2013 favourites

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So, it is very nearly 2014, am I the only one who thinks that sounds scary? Where on earth has this year went to anyway? Time seems to be flying, but I suppose they say it does fly when you’re having fun! In this post I will be writing about my favourite products and trends of 2013. I could do this post for a lot of things but I thought beauty and fashion would be the most interesting ones to read! Stay tuned to find out my favourites from this year guys!

ImageSleek eyebrow palette in ‘light’

I have tried a number of different eyebrow palettes such as the famous HD Brows, Benefit Browzings and then the Sleek eyebrow palette. I purchased the HD Brows palette in the shade ‘foxy’ and it crumbled into tiny pieces after a few weeks. I thought it was a very pigmented palette and you could not make many mistakes or you’d end up with dark, scary brows! I have repurchased the Sleek palette a number of times and I honestly can’t fault it. I have tried the medium and the light shade. I currently have the light shade and it looks very natural and gives a high definition effect at the same time. The price is a lot more reasonable compared to the HD Brows palette as well. It comes with a pair of tweezers, an angled brush and a flat brush, a wax and a powder. Over all I think the statement eyebrow look is very much IN this year! Everyone has the bold, perfectly defined eyebrows going on, and I think we have never looked better ladies! 

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Thierry Mugler ‘Womanity’

I have tried a lot of different perfumes over the years and I have found it difficult to find one that lingers on me all day, they all usually wear off too quickly, but this one is different. The smell is beautiful and it lasts on your skin and clothes all day and longer! I did a review about this perfume early in the year which you can check out here. This has been my signature scent for 2013 and i very much intend to carry it on into 2014!

 

 The ‘midi’ dress

I for one have been loving the midi dress trend this year! I have to admit when I seen Michelle Keegan in this photograph it made me want to get one. This one she is wearing is from Topshop but it is out of season now! I think they are stylish, feminine, classy and modern! They hug your body beautifully and only show minimum skin. This is the perfect style of dress for a night out where you want to look classy but stylish at the same time. These styles of dresses can be bought everywhere now a days! 

Mollie King at event of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

The middle parting

This year the middle parting has hit back with a vengeance. So many celebrities are rocking it which has encouraged a lot more ladies to make the change! I used to think I looked ridiculous with a middle parting, but once you master how to make it sit and get the right position for your face it can make you look a lot more grown up than a side fringe for example! I adore this style and it is also great for me as my side fringe has grown out so much and I don’t want to get it cut again! Middle partings rock!

MAC Up the Amp Lipstick

Purple toned lipsticks

I have seen this colour SO much this year and I am a big fan of it. At first it scared me a little, but once I tried it, I was in love! There are a lot of different tones of purple lipsticks, some are very dark and vampy, some are more violet toned and some are a mix of both. I think that it is a total fashion statement, when you put it on it can make a whole outfit look ten times better. I will definitely be rocking this colour more through the winter!

That is my list of my main favourites of 2013! I hope you have all enjoyed reading this post! Feel free to do a post like this 🙂 lots of lovin, Lyndsy x

Image credits go to;

http://www.missnattysbeautydiary.com/2013/07/mac-up-the-amp-lipstick-review-photos-swatches.html

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3080074/

http://www.shelikes.com/renee-tribal-print-midi-dress-michelle-keegan.html

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Beauty product reviews

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I recently purchased these beauty products myself and my reviews are 100% genuine 🙂

The first product i’d like to talk about is the Waterproof “Volume Flash Scandaleyes” mascara by Rimmel London in 001 black. I never usually go for waterproof mascaras but I was going on holidays and thought it would be more suitable for the beach etc. I’d used this product before in the non-waterproof formula and I absolutely loved it, in fact I used the whole bottle until there was literally not a drop left. It made my lashes full, long and thick; they looked almost like false lashes if you build it up to that level. I was really let down by the waterproof formula, it was completely different in texture; it was thin, light and it felt like it wasn’t opening my eyes the way I wanted it to. To be completely honest the most it did for my eye lashes was make them look black. Over all I would say go for the non-waterproof mascara in this, it is amazing and I will be purchasing it again without fail.

I have big love for pink lipsticks; I think it’s because my lips are quite small and I feel like reds and bright colours can make them look even smaller.I purchased a Max Factor lippy in the colour 610 Angel Pink. In the packaging it looks like a really baby pink colour that you would presume would make the lips look naturally coloured. The colour of the lipstick inside is different as it has a shimmer to it, this makes the colour a lot lighter and not as matte, which is a shame because I think that this baby pink colour would be lovely without the shimmer. To me, I feel like it isn’t noticeable enough for the price I paid, which I believe was around £10. It is nice after I put some pink lipgloss over the top, but you would definitely need this if you want to see any real colour to your lips. Overall, I would say avoid this and get a more matte lipstick, or a lip gloss which could give you a similar effect on it’s own.

The next product I recently got was free in “Glamour” magazine and it was a “Model Co” eyeliner. Model Co are a beauty brand from Sydney Australia. I didn’t expect much as it was a freebie, but I needed a new eyeliner and thought I may as well give it a go. I was really surprised by the product itself, it never broke when I used it and it comes with a great sharpener which is always handy. The colour was black 01 and it came out on the eyes fairly dark, it wasn’t dramatically black, but it was good for every day use. I have to say I prefer the “MUA” eyeliner which is cheap and cheerful, but a lot more dramatic looking than this “Model Co” one. Over all I would say it’s quite good and I’ll use it for days when I don’t want to create a statement look.

I also want to review the eyebrow palette that is well known and used these days called ‘HD Brows’ in the shade ‘Foxy.’ This shade is most suitable for brown hair to dark blondes, but I would say it is almost still too dark for dark blondes… I was so excited to try this product out once and for all, it was an investment piece as I usually use the ‘Sleek’ eyebrow palette, but it was sold out in my local drugstore. The packaging was cute and impressive looking, just what every girl likes! It comes with 4 different shadess; one is light (creamy), one is dark (almost black) one is a chestnut brown shade and the last one is a strong, rich brown shade. Having not tried this product before, I went for the darkest colour, not expecting too much definition, well I was wrong. I came out with brows that looked ridiculous against my pale skin and blonde hair. They looked black, not brown at ALL. I knew then that I wouldn’t be using that shade at all, unless I turned gothic. The next shade I tried was the second darkest one, which was a rich, deep brown shade, I was sure to go extra lightly, just in case it was too much; yet again, it was still too dark for me. I was a little annoyed because I knew at this point that I’d paid a pricey amount for this product and 2 of the colours were out of the question already. I tried the light brown next and mixed the cream colour with it, thankfully it turned out in a shade I found exceptable! So to sum this up, I can only use two out of the four shades in the HD palette, and maybe I will go for the lighter pallette next time and hope for the best! Personally, I prefer the ‘Sleek’ palette because you get one shade and you know you are going to get the use out of it! However this product does do what it says on the tin, gives you definitive looking brows that can be prepared in seconds and last all day.

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Images – products reviewed, different shades from the HD ‘Foxy’ palette.