Best in Beauty | February





















This year is flying by! It will be Christmas again before we know it! But the end of February means more favourites! This month I've been trying many new things, mainly foundations so keep your eyes peeled for those! But anyway on to the favourites:


Becca Back Light Priming Filter | £32                                                                 POST

I haven't tried anything quite like this before! Its an illuminating primer, that gives an amazing radiant glow without any glitter. This leaves skin super smooth, radiant and fresh looking. And helps foundation apply smoothly on top. I love this stuff and I haven't reached for another primer since buying this!

L'Oreal Infillable Sculpt Blushes | £7.99                                                             POST

These blushes are brilliant! They're well pigmented and easy to blend; but its the finish I'm crazy for. They have such a lovely glow about them, when they are on the cheeks, without chuncks of glitter or being overly shimmery. They just subtley catch the light. Each blush contains 3 different shades that can either be used together or seperatly to create a sculpted look, I personally just use them all together. I have the shades 102 Nude Beige, which is a lovely bronzy colour, and 201 soft Rosy, which is a beautiful soft pink.




L'Oreal Infillable Sculpt Brow Artist | £8.99                                                              POST
This is one the strangest brow products I've every used. Its a brow gel but it has a felt tip on the end of the brush to help fill in the brows. I was sceptical of how good this would be, but its surprisingly easy to use! And leaves me with full, natural looking brows!

REN Gloycolic Mask | £32

I've rediscovered my love for this, since running out if my trusted GlamGlow. This little beauty is brilliant for giving life back to dull, tired looking skin. It is formulated with AHAs (if you don't know what they are read HERE) to lift away dead cells and exfoliate. It also deeps cleans, combats congestion, reduces blackheads and reduces the appearance of fine lines. This lives up to all that it promises. And after slapping this on and waiting for 10-15 minutes, then rinsing I'm left with soft, radiant, glowing skin! A must have for almost any skin concern. And has been a firm favourite throughout February!

Rattan Handel Powder Brush | $3.95 *

Now this looks like the rather expensive NARS brush. I haven't tried the NARS one and I don't plan to. This one is great. I'd been looking for the perfect blush brush for so long, I find most are to big. But this one is the perfect size. Its fluffy enough to blend out blusher with ease and washes really well.


So that's everything I've been loving this month. What have been your favourites?


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The Liquid Lipstick Edit



I have fully succumbed to the whole liquid lipstick hype! I love a matte lip and the formulas of most liquid lipsticks means the staying power out last almost any standard matte lipstick. Which is brilliant for those who have a hectic life style, or you want something that's going to last all night! They do take a bit longer, and a bit of practice to apply, but are well worth it! Today I thought I'd share some of my favourite liquid lipsticks!



Bourjois Rouge edition Velvet | £8.99


This is one of the first liquid lipsticks I brought, I currently have 4 and the shade Nudiest is my favourite. Despite what the name suggests, this doesn't translate to a nude on me its more of a bold pink colour, that leans slightly mauve-y. These promise to hold on for a long 24hours on the lips. These don't, I got a good 6 hours wear before it started to break down. They are also very comfortable on the lips, I suffer from dry lips and these didn't dry them out even without lip balm. The Rouge Edition Velvets also have a pretty extensive shade range compared to other drugstore liquid lipstick ranges.


NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick | £6.50


These beauties offer intense colour, comfortable wear as well as being infused with Avocado and vitamin E for added lip loving care. I love these. I have the shades 04 softly spoken and 07 Sandstorm. Softly spoken is a beautiful, dusty rose colour with brown undertones. And Sandstorm is a mid toned brown nude. Both of these look amazing on lips, although they are slightly harder to apply than the other Liquid lipsticks in the edit. Once these have dried, they aren't overly drying. And the lasting power is crazy good. I applied them in the morning, without touching up they were still visable at 4 o'clock!


NYX Soft Matte Cream | £5.50


Another lip offering from NYX comes in the form of the matte lip cream in the shade 15 Athens. Which is a muted coral colour, that would be perfect for spring /summer. This is the most comfortable of the liquid lipsticks, because it doesn't quite dry as well as the others. But this would be great for anyone who finds liquid lipsticks to drying. Another thing to note is because these don't set as well the lasting power isn't as good. But I still get around 3 hours wear.




Sleek Matte Me | £4.99


I'm so late to the party with this, everybody has been raving about these for months. And for good reason. The shade Birthday Suite is a beautiful pinky, mauve-y nude. That looks stunning on the lips! This is also one of the easiest to apply, and lasts a good 5 hours. Although I did find this more drying than others, but nothing applying lip balm beforehand didn't sort out.


Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick | £15


I've saved the best till last! If long lasting and comfort is what you looking for, look no further! This is Brilliant! It doesn't smudge, budge or transfer. I have the shade Dolce which is a mid toned brown nude-y colour. What I love about this shade is it dries completely matte, but the colour has subtle gold shimmers running through it, gently catching the light, giving a plump look to the lips. I definitely want to pick up all the shades of these!






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A Maybelline Roundup





Maybelline is a great all round drugstore brand, that's been trusted by many for years. And recently they've been on fire with their new launches. So today I thought I'd give a little round up of my favourites from the brand.

Maybelline Baby Skin Primer Instant Fatigue Blur | £7.99

Primer is one step I cant miss out of my makeup routine. And this is great little primer for making a smooth base for makeup application. The shade warm apricot also makes my dull tired skin look slightly more alive, which is always a plus.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless | £12.95

I think everyone here in the Uk is dying for this foundation to be lauched! Everybody is raving about this foundation and for good reason. This foundation is simply amazing! Matte foundations are something I tend to avoid, with my skin being more on the dry side, but this foundation didn't dry my skin out, smoothed and blurred impections, blends out with ease and lasts all day! I don't have a bad thing to say about this foundation! Definitely check this out if you can, I got mine from eBay.


Maybelline Fit Me | £7.99

I do love the Matte + Poreless verison, but my heart lays with the original. I love, love, love this foundation. The formula is brilliant, a good medium coverage, its hydrating that leaves skin looking flawless! The finish is radiant and glowly, brilliant for anyone with dryer skin. My only issue with this is the staying power -It only last around 4-5 hours.

Maybelline Super Stay 24H Concealer | £6.19

I don't often hear many people talk about this product, I'm not to sure why because I love it. I use this daily to conceal acne scars or any blemishes I might have. Its super lasting, doesn't cake and effectively conceals what ever I want it to. Its very similar to the Collection Lasting Perfecting concealer, which I am sure breaks me out and is too drying for my skin.

Maybelline Master Sculpt | £6.99

Maybelline also offer a very nice contour kit in the form of master sculpt. I have the shade medium to dark, the contour shade is on the cooler side, which to be honest is not a good shade for when I'm tanned (which is 9 times out 10) but on the rare occasion I'm not tanned this is the shade I reach for. Its well pigmented and easy to blend. The highlighter shade, doesn't really excite me. I like a really glowy highlight - but that being said, this is perfect for those who like something more subtle.


Maybelline The Nudes Eye Shadow Palette | £9.99

Its brilliant to see the drugstore making great affordable eye shadows. And this palette is great for all those neutral eye shadow lovers out there. The palette contains 12 nude shades, ranging from pale highlight shades, mid toned browns to black. It has a mixture of shimmers and matte finishes, perfect for almost any eye look. To be honest the paler shades let this palette down a bit, they're not as pigmented as the darker ones. But for the most part they are well pigmented and easy to blend. This would be a great palette for anyone who is new to eyeshadow.


Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eye Liner | £7.99
Winged liner is my go to look at the moment. And I'm on a mission to find the blackest black eye liner there is. And this one is pretty good! The formula glides on with ease, and stays put all day without, flaking or smudging.


Maybelline Lash Sensation Mascara | £7.99

I don't like any other Maybelline mascaras other than this one. But its one of the best I've used! This gives me long, volumised lashes, that stays curled all day.

Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick | £6.99

I don't think I've tried a Maybelline that I haven't loved! And the shade 342 Mauve mania is one of my favourite shades! As the name suggests its a beautiful mauve purple colour that is a little different from you average nude. The Colour sensational line is super creamy, satin formula that is super comfortable on the lips and the lasting power is pretty good!


Maybelline Colour Elixir | £6.99
Not only do Maybelline produce really good lipsticks, they also have lip glosses down. Well I think this is a lip gloss. Its a kind of lip gloss / liquid lipstick hybrid! It is opique and well pigmented like a lipstick but the finish of a gloss. The 725 Carmel infused is a mauve-y brown colour, that gives the lips a gorgeous plump look.


So theres some of my Maybelline favourites. What are yours?


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The Charlotte Tilbury Dupe



With a Charlotte Tilbury wish list as long as my arm, I subtly dropped some hints to my loved one and on valentines day he kindly brought me the Magic Foundation and this lipstick in the shade Bitch Perfect. I love a nude lipstick and after hearing so many good things about the K.I.S.S.I.N.G line it was love at first sight.

Just look at that beautiful rose gold packaging, it oozes luxury and sophistication! The shade itself a lovely muted coral colour pink under tones. This glides onto the lips so easily and has a comfortable creamy formula that has a slight sheen to it. To be honest I prefer matte formulas over satin/ glossier ones, but this lasted a good 3-4 hours. I was so excited to try this lipstick but as soon as applied it recognised the shade straight away! Its almost exactly the same as L'Oreal Color Rich in the shade Evas nude lipstick. In the bullet they look slightly different, Bitch Perfect is more pinky in tone than Evas Nude, but on the lips you can't tell the difference. The Formula of the Loreal one is basically the same too. Creamy, opaque and has a subtle sheen finish! 






