The 2014 Beauty Favourites


I haven’t written anything on this blog for a very long time, and I have absolutely no excuses. I’ve got so many half finished drafts saved, but the longer I left posting them, the more intimidating finishing them seemed- but I couldn’t let 2014 end without writing up a little something about my favourite products of the year. (Actually, the writing part of this post is almost over now. I’m still quite nervous)

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Rimmel Match Perfection- pretty much the only foundation I’ve been wearing this year. 010 Porcelain is actually light enough for me, which makes a lovely change, and the coverage is kind of light/ medium, but buildable. I plan to branch out a bit, foundation wise, in 2015 but I actually have a spare bottle of this hiding in the back of my makeup drawer.

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer- another pale skin saviour! This bronzer is completely matte (so great for contouring), and you can go pretty heavy handed with this stuff without looking too bronzed. I use it with the Real Techniques Blush Brush [not pictured].

The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette- obviously. I honestly cannot gush about this palette enough, so I’m just going to sneakily link you to my review and swatches post.

Sleek Blush Trio in ‘Lace’- I’m not really an big blusher fan (I’m working on it!) but this palette has been one of my most reached for makeup items this year. I’ve been using the red shade on pretty much every makeup wearing day, but they’re so pigmented that I’ve not even dented the pan. Review and swatches here.

L’oread Miss Manga Mascara in Purple- a new addition, but a very welcome one. I don’t really love mascara, and I’m actually completely clueless when it comes to what makes a mascara good (I know I like Benefit They’re Real and Soap&Glory Thick and Fast…help?) but the slightly purple tint to this one is what I love. It’s just something a little bit different, and helps towards making my, honestly, swamp coloured eyes look just a little bit more like hazel.

MAC Lipsticks in ‘Patisserie’ and ‘Plumful’- I’m honestly not sure I need any other lipsticks. These are just beautiful, and I’m not going to say much more because one of the many previously mentioned drafts may well turn into a MAC lipstick swatch-a-thon.

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks- I tend to think of these as MAC Lipsticks in gloss form. The smell like vanilla, have medium, but pretty colour payoff and they last really nicely. I actually have a series of posts about lip crayons, these included, which is right here.

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Skin Protectant- the best lip balm ever, and a little goes a long way.  It’s also great for really dry skin and as a cuticle conditioner.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers- I’m not sure where I’d be without these. I have very straight eyelashes, and at my healthiest and most awake I look a bit dead (I’m coming across really well in this post) but these go a long way towards fixing that!

Carmex Lip Balms- another new discovery! The formula of these lip balms is actually quite similar to the Skin Protectant, but these smell a little nicer and are much more convenient for throwing in your handbag (or pockets. Or both. Out of interest, how many lip balms normally leave the house with you?).

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Cream- this might be the only hand cream I’ve ever used that is super nourishing, but not sticky. I’ve been using this hand cream nightly for almost a year now, and I’ve only gone through two of the full sized bottles, so it’s a really worthwhile buy. The packaging could be better- the lid isn’t the most convenient if you’re on the go, it’s definitely a bedside table thing- but it’s really the product that counts.

Manuka Doctor Skincare- that’s the Blemish Cream in the picture above, but I’ve been testing out a few products in the anti-blemish range recently (about two months) and I’ve been loving them. Skincare is definitely one of my new years resolutions (I actually hate new years resolutions and refuse to make any, but I promise I will get better at skin care!) and this range is at the top of my list of things to write a post about.

Thanks for reading! I’m going to try and get back to blogging a little bit more regularly in 2015- as I’ve been typing I’ve had a few ideas for posts that I’m actually looking forward to writing which I’m very happy about. I feel like I’ve missed loads, I didn’t even ramble about Naked Basics 2 (got it, love it, not as thrilled with the colour selection and eyeshadow quality as I was with Naked Basics, though)!

I hope you had a great year, feel free to tell me all about your favourite beauty products from 2014 in the comments! MAC Lipstick recs are also welcome, I’m obsessed again. Also blushers! What are your favourites?

