High-end Discoveries

It's been an exciting month for new beauty launches. I've managed to get my hands on some and I'm ready to report back to you guys...

Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation | £27

I feel like the Blogger community were eagerly awaiting this foundation to launch. I've read some mixed reviews and I was apprehensive to buy it. Because it's a full coverage foundation, with a 'modern' matte finish that promises to last all day, these types of foundations tend to dry my skin and just don't look good on me. But I actually really like this. It is definitely full coverage! And by modern I think Urban Decay mean it's more of a satin finish, well that's what I found anyway. It's not drying on me at all and it really does stay put all day, and still looks fresh at the end. I have heard people say that this does oxidise. Which it does, nothing major though it just dries down a shade darker. So bare this in mind when shade matching! But overall, I really like this and I'm really happy I've found a foundation more on the matte side that works for me!

Lancome Tient Idole Cushion Foundation* | £30

Cushion foundations are really having their moment in the beauty world. And lancome have but their best selling Tient foundation in a cushion form. I'm not too sure the whole point in the cushion foundation thing, but it really does make application so much easier! And perfect for on the go. It has a very natural finish but still has a radiance about it. The coverage is medium and build-able. Overall, I really like this, there's nothing not to like!

Lancome Blush Subtil Cushion Blusher* | £28

Along with the cushion foundation Lancome have launched their cushion blushes. I have the shade Splash Orange  which does look really scary in the pan. But it blends out to a lovely Orange colour. I really like this. The formula is so good. The blush is really watery but this makes it really easy to blend and it doesn't disturb the makeup underneath. It dries down to a matte but radiant finish. The application is tricky, you do need a light hand, but once I was used to it, it was really easy. I found it easiest to apply this with Real Techniques stippling brush.

Kat Von D Lock It Concealer | £20

I'm sure the majority of you already now that Kat Von D has just launched in Debenhams. As soon as the products were available online I made an order. I've heard so many good things about the Lock It concealer I knew I had to try. And I'm disappointed! This is a full coverage foundation that works well under the eyes and on blemishes. I have the shade Light Warm 7. Which is surprisingly pale. I was a little shocked when I first got it out and I thought it would be too pale. But luckily it works perfectly under the eyes and really highlights the area, while still concealing dark circles. The staying power is also really good. It doesn't crease either. Overall, I'm love with the concealer and I can see myself repurchasing this!

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick | £16

Obviously I had to buy one of the famous Liquid Lipsticks. I went for the shade Lolita 11. Which is a stunning warm toned, Orangey nude. The formula itself is great. It dried down completely matte and feel unnoticeable on the lips. I didn't find this dry it all. The staying power is good, it lasted around 4-5 hours on me. And when the colour did start to wear, it faded evenly, without cracking or flaking. I really like this and I will definitely be getting more shades!

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner | £16 (full size)

This is another one of Kat Von D's most famous products that I really wanted to try. But I'd heard mixed reviews and £16 is slightly more than I'd like to pay so I thought I skip it. So you could imagine my delight when I got a free mini one. I can safely say this completely lives up to the hype. It's amazing! Seriously! It's so easy to use. It applies beautifully, so evenly and is super Black. The tip is so precise. I'm baffled by how good this is. I will definitely be buying the full size. It is completely worth £16.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick | £15

Now the Vice lipsticks aren't technically new to me. I've raved about them on several occasions. But the shade Hitch Hike is. It's from the Comfort Matte line, the lipsticks I have tried from this line are incredible; they're really creamy, well pigmented, non drying but still matte and they have good staying power. The shade itself is a deep Rose colour, that's kind of Red at the same time. It's really pretty and I've been wearing it a lot!

Overall, I'm really happy with all the high end products I've been testing recently. Normally I'd have one or two that are disappointing so I'm really happy with this bunch!

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

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Wedding Day Makeup

Regular readers will already know that I got married on Saturday! EEEEkkk. The day though was amazing, truly magical and everything that I hoped it would be and more. But I thought I would share the makeup I wore with you guys. I did my own because there wasn't anybody I trust to do it. Plus I know what to do if my skins acting up and what products work best on me. I went for a natural, glow-y look. Nothing too far from my everyday makeup. I didn't want to go for anything too over the top just purely so when I look back in 10years at the pictures I'm not cringing at my makeup! So without further ado...

Becca Backlight Priming Filter | £32 | POST

For primer I went for my trusty Becca option. This is my all time favourite primer! It gives an amazing glow, without any glitter, leaves skin super smooth and is hydrating. I do also find this helps keep my makeup on longer and as the name suggests this really adds an almost filter to my face. So it was a no brainer I used this on my wedding day.

