Drugstore Foundations | The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Part 2

As promised in my Drugstore Foundations | the good, the bad and the ugly part 1 (you can read it here) I'm back with part 2. I still had too many foundations to fit into this post, which is slightly concerning, but lets just ignore that and get into it...

The Good (the really good)...

NYX High Definition foundation | £12.50

NYX can do no wrong in my eyes. I've really enjoyed using everything I've tried from the brand so far. This foundation comes from their HD line which promises to make you look picture perfect; blurring imperfections, smoothing the skin and remaining undetectable on the skin. Although this doesn't make me look as airbrushed as I'd like, this is a very good foundation. In fact one of the best I've tried from the drugstore. The formula is so light and easy to blend, it offers a good medium coverage. But it's the finish of it I really love. It gives skin a delicate glow, that really looks like its been lit from within! I highlighly recommend this! See my full review of it here. 

Milani 2in1 Concealer + Foundation | £9.99

Ah the drama I had to get this in the right shade (Read all about that here). Although this isn't technially a drugtore foundation here in the Uk, it is in the US and Milani now have a UK website (miliani.co.uk) I thought I'd include it because it's a great foundation! This does offer amazing full coverage and it has a plumping effect on the skin. It just makes it look so smooth. The finish is satin but more on the glow-y side. My only issue with this is the staying power - it's rubbish. It only lasts at best 4-5 hours before it starts to break down and go patchy. But as £10 foundations go this is very good. 

L'Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation | £10.99

This is my holy grail foundation. Its one of the only ones I've used up and brought several times, which I think speaks volumes considering I rarely use up a foundation! The foundation is so lightweight but offers a meduim coverage. And the finish is so lovely and glowy! Every time I use it I'm wowed! One of the best foundations the drugstore has to offer!

L'Oreal Infailable Sculpt | £8.99                                                                                           POST

Now this isn't marketed as a foundation, L'Oreal say its a contouring base. But its basically a foundation. This has a light to medium coverage thats so easy to blend and looks flawless on the skin. The finish is not quite dewy but not quite satin, its in between, which I really like! The staying power is brilliant, it lasted all day on me! I really really like this! Although, I believe this only comes in two shades. Light and medium. Which is disappointing. 

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

Bourjois City Radiance Foundation | £9.99

I feel like the beauty industry has gone crazy for this whole pollution protection thing. Which is what this foundation promises to do. It has an anti pollution screen which prevents pollution from dulling down the skin whilst keeping it looking fresh and radiant. This does leave the skin looking fresh and glow-y. Although I'm not sure if it actually protected my skin. But the thing I didn't like was how tacky it stayed on my skin. And this made made it difficult to apply powder products over the top. But I think if you use a lot of cream products this would be great. 

MaxFactor Miracle Match Blur & Nourish Foundation | £12.99

This promises to make colour matching easy, whilst offering skin care benefits and coverage. I did really like this, it has a serum like texture and has a beautiful, radiant finish. But like the Bourjois foundation it remained tacky and didn't really set, so it was difficult to blend powder products over the top. See my full review of this here. 

Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup Foundation | £8.99

I'm not quite sure why this is called Naked, it definitely doesn't offer undetectable coverage. I mean it is lightwieght, but I'm yet to find a foundation this is completely undetectable. The finish was very natural looking with light to medium coverage. But it was just too drying for my skin and left it feeling tight and uncomfortable. So maybe if you have normal to oily skin this might be great for you. 

The Ugly (the really bad)... 

Revlon Photo ready Airbrush Effect | £12.99

This is a reformulation from the original Photo Ready foundation, which I used to love. It was my favourite all time foundation. So I had high hopes when I saw this. But I have no idea why they reformulated it. This one is rubbish! Its drying and has chunks of glitter in it! This is just rubbish!

Maybelline Super Stay 24h Foundation | £8.99

Being the foundation junkie I am, I have to buy new drugstore foundation lauches, so this was no exception. While this does have great coverage and amazing staying power - I've not actually tested it for 24hours but it didn't last all day on me - The formula is so thick! And I mean thick, it was difficult to blend and looked kind of heavy on the skin. And it creased in every fine line! Not great. 

