Beauty Trends Spring/Summer 2016

Hi There,

With Christmas behind us it’s time to look forward to Spring/Summer beauty trends and there were plenty of fun looks on the S/S16 catwalks. Here are the most coveted looks and the products I use to achieve them…..

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Blue/Turquoise Statement eyes were all over the catwalks for spring/summer. Wear as a bold block of colour on the lid or simply line your peepers with a subtle smudge of Navy Kohl instead of Black. My favourite products are as Follows:

Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerise in Cleopatra – £22.00

This is a fantastic Deep Green/Turquoise cream Eyeshadow. This little pot will last you a long while as just the tiniest amount goes a long way!

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Bellápierre Eyeshadow in Starry Night – £9.74

Available from Amazon this shimmery dark Blue powder is perfect for taking that party look to the next level. As this is a mineral powder it is highly pigmented you only need the tiniest amount.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in LSD £15.50

This Eye pencil is fantastic for giving a sparkle to your look. This is a navy pencil with a bold Blue glitter running through it. It’s subtle but gives your eyes that perfect party pop.

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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Sabbath £15.50

Perfect for when subtlety is key. A deep navy eyeliner with a matte finish. This is a great eyeliner for smudging out into a smoky eye.

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Black Graphics

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Spring/Summer sees the return of grunge inspired eye looks. Bold graphic eyeliner was extremely popular or for a subtle look simply tightline your waterline. Smudging your liner is a must this season too. Any black eyeliner is great for this look

 

Bat those lashes

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60’s style lashes are in this season. Think less feather-like and more spidery when it comes to your lashes. For those of you wishing to stand out from the crowd go super clumpy and be a real show stopper! Get the look with these mascaras:

Maybelline Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying mascara – £ 7.99

I love this mascara, it’s a real drugstore steal. It builds thickness and lengthens your lashes. Add several layers to get that thick spidery lash effect.

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MAC False Lashes Extreme Black – £19.00

This Mascara is my everything right now! It builds volume and lengthens your lashes and just makes them 100% perfect So much so that people have asked if I’m wearing falsies when all I had on was this. I highly recommend this mascara to everyone.

 

Rimmel Scandaleyes Xtreme Black Mascara – £6.99

Again this is a great drugstore mascara and gives your lashes a great curl. Great for giving your lashes a dramatic day-time look.

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Going for Gold

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Metallics are not just for the festive season and were well and truly rocked on the s/s catwalk. From bold Golden lips to subtle washes of metallic colour on the eyelids, make it as daring or as demure as you like! These are the products that are set to make you sparkle…..

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyeshadow stick by Kate in shade 100 Rose Gold £4.49

This is great for adding a touch of glamour on the run. As it’s a stick it’s easy to apply and can simply be smudged out with your fingers for a day-time look or layer for the Wow factor.

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Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow in 05 Eternal Gold – £4.99

This cream Eyeshadow is super intensely pigmented and will give a really high dose of colour to your lids. Great for a nighttime look.

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 L’Oreal Paris colour Riche Mono Eyeshadow – £5.49

This is a really great versatile colour. It can be used for a subtle day look or layered to create a glitzy golden eye. Fantastic value for money.

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Perfect Pout

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The classic red lip is everything this spring/summer especially in a matte finish. For a day-time look simply pat on the lips with your finger to give yourself a subtle hue. These are my favourite Matte Red’s perfect for spring…….

Maybelline 14hr Superstay Lipstick in 540 Ravishing Rouge – £6.99

This is a really nice matte red lipstick. It wont break the bank and gives a nice subtle wash of colour.

Maybelline 14hr lipstick

 NYX Soft Matte lip cream in Amsterdam – £5.50

This is a beautiful Corally Red. It does take a little while for it to mattify on the lips but when it does, it pretty much stays putt. Really highly pigmented and a beautiful bright red which can take you from the office to cocktails.

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NYX Matte Lipstick in Eden – £5.50

This is a lovely Blue based Red. It feels really nice on the lips and isn’t drying. It’s also cheap as chips so what more could you want?

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MAC Lady Danger – £15.00

A stunning Orange based red this is a show stopper. Beautifuuly bright and unapologetic it’s definitely for someone who likes to be noticed.

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Beautiful Blackberry

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Forget peachy pink girly tones this spring and think dark, daring and edgy. The Berry lip trend is still going strong this season with Burberry going for ‘the darker the better’ approach, while Anna Sui went for a beautifully feminine red berry shade.

Sleek Makeup Eau La La – Shade Venom £4.99

I adore this lip pencil. It can be used on it’s own as an all over lip colour but I tend to use this every time I apply a berry lip. It’s so versatile and the formula is wonderfully creamy. Highly recommended.

