LVL Lashes

LVL Lashes Experience

LVL Lashes

I’ve been wanting LVL Lashes for a while now, probably going on a year. With my wedding coming up next month I thought I would try them out with a view to if I liked them I would have them redone for the big day and (hopefully) honeymoon. I went to Laura Dossett in Norwich a couple of weeks ago so thought I’d do a little write up on my experience and let you know whether I would have the treatment done again. The appointment lasted about an hour from start to finish and the time went by quickly. Laura asked me to pop in ahead of my appointment so she could do a patch test and ensure I didn’t have any adverse reactions to the products she was going to be putting on my lashes. On the day, Laura had me fill out a form with my details, my doctors surgery and if I had any medical conditions, once that was out of the way the treatment started. I’d made sure to arrive at the salon sans makeup and Laura used a wipe to remove any excess products and oils around my eyes and lashes. A shield was placed on each closed eyelid and my lashes were brushed up onto it, ensuring they were all straight and pointing the the right direction. The lifting product was then applied to the base of my lashes and left on for around 10 minutes. After that, the solution was removed from my lashes with a tiny little tool – this is the only part that felt a little uncomfortable, but that was just down to me worrying Laura might poke me in the eye which, of course, she didn’t. None of the process was painful in the slightest though. Another solution was applied to my lashes and left on for around 5 minutes then removed before the tint was applied to both top and bottom lashes.

LVL lashes

My immediate thoughts upon seeing my new lashes was that they weren’t as dramatic as I was hoping they would be. For some reason I thought the treatment was going to stretch out my lashes to make them longer but really it just lifts and tints them, which makes them appear longer naturally. The lashes were clumped together a little bit as they were still wet and I was told once they dried they would fan out more so I left in the hopes that I would love them more the following day after I was allowed to wash them (you’re not supposed to get them wet or wear mascara for the first 24 hours, so along with washing my face before the appointment I also washed my hair the night before so I didn’t have to worry about water running over my face and lashes).

LVL lashes

The next morning it was nice waking up and actually looking more fresh faced and awake than normal thanks to the lashes, but applying mascara has bit made more difficult and messy. I think if I didn’t tend to wear mascara most days then I would maybe get LVL lashes again. My lashes are naturally relatively long and have a bit of a curl to them, and when I wear mascara I get a similar look to LVL but with a bit more volume and length. Going forward, I’d be interested to try just tinting them at home myself and going back to using Rapidlash to make them a little longer – I feel like that would work out a bit cheaper in the long run and perhaps give me more of the results I was hoping for, but I’ve heard bad things about lash tinting so I think I need to do a bit more research before I jump into that. Let me know if you’ve had any experience with that yourself and if you have any lash tinting products you can recommend I try out.

So bottom line, I’m glad I tried it out but I don’t think I’ll be having it redone. Maybe I’ll look into lash extensions next….

LVL lashes

MAC Lipstick Collection

Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics

Today I wanted to share with you my MAC Lipstick Collection. I love doing collection posts! Yes, they take a bit longer to do but there’s something so satisfying once it’s all pulled together! Anyway, if you saw my MAC Experience post you’ll know I picked up 2 more lipsticks and so I thought I would share my very modest but growing collection.

Mac Lipstick Collection

Natural Lips

Let’s start off by showing you my natural lip colour. Whenever I’m looking online for swatches I always like to see what a persons natural lip colour is as that can affect how a lip colour looks.

Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics

Patisserie

Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics
This is one of those My Lips But Better shades that just makes you look a bit more polished and put together, without adding much in the way of colour. Perfect for day-to-day, Patisserie is a Lustre formula so it adds a touch of colour without being drying to the lips.Although this does have a small amount of fine glitter, you can’t really see it until it starts to wear off, which isn’t a problem for me.

Coral Bliss

Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics
This is a Cremesheen formula so it adds a sheer but buildable colour without being drying. Similar to Patisserie’s Lustre formula but with a little more oomph in the colour department. As the name would suggest, this is a coral shade with pink undertones. Unfortunately this does seem to emphasise any dry patches on my lips so it’s not one I reach for as often as some of my other lipsticks, but one I’ll probably get more use out of in the summer months.

