MUA HAUL & SWATCHES

I think I have a problem. I’m obsessed with MUA cosmetics.

I haven’t had a good splurge in a while and decided last week that I needed ( or should I say wanted? ) some new eyeshadows. As usual, I got a little too carried away and ended up adding a few more items into my basket. The total cost of what you’re going to see in this blog post cost me less than twenty pounds which is money well spent in my eyes!

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How pretty are the eyeshadows? I love the colours and I like that they all compliment each other beautifully when blended together. I thought the pinks and browns would be a nice change for the Autumn and Winter months. They are very pigmented and long lasting and blend like a dream. I might do a little tutorial with them over the next few weeks with some pictures to show you just how good they are.

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I’ve had my eyes on this baked bronzer for a few weeks now. I’m really into products that add a little glow to the skin and this is perfect for doing just that. I love the different tones in the bronzer and the dewy shimmer it leaves on my skin.

I already own a highlighting powder from MUA in the shade Pink Shimmer which I love so it was only natural that I would want to try out the other shade. I find the Iridescent Gold much more intense than the Pink Shimmer highlighter. I’m a big fan of the gold shade but I do think it is a little too shimmery for everyday wear. I’ll only be reaching for this on those special occasions!

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Can we all just take a moment to appreciate the Lilac Belle shade? I haven’t stopped wearing this lipstick. It’s the most adorable colour I’ve ever seen.

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Finally, we have two newly released Luxe Lip Laquers in the shade A Flush and Serene.

I’m sorry that I don’t have swatches of the lip products but I haven’t had the time to try all of them out and the lighting drastically changed while I was finishing off taking these photos so it would of been a difficult task getting some true to life colour swatches. Don’t worry, I’ll be writing a more in depth review of these products with swatches sometime in the next week.

If you’d like to try out some MUA products make sure to check out their website http://www.muastore.co.uk/

If you haven’t tried out this brand, make sure you do! You won’t regret it.

ESTEE LAUDER – HIGH INTENSITY LIP LAQUER SHADE: VINYL ROSE

Good morning!

How are you? I hope that you are all keeping well and having a lovely day.

About one year ago I was lucky enough to win an Estee Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Laquer in the shade Vinyl Rose. The gloss retails at £21.50 and is available in a wide range of colours. I was very happy to have won it because it isn’t something I would of picked up myself due to the heavy price tag. As much as I love high end products, they are a very rare treat and when I do have a little splurge I tend to opt for foundations as my skin is very problematic.

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As you can see from the picture Vinyl Rose is a delicate and deep pink rose colour. I wouldn’t really describe the texture as a gloss. If I had to describe the consistency I would say it feels like a creamy lipstick that has been blended and put into a tube. I seriously adore it. It is highly pigmented and gives a rich opaque finish in one single coat. Despite the heavy coverage this gloss gives, it feels very lightweight on the lips.

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The soft and delicate colour makes it a great option to wear with a whole variety of looks. I find that the colour is very natural looking and would compliment many skin tones. The staying power is impressive, I can eat and drink while wearing this and it doesn’t fade away. I can easily go 3-4 hours without needing to reapply.

The wand in the tube makes application very simple. It is small, but the shape is perfect for my lips. I never have any issues such as the wand wiggling around making application messy, it is a well built wand and applies very precisely.

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Here is a swatch of the lipstick. In both pictures I’m only wearing one layer of Vinyl Rose. As you can see, the texture is very thick. The finish is creamy and dewy, not too glossy and not drying at all. The gloss leaves my lips feeling so moisturised.

I’d definitely recommend this to every lipgloss/lipstick addict. It’s perfect and one of my favourite ever glosses. I’ll probably end up treating myself to another shade at some stage.

You can purchase this gloss here: http://www.esteelauder.co.uk/product/647/27108/Product-Catalog/Makeup/Lips/Lip-Gloss/Pure-Color/High-Intensity-Lip-Lacquer/index.tmpl

Have you tried out this? What are your fave lip products?

AUTUMN IS COMING: AND I’M LOVING CANDLES

This post is completely random. But my blog is here for me to write and share my thoughts no matter how random they are, and I thought I’d share with you one of my obsessions.

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Candles. The big ones, the small ones, the scented ones, the tall ones. Every kind of candle I am more than happy to have in my life.

I don’t know where my obsession with candles came from. Growing up I was terrified of them because I was always told by my parents that candles instantly caused very dangerous fires. As the years have passed by and I’ve grown up, I’ve realized I have nothing to be afraid of. Candles are only dangerous if you’re careless. You should always take extra precautions when you’ve lit a candle.

Now that Autumn is approaching my house is beginning to fill up and overload with every kind of candle you could possibly imagine.

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I think my very favourite thing about them, is the ambiance they create. I find that if I light a few candles, especially on a dark and cold day, the feel of the room completely changes. I feel much more relaxed, comforted. The room feels homely and warm. I love how these simple candles add a little extra happiness into my day.

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I always try to pick up scented candles as there is nothing like coming into a room that is filled with the scent of your chosen candle. My current favourite is a set of red berry tealight candles that I picked up from Poundstretchers for £0.99 :-) I’ve got quite a few candle holders too, most of them are in a shabby chic style which helps the candles to blend in with my decor; that is another thing I love about them, you can buy so many different candle holders that suit your style to place in your home. I have a few by my fireplace which look delightful with the rest of the decor.

Basically.. I just bloody love candles.

Do you?

MAKEUP REVOLUTION LIPSTICKS – FELONY, DEPRAVED AND IMMORAL

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I picked up three Makeup Revolution lipsticks earlier this year. At the time I was going through a phase of creating unusual looks with make up and when I seen these bright and vivid colours priced at only £1.00 each I knew that I had to try them out.

