Friday, 29 April 2011

My Everyday Skincare Products

Friday, 29 April 2011
Hiya,

When it comes to skincare, once I find something that works for me, I tend to stick to it. I don't experiment too much because my skin can be quite sensitive. I have combination/oily skin and although I don't break out from products very much, I have to make sure I keep it really clean and hydrated or my skin becomes quite dull looking.

I mainly use four skincare products on a daily basis, morning and night.
As you can probably tell, I really love the Vitamin E line from The Body Shop. Pretty much all of their products have worked really well for me. They all have a fresh, floral scent which is quite faint and I don't think it would be off-putting for anyone.

For my face, as a day cream I use Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. I have been using it for around eight months. This is the perfect moisturizer for me because not only does it hydrate my skin, it leaves it feeling really soft but without the oiliness. It also gets my face ready for make up application in the morning. You can view my full review on it here.

The Body Shop'sVitamin E Night cream I find to be exactly what my skin needs to recover itself during the night. It is obviously thicker than my moisturising gel but it gears up my skin for the harshness of the day.

I don't have bad under eye circles or any kind of discolouration around my eyes but I feel it is good to start using eye products now, to (maybe) delay any problems that may occur in the future. The Vitamin E Eye Cream definitely is hydrating and it feels good around my eyes. What little dryness I get, this cream takes care of it.

Lastly, I use the Vitamin E Hand and Nail Treatment to keep my hands feeling soft and supple. I really feel, and see the difference when I use this cream! It makes the skin around my nails really smooth. If I go a day or two without using it I can always feel my hands getting dry.

As of now, these are the skincare products I am using and for the foreseeable future, I plan on continuing using them. Sometimes your skin does stop reacting well to certain products and, when that does happen, I am likely to change what products I use but right now I am pretty satisfied!

What are your favourite skincare products?

Atia x x x

Thursday, 28 April 2011

NOTD: E.L.F Lilac

Thursday, 28 April 2011
Hiya,

The sun is shining (although it is quite chilly) and it put me in the mood for something with a spring/summer feel. I wore E.L.F's 'Lilac' nail polish quite a lot last summer and loved it.
I do have to apply around three coats of this nail polish but it dries so quickly I never found it to be a problem. This is definitely one of my most loved nail polish for summer.

What shades are you going to be wearing this summer? Any recommendations?

My giveaway ends in just two days, don't forget to enter!

Atia x x x

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

E.L.F Eyeshadow Quads

Wednesday, 27 April 2011
Hiya,

I have accumulated quite a lot of E.L.F products and think it would be helpful to share some swatches with you all so you can get a feel of what they may look like. It can be difficult to choose the product you want sometimes because a lot of the swatches on the websites are quite different to what they look like in real life!

The eye shadow quads can be bought for £1.50 which is very affordable. Most of them are nicely pigmented, but some of them can be a little chalky at times (mainly the lighter shades).
BUTTERNUT
DRAMA
BLUE MOON
MATTE MAUVE
GLAM
PUNK FUNK
I personally would have loved to have some swatches to check out before buying and hope this will help you too!

Atia x x x

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Review: Z Palette

Tuesday, 26 April 2011
Hiya,

The Z Palette has been around for quite some time now and I have seen so many people raving about them that when I got the opportunity, I picked one up.

They are available on websites like Love-Makeup, Cocktail Cosmetics and Genie Cosmetics but as far as I know they are not sold in any shops in the UK, or at least, I have never come across them.

There are two different sizes (small and large) and four designs to choose from.
I chose the large Zebra print and I like the way it looks. It really stands out from the rest of my palettes.

The palette itself is made with a cardboard material and has a plastic cover over the top which enables you to view your eye shadows in the palette. It retails at around £16 which I think is quite pricey but it has really helped me to store my eye shadows in a more compact way.

The palette is quite large (a little bigger than a MAC palette) and will store quite a lot of eye shadows.

The one problem I've always had with single eye shadows is that I always forget about them. I prefer having all my eye shadows in one palette so that I don't have to keep going back in to my drawer to choose different shades. This palette has definitely made that easier.

The palette is magnetic so metal pans will stick to it very easily (unfortunately MAC eye shadows are not so you will need a magnet on the pan as well).

The only downside to it, in my opinion is that it won't be very good for travelling with. Cardboard isn't very durable and I feel that it might get scruffy after some time; that is the reason why I haven't taken it away anywhere yet!

I would recommend this palette because I feel like it has more pro's and it has made my life much easier!

Have you tried the Z Palette? What do you think of it?

Don't forget to enter my giveaway! It will be ending on Saturday 30th April at 6pm.

