Mega make-up haul!

Mega make-up haul!

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On Thursday after I was a proper big girl and went for a blood test without freaking out at all (no joke, I was so good about it and I’m still so proud of myself) I decided to treat myself to a load of new make-up bits from Superdrug.

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I started off with the Make-up Revolution 3 strobe highlighting palette, after running out of my previous highlighter. I was really impressed with Revolution’s Colour Corrector palette (you can find my full review on the palette here) and I’ve seen some great reviews on this palette so I thought I’d give it a shot. I’ve literally only just tried it out, so can’t comment on the longevity or anything, but so far I love it! This has got to be the best highlighter I’ve tried yet. It comes in a rose-y pink colour, a gold shade and silver shade. I used a bit of the pink on the apples of my cheeks and then the silver on my cheekbones and oh my word I looked like a glitter ball. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so glowy and shiny and wow. As if that isn’t enough, it comes in this beautiful rose gold box and the lid is rose gold too. I’m a sucker for rose gold, let me tell you. I love everything about the product. Not to mention the fact that it was just £8!

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I also got the MUA burning embers eyeshadow palette. With Spring here, I fancied some brighter colours, and the pinks and golds in this palette are just perfect. I’ve got a few of the single MUA eyeshadows and I’ve always found them really long-lasting and really pigmented, so I thought I’d try one of their palettes too! I’m really looking forward to spending all day Saturday playing around with the colours and trying some new shades. Again, this palette was just £8 – a great price for so many shades!

After running out of the green shade in my Revolution colour correction palette I needed a substitute, and as I’m loving Freedom’s eyebrow pomade, I thought I’d try out their Pro HD longwear green colour corrector. The corrector worked a lot like a primer beneath my foundation and seemed to even out my skin whilst minimising the redness on my blotchy cheeks. At just £3 I’d say this is a pretty good buy. I was also pleasantly surprised to find that there is a brush attached to the end of the tube, so you can paint it straight onto your face – something I really liked. I’m forever scrubbing make-up swatches and marks off my hands, so it’s nice to be able to apply it straight to my skin.

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Of course, being the lipstick lover I am, I couldn’t order make-up and not buy and lip products. I was only planning to buy one, but accidentally ended up with three products, but I have no regrets. I’m sure most of you aren’t strangers to the Barry M Matte Me Up lip kits, as they seem to be everywhere right now. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers expressing their love for the kits and describing them as dupes for the Kylie lip kits. I have to be honest, I wasn’t disappointed at all. I’m a big fan of the NYX Lingerie line, but these lip kits even beat the Lingeries. Although it is matte, it somehow doesn’t feel dry at all. It feels nice on, it seems to be lasting me well as I’ve been wearing it for six hours now and it’s survived two bacon sandwiches so… I got shade ‘Go To’, which is a gorgeous colour. The kits are just £6.99 at Superdrug, which is a seriously decent price to say you’re getting a lip liner here too. So far, I can’t really fault the kit! I’m not going to lie, Barry M aren’t ever near the top of my list when I think of make-up products, it’s the kind of brand I used to use when I was twelve and knew nothing about make-up (not that I do now, really). However, after my experience with the lip kit, I think I’ll make an effort to explore more of Barry M’s products!

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I also decided to get myself a Tanya Burr lipstick. I’ve tried some of Tanya’s products before, but for some reason never any of her lipsticks. I was mainly drawn to the lipstick because of the packaging tbh. I just love the gold and the ‘Tanya Burr Cosmetics’ on the lid. But the lipstick itself was equally as gorgeous actually! I got the shade Pink Cocoa, with most of the others being very red or very pink – neither of which I’m a big fan of – this was probably the only shade I really liked. It definitely is a lovely shade though, it’s a nice nude-y pink, exactly the kind shade I already own ten of. It also felt really moisturising and creamy, something I love in a lipstick. The product was just £6.99, another really reasonable price. I’ll definitely buy more of these.

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Lastly, I got the Revolution Rose Gold lipstick in the shade Chauffeur, which is a darker pink than the Tanya Burr lipstick. I was really surprised that the lipstick smells quite strongly of vanilla, which is actually really really nice. Again, the packaging was really nice – as I said, a sucker for rose gold. Like Tanya’s lipstick, it was quite creamy, but I did find that it wasn’t that pigmented. I don’t know, maybe it’s just the shade I’ve got, and this is how it’s meant to look, but once on, it wasn’t very defined and looked quite like more of a shimmery pink. Don’t get me wrong, I do really like how it looks on, it’s really nice and subtle actually, but it how it looks on is definitely quite different to what it looks like. Still a really lovely product though, and looks great on!

So that’s all I bought! Look out for some make-up looks featuring these products – I’ll probably post some this weekend. I hope you enjoyed, you can find all of the products over on Superdrug. But for now, i’m off to watch Coronation Street, Broadchurch and then I’m going straight to sleep because this one hour difference has well and truly scrambled my brains. While I’m off catching up on my sleep, feel free to find me on my social media accounts, my links are all here.

