As I sit on the sofa and make my way through a packet of Cadbury Chocolate Fingers (undoubtably the best biscuits ever) I have been reflecting on this year; graduating from university, landing myself a job and the growth of my little blog. 2014 although not as structured as I may have liked in terms of posting, has been a good year for British Beauty Addict. I have carried something on, which I thought I wouldn’t quite manage and have throughly enjoyed it. So today I thought I would share my top 5 blog posts (so the stats say) of 2014...
There has been a sparkly, glitter explosion all over my nails thanks to Essie’s 'A Stroke Of Brilliance’ nail polish. It looks super pretty in the bottle and doesn’t disappoint when applied to my nails. The polish is one of the 5 polishes from the Luxe Nail Polish Collection and is intended to be used as a top coat. However with 3-4 layers, this polish becomes opaque and looks pretty darn lovely. The polish has blue/silver (periwinkle to be precise) hexagon shaped glitter, with a clear base. The formula is great and far better in my opinion than Essie's regular polish. It is slightly thicker and lasts for days, without a chip in sight, however it takes a little longer to dry. It can be worn as a top coat, or can be layered and worn alone, or if you want to get a little fancy, you can also create a gradient effect.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I have a thing for eyeshadow. Which is a little humorous as 4 years a go I didn’t even own any eyeshadow! So, after having received the LORAC Pro Palette at the beginning of this year and fell head over heels with the mix of mattes and shimmers I couldn’t wait when I heard LORAC would be releasing a palette twice the size, in their Holiday Collection. I was very lucky to get my hands on the LORAC Mega Pro Palette thanks to Jo a fellow beauty blogger from Little Pop Of Coral - thank you Jo!
If you were to ask me what my most treasured makeup products are in my collection, it would be my MAC eyeshadow palettes and without a doubt my Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow. It’s a beautiful duo palette, packaged in a 1920’s rose gold inspired cigarette case. And inside is two powders, one to ‘sculpt’ and one to ‘highlight’. Both powders are very finely milled, super soft, silky and very pigmented - so use with a light hand. Both shades work perfectly together and can be worn subtly or more intensely dependant on the look you’re going for and have made contouring a dream.
The sculpt shade is a medium brown, with a very subtle warm undertone. The shade isn’t orange in the slightest and warms up the skin nicely, without looking muddy or dirty. And is perfect for contouring. It has a lovely satin finish, so doesn’t look flat on the skin, it blends beautifully and is super flattering. I like to suck my cheeks in and swipe the sculpt shade from the bottom of the ears just before the corners of my mouth. I then put a stoke on the temples, the bridge of the nose and the sides of my forehead. The highlight shade is a beautiful golden champagne and it makes my skin glow. It isn’t at all metallically, or shimmery, doesn't sit in, or emphasise my pores. I much prefer it to the Mary Lou Manizer. In fact, it’s by far my favourite highlighter. I take the highlighter on the brow bone, on the cheek bones and on the end of my nose and chin.
Say hello to my much loved LORAC Pro Palette, the most versatile pre-made palette I own. The palette has 16 shadows, half matte and half shimmer and has recently become one of my most used eyeshadow palettes. It’s not like any other palette I own and I feel a little guilty having neglected my MAC eyeshadow palettes recently; two of my most treasured items in my makeup collection. But, the colour selection, pigmentation and blendability have made this palette an absolute dream to use on a daily basis.
It’s safe to say we all love a good pamper and I for one love a good face mask. So when I was given the opportunity to try the GLAMGLOW Thirstymud Hydrating Mask I couldn’t say no. The product was kindly gifted to me from BlowLTD an online beauty store that sells the products everyone is buzzing about, they stock brands such as Anastasia, RMS Beauty and Laura Mercier.
