A U.K based Beauty Blog created by a makeup enthusiast.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Hello And Thank You!




Hi, everyone!

I haven't been blogging for very long, about 5 months to be precise when I noticed the number of followers suddenly began to rise quite rapidly in the past week. Looks like you've found me and I'm so glad you did! I just wanted to say a BIG hello to all my followers and fellow bloggers and THANK YOU for choosing me by following my blog. You have no idea how much this means to me! My blog is still a baby compared to others and I know I still have an awful lot to learn, so you will have to excuse me for any mistakes I make along the way. 


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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

New Brands Arrive At Boots - Norwich.




Just had a flying visit to Norwich and discovered Nyx Cosmetics and skincare botanists Liz Earle, have set up shop in Boots, Chapelfield, which I think is really exciting news!!! I have been a massive fan of both of these brands, particularly Nyx for many years and think it's fantastic to finally be able to see the swatches in the flesh without having to play "guess the shade" via their website. As I literally only had 30 seconds to shop I picked up a couple of lip glosses but soon noticed there were no sign of their Lip Lingerie range. Ho hum! I suppose you can't have everything!

As I'd gathered by the photos and tweets shared from Boots, these stands are being installed in various parts of the country, so I was really hoping and praying these would be arriving at some point. Let's hope one arrives near you soon! 

Have Nyx arrived at your local Boots? 


                                                                            Toni. xoxo



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Monday, 25 April 2016

Makeup Fails | Products That Didn't Work For Me

                       

There comes a time during the many products you try when you discover that some just don't perform to your expectations. No one likes giving negative feedback, do they? However, I feel it's important to give true, honest opinions. After all, isn't that what my blog is all about, right?!


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Friday, 22 April 2016

Mini Haul From Yankee Candle

                    

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                      Yankee Candle Haul

Hi, everyone!

It seems to be one of the golden rules amongst us beauty bloggers. A beauty blog simply wouldn't be a beauty blog without the odd scented candle thrown in! 


Everyone loves a Yankee Candle don't they? Their fragrances have that fantastic ability to take you on a journey that can reminisce past experiences or forge new ones. They smell so true to life, so comforting, invigorating and irresistible. To be able to relax with a Yankee scent wafting past one's nose is my idea of true bliss! As long as it's accompanied with a glass of wine of course! So in true to form and like the Yankee fan I am I shall be posting some future buys. One day, I will buy some large candle jars just like I use to. But first, let me show you a small haul I purchased recently.

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Monday, 18 April 2016

The BLUSH Tag!

                      

This is a really fun tag that's been doing the rounds on YouTube, answering questions regarding blushers in YOUR collection, not what you've seen in other people's! I only really started getting into blushers in the last few years, so I don't have that many - she says! I need some more higher end!. So some answers may appear more than once. I've only included singles or blusher palettes. None from combo sets.

If you're reading this? Then consider yourself tagged and let me know either in the comments section or drop me an email if you've posted your list too, so I can have a look.

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Friday, 15 April 2016

L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipsticks | Review

               
                  
                  

                 


I don't know about you, I've always felt that there's something quite unique about the Colour Riche lip range from L'Oreal. It's hard to imagine that these are actually a budget brand, as their packaging looks luxurious and high end, and the scent always takes me back to the old days (before mortgage and kids!) when I would to wear premium lip wear from Helena Rubinstein, as it just smells so similar. 


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Monday, 11 April 2016

Colour Correctors...Do We Really Need Them?

                    

                    
   

                    

Colour Correctors has become the latest buzz words in the beauty sphere this season, with Urban Decay, YSL, Tarte and many others all releasing their own formats. This kinda puzzles me a little as Correctors are nothing new within the beauty industry, and I for one have been using them for donkey's years for under the eye area. 

However, I've often felt that the traditional, highly pigmented creams are seen as a little dated these day's as foundation and concealer formula's have vastly improved over the past 5 years in terms of coverage. Even drugstore, so is often deemed as no longer needed. One can only assume that this latest influx has derived from the latest trend from Instagram!



I'm not a makeup artist so I don't really consider myself a true expert, but I have picked up an awful lot of what I've learnt over the many years of applying and studying makeup. I decided to publish this guide for anyone that may be confused about their uses.  


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So, what exactly are Colour Correctors? 

Colour Correctors are very different from concealers because instead of concealing which is what a concealer does, correctors neutralise or brighten the problem first. 