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Currently Loving #2

Currently Loving #3

Top 10 Under £10


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And, once again, I have failed to narrow it down to the number in the title.

Soap&Glory Eyeshadow Quad in ‘What’s Nude?’- £10review– this quad is simply beautiful, definitely a favourite and one that I reach for pretty much everyday- mainly because ‘Mudhoney’ is a great brow colour for me.

Sleek Blush By Three in ‘Lace’- £9.99– you can read my far-too-rambly review of this here, if you’d like, because this is honestly the best blush formulation I’ve ever tried. The colours are so beautiful, and you can really customise the intensity of them with different application methods.

Sleek Eyeshadow Palette in ‘Vintage Romance’- £7.99– another one that has it’s own post dedicated to it (with swatches!)- this palette is stunning, and the horribly over exposed picture above (sorry!) really doesn’t do those purple shades justice.

Revlon Lip Butter in ‘Wild Watermelon’- £7.99– I could honestly have put any one of the lip butters in this post. They’re all incredible, and you can take a look at my collection swatches here. Wild Watermelon is one of my ultimate favourites, though, because it’s a really cool toned red that can be applied quite sheer making it wonderfully easy to wear.

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in ‘Nudist’- £8review– I love the finish of the Soap&Glory lip crayons. They’re much more like a gloss than others I’ve tried, they smell like vanilla, and this colour is a pretty-but-natural shade that actually (surprisingly) works with my skin tone.

Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in ‘Red Sunrise’- £7.99review– super glossy, incredibly lightweight and available in some really gorgeous colours. I love these so much! This shade especially is really gorgeous, it’s kind of a cool toned pink-red.

Rimmel Colour Rush Balm in ‘Keep Mauving’- £7.99review this shade is just really pretty. It’s kind of plum toned but still very natural, and it’s one I reach for quite often. Smells like vanilla, too! Anyone else see a theme, here?

Topshop Lips in ‘Hazard’- £8–  the only Topshop lipstick I own, actually, for whatever reason. This lipstick creates the most beautiful berry red stain ever. Do you have a favourite Topshop lipstick? I really want to try some other colours.

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer- £5.99– mattifying but not drying, shine reducing but not dull-looking. This is wonderful for everyday wear because it doesn’t feel too silicone based, and it makes whatever makeup I wear on top of it last a lot longer.

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in ‘010 Porcelain’- £6.99– my favourite foundation ever. Can I say that? I think I can, because this foundation is what I reach for when I don’t want to have to think about what makeup I’m wearing. The coverage of this can go from light to somewhere in between medium and full, and it leaves a really beautiful satin finish. And it’s actually pale enough for me.

L’Oreal Nude Magique Eau de Teint Foundation in ‘100 Porcelain’- £9.99– this is showing up much darker on camera than it is in person, sorry about that. I rambled about this foundation in my last post, in case you’re interested in a brief description of it’s wonderfulness. This foundation isso incredibly different to anything else I’ve been using it pretty much non stop since I bought it.

What are your under £10 favourites? Or, more specifically, your between-£5-and-£10 favourites, though that really doesn’t have the same ring to it. There are so many I had to cut out of the final post, so if you like this kind of thing I might do another Under £10 post (and this time I might be able to include makeup brushes and nail polish, too…).

Top 5 Under £5

*I wish I’d thought of something creatively April-fools-y for todays post. Damn*

Top 5 Under £5


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I tried to narrow it down to five things- I really, really did.

Maybelline Baby Lips£2.99– photo:Cherry Me- The Baby Lips lip balms have been the buzz of the drugstore beauty world for a while now, so if you haven’t had a hundred reviews of them shoved down your throat then where have you been hiding? The tinted balms in particular are wonderful, and they’re almost always on three-for-two at Boots and Superdrug. It’s not a question of ‘have you tried them?’, it’s more of a ‘how many of them are kicking around in your handbag?’. 

Natural Collection Lipsticks– £1.99- photo:Raspberry- I’ve written about these quite a few times before, but I honestly cannot get over the quality of these lipsticks. The colour, the lasting powder, the price tag- it’s all good.

