Dermaplaning is an increasingly popular (and really bloody expensive) facial treatment where a beautician will shave your face with a super small razor to get rid of all the gunk on the top layer of your skin (you’ve seen the pictures on Insta, it’s pretty grim). Naturally, I’ve wanted to try out dermaplaning for a while, considering I have acne-prone, oily skin. I used to exfoliate like a mad woman. Note the used to.
When Sarah at Makeup Box Ldn so kindly reached out to me and offered me to try the Lilibeth brow shaper, my wallet could finally breathe a sigh of relief.
Disclaimer: The product in this post was gifted in exchange for an honest and open review.
So, what is it?
The Lilibeth brow shaper is a lil’ blade that can be used to shape your brows, get rid of your peach fuzz or do the whole shebang and exfoliate your face. I was fortunately given an instruction leaflet (I dread to think how this review would turn out otherwise) explaining how to use the blade most efficiently.
To begin with, I thought I’d have a go at getting rid of my peach fuzz as I’d recently had my brows done and wasn’t too sure about going the whole way with dermaplaning. I’ve never mentioned this before, but I suffer with PCOS which means that I can get quite a lot of peachy fuzz – luckily mine is mainly around my jawline and a teeny bit on my upper lip, but nothing too obvious to anyone other than myself. Here's some nice and flattering before pics:
I ended up going over my face twice to get rid of some dead skin and doing my brows, I was that obsessed.
I found the Brow Shaper so easier to use, even though I’m super cack-handed. I had visions of me being found in a pool of blood with nicks all over my face, but there were no injuries and it didn’t hurt at all.
After my first use, my skin felt sooo super duper soft and I instantly knew I’d love this product.
Few days in?
After a few days, I noticed how good my skin was looking. I was glowing a lot and it felt so much softer and cleaner than it has done in a while. I can’t say I experienced the amazing makeup application that everyone tells you about and I did get a few dry patches around my chin, but on the whole after a few days I really saw an improvement to my face. I have no makeup on in this picture, by the way. Nope, not even highlighter!
After the initial glow, I started to notice some spots in unusual places. I'm very prone to spots on my chin, but I noticed some around my jawline and some rash-like spots around my upper lip. I got straight in touch with Sarah who gave me a very detailed explanation to why this was happening and that it's not that uncommon, which I was relieved about. To sum it up, it's basically like when you try a new cleanser and your skin is being 'purged'.
Overall, I'm super impressed. The little spots that broke out went away within a few days and afterwards I was left with an insanely smooth and glowing face. I've actually managed to improve my skin since using the blade, as I noticed that I have quite a few dry patches (something I wouldn't have noticed before) and I've been working on fixing that. Here's two more no-makeup pics. My skin is looking cleeeaaar.
What's your favourite beauty tool? If you want to get your hands on one of these, head over to Makeup Box Ldn or have a peek at their Insta to see all of their beauty goodness.
After reading Laura Capon's article last year about how much money she'd spent on makeup/beauty products in 2017, I was desperate to do something similar. So, in 2018 I set myself the goal to only buy a new makeup product if I needed a replacement - excluding eyeshadows and lipsticks, of course, because I have no self control. I'm just warning you in advance, the amount I've spent is pretty worrying.
Disclaimer: products marked with a * have been gifted by the brand. Oh, and did I mention it had snowed?!
Victoria's Secret body spray in Pure Seduction - £17.
Victoria's Secret perfume in Angel - £65.
YSL perfume in Black Opium (my scent of 2018) - £72.
Okay, it's embarrassing how expensive my taste in perfume is. I'm actually surprised I only got through three fragrances, but I always have a lot of perfumes on the go at once.
Note: I haven't kept hold of all of my moisturisers/toners etc.
I could not live without my Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, so no wonder I got through two full-sized bottles at £11 and one travel-sized at £7.
2 x Superdrug Vitamin C serum - £5.
Glossier Super Pure - £24.
Nip+Fab Kale Fix shot serum - £25.
Nip+Fab Viper Venom Fix shot serum - £25.
Skinkissed Flawless Skin serum - £25*.
2 x Witch Hazel Sticks - £2.50.
Nivea lip balm - £1.
EOS - £6.
Vaseline with cocoa butter - £2.
2 x Elizabeth Arden 8-hour lip balm - £10.
I use lip balms all the time and have multiple on the go, so it's no shock that I've spent almost £30 this year.
I use mascara almost daily, so I'm not surprised that I got through ten this year.
L'Oreal Volume Million mascara - £11.
L’Oreal Mega Volume Collagene mascara- £10.
Beauty Pie Über Volume Boost - £20/3.36 depending on membership*.
Colour Couture - approx £10 (I don't think this is available any longer).
Givenchy Noir Couture black satin mascara travel size - approx £13*.
Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara (my holy grail) - 1 x travel size £10, 1 x normal size £19.
Tarte Gifted mascara travel size - approx £10.
Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara - 1 x travel size £11, 1 x normal size £21.
MUA eye primer - £4.
Urban Decay Self-Adjusting primer - £24.
Too Faced Hangover primer - 1 x travel size £12, 1 x normal size £27.
Benefit Porefessional primer - travel size £7.
Anastasia Beverly Hills foundation stick - £25.
Tarte Shape Tape hydrating foundation - £33.
Eight concealers this year?! That's a little worrying, I can't lie.
6 x Revolution Conceal and Define - £4.
Maybelline Eraser Eye - £9.
Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer - £23.
2 x Mac Fix+ - £19.
Too Faced Hangover setting spray - 2 x travel size £12, 1 x normal size £27.
Mini Jeffree Star velour liquid lip - £7.
Did I really only get through one lippy?!?!
The Body Shop gel pen liner - £9.
Do you spend a lot on your beauty regime? Let me know, and maybe make me feel like less of an addict!
Disclaimer: This post contains some affiliate links.
Happy New Year you lovely lot! Before I start on all of my new content, I thought I'd finish up showing you what was in my Net-A-Porter calendar (yes, I'm aware it finished nearly two weeks ago). Here we go!
Oh, and a quick apology...I woke up at 4pm on the day of this shoot, so sorry about the lighting - I know, I need to get my life together.
Dec 22: Oribe blowout cream and primer
Right, have I missed something with hair primer? I've had two now in this calendar and I'd never heard of it before. Anyway, I actually really liked this de-tangling primer to use before the blowout cream, it made my luggy mess much easier to brush. I wasn't overwhelmed with the blowdrying cream, but that might be because I'm still loving the balm that came earlier in the calendar.
Dec 24: Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Skin mask
I've heard nothing but good things about Charlotte Tilbury's skincare (her magic cream is divine, it's just a shame it costs more than my weekly rent) so I was suuuper excited when I opened up her clay mask. My skin's going through a rough time at the minute - lots of work, late nights and booze has really taken its toll - so I'm hoping this mask will sort me right out! After just one use my face felt much softer, and there seems to be plenty of product so I'm excited to see the results.
