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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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*

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)

Sleek Blush Trio- Lace


This is my last Sleek post for now, I promise!

The Blush Trio in Lace is something I’ve been debating buying for ages. I go through phases of not  wanting to leave the house without a pretty blush shade on my face, and then absolutely hating the stuff and swearing to never use it again. You can see why the £9.99 blush palette was a slight problem. But the colours look absolutely gorgeous, all peachy and summery and lovely. Summery. I’m so good with timing.

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I’ve got to say, when this arrived at my house the other day, I was kind of horrified at how bright the colours looked. I was expecting pale pastels but instead I had these shocking, vivid blushes and that scared me. I’m very pale and my skin can be horrifically red, so when I do wear blush I normally go for something like Bourjois Volute de Peche or Maybelline Dream Touch in Peach.

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I started out by trying Guipure, which is a rosey pink with gold shimmer, because it looks the least scary. The shimmer isn’t really the most flattering, it highlights imperfections and can look a little iffy, but the colour is pretty and it genuinely lasted all day. It might have even out-lasted my foundation, which is crazy! I might be more tempted to reach for it when the weather gets warmer on days where my skin looks okay, but for now I think it will get a little neglected.

I then decided to try out Crochet- prettiest name ever! It’s a bright, matte orange which is a little alarming, but when it’s applied and blended out I think it looks absolutely gorgeous. It becomes a kind of vibrant peach shade which is lovely and, again, very Spring-y. It lasted just as well as Guipure, and was even more pigmented so you could probably wear it every day and never run out.

Finally, I decided I kind of had to at least try Chantilly. I really genuinely didn’t want to, It’s a very violently bright, matte orange-pink-red and even though it looks beautiful in the pan, I just thought it would look awful on my super pale skin. Anyway, I had to try it, so I literally barely used any product and still put most of it on the back of my hand before applying it. It turns out I was being really over dramatic with my fear though, because it’s so pretty! It looked kind of dark pink, sort of naturally blushed but still noticeably wearing makeup. If my skin would stay pale without going bright red whenever it’s slightly hot or cold, I would definitely be totally in love with this, even for this time of year. Like the other two shades, this is super pigmented and lasts forever.

Thanks for reading! I’m really surprised about how much I love this- particularly Chantilly! Have you tried this palette, or any of the Sleek Blush By 3 Palettes?

Sleek ‘Lace’ is £9.99 and available at Superdrug.

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Sleek Oh So Special


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I’ve just been sitting here looking at my keyboard for about seven minutes trying to decide what to write here.

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I’ve had my eye on the Oh So Special palette for about six months, and I have no idea why I’ve only just picked it up but I’m so happy I did! It’s wonderful and the colours are beautiful; it’s basically a neutral palette which isn’t boring, containing pinks, bronze-y browns and a few very dark plummy shades.

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I have to talk about the names. Ribbon, Celebrate, Wrapped Up- they’re pure festive adorableness. I can’t.

 Anyway:) I’ll try and write a coherent review now I promise.

The formula of the eye shadows in this palette are even better than in the Vintage Romance palette, I think that might have something to do that this palette isn’t limited edition..? I’ll just have to buy another one to find out. But they’re all really soft and blendable, with no fall out or chalkiness, which makes them so easy to use! I’m even tempted to test this theory by handing this palette to my seven year old sister and seeing what she can come up with, I just need a willing model.

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These are all, literally, barely swatched. And they look like this- they’re so amazing! I think the very best ones are probably Pamper, Gateau, Ribbon, Gift Basket, Glitz and Wrapped up, purely for pigmentation. The only slight problem I have with the colour selection in this palette is that there are a few shades (The Mail, Ribbon and Pamper) which are really beautiful but I just can’t imagine I’ll wear them. I wish there was a shimmery white highlight in this palette instead, that would make it perfect for a complete everyday look.

What do you think of these colours? I think they’re really beautiful and I’ll get quite a bit of wear out of them- right now I’m wearing Organza, Boxed and Celebrate as a liner and it looks quite pretty:)

Sleek Oh So Special is £7.99 and available at Superdrug.

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Sleek Vintage Romance


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Quite a while ago, I reviewed Sleek’s Lagoon palette. I was totally in love with the colours, but they’re pretty outrageous and mermaid-esque so the palette kind of got pushed to the back of my makeup drawer. I forgot about Sleek for a while, but then reviews of the Vintage Romance palette started popping up everywhere and it just looks so beautiful- I decided that with my new obsession to use eyeshadow, it would only be fair if I tried this one out too.

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Aren’t the names just the cutest things ever?!?

