Saturday, 20 September 2014

Muji Storage and Make Up Collection 2014

After having a little clear out of my make up drawer the other day I realised that A LOT of the items I didn't use enough. I think this was purely because I couldn't see everything I had to alternate between as most of my make up was completely hidden away in make up bags etc. 

I decided to look into getting some new storage which meant that most of the products I own would be fully on display in my bedroom, so I would be able to choose between different products every single day and not get stuck in a rut with a same old make up routine. I was searching for hours on the internet for storage, and although the storage I came across looked amazing.. they were all just so expensive. 

I had never heard of MUJI before looking on their website and after having a glimpse at the acrylic drawer boxes I knew I had to buy one. This storage was identical to other ones I had seen online but just a fraction of the price. In the end I went for the Acrylic 5 drawer box for just £24.95 which is a good size to hold almost all of my make up (apart from a few lipsticks, my foundations and big loose powders). As soon as my make up collection grows though I am sure I will purchase more of this storage as I have fallen in love with it! 

As you can see from the picture above, this storage has five different compartment drawers which allows me to separate out my make up into groups. This makes it so easy in the morning when I'm getting ready for work or a day out as I don't have to spend ages going through make up bags to find one product. I literally just open up one of the drawers and can see everything. I also think that it will help to use up the products better as you can keep a track on how long you've had a piece of make up for. 

I tend to keep my favourite YSL lipsticks on the top of the storage as I use these the most and normally take one colour in my bag for the day, this is also where I keep my eyeshadow palettes as they don't fit in a drawer. All of my foundations are to the right of the storage in my Ted Baker make up bag along with any loose powders that I have, my Urban Decay setting spray and my make up brush cleaner. My make up brushes are kept separately, however I do want to find some storage for these so I can put them with my make up. 

My make up is roughly organised at the moment, so in my top drawer I have all lipsticks, lipglosses and chubby sticks.

In  my second drawer is most of my mascaras and then some lip balms and butters that didn't fit in the top drawer. 

Third drawer down I have my eye products so eyeliners, eyeshadow sticks, brow products, eye primers, eye shadows and my tweezers. 

My fourth drawer is one of my favourites as it has most of my blushes in and my bronzers, along with a tint blush. 

And then my final drawer has my concealers in, some BB creams and then primers and highlights. 

I hope this has helped you if you are looking to organise and sort out your make up drawers like I was. Muji is definitely the first place I will look from now on and I'm really excited about growing my make up collection futher. Thank you for reading and let me know in the comments how you store all of your make up. xxx

Monday, 8 September 2014

Marc Jacobs beauty collection

When I went to New York in April with my boyfriend one of the first things I knew I had to purchase was some of the Marc Jacobs beauty collection which I found in Sephora (my favourite shop!). Although this beauty range was fairly new I had already seen countless bloggers and youtubers talking about the eyeshadow palette below - The Lolita 206. The colours in this palette are some of the prettiest, girly shades and work so well with one another to achieve either a matte day time look or a sparkly going out eye.

At 59 dollars this is certainly not a cheap product but I think the classic eyeshadows won't go 'out of season', each shade is really wearable and out of the seven eyeshadows there is not one colour in the palette that I dislike or don't think I will get use out of. I think the simple packaging makes the products look so luxurious and beautiful and is definitely very well made so you know there is no chance of it breaking. It also comes in a little sleeve which you can keep it in to keep the palette nice and clean.

I have swatched each shadow below so you can see what they look like on the skin, I don't think the shades have names as they are not stated on the palette anywhere. I really like how there is a selection of mattes and shimmers/glitters as so many different looks can be put together. The matte shades are very buttery against the skin and glide on without any creasing and the glitters are also very smooth, although for the price I do wish they were slightly more pigmented. It can take a while for the glitter/shimmer shades to notice on the lids, however they are very buildable so you can put layer after layer on.

Overall, I am so happy with this beautiful palette. This was a massive splurge for me and I think I will be waiting a while until I buy another Marc Jacobs palette, although 'The Dreamer' one has recently caught my eye as it is lovely shades of pinks and golds so that could be on my Christmas wishlist!

The other Marc Jacobs product I bought while in NYC was this gorgeous Shameless Powder Blush in the shade Promiscuous 214. I can't get enough of this rosy pink shade, it is one of the most pigmented blushes I have tried and completely worth the 30 dollars as I have used this so much since purchased and it looks barely touched. You need the tiniest bit of product and it comes out so bright and vibrant on the cheeks, it looks incredible even with the tiniest amount of make up on the skin as it gives you that 'naturally flushed' look.

There are 10 shades of these blushes to pick from and looking at the website I honestly want to try every single one, they are all such rich colours which would work so well with every skintone. I have swatched the shade I purchased below which shows you how pigmented the product is. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a high end blush as I don't think you could be disappointed by this product. 

Hopefully I will be able to try more of the range soon, although it is fairly pricey and there are lots of other equally as nice cheaper brands out there. Have you tired anything by the Marc Jacobs beauty collection? I would love to know your thoughts! xxx

Tanya Burr's Lipglosses

I've honestly been meaning to write this blog post for ages as I picked up my first lipgloss of Tanya's about 4 months or so ago.

