Conceal This

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I’m calling it – concealer is my best friend.  I honestly don’t know what I would do with out it!  With my dark circles and redness my face would be an absolute mess if I didn’t have it in my arsenal.  So this post is going to go through my favourite concealers and what I use them for.

First up is Napoleon Perdis The One Concealer – I would die without this concealer, or more like I would look dead without this concealer.  This is a salmon toned corrector that does most of the covering up of my extreme dark circles, I use a small amount of this on the most effected areas and blend it in with a beauty blender.  It’s quiet a thick paste so the beauty blender really thins it out and makes it look a bit less intense.  On top of this I use the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser – This is a beauty world favourite and boy oh boy do I agree, its extremely light so it doesn’t cake which is definitely what you want with your under eye area.  I use this over the Napoleon one which is works brilliantly to cover up the remaining dark circles and is light enough to add a bit of a highlighted look.  Another under eye concealer that I love is the Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in Medium Beige – This is a heavy duty concealer, its super thick and covers up anything you can imagine.  I mainly use this when I’m in a real hurry and need to quickly cover up my dark circles, I pop just a little bit in the darkest area and lightly blend it out.  This doesn’t cover up my dark circles completely but it does a pretty good job.  A lighter version of all of these under eye correctors is the Napoleon Perdis Mighty Concealer Pen in Pink Beige – This is a super lightweight corrector that has a pinky tone to it, I mainly use this for those no makeup makeup days, I apply a thin layer under my eyes blend it out and then follow up the Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser.  This combination doesn’t look cakey at all, it definitely looks natural but it does show a little bit of my dark circles showing through.

The last two are what I consider face concealers.  First up is the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Classic Beige – I know a lot of people in the beauty world use this under their eyes but it just ain’t strong enough for me.  This is a beautifully light concealer that adds that extra little bit of coverage to redness and spots that foundation may have missed.  I tend to use this around my nose, on my jawline where I also get redness and a little bit on my forehead.  As it’s quite think it doesn’t cake up however, it isn’t the most long lasting concealer in the world so I tend to keep this for short days or very casual days.  Finally I have the Elf Maximum Coverage Concealer in Nude – This is quite heavy duty so it covers a lot!  I mean I probably wouldn’t call this maximum coverage but it definitely does the job.  I use this in the same areas as the Rimmel one and it lasts brilliantly, I use this on long days and definitely nights out.  Again it isn’t cakey at all but I tend to blend this in with a beauty blender so I get that incredibly flawless look.

So there you have it my myriad of concealer that will cover anything you wish.  What concealers are your favourites?

Sarah xxx

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Napoleon Perdis The One Concealer here

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in Light here

Amazing Cosmetics Concealer in Medium Beige here

Kimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Classic Beige here

Elf Maximum Coverage Concealer in Nude here  

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Lip Envy

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I am obsessed with lip balm, I always have to have at least one on me at all times so this post it dedicated to some of the man  lip balms I own and use on a regular basis.

I’m going out hard to begin with, probably the most frivolous purchase I have ever made it’s the By Terry Baume de Rose – This lip balm is probably the best one I have ever purchased and I tell you what it would want to be for the price tag.  It is so creamy and luxurious on the lips and has a heavenly scent of rose, if my lips are in a dire situation this is the lip balm I head for. Next up is a new one but something that I can see myself getting a lot of use from it’s the Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss in Apricot –  I purchased this the other day thinking it would be incredibly useful to have in my handbag, something that is moisturising yet has a hint of colour.  It has a lovely subtle peachy pink shade and adds a beautiful gloss to the lips.  I also think this will be great for travelling, my lips always get super dry on planes so I’ll definitely have this in my carryon.  Another brilliant all rounder lip balm is the cult classic Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream – This is an absolute classic for a reason, it does everything!  I use this on my lips every night before I go to bed and know that it will protect them, it also works on my hands and cuticles when they are a bit dry and when my dry flaky patches on my cheeks to add some real moisture and protection.  Now that is a real all rounder isn’t it?  I have also had this one tube for a very long time so you’re really getting your moneys worth with this one!  This next one is a real favourite of mine it’s the Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid – I have had a few Lanolips products in the past including their 101 ointment and enjoyed them so much so I knew I would love the Lemonaid lip aid as well.  This is perfect as it is extremely moisturising as well as having little flecks in it which very gently exfoliates the lips which really comes in handy when they are particularly dry.  The smell of this is stunning, it’s so fresh and lemony, just another reason to love it.  Finally I have quite an unusual lip balm it’s the Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream – As the name suggests it is a lip cream so the texture is quite thin unlike most balms that are very thick but this cream really sinks into the lips and leave a protective barrier.  What I like to do most with this one is layer it under a thicker balm, that way you get double the moisture.  Again the scent is beautiful, much like all the Aesop products it has a great earthiness to it.