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I have to be honest with you and say that I have had issues with the packaging. The lids tend to come off as soon as I pick them up and the bullet inside isn’t very secure and wobbles around which can make application a little tricky. If you depotted the lipsticks into a palette then these problems would be solved, so I guess it isn’t a huge issue and I do hate to complain since the price is so low but I had to mention it.

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So here are some swatches! We have Immoral, a light baby sky blue. Felony, a pale pastel yellow and my personal favourite; Depraved, a cool deep violet.

The lipsticks aren’t terrible but they aren’t anything special either. Immoral and Depraved give satisfactory results. Felony on the other hand, is dreadful.

I’d describe the texture more like a thin balm rather than a creamy lipstick. The coverage is sheer and requires a lot of coats to build up to an opaque finish. With the yellow colour, Felony, I find it a struggle to get anywhere near opaque. Felony is very patchy on my lips and even with concealer/lipcote/powder underneath I just can’t manage to get a good finish. My lips always look transparent and uneven which is a shame as the bullet is so vibrant and appealing.

Immoral and Depraved seem to work much better for me, though they can be slightly patchy.. but with 5 or so layers I can manage to build up a strong colour which lasts for around an hour before needing to be reapplied. If I use a lipstick sealer, like Lipcote, the lipstick lasts around 3 hours which isn’t too bad. If you want to try these lipsticks out and plan on wearing them for more than an hour, then I would say Lipcote is essential to keep the lipstick locked on your lips.

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I’m unsure if I’d repurchase any of these colours. Yes, they are only £1.00 and the results are reasonable but I would rather spend my money on something that actually works and leaves me feeling completely satisfied.

This review is pretty negative, and I’d just like to say before I wrap it up that I am a fan of Makeup Revolution and don’t feel this way about all of their products. One of my current favourite nude lipsticks is by this brand and I find it very impressive for the low price. I’m just not a fan of these particular lipsticks.

What brand would you recommend for unusual colour lipsticks? Have you tried out Makeup Revolution?
 

 

BEAUTY ITEMS I’M LOVING THIS MONTH

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Well hello to you :-D 

How are you keeping? I hope you’re having a relaxing and fun bank holiday weekend. I’ve been keeping myself busy. I’ve spent a very long time on the internet though which has left me with a bit of a headache. I’ve been searching around for presents for my partner. I think I might do a blog post on what I got him once they have all arrived and his birthday has passed, because I know a lot of people have trouble finding gifts for the man in their life.

 Well, let’s get started; Here are 5 beauty items I’m loving this month with short reviews :-)

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Soap & Glory Fabulipstick – Blush Pink

This has been my favourite lipstick for the last few weeks. I seriously can’t get enough of it. I love the smooth and velvety matte finish it gives. The colour is very pretty and different to most others I own. I’d describe the colour as a muted pinky plum. It has a slight vampy feel to it, but a natural vampy feel that isn’t too harsh to wear during the day. The colour is very flattering against my very pale skin but also works rather well with when I’m wearing fake tan. The smell is yummy too, very powdery and sweet.

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MUA – Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder in Pink Shimmer

My skin is very oily, so usually when I do my make up I will try to keep my skin looking as matte as possible. But lately, I’ve been using this highlighter on my cheekbone area as I find it really brightens up my face and adds a subtle glow that looks lovely against the matte finish of my skin. I love that this highlighter is in powder form, as it is very easy to use and blends like a dream and doesn’t feel heavy on your skin. At £3.00 this is definitely something worth picking up. 

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Taylor Swift – Wonderstruck Enchanted

I adore this perfume. If you’re looking for a scent that is feminine, very sweet, and long lasting then this is the one you need. This perfume may be too sweet for some, but for me it is perfect. I love the sugary fruity notes mixed with the smooth florals. The perfume is long lasting on my skin ( 4-5 hours ) and slowly fades into a soft sugary vanilla scent. This perfume has become one of my all time favourites and one that I’ll definitely be repurchasing when I run out.

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Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Peel Off Face Mask

If you read my blog regularly then you probably know I have very oily skin. But, the strange thing is I also have dry skin around my t-zone which can be very noticeable. I used to use a face scrub to exfoliate my face to remove the dry skin but then I learned that exfoliating the skin on your face can be very damaging if your skin is sensitive, so I threw away the face scrub and haven’t touched it since. I have to admit I loved using the face scrub because it did a fantastic job of removing the dry skin, and I was gutted that I had to stop because I thought I would never find anything that worked as brilliantly as the scrub .. but then I was recommended this face mask and I’m so happy I purchased it.

The face mask has a very clean and fresh scent. The texture of the mask is very thick and gloopy which can make it a little difficult to work with. I use around a tablespoon and apply it over my face while my skin is dry, concentrating mostly on my t-zone. After around 15 minutes, the mask will be dry and ready to peel off. I love the result it gives, my skin looks clearer and as I’m peeling away the mask it removes a lot of my flaky skin. I’d highly recommend. Very budget friendly too at around £2.99 :-D

MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT APPLY THIS ON YOUR EYEBROWS AND PEEL IT OFF. If you get the mask on your eyebrows, use warm water to wash it away. I accidentally got some on my eyebrows and pulled the mask off which took part of my brows with it. I was so frustrated because I had spent months growing my eyebrows out. 

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Imperial Leather – Foamburst ‘bewitching blackberry & wild fig’

I’ve already reviewed this body wash in the past, you can read my full thoughts here: http://beautyadoration.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/imperial-leather-foamburst-body-wash-review/ Basically, this is 40 luxurious showers in a can. Very different to the usual body washes that you’d pick up. A lovely little foamy treat that leaves you clean, leaves your skin soft and makes you smell delicious. 

What are your favourite products this month? I’d love to know! Have you tried anything that I’m loving?