Caring for Dehydrated, Dull Skin This Winter

The colder weather and central heating really takes a toll on my skin. Dryness and dehydration become more of an issue and my skin ends up looking dull and lack luster. And I'm sure I'm not the only 1. But this year I plan to stay head of the winter and I've been taking preventative measures to stop this before it happens. So today I bring my top picks that I've added to my skincare routine...


In the autumn / winter I like to switch my cleanser for cream, something that feels more nourishing on the skin. Rather than something light and refreshing... 

At the beginning of the month I was kindly invited down to the Aurelia Pop Up shop. Where I was kindly gifted this cleanser. I hadn't really heard of the brand before. But this cleanser is amazing. It has Probiotic technology. I'm not too sure what that is, but it's packed full of natural ingredients that melt away makeup and lift away impurities. This is probably one of the only cleansers I've tried that actually feels like it's nourishing my skin. Since using this, I haven't had any breakouts and my skin just looks a lot more healthy and nourished. I only have the sample size, But I will definitely be picking a larger one. 

Key ingredients: Water, Coconut oil, Glycerin, Shea Butter

La Roche Posay Toleriane Cleanser | £11 | POST

This is a more affordable alternative to the Aurelia cleanser. It's a rich cream aimed at more sensitive skin to cleanse and nourish the skin without being stripping or irritating. Which this does! While it isn't as nourishing on the skin as the Aurelia one, it does a good job at removing makeup without leaving the skin dry or tight. 

Key Ingredients: Water, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin


For toner I like to opt for an exfoliating one. Regular reader are probably bored of hearing about this. But this is one the best exfoliating toners I've tried. It's really gentle but is still effective. This gently exfoliates to reveal fresher, more refined glowing skin. This really does give the skin a healthy glow with continued use and it's really helped my dehydration lines. 

Key ingredients: Leaf Juice, Glycolic Acid, Watch Hazel, Glyerin


Serum is am important step in the colder months because it adds an extra layer of hydration 

This serum has a light watery texture that glides on the skin and absorbs instantly. It's an anti ageing serum that uses plant steam cells to target fine lines and wrinkles. I don't actually have any wrinkles yet but this definitely helped keep my skin looking and feeling plump. 

Key Ingredients: Glycol, Fruit Extracts, Tricotanoin

Another serum that I've been reaching for is this affordable favourite. This also has a light water texture that is easy to apply and absorbs quickly. The main ingredient is hydroluric acid which can hold up to 1000 times its weight in water. Making it a magnet for any moisturisers put over the top. I've only been using this for couple a weeks, but it effects are instant! This really leaves my skin more hydrated and smoother. I like to use in the morning and evening for optimum results. 

Key Ingredients: Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Caster Oil 


Moisturiser is the key to hydrating and nourishing skin. Without it I end up looking and feeling like a shrivelled up Prune... 

La Roche Posay Ultra Toleraine Fluid | £17.50 | POST

I can't live without this stuff. I go as far as to say this is my holy grail moisturiser! This moisturiser is aimed at those with sensitive skin, but is formulated to target dry / dehydrated skin. The cream itself is very light and absorbs into the skin almost instantly. Which I really like because I tend to find creams for dehydrated skin are really thick and don't sit well under makeup. But not this! This really keeps my dehydration at bay and doesn't cause me to break out! This is a brilliant all rounder.

Key Ingredients: Water, Shea Butter, Glyceryl, Glycerin 


Adding oils to my nightly skincare routine has really helped my skin. I have a few on rotation but at the moment I'm really loving this one. This is jammed packed with ingredients such as Blackcurrant seed oil, Kernel Seed oil to help fight the signs the ageing and protect the skin from environmental damage. After using this at night, in the morning my skin feels super soft, hydrated and more glowing. 

Key Ingredients: Cherry Kernel oil, Blackcurrant Oil, Plump extracts

Mask & Treatments...

Theres nothing I love more than the instant effects of masks and overnight treatment.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Sheet Mask | £19.99 (pack of 4) | POST

Sheet masks have gained a bit of a cult following. And for good reason. This one in particular is saturated in concentrated Hyduluronic acid which penetrates the skin for 24hr moisture. I like to leave this on for as long as possible and then massage in any left over residue. And the results are amazing! My skin is so much softer, more hydrated and has a healthy glow! 

Key Ingredients: Water, Caster Oil, Glyceryl.

Origins Drink it up Overnight Facial | £24

This is a thick mask that can be left for 10 minutes for an instant shot of hydration or left on over night for even more hydration. I find using this overnight is best way to get the full effects. And in the morning my skin is so much plumper and softer. This is the perfect addition to any autumn / winter routine. 

Key Ingredients: Rose Water, Flower oil, Kernel oil, Glycerin

The Body Shop Honey & Oat Face Mask | £10

I think this has been discontinued because I can't seem to find it online. Which I am not happy about. This was one of my Body Shop favourites! It contains Honey and Oats, the Honey nourishes the skin and acts as an antiseptic, while the Oats gently exfoliate the skin. After leaving this on for 10-15mins my skin is incredibly smooth! And feels deeply nourished! If you can find this in store, I highly recommend getting it! 

Facial Mists...

Facial mists are another great way to add hydration and refresh the skin. They are perfect on the go when skin starts to feel a little dry. 

Avene Thermal Spring Water | £10

This is a super charged water that can be used to treat a number of skin concerns. The minerals are proven to help dry, irritated skin and improve redness. This can be used during your skincare routine or over makeup throughout the day. I like to use over makeup when my foundation starts to feel dry to add some extra hydration. This can also be used all over the body, to treat itchyness or shaving rash. It's a great all round product. 