Dec 25: Le Labo shower gel and body cream
Honestly, I would've preferred the Charlotte Tilbury mask to be behind Christmas Day's door as I was expecting something super big after the Christmas Eve treat (not to sound spoilt, lol). I love the idea of avocado body cream and they are both lovely, to be fair, but I’m still in love with the vanilla marshmallow range from The Body Shop.
Dec 15: Senteurs D'Orient soap
Ooh, isn't a good soap just lush? This is jasmine scented and will be perfect for the bath, as it will definitely help me to relax. I'd love to take it back to uni with me to make my halls bathroom smell ~luxurious~ but I fear I may have used it all up by then!
Dec 17: Leonar Greyl shampoo
I'm loving all the haircare in this calendar, however I'm not loving my hair right now thanks to ahaircut gone wrong, you're lucky if you missed my breakdown on my IG stories. I’ve tried this shampoo a few times now and I really like it. Teamed with the blow dry balm from a few weeks, ago it leaves my hair looking lush!
Dec 18: Eyeko liquid eyeliner
I've never tried any Eyeko products and I'm not an eyeliner user, so I was intrigued when this was in my door 18. I haven’t tried this out yet, as the only time I’ve had the chance to wear makeup since has been to go to work (great, right). I’ll give this a go for a night out soon!
Dec 19: Kat Burki intensive face cream
I love vitamin C creams, especially when I'm tired and my skin needs more love than usual. This cream definitely didn’t not disappoint! I adore the packaging and my skin feels great, too. It’s a little tacky, which I personally like but obviously that depends on your preference.
Dec 21: Erno Laszlo night cream
The chilly weather and working outside at night leaves my skin feeling horrible. Luckily, this night cream works wonders. My skin felt noticeably softer after my first use and not to mention that the tub is huge, which makes up for the crappy size of the Legology sample!
I love this so much that I've decided to use it once a week to salvage it. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I actually think it's worth the £100 price tag - not that I can afford that!
Once again, I'm super impressed with this advent calendar. I can't wait to see what the treat on Christmas Day will be! Have a wonderful Christmas and I'll catch up with you in my next post.
Dec 8: Illamasqua Contour Gel Stick
I'll let you in on a secret, I can't contour to save my life. I've always had a sort of 'fear' of contouring badly and looking like an idiot, but when I swatched this contour stick and saw it wasn't too heavily pigmented nor too dark (it looks way darker on the stick than on my skin) I thought I'd give it a go.
It turns out I have cheekbones!! I wasn't expecting to turn into Angelina Jolie as my cheeks have always been a lil' chubby, but I was very pleased with how the contour stick worked. I'll definitely be using it when I go out.
Dec 9: Chantecaille Eye Recovery Mask
I love a good eye mask, especially when they're well-rated! I've actually brought this home with me to use after my horrific shifts over the Christmas period, so keep an eye out on my Instagram for my thoughts. My undereyes always need some love!
Also, how lush is this packaging?!
Dec 12: Philip Kingsley elasticizer
Honestly, when I opened door number 12 and saw this I was genuinely confused. Is it a skincare product, or what? Nope. This is essentially a 'primer' for your hair to put on before you shampoo. It sure does smell good and is used to make your hair super shiny, which is something I could use some help with. I've used this twice so far and I'm honestly surprised to say that I really like it. Still not sure what it does, but I like it anyway...
Dec 13: Brow Food brow gel
I breathed a sigh of relief when I opened this, it's saved me from buying a new brow gel! I get through brow gel like there's no tomorrow so I was soooo excited to try this - and I loved it! Thanks to my fringe (that needs a cut so bad, I could cry) you can't actually see my brows, but this gel gives my eyebrows such a good shape and it smells amazing - not something you necessarily need in an eyebrow gel, but it's a nice touch.
I also love the wand, which is something I'm very fussy about so that's an added bonus. This will definitely become an everyday item.
Dec 14: Dr Barbara Sturm face cream
I love a good face cream and this did not disappoint. I've only used this once, but I already know that I love it. It's rich and moisturising without being too heavy and my skin felt so soft after using it - I literally saw instant results in terms of hydration. I know this will be a lifesaver for when my skin goes dry, which will inevitably be sometime soon.
I don't want to become too attached to this, though, as a full-sized product is £132. Do you know how much that hurts me?! No wonder it's so good!
Beauty advent calendars have become increasingly popular over the past few years and I honestly love them. Who doesn't love opening a new beauty product every day? With my birthday being so close to Christmas, my mum got me Net-A-Porter's beauty advent calendar as a gift knowing that I would adore it (she wasn't wrong!). Here's what I got in the first week.
Dec 2: Sachajuan Hair Mask
If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I do little self care nights every Friday and I always deep condition my hair, so this hair mask was a blessing for me considering I usually just use conditioner. Once again, it smells divine and my hair felt so soft after I used it. My only issue was it was super tough to get out of the bottle with wet hands after a shower, as the bottle's really sturdy - both a blessing and a curse.
Dec 3: Marc Jacobs Lipstick
Can you imagine my excitement when an actual Marc Jacobs lipstick was in here?! And a NUDE?!! I felt like I'd arrived in heaven on the morning of December 3rd. It's a super flattering colour and is a little darker than what I usually go for which is perfect for the winter months (shade 'No Angel'), and it lasted all day when I wore it.
Dec 6: Goldfaden Brightening Elixir
I love brightening products, probably because my skin is insanely dull. I haven't given this a go yet because my skin's pretty sensitive and I don't want to overdo it with the new products, but again I'll be talking about it on my Insta stories.
Is it just me who associates Christmastime with red lipstick? I hope not, otherwise this post will fall very flat. Anyway, before I go off on one, here's the best red lippy for that perfect Christmas pout.
Lime Crime Wet Cherry lipgloss in Maraschino Cherry
This lipstick speaks for itself, it's a gorgeous glossy red that is surprisingly creamy and transfer proof. It doesn't feel like a gloss but it's not as heavy as a lipstick (if that makes any sense at all), which I really like. It also gives off huge Cheryl Blossom vibes, in case you wanted me to give you an extra reason to buy it. I've been searching for a red gloss for too long now and finally I've found the perfect one.
Welcome to my second Christmas gift guide of 2018, this time it's all things beauty! I love the beauty industry this time of year, everything is packaged so beautifully and Christmas-themed...so, here are some great seasonal pressies.
Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb highlighter
Soph's putting Fenty in another beauty post...are you really that shocked?
This highlighter is effing beautiful and just look at that packaging! It's rare that a highlighter excites me, but I'm already considering grabbing a backup of this as I believe it's limited edition. Any beauty lover in your life will need this stunner.
Enough from me though, this speaks for itself.
