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Lusting: Winter Boots

That time is upon us again where we have to hunt the shops for this years winter boots. There's nothing more than I like doing than hunting through the shops on a Saturday afternoon trying to find the perfect pair, along with the rest of the country.. luckily you don't have to as I've picked a few of my faves from a few highstreet shops. Hooray!

Review: Collection Lasting Colour Lipstick in Pink Shock

You know when you pick something up at random in Boots to see what it is and it ends up coming home with you? Well that happened to me this week.

Anyway, the product I was bought was Collection's Lasting Colour Lipstick in the shade Pink Shock. What struck me when I saw it was how similar in colour it is to the MAC Lipstick in Candy Yum Yum so I was looking forward to giving this a try. Pink Shock is a matte, bright magenta pink lipstick with slight blue undertones. I didn't realise it was matte until I applied it and was a bit disappointed to see that it clung to every single dry patch of skin on the lips so applying balm and exfoliating beforehand is an absolute must. Usually when I apply lipstick I swipe it onto the lips then rub it in with my finger just to tone it down a little but because this lipstick is so dry and matte that this isn't really possible.

I found that once it was on the lips it didn't feel too uncomfortable like I thought it was going to be which was surprising. Even more surprisingly is that it lasted quite a while on the lips before showing signs of wear - around 4 hours - and even then it left a soft pink tint to the lips so I didn't feel the need to re-apply it.
Overall I am really happy with this lipstick. It looks incredibly similar to MAC Candy Yum Yum and is an incredibly pigmented, striking colour. Yes it is drying and you will need to exfoliate and apply lip balm beforehand but it's totally worth it. 

Review: Bourjois Paris Little Round Pot Cream Blush in 02 Healthy Glow

Bourjois Paris Little Round Pot Cream Blush - £7.99
Towards the end of the summer (which is feeling like a lifetime ago) I bought a cream blush from Bourjois in Boots. I was looking for a light, corally peach which would look perfect in summer and in the Autumn months so I bought the shade Bourjois Paris Little Round Pot Cream Blush in 02, Healthy Glow.

Healthy Glow was just what I was looking for. It's a lovely peachy coral which has a really slight hint of a shimmer to it. Ideally it's the perfect summer cream blusher but it won't stop me from wearing it in Autumn/Winter too.

What Bourjois say about their Cream Blushers:
"For the first time in 150 years Bourjois reinvents its iconic Little Round Pot blush. It's cream-to-powder formula has a velvety texture that blends into your cheeks effortlessly for a second skin feel."

Bourjois' Cream Blushers are ridiculously creamy and pigmented, although at first I found the top layer of blusher to be a little hard and needed a bit of warming up to get it going. They're also really easy to build up so if you wanted a slight hint of the colour to the cheeks then one swipe with a brush/finger will be perfect whereas if you wanted to build it up you can do with ease.

I did buy this hoping to get a dewy, peachy cheek but it has a cream-to-powder formula which I didn't realise so it does apply matte like which is a bit different and it still looks great on the cheeks. I like to apply Healthy Glow with my Real Techniques Stippling Blush but sometimes I just use my fingers which gives just as a nice finish.

Now, the packaging! I do have to say that the packaging is very small and I have to admit and say I was expecting more product in the packaging as there doesn't look like there's much in there. Luckily a little goes a long way and I imagine it will last you a while. There is also a cute little mirror in the top lid of the packaging which is a great idea for on the go touch-ups but it is small so perhaps it will be more of a hindrance than a saviour!

Review: Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in Transparent

Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder - £3.99
A very quick review on an already much loved, hyped about product. Recently I've noticed that throughout the day my skin starts to get a bit oily and whilst blotting pads are great, I find that in the process they take off some of my foundation which is a little annoying.

To rectify this I went to Boots on the hunt for a matte powder to apply over the top of my foundation and ending up buying the Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder in the shade Transparent. There are 6 different shades to choose from so hopefully you'll be able to find a colour to suit you although there doesn't seem to be any darker shades to choose from which is a shame.

What Rimmel say about this product:
- Up to 5 hours natural shine control with natural minerals.
- Helps minimize the appearance of pores.

When my face is looking lovely and shiny I like to apply this using my ELF Powder Brush (review here) and swipe it over my problem areas. It takes zero effort and is a godsend! I found that I don't have to apply too much to get a matte finish but I did find that it wore off over a couple of hours so re-applying throughout the day is a given. I didn't find that it minimized pores but as I don't have too much of a problem in that area it wasn't something I really took much notice of. Overall it's a fantastic product and it truly deserves the hype.

Review: ELF Bronzer With Brush in Tan

ELF Bronzer With Brush - £2.50
Within my latest ELF haul I decided to buy a bronzer purely to use for contouring. I've never really 'get' bronzer. Purely because, why would I want to look bronzed? I'm deathly pale 3/4 of the time (the other 1/4 of the time I'm most probably sunburnt) and mostly every bronzer I've ever used has either made my skin look orange or muddy.