Left Charlotte Tilbury. Right Loreal Color Riche in the shade Eva Nude.

As you can see from the swatches they are pretty much identical! The only difference is the packaging. The Loreal packaging is no where near as nice or pleasing on the eye. But in terms of cost Evas nude is £6.99 and Bitch Perfect is an eye watering £23! 
If you have the spare cash and fancy treating yourself than the Charlotte Tilbury is a lovely luxury lipstick. But if you looking for a cheaper alternative, head over to the L'Oreal stand!


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Makeup Lately

This month I've testing so many new things, I haven't been reaching for one thing consistently. But I have managed to gather a few things I've reached for over others. So here is my makeup lately:



This was something I reached for over the latter end of January and the beginning of February. I've become a bit primer obessed and my collection has grown significantly this year. This primer is inspired by the golden glow of honey, and contains honey, along with gold flecks to give a radiant glow. It also contains collegen, for its skin care benefits and to smooth the skin. The serum-y, oil like texture feels like a skin care product but smooths the skin like a primer. This doesn't really give that over the top glow factor (that I normally like) but this really smooths the skin, to allow easy makeup application.

Bourjois City Radiance | £9.99                                                                                  POST

I'm sucker for anything brightening, radiance boosting and glow enhancing. And this foundation has it all. A beautifully radiant foundation, with medium coverage with added skin benefits. This a good all round foundation



I cant believe it took me so long to buy this. I really like, I could even like it a tiny bit more than my trusty Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. I use this under my eyes to conceal dark circles and highlight the area. This one is far more creamy than the Urban Decay one and doesn't set as well as Naked Skin. Which I actually prefer for under the eyes. This doesn't crease or fade, so it's been my go to!


This a relatively new purchase which I've been reaching for over the past week. Before that I was using my Collection Contour Kit, but I wont bore you about that I've raved about it so much. I love this contour pan! Its brilliant, it so easy to blend and super pigmented like the Makeup Geek eye shadows. I have the shade Half Hearted. Which has warm under tones, which suits me perfectly! Definitly check these out, there are 8 shades and are brilliant quality, yet affordable!


For shadow I've been reaching for my makeup geek shadows in the shade Cosmopolitan (a beautiful rose gold shade) Blended out with a mix Latte (a matte medium brown) and the warmed toned brown in the Makeup revolution palette. These 3 shadows give me a lovely warm toned rose gold eye look that I've been loving lately!

Sleek Solstice Palette | £9.99                                                                                   POST

I've been neglecting all of my other highlighters since buying this. This palette gives a serious glow! If you want people to know you're wearing highlighter, this is the palette for you. It has 3 powder highlights and one cream formula. I prefer the powders ones, they're creamy, well pigmented, easy to blend and stay in place all day.


For blush I've been reaching for this beauty. Although I'm unsure of what this actually is, Malani say it can be used as a highlighter or a bronzer - but its far to pink. I think it works well as a blush. It gives a beautiful pale pink flushed look to the cheeks with a subtle shimmer.


I'm fully on board with the whole liquid lipstick thing at the moment. And I've been reaching for this lovely pink-y mauve nude colour from Sleek. The formula of this is slightly more drying on the lips than other liquid lipsticks but if I apply a lip balm before, its less drying. And I just love the shade! Once this has set, its not budging until you want it to!

 
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Primer Waters Worth The Hype? | Smash Box - Freedom - Makeup Revolution





Primer waters appear to be new primer thing in the beauty industry. I was intrigued by the whole idea of a water being able to act in the same way as cream primer. Many of the primer waters on the market claim to be water pumped full of vitamins that make the perfect base for makeup. My first thoughts, how can a hyped up water be that good!? I have 3 that I've been putting to the test.


Smashbox Primer Water | £20
When Smashbox launched their primer water, I was very intrigued to see what these waters have to offer, over conventional primers. Smashbox water claims to add hydration, radiance and the priming benefits in one easy spritz. One thing to note is this doesn't contain Silicone, so if you like silicone primers, that's something to be aware of. This is also packed with multi vitamins for added skin care benefits. Smashbox highlight that this packs a punch in terms of hydration, and maintain hydration throughout the day.


This can also be used as a setting spray to keep makeup in place throughout the day. This is super easy and convient to use. Just spritz on and your ready for makeup application. The mist is nice and fine to. Once it has dried it doesn't feel like this is anything on the skin. Which is good for those who don't like the feel or idea of adding an extra layer of product to the skin. And my skin did feel pretty smooth. My biggest thing I look for in primers is whether they will stop my makeup drying out on my skin. So I was apprehensive of how this lightweight primer would hold up and it did pretty well. My favourite foundation lasted all day without any drying or feeling tight. In terms of radiance, it wasn't as radiant as my favourite primers but my skin didn't look dull.


