Michael Kors is one of my favourite designers, his designs/products look so luxurious and sexy with alot of gold and metallic.
I was sooo excited when I realised he collaborated with Estee Lauder to bring out 3 little gift sets during Christmas 2011 but didn't ever bother buying one until I decided to treat myself when I spotted this one on ebay.
It came from a seller in Canada and the delivery was very quick. I did pay abit more than what they sold for originally but I just couldn't resist the gold bag (wasnt too arsed about the products just the bag!)
It came with a palette (6 eyeshadows and 1 bronzer), a lipstick, lipgloss, eyeliner and a blush brush and eyeshadow brush.
I was very shocked how nice the makeup products really were. The eyeliner is from their double wear line and it stays put for hours without smudging (reminds me of MAC feline kohl power).
The lipstick is GORGEOUS the colour is very bronzy and looks beautiful, a very nice surprise.
The palette is gorgeous too but i haven't swatched it yet...
The brushes are ok, I'd probably still use them but they aren't the best.
I'm so happy I treat myself to this as the bag itself is perfect for storing makeup and throwing in your bag during the day or using as a clutch bag in the evening.
MAC Mineralize skinfinish natural in medium dark (lost my last one i bought on a night out so HAD to buy another... my ultimate fave makeup product ever)
ESSIE penny talk nail polish
Revlon photoready powder (got this to replace my lost MAC MSF and its pretty decent but doesnt compare to mac) in shade medium/deep
Revlon lip butter in Cotton Candy (this is too pretty!)
Bourjois healthy mix serum gel foundation in shade 56 light bronze (this is such a nice foundation, review to follow)
Eyelure 140 lashes - fave lashes :)
Garnier body gel moisturiser (i absolutly love this, perfect for dry skin)
Montagne Jeunesse mud pac tube (normally buy sachets but buying this worked out cheaper)
Batiste dry shampoo - deffo a must have for everyone for those bad hair days
This got rid of a few blemishes i had on my chin area after one use!!! I had been using Sudocrem for the past couple year and it worked but recently didn't help get rid of blemishes so i bought this for around £2.50 and its unreal
NEXT MILAN perfume 50ml - smells exactly the same as D&G No 3 and so much cheaper :) love bargain
Been using hand creams recently and noticed a difference in the texture of my skin, i got this one free with Glamour magazine and i've always wanted to try L'Occitane and its sooo luxurious to use, deffo will be purchasing a tube when this runs out..
Got these on a 3 for 2 offer in Tesco, they are quite expensive around £5.99 per item but i've used them a few times and they make my hair sooo silky and shiny. I've heard alot of Macadamia oil from alot of youtube guru videos so thought i'd give it a go...
MAC Dramatic Encounter lipstick - Limited Edition Holiday collection
This is sooo dark, but when swatched it's a pretty eggplant purple colour which i think suits anyone, pale or dark. Obsessed with dark lips right now and i thought id treat myself to this beauty
Recently bought these goodies from MAC online and im really happy with them! Kinda started getting bored of using the same old Maybelline foundation which i usually love using and i knew that MAC studiofix fluid was great for full coverage but didnt know what shade to order so i checked on google images at the shades and tried to compare other peoples skin tones to my own. Ended up going for NC30 and its perfect :) love using this foundation for nights out or for days i want full coverage long lasting makeup... i also bought the foundation pump for it which is a god send (saves pouring too much product out!)
MAC STUDIO FIX FLUID SPF15 NC30
FAVE EYE BRUSH EVER!!! MAC 217, REPURCHASED THIS AS I LOST MY OLD ONE
LIP BAG BY JULIE VERHOEVEN - COMES WITH CUTE MAKEUP POUCH
INCLUDED IN THIS SET IS A GORGEOUS CREMESHEEN LIPSTICK IN 'RAVISHING' WHICH IS DESCRIBED ONLINE AS A 'CLEAN LIGHT PEACHY CORAL' ITS A PERFECT NUDE CORALLY SHADE.
THEN THERES THE DAZZLEGLASS CREME IN 'SUBLIME SHINE' WHICH IS SO PRETTYAND THE SHIMMER CATCHES THE LIGHT PERFECT.
THEN YOU ALSO GET A CREMESTICK LINER IN 'CREAMKISS' TO MATCH THE GLOSS AND LIPSTICK.
IM SO GLAD I PURCHASED THIS LIMITED EDITION SET BECAUSE IT COST ME ONLY £31 AND IF I BOUGHT EACH LIP ITEM SEPERATELY IT WOULD COME TO £40.50 PLUS YOU GET THE CUTE MAKEUP POUCH WHICH IS NICELY PACKAGED SO IT IS DEFFO WORTH BUYING...