Key Ingredients: Thermal Spring Water.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe and herbs | £11

Another facial mist that has instant lasting effects. It contains herbal extracts and rose water that revives my dehydrated skin. It can be used before or after makeup. I really like this after makeup; it helps my makeup to look fresher and stops it from drying out! Another great addition for anyone that has dehydrated skin. 

Key Ingredients: Water, Leaf Extract, Fruit Extract. 

So there you have some of my skincare stables to combat dehydration and dullness during the colder months. 

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

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Best In Beauty | October

It's nearly the end of October so it's time for another Best in Beauty! Let's get straight into it...

ColourPop Super Shock Blush | $8 | POST

At the end of last month I made a ColourPop order (see what else I got here). The majority of what I got I've been thoroughly enjoying. Including this stunning blush from the Fall collection. The shade Bardot is a beautiful warm, rusty Red colour.  Don't let how scary this looks in the pan put you off, it blends out to a lovely, subtle wash of colour. It has a pearlised finish so it adds a very subtle glow to the cheeks too. I like to apply this with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush, it sheers out and applies the blush perfectly.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows | $5 | POST 

I also picked up some of the Fall collection eyeshadows, which I've been pretty much wearing non stop since I got them! My shades are:

Elixir - A warm Terracotta Brown. I like to use this as a crease shade.

Paradox - A cool Burgundy shade.

Sleeker - A Red toned Brown with a matte finish.

These 3 shades together make the perfect warm toned eye look. It took me a while to warm to the ColourPop formula and find the best way to use them (synthetic brush / fingers is best) but now I have I'm completely obsessed! The shades last really well on me and don't crease at all.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip | $6 | POST

The shade Calypso is another shade from the Fall collection. It's lovely, Pink-y nude colour. I hadn't tried the Ultra Satin formula before trying this and it's quickly become one of my favourite liquid lipstick formulas. It's not drying at all and dries matte, but not too matte it looks dry. The staying power isn't the best I've ever tried but it still lasts a good 4 hours on me!

L'oreal Highlighter | £6.99 | POST

This little drugstore gem has the same formula as the ColourPop highlighters and eye shadows. That strange dry, creamy, but not a cream or a powder consistency - It's so hard to explain, if you've tried this or the ColourPop formula you'll know what I mean. But this is a gorgeous Gold highlight that really adds a dewy look to the skin. The staying power is incredible, this stays looking flawless all day, right until I'm ready to remove my makeup. I highly recommend checking this out!

Essie Nail Polish | £7.99

I've been loving this nail polish from Essie, I've pretty much been wearing it for the majority of the month. The shade Playing Koi is a basically autumn in a bottle. It's a lovely warm Terracotta colour. I can't fault the Essie formula, it's one of the best of I've tried. It's so easy to work with and takes a good 2 days to chip without a top coat.

Sigma Brush E45 | £11.50  | POST

I also have a brush favourite which comes in the form of the Sigma E45  blending brush. This makes light work of blending almost any eyeshadow. Especially the ColourPop ones. It's the perfect shape to fit in the crease and really fluffy to blend everything out seemlessly. I've been reaching for this over all my other crease brushes. This is slightly more expensive than most of my eye brushes and slightly more than I would like pay for one brush, but this is completely worth every penny!

Mario Badescu Silver Powder | £11.50

This is a face mask in powder form. That promises to draw out imperfections, excess oils, and improve blackheads. The improvement on blackheads is the main reason I brought it, and I'm so glad I did! Because this is a powder it makes application a bit of a faff - you have to dampen a cotton pad, dip into the powder and apply to the areas that need help, such as the T-zone. Which is a bit tricky and messy. But once the mask has been left on for 15 mins the results are incredible. The best I've seen from a mask that promises to clear pores. My blackheads (gross) look so much better, some were ever used. After removing this, I like to give my pores a little squeeze because it draws everything to the surface - and the stuff that came out was gross, but I've really never experienced a mask like this! It is brilliant! I use this once a week because it's slightly drying for my dehydrated skin but nothing a good facial oil doesn't sort out.

So there you have everything I've been loving this month.

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

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A Few Drugstore Discoveries

Theres nothing I love more than finding purse friendly, effective products. So I'm always in the drugstore trying to find these inexpensive products. If you're new here then 'a few drugstore discoveries' is a regular feature where I share what I've discovered recently in the drugstore. This month I haven't done as much drugstore shopping as I normally do. Nothing has really jumped out at me when I've been in there. But I have purchased a few products that are worth mentioning...

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Plus Unifiant Medium | £16.50

I tried the original Effaclar Duo a while ago. I didn't overly notice it did anything drastic or worth reporting to my skin. But they recently launched the tinted version and I thought I'd give it another go. The new version offers all the same skin benefits as the first (unblocks pores, fades marks) but this also offers a bit of coverage. The coverage is very light. I went for the shade medium which is a good match. But I found that this went patchy after an hour or so of wear. So I decided to use it as a primer and it worked much better. The formula of it is nice, light and absorbs into the skin instantly without leaving any residue or tackiness behind. I've been using this on and off for around 2 months now and I haven't noticed any improvement to skin. But I know this is highly raved about by many, so this would be nice if it works for you.

Barry M Glowmance Soft Focus Primer | £5.99

Barry M recently launched this new primer. A primer that promises to illuminate and blur the skin. I was really excited to try this. I tend to find that illuminating primers only illuminate and don't do much else. So one that promises to blur as well sounded promising. Unfortunatly this isn't great. The formula is quite thick, and while it does offer subtle illumination it doesn't really blur anything. This is ok but nothing out of the ordinary.

