Tuesday, 29 July 2014

My Summer Makeup Essentials | Summer Series #2

Recently I've began a summer series on my blog and my first post for this summer series was my summer skin care essentials! Today I'm going to be sharing my summer makeup essentials... 

Face Products 

In Summer I'd highly recommend wearing a lighter coverage foundation or even a BB cream. I personally wear a BB cream in the warmer months as they give just the right amount of coverage for me and feel so light on the skin. My personal favourite is Rimmel's BB cream as it has amazing staying power in the humidity and heat. However, I will say its not essential to wear foundation or a BB cream in the summer months, if your comfortable without wearing any coverage then definitely go for it! Natural, glowing sun kissed skin is truly beautiful! 

Another face product I'd say is a summer essential is a good powder to take away any oil or shine. Like many others, my personal favourite is Rimmel's Stay Matte powder!

Bronzing and Highlighting 

Summer is all about the bronzing and highlighting for me so for me a good bronzer and highlighter are makeup essentials ! Its accentuates your tan and gives your skin an extra glow! My favourite affordable bronzer is Bourjois Chocolate bronzer, its a beautiful shade for bronzing up your complexion and also stays put all day. My favourite high-end bronzer is by far Nar's 'Laguna' bronzer. It took me so long to purchase this bronzer because of its hefty price tag at  £27.00 but I have to say it lasts all year, is the most beautiful colour and the pigmentation is so, so good! I'm actually on my third repurchase of this product and I usually purchase it from ASOS when they have a discount codes available so definitely look out for those!

I've also really fallen in love with liquid illuminators recently, such as Nar's 'Laguna' and 'Orgasm'. They add a really natural glow to the skin and they're also hydrating. My favourite powder highlighter is MAC's 'Soft and Gentle' mineralised skin finish, a product that is highly raved bout in the beauty world and I can see why. The colour is just gorgeous and it really accentuates cheekbones.

Lip Products

For lips in the summer I think a good lip balm is 100% essential. Lips are prone to cracking in the summer months whether your in and out of aircon or even burnt them in the sunshine. My personal favourite is trusty old Vaseline, you really can't go wrong with it. A good hydrating lipgloss is also essential, I love Rimmel's Stay Glossy lipgloss's as they are so creamy on the lips and are also very pretty colours.

Eye Products 

My essential makeup products for eyes are a good waterproof mascara and also a brow gel to keep eyebrows in place. I never really used a brow gel until I discovered Benefit's Gimme Brow, I've recently done a review on it if you'd like to have a read!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and please let me know what  you'd like to see next! I'd love to know what your summer makeup essentials are?


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Collection Work The Colour Eye Shadow Pencil | First Impression ❤

So if you've seen my recent superdrug haul you will know that I purchased two of the Collection Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencils. I'd heard a lot about them on blogs and YouTube and I decided that I wanted to try them out for myself. I picked up the shades 'Vintage Blush' and ' Vanilla Sky' which are really pretty, light neutral shades. They had six shades available when I went into store ranging from whites to dark blue/blacks but I decided to go with these lighter, neutral shades as I want to use them as eye shadow bases.

The first thing I have to mention is the pigmentation of this product. I swatched them in the shop and after going swimming in the evening they were still on my hand so I'd probably say these eyeshadow pencils are waterproof, which is amazing! They would be perfect for holidays if you wanted a wash of colour on your eyes!

The formula is so creamy and glides effortlessly onto the skin. It is also so easy to blend out, making this product super quick and easy to apply.  

They are also so affordable at only £3.19 so I'd highly recommend trying this product out if you haven't already! I'm definitely going to be going back and getting the other colours they have available.

I hope you've all had a lovely weekend!


Thursday, 24 July 2014

Mini Superdrug Haul | Cocoa Brown & Collection!

