What’s in my travel make up bag | 1 night in Geneva 

Beauty

In October half term I am heading to Geneva for 1 night to see the sites and explore, so I thought I would share with you what I’m planning on packing in my make up bag. 

For my base I am taking Benefit Porefessional Primer as I know this works amazingly well with the Mac Studio Fix foundation. These two together are really long lasting and still look exactly the same at the end of the day. Concealer wise I am taking the Bourjois Radiance Reveal because this gives great coverage and is also really brightening. Then too add some definition to my face I will be using the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Contour Stick in the shade dark as this gives a really natural contoured look. 

To bronze my face I will be using Hoola by Benefit follows by a Nip + Fab blush and the shade Champagne Sorbet from Tanya Burr Cosmetics to highlight. 

My absolute go to mascara at the minute is Loreal Paradise Exactic, it’s so quick and easy to use and build up volume and length that it makes it perfect to use when your short on time. For my eye shadow I wanted to create a really autumnal look so I’ve picked out an eye shadow from MUA Cosmetics in the shade Copper, this is a really pigmented copper shade and I will be using this over my lid. In my crease I will using the shade Soft Truffle from Tanya Burr Cosmetics palette Birthday Suit to build up the intensity. 

And finally for my brows I have chosen the brow kit from ElF, I have really been loving using powders so this one is perfect. And then to set my brows I will be using Loreal Brow Sculpt. 


And ofcourse no makeup bag is complete without lipstick, or many lipsticks! I may only be going away 2 days but I do like to have options! To keep my lips soft and hydrated I’m taking the Tanya Burr Cosmetics lip balm in Blackberry Coulis. As this has a tint aswell it’s really easy to just add on the go and not worry about the application. I then have packed two Mac lipsticks, the first shade is Amourous and the second is Russian Red. And the beautiful deep berry lipstick from Nars is in the shade Charlotte, this is the lipstick I plan on wearing the most! And then when I don’t want a dark or bright lip I have packed Tanya Burr Cosmetics Martha Moo liquid lipstick which is a nudey pink shade and is really long lansting. 

Fall Makeup Routine 

Beauty

Today’s post is all about my fall makeup routine that I have been doing for the past couple of weeks. 

My fall makeup routine starts off with my favourite primer from The Ordinary, I just love the way this feels on my skin and how long it makes my make up last! For my foundation I have gone a shade lighter so I’m now in the shade NC15 which is a perfect match. I then conceal under my eyes using the Rimmel Wale Me Up Concealer. This is brightening and so it’s perfect for those dull autumn days. And then to add a bit of colour into my face and some shape I use the cream bronzer from Seventeen. I use this on my forehead and on my cheeks. 

On my cheeks I have been using Nars Laguna Bronzer which adds the slightest bit of shimmer to brighten your face up followed by the blush Dolce Vita which is a deeper toned blush perfect for autumn days. Finally on my cheeks I have been using a dusting of the Peonies Please from Tanya Burr Cosmetics. This is super pigmented and so you only need one swipe along your cheek bones. 

On my eye lashes I have been using Loreal Lash Superstar which is a double ended Mascara so you can build up loads of volume and length. 

As for the eyes, I wanted something really autumnal and bold so I picked the red shimmer shade from the MUA Cosmetics palette. It’s really pigmented, long lasting and looks great on! I then used a Colour Pop shadow in the shade Cornelius in the outer corner to blend it all together. 

And for my brows I have been loving using the powder from the Elf Brow kit, it’s the perfect shade for me (medium) and it’s really easy to work with to create natural look brows. Then of course I set using Loreal Brow Plumper. 

Finally, lips! To add a little bit of colour I like to use the Blackberry Coulis lip balm from Tanya Burr Cosmetics. And then to add even more colour the shade Amourous by Mac is a great shade for autumn! 

What’s your go to make up for autumn? 

