A Few of my favourite things … INGLOT

Hello guys! This is embarrassingly over due but I wanted to share it with you anyway. You guys know what I was like when I discovered Inglot while in Poland and how insanely cheap it was! Let’s just say it was a good day! And you have seen some of my previous post where I featured my new buys, but just in case you missed it, you can click here and here 🙂 In this post I’ll be showing you some of the amazing matte blushes I got while I was there and a few extra eye shadows I got. Because I’m a lazy heifer I didn’t put any of the product numbers in this post, its such chore having to take individual pans out to look at product number but if there is anyone that catches your eye and you want the product number let me know in the comment section.

Inglot Freedom palette - Matte blushes
Inglot Freedom palette – Matte blushes
Blush swatches... very pigmented
Blush swatches… very pigmented
Some of the additional palettes I got just because. The in the middle is a lipstick palette I put together
Some of the additional palettes I got just because. The in the middle is a lipstick palette I put together
I added some new colours and moved them around... I love how easy it is to just have this on the go with you. I still think hands down Inglot have the most beautiful packaging. The freedom system palettes are so cool looking but also sturdy!
I added some new colours and moved them around… I love how easy it is to just have this on the go with you. I still think hands down Inglot have the most beautiful packaging. The freedom system palettes are so cool looking but also sturdy!
Close ups of my extra shadows.
Close ups of my extra shadows.

What I Wore… Christmas Party ☆★☆

Hi peoples!

So my Christmas work do was last week Thursday and we went to this Snazzy restaurant in Covent Garden called STK located in the ME Hotel. We had such a good night with delicious cocktails and amazing food and I just wanted to share my look for the night. Last year I went all out sparkly but this year I went simple and chic with a black racer back jumpsuit and nude shoes. Topped the look off with a white blazer and statement neck piece. If you ever go to STK you have to try the Ophelia Flame cocktail… but I would also recommend you don’t try 4 like I did… work was a tragedy the next morning. Anyway, enjoy the pictures 🙂

Oh and on my lips is Diva by Mac!

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Mac Fall Lippie Swatches…

Hi guys!  I hope everyone is having a good start to their week so far and keeping well. Before I get into the post I’m going to have a lil rant. Does anyone else hate when you buy a lipstick and it just goes missing, never used still in packaging and everything and then poof it literally just disappears!!! I bought Violetta by Mac and I’d had it in mind to show it in this post and I can’t not find it anywhere! Its driving me near crazy, now I’m going to have to buy it a bloody third time, I just can’t with myself right now! *whoosh* Now that we’ve gotten that out the way lets get back to the post.

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I got 4 new Mac lippies ( well 5 really *deep breaths*) over the last 3 months and I’ve been wanting to show them to you guys because I think their so season appropriate especially with Christmas coming around real soon.

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From left to right: we have Diva which is a Mac favourite and stable for most ladies along my skin tone. I don’t know how and why I slept on this one but I did. Always thought it was just another berry colour and I had way too many, but looking at it now its more of a burgundy than berry and hopefully you’ll get to see that when I swatch it on my lips down below.

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Oh and BTW for anyone wondering what my foundation colour would be in case you’re trying to match it to your skin tone, I’m more of a 9.0 in Mac’s Matchmaster- 540 in Lancome Teint Idol- Sadlewood/Mahogany in Becca- Cappuccino/Mocha in Revlon Colour stay type of shade 🙂

The next colour after Diva is Fashion Revival which is also a matte finish lipstick. Fashion Revival was part of a collection which I can’t for the life of me remember what the name was. Honestly speaking, I could have probably done without this shade. I do like it but its nothing that I don’t already have, but it is really pretty and I will most likely still use it. I will say this though, its more on the pink side for a berry shade… maybe it isn’t berry after all. It reminds me a of a muted version of Girl About Town, also by Mac which I am also missing 😦

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The next colour is my favourite colour! I’ve been wanting to get this color since the first time I saw it on someone. Its Smoked Purple and I absolutely love it! It’s hard to describe the colour, its literally a muted smoked purple sorta colour. It’s similar to Sin and Cyber which are also both by Mac, but I feel like this color is more wearable… it isn’t straight up vampy, not as dark and intimidating. Not sure I’m making sense… Thank God for swatches, right 🙂

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You can also see another swatch in my previous post by clicking here.

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And last but not least is Damn Glamorous! Again not sure how I feel about this shade yet but I must admit its nothing like I have in my collection. I reminds me of All Fired Up which is also by Mac, a retro matte finish I believe. Damn Glamorous looks red in the bullet but when you swatch it on your lips it looks pink, it’s like a bright pink red. I think it makes for a nice pop of colour this season and stands out from the endless shades or deep reds, purple and burgundy. I like it!

