Daily Look #18

Quick post detailing my outfit today- I rather liked it! Nothing too special happened, just a morning getting my feets looking perdy and then an afternoon teaching, with an impromptu trip to see a friend’s covers band playing in the nearby town. The outfit I’m wearing in the photos was what I had on all day, I simply added the scarf and my fake Docs to go to t’pub.

I’m wearing a new favourite top, which is my Captain America vest from the Primark men’s section. Anyone who knows me, knows that I love the Cap. He is one of my favourite superheroes of all time (and yes, I love Chris Evans’ Cap too, and thought The Winter Soldier was one of the best superhero movies to date!) so this top was perfect, and I love the loose fit it has. I’m also wearing Primark camo leggings, a New Look cardigan and an amazing ASOS scarf I got before Christmas that has an all-over bat print!

Here’s a better picture of the scarf- I love it! It’s quirky and a really easy way to inject some ‘Goth chic’ into an otherwise mundane outfit (though the Cap could never be mundane!). I also wanted to show you guys one of my most loved little necklaces- the tiny little one you can see here is actually a bat necklace from Alchemy Gothic. The product name, I think, is ‘Om Strygia’ and I bought it from the Alchemy stall at Bloodstock last year, so I didn’t get it quite full price. It’s beautiful and surprisingly sturdy.

Finally, I thought I’d show you a better shot of my make up for the evening! I was washing all of my brushes today after a long period without them, so I applied everything with my fingers (except my shadow, my powder and my blush, I applied these with spare/unused brushes!). I do occasionally apply my foundation with my fingers, and I find some products actually go on better this way, especially my Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation. Anyway, this evening I used:

  • MUA Undress Your Skin Flawless Primer
  • Along Came Betty The Prime of Your Life (I apply this one with my moisturiser, and then my MUA primer just before my foundation)
  • Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin in Light Beige
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light
  • Maybelline The Matte Maker in Classic Ivory
  • ELF Studio Golden Bronzer (to contour)
  • MAC Sheertone blush in Pinch Me
  • MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder
  • FashionistA Custom Eyeshadow in School Days and Black Out (School Days on the lid, Black Out along the crease)
  • P.S. Love felt eyeliner pen
  • Urban Decay 24/7 pencil liner in Zero
  • Boots 17 Blow Out Mascara in Blackest Black
  • Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brown
  • MUA Lip Liner in Red Drama
  • MAC Viva Glam Rihanna lipstick

I then set everything with a couple of quick sprays of Urban Decay De-Slick. It all stayed in place for most of the evening, though I had to give myself a quick powder towards the end of the night because it was soooooo hot in the pub, I started to melt! Luckily the foundation seemed to stay in place, and I topped up my lipstick even though I really didn’t have to. I’m really impressed with everything I bought the other day, and I must quickly say: every time I use the Primark eyeliner pen I am blown away!

Have you used any of these products? What do you think of my overall look this evening?

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A Few New MAC Bits- Review (+ Illamasqua Scarab)

As we saw, one of the places I spent a bit of (the most) money in London was Selfridges Beauty Hall. On my shopping list was a few items from MAC and a new nail varnish from Illamasqua!

I now have six Illamasqua nail varnishes and honestly, they are some of the best nail varnishes I have ever tried and well worth the fairly substantial price (at £14.50 a pop)! They last for ages, they are pretty easy and trouble-free to apply and they dry super quickly. The new shade I picked up is called Scarab, which is a beautiful metallic red- Illamasqua describe it as a ‘Deep Ruby Red’.

Please excuse the messy application, but isn’t it beautiful? It is such a perfect shade of dark red, I’m in love!

As I said before, I bought four new bits from the MAC counter: Sheertone Blush in Pinch Me (£18), Eyeshadow in Sable (Frost, £12.50), MAC Viva Glam Rihanna (Frost, £15) and MAC lipstick in Myth (Satin, £15).

Here they are all together! You’ll see in the swatches in a bit, but the photo really doesn’t do either Sable or Pinch Me justice- Pinch Me is a beautiful, deep peachy pink and Sable is the most gorgeous metallic bronzey brown.

