Friday, 28 December 2012

Soap and Glory - Crazy Sexy Kohl Liners

Soap and Glory - Crazy, Sexy Kohl Liners - RRP £19.00 - Sale Price in Boots - £8.00
Hi ladies, before I get on to this little bargain I just wanted to start by saying that I hope you've all had an amazing Christmas and got everything you wished for and more, I certainty did and I look forward too seeing all of your new bits and bobs on your blogs over the next few weeks. I was going to post a Boxing Day haul on my blog today but for some reason blogger wasn't working out for me and would only let me add two photo's to this post so I thought i'd just show you each thing at a time instead. I went for a mooch around the Boxing day sales on Wednesday and if I'm honest I never really find a whole lot that I think is really worth it but Boots were offering 50% of every single one of their Christmas gift sets! Therefore I picked up a fair few and so have loads of bits and bobs to show you all. The first of which was one of the gift sets from Soap and Glory which I love! It's the gift set which contains 5 of S&G's most favourite smoulder eye kohl liners and also 3 of their pan form eyeshadows.
You can actually buy these smoulder eye kohl's separately from the Soap and Glory range, each retailing at £5.00 (here) each so even before the sale to get 5 of their eyeliners (retailing for £25.00) and 3 eyeshadows housed in a really cute tin for £19.00 was a real bargain but being reduced to half price just made it a must buy for me. The colours you get within this set are Superblack, a carbon black eyeliner, Cocoa Bean, a deep brown eyeliner, Aquabat, deep emerald green, Blue my mind, bright jubilee blue and grapevine which is a dark plumy purple. These liners are really good quality and are really soft when you apply them, I've tried them on my waterline and on my top lash line and they work really well on both. These liners are incredibly pigmented and are also the type of liners that are smooth enough that you can blend and smudge them out if you want to create a smokey eye look. The only thing I would say about these liners is the fact that if you apply them on your lower lash line they are likely to smudge and end up just below your lashes due to the fact that they are so soft and are meant to be liners that can smudge out easily, other than that I love them and you can always set the liner with some eye shadow if you need too.
Also within this set you get 3 of their panned eyeshadows, normally you can get 4 of their panned eyeshadows in a quad for £10.00 so I am guessing each pan retails at about £2.00 each. You get 3 colours within this palette that actually really compliment each other, firstly you get Aubersheen, which is a sheeny light brown, dandy plum, which is nearly exactly the same shade as grapevine and lastly you get smokin' which is a dark black with tiny specks of silver shimmer included. From first impressions all of these shadows seem fairly pigmented and you could easily create a smokey night time look with these or a simple look for the day time as well if you left smokin' out of the mix.
All in all I am really impressed with this gift set, it is amazing value for money even before the 50% off, but for 5 eyeliners and 3 eyeshadows of good quality for £8.00 you really can't go wrong at all. Unfortunately this gift set is already sold out on the Boots website. What bargains have you picked up in the sales?


Sunday, 16 December 2012

Updated Makeup Routine

Hi Girls,

For a while I've been in a bit of a rut with my makeup and the products I was wearing on my face from one day to the next. But, at the beginning of last week it was my birthday so I got gifted a few makeup items from my family and boyfriend and I've also spent some money on buying some new beauty products to try out. It's been quite a while since I last showed you guys what products I've been using on my face so I thought I would would do this post and update you on what products I'm loving at the moment and what products have been featuring in my daily makeup routine. I think they're actually is only one product within my current makeup bag that is actually an oldish product, so this should all be new for you all! Also before I get into this I just wanted to apologise for the rubbish photo quality in this post, it was about 3/4 o'clock when I tried to take these photo's and my camera just wasn't picking up any light at all but I thought it would be better to at least add one photo rather than adding none at all.

The first step after moisturising my face in the mornings is using the Rimmel Fix and Perfect primer, this is quite a nice primer, it lasts well on the face and leaves my skin feeling fairly smooth. Recently I've completely changed my foundation routine. First of all I start off with my Mac Studio Fix Foundation in NC15 all over the face, I won't say too much because i'm planning on doing a full post on this foundation some time soon but I really like it, it's such a full coverage foundation and I love the finish it leaves on my skin and how it lasts all day. In order to counteract the dark circles I then use my Rimmel ‘Wake me up’ concealer, this is a good concealer to just help add light to the area but I would say the coverage isn’t the best so I just use it to help lighten the darkest circles a bit. Next, I use the Mac Studio Finish concealer in NC15 also and I just spread this on any blemishes and over my dark circles. I then finish off my foundation routine with the Mac Studio Fix powder in C2, this is a good powder because it lasts all day and locks in your foundation really well, and it’s quite full coverage but doesn’t leave you looking cakey so I’ve been really liking this. Next I dust some Bourjois Poudre Bronzante on my cheekbones and all over my face if I wanted too add a bit more colour to my face and then lastly I dust Topshop's crescent moon highlighter over my cheekbones and cupid's bow to add a bit more definition to my face.

Once I’ve done the steps I’ve spoke about above I move on to my eye makeup, during the day I don’t like to wear a lot of eyeshadow, I normally focus on eyeshadow more when I’m going on nights out or when I have slightly longer to do my makeup. During the day I tend too just go for a more natural look on the eye area. Anyway, the products I’ve been using on my eyes lately are all actually L’Oreal, and I absolutely love them all. I curl my eyelashes and then use the L’Oreal telescopic mascara on my lashes, I use this first because it really lengthens my lashes and gives me all the length I need, I then use L’Oreal’s million lashes over the top, the reason for doing another step with my mascara is because this mascara is amazing at giving my lashes a lot of volume where as the telescopic is better at adding extra length to my lashes so together they are a perfect combination. The last thing I do to finish my eye makeup is too use L’Oreal’s super liner, I love every single version of the super liners by L’Oreal, they are perfect and so easy to use and line your eye with and I find this to be really quick and simple during the day time.

