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January’s Empties Part 1 – Skincare and Make-Up

C: hi guys! We have been taking a little break from blogging recently but I can’t get out of the habit of collecting my empties to share with you all. There’s a definite sense of achievement in using up so much of my stash! I did super well in Jan so I’m splitting it into two posts and will be sharing my body care items another day! 

Make-Up and Nail Stuff 

  

Seche Vite Top Coat- this is my holy grail nail polish top coat. It makes my mani last ages and gives it a lovely glossy finish, only problem with it is the last bit always goes gloopy and horrid. 

Repurchase? Yes. 

Essie Nail polish in silver glitter-Iv had this so long the name has rubbed off! I loved this as it gave good coverage for a glitter polish and lasted well. 

Repurchase? Yes if I can find the same shade again. I won’t be buying it again any time soon though as I have loads of silver polishes to use up. 

Benefit Porefessional Primer – another blogger favourite that I actually really liked. I went off it for a while but used this sample up whilst away with family and re fell in love with it. I had forgotten how great it is! I find other cheaper primers last the same over time but nothing compares to how well make up applies over this. 

Repurchase? Yes! 

Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream – I have dedicated a whole post to this as I really love it and it’s a CC cream that’s actually pale enough for me! This is perfect for those days where you aren’t wearing much make up but still want a flawless base. 

Repurchase? Definitely. 

ELF Eyebrow Kit – I loved this and used it every day for about a year! However since using it up and trying other products I realise it probably isn’t as amazing as I first thought. In comparison to others it is a little cakey and the applicator provided is awful! 

Repurchase? No. 

Soap & Glory Kick Ass Powder- another product I loved! This was perfect at setting foundation and keeping shine at bay! It also lasted way longer than most other powders Iv tried. 

Repurchase? Hella yeah! 

Skincare 

  

Garnier Micellar Water- won’t go on about this as everyone in the world knows about it. Amazing. 

Repurchase? Definitely 

Clinique Moisture Surge – I got my usual Clinique moisturiser for Christmas but I have been trying to use up the many samples I have hanging about and I’m so glad I did as I love this! It’s perfect for winter when your skin needs extra attention but would be too heavy for me in summer I think. 

Repurchase? Definitely next autumn. 

The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter- I am so proud of myself for using this up as it was never ending! Definite value for money there! This was great at removing make up but did eventually end up making my eyes pretty sore, I’m not sure why!

Repurchase? No. 

Green people Hydrating Firming Serum – didn’t like this, it was good at moisturising but made my skin feel sticky some how? I also like to think I don’t need my skin firming so just not the product for me! 

Repurchase? No. 

Herbal Essences Hydrating Shampoo and conditioner- not skincare but had to add them in somewhere! I got these for my baba hospital bag but I’m gross and didn’t use them so decided to finally use them up to make room in my very crowded bathroom. Iv used this brand before but this time they made my hair look greasy and gave me a super itchy scalp so obviously don’t agree with me any more! 

Repurchase? No. 

So there we have the first part of my empties! Let me know if you agree with my mini reviews! #twolittleowls 

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FOTD: Ladies who Brunch Feat. Kiko Cosmetics and Project Pan!

C: a quick FOTD for you all today! I went out for a late breakfast with Annie (and the boys, but we try to ignore them as best as we can) the other day and quite liked my make up so decided to share it with you! I was also wearing my S&G lipgloss from our Project Pan (you can see the post all about it here) so thought it would be a good way to update you on how said project is going!

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Please do excuse my eyebrows… I am prepping them for a nice wax ha! Other than the monstrous brows (which I used ELFS brow kit to tame as much as possible), I decided to keep my make up quite low key, especially with my base. I have delightfully hormonal skin at the moment so kept my base quite light with my GOSH BB Cream and my ELF translucent powder. Although I have several blemishes on my chin, I decided against a heavy duty concealer as Annie isn’t bothered by my horrid face and I would rather not clog up my skin any more than necessary! Special occasions for posh make up only! To warm up my skin a little I used Benefits Hoola bronzer and a little Mary Lou Manizer to highlight – being preggo means I no longer actually have cheekbones so this just contoured my face slightly so I looked like the normal me!