The top swatch is Pinch Me, the bottom is Sable. For a Sheertone, Pinch Me is really nicely pigmented and it blends out as much or as little as you’d want it to. I think it’s very flattering on my skintone and is pretty much exactly what I wanted from my first MAC blush, so I’m happy! And I know Sable is probably one of the best known MAC shadows, but it’s so pretty! A beautiful, almost antiqued bronzey brown and great by itself on the lid for a quick work look. Great pigmentation and a lovely texture, this is one of the best MAC shadows I’ve tried.

Here are Viva Glam Rihanna and Myth with their tops off (ooh, cheeky!) for you to see how they are in the tubes. The colour is pretty much as it looks here when swatched, and Rihanna is a Frost so has a bit of glittery shimmer- but it’s much less than you’d think!

Here they are swatched on my hand. Both wonderfully pigmented, with a good texture and both are also really comfortable on the lips. Myth works well for my skintone- at first I was worried it looked a bit ‘concealer lips’ but actually, when I got used to it, it’s lovely! I wanted a decent nude for work and I think this fits the bill. Viva Glam Rihanna is also beautiful, and the Frost finish makes it that much different that it warrants a place in my collection. It’s blue-toned so doesn’t make my teeth look yellow and both lipsticks have decent staying power- though, obviously, they need topping up after a few hours and definitely after eating or significant drinking. However, VG Rihanna especially fades really nicely, especially when used on top of a lip liner.

Here’s a quick face I did using Pinch Me, Sable and Myth yesterday. The overall look (complete with my now signature thick cat-eye liner) is a bit more 1960′s than I would usually go, but I actually really like it for a change!

Here’s a bit of a closer look at both my eyes and my cheek. I think you can see here how pretty Sable is on my lid- it blends out really nicely and I think whilst it would look lovely paired with other shadows- maybe Club in particular, or an MUA browny-colour I have that’s about two shades darker than this- it looks really good by itself. This is also Pinch Me applied and blended out- it’s a very, VERY sheer wash of colour here, but tonight I managed something a bit more punchy and I will show you in another post!

Also, here is a bonus very rushed and very flashy (sorry) shot of my outfit yesterday, which I have entitled Big Cat Overload. Although, the Lion King shirt from Primark is one of the best things EVER.

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What’s in my Make-up Bag

My makeup storage has changed recently. I’ve still got my Ikea Skubb boxes in my top drawer holding most of my makeup, but I also now have an acrylic holder and display setup for my lipsticks and nail polishes respectively. I still keep my bases, primers and lipbalms in the pink basket on my dressing table, but I’ve now taken to keeping a makeup bag with my general day-to-day makeup in there, as well, ready to pick up and take with me if needs be. It’s pretty much full of products to do an everyday, natural make up look, ready for work. I can then mix and match other products as and when needed. The make up bag I’m using is my cat-face bag from Primark last season- it’s a decent size and the lining is a bit padded which keeps all the products inside safe when my kit is shoved into a bag.

These are my current go-to products! The MUA Undress Your Skin Flawless Primer is definitely a favourite of mine. I know some people don’t like to use silicone based products, but I feel like I need the finish this gives. Without it, my makeup looks really, really cakey and this keeps it smooth, matte and velvety. I’m still on the market for my base-to-end-all-bases- I thought I’d found it with Bourjois 1,2,3 Perfect, but I’m no longer so enamored with the colour match, and I thought I’d found it with Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow, but I think that’s such a light coverage and gives such a dewy finish it’s only for really good skin days- and I’m hesitant to say it, but I’m so far really impressed with Maybelline’s SuperStay Better Skin foundation. I have the shade Light Beige, which is a really good match for my tricksy skintone, and the coverage is great- medium to full, buildable and it definitely covers all my blemishes and redness well. I then buff in Maybelline’s Matte Maker powder because when I don’t have powder, it’s only a matter of minutes (it seems) until my nose is shinier than Rudolph’s and all my make up is melting off. This is the shade Classic Ivory and again I can’t fault the colour match, and it seems to do what it claims so- so far, so good.