Too Faced Gingerbread Spice palette
I get so excited every time Too Faced release a new palette because they're just so good. The Gingerbread palette screams 'festive' - and it smells festive too, which is a beautiful bonus. The colour scheme is ideal for those holiday celebrations...and this is dying to be worn on New Year's Eve!
What's on your beauty Christmas list? Who knows, maybe Santa will treat you to one of these goodies!
As always, thank you for reading! I was thinking of doing a drugstore version of this, so let me know if you think that would be a nice idea.
Face Masks Galore
Now that I'm a student with significantly less money than I used to have, being gifted a shower gel was highly appreciated. There's not much I can really say about this body wash other than it smells bloody incredible, like that perfectly fresh rose scent. It also leaves my bathroom smelling delicious, too, which is always a bonus.
Disclaimer: While I was gifted these products for the sake of a blog post and contains affiliate links, all of the words and views are my own. I love Anatomicals as a brand, from their punny product names to the passive aggressive threats on their packaging about recycling, so a big thank you to them for sending me these products and I can't wait to try some other bits that they sell!
As always, thank you for reading. Are there any skincare goodies you think I should try? Let me know.
Subscription boxes are such fun (and cheap) ways of trying new products without having to dish out a fortune. Birchbox recently reached out to me and asked if they could send me a box for me to try out and write about, so obviously I couldn't resist some new goodies! August's box was a collaboration with Etsy, so my box was designed by Holly Maguire (@hollymaguireuk) and it came with a little leaflet telling me about everything that was in my box.
CLE Melting Lip Powder in 'Red Cherry'
I was soooo excited to see this, as I'm really interested in powder products for your lips. I was a bit apprehensive about the colour at first because bright lips really aren't for me, but the lip powder is only meant to be a tint and once I tried it on I fell in love! It's really wearable and the red definitely compliments my skin tone. My only issue is that the tube is a little messy when you remove the applicator, so be careful!
Rituals Foaming Shower Gel
I love Rituals, so I was over the moon to see this in my Birchbox! It smells amazing and I'm never left disappointed with Rituals' products, so I already knew what I was going to get. I definitely smelled fresh after using this and my lemon shampoo from Lush!
A big thank you to Birchbox for sending me August's box for me to try out. Do you guys subscribe to any monthly boxes? Let me know!
I recently started a new beauty series on my blog of my die hard beauty products, my first post told you all about my favourite drugstore items. Today I want to share my favourite products with you that I use for those 'no makeup makeup' days (which I have quite a lot).
Anastasia Beverly Hills has become famous for its brow products and amazing eyeshadow palettes; I was a die hard dip brow user until I picked up the brow definer in New York. I'll honestly never look back! The brow definer is so easy to use and I can just run it through my brows once for a more natural brow (which I go for) or I can properly fill my brows in using it. What I love is that it doesn't actually look like there's any product on.
I love no makeup makeup, so please let me know your favourite products! I hope you enjoy my recommendations.
I haven't written a beauty post on here in way too long (considering I started out as a beauty blog), so I thought I'd get back into the swing of things by starting a little series about my ride or die products and things that I've gone back to time and time again. I always like trying new things and I have a pretty extensive beauty collection, but I know that these products work amazingly for me. I hope you enjoy! First up are my favourite wallet friendly products.
In a most recent personal post, I wrote about how a lot of my makeup is high-end while I don't spend a lot on my skincare. Well, here are two products that are great for your wallet, are cruelty free and they work!
First up is the famous Conceal and Define concealer by Makeup Revolution - I honestly don't think I could live without it now and it's so cheap at only £4! I use the shades C1 through to C4, depending on whether I'm tanned or not and I've already used at least two bottles of each.
Not only does this concealer make my skin look amazing, it lasts forever without going oily/cakey and has a pretty extensive shade range. I really want to try out Revolution's new foundations now because of how much I loved this concealer. Leave a comment if there are any other cheap base products you would recommend - I'm really wanting to try new, more budget friendly products!
Next, it's Superdrug's glycolic toner (far left) from their Naturally Radiant range. Some parts of my skin are very oily and prone to breakouts while other parts are dry and flaky and I find that this toner works wonders for my skin. The 'Naturally Radiant' range really does what is says on the tin! It retails for £5.99 for 100ml so isn't super cheap but I honestly couldn't live without it. All I would say is that if your skin is sensitive, this isn't for you as it is quite harsh.
Thank you for taking a peek at this post, what are your budget friendly faves? Let me know!
Makeup Revolution's (now just 'Revolution') new 'Conceal and Define' concealers have swept the globe, from being tagged the cheapest dupe for Tarte's Shape Tape to the best concealer ever...Being the addict that I am, I've been dying to get my hands on these concealers since they dropped except I've been really trying to save money and I bought a sparkling new concealer the week before MUR announced theirs. Obviously, though, a recent trip to Superdrug meant I had no choice but to buy these concealers (I had plenty of choice, just no self control).
So, let's get into it!! I bought these concealers from Superdrug for £4 each, I think the only other place you can get them in the UK is the TAM Beauty website but please correct me if I'm wrong. Annoyingly, my local Superdrug isn't very big and there wasn't a mirror nearby so I had to test the concealers on my hand and try to envision them with my foundation; because I wasn't certain I bought the shades C3 and C4, hoping that they would work as my actual shade and a highlight shade.
Here's a quick pic of the two concealers and the applicator which is nice and big (as you can see).
The colour check
Pretty much as soon as I got home, I swiped on a bit of my foundation (ABH stick foundation in Warm Ivory) and compared it to the two concealers I bought. C4 looked a little darker than my foundation and C3 looked to be a great highlight shade without looking super light. I quickly blended C4 and my foundation together to see if they went well and C4 actually blended in to be a pretty good match.
The left photo is without flash and the right photo is with, the concealer closest to my foundation is C4. Sorry about the spots on my chin, stress seems to be getting the better of my skin!
The Wear TEST
I rarely wear a full face of makeup from day-to-day, mainly because I find it so time consuming. When I do wear makeup, though, I usually want it to last for a long time so I thought the perfect time to test the longevity of these concealers was a uni day I was going to - I left the house at 9am and wasn't going to be home until 7pm, I ended up going for a meal after I got home so I had the concealers on until around 9:30pm.
After trying C4 on my face on its own, I decided it looked a little too dark for me (it will be the perfect shade for me in the summer) so I mixed it together with C3 and it was a much better match. C3 on its own was a great highlight shade but I'm yet to test it out with my foundation (I can add pictures once I've done that). I personally prefer using brushes to blend out my makeup instead of beauty sponges so I haven't tested these out with my sponge yet but they blended out lovely with my Spectrum kabuki brush. I loved how the concealers looked after application, but they did crease a bit under my eyes.
Here's what it looked like at the start of the day! I loved how my blush at highlight worked with the concealers and they made my skin look glowy and radiant without seeming oily. Just look at that highlighter!!
