An Evening Of Beauty With Farfetch



I was kindly invited down to the London MakeUp School to celebrate the launch of the Beauty Area on Farfetch.com. If you didn't know FarFetch is a gobal luxury clothing Boutique, and online store, now they're extending their expertise to beauty!! Make sure you head over to they're website (here) and check it out! They have amazing products from the likes of Becca, Eve Lom and By Terry to name a few.

At the school we were welcomed with Prosecco and soft drinks and had a chance to mingle with other bloggers and the organisers, which was lovely! Before sitting down to hear how to create the lastest beauty looks from the Spring Summer 16 catwalks. My favourites were:

 Au Natural - A no makeup, makeup look. Where the makeup artist stressed the importance of skin prep. A good cleanse and moisturiser are important to stop makeup clinging to dry areas. And the importance of a primer for those who have more oily skin.





Loud lips - Loud lips was all about metallics. The makeup artist talked about using other makeup products to create a look, such as using pigments or gel liner.



Bold Blush -  Bold Blush was seen on the catwalk from Diane Von Furstenberg, the whole look was inspired by a water melon. The look included bright green eyes and bascially apply blush were you would highlighter. Granted this look wasn't the most wearable but I really liked it and could be easily toned down. The Makeup Artist had incredible talent, and made each look appear effortless to apply!



After that we then had an opportunity to mingle some more and have a look re created on ourselves. I went for Loud Lips which was a metallic lipstick that was seen on the runway from Miu Miu. I actually really liked the lips and they suited me surprisingly well. It was a beautiful Gold / Copper colour. I'm gutted I didn't get the name of it because I would actually wear it. This trend can also be seen in the form of Kylie Jenner Liquid Lipsticks, which I'm now desperate get my hands on. There was also a photobooth which was so much fun! I can't stop laughing at the photos.


Thank you so much to the lovely Eleasha and the Farfetch team for inviting me. It was such a great evening and it was nice to meet the everyone and all the other bloggers.





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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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Highlighters | The Good, The Bad & The Ugly


I've become a bit highlighter obsessed recently! I can't remember a day where I haven't used one. I have dull dehydrated skin, this means they work wonders on my complexion; making me look alive and healthy! So I thought I'd give you a little round of my favourites, not so favourites and to put it frank - rubbish highlighters!

The Good (the really good)... 




I have all the Glow Kits available here in the Uk (Gleam, That Glow and Sun Dripped) all three are incredible; They're buttery soft, well pigmented and really give the skin a beautiful radiant glow! But Sun Dripped is my favourite. All the shades are stunning. Summer is my favourite, a Sand colour with a White Gold shimmer. It really catches the light and gives an effortless glow. I like to pop a bit of Bronzed (a warm Amber) over the top of bronzer for a super dewy look. This is also good value for money, considering you get 4 really good sized pans for the price. I can't recommend this palette enough! Get it while you can because I believe its limited edition.



As affordable highlighters go you won't get much better than this. For its price point this is surprisingly good. The palette contains one cream formula and three powders. The powders are intensely pigmented and easy to work. All three give a truly dewy look, while lasting all day. I highly recommend this palette!




I couldn't decide whether to include this or the Champagne Pop Face Palette, but I went for this because the Face Palette is no longer available. But this is no runner up. Becca really have developed a sublime formula here. This is by far the softest highlighter powder I've used. It's so finely milled and transfers to the cheek bones so easily, for a glow like no other.  The shade itself is a beautiful Golden Peach colour that diffuses and reflects light for a perfect glow. 


Mary Lou Mazier has definitely earned her cult status.  Its a Champaged toned, finely milled, soft powder. This gives almost a wet look to skin, without any glitter at all. I also think the price is very reasonable considering it performs as well as much more expensive ones. 

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




Sharpen your pitch forks because I know so many people love this. But I don't. The formula can't be faulted for innovation, the texture is so unique, it's a kind of moussey powder. But I just can't make this work, no matter how I apply it. It just looks like stripes of highlighter on my face, despite blending it. I really want to make this work so let me know the best way to apply it! 


This is described as a blush, bronzer and highlighter in one. I don't really see how it can be all three things at once. And it certainly isn't a bronzer, I can't even see it working as a bronzer on really pale complexions. It's not overly dewy or shimmery so isn't great as a highlighter. If anything it's a very pale Pink blush. But for the purpose of a highlighter for me this doesn't work. Did you know Milani now have uk website? See this post for more details! 

The Ugly (the really bad)...