Atia x x x

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Cocktail Cosmetics Haul

Sunday, 24 April 2011
Hiya,

I actually purchased these items from Cocktail Cosmetics a few weeks ago but never got around to doing a haul post due to being away.
Cocktail Cosmetics sell make up from a wide variety of brands. They also have a lot of limited edition products which I think is great because there are so many things that you may have wanted to buy but were not able to because they were out of stock.

Having bought two lip tars from OCC previously, I really wanted to try out other shades because they are really good to use when you don't want to be touching up your lipstick every couple of hours. I decided to go for a shade that was more neutral and liked the look of 'Melange'.

I also saw 'Total Wow!' by MAC and had to have it. It was originally from the Magic, Mirth and Mischief collection in 2009.
I have been wearing 'Total Wow!' quite a lot and on my lips it looks like a really pretty raspberry shade which gets darker as I apply more.

I am a big lover of NYX Round lipsticks and had my eye on 'Indian Pink' for some time now. I also picked up a lip liner in 'Sand Pink'

I never realised how creamy NYX lip liner's were. There are quite a few shades to choose from too.

I've also purchased eye dusts from Medusa's Makeup before and have enjoyed them. I bought a frosty white highlighting eye dust in 'Blow' and was sent a free sample (which is quite ample!) called 'Bruiser' which is a beautiful plum shade with purple and blue shimmer.
Lastly, I really wanted a blending brush that differed from my 217 a little. Sigma is much more affordable than MAC and I feel, just as good in quality a lot of the time.
The E40 is a tapered blending brush which I found to be very soft. It is also the perfect size to fit on the eye for blending. I have washed it a few times and didn't find any shedding at all.

I was also sent a retractable lip brush for free, which was also totally unexpected but very nice of them. It does the job, but is flat at the top. It isn't the best lip brush but it didn't cost me anything. It'll do nicely for on the go touch ups if needed.

I always like to find bargains (as I'm sure you all do too!) and websites like these always allow me to buy make up at lower prices.

Check them out at www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk

Atia x x x

Saturday, 23 April 2011

My Cream Blushes

Saturday, 23 April 2011
Hiya,

I've been away for a week visiting family so didn't really get the opportunity to put up as many posts as I normally do. It's definitely great to be back because I really was starting to miss it a lot!

I thought I would show you my cream blushes because although I have always been curious about them, I always found them to be quite difficult to apply. Obviously though, I now realise that it depends on the quality of the product.

 I first purchased 'Tea Rose' by NYX when I wanted to try cream blushes out last year. After falling in love with it I had to try out other ones! I then went on to purchase three shades from Sally Hansen and just recently Urban Decay's 'Fetish' cheek tint.
My favourite shades are 'Ginger' by Sally Hansen and NYX 'Tea Rose'. For my skin tone, I feel like they work perfectly. When it comes to application though, I really do enjoy Urban Decay's Glide-on Cheek Tint. It is very smooth and I feel like it applies evenly. NYX is a close second because it is very creamy.

I was a little disappointed with Sally Hansen's blushes though because when I don't use them for a few weeks, they tend to get dry which can be a little annoying. They were the cheaper of the three brands though so I'm not too bothered by this.

I do enjoy using these blushes but mainly only when I have more time to put make up on. When blending these it can be time consuming- more so than with powder blushes anyway!

Do you use cream blushes? What do you think of them? Any brand that you particularly like?

Atia x x x

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Review: Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush

Wednesday, 20 April 2011
Hiya,

I was recently sent Sigma's F35 brush. I was originally going to be sent the F80 but already had one which I purchased as part of the Sigmax set a few months ago, so wasn't in the need of one. Sigma very kindly offered to send me a different one instead.
This brush is made of synthetic bristles. My first impression of it was that it was so soft! I love how it feels on my face.
I have washed it once and found that it didn't shed at all and it stayed in its original shape. I didn't have a brush that was a good size for applying a highlight on my cheekbones but this applies it exactly where I want it to.

I suppose it can be used for contouring but I personally think it is a little too small for it. For highlighting though, it is the perfect brush!

Atia x x x

Saturday, 16 April 2011

NOTD: Nails inc. Chancery Lane

Saturday, 16 April 2011
Hiya,

I seem to be doing a lot more NOTD's these days. I guess that is mainly due to the fact that I'm getting into painting my nails a lot more now. This usually tends to happen when spring starts.

'Chancery Lane' by nails inc. is definitely one to get me into the mood of summer! I haven't owned a nail polish as bright as this shade before.
I definitely feel daring when I'm wearing this (or maybe I'm just really boring otherwise!). I'm amazed at the pigmentation in nails inc. nail polishes! They generally only need one coat and they dry so quickly. This particular one though, needed two coats because it was just a tiny bit streaky.

I love the effect it has, it brightens me up so much and makes me feel very upbeat and summery.

