Best in Beauty | February

February has flown by and I can't believe it's time for another Best in Beauty and it's almost spring! When I sat down to think what I had been loving, not a lot has changed in terms of makeup but I have a few different things to share with you guys. So let's get into it...

Milani Eyeshadow Palette | £13

I've been wanting to try Milani shadows for the longest time. They have the blush formula down so I was hoping their eyeshadows would be equally as good. So I went for this little palette in the shade Earthy Elements. Which houses 6 stunning, warm tones. Two are matte and the rest are shimmers. All the shadows are really soft, finely milled and blend out easily.

Beautiful Brows Palette* | £30

I've finally found a new product that I love in the form of this little palette. The palette itself is like nothing I've seen before. Inside it has a brow powder and a brow highlighter, a brush and some tweezers and a magnifying mirror. The powders are removable but are still in packaging, so it's perfect for traveling. I'm not too fussed by the highlighter, it's Pink toned and I tend to prefer more Champagne or Gold ones. The brow powder itself is perfect! The shade Medium is the perfect shade to match my hair. It's not too warm nor too cool. It's really pigmented and applies like a dream. It gives natural, full looking brows and it lasts all day! The powders can be brought separately which is really good too.

Eye Of Horus Eye Liner | £15

This eyeliner is easily one of the best pencils I've come across. All the eye pencils I have tried tend to smudge or fade on me. It's pretty pointless putting them on my water line because they're gone in about hour. But not this! This literally stays put all day! It doesn't smudge or budge on me either. The shade  Smokey Black is also super Black. If you struggle with eye pencils I can't recommend Eye of Horus enough. A massive thank to Siobhan from Beautylymin for recommending it!

Lottie London Slay All Day Lip Kit | £8.95 | POST

Lip Kits have finally filtered down into the drugstore. I've tried a few but the Lottie London ones are by far my favourite. I have the Shade Fleek. Both the liquid lipstick and the lip pencil are both a warm toned Brown. This actually reminds me a lot of Kat Von D's Lolita II. The pencil is super creamy, pigmented and doesn't drag on the lips at all. It's so pigmented you could probably just wear it on its own. The liquid lipstick has a moussey texture that is really pigmented. It dries down matte but doesn't look dry or flaky. The lasting power is really impressive to. There's nothing not to love about this!

The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA | £4.90 | POST

A skincare item I've been really loving is this moisturiser from The Ordinary. This stuff is so good. It really nourishes and hydrates my dehydrated skin. It has a weird, bitty texture but it melts into the skin without feeling oily or greasy. I like to use it in the evening and morning. It sits really well under makeup to. I'm hoping I will see more results with continued use.

Merumaya Concentrated Spot Treatment* | £14.50 | POST

Even though my skin is dehydrated It is prone to breakouts. But thanks to this genius treatment from Merumaya, they are under control. I like to apply a small amount to any blemishes at night time and in the morning they look significantly better! It can also be used over makeup. It's a really great little product!

Crown Brushes C403 Small Chisel Cheeks Brush* | £19.99 | POST

This has quickly become one of my favourite brushes. I'd been on the look out for the perfect setting brush for so long and I think I've finally found it. This is designed for contouring which it is really good for but I really like to use it to set my concealer under my eyes. It's fluffy but flat at the same time so it applies powder seamlessly and blends it out well.

So that's all the beauty products I've been loving throughout February.

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

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The Ordinary - What's the Deal?

The Ordinary have been causing quite a stir in the beauty industry recently. Offering ridiculously cheap products with a scientific explanation to the ingredients. The Ordinary is a brand that comes under the Deciem umbrella, the makers of NIOD and Hylamide. But The Ordinary is a no fuss brand that brings the best skin ingredients and formulations in a way that's affordable. The prices start form as little £3.90 and the most expensive product is £15. This begs the question why are these ingrediants so expensive from other brands? I've had little luck with super cheap products in the past so do they really work? The first thing to note in terms of price is the packaging is every basic, no bells or whistles, no rose gold, no fancy pumps - just basic tubes and a pipette bottle.

From researching their website I also noticed that none of the products come with bold claims. They don't promise baby soft smooth skin over night or to be 'miracles', they simply state what the ingredients are effective for. Which I actually really appreciate. There's nothing worse than buying a product that doesn't live up to what it promises. It's also worth noting that none of The Ordinary products contain Parbens, sulphate or minerals, or any other nasty ingredients. Nor have they been tested on animals.

I've been testing quite a few of their products. My skin is dehydrated, prone to breakouts and ageing is an issues I want to tackle. Most of the products I have been testing are focused around that. So let's get into it...

The Ordinary Lactic Acid 5% + HA 2% | £5.90

Starting off with this Lactic acid. I was so excited to try this. Lactic acid is a liquid exfoliator that sheds and lifts away dead skin cells to reveal, newer, brighter smoother, more radiant looking skin. It comes in a simple bottle with a pipette applicator. The packaging is practical and functional for the product. The first thing I noticed was the smell, this stuff stinks of rotten milk. It actually makes me want to gag! I guess fragrance is another way the brand has saved money. But I persevered with this anyway. But it gave me the worst breakouts I've ever had. I had loads of big red angry spots. I continued to use this every other day but my breakouts were just getting worse so I discontinued using it. This actually put me off acids in general and I thought maybe Lactic acid wasn't for me. But I tried one from Bravura which I love and leaves my skin looking so nice. So unfortunatly this product isn't for me!

