Friday, 29 November 2013

The Lipstick Tag

While my love affair with lipsticks came later other make-up products they are now my obsession. I have way too many, and love it. So I just had to do this tag.




How many lipsticks do you own?
I have an embarrassing amount, I don't even want to try and count it but to give you a scale I have about ten 'favourites' and that's barley even scratching the surface.

What was your first ever lipstick?
Clinque's Blushing nude, and I still love brown-toned rose shades.

What is your favourite brand for lipstick?
Revlon. I love them, I have at least 20 lipsticks from them (don't judge) as well as lip stains and even a gloss. I just think they have a great pigmented formulation that goes across the board form their Lip Butters to the Superlustrous, if I ever need (Okay maybe need isn't the right word...) shade I always look there first.

What is your most worn lipstick?
Probably either Revlon's soft Rose which is sadly discontinued or their lip butter in Raspberry Pie. 

What is your favourite finish?
I love creamy/glossy finishes like the Revlon lip butters but I am also a fan of mattes as they have great wearing power so they are a great busy day go-to.

What was the last lipstick you bought?
If Sleek's Matte Me counts then that in Brink Pink if not then Revlon's Fire and Ice which I bought a few months ago so I'm pretty proud of myself.

How many lip products do you currently have in your bag? (including glosses and balms)
I'm taking this question as my go-to blazer as that's where I keep my most important stuff. I generally have 2 tinted balms (one in a light pink the other a rose shade) I may also bring along shade if I feel like it.

What lipstick do your use to rock a red lip?
The real question is what don't I? I do like Revlon's Lip Butter in Candy Apple, their Fire and Ice but I also a matte one by Sleek and a very orange toned one that was limited edition a few years ago by MAC. I also have the red lip4 by Sleek. I am under the delusion I have no reds so I am always buying them when actually I way to many.

How do you store your lipsticks?
I have 3 layers to my lip organisation. First is two section-thingeys with 6 sub-sections each (technical language I know) from muji all have a place and store by colour (eg reds, purples, light pinks etc), then I have a large tray from Muji where I store my favourites which alternate every few weeks. Then is the 2 or 3 I plan to wear that week which are kept where I keep all my go-to make-up. 

What lip products are you currently lusting after?
I love the look of  Revlon Matte Balm Stains, but they aren't out here until January.

-Ava

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Project Make A Dent: Complete

I bought a total of 2 make-up items over the past two months, one of which I pre-let myself buy and the other was a I'm at a CCO I'm allowed something-thing. So I'm pretty proud.


Products I finished:

Rimmel Pro Primer- I can't believe I forgot about this at the start, but as soon as I realised I quickly made an effort and it was gone within a few days. I like the primer but I think my L'√≥real one is better but this was £10 cheaper.

MAC Mineralised Skin Finish Natural- I probably had a couple of uses left but I think it was time to go. I've had it for a few years and I like it, it provides nice coverage and has nice finish. I remembered why I switched as I love dewier foundations with a more matt powder as I think it gives a nice skin-like finish and this just doesn't set it well enough but for those who don't need that then I would recommend it.

Proud of my progress:

Inglot 395p- I am so close to hitting pan on this it is insane. I use thinking 'today will be the day' and it isn't. I don't know whether this is a good thing or not.

Bobbi Brown Classic Everyday Kit- I've used the black everyday on brows, and the highlight shade as well. I love it and am so close to hitting pan on bone. I've also used the blush more than expected, but barely used the brown as there are so many others that I own that are more convenient.

Naked Palette- I'm pretty proud of my progress as I think I've made good work on colours like Sin and Toasted which I do love but never really wear (despite Sin being my jam when I first started wearing make-up). I also used creep way more than expected, I didn't use it loads but still more than expected.

Benefit Hoola- I used this a lot towards the start but tailed off once I received Tarte's Park Ave. Princess for my birthday but I still feel I made good progress on it.

Revlon Candy Apple- I've really loved this colour as it so easy to wear and goes with a lot of things while I've got a while to go before finishing I had used up a decent amount.

