Friday, 31 January 2014

THE REVIEW: RMK MAKE-UP - EYES, LIPS AND CHEEKS


 On my Face - Jelly Cheeks in '01' | Irresistable Lips in '28 Rose' 

It has to be the mirrored packaging that delights my eyes.
RMK make-up products are just so beautifully packaged.
It has to be an advantage when your eyeshadow palette doubles up as a mirror for those occasions when you forget to throw your compact into your handbag.

I have been a fan of the RMK - Rose Balm Cleanser
  for over a year now and have always been interested in giving other products from the extensive range by RMK a try.

"RMK is a unique cosmetics line that holds firm roots within the New York make-up artistry scene and is carefully brought to life in dedicated laboratories in Japan."

Today I shall introduce you to my thoughts on some RMK make-up.
Kicking off with my muse of the moment - the lips.

Irresistible Lips - '28 Rose'*: This lipstick is one of the most moisturising lipsticks that I have worn on my lips, nevermind the beautiful soft brown toned red shade that I think would suit every skin tone as it is just so warming on the lips. In terms of longevity, the lipstick was comfortable on the lips for over three hours before a re-application was needed.

Gloss Lips - 'Sheer Orange'*: You know when you stumble across one of those products that just feels luxurious and looks fabulous? This lipgloss is one of them. The peach toned gloss with hints of tiny gold flecks is perfect for the spring/summer season. A slick of gloss before you head to the beach or before heading out into the balmy sunset, this lip colour is summer on a stick. The perfect touch of sheen with a pop of fruity colour.

Ingenious Jelly Cheeks - '02'*: After making the pledge at the start of this year to wear more product on my cheeks, I was suitably impressed with this product. Bouncy in texture, the pop of peach from the 02 shade gives my cheeks a healthy glow, the shade a hybrid between a creamy blush and bronzer. I have been wearing this soley on my cheeks and have recieved lots of complements on my 'glow'. 

And now onto the RMK Kaleido Range which is new for SS14 and is now available online and in store at Selfridges.

Kaleidoscope Cheeks -02*: The high end highlight. I love how when applied to the top of the cheekbone this illuminator adds a subtle shimmer. In the pan, pink and tan shades with gold flecks can be mixed together to add some sunshine sparkle to your face. I also like to pat some products onto my brow bone.

Kaleidoscope Eyes - 02*: This little eyeshadow duo is the perfect pairing with the above cheek product. I wasn't sure at first how well I would get along with the shades as pink and brown can look a little dubious. Upon first application the shadow applied nicely, they are super soft to work with and when mixed on a fluffy blending brush the colours blend into a beautiful golden, shimmery shade. Again, perfect for summertime eyes.



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Thursday, 30 January 2014

THE MAKE-UP: EVERYDAY EYES USING THE MUA 'HEAVEN + EARTH' PALETTE


Budget beauty brand MUA were on fire in 2013, bursting onto the bargain make-up scene and wowing us with their lush lipsticks, dishy palette dupes and lest we forget the ah-mazing Pro Fixing Mist.

I have been using this 12 shade palette almost everyday for the past month as the shadows are just so darn easy to wear. Whether you are combining two or three shades or wearing a single wash of colour the colours in this palette are suitable for every eye colour.

For matte shadow lovers this might not be one for you as all of the shades contain a fair bit of shimmer which in turn makes them a little soft to work with.
Make sure you have a tissue on hand to blot away some of the excess fall down that can occur with the shadows.

You can really play around with the shades to create daytime and nightime, smokey looks as the plaette hits almost every brown tone on the spectrum.

The colour pay off is great, the darkest and lightest shades revealing high power pigmented colour's.
You can buy the Heaven and Earth palette for £4 at Superdrug, the perfect price for 12 shadows with 12 hour longevity without using an eye primer.

I have been using a lid wash of the top left colour (C'mon MUA name your shades!) followed by the sixth shade from left on the top in my socket line and finally a touch of the fifth shade in on the bottom line along my lower lash line.

The perfect earth toned eye.


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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

THE FOOD - CIELO BLANCO, LEEDS


Last weekend my friend and I were in the mood for mexican.
After a few failed attempts at chancing our luck to a table in under 15 minutes at 7pm, we headed to Trinity Leeds to see if we could chance some more.

NOTE TO SELF: Always book on a Saturday night

Trinity Leeds holds a special place in my heart as I was a part of the excitment when it first opened early last year.
I love to re visit and see how the place is really blossoming into its own some 12 months later.

Continuing on our quest for mexican food we ended up at Cielo Blanco.
Nestled in the top corner of Trinity, this little Mexican is one hot hub for food and drink.

Upon arrival we headed to the bar for tequila based cocktails of course.
When in Mexico!

I opted for a Hail Mary which is a super juice mix of kiwi, mint, apple, grapes and ginger shaken with agave and blanco tequila.
It was delicious, the perfect accompaniment before delighting your tastebuds with mexican spices.
My friend chose a sophisticated Pink Grapefruit and Pineapple Margarita.