The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5 | £5.90

This is a serum that contains Hyaluronic acid, which is great for hydration. And with having dehydrated skin these types of products are right up my street. I used it AM and PM. Like the Lactic acid this comes in the same style of bottle. The serum does feel kind of tacky when rubbed into the skin but this doesn't affect makeup application. This does leave my skin feeling soft and plump but I'm not convinced it actually helps my hydration levels on a long term basis. But as £5 serums go. This is a good one.

The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors + HA | £4.90

I picked this up on a bit a whim. I didn't have high hopes, there's not a lot I've found that lives up to my trusty La Roche Posay Moisturiser. This moisturiser is designed to be used as the last step in a skincare routine. It contains lots of amino acids, hyaluronic acid and many other skin loving ingredients. I love this stuff! It really hydrates my skin, leaving it soft and smooth. The texture of the cream feels quite bitty but it melts in the skin for an instant shot of hydration. It's not thick or greasy either. I use this in morning and in the evening - it works brilliantly at both times and doesn't interfere with makeup. This has become a staple in my skincare routine! If you have dehydrated skin like me, I highly recommend this!

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil | £9

This is a completely natural, organic Rose Hip oil. Which is great for preventing photo ageing and fading scars. I love the Pai Rosehip oil but that will set me back £22 and this one is only £9. It's quite a light oil in terms of texture and it's easy to massage into the skin. My skin drinks this stuff up! I'm not sure if it helped fade any marks yet but it leaves my skin soft and hydrated. I like to use it in the evening after serums but before moisturiser.

The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres | £4.90

Vitamin C is a great ingredient to fight the signs of ageing and make the skin look better overall. This sounds right up my street. It's a cream formula so it's super easy to apply and melts into the skin quickly. This does tingle my skin slightly when I apply it   (not in a bad way) but the directions assure me this is fine. This has been a welcomed addition to my skincare routine but I haven't noticed dramatic results yet. My skin does look slightly brighter though, so I will continue to use it.

The Ordinary Azelaic Acid Suspension 10% | £5.50

Azelaic Acid is basically found in yeast that naturally lives on the skin. Research has shown that it naturally brightens the skin, reduces the look of blemishes and helps even texture. This is a cream formula rather than an oil or serum, like their other acids. But I like this, it feels lighter on the skin. The formulation is quite high - 10% so I was hoping to see pretty immediate results! While I haven't noticed a dramatic difference in the texture issues, this does leave my skin feeling so soft and smooth! I like to use it at night and in the morning I just can't stop stroking my face.

The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glycoside Solution 12% | £8.90

This serum is a Vitamin C infused formula that is supposed to help brighten the skin. The serum has a light texture that is absorbed into the skin quickly. This also smells really sweet, which I don't mind. This is a relatively new addition to my routine. I've been using it for a few weeks and I'm yet to see results, I haven't had an adverse reaction either. But I will continue using and report back.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA | £7

Alpha Arbutin is an ingredient that reduces the look of spots and pigmentation issues. This also contains Hyaluronic Acid. I don't overly have pigmentation problems but I have a few red marks left over from blemishes that have been there for years. This is a light weight serum that feels nice on skin. It can be used in the morning and evening. I find this far more hydrating in the long term than the Hyaluronic Acid. I like this but I'm not sure if I like it as much as some other serums I have but I will continue using it.

Overall, I've found the products I've tried to be a bit hit and miss. I think for the price point some of the products are brilliant. But some are not worth the money or lack results. It's also worth noting that The Ordinary highlight that products have to applied in a certain order for maximum results. Which I did. But I found the names of the products difficult to remember so I had to check on the website for the correct order. I do like that they have done this but it just seems a bit faffy. Especially when you have a whole routine full of their products. You can read their application guide here.

I also wanted to address the names. I found them confusing. Although, I do see what the brand is trying to do - bring effective ingredients at a low cost, without confusing people with elaborate promises. Which I think is brilliant, not everyone can spend £40+ on a serum alone. I do think the products are definitely worth checking out. And I have few more products on my wish list.

The Ordinary is available here. They are also available from BeautyBay but I have noticed the products are slightly more expensive.

Have you tried anything from The Ordinary? What are you thoughts?

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The L'Oreal Infallible's - Which one is right for you?

The L'Oreal Infallible range has a foundation for everybody. I'm sure most of you have heard of the Infallible range, they have a matte foundation, a full coverage foundation and a glowing one. Although two of them aren't available in the Uk which is so frustrating! I managed to get the US Matte Infallible, which is said to have a different formula to the Uk one, but I'll go into more detail later, and the Pro Glow from my favourite Ebay seller here. Both the foundations are genuine and came sealed and unopened. Today I thought I'd share my thoughts on each foundation. So let's get into it...

L'oreal Infallible 24HR Matte | £7.99

Starting with the Uk Matte option. This promises to be a full coverage, lightweight matte foundation, with incredible staying power. I remember when this first came out people were raving about it, with words like 'holy grail' being thrown around, I just had to try it. Although I'm not quite sure what everybody is raving about. I really dislike this foundation. The consistency is light and easy to blend. But it looks so dry and cakey on me. It exaggerates every problem and even highlighted problems I didn't even know I had! Then there's the limited shade range, which UK foundations are well know for. I have the Shade 20 Sand. Which is far too Pink for me. This is long wearing, I'll give it that but I'd rather wear no makeup than this!