Seeing as I can’t live without lip balm I would love to hear what lip balms you love?

Sarah xxx

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By Terry Baume De Rose here 

Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss here

Elizabeth Eight Hour Cream here

Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid here

Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream here  

Heaven Scents

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I have a confession to make – I am a perfume addict!  I have so many perfumes yet I continue to buy more so I thought I would share with you some of my absolute favourite scents that I reach for on an everyday basis.

First up is a fragrance that has been in my collection for close to ten years it Flora By Gucci – I first purchased this when i was in Hong Kong and went a little cray cray when I saw the prices but I have repurchased this several time since, I have a feeling this will always be in my collection.  This is what I would call a floral yet sweet fragrance with notes of peony and mandarin that gives this a beautiful fresh scent.  I tend towards fresh scents which is why I love this one so much plus it is one that I can still smell on me at the end of the day and the compliments I get aren’t hated either.  Next up is another oldie but a goodie, this is the first grown up perfume I was ever given, its J’adore by Dior – I mean just look at the damn bottle, so elegant and sleek you know its holding a good scent in there!  Again this is quite floral with notes of jasmine and rose which gives the most sophisticated scent and just screams I’m so fancy!  I am almost out of this so I’ve been using it sparingly but whenever I wear it my mother always tells me ‘that’s your scent, I always think I you when I smell that’ which I think is really lovely.  I will definitely be picking this up in duty free when I go to Europe.  Next up is a brand that was quite new to me up until a year ago, the Diptyque Do Son – Surprise, surprise another floral scent, this one contains Tuberose, rose and orange notes giving yet again a fresh scent of floral and and sweet.  I love that this is supposed to represent the scent of seaside Vietnam and really want to go there now, if this is what it smells like then I am in!  I have a whole post dedicated to this beauty so head here if you would like to read it.  Finally I have my newest purchase to join the group, a very extravagant purchase but one I couldn’t go past, it’s the Tom Ford Black Orchid – Again look at this stunning bottle!  Stunning and sophisticated.  This is one of the deepest scents I own, the musky yet floral tones is very modern and glamorous which I just love.  This beauty also lasts on me all day, I can still smell this on me and my clothes at the end of the day which is a real bonus.

What are your favourite scents?  Have you tried any of these perfumes?

Sarah xxx

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Flora by Gucci here

J’adore by Dior here

Diptyque Do Son here

Tom Ford Black Orchid here  

Make Me Blush

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My life would be totally incomplete without blush, I rely on it completely to brighten up my face and make me look alive especially on those less than perfect days!  So today I thought I would share with you my favourite blushes in my collection.

First up is the newest but already one of the most loved in my collection, it’s the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat – Hourglass has killed it lately with their entire ambient lighting range, I have got one from each of their ranges and this blush is probably the most used out of them all!  It is such a natural looking peachy pink shade with a slight shimmer through it as well as the ambient lighting powder running through it with gives the perfect lit from within glow.  This is perfect for those days that I don’t feel so healthy and am in desperate need of that glow!  Next up is a great drugstore find the Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso – One of the beauty worlds favourites!  It again is a beautiful peachy pink shade with a stunning gold shimmer through it, I absolutely love this on a day to day basis to add some colour into make face and with that touch of shimmer I just love the healthy glow it gives off.  I am clearly all about the glow!  Now onto the matte blushes, I picked this one up out of necessity on holidays when I lost my other blush but It turned out to be a lucky surprise.  It’s The Body Shop All-in-One Cheek Colour in Guava – This is such a super simple pop of pink colour that looks great in the summer to give you a nice flush on the cheeks.  The shade is not super pigmented which is good in this case as you can’t really go overboard with it, no clown face over here!  Another matte love of mine is the Bobbi Brown Blush in Sand Pink – This is a great winter shade, it adds some depth to the face and although it doesn’t look subtle in the pan it definitely looks subtle on the skin.  I often use this when I’m wearing a berry toned lip to keep the same kind of tones in the look.  Finally lets get back to the shimmer, I have been loving the Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Seductive Pink – I purchased this beauty as I heard it was a dupe for the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes and I really think they are!  It’s beautifully creamy like the Hourglass one as well as the two shades running through the blush giving a nice sheen as well as a great depth to the skin.  Now these are not the cheapest drug store blushes in the world but If you don’t want to all out for the Hourglass blush I would definitely recommend these!