Fanfare

Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics
This is one of those classic, mid-toned pink shades with a warm undertone which flatters my skin. It’s become my easy, everyday favourite to throw on when I don’t know what else to wear, and it seems to go with almost anything. Fanfare is another Cremesheen formula so it glides on smoothly whilst having just enough drag to let you know it’s gonna stay on for a while, and can be worn sheered out or built up to a more opaque colour.

Chatterbox

Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics
This one is an Amplified formula, meaning super saturated colour for your lips. It’s not quite as glossy as the previous lipsticks, but lovely all the same. This intense, bright-but-somehow-deep pink is what I’ll wear to any weddings/christenings etc. Again, this applies smoothly, and after a while sets to a semi-matte finish.

Mystical

Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics

Not gonna lie, I bought this one mostly for the packaging, which is absolutely gorgeous and I don’t regret it one bit! Mystical is the deepest shade in my MAC collection, and whaddya know, it’s another Cremesheen.. This is a deep rosy neutral shade that’s lovely for day-to-day wear at this time of year.

So that’s my little collection, what’s your favourite MAC lipstick? Do you have any that you would recommend to me? Let me know in the comments!

Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics
Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics
Mac Lipstick Collection Swatches Review thegirlinspired Patisserie Coral Bliss Fanfare Chatterbox Mystical Alluring Aquatics

My MAC Experience

my mac experience thegirlinspired

For Christmas Ben had gotten me a 1 hour MAC makeover and after months of procrastinating I finally got around to booking my appointment. I was a bit nervous about going as I’d never done anything like this before and wasn’t sure what to expect, so I thought I would share my experience with you in case you are in the same boat.

There was a few weeks wait for an available weekend so I would suggest booking your appointment sooner rather than later, especially if you are wanting your makeup done for a particular event. On the day I went in with clean, moisturised but makeup free skin and was greeted by my makeup artist. She asked me questions about the sort of look I wanted to go for and what I currently used. I decided to go for daytime look using fairly natural colours and a semi-matte finish. Next I picked out the shades of eyeshadow I wanted to use with the help of the MUA. She asked if there was any particular colours I wanted to try and on this occasion I said no, but next time I think it would be great to pick a shade I was interested in to base the look off of. I gave the MUA an idea of the general tone I wanted to go for (i.e. neutral on the eyes, coral on the cheeks and lips) and let her pick out what she thought would suit me best.

From there she sat me down in the chair and got to work on my makeup, starting with base, then moving into eyeshadow, brows, cheeks and lips. She talked me through what she was using, where she was applying it as well as why and how. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about the products or the application – that’s what you’re there for. If there’s something you really want to focus on learning, like the new strobing trend at the moment for example, then definitely mention it.

Once my makeup was done the MUA made sure I was happy with the look and created a face chart for me to refer back to if I wanted to recreate the look in future. To be honest the look she came up with was very similar to what I tend to do anyway, so at least I know I’m doing it right! I think next time I will pick a particular eyeshadow shade to find out how to pair it with other colours to create a look, or focus more on something like contouring to get the most out of my time.

My experience wasn’t over once my makeup was done, you also get to redeem the price of the makeover for products on the day, so I picked up the lipstick and highlighter the MUA had used on me as well as another shade of lipstick. If you want to see what I got you can check out my MAC Haul.

All in all, it was a good hour spent, and the next time I plan on spending £30 in MAC I’ll make sure to book in for a makeover as well – who doesn’t want to get a free makeover when you’re going to be buying the products anyway?!

If there’s anything in particular you want to know, just ask away in the comments and I’ll get back to you!

New Things From MAC

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish MSF Soft & Gentle Cremesheen Lipstick Coral Bliss Fanfare Haul

It feels like it’s been ages since I bought anything from MAC but one of the Christmas presents from Ben was a MAC makeover and since you get to redeem the price of the makeover in products I picked up a couple of things.

I’ll be doing a separate post on my MAC experience as I thought it might be helpful for anyone that’s not had a makeup application done there before to read up on what to expect, but for today I thought I would just share what I picked up.