The next time I had the opportunity to take a picture was at around 7pm, when I got in from the uni day I'd been to. I didn't touch up all day and only used an oil blotting pad once. I have to say, I did start to feel how oily my skin was getting (oily skinned people will understand that) and a heck of a lot of oil was soaked up by the blotting paper but the makeup itself didn't seemed to have budged much. This isn't a great photo and my hair's a complete mess, but hopefully you can see how oily around my nose was starting to look - I do think the makeup still looks good, though.
The third and final time I checked up on my makeup was at 9:30pm, when I got home and was about to take it off. At this point my skin actually looks a lot oilier than it felt. I was absolutely shattered at this point so I'm aware I don't look my best. You can see where my skin started to look really oily which was mainly around my T-zone and it had started to come off on my nose quite a bit (which usually happens with any makeup) but overall I think it lasted very well.
All in all, I absolutely loved these concealers. Despite being a little oily as time went on, I loved how they looked and it's nothing a blotting paper or powder can't fix. They stayed on amazingly well - remember that I didn't touch up at all all day - and were beautiful to apply. I think the only thing I'd say is to colour test, I'm going to order C2 once it's back in stock on the Superdrug site so that I can have a lighter shade too as I think C3 is a pretty good match to my skin. Overall, though, the Revolution concealers have absolutely blown my mind, especially for only £4 each! I'd absolutely recommend you run to your nearest stockist and get yourself one (or 100!)
As always, thank you for reading and I hope you found this useful.
I can't believe April has come and gone so fast, which only means that my exams are getting nearer and nearer. As a completely worthwhile distraction from revision I noted down all of my favourites from this sun (and rain) filled month - here are my April faves.
PS - Because I've been loving the same sort of 'look' this month, I've bundled some products by their type instead of talking about them individually.
It's something about the sun that makes me want to look lit from within, so I've ditched the powders all month and it's been liquid highlighters all the way. I've loved this Revolution one that's only £5 (!!) and also the Fenty Body Lava in 'Who Needs Clothes?!' has really been making me glow all over - let me know if you'd like a review on that, by the way.
Shock, the Fenty Glossbomb has made it into my monthly faves again. I just love it so much, I can't help but throw it on almost everyday. I've also been loving my Kylie x KKW lip cremes, which give me a glossy nude lip, and the Too Faced Lip Injection which I bought earlier this month.
The Body Shop - Blush
I've always been an avid user of my Zoeva Nude Spectrum palette when it comes to blush, but I recently tried out The Body Shop's blusher in shade 01 and I haven't stopped using it since. It's the perfect peachy nude for the sort of weather we've been having and I've been liking a healthier look compared to my usual, subtle blusher.
Too Faced - Hangover Primer
I'm super late to the party with this primer, but I recently bought Too Faced's collaboration with Beauty Blender to get me some cheap goodies and I have absolutely loved the mini version of this primer. I'm almost out so I'll be ordering a full sized one soon. It makes my skin feel so hydrated without allowing any oil to build up. It's so glowy!
Rimmel - sUN shimmer Lotion
I received this tanning moisturiser from Influenster earlier this month, and I'm almost out of it! I'm very pale so find that fake tans never seem to look right on me, but this lotion gives me such a natural tan and a big confidence boost!
So there are all my favourite beauty products for the month! I've actually bought a lot of new makeup recently so hopefully May's favourites and any other beauty posts will be full of new bits!
Instant Tan Matte - £6.99
This instant tanner comes in gel form and supposedly does what it says on the tin, it is meant to give you an instant, tanned glow that lasts up to 24 hours. My shade, light, is meant to create a 'natural sun kissed look' which is just what I need! On the tube, it also says that the tanner is water and transfer resistant, yet can be washed off "easily" with soap and water. This tanner would be perfect for me for a night out, so I'll use it for a day or evening out and write a review afterwards! I must say, I'm a little sceptical with it being 'water resistant' when it says it can be washed off with soap and water. I do think the 'quick tan' is a good idea though, as I always want a nice glow when I go out but don't want all the hassle!
The tube says that the tan can be used on the body and face, however is does say that the tanner doesn't contain any sunscreen, so be sure to use your everyday SPF as well!
Self Tan Mousse - £7.99
Rimmel claim that this self tanner is a 'lightweight velvety mousse that develops in an hour and lasts up to 7 days', the bottle also says that the tan is meant to dry within 2 minutes and leaves you feeling comfortable and moisturised with no residue. It also says that the tan is transfer resistant and doesn't stain clothes, but can be removed with soap and water. On picking up the bottle, the tanner feels quite watery but the instructions do say to shake it well before use so I'm not sure if the consistency will change at all after that.
Like the instant tanner, Rimmel warns that this mousse doesn't contain any SPF and also advises you to exfoliate before use
Self Tan Lotion with Chia OIl
I actually couldn't find the price for this product, so it may be super duper new! I actually love the idea of a tanning moisturiser and this one promises to give an "all year round tan". The tube doesn't say a whole lot about this moisturiser, but it does say that it is transfer and water resistant and has a 'refreshing scent' (I can confirm that it smells beautiful). I can't wait to try this one out!
So, there are my little goodies courtesy of Influenster! I'll be reviewing these bit by bit, whenever I need to use one of them - I think the moisturiser will be the first thing I'll review as it's so easy to use, so watch this space! As always, thank you for reading.
Disclaimer: These products were sent to me in an exchange for an honest review.
I always love reading blog posts and watching YouTube vids on monthly favourites, so I thought I'd give it a swing myself. I've been really trying to save money this year (please, don't ask me how that's been going) so some of these products might not actually be 'new new', but I've been absolutely loving them this month.
ABH Soft Glam Palette
I bought this palette on the day it launched in Feb and after using it once, I haven't used any other palette since. ABH shadows are the best I own, in my opinion, and the Soft Glam palette seems to have a bit of everything in it. All of the colours tick the boxes for me and I've been playing with different looks using the palette non-stop. I just can't get enough!
Revolution Conceal and Define concealers
I know, these concealers have been out for a while but I finally caved and bought them at the start of this month. I've got a review coming up soon, but I'll give a spoiler now and say that I love these concealers (along with everyone else on the planet)! I love them so much that I've already ordered two more and put my other concealers up for sale on Depop - I'm completely converted and haven't stopped using these since I bought them.
Fenty Beauty Glossbomb
I've had Fenty Beauty's gloss since November, but this month I've been really loving a glossy lip and dewy skin look so I haven't stopped using the Glossbomb. I think it's super cheap, too, and I know I'll be using this non-stop in the summer when I love having a healthy, glowing lip look.
Neutrogena Water Gel Moisturiser
My skin has been an absolute nightmare at the moment, I have spots all over my chin and I have a super oily t-zone then small patches of extreme dryness. I picked up the Neutrogena Hydro Boost gel moisturiser up on a whim because it was on offer and I've been absolutely living for it. I read somewhere that gel moisturisers are better for oily skin and while it's been great at keeping my oils under control, it's got rid of virtually all of my dryness. I think it would be a great primer, too, as it has a slight tackiness to it after I've applied it, but I haven't tried that yet so can't promise anything.
