Lipstick Collection | Part One | Various Lipsticks

My lipstick organiser is home to my most worn, favourite lipsticks. This holder was an Amazon bargain and can store up to 24 lipsticks which is the perfect amount. Although, if I could have all my lipsticks on display it’d be so aesthetically pleasing.. maybe I’ll leave that to when I get a bigger dressing table! Anyway, today I thought I would go through my storage and give you little reviews of the lipsticks that are on display atop of my dressing table but as I have so many, I’m going to split this into two parts as nobody wants to spend hours reading one single post.. even if it is about pretty lipsticks!

The bottom row of my display is home to my MAC lipstick collection which is so small in comparison to some bloggers! I currently have 6 but I’m seriously overdue another MAC purchase! I think I’m going to buy Velvet Teddy next.

Lipstick Collection | Part One | MAC Lipsticks

(L-R) Viva Glam, Ruby Woo, Vegas Volt, Creme Cup, Fanfare, Brave.

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna
This was the first MAC lipstick I owned, I had won it in a giveaway. It’s a gorgeous red with a hint of shimmer in it as it’s a Frost formula. It’s not really that noticeable, though. I don’t wear this a lot but as I like to keep my MAC lippies together, I keep it in the holder. Even though this is really the odd one out due to the red packaging rather than the black! I need to start wearing this more.

MAC Creme Cup
This was my first MAC lipstick purchase. I had no idea what shade I wanted so I opted for a popular one and it was a great choice. I love Creme Cup! It’s just a lovely, wearable everyday shade and I hadn’t worn it for ages but recently I’ve opted to wear it a lot more and I’ve fallen back in love with it. I love the Cremesheen formula although it does mean I need to top it up a lot throughout the day but it’s so worth it as it’s a beautiful pale pink!

MAC Fanfare
This was my favourite shade for a looong time. I still love it but I don’t wear it anywhere near as much as I used to. Again, it’s a cremesheen formula but I find it lasts a bit longer than Creme Cup, probably because it’s less sheer and packs more of a punch in terms of pigmentation. Best described as a warm pink, I wish I saw more love for this in the blogosphere! It’s a gorgeous shade.

MAC Vegas Volt
This shade is so different from any of my other MAC lipsticks! But it’s a great one for Spring/Summer. Vegas Volt is an Amplified creme formula which means it’s highly opaque and has a lovely sheen to it. Best described as a warm full power coral, this does a great job of brightening my complexion.

MAC Ruby Woo 
This ‘classic true red’ is my favourite lipstick as it suits me so well. I’m always a bit wary of red lipsticks and unsure that they suit my pale skin tone but I love this one. It’s literally the perfect red lipstick for pale skin (and any skin tone for that matter) thanks to its blue undertones. This is a retro matte formula so it’s got great lasting power and in my opinion, it’s very comfortable.

MAC Brave 
I’m obsessed with this lipstick and I can’t stop wearing it. Honestly, it’s the most perfect shade. 😍 And when paired with Soar lip pencil, it’s even better. A satin formula, this lipstick is semi-matte and super comfortable, I really love how this looks on! I think this could be the first ever lipstick that I actually use up and need to re-purchase. That’s how often I wear it. 

Lipstick Collection | Part One | MAC Lipsticks

The 2nd row is a bit more of a mixture and is home to some lipsticks and some liquid formulas. 

Lipstick Collection | Part One | Various Lipsticks

L’Oreal Color Riche Lipsticks
in Eva’s Delicate Rose & Magnetic Coral
I seriously do not wear these beauties enough! Both part of the L’Oreal Color Riche range, they are both semi-matte formulas but completely different shade wise! Eva’s Delicate Rose (what a gorgeous name!) is a warm pink and is very similar to Fanfare but perhaps a little bit darker and Magnetic Coral is exactly that, an intense coral that sits somewhere between red and orange, it’s slightly lighter than Vegas Volt but equally as lovely.