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NYX Soft Matte lip cream in Transylvania £5.50

I love a nice dark berry lip and this is one of my favs. I am a huge fan of anything horror/gothic so the name of this product is just perfect. A nice dark plum colour.

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NARS Velvet Matte Crayon in Damned £18.00

This is a nice subtle berry shade. It’s more pink than purple which makes it a fantastic daytime berry shade.

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Urban Decay Matte Lipstick in Blackmail £15.00

I adore this lipstick. It’s the deepest shade of Berry that I own and I love it. I tend to wear it on special occasions where I’m attending a gothic event or want to unleash my inner goth chick. A stunning colour!

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Inner Glow

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The phrase being banded around this season is ‘Gym Skin’. So forget those thick full coverage foundations and allow your natural glowing skin to shine through with a BB or CC cream.

It is all about illumination and making the best of your skins natural features. Freckles are also huge this season. Don’t have freckles? Simply add some using a brow/eyeliner pencil but don’t get too carried away they need to look natural.

Clarins Instant Light radiance boosting complexion base in 01 rose £26.50

I have wrote about this before, this product looks like your skin is lit from within. It gives your skin a beautiful rosy pink highlight and smells absolutely delicious.

Max Factor CC Instant Complexion Enhancer in 50 Natural £9.99

I wore this a lot last summer. A light to medium coverage this is definitely a your skin but better product. I wore this over my Clinique Super City block for high SPF coverage with a subtle amount of colour. I love it.

MAC BB CREAM

MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30 £25.00

I really liked this last year so I’m bringing it back again. It counteracted my redness really well without looking cakey. It is quite a greasy formula so I would recommend setting it with a powder. But a great product to carry in your hand bag.

So they are all the trends to get you through Spring/Summer 2016! Which trends will you be rocking? What are your favourites? Let me know!

 

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl xxxx

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June Favourites

Hi There,

I know we are nearly Mid-July but I really wanted to let you guys know what I was loving throughout June so here are my June favourites:

Beauty Favourites:

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Rimmel Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation with Comfort serum

 This for me is by far the best drugstore foundation available. It offers full coverage, doesn’t feel heavy on the skin & has great staying power.

This may be a little controversial but I prefer this foundation to Estée Lauders Doublewear. It doesn’t separate throughout the day and covers all my imperfections.

I even wore it during June’s heat wave & it didn’t melt away. The best thing for me is that it is available in Bodycare for only £4.99! Fantastic foundation for fantastic value!

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Elemis Wild Lavender Hand Lotion – 195ml

 This is part of the Sp@home range by Elemis. The line offers spa quality products that you can indulge yourself with in the comfort of your own home. I received this as part of a hand care duo (with the matching hand wash) as a Christmas present. As anyone who is regular at my blog will know, I am a little obsessed with hand cream (and Elemis).

I keep this on my desk in my office to use throughout the work day as I find the scent really relaxing and it’s a nice daily indulgence. This hand lotion is available at Debenhams.com or your nearest Elemis stockist priced £18.00.

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MAC Burgundy times nine Eyeshadow Palette

 In June MAC released their Eyes on MAC collection. This collection comprised of four miniature Eyeshadow palettes, each containing 9 small MAC eye shadows.

The colours are not limited edition, they are just popular MAC eye shadows but in a sample size. I personally found this great for trying out colours before committing to the full size pans. I bought the Burgundy palette, as I have green eyes and the shades really compliment my eye colour. The palette was made up of a mixture of Mattes and shimmers. My favourite colour was ‘Antique’ (I have since purchased the full sized pan). I love this palette so much that I also bought the Purple times nine set too. These palettes are also available in Navy times nine and Amber times nine from www.maccosmetics.co.uk priced at £30.00 each.

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Beauty Formulas Instant Cooling Mist 150ml

 As I have mentioned June was an extremely warm month in the UK. As our homes very rarely come with air conditioning it was stifling! As a natural red head I do not cope well with the heat, but this spray really helped me. I used it mostly at night when the bedroom was overly humid. This spray is basically water in an aerosol can, but as it sprays it is cooled so it delivers a nice cold mist. It’s great for spraying on restless legs and on the face. For an extra cold blast I kept mine in the fridge. This spray is available from Poundland for £1.00 per can (Bargain!).

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Issey Miyake Summer Eau de Toilette 100ml

I first came across this perfume about ten years ago and I have loved it ever since! As the name suggests this fragrance is released every spring/summer time and each year it has a different bottle design. The bottle is always the famous Issey Miyake cone design but the decoration varies. This is a very light, fresh scent and is perfect for anyone who loves, fruity floral fragrances (say that ten times while drunk). The notes are as follows:

Top Notes: Pink Grapefruit & Lyche

Heart Notes: Passionfruit & Guava

Base Notes: Vanilla infusion & exotic wood

This perfume is only available in the 100ml size and is available from Boots.com priced £39.50 for 100ml.