Victoria 

Everyday Make Up with Only 10 Items 

Beauty

As I’m now back in the swing of work properly after being on holiday for six weeks, I’ve been really struggling with getting up in the morning. Although I really don’t mind doing my makeup, basically know that I look better with it rather than without it, so not doing my make up is not an option. In order to have an extra 10 minutes in bed, I have picked out only 10 items of make up (one is a palette) in order to reduce the amount of time messing around and finding products and wasting time by not knowing what I want to use. So here are my 10 item everyday make up picks… 


1. Prime Before I even look in the mirror which is inside my make up bag, I apply The Ordinary High-Adherance Silicone Primer which makes my skin feel super soft and makes it look better than what it is. 

2.Mascara While my primer sinks in I apply my mascara, my go to at the minute along with half of he blogging community is Loreal Paradise Exactic. This makes my lashes look long and full of volume which is what everyone wants obviously!

3.Foundation Now my primer is set and lashes are looking on ‘fleek’ it’s time to get some even skin, my go to foundation at the minute is Mac Studio Fix. It is a little dark, but I’m trying to use it up so I can buy a lighter shade. This creates a pretty flawless matte base and already I’m looking so much better. 

4. Under Eye Concealer I have finally found my perfect under eye concealer in the form of Bourjois Radiance Reveal. This is really righting, hydrating and doesn’t go cakey!

5. Cream Contour I have recently (in the past 6 months) become obsessed with cream contour, I use it as a base for my powder bronzer. I find it lasts much longer and looks more natural. I have been loving the Tanya Burr Cosmetics Contour Stick in the shade dark to contour my cheeks and then I apply it on my forehead to add some shadow. 

6. I then set under my eyes with Rimmel Stay Matte Powder, and then I set the rest of my face.

7. Next is my little cheat product, in order to make this a 10 piece make up look I chose to use a palette which contains bronzer, blush and high light. The chosen one for today is the Rosy Flush palette by Tanya Burr Cosmetics. 

8. For my brows I have been using a pomade by MUA Cosmetics, I really like the look this particular pomade creates and it’s really easy to use and not go to over the top. 

9. To finish my brows I set them using a brow mascara from Loreal. 

10. And finally I complete my look with a nude lipstick, the shade I’ve chosen for today is Pink Cocoa by Tanya Burr Cosmetics. 

Let me know what your 10 staple products are.

Victoria 

Summer Holiday Make Up Routine 

Beauty

Hey! So I’ve just got back from my nightmare holiday (there will be a blogpost going up about it, but I feel like I need hours to sit down and write it!). While I was away I got into a really good routine with my make up and pretty much stuck to the same products everyday as I wanted a really glowy bronzed look. So here is what I used and what I came up with…


To prime my skin I used Benefit Porefessional which I am really loving at the moment! For my foundation I used Mac Studio Fix Fluid which is absolutly perfect for hot climates and if you want a long lasting base. But as I was tanning I needed to darken my foundation daily so it matched, in order to do this I used the foundation drops from The Body Shop. These were perfect for adding a little extra colour each day and it was really easy to add the right amount. 

Although my base was getting darker I decided I would keep my under eye concealer really bright so I used the lightest shade of the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer. This was super hydrating and didn’t dry out my under eye area. I’ve actually forgotten to add the Rimmel Stay Matte powder in the photo, but I used that everyday to set everything in place. 

To add some colour and definition into my face I used Benefit Hoola Bronzer to bronze on my forehead and cheek bones and under my jaw. I then used Benefit Galifornia for blusher, this was the perfect shade for the summer as it’s a really pretty coral shade (and it smells amazing!). 

And lastly to add that extra glow, I used a new highlighter from Tanya Burr Cosmetics in the shade Warm Bronze. I really hesitant at first because I didn’t think I would ever be able to wear it, but with a tan it looked amazing! 


I took two eye shadows with me but pretty much ended up only using Burning Embers from MUA Cosmetics. This had the perfect warm shades for a summers evening, and I could create a different look every night if I wanted. 

On my lashes I used the Loreal False Lash Superstar which is a double ended mascara perfect for building up bold long defined lashes. 

And finally on my brows I have been loving this powder from Freedom, I have been mixing the light and dark shade and this gives a much more natural effect than a pomade. And then to set my brows I used Loreal Brow Plumper in blonde. 

