Sunday, 9 March 2014
The third and final instalment in my 'High Street Picks' series is all about the eyes, my favourite place to experiment. I'm a neutral kinda gal when it comes to the lids but that doesn't mean it's always boring, there's so many ways to embrace a neutral eye. Eye products from the high street are really where it's at, it's definitely an area you can afford to skimp out on and still have a tonne of variety and some really amazing products.
MUA Undressed Palette: A very well priced high street brand that has really impressed me in terms of eye shadow's is MUA. I own three of their 12 shade shadow palette's but I'd recommend this one for gals just starting to get in to makeup or even long term neutral lovers like myself. A nice mix of shimmery shades with some matte browns thrown in, perfect for creating subtle crease definition. The formula is really impressive, the shades are all quite creamy with the exception of one or two of the matte shades which are slightly chalky but nothing you can't work with. I'll be popping up a review of the three palettes I own soon so keep an eye out if you're interested.
Maybelline Colour Tattoos: I don't think there's any eye product I've raved about more on this blog than these, they are amazing. Whether you use them as a quick wash of colour or as a base for powder shadow, they look gorgeous. Super long lasting and they make it look like you've gone to a heap of effort when really it's taken all of 5 seconds to apply. My favourite shades are Tough as Taupe (top of above picture) and Bad to the Bronze (bottom of above picture) but rumour is that Maybelline are coming out with a new line of nude colours in this formula, to say I'm excited is an understatement.
Maybelline Hypercurl Volum' Express Mascara: Truth be told, I hate mascara shopping. I love really dry formula's for creating a natural, daily look and I find it so difficult to find mascara's that aren't super wet on the high street and hate to part large amounts of $$ for a high end offering when really you should be throwing them out after 3-6 months. However when I was recently in Thailand I found this offering from Maybelline and was shocked with how much I loved it. Unlike every other mascara I own I didn't have to wait a month for things to dry up a bit, it was perfect from the get go. It's in no way too dry or difficult to apply, I just love that the bristle brush doesn't pick up a heap of product leading to cakey lashes. If you can get your hands on it, I'd definitely recommend this for natural-look mascara lovers.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick Bad Bronze Girl: Another one wash wonder that can double up as a great base, any one else seeing a trend here? This time in a handy stick form this is perfect to keep in your handbag for touch up's during the day. It's also great if you've got to go out straight from work and need to add a little something something to your makeup look. Super easy to apply, blends well with fingers and smokes up an eye look really well.
Rimmel Glam Eye's 5 Shadow Pan Brixton Brown: A lovely little palette for those that are fans of a neutral eye but like to have the option to try something a little different. Four neutral shadows perfect for a day or night time look housed with a cranberry/red centre shade. I'm usually one to fear away from red anywhere near my eyes, the result is usually too pink eye-esque, however this particular red is gorgeous. I like to use the lighter brown as a base with the darker brown and red blended into the outer corner and it's such a lovely combo. Blending into the brown helps tone down the red but at the same time adds a real warmth and depth to the look. It may not look like your kind of colour but don't be afraid to try something a little different, you may just love the result!
Saturday, 8 March 2014
Next up; lips. If you missed yesterday's 'Pick of the Highstreet' post you can check that out here for a little intro to the series and a look at my favourite face products. Now, lips aren't exactly the area of makeup I like to experiment with the most. Truth be told I'm a bit of a bold lip wimp, I'm working on it, so this post is full of pinky nudes and 'your lips but better' type shades. Boring? Maybe. Easy to sport on a daily basis? Of course.
L'Oreal Shine Caresse Lolita: As a self confessed 'not really a lipgloss lover' kinda girl, you may be surprised to see this one in here. An incredibly light, never sticky, easy to apply lipgloss with just the perfect amount of colour pay off? Now that's something even I can't resist. Rumoured to be a YSL Glossy Stain dupe this certainly does have the qualities of a high end offering. I've recently been eyeing up some of the darker shades as I think this could be the perfect formula to facilitate my foray into a bold lip. No promises just yet.
Lasting Finish by Kate Moss for Rimmel: The formula for both the shine and matte version's of these are absolutely spot on. They're both really creamy, nicely pigmented, long lasting and not at all drying which for a matte lipstick is quite something. With a good shade variety there's bound to be something for everyone, you can check out the shades I own here.
Rimmel Moisture Renew Notting Hill Nude: Another Rimmel offering, this time one that ramps at the moisture levels. Unbelievably nourishing, think tinted lip balm more then moisturising lipstick. However it's not lacking in the colour pay off department either, both a sheer and opaque nude lip can be achieved here. Not the most long lasting due to it's uber creamy formula but easy to apply on the go, sans mirror so no complaints here.
Burts Bee's Replenishing Pomegranate Lip Balm: One for the girls (or guys) out there who don't want to be messing around applying lip colour but want to add a little something something to their lips. The tint of this is actually rather impressive, quite a deep colour can be achieved just a few coats. Once again it's not going to be the most long lasting, it is a lip balm after all. But one to keep on the desk to keep lips nourished as well as rosey? Definitely. It has an interesting scent though which may be a bit too much for some. You have been warned.
