ColourPop Haul + Swatches

I told myself I didn't need to try the ColourPop Pressed Shadows over and over but I caved which led to buying more things. I thought I might as well spend $50 to get the free international shipping. So today I have another haul...

ColourPop Hi- Maintenance Pressed Eyeshadow Palette  | $18

So if you didn't know ColourPop recently launched a whole load of Pressed shadows. I've heard mixed reviews but they were cheap so I thought I'd give it a go. You can buy them in singles to make your custom palette or they have a few pre filled palettes. I went for the latter in the form of the Hi - Maintenance  palette. I like the look of the shades in it. It comes with 4 shadows in sturdy cardboard packaging. Which I don't love. The palette itself is quite bulky for just 4 shadows. But this is a lot sturdier in person than it actually looks. The shadows are:

Just In Time - Satin soft Gold. To be honest I haven't used this much. But it looks like a nice highlight shade.

High Strung - A shimmery dusky Rose Gold. This is a really nice lid colour. It's soft and very pigmented.

Get Out - a matte Cranberry colour. This makes a nice crease colour and works well paired with High Strung.

Cute Alert - A matte Burgundy colour. This makes another great crease colour or outer v shade.

Overall, I think these shadows are good for the price. I found the shade Get Out a little chalky and harder to work with. But as $5 shadows go these are pretty good.

Alexis Ren x ColourPop Topaz Pressed Powder Face Duo | $16

I have no idea who Alexis Ren is (I'm showing my age) but I feel like there was some buzz around this palette so I chucked it in my basket when I saw it was in stock. This palette contains a highlighter and bronzer in the Pressed Powder formula. This is actually a lot bigger than I was expecting. The bronzer is a matte, warm toned mid-dark Brown. It's very pigmented so a light hand is needed but it's finely milled and blends out well and lasts all day on me. Because this is so warm I don't think this would be great for contouring but for adding warmth to the face this is great! The highlighter is a really nice Gold colour. I'm loving Gold highlighters at the moment so this is right up my street. It's very soft and really pigmented. It doesn't have a hint of glitter or chunkiness, just really nice shimmers that catch the light perfectly.

ColourPop Lippie Stix | $5

Next I went for a Lippie Stix in the shade Mosh Pit from there matte Lippie Stix line. This is a warm toned mid Brown, which is actually quite bold on me but I really like it! The formula is so nice, it's very creamy and easy to apply, while still being pigmented. I'd say this has more of a satin finish than totally matte. This is incredibly long wearing for a lipstick, I found this wore as well as the Ultra Satin Lips.

ColourPop Aquarius Bundle | $15

I was in the market for some more Spring Summer appropriate lip colours. So I went for the Aquarius Bundle which has an ultra Matte lip, an Ultra Satin Lip and Ultra glossy gloss.

Aquarius - is an ultra glossy formula, it's so nice and silky on the lips. It isn't sticky or thick. The shade is a soft Pink nude colour.

Aquarius Ultra Satin - the Ultra Satin lips are my favourite formula. They aren't drying and last really well on the lips. The shade is again a pigmented soft nude. I don't think this shade would work well on those with a much darker skin tone than me though.

Aquarius 2 Ultra matte - I do find the Ultra Matte formula slightly more drying on the lips than the Ultra Satins but the formula isn't the worst liquid lipstick formula I've come across. The shade is very similar to the Aquarius but this is slightly darker and more Mauvey.

ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip | $6

And finally I picked another gloss in the shade Lychee Me. This is a really nice nude Beige with a sheer finish. It works well as a lip topper or on its own. Like the Aquarius gloss this is so nice on the lips and not sticky at all. I can see this becoming a firm favourite!

So that's everything I brought! I did get customs charges on this order, which is frustrating but I got free shipping so it kind of balanced it out.

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The Best Powders for Dehydrated / Dry Skin

Having dehydrated skin means I really struggle with powders. Most leave my skin feeling really dry and tight, and some just look really cakey or powdery on my skin. I have been on a mission to find a powder that doesn't do this. I found quite a few on my way...

Hourglass Ambient Light Powders | £59 | POST 

Starting with my all time favourite powders. Hourglass in my opinion make the best powders. I have this trio which contains, Dim light, Incandescent light and  Radiant Light.  All work amazingly well on my dehydrated skin. The powders are formulated to give a lit from within glow. Which they really do. They set my foundation, without making it look powdery and leave my skin looking healthy and alive. I've heard some people say these aren't as good as everyone makes out but I think if you have dry or dehydrated skin then you will really benefit from these. The formula is so finely milled I can pack layers of these on and they never look cakey or dry. They are pricey but well worth it!

RCMA No Colour Powder | £10.95 | POST

This is a clear powder that has no pigment so it doesn't leave a cast or flashback on the face. I'm not quite sure if that will be the case for very dark skin tones but for me it doesn't. This isn't drying on me nor does it look cakey. It just sets my foundation and concealer perfectly. I really like it for setting my under eyes, it stops most concealers from creasing but without giving it that cracked appearance. It also slightly blurs my pores and gives my skin a smoother look. I can't recommend this enough, I know some people with oily skins love this too. It was available on BeautyBay but I don't think they are stocking it anymore. If you live in the UK you can buy it here.

NYX HD Banana Setting Powder | £8

This offering from NYX has a slight Yellow tone to it. Yellow powders are great for brightening the skin, especially on the under eye area. The shade of Yellow of this is very pale so I found I use it over my entire face. It's finely milled and I don't find it drying. It doesn't overly blur anything but helps my makeup last longer. Overall this a great, affordable powder.

ELF Beautifully Bare Finishing Powder | £7.50

I picked this up after hearing Kathleen Lights rave about it and I'm so glad I did! This is a brilliant powder. It's finely milled and applies well to my skin. It helps my makeup last longer, blurs my pores, it even has a touch of coverage. My only gripe with these is the shade range. I have the shade Light- Medium which definitely is not light! I think there are 3 shades available which isn't good. But if your in the market for a good, non drying powder than look no further.

