Sunday, 28 May 2017

My Top 5 Holiday Beauty Picks

It's that time of year again where everyone is jetting off to the destination of their dreams and I am one of them - this time next week I will be stepping off the plane in sunny Marbella and yes I have already started packing my beauty bits. As we are only going for a short 5 day break before my birthday I don't want to be lugging around crazy amounts of make up and skin care because I'm going to be honest, my Sephora shopping list is already bigger than my suitcase can handle. When narrowing it down to a few items there were 5 things in particular that were a must as I know they'll keep my skin looking hydrated and glowing!


Unfortunately for me I'm incredibly pale and my skin burns really easily so on top of the obvious high factor sun cream, moisturiser is my life on holiday! I have recently been using a new moisturiser from L'oreal and I absolutely love how it feels on my skin - It is the Hydra Genius Liquid Care with Aloe Water & Hyaluronic Acid for Combination Skin. The product has a gel/water like formula which instantly absorbs into the skin without leaving any sort of residue and claims to lock in moisture for 72 hours. It leaves my skin feeling incredibly refreshed and hydrated so of course this a must for my holiday!


Whilst in Marbella I'm challenging myself to let my skin breathe and go completely foundation free, instead i'll take concealer just to touch up any blemishes and these Cover FX Drops to keep my skin GLOWING. You've probably seen everyone going on about these for absolutely ages and I finally caved a few months back, I have them in the shade Celestial and I have never tried a highlighting product like it! At first I was completely turned off them as I tend to powder my whole face and these on top of powder is just a no go, they dot onto the skin and actually set almost instantly - making it extremely hard to blend. I have recently stopped powdering my whole face and just sticking to the T Zone, so applying these drops to my cheek bones is super easy and they look absolutely stunning.


Sticking to the base I will of course be taking my trustee Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, because although I will be avoiding foundation - any concealer will be sure to melt off my face without it. I don't think I need to say a lot about this powder as I think every blogger & their mum knows how good it is!


I have been growing my eyebrows out purely so I can have them threaded the day before I go and although I am questioning my decision on just taking a clear brow gel now as they are completely out of control, I am confident this is all I will need once they're done! I am taking the Benefit Ready, Set, Brow as this is the only clear brow gel that I have found that actually keeps my eyebrows in place without budging.


You know that mascara that gives you everything you want and more when it comes to lashes... that's what this mascara does for me and I couldn't go away without it. The Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara is an absolute dream - it adds extreme volume, it's jet black and it doesn't clump!

What are your top holiday picks?

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

STILA GLITTER HEAVEN

As hard as I tried to walk away from these in Harvey Nichols telling myself I don't need anymore glitter - who am I kidding? One swatch and I was sold. I have never bought anything from Stila before but I have always heard such incredible reviews and after seeing Jaclyn Hill unbox these I needed them! As this was my first time trying the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow's I only picked up two shades - Bronzed Bell and Smoky Storm.



Stila have got these liquid eyeshadows absolutely spot on - they're extremely lightweight with incredible glitter pay off and absolutely no fall out! They are very similar to a liquid lipstick in the way that they apply as a water based product but then dry down and aren't prepared to budge anytime soon. I tend to apply these as a finishing touch to my eye looks rather than as a base just as I find they look the best that way. I'll apply my powder shadows first for my desired look and then depending on the result I want I will apply the glitter and blend if necessary. 

Bronzed Bell - Bronze with a touch of Silver & Copper.
Smoky Storm - Light Grey/Bronze and Silver

 Bronzed Bell

Smoky Storm

Don't get me wrong I am a huge glitter lover - when I have an opportunity to wear it, I'm going to! However I cannot stand the feeling of removing a glitter. I suffer from really dry eyes so the smallest thing agitates them and when I sometimes wear a loose glitter I have to really take my time when removing it. These Stila glitter's are the complete opposite, I am obviously still careful around my eye area but I find these so much more comfortable to remove as the glitter is slightly finer than a loose glitter so it glides off with a lot less scratching!

Although these aren't the cheapest glitter's on the market as they retail at £23 each - they are 100% worth giving a go as there is a lot of product so I can imagine these will last aaaages! The colours available are absolutely stunning so I will definitely be picking a few more of these up. 

 Before Flash

After Flash

Have you tried these Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow's? What were your thoughts?



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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

SUNSET SMOKEY EYE | NYX PERFECT FILTER PALETTE

As if I didn't have enough already - yes I have purchased another palette with warm burgundy, orange and brown tones and I don't regret it at all. I'm not the most adventurous when it comes to new eyeshadows, I know what I like and I just tend to just stick to those shades. The palette I picked up was the NYX Perfect Filter Palette in Rustic Antique and they couldn't have put a better 10 shades together - in love.





NYX have got their eyeshadow formula down to a T - they are honestly some of the best I've ever used! The pigmentation of these shadows amazed me and they blend so seamlessly, you wouldn't expect them to be in the drugstore at all. This palette is made up of 10 shades which unfortunately don't have names but there's a range of mattes and shimmers that are all warm tones! 




