| Grunge meets a Pink & Purple Ombre Eye |

HAPPY NEW YEARS LOVES.

I hope that 2017 is everything you want & make sure you get out there & slay everything you do. I have been uber behind in life rolling into the new year so I thought for the first little while, whilst I get myself sorted I’m going to have some short & sweet posts of looks I created over 2016 & their tutorials on the tube.

I  adore this look because it is so blown out, grungy & smokey that you feel super bad arse wearing it & lets be fair, who doesn’t love a black lip.

tutorial here

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Freckled.Rambles xx.

 

| Beginners Brush Set |

Hey loves,

With all of the travelling I’ve been doing the last couple weeks (Canada – Australia – England) I’ve realised how extensive my makeup & brush collection is- weight wise it’s been a killer with packing. Which got me thinking: if I had to cull my brushes, which would get the flick & which would I keep, clutching them close to my loving heart in an immortal embrace? Once I thought about these specific brushes I realised they would make for the ideal beginner brush kit for a full face of makeup application.

I wanted to keep this list under ten items because let’s be real, brushes can be really expensive & when you’re starting to build your collection there’s so many more exciting things to buy….like the new KathleenLights X Morphe eyeshadow palette, or the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, or you know … food.

Below you’ll find a list of brushes / makeup applicators, which I think are essential in a first kit of tools. I’ve provided two or three options for each type of tool & have tried to provide both high & low price points for each. Please note that none of these products are sponsored-it’s purely what I think makes a great makeup tool.

Face: 

Beauty Sponge:

Contour Brush:

Highlighter / Blush brush:

Setting Brush:

Eyes:

Brow Brush:

Shading Brush:

Blending / Crease Brush: 

Smudger Brush:

P.S. all the products listed above are cruelty free & a number are also vegan!

Thank you for reading & I hope this list provides you with something useful to take away & incorporate into  your new makeup collection, or to help you decide which tools you’ll take with you on your next travels.

Freckled.Rambles xx.

Daiso Charcoal Peel Off Mask.

Hello everybody,

I’ve been diving head first into collecting a lot of new beauty & make-up products to test so I can give you all a variety of new & interesting reviews. Today’s post is about a cult beauty product, THE CHARCOAL MASK! I picked up this Daiso Charcoal peel off mask on Amazon for $2.99!


 Please excuse my very sunburnt shoulders in the photo below but here is the first time I used the mask. On my first attempt I did not use enough of the product on my nose & therefore it didn’t draw all of the blackheads out. However I used the mask again a week later (it states you should not use it more then twice a week) & had far more success in the process, I could visibly see the gunk of the blackheads on the back of the charcoal once it was dry & I peeled it off. 

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Overall I am really happy with this charcoal peel off mask, the application & use is super simple which I love, it only takes around 12minutes to use & has perfect results!

Freckled.Rambles xx. 

Urban Decay | Gwen Stefani 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil: First Impression part II.

Happy Sunday everyone,

As promised in my Wednesday post I have created a look using the Urban Decay & Gwen Stefani lip liner I picked up off Sephora & can I say it did not disappoint. Let’s jump straight in because this is a super short & sweet post. The liner has lived up to all the expectations I had for it & if you read my post on Wednesday you would have seen that I was concerned the formula would be too soft & smudge easily – it did not. The application was smooth & precise. This liner gets an A+ from me.

If you would like to see a tutorial on how I created the rest of this look subscribe to my youtube channel here to be notified when it goes up on Tuesday!

Bye for now, I will chat to you all in my next post on Wednesday!

Freckled.Rambles xx.

Urban Decay | Gwen Stefani 24/7 Glide on Lip Pencil: First Impression. 

Hello everyone,

As I am sure you can tell from the title this little post it is a first impressions on the Urban Decay | Gwen Stefani Lip Liner, I picked up the shade Rock Steady from Sephora online (Canada) last week for the amazing discounted price of $16.00! This is going to be a two part post as I will be running through what I first thought of the liner in this post & at the end of the week I will be creating a make-up look with this liner as the feature.

I would also like to show you all a glimpse of where I am living & working for the next 5 months, the water front you can see in the back of the photos in this post is the docks at the lake front on the camp I am working at. Taking photos on the water front in the full sun was spectacular!

Alright, time to get into the details:

Firstly, the packaging is gorgeous. It is so important for a brand to immediately, before you have even seen or tested the product draw the buyer in with the packaging. This Urban Decay liner does exactly that. The white & gold diagonal stripes are fun yet classic and exert a feeling of lavishness. Additionally, the coloured strip which runs down the end and back half of the packaging provides you with the name & visual representation of the colour of the liner (photo no.2).