So this week I popped into Superdrug and couldn't resist picking up a few products! The first thing I picked up was Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Instant Tan. I've been on the hunt for a new fake tan since my trusty St Moritz is running extremely low and I decided I wanted to try something new. I originally went into Superdrug thinking I was going to treat myself and repurchase St Tropez but I was quickly drawn to the pink bottle, that was Cocoa Brown tan! I'm so excited to try this fake tan as it says it develops in one hour and also doesn't have the 'biscuity' fake tan smell. I'm definitely going to be doing a first impression post on this tan so keep your eyes peeled for that. Cocoa Brown 1 hour Instant Tan retails for £7.99 which is significantly cheaper than St Tropez at around £20 a bottle! 

The next product I picked up is my holy grail liquid eyeliner, Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner! I've used this eyeliner since I was about 15 years old and I absolutely love it. Its only £2.99, its easy to apply and lasts all day. If you aren't confident with applying liquid eyeliner I'd highly recommend this product as the brush is easy to hold and gives you complete control.

While I was at the Collection stand I also picked up their Killer Curves mascara in 'Ultra Black 17'. I'm always trying new mascaras so I'm looking forward to trying this one out. It's also very affordable at only £3.99!

The final product I picked up from the Collection stand again (can you tell I'm a fan of this brand) were the Work The Colour Eyeshadow Pencils in the colours 'Vintage Blush' and 'Vanilla Sky'. I've heard so much about this product on social media that I wanted to try them out for myself! They retail for £3.19 which is again very affordable. I'm also going to be doing a first impression post on these too!

Have you purchased any new products recently?


Saturday, 19 July 2014

Summer Skin Care Essentials | Summer Series #1

So now that summer is finally here, I've decided to do a little summer series! Starting off with my skin care essentials! Here are my top 4 skin care products to keep your skin looking and feeling its very best this summer..

1. P20

Starting off with probably the most obvious 'summer essential' sun cream. I always wear at least factor 20 as I have fair skin and P20 is my go to sun protection. If you aren't sure what P20 is, it is a non-greasy formula that you only need to apply once before you go into the sun. It is completely water proof and sweat proof meaning you have total protection from the sun all day long. So many times I've worn normal suncream, jumped in a pool and then burned because my sun cream has just disappeared!

P20 is proven to work up to 10 hours which is just amazing. I always buy a bottle of P20 at the beginning of the summer and especially before a holiday! You can get it from most places now such as Boots, Asda etc.. It is around the £20.00 mark depending on where you get it from but I can't recommend this product enough!

Moisturising during the summer months is so essential especially if you are catching the sun! My personal favourite is the Garnier Summer Body one that contains a gradual tan. It moisturises your skin and adds a hint of golden colour which is always a bonus. It also smells delicious! 

Alongside moisturising your body it is also important to moisturise your face! My holy grail moisturiser is Olay Beauty Fluid which is something my mum introduced me to at a very young age. This product makes your face so smooth and it is also the perfect base to apply foundation on also!

Finally if you are lucky enough to be blessed with skin that tans beautifully and easily then you probably won't need this product. I don't tan quickly at all - if I go on holiday for two weeks its not until the end of the two weeks that my tan starts to build up. So this is my go to fake tan! I use a mixture of medium and dark depending on what I feel like. This tan is a mousse formula which makes it so easy to apply and you know exactly where you have applied it. Its also so affordable at only £2.99 a bottle so I would definitely recommend this if you haven't tried it already!

What are your favourite skin care products for summer?


Friday, 18 July 2014

Pretty & Pink Makeup Look ❤

About a month ago myself and the lovely Fyona from Faobeauty on YouTube had a morning creating several different makeup looks and this was one of them. I wanted to create something that was natural, pretty that included a touch of pink. So heres how I created this look..

Skin: For Fyona's skin I used Maybelline Fit Me concealer across Fyona's cheeks and t-zone as she has beautifully tanned skin that I wanted to accentuate and not cover up. I blended out the concealer with a Real Techniques buffing brush to create a flawless finish. I also applied Collections lasting perfection concealer in 03 underneath her eyes to highlight this area. To set the face makeup I applied Rimmels Stay Matte powder in 'transparent' all over to keep everything in place.

Cheeks: For this look I wanted to add a flush of colour to her cheeks so I applied a mixture of pink and peach shades from the BH cosmetics palette. I also applied Bourjois's chocolate bronzer to add a slight contour underneath her cheek bones and across the top of her forehead. To finish off her cheeks I applied Benefits High Beam to highlight the top of her cheek.

