Monday, 15 September 2014

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade

This Summer I started adding to my collection of highlighters in a bid to get a healthy subtle glow and this began with MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish in Lightscapade. 

Lightscapade is a baked pressed powder and my version is housed in the new packaging which is still the classic black and clear plastic but now with a smaller circle window offset in the lid. I feel that it is a lot sturdier but still prefer the appearance of the old packaging. Lightscapade is described by MAC as a "soft candlelight beige with multi-dimensional shimmer" and I along with others agree that this is the perfect highlight for paler skin. Each product is individually veined with blue, subtle coral and pale pink set in an overall light gold beige base that when swirled together creates a beautiful neutral glow to the skin. I like to use the Real Techniques Contour Brush to apply it to the top of my cheekbones and use the excess lightly on the centre of my nose and chin. The powder feels smooth to apply and is finely milled, without any prominent chunks of glitter. I do like to go in quite light handed though as I do feel it could be quite easily overdone. The wear time on me is a few hours but I really think this would depend on your base and skin type, mine has been quite oily over the Summer months.

I really do enjoy Lightscapade but think it will be a better highlight for me in the Winter months when I am a lot paler as I feel it will sit a lot better with my colouring. It is a truly gorgeous product to add to your collection though and I know that it will last me for a long time.

Have you tried Lightscapade? What is your favourite highlight?


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Essie | Bachelorette Bash

As a rule I am not usually into pink nails but when I saw Bachelorette Bash on the Essie stand I was drawn to it as I thought it would be the perfect pedicure colour for the last of the sandal season. Bachelorette Bash is a creamy fuchsia and as I predicted it looks striking on the toes as well as fingers. The formula is excellent too and if placed well you can really just get away with just the one coat if in a rush. Always a bonus!
This has probably been my most reached for bright polish over the warmer months. An ideal hot pink for Summer, lets hope we have a bit more of this season to come!

What is your favourite bright pink?


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

August Birchbox

Another month, another Birchbox! Having being very impressed with the last few months I didn't expect the August offering to be as good but once again I'm a happy subscriber as there are some exciting new brands and products to try. The theme for this months box is 'Away we go' which celebrates everything that makes Summer getaways magical. All of the products arrived in a cute hand luggage ready clear bag but I did forget to photograph this, sorry!

  • Number 4 Super Comb Prep & Protect - Actually couldn't have arrived at a better time as I have just run out of my current heat protectant. This leave-in conditioner has a built in heat defence but I am hoping it is a lightweight formula as my fine hair gets weighed down very easily.
  • Wild About Beauty Creme Eyeshadow in Buster - I love using creme shadows as a base for powder so I can't wait to try this one out. The shimmering copper colour is also perfect and one that I would have chosen myself.
  • Nude Progenius Omega Treatment Oil - I have never actually used a face oil before so this is a new concept for me and again I'm intrigued to try it out. I dispensed a small amount on to the back of my hand and it felt surprisingly light and nourishing.
  • Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator - I love receiving sample sized skincare products as they always go into storage to take away on future holidays. Vasanti is a brand I have never tried before and on first impressions I like the look of this exfoliator as the tiny crystals seem to be gentle and in a mild formula.
  • Supergoop! Daily Correct SPF 35 CC Cream - There is nothing better than trying out new make up items and as I really enjoy a light coverage, on first swatch I think this is going to be something I like. I received the Light to Medium shade which I hope is going to be fair enough for my skin.
  • The Proposal by Tasmina Perry - The lifestyle extra this month is one chapter of a romantic novel. A great way to try a book before you buy.
Another outstanding box in my eyes and none of these products will go to waste as long as they agree with me.

Did you get the same?


Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Life Lately | July

First time Prezzo | Postcard Art | Finally bought the sharpener | Naughty MAC purchase 
Long day at the office | Tiny treats | Happy package | Fancy
Mmmm | Lovely Harrogate | New denim | Tour de France tree carving

All in all July was a lovely, sunny and relaxing month after a busy June. Here's hoping for a similar August, I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to Summer just yet...


Friday, 8 August 2014

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Mutine

I picked up my first Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick as a little treat while I was holiday. Three shops later and numerous swatches I had settled on the shade Mutine which unbeknown to me is limited edition. Mutine is a neutral rose pink with a subtle silver shimmer running through it making it one of the most wearable lipsticks in my collection. The sheer formula is lightweight and nourishing while still being suprisingly pigmented. The wear time isn't long but you would never expect it to be for this kind of formula and as it's so easy to apply touch ups are never a chore. This is a truly luxurious lipstick but one that I have decided is certainly worth the money!

Do you own any Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks? 


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Essie | Not Just a Pretty Face

Last month I was a bridesmaid for one of my best friends and I needed to find the perfect nude nail polish to to wear on the day. After standing at the Essie stand for a very long time I had narrowed it down to three and then finally decided on 'Not Just a Pretty Face'. In all honesty these kind of barely there, nude shades are not really my thing but I thought this didn't seem too pink and I hoped that it wouldn't look too washed out. Little did I know that this colour would end up being one of my all time favourites. Not Just a Pretty Face is a pink-nude nail polish with a subtle peachy hint which in my opinion makes it a lot more wearable. It can be worn sheer with just one or two coats but I prefer three to give it a bit more opacity. I love how simple yet chic it looks and I have found myself reaching for it numerous times since the wedding. The wear time is also amazing and when any tiny chips do happen to show they are barely noticeable because it is such a natural colour. I absolutely love it!

What is your favourite nude polish?


Sunday, 20 July 2014

July Birchbox

So before my box arrived this month I'd been having the usual snoop round of what other people got and didn't feel too overwhelmed with the the contents. I was surprised to see that when mine arrived I had a couple of different products and a mini Benefit The Porefessional definitely saved the day! The theme for this months box is a Summer inspired Sun, Sea and Sand.
  • Benefit The Porefessional is one of my favourite primers. It minimises pores and provides a velvety base for the rest of your makeup. Although I have just recently purchased a full size this little mini is ideal for travelling.
  • Compagnie De Provence Mediterranean Sea Hand Cream is a great little handbag sized sample and as I'm really rubbish at using hand cream I will be placing this straight in there so that I will hopefully use it. It smells lovely.
  • Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream was a very welcome addition as I am nearing the end of my current eye cream so I will definitely give this a go before buying anymore. I have tried other Balance Me products in the past and really enjoyed them so I am looking forward to giving this a go.
  • Laqa & Co Sheer Lip Lube Pencil in Bees Knees *smirks at the name* is a mini chubby lip pencil in a paired down orange. It has a minty smell just like the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains but the formula is much more sheer. Although I'm not sure this is the colour for me, I have swatched it on the back of my hand and it looks pretty.
  • Gilchrist & Soames English Spa Sea Kelp Extract Mineral Bath smells fresh and invigorating and will be perfect for a nice relaxing soak after a sticky day. Not a brand that I have heard of but bathing products are always welcome.
  • Vita Coco Natural Coconut Water in Lemonade is one of this months lifestyle extras and I was a little dubious to try this but the lemon puree balances out the sweetness of the coconut water making it a nice refreshing drink.
Not the best box ever but to be honest I don't have any complaints as I know I will use all of the products but perhaps not the lipstick.

Do you receive Birchbox? What did you get this month?


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