Makeup of the day

MAC Rebel ❤

Hi beauties 🌞

After recently buying MACs Rebel lipstick I really wanted to do a makeup look, so here it is…

image

Eyes
Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Eternal Gold – inner corners & centre of the lid.
Makeup Revolution Iconic 3 Palette – used the matte light brown for the outer corners and crease.
Maybelline Master Precise Felt Tip Liner in black.
Rimmel Retro Glam Mascara in black.

image

This picture doesn’t quite do the gold justice, it looked so vibrant in real life.

image

Face
MeMeMe Liquid Highlighter.
Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer.
Sleek Makeup Blush in rose gold.

Lips
MAC Rebel, obviously!
I’m absolutely loving this colour, definitely going to be my autumn fave! 🙂

Let me know if you’d like to see a review/swatches! 🙂

image

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway.. click here :mrgreen:

What’s your favorite MAC Lippie? ❤

Lots of Love Natasha

– ♥ – ♥ – ♥ – ♥ – ♥ – ♥ – ♥ – ♥ –

Be sure to follow me for daily posts about make-up, beauty & all the good stuff in-between! Like & comment to let me know what you think. It really does make me smile

Social Media:

Twitter

Instagram

YouTube Channel

BlogLovin

Depop

Makeup

Everyday Purple Smokey Eye ♥

Hi Beauties ☼

Recently I’ve been loving purple liner, yes, I’m being more adventurous with colour, hooray! 🙂 I have found having a subtle pop of purple on the eye really brings out my green eyes, which I LOVEEEE!!

wpid-20150508_125814.jpg

How to get the look…

Face

For the face I used my beloved Revlon Colourstay Foundation in Buff, I applied this using my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This is my favourite way to apply this foundation as it looks most natural & pretty flawless! To cover my under eye circles & any blemishes I used the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair (love this bad boy!!) To set those in place I used my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent. Even though my skin is drier these days I still set my base so it stays all day! To add dimension back into the face I lightly contoured my face using my Benefit Hoola bronzer.

Eyes

To achieve a subtle purple smokey eye I started off by lining my upper & lower lashline with the Gosh Velvet Touch Eyeliner in Funky Violet. This is such a beautiful colour & compliments green eyes really well! To add a bit of smokiness to the eye I pushed the colour ‘Regal’ from my Sleek Au Naturel Palette into the upper lashline. I then used a fluffy blending brush to smoke this out, theres no technique to this, just apply a line of the shadow on your upper lashes & smoke it out towards the crease of your eye. Most of the colour should be at the base!! To finish off the eyes I added lashings of mascara.wpid-20150508_125816.jpgwpid-20150511_212241.jpgBrows

As usual I just brushed through my brows with the fabulous Benefit Gimme Brow. I love how amazing this looks in my brows, it’s so natural & defining! 🙂

Lips

For the lips I used a new product, Bourjois Rouge Edition in the shade 18 Violine Strass. I absolutely love this colour, its a pretty berry shade with a shimmer through it (not very noticable on the lips!). I can see this being my new favourite!! 😀

wpid-20150511_212308.jpgwpid-20150511_212315.jpg

I hope you all like this subtle purple smokey eye as much as I do.

Let me know what you think in the comments below…

p.s. I’m going to do a giveaway once I hit 500 followers on my blog. So stay tuned for that! – I’ll be giving away some of my fave products 🙂

Lots of Love Natasha

– ♥ – ♥ – ♥ – ♥ – ♥ – ♥ – ♥ – ♥ –

Be sure to follow me for daily posts about make-up, beauty & all the good stuff in-between! Like & comment to let me know what you think. It really does make me smile 🙂 xo

Social Media:

Twitter

Instagram

YouTube Channel

BlogLovin

Depop

Nails

Nails of the day!♥

Hi beauties. ☼

I know I’ve promised a fashion haul, but its a big one & I’ve not had time to write it yet! It’ll definitely be up in the next few days, so keep an eye out 🙂

I decided to paint my nails, this is how they turned out…

image

Products used:

☆ Avon Nailwear Pro in Luxe Lavender – two coats on each nail!

☆ Bourjois Paris 1 Second Salon Finish in purple glitter (don’t know the actual name) – one coat on my ring finger as an accent nail!

What are you wearing on your nails right now?

