Friday, 28 October 2011

Review: Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipsticks

Friday, 28 October 2011

I have recently been trying out the Rimmel Lasting Finish lipsticks. They are very affordable so I thought they would be a good line to try out.

I have four of them. After trying them out I have decided I much prefer high street brands when it comes to lipsticks. It is not that the higher end ones are bad in quality, but they are just so expensive and pretty much do the same thing.
I first bought 'Airy Fairy' which I absolutely fell in love with and have been wearing it almost every day. The others I found all suit my skin tone very well and they all look so natural but with a gorgeous hint of colour.

These are the kind of lipsticks you can wear without looking in the mirror because they are so easy to apply. They are smooth and creamy and they do last a good few hours.

The price definitely doesn't break the bank as they retail at around £4.99 and very often there are offers on too.

You can purchase them at Superdrug or Boots. Online you can purchase them a lot cheaper (I think at around £2.99) at FragranceDirect.

What is your favourite brand of lipstick?

Atia x x x

Monday, 24 October 2011

Review: Urban Decay 15 Anniversary Palette

Monday, 24 October 2011

I have been wanting this palette for such a long time but kept putting off getting it. I did manage to get a hold of it last week and it is probably one of the products I have been most excited about.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

First Impressions: New Sigma Brushes

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

I was very excited about seeing the new Sigma brushes that have just been released and so picked up a few of them.
I already have the three Sigma Kabuki Brushes and the new F86 tapered one completed the set.
I have used this for contouring and highlighting so far. I really like it for contouring as I feel it reaches the perfect area and makes it look really good.

There are four new precision brushes but I only got two as those were the ones I felt would be used by me the most.
The P80 flat top brush is really good for blending concealer under the eye area and I really enjoyed using it. The bristles are all incredibly soft making using these brushes a good experience. This brush really gives a flawless finish under my eyes.

The P86 tapered brush I found has several uses. I tried it with highlighting over the cheekbones, on the nose and I also tried it with applying shadow in the outer corner of the eye and blending. I personally really liked it for applying shadow on the outer corner of the eye. It might be too large for some people but for me it works really well. I tried it with getting foundation in to the little crevices like the sides of the nose and find it works pretty well for that too.

I really enjoy the Kabuki brushes that I have been using for almost a year now and love these brushes too. It makes me want to consider buying the other two precision brushes that I didn't get.

What do you think of them?

Atia x x x

Monday, 17 October 2011

First Impressions: Glossybox (October)

Monday, 17 October 2011

I was very surprised to see my Glossybox arrive so quickly. The past month has flown by so that is probably the reason why I never realised it was that time of the month again.

As it is the six month anniversary, there were more items than normal which was nice to see.

1. Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Thermafoliant 
The Dermalogica Thermafoliant is a skin polisher which is something I have never used before. The only thing is that it is an anti-ageing product which I'm not sure I really need at  the age of 25! This retails at £40.50/75ml.

2. Dermalogica Age Smart Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque
 This product is used to regenerate and recover the skin. I am all for using new skincare products so it will be interesting to see how well this works. Retail Price: £30/70ml.

3. Leighton Denny Expert Nails in Babydoll

 Glossybox seem to have nail polishes in a lot of their boxes, but I kind of like that. I would never normally consider purchasing a nail polish from this brand. I was really kind of surprised at seeing this shade because I had just a few days ago been thinking how I want to get a pink nail polish very similar to this! It is a full size bottle which is great! Retail Price: £11/12ml.

4. Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Moray

 This is a retractable eyeliner. When I swatched it I was very impressed with the creaminess of the product. Now that it has dried on my hand I have also noticed how it isn't budging even though I have been trying to rub it off. This is also a full size product. So far so good! Retail Price: £13.

5. Robert Piguet Eau de Parfums in Fracas, Visa and Calypso

 Each sample has a unique fragrance and I personally like 'fracas' more than the others. That is not to say the other two are unpleasant, but fracas is floral which I seem to be getting into a lot more lately. Retail Price: £65/50ml.

As the extra little sixth product, I received a Dermalogica bag with a small sample of the Renewal Lip Complex that helps to restore lip tissue. Retail Price: £22.50/1.75ml

Overall, I am still liking the Glossybox and feel like it is well worth it. I enjoy being surprised every month with a variety of products that I would not normally purchase.

What do you think of the products this month?

Atia x x x

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Review: BeneFit benetint

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Glamour magazine were giving out free BeneFit products earlier in May when you purchase a magazine. I picked a couple up where one of them contained a benetint bottle.
I was pretty excited about trying this because so many beauty lover's have had positive things to say about it. The bottle is very much like a nail polish one and the product itself is a liquid.
It is a pretty pinkish red which has the same consistency as water. It isn't crazily pigmented which means that you can layer and add more according to your taste.

As you can probably tell it is pretty sheer. I think it is great to use for a bit of colour on the cheeks. It is hard to get it to look like too much which I think is a bonus.

This will probably last me quite long. I don't think it is worth getting if your skin tone is very dark because I doubt it would show up much.

