Monday, 2 March 2015

The Budget Buy: Collection Eye Shadows

In my book you can never have too many eyeshadows in your life. You may have a few similar in your collection but if you're a beauty addict like me then you'll notice the differences and that brown shadow isn't just a brown, it's a browny taupe with a hint of a pink toned shimmer, if you get my gist. I'm all for high end shadow's and I definitely won't deny that I'm not prone to (or obsessed with) a Urban Decay, NARS or MAC eye shadow but there's always room for a budget and not bank breaking beauty introduction into my collection. 

When it comes to the brand Collection, the only thing I can say I've tried is the concealer everyone has in their collection. Yes that's right it's the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer that's so highly regarded in the blogger and vlogger community and rightly so, it's something special trust me. But I'm not here today to talk about the wonders of their cult concealer as I'm sure you all know about it already. I'm talking about a few of their other wonder products across their brand and it's a current favourite product of mine, eye shadows. I love having a palette in my collection, there's just something more special about having a collection of shadows in one place. It makes applying shadows easier because there all in one place and usually the shadows work well together and of course it's a whole lot more portable and so great for travelling as you still get a whole lot of choice - bonus! Saying that though, palettes can be so expensive and so do you really want to risk travelling with some of your high end palettes and risk dropping them and opening up your beautiful palette to a smashed up mess? I don't think so. Budget shadow's aren't only good for that though, they're not bank breaking so it's not the end of the world if you don't like them, but don't worry, I've tested these ones out for you so you don't have to and if your a nude/brown lover like me then I think you'll be a fan too. 

My favourites from the Collection range are The Work The Colour Nude Eye Palette* and the Eyes Uncovered Palette in Nude Bronze*. Both beautiful beautiful palettes, that are great for a sweep of colour and can be smoked up a little to add some more drama. They last well when used with a primer and honestly I have no complaints. They are so cheap I honestly don't know why I haven't tried these before. The mini palette's pictured are also great, all direct you how to use them so if your an eye shadow newbie then these are perfect for you! Budget shadows, great quality and so easy to use... What's not to love. 

Have you tried any of the eye shadows from Collection?    

Lorna x

Sunday, 1 March 2015

The Ultimate Party Collection: Wild About Beauty

I took a bit of a break from the party scene post-christmas. I'm turning into quite the grandma often choosing a night in curled under a blanket instead of going out and drinking the night away. The student in me seems to have disappeared but if you asked me this a couple of years ago the answer would have been the complete opposite and would have sounded a little like 'pass me a drink, I'll down it, then get ready' but I mean it was freshers after all and that's allowed then right? 

The one thing I do miss though with not going out often is the makeup. Oh the night out makeup. The time of day when you can get away with going a little heavier on the smokey eyes, applying a super bold lip and having a glitter nail - ALL AT THE SAME TIME. Yep. It's that time when you can be a little bit more experimental and I always feel like getting ready to go out is a kind of ritual. I'll go through my skincare routine as though it's a little pamper sesh and then I'll take excessively longer to perfect that glittery smokey eye then only to get drunk and mess it up later. I don't know, but there's just something so satisfying about the process. I've taken to using this process now if I've got time before I pop out to a blogger event or for dinner as a night out now is few and far between. WHAT'S HAPPENING TO ME? Grandma alert. 

But like I said, I love applying makeup for a night out, I equally love getting my hands on new bits perfect for this as there's just something that bit more special about 'going out' beauty. Wild About Beauty have got us covered with these additions to their range. I got my hands on the Nail Colour in Lauren*, the most perfect glittery gold polish I've ever seen, the Nutrilips Colour Lipstick in Cherie*, the red lipstick we all need and the Nutrilips Balm in Hannah*, we're talking a wash of deep colour that doesn't dry our lips out.

These are the products that'll have you party ready but they're not too much to the point where there defined to that. The lip products are hydrating so you can get away with them for day wear too and that's great in my books and when glitter is concerned, well, when isn't it a good time to wear glitter? Never. That's right, never. 

I'm really impressed with the Wild About Beauty range, I've really liked one of their palettes in the past and these have totally met up to my expectations. Really great quality products and I really like the slick purple packaging. 

Have you tried Wild About Beauty before? 

