Liquid Lipsticks | The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

If you're a regular reader you'll know how much I love liquid lipsticks. I've tried quite a few. Many different formulas. Some have become everyday staples and others are left collecting dust at the back of a draw. So today I thought I'd bring a few in the form of the Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks are my favourite formula but I've left those out - I talk about them loads. If you're interested I have a collection post here.

The Good (The Really good)...

The Shade Lilita II has to be one of my most worn liquid lipsticks. The shade is a lovely warm Terracotta nude. The formula is on the more liquidy side but it's still easy to apply. It dries down completely matte, whilst still being comfortable - I can't actually tell I'm wearing anything on my lips. The only down side is the wear time. This isn't the longest wearing formula I've ever tried. But I guess that's down to it be being so comfortable on the lips. I think if you struggle with liquid lipsticks drying your lips this would be a good option. 

ColourPop have an incredible formula for the price! Again these are more along the lines of a liquid but are still easy to apply. These dry down to a satin finish, but are still pretty matte. These are so comfortable and non drying. Like the Kat Von D ones I do think that is because they are so comfortable, this compromises the wear time. But all in all these are amazing, especially for the price! My current favourite shades are: Calypso (A Pink-y nude colour) and Echo Park (a Peachy, Mauve colour).

I think the name Hydra is slightly ambitious, but these aren't drying. These dry down, completely matte really quickly but are still comfortable. They also last a lot longer on than the lips than the Kat Von D and ColourPop offerings. The doe applicator is also really good and makes creating a crisp line around the lips easy. Overall, these are brilliant. I have 3 shades and haven't noticed any difference between the shades and the formula. But my two favourite shades are: Everything Nice which is a Brown colour. This would make a good nude on darker skin tones but on me it's quite a bold shade. And Serenity which is a Pink-y nude colour - perfect for everyday wear. 

The Bad (The Ok but not for me)...

These are probably the most hyped up beauty launch of 2016! But these didn't live up to the expectations for me. These are Ok but just ok. I don't think there's anything special about them. These are pigmented and dry down completely matte. They almost look a bit dry on me. But my biggest issue with them is they can't be re-applied or touched in - they go all flakey and just look awful. Plus they are super expensive to get into the UK, what with the shipping being so expensive and the customs on top. They just aren't worth it! I have a whole post on if these are worth the hype with alternatives here. I have two shades Koko K, which is a Mauve colour, and Exposed which is Peach toned. 

These are one of the first affordable liquid lipsticks I tried. And at the time I did really like them. They are matte and last a long time and I really liked the shade options. However, after trying a few different formulas I do think these are a little drying, nothing too bad though I can just feel them on my lips. The shades pictured are Birthday Suit, a Pink-y Brown nude. And Shabby Chic, which is more of a Purple Mauve-y colour. 

The Ugly (The really bad)...

I've not heard too many people talk about these but I thought I give it ago anyway. And I really wish I hadn't. On first application this seemed promising; The doe foot applicator was good and applied the lipstick well,  it was pigmented, easy to apply and dried down really quick. But once it had dried it was so dry! And looked really dry, almost crusty like. After about 20 minutes of wear it began to bunch up on the lips and flake off. I was really disappointed! The shade pictured is Latte.

Primark Super Matte Liquid Lipsticks | £2

This was £2 so I don't know what I was expecting for something so cheap! Like the La Splash one it seemed promising. But after it dried it began flaking off! I just can't recommend this. The shade pictured is Kim, which is a pale Pink toned nude.

I have no idea why these are marketed as 'matte' because they aren't. They don't even have a satin finish. They are glossy! Which is fine. They are really nice, pigmented glosses that last quite a long time for glosses. Don't get me wrong I do like these as glosses, but if you are after something matte than these are not the way to go! The shades I have are Seduction, which is a really nice Pink-y nude. and Devotion which is more of a bold Pink colour. 

So there you have some of my favourite, not so favourite and rubbish Liquid Lipsticks! 

Have you tried any of these? What are thoughts? 

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ColourPop Haul + Swatches

In the new year I decided to treat myself myself to a ColourPop order. They had free international shipping on orders over $50 so I thought I'd take advantage. Side note - when ordering internationally there is also a risk of a customs charge. Which I got. On this particular order it was £17. But because of the free shipping it wasn't a big deal. But anyway onto what I got...

