My Travel Makeup Picks

I'm not actually going on holiday this year. Meh,  I'm getting married in September so that's where all my funds are going! But I am heading up to Birmingham for a few days with the girls for my hen party. I'm super excited so I thought I'd share my makeup picks I'll be taking along with me...

Estee Lauder Illuminating primer | £25  | POST

My love for a good glow is no secret on this blog. And I've been loving this primer lately. It's perfect for giving the face a subtle glow but still extending the wear time of foundation. It also leaves my skin noticeably smoother.

Urban Decay Naked Skin One & Done | £25 | POST 

This is my go to base of choice at the moment. There's nothing not to love - it lasts well, has good coverage, has a natural finish. Pretty much everything you would want for a base.

Becca Champagne Pop Face Palette | £42

I've picked this palette because it has everything in one place. The blush shade Amaretto is a perfect daytime shade. Then there are two others to create something more dramatic for the evening. It also has the famous Champagne Pop highlighter which is the most stunning Champagne toned highlighter. And Processco Pop which is more Gold in tone. The palette itself is also very sturdy so ideal for travelling. See my full review here.

Kat Von D Shade and Light palette | £46 | POST

Contouring probably isn't essential for your average holiday but we going for a night out so I want something more than nice day makeup. This palette is easily one of the best contour palettes I've tried. It has 3 dark shades that I imagine would work for most skin tones, and 3 highlighter shades. My favourite are the two middle shades. The darker one is a perfect shade for creating shadows and the lighter Yellow shade is perfect for setting under the eyes. It brightens the whole area and looks so good in photos! I definitely recommend this palette when Kat Von D comes to Debenhams. See this post for swatches.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer | £17.50 | POST 

I'm going to need a concealer I rely on so that calls for none other than the Naked Skin Concealer. The texture is so light and creamy but still gives amazing coverage. It works on the blemishes and under the eyes, without moving or cracking!

LA Girl Pro HD Concealer | £5 | POST

Regular readers will know my struggle with dark circles. They are so bad so colour correcting is a must for me and the LA Concealer works so well for me. paired with the Naked Skin Concealer my dark circles are gone!

Makeup Geek Shadow Pans | £5.50 - £8.50

For eye shadows I'll be taking my Z palette with my favourite Makeup Geek Shadow Pans. Makeup Geek Shadows are really easy to work with, and well pigmented. Although I'm not to pleased that Beauty Bay has increased the price of these. But they're still not bad value for money. The shades are:

Runpzel - This is great Champagne highlight shade. But I really like it as an eye shadow base. 

Creme Brulee - A light warm toned Brown. This a perfect crease colour.

Cosmopolitian - A lovely Rose Gold colour. This looks great all over the lid.

Frappe - This is very similar to Latte only more warm in tone.

Cocoa Bear - A stunning warm, Reddish Brown colour. I love this in the outer V, crease and sometimes all over the lid.

Cherry Cola - This is very similar to Bitten. It looks Purple in the pan but I find it translates to a Reddish, warm toned Brown.

Grandstand - This is one of the prettiest shades I own. It's a foil finish so really packs a punch in terms of shimmer. The shade is a Rosey Coppery shimmer colour. This looks stunning all over the lid.

Americano - This is a dark Brown with Purple under tones. It works well as an outer V shade or to smoke an eye look. 

Morocco - Is a warm toned Red. I love this shade for warming the over all eye look. 

With these shades I create my favourite daytime or evening eye looks. See this post for swatches.

Lancome Gradiose Liner* | £23  | POST 

On a night out I love a winged liner. This liner is perfect for creating one. The tip is really precise. The formula is super Black and stays Black all day. Perfect for a long night of dancing. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade | £15 | POST 

For smudge proof brows that will last all day or night, dip brow is the best. It does take slightly longer than some brow products but the finish is well worth it. It gives me full, yet natural looking brows. 

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara | £7.99 | POST 

Regular readers skip past this part. I'm running out of things to say about this mascara. It's amazing! It gives length and volume. Doesn't flake, smudge or budge. And it is ridiculously cheap. 

Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick In the shade Very Victoria | £23 | POST 

This is lovely Brown lipstick that might be a good nude on darker skin tones. This is from the Charlotte Tilbury matte lipstick line so it's really long lasting. The formula is also super creamy and comfortable. This is perfect the day to night shade. 

