Mary Kay Beauty Blotters*

Mary Kay Blotting Tissues

I know I keep going on and on about how I like my skin to look natural and dewy in Spring and Summer, but it’s true, and I think it just looks so fresh and so pretty. So, to achieve it on a daily basis, I play around with the foundations, concealers and highlighters I use, but something that has stayed the same, is the fact that I’ve kept a little packet of blotting tissues in my makeup bag for the past few years.

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If you suffer from oily skin, or just tend to get a little shiny by mid-afternoon, you need to keep this Mary Kay envelope of blotting tissues in your handbag. They’re so easy to keep in there, and they keep makeup looking so fresh, and the best part is that they are so easy to use.

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Whenever I’m feeling a little too shiny, I simply press a blotting paper on my skin and then I’m good to go! I tend to focus them around my forehead and nose, but they can really be used anywhere. My little box of Beauty Blotters is especially pretty, as it’s part of the new Into the Garden Collection

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I just love these Mary Kay Beauty Blotters, as they’re bigger than many other brands I’ve tried. They also don’t leave any residue on the skin. Instead, skin just looks refreshed, and makeup looks like new! They’re such a great little trick to keep up your sleeve in warmer weather – you can look super calm and collected with no effort at all!

Mary Kay Beauty Blotters are priced at £5.50 and are available here (UK) and here (US)

 

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine- 41*

YSL Rouge Volupte 41

So if you’ve read any of my recent posts (and really, you should, I’ve been featuring some really rather awesome products!),  you’ll have noticed that I’ve been banging on about the better weather. For the past few weeks, the UK has been bathed in the most gorgeous of springtime sunlight, and I’ve been loving all the blossom in the air and golden evenings.

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So, in something of a celebration, I’ve been brightening up my makeup a little. My routine usually consists of a pinky-nude lip shade that I’m sure would be boring to many, but I felt it was only right to opt for something a bit juicier looking. So, I plumped for one of YSL’s rather iconic Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks in the shade 41. It’s a really stunning warm toned coral shade which can, in the right light verge on pink.

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It’s such a great choice if you’re looking for a summer lip colour, as it’s both incredibly pretty as well as ridiculously easy to wear. I’ve been applying mine straight from the bullet, and I’m just in love with YSL’s Rouge Volupte’s formula. If you’ve never tried it before, you’re really missing out! Rather than many lipsticks which have heavy, creamy formulas, YSL’s feels incredibly light and nourishing. They apply almost like a balm, and leave lips with a light glossy veil of colour.

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I’ve already amassed quite the collection of Rouge Voluptes as the formulas are just so dreamy! Infused with oil, lips stay hydrated throughout the day, meaning that they are just the perfect choice for throughout the summer, and there is such a wonderful choice of colours too! So, if you’re looking for a new way to way a pink lip right now, definitely give number 41 a go, and let me know what you think!

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine 41 is priced at £26.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Chanel Le Vernis – Roubachka

Chanel Le Vernis RoubouchkaOk, so I think it’s fair to say that I have something of a Chanel problem. I can’t get enough of their leather goods or beauty, and even though their Vernis formula has been seriously lacking in the quality department, I can’t stop myself buying new ones. Despite the fact my manis chip hours after being completed, I just can’t get enough of the brand. So, when I read that the entire nail polish line was getting a makeover, I couldn’t resist trying it out!

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To someone not quite as obsessed with the brand, the bottles might look the same, but, if like me, you’re a bit of a buff, you’ll notice that they’ve been paired back and now no longer have the colour names or numbers on the front. They also claim to be super long lasting when used alongside the Le Gel Coat, so of course, I had to grab both!

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Honestly though, I kind of wish I hadn’t. I tried Roubachka for the first time last week, and it’s the same as it’s always been. The colour itself is a truly beautiful inky purple which looks black in some lights and almost egg-plant in others. It applied smoothly and was a rich opaque in two coats. I started the manicure with a Chanel base coat, and finished up with the new Le Gel Coat, and was so impressed with how quickly the polish dried, and how shiny it was. Unfortunately though, that’s where my gushing stops. In under 12 hours I had my first chip, and within 15 every scrap of polish had been peeled off. It’s something of an understatement to say I’m disappointed. I absolutely adore Chanel’s colours, and I was really looking forward to collecting a few more, but, considering this one didn’t even last a full day, I don’t think I’m prepared to fork out again.