Friday, 7 March 2014
There's nothing quite as satisfying as finding a budget friendly beauty product that rival's its high end counterparts. Easy on the bank balance and does exactly what it says on the tin, what more could you want? But high street stores can be a bit of a minefield, dodgy lighting, no one to help you pick a shade, minimal samples and the ones they do have are usually far from hygienic, it's difficult to know where to start. Over my years of beauty obsession, pouring over hundreds of products online and pacing the aisles of many a high street store, I've come across a selection of highly impressive beauty finds. Through this three post mini series I'll be sharing with you some of my favourite beauty finds in the hope that next time you find yourself perusing the aisles of Boots, Priceline, Superdrug, *insert drugstore name here*, you'll have some idea where to start.
First up we're talking base. A good base is key to a good look but it's the area of the highstreet that I find most difficult to navigate. Shade ranges are usually on the small side and longevity isn't always up there with some of the higher end brands. However there are definitely some face products that I'll be repurchasing again and again.
Revlon Colourstay for Normal/Dry Skin: My love affair with this started with it's combination/oily counterpart until I decided to embrace a glow. Medium coverage but definitely buildable, the shade range isn't too awful (a total of 12 last time I checked) and it sticks around pretty darn well even on my oily skin, no awkward patchy wearing away here. Super oily skinned gals may want to opt for the combo/oily variety however I simply go for a powder (more on which one later) so I've got that extra flexibility between matte and glowy, ya know?
Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer: My 'undereye-brightener' of choice. Now it's nothing to write home about coverage wise (gals struggling with very dark circles may want to look else where) but it's perfect to lighten things up just a little. I dab in to my inner corner and finger-pat out (technical term there) under the eye on a daily basis. It's also nice to use over the top of a more heavy duty concealer if you've got some real darkness to hide. It doesn't cake during the day like some other high street offerings do and really does 'wake me up' (or at least makes me look like I'm awake).
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder and Match Perfection Silky Loose Powder: Two of my absolute favourite setting powders. The pressed offering use to be my holy grail, I'd use it morning, noon or night and it never let me down. I then tried the loose alternative and fell in love all over again (dramatic I know). The loose version is now my setting powder of choice when I first apply my makeup and the pressed powder is kept in my bag for touch up's (loose powder isn't the best for on the go, trust me). I'm thinking of doing a little comparison post between these two if anyone's interested? Let me know!
Bourjois Cream Blush: One that's slightly unique in my blusher drawer due to it's cream to powder formulation which makes it the perfect cream blush for oily gals. Super creamy cream blushers aren't always the most long lasting but this Bourjois offering applies just like a cream blush, think easy to blend and achieve a natural flush, but sets and sticks around like a powder. It's one of those blushes I don't have to think about and can apply quickly, another regular in my 'on-the-go-touchups' bag.
Natural Collection Blush: For a super duper budget friendly offering (just $4 a pop), you can't go past Natural Collection blushers. Not a brand I'm too familiar with (I don't think it's available here in Aus.) but this blush I picked up on my last UK trip is great. The packaging is shocking, but for the price that doesn't bother me at all, it's the product inside that has impressed me. Nicely pigmented, the shade I have is Rosey Glow which provides a lovely natural flush when dusted onto the cheeks, and it applies really nicely. Definitely one to try out if you're just getting in to makeup or are shopping on a budget!
What are your favourite high street face products? Be sure to check back tomorrow for my pick of the lips!
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Today I'm sharing with you a few snaps from my recent trip to Thailand. I spent 11 nights on the island of Koh Samui, moving between hotels all around the island with a night in Bangkok on either side. I had such an amazing time with my boyfriend, visiting temples, spending time at the beach and the pool and indulging in one too many buffet breakfasts (my fav meal of the day). I hope you enjoy these pictures and if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below or you can tweet me @annablush_.
|Wat Pho Temple Bangkok.|
|We loved all the fresh fruit.|
|Wat Arun Bangkok.|
|Chicken Kebab, Night Market Walking Street Chaweng Beach.|
|Banana and Nutella Crepe.|
|Cocktails at Chaweng Beach.|
|Lunch in a little beach hut, Bangrak Beach.|
|Big Buddha, Koh Samui.|
|Fisherman's Village, Bophut.|
|Lanna Resort and Spa.|
|Buffet Breakfast Plate 1.|
|Paper lanterns on Maenam Beach.|
|View from our room.|
|Koh Tao on the way home.|
Friday, 28 February 2014
I recently went on a little holiday to Koh Samui, a small island off the coast of Thailand. It was such a beautiful place and I had an amazing time however I still couldn't keep my beauty urges under control, quelle surprise. During the trip home I had a one day stop over in Bangkok so of course I had to do some shopping.