Freedom Pro Studio Priming Water | £6


Freedom are knocking the ball out the park with their dupes at the moment. If you read my Battle of the Glow Tonics they featured in there too. There Priming water promises to do pretty much the same thing as the more expensive Smashbox one; Hydration, a lightweight formula and add radiance. Although this one does contain Alcohol, the Smashbox doesn't. This held up the same way as Smash box one to. It felt lightweight, fast asboring, stopped my foundation drying and left my skin feeling smooth.


Makeup Revolution Pro Primer Aqua Priming base | £6


With Makeup Revolution being the sister brand to Freedom, I thought these would do pretty much the same thing. They claim to do the same thing. Although this one has a really over powering flowal smell. That in my opinion doesn't smell nice. Although I didn't find this as smoothing as the other 2. But it was lightweight and fast absorbing.


The Verdict
Overall, I'm not completely sold on the whole primer water thing. I mean, don't get me wrong I really like them, but do they work as well as your traditional primers? I think all depends on what you want out of your primer. For me, I want a primer to give a glow, hydration and smooth my skin over. And none of these gave me a glow that my current favourite Becca primer does. In terms of convenience they are a lot easier to use and are nice and refreshing. Plus theres the whole added skin benefits they offer. primer water are great alterative for those who don't like feel of primers or don't like the idea of adding in an extra step to the makeup process. If primer waters are for you  the Freedom one is a great option, it does the same thing as the Smashbox offering at less than half the price, and doesn't have an offensive smell!


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Becca Back Light Priming Filter & Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme


Becca is a brand I haven't really heard of until the Shimmering Skin Perfector highlighters hit the lime light. Then every product from the brand started to appeal to me. With base products being my thing and the promises of weightless coverage, air brush effects and luminousity, I parted with my cash and here I am:

Becca Back Light Priming Filter | £32

I'm slowly becoming obessed with anything that promises to act like a filter on the skin. This is an illuminating primer, that hides signs of fatigue, contains light difussing particles to blur imperfections and give a lit from within glow. Now, I was debating buying this because my greatly loved Sleek Bare Skin Iumminator does a similar thing at less than half the price. But I bit the bullet and I'm so glad I did. This gives my skin a beautiful glow that I've never experienced from any other product (and I've tried a fair few illuminating products). It glides onto the skin so effortlessly, smoothing imperfections, leaving behind a radiant glow and perfect base for makeup. Makeup sits beautifully on top, it prolongs wear..  I cant recommend this enough. It is certainly worth every 3200 pennies!

Becca Ultimate Coverage Complexion Crème | £34

Now I just had to get a foundation along with the primer and this is one to tickled my fancy. A full coverage foundation, that is light weight and breathable and promises to give an air brush finish; ticks all the boxes for me. And this really does what it promises. I rarely like full coverage foundations because they tend to be matte and to drying for my dehydrated skin. But this isn't drying in the slightest. It melted into my skin with minimal effort (I used my Real Techniques Buffing brush) The finish is satin and looks very natural. This covered all my redness and scaring without any need for concealer and my skin did look flawless and non cakey. Its also stayed perfect all day too; it didn't crease anywhere!

Overall, I'm really impressed with both of these. They're pricy but definitely worth the investment. I definitely want to try more from Becca. Their Aqua Luminous Foundation is next on my list.

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L'Oreal Infallible Sculpt Range

L'Oreal are little late to the party with the whole contour thing. But better late than never right? Well they have released a whole line aimed at sculpting and contouring, ranging from contour creams to eye brow gel. And here I am with pretty much the whole range.


L'Oreal Infallible Sculpt Contouring Base | £8.99 
Now L'Oreal say that this a contouring base rather than a foundation. But its basically a foundation. They claim that this offers a light coverage to even skin tone and give a smoothing effect. With buildable coverage to prepare for the ultimate contour. This comes in two shades; light and medium/dark. I opted with the medium/dark. Which matches me well. Although, this isn't great for those who have a darker skin tone. Maybe there are more shades to come. But overall, I actually really like this! which surprised me because I'm not a massive fan of the other two Infallible foundations. It is lightweight and looks very natural on the skin. It has a beautiful demi matte finish, but has a kind of glow about it, which I really love.

Infallible Sculpt Contour Palette | £9.99
This a cream contour kit, with a dark contour shade and a lighter highlight shade. This again comes in two shades light and medium/ dark. I picked up Medium dark. The darker shade is slightly on the warm side, which is perfect for me. This nifty little kit is really easy to use, it even comes with a leaflet of where and how to apply the shades. The creams themselves are well pigmented and easy to blend. To give a natural but sculpted look! They also lasted all day, which is impressive for cream products.

