Favourite four – products I can’t live without

Favourite four – products I can’t live without

Before I get into this post, I just thought I’d say that I’ve made a new Instagram that’s purely for my blog (I’ve noticed some of you have been following my personal, but I barely post over there, so it seemed like a good idea), so if you want to go check that out you can follow me here and I’ll be more than happy to follow other bloggers back! You can also find my Twitter for my blog here. Alternatively, my usernames for both are @emmachxrlotte_.

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Okay, so now I’ve got my shameless self-promo out of the way, lets talk make-up. I thought I’d write a post about the make-up products that I can’t live without. A couple of years ago I’d have probably said foundation and concealer, but these days i’m not too bothered about going out without foundation – in fact I think it’s important to let your skin breathe. Instead, my products I can’t live without are as follows…

Colour Pop Ultra Satin in Echo Park. This product is a really new addition to my favourites and comes courtesy of Kate (you can find her blog here – if you check her out please tell her I sent you!) after I won her giveaway and Colour Pop lip gloss was one of the prizes. It is definitely my new favourite. This thing survived a McDonald’s El Chicken Spicy burger, a chocolate muffin and a lasagne – I think it’s safe to say it’s pretty durable. Not to mention the gorgeous colour. I’ll definitely be buying some of these in the very near future.

The Max Factor Voluptuous False Lash Effect mascara is also courtesy of Kate. Just look at the brush on this thing, it’s amazing. Normally I’ll go over my lashes a good few times and then work at separating them out and what not, but this brush does all your work for you in literally one swipe. I don’t know how or why I haven’t come across this before to be honest, but I think I’ll be sticking with it! So thank you Kate, you’ve got some seriously good taste in make-up!

Next up is my eyelash curler. As someone with very straight eyelashes, this thing is a life saver. I couldn’t go without my eyelash curler. I’ve had this thing for a good three or four years now and it’s lasted me so well. It still looks as good as new and works as well as ever. I believe I just got this from Boots (if not Boots, then Superdrug) but I haven’t got a clue what brand it is. It’s bloody good though.

Lastly, I mentioned the Freedom Eyebrow Pomade in my Drugstore Make-up Haul and Review and my February Favourites, and I’m talking about it again because I just cannot get enough of the stuff. I’ve used it every day now for a good couple of months and I still love it. My eyebrows aren’t bad in shape, but I’ve got a few chicken pox scars in them that have left me with little bald patches, so I really hate how they look when they’re not filled in. So therefore, the Freedom Pomade would have to make my top four.

Let me know in the comments what your favourite four products are that you can’t live without, and let me know if you’ve tried any of these products and what you thought! Thanks for reading and keep an eye out for a Netflix-related post going up tomorrow!

P.S. what do you think of the photos for this post? I decided to make myself a background for my pics and this is the result! I’m sort of loving it, tbh.

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Drugstore Make-up Haul and Review

Drugstore Make-up Haul and Review

This morning I had the most perfect start to the day when the post lady turned up with a box of make-up goodies from Superdrug. I got myself a few new products, which all came to less than £30, and are going to be absolute staples in my make-up bag.

I’m going to start off with my favourite product of them all because I just can’t even express how surprised and in love I am. When I purchased the Freedom eyebrow pomade for just £5, I really wasn’t expecting a lot. I’d read mixed reviews about the product and how some stated it was a rubbish substitute for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, and so I was intrigued to see what the little thing could do. I was honestly so pleasantly surprised, it arrived in a lovely little box (packagimg_5186ing is so important for me, it’s the first impression) that didn’t look like it could be holding a product so reasonably priced as £5. The product itself is fantastic, it’s long lasting (trust me, I gave it a test and tried to rub it off – it doesn’t), it’s really easy to blend and a little goes a very long way. I also really like the shade, I went for medium brown and for once in my life I’d got the shade right first time. I would one hundred percent say that this is a perfect dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow – just as durable, just as effective and a lot cheaper. I have definitely just found my new favourite eyebrow product!

