Sunday, 14 February 2016

Essence Lip Liners | First Impressions

For years and years I never bothered with lip liners as I didn't see the point to using them. I'm guessing this is because I didn't understand what they did. However over the past couple of weeks, I have become obsessed lip liners and the first place I went to buy some was Wilko to the Essence stand. I had heard a couple of bloggers talking about these lip liners and I thought I would give you my options about them. 

I picked up three of their regular lip liners in the shades 'Satin Mauve ', 'Cute Pink' and 'Red Blush'. I was originally looking for their creamy long lasting liners but couldn't find them so ended up trying out their regular ones. The texture of these lip liners is fairly dry and takes some pressure to achieve good pigmentation which was slightly disappointing. I would say that 'Red Blush' is my favourite as it is the easiest to apply. However these lip liners do seem to cling to dry areas and patches of the lips so you will definitely need to scrub and prepare your lips before hand.  

However I will say that the lasting power is great but it does take a while to apply on the lips. But for £1 per lip liner, the packaging isn't anything fancy either. Overall I would say that even though it is a bargain, there are definitely other better more creamy and long lasting lip liners in the drugstore.

Have you tried these lip liners before?

Emily <3

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

H&M Cream & Powder Eyeshadows

When H&M relaunched their make up range back in 2015, everyone went crazy for it and reviews popped up everywhere. Although I wrote about their eyeshadow palette back in September, I have just got round to trying some more of their products and for this post I thought I would write about my impressions of their cream and powder eyeshadows. 

The powder eyeshadow I picked up was in the shade 'Mojave' which I would describe as a purple champagne shimmer shade. I personally use this eyeshadow when I am going for a natural make up look as it gives the eye lids a little bit of definition. The texture is fairy soft but is slightly chalky which does lead to some occasional fall out but blends wonderfully into the lids. The pigmentation is fairy strong but can still be built up to an intense look. 

I also picked up a cream eyeshadow in Sirocco which is a deep chocolate brown shade. The eyeshadow has a whipped mousse texture to it which dries to a matte finish and has a very strong pigmentation to it which makes it ideal to wear on its own. I personally love wearing this cream eyeshadow with a black liner and as it gives a slightly darker smoky look. The only thing I would say is that, you may find that you need to blend out the eyeshadow out quickly as it does dry soon after being applied to the lids. 

A lot of people have commented on the packaging as it does feel fairly light and cheap but I personally don't mind the packaging as it does make the make up look more high end and the actual products are of very good quality. I will add that the cream eyeshadow comes in a glass pot which feels heavy and more substantial. Overall I feel that these products are worth picking up as they have great pigmentation and don't cost a fortune.

Have you tried these eyeshadows before? What did you think?

Emily <3

Saturday, 6 February 2016

My Favourite Bloggers

There are so many amazing beauty blogs out there and I remember being overwhelmed at the amount of talented bloggers that I came across and so I thought for this post I would spread some love and talk about my favourite bloggers.

Couture Girl -  Kayleigh's amazing blog was one of the first ones that I ever read and came across and was drawn to the writing style as well as content. I just felt that I could relate to her story about battling anxiety and shared the passion for everything beauty. Even to this day, I still love scrolling through her blog.

Kate Le Vie - Kate's blog was another early find and I was blown away by her stunning photography skills and how funny and relatable she sounds. One of my favourite sections of her blog would be her travel posts particularly her advise about travelling and seeing the world on a budget. If your a fan of travelling, I would recommend checking her blog out.

RosyChicc - Andrea's blog is a more recent find but is quickly becoming one of my favourites and contains some amazing photos. She does great reviews and swatches of a range of different make up items and I always check out her blog if I am interested in buying a product.

From Roses - If there is one blog that I check out and read everyday it would be this one. Rebecca's blog contains beauty, style as well as lifestyle which I personally love. She creates some great posts about dealing with a range of issues and problems. If your ever looking for a new blog to inspire you I would suggest this one.

Ash Bam - Another wonderful blog which contains some amazing reviews and has an amazing writing style. One of my favourite things to do is to curl and scroll through her blog looking for new products and reading the reviews. Ashley's blog has a great format and is an amazing read.

There are so many amazing bloggers out there that I admire and look up to many of who inspired me to start blogging. If I could include the huge volume bloggers that I follow on bloglovin because I love supporting other bloggers then I would but then we would be here for days. So to all those bloggers cheers...

Who are your favourite bloggers?

