Saturday, 16 August 2014

the round up: liquid eyeliners

Liquid eyeliner is something I like to think I've mastered over the last few years. From my gothic (ish) days in years 9 and 10 I've been a fan of the stuff and since growing out of that stage I've ditched the heavy eyeliner and kohl for a more sophisticated feline flick.

I've experimented with a fair share of eyeliners, most of them from the drugstores and I'm going to do a quick roundup of the ones I've got on the go at the moment. A couple are good and a couple not so - so if you're on the market for a new eyeliner then this may be worth a read...

Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner - £6.00: 
Probably my favourite eyeliner I've ever used, the S&G super cat liner makes applying the feline flicks a much easier and enjoyable process (there's definitely less cotton buds and makeup remover used). The pigmentation of this product is good, very good - where some eyeliners tend to dry up with time this one (which I've had for a few months) still applies jet black in colour just like the first time I used it. For £6.00 from Boots it definitely doesn't break the bank and the results are just priceless.

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Eyeliner - £3.99:
Next up is a mediocre number from Rimmel, the nib on this one I prefer however the pigmentation is definitely not good. You really have to press down hard to get the deepest black and even then it still comes out a bit streaky and can all get a bit messy. For £3.99 you can't really expect much but it may be worth paying a little bit more for a better quality product.

Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner - £12.00:
The most expensive of the bunch I managed to pick up this Eyeko full sized eyeliner in a mCagazine a few months ago - typically I picked up the Navy Blue colour (when I'd rather of had the black). However I feel it was a blessing in disguise and I've been embracing the Navy and have really enjoyed using it. For £12.00 it does seem a bit steep and the eyeliner is good, however it definitely does dry up quickly and it can be a bit temperamental. Colour wise - it's gorgeous and definitely a fun one to experiment with.

Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner - £2.99: 
The cheapest of the lot is this eyeliner by Collection, this is definitely my most repurchased (this is probably my third or fourth) at £2.99 you just cannot fault the quality. The pigmentation is great, the pen nib is good and it creates a really lovely over all eyeliner look. If you're on a budget or starting out then this is definitely a good place to start...




Friday, 8 August 2014

the favourites post - July 2014

A little bit late this month but here is a belated July Favourites! It's been lovely and sunny throughout most of the month and on the odd days off I have I tried to make the most of the sunshine.

For my nails this month I've been loving the Rimmel Salon Pro varnish in Happily Ever After - this looks gorgeous on both finger nails and toes - the most beautiful coral/red/pink shade. The application is a dream too, with the brush being ideal to cover most of the nail in one swoop.
Now, I'm only 19 but I've really been enjoying this OLAY Anti Wrinkle day lotion, it's the perfect pre makeup face moisturiser as it's not greasy or oily and provides the skin with the nourishment it needs. It was pretty inexpensive too so definitely a good all around product.

Earlier on in the month I bought this Seventeen lipstick in the shade Blush - it's a gorgeous everyday mauve pink shade (similar to MAC Brave which is my all time favourite) the consistency is glossy yet not sticky and the colour pay off is really good too. For under a fiver they are definitely worth swatching, and I'm a fan of the sleek silver packaging too!
The L'Oreal eyeshadows have probably been a few peoples favourites this month as they are divine - I've recently written a whole post dedicated to them and over the past few weeks I've been wearing them on their own with a bit of mascara or added a bit of winged eyeliner for a more glam look.

Finally, these sunglasses have been constantly on my face (or head) this month, from New Look they were £4.99 which is an absolute bargain and I love the retro crossed with chic look they mix together.  I think the hughstreet shops like New Look, Topshop and H&M are really good with sunglasses and they're always affordable too... I'm still lusting over a pair of Ray Bans though...

Friday, 1 August 2014

the l'oréal launch

Every body and their blog has been raving about these shadows over the past month or so, a new release of shimmery and matte shadows from L'Oréal tempted me in too. So I picked up a couple of shades the other week and have been trying and testing them ever since. 
I picked up two shades to begin with - Nude 201 & Matte 106 were the ones that I felt I would wear the most. I have to say I'm not sure about the packaging, it seems that the shadows aren't secure properly and a few I opened in the shop the shadows were starting to crumble out of the container. 

However, don't judge a book by its cover as the quality of the shadows themselves are as everyone else has said, they are buttery soft and apply evenly so not a lot of blending is required (perfect for eye shadow noobs like me!)
I usually wear these shadows on their own because they are simply that beautiful, on top of the MAC Painterly paint pot these shadows stay set for a good few hours with not a crease in sight. I tend to opt for Nude 201 for evenings or special occasions as it has more of a shimmer in the shadow and I wear Matte 106 on a more daily basis as it's slightly more understated. 

These little pots of goodness can be found in Boots or Superdrug for about £7 each but it's definitely worth trying to pick them up whilst on 3 for 2 because one would simply not be enough...