5 Fabulous Concealers for Banishing Dark Circles

I'm blessed with permanent dark circles. I could sleep for a good 10 hours and still wake up looking like I've had two. Finding the right concealer that looks natural, doesn't crease and that has coverage can be a real mission. I've pretty much tried every drugstore concealer with little luck. That being said there are a few that I do like. But today I wanted to share with you my ultimate top 5...

Seventeen Skin Wow Concealer | £4.99 | POST

I'll start off with the cheapest of the bunch from Seventeen. Don't let its tiny price tag fool you though, this easily rivals some highend offerings. It's a light reflecting concealer in a pen style, colicky top tube. It has a good medium but build-able coverage, in a creamy, lightweight blend-able formula. This is brightening! It's amazing.  It sits beautifully under the eyes without creases, cracking or going caky. It's really quite amazing for the prize! The only downside is it only comes in two shades; Light and Medium. Which are practically the same shade except 'Light' is more Yellow toned and Medium is more Pink toned.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye | £23.64 (with a brush)

This concealer has to be the most full coverage concealer I've ever come across! This really is full coverage. The consistency of this is very thick and it does require a lot of blending. I like to use my Beauty Blender, I find this is the best way to get it to look natural. Also because it is so thick setting it is a must; I like to use the RCMA No Colour Powder. I've heard some people say they don't like this and I see why, but for me this is easily the best concealer I've find that covers my dark circles. It's just a case of blending it well.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer | £19 | POST

An old favourite from Urban Decay. I've lost count of the times I have repurchased this. It's light weight, creamy consistency makes it perfect for under the eyes. It blends out with ease and looks so natural on the skin. The coverage is on the lower side of medium compared to the others in the post but it's great for everyday wear. This doesn't crease, crack or look cakey. This also works really well on blemishes so it's a great all rounder!

Kat Von D Lock Concealer | £20 | POST

This concealer is the 2nd most full coverage concealer here! This really is full coverage and banishess my dark circles with ease. The formula is light weight and easy to blend, although it's not as easy as the Urban Decay one but it's nothing to put me off. I like to use a brush with this but for a really natural look I'd use the Beauty Blender. I do also find that without setting this it can crease a little but with powder it's absolutely fine!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | £22.50 | POST

And finally, my absolute favourite of the bunch, my trusty NARS Concealer. This is just the most perfect under eye concealer. It looks natural, it's creamy, brightening, has good coverage, doesn't crease and lasts all day. This just ticks all the boxes for me! If you have dark circles I really can't recommend this enough.

There you have 5 fabulous under eye concealers.

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A Guide to Primers

Primers are definitely a love or hate type of product. For me I love them and can't imagine doing my makeup without them. But I remember back in the day when Benefits Porefessional and thick silicone primers were the only ones on the market and I hated them. Fast forward a few years and now there's a primer for every skin type! Skin type and what you want from a primer is definitely the most important thing to consider when choosing one. If you have oily skin you might like heavy silicone primers. If you have dry skin a more hydrating primer is the way to go. I have dehydrated skin so I tend to find most silicone, or pore filling primers only make my skin more dry so I avoid those.


Hydrating primers are one of my favourite types of primer. I reach for hydrating ones if my skin is more dehydrated than usual or if I want to use a matte foundation. My favourites are:

Too Faced Hangover primer | £27 | POST

This primer is packed full of skin loving ingredients like Coconut Water and Vitamins, that plump, hydrate and re charge the skin. This does give my skin a stuble radiance to it as well. This is perfect for my dehyrated skin. It leaves my skin smooth and ready for makeup. If I'm reaching for matte base products this is my go to primer, it helps my skin stay hydrated all day.

NYX Skin Elixir Q10 Primer | £11

Like the Too Faced one this is packed with skin loving ingredients to plump and hydrate the skin. It has a thick, cream like texture but it melts into the skin with ease, leaving a nice smooth base for makeup. This definitely helps prevent my skin from drying out throughout the day and helps keep my makeup looking fresher for longer.

