Sunday, 19 October 2014

What's On My Face #9

It's been a long time since I've done one of these! But today I will be showing you what's on my face. I didn't really have a set look in mind when doing this but it turned out slightly autumnal. 

I always start with my eyes, so I made sure they were primed for shadow with Urban Decay's Primer Potion before applying M&S's eyeshadow in Taupe all over the lids. This is such a simple easy colour to wear all over the lids everyday. I then blended a tiny amount of the Maybelline Mono Eyeshadow in Chocolate Chic in the outer corners for a bit of definition. No surprise which mascara ended up on my lashes as it's the only one I buy these days, that being the Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara. I did pop a bit of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeliner in Nude on the lower lash line to cancel out any redness. 

Generally a pretty simple face look, I took one pump of the Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Light Porcelain and did some blending work with my fingers to even out my complexion. Bit of powder through the t-zone using Soap and Glory's One Heck Of A Blot and the Real Techniques Powder Brush. Still have an ongoing love affair with my Stila Colour Me Pretty Palette, as the eyes were quite neutral I added the end shade Petunia for a brighter pop of colour of the cheeks. Finally I finished everything off by swiping on the Revlon Matte Balm Stain in Elusive which is a gorgeous neutral but slightly darker pink and is a great way to transition into the really dark fall lip colours. 

Have you tried any of these products?

A Staple Stripe

Another rare fashion post here on Beauty Babbles today, showing you one of the staple prints that's always in my wardrobe. Stripes are a classic and are so easy to pair with jeans, skirts, coats, scarves, need I go on?! 

The three staple stripes that have made their way into my wardrobe this fall are this blue and white stripe long sleeved top from H&M. This is perfect for days when the sun is out but it's not quite t-shirt weather, those awkward times where you want to be covered up but not full on coat times. I love the soft material of this and my go-to outfit is simply this and black jeans. Easy, done. 

Next up is another H&M buy, something a bit more smart. Although on the picture this looks black and white it's actually navy and white striped and has gold buttons on the shoulders. You really can't go wrong with a simple stripe tee like this, and it's great for days when you want to look a bit more on the smart side without going full shirt and blazer. 

Finally a lovely cozy stripe jumper in the form of this grey and white top from Gap. I love the ribbed sleeves of this, and the thickness just makes you feel so nice and warm for the much colder days. Gap are so underrated I think as a shop and I find I often manage to bag some great bits from there. I can't wait to where this when the temperature drops and feel all toasty. 

Do you have a staple in your wardrobe? 

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Brands That Bring It: Lips

Today I'm going to be starting a new series called 'Brands That Bring It'. The series is going to be split into different categories e.g Lips, Face, Cheeks, Eyes etc. I'm not sure when the next post will go up as these posts require quite a lot of trial and error with products however today I am going to be having a good old rave about a brand I think bring it to the makeup world in terms of lips. 

When the Revlon Lip Butters finally came to the UK years ago I went a bit crazy for them, and overtime have managed to acquire 6 - Peach Parfait, Candy Apple, Macaroon, Sweet Tart, Juicy Papaya and Berry Smoothie. The reason I love these so much is because they really pack a punch in terms of the brighter colours yet still manage to be moisturising on the lips. The packaging of these is also super cute and they do look rather nice lined up in my makeup collection. The only downside to these is that in the hotter months they do have a tendency to make themselves into a melted mess (juicy papaya has paid numerous visits to the fridge to reform!). 

Another one of my Revlon loves comes in the form of their Balm Stains. I bought Crush which is one of the original formula Kissable Balm Stains when I was feeling adventurous about trying a dark lip, and was so impressed that Lollipop soon made it's way home with me. These really show their strengths when you have to wear them for a long time, and they even last through eating and drinking which is incredible. The original formula start off fairly shiny on the lips but slowly disappear leaving a long-lasting stain on the lips. For example, if I wear Lollipop on a night out even after a proper makeup removal the colour will still be there in the morning. I recently picked up one of the Matte Balms in the colour Elusive which is a gorgeous everyday colour and again functions like the original formula apart from applies and dries matte, but still doesn't feel drying on the lips. 

The most recent release from Revlon in terms of lips is the Colorstay Moisture Stains. I picked up the colours Cannes Crush and New York Scene. These have a similar applicator to the YSL and L'oreal Stains with the product in a slight dip in the middle. The colour choices for these are amazing and they really dispense plenty of colour onto the lips. I've not really had a chance to test these for wear time but the colour and finish of them are great from what I've seen so far. I apologise for the length of this post, I suppose I really do have a deep love for Revlon lip products! 

Have you tried any of these?