I’ve meant to get back into monthly favourites as it’s been a little on & off. My last was in October & a Best Of 2014. I’ve not been buying much lately so I didn’t want to repeat myself or suggest something before giving it enough use. These are mainly things I got for Christmas so I’ve had a good few months to see what have become firm favourites.
I love getting creative with makeup, even though I’m yet to perfect that feline flick! I will often make Saturday about trying out something a bit different like the recent affair I’m having with the Clinique’s Black Honey range or simply a strong lip shade like Bobbi Browns Razzberry that stands out, it creates a focal point. However if I just want to look like me but better then I have certain go to make-up that just works. I suppose it’s really my no make-up, make-up routine as it does have such a natural fresh faced finish to it. Continue reading “Fresh Faced Fotd – Still Me, But More Refined”
2014 is almost over. We can all look back to our best or worst memories of the last year and see that we made it to the end of it. For beauty bloggers it means seeing what make up we loved the most & what spring cleaning is needed as we head into 2015. I know make-up in it’s very basic form is superficial. What it means to me is a form of expression, what mood I’m in that day or the mood I want to be in. These are the beauty bits that have got me through the hot days & long nights. Continue reading “My Top 14 Make-Up Of 2014”
When it comes to mascara I really don’t get that excited about it compared with other make-up. On my budget mascara lands around a cost verses how long it will last. Mascara just doesn’t last long enough for me to justify the cost which is why I’m a drugstore girl at heart. I haven’t tried many but I like to give them a decent go but I don’t expect miracles for my money. So when my 2014 mascara favourite was given a new and improved contender I just had to put my two penneth in with…
What I Want In A Mascara
When I look for a mascara it might not be how you would choose one. I always go for blackest black in any brand and I’m not looking for false lash effects either. I want a smooth application that doesn’t irritate my eyes which love to water up. I really hate spiders to begin with so I don’t want all my lashes to be stuck together, oh and clumps are a deal breaker. See I don’t ask for much!
I just want one coat, quick application & no itches!
Mascara Wars – The Contenders
Mascara Wars – The 2014 Classic – Revlon 3D Volume
As recommended by another blog I really did get on well with this one and at £10.99 it’s probably at the high-end of my mascara spending. It has one of those plastic comb type wands with very fine tips and a spikey end to catch every lash. It’s a very wet formula to begin with but it didn’t clump the lashes together but defined them more. My big problem was the spikes were so fine they did feel scratchy, I didn’t like using this for my bottom lash. A good few times I did try it & ended up involuntary blinking giving me A Clockwork Orange kinda of look! I liked that I could get the very inner lashes on my eye which are very blonde. It coats them in a blackest black shade but I wouldn’t say it lengthens but it does give some curl to them. This will last you a fair time but I’m going to say goodbye to this one as it has started to clump which it never used to do.
Mascara Wars – The New Old Love – Maybelline Great Lash Big
When I was much younger I was completely stuck to using Maybelline’s Great Lash. I just felt like it got what I was about, I needed colour on my mousey lashes and to make them stand out more as I rarely wore eyeshadow of any kind. Mascara was the thing make-up wise I could manage without messing up. I trusted and stuck with it for a long time but us girls do love to flit to others too. When I saw Great Lash on the shelves with a New sign with it that was all it took to pull me back in. I’m a sucker for any products new & improved. The new Big version has a new huge wand and a rebooted formula at the bargain price of £4.99. More along the tradition bristle brush type of wand I instantly fell back in with why I got on with it all those years ago. This is almost fool proof as the wand covers most of your lashes in one or too brushes through. The formula means that you can go back over while it’s wet & go back through as much as you like if you want to adjust your lashes. I haven’t had this clump once yet or had to take it off and start again. This is the mascara for girls that want natural enhanced lashes for every day use which is basically me.
The Winner Is…
Well it’s Maybelline of course that have won me back, my only problem is I haven’t seen these in very many stores in the UK. I got mine in Superdrug & keep looking out for it as I’m going to get another just in case hopefully. If not my solution maybe to buy an original and see if the wand fits the pot as I think it’s the same. You can seem to get it on Superdrug’s website but I rarely order anything online (see link on price above).
I just love finding new make-up especially when I didn’t even know we had it here in the UK. When I spied this Leather Effect Color Tattoo from Maybelline in Boots I just knew I had to have it. A big fan of the originals of which I have three (On & On Bronze, Timeless Black & Pomegranate). This is in Creamy Beige which I thought would be a good base shade. Their are 5 shades but I’ve only seen this one and vintage plum which I didn’t think would suit me. These are £4.99 each.
So rich. So creamy. Only our cream gel eye shadow formula gets the look of couture leather so right. – Maybelline
Creamy Beige Leather Effect
Saturday mid-day I decided that I really fancied going to the cinema & get a dose of Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game (well worth seeing!). I’m no Cumberbitch as his loyal fans are refered to but I do find him interesting. When I have a new piece of make-up I just have to swatch it on my hand. It’s a matte beige but it still has sparkle it feels like a contradiction but it works. First the new piece then I try out what I think will work with it, above is the final combo. Firstly when I used my finger to do this you can feel it’s a much drier formula that the original. The leather effect seems harder to work with using my finger so when I applied it with the No7 Eye Colour brush to pat down the colour on to my lid. This worked easily and gave me control of how high I went with the shade. Next came my blending brush which is also No7 but was discontinued it’s basically the same as a Mac 217. You have to blend this pretty quickly as it sets but there’s no reason you can’t add a bit at a time where you want more.
For more of a definition between the leather effect and my brow I applied Macs Mont Blanc eyeshadow. It’s a very finely milled matte shadow so it brightens & softens the gap without it looking like it’s really there.I finally found a use for the Whiskey shade on my Urban Decay Naked 24/7 Eye pencil. I finally get why everyone and their mum loves them. If I can manage to line my eyes then anyone can, this stuck around even in my waterline.
My theory on the “leather effect” is it’s more matte than the others. The formula applied a very thin layer that’s almost like when you describe foundation as being a second skin. Without the fine glitter it would look very two-dimensional & this suits more of a day to-night look where you could amp it up with a lipstick.
8 Hours Later
Let’s just say it yellow lighting sucks but you can still see that after 8 hours of wear almost all of my eye make-up is still there. There’s a bit of the leather effect missing in the crease but other than that it’s all there. I was really pleased how long this lasted on me I don’t have oily lids but others tend to look worse after this length of time. My Maybelline Big Great Lash also stood the test of time & even the UD eyeliner did too. Will it last 24 hours? I’m still doubting that one but then again who really has their make-up on that long. Would it last for a night out? I think it would do better that most eyeshadow.