I took the cream shade in the top left hand corner and used this as a base just to cancel out any veins/redness I had on my eyelid. I then went in with the middle shade on the top row as a transition shade slowly building it up, as I was doing this I slowly started to add in the matte orange shade to continue the transition for this look. All over my lid I went in with the matte burgundy shade that is second from the left on the top row and I also took this down onto my lower lash line as well. To brighten up my inner corner I took the top right hand shimmer shade and it just completed the look.



OTHER PRODUCTS USED:

NYX Pore Filler
L'oreal True Match Foundation in 1N Ivory
NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
L'oreal Infallible 24hr Matte Powder
Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soliel 
Topshop Blush in Dream Phone
Mary Lou Manizer
Rimmel Exagerate Waterproof Eye Definer in Perfect Plum
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
Precisely My Brow in 5
Maybelline Brow Precise Fibre Filler in Deep Brown
DUO Eyelash Glue & Topshop Glitter in Periwinkle
Topshop Lip Contour in Outline
MAC Viva Glam II
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Sunday, 14 May 2017

MINI MAY DRUGSTORE HAUL

It has been just over a year since I posted my last make up haul on here - a whole year! So here I am back with another one, except this time rather than high end I'm keeping it cheap and cheerful with some drugstore bits I have been dying to try. Does anyone else order makeup when they need cheering up? that can't just be me, right? All thanks to an awful mood I was in last week, my makeup collection has grown a little more and I don't regret a thing.


The first thing I put in my bag technically isn't new as I've been using it for the past few months but i'ver never actually posted about it. It is the L'oreal Infallible 24H Matte Powder in Warm Vanilla aka my favourite setting powder ever. If you have oily skin like me then you need to give this a go, it keeps my skin matte for so much longer than other powders I've tried and it doesn't cake on my skin at all! It retails for £5.99 and is available here.


My NYX stash is continuously growing and each product I love more and more. I've tried plenty of their lip and face products in the past but never their eyeshadows! I picked up the Perfect Filter Palette in Rustic Antique as it was just calling my name with the warm selection of shades. I actually used this palette today to create a 'Sunset Festival Smokey Eye' look which will be up on my blog later on this week. After one use I can already tell I'm going to be reaching for this palette A LOT as every single shade is gorgeous. The pigmentation of these shadows really surprised me and they're so easy to blend out! This palette retails for £16 and is available here.


The next thing I purchased is a very hyped over product which I have been really tempted to buy in the past but never actually gone ahead with it and I'm so glad I finally have. It's the Sleek Highlight Palette in Cleopatra's Kiss which contains 4 highlighting shades - 2 cream and 2 powder (Sphinx, Delta, Dynasty and Goddess). I've only had the chance to try one of the shades on my cheek bones and the glow it gave my skin was seamless and super pretty! I've never really been a cream highlight kind of girl, however after swatching all four shades I think I'm going to get a lot of use out of them as they're really soft and just glide onto the skin.



You know that feeling when you really need to get your eyebrows done and it's actually got to the point where you can't fill them in properly they're so out of shape and over grown? This is perfect if you want to make them appear fuller and add a little colour without them looking out of control. I bought this purely for those days although I actually really liked the look it gave my brows so I will definitely be using this a lot more than planned. It retails for £7.99 and is available here in 3 shades.


Makeup Revolution is honestly one of my favourite drugstore brands and when I saw they'd bought out their own lip kits - could I resist? of course not. I picked up the shade Echelon and it is the perfect every day nude! One thing I will say is the lip liner is an entirely different colour to the liquid lipstick and this completely through me off. The Lip liner is a much more orange nude, where as the liquid lipstick is much more pink toned and I was actually pleasantly surprised when I put them together as they create a really nice colour! The packaging for this lip kit is really cute and the product appears so much more expensive than it actually was, it retails at only £6.00 and is available here.

What are your favourite drugstore products?
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Porefection Primer's

When it comes to primer I will always resort back to my holy grail which is Benefit's Porefessional, however I've been using it for such a long time and it's not exactly the cheapest so I wanted to see if I could find a dupe in the drugstore. The primer I chose to purchase is the NYX Pore Filler, it is a fraction of the price and it is actually the perfect dupe for the Benefit Porefessional!


Benefit Porefessional - £26 for 22ml
NYX Pore Filler - £11 for 20ml




Benefits packaging is much prettier to look at in this comparison and does feel more expensive so in terms of appearance you do get what you pay for but they both feel very sturdy. They're both squeeze tubes which I love as it allows you to use the right amount of product without anything going to waste!



I was actually very surprised with the NYX primer as the formula is extremely similar. When you squirt the product the Benefit primer does come out a lot smoother, I found the NYX formula a lot dryer as it came out in bits/balls but on the skin they're both EXTREMELY silky and smooth to touch and they both do an incredible job at filling in pores. I was a little worried the NYX primer would cause my foundation to appear cakey but it didn't at all - it honestly does an incredible job and I would 100% recommend this as a dupe for the Porefessional Primer!

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