Friday, 22 March 2013

NOTW: Half Moon Manicure

If you haven't heard of, or even seen a half moon manicure then where the hell have you been?! Half moon manicures have been all the rage for the last six months and seen on celebrities like Rihanna, Beyonce, Dita Von Tease and Lauren Conrad to name a few. The half moon manicure consists of two contrasting colours on one nail. The first colour is the shape of a half moon and usually is on the cuticle end of the nail. The second colour covers the remaining nail.

In my opinion, half moon manicure look best when the half moon is a metallic varnish like sparkly gold and the remaining part of the nail is a pastel colour like a Barry M's Mint Green (pictured above). I really like the look of this manicure as it's simple but looks great. It's actually easier to create than I first thought but you definitely need some patience.

What do you think of the half moon manicure? Have you ever tried it?

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Sleek MakeUP Review: True Colour Lipsticks

Ever since discovering Sleek MakeUP I have well and truly been in love with the brand and all their products. I am yet to try out a product that I don't like. Recently I found myself trawling the Internet and ended up slap bang in the middle of the True Colour Lipstick section of Sleek MakeUP's website, how I ended up there I will never know. But anyway, I was immediately drawn towards the beautiful shades of 'Loved Up' and 'Tangerine Scream' at £4.99 each. I bought them and twiddled my thumbs for a couple of days until they arrived at my door.
'Loved Up' is a beautiful pink shade with a blue undertone. It applies gorgeously as the formula for this lipstick is really creamy. The colour is so pigmented and leaves a lovely sheen on the lips. I find that when applying this lipstick, using a lip brush is wise and you should always blot with a tissue. I find that I have to reapply 'Loved Up' around about every hour but I'm a reapplication addict, I reckon that this lipstick could last more like 5-6 hours before the colour fades completely, if not a bit longer. I put this down to how pigmented the colour is. For removal, I just wipe over my lips with a wipe and it tends to remove most of the colour from my lips but I do find that it stains a little.

'Tangerine Scream', I'm sure you can guess, is a bright orange colour. The formula for this lipstick is the same as 'Loved Up' so I would recommend applying it with a lip brush and blotting afterwards. I find that this colour doesn't stain my lips as much as the other one but it is just as pigmented. I also love the packaging of the lipsticks by Sleek MakeUP. They come in their own individual box with a swatch of the colour on the front. The lipsticks packaging itself is lovely with a matt black background and contrasting shiny, black imprint of the brand name. This brand is worth all the hype that their products get and I look forward to getting my hands on more of their products.

Left: Loved Up
Right: Tangerine Scream


Tuesday, 19 March 2013

My Everyday Makeup

On an everyday basis, I don't like wearing too much makeup. This collection might look like quite a lot but it's a very natural look. I can suffer with quite problematic skin so tend to spend a little more time on my base. I keep my eye makeup very simple with a little mascara and eye liner. My lips again, are kept very simple with a slightly tinted lip balm to keep my lips smooth and soft.

Before applying any makeup, I apply my Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel which came as part of a trio with a cleanser and toner. It applies beautifully and allows my makeup to glide on effortlessly. Next, I apply my Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer (review here) and my Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat (reviewed here).

Next I apply my foundation which is L'Oreal Infallible Lasting Perfecting Foundation in the shade Porcelain and I apply this with my Real Techniques foundation brush. Next I fill in my eyebrows with Sleek MakeUP's Brow Kit. I then set my base with Rimmel London Clear Complexion Powder and apply my bronzer to my contours using an angled brush. I then apply my new favourite blush, Sleek MakeUP blusher in Rose gold (reviewed here) with my Real Techniques blush brush.

Next, I apply my Urban Decay Big Fatty Mascara which is my favourite mascara at the moment. I sweep this across my upper and lower lashes for length and volume. I then apply my Barry M Super Soft Eye Crayon to the outer third of my waterline. Next, I apply Benefits Sun Beam to my cheek and brow bones. I then apply Nivea Soft Rose Lip balm (reviewed here) and away I go.


Friday, 15 March 2013

Pearl Drops Hollywood Smile: Update after 3 weeks

Apologies for forgetting to update my blog last week but thankfully I remembered in time to take a quick snap of my teeth so you can all see how Pearl Drops Hollywood Smile is working. Although these pictures aren't the best, I can say that I am definitely seeing a difference in the whiteness and shine of my teeth.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Let me know what you think ...

Friday, 1 March 2013

Pearl Drops Hollywood Smile: Week 1

If you haven't seen last weeks Pearl Drops Hollywood Smile post click here.

After using Pearl Drops Hollywood Smile for one week, I c haven't seen a huge difference but I can see that the whitening toothpaste is starting to work. I'm still happy using the toothpaste as it keeps my mouth clean and minty fresh, but I find that it doesn't froth up very much which I don't know if I like. Below are the before and after pictures. Let me know what you think.

After 1 week of use

(Note: Next time I will try and take better pictures for comparison purposes.)

Sleek MakeUp Rose Gold Blush Review

For absolutely ages now I've been trying to get my hands on Sleek MakeUp's Rose Gold blush but every time I've gone into my local Superdrug it's been out of stock, which has just confirmed to me that this was a blush that I had to have in my life.

I have a couple of Sleek MakeUp products in my collection but honestly this is a brand that I hadn't really heard of until late last year but I'm delighted that I have. You can check out my review of my first product from Sleek MakeUp in my Lipsticks of the Moment post.

Anyway, back to the blush. Rose Gold is a colour that has been really popular recently in the fashion world, with rose gold jewellery being everywhere it was merely a matter of time before the make up industry jumped on board. This gorgeous blush is a beautiful shade of rose pink with delicate specks of golden shimmer which leaves a beautiful finish to my everyday make up look. It is definitely my go to blush at the moment. This blush is beautiful all year round but I feel like it would look lovely in the warmer months with the sun reflecting of the golden shimmer.

Another thing I love about this blush is that the packaging is divine and without sounding cliche, it's very sleek. It very much reminds me of the Nars' packaging which I love. I would recommend this product a million times over and really look forward to trying more of this brands products.