Makeup of the Evening – FOTD

This is a bit of a rushed post as I had nothing scheduled or planned for today, but I’d been doing so well so far managing to post every day in October I didn’t want to let a day slip by with no post.

So I thought seeing as I’m going out tonight I’d share what makeup I’m planning on wearing. It could change but this is what I’m planning on trying and hopefully it’ll look good! My partying and drinking every Saturday is behind me but tonight I am going for a meal with my two best girl-friends to celebrate their birthdays (which are a week apart). We’re going for an Indian so I’m looking forward to that!

Here’s what I’m planning on chucking on my face…

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For my face I’m going to use Becca Backlight Priming Filter (£32) all over face and then some Too Faced Primed and Poreless Primer (£24) on my nose and apples of my cheeks, as this is where my pores are largest and most noticeable. For foundation I’m going with Nars Sheer Glow (£31) which I have in the shade ‘Mont Blanc’. My favourite concealer is still Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (£4.19) in the shade ‘Fair’ so I’m going to use that under my eyes and on any redness that’s still peaking through. I’ll then set my under eye area with the NYX HD Finishing Powder (£8) in the shade ‘Banana’ which is brightening. I’ll then set the rest of my face with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (£40) which I have in the shade ‘Diffused Light’ (this is virtually empty now, can’t bring myself to repurchase it with that insane price tag)!

To add some colour and life back to my skin I’ll use the Nars One Shocking Moment Cheek Studio Palette (this was a limited edition palette). It has the  Laguna (£28) bronzer and a great shade for contour. My favourite blush is the palest pink one so I’ll probably go for that one. For highlight I think I might go with this one called ‘So Hollywood’ from Anastasia Beverly Hills. This too was unfortunately limited edition and I can’t find it anywhere linked online, sorry!

For eyes I’ll go in with the Urban Decay Primer Potion (£16) and curl my lashes with these cute eyelash curlers from Primark. To line my upper and lower water line I use the Lily Lolo Eyeliner Pencil (£6.99) in black. I don’t like faffing around with eye shadow so I think I might go for my fanciest eye shadow stick which is By Terry Ombre Blackstar (£29) in ‘Misty Rock’. I’ll then probably just define my crease with Makeup Geek Eyeshadow (£5.50) in ‘Creme Brulee’ which I always do as it looks so pretty and defines the eyes beautifully. For mascara I am absolutely loving theBalm Mad Lash Mascara (£15) which I wrote a whole post about which you can read here if you would like! I might add some falsies but we’ll see how I am for time! Got so much to do… paint nails, straighten hair, do makeup, choose outfit! And I can never be without some eyeliner, so I’ll just line my upper lash line with some Soap and Glory Supercat (£6).

For eyebrows I absolutely love NYX Brow Pomade (£5.50) which I use in ‘Brunette’. This stuff is awesome and can still look really natural or you can go bolder. Great stuff.

I’m still very unsure on which lip colour to rock, but I’ve yet to don a dark, berry lip shade this Autumn (how criminal of me) so I am considering going for the Nars Semi-Matte Lipstick (£20) in ‘Scarlett Empress’. But, let’s be honest, no lipstick is going to last the course of me eating an Indian meal anyway so a top up will be essential!

So that’s my current thinking for tonight’s makeup… What do you think? I hope you enjoy your Saturday night whatever you’re doing.

Love Nicole xxxx

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The Balm Mad Lash Mascara Review

Rather on a whim, I bought this mascara from The Balm on ASOS while they were doing their 20% student discount. I did a quick google to see if there were any reviews but I didn’t come across that many. One I did manage to find was positive and in another I think it was compared to Benefit’s Roller Lash which is a mascara I loved. I hoped ‘Mad Lash’ would be a cruelty-free alternative to it.

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I really, really like this mascara! I love the brush, I definitely do notice similarities to Roller Lash’s brush which I loved too. It’s a plastic wand which is slightly curved with lots of little spikes which act almost like a comb, it allows you to really get in there and coat all the lashes in the corners. It provides good separation and definition which is amazing but lashes can start to clump together if you apply too much. It adds volume and length without the clumpy look and can hold a curl well. For me, it’s worn well the day’s I have worn it, with no smudging or running. I haven’t quite got the knack of using it on my bottom lashes yet as I don’t like to coat them too much and this mascara distributes a lot of product, which isn’t a bad thing it’s just not ideal for bottom lashes! The brush also isn’t that well suited for bottom lashes but I’m happy using another mascara for this job. Additionally, I’ve found it easy to remove at the end of the day.

This was the first mascara I’d tried from The Balm and I am really impressed! It’s a fantastic mascara that I enjoy using as the brush is brilliant and you can see the transformation immediately in the mirror. <3 If you like Roller Lash I think chances are you’ll like this cruelty-free alternative – I know I do!

What is your favourite mascara? Have you tried any by The Balm?