Eyes: For the eyes I used my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette 'Dust', 'Liar' and 'Buzz'. I've definitely been reaching for this palette more often lately. The rose gold colours work well with tanned skin tones and really compliment one another. I then applied MACs 'Vanilla' pigment into the corners of her eyes to highlight them and create a pretty glow. Finally, I applied two layers of MACs Zoom Lash Mascara which again I've been loving lately. At the moment I only have a sample size but I am going to be purchasing the full size soon!

Lips: On the lips I applied Collections Pure Gloss Ultry Glossy gloss in the shade 'Cupcake'. I think this colour is lovely for a pop of subtle colour.

I hope you enjoyed this makeup look and let me know what you'd like to see next. I'm thinking of doing a celebrity inspired series!


Sunday, 13 July 2014

Warm Smokey Eyes & Red Lips | Make Up Look ❤

A few weeks ago I created this makeup look on my beautiful friend, Emmie. We decided to go for a warm smokey eye and a classic red lip, as personally I think Emmie suits a red lip so, so well! So here is how I created this simple and easy makeup look..

Skin: For the skin I used Rimmels Match Perfection foundation in the shade 010 'light porcelain'. The coverage of this foundation is medium but build-able and it creates a flawless finish. Emmie already has gorgeous clear skin so I didn't want or need to apply a heavy layer of foundation. I then used Collections Lasting Perfection concealer in the shade 01 underneath the eyes to highlight and brighten up this area. To set this I applied Collection's pressed powder in the shade 18 'ivory' with a large fluffy brush.

Cheeks: To contour ever so slightly I applied Nars 'Laguna' bronzer underneath her cheek bones to emphasise them and also add a touch of colour to her face. I love this bronzer as its so pigmented and matte which makes it perfect for powder contouring.

Eyes: For the eyes I used a mixture from the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette in the colours 'Trick', 'Liar' and 'Factory' through the crease. I then applied a layer of MACs Zoom Lash mascara to finish off the eyes.

Lips: On the lips I used MACs 'Ruby Woo' lipstick with Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner in the colour 'Red Diva 024'.

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy makeup look and if you recreate it please feel free to send me a photo on twitter @lindsayfrancesx


Friday, 11 July 2014

ELF Haul ❤

Champagne & Pearl swatches

A few weeks ago I received an email from ELF cosmetics that contained discount code (I can't remember how much it was but I only spent around £30.00 though) I've been a big fan of ELF cosmetics for many years now as they are so affordable and the products that I've tried so far have all been good quality. So, whenever I receive a discount code from them I just cant help myself and always end up ordering a few makeup goodies..

The first thing I ordered off the website were their eyelid primers. This primer only costs £1.50 which is so, so cheap and I love this product so much! I'd say its definitely comparable to the Urban Decay Primer Potion which is again, one of my favourite primers to use. It really intensifies any eyeshadow colour and keeps everything in place all day/night. The two shades I purchased were 'champagne' and 'pearl'. I really can't recommend this product enough if you haven't already tried it!

The next thing I bought were two new brushes for my kit. ELF are one of my favourite places to get makeup brushes along with Crown Brush and Real Techniques! I chose the 'Flawless Concealer Brush' and the 'Eyeshadow C Brush' which are both just £3.95! ELF studio brushes are so soft and such good quality. I've had several for at least two years now and they don't shed or go horrible when washed. 

Finally I bought two 'Glossy Gloss' lipglosses in the colours 'pink candy' and 'funky fuchsia' which were also just £3.95! I haven't yet tried them but they are super pigmented and the colours look lovely! 

What is your favourite product from ELF?


Tuesday, 1 July 2014

IMATS Haul & My Experience ♥ | Zuca, Nars & Crown Brush!

On Saturday the 28th of June, I went to IMATS with the lovely Fyona (FAO Beauty on YouTube) for the very first time. I've wanted to go to IMATS for three or four years now but I just hadn't got around to it. If you don't know what IMATS is its the 'International Makeup Artists Trade Show' which happens once a year all across the world in different places such as London, New York, LA, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney. 

