Monday, 9 September 2013

What's In My School Makeup Bag.

Hey Guys
Last week I started my first week of college,I've had to try to get used to my new surroundings over the past week, I haven't really been around the blogging world last week but now I know a little bit of what to expect and am starting to settle in a bit gradually I think I can find the balance of everything, including blogging! 
I've found that to school I don't wear as much makeup as I thought I would,I did for the first day or two but to be honest I think I'm just too lazy to do too much in the morning so things like eyeshadow and liner I haven't worn a lot so far, however I know during the day I need to top up my makeup a bit to get rid of that shine and give me some colour.
With all the other essentials I need with me for school I think a compact small makeup case is vital, this one is from Primark and it fits everything I need easily leaving room in there too, it slips nicely into my school bag without any nuisance. I've also seen in Urban Outfitters they have some pretty cute make up cases recently, and Topshop usually do some nice ones in the A/W time if you're looking for a new one.
Content of the makeup bag:
Elf Flat top Powder Brush
Elf Blush Brush
Illamasqua 'Katie' Blush
Maybelline Fit Me Powder 
Nuxe Lipbalm
MAC 'Offshoot' Lipstick
Lip Liners 'Spice' by Rimmel London and 'Nude' by No 7
Muji Eyelash curlers
Mint Chewing Gum
Tissues
These are the items that you can find in my makeup bag, I usually also have a mini perfume from The Body Shop in 'Coconut' or a small deodorant but I seem to have lost both of these over the weekend..(hmm)
I would highly recommend all these specific products but also recommend using them as a guideline of what to bring, even though I'm sure you don't need 3 lip shades, I seem to just chuck them into my bag and go and collect them all in the makeup bag!

I hope this post was useful to you or was just something nice to read!

Tori :)  x

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Monday, 2 September 2013

Benefit Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Birthday Suit.

Hey Guys!
Today I really wanted to review a product I have rekindled my love for recently, Benefit's Creaseless Cream Eyeshadow in Birthday Suit that was mentioned in my August Favourites!
I think quite a lot of bloggers know about this range, it's been around for quite a while so is by no means new to the bloggers world, but I think Birthday Suit is an extremely under rated shade in the collection Benefit have. The packaging is quite cute and dinky I think, it's very sturdy worry not about it mysteriously breaking on you however I'm not all too sure I'm keen on the doves, there's something about them I don't fina all too appealing, Benefit have had better designs I guess is the way to put it, but after such a while owning it I have gotten used to it and overlooked it.
Onto Birthday Suit itself it's a light shimmery gold cream eyeshadow with a slight taupe undertone, I think gold tones look great on anyone and really brighten the eyes up (who doesn't want that ay?!) Birthday Suit is a cream eyeshadow, with a soft texture and a kind of creamy fluffiness to it that makes it lovely and smooth to touch, because of this I don't really want to get my fingers messy so apply it with a synthetic brush as the bristles are better made to pick up the product and apply straight to the eyelid. When I first got Birthday Suit I didn't think it would be well pigmented at all, I thought I would need to have a few goes applying it to get a noticeable shade achieved however to my happy surprise I was mistaken as it is quite well pigmented so I don't have to "dig" my brush into it a lot (aka more product for me to use another time yay!) 
I think that gold eyeshadows are really versatile shades, which makes Birthday Suit amazing to use any time,place,season..you get the jist haha, and I like that it's different to all my other gold eyeshadows because it's a cream shadow, it's unique and in my makeup collection at least it is a quirky minority which could possibly be why I favour it so much. I love to apply Birthday Suit to my lid and then blend it with powder eyeshadows like in my FOTD earlier, it works really well together with other colours and is just a nice change to use from the same palette I use everyday. As for the creaseless part of the title, I would highly recommend using a eye primer before applying this as I find it stays on better and really doesn't crease with some on, on the times I have forgotten to use primer that's when I find the eyeshadow gets a bit sloppy and just looks washed out.
Overall I think it's obvious I really like Benefit's Birthday Suit, and would recommend it to anyone wanting a new eyeshadow or perhaps to someone who has never tried a cream eyeshadow and wants to give it a go, just try to use it with a eye primer as it achieves a nicer look and the colour stays better. Retailing at £14 (or at the moment Benefit's website is telling me its £7!) I would say it's well worth the money and I would buy it again if I was to ever run out or lose it. 

This week I've started my first week of college and I've been shattered! Such long days at least compared to what I'm used to, so I may be a little slacking in the social media department while I get to grips with my new scheduele that will become the death of me I'm sure of it, but I will may sure to post a few times every week (this Thursday is my birthday so I'm sure there will be plenty to blog about then haha)

Hope you enjoyed this post!

Tori :) x

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Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Current August Favourites.

Hey Guys!
As August nears it's ending and we enter September I am excited because it will be my birthday soon! But also sad because summer will be over and I will now have to start my first year of college in fact this Friday is my first day and I haven't started my assignments yet (I should probably do them after this post right?)
Anyway this month I have found a few things that I've been loving a lot and wanted to share them with you.
Illamasqua Blusher in Tremble - A lovely coral pink blush that is easy to apply and very well pigmented. I've loved using Tremble this month as it adds a certain oomph and warmth to my pale skin, it gives life to my blank face which I really need to look like I'm still a human being rather than a lifeless body (I genuinely am that pale,oh the joys haha)

MAC Lipstick in Offshoot-This little beauty has made it into my current favourites posts before, and was in my FOTD post last week. It's a beautiful 'your lips but better' shade, with hints of deep pink, I love how versatile the lipstick is and how it can really complete a look.


Revlon Nail Polish in Siren-I think this is the perf-ect summer colour, this summer I've really loved orange nails (I have this nail polish on as we speak!) Siren is a bright and vibrant orange which really stands out, I think I'll still love it as autumn draws.