BareMineral Complexion Rescue | £27 | POST

I've probably talked about this product to death on my blog. But I didn't want to experiment with new stuff on my wedding day, I wanted something I knew I could rely on. So this was my go to. It has good coverage, gives my skin a good glow, but nothing too over the top and doesn't make my dehydrated skin feel tight or dry it out and it sits beautifully on the skin! I can't recommend it enough!

LA Pro Girl Concealer | £4.99 | POST

I majorly struggle with dark circles on a good day and the week before the wedding I didn't sleep well and had a few late nights putting the finishing touches together. And on the day I didn't want to look tired. So to conceal my dark circles I reached for this. It's Yellow toned which I find works really well on my dark circles. The formula is super creamy and easy to blend. This does last all day on me without creasing or fading. But I did set it down with a light dusting of the Vichy Loose Setting Powder just to be on the safe side.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | £22.50 | POST

To highlight and cover the Yellow concealer I knew NARS would have my back. To be honest I couldn't decide between this and the Urban Decay Naked Skin. But I went for this because I find it covers my dark circles slightly better. I have the shade Custard which works perfectly with the BareMinerals Complexion Cream in the shade 5 to highlight and bring light to my under eyes. The formula is so creamy, light, easy to blend while still offering a good medium, build-able coverage! This also doesn't crease, move or fade.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders | £59 | POST

These are the best powders I've found for my dehydrated skin. And while my skin wasn't feeling too dehydrated on the day I didn't want to risk using something else. This little trio comes with 3 powders all designed to add something different to the skin. I used a combination of all 3. I used Dim Light (far left) to set the all my makeup, then Radiant Light (far right) as a bronzer - on the cheek bones and finally Incandescent Light in the centre of my forehead and down my nose as a subtle highlighter. See my full review with swatches here.

Becca Champagne Pop Face Palette | £42 | POST

To further enhance my glow and add a subtle pop of colour to my cheeks I used this stunning palette from Becca. I think this is discontinued but the Processco Pop Split pans are available from Sephora, but I didn't use Processco Pop I went for Champagne Pop. Which is the most gorgeous, finely milled, butter soft, Champagne toned highlight. I took a light dusting over my cheek bones, the inner eye corner and brow bone. To finish the cheeks off I used Amaretto which is a lovely nude Brown blush. See this post for swatches.

Makeup Geek Shadow Pans | £5.50 | POST

I wanted something soft and natural and something that wasn't going to be high maintenance. So I took Creme Brulee (a light, warm toned Brown) all over the lid and into the crease. And then I used Frappe (a slightly darker warm toned Brown) in the crease to add extra dimension to the eye look. MUG shadows are brilliantly pigmented, long lasting and don't crease. These are also so easy to work, and take minimal blending.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner | £16 (full size)

I went for a small wing because I love the way it makes my lashes look more full and it adds something extra to the eye look without being too dramatic. I have a more in depth post on this coming soon. So I won't go into too much detail. But I'm so impressed with it. I've heard people across the pond raving about it, and I was apprehensive about buying it but I received this free and I will certainly be buying the full size. The tip is so precise and it glides on so easily and stays perfect until you want to remove it.

NYX Lip Lingerie | £6.50 | & NYX Lip Butter | £5

On my lips I went for an NYX lip combo that I've been loving for a few months. I chose this because I wanted something low maintenance but long lasting. The NYX Lip Lingeries in the shade Ruffle Trim is a lovely Pinky, Brown nude. The formula is so nice too, it's not trying, super long lasting but when it does start to wear, it fades evenly. Over the top I added a coat of the NYX Butter Gloss in the shade Madeleine which is again another nude, it compliments Ruffle Trim really well. With these together I have a long lasting, low maintenance look!

MAC Fix+ | £17.50  | POST

I'm not really sure how this works but this makes makeup look that little bit more flawless, more blended and more glowing. So obviously this made an appearance on the big day! I just spritz it over to finish the look.

So that's the makeup I went for. I was a little worried about it because I didn't really practice this look in particular but it lasted the whole day and there was a lot of dancing involved! And it looked great in the pictures I've seen so far!

Have you tried any of the products here? What are your thoughts?

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The Autumn Beauty Edit

As I'm writing this it is the first official day of autumn! How is this possible? I think I blinked and missed summer. But I'm not complaining autumn / winter is my favourite time of year. And while I was really getting into summer makeup and embracing bright colours, I'm ready for a change. So I thought I'd share some of my autumn makeup that will be getting a lot of love...

Clinique Chubby in the Nude Foundation Stick | £23 | POST

I have been raving about this throughout summer but I'm sure I'm going to love it even more in the cooler months. This is a great creamy, lightweight base, with a satin finish. I'd say it has medium coverage but it's easily build-able. Don't let the fact this is a stick foundation put you off, this is far from the regular pan sticks that are thick and cakey. This also lasts all day on me. And because it's a stick it's super easy for touch up on the go!