Benefit They’re Real Double The Lip in Lusty Rose
One lipstick I’m not impressed with is this one by Benefit. The only reason it was on display is because I was testing it out, it has since been replaced by a much more beautiful Charlotte Tilbury lipstick! Whilst I do like this shade, a gorgeous rosy nude, I just really dislike the shape of the bullet! This is supposed to help line the lips but I find it so flimsy and hard to work with plus I don’t really think this lines the lips at all. You only really see it when you swatch on your arm! (see below) I’m so glad I didn’t buy this (it came as part of my Besties gift set I got for Christmas) as it’s certainly not worth £16.50.. buy a MAC lipstick instead!

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Sweet Pop
This is one of my favourite pink lipsticks! It’s beautiful. Sweet Pop is a light-medium pink with subtle undertones and a sheen finish. It’s honestly a dream to apply as it’s such a creamy formula, it just glides on effortlessly and for a non-matte lipstick, it lasts a ridiculously long time. Usually, about 2-3 hours and similar lipsticks would have vanished off the lips within half an hour!

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita
Ahh, this beauty. I wanted this for the longest time! The Everlasting range has the most beautiful packaging I’ve seen for a liquid lipstick but I suppose that comes as no surprise as Kat Von D herself is a tattoo artist so obviously she’s going to want swoon-worthy packaging for her beauty line. Anyways, this formula is probably my favourite (and I like ALOT!) and it has to be the least drying formula out there, I can hardly tell I’m wearing a matte liquid lipstick, it’s not at all noticeable or uncomfortable. Lolita is a lovely chestnut rose shade that I can honestly say would suit everyone!

Tanya Burr Soft Luxe Lipgloss in Martha Moo
My go to liquid lipstick at the moment is this one from Tanya Burr! Not only do these have an amazing scent, they feel incredibly light on the lips, have great lasting power and pack a punch when it comes to pigmentation. Martha Moo is a deep nude that has serious 90s lip vibes which I’m just loving at the minute.

Lipstick Collection | Part One | Various Lipsticks

Have you tried any of these? What are your opinions on them?

Look out for part two of this post coming soon featuring a whole load of my favourite liquid lipsticks!

Laura x

Makeup I Won't Repurchase.

It’s a bummer when you spend more than you usually would on a product that people rave about and for it not to be right for you. Or, even when it’s a budget item that is highly commended in the blogging world but for you, it’s nothing special. I’m thankful that the majority of the products I do buy work for me but there are a few that just don’t.. some I’m rather bummed about because a lot of people seem to love them and consider them ‘holy grail’ but they just don’t sit right on my skin or are just not what I expected them to be. Today, I’m sharing the products I won’t be repurchasing unless my opinions on them somehow miraculously change!

NARS Creamy Concealer |
Oh, how I wanted to love this! Everyone seems to love it but my dry under eye certainly does not. It creases so badly. No matter what I do, it just looks awful. The coverage isn’t too bad but I just can’t stand the creasing. I have the shade Chantilly, which is the lightest available and I’m thinking Vanilla might be a better option, I’m not sure as I do usually opt for the lightest shades in a range due to my pale skin but I just have a feeling Vanilla would look better but obviously, I’m not going to spend another £20 odd quid to have it crease on me, so it looks unlikely my opinions on this will change.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer |
I bought this as so many people said if you didn’t get along with the NARS option, you will with this. But I don’t. I just don’t find the coverage to be all that good. I do love how creamy this is (so much creamier than the NARS one, funnily enough) and the doe-foot applicator is probably my favourite but due to my dark circles, I need good coverage and unfortunately, this does not deliver.

Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer |
Now, I do like this, it’s got great coverage and hardly creases but my only gripe is the awful shade selection. The shade Light is certainly not light, at all. It’s quite a dark shade for me and it ends up being more of a corrector than a concealer due to this. If Maybelline introduces an even lighter shade than I’ll happily repurchase this.