So there you go my favourites blushes in my collection!  What are your favourite blushes?  Do you have any of these?

Sarah xxx

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Defused Heat here

Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso here

The Body Shop All-in-One Cheek Colour in Guava here

Bobbi Brown Blush in Sand Pink here

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Seductive Pink here  

Fail Safe Lip Combo

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I would like to quickly apologise for the lack of posts last week, with a combination of the flu and the beginning of uni I was either in bed or in class.  But I will be back to normal from now on!

Who doesn’t love a good old fail safe lip combo?  Something that goes with a smokey eye, something that looks casual when you don’t want to look too done up, something that you can just slap on and know you’ve made the right choice.  For me this is definitely the combo that always saves my life.  First I start by lining my lips with the Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob – This is the perfect pinky nude shad that I just love, its kind of a my lips but better, the great thing about his lip liner is that it is completely opaque so it gives a great cover on the lips and also means I can overdraw them without it looking totally noticeable which for my upper lip is an absolute godsend.  On top of that I use the NYX Matte Lipstick in Audrey – Now if you have ever read my blog before this lipstick will not be new to you at all!  I absolutely adore this colour and formulation of this lipstick, its matte which is my favourite kind of lippy plus the colour is my perfect pinky nude shade.  I am getting a lot better with wearing proper nudes but this kind of pinky dusty nude I think definitely compliments my skin tone a lot more than a regular brown nude.  As I said previously this lip combo goes with absolutely any look, I challenge you to find a look it doesn’t go with!  As well as it looking fab with anything it also lasts the distance, with the combo of the lip liner and the matte formulation of the lipstick it really grabs to the lips with out moving.  Earlier in the year I wore this combo to a wedding in the wine region of the Hunter Valley, it was hot out there and I mean HOT so as you may have guessed I was drinking a lot and I tell you what, this did not budge!  It lasted all day with just a little touch up after dinner.  This was the final hint that this lip combo was the one for me, something that looks fantastic as well as having a very long wear time.  And I mean both of these products being of the drugstore variety is even more of a bonus!

Have you go a fail safe lip combo?  Have you tried either of these product?

Sarah xxx

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Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner in Eastend Snob here

NYX Matte Lipstick in Audrey here

July Favourites

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I honestly cannot believe that it is the end of July, it feels like only yesterday that I got home from India and went back to uni.  Now I’m in my last semester and have to grow up and get and adult job, gulp!!  Moving on, it’s time to share with you my monthly favourites!

First up is a favourite due to a little challenge i have set myself, a couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about a palette challenge. I set myself this challenge to use all of my palettes for three weeks straight in order to get more use out of them and find some awesome new looks.  So as you may have guessed I started out with a staple in my palette collection, the Urban Decay Naked Palette – I love this palette, you can literally do any look you with ever need with this beauty right here.  I’ve been loving using this for the month and I have been experimenting with different combinations and looks, you can check up on my progress on my Instagram follow me at @bellusbeautyblog.  I’ve been posting my makeup looks and what shades I have been wearing.  You can also read the original palette challenge blog post here.

Next up is a foundation that I will always love but I absolutely adore in winter, it’s the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in 4.5 – This is one of the first really expensive foundations I had ever purchased and was not disappointed one little bit! I did get it when I was in Hong Kong which made it a little bit cheaper thank god!  I’ve been getting a bit of use out of it this winter when I’ve been wearing a bold red lip, I like to have a nice glowy skin when I wear a red lip so it looks a bit more modern than the severely matte skin that I normally associate with a red lip.  Even though I have super oily skin this stays put all night long and doesn’t separate at all which is all the more reason to love it!  I’m so glad I have a back up of this for when it runs out, I don’t think I could go long without it!

