UD Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer

Before I get into the topic of today’s blog post I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank you guys for the views, comments and likes on my last post. I was honestly a bit surprised because I’ve been so MIA on my blog lately but seeing that there are still people who seem to enjoy reading what I write has definitely motivated me even further to stay on track this time, so thank you!

With that being said let’s get back to makeup! Although my skin is not making too many problems I do have quite sensitive skin, which is why I like to stick with what I know and love when it comes to the base of my makeup (foundation, concealer,powder). I love to try out and experiment with all kinds of products, just not my basics. Hence I literally use the same foundation, concealer and powder every single time I do my makeup and rarely ever try a new product. However, every now and then I come across one that does spark my interest and I will eventually try it after doing some online research first obviously.

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After hearing lots of raving reviews about the UD Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer (seriously though could they have made that name any longer?) I caved in and decided to try it out because I do love Urban Decay as a brand and never purchased a product from them I didn’t like. Since I’m ridiculously pale anyway I didn’t even go to a store to get matched but just ordered the lightest shade available online.

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I do have to say I was a little surprised with how light the shade actually was but I do found it to be the perfect shade for my skin tone for highlighting and brightening up the under eye area. However, for covering any redness or blemishes on the rest of my face this shade definitely would have been too light. Luckily my skin is pretty clear so my foundation will usually cover up everything and I don’t need to add much concealer most days.

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What I really love about this concealer is that just as the name promises it feels so weightless and light on the skin. I know some people don’t mind but I just don’t like wearing products that feel really heavy on my skin. In general, I really like the formula. I find it definitely has enough coverage to cover up any dark circles and although I’ve read some people had problems with it creasing I definitely didn’t experience any creasing under my eyes with this concealer. Another thing I really like is that is has more of a luminous finish, which really adds to brightening up that under eye area.

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Before trying the UD concealer the Mac Pro Longwear was my holy grail concealer! So would I replace my Mac one for UD? Yes and no. When it comes to covering up dark circles and brightening I would actually prefer the UD one because it doesn’t crease on me at all, it’s very lightweight and I like the luminous finish it provides. But if it comes to covering any blemishes or redness I will definitely stick to my Mac Pro Longwear because I feel like it gives more coverage and it comes with a pump. The UD concealer comes with a wand like applicator similar to a lip gloss and I always find those to be to so unsanitary.

So to sum it up I feel like my UD and Mac concealers would make the perfect team for a flawless base.

Thanks so much for reading!

Love,

Sophie

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ABH Pure Hollywood – The Perfect Nude?

Hey lovelies,

I know it’s been a very long time since my last blog post. Around 2 months to be exact but for some reason I was lacking motivation when it came to blogging and life would always get in the way. However, I’ve missed my little space on the Internet and I’m excited and most of all motivated to finally get my blogging game back on track. If you happen to follow me on any social media, especially Instagram, you might know that of course I have still continued to expand my makeup collection because I’m just obsessed and I can never get enough. So I’m looking forward to sharing lots of reviews with you in the next few weeks.

I thought my first blog post, after my little break, should be about one of my current most used products. It’s no secret that when it comes to makeup my favorite thing to buy is lipsticks and lately, just like everyone else on the Internet, I’ve been loving liquid lipsticks.

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One brand I’ve always wanted to try is the Anastasia Beverly Hills ones as everyone seems to be raving about them. When one of my dear friends got two of their shades for me for Christmas I was absolutely ecstatic and could not wait to try them. While I’m not too keen on the shade ‘American Doll’ she got me, although I love the color, the one I want to talk about today I’ve really come to love ever since I first applied it on my lips.

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The color I’m talking about is a lovely nude called ‘Pure Hollywood’. For a while I was on this dark nude lip kick and it’s all I would wear but ever since I got the Tom Ford ‘First Time’ lipstick for Christmas I’ve realized that I need more lighter nudes in my life. ‘Pure Hollywood is definitely more on the peachy side but it still has a light touch of pink to it. I think it’s a stunning color for every day or the perfect neutral color to wear kind of even out a dramatic heavy eye make up.

