Saturday, 28 December 2013

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation / Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Well hello there!

Today I wanted to show my favourite (and in my opinion the best) foundation and concealer around. The NARS Sheer Glow Foundation and the Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Concealer are the perfect combination for a minimal make-up look, or when built up great for special occasions.

On days when I'm too lazy to bother with a full face of make-up, I use the Collection Concealer on its own to cover-up any blemishes (which are a constant on my face) and dark circles. This product is highly pigmented and has such a good coverage but still has a natural look. In this concealer I am a shade Light 2. Again and again I go back to this product and in my opinion it is amazing. The applicator is easy to use and great for applying under the eyes and the packaging is simple. The only thing I would change about this product is making it bigger, so it would last longer and spare me the time of going out and repeatedly buying new ones. Having said this it's a complete bargain for this kind of quality at £4.19 from Superdrug or Boots.

NARS always give amazing quality products and the Sheer Glow Foundation follows the same suit. It's a beautiful product including the packaging which I adore. It's lovely to put on and you don't need too much to have an effective look. And as the description says, it really does give a satin finish as my skin feels so soft when it's on and has a flawless quality. I bought this at the NARS counter in Selfridges for £30.00, and got skin matched as my own judgement when it comes to foundation is very poor. This foundation is in Light 4/Deauville, and again another reason why I love the NARS foundation is the names for each skin shade, they all so sound so pretty.

Thanks for reading and I would love to hear any suggestions on other foundations and concealers and any questions on these products please leave a comment xox

Friday, 27 December 2013

Naked 3 Urban Decay Palette

Ladies and gentlemen (maybe not so much), I'd like to introduce you to my new love, the Naked 3 Urban Decay Palette. Never have I see such hype about a beauty product and now I understand why as this palette is no short of wonderful. I was given this as a Christmas present from my parents along with other make-up pieces and couldn't believe they had been able to get hold of it after its release being a few days prior.
This palette is great to go from day out to night out with its 12 beautiful shades and comes with a Crease & Shadow Brush and has a rose gold theme throughout, as the tin casing suggests. The palette ranges from mattes and satins to shimmery and rose gold specked shades. From pretty pinks like Dust and Limit to beautiful deep browns like Nooner and Factory, the palette isn't short of options and one of my favorites, Blackheart, is great for definition and for a more night-out look.

The palette is perfect for people like me who aren't too out there with their eye shadows and want an understated but effective look. However it has the potential to look extravagant when blended together, such as Limit and Burnout or Nooner and Liar. It is a very natural palette but very pigmented and has an easy to blend quality. I haven't had it long but I can already tell which will be my favorites for everyday use; Limit, Trick, Nooner and Liar, although they're all beautiful.

The Naked palette's in general, whether it's 1, 2 or 3 are very difficult to get hold of due to the hype surrounding them but mine was purchased from Debenhams for £37.00, which after looking around seems like the general price but for 12 shades at this kind of quality it's a very good price. All together you have 12 lovely shades, a brush, mirror and an Urban Decay EyeShadow Primer Potion which has testers of the 4 formulas used, Original, Eden, Sin and Anti-Aging.

Thanks for reading, I'd love to hear thoughts on the Naked palettes or if you have any questions please leave a comment xox

Sunday, 22 September 2013

My Holiday To Zante

So my last post was well over a month ago, and I am feeling quite guilty, but I have a good excuse as I had been whisked away for 2 weeks to the beautiful island of Zakynthos in Greece. I was particularly excited for this family holiday, with my parents and sister because it was all about the relaxing on this holiday after a stressful year of exams and GCSE's. And this could not have been a more perfect place. The clothes I wore to go on the plane were basic and comfortable and suited the hot weather here in the UK as I left for Greece. I wore a loose grey maxi dress from H&M with a short denim jacket from Primark, Converse shoes and a black leather bag with tassels from Primark.

My family and I flew from Manchester airport for 3 and a half hours to Zante, which is renowned for it's amazingly wild night/party life down in the resort of Laganas. Having being fully aware of this, we chose a quieter village called Argassi which is further away from the party resort. This village was beautiful, set right on the coast of Zakynthos and had a very authentic Greek feel to it, which I adored. I fell in love with the place instantly, it had everything. Amazing weather, crystal clear seas, stunning views and beautiful people.

This is the capital of Zante called Zakynthos or Zante Town. It was so pretty.

We spent a lot of the holiday chilling by the pool and relaxing which was wonderful, and in the night we would go out for dinner and explore the island and our surroundings. Argassi was a busy little village, but wasn't to commercial and I honestly felt like I was in Greece and not in some place that were trying to offer me a home-from-home. I enjoyed the fact they kept everything authentic and real and I loved the people there.

Travelling around the island was beautiful
We took the bus some days down to St Nicholas beach and it was breathtaking to say the least. I've never seen such a pretty beach, with white sands and clear blue water. There were loads of water sports but it was also the perfect place to relax.  I also learned the hard way that day that if you fall asleep half covered by the umbrella and half not, you will 1) suffer extreme pain from a very large red sun burn and 2) you will look absolutely ridiculous walking around the pool the next day half skin coloured, half tomato coloured.

We wanted to see more and more of this incredible island, so we hopped onto this huge boat and traveled around the island to the Blue Caves that surrounded the island, and to Shipwreck Cove. To me, they all sounded like magical places from Pirates of the Caribbean or something but I never thought they'd be so spectacular!!

On the way to the caves and beach was just was beautiful.

There were lots of yachts already there, everything looked expensive, beautiful and flawless.
 They were beyond beautiful, especially Shipwreck Cove. I was honestly speechless as we pulled up onto this little white beach surrounded by magnificent white cliffs that towered above. The sea was freezing but so clear I couldn't even make out how deep it was. The beach was made up of tiny (although extremely painful to walk on) pebbles and right in the middle was this giant, rusting skeleton of a ship, hence its name. At the time there were lots of people there, and all I could do was sit back and just soak up the incredible views.

Although its poor quality, this is a panoramic shot of the cove from were I was sat. We were surrounded by these huge cliffs and the shipwreck was the center of it all.
It was a beautiful trip and Greece is now one of my favorite places in the world, I could so easily see myself living there when I'm older, driving around on a scooter with a gorgeous Greek boy. I cannot wait to hopefully go back in the future, or even visit some of the other beautiful islands in Greece. 

Thank you for reading, and if you want any additional information on where I was staying or anything like that, leave a comment below:) xox