Showing posts with label Maybelline. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Maybelline. Show all posts

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Most used | Blushers & Bronzers

I can scarcely remember a time when I didn't apply blusher. My skin looks so flat and dull without it that I rely on this beauty product daily. I downsized my makeup collection massively this year in an attempt to generally declutter. The process involved a critical look at the items I reached for over and over. These blushers are my most used and loved.

in Sahara (£4.99)
I love Sleek Makeup blushers as they're well-priced, pigmented and there's shades to suit a variety of skintones. I have a few shades of their blush but Sahara, a beautiful matte burnt-orange ideal for medium and darker skin, is my favourite. I only need to gently swirl my brush in this compact and sweep over the face for the perfect flush of colour. The compact is small so I often carry this around with me and a major plus is that I've dropped it more times than I can count without it shattering.

in Abricot (£10.90)
KIKO also produces gorgeous high quality products at a low cost. This compact is slightly smaller and pricier than the Sleek Makeup blusher but it definitely makes up for it with the luxe-looking packaging. It has a magnetic closure too which is a great feature. I tend to wear the colours in this compact mixed together which creates a deep coral tone. The formula blends well and adds a subtle pop of colour. 

in Blonde (£5.99)
I never expected to love this bronzer as I actually picked up the wrong shade by mistake. It's not pigmented enough for my skintone when swatched (bonus points if you can actually spot the swatches on my hand) which had me doubting whether I should include it in this post. I felt I had to, as it's the most used product out of the 3 featured here, I just have to swirl my brush around in this compact a lot to pick up the colour. I tend to stick to the darker side and once it's on my cheeks the result is so gorgeous. My skin looks sunkissed without being overly shimmery or muddy looking and I can layer it with a blush if I want colour. It is a great budget buy for anyone with fair to light skin and I'd definitely buy it again, though next time I'll pick up the shade that's more suited to my skintone.

Do you use blushers?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 22 May 2016

New In Beauty | May 2016

My makeup routine rarely changes from month to month but I have been trying to shake it up a little recently with a few items which have been missing from my beauty collection.

(from left to right clockwise) Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palette in Light / Medium (£28)*, Eye Brushes (£6.50 each), Pro Conceal HD Concealer in Pure Beige (£2.99), Opal Glow on the Go Collection (£20), Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Black (£7.99)

I'm hopeless at applying eyeshadow despite watching countless YouTube tutorials but I'm working on it. Part of my struggle is that I don't actually have many eyeshadow brushes to work with so I picked up a few basics from Makeup Geek to practice with - the Soft Dome, Pointed Crease and Outer V brushes. All are only £6.50 each from  and are decent quality so are perfect for beginners like me. Stila also recently sent over their newly released Perfect Me, Perfect Hue palette for light and medium skin which comes with a dual ended brush. The palette contains 5 eye shades which cater to my love of neutral eye looks so I'm hoping that when I finally get the hang of applying eyeshadow this palette will see a lot more use. To complete my eye looks I also bought the Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner. I've been wearing eyeliner a lot more but I've only ever used liquid or felt tip eyeliners before. I found gel harder to work with at first but the buttery texture glides on easily and dries quickly, staying in place throughout the day. 

Now that it's warmer I've been relying on products to give my skin a sunkissed glow (like my latest makeup look for my YouTube channel ). Key to this look is a great highlighter and I'm in love with the Becca Opal Glow On The Go Collection I picked up from recently. The collection features two miniature highlighters in liquid and pressed form. A little really does go a long way with both products and give such a gorgeous highlight. I usually use bronzer on my cheeks but I've also been loving the pink and coral shades in the Stila palette for a flush of colour.

My latest buy is the LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer which was only £2.99. I've been meaning to pick up one of these for the longest time but this was something I really wanted to test in-store to get the right shade. I found them at my local  and picked up Pure Beige which is slightly lighter than my skintone so I can use it to brighten my under eye area. I love the creamy texture which is easy to blend and conceals well. I'll definitely be grabbing a darker shade soon to contour with.

*sample - read my disclaimer .
Have you bought any new beauty products?

Christine Stewart x

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Friday, 12 February 2016

FOTD | Valentine's Beauty

When it comes to Valentine's Day beauty my makeup is pretty straightforward. A bright lip feels most natural and I usually dress up my eyes with a little winged liner. Here I've added a swipe of shadow too. Granted this is far more 'overdone' for what will probably be an evening in with the other half and a takeaway, V-Day does fall on a Sunday this year after all. I couldn't not do a classic V-Day makeup look though so here's what I would wear. 

This lipstick from the L'Oreal Color Riche range is a new addition to my makeup collection. The colour straddles red and pink and it's a welcome change from the plethora of pillar box red lipsticks I have already. It's gorgeously pigmented and whilst it is supposed to be matte it has a slight sheen to it and I don't find it drying. 

I'm still a complete novice when it comes to applying eyeshadow no matter how many YouTube tutorials I watch, so I kept my eyes pretty simple. I used a mix of Iman Luxury Eye Shadow in Tiger Eye* (from  and Ted Baker Eyeshadow from their  set. As it's Winter I have to rely on usual indoor lighting and as I was standing right underneath my ceiling light the tones of the eyeshadows don't 'pop' as much in the photos as they do in real life. I really love these eyeshadows though and they complement each other perfectly.