The colours in this palette are all really dark- much darker than I’m used to wearing. I do love the purple and gold tone though, so I’m going to have  to start playing around with it to make it work. I also love the formula of these shadows so much more than Lagoon- they’re much more powdery so they’re easier to apply and blend, but they’re not chalky so you don’t get too much fall out.

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Pretty in Paris- shimmery silver

Meet in Madrid- pale, shimmery gold

Court in Cannes- sparkly bronze

Lust in LA- shimmery greige/ bronze

Romance in Rome- slightly shimmery dark blue

Propose in Prague- matte terracotta

A Vow in Venice- slightly shimmery plum

Marry in Monte Carlo- sparkly purple

Honeymoon in Hollywood- dark slightly shimmery purple

Bliss in Barcelona- shimmery purple/ blue

Forever in Florence- very dark sparkly purple

Love in London- sparkly black

Look how pretty they are! Some of these shades are quite built up, but most of them are so pigmented that I barely touched them and they swatched completely opaque. I did these swatches yesterday, but I believe it was Court in Cannes, Lust in LA, Honeymoon in Hollywood, Forever in Florence, A Vow in Venice, Marry in Monte Carlo  and Love in London that had the amazing formula. I think the worst two were probably Romance in Rome and Bliss in Barcelona- I really couldn’t get those two to look as pretty swatched as they do in the pan.

Overall, I am really loving this palette. I’ve only used it a few times and I’m still trying to decide on my favourite colour combinations, but they last really well and are pretty easy to apply. This palette would be perfect for the Christmas and New Years party time of year, but hopefully I’ll be able to work out a nice everyday look for Project Use Eyeshadow!

Have you tried this, or any of the Sleek palettes?

Sleek Vintage Romance is £7.99 and available at Superdrug.

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Sleek Lagoon Palette!


I can’t believe my last post was week ago:O I use to do a blog post every day, I’ve just been watching too many Disney movies recently;) But school starts again tomorrow (die) so I’ll probably be blogging more often because I can talk about make-up instead of doing homework! YAY!

I’ve bought quite a bit of make-up recently, and I can’t be bothered to take a million photos and do one big post, because I’m thinking about possibly doing a makeup collection/storage post soon? But I thought that since this is my first Sleek product ever, I’d do a little review:) So, Sleek Lagoon-

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The packaging is probably my favourite thing about this product. I love the ‘Aqua Collection Limited Edition’ box because it’s so so pretty! It irritates me that Sleek have used an adjective for their brand name though, because that just makes bloggers sound ridiculous. The packaging is, essentially, sleek. The mirror inside the palette is awesome, too. It takes up the whole top half of the packaging, and it’s actually big enough to do your make-up in. 

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It’s so difficult to take photos of products with mirrors;)

Since this is part of Sleek’s Aqua Collection, all of the eye shadows are kind of sea-themed and have really cute names. I literally bought this because I love The Little Mermaid.  The colours of these eyeshadows are all really pretty:) Some of them are almost everyday-wearable (almost) and the rest are really shimmery sparkly bright blues, greens, pinks and purples. And a yellow and a fluorescent coral. 

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Top, left to right: SASSEA, DEEP WATER, REFLECTION

Bottom, left to right: PINK JEWEL, SAND DOLLAR, UNDERWORLD

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Top, left to right: EMERALD, OYSTER, BLACK PEARL

Bottom, left to right: SEA SHELL, NIGHT SKY, ARIEL

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The formula for these eye shadows is really interesting, they aren’t like any other shadows I’ve tried- they’re almost like a cream-to-powder sort of thing, which is weird and pretty cool. Because they aren’t powders, the swatches on my arm weren’t brilliant, they’re fairly built up in the picture above- but on the plus side, you don’t get any fall out at all. Also, it only took about three seconds to remove the swatches. I’m not entirely sure whether that’s good or bad. But anyway, I like them, and the colours are stunning and more than make up for slightly lacking pigmentation.

Sassea- bright shimmery teal

Pink Jewel- bright shimmery pink

Deep Water- dark matte purple

Sand Dollar- bright shimmery yellow

Reflection- shimmery pale lilac

Underworld- bright shimmery blue

Emerald- bright shimmery green

Sea Shell- very shimmery bronze

Oyster- shimmery white highlight

Night Sky- medium matte purple

Black Pearl- matte black

Ariel- bright matte coral (beautiful)

I’ll probably end up doing an update on this post later with some better pictures of the colours in an actual eye-make-up look:) Or possibly a video soon with Cass, but either way I can’t wait to use these!:)

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