NYX Mineral Stick foundation | £10.50

I picked this up in the hope it would be a dupe of the Clinique Stick foundation, which I love. And I was really surprised that this comes very close! Don't let this put you of because it's a stick foundation, this isn't cakey or heavy at all. It's really creamy, easy to apply and blends out with minimal effect. The coverage it medium, but it can be built up to full coverage. The staying power is good, it lasts all day on me! My only issue is the shade. I went for 08 which was the best match for me. But it's too Pink in tone, I need something more Yellow based. But if you can get a good shade match, I highly recommend this!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Cleansing Water | £7.99

Neutrogena have launched a new line of hydrating products, which really intrigued me. However, after reading a few bad reviews on the moisturiser I decided to skip that and pick up this cleansing water. It's essentially a micellar water but it adds some extra hydration. Having dehydrated skin, this is right up my street. And I really like this! While I'm not sure if it actually makes my skin more hydrated its not drying or stripping. It also does a really good job of removing my makeup. I also like to use it in the morning to wipe any residue left over from my night time skincare products. Another great little find!

GOSH Give Me Sun Giant Highlighter | £13.99

I ordered this online and when I read giant, I was not expecting it to be actually giant! It's huge! It's like the size of my face. I can't imagine I'm every going to run of this. But the highlighter itself is really nice. It's a Champagne tone, that's finely milled and catches the light well. It's more subtle than some highlighters I own, but this makes it perfect for everyday wear.

L'Oreal Golden Highlighter | £6.99

I'm sure I'm not alone in rushing out to buy this! The formula is pretty much identical to the ColourPop Highlighter formula. That strange, moussey, but dry consistency, that works amazingly on the face. The highlighter is quite Gold in tone and shimmers beautifully on the cheek bones. I find the best way to apply it is with my fingers or a stippling brush. The staying power is incredible, this literally lasts all day on me, even after the rest of my makeup has faded, smudged or moved. I think this is limited edition so I highly recommend stocking up!

So that's everything I've brought from the drugstore recently.

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

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Affordable Haul + First Impressions

It's been a while since I've posted a haul. And I've been buying a lot of affordable products, some of which are new launches and some causing quite a stir in the blogging community. So I thought I'd round them up and bring you a haul!

Morphe R6 Flat Top Buffer | £11.95

I've been a huge fan of Morphe brushes for a while now. So when I heard that BeautyBay had stocked their new Rose Gold collection I new I had to try some. I picked up the Morphe R6 Flat Top Buffer Brush. Buffing brushes are my favourite way to apply liquid and cream foundations, I find they blend everything seamlessly and easily. And this brush does just that! Not only that, it's Black and Rose Gold handle are really pleasing on the eye, it functions really well!

Morphe R3 Pointed Contour Brush | £6.50

Next I picked up R3 Pointed Contour Brush. I actually wanted to use this as a concealer brush because it looked like the shape and size I normally like. But it didn't really work well with concealer. So I decided to use it for its intended purpose and for contouring this is perfect. So far I've only used it with powder contour products, so I'm not sure how well it would work with creams. It's the perfect shape for fitting in the hollows of the cheeks. It's really soft and fluffy so it blends the contour out with ease. Overall, I'm impressed with both these brushes and I will definitely be getting more from the line.

Morphe Cream Lip Polish | £4

I swear these are all over my Instagram feed and the moment so I had to see what all the hype was about. It's basically a cream lipstick with a gloss finish. I went for the shade Runway, which online looked like a nice nude colour. But it's actually a really bright Orange. The shade doesn't work for me at all. But for the purposes of reviewing it I wore it anyway. I really don't like the applicator. It has a round plastic top that you squeeze the product out of the top to apply it. This made it really difficult to control the amount of product, and because the consistency is thick and pigmented you only need a tiny amount. Even though the consistency is thick, it's not sticky or uncomfortable. Overall, this is ok I just don't like the shade.

Morphe Concealer | £3.96

Another product that seems to be all over my Instagram feed is this Morphe concealer. It was only £4 so I thought i'd give it ago. It has a doe foot applicator with makes applying it easy. I'd say the coverage is light to medium. The formula is quite dry and thick but this didn't pose too much of a  problem blending out. The shade Oats is perfect for highlighting the under the eye area.

La Splash Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick | £9.95

I've gone a bit liquid lipstick crazy at the moment and I'm on a mission to find the perfect formula, Which lead me to this. The shade is a really pretty Mauve, Purple colour, which is perfect for Autumn. The formula is very liquidy but easy to apply. And it dries down so matte! But after an hour or so it flakes like crazy on me! Which is never a good look. So I'm disappointed with this.

Makeup Geek Shadow Pans | £5.50

Makeup Geek recently launched some new shades. Most of which looked like my kinda shades! So I got:

Tuscan Sun - this isn't a new launch but a shade I've been after for a while. It's a warm Pink colour. That is well pigmented and easy to blend. This works well in the crease.

Pocket Change - If ever a shade had my name on it's this. In the pan this just looks like a nice shimmery Brown colour. But swatched it transforms into a beautiful muted Gold colour with warm undertones and a frosted finish. The formula is so buttery soft.

Bake Sale - is a warm toned muted Brown. This is a great crease shade. The formula is easy to blend, well pigmented and long lasting.

Early Bird - This is a bright, warm, Orange colour. I love Orange shadows so it went straight in the basket. This isn't as pigmented as I would like. But it works well as a crease colour, or to blend other shadows in.