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If I’m being totally honest the formula is not my favorite because it feels slightly tacky and sticky on the lips but not enough to the point that it really bothers me. It can get quite drying after a few hours of wearing it and you definitely need to prep your lips with lip balm before applying or else it will settle into any lines and make your lips look way drier than they actually are. But what I love is how pigmented this color is, how evenly it applies and how nicely it dries down. I, personally, love a matte finish. It’s my absolute favorite and I tend to wear matte lipstick almost on a daily basis, which is why I don’t necessarily mind that it can get a little drying because a lot of matte lipsticks and especially liquid lipsticks tend to do so. However, if you do have very dry lips and prefer lipsticks which feel soft and moisturizing this one might not be the one for you.

As always I’m including a swatch of what the color looks like on my skin as well as picture of me wearing it.

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Although I’ve tried liquid lipsticks with a nicer formula I love the color so much that it has still become one of my current most used lipsticks. The color is just so stunning and goes with just about every makeup look. Also I find that it is quite long wearing, which is why I love wearing it at work.

Have you tried any of the ABH liquid lipsticks? What are your thoughts? Which colors would you recommend?

Thank you so much for reading!

Love,

Sophie

Tom Ford – First Time

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Hey lovelies,

today I’m back with another beauty related post! Yay! As you can imagine the main part of my Christmas wish lists consisted of makeup, especially lipsticks. One of my absolute favorite lipstick brands is Tom Ford. I think their matte lipstick formula is amazing and I would own every single color if they didn’t come with such a heavy price tag. But I got lucky this year and got one Tom Ford lipstick for Christmas, which I can now add to my small collection.

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So the color I received is called First Time, comes in a matte finish and is a sightly coral nude. Usually I like to stick to my pink or brown based nudes and stay away from the peachy and orangey ones, because I feel like they don’t suit my complexion as much. But for some reason with this color its different. I feel like although it has some slight coral undertones to it, it is still quite neutral and such a lovely everyday shade. Also I like to mix it with a more brown based nude lip pencil and then apply this color to slightly lighten it up.

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Now as I already mentioned I love love love Tom Ford’s matte lipstick formula. Matte is my favorite lipstick finish but unfortunately matte lipsticks can be very high maintenance for every day wear sometimes as  they can feel and be very drying. However the Tom Ford formula is very lightweight and actually feels very moisturizing and nice on the lips. I feel like it doesn’t dry my lips out at all. It applies so effortlessly and stays on for hours. Basically it is everything I could ever wish for in a matte lipstick.

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I think I don’t even need to talk about the packaging because in my opinion it is one of the prettiest along with the YSL ones. As you can probably already tell I’m once in love with another Tom Ford lipstick and I just want them all if they weren’t so damn expensive.

Thank you for reading,

Sophie

Blogging and Life Goals for 2016

I know I’m a tad bit late but happy new year guys! I hope you all had a lovely NYE. I thought I’d kick off the new year with a more personal posts so here are my blogging and life goals for the year of 2016.

But first let me take you a bit back in time. Since the last half of 2014 turned into quite the nightmare for me I didn’t set any resolutions or goals for 2015. All I wanted for 2015 was to get back to my old self and find happiness again and I think I came pretty close to that. Though I’m not entirely the same person I used to be I can finally recognize myself again. But honestly I think when you experience something traumatic it is going to change you and you can never go back to that exact person you once were because you cannot just forget what happened. I’m sure we’d all like to forget certain moments, experiences or even people but that’s just not how life works. In order to move on you have to deal with it.

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While it took most 0f 2015 to get over 2014 I eventually managed to cope with everything that happened and now I’m finally at a much much happier and better place. I have my motivation back, which is why I’m determined to make 2016 my year!

  1. First off I want to get back in shape. After not being allowed to exercise and work out for so long I really want to push myself to hit up the gym regularly again and get back to a healthier me.