I heard so many good things about this: people comparing to Benefits Watts Up (one of my faves) so I picked it up. To be honest this is rubbish. The formula is really dry, it's not creamy at all. Its difficult to apply and blend. And to top it off it moved all the base underneath. 


I really dislike saying bad things about Soap and Glory because I think they're a great brand as a whole but this was such a let down. It's not as fine as their usual powder formulas which is pretty important when it comes to highlighters. And it's so Pink! It's definitely more of a blush if anything. 

So there's my run down of a few highlighters. I have way more, would you like to see a part two?

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


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When To Shop High End | Makeup


I am a drugstore girl at heart. There's nothing I love more than finding a bargain product that works amazingly. And I also find the whole process of high end shopping a lot more daunting. Aside from help with colour matching I don't really find the sales assistants helpful, in my experience they're all far too pushy and I hate it when I just want to browse and I get 50 staff asking me if I need help or telling me some ridiculously bold lipstick would suit me! I like to just wonder round swatching and then decide if I want to buy something, I hate being put on the spot. Maybe I'm just weird or not going to the right stores! But that being said I do like to indulge in luxury makeup. In terms of formula I've found that there are some drugstore products that are brilliant, however there are some products that are well worth paying the extra cash for...

Foundations / concealer 

High end makeup, namely foundations, undoubtedly have a far better shade range than drugstore, well here in the Uk anyway. So if you have difficulty finding a drugstore shade then high end is definitely the way to go. But in terms of formula there are many drugstore and more affordable formulas  I really love! L'oreal Lumi Magique foundation is one of my all time favourites and it costs a little over £10. Two of my all time favourite concealers (Urban Decay Naked Skin & NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, read about those here) are high-end. However I have loads from the drugstore that I love and would happily carry on using forever! So I would shop high end for foundation and concealer if you have the money and need a good shade match, but there are definitely amazing formulas in the drugstore! See this post for my favourite drugstore foundations. 

Powder Formulas (blush, highlight, setting powders, bronzers)

In my experience powder formulas are far better if you pay a little extra. In terms of setting powders, finely milled and non cakey looking powders are what you're looking for, you're far better going high-end. I'm yet to find anything better than my greatly loved Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette, at £59 they're not the cheapest but so worth the money in my opinion (read about them here).

High-end Highlighters are also far better than drugstore options. I've found that some more affordable highlighters can be glittery and the formulas are not as creamy and smooth. But high-end highlighters tend be buttery soft and really give a glow without any glitter. My current favourite is the Anastisa Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Sun Dripped, see this post for details. 

I haven't really tried that many high-end bronzers and there are many that I love from the drugstore. but I feel like bronzers come down to shade preference, If you're really pale or really dark you probably have more options at high-end counters than the drugstore. For Blushes, I really don't think you need to pay a lot of money for them. With brands like Sleek they make amazing blush formulas you really don't need to go high-end. 

Eyeshadows 

Now this is a tricky one. I have many drugstore eyeshadows I love and many high end ones; I love some Makeup Revolution palettes, and the L'oreal Single Shadows are brilliant (see this post) , and I'm not the biggest fan of the original Naked palette. But I think on the whole, high end shadows are generally better. The formula and blend-ability of high-end shadows tend to be much better. So I'd say go high-end for eyeshadows. Or definitely check out Zoeva Palettes, the price point is mid range but the formula, pigmentation and blend-ability is spot on!

Mascara

You definitely do not need to go high-end for mascara! Thats one thing the drugstore do brilliantly! I personally love L'oreal Mascaras, although at the moment I'm really loving Maybelline's Lash Sensational. 

Lip Products 

This was another tricky category. In terms of Lipsticks there are so many I love from the drugstore. However, I do really love MAC Lipsticks, especially their matte formula and there shade range is incredible. And some high-end lipsticks I feel like you're paying for the packaging most of the time. I'm still yet to try a High end lip gloss or lip liner, I'm perfectly happy with ones from the drugstore - NYX have lip products down! Their butter glosses, matte lipsticks and Liquid Lipsticks are incredible. So I think this is all down to personal preference. 

Eyeliner & Brow Products

I used to think that you didn't have to go high end for liquid liner. Until I tried the Lancome Grandiose Liner, which is amazing (read more about it here), I'm starting to think you probably do -If you want something to last all day, easy to apply and is super pigmented. I'm perfectly happy with drugstore brow products and I'm yet to find a high-end one I love more. But again the high end shelves have a better colour selection. 

I think there are so many great high-end makeup products and some equally as great ones in the drugstore. So it all comes down to personal preference and what you want out of your makeup. 

Do you prefer high-end? Or are you drugstore girl? 