Max Factor Face Finity All day Flawless 3in1 foundation | £12.99

This promises to be a primer, foundation and concealer all in one. Its not. The coverage is ok, but no where near anything like a concealer. It didn't add a glow, or smooth the skin the like a primer would. And it was too cakey looking and drying for me! 

So thats part 2 of the Drugstore foundations? Have you tried any of these? Whats your favourite Drugstore foundation? 

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Wedding Guest Makeup

So tomorrow I have my first wedding of the season. Well, you'll be reading this on Sunday so I would have already been. So I thought I'd share with you the makeup I plan on wearing and hopefully give you some inspiration...

Becca Backlight Priming Filter | £32                                                                             POST 

For primer I want something thats going to give me glow and help my makeup stay on all day. Because weddings are a super long day so fading makeup will not be ideal! This primer is brilliant, it really does give a filtered glow to the skin, without any glitter.

Urban Decay One & Done | £25                                                                                  POST 

This foundation is perfect for long days. The staying power is incredible. This is described as a sheer foundation, but this definitely has more coverage than a sheer base. The coverage is also very buildable. The finish is satin and when teamed with the Becca primer, they give a lovely, subtle glow to the skin.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer | £17.50                                                             POST 

When it comes to events I want a concealer I can trust. So this is what I reach for. Its a great all round concealer that covers belmishes, dark circles and highlights. The formula is brilliant, it doesn't crease, crack, fade or smudge.

Hourglass Amibant Light palette | £59                                                                         POST

To set everything and further enhance the glow-y look I love, I will be using these. I like to use the far left shade all over my face. The Bronze shade on my cheek bones and the lightest shade to highlight the centre of my face. For more details see this post.

Makeup Geek Contour Powder in Half Hearted | £7.95                                              POST 

Contouring is part of my everyday makeup so a wedding is no exception. And this makeup contour pan applies smoothy, lasts all day and is easy to blend. The shade Half Hearted is ever so slightly warm toned, which I think suits me better than really cool, Grey tones.

Makeup Geek Blush pan | £7.95

I have recently been introduced to Makeup Geeks Blush pans which are just as brilliant as their eyeshadows and contour pans. The shade Romance is a beautiful Peachy Pink with Gold shimmers running through it.

Sleek Slotice palette | £9.99

For highlighter this beauty is perfect. It has Four highlighters that will suit most skin tones. The glow it leaves behind is amazing, without any glitter. I can't recommend this enough. See my full review of it with swatches here.

Makeup Geek Shadow pans | £4.95

For eyes I wanted something simple that wasn't too over the top. Makeup Geek shadows are just the best for pigment, blendability and wear time. My shades of choice are:

Rupunzel - This is one of my favourite MUG shades. Its a shimmery, Champagne colour. I like to use this as an inner corner and brow bone highlight.

Creme Brulee - This is just the best medium, warm toned Brown. And my best crease shade.

Cosmopolitan - This a beautiful Rose Gold colour with Gold shimmers running through it. The perfect lid colour.

Cocoa Bear - To deepen up the crease and outer v this shade is perfect. Its a warm Red toned Brown.

See this post for more details and Makeup Geek Swatches.

Soap & Glory Supercat liner | £6

I rarely go any where without a winged liner. I can't believe I've only just discovered this! Its so easy to create a wing with this. The formula is so good - it doesn't flake, fade or smudge. And its super Black.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara | £7.99

This will be no surprise to regular readers. Obviously for weddings I want a Mascara thats going to hold up. And this is one is one of the best I've tried. It adds length, volume and holds the curl all day.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Mehr | £15.50

For lips I wanted something with some staying power that wasn't too high maintenance. I wanted to go for a liquid lipstick but with eating and drinking, I didn't want to keep touching it up or risk it smudging. So I opted for a good ole' Matte Mac lipstick in the shade Mehr. Its a dirty Blue toned Pink that goes with most looks.

So thats my wedding guest makeup picks. What are yours?

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Best In Beauty | May

How is it nearly June? I know everybody says it but, this year is going so quick. Too quick even. And this month I kind of struggled with favourites. Not much has changed in terms of things of that I actually love. I've tried a few new things this month but nothing thats has really stood out to me. But I have managed to gather a few things to share with you guys. Don't forget to check out the linked post for full reviews and swatches..

