Bourjois Bronzers creme and powder
*Please excuse the goopy appearance of the bronzing primer – it got weird on the way from London to Dallas* After seeing Tanya and Zoe talk about this bronzer I wanted to try it! It is soo good it doesn’t appear orange-y at all!! You can either apply a little for a nice sun-kissed glow or use the creme as a base to really make those cheek bones pop. I sadly don’t use the creme as much as I should due to the fact that I always go for a more natural look. This is my favorite bronzer so far…but in other bronzers’ defense, this is the only bronzer I have actually tried…soz.
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eye Liner in Blackest Black
What can I say about this gel eye liner other than it makes me want to use gel eye liner over my beloved liquid liner? I received this in my London Fashion Weekend gift bag from Maybelline and I’m so glad I was able to try it. It’s been seven months and it hasn’t dried out, applying just like the first day. This really does create drama because the color is such a deep black and sometimes I can get a wing out of this a lot better than with pencils and liquid. I’ve heard this is just as good, if not better than the Bobbi Brown gel eye liner, so at a drugstore price, it’s worth a try!
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in 001 Transparent
After hearing Tanya Burr sing this powder’s praises for a few months, I decided to finally try it out and have been using it nearly every day for a year. There have been some moments where I’ve applied too much, but I know how to work this product so well that it hardly ever happens now. This is great for keeping a shiny face at bay and I’m so thankful for the transparent shade so I don’t have to think twice about it.
|L to r: Topshop Beguiled, Maybelline Continuous Cranberry, MAC Russian Red, MAC Lady Danger|
Bourjois Color Boost Lip Crayon in Orange Punch and Plum Russian
I LOVE THESE AND WANT MORE! I like that they can be natural looking or you can apply more for a bolder look. I personally pick the Orange Punch over Plum Russian because i’m still trying to be more comfortable with bolder lips. Another thing is the Plum Russian doesn’t last as long as the Orange Punch so you have to be applying it to keep it from fading. The only thing I dislike is that they kinda taste like you are eating a leaf…I know, random but you can just put another flavored lip balm underneath to make it less noticeable.
Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Blackout
SUCH A GOOD BLACK. The shine, consistency and overall inkiness of this black reminds me of the perfect black polish – Chanel Black Satin. I’m even going to say this is a dupe for that Chanel polish in every way and I recommend everybody in search of the perfect black go out and get this immediately!!
Topshop Matte nail polish in Brutal
This is my first venture into matte polishes and honestly, it freaks me out. I love the look of shiny nails on myself and I love the look of matte polishes I’ve seen on others, but they do tend to be oxblood or black, never plum. I do love this color, but I’m not sure about the matte look. Maybe this wasn’t the best choice in a first shade for me, but the quality of Topshop nail polishes is quite good and I wish I had bought the other 20 colors I wanted, especially a normal plum.
Rimmel Salon Pro Kate Moss nail polish in Reggae Splash
Saw this on Estee’s (seen here on her YouTube channel EssieButton) nails in one of her videos and thought it was such a beautiful orangey-peach! I looked for it in the US and couldn’t find it so when I saw it in Boots, I snached it up! My fave shade that falls into the orange OR peach range ever! Also, I know this pic is awk, but I wore this polish this past week and my co-worker begged me to let her borrow it, which I did and forgot to photograph it prior to lending it out…oops! At least you know that it’s admired so there’s that.
Claire’s nail polishes (assorted)
YOU GUYS THESE GEMS WERE FIVE FOR £1 OH MY GOSH. Okay, I totes underestimated Claire’s in the UK and audibly chuckled each time I passed a store. When it was time to buy some cat ears for Halloween, I popped into the Kensington High Street store because Claire’s never fails on the animal ears front and the cashier *forced* me to buy these and I mean, how could I refuse such a bargain. Anyway, these are so good, unfortunately I’ve only seen them in London. They apply in a similar way to the Revlon polishes and last well with a good top coat. I was shocked by the quality of these polishes, particularly the glitter shades.
The fine gold polish is what I used to create this cool gradient look. C and I have also used it as an all-over polish and it is the perfect gold glitter.
The next glitter shade is so beautiful because it has silver, gold and rose gold glitter in various sizes. It just goes on the nail so beautifully and is perfect for pairing over other polishes for a bit of subtle sparkle.
This is one shade I didn’t buy but my friend Kelly gave to me when she went and got herself some 20p nail polish. I LOVE IT. The purple undertone is so great and all of the other small glitter shades are so perfect for getting that multi-colored effect. I have only ever worn this on top of my Maybelline Blackout polish and the effect is very similar to Butter London’s The Black Knight, especially if you have a lighter hand.;’;
This blue-green shade is one of my faves and it is very similar to OPI’s Stranger Tides (my absolute fave shade). I think this is a really great muted pastel with a twist because it isn’t very common.
What can I say about this nude other than it is so good. It is a mix between Revlon Bare Bones and OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons and I actually prefer it to those most of the time. It looks so good underneath the gold glitter polish above and my Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow polish.
I love this shade because it is a nude that’s peachy and pink, so it’s really versatile and a good option for when I can’t decide between a nude, pink or a peach.