Well that’s all I have to share with you guys. I honestly think I’m all Mac’d out at this stage. When it comes to lipsticks there isn’t a class of colour I don’t own from Mac. These days when I go to the store I find myself wandering around the blush and bronzer displays more but if you can recommend a colour that you think would suit my complexion by all means do. I finally got a chance to us my brow pomade by Anastasia Beverly Hills and the shade I use is in Ebony. I’m still getting the hang of it, I’m used to the precision of a pencil but I like the way it came out in the pictures. What do you think?

Facetime: Lush

Happy Sunday guys! I hope everyone is doing well and is all geared up for the week… I know I’m not 😦 … but anyway this is going to be super quick! In my last post I mentioned that I had recently start dabbling in Lush products for facial care and I wanted to share it with you guys and sorta ask you guys for some help. I am not a beauty guru so a lot of things I still learn along the way. When it comes to my facial care regimen I’ve always been pretty laid back and totally inconsistent and its a wonder my face isn’t worse than it is now. I don’t like to experiment with different facial products just for the hell of it and I don’t have super sensitive skin either. I’m also dark skinned so I’m very wary of trying different things on my skin in case they end up making me lighter. But at the same time I do suffer from hyper pigmentation around a lot of areas on my face and it gets to me. And no this hasn’t stopped me from walking out the house bare faced.  I’m bare faced all weekend and look forward to it all week like its a treat! The fact that I don’t have flawless skin doesn’t make me less confident to show my face as it really it. Knowing myself I honestly feel like it boils down to me not caring!  Lol

But on the real guys, I do want to do better for my skin. I love make up, not so much wearing it, but I do in fact love it. You can’t get the best out of the products you use if the canvas, your face, isn’t great to start with. And I’ve started noticing that more these days. My foundation just doesn’t sit right on my face anymore and my imperfections are more easily seen even with make up on. I have terrible blackheads and acne scars that have left my skin tone massively uneven! I walk past Lush stores all the time and I could never enter because of how overpowering the aroma of the products were. In fact I used deliberately cross the road right as I was coming up to the store door to avoid holding my breath as I walked past. And I was convinced that all the store attendants were high of their faces on the smell alone. But I had increasingly grown more curious about the products after watching a few YouTube vidoes on good facial regimens plus the fact that they were natural didn’t hurt either. So, two weekends ago I held my breath and ventured into their store at West Croydon and after 5mins of feeling like I might pass out it was all ok again and I could stand the smell. Being in the store was like something out of Alice in Wonderland! So many different colours, textures and smells, I was hooked! I love the whole concept of the store and how personal everything was from the product labelling to ingredients, it was all very hippie and quirky! Not to go on and on, I left the store with three products and these are what they were!

 

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First thing on my list to get was a good facial wash with exfoliating qualities so I picked up some Coalface. What Coalface does is absorb oil as it cleans your face which is great because an oily face is more prone to dirt and clogged up pores. It smells like liquorice which I oddly don’t mind too much considering how much I HATE liquorice 🙂 Some of the main ingredients are liquorice root, coconut oil, rapeseed oil, sandal wood and powdered charcoal. It also has exfoliating beads in which provide a gentle scrub, I know some people don’t like this but it leaves my face squeaky clean! I wear make up everyday and I like to know that when I wash my face it gets thoroughly cleaned!

 

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Initially what I wanted from the start was the Ocean Salt with coconut and lime. I had heard so much about it and super eager to try it but when I got into the store I changed my mind and went for a mask instead. I got the Mask of Magnaminty, you gotta love the names! It’s a multi purpose mask that wakes the skin up and also help fight breakouts. It has peppermint oil, bentonite clay, honey, evening primrose oil and lost of other delightful ingredients in it.

 

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The last thing I got was more of an impulse buy which looking back now should have been top of the list. For some weird reason my lips started getting really dry and not dry like oh its winter, better slap a bit more lip balm on, I mean realyl really dry! Like I was reacting to something. I couldn’t wear lipsticks for two weeks because of how bad it was and nothing seemed to help! So when I saw this lip scrub at the cash register I didn’t need convincing. And to be fair I could probably make this myself at home but they just had it so convenient in the lil glass tub that I had to pick it up. Its called Mint Julips and it’s made of castor sugar, jojoba oil, peppermint oil with vanilla extract. I love how it gets rid of dry patchy skin and leave my skin smooooothe!

