Dupes / Affordable Alternatives #2

As promised in my last Dupes post (you can read it here) I'm back with part two! So without further ado...

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette | £59 Vs Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette | £8

For someone who has skin that leans more dry I tend to avoid powders. I find them too drying. But the Hourglass Ambiant Lighting Palette has been a revolution! They're not drying at all and leave skin with a soft subtle glow. However, the Makeup Revolution Radiance palette is so similar. Both palettes contain 3 powders, all of which are similar in shade. The Bronze shade in the Makeup Revolution Palette is more Bronze-y than the Hourglass one. And the Makeup Revolution ones have slightly more of a glow than the Hourglass ones. But for the massive price difference you can't really complain. See my full comparision here.

NYX Gotcha Covered Concealer  | £5.50 Vs It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under eye | £26

I really like the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under eye (See full review here), it is such a great brightening, full coverage concealer. But I was kind of annoyed when I realised I'd paid nearly £30 for a concealer that was so similar to one I already had that cost far less! The NYX offering is pretty much the same - full coverage and brightening. The only difference is the NYX one is slightly wetter in consistency. But once applied and set down both perform and last exactly the same!

Bourjois ColorBand 2in1 shadow and eyeliner | £5.99 VS By Terry Ombre Black Star | £29

The By Terry Ombre Black Star are probably the most talked about eye shadow crayons in the blogging community. And for good reason; they're creamy, easy to apply and stay put literally all day! Although Bourjois is definitely an affordable alternative. The shades are really different. But the Bourjois one in the shade Brun  is just as good. In fact, I think it might be a bit better in terms of staying powder. I definitely recommend checking out the Bourjois ones, they are amazing for the price. 

NYX Tame & Frame | £5.50 VS Anatashia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade | £15

I toyed with the idea of getting the ABH Dip Brow for the longest time. But I've always been an eye pencil kind of girl. Until I actually tried it and I'm in love! It gives a really nice, full defined look to the brows, whilst still looking natural. So since I'd been converted to Pomades I wanted to explore some more. Enter NYX. These two are exactly the same thing. I have the Soft Brown in ABH Dip Brow and the shade Chocolate from NYX. The NYX shade is slightly warmer but both shades work on me. And I actually think the NYX one is slightly better, I found it more creamy and smoother to apply. So I highly recommend the NYX one. 

MAC Spirit Lipstick | £15.50 VS Soap & Glory Matte lipstick in the shade Cinnamon Beige | £9

What kind of dupe post would this be without a MAC lipstick dupe! And I've found one for the shade Spirit which is a Pinky Brown nude, from the Satin Finish line. Soap & Glory's Cinnamon Beige is so similar. I'd say it's slightly more Pink than the MAC one, and it's described as matte but the finish is so similar! Both have good staying power, they last around 3-4 hours on the lip. But I think I prefer the S&G so I definitely recommend checking it out! 

So theres some more dupes for you! Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

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The Summer Lovin' Tag

I love a good tag post! I think they're a good way of getting to know a blogger while still keeping an element of beauty in there! And what better than a seasonal tag. Shout out to the lovely Sal over at Umm Baby Beauty. Make sure you head over and check her blog out!

So lets get started...

Favourite Perfume

This is tricky one. I'm so funny with scents. I find most give me a headache or I associate them with bad memories. Strange, I know. But I do love Vikor and Rolf Flower Bomb. It smells like heaven in a bottle and costs around the same!

Favourite Lip Colour 

I'm normally a matte girl but recently I've really into glosses. By glosses I mean the NYX Butter Glosses. They are amazing. They really are like butter on the lips, not sticky at all and actually have really good pigmentation as glosses go. My favourite shades are: Creme Brulee, Angel Food Cake and Fortune Cookie. I've also been really enjoying a bold lip, which comes in the form of Urban Decay's Temper lipstick. It's from the Comfort Matte line and it really is comfortable and long lasting. The shade is a stunning Red Orange colour that looks so good against a tan.

Favourite Drink 

I drink Diet Coke all year round. I'm addicted to the stuff. And in the summer nothing beats an ice cold can on a hot day.