All in all, I like it. I don't love it but I probably will use it up because I have it. I know that I wouldn't repurchase though. It is pretty expensive (£24.50) so I think it would be a lot easier to get a cheaper dupe.

Atia x x x

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

My September Favourites

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

I love doing favourites each month, because it means I usually reflect on what products I have been using in the last month and gives me an idea of what I tend to use more often.
1. MUA Professional Heaven & Earth Palette
 Yes this palette lives up to the hype- it is just as gorgeous as everyone claims it to be. It has every neutral shade I would want and all the shades are very pigmented!

2. NARS Cream Blush in Cactus Flower
 I actually purchased this from a blog sale not too long ago and I absolutely love it! It is so easy to blend. I find that some cream blushes can be a little drying but this one is just perfect! It is a poppy red with gold shimmer and looks so beautiful on slightly tanned skin.

3. MAC Studio Fix Powder
 This has got to be an all time favourite face product. I love using this to set my face make up because it doesn't cake up and it makes my skin look flawless. I am an NW30 which matches me perfectly.

4. E.L.F Mineral Booster in Sheer
This is usually used for all over the face as a setting powder but I use it solely for setting my under eye concealer. Having oily skin means that concealer under my eye area tends to crease sometimes but when I use this powder, not only does it stop that from happening, it also brightens the area too. I could not use a concealer without this product. It is perfect for me.

5. Topshop Cream Blusher in High Five
In the last month or so I have been using a lot of cream blushes and this is actually a fairly new purchase. This is also a really creamy blush that glides on and blends effortlessly.

6. Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Airy Fairy
 I had been neglecting this lipstick for a long time. I actually bought it from Ebay some time back because it isn't available in the UK. I have struggled to find the perfect pink lipstick for my skin tone. This, without a doubt, is it. I don't know why I never wore it much before. Recently, I started wearing it again and find myself reaching for it almost every day! It is a gorgeous, subtle pink shade which I think would flatter almost any skin tone.

I am hoping to start up another blog, mainly which will consist of posts about home decorating, a little about my personal life- more of a general blog. Would you be interested in that?

What are your favourite's for last month?

Atia x x x

Monday, 3 October 2011

NOTD: Sally Hansen Commander in Chic

Monday, 3 October 2011

I haven't done a Nail Of The Day post in a long time! I actually haven't been wearing very much nail polish in the last month or so anyway.

I always thought Sally Hansen was a brand that was only available in the USA (the actual nail polishes at least) but a few months ago when I went to Boots I picked up the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polish in 'Commander in Chic'.
This is a shade that is very popular amongst nail polish lovers. It is a mushroom/taupe shade which pretty much every nail polish brand has. I really like shades like these.
I feel like this shade looks good with every outfit. It isn't too eye-catching if you don't like that sort of thing either. It is really easy to apply because the brush is wider than the usual ones. Two coats were enough to give it an opaque look and it dries very quickly.

I did apply a top coat by OPI which is one of my favourites. It makes nail polish dry very quickly on my nails and looks really pretty and glossy.

This is a shade that I definitely will be wearing on a regular basis in the Autumn/Winter season.

What do you think of these kinds of shades?

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Guest Post: Foundation Routine by Zahra's Cosmetic Bag

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Heyy Everyone!

Its Zahra here from Zahra’s Cosmetic Bag and I’m doing a guest post for the lovely Atia. 
I wanted to share my new foundation routine with you. Before I was an avid MAC lover but that has calmed down a bit now and I've switched up my products.

To start with I prime my face with Benefit ThatGal primer. This has a pink tone which is known for correcting dark spots but I don't find it really does that. I like it because it improves the texture of my skin to apply my foundation onto and a slight luminosity. I don't really know if this primer actually does anything to help my foundation's longevity but I quite like it. Don't think this would be a recommendation of mine as its not worth the price. Does anyone else think Benefit products are a little overpriced?

As the concealer I use isn't a perfect match to my skin tone, I tend to apply this under my foundation. The one I use is the Collection 2000 lasting perfection in Deep 4. I was a little skeptical about buying this and I had been umming and ahhing for a while. Decided to just try it as it wasn't breaking the bank balance and I'm very happy I did so. Applying three dots on my under eye circles and any other places where I've got an uneven skin tone. I then use the No 7 concealer brush to blend it out. 

Next I apply Nars Sheer Matte in Barcelona with my e.l.f. Powder brush. I never used to like applying foundation with this brush and in my book it was strictly for powder. Since using Nars Sheer Matte, I find it works really well for this foundation. 

If I still see any imperfections I'm not happy with then I'll use either MAC prolong wear concealer in NC35. Finally to top it all off and set all of the makeup I apply MAC Sheer Pressed Powder in NC40 very lightly across my face using the Body Shop Face and Body brush. This is the one brush I'm not too happy about so I would love any recommendations. I've had it for years but I'm sure there are better brushes out there.

What is your favourite foundation?
Do you have a specific routine that you follow?