So, I decided to give it another try. This time I bought the ELF Bronzer in the shade Tan. Tan is a matte shade that looks very different in different lights. In the photos above it looks like a dark, tanned shade with a sheen, whereas in the photos below it looks almost a dark terracota - don't let this put you off! Transferred onto the skin it has a light terracota tone to it which can very easily be built up to look the shade swatched. This bronzer also has a very subtle sheen to it which helps to create a natural glow.

What ELF say about their bronzer:
- This silky powder creates a sun-kissed glow on any complexion for any season.
- Build your colour easily for the perfect amount of radiance desired.
- The long-lasting formula blends into the skin evenly for a streak free finish.

SO, does it? Kind of. It is a powder which is really easy to apply but it's a bit chalky and takes a bit of work to get it going. It is really easy to build up the colour, one swipe on a fluffy brush gives you a slight sunkissed glow which you can easily build up to the colour in the pan in a few swipes. Like I said before, I know most people apply their bronzer where the sun would hit but as I usually get this wrong and end up looking like a child who has been eating chocolate buttons and then smeared it all over my face, I just tend to use it on the cheeks and as a contour and it works great for that purpose. It really defines the cheekbones and when blended it can look really natural.

Another thing to talk about is the packaging. I really recommend that you don't drop this product or have it in your make-up bag as it will break very very easily. Even opening it for the first time I thought it was going to break as it feels very flimsy which you do expect from a product that costs £2.50. Then again as it is so cheap if you drop it and it breaks then it won't be too devastating. It does come with a little brush which looks cute in the packaging but I haven't used it so I can't say what it's like but I like to apply this product with a small face brush or a contour brush. Underneath the brush is a cute handy little mirror which is a nice idea but realistically it's far too small to use it when applying. 

Overall, for £2.50 it's a great product. It's cheap and cheerful, does the job well and is a nice buildable colour. It doesn't last too long so regular touch ups are needed and the packaging is a bit flimsy but it is a great product for the price.

Review: ELF Make-Up Brushes

In my last ELF shopping spree I bought a few make-up brushes that I decided would be better reviewed as a whole rather than individually. Overall I really do believe that ELF make-up brushes are good value for money despite the £1.50 price tag! Read on to see how they fared.
What ELF says about their Powder Brush:
Use on the face to apply, blend or contour powder products evenly and flawlessly.
- The soft rounded corners delivers a light blend of colour on the face.
- Perfect for applying both pressed or loose foundations, bronzers or blush powders.

I bought this to use for my matte face powder as I've been using a really rubbish one for a while where everytime I use it, I get the bristles falling out on my face and before you know it you've only got half a brush. This brush didn't have many great reviews but I decided to give it a little try anyway and was immediately disappointed to find that all of the bristles were pointing in about 18 different directions and some of the bristles had fallen out in the packaging.

It doesn't feel as soft as the other brushes but it does the job well and I suppose for the price you can't expect miracles but it works well although I'm not sure how much brush I'll have left after I wash it!
What ELF says about their Eyeshadow Brush:
- Specially sheered brush tip absorbs the perfect amount of eye shadow and provides long lasting colour saturation.
- The comfort curved brush contours the eye with natural gliding strokes for easy and accurate eye shadow application.

I bought this about a year ago now and it's still in the exact same condition now than when it was when I bought it. It's soft, the bristles don't feel scratchy on the eye or hurt and it washes up like a dream. For £1.50 it's a definite bargain and if you're after a regular eyeshadow to give a wash of colour over the eyelid then this one is definitely for you!
What ELF says about their Eye Crease Brush:
- This domed bristle brush picks up a lot of eye colour and sweeps it onto the eyelid to create bold definition.
- Blends and contours in the crease and corners of the eye.
- Great for smudging shadow into the lash line for a smoky effect.

Unlike the other brushes, this brush feels a little prickly on the skin and the bristles aren't the same size so it feels a bit scratchy which you have to be careful about when using on the eye area. Other than that this brush works really well in the crease and it's the perfect size for doing the job nicely.
What ELF says about their Blending Eye Brush:
- Expertly blends eyeshadows while softening dramatic edges and fine lines.
- Helps to set powder or liquid concealers.

This brush is lovely and soft and blends eyeshadows like a dream. It is a bit large so if you wanted to really concentrate on the crease you'd find it a bit difficult to get it precise but as an everyday all over blending brush this is perfect.
What ELF says about their Concealer Brush:
- Creates flawless and smooth application with the synthetic bristles brushes for wet and dry products.
- Conceals blemishes, red spots and darkness with precision treatment.
- Provides even and full coverage

Unlike the others this brush feels quite stiff and upon first use the bristles were really itchy when I used it on the skin. This brush also has a different feel to it in the way that it's not too soft like the others - it feels somewhat cheaper than the others and yet they're the exact same price. Despite this it works really well and as it's small it really gets into the little places you find hard to conceal when using your fingers/a regular brush.

Overall I can't fault the prices of these brushes and they work amazingly well for what they are. We can't expect the world but considering the price they're very, very good - I've tried worst brushes for more expense so technically these are a bit of a bargain. If you're looking for some cheapy make-up brushes that do the job nicely then these are for you.