29 December 2014

New and Favourite Highlighters




There are so many different kind of highlighters. Highlighting pens, Concealers, shimmer powders, matte powders etc, but finding one that's right for you can be tricky. Firstly, try not to confuse Concealers with highlighters. Of course use a lighter concealer for coverage and to highlight points of your face you would like to bring forward, however don't mix this up with a shimmery highlighter. The last thing you want to do is pack on highlighter where you would put your concealer e.g on blemishes, scars under the eyes, as this will make everything look shimmery and more obvious!

Tips for the perfect glow : 

• apply an illuminator/ llluminating moisturiser underneath your foundation (Sanctuary do an amazing radiance cream!) - this adds light and reflection through the foundation.

• apply a bright highlighter to the top of your cheek bones, bridge of the nose, Cupid's bow & forehead. My favourites will be listed below!

• finish off your look with a make up setting spray, this reduces the look of powdery skin, creating even more of a sheen to the skin.






My Favourite highlighters:



NARS - Albatross
Gorgeous white colour with a gold shimmer undertone, perfect for the tops of cheek bones. 
MAC - Vanilla Pigment
Lovely bright white pigment, use this on your brow bone for ultimate glow!
MAC - Soft and Gentle
Amazing on every skin tone, more of a Bronzey colour with specs of gold shimmer , lovely for cheeks and even eyes.


Hope this post has helped anyone with choosing a highlighter! 
What are your favourites? Any drugstore bargains? Let me know in the comments below :)

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Molly xo 

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26 December 2014

New makeup for my Kit: NARS , Anastasia & MAC

Merry christmas everyone! I hope you've all had a lovely day and been spoilt rotten. This Christmas, I mainly wanted makeup, to expand my kit and add new products that have been raved over! Living in the UK, it's hard to get a hold of the famous American products such as Anastasia Beverly Hills, Lorac , Make up geek etc.. However this year I was lucky enough to get my hands on some!


Products listed left to right: 

MAC P&P yellow radiance primer
MAC Give me sun Bronzer
MAC Vanilla Pigment
NARS Loose translucent powder
Anastasia Brow Pomade - Medium Brown
NARS Albatross Highlighter 
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit
Anastasia Beverly Hills angled brow brush
Naked 2 Palette & Naked Basics 2
NARS Bronzer in Irr├ęsistiblement
MAC Liners: Spice, Stripdown, Feline
MAC Lipstick in Myth
NARS Sheer Glow foundation in Fiji
NARS illuminator in Copacabana 
MAC Face & Body in C1
Anastasia brow wax pencil 
NARS Creamy concealer in Chantilly
MAC highlighting shadows in Shroom & Nylon

I'm so so grateful for all of these amazing gifts I got for Christmas, my family are amazing, they clearly all know me too well. I can't wait to use these on my clients! 
My next posts will definatley consist of swatches and reviews of the products!

Hope you all have an amazing new year,


Molly xo

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15 December 2014

Face of The Day • | All About The Glow

Christmas is creeping up on us so fast!! 

Along side working, christmas shopping and present wrapping, I've also been making over a couple of lovely ladies for their Christmas parties and events over the past few weekends.
Make room for lots of glitter, shimmer and highlight for that festive glow!

Below is a look I loved creating. One of my favourite things about make up is the ability to enhance our natural features, not to just cover them up with foundation. Everything in moderation will create a more flawless look, rather than a thick matte complexion. I wanted to keep the skin the main focus, soft subtle and glowy, paired with a shimmery bright yet smokey eye.

How stunning?!?!