The last step in my daily makeup routine is the lips, I firstly use the gorgeous Topshop lipstick in innocence, which is a lovely milky pink colour and super creamy too! And then on top I like to use my Mac crème sheen glass in ‘Going Casual’, I think together this creates a beautiful but natural lip look.

Thanks for reading,
What products feature in your daily makeup routinue?
Lots of love
Gem xxx

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Mac Guilty Passions: 4 Lavish Rose Lipgloss set review

Hi Dolls,

I’ve got such an exciting post for you all today and loads of pretty pictures to go with it so I’m just gunna jump right into it. But first I owe you all a massive apology, sorry for the huge lack of posts recently. I've just been so busy, it was my 19th birthday last week so I’ve been celebrating that and there's been christmas shopping and work and before that I just lacked any inspiration on what to post about in the first place. But I have loads of bits and bobs to show you over the next few weeks, some which will make perfect Christmas presents for any of you late buyers so there’s lots to look forward too and I hope you can all forgive me. Anyway, today I am going to be introducing you too the new love in my life (okay, slight exaggeration) but I do really love this gift set by Mac. The set I have too show you is the Mac Guilty Passions: 4 Lavish Rose Lipgloss set. I was so interested in this product right from when the Mac Holiday collection was released on the Mac website in late october? I think the Glamour Daze and Guilty Passions collection are sooo lovely, all of the set's and product's have the most gorgeous packaging so will make perfect gifts but a lot of them are quite expensive (typical mac!) and as much as I would love to own them all I do have some sense so this is the one I picked out for my birthday last Monday.

Anyway my boyfriend bought this gorgeous present for me for my birthday after a lot of hinting on my part. I was so lucky and had such an amazing day and my mum actually got me a kindle wild fire which I’ve been loving and using to catch up on all my fav blogs. I also got loads of makeup and clothes to show you all. My boyfriend actually brought me lots of different makeup from Mac for my birthday and one of the things he got me was this lovely lipgloss set the set he got me was the Lavish Rose Lipgloss set and i’m absolutely loving every single one of these lipglosses so I thought I’d share them with you all. This is such a lovely present and is perfect for anybody who loves lipglosses or loves mac or a beginner who just wants to try some Mac makeup. 
 The lipgloss set contains four mini ‘Guilty Passions’ lipglosses homed in one of the most gorgeous boxes ever. Considering each individual one of Mac's lipglasses cost £17.00 for 2.7g of product and three of the lipglasses in this set are 1.9g and the other one is actually 2.6g of product for £25.50 you are actually getting a really good deal.
 One thing that makes this is an actual really nice gift is the giftbox it comes in. It’s pink so perfect for any girly girls and it’s made out of really strong cardboard that means you can easily reuse it to hold something else. Also it has the lovely detailing of a black plastic bow embellished on the top which makes it all the more fancy. There were actually three different lipgloss sets available in this collection but I think the other two have sold out so the one I’m showing you today is actually the only one you can still get. The reason I chose this lipgloss set over the others was because this one has the most diverse colours. I love pinks and this set comes with a nudey peach colour, a baby pink colour, a bright purple glitter colour and a really nice berry colour. I thought this would be perfect for me to experiment with different colours because these were actually my first ever mac lipglosses (I know, Shocker!) so I wanted some I could wear for everyday and some I could use for nights out as well.



Within this set you actually get two crèmesheen glasses, a dazzleglass crème and a normal dazzleglass and I think that every single one of the shades that you get within the set is just absolutely beautiful and they are all so creamy and soft and lovely to wear. Also they smell gorgeous, they smell just like vanilla and I love applying them. I find that they wear for a fairly long time as well and just really  make your lips look gorgeous. I would actually now purchase some full size lipgloss sets from Mac after trying these because they are seriously the best lipgloss formulation I’ve ever tried and this is just such a cute set and a perfect gift and they smell beautiful and look lovely so I’m really enjoying them so far.

 The four colours that you get within this set are Demure (Dazzleglass, Crème) I would say that this shade is a milky pinky – peach colour with a lovely blue sparkle running through it. It looks fairly sheer on the lips just because it’s such a light colour but it’s definitely buildable and would look lovely over a pink or peachy type lipstick.

 The second lipgloss that was in this kit is Going Casual (Cremesheen Glass) this is actually my favourite of the lipglasses within this set due to the fact it is just so wearable and looks lovely no matter what makeup look you’re going for. Going Casual is a baby pink (also described as ‘cotton candy’) and is has quite a blue/purple undertone running through it. I would say it’s without any shimmer but does have a lovely sheen to it. You can build it up to be very strong on your lips as well and it lasts pretty well on the lips too.

 The third lipstick within the set is Boys go Crazy (Dazzleglass) this is the most fun lipgloss within the set and it’s so different and unique to any lipgloss I’ve ever seen before. It is loaded with purple, blue and silver shimmer and is just gorgeous. I think it would probably look better over a lipstick rather than on it’s on because you’d have to build it up quite a lot to get an even covering but I do really love this lipglass and think it would be perfect for festive parties.

 Lastly the final lipstick is Colour Saturation (Cremesheen Glass) this is a really strong berry colour, it’s a mix between a dark pink, a red and a purple and it looks really lovely on the lips because it’s pretty opaque and really makes your lips stand out. I think this is the perfect colour for autumn to winter time and adds a lovely pop of colour to your face.

You can buy these lipglosses here for £25.50 which I think is an excellent deal!

Thank you all for reading.
Have you bought anything from the Mac Holiday Collection?
Lots of Love
Gem xxx

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