Loreal Sculpt Blush | £7.99
The range also includes some blushes. Which have three shades in each blush. They can be used individually to create more depth and dimension, or all together for a natural finish. I personally just use all three together. I picked up the shade Soft Rosy. Which is three gorgouse pink tones. Mixed together they give a lovely flushed colour to the cheeks with a beautiful sheen.


L'Oreal Brow Artist Sculpt | £8.99
I've said previously that I want to be more adventurous with my brow products. I haven't found anything I like more than my trusty Rimmel brow pencil. Until this! This is a brow gel, but has a weird little felt tip on the end, which can be used to draw and fill in the brows. This product is brilliant. The felt tip end is surprisingly easy to use and you get all the benefits of pencil and gel in one easy step.  If, like me, brow gels aren't quite enough to give full, defined brows, definitely check this out.

I'm very happy with all the products I picked! L'Oreal have nailed the contouring and sculpting with this range.
Have you tried any of these? What did you think?


P.s Boots currently have an offer on L'Oreal two for £12, so you can get all this for £24!!




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The Highlight Everyone is Talking About | Sleek Solstice











Can we just take a moment to appreciate the packaging? How beautiful is the gold packaging. Although before photographing this palette I did spend 10minutes polishing off the fingerprints. But that aside it is just stunning. I've been hearing people rave and rave about this highlighting palette. To be honest when I first saw it in store the highlight shades didn't jump out to me. But after seeing the swatches, this palette had to be part of my ever growing highlight collection!


This gold palette houses 4 beautiful highlight shades, a large mirror and a brush. 3 of the hightlights are powder and one is a cream formula.


  • Ecliptic - is a cream formula. This is a  golden pinky colour that is so buttery soft and blends out easily to a smooth glowing look to the skin.


  • Subsolar - My favourite of the 4. This gives a beautiful silver shimmer to the cheeks. It smoothes easily to blend formular. This gives my current favourite Mary Lou Manizer a run for its money!


  • Hemisphere - This a pale lilac colour in the pan but gives a lovely slivery sheen to the cheek bones.


  • Equinox - A beautiful golden highlight (although it looks more peach in the pan).


Overall, all the highlighters in this palette are beautiful, easy to blend and gives a smooth, even finish. This palette in particular would be great for paler skin tones. And for just a little under a tenner a brilliant drugstore palette!




Sleek Solstice palette is available from Boots.








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Two For Dry Skin



With my trusty Body Shop Vitamin E serum and night cream coming to an end, I wanted to test out some new things. My skin seems to being dryer and more dehydrated so I was in the market for something more nourishing. And here I am with these two:


Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum | £22.50

Everywhere I seem to look someone is raving about a product from Vichy, so I had to see what all the hype was about. I decided to go for this serum targeted at dry / dehydrated skin. This serum has been formulated to sooth dry / dehydrated and keep it hydrated for 24 hours, using Vichy Thermal Spring water to deliver intense moisture to the top layers of skin. The serum itself is really watery and melts into the skin like a dream. I absolutely love this stuff. My skin definitely feels softer, smoother and more plump looking. I use this morning and night before moisturiser.



I picked this up as well after hearing so many good things. This is an intense moisturiser for Dry parched skin. It also claims its gentle enough for sensitive skin. Its enriched with shea butter, Eucoliptus and oatmeal, known for their ultra moisturising properties, as well antioxidants to protect against further skin damage. This is a face and body cream so it be used any where skin needs extra TLC. Along with the Vichy serum these are a dry skin dream team! Since using this my skin has never felt better! Its so soft and smooth. Dehydration is kept at bay. I don't use this in the morning though, because it is so thick. And bit too heavy for me. But applied at night, in the morning my skin is so soft and radiant looking. This crème is a must for anyone with dry skin! I will definitely be repurchasing the bigger size.




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The Night Out Party Edit




I'm not gonna lie I'm not the biggest fan of going out clubbing anymore. I'd much rather go out for dinner or drinks at a bar as oppose to a full blown club. But occasionally I will for birthdays and stuff like that. So, here I am with this Night Out Party Edit. This is the kind of look I would wear for bar, out for dinner or a club.

Tan:

Bondi Sands self Tanning Mousse Dark | £14.99 

I wear false tan regardless of if I'm going out or not. But if I am going out its definitely an essential! This offering from Bondi Sands is great. It leaves me with deep, natural, even tan. I like to apply this the night before and wash it of in the morning to give it pently of time to develop and to get the deepest colour possible. This also lasts a good 5 days before it starts going patchy. My only issue with this is it smells strongly of coconuts. And I hate the smell of coconut! 