Chanel Le Vernis is priced at £18.00 and you can find it here (UK) and here (US)

 

 

Sisley So Curl Mascara*

Sisley So Curel Mascara review

Sisley is one of those brands you can’t help but adore. They’re unapologetically luxurious, and they produce both makeup and beauty products which have to be tried to be believed. Their face creams are among my holy grail items, and their Phyto Lip Twist hasn’t left my handbag since I received it! So, you can imagine how keen I was when I heard that they were releasing a brand new mascara – the So Curl.

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Packaged is a super chic, glossy black tube, Sisley’s So Curl promises to provide lashes with curl and instant volume as well as really caring for lashes. Unlike most mascaras, which just promise incredible definition until it comes time to cleanse, with continued wear, Sisley’s offering makes eyelashes appear thicker and fuller, appear stronger and more beautiful thanks to the inclusion of incredible ingredients such as Pro-vitamin B5, Rice Phytoceramides, Castor Oil, and Passionflower extract.

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It’s this attention to detail in the formula which really sets Sisley apart from it’s competitors. The mascara isn’t just amazing for making lashes look seriously great, but it’s almost like a beauty treat for them too! I have to say, I haven’t so much as looked at another mascara since this one arrived as it does everything and more than you can imagine!

Sisley So Curl Mascara brush

The So Curl mascara makes lashes look super black, and incredibly long and full. I don’t even need to look at my eyelash curlers, the So Curl gives them the perfect amount of definition and curl too! As you can probably tell, I’m absolutely in love with Sisley’s newest product! It’s a real Holy Grail product, and it comes in three colours (black, brown, and navy) so if you’re looking for a little eye-update, run, don’t walk to your nearest Sisley counter!

Sisley So Curl Mascara is priced at  and is available here (UK) and here (US)

Real Techniques Cheek & Lip Set*

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Real Techniques is one of those brands that I hadn’t really tried out until relatively recently, but I’m now somewhat obsessed by! If you’ve not come across them yet, head over to your nearest Boots or Superdrug, who will undoubtably have some and you can start your collection too! They’re the brainchild of top beauty bloggers Pixiwoo (otherwise known as Samantha and Nicole Chapman) and it’s not an understatement to say that over the past few years, they’ve really taken the world by storm!

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Slowly but surely I’ve been creating something of a collection, so when I saw the Cheek & Lip kit I couldn’t resist. Consisting of a big fluffy powder brush, a contour brush and dinky lip brush, the trio is a real workhorse which you can reach for every morning.

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The Cheek Brush is an exclusive addition to the set, and it’s the thing that your brush-dreams are made of! First off, the size is absolutely perfect if you like to sweep your bronzer or blush on. The bristles feel super soft, and fan out to effortlessly apply bronzers and blushes in a believable wash of colour. I’ve been using the brush for bronzer application (so not just on my cheeks) and I’ve really fallen in love. It doesn’t shed bristles and it’s so comfortable to use. The kit is worth it’s weight in gold for this brush alone!

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The contour brush is probably the one I was most excited to try from the kit. I’ve not had a dedicated contour brush before, so the idea itself feels novel, and Real Techniques makes my most-used highlight brush, so I had super high expectations. The contour brush is a duo-fibre one, so the base of the brush is made from shorter, more densely packed bristles, whilst it ends in longer, super soft fibres. The brush makes contouring ridiculously easy, I swirl the brush in my contouring shade, apply a little under my cheekbones, around my chin and a little to my temples and around my hairline and I’m good to go. The brush leaves a soft, almost airbrushed effect which looks super natural. You’re not left with a dirty looking smudge, instead, it’s just a pretty and believable amount of definition.

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Last up is the lip brush, which, if you’re loving a defined, matte lip this season, it’s your must-have tool. The fibres of the brush are pleasingly firm, allowing you to easily control your lip colour, it’s absolutely invaluable for creating a perfect statement lip.

The Real Technique Cheek & Lip Set is priced at £19.99 and is available here.

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