I do own and use the much-lauded Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, but recently I’ve been lusting after something different for under my eyes because sometimes the Lasting Perfection concealer can feel a bit thick, and settle into my lines (oh God I have lines now?) a bit. Benefit’s Fake Up in Light has been really nice, so that’s in the bag currently. I’m also loving Maybelline’s Brow Drama sculpting mascara in the shade Medium Brown for my eyebrows, which I get regularly threaded or waxed. This offers me exactly what I need- I have pretty thick eyebrows, so I don’t need much in the way of filling, just taming. I’ve spoken before of the miraculous discovery that is P.S. Love eyeliner felt tip from Primark, and I can’t speak too highly about it. It’s wonderful, really the best eyeliner pen I have ever used and I have used a HUGE amount of eyeliners! I team this with Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Zero on my bottom waterline. I have pretty watery eyes and this pencil stays more or less all day with the minimum amount of smudging or movement from my waterline. Mascara-wise, I like either (or sometimes both) Collection’s No Clump mascara in Black, and Company Lashes. Company Lashes was a freebie with Company last month and I’m so annoyed that when this is used I won’t be able to replace it, because it’s a truly wonderful mascara.

Here I have an MUA matte eyeshadow (can’t remember the shade) and MAC eyeshadows in Cranberry and Club. They’re not necessarily in my ‘everyday’ makeup bag, they were the shades that I wore yesterday so were in the bag when I photographed it! However, I am so in love with the Shading and Blending brushes from the Models Own 5-mini brush set, and the ELF Studio Complexion Brush for on-the-go powder top ups.

Do you use any of these products? What’s in your makeup bag?

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London Haul & a Couple of Outfits

I missed putting together outfits and showing them off on here. Is that ridiculous? I’m sitting here watching (and LOVING all over again) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and going through my photos choosing what to post and what I will write about them! It’s silly what you miss about blogging but there’s something so familiar about sitting down and doing this again. I’m very, very grateful that I’m able to do this once again!

First thing I’m going to show you is an outfit from a few weeks ago.

I’m sorry for the rubbish light- that was taken at my Nan’s house and when I was still trying to get to grips with my new(ish) Samsung Galaxy S4. It’s one of my new favourite pieces, being a t-shirt dress/tunic from Primark with an all-over Marvel comics print. I love it so much! I’m so excited about Primark’s new Marvel comics licensing, and the top is so comfy and fits me so well to boot. I’m wearing it with an open New Look cardigan and black New Looks leggings, and believe I wore some fake Docs from ShoeZone as well!

This was my makeup look that day (and pretty much a standard makeup look in total, really). I can’t remember all of the products I used here, but I know that the lipstick is my new(ish) Revlon Matte lipstick in Really Red (love!) and that the eyeliner I’m using on my top lid is my new secret champion and Holy Grail product- P.S. Love felt tip eyeliner from Primark! Yes, I’m not kidding- Primark. It costs £1.50 and is the BEST eyeliner I have ever used. I’ve already bought back ups (as you will see shortly) because it doesn’t smudge, it’s SO so black, it’s easy to use and it lasts all. Day. Long. No joke.

NOW! London Haul time!

So, this past three weeks have been the Easter holidays for my mum and I (we work at the same private school and got nearly four weeks off, not bad!) and we were planning an Oxford Street trip for a while. Yesterday, we went and I had evil intentions to spend in Selfridge’s Beauty Hall and Primark, amongst other places. Apart from picking up one thing in Superdrug, these were the only places I spent, so not so bad! I’ve done so much overtime lately, and did a whole week of babysitting for a family from school which earned me a nice bit of extra money, and whilst I’ve been relying on retail therapy a great deal in the last month or so, I wanted to treat myself to a few bits.

Let’s have a look at what I wore, first, because I was really excited about this outfit (how sad is that, haha!).