Ofcourse I applied a lipstick every night, but it was a different one every night as I took enough for one per day. Although I’m heartbroken as on the last night I lost Candy K somewhere around the hotel! 

So here are a few selfies from the week! (Excuse the wet hair & flower crown)

Let me know what your go to make up products are on holiday.

Victoria xx 

Nip + Fab Make Up First Impressions 

Beauty

Nip+Fab make up seems like the most hyped make up product at the moment with everyone owning it! But you can see why, it does looks really good! 


I picked up 3 palettes as they were on 3 for 2 offer at Superdrug. 


The first one I knew I had to purchase was the highlight palette, I chose this over the contour palette as I thought the shades were more wearable and I would get more use of them. As you can see it swatches are super pigmented. Why I love about these palettes is that the names are on the back of the palette for each shade which makes life so much easier. For the moment I will mainly be using the top row as they are more of my everyday colours I like to wear, but in the summer with a tan I can see myself wearing the bottom row to get more of a sunkissed glow! 


The next palette I wanted was the blush palette, I have a servere lack of blushes in my collection so I thought this would be the perfect way to boost them. They are all super pigmented but not to over powering, they can be built up easily and blend out really nicely. 


The travel palette was calling my name, it has the most perfect shades for me! As you can see it comes with a bronzer blush and highlight. This is the perfect all in one palette if you need to travel light! 

To be honest probally all of these palettes will be coming with me on my summer holiday because I pack way to much make up every year! 

I really do want to try a foundation from Nip+Fab but I have no idea what the shades are so I’ll have to purchase that in store. 

Have you tried any of their products? What are your thoughts on them? 

Xoxo 

Step By Step Make Up Tutorial For Beginners (Face Only)

Beauty

This post is dedicated to my best friend Meg, she has asked me for some advice about what products she should buy and how to use them. Hopefully this will help someone else out who is just starting with make up, make sure to leave your tips in comments below. 

Step 1 Primer
Primer is applied to help your make up stick to your face better, it also helps create a good base for your make up. Deciding on what primer you use will depend on your skin type and what you want to achieve. If you have oily skin then a a primer which is going to mattify your skin would be perfect. But if you have dry skin then you should look for a primer which is going to help give more a dewy base.
Apply a small pea sized amount of primer to your fingers and massage into your face focusing on your t-zone (forehead,nose and chin). I always like to let my primer sink in a bit before I apply my foundation so I tend to do my eye shadow while I wait.

Step 2 Foundation
Foundation is such a tricky part, and I think if your unsure of what shade you need you should ask a shop worker as they will be able to help you out. As I am quite pale in the winter months I pick Ivory or Porcelain as I know they will match me, and even if their too light I can add some colour through bronzer. Up until last year I only ever applied my foundation using my fingers, I tried a brush but didn’t like the way it applied. But now I use a sponge and could never go back to a time before it. By using a sponge I think it creates a much more even coverage and looks so much more natural as it prevents you from caking it on.

**TIP** Soak your sponge in warm water and then squeeze out excess using a towel

Step 3 Conceal
I have only started concealing recently and I am so glad it is a part of my routine now. I dont tend to conceal spots, because i have yet to find an amazing concealer which can cover a huge red crater on my face but I do conceal under my eyes. I tend to pick concealers which are brightening and not drying. At the minute a few favourites of mine are Collection Lasting Perfection, Rimmel Wake Me Up and Maybelline Dream Lumi. When I pick a concealor for under my eyes I always buy the lightest shade as this really brightens, although this is hard when you wear a light foundation as well.

**TIP** Apply your concealor in a triangle shape under your eyes and blend using your sponge

Step 4 Set
Setting your make up is so important, it keeps the make up in place looking good and keeps it on your face for longer. Lets start with setting your under eye concealor, to do this I use a technique called baking. I have found a really cheap alternative to a lot of high end loose powders and it is only £1.99, the Natural Collection Loose Powder in Translucent. As this is translucent its not going to add any colour, its just going to stop your under eye area from creasing. To apply this is use my damp beauty sponge and dab it in the pot and then under my eye, I apply a few coats so I look like a crazy person and then let it sit there and set (baking). While this is baking I like to then do my mascara.
Once it has finished baking you can brush off the excess.
To set the rest of my face I use my trusty Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent. This is my go to powder and the only one I have in my collection. I apply a liberal amount over my face and focus on my t-zone so I can reduce the shine for later in the day.

