Wednesday, 1 October 2014

September Favourites 2014


Another month gone, can you believe Christmas is in just under 12 weeks away? It's crazy. I had a bit of a crazy month in September. I got a part-time job in a local card/coffee shop. It's about 5 minutes walk from my house and I'm really enjoying it so far. I love that the hours are enough for a bit of pocket money but I still get time to blog, it's perfect. September was also the month Brent and I went to Morocco. We've been back for only two weeks but it already feels as though it was about two months ago. If you would like to read about our time in Marrakech you can by clicking here.

Revlon PhotoReady foundation - I have a "First Impressions" post coming very soon, but I just have to say, this is one of the best high-street foundations I have used in a long long time. It provides medium coverage with a soft dewy finish that isn't too overwhelming. Long-lasting staying power and still looks like natural skin....sounds incredible doesn't it?

Maybelline SuperStay Gel Polish - Forevermore Green - I'm pretty sure every monthly favourites post now features one of these polishes, they are just brilliant. This shade is a beautiful greeny turquoise which lasted my entire holiday. It didn't chip at all! I added an extra coat a couple of days before the end of the holiday to add some shine back onto my nails (the chlorine dulled the colour a bit) but there wasn't a single chip on the polish, so impressed! 

Make-Up Revolution Baked Eyeshadows - Pure & Innocent | First Impressions - In my first impressions post, I mentioned how this palette wasn't that pigmented and that I wasn't too impressed by it...well that has certainly changed. I used this non-stop last month and every day on holiday. The colours were beautiful together, they looked so pretty. I now love the light shades for a soft highlight and the darker shades are fab for a subtle smokey eye. And I was wrong, they are very pigmented!

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet - Olé Flamingo! - I've had this since they first came out but I just never used it. When I met up with Jess from Jessica Charlotte, she was wearing it and said I needed it! I already had it so I decided to dig it out for holiday. I used it every night and it was a beaut! The fuchsia pink is very bright and bold and it didn't rub off or transfer at all. Evening after eating and drinking, it had stayed put. This meant going out and buying another shade, of course, so keep a look out for a full review and swatches soon!

MAC Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner - Black Line - I haven't used anything by MAC in such a long time. At one point, I was completely obsessed and couldn't get enough, now I barely even look on the website. However, saying that, I always loved this eyeliner and have been wearing it so much recently. Although it's called Black Line, it's actually black with noticeable gold shimmer and it's so pretty smudged out on the top lash line. It also has great staying power, considering how creamy it is!

Which products have you been loving recently?

Monday, 29 September 2014

Nanshy Blending Brush Review


Back in the day, I would put my make-up on with my fingers and eyeshadow with the free sponge applicators that came with palettes. Nowadays, I have 3 pots full of brushes and it's still expanding. I love trying new brushes and couldn't wait to give a Nanshy brush a try. I've heard of Nanshy before and seen a couple of reviews on other blogs and they always sounded great. Nanshy is a vegan and cruelty-free brand which ticks even more boxes for me. 

The brush I will be reviewing today is a blending brush from their new Masterful Collection which contains 12 brushes in the set. The blending brush* I will reviewing today has a shorter handle than the one available in the set and I was kindly sent it to try out.

The brush handle is white with a very subtle pearlescent sheen to it. It has a silver brush head with "Nanshy" engraved onto it and black writing on the white handle. It's simple and sleek. The Masterful Collection is available in both black and white however I like the white, it's different and they are easy to find in the stash. It also came in the cute little silk drawstring bag, it's such a nice touch.

The bristles are synthetic which are great for both cream and powder products. Even having a shorter handle than the product that will be for sale, it's really easy to control whilst blending. I first used this on holiday and it blends eyeshadow perfectly. Some brushes I found you're sitting there doing the window-wiper motions for a while however a couple of seconds with this brush, and your eyeshadow is blended in beautifully. 

I've already washed this a few times and it washes up well too. None of the hairs have shed which is a complete first! Never have I tried a brush where not a single bristle falls out, amazing. 

Overall, I am very happy with this brush. This brush and the set aren't available at the moment but if you go to Nanshy.com you can sign up to be notified by email of their release. Another set they have available at the moment retails at £34.95 which is an amazing price for 12 brushes so the price of the Masterful Collection will hopefully be around that price too.

Have you tried any brushes from Nanshy? What are your thoughts?

*PR sample

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Adventure #3 | Morocco

Grid images from my Instagram - beautyandthechic18

It's been a week since Brent and I came back from our holiday in Marrakech, Morocco. It's feels as though the holiday was a month ago, not a week, crazy how time flies and life goes back to normal so quickly. 

The holiday in general was mainly a time for us to spend some time together properly in our own space. We spent most of our time lounging by the pool, reading, swimming and playing ping pong. We ventured out a couple of times throughout the week. 

We booked an excursion, The History of Marrakech on the Monday which was roughly half way through our week. Being history buffs, we were both really excited to go on this trip. During the 4 hour tour, we visited Koutoubia Mosque (which was right by our hotel and in picture 8) Bahia Palace and the Saadiens Tombs. Everything was so interesting and different, it was amazing to see. 