I've been missing my long hair a lot lately so will occasionally live vicariously through extensions. Here I'm wearing  bundles I bought from  months ago. I just wrapped the tracks around the base of my ponytail and secured with a few bobby pins. I initially planned to make these bundles into clip-in extensions but the individual tracks are pretty thin so I've now made a u-part wig out of the hair. The curls are gorgeous, though looser than my hair texture, and blending them together is almost seamless. You can expect a few more snaps of me wearing this hair soon. 

MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NC42)
MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40)

Ted Baker Manchester Eye Shadow Trio (Brilliance of Beauty Set)
Iman Luxury Eye Shadow (Tiger Eye)
KIKO Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner (Black)
L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Extra Black)

Eylure Brow Kit (Dark Brown)
KIKO Brow Mascara (Black)

Maybelline New York Dream Sun Triple Bronzing Powder (Blonde)

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Lipstick (430 Mon Jules)

*received in April's Glowwbox. You can read my disclaimer

Do you have a typical Valentine's makeup look?
Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

New In | Maybelline & Rimmel Makeup

I cleansed my beauty collection of a lot of old gear a few months ago and I felt it was time I ushered in a few makeup products. For a beauty blogger I think my makeup stash is quite small and I want to keep it that way so I didn't buy a lot, only a couple of bronzers and lip products from Boots to refresh my everyday makeup look a little.

Rimmel Manchester Sunshimmer Bronzing Powder in Medium (£5.59)
I've been looking for a product to give me that 'glow' without it being overpowering so I thought this would be a good fit. The medium shade is probably a little light for my skintone but the subtle flush of shimmery bronze is exactly what I was looking for.

Maybelline New York Dream Sun Triple Bronzing Powder in Blonde (£5.99)
As well as a bronzer I needed a new highlighter and I thought the multiple tones in this compact would serve as both. I accidentally picked up the Blonde compact rather than brunette but the products looked almost identical on the shelf. This product isn't suited to my tone at all and the lightest shade is kind of chalky. I've still managed to make it work as a highlighter by swirling a blush brush around the pot and applying the product to my cheeks, brow bone and cupids bow. 

Rimmel Manchester Moisture Renew Lipstick in Birthday Suit (£4.99)
Nudes are easily my favourite tones to wear currently. I love Rimmel Lipsticks so it was only a matter of time before I added 'Birthday Suit' to my collection. I didn't think this tone would work for my skin originally as in the bullet it looks quite light. In reality it's a perfect match for my skin as the finish is quite sheer so my natural tone can still be seen slightly underneath. 

Maybelline Color Drama Velvet Lip Pencils in Berry Much, Red Essential and Nude Perfection (£4.99)
I adore these lip pencils. I've seen them in Boots and Superdrug for some time but I've had such a long love affair with lipstick that they didn't really appeal to me before. There's so many shades to choose from but in natural fashion I picked the tones I love to wear time and again. They provide a good amount of pigmentation which lasts fairly well. The formula is a little dry so I just add a little balm to my lips before applying. 

Swatches from left to right: Rimmel Manchester Sunshimmer Bronzing Powder (Medium), Maybelline New York Dream Sun Triple Bronzing Powder (Blonde),  Rimmel Manchester Moisture Renew Lipstick (Birthday Suit), Maybelline Color Drama Velvet Lip Pencils (Berry Much, Red Essential and Nude Perfection)

What beauty products have you been using lately?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Review | Maybelline Color Sensational Nude Lipstick

I've been trying to introduce more nude lip shades into my makeup collection for some time. I was quite excited to see a plethora of nude shades by in thestore a few weeks ago. I picked up Coffee Craze (£6.99) from the Color Sensational Nude Collection which has seen a lot of wear recently. The lipstick itself looks like malt chocolate but when I put it on my lips it's more of a soft pink, probably due to the natural colour of my lips.

I've always had a slight problem with buying new lipsticks. I often intend to find new colours I haven't tried before and always end up gravitating towards something very similar to what I have already. I've noticed that this lipstick is almost identical to L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in Silk but Coffee is Craze is ever so slightly rosier on my lips.

The lipstick is a smooth, soft texture which lasts fairly well throughout the day but it does need a few touch ups. I think it's a great product for the price and would definitely pick up more shades from this collection.

Have you tried anything by Maybelline?

Christine Stewart x

Saturday, 22 March 2014

NOTD | Maybelline Color Show Mauve Kiss

This is just a quick post on my current nail of the day (NOTD). I'm wearing Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in 150 Mauve Kiss (£2.99). It's a a very muted purple and not usually something I'd wear but I absolutely love this colour. Originally I was looking for something more brown based for a nude nail colour but this caught my eye whilst browsing Boots the other day. I also bought 381 Love this Sweater which is a very similar shade but more on the pink side.

I haven't bought much from Maybelline since my teens and I know it's a hugely popular drugstore brand but I have no idea how good their makeup is currently. The prices of the nail lacquers are very affordable and it only took two coats to get a perfect coverage. So far there's been no chipping either and I didn't bother with a base or top coat like I normally do when applying this polish. I'll definitely be picking up a few more shades of this polish in the soon.

Have you tried anything by Maybelline?

Christine Stewart x