Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Review || Collection Speedy Highlighter in Pearly Sheen

Review || Collection Speedy Highlighter in Pearly Sheen

I love a good cream highlighter. I have used Benefit's High Beam in the past along with the Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator and have loved both so when I saw the Collection Speedy Highlighter in Pearly Sheen was part of one of the Boots 3 for 2 offers, I knew I had to give it a go. I bought this on a bit of a whim as I hadn't heard anything about it but I must admit I am so glad I did as it has become part of my daily routine. This product almost made it into my 2015 favourites but I thought that since I had only had it for a few months it wasn't really a favourite for 2015 but maybe it will make next years favourites. 

The formula of this is a little different to any of the other cream highlighters I have ever used before because it isn't as creamy or soft as most, but I have never used a stick highlighter before. it seems when you first apply it that you are going to have to apply a lot of pressure to get any of the product on your face but you really don't. A little goes a long way as you only have to sweep this over your skin and it gives you this gorgeous sheen. I tend to apply this to most of the high points of my face like my cheekbones, cupids bow, and below my eyebrows.

It has pretty good lasting power too which is great as it means you don't have to reapply it throughout the day, which is great for me as I always forget to do touch-ups. The colour is also gorgeous and works really well for my paler skin as it is slightly pink toned and looks relatively natural so works really well for daytime use and you can obviously amp it up a bit if you want to for the evenings. It also isn't glittery, just slightly shimmery which I love as I hate highlighters with chunks of glitter.

I think this is probably going to be one of those products I keep repurchasing as it is such a good highlighter and it is only £3.99 which is an absolute bargain!

Have you ever tried this highlighter before?

Chloe
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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

2015 Makeup Favourites

2015 Makeup Favourites

Like most other beauty bloggers I have been reflecting on my favourite makeup products from the past year and have put them all into one blog post, my 2015 favourites. I have some new finds along with some old favourites that might have appeared in last year's version, but nonetheless they were all products I reached for continuously over the past 12 months.

Let's start with face products. The Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue was a new product for me back in the summer and I have used it a lot over the past 6 months. It is a gorgeous dewy, tinted moisturiser product that has a very light coverage so is fantastic to use if you need your skin to look a bit more awake without the coverage. Having said that, you can build the coverage up if necessary without it looking like you have a lot of makeup on. The shade is also a really good match for me which is great as so many tinted moisturisers are too dark for me.

For concealer I have been reaching for the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer for covering spots and dark circles. I have a love-hate relationship with this product as sometimes the shade doesn't look right on my skin however for most of the past year the shade has worked for me. It rarely looks heavy on my skin, covers everything and lasts all day, as the name suggests.

Next up, powder. I love using the MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural as it is lightweight and doesn't completely mattify my skin so if I am using something like the Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue it remains dewy but allows me to control how shiny my skin looks.

I love bronzing my skin subtly so that my skin looks a bit healthier and to do this I have loved using the Sleek Face Contour Kit which also contains a really gorgeous highlighter which I use almost every day. They are both really long lasting and not too intense, so completely day appropriate which is great.

2015 Makeup Favourites

I have a love-hate relationship with my eyebrows but one product that can help make them look a bit better is the Sleek Eyebrow Stylist. It has a slightly waxy consistency so is easy to apply and it lasts pretty much all day. The shade is also a really good match for me as it is slightly red toned so looks better on me than grey toned products due to my red hair.

Earlier on in the year I picked up my first By Terry Ombre Blackstar and I will continue to purchase more. They have a beautiful, creamy texture which is really long lasting and the shade range is really good too, so there will be something for everyone.

I have two mascara favourites from last year, one new favourite and one old one. I will start with the old one, the Clinique High Impact Mascara. It is volumising and doesn't clump my lashes together or make them look spidery like so many other mascaras do. This one is my go to for when I don't want anything too dramatic, but for a more dramatic look I have been going for Benefit's Roller Lash. This mascara is similar to the Clinique one, only slightly more dramatic. I love using this one when I do a cat eye or a slightly more smokey eye as it makes the eyes stand out even more.

Finally lip products. Obviously MAC Lipsticks had to make the cut as I use them all of the time and I cannot fault them. I love the different formulas that they have and the range of colours is also fantastic. I also love using the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob for evening out my lip line, occasionally over lining my lips and using as a liner underneath other lipsticks. It is matte which makes it more long lasting than glossier finishes and the shade is perfect for using underneath lipsticks as well as using it on its own.

So there are my 2015 makeup favourites. What products did you love last year?

Chloe
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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016 || Goals for 2016

2016, Happy New Year,
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Firstly, Happy New Year to you all! I can't believe 2015 is over already as it only feels like yesterday that we were saying goodbye to 2014 and looking forward to a new year ahead. I wanted to do a post today reflecting on the past year and setting some new goals for this coming year. I personally like setting goals for myself all year round, so New Year's Resolutions are something I like to think about as I like having a something to work for.

2015 was the year I passed my driving test which has been such an amazing thing for me as it has given me a bit more freedom and I don't have to rely on my parents to take me everywhere. I also went to Amsterdam, Paris, Spain and Austria last year so in terms of travel, I definitely did my fair share last year.

So onto this year, 2016. I wanted to set some new goals for the year and give myself something to aim for this year.
2016
1. Blog as regularly as I can || I want to aim for 2 posts a week this year but I want to be realistic too and during my exams in June, things might go a bit quieter around these parts. But I feel 2 posts is enough without it being too much on top of my college work.
2. Try and stay more organised || Although I can be organised if I want to be I do have a habit of losing things and not keeping things organised and tidy. This year I want to try and keep my room more tidy, and my work more organised.
3. Continue to workout || Throughout 2015 I was a bit on and off with exercising, but this year I want to make it part of my routine. I always feel better and less stressed after a good workout so I think this year, with my exams coming up, exercise might be a good thing to continue,
4. Learn how to cook || As I am going to uni this year I think learning how to cook might be a good idea so that I don't only live off of pizza and chips. I got a few recipe books for Christmas and I am looking forward to using them this year and learning how to make something other than toast!
5. Instagram more || My Instagram is something I tend to neglect a lot. I want to improve my Instagram and post more frequently over the next year. 

So, there are my goals for 2016. What are your resolutions for this year?

Chloe
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