So that's it while I didn't make as much progress as I may have wanted. My collection hasn't grown as I have received/bought 3 things but finished 2 and thrown away a few mascaras that have dried up or I've owned to long so I view this as a success.

-Ava


Monday, 25 November 2013

Lauren Conrad: What I'm Wearing 3

I have a huge obsession with all things Lauren Conrad and especially her style. So this week I look to her beauty book as inspiration (but not necessarily from the everyday section thought). So I am sticking to her clean, polished look just with bolder lips than her everyday.

Revlon Torch Smoky Shadow Stick- these are great cream eyeshadows. The shimmery pink will look great on its own or under more neutral shade.

Bobbi Brown Desert Twilight Palette- This was a limited edition palette but fairly dupable it is a pink/taupe palette with basic shades.

Bourjois Liner Clubbing- A simple, black liquid liner that will get a lot of use as Lauren loves winged liner.

MAC fluid line Dark Diversion- A limited edition dark burgundy liner that I will use if I yet tired of black.

Nars Danmari Palette- It came out a few christmases ago but they came out with a fairly similar one this year. It has a lovely bronzer, great blushes and while I don't love the highlighter on the face, I love it on the eyes.

Estee Lauder Witty Peach- A great peach blush I've recently forgotten about and I thought it was very in keeping with this weeks theme.

Prestige Miner Bronzing Powder in Pure Shimmer- as I said last weeks it's a great dupe for MAC's Soft and Gentle and I'm loving a bit of shimmer on the face recently. 

Sleek Matte me in Brink Pink- While neon pink may not be very Lauren I think with a bit of sheering out it can look great and not too off base. 

Revlon Fire and Ice- A bit more Lauren-y as she does love a red lip as do I. 


-Ava


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Haul/ What I'm Wearing Week 2

I was going to do a Catching Fire themed one using red-toned shades this week but I went shopping, bought too much pretty much negating my project make a dent so now it is basically a haul (which involves red tones) with some other red tones thrown in.


Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer (New)- I didn't know wether I wanted to include it but since it isn't a staple I went with yes. My usual concealer is a little dark for right now so I'm trying out this one.

Mac- De Vil/ Coppering- De Vil is limited edition but it is very similar to Coppering in the regular collection. They are both rustic red which again I love.

Sleek- Vintage Romance Palette- It has some great purples and golds with cool darks colours and a lot of shimmery colours. It also has an amazing red/brown which I adore.


Rimmel- Brixton Brown- Why you'd name a make-up item after Brixton I don't know but I loved the look of so I'm game. It has a great copper shade and 4 other more neutrals. this would be a great palette if you wanted to get into red shades but where a little unsure, as it has some universal shades you could wear without the red and add it for more experimental occasions.

Revlon- Embellish Lip Gloss- I'm not the biggest lip gloss fan but I had been admiring the shade for a while and it was three for two so I just needed it (right?). It's a dark berry with some shimmer, I think it looks good and not too intense alone and would be a great layering colour especially around christmas.

Revlon Black Cherry- I've been loving this at the moment and it goes really well with the gloss.

Revlon Fire and Ice-A very christmassy red and I'm pumped for it. It again goes really well with the gloss.

Tarte Off The Cuff Palette- A great blush palette that has a variety of looks.

Prestige Miner Bronzing Powder in Pure Shimmer- a great dupe for MAC's Soft and Gentle, with christmas coming up I love a bit of sparkle.

Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara- A great all round mascara.

-Ava


Friday, 15 November 2013

The Christmas Tag 2013

I was planning on waiting to put this up but... I had no other blogposts that where ready (I'm lazy at taking photos). I'm sure there will be more, and I'm sure I will do them because I love christmas. So here we go: 


Do you prefer a real Christmas tree or synthetic?
Real! I can't imagine not having one if you are able to.

You're in a coffee shop, it's December, what do you pick up?
Hot chocolate but to be honest I'm not the biggest fan of hot drinks. I love tea but not in shops, I don't like coffee and hot chocolate makes me feel sick but I love the taste so I sometimes risk it.

