Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Beauty Swap With Pixi Picks

A couple of months ago I did a beauty swap that was organised by the lovely Kat from tales of a pale face. This was actually my second beauty swap, you can see the first here. I love beauty swaps! It's so nice to share some of your favourites with someone else and maybe receive something you would have never picked up yourself. I swapped with Charley from the blog PixiPicks, you should check her blog out! I think it's wonderful. We decided on a £20 budget which I thought was a good amount seeing as we could have a little mixture of products. Seeing as she worked in beauty PR she sent me quite a few extra goodies which I appreciated a lot! 

I've had everything for quite a while now so I can give you mini reviews of everything! The first thing I received was the Rimmel Scandeleyes Eyeshadow Stick in Bluffing. I mentioned this in my last blog post. I've pretty much been using this everyday since the swap. It's a gorgeous shimmery champagne colour that I pop all over my lid. If you're looking for something that lasts all day definitely give this a whirl. There's one other colour that I have my eye on but I'm on a 'spending ban' ;)

The next product I got was the Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Pencil in Light it Up. A lovely bright red shade. I purchased two of these before the swap and was regretting not buying this shade. I'm so glad that she included this! They're not quite matte (almost there)- because of this they feel really nice on the lips and aren't drying. They last for quite a while too! Would totally recommend.

The next three products were the BarryM Gelly Hi-Shine in Sugar Apple, Maybelline Baby Lips Electro in Pink Shock and the Rimmel Volume Flash x10 Mascara. I found all three of these to be quite disappointing. I was expecting so much more from the Gelly Hi-Shine due to the amount of hype around them but it applied really streaky! I didn't quite get the baby lips hype as you can see from this post. The electro's are a bit better than the originals, they have more colour but the feel of it is just not what I like in lip balms. They're not moisturising enough for me and a bit slippery feeling. The Rimmel mascara was just not as volumising as it states, I struggle with mascara! What are your favourites? would love some recommendations. 

The rest of the products were the extra goodies. The products I am yet to try are the Suti Cleansing balm, So body fragrance, Retractable brush, Elemis Enzyme peel and the Weleda Cleanser/Toner. I'm particularly excited to get into the enzyme peel as I've heard so much about it! The ones I have tried include the Aveda Eye Definer in Juniper, Dior Addict Fluid Stick Sample and the DHC Cleansing oil. I really like the cleansing oil, the eyeliner is not as creamy as I'd like and I'm not really into bright glossy lips hence not liking the brighter fluid sticks! Maybe I'd like the nude shades? 

Have any of you ever taken part in a swap? If so, link them up! I'd love to have a peak.
I just want to say thank you to Charley for doing this swap with me! It was really fun to put together!x

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Current Highstreet faves

First off I'd like so say a massive sorry for the lack of posts and my image quality! It's winter, my camera's terrible and unfortunately I can't be blogging all the time (as much as I'd love to!) Over the past month or two I've been reaching for pretty much the same products when I'm wearing makeup (bar the lipstick, I can never wear one shade for two months straight- what can I say, I'm not loyal!) All the products I'll be sharing are available to purchase for around the £5 mark making them super affordable! 

The first thing I'll start off with is the NYC Smooth Skin Sunny Bronzer. A super hyped product that in my opinion deserves all the freaking hype it gets! I always thought that this wouldn't show up on my skin tone but I was completely wrong! The amount of pigment this bronzer has is perfect on my tan skintone. It can be built up or sheered down. It's a lovely matte finish and just all around brilliant! The colour leaves my skin looking gorgeously bronzed. 

Another product I've been loving is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. I've actually been picking this up instead of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer! I prefer it on an everyday basis as it's a lot more liquidy (Is that a word even?) and has slightly less coverage. It's really easy to blend and might just be my all time favourite concealer?! 

I have a lip combination I've been loving! I'm not usually one to mix lipsticks but I thought I'd make use of the Revlon Matte Lipstick in Mauve It Over that has been sitting in my makeup collection for quite some time now! I never used it as it was way too light for my skin tone. I thought of mixing it with a dark colour in the form of Maybelline's Colour Drama Lip Pencil in Berry Much to create a gorgeous plummy pink colour. I think it makes my lips look a bit more plump and more Kylie Jenner-esque!

*inserts a random silly picture with the lip combo on as I forgot to take one*

The final product has actually made me like eyeshadows! *happy dance* I received the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow Stick in Bluffing  in a swap I did a couple of months back. I never actually managed to do a blog post on it! Oops! If anyone wants to see that post let me know! I was never an eyeshadow girl and don't think I ever will be. On an everyday basis I'm into a wash of colour. It needs to be quick and easy! This product does just that! It's a lovely shimmery champagne colour that is very easy to apply and blend. Guess what? It lasts all day!! My eyelids are very oily and this does a brilliant job at keeping the oil at bay especially when paired with the NARS Eyeshadow Primer! Would recommend it to all! The shade range isn't amazing but I really want the bronze shade they have.

What have you beauties been loving from the highstreet/drugstore recently? I'd love to check some more products out ;)


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