Friday, 30 May 2014

On the blog today: Urban Decay

Urban Decay, they never fail to impress me. Of all their products I have tried, I have been disappointed by none of them. I am a huge fan of the Naked Palette series, in fact they are pretty much the only palettes I have been using as of late. So I was super excited when, taking a browse through Selfridges recently, the Urban Decay representative asked if I could pretend I was shopping at their counter while a photographer took some shots of me. In return I would receive some freebies! If you haven't visited the newly arranged Selfridges Birmingham Bullring store, you won't be disappointed. The beauty floor is pretty much make-up heaven. I was asked to pose in some staged photos to show their new product display and how the customer would interact with them. That aside, I was delighted with these cute mini's that I received, for all of less than 5 minutes of hard, strenuous posing.

B6 Spray Vitamin-Infused Complexion Prep Spray £21.50 
Urban Decay's answer to MAC's Fix Plus spray. B6 can be used before or after make up application, or can be used at night as part of your cleansing routine. Urban Decay claims that B6 is the first planted, stabilised form of topical B6. It claims to minimise pores, absorb oil and reduce redness. This is designed to be a drink for your skin, spray it on and your skin will soak it up.
I have used face sprays in the past and really enjoyed using them, I have used Lush Tea Tree Water and Avene Thermal Water as part of my daily routine in the past. So I welcome a new face spray in my life.
On first spray I notice as well as being cooling and refreshing, once dry my skin feels very soft. With a subtle, pleasant smell. It isn't a staple part of my routine yet, but I will definately continue with it and report back.

Eyeshadow Primer Potion £16
Primer Potion was once a permanent member of my make-up routine. After forgetting to re-purchase as usual, I must admit I fell into a routine as using concealer as my eyeshadow primer. After trying Primer Potion again, I can see why it is such a cult product. Once on your lids, when you apply your eyeshadow you will instantly see a difference. Eyeshadow applies bolder and smoother than ever. It will be crease free and won't budge all day long. I am most happy that they changed the packaging. The old packaging was leaving large amounts of product at the bottom that the doe foot applicator could not reach. The new, squeezy tube packaging ensures you are getting maximum use from your product.

Supercurl Curling Mascara £15
Of the three products I tried in this post, the Supercurl Curling Mascara is by far the winner. I have been dissapointed with my current mascara's for a while. As my eyelashes are naturally very straight, it takes work to get them curled, then make them stay put. Everything about this mascara is perfect, from the brush to the formula, it gave me thick and curled lashes. This is definately on my 'to purchase' list. Urban Decay claim that this product is: "packed with glycoprotein for lash thickening, moringa seeds to help with curl definition, and meadow foam seed oil and shea butter for conditioning and smoothing." They are definately correct, the brush grabs every one of your lashes and pulls it into a desirable curl. I am super impressed with this one. 

Do you like Urban Decay, do you have any recommendations for me to try?

Monday, 26 May 2014

Returning with a MAC bag in hand..

When I slowly packed up my blogging bag pack a while ago, I didn't think I would miss it so much, and over time realise what a huge part of my life blogging had become. People have asked why I don't vlog and blog any longer- at first I had excuses such as moving out of my parents home for the first time, finding my feet and making home purchases rather than makeup purchases. Now, quite a while later and life away from my parents home is the norm, I feel I have time again to blog and I can't make excuses any more. I am so excited to be sitting down in a comfy chair to write a post again. I have been contemplating this for a while and now it's actually happening! I hope to develop my blog by adding some health, fitness and life posts.

Now I know I have been gone for a while, but I have still been keeping a close eye on the blogging and YouTube world. I know we have moved on from the days when MAC was Holy Grail. However, why not come back with the good old stuff! I haven't bought anything in the MAC store for a very long time, but I start my new job very soon and I decided to use it as an opportunity to go for a classier, more stylish image that fits more with my age. I love fun and bright lipsticks, but decided I needed some more subtle nudes into my collection.

MAC Mineralize Blush- Gentle- £20
I am obsessed with blush at the moment, and after seeing the colour pay off from the Mineralize Blushes, I definitely wanted to take one home. I decided to pick up the shade 'Gentle,' it's a beautiful pink with a rose gold sheen to it. It is quite shimmery, so if you don't like shimmer, these blushes probably won't be for you. I love a shimmery cheek, so these blushes are perfect for me.

MAC Lipstick- Cosmo- £15
The first being 'Cosmo,' which is on the left, it's a Amplified Creme which is a finish I love because it's so creamy and bold. It's a deep red nude colour which really seems to enhance the natural lip colour. I would say it would be brighter the paler your skin. Today I have fake tan on so it is quite subtle but enhancing, I can imagine that if I applied it with my natural skin colour it would be much bolder.

MAC Lipstick- Hot Gossip- £15
I also picked up 'Hot Gossip' (below) which is much more of a pinky-coloured nude. It also has a slight shimmer to it which I really loved because it is every so subtle. It is a Cremesheen finish, which is another one of my favourite finishes. I can see me wearing it as my new everyday colour because it is such a lovely colour.

So that's all from me today, though I have lots of posts coming up so looking forward to next time!
If there is anything in particular you would like me to discuss or post about, please let me know in the comments below!