For my eyes I used Benefits Stay Don’t Stray primer, as it was hot weather and I knew I was going to be out all day and then lined under my eyes with a Rimmel black liner which I smudged out slightly with a brush. I then used my Kiko Eyeshadow stick in 04 Golden Chocolate all over my lid which I blended out with a fluffy eyeshadow brush. I then reapplied some more in the crease to darken it slightly and add some definition. I love these beauties for easy make up that looks like you have spent ages creating a smokey eye – I reviewed this separately here if you are interested.

I then used a black eyeshadow from W7 along my upper lashes to add some definition and finished with a couple of coats of Benefits They’re Real Eyeliner! All in all I spent about 10 minutes at the most doing my make up, but was really pleased with how it came out! Lastly I applied my S&G Sexy Motherpucker lipgloss that I am trying so hard to use up for our Project Pan, but it is lasting forever! I have used it so much and it still looks brand new… may have picked the wrong product here but congrats on such a value for money product S&G!

So anyway what do you think of my low maintenance, low-key look? It lasted all day and is simple enough for any make up beginner! #twolittleowls

FOTD: Nighttime Festival Looks

A & C: Following on from our daytime festival look (click here if you missed it!), we also did a nighttime festival look – which was actually just a bit of an excuse for us to add more glitter! So here are our finished faces!

Annie’s Look:

I used the same base as in my daytime look; a bb cream –  but I also finished my face with a clear powder to set it. I then used a Kiko eyeshadow stick (which I borrowed/stole from Chloe) in a gorgeous shimmery brown with flecks of gold glitter. I added the Topshop glitter from my daytime look under my lower lashes, and then added some to my lid too because you can never have enough glitter, and finished the look with a winged liquid liner and lashings of mascara for added drama. Some glitter also happened to end up on my cheek bones, think I got a bit carried away…. But after blending my bronzer I was quite pleased with the finished look! My favourite Elf lipstick with a layer of clear gloss for easy up keep creates a dramatic party face. My hair was curly anyway, so I added this plaited gold necklace which I secured with hair grips.

Chloe’s Look:

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I also used the same base as my daytime look – my Bourjois BB Cream and powder, because lets be honest… are you really going to bother taking your make up off in the evening of a festival to redo it? No probably not, I know I wouldn’t! I added more of a contour though, and added gold glitter from my topshop glitter pot (anyone else have these?! I am so sad they don’t do them anymore!) to my cheeks. I then created a bright purple and gold smokey eye with winged eyeliner… and more Topshop gold glitter! Obviously. Lashings of mascara (Benefit, they’re real is still my favourite!) and my purple Revlon lipstick later and my make up was ready to go! I completed my look with messy curls and this gold leaf head chain (which is actually a necklace but did an excellent job of keeping my hair tame!).

What are your go to festival make up looks? what did you think of ours? #twolittleowls

The Starting Over Tag

C: now I didn’t actually get tagged to do this, but saw this on Katies Blog (Plus+Beauty), and thought it was a great idea! Basically, you have to pick 16 products that you would first re-buy if you lost all of your make up collection – the perfect post for someone that is new to make up and wants to start a capsule collection of the essentials! I have tried to include a mixture of drugstore and higher end products, and haven’t included brushes etc just make up, so lets get started:

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1. Rimmel BB Cream in Matte – a bb cream is an essential in my make up bag now, for those days when a full face of make up isn’t necessary. For the drugstore price, this is perfect! It covers imperfections and doesn’t irritate my skin. Perfect for any bb cream/foundation newbie (it does need a setting powder though!) (Check out my previous review here)

2. Mac Matchmaster Foundation – my current favourite foundation that is one of the only ones I have ever repurchased. Although expensive compared to some, this lasts absolutely ages and I love using it.

3. Benefit boi-ing Concealer – another repurchase here for me. This is too thick for me all the time, but when I am having a break out I cannot cope without this. It literally covers anything and everything, and lasts all day.

4. Benefit Professional Primer – probably not an essential for other people who do not have problem pores, but it is for me on a night out/occasion. I don’t use this every day, but it really does help create a flawless base and make up lasts much longer. (For a full review click here)

5. ELF High Definition Powder – I wasn’t sure on this when I first bought it, as if you use too much you end up with a white moon face. But now I have got the hang of it I love it. Seriously. Love. It sets my foundations perfectly and keeps shine/make up slip at bay all day!

