Showing posts with label Collection. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Collection. Show all posts

Saturday, November 23, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Chrisma.... okay so not yet!

Is it just me or does Christmas marketing start earlier every year? I know it's not uncommon now to see Halloween decorations and Christmas decor sharing an aisle in many shops. I think, personally, it's a bit much. Each year stores and brands get more and more aggressive in their push for Christmas sales and even though we think we're getting great bargains we're really not, it's far too calculated now, and I miss when we were little and it seemed that little bit more special!

But, my skepticism aside, I do love to indulge in the Christmas shop as much as the next girl so I guess their crazy marketing wins!  So before the big mad rush starts, I'll keep things simple this week with a couple of cosmetic try-outs that I've been using for a few weeks now.

Starting with some #Bourjois Paris Shine Edition Lippy! This is a bold raspberry red that can be layered to add more depth to the colour or worn with one application for a softer, easier to wear, everyday shade. I love the Shine Edition Lipsticks because they're like a balm, soft and smooth but not sticky like a regular lip-gloss, but it still gives your lips that lovely glossy finish all the while keeping your lips hydrated for 'up to ten hours' - or so they say. If I had to compare them to anything it would be the Rouge Coco Shine from +CHANEL . Either way, the shades are adorable and they're all available on the highstreet if you'd like to try! I got mine in +Boots UK

#Collection's Lasting Perfection Foundation - I bought this after having been a massive fan of the Lasting Perfecting Concealer for such a long time. This is for someone that is used to lighter foundations as of late, a rather thick consistency for a high street foundation. But, that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's worked well on the days where I needed that little bit extra coverage, and like the formula of the concealer it really doesn't move once applied. This, in itself is both great and awful. Mainly because even though I bought the lightest shade available, it still appeared dark on me and when it set  there seemed to be a ring in parts even though I blended everything properly down my neck. So, I'm not sure about this one, but as seen on my hand it really does a great job with a small amount, in covering not only veins but redness too. If you like a more full coverage that sticks around all day this one might be worth a whirl!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

How to achieve the Calvin Klein minimal makeup look! Budget friendly!!


Minimal is sort of the trademark style for CK. From the streamline minimalist designs on and off the calk walk, it's not a surprise then that the makeup for the Spring 2013 show was just as barely there. Since I'm not affiliated with Calvin Klein in anyway, I'm not privy to how what exactly the models are wearing makeup wise. But is that going to stop me from giving it my best guest?

Not at all!

I think fresh, barely there- but just enough- is a great statement for Spring. It's like opening the door into a new season after escaping harsh Winters of dark eye-shadows and maybe an overdose on the bronzer to cheer us pale girls up throughout the dark Winter months.

My take on their look is as follows.

Prime your base. Coming out of the cold season your skin will need lots of TLC throughout, so never forget to cleanse thoroughly, tone if possible, and above all else moisturize!

Some of my favorites include : Benefit, Clarins, and Caudalie for cleansers and toners!

As for moisturizer, I have a few tried and trusted but at the moment I'm stuck on Lancome Hydra-zen (for dry/sensitive skin) I just love it!

As for primer itself, I had an instant love affair with Benefit's Porefessional, that leaves you with a lovely matte primed face for your foundation.

Now onto foundations!

On a budget? I will always recommend the Bourjois healthy mix and healthy mix serum foundations. A great dupe for Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua too! ;) Others include the Revlon Photoready Foundation, and

If you can splash the cash go for a light to medium coverage foundation of your choice, there are so many out there, and all claiming to wacky and wonderful things! Like the Yves Saint Laurent Teint Resist Fluid Foundation.

For an even flawless coverage try applying with a round-top synthetic bristle brush, it allows the foundation to set in an almost 'airbrushed' manner, leaving your skin looking flawless.
Correct any other flaws with a medium to full coverage concealer - Clinique Airbrush Concealer, No7 Instant Radiance Concealer, Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer or my personal budget busting favorite - Collection (previously Collection2000) Lasting perfection concealer!