Brush cleaning is such a mundane task. But we all should know that brush cleaning is super important, skipping this step can lead to clogging pores and breakouts, yet so many of us still don’t clean our brushes often, if at all. There are various formulated brush shampoos on the market; I have tried both MAC's and the Strictly Professional brush cleaner. I have also used both Johnsons Baby Shampoo and more recently Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap. However, I have found the easiest, most effective, long lasting and inexpensive way of cleaning my brushes is actually a bar of Simple Soap! Who would have thought?
Come late September, early October my local Boots store gets flooded with Christmas gifts. It becomes the first port of call for my Christmas shopping, there is such a variety of gifts, at a variety of prices for both females and males and the majority of them are included in the 3 for 2 offer. I have already browsed Boots offerings and complied my picks this Christmas for her...
For me wearing liquid liner is similar to wearing a red lip, it can really help pull a look together. I wear liquid liner on a regular basis, near enough every day and I’m slowly making my way through a stash of liners to see what they have to offer...
Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup line is enough to make any beauty addict swoon, so when her collection launched last year, the beauty buzz was incredible and with her range now having launched in the US and Ireland too, I thought it was more than appropriate to share my thoughts on The Dolce Vita Luxury Eyeshadow Quad. The luxury colour-coded eyeshadow palette is one of eight quads to choose from, all of which represent a different look. The Dolce Vita Eyeshadow Quad has four shades from subtle shimmers to a beautiful pressed pigment (no matte shades here!). The fall appropriate quad is versatile and offers a “desk, to dusk, to disco” eye colour wardrobe. It’s a beautiful palette and being an eyeshadow lover/hoarder/collector/addict, I can’t get enough of it and I’ll be honest, I can defiantly see an expensive makeup habit forming!
I have been having a bit of a makeup base revelation this year, I have found a couple of bases which are hard to beat; bareMinerals Original Foundation and Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and it’s fair to say that Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturiser has very quickly become another firm, face base favourite. After just one use I was instantly impressed and I knew I was onto a winner when both my Mum and my Sister commented on how good my makeup looked!
For me one coat of mascara doesn’t cut it. I’ve always been big on lashes, applying coat after coat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of clumpy tarantula lashes, but who doesn’t want giraffe like lashes?! Getting past the animal references, I will start by saying that there are a lot of products and tips and tricks out there when it comes to lashes. But, in all honesty I don’t have the time, or patience, to dip a cotton bud into baby powder and apply it to my eyelashes after each coat (saying that, I wouldn’t even say that really works?!), or apply false lashes on a daily basis! Do you? Understandably our eyelashes are genetically programmed and we aren’t all blessed with killer lashes (blame Mum & Dad), but there are a few basic things you can do in order to create the illusion of having fuller & longer lashes, without baby powder, or falsies!
Is it okay to be just as excited about the shopping potential in the duty free, as you are excited for the holiday? Well, once the holiday was booked, I started dreaming of Gatwick North Terminal and filling my basket! So once me and Ben had checked in, it didn’t take me long to do exactly that! In all honesty, I didn’t spend as much as I thought I would and although I went with a few things in mind, I didn’t pick any of them up, I was so overwhelmed by the beautifully lit counters that I didn’t know what to do with myself! So here is what I got my hands on instead...
On Tuesday 23rd September, it was the 6th year of Vogue’s Fashion’s Night Out and I was kindly invited along to Superdry’s flagship store on Regent Street, to celebrate their new A/W collection. After I received my invitation, I excitably took to Twitter to see who else was attending. After finding a handful of bloggers who had also been invited, I arranged to meet Penny (from Lillies And Love) at London Liverpool Street. I must admit I was a little nervous whilst making my way into London, as this was the first event I have attended, but Penny was lovely and made me feel totally at ease.
Makeup removal and cleansing often feels like mammoth task. But I can't express how important it is to cleanse! If you don’t remove your makeup thoroughly, it can lead to congested skin, resulting spots and blackheads. In fact, it doesn’t matter how good your skincare routine is, or how clean your brushes are, if you don’t remove your makeup properly, you skin will suffer!
