Current Beauty Favourites

Hello my lovelies,

So normally, I would do this monthly but as I had a little break I thought it would be worth rounding up my current favourites over the last few months and then I can get back into monthly favourites. So much has gone on in the past few months and how in the world are we now in October!? The months are going quicker and quicker  – the countdown to Christmas is well and truly on for me!

Estee Lauder – Bronze Goddess Powder in 03 Medium Deep see here

I brought this for myself over the summer, I had wanted this for a long time and I thought why the hell not treat myself! It’s pretty pricey but it’s such a lovely bronzer. It has such a big pan so you can swish your brush around like no mans business. It’s near enough matte which I much prefer, there are a few specs of glitters that catch my eye but nothing major I promise. I’m still using it even in the colder months I just love it. It’s the perfect colour for me – this I think is the nicest bronzer I have ever used and in my opinion well worth the investment!

Clinique – Take The Day Off Balm see here

I have had this collection for a little while and I wanted to spruce my cleansing routine up so I decided a balm was the way to go. This stuff is magical, it really does take everything off my face and I never feel like I have to double cleanse which is a winner in my book! What gives this cleanser a gold star is that it’s a miracle worker at getting the most toughest mascara off my lashes. There is nothing that this stuff can’t handle! I didn’t think I would love a balm as much as I do this once but I’m coming to the end of this and thinking I really need to pick another one of these up.. I’m converted!

Benefit – Precisely My Brow Pencil in Shade 4 see here

So if you have read my last post here or have read my blog for a while then you know I adore this product. For a long time I used this mainly for filling in the front of my brows only which worked wonders. However I wasn’t happy with the look of the rest of my brows so I decided to to use this baby all over and my oh my it’s a game changer. My eyebrows look so much better and I take a lot less time in the mornings getting ready. I just find it so easy to use and the pigmentation is amazing. Light hands is the way forward but really I struggle to go wrong with this pencil! Plus I do love this snazzy packaging people may think it’s a little OTT but for me it’s a winner.

MAC – Prep & Prime Fix+ see here

I don’t know how this has only come into my life this year. I picked this up at IMATS  and even then I was sceptical as to whether I would use it. I don’t really use setting sprays but I thought because so many people love this that I would give it a go. I just can’t stop using it. I spritz this every time I apply make up. It makes my face look a little less flat and matte but not so much that I look like an oily mess. I really feel like my make up lasts so much longer because of this. I am now sold with this and I am sure this will now be a staple item in my make up collection!

Rimmel – Lasting Finish Foundation in 200 Soft Beige see here

This is my new favourite drug store foundation. I had this in my collection for a while and rarely used it – not sure why. I then gave it a good go and used it for a couple of days and I just fell in love. Annoyingly when I fell in love with it, it was then empty and I had no idea so I had to rush out and buy another. I actually mentioned this little baby in my recent Empties Post. I just find that this is so easy to apply and I never have any issues with applications or the longevity of this. This is a little different for me as I am very much a matte foundation girl and this is more on the dewy finish. I have made it work for me though and I just powder, I just love the finish it gives. Seriously if you haven’t tried this foundation out you need to give it a go!

Too Faced – Melted Matte Lipstick in Queen B see here

I’m not really a pink lipped sort of girl and when I brought this last year I was like come on Alice lets be brave and try something new. It’s a beautiful pink/mauve shade and is something so different to anything I own. I have gone through phases or wearing this and at the moment I am obsessed and have been for a good solid couple of months now this is pretty much all I wear. It’s so comfortable on the lips and lasts a fairly long time, I keep meaning to pick up more colours of this as I really enjoy the formula. I also am in love with the name. Obviously I feel like a queen b whilst wearing this!

Huda Beauty – Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette see here

I really am obsessed with the palette. No doubt about it. It’s pretty much the only eye shadow I have been wearing for about 3 months now and it still looks like I haven’t really made a dent in the colours. Hands down this is well worth the investment because the pigmentation and the formula of these are incredible. I constantly wear these shades and although they look pretty crazy colours they are actually so wearable. I need to give my other palettes a bit of a chance but I can’t seem to put this one down. I have written a full review of this here if you would like a little bit more info.

Chanel – Natural Finished Pressed Powder in Translucent see here

So I’m not normally one to use expensive powders as personally I don’t think there is any need to. However I was gifted this a little while ago by my boyfriend and to be honest I was too scared to use it. Recently I was like, come on it needs to be used no matter what the price tag was. I’m sure I’m not the only one that uses more expensive make up for special occasions! I’m so glad I got using this because my oh my it’s pretty special. It’s so light on the face and never feels cakey. It sets my make up in place and I can’t tell you how good my skin looks. Effortlessly as well. I honestly think when I use this up I may have to repurchase another one. Sorry Rimmel I think I have found a new powder!

