Thursday, 28 February 2013

MAC & Urban Decay Haul

Hi my lovelies! I’ve been a bit late with my next post, but here it is nonetheless! Today, I’m comin’ atcha with my first haul...and one predictably is of course going to be MAC. I also picked up two new Urban Decay limited edition eye shadow palettes, which I will most likely do another in depth review on. They are both absolutely gorgeous, can’t wait to see what you guys will think of them. I hope you like this haul; please let me know what you think of these haul/review type things!

So, anyways, I think payday should just never arrive for me because all I get paid just goes on was the case today.

If you didn’t know already from my last post, I am a MAC fanatic. I just adore their products. They are fantastic quality and a few essentials are definitely worth investing in. I walked in today, to pick up one lipstick that I actually saw my best friend wearing this morning and it looked absolutely stunning on her, so I thought I’d try it. Just the one lipstick. What happens? I walk out with 3 lipsticks, a blush and a highlighter. The highlighter, to be fair, I did want for a while so I thought I would pick it up today. The blush? I didn’t REALLY need it, I just got it. Some of you might think that’s a waste of money, but like I say I just love MAC and I felt like a slight change from my original blush colour so I picked up another. So here’s the list of all the products.

 Lipsticks: ‘Please Me’, ‘Shanghai Spice’ (this is the one I saw on my friend – special mention going out for her lol ) & ‘Twig’, Blush: ‘Desert Rose’ & Highlighter: Mineralize SkinFinsh in ‘Soft and Gentle’.

All the lipsticks are quite muted, natural everyday shades. Well, as ‘natural’ as lipstick shades get. I have many bright coloured lipsticks, so these will do me fine on the ‘natural’ front for the time being.
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: 'Please Me', 'Shanghai Spice' & 'Twig'

‘Please me’ is a matte finish, and is a really pretty rose tinted baby pink shade which has a pigmented colour.
'Please Me'

‘Shanghai Spice’ is a crème sheen finish and this is more on the nude side. It is more a nude with a orangey undertone and very discreet gold shimmer all the way through. Can’t wait to wear this shade. 
'Shanghai Spice'
‘Twig’ is a satin finish and a browny pink, very similar to ‘Brave’ which I already have. This has a sheerer finish than the other two, so you can apply it more heavy handed to achieve a deeper colour. Also, it’s not one of the most popular shades out there and hardly anyone mentions it in the fashion/beauty world. But I swatched this in store and it really is a gorgeous colour. The colour would work beautifully for deeper, tanned skinned tones because it looks like a rosy nude pink, if you wanted to go for a ‘your lips but better colour’.

The Blush ‘Desert Rose’ is a matte finish and again highly pigmented, a little will go along way with this. I wouldn’t say it was a buildable colour, a light wash of this and you have the perfect rosy cheeks for a flushed and healthy look.
'Desert Rose'

And finally, for this excessively detailed MAC haul, a highlighter that pretty much everyone had raved about. It is the ‘Mineralize SkinFinsh in ‘Soft and Gentle’. Again, not a lot is needed with this product, just across the top of the cheek bones, above the brow and down the nose. It has a pinky, champagne colour with a hell-uva lot of shimmer!  This is the perfect product to give you that Kim Kardashian –esque glow!
Mineralise SkinFinish 'Soft and Gentle'

Urban Decay – I picked up the two new palettes which were released in respect of the new and upcoming movie ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ which is out on Friday 8th March. I really am so excited for this movie, looks fantastic.

I am just going to add some pictures to show you what they look like and will post a more indepth review of this in the next blog post, so stay tuned!

Hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s post...leave any comments, questions, queries below.

Much Love,
DISCLAIMER: All pictures are taken by myself, unless stated otherwise.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Lipstick Crazy Love

I have a crazy obsession with lipsticks I just can’t seem to get enough or in fact as many of them! It seems every time I’m in Selfridges walking past the MAC counter I get lured in by all the colourful creamy lipsticks in all finishes... added to my obsession is the fact that every time one of my favourite make up gurus on YouTube mentions a lipstick they like I have this tendency to run and purchase it asap, hence why I am always trying out new stuff, and the core reason to why I have started a!