L’Oreal Infallible 24H Foundation |
A couple of months back, I would have recommended this foundation to anyone looking for a nice, budget, full coverage foundation but now, I wouldn’t. I don’t know what’s happened but this just looks plain awful now. I mentioned in my Two Foundations to Try from L’Oreal that it made my skin look flawless, well not anymore! It goes patchy and I just can’t get it to blend into the skin. It all looks so uneven.. I don’t know what happened, maybe I bought a dud but I’m chucking this in the bin for sure.

Soap and Glory Thick and Fast Mascara |
With its gorgeous gold packaging, it’s no surprise I wanted to try this for the longest time. I was expecting great things as so many seem to like this but wow, it’s not for me. It does nothing for my lashes! This is said to create longer, fuller lashes but for me, my lashes look flat and unlifted with no definition whatsoever. A real disappointment.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara |
Another mascara I don’t get along with is Benefit’s They’re Real. I find it clumps my lashes and I just really dislike how it looks. It does give great definition and length but I can’t get on board with the clumpiness. It’s a big no-no for me.

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colour |
Marketed as a matte lip colour, this couldn’t be further from the truth! It does not dry down at all and has much more of a sheen finish. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still gorgeous and I love the shade ‘Devotion’ but I wouldn’t buy any more of these.

Which makeup items would you not repurchase?

Laura x
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Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.

Bourjois have always been one of my go-to drugstore brands. Especially when it comes to their foundations! I’m a huge fan of the City Radiance Foundation which I reviewed here a while back and in the past, I’ve also loved the Healthy Mix Serum foundation, a great option for drier skins. The one I always wanted to try was the Healthy Mix foundation and when Bourjois brought out a newer, reformulated version which every other blogger was seemingly raving about, it made me finally pop it in my basket and give it a whirl.

So what’s new about this version of Healthy Mix? I obviously can’t compare to the old version but this one is said to give tired, dull skin more radiancy and it is also boosted by the addition of vitamins such as Vitamins C & E. It’s a very light foundation but buildable so I don’t find the coverage to be too sheer. It’s good at covering any blemishes like the huge spot on my forehead right now (boo!) which helps as I very rarely need to apply much concealer on said spot due to this.

It does make the skin look more radiant and dewy which is something I always want in a foundation due to my dry skin and more so now it’s Spring! There’s nothing worse than a foundation that clings to dry patches and makes them look obvious, thankfully this foundation does not do that. It has a very natural finish and my skin looks brightened, fresh and less fatigued.

As I have dry skin, I don’t use powder so I don’t rely on much to keep my foundation long lasting other than the foundation itself. Sometimes, I will use a primer or setting spray, but not every time! I can’t get over the lasting power of this considering it’s light formula, it’s brilliant. Probably the best I’ve tried yet in regards to wear time. Bourjois suggest 16 hours, however, does anyone really wear foundation for that long? I give it a wear time of about 8-9 hours max. It’ll be interesting to see how well this lasts on a hot day.

Application is flawless as it seamlessly blends into the skin. I love using my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge to apply this as I find it gives the best finish. I didn’t like how it looked with a brush, however, I don’t really like any foundation when applied with a brush nowadays. Anyone else feel like this? The sponges have definitely taken over!

The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation comes in 8 shades with 50. Rose Ivory being the lightest and 58. Caramel being the darkest. I chose Rose Ivory as it’s the one I’ve always stuck with regarding Bourjois foundations (espec. City Radiance) and it is the perfect match for my uber pale skin.

Have you tried the newly reformulated Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation? What are your thoughts?

Laura x

March Favourites.

I say this in every monthly favourites post, I know but damn, where did this month go?! It flew by! It honestly feels like I wrote my February Favourites post just yesterday. March has been a pretty great month for me. I had a really good interview for an internship last Friday, it sounds like such an exciting role so here’s hoping I get it. Cross your fingers for me! I was also in the audience for Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway two weeks ago, that was an experience. I’m a huge fan of them and had never been in a live tv audience before, it’s interesting to see how it all works! The only downside was the 5 hour queue without any guarantee of getting in, but we did and I loved it!

