Thursday, 22 June 2017

Summer Fresh Skin




I’m a huge NARS fan and I love practically all their beauty products from their gorgeous peachy pink toned blushers to their creamy concealer. Nars for me tick every box, especially as they seem to be one brand that has actually grasped the truest of true shade of Caspar the friendly ghost (between me & you I mean fair skin). Being extremely fair is something I love & I’m proud of, even if people always ask me “Are you feeling under the weather?” 24/7. Nars are one brand that I can always trust and turn to for makeup for the fairest of them all.

I recently purchased the Nars Tinted Moisturiser, which I mentioned that I’d been loving it hugely in my May Favourites. I wanted something a bit more lighter and a little bit more breathable for my skin instead of using my trusty Nars Sheer Glow In Siberia this summer. I hadn’t really heard anyone talk about the Nars Tinted Moisturiser apart from Emma Stone’s Makeup Artist Rachel Goodwin (who is the most talented MA I have ever seen). I knew that Rachel used this on Emma at this years Oscars, Emma is fair skinned and personally uses a lot of Nars products so I saw a list of all the products Rachel used on Emma and decided to purchase the tinted moisturiser in Finland. Finland is the exact shade Emma wore at the Oscars and it looked like the perfect match for my skin. So purely based on the makeup emma wore to I  purchased this tinted moisturiser on a whim that 1. it would match my skin ton & 2. I would like it.


I’m now completely obsessed with this tinted moisturiser it feels SO incredibly light and just evens out my skintone beautifully if you want a really fresh, dewy, makeup less makeup up look then you need to try this. It has SPF 30 so great for the summer months and it’s extremely light, it doesn’t look heavy infact it looks just like your skin but with this healthy glow, it doesn’t cling on to any dry patches on your skin it’s really hydrating and it makes you look extremely fresh faced. It lasts all day and doesn’t go patchy either. Shade wise it matches my skintone perfectly, I like to pat this into my skin using my beauty blender and it works a treat. Gives great coverage. If you are worried about shades I’m the shade Siberia in the Nars Sheer Glow & the Tinted Moisturiser in Finland matches my caspar like face perfectly. If it hadn’t of been for Rachel I probably wouldn’t of ventured into this product as I’m obsessed with my Sheer Glow.

I just can’t put this tinted moisturiser down it’s honestly fab. I mean if Emma Stone can wear it to the oscars I can wear it. If you have fair skin then seriously check this out but also check out Rachel’s Instagram for different makeup looks she’s done.

OVERALL THOUGHTS


I’m hugely impressed with this Tinted Moisturiser (as you can see from the photo above), colour wise matches my skin tone perfectly, feels like my skin but healthier, isn’t oily, doesn’t stick to any dry patches on my skin, evens out skintone and just in general is a fabulous summer makeup product I especially love that it has SPF as it’s always one skincare step I always miss out on because I’m too lazy to be bothered to add sticky sun lotion.

All in All, if you like something light, breathable and dewy for your skin this summer then do check this out it feels beautiful and is really moisturising. I just can’t put this down, & if it’s good enough to be used on the likes of Emma then it’s good enough for me.

Trust me when I say Nars have got it spot on when it comes to colours and makeup for fair skin.

Have you tried the Nars Tinted Moisturiser before?

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Monday, 12 June 2017

REVIEW | NARS Liquid Blush




Whenever NARS launch new products, I ALWAYS get far too excited as NARS are one beauty brand that are almost always scattered in my makeup bag or my makeup draw. From Blushers, to Lipstick to their famous Sheer Glow Foundation. I can’t live without a lil bit of NARS in my life. This being said, they have just recently launched some brand new & very very exciting products, one of which I couldn’t contain my excitement & just had to purchase straight away. It’s the NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush.

The NARS Orgasm Liquid Blush is part of their new orgasm collection, and is all based upon the cult blush from them. They haven’t just done a liquid blush and various other makeup products including lipsticks in this shade they have also done a bunch of other well loved NARS products including Lustre, Dolce Vita ect.