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Secondly, the actual casing of the liner is sleek, smooth & evenly balanced. I like the contrast in colour to the packaging, with the diagonal gold stripes being contrasted against black instead of white & the end of the pencil is the same red colour as the liner.

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Thirdly, the colour is special, blood red & perfect for a statement ‘don’t f**k with me’ look. The pencil is also very creamy, which can be both a good & bad thing as you need to ensure precise application with the correct amount of pressure as you do not want to be smudging the line of your lip.

Once I have completed a look using this liner I will be back with part two of the post & fill you in on the longevity, comfort & colour pay off on the lips.

All in all I am very excited about this liner & think it will become a go to in my make-up bag. Let me know, have any of you got this liner or others from the Gwen Stefani collection? What do you think of them?

Freckled.Rambles xx.

 

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick.

Hello everyone,

I know in my last post I let you all know I’m in Canada & I have now made it up to my place of employment for the next 5 months – a summer camp around 4 hours north of Toronto. I am beyond excited for this new adventure & will be sure to keep you all informed on the fun and crazy things I get up to. I am also in the final 2 weeks of this trimester at university & am very ready for a break; with two major essays to go the logical thing is to write a make-up blog.

I was going through my posts pondering what to write about today & realised (with much shock) that I have not as yet written about my brand new Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick, shocking I know. So here we are, today’s post is going to be a fan girl gushing over the spectacular liquid lipsticks released by Jeffree Star. I currently only have the one Posh Spice, but have made a giant list of all the shades I will be purchasing in the near future.

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First of all, the packaging is gorgeous; simple streamline tube, rose gold lettering & a hot pink lid have just enough dazzle whilst still staying classy. The doe foot applicator fits my lips perfectly & is extremely soft whilst holding a tonne of product so you do not need to continuously go back into the tube for more during application. If anything there is a touch too much formula held on the applicator for my liking. The formula itself has a subtle sent, smooth texture & excellent drying time. Being true to the name, the lipstick dries with a velour finish & feel.

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Posh Spice is the 90’s brown, it feeds my inner grunge chick alter ego & transitions seamlessly from day to night. In the photo above I didn’t use a lipliner & only dipped into the tube once to fully cover my lips.

All in all, as you can probably tell I am a massive fan of the product & it is most definitely worth the price point (£14 from Cocktail Cosmetics). You can pick this shade & the rest of the collection at the following sites:

This post has not been sponsored in anyway & is my honest thoughts on this product. 

freckled.rambles xx.

Sleek Make-Up mini Haul & First Impression.

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone’s week has started off well, mine certainly has. Yesterday I spent the day in Birmingham & did a touch of shopping. Of course I ended up in SuperDrug & here is my mini Sleek Make-Up haul.

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These are the first Sleek products I’ve purchased & can I say I’m really impressed. I’ve heard all the hype about it being a fabulous drugstore brand & let me tell you it’s not wrong. Because I am travelling a bit at the moment I’ve had to be very strict in the volume of make-up I am purchasing, hence why this is only a mini haul. So what did I get?

Matte Me Ultra Smooth Matte Lip Cream in Birthday Suit: £4.99

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& Rioja Red: £4.99

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These liquid lipsticks are to die for. The wand makes for easy, controlled application & the pigmentation is awesome, you don’t need to continuously apply to build the colour, one swipe with the wand & you are good to go. They do take a bit of time to dry down completely on the lips, but once they are dry their completely matte & very light weight.

Eau La La Liner in Red Sky Night: £4.99

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This is a gorgeous cool toned pink liner. The name confuses me slightly as there is not a trace of ‘red’ in the liner but thats just me being picky. The actual liner is smooth & creamy upon application & as the case says it is waterproof & smudge proof, the perfect liner for all of my pink lipsticks.

Blush in Rose Gold: £4.99

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I’m not a big pink toned blush fan, but I saw a number of people reviewing this on Instagram & thought I should give it ago. I was not disappointed, this is a beautiful blush, with a light iridescent shimmer & soft rose pink tone.

It’s safe to say I am very happy with my Sleek MakeUp purchases & I will be picking up some more products very soon! Have you tried any of these items or are there any other Sleek items you can’t live without?

freckled.rambles xx.

*I apologise that I haven’t been able to take photos of swatches of these items as I am still in a cast & it’s impossible to swatch & take photos with one arm. I will be filming a first impressions video on my channel though & creating a fresh spring look with some of these items.*