As you can see from the model photos, there is very little done in terms of eyeshadow, perhaps a light, neutral base but nothing heavy or over powering.

I would add a little light tapping of something like Mac - Bare Study. Light, but providing a little extra something. I'd also use this on the inner corners of the eyes to widen and open them up even more! The same effect can be achieved by running a nude colored eye pencil along the waterline. Not white, please, never EVER use white. Unless it's Halloween, and in that case use as much of it as you'd like!!

Brush the brows through with a clear blow gel to add a little shape and definition, and if you'd like filter in a touch of color to fill any gaps you may have.

Lastly add a little bit of highlight to the skin, you can use anything from Benefit's High Beam, Jemma Kidd -Dewy Glow All Over Radiance Crème, or even No7 - Skin illuminatior.

Add a light dusting of powder if you have oil or shine prone skin, but other than that you're done!

Phew, who knew it took SO much to achieve the natural look, eh Ladies?

We did, obviously! ;)

Saturday, July 28, 2012


July Favourites!

Some people run to you tube for this! I’d rather write, because if I Vlog, I would ramble on forevvvver, and we can’t have that, now can we? No.

Four faves this month!

* Lancôme Hypnôse Doll Eyes Mascara.
*Collection (Formally Collection2000) Lasting Perfection Concealer.
*Benefit High Beam.
*Yves Saint Laurent -Fard À Lèvres Rouge Pur N°144 Silky Apricot.

First up I managed to finish my seemingly never ending tube of Doll Eyes from Lancome, and I have to admit, I wasn’t overly impressed with this. It didn’t really do what it said on the tin, at least for me, because I have very short crappy lashes and I wanted the promise of doll eye lashes and it just didn’t happen (sad face?). I find for the price £20.50, it just wasn’t that great and that the cheaper brands worked just as well on me, if not better. Pretty packaging, but not amazing. 6 out of 10.

Collection Last Perfection Concealer. Oh, my, God. I just don’t have enough good things to say about this little gem. Honestly. It’s perfection. (Do you see what I did there? Har-har.) I have dry/dehydrated Irish porcelain skin, and had trouble finding a concealer that worked and stayed in place without leaving my under eye area looking gross and cracked and what not. This, was such a good find, that after seeing so many Youtubers raving about it, that I just had to try out for myself. I’ve repurchased it twice now, and I am in love, and for the price - £4.19 - An utter STEAL. You can’t go wrong!! 9/10

An old favourite in my High Beam that I finished up yesterday, but it just had to be included because of all the highlighting products that I’ve tried this last few years (and there was A LOT let me tell you) I find this, while on the expensive side, is really the best, and in this instance you get what you pay for. Unlike the Lasting Perfection Concealer, where you should be paying more for such an amazing product! High Beam runs at 18.50, but in my humble opinion is worth it because it really leaves that stunning luminescent quality to your skin without looking like a reject from Twilight (not sparkly… Ok I’ll stop with the bad jokes.)
It is, for those of you that haven’t tried it yet, a pink tinted highlighter, light and satiny that when applied right, leaves your skin looking like you’ve slept for a hundred years and have had an IV of water and amazing-ness the entire time. Okay, well, maybe that’s slightly over stating it, but it really does give your skin a great boost when you’re feeling less than glowing naturally! Adore. 10/10.

Now the YSL lippy was given to me by my friend who was given some YSL products as gifts and it just didn’t suit her skin tone. It’s the first YSL lipstick I’ve tried, and I have to say, even with the daring (for me anyway) shade of a apricot orange tone, I loved it. The consistency was very similar to the Clarins lipsticks, but it left my lips feeling great, and the tone really blended well as a stain with some gloss or on it’s own. Smooth, pretty, hydrating to a point, and since I got it for free, I can’t really complain now can I? Price points for the YSL runs at £23.50.(Image via-

What are you loving this July?