Let me know what your favourite products are at the moment and whether you have tried any of the products I have mentioned!

-A x

Empties #17

Hello my lovelies,

Another empties post, although I haven’t done one of these for a while I know another one will be coming very soon. I can go a week or so without using anything up and then all of a sudden I finish everything at once. As I have quite a few products in my basket I thought I’d ensure there is a mix of products in each post just so there is something for everyone.

Benefit – Precisely my Brow Pencil in Shade 4 see here

So if you have read my blog for a while you will know that I LOVE this brow pencil, I am obsessed. I mentioned it in my Top 3 Eyebrow Products and it is still there grabbing the top spot. Up until recently though I used this mainly to finish off my brows and ensure that the shape was right, now I use it for my whole brow with the use of no other products and I have fallen in love with it even more – I didn’t know this was even possible. It creates such a natural brow and I love the finish. I did mention in my recent Sephora Haul that I will be comparing the ABH Brow Whiz as I now have both so watch out for that!

Obviously I have already purchased this and to be honest I have gone through so many I don’t see myself stopping buying anything else anytime soon. Benefit’s brow range really is great, if you are unsure on what to go for, head to your local Benefit and they are more than happy to test the products out on you and find the right one for you.

Too Faced – Better than Sex Mascara see here

So, a lot of people love this and I mean really praise that it is an amazing mascara. It took me a long time to finally accept that I needed to try it out and I was lucky enough to receive two at once for my birthday last year. Now, don’t get me wrong it’s a good mascara but was I wowed by it? No. It gives volume and my lashes look nice but I find this very flaky and it is rather annoying. I think there are better mascaras out there that are around the same price point or actually lower. If you still want to try it, I would suggest buying a mini version to make sure you like it.

I still have another one of these to get through but it’s just not something I reach for very often. I just have better mascaras in my collection which I much prefer. I’m sorry to all you fans out there of this mascara but it just isn’t my favourite. I don’t think after I have got through my next tube I will be repurchasing.

Gariner – Fresh Radiance Boosting Scrub see here

At first, I didn’t think was my cup of tea. I like a scrub that is fairly thick, I just feel like it works with my skin better and also my skin can take it. However, I persevered because the scent is amazing. It is this beautiful orange citrus scent that really does make me want to use this. I’m so glad I carried on because I really enjoyed this and I think my skin did too. Although the scrub in finer it still works wonders on the skin and I feel like my skin looks a whole load brighter after using this.

By the end I was gutted that it was all gone as I would happily continue using it. I have a lot of exfoliators/scrubs in my collection so I will use some of those up first but I will keep an eye out for it when I’m shopping for a new exfoliator.

Rimmel – Lasting Finish Foundation in 200 Soft Beige see here

I think, currently this is one of my favourite drug store foundations. I was so annoyed as I went to use this and realised it has pretty much run out. I very quickly repurchased this as I just find if my skin is not playing ball I can pop this foundation on and I feel a lot more presentable to the world. This is different to a lot of my foundations with it not being matte. I am more oily than anything else but I don’t have any problems with this at all. The longevity of this is incredible and although I have tested the whole 25 hour claim I would say a solid 14 hours and it’s still battling on.

It has been a massive saviour in the summer with SPF 20 in it, it’s just one less layer of cream on my face and it has saved me I’m sure when it comes to not burning my face. I don’t see this foundation being talked about an awful lot in the blogging community but for me I flipping love it. Whether you have dry, normal or combination skin I think you can happily makes this work.

Lush – Snow Fairy Shower Gel see here

You may be thinking, hun this has only just been released again. Yes I know, but I stock up around Christmas time so I can use this all year round. I love it too much to just appreciate it for only a couple months of the year. It is a little pricey for a shower gel but it is so worth it. If you are into your sweeter scents then this right up your street. If you have never tired it though, seriously where have you been!? I won’t delve into my love for this too much because I could write pages and pages, yes I am addicted.

I believe I still have another bottle in my stocks to use but I am sure I will be stocking up now I know it has been released again and of course it will be going on my Christmas list so if you want to get me something this right here makes my life complete!

Herbal Essences – Hello Hydration Conditioner see here

I am a big lover of Herbal Essences. I have tired a lot of their different ranges and there aren’t many I don’t like. This I would say is my favourite as dry ends is something I really struggle with. It helps that it’s cheap and cheerful but it really is good for the price point. I notice the difference when I change to a different brand, my hair just doesn’t seem the same. I recently had a hair cut – I hadn’t had once for over a year, I know it’s bad. But with the hair cut and using this my hair is in great condition!