6. ELF Eyebrow Kit – now I will be honest, this is the only eyebrow product I have ever tried, but it works so well I have never felt inclined to try any others. Sister in law assures me it is comparable to Benefits Browzings at a fraction of the price, perfect.

7. Benefits Hoola Bronzer – another blogger favourite, that is perfect for pale skin. Easy to blend, not orange and gives a lovely contour. I have been using the sample size in the photo for about a year now, and still haven’t hit pan, so it is well worth the investment!

8. The Balms Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter – another cult beauty product that I also love! Gives a beauty glow that lasts all day – review here if you are interested!

9. Mac Blusher in Stay Pretty – it was hard to pick a blusher, but I love all the ones I have tried from Mac and I think this is my favourite colour. It is so girly and pink, but looks super natural if blended well.

10. Benefit Stay Don’t Stray Eyeshadow Primer – never thought I would be the type of person to have an eyeshadow primer on my essentials list! But seriously, this is some good stuff. It enhances the colour/pigmentation of your eyeshadow, reduces creasing and makes it last longer.

11. Rimmel Eyeliner – I don’t have a favourite eyeliner, but I always have a black one to hand, and normally buy them from Rimmel, Cheap and do the job.

12. Rimmel Glameyes Liquid Eyeliner – super black, easy to apply and I am not allergic like I am to most other liquid liners. This is a constant repurchase for me, and I am not sure what I would do if they discontinued it!

13. Urban Decay, Naked Basics Palettes – its UD and a neutral palette. Enough said when compiling an essentials list.

14. Benefit They’re Real Mascara – another product I have previously reviewed and love. Click here if you want to have a read!

15. Model Co Lipstick in Kitty – my favourite every day lipstick. It is super comfortable on the lips, lasts a long time and is perfect for any occasion. This lipstick sparked off my love of lipsticks!

16. MUA lipstick in Shade 01 – a capsule make up collection is not complete until you have a nice red lipstick in there. This costs £1 and is the biggest bargain ever for such a beautiful lip colour.

So there are my essentials! Any you agree/disagree with? Would love to hear! #twolittleowls

Blogmas 2014 Day 7 – Share a Holiday Make-up Look

Share a holiday make-up look

Christmas is the perfect time to use your favourite glittery make-up and shiny lipsticks, so here is Chloes Christmas make-up look for some party inspo…

C:

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I love doing my make up at Christmas time, it is the perfect time to go all out with glitter and lipstick! I went for a glittery smokey eye with winged liner, and a bright lip to celebrate the festive season! To create this I used:

Base:

Benefit Porefessional Primer,Mac MatchMaster Foundation, Elf HD powder

Contouring:

Benefit Hoola Bronzer, The Balms Mary Lou Manizer

Eyes:

Rimmel black and grey eyeshadow, Rimmel Liquid Eyeliner, The Body Shop pencil eyeliner, The Balms Mary Lou Manizer for highlighting, ELF’s Brow Kit

Lips:

Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in 110

Let us know what you think, or if you have any good ideas for some party looks! #twolittleowls

Blogmas 2014 – Day 3!

Favourite Christmas Movies!

A & C: Christmas movies are always a winner for us, and it’s so hard to pick favourites but here are our top choices.

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Fred Claus

A: I pretty much love all of Vince Vaughn’s films (Wedding Crashers is obvs my fave), but this one really is SO good.

C: Vince Vaughn.  Christmas film. What’s not to like?

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Elf

A: It’s actually illegal to not like this film isn’t it? Watching Elf whilst wrapping presents is a tradition in our house!

C: Elf is my absolute favourite Christmas film. It is hilarious, and essential viewing every year. I even bought an Elf Christmas t-shirt this year, so watch out for that bad boy!

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The Grinch

A: Okay this still scares me. And I’m 24. But it’s just SO Christmassy!

C: I was so scared of this when I first watched it, and I still am a bit… at least Annie and I are wimps together! I love Jim Carrey though, he is hilarious!

What are your favourite Christmas films? Click here to see our full Blogmas schedule! #twolittleowlsblog

P.S Writing this has made us way too excited to watch Christmas movies. We wanna go watch all the Christmas movies in the world right now! We also forgot the Home Alone films… which we do not think are exclusively for Christmas, but are awesome all the same.