The food menu is quirky, you can opt for food from the Street Food section, picking from a wide selection of Quesadillas, Tacos, Tostados and Empandas as well as a variety of mexican 
'market dishes'. 
On my next visit I am very tempted to try the slow cooked achitote spiced baby back ribs.

When you are shown to your table nachos appear alongside three dips.
Naturally, these were demolished within seconds.


We decided to start our mexican experience by ordering pulled pork and grilled pineapple tacos and of course some chicken tinga and smoked tomato salsa quesadillas.



For main dishes you can pick and choose dishes with the mexican sharing board and feast menu however, we both chose Enchiladas,  one chicken and pepper and one pulled pork and jalapeƱo wrap.
They were just heavenly, laid on a tomato sauce, and filled to the brim with goodies.
As a side order we picked the chargrilled 'BBQ Alley' onions.


Cielo Blanco is a colourful social space, great for dinner with friends as the tables a mixture of booths, high tables and more intimate spaces, the music is just right and the service spot on.

If you're ever in Leeds, give mexican a go.
Like us, you might just see Matt Bowman from The Pigeon Detective's.

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

THE MAKE-UP: LIPS OF THE MOMENT




Recently, I have been really into lip products.
I often find that I go through phases when it comes to make-up, sometimes favouring creative eye make-up or being completely obsessed with blush.

I am currently loving all things lips.

The Care: For ultimate lip hydration I have been using the Dove - Caring Lip Balm.
Throughout the winter season my lips become increasingly, dry and sore. I always have to have some lip balm on hand to keep my lips soft and nourishing before applying lipgloss or lipstick.
The Dove balm not only works brilliantly but it also smells amazing, like Dove body products, sweet smelling like vanilla and calmomile.

The Plumper: When I was around seventeen I was obsessed with lip products that plumped up your lips leaving them fuller and glossy. As time passed by, my love for lip plumpers fell by the wayside until I was introduced to the Soap and Glory - Sexy Mother Pucker lipgloss.
I have heard raving reviews from Fleur and Tati about this product, but it was only until my friend Laura let me use her gloss in the shade Punch Bowl that I was sold.
Not only is it the perfect nude, but it also makes your lips look and feel amazingly full for over three hours.

The Pencil: I often find that lip pencil products are far too drying on my lips and the colour pay off is not always as opaque as I would like. For the past week I have worn nothing else on my lips other than the Illamasqua Medium Pencil in 'Thrush'. The highly pigmented, neon orange shade looks great on the lips against neutral eye make-up. The Illamasqua medium pencils can also be used on the eyes but on the lips they are creamy not exceptionally drying and leave a beautiful pop of colour on the lips lasting over two hours without the need to touch up.



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Monday, 27 January 2014

THE FASHION: HOW I STYLE CHELSEA BOOTS


For a while I have sat on the fence when it comes to the Chelsea boot.
Not only do they remind me slightly of plimsoles that I wore at school, but I also find rounded toe shoes can sometimes look a little unflattering.

Negative's aside, whenever I see them on other people I think that they look great.
Of course as soon as I saw Fearne Cotton often sports a pair, It was kind of a done deal.

I bought my tan Chelsea boots from Primark for under a tenner, they also come in a plain black colour variant as well in different styles, some with laces, some with embellishment.
For myself I was happy with the plain, old school Chelsea's.

Ankle boots can be paired with just about anything and still look hot to trot.
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Sunday, 26 January 2014

THE WEEK #4

My week through Instagram: @goodgollymisshollie: My new crop top and skirt ensemble | My new favourite tipple | Possibly the cutest p-jarma top ever? | Party at Gatsby's | Copying The Times newspaper | #TBT loving a bobble hat | Lips of the moment - 'As you want Victoria' by Rimmel | First Cream Egg of the year | Some very exciting news!

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This week has seemed to flash before my very eyes, with Friday rolling around again and finding myself stuck in traffic on the M62 for hours on end.

It has been a fairy non descript week with uni work and my job taking over my time.

In beauty news I have been sporting The Glossip by Ciate on my nails.
It is the perfect pop of peach toned orange that is just so refreshing to wear in the midst of the January blues.

I have also been back on the bottle…Of fake tan that is.
I have been wearing a combination of Lauren's Way - Glam Tan and the Yon-Ka - Lait Auto Bronzant
.
Both tans provide a really deep, even tan which against this strawberry blonde hair I have these days, it makes me look in the mood for some holiday sun!

I received some exciting news in regards to a summer internship that I have applied for, I will be able to tell you more nearer the time if you are interested but I am hoping that this summer will be a goody.

Last night my friend and I hit Leeds for some scrumptious mexican food at Cielo Blanco where we were surprised to be dining alongside The Pigeon Detectives!
 Dinner was of course washed down with cocktails at The Alchemist.
I wore my black disco pants with a beach kaftan, who says we can only wear them on holiday?






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Saturday, 25 January 2014

THE NAILS: PURPLE RAIN


I love the colour purple and I love the way the word rolls right off the tongue.
After having a dig around in my nail polish collection, it became blatently obvious that purple must be my favourite shade of polish as I own 22 bottles of the stuff.