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Spring pink make-up look

Spring pink make-up look

 

Hey, I hope you’re having the laziest comfiest Sunday ever! With Tuesday being the first official day of Spring, and after all the lovely sunny weather we’ve had this week in England, I was feeling really girly and Spring-like. So, I thought I’d have a little play with some make-up yesterday morning and did a really pink Spring make-up look! I’m not a very girly-girl at all, I usually stick to nudes and dark colours so this was a bit out of my comfort zone, but I actually really liked it!

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I just used all of my usual base products; primer, foundation, concealer and then did my eyebrows. Then I used my Collection #BlushAndGlow because their blushes are a really nice rosey pink colour, and I used the highlighter that comes in the set too. I went to town with the highlighting a bit, because I was really feeling the shimmery-pink look to be honest.

Adding to the rosey vibe, I used the MUA Burning Embers eyeshadow palette – which has the most amazing really bright pink. I then used a little bit of the white/highlighter shade for the corner of my eye. I then just curled my eyelashes and used my usual mascara, the Max Factor Voluptuous False Lash Effect mascara. Then finally, I used a MAC lipstick in the shade Please Me on my lips!

Then after I’d done it all and I looked all bright and pink, the sun disappeared and it started raining and I just wanted to put on some nude eyeshadow and dark lipstick… but I stuck it out, and to be fair, quite liked it. It’s definitely a look for a sunny day though.

Let me know what you think of the look or if you try it out. I’ll definitely be trying the looks gain as it gets brighter and warmer! Thanks for reading and make sure you come back tomorrow for my first empties post!

P.S. I’ve been trying to make my posts shorter and less waffly as I feel like people might be put off by a great big ass Harry Potter novel style post. What do you guys prefer? Long waffly or short and sweet? Let me know in the comments

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Top three drugstore lip products

Top three drugstore lip products

If you’re looking for long lasting, pigmented and beautifully packaged lip products then you’re probably going to go straight to MAC or YSL, but actually there are so fantastic drugstore lip products out there that are just as good for half the price!

I’m a big lipstick lover. I haven’t always been, it has only been the last couple of years but my lipstick and lipgloss collections are growing wildly. But there are three lip products I always go back to. These are my top three, go-to drugstore lip products.

NYX Lingerie – I am a general lover of most NYX products really. I love the fact that they look and feel like really high quality high end products but are literally a fraction of the price. In my opinion NYX produce some bloody fantastic lip products, and the NYX Lingerie collection is absolutely no exception. But it’s the Exotic shade that is my absolute favourite. I have to admit, I was bit afraid of the colour as it is a bit darker than what I’d normally go for – however, it just looks amazing on. It’s super matte and super pigmented and it doesn’t seem to matter what or how much you eat or drink, the stuff just doesn’t budge. It is the perfect lipstick for a night out, because you can just guarantee it’ll still be there hours later. I also really like the packaging, just the whole appearance in general is really nice, and at just £6.50 at Boots, how can you even say no?

New Look Pure Colour – When I think of New Look, I definitely don’t think of them for their make-up. I didn’t really hold out a lot of hope when I bought a selection of their Pure Colour lipsticks but I was really pleasantly surprised. If you’re having a dry lip day, which I have most days during the winter, then these lipsticks are a God send. Packed with vitamin E, New Look’s lipsticks are super creamy and moisturising. I love the way they feel when I’ve got them on and I especially love the shade Mink. I’m typically a nude lipstick kind of girl, so this was right up my street. As if it couldn’t get any better, since I bought the lipstick last summer, New Look have totally changed the packaging and it’s now silver (they also sell rose gold ones which I’m dying to buy a bunch of!)

MUA LUXE Velvet Lip Lacquer – I have to admit that I find MUA products very hit and miss, some are amazing and others not so amazing, at all. However, their Velvet lip lacquer collection is definitely in my top three. They’re an absolute bargain at just £3. You cannot go wrong for £3. It is matte and really long lasting, not quite as long lasting as the NYX Lingerie, but it is still pretty damn good to say it only costs £3. More than anything, I really love the colour. I’ve got the shade Harmony, and in the summer this was my absolute favourite lipstick and I’m really looking forward to wearing it 24/7 in spring. The packaging definitely isn’t bad either, I quite like the gold and the font is pretty similar to the NYX Lingerie. Overall, it’s fantastic for its price.

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What are your favourite drugstore lip products? Let me know in the comments. Or let me know if you’ve tried any of these! Thanks for reading, make sure you follow my blog if you liked this post. I’m planning to post a Busy B stationery haul tomorrow as they’ve sent me a bunch of products, so make sure you stay tuned for that – it’s good trust me. Until the, have a lovely Sunday evening!

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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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