H&M Makeup Haul

I did a little H&M makeup haul. I walked into H&M and just could not resist some of their makeup. It’s affordable, looks pretty good and hope that it also works ok on me.

I got two nail polishes, a liquid eyeshadow and some sparkly gems to go on the skin (Christmas funky makeup!)

I’m going to try them all out and report back to you how it all works out.

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By Terry Ombre Blackstar Dupe

It is time for me to share the best By Terry Ombre Black Star in Misty Rock dupe that I have found. I introduce you with the dupe that is called Rosie for Autograph Cream Eyeshadow in Movie Star Crush.

The two eyeshadows are from different ends of price points. By Terry costs around £30 whereas Rosie for Autograph one is just £12.50, the price difference is quite big as you can see. They both are housed in a metallic looking stick form casing which makes the eyeshadow retractable. When swatching or using on your eyelids both of them feel and apply exactly the same. Yes, I do not feel any difference in how they apply or blend out. Both are buttery creamy and both are quite long lasting on your lids. Saying that there is a slight difference colour wise and to me it is just a small difference. Rosies cream stick is a little bit more purple based which makes it a bit darker when Misty Rock has less purple undertone and looks a little bit more brown (but there is purple and it is visible in some light).

Because the texture is so similar and the colours are not too different I cannot be more happy to have found a dupe for Misty Rock. I do like it but I do not think that it is worth buying it especially now that there is an alternative which does no cost your whole salary. Stock up on Rosie for Autograph Cream Eyeshadows as they are Ombre Blackstar without unreasonable price tag.

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Rosie for Autograph Cream Eyeshadow Almond Eyes

Since my last Rosie for Autograph makeup review post (here) I did not wait too long to pick up another cream eyeshadow stick. This time I chose a light golden champagne colour called Almond Eyes. It’s perfect for inner corner highlighting or as an overall eye wash for everyday look. I love it!

I don’t know how about you guys but I now need to get the other two cream eyeshadows from the Rosie for Autograph range. I also would love to own one of the blushes and a lipstick. I don’t think I will be content until I have them in my collection. My poor bank account… *cry*

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January Favourites 2016

I am glad that January is at it’s end. I think January it’s my least favourite month of the year and it’s purely because it still is winter and no where near sprint. (Oh, I probably should clarify that my blog name means that I wish winters would only happen in dreams and not in real life.) With the end of month also comes my monthly favourites.

I have not used Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow in On and On Bronze for quite a while. Until one day of this month when I applied it to my eyes and have done it quite a few times afterwords as well. I forgot how beautiful the colour is and it’s such a fuss free application. It’s an eyeshadow perfection in my mind and as you can see from the photo it has been well loved. I think I am half way through the eyeshadow and I do not have any one that has come as close to being used up as this one. On and On Bronze is a staple in my collection and I have re-kindled my love for it in January.

Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow does not need any primer as it stays on me for the whole day without budging. But for any other eyeshadows I have been using Sigma Eyeshadow Base in Persuade. The base is very creamy therefore it is easy to blend, meaning that you do not end up tugging your eyes too much which we all know we should try avoid doing. I have never tried MAC painterly pots but with Sigma product I do not feel ant need at all. It has not dried out and it’s going strong. Persuade is a light natural beige colour that helps to neutralise any redness on the eyes and I highly recommend getting it.

Another eye product that I have been enjoying using in January is the NYX Slide On, Glide On pencil in Brown Perfection. The colour name definitely stands true. It is a perfect brown colour to use for lining your eyes. I have been using this pencil on a daily basis as I think brown sometimes looks less harsh in daytime than straight black. The pencil really does apply easily and the formula is great. I foresee that NYX Slide On, Glide On pencil in Brown Perfection will be my forever repurchase item.

For the base I have finally started using Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in 3 Fair and have not stopped using it since first application. The colour 3 Fair is a little bit too pale for me but I still can use it and get away as long as I use bronzer to warm up the face. I bought this foundation not fully convinced that I would like it, I was advised to use it with a brush but I think that it works best when applied with a wet sponge. It’s a bit too powdery and matte looking if you do not use a wet beauty sponge. It lasts well on my so anyone who has combination skin with oily t-zone would like it. I will think I will be using this until I get a tan (if I ever see sun).

So as you might guess my last favourite this month for applying the said Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation is a beauty sponge. I would not say that I have a preference for a specific brand but I would like to mention a type of product that I have found I now cannot apply my makeup without. When using any foundation that is more satin or matte it is best to apply with a wet beauty sponge which makes foundation look natural and also blended very well. I currently use Beuaty Blender and Real Techniques Complexion Sponge on a rotation and I like both of them. (I am starting to develop a stronger preference to one of them so watch this space for future posts on beauty sponge smackdowns).