Urban Decay One & Done | £25 | POST

Autumn makeup screams matte skin to me. But I have a love hate relationship with matte foundations -  I love the finish but with dehydrated skin they are too drying and uncomfortable, especially in the colder months. But this offering from Urban Decay is the perfect compromise. It has a very natural satin finish, that doesn't leave my skin looking flat or cakey. The coverage is really good too, it's light to medium but definitely more on the medium side. It's also build-able if you want more coverage. The staying power is incredible, this lasts a good 6+ hours on me!

Urban Decay Beached Bronzer | £20 | POST

I like to look tanned all year round. But in autumn I like to opt for a matte option that doesn't look over the top. So I will be reaching for this beauty from Urban Decay in the shade Bronzed. It's a lovely warm toned bronzer that adds a natural sun kissed looked to the skin. The formula is insanely good. It's finely milled so it applies effortlessly, evenly and blends easily, and doesn't fade.

Max Factor Cream Puff Blush | £8.99

I love switching out my blushers as the weather turns colder, it's the perfect way to transform a look. Nude Mauvey colours are perfect for this time of year, or any time of year, but for the purposes of this post will go with autumn. And the shade is a perfect nude Mauve colour. That looks stunning on. The formula of these Max Factor offerings are some of the best in the drugstore. While I do find them a little powdery, they apply well, are easily to blend and well pigmented.

Milani Baked Blush | £7.50

Another affordable blush favourite comes in the form of these Milani Baked Blushes. The shade Berry Amore is one of my favourite autumn / winter blushes. I have a soft spot for these Purple, Berry tones; they suit my skin tone so well. If you haven't already tried Milani Baked Blushes you need too. The formula is so soft, blend able and long lasting. Plus the packaging is pretty!

Anastisia Beverly Hills Modern Renassiance Palette | £41 | POST

Who am I trying to kid! I've been using this palette all summer! But it's far too nice not to take through to the autumn. And the shades are perfect for the season! This contains 15 mainly warm toned shadows that can create any look, from a subtle daytime to something more dramatic. Majority of the shades are matte, but I've been really been embracing a matte eye look, plus it's perfect for those who don't like shimmer. But for the shimmer lovers there are Two in beautiful shimmery shades in there. See my full review and swatches here.

NYX Full Throttle Lipstick | £5.50

The shade Kiss the Dust is a deep Brown toned nude. This actually is a lot more bold than a regular nude on me which I really like in autumn. Sometimes I find a deep Berry colour a bit too ott for everyday. So I love these kind of shades. The formula of this is so good. It applies so easily and is so creamy but it's so matte! The finish is similar to a liquid lipstick, but a lot easier to apply! It has the staying power of a liquid lipstick too. I'm sure this will be a firm autumn favourite!

Maybelline Colour Drama Matte Lipstick | £6.99 | POST

I had to include this because it's quickly become one of my favourite lipsticks. I'm sure you already know but the famous shade Clay Crush has finally come to the Uk! The shade itself is a beautiful Brown-y nude with Orange undertones. The formula is super creamy, pigmented and long lasting. While I don't find this as matte as some of the other shades from the Creamy Matte range, it's still pretty matte and very good as drugstore lipsticks go.

Essie Nail Polishes | £7.99

Deep Berry toned nails scream autumn to me! And the trusty formula of Essie polishes mean chip resistant nails for a good few days. My favourite Autumn shades are, In The Lobby (a deep Red wine colour) and Wicked, which is very similar to In the lobby but it's much darker and slightly more Brown toned.

So there's some products I'll be using. What are your favourite products for autumn?

P.S I just wanted to let you know that I won't be posting on Sunday.  For those who didn't know I'm getting married on Saturday so I'm crazy, busy in the last few days! But I will be back Tuesday as normal!

P.P.S Make sure you're following me on Instagram  (@lpbeautyblog) because I'm sure there will be a few wedding pictures!

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OOTD | Sammydress

I've been toying with the idea of a fashion post for a while now. So here I am with my first ever outfit of the day post! 

I was kindly sent some pieces from sammydress.com (here). It's a similar website to Sheinside, which I have ordered from a few times so I was excited to see if they lived up. 

First of all the shipping was super quick. My order came within a week, which is really impressive. I tend to find shipping from China usually takes ages and by the time it arrives, I'd forgotten what I've ordered. 

I chose this lovely smock dress (here)* which was £7.67. I'm so impressed with the quality. It feels quite nice and they're aren't any random threads hanging from it. Which really annoys me about affordable clothes. It also actually looks like the online picture too. I love the muted Orange colour, it's perfect for autumn winter. I paired it with some tights because I feel the cold! And the boots are from Primark. This can also be dressed up with a pair of heels for an evening look. 

