Monday, June 29, 2015

Top 5 Summer Lips

I'm not much of a seasonal lip shade kind of girl. You're just as likely to see me with a vampy purple in July as you are with a bright pink in November but for arguments sake I've narrowed down my favourite summer shades. I've got a nude, pink, purple, coral (kind of) and orange.

Essence longlasting lipstick in 'Oh So Matt' 
This is amazing. I probably wear this 5 days out of the 7 in a week recently. It has really great staying power considering it's only £2.30(!)

MAC satin finish lipstick in 'Pink Nouveau'
This is my only MAC product and I love it. It smells amazing, it's super creamy and it lasts, pretty much, as long as you want it to. This is my Barbie lip.

Makeup Academy matte lipstick in 'Lilac Belle'
As you'd expect from the matte finish, this isn't the creamiest lip product out there. It can also be slightly hard work to apply due to the texture but once on the lips it isn't drying at all and it's got great pigmentation. The colour payoff, for me, is worth the extra 30 seconds application.

NYX soft matte lip cream in 'Atwerp'
I think this is probably my favourite lip product. I adore everything about it. It doesn't dry instantly so there's not much chance of making a mess of the application and really stains the lips so it isn't going anywhere in a hurry.

Revlon colorburst matte balm in 'Audacious'
Having orange hair, I would never have gone anywhere near an orange lip had my sister not picked this up. I'm glad she did, though. The formula is really great but I do find that it isn't the longest wearing matte lip. I probably get 2 hours out of this before it starts to fade around the middle of the lips. If you don't mind keeping it in and your bag and reapplying a couple of time through the day then this isn't a massive issue as the colour really is great.

What are your go to summer lip products?
Nikki x


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Face of the Day - 18th June

Products Used:

  • Dainty Doll liquid foundation in Shade 03
  • Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Blush in 'All I Think About Is You'
  • Sleek Contour Kit in Light
  • NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Auburn/Red
  • Model Co More Brows in Light/Medium
  • Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner in Black
  • 2True twist 'n' line eye definer in Pure White
  • L'Oreal Volume Million Lashes in Extra Black
  • Makeup Revolution lipstick in 'Rebel With Cause'
Nikki x

Friday, June 12, 2015

Superdrug Haul

At the end of last month I was browsing the Superdrug website and came to the realisation that I haven't actually tried anything from either Makeup Revolution or Makeup Academy (I'm 99% sure that's true, anyway) so I picked up a couple of bits.
Being a newbie to both brands I just picked up one shade in different products that I wanted to try with the idea that if formulations, pigmentation etc was good then I would build up the collection as time went on.

I haven't tried any of the products so this is just what I bought and my initial thoughts. I will post reviews as and when I try the bits and pieces.

 Left-right: Keep Crying For You, Lilac Belle, Persian Rose, Rebel Without Cause

Let's start with Makeup Revolution. 
I only picked up three things from them. I love lip products, they're probably my favourite beauty item to buy. I love that you can literally get every colour imaginable and unlike face products, you aren't limited shade wise. That being said, I do always tend to go quite drastic with a lip, I've only ever found one nude combo that I'm a fan of. Adding to my collection of statement lip shades, I picked up a lipstick in 'Rebel Without Cause' which is a berry toned purple. I also picked up one of their Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquers in 'Keep Crying For You'.
Baked blushes have blown up recently so I had to pick up one of these from Makeup Revolution. I got ‘All I Think About Is You’ and it’s a gorgeous marbled pink shimmer.

Moving onto Makeup Academy... 
I picked up a few items because they had an offer where, if you spent a certain (low) amount, you got one of their limited edition 5th birthday eyeshadow palettes. It was a no brainer. The palette itself is beautiful, I love the shades. There are 12 shades, in what appear to be 2 finishes. There are 3 matte shades and the rest are varying degrees of shimmer. It's got warm pink toned shades but there is also a cooler blue/grey shimmer so there is something for everybody. I can’t wait to get using this.

Two more lipsticks were purchased. I went with a matte version in 'Lilac Belle' because you can never own too many purple lip products....or matte lip products. I also picked up 'Persian Rose' which is a hot pink colour which looks and smells a lot similar to my sole MAC lipstick in Pink Nouveau. I'm excited to see if it's a dupe or maybe that's as far as the comparison goes. We'll see.

I bought three face products. I picked up a loose powder and a stick concealer. I'm always keen to try new face products as shades pale enough for me are few and far between. I also chose one of their basic blushers in 'Candyfloss' which is a really pretty dusky rose colour.

Lastly, no makeup haul would be complete without mascara. You can't really go wrong with mascaras but I picked up the extreme version as I'm trying to get out of wearing fake lashes. I always end up with my real lashes somehow glued up my eyelids so, until I look into extensions, I'm all about the extreme volume mascaras. Hopefully this will do the job (non existent fingers crossed emoji).
I will let you all know my thoughts on all of these products. Do you have any products from either brand which you would recommend?
Nikki x
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