By using the colour wheel theory, these brightly coloured creams and liquids are formulated to help brighten areas of the face or to neutralise and even out skin tone before applying foundation or concealer. They can either be found in a palette form (Graftobian is a great one by the way) or sold individually. These palettes can contain anything from 3 to 7 colours! Green, Orange, Yellow, Lilac or Pink or even Blue, with some also featuring concealer shades, a light and a dark to apply afterwards. 

When people first take sight of these cream palettes containing all these bizarre colours, this often leaves them either confused, scared or both! 


So do we really need them? Are they that necessary?

"Only for people who have skin issues where a concealer and foundation have failed to cover." 


When applying a cream formula, a thin layer is all you'll need. So apply by dabbing onto the area of concern. Blend well, but don't go beyond the border of the area you're trying to neutralise, otherwise you'll end up making it look worse! 

Colour correcting primers are much gentler and are now considered the preferred method to use these days. Smashbox Photo Finish Colour Corrector, Nyx Studio Perfect and Makeup Forever Step One are just some of the many that are available. 



                   
                      
                                                         The colour wheel theory.

Green is opposite Red:

Green will help to neutralise any redness in the skin. This is great for light skin tones that suffer from redness or rosacea in the cheeks or for toning down any spots or blemishes. Fortunately, those dreadful formula's of yesteryear of us resembling Shrek have long gone.

I recently had a mammoth spot on the end of my nose of all places, and dabbed a little bit on top of the spot before applying concealer - It worked a treat. Far better than applying dozens of layers of concealer, I can tell you.

Orange/Peach opposite Blue:

Orange and Peach are used for deeper skin tones to once again help neutralise darkness under the eye area and to brighten and cover pigmentation on areas of the face. Peach primers can also be useful for brightening lighter cool skin tones. 

Salmon Pinks also opposite Blue:

Salmon Pinks are probably the most popular form of colour correcting amongst us lighter skin tones, and is used for neutralising or brightening any blueish/purple veins or darkness under the eye before applying concealer/foundation. Products like the Bobbi Brown in Light Bisque, Pixi Peach Corrector and Benefit Erase Paste in Medium are just a small handful of products available out there.

A Salmon Pink corrector is a must have and is worn every time I wear makeup. It's great for waking up the look of tired eyes and is also used on the shadow of the eye bag to cover the darkness and harshness before finishing with concealer. 

Pink/Lilac/Light Blue opposite Yellow, Yellow/Green and vice versa: 

For very yellow and olive complexions, Lilac/Pink/Blue can help to brighten and tone down the sallowness of the skin. Correcting primers can be great for this. 

Yellow can also be great for toning down redness around the eye area and cheeks just like Green on lighter skin tones. 

So, there you have it! I hope this gives you a little understanding as to what they are and their uses. Like I said before, foundation and concealers have come an awful long way in the last 5 years or so in terms of coverage. But sometimes, our skins may require that little bit of help and assistance, and it's good to know, however little they're needed, there are products out there that can help with these issues.


Do you use any colour Correctors? Are you a fan of them? 



                                                                         Toni.xoxo
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Friday, 8 April 2016

Product Empties


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Hi, everyone!

Welcome to my very first empties post. I'm so glad to have finally got around to writing this as these had been sitting around in my little special empties bag for quite a while! 


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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Makeup Revolution Salvation Eyeshadow Palette | Run Boy Run | Review


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Here we have a quick review of  the eyeshadow palette, Run Boy Run by Makeup Revolution. This 18 shade eyeshadow palette was part of a haul purchased a while back, after witnessing once again an amazing copper shade.

A nice mix of warm and cool neutral shades appears in this shimmery arrangement, also featuring a pop of grey. This palette also contains 6 neutral mattes including that all important black.

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Monday, 4 April 2016

My Mac Lipstick Collection


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Yes, the amount may be paltry and maybe pathetic, but it's a start. Considering my first purchase was only last Autumn after trying to find a shade similar to my lipstick from Charlotte Tilbury. 

Bitch Perfect was my go to shade all last Summer and was worn to death! I couldn't justify paying the hefty price tag again so opted for a more affordable alternative from Mac.

By the way, the one I eventually purchased is no dupe for Bitch Perfect - Sorry! 

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Friday, 1 April 2016

Products That Have Hit Pan



                  

Hello, lovelies!

Not the prettiest of pictures, agreed. Today I'll be showing you which products have finally hit pan. With the volume of makeup I own, it seems virtually impossible to imagine reaching the end of any pot. Within this stash, there features a couple that I'm desperate to get shot of. 


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