Thursday, 28 July 2016

Pretty Everyday Summer Make-Up

I've been wearing this pretty, nude-esque look to work a lot lately. It's super quick and easy to slap on and looks lovely, if I must say so myself. It feels really light too which is great for hot, sticky, sweat days!

For my base I use Arbonne's CC Cream as it's a multitasker (full review here) and really easy. It's much easier and quicker for me to apply a bit of this than colour corrector and foundation.

I move onto my eyes next, with a base of Barbara Daly eye primer in Vanilla - the e.l.f eyeshadow primer is the best, but this is very nearly as good. For eyeshadow I use the gold in the Makeup Revolution Iconic palette. This is palette is a cruelty free and vegan dupe for Urban Decay's Naked palette, so the shadow is the dupe of Half Baked. This goes all over my mobile lid and in the crease, then is blended out. Under my eye I pop a little of the eyeshadow to the left in the same palette ( the dupe of Buck) in the outer 3rd and smudge it out along my lash line.

Next comes lashes, because my logic appears to be doing the absolute essentials first in case I run out of time! I use Barry M's Waterproof Lash Vegas because I need a legit waterproof mascara. It's a bonus that it does a good job of the other mascarary stuff, too! People are always asking me what mascara I wear, it's this.

After applying some mascara to my upper and lower lashes, I pop some concealer (currently using Collection Lasting Perfection in 2 Cool Meduim, but it's vegan status is currently in question so like, idk) under my eyes over the more blue bits of my eye bags. While it dries a little I quickly fill in my brows with Arbonne eyeshadow in Sand, then blend the concealer out once it's more tacky as it keeps the coverage where I want it.

Once the concealer is blended I pop some Arbonne Setting Pretty setting powder all over because it actually works. My make-up stays on my face with this stuff! Unlike every other setting powder I've tried ever. Well good. Anyway. This greats a nice powdered base for the powder products that follow! It's like, science or something!

Those powder products are highlighter and blusher. For highlighter these days I'm going for a softer, more natural glow that may be seen from the top of a big hill, but not from space. To achieve this I use another Arbonne eyeshadow for something other than added shadow to my eyes. The shade Linen creates a beautiful highlight. This one has been discontinued but it's basically a light shimmery nudey colour. Like a highlighter! ;) I pop this on the top of my cheek bones, along my brow bone, in my inner eyes, etc, etc, etc. Highlighter places.

Blusher of choice for this look is e.l.f.'s Studio Blush in Twinkle Pink. It's a slightly peachy, corally pink that reminds of ballet shoes of the same colour and is lovely, light, shimmery and pretty. It really compliments the lipstick that is applied after, being...

...e.l.f. Studio Mineral Lipstick in Nicely Nude. A gorgeous nude pink with a hint of coral hiding in there. It's super easy to apply and hydrate your lips too! So they look pretty and won't dry out in the summer heat :)

With all this done I spritz some Makeup Revolution Setting Spray (whichever was on hand when I popped it in my bag) on ma face and ta da, make-up done!

I'm sure that as it's summer, bronzer should be added but I don't have time for that most of the time so forget about it. What looks do you go for in the summer? Would bright, colourful eyeshadow be a good idea? Let me know in the comments below :)

Have fun!

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Aromi Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Liquid matte lipsticks have been big for a while now, and being new to make-up, especially lipstick, I wanted one for Christmas season at work. I'd heard these liquid matte thingies stayed on your lips, so thought I'd have a look for some on Etsy. I like to support small businesses if I can, and can't afford Kat Von D or Jeffree Star lippies! 

Excuse the scruffiness - they are handbag essentials!

I came across Aromi after a search for vegan matte lipsticks, and they had the best reviews by far. People were raving about these lipsticks for all the same reasons my friends were recommending more expensive ones. Being a fan of indie and vegan I went ahead and ordered the red that looked the most me and Christmas - Power Red.

Power Red

Aromi is a tiny business run by chemist Hannah over in America. They make lipsticks and perfumes (purchased their cologne in Douchebag for the other half for the name, and it smells bloody laaaavely!) and their range of liquid lipsticks is both big and beautiful. Everything is handmade in small batches and eeeeverything is vegan and cruelty free. Yay! If they were based in the UK and air miles weren't required to get them to me they'd be 101% perfect!