So onto my March beauty favourites! You know how I said in this post I was trying to save money and stop spending so much on makeup? Well, I’m not doing too badly now but I still haven’t completely stopped, oops. There are a few new products featured in this month’s favourites..

March Favourites.

NYX Born To Glow Liquid Illuminator in Sunbeam |
Now that it’s spring, I want dewy looking skin more than ever. This NYX Illuminator does the job perfectly either worn on its own or mixed with foundation. It really brightens up your complexion, making it look more luminous. It really is a gorgeous product and something I expect to use up really quickly!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation |
I had seen so many posts recently about the newly reformulated Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation, I had to go and buy it. I’ve always been a fan of Bourjois’ foundations and this one definitely does not disappoint! I’m not going to go into too much detail right now as a review will be coming shortly however if you have dry skin and love a lightweight foundation that can make your skin look flawlessly dewy, then say hello to your new favourite foundation, go and buy it, you NEED this!

Topshop Brow Palette | 
As I mentioned in my last post here, I’ve recently fallen back in love with my Topshop Brow Palette. I’ve ditched the brow pencils and gone back to this as I find my brows look so much better and so much more natural, the way I like them! Unfortunately, this looks like it may no longer be available (boo!) so I’m going to have to find an alternative soon. If you have any brow palette recommendations please send them my way!

MAC Soar Lip Pencil |
One of my most worn lip products this month has been the beautiful Soar lip pencil from MAC. Something I lusted after for ages and ages and I finally got my hands on it. It’s so lovely. I love how sturdy the pencil is, I thought due to this it might be a little tough to apply but it isn’t, it’s so creamy, it glides on like a dream! I got this to go with my favourite MAC lipstick shade, Brave as not only is it the most gorgeous combo, Brave also has a tendency to bleed so I thought this might stop that. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to but I still love it!

Tanya Burr Cosmetics Soft Luxe Matte Lip Gloss in Martha Moo |
This swoon-worthy matte lip gloss was on my wishlist for ages whilst I desperately waited for a restock! When I first laid eyes on this beauty, it had completely sold out. It’s no surprise really, as it’s a ruddy gorgeous shade. I was so happy when it came back in! If you love the 90s nude lip trend, this is a great option as it’s a lovely muted brown with a slight hint of pink. My only let down is that these don’t dry to a complete matte finish, there is always a slight sheen to them. However, it’s still a beautiful addition to my collection and I love wearing it. I adore the packaging of these aswell, it makes a budget lippy look a little bit more high end!

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita |
Another matte liquid lipstick favourite! And a completely new shade choice for me, I own nothing like Lolita but I’ve lusted after it for sometime. Lolita is best described as a chestnut rose shade with warm undertones. I love the formula of these liquid lipsticks and it has quickly become a favourite. It’s smooth, fool proof in that it applies so evenly and has incredible lasting power, it’s among the best out of the many liquid lipsticks formulas I’ve tried. Not to mention, it’s probably the most comfortable matte lipstick formula too.

What have you been loving this month?

Laura x
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Shopping My Stash Rediscoveries.

Even though my makeup collection isn’t as huge as some, it’s still easy for me to forget about all those products I’ve stored away in my drawers when I make way for all the new bits I’m trying out. Recently, due to trying to cut my spending down in order to save some dosh, I’ve been shopping my stash and rummaging through my draws to rediscover some old makeup gems I used to love! It does make me wonder why I stopped using them in the first place seeing as I adored them! But as I said before, it’s usually to make room for all the new stuff. Today, I’m going to share some of my recently rediscovered loves.

Shopping My Stash Rediscoveries.

