Thursday, 19 February 2015

Estee Lauder 'Pure Color Envy' Lipstick Review

Anyone who knows me knows how ridiculously obsessed I am with lipstick, especially a good nude! I recently purchased the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy lipstick in the shade 'Insatiable Ivory' and wanted to do a quick review:

First off, packaging! This lipstick has a nifty magnet in the lid, so no matter what angle the put the lid on the magnet snaps it into place which I quite like. I also like the shiny, pretty bullet. Having said that, it's a bit unexciting... I didn't feel like I'd just bought an expensive lippie. 

Next is the colour. I styruggle to find nudes that lighten my lips like I want, as I have really dark plum coloured lips naturally and everything always appears darker on me. The pigmentation of this lipstick is pretty good, though. Very creamy and wearable, which I liked! I didn't use a lip liner and probably wont in the future with this, either. 

It's almost a little bit coral on me, though just enough to give it a colour. I usually prefer a pinker undertone to my nudes, so I was a bit miffed at the orangey nudey colour. Having said that, I actually quite like it on! It's very flattering and easy to wear.

It's certainly pigmented enough to cover my purple/reddy lips, which I was impressed with, and I think it photographs really nicely too. As for longevity... well, I tend to re-apply every couple of hours or so anyway as lipsticks never stay on me all that long (I talk too much!) but it didn't stain my teeth or go icky at the edges of my mouth, and it re-applied nicely on top of the leftover lipstick, always a bonus!

I probably wont get any other shades in this range... I just haven't fallen in love with it as much as I hoped. However, I'm certain this lipstick will get used up, and I'd recommend it to anyone with dry lips who like a nice, light, daytime corally nude!

Meli x 

My Favourite Drugstore Foundation / How to Fake Great Skin!

Oh heeeeeeeeey

Today I want to show you how I put on my foundation, as it's another thing people constantly ask and comment on at work. I do not have good skin! I rarely get blemishes, but I have very uneven colouring and I'm quite oily. I also have pores on my nose, wah! But this method of applying my foundation tricks people into thinking I have great skin. And they never say 'you're foundation is amazing' - they always say my SKIN is! I definitely put this down to my application method which I thought I'd share today :)

Firstly, one of my all time favourite foundations is... No7! I have access to a lot of premium brands and I've tried a lot of different foundations, but I always seem to come back to this one. It's absolutely perfect to wear in the day, the only downside is it has serious flashback issues for nights out. Oh well, can't have everything!

I use the shade 'Cool Vanilla'

Aside from the actual product itself, I really like the packaging because as you use up the product you can see how much you have left. It also means I get to use up pretty much every drop in the bottle! AND it's really affordable, at only £13.50. No7 consultants can match you to your perfect shade, so if you're unsure ask one of the advisor's and they'll choose the right colour for you - for free! *gasp*

To apply my foundation I always - ALWAYS - use two brushes. Now this might seem like a faff to you, but I do this for a couple of reasons. 

Firstly, longevity. I have oily skin which means products have a tendency to slide. Using two brushes, one to apply and one to buff, means my make-up stays on longer as it's worked into the skin.

Secondly, it makes the foundation look flawless, seamless, and airbrushed. I can't stand foundations that sit on the skin and look masky!

Thirdly, you can see more clearly where you need that extra coverage. for me it's always on my jaw and nose as I have extra redness there. Only applying extra where you need it again means I'm not wasting product and looking cakey. 

The two brushes I absolutely love to use for this are both by 'Real Techniques'. One is the angled foundation brush, the other the buffing brush. 

I've had these brushes for about 2 years now and they're still in great condition. Obviously I take care to clean them when they need cleaning and look after them, but at such an affordable price they've held up just as well as my more expensive premium make-up brushes. 

I apply my foundation by using the flat foundation brush to get the product all over my face, then I use the clean, dry buffing brush to buff it in. It takes me about as long as probably using your fingers take, and looks infinitely better! Once it's all buffed in, I go back over with the flat foundation brush in any areas that need a bit more coverage. Easy peasy!

Muuuuuch better!

After all my make-up is finished
It does picture really beautifully in the day, just be wary of flash photography with this foundation as it has an SPF of 15 and you make look a little ghostly!

Meli x 

How I Do My Brows

A lot of people have been asking me about my brows at work recently so I thought I'd do a blog post on it!

As a natural redhead who dyes her hair a darker shade of red, it took me a while to find the right products, shades and technique to use daily to fill in my brows. I'm reasonably happy with how they look at the moment, though I'm sure I'll change my mind at some point! 

At the moment I like a nice, defined brow and that's definitely in style at the moment. I like a clear, defined arch, but hate the scouse brow look!

The products I use currently to do my brows are the MAC angled 266 brush:

It's a nice, sharp, tightly bristled brush that I personally find easy to use and clean!

I've gone between pencils and powders in the past to fill in my none existent brows. At the moment, I absolutely love a good powder - I'm finding pencils trickier to use as they don't fill in my gaps very well! I use the Smashbox Eyebrow Trio in Auburn:

Well loved! On the left, a light and darker shade of auburn, on the right is the setting wax
Smashbox advise to use the wax first to set the brow hairs into place before going in with the lighter powder to shape, and lastly using the darker colour to define. However, I've found mixing the two powders together is easier for me. I've also replaced the wax with a cheap and cheerful clear mascara which I use to comb through my brows to set the hairs after I'm done filling them in.

Brows before. (I tint my brows, they're as invisible as my lashes otherwise! I don't bother tinting my lashes unless I'm going away, I just slather mascara on them)
I give my brows a much higher arch to frame my face and darken them quite a bit as my hair is dyed darker than my natural shade and I put a lot of black mascara on! I also extend the length of my brow so it fits my face better and gives me a more heart shaped appearance.
I've been defining them even more recently for work using a hightlighter to daw around the outside of the brow and neaten them up a bit. I absolutely love the Estee Lauder BB Highlighter Pen for this! 

I also use this under my eyes, down the centre of my nose, on my chin and on my forehead for a bit of highlighting. I loooove this! It's easy to use, a great colour, the coverage is good, it doesn't look cakey, it's a tiny bit luminescent... it's just a great product! A good drugstore dupe is Rimmel's 'Wake Me Up' concealer. I use this sometimes too!

So yeah! That's how I do my brows... for the moment!
Meli x