Laura Gellar Baked and Brighten Powder | £26 | POST 

Another non drying favourite of mine is this from Laura Gellar. I actually think Laura Gellar makeup as whole is under rated in the Blogging Community. This powder especially. It's finely milled formula melts into the skin and sets makeup well. This also has brilliant blurring properties, the best of all these mentioned here. I like to apply this with a large fluffy brush in circular motions and pores disappear. This also gives me a very subtle glow.

W7 Banana Dreams Powder | £3

This a super budget loose, Yellow powder. The name is very similar to the famous Ben Nye Banana powder. I haven't tried that so I'm not sure if they are dupes. But this is a really nice powder none the less. It has quite a strong Yellow tone and adds a touch of brightening where you apply it. I only really use this under my eyes and it does a good job setting them. It's not the finest powder I've come across but for its price it is very good.

Collection Illuminating Powder | £3.99 | POST

I can't believe this isn't really talked about either. This is another really good affordable powder. It illuminates the skin so it doesn't look flat or too matte. It doesn't leave the skin overly glowy either. It does feel powdery on the skin but this doesn't translate on the face. Every time I wear this I get compliments on how nice my skin looks. This is definitely worth checking out!

I have a few more powders I'm hoping to add to my collection very soon so I expect there will be a part two at some point!

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High-end Skincare That Works

All skincare can be hit and miss. You could spend £5 on cream and £30 on cream just to find they don't work. But when I do spend £30 on a cleanser it doesn't work I'm not going to lie it breaks a little! That being said I do have a quite a few high end skincare picks that I would whole hearted recommend. I feel like I say this in every post but if you're new here I have dehydrated skin that is prone to breakouts. So let's get into it...

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser* | £31 | POST

I used to wince at the thought of spending more than £10 on cleanser but this stuff has really changed my mind! It has a light gel consistency that turns milky when mixed with water. I like to use this as a second cleanse because it's light and refreshing on the skin. It has a light Cucumber scent which I actually really like. It leaves my skin feeling so clean and fresh. Even since I started using this I've noticed a huge difference in my skin. I get less breakouts and the texture has improved overall. I think this would be good for all skin types. I can't recommend this enough!

Pixi Double Cleanse | £24 | POST

Another cleanser that is worth the price tag is this, well I would actually say this is more mid price, especially as you're getting two cleansers in one. I'm sure most of you would have heard of this by now. But the skincare genius Caroline Hirons has teamed up with Pixi to bring us a two step cleanser in one. The first cleanser is a solid oil that melts into the skin lifting every scrap of makeup. And second cleanse is a cream cleanser to clean the skin. The cream cleanser is really nice and cooling on the skin. It's fragrance free and free from any nasties. It is just a great, no fuss cleanser that gets the job done!

Pixi Glow Tonic | £18 | POST

This is a cult classic and sure many of you already use this and if you don't you probably should! It's an AHA based toner that gently exfoliates the skin, lifting away dead skin cells that block pores and prevent the skin from looking healthy. It also contains lots of other skin loving ingrediants to help plump and hydrate the skin. It's gentle enough it can be used twice a day. But I only use it once in the mornings. The difference this has made to my skin is brilliant, my fine lines look better, my skin just looks more healthy and glowing. It's called glow tonic for a reason!

Kielhs Mid Night Recovery oil | £37

Oils I have certainly found are much better from the high-end price bracket. One of which is the Kielhs Mid Night Recovery oil. This stuff is great! It's formulated with almost all natural ingrediants to plump, nourish and hydrate the skin, all while you sleep! And it really does. Every time I use this I'm instantly wowed at how much softer my face feels. It also adds radiance. It's good solid all round oil.

Clarins Blue Orchard Oil* | £32

This has been on my wishlist for the longest time so I was so happy when it landed on my door step. This oil is aimed at those with dry / combination skin. It uses a unique blend of plant extracts and essential oils to deeply nourish the skin. The oil itself is light and absorbs quickly. I'm not a massive fan of the smell, it kind of reminds me of old ladies. But that aside I love this stuff. I've been using this with the Fresh cleanser and my skin literally improved in matter of days. I'm not exaggerating. All my texture issues have gone and I think it's because of this and the cleanser. It also leaves my skin so soft and plump looking. It's become a staple in my routine that I can't be without!

Pai RoseHip oil | £22 | POST

I'm nearly out of this stuff which makes me so sad. This is an award winning oil that combines the benefits of Rosehip oil and Seed oil to nourish the skin. Rosehip is an oil that is known for its ability to help reduce scarring. I don't overly have scarring but I have little red dots left over from blemishes that will not go. And I think this is really helping. It also speeds up the time it takes for blemishes to go. Not only does it do this but it's also super hydrating and keeps my skin soft. I do find this oils a little thicker than most but I really like this, it's definitely worth looking into.

Dr Botanicals Overnight Purifying mask* | £67 (£19.99 with code LPBLOG) POST 

This is an overnight mask that is like a thick moisturiser. It has a sticky consistency but it absorbs into the skin quickly and easily. It's packed with skin loving ingredients to plump, nourish, help the skin renew itself and hydrate the skin over night. This does everything it claims, my skin is much softer and smoother when I use this. It also leaves my skin with a glow. It has a really nice scent to. Another great product!

REN Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask | £32

I think this mask is definitely worth the investment! It's using AHA to gently exfoliate the skin in a thick, jam like mask. The benefits of AHA include smoother skin, fine lines look reduced, skin has more of a glow and it helps improve texture. This really does all of the above. I like to leave it on for 15 minutes then remove. My skin instantly looks better! It has a definite glow about it and feels so much smoother! This is a fantastic mask, that I think would be suitable for most skin types. Although I'd use with caution if you have very sensitive skin.