L'oreal Infallible Pro Matte | £17.64

Now this is the US version, which is said to be different to the UK one. And the shade range is far better. As you can see the packaging is also slightly different. It claims to be the same thing as the UK version though. The consistency is very similar - light and easy to blend. The finish is demi matte. This looks far better on my skin, no where near as dry and cakey looking! This is very long lasting too. Although I do find after a whole day of wearing this it does leave my skin feeling slightly dry. But I can imagine people with oilier skin loving this. The shade range is far better. I have the shade 106 Sun Beige which is a far better match than the UK one.

Unfortunatly this is out of stock from the Ebay seller I usually use, but I have linked a place that does ship to the UK. But the foundation is slightly more expensive.

L'Oreal Infallible Total Cover foundation | £9.99

I'm really surprised that this one is available in the UK, it's actually a pretty recent launch! It claims to do pretty much the same thing as the other two Matte Infallible's. Which is strange that they'd bring two matte foundations to UK but not the Pro Glow. Anyway, the formula is very different to both the other matte options. It has a mousse like consistency which actually scared me, I had horrid memories of the cakey Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse! But it's safe to say this is very different. I first attempted to use this with my Beauty Blender, but it took some effort to blend it out, it's the one foundation I've found that works better with a brush. With a brush it's easy to blend. This does have full coverage as it claims. I wouldn't say the finish is matte though. It's definitely more satin and as the day progressed it becomes more glowy with my natural oils. The finish wasn't cakey either and surprisingly looked natural on the skin. I have the shade 24 Golden Beige which isn't great but I can make it work. Overall, I'm really surprised I don't hate this. It's not my favourite foundation I own but it's a good drugstore option.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow | £12.99

The Pro Glow option was the one I was desperate to try! It promises to be a long wearing, dewy foundation. They type I love! The packaging is similar to US Pro Matte. The consistency of this is very runny, which makes it super easy is to blend. The coverage is really good too. I tend to find most dewy foundations are sheer and lack the coverage I require but this offers a good solid, medium coverage. It definitely has a dewy finish and gives the skin a really nice glow. I did find that by lunchtime I was super dewy and powder was required but this didn't comprise the wear at all. The Shade 208 Sun Beige is slightly too Pink toned for me but again I can make it work. Overall, this one is my favourite of the bunch. Because I have dehydrated skin so these types of foundations sit and look better on my skin!

Like I said the Pro Glow is my favourite, which is so frustrating it's not available here. I think oily skins would really like the US Infallible. If you're in the UK and want either of them make sure you checkout the links.

Have you tried any of these? What's your favourite L'Oreal foundation?

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5 Fabulous Concealers for Banishing Dark Circles

I'm blessed with permanent dark circles. I could sleep for a good 10 hours and still wake up looking like I've had two. Finding the right concealer that looks natural, doesn't crease and that has coverage can be a real mission. I've pretty much tried every drugstore concealer with little luck. That being said there are a few that I do like. But today I wanted to share with you my ultimate top 5...

Seventeen Skin Wow Concealer | £4.99 | POST

I'll start off with the cheapest of the bunch from Seventeen. Don't let its tiny price tag fool you though, this easily rivals some highend offerings. It's a light reflecting concealer in a pen style, click-y top tube. It has a good medium but build-able coverage, in a creamy, lightweight blend-able formula. This is so brightening! It's amazing.  It sits beautifully under the eyes without creases, cracking or going caky. It's really quite amazing for the price! The only downside is it only comes in two shades; Light and Medium. Which are practically the same shade except 'Light' is more Yellow toned and Medium is more Pink toned.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye | £23.64 (with a brush)

This concealer has to be the most full coverage concealer I've ever come across! This really is full coverage. The consistency of this is very thick and it does require a lot of blending. I like to use my Beauty Blender, I find this is the best way to get it to look natural. Also because it is so thick setting it is a must; I like to use the RCMA No Colour Powder. I've heard some people say they don't like this and I see why, but for me this is easily the best concealer I've find that covers my dark circles. It's just a case of blending it well.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer | £19 | POST

An old favourite from Urban Decay. I've lost count of the times I have repurchased this. It's light weight, creamy consistency makes it perfect for under the eyes. It blends out with ease and looks so natural on the skin. The coverage is on the lower side of medium compared to the others in the post but it's great for everyday wear. This doesn't crease, crack or look cakey. This also works really well on blemishes so it's a great all rounder!

Kat Von D Lock it Concealer | £20 | POST

This concealer is the 2nd most full coverage concealer here! This really is full coverage and banishess my dark circles with ease. The formula is light weight and easy to blend, although it's not as easy as the Urban Decay one but it's nothing to put me off. I like to use a brush with this but for a really natural look I'd use the Beauty Blender. I do also find that without setting this it can crease a little but with powder it's absolutely fine!

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | £22.50 | POST

And finally, my absolute favourite of the bunch, my trusty NARS Concealer. This is just the most perfect under eye concealer. It looks natural, it's creamy, brightening, has good coverage, doesn't crease and lasts all day. This just ticks all the boxes for me! If you have dark circles I really can't recommend this enough.

There you have 5 fabulous under eye concealers.

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A Guide to Primers

Primers are definitely a love or hate type of product. For me I love them and can't imagine doing my makeup without them. But I remember back in the day when Benefits Porefessional and thick silicone primers were the only ones on the market and I hated them. Fast forward a few years and now there's a primer for every skin type! Skin type and what you want from a primer is definitely the most important thing to consider when choosing one. If you have oily skin you might like heavy silicone primers. If you have dry skin a more hydrating primer is the way to go. I have dehydrated skin so I tend to find most silicone, or pore filling primers only make my skin more dry so I avoid those.