First up was a cute little shop called Beauty Corner where I picked up this Gorgeous Shadow Palette. The packaging of everything in this shop was absolutely adorable. This particular palette is slightly Urban Decay Naked-esque and houses 9 neutral shadows, 3 of which are matte and the remaining 6 rather shimmery. It also features a little blending brush which for once I actually quite like! A full review is in the works.
Next I stopped off at Beauty Buffet, one of Thailand's more popular beauty stores. I was rather restrained and left with only 3 face masks in tow. Asian countries are particularly well known for their sheet mask so it would have been rude not to, right? They were on a buy 3 offer so the three I chose were the Tea Tree Essence Anti-Acne Mask, Carrot Freshly Brightening Mask and Avocado Moisturising and Nourishing.
My final stop off was duty free where I anticipated a rather large splashing of cash however nothing really caught my eye (that I could justify at least) so I left with only a mascara. I've been hunting out a high street option to fill the spot of my much loved DJV Beautenizer so gave Maybelline's Hypercurl Volume Express a go. I'm yet to see this in Australian stores so I'm not sure whether it's new or simply unique to Thailand or Asia. So far so good, expect to hear more soon.
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
When I returned from my recent holiday I was excited to see my January Lust Have It Box* had arrived (albeit a month late). If you were paying for this service I think it could be quite frustrating to receive it so late, I've heard many other bloggers say they received their boxes late too so it wasn't just me! Although it is better late than never!
On to the actual contents of the box which was quite skincare-centric with only one makeup item included, Model Co's Shine Ultra Lip Gloss, mine in the shade Strip Tease. This is a full sized product priced at $18 which almost covers the cost of the box in just one item! I'm not much of a lip gloss lover but I've actually really enjoyed using this. Strip Tease is a lovely pinky nude with small hints of shimmer and the formula is not at all sticky. Lovely on it's own or over a lip colour to gloss things up.
From the skincare in the box there is one product I'm quite excited to try, Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel. I've heard a fair bit about Paula and know that her site is quite a popular resource for skincare tips however I haven't heard much about her products. This particular gel is designed to use as the serum step in your skincare routine, after cleansing and toning and claims to create radiant, younger and even-toned skin. I'm a fan of chemical exfoliants so am excited to see how I get on with this one.
The other skincare type products I received were Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Wipes, Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear SPF30+, Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturising Oil and Evodia Lemon Sorbet Hand Cream. Wipes aren't something I like to use regularly however they do come in handy for travelling so I'll be keeping hold of these. The SPF is something I'll definitely be trying, protecting your skin from the sun is vital and a tinted SPF does two jobs in one. I'm slightly disappointed with the Aveda oil, it's such a small size (3ml) that I think you could barely get more than one use out of it. On the other end of the size scale was the Evodia hand cream, a full-sized 100ml priced at $17.95. It's nice and lightweight, soaks in quickly and has a subtle sweet lemon scent, I'm sure I'll get a lot of use out of this.
Did you receive the LHI January Box? Did you like it?
Sunday, 23 February 2014
As I spent a large majority of February on holiday in Thailand (snaps coming soon for those interested) my makeup requirements were rather minimal. I stuck to what I knew so it wasn't really a month for makeup discovery's however I did come across a few skincare and haircare gems which is rare for me.
A mere few days into my holiday and I could already see the damage sun, pool and sea was causing my locks. Dry ends needed some serious TLC so I reached for the two most moisture boosting products in my travel toiletry arsenal. Schwarzkopf BC Repair and Rescue Intense Leave in Treatment was spritzed on freshly washed hair as well as at regular intervals between washes to detangle and nourish. Post wash and detangle I reached for Phyto 7's Hydrating Day Cream, smoothing it through the very ends of my hair. Probably not the best for fine hair due to it's rather heavy cream formula but my holiday hair soaked it right up.
The two skincare pieces I loved this month were both new to the ranks, Elemis' Soothing Apricot Toner and La Roche Posay's Anthelios XL SPF 50+. The Elemis toner was promptly slotted into the hydrating stage of my usual Toner Time Duo, it's calming, radiance boosting properties were perfect for my skin post sun exposure. Perfect for calming redness and refreshing skin morning and night. Being on a summer holiday made using a daily SPF absolutely necessary to protect my skin from sun damage. La Roche Posay's offering was perfect for me; lightweight, didn't cause any breakouts, non-greasy and it's high SPF and UVA and UVB protection meant I didn't get burnt once- exactly what you need.
Now the two makeup bits that were the stars of my effortless holiday face, for day's when I wasn't simply lounging around the pool, makeup free. Daniel Sandler's Watercolour Creme Blush in Soft Pink was the perfect rosy glow-giver. Water-resistant (read: sweatproof), easy to apply sans brush and adds a gorgeous hint of colour and sheen with no shimmer in sight. Another cream formula that saw some love was Maybelline's Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze. Yes, that one again. A sweep of this brings out the blue/green in my eyes and complements a summer glow. Plus it's long-lasting, easy to apply and adds subtle definition, you can read more here.
What products did you love this month?