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BASE
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
MAC Prolongwear Concealer
Revlon Illuminator in BARE
MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Setting Powder

EYES
MAC Soft Ocre Paint Pot
Pearl highlight from Superdrug (not sure of the name, sorry!)
MAC Saddle, Brule, Carbon
Urban Decay Buck / (& Shimmery Taupe colour from NP2)
MAC Blacktrack Gel Liner

CHEEKS
MAC Cream Pearl Highlighter
MAC Soft & Gentle Highlighter
Benefit Hoola Bronzer
MAC Harmony

LIPS
MAC Boldly Bare Liner
Barry M Natural Liner
Revlon Honey Beige Lipstick
Benefit Life On The A List Lipgloss


Christmas make ups are always my favourite! Can anybody recommend a nice drugstore cream/liquid illuminator / highlighter? I can never have too many! Also, how amazing are those brows? Serious brow envy! For more make up posts please check out my Instagram page : mollysbeautylife

Molly xo


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7 December 2014

Face Of The Day • | Christmas Party

Good afternoon everyone :)!

I thought it would be nice to do a 'Face Of The Day' from the face behind the blog, me!

Last night was my works Christmas party in Manchester, so we all got glammed up. 
I also got to do the make up for a few lovely ladies for their parties, pictures and details will be up in the next few posts!

I wanted to keep my makeup simple, dewy and glowy, yet still dramatic.

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BASE
NARS Illuminating Primer
NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
MAC Select Cover Up Concealer
Collection Lasting Finish Concealer
Elf Cosmetics Cream Contour Kit

CHEEKS
MAC Cream Pearl Highlighter
MAC Soft and Gentle Highlighter
MAC Hoola Bronzer
MAC Peaches Blusher

EYES
MAC Soft Ocre Paint Pot
Urban Decay / Foxy & Black Shadow
MAC / Saddle, Swiss Chocolate, Amber Lights
Barry M / Gold Loose Pigment
MAC Blacktrax Gel Liner
Ardell Lashes 

LIPS
MAC Myth Lipstick
Maybelline Honey Beige Lipstick
Rimmel Liner / Spice

I am loving brown and beige lippys at the moment, paired up with a brown liner and you're good to go!

Find more make up posts on my Instagram : mollysbeautylife

Molly xo
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5 December 2014

For the love of Lip Liners • | mollysbeautylife

Hello beauties! 

When it comes to lip liners, finding which one works for you can be tricky. It doesn't have to cost you the earth for a good quality liner, especially if you're experimenting with new looks and styles. 

I popped into Boots on my lunch break - the UK's equivalent of a 'Drugstore'. I picked up a few Rimmel and Collection liners. As I am fair skinned, it is so hard to find the perfect colour. They always seem to be too orange, too brown or too red! If you're fair skinned, I feel your pain! 

Below are a few of the colours I picked up :


Recently I've really been after autumnal lip colours, so I instantly gravitated towards these.

Shades from left to right:
• Collection / Espresso
• Rimmel / Tiramisu
• Collection / Ruby Rose
• Collection / Mulberry
• Collection / Plum
• Rimmel / Spice

If you're not confident with lining your lips or the colours that compliment your skin tone, I recommend picking up a few of these liners for beginners! For £1.99 from Collection, you can't go wrong, plus try have a great range of shades. 

What's your favourite drugstore nude lip liner? I need help finding a new one! 

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Molly xo
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21 November 2014

Festive Buys

It's almost December ... Already!?

Time has been flying by and I've been picking up festive bits and bobs literally everywhere I go. One thing that caught my eye was the Mac Cosmetics holiday collection. 
If you're anything like me and are drawn to anything sparkly, you'll love it! 
These are what I picked up:

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MAC Lipstick in 'Tribalist'
MAC Glitter in 'Gold'

The glittery packaging is to die for! The lipstick is a very deep brown/plum shade, and the glitter is so reflective and beautiful, perfect for the inner corner of the eyelids.
I can't wait to use these! They will be featured in my next few posts. 

Have anyone got anything else from the MAC Holiday collection? Let me know in the comments below :)

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Molly xo
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2 November 2014

Face Of The Day • | Soft Nude Matte

It's been a while since I posted , so why not jump straight back in with a Face Of the day! 

