nyx liquid suede nyx swatches

NYX Liquid Suede £6.50 each

Ooh, isn’t that title misleading…

My point is, in short, that these are my alternative to paying ££ plus ££ postage and potential ££ customs charge for a Kylie lip kit, when I can, essentially achieve the same look with these beauties.

So I’ve added to my NYX liquid suede collection, and as expected i’m far from disappointed with my new picks. I opted for Soft Spoken and Tea & Cookies to add to Sandstorm (which is at my mums and therefore unable to feature in this post, but you can see it switched in this post) and with just these three I feel like I’ve got all bases covered, though I do really want the red.

Tea & Cookies is my ideal everyday shade, with a bit more pink than usual. I’d probably not have gone for this one if I hadn’t seen that Sammi from Sammi Maria (or Beautycrush if you’re OT) has it, she is literal goals and I basically buy anything she does. Fangirl, not bovd. 

Soft Spoken is more of a middle shade which bridges the gap between T&C and Sandstorm. Where T&C is pink and Sandstorm is brown, Soft Spoken is pink brown. What more could a girl need?

There is absolutely no variation in the quality of these lip colours between shades, they all apply opaque with just one swipe and are ridiculously long lasting. They dry down matte and are completely transfer proof if you want to be smoochin’ or drinking vino (more likely the latter).

So, to conclude, I’ll not be on Kylie’s website at 3pm PST. At least not today.

I’m not even sure brown lips can be considered a trend anymore, more a revolution. Either way, I’ve picked out my top four products to get you that nineties pout, with something to suit all styles. And yes, I do desperately want a Kylie Lip Kit, let’s not talk about it.

Probably the closest to a Kylie Jenner is the NYX Liquid Suede Liquid Lipstick in 07 Sandstorm. I’ve seen mixed reviews of the liquid suede formula however I’m a big fan and I’m looking to expand my collection before doing a full review on here. Until then, it’s an easy application, dries completely matte and fails to budge. This is a wearable brown shade which doesn’t look like you’ve smeared chocolate on your face, my favourite type.

For something more everyday office appropriate the Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick in 728 Honey Beige is a good shout. I love this paired with the Rimmel Cappuccino Lip Liner which just so happens to be next in the firing line. I’ll let the swatches do the talking…

Finally, MAC Whirl is one of those colour everyone’s got in either the pencil or lipstick formula, and is the epitome of nineties brown shades. This does drag the lips a little more than a liquid formula like the NYX however isn’t a shade I find to be particularly drying with occasional balm between applications, it does, however show flaky bits and so for best results use post scrub.

Do you wear brown lipstick?

There’s no denying Highlight is having a moment, and having been a fan of the shimmery stuff since I first got into makeup I’m more excited than a child at Christmas about the copious amounts of new releases surrounding my favourite face product.

I’m not one for a subtle glow, I’m more the shine like a beacon hope you can see my disco face from several miles away type and I’m not even ashamed of it. If I could, I would dip my entire face in highlight every morning, but that would defeat the object, so I refrain.

Today’s post is to share with you four of my current favourites, and boy was it a tough decision. I had a good rummage through my collection and daydreamed about what would fill the (very small) spaces in the drawers, and after much distraction, I picked out these four.

From left to right in the above image.

Topshop Powder Highlight in Crescent Moon (£10, Topshop) – This comes and goes out of the core collection, at the moment it’s not online but I have spied it in a few stores. It’s slightly rose gold in tone but a tad more peach than rose and on the skin its a beautiful glowy shimmer, as opposed to some of my glittery offerings. The formula of this one is an absolute dream; it’s so soft and buttery and goes onto the skin as if it’s a cream. OH it might just be my favourite.

MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle (£24 , MAC UK)– This is a bit of a cult classic as highlighters go, and is one I’m sure 99% of bloggers own. This is a soft focus shimmer product which offers a subtle (ish) sheen with one swipe but can be built up to something quite spectacular. This looks best applied with a fan brush and I personally love it over a cream highlight for maximum impact.

Topshop Chameleon Highlight in Mother of Pearl (£12.50, Topshop) – This one is definitely the most out there in my collection, and the one I wear when I’m feeling particularly brave. I like this with matte eyes and lips so that it’s the only sheeny shiny bit on my face and really stands out. It’s a duo-chrome effect combining magenta and orange and I can imagine it would look amazing on all skin tones. If you’re into highlight, you NEED this.

MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl (£16, MAC UK) – This is another cult product for bloggers, and one which is suitable for highlight noobs or those who do prefer a subtle look. It’s also great for layering to make powders pop. I like this with a super dewy skin look, where it looks fresh and healthy without a shimmer in sight.