I also went for this stunning grey bag (here)*. Which is a total Chloe dupe, but it will set you back £8. Yes £8!!!! It also has Gold hardwear, which really makes the bag look more expensive than it is. Again, I'm really impressed with the quality. It feels really sturdy and doesn't feel cheap at all. This even came in the little storage bag. I've literally been using this non stop and will continue to use it! 

Overall, I'm really impressed with Sammydress.com. And I will definitely be ordering again. I'm tempted to get that bag in every colour! 

Have you ordered anything from Sammydress before?

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A Simple Skincare Routine

 I find, especially being a complete beauty junkie like I am, it's easy to end up with loads of different steps. But recently my skin has been breaking out and just not really looking it's best and was difficult to see what products were helping and which ones weren't. So I completely went back to basics and started using just a cleanser, toner, moisturiser and an oil at night. Since doing this I've noticed a huge improvement to my skin. While I still get the occasional break out it's no were near as bad. For reference I normally have dehydrated skin, but in the warmer months it's more Normal / combination. So here's a little round up of these products...

La Roche Posay Toleraine Demo Cleanser | £11

The whole Toleraine line from La Roche Posay is aimed at those with really sensitive skin. While I don't overly think I have sensitive skin that burns or goes red or feels irritated by certain products, It does break out easily. Therefore, I thought sensitive products would be a bit of a better fit for my skin. I'm really glad I made the switch. Most of my breakouts started clearing up after just a few uses! It's a thick cream that melts into the skin removing impurities and makeup. This leaves my skin feeling really clean without it feeling tight or dry. I can't recommend this enough! 

PIXI Glow Tonic | £18 | POST 

This has holy grail status for me. I've lost count how many bottles I've gone through. It's an AHA toner that lifts away dead skin cells to reveal, radiant, more refined, glowing skin. I like to use this in the morning, instead of cleanser because I'm yet to find a nice light one. This has made such a huge improvement to my skins overall texture and dehydration lines. 

La Roche Posay Ultra Toleriane Fluid | £17.50 | POST 

This again is aimed at sensitive skin but it's really amazing. I always thought that products for sensitive skin didn't really do a lot. I was so wrong, this is one of the best moisturisers I've used! It really nourishes and moisturises all day, but the formula is still light, absorbs instantly and sits well under makeup. With this I don't find my dehydration such a problem.

At night I really like a facial oil. I definitely find they help to keep my skin hydrated. This Kielhs one is great. It contains a whole load of ingredients that aim to leave skin looking more youthful, nourished and radiant. And this definitely does leave my skin more nourished and radiant looking. While it feels super soft and smooth. 

I've been switching between this and the Kielhs oil. The results from this are very similar to the Kielhs one. But this contains ingredients to protect and replenish the skin from environmental damage. Which is always good considering pollution and the sun are all linked to skin damage and ageing! 

I've really noticed a massive difference in my skin by stripping back my skincare, I'm also going to introduce skincare products one at a time so I see what's working and what isn't. 

Have you tried any of these? What are thoughts on a simple skincare routine? 

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Fresh Radiant Skin | Skincare & Makeup

My love for super fresh, glow-y skin is no secret on this blog! Throughout summer I've noticed such a difference the warmer weather has made to my dehydrated skin, so now that the weather is transitioning into winter I've brought out the big guns to keep my skin fresh and glowing. So here they are...


For super glowing fresh skin, skincare is such an important step. Prep work is key to keeping skin and makeup looking fresh. So here are a few of my favourites...

PIXI Glow Tonic | £18 | POST

This is a daily staple for me,  I've been using it for over a year now and I still love it. It's basically a chemical exfoliator, that uses gentle acids. This is jam packed with skin loving ingredients such as Ginseng and Vitamins to nourish and gently lift away dead skin cells. This has made a huge difference to my skin; it's helped my dehydration lines, helped my skin look more refined and more importantly made my skin glow! For more information on chemical exfoliators and AHAs see this post.

DR Botanicals Anti Oxidising Daily Radiance Moisturiser* | £39.99

This nifty little pot protects skin from environmental damage whilst keeping skin radiant. This is a great everyday moisturiser to boost skin glow! It's light but nourishing and leaves behind a subtle glow. It is also really smoothing and wears really well under makeup. A perfect glow enhancer.

La Roche Posay Toleraine Ultra | £17.50 | POST

For my dehydrated skin I need something super moisturising to stop me drying out. So at night time I reach for this. And I've not come across anything that nourishes as well! Since using it my dehydrated skin has not been a problem. It also helps keep my breakouts bay! I can't recommend this enough!

L'oreal Age Perfect Golden Age Glow Enhancing Essence | £14.99

Essence Lotions are really having their moment in the beauty industry. And for good reason.  They are a watery lotion to be used after cleansing and before moisturiser; With the aim to help re balance and add the moisture that may have been lost during the cleansing process. What I really love about this one is the results are instant! This really adds extra glow and makes my skin look more healthy!