Sorry about the flash! You can’t see in this photo, but I also wore a flower crown with eyeballs in it! Haha, I actually got so many compliments on this bonkers combination, it made me feel really good about it. I’m wearing a basic vest-dress from Primark, with a long, fringed kimono (also from Primark, in the beachwear section) on the top, New Look leggings and fake Docs. I love kimonos, they’ve become a bit of a new ‘thing’ for me. They go with most outfits and let me wear things I’d normally be uncomfortable with. The studded bag is also from New Look and was a Christmas present and is a new favourite. I tend to alternate between this bag and my skull-embossed number from Primarni.

Can you see the eyeballs in the hair crown? How cool is that! I kept on getting double-takes from people as  I walked down the street, and the lovely lady that served me at Illamasqua thought it was amazing. I bought it from the Black Rose in Camden, which stocks pieces from Dollies little Folies, a super cool little accessories brand handmade by the lovely Dollie Daniels. She does all sorts of quirky, macarbe things, like hair flowers with skulls or heads in, and they’re really good quality. Well worth a look if you’re in Camden! As far as my makeup goes, I wore my current default base (Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin foundation and Matte Me Powder), with Soap & Glory Love At First Blush and MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighting Powder. I also used a few more current/new favourites, being the P.S. Love felt tip eyeliner pen, Urban Decay Zero eyeliner pencil, Collection No Clumps mascara and Company Lashes mascara (No Clumps first, Company Lashes second) and Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brown. I also wore MAC Candy Yum Yum (because it’s Spring!) and used MAC Club on my eyelid, blended out with MAC Cranberry, though you can’t really see that!

So, what did I buy?

First stop (after Superdrug but I haven’t photographed that, that will be in a ‘recent drugstore purchases’ post!) was Primark, where I spent the princely sum of £24. I picked up two t-shirts- a Lion King one and a DC one with Wonder Woman, Batgirl and Supergirl on it- an on-trend pair of nineties style sunnies (though I bought them cos I like them, it was much less about being trendy…) and some cute glittery butterfly lights for my room. I also stocked up on P.S. Love eyeliner!

We then popped into Selfridges, where I had a mental shopping list and headed straight for Illamasqua, followed by MAC. Not pictured is a late birthday present for my mum, which was Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Wolf.

For myself, I picked up a nail varnish in Scarab from Illamasqua, and then the MAC Viva Glam Rihanna lipstick, MAC Myth (which is a Satin finish) lipstick, a Sheertone blush in Pinch Me and an eyeshadow in Sable (Frost finish). I’ll have a review post up soon, with swatches and a look for you.

Mum and I then walked up Argyle Street and made our way over to Chinatown for some dinner. We ate at the London Chinatown restaurant -aptly named- which we’d never tried before but was pretty delicious! I had Kung Po prawns, mum had Chicken in Black Bean and we shared some stir fried veggies, plain noodles with beansprouts and egg fried rice. It was far too much really but we’d had nothing else to eat that day and it was a nice treat. Whilst in Chinatown, I popped into one of the little shops and got the most amazing thing ever!

The biggest box of Hello Panda cookies I have ever seen! Hello Panda are ridiculously addictive, I first tried them when I was at University and my God they are good. I tried putting my hand next to them to give it a bit of perspective, but I’m not sure how well it worked, so here: have a lovely, blurry photograph of my face to show it better!

So big, but so good!

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And she’s back!

HI GUYS!

It has been so long since I last posted here. You can probably notice some differences, first and foremost- I have renamed the blog, designed some new headers and purchased my own domain!

Fat Fashionista was no longer cutting it for me- the blog was turning into so much more than just a plus sized blog, and I actually felt that I didn’t fit into the PSB community. I also wanted to rebrand myself in the Alternative community as I think I fit more and more with them than the more mainstream bloggers- though I do love me a mainstream beauty and fash blogge! So, the first thing was the name switch. Choosing a blog name in the first place is such a tricky decision; I know that sounds like such a stupid thing to say, but it’s true! You want to try and sum yourself up and keep it snappy so that people will remember it. ‘Smaugish’ is something I’ve been using for a while- it sums up the fact that I am a bit of a geek, and also that I like shiny things and horde pretty things just like Smaug in The Hobbit, so I am a little bit Smaugish!

