Wish List #6 | February 2016

Feb 16 wishlist1. Viseart 01 Neutral Matte Eyeshadow Palette

I have heard talk of the quality of Viseart Eyeshadow Palettes floating around the blogging community for a while but they never really sparked my interest. It wasn’t until I found the Cool Mattes palette on sale after Christmas that I really paid attention and did some research. Of course after reading how pigmented and blendable the eyeshadows are I snapped up the Cool Mattes palette and started lusting over the other palettes. The one that I want – no, need – next is the Neutral Matte palette. As I have blue eyes I tend to gravitate towards warm colours as they make my eyes pop. Just look at all of those beautiful warm shades, that middle row is just calling to me. The Viseart Neutral Mattes palette retails for £59.95 and is available here.

2. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Between the Sheets

Towards the end of 2015 I finally took the plunge and purchased some makeup from Charlotte Tilbury, and since that first purchase I have become obsessed with her products. Whilst the eyeshadow palettes are probably my favourite products I have purchased so far I also love the lipsticks. I have the K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick in Penelope Pink and the Matte Revolution lipstick in Walk of Shame and I enjoy both formulas. When I saw she was releasing two new pink shades (one in each formula) in time for Valentines Day I knew they would end up on my wish list. I only chose to include one in this post – as I thought two might be considered excessive – and the one I chose is the Matte Revolution Lipstick in Between the Sheets. From the swatches it looks like a beautiful rosy pink with a hint of peach, the perfect just been kissed colour. The Matte Revolution Lipstick in Between the Sheets retails for £23 and is exclusive to http://www.charlottetilbury.com, you can find it here.

3. NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Tea and Cookies

Following along on the matte pink lipstick line is the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Tea and Cookies. Liquid lipsticks appear to be the “in” lip product at the moment and I have to say I have not tried many liquid lipstick formulas, neither have I tried many products from NYX. Now that the brand is more easily available on http://www.boots.com I have found myself browsing their products more, and this product in particular caught my eye. There is great variety of colours available in this line, from nude to purple to red, but I thought a pink would be a good colour to start with. The NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Tea and Cookies retails for £6.50 and is available here.

4. Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

I am finally getting down to my last few mascaras after making a conscious effort to use some of them up and so now I am on a hunt for new ones to try. I am not usually a fan of Maybelline mascaras but the wand on this one caught my eye. It looks very similar to the Max Factor Clump Defy (Cover Girl Clump Crusher) which is one of my favourite drugstore mascaras. I am interested to find out if this is an even cheaper alternative. The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara retails for £7.99 and is available here.

5. Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Sculpting Crayon and Setting Gel

I love a Soap & Glory eyebrow product, I believe I have tried all of them so far and they are all great. With the new Archery 2-in-1 Brow Sculpting Crayon and Setting Gel I like the idea that you have your pencil and brow gel all in one product, this would make it great for travel. The only other company I have seen doing something similar to this is Revlon with their Brow Fantasy – this happens to be my current go to travel eyebrow product. I find that the blonde colour in the Soap & Glory brow products is a great match for my brows, its not too ashy and it is not too warm, as I prefer to keep my eyebrows blonde even though my hair is red. I am looking forward to trying this out soon. The Soap & Glory Archery 2-in-1 Brow Sculpting Crayon and Setting Gel retails for £10 and is available here.

6. NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint

I always get excited for a new NARS drop and I was especially excited for this one. I had heard such good reviews of the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser but knew that it would not be for me as I gravitate towards something with more of a satin or matte formula – my oily areas produce enough of their own glow, they don’t need any help – so when I heard they would bringing out a matte tinted moisturiser I was intrigued. The initial review of this are great and I am dying to try it but I really need to use up some of the foundations/tinted moisturisers I already have. I think this might be on my wish list for a while unfortunately. The NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint retails for £30 and is available here.

What is on your current wish list? Have you tried any of the products on mine? Let me know in the comments below.

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Wish List #5 | July 2015

July 15 wishlist

I know it is a bit late in the month to be posting a July Wishlist but there are a few particular products I am desperate to get my hands on at the moment so I thought I would write about them on my blog in the hopes a certain someone would see this post and treat me – just kidding… or am I.

1. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop

Jaclyn Hill had done it again. She has collaborated with a fantastic company to create a beautiful product that I just cannot resist purchasing. I already love the formula of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors but the one I own (Rose Gold) is a tad dark for me at the moment, due to me having an English Rose – in other words ghostly pale – complexion. Jaclyn created this product to suit any skin tone. It is described as a soft white gold with pinky peach undertones. It sounds perfect. I believe it is only available from Sephora in the USA at the moment so I will have to buy it the next time I make a Sephora order – which I am thinking will be pretty soon! Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop retails for $38 and is available here. 

