June Favourites

My first favourites post! It’s not something I’ll be doing every month, because many of my June favourites are also all-time favourites and they’re not likely to change very much, but I thought it would still be fun to talk a bit about the products I’m loving just now.


Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette

(Well, you knew it was coming, right?)

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I honestly don’t think I will ever be over this palette. From the packaging to the fragrance to the beautiful colours, there’s never going to be a time where I don’t get excited over this. If I’m ever in a bad mood, I google “Sweet Peach swatches” to help me calm down, or else go and do some experimenting with it myself. The phrase “holy grail make-up” has been tossed around a bit too often for me to be keen to use it, but if there was ever a product I felt was worthy of it, it’s this one. I’m so, so glad I managed to get my hands on it (as a birthday present from a close friend, in fact!).

Lush Tea Tree Toner Water

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I was introduced to Lush toner waters a few years ago when a friend recommended Breath of Fresh Air, but recently my skin has been breaking out for some reason so after my last Breath of Fresh Air finished, I picked this up instead. These toner waters come in spray bottles and the instructions advise that you can spray them either directly on to your face, or else on to a cotton wool pad; but the first time I tried to use Breath of Fresh air straight on to my face, I didn’t realise how much product would come out and I ended up completely dousing myself! Direct-to-face application is clearly meant to take place from arm’s length.

I haven’t noticed my skin clearing up all that much as a result of using this, but the feeling of freshness that comes from using it has yet to be rivalled by anything else I’ve found, so I would still classify this as a favourite.

(Sorry about my nails. I have to keep them unpainted for work and as short as possible because of my eczema…)

KIKO Milano Glitter Eyeliner in Multicolour

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This is a new find, but it made it into my favourites before I’d even bought it.

I was in the new KIKO store in Glasgow speaking to one of the customer assistants about where I might find the primers (I’m on the hunt for a new one), but I could hardly concentrate on what she was saying because her eyes were so glittery. I mean, so glittery. I asked her what eyeshadow she was wearing, most likely with a vacant, overawed expression on my face, and she directed me to this. It’s eyeliner, she explained, but it can just be applied wherever you want some glitter. When I got it home, I went a bit mad with it all over my eyelids, on my cupid’s bow, along my cheekbones. I didn’t take any photos of that occasion, but I have worn and photographed it since. I’m still just astounded by how intensely glittery this liner is.

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I wore just a little in the centre of my eye and I couldn’t stop looking at it in the mirror. It’s amazing!

Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Mulberry 

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Not entirely sure why this one’s looking so messy, but this is a lipstick that I’ve just recently rediscovered. I picked it up in a pharmacy a while ago whilst I was waiting for my items and then it pretty much just lay buried amongst my other lipsticks until recently, when I realised what a beautiful colour it is and pulled it out again. We all know I love anything that has a bit of sparkle or iridescence, and this has what I think you could call golden micro-glitter throughout, so it’s perfect for me. It’s not the easiest to apply, but it looks beautiful once it’s on.

NYX Round Lipstick in Lala

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Again, not the greatest picture, but this lipstick represents the culmination of quite a long and extensive search. I hunted far and wide for something in this exact colour, but no matter where I looked, I kept coming back to this one. At only £4, you’d think that would be a positive, but regardless of how many times I checked and how many NYX counters I went to, they only ever had the testers left. So, eventually, I caved in and ordered it online, and I haven’t looked back. It’s easy to apply, easy to wear, comfortable, and exactly the colour I was after.

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Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream in Birthday Suit

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I already enthused about this lipstick in this post, so I’m not going to harp on about it too much, but this was another one that became a firm favourite almost immediately!

NYX Colour Correcting Concealer Palette

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This was my first foray into the realms of colour correction (other than a green concealer stick I had at the age of fifteen that I had no idea how to use), and it has also been my last, because after using this I’ve had no desire to look any further. I most often use the green, to cover redness and acne scarring, and the yellow, for my glorious dark undereye circles (made worse by my recent spate of 7am starts at work). The purple will likely go completely unused as sallowness is not something I suffer from, and the remaining three I’ve only touched on (literally) as I am not confident with contouring; but the effectiveness of those first two is such that I wouldn’t regret this purchase even if I never used the other colours again. I dab these on over primer with a finger and watch my skin magically become even.