ColourPop Perfectly Peach Set | $33

Peach seems to be the colour trend of the moment in the beauty industry, which I totally love. So I went for this Value set which contains the Peachy Keen Super Shock Shadow Quad and Just Peach, which is 3 Ultra Satin Lips Liquid Lipsticks.

The Peach Keen Quad contains:

Crimper - A pale Gold with micro glitters and metallic finish.
Kennedy - A medium, matte Peach.
Cornelius - A matte, warm toned Caramel Brown.
Bandit - a warm, rusty, Red shade.

The ColourPop eyeshadow formula is so unique. It's kind of a dry moussey texture. It's really hard to explain. But all the shadows are really pigmented. The mattes are amazing, they apply and blend so smoothly. They do take a bit of time to get used to though. And using a synthetic brush applies them best.

The Just Peach set contains:

Instigator (Ultra Matte) - This is described as a matte toned, Peachy nude. I've not tried this shade. But it looks so pretty.
Screenshot  (Ultra satin)- A mid toned nude Peach with a satin finish.
Speed Dial (Ultra Matte) - A rich, matte Peach shade. I used this shade and it does dry a lot darker than it looks in the tube. But I really like this shade.

The Ultra Satin Lips have a really nice formula. While they're not the most long-lasting liquid lipsticks they are super comfortable, wear well and are really pigmented. I find the Ultra Matte lips comfortable, long wearing and not overly drying. I do tend to apply a lip balm before though. for just $5 these are incredible!

ColourPop Highlighter | $8

I've really come to love my ColourPop highlighter in the shade Wisp so I wanted to try another one. I went for Churro. Which is supposed to be a marble effect highlighter, with Gold, Peach and Copper tones running through it. But mine is just like a dip die effect. Which was slightly disappointing. But I'm excited to see what all the hype is about regardless.

ColourPop Blush | $8

Next I picked the Famous blush in the shade Quarters. This is a stunning Peachy Coral colour. The shade is so pretty and the formula is similar to the eyeshadows. I like to apply this with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush. It is very pigmented so a light hand is definitely required.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow | $5

After seeing the Shade Sequin all over my Instagram feed, I just had to get it. It's a stunning warm toned, Copper with a metallic finish. It's a really stunning shade that is so pigmented! I think this will quickly become a favourite.

ColourPop Ultra Stain Lip | $6

Another shade I keep seeing everywhere is Echo Park. It's a warm, Peachy nude but I'd say it's more of a Mauve-y Pink. Either way, it's perfect for everyday wear. The formula is the same as the Ultra Satins I mentioned earlier. I'm sure this shade will become a firm favourite!

So that's everything I picked up. If your debating making an order I definitely recommend doing it. I know it seems expensive with shipping and customs charges but the formulas are well worth it!

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

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Dealing with Breakouts When you Have Dry / Dehydrated Skin

Having dry / dehydrated skin doesn't instantly mean you don't get blemishes or breakouts. Well in my experience it doesn't! But most spot treatments, or skincare for breakouts are aimed at oily skin. This normally means I do treat the spot but it leaves my skin so dry and then I have to try to combat that. And I just end up going round in circles. But I have found some gentle, non drying spot treatments and skincare that really help my breakouts. So today I thought I'd share them with you...


Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish | £14

When I am suffering from breakouts I want something light, not stripping but something that's not dying. So I reach for this offering from Liz Earle. This is a no fuss cleanser that removes makeup, dirt and grime with ease, without leaving my skin feeling dry or tight. This leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh without irritating my breakouts further. I can see why this is such a cult classic.

Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm | £16.50 (Full size)

Another cleanser that I really like when my skin is angry. This is a nice, light, melting cleanser that smells divine. It removes makeup and dirt build up well. And leaves my skin feeling soft and nourished. I will definitely be repurchasing the full size.


La Roche Posay Toleraline Ultra Fluid | £17.50 | POST

This is the only moisturiser I've found that treats my dehydrated skin and helps blemishes. The consistency is super light, but so nourishing. I have no problems with my skin feeling dry or tight throughout the day when I use this. But it also helps speed up the time it takes for blemishes to go away. It's just brilliant, I can't recommend it enough.


Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask | £19.95

This is the ultimate face mask for dry / dehydrated skin that is prone to breakouts. It contains Manuka honey which has great antibacterial properties, it also draws out impurities and hydrates the skin at the same time. This really helps clear breakouts. I like to use it at night, leave it on for 15-20minutes and in the morning my blemishes are smaller and less red. After removing my skin is instantly so soft, smooth, looks clearer and more radiant. It's a brilliant mask.

Good Things Manuka Honey Radiance Mask | £5.99

Another Manuka Honey Mask that works wonders for breakouts is this cheap and cheerful offering. This also contains White Clay that is also an effective ingredient that draws out impurities. And Papaya extract to brighten the complexion. This is a great mask but I don't find it as hydrating as the Antipodes ones, but it's not drying - if that makes sense.


Pai Rose Hip Oil | £22 | POST

I know it might sound strange to treat breakouts with an oil but I've found Rose Hip Oil to be very effective in clearing and treating breakouts. This also has super nourishing ingredients that also hydrate the skin. I've noticed that this has really helped fade any marks / scars that blemishes leave behind! I like to use two or three drops every night. I can't recommend this enough!

Dr Botanicals Super food facial oil | £33.31 | POST

This fast absorbing oil is the perfect hydrator when harsh blemish treatments have dried my skin out. It's jammed pack with skin loving ingredients and anti oxidants to help restore the skin and prevent further damage. I apply a few drops at night after my moisturisers and in the morning my skin is noticeably softer and more hydrated.

So that's the gentle, effective skincare I like to reach for when I have breakouts.

What are you favourite blemish treatments?

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Makeup Lately

Since christmas I've been using loads of different products and testing out new things, but when I actually sat down there were a few items that have remained constant in my routine the past few weeks. So here I am to share them with guys...

Becca Backlight Primer Filter | £32 | POST

I won't go into too much detail about this primer because I've been talking about it a lot recently! This is just the best primer for giving skin a really nice glow! It smoothes over any dry / imperfections and leaves a really nice base for makeup! Read more about it here. 

L'oreal Pro Glow Infallible Foundation | £12.95 | POST 

This foundation isn't available in the UK and I have no idea why. It's brilliant. It's a long wearing, dewy foundation. And my is this dewy - which I love. I do have to use it with a mattifying powder or I find I'm a bit too sweaty as the day progresses. This is very long wearing though, even when I didn't set it and it went really shiny it still lasted all day! It offers good medium coverage but it can built up to full. I have the shade 208 which I can work with although I could have probably done with a shade lighter. I got this from a trusted ebay seller linked above, new and sealed. Overall, I really like this and I've been reaching for it almost everyday!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye under eye | £23.60 (with a brush) | POST

To conceal my dark circles I've been reaching for this offering. This is one of the best dark circle concealers I've tried. It has such good full coverage. And by full coverage I mean full coverage. I find I only need a tiny drop (pin head sized)  to cover the whole of my under eye area. This is really thick though and can be difficult to blend. I find it blends out best with a damp Beauty Blender. I do like to set this to prevent creasing.

NYX NO Filter Finishing Powder | £11 |

For powder I've been really enjoying this. It's supposed to act as a filter on your face to give perfect looking skin. I'm pleasantly surprised by how well this works. It gives my skin a a nice smooth look and blurs my dehydration lines. It mattifies everything without making it too matte and helps my makeup last that extra bit longer. I don't find this dries my skin out either.

L'Oreal Infallible Blush Trio | £7.99

This is one of favourite blushers and think its so underrated! The nude Beige is a really nice warm Bronze colour. It comes with 3 shades that can be used separately to create a sculpted look, or mixed together for a wash of colour. I used to use it all together and gives my cheeks a nice glow. The formula is finely milled and has the perfect amount of pigmentation. It's not too pigmented it's difficult to work but has enough to look good.

Makeup Forever Pro Fusion Highlighter | £26.50 | POST

Since receiving this for christmas it has been my go too highlighter. The 02 Gold is a nice Gold colour. The formula is butter soft and applies beautifully. It looks so natural and seamless on the skin. It doesn't have any glitter just a gorgeous sheen to it.  I definitely recommend checking this out!

