Urban Decay Naked UltiMatte Basics: all matte, all naked

Happy New Year!

I thought I’d start the new blogging year with a rave about my new favourite palette.

13 year old me would have been ashamed to wear any eyeshadow that wasn’t the most pigmented, glittery, shimmery blue thing she could find.

We’ve all been there, and back in the day we weren’t lucky enough to have youtube and tutorials to tell us that wearing sparkly blue pigment all over your eyes and under neath was a B A D idea!

Strangely, I’ve come full circle at the ripe old age of 21 and now I so rarely wear any shimmery eye shadows. So to hear that Urban Decay of all brands were being out an ALL MATTE palette, well, I was over joyed let me tell you.

 

Firstly, the packaging is so lovely and also really sturdy so it’s great for travelling. And the mirror inside is gigantic, so handy. It comes with a really good brush, one end that’s great for blending and the other end is quite short, dense and stubby so it is really God for applying colour underneath your eye.

The range of colours are beautiful. They’re all fairly warm toned, with a few browny/taupe colours for blending, some lilacy/purple grey colours and the standard black and dark grey but my fave by far is ‘extra bitter’ which is the rusty, red orange colour. I’m obsessed and I’ll probably hit pan before the month is out.

If you’re in the market for an all round, great Basics palette with creamy formulas and amazing staying power then I wouldn’t think twice about making a cheeky order. Treat yo’self (I’m such an enabler…)

Eliza Days xo

My Favourite Winter Foundation

In the winter months, my skin gets really dry on my face so I tend to lean towards a more hydrating, liquid foundation. I also change up the way I apply my base in the winter. Throughout the summer I use either my fingers or a beauty blender all over my face, but now I like to spread the product all over my face with this stippling brush from Eco Tools and then blend all of the edges out with the Real Techniques sponge.

For the past few months I’ve fallen head over heels for the Loreal True Match foundation. After I moisturise, I apply a pump and a half of the foundation to my hand and dap the brush in it before applying the product over my face in a stippling motion.

Once the product is well dispersed over my face, I go in with the damp sponge to really blend it in to my skin and down my neck, making it look as seamless as possible.

This foundation gives a really natural finish, whilst being slightly on the glowy side, which I love. It also lasts all day and doesn’t go patchy or oxidise at all.

It’s a winner for me,

Eliza Days xo

A £6 Face Palette? Primark Make Up Review 

I’m going through a phase where I’m kind of living out of a suitcase a lot of the time so I’m trying to stream line all of my things to make lugging everything around much easier. In terms of make up, I thought I would try out an all in 1 face palette, consisting of everything I need for contour, blush and eyes. I didn’t want to splurge on one without trying it first so when I spotted this PS Complete Face Palette fro Primark’s Nude Collection for £6, it was going right in my basket.

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The outer packaging is such a pretty blush pink colour and then palette itself is matte black with gold writing. Considering it has 3 eyeshadows, a contour, a highlight, blush and a matte lip colour, the palette is so compact. What made me LOVE this palette before even trying the products themselves is the huge mirror that is the size of the palette, it is so convinient.
Like i said, the palette has 3 eyeshadows which are quite cool toned neutral brown shades that work together really well. A shimmery pink blush which is very pretty, a dark pink/plum matte lip colour as well as a light ashy brown contour powder and a shimmery champagne highlight.
The eyeshadows are very soft, blend really well and don’t actually have much fall out. They aren’t very pigmented though, but I don’t think that’s such a bad thing because if you aren’t very good at doing your eyes, they’re very good to build and also it’s hard to make a mistake.
The blush is very subtle and pretty. Like the eyeshadows, there isn’t really much pigment and it is a bit powdery but you could make it work if you were only to take this palette away with you. The contour shade is a really good colour because it’s ashy and not at all orange. However I found it really hard to blend so I found that using a small amount and building it up worked better than piling loads on and blending it out. When you swirl your brush in the powder, it is very loose and does get a bit messy but overall its a decent contour powder.
I am in LOVE with the highlight! It’s so warm and glowy and has the same kind of shimmer to Becca’s Champagne Pop highlighter. It isn’t the heaviest of highlights, but it is so pretty and is perfect for every day. The same goes for the matte lip shade. I really didn’t expect much of this but it is so creamy and moisturising. It’s not too dark and is almost like a tinted lip balm.
All in all, this is a pretty decent palette & for £6 you can’t argue!
Eliza Days xo

My Cold Weather Beauty Essentials 

I tend to switch up my body & face lotions and potions when the seasons change and obviously from summer into autumn and winter, my skin needs a lot more moisture and hydration so I banish the light serums and gels to the back of the cupboard & bring out super thick creams and lotions, gradual tanner and ginger spice fragrances!

Here’s a quick low down of my top beauty & body essentials for autumn/winter:

1. The Body Shop Ginger Sparkle Shimmer Lotion: this is a good few years old by now, so old in fact that I thinks it’s been discontinued…but I have a stash of it because it is my favourite & it emerges every year so that from late September until at least February I smell like a ginger bread biscuit and I LOVE it!

2. Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion: oh the irony. My natural skin tone is quite pale and while I don’t have a problem with it, I do love a teeny bit of a glow, especially in winter! This is perfect as it is a moisturising body lotion that leaves your skin slightly glowy and a tad darker after every use. WIN!

3. Soap & Glory Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream: I’ve got a whole post dedicated to this stuff but I really do love it! I don’t use hand cream often but I cycle quite a lot now and my hands get so cold & dry that I need it & this smells amazing!

4. The Body Shop Hemp Face Protector: this is a seriously thick cream that packs a ridiculous amount of hydration. I use it in the  evening before bed as it doesn’t tend to sit well underneath make up in the morning. But try this once, and no other moisturising  face cream compares. (It doesn’t smell that lovely through.)

5. Lip Balm: I have lip balms coming out of my ears so I just use whichever one is closed to me but my favourite is the Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Nourishing Lio Care lip balm because it absorbs quite quickly and it also seems to make my lipstick last longer on top.

6. Soap & Glory Solar Powder Bronzer: a similar story to the gradual tanner, I just feel much better about myself when I’ve got a bit of a tan! This bronzer is perfect because it’s not orange toned at all & it is quite ashy which means it’s perfect to act as a contour too!

What are your cold weather essentials?

Eliza Days xo

Soap & Glory: Hand Food Review

It really has started to feel like winter now and because of the cold weather, I’ve been getting super dry hands. So, I’m bringing out the trustee hand creams for the winter months.

I haven’t used the Soap & Glory Hand Food Hydrating Hand Cream for a long time so I thought I’d give this a go because I adore the smell of Soap & Glory products. The packaging is also really pretty and it’s so handy for throwing in your bag every day as it’s such a compact tube. And for £6, its such a bargain!

The formula is so creamy and feels really luxurious. What previously put me off hand cream was that they would take so long to sink into my skin and I wouldn’t be able to do anything for a little while because I’d have gross, sticky hands but thankfully this product sinks into my skin so quickly and it honestly has made a real difference to my dry hands. It is very heavily scented so I imagine it would irritate sensitive skin but it truly has worked wonders for me.

Eliza Days xo

Latest Lip Love: NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

I’m just sat with a cup of tea, listening to the rain pouring down outside watching Adele at Glastonbury for the 4th time (how amazing is she!!) and thought I’d pour my heart out about my new lip obsession!

When I was younger, I was all about the red lip. It was my trade mark to the extent that after 2 weeks of my school teacher’s persistent nagging to take it off, they accepted that it wasn’t going anywhere. Despite this, in the last year or so I’ve been expanding my lipstick/gloss/cream collection and some nudey nudes have made an appearance. I’ve also veered away from matte lipsticks (which I used to be obsessed with & have been playing around with lip creams and liquid lipsticks.

My current faves are the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. The feeling of these on your lips and the consistency is to die for, they feel SO luxurious & OMG they are such a bargain at £5.50 in Boots. I love how compact and small they are, so perfect for throwing in your bag/pocket on the go and also so good for travelling – you can definitely justify taking along 3 0r 4 for a week away hah!

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They come in SO MANY different shades. My favourite 2 (so far) are Stockholm and Milan. Stockholm is a gorgeous brown toned nude and is so good for every day wear. Milan is a much brighter pinky colour and is so perfect for summer. They have some serious lasting power considering the price (unless, like me, you’re partial to a gigantic burger, then it just ends up all over the bun)  and when they do start to wear off, they don’t leave any noticeable lines around your lips, nor do they crack and crease. This also makes it so easy to re-apply.

These matte lip creams have stolen the show, beauty wise, this month so I’m off to Boots to pick up a few more, yay!

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I hope you’ve had a great weekend & enjoyed watching all the Glastonbury highlights (or if you were lucky enough, are now recovering from the epic mud bath itself)

Bye for now,

Eliza Days xx

Tanya Burr Cosmetics: Rosy Flush Cheek Palette Review

For months, I’ve been in the market for a perfect cheek palette with a bronzer/contour, blush and highlighter. I’ve never been a fan of cream formulas so I was looking specifically for something powder based. When I was browsing through FeelUnique.com I spotted Tanya Burr’s cheek palette & at such a great price, I didn’t think twice about throwing it in my basket.

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I really did not expect the palette itself to be SO big. It is so much bigger than I thought and also, it comes with a really big mirror on the inside. The packaging is really pretty and very sturdy but quite chunky so it isn’t perfect for travelling light. However, it does have 3 key products in one so maybe it can be a compromise.