Favourite Blush 

I've been really enjoying a subtle Bronzy look, so I've been loving the L'oreal Sculpt Blush in the shade Nude Beige which is nude Bronzy colour. It goes with pretty much all makeup looks and gives me a sun kissed glow with a subtle sheen.

Favourite Clothing Item 

At the moment I'm loving wide leg Palazzo pants, with a nice crop top. I swear they were made for my body shape, they just flatter me so well. Plus they are light and cool in the heat, but because they are trousers I can still do particular stuff (Mum problems).

Favourite Movie 

This was a tough one. I have so many favourite films, but I don't really have any that I like to watch because of the season if that makes sense. I did recently watch Straight Out of Compton, which was incredible. Its about the rise and fall of the NWA; the film was so well done. I highly recommend giving it watch!

Favourite TV Show

Like Movies I don't really have a seasonal favourite but my all time favourites are Prison Break, Sons Of Anarchy and Breaking Bad.

Favourite Food

In the summer I really enjoy food that contains real Whipped cream like Eaton Mess and fresh cream cakes. Probably not the healthiest haha.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I tag all my readers to it! Let me know if you do, I'd love to read your answers. But in particular I tag:

Soihban | BeautyLymin 

Dorottka | iDororttka

Caroline | Iridescentplaces

Danielle | Danielle's Beauty Blog 

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Concealers | The Good, the Bad & the Ugly Take 2

I need concealer. I have the worst dark circles ever! So I'm always trying new ones to find the perfect one, one that doesn't crease under the eyes, has good coverage, long lasting, one that makes me look awake basically! On this mission I've tried so many. And since my first concealers | the good, the bad and ugly post went down so well, I thought I'd do another one...

The Good (the really good)...

This is a great full coverage concealer. And when I say full coverage, I mean full coverage! I've not tried one that has coverage like this and I've tried a fair few! It also works really well at brightening the under eye area. It is more on the thick side which won't be for everyone, but I really it like because it actually covers my dark circles. I do like to set this with a Yellow powder because without it, it is prone to creasing but apart from that this is a fantastic concealer. 

NYX just can't do wrong in my eyes, everything I've tried has been incredible! And this concealer is none the less. It's a thick concealer but blends out well. I have the shade Yellow which I found is perfect for colour correcting my dark circles, as they are more Blue toned. When set with powder I don't find this creases. I also have a skin tone shade for belmishes, and just a tiny dap covers them. This is a great all round concealer!

I heard this was a dupe of MACs Pro Long Wear Concealer, I don't have that concealer but this one is very good. It's lightweight and very liquid-y, this makes it so easy to blend. The coverage is more on the light to medium side which makes it perfect for going over the top of Yellow concealers. 

The Bad (the ok but not for me)...

If you're a regular reader you will how much I love the Yellow version of this concealer (read all about that here) So after hearing rave reviews about how good the Orange one is for concealing dark circles, I had to get my hands on it. The formula is the same as the Yellow one - light, creamy, blendable but still has good coverage. But this is so pigmented, It's impossible to cover. It just leaves my under eyes bright Orange, which isn't a good look. 

Again this is a concealer that gets rave reviews. And I can see why. The formula is very nice, especially for under the eyes. It's light, creamy, blend-able, doen't crease and has good staying power while offering a medium build-able coverage. But this oxidises and goes a weird Orange shade on me. I do really want to try the brightening US shade though. 

The Ugly (the really bad)...

What is the deal with this!? I don't even know where to start. It has quite a solid texture that is really difficult to get out of the pot. But with a good bit of elbow work it does but it's really oily consistency and blends out too a really light coverage. I did try building it but it just creased like hell. To some it up. A waste of money!

This is supposed to be a brightening concealer for the under eye area. Granted, it is brightening. It doen't have good coverage though, it's very light. But what I really don't like is how oily it is! It looks wet on the skin and creases under the eye like crazy! So basically I'm left with dark shiny under eyes. While this isn't great for under the eyes. I do like this as a highlighter for the centre of my face when my skin is very dry. 

So theres some more good and not so good concealers!

Have you tried any of these? What's your favourite concealer?

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Summer Skincare Pick-me-ups

Here in the Uk the weather has been insanely hot! Highs of 30 degrees! this doesn't often happen so needless to say I was struggling to cope. My makeup was cooking on my face, I was itching to take it off at the end of the day, it wasn't pretty. But I had a few items in my stash to really help to keep makeup looking fresh. And that were so refreshing to take my makeup off with...