La Roche Posay Efficlar Duo+ Unifant | £16.50

Now this is the famous Efficular moisturiser with a tint too it. The Efficular moisturiser is aimed at those who suffer with breakouts and blocked pores, with ingrediants that aim to treat and prevent blemishes. I have tried the original and I've been using this for a while and I don't find this does anything life changing for blemishes. I tried to use this as a foundation but the coverage just wasn't enough for me. But as a primer it works fine. I don't find this as hydrating as the Too Faced or NYX one. But I like the coverage it gives. I think this would be better suited to oily skins.


Blurring primers are great for disguising pores and fine lines. Primers along these lines tend to contain silicones and have quite a thick texture. As I said previously these type of primers aren't my favourite but I have a few I like...

Boots Time Delay Primer | £10.99 | POST

Boots Time Delay Primer contains light defusing particles to give the skin a blurring effect. Which this definitely does, everytime I use this I'm instantly wowed at how much better my skin looks before I've even applied foundation. It leaves a super smooth base for foundation application and helps prolong my makeup wear time. This is definitely a hidden drugstore gem!

Hylamide HA Blur Primer | £19 | POST

Hylamide have developed a pretty unique formula with primer. It uses hyaluronic powders to blur the skin rather than silicones. It does have a powder like feel but in a cream formula, it's so strange! This does have good blurring properties and leaves my skin so smooth. This does also claim to be hydrating but I don't actually find it is, but it's not drying. Overall, a nice blurring primer.

Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot | £10

This reminds me a lot of the Boots Time Delay one. They do pretty much the same thing - blur and leave a smooth base for makeup. Although when I use this it basically keeps my makeup on all day! I've heard people with oily skins rave about this too. So I think it's a good all rounder for most skin types.


Illuminating primers are my absolute favourite! I tend to find most illuminating primers also offer the hydration I need too, My favourites are...

Becca Backlight primer filter | £32 | POST

This primer has to be favourite of the bunch. It's a pearlescent cream that blends into the skin, leaving behind a gorgeous glow. This is really glow-y so I just like to use one pump. And this really gives a lit from within glow. It smooths over dry patches and just makes my skin look better! This works with all my favourite foundations. It also works well with matte products. If you have very oily skin then this probably isn't for you, but normal /dry / dehydrated skin I can't recommend this enough.

NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer | £14 | POST

I don't know weather to include this in Illuminating or hydrating because it does both. This has little gold flecks in it that give the skin a very subtle glow, no where near as much as the Becca one. But it makes my skin look more alive. Because it's hydrating this also plumps and smooths the skin ready for makeup application.

The do it alls..

These are the primers that hydrate, blur and illuminate the skin...

Rimmel Insta Flawless Primer | £6.99 | POST

Hate the name, love the product! This is one of my ultimate favourites; it's tinted so it gives the skin a bit of coverage. It gives a glow, hydrates, and gives my skin a blurred effect. Although this isn't as blurring as the ones in the blurring category but it just makes my skin look all round better! If you have really good skin you would probably just use this on its own without any foundation. For just £6 this is a total bargain!

Estee Lauder Illuminating Primer | £21.50 | POST

I'm really surprised more people don't talk about this! It's a great primer. Now this does everything apart from add coverage. The formula is so nice, it melts into the skin and leaves behind a nice subtle glow. Nothing too over the top though. I also find this hydrating and it stops my skin from drying out. Although the texture is very different from the Too faced one (which is very similar to moisturiser). It also blurs my skin a bit but I think this is down to its light reflecting properties rather than silicones. It's just a great primer!

So there's a little guide to primers.

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The Beauty Junkies Guide To saving money

Hi I'm Leanne and I'm addicted to buying new makeup! Yes I would go as far as to say I was addicted to buying makeup. If I read or see a glowing review about a product I convince myself I need it. And new launches I need to try! My mission to find the perfect products is never ending - I've probably actually already found them but I always think there's something better out there. But at the end of the day, I'm not rich and have other priorities I need to pay for. Plus I'm going to New York in November so I need to start saving for that. So I've put to together a few useful tips to save money and curb spending without being to restrictive...

