Friday, 31 July 2015

Urban Decay Baked Bronzer in Gilded

I know what you are thinking, Urban Decay have a baked bronzer? At least that is what I thought when I spotted this in a outlet mall whilst visiting the US. Although this is difficult to find online, you can actually purchase this from a few websites for a fairly decent price. The first thing that became apparent when I initially used this was how similar it was to MAC's Global Glow Mineralize Skinfinish. Seriously, they are almost identical, making this a kind of 'dupe' despite the high end price tag. Gilded was the only shade available in store which is lucky for me as it isn't too dark for my pale skin tone and instead adds a natural bronze with a golden glow that works perfectly in the Summer. This is also a great product for emphasising a tan post holiday, thus easing the frustration of  when it slowly begins to fade. As you can see by the swatch above, the product isn't overloaded with shimmer which may not seem accurate when first looking at the shade in the pan. Yet, the subtle glow does save the effort of adding any unnecessary highlight as although it is fairly natural, it's apparent. If you are looking for an alternative to the MAC baked bronzers, then check this out online!

Let me know what you think in the comments.
What bronzer are you loving this Summer? 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping

As promised in my Current Beauty Favourites post, I am writing a review on the MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Perfect Topping (£24). MAC has an amazing collection of Mineralize Skinifinish's which  actually contains one of my all time favourite highlighters, Soft & Gentle. Perfect Topping is a shade that I have virtually heard nothing about, I found it online from the MAC Cosmetics shop and was mainly drawn to it because of the woven pattern embossed into the powder. Shallow, I know but I am glad it caught my eye. I am always on the look out for a highlighter that emphasises the high points of my face but also adds a soft focused finish to my make-up look but of course it also has to be suitable for my fair skin. Perfect Topping is a gorgeous neural pinky-gold that adds warmth to my complexion without making me look over-the-top. In the pan it looks slightly unnerving considering the peach, pink and purple tones merged together in a baked formula but as you can see by the swatch above, it transfers onto the skin in a far more subtle way. I am not sure if this is still available online but if you can hunt one down I seriously suggest snatching it up while you have the chance. 

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
What highlighter are you loving at the moment?

Friday, 17 July 2015

Stila Eyes Are The Window Soul Palette

Stila is a brand I love when it comes to their eye products. Their shadows, liners and pigments are always outstanding in quality and I believe are to be completely worth the price. I have been hunting  the Stila Eyes Are The Windows in Soul palette down for a while now and eventually found it hidden away in the online catalogue from Look Fantastic. My initial need for this palette was based on the array of neutral shades in various finishes with incredible pigmentation. Yet, once it became clear how many different looks could be achieved at the touch of brush with the variation of colours, I was in love. I love the spiritual connotations contained within the palette both with the product name and each shade. My favourite shades are without a doubt: Light, Thought, Character and Peace, which in combination with one another, create a beautiful neutral smokey-eye with purple undertones. It also contains Stila's most recognised shade Kitten, a definite must due to the gorgeous pale gold hue that is perfect for both the eyes or as a natural highlight. This is the perfect 'day to night' palette that will be a suitable on-the-go partner due to the amount of shades cased in a compact, tarnished gold packaging with a solid seal and a seriously large mirror. Wether you are a matte lover or a iridescent fanatic, there is enough of each to make it worth your money. Priced at £30, it is expensive but considering it contains 12 shades, none of which are considered to be a 'dud', it is most definitely worth the price. 

Let me know what you think.
What neutral eyeshadow palettes are you loving?