UK Parenting, Lifestyle & Beauty Blog. Mum to Darcy

Monday, 29 September 2014

My Favourite MAC Lipsticks

I think it's fair to say everyone (well almost everyone) knows or has heard of MAC. If you don't they are a cosmetic brand that sell high end make-up at the low end scale so maybe low of the high-end? Is that possible..

Anyway I'm rambling, on to what we are here for. The lipsticks from MAC are my favourite thing about the brand. Did you know when you have an empty product, just take it back and you'll bag yourself a FREE lipstick! That's pretty awesome huh.

The faves...

Crosswires - This lipstick is one I wear a lot in the Spring/Summer months with a cremesheen finish it feels a mix between semi-matte & moisturising.
On Hold 

Your probably thinking that these lipsticks are all fairly similar, but see the thing is there not. They are all different shades even if slightly but they are all different finishes. Satin & Cremesheen. I'd say satin is a semi-matte which is as matte as i'll go with these dry lips (boohoo) and creme sheen is semi moisturising. 

They are great for Autumn as the pinkier shades aren't too summery they've got that fall tint to them. 

What are your favourite MAC lipsticks? Or even Mac product? I love hearing about other peoples loves of MAC.



Thursday, 25 September 2014

Favourite Perfumes

There is nothing better than smelling damn good! Perfume is definitely one of my favourite things. This certainly isn't my collection but I thought I'd show you my favourites.

On the far left is Chance by  Chanel, this scent is still keeping with signature Chanel along with floral & fruity notes. Chanel describes it as delicate, light & fruity, something I'd agree with. This instantly makes me feel very feminine & independent and if a fragrance has the power to do that you're on to a winner.

Next along is the Lancome Est Belle, when I initially saw this was coming out, I noticed Julia Roberts was the model for the advert and I just knew I needed to give it a sniff. It's an awful confession to say that the way something is advertised or the person that is the face of a product is the reason behind wanting something. Well when I got around to smelling this perfume It lived up to all my expectations and more! It has a very fruity twist which isn't something I'd generally go for. My preference is usually a girly floral fragrance which it does touch on. It is instantly recognizable and my favourite out of my collection.

Lovestruck by Vera Wang is perfume in my collection that I can't spray another squirt, but I thought i'd still include it because I'm considering a repurchase. This is one of those perfumes that attracts you by the pretty bottle, apparently it is based on Romeo & Juliet (how cute!) again this is very light, floral & feminine plus It looks great on your dressing table!

Finally I have Chanel Mademoiselle which is the classic, it was the first high end perfume I received. it's so elegant. It's so beautifully packaged and presented. I would describe this as a very fresh scent & it lasts all day (6-7 hours) something you can't say about every perfume unfortunately. It is the most beautiful perfume around.

Hope you enjoyed an insight to my Perfume collection, what are your favourite perfumes?


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Kim Kardashian Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Recently I filmed a Kim Kardashian Inspired makeup routine over on my youtube channel. I thought that with this i'd write a cheeky little blog post to go aside it for those of you that prefer to read rather than watch. See, I think about you all, hehe.

I've loved the Kardashians for a while now, I'm aware that they are famous for being famous but I think that is what is so intriguing about them. As well as that they are all super gorgeous! There make-up is perfect and I simply want to look like them, any of them will do but for now I'll make do with using make-up to get there haha. 

I have adapted this look slightly hence why I decided to call it 'inspired' sometimes tutorials can make you look a little stupid and because my skin tone is nothing like Kims' that's my reason for doing so.  

Products I used to acheive this look:

  • Smashbox Photo Ready Primer
  • Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation
  • Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
  • Benefit Dallas Bronzer
  • Sleek Contouring Pallette
  • Collection 2000 Light & Dark Concealer
  • Chanel Discretion Blusher
  • MAC Soft & Gentle Skin Finish
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
  • Naked 3 Pallette
  • Chanel Creamy Eyeshadow Stick  
  • Tom Ford Eyeliner
  • Benefit They're Real Mascara
  • Dior Show Mascara

Overall I am really happy with how this look turned out, I'm thinking of doing a Kardashian Series of videos so let me know if you'd like to see that. Here is the video below if you'd like to check it out!



Tuesday, 2 September 2014

How I Wash My Makeup Brushes

Cleaning your make-up brushes is very important but I don't think enough make-up users realise just how important it actually is. Any bacteria on your skin is being wiped all over that brush for you to then put even more bacteria that collects on the brush back onto your face! Yucky huh?! If you have problem skin such as acne or tendency to breakout often I recommend this is done as regularly as possible, at least once a week. For me, I try to do this once a week but realistically it probably gets done every 2-3 weeks. Guilty!

I don't have any fancy routine, I'm not totally sure myself on what the best way to do it actually is and I probably clean my brushes in the wrong way. But it seems to get them clean so it's good for me at the moment! 

Step 1. Go find all your brushes ready for the washing to commence, place them on a flannel.

Step 2. Run a sink of hot water.

Step 3. Take your first brush off of the flannel and dip the tip (hehe, it rhymes) in the water.This just gently prepares the brush and softens it.

Step 4. Take some shampoo (just normal hair shampoo) this isn't the cheapest option but you only need the teeny tiniest amount, put it on the end of the brush tip.

Step 5. Gently cleanse the brushes washing the shampoo in, this releases all of the grossness as you will see a lot of what looks like foundation, but is probably mucky stuff too.

Step 6. Rinse off in the sink, where you will see the water become a yucky colour (thats your foundation, bronzer, blusher, concealer ect!!!!)

I couldn't see why you wouldn't be able to splodge a bit of conditioner to make them soft afterwards, just like a hair routine! But this is up to you.

Hope this post gives you some tips! How do you wash your make up brushes?


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