Ted Baker Mascara 

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This mascara was part of a set that I received as a Christmas present, and it is absolutely the best mascara I’ve ever used. It’s not massively lengthening or even volumising, but as my eyelashes are quite long anyway, it’s perfect for when I want something a little more natural-looking – it’s not clumpy, and it separates lashes out whilst still allowing them a natural fluffiness. I’m not sure it can be bought separately, which is a massive shame, because I don’t know what I’m going to do when I run out.

As I mentioned, most of these products have been favourites longer than a month so this won’t be a monthly feature, but I still enjoyed talking a bit about them, and I hope you enjoyed reading about them!

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A sidenote: I’m going on holiday next week, so I’m going to spend this week writing up some posts to queue for whilst I’m away! I’ll be gone for a week, but I have plenty of ideas for posts to fill that time.

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Sleek Face: i-Divine Rainbow Eyes

For all the time I’ve had my i-Divine palette I’ve been desperate to pull this look out of my head and make it a reality, and today I finally managed it!

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Many of my previous posts have included much enthusing about this palette, but somehow I just never seemed to have the time or the right kind of energy, I suppose, to create the look that I’d been saving for this palette since the moment I first swatched it on my wrist in Boots.

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These colours blend so beautifully together – a worry I’d had when envisioning the rainbow look – that it’s incredible, especially considering that this palette cost me only £8.99. I think that the purple melting into the blue is my favourite – it calls to mind a peacock, as it did when I first saw it. (So why a rainbow, and not a peacock? I know. I have no idea. But it’s always been a rainbow in my head.)

The only criticism I can offer is that for some reason, the yellow shade Cream Tea seems to be of a completely different and much more crumbly consistency. I ended up with a fair amount of it in my eye and a dusting over my eyelashes. But, after that was removed, it still blended just fine and didn’t give me any more hassle.

I also recently picked up a couple more Sleek items I’d had my eye on, as I know many others have – the highlighting palette in Solstice, and the Matte Me lip cream in Birthday Suit – so I decided to give these a go as well.

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I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Matte Me line and I was not disappointed. This is the matte lipstick I’ve been dreaming of. I ordered an Ultra Matte lipstick from Colourpop a while back – not a cheap purchase as they don’t ship to the UK so I ended up paying around £17 for one from Amazon – but the colour didn’t suit me, and it was incredibly drying besides. But the Matte Me lipstick is fantastic! Beautifully matte, but not drying or uncomfortable. All the good things you’ve heard about this lipstick are true.

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And, of course, Solstice’s reputation precedes it, too. I’m not sure that the lilac is particularly flattering to my skin, though you can’t see it in the photo, but all four of the shades are beautiful and so pigmented, so I’m going to be using it for something regardless.

I’m so impressed with all the Sleek products I own so far. I can’t wait to get my hands on more.

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Using Eyeshadow as Eyeliner

This is something I have no experience with at all, but I was excited to try something new!

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I wanted to go for a medium-dark matte cut crease to bring more attention to my lid, so that I could then line it with something sparkly and have it shimmer to its full potential!

It’s thankfully not too evident in the photos, but I just could not get the shades on my crease and above to blend smoothly. Whether it be due to the condition of my eyelids (I also forgot to use a primer, oops), the inadequacy of my brushes or some combination of the two, it remained stubbornly patchy. Similarly, the smaller brush I used to first apply Chocolate Bar’s Candied Violet as a liner refused to hold enough shadow to make a definitive line. It did however sprinkle glittery purple all over my lashes, so it wasn’t all bad.

At this point it occurred to me that the extra-buttery texture of my one Colourpop shadow might lend itself well to acting as liner, so I dipped into that and it worked much better. I ended up using a combination of the two – Candied Violet worked beautifully on my lower lid so I didn’t want to replace it entirely, but the two purples are not quite the same in tone so I had to layer them on top of one another to achieve a single shade.

DSCN1575As this was my first go and I was pretty happy with how it turned out, I didn’t want to potentially spoil things by attempting a flick, though when the idea popped into my head there was going to be one. Were I to do this again – and I fully intend to – I think I would add a wing, although I may put that on hold until I have some better quality brushes (which are the first thing I intend to spend my wages on when they come in!).