Soft & Gentle Mineralize SkinFinish

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish MSF Soft & Gentle Cremesheen Lipstick Coral Bliss Fanfare Haul
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish MSF Soft & Gentle Cremesheen Lipstick Coral Bliss Fanfare Haul

Coral Bliss & Fanfare Cremesheen Lipsticks

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish MSF Soft & Gentle Cremesheen Lipstick Coral Bliss Fanfare Haul
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish MSF Soft & Gentle Cremesheen Lipstick Coral Bliss Fanfare Haul

The MSF and coral lipstick were both products the makeup artist used on me and I really liked how they looked so I decided to pick those up. I’m in a bit of a lipstick kick at the moment (just bought 3 lipsticks from Revlon as they had a 3 for 2 deal on plus a free nail polish so I took advantage!) so wanted to get another lipstick. I always tend to get fairly neutral pink lipsticks so wanted to branch out and get something a little different. I was actually looking for Ravishing but they didn’t seem to have in and with indecision setting in I ended up reaching for the familiar pinks and picked up Fanfare.

The MSFs seem to have updated packaging with a magnetic closure which adds that luxurious feel. All 3 products are gorgeous and I’m very happy with them. I do have naturally quite dark lips so I’d like to get a nude lipliner to help the lipstick shades show up more true to colour, so if you’ve got any suggestions please let me know.

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish MSF Soft & Gentle Cremesheen Lipstick Coral Bliss Fanfare Haul

If I Wasn’t On A Spending Ban…

If you aren’t subscribed to my beauty/lifestyle YouTube channel you may not know that I am currently undertaking a Project 10 Pan, which means I am on a spending ban for the time being. I only have a week left of my Project and with my 30th birthday looming I am dying to buy some new beauty bits and pieces. Here’s a few things that I wish I could go out and buy right now:

 

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Bath Tea (£12) – interesting idea and I wouldn’t mind trying this out

Also like the sound of the Eau de Cologne too.. (£19) The Body Shop currently have 40% off – if you were thinking of picking something up, now’s the time!

Sanctuary Resurface & Refine Ultra Polish (£12) – I heard MissBudgetBeauty talk about this in her recent empties saying how she suffers with bumpy, less-than-perfect skin on her arms, chest and back. I struggle with that too and since she raved about how great this was I want to see if it’ll work for me too.

Lush! Pretty much any bath products and I haven’t absolutely none!!

Benefit Roller Lash mascara (£19.50) – the only Benefit mascara I’ve tried is Bad Gal and I wasn’t a fan so I’d like to give them another go and try out this new one.

What have you guys been lusting after lately?





My MAC Eyeshadow Collection

When I first got into reading blogs and watching beauty videos on YouTube one of my favourite things to see was everyones MAC eyeshadow collection, and it still is a favourite. So I thought I’d show you mine, along with swatches and which colours are my most used and loved.. Let’s start with a look at the palette first, shall we?

MAC Eyeshadow Collection in Pink Z Palette, swatches, grand entrance, star violet, brule, naked lunch, all that glitters, honesty, gleam, expensive pink, wedge, patina, woodwinked, mulch, satin taupe, copperplate, shale, stars n rockets, satellite dreams, purple rain, sketch, smut, club, just, gorgeous gold, electra

These are all of my MAC eyeshadows and let me tell you, it’s taken quite a while to build up this collection! I store the majority of them in this pink Z Palette which is so great because it holds so many and the clear lid means I can see exactly what is inside. I have a couple of eyeshadows in the pots but for some reason I just haven’t gotten around to depotting them. All the others I bought in pan form as I knew I wanted to keep them in a palette, and as you can see I’m a fan of the neutrals..

Now onto the individual shadows!

Grand Entrance

MAC Grand Entrance Eyeshadow Swatch thegirlinspired



My one and only eBay purchase but this colour was too gorgeous to not buy it. It came out in the Star Flash collection before I was aware of MAC. After stumbling upon the beauty community on YouTube and seeing people talk about this little guy I knew I had to have it! Super pigmented and almost metallic in finish, it has a little bit of fall out if you’re not careful but makes a great lid colour or inner corner highlight.


Star Violet

MAC Star Violet Eyeshadow Swatch thegirlinspired



I picked up Star Violet whilst in Australia – it was my treat around Christmas time over there as we didn’t have many funds spare to spend on frivolous things at the time. I wore this a lot whilst on that trip but haven’t touched it much since (probably because it’s in a pot in a drawer and gets forgotten about!). This is a deluxe pearl finish which gives it that lovely sheen and I always get compliments when I wear it.


Brule

MAC Brule Eyeshadow Swatch thegirlinspired



My only matte highlight shade from MAC, which means I use it a hell of a lot. You can just about see it in the swatch, it’s a touch lighter than my skin tone making perfect to use on the brow bone and to blend out any harsh edges on crease colours.