Red lips always make a triumphant return come autumn and the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils do just the trick. Yet again another purchase which has been heavily influenced by Vivianna from VDM, that has made its way into my muji storage and onto my lips and I must say I’m impressed.
Say hello to my new booties! I haven’t had them long and I’m already head over heels (pardon the pun)! After reading Amelia Liana’s post where she expressed her love for her new Topshop boots, I wanted them and listen up ladies, I bought them.... but at a third of the price!
It seems I’m feeling a little lucky. The third pair of straighteners I have ever owned die on me and within three weeks I receive these... the most beautiful pair of straighteners I have ever seen. How? Well, Instagram thats how! I entered a competition on Feel Unique’s Instagram #FeelUniqueFriday and I won and I got to pick any product of my choice from the site and I’m now the proud owner of a ghd Limited Edition V Coral Styler! I have never owned ghd’s before and they have always been something I have lusted after, no other straighteners have ever compared and whenever I get the chance to use a friends, I don’t even consider using my own! It didn’t take me long to get them out of the box and give them a go and when I opened them I was in ore at how pretty they where and 10 minutes later my hair looked and felt amazing!
The summer months many be coming to an end, but your tan doesn’t have to! This award winning self tanner from Clarins for your face and décolleté (the upper part of a woman's torso - credit to Wikipedia for that one!), delivers the most natural healthy looking tan without any streaks, all year round! It’s the perfect beauty cheat, disguising any redness and imperfections, whilst giving you that sun kissed glow we all rave about.
For my 22nd birthday my boyfriend Ben, surprised me and took me to England’s most popular seaside resort, Bournemouth. I could honestly talk about my weekend away for hours (but I’m sure your not all that interested), so I’ll give you the low down and then feel free to enjoy the copious amount of photos I’ve added (please note, I went through 500 photos taken, to pick just these 23 photos!).
With beauty products taking up a vast amount of my storage space, I have found it extremely satisfying and rather detoxifying to finish up a handful of beauty products! I have been trying to make my way through my beauty stash and use up the products I already own, before going out and buying something else (as I will admit, I probably have enough body butter, shower gel and face masks for myself, sally, dolly, polly and molly!). So today I have a beauty product empties post for you! And now I can finally chuck away all of the above and start collecting what is effectively my rubbish all over again, for my next empties post!
Escentric Molecules 01 has to be one of the most talked about perfumes and one, which at the time, I had to have. I love perfume, in fact, I’m a bit of a perfume hoarder and like to keep the boxes and bottles after use... why you ask? Well, I’m not all that sure myself! And although Escentric Molecules 01 it’s a firm favourite of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Daisy Lowe, I must say it isn’t a favourite of mine.
The internet loves nail art. There are hundreds of Pinterest boards filled with the most incredible nail art designs, along with a handful of Intsagram accounts and not to mention my favourite nail art blog One Nail To Rule Them All, which is written by Alice and features some of the most pretty and creative designs. And although I’m a lover of nail art, I must admit I haven’t attempted it myself in a long time. But gone are the days of nail art being just for 9 year olds and the 90’s! So when I got contacted and asked if I would like to give the Rio Proffesional Nail Art Pens a go, the 9 year old in me couldn’t say no!
My hair care routine is pretty simple consisting of just shampoo and conditioner. But recently I have been loving the Charles Worthingtons Hair Healer leave in conditioner, from the moisture seal range. Firstly it smells pretty darn good, next time your in boots give it a sniff, I will be surprised if you don't like it! Charles Worthington products seem to smell intoxicating! But the product itself is great. It has a gel-cream formula and is enriched with argan oil. I like to apply it to towel dried hair, working a small amount though the mid length to the ends, avoiding the roots, as it can leave them looking a little greasy. And once my hair has dried, it is left feeling smooth, silky and very healthy looking (without any crunchy, solid chunks of hair, like I have got from using other leave in conditioners in the past!). It also makes more hair more manageable which is always a bonus!