Iconic London Illuminator

I am totally obsessed with a good highlight and after getting the Jeffree Star highlighter I wasn’t sure I’d find something better because its my favourite highlighter ever!! Then I found the Iconic London Illuminator and my gosh the glow is real… I researched into a bit because its £29.99 and to be totally honest I took money out of my savings to buy it so I wanted to be sure I wasn’t wasting my money.

IMG_0376This highlight blew my expectations like seriously… if you love a bright glow… this is the one for you. The pigmentation is insane so I usually do three three small drops along my
cheek bone and blend it out with a beauty blender, and honestly that is all you need. Its so bright and glowy and I tend to set it with my Jeffree Star highlighter, but honestly I dont even think you need to set it, I just like being a bit extra with my highlight.

It comes in a small glass pot with a dropper and I can tell that this is going to last me aaaaages. This is one product that I would 100% recommend buying and I’m hoping to try some more of their products soon!

 

Iconic London Illuminator

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz vs Dip Brown Pomade

I’ve been wanting to get hold of some Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products for a while and especially since getting the eyeshadow palette, I just needed one. I’d seen everyone raving about the dip brown pomade on YouTube and other blogs for ages but wasn’t sure if that was the one for me, especially when I saw the brow wiz. I decided that to really decide which one is for me, I’d have to buy both.

Turns out they were both for me but in different ways. The brow wiz works amazingly for really effortless natural brows, I find this is my go too for if I have work or just running to the shops quickly but don’t want to look like I’ve just rolled out of bed, even though I most probably have. However I don’t think this would be the best if you want defined brows, the product isn’t very pigmented and you cant really outline your brows well because the pencil drags your skin and the line goes everywhere. If you just want to roughly fill in your brows this is definitely perfect.

The dip brow pomade I ordered in the same shade as the brow wiz because that colour matched me well, however the dip brow seems to be slightly darker, however that could have been because I wasn’t expecting the product to be as soft or as pigmented as it is and put way too much on the first time I used it. I feel this will be my go to more for if I’m going out somewhere as its more of a glam, defined brow. I haven’t had too much of a chance to play around with it and try different things like making it a natural look, but I can tell once I get a bit more used to handling the product it will be amazing.

Along with the two eyebrow products I also purchased the Anastasia eyebrow brush. This has become my favourite brush of all time, its so precise and makes the product go on so smoothly, and the little spoolie comb bit at the end is super good at blending out and spreading the product a bit more. A definite recommend.

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz vs Dip Brown Pomade

Jefree Star Highlighter Review

I love highlight, like so so much, its honestly my favourite part of my make up, so I’ve been trying some different ones out, I used the MUA one for a while before switching between that and the one in the Sleek palette that comes with a bronzer and blush. Since I have tried some high end ones starting with the Urban Decay one which I wasn’t a huge fan off because it was literally just glitter and barely even showed up on your face.

Having brought the Jefree Star Liquid Lipsticks and having really loved the products, I decided to try the highlighter. I purchased it in Princess Cut because it really stood out to me and a lot of the reviews I read had used Princess Cut as well.

I was not disappointed by this at all. Its huge, like literally bigger than the palm of my hand by a bit (I have really small hands so I’d say its about palm size give or take a bit) and it is so so gorgeous!! I apply this with a Spectrum fan brush and I find that its really build able and isn’t overly pigmented. Its pigmented enough that fine brushed pick up product but not the point that its too much and you have to knock some off the brush before applying.

I personally like my highlight to be bright but not over the top like some people so somewhere in the middle. I find that with two layers you get a really gentle shine thats noticeable in light but not out of light, so perfect if you prefer a more subtle highlight. I tend to put four to five layers on because I like it to really glow when the light hits it. This is my go to highlight and I am in total love with this product. I’m looking at getting another one in another shade as well as some of this other products like the eye shadow palette.

Hazel xoxo

Jefree Star Highlighter Review

Jefree Star Liquid Lipstick Review

I’ve been wanting to get some more lip products for a while having been using the same few MAC lipsticks. I also wanted to try some different products that people have been raving about, so I looked into Kylie Lipkits and was set on getting one or two until I saw how much it costs to get them over here in the UK because of customs, and I can’t justify spending £40 on a lipkit right now so I went for a different option and had a look on BeautyBay for Jefree Star liquid lipsticks because I know their well reviewed.

The three shades that I purchased was No Tea No Shade which is a metallic colour, Androgyny a purple-ish shade with grey undertones and Unicorn Blood a dark red with some brown undertones.  So far I’ve used Androgyny twice and tested the other two but not worn them for a day, but from the Androgyny shade that I used, I can see why everyone raves about them.