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in the shade Naked | £15 | POST 

A good nude lipstick is a fail safe travel makeup essential. The shade Naked is a Pink tone that works well with any makeup look. It's from the cream line so it has a slightly sheen finish, that's super comfortable. 

L'Oreal Mega Gloss | £7.99

This is one of my newest favourites. I've been really enjoying a super glossy lip. The shade Disco Ball gives a super glossy, wet look to the lips. It also has an almost metallic look to it - which i've been loving lately. I love this as a lip topper over lipsticks. 

So there you have a few that are in my travel makeup bag. What are your picks?

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

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Drugstore Starter Kit (Or just amazing drugstore products)

The aisles of Boots and Superdrug (the Two biggest 'drugstores' here in the Uk) are my favourite places. I love trying to hunt down amazing products at an amazing price. It's safe to say I've tried my fair share of drugstore products. So today I wanted to share my drugstore starter kit - The products that if I had to start my collection again they would serve me well. And that are perfect for beginners or those just or wanting to get into makeup. I've also just kept this strictly to stuff available in the drugstore, and not stuff that is still affordable but can't be brought in the drugstore (which actually made it really hard!).

Rimmel #Instaflawless Primer | £6.99 | POST

Although primer isn't probably a necessity when just starting out in makeup, it makes such a huge difference in my makeup application and wear time. This Rimmel one leaves the perfect base for makeup. It leaves a lovely glow to the skin, adds a tiny bit of coverage and leaves my skin smoother. If you have really good skin you could probably get away with just this!

NYX HD Concealer wand | £5.50 | POST

For concealer this offering from NYX is perfect for a starter kit. It works well on blemishes and under the eyes. It has a nice light texture that's easy to blend but still has good coverage at the same time. This is also a good dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (see dupes / affordable alternatives for more details).

Maybelline Fit Foundation Smooth and Dewy | £7.99 | POST
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Matte + Poreless | £5.99 | POST

There are so many different bases in the drugstore, it can be a daunting task picking which one to go for. So I picked Two. The Maybelline Smooth and Dewy which is a great 'glowy' foundation. The formula is so nice; it gives medium coverage, blends with ease and lasts so well on the skin. This a brilliant foundation for those who have normal or dry skin. I have the old packaging but the packaging has the same formula.

The Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless is another great option. It is a matte foundation but it's not drying or cakey at all! It offers a good medium to full coverage and lasts all day! This a great all round foundation. Both the foundations from the Fit Me line also have a pretty good shade range.

Bourjois Health Balance Compact Powder | £8.99

For my dehydrated skin powder isn't essential. And finding one in the drugstore that isn't too drying or cakey looking  I've found to be a struggle. But not this one from Bourjois. It's perfect for setting everything down and removing excess oil. It's so finely milled, it just melts into the skin without leaving a powdery trace behind.

Bourjois Chocolate Bronzer | £7.99

This was a tough category! I feel like drugstore bronzers can be very hit and miss. And it can be difficult to find one that suits your skin tone. But the Boujois Chocolate Bronzer is brilliant. It's finely milled and applies evenly and wears well. It comes in two shades. I have the darker shade which is warm but not too warm!

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush | £8.99

Every makeup collection needs a good Pink blush. And this Max Factor one in the shade Lovely Pink is great. It gives the cheeks a healthy flush with a subtle glow. It applies so smoothly, and lasts all day.

Sleek  Highlighter Eye Palette Solstice | £9.99

Again, I'm not convinced a highlighter is a starter kit essential, but it really transforms the complexion, and if applied in the right places - pretty fool proof. As drugstore highlighters go, I'm yet to find a better one than this. It contains 3 powder formulas and one cream formula. I can take or leave the cream one. But the powders are incredible. All 3 are buttery soft, give an amazing glow, all without glitter! See my full  with swatches review here.

Makeup Revolution Neutrals vs New-trals palette | £6.99

If affordable, super pigmented, blendable eye shadows are what you're after look no further than Makeup Revolution. And this pallete in particular is incredible! The top row has some brilliant warm tones and the bottom row has more neutral shades. This palette is so versatile and it can create almost any eye look. It also has some similar shades as the Anastasia Beverly Hill Modern Renaissance Palette (See this post for more details and swatches).