L'Oreal Nude Magiue Cushion Foundation |n | £9.99

I feel like I've spoke about this quite a bit recently (here). But I really really like this foundation. Its so easy to blend and apply, the finish is so lovely and radiant looking, without being too dewy. Its just a great all round foundation. I heard this is getting some stick because of the pretty crap shade selection, but if you can find a good match I definitely recommend checking this out.

Laura Geller Baked n Brighten Powder Foundation | £26

I normally use my Hourglass powders to set my base (Read more about that here) But throughout May this beauty has taken the top spot. This is a great little powder. It doesn't give as good a glow as the Hourglass ones but this blurs everything! Its like nothing I've tried before. I like to apply this in circlar motions with a large fluffy brush, and I'm left with a super smooth, flawless looking base.

Seventeen Skin Wow Concealer | £4.99

For concealer I've been loving this. Its one of those products that took me by surprise. I really wasn't expecting much but I was really wowed by how good this is. It's nice and lightweight, making it easy to blend and perfect for under eyes, but it really has good coverage to conceal everything. And it has Gold packaging so its a win win! See more about my favourite concealers here.

Soap & Glory Supercat Liner | £6

I'm so late to the party with this one. This is a great liquid liner. The pen applicator is perfect for creating a wing - its just the right size and the tip is really pointy making it easy to draw the perfect line and wing. Its also really Black and stays really Black all day. I hate those ones that fade to a weird Grey colour. All in all a great drugtore Liner.

Zoeva Nude Spectrum Palette | £28.50

I've been really loving this palette this month too. Whats not to love? this palette contains 15 nude inspired shades, some shimmers, mattes and satin finish. It can create any eye look, from something subtle for everyday wear to something more bold and smokey for a night time look. See my full review with swatches here. 

MAC Lipstick In shade Mehr | £15.50

This has been on wish list for the longest time and I have no idea why I haven't brought it sooner. The shade is stunning! It is described as a dirty Blue shade, which it is. Its so beautiful and looks great on the lips. I haven't felt this excited by a lipstick in a long time (sad I know haha). Its from the matte range so the staying power is great and no drying!

So thats everything I''ve been loving. I have also been loving lots of skincare but I'm giving them a thorough test. see keep your eye peeled for that post coming soon. Have you tried any of these? What are thoughts?

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A Pop Of Colour For Summer | For Those Who Don't 'Do' Colour

I'm normally a nude / Brown lover. And tend to stick within this colour palette. But recently I've been getting more into colour, nothing too over the top. So I though I'd share with you some of my favourite makeup to subtilely inject a bit of colour...


Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette | £18

This palette is perfect for those who are new to colour or wanting to experiment. The majority of this palette has some really great Brown shades, while their are a few that add a pop of colour without being too over the top. Warm Notes is a shimmery Cranberry colour, that looks great all over the lid. This is a great shade for adding a bit of colour. Delicate Acidity is another great wearable colour. Its described as a Brown with Purple undertones so this is perfect for sticking within the nude colours but at the same time adding something extra.  See my full review of this here.

Zoeva Cool Spectrum Palette | £28.50                                                                    POST

Another great palette from Zoeva. This palette does contain a few bright colours, from deep Greens to bold Purples. But don't let this put you off, it also contains some really great nude shades. I like to use the nude shades in the crease and then add a brighter colour to the lid. Each of the shadows, are soft, easy to blend and are well pigmented.

Makeup Geek Shadows | £4.95 & £7.95

I've been throughly enjoying an Orange eye look. I've decided Orange is my colour, it just suites me so well. And we all know how amazing MUG shadows are - with the majority being super soft, easy to apply and well pigmented. My favourite shades are

Flame Thrower - this is a beautiful, warmed toned Orange, Coppery colour. Its a foil finish which is super pigmented and buttery soft. I love this all over the lid.

Morrocco - To blend out Flame Thrower this shade is perfect. Its a warm toned matte Red with Brown under tones. This also looks great blended through the crease with a subtle colour all over the lid, for an added bit of colour.