2. Hakuho-do + Sephora Pro Fan Cheek Brush (Ougi)

I am already huge fan of Hakuho-do brushes. I only own two of them but they are two of my favourite brushes. When I heard Sephora were bringing out a range of brushes created with Hakuho-do it quickly sparked my interest. There are five brushes in the collection and the one I like the look of the most is the Pro Fan Cheek Brush (also called Ougi). Hakuho-do are famous for their fantastic quality natural hair brushes, however, in this collab with Sephora they have designed synthetic bristled brushes. All of the brushes have lacquered red handles with matte black ferrules, they just look stunning. They range in price from $30 – $54 so quite pricey but I am willing to pay that bit more money for a quality brush. The Hakuho-do + Sephora Pro Fan Cheek Brush (Ougi) retails for $40 and is available here.

3. Ren Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial

This is not a product I have heard much about in the blogging community but I don’t think I have been disappointed by a Ren product yet. The Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial claims to work in three stages overnight to leave skin looking more luminous, brighter and more even in tone. I love the Gycolactic Skin Renewal Mask and find that does a great job at making my skin look more luminous in the morning, so this sounds like it may up the glow factor even more. The Ren Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial retails for £32 and is available here.

4. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze

I have to admit, when this was first released I wasn’t all that fussed about it. Now that I am seeing it being used more and more in tutorials I have fallen in love with the way it makes peoples skin look. It really does give that bronzed goddess look that everyone wants in the summer. I know it is super pricey for a bronzer but bronzing up my face is something I have been enjoying doing recently and none of my bronzers seem to be giving me the look I am going for. Im pretty sure I have £10 of Space NK points so this might accidentally slip into my basket next time I am browsing their site. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in luminous Bronze retails for £42 and is available here.

5. Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio

These were added to my wishlist today whilst I was browsing the Smashbox stand in my local Boots. I was on the hunt for their 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer (review coming next month) and I spotted some testers of these contour sticks. Today was the first time I had seen them in person so I swatched them on the back of my hand and blended them out. I was so impressed with how well they blended into my skin and I am pleased to see that the contour shade is cool enough in tone to actually give the appearance of shadows on the face. The Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio retails for £35 and is available here.

6. Clarins Renew-Plus Body Serum

This is another recent product want of mine. I was watching Caroline Hirons empties video and she mentioned this as being good for someone with Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin). I have only just discovered that this is the name for the look of the skin on my arms and thighs, it is something that has bothered me for most of my adult life and is something that causes me a great deal of embarrassment in the summer months – though I’m sure most people don’t notice it. I think I might treat myself to this before my holiday in September to try and reduce the look of the Keratosis Pilaris on my arms. The Clarins Renew-Plus Body Serum retails for £40 and is available here.

Have you tried any of these products? If so what do you think of them? Let me know in the comments.

Wish List #4 | February 2015

Feb 15 Wish List

Another month means another Wish List from me. I am currently supposed to be on a semi spending ban but I am having a real problem sticking to it – I just can’t help myself. Here are the items I am trying to hold back from purchasing at the moment.

1. Tarte Tartlette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette 

I need another eyeshadow palette like I need a whole in the head. Meaning I don’t. However, I think this is the type of palette I am missing in my collection. One that is full of beautiful matte shades that I can incorporate into any look, from simple to smoky and day to night. The shades look perfect, it has a good mix of warm, cool and neutral shades that would compliment any eye look you are going for. I also love how they have included some mauve/purple shades in there so you can add a subtle hint of colour to a neutral look. The Tarte Tartlet Amazonian Clay Matte Palette retails for $44.

2. Real Techniques Bold Metals 201 Pointed Crease

Since I very naughtily purchased the Real Techniques Bold Metals 301 Flat Contour I have been itching to try another brush from this new collection. The 201 Pointed Crease is the only other brush that I cannot somewhat dupe in my collection. I think it will be perfect for deepening my crease, as I have hooded eyes I find smaller brushes are better for me for this job. I also think it will do a great job of blending out colour under my eyes. This might accidentally slip into my basket when I am next shopping, I do have a lot of Boots points to use so I am technically not spending any money – right? The Real Techniques Bold Metals 201 Pointed Crease retails for £12.

3. Deep Steep Brown Sugar – Vanilla Bubble Bath

Doesn’t this just sound delicious! I am imaging it will create a really warming aroma when it is pour under running water. I know it is more on the expensive side for a bubble bath, but a girl has to have a luxury bath once in a while. The Deep Steep Brown Sugar Bubble Bath retails for £10.95 for 517ml.