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask* | £32  | POST 

This is another AHA mask that works in the same way as the REN one. Although this one is slightly different in texture. It has gritty particles in it that also help exfoliate the skin. I also found this a little harsher than the REN too, it tingled on my skin but this isn't uncommon for AHA. But I can't leave this on for as long. I manage around 5 minutes before the tingling is too much. The results of this are incredible. Those little Red dots I talked about earlier instantly looked better! My skin has glow and is so much smoother! I'm yet to find a cheaper mask that has the same effect!

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask | £17.75 | POST

Another one of my more pricy masks which I love is this. I reach for this when I don't have a particular skin concern I want to address because it's so hydrating and a great all rounder. It contains Manuka Honey which is a great, natural antiseptic, while being super hydrating. After using this my skin is incredibly soft and looks brighter. I think this would be great for all skin types even those with sensitive skin.

All these products here have given me amazing results but remember skincare is so subjective and because they work for me doesn't mean they will work for you. But I hope this gave you some direction as to what high-end skin care is worth the investment.

The Peter Thomas Roth mask, Clarins Blue Orchid oil and The Fresh Cleanser were kindly gifted to me from But I think it goes without saying I wouldn't recommend them if I didn't love them. have kindly given me a discount code to share with you guys which means you can get 15% of at the checkout with the code: LEANNE15

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Caring for Blonde Hair with the One Wash Challenge from Pro:Voke

Anyone who has or has had blonde hair will know the struggle - You fork out a lot of money, spend hours in the salon achieving icy blonde hair and after a week it turns Yellow, with strange Orange turns and just doesn't look great! If you familiar with this, you would have probably heard of Purple shampoo. Purple shampoo is basically a toner that helps knock out the brassy tones that can develop in blonde hair. If you're also accustomed to bleach and dying your hair you'll know all too well the damage this can course (well I do anyway!). Luckily the genius's over at Pro:Voke have developed a range of shampoos, conditioners and treatments that not only tackle the colour issues us blondes face but to help treat and prevent damage. I've been putting the range to the test and I'm ready to report back to you...

Provoke Touch of Sliver Pre Toning Primer* | £5 (currently on offer for £3.75 here)

I've never come across a pre-toning treatment so I was intrigued to see how this would work. It's recommend that this be used on wet hair before the Pro:Voke brightening shampoo. It's supposed to sooth the hair cuticles and help treat and prevent damage caused by bleaching. It's in a spray bottle which is super handy to use in the shower. I spritz it on and waited a few minutes to allow it to work before applying the shampoo. It can also be used as a leave in conditioner after washing. I really like this. It leaves my hair a lot softer and shinier. I think this would be great for everyone, no matter what your hair colour.

Pro:Voke Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo* | £3.19 (currently on offer for £2.38 here)

Now this is star of the show. This bright Purple shampoo is a miracle on those brassy tones! It basically works the same as regular shampoos but you have to apply it to all of your hair or the areas that you want to tone. I also found that for maximum results it's best to really lather the shampoo up. I found the best way to this apply it to my scalp, really lather it up and work it through all of my hair. I like to leave this on for around 5 minutes to give it time to really work. It also cleaned my hair really well and was easy to rinse out. My hair looked a lot brighter and blonder after using this. I can't recommend this enough.

Pro:Voke Touch of Silver Intensive Conditioner* | £3.18 (currently on offer for £2.38 here)

This range also includes an intense conditioner which targets the damage and restores shine. It contains restorative proteins and Keratin to help strengthen and maintain hair health. The consistency of this is very thick - which I love. It's also Purple in tone for added toning properties. It feels super nourishing and once it is rinsed out, my hair instantly felt softer! I've been using it for a couple weeks and my hair definitely looks shinier, and all round better. Another must have for blonde hair.

Pro:Voke Touch of Sliver Intensive Keratin Treatments* | £3.99 (I can't find this online to link but it should be available in Boots Stores)

These little bottles really intrigued me. They are basically a very intense treatment that you have to mix up with a bit water in a bowl to form a paste. I used a few drops of water until it was the consistency of conditioner. I left it on for around 10 minutes and rinsed it off. These provide an instant shot of hydration and left my so hair smooth and a lot more manageable. My only issue with these is the packaging. I found them really difficult to open and the tab that I think is supposed to open the product, just ripped off, leaving the product still closed. The only way I could get into it was to stab a hole in the rubber top with knife. But packaging issue aside this is a great hair treatment.

Overall, I'm really happy with this range and it definitely improved the overall tone and colour of my hair. If you have blonde, highlighted or ombre hair I can't recommend these enough.

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#GetTheGlowDown With Love Me Beauty

Love Me Beauty* is a concept I have been loving for a few months now! If you're unfamiliar with the concept. Love Me Beauty is a monthly subscription that's slightly different to the others - You get to pick the samples! Which I personally much prefer. That way you don't end up with a million samples that you won't use or aren't suitable for your skin type. Plus you get a makeup bag each month rather than a box! Which is far more handy. Each month the bag is different. The concept also works on a credit system. Basically, for £10 a month you get 60 credits to spend on the samples. Although you can buy extra credits if you want more products. This month they had some really great brands and products I wanted to share with you guys...

Perricone MD Blue Plasma Cleansing Treament | 25 credits

I'm so excited to try this hybrid cleanser. It's basically a cleanser and exfoliator in one, with a no rinse formula. In somewhat of a super powered Micellar water. This is also 59ml which is a super generous sample size.

Caudalie Instant Detox Mask | 15 Credits

If you haven't already tried Caudalie I highly recommend that you do. And this months Love Me Beauty has a large selection of Caudalie goodies. One of which is the Instant Detox mask. Which promises to draw out impurities, treats damage from free radicals, and tightens pores. Sounds right up my street!

Caudalie Vine Active 3in1 Moisturiser | 15 Credits

I believe this is a new range from Caudalie. This is designed to minimise the level of pollution particles that come into contact with the skin to reduce the risk of signs ageing! It also enhances glow and smooths wrinkles!

Caudalie Vine Active Energising Soothing Eye Cream | 20 credits

This like the Moisturisers but its been formulated for use around the eyes. This also helps reduce dark circles and fine lines around the eye. I'm super excited to try this.

Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser | 20 credits

This is a 50ml sample, so again quite large! This is a foaming cleanser that lifts away impurities.

KoreBeauty Hydrogel Facial Mask | 10 credits

I'm so into sheet masks at the moment so I was excited to see this! This promises to provide an instant hit of moisture, boost collagen and promote elesctine. I'm sure this will be a winner.

Ellis Faas Lips x4 tubes | 10 credits

In this bag I also got 4 Ellis Faas lipsticks in 4 different shades and finish. I haven't tried these yet or heard of the brand but I'm sure they'll be great.

Omorovicza Copper Peel | 15 credits

Now this was one item I was over the moon to see. This is a two step treatment which includes the Blue Copper treatment and the Lactic Acid Activator. The first includes massaging the Copper treatment all over the face. It's a thick grainy paste that feels like a very gentle scrub on the skin. Next you add the Lactic acid activator, wait two minutes and wash. I really like this, it doesn't tingle like most AHA's do on my skin but after rinsing my skin feels so soft and smooth. There's also definitely more than one use in each tube.

Omorovicza Refining Facial Polisher | 20 credits

This another product I was excited for. This cleanser gives skin a deep clear to purfiy pores. Its also packed with skin loving ingredients to rejunivate and enhance skins glow. This is 30ml sample so you'd get a good few uses out it.

Omorovicza Moore Cream Cleanser | 20 credits

I've been eyeing up this cleanser as well for a while so you could imagine my delight when I saw it in this months edit. This is a deep cleaning, yet gentle cleanser that aims to minimise environmental stress to the skin. It's packed with natural clays to get rid of impurities and essential oils to nourish the skin. I haven't tried this yet but from the description I'm going to love it.

UltraSun Glimmer SPF 25 | 15 Credits

With spring and summer finally upon us, it's time to start thinking about SPF again. This one not only protects the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays it gives skin a glistening glow. And regular readers will know how much I love a glow! This will be the perfect travel buddy.

Other brands included in the Months Edit include Eco Tools and Laura Mercer.

Overall, I think this bag is great value for money and the brands each month are incredible! I'm excited to see what will be in next month edits.

Love Me Beauty* is available here. If you fancy giving Love Me Beauty a try you get 20% off your first order with the code: Lpbeautyblog20

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Makeup Lately

It's time for me to share the makeup I've been reaching for again! I have some brushes to share with you guys too. So with out further ado...

Clinique Pep Start Hydrobur Moisturiser* | £24 | POST

This is supposed to be a moisturiser and primer but for me this isn't moisturiserising enough for my dehydrated skin so I like to use it as just a primer. And I'm loving it! It does a really good job at blurring pores and imperfections while leaving my skin soft and smooth, ready for makeup. I imagine this would make a good moisturiser for those with oily skin too. I've been reaching for this over my holy grail Becca primer which I think says it all!

La Girl Pro Coverage HD Foundation  | £11

My love for this foundation is well documented on my blog, so regular readers skip past this section. But I always seem to come back to this foundation. It just has it all, a good medium coverage, long wearing, easy to blend, it looks natural on the skin and the glow-y finish I love. I do find I have to set this because it is so glow-y. And what makes this even better is it's so affordable!

Milani Retouch Concealer | £12 | POST 

I recently discovered this concealer and it's my go to for concealing my dark circles. It has a really creamy consistency that's easy to blend out. The coverage is a solid medium but build-able. I find this works really well under my eyes, it doesn't crack or fade. I do find it creases slightly but I've come to accept that all concealers are going to crease on me! I have the shade Fair which is good for highlighting the under eye area. Overall, I'm so happy I've found a reasonably priced concealer that really works.

Milani Bronzer | £11

I've been really enjoying a bronzed look so I've been reaching for this bronzer in the shade 05. It's very warm toned with Gold shimmers running through it, although I don't find this looks overly shimmery on the face, it just gives a nice, natural looking glow. The formula of the powder is finely milled and easy to blend.

Milani Rose Blush | £12

I'm having a bit of a Milani moment! I found this gorgeous blush hiding in the back of my makeup collection. I'm so glad I rediscovered it. The shade is a lovely Pink-y Mauve colour. I imagine this would suit most skin tones. It also goes with any makeup look. Like I've found with all Milani powder products they are finely milled, easy to blend and wear all day on me!

Ofra Highlighter | £25 | POST 

For highlighter I just can't get enough of this beauty. The shade Blissful is a Gold toned highlighter that really makes the cheek bones pop. I'm not going to lie this isn't for the faint hearted and if you don't like a really glow-y sheen you probably won't like this. The formula is so soft and pigmented. I'd say this was comparable to Becca highlighters!

Beautiful Brows Brow Powder* | £15 | POST

I never used to like brow powders but this one has completely changed my mind. I'm not sure what makes this better than the other ones I've tried but it's just so easy to use! It doesn't look fake or powdery on the brows. It just creates natural looking brows effortlessly.

Blank Canvas Pro Master Series One Palette* | £30.49 | POST

For eyeshadow I've been loving this palette. It has 11 matte eyeshadows and one shimmery one for highlighting. All of which are neutral and warm toned Browns. So it's perfect for everyday wear. All the shadows in the palette are soft, pigmented and easy to work with. There's nothing not to love really! See my full review with swatches here.

L'oreal Sculpt Mascara | £10.99 | POST

I had been really loving this mascara and raved about here. But I recently repurchased another tube and now I don't love it as much. I think I may have got a dud or something. It doesn't seem to give the amount of length as it did before. It just kind of makes my lashes short and spidery. I thought it may be because it needed to dry out but I've had it on the go for 2weeks now.  So I'm now in the market for a new one.

Lottie London Slay all day Lip Kit | £8.95

Liquid lipsticks are still my most reached for lip option. Namely, this Lottie London Lip Kit in the shade Fleek. Both the lip pencil and liquid lipstick are a warm Terracotta, Brown shade. It reminds me a lot of Kat Von D Lolita. The formula is really good as affordable liquid lipsticks go. I don't find them drying and they are so long lasting. These are definitely worth checking out!