Hydrating primers are one of my favourite types of primer. I reach for hydrating ones if my skin is more dehydrated than usual or if I want to use a matte foundation. My favourites are:

Too Faced Hangover primer | £27 | POST

This primer is packed full of skin loving ingredients like Coconut Water and Vitamins, that plump, hydrate and re charge the skin. This does give my skin a stuble radiance to it as well. This is perfect for my dehyrated skin. It leaves my skin smooth and ready for makeup. If I'm reaching for matte base products this is my go to primer, it helps my skin stay hydrated all day.

NYX Skin Elixir Q10 Primer | £11

Like the Too Faced one this is packed with skin loving ingredients to plump and hydrate the skin. It has a thick, cream like texture but it melts into the skin with ease, leaving a nice smooth base for makeup. This definitely helps prevent my skin from drying out throughout the day and helps keep my makeup looking fresher for longer.

La Roche Posay Efficlar Duo+ Unifant | £16.50

Now this is the famous Efficular moisturiser with a tint too it. The Efficular moisturiser is aimed at those who suffer with breakouts and blocked pores, with ingrediants that aim to treat and prevent blemishes. I have tried the original and I've been using this for a while and I don't find this does anything life changing for blemishes. I tried to use this as a foundation but the coverage just wasn't enough for me. But as a primer it works fine. I don't find this as hydrating as the Too Faced or NYX one. But I like the coverage it gives. I think this would be better suited to oily skins.


Blurring primers are great for disguising pores and fine lines. Primers along these lines tend to contain silicones and have quite a thick texture. As I said previously these type of primers aren't my favourite but I have a few I like...

Boots Time Delay Primer | £10.99 | POST

Boots Time Delay Primer contains light defusing particles to give the skin a blurring effect. Which this definitely does, everytime I use this I'm instantly wowed at how much better my skin looks before I've even applied foundation. It leaves a super smooth base for foundation application and helps prolong my makeup wear time. This is definitely a hidden drugstore gem!

Hylamide HA Blur Primer | £19 | POST

Hylamide have developed a pretty unique formula with primer. It uses hyaluronic powders to blur the skin rather than silicones. It does have a powder like feel but in a cream formula, it's so strange! This does have good blurring properties and leaves my skin so smooth. This does also claim to be hydrating but I don't actually find it is, but it's not drying. Overall, a nice blurring primer.

Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot | £10

This reminds me a lot of the Boots Time Delay one. They do pretty much the same thing - blur and leave a smooth base for makeup. Although when I use this it basically keeps my makeup on all day! I've heard people with oily skins rave about this too. So I think it's a good all rounder for most skin types.


Illuminating primers are my absolute favourite! I tend to find most illuminating primers also offer the hydration I need too, My favourites are...

Becca Backlight primer filter | £32 | POST

This primer has to be favourite of the bunch. It's a pearlescent cream that blends into the skin, leaving behind a gorgeous glow. This is really glow-y so I just like to use one pump. And this really gives a lit from within glow. It smooths over dry patches and just makes my skin look better! This works with all my favourite foundations. It also works well with matte products. If you have very oily skin then this probably isn't for you, but normal /dry / dehydrated skin I can't recommend this enough.

NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer | £14 | POST

I don't know weather to include this in Illuminating or hydrating because it does both. This has little gold flecks in it that give the skin a very subtle glow, no where near as much as the Becca one. But it makes my skin look more alive. Because it's hydrating this also plumps and smooths the skin ready for makeup application.

The do it alls..

These are the primers that hydrate, blur and illuminate the skin...

Rimmel Insta Flawless Primer | £6.99 | POST

Hate the name, love the product! This is one of my ultimate favourites; it's tinted so it gives the skin a bit of coverage. It gives a glow, hydrates, and gives my skin a blurred effect. Although this isn't as blurring as the ones in the blurring category but it just makes my skin look all round better! If you have really good skin you would probably just use this on its own without any foundation. For just £6 this is a total bargain!

Estee Lauder Illuminating Primer | £21.50 | POST

I'm really surprised more people don't talk about this! It's a great primer. Now this does everything apart from add coverage. The formula is so nice, it melts into the skin and leaves behind a nice subtle glow. Nothing too over the top though. I also find this hydrating and it stops my skin from drying out. Although the texture is very different from the Too faced one (which is very similar to moisturiser). It also blurs my skin a bit but I think this is down to its light reflecting properties rather than silicones. It's just a great primer!

So there's a little guide to primers.

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The Beauty Junkies Guide To saving money

Hi I'm Leanne and I'm addicted to buying new makeup! Yes I would go as far as to say I was addicted to buying makeup. If I read or see a glowing review about a product I convince myself I need it. And new launches I need to try! My mission to find the perfect products is never ending - I've probably actually already found them but I always think there's something better out there. But at the end of the day, I'm not rich and have other priorities I need to pay for. Plus I'm going to New York in November so I need to start saving for that. So I've put to together a few useful tips to save money and curb spending without being to restrictive...

1. Spending Bans Don't work... 

For me spending bans just don't work. As soon as I say I'm not spending any money on makeup, a week later I go on massive shop, and spend more than I probably would if I wasn't on a spending ban! So instead I have myself a realistic monthly budget for makeup and beauty. I know this sounds excessive to have a monthly budget dedicated to makeup and beauty products but it works for me. 