Designing my headers was something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I’m practically illiterate in terms of coding and web design, so I’ve used picmonkey (an amazing website) for these. I think they look pretty good!

I might post a quick life update, explaining my extended absence, but from now on in you can expect me to be posting as regularly as my job allows! I’m going to aim for a few weekly posts, including Music Mondays, What I Wore Wednesdays (though I’m hoping to still do more-or-less Daily Outfit and Make Up posts) and Fitness Fridays.

Thank you for sticking with me, and hope to see you again!

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Fat and Unlucky

That seems to be my theme at the moment!

 

I am currently without a camera, Fat Fashion Fans, and my trusty iPhone has broken, meaning I have only half the photos for Part Two of my summer round up! I truly am having the worst luck right now.

 

However, I think I’m going to crack on and get some sort of Part Two post up for you, and then do a post of my September favourites using stock photos from websites (all products/brands will be credited accordingly). It’s not ideal but what can I do!?

 

Hopefully I will be able to sort this soon. I have lots and lots of posts to do!

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The Big Fat Fashionista Summer Roundup- Part One: Beauty!

Summer Beauty Empties and Favourites

HELLO, FAT FASHION FANS! I’m back, with a vengeance. Did you miss me? I promise that I will post more now, it’s been a long, long summer of working, MA dissertations and frantically doing lots of other bits and pieces. But now I’m settled in a new job (more of that later!) and I’m getting a bit more used to my new routine.

Now, time for the long-awaited, long promised Summer beauty overview!

SUMMER EMPTIES

I used a lot of products up over summer: so much that I think it would have been ridiculous to photograph and post in detail on every single one! Plus, I wasn’t very organised and before I knew it many of the empties had been disposed of. However, I have a few products in detail that are either amazing and I would recommend over and over again, and a couple that are not so great.

MUA Matte Perfect Foundation in Natural, ELF Mineral Primer, Soap & Glory Feel Good Factor, Nivea Sun lip care, ELF Wet Gloss Lash & Brow clear mascara, Soap & Glory Night in Shining Armour  night cream, Boots 17 Blow Out mascara

Soap & Glory Night in Shining Armour night cream

You will see this in my favourites down a little bit- I LOVE THIS NIGHT CREAM. I’ve been on the hunt for a night cream for so, so long, and after trying a few disappointing ones I wasn’t sure which way to turn. Of course, it ended up being old, ever-trustworthy Soap & Glory for me. I got this night cream for my birthday in May, and with the exception of a couple of days here and there (like at Bloodstock) I’ve been using this liberally and religiously every single night after cleansing and toning, all over my face and throat, and it’s so lovely and only just got used up last night. Makes my skin feel so soft and lovely, without edging too far towards greasy. I’m panicking a little bit, though, because I haven’t been able to make my way towards a bigger Boots store for a while and I can’t find it in any of the smaller ones: it would be just my luck for me and my skin to fall in love with a product and then for it to be discontinued!

Boots 17 Blow Out Mascara

This is an awesome mascara, right up my street. I like big, sooty, almost-clumpy lashes as much as I like the super defined ‘false-lash’ effect, and this gives me the first one brilliantly. Not quite a dupe for Bad Gal by Benefit, but getting there! It lasted for quite a while, too. I’m not going to be running out and getting another one immediately, simply because I have a drawer full of mascara that I need to try and use before they get too old and need to be thrown out, but I will probably buy it again in the future.

Soap & Glory Feel Good Factor, SPF 25 facial moisture lotion

I love this moisturiser. I love the fact that it has SPF included in the formula, and I like the way it makes my face feel. It’s really good mixed in with a primer, or (to be honest) used on its own if you don’t mind a bit of a dewy look, which was obviously great during the summer. I will probably buy it again in the future, but at the moment I’m trying Benefit’s Triple Performance Facial Emulsion, which is more expensive but honestly when it comes to my skin I’m willing to pay a little more for a product if it works well.

ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer

This is probably one of my favourite primers of all time, and this bottle lasted me for-bloomin’-EVER! Do you remember ages ago when I included it in my empties? Yeah, I discovered that it still had some left in the bottle, and that empty one you see in that photo is the SAME ONE I was using at the beginning of the year. It’s just brilliant. It’s silicone-based, so if you have problems with that it won’t be the primer for you, but for me it’s perfect. Keeps me relatively matte, makes my skin feel velvety soft and helps my base to last. Excellent! I’m a little disappointed with my new bottle, however: the pump won’t work! I have to screw the top off and take some out with my fingers, which isn’t very hygienic, but as long as I remember to use my anti-bacterial cleanser on my hands before I apply it then it’s not too bad.

MUA Matte Perfect Foundation in Natural

This is the biggest disappointment of the bunch, and if I’m honest this isn’t even empty. The first thing I have to say is that the branding/name of the product is a blatant lie. It does not keep my skin shine-free or matte at all- it’s one of the dewiest foundations I own, so I have no idea what MUA are on about! Second, the colour range wasn’t great- the lightest was far too light for me, and this one is just a smidge too dark, but during and after my holiday to Spain it was okay on initial application. However, it oxidises after a ridiculously short length of time and I’m really not a fan of the Tangoed look. Not impressed, MUA, and I shan’t be buying this again!

Nivea Sun lip care SPF 25

Not too sure if I like this or not. It did the job well- protected my lips from the sun and all – but it wasn’t particularly moisturising or caring to my lips.

ELF Wet Gloss Lash & Brow clear mascara

ELF are so hit and miss that I’m not sure if this was the product in general, or just a bad batch. All in all, this wasn’t very impressive. Didn’t seem to do much to my lashes or my brows, and certainly didn’t really keep my brows in place in the morning. I tried applying it before I applied a pencil or a powder, and after, and then both, and still: nothing.

EMPTIES NOT PICTURED

Soap & Glory Foam Call body wash

I love this body wash. It makes my skin feel soft and squeaky clean, and it has a lovely, sweet and fruity scent- the typical Soap & Glory scent, really. I have another bottle to use up, and then I think I want to try another of their shower/body washes. Sugar Crush or Clean on Me, I think!

Tesco Wake Up Tea Tree & Mint shower gel

This is a good, every day, I-need-another-kick-up-the-bum early morning shower gel. A nice, cheap alternative to the Original Source one, it has the same tingly, wakey-wakey effect and the same super-clean smell and effect. I’m using the Lemon one now and I would probably re-buy these to use for an everyday, super-quick before work shower, or even to keep in my kit bag for after a swim/gym session.

Head N Shoulders Apple Fresh Shampoo

I bought this to use on my blue hair, to try to fade it as much as possible and keep the length. Alas, it was not to be, and I’ve lost basically all of my hair- more on that later! This shampoo is reasonably nice, though, and the smell is lovely. Proper fruity, juicy apples. Might use this as a post-swim shampoo, unless I finally get round to dying my hair.

Marks and Spencers Formula SPF 50 sun block

This was the sun cream I used on holiday and during the summer. We technically used two bottles of this up, plus a random one we bought out there that I have no idea the name of. The Formula sun blocks are really nice, non-greasy and moisturising, and they sink into the skin really well. We used the spray bottle, which made it easier to apply, but we also had a squeezy tube and that was fine. I would recommend the M&S range completely!

 

I’m going to keep the ball rolling and immediately go into…

SUMMER BEAUTY FAVOURITES

I wore a lot of different stuff over the summer, going through everything from a neutral eye, to a bright punchy eye, right back into my goth super dark and smokey black eye look, coupled with different lips and blush/bronzer combinations. These, however, are my clear favourites- including a couple of skincare items.

FashionistA blush palette, ELF 32-colour eyeshadow palette in Everyday, MAC Matte lipstick in Candy Yum Yum, Nivea Pure & Natural Milk & Honey lip balm, M&S Formula SPF 50 Sun Stick, Boots 17 BB Cream in Light

Nivea Pure & Natural Milk & Honey lip balm

I kept this in my bag for most of the summer, and used it even when I had the SPF one on hand. I love the scent, the way it makes my lips feel- it’s just a fantastic lip balm.