**TIP** If your not going to be wearing eye shadow make sure you add a little bit of powder to your lids to stop creasing and to prevent any mascara transfering.

Step 5 Bronze
Bronzer is very much personal preference and depends on your skin. To be safe when starting out I would choose a light one, so you can build up the colour rather than applying to much and trying to blend. I would also reccomend sticking to a matte bronzer rather than a shimmery bronzer as it will look more natural. With regards to placement, keep it very simple and natural, on your cheek bones and a little on your forehead. Where the sun hits you naturally. And blending is key! Here you can see a few of my favourite bronzers.

**TIP** Try and do your make up in natural lighting as it will give a truer colour


Step 6 Blush
I have to admit I’m not a huge blush fan and I feel most days I could just wear bronzer, but that being said a pop of colour on your cheeks does make you look more alive and put together. Picking a colour is pretty much down to you and what you think will suit you, I tend to go for light pinks in the summer and a little bit darker in the winter. Building up colour is great, so just take a little bit on your brush and apply it to the apples of your cheeks. Make sure you blend!

Step 7 Highlight
This is my favourite step, adding some light to my face and making it glow. I have so many highlighters, but there so pretty so can you really blame me. Their like the Ferrari of the make up world. When I pick a highlight shade I either pick it because its super pretty or because I’ve read reviews and know its a good one. You don’t even have to spend £20 on one, there are some good drugstore £3 ones aswell as you can see from my photo.
When apply highlighter I like to use my fan brush, but a normal fluffy brush will do. I whisk it around the pan and then lightly stroke it on my cheek bones and up a little by my eye brows to create a c shape. I also like to add some highlight under my eye brows on the brow bone and on the cupids bow of my lips.

Hope this helps you out! 

Leave your tips in the comments below! 

 

My Blush & Highlight Collection 

Beauty

Highlight   

  

I love collecting highlighters as I believe that they are eject going to run out and it’s good to have a lot of options. I like to have a variety for different looks as some are more of an intense glitter than others. Personally I do prefer the more subtle look but on occasion I do like some good ol shimmer. The Sleek palette is probably my favorite as the colours are perfect and they are so subtle and natural. Working my way round clockwise to the top is Beauty Uk baked blush (highlighter), I have had this for a few years now so it’s probably past its best date. But it is actually a really nice shade and reminds me of soft & gentle by Mac. Next up are some liquid and stick highlighters, the Rimmel Good To Glow is very nice but I don’t use this that much as I always forget about it. Next are two Collection stick highlighters which I love, I ended up re purchasing a new one even though I am no way near to finishing the first one I bought. But it’s good to stock up. And the last stick is by Kiko, I’m not a fan of this at the moment because it is very pigmented and a bit to bright for me, but maybe in the summer with a tan on holiday I will like it. And the last liquid highlighter is by Benefit in Moon Beam which is very much like the Rimmel one. Once again I don’t remember to use this! Next is Glow All Out by Soap & Glory which I really like for when I want a natural look as it does not have any shimmer to it. And below that is one of my faves, Mac Soft and Gentle, I love this, it’s such a lovely shade and gives the perfect highlight to your cheeks. The next on is by MUA, this is another cheap one at only £3 but it does job. This does have a lot of glitter/pigment in it so you definelty can see when your wearing this. I then have two blush/bronzer blocks from Collection, I believe these are meant to be very similar to the Bobbie Brown Shimmer Bricks. I will be doing a review on these two very soon! And the final one going round the circle is by Makeup Revolution, this is very similar to the MUA with regards to the product type. It is very pigmented and glittery and has a tough texture. Now going through the middle of the circle is an Urban Decay highlighter in the shade Brown Sugar, mine looks horrible because it melted once so it’s a funny texture. It has a lovely golden shimmer which is nice with a tan. And the last one is The Balm Mary LouManizer which is a perfect highlighter for any occasion! 