2. Shop around for the best deals... 

This is pretty self explanatory but it's a good way of saving money. I buy most of my highend skincare when it's on offer. BeautyBay tend to have some good deals which makes highend skincare more mid price. Other online stores for great discounts include:

3. Avoid 3 for 2s...

I'm a sucker for Boots and Superdrug's 3for2 deals. If I just want one product I will buy another one to get one free, even if I don't need them. I've lost count the amount of times I've stood at the L'oreal stand trying to pick a nail polish just because it's free - and I don't even really like the formula! So I'm not even saving money!! That being said these deals are handy if there are 3 products in the offer you actually need / want. 

4. Make a list of beauty products you actually want...

Making a wish list has helped me loads. This way I see the stuff I really want and I don't just buy stuff for the sake of it. I'm the worst for new launch emails from BeautyBay, I order it straight away but in reality I probably didn't want said product as much as I wanted something else! 

5. Use and save points... 

Most beauty places have loyalty points that you can earn when you buy something. I like to save these points up for when I have no money and fancy a little treat. This way I get my beauty product fix without actually spending any money! 

6. Shop Your Stash...

I love shopping my stash. If you're a beauty junkie like me I guarantee you have a blush or a foundation you've completely forgotten about. So you can find a new, forgotten love without spending a penny. 

7. Try Before you buy / research well... 

Always try to get a sample before you buy something. This way if you don't like it you haven't lost much. Whereas, if you buy the full size and don't like the product you've wasted loads of money. Most beauty counters are happy to give a sample. If you can't get a sample research the product well; look for swatches and reviews. This is a good way too see if you like the product first and getting the correct shade. 

So there's a few ways to save money if you are a beauty junkie like me! I hope you found this helpful!

What are your tips for saving money?

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Makeup Lately

I can't believe it's time to share another Makeup Lately with you guys! January was more of a high end makeup month for me with some hits and misses. But here's the makeup I've been reaching for...

NYX Honey Dew Me Up Primer | £14

I recently found this hiding in the back of my primer collection so I thought I'd put it back into rotation and I'm so glad I did. This a really nice, hydrating primer! It has a weird slimy consistency that blends well into the skin. It also has Gold flecs suspended in it that gives a subtle luminosity to the skin. It smooths over the skin leaving a nice base for foundation. This is a great primer for dehydrated skin!

It Cosmetics CC Cream | $38 | POST

I do have a whole review post on this here. And despite me not loving this, don't get me wrong I don't hate it, there is just so much hype around this I had high hopes. Sadly this didn't live up to expectations. It's an ok base. It has a medium coverage and a nice glowy finish. The shade Medium isn't a great match for me. And with only 5 shades in the range it left me disappointed. The wear time isn't great either. But despite my negative thoughts, this is an ok foundation. This is currently out of stock from QVC but I have linked Beautylish

Seventeen Skin Wow concealer | £4.99 | POST 

I completely forgot how much I loved this concealer until I found it in my collection! It has a good coverage and really brightens up the under eye area. The formula is creamy, easy to blend and sits beautifully under the eyes without creasing. Because this is so brightening I don't think this would be great for blemishes but under the eyes it works a treat. This is a great drugstore gem!

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores | £21

When I brought the CC cream it came in a set with powder so I've been giving it a test. And sadly I don't love this. Pores are not really an issue for me so I don't know how well it works to disguise them but this didn't make my skin look any smoother. It did help my makeup last a bit longer but all over my face this was too drying. It works well to set my under eyes though.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow kit | £34 | POST

Another hyped up product ( I talked about it here) that I've been testing and that didn't live up to the hype for me. The bronzer is far too pale for my skin tone ( I'm a mac NC30-35) so if your any darker than me I can't imagine this working. The blush and highlighter are ok. The highlighter lacks the real glow factor I like, but if you like something more subtle you might like this. The blush is nice, the best powder of the set! It's a nice Peachy, Coral shade that would be perfect for spring summer. While the highlighter and bronzer lack the pigmentation I like, all the powders are really soft and finely milled.

Urban Decay Beach Bronzer | £22 | POST

As the bronzer in the Too Faced palette wasn't great for me I've been reaching for this. Normally, I like a bit of a shimmer and glow to my bronzers but I've been really enjoying a matte look. The shade Bronzed is perfect for adding warmth to the face. It's finely milled, pigmented, applies evenly and also blends easily.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow | £39 | POST

Foe eyeshadow I've been reaching for this. Despite the glow kit being a bit of a let down I love this! It contains 18 eyeshadows that are all inspired by Peach, with a range of mattes and shimmers. Most of them are warmed toned, which I love. The formula is incredible - so soft, pigmented and easy to work. My favourite shades are Puree and Summer Yum. But I've got good use out of the shades. See this post for swatches. 

L'oreal Sculpt Mascara | £9.99 | POST

I've been reaching for this mascara so much I've actually re brought it. It has a comb wand that catches and coats every lash. It adds a good amount of volume and length, without being too clumpy and it holds the curl all the day.

Lottie London Slay all day Lip Kit | £8.95 | POST 

If you follow me on Instagram I've been raving and raving about this! Lottie London have realised a line of lip kits which come with Liquid Lipstick and matching lip pencil. I have the shade Fleek, which is a warm toned Brown. The lip pencil is creamy and applies so easily to the lips, without tugging or pulling. The Liquid lipstick is one of the best drugstore liquid lipsticks I've come across. It reminds me a lot of the NYX Soft Matte creams but more pigmented. They aren't drying at all and so easy to touch up during the day.

