Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Nars Velvet matte lip pencil Red Square Review

I have been on the hunt for the perfect orange toned red for Summer for a while now, and one rainy afternoon while browsing the internet for makeup, a far to regular occurrence! I came across the shade Red Square  in Nars velvet matte pencil range. Now I'm gonna sound like a bad blogger here, buttttttttt I have never tried anything from Nars, IKR!!

Nars Velvet matte lip pencil Red Square Review

I knew I was onto a winner though as I have heard nothing but good things about the about the Nars Velvet matte lip pencils , so I cheekily added it to my birthday list and was lucky enough to receive it on my big day.

So are they worth the hype........ Well the lip pencil applies like a dream, it feels creamy with zero dragging, its super pigmented and dries down almost immediately to a matte finish. It doesn't feel matte on the lips, I haven't experienced any dryness or discomfort in fact it feels pretty moisterising which makes a change for a matte lip product.. The colour for me is just what I was looking for, its red but not a Christmas red, its pretty orange toned and I think a perfect summer shade.

Does it stay put........Yes it stays put pretty well for a red lipstick, the thing is with brighter colours you can rarely find one that lasts, but this Nars one can deal with cold and hot drinks really well, with no transfer. Upon eating it does ware slightly on the inside of the lips as you would expect really but it still manages to look presentable. It can also be topped up easily, and still look great.

Nars Velvet matte lip pencil Red Square Review

I will definitely be adding other shades from this range to my collection as I am smitten with the formula.

Do you have any shade recommendations?

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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Simple skincare I recommend

Skincare is something that has become increasingly important to me as I have got older, because it doesn't matter how good the paint is if the canvas is shoddy.

My main skin concern is finding products suitable for my combination skin, that will add moisture where I need it without making my T Zone oily.

Simple skincare

Simple have always offered value for money when it comes to skincare, but is it to cheap to be good?

In a word NO, I have been putting three products from the Simple range to the test.

Hydrating cleansing oil - I have never used an oil when it comes to cleansing before, I must admit it's always scared me, will it make my skin oily? but I was so intrigued and it was on offer, so it came home with me. Now this product has really impressed me, it is so good at removing my makeup, like really good..... just add a few drops to your hands and massage into face, you literally see the makeup melting off your skin, then wipe with a warm wet muslin cloth, and tada clean skin, that doesn't feel greasy or oily but soft and clean. LOVE IT!

Hydrating water boost gel cream - This product was recommended by my friend Hayley from Haysparkle.com, she loves it and so do I. It offers just the right amount of hydration, in a light weight formulation, perfect to use both morning and night. A small amount goes a long way, leaving my skin smooth and moisterised. The dry areas of my face are happy and hydrated, as are the oily areas.

Water based sheet mask - Now we all love a sheet mask, and this Simple one is as good as any I have tried. It is very wet and feels pleasantly cool on my face. Just leave on for 15 minutes and hope know one comes to the door!! peel off and massage the excess product into your skin. My skin feels amazing after using this mask, really soft and smooth, and it definitely looks plumped and hydrated.

If you are looking for simple, skincare suitable for sensitive skin, I highly recommend giving SIMPLE a go!  

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Saturday, 9 June 2018

My glowy summer makeup

When it comes to my makeup, I am not a fan of heavy full coverage foundations, even more so in the warmer months I like to go for a light coverage, my skin but better finish with a bit of a glow to it. So if that is your bag, stick around because I am gonna share the makeup products I have been choosing recently.

My glowy summer makeup

I recently made an asos order of makeup something I hadn't done before I purchased a mascara, which I have already reviewed and a cc cream, powder and setting spray which I am going to talk about in this post.

Like I said when it comes to base makeup in summer, I like lightweight products, luckily due to a new skincare regime, which I will talk about another time, my skin is looking pretty damn good. I start with a little concealer on any redness, I like the makeup revolution conceal and define, and some barry m colour correction under my eyes and blend. Then that's when I go in with 3ina cc cream, I have shade 103 for reference. I pop a small amount I'm talking probably less than pea size on a oval brush, dot over my face and blend, you really do not need much product at all, to achieve a glowy skin like finish. 

As this product is so glowy, which I like, I don't like to add to many powder products on top, so use a cream blush, and liquid highlighter. I do add a little powder bronzer at this stage to help give my face definition.

My glowy summer makeup
Revolution-conceal & define, Revolution - highlighter,

Of course I fill in my brows and then normally reach for either my naked heat palette or too faced sweet peach both perfect eye palettes for a summer makeup look, whack on the aforementioned mascara, Pop on some lippie, either a nude or an orange/red. Then give my chin, nose and forehead a quick dusting of Nip & fab banana setting powder, This is the softest powder ever and works a dream at setting my makeup, without making me to matte, meaning I'm glowy rather than shiney! spritz with Mac prep and prime and that's it, simples!!

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