Shockingly enough, when Jarek was in Poland he picked me up a few bits. I know, I know, I couldn’t believe it either.
When I first got into blogging he was really supportive and not only helped me build my blog and logo, but also started helping with research.
One resource was a Bobbie Brown book which I loved and to this day cherish (well kinda, it’s in my mother’s house somewhere at the moment). Even though I loved the book I never ever bought any of the products. Not because I didn’t like them, but to be honest after talking to the sales reps at home in Dublin, I was made feel like it wasn’t a makeup brand for me.
Well to my surprise, Jarek came home with a bag of goodies and this little beauty was in it.
I love mascara, but never invest in expensive ones because I’ve found the ones in the “drugstore” to be great!
This might be a game changer though!
Everyone loves a good bit of blusher, right?
Well, I must admit that with blusher I did what I always do and tried to fit in with the crowd. I wasn’t a huge fan of blusher for many years, but it seemed to be necessary to finish a make up look, so I sucked it up and tried to love it!
Over the years I’ve tried many, but today we are talking about the Live Love London blush palette. I love me a good palette, so I was attracted to it straight away. I’m always drawn in by packaging and surprise surprise this time was no different. It has a sleek black casing with iridescent text. Inside, I was pleased to find a MASSIVE good quality mirror, six decent sized products, four blush shades, and two highlighter shades.
There was one colour that stood out and blinded me really, it was the brown one. I’d used something similar before and loved it so I was distracted and didn’t take much notice of the fact that all the other colours were very bright and pink, lots of pink. The whole palette has a pink undertone actually, which for me is very unfortunate because pink is NOT my colour.
Even though the colour selection isn’t for me the product itself is quite nice. Not amazing quality but for the price (About £7) it’s not bad. They are a bit chalky, but if you tap your brush off you can achieve a nice subtle buildable colour.
The highlighters are really nice too but again not my colour. If you like a strong highlight in a pink tone they are going to be right up your street!
Unfortunately, due to the colour selection I wont be purchasing this product again, but I’d be really interested to know what Live Love London products you’ve used and what you thought.
Till next week.
I can’t live without liner, so if a blogger or youtuber I follow mentions anything about a liquid liner you can see the poof marks in the air, I’m off to get it and try it.
I was in search of a new liner that was easily accessible here in Jersey Channel Islands, so when I saw Hello October ( I think…) mention a Maybelline one, I knew I had to try it.
Like me, she’s super fussy about the nib and looks for what I look for, so I felt pretty confident I’d like it.
I marched down to my local Boots and picked myself up the Maybelline Master Ink Liquid Liner.
First off I’ll say I wasn’t blown away by the packaging, it’s a bit shite really, no worse than anything else I’ve used but just same same but different.
The wand was what I was most concerned about though. I don’t tend to like the really stiff felt tip ones, and favour the more brush like style. At first glance I was a tad disappointed because it looked like the felt tips I hate, but once I tried it on my hand I realised it was firm yet soft almost like a brush but not exactly.
I have to say I adore using this product. Yes it can get on my lashes but most of them do, especially if you favour this type of wand. It applies so well, I find with other types of liners I can be there for ages trying to build up a decent wing, but this just glides on and comes out strong first time. I find the wand so easy to use. It’s like it has the perfect amount of product on it once its been taking out of the “pot”, and I know I said it already but I love that the wand is not too firm. I do love me a good “brush” wand (if you get what I mean) but I’m digging this felt tip one.
Ok, so some of you may not know this, but I’m not a huge fan of Benefit. I have literally tried nothing of theirs if I’m being honest, but you know there are just some things where you are just like, “no, its not for me”.
Well Benefit was that for me!
Apparently my friends and family never knew this about me, so over the past while I’ve accumulated a number of products.
Today I’ll be chatting about the “Hoola” bonzer, a cult classic that many of my friends love!! I had the pleasure of receiving a mini/travel size one, if you know me you will know I LOVE travel size things, mini things, and anything that is a small version of something regular size. The bronzer must have seemed like a good idea coz I do love me a good bronzer!
I had heard good things about this product but wasn’t sure as I thought it was just hype.