Hurrah! A beauty post! June Favourites already… I can’t quite believe it.

As I mentioned in my last post many moons ago, I’ve been on the move a fair amount this month and so my makeup bag has been packed full of firm favourites, and these are a few things that made the cut.

First up is my new scent of choice which comes in the form of Jimmy Choo EDP (£41 30ml, Selfridges). This is sweet while also being slightly sensual (ha!) which makes it suitable for both day and night.

Next up and possibly the most exciting is one of the many new brow launches from Benefit. They’ve literally gone brow crazy and have released a boat load of new bits all in this swish silver packaging. I managed to nab a copy of Elle which held a Pre-release of the Goof Proof Brow Pencil (£18.50 full size, Benefit) before it came out on counters and to say i’m suitably impressed would be an understatement. This is waxy enough to stay in place while smooth enough so that it doesn’t feel as though you might give yourself a face lift while dragging it across. Shade 2 just happens to be the perfect shade for my blonde hair dark brow combination. I’m feeling pretty smug about the whole thing.

I was having a dig around in my collection and rediscovered my old fave Burberry’s Eyeshadow in Pale Barley (£23, Burberry) and now I wonder how it got to the back of my drawer and how I lived without it for a few months. The formula is outstanding; buttery soft but not powdery and it packs a real punch in terms of pigment. My favourite way to apply this is with a MAC 217 brush in a wishy washy motion. The brush does the work for you making the 7am smoky eye a breeze.

For nourishment, shine and colour on the lips there’s no better thing than the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (£18, Boots) I’d recommend picking this up in Duty Free for a two for one type deal. They’re great for no makeup days and for pairing with a full face. I’ll probably pick up another when I’m off on my jollys.

Roller Lash (£19.50, Benefit) is my favourite mascara ever. There, I said it. Yes, I’ve dabbled with others but nothing compares to the curling and lengthening that this tube delivers. One coat works wonders but if you’ve time for a second the difference is almost unbelievable. I usually go for a waterproof formula but this stays put all day and doesn’t end up in my eyebrows like others. It’s stubborn to remove but worth it for the look and longevity.

Finally the Collection Speedy Highlight (£3.99, Boots) has changed the way I glow. Alone, this is fine for a super subtle sheen however as a base for a powder highlight this is AMAZING. I use it for the latter because I like to resemble a lightbulb and this with a sweep of MAC soft and gentle leaves me shining like a beacon. In a good way, obv.

collection cosmetics#facethedaycollection face

I recently got my mitts on the Collection #FaceTheDay palette*, amongst some of the brands other best bits and thought what better way to test them out that to shove them all on my face in one go, wear it for a day and see how I feel. In the above images I am wearing entirely Collection Cosmetics aside from my brows which are Sleek’s Brow Kit in Light.

I started off with the Collection Colour Match Foundation in the shade 1 Porcelain*, followed by the Lasting Perfection Concealer in shade 2 Cool Medium*. Following this I filled in my brows before using the eyeshadow shades in the #FaceTheDay palette* to create an everyday smokey look, using the darkest shade to define my lashline and add a subtle wing. I then applied one coat of the Collection Waterproof Volumising Mascara* before using the Bronze shade from #FaceTheDay to contour my face. I then used the blush shade from the palette before swiping on the Speedy Highlight stick* and topping with the highlight shade from the palette for an extra glow. I finished the look with Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick in 21 Rosewood*.

Application: I used a beauty blender to apply both the foundation and concealer, as I find that this gives the most natural finish while still making the most out of the coverage offering. I used the lightest shade in the foundation range and it was a little too dark on me, and I didn’t notice it working to match my skintone as the name suggests. Despite this it did blend in well and look fairly uniform across my face. The concealer is a product which I know and love and so I again applied this with a beauty blender over dark circles and redness. The eyeshadows had reasonable pigment and little/no falldown however I did find them to have chunks of glitter as opposed to being buttery and shimmery. The bronze shade was too orange for contouring and instead I had to blend it around the outside of my face for warmth. The blush and highlight products we’re all pleasant to apply and had good pigment. The lipstick was creamy and glided over any dry flaky patches.

Overall Look: The overall look was nice and something which I felt comfortable with, I would’ve liked a more cool toned bronzer to sculpt the face however this is probably personal preference and not something which affected the look too much. My favourite parts were the highlight stick and the lipstick, which is a pinky brown nude which somehow manages to be unlike anything else in my collection.

