CHANEL ROUGE COCO SHINE 79 SAGA

available from Debenhams, House of Fraser, Chanel & Boots
I have been after this lipstick for quite some time now, after I was given a sample lip palette from Chanel with 6 lip shades in. I really liked how the colour was obviously a lipstick and obviously pink, without being in your-face! I have enough nude lipsticks and I just wanted something a little bit more fun! Chanel lipsticks are pricey, £24, but I picked this up in Duty Free so it hurt a little less and it wasn't an impulse buy so I treated myself. 

I've been wearing it quite a lot - out clubbing, to work and shopping so it's something I find quite versatile. It's a really lovely creamy formula, that really does just glide on. The pigmentation, for a sheer lipstick, is quite impressive! Another bonus is that it fades really lovely too! There's nothing worse than having patchy lips from your lipstick wearing off awkwardly - it fades evenly and because it's not an intense bright lip colour, it's quite subtle too! I also am totally in love with the packaging, but who doesn't love the signature sleek Chanel packaging? If you're considering picking up a Chanel lipstick, I'd definitely urge you to do it - they just make you feel special (ha!)

REAL TECHNIQUES EXPERT FACE BRUSH

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush £9.99
When Real Techniques first launched, I, just like most other people, went and bought the Core Collection set which included the Buffing Brush. The whole range is actually pretty multi-purpose but I used the Buffing Brush for my foundation every day. I picked up the Expert Face Brush because I wanted to try out some more brushes from the range and I wanted to see how it compared because the Buffing Brush cannot be purchased individually which can put some people off if they don't want the other brushes from the Core Collection set. 

The brush has a lightweight, aluminium handle, which makes it super easy to use and hold. The head of the brush is made from synthetic taklon, making the brush 100% cruelty free - always a plus. The bristles are incredibly soft and gentle. The brush is quite dense, not as dense as the ELF Studio Powder brush but more so than the Buffing Brush. I prefer the Expert Face Brush to the Buffing Brush because it is a little more dense which allows a slightly more fuller coverage and a quicker application. I do find that I have to wash this brush a little more regularly than my other brushes because it does tend to hold a lot of product after use, which can be quite annoying - especially when travelling. 

NARS LAGUNA BRONZER

I have been using Benefit's Hoola bronzer for the longest time now and I thought it's probably about time I give in to the pressure of being a blogger and try out the most hyped bronzer in the bloggersphere - NARS Laguna, £26. I actually bought mine via ASOS because of student discount and free delivery. 

In the pan, it actually looks pretty scary! However, it doesn't come off as dark as that on the skin, thankfully. It's a really beautiful shade that doesn't come off orange at all, even when you have packed it on a little bit too heavily. It's the perfect shade for the ultimate versatile bronzer - it's the perfect shade for contouring as well as adding a natural sunkissed glow to your face, due to the very subtle shimmer. This blends so easily and looks so natural. I absolutely love the packing, even though it does attract every piece of makeup dust and fingerprint, it's just so sleek and basic. I really like that it's quite big too - which sounds odd but some bronzers can be really hard to swirl your brush in which can make it harder to get an even application. 

RIMMEL WAKE ME UP CONCEALER

RIMMEL WAKE ME UP CONCEALER
RIMMEL WAKE ME UP CONCEALER
Although I love my Collection 2000 concealer, sometimes I just don't want something so heavy and so I thought that I'd give the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer a go since I loved the foundation so much. I picked up the shade Ivory, which is the lightest shade in the line, which is unfortunate for those whom are extremely pale and there also isn't anything for the deeper skin tones either - which I find to be a common issue with drugstore brands. The formulation of the concealer is really lovely - it's creamy and smooth, making it a dream to blend. I've been using a beauty blender for my foundation again recently and then using it to blend out my concealer too and it works beautifully. I don't suffer with too many problems around my eye area, thankfully, other than them looking dull so this really helps to brighten my eye area and leave a blowy/dewy look.

MAC POLITELY PINK

MAC POLITELY PINK
MAC POLITELY PINK
MAC POLITELY PINK 
MAC POLITELY PINK
When I was in MAC the other day I was drawn over to the lipstick stand and I was randomly picking up lipsticks and swatching away on my hand until my hand looked like I had some sort of new illness that left pink, nude and coral swatches on your skin! I noticed that I picked up the same lipstick 3 times and swatched it - that only means one thing.. I have to buy it, so I did. Anyway, as you've probably guessed that lipstick was Politely Pink which is a lustre finish. 

I didn't realise until I got home and put it on how much of a colour match it was to my actual lip colour. The base colour is pretty similar to my lips but with it being a lustre finish is has the most beautiful shine to it that can duplicate the effect of a lipgloss. I really hate wearing lipgloss to work just because I can't have it on me to top it up and my hair always gets caught and it's really annoying when I can't just pop to the toilet to fix it so I tend to go without. However, this lipstick gives the sheen that I would want from a lipgloss all in a lipstick! 

I know some people are really put off MAC lipsticks because they are forever increasing in price but I think they're nice for the staple colours in your collection! I really love this lipstick and I would recommend everyone to go and have a swatch or even have a look at the lustre range if you are after the lipgloss effect! 