Runway Rouge Lipgloss* | $19 | POST 

At the other end of the lip finish scale I've been reaching for this gloss. in the shade Super Model. Which is a perfect pale nude colour. It's a great throw on and go shade. The formula isn't sticky and thick either.

Spectrum Fibre Strobe Set* | £34.99

Can we just take a moment to appreciate how stunning these brushes are? Not only are they stunning they perform really well and have quickly become every day brushes for me. They are duo fibre which means they don't pick up as much product as synthetic brushes, this gives a more natural yet air brushed finish. The strobe set includes:

D01 - Large Stippling Brush: This is a super soft stippling brush. Ideal for applying both cream and powder products. I actually prefer this for powder because the bristles aren't dense. It works all over the face. But I really like it to apply bronzer. It's large enough to apply bronzer to the cheek and round the face but not too large it goes everywhere! It really gives a natural finish to powder products and blends everything so easily!

D02 - Small Stippling brush: This is a smaller version of the large stippling brush. It's ideal for liquid and powder highlighters. It blends everything seamlessly!

D03 - Duo Fibre Large Strober: This has rounded off bristles that are great for applying highlighter. It also works incredibly well as a contour brush too. It's just the right size to fit into the hollows of the cheeks and blend everything easily and seemlessly. I've found myself reaching for this everyday! It also works well at blending out concealer. It's a fantastic multi purpose brush.

D04 - Small Strober: This is a smaller version of the large strober. I love this for highlighter. I've been on a mission to find the perfect highlighter brush and I've finally found it. This also works great with really intense glowy highlighters so it doesn't apply too much. I also apply blusher with this too.

I've washed all these brushes and they haven't shed and they've held their shape well!

So Eco Bronzer brush* | £12

So Eco is a natural brand that produce eco friendly and responsibly sourced materials for their brushes. I think it's great when brands take into account the 'bigger picture' but still manage to produce quality products. I've been using the bronzing brush daily. It's a large fluffy brush designed for applying bronzer but for me it's just a bit too big for that but I love this as a powder brush! It's applied all the powders I've tried this with so well and blends them into the skin with ease! I definitely want to try more brushes from So Eco!

Blank Canvas F01 Quick Brush* | £13.94

The F01 is designed to be a multi purpose brush that can be used with a cream or powder products. The Name 'Quick Brush' is very fitting because this is exactly that! It has a tightly packed dense bristle that blends out foundation with absolute ease! Literally, this is the quickest brush for blending foundation! I do find, because the bristles are so dense, this doesn't quite work as well for applying powder but for foundation this is great! It also washes really well and doesn't shed. I need more Blank Canvas brushes in my life!

So that's the makeup and brushes I've been reaching for lately.

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9 Things I've Tried This Month & Loved

Recently I've been trying so many new things! Most of which I've loved. This post doesn't really need an introduction so let's get straight into it...

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil* | £12.50

I'm so glad to have finally tried this famous oil. It's basically a makeup remover with nourishing ingrediants such as Olive oil. This cuts through makeup like nothing I've tried before. The heaviest eye makeup and mascara are no problem for this! It's easy to rinse of with a warm flannel and doesn't leave a film or oily residue on the face. I think this really does nourish the skin too, my skin feels nice and soft after using it. If you have really dry skin you could use this twice as double cleanse because it isn't drying or stripping at all! I'm really happy I've incorporated this into my skincare routine - it's quickly become a staple.

Milani Retouch Concealer | £11.99

When I first heard about this launch on Instagram I knew I had to get my hands on it. Milani is one of my favourite affordable brands. This concealer rings in at £12, which is it a bit more than I like to spend on an affordable concealer but it just looked so good. The packaging is a squeezy tube with like a rubbery ball on the end. I don't love this and I'm not sure how hygienic it is, but it's only me using it so I'm not fussed. But, packaging aside. I really like this concealer. It has a really good, medium coverage that's build-able to full. The formula is creamy and easy to blend. It reminds me a lot of the NARS Radiant Creamy concealer, but I think I like this one a little bit more. I like to use this under my eyes because my dark circles are my biggest problem area. It sits well under them and it doesn't look dry or cakey. I do have to set this because I do find it creases a little but I've come to accept most concealers are going to crease on me. I have the shade Fair which is the second from lightest shade and it works great for highlighting the under eye area. It's also very Yellow toned which works for me, but bare this mind when ordering. Overall, I've used this everyday since I got it - I love it!

Soap & Glory Brow Archery Voluboast Gel* | £8

I've been looking for a good brow gel for a while, I was about to invest in the Benefit one when this dropped through my letter box. And I'm so happy with it. It has the smallest brush that really combs through the brows. It also doesn't apply loads of product to the brows - which I really like, I tend to find most make eye brows look really crispy. It holds the brows all day without making them feel crispy or tight. The shade Talk of the Brown  is perfect match for my hair colour too!

Sexy Hair Weather Shield Humidity Spray* | £15.26

I have really thick, frizzy, curly hair that gets knotty easily and difficult to brush at the best times so I tend to avoid hairspray because it just makes it impossible to brush. So I was apprehensive about using this. But the weather in the UK was awful last week and had just straightened my hair so I gave it a try. I'm pleasantly surprised, this isn't a regular hairspray like I thought. It doesn't really hold the hair. It leaves it really nice, soft, shiny and tames frizz. I tested this in the rain and although my hair did end up with a slight wave to it but it was nowhere near as frizzy and curly as it would normally be. I'm intrigued to see if this works well in the humid summer months too.

Milani Face Powder* | £11.99

I'm having a serious moment with milani at the moment. I've rediscovered how much I love them. This face powder in the shade Amber Nectar is a peachy colour. Its multi purpose powder that can be used as highlighter, blush or bronzer. Because of the peach colour I really like this as subtle blush. The colour does need building but i don't mind this. I imagine this was would as be really nice blush for very pale complexions. The powder itself is soft and blends out without ease. And to top of just look at the design in the powder, it was made for instagram!