What have you guys been loving in January? Do you like January or are you like me and prefer that it ends sooner than later?

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Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner

Eyeliner is one of my best friends. I’m not that good at applying it but I do like to have some sort of a feline line to make sure that my eyes stand out a more from behind my glasses.

Collection Fast Stroke Eyeliner has been in my makeup collection for quite a few months and so far it is the only eyeliner that I use. It’s very jet black and dries out matte meaning that it goes well with any eye look. The applicator that Collection provides is pretty good, it’s short and not too flexible. It gives a good amount of control and is great if you are just starting out with eyeliners. I have to admit that I have been bypassing the given applicator and I am using L’Oreal Superliner Slim instead, I just prefer the shape of it a little bit more and the Slim liner has dried out a long time ago so it can be reused. (I feel like I have combined best of the two products.)

It’s a good eyeliner that stays put for the whole day. You can rub your eyes as much as you want to it will not go anywhere, I wouldn’t be surprised if it would withstand a whole romantic movie session as well if you know what I mean. So if you are looking to pick up something new then give this a chance, it won’t break your bank either.

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November Favourites 2015

november beauty favourites 2015

It is time for another set of favourites and this month of course it is November favourites. So, what have I been loving this month, I hear you ask me. Well…

First and foremost comes my autumn/winter blush. Revlon powder blush in Haute Pink is my to go to blush in colder months. It is a kind of deep bright pink. I have been using this blush every day and have not reached for anything else. It’s a great affordable blush that works great this time of year.

EX1 Invisiwear Foundation is still my everyday foundation choice. You can see that I am nearly half way through the bottle and I just think that it’s a really great product. If you have not tried it yet I really highly recommend to give it a shot.

I am fully into the autumn eye look right now and Charlotte Tillbury’s eye pallet in La Dolce Vita is a perfect combination of eye shadows for that. You can wear it for day time and night time, the shadows are super blendable and just a joy to use.

Stila Smudge Stick eye pencil in Oscar Fish has been a new revelation for me. I have been using this brown eye pencil as my liner and I have been using it instead of a liquid liner. I have been loving how it gives definition to my lashes and eye but is not as harsh as a black liner. I never thought that I would deviate from the full on black liner but I have and I have been really enjoying it. I am very afraid that I could be running out of this so I am in search for other type of dark brown liners.

And that wraps up my November favourites. What have you guys been enjoying in the past month? (if you have Bloglovin and would like to follow me there you can do so here)

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Mini Kiko Haul

The other day I popped into Kiko as I was in town and I left with two items. Kiko is such an affordable make up store and you can always find something to take away with you.

I have been drawn by Kiko’s two new collections and have chosen to get an eye product from each. From the Rebel Romantic collection I chose to get one of the Metallic Shine Eyeshadow in the colour 03 Strong Chocolate. I like eyeshadows that you can easily apply with your fingers and this shadow is just that. The colour leans a little bit towards dark purple rather than straight on brown but that’s what makes it unique and worthy for a place in my collection. Though it is named as a metallic eyeshadow it is not glittery at all. When I wear it sometimes I think that it looks a little matt but just with some shimmer give to make your eyes stand out. For the first wear I am quite impressed.

The second collection that has taken my liking is Midnight Siren. I saw that this collection has a few eye shadow sticks which I like and which Kiko normally do very well therefore I have gravitated towards Moon Shadow Water Infused Eyeshadows like nobodies business. It seems that I had some sort of chocolate craving because the moon shadow I picked up is 02 Mysterious Chocolate. Now this one is kind of really dark gold (at least that’s how it looks to me) and it is quite shimmery. I am reserving this eyeshadow for an evening look. It looks really beautiful but as I have not worn it yet I will report later on more about it. The packaging though feels very luxurious as it’s a little bit weighted so when you hold it in your hands you can easily think that you are holding a high end product.

That’s my mini Kiko haul. As always I am pretty impressed by the products and they are such a bargain. If you can get yourself to Kiko as quickly as you can or jump online and make an order. I am loving their eye products!

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An amazing surprise

I like to read blogs and if you would look me up on bloglovin.com you would be able to see that I follow a lot of blogs. If I find one that I like no matter how ‘big’ or ‘small’ they are I always make sure that I have them on my feed. For me, personally, numbers are not what I look for when I stumble across a blog. If the content is interesting, if I start reading post after post then I know that the blog is great and worth attention.

I don’t remember when exactly I found Julies Dreams blog but I knew straight away that it is a blog that I must follow. Julie has a perfect blog that balances beauty, fashion and lifestyle posts with an amazing European flair. Her blog has beautiful photographs and inspirational collages.