So, there are my March favourites! Obviously, I use other products but these are the ones that have stood out to me this month. I think I'm going to try and do a "favourites" post every month (if my budget permits!) so let me know what you think and what your favourites are so I can try those out, too!
First Impressions and Review
The Soft Glam palette by ABH has been out for a while now, and I actually got it on the day of its release (14th Feb). I took a break from blogging for a while - there will be a post already up about this or on its way up by the time this post goes up - so I haven't touched my palette until I felt motivated enough to write a review, and to do my makeup. If you just want to look at the swatches and the look I did, feel free to quickly scroll because this will be a long post...So, let's get into it!
I ordered the Soft Glam palette on Wednesday 14th from the ABH UK website and it got to me on the 16th (or the 17th, but I'm pretty certain). It cost me £43 with no extra cost for shipping, which is the same price as the other current ABH palettes - when I got my Modern Renaissance palette it was back in the good old days when it was £41 but I'd gladly pay the extra £2.
I instantly knew I wanted the Soft Glam palette when it was leaked online and then confirmed by ABH on their Instagram. I haven't been inspired at all by their last two palettes, despite being one of my favourite brands, but just knew instantly that I needed this in my life. The colour scheme just spoke to me and is nothing like any other palette I own. If you're a regular reader of my blog you'll know me and darker shadows don't always get on, thanks to my eye and skin colours, so I was going out on a whim getting such a dark palette for myself.
Here's some quick pictures of the palette, if you haven't seen it yet. I took these in natural daylight, but did take the picture on the right using the flash just in case it made any difference to what the palette looked like (which I don't think it does).
Here's the top row of the palette, straight from right to left as you would look at it. The shade 'Tempera', which pretty much blends into my arm, was in the Modern Renaissance palette and was one of the doubles used in the Soft Glam. 'Bronze' swatched a little chunky, as you can see below, but I'm hoping that won't affect the use with brushes. I also live for the shade 'Mulberry', it's so rich and pigmented. The right photo is with flash, by the way.
From top to bottom: Tempera, Glistening, Orange Soda, Rose Pink, Sultry, Bronze and Mulberry.
And here's the bottom row! I must say I think the bottom row seems to look more cohesive, but obviously that doesn't have an impact on the whole palette. 'Dusty Rose' seemed to swatch quite patchy, but that may just be because I swatched it so high up my wrist - and looking at the pictures, it doesn't look that bad. I was blown away with 'Noir', it was literally pitch black (and also didn't fully come off my arm for about three days). 'Burnt Orange' and 'Cyprus Umber' are the other two shades that were doubled from the MR palette. Once again, the picture on the right was taken with the flash.
From top to bottom: Dusty Rose, Fairy, Burnt Orange, Sienna, Rustic, Cyprus Umber, Noir.
All swatches felt super smooth and buttery, almost creamy. I loved the formula of the MR palette so was hoping they'd be the same, and I wasn't disappointed so far!
A Quick Look...
Just a warning, if you're not interested in all the details and want to just see the look and my final thoughts then scroll down to the images to see how I did.
First, I primed my lids with Urban Decay's primer potion in 'Sin' and put the Naked concealer in 'Fair Neutral' on my brow bone. I then used a Real Techniques deluxe crease brush and set the products with 'Tempera'. I think 'Tempera' is more of a satin shade in this palette than it is in MR (it's quite metallic) but that might just be my opinion.
I used 'Orange Soda' as a transition shade in my crease because I find orange/yellow shadows compliment my eyes well, so I wanted those tones there somewhere. I found this shade to be must more yellow than the swatch but I used a blending brush (Spectrum B06) to apply the shadow so it may not have picked up as much of the product.
I used the same B06 brush to deepen my crease using 'Burnt Orange'. These colours blended together gorgeously and I loved how they went together, I'd definitely use these for a day to day look in the summer.
'Sienna' was then used to deepen the crease further and I applied it to my outer corner too, I applied it with a Spectrum B04 brush and blended it out with the same B06.
I had to include 'Mulberry' because I loved it so much when I swatched it. I popped it on my outer corner with a clean B06 brush (I have two because it's such a great brush to use, if you don't have one then you need one!!)
I then blended everything together quickly with a clean Morphe G17.
This is the look so far before I blended it all out with my G17.
I wasn't that impressed with my swatch of 'Dusty Rose' so I wanted to incorporate it into my look somewhere to see if it could redeem itself. I used a Real Techniques base shadow brush to apply it lightly over 'Mulberry' and about halfway across my eyelid. I blended this again with my G17.
I loved the swatch of 'Rose Pink' so I wanted to use it for my shimmer shade. I used an unbranded flat brush and first went in on the inner half of my eye without wetting the brush. I didn't seem to get the 'bam' I wanted so I then used some Mac Fix+ to get that extra effect. It did come off a little chunky after using Fix+.
'Noir' swatched so amazingly that I wanted to use it as a liner, something I rarely do. I used a Mac 266 (or 766, the number has rubbed off) to apply the shadow then I softly blended it with a B06.
I put 'Rose Pink' on the inner half of my lower lash line and 'Noir' on the outer half, just to bring the whole look together. I also put 'Glistening' in my inner corner with an unbranded, small, tapered fluffy brush. 'Glistening' was an absolutely stunning colour!
I'll list all the other products I used at the bottom of this post, if anyone is interested.
I actually loved the Soft Glam palette more than I thought I would. I'll definitely need to keep playing with it to get a complete opinion, but on first use I really liked it. The colours blended together so easily and I found the colour scheme didn't clash with my eyes as much as I thought it would - I think next time I use it I'll put more orange colours down first, though.
The formula was pretty much the same as the Modern Renaissance palette, which is a plus. I can't compare it to Subculture or Prism because I don't have those palettes, but from what I've heard it seems like ABH have been listening to their customers. In terms of fallout, there's the same amount as the MR. I did try to not dust any away while I was working with the palette so I could take a picture afterwards, but I subconsciously blew on it after using 'Rose Pink'.
Speaking of 'Rose Pink' after I'd sprayed it with Fix+ it became very chunky, which made it quite tough to work with.
Once I'd finished with my look, I noticed a little chunk of 'Rose Pink' that had made its way into 'Orange Soda' so I took a picture for reference.
My final thoughts on the Soft Glam palette are that it's great value for money if these are the sorts of colours you're into. I have a lot of different eyeshadows and palettes and I think that my ABH shadows are easily the best ones I own. I think the colours are very wearable in the sense that there are daytime shades ('Orange Soda') and evening shades ('Mulberry') so this palette will treat you kindly in terms of versatility. It's the perfect palette for bridal looks, so wedding MUAs would love this. It's also great for anyone who loves sultry, smokey glam (hence the name).
