Topshop Matte Nails





Last Summer was the first time I had come across matte nail polish, after seeing Kim Kardashian rocking Chanel black matte nails. Being a loser I am, I instantly went on the hunt for a matte nail polish, however it was quite a new product so it was very difficult to find. 

After scanning the make up section at Topshop I came across their new product range which happened to be matte nail polish. There was only four colours to choose from at this time; a dark blue, plum, light grey and I think the other one was a black colour (I could be wrong here).

I picked the dark blue colour as for me this one stood out the most. I always use a base and top coat but was undecided whether I should if it would stop the polish from being matte. The downside to this product is that it needs two coats and once the second has applied and dried it loses the matte effect and becomes a little shiny. 

The other problem I have with this polish is that it becomes chipped after a couple days wear, this could be down to how many times I have washed the pots and had a shower etc. but I do expect a coverage to last a good four to five days. Maybe it would not be as bad if I used a top coat. 

Even with all these negatives I still like the polish and use it a year later,and once run out I would go out and buy it again as I love the richness of the colour and I think for just a simple polish it works. 

Recently Barry M have brought out their range of matte polishes, in five different neutral colours. I have not tried these products myself but I have spoken to a few people who would recommend it to anyone.

Have you tried any of these products before?


Brow Products










When it comes to eyebrows everyone has a different preference of shape, size and if they colour them in or not. I tend to tweeze my own as I cannot afford to keep paying for someone else to do it, but I did have them waxed over a year ago to get my initial shape. Some days I love having quite big eyebrows, then I look back in photos and think why did I like them and make them slightly smaller in size. 

It has only really been in the last year that I have taken my time to fill them in, before I was a little lazy and thought it didn't really make much of a difference, but how wrong was I? It can really change your face shape completely. For me I didn't want to go fairly dark as I thought I might look a little silly being quite pale. 

The first product I used was the Mac Deluxe Brow Liner in brunette, it's alright but something that you might want to use on the days you are not doing too much but want your eyebrows filled in. It's quite pale and not the easiest to apply as you cannot get a strong line to get the pronounced shape, it reminds me of a crayon when you used to use them as a child, it will crumble a little. 

I then got the Mac Eye Brows Self Propelling in Brunette, it's so much nicer than the pencil, it is a much smaller nib, like a ball point pen and perfect to create the perfect definition to get the arch. It is a much nice darker colour than the pencil to fill in the brows so much better without creating a little mess under the eye. 


However as I am not the greatest fan of the pencil and the Self Propelling pencil is quite small and I don't really want to use it all up so soon I was in search for another product. I do have my eye on the  Benefit Browzings but having to wait for payday is not very fun, one day it will make it's way into my make up bag. 


So after watching numerous YouTube videos for inspiration I found that a lot of people were using a brown eyeshadow to fill their brows in. So I gave this a whirl and have not stopped using it since. The only palette I own that has any shade of browns in is the MUA Heaven and Earth from Superdrug, the slight issue I have with these colours is that they are a little too shimmery and have a red tone to them, so I am on the hunt for something more matte. To apply it I use the Make Up Forever brush in no. 2S which has a very small tip, my cousin who is a make up artist over in Dubai gave me this brush and I love it. It is really for applying eyeshadow just under the eyes of on the waterline. 

I need to get my hands on a hard angled brush which is not too pricey, so it would be nice if any of you could recommend me one :) I would also love to hear what brow products you are using too. xx

Stay Matte Primer - Rimmel




I had run out of my Primer over the weekend and as I didn't have any time to pop to town I knew that my supermarket had a Rimmel section in their makeup bit, so I was just going to pick up the same one which was Rimmel London Fix and Perfect Pro, this works so well with my skin, it is really nice silky and smooth when applying and my make up stays on for the full day with a little retouch of powder every now and then due to having oily skin.

I then noticed that Rimmel have another primer which I haven't seen before so I am unsure if it is new or not so please let me know! It is Stay Matte Primer 003, I wondered what it would be like being matte but I actually quite like it and will probably suit my skin better being oily. It is a more thicker substance when applying and feels quite heavy and dull but once one it works exactly the same as the Fix and Perfect Pro.

Plus I have noticed that my skin feels a lot healthier after using primer and my spots are not inflamed which makes me very happy.

If you have any other recommendations for Primers then I would love to hear them xx


Pastels


This seasons hottest trend is pastels! You can walk into every shop and just see an array of products in pastel colours, they just look so cute, delicious and delicate.

I have always been wary of very light shades, with my pale skin tone I never thought I would be able to pull anything in a pastel colour off but you will be surprised. There are so many products out there to choose from you cannot go wrong, if you don't suit such a pale top try a skirt, or maybe just go with pastel accessories.

Another way of wearing the trend is breaking down a dark outfit, if your like me and live in black leggings or maybe in dark jeans, wear a lovely pastel knit or shirt to make it look a little dressier and girly. 

 Luckily it is one trend which will stay!

February Favourites




 

 


So February seems to have flown by and it was quite difficult to figure out which were my favourite products, I have pretty much liked the same stuff as what I did in January.

Calvin Klein Summer - I am loving this perfume at the minute, I bought it on the plane coming back from Spain in the Summer and have used it pretty much every day since. It is such a nice flowery scent which does remind me of Summer (hence the name).

Johnsons Baby Shampoo - What a brilliant product this is to clean your make up brushes with, I only bought a travel size one as you really don't need to use much of it at a time. I have used other products in the past and my brushes just end up smelling horrible, but now they just smell so clean.

Nail Polish - I am not one for going for a non branded nail polish, however I received this last year for a Secret Santa present at uni and I got a huge pack of different nail polishes. This pink glittery one I have been picking up a lot, it so pretty and girly plus it lasts for about a week.

Cath Kidston - This toiletries bag has been a massive savior  these past few months, I have been traveling from uni to home, to my boyfriends and also visiting other family members. This bag is the perfect size to fit my shampoo's etc and all my make up to take with me, its so much easier using one bag rather than carrying around two.