Signs of Wear: Throughout the day the pigment of the eyeshadow disintegrated and the foundation and concealers oxidized on the skin and started to look shiny – this could, however, be down to me not setting them for the purpose of this post. The mascara didn’t smudge and the blush and highlight stayed put however once the foundation oxidized the bronzer shade was undetectable. The lipstick budged after eating.

I do think that Collection offers cosmetics which are fantastic quality considering the price point however I do think they should cater for a more varied skin-tone and perhaps create a #FaceTheDay palette for Light, Medium and Dark skins as opposed to one shade fits all. This is a look that I would wear again and I will no doubt use some of the products on an everyday basis, particularly the mascara which offers great volume with just one coat.

Do you like Collection?

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best budget concealersBase products are something I have a real love hate relationship with, I love when I find a good one, but I hate the trial and error process and wish that my base would just look perfect every single day. To perfect it I use a mixture of high end and high street products, the latter of which I want to share with you today. I always prefer sharing more budget friendly products on here to ensure that what I recommend is accessible to a varied audience. (Though we all know in no time at all I’ll be raving about a new high end hero! Oops..)

Moving on… I love a good concealer. And by a good concealer I mean a creamy, full coverage concealer with a lightweight feel and cake free texture. I’m hard to please and to remain in my stash a concealer has to tick all of the boxes. I do opt for something targeted at the under-eye area, as dark shadows are my nemesis and blemishes tend to be something I just smear whatever over.

Everybody and their third cousin loves the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (which I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned on here… eh?) and for good reason. We don’t all sing from the same hymn sheet for a lot of products but this one is a real people pleaser in terms of its coverage, longevity (though I’m yet to test it’s 16hr claims) and formula. Shade 2 is a salmony shade perfect for correcting blue tones under the eyes and it’s thick enough to cover up while not setting into a crusty cakey mess.

The Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer is a firm favourite of mine and one I know a few of my friends love too. It’s lightweight while still packing a punch in terms of coverage and contains kind to the eyes anti aging ingredients to prevent the product from settling into any fine lines meaning it’s crease free. The applicator is super soft around the delicate area too meaning you can shove on a shed load.

Finally the Maybelline Better Skin Concealer is a new one over on these shores and one I’ve seen a fair few raves over by some of my American faves. This is probably the highest coverage of this tempting trio while being a little thinner in consistency than my collection fave. One to try if you suffer a few pesky blemishes.

Have you got a favourite concealer? Post your recommendations below or tweet me @abgldwsn

march faves

Oh hey y’all! Long time no speak. I’m beginning to notice a pattern emerging in my posts, one which consists of constant apology for lack of content but to put it bluntly, I’m busy.

March was an exciting month for me, I finished and handed in my dissertation and had a quality night out with the girlies to celebrate, I gave up chocolate in aid of British Heart Foundation, I popped across to Paris, I interned with a great PR company which meant I lacked time to metaphorically put pen to paper and ponder my favourite subject of all… on with the show!

I’m still on a mission to find the perfect base and this month I returned to an old favourite Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, it’s a light coverage base with a nourishing formula and I like it best applied with a buffing brush over my new favourite Happy Light Luminous Primer. I’ve been testing out their new City Radiance base launch too, i’ll pop a post up asap.

I’ve had the common cold ft a very sore grumbly throat and chapped everything to match. Rose & Co’s Rose Petal Salve is a winner for hydrating and protecting flaky bits, like Vaseline but one million times better. I love it.

Once my lips had endured a little TLC I’ve been plastering on my CT Mini Lipstick Charm in Penelope Pink which I definitely need to purchase a full size of. It’s the perfect pink peach nude shade suitable for day and evening looks.

Finally I’ve fallen out of love with my lashes having had issues with some of my favourite mascaras starting to smudge. I picked up the Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara, a cult classic and an old favourite of mine which leaves me feeling nostalgic of the time’s I’d sweep this on after PE at school. It’s a tiny brush and the product does require work but a few coats and you’re left with long, thick, fluttery lashes that not even a falsie could improve.

What were your favourites things in the month of March?

Mixing things up a bit today with a fancy video, swish isn’t it?! Recently I’ve been a beauty commuter, applying a full face of makeup on the train and living out of a makeup bag as opposed to getting ready at my dressing table. I’ve become a little bit of a makeup bag maestro, a packing princess if you will and thought I’d show you what’s in my current rotation.

I’m currently finding my MAC Mineralise Moisture Foundation a fave, easy to pat on with a damp beauty blender and a base that doesn’t cling to my dry patches, meaning I don’t have to worry about what it looks like throughout the day. Ideal. I top it up with Maybelline Better Skin Concealer and set it all in place with my beloved Hourglass Ambient Light powder.

