Monday, 18 January 2016

First Haul of 2016

Hello to my second post of 2016. It's been a while mostly because I used to blog in my free tim from university but now I have work and do uni work on my free days so I'm quite busy. I'm going to try to post at least three times a week, or every weekday if my schedule allows.

It's only right for me to write a haul post as that's what I have been doing in the little free time that I have. The first time item I received was from my lovely secret santa! I'm still yet to use this but the Urban Decay Naked Flushed Palette in Strip is beaut. Now, this is one of those items that I wouldn't have picked up myself but would use if I got it if that makes any sense lol. It contains a bronzer, highlighter and blush and I'm very excited to use the latter two. I picked up Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original which I'm yet to try but will report back when I do! I have heard nothing but great things about this primer, so I expect the very best. Their Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush in Rapture is one that was an impulse buy and I'm glad I picked it up! The packaging is so sleek and very unlike the traditional Urban Decay packaging and the colour itself is very me. I've been using Urban Decay's Eyeshadow in Riff every day for just over a month now and decided to order their Eyeshadow in Beware too which is a grey-toned brown eyeshadow. From one of my (NARS) I picked up their single Eyeshadow in Persia which is a neon orange colour. I love wearing orange-toned brown eyeshadows and I know that I'll definitely be getting some use out of this by using it softly. Another eyeshadow primer I picked up was Benefit's Stay Don't Stray Primer for Eyeshadow in light/medium. This is the best eyeshadow primer I have ever used (apart from Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige.) This dries very matte on my eyelids, so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it if you have dry eyelids but if you suffer from oily eyelids, like me, this will be the best thing that has ever happened to you. My eyeshadow lasts all day, even when my face is turning into a oil-slick pan at work. Speaking of Color Tattoos, I picked up a few more in Creme De Nude, which is very yellow based, and Creme De Rose, which is very pink based and is a dupe for MAC's Painterly Paint Pot. I'll be using these as bases for my eyeshadows, as usual. Make Up For Ever is finally available at Debenhams and I picked up myself their Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer and their Mist and Fix Make Up Setting Spray. I'm still testing these out so I don't have a verdict on them yet.

From MAC I picked up their Studio Fix Powder in NC42 and NC41 and some lipsticks. Now, I know these all may look the same in the tube but I promise you they're not! Viva Glam III is one that I bought last year but sold as I didn't like the colour but I'm ready to give it another go. Paramount and Verve are two that I have been wanting to pick up for ages but never did and I finally bought a back up of my all time favourite nude, Taupe. I have a tiny stub of it left which I was trying so hard not to use because I didn't want to have to use a back up but now I can because I have a spare Taupe!

Now, it was only right that I bought myself some brushes too. I feel as if I have enough to last me a whole lifetime now! I bought the majority of these brushes on half price during the January sales, so I can totally justify it a bit lol! The first set I picked up was EcoTools Complexion Collection which are such a pretty set of brushes! In the set are the Mattifying Finish Brush which I used to set my entire face with the Hourglass Dim Light, the Skin Perfecting Brush which would be ideal for foundation, the Eye Perfecting Brush, and the Correcting Concealer Brush which I use to apply and blend my eyeshadow primer with. The Real Techniques' Expert Face Brush is my favourite brush to apply foundation with so I bought myself a back up of it, alongside the Stippling Brush as I wanted to try it out. I also bought two of their sets when it was on for half price! I was the most excited for the Duo-Fiber Collection and so I was a bit disappointed to see that I was sent the new packaging version as I really wanted the monochrome black and white version. Nonetheless the actual brushes are great to use. It contains a Duo-Fiber Face Brush which is the exact same as the one in Nic's Picks which I also own. The Duo-Fiber Contour Brush is a bigger and broader version of the Contour Brush in the original line in the Core Collection. The last brush in this set is the Duo-Fiber Eye Brush which has quickly become one of my favourite brushes. I use this to slightly buff out any harsh eyeshadow lines and to flick away any excess eyeshadow. This is such a multi-task eyeshadow brush. The next set I picked up was the Travel Essentials. The brush I was most excited for in this set was the Multi-Task Brush which I use mostly for powder. I'd liken this brush to the Powder Brush, as it reminds me of a much smaller version of it, and the Cheek Brush from Nic's Picks but a much broader version of it. The Domed Shadow Brush is basically the perfect brush for packing on eyeshadow and last brush in the set is the Essentials Foundation Brush. This is a much thicker version of the Foundation Brush in the Core Collection. Even though I like using both paddle brushes and buffing brushes for my foundation, I think I'd only use this brush for my foundation if I had a lot of time on my hands as this brush is quite small for me to do my entire face with. Now, the next brush is a brush that I've been wanting for quite some time now. B. Blush/Contour Brush is the most perfect brush for contouring. It's an angled brush and I learnt how to contour using a brush that was very similar to this!