Naked Lunch

MAC Naked Lunch Eyeshadow Swatch thegirlinspired



This is a frost finish eyeshadow and probably my favourite shimmery highlight colour. It’s a pinky champagne that looks great when applied with a fluffy brush to the brow bone to add a subtle sheen. I also like wearing this on the lid with a little bit of Wedge in the crease for a very simple, easy every day look.


All That Glitters

MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

One of my very first MAC eyeshadows and as you can see, it’s very well loved. Veluxe pearl in finish, this is a fantastic lid colour that compliments lots of different skin tones. The pinky-tan shade helps to bring out lighter coloured eyes and make them pop. I also like using this in the inner corner when using a more bronzy shade on the eyes.


Honesty

MAC Honesty Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired



I like this eyeshadow but it’s not one of my favourites. The lustre finish means it has a lot of chunky glitter in it, and although the copper tones bring out blue eyes you don’t really want to be getting flecks of that glitter in your eyes or half way down your cheeks.. so I don’t reach for it all that much.


Gleam

MAC Gleam Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired



Another one that I don’t find myself reaching for much is Gleam. It’s a pretty enough colour but doesn’t seem to have great colour payoff and I have trouble finding ways to wear it.


Expensive Pink

MAC Expensive Pink Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired


I love this colour in the summertime, blended through the crease to create an almost sunset effect. This veluxe finish shadow is very much a golden peachy-pink so it’s a little more wearable than Gleam but again, one I don’t wear very often.


Wedge

MAC Wedge Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired



This is another matte colour I wear a lot. If I’ve got my MAC palette out you can almost guarantee that I will use this shade in the crease. It’s the perfect soft, mid-toned brown to put down to help blend crease colours. I also love using it in the crease on it’s own to add soft definition on days when I don’t want to do much with my eye makeup.


Patina

MAC Patina Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired


I picked this up on Tanya Burr’s recommendation as she talks about it quite a lot and I have to be honest, I don’t really reach for it much. It’s a beautiful colour but I just prefer All That Glitters a little bit more than this. It works great as a lid colour and is a pearl finish which gives it this lovely sheen.


Woodwinked

MAC Woodwinked Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired



Another one of my very first MAC purchases, this has a beautiful metallic finish that when blended out creates a two-tone effect and makes it look like you’ve used 2 different colours and put a lot of effort into your makeup when really you haven’t. This looks amazing on blue eyes and is perfect in the summer time or the autumn.


Mulch

MAC Mulch Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired

This was the 3rd MAC eyeshadow I ever bought but I wasn’t that fond of it to begin with. Not really sure why, I think maybe the reddish undertones put me off, but now I love it! It’s great in the crease, blends like a dream and I get a lot of wear out of it in the Autumn months. This velvet finish eyeshadow is also great for use in smoky brown looks.

Satin Taupe

MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired



This is the cool-toned version of Mulch. After purchasing Mulch and not being a fan I decided to pick Satin Taupe up instead and instantly fell in love. Strangely enough I haven’t reached for it much recently as I’ve been preferring the warmer toned browns…. This is a frost finish with a grey-toned purple undertone. Another great colour for the crease but I’ve also been known to wear this all over the lid for a darker everyday look.


Copperplate

MAC Copperplate Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired


This is a matte finish, brownish grey. I think I’ve only worn this a couple of times just because I’m not really too sure how to wear this. It’s not highly pigmented but if anyone has any recommendations of what to do with this eyeshadow please let me know!


Shale

MAC Shale Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired


Another colour that’s not hugely pigmented so I don’t tend to reach for it a whole lot. It’s a satin finish but pulls a little frosted. If I wear this it’s usually either as a lid colour or to blend out other purples in the crease but it always comes off a little bruisey looking when I do that. Again, if you have any suggestions for how to wear this let me know in the comments!


Stars n Rockets

MAC Stars n Rockets Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired


This is quite possibly my favourite colourful MAC eyeshadow. Stars n Rockets is a deluxe pearl finish and has a iridescent violet sheen which gives it a duo-chrome effect. If you apply this over a darker base it turns into a beautiful, much darker purple with that violet gleam. I’ll use this as a lid colour, to blend out other purples in the crease to give a glowy effect, or I’ll apply it over the top of a black eyeliner for something a little different.


