Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Too Face Melted Kisses Set

I've mentioned numerous times on my blog that I am a huge fan of Too Faced makeup. Their products are unique and they are always amazing quality. This Too Faced Melted Kisses Set caught me eye whilst browsing the beauty section of ASOS

I have wanted to try the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks since they were first launched so this festive set seemed perfect as it contains four miniature lipsticks in a range of colours for only £25 (one full sized lipstick is £19, so I thought this was a good deal!).

The Melted Kisses set contains a nude (Melted Nude), a baby pink (Melted Peony), a bright fuchsia (Melted Fuchsia) and a deep red (Melted Ruby). These lip products are basically supposed to be liquid lipsticks/stains, which are creamy, pigmented and long wearing.

The lipsticks themselves are a good size considering they are mini. I never finish lip products so for me this size is ideal. They have a velvety sponge applicator which makes applying them easy and fuss-free. 

I loved all of the colours apart from the nude, which was too brown for my liking. Melted Peony is perfect for a polished everyday lip. Melted Fuchsia is very bright and pigmented and great for a night time make up look or paired with simple cat eye liner. Finally, Melted Ruby is gorgeous and very seasonal, giving a nice vampy look.

The formula is nice and creamy and they dry to a semi-matte finish which I like. They do stain the lips so meaning they do last on your lips well without having to retouch. My only gripe is that they smudge quite easily but other than that I love them.

This little Christmas set is the perfect gift for any beauty lover and even better, it is great value. Definitely one for the Christmas lists girls!

Sunday, 23 November 2014

NARS Giveaway

In the run up to Christmas I thought I would do some festive giveaways. Nars is fast becoming one of my favourite make up brands, since rebranding they have really upped their game. They have so many pretty gift sets in their holiday collection this year at a range of prices.

I'm giving one follower the chance to win a Nars Tech Fashion Lipgloss Coffret and a Nars Orgasm Nail Polish.

The Nars Tech Fashion Lipgloss Coffret contains four mini lip glosses which are the perfect size for popping in your clutch bag this party season. There is a peachy pink, neutral brown, berry purple and deep red. They all contain a hint of shimmer to add extra dimension  to the lips.

Nars are famous for their Orgasm blush and lipgloss but the Orgasm Nail Polish is just as pretty. It is a beautiful warm peach shade with golden shimmer which look stunning on the nails and is a neutral colour you can wear all year round. I already own this polish and love it; you can see it on my nails here.

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I'm afraid this is only open to UK girlies due to shipping restrictions. Good luck everyone! I will announce the winner shortly after the giveaway ends. Remember to leave your email address in the comments below so I can contact you if you win.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Alice Martin: What's In My Make Up Bag

Alice Martin is a make up artist, beauty blogger and just happens to be one of my closest friends. She is one of the only people to 'get' my make up obsession and one of the only people I can geek out with over beauty products.

Alice trained as a make up artist at the London Academy of Freelance Makeup and now works for one of the world's most prestigious make up brands, so she knows her stuff. 

I love finding out what is in other people's make up bags so I asked if I could pop over for her to divulge the contents of her make up bag.

Alice loves her high end luxury products but she is by no means a beauty snob. Her make up bag itself is from Primark and she loves it. The pretty prink bag contains her essential beauty products that she takes with her on the go. She explained that because she has so much make up because of her job the majority of it stays in her train case and drawers and only keeps her basic must have products in her make up bag.

Here is what's in her make up bag-

Carmex Lip Balm- Alice loves this inexpensive lip balm and always carries it with her to stop her getting dry lips.

Cath Kidson Hand Cream- Alice told me she was obsessed with this Cath Kidson hand cream at the moment, stating that it was one of the best hand creams she had tried. She stole this from her mum's mini gift set and it became a permanent addition to her make up bag.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Blush- This mini dry shampoo is one of Alice's essentials. She explained that she washes her hair everyday and because of this her hair becomes oilier quicker therefore this dry shampoo is her saviour.

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Mink Brule & Nail File- Alice always needs to have her nails done for work so she loves keeping a nail file and nail polish in her make up bag for touch ups. Mink Brule is her favourite polish at the moment as it is nice neutral colour that goes with everything.

