January Favourites 2014

January Favourites 2014

As a result of a fairly make-up themed Christmas it is no surprise that this months favourites are all..*drumroll please*… MAKE UP!! ūüėõ There is actually a full face of make up minus primer, so why not discuss them in application order!!

1.Benefits Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup

Starting off with the best!! I have this shade in ‘believe in me’, which is slightly too dark for me, but not enough to be a hassle. I for one just CANNOT get to grips with foundation brushes, so I use my fingers and this just glides right on!! The formula is fairly thin, but not watery, meaning that a little bit goes a long way. It is a medium coverage, I notice that I can still see certain imperfections on my skin but nothing that can’t be fixed with some powder. The two things that amazed me the most about this foundation is the staying power and the finish, my skin has a tendency to get oily and dissolve (?) any foundation I put on during the day, but this I notice is still in place by lunchtime and I can see it’s doing it’s job, also due to the oily nature of my skin I usually go for Matte foundations but this has a nice fresh shine to it rather than a ‘I just got out the shower’ shine that I’m used to.

2.Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder

¬†As I am sure you can see by the state of it, this was not a January find!! This is one of my long-term staple items, I am yet to find a powder that does as good as this one does for the same price (¬£3.99 – FeelUnique.com). I have this in the colour Pink Blossom, which is the palest shade it comes in. Feel Unique claims ‘¬†It minimises the appearance of pores with a natural, matte finish. You won’t go out without it!’. They are not lying. What more do you want from a powder?

3&4. Benefit Hoola Bronzer and Benefit Sugarbomb Sugar Rush Face Powder

These two form a combo that has not left my face since Christmas. I have had Hoola for a while now, but I just could. not. get. It made my pale skin look muddy, regardless of which brush I used, however this year Santa AKA my Mum bought me a Kabuki  brush and it is like a different product, I swirl it onto my temples and under my cheeks and it gives such a beautiful glow! The Sugarbomb was also a gift for Christmas. It is made up from 4 different colours which I mix together with my RealTechniques Buffing Brush and place on the apple of my cheeks just heading up slightly towards my temples, it gives a nice shimmer to your skin, but not an overbearing one. It is almost as if it is a mixture between a highlighter and blush. My only negative with these products is the price, as they do retail for around the £20 mark.

5.Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Midnight Mauve

I would normally have steered right away from a lipstick that had Mauve in the title, however my good friend Becky suggested this one the day after pay day and one thing led to another. And boy am I glad she did. This lipstick is gorgeous from his minimalist packaging to it’s scent – Yep, it smells like Vanilla!! This just glides on and it stays. The colour to me is wearable in most situations, I actually wear it on a day-to-day basis to college, yet I think I could ‘dress it up’ for a night out as well!! Basically, I need to listen to Becky more often.

6. Urban Decay Naked Palette

¬†Honestly, I don’t think that there is much more I can say about this that hasn’t already been said by other bloggers!! The variety of colour, the pigmentation – what’s not to love. I use ‘Buck’ all over my lid and then I blend ‘Darkhorse’ and ‘Smog’ into my crease and viola, my daily eyeshadow!

7.Smashbox Limitless Eye Liner

This little fella came in the Smashbox starter kit when they first came to Boots, and I think it’s valid to say it’s the best eyeliner pencil I have ever tried. It applies to both lid and waterline easily without irritating my eyes which I find that some do, and it has a blendability (is that a word?) to it, I can smudge this to create a smokey eye or I can get a smooth line when I can’t be bothered with the hassle of Liquid Eyeliner, which is most of the time!! I have it in the colouy ‘Onyx’.

And of course lets not forget this little fella, my favourite EVERY month:Harry Dog

That’s this months favourites, hope you’ve had a good start to the year!

Amy

P.S I now have a feedback form as I am starting out and I would really like any feedback or just any questions really that you don’t want to post in the comments

xxx

Nails of the Day #1 | Sew Psyched

For most of the world, being able to paint your nails probably isn’t that much of a big deal. However, for us poor souls who work in the food industry it is a luxury not to be taken for granted! (Over-exaggerating? Probably.) Lets face it January is crap when it comes to jobs that are on a zero hours contracts, I have a grand total of 10 hours this week. Yep. That is it. But there is a silver lining to working only two days: I CAN PAINT MY NAILS 5 DAYS OF THE WEEK!! Before I started my current job last February my nails were a different colour everyday, these days however they are neglected which is why it makes me so happy to be doing a Nail of the Day post. Enough rambling and onto the nails!!

photo 2

photo 1 (1)

Please try to look past the shoddy photography skills, I am working with my iPhone camera and a poorly lit flat! The colour is ‘Sew Psyched’ by Essie, which is hands down my favourite nail varnish brands, I just love everything about them to the formula, the colour range, hell, I even love the names! Sometimes I’m more excited for the name rather than the colour!! And yes, I am aware that I am still stuck in winter colours, I’m not ready to embrace the spring collections yet!!

What are you wearing on your nails?

Amy

Book Review|Accused by Mark Gimenez

image

Accused is the sequel to ‘The Colour of Law’ based on Scott Fenney’s life after the events of the Shawonda Jones case in the first book. He gets a phone call from his wife who, in the first book left him when his career took a turn for the worst, begging him to represent her after she has been arrested for killing the very man that she left him for.

This book was actually given to me by my grandma after she had read it, which I guess is an odd choice to hand down as it is a book full of cocaine, sex and murder!! Although in my family that is the norm – not the drugs and the crime, the genre. I have grown up around thrillers, wether they be on TV or literature, I cannot remember the last time I saw a book on my Mothers bed side table that didn’t have a murder in the first ten pages!!

I got through this book within a week, which for me is an achievement between going to college five days a week and and working in the evenings and the weekends (I know, poor me, get the violins out). This is the kind of book that manages to get into more and more depth throughout the book until the end which it all explodes!! I was slightly disappointed towards the end in the final few pages of the actual hearing, it was as if Gimenez had suddenly realised that he still had the rest of the book to write and just threw it together UNTIL I read the epilogue. After reading the epilogue I sat in my living room with my jaw hanging, it was that good. I can honestly say that 9 times out of 10 I can guess what is going to happen; nope, not this time!!

I would heavily recommend this book to anyone who had read ‘The colour of law’, whilst you don’t have to understand the plot it just gives a bit of a background which helps you get that more attached to the characters. Although, as much as I like Gimenez’s books I would recommend having a bit of a break between books, I am now on his third book in a row and I have found that I am noticing similarities,and not just in writing style, within the first chapter there has been a murder,a drug overdose and underage sex. I usually wouldn’t mind if I had read something in between but I am finding it almost tedious and making it hard for me to get brought he current bookie am reading!!

I would give this book:

4 STARS

Amy