Poppy - This is a matte bright Red shade, that looks great blended with Brown tones to add a bit of edge to an eye look.

Magic Act  - I'm not really sure if this counts as a bold colour. But its perfect for all over the lid with bolder colours in the crease. This looks beautiful paired with Chickadee through the crease. This is another foil finish, that really packs a punch in terms of pigment.

Chickadee - is a warm matte Yellow-y Orange shade. I also enjoy wearing this alone in the crease with Magic Act all over the lid for a super easy but put together eye look. This is also great for blending out Oranges. 

Glass Slipper - I have a thing for Blue eye shadow. I'm determined to some how make this shade work. Its just the most beautiful shimmery colour!

See this post for my full collection with swatches here. 


Miliani Baked Blush in the shade Lumionso | £7.49                                                       POST 

Cheeks are probably somewhere I tend to avoid colour. I feel like that could go horribly wrong. But I tend to go for Brown toned blushes. So its time to dig out luminioso! This is a stunning Peachy shade with shimmers running through it. I don't know what Millani do to there baked blushes but they look absolutely stunning on the cheeks! This shade in particular really perks up the complexion and makes me look alive. 

L'Oreal Sculpt Blush Trio | £7.49                                                                                  POST

Pink is another great way of injecting a colour into the cheeks without being over the top. The blush in the shade Lovely Pink. Its a baby Pink colour thats looks so nice blended out. This blush contains 3 shades that can be used seperatly to create a sculpted look or all together for a subtle wash of colour. I personally just like to use them all together. 


Lips is another great way to gain added colour. Regular readers will know how much I love a nude and Brown lip. But I've been really getting into Pink tones. So i have a few Pink lip colours that aren't over the top, but still colourful at the same time. 

Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color | £8.99                                                                 POST 

I'm not quite sure why these are called matte. They're definitely not matte. But I really like the shade Devotion regardless. Its a beautiful mid toned Pink. The formula is great too - it's kind of mousse-y and so comfortable on the lips. 

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lipstick | £9                                                    POST 

These new Soap and Glory lipsticks are my new current obsession - i love them! The shade Pommie is from the Pink range. Its matte too, but the shade suits me so well. I normally struggle with Pink shades so I'm very happy with this. The formula is great too, non drying and long wearing. If you're looking for a subtle Pink colour I can't recommend this enough. 

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick | £23

This so far has been my go to spring shade. Its a muted Coral colour, That I've heard some people say is nude. But this isn't that nude on me, the Coral colour really shows off my skin tone. So its the perfect shade thats almost a nude but not quite. Perfect for those who are shy of colour! 

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Matte Lip | £3.50

Soap and Glory are on fire with their lip products at the moment. And these matte lip crayons are great. They're really affordable to. The shade Choco Berry is very similar to Pommie Girl, only this is slightly more matte on the lips, but still very comfortable.


Do nails even really count when it comes to experimenting with colour? I'm not sure. But I thought I'd throw a couple in because they are such pretty shades...

Essie Mint Candy Apple | £7.99

My all time favourite colour! Its a stunning Mint Green, that looks beautiful on the nails. And Essie polishes are the best for longevity and shine. See this post for swatches

Barry M Coconut Fusion Nail Paint | £4.99                                                                       POST 

When it comes to more afforable polishes, Barry M is the brand I reach for. I recently picked up a couple of shades from the Coconut Fusion line. This shade Laguna is a beautiful bold Blue. I'm not quite sure if the Coconut is actually doing anything for my nails, but it lasts well and has a glossy finish.

Have you tried any of these? What are your favourite products for adding a bit of colour? 

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Even More Glow..

Its no secret, I love glowy, dewy skin. And with a good 90% of my makeup collection being products tailored to give that dewy finish I thought I'd do another round up of amazing products that will leave you fresh faced!

MAC Strobe Cream | £24.50

This a cult classic and loved by many, for good reason. This is a moisturiser with iridescent particals that reflect the light. So, not only does this give a luminous finish, it also has added skin care benefits to nourish the skin at the same time. This isn't enough to use as a moisturiser alone on my dehydrated skin, but works fantastically as primer. It really smooths the skin, and leaves a subtle glow. Read more about it and some dupes here.

