Nude Lip Favourites

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Everyone needs a nude lip option in the makeup stash and up until recently I didn’t really have many.  But as usual once I get a taste of one I want them all!  Originally my ideal nude lip was quite a pink one, I never really thought I suited a vert nude lip so I really tended towards the pinky kind.  However, since discovering a few true nudes I can now say I am a nudeaholic!  How scandalous!

My first favourite has to be the one that started it all; the Maybelline Color Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in Nude Perfection – this is a very true nude and I was quite scared at first but after the whole Kylie Jenner 90’s revival I know I needed to give it a go.  I think what I like about this one is it a little darker than the average nude so It doesn’t wash me out plus these lip pencils are divine!  They are so creamy and non drying that they are comfortable on the lips all day.  The next true nude I have literally just purchased in the last couple of week but boy oh boy do I love it!  It’s the Clinique Pop in Nude Pop – This is quite a sheer nude colour which is bloody brilliant for everyday wear, I think it looks best with a lip liner underneath to make it last longer as well as add an extra oomph to it.  Another nudie rudie is the Essence Long-lasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty – This is the perfect slap on and go nude, its got a great amount of pigment that you can easily see it on your lips plus it’s a lovely formula that nice and creamy.  I’m not quite sure of their long lasting claims but it’s easy enough to reapply without a mirror.

Now it’s time to talk about the pinky nudes that I still use on a daily basis.  Let’s start on one that has continuously reappeared on my blog it’s the NYX Matte Lipstick in Audrey – I adore this and I tell you what I think it has been blog at least once a month since I started.  It just goes with absolutely any look imaginable and I know that when this does eventually run out it will be an immediate repurchase.  Finally, the last pinky nude I adore is the Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipstick in Melted Peony- This is actually quite similar to the NYX lipstick however, it does last a tad longer, and is possible a little bit paler.  Again this goes with any look and is super duper easy to apply with the sponge applicator.

So there you go, my favourite nude lipstick.  I hope there are a few options for everyone and for those who like me don’t suit every nude out there.

What are your favourite nude lipsticks?

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Maybelline Color Drama Lip Pencil here

Clinique Pop in Nude Pop here

Essence Long-Lasting Lipstick in Natural Beauty here

NYX Matte Lipstick in Audrey here

Too Face Melted Lipstick in Melted Peony here  

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Bronze Goddess

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Even though here in Australia we are still in the cold depths of winter a girl can dream of the beautiful summer times that lay ahead, so in my haste to get to summer I though I would share with you my favourite products to get the beautiful bronze goddess look.

The first product which I believe is key to the bronzey look is beautiful glowy skin.  Now as I am an oily skinned lass it is not possible for me to use the sheer luminous glowy foundations that most people like to use during the summer, if did that my makeup would be running down my face by 10am.  What I like to do to add some glow is add an illuminator either as a base or mixed in with my mattifying foundation.  I love the Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bare LIght – Even when used underneath foundation this gives a beautiful lit from within glow that just screams its summer and I’m a bronze goddess!  As well as a lit from within glow I also like to have a bit of somethin somethin on top to give me the perfect bronze glow, option 1 here is liquid bronzer the one that I love is the Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel in Desert Sun – Now I don’t use this all over my face but I do like to use it where I would normally use a powder bronzer in the places the sun would naturally hit.  This looks kind of scary when you squeeze it out of tube, its dark with gold shimmer through it.  But once you blend it into the skin it looks beautiful and natural leaving a bronzy glow and not a muddy brown look.  Now if you’re going for the all out, I’m bronzed and I know it look, then you can always add a little bit of the Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Luminous Light – Ever since I purchased this last month I have been using it non stop, even though it’s winter I want to glow so bad!  Now as I said you can use this over the top of the Bobbi Brown bronzer but that could be a little bit over the top, but this bronzer on its own is absolutely stunning.  I’m normally one to go for a matter bronzer however, when this beauty came along I new I had to try it, it just adds that extra depth to you skin whilst giving you a healthy glow or the ‘I’ve just come back from holiday look which can’t be beaten.

For me a bronze goddess look can not be complete without a gold/bronzey smokey eye.  For this I love using the Urban Decay Naked Palette – This cannot be beaten for all the bronzey gold shades looks ever.  I have been using this a lot lately due to my palette challenge so I have been giving my bronze looks a really workout.  I love using the gold shade half baked all over the lid with the matte brown, buck, in the crease and the dark brown, smog, to add even more depth to the crease.  I also love to use Makeup Geek’s Foiled Eyeshadow in Grandstand – I don’t know how they do it but this is the creamiest most pigmented bronze shade I have ever worked with, I just wear this alone on the lid sometimes and it looks like I have worked really hard perfecting a bronze smokey eye, this shade plus a the perfect crease shade, some brown eyeliner and lashings of mascara and your eye look is done!  Another honourable mention is Mac’s Tempting – Another shimmery bronze colour that looks great all over the lid.