PIXI Glow Mud Mask | £18

Clogged pores are not going to help that fresh faced look. So a deep clean is essential. This mask is great for drawing out impurities. It leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh without being overly drying!


Makeup great for faking that fresh face glow... 

There is nothing better for faking a glow than this! This is a radiance enhancing primer that adds glow without any glitter or shimmer. It's really amazing how it does it. But not only does this add a glow it really smooths the skin and leaves a perfect base for makeup! 

Rimmel #Insta Flawless Primer | £6.99

For a more affordable alternative to the Becca Primer this a great option. I'm not going to lie this isn't as good as the Becca one, but it's still very good and one of my favourites. It's tinted so it adds a bit of coverage which great. It also really gives the skin a dewy fresh finish! 

L'oreal Lumi Magique Foundation | £10.99

This is the ultimate glow giving foundation, it really gives a dewy-ness to the skin. But I tend to find with glow-y foundations they are not long lasting but this really is. It lasts all day on me! The formula is quite watery and applies like a dream, it glides over skin, blurring imperfections and leaving behind a radiant glow. The coverage is light to medium, but still makes my skin look flawless! 

This offering from Urban Decay is not as dewy as the loreal one but still gives a fresh look to the skin. It offers medium coverage that is surprisingly good  considering it is described as a tinted moisturiser hybrid. The formula is light and creamy and blends out with ease. It's long lasting, blurs most imperfections and gives the appearance of amazing skin! It's great theres nothing not to love! 

I find a good blush is great for perking up a dull, tired complexion. This Clinique Blush in the shade Peach Pop gives me such a healthy look to the skin. It's a lovely Peach colour with subtle shimmers running through it. It applies smoothly and lasts all day with out fading. 

Cream Blushes also help skin to look fresh and glow-y, This Stila Blush in the shade Peony hits the nail on the head with a beautiful colour and brilliant formula. The is a Mauvey colour that suites most skin tones and is wearable no matter what the season. The formula is creamy but not too creamy it moves around. Just a great all round fresh face product.

Highlighter instantly adds a glow and screams out fresh faced to me. And I'm not afraid of a full on highlighter on an everyday basis but sometimes for a fresh faced, healthy look something more subtle is what I reach for. And the buttery soft formula of MAC Soft and Gentle applies to the skin with ease and leaves behind a radiant, yet subtle glow without any glitter. It's also a lovely Champagne toned colour that suites most skin tones.

So theres some of my favourites for achieving fresh dewy skin.

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

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Disappointing Products #2

So I've tried a lot products recently that were so disappointing and some that where a bit meh, or some that just didn't live up to my expectation. Please remember though, that just because they didn't work for me doesn't mean they wont work for you. This is just my experience with them. So let's get into it...

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel | £29.50

I'm really sad about this because I really want to like this. Everybody seems to love it so I thought it would be a sound investment. It contains fruit extracts and vitamins that promise to brighten and nourish the skin. The cleanser itself is really nice to use; it's so light and does feel nourishing. But unfortunately this gave me the most horrendous breakouts! I've tried it several times with the same results. Which is frustrating because this stuff isn't cheap!

Max Factor Smooth Miracle Primer | £10.99

This is a relatively new launch which promises to smooth the skin, including pores and fine lines. When I first swatched this it did leave my hand really smooth, without being really silicony. It wasn't drying either. But this is probably one of the worst primers I've come across. It didn't smooth the skin on my face, it didn't add radiance or mattify. It just made every foundation I tried with apply patchy. No amount of blend made it look even!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation | £29.50

I recently spoke about this in my High End Foundations | the good, the bad and the ugly post (here). Where I expressed my dislike for the foundation. I just can't make this work. It exaggerates every little imperfection on my face. And just doesn't sit right on my skin. For foundation that claims to be suitable for every skin type, disappointing doesn't come close to how I feel about this!

Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation | £5.99

This another new launch I picked up on a bit of whim. And on first application this did seem promising. Its a gel like formula that offers a solid medium coverage. It has a satin finish and did leave my skin looking flawless. But after an hours wear I couldn't wait to take this of! It was so drying! It went patchy and looked gross on me - far from fresh!  I think this might be better suited for those with oily skins.

NYX HD Setting powder | £8.99

Regular readers will know just how much I love NYX. Nearly everything I've tried from them has been above and beyond what you expect from their price point. So it really pains me that I didn't like this setting powder. First up it promised to be translucent but it left a White cast on my face, but I wouldn't say I have an overly tanned or dark skin tone. Secondly, the packaging. The sifter holes are far too big, it lets way to much product out and it goes everywhere! So this is going to the back of my makeup collection.

