foundation-free fridays: vamp

 I started this series on the blog last June when I was a lot less experienced at blogging and didn’t have a good camera. I still really like the ethos though.

Firstly because it’s important to let your skin breathe and some base makeup products don’t do that. Secondly, it’s about learning to love your skin even if it has what might be considered ‘imperfections’. After the recent response to Match.com’s poorly thought out advert, I thought it would be nice to revive foundation-free Fridays, especially as I’m majorly focusing on my skin and skincare at the moment.

Previously my looks have been what I would call ‘everyday wear’ for me and so I wanted to create a look that you could try on a night out. I must admit I do tend to wear much more makeup than this when I go out and I usually opt for foundation! I do really like this ‘vamp’ look though and I think it draws the attention away from any blemishes/discoloration on my skin.

 

The foundation-free look: ‘Vamp’

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The products I used were a little more expensive and have been gifts from Josh, friends and family so I tend to keep them for special occasions. This look felt really sexy and vampy because of the contrast with my hair. You can just about see my freckles now the sun is out too!

Brows: Collection Intense Colour Supersoft Kohl Pencil in Birdy Song // Makeup Revolution I ♡ Makeup Brow Kit Bold is Best
Eyes: ‘Verve’ and ‘Blackout’ from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette // Shu Uemura Pressed Eye Shadow in Gold Glitter // Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black // Seventeen High Drama Intense Liquid Eyeliner in Blackest Black
Lips: Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 04

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Do you like/own any of these products?
Do you take foundation-free days?

 

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Unicorns Unite Lipstick Collection by Makeup Revolution – I vlogged swatches and tried on these magical lip colours!
Rimmel Lasting Finish for an Autumn Lip Look – I used the same lipstick for a fab Autumn makeup look…

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FOTD: Smashbox Art, Love, Colour Bestsellers Kit

So I was lucky enough to win a fabulous giveaway over on Jemma’s beautiful blog, Floral Etiquette. Jemma is a deputy editor, blogger and fellow purple-haired lady and her blog photography is just perfect. She loves pastels (just like me) and has some really aesthetically-pleasing posts about homeware and makeup, as well as some more thoughtful lifestyle content.

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Click the image to visit Floral Etiquette!

Jemma’s giveaway prize was this gorgeous Smashbox Art, Love, Colour Bestsellers Kit – how could I not try my chances?

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I love Smashbox as a brand. Their makeup is top-quality and the price isn’t too arguable for how far it goes. Josh buys me the Jet Set gel eyeliner every year for Christmas or my birthday and if you buy directly from the site, they throw in a free gift too. Because of this, I’ve got the Photo Finish Primer and the Full Exposure Mascara already but I’m glad to have increased my supply with this kit!

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I thought I’d do a basic day-to-day look using the products in the kit to show what they look like together and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

Here’s my FOTD (face of the day):

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The primer goes a really long way and is perfect for long days or nights out as your foundation (and your eyebrows if you draw them on like me!) will not budge. The shades in the little eyeshadow set compliment each other perfectly and I find brown makes blue eyes really pop!

I wasn’t too sure about the colour of the lipgloss on me… Although it says it was the ‘Pink Lady’ shade, I think they’d put the wrong one in the box as this was a creamy beige colour and I found it to be a little orangey on me, even on top of foundation.

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Brows: Collection Intense Colour Supersoft Kohl Pencil in Birdy Song // Makeup Revolution I ♡ Makeup Brow Kit Bold is Best
Base: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer  (oil-free) // Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Light Porcelain 
Little Touches: Collection Cover Up Stick Concealer in Light/Translucent // Collection Pressed Powder in 18 Ivory
Eyes: Smashbox  Photo Op Eyeshadow Trio in Filter // Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara in Jet Black // Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Deep Black
Lips: Smashbox Be Legendary Lipgloss (not sure of shade?)

Do you own any Smashbox products?
Are you taking part in or hosting a giveaway?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.

Jenna

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tag: boyfriend does my makeup – Josh and I try a very funny tag where he makes me look… interesting
foundation-free fridays series – something I’ll be reviving very soon – looks that let your skin breathe

Makeup Revolution | Unicorns Unite Lipstick Collection

If you put a mythical creature in your product name, chances are I’m going to buy it. When I saw that the Makeup Revolution Unicorns Unite Lipsticks had gone on offer (5 for £4) I felt the need to get the whole lot! In the past year I’ve definitely given lipstick more of a go and I’m glad I have because it can really transform a look.

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I love Makeup Revolutions lipsticks because they’re great for people like me on a budget, who don’t wear them often enough or long enough to require decent staying power. At £1 each, I don’t really care if they come off after eating and drinking.

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| ‘horn of magic’ |

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| ‘legend’ |

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| ‘pink myth’ |

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| ‘throne’ |

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| ‘magical’ |

The colours are fantastic and made me feel really cool -they’re quite original. I would however recommend that you apply a base to your lip beforehand (foundation/concealer/powder) just to give them a bolder pop and increase their staying power.