All three products look quite shimmery in the pan but it doesn’t come off too much on the skin, which is great. At first, I thought the Beach Bronze shade looked a bit on the orange side, but on my skin it’s very subtle and not orange at all. The formula is great and has awesome staying power. My only issue with it is that the brush picks up so much product that I have to dust a load off before putting it near my face because the powder is quite loose.

image1 (4)The blush shade, Pretty Peony, is so so lovely! It’s a perfect pinky summer shade but it can be quite in your face if you aren’t light handed with it. You really only need to swirl your brush a tiny bit as it is very pigmented. The coral undertones and slight shimmer make it perfect for your summer holiday too. Once again, it is quite loose and powdery so it does get quite messy.

So far, I’m not a huge fan of the highlighter Oyster Shell. It’s a little to white on my skin and is more shimmery than I would like. It does have great staying power though, so if you have fairer skin this would be a good option.

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Overall, for £5.35 this palette is really all you need for summer cheeks. The formula is really good quality, if a little loose, but the pigmentation of all three is great and the packaging is super pretty – what more do you need?

 

Eliza Days xo

My Daily Make-Up Routine

When it comes to my daily face, I don’t change things up all too often. I tend to stick to what I know and what I think looks good (with minimum effort). So I thought I’d take you step by step through my current daily make-up routine.

Step 1: After smothering my face with the Botanics All Bright Hydrating Day Cream, I use a pump and a half of Loreal’s True Match Foundation and dab it over my face with my finger. I then use the Real Techniques Buffing brush to blend it in.

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Step 2: I use a light shade of the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer under my eyes and apply the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer on any spots and around my nose before blending it all in with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

Step 3: I then pile on the power all over my face. I use Rimmel Stay Matte powder using a big fluffy brush from Wilkos.

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Step 4: For a subtle day-to-day contour, Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer works really well  at making my face less round and podgy and actually gives a bit of definition to my barely there cheek bones. I use the Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection Arched Powder brush for this.

Step 5: For blush, I use Benefit Dandelion for blusher and apply that using the Blush Brush from Real Techniques.

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Step 6: I’m one of those girls who brushes her eyebrows but not her hair, so I brush through my eyebrows and fill them in really lightly with the pencil end of Soap and Glory’s Brow Archery.

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Step 7: On a day-to-day basis, I tend to skip eye shadow, but if I do fancy it then I put on Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Metallic Pomegranate and blend it out with my finger.

Step 8: I then cover my eyelashes in about 300 layers of Rimmel London Volume Colourist Mascara.

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Step 9: To finish, I apply the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in the shade 5.

& that is my daily “what I put on my face” routine.

If anyone has any new subtle daily blush recommendations, I would love to hear them!

Eliza Days xo

The Mascara That Stole My Heart – Rimmel Volume Colourist Mascara

I’ll be the first to admit that I am an absolute mascara whore. I never ever stick to the same one, chopping and changing most days as well as piling 2 or 3 different mascara’s on at once that all claim to do a different job: lengthening, volumizing, separating!

This was until I purchased the Rimmel London Volume Colourist Mascara on a whim a few weeks back.

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It has quite a long, thin wand & is has bristles instead of a plastic wand, which I love! It really does separate and lengthen my eyelashes and is so buildable, which is great considering I layer mascara’s quite heavily. It doesn’t clump or have any drop down either. The packaging is quit lightweight and the applicator is really easy and comfortable to hold.

 

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This mascara claims to tint your lashes gradually as you wear it. Now I’ve been wearing it every day for around 2 weeks now and I haven’t noticed a difference at all. That is my only criticism. But, I am willing to glance over that because the mascara is SO DARN GREAT! & to top it all off, it’s only £7.99 in Boots – bargain!

What’s your fave mascara?

Eliza Days xo

 

 

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick – My Thoughts

I’ve been through many lip phases in the past 2 years. Initially I was all about bright red, matte lipsticks, with my favourite being the Chanel Rouge Allure in the shade Coromandel (98). I then moved towards a lower maintenance look, using the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, mainly in shade 5. More recently, with the rising popularity of liquid lipsticks, I’ve become more inclined to branch out of my comfort zone and give them a try.

 

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The first one I have tried is the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet. I got it in the shade Don’t Pink Out (10). The colour is a gorgeous plum toned dark pink and is a very warm colour. It’s very opaque but not in a gloopy, sticky way.

I absolutely adore the formula of this product. It goes on so smoothly, even covering chapped lips and it’s so comfortable to wear. Also, it is SO SOFT. The applicator is pretty standard but even so, it still manages to give you a lil’ precision when you’re trying to draw in a cupid’s bow.

It has some serious longevity, I even ate a burger and there was still some product on my lips – an achievement? Definitely. It’s also really easy to reapply, so there’s no faff in having to remove it all to start again, you can just top it up throughout the day and it builds comfortably. The packaging is really teeny so it’s perfect to throw in your handbag (or in my case, my coat pocket, I’m not enough of an ‘adult’ to carry a bag around yet, ha!)

Overall, I am loving this liquid lipstick & I’m going to have to pop out and invest in a few more shades, this one will be making very regular appearances on my face.

Eliza Days xo