M&S Formula SPF 50 Sun Stick

This was perfect for tucking into a small clutch or inside my everyday make up bag all summer long, for sun block touch ups on my face after a dip in the pool, the sea, or just on days spent out (cough Terra Mittica and Aqualandia cough). It’s a little scroll up stick of sun block, similar to a lip balm and as you can see it’s not much bigger than a lip balm! It is a bit sticky, but it rubs into the skin perfectly and again could be used before moisturiser or primer in the mornings, under make up or even on its own.

Boots 17 BB Cream in Light

Kay, so this smacks of subscribing to the hype, but I must admit of all the BB creams I’ve tried, this is the only one that has impressed me. It’s the perfect halfway point between foundation and tinted moisturiser, so it doesn’t feel too heavy and gave me just enough coverage on my holiday or on the hotter days when I felt I wanted to wear a base, and also saved me from having to use a concealer. The colour match is pretty good, too; though it actually blends in so well I’m not sure that would have mattered too much! It lasts a respectable amount of time too.

ELF 32-colour palette in Everyday

I know it sounds weird for me to put this in my everyday pick, considering all of the many eyeshadows and palettes I have to choose from. But this is a surprisingly good little palette, and I’ve used it so much over the summer! The colours aren’t that bad – the lighter mattes do suffer, as expected – but it is really good for an everyday eye look. They last decently with a primer too.

FashionistA ‘The Fat Fashionista’ blusher palette- Paris, Rome, Amber Glow, Glowing

So this is my FashionistA custom blusher palette! I love the FashionistA products- you’ll see that I’ve made myself a couple of eyeshadow palettes too – and these blushes are ridiculous for the price. I’m sure they still have their 4 shadows and a palette for £7 and 6 plus palette for £10 deal going. Anyway, these blushes and bronzers are super pigmented, soft and pretty long lasting. I’ve swatched them for you to see how pretty!

FashionistA bronzers in Paris, Rome; FashionistA blushes in Amber Glow, Glowing

I’m not sure which is my favourite- probably Glowing for its subtlety. But both of the bronzers and both of the blushes are beautiful, slightly shimmery but incredibly wearable.

MAC Matte lipstick in Candy Yum Yum

love this lipstick. Absolutely love it. I only have it because I was naughty whilst I was waiting in Gatwick for my plane. I didn’t know that the airside Duty Free at Gatwick North Terminal had a MAC counter- now, it’s officially my favourite airport! Anyway, I saw the MAC counter beckoning me for a cheeky breakfast-time-swatcheroo – it was silly o’clock in the morning, probably around 5:00-5:30 am – and before I knew it I was walking away with Candy Yum Yum in my hand. It is the best pink ever, neon, blue tinged, beautiful. It is a matte formula so of course it’s not the most hydrating, but I actually don’t find it too uncomfortable or draggy. I took my MAC Saint Germaine with me on holiday but the poor little thing barely got a look in- it was CYY all the way! Look at this swatch:

It’s beautiful, and I think it actually looks really great against my skin. I even think I’ll be able to wear it when I’m a lot paler in the winter time, too.

B. Pure Micellar Water cleanser, Soap & Glory Night in Shining Armour Cream

B. Pure Micellar Water

Now, I promise I didn’t buy this because I was jumping on another beauty bandwagon: I actually bought this on the recommendation of one of the lovely Superdrug girls. And I am so glad I bought it! It’s easily one of the best cleansers I’ve ever used, and you all know how much I love Peaches and Clean. It just seems to effortlessly remove all of my makeup, including mascara, and leaves my skin feeling so clean. I normally use this after I’ve used a thin layer of Peaches and Clean, which I like to keep on my face for a minute or two, but sometimes I use it on its own, and either way it gets rid of every scrap of everything I missed. Really good.

Soap & Glory Night in Shining Armour Cream

I mentioned my love for this product in the empties list above, so I won’t go into it again. Needless to say- I LOVE IT!

ELF Studio Powder brush, Real Techniques Buffing Brush, Bourjois 1,2,3, Perfect foundation in 52 Vanille, MUA Lash Boom, MUA Power Pout in Runaway

(PS- I am so sorry for the bad photo, I couldn’t get it to work and this was the only one where you could see the foundation properly!)