Makeup:



Maybelline Baby Skin Primer | £7.99

For a night out I want a primer that is really going to prolong my makeup wear and This primer is perfect for that. This leaves me with a super smooth base for foundation application. This is slightly more on the silicone-y side than what I would normally go for but I love this one because it doesn't dry my skin out - like most silicone ones do.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation | £29                                                                       POST

I like to go for a foundation that I know will last all night and stay looking good. The foundation that I rely on is this one. It gives a good medium coverage, its lightweight, easy to blend and leaves me with a slightly dewy finish. The staying power is brilliant to. Making this a perfect option for a night out.

Urban Decay Naked Concealer | £17.50                                                                        POST

This will be no surprise to regular readers. So I wont bang on to much about this concealer. But this its perfect for highlighting and concealing the under eye area. It wont crease, cake or melt.


Bourjois Radiance Revel Concealer | £7.99                                                                   POST

To really highlight areas of the face I like to use this as well as the Urban Decay one. This is so brightening and will make me look awake way past my bed time!


Bourjois Health Balance Powder | £8.99

To make sure my makeup really stays in place I like a light dusting of powder to set everything. This Bourjois one is perfect, it sets everything down, with out looking cakey or being drying!

Freedom Pro Strobe Kit | £10                                                                                                    POST

For a night or evening out I like a really dramatic contour look, so I like to go in with a cream product first and then set it with powder. This freedom palette is great. It has 3 cream contour shades and 3 highlighting shades. I'm not to fussed about the highlight shades. But the contour ones are really good! I like to take the darkest shade, apply it under my cheek bones, and around hair and jaw line. I like to blend this out with a buffing brush.






Smash Box Shape Matters Palette | £60                                                                                         POST

To set the cream products in place, I like to use a mixture of the two bronze shades from this palette. I find that the cooler shade is too cool for my skin and the warmer one just doesn't work as a contour shade but mixed together its perfect! All the shadows, contour powders and highlighters in this palette are great. All are soft, buttery and easy to blend!


The Balm Mary Lou Manizer | £17.50

This highlighter isn't for the faint hearted! This almost gives a wet look skin, but without chunks of glitter, making it perfect for occasions when you want people to know you are wearing highlighter. The formula of this is brilliant too, its so finely milled and easy to apply. I like to dust this across the tops of my cheek bones and down the centre of my nose.


Milani Baked Blush in the shade Luminoso | £6.99                                                           POST

This blush is perfect to give a subtle wash of colour. The shade is lovely peachy colour that looks beautiful on the cheeks and will go with almost any makeup look.




Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Eye Shadow palette | £40                                               POST

I just love this palette. It has everything for almost any eye look. For a night out I love the shade 1987 (a stunning shimmer gold colour) blended out with Zone (a medium matte brown), punk (a burgundy) in the outer V, and for a really dramtic look I like to deepen the outer V with Blackout (a matte black). All of the shades in this palette are super pigentmented, buttery soft and easy to blend.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara | £7.99                                                            POST

Long, fluttery, volumionis eye lashes are a must for any event and this mascara is great for achieving that. This will also hold the curl all night, it doesn't smudge or flake - making it a great option!

Barry M Satin Sleek Lipstick | £4.99

I've been really enjoying glossier lips lately and with a dramatic eye look keeping lips more simple looks better in my opinion. And this lipstick is perfect for giving lips a lovely colour without being too over the top. The shade 170 Mauve, It is beautiful mauve-y purple colour. These lipsticks are also enriched in shea butter to keep lips hydrated!


Setting Spray (Not pictured)

I then set everything with a setting spray just double ensure my makeup isn't going anywhere! My current favourite is the Maybelline Super Stay setting spray, but I keep hearing bad things about it. I absolutely love it. But if you've tried it and didn't like it. I also really like the L'Oreal one. You can read about the both here.

Nails

Barry M Gelly Shine Nail Polishes in the Cream Soda | £3.99

For nails I like to go for shade that going to match my outfit. This shade from Barry M is a lovely, off white colour that will go with everything. Plus white nails look great against a tan. The Formula of these Gelly shine nail polishes is also brilliant; they're easy to apply, are super shiny and don't chip as quick as regular nail polishes.




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Beauty On The Go


There are a few beauty items that live in my bag, or I chuck in when I'm out about, for touch ups on the go. So today I thought I'd share with you, the products I can't be without when I'm on the go!


Lip Balm |

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has 20 lip balms burried at that the bottom of my hand bag?! I have super dry lips and theres nothing worse than having no lip balm to hand. For occasions when my lips are super dry I reach for this Blistex Daily Lip Conditioner. Its nice and lightweight but instantly soothes dry lips.
I also have the Maybelline Baby Lips Balm and Blush. I don't use this for blush though, its to slippery for the cheeks. But I reach for this when I want a hint of colour to the lips. I have the shade 01 Inocent Peach. Which is a lovely pinky peach colour, with a subtle sheen.