As the colour of royalty I think that it is only right that we give a nod to some of the most beautiful purple polishes.

The shimmery purple:
(Bottom Left) For the past week I have adorned my fingernails with Number Six by Arden Cosmetics. I am not usually one for shimmery polish as I think it can often look a little young but there is something about this deep purple polish with flecks of silver that just brings the nail alive. Arden polishes are hypoallergenic with a high shine finish and last up to six days chip free.

The pink purple:
(Top Middle)Last summer the L'Oreal Color Riche polishes wowed me. Not only do they apply opaque in one coat, but they dry within 10 seconds and remain on the nails for over a week chip free. Flashing Lilac is my favourite pink, toned purple polish. It looks great on shorter nails as the high shine finish makes your nails look longer and healthier.

The lilac:
(Bottom Middle)Nails Inc polishes are my all time favourite polish consistencies and this very shade that was introduced for Instyle Magazine a few summers ago is my go to polish when I can't decide on what colour to paint my nails. I love the lilac/pink hue that mixes girly and edgy, it also looks great on your toes, especially in the summertime.





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Friday, 24 January 2014

THE BEAUTY: MY FAVOURITE BRUSHES




They say a master's tools are the foundations to a masterpiece and I would agree.
I remember the dark ages whereby I would apply my makeup with a caked up sponge and one of those generic eyeshadow applicators.

Since investing in good quality brushes I truly believe my make-up looks so much fresher and of course is much better applied.

I'd like to introduce you to my favourite three tools of the trade..

Foundation: Hands down, no doubt about it the Real Techiniques by Samantha Chapman brushes really are the brushes to have in your collection whether you are just starting out with make-up or an experienced pro. With plenty of brushes to choose from, there is a brush for everything but one of them stands out inparticular for me. The Expert Face Brush is a multi purpose, domed stippling brush. The synthetic bristles are light to use against creamy foundations and the domed head buffs the stuff into your skin so well that you almost look airbushed.

Powder: Nothing seems to apply powder better than my large domed stippling brush which is available at Superdrug. The bristles pick up a subtle amount of powder which can be then buffed into the skin for a flawless finish. Stippling brushes can be uses for a multitude of face products I know a lot of people are fans of using them for blush as they concentrate to product in just the right place.

Eyeshadow: The No.7 'Blend and Contour
brush is not only a hero in my brush roll but also the oldest of the pack. Yes, this was the first make-up brush I ever bought. I know this brush recieves a lot of love here on Blogger and on Youtube as it picks up just the right amount of shadow and can be used to both apply and blend colours.
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Thursday, 23 January 2014

THE FASHION: THAT HAT AND DRESS


I love dropping upon a sale bargain and last week I did just that twice.

After heading into TK Maxx for a scout around the reduction section I found myself the ultimate winter hat.

Think maroon fur lining and tweed, outdoor opulence at its best.
Made by Irish outerwear brand Jack Murphy which is very similar in style and concept to the British clothing brand Jack Wills.

 This hat is not only super snuggly with a fleece lining, but it is also the perfect headwear blend between a faux fur headband and an actual hat.
I snapped it up for a bargainous £7.


I then popped into River Island as the sale rails looked pretty packed with items waiting to be rooted through.

It is no secret that I simply love the Chelsea Girl brand which draws from the Chelsea Girl fashion heritage.
The collection is inspired by the brands 1970's King's Road, London store.

I think you can find a faux vintage fashion treat from the range so it is well worth checking out.

Reduced to just £10 I bought this lace dress, I wanted to show you it in more detail after it recieved a lot of love when I showed you it on Instagram.

My favourite part of this dress is the mixture of print and texture.
I love to pair it with a bright red tartan scarf, thick denier tights and my Dr Marten's




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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

THE BEAUTY: RIMMEL MOISTURE RENEW LIPSTICK IN 'AS YOU WANT VICTORIA'


As much as I love sporting a sassy red lip, there is something that makes me feel a whole lot more fun when I have a pop of pink on my lips.
My favourite lipstick for the past two years has been Girl About Town by MAC which is the epitomy of hot, sexy pink.

Whilst scouring Boots for something that tickled my fancy I came across As You Want Victoria from the Rimmel - Moisture Renew range.
The vibrant, deep pink hue reminded me of my bedroom walls.

The formula is amazing, my lips feel unbelievably hydrating and the balmy texture sits like silk making the lipstick super comfortable to wear.

As far as pigment goes, I think the picture's speak for themselves, As You Want Victoria is ultra pigmented and vibrant in colour.

I found that it lasted on my lips without Lipcoate for three hours before it started to fade a little which for lipstick is pretty good going.
With Lipcoate I managed six hours wear.

I'm really impressed with the Moisture Renew range which retail at £6.49 however when on sale you can pick them up for £4.49 in Boots like I did.
I can't wait to give Oxford Street Fuschia and In Love With Ginger a try.


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