Love Nicole xxxx

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Highlighter Collection

Compared to many I’ve seen on YouTube and blogs I don’t have as many highlighters as some, but to me, I feel I have more than enough lol! It’d have to be a really unusual colour or exceptional formula for me to be able to justify getting another one… That doesn’t mean I won’t be buying a new highlighter in the near future as I am weak but what I’m trying to say is you really don’t need that many so maybe I can help you to decide whether any of these ones I own would be up your street! Wanting more is a whole other ball game though lol, they are so pretty to look at <3

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In order listed below Left to Right

NYX Illuminator in Ritualistic – £8.50

I got this one as I really wanted a pale, almost white highlighter. I liked the look of Pearl by Becca but I couldn’t bring myself to splash out the £32 at the time so when I saw this I impulse bought it on the spot! It’s a nice colour that I would say is a white gold although it is not the most pigmented and takes a bit of building up (I use a fan brush to apply highlighter). It’s not the smoothest of formulas and is slightly chalky, but this is compared to formulas like Becca’s which are a lot more expensive. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on a highlighter this would not be a bad choice! It catches the light, can be built up or worn more subtly, it does all you need.

theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer – £17.50

This purchase was completely induced by YouTube and blogs as it is so popular and raved about! I can see why as it’s a beautiful colour and can give a rather intense sheen to your skin! This one is more pigmented than the NYX and you don’t need to apply much to get the highlighted effect. A very pretty highlight which almost gives a  ‘wet’ look. The Balm do the best packaging too.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured in Moonstone – £30

I bought this in the summer thinking I would get loads of use out of it but the truth is I’ve barely touched it. I think my preference at the moment is for powder highlights as they pack much more of a punch. That being said I do love how natural this can look, it’s like a glossy sheen, but it’s one of those things where I get carried away and I know I can be so much more glowy so I reach for a powder highlight and this one is left redundant. If I ever fall out of love with the more obvious highlight look then this is really pretty, but until then I think it’ll just be sitting in a drawer… 🙁

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in So Hollywood – £28

This was the first expensive highlight I ever bought and at the time I couldn’t believe I’d spent £28 on one. Because of this, I had super high expectations and these were unfortunately not met. I think a lot of this was to do with first impressions and packaging; the packaging is virtually the same as the NYX Illuminator packaging just with the different branding so it just felt really cheap for the £28 I’d spent on it. The product itself now I’ve gotten over the splurge (I hadn’t bought that much high-end makeup before at the time so I was adjusting LOL) is actually really pretty. It’s a sheeny, pale gold that also provides that ‘wet’ look. I think this was the first illuminator ABH brought out and it is almost impossible to find this shade anywhere online now. However, ABH seems to be bringing out hundreds of highlighting palettes at the moment so you’re bound to find one you like. Packaging: cheap, product: good.

Sleek MakeUp Face Contour Kit in Light – £6.99

I’ll be honest and say I’ve not used this highlight from this palette much as I get distracted by all the prettily packaged separate ones I have. However, upon swatching I remembered how nice it actually is. In colour it’s probably most similar to the Mary Lou Manizer which means it’s a gorgeous colour for highlighting. It is however, more glittery which some people really don’t like but it’s nothing that bothers me too much. For travelling or if you’re on a budget, this 2 in 1 is a good buy. The contour powder is great btw.

Becca Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop – £32

This colour is gorgeous and who doesn’t love Jaclyn Hill – she’s infectious! Becca’s pressed formula is smooth and very pigmented and I love it. This is probably my favourite highlighter that I own. I think that’s for a number of reasons. Firstly is that it was so hyped up and coveted that by the time I got my hands on it I’d already given it such a great value I had to love it, secondly everything about using it just feels good and luxurious, from the packaging to the way it applies to just staring at it in the pan. And thirdly, it’s Jaclyn isn’t it! When someone you love loves something, you love it too ya know, especially when it looks like Champagne Pop. 😉

So there are my highlighters! What’s your favourite highlighter?

Love Nicole xxxx

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My Glowy Makeup Arsenal

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Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer

This is a nice primer for glow and hydration. It’s a thick, creamy formula and is not OTT in terms of glow. It doesn’t really help pores and I’m not sure if it prolongs makeup but it’s a nice base to give your face some life if you have dull skin.