Soap and Glory Supercat Liner | £6.99

This liquid liner would be awesome for beginners. The tip is really fine and precise making drawing a wing really easy. It doesn't flake, smudge or move throughout the day either.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara | £7.99 | POST

I'm not really sure what I can say about that this mascara that I already haven't! It's just the best mascara ever! It gives really good length and volume, without a clump in sight! It also holds the curl all day and doesn't smudge or flake.

Rimmel Brow Pencil | £2.99 | POST

This was my favourite brow pencil for such a long time! The shade Hazel is a perfect match for my hair. It's also really easy to draw  the brows and still keep them natural looking. It also lasts all day on me!

NYX Butter Gloss | £5 | POST

For a good gloss, the NYX butter glosses are second to none. They are so buttery and give the lips a really nice plump look. They don't stick either. And come in so many shades to suit everyone! The shade featured above is Tiramisu, which is a lovely browny nude colour. See this post for more of my favourite shades.

NYX Matte Lipstick | £6.50

Another lip product from NYX but they really do have the lip formula down! The matte line is amazing. They are super creamy, comfortable and long lasting. There's nothing not to love. The shade Euro Trash  is in the middle of being not quite a nude but not quite being a colour. It's a great shade that can be worn either day or night.

Real Techniques Brushes

Real Techniques easily do the best brushes in the drugstore. In fact the Buffing Brush (part of the Core collection) Is my all time favourite for applying foundation! The Contour brush, which is also part of the core collection, is brilliant for blending out concealer. All their brushes are incredible quality and amazing value for money!

So there's some makeup starter kit inspiration. Or just some great drugstore products, if you already have a good makeup collection!

Have you tried any of these? What are thoughts?

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SEVENTEEN Mega Matte Lipsticks

Who doesn't love a good matte lipstick? And what's better than affordable matte lipsticks? I feel like really matte, non drying lipsticks is an area that the drugstore struggle with. Well not SEVENTEEN, they've just dropped their new Mega Matte Lipsticks*, that really are amazing!

I have 5 shades:

Rojia You're World

I was super excited by this shade. It's a beautiful deep, Wine colour. This would be a great autumn winter shade. It's really creamy and applies opaquely in two swipes. And it really is mega matte and not drying at all. It did last a long time, around 4 hours before the wear was noticeable. I'm sure this will be a staple winter shade for me.

Roses are Red

This shade is a lovely bold, Orange toned, Red. I'm loving these kind of shades this summer. This only took one swipe for a fully opaque finish. I did find this a little dryer than the others, but nothing to stop me from loving the lipstick! This didn't wear evenly though, the colour broke down around the middle, but it was really easy to touch up. And this is also very similar to Urban Decays Vice lipstick in the shade Temper.

I Lilac It A Lot

This is a pale Grey, Lilac colour. This shade really doesn't suit me and made me look a bit ill. But that aside the formula is really nice. It glides on the lips with ease and sat comfortably for a good few hours (well, until I needed to leave the house so I removed it!).

Back To The Fuschia

Love the name of this! And as the name suggests it is a bold Fuchsia Pink. Because it's Blue toned it also makes my teeth look super white! The formula is, again super creamy, comfortable and long lasting. I think this would be great on a night out.

Violet Summer

This is a Violet Purple that has a slight metallic finish, which is strange considering it's supposed to be matte. But I actually really like it. I'm really into the whole metallic lip thing that's really in at the moment. And despite this being so far from the Brown toned nudes that I really like! This would look great for festivals. It applies so easily and is softer in formula than the others. It's also slighter sheerer but easily buildable.

Overall, these lipsticks are amazing considering they are £4.49! If affordable matte lipsticks are what you're looking for definitely head over to nearest SEVENTEEN stand. There is also a few nudes in the collection that I plan on getting.

SEVENTEEN Mega Matte Lipsticks are available online from Boots here.

Have you tried these? What are your thoughts?

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4 Brilliant Eye Brighteners

Concealers are starting to be come a bit of an obsession of mine. I find myself buying all the latest launches in the hope of banishing my dark circles! But in recent years, colour correctors are certainly having their moment. And for good reason! I definitely find they make a massive difference in hiding more dark circles. So today I thought I'd share with you my favourite colour correctors which brighten up my under eyes...