Avene Thermal Spring Water | £7

This stuff is like heaven in a bottle on a hot day. It's basically a fancy water spray, but the water comes out so cool; it feels lovely on the skin. It also soothes irritated skin, adds moisture and can be used as makeup setting spray. My Children and I were literally covering ourselfs in the stuff! It really gave my skin instant relief from the heat!

Mario Badescu Aloe & Herb Facial Spray | £10.25

Having dehydrated skin means I love a good facial spritz at the best of times, but in the hot weather they really do their job! This one from Mario Badescu is packed full of vitamins to hydrate, soothe and cool the skin. It refreshes my makeup and makes it look a whole lot better.

Katherine Daniels Essential Cleansing Milk | £19*

The thought of putting a thick balm cleanser on my face just didn't seem like a good idea, I wanted something nice and refreshing to remove my makeup. So I've been reaching for this. It's so light but does a good job at removing my makeup and leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh. Which is just the best feeling after a long day in the heat!

Mario Badescu Emxime Revitilizing Mask | £16.50

After feeling like my skin had been suffocated all day a deep cleanse is definitely in order. And this mask has been amazing! It exfoliates, deep cleans and nourishes all at the same. The consistancy is more on the thin side considering its mask, but it felt instantly cooling on the skin. It does set but was so easy to remove. Once I had, my skin instantly looked brighter, fresher and felt soft and smooth. This was so nice to use. I highly recommend this!

So there's a few thing I've been using to keep my skin refreshed in the sun! Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts?

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Caring For Dry Damaged Hair

I probably have everything you don't want in hair; it's thick, frizzy, dry, damaged and just an out right pain in the bum! But in my mission to have super smooth princess hair, I've found a few products that actually really make a difference...

Neal & Wolf Harmony Shampoo | £14.50*

Since the world went crazy for sulphate free shampoo I definitely jumped on that bandwagon and notice a huge difference in my hair. I don't know to much about the science of sulphates but it can be quite stripping on the hair, leaving it dryer and more frizzy. I also never really see the point in spending a lot of money on shampoo. But this has really revolutionised my hair washing experience! It's so thick, I actually had to check it wasn't conditioner. It also lathered really well, considering its sulphate free. And left my hair feeling clean but without stripping.

Neal & Wolf Harmony Intense conditioner | £13.50*

Having thick dry hair a good conditioner is essential. And this really hydrates and smooths my hair without weighing it down. I like to apply this, wait 2-3 minutes and rinse it off. Straight after rinsing I feel the difference in my hair. This is also silicone free.

Lee Stafford Hair Growth Treatment | £8.49

Every time I wash my hair I use an intense mask. I found this makes such a huge difference. This Lee Stafford one is the best I've tried! It's designed for hair that doesn't really grow. I'm not sure it actually makes hair grow quicker, but it is an amazing hair mask! It leaves my hair soft, shiny, more manageable and feeling nourished. I can't recommend this mask enough!

Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance | £4.95

I've been using this for years and I swear by it! When I don't use it really notice the difference. It's a leave in conditioner that's a multi tasking gem: It speeds blow drying, leaves hair softer and promotes shine. And what's better is it's so affordable!

Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Treatment | £18

I have a blond ombre which means bleaching, after my 3rd bleaching session my hair has started breaking. It's a good job it's so thick! But to prevent the breakage I've been using this. And I really think its helping. It's a leave in cream, that nourishes the hair without weighing it down.

Garnier Ultimate Blends Sleek Perfector Oil | £9.99

Thank goodness for oils! Oils work wonders on my hair. This offering from Garnier is incredible for smoothing the hair and adding shine. My hair is really difficult to brush, it gets so knotty and this really helps smooth it so its easier to brush. Another winning product.

Neal & Wolf Velvet Nourishing Hair Oil | £14.95

This is great on wet hair to add shine, leaving it nourished and noticeably smoother. It doesn't weigh my hair down either. It contains Argan oil, Jojoba oil and Avocado oil, which really nourish the hair for a silky smooth, velvet effect! I actually prefer this over the famous Moroccan Oil.

So there my top products for dry hair! What are yours?

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