1. Spending Bans Don't work... 

For me spending bans just don't work. As soon as I say I'm not spending any money on makeup, a week later I go on massive shop, and spend more than I probably would if I wasn't on a spending ban! So instead I have myself a realistic monthly budget for makeup and beauty. I know this sounds excessive to have a monthly budget dedicated to makeup and beauty products but it works for me. 

2. Shop around for the best deals... 

This is pretty self explanatory but it's a good way of saving money. I buy most of my highend skincare when it's on offer. BeautyBay tend to have some good deals which makes highend skincare more mid price. Other online stores for great discounts include:

3. Avoid 3 for 2s...

I'm a sucker for Boots and Superdrug's 3for2 deals. If I just want one product I will buy another one to get one free, even if I don't need them. I've lost count the amount of times I've stood at the L'oreal stand trying to pick a nail polish just because it's free - and I don't even really like the formula! So I'm not even saving money!! That being said these deals are handy if there are 3 products in the offer you actually need / want. 

4. Make a list of beauty products you actually want...

Making a wish list has helped me loads. This way I see the stuff I really want and I don't just buy stuff for the sake of it. I'm the worst for new launch emails from BeautyBay, I order it straight away but in reality I probably didn't want said product as much as I wanted something else! 

5. Use and save points... 

Most beauty places have loyalty points that you can earn when you buy something. I like to save these points up for when I have no money and fancy a little treat. This way I get my beauty product fix without actually spending any money! 

6. Shop Your Stash...

I love shopping my stash. If you're a beauty junkie like me I guarantee you have a blush or a foundation you've completely forgotten about. So you can find a new, forgotten love without spending a penny. 

7. Try Before you buy / research well... 

Always try to get a sample before you buy something. This way if you don't like it you haven't lost much. Whereas, if you buy the full size and don't like the product you've wasted loads of money. Most beauty counters are happy to give a sample. If you can't get a sample research the product well; look for swatches and reviews. This is a good way too see if you like the product first and getting the correct shade. 

So there's a few ways to save money if you are a beauty junkie like me! I hope you found this helpful!

What are your tips for saving money?

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Makeup Lately

I can't believe it's time to share another Makeup Lately with you guys! January was more of a high end makeup month for me with some hits and misses. But here's the makeup I've been reaching for...

NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer | £14

I recently found this hiding in the back of my primer collection so I thought I'd put it back into rotation and I'm so glad I did. This a really nice, hydrating primer! It has a weird slimy consistency that blends well into the skin. It also has Gold flecs suspended in it that gives a subtle luminosity to the skin. It smooths over the skin leaving a nice base for foundation. This is a great primer for dehydrated skin!

It Cosmetics CC Cream | $38 | POST

I do have a whole review post on this here. And despite me not loving this, don't get me wrong I don't hate it, there is just so much hype around this I had high hopes. Sadly this didn't live up to expectations. It's an ok base. It has a medium coverage and a nice glowy finish. The shade Medium isn't a great match for me. And with only 5 shades in the range it left me disappointed. The wear time isn't great either. But despite my negative thoughts, this is an ok foundation. This is currently out of stock from QVC but I have linked Beautylish

Seventeen Skin Wow concealer | £4.99 | POST 

I completely forgot how much I loved this concealer until I found it in my collection! It has a good coverage and really brightens up the under eye area. The formula is creamy, easy to blend and sits beautifully under the eyes without creasing. Because this is so brightening I don't think this would be great for blemishes but under the eyes it works a treat. This is a great drugstore gem!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores | £21

When I brought the CC cream it came in a set with powder so I've been giving it a test. And sadly I don't love this. Pores are not really an issue for me so I don't know how well it works to disguise them but this didn't make my skin look any smoother. It did help my makeup last a bit longer but all over my face this was too drying. It works well to set my under eyes though.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow kit | £34 | POST

Another hyped up product ( I talked about it here) that I've been testing and that didn't live up to the hype for me. The bronzer is far too pale for my skin tone ( I'm a mac NC30-35) so if your any darker than me I can't imagine this working. The blush and highlighter are ok. The highlighter lacks the real glow factor I like, but if you like something more subtle you might like this. The blush is nice, the best powder of the set! It's a nice Peachy, Coral shade that would be perfect for spring summer. While the highlighter and bronzer lack the pigmentation I like, all the powders are really soft and finely milled.

