Saturday, 31 May 2014

A few of my favourite things - no.2

Hello friends! I thought I'd start this Sunday off in a positive light with a small post about things I've been loving lately and my thoughts on them.

Davroe Colour Senses Shampoo & Conditioner - 
After colouring my hair from almost-black to having light blonde to brown ends, my hair definitely needed a stronger conditioning and something to help lock-in the colour so when I stumbled across this brand on and I picked these two up straight away. It's a little more expensive than my usual Sukin or Lush hair products but the results are worth it. I've had trouble with vegan shampoos never foaming up the way I like or making my hair feel almost like straw but this foams up wonderfully, I massage it into my scalp and it leaves my hair feeling incredibly clean without being stripped! The conditioner is equally as good, giving (much needed!!!) moisture to my incredibly dry ends and not making the colour dull. Did I mention both of these products smell amazing?! Definitely worth looking into!

Models Prefer Infinite Colour Foundation - Shade: Shell
A vegan foundation that is affordable, easy to buy from the drugstore and has a shade light enough for me?! Give it to me right now! After receiving an email reply from Models Prefer about their glycerin (it's vegetable derived) I headed straight to Priceline to pick up a bottle of this and I have not been disappointed. It provides medium coverage, isn't drying and lasts quite a long time on (although not the full 12 hours that it claims!) - I even wore this to a wedding and it looked great!

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
I'm already a huge fun of the RT brushes so when I saw this and a few reviews saying it compared to the beauty blender, I picked it up from to try and I love it! I've tried a few beauty blender "dupes" and they've never created the same effect as the original but this Real Techniques one is definitely on par with the beauty blender! It's the same concept, you put it in water until it expands and apply your foundation with it, it has a flat end unlike the beauty blender and I find the tip makes it easy to get into the little places around the nose and eyes. It's a little stiffer than the beauty blender but I enjoy it more and this sponge with the foundation I just mentioned applies beautifully and smoothly. With it being half the price of the beauty blender, you definitely can't go wrong with it!

Elf High Definition Undereye Setting Powder
I love this stuff, a tiny, tiny bit goes a long way and ELF is already more than affordable so you would not be wasting any money testing this out! It does have some shimmer in the powder but I find it to be unnoticeable when applied and it just really helps to smooth and lock in any undereye concealer and help it from creasing!

Aromi Beauty Liquid Lipsticks - Shades: Electric Orchid & Preppy Red
I know, I know. If you've been following me for a while on Instagram or my other blog where I post small posts/answer questions, you would have heard all about these a million times but I honestly cannot recommend them enough. If you're a fan of Lime Crime velvetines and do not feel comfortable supporting the brand, these are perfect for you and of course if you're a fan of opaque, long lasting and smooth lipsticks (who isn't?!), these would be perfect for you too! I've barely worn any other lip products since purchasing these a few months back and I'm constantly receiving compliments when I wear them! Even my boyfriend comments on how long the colour lasts so you know it must be something good if even he is noticing!

Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque
A brand I haven't really tried but have seen absolutely everywhere is Aesop and on top of that, this cleansing masque so finally I decided to give it a try and I'm beyond happy with the results. It's a clay-based masque that is suppose to deeply cleanse and refresh most skin types especially those with dry skin and it does exactly like that, my skin looks and feels noticeably softer and cleaner after I use this and I find it definitely lives up to the claims. It smells delicious (lavender!) and I find it incredibly easy to remove to unlike a lot of masks that you always feel a lot of left over residue.

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favourite things, let me know some of yours!

As always, thank you for reading! XO

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Swatches!

 This is an incredibly overdue post but here it is finally, my swatches of the Makeup Geek eyeshadows I own. MG is often compared to MAC, they offer a range of "dupe" colours, are cruelty free with most of their eyeshadows being vegan and are super affordable. ($6 dollars a shadow!) I use these eyeshadows almost 80% of the time (and when I'm not, I'm using the wonderful Silk Naturals shadows I swatched here!) All shades I have are pigmented especially the shimmers which are extreme, they all apply smooth, non-chalky, last without a primer and do not crease on me. On to the swatches and my opinions on them!

White Lies (matte) & Ice Queen (shimmer) -
Perfect for inner corner highlights and under the brow bone
Bling (frost/shimmer)
Vanilla Bean (tiniest shimmer but appears matte on the eyelids)
I use all over the lid almost every look,
Shimma Shimma (frost/shimmer) -
Similar to Bling but is more champagne coloured and intense, another shade I use frequently. ***isn't actually vegan! Beaches And Cream (matte) -
Nice beige shade with peach undertones and nice as a transition colour!
Peach Smoothie
(matte) -
Deeper than Beaches And Cream, great for the crease

Cinderella (shimmer)
Purely Naked (slight shimmer)
A frequently used shade of mine
Glamorous (shimmer) -
The name absolutely speaks for itself, this shade is beautiful and incredibly pigmented!
Creme Brulee (matte)
Another nice transition, crease or blending colour!
Cosmopolitan - (shimmer)
Gorgeous rose with gold flecks shade
Frappe (matte)
Another favourite and frequently used shade, perfect to darken any look
Latte (matte)
Like Frappe, great medium brown shade!

Gold Digger (shimmer)
Speaks for itself!
Bleached Blonde (shimmer)
A lot paler than Gold Digger and it looks so good for a night out!
Homecoming (shimmer)
I don't use this that often but absolutely beautiful shade and I love it every time I wear it
Hipster (slight shimmer)
Another good shade to darken any look or in the outer v!
Taupe Notch (slight shimmer)
Same as above
Prom Night (shimmer)
Good for a smokey eye, incredibly smooth with silver/grey reflects

Pretentious (shimmer)
Metallic bronze which I barely use
Brown Sugar (shimmer)
Warm copper brown, another love of mine!
Burlesque (shimmer)
Deep burgandy, so pigmented but also barely used

And that's all of them! I can create just about any neutral based type of look and love these for every day wear especially the lighter shades, I'm constantly reaching for this palette and even the shades I don't use as often, I still absolutely love!

If you have tried MUG eyeshadows, which ones are your favourite?

As always, thank you for reading! XO