Urban Decay Naked Concealer | £17.50                                                                           POST

This stuff never leaves my side. I like it highlighting and concealing under the eyes. It has a great coverage, doesn't crease, just a great all round concealer. If I do need to touch up under my eyes on the go, it just dab it on and blend it out with my fingers.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | £22

I also like to take a concealer that matches my skin tone just in case any blemishes decide to appear or my foundations goes patchy (its easier than lugging round a foundation). This is a relatively new purchase, but I really like this. It has good coverage, blends out with ease and looks very natural on the skin.

Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Brush | £11.50

When I'm on the go I like to take my foundation that I'm currently using, for blending any creases in my foundation or concealer. This Zoeva one has been my brush of choice recently. Its blends almost all foundations in seamlessly, effortlessly and gives a good even finish!

Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder | £8.99                                                                  POST

Its rare that I will get oily when I'm out, especially this time of year. But just in case I want to know I'm covered and this powder is perfect! First of all its super compact so easy to fit in almost any bag. But this is so finely milled and looks so natural on skin! This is great for all skin types oily to dry!

Urban Decay Naked Flush Palette | £23.50                                                                         POST

This little compact has all your blush, bronzing and highlighting needs covered. I also always chuck this in my bag. It also has a good sized mirror - just in case you cant get to one!

Superdrug Vitamin E Refreshing Toning Mist | £2.99

 This is essential for when makeup needs a refresh throughout the day. This also relives my skin when its starts feeling dry and tight. I just mist this on and I'm looking fresh faced again.

Soap And Glory Hand Food | £5.50                                                                       POST

This lives in my bag and is definitely an essential. Especially if, like me after you wash your hands they feel dry and tight. This stuff instantly relives them, in fast absorbing formula.

MAC Stone | £15.50                                                                                                         POST

I also like to stick with the lipstick I apply in the morning. For re applying. And my one of choice, more often than not is MAC Stone. The shade is muted greyish taupe brown, with slight warm undertones. The has a rich opague colour in true MAC lipstick style.

MAC Velvet Teddy | £15.50                                                                                          POST

I always have a nude a lipstick by my side. I'm not quite sure why, I just don't like to leave the house without one. And velvet Teddy is my go to nude. Its a beautiful brown toned nude with slight pink undertones, in the trusty formula of MACs matte lipstick line.


Hair Bands and Hair Grips |

With the weather in the Uk being super windy and unpredictable, I like to carry hair bands, just in case the wind leaves me looking like I have a birds nest on my head!


That's all my beauty essentials when I'm on the go! What are yours?

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Too Faced Selfie Powders





Powders that promise to act as a photo filter in real life - I'm all over that. So here I am, the proud owner of these nifty powders! These are lightweight finishing powders, housed in a sturdy cardboard, mirrored compact. Too Face claim that these undetectable powders mimic the effect of your favourite photo filter by using light diffusing technology.

There are three powders that all have a different effect on the skin:

Sunrise - this is yellow powder which instantly brightens and adds warmth.

Totally Toasted - is a bronze colour. To give a gorgeous, sun kissed look to the skin.

Moon River - a lavender toned powder to help brighten shallow complexions.


All three of these powders are soft, they almost feel creamy to touch. They add a very subtle veil to skin and they are undetectable on the skin. My favourites are Totally toasted and Sunrise. I like to dust Sunrise all over my face and Totally toasted on all the areas the sun would naturally hit. And this really does give me a gorgeous glow to the skin. I don't really like Moon river, to be honest this doesn't really do anything to my skin, which is kind of disappointing.

Overall, I really like these powders. I tend avoid powders because I find them too drying for my skin. These didn't dry my skin out at all. So these make a great alternative to everyday setting powders. My only issue is they do require a bit of building to have any effect. 

The Too Face Selfie Powders are available here for £32.

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A Few Drugstore Discoveries


Recently I've picked up a few things from the drugstore that have really impressed me, so I thought I'd share them with guys.




Freedom Pro 12 Secret Rose Eye Shadow Palette // £4

I picked this up a while ago but I've only just got around to using it. This completely took me by surprise! I love Makeup Revolution shadows and didn't think anyone could do eye shadows better at such a cheap price. Well, Freedom have managed to do it! These shadows are well pigmented, soft and easy to blend with minimal fall out. This palette has 12 shadows all with rose and gold hues. It has 5 shimmery shades but the rest are matte. Making this my go to for day looks. At £4 I cant recommend this palette enough.

Essence Big Bright Eyes  in the shade 01 // £2

A highlighter pencil that promises to make eyes look bigger and more awake in a creamy, blendable formula is right up my street. This reminds me of the Benefit Eye Bright pencil but less pink and a fraction of the price! I love this for eye highlighting the brow bone, and as an eye shadow base. Although it is super creamy so some might like to set this with a powder.