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette | £39 | POST

This stunning palette has quickly become my current favourite for eyeshadow. It has 18 stunning shades with a good range of mattes and shimmers. Majority of the shadows are warmed toned, which I love. It has some really great every day shades in it too. See Too Faced Sweet Palette - Worth the Hype, for my full review with swatches.

LA Splash Art-ki-teck Liner | £11.25 | POST

Since my much loved Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner ran out I've been loving this. It makes a great cheaper alternative. The tip is fine, which makes it easy to apply. It applies so smoothly and it's very black! I tend to find some liners look Grey. It lasts all day without smudging or flaking. It's just great!

NYX Soft Matte Lips Cream | £5.50

I've been really enjoying a more natural looking lip. So the shade Abu Dhabi has been one of my lip choices. It's a lovely Pinky, Brown nude. That works with most makeup looks. The Soft Matte cream formula is really nice too. It's really comfortable on the lips and dries down to a nice semi matte finish.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip | $6 | POST

Another lip shade I've been reaching for is Calypso. This is more of a Pink nude than Abu Dhabi, that looks so nice on. The Ultra Satin formula is one of my favourite liquid lipstick formulas. It's not the longest wearing but it's so comfortable and easy to work with.

So that's some of the makeup I've been reaching for lately.

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

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Soft Focus, Skin Perfecting Primers

 I wont say no to perfect looking, blurred skin. The Beauty industry has gone crazy for these soft focus / Instagram filter primers. So today I thought I'd share my favourite primers which promises to do just that. I'm not going to lie these aren't going to actually give you an Instagram filter on the face but they do help problem areas look a lot better..

Rimmel Insta Flawless Primer | £6.99 | POST

This is one of my favourite primers and the fact it's so cheap makes it even better. The name is tacky but don't let that put you off. This is a glow enhancing primer that also offers a bit of coverage. It makes my skin look more alive, awake and just all round better. It also smooths over the skin and makes it a great base for makeup. If you have good skin you could probably just get away with just this! It only comes into shades though, but I guess if you're using it as a primer this shouldn't be too much of an issue.

Boots Time Delay Primer | £10.99 | POST

This primer has more of a silcone-y texture but I don't find it drying on my dehydrated skin. It promises to blur and add a glow. This isn't the most glow-y primer I've used but it definitely gives the skin a little something extra though. The blurring properties of this are incredible - I'm amazed every time I use it. My dehydration lines are gone and my skin just instantly looks better. It also leaves my skin silky smooth and foundation applies like a dream over the top. I found this also improves my makeup wear time. This is my go primer for glow-y foundations that tend to get oily throughout the day. It is probably the closest I've come to my favourite Instagram filter!

Hylamide HA Blur | £19

Hylamide have developed a formula like no other. This blurring primer uses Hyluronic acid and powders to blur skin. Which you can really feel in the texture - it feels dry but not like silicone. It smooths over the skin and leaves it velvety soft. And instantly more smooth and plump looking. Foundation applies nicely over the top without it bunching or rolling up, leaving skin picture perfect.

Becca Backlight Primer Filter | £32 | POST

I couldn't do a post like this and not include this - it's my holy grail primer. If you have dry or dehydrated skin you need this! This gives the skin an amazing, lit from within glow. The glow isn't masked by full coverage foundations either. This makes almost all my foundations look way better. This doesn't do a lot in terms of blurring but it does smooth over dry patches and adds hydration which does make the skin look better. It is easy to go over the top with this too so just a pump or two is enough for a gorgeous glow!

The Body Shop All in One Insta Blur Primer | £14

This is an oldie but a goodie. This is a silicone primer but it has a light,  comfortable texture that I don't find drying on my skin. This is great for filling in pores and leaves a smooth base for foundation. I imagine this would have some oil control for those with this problem.

Estee Lauder Illuminating primer | £21 | POST

This is a brilliant all round foundation - it blurs and hydrates. Making it perfect for dry / dehydrated skin. It has light texture that's easy to blend. It contains soft focus optic to blur the skin and it really does. It also contains Vitamin  E and Shea Butter to nourish and hydrate the skin. The light texture glides over any problems areas and leaves a smooth base for makeup. I also find this extends my makeup wear time and keeps it looking flawless all day.

There's all my favourite Soft Focus, Skin perfecting primers.

Have you tried any of these? What are you favourite blurring primers?

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