Makeup

“Warm Chocolate Eyes + Rosy Lips”: Quick & Easy Drugstore Interview Makeup

If you’re following me on Insta (cough cough, plug plug), you’d have seen I’d posted a selfie in which I wore this particular make-up look. Not to blow my own trumpet (not heard that in a while haha) but I quite liked my make-up that day – *plays Feelin’ Myself in the background* – and decided to share it on the blog. So here it is…

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Lip Combo #2: “Barely There” – Nude

So as I mentioned at the end of the last Lip Combo post (have a lil’ refresher here), I had another lip combination I wanted to share with you guys, and as promised, here’s The Nude!

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BEAUTY // Lip Combo #1: Spring/Summer Coral Lip

Hope you all had a lovely Easter!

I’ve been ill for a good part of the past week or so but the bright side is that it meant I had lots of time to have a play around with my never ending stash of lipsticks and lip pencils. Usually one to shy away from a bright lip however, this suddenly sunnier weather has definitely inspired me to try out a bolder colour that isn’t my usual red or plum. Enter coral. I usually wear coral on my nails but never ventured to try it on my lips because I’ve been concerned it was too bright for my darker complexion. I’ve discovered that once the right lip combo is put together, you can pretty much wear whatever lipstick shade – bright or dark – regardless of your skin tone. So I thought I’d with you how I wear a coral lip in prep for the upcoming summer months, enjoy!

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BEAUTY // H&M LIPSTICK in “Downtown Red” (REVIEW + SWATCH on Dark Skin)

So over the Christmas hols, I had managed to leave every single lipstick I own back at uni. Safe to say I was pretty heartbroken when I realised this and thank God it was short lived when I stumbled upon this little gem.

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I didn’t even know H&M had a cosmetics range (just me who was the late bloomer with this orrr…?)! I only realised when I had a quick browse on their website doing some Christmas shopping. I then had this issue of picking a shade as there was such a range – lovely nudes to deep berry reds. I went with Downtown Red as it looked closest to the classic red I usually have and would be a good replacement for any parties I had in the festive season. I was concerned it wouldn’t suit my darker skin tone because I couldn’t find any dark skin swatches online but at £3.99, I think it’s worth a try (I know I know what’s £4 really, but money’s money….am I student or am I a student?!).

Boy am I happy I took the £4 plunge! I fully fell in love with this lipstick as soon as I tried it on. It comes in very simple packaging – Long black tube with “LIPSTICK by H&M” written across and there is a small transparent bottom where you see the shade. Now I will say, this does not show the true shade – the bullet is a truer picture of the deeper red with berry/cool undertones. This was a surprise considering I wanted a classic popping red – but a pleasant surprise at that as I always find myself either mixing shades or darkening my lipstick to achieve such a colour! So no complaints there!

It’s an absolute dream to apply; at the £4 mark some people wouldn’t expect the quality to be that good. It’s very moisturising in application with no tugging and every swipe is that lovely and pigmented berry red I adore. As I prefer a matte finish, I blot down the moisture shine it gives and usually this can take away pigmentation but this isn’t the case- if anything I think it looks better and more striking as a matte colour. But each to their own…

Here’s a swatch of the lipstick and what it looks like on; one swipe applied straight from the bullet, blotted down and lightly applied again:

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I put this lipstick to the test soon and wore it to a Christmas dinner and dance. Obviously there was a lot of eating and drinking and taking which left little time to reapply so I didn’t (oop) and considering all the above, I’d say for the first hour or so, the colour stayed in tact. Yes there was transfer onto my glass and yes the colour did fade in the later part of the night but in its defence, due to the berry like undertones, the fade was a nice (slightly deeper) rosy hue on the lips. Which I luckily managed to get away with because a) it was dark b) it still looked decent and c) I didn’t really care at this point because it was dark and…well food.