URBAN DECAY NAKED 2

URBAN DECAY NAKED 2
URBAN DECAY NAKED 2
URBAN DECAY NAKED 2
URBAN DECAY NAKED 2
URBAN DECAY NAKED 2
URBAN DECAY NAKED 2
URBAN DECAY NAKED 2
I am so, so late on the bandwaggon with this palette but I've really only just got into eyeshadow! I thought the Naked palette would be a good place to start because you do get a whole range of neutral shades to play about with compared to when building your own palette from MAC or Inglot. I picked the second palette just because I thought the colours would compliment my skin tone more and I prefer the packaging. 

I've really loved playing around with this palette! On the days when I want a really relaxed look I've been using my Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze on the lid and then just using bootycall in the crease and on the outer part of my eye. On days when I want to make a little more of an effort I will reach for tease to go in the crease, foxy as a highlight on the brow bone an bootycall all over the lid. Overall, I really love this palette and I'm really glad that I bought it and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who was unsure. 

CHANEL GLOSSIMER 151 ARAGONITE

CHANEL GLOSSIMER 151 ARAGONITE
CHANEL GLOSSIMER 151 ARAGONITE
CHANEL GLOSSIMER 151 ARAGONITE
A few weeks back I was in Covent Garden and I ended up in the Chanel shop looking at all the different lipglosses and I completely fell in love with two but I just couldn't bring myself to spend the money on them, at £21 each. I really loved the shades 166 Amour and 151 Aragonite. On Sunday I was in Debenhams, so when I was at the Chanel counter I picked up 151 Aragonite. I went with this one over the other shade mainly because it's a clear gloss with a unique shimmer to it so it will go with every lipstick!

It's a really lovely lipgloss that isn't greasy or sticky or uncomfortable on the lips. I've tried a few lip glosses that have glitter in and they can be almost itchy on the lips from the glitter particles but that's really not the case with this. It's more of shimmer particle than a full on glitter so you don't look like a disco ball! I know it's pricey for a lip gloss but if you're going to treat yourself, why not? It's a really lovely lip gloss that's going to be wearable over any lipstick, lip liner or even a nude lip!

RIMMEL APOCALIPS

RIMMEL APOCALIPS
RIMMEL APOCALIPS
RIMMEL APOCALIPS
I did a swap with a lovely girl named Scarlett last month and she sent me one of the Rimmel Apocalips in Nova. Up until then I hadn't bothered with them just because I have to many lip products and I just didn't want to just follow the hype - if it was still there in a few months, I've give them a whirl. However when Scarlett sent me one, I was amazed by the pigmentation! Although the pink is lovely, it's not a colour I'm comfortable with wearing daily - since it's so bright! I'm much more of a neutral girl for day-to-day and so I grabbed the colour Nude Eclipse. 

They're both highly-pigmented lip glosses that go on really lovely. They're quite a thick gloss, which I know sounds a little off putting but they're kind of a hybrid between a gloss and a lipstick! They're not sticky like a lipgloss and they're not drying like some lipsticks. Unfortunately they wear like a lipgloss too, so you do kind of have to top them up but because they're not sticky, it's not such an issue. Overall, I'm really impressed with the Apocalips range, however the colour selection isn't the greatest - it's pretty limited so hopefully they expand that soon and then I can indulge in a much more wearable pink too!

MAC EYE KOHL IN SMOLDER

MAC EYE KOHL IN SMOLDERMAC EYE KOHL IN SMOLDER
MAC EYE KOHL IN SMOLDER
MAC EYE KOHL IN SMOLDER
Finding the perfect black eyeliner can be quite challenging, which sounds odd because it's such a staple in so many different peoples makeup bag yet it can take quite a while to find one that works for you. Pigmentation is probably the major issue that people have to deal with then looking for that perfect black eye kohl. Sometimes when you actually use the pencil, it doesn't give the intense look you were after - instead they leave you with a grey-ish looking colour, which may be okay for some, but not for me.

I've tried so many eye pencils from No7 to Benefit to Revlon but it's never really satisfied my need for an intense black eye kohl. However, MAC's Smolder is that perfect intense black. It's quite a stiff consistency, which I know it sounds off putting but it's not going to drag your eyes, promise - it's definitely not going to run down your face which I know people with oily eye-lids can really struggle with. I really quite liked the Soap & Glory Smoulder Kohl in Super Black but it's a lot more of a creamy consistency and I feel like after a long day, even on me and my skin's not really oily, it can start to smudge and wear whereas the MAC pencil stays put all day and still looks as intense as ever. 

L'OREAL TRUE MATCH FOUNDATION

L'OREAL TRUE MATCH FOUNDATION
L'OREAL TRUE MATCH FOUNDATION
L'OREAL TRUE MATCH FOUNDATION
 I've been slowly been making my way through all of my foundations and all I have left in my current shade is my oh so lovely YSL Toche Eclat foundation and the Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow foundation. As lovely as my YSL foundation is, it's not something I want to wear daily because it's just so expensive and the Benefit foundation is also lovely but it's definitely a light-medium coverage and since my skin is playing up at the moment so I need a little more coverage! I've heard some really good things about this foundation so I thought I'd give it a whirl!