As for the lipsticks. Oh my. They are everything most of the more well-known, good, liquid lipsticks are, as far as I know. They are super easy to apply, are highly pigmented, dry quite quickly and stay on for hours. They even smell good! Oily food removes some when eaten, but that happens with every matte lipstick I've tried. I love applying lipstick at the start of a shift and finding it's still there at the end! Simple things, eh? The lipsticks feel nice on the lips and don't dry them out - well, not mine at least. I make sure I apply Ultrabalm every night and pop some lip balm while applying make-up and after removing it. 

Black Cherry
- and my terrible application -

After falling in love with Power Red (I feel like such a powerful woman in it) and favouriting the odd shade of theirs every now and then, I purchased Black Cherry for my step mum to wear for her gigs. Being a singer she finds it hard to find lipsticks that stay on for her whole set. My plan worked and she has been wearing it so much since! She sings under bright, sweat-inducing lights for hours and it stays on the whole time! Plus it looks rad - totally recommend it for those with darker skin. I may have to get some for myself when autumn comes along. It was also the first one I received in the new branded bottles! Are they bottles? Who cares, they're sleek and lush and pretty.

For my next purchase for myself.... I dived headfirst into this baby:

Desert Taupe

It's one of their bestselling lipsticks and I can see why. It's so on trend with both the nude lip thing and the 90's, grungey, browny lip thing. It's a grey/ beige, or greige  shade, with hints of lavender and even a dark, dusty rose in some lights. It's fucking gorgeous. I love it. I want to marry it. It goes with so many looks! It's name be Desert Taupe.

I can't wait to try more of their collection, I'm lusting after a fair few of their liquid lipsticks - Toasted Almond, Miss Mauve, and Red Dahlia have particularly taken my fancy. I'd like to try more of their perfumes, too! In fact I would happily buy everything they have to offer if I had the funds. Their official website has more items than the Etsy store so do check it out before ordering anything!

The only downside to Aromi is that for us UK citizens, the postage is around £8. Which, to me, is no issue as I don't mind paying a bit more a quality product made ethically, but if you can't afford it, maybe stick to bigger brands or those wonderful Sleek lip creams.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Pokéventures 1: Durlston Country Park

I can't decide if Pokémon Go is a blessing or a curse for my illness - the fresh air is great, but the extra walking could be detrimental! However, when my chum, PokéMaster Lee offered to drive around together in search of Pokémon, I was over the moon! A buddy to search with! Walking with someone else is always slower for me, so less strenuous, and the car bit is an utter bonus! So we found some time, got in the Pokémobile and set off to our first location: Durlston Country Park.

It really did feel as though we were Ash and Misty, wandering through the woods, tracking pokémon, and being ridiculously excited about it all. I even wore shorts and a crop top to get more into it.

As usual at this time of year, the orange fly-things were having orgies on the long grass.

While Lee was on a serious Golduck tracking mission, my beloved Vulpix appeared in my Nearby along with my not quite-so-beloved but definitely near the top of favourites list, Bulbasaur. I almost wet myself!

We spent a good while stomping across fields, losing internet connectivity, relaunching the app and trying desperately to find Golduck, Vulpix and Bulbasaur. Upon finding ourselves back near the car, Lee decided to train at a gym for the first time.

~ Exciting Action Shot ~

He won his training battle! Victory! If he wasn't Team Instinct, I'd be happy :P

We gave up on the 3 glorious beasties and headed to the Castle and Globe, two more Durlston gyms. Signal/data was even more of an issue here for me, so I took photos.

~ Durlston Bay ~

~ Attempted panoramic ~

~ Slightly better: The Local and The Tourists ~

It didn't take us long to give up here, too. I caught a Magikarp, but nothing else was loading. Even the Pokéstops were being dicks. We needed to head back to civilisation for any luck catching pocket monsters.

~ I thought this was quite pretty~

With the PokéNav set up, we set off into town. A Hitmonchan appeared but we couldn't find him, then gave up and went home because it was late all of a sudden. Who likes Hitmonchan anyway?

That was my first, proper Pokémon adventure with Go - I don't count wandering around on my own haha. I hope for so many more! This game has made my life so much more exciting I can't even explain! I've been outside way more since getting it, seen more friends, hung with more cats, saw a badger for the first time in yonks, sat on some brambles for the first time in yonks, and HAVE A FUCKING GROWLITHE WOOHOOOOO! Here's to more fun! *raises glass*

Are you enjoying Pokémon Go? Who's your favourite Pokémon?