February Favourites.

It’s that time of the month! Sorry it’s up 1st March so technically not February but I was unwell yesterday. Anyway so here are all my Beaty favourites of February 2014:

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1. Laura Mercier crème eye liner in ‘Graphite’ (limited edition, part of the Renaissance collection)

2. Real Techniques accent brush

3. Collection lasting perfection concealer

4. Topshop velvet lips in ‘Plush’

5. Soap & Glory glow all out luminising face powder

6. Bobbi Brown creamy lip colour in ‘Pale Mauve’

7. Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (my colour is ‘Blush’)

You might be able to notice that I have been getting into more Spring themed makeup, apart from the deep purple Topshop velvet lips (4)! The Laura Mercier crème eye liner (1) is so gorgeous and is the perfect colour for Spring, as it an original hint of colour to the eyes without being too noticeable! I have done a review on this product so click here if you’re interested. I’ve been seeing a lot of purple in terms of lip colour recently, so as soon as I saw this bold colour, ‘Plush’, in Topshop I had to buy it. It is basically like a liquid lipstick and dries completely matte and has incredible lasting power, however can be quite difficult to remove!

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I watch Lisa Eldridge’s YouTube makeup tutorials, and she often applies concealer on a tiny brush to just pin-point imperfections. I decided to give this technique a go, and used my Real Techniques accent brush (2) and Collection lasting perfection concealer (3). I’ve been loving applying a light tinted moisturiser (Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, 7), and then hiding blemishes with this technique. It made me realise that I don’t need as much concealer as I usually use when I apply directly from the applicator, as it is just not necessary and too much product is generally what encourages caking to occur.

The Soap & Glory glow all out luminiser is such a pretty highlighter. I just use an angled blush brush (MAC 168) and sweep it along the tops of my cheek bones. It is subtle pretty pink colour without too much shimmer, so I find it easy enough to be a part of my everyday makeup routine. The Bobbi Brown creamy lip colour in ‘Pale Mauve’, is similar in the way that is is subtle however still makes a difference and is great for everydayDSC_0211

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post, it’s my first monthly favourites and really enjoyed doing it! If you haven’t checked out my Instagram, you should, if you’re interested in seeing more from me on a daily basis! I’m @beautyspicedlatte.

S x

Makeup Brush Holders.

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For some reason I’ve been having a mini super organised phase… I tidied and re-arranged my entire dressing table/drawers and realised how boring my old plane jars of makeup brushes were. I did some research on YouTube to find a decent tutorial to give me some ideas. It didn’t take me long to come across Ingrid, from missglamorazzi‘s video, which is very popular and I’m sure many beauty bloggers have seen and probably made their makeup holders using her tutorial, like myself!

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Instead of really trying to explain how it works, Missglamorazzi’s video is below. The tutorial was very clear and made the process very easy to do! Good Luck!

What I used:

-Glass jars or glasses (I found the one with silver in Home Sense and the other one M&S left over from Christmas

Loose glitter from Hobbycraft

Mod Podge (gloss) with an old paintbrush

I found when I put the brushes in the newly designed jars, they got lots of glitter on them, so I coated the insides of the jars with matching tissue paper and sealed the edges with some Decopatch glue and an old paint brush! I also just cleaned the jars as one would normally with the washing up – hot water and washing up liquid.

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I hope you enjoyed reading this post, slightly different kind for me, but I enjoyed doing it, as I love DIY. Also, if you haven’t already checked out Missglamorazzi’s YouTube channel, you definitely should. She does great beauty and lifestyle videos and she’s so funny!

S x

Beauty Scenario Tag.

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So this is my very first Tag blog post! I was very excited when I saw that Yasmin, from lipsiie3.blogspot.co.uk had taggedme. Yesterday I watched Lily Pebbles‘ YouTube video of her Beauty Scenario Tag,of which she created. Screen Shot 2014-02-10 at 17.52.48

1. You have to get rid of all your foundations and you can only keep one high end and one drugstore, which do you keep?

This isn’t too difficult for me, as I tend to stick to foundations that I find work for me. The high end one would definitely be the Benefit hello flawless oxygen wow! as I have been using it so often recently – it’s perfect for my skin type and has a gorgeous finish. For the drugstore option, I would definitely say the Bourjois healthy mix serum – it feels just like a high end foundation on the skin and in my opinion, is worth the hype.

