Sunday, 22 May 2016

Current Favourties #1

Instead of committing to posting a monthly 'Favourites' I've decided to post my 'Currents Favourites' as and when I fancy it. So here goes the first one...


I picked up the Gucci bronzer in the shade Oriental Summer in Dubai back in April and I've been obsessed with it ever since. I tried Stacey's whilst raiding her makeup stash and immediately fell for it. I'm not gonna lie, the price tag almost put me off purchasing it. I said almost! Luckily I was with Sarah and she can be pretty persuasive when it comes to beauty purchases, thankfully. It's gives a really natural glow and colour to the skin, perfect for my pasty complexion. Gucci have created an incredibly pigmented, smooth, long lasting matte formula that I think everyone would be impressed by. I can't for the life of me find it anywhere online so happy hunting! In the same trip to Sephora I also picked up the Marc Jacobs gel Eye crayon in Blaquer. I have had a lifelong hunt for the perfect black eyeliner. Something that's highly pigmented, long lasting on the water and this is the best I've found so far. I've enjoyed using it to add intensity to a lot of different makeup looks but particularly a worn in rusty toned smoky eye. Another overseas purchase was the Kat von D metal crush eyeshadow in the shade Synergy. I picked it up in New York last Summer and I have got so much use out of it. I mean, how could you not? It's the perfect shimmery bronze shadow. It looks a little more metallic IRL than it does in the photo below. Damn camera. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that the formula is so soft that it can be prone to a little fallout.

I saw that my babe April picked up Mac's Faux lipstick a while back so when she visited it only seemed right that I purchased it! It's a beautiful muted mauve-pink in a satin finish, which makes it incredibly wearable and perfect for everyday use. Whilst in Birmingham with April, we popped to the Charlotte Tilbury counter in Selfridges (heaven). The lead Makeup Artist for the counter, Waj gave me a luxury sample of the new Legendary Lashes mascara. It's pretty legendary. It does everything that I like a mascara to do. Adds length, ups the volume and holds a curl. What more could you ask for? I definitely need the pick up the full-size when I'm next in store. I also took April and Laura to Cocktail Cosmetics during their visits and I picked up the Morphe 510 brush which is perfect for giving that blowy AF look, which I strive for.

I've recently rekindled my love for the Ilamasqua brow gel in Awe. It's a great taupe colour that helps create a perfectly sculpted, yet natural looking brow. I've had mine since it was released last year and I've hardly made a dent in it. It seems I'll have it for a lifetime (or until it dries out).

Finally, I've been loving a pastel nail. Spring/Summer comes, so out comes all the pastels. Only in nail form for me though, I'm more of a monochrome dresser. My recent favourite has been Essie's Fiji which is creamy pale pink. If you don't have it then buy it, seriously. It's great for enhancing a tan too. Which I of course don't possess. 

(L-R) Mac Faux lipstick, Marc Jacobs gel liner, Kat Von D Synergy eyeshadow, Gucci Oritental Summer bronzer & Ilamasqua Awe brow gel

What are your current favourites?

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Cocktail Cosmetics Haul: Morphe, Jeffree Star, Violet Voss & Pastello


 If you've never heard of Cocktails Cosmetics then I'm afraid we can't be friends. Their website is amazing but their store in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham is beyond your wildest dreams. They house some of the most sought after brands such as Jeffree Star, Morphe, Milani, Gerard Cosmetics and many more! You can order products online but there is nothing like a good old swatch sesh. It's a true makeup haven. I recently visited the shop with April, Laura and Sarah and this is what I picked up...

I have gone crazy over highlighter recently! My record is 4 highlighting products in one face of makeup. Excessive? Perhaps. The Morphe 510 brush is EVERYWHERE right now. Jeffree Star and Nikkie Tutorials use it in pretty much every one of their videos, so of course I needed it. It's great for adding serious, serious glow. Great quality brush for a reasonable price.

I featured the Violet Voss Holy grail palette in my last post so you're already well aware that I am addicted to it! I hate when people describe products as buttery but holy sh*t they're like butter. Seriously incredible shades too.