F.O.T.E

A: for all of you followers, you will know that we went to a Ball on Saturday evening with our other halves (see the full post here – with extra funny photos). Today, we are going to give you a quick run down of the make up we chose for the evening.

We had totally planned to do loads of photos for this post, but we ended up having about half an hour for make up application/getting dressed/choosing accessories/having a glass of Prosecco/AND choosing lipstick. I know right. I’m suprised we were even able to leave the house, so unfortunately this is the best photo we got of our make up. Sorry!

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A: so I’m the ginger one on the left for those of you that didn’t already know. I went for a dramtic lip colour and subtle eyes. I started off with my MAC Prep & Prime BB Cream. This stuff has amazing lasting qualites so I knew it would look good for the whole evening and because it’s a BB cream, it doesnt make you look like you’ve got tonnes of make up on. I then moved onto eyes, using my Elizabth Arden pallette, and a dark green with a pale gold just on my eyeline. I tend not to wear too much eyeshadow, and I like the look this gives. I then added liquid eyeline with flicks and some gold dust shadow which I received in my December Birchbox. I applied this to the line of my eyeline and in the inner cornes of my eyes and just underneath. This is super glittery and looks really pretty with just a little shadow. Mascara used was the favourite – Benefit’s They’re Real. You can’t go wrong with this because it lasts so well and doesn’t smudge, but gives a really dramatic look.

After this, I used my Bare Minerals foundation in ‘fair’ (the palest one you can get!), to help hide those pesky blemishes – damn them! They cover up really well with this though, and I do find that it helps the healing process too, and the Bare Minerals concealer brush is perfect for cover ups. I finished with a light all over dusting of this of this, just to take off any shine. Next, was the contouring, blusher and highlighting. I used my Bare Minerals powder in ‘warmth’ for contouring and buffed with my ‘flawless face’ brush – also Bare Minerals. I then added my blusher, I chose the Elf in ‘rose’. After this I borrowed Chloe’s MAC highlighter – and was super impressed…may have to make an investment!! I then blended these together to give a more natural look.

Eyebrows slightly filled in with my pencil, and then to The Lipstick. Capital letters are necessary – lipstick is pretty important to me. I chose the Clarins Joli Rough in spicy cinnamon. I LOVE Clarins lip products – they are really moisturising and pigmented, so the colour lasts ages. I only had to re-apply 3 times all night, and we ate a three course meal! If you’re interested, the link to Clarins is here!

C: so I am the non-ginger one if you didn’t already know! I always wear more make up than Annie (I get excited) so apologies in advance for how long this post will be!

I started off by applying my benefit Porefessional as my primer as my pores are basically the size of moon craters and it creates an amazing base for foundation, and makes your make-up last all day/night. I then used my Mac Matchmaster foundation and Soap & Glory’s Kick Ass powder to set it. My Mac foundation is one of my favourite products in my make up kit because it gives such a natural but perfect finish.

I then filled in the eyebrows with the ELF eyebrow kit in dark before moving on to my eyes (I LOVE this product and always include it in my FOTD and make-up essentials posts). I like a dark smokey eye for a night out so after using Benefits Stay Don’t Stray concealer I used a Body Shop black eyeliner under my eye to make them look a little wider and then Barry M eyeshadows in black and silver, which is a perfect combination. I used the black eyeshadow on my outer eye lid and along the crease and the silver on the rest of the lid. I then finished off with a flick of Rimmel eyeliner (my fav is featured in my recent empties post) and Benefits They’re real mascara, which as Annie already said is our go-to-mascara.

I then moved on to my contouring – I’ve been super excited about contouring recently because it can change your look so dramatically. I think it’s best to contour last so you can see how it looks with the rest of your make up/you don’t end up clown-esque, very easily done. I used Benefits Hoola Bronzer, the BALMS Mary Lou Manizer highlighter and a bright pink blusher from Mac! Lastly I used my No7 lip crayon in a dark pink just to add a little colour to my lips. I went for a more dramatic look on my eyes rather than lips – this is my usual look and Annie always does the opposite!

What’s your favourite look for a night out? #twolittleowls

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