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 | £5.90

This brand comes under the Deciem umbrella and has been causing quite a stir in the beauty community. This brand promises to bring effective products, with high-end ingredients at a low cost. And my god this stuff is cheap! I picked the Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5. This is basically a serum that is applied before creams. I've been using this the past week and so far I really like it. It leaves my skin soft, hydrated and plumper. It absorbs instantly and doesn't leave a residue on the skin.

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% | £5.50

I also picked the Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2%. Lactic is a type of AHA exfoliator so I was excited to try this. I've used this once so far. But I can't get past the smell. This stuff skinks, like off milk. It literally makes me gag! I do really want to give this ago though, so I'll report back in a few weeks.

Hylamide HA Blur | £19

Hylamide is another brand that comes under Deciem. This is a primer that uses Hydraulic acid to blur the skin and work with all forms of makeup. I've used it a few times and I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. The descriptions says it contains Hydrolyic powder which I definitely feel in the texture. It blends out nicely on the skin and does leave my skin smoother. This doesn't feel hydrating so I'm a bit apprehensive to use it with some foundations, in case it dries my skin out. But I will use it with some more and report back soon!

So there's my little affordable haul. What have you been buying recently?

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

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An AHA Report

AHA , BHAs and other types of acid are all the rage in skincare at the moment. If you didn't know, most of these types of acid are used to exfoliate the skin, to revel new, fresher skin. Many people have seen dramatic, good effects to their skin. I've tried my fair share of products containing these 'promising' acids. Some have really been beneficial to my skin and some haven't. I have dehydrated skin, which is prone to breaks outs. I wouldn't say I have sensitive skin, in the sense that products cause irritation but I find some products break me out. And through trial and error I've found that the products that do break me out tend to contain One of these promising Acids. So today I have a run down of these AHA products, or if they work for me.

Oskia Renaissance Cleanser Gel | £29.50 | POST

While this isn't marketed as an AHA type cleanser. It has some ingredients that are. AHA's are basically chemicals derived from fruit acids and this is packed full of fruit acids. At £29 a pop this stuff isn't cheap and I had high hopes. The product itself is a very luxurious gel. It's a real pleasure to use and melts makeup away with ease. On initial application this made my skin smooth and feeling really nourished. However, the next day I had the most horrendous breakouts. They were so sore, and nasty looking (nice). I have tried to persevere with this but each time I get the same nasty results. Which is such a shame because I really wanted to like this.

Key ingredients include: Pumpkin Enzyme, Vitamin E, C and A, Omega 6, and sunflower oil.

PIXI Glow Tonic | £18 | POST

This stuff has earned its cult status. And it's a firm favourite of mine. This contains gylcolic acid, which is know for being a gentle exfoliator. These types of exfoliator are said to be better for the skin than manual scrubby ones, Because they are more gentle on the skin. This is really gentle and the effects I've seen are undeniable. It really helps my dehydration lines and really makes my skin look more healthy and fresh. I use this every morning and I'm on my 3rd bottle so it's safe to say this is a favourite!

Key Ingredients: Gyclolic Acid, Horse chesnut, seed oil, witch Hazel.

Alpha H Liquid Gold | £33.50 | POST

This is another Gylcolic acid enriched product, But one with a much higher potency than  the Pixi Glow tonic. It recommends this to be used 3 times a week at night. It's like a toner consistency so it has to be applied with a cotton pad. This promises to dissolve dead skin cells, improve fine lines and leave skin looking brighter, younger and more radiant. Following the success I had with the glow tonic I was sure this would be good for my skin, but unfortunately it wasn't. This made me break out and it stung my skin when I applied it. Every morning when I used it, I had the same stinging experience and I woke up with breakouts. I think this is just too harsh for my skin.

Key ingredients: Glycolic Acid, Alcohol, Gylercial, Hydrolysed Silk.

REN Glycolatic Radiance Revel Mask | £32 | POST

This is a Gycolic mask which, like most AHA products promises to melt away dead skin cells, reveal new skin, improve the look of fine lines and leave skin looking fresh, radiant and nourished. It's also suggested that this is great for congested dull, lack luster skin. The texture is really thick and like jam and once left for 15 minutes this does everything it claims! It really does transform the skin in that little time. I can't recommend this enough. It's pricey but worth every penny!

Key ingredients: Glycerin, Latic Acid, Grape seed oil, Fruit extracts, Natural Fragrance, Vitamin E.

Soap & Glory Scrub your Nose in It Special Pore Refining AHA Facial Scrub  | £9

I do like a good scrubby exfoliator. I know they're not the best thing for my skin. But sometimes you just can't beat that clean feeling they give. This one doubles up as a mask and contains the chemical exfoliator AHAs for double the power. The scrubby particles are really fine so they're not too scratchy or harsh on the skin. I like to leave this on for 5-10 minutes and my skin feels super fresh and looks brighter.

Key ingredients: Glycerin, Koalin, Fruit Acids, Lauric Acid

Super Fatalist By Una Brennan Salicylic Clay Mask | £9.99 | POST

Now this is a BHA mask, which is similar to AHAs but they penetrate the skin deeper and are more effective on spots, blemishes and blackheads. This is a great affordable mask. It has a whole host of ingredients that are targeted to decongest pores, fight breakouts and absorbs excess oils. I like to apply a thick layer and leave it on for 15 mins. After my skin feels and looks a lot cleaner and brighter. My only issue with this mask is it far to drying for dehydrated skin, so I like to follow with a hydrating mask and penalty of moisturiser. See this post for more details.