Emily <3

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Maybelline The Nudes | Eyeshadow Palette

My weakness is eyeshadow palettes and I own way to many but recently I spotted the Maybelline The Nudes Palette and couldn't help but pick it up. There are so many different palettes in the drugstore nowadays but I still felt the need to try it out because it contains so many amazing neutral shades. The packaging of this palette is very sleek and looks more high end and houses 12 eyeshadows some of which are matte as well as shimmery.

(Top Row )

As you can see from the swatches above, some shades are more pigmented than others. The third shade along has hardly pigmentation at all whereas the fourth shade has unbelievable pigmentation. The texture is soft and buttery which makes it easy to blend into the eye lids. 

(Bottom Row) 

The bottom row is more pigmented and contains more warm toned shades which I personally prefer. The longevity of the eyeshadows are fairy impressive for the drugstore although I do normally wear an eye primer to increase the intensity and staying power. Overall I would say that for £7.99 this palette is a great drugstore option if your in the market for a natural eyeshadow palette. 

Have you tried this palette before? What did you think? 

Emily <3 

Saturday, 30 January 2016

January Favourites | 2016

How is it already the end of January?! I swear it was only Christmas just a few days ago. This month has flown by in a flash but I have tried a fair few different and new products this month and some even made it into my favourites. This months favourites include a nail polish, cream eyeshadow, blush palette and matte balm.

Revlon Matte Balm 'Fiery' I have been trying a range of different lip products recently but one that stands out for me is the Revlon Matte Balm in a red berry shade which I reviewed a few weeks ago. I hadn't previously tried a matte balm but the creamy and long lasting formula is truly addicting and I feel the need to buy more.

Essie Nail Polish 'Leggy Legend' - Essie nail polishes have to be one of my favourite nail polishes because the formula is amazing and long wearing and doesn't chip. Therefore when I spotted this bronze shade in the discounted selection in Boots, I popped it into my basket. The shade is very opaque and only requires two coats maximum.

Freedom Pro Blush & Highlighter 'Pink & Baked' - Since spotting Freedom in my local Superdrug, I have been reviewing and trying many of their products but my favourite has to be this wonderful blusher and highlighter palette. The shade range is perfect and the pigmentation is unbelievable for the cheap price tag and the sleek packaging makes it look more high end.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo Creamy Matte 'Cream De Rose' - As a massive cream eyeshadow fan I love the colour tattoos and the new creamy matte additions are quickly becoming some of the most used products in my collection. The Cream De Rose shade is a light pink nude colour which works well as a base and as a natural eye shadow choice as well.

Favourite TV Show - I have been obsessed with Netflix for months but one show that I discovered recently was Brooklyn Nine Nine which makes me laugh until I cry. I love watching this show in the evening if I am relaxing and chilling out. If you haven't watched this show before then I would seriously recommend trying it.

Favourite Movies - One thing that I love doing is searching Netflixs for movies that I haven't watched before and a few that I have loved include The Martian, The Wolf of Wall Street and Avengers Assemble all of which are great watches.

I hope you have had a wonderful January and have an even better February :)

Emily <3

Monday, 25 January 2016

Freedom Pro Blush & Highlighter Palette | Pink & Baked

I am a massive fan of blush palettes and when I spotted this palette I couldn't help but pick it up. I have been testing out this Pro Blush and Highlighter Palette by Freedom in 'Pink & Baked' for the past couple days and thought I would give you my thoughts and impressions. The packaging of the blusher palette is very sleek and houses the blushers and highlighters in square boxes which fit together perfectly.

This palette contains matte and shimmer blushers as well as two highlighter shades. The pigmentation of the powers is unbelievable and is very strong so you only need to dip your brush in slightly. I find the texture of the blushers and higlighters to be soft and blend able and gives a wonderful glow. I personally prefer to wear the darker and matte shades but overall the selection of shades is great and will be staying in my make up collection for years to come.

Have you tried this blush and highlighter palette?

Emily <3

Friday, 22 January 2016

Revlon Matte Balms | Fiery

If there is one lip product that I have been wearing consistently over the last couple of weeks it has to be the Revlon Matte Balm in 'Fiery'. I had heard so many people raving about these matte balms when they were first released but never got around to trying them which it is odd as I am a massive matte fan. However a few months back I spotted this shade in Superdrug and finally purchased it.

I believe that this is a new addition to the original line up and I would describe the shade as a burgundy deep red berry colour. The texture of this matte balm is smooth, soft, buttery and comfortable on the lips and has great lasting power without drying out the lips. The product is housed in the classic lip crayon packaging which makes it easy to apply on the lips. I also have to mention the minty scent it has which disappears after applying. I can't sing enough praises for this matte balm because it is amazing!

What lip products have you been wearing recently?

Emily <3

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