Ok, so that’s it from my Lush buys, I can definitely tell you that I will back in the store soon to try Dark Angel and Ocean Salt which are scrubs and a couple of their shampoo bars. If you’re into Lush tell me what you’ve tried, what worked well for you and what you’re itching to try! Also please help a sister out, if you are along the same skin tone as me and suffer from really bad hyper pigmentation, what have you used. What do you find helps and please share your daily regimen. Ok I have to be up in about 5 hours for work so I’m calling it a night. Hope you all have a really week! Xxx

Jumping on the Drugstore Bandwagon ft Revlon Colourstay & L.A. Girl Pro Concealers

Hi Guys, TGIF!

Just stopping by quickly to share my experience with some of the new drugstore products I have been using. I have worn Mac cosmetics foundation from the first time I started wearing make up- I started with Mac Studio Fix powder, then I dabbled with Studio Sculpt which was an epic fail… oh and did I also mention that I tried it on a trip home (Nigeria)! Studio Sculpt is a very moisturising foundation, it is made for people who suffer from dry skin, which I do not, and it has a dewy finish. So all that coupled with the fact that I picked the wrong colour and the humidity while I was home resulted with my experience being a disaster. I then moved on to MatchMaster which is what I currently still use. Although I do love everything about MatchMaster I sometimes find that it can still be a little too red looking on me once it oxidizes. I think the finish is lovely and the coverage let’s me get away without having to pack it on but I was itching to try something new. And from my previous post I was also interested in trying new concealers to replace my holy grail Pro-Long concealer… well maybe not replace, just an alternative. I never understood why beauty Vloggers on YouTube were always trying and seeking out new foundations. I thought that once you found a good concealer and foundation you just stuck with it. And besides I honestly didn’t trust any other brand to cater to my skin tone the way Mac did…. especially not drugstore brands. But as time went on I found myself getting more curious about other foundations and I wanted the freedom of not just being tied down to Mac… what happens if I found myself somewhere that doesn’t have a Mac store in close proximity? I just wanted to know that I had options so I made a list of foundations and concealers to try –

  • Makeup Forever HD Foundation
  • Black Up Matifying Fluid Foundation
  • Sacha Cosmetics Concealer Palette
  • Black Opal Flawless Concealers
  • Black Up Cream Concealer stick
  • Face Atelier
  • Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation
  • Revlon Colour Stay Foundation
  • Lancome Teint Idole
  • Becca Cosmetics
  • kevyn aucoin concealers

Yes I know, it is a long and expensive list 🙂 Obviously I didn’t just run out to the store and pick everything off the list! I went for the cheapest – Revlon Colour Stay Foundation in a Mahogany and Cappuccino for combination/ oily skin – the shades change slightly depending on what your skin type is.

And this is what the Revlon Colourstay foundation and L.A. Concealers look like on
And this is what the Revlon Colourstay foundation and L.A. Concealers look like on

 

Straight off I can tell you that I do not care for this mixing business. Cappuccino on it’s own looks ok on me but it has the tendency to come off a little too red looking on me and that’s where the Mahogany comes in handy. It has less of a red undertone and balances the cappuccino out perfectly.

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On the left I have Cappuccino and the right I have Mahogany
On the left I have Cappuccino and the right I have Mahogany

I also picked out a couple of L.A. Girl Pro Concealers in 4 shades – Toffee, Toast, Chest Nut, and Beautiful Bronze. I’ve had L.A Girl concealers for a year and a half now but only in the lighter shades for under eye concealers and I never bothered getting them in the darker shades for an all over face concealer. I have to say, they come pretty close to being a dupe for Mac’s Pro Long wear concealers but for less than the half price. They also have an incredible amount of shades that cater to all skin tones and undertones. I use the shade Chest Nut as an all over face concealer, I find that it is the richest of the darker shades that comes closet to my skin tone.

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From Top to Bottom – Beautiful Bronze, Chestnut, Toffee and Toast
From Top to Bottom - Beautiful Bronze, Chestnut, Toffee and Toast
From Top to Bottom – Beautiful Bronze, Chestnut, Toffee and Toast

Overall I will say that I like the Revlon Colour stay foundation, the price isn’t bad and it does the job. The only thing I’m still iffy about is that sometimes it doesn’t come off as warm as I would like it to and that might be down to my mixing skills but usually after it oxidizes it looks good on me. I love the the L.A. Girl concealers and I think they get the job done too but when compared to Mac’s Pro Long concealer they sometimes come off a little ashy no matter how dark you go. I would love to see them bring out colour correctors with the same formula as the concealers, I think they would be killer!

