Thursday, 29 January 2015

Illamasqua Bronzing Duo

I make no secret of the fact that I'm a big fan of Illamasqua, I am yet to try a product of theirs without falling head over heels in love with it, and this bronzer is one of the best.
This is the Bronzing Duo in Glint/Writhe, which has, to my huge disappointment been discontinued (though I have heard from a reliable source, the Glint/Ra duo is far from different).

Individually, these powders can be used as bronzers but together they work wonderfully to sculpt and contour the face, much like a much coveted face sculpt and highlight.
Lately I've been reaching for this on a daily basis as part of my usual makeup routine, and I'm loving the different looks I can create with it.

The darker shade is an almost matte, medium brown toned powder. I say 'almost', as on first impression, you would say it had no shimmer, however on closer inspection there is a very slight amount, which when applied is barely visible. This can be applied lightly and blended out for a very natural glow - a sweep around the jawline, cheeks and temples really warms up my complexion, or it can be applied heavily and built up for a deep, more intense contour.

The lighter shade is a beautiful golden shade with slightly shimmery particles in the very fine powder... alone on my pale skin, this shows up as a bronze shade, so day to day I often use this alone just to add a little colour to my cheeks, whereas for a night out or more of a dramatic makeup look I use this along my cheekbones as a highlight (with the deeper bronze as a contour) and sometimes pop a little on my brow bones, cupids bow and inner corners of my eyes.
Together with the deeper bronze shade, this combination can create the illusion of chiseled cheekbones, glowing skin and a fresh complexion.

What do you think about bronzing duos? Now that I've given this a go, I really can't imagine my daily routine without it!
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Monday, 26 January 2015

Primark SS15 Wishlist

I haven't been to Primark in what feels like ages (which is very rare for me), and although I'm usually more of an A/W kinda gal, the new Spring/Summer pieces are really tickling my fancy!

The scuba coats are something completely different, and much needed for a coat addict like myself! I think I prefer the blue, but if the 'pink' is a coral shade like it appears in the picture, I might just need both in my life, I love the contrasting piping and cuffs on both, it's such a stylish little piece that would look great with the majority of a Summer wardrobe.
The striped duster coat is another cover up I feel like I will have to treat myself to, too. The three quarter sleeves and monochrome pattern will make this the perfect daytime cover up to wear with brighter pieces and little dresses with boots for a bit of an edgy Summer vibe, then as it's so neutral it will transition into A/W season perfectly.

The palm tree co-ord set looks like something from Motel or Topshop, I would never have guessed it was a Primark bargain! I've seen it on too, and it looks amazing, this is a must have for anyone's holiday wardrobe, the colours will look brilliant with a tan, and the skirt is ideal for wearing over your bikini to the beach or the pool.

The two t-shirts are really wearable pieces, I can imagine these with denim shorts, jeans, under blazers... the list goes on. The stripe one is really versatile, I'd wear this for all kinds of occasions, and the floral looks very Zara-esque, I'm sure this will be out of stock really quickly when it arrives in stores.

Finally, onto the accessories... the flip flops (although slightly ugly) will be really practical and really useful all Summer, and to be honest, I'm quite a fan of ugly shoes.
The handbag is top of my wishlist... the beautiful baby blue colour, the gold hard wear, ahh it's just so pretty and ideal for a daytime Summer bag for anyone!

Which of these items will you be snapping up this Spring?
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Sunday, 25 January 2015

L'Oreal Glam Shine Balmy Gloss

Lipstick crayons seemed to be the product to have last year, and it's fair to say that I jumped on the bandwagon in a big way. With so many brands releasing different formulas and shades, it felt like I needed to add lots to my collection, not to mention the fact that they're really handbag friendly - they became a really must have product.

The one I have been reaching for recently has been the L'Oreal Glam Shine Balmy Gloss in 'Dare The Dragonfruit'. This does exactly what it says on the tin... It's glossy, opaque, hydrating and super pretty, it applies like a balm and acts as a pigmented gloss on the lips.
It's the perfect pinky purple shade, which is completely on trend at the moment, and the fact that it is so moisturising is great for my not so soft lips this time of year - what more could a girl want for her lips?!

This really is a pleasure to wear, it applies smoothly and is creamy and light on the lips. Due to the fact that these are technically a balm, they don't have the strongest or longest staying power, but they're so quick and easy to reapply, it's really not an issue.

I'll definitely be picking up more of the brights from this range for the Summer!
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