What's your favourite colour scheme for decorating the tree?
I don't really go by one but I like gold and red.

Giving or receiving?
It depends, if I've put a lot of thought behind the gift and I'm proud of it then giving but if not... receiving! 

To mince pie or not to?
To mince pie! I love them, Starbucks do great ones but I also make my own completely from scratch a few days before christmas and I love them.

What's your traditional Sunday lunch?
For christmas day it's the shebang (Is that how you right it?), turkey, multiple types of stuffing, roast potatoes, brussel sprouts, sausages wrapped in bacon (my favourite) and then at the end christmas pudding and custard.

Christmas day fashion
Pyjamas of course, but special christmas ones that we got the night before.

What's your favourite Christmas song?
I love the entire polar express album as it's a great mix of classics and original songs but I also love Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer is catchy one if not  morbid.

What's your favourite Christmas film?
Arthur's Perfect Christmas (not to be confused with Arthur Christmas which I also love), I've watched it every christmas since it first came on and can't remember a christmas without it. I also love the Polar Express but I hate The Nightmare Before Christmas. Another one I love is the Muppet's Christmas Carol.

Open presents before or after lunch?
As soon as you get up! Is there any other way!?!

And that's it :). If you didn't see my last blogpost which I accidentally posted early and had re-draft it so doesn't come up when it should you can see it here it's also christmas related)

-Ava

Monday, 11 November 2013

Punk Princess: What I'm Wearing Week 1

Every sunday I think of all the outfits I'll wear that week and pick out some make-up products that will go with that and most of the time I think of (loose) theme so picking out a few make-up products is easier. So I will post whats in store for that week (not including everyday things, which I will have a separate blogpost up on soon). 

This week is, slightly smokey eyes and slightly dark lips.


Naked Palette- I think this palette as great options for both lighter and darker looks. I'm sure I will be wearing Sidecar and Creep more than usual.


L'Oreal Superliner Gel Intenza - Pure Black- a good gel liner that is easy to blend out for a smokey look.


Maybelline Tough as Taupe/ Permanent Taupe- I love this as a base especially under Sidecar.


Bobbi Brown Smokey Eyes Mascara- Gives a nice full, dark lash look which works well for heavier make-up.

Tarte Off The Cuff Palette- a nice array of blushes and a bronzer.


Bobbi Brown Pot Rogue Cherry Chocolate- a dark brown-based red that can be used on both the lips and the cheeks.

Rimmel Lipstick 107- a matte berry/red that is a little darker than an average red but not too dark for everyday


Revlon Black Cherry- a dark burgundy which can applied heavy or light and looks great both ways.


L'Oreal Glossy Stain Juliet- A rose colour that can be built up to a more intense colour or kept simple.


And that's it for this week, I'm sure with christmas coming up my themes will become increasingly disjointed but christmas so it's okay.

-Ava

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Saturday, 9 November 2013

My Favourite Make-Up Books

Combining my two great loves of make-up and books, if I found one that somehow worked TV in there I would be in heaven. Here are a few of my favourites.


Make-up Masterclass- Jemma Kidd- a great book that is half information on individual techniques and steps, and half tutorials which I think is the perfect mix. It goes into a nice amount of detail on each step including skin care without going overboard on unnecessary steps like skin or fitness like Bobbi Brown can. It also isn't very condescending as I find many can say you have to do this or never to do that which just isn't true (again Bobbi Brown is a major culprit). The step by steps are also nice as they are divided up into skin tone (with both warm and cool counterparts) and giving you info on which one you are. It also a has nice section on bridal make-up. I would recommend to most but it definitively tailored to beginners.

Make-up the ultimate guide- Rae Morris- I find this a mix of beginner and advanced as it has a detailed section of contouring and highlighting (think Kardashian) and vast array of looks but it also as great section on make-up for older skin which would be helpful for beginners (or a beginner in what type of make-up you now have to wear). I love the over 40 section (even though I have a long way to go) as it teaches you how to use shimmer as many make-up artists say 'if you're older a certain age don't even bother'. I know Rae Morris has an entire book on make-up for older skin and would highly recommend checking it out if you think it's suitable for you.