I also deliberately went easy on the mascara on my bottom lashes, because I really wanted the purple to pop.

In related news: I’ve experimented with a new kind of featured image for this post (as I figure it must be getting boring just seeing portrait photos of my face all the time!) and I was wondering if any of you had any feedback? I’m in two minds about it – part of me says it’s great, and part of me says it’s far too busy. I’m open to constructive criticism, but please be kind!

Red Lips for Summer

I know, I know. I’m wearing eyeshadow. I just couldn’t help myself.

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I just love this picture of my boyfriend and I 

It’s been so beautifully sunny in Glasgow for the last few days so it’s been okay not to wear any eyeshadow, but I caved yesterday when I was invited out to a garden party-turned-night out with my friends.

I’ve stopped using the Simple wipes that I suspect were behind my stingy eyes, and started using an oil-infused micellular water instead, which I’m finding both lovely and refreshing and also much more efficient at taking off my make-up! I’m also suspicious of my MUA eye primer as it was a little uncomfortable to apply, so I’m steering clear of that for now too.

I used some nice soft matte shades from my trusty Chocolate Bar for this look, and given how much of a shimmer and glitter girl I am, it was a nice change (although I did then apply a shimmer shade to my lids once all the matte was done… willpower at an all time low apparently!). I really love the soft, smoked out look, and I am on the hunt for the perfect muted red shade that I think would be perfect for it.

My eyes don’t feel sore today, thankfully, but the skin around them is very, very dry. I put on just a smidge of the Aveeno cream I got the other day and they feel a little better now, so we’ll see.

I again used my Rimmel BB cream as foundation because it works especially well on hot days, seeing as it’s light on the face and also SPF 20. I then used my Ted Baker blush palette, and Champagne Truffle as my highlight. (Will I ever use another highlighter? I doubt it at this point.) Then I lined my lips with a Rimmel lip pencil and used Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick in Pleasure Me Red, which I got quite a while ago but don’t often wear. It’s bolder than I usually go with for a lip colour, and it can leak in to the skin around your lips, which was more of an issue before I discovered lip liner.

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I wanted to go for something nice and bright to match the lovely weather, and I think I made the right choice.

I also have some more good news: I was offered a job!!! As of next week I’ll be making and selling sandwiches and pastries for a living. I’m so relieved, as it’s now been six months since I last had a job and I was beginning to panic.

So, with that in mind, and now that I’ve been writing to this blog for a while, I think I’m going try and refine the content and frequency of my posts a little more. They’re likely to be less frequent, but they’ll also be more focused, rather than just a description of the make-up I’ve worn on a particular day (much as I’ve enjoyed posts like these!). I touched on this in my last post, but I’m still working on it, so I’ll keep you all updated. I’m planning on getting an Instagram account set up soon too, which I’m quite excited about. In the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter here!

An Unexpected Find

I was intending for today’s post to be about a cute, soft pink look I created from some experimenting this morning, but in the interim between taking the photos and writing the post I went for a wander round some shops, and I found this incredible lipstick!

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It’s MUA Luxe Metallic Liquid Lipstick in Glint, and it’s not my usual (at least not for lip colour), so when I first swatched it on my hand I was taken aback by how dark it came out (too much so even to take a photo, apparently). But, after applying a little more and thinning it out a bit, it turned into this glorious shimmering celestial shade and I knew I had to have it. MUA Luxe is usually a touch more expensive than the original MUA products, but this was half price at only £2! I also picked up an eyeshadow primer and a matte setting spray which I’ll talk about in future posts.

Contrary to what I originally thought when I first swatched it, it did actually require a couple of coats to get the finish shown in the picture, and the pink of my lips showed through a fair bit until I had applied these. But, if you’re willing to reapply more often than normal for such a beautiful colour (and even if you aren’t!), it’s definitely worth the £2.

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I don’t truthfully know when I’ll wear this lipstick. It’s very unlike anything else I have, as I mentioned, and whilst that’s not a bad thing in itself, I’m not sure what to combo it with, and I’m also not sure I have the confidence just yet to pull off such a bold shade. But I’m glad I bought it, all the same.

I guess I’ll save my soft pink post for another day!