Anyway down to the actual product. The new formula of this blush is stunning it’s super super pigmented, you literally need the tiniest of tiniest pumps. It’s super pigmented yet a very blendable liquid at the same time. It’s a really thin runny texture that I like to apply to the apples of my cheeks using my trusty beauty blender, It’s a lot more pink than the original orgasm powder blush & has a beautiful amount of shimmer, it’s just gorgeous, it gives skin this really healthy luminous glow and adds this beautiful flush of pink on my cheeks in this really natural way. When I say super pigmented I emphasise on the word SUPER, you literally need not even a pump let alone half a pump, honestly the tiniest press of the pump and it will do both cheeks.

It doesn’t go patchy or look over the top, it’s just an even more beautiful version of an already timeless blusher. Packaging wise top marks all around, it has the classic NARS Matte glass and looks like an extra large nail varnish till you pull of the top and surprise it actually has a pump. That’s one thing that I WISH NARS did, I wish they made their foundations so that they all had pumps ready and you don’t have to go and buy one, because whenever I do they are always sold out. 

ALL ROUND THOUGHTS.

It lasts all day, doesn’t oxidise and it’s nice and dewy but not heavy, my favourite thing about this product is not the price tag by any stretch of the imagination but the gorgeous healthy glow it gives to my skin, it’s definitely on the peachy-pink side and has this gorgeous shimmer running through it. All in all I think we can let the price tag slide for this one as it really is my new favourite blush, & really is worth it for that lit within summer glow that everyone wants.

I’m just obsessed with this liquid blusher right now.


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Thursday, 8 June 2017

May Favourites | 2017



As you can see by the photo above I have been loving a lot of beauty things this month....surprise, surprise. 

There are a lot of things to get through so let’s begin.


The first thing I've loved and worn religiously throughout May is my Denim fleece jacket from Topshop, I bought this around about September last year and wore it quite a lot back then. I dusted it off the top of my wardrobe and can't stop wearing it again, it's summery but slightly windy weather here in the UK still, so this is keeping my snug enough and warm enough without letting the cold air whisk me away.


One thing I’ve been loving hugely this past month is the Pixi + Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse. This cleansing duo is amazing as you can see I’ve completely used it all up & I have already restocked and bought another pot, makes my skin feel squeaky clean and is one of my new all time favourite cleansers, it’s even replaced my beloved Clinique Take The Day Off. Seriously this is one skincare product that everyone NEEDS to try it’s wonderful. More in depth review here.



IN NATURAL DAY LIGHT 



Bronzing season has finally hit the UK & I’m loving it, yes I’m pale and caspar like but even us fair skinned girls love a cheeky bit of bronzer. The two I’ve been loving this month are the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess in 01 Fair, it’s this beautiful bronzer that has this terracotta redish undertone that is actually surprisingly perfect for those of us with fair skin. When applied and swatched it isn’t muddy or orangey, it adds the perfect amount of warmth without being overdone. If you are fair like me and feel like you can’t wear bronzer then trust me you can & this one is brilliant it’s also a semi matte with a tiny bit of shimmer.

Another bronzer I’ve been loving is the Benefit Hoola Light, this recently just got launched by Benefit and it’s amazing. I’ve never been so happy to have a bronzer that is actually been designed for fair skin, fair skin is something I feel isn’t talked about enough or in the beauty world considered. This is another gorgeous bronzer that adds the most perfect amount of warmth to the fairest of them all. It’s not only a beautiful shade but is smells incredible too, slightly sandalwoody and sweet. All in all top marks to benefit, I will be doing a look and a proper review of this over the next few days.



Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener, I have dark circles and on a good day I look like I’ve been punched in the eye. This I’ve used daily this past month as it’s helping hide my horrendous dark circles, when it says eye brightener it really means it. I look like I’ve had 8-9 hours sleep when I use this so I will not be letting this part my makeup bag any time soon. It’s really easy to blend lasts all day and beyond. I’m just really loving this I’m in the shade Light Bisque 2. The only thing I don't like about this eye brightener is the smell, it smells like something you shouldn't or wouldn't want to put on your face, a bit like glue.....PVA glue.