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2. When I first started University I was so determined to do much better than I did in high school and get really good grades because I finally got to study something  I was really interested in. However, having to start my second year late because of health reasons I stopped caring about school for a while. I’m still not even sure how I made it through my second year sometimes. I guess I just forced myself to function but I didn’t actively put any effort into anything. Since I now finally have my old motivation back I really want to work harder for those good grades

3. I hope that just like last summer I get to travel again! Traveling has always been a huge passion of mine because I love to explore other countries and cultures, so I hope that I get to do a bit more of that in 2016.

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4. One of my main goals this year is to focus more on my blog again! I’ve really been slacking with blogging lately. I used to enjoy blogging so much and I still do but life has been getting in the way so much lately. Additionally I just couldn’t motivate myself to write. I’m not really sure why because I used to want to write and post all the time. But I really hope I can go back to posting new and interesting content for you consistently again!

5. In 2015 I got the chance to work with quite a few  great brands, which was incredible. Honestly, when I first started blogging I never ever in a million years thought that any brand would ever contact me to work with them. So I’m quite proud of myself that that I’ve gotten some great opportunities through my blog in 2015. For 2016 I’d love to work with more  amazing brands and maybe some more great opportunities will come my way.

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6. In case you guys didn’t know I’m a huge Instagram addict! I spend so much time on Instagram it’s probably not good. But it’s definitely my main source for makeup, nail and outfit inspiration. And obviously I also love posting on there myself. I’m currently so close to 6000 followers, which is so little compared to some but a lot to me. For 2016 I hope to improve my Instagram as well as my blog and hope to gain some more followers on the way. 10K would be like my ultimate goal for 2016.That seems like so many people to me but I’m already more than halfway there so who knows? Maybe I can get there.

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So these are my personal goals for 2016. Basically I’m just really motivated to hopefully improve many aspects of my life, which will hopefully lead to a more confident and happier me. I guess happiness is my absolute main goal of the year because being truly happy isn’t as easy as some people make it out to be.

Did you set any goals for 2016? What are they?

Thanks so much for reading!

Lots of love,

Sophie

 

2015 Beauty Favorites

How is 2015 is already coming to an end? Seriously, I feel like the years are just flying by. Where is the time going? Anyway it’s definitely been a year with lots of ups and downs for me and I’m excited to see what 2016 has in store.

But before I’ll be partying into the new year tomorrow night it’s time to put together all of my favorite beauty products of 2015. I think most of these I’ve actually purchased in 2015 but basically these are my most used and loved products of the year.

Let’s start with the lipsticks!

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I think Tom Ford’s Indian Rose is the perfect product to start off this little list with because I bought it in the very beginning of 2015 when I was in London celebrating NYE last year. It was also my first ever Tom Ford product. Indian Rose is a stunning dusty rose every day kinda shade and has definitely become one of my go to’s this year.

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Next up is Velvet Teddy. I couldn’t write this post without including this beauty. Yes, I gave in to the hype and eventually managed to get my hands  on this lipstick and I’m so so glad I did. This has probably become my most used lipstick of all time this year because it’s nude perfection! I’ll have to repurchase this soon.

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The last lipstick I’ll be including in this post is Mac Sin. I’ve been wanting this lipstick for the longest time and it was always sold out but then my best friend got it for me for my birthday and I was absolutely over the moon! I’m a sucker for dark vampy lipsticks and this is one of my absolute favorites!

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The Naked 2 palette has been out for a while but I only got my hands on it this year! I now own all 3 of the Naked palettes plus the Naked Smoky and the Naked On The Run palette and I think the Naked 2 is the one I use the most (except for the original Naked palette which I only got this Christmas). I guess this is my favorite because the colors go best with my complexion and eyes.

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This is another item that cannot be missing on this list because I’ve used it so many times ever since I got it this July. Honestly, I never believed I would get this much use out of it but it currently is one of my most used and loved palettes and I can only recommend it.

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The Anastasia Beverly Hills palette has definitely become a staple in my makeup bag this year. While I’m not too big on contouring a subtle contour is definitely something I like to do for special occasions or when I have too much time! Basically this palette is all I use for contouring and I wouldn’t know what to do without it anymore!