The applicators nice and easy giving a smooth and even coverage that matts out in about ten seconds depending how thick you layer it. I tested this on a day that I went out with my boyfriend shopping and for lunch and it’s flawless. Lasted the whole day and I only re-applied it once because it was starting to fade a little bit in the middle after I’d had a coffee. But it wasn’t a noticeable fade and didn’t really need touching up but I did it anyway. I found this is a really durable liquid lipstick that is really tough and stays on for a long period of time as well as through eating and drinking, in fact its taking it off that I find a bit tougher, you have to use a made up wipe or something similar to get it off your lips, but it does leave a slight stain so again if you over line your lips with this, it will stain the skin and will need a thin layer of foundation or concealer to cover it up if you want it gone. I also found it wears off middle outwards which in a way I find more helpful because then you don’t have to spend ages making sure the lines are perfect at the edge, you just put some more on the middle and you’re good to go.

I’m a hundred percent going to buy more of these when I next get paid because their amazing! I also want to try out some of his other products as well to see if their of a similar standard.

 

Jefree Star Liquid Lipstick Review

Favourite Christmas Book

So I haven’t started reading any Christmas books yet this year since its only the second day of December, however one of my absolute favourite books for the winter is Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. I love how you need to pay attention to notice when the stories intertwine and join. I think its so carefully written in such a warming way that you get drawn in to the story. Its totally one of those books for the days under the blanket with the heating on. The other thing that I really liked was the fact that all three authors used the same setting but with their own unique character and character storyline, slowly intertwining them into the same story. This is a story that is totally worth reading at Christmas!

Comment below your favourite Christmas book!

Favourite Christmas Book

Laura Mercier Foundation Review

During my Kingston day out with my boyfriend, as I mentioned in my previous post he brought me the Laura Mercier Candleglow Foundation. I read and watched a lot of reviews on the foundation and I saw a lot of people saying that its really sheer and isn’t very buildable. I also saw a lot of people using a lot of different techniques to apply it, brushed, beauty blenders and even fingers. I personally am not a fan of applying make up with fingers. I always use either a brush or a beauty blender depending on the product.

I found with this foundation that it blends a lot nicer with a beauty blender and also builds really nicely with a beauty blender. I think a brush is a bit too harsh to use on such a light foundation as it just kind of moves its across the face where as a beauty blender puts it into place to set. I also use concealer after to cover any spots because obviously its a very light foundation so I use a thicker concealer to blend into it.

I am a hundred percent going to be re-buying this when it runs out and I am also eyeing the Laura Mercier primer. I got given a sample and I am really liking it. Over all this is a really good foundation, I think if you have really problematic skin then one of her thicker foundations with a medium to full coverage would be better but if your skin is combination like mine with the odd breakout then this is a good foundation to have. I would say keep a cheap foundation for when you have breakouts or at least a good concealer to hand.

Laura Mercier Foundation Review

My Autumn Hair/Skin Routine

So since the weathers starting to get colder here in the UK, the elements start to take it out on your hair as well as your skin. You blow dry your hair and chuck it up into buns a lot more during the winter which really affects your hair. My hair personally is oily at the top & dry at the ends meaning I have to wash my hair pretty much everyday rather than the every other day.

For my hair I use the L’Oreal extraordinary clay rebalancing shampoo & conditioner. I also use their hair mask for your roots. You put the hair mask all over your dry roots and leave in for five minutes, then hop in the shower and rinse it out until it runs clear. The only problem I found with the hair mask was it turned my fingers blue which I couldn’t get off to start with, however the shampoo gets it out when you shampoo your hair. After using the hair mask your hair feels cleaner straight away, and after following through with the shampoo & conditioner my hair felt really smooth. Once my hair was dry my roots looked so much better and my hair even felt softer which I wasn’t expecting. Even the next day my hair didn’t look greasy or grimy which was a change, meaning I got to shower with out washing my hair!

For my skin, I usually take my make up off with the Oil infused Micellar water before washing my face with Dr.Organic bioactive tea tree face wash. I got this from Holland & Barrettes and it only cost me around £7 and you get a decent sized tube of it. You only need a bit about the size of a 5p coin as its pretty runny and once applied to a wet face, it lathers into a foam pretty nicely. I’m hoping to buy a face brush as some point of a Clarisonic mia when I save the money, so I think this face wash would work nicely with that. I then follow with the Dr.Organic dead sea mineral bio-plasma mud mask. You only need to apply this for ten minutes so I usually do my face routine, put this on then the hair mask so I wash both the hair and face mask off in the shower. You only need a thin layer & at first its pretty tough to squeeze out the tube, however my face felt really clean after this.

The last thing I do once I get out the shower is use the Lush Tea Tree Toner Water which makes your face feel so fresh and clean, before using the Lush Imperialis face moisturiser. Once this is all done I dry my hair and apply my make up and I’m good to go!

My Autumn Hair/Skin Routine