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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At Least I Have Lashes

I was blessed with quite long natural lashes. And I’ve always been happy about that, but I’m extra glad now, because with the state of my skin thanks to my eczema, I need to stay away from eyeshadow for a bit.

Thankfully, itDSCN1404‘s not noticable on my face. But it is beginning to affect my eyelids, and apart from anything, it makes them very difficult to work with – drier, rougher and more wrinkled than usual. Not an ideal base for nice softly blended eyeshadow.

I’m gutted, as you can imagine. I love all things make-up, but eyeshadow is my real passion. I went to see Warcraft, and I was planning on doing some really heavy themed eyeshadow for it. Instead, this look is what I wore. I know I’m lucky that my lashes alone do a fairly good job of framing my eyes with just a couple of licks of mascara (Revlon Super Length, which I got in my May Glossybox!), but I feel like an artist whose canvas is spoiled. But anyway, since I realised I had to roll with the au naturale look, I’ll talk a bit about what else I did.

I did my eyebrows as usual (in fact a friend of mine suggested that I write a tutorial on how I do them so keep an eye out for that!), though I realised that they might be a little too bold for my face with my eyes so much lighter than normal. After using my normal shade on them I went over them a bit with a paler one, but I’m not sure it made much of a difference.

I always do my eyes first. I’ve seen people call this madness, but I touch my face so often whilst applying my shadows and so on that it wouldn’t make sense to have foundation already done.

After my eyes and brows were done, I primed my face with Maybelline’s Baby Skin Pore Eraser, and then followed with a Rimmel BB cream. I wanted to keep everything pretty light, so I left it at that and set it with a Bare Minerals mineral veil. I popped some blusher on my cheeks (I use a beautiful blush palette I got in a Ted Baker gift set which I also plan on making a post about in future!), and went for my most nude lipstick shade, which again was part of this set.

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I was sceptical of this shade when I first saw it; I don’t usually go for anything with a coral tone to it, and this certainly isn’t something I would have picked up on my own. Even when I first tried it on my lips, I didn’t particularly like it. But I’ve come to love it. It’s so creamy, softly matte, and so easy to both apply and wear.

I also used Champagne Truffle as highlighter again, and I’m completely converted. This is hands down the best highlighting product I’ve used, and I own at least three other products.

As for the eczema – I’ve ordered an Aveeno cream that I’ve seen highly recommended, so hopefully that should help clear things up and I’ll be able to indulge in eyeshadow again as soon as possible. I think that the eczema on my eyelids at least has been aggravated by my use of Simple Oil Balancing wipes, and I’ve heard a few people say that similar things have happened to them, so I’ll be avoiding those from now on.

Do any of you have any eczema-busting miracle remedies? Or any products that have irritated your skin?

Interview Day!

So today was my interview for Beauty Care at college!

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I did a little research on what kind of make-up might be best received – subtle but skilful, or all-out showing off? – and the general consensus seemed to be the former, so that’s what I aimed for.

I primed my lids with my MUA eye primer (jury’s still out on this one; I’ll cover it in a later post once I’ve used it a few more times), and set down a base of White Chocolate (from Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar – what else?). I wanted to keep things matte and muted, so I used Salted Caramel as my transition shade, went over my crease with Semi Sweet and finished off with just a touch of Triple Fudge to darken things up. I spent a bit of extra time on the blending, as I wanted everything to be very soft and blended out.

Belatedly, after choosing and applying my soft brown shades, I remembered how well olive shades complement my eye colour, so I added a little Bless Her Heart over the White Chocolate on my lid. In retrospect, I think the look would have worked better without this, but it wasn’t a massive error.

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The lady doing my interview even said she loved my make-up!

I used some white liner on my lower waterline to enlarge my eyes, went over my top lashes with my NYX Two Timer liner (both ends; kohl first), and then finished with a couple of coats of my Ted Baker mascara. I got this mascara in a make-up set I received as a Christmas present and which I plan to write a post on very soon, because it contained some incredible make-up and could even potentially be credited for the kick-off of my newfound make-up love!

I kept the rest of my make-up light and careful – although I did have a go at some contouring! For this I used a matte bareMinerals bronzer and bareMinerals angled face brush, but I don’t blame you if you can’t really see it in the photos – I’m so new at it that I can’t help but be cautious.

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I’m pretty happy with how it all turned out.

As for the interview itself, I’m not so sure! My interviewer did indeed comment on the quality of my make-up, but make-up is only one element of the course, and she seemed discouraged by my lack of experience with the others – massage and manicures and the like. We’ll see. I got positive vibes from her regarding me as a person, but I felt like something was off. I should find out soon either way!