Beauty- Lauren Conrad- I love Lauren Conrad while I was never a huge fan of Laguna Beach or the Hills I still caught quite a few episodes and even then wasn't the biggest fan but over the past months (or years) I've fallen in love. I religiously read both her and her stylists blog and so I just needed a beauty book by her (I mean if I can't have TV, make-up and book, I'll settle for this). It's quite different from the other books on this list, it's more for your casual make-up wearer who likes to look good, knows a bit about it but wants a few simple looks to go to. Despite the fact this is very much not me I love it, I mean I've picked this over Game of Thrones quite a few times for a bath time read (who likes showers anyway?). It also has hair looks which I like as they are all very simple and very up my street, it also has good tips on fitness and skin care but not in an over-bearing way like Bobbi Brown can.

Any Bobbi Brown book- I know I have given her a bit of flack over the course of this post, I really am a fan but I think her advice should be taken with a grain of salt. I own three of her books, Teenage Beauty, Makeup Manual and Beauty Rules and how found she has a very definitive way of doing this and doesn't like you straying from it. I always feel judged when I don't use her methods, such as her way of applying blush which is now very popular and I just don't think it is flattering. I also find her  bit of  hypocrite as in every book she uses her '10 step system' and says you have to apply it this way and every time you can see the order of the photos has been changed. She says do the lips after foundation but the eyes are clearly done up, then onto the eyes and the model has no lipstick on but recently I have been seen on her website it is in the correct order (i.e. photos and description matching up). This sounds like a rant in what should be a favourites, I do think she provides good information just remember not to take everything she says to heart. 

I am always on the look out for more make-up books so I'm sure at some point I will do another one of these but for now this is it and what are some of your favourites because I am all ways interested to know.

-Ava

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Halloween FOTD

A little late up but whatever, here's the (totally awesome) look I wore on halloween (to do nothing...) it's inspired by the look Kimberly Walsh had on in last years Strictly Come Dancing Halloween special.

Face: 


Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer


Rimmel Powder Stay Matte 

Bourjois Bronzer Range Primer Bronzer

Nars Sin Blush



Eyes:

Nars sumdge proof primer

Sleek Blush By 3 Flame- matt red


NYX milk jumbo eyeshadow pencil


A matt white shadow (by Sleek I think, but not sure)


Urban Decay- Smokeout (from Vice 2)


Bobbi Brown- Bone


L'Oreal Superliner Gel Intenza - Pure Black


Max Factor Clump Defy Mascara Waterproof






Lips: 

Revlon Lipbutter - Red Velvet



-Ava



Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Lush Christmas Part 1


The best time of year for Lush, because it is christmas and Lush, what is not to love?

Bubble Bars:

Candy Mountain- It's something they bring out every year and have done for quite a few by now (Over 4, how much I don't know). It's a very sweet fragrance that has strong vanilla tones but doesn't smell completely of vanilla and I haven't managed to find out what else it smells like (I need more detailed descriptions Lush). It shares a scent with Rockstar soap and if you like Snow Fairy you will like this as well. I'm not usually super into sweet scents unless it has vanilla in then I love them.

Christmass Eve- Another returning favourite. It is calming, floral scent with distinct jasmine tones and maybe ylang ylang which to be perfectly honest I don't know what that smells like but is used a lot in scent descriptions especially ones of this type (and I was right, go me). It also has irish moss powder (which is seaweed) which is meant to make your bath a more gel like constancy, I haven't noticed that but I don't use much (This gave me 5 baths). This is my go to in christmas time and my usual go to's are Karma and Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds (or words to that effect) so I'd imagine if you like them you'd like this, it also has scent similar to Dorothy.

The Christmas Penguin- it has a somewhat floral, somewhat musky scent but is still very light. It has undertones of citrus but it's overwhelming or sharp like they sometimes can be. It has the same scent has The Olive Branch Shower Gel.