MAC Mineralize Moisture SPF15 Foundation | £29

Probably one of the dewy-ist foundations I own. No lie, this gives an almost wet look to the skin. The coverage is light to medium but easily buildable. It lasts all day on me, which is brilliant because Its so glow-y. Oily skins should probably avoid this though. Its so glow-y I like to set it with powder. Because there is a very fine line between glow-y and sweaty.

Laura Geller Balance n Brighten Baked colour Correcting Foundation | £26

To set the foundation down, this is what I reach for. Its a great setting / finish powder without being overly matte. This powder has brilliant blurring properties, it blurs pores, fine lines and leaves skin looking flawlessly radiant. See Illuminating powders for all budgets for more info.

The Balm Mary Lou-manizer Highlighting Powder | £17.50

I never heard anyone say they don't this highlighter. At £17 it sits in the middle of the price scale but easily rivials some much more expensive ones. The formula is so soft and smooth it applies and blends so effortlessly. And the champagned, toned glow it leaves behind is not for the faint hearted! But some how it doesn't look over top.

Milani Baked Blush | £7.49                                                                                         POST

A glow-y blush is staple for me. I just love the finish they give. And Milani Baked Blushes are second to none when it comes to glow giving blushes. Granted this shade Carolina does look scary in the pan. But it blends out to a really lovely, natural flushed colour. This actually suits my skin tone really well. And is perfect for completing any glow-y look!

So there are some more brilliant Glow enchancing products. Have you tried any of these? What glow-y makeup should I try next?

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The Sunday Edit

As i said in this post here. Sundays tend to be the day i experiment with makeup and try out new product - A kind of first impression. So I'm back to share another one with you guys...

Becca Backlight Primer Filter | £32

This isn't a new product or one of not used before. Regular readers will know how much i love this stuff. But i haven't used it in a while so i thought i get it back out. When I applied this it was an instant WOW moment! This is just the best primer every. It gives skin such a lumions, radiant glow, without any glitter. It smooths the skin too! See this post for more info.

L'Oreal Nude Maquige Cushion Foundation | £9.99

I have recently spoke about this here. I want to try it with different primers to see how it gets on. And i'm so impressed. This along with the becca primer skin leaves me with a glow like no other. The foundation itself its so light and easy to blend. The little pot and cushion make it really convient to use. I like to just dap my brush and blend into the skin.

Maybelline Eraser Eye | £7.99

I keep saying this everywhere and everyone saying how good. I have tried this a few years ago, but i wan't overly impressed so i thought I'd give it another go. I've heard people say they're not a fan of the spomnge applicator, but this doesn't bother me. The concealer its is nice and light - ideal for the eye area. It has ok coverage, not the best coverage concealer I've ever used. I picked up the shade 02 which a couple shades light the my concealer which is perfect for highlighting. But thoughout the day it oxidized on me and left me with orange under eyes. So I'm not impressed with this.

Boujois Sun Illusion Primer | £7.95

This is supposed to be a primer. But to be honest the texture is really thick and mousse like. It kind of reminds me of Maybelline Matte mousse. So I didn't think it was the best idea to use this as a primer on my dehydrated skin. But I thought it might make a good contour product. Which it did. I was happy with the result! Once it was blended it dried down to a powder finish and left me with a nice subtle contour. I applied a few dots under my Cheek bones and then blended it out with a stippling brush. Only use a tiny amount though or this could go horribly wrong.

Bourjois Sun Illusion Bronzer | £7.99

I'm thoroughly enjoying a bronzy, glowy look. So to add a sunkissed look to the skin I reached for this. To be honest I'm not very happy with it. The shade is good, its a nice bronzy shade that leans slightly warm. But it just wouldn't apply smoothly, It went all patchy and just kind of made me look dirty. Maybe it was the brush or something, who knows, but I wasn't happy with the finished look.

Milani Rose Powder Blush | £8.99                                                                               POST

Another forgetten about favourite. Not only is the blush design stunning, it actually performs really well. The formula is soft, applies smoothy and its easy to blend. The shade Romantic Rose is a beautiful Mauve-y, rose colour.

