GUEST POST: Natasha's Top 5 Drugstore/Highstreet Eye Make-Up

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Hey everyone, I'm Natasha from Clouds and Cuticle Oil and today I'm going to be sharing with you my five favourite drugstore/high street eye products. I know when it comes to makeup most people would choose high end brands over the ones you would find in Superdrug, but I'm here to show you that you don't have to spend all your hard-earned money to get great quality products!

1. MUA Single Eyeshadows
I'm almost certain that everyone in the UK who is even slightly interested in cosmetics has heard of MUA and their offerings. For me, almost the whole range is a winner but what I'm featuring here are the single eyeshadows. They're part of the basic range and the colour I'm showcasing is Shade 11 which is a warm toned bronze that's soft to the touch and has great pigmentation. I've swatched a fair few of the shades in store and they all seem pretty well pigmented excluding the matte ones. The best part? They're only £1.

2. Maybelline Colossal Volum' Express Cat Eyes Mascara
Personally I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Maybelline mascaras, I have never been let down by one yet (touch wood). My favourite at the moment is the Colossal Volum' Express Cat Eyes mascara. It makes my lashes look lovely and fluttery and the curved wand makes it really easy for me to cover all my lashes in one sweep as well as making it much easier to apply mascara to my bottom lashes. It's priced at £7.99.

3. L'Oreal Color Infallible eyeshadows
After hearing the L'Oreal Color Infallible eyeshadows being raved about so much on the blogosphere I decided to try one out for myself and I was not let down. I would describe this range as loose pigments without the hassle. They are buttery soft and glide smoothly onto the eyelid, not to mention they have great pigmentation. The little pots the eyeshadows come in have a little lid-shaped thing included so that if the pigment starts separating out you just press down and hey, problem solved! My favourite colour is the one that I have featured here, it's called Hourglass Beige but it seems to be discontinued as I can't find it anywhere online (boo hiss). They retail for £6.99 but I'm pretty sure that if you scout around online you can find a cheaper price.

4. L'Oreal Super Liner
The L'Oreal Super Liner has been a staple in my makeup bag for a while now, mainly because it was the first liquid eyeliner that I ever tried that I could actually apply properly and not end up with black liner everywhere. I've never come across another product that has the same sort of applicator this has, it's a felt tip but not in the same category as the normal felt tip pen liners. Whatever it is, it's easy to control and only costs £6.49. Sorted.

5. Sleek eyeshadow palettes

I see Sleek as the inexpensive version of Urban Decay, they both make really pigmented products and come out with amazing palettes - my Sleek Original palette is getting a little grubby (it's got that same matte packaging that NARS has - it's a pain to clean!) from all the use it's gotten over the past year.
You get a plentiful 12 shades in each palette, all of which are great quality. The price has gone up since I bought mine, but it still remains at a more than affordable £7.99.

Thanks to the lovely Evelyn for letting me post on her wonderful blog, hope you enjoyed!
Natasha xxx

November Books List

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

This month, I've managed to read four books which I'm really proud of because it's been such a crazy, busy month for me.  If you struggle to find time to read, try to always keep a book in your handbag - it's amazing how much I manage to read during the day just because I know I have a book with me.  Here are the books I've read in November:-

November Favourites

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

It's been another good month for discovering new beauty favourites.  This selection features a bit of skincare, bodycare and of course, make-up!  So without further ado, here are the products I have been loving throughout November:-

Mavala - Arabesque Winter 2012 Collection: Peacock Green & Metallic Grey

Friday, 23 November 2012

 Mavala Nail Polishes in Peacock Green & Metallic Grey (5ml, £4.30 each, link)*

Being a typical nail polish junkie, I have tried out many different brands over the years, but Mavala are one that has managed to escape my attention until very recently.  I've seen this Swiss brand pop up on many of the European based beauty blogs that I follow, but I don't think they're that well known in the UK.  So I was very excited to be sent these two beautiful shades from Mavala's new Arabesque 2012 Winter Collection to play with.   