4. The Glam Guide by Fleur De Force

I am really intrigued to read Fleur’s first book. It seems like she has put a lot of hard work and thought into writing it and I would love what tips and tricks she has included in each chapter. Her book covers everything from makeup to healthy lifestyle motivation. The Glam Guide by Fleur De Force will be released on 12th February and is currently retailing for £7.49 on Amazon.

5. Pretty Honest: The Straight Talking Beauty Companion by Sali Hughes

I have seen this book raved about by YouTubers and bloggers alike and it has also popped up on my Instagram feed many times too. Although I love makeup and I enjoy being creative with my looks, I do have a 9-5 job that is focussed on the people I am working with as opposed to how I look. So I find myself wearing pretty simple makeup on a day to day basis. It will be great to read Sali’s tips and advice for how real women can make the most of makeup. Pretty Honest: The Straight Talking Beauty Companion by Sali Hughes retails for £22 but is currently on sale for £10.04 on Amazon.

6. Everything Eyes: Professional Techniques, Essential Tools, Gorgeous Makeup Looks by Bobbi Brown

Everything Eyes by Bobbi Brown is completely at the other end of the scale to Pretty Honest. Whilst it is aimed at everyone, it is more for people who want to learn more about professional makeup application and it gives examples of how to create classic looks and the tools you need to achieve the looks. I already own Bobbi Brown’s Makeup Manual which is great for those starting out with makeup or those who are looking to perfect their application, but I like how this book is specific to eye makeup as my eyes are the feature I like to be most creative with. Everything Eyes by Bobbi Brown retails for £7.69 on Amazon.

What is on your Wish List? Are you currently on a spending ban, if so are you sticking to it or struggling like me? Let me know in the comments.

Wish List #3 | January 2015

Jan 15 Wish List

I thought I would make my first post of 2015 my January Wish List. A couple of the products on the list are new releases and the rest are either products I have been eyeing up for a while or they are products I have seen in some bloggers/vloggers favourite products of 2014 lists.

1. Real Techniques 300 Tapered Brush

Real Techniques have quickly become one of my favourite brush brands. The brushes are excellent quality and retail at an affordable price – they even rival my MAC brushes. So when news hit that they would be releasing a new line of brushes, aimed more at the professional, I was very keen to see what they had developed. I must admit I was a little shocked when I saw the price of the new brushes, but when I watched Sam and Nic’s video that introduced the brushes I understood why they were more expensive. I have already placed an order for the 301 Flat Contour Brush but I also like the look of the 300 Tapered Brush, I think it will be perfect for precise application of blush or highlighter. The Real Techniques 300 Tapered Brush retails for £24 and is available exclusively at Boots in the UK.

2. NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

When Christine from Temptalia posted a sneak peek of the NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette I knew that I wanted it. I didn’t even need to see any swatches to know that it was going to be amazing. Then when her review post went up it confimed that as soon as it was available in the UK I would be buying it. I have not tried any of the Dual Intensity shadows but I have heard great reviews of them and as this palette contains eight shadows in this formula it is a great opportunity to try them out. It has already been released on narscosmetics.com but as yet I haven’t not heard a UK release date. The NARSissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette retails for $79 and is available here.

3. Burberry Pale Barley Sheer Eyeshadow

This eyeshadow is very popular in the blogging community. I have seen in it a few of my favourite beauty bloggers channels (Vivianna Does Makeup, Ghostparties and Amelia Liana) and I think it just looks like a me kind of colour. I love a good neutral shade that I can throw on easily in the morning when I am rushing out the door. It is described as a cool medium dark brown with a golden sheen running through, it reminds me a little of MAC Patina. Although £23 is a pretty hefty price tag for one eyeshadow I can kind of justify it – just about –  if I use it regularly enough. Burberry Pale Barley Sheer Eyeshadow retails for £23 and is available here.

4. Blank Canvas Cosmetics 6 Contour/Highlight Palette #1

I first heard about this contour kit when I was watching a tutorial from Sinéad of The Makeup Chair. Blank Canvas Cosmetics are an online based Irish beauty brand who aim to produce quality products at an affordable price. So far I have purchased one of their brushes and I must say I am very impressed and I am looking forward to trying more products from the company in the future. The Blank Canvas Cosmetics  6 Contour/Highlight Palette #1 retails for £11.64 and is available here.

5. Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads

After I have had any kind of blemish I end up with a red/dark spot that last longer than the actual blemish did. It really bothers me as my skin can be clear in terms of active blemishes but then still look uneven and spotty due to the scars that are left behind. In an attempt to combat this I use quite a few brightening or complexion correcting products to help even out my skin tone. I spotted these when I was browsing Beauty Bay and thought they looked like they might work at combatting this issue. The Peter Thomas Roth Max Complexion Correction Pads retail for £24.95 and are available here.

6. Rebecca Minkoff Mini Mac – Rose Gold

In my attempt to downsize my handbag I have been searching for one that can fit all my essentials (phone, keys, purse and a few bits of makeup) whilst still having room to hold an umbrella/camera/fiancé’s wallet if needed. In comes the Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC. I have seen this numerous times in other bloggers videos and it is just what I am looking for. What’s more, it even comes in black with rose gold hard wear now! I know it is on the pricier side, but I am willing to pay a bit more for a staple item that I will use time and time again. The Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC – Rose Gold retails for $195 and is available here.

I am on a bit of a spending ban at the moment as I grabbed lots of bargains in the Christmas sales so I think it will be a while before I purchase any of these items, except possibly the NARS palette as it just so beautiful and I know it is going to sell out fast.

Are there any new releases you are looking forward to? Or are there any products you have heard bloggers/vloggers raving about that you want to get your hands on? Let me know in the comments below.

Wishing you all a brilliant 2015,

Vanessa

Wish List #2 | December 2014 Christmas Wish List

December Wish List

I have combined this month wish list with my Christmas Wish List as I thought that the products I am lusting after this month are the things I have put on my Christmas List.

1. NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette

Every time I browse the Space NK website I keep coming back to the NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette. The palette contains Laguna Bronzing Powder, Miss Liberty Highlighting Blush, Deep Throat Blush, Sex Fantasy Blush and Final Cut Blush. I already have two Laguna Bronzers in other palettes but I just want this palette. I don’t know why as I have lots of blushes already, I think it is the fact it’s limited edition so I know if I don’t get it now then I won’t be able to. The blush colours look beautiful and the highlighter looks lovely too. The NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette retails for £45 and is available here.

2. Lush Rudolph

When I went to the Lush Christmas Product Launch I saw this gift set and I knew it was the one I wanted this year before I had even seen what was inside – I was sold on the knot wrap alone. Inside is the Snowman Jelly, Yog Nog Soap, Dashing Santa Bath Bomb and Golden Wonder Bath Bomb. I have tried the two bath bombs before but not the soap or the shower jelly so I hoping Santa brings me this so I can try them. Lush Rudolph retails for £19.50 and is available here.

3. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater

I have heard a lot about this brand from American beauty bloggers and decided to browse their products to see what I wanted to try first. I have been really enjoying hydrating facial sprays recently so this product really appealed to me. It claims to lightly refresh, hydrate and relive dry and tight skin. I love the smell of rose products so this sounds perfect. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater retails for £11.95 and is available here.

4. Sarah Chapman Morning Facial

Sarah Chapman is a much talked about brand at the moment so I was excited when I received some of her products in various Space NK gift with purchases. So far I have really enjoyed all of the products I have tried and I now have my eyes on her Morning Facial. Claiming to hydrate, boost radiance and and plump fine lines this product sounds like it would be perfect for my morning skin care routine. I know it is pricey but I believe in spending a bit more money on a serum and saving on other steps of my routine. Sarah Chapman Morning Facial retails for £45 and is available here.

5. Laura Mercier La Petite Pâtisserie Soufflè Body Crème Collection

Last Christmas I got a couple of sets of Laura Mercier body products in the sales and I have fallen in love with them. This set just looks beautiful, you get six body crèmes in the following scents, Ambre Vanillé, Almond Coconut Milk, Crème Brûlée, Fresh Fig, Crème de Pistache and Tarte au Citron – don’t they all just sound delicious. I already love the scent of the first three so I am looking forward to trying the other scents if I find this under my tree this year.

6. Forever Puff Ovo

Whilst read and watching various beauty bloggers I have learnt that it is better to press your setting powder into your skin in order to keep your foundation locked in place. I heard about the Forever Puff from Glam Life Guru aka Tati and thought that it looked like a good quality powder puff, not like the cheap ones you can get from drug stores. Each one has a foam on the inside and a velour outside and can be cleaned in the washing machine so they are good as new again. They come in a variety of different sizes from compact size to body size. Forever Puff Ovo retails for $12.99 and is available here.

Obviously Christmas is not just about receiving and giving presents, I love spending time with my family and friends and I am wishing for them all to be happy and healthy, but this is a beauty blog after all!

What are you wishing for most this Christmas. Let me know in the comments below.