Crown Brushes* 

I also have a few brushes I've been really enjoying to apply my makeup. Which are all from Crown Brushes. These have all washed really well and held their shape. The brushes are:

C320 Pointed Powder Brush* | £18.81

This is a great multi purpose brush. It works well to apply powder all over the face, as a setting brush, or for bronzer, blush and highlighter. I really like to apply highlighter. Because it's pointed it can apply highlighter precisely to the cheek bones but because it's fluffy it blends the highlighter out, so I don't get that stripe effect. It has natural bristles so it doesn't pick as much product, but this prevents powder products from looking cakey. I washed this and it's held its shape well. It shed a bit when I did wash it but that's not uncommon for new makeup brushes.

C403 Chisel Brush* | £19.99

I think this is designed for contouring. Which it does an excellent job at. It's sort of a flat shape which makes it ideal for fitting into the cheek bones. But it's fluffy enough to blend the powder out, for a natural seemless effect. I also really like to use this with a setting powder to set my under eye concealer. Like the pointed powder brush it has natural bristles so it's ideal for powder. The shape makes it perfect for that too!

SS036 Small Cheek Contour Brush* | £5.99

This is a small domed brush that's designed for contouring. Although I don't find this works well with powder contour products, it's just too small and dense. It works brilliant with cream products though. I also really like this as a concealer brush. The dense, soft. bristles blend out concealer brilliantly without compromising the coverage! It works well under the eyes and on other areas of the face.

C456 Pointed Blender Brush* | £6.99

The Pointed Blender Brush is ideal for concealer. Like the Small Cheek Contour brush it has super soft, dense bristles. The point also makes it really easy to blend concealer into hard to reach areas like the nose. And it works well at packing concealer on to blemishes.

C510 Pro Oval Brush* | £5.99

I love this eyeshadow brush. It's small and flat which makes it perfect for packing on eyeshadow or a pigmented all over the lid. It transfers the eyeshadow really well.

C509 Pro Detail Concealer Brush* | £5.99

Another concealer brush, but the flat shape means makes this great for concealer around the eye brows. I really like this when I want a defined brow look. Its synthetic bristles pack on concealer and blend it out seemlessly.

C514 Pro Detail Liner* | £3.99

This is one of my favourite brushes of the bunch! This is the perfect liquid liner brush. The tip is so small and fine, making it super easy to draw on liner and create a neat crisp wing. There's not much else I can say about this but it's just brilliant.

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

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

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Making Your Own Lip Kit

Kylie Jenners lip kits have taken the world by storm. But they are pricey (especially if you live in the UK) and I don't actually like her liquid lipstick formula. The drugstore have cottoned on to this craze and have started to bring out lip kits at a super cheap price. Although I do find liquid lipsticks hit and miss at the best times and budget ones tend to be more miss. So today I thought I'd share my favourite lipsticks and lipliner that matches them...

ColourPop Echo Park | $6 | POST  and La Girl Liner | £3

ColourPops Ultra Satin Liquid Lipsticks have to be one of my favourite formulas. Although they are not the most long lasting they are so comfortable and affordable. Echo Park is a really nice Peachy everyday, nude shade. I like to pair it with LA Girls Semi permanent lip liner in the shade Natural. Which is a true nude - it's not too Pink or too Brown. The formula is nice, easy to apply, pigmented and comfortable. This actually goes really well with any nude shade.

Jeffree Star Androgyny | £16 | POST and Maybelline Lip Liner | £3.99

My love for Jeffree Stars Velour Liquid Lips is well documented on this blog. The formula really is spot on - they're easy to apply, well pigmented, non drying and so long lasting! They reapply well and don't sit in any fine lines or exaggerate lines in the lips. The shade Androgyny has to be one of my most worn shades from my collection. It's a Mauve Purple colour, that can still be worn everyday but it's something a bit more than a nude. I like to pair this with Maybellines lip liner in the shade Velvet Beige. Which is a Pink Brown colour. I have read that this has Silver shimmer in it, but I've not ever noticed it! The pencil is super creamy and pigmented. It's so easy to outline and fill in the lips. The shade doesn't compliment Androgyny perfectly but it doesn't alter the colour and makes the perfect base.

ColourPop Calypso | $6 | POST and New Look Lip Liner Toffee | £2.50

Another ColourPop Ultra Satin lip, this time in the shade Calypso. Which is a dusky Purple nude colour. It's slightly more Brown than Androgyny though. It's another great everyday shade in the trusty ColourPop formula. I like to pair with New Looks Toffee Liner. The shade is more of a nude Brown. But this compliments the Brown undertones in Calypso. I also find that this helps the liquid lipstick last a little bit longer. The formula is creamy and doesn't drag in the lips, it's well pigmented and easy to use. This is one of my most reached for combinations.

Jeffree Star Celebrity Skin | £16 | POST and Makeup Revolution Lip Kit | £6 (as part of a set)

Another combination that I love is Celebrity Skin and Makeup Revolutions Lip Liner (this is part of their lip kit set but I can't find it to link individually). Celebrity Skin is a pale nude colour and Makeup Revolution liner in the shade Noble is more of a warm Brown. Celebrity Skin is a great natural everyday shade, but I like my nudes a bit more bold, which is why I pair it with  Noble . Although Celebrity Skin is very pigmented it doesn't make too much of a difference - just a subtle change. The formula of the lip pencil is so good. One of the best I've come across in the drugstore. It's very creamy and really pigmented. It some how makes my lips look a bit more plump. It's also very long lasting and matte without being drying.