Makeup Geek Shawdow Pans | £4.95

I'm all about Makeup Geek shadows at the moment. I just can't get enough of them. See this post for Swatches and more info. I went for the shade Creme Brulee in the crease, this is my ideal crease shade and I don't think I can now create a look without it! It's the most perfect, warmed toned, mid Brown colour, that effortlessly adds depths and dimension to any eye look. I went for Glamorous all over the lid. This shade is a Golden Copper colour with hints of Brown and a soft shimmer finish. This is another beautiful all over the lid colour, and lower lash line. Like the others this is well pigmented, blends easily and lasts all day. 

I've had this for a while so I thought it was time to dig it out and show it some love. Its a lovely neutral mid to dark Brown colour. That works well in the Outer V and lower lash with the Makeup Geek shades above. The formula is soft and easy to work and the pigmentation is good. 

Maybelline Lash sensational Mascara | £7.99

For mascara i reach for this without fail. Its one the best mascaras the drugstore has to offer. It gives amazing length, volume, doesn't flake and holds the curl all day. If you haven't already tried this, you need too! 

I love a Brown / nude lip (just see this post here and here) and I love the NYX butter glosses but I wanted something a bit more pigmented than gloss. So I picked one of NYXs Intense Butter glosses in the shade Chocolate Crepe. Which is a stunning, Brown colour with slight warm undertones. Its really pigmented like a liquid lipstick but doesn't dry them. So I get the best of both worlds - a great pigmentation but the low maintenance of a glow. Plus this smell is good enough to eat! I definitely want more shades of these! 

So thats my little play around with makeup! Have you tried any of these? What are thoughts? 

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Bed Time Beauty

I love skincare and there is nothing I love more than convenient skincare. And whats more convenient than skincare that you can slap on before you go to sleep and wake up with beautiful skin?! I have a few bottles that really help my skin look a lot better overnight...

Origins Drink it Up Intensive  Overnight  | Full size £23                                                         POST

This is a new addition to my night time skincare and one that I'm loving! Its a thick, moisturing mask that works while you sleep to increase hydration. With ingredients like Avocado and Japanese Seaweed this really packs a punch in terms of hydration. In the morning my skin is instantly more hydrated, smoother and plump.

PIXI Nourishing Sleep Mask | £18                                                                                   POST 

This is another overnight mask that promised to add hydration like the Origins one. Although, I think I prefer this one. PIXI promises to lock in moisture to prevent dryness and help dehydrating effects from the environment. Its enriched with hyaluronic acid to hydrate, Jojoba oil to moisturise and heal, alongside many other oils to soothen, strengthen, brighten and deeply nourish! I use this twice a week and the results are instant! In the morning my skin is silky smooth, very nourished, as well noticeably plumper. 

Kielhs Midnight recovery Oil | £37

I've been raving about this recently so see this post here. But I'm really enjoying this! Its a silky smooth oil that really does leave my skin feeling nourished and plumped. I apply a few drops after my moisturiser (I'm currently using La Roche Posay Toloriane, see this post) and every morning i'm impressed with the results. 

The Body Shop Vitamin E serum In oil | £15                                                                              POST

For a cheaper alternative to Kielhs oil, this one is great! it has the power of a serum and an oil in one (I do love a multi tasking product!). It claims to make skin look like its had 8 hours sleep, recharge skin, hydrate and brighten all in a non greasy, lightweight formula! This does everything it promises! I absolutely love it!

REN Wake up Wonderful Overnight Facial | £32

This is an AHA cream (see more about AHAs here), that when applied overnight promises to brighten and refine the skin. It can be used alone or along side moisturiser and serum. I've been using this on and off for a while now. And while I do see results  - my skin is smoother and brighter - I think when AHAs are used with other AHA products are too much for skin because they break me out. So I think if your skin responds well to AHAs you will really like this! 

NUXE Rev de miel | £9

The best lip balm ever! I've not found anything that hydrates my lips like this. It's a really thick, heavy balm, so probably not best for daytime use. But used at night - wow! The results are brilliant. I use it everynight and dry chapped, flakey lips are no longer an issue for me! 

Have you tried any these? What are your favourite overnight products? 