My Handbag Beauty Essentials

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

I've had a few requests to do a 'What's In My Handbag?' style post, but not much has changed since I did this old post which mostly consists of the mundane usuals; phone, purse, keys, diary, book, Ipod etc.  What has changed however, is that I now carry around a lot more beauty products than I used to, so hopefully this post will be much more interesting!

Review: Evolve Pure Moisture Hand Wash

 Evolve Pure Moisture Hand Wash (200ml, £9.99, link)*

When it comes to hand wash, I mainly decide what I'm going to purchase based on scent alone and rarely consider any other aspects.  Simply put, if it smells good, I'll just get it!  When this bottle of hand wash from Evolve dropped through my letterbox recently, I was intrigued by it's 'pure moisture' claims - so what's it like?

Winter Skin Saviour: Lavera All-Round Cream review

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

 Lavera All-Round Cream (150ml, £6.95, link)

I wrote a Winter Skin Saviours post a little while ago and after I'd taken the photographs for it, I realised that I'd forgotten to mention this amazing tin of goodness that I received in an Amarya box months ago.   I've been a big fan of the German natural brand Lavera for a very long time, and their All-Round Cream is a fantastic product to use when the cold weather starts to settle in.

Haircare Review: DGJ Organics Hangover Hair Luxury Shampoo & Conditioner

DGJ Organics Hangover Hair Luxury Shampoo & Conditioner (250ml, £5.99 each, link)*

Last month I tried out the DGJ Organics Glossy Brunettes haircare duo and instantly loved it, so I was looking forward to seeing how their Hangover Hair set compares.  I've been trying out these two products for a couple of weeks now, so here are my thoughts and how I think they compare to the Glossy range.

A vey disappointing Joliebox for November 2012

Sunday, 18 November 2012

 Joliebox (£10 per month + P&P, link)

November beauty boxes are usually expected to be a little disappointing.  Think about the marketing for a minute here - the December box absolutely has to be amazing, because you want your subscribers to be happy around Christmas time, and you also don't want them thinking about cancelling their subscription in the new year.  So if you send a slightly meagre box for November, some customers will simply think that the December one will be extra special to make up for it.  If this concept is to be true, then the December Joliebox must be pretty incredible...

10 Films List

 (1) A Little Bit Of Heaven (2011)
I have a major crush on Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal and I'm on a mission to watch all of his films.  He stars alongside Kate Hudson in this romantic comedy and plays the classic doctor turned boyfriend role perfectly.  If you're after a tear-jerking chick flick with a handsome man, then look no further.

NOTD: Essence - Circus Confetti & Urban Decay - Perversion

Friday, 16 November 2012

This has been one of my favourite combos to wear on my nails recently: black (or almost black shades) with chunky multi-coloured glitter!  Here I'm wearing Essence's Circus Confetti over Urban Decay's Perversion.  The confetti glitter needs a good top coat to smooth out the bumpiness, but that's to be expected with glitter particles this big.  If glitter on all nails isn't your thing, just give it a go and do an accent nail instead.  Happy Friday!

What are you wearing on your nails this weekend?

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Review: Natural Hero Hot Ginger Muscle Rub & Cool Peppermint Muscle Spritz

Natural Hero Hot Ginger Muscle Rub (100ml, £9.99) & Natural Hero Cool Peppermint Muscle Spritz (100ml, link)*

As some of you may know, I'm currently taking part in a serious of fun runs at work to raise funds for the charity MIND.  MIND help people who are having difficulties with their mental health, so the runs are designed to inspire people to get outside and be more active with the 'healthy body, healthy mind' concept.  I was kindly sent these two products by Natural Hero to try out which have been a welcome addition to my sports bag.