I did a splurge on some Zoeva brushes which I have been lusting after for what feels like years but is actually half a year lol. I bought 107 Powder Polish Brush which has quite a big head. I love using these kind of brushes for foundation so I will definitely get use out of this brush. The other single brush I bought was the 221 Luxe Soft Crease Brush which is super soft and fluffy. I obviously picked up the Zoeva Rose Gold Brush Set! The brushes are even more pretty in real life. I'm the most excited to use the 102 Silk Finish Brush as, as I said before, these kind of brushes are my absolute favourite for applying foundation with. The 106 Powder Brush is less dense than I thought it would be and would be perfect for topping up my powder throughout the day as I have the most oiliest t-zone ever. In the set are also the 110 Face Shape Brush, which is basically a smaller head version of the 102 Silk Finish Brush, 142 Concealer Buffer Brush, 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush as I love these brushes for contouring and I can never have too many of them, 227 Luxe Soft Definer Brush, 231 Luxe Petit Crease Brush and 317 Wing Liner Brush. I also bought the Rose Gold Volume 2 Brush Set as a girl can never have too many brushes lol. Another version of my favourite type of foundation brushes is the 104 Buffer Brush. I own the mini NARS ITA Brush, so I was quite excited to be receiving the 109 Luxe Face Paint Brush in this set to see how it compares as I just hate having to wash the mini ITA Brush as it's just so damn tiny. I know I will definitely be using the 126 Luxe Cheek Finish Brush for blush, as it's just the perfect size for blush. In this set, I also received the 228 Luxe Crease Brush, 234 Luxe Smoky Shader Brush, 226 Smudger Brush, 322 Brow Line Brush and a repeat of the 317 Wing Liner Brush. I will definitely be posting a review of these brushes after I've used these for a while so keep any eye out for that too!

What have you been buying this month?

Nazia xo

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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

2015 Beauty Favourites

This year has gone by so fast; it feels like it was only yesterday that 2015 had just started. This year definitely was the year that I ventured out more in the world of beauty and some quickly became my favourites.

2015 beauty favourites


I cannot praise Makeup Revolution's Radiant Lights enough! They highlight without it being too much (think 'glow from within') and they're perfect for beginners. I have the shades Glow and Breathe and my personal favourite is Breathe; you just can't go overboard with this highlighter as it's quite subtle and is more of a powder-highlighter hybrid in the sense that it still looks very natural, even when overdone. Urban Decay is a new brand that I ventured into this year and their eyeshadow in Riff is the most beautiful shade ever! It's a very very warm brown, with slight orange hints in it and has a shimmer running through it. The shimmer doesn’t translate to much on the eyelids, which I prefer as I love my matte shadows. I’ve been obsessed with this colour ever since I’ve bought it and have been wearing it non-stop. This shade looks beaut if you have a tan too (which I have 24/7 lol).