As I said, I’m obviously of a darker skin tone and I think this shade really compliments the skin tone so nicely and offers a darker alternative to the usual bright red lip. Also it contributes to making your teeth look a lovely sparkly white – always a plus. People who are of paler complexion may initially be wary of the deep was of this shade, however I can imagine this would look lush as a striking statement matte lip against a neutral/barely there face and eyes. If you’re not feeling so brave, maybe try using a lip brush instead of straight from the bullet to give a more subtle lip stain that adds that little extra pop of colour instead of the whole shebang.

Only qualm I have about this lipstick is that it can be a pain to remove when you actually want to take it off. It leaves a slight pink stain and your lips feel slightly sore from trying to scrub it off. I’d suggest using a strong eye or lip makeup remover rather than just a makeup remover wipe.

Other than that, I LOVE this lipstick shade and it’s fast becoming my go to night time lipstick (sorry MUA and Rimmel, I still love you I promise). I had my eye on other shades in the range and recently caved and got “B for Boss” – a nude which I pray will actually work as a nude for my skin tone without looking like dream matte mousse lips (pray for me). I’ll more than likely be doing a post all about it so stay tuned to see my thoughts!

Have any of you guys purchased anything from the H&M cosmetics range? Also what lip liner would you guys recommend for this shade, I’m struggling to find a good match that’s not too pricey! Feel free to let me know on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or just comment below!

Hope you enjoyed this post, thanks for reading 🙂

Until next time,

Esther
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BEAUTY // REVIEW: Illamasqua Powder Foundation (Shade 330)

Illamasqua was one of those brands that I admired from far as I could never bring myself to splurge. However, when I saw they had a sale with items up to 70% off, I caved and had a rummage through the website to come across their powder foundation that was reduced from £26.00 to *drum roll* £7.80!! Yes, £7.80 – CRAY. And to top it all off, it was shade 330 (the darkest shade) was the shade that was discounted and the colour looked as if it would work with my skin tone. So I bought it and I thought I’d share my thoughts on it in this post. (more…)

Beauty // My Updated Foundation Routine

As you can see from the title, I will be sharing with you my foundation routine. Even though I’ve not shared my foundation routine on here before, I say updated because I recently tried out the No. 7 Instant Radiance foundation (which you can read my thoughts on it here) and plan on incorporating it into my everyday routine once I’ve purchased the full size version. My foundation routine varies with how much time I’ve got and to be honest, if I can be bothered really. But this post will hopefully give you an idea of what I use generally for my foundation recently on a day to day basis.

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Beauty // No.7 Instant Radiance Foundation Review

So I went to my local Boots last weekend with mum for a browse when I noticed the No. 7 match made service counter. I didn’t hold a lot of hope that my shade would be there but after getting the MUA on hand to do the match test, I was surprised to have found a match! I was told my shade was Walnut, which is the darkest one available in the No. 7 range. I told the MUA I use foundation to even out my skin tone a bit and how I want something to brighten my skin especially in the colder months when my skin can tend to look dull. She suggested the Instant radiance foundation and as I didn’t fancy staying in store, she gave me a sample to take away. I thought I’d share my thoughts on it for a few reasons; one being I haven’t seen many reviews on this shade of this collection and another being…I wanted to share it with you guys. Hope they’re good enough enough reasons and you find this somewhat a helpful or enjoyable read at least!

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“Sweater Weather” // A/W Style & Beauty Picks

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I think its safe to say that Autumn has officially arrived which means Winter is just around the corner and couldn’t be happier about this if I tried! And not just because Winter means my birthday and Christmas but because A/W means wrapping up and layering up. To be completely honest, I find it so much easier and much more fun to dress for the cold than the summer. I started looking for coats in Spring and have been finding every opportunity to wear a jumper – eager I know. I thought i’d put this post together showing you some of my picks for the chillier months! I’ve split them into Clothes, Shoes & Accessories and Beauty & Skincare. Click on the images/sets to see full details of each product and where to buy them over on my Polyvore.

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Beauty Wishlist #2: Drugstore Edition

Heeey!

As I said in my previous beauty wishlist post (which you can see here), my wishlists are always growing and since my last post, I’ve got my eye on some more products but this time its a drugstore special!

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