Brows are covered by the usual culprit and for eyes I have options in the form of a CT quad or a scribble of her eyes to mesmerise depending on how early it is and how bothered I can be. Blush comes in the form of NARS Silent nude which is basically surgically attached to me and for lips I opt for either peach or pink shades to match.

While I am happy with my current product picks, as usual I’m coveting a number of pretties to stock up my stash and farfetch.com has my luxury beauty needs met.

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I’m desperate to get my mitts on some goodies from Kevyn Aucoin and what better place to start that with some cult classics. My current beauty bag is missing the perfect contour/highlight duo and I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Sculpting Powder and Celestial Powder. I’m also on the hunt for something heavy duty and the Sensual Skin Enhancer is a multi use product leaving base needs covered.

Another brand I’m yet to try is BECCA and as a self acclaimed highlighter queen I can barely believe that sentence comes out of my mouth. I just have to get my hands on the Shimmering Skin Perfectors in every type they do. Excessive? Me? Never…

After letting the hype die down a little, I’ve decided that the Artis Oval 6 Brush isn’t optional, I have to give it a go. I can imagine it blending everything to perfection, once I get over it looking like a toothbrush that is…

Finally while it’s all well and good having makeup products coming out of your ears, it’s important to take it off at the end of the day and cult classic Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel is well in my radar, and while i’m talking luxury I have to give the By Terry Baume de Rose a go, it’s just like the rules of feminism! (name that film)

*This post contains product placement.

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You may have noticed I’ve taken a little break from blogging, but I’m back to loving beauty and ready to spend and share with you. To get the ball rolling I’ve whittled down my expansive high end beauty wishlist to just seven products, if only I could have them all…

It’s no recent news that we’ve welcomed BECCA’s collaboration with Jaclyn Hill on UK shores and I’m more than desperate to get my hands on at least 12 of them. Reviews are singing from a positive hymn sheet and I really want to sing along too. It’s hands down my next beauty purchase, my Space NK points are ready…

Things that haven’t yet come over the Atlantic are Kat Von D cosmetics, but that doesn’t stop me lusting over the Shade & Light Contour Kit and the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, mainly in Bow & Arrow. I’ll be placing a Sephora order when it’s slightly less of a blow on the old bank balance, claiming it as research, obviously.

I recently took a trip to Bobbi Brown for the first time in my life and fell in love with the shade, formula and finish of their Moisture Rich Foundation in Warm Ivory. This ticked all of my boxes when it comes to base requirements and we all know I’ve been struggling to find something satisfactory. I also had a bit of their Corrector in Light Bisque applied to my un-slightly under eyes and to be quite honest the results were outstanding. Bright eyed bushy tailed.

When I met Lily and Anna at Stylist Live last year Lily told me that her lipstick was the Laura Mercier Cream Lipstick in Spiced Rose and I’ve been eyeing it up ever since. I really should just chuck it in my basket and pay the price, perfectly pink but not sickly sweet, it’s divine.

Last on my list is the Smith and Cult Nail Lacquer in Doe My Dear, a muted grey lilac shade perfect for the upcoming spring months. You may remember my obsession with Essie Maximillian Strasse Her last year, I predict this will have similar impact.

What are you wishing for? Is there anything on this list I should buy immediately? Let me know…

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With the last few parties for the festive season coming up, I thought I’d share with you my top desk to disco essentials; the things you need to take a look from everyday to evening chic – you could even apply them hiding behind your computer screen so the boss doesn’t know.

One thing which instantly transforms a look is a lip option, and for the evening I like to opt for a dark/bold colour or a pretty gloss, depending on my eye look. I really like Topshops Lipstick in Beguiled for an evening look, paired with a flick of liquid liner and lots of lashes.

You can quickly transform a daytime smoky eye into one suitable for evening with some black kohl liner along the water and tight lines, or blended into the lashlines. I love the Scandaleyes Kohl’s by Rimmel which you could pick up with Boots Advantage Card points during your lunch break. Winner.

Finally to freshen up your look it’s nice to refresh the base with a sweep of an illuminating powder like the Hourglass Ambient Light Powder in Diffused Light. This will smooth over any cakey concealer and give you a youthful radiance, so that nobody knows you’re straight from nine hours at work. I’d also add bronzer, and in my case lots of it. NARS Laguna Bronzer is a great one as you can’t really go too overboard with it, and it deepens the complexion in a not just rolled through the mud way. I’m a fan.