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This Makeup Revolution blush palette does not only look stunning but its such a great product as well. All the blushes are so well pigmented and just look so gorgeous!

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Oh Chanel, you always have me swooning over your gorgeous makeup! Just look at these blushes! Do I even need to explain myself?

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While I’ve been buying more and more high end makeup the MaxFactor blushes have blown me away this year! I adore them and have used them so many times I’ve already hit pan on one of them. Basically I think they are such great products especially considering the affordable price.

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Finally to round off this post my last favorite of 2015 is my Zoeva Rose Golden brush set. I absolutely love Zoeva brushes. This is my second set and I use these every single day. And they are rose gold! What more could you want?

What were your favorite makeup products in 2015? Make sure to let me know so I can try them in 2106!

I hope you all have a great NYE and I wish you all the best for the new year!

Much love and until 2016,

Sophie

Welcome to Heels & Lipstick

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I fell in love with blogging the first time I typed up a post. My blog has become a very important part of my life and it has blessed me with a bunch of amazing opportunities. I’ve met some of the loveliest people through blogging. As soppy as it sounds but my blog has changed my life for the better.

Nonetheless I haven’t really had much motivation to blog lately. I used to constantly think about blog post ideas and snap pictures all the time. Now I only ever get a few posts up a month, which kind of upsets me because while I’m feeling uninspired and not very happy about my blog, I miss blogging at the same time!

So I decided it was time for a change starting with a new name. Yes, I’m rebranding! I’ve been thinking about changing my blog’s name for a while now because I’ve been quite unhappy with mine and then a few nights ago it hit me. Two of my absolute favorite things in the world are high heels and lipstick, so why not put them together? Hence my blog’s new name is now Heels & Lipstick. I think it also goes quite well my blog’s general theme.

Anyway, I’m really looking forward to get my head back int the blogging game!

I’d also like to take this opportunity to genuinely thank every single person that reads and comments on my blog! It honestly means so much.

Lots of love,

Sophie

A Lip Gloss I’m Ditching my Matte Lipsticks For?

If given the choice I would probably always go with my beloved matte lipsticks but lately I’ve come across a lip gloss, which has entirely changed my life. Okay, maybe I’m being a little overdramatic but if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know I’m all about lipstick and all about the mattes! You will hardly ever see me anywhere without some kind of product on my lips but 99.9% of the time it will NOT be a lip gloss as I’m usually not too keen on glosses. Don’t ask me why it’s just personal preferences.

I think the only gloss I have ever raved about on my blog is the NYX butter gloss, which I genuinely do love. Only quite recently I discovered that NYX came out with Intense Butter Glosses. Since I loved the original butter glosses I couldn’t help myself and before I knew it I had pressed the confirm order button and one was already one its way to me.

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For some reason when buying glosses I’m always drawn towards the neutrals, so the shade I went with is number 11 Tres Leches. While I have absolutely no clue how to pronounce this I do know that I’m blown away by this color. It’s honestly the perfect nude gloss. It was love at first swatch!

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Just look at this beautiful color and don’t even get me started on the pigmentation! I am seriously so impressed by how pigmented this gloss is! In my opinion it’s so perfect for everyday and goes with pretty much every makeup look. Since I often tend to go a bit dramatic and overboard with my eye makeup, once I start it’s so hard to stop, I think this is the perfect neutral color to even everything out.

Also I love the formula. I think compared to the original butter glosses these feel even more moisturizing and tad thicker. But what’s most important to me is that these are not sticky because I cannot deal sticky glosses!

As you can see in the picture below these are very similar in packaging to the butter glosses. Basically the only difference is the shiny top part. As always I’ve included a picture of how it looks like on the lips.IMG_2453

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So as you can already guess I have found a new favorite lip gloss and I have a feeling I’m going to purchase this in a few more colors! I think these are such nice glosses because they are insanely pigmented, quite long lasting, non-sticky and have I mentioned how good they smell?

Are you a gloss or lipstick kinda girl?

Thanks for reading!

xx

Sophie