Lottie London Slay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Werk it | £5.95 and Lottie London Lip Liner in Fleek | £3.50

Lottie London actually have their own affordable lip kits which are brilliant for there price (see this post for more details) But I picked Werk It as a single. The shade is a beautiful Pinky Brown nude. The formula is well pigmented, long-lasting and not drying at all. It's actually one of the best affordable one I've tried. I like to pair this with the Lottie London lip pencil in Fleek. Which is a warm Brown nude colour. This is actually from one of their lip kits. The formula of this pencil is so creamy - I've had to sharpen it every time I've used it. It's also very pigmented and sits really nice on the lips and under liquid lipsticks. Werk it and Fleek make a really nice warm Pinky, Brown colour.

There are some of my favourite lipsticks and lip pencil combinations.

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

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How I Ombre my hair at home with Naturigin | AD

Disclaimer - I'm not a hairdresser. If you haven't done this yourself before please use extra caution! But anyway for those who didn't know I ombre my hair myself at home. Although the first time I had my hair done at the salon, so this gives me a rough idea of where to put the dye. I normally apply bleach to the mid lengths to give me the blonde colour. I don't add any colour to my roots because my hair is naturally Brown.

 My hair was looking a bit grown out and needed a bit of a refresh so on this occasion I used Naturigin. They are a Danish brand that have developed 19 Natural hair colours that are Amonia, Paraben and cruelty free. Naturigin hair colours also have very minimal chemicals, so hair damage is kept at a minimum. I used the shade Lightest Ash Blonde 10.2

The Hair colour kits are similar to most home hair dyes - they come with the dye, the developing lotion and conditioner for after. The instructions recommend using the bottle the developing lotion comes in to apply the dye to the hair. However, I mixed it up in a plastic bowl and used a hair dye brush because this would be easier for the ombreing process. Here's a step by step guide:

1. 24 HR before you plan on colouring your hair a patch is recommended. This is basically applying a small amount of dye behind the ear to see how you skin reacts (see how to do a Patch Test ). If you do react to dye it's probably best that you don't use it. If all is well than you can continue with the following steps.

2. Mix the developing lotion and the colour in the plastic bowl. Ensuring the mixture is smooth.

3. Section the hair. For a nice subtle ombre effect it's important you use small, thin sections. I divided the top half of my hair from the bottom. From the bottom sections I then decided which sections I wanted to apply the colour to. For a strong ombre effect apply the colour to mid lengths and ends to all the hair. For a more subtle effect apply in sections.

4. Before I applied the colour I backcombed the sections where I wanted the colour to start (Just under my cheek bones). Backcombing the hair prevents those clean lines so this is a VERY important step!

TIP - Make sure the sections aren't too big or the colour wont develop evenly.

5. I then applied the colour on the backcombed sections and then down the length of my hair. Ensuring the hair was evenly covered. I then massage it into the hair to ensure it was covered evenly. Gently lay the hair down. You can use foil for this process if you wish.

6. I then repeated the steps 3 to 5 working through the rest of my hair.

TIP - try not to spend to long on applying the colour or the bottom sections will develop before the top. In the salon they allow 40 minutes to apply hair colour, so I try to stick to this time frame.

7. When I've got the area around my face I made sure my parting was how I have it on an everyday basis to ensure the colour sits evenly on each side.

8. I waited 30 minutes as the Naturigin recommends. Check it often to ensure the colour was developing well.

9. I then rinsed my hair with warm water, until the water runs clear. I then applied a large helping of the colour lock to the whole of my hair and left it on for 20 minutes.

Here are some before and after pictures..



And that's pretty much the process I do to ombre my hair.

I'm really happy with Naturigin hair colour. Considering this isn't bleach it developed well on my hair, not as well as I hoped but this meant my hair wasn't as dry as it normally is with bleach. It doesn't smell like regular hair colours either, it smells like conditioner! And felt like conditioner on my hair too. Overall, If you're looking for a great, natural, cruelty free home hair dye I can't recommend this enough.

You can find Naturigin hair colours  at or in Lloyds pharmacies throughout the Uk

So that's how I ombre my hair at home! If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

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My Most Loved Makeup

In honour of Valentines day I thought I'd share my most loved makeup with guys. These are the items that if I lost or they run out of I would repurchase straight away, no second thoughts. So let's get into it...

Becca Backlight Priming filter | £32 | POST

My most loved primer is the Becca Backlight Priming Filter. It's a glow giving primer that really smoothes the skin, ready for makeup application. I like to use one pump over my whole face because this really does give an amazing dewy look to the skin. It works for all my favourite foundations and even makes the ones I don't like look a little better. I've actually already repurchased this and I will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

LA Girl Pro Coverage Foundation | £11 | POST

Since getting this at the end of last year no other foundation has compared. It has a good medium to full coverage, a brilliant glowy finish, all in a long wearing, blend-able formula. I'm running out of ways to describe this foundation but it's one of the best I've tried and well out performs its affordable price tag.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer | £22.50 | POST

This cult classic has really earned its most loved status in my collection. It's my favourite under eye concealer. The formula is creamy and blend-able and sits well under the eyes. I tend to find most concealers like this don't offer the coverage I need though, but not this! A couple of coats and I look like I've had a good nights sleep! Plus this comes in a range of shades so there's something for every skin tone.