Lots of Love Natasha ❤

– ♥ – ♥ – ♥ – ♥ – ♥ – ♥ – ♥ – ♥ –

Have you enjoyed this post? Then hit the like button or feel free to leave me a comment  or contact me via any of my social media websites – hearing from you beauties makes me SMILE! 😀 – Don’t forget to follow me for daily posts about make-up, beauty & all the good stuff in-between! xo

Social Media:

Twitter

Instagram

YouTube Channel

Makeup Reviews

Topshop Lipstick Review

I’ve been meaning to buy some of Topshops lipsticks for a while now, after hearing such good things about them I finally splashed out £16 (£8 each) and bought two shades, ‘screen siren’ & ‘beguiled’ (swatches below). Although I only purchased these two shades there are many more to choose from, I just decided on these as I hadn’t any other lipsticks like these in my collection.

These lipsticks are quite a creamy formula, which once applied onto the lips feel moisturising, the colour pay-off also surprised me, I never expected such good quality, especially because they only retail for £8 each. Despite the creamy formula they dry to a matte/smooth texture, which i usually hate. However, unlike other matte lipsticks i have come across they aren’t drying on the lips, to be truthful it isn’t like your wearing a lipstick.

lipstick swatches

1 = Screen Siren

2 = Beguiled

Topshop claims the lipsticks to be a;

Velvet finish lipstick to smooth, moisturise and nourish lips. Apply for fabulous colour and moisturised, matte finish, wear alone or with gloss for a shiny finish.

Does the Topshop lipsticks live upto their claims? In my opinion YES they do, well the two I own certainly do. Firstly, I agree with Topshops claim that the lipsticks leave a velvet/smooth finish to the lips, although this sounds as if once the lipstick is applied it dries your lips out, this is not the case, as claimed the lipsticks are moisturising and nourishing on the lips. In all honesty once you have taken the lipstick off or it has worn off, your lips feel softer than before you applied the lipstick, this can only be a good thing, right?
Secondly, the lipsticks are VERY pigmented, after one application of these lipsticks you get the true colour pay-off onto your lips. This is brilliant as it means you don’t need to layer up the product, therefore making it last longer, which is certainly value for money, especially for the £8 you pay (which for brilliant lipsticks like these is pretty cheap these days).

These lipsticks also have a mild scent to them, ‘screen siren’ smells a bit like MAC lipsticks, with a vanilla/sweet scent to it, whereas ‘beguiled’ has more of a fruity berry scent. If you don’t like makeup which is scented don’t be alarmed, they are not heavily scented, as it is only noticable if you hold them to your nose, I haven’t noticed any scent during application or once applied.

Packaging

The packaging of these Topshop lipsticks are pretty standard with a plain white tube with three horizontal black stripes on the bottom and the writing ‘Lips Topshop’ on the lid. The colour of the lipstick is also shown on the bottom of the tube with its own unique name. Despite the simplicity of the packaging I quite like it, the tube also has a matte feel to it which adds to the quality and makes it feel more expensive, but to be honest what can you expect for £8, its hardly going to be 8 carat gold. Therefore, in my opinion, for the price you pay you get decent looking, sturdy packaging.

I would definitely recommend these lipsticks, especially if your on a budget when it comes to makeup, they are such cheap lipsticks for the high quality you get, even if you aren’t a fan of matte lips you can always put a bit of lip balm or clear gloss over the top to add some shine.

Overall, I give these lipsticks a 5/5, to me they are BRILLIANT; they are reasonably priced, nourishing on the lips, highly pigmented and last for hours on the lips without reapplying, what more could you want?

Makeup Reviews

Real Techniques Core Collection

The Real Techniques brushes, designed by Samantha Chapman; a professional makeup artist known as one half of the Pixiwoo sisters on YouTube, first created the Real Techniques brush line to bring a professional finish to your makeup at home and from the high street. The Real Techniques ‘Core Collection’ is one of many collections Sam has designed specifically in mind to give an easy flawless finish to any makeup look, anywhere, anytime.