2. You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?

I would probably end up not saying anything, as I would simply panic about ruining my chance of getting the job – even if she comes across friendly…

3. You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which lipstick do you put on to make yourself feel beautiful?

As Lily said in her video, a red lipstick never fails to lift my spirits. A classic red will always do the trick – I love Lancôme l’absolu rouge lipstick in caprice. It really works at making you feel pretty!

4. You go back in time for a day to your teenage years, how would you do your hair and makeup differently?

I’ll go back to when I started wearing makeup, around aged 11-13 probably… I didn’t wear too much but I went overboard on things like concealer and mascara that it just didn’t look right. What would I change? I would wear less face makeup as I just didn’t need it, and learn how to do eye makeup properly! I didn’t do a lot with my hair, however I do remember attempting to give it more volume by just adding tons of hairspray until crispy… So I’d try and leave my hair alone in terms of styling to maintain it in better condition for when it really matters!

5. You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder length Pixie Lott hair cut, but they hear wrong and give you a pixi cut. Do you a) Smile, say thank you, leave and call your mum hysterical b) Cry in the chair and things get awkward or c) Complain to the manager and demand a refund.

C) Sort of, I would complain to someone but probably would only demand a refund if I actually had a bad experience with the hairdresser his/herself in terms conversation, attitude etc. Who knows maybe you’d get some vouchers or something out of it…!

6. Your friend surprises you with a 4 day city break and you have 1 hour to pack. Which ‘do it all’ palette do you pack in your makeup bag?

My Clarins the essentials palette. I am totally a neutrals girl, and this will take me from endless day to night looks. There are 10 shades, 8 shimmer and 2 matt. They are absolutely stunning and so easy to work with. Unfortunately it was limited edition over Christmas time, but if you somehow find one, my advice is definitely to get it!

7. Your house has been robbed, don’t worry everyone is safe, but your beauty stash has been raided. What’s the product you really hope is safe?

My Smashbox sheer focus tinted moisturiser. It has been discontinued, which I am so upset about as I just absolutely love it and really rely on it. It has the most beautiful finish and sits amazingly on the skin – doesn’t look or feel like makeup but evens out the skin tone without too much coverage. I’ve had it for a while and it lasts forever so I still have a lot left but know it’s as much as I can ever have! Smashbox, bring it back please!!

8. Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) Just pretend you haven’t noticed b) Ask them to repurchase it or c) Secretly do the same to something of theirs

A) It would annoy me – as a beauty blogger my makeup is important to me, but I would hope that none of my friends would return it in really bad condition. I would query how it ended up that way though, just so they know I have noticed! Also I wouldn’t lend a lot of my makeup to a friend, like a whole makeup bags worth or anything, I would just worry, haha!

I hope you enjoyed this post, and let me know if you like this kind of thing!

Here are some lovely beauty bloggers that I tag!

Megs Maquillage

A Beauty-Full life

Drained Beauty

If I haven’t tagged you, still do it if you’d like and let me know with a link in the comments! I’d love to read them. Remember to follow & comment so that I can see your answers! Thanks again for tagging me, Yasmin (lipsiie3.blogspot.com)

S x

 

Feeling Under the Weather.

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It’s still that time of year & we’re all coming down with colds and flu’s, especially here in England where we all know winter, seems to be never ending. In the last few days I have been feeling pretty rough myself, so I thought I’d share with you all my essentials for the cold season, from skincare and makeup to ways to really relax.

