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Monday, 29 August 2016

Mega Matte by Seventeen

(Nude News, Looking Buff, Rioja Your World)

Boots budget brand Seventeen have just released the newest lip product for any matte addicts out there. You all know matte is my favourite formula so the Mega Mattes collection was practically made for me and I cannot get enough of the shades, plus they're a steal at £4.49. All the lipsticks come in slimline tubes, in black casing with a chevron design making them a bit cooler than previous releases. 

The range comprises of 12 long-lasting, hi impact shades from your nudest of nudes right through to a deep berry, ideal for the fast approaching Autumn months. Each lipstick applies smoothly with no tugging leaving you with a perfectly, matte pout. I've been trying out three of the shades available from the new range and I'm pretty impressed. Nude News* is a muted pink, Looking Buff* a warm, brown and Rioja Your World* a rich berry. 

Being a matte lover, I've tried many a lip colour from the ever so drying Ruby Woo to the surprisingly creamy So Chaud and have to say these are really fab for the price. The colour is just as described and the formula is as matte as you'd expect but without the dryness. They don't last as long as the promised 13 hour wear time but for just over £4, I don't mind a quick touch up after eating. 

To get the perfect pout start of with a lip scrub like Lush Cosmetic's Mint Julip, a touch of balm then apply. Once your lipstick is perfect quickly dab your lips with some tissue then dust with some translucent powder to fix. Get yourself to Boots quick to try for yourself because these are bound to fly off the shelves!

Have you already tried the Mega Matte range? What shade takes your fancy?

*Press samples.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

My Go To Setting Sprays

Not using a setting spray is like not using a base coat on your nails and there are three sprays I reach for the most. Makeup Setting Sprays help make your makeup last longer and are used once all the magic is in place. There are sprays for all skin types with varied price tags now the highstreet are upping their game. Once all your makeup is applied just hold your chosen spray at arms length and press the pump down a couple of times then allow to dry. Here are the three I use...

I received the Slay All Day in Peach inside the Beauty Bay Miami box and it comes in a variety of fragrances. Aimed to keep your makeup intact and flawless all day, Slay All Day is formulated to help control oil, mattify skin and give a natural finish. The peach one has a fruity scent which can seem strong and may put some people off so just bear that in mind when purchasing. 

Chill is the spray to have during the Summer thanks to its time release temperature control technology, it helps keep makeup in place for up to 12 hours and it's one I love for going out for cocktails with the girls or dinner with the fiancé. I also really like the All Nighter setting spray also available from Urban Decay and keep a mini one to hand for travelling. 

This is the first makeup setting spray I tried, I bought it because of the hype and never got on with it very well until this year. Fix+ is an aqua spritz of vitamins and minerals, it's infused with multiple ingredients such as green tea and chamomile to help calm skin and add hydration. Once sprayed onto skin to fix makeup, skin just drinks it up leaving you looking with a natural, glow. 

What setting sprays do you use? I'd love some more recommendations! 


Saturday, 27 August 2016

Pretty Pastel Nails // Trust Fund Beauty

I first discovered Trust Fund Beauty after Vivi guest posted on Annie Writes Beauty and wrote What Does Cruelty Free Mean?, I then found out that AudreyStyle stocked their nail shades and we've been getting along in naily matrimony ever since. I shared my thoughts on Resting Bitch Face not too long ago and as I've fallen head over heels for this pair of pastel babes, I had to share my latest editions. 

One of the major selling points for me when buying Trust Fund Beauty are the shade names because they're frigging awesome! But not only will you fall in love with the shade names, you'll also fall in love with the formula, shades and longevity. They're the perfect all rounder. 

Two of my newest shades are Let's Do Lunch, a pretty, pastel blue and Do You Know Who My Father Is?, a dusty, medium pink. All of Trust Fund Beauty's nail polishes come in 17ml slim, glass bottles and a pretty box. I really like the packaging, it's simple, chic and no faff. All their products are also Vegan and Cruelty Free. The polish applies beautifully, two coats is all you need and they last four-five days before the first signs of chipping. 

When I'm feeling a little spendy, I order my Trust Fund Beauty polishes through AudreyStyle, a luxury beauty and lifestyle online shop full of handpicked brands and incredible products. I've been using them for most of this year and the shop is like an treasure chest of beauty and skincare. Next on my to buy list is the matte lip paint from Girlactik and more of the Kerzon candles, I'm currently burning Amber & Spices while writing this and it smells so rich. 

You can use the discount code anniewritesbeauty15 to get 15% off the Audreystyle website so get filling your basket full of beauty gems and make sure you let me know what you buy! 

*PR Samples & SP Post.
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