Anyways, I knew the MAC ‘Strength’ collection was going to come out very soon. I had seen so many posts by American makeup artists on the collection and there was one in particular that stood out to me the most. ‘Party Parrot’ with the ‘Embrace Me’ Lip liner. My need to get hold of all the products was so great, that I would call the MAC store to make sure I had first pick! Obsessive, Compulsive.. I know right! When it finally did come out, I ended up getting all of them apart from two, (‘Strong Women’ and ‘Firm Foam’ – they were a bit too ‘loud’ for me!) Also, I absolutely loved the campaign photo for this collection, for me it was by far the best embodiment of a collection done by MAC previous to this. I think it really captured the essence and beauty of ‘Strength’ in the colour shades that they brought out.

LEFT TO RIGHT: 'Pink Pigeon', 'Party Parrot', 'Absolute Power'
I purchased ‘Party Parrot’, ‘Absolute Power’ and ‘Pink Pigeon’, along with the ‘Embrace Me’ Lip line. All the finishes for these lipsticks are matte, VERY, matte, so if you suffer from dry lips I would definitely recommend using lip primer to condition and hydrate the lips before you apply the lipstick. If you don’t have a lip primer, a lip balm works just as well, just remember to blot off any residue and excess before applying. These lipsticks have an amazing lasting power; they stay on for a good few hours. I wore ‘Party Parrot’ to work a couple of weeks ago, not only did I get lovely comments on my lipstick but I found that the vibrancy and finish lasted me the day without drying out my lips too much.  Another thing, whenever you are using a matte lipstick, PLEASE, use a lip liner. Not only will this help with your lasting power, but it will give you a PERFECT outline and shape for your lips, doing so much justice to the lipstick itself.

'Pink Pigeon'
 'Party Parrot'
'Absolute Power'
(Sorry its not the right way round - couldn't seem to rotate it!)
I am so glad I got hold of these lipsticks when I did, otherwise I would have highly regretted it. However, I did purchase these a while back now, so whether they are still available I am not sure. I know that pretty much everything is sold out online. One known thing about new collections from MAC is that they do tend to sell out extremely quickly, especially when there are limited edition lipstick colours and eye shadows. On the other hand, the great thing is, that MAC will probably already have a colour almost, or as similar to the shade anyway. To make y’all life easier, I have found some dupes for these lipsticks, which you can find in the permanent collection line.

‘Party Parrot’ AND ‘Pink Pigeon’ are almost very similar in shade – DUPE: MAC’s 'Impassioned' which has an Amplified finish – so not as matte as the other two
‘Absolute Power’ – DUPE: MAC’s 'Diva' – this has the same matte finish as Absolute Power, but Diva is slightly darker in tone than A.P, which has more reddish undertones.

Here are the colour swatches and what the lipsticks look like:

LEFT TO RIGHT: 'Pink Pigeon', 'Party Parrot', 'Absolute Power' & 'Embrace Me' Lip Liner. 
(More Light)

TOP TO BOTTOM: 'Pink Pigeon', 'Party Parrot', 'Absolute Power', & 'Embrace Me' Lip Liner
(Lesser Light)
I really could not wait to get this post up for you guys and share my lipstick love, I hope you have enjoyed reading this and it has given you can idea about shades and colours. If you have any questions please leave below. Thank you & Much Love, B xxx

Friday, 15 February 2013

Hello and Welcome!

Hi beauts!
Just a little Hello and Welcome to my blog, Fashion & Beauty! As you can guess by the name this blog will be completely and utterly dedicated to fashion and beauty. So, I decided to set this blog up because I just love anything fashion and beauty - especially makeup (and I am sure I am not the only one!) This blog will aim to bring you reviews, new products, anything I am loving, new fashions trends, hauls etc.. If you have a love for all things fashion and beauty, I hope that you will take some time out to view my blog and join with me in keeping up with all the up coming trends!
By the way, this is my first blog, so I may be a bit rusty, bear with me.. :) Hopefully, I will get the hang of this and be able to upload a blog quite regularly and keep y'all posted!
My aim is to provide you with the necessities of beauty and fashion and provide an opinion. I am no pro, but this is merely a hobby and something I enjoy doing. I am by no means saying that this the way for everything to be done. All I wish to do is share with all those who share with me my interest in all things beauty and fashion!
Lastly, I would just like to give you a warm welcome and hope that you enjoy!

Much Love,
B xx