The first shade I went for from the range of 12 lipglosses was the colour 'chic'. I love nude, pinky lip products sooo much and for me this was the PERFECT shade of nude. I would say it has a coral-y, peachy shade to it as well which just makes me love it even more. I purchased mine in Superdrug and picked it up for £6.99, I think the products were on 3 for 2 however so I also chose two of her nail varnishes as well (Which I also love the formula of!).

A lot of nude lip products I love look completely beautiful in the tube and then when I try them on they are completely sheer and have no colour to them. This product couldn't be more opposite, although it's a nude shade it has such amazing pigmentation and I literally just needed one coat to cover my lips in this gorgeous colour. The formula as well is perfect for me.. it is non sticky and lasts up to 4 hours on the lips. I posted a photo of me on my instagram wearing this 'chic' shade and used the hashtag #TanyaBurrCosmetics and was lucky enough to be featured on Tanya's blog!! I have posted this photo below just in case you wanted to see what the colour looks like on my lips. If you want to see the full blog post Tanya created then click the link here >>

Considering I loved her 'chic' gloss so much I'm sure it would come as no surprise to you that I also purchased 'just peachy' and 'picnic in the park' as well which are also both completely to die for! Another thing which everyone loves about these lipglosses is their scent, they smell really fruity and fresh, almost exactly like my favourite sweets strawberry laces. They honestly tick every box for a lipgloss so if you can get your hands on one of these I would definitely recommend trying them currently as they are all £4.66 in Superdrug stores (which is a complete bargain considering they feel like high end products). 

Above is a picture of the swatches of each colour that I have so you can see what they look like on the skin, this is literally one sweep of each so you can see how pigmented they are. From left to right we have Just Peachy, Chic and then Picnic in the Park. I am definitely looking forward to purchasing more of these lip products as it will be interesting to see what the darker shades are like and how they perform. 

I think the packaging is really sleek and looks like a high end product. I love the fact that you can can see exactly what colour the lip product is before you buy it and you can see how much product you have left because of the see through tube. I hope you have enjoyed reading about Tanya Burr's lip products and it has given you a little insight into what the glosses are like. Let me know what shades you have tried and whether you love them as much as I do! 


August favourites 2014

There are quite a few products I have been using throughout August so it was hard to narrow it down to my favourite 6 items, however these are the products I have used the most and near enough every single day for my everyday make up and skincare routine.  

Antipodes - Grace Gentle cream cleanser 
I'm absolutely obsessed with cream cleansers and have wanted to try this this organic Antipodes one for quite a while. This was on the pricey side at around £24, however I think it's definitely worth the price tag as it has really improved my skin texture and cleared the impurities that were on my face. I have been using this with a muslin cloth and the combination of the two work really well together at thoroughly removing all make up. This will be a product that I will repurchase again and I'm very excited about ordering some more items from the Antipodes range. 

Estee Lauder - Double wear foundation in 2C1 Pure beige 
I have been using this foundation for a couple of months now on and off but this month I have been wearing it almost every single day. It is an extremely high coverage foundation and you literally just need the tiniest amount to cover all imperfections. It is quite a thick consistency and very fast drying so you have to buff it in quickly to achieve that flawless look, I work it in to one section at a time so it doesn't look patchy. This is a foundation that would be perfect for anyone with oily/combination skin. 

Barry M - Bold black waterproof eyeliner 
This eyeliner is the most pigmented liner I have ever used! I love gel liners as well but find them hard to use so having the gel in a pencil form is perfect to achieve that cat eye flick without getting the product everywhere. The only downside of this product for me is that it can smudge after a few hours on the eye so I wouldn't say it's very long lasting. 

Tarte - Amazonian butter lipstick in Angelic nude 
I LOVE this lipstick, it is my perfect nude lip currently and I have been wearing it every day as I am so obsessed. It is completely moisturising and buttery as the name would suggest and it smells like mint which gives it a very fresh, cooling feeling on the lips. I love how the lipstick is completely organic and think that the packaging looks so cute. I just wish it was easier to purchase tarte products in the UK. 

Rimmel - Exaggerate full colour lip liner in 18 Addiction 
I have been pairing this lip liner with my tarte lipstick and I honestly think they look amazing together. I have never particularly worn a lip liner before although I think from now on it will be a staple for me as they make my lips look so much fuller and shaped. Although I've been using this combination together, I do think that this liner will be easy to use with most other products as it is a natural lip colour. 

Maybelline - The colossal go extreme volume mascara in very black
I am a big fan of Maybelline mascaras so the fact that I bought this and loved it did not surprise me, I love the falsies mascara and would say that I prefer this colossal one as it adds more volume. I think this gives a dramatic look and makes my lashes look so much longer than they actually are. This provides a great look for a night out and I think it is great value for money. I will continue to repurchase Maybelline mascaras as I think they are great quality. 

What are your August favourites? xxx