MAC Blot Film- Alice complained that she has oily skin so these blotting papers from MAC were her best friend and were great for using if she was going out straight from work, to control any shine.

Shu Uemura Colourless Face Powder- She praised this pot of Shu Uemura translucent powder for keeping her skin looking matte and again being the perfect product for using if heading out after work. Alice said she would repurchase this a million times over.

Laura Mercier Almond Coconut Eau de Toilette- This is Alice's favourite perfume and a must have in her make up bag, although she would like to try something new.

Tom Ford Lipstick in Coco Lavish & MAC Lip Pencil in Spice- This is Alice's favourite 'go-to' lip combo. She told me she lines her lips with MAC's spice then fills them in with Tom Ford Coco Lavish, which is a beautiful neutral Kylie Jenneresque colour.

Tom Ford Lipstick in Bruised Plum & MAC Lip Pencil in Currant- Alice explained she also carried lip products for when she wants to vamp it up a bit. Her favourite lip combo for this look is Tom Ford Bruised Plum and MAC Currant.

Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss in Rose Crush- No make up bag would be complete without a lip gloss. In Alice's case this is Tom Ford's Rose Crush. She said she loves layering this over Coco Lavish if she is going out for a glossy pout.

As if raiding through the contents of her make up bag wasn't enough I also asked Alice a few quick fire questions...

Most expensive item in make up bag? Perfume or Tom Ford lipsticks
Most inexpensive item in make up bag? Carmex lip balm
Can't live without product? Shu Uemura face powder
How often do your switch up your make up bag? Usually seasonally
Clutch bag essentials? Perfume, lipstick, blotting paper and comb

If hope you enjoyed that sneak peak in to my friend's make up bag. Check out Alice's make up looks and thoughts on her blog Alice Through The Beauty Glass or her beautiful make up artistry on her business website, alicemartinmakeup.co.uk.

Look out for some giveaways on my blog shortly!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit

Contouring and highlighting has been around for years but only recently has it blown up and gone mainstream. Contouring and Kylie Jenner's lip colour are the two beauty trends that everyone can't get enough of!

I learned to contour years ago from watching make up artist's YouTube videos and have tried out various contour products over the years. When the Anastasia Beverly Hills contour palette launched I was in love but with it being so hard to get in the UK and always out of stock on Sephora's website, I decided to try something different. 

 I spotted the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit on Sephora and managed to get one from the Smashbox counter in Boots. Smashbox is a brand which I hadnt' tried anything from other than their primer but I was intrigued by the contouring kit.

Unlike the Anastasia palette, the Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour kit only contains three powders but, let me tell you, they really are the only three colours you will need.

The kit comes with a 'contour' colour which has a hint of grey in it, which is essential for a contour powder in order to stop it looking muddy. The grey tone helps create the effect of a natural shadow. The middle powder is a 'bronze' shade which is a warmer colour which can be used all over the face to add warmth. The final powder is the 'highlight' colour which is a light cream to open up the face.

All of these colours are matte which I consider to be crucial in achieving the perfect contoured face. The powders are pigmented yet not over powering which means that you get good pay off but can build it up instead of over doing it.

The Step-By-Step Kit comes with a #SHAPEMATTERS insert which shows you exactly where to place each shade which is ideal if you are new to contouring. Also included in the kit is an angled brush which is perfect for chiselling out those cheekbones. I really like the angled brush as it is just the right size and isn't too dense which means the powders apply a lot more evenly. 

I have heard a lot of people say that they are disappointed with how small this palette is however I have to say that I like it's compact size. It means I can fit everything I need to create the perfect contoured and highlighted face in one small palette that easily fits in my make up bag or on the go.  

I have been using this contour kit everyday whether it be lightly for a more subtle effect or full on for nights out. I love the colours, they seem to be perfect for my skin tone and I love how blendable the formula is.

This contour kit was £35 which, yeah, isn't the cheapest but in my eyes worth it as the quality is really good.

If you are new to contouring or just want an all in one product then you will love this Smashbox contour kit!

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