I have a few conditioners to use in my collection before I go out and buy something new but I always go back to this especially when it’s on offer which it quite often is, I just can’t refuse.

MAC – Velvet Teddy Lipstick see here

Sorry, how in the world did did these lipsticks creep up to £17.50!? If you are going to buy a lipstick MAC is the place to go however, wow they are getting expensive. This is a proud moment for me because this is the first lipstick I have EVER finished. I knew it was going to be this because the shade is just great. This is the shade that set off my love affair with brown toned lips, I barely wear anything other than brown now. This is a great lipstick and if you are still on the fence about it I would totally put it on your wish-list. Especially with a lip liner underneath it’s just a beautiful shade.

This the one product I will be keeping hold of for my back-to-MAC I just need one more product to then be able to pick up a free eye shadow or lipstick. If I am honest I think I will just get this little baby because I really miss it in my collection but I’m not convinced I want to pay £17.50 for it!

Nip + Fab Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix see here

Again if you have read any primer related posts from me you will know that this is currently my favourite primer, and to be honest I don’t see that changing any time soon. If you prefer a more silicone based primer then this is worth giving a go. I find that for my oily skin this works wonders and I am never left disappointed by it. You only need a little bit on your face and I really notice the difference when I don’t wear this. I have actually written a full review on this here so if you want to know more than this may help.

Of course I have already repurchased this and I will continue to for the foreseeable future. TK MAXX is a good place to pick up nip + fab a little cheaper than the drug store. Having said that drug stores always have offers on with nip + fab or 3 for 2 so it’s definitely worth looking into.

Primark – PS Oval Cotton Pads

Of course these are in here, they make an appearance near enough every empties post. These cotton pads really are the only ones I will use and I don’t see this changing anytime soon. Every time I pop into Primark I am always stocking up on these babies I mean for 90p you really can’t go wrong. They are a lot more durable than a lot of other cotton pads on the market. Seriously try them out for yourselves you won’t be disappointed!

Batiste – Dry Shampoo in Cherry see here

Last but by no means least, another regular empties product the holy grail hair product my dry shampoo. I honestly don’t know how I coped before using dry shampoo and in particular Batiste. It’s just incredible and to be honest I don’t need to try another dry shampoo because I know that this does the job. I can’t  just have one of these in my draws I always have to have another one as a back up in case I run out. What’s your favourite scent as I feel I just use the same two!

Congratulations if you made it to the end of the post! I didn’t realise how long this will be, but you all earn yourself a gold star. Let me know if you have tired any of these products and what your thoughts are on them. I’d love to know!

-A x

Must Have Beauty Tools

Hello my lovelies,

So this is a topic I don’t often speak about on my blog, I’m not sure why because make up tools are so important. I told myself this year that I would speak more about this topic and I thought I would talk about the tools I just simply can’t live without. When it comes to tools there are a few companies that I have been quite loyal to including: of Real Techniques and Zoeva. For me they are affordable and pretty impressive. I have been delving into the world Spectrum and I have been quickly falling in love them. I do have other brands but really most of my brushes lie with those three brands.

I can’t stress how important having good brushes and tools are when applying make up. I’m not saying you should invest £100’s in brushes but just a few key tools will stand you in good stead. Make Up will never look flawless without the right tools!

Spectrum – A00 Brush see here

So annoyingly you can only pick this up a set but their sets are really good value for money. This works out to around £8 which for me is actually a bit of a bargain. Now, I use this for powder, and I love the density of this. It’s not too flimsy but it manages to apply powder with ease on the face whether this it is pressed or loose. I love the finish it gives me, and to be honest can we all appreciate how blooming gorgeous it is!?

Real Techniques – Contour Brush see here

Annoyingly this you can also only buy in a set – why do they do this!? To be honest Real Technique brushes were the first brushes I brought and they are still a hit with so many people now. The contour brush I do actually use for contouring, I find it the perfect shape to get into the hollows of my cheeks. It just seems to do all the work for me as I am awful at contouring but with this brush I just let the brush do it’s thing and actually it always looks decent – what more could you want?

Real Techniques – Setting Brush see here

This brush is amazing. I was really struggling to find the right brush for me with regards to highlight. Nothing did the job until I used this bad boy. I originally used this for powder under the eyes which was great but then I saw someone use this for highlight and it changed everything. It is the perfect shape for all of your highlighting needs and it is the only brush I will use. Luckily you can buy this individually and to be honest it’s well worth the money!

Zoeva – 317 Wing Liner Brush see here

I actually have a couple of these brushes in my collection as they work so well for brow application. I have so many different brushes in this shape but nothing seems