Key ingredients: Avocado, Vitamin A, C & D, Salicylic acid, Shea Butter, Honey, Fragance, Koalin

REN Wake Up Wonderful Night Time Facial | £32

A mask that promises brighter, fresher, younger, more refined look skin, over night while you sleep is right up my street. This contains Glycolic and Lactic acid to repair and help the renewal process the skin under goes while you are sleep. Its recommend that you use this 2-3 nights a week. I did really like this. However, on the second night of use this also makes me breakout. But with continued use these breakouts do go, but I just don't like having them in the first place. I would recommend this if your skin has a good tolerance to AHA and acid exfoliators, but for me this a just a bit to harsh.

Key ingredients: Lactic Acid, Shea Butter, Rice Germ Oil, Grape seed oil, varias seed oils, Alcohol Denat.

Mario Badescu Enzyme Revitalising Mask | £16 | POST

This is a hydrating and exfoliating mask. Two words you don't often hear in a sentence. But this mask uses AHA enzymes from fruit extracts to dissolve away dead cells and hydrating ingredients and vitamins to leave skin brighter, nourished and fresher. It recommends that this mask be left on for 20 minutes which is slightly longer than most. But the results are really amazing. This does do everything it promises and it isn't dry at all. My skin really does feel nourished after using this! The mask itself also dries on the skin, but not to much so it's difficult to get off. This doesn't irritate my skin or cause me to breakout. I can't recommend this enough!

Key ingredients: Gylerin, Titian dioxide, Fruit Extracts, Oat flour, Acrylic Acid, Corn Oil. 

So there you have my report and experience on some AHA products. Skincare is so subjective and it really depends on the individual, and what might work for some may not work for others. Please remember just because they work on me doesn't mean they will work for you. But if you've had a similar experience with the products please let me know in the comments if you think it's a certain ingredient that your skin loves or hates!

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Battle Of The Liquid Lipsticks - Kylie Jenner | Jeffree Star | Kat Von D

I've talked in detail about whether or not I think the Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks are worth the hype or not here. But there is so much hype around her products, along with Jeffree Star and Kat von D. All these people have their own version of liquid Lipsticks that everyone including the Blogging community seems to go crazy for. So I've tried a liquid lipstick from each of their brands. I have been testing them against each other and I'm ready to report back...

Kylie Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick | $17  | POST

As I said I have a whole post on whether I think these are worth the hype along with the whole shipping process. And to some it up I don't think they are. I know there is a lot of controversy surrounding the Kardashian / Jenner gang. And to be honest I remain fairly neutral on the family - I don't love them, but I don't hate them. So when I tried the liquid lipstick I remained pretty impartial.

First thing that put me off these was the shipping. I live in the Uk meaning shipping from the US is costly. Kylie Cosmetics charge $15 dollars and there's a chance of customs charges which I got. Which was £14. Making them quite expensive.

I have two shades of the Lipsticks. Exposed and Koko K. Koko K is a dusky Pink nude and Exposed is Orange toned nude. I do really like the shade. The formula is very liquid-y, easy to apply and they're opaque in one swipe. They dry drown really matte within about 30 seconds. I liked how matte they were but they felt really dry on my lips. The didn't dry my lips out but I could feel them on my lips. They lasted around 4 hours before the colour went patchy and it needed re-applying. But I found as soon as you attempt to re-apply it goes flakey and looks gross. So aside from testing them for review and comparisons I don't use these. And considering how much it costs to get them here, disappointed is an understatement.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick | £16

I can't say Jeffree Star has ever been my cup of tea even before all the controversy came out. It has basically been suggested that he's a bully, racist and just not a very nice kind of person. I had no intention of trying his products, I didn't want to give my money to this type of person. His products used to be difficult to get hold of in the Uk so I wasn't about to go out of my way to spend fortunes getting them. But recently BeautyBay has started stocking some of his line and curiosity got the better of me. And here I am with the shade Androgyny. These are £16 which I think is reasonable for a good liquid lipstick.

First of all the shade is stunning. It's a muted Plum, Mauve colour. The formula is very liquid-y like the Kylie ones. It gives a strong colour pay off in one swipe, And it dries down matte very quick. This felt very comfortable on my lips and wasn't drying at all. In fact after a while I had completely forgotten it was on my lips. This also had really good staying power. It lasted a good 6 hours, even through eating and drinking, before it needed re applying. When it did, it reapplied just fine. Unlike the Kylie ones. I really didn't want to like this but I do. I really do. I've been reaching for it a lot and the shade is perfect for autumn.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick | £16 

I think Kat Von D is the only one who doesn't have a lot of controversy surrounding her (Well not that I've heard) , aside from her spat with Jeffree over not paying her friend for some work he did for Jeffree. Anyway her makeup line again was difficult to get hold of in the Uk. Until it recently launched in Debenhams. With her liquid lipsticks being really hyped I had to try them. They retail for £16, the same as Jeffree Star. I went for shade Lolita 11 which is a beautiful warm Terracotta nude. I love the shade. The formula is liquid-y like the others. The doe foot applicator covers the lips in a rich colour that dries down completely matte, really quick too. This one is by far the most comfortable, it's so light weight on the lips and not drying at all. The wear time isn't as good as the Jeffree Star offering though. I got around 4 hours. But the colour fades evenly and can be re applied without any flaking or anything. I guess this is the price you pay for a liquid lipstick so light and comfortable. I really like this and plan on adding more shades to my collection.


