Saturday, 26 April 2014

April Beauty Haul...Woops

So I got paid on Thursday and I was pretty misbehaved today, and although my bank account isn't very happy, I am!

NARS Sheer Glow Foundation in Vallauris

I have wanted this foundation for SO long, and now I have it. Yay. Ever since I started reading blogs and watching YouTube, it was apparent that this was pretty much the holy grail of foundations and seeing I am obsessed with foundation this was a must for me, and I think now's the perfect time to have gotten it because I feel that in the spring/summer time a 'glow' finish is favourable over matte. It seems really light and buildable as well which I love!

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Apricot

I saw this shimmer brick on one of Jaclyn Hill's Hauls and I just thought it was gorgeous! I don't own any shimmer bricks yet, and love the ombre colours of them and the different beautiful effects that can be created by them, not to mention how versatile they are! I thought the colours of the Apricot one were just so gorgeous, being appropriate for day and night. I wasn't actually gonna buy it this month, but when I found out it was limited edition I couldn't risk not getting it, so here we are. As you can (kinda) see from my oh so clear swotch picture, the colour it creates with that Apricot undertone is to die for.

MAC Eyeshadow in Shroom

A classic MAC shadow that I think every makeup obsess and their mothers must own, so I had to have it too. Again, this is another that I've seen on multiple tutorials so I thought having it in my collection was a necessity. It's a beige colour with a bit of shimmer, which makes it perfect for highlighting the brow bone and inner-corner of the eye. It's also really nicely pigmented so therefore would make a great all over lid colour with a nice matte shade blended into the crease.

MAC Cremeblend Blush in Something Special

I've never owned or tried a cream blush, and thought now would be the time to get one. I'm finding that with the warmer weather, my powder ones aren't lasting as long as they should and maybe a cream would help with this issue. This colour is a nice coral colour and very pigmented (I know you can't really tell in the photo, sorry!) which I thought would be lovely for the summer as I prefer a brighter cheek at this time of the year.

Real Techniques Core Collection, Expert Face Brush and Blush Brush

The Core Collection consists of the Buffing Brush; a fluffy but firm multi-functional brush, the Detailer Brush; a tiny concealer brush-like brush (do I wanna say 'brush' anymore?), the Pointed Foundation Brush; slightly smaller than your average 'paintbrush' style brush and a lot softer, and finally the Contour Brush; a domed shape brush perfect for getting right into the hollows of your cheeks.

The Blush Brush is super fluffy and slightly tapered, unlike your usual blush brush, and I'm excited to see what sort of effect it creates! I also think it would be quite good for setting under eye concealer! The Expert Face Brush is similar to the Buffing Brush but a bit more dense which I think I'm gonna use to apply my Sheer Glow Foundation!
All Real Techniques Brushes are really soft and can be used for multiple different purposes, liquid and powder, and I'm really excited to give them a try! (Let me add that Boots were doing 3-for-2 so I did get one of my brushes free :))

Benefit POREfessional and Big Easy BB Cream Sample
If you read my blogs you'll know how much I love POREfessional and how much I use it. It's a great primer and does really minimize the look of my massive pores, so if you are struggling with big pores, GET THIS. I have repurchased it numerous amounts of times. They gave me a sample of their BB cream, and I'm in the market to find a BB cream so I can stop wearing so much foundation in the summer, so we will see how this one goes.

Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed :)
Have you purchased anything new this month or do yo have any recommendations for me??

Dani Alexandra

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Importance of Pencil Eyeliner | MAC Coffee Eye Pencil Review

Now I don't know about you, but pencil eyeliner on my waterline in some way or another is absolutely essential in pretty much any of my makeup routines; everyday, nights out, natural or dramatic. It's just about finding the right one to fit the right purpose (I'm after a good white one at the mo, so suggestions are welcome!)

I recently purchased MAC's Coffee Eye Pencil, after seeing it on numerous tutorials, I had to have it in my kit.

How it applies after just one swipe

Application- Creamy
Longevity- Medium
Price Range- ££
Product Life Span- Long
My Rating- ♥♥♥♥

This eyeliner applies so nice and smoothly that you literally need one swipe for amazing pigmentation of it. As a result of its creamy-ness however, I find it does smudge off, but I guess you get that with most pencil eyeliners! Just be prepared to reapply a couple of times throughout the day.

At £14 a piece, I think this is priced really reasonable for a more high-end eye pencil, considering the way it applies. Furthermore, I find that I barely have to sharpen it because of this creamy application and I feel it is going to last a long long time, adding to this great price!

I gave it four hearts for my rating because I've pretty much been using it daily. I think the colour is great because it's dramatic enough if you wanna use it for the evening, but because it isn't totally black, it makes a great daytime eyeliner as well. If it lasted all day I'd give it five, but I just don't think I'll have that with any pencil eyeliners!

Here are some before and after pictures so you can get an idea of the difference it makes. I think it's so so essential for me!





With Mascara

I hope this was helpful, and if you have anymore questions about the prodcut just holla at yo girl!

Dani Alexandra

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

I Need...An Oversized Floral Headband

Now this is a trend I am desperate to get on board with; the oversized floral headband. My love originally stemmed from Lana Del Rey Rocking one in the Born To Die video (yes I know this was years ago now), and lucky for me the trend seems to of resurfaced and there are soooo many beautiful ones out there! Anyway, here's some inspiration...

By: Miss Wild Flower, On:

By: Crown And Sea, On:

By: K is for Kani, Designer: Connie Cao, Shop:

All three of these shops on have some absolutely gorgeous ones, and I am looking to make a purchase very very soon, so stay tuned for that blog post to see which one I decided on!

Dani Alexandra