Have you tried any of the foundations from my list? Please leave a comment below to let me know your thoughts on them and any other brands you would recommend that cater to darker skin tones. Oh, and I’m still on the prowl for a bomb colour corrector- I’m an NW45 in Mac’s Pro Long concealer – leave a comment below if you can recommend any! Thanks for reading!

Berry Garden

wpid-picsart_1405789459831_1_wm.jpgwpid-picsart_1405789604766_2_wm.jpgCame across this look on my Pinterest and I have been dying to try it out. Yes it is a lot of colour and normally I won’t do a dramatic eye with a bold lip but I love it! If I was on a night out I definitely see myself rocking this look! oooh and I tried Revlon’s Colourstay foundation in Cappuccino and Mahogany and I love it! And all concealers used were from L.A Girl Cosmetics

  • on My cheeks I have Sleek’s Flushed for my blush, Mac’s Gold Deposit for my highlight and Sleek’s contour kit and Covergirl’s ebony bronzer to contour
  • On my lips I have Inglot’s lipstick in 293
  • Lashes are Cherry Blossom in #01
  • Mac’s Sumptuous Olive in my tear duct
  • On my lid I am wearing so much colour it’s not even funny! I started off with matte greens all from my Sleek Ultra Matts VS palette and I packed that on before adding Mac’s Humid on top of that. I went back into the palette and used a really dark matte green to smoke out the outer corners. Last but not least I used my Inglot AMC pigment in 85 on top and voilà.
  • For my transition colours I used Mac’s Swiss Chocolate and Orange

Inglot “Mini” Haul

Hey guys!  So last week I made a super quick dash home for my parent’s anniversary shindig and I decided to pick a lil something for my mum, that something was makeup. I went for the closest make up store to me which is Inglot and got her some basics that I thought would be worth sharing with you guys. And of course I got a lil something for my self *wink* But on the real guys my no buy starts right now. I’m really done now …. well maybe after the next post 🙂

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My mum has the basics when it comes to make up and I mean basic basic, and it always seems to be scattered everywhere! She doesn’t have eyeshadows or any good quality palettes so I thought it would be good to help her build her make up bag gradually.  My mum has very good skin so she doesn’t need a lot of make up to cover or conceal anything like I do. When I say she basics I mean foundation and primers so I focused more on shadows and lip glosses which I know she loves. I wanted something compact she could carry around easily so I opted for the quad eyeshadow freedom palette.

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  • I picked 3 shimmery shades and a dark matte brown for a subtle smokey effect. My mum isn’t very adventurous with eye make up so I wanted to keep it as simple as possible.  I can not get over Inglot’s packaging! I just love love it, I have never come across a more sleek-looking palette! Hands down they are the most stylish when it comes to packaging.
  • Again for the blush I wanted something simple tht wouldn’t require too much of a technique to apply. These shades will go well with any skin tone and not overbearing. The fact the have slight reflect in them means they will also provide a subtle highlight.
  • My mum isn’t a huge fan of the full on look lipsticks give so I went with these two glosses, again I went for shimmery glosses.
  • And last but not least I picked up an eyeliner in black because no look is complete without a little giving your eyes an outline.

Moving on to what I got for myself 🙂 I didn’t plan on buying anything and if I’m being honest, I have raided Inglot last and early this year so I’m pretty much over their products now. I have tried everything thing I’ve been intrigued by but I came across these three beauties while in the store!

I love pigments! I’m still not great at working with them yet but I loooooove them! Everyone raves about certain eye shadows being the darkest black they have ever seen but I really I think I have found it! Inglot’s AMC pigment eyeshadow in 88 is the BOMB! It never occurred to me to ever get a pigment eyeshadow in black but this isn’t just black, it has beautiful gold reflects in it! Guys I am in love!!! Like how amazing would a smokey eye with this pigment be!?! 🙂

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Next up is this beautiful iridescent body sparkle in 51! I’m not going to go on about this little pot of magic, I will let the swatches show you! This is the second body sparkle I have picked up from Inglot and I think it adds gorgeous sparkle to the eyes when applied on top of other shadows.

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And last but not least! Probably my favorite at of all three things is AMC lipgloss in 541! In the glass tube it looks like some sort of magic serum and you can’t quite tell what colour it is, but when you swatch it reflects every color like an oily gooey mixed up rainbow! Again its very similar to the the body sparkle with it’s iridescence qualities. I have no idea when or how I’m going to rock this lippie but I am looking forward to it! 🙂 Well that’s in for my super “mini” Inglot haul!

Inglot AMC Lipgloss
Inglot AMC Lipgloss 541

Thanks for stopping by 😉