Bourjois City Radiance Foundation // £9.99

A new drugstore foundation launch is something I rarely ignore, so when I heard this had launched I ran to my local Boots. This is a skin Brightning Foundation that has added protection from pollution and has SPF 30. This really does brighten my dull skin. Leaving me with a subtle, radiant glow. My only issue is the staying power isn't great.

Radiance Reveal Concealer // £7.99

If you're in the market for a good, affordable, highlighting concealer, look no further. This is one of the most brightening concealers I've used from the drugstore. Not only is it super highlighting, its easy to blend and lightweight - perfect for dark circles! Although, I can imagine that this will crease on some people, so be sure to set it with a powder.

Sleek Bare Kissed Illuminator in the shade Monaco // £8.99

This was a bit of a whim purchase and I'm so glad I got this! It can be worn alone as a primer, used to highlight areas of the face or mixed with foundations. But I really love this as a primer. It gives my dull skin an instant uplift! Makes a smooth base for makeup and helps to keep my skin hydrated, without being heavy or feeling layered in products.

Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon // £5.99 

I'm trying to be a bit more experimental with my brow products, I'm yet to find anything I like more than my good ol' Rimmel brow pencil. So I thought I'd try this out. And so far I'm really liking it. Its really easy to use and achieve natural, full looking brows. I have the shade Dark Blond, I could have probably gone a shade darker though. With this though I find the formula is quite wet so it can stick my eyebrows down, which I personally don't like.




So that's some recent discoveries I found from the drugstore. What have you discovered recently?

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The Skin Like Foundations...



By 'skin like foundations' I mean the ones that are demi matte and satin finish. The ones that look most like natural skin. I haven't included the foundations that I could take or leave and just included the ones that I either really like or dislike. Being a sufferer of dehydrated skin I do love a good dewy foundation but I'm yet to find one with amazing staying power. And with matte ones drying my skin out, if I want a longer lasting one satin finishes are what I reach for.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation // £27

This foundation is so underrated. I love it. It has a good medium but buildable coverage, blends seemlessy into the skin, lasts all day and doesn't dry my skin out, all in a light weight formula that's so easy to blend in! I have the shade 4 which a perfect match for me. This foundation is just brilliant!

EX1 Invisiwear Foundation  // £12.50                                                                         POST

I feel like I've been banging on about this foundation recently. But its just so good, it has to be talked about. This just looks so seemless and natural on the skin. This just makes you look like you have really amazing skin, in a formula that's light weight and has good coverage. And the £12.50 price tag just makes it even better!

Makeup Forever Ultra HD Foundation // £29                                                               POST

The way every one hyping about this foundation coming to Uk, I thought this was going to be the best foundation ever. So I took the £30 plunge and ordered. My technonlogy knowledge isn't great, but this promised to be undetectable on super duper HD cameras. The coverage is described as medium but I found this to be more on the sheer side. It was easy to blend and did last well. But I'm just a bit meh about it. I don't hate it but for £30 I was expecting a lot more!

Revlon Photo Ready Airbrush Effect Foundation // £12.99

This is a reformulated version of the original Photo Ready foundation. Which promises to look more natural and give skin an air brushed look. I have no idea, for the life me, why Revlon thought it was a good idea to reformulate the original. It was my all time favourite foundation. When I wore it everyone gave me compliments on how good my skin looked and asked what I wearing. So I was horrified when I went to repurchase it and found this. This is rubbish, nothing like the orginal. Its not a matte finish but sets weirdly on my skin, almost like a film of foundation and has glitter in it. The shades aren't the same either.

Maxfactor Miracle Match Blur and Nourish Foundation // £12.99                               POST

The offering from Maxfactor promises to not only have great colour matching properties but also contain ingredients and blur impections and nourish the skin. This is almost a gel in consitancy and I found this quite difficult to blend out. But when it did it left a lovely satin but radiant finish, that lasted around 5 hours. I really like this foundation, the only issue I have with it, is it doesn't really set. It remains tacky. I tend to avoid powders, so this wasn't ideal for apply blush ect. The shade Golden was a good colour match.

L'Oreal Infallible 24h Foundation // £9.99

I brought this because it promises to be long lasting and contain hydrating ingredients. Thinking it would be perfect for my dehydrated skin. It wasn't. This didn't last long on me at all. And for foundation that promises to be non masking, non cakey and doesn't transfer I was highly disappointed. I could feel this on my skin and it went patchy. Not great.

Maybelline Dream Flawless Nude foundation // £8.99                                                POST

This is a really watery foundation that blends out with ease. It looks very natural on the skin. The coverage is sheer but is easily buildable. I love this foundation for days when I cant bothered with makeup but I don't want to go out bare faced!

So that's my favourite and least favourite satin finish foundations. Have you tried any of these? What did you think of them?

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