Lorna x

Friday, 27 February 2015

The Game Changer: Inika Mineral Blusher

I go through phases of loving and hating adding a bit of colour on my cheeks, I think it's because I get fed up with the shades I'm using. I'm a serial blush user, I'll find one I love and I'll keep on using it until I'm fed up and I think it's blush I'm fed up with when in actual fact it's probably the shade or the formulation. I've always been a cream blush kinda gal, so when this came into my life I was pretty sceptical which was why it stayed in my stash for quite a while when for some reason, one day I decided it was the day to try it and I fell in love. Perhaps it's my love for orange toned eyeshadows at the minute that helped along with my love of the Inika Mineral Blush in Blooming Nude* but there was something about it that just worked you know. If you've spied my recent influx of selfie's over on my instagram page then I'll let you in on something, I'm wearing this blush in every single one of them. It's that bloody good that I don't even care about my usual issue of over wearing because you know, some products are just worth the pain. Applied with the matching Inika Vegan Blush Brush* with a swipe of The Body Shop's Shimmer Waves in 02 over the top. It just looks so blooming good. If you're stuck in a bit of a Blusher rut then I'd totally recommend this one to get you out of it. I've got the rest of the shades on my wish list because I need these gorgeously pigmented and easy to blend blusher's in my life. All of them please. The absolute blush dream, trust me. 

What's your favourite Blusher?

Lorna x

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

A Mini Beauty Haul

Being a beauty blogger we all know how obsessed I am with beauty, but through writing about it I am so privileged to be sent a lot of products which often stops me buying a lot myself, as my budget has changed since being at uni, and I often have to think whether I buy that new YSL lippy or pay my rent. That real life shiz you know. So it rarely comes that I'll pop into Boots and actually pick up a few bits and not just browse. 

I recently finished my dissertation and after spending all day every day in the library and spending money solely on croissants and peppermint tea to fuel me through the day, I thought it was about time I was a little bit spendy and picked up a few bits to treat myself. Now I thought about going overboard, and trust me, I can't even believe I restrained myself enough not to, but these were the few bits that made the cut and honestly, I'm very happy with them. 

First up, I popped into Liberty and I've been a fan of the Aesop Parsley Seed range, namely their Parsley Seed Mask, for a long time now. I used to do that thing where I'd pop in, have a chat with the sales assistant and ask for a sample of it and that was where the obsession began. It works, Aesop are the brand I've found to be the most generous with samples, none of that snooty business you get from other brands, they just fully understand that you'd want to try before you buy. After picking up quite a few every time I was around a counter the novelty kind of wore off and I ended up either not being around a counter or honestly, just not being bothered to go through the spiel from the brand when I already know that I bloody love the product. I went without it for a while and I can't tell you how much my skin missed it and I couldn't find anything cheaper that would come close, so I kind of just thought stuff it and I bit the bullet and picked up the full size and I'm so happy that I did. This mask is amazing. Life changing in fact. Perfect for a pamper sesh. 

As if that wasn't enough, I was feeling some Boots haulin'. I wanted to pick up a lot but there wasn't really anything that stood out to me really. I wanted to pick out something for my brows to try and steer myself away from my love of the HD Brows Kit and so I just had to pick up the Soap and Glory Archery Brow Stick in Chocolate and I'll vouch for what people say, it's better than you can imagine. Onto the last product, something that has been on my wish list for the entire time I've been blogging and I really don't know why I waited this long to pick it up. There's just something super satisfying about a palette. Hence my love for the UD Naked Palettes, I wanted to get a few more bargainous palettes in my collection and a few other shades that I wouldn't usually use. I picked up the Sleek Storm palette that everyone and their dog has but you know, I just needed it too right? I had my eye on the deep green in this palette and although I haven't tried it out yet, I still cannot wait to sweep this shadow on my lids. 

I picked these up a while ago and I can't help but feel that it's time to get haulin' again. What beauty bits have you been picking up lately? 

Lorna x

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Sponsored Video: YSL Luxurious Mascara

Cara Delevingne is totes the model of the moment and I'd give anything to trade places with her, she's such a beauty! So if there's something that'll help me get a little closer to achieving the signature 'Cara' look, then I'm all in. YSL have teamed up with Cara again to promote the latest offering from their beauty range and it’s another makeup addition I just need in my life.

The YSL Luxurious Mascara gives you that false lash effect, without the need for the faff of wearing false lashes. I’ve got quite a few of them in my stash but there’s just something I find a little odd about wearing them. Perhaps I haven’t quite found the right pair yet, but with mascara’s like this I find I don’t need to. The formula works similarly to the other mascaras in YSL’s range with the usual triple film complex staying the same. I’ve heard a lot about this complex working really well and that just boosts this product higher and higher up my wish list. Alongside that mascara works to intensify the eye look by putting all the attention to bold and long lashes but makes sure that it stays put. None of that mascara flaking off during the day, it actually lasts.

