Saturday, 22 November 2014

Top five Christmas nail polishes

The Christmas party season is just around the corner, so it's time to don a figure-flattering dress, a smoky eye, a red lip and of course, a festive nail polish. I scoured through my collection and found five different nail polishes that I think are perfect for your talons at this time of year. A couple of them are sparkly (so a bit annoying to remove) but they're that stunning I think it can be overlooked.

From left to right:
Models Own Diamond Luxe in Carat Coral* - £5.00: a beautiful deep glossy coral
Models Own Hed Kandi! in Bora Bora* - £5.00: Packed full of golden shimmer
Models Own Disco Pants in Studio 54* - £5.00: A metallic bright pink
Rimmel London Space Dust Nail Polish in Aurora - £3.99: A glittery rose gold shade
KIKO Cosmetics Satin Nail Lacquer in 447* - £5.90: A deep burgundy colour

What's your favourite festive nail polish shade?
*PR Sample

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Current beauty favourites - November 2014

It's been a while since I've published a favourites post. And since we're halfway through November, I thought a monthly favourites wouldn't be very apt. So instead, here's my current favourites. Now I'm working I seem to have got into a routine with my products. So these are used every single day, without fail.

After needing a new powder for a while, I decided to invest in this one by MAC. And needless to say, I'm very glad I did. It's pricey but it's most definitely worth it. It adds extra coverage to the skin without looking cakey and ensures make up lasts well throughout the day. The packaging is also nifty as it comes with a decent sized mirror and a powder puff.

Despite having a large collection of bronzer, I've never been very good when it comes to application. I decided to invest in this one from the Body Shop after reading some many incredible reviews. I bought it in the palest shade (because my skin colour resembles a ghost) and I can't sing its praises enough. It's wonderful for contouring and injecting a healthy glow into the skin.

This past month I've gone a bit blusher crazy. I've bought a lot, but this one has remained a firm favourite. It's nicely pigmented and applies onto the skin beautifully - it almost melts and blends perfectly. The colour itself is stunning and perfect for winter. It isn't extremely pink, but instead has a rose-toned glow that perks up the cheekbones nicely.

One day I just decided it was about time I invested in a decent moisturiser. I'm a skin care addict, so I've tried a lot. But this one by Origins remained prominent in my head, and for good reason too. It's hydrating yet lightweight and wakes the skin up in the morning. The best thing though? The smell. Oh it's delicious. It's like oranges. Seriously, have a whiff.

Estee Lauder's Double Wear was one of my first high-end foundation purchases. I've bought countless bottles of the stuff and despite trying lots of new foundations, I always come back to this one. I work long days so I need something that's long lasting, and this one doesn't budge. It's also medium-full coverage and applies nice and evenly. I can't fault it.

I'm addicted to honey at the moment. Everything I use - shampoo, condition, lip balm, shower gel - is honey-scented. I bought this on a whim while I was in London and I'm so glad I did. It's now used up and ready to be repurchased. It's basically a bubble belt but it's silky soft and smells delicious. I got around six baths out of it, so it makes it affordable.

Once again another product I bought while thinking, 'Jemma you have money, buy a few luxuries you've always wanted'. Woodwinked has been on my must-buy list for a very long time. Ever since I saw Tanya Burr use it a few years ago. It's a stunning golden-shade that blends coppery, meaning there's no need to pop anything in the crease. It also looks gorgeous underneath the lashline. 

I didn't buy into this when it first came out for whatever reason. But when I was sent it, it was love at first use. I have combination skin which means I get really oily in some areas, but very dry and dehydrated in others. It's a nasty balance and can be hard to counteract. This serum is extremely hydrating but doesn't add moisture meaning it's perfect for my skin type.

I received a mini sample of this when I bought the moisturiser and although I've never really been a fan of eye cream, I can't go a morning without using this. Despite getting my nine-hours sleep at night, my eyes still look tired in a morning. I pop this on and it instantly perks them it. It's a miracle worker and I'll definitely be purchasing the full size come pay-day.

My sister bought me this as a graduation present. It's a fragrance that I've wanted for around four years so when I unwrapped it, I shed a little tear. It's the most delightful fragrance you'll ever smell in your life. It's long lasting on the skin and I think I've made it my 'signature scent'. Or at least I hope. I know I won't be able to be without it now. 