BareMinerals Bare Skin Concealer | £22.99

My love for the complexion rescue is well documented throughout this blog so when I heard rave reviews about this concealer I was certain I would love this too. But I don't. The concealer does have good coverage and at first I thought the formula was good too. It's very serum like and feels very hydrating. But this is just too hydrating for me. I found it very slippery under my eyes and crease so badly. So I'm guessing this would be ideal for very dry skin.

Milani Matte Lip Cream | £8

Liquid lipsticks are my thing at the moment but this offering from Milani isn't. The shade Loved is very nice though, it's a pretty Rose Pink colour. But the formula was so drying and when it had dried it went all flakey and crumbled off my lips. A complete waste of money.

Primark Liquid Lipstick | £2

This was ridiculously cheap I don't know why I had hopes. It's rubbish. The shade 01 is a Dusky Pink nude which I really like. But it applied so streaky and when it started to dry down, it felt so dry and began flaking and rolling up.

So there's a few disappointing products I've come across recently. What products have you found disappointing?

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

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Quick & Easy Eyeshadows

More often than not I'm rushing round in the mornings and blending 2+ eyeshadows is not my priority or some days I just can't be bothered. But I've got a few shadows that require minimal effort. So here they are...

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow | $5 | POST

These shadows are so easy to apply, they don't even require a brush and they practically blend themselves! The formula is so strange it's like a mousse but dry and creamy, I know it sounds bizarre but if you've tried them you'll know what I mean. On days when I'm in a rush or feeling lazy they looking stunning just swept across the lid. They are really pigmented and stay all on the lids, without creasing. My favourite shades are:

Kathleen Lights - a stunning shimmery bright Copper colour.

So Quiche - This is an Olive Brown colour, with Pink flecks of glitter in it. This is such a pretty shade, unlike anything I own.

Sunset Blvd - one of my favourite shadows, it's a lovely Gold, shimmery Copper colour.

By Terry Ombre Blackstar | £29 | POST

Shadow sticks are the ultimate lazy girls eyeshadow, just sweep and go. And this one by Terry Ombre is one of the best. I have the shade Bronze Moon, which is a stunning shimmery colour. The formula is so creamy, it transfers to the lids with little effort. It also stays put all day without fading, smudging or creasing.

Bourjois Colorband | £5.99 | POST

Another, much more affordable shadow sticks are these from Bourjois. These have some serious staying power. As well as being pigmented and so easy to use! They also double as eye liners so they are amazing value for money. I have Two shades: Beige Minimalist, which is a lovely pale shimmery Beige. And Brun, a shimmery Bronze colour. These do set pretty quick so blend them quick, but when they've set they won't move!

There you have some super quick, easy eyeshadows.

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

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Makeup Lately

So it's time for me to share my the makeup I've been testing and using the past few weeks. I've been really making an effort to rotate my products and get the most out of my stash and I think thats reflected this month...

Estee Lauder Illuminating Perfecting Primer | £21.50 | POST

I found myself reaching for this primer a lot lately. It's not as glowy as I tend to like in primers, but it does give some subtle illumination, but it's great at smoothing everything over. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and makes my makeup glide on.

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation* | £30

This is a relatively new addition I've been testing and so far I'm really enjoying it. This is a perfect autumn winter foundation for my dehydrated skin. It has a satin finish but isn't drying at all. It offers a medium but build-able coverage. The staying power is incredible, it stays pretty much flawless all day. I believe this is same original Teint formula but in a cushion form. I haven't tried the original so I'm not sure if the cushion makes a difference, but so far I'm really enjoying it. the Shade 04 is also a good match when I'm faked tanned.

Clinique Chubby in the Nude Stick foundation | £23 | POST

Before I discovered the Lancome Foundation this has been my go to. I love it! It's so easy to apply. It's creamy, easy to blend, has good light to medium coverage, with a satin finish. This glides over all imperfections, pores everything. This lasts a good 6 hours on me. I can't recommend this enough.

NYX Concealer and Contour palette | £10 | POST

For concealer I've been reaching for this nifty palette. It contains contour shades and some under eye corrector shades. I'm not too fussed by the darker ones for contouring. But the bottom two are incredible. Especially the Salmon toned one. I tend to find Salmon tones don't work as well as Yellows on my under eyes, but this ones amazing. It's very thick and has super full coverage. I like to use my finger to apply it and ensure it's thoroughly blended and it's like magic! I do have to set though or it is prone to creasing.

Seventeen Skin Wow concealer | £4.99 | POST

To highlight the under eye area the Seventeen skin wow has been my concealer of choice. For concealer that is so cheap this is brilliant, it easily rivials some high-end ones. It is super brightening and has good coverage. This doesn't crease at all. I don't even need to set this, which is fantastic. I'm huge fan of the skin wow range, I think they need a foundation next!

Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder *| £15 | POST

To set my foundation and concealer I've been using this. I forgot how amazing it is. It's a translucent powder but it doesn't leave a White cast on my face. It's not drying at all. It just sets everything down and makes it last all day. There's nothing not to love.

Seventeen Cheek Stamp Blush* | £4.99

Granted this does seem gimmicky. With the applicator being like a stamp. But the product inside is really good. The shade Blushing  is a lovely Pink colour with subtle shimmers in it. It gives a lovely healthy glow to the face. The blush itself applies smoothly and lasts well, without going patchy. To be honest I don't use the stamp like an applicator, I just use a brush. But for a £4.99 blush this is pretty good.

Inglot Freedom System | £8 (palette) £5 each (shadows) | POST

For my birthday I made this Inglot palette. And I've been been pretty much using it every day. The formula is really good; well pigmented, easy to blend and work with it. The shades I have are:

383 - a matte Orange
407 - a shimmer Orange with Gold shimmers
51- A bright Orange with Silver shimmers
335 A matte, warmed toned Brown.
605 - A Shimmery Copper colour

I can't recommend these shadows enough. I really need to get more!

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara | £17.50

Hold on to you hats guys! I have something other than my much loved Maybelline Lash Sensational! I got this deluxe, Urban Decay Mascara sample as a gift with a purchase. I've so many good things and I was excited to try it. And it's a nice mascara, it adds some length and volume, with great staying power. It has quite a large bristle brush, which is ok, but I tend a prefer a plastic wand. This isn't as  good as my trusty Lash Sensation and is significantly more expensive, so I wont be buying the full size.

Clarins Lip Perfector Oil | £19 | POST

I've been loving a glossy lip lately and you don't get more glossy than this! It's a super silky smooth gloss that feels lovely on the lips. It's a great throw on and go product. I have the shade Honey, which is clear and smells so yummy.

NYX Lip Lingeries | £6.50 | POST

My love for these liquid lipsticks shows no signs of dying! I'm still very much obsessed! The shade Riffle Trim is a gorgeous Nude Brown colour. The formula is non drying, and so long lasting. It's one of my favourite liquid lipstick formulas. Some I like to apply a gloss over it for a super long lasting glossy lip.

L'Oreal Mega Gloss | £ 6.99

I'm so amazed by this gloss. It's a kind of Gold glittery colour that looks metallic on the lips, but not too over the top, it's very wearable! I like to use this over Riffle Trim and it gives a Rose Gold, metallic colour. The formula isn't sticky or uncomfortable to wear!

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

Have you tried any of these?

What are your thoughts?

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The Lipstick Report

Despite being on a spending ban I seem to have acquired a lot of new lip products. We're just gonna pretend that I didn't buy them! But anyway it means I get to share them with you guys so it's not all bad. Some of these have been welcomed additions and some were a bit of a waste of money so lets get into it...

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks | £15

I'm sure you all know about the new Urban Decay Vice lipsticks. So I picked up a couple. I got the shades Naked and Temper. Naked is lovely Pink nude that is great for everyday wear. It has a cream finish with a sheen to it, so it's super comfortable on the lips. Temper is a bright Orange toned Red, from the comfort matte line. Granted this is probably more of a summer shade. But makeup has no rules and I totally plan on wearing this all year round! The comfort matte line is incredible, the formula is super creamy, comfortable, long lasting and more importantly matte. I can't recommend this lipsticks enough, I'll definitely be getting more shades.

Freedom Pro Melts Lip Gloss | £3

The shade D-Ream is such a pretty Brown, toned nude with a hint of Pink. I'm not sure why this is called a lip gloss, it's definitely more of a melted lipstick. It applies completely opaquely in one swipe, which really surprised me as it was so cheap. It has a satin finish with a slight sheen to it. My first impressions were I really liked it. But after a hour or two of wear it really dried my lips out. Which isn't good considering it's not even matte! So for that reason this will be going to the back of my stash.

I heart Makeup Lip Lava | £2.99

This instantly reminded me of the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, the applicator is very similar too. But to honest I'm not a massive fan that you have to squeeze the product out, but that aside the product is really good! It's opaque, and is very much like a melted satin liquid lipstick. The shade is a Pinky, nude! This is also really cheap, I can see myself getting a lot of use out of it!

Maybelline Color Drama Intense Lip Paint | £4.99

I've kind of gone on a melted lipstick craze! So when these Maybelline ones hit the shelves I was instantly drawn to them. But the only shade that I was drawn too was 610, Stripped Down; it's a lovely Pink, kind of Mauve-y shade. The formula is very similar to the I Heart Makeup one. So I probably don't need both. But I have both and I'm enjoying them.

Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick | £6.99

I love the Maybelline Creamy Matte line (I have a full review here) but the Uk shade range was rubbish compared to the US, but a few new shades have come to the Uk. One of which is the famous Clay Crush. So I rushed straight to Boots as soon as I heard the news. And the shade is even nicer in the flesh! It's a beautiful Brown-y nude with Orange under tones. The formula is so creamy, it glides on the lips with ease. It has amazing staying power and is not drying. Although, I did find it isn't as matte as some of the other shades from the range, but it is still pretty matte! I love it, I definitely recommend this!

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick | £23

This was a kind birthday present from one of my friends. The shade Bond Girl, from the Matte Revolution Line has been on my List for the longest time! However, I'm slightly disappointed by it. The shade is lovely, a beautiful Plum-y Brown, that's not too bold and perfect for a hint of colour that isn't too over the top. But this does take a good 3 swipes for it to be full opaque. And I found it drying too. Which for a £23 lipstick isn't great. I feel like with Charlotte Tilbury your just paying for the packaging, granted, it is pretty stunning packaging!

The last swatch in the picture is L'Oreal Mega Gloss in the shade Disco Ball, I'm not sure how that got in the picture!

So there's a little a round up of some new lipstick additions I added to my collection.

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

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High-end Foundations | The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

I am a foundation Junkie! I own far too many. I get so excited by new foundations in the hope they will give me flawless skin! I've tried a fair few high-end options so I thought I'd give a little round up of a few I love, don't love so much and the ones that should be avoided.

For reference I have dehydrated skin, that has turned more normal in the warmer weather.

The Good (the really good)...

This is one of my favourite, all time favourite foundations. It's a hybrid foundation that combines the benefits of a moisturiser as well as a foundation. I didn't find this was like a tinted moisturiser at all though. It's more like a really great lightweight, hydrating foundation. It gives light to medium coverage with a super glow-y finish. It's also really hydrating and sits beautifully on the skin. And blends out with ease. This stays put all day on me even without powder! I can't recommend this enough. It's amazing! 

This offering from Urban Decay is so under rated! I love it. The consistency is very watery but it still gives a medium coverage. It blends so easily and looks so natural on the skin. It has a demi matte finish. This again lasts all day on me. I have the shade 4 which is an ok match, I probably could have done with a shade or two darker, but it's nothing bronzer doesn't sort out.

Clinique Chubby in the nude Stick Foundation | £21 | POST

This is a relatively new addition to my foundation family but it's quickly become one of my favourites! I was bit apprehensive with it being a stick foundation. My past experiences with this type of foundations have not gone well, they've all been thick and cakey. But this is so lightweight! It's super easy to apply, and the creamy formula means it blends out really easily. The finish is so natural, it really does look like flawless skin! I have heard some people say it doesn't last well, but I have no problems with it!

Becca Aqua Luminous foundation | £32 | POST

Becca is a brand that never fails to impress me! My love for the Backlight Primer Filter is well documented throughout my blog. And this foundation pairs perfectly with that primer. To give me glow like no other. This is formulated with water and this translates in the formula, it's so watery, which makes it easy to blend and very hydrating. Again this stays put on me all day. A great foundation, that ticks all the boxes! My only issue with this foundation is the pipette applicator, I hate them! If this had a regular pump it would be a 10/10 for me.

The Bad (The Ok but not for me)... 

So my first dabble with Tarte didn't go too well. While this foundation is ok, I don't love it and I don't find myself reaching for it. First is the annoying pipette applicator. I also found the foundation too thick for this type of applicator. But the foundation itself isn't overly thick just be suited to pump. I also found the finish to be more matte than I tend to like. But with a glow-y primer it looks a lot better. The coverage is medium. But it just doesn't sit nicely on my skin, I can't quite put my finger on what it is. I just have other foundations I much prefer. I think people with oilier skins would like this better.

This stuff is like cement! It really does have incredible staying power. The formula is surprisingly watery for a foundation that has really good coverage and lasts so long. But these days I just find it too drying for me! It looks so dry on my skin. Again I see oiler skins liking this more. 

The Ugly (the really bad)... 

This has to be one of the biggest disappointments I've brought. This is so hyped up, everyone seems to love it. Don't get more wrong, this foundation is ok. But at £30 quite frankly not worth the money. I didn't find this was undetectable as it claims at all. You can definitely tell I'm wearing foundation. It also didn't sit well around my nose, despite blending like a crazy person! Like I said this isn't worth the money! 

This is about as magic as I am. And I assure you I'm not! This claims to be a full coverage foundation that suits all skin types. I used every way possible and the only way to make it look good was to apply a whole ton of cream products on top of it, which kind of defeats the purpose! I never had a problem with my pores until I used this, it exaggerates everything I want to hide! So for that reason I avoid this!

So there's a little round up of some high-end foundations. What are your favourite or not so favourite foundations?

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