Blush 

   

  

To start of my blush collection there is Milani Luminoso which is a very popular shade as its a very nice peachy pink shade with a hint of shimmer. To the left is a blush by Emite which I got in a subscription box, it is a very dark terracotta shade so you really don’t need much at all. Next is a Sleek blush in the shade Flmaingo which is a bright hot pink, I have not actually ever used this because I am too scared to! Above that is a liquid blush from Rimmel in the shade Sun Kissed Cherry, this is one of my all time favorites as its really blendable and buildable. Next is a another hot pink from Make Up Revolution in Wow, this is a really nice shade for the summer to add a pop of colour. Below that is a mosaic blush from MUA in English Rose. Below is my newest addition from Sephora in the shade so shy, this is the perfect matte shade for adding really natural colour to your cheeks. And below that is a very similar one from Kiko in 109 which is near enough an exact match to the Sephora one. To the left is another Kiko blush but in a cream formular, I really like cream blushes as they look more natural and can be blended easily. Above that one is orgasm by Nars, this is ofcourse a very popular one so ofcourse I needed this one in my collection. Then I have another cream blush from Make Up Revolution in The One, once again this is another really natural blush easy to blend and build. Above is a MUA blush which I barely use in the shade Sugar. And the final one is a cream blush from Jelly Pong Pong which is also a lip paint aswell so it’s perfect for traveling as its a dual use product. 

  

The final item that falls into this category is this gorgeous palette by Hourglass, this is the Ambient Lighting Edit which has 3 highlighters and 3 blushed. I have to say I do prefer the blushes more than the highlighters as I don’t think the highlighters are as good as others I have used. But I do love this palette anyway! 

Nars Steven Klein Palette 

Beauty

   
    
   
I can’t believe it has taken me so long to do a blog post on this palette, I’ve had this one since Christmas Day and to be honest I haven’t used near enough as much as I want to! This is the One Shocking Moment Palette in Collaboration with Steven Klein the photographer. 

This palette was £45 and is well worth the money as you get really good sized products. You get four blushes, a powder, contour shade and a bronzer. It’s a great way to be able to test out Nars blushes and bronzers without having to spend £20 – £30 on each item. The bronzer is in fact Laguna, which is the very popular one, so now I have three Laguna bronzers. 

The palette is perfect for taking traveling as it has everything you need for you face. The products are a really good size and great colours for every occasion. 

I really just start using this more! 

Nars Orgasm Dupe 

Dupes

 
  
 *top: Nars Orgasm bottom: Sleek*
Nars Blush in Orgasm is a new addition to my make up collection and it was well worth buying it, however it wasn’t till I was sorting through my make up I noticed I had a blush which was very similar. After searching them together they look nearly identical. I would say the Nars blush is slightly more oranged tone  in the swatch, but in the pan they look the same. 

The Face Form Contouring & Blush Palette in light by Sleek was very inexpensive and in my eyes a (nearly) exact dupe for Orgasm. 

The only different between the two shades is that I the Sleek colour is more intense and heavy where as Orgasm has a lot lighter coverage. 

So if your not sure weather or not you want to splash out on Nars it’s worth trying out Sleek first to make sure the colour is for you. 

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette First Impressions 

Beauty

   
    
   
This is by far one of the prettiest palettes I have seen, I got this for Christmas from my mum and when we were buying it it was such a hard deciding what palette to get. I chose the edit because it had more options and chances to try out a high end expensive brand. 

The top row is highlighting powders and the bottom row is are blushes. I have to say I am actually more impressed with the blush row than I am with the high light row. The blushes are so pigmented and such lovely shades. My favourite highlight is the centre one as it is more vibrant than the other two. 

Blush   
Highlight 


I think it is a great palette and perfect for traveling as you will have lots of different options. It’s really compact which is nice and seems pretty sturdy and won’t break easily. 

When I have used up this palette I think I will buy a full size product by them because so far I am impressed.