What products are you loving at the minute?
*PR Sample

Friday, 7 November 2014

Maxfactor Gel Shine Lacquer review and swatches

L-R Twinkling Pink, Vivid Vermillion and Patent Poppy
Hello! Wow, it's been a while. I will hopefully be writing a post explaining why I'm not as active any more soon, however I just wanted to get a beauty-related post up. Sadly my SD card has gone to heaven so I haven't been able to take any photos, but I did manage to find these beauties on my laptop. In fact, I'm surprised I haven't blogged about them yet as I absolutely adore them.

Maxfactor is a brand that I haven't really explored. I used their mascara when I was first starting out with make up and I like their FaceFinity foundation, but other than that I'm yet to delve further. And these nail polishes were a great place to start. The Gel Shine Lacquers* have been available for a good few months now and there is nine shades in the range in total, each retailing for £6.99.

The 'modern glamour' collection, created by Pat McGrath, has been inspired by decades and gives off high shine and intense colour than lasts. In fact when it comes to longevity these really can't be faulted. They come with a special two-fold patented plasticiser which adds flexibility to the formula, giving off a strong resistant film which maximises the impact on the nail.

I received the shades Twinkling Pink, Vivid Vermillion and Patent Poppy which were perfect shades throughout the summer. Their high pigment meant only two coats were needed. I now however have my eyes on Sparkling Berry and Sheen Merlot which are deep purple shades that I know will become winter staples. At less than £7 these nail polishes are affordable and of such exceptional quality.

Have you tried these nail polishes before?
*PR Sample

Monday, 27 October 2014

Collection Little Mix All About The Eyes Palette review

I love me a good neutral eyeshadow palette. I have more than what's deemed normal and acceptable, but I can't get enough of them. I've had the Collection Little Mix All About The Eyes Palette for a good month or so now. I'd seen it doing the rounds on blogs but it wasn't until I walked into Superdrug and saw it for a mere £2.50 that I knew I needed it in my collection. 

The palette comes with six shades including Feather, Sunkissed, Golden Sand, Dazzling Brown, Cocoa Dream and Blackbird. It has everything you'd possibly need to create a beautiful smoky eye. The pigmentation is decent, and the quality is more than acceptable. For less than £3, you just can't complain. (P.S It's also available in Boots).

What do you think of the eyeshadow palette?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

KIKO Luxurious Make Up Collection

Hello! Me again. I hope you're all not forgetting who I am. As you already know, KIKO Cosmetics is without a doubt my favourite make up brand. Not only are their products fantastic quality and their range is extensive, the entire brand is extremely affordable. What's not to love?! The Italian make up brand is back with a new collection, and this time it looks even more luxe than the last one.

Luxurious has been inspired by the glory of a wealthy kingdom. The packaging is not only gold and elegant, it's sophisticated and the products come in desirable cases to collect. There range comes with six products in a total of 13 different shades. All of which are classy and absolutely perfect for autumn and the party season.

KIKO Precious Illuminating Bronzer* - £18.00
This illuminating bronzer helps to soften and smooth the skin, giving off an airbrushed - but natural - look. The powder captures and reflects the light to leave the skin looking radiant and bright. It comes with a mixture of four shades which complement each other beautifully for an all over glow. This isn't a bronzer to contour the skin - it's one to be used across the entire face.

KIKO Magnificent Highlighter in Royal Gold* - £10.00
I originally thought this was a concealer and starting applying it underneath my eye area, only to be left with glittering under eyes - not the best look. However as a highlighter - the product's intended use - it's bloody brilliant. The water-based formula blends into the skin beautifully and leaves being a fresh and radiant look. The twist-up stylo makes the product a complete breeze to use too.

KIKO Luxurious Face Brush* - £16.00
I do love a good kabuki! This one is great for blending foundation into the skin as the fluffy, dense bristles ensures an even and smooth finish. I also love blending powder formulas into the skin with this brush as it gives a precise finish and blends very well. The packaging of this brush is stunning. It comes with a golden handle and a matching case - perfect for travelling and touch-ups.

What do you think of the new collection?
*PR Sample