So who has the better Liquid Lipstick? Kylie Cosmetics is straight up, the worst. Giving the difficulty to get it to the Uk, the cost and how the product actually performs, It is by no means worth it and there are far better, more affordable liquid lipsticks out there. The Jeffree Star one is very good, a nice formula and the shade is beautiful. Will I buy more though? I don't know, but the quality of the liquid lipstick is undeniable. To be honest, given the controversy or lack of it around Kat Von D, and the liquid lipstick itself is very good! I really like it and will definitely be adding more. So there you have it Kat Von D wins! 

What are you thoughts around these people? Have you tried any of these liquid lipsticks?

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Autumn Eyes, Cheeks & Lips

I just love everything about Autumn. Although I've never actually had a Pumpkin Spiced Latte. I know, I know can I even call myself a blogger? But Fun Fact I don't like hot drinks. But the one thing I love the most is Autumn makeup, dark, vampy and berry hues. So today I have a little round up of Lip, cheek and eyeshadows perfect for Autumn / winter.


Who am I trying to kid I've been using this all summer. But the shades are so stunning and are perfect for autumn. This palette houses 14 shadows, most are matte but there are a couple of shimmers in there. Ranging from warm Oranges to cool Taupes. The formula of these are one of the best I've tried. They are so buttery, pigmented and easy to apply and work with. My favourite shade is Red Oaker, which is a warm, burnt Orange colour. The palette is so versatile and you can create anything from a matte day time look to something more dramatic for the evening.

Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo | £4.99 | POST

This comes out every autumn. Just look at that shade. It's beautiful! The shade is Pomegranate Red, with a rusty shimmer to it. These Colour Tattoos are perfect when you are in a rush, just apply with a finger and go. Plus the lasting power is insane. They don't crease or smudge. Once they've set they last all day on me. I've not actually worn it for 24hrs but I reckon they probably would. 

If you've read my Colour Pop haul, you would have seen I fell totally in love with their Fall collection, which pretty much sums up autumn in the shades. Elixir is a warm Terracotta Brown that works really well as a crease / transition colour. And Paradox is a deep Burgundy colour; this works well in the outer v, crease and lower lash line. The Colour Pop formula is like nothing I've tried before. It's so difficult to describe, the best way is it's like a dry mousse. But they're really pigmented, blendable and long lasting. 


Milani Baked Blush | £8 | POST

The shade Berry Amore is another shade I always dig out around this time of year. As the name suggests it's a Purple-y Berry colour with Gold shimmers running through it. This gives such a nice healthy glow to the cheeks. The formula is finely milled and easy to blend. 

Max Factor Creme Puff blush | £8.99

Max Factor is not a brand I tend to gravitate towards, but this blush is not to be over looked. At £8.99 they're on the pricey end of the drugstore blush scale, but for good reason. They are brilliant. The shade Gorgeous Berries in particular is perfect for autumn. It's another Berry colour. The formula is so soft and applies evenly and lasts well. I highly recommend checking this out. 

This blush is another gem from the Colour Pop Fall collection. The shade  is a warm rusty Red colour with a pearlized finish. At first this did scare me, it is so pigmented, like an eyeshadow. But with a very light hand, this blends out and leaves the cheeks with a lovely flush of colour. The formula is the same mousse texture as their eyeshadows. I like to use my Real Techniques Stippling Brush to apply it. 

Sometimes bold lips and eyes call for something more subtle on the cheeks. And this offering from Stila is perfect for those days. The shade Peony is a Mauve nude colour, that would suit most skin tones and any makeup look. This is a cream formula, which is perfect for the cooler months when my skin becomes dryer and powder products just won't sit right. It being a cream doesn't mean it will move around or rub off, once this is on it doesn't budge on me.


Now lips are the fun part, I love a bold matte lip for autumn.

Rimmel Kate Moss 107 | £5.49

How could I do an autumn post and not include this? This has been a cult blogger autumn favourite for many years now. The super matte creamy, comfortable formula paired with the stunning Berry shade. What's not to love? And it's so cheap. If you're looking for an autumn lip colour at an affordable price, I highly recommend this shade. 

I'm not going to go into too much detail about the controversy surrounding Jeffree Star (I have a post about that coming soon) but I can't deny this liquid lipstick is amazing. The shade Androgyny is muted. The formula really is good to. It's super matte, but without being drying and so long lasting!

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip | $6 | POST

Another liquid lipstick comes in the form of another addition from the ColourPop Fall collection. The shade Calypso is a perfect dusky Rose nude colour. This is great for everyday wear. These aren't drying at all and have a satin finish, as the name would suggest. While, this isn't the most long lasting liquid lipstick I've ever tried the shade and comfortable formula make up for it.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick | £15 | POST

I'm completely smitten with the new Vice line. And my collection is slowly growing. This shade, Hitch-Hike, is a deep Rose colour. It's bold but not too bold at the same time. This shade is from the comfort matte line. I've tried a few from this line and I'm really impressed by them all. They are matte, creamy and opaque all while being so comfortable on the lips. This will be an autumn favourite.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick | £23

I have a love hate relationship with these lipsticks. They are so pretty but so expensive! The shade Bond Girl is a Plum-y Brown colour. That adds a bit of that autumn colour but without being too over the top. While I do really like the shade it's a bit on the sheer side for a £23 lipstick. I also find I have to really prep my lips or this is too drying. But all that aside this a great shade for autumn.

So theres a little round of some products that I'll be using throughout Autumn.