Nails inc. Nail polishes usually last on me two days before they chip; and then only a tiny bit. To be fair though, I do wash dishes which doesn't help.

I'm loving this shade, although it does make my hands look more tanned, but I don't mind that at all.

What do you think of it? Do you like bright colours on your nails?

Atia x x x

Friday, 15 April 2011

My Favourite Blushes

Friday, 15 April 2011
Hiya,

I haven't done one of these posts in a while but quite enjoy them because it really makes me delve in to my collection and see which blushes I use on a regular basis.

I have four blushes which I use a lot and absolutely love!
'Starlet' by Accessorize is a light pink with gold veining. It is a mineralized blush and It is perfect for a simple, every day look. It isn't too dark and when I want a completely natural look, I use this.

'Blushing Rose' is by ELF and was one of my first purchases from them.
It is a gorgeous rosy red/pink with gold shimmer. I haven't come across another shade similar to this that looks so good. It had the 'just in from the cold' look which I really like.

The second two blushes that I love are more on the peach/coral side. These are blushes I am more likely to use in the summer time.
The first is 'Nuance' by MAC. This was a limited edition blush from the Mineralize Collection in 2008. It is a peach with gold shimmer. I find this blush so easy to apply and it gives my face a glow which looks so pretty in the summer.

The second is also by MAC called 'Peachykeen'. This is in the permanent line and is a peachy pink with gold shimmer. I find myself using this blush at least two or three times a week because I like how it compliments my skin tone.

I obviously use other blushes too but I tend to gear towards these ones most often.

What are your favourite blushes?

Atia x x x

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Review: Elizabeth Arden Lip-Fix Cream

Thursday, 14 April 2011
Hiya,

When I first started wearing make up, I never really cared for my skin that well and never really thought to research what kind of skincare products would suit my skin type. I am regretting not having taken care of my skin that much because I really feel it is important.

Obviously, now I have changed the way I do things and try to prioritise and put my skincare first. Once that is the way you want it, it makes the application of make up so much easier.

I purchased the Lip-Fix Cream by Elizabeth Arden a few months ago when there was a sale on ACHICA and I managed to get hold of it at a decent price.
I have never really used a primer on my lips and never thought it necessary. This was a purchase I made mainly for softening and fixing my lips which can get chapped from time to time.
The cream itself is white and very smooth in texture. It glided on to my lips quite easily and was absorbed into my lips pretty well. I really feel like it smoothed out my lips and worked quite well as a lip balm. My lips feel a lot softer after using this cream. It is perfect as a base for lip products.

When applying lipstick on top I felt like it seemed to apply smoother. It works very well as a primer because not only does it stop my lipstick from feathering, it also keeps it on for a lot longer than usual.

The cost of it generally is quite steep (I think around £18) but I managed to get hold of it for £8.

I'm not sure I would purchase again unless there was a good deal on because although I really like this product, there are other products out there that can moisturise your lips. Primers for lips are also readily available by a number of brands.

Do you use a primer for your lips? Any recommendations?

Atia x x x

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Love-Makeup Haul

Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Hiya,

There are three websites that I generally purchase products from when I want something discounted and with a mixture of high end and drugstore brands. Love-Makeup is one of those sites. I have been buying make up from them for quite some time now and have always had a good experience, with very quick delivery.

I've heard a lot about the OCC Lip Tars and had to try a couple out so I purchased two in 'Harlot' and 'Trollop' - interesting names, to say the least!

The shades however are absolutely gorgeous!
I tried 'Trollop' on my lips yesterday and it lasted a good few hours. The first time I applied it I did put too much on. You only really need a tiny amount because they are so pigmented.

I have quite a few lip balms/butters but I had also heard a lot about the Korres lip butters and when I saw them on the website I thought I would give it a try.
This is in mango. I believe there are seven shades available but there were three on the site (as far as I can remember). I love the scent of mangoes and the shade was a coral which is very spring/summer so I decided to try it out. So far I'm liking it, I've been wearing it on my lips and feel like it does a good job with moisturising.

You might have seen an earlier post of mine in which I purchased some Stars Makeup Haven eyeshadows. I have really been enjoying them and the pigmentation in them is great.
The shades I bought are (from left to right) 'Wine Not', 'Fresh' and 'Couture'.
I think it is unlikely I will be buying that many eyeshadows from MAC anymore. The main reason being that I really like these SMH ones and have recently been loving Sleek eye shadows. I'm all for trying out products that are great in quality but priced really well too.

Don't forget to check out my giveaway ending on 30th April!

Atia x x x

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

(CLOSED) GIVEAWAY: Sigma, Eyeko, ELF, Nails inc.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Hiya,

I'm back with another giveaway. I know it was only a short while ago that I had my previous one but it feels so good to be able to share some of the products that I love with you all! I was also really excited to reach 150 followers.