The drive down to London was really easy and straight forward so the day started off really well. We left bright and early at 7am and arrived at the venue just before 9am. I'd seen lots of videos from IMATS from previous years but I still wasn't really sure what to expect. Once we got inside the venue there were so many different brands there such as Crown Brush, Bobbi Brown, MAC, Temptu, Sigma, Charles Fox, HD Brows, Inglot, and Makeup Forever just to name a few. It was so overwhelming and we didn't really know where to look or where to go first!

The first stand we went to was Crown Brush. I'm a huge fan of their products and knew I wanted to pick up more of their makeup brushes. I have to say I'd never seen so many makeup brushes in my life which were all so affordable! I bought three brushes which unfortunately don't have names on them but they are all eye brushes that are so, so soft!

After seeing the Nars stand looking crazy busy a couple of times we decided to tackle our way through and have a look to see what all the fuss was about. Nars had some amazing deals on and lovely gift sets available that I'd never seen before! The first thing I bought was the primer, illuminator and cheek set. I then picked up a velvet matte lip pencil and sharpener side and finally in amongst the craziness I spotted 'Orgasm' illuminator which I have wanted to get my hands on forever!

The last thing I purchased at IMATS and the thing I am most excited about is my beautiful new 'Zuca' Pro Artist case from the London Belle stand. The case I currently use has served me well for the last two years but its finally starting to show wear and tear, so after some researching I decided a Zuca case would be the best thing for me! I'll definitely be doing a separate review on this and let you know my thoughts on it once I've filled it up and used it! Also let me know if you would like first impressions or reviews on any of the other products that I bought!

So thats my little haul from IMATS. I think like a lot of people I was expecting to buy slightly more, but it was so overwhelming seeing so many different things and at times it was slightly hectic. Also if you havent seen already I also vlogged IMATS and have a video up on my YouTube chanel!

 However, I had an amazing time and saw quite a few YouTubers and bloggers which was really fun! I'll definitely be going again next year!


Friday, 27 June 2014

Kim Kardashian Inspired Makeup Look ❤

On Tuesday I created a Kim Kardashian inspired makeup look on the lovely Laura! This look is inspired by the makeup Kim K wore to her rehearsal dinner last month. Kim wore a dark smokey eye, classic contouring and nude peachy lips. So here's how I created this look..

Eyes: I started this look off by doing Laura's eyes first. This was because using black eye shadow creates a lot of fall out which can cause problems when applying foundation afterwards. To start the eye makeup I applied two pieces of tape onto the outer corner of the eye to create a sharp, clean edge. I then applied ELFs eyeshadow primer in the colour 'Pearl'. I absolutely love this eyeshadow primer and it is such a bargain at only £1.95.

For this look I used the Urban Decay Naked Three palette using the colours 'Dust' in the inner corner, 'Buzz' across the eyelid and 'Blackheart' in the crease. The key to this look is lots of blending to create a seamless smokey eye! I then applied a layer of MACs zoom lash mascara and to finish off the eyes I added Ardell lashes in 107! 

Skin: After the eyes were complete I applied MAC Studio Fix foundation in the colour NW15. 

Cheeks: To create Kim K's signature contoured look I used the Crown Brush 10 Colour Palette! Once I had contoured Laura's face with the cream products I then applied Bourjois's chocolate bronzer to really emphasise her cheek bones. I also applied Collections lasting perfection concealer in 01 under neath her eyes to brighten this area.

Brows: To define Laura's brows I used Benefit's Browzings and Gimme Brow which I have recently written blog posts about which you can find here (Browzings & Gimme Brow)

Lips: & last but not least I used Natural Collection lipliner (unfortunately the colour has rubbed off but its a nude colour) I then applied Elf Studio Matte lip colour in 'Nearly Nude' and to finish off the lips I applied Collection 2000s Pure Gloss in 'Honey'.

I hope you enjoyed this makeup look and if you recreate it please feel free to send me a photo on my Facebook page or tweet me @lindsayfrancesx