About the brushes

  • The Real Techniques brushes are made with synthetic bristles, making them extra soft, compared to other makeup brushes I’ve used, and easier to create a flawless look. With the bristles being synthetic it also means they’re cruelty free.
  • Each collection or individual brush is colour-coded, orange brushes are for a flawless base, purple for enhanced eyes and pink for the perfect finish. As well as each brush being colour-coded they are also cut to the perfect shape of your hand making them easy to grip, allowing precise application and therefore a perfect finish to your makeup.
So, we know a little bit more about these fabulous brushes, but if you are inexperienced with using makeup brushes you may be wondering what products are suitable to use with these brushes. The answer to that question is any, these brushes are suitable for any product; powders, creams, liquids, mineral makeup, highlighter, shimmer, etc. the list is endless. Yes, the brushes may be labelled but it doesn’t mean you can’t experiment and use them for a different purpose, for example; I own the blush brush but I use it to contour, the purpose of these brushes are so flexible you can use them to what suits you best and I think that is one of the amazing things about Real Techniques.
Real Techniques
Pictured above is the Real Techniques Core Collection; (from left to right) foundation brush, contour brush, detailer brush and the buffing brush.
The Core Collection retails at £21.99 here in the UK and were the first set of Real Techniques brushes I purchased about a year or so ago, to me this was the best choice as you have your face essentials in one kit. The Core Collection includes the 4 full-size brushes and the travel case;
  • pointed foundation brush: ideal for liquid foundation, the brush itself is quite small but allows for a precise application and is easy to use to build the foundation to your desired coverage.
  • contour brush: ideal for highlighter or bronzing powder to create a contour and soft finish to your makeup look.
  • detailer brush: a small precise brush which can be used for multi-purpose, e.g. conceal problem areas or use with lipstick to create precise, long-lasting definition and shape to your lips.
  • buffing brush: can also be used for liquid foundation, powders or mineral makeup, this brush creates a full coverage application.
  • the brush case is ideal for travelling or transporting your makeup brushes as it protects them and keeps them safe as well as doubling up as a stand (folds back on itself creating a stand).

My thoughts on the Core Collection

In my opinion the Real Techniques Core Collection is a very useful collection to have, especially if you are a massive fan of all things make up like myself. Not only are the brushes well designed, they’re also very well made. I have had my Real Techniques Core Collection brushes for over a year now, they have NEVER shed a single hair, they wash perfectly and are like brand new once washed, the best thing about them is that they are very affordable and worth ever penny as they are such good value for money.

It is safe to say that Samantha Chapman is a genius, she has brought the high street amazing products, and for people like me who are unable to afford high-end brands she has definitely delivered a high-end experience to our doorstep.

Overall I rate the Real Techniques Core Collection 5/5 as they live up to the hype, they deliver flawless results and are still going strong after more than a year of constant use. This also applies to the other Real Techniques brushes and collections, they are all designed and made very well. In my opinion; they are faultless.

Wonderstruck - Taylor Swift
Fragrance

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck is the first perfume in the collection, it is described as a “charming and sparkling surprise of vibrant fruits, kissed by a bouquet of soft petals and a touch of sweet indulgence.” It truly does smell gorgeous and definitely instills Taylors reputation of the ‘hopeless romantic’.

Top notes: Freesia, Green Tea, Apple Blossom, Raspberry, Dewberry. Heart notes: Hawaiian White Hibiscus, Honeysuckle, Mimosa Flowers, Vanilla Whoopie Pie. Base notes: Amber, Sandalwood, Musk, Peach.
Top notes: Freesia, Green Tea, Apple Blossom, Raspberry, Dewberry.
Heart notes: Hawaiian White Hibiscus, Honeysuckle, Mimosa Flowers, Vanilla Whoopie Pie.
Base notes: Amber, Sandalwood, Musk, Peach.

As the description says this is a strong sweet/floral scent, so if you are woman who usually goes for sophisticated scents this may not be for you. This fragrance would probably be suited to teenage girls or young women due to the strong sweet scent. However, i would say that this scent wasn’t too overpowering and as i have found the fragrance lasts for hours on the skin, which for the price (ranging from £19 – £29) is brilliant value and is definitely worth every penny.

Not only does the fragrance smell divine but the packaging is just as beautifully designed (picture above); the glass bottle has a purple iridescent glow, the bottle is then complimented by the gold features such as the lid, charms which are hand-picked by Taylor Swift (Star, Bird & Bird Cage) to signify her love for antiques, the product name ‘Wonderstruck’ and of course Taylors own ‘Taylor Swift’ logo. The box the bottle comes in has also been carefully designed with a patterned and colourful design, showing off Taylors creative side.

For Taylor Swifts first fragrance this is an overall brilliant buy, not only does it look and smell divine but unlike other high-end brands the scent actually lasts on the skin, this can only be a benefit.