Now onto my Non-Beauty Favourites…

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Music – Throughout June I really got into country music which I have never really listened to before. Thanks to spotify I have made myself a great country playlist but I found myself repeatedly listening to one album and that was “The First Time” by Kelsea Ballerini. Kelsea is a relatively new artist, who has toured with Taylor Swift, and you can definitely see the Taylor influence in her Music. Songs to check out are “Love me like you mean it’ and ‘Yeah Boy’.

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TV – RuPauls Drag Race

I adore this show. This is the second time that I’ve binge–watched all the seasons (there are 7 seasons). Think Americas Next Top Model but with drag queens – it’s fabulous!

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Movie – This was a hard one as there were a few great Horror releases this month but I have to go for Jurassic World. Fast paced action, combined with great special effects made this a great movie. I challenge you to watch this film and not want a pet Raptor by the end of it!

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Item – This has to be my new Stainless steel Starbucks cold cup. I first saw these in America but I totally forgot to pick one up so when I saw them in the UK I had to have one! It is a large double walled cup with a stainless steel straw that keeps drinks ultra cold for hours, which was a must in the hot weather. Available from your nearest Starbucks or at www.starbucks.co.uk priced £14.95.

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Event: This has to be my birthday. I turned 33 this year so I wanted to do something low key and girly, so I opted for afternoon tea at the Vincent Hotel Restaurant in Southport.  The sandwiches were delicious and the cakes were out of this world! Afternoon Tea at the Vincent Hotel costs £12.95 per person or £20.95 per person with Champagne.

Visit www.thevincenthotel.com for details.

So that was everything that has floated my boat throughout June. Let me know what your June favourite were in the comments.

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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Current Make-up Favourites!

Hi Peeps,

I know it’s been forever since I blogged but my business is really starting to take off and as I am a one-man band I have been extremely busy. Today I thought I’d ease back into blogging by posting about the cosmetics that have really been floating my boat this past month. Some of them are luxury beauty, but a lot of them are from the drugstore. I’ll do them in order that I put them on my face, so lets jump in….

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Autumn Make up: Part One

Hi Ladies,

Last weekend I took myself off to Boots to see what autumn makeup releases are currently available. There are so many nice new product releases, it was really hard to pick just a few (I have no self control when it comes to makeup). I ended up buying five products across a variety of brands, here are my purchases….

Wonderful

First of all I needed a new mascara and I have had my eye on the Wonder’Full Argan Oil Mascara by Rimmel for a little while now so I thought it only fair I snap it up! I love the packaging of this mascara. Shimmering brown really does make me think of Autumn and that’s the main reason it caught my eye.

At first I was struck by the super flexible wand, this is the first mascara I have purchased with this flexibility and if I’m honest I didn’t really think that it made much difference to the application. The wand is great for separating lashes though! Due to it’s name, I expected this mascara to be plumping but I didn’t find that at all, I thought this was more of a separating mascara. This is something that this mascara does really well!! I will use this for daywear but I would need something more lash boosting for special occasions.

Wonder’Full Mascara is currently £7.99 at Boots.com

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Secondly I bought the Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 380 Dark Night Water L-oops! I love this lipstick! It reminds me of Rebel by MAC. A gorgeous deep berry colour, this is perfect for Autumn/Winter. This lipstick is extremely pigmented and with added vitamin A, C & E it left my lips feeling lovely and soft.

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Again I loved the deep purple packaging it will look great in my autumn collection.

This Lipstick is currently £6.49 at Boots.com

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The third product I picked up was the L’Oreal Color Riche Mono Eyeshadow in 502 Quartz Fúme. At first I just swatched this on the back of my hand and as I walked around the store I just couldn’t stop looking it at it. This extreme pigment comes with a high shimmer and is great worn on it’s own or blended as part of an overall look.

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I teamed it with a shimmering green and loved it. This eye shadow is currently retailing at £5.49 at Boots.

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The fourth product was Bourjois Rouge edition velvet matte finish in 08 Grand Cru. I have four of these lipsticks and I adore every last one of them. I am a huge fan of Matte everything, especially lips and this is a beautiful Blue based Red.

This lipstick gave long lasting colour and applies with a silky texture. I love it so much! These lipsticks are £8.99 each or are on offer at 2 for £14.00.

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The Last Item I bought was the Maybelline colour show nail varnish in 465 Brick shimmer. This is the most beautiful shimmering Red/Brown shade. It is the perfect autumnal nail varnish. The formula is nice and rich and goes on smoothly. I am currently rocking this colour on my fingers & my toes.

Colour Show Nail Varnishes are Currently £2.99 at Boots.com

So that was my first batch of Autumn Make up, with no doubt more purchases coming soon.

I hope you enjoyed it!

Love & Bubbles

The Secret Girly Girl

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