Purple Rain

MAC Purple Rain Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired


My first ever matte eyeshadow from MAC and it kinda put me off them as it was so chalky and had little pigmentation. What you see swatched is several swipes of the colour. I’ve maybe only worn this a couple of times, I think I keep holding on to it cause I’m hoping I can make it work somehow but I never reach for it.


Satellite Dreams

MAC Satellite Dreams Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired


This is the veluxe pearl counterpart to Purple Rain. It’s a very similar shade of purple but much more pigmented and wearable. It’s warmer in tone, blends beautifully and I love using this in purple looks or on the outer corner to brighten up brown looks.


Sketch

MAC Sketch Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired


Sketch is one that I picked up after hearing Elle from allthatglitters21 go on and on about how it was her favourite eyeshadow, and I’m glad I did. This has a velvet finish so it’s a little softer but can be built up. It’s a burgundy brown which works great in the autumn and I love using it to darken up smoky brown looks or as a liner on the lower lash line. It’s great for lighter coloured eyes too as the reddish undertones really brings out those eye colours.


Smut

MAC Smut Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired


Another velvet finish that I love for darkening up the outer corner or as a powder eyeliner. This deep colour is softer than a black so it’s not a harsh making it perfect for every day looks. I’m not sure if you can really tell in the pictures but this eyeshadow has a burgundy shimmer which really warms up the colour. It’s lovely to blend and works great with browns.


Club

MAC Club Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired


Club is such an interesting eyeshadow and I’m so glad to have it in my collection as I haven’t seen anything similar to this anywhere else. It’s a satin finish eyeshadow that initially looks green but where you take a closer look at it or swatch it you’ll see it’s actually a brown with red undertones and a green sheen. I’ve found if you pat this on you can get it to pull more green and if you blend it the brown really comes through. I use this in the crease, as a liner and even all over the lid, particularly in the autumn months.


Juxt

MAC Juxt Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired


Such a pretty bright colour but I don’t find many occasions to wear this. It’s a green with a definite yellow tone to it. I like wearing this satin finish eyeshadow more in the spring and summer as a little something different on the lid or to line my lower lash line as it has a real brightening effect.


Gorgeous Gold

MAC Gorgeous Gold Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired


I picked this one up at the same time as Juxt as I was doing a makeup tutorial inspired by a flower and needed a pretty yellow eyeshadow to represent the centre of the flower. Gorgeous Gold has a veluxe pearl finish and a slight green tint to it. If you pair it with other greens it definitely pulls more green, but otherwise it’s a very pretty light yellow-gold shade.


Electra

MAC Electra Eyeshadow Collection Swatch thegirlinspired


Electra is my most beaten up eyeshadow and I don’t even wear it all that much! I did take it travelling with me though so in fairness it’s lasted quite well! This has a frost finish but comes off more metallic as you can see and has fantastic pigmentation. It’s great when creating silvery, black smoky looks, perfect for the party season.


Phew, that’s a lotta swatching! Out of that small army of eyeshadows I would have to say I reach for Brule, All That Glitters, Wedge, Mulch and Club the most. They’re great colours that work really well together from the simplest of everyday looks to smokier, more sultry eye makeup. As you can see I still have a little bit of space left in my palette so tell me, which shades do you think I should pick up next?

MAC Eyeshadows are £13 in pot or £10 in pan

Review: ELF Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder

ELF contouring blush and bronzing powder thegirlinspired glowy cheeks highlight

With the weather turning cold, grey and miserable I’ve been reaching for a certain blush and bronzer combo to inject some life into my face. The product I’m talking about is ELF’s Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder from their studio line. I picked this up back before they came out with different versions, this is the original one that is a great dupe for the Nars Orgasm blush and Laguna bronzer and is only £3.95

ELF contouring blush and bronzing powder thegirlinspired glowy cheeks highlight

 

ELF contouring blush and bronzing powder thegirlinspired glowy cheeks highlight

The bronzer warms up my face and although it contains some shimmer this doesn’t really transfer on the skin. I use this to contour a little as it isn’t orangey at all, and then blend it out over the rest of my face. The blush is a beautiful warm, light pink with fine golden shimmer that leaves my cheeks with a healthy, glowy sheen. It’s goes on quite sheer, which is great if you tend to be heavy handed, but it can be built up to a more pigmented colour.