I'll get the rules over with first,

1. You must be a public follower of my blog.
2. Leave a comment below, saying anything you want.
3. Only one comment per person (you will only be entered once).
4. For an extra entry, follow me on twitter. (let me know your twitter name)
5. Tweet about this giveaway for another entry. (also point it out in your comment)
6. A blog post about this giveaway will get you an extra entry. (post a link to your blog)
7. A link on the side of your blog page will also get you an extra entry. (again, link please)
8.Make sure you leave your email address so I can contact you.

This giveaway is open internationally and anyone under 18 must get parental permission.

On with what I am giving away!
There are going to be two winners. The first will win a Nails inc. nail polish in 'Strawberry Vale' (similar to Barry M's Raspberry), an Eyeko 'Cosmic Polish' nail polish, an Eyeko Big Eyes Mascara, an Eyeko Graffiti Eyeliner Pen in 'Black' and my favourite ELF Mineral lipstick in 'Rosy Raisin'.

Although I am an Eyeko Ambassador, I did purchase all the Eyeko products and all other products myself.

The second winner will win the Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush. I bought the whole set a couple of months ago and this is a fantastic brush for liquid foundation. This will be sent to you directly from Sigma.

I think that pretty much covers everything. The giveaway will end on Saturday 30th April at 6pm.

Good luck!

Atia x x x

NOTD: Barry M Emerald Green and Black Nail Effects

Hiya,

I recently purchased the Nail Effects Nail Paint by Barry M and really wanted to try it out, so I wore it with Barry M's 'Emerald Green'.
I'm liking the Nail Effects and really want to try out the new shades. I've really been into nail polishes recently although I've never really been that bothered about them in the past.

I wore this look a couple of days ago- I wanted to see how the Nail Effects nail paint lasts on my nails. I did use a top coat and although I only wore it for around two days, it looked exactly the same as it had when I first put it on.

I haven't worn a look like this on my nails before and for me, although it was different, I liked it!

What do you think?

Monday, 11 April 2011

TAG: Lipstick

Monday, 11 April 2011
Hiya,

The lovely Fizza from Glamorama tagged me to answer seven questions on lipstick. I'll just get right in to it!

1. When you were a child, did you use your mother's lipsticks?

Well, just a couple of times really. My mum only wore make up on special occassions so I never really had the opportunity to raid her vanity area!

2. How old were you when you bought your first lipstick?

I think I was around 15 years old, I used to love my tinted lip balms in those days so I wasn't all that into lipstick.

3. Pink or red lipstick?

I would go for red, simply because I think it suits my face and skin tone better. That doesn't mean I will wear a bright red lipstick every day but the more rosy colours tend to look better on me. 

4. The most expensive lipstick you have ever bought?

That would probably have to be my Clinique lipstick in Blushing Nude. I believe it was around £14.

5. And the cheapest?

An MUA lipstick which was £1, a great bargain!

6. What is the most bizarre thing you have ever done with a lipstick?

When I was around five years old, I used it on my eyelids, my cheeks and my lips (My blending/smearing skills weren't too bad if I do say so myself!)I don't know about bizarre, but it had my mum laughing!

7. If you had to recommend a lipstick, which brand would you recommend and why?

I would have to recommend NYX Round lipsticks. They are so incredibly creamy, they remind me of my Clinique lipstick in their smoothness. There are some beautiful shades to choose from and they look amazing!

Right so I tag the following people,

- Rabiyah of http://rabiyahtungekar.blogspot.com
- Rachel of http://www.bandofblushers.com
- PinkSweetSz of http://pinksweetsz.blogspot.com
- Sriya of http://lipglossandleopardprint.blogspot.com
- Charlene of http://acosmeticaffair.blogspot.com

Any one else who wants to do this tag, feel free!

Atia x x x

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Review: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils

Sunday, 10 April 2011
Hiya,

I have had the Jumbo eye pencils by NYX for over a year but only really started using them a few months ago. I had seen a lot of reviews on You Tube which was mainly what made me buy them.
 
 My first impressions on them were that they seem really creamy. On swatching them they looked absolutely gorgeous. 
The pigmentation in them is amazing. There was little to no effort needed to blend these pencils. I did make sure that I used a primer on my eyes though because they will crease if they are applied without one.

I mainly have been using 'Milk' which is the white one and 'Rust' which is a bronze-y shade. I really like how 'Milk' really makes my eye shadow pop and look more bright and vibrant. 

The price varies on these depending where you get them from but I have found that the average cost is around £3 each which really isn't bad at all! I would definitely recommend trying them out, especially 'Milk' although you probably will need to use a primer beforehand. At such a great price though, it is worth it.

Atia x x x