Soap and Glory is also another brand that I dabbled into this year and I'm glad I did! One Heck Of A Blot Powder is a must-have for any oily-skinned person as it mattifies and blots your skin without it looking powder-y. Another powder I've been loving, and range I've been meaning to try out for quite some time, is Rimmel's Stay Matte Powder. This mattifies your skin too and I'm currently obsessed with this! I love this paired with their Stay Matte Primer, as both help to combat any oil-liness and shine-ness I usually get within a few hours. Another Soap and Glory product I love is their Supercat Eyeliner. It took me a while to get used to it as I've been using liquid eyeliner ever since I first started wearing eyeliner. But once you get the hang of it, it's super easy to use. It dries matte too and lasts all day which is really good considering that this eyeliner costs £6.

Foundations-wise, Estee Lauder's Double Wear Foundation is the best, in my eyes, for oily skin. This foundation is very liquid-y so you do have to work fast with it. But I love using it with Real Technique's Expert Face Brush, which will always have a special place in my heart. However, once it's set, it'll stay put until you remove it! This is the most long-wearing foundation I have ever tried.

I discovered Jeffree Star through Instagram (the power of social media) and instantly fell in love with his liquid lipsticks, in particular the shade 'Androgyny' but it turned out to be limited edition so I purchased two of them. He recently announced that this shade will be made permanent for next year which I can't wait for! I have the limited edition packaging which I love but enough of all that kerfuffle because the outcome of this liquid lipstick on my lips is the shade that I wanted when I bought some other lipsticks alike and they turned out to be too light for me. Think a dusty rose shade that suits medium to dark skintones too. I love this shade and I'm so glad Jeffree Star decided to sell this particular shade.

Now, if you know me in person you'd know that I think MAC is overly hyped up (a hype that I bought into at the beginning of this year) so it seems quite contradictory that four of their lipsticks are in my beauty favourites. I find it quite hard to find nudes that are suitable for me. Some are too dark, whereas others are too light and this frustrates the eff out of me. When I become even more tanned in the summer, most of my nude lipsticks don't suit me anymore and the struggle is real. Besides the point, the MAC have some lipsticks that do suit my skintone but I do believe that they charge way too much. The first is Taupe which I've nearly finished. I've started using my other lipsticks now as I don't want this lipstick to finish. This is the perfect nude for my skintone and I looooove this. It's labelled as a matte but definitely is not a matte, more of a cremesheen. This lasts about an hour on my lips which sucks but with Maybelline's Hydra Extreme Lip Liner, it lasts 5-6 hours. The name of the lip liner is kind of ironic as it's far from hydrating but rather the opposite - matte as anything. The other three are Amorous, Persistence and Whirl!

A product that is definitely worth the hype is Maybelline's Leather Effect Color Tattoos. I use the shade Creamy Beige and it's only after using them for a year, that I've hit pan on it! I use the color tattoo as a base for my eyeshadows as I have oily eyelids and this makes sure that my eyeshadow doesn't crease and stay put all day, even during a cheeky nap! Freedom Eyebrow Pomade is one that I purchase a month ago and I loooove it. I put off buying Anastasia's Brow Pomade as it's £15 and if the colour didn't suit me or I didn't like it then I would have wasted a lot of money. I have the Freedom Eyebrow Pomade in Dark Brown which I feel is a bit light for me but it's nothing brow gel can't fix. Once this post runs out/dries out, I'll definitely purchase it in the next shade up which is Ebony. This costs just £5 and I'd highly recommend it to everyone!

My go-to mascaras this year have been Maybelline Lash Sensational and Essence I Heart Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara. The Maybelline mascara has short bristles on one side, whereas the Essence mascara only have short bristles which I feel help in making my lashes look longer and thicker.

About a month ago, I bought the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette and am so obsessed with this palette. Mood Exposure is the perfect blush shade for me and I use Diffused Light to set my undereye area. Dim Light is the perfect powder to set your entire face with as it just makes your skin looks a thousand times better while still looking like your skin! Another favourite blush of mine this year was NARS Deep Throat which is in my Virtual Domination Palette. This is a gorgeous coral-ly pink shade with some gold shimmers running through it and it would look beautiful on all skintones.

What were some of your beauty favourites of 2015?

Nazia xo

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