Review: Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush in Cherub

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Blush in Cherub (15ml, £14.49)*

Oh Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blushers, where have you been all of my life?!  Wait, I already know the answer to that question - you've been stuck on my enormous beauty wishlist for far too long, that's where you've been hiding, d'oh!  But yeah, this dinky little tube of liquid blusher is AMAZING.

The A-Z of Beauty Tag

As blogs and Youtube are now my main go-to places for recommendations of new beauty products to try out, I thought I would take part in Fleur De Force's A-Z of Beauty Tag.  For each letter of the alphabet, you pick a brand that you love and then recommend a product from them.  Simples!

Review: Liz Earle Signature Foundation in Nude 03

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

 Liz Earle Signature Foundation in Nude 03 (25ml, £21, link)*

I know this sounds incredibly silly, but when this came through my letterbox a few weeks ago, I was a little scared to try out.  As much as I love Liz Earle's skincare and the rest of her make-up range (you can read my reviews of various products here), I did not get on with her Sheer Skin Tint at all, and was worried that the foundation would be too heavy for my oily/combination skin.  But I needn't have worried, because this is one of the best foundations I've tried all year.

Budget Beauty: Laidbare DIY! Two In One Cleanser & Toner Review

 Laidbare DIY! Two In One Cleanser & Toner (125ml, £5.99, link)*

As much as I love multi-purpose products for hair, body, shower etc, I've never been one to embrace them in my skincare routine.  That was until I started using this two-in-one cleanser & toner from Laidbare, a natural British brand that I only discovered recently.

Amarya Organic / Natural Beauty Box - November 2012

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

  Amarya box (£10 + P&P per month, link)

My Amarya box has finally arrived!  I contacted them yesterday as my box didn't arrive with everyone else's last week, and a replacement came bright and early this morning.  Fantastic customer service from Amarya as always!  Although I'd already seen what was in this month's box from reading Sandra and Kat's posts, I was still pretty excited to open it up as two of my favourite natural brands are included this month.

5 Mini Reviews: REN, Clarins, Dr Bronners, NEOM & balance Me

Monday, 12 November 2012

I think this is the first 5 Mini Reviews post I've done where I've wanted to buy full sizes of all of the samples that I've tried - my wishlist for Santa is going to be enormous this year!

Review: Violent Eyes Temporary Eye Appliques

 Violent Eyes Temporary Eye Appliques in Silver Glitteratti and Rainbow Glitteratti (£6 per pack, link)*

The current trend for 'stick-on make-up' shows no signs of slowing down as we begin to head into the Christmas party season.  I was recently sent two packs of Temporary Eye Appliques from Violent Eyes (the same brand that bought you Violent Lips) to try out.

LUSH Christmas 2012 Haul & Reviews: Cinders Bath Bomb, Ponche Shower Gel, Popcorn Lip Scrub & The Melting Snowman Bath Melt

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Last weekend, I popped into LUSH to have a look at their Christmas range.  Although I shop at LUSH throughout the year, I always think that now is definitely the best time to go in and pick up some bits!  I have since tried out everything that I bought, so here are my reviews of the products.

The 24 Days Of Christmas With Liz Earle Advent Calendar 2012

Friday, 9 November 2012

 24 Days Of Christmas With Liz Earle Advent Calendar 2012 (£100, link)*

Last year, I don't recall many luxury beauty filled advent calendars being around, other than the infamous Selfridges one that always sells out in lightning speed.  But this year...oh my! There are quite a few out there!  I'd already treated myself to the Ciate one, so you can imagine that I was feeling pretty damn spoilt when I saw that this had arrived from Liz Earle today.

Review: Korres Lip Butters in Wild Rose, Pomegranate & Quince: Photos & Swatches

Thursday, 8 November 2012

 Korres Lip Butter (6g, £6 each) 

I have loved Korres Lip Butters for a very long time, so this rave review is very much overdue.  They are in fact one of only a tiny handful of lip products that I have repurchased the same shades of when they had run out.  Now that's some serious loving right?