Urban Decay Beach Bronzer | £22 | POST

As the bronzer in the Too Faced palette wasn't great for me I've been reaching for this. Normally, I like a bit of a shimmer and glow to my bronzers but I've been really enjoying a matte look. The shade Bronzed is perfect for adding warmth to the face. It's finely milled, pigmented, applies evenly and also blends easily.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow | £39 | POST

Foe eyeshadow I've been reaching for this. Despite the glow kit being a bit of a let down I love this! It contains 18 eyeshadows that are all inspired by Peach, with a range of mattes and shimmers. Most of them are warmed toned, which I love. The formula is incredible - so soft, pigmented and easy to work. My favourite shades are Puree and Summer Yum. But I've got good use out of the shades. See this post for swatches. 

L'oreal Sculpt Mascara | £9.99 | POST

I've been reaching for this mascara so much I've actually re brought it. It has a comb wand that catches and coats every lash. It adds a good amount of volume and length, without being too clumpy and it holds the curl all the day.

Lottie London Slay all day Lip Kit | £8.95 | POST 

If you follow me on Instagram I've been raving and raving about this! Lottie London have realised a line of lip kits which come with Liquid Lipstick and matching lip pencil. I have the shade Fleek, which is a warm toned Brown. The lip pencil is creamy and applies so easily to the lips, without tugging or pulling. The Liquid lipstick is one of the best drugstore liquid lipsticks I've come across. It reminds me a lot of the NYX Soft Matte creams but more pigmented. They aren't drying at all and so easy to touch up during the day.

Crown Brushes* 

I also have a few brushes I've been really enjoying to apply my makeup. Which are all from Crown Brushes. These have all washed really well and held their shape. The brushes are:

C320 Pointed Powder Brush* | £18.81

This is a great multi purpose brush. It works well to apply powder all over the face, as a setting brush, or for bronzer, blush and highlighter. I really like to apply highlighter. Because it's pointed it can apply highlighter precisely to the cheek bones but because it's fluffy it blends the highlighter out, so I don't get that stripe effect. It has natural bristles so it doesn't pick as much product, but this prevents powder products from looking cakey. I washed this and it's held its shape well. It shed a bit when I did wash it but that's not uncommon for new makeup brushes.

C403 Chisel Brush* | £19.99

I think this is designed for contouring. Which it does an excellent job at. It's sort of a flat shape which makes it ideal for fitting into the cheek bones. But it's fluffy enough to blend the powder out, for a natural seemless effect. I also really like to use this with a setting powder to set my under eye concealer. Like the pointed powder brush it has natural bristles so it's ideal for powder. The shape makes it perfect for that too!

SS036 Small Cheek Contour Brush* | £5.99

This is a small domed brush that's designed for contouring. Although I don't find this works well with powder contour products, it's just too small and dense. It works brilliant with cream products though. I also really like this as a concealer brush. The dense, soft. bristles blend out concealer brilliantly without compromising the coverage! It works well under the eyes and on other areas of the face.

C456 Pointed Blender Brush* | £6.99

The Pointed Blender Brush is ideal for concealer. Like the Small Cheek Contour brush it has super soft, dense bristles. The point also makes it really easy to blend concealer into hard to reach areas like the nose. And it works well at packing concealer on to blemishes.

C510 Pro Oval Brush* | £5.99

I love this eyeshadow brush. It's small and flat which makes it perfect for packing on eyeshadow or a pigmented all over the lid. It transfers the eyeshadow really well.

C509 Pro Detail Concealer Brush* | £5.99

Another concealer brush, but the flat shape means makes this great for concealer around the eye brows. I really like this when I want a defined brow look. Its synthetic bristles pack on concealer and blend it out seemlessly.