So let’s kick this off with skincare. In the winter, cold or no cold, skin tends to get very dry and “dull”. When I have a cold, I really try to bump up the moisture levels in my skin – although this really does not happen overnight! Even though you’re not feeling your best, do try to maintain a good, constant skincare routine. Remember to exfoliate once or twice a week, so really get rid of all that horrible dry skin, and then I love to applyElizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Daily Moisturiser for Face. This is so rich and is the most effective moisturiser I have every used on dry skin. I know it’s pricey, but I would really recommend it if your dry skin is just not listening to anything else. Also I find myself applying hand cream pretty religiously as they get so dry in winter, especially when you have a cold… I guess.

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On this mission to make one’s skin appear healthier, and not suggest that you are pretty ill and incredibly tired, here are the makeup items I tend to reach for in such situations. Sometimes, shoving a load of makeup in the hope you will look presentable when feeling ill is the last thing you want to do. When the time comes that you really do need to look alive, awake and a bit more cheery, small amounts of effective makeup will work wonders.

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I have found the use of a brightening concealer under the eyes and on redness etc is really effective, just to lift the complexion form that dullness of a cold. Usually when my skin is dry I wear the Benefit porefessional primer, just act as a barrier between my skin and the makeup, and makes the foundation or concealer last longer with a smoother finish. Curling the lashes will really open up the eyes, and with added mascara on the top lashes only will really make you look awake. I have been loving the Sleek blush because the gold shimmer in it highlights the cheekbones as well as adding the pop of colour on the cheeks, really brightening up the skin – the perfect colour.

Last of all, the perfect remedy is to watch a good few episodes of your favourite TV series – I recommend Keeping Up the the Kardashians as it is so addictive, amusing and is on the channel E! so often. I also love Pretty Little Liars, although some may find this a little dramatic for chill time. Grab a cup of honey and lemon, or if in doubt a good old cup of tea, maybe even a biscuit to go with it and a hot water bottle.

Feel better if you are under the weather – if you’re one of the lucky ones and just feels pretty great, maybe you could use my suggestions another time…

S x

A Pamper Night.

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For some reason, my house was blessed with a huge, old and beautiful bath tub. I love pamper nights, sometimes we all just need an hour or so to unwind and disconnect from the rest of the word. Since Christmas, I have so many bath and body products that were given to me as presents that I hadn’t even opened. This seemed like a good opportunity to give some of them a try, seeing as my pamper night routine changes pretty much every time anyway.

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First of all, I wash my hands, and then remove all makeup from my face and then run a hot bath. Being winter time, getting into a hot bath is just the most satisfying thing ever. Today I used a bath foam from French Connection, which was in a set that I was given at Christmas. The set is one of the gifts sold at Boots. Also in this set was a body butter and a candle, both of which I used this evening.

DSC_0216I used my old favourite face mask by Elizabeth’s Daughter, a small brand aimed at slightly younger (or sensitive) skin. For me, face masks often leave my skin red and irritated after having been removed; this one is more gentle so I always find myself reaching for it. I really loved the body scrub I used, it was by The Body Shop (“Vanilla Bliss Body Polish) – it was creamy and left my skin nicely exfoliated.

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What are your pamper evening essentials?

S x

My Bedside Table.

Although over time my bedroom can get very messy, I do find great satisfaction in tidying, arranging and sorting things out. Only certain things, like my makeup, are constructed in specific ways. I realised that my bedside tables were not in good condition, and were one of those things that I would actually really like to be presentable. So I got to it.DSC_0183

My iPad is essential because it is so much easier than having a laptop readily available. Before bed I love watching YouTube videos and checking out my favourite blogs on it. You will always find Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream here, especially in the winter – it really is a must have for dry lips and skin. I got the hand cream from The White Company White Lavendar Hand & Nail cream for Christmas and I have really enjoyed using it so far. It conveniently has a pump, so perfect for when you’re so tired before bed and don’t think you can be bothered to put hand cream on! I also have the Sally Hansen Maximum Growth clear nail varnish, just so I can quickly apply it whenever necessary. There is also a nail file on the far left, something every girl needs on her bedside table.

It’s not the most creative of bedside tables, however it’s better than it was before, and good enough for now!

S x

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