Nail HQ Gel Top Coat* | £6.49

This Top coat is amazing! The name of this product pretty much sums up what is does. This makes my nail polish so much shinier and prevents it from chipping as quick. My nail polish now last a good 3 days before it chips but thats really good for me. Without a top coat it the last about hour! I don't find this dried my nails as quickly as some top coats but because it extends wear time of polishes I can forgive it!

Nail HQ Nail Harder* | £6.99

As part of my manicure routine I've been using this nail hardener as a base coat. I don't overly have weak nails but they do peal. I've found this has helped stop them from pealing so much. I've also found this has actually made my nails harder. It's quickly become a staple when ever I paint my nails.

Runway Rogue Lipstick* | $21

Runways Rogue is new makeup brand from the gorgeous Patricia Hartman, who was an iconic model from 90s. I have a lipstick from the line in the shade Head Over Heels. It's a Mauve-y Brown colour, which was inspired from the fall catwalks shows in the 90s. The shade is gorgeous - just the kind of shade I love! It has a matte finish but doesn't sink into any lines or cling to dry patches. It's super comfortable on the lips and wears really well throughout the day. The formula is up their with my favourite high-end brands! The packaging is very luxurious and feels really weighty. It has a magnetic close too. Overall, I love this lipstick and I really want more shades.

Runway Rogue Lipgloss* | $19

Along with the Runway Rogue Lipstick I was also kindly sent a lipgloss. In the shade Super Model which is a pale soft nude colour. The shade is stunning! The packaging has the same weighty feel as the lipstick and a clear section so you can see the shade of the gloss. The gloss itself is very glossy and givse a lovely shine to the lips. The consistency is quite thick but not sticky or heavy on the lips. It's also very pigmented as glosses go! I've been loving this as a lipstick topper. And I know this will be a firm favourite throughout the spring and summer!

So far this month has a been a real hit in terms of beauty products I've been trying - which I'm pleased about but this could mean my end of month favourites post is going to be a long one!

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

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5 Fabulous High-end Cleansers

Cleansing has become my favourite part of my skincare routine. I've always washed my face but never really seen the importance or the benefit of it. When I sat down to write this post I released these where are high-end or slightly more than affordable cleansers. I have a affordable / drugstore cleansers that I really like but since investing in slightly more high-end ones my skin has made a change for the better. I have dehydrated skin that is prone to breakouts. Today I have 5 fabulous high-end cleansers...

Liz Earl Cleanse and Polish | £14

Starting with a cult classic! This cleanser has been loved for years by many and for good reason. This is a balm cleanser, the consistency is quite thick. But it applies and melts makeup and dirt with ease. It has quite a strong herbal sent, which I don't love but I can forgive it because it works so well. This cleanser is designed to be used with a hot flannel or muslin cloth. I just use a flannel because muslin cloths tend to look dirty really quickly and can get expensive. I really like this cleanser but I wouldn't say it made a dramatic difference to my skin but I didn't have an adverse reaction. Overall this does the job of cleansing the skin really well!

Rodial Stem Cell Superfood Cleanser | £32 (Full size)

I got this very generous sample size in a Latest in Beauty bag and it's lasted me ages, I still have over half left. Which I'm happy about because the full size has an eye watering price tag. This is a cream cleanser that uses stem cell technology from plants, along side powerful anti oxidants and oils to hydrate and nourish the skin as well as an effective cleanse. I love this stuff, I like to use it as a second cleanser so my skin gets the benefits of the ingredients and this really does leave my skin clean and smooth. Would I repurchase this at full price? - probably not but if you can get a sample I highly recommend checking this out!

Fresh Soy Cleanser* | £32

This is another cleanser that is loved by many! This is a gentle gel cleanser that has a light Cucumber scent. At first I didn't like the smell but it's really grown on me. Its light texture turns kind of milky when mixed with water to effectively remove dirt and makeup. I like to use this as a second cleanse  both in the evening and in the morning because of its light, refreshing texture. This has quickly become my favourite cleanser. After just a few uses my skin improved in texture, and I think this has really helped. I've been using this and the Clarins Blue Orchid oil and not sure which one it is but my skin has transformed since using them. I can't recommend this enough.

Philosopy Purity Cleanser | £8.50

I also got this in the Latest in Beauty bag and I've been throughly enjoying it. This claims to be a 3-in-1 cleanser that cleanses, tones and hydrates. Which, I don't actually find it very hydrating. It has a gel like consistency that feels like it should foam up but it doesn't. This effectively removes makeup. Although I use this around my eyes, I don't use any cleansers around my eyes (i use wipes) It just doesn't seem right if that makes sense! It also makes a great morning cleanser.

Pixi Caroline Hirons Double Cleanse | £24 | POST

Finally we have a hybrid cleanser from the master minds of Glow Tonic, and the Skincare Guru Caroline Hirons. It's two cleansers in one. One side being a Solid Cleanser oil to remove makeup. And the second side being a cream cleanser to actually clean the skin once makeup has been removed. At first I thought this lacked wow factor. But I've come to realise that this is a fab cleanser. The solid oil really does cut through makeup and remove it, without leaving a film or residue on the skin. And the second cleanser does leave my skin feeling clean and fresh without being stripped or feeling tight. It's also worth noting that this is fragrance free, parben free, and not tested on animals. Overall, I really like this and it's definitely worth checking out.

If you're looking for a more affordable cleanser then see this post. I know most people don't want to spend more than £10 on cleanser, I used to be the same. But I really have noticed a difference in my skin since upping my skincare game!

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

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What's in my Shower

I really enjoy 'What's in my Shower' and 'What's on my bedside table' kind of post so today I thought I'd share mine. It doesn't really need an introduction so let's get into it...