I wanted to keep this look simple and less dramatic. Sometimes less is more, this look would look great on anyone as it isn't colour orientated. Nice and simple nudes are our best friends! 


Eyes
MAC Swiss Chocolate
MAC Gesso
BobbiBrown shimmer brick (inner corner)
Maybelline Gel Liner Black
Benefit Brow Kit 

Lips
BarryM Natural Liner
Revlon Nude Matte Lipstick
Revlon Bellini lipgloss 

Base
Instant age rewind concealer (Light)
Collection concealer (Fair)
Kryolan creme foundation
MAC Pro Longwear NC15
MAC p+p Translucent Powder
MAC Peaches blush 
BobbiBrown Shimmer Brick (Beige)

Find my latest make up posts on my Instagram: mollysbeautylife

What are your favourite Nude Lipsticks? I still need to find that perfect everyday one! Let me know in the comments below :)

Molly x
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21 October 2014

Fall Favourites ∙ Make Up ∙ Random Extras





      Fall Favourites


Well, it's official. Autumn is upon us and I've already cleared out the summer wardrobe for a new Fall collection. Yes, you could say I'm a tad early for all the festivities, but why not make the most of  Pumpkin Spice Latte's, fluffy jumpers and most importantly cracking open the burgundy lipstick.

The weather cools down, the central heating get's turned up, and our morning showers are just that bit harder to jump out of. Whether we like to admit it or not, our year is in it's final months and we wonder.. "Where has the time gone?!". Well you and I are in the same boat. Thankfully I've been lucky enough to see a handful of amazing places this year, including the beautiful city of Paris,  and the Italian island of Sardinia.

Now, as the days get shorter, and the wind gets colder, it's time to wave goodbye to our old friends flip and flop, dust off the cobwebs, and dig out those old 'puddle-proof' boots from the back of your wardrobe. Without further ado, let the Autumn favourites commence!

Make Up

What screams Autumn more than the MAC 15 shadow warm neutral palette? After this being sold-out online and in-store for months I couldn't resist myself when I finally saw it back on MAC's website. The warm matte and shimmery tones are perfect for creating that subtle or dramatic seasonal look. My favourite shades in the palette for Fall are 'Saddle', 'Dark Brew', and 'Amber Lights'.



Bonjour healthy mix foundation. In the colder months my skin tends to become dry and dehydrated. This foundation is great as it's a dewy finish with a light- medium coverage. If you feel you need more coverage just add some concealer. Voila! 

Bargain of the week! £1.99 for this gorgeous deep plum/cranberry shade 'Red023'. I picked this up at boots. Apply 2 layers and a top coat and you're good to go. Viola!



Random Autumn Goodness

Pumpkin spice latte's from Starbucks. Don't be fooled, these don't actually taste like pumpkin and no you won't have to pick seeds out from inbetween your teeth. Thank god. If you haven't tried this, you are missing out! Run down to your nearest Starbucks and get this drink, you will love it. It's a mix between the taste of cinnamon, and chai. But even better! 

Signing off with a picture I took whilst on a walk last week. I love the autumn colours! Hope you enjoyed a few of my Fall favourites, only a few as I haven't had as much time as I would have wanted to shop this month! 



Next blog up: Drugstore Vs. High end. If you have any great high end dupes, comment and let me know ! 

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Happy Autumn :)


Molly x



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11 October 2014

Spot The Difference: NARS Vs. ELF

Who doesn't love a dupe for something a little out of our price range? ME! 
I've always been a fan of Elf (eyes lips face) Cosmetics, but when I saw all the similarities with a lot of the Nars products, I couldn't help but try them out.