ELF Studio Powder brush

I’ll keep this short and sweet- this is one of the best brushes I have ever used. Period. It’s soft, it’s ridiculously dense, it’s just perfect to use with loose powder, pressed powder, liquid foundation… anything you could think of that would need a nice, flat-topped and super thick brush.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush

I’m going to buy another RT core set because I want another one of these (and the contour brush, but that’s another story). because it’s wonderful. Brilliant for doing exactly as it says on the tin- buffing foundation into the skin to get a perfect finish. Samantha Chapman’s brushes have taken the blogging world by storm and rightly so! They’re some of the softest brushes I’ve ever felt, without being too soft to be truly useful. Worth every penny!

Bourjois 1,2,3, Perfect foundation in 52 Vanille

Everyone and their mother is going crazy for Healthy Mix/Serum, but this is the Bourjois foundation for me. I love, love LOVE this foundation. It’s my ‘yellow-toned’ base – I have neutral skin so I can go with either pink or yellow toned bases, I just have to be careful and try them out against my skin before I buy to make sure they’re not TOO pink or yellow – and it actually matches my skin tone really well. It provides a good medium-light, buildable coverage, and really does even out the skin tone and all the other things it claims to do with its ‘innovative’ 3 pigment formula. I can see this becoming a staple foundation of mine and I wish it got more love!

MUA Lash Boom

This. Is. AMAZING. Incredible. SUCH a good mascara, and for £3?! WWWWOOOOOAAAAHHHH! MUA you have done it again! I love this mascara, and as I said above I normally go for the clumpy, super sooty lash look. This Lash Boom however gives a super lengthened, defined lash look and I think it’s better than many of the more expensive mascaras I’ve tried. Potential holy grail material here, my friends: it might be beating out Bad Gal and Bourjois Volumizer to the top spot.

MUA Power Pout (Runaway)

This had to be in my Summer favourites because I wore these so much over summer (along with the Revlon Lip Butters, but c’mon, I’ve already included so many hyped products in this, I needed to break away a little!). They’re not the longest lasting, but they’re really easy to reapply because of their crayon-style design, and give a really nice, sheer but pigment-packed finish. Super glossy, of course, but at the same time pretty hydrating and they feel really nice to wear. I’m featuring the colour ‘Runaway’ but to be honest I used them all (except Rendezvous, which is my mum’s!) as much as each other. I’m not sure I could really pick a favourite, actually!

SPECIAL MENTION

Collection (2000)

Collection (formerly Collection 2000, though all of their products still have the ’2000′ on them!) are out-doing themselves at the moment. I purchased the much lauded Lasting Perfection Concealer at the beginning of the summer – it’s brilliant, if a little bit thick – and out of curiosity, purchased the foundation and powder because they were on offer and I needed an ‘every day’ cheaper foundation to have in my gym/swim bag. That was a really good decision! The powder is one of the best I’ve ever used – I’m using Medium, which is the weirdest thing ever for me but the Light one was so, so light I risked looking like a ghost – and the foundation is a pretty good little foundation. It doesn’t last for 16 hours, but it lasts most of the day – certainly the whole of my work day. A new product they’ve brought out are the Work the Colour Eyeshadow Pencils, and I have Midnight Glam. These are great- they do NOT budge at all. Midnight Glam is a really nice, slightly glittery black and it’s great for a quick slick across the lid if I’m in a rush but still want to wear something on my eyes. Really impressed!

So, there you have it. My Summer Beauty Favourites and Empties. Over the weekend I will have up my Summer Fashion and Miscellaneous favourites, and then a big Summer haul post with all the best things I bought (beauty, fashion and otherwise) over the summer.

Have you used any of the products I featured? Let me know what you thought of them!

Oh yeah- and my turquoise hair is dead! I tried to fade it as much as possible, as I have to have natural hair for work, but it wouldn’t fade and so… I had to cut it all off. It was nearly down to my waist. I’m still not used to it and I want it to grow already!

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