I hope you guys enjoyed this lengthy post and it was somewhat useful for you! I'd love for you to leave me a comment saying absolutely anything, just something to brighten up my day. I'll hopefully be back to regular posting soon!
I wanted to have an ABH theme for this look, I promise I'm not sponsored!
Brows - ABH dipbrow pomade in Medium Brown, Charlotte Tilbury clear Legendary Brow Gel
Lashes - Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara
Base - Urban Decay Self-Adjusting primer, Benefit Porefessional, ABH stick foundation in Warm Ivory, UD Naked concealer in Fair Neutral, Fenty Beauty Invisimatte powder
Blush - Zoeva Nude Spectrum palette, shade ND010
Highlight - ABH Sundipped glow kit in Moonstone
Lip - ABH liquid lipstick in Pure Hollywood
We've all been there, absolutely desperate to get your hands on a beauty product only to get it and realise it doesn't work for you. I'm lucky in the sense that this is quite a rarity for me, but, even so, there are still items I own that I wish I hadn't had purchased...
Quick disclaimer: While these products haven't worked for me, I will probably still love their brand and it doesn't mean they won't work for you!
Too Faced - White Chocolate Bar Palette
I am kicking myself for putting this palette on this list because I love Too Faced as a brand (it's up there in my top 3) and I was completely in love with their White Chocolate palette when it came out. I have the Sweet Peach palette and it's my favourite palette that I own, so I was expecting great things from this. I just don't find any inspiration from the colour scheme and I find the shades too cool toned for me - I also find the shadows have a lot of fallout (pictured below) but aren't that pigmented. A plus side is that it smells absolutely AMAZING! I'm not going to get rid of this palette any time soon, though, because I've only had it about 6 weeks so I'm going to keep persevering because I reaaallly want to love it.
KYLIE COSMETICS - KKW COllection
I was dying for the KKW Collection when it first came out, to the point that I stayed up all night to get it on its first release. The packaging is adorable and I love the colours, but when they arrived I only really used two of them, so gave my cousin one (Kim) and kept the other three. Kimberly is absolutely my favourite. I like their formula but it doesn't have a great staying power and I find them to be quite streaky when they're being applied. Reapplying isn't a huge issue for me when I'm at college, but when I'm spending all day/night at work, I want something that stays down! I think I'd buy the colours I use again - which, sadly, isn't actually an option - but I regret buying the collection as a whole (especially with the expensive delivery).
Jeffree STar Cosmetics - Velour lIQUID Lipstick in Chrysanthemum
I got Chrysanthemum at the same time as Redrum (which I love). The formula is great and it's lovely and pigmented, I just don't think the colour suits my lips. I'm quite pale, and I think the colour makes me look a bit washed out - I know some people like pale nude lips with pale skin, this is just my personal opinion. I occasionally reach for Chrysanthemum for eye looks, but in reality it's just sitting on my lipstick stand.
Mac - Warm Neutrals Palette
The colour scheme for this palette is lovely, but really doesn't suit my eye colour (I find browns don't go that well with my eyes) and I don't think the eyeshadow quality is that good. I also find the shadows really difficult to blend. I was surprised by this because everyone raves about Mac eyeshadows, but I have much better palettes and literally never reach for this.
(I actually gave this palette to my best friend a few days before uploading this post)
Urban Decay - 'Self Adjusting' Face Primer
I don't know whether I can really put this primer in here as I don't look at it and think "god, I wish I hadn't bought you", but it's going in anyway. I find this primer works great on my cheeks and forehead, but dreadfully on oily areas like my nose and chin, it just doesn't seem to stay put or last very long. I used this in the winter and it used to stick to my drier patches, but I've now got those under control so this is no longer an issue. I don't feel the need to get rid of this primer, but I have had to buy a mini Benefit Porefessional to use on the areas that this Urban Decay one doesn't work with. I do really like it when it works, so it's a shame that I won't be getting it again.
Maybelline - Age Rewind Eye concealer in 'Light'
This concealer is great, but the shade range is practically non-existent. 'Light' is too dark for me unless it's summertime, and it creases on my eyelids if I want to use it for an eyeshadow primer. If they had a better shade for me, I'd definitely get it (the brightener is too pink).
Charlotte Tilbury - Legendary Brows in 'clear'
I bought this brow gel at the start of the year because it was £5 cheaper than the ABH one I usually use and I've been trying to save some money. I just hate the tiny applicator (which I couldn't see on the website), it means I have to keep dunking it in to get more product and it takes loads longer than I think applying brow gel should. I will most definitely be going back to my trusty clear ABH gel once I've used this up.
I think that's everything! I know I say I regret buying these products, but if I don't like something I will usually sell it (unless it's unsanitary) so there will probably be a reason that they're still in my makeup collection! As well, like I said, I will probably love the brands and it doesn't mean these products won't work for you.
I think I have a pretty big (and definitely expensive!!) makeup collection, and I'm always wanting to add to it by trying out new products. I may want to try out new beauty items, but there will always be certain products that I will buy time and time again. Here are my current makeup holy grails...
Too Faced - Better Than sEX mASCARA
I'm currently on my second tube of Too Faced's award-winning mascara, and I have a mini version on standby. Honestly, there's a reason Better Than Sex is labelled the world's best mascara. It does literally everything I look for in a mascara (and I'm very fussy) - it is volumising, lengthening and the wand is easy to use, as well as having adorable packaging. It doesn't clump but I do find there's a bit of excess mascara on my lids after I've applied it, but that's because it makes my lashes so long! I absolutely love Better Than Sex and I'd go as far as saying it is my favourite makeup product that I own.
(I'm sorry my tube looks a mess, it's almost run out so has been well loved!)
Anastasia Beverly Hills - Modern Renaissance Palette
£43, Beauty Bay
ABH's Modern Renaissance quickly made itself a cult product and I think any eyeshadow collection is incomplete without it. The colour scheme is beautiful and the shadows are insanely pigmented and blendable. I always get the best compliments on my eye makeup when I use this palette.
Spectrum Collections - The Glam Clam
£60, Spectrum Site
I absolutely swear by Spectrum Collection brushes, but their Glam Clam is my favourite because of how pretty it is. The brushes come in an adorable case and they are STUNNING. They're an amazing quality and I've had them over a year now with no signs of wear (they are slightly stained, but that's expected). Spectrum brushes are 100% vegan, too!
Fenty Beauty - Glossbomb lipgloss
£16, Harvey Nichols
I'm not sponsored by Fenty, I promise. The Fenty gloss is honestly just something else. The applicator is great, the gloss makes my lips look luscious and wearing it gives me the biggest confidence boost. It's fairly long lasting, but you will need to top up throughout the day. It's great value for money and smells amazing, too!