Bath Ballistic:

Golden Wonder- This is my favourite bath bomb, nay, product ever.While I haven't had the pleasure of using it yet this year I am dying to get my hands on it. It's the third year its been out. It has a strong yet warm citrus scent and feels very christmassy. I also love the way it looks in the bath, it has shimmer and its the same as previous years stars, but the stars melt and the glitter is more of lustre so you don't spend the next few days thinking 'how did the glitter get THERE!?!'

I can wait to try more of the collection and am happy with everything I have tried so far.

-Ava




Tuesday, 5 November 2013

October '13 Favourites

November, one of the best months of the year (and I am totally not biased by the fact it is my birthday or anything) it's also one step closer to christmas and if I had it my way it would officially by the Christmas season by now. My fancy camera has run out of charge so I just took a photo on my phone but this should be good enough since it isn't tutorial.


Urban Decay- Vice 2- No surprise here. I love the variety of colours in this palette, I can go from bronzes to greens, pastel pinks to smokey eyes there is always something in there for me to wear. Dope, Radar and Ambush are probably my most used shades but Smokeout is also up there despite the fact I'm not usually a fan of blacks (or colours close).

Inglot- 395p- this is a high shine, light cream colour. I got it last christmas and I probably haven't gone a week without it but my love for it seams to be going even stronger this month.

Bobbi Brown- everyday palette- I use the black everyday on my brows but I've also been using the cream colour almost everyday this month and I've been using the pink blush well over my usual favourite pink Pixie Pink by Sleek.

Clinque- Superbalance foundation- I got a decent sized sample of this a while also but it's almost always too dark for me but I got a bit of a tan at the start of this month (I still have the tan lines on my arms) so I've been mixing it with my usual Bourjois Healthy Mix Radiance Reveal foundation to darken it up a bit and I really love the combination. It provides a nice amount of coverage and glow without going overboard on either. I also found the foundation generally looks better as the day goes by which is hard to believe is possible.

Revlon- Nearly Naked Powder- another thing I've always find just that bit too dark for me. I do really like it as it provides a nice blurred effect to the skin and doesn't have a very powdered finish but I do find it doesn't last as well as the Rimmel Stay Matte does.

Revlon- Candy Apple- a simple red that isn't too overbearing and provides a great glossy finish.

Marks and Spencer- Damsel- A nice darker purple toned berry but is still nice and wearable. I love mixing this and Candy Apple together as it darkens the red but brightens the purple.

-Ava

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Monday, 4 November 2013

How to Look Wide Awake (When You're Really Not)









Mornings were not designed with me in mind (because everyone knows the world revolves around me) and if you're ones of those people (like me) that get asked if they are awake on monday mornings this helps you look awake even if you don't feel like it, I mean make-up isn't magic after all (no matter what it can look like).


First I applied a primer (Nars) then a shimmery pink base (Revlon- Torch) but you can pick just one. Next I apply three, yes three, different shades of shimmery pinks. It might seam like overkill but the subtle differences in tone can help make the eyes look bigger and more awake but you don't have use three, two or even one can work well. I used Bootycall (Urban Decay), Silk Teddy ( Too Faced) and Sin (UD) in the that order across each third of my lid and

my inner corner. Next I applied a matt brown (Too Faced- Velvet Revolver) in my crease a matte cream (TF-Heaven) under my brow bone. I then put some of the shimmery pinks under my eyes in the same order as above. Next I applied black liquid liner on my upper lash line making sure to wing it out so it lifts your upwards, so it appears more awake. Next I add a white (NYX- Jumbo shadow stick- Milk) in my waterline but you can use a cream as it looks less harsh. Next I curled my lashes and applied mascara. I think for this look curling your lashes is especially important as, again, it lifts your eyes upwards. For my blush I used a matt pink (MAC- Oh So Fair, which is limited edition but easily dupable). As for lips I used a slightly shimmery purple/pink (Revlon- Lollipop) and applied a cream pink lip gloss (Estee Lauder- Simply Pink) over the top. The purple tones make your teeth and eyes looks whiter therefore brighter so it makes you look more awake. 
And that's it, it's great for monday mornings and days when you feel ill, if you can be bothered to put on make-up that is but it always cheers me up so I never go without.

-Ava