It takes a lot for me to want to defer from my usual mascara choices, I mean once I’ve found one I will stick to it for a long time but there’s just something about Cara’s gorgeous lashes and what the YSL says the mascara does that just makes me need it in my life and like the name says any product from YSL is luxurious and that makes me want their entire range anyway and the definite reason I picked up their Rouge Volupte lipstick and Touche Eclat all that time ago, and I still love them today. YSL are the kind of products you want to take out with you and show off while you’re topping up your makeup in the bathroom. Great products and the most beautiful packaging I’ve ever seen. The YSL Luxurious mascara is at the top of my wish list and I just need it in my life...

Lorna x

*This post was sponsored by YSL but as usual all the views represented are my own!

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Where To Eat in London: Pancake Day at The Diner

I know, two post's in a day? Unusual but let's just say I'm spoiling you. I didn't want to deprive you of those beautiful Bourjois Eye Shadow Crayons and well, let's just say this post NEEDED to go up as soon as possible, because there's a bit of a ticking clock on it. 

I'm not usually one for pancakes but as soon as I saw the specials for Pancake Day one of my favourite restaurants ever had on offer, well I just couldn't refuse and the fact that you could only get it for a few days only made me want it more. 

The first straw was the gorgeous image of the red velvet pancakes they were going to serve. And that was the point I just had to go, they looked amazing and I needed them in my life. I don't know why but I just did. Then entered the rest of the images of the other pancake offerings they had and the Reece's Pieces Pancakes with Chocolate Sauce, Peanut Butter Chips and Peanut Butter Ice Cream was well, just needed. I'm a nut butter fiend, well anything nutty, and so I had to get this right? Stuff the healthy eating plan when there's a chance to get these in your belly... 

Again, much like not being a massive pancake fan, I usually have to be in the mood for them which is pretty rare, I'm also not that much a fan of sweet food but by god, these were amazing. Normal American style pancakes with the peanut flavours coming from the chips and ice cream, chocolate sauce and dusted with icing sugar. Can you tell I loved them yet? 

The only thing I found a little disappointing was that it wasn't exactly like the dreamy pancakes shown in the image advertising them, although I honestly can't say I mind as these were delicious none the less! Can I go back to yesterday and eat them all over again please? 

Luckily, it wasn't just a special for pancake day and you can get your hands on all of the pancakes specials until Sunday the 22nd! Trust me, you just need to get down there and try these babies while you can. Make a trip of it and pick up a burger and some fries too (The hanger fries or the garlic butter fries are my total favourites and the chilli cheese fries come highly recommended from all of my meat eater friends). The Diner is a total favourite of mine and I'm forever going to the one just off Carnaby St. Completely recommend!

Have you been to the Diner before? What did you do for Pancake Day?

Lorna x

Quick and Easy Eyes: Bourjois Colourband Eyeshadow Crayons

I've got a few eye shadow sticks in my collection, but for some reason I never reach for them. I'm all about the Urban Decay Naked Palettes or a few of my NARS shadows but the rest rarely gets a look in. Enter the Bourjois Colourband Eyeshadow Sticks* and everything changed. 

I'm all for ease. If anything will make my life easier then I'll be all over that and I'd like to say that's fairly visible with my 'The Lazy Girls Guide' series. Beauty Hacks, oh yeah. The shadow crayons are a one swipe wonder with their pigmentation. It's honestly beautiful, but there's one that just made me fall in love with the collection and I've basically used everyday since. 

The collection features a range of shades: 01 Noir Abstract; the blackest black you will ever see, 02 Brun Dadaiste; a deep brown great for smoking up an eye look, 03 Beige Minimalist; an inner corner highlight that works with ANY eye look, 04 Rose Fauviste; a rose gold that dreams are made of (and my absolute favourite of the collection), 05 Mauve Baroque; a gorgeous mauve and probably one of the more interesting shades of the collection and 06 Gris Graffiti; another favourite to smoke up an eye look, perfect for in the crease and outer corner. 

These can be used as an eyeshadow or an eyeliner, they last forever and they can be smudged before they set. They last so long that actually I love using them as a base for powder shadows. As you can tell Rose Fauviste is my absolute favourite. Not really a rose gold kinda gal, but there's just something about this shadow when it's applied to my lids. It changes everything. I have a combo that's heavenly with this shadow, but I'll save that for a separate post, because trust me, it deserves it. You can use them on their own if your really short of time, apply to the lid like you would a crayon and blend and then you're good to go, it literally takes seconds. 

I'm in love with these babies and they're a regular feature (daily, definitely daily) in my makeup bag and I really can't see them disappearing any time soon. The shades are so versatile there's always something you can go back to using. Easy to apply, amazing pigmentation and long lasting colour, what more could you want? Can you tell I love them yet? 

Have you tried these? What are your favourite Eye Shadow Crayons? Would love to try more!

Lorna x