The palette itself is nice and compact with a mirror inside the lid which is great for travel or touch ups on the go. Mine is a little beaten up – the plastic seems to have melted in the heat of the summer we just had but I haven’t had that problem with any other products from ELF. This is a great little duo that I go back to using year after year when I want a natural looking flush without it looking like someone has just pinched my cheeks, and I would definitely recommend it if you’re in the market for an inexpensive blush and bronzer!

ELF contouring blush and bronzing powder thegirlinspired glowy cheeks highlight

 

MUA Undressed Palette – Swatches & Looks

MUA Undressed Palette Review Swatches Tutorial Makeup Looks thegirlinspired

I’m assuming most of you reading this will have come over from the video that just went up on my beauty channel so I’ll jump straight in with the swatches. If you haven’t seen that video and want to hear me talking about what I think of this palette on the whole, and to see how I created the 4 looks below, the video is embedded at the bottom of this post for your viewing pleasure!

I’ll start with the swatches:

 

 

 

All of these eyeshadows are super pigmented, especially considering the palette is only £4! (Available at Superdrug by the way!)

So these are the 4 looks I created using this palette, for anyone that is maybe just getting into makeup and are a bit unsure of how to use the colours, or if you’re just looking for a little bit of inspiration, I hope this helps.

These are all very easy looks to do that anyone should be able to create.

Simple Everyday Look:

MUA Undressed Palette Simple Everyday Tutorial thegirlinspired

 

MUA Undressed Palette Simple Everyday Tutorial thegirlinspired



What I used:

  • Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + in Shade 30
  • Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Light
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15
  • Avon Shimmering Lip and Cheek Balm in Powder Pink
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparant
  • The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in Light
  • NYX Blush in Natural
  • ELF Studio Blush in Candid Coral
  • ELF Eyelid Primer
  • MUA Undressed Palette:
    • Shade 1 all over the lid
    • Shade 3 through the crease
    • Shade 5 on outer half of lower lash line
  • Model Co Eyeliner in Black on upper lash line
  • L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara in Black
  • L’Oreal Caresse in Dating Coral

Office Appropriate Look:

MUA Undressed Palette Office Appropriate Tutorial thegirlinspired

 

MUA Undressed Palette Office Appropriate Tutorial thegirlinspired



What I used:

  • Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet + in Shade 30
  • Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Light
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15
  • Avon Shimmering Lip and Cheek Balm in Powder Pink
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparant
  • The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in Light
  • NYX Blush in Natural
  • ELF Studio Blush in Candid Coral
  • ELF Eyelid Primer
  • MUA Undressed Palette:
    • Shade 3 all over lid and into crease
    • Shade 5 through crease and across outer half of lid
    • Shade 10 into the crease and outer corner to deepen, and lower lash line
  • Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Liner in Black on upper lash line
  • L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara in Black
  • Miners Matte Factor Lip Paint in Peach

Darker Bronze Look:

MUA Undressed Palette Darker Bronze Tutorial thegirlinspired

 

MUA Undressed Palette Darker Bronze Tutorial thegirlinspired



What I used:

  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in Vanilla
  • Maybelline Eraser eye Concealer in Light
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparant
  • MUA Bronzer in Shade 3
  • Bourjois Blush in Rose D’Or
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze (this step is optional)
  • MUA Undressed Palette:
    • Shade 7 all over lid and up into the crease a little
    • Shades 3 and 5 mixed together through the crease to blend and add definition
    • Shade 5 on lower lash line
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Khol Kajal in Black on upper lash line
  • L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara in Black
  • MAC Lipstick in Patisserie

Fun Gold & Blue Look:

MUA Undressed Palette Fun Gold and Blue Tutorial thegirlinspired

 

MUA Undressed Palette Fun Gold and Blue Tutorial thegirlinspired



What I used:

  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in Vanilla
  • Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer in Light
  • MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparant
  • ELF Blush and Bronzing Palette
  • ELF Eyelid Primer
  • MUA Undressed Palette:
    • Shade 6 on inner half of lid and inner lower lash line
    • Shade 12 on outer half of lid, outer lower lash line and into the crease a little
    • Shade 11 on outer corner and outer corner of lower lash line
    • Shade 3 above crease to blend
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Black on upper lash line and waterline
  • L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara in Black
  • Benefit Gloss in On The A List

Let me know if you try any of the looks!

