22 November 2014

Beauty | The Cheaper Kylie Jenner Lip

Kylie Jenner's lips have been here, there and everywhere lately (alongside Kim's bottom). Are they fake? Are they just overdrawn? Who knows! All I know is that they have been the talk of all beauty lovers over the past few months and it's sent some of MAC's lip liners to sell out completely. But I've currently had a love affair with these Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liners and Eastend Snob is certainly similar to the shade that Kylie wears, however this is only a mere £3.99! Despite the annoying twist-up applicator, I am loving these things. They are a matte texture, apply really pigmented and are very long lasting. This mauvey-pinky-nude has been non-stop on my lips over the past few weeks, however I won't be overdrawing mine to match the Jenner babe!

Let me know if you've been loving the 'Kylie Jenner Lip' trend and if you've found any other shades that are similar to the ones that she wears. I'd love to know whether you think her pout is real of fake? Me? I think she's had a little bit of work done! Thanks for reading!

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20 November 2014

Beauty | MAC 'Pearl' Cream Colour Base

I love a glowing complexion from day to day, highlighter is something that I wear every single day without fail. It completely perks up your skin and makes you look glowing and healthy. I remember Gabby using this product in a lot of her old makeup tutorials so on my last trip to MAC, I thought that I'd pick up the Cream Colour Base in Pearl (£15.50), a formula of highlighter that I hadn't really tried before.

The consistency is exactly what it says on the tin, a cream; However at first I found that the product is really difficult to apply, I just couldn't seem to get enough product onto my finger/brush. I found to use this product more efficiently, it works a lot easier if you warm the product up first as the consistency becomes a lot more creamier. I've been using a Real Techniques Detailer Brush to apply the product under my brow bone to emphasise my eyebrows and my fingers to apply it to the high points of my cheeks. It blends into the skin seamlessly and really stands out once you build the product up. I find that the product does last for a couple of hours before coming non-existent, the more I put on the longer it seems to last for. This is definitely an icy, pearlescent shade that's perfect for a wintery glow (if that's a thing?!)

Another day, another highlighter - I'm becoming obsessed with highlighting at the moment. This mixed with L'Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer is a match made in heaven! Have you tried any of the Cream Colour Bases? Is this a highlighter that you'd be interested in getting your hands on? Let me know in the comments below, thanks for reading!

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18 November 2014

Beauty | Why I'm a Beauty Blender Convert

If you'd have told me a couple of months ago that I'd be using a sponge for foundation application nearly every day, I would have gave you the most northern 'ya what?!' that you'd ever heard. But after discovering the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge and now the famously known, cult Beauty Blender, I am 100% converted to the beauty sponge hype. Here's why...

The sponges seem small at first, but once you add water and squeeze out the excess, they almost double in size, making the larger surface able to reach a lot more skin in a smaller time. Even though these are certainly not the quickest form of foundation application, the extra minute or so spent using these is worth it, I always see a difference. I simply dot my foundation of choice around my face and then go ahead stippling the sponge to blend the product out and into the skin. The sponge allows for a seamless look as you get no foundation brush lines, just a flawless canvas for the rest of your makeup. I tend to use the larger part for my foundation and the pointed end for under the eye concealer - a two-in-one indeed! My only fault in these is that I find them super hard to clean, so they don't necessarily have a long lasting life, a bit of a bummer but something I just have to deal with.

Let me know what you like to use for applying your foundation and if you have tried out a beauty sponge. I'd love to know what your thoughts are and whether you think they give a more flawless finish - I know I certainly do! Thanks for reading!

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16 November 2014

Lifestyle | The Little Things

Sometimes the world can be full on inspiration. I often find mine in the places I go, the people I'm with, the things that I read or the stuff that I buy. Recently I've been looking at the little things that I own for inspiration; So today, I thought I'd share those with you.

I've been lusting after this Unicorn Jewellery Dish for as long as I can remember, but everywhere that seemed to stock it had sold out - until ASOS came to the rescue. I love how simple yet cutesy it is, and it's a really great way of storing all your precious pieces. Speaking of precious pieces, the ever so gorgeous Natasha from A Design Rookie recently created her own jewellery store, Wild Inanda, where she sources, designs, and hand makes all the stunning crystal necklaces, bracelets and rings. She kindly gifted me this beautiful Druzy Crystal Necklace* and I haven't stopped 'heart-eye-emoji' facing at it ever since, make sure you go and take a look at her store. Another jewellery piece that I've been wearing a lot recently is my Crown Ring from the store I work at, Pretty Twisted. They do such affordable trinkets and stocking fillers - great for little presents this Christmas. For smelling sweet this winter I've began using my Daisy Dreams* fragrance, I feel like Marc Jacobs can do no wrong when it comes to perfumes. Finally, well, what would life be without a Harry Styles phone case? When he looked fit of course.

So that's a few little bits and bobs that I've been loving recently, a little bit of a different post to break up all the beauty things that's been happening over here. Let me know if you'd like to see any Christmas Gift Guide's here on Thumbelina Lillie and I'll rustle a few bits up for you. What have you been loving lately?

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