Kylie Cosmetics - KOKO K
$17 (£13 at time of writing this post, but I don't know the brand's rates), Kylie Cosmetics
I just adore the colour of Koko K and how well it suits my skin tone (it's my all time favourite nude), I'm currently on my second tube and I'm planning on restocking when I can. The formula of Kylie Cosmetics liquid lipsticks is quite drying, but I don't seem to have issues if I pop some Vaseline on before application. It. Does. Not. Budge. I can have it on absolutely all day without needing to touch up and I absolutely adore its scent! The downside is the shipping/taxes etc that everyone in the UK/international struggles with with Kylie's brand, but I'm heading to New York in the Summer so I'm hoping my tube can hold out until then. Also, Kylie's lipsticks are cruelty free! Which is something I found out while researching for this post.
Well, there's my holy grail makeup items! I know they're all fairly "high end", but if I love something then I'm happy to spend the money on it. What are your favourite beauty bits? Drop a comment below to let me know and maybe give me some advice on what else you'd like to see from me!
Last week I received two 'Highliners' from Marc Jacobs Beauty. A quick disclaimer - I got them for free through an Influenster Voxbox, so I didn't actually pay for these products but that doesn't mean my review won't be honest! I was super excited to try these out as I'm a complete amateur when it comes to eyeliners, so I wanted to see how good they were for someone like me. I received two shades, Deja Blue and (Earth) Quake.
I absolutely fell in love with this bright blue as soon as I opened it. I'm starting to get into weirder and wilder colours when doing my makeup, so this definitely ticked that box. It was super creamy and easy to use, I wanted to use it in my waterline but it didn't seem to sit properly (maybe because it's so creamy) so I put it under my eyebrow to get a proper test of the product. Here's the final look! (By the way, an overall review of both products will be at the end).
I wasn't too sure about the earthy brown colour of (Earth)Quake due to my blue eyes, brown eyeshadows have never suited me. Istillgave it a go, though. The formula was exactly the same as Deja Blue, which shows the products are consistent. It was creamy and so easy to apply to my lash line. I applied it quite thick and then blended it out with a Spectrum A06 brush. I must say, I quite liked the final look but I probably won't use the colour that often purely because it doesn't suit my eye colour. I think it would be better suited to someone with brown eyes.
I'm aware it's not that visible, by the way. That's just how I like it!
These Highliners retail for £20 at John Lewis and I totally think they're worth that price. There's 0.5g of product in each and the pens have a little twisty thing at the bottom to give more product (described perfectly, I know) so that you don't have to carry a sharpener around with you. Both colours were intensely pigmented and were sooo creamy. The formulas were practically identical except for the fact the swatch of (Earth)Quake was way more difficult to take off, which isn't a huge issue. They're easy to blend and have great staying power once they're down, but you do have to work quick with the blending! I loved both products, but do think I'll be using Deja Blue more solely because it compliments my eye colour much more. However I won't be getting rid of (Earth)Quake as I think I could give it some deserved love. They've both got the approval from me, and another thanks to Influenster for sending them to me.
Another disclaimer..I've edited my skin in the above photos because I have no other makeup on so I wanted to smoothen it, but I haven't edited my eyes or the products in any way.
Anastasia Beverly Hills dipbrow pomade in Medium Brown
ABH Clear brow gel
Too Faced Better Than Sex (my holy grail makeup product!)
Too Faced Sweet Peach palette
Stila liquid eyeshadow in Sunset Cove
Violet Voss x Laura Lee palette
To follow on from my eyeshadow collection, here's my collection of lippys. They're mainly nudes (shock) but to me they're allll different. I'd just like to apologise in advance for my shocking swatches and that some of the glosses were really hard to swatch ~nicely~.
Mac - Velvet Teddy & Brave
Like I said in my last post, Mac products are tested on animals so after I've used these lipsticks up I won't be buying replacements. I love the colours of both these lipsticks and Velvet Teddy is a staple piece in any make up bag, thanks to Kylie Jenner. I find Velvet Teddy quite drying, but both have amazing staying power and are super pigmented.
Kat Von D -Lovecraft & Mercy
I got my 'Lovecraft' KVD lipstick for my 18th off a friend and I love it, it's super creamy and has a really long lasting power and it's such a gorgeous colour. The 'Mercy' lippy I got as a sample from Glamour Beauty Club and I find you have to build it up to get full coverage (it's quite streaky) and definitely isn't an everyday lipstick for me, but I like it all the same. Both of these lippys are a win for me!
Charlotte Tilbury - Pillowtalk
I was dying for 'Pillowtalk' by Charlotte Tilbury ever since it came out in February and finally treated myself to it in August on a shopping spree in London. The colour is gorgeous and the formula somehow makes my lips look fuller than they are. It's got quite a hefty price tag, but I genuinely think it's worth it as it's the perfect colour for any occasion.
Yves Saint Laurent - No. 4
I got the YSL lip tint-balm thing (I don't know its official name) on holiday in April when I was dying for it. I actually hardly use it and it's definitely a summer colour so won't be touched this time of year. It cost a fair amount, too, but it's lush for my dry lips to give them a pop of colour without being too 'in your face'.
Bobbi Brown - Hibiscus & Petal 3
I've had these two Bobbi Brown products for what feels like an eternity. I love 'Hibiscus', a pinky sheer tone lippy that is the perfect everyday summer shade. I'm not overly keen on the gloss, though. I adore the colour but I find it way too sticky so I literally never reach for it.
I have a collection of drugstore lipsticks that I very rarely reach for but keep just in case. I don't use these colours as I find them too bright for my liking, I usually just go for nude shades. (By the way, sorry for the shocking swatch of the gloss).
The Body Shop - Shade 06
I got this lippy as a gift for my 18th and I love it. It's creamy, hydrating and the colour is perfect for everyday use. It lives in my college bag and it's even great for no makeup days because it adds a hint of colour to my lips.
Kylie Cosmetics - Koko K & KKW Collection
If you ask anyone who knows me well what my favourite lip colour is, they should say Koko K. I just adore everything about the colour, I like the formula, even if it is a little drying, and the liquid lipstick smells sooo good. I got the KKW Collection on its first release and love it, but I definitely use it more in the summertime. I gave one colour to my cousin as I didn't use it enough, but I definitely use the others. They're the perfect nude colours, the only downsides are that they're quite streaky and you have to reapply quite often.
Fenty Beauty - Gloss
Honestly, no lip gloss will ever top the Fenty one so every other brand should stop trying. It's smooth, lasts forever, isn't stick and makes my lips look incredible. I'm like a different person when I put it on, it makes me so confident. I got this as a gift of my gorgeous bestie for my birthday and will be restocking as soon as I run out. It's perfect for every occasion, I wear it to work, college and on nights out.
Jeffree Star - Redrum & Chrysanthemum
I'm not a huge fan of Jeffree Star (we all have our own opinions) but Redrum is the perfect red lipstick for me. I find it quite moisturising for my dry lips and when I say it stays on forever, I mean it. I like Chrysanthemum, too, but probably won't buy it again. It's way too pale for me and is just a weird colour for my lips, so I just use it for eyeshadow looks now.
