Tuesday, 7 January 2014

It always seems impossible until it's done.

Hey everyone,
So I thought each week I would post a photo of motivation for you; a photo I've seen on either pinterest or tumblr that makes me feel a little happy :) Not a 'proper' post, but just something sweet to maybe brighten your day and motivate you a little.
I love this quote and it is something I try to remember as I have a bad habit of lacking confidence and not believing in myself. There are so many things I want to do but I feel like I can't, and this quote just reminds me that if I put the effort in it is possible. Thank you Nelson Mandela, and RIP.


Monday, 6 January 2014

Maybelline fit me concealer review | handpicked beauty

I purchased the Maybelline Fit me concealer a few months ago, because I was looking for a new concealer as I have gone off the collection one as I find it really thick and cakey. The colour of the collection one is so perfect for me (1 fair) and the coverage is great, but I just find that it isn't good for dry skin like mine as it cakes onto blemishes :( Fit me is £5.99 from Boots, which I personally think is a little pricey considering the collection one is about £4 and much better (and I don't even like that one!)

Fit me concealer is a really lovely product, however it does have some downsides which make it not an every day product for me unfortunately. It is basically the exact opposite of the collection one! It is super blendable and never looks cakey, so it is looks like you aren't wearing any makeup! It covers undereye circles really well too and feels so light on the skin.

It has a cool applicator (I think it's called a doefoot applicator), so it can be dotted onto blemishes and then patted in for a seamlessly blended look.

The main problem I have with this concealer is the colour. It is really orangey looking on my skin, and as I mainly use it on my chin it makes me look like I have some weird fake tan only on my chin (not a good look), so I always have to go over with the collection one anyway to balance it out. I think this is a great concealer for someone who has a bit of a tan, but for anyone pale like me it just looks really orange. I got the shade 15; there was a shade under this one but it looked a little more yellowy so I went for shade 15...looking back shade 10 might have been better for my skin tone.  I find it looks good in the evenings when there isn't any harsh light to show up the orange, so it is worth having for covering up imperfections for the night.
 It is brilliant for undereye circles as the orange cancels them out, however it isn't highlighting so if you want a brightening effect another concealer is needed. Also, the coverage isn't as good as the collection so I find that quite a bit of product is needed to get the effect I want.

Overall, I think this is a lovely concealer as it is super blendable and feels light on the skin, however the colour range isn't great and it's not great for people with lots of blemishes as it isn't the best coverage.

Have you tried this concealer? What do you think?


Friday, 3 January 2014

Barry M nail polish 'Majesty' | handpicked beauty

Hi everyone and a very happy new year! 

I recently picked up this gorgeous gold nail polish from Barry M called 'Majesty'. It was reduced from £3.99 to £2.99 in Superdrug, and I think it still is! I love Barry M nail polishes; they're so pretty and lovely on the nails, and they always dry super fast.  Majesty is no exception; it's a beautiful colour with little specks of glitter in it, and I think it's really festive and lovely for this time of year. I wore it for New Years eve and I couldn't stop looking at my nails.

It applies so nicely and also it dries really quickly, which is great for me as I get so impatient when nail polishes take ages to dry!

 A downside to it is that I do think it chips quite easily, but I didn't use a basecoat or topcoat so maybe if I do next time it won't chip as much.

I love this nail polish so much and it is one I will definitely wear to occasions like meals out or any parties. I'd love to get more- they do a clear glittery one too which looks amazing.

Have you tried any Barry M nail polishes?