Hey everyone, hope everyone is enjoying the last month or so of the summer... As some of you may know, the MAC mineralize skinfinish natural powder is my all time fave makeup product so i have bought yet another one as my previous one hasnt got a scrap left in it! I also decided to treat myself to a new lipstick shade and i've wanted Vegas Volt for years but never bothered buying it. I'm soooo pleased i finally bought it, it looks so beautiful and bright and creamy! This shade will be perfect for summer to add a nice summery bright lip but also great for winter to brighten up any neutral look. I've also added some items in my basket on the website ready for my next haul so can't wait for pay day again :) I also bought the Rimmel stay matte pressed powder when i popped into Boots last week as it's a decent product for controlling shine and it was around £3. Bargain!
MAC MINERALIZE SKINFINISH NATURAL 'MEDIUM-DARK' & MAC LIPSTICK IN 'VEGAS VOLT'
CLOSE UP OF THE MINERALIZED POWDER
THE GORGEOUS VEGAS VOLT LIPSTICK!
RIMMEL STAY MATTE PRESSED POWDER (GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY!)
- Scented candles. After my two purchases from Primarni i've been using the wild berry one and it makes my room smell nice and fruity... i cant wait to try the strawberry milkshake one :)
- Weather. The past few days up north have been unreal - sun beaming, quite warm aswell and its only march! Cant wait for when it gets even nicer and i can get out my summer clothes and hit the beer gardens WOOP
- No alcohol. I havent drank this weekend and decided to stay in and hit the gym everyday and i feel so much better for it... bring on beach bod 2012!
- Bodypump & Kettlebell classes. I have been doing these few times per week and i can feel my body toning like crazy, my arms and thighs are toning the most and my butt feels like its firming up which is a bonus
- Pretty pastels. Loving the pastel colours what are out for summer, candy colours skinny jeans, cropped tops, gorgeous accessories. I cant wait to do my holiday shopping!
- ELF treat&tame. Been applying the treat side everyday for the past 2 weeks+ and my brows have gotten much thicker and its helped them grow quicker so i can shape them nicer :) why spend £40 for products in Boots when you can buy this for £3? Also been using vaseline as it does pretty much the same thing.
- Accidently leaving makeup on to sleep. I had a nap the other day and left a full face of makeup on.. woke up and one eyelash totally came off and ended up all squashed so had to bin those... and now i have a big pimple on my cheek, been smothering that bad boy in suducrem the past 2 days and its helped alot.
- Busy shops. Went shopping on Saturday which i rarely do mainly because its far too busy, shops are too crowded, people push and shove, kids are screaming and running around, people walk slow and you cant get past them... i HATE it
- Messy bedroom. Everytime i tidy my bedroom it ALWAYS without a doubt gets messy again after a few days... i cant help it but whenever i get ready for a night out i seem to shove everything on the floor etc.
I know i've been lacking posts recently i've been busy going to the gym alot and also going out and having a social life - i mentioned a few posts back how i wanted to get fit and lose some weight, i can deffo see an improvement but im not quite there yet... I can go longer in the gym doing cardio, i LOVE bodypump classes and im going to a kettlebell class this week... also bought my own kettlebell but its quite heavy so i wanna work my way up starting off with a lighter one in a weekly class then i can do it at home.
Ive been debating with myself what colour to have my hair - i want to be dark for when i go to Ibiza in June but when i come back i think i'll get some nice highlights and get my hair to that lush caramelly colour that suits me well.
I have also been using the ELF treat & tame eyebrow product (the treat side) and i can deffinately see an improvement in growth!!!! full review to come in a couple of weeks as i have only been using it over a week or something
Keep a look out for new posts this week :)
Becky Boo xxx
Real Techniques was designed by Youtube Makeup guru Samantha Chapman also known as Pixiwoo. Her makeup tutorials are amazing and i've loved watching her and her sister for the past few year. I really suggest you check them out here.
So anyways...I seen on the pixiwoo blog that Samantha would be selling her brushes in Boots stores and it said my hometown on the list which i was very surprised about as Hartlepool is such a small boring town. I went down to Boots and i couldn't see them anywhere then i finally noticed them at the VERY bottom of the rack which was abit stupid as they are new products and should be put where everyone can see them clearly.
There was the eye set, core set, stippling brush, powder brush and the eye shader brush... i didn't see the kabuki brush anywhere.
I decided to go for the eye brush set which is called 'Your eyes enhanced- starter set' because i need some new eye brushes as i lost my MAC 217 brush a few month back and havent been able to blend my shadows properly for a while and noticed this set has a blending brush.
The packaging is really nice and on the back it has a picture of Samantha, some information and tells you about the brushes which is great!
When i opened the packaging i noticed the panoramic case first (obviously lol) and it's very good quality, it's been made really well and is durable. This doubles up as a brush stand as you can see in the last image below which is really handy but i'm not too fussed as i'll end up putting the brushes in my brush holder soon anyways but the brush stand is handy for travelling.
You get 5 brushes for £21.99 which is a great price considering MAC brushes cost around £14 on their own for an eye brush so you really are getting an amazing deal.
The brushes are VERY soft and i can tell they are excellent quality and will last me years. I can also tell they are going to perform well and i'm so happy i purchased this set as i know i will get good use out of it.
