Sunday, 28 September 2014

10 Dark Lip Colours for Autumn

I love this time of the year. While I tend to wear whatever makeup I want all year round, darker lips always do feel more appropriate at this time of the year. I wanted to show you 5 of my favourite lipsticks for Autumn/Fall but I couldn't narrow it down that far, oops.  So here you have 10 of my favourite.  There's a range of prices here and although they all fall into the berry family some are more pink, red or purple.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Real Techniques - Nic's Picks Set

Real Techniques Nic's Picks

I was supposed to be on a spending ban (self-imposed, again) for September but admittedly broke it for the Chapman sisters' latest offering to the beauty world.  The new Real Techniques set, Nic's Picks, is officially released on the 1st of October but some online retailers had it to sell early.  I got mine from Escentual.  I couldn't resist when I saw it was available early and was included in their sale.
(Don't worry mum/dad/husband, the spending ban has otherwise been maintained).  

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Halo Eyes with Step-By-step

Halo eye with Sugarpill
Halo eyes are quite a big trend at the moment, at least on Instagram.  It was only recently that I learnt the name for it. It's essentially having your darker shades in the inner and outer corners with your lighter colour in the middle.  It's a really interesting look and works really well with matte or shimmer, neutral or colour.  A word of warning; the darker colours you use, the more tired it can make you look.  It's also not particularly flattering if you have close-set eyes (like me! But I don't care). 

I'm going to show you how I got the above look, as well as showing some alternative halo looks.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

OCC Unknown Pleasures and Dune Collections

L-R Covet, Technopagan, Manhunter

My cold sore is finally gone and I am able to do lip swatches again, yay.  I'm really excited to be sharing my most recent Lip Tars with you.  Lip Tars are probably my favourite makeup product of all time and the two most recent collections have been full of really beautiful colours.  The latest collection, Unknown Pleasures has colours as awesome as its name (after a Joy Division album!) and is following autumn trends.  I'm also sharing what I've got from their summer collection, Dune, which are all Stained Gloss lip tars and are sci-fi influenced.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Illamasqua Once Collection

Illamasqua Once Collection
Last Friday Illamasqua released their Autumn collection: Once.  It features a fairly small selection of muted, ethereal shades that I think really enhance natural beauty and combines new products with a few re-promotes. The imagery for the collection is some of their best yet and features a very Marie Antoinette-looking woman wearing a modern twist of pastel blue Converse.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Whole Face with One Brand: Tarte

Using all Tarte products

Tarte is an echo-friendly brand with beautiful, natural shades and cute packaging.  They arrived in the UK not too long ago via QVC.  While I haven't purchased anything that way yet I was lucky enough to have an aunt bring me some Tarte products from the US at Christmas.  I don't have a large amount by the brand so thought it would be a fun challenge for my Whole Face with One Brand series.