For me the “mini” size is perfect. I can’t see myself using the larger one up, and I like a high turn over of my products as I’m very aware of things going off ( its a powder so this one technically doesn’t go off), and it just not being very hygienic to have things longer than six months to a year. That being said I do have a number of things that DEFO need the bin but I just can’t part with them.
I tend to use this as a contour as opposed to an over all bronzer. I think with my colouring it works really well for that, otherwise I can just look a bit dirty. I use it sparingly and blend like a MOFO. It builds up well so for a night out you can have a strong contour with it.
Mascara is the bane of my life!! I’ve been searching for my ride or die for years! Over this time I have found many, but every time they become discontinued. Its one of the most frustrating things!
I’m yet to find my latest ride or die, but never the less I’m here to chat about yet another mascara!
Barry M is one of my favourite drugstore brands. I adore their nail paint and have dipped in and out of a few other products. I’m a sucker for their packaging and their mascara packaging always speaks to me. This time was no different.
You would never think it, but purple is my favourite colour! So even though there are a good few to choose from the purple one was the 1st one I went for (there was no rose gold one at this stage).
There were no testers so I had no idea what the wond would be like, but was pleasantly surprised! It has what I can a hedgehog wond. Meaning it’s stiff with largish stiff bristles. I find this style easier to manage and gives my lashes more definition.
This wand is actually quite cool, its kinda double sided. It has a “normal” side and a shorter side. I know that sounds so odd, but its actually quite useful. I use the “normal” side on my top lashes and the shorter side for my bottom lashes.
The mascara itself is fine, really good actually. It applies to the lashes well, coats them, lengthens them, but it is a small bit clumpy when I apply it fast. The wear is great too! It lasts AMAZINGLY well all day with absolutely no smudging. I’ve also had quite an emotional few months and spent most days crying and it doesn’t budge. I do find it a bit heavy on the lashes though and it is (for me) a nightmare to get off no matter what I use! Its there days later and I’ve hurt my eye trying to scrub it off!
There are a number of positives about this mascara that will defiantly have me reaching for it again, but due to the heaviness on the lashes and the fact I can’t get it off it’s not my ride of die, so my search continues.
Mac cosmetics is one of my rid or die brands, but over the past few of years I’ve been all about drug store brands.
We move out in a couple of months and I’ve been going through all my stuff as much as possible.
I decided to go through all my mac eyeshadows and build the best possible palette. The fist step is to use up the ones I don’t love.
I’ll take you on my journey of rediscovery. I’m rather excited about this process actually.
I tried my very best to get photos with a really good colour match, so sorry if you are a bit disappointed with that.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on my collection and I’d Love Love Love some pointers or suggestions on some of the shades that might enhance my current collection.
Blush is something I was always told from a young age that a lady should always have. A slight flushed cheek, some lip gloss, mascara and you were set. Unfortunately I never quite got the whole less is more with blusher so I always ended up lashing it on and looking like bloody Rosie from Rosie and Jim. Long story short after getting a few too many hurtful comments about it I decided blush was only for old ladies.
Fast forward many year later and to a face full of adult acne, blusher became my trusted companion to help mask the fact that I had, well, caked my face in make- up, so it was just something I felt like I needed to help give my face dimension. I could just never get it right! Well actually most things to do with make-up I struggled with the first few years to be honest!
I’ve been thought sooo many colours and brands, but I think I’ve finally got the hang of it. Not only is less more, but after watching like 100 YouTube videos I have also realised that blushes can enhance or clash with a look.
I’d been trying out sleek products for a good while and came across an online exclusive on boots called “Sleek MakeUp Palette Gift Set“. The thing I was least bothered about was the blush. When it did arrive I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with the blush! And after using it I invested in two other shades!
The colour that arrived in the set was a colour I’d never associate with blush to be honest. It’s called antique and it was this amazing warm nude brown shade with a shimmer. I tend to use this is the winter time more and then in the summer as a contour shade! Two for the price of one!!
I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the shade Rose Gold, I don’t think I need to say why, you’ve seen my Pinterest account.
And I have no idea why, but I decided I needed Life’s a Peach… It’s this super peach colour that I can only wear very VERY sparingly and in the summer, any other time and it feels wrong. It does look good with a coral lip though, I went through a phase there in the summer of only wearing a coral lip so it was only right to have a matching cheek. Ha Ha!!