So as you may have read in a previous post I purchased my first ever lipgloss a few weeks ago and boy am I happy!  The one that grabbed me is the Urban Decay Revolution High Colour Lipgloss in Failbait – This really does have high colour, as someone who is much more comfortable with the colour payoff of lipsticks I was pleasantly surprised that you could clearly see the colour on my lips.  This shade is a very natural dusty pink which I have been known to love ahem, NYX Audrey, and it’s just a great alternative to a matte lip look plus it is super easy to apply on the go.  If you would like to read my full blog post on this beauty you can find it here.

  

The next two favourite are not beauty related but I know I couldn’t do a favourites post without including them.  The first one is my brand spanking new camera, its the Olympus Pen E-PL7 – This camera is the new love of my life!  I don’t know what I was thinking just taking photos with just an iPhone when I could have something as fantastic as this.  So hopefully you have noticed that my photography game has stepped up a notch as I have been trying to get a little bit more creative as well as the quality been a thousand times better!  Now I didn’t just get this camera from my blog, I thought it would be a brilliant yet portable sized camera to take with me to Europe in January.

  

Now the other non beauty favourite is Tanya Burr’s Cookies – I swear since I discovered this amazing recipe I haven’t stopped baking them for friends and family, I even baked them yesterday for my mothers work do.  These cookies are so rich and indulgent and mighty full of chocolate that I just can’t get enough of them.  The reason they are so indulgent may be due to the fact that they have one whole block of chocolate in them!  I have been using Cadbury’s Salted Caramel or Crunchie block, they are both delicious and when they are baked they go al soft and gooey! Yum!  You can find the recipe here.

So there you have it, another months and another favourites!  I don’t want to wish the year away however, it do really want this last semester to be over as well as get my travelling on to Europe!  What have been your July Favourites??

Sarah xxx

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Urban Decay Naked Palette here

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation here

  Urban Decay Revolution High Colour Lipgloss in Failbait here

Olympus Pen E-PL7 Camera here

Tanya Burr Cookie Recipe here  

Pinky Peach Perfection

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My love for pinky peach anything knows no bounds, I cannot even begin to tell you how many lipsticks I have in this shade it’s almost embarrassing yet when I’m at the shops I still go straight for them.  I thought I would share with you my favourite pink peach lipsticks, eyeshadows and blushes – if I wanted to do a complete pinky peach look these are the products I would use.

First up is a new Item to my collection the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat – I adore this blush so much, it adds a natural flush to the cheeks as well as adding a youthful glow from the subtle shimmer in it.  I had a few choices when picking the shade of this product but I just knew I would not be disappointed with this peachy shade!  Another blush that I love for this kind of look is Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso – This is a definite favourite in the beauty world and I do not disagree one little iota!  Again it looks natural and the gold shimmer gives a beautiful lit from within glow to your face.

For the eyes I can’t go past the Sleek I Divine Palette in Oh So Special – This has a beautiful mixture of shades and some the are absolutely perfect for a pinky peach look.  When I use this I love taking the darkest matte peach shade in the crease and the pinky peach glitter shade all over the lid.  For me I really benefit from these shades, they make my eyes look a lot brighter and a lot greener, another reason to love the pinky peach vibe!

Now for lip colour, as I said I have a bazillion pinky peach options but I somehow managed to keep it down to two for this post. First up is Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 16 – I love this lipstick for an everyday option, it just goes with everything!  This lipstick was even used on all of us bridesmaids in my brothers wedding!  Plus it looks bloody awesome with a complete pinky peach look especially paired with the Hourglass blush  My second pick for lips is the Revlon Colorburst Lip butter in Sweet Tart – I love the formula of these lip products, they have a lot of pigment plus they are super moisturising and comfortable on the lips.  This shade is slightly more pink than the Kate Moss counterpart however, it definitely still has that beautiful peach vibe to it which looks perfect with this look.

So there are my go to products for the perfect pinky peach look!   How do you feel about the pinky peach shade?

Sarah xxx

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Diffused Heat here

Milani Baked Powder Blush Luminoso here

Sleek I Divine in Oh So Special here

Lasting Finish by Kate Moss 16 here