking you can go through eating a burger and it won’t have budged. Amazing. If I’ve decided to go dramatic with my eye makeup, then I head straight for a neutral lip product. Fun fact: until last year, I didn’t own any neutral lip colours. One of my favourites is the Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Lipstick in 45 which is a dark nude colour. It’s actually slightly lighter than my natural lip colour (which would normally terrify me) but it’s satin formula means it doesn’t cling at all if I’ve been rubbish at remembering to apply lip balm and it’s one of those lipsticks you can apply without a mirror – which is great for someone like me who doesn’t like to faff around once you’ve left the house reapplying. And if I’m after a more matte finish, then I recently picked up the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm which is again another darker nude, but this time more on the terracotta/peachy side.

What are your festive makeup favourites? Any you think I should give a go?

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A FEW FAVOURITES FROM BAREMINERALS

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In all honesty, until just recently, bareMinerals have been a makeup brand I’d never really thought of trying out. However, after attending a few events hosted by a local stand in Fenwick Newcastle, I’ve been enjoying many of their products ever since so I thought I’d go through some of my favourites.

Base-wise I’m still very new to their products, however on those days I’m not wanting to wear much makeup their Blemish Remedy Foundation has been perfect for balancing out my skin tone and making it look that little bit more flawless. It’s a mineral powder foundation with a light-coverage which wouldn’t be something I’d normally choose as I tend to favour liquid formulas, however I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how this works for me. And if you’re after more coverage, it’s a great foundation to wear under what you’d normally wear – it’s formulation contains Aspen Bark and Tea Tree Oil which both encourage clearer, blemish-free skin and I’ve certainly noticed a difference through using it. To add a little colour to my cheeks, I’ve also been using their Mineral Blush in Cheerful* which is a very true pink shade that gives me a healthy-looking flush.

When it comes to makeup, eyeshadow palettes are my weakness. They’re that product that I always find myself attracted to the most, and this palette is certainly like none other I’ve tried. The bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0* palette photographed above is The Elements which unfortunately I’m not sure is available anymore, however their eyeshadow formula in general is incredible. Highly-pigmented colours, these shadows are easy to blend and can be worn both day and night. I never thought I’d see the day I was enjoying using a pale green, amber or teal coloured eyeshadow but these shades have been getting a whole lot of wear recently. I’ve especially enjoyed using the teal shadow in the outer third to smoke out my eye a little during the day as it isn’t as heavy as the darker shadows I’d usually go for. I’m typically more of a drug-store gal when it comes to mascara as I don’t always believe that high-end mascaras are truly all that. However, when I was kindly gifted this Flawless Definition Curl and Lengthen Mascara* I’ve been nothing but surprised by how this works on my lashes. Whilst it certainly by no means gives me the most dramatic look, I love wearing this on a daily basis as I know it won’t be half-way down my face by the end of the day. At first I found it a little watery, so it’s definitely one of those mascaras that work better once they’ve dried up a little = but it’s one I’d certainly recommend trying out!

Have you tried any bareMinerals products? If so, what are your favourites? I’d love to know! I’m after a few of their brushes next…

P.s. – If you live around the North East, if you pop into their stand at Fenwick Newcastle and state the name of my blog, you’ll can receive a free deluxe sample of the foundations!

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