Products mentioned:
Nars blush and bronzer duo (£30) Vs. Elf Cream bronzing palette (£3.95)
Nars blush 'Orgasm' (£22.50) Vs.  Elf blush 'Fuscia Fusion' (£3.95)
Nars tinted moisturiser (£29) Vs. Elf full coverage concealer (£3.95)

Although I haven't tried all of the Nars products, the few I've tried have always impressed me. The creamy concealer is a must have for that beautiful highlighted effect.
However, not only the packaging of these products are almost identical, but what's inside them won't dissapoint.
  •  For pigmentation,coverage and finish, Elf cream contouring kit is a steal at only £3.95, and it gives you an idea of what the NARS duo would be like in terms of colour, as these are very similar.
  • For blush, NARS wins the race. The beautiful shimmer that delicately shines through in 'Orgasm' is something that can't easily be replicated, and after using Elf's blush, it just doesn't have the same desired effect. It's a clear winner from Nars.

I'm all for cheaper alternatives to high end products. if you know of any please leave a comment down below and I would love to read your blogs and reviews.



Molly x


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Favourite Drugstore Concealers

When it comes to concealers, with me it's a 'Love / Hate' relationship. Does anyone else struggle as much as I do to find the 'perfect' one? They're either too pink, too yellow. too dry, and unfortunately, the list continues.

As I was sieving through my make-up bags, I rediscovered these three concealers that I'd completely forgotten about, (no hard feelings Maybelline!). Rediscovering these were a god send as I'd been struggling for a while to find a decent colour concealer. 
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - 10  £5.99
  • Maybelline Instant Anti-Aging Erase Concealer - Light £5.99
  • Maybelline Dream Lumi - (Palest shade but it's rubbed off) £6.99



Starting with the 'Fit Me' concealer, it's almost the perfect dupe for Nars Creamy Concealer, and for the price, who's to complain. Try it out in a Drugstore to see the comparison! It's great for lightly applying over the top of your foundation for those highlighted areas such as down the bridge of the nose, under the eyes, and middle of the forehead, as it's a brightening concealer with medium coverage

Secondly, the Instant Anti-Ageing Circle Eraser ..,(I think!).
Now, after seeing this product plastered all over YouTube, and also featured on every Beauty Bloggers Instagram for as long as I can remember, I decided to pick this up. However, I was slightly dissapointed with the colour and coverage (probably why I forgot about it).I didn't seem to be getting the same results as I had seen a lot of other bloggers out there. Is it a different formula to the one in the States? Non the less, I rediscovered it and decided to give it another try. Applying it with a damp beauty blender and using it under my foundation gave the best dewy results. If you're looking for a light-medium coverage with a dewy finish, this ones for you!

And finally, the Dream Lumi. This is one of those concealers that acts more as a 'corrector', as the colour undertones are quite salmon. Apply this to your dark spots and circles before you put on your foundation, and you will see great results. A little goes a long way with this product, and if you're struggling with the colour, correct it with your favourite finishing powder to reduce the pink undertones. It's a medium - build able coverage, best used for colour correcting rather than highlighting and concealing. 

What's your favourite concealer? Let me know in the comments below :)

Molly x



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MAC Autumn Wishlist

• Queue soft harp music and dim the lighting • 

Oh yes, the mac autumn Wishlist has made it's entrance today and I am obsessed! I recently discovered Polyvore, what an amazing app! I can stare at my screen and sob over the 'must have' but 'don't need' products that are on my Wishlist below. 
 
I am on a spending ban .. Hence the 'wish list'. There's so many things I'm trying to save for including my first car, it's so difficult ! Anyone else saving for anything?

 • Top left - MAC Mineralise Skin Finish - Medium Dark (I think?)
• Top right - MAC Face and Body Foundation - C1. I've heard this looks great over the studio fix fluid.. (Makes it look less cakey, NEED to try!)
• Bottom left - MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow - Brownluxe. Looks really similar to my Bobbi Brown 'Shimmer Brick - Beige'. 
• Bottom right - I believe this shade is 'Rebel'. That perfect cranberry plum shade for Fall. 


Does anyone else have an Autumn Wishlist? I would love to see it! 


Molly x

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