Friday, 29 May 2015

My Mac lipstick collection

Mac lipsticks are a great weakness of mine and before purchasing a new shade I frequently google swatches posted by other bloggers to help me decide which one to buy next. I love reading other peoples posts and seeing their collections so it seemed only natural now that I am back to blogging to create a post of my own. My collection is fairly small compared to most but I adore it all the same. I currently have ten tubes, including a viva glam shade and two of the limited edition Cinderella lipsticks (both acquired from ebay). 

First up I decided to swatch the newest addictions to my collection. The Cinderella lipsticks are both nude in colour, not shades I would usually go for however I was won over by the beautiful packaging and shimmery look of the lipsticks themselves. Both are slightly shimmery and give a great finish to the lips. I wasn't able to get hold of them when they were launched online and instead took to ebay to seek them out. If you like pretty nude shades then I would really recommend them.  

The majority of my collection consists of fairly bright pinky shades. Creme Cup is an exception and is fairly nude and sheer. Milan Mode is an incredibly beautiful sparkly shade which I adore. Flat out Fabulous is one of the brightest shades I own and is another favourite of mine.

At the moment I only have two red shades which surprises me as I love red lips. Both of the red shades I own are matte finish which is my favouite type of Mac lipstick. Lady Danger is a fairly orange toned red while Russian Red is much darker and makes a great statement. Russian Red is probably my favourite lipstick I currently own and has been for a long time. 

The main reason I love Mac lipsticks is because of how long they last on the lips. I don't particularly like having to constantly top up my lipstick throughout the day and with pretty much all of these the length of wear is pretty impressive. The matte finishes in particular last a long time. Russian Red can last on the lips all day even though a meal. Some of the other finishes requite topping up slightly more often but still last much longer than any other brands I own. 

I'm pretty sure that my collection will continue to grow and if anyone has any suggestions or have posted about their own collections I would love to read them.

Natasha x 

Thursday, 21 May 2015

A little Lush review

Dark Angels Cleanser (£6.75/100g) & Breath Of Fresh Air Toner (£4.25/100g)

Whenever I venture into a Lush I find it difficult to leave empty handed and last week I left with two products in my bag. Now that I am back to blogging I thought I would let you know what I think of them.

First up is the Dark Angels face and body cleanser. After deciding to purchase a new cleanser I couldn't decide which one to pick, until a friendly assistant tried this one out on my friends hand. She loved it and I was quickly persuaded. It has a pleasant liquorice smell which surprised me since I don't like liquorice! But anyway, it has a lovely but not overpowering smell and contains charcoal powder which is hugely popular in skincare recently. When combined with water it creates a paste perfect for not only cleansing but also exfoliating. After a quick scrub and wash my face felt incredibly soft and clean. I am yet to use this on my body, because despite the small amount needed to create enough to clean my face I feel like it would be a slight waste to use on my entire body. Besides it made my face feel so wonderful that I don't want to run out!

The next product I have been using is the Breath Of Fresh Air Toner water. This has an incredibly fresh smell and I genuinely love it. After using cotton pads to rub this into my face in circular motions I feel awake and ready to apply my moisturiser.

Both of these products have quickly worked their way into my routine and I cant wait to head back to Lush to pick up even more products to try. Feel free to give me any recommendations and let me know if you have tried and loved these products. 

Natasha x

Friday, 8 May 2015

My return to the world of blogging

First of all I want to thank anyone that has taken the time to visit this blog. Some of you may remember that this space was once home to my old blog 'fashion lottery'. However it became stale and unloved until eventually I stopped posting altogether.
Cameras and Tea is a fresh start, a new place for me to post about my life, reviews, beauty, photography, fashion and anything else that takes my fancy. I hope you will stick with me on this journey.

Welcome to Cameras and Tea!

Natasha x