How I Clean My Make-up Brushes

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Cleaning make-up brushes can be one those chores that you just don't want to do, but know that you have to.  I try to deep-clean (as in properly wash them rather than just wipe them after use) my used make-up brushes every 10 days or so because my skin is a little on the oily side and is prone to breakouts.  Everyone washes their make-up brushes in their own way, so this is just how I do mine. 

Budget Beauty: M&S Limited Collection Lip Gloss in Fondant

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

 M&S Limited Collection Lip Gloss in Fondant (£5, link)

As I posted my Drugstore Beauty Tag earlier today, I thought I would do a review of one of my favourite recent discoveries on the highstreet.  But you'll need to look on the other side of the highstreet for this one, because you won't find it in Boots or Superdrug.  

Tag: I Love Drugstore / Highstreet Make-Up

I spotted this tag over on Beth's blog recently and thought it would be a great idea to do it.  I have to admit that over the last few months, my tastes have been veering towards more high-end make-up, so I hope this tag inspires me to rekindle my love for all things highstreet/drugstore.  There are a lot of beauty bargains to be had out there! 

Q&A with SFX MUA Gaynor / Secondskin

Monday, 5 November 2012

A friend of mine is in a gothic punk rock band called Lesbian Bed Death and they recently shot a video for their new single, Soul Sucker.  As I've always been fascinated with the world of SFX (Special Effects) make-up,  I had a quick chat with Gaynor who was the SFX MUA on the shoot.   She spoke to me about how she got to working in the industry, why she does it and tips for budding SFX MUAs.  Post below contains faux gory imagery! 

Review: Bellapierre Lash Building Mascara

 Bellapierre Lash Building Mascara in Black (9ml, £19.99, link)

Over the weekend, I had a brief switch up of my everyday make-up items and decided to include this Bellapierre mascara in my new set up.  This is one of many mascaras that have been languishing in a drawer, waiting to be opened up and taken out of their boxes.  To put it into perspective, this particular mascara came to me via a Joliebox back in April, so it was really time that I finally tried it out.

November/December Magazine Freebie: Glamour & Nails Inc

Sunday, 4 November 2012

With this month's Glamour magazine, they are giving away a free full sized Nails Inc nail polish worth £11.  You can choose between four different shades - Elizabeth Street (a pale pink), St James (classic red), Motcomb Street (a deep blue/black) and Glamour Glitter (a gold glitter topcoat).  Not bad for £2 each!   

10 Films List

(1) The Dreamers (2003)
One of my favourite films, it's set in Paris during the infamous 1968 student protests and centers itself around the unconventional interactions between a young French brother and sister, and their American friend.  Despite the political upheaval around them, they escape into their own 'dreamers' world of art, music, films and literature, but eventually realise that reality must be faced.  Contains a lot of nudity but don't let that put you off.

Tried & Tested: bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer

Friday, 2 November 2012

 bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer (30ml, £16.15, link)

Last week, I popped into TKMaxx to have a browse at their xmas stuff and eventually wandered upstairs to their little beauty department.  Well, I say 'department', but in my local one it's mostly a mad mish-mash of shelves with a bunch of random beauty products scattered about.  Having a quick rummage through the chaos, I found one solitary bottle of bareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer for the bargain price of £7.99!  This primer has been on my beauty wishlist for quite some time, so I snapped it up and have been testing it out over the past week.

Review: Japonesque Safari Chic Brush Set

 Japonesque Safari Chic Brush Set (£28, link)*

I'm sure by now you'll have already seen these ultra cute animal print make-up brushes from Japonesque on the blogosphere, so as always, I'm going to throw my own two cents into the mix anyway!

October Favourites

Thursday, 1 November 2012

I have another handful (or two) of favourites for October.   Whilst I usually keep it strictly just beauty products, I couldn't help but include two non-beauty favs with this bunch.
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