C514 Pro Detail Liner* | £3.99

This is one of my favourite brushes of the bunch! This is the perfect liquid liner brush. The tip is so small and fine, making it super easy to draw on liner and create a neat crisp wing. There's not much else I can say about this but it's just brilliant.

So that's all the makeup and makeup brushes I've been reaching for lately.

Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

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Making Your Own Lip Kit

Kylie Jenners lip kits have taken the world by storm. But they are pricey (especially if you live in the UK) and I don't actually like her liquid lipstick formula. The drugstore have cottoned on to this craze and have started to bring out lip kits at a super cheap price. Although I do find liquid lipsticks hit and miss at the best times and budget ones tend to be more miss. So today I thought I'd share my favourite lipsticks and lipliner that matches them...

ColourPop Echo Park | $6 | POST  and La Girl Liner | £3

ColourPops Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks have to be one of my favourite formulas. Although they are not the most long lasting they are so comfortable and affordable. Echo Park is a really nice Peachy everyday, nude shade. I like to pair it with LA Girls Semi permanent lip liner in the shade Natural. Which is a true nude - it's not too Pink or too Brown. The formula is nice, easy to apply, pigmented and comfortable. This actually goes really well with any nude shade.

Jeffree Star Androgyny | £16 | POST and Maybelline Lip Liner | £3.99

My love for Jeffree Stars Velour Liquid Lips is well documented on this blog. The formula really is spot on - they're easy to apply, well pigmented, non drying and so long lasting! They reapply well and don't sit in any fine lines or exaggerate lines in the lips. The shade Androgyny has to be one of my most worn shades from my collection. It's a Mauve Purple colour, that can still be worn everyday but it's something a bit more than a nude. I like to pair this with Maybellines lip liner in the shade Velvet Beige. Which is a Pink Brown colour. I have read that this has Silver shimmer in it, but I've not ever noticed it! The pencil is super creamy and pigmented. It's so easy to outline and fill in the lips. The shade doesn't compliment Androgyny perfectly but it doesn't alter the colour and makes the perfect base.

ColourPop Calypso | $6 | POST and New Look Lip Liner Toffee | £2.50

Another ColourPop Ultra Satin lip, this time in the shade Calypso. Which is a dusky Purple nude colour. It's slightly more Brown than Androgyny though. It's another great everyday shade in the trusty ColourPop formula. I like to pair with New Looks Toffee Liner. The shade is more of a nude Brown. But this compliments the Brown undertones in Calypso. I also find that this helps the liquid lipstick last a little bit longer. The formula is creamy and doesn't drag in the lips, it's well pigmented and easy to use. This is one of my most reached for combinations.

Jeffree Star Celebrity Skin | £16 | POST and Makeup Revolution Lip Kit | £6 (as part of a set)

Another combination that I love is Celebrity Skin and Makeup Revolutions Lip Liner (this is part of their lip kit set but I can't find it to link individually). Celebrity Skin is a pale nude colour and Makeup Revolution liner in the shade Noble is more of a warm Brown. Celebrity Skin is a great natural everyday shade, but I like my nudes a bit more bold, which is why I pair it with  Noble . Although Celebrity Skin is very pigmented it doesn't make too much of a difference - just a subtle change. The formula of the lip pencil is so good. One of the best I've come across in the drugstore. It's very creamy and really pigmented. It some how makes my lips look a bit more plump. It's also very long lasting and matte without being drying.

Lottie London Slay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Werk it | £5.95 and Lottie London Lip Liner in Fleek | £3.50

Lottie London actually have their own affordable lip kits which are brilliant for there price (see this post for more details) But I picked Werk It as a single. The shade is a beautiful Pinky Brown nude. The formula is well pigmented, long-lasting and not drying at all. It's actually one of the best affordable one I've tried. I like to pair this with the Lottie London lip pencil in Fleek. Which is a warm Brown nude colour. This is actually from one of their lip kits. The formula of this pencil is so creamy - I've had to sharpen it every time I've used it. It's also very pigmented and sits really nice on the lips and under liquid lipsticks. Werk it and Fleek make a really nice warm Pinky, Brown colour.

There are some of my favourite lipsticks and lip pencil combinations.

Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

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