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The Best Of Nude Palettes

The lovely Cally from Cally loves asked me if I could do a The Good, The Bad & The ugly post on eyeshadow palettes. To be honest I have far too many palettes to fit in one post and I don't actually have any palettes that I would say are rubbish and not to spend money on. I mean yeah, I have some palettes that are far better than others but none that are that bad. So I thought I'd group together some of my favourite nude palettes...

Zoeva Nude Spectrum Palette | £28.50

Zoeva palettes are such good value, although they have recently upped their prices, but I still feel that they are a good deal. And this Spectrum palette is brilliant. It contains 15 shades, all inspired by nude and natural shades. Each shade is well pigmented, butter soft and easy to work with. There's also a good amount of matte shades, making a daytime look easy. They last all day on the lids without creasing or fading. And this palette is perfect for creating any nude eye look! I have a full review of it here.

Stila Eye Are the Window Shadow Palette Soul | £30                POST

This palette is so under rated! The stunning Rose Gold and Gold packaging houses 12 shades. Ranging from an off White to a super pigmented Black. These shadows are so soft, and by soft I mean soft. It has a good range of shimmers and mattes, warm and cool tones. The shade Kitten is one of the most beautiful shades I own - its an off White shimmery shade, that looks beautiful as an inner corner highlight or all over the lid. 

Freedom PRO 12 Secret Rose | £4                                            POST

This palette is more inspired by Pink hues. Does that count as Nude? I'm gonna say yeah. And this little purse friendly palette really took me surprise. It was sat in my draw for ages before I actually used it. And most of the shades are brilliantly pigmented and soft. Even the pale White is great, not chalky or transparent. And again, this contains a range of mattes and shimmers. It has no shade names which is so frustrating! But at £4, this is a total steal!

Mac Amber Times 9 palette | £25

This little beauty was the go to summer palette last year. It has 9 Amber inspired shade. I have heard that the formula of these little shadows are not as good the larger MAC shadows, I haven't tried those, but I'm not disappointed by them. All are soft, smooth and easy to apply. The only shade I'm not really fond of is Kitties, this doesn't show up well on my skin tone. But my favourite shades are Cork (a medium mate Brown) and Creative Copper (A shimmery Yellow Copper colour).

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette | £18                                                    POST 

This is one of my all time favourite palettes! 10 shades all inspired by chocolate that are super pigmented, easy to blend and last all day. Theres not one shade I don't like in this palette. I actually prefer the formula of Zoeva shadows over Urban Decay ones! Freshly Toasted is the most perfect warm toned crease colour. I like to pair this with Pure Ganache which is a stunning shimmery Gold colour.  Bitter Start (The pale off White shade) Didn't swatch very well, but it works fine as a matte brow bone highlight. Everybody needs this palette!

I didn't name these swatches because i couldn't fit the names on!

Makeup Revolution New-trals vs Neutrals | £6.99                       POST

This palette offers a twist on your every day neutral palette. With a range of colours ranging from burnt Oranges, deep Plums and perfect everyday neutral shades. I think Makeup Revolution palettes are amazing for the price! The pigment and formula are brilliant. Although the paler shades could do with a bit more colour pay off - at £6 a pop you can't really complain. Like with all Makeup Revolution palettes, there aren't any shades names. 

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So there are my current favourite nude palettes. Have you tried any of these? What's your favourite Nude palette?

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Drugstore Foundations | The Good, The Bad & The Ugly | Part 1

The drugstore can be a mine field when it comes to foundation. All the diiferent formulas, finishes and then there's shade matching. I know this can be a real struggle for many. I'm quite fortunate and its only the really cheap brands that only have like 4 shades, that I struggle with. So today I thought I'd share them with you, in this the Good, the Bad and the Ugly format! I have far too many drugstore foundations to fit into one post, so I thought I'd do this over two posts. Starting with the foundations I don't overly talk about.

The Good (the really good)...