First row 

Second row 

Third row 

Fourth row 

I have a couple of the Pastello lipliners already and this one in the shade Mauve is by far the driest one. If I pop a lip balm on first then it's fine and I love the colour, so it's totally worth it.

I have been a fan of liquid lipsticks for years and Jeffree Star's are definitely my favourite. If you haven't tried them before then you need to have a serious word with yourself because it's completely unacceptable. His range has a mix of nudes, bolds and totally out there amazingness. I picked up the shade Doll Parts which is a wearable cool toned pink. I know that I'm going to get so much wear out of this shade. I also picked up the new shade Gemini, which is a terracotta nude. 90's grungy makeup perfection. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Get them! Get all of them!

(L-R) Pastello lipliner in Mauve, Jeffree Star liquid lipstick in Doll Parts & Gemini


Have you ever been to Cocktail Cosmetics?

Cocktail Cosmetics
26 High Street
Sutton Coldfield
Birmingham
B72 1UP
Twitter -Great for stock updates

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

What's On My Face: Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette

Ever since I saw my Queen (Nikkie Tutorials) use the Violet Voss Holy Grail palette a while back in one of her videos, I knew I wanted/needed it. It's basically every kind of shade I love, the palette is full of insanely pigmented warm mattes and shimmers. I had planned a trip to Cocktail Cosmetics on Saturday anyway so when I saw on Twitter that they had the palette in store I could've cried (pathetic I know, but seriously). As soon as I saw it I ran over and believe me, I don't run. Sarah, Laura and April picked it up too of course. I obviously picked up a few more things but you'll see that in my next post!

I'm being a bit of a tease to be completely honest because unfortunately Violet Voss have stopped supplying to international stockists! Fuming. But if you can get your hands on it then please do! You will not regret it.


Now this is A LOT of makeup but I was really inspired by this palette (and I've been watching a lot of Ru Paul's Drag Race). So brace yourself for the breakdown!

Base:
Niod Photography Fluid
Marc Jacobs Remarcable Foundation
Charlotte Tilbury light Wonder Foundation

Cheeks:
Ilamasqua Gel Sculpt in Silhouette 
Gucci Bronzer in Oriental Sienna
Daniel Sandler watercolour blush in Cherub
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal (liquid version)
Anastasia That Glow palette

Brows:
Ilamasqua Brow Cake in Motto
Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brown

Eyes:
Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
Trish McEvoy cream shadow in Glamorous
Violet Voss Holy Grail palette- Bestie in the crease, Wine and Dine in the outer corner and So Jelly in the inner two thirds (on a wet brush)
Mac pigment in Vanilla in the inner corner
Marc Jacobs Gel Eye Crayon in Blaqeur smudged on the upper and lower lash line
Loreal False Lash Telescopic mascara (no longer available)
Huda Beauty Scarlett lashes

Lips:
Colourpop liquid lipstick in Tulle (doesn't ship internationally but theres many dupes!)






*OBVS LEFT PURPLE SHAMPOO ON FOR TOO LONG*

Saturday, 7 May 2016

RI Plus, will you marry me?

I have wanted to introduce fashion into my blog for a while but have always worried that in front of the camera I will turn into a shy awkward robot. Which I kinda did to be fair, but my lovely photographer friend Nicky managed to get a few decent snaps (I think, please go easy on me its my first time!). Thanks to the fantastic British weather it was absolutely freezing and raining, excellent conditions. Bring on Summer! Anyway, onto the clothes.

When River Island announced they were bringing out the RI Plus range I was a little excited to say the least. Then when I saw Candice Huffine modelling for them I knew I would want everything. Around the launch date I was saving up for my upcoming holiday so I didn't make any orders but I happened to be in Birmingham the weekend after so I just popped in to have a browse, you know just for fun/window shopping/teasing. I tried on the navy tapered trousers, striped asymmetric top and the blue trench. It was love at first sight. Quality and fit are sometimes compromised with plus size clothes unfortunately, but not with this range. I genuinely had a smile on my face in the changing room. To find timeless, high quality, on trend pieces IN STORE for a plus size woman is a rare occasion! I usually have to rely on ASOS. I am going to stop gushing now and show you the actual clothes. 

What I'm wearing






What's your favourite piece from the RI Plus range?
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