Benefit Creaseless Eyeshadow in Birthday Suit-I have rediscovered my love for Birthday Suit and I don't know why I stopped using it, It's a elegant shimmery gold toned eyeshadow and I think it's absolutely perfect for the lid and inner eye, I really like pairing it with Urban Decay's Busted.

L'OREAL Skin Perfection-I cannot recommend this product enough, it is my favourite skincare product. I use it to remove excess make-up and it removes every inch of makeup on my face completely clean therefore clearing my teenage spot prone skin to settle down a lot. 

Real Techniques Eyeshadow Crease Brush-Although it says eyeshadow brush I use it to blend my Bobbi Brown corrector under my eyes and it blends exceptionally well, it doesn't leave streaks and helps me cover my undereye circles well.

H&M Gold Double Chain Necklace-The perfect statement necklace to wear with everyday basics to up the style factor a bit, I usually wear the necklace with a jumper or boyfriend tee, plain shirts or dresses so it can bring an outfit together and make an effortless outfit seem like I spent more time on it than I really did.

Ebay Winnie The Pooh Ipod Case- I've wanted a new ipod case for a quite a while now and found this one on ebay, they're everywhere on ebay and have other characters like Stitch,Minnie and Mickey Mouse. I L-O-V-E how cute it it on my Ipod, the inner child in me screams with happiness every time I look at it, it's just a really cute case that provides me with some amusement when I'm out and about.

Hope you've enjoyed this post, what have your favourites been this month?

Tori :) x

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Saturday, 24 August 2013

FOTD - Everyday Face #2

Hey Guys!
Today I want to do a little Everyday Makeup post, I love seeing products people use and how it looks on the actual face instead of the back of a hand, so I'm going to start doing some more FOTD's to show the makeup looks I like to wear. In general I wear the same base products, but my eyes,cheeks and lips are usually changed up and mixed around so I will blog those every once in awhile(hopefully every week!)







Products Used:
Origins Starting Over Moisturiser 
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum 
Too Faced Eye Primer
Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit (inner eyelid)
Urban Decay Naked Palette: Suspect (outer eyelid), Busted (crease), Bootycall (tear duct)
Bobbi Brown Corrector
No 7 360 Mascara
Rimmel London Stay Matte Powder
Topshop Highlighter in Crescent Moon (review here)
Illamasqua Blushes in Tremble and Katie (Katie review)

MAC lipstick in Offshoot Sorry for the amount of pictures, I wanted to try and show everything well, I like to wear this look a lot because it's not too much or little, for me I find it a good balance to wear everyday in and out, sometimes I pair two blushes together to get a new shade altogether or to make it more of a gradual build up to a warmer tone and thats what I did with this look. My favourite palette to use for any everyday face is the Naked 2 because it has a wide range of shades aka a lot of combinations to try out and wear or to pair with a different eyeshadow like the Birthday Suit, I've recently started wearing it again after finding it hidden in my makeup collect and rest assured I will not be forgetting it.

Hope you enjoyed this post, see you next time!

Tori :) x

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

NARS Kalahari Eyeshadow Duo

Hey Guys!
I've started blogging again after taking a bit of a break from it all; I had a lot going on in the past few months with moving houses and taking exams so I needed to take a break for a while,  but I have really missed blogging and want to jump straight back into it with a review of  a lovely beauty product I own the Nars Kalahari Eyeshadow Duo.
I really like NARS packaging, it's simplicity and sleekness give it a very classy finished look, for the eyeshadow duo itself the packaging is slightly bigger in person that I thought being about the size of my palm I guess it should be expected since it's a two in one kind of deal, it just makes it a bit of a pain to fit into my makeup bag with all my other bits and bobs. However it's very well made; I've dropped this bad boy quite a few times and squeel as it hits the floor but it has proven to be a sturdy bugger so I'm not complaining at all (touch wood I haven't just jinxed myself) Also when opened it reveals a mirror to use which is very handy if like me you are forever misplacing your mirror or if you're travelling and need everything to be more compact and travel friendly.
Kalahari is a duo of shimmery neutral shades, the left being a gold tone with slight bronze undertones (the kind that makes you think of the Little Mermaid and underwater jewels, or maybe just me) and the right being a soft golden brown shade with a hint of a reddish silver undertone.
I think like a lot of people when it comes to eyeshadows I rarely sway from neutrals, so this duo is great to add to the collection. The left shade is very well pigmented and makes it quick to apply to my eyes and the gold really does if I do say so myself complement my green eyes very well. The right shade is not as highly pigmented, I find that I have to dip my brush into it a few times to get a tone that doesn't look too washed out on the extremely fair skin I own, however what I really like about the shade is that it feels so soft! I could waste the shade just on feeling it.

Although I wear these shades with other shadows sometimes, I really do like to pair them together. After applying my eye primer I apply the left shade to my lid and the right shade to my crease and blend in, I like that the shadows both blend really well together to give a slight smokey eye, I prefer to apply the gold toned eyeshadow to the lid of my eye because it brightens the eyes.
As the shades are so universal I feel confident in applying them to wear for day or night, winter or summer, it really doesn't matter all too much when I wear it because the shades are very buildable so you can wear it casually while shopping or intensify it up a bit more for a dinner or party.
I really like the Kalahari Eyeshadow Duo and I'm glad it is in my make up stash, would I buy it again? I 'm not too sure, there are plenty of neutral shades out there and with a price of £25 for the duo I think I would find a cheaper alternative or make do with what I have for the moment, I think it would be a product I would put on a birthday list rather than buy it myself, but if you are looking to try a NARS product or some neutral  shades I would definitely recommend Kalahari to you if you have the cash to splash.

Tori :) x 

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