What I love most about the combination of these products is the beautiful healthy look that it gives you.  You can feel like rubbish and look like you are glowing from within!  Who wouldn’t love that?

What are your got to products to look and feel like a bronze goddess?

Sarah xxx

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Revlon Photoready Skinlights in Bare here

Bobbi Brown All Over Bronzing Gel in Desert Sun here

Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Luminous Light here

Urban Decay Naked Palette here

Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow in Grandstand here

Mac Eyeshadow in Tempting 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

My Ambient Lighting Family

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Its finally happened, I’ve got the set and I now have my full ambient lighting family!  It’s taken my quite a long time but I am absolutely loving the ambient lighting collection.  It all started when the Ambient Lighting Powder came into existence, I jumped on in straight away and got the shade Diffused Light – now this shades looks super white however, it does not cast a whiteness on my face at all.  Now this makes my skin look like its airbrushed, it diffuses any fine lines and kind of diffuses my pores which is bloody awesome!  Now the next two I added to my collection at the same time, I had been eyeingg off the blushes for quite some time but for some reason I just couldn’t justify the money (this coming from a girl who spent $80 on a lip balm) but when I tested the bronzer I knew I had to have the set.  First let’s talk about the blush, this is in the shade Diffused Heat – the light colour powder is the perfect match to Diffused Light so it blends in completely onto the face, the colour is the perfect pinky peach shade which looks stunning on the cheeks at gives me that fresh rosy cheek look.  But I tell you what, my absolute favourite out of them all is the new bronzer!  I purchased the shade Luminous Bronze Light – these babies are pigmented and I mean PIGMENTED!  When I am fake tan free I only need to slightest swipe of this to make a real impact however, when I have got fake tan on I really like to go to town with this to achieve a real bronze goddess look.  I just love how this bronzer makes you look alive without being muddy or orangey and it gives you a glow without looking like a disco ball.  I love this in winter so now imagine how much I am going to love it in summer!  With a combination of the blush and bronzer there is literally now need for any highlighting!

So there is a little insight into my Hourglass Ambient Lighting family, have you tried any or all of these products?

Sarah xxx

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Ambient Lighting Powder Diffused Light here

Ambient Lighting Blush Diffused Heat here

Ambient Lighting Luminous Bronzer Light here 

Winter Nails

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I am obsessed with winter nails shades, this deep berry shades and red wine shades – oh my! Seeing as winter is still going strong I thought I would share my favourite winter nail polishes.

First up is an oldie but a goodie OPI Lincoln Park After Dark – for a long time this is all I would wear on my nails even in the summer! It’s such a deep, deep purple shade that almost looks black. It’s such a winter staple that looks incredibly chic its an absolute winner!  For a deep red wine colour I love the Nails Inc Gel Effect in Kensignton High St – this is a stunning deep burgundy red wine shade which looks lovely on the nails and I mean anything close to red wine, I’m in! The gel effect is great as well, it’s last a super long time on you nails which is always a bonus!  Sticking with nails inc I have been obsessed with the Victoria Beckham for Nails Inc in Judo Red – when these came to Australia I couldn’t get to Sephora quick enough to snatch them up! And of course I had to get both shades because I am me and can’t help myself. I think any shade of red even the orangy shades are perfect for winter. A red nail much like a red lip is a girls best friend! Much like the gel effect these last a bloody long time!  Another red shade I love for winter is OPI Malaga Wine – my lovely cousin bought this one for me and I can’t thank her enough! This is just the absolute perfect red wine shade for my skin tone, if I’m really pale it looks edgy and vampy and if I’m tanned it just looks like a beautiful deep red. At the moment if I haven’t got the on my fingernails I definitely have it on my toenails! It just looks so classic and chic on my toenails that I haven’t bothered straying from it.  Next up is Chanel Paradoxal – I mean you can’t go wrong with Chanel, am I right? This is one of those kind of two toned shades that’s purple with a tiny bit of green. I love layering this on top of a really dark shade as well to get a real depth to it.  Finally its a quite new one to me the Burberry Metallic Khaki- this is a beautiful khaki glitter shade that I just couldn’t go past when I saw it in Singapore, this cost a bloody arm and leg but you know what I had to have it! This khaki shade seems to be very in right now so I’ve been getting a lot of use out of it. Now it doesn’t last as long as the Nails inc ones but that is to be expected from a glitter polish but I love it anyway!

So there you go my top winter nail shades! What are you go to winter ail polishes?

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OPI Lincoln Park After Dark here 

OPI Malaga Wine here

Nails Inc Gell Effect Polish Kensington High Street here 

Burberry Metallic Khaki here