The Bodyshop Shower Gels | £5

Obviously I keep shower gel in the shower. I have two Bodyshop options I've been rotating. One of which is the Vanilla Chai scent. I picked up a couple of bottles over christmas because I love the scent! And I love christmas so whenever I feel down or want a pick me up I use this and it instantly makes me feel better. The Second one I have is the Morgina Shower gel which as a nice fresh, uplifting scent. They both foam really well and leave my skin feeling clean but not stripped.

Garnier Body Tonic Scrub | £6.99

Being a false tanner, scrub is a must for me! This Garnier body scrub option is my favourite. It has good scrubby particles that really remove dead skin and every scrap of false tan. It also smells so nice and fresh! It leaves my skin so soft. It also foams up and is easy to spread around the body and it rinses without leaving any residue or oil behind.

Hempz In shower Hydrating Herbal Body Moisturiser* | $11.90

In the shower, body moisturisers have been a real game changer for me. I'm so rubbish at applying body moisturiser so doing it in the shower makes it super easy. This one smells nice, I'm rubbish at describing scents but it smells fresh and sweet but not sticky sweet. It contains ingrediants like Shea Butter and Hemp Seed Oil to nourish and hydrate. The cream itself is quite thick but easy to smooth all over the body and rinse off. I also really like it as a shaving cream (for my legs) for a super smooth shave. My skin is left super soft and hydrated after using this.

Toni & Guy Smooth Definition Shampoo & Conditioner for dry hair* | £5.99

I have a whole load of shampoos and conditioners in my shower. but I didn't want this post to be super long so I thought I'd just show the ones I'm currently using! Which are from the Toni & Guy Smooth Definition range. I have very thick, dry, frizzy hair so anything smoothing is right up my street. It's shampoo has quite a thick texture and looks more like a regular conditioner but it lathers up really well and rinses with ease. It removes all dirt and build up without being too stripping.

The conditioner is really thick and doesn't drip or run off hands when applying it! I like to leave it on for as long as possible, normally around 5 minutes. It doesn't take long to rinse out of the hair either - there's nothing worse than conditioners that takes ages to rinse out. After my hair instantly feels softer and smoother. Once my hair is dry it looks a lot more shiny to.

Sexy Hair Smooth Extender Intense Conditioner* | £16.95

I always use an intense conditioner when I wash my hair because it helps the moisture levels my hair needs. I've been testing this one from Sexy Hair and I really like it. It targets unruly, dry hair. I don't like the name of this brand but the conditioner itself is really nice. First of all the packaging is revolutionary! Rather than having a regular screw of lid it has a flip top lid. Which makes it so much easier to use in the shower! The consistency of the conditioner is very thick and rich and smells really nice. I like to leave it on for 5-10 minutes and rinse. It leaves my hair soft and a lot easier to brush and dry.

ColourVibe Conditioning Shampoo* | £2.99 | POST

Lastly I have this toner. Having Ombre Blond hair means it can look brassy. I don't use this every time I wash my hair, I like to use it once a week or when I feel my hair needs it. It's a Purple toner that promises to leave hair looking Ash Blonde. This works really well! I leave it on for 2-3 minutes and Orange hair is transformed to a nice cool, Blonde colour.

So that's what is currently in my shower.

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Spring Eyes, Lips & Cheeks

Spring is just around the corner and as I'm writing this the sun is shining and the sky is clear! But to be honest I'm not ready to give up my dark berry shades! But I have a few shades that are more spring appropriate that I'm looking forward to using. For me spring is about Mauve-y, Pink tones rather than going straight in with bold corals! Today I've put together a little edit of some of the spring Eyes, Lip and cheek shades. I ran out of time and couldn't do any swatches but if you check out the link 'Post' you will find them.


Who am I trying to kid, I've used this throughout winter since I got it. But the shades are perfect for spring and summer. It's just a great all year round palette. The shades inside are mostly warm toned and inspired by Peach. It even smells like yummy Peaches! The palette houses 18 shadows with a good mix of shimmers and mattes. The majority of the shades are buttery, pigmented and really easy to work with. This palette is perfect for creating a spring look! 

Another palette I won't be leaving in winter is this stunning palette from Blank Canvas. This palette contains 11 matte and 1 shimmery shade. Most of the shadows are warm toned. I'm so into matte shadows at the moment. It will also be great for creating an everyday spring eye look. All the shades are so soft and pigmented and perform extremely well for matte shadows! I love all the shades in this palette. 


I completely forgot I had this so I'm putting it back into rotation for spring. This is the perfect shade to transition for winter to spring. It's a matte, dusky Pink colour that goes with any makeup look. The formula of this is so finely milled it doesn't look powdery and blends into the skin so it looks natural. 

I love the cream blushes in spring and summer so ColourPop is a good middle ground. Their blushes are like a cream powder hybrid - the texture is so difficult to explain. It's like mousse but creamy but so easy to apply and blend. I like to use the Real Techniques Stippling brush to apply and blend it. The shade Quarters is Peach, Coral shade, but nothing too 'in your face'. It's a really nice Spring shade. 

MAC Blush | £19.50 | POST

A good Pink blush is a great shade for spring. This MAC blush in the shade Well Dressed is a dusky Pink shade with subtle shimmers in it. The formula is finely milled and doesn't look powdery. It gives a nice, alive look to the cheeks. 


Changing up lip colours is the perfect way to add a season appropriate look to any makeup look! One of my favourites I'll be taking into spring is Calypso which is a dusky Mauve Pink colour. It's a great everyday shade. 

Another ColourPop spring lip option is Echo Park which is another dusky Mauve colour. But it's less Purple and more of a nude than Calypso. On me it's a really nice nude colour. I can't rate the formula of the Ultra Satin enough! They are like a really nice long lasting lipstick in liquid form. They aren't drying at all and so comfortable on the lips. And they are easy to touch up throughout the day. 

I've just realised that the majority of lip options are liquid lipsticks - sorry! But another great spring lip option comes in the form of Palasder from Ofra. The shade is a gorgeous Rose nude colour. The formula is really nice too. I spoke about this yesterday here. So I won't go into much details but it's long lasting, non drying and looks great on the lips to! 