So, there's my lipstick collection. Doing this post has made me realise that all of my lipsticks are pretty much the same colour, which is super embarrassing. Leave me a comment to let me know what you'd like to see next!
I love absolutely everything about makeup but I especially love eyeshadow. I try and do different 'looks' with each palette I own but they all tend to be fairly similar, just with different colours (which is embarrassing) and I'm really trying to use cruelty free makeup, so while there are some palettes on here that test on animals, once I've used them up I won't be replacing them.
Mac Warm Neutrals
I got the Mac Warm Neutrals palette as a gift a while ago.I adore the colour scheme and the way the colours are laid out makes it easy for beginners (which I was at the time, this was my first proper palette) to do different looks. The pigmentation isn't amazing however it's good enough and the colours are buildable, but my main issue with this palette is how difficult it is to blend the colours. I don't usually reach for this palette due to this but it's perfect for everyday, basic makeup looks.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance
I actually don't think I have a flaw for the ABH Modern Renaissance palette. The colours are super pigmented (there is some fallout but it's nothing drastic) and are so blendable, as well as being such a gorgeous colour scheme in general. I've had this palette for a while now and it's always my go-to for big days or nights out, it's too good (in my opinion) for everyday use and I will definitely be getting another one when I start to hit pan on mine.
I bought the Morphe 35O palette this summer because I was having a huge obsession with orange eyeshadow looks and everyone raved about this palette. The value for money is unbelievable and the colours are so pigmented and blendable. There's a little fallout but nothing to complain about. I don't tend to reach for the browns in this palette as I don't think many 'smokey' colours suit me because of my blue eyes, but I love the reds and oranges and they're so easy to use.
Violet Voss x Laura Lee
My wonderful best friend got me the Violet Voss x Laura Lee palette for my birthday last month so I haven't had a proper opportunity to play around with it yet, but from what I've used I can gladly say I love it. There's virtually no fallout and the colours are so easy to blend, the colours are quite 'out there' for me as well (I usually stick to the same colour scheme) so I can't wait to properly test it out and go for new colours.
Too Faced Sweet Peach
This palette holds a very special place in my heart and I'm not really sure why. It was the first palette I ever bought for myself and I use it a lot, but for some reason it's just my absolute favourite palette. The palette smells of peaches (obviously) and it is divine, there's no fallout at all and the shadows are by far the most blendable ones I own. The colours are super summery but I can also do a nudey-brown look with this palette too. I use the Sweet Peach palette for literally every occasion and it's definitely the palette I use the most, just because it's so easy and quick to use.
Too Faced White Chocolate
I bought the Too Faced White Chocolate palette less than a week ago so I've hardly had a chance to touch it, but I've been dying for it since its release and managed to nab it in the Too Faced store in London. It smells even better than the Sweet Peach palette (it honestly smells incredible) and I just fell in love with the colour scheme. It's so Christmassy and I love all the cool tones. From what I've tried, there's a fair amount of fallout with this palette but it's still super blendable like my other one. I can't wait for Christmas now so I can play with it even more!
So, that's my eyeshadow palette collection! I do have a few single shadows but I don't use them enough to write about. My lipstick collection will be up next so stay posted!
Kat Von D has been around for a while now and hit the UK via Debenhams sometime last December (I believe) however I've only just immersed myself into Kat's world - I got a lippy for my 18th - so when I got an email from Glamour Beauty Club offering me a free lipstick, the famous Tattoo Liner and her new perfumes, I couldn't say no! Glamour Beauty Club is a free scheme run by Glamour mag where they send you offers for freebies that you may be interested in, and all you have to do is say 'yes' and they're on their way to you...it really does seem too good to be true!
Mercy Studded Kiss Lipstick
The lipstick I got was in the shade 'Mercy', which is a dark purple-red with a hint of gold glitter in it. The colour is absolutely gorgeous and the mini sample was so cute. Unfortunately I found the lipstick was quite streaky when applying and it took a few layers for it to become totally opaque and even, but once it was on it looked stunning. I'm not sure it will be an everyday lipstick for me because I'm so pale so it's quite a statement but it will most definitely be used on nights out. There's 1.2g of product in this mini sample and in a full sized KVD lippy there's 3g, so you get a lot of product for free! I'm so glad I tried it out as it's definitely not a colour I'd usually go for due to being so dark, but I feel like I can learn to love it so much that I may need to buy a full sized one when this runs out.
So, just a quick (and embarrassing) disclaimer - I have never used an eyeliner in my life before trying this out. I've always used a darker eyeshadow to accentuate my eyes and blended it all together, so I am a total novice and will also be totally judging this eyeliner on how easy it is to use for a literal liner amateur. There's 0.2ml in this sample and a full sized product contains 0.55ml, so once again it's a good amount for a freebie. The tip of the liner is super thin and the pigment is amazing. I found the liner fairly easy to use but my unsteady hand meant it got a lot thicker than I wanted it to be, and I found the liner bled a little towards the outside of my eye. I wanted to keep this review as honest as possible so I haven't touched up or corrected the liner, so you can see how embarrassingly unsteady my hand is and how it bled a little.
I really like these samples and while I was sceptical about the lippy at first, I feel like I need to try and wear it more often as I stick to nudes far too much. The liner has also inspired me to give winged eyeliner looks a go as I've always been to scared of messing it up, but practice makes perfect and this was so easy to use. I definitely think I'll be buying the full sizes of both these products if I use them enough, and if my eyeliner skills improve!
Today I will be writing about the L'Oreal 'Pure-Clay Mask'. I have been using this product for a while and think it's now time to give my thoughts. Sorry the photos are so big, my laptop won't let me shrink them!
So, I've been using this mask for about six/seven weeks now. While these photos only show the instant effects of using it, my skin has cleared up massively. However, it hasn't given me that picture perfect, Instagram worthy skin, so if that's what you're looking for don't get your hopes up! I have always been quite self conscious of the blackheads on my nose and large pores around my T-zone and this mask tightens up my skin and clears away almost all of my blackheads, so it is perfect for me.
I use the L'Oreal Clay Mask twice a week (occasionally three times if my skin is extra bad) and apply it using a cheap powder brush from Superdrug. I leave it on for ten minutes (the box recommends 5-10 mins) and remove it using an old Liz Earle hot cloth and warm water. Once the mask is removed I use a toner (I have multiple) and then apply Nip+Fab Viper Venom Fix to where the mask has been in order to tighten up the skin.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this mask! I'd give it an 8/10 as I love it and it works perfectly for what I want, but it doesn't clear my skin up completely, so I can't give it the full 10! I should hopefully be reviewing a BeautyPie mascara that I received in a goodie bag next week, so keep your eyes peeled for that!