NIOD Photography Fluid

I’ll talk more about this in an upcoming post (which you’ll now find here), but this is really great! A yellowy liquid that’s a lot more watery than the Pixi Primer but I use it in the same way as a base for foundation. It evens out dullness and redness and slightly helps to blur my pores. I’d consider this a glowy, perfecting liquid more than anything else. It has been dubbed an “Instagram filter for your face”.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in ‘Diffused Light’

A pretty, light and finely milled powder I use for setting, sometimes all over my face if I’m feeling like a very dewy face, or just in targeted areas if I’m not. Expensive yes, not sure if it’s entirely worth it but if you like trying cult beauty products or love sheeny base products then its not a complete waste of money. I talked about it a bit more in this post too.

bareMinerals Mineral Veil in Illuminating Finish

Another illuminating setting powder but this time a loose one. I generally prefer loose powders over pressed as I find they offer more coverage and are more effective at making makeup last longer; plus I find them less likely to cake! This is a great powder from a brand that I really like and want to try more from. The packaging is great, with a sifter that stops it leaking every where. A reasonable price point for a good product (you can often find it on offer or discount codes).

theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer

A very popular highlighter, I was drawn into buying this from reading other blogs. It’s a pretty, gold, sparkly highlight that I use on my brow and cheek bones and down my nose. It’s quite an obvious highlight but I like that. There is a fair bit of fall out when you pick some up on a brush as it’s quite a powdery formula but I don’t really have an issue with this.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in ‘So Hollywood’

Instagram made me want this. I can’t believe I spent £28 on it as I think that’s far too expensive, but that being said there are even more expensive highlighters out there! However, it is a very nice product once I’d gotten over the price and realised I might as well enjoy it now I’d bought it lol. It’s more sheen and less sparkle than the Mary Lou-manizer, which I think I actually prefer. It has more of a wet look effect on your cheek which is beautiful. It’s a truer gold than Mary Lou but that doesn’t translate to it being more intense; if applied in the same way it is probably the more subtle of the two. I kind of wish I’d purchased the colour Starlight instead as I would love to try a white-gold highlight! Unfortunately So Hollywood and Starlight seem to be hard to get hold of at the moment.

Any recommendations on other good highlighters? As I said, I’d love to try a more white/silver one!

Love, Nicole

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Black Friday Feelunique and Amazon Beauty Bits

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I definitely treated myself, probably a bit too much, during the Black Friday weekend sales! I got beauty bits from feelunique.com and beautybay.com (which haven’t arrived yet sadly), as well as one beauty thing from Amazon. Every thing I bought here is from cruelty free brands in line with my aim to go cruelty free.

Everything I got from feelunique was from a brand I’d never tried before; how exciting!

bareMinerals® Illuminating Mineral Veil® £21

I got this to use as a setting powder on top of foundation as my current one is running out. I’m excited to try it, however I am slightly worried it’s a bit sparkly, but hopefully that will translate as a glow on the skin.

Emma Hardie Merrily Moringa Gift Set £10

This cleanser is so raved about and a favourite of many like Zoella and Caroline Hirons, so naturally I really wanted to try it. Cleansers are one of my favourite new things to try for some reason! I definitely didn’t want to splash out on a full size so this 15ml pot was perfect to give it a try. I’ve used it once already and it’s lovely, not sure I would ever pay the full price for this or any cleanser, but I sure am going to enjoy using it. It’s a perfect size for travelling in luxury.

(Edit: Upon further use, I frickin love this stuff! Why’s it have to be so expensive 🙁 It’s beautiful).

NYX Wonder Pencil in Light £4

While I was trying to find excuses to buy things, I thought how I don’t have a nude coloured eye liner to line my waterline! Shocking. So I got this, with the idea of it brightening my eyes and neutralising any redness. It’s good.

theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Luminizer £17.50

Black Friday was the PERFECT excuse for me to buy the much hyped about Mary Lou-manizer. I haven’t used it yet but it’s beautiful; I love the packaging. theBalm are such a cool brand and I am sure I’ll enjoy using this.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo £5.50

I think I am going to love this! I haven’t used it yet but if I like it I can see myself buying so many colours. I’m such a matte lip girl, I really don’t like lipgloss. I love all lipsticks, but gloss just doesn’t excite me. This colour was not my first choice, I naturally gravitated towards the nudes but all my faves were sold out so I thought I’d just go for it and go bold! I’ll report back.

NYX Concealer Wand in Light £5.50

I think I should’ve gone for the shade Porcelain instead as this one seems too dark and orange for me! However I’m always open to trying new affordable cruelty free concealers so we’ll see how we go. I tried it yesterday and initially impressions were not the best, however I think that’s a lot to do with the colour. Coverage was medium.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Chocolate £7

I wanted to get the brow pomade but unfortunately it was out of stock. So I thought I’d get this one to compare with Soap and Glory’s Archery pencil as they look very similar! I go through brow pencils fairly quickly so I don’t mind having a few in my stash as back up. I usually like to finish things before buying something new. So far so good, it’s so similar to Archery!

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Real Techniques Setting Brush

Amazon have some great deals on Real Techniques at the moment! I wanted to get this one as a dedicated highlighter brush as I didn’t have one; I was just using an eyeshadow one. It’s the perfect shape for highlighting them cheekbones!

There’ll possibly be a few other Black Friday posts, like the beautybay.com order which has yet to arrive. Hopefully I’ll be able to do some outfit posts soon, clothes are as much if not more of a passion for me than beauty, but showing them is so much more difficult 🙁 I’ll try.

Best wishes,

Nicole

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