#NoBuyJuly Final Update

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That’s it, my spending ban is over!! I managed to go a whole month without buying anything! No makeup or beauty products, no clothes or accessories, no music or books, I didn’t even buy a magazine (although the latest issue of Glamour with its Clinique freebies almost did me in on the last week!! – £8 for 4 issues – gotta get em’ all!)

If you’ve been following my weekly NoBuyJuly updates (here, here, here and here) then you’ll know it has been tough going and each week presented me with something new to resist. Mostly my cravings were self inflicted – I would watch haul videos and read beauty blogs where something would catch my eye and I’d want it, or else I went online window shopping and of course stumbled upon a sale item that most likely wouldn’t be around after my ban was up, which seriously put my self control to the test!

Although it has been hard, I have somehow managed to get through the month. It sounds almost like I’m trying to beat an addiction or something, and I guess in some ways it is. Any time I go into the city I have this uncontrollable need to buy something before I leave and it puts me in a really bad mood if I can’t. Work has been a bit crap recently and normally I would cheer myself up by having a little spend but I have had to stop myself and just get on with things. It’s not been easy but I’m not any worse off for not just giving in and buying whatever I wanted.

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Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t completely changed my shopping habits, I think I would have to restrain myself for a lot longer than just a month to alter those! But I’ve come to realise that I do not need the latest and greatest lipstick/hair oil/nail polish.. and I don’t have to justify my purchases as being “for a video/blog post!” Before this little experiment I would have the urge to spend and just buy anything but now I think I’ll be a little more careful in my selection and take the time to really think about where my money is going.

I can’t tell you the number of times I have stood in front of my very much full wardrobe and thought “I have nothing to wear!” all because when I shop I just go to spend money, not because I particularly need anything. So I tend to just grab whatever catches my eye (which is usually casual tops and jumpers), but I don’t stop to consider if I already have something similar or what other pieces in my wardrobe said item might go with. So even though I have a fair amount of clothes I can’t really pull a lot of outfits from them as they don’t really go together, hence my feeling of having nothing to wear.

Armed with this new insight I am planning on being more selective and shopping for outfits rather than picking up the same pieces I always get. And when it comes to makeup I do not need another neutral eyeshadow palette or mid-toned pink lipstick! I want to fill the holes in my collection with products that I have nothing else like so that I have a wide variety to choose from, rather than be overwhelmed with my choice of 8 different shimmery champagne eyeshadows..

I am planning on having a little spend now NoBuyJuly is over. I feel like I’ve earned it for my good behaviour and I feel like I will now make better choices. But on the whole I am glad I did this and pleased I stuck to it for the full month. My next challenge is a social media ban throughout August – that one will be really tough.. Maybe I’ll post about that another time though!

Did you partake in #NoBuyJuly too? How did you get on?


Total saved in July: £129.94 (obviously if I had of bought these items as and when they caught my eye I would have ended up spending a lot more as I would have seen other things online and in-store whilst browsing…)

Coral: The Wearable Orange

Orange lips (and well, orange anything to be honest) are really in this summer but the colour can be a little hard to pull off for some people, and downright scary for others. If you feel like venturing a little out of your comfort zone and trying on this trend for size I have a few, more wearable options for you. One tip to keep in mind is to stay more towards the coral side of orange as I find that it’s easier to pull off, particularly if you have similar colouring to me.

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This is quite a creamy lipstick that can be built up to provide a more pigmented colour. It’s a darker, more muted peach colour that almost has a hint of red in it. I find this colour works well year round because of it’s more subdued tones and I will continue to reach for it a lot throughout the upcoming Autumn months.
This is great for a brighter coral peach lip. The colour is quite sheer, but again can be built up and it has a balmy finish. It does tend to cling to dry patches a bit but somehow seems to even out after an hour or so of wear. This colour is great in the Spring too.
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My last option is a very inexpensive gloss which, like the Revlon lipstick, is a darker coral shade. It’s the most orange of the three and has a gold shimmer running through it which makes your lips look a little fuller. For only £1.99 this is surprisingly pigmented, goes on smoothly and has a little bit of stickiness so it stays on well.

They are my top 3 picks for a wearable coral-orange lip. Leave a comment telling me your favourite orange lip colour!