Nars is one brand that I ALWAYS use and trust for base products, one new thing that I’ve fallen head over heels in love with is the Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser In Finland. I adore the Sheer Glow & have talked about it countless time on here, This tinted moisturiser is perfect for the summer and for those makeup less makeup days. It feels extremely light, lasts all day, doesn’t go patchy or look cakey at all. I love how light and fresh this look & feels on my skin, if you are like me and prefer something lighter to wear base wise on good skin days or in the summer months then definitely check out this, I will be doing a more chatty review of this product as I’ve been loving it SO much.


Lipstick wise, it's no secret that I love the Rimmel London Lipsticks, the ones by Kate Moss are some of my all time favourite drugstore lippies. The one lipstick that I've worn almost daily this past month is the Rimmel London Kate Moss 54 Rock 'N' Roll Nude. It's this gorgeous pinky beige lipstick that I not only love but so does my mum. It's very flattering on all skin tones and is my perfect nude lipstick. Rimmel lipstick are some of the best lipsticks on the highstreet, very creamy, lasts a really long time and great pigmentation. I really rate Rimmel Lipsticks.

That is everything I've loved this past month, what did you love in May?

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Thursday, 1 June 2017

If I Knew You Were Coming......



I’d of baked lemon & pistachio bars

The baking bug has hit me & I just can’t stop making these Lemon & Pistachio Bars. I came across this recipe the other week and thought I’d give it a whirl and don my pinny. I did however want to slightly tweak the recipe and give my own spin and take on it.

For the Crispy Base:

164g off flour 
66g of sugar
3 pinches of salt
The zest of a whole lemon
115g of butter

For Lemony Filling:

4 Large eggs
294g of sugar
A whole lemon, freshly squeezed & Strained zest included.
A Good handful of pistachios.



Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and grab a basic baking tray, it can either be square or round I found that neither mattered or matter. It’s up to you. In a large bowl whisk together all the crust ingredients start with the flour then add the salt, sugar, lemon zest & of course the butter. Whisk this all together on a low speed and it needs to turn into course sand like crumbs.

Tip all the now crunchy mixture into your baking tray and pat down with your hands. once everything is all smooth and patted into the tray pop it into your oven for around 20 minutes. It will go slightly golden at the edges. 

Whilst your crust is baking beautifully and you are praying to the baking king and queen (yes I’m talking about Merry Berry & Paul Hollywood) you want to make your lemony filling. Simply grab another clean bowl and crack open all four of your eggs, add in your sugar and then the freshly squeezed and strained lemon including the zest. I like to add the zest as i feel it adds more flavour. Whisk it all together and then leave it on the side until your biscuit base is done.
Once your base is cooked and has no soggy bottom it’s time to pour in your lemon filling straight on top of the hot biscuit base and then pop it back in the over for 10 minutes. Whilst it’s cooking for ten minutes you want to grab a handful or two depending on how much you like pistachios and bash them with a rolling pin, breaking them into smaller chunks. Once it’s been 10 minutes everything is semi cooked, this is where you then want to chuck in the pistachios as they then won’t sink straight to the biscuit bottom. Scatter them evenly around the whole lemon tart and then, pop it back in the oven for a further 12 minutes. 

Once the 12 minutes are up leave them to completely cool down somewhere in your kitchen for at least an hour, after that pop them into the fridge for another good hour and half. 

When you’ve let them complete cool down and set, you can then cut them up into chunks and either have them with ice cream, more pistachios or whatever takes your fancy.


I LOVE this recipe it’s SO quick, easy and simple to do. I also really enjoyed tweaking it slightly too, everyone who’s tried the ones I made really enjoyed them, so go on give this recipe a while and go get your bake on.

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