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Affordable Eyeshadow palettes | The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

I've found that drugstore / affordable palettes can be so hit and miss. The drugstores have come on tremendously in terms of eyeshadows over recent years. But there are a few that really aren't worth the money, not matter how cheap they are. So I thought I'd bring them to you in the form of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. I've kept this post purely to palettes that are under £10 or this post would have been ridiculously long. I do plan on doing a part 2 featuring Zoeva and brands of that price range. So let's get into it...

The Good (the really good)...

Makeup Revolution New-trals Vs Neutrals | £6.99

I own far too many Makeup Revolution palettes but this is my ultimate favourite. I actually prefer this to some of my high end palettes! This little palette has 16 shadows; ranging from some wearable neutrals to something a bit brighter and bolder. The formulation of the shadows is incredible. They are all super pigmented, long lasting, soft and easy to work with. The top row with the warm shades is my favourite. This is also a good dupe of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renascence palette (see this post for more details) - but Makeup Revolution brought this out first!! A brilliant affordable palette to some it up!

I Heart Makeup Naked Chocolate Palette | £7.99 | POST

I Heart Makeup comes under the Tam Beauty umbrella which basically means it's Makeup Revolution. This is one of the newest affordable palettes in my collection. But one that is greatly loved none the less. This palette that looks like a bar of white chocolate housing a range of warm tones, and a few cool ones, shimmers and mattes. Nearly every shadow is really pigmented, and easy to work with and have good staying power. The only downside to this palette as with all Makeup Revolution palettes is it doesn't have the shade names written on the actual palette! But that aside this is a great affordable palette.

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

I've found with affordable palettes I either love them or hate them. So this was a tricky category. I've found a few that would fit in here though, just purely because I don't reach for them. Please bare in mind that there is nothing wrong with these palettes I just have similar ones that I prefer...

W7 In the Buff Nude Palette | £4.90

I picked this up in a set with 2 other W7 palettes from TK Maxx. And to be honest I brought them because they were cheap. I think this palette is a dupe for the Naked 2 palette, I don't have that palette so can't be sure. But this palette is nice. It has a good mix of mattes and shimmers, that have good pigmentation. But I just don't reach for this. I have many other palettes that I like much more. If you don't have a lot of palettes and are looking for something similar to the Naked 2, then yeah this would be great. But for me it doesn't offer anything better than I already have.

Sleek Idivine All Night Palette  | £8.99 

I do really like this palette it has some really nice shades in it. The shimmers in the palette are really pigmented and soft. The mattes are pretty good too. But there isn't enough matte crease shades in this palette. There is a really pale one, that works well as a highlighter. Or a mid toned cool Brown, that isn't quite as pigmented as I would like. This palette needs some more warm mattes. So for that reason I don't reach for it!

Seventeen Easy on The Eye Birthday Suit Palette* | £7.99

This palette contains 8 powder shadows and 4 cream formulas. Which is a nice idea. But I haven't even used the cream shadows. The powder formulas are ok, they're nothing revolutionary and they're not terrible. Theres one shade in this palette I really like which is Baked Chestnut - it's a stunning bronze shade that is really pigmented and super soft. But the other shades just don't speak to me. They're all Pink toned, which is nice but they're just not my kind of shades. 

The Ugly (The Really bad)...

Barry M Natural Glow Shadow and Blush Palette | £6.50

Barry M is a brand I really like, but I don't actually have anything from the brand I really love apart from Nail Polishes. I don't like this palette. The shadows look nice - they're all natural hues - but they don't perform well. The mattes are pigmented, but really powdery and give a lot of fall out. The shimmers aren't that pigmented, which is strange because the drugstores seem to do shimmers really well. But these lack pigmentation and they're really difficult to build up. The palette also houses a blush. Which I actually really like. But the majority of this palette is pretty pants.

Barry M Super Natural Palette | £6.99

I just realised this palette was a limited edition to Superdrug. So I don't think it's available, so I probably wouldn't of included this if I had realised - update, the palette is still available. But to some this up, it's rubbish. Like the other palette, the mattes are really pigmented, but powdery. The shimmers are more pigmented than the other palette, but a few are chuncky and contain a lot of glitter.

So there you have some the affordable palettes I love and not so love! I hope this was helpful. 

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Vampy, Easy Halloween Makeup

I love all the activities that autumn brings; Halloween, Bomb fire night, build up to Christmas, christmas activities. And with halloween only a couple of weeks away I thought I'd share a halloween makeup look. I'm not one for fancy dress and these amazing half skull tutorials that are all over Youtube at the minute; A) because my makeup skills are not that good and B) I just feel stupid. Wearing a pair of cat ears is probably as good as it's gonna get! But this year I do have a halloween party to go to so I thought I'd partake. I'm not doing anything too crazy, scary or that requires some form of makeup qualification. Just a dark, vampy look. Like an over the top autumnal look...

Lancome Tient Idole Cushion Foundation | £27 | POST

Any base will do which is why I haven't included primer and concealer. I'll be going for my normal everyday base. But for halloween I wanted something slightly more matte rather than glow-y. And this Lancome foundation is perfect for that. The finish is satin so it's the perfect inbetween for dehydrated skin. The coverage is medium (but build-able), to full. It covers pretty much anything. It stays put on me all day so it's great for parties, so I wont have to worry about my base.

Makeup Revolution Blush | £1

Normally I like a blush that adds a glow and something else to the cheeks. But I wanted this look to be all about the eyes and lips. So I will reaching for this offering from Makeup Revolution. The shade Treat is a really nice Peachy nude, that adds a subtle wash of colour to the cheeks without distracting from the rest of the makeup.