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If I Could Only Keep 10 Items Of Makeup...


I was having a read through Beautylymin's Blog when I came across the 'If I could only keep 10 items of makeup'. I thought it'd be a fun way of showing some of my 'holy grail' products.

The thought of actually only keeping 10 makeup items makes me wince! I like lots of options. And to be honest I sometimes use more than 10 products on my face at a time so it was a tough call. I kind of cheated too, I have 11 products! So lets see what they are...

Becca Backlight Primer filter | £32 | POST

Primer is an essential of mine. Having dehydrated skin it's essential to stopping my skin drinking the moisture out of my foundation. And the Becca primer is easily my favourite primer! It adds such lovely radiance to skin without any glitter and leaves behind a nice smooth base for makeup.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue | £27 | POST

Foundation was such a tough one and I have so many. It was so difficult to choose between a current favourite and an all time favourite. But I opted for this one from BareMinerals. It has kind of crept up on me as a favourite and use almost everyday. It has good meduim, buildable coverage and really good staying power. But it's the finish of this which I love. It gives such an amazing glow, but not too glowy. It's also hydrating so it doesn't irritate my dehydrated skin.



Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette | £59

I could have probably done without these in my top 10 (or top 11) but I feel like I need a powder option. And these are by far the best powders I've tried. They set makeup down without being mattifying and they leave such a healthy radiant glow to the skin. See my full review here.

LA Pro Girl Concealer | £5 | POST

Concealer is another product I cannot live without. My super bad dark circles have been well documented throughout this blog. The LA Girl Yellow Corrector concealer is one of the best I've tried at hiding my dark circles. The formula is creamy, light and easy to blend. I find this doesn't crease on me either.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | £22 | POST

If I'm using a corrector then I need a regular shade of concealer on top, so this NARS concealer would also be in my 10. It has amazing coverage, doesn't crease, it's creamy, it works well on belmishes and under the eyes. There's nothing not to love about this concealer!



Sleek Solitice Highlighting Palette | £9.99

I can't remember a day when I haven't used highlighter; it has become a daily staple in my makeup routine. And this little affordable palette is perfect. It gives such a beautiful glow. It really isn't for the faint hearted. It has 3 powders and one cream formula. The cream one is super creamy, easy to blend but dried down well so it doesn't move. The powders are so soft, finely milled and easy to work with. See my full review with swatches here.

L'Oreal Indallible Blush trio  | £7.99 | POST 

Without blush I just look flat so I couldn't not have one. This one from L'Oreal is brilliant and I'm really surprised it isn't talked about more. The shade Nude Beige is a lovely Bronze colour that suits my skin so well. It's really ogmented and blends so easily.

Makeup Geek Shadow Pans | £4.95 - £7.95 each

My small Z palette with my favourite Make Geek shadows would also be in my top 10. There in a palette so it definitely counts as one, right. All the shadows in my experience are soft, well pigmented and so easy to blend and work with. My favourite shadows are:

Rapunzel - A lovely Champagne toned highlight shade.

Creme Brulee - A mid toned, matte , warm Brown. This is my perfect transition shade.

Frappe - This is another matte warm Brown but its slightly darker than Creme Brulee so it's perfect for deepening the crease colour.

Cocoa Bear - This is a very warm Red toned, matte Brown, This is great either in the crease for a dramtic eye look or in the outer v and lower lash line.

Grandstand - This is just one of the prettiest eyeshadows I own. It's from the Foil Finish Line so it's so pigmented and incredibly creamy. It's a shimmery Rose Gold colour with cool undertones. This looks so beautiful all over the lid.

Cosmoplitian - Another great lid colour. This is a shimmery warm Rose Gold colour.

Cherry Cola  - This is a very warm toned Red Brown that I love in the outer v.

Marrocco - This is a bold Red with Brown undertones. I love the shade for warming up the overall eye look. I lightly dap a big fluffy brush in it and blend over all the crease colours. It works so well at warming up the eye look, without altering the colour of the other shades or looking too over the top.

Americano - This works so well as an outer V shade. Its a dark Brown colour with Purple under tones.

Read more about my Essential Makeup Geek shadows and swatches here. 

Lancome Grandiose liner | £23* | POST

This was the product that made it 11 items. But not necessarily this eye liner specifically but a liquid liner in general, I have to have 1. I rarely go without a wing. But this liner in particular is so good. The applicator is so small, which allows precision. The liner itself is so Black and stays Black all day. It doesn't flake or smudge. Its just brilliant!



Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara | £7.99

Regular readers just skip past this part. It's well documented my love for this mascara. And Mascara is essential for finishing any makeup look! This works so well adding length and volume. It holds the curl all day. Its just brilliant.

MAC Lipstick in the shade Velvet Teddy | £15.50 | POST

Picking a lip product was such a tricky decision. I wanted to pick a gloss, a satin and matte! But I managed to settle for just one. And the Winner was MAC Velvet Teddy. It's the perfect everyday nude shade. It's more of a Brown with slight Pink undertones. It's from the matte line which is my favourite. It's not drying and so creamy to apply. It lasts a good 4-5 hours too!


So they're my top 11 makeup items I would keep if I had to. Lets hope that day doesn't come! What are yours?

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Dupes / Affordable Alternatives + Swatches



I'm super excited to share this post with you guys! I have some amazing dupes to share. And some that I've not really heard people talk about. I've called this dupes and affordable alternatives because some of these aren't out right dupes but are very similar. So lets get into it...

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance | £41 VS Makeup Revolution Neutrals vs New-Trals | £6.99


I spoken about the ABH palette a lot recently. When I first heard about its launch I knew I had to have it. Just look at all those warm tones. But the more the I used it the shades looked familiar and I realised the Makeup Revolution New-Trals vs Neutrals palette was so similar. Some of the shades are almost identical. Just look at the swatches! The Makeup Revolution one has been one of my favourites for a long time. At just £8 you really can't complain, the formula is brilliant, super blendable and well pigmented. The formula of the ABH  one is slightly better but with the massive price difference the Makeup Revolution palette is a great alternative. Plus the Makeup Revolution one came out first! Are Makeup Revolution ahead of the game? Who knows? But the palettes are undeniably similar. So if you've been eyeing up Modern Renaissance but can't quite part with the eye watering price tag, I can't recommend the Makeup Revolution option enough! I've not swatched all the shades in the palettes just the ones that are very similar. The Anastasia ones have names but the Makeup Revolution swatches are just labelled 'Makeup Revolution. 


Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect Lipstick | £23 Vs L'Oreal Eva's Nude £6.99



You can't argue with how stunning the Charlotte Tilbury makeup line is! The weighty Rose Gold packaging and the stunning shade range. The shade Bitch Perfect spoke to me straight away and as soon as saw it in the flesh I knew it was a dupe of an old favourite, that comes in the form of L'oreals Eva's Nude. The shade and formula is almost identical! Both are Peachy, muted Coral colour with a subtle gloss finish. The L'oreal one is ever so slightly cooler, but you really can't tell on the lips. For the price difference of £16 I definitely recommend the L'oreal one!



MAC Mehr | £15.50 Vs Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick 08 | £5.49



Everybody loves Mehr and for good reason. It's a stunning Blue toned muted Pink, that looks amazing on and suites most skin tones. It's from the Matte range, which is my favourite, They're not drying and so long lasting. But as I was rummaging through my lipsticks I noticed how similar Rimmel 08 was. Now the shades are very similar but the formula is different. The Rimmel one has a slight gloss finish which makes it a bit sheerer on the lips. I actually prefer the Mac one because I love matte formulas and they are way more long lasting. But if MAC lipsticks are out of your budget Rimmel make a great alternative. 


Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer | £17.50 VS NYX Concealer Wand | £5.50



The Urban Decay Naked skin concealer is a cult classic. It's brilliant. It has good coverage, a light buildable formula, works well under the eyes or on blemishes and has amazing staying powder. But the NYX HD concealer easily rivals it. It does exactly the same thing. The coverage though is slightly lighter but so easily buildable. Neither of them crease on me. In terms of price and the way the product performs I'd have the say the NYX one is the way to go! NYX also have a really good shade range for a drugstore brand.

MAC Taupe | £15.50 VS Milani Colour Statement Matte Lipstick | £5



MAC's Taupe is one of my favourite lipsticks. It's a lovely Reddish Brown colour with slight Taupe undertones. I reach for this when I want something more than a nude lip but nothing too over the top. The formula is creamy and has good staying power. I'm instantly drawn to these kind if Brown shades so i have few that are very similar. But the shade Matte Beauty from Milani is so similar! The formula is almost identical too. It's creamy, matte and long lasting. The only difference is Matte Beauty is not as Red. Like I said before, for me you really can't beat the MAC formula but the Milani one does come so close! Did you know that Milani now has a Uk website? See this post for more details.

So there's some dupes that I have discovered. Keep you eyes peeled for part 2 because I have some others to share with you.

Have you tried any of these? Also leave you dupe recommendations below! 

Until next time...

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