"L'Oréal Paris True Match Foundation conceals imperfections, without caking : its micro-fine, creamy texture blends perfectly with the skin's texture. True Match Foundation has a micro-fine, creamy texture that contains 3 light, non-greasy oils. In 20 true-to-skin shades across warm, cool and neutral tones. The silky texture blends seamlessly with the skin. It automatically adjusts to the texture of the skin to create a flawless finish. Oil-free and non-comedogenic. The result: Flawless coverage."

I'm really enjoying using this foundation. I do struggle with colour matching foundations because the slightest bit of sun and my skin-tone changes so one day it's perfect, the next it's too light/dark which I why I need something that blends impeccably. This sinks beautifully in to your skin and blends out like a dream. I haven't been setting my foundation with powder lately just because I feel like that can make me more oily - odd I know, but this has been sitting perfectly on my skin. It's a medium-buildable coverage and it's really lovely on this skin, nor is it heavy or sticky on my face! Plus, it's only around the £10 mark, depending on where you pick it up from and if you get it on an offer or not!

YSL LE TEINT TOUCHE ECLAT FOUNATION

YSL LE TEINT TOUCHE ECLAT FOUNATION
YSL LE TEINT TOUCHE ECLAT FOUNATION
YSL LE TEINT TOUCHE ECLAT FOUNATION
YSL LE TEINT TOUCHE ECLAT FOUNATION
YSL LE TEINT TOUCHE ECLAT FOUNATION
YSL LE TEINT TOUCHE ECLAT FOUNATION
YSL LE TEINT TOUCHE ECLAT FOUNATIONYSL LE TEINT TOUCHE ECLAT FOUNATION
The aim of this foundation is, similar to the Touche Eclat pen, to illuminate and brighten your face. After years in manufacture, testing and re-testing the foundation has hit counters in 22 shades. These shades are split into three under-tones; Beige Rose, Beige and Beige Dore so in theory there should be a shade for any skintone.

I was matched to Beige Dore 20 by the YSL consultant. Let's get it out there - I love this stuff! Okay well there's some conditions as to when I love it: I have to use it with my beauty blender sponge rather than my usual foundation brush (Real Techniques Buffing Brush). I feel like because it's quite a runny foundation it works better with a sponge! This is definitely the lightest foundation, in terms of coverage that I have in my collection but lately that's what I've been after. I'm not sure why, because I'm having more difficulties with my skin than ever, but it feels nice not to feel like a layer of makeup is sitting on my skin! I really love the finish it gives to my face - a glowly, natural look! This foundation is all about attracting light to your face and making you appear more 'radiant', which it does! It doesn't make you look shiny or greasy in the slightest.

Available at John Lewis, Boots, House of Fraser

BOBBI BROWN MAKEUP MANUAL & JEMMA KIDD MAKE-UP SERIES

Jemma Kidd & Bobbi Brown Makeup Book
I posted a photo on Instagram & Twitter and I had quite a few questions about these books so I thought that I'd feature them in a post! 

For those of you that frequently read my blog, may well know that I am taking the steps to train to be a makeup artist! To try and give myself a basis to build on, I thought it would be a good idea to invest on some 'beauty books' and since I've heard some really good things about these particular two, I snapped them up on Amazon! They both have a RRP of £25, but they are sold at £16 on Amazon, and then as a student I qualify for 5% student discount on certain things, including books! I know 5% isn't a lot but it did mean that I got both books for £30.20 rather than £32 - every little helps!
Jemma Kidd Makeup Book
Jemma Kidd Makeup BookJemma Kidd Makeup Book
Jemma Kidd Makeup BookJemma Kidd Makeup Book
Jemma Kidd Makeup Book
The Jemma Kidd book, in my opinion is aimed more so as those who enjoy makeup but do not wish to be a professional in the field. It gives you so much valuable information, tips and advice as well as demonstrations on how to create so many different looks! I feel as if this would be a great book for someone who wants to know a little more about what they're actually using on their face! It's not a bad book at all, I just think the target audience is more hobbyists than those wishing to become pro.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Book
Bobbi Brown Makeup BookBobbi Brown Makeup Book
Bobbi Brown Makeup BookBobbi Brown Makeup Book
Bobbi Brown Makeup Book
This book is great! I would say this book caters more for those who wish to make a career out of the makeup industry, but it's definitely not limited to that! There is a large section of the book dedicated to that, which obviously does cater for those looking at becoming an MUA but it's a really informative book for anyone - novice, hobbyist or aspiring pro!

Both books are set out really well and in such a way that you can find exactly what you want really easily. They both cover so much and provide so much detail - from eyeshadow finishes to what to look for in skincare for your skin type! They both have beautiful photographs and have really easy step-by-step tutorials for creating looks! Although I wouldn't stop anyone buying either book, I think if you're only buying one, if you're thinking about going professional pick up the Bobbi Brown one and if you're not, then get the Jemma Kidd one!

Available, cheapest, from Amazon: Jemma Kidd & Bobbi Brown!