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless | £5.99                                                                         POST

So this has finally landed in the Uk. I couldn't wait and ordered mine from ebay a few months ago. And the Uk version is in a different style of bottle. I haven't heard that the formula is different, but I might pick up the Uk version to check. But I'm really happy with this! Its definitely a matte foundation, with a good medium to full coverage. I have dehydrated skin so matte foundations tend to be a no go. But this isn't drying at all! It isn't cakey either and looks pretty seamless and flaweless on the skin. And the staying power is insanely good! This lasts all day, and looks pretty much how I applied at the end of the day. I have a full review of this here.

L'Oreal True Match Foundation | £9.99                                                                                 POST 

I didn't like the original version of this. It was too cakey and drying for me. But this new formula is spot on. L'Oreal have added oils, and other ingredients that not only help it look better but look after the skin at the same time (See this post for more details). This glides on and blends in with ease. And has lovely glowy, but not greasy finish. It has a good medium coverage and lasts pretty well throughout the day. I have the shade 4.0 which is an ok match. I probably could do with a shade darker. 

Bourjois Healthy Mix | £9.99                                                                                                 POST

I feel like this is either a love it or hate foundation. I personally love it. I wouldn't say the finish is overly glow-y but its definitely not matte or satin. It just leaves behind a healthy look to the skin. The coverage is medium and it lasts all day on me. I have the shade Dark Biege which matches me perfectly. Although I do know some people really struggle with Bourjois shades, but if you can get a good match I definitely recommend this! 

Vinchy Dermablend Corrective Foundation | £18

This is at the higher end of the price scale of drugstore foundations. For good reason -its a super full coverage foundation, probably the most full coverage foundation I own. I found drugstore full coverage foundations tend to be thick, cakey and not easy to work. But this is something different. The texture is actually quite runny and easy to blend, nor does it look heavy on the skin. It does look a little flatter than I like but with a illuminating powder and highlighter it looks great. I believe this comes in 8 shades, which is pretty impressive as drugstore foundations go. For more details see The Ultimate Flawless Base with Vichy. 

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

Rimmel Match Perfection | £7.99

I heard a while ago someone comparing this to NARS Sheer Glow so I picked it up. Its nothing like Sheer Glow. This is supposed to have good coverage and look weightless on the skin. But I found this difficult to blend and then it kind of went transparent. It didn't really cover anything. So I guess this would be a good foundation if you have pretty flawless skin to start with. 

L'Oreal infallible foundation |  £9.99                                                                                           POST

This is supposed to be a long wearing foundation that is also hydrating. Sounds right up my street. I do really like the finish of this. It's nice and glowy. But long wearing, I think not. This lasted around 3 hours before it started going patchy. Ant the formula is really thick and looks heavy on the skin. 

Essence Stay All day Foundation | £3.80                                                                                POST 

I picked this up after hearing one of my favourite Youtubers raving about. And its dirt cheap - just £4! This is another foundation I really like the finish of. Its a satin finish and has a glow about it. But my gosh, this is so thick! It settled in all my lines and I didn't think I even had any! The staying power was good though - around 6 hours. The shade range is pants, 4 shades. I imagine this would be good if you have super smooth skin. I don't so its not for me. 

The Ugly (The really bad)...

Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation | £7.99

This is described as a soft matte foundation with a hydrating formula. This is one of the most rubbish foundations I've ever tried. Its so difficult to blend and just sat on my skin. Despite using brushes, Damp sponge and my fingers this would not blend into my skin. Its wasn't overly long wearing, but it didn't dry my skin out so I guess it is hydrating. 

MaxFactor Skin Luminizer | £11.99

Max Factor tends to be a brand that I over look. I love their Creme Puff Blushes but anything else I just feel a bit meh about. So I though I'd at least try a foundation. And I was majorly disappointed. This is supposed to bring coverage and light refecting properties for a healthy glow. Healthy glow? This left me looking so flat! The foundation was also on the heavy side. 

L'Oreal Infilable 24hr matte foundation | £7.99

When this was first released everyone was hyping about it - claiming it was the best drugstore foundation ever. In my opinion this isn't the best drugstore foundation, in fact its probably one of the worst. Its so heavy, cakey and flat looking. Everything I don't want in a foundation. I can kind of see why people with oily skin would like this but my skin type this is no go! 

So thats part one of the Drugstore foundations. Have you tried any of these? Whats your favourite drugstore foundation? 

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