LA Girl Pro HD high Definition Concealer | £4.99

I hate to bore regular readers because I always talk about this! I have the shade Yellow which really adds brightness to the under eye area and conceals my dark circles at the same time. The formula is really nice; it's creamy, easy to blend, well pigmented and doesn't crease. I have tried the Orange version of this but it's just too pigmented - no regular concealers will cover it! I have also tried the regular skin tone shades but I've found the formula is different. The regular ones are really dry and crack on me. But the Yellow shade is perfect! And for just £4.99 I can't recommend this enough.

NYX 3c Contour, Correct, Concealer palette | £9.99

I actually picked this up because it's a concealer and contour palette, in the shade 01 fair ,so I wanted it for contouring purposes. But the Peachy shade in the bottom right corner is an amazing eye brightener! It really conceals and brightens up the whole area. The formula is very thick and sticky, so probably best to avoid this if you don't like this type of concealer. But it does blend out well. I like to apply with my Real Techniques Foundation Brush and pat it on. I then go over it with a Beauty Blender to ensure it is fully blended. This does also need setting to prevent creasing. It does take slightly longer to apply but when you have dark circles like mine, it really is worth the extra leg work! Once I've done this my dark circles are unnoticeable!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye | £26

While this is more of a concealer than a corrector, it is one of the best concealers for brightening up the under eye area. I have the shade Fair and I really should have gone a few shades darker because it's almost White on my skin but I just apply a few coats of regular concealer over the top. This is described as full coverage and it really is! Again this is quite thick and takes some extra work blending but it's well worth it because the coverage is incredible!

NYX Concealer Jar | £5.50

This is another old favourite! I have the shade Yellow which works so well at counteracting my dark circles. This is more on the thick side but not as thick as the NYX palette. It also blends out so easily! I like to just use my fingers and I'm good to go!

So there's some of my favourite eye correctors and brighteners! Do leave you recommendations below because I love a good concealer!

Have you tried any of these? What are thoughts?

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LPage Beauty Turns One! What I've Learnt in My First Year Of Blogging

So yesterday my blog turned one! Crazy, I still can't believe I've blogging for a whole year! So today I thought I'd share with you what I've learnt in my first year of Blogging!

Numbers really aren't everything...

You've probably heard this a thousand times before. And I'd be lying if i said I wasn't a little disappointed when I'd worked really hard on a post and it goes down like a lead balloon! But on the flip I'd get a few really nice comments. And that's what I really love, when somebody takes the time to tell me that they liked the post or my photography! That means way more than having 1000s of views!

The Blogging Community is lovely..

I also see tweets and stuff about how bitchy some bloggers are and how the blogging community has changed. To be honest I've never experienced any of that. Everyone that I've ever interacted with has been so lovely. And a really nice community to be a part of!

Blogging is insanely time consuming... 

I take my hat of to bloggers who blog and work full time! It's so time consuming. You've got to take pictures, edit the pictures, write the actual post. But the works not finished there, then theres promoting the post across social media! Replying to comments. It all takes up a lot of time! But it's well worth it!

There's a whole other technical side...

When I first started I had no idea how technical blogging actually is. I had no clue what CEO was. I'm still not really sure but it's something to do with how high up your blog appears on Google - don't quote me on that though, I could be wrong! And code writing, I have no idea how to write code! But it's pretty handy for blog templates.

You don't need a flashy camera...

When I first started blogging I took my photos on my iphone. To be honest my pictures weren't great but I don't think they were bad. I still don't have a DSLR, I would like one but for now I'm happy with my Nikon Bridge camera. I also see amazing pictures from people who use iphones. So it really isn't overly important!

You have to give back...

Unless you have a huge following, it definitely helps to read other blogs, and leave comments. Thoughtful comments though! None of this follow for follow crap - nobody likes that! But I always try to take time to comment on blogs who have left a comment on mine. And I know other bloggers do to!

So that's a few of the main things I've learnt from blogging in the past year. I'm still learning so much and hope to learn way more!

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone that reads my blog, comments on my blog or follows me on any platform! It really does mean a lot! I'll be back on Sunday with a regular beauty post!

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