The second thing I purchased was a colour corrector palette. I’ve always been dubious about these things and have never even tried one, to be honest – I just always figured they’d make my make-up look cakey or that they’d be too much for my super pale skin. However, again I was pleasantly surprised! Just like the pomade, the packaging was really beautiful, I didn’t expect it to come in a box, let alone such a lovely box. It comes with eight different colours to hide all of your blemishes, and it does a really good job too! As I said, I’m super pale, so I always seem to have very vein-y eyelids and super dark circles under my eyes, but the peach on the top right of the palette seemed to solve
img_5184 that problem with just the stroke of a brush. It actually sits really nice under my foundation and is super creamy and lovely. I also tested the green out on my cheeks – again, pale people problems, I tend to get a lot of redness on my cheeks and so far, this seems to have done the trick. A little seems to go along way and the creaminess made it really easy to blend out and work with. Overall I’d definitely rate the palette a strong ten out of ten, I was really impressed and at just £6, I’d call that a bargain. So shoutout to Revolution for winning me over on the colour correcting (and for such nice packaging)!

I finally decided it was time to test out some different primers and mascaras. Since the Lash Sensational mascara came out, that is literally the only mascara I would ever use. But I was starting to wonder whether I was getting a bit behind with the mascara times and so finally pulled myself together and decided to give the Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express mascara a shot and I haven’t been disappointed. In all honesty, I don’t really feel like its a lot different to the Lash Sensational. The main reasoimg_5187n that I loved the Lash Sensational so much was because of the curved brush shape, which the Colossal Volum’ doesn’t have, but somehow seem to do just as good a job and for £1 less (it’s £6.99 at Superdrug, a pound cheaper than Lash Sensational). Sure that £1 won’t break the bank but every little helps when you’re 19 and and saving for your mansion and Audi R8. But anyway, onto the primer. So I decided to give the Collection Primed and Ready Pore Minimiser a go – for just £4.99 I couldn’t see how I could possibly go wrong really. The main reason I decided to give this particular primer a go was because it contains Witch Hazel, which I find always works wonders on my spot-prone skin. So to be able to wear a primer that doubles over as a spot zapper sounded great to me! Overall, I wouldn’t say that the primer is as good as my usual go to primer, the NYX High Definition Primer, however, it is half the price so what do you expect? For it’s price though, I’d say the primer is really good and I’m definitely going to stick with it purely for the Witch Hazel – I think it’s worth it. Overall, I was pretty pleased with both the mascara and the primer, I’ll definitely stick with the mascara and I’ll carry on using the primer and get back to you on the effectiveness of its spot zapiness.

Lastly, I decided to try these MUA Mono Eyeshadows. At just £1 per shadow I was half expecting them to be tiny but they’re actually a really decent size. I bought the shades Oyster (a pearly-white), Chamoisee (a champagne kind of colour), Onyx (a dark graphite sort of silver) and Bronze (which has an unexpected pink tint that’s reallimg_5188y nice). As well as being a lot bigger than expected, I also thought they were pretty pigmented. It’s a shame because the picture really doesn’t do them justice – they’re really lovely colours and they’re super sparkly too. I can’t really rate them on how long they last as I only go them today, but I have had Chamoisee on since nine this morning and it’s looking just as good at four, right now. I’d definitely recommend these, I’m loving the Onyx  as a highlighter to be honest and the fact that they’re just £1 each means you really just can’t go wrong. I’d definitely recommend them!

 

Overall, It’s been one really successful drugstore make-up haul and I’m really happy with all of the products and especially seeing as it hasn’t hurt my bank balance too much! If you’ve tried any of these products, why not let me know what you thought? Or if you have some better suggestions then please let me know! Thanks for reading, make sure you stick around for a Book Recommendations post coming tomorrow!

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