On two separate occasions, we visited the main market area and also the Souks which are a covered labyrinth of markets but you could easily get lost in there, it was so twisty and tangly. We had a couple of bartering experiences, the first one being really easy and fun, the second went from a lovely helpful man to a really intimidating one in a flash, it was so so awkward and really put us off doing it any more. Every person you walk past in the markets or souks are trying to get you into their store to buy stuff so it can get tiring saying "No thank you" every couple of seconds. There were so many abandoned cats which for an animal lover, really made me sad as they all looked so ill and skinny but they were still cute! I saw about 50 cats but only about 3 stray dogs. 

The whole experience was great though, such a different way of living.  We have decided we would go back to Morocco as it was so interesting and the weather was amazing. However, we would go to the coast, Casablanca next time, be great to see a different city.

Have you ever been to Morocco? 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Milani Baked Powder Blusher | Berry Amore & Dolce Pink


I've been meaning to write this post for a while, I'm not sure why it has taken me so long but here you are! I think everyone and their cat has heard about the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso and after scouring the internet, I found a UK online store that stocks Milani. Can I get a "whoop whoop?!"

At the time, Luminoso was out of stock so I picked up Berry Amore - a gorgeous nude/coral that swatches as a beautiful true coral shade and Dolce Pink - a vibrant pink with a gold shimmer. I bought them from the store Comedic for £5.99 which I think is a pretty good price, cheaper than a plane ticket to the US! They sell quite a lot of the Milani range and it's great to know I can get my hands on it here if I really want it.

Both of these shades are really pigmented, one dab on the brush is all you need. They blend really well and don't leave any harsh stripes on the cheeks. The formula isn't powdery in either the palette or on the skin. The wear time on me is all day long, it's incredible! Neither do they sit in any dry patches.

I find the packaging rather bulky, although I do like the gold and the shape, they come with a flip compartment that houses a brush and a mirror and personally, I never use these so it just takes up space. If they took the compartment out, they could have a smaller compact which I would prefer.

Berry Amore looks a tad mauve in the pan and has a darker bronze and gold interlaced throughout. When it was brand new, there was an overspray of gold on the top however I hastily swatched it before I took a picture. There are noticeable gold shimmers in the pan but once on the skin, they are hardly seen and just create a lovely sheen on the cheeks. I was surprised when it swatched to a coral shade but I really love the shade it creates, it's great for my pale skin tone.

Dolce Pink is a true pink in the pan, a typical girly pink. It doesn't look as though there's any gold in this shade but once swatched there is some shimmer and the shade reminds me of NARS Orgasm. It's very pretty and although in the swatch the gold looks quite chunky, it blends out beautifully on the skin and are hardly noticeable on the cheeks.

Overall I am really impressed with these blushers, considering they are classed as drug store, they are worth every penny and get the job done. I can't help but feel like they are a cheaper alternative to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushers they just seem so similar but for a fraction of the price. That won't stop me from getting both though....

Have you tried any Milani Baked Blushers

Monday, 22 September 2014

Little Beauty Haul | New & Repurchased


I haven't done a beauty haul in a long time so I thought I would share with you the few bits I picked up recently. It's more of a collective haul really. Some are new products that I've wanted to try, and others are repurchases. I did buy a YSL Rouge Volupté lipstick in the shade 1 from Duty Free on the way to Morocco but I forgot to add it in the picture, whoopsie!

The Repurchases

When I had the L'oréal Ever Riche Nourishing Intense Mask last time, I actually dropped it in the shower, smashed the pot and lost half the product which was super annoying as it's a brilliant product. It really nourishes the hair and keeps it smooth and shiny until the next wash. OPI Nail Envy has been a repurchase for about 4 years now, it's just brilliant. Growing up, I bit my nails the entire time and therefore, made them brittle and weak. Since I've been using this, it's made my nails hard and strong, and they grow really quickly now too, I will continue to buy it every time I run out. I adore most of the Maybelline Baby Lips but Hydrate is my favourite as it smells divine and keeps my lips moisturised for ages. I finished it up on holiday and repurchased it the second I was home.

The New

I bought another Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet product when they first come out but never used it. I dug it out and used it on holiday and absolutely loved it! So obviously that means buy every shade possible right ladies? I picked up a lovely nude shade, fittingly named Nude-ist and I can't wait to start wearing it. Bourjois had a deal of buy one product and get another half price so I decided to try the Délice de Poudre Bronzing & Highlighting Duo as I've heard it's supposed to be amazing. When I swatched it in store, it was very lovely so looking forward to giving it a whirl. Barbara Daly Make-Up keeps impressing me so I thought I'd give the High Impact Eye Definer liner pen in Black a try. I've been trying to perfect the cat-flick...like that will ever happen but I feel as though I am improving and this swatched really nicely on my hand but we shall see. Finally, on YouTube recently I've seen the Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser pop up a lot and any product that contains charcoal is straight on my wishlist. Charcoal is great for drawing out impurities and so far, I'm impressed with this!

I will be reviewing some of the products above but if there is anything you'd specifically like me to review, do let me know below!

Have you tried any of the above? What are thoughts on these products?

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