Makeup Geek Shadow Pans | £5.50

A deep Purple smokey eye is perfect for the halloween look. It adds that almost scary, dramatic look. I have a few MUG shades that are perfect:

Brownie Points - this is a muted Taupe colour that works well as a crease, transitional shade.

Toxic - This is a shimmery Purple colour. That works well all over the lid. I don't know why but there's something about these Purple colours that scream halloween to me.

Vintage - This is muted mid to dark Plumy Brown colour. I like to use this after Brownie Points to deepen the crease colour.

Americano - This a muted deep Brown colour. This works well in the outer V to smoke out the whole look and lower lash line.

All these shades are well pigmented and easy to work with. See this post for my full collection and swatches. 

Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner | £16 | POST

I rarely do any makeup look with out winged liner so halloween will be no exception. I just love this Kat Von D liner. It's so Black and easy to create a wing or just to line the upper lash line. It lasts all day and night on me without smudging or anything. Making it a good choice for parties!

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kolh pencil | £3.99

For a really deep, vampy look lots of black liner is needed! This works so well in the lower water line and tight line. I tend to find most pencils in my water line wear off after and hour but not this. This is also really easy to smoke out.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara | £7.95

No makeup look is complete without a good few coats of mascara. I'm running out of different ways to describe this mascara; it's just the best in the drugstore! It gives amazing length and volume. But without being clumpy. It holds the curl all day, it's just brilliant.

Red Cherry Lashes | £3.99*

False eye lashes finish the look and add so much drama! I love these Red Cherry lashes in the style #523.  I'm not a big false lash wearer but these have really changed my mind. The band is thin, which means they're so easy to apply seamlessly. They're also really light. I got these from Which sell pretty much everything eye lash related. You can also get 10% of with the code LASH10.

MAC Stone | £15.50 | POST

Stone is the ultimate grungy lip shade. It's a cool Grey, Brown colour. It's so unique I haven't seen anything like this before. It's from the matte line, but it's still creamy, comfortable and long lasting. This is the perfect way to finish a halloween makeup look.

Maybelline Creamy Matte Lipstick | £6.99 | POST

For a more affordable option to Stone, a deep Wine colour is a great vampy alternative. Devine Wine is a stunning deep Wine colour. In a really creamy matte formula. The staying powder is incredible and it's so comfortable on the lips!

So theres some halloween makeup inspiration. What kind of halloween makeup will you be going for?

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ColourPop Haul

After seeing the lovely Sal from UmmBaby Beauty post her recently colourPop Haul on intagram, I knew I need a piece of the action. Especially with the release of their fall collection. Which has me written all over, warm burnt oranges and browns - whats not to love. So today I have wanted to show you what i got...

ColourPop Shadow Shock Zingara Quad | $18

I knew I wanted pretty much all the eye shadows from the collection so I went for the Zingara Quad. ColourPop shadows have a really unique formula. They're moussey but dry at the same. If you've tried ColourPop shadows before you'll know what I mean. The formula did take me a bit of time to get used to and find the best way to apply them. I like to use a synthetic, fluffy brush for crease shades and my finger for shades all over the lid. All the shadows really pack a punch in terms of pigmentation and blend so easily. The quad contains:

Paradox - a beautiful, cool toned Burgundy with a satin finish. I like to use this in the outer v and lower lash for definition.

Jinix - This is a really pale Gold with a pearlized finish. This is a stunning highlight shade or works well all over the lid.

Elixir - a warm toned Terracotta Brown. This is one of my favourite shades! It's a perfect crease colour.

Seeker - a warm, Red toned Brown with a matte finish. This again, works well in the crease, or outer v.

ColourPop Blush | $8

This blush stood out to me straight away. It's a warm rusty Red colour with a pearlized finish. Granted this does look scary in the pan but I've used it a few time and I really like this. You only need the tiniest amount. I found my Real Techniques Stippling brush is the best way to apply it. And I lightly dab it once in the product and I have a enough for a subtle wash of colour. The shimmer in it doesn't look too over the top on the cheeks either, it just gives a very subtle glow. The formula of this blush is the same moussey consistency of the eye shadows. It blends out really easily and lasts all day on me. I'm really impressed with this. I definitely want to try more blushes and their bronzers next.

Colour Ultra Satin Lip | $6

I think the Ultra Satin Lips are probably one of the most famous ColourPop products. So I thought I'd better try one. I went for the shade Calypso. Which is a nice dusky Pink, Mauve colour. The shade is perfect for everyday wear, although, it does lean a little more Purple on me. The formula is also really nice, I see why these get a lot of hype. They're really easy to apply and dry down to satin finish. I did notice that they do take a little longer to dry down than most liquid lipsticks, but they're not dry at all and so long lasting! I somehow accidentally managed to order two, which is a good thing because I can see this shade becoming a firm favourite.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip | $6

I have tried these before and I really liked. So I picked another one in the shade Love Bug. Which is described as a rich terracotta. I love these kind of shades so it was a no brainer. I haven't actually had the chance to use this properly. But it does swatch a lot darker than it looks on the website. Either way I'm excited to give it a proper try.

Overall, I'm really happy with everything I got. I can feel another order coming on soon. I'm also still really baffled at how amazing their formulas are for the price! If only their shipping was as cheap!

Side note - I did get a customs charge on this order. Which, with the price of shipping actually makes the whole process a lot more expensive. I paid the Colourpop $25 shipping and the customs charge was £14, making it around £34 just to get it to the UK.  But the ColourPop formulas are so worth it! I have heard that it's still cheaper to use the 3rd part shipping companies, which I will do next time. For more information on that see this post. 

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

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