RCMA No Colour Powder | £9.95 | POST

I discovered this at the end of last year too and I haven't looked back. This is the best setting powder I've come across. It sets everything and mattes everything down without being drying or leaving my skin looking cakey. It doesn't contain any colour pigments so it doesn't leave a White cast behind either.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette | £59 | POST

Having dehydrated skin means I'm always striving for glowy skin. So when I discovered these glow enhancing powders from Hourglass I fell in love. This trio comes with 3 powders to all add a different glow to the face, Nothing over the top just a subtle, lit from within glow. The powders are finely milled and don't even look like powders on the skin.

Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette | £8 | POST

This is my key to a good glow! These are very similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders (see this post) but they are more pigmented so they work better as highlighters. I like to use the Bronze shade as bronzer. It's not overly shimmery so it gives a lovely sun kissed look to the skin. I then use the centre shade as a highlighter on the high points of my face. These aren't over the top so they give skin a nice subtle glow. I actually use these everyday!

Sleek Solstice Highlighter palette | £9.99 | POST 

I always seem to come back to this little palette. It houses 4 highlighters. But my favourite is the Peachy shade. I've actually hit pan on it (how does that even happen?) None of the highlighters have any glitter in them and are finely milled. They leave the face with a gorgeous dewy sheen.

Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette | £37 | POST

For contour this is my most loved palette. This palette houses 3 contour shades and 3 matte highlight shades. The middle shade is my perfect contour colour colour and the yellow highlight shade is perfect for setting under eye concealer. All the powders are butter soft and look natural on the skin. I can't recommend this palette enough.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette | £41 | POST 

This was a tough choice between this and my MUG shadows but this one palette won. Most of the shades in this palette are warm tones, with the majority being matte. All the shadows are incredibly pigmented, smooth and easy to blend. It's my perfect palette.

Maybelline Lash Sensation | £7.99 | POST 

I've lost count the amount of times I've repurchased this. I don't tend to be a fan of Maybelline mascaras but this one is brilliant. It has a plastic, curved wand that grabs and coats every lash. It adds a good amount of length and volume, in a formula to doesn't smudge or flake throughout the day.

Jeffree Star Valour Liquid Lipsticks | £16 | POST

I do love a liquid lipstick and my favourite are the Velour liquid lips. Particular the shade Androgy. It's a Mauvey Purple. The formula of these are one of the best I've come across. They're matte but don't look dry or a crusty. It's non drying and so long wearing!

MAC Lipstick | £15.50 | POST 

I wanted to give an honourable mention to Velvet Teddy. It's from Macs Matte line. So it's super creamy and longlasting. The shade is a perfect Pinky Brown nude. It's my perfect everyday nude colour.

So that's my most loved makeup. Please check out the linked post for swatches and full reviews.

Have you tried any of these? What's your most loved makeup?

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The Sensitive Skin Edit

I don't have sensitive skin as in certain products sting and burn my skin. But I do find it breaks out easily and most products containing strong or harsh ingrediants don't help. So when these occasions arise I have a few products I can rely to clear up the breaks up, without irritating or making them worse...

La Roche Posay Toleraine Cleanser | £11 | POST

This cleanser is a god send when my skin is sensitive. It has a light, creamy texture that works well at cleansing my skin without any irritation! It removes makeup and dirt with ease. And leaves my skin feeling clean, fresh but not stripped. I tend to use this twice as a double cleanse. It also makes a nice morning cleanser.

Clinique Moisture Surge Spray* | £22 (full size)

When my skin is feeling particularly sensitive it feels dry and tight throughout the day. So this little bottle is perfect for those occasions. It's a fine hydrating spritz, that can be used as part of a skin routine or over makeup. I really like using it over makeup. It refreshes everything and adds the hydration I need.

La Roche Posay Toleraine Ultra Fluid | £17.50 | POST

This is a staple in my skincare routine! It's a brilliant moisture riser that keeps my dehydration at bay. It doesn't have any nasties and is fragrance free. Prefect for sensitive skin. It can even be used around the eye area. I apply 3 pumps in the morning and evening, and it leaves my skin hydrated all day.

Kielhs Mid-night Recovery Concentrate | £38 | POST

This oil does everything - hydrates, nourishes, plumps and smooths and adds radiance. The oil is light weight and adsorbs really quickly. Whenever my skin is sensitive I reach for this, it just does the job and helps my skin return to its normal state. Plus the glow this gives the skin in the morning is incredible!

Merumaya Concentrated Spot Treatment* | £14.50

I'm so happy I've finally found a spot treatment that actually works! This offering from Merumaya contains active ingrediants that tackle and sooth redness, excess sebum and help repair the skin to prevent scarring. I like to apply a small amount directly on blemishes at night. And in the morning its like a miracle had happened they were nearly gone! This can also be used as often as you like throughout they day. But I've found I haven't had to do that - it works over night! This is perfect for red angry, sensitive skin! The bottle is also small making it portable and perfect for traveling.

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask | £19.75 | POST

If you've read many of my skincare posts recently you know how much I've been loving this mask. It contains Manuka Honey which is gentle, yet an effective antiseptic, so it's great for blemish prone sensitive skin. This mask is also super hydrating. I apply a thick layer, wait 15 minutes and remove and my skin is soft, smooth and hydrated.

There you have some of my favourite products to use when my skin is sensitive and angry.

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

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