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I filmed a ‘try-on’ vlog with swatches if you want to see these lipsticks in action before you buy them.

I was dubious at first as I didn’t know if I had the confidence to pull off such different colours but I love them and I’ve worn them out multiple times!

 

Do you own any Makeup Revolution lipsticks?

What’s your favourite ‘magical’ make up look?

 

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.

 

Jenna

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If you liked this post, you should check out:
Josh does my makeup  – A vlog featuring ciders and sweary nonsense but worth a watch…
rimmel lasting finish for an autumn lip look – A bit pricier but worth it for a great lipstick!
foundation-free fridays – a series that’s coming back surely about makeup looks without foundation/base products

#TLSXmas Blogger Gift Swap

(I know this is a bit late but if you want to read why I didn’t post over the Christmas period, see here.)

I just love taking part in gift swaps! Not only does it really make you think about what to get but it’s a great way to link up with other bloggers and to get to know them. Katy at The Lilac Scrapbook organised a fun gift swap just before Christmas. She paired us up and then we had to agree a budget and a posting date between ourselves. I liked doing that because it meant less pressure to post by a certain time and also gave you time to follow the other person’s content to get to know what they like.

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I was paired with Sophie from Essential Twenty and she was really sweet. A fellow student, she and I agreed to spend no more than £15 on our gift boxes and we told each other a bit about what we like. Sophie’s box for me was just perfect and she had wrapped it in hand-drawn cute paper which was a really nice touch! As well as that, each gift had a little clue as to what might be inside.

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Never try to take blog photos with Trixie around…

Inside my #TLSXmas gift box, there was:

* An adorable Hello Kitty colouring set for when I need some stress relief.
*A Lindt chocolate bunny and a candy cane (apparently very difficult to wrap!)
*Some festive and comfy Christmas pudding socks
*A gorgeous Mulled Wine scented candle
*Two Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipsticks (in Dare and Dazzle)
*A No7 Gel Finish nail colour in Red

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Thankyou so much to Sophie for such a personal and thoughtful package and I’m glad you liked your box from me too! Thanks also to Katy for organising such a great swap.

Have you taken part in a gift swap or do you want to in the future?
Did you get anything nice over the holidays?

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below.
Jenna
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rimmel lasting finish for an autumn lip look

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I am only now beginning to experiment with lipsticks, in particular darker shades. I already own a Lasting Finish lipstick (shade 01) and so I’m aware of their staying power and high quality. I had also recently purchased an ‘Amazing Lipliner’ from Makeup Revolution in ‘Vamp’ so I thought that I would try combining the two to create a warm autumn lip.

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(Apologies for the image quality, I am getting a camera for my birthday next week so no more crappy phone pictures!)

Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipliner Vamp (£1.00, currently out of stock)

Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 04  (£5.49, Boots)

Unfortunately I have struggled to find this exact shade of the lipstick (04) still being sold in UK stores as mine was a gift from a friend. However, after a good hunt I have found ONE left on Amazon at a hefty £9.99. Regardless of the colour, the lipstick stays pretty well despite eating and drinking, lasting just shy of three hours before the need to reapply. It doesn’t feel very heavy on your lip either.

I would recommend trying any of the current shades of Lasting Finish lipstick by Kate Moss – they’re great quality for a decent price.

 

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Here’s the finished look, perfect for day wear or a night out!

What do you think of Rimmel’s Lasting Finish by Kate Moss lipsticks?

Do you have a favourite Autumn lip product?

 

Let me know and leave me links in the comments below!

Jenna

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foundation-free fridays: electric dream

So this series focuses on how important it is to let your skin breathe, and how I take one day a week that I don’t wear any base products. I thought I would combine the look with a mini-review of my new ‘I Heart Makeup’ palette and ‘Amazing’ Lipstick from Makeup Revolution.

Having read plenty of blog posts praising Makeup Revolution for their great prices and decent quality products, I purchased a great selection of them to try out!

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The Amazing Lipstick I chose in the shade, ‘Crime’. I love how this shade compliments my new silvery hair, and brings out my lips. It smells great too!

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I chose the ‘I Heart Sin’ palette because I don’t own many bright colours anymore and I loved the mix of matte and shimmery pigments it has.

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The eyeshadows are really bright and have very good staying power! I will definitely be trying different colour combinations with the rest of them in the future.

The lipstick is a great shade, but as with many budget lipsticks, it doesn’t stay on very long. I had to reapply every time I drank or ate anything but I didn’t really mind, considering that it cost £1!

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other products:

brows // my own 88-colour palette (similar here for £10.44)
lashes // No7 Intense Volume in black – £9.95 & Collection Volumising 10x in ultra black – £3.99
pencil liner // No. 7 Stay Perfect Amazing Eyes pencil in black – £7.50

 

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Do you have foundation-free days?
Have you tried any Makeup Revolution products?
Let me know or leave me links in the comments below!

Jenna
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