H&M Blushes in Dusty Rose & Pink Coral |
I’ve mentioned these blushes a lot here on the blog but recently they’ve been on the back burner because I’ve been a little obsessed with my Hourglass Blush ever since I got it and any other rarely gets a look in however that’s now changed and these beauties are finally being used again!

Dusty Rose is probably my favourite out of the two as it’s a cream blusher which suits my dry skin perfectly. It’s exactly the shade you’d expect from the name, a gorgeous dusty rose pink. It is a gorgeous shade for the warmer months!

Pink Coral was recently featured in my Must Have Pink Picks for Spring post. If you’re looking for a nice pop of colour on the cheeks, this is a good one to have. It’s buildable so you can wear it subtly or quite intense, whatever you prefer. Another reason why I love these blushes is the packaging, I still swoon over them now.

MaxFactor Creme Puff Blush in Lovely Pink |
Another blush I’ve recently rediscovered are the MaxFactor Creme Puff Blushes. I own two but Lovely Pink is the one I’ve started using again. These are a great dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes, if they are out of your budget. They have a similar marble effect in the pan and to be honest, there isn’t much difference in the way of formula and how they look on the skin either. The only difference seems to be that the Ambient Lighting blushes are more pigmented and the Creme Puffs have a slight shimmer to them. Lovely Pink is a really flattering shade, especially for pale skin tones.

NARS Blush in Orgasm |
Ah, the cult favourite blush and my first ever NARS purchase. Why did I stop using this? It’s beautiful. I’m so glad it’s made its way back into my everyday makeup draw! It’s a gorgeous peachy pink blush that compliments all skin tones which would explain why it’s so popular, regardless of how pretty it is! If there’s one blush you need to splurge on, I’d say it’s this one.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer |
Another cult beauty favourite! One that I literally wore non-stop for months but then came along the beauty that is Becca Champagne Pop! But recently, I decided to put Champagne Pop away and give the Mary-Lou Manizer some love. This is a lot more subtle than Champagne Pop but still packs a punch for a highlighter. This honey-hued powder is great for day to day wear giving you a gorgeous glow making your skin look more radiant. If you prefer a more toned down highlighter that still gives a gorgeous luminous sheen, this one is for you!

Benefit High Beam |
Sometimes, I love to wear a liquid highlight as with dry skin it can be the optimal choice for a stunning glow. However, this got lost within all my makeup and I then completely forgot about it. Now I own two mini sized versions and I can’t get enough especially with it now being spring! This satin-pink highlight provides you with a gorgeous long-lasting radiant look and accents cheek and brow bones for a dewy sheen. It really is beautiful.

Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer |
I stopped using a primer for ages, I’ve no idea why as I’ve always liked using them but I probably got a bit lazy! However, I’ve started using a new foundation recently (review coming soon!) and I’ve opted to start using a primer again. I forgot how good this Rimmel one was! It’s lightweight, hydrating and does slightly mattify the skin but without drying it out which is perfect for me. It also does a great job of extending the wear of foundation. A great budget option!

Topshop Brow Palette | 
I’ve said goodbye to my Benefit Goof Proof pencil and hello to an old favourite! I decided to give this a go again recently and I realised that I’m much better at using palettes to fill my brows rather than pencils and what not. I’m no brow expert, I do struggle and I’m now finding that this brow palette is the easiest option! I use my Real Techniques Brow Brush to apply this and I’m pretty impressed with how my brows are looking recently. Maybe I’ve actually got the hang of it!

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil |
I used to wear eyeliner on my waterline, all the time! For some reason I stopped wearing it so, recently I decided to try wearing it again. Then wondered why I’d ever stopped! It makes me look more awake and defines my eyes. I don’t have small eyes but it really does compliment them to wear eyeliner.. if only I could master how to apply eyeliner on the top lids! Anyway, this Urban Decay pencil is my go to! It’s easy to apply, creamy and like the name would suggest it just glides on and it does not budge!

Have you rediscovered any old makeup favourites recently?

Laura x 
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