So you might be wondering why am I mentioning Julies Dreams here… This is because to my surprise I have won one of the prizes from Julies giveaway that she was hosting on her blog. I have in the past entered a few other giveaways on different blogs but I never expect to win. I always think that by entering a giveaway you show that as a reader you definitely engage with the blog and it’s content. You should have seen my face when Julie got in touch with me letting me know that I was one of the winners. I was in shock (a pleasant one). I just couldn’t believe that one – I got randomly picked out, two – that Julie did take her time to actually let me know about it. I rarely check my emails and she had to find out by herself that I’m not the best when it comes to writing back. (Sorry!)

After a few days I have totally forgotten that I have won something so when I got back home after work one day the other week I was quite confused about seeing a parcel with my name on it. I was sure I did not place an online order, I don’t shop that often that I wouldn’t know what’s arriving. When I opened it up I straight away knew that this was a beautiful present from Julie and I felt like I won a second time again.

First up, upon opening the parcel I noticed that there was a mesmerising smell. It seems that the little heart shaped Bodyshop soap has a really lovely smell that can’t be missed. I love raspberries so this will be a nice addition to my bathroom essentials. (By the way, there is no where on the packaging that tells me what the smell is so if I got it wrong then I’m sorry but I am definitely getting raspberries.)

The gift also contained some beautiful Kiko products. I have received 4 Kiko eyeshadows: gold 257, very pale brown 214, redish brown 234 and a matte brown 240. I will have to do a close up review some other time but there is one thing I can say and that is – Julie could not have picked any better shades. All 4 of the eyeshadows that she has chosen are perfect for me and I could easily call them ‘my’ type of colours. To keep these eyeshadows together Julie very thoughtfully has also included a 4 piece pallette. Perfection!

Last but not least I found two Eucerin Aquaphor balms included. I have never tried this product before so I look forward to giving it a go. It is a balm for dry/damaged skin and it is made to work even for the most sensitive skin and as I do have sensitive skin I think this might be quite good one for me.

I am over the moon that I have received such amazing gifts and I feel very chuffed that I can write about it here. Thank you Julie for such an amazing surprise!

Please show love and support and go over to Julies Dreams to check her wicked blog. I think you guys will not be disappointed.

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Maybelline Lansh Sensational Mascara – my quick view

I think I’ve seen nearly every blogger/youtuber raving about Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara so one day when I have ran out of the ones I was using I gave it a shot.

What’s my verdict? It’s ok. I don’t see what other people see in this… It’s not terrible by any means but it’s not as impressive as I thought it would be. Mascaras have to impress me from the first time I apply them and this one is not it.

Have you tried Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara? What are your thoughts? Do you love it, do you hate ir or are you just like me saying “meh, it’s ok”?

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Bourjois Colorband Eyeshadow

The first time I saw talks about Bourjois Colorband Eyeshadow sticks was actually on Twitter. I saw a post a post from @danielsandler saying that they are great and that post made me want them straight away. I like “chubby” sticks type of eye shadows for their convenience and ease so I knew that Bourjois Colorband Eyeshadow sticks where right up my street.

I have purchased two colours Rose Fauviste and Brun Dadaiste. I have worn Rose Fauviste the most out of the two as you might already know from my January faves post and I can only say that it is a beautiful pink shade that actually really brightens your eyes and makes them look bigger. I have been paring it up with a black liner and it looks so beautiful in the date time. Chick and understated. It’s super quick to apply so I like to use it when I have to go to work, you just swipe the product all over your eye lids (apply liner on if you want to) and off you go.

I’m surprised that I haven’t worn Brun Dadaiste that much as I normally gravitate towards brown coppery shades and it is truly a beautiful one. You do have to blend it quickly though because when it sets, it sets, so I suggest to do one eye at a time. The good thing about it is that it will not crease and will stay put throughout the day. That’s exactly what working people need.

The only little downside that I must tell you is that for some reason Bourjois Colorband Eyeshadow sticks swatch better on your hand than on your eyes. What I’m trying to say is that the colour and pigmentation always look better on your hand when swatched and they don’t come out exactly the same on the eyes. So you do need to use a bit more product and it might not look as “punchy” as you first think they would but let that not discourage you from trying them out.

I don’t think that I would be picking any other colours from the range but I do highly recommend Rose Fauviste and Brun Dadaiste. They are fast becoming my daily to go to shadows for the ease of use and the staying power.

Have you tried any of the Bourjois Colorband Eyeshadow sticks? What do you think about them? Let me know if there are any other good alternatives in the highstreet.

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