The brushes included are;
BASE SHADOW BRUSH - which could also double up as a soft blending brush which is ideal.
DELUXE CREASE BRUSH - which is the blending brush and is so soft and i can tell this will be my favourite.
ACCENT BRUSH - this is described on the box as a 'detailing, spotlighting, highlighting and smudging' brush but i will use this for highlight under the brow and in the inner corners.
PIXEL POINT EYELINER BRUSH - i can't see me using this much unless i use gel liner but i like totally thin brushes for that, i will still try it and see how it works though.
BROW BRUSH - finally the brow brush which is obviously for... brows. I can't wait to try this one out as i'm obsessed with brows and i use brow powder/eyeshadow to apply colour to my brows.
Have any of you tried the Real Techniques brushes? I really want to get the stippling brush next as i've heard many good reviews on it.
Heres my ELF haul which i got last week from the online store. I have bought ELF products before and they are decent quality for the small price tag so thought i'd buy more things as i had an e-mail with a code for 20% off when spending £15 or more. The reason i picked the concealer palette was because i have a huge Coastal Scents concealer palette which i use alot but carrying it around is a nightmare as its so large so i seen this little one from ELF studio line and thought i'd give it a try. The lipstick shade is a shade i've been wearing alot recently so thought i'd try it as it would be perfect to chuck into my clutch bag for nights out and for the £3 price tag i wouldn't care if i lost it. The lipliner was something i needed, like i said i've been wearing alot of dark deep red lipsticks recently and lost my mac red enriched a few month back so i seen this and for £1.50 you cant go wrong. The blush was just a random purchase as i need something 'cheap and chic' to throw into my handbag for during the day as i hate putting my MAC and other high end blushes in my bag incase they shatter. Then finally the eyebrow treat&tame - i have never used a tinted brow gel before and the 'treat' part is meant to help growth of the brows so i thought why not :)
Anyways heres a review for each product...
LONGWEAR LIPLINER IN 'BITTER' - is a beautiful deep red which looks quite cherry red in the swatch but because of the flash it's kinda made it lighter than it is in real life. It's a gorgeous dark raspberry shade which goes on really smooth and is so pigmented i can't beleive it was only £1.50
MINERAL LIPSTICK IN 'CHEERFUL CHERRY' - im so disappointed with this product, the colour is gorgeous BUT the lasting power is ridiculous. I applied this on the weekend to go out for a night out with my friend, we were getting ready at her house and i did my lip makeup last. I applied it and it was soooo smooth and glided on my lips and i was so happy with the dark cherry shade (helps make teeth look whiter!) but 15 minutes later when i looked in the mirror it looked as it i'd wiped it off with my hands or licked my lips for 15 minutes. There was just no lasting power at all and i've NEVER had that with any lipstick, as you can see in the swatch one swipe isn't really all that so you have to apply it about three times to get the full pigmentation. Total waste of £3
NAIL POLISH IN 'RED VELVET' - now this swatch totally makes the colour lighter (must play with the settings on my camera!) this is amazing, i seriously love this and for £1.50 i'd deffo buy more of these. It's so pigmented, it barely chips... i've had this on my toes for the past 3 days and it looks perfect. The colour is very deep red with lots of shimmer to it, i'm gunna wear it on my nails this weekend so i will post a pic :) LOVE!
BLUSH IN 'TICKLED PINK' - now this was just a random purchase as you had to spend £15 or more to get the 20% discount and alot of the products i did want were out of stock. I already have a blush from ELF in the shade 'candid coral' which is a dupe of Nars Orgasm and i really like the colour payoff and how its a more 'sheer' version of orgasm so thought i'd try a different shade. This looked more of a darker pink on the ELF swatches online but when it came i noticed it was just a very sheer baby pink which is cool i guess... I've wore this once already and it's ok nothing special, just a slight wash of colour on the cheeks but it doesn't last for hours.
COMPLETE COVERAGE CONCEALER PALETTE IN 'MEDIUM' - the colours as you can see are all different from each other, i do like this palette but it's nothing like my coastal scents concealers - it's handy to pop into your handbag or if you're staying over somewhere as it's very small and compact, i need to play with these more to see how they are on the skin as i've tried it once but i used my collection2000 concealer on top...
TREAT & TAME BROWS IN 'MEDIUM' - I tried this today and i am pretty impressed. The medium looks like it would be too light for my dark brows (i tinted them the other night) but once applied it looks fine and blends in perfectly. The brush is decent sized and very dense, it also has small fibres on the end of the brush so it fills in your brows like those fibre mascaras make lashes longer. The treat side im not so sure if it would actually help your brows grow but i will test it :) i have applied it today already and will apply it again tonight before bed and update you all in a few weeks because i do have quite sparse brows from overplucking in the past and would love to make them thicker.
So as you can see i think ELF is hit or miss on most products. I deffo suggest their lipliners as they are so cheap and very pigmented, nail polish is amazing and can't wait to buy more and a few other bits but stay well away from the mineral lipsticks URGH!