Natural Collection Blush- £1.99– photo:Peach Melba- I love this blush so much- it’s the only shade I’ve tried but it’s really pretty, easy to wear and goes with everything. It’s surprisingly pigmented, too, and another one with a double-take price tag.

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder- £3.99photo:Transparent- I’m not normally one to go crazy over powders, but this one is pretty damn good. It sets everything nicely, controls oils and I don’t think I’ve ever heard a bad review.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer- £4.19photo:Fair- This concealer is truly incredible, and it’s one of the few items I actually own a  back up of. It’s incredibly pigmented and long lasting and the lightest shade actually matches my skin tone *screams*! The packaging and shade range of these has very recently been changed, so I’m going to have to do some Superdrug swatching very soon.

Rimmel Scandeleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner- £3.99photo:Black- Easily the best eye liner pencil I’ve ever tried. Enough said. I definitely need to get my hands on some of the other colours, because so far I’ve only used Black.

Maybelline Color Tattoo£4.99– photo:On & On Bronze, Metallic Pomegranate- These cream eyeshadows are truly incredible. They’re easy to use and the colours are oh-so pretty! I just wish the UK shade range was a little bit better. I really want to try Barely Branded and the new nude collection, preferably without Ebay’s painful shipping rates.

Barry M Nail Polish£2.99/£3.99photo:Pomegranate, Nude Vanilla- At this point on my blog I feel like I should mention that I am not sponsored by Barry M. I seem to be crying over the perfection of their nail polishes every other week, though, so I would understand if there was some confusion. Pretty much every single nail polish of theirs that I’ve tried has been stunning, and if you type ‘Barry M’ into the little search bar on my blog then there will be more than enough nail polish swatching goodness to keep you mildly entertained for at least a few hours.

What are your under £5 favourites? I’ll be doing a £5-£10 favourites post soon-ish, too, so any recommendations in that price zone are definitely necessary at the moment for, ahem, research.

Lip Colours | Spring Favourites


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Revlon Lip Butter ‘Juicy Papaya’, Revlon Lip Butter ‘Sweet Tart’, MAC ‘Sunny Seoul’, Natural Collection ‘Sorbet’, Maybelline ‘Baby Lips’, Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick ’20’, Bourjois Shine Edition ‘1,2,3 Soleil’, Maybelline Color Sensational Popstick ‘Crystal Pink’, Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick ‘Fuchsia-ristic’, Benefit ‘Coralista’

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Revlon Lip Butter ‘Juicy Papaya’ £7.99 (review)

Revlon Lip Butter ‘Sweet Tart’ £7.99 (review)

MAC ‘Sunny Seoul’ £15

Natural Collection ‘Sorbet’ £1.99 (review)

Maybelline Baby Lips ‘Pink Punch £2.99 (review)

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Rimmel Kate Lipstick ’20’ £5.49

Bourjois Shine Edition Lipstick ‘1,2,3 Soleil’ £7.99

Maybelline Color Sensational Popstick ‘Pink Crystal £7.20

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick ‘Fuchsia-ristic’ £8 (review)

mini Benefit ‘Coralista’ £14.50

 

What are your favourite Spring lip colours? I love this year because I get to wear all my pretty peachy pink shades. 

Lip Colours | Autumn Favourites

 

Superdrug Purchases


 

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It’s been a while since I last went crazy with Superdrug sales, so I thought it was about time I placed an order. Also, there are new Barry M Nail Polishes! You might have noticed I’m utterly obsessed with them, so of course I had to order all of these ‘Silk’ ones. And have you heard that there are three new Hi Shine Gellies being released in, like, two days?! I think we can expect to see a review of those on my blog very soon (hopefully). 

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Polish | Complete Collection

New Barry M Gelly High Shine Nail Polish | Summer

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Aren’t the beautiful? Swatches and review soon. 

Barry M Silk Nail Polishes– Truffle, Pearl, Blossom, Heather, Mist, Meadow, £3.99 (buy one get one half price).