For spring days when I want a slightly bolder lip option Pumpkin Pie is perfect. It's an Orange toned Red. Probably more summer appropriate but makeup has no rules, right? The formula of Jeffree Star lipsticks is one of the best I've tried. These are so long lasting and not drying at all. It's easy to apply and the colour payoff is second to none. Make of him what you will but his liquid lipsticks are spot on! 

My final lip option is Naked from Urban Decays Vice Lipstick line. It has a cream formula so it has a slight sheen to it. Because it's a cream finish it's so comfortable and easy to throw on and go. The shade is a really nice, Pinky nude that would look great on bright spring days. 

After writing this I'm actually now excited for spring summer shades! 

Have you tried any of these? What shades will you be wearing this spring?

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High-end Discoveries

I've seem to have acquired some new high-end makeup that I wanted to share with guys. A few of these have been on my wish list for quite a while so I'm excited to share them with you guys...

NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint | £30

The lovely Sal over at Ummbaby Beauty was having a clear out and was selling this. I've wanted to try it for ages so I practically bit her hand off! I rarely use anything up and wasn't sure I would like this, it being matte, so buying it second hand was a great way to test it without splurging on a brand new one. The consistency of this is quite light and very easy to blend. The name 'tint' is kind of misleading because this has medium coverage. NARS say this is build-able but I didn't find it was, it looked cakey if I tried to layer it. The finish is a soft matte as it claims. The first few times I tried this I did like it. But I don't love it. Don't get me wrong it is a nice base but I just don't find it sits as nice as some of my other foundations on me. I have dehydrated skin so I struggle with matte products at the best of times! I think this would make a great base for summer though, so I will revisit it then.

MAC Prep and Prime Primer Oil | £21

Primer oils have intrigued me but I've never quite plucked up the courage to invest in one. Just purely because I couldn't see how they would work. Oils tend to look shiny and take a while to sink in so using one right before makeup just didn't make sense. But being a beauty junkie curiosity got the better of me and purchased this from MAC. I'm pleased to say I really like this! It is an oil but it's really light and doesn't sit on my skin in the same way skincare oils would. It leaves my skin looking dewy and really smoothes over my dry areas. This adds that extra bit of hydration my skin needs so my skin doesn't get dry throughout the day. If you have very dry skin you will love this! Overall, I'm really happy with this and want to explore primer oils more!

Ofra Highlighter  | £25

I'm not quite sure if Ofra are actually a high-end brand. But they're slightly more expensive than what I would call 'affordable' so they are in this post. If you didn't know Ofra recently launched and BeautyBay and beauty junkies across the UK rejoiced! I picked up this highlighter because, well it's stunning! The shade Blissful is a beautiful Gold colour. The formula is so soft and pigmented. I think this is quite comparable to Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighters. It doesn't contain any glitter, just beauty shimmers that give an intense glow to the cheek bones. I actually have to be careful not to go over board with this because it's so pigmented! But I really like this! It's quickly become one of my favourites.

Ofra Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick | £16

Obviously I had to pick up one the famous Ofra Liquid Lipsticks! And I safely say the formula is one of the best. The consistency is more along the lines of a mousse rather than a liquid. It has a doe foot applicator which applies the lipstick really well and easily. It dries down to a matte finish, but without being dry at all - it's really comfortable. And so long lasting! I have the shade Pasadena which is a Rose nude - perfect for everyday wear. I'm so impressed with this, I definitely need more shades.

Urban Decay Liquid Lipsticks | £15.50

Urban Decay have jumped on the Liquid Lipstick bandwagon too. I really rate the their regular Vice lipsticks so I just had to try this. I think all the shades of their Liquid Lipsticks were the same as the lipsticks from their regular line, which was kind of disappointing, I would have liked to see some new shades. But I see what they are doing. I went for the shade 1993 which I have from the original lipstick line, which I love. But I think the shade is slightly different to the liquid lipstick. Anyways, it's a warm toned Brown colour. It's quite a bold lip on me but probably a good nude on darker skin tones. The formula is liquidy and easy to apply. But it doesn't quite dry, it stays a little bit tacky. Which isn't a deal breaker but there are better formulas out there. I'm not sure if this is consistent throughout the whole line, I'd like to try another one before I make up my mind fully.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Lip Oil | £16

It was only a matter of time before I tried one of these lip oils from the Too Faced Sweet Peach collection. I have the shade Papa Don't Preach. Which is a Peach colour with Brown undertones. The formula is silky, smooth and buttery. It's not sticky at all and feels really nice on the lips. It also smells good enough to eat! I'm really happy with this and is definitely a hit from the collection. My only gripe with this is when I eat or drink I can taste it and it doesn't taste as good as it smells!

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask* | £32

I've been so desperate to try this, everyone seems to love it. It's basically an AHA mask that exfoliates the skin. It's so packed with ingredients that brighten, tighten and promises to do great things to your skin. I'm amazed with this stuff. It recommends that this should be left on for a maximum of 7 minutes, but I manage around 3. It really tingles the skin, but this is normal with AHA products. It's really easy to remove and after my skin was so soft and smooth. I have a few Red marks that are left over from blemishes and it instantly improved them! I was really impressed. I can't wait to see the long term effects of this!

Clinique Hydrobur Moisturiser* | £20

Another new skin addition came in the form of this! Clinique have formulated a hybrid moisturiser and primer in one. It offers hydrating and blurring properties. In the pot this doesn't look like your average moisturiser, it's quite a thick, stiff cream and to me it feels more like a primer. This does add hydration but for my dehydrated skin it's just not enough. But I really love this as a primer. It really helps to blur imperfections and leaves my skin feeling smooth. Makeup blends so easily over it and this also helps my makeup stay on longer, without drying my skin out, which I tend to find most primers that extend makeup wear do. I think people with oily skin would really like this a moisturiser but for me it's a brilliant primer.

So there are all my high end discoveries!

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

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