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L’Oreal Eau de Teint Foundation– £9.99- Porcelain- I’ve heard really mixed reviews of this. When it was first released I was completely decided that I did not want it. I was wrong, and so far, I think I kind of like it. It’s way to dark (this is the lightest shade, of course) but I’m planning on buying Illamasqua Skin Base in White asap, so I’ll hopefully have a real opinion soon. 

L’Oreal True Match Foundation– £9.99- Natural Ivory- The shade range for this foundation is so confusing. This shade is the lightest neutral (as far as I can tell) and it is a tad too dark, but again, I’m working on it. I’ve heard a lot about this foundation recently, so I have pretty high hopes for it. I love it when a drugstore product gets randomly hyped up by everyone all at once. 

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Primer– £9.99- I’ve heard loads about this recently too! I am determined to fall in love with L’Oreal makeup. 

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer– £5.99- This has been released fairly recently, and I’m a little obsessed with primers at the moment (can you tell?). A lot of Rimmel is two-for-£9 at the moment, too.

Rimmel Scandeleyes Micro Liner– £5.49- Black– I love felt tip style eyeliners, and since I’ve just used up my lovely Maybelline Eyestudio Precise Liner, I thought I’d give this one a try. I really love the other Scandeleyes liners (there might be three of the black one in my makeup drawer at the moment, shhh) so I’m hoping this one will be good.

Bourjois Java Rice Powder– £9.99- I’ve been trying to decide whether or not to buy this for so long purely because I didn’t know exactly what it was. Turns out it’s a kind of brightening finishing powder (possibly more about that in a review or something soon) and I’ve only used it once, but so far, I think I really like it. It’s a re-release from 1879, too, which I think is really cool, something to do with Bourjois’ 150th birthday last year.

Bourjois Happy Light Primer- £10.99- Matte, Luminous– I’ve been so obsessed with the idea of the Happy Light range since it was released, but the foundations all looked really dark, so I’ve decided to try out the primers! I’ve barely looked at these two yet, so I don’t have much to say except that I am in love with the packaging (and all Bourjois packaging). 

Have you tried any of the things I’ve bought? And are you as exited as I am for the new Barry M Gelly nail polishes?!?

Frozen- Elsa Inspired Makeup


Remember what I was saying the other day about being too scared to try out Elsa’s makeup? Well, I was with my bestest friend ever Cass the other day and I ended up doing her makeup in a kind of Elsa-inspired, wearable-purple kind of look.

We filmed the whole thing, and the lighting and picture quality aren’t amazing (let’s not even mention my horrendous editing) but I am going to work on it for some possible future videos.

Take a look? I’d love to know what you think (helpful criticism is more than welcome), and if you like the video it would honestly mean the world to us if you subscribed or liked or commented.

Show Cassidy some love, she’s gorgeous- http://www.bananarockets.wordpress.com

Our Youtube (I’m working on a new channel art design, promise!)- http://www.youtube.com/lollandcass

Products we used- 

Benefit The Porefessional Primer

Real Techniques Stippling Brush (Currently Loving #1)

  Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in ‘Porcelain’

 Sleek Blush Trio in ‘Lace’ (review)

Soap&Glory Lid Stuff in ‘What’s Nude’ (review)

Sleek Vintage Romance Palette (review)

Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette (review)

Rimmel Scandeleyes Eyeliner in Black (Currently Loving #2)

L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair

Real Techniques Shader Brush

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Plum Jam (Lip Crayons Part 4- coming soon!)

Real Techniques Contour Brush (Currently Loving #1)

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in ‘Fair’

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in ‘Pearl'(Currently Loving #1)

Bourjois Colour Boost & MUA Power Pout | Lip Crayons Part 3


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Bourjois Colour Boost ‘Red Sunrise’

Bourjois Colour Boost ‘Fuchsia Libre’

MUA Power Pout ‘Justify’

MUA Power Pout ‘Crazy In Love’

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The Bourjois Colour Rush Balms are shiny, long-wearing, easy to apply and easy to remove. They’re unscented, and the colours are intense and bright. I really want to get my hands on the other shades (Peach on the Beach and Orange Punch) which are £7.99 each.

The MUA Power Pouts are intensely glossy with a sheer, slightly buildable colour payoff. The lip swatches are quite different to the colour in the bullet, and this might be because of my natural lip colour but they both lean much more pink when I wear them. There are six shades available for only £3 each, so I think these ones are definitely worth a try.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense | Lip Crayons Part 1

Rimmel Colour Rush & Revlon JBK Balm Stain | Lip Crayons Part 2

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick | Lip Crayons Part 4

Comparison | Lip Crayons Part 5

Rimmel Colour Rush & Revlon JBK Balm Stain | Lip Crayons Part 2


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Rimmel Colour Rush Balm ‘Keep Mauving’/ ‘Touch of Mauve’

Rimmel Colour Rush Balm ‘Not an Illusion’ / ‘Nudest’

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain ‘Lovesick’

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain ‘Romantic’

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The Rimmel Colour Rush Balms are shiny and moisturising, with sheer to medium, slightly patchy colour payoff. The shades in the range vary from everyday, wearable shades to brighter, more intense colours. They smell like vanilla, and at £5.99 they’re one of the most purse-friendly ranges of lip crayons. Love.

The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are less shiny and less moisturising than others I’ve tried, but they have an intense colour payoff and a lovely satin finish. They can be more difficult to apply, particularly after a couple of uses when you’ve lost the lip-liner-esque tip, but they don’t normally have to be touched up throughout the day. They’re definitely closer to a stain than a balm, so I think the incredibly long name is slightly unnecessary. Honey (balm stain), Demure (lip lacquer), Whimsical (lip lacquer) and Elusive (lip matte) are on my wish list (£7.99 each).

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense | Lip Crayons Part 1

Bourjois Colour Boost & MUA Power Pout | Lip Crayons Part 3

Soap&Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick | Lip Crayons Part 4

Comparison | Lip Crayons Part 5

Currently Loving #2


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Lazy Makeup Days

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo £13

The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream £10

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 10 Beige £32

Real Techniques Blush Brush £9.99

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in Veloute De Peche £7.99

Real Tecnhiques Powder Brush £12.99

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent £3.99

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers £20

Urban Decay Primer Potion £16

GOSH Round Eyeshadow Brush £6.99

Barry M Shadow and Blush Palette in Natural Glow £7

Rimmel Scandeleyes Liner in Black £3.99

Soap&Glory A Great Kisser Lip Balm £5

I’ve been incredibly lazy with my makeup recently. I’ve pretty much been wearing the absolute minimum on days when I actually leave the house, or just using lots of skincare when I’ve been staying at home.

The products I’ve been getting the most use out of are La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo, which I just dab onto spots two or three times a day. I’ve used nearly a whole tube of this, and I still can’t decide if I love it, but I’m planning on trying Effaclar Duo Plus when this runs out so maybe I can pull together a review. The Body Shop’s Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream (haul) has become an absolute favourite in my skincare drawer- it leaves my skin soft and moisturised, but not at all greasy. On days when I need to wear makeup, I’ve been blending Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua over my skin, just for that little bit of coverage. This shade (the lightest one available) is too dark for me, so I just use a tiny amount and really blend it with my fingertips. At this point, I use a little bit of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion over my eyelids to make the eyeshadow application a little easier. I’ve then been using the Real Techniques Blush Brush to apply a little bit of Bourjois Veloute de Peche onto my cheeks, just so I look a little bit more alive, and then using a couple of matte eyeshadows from Barry M’s Natural Glow Palette (review) with a GOSH Eyeshadow Brush on my eyes for a little bit of colour and definition. I then curl my eyelashes with my Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers (of course) and tight line my eyes with the Rimmel Scandeleyes Liner in Black, just to make my eyelashes look a little thicker.  I then dust a little bit of Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent all over my skin with a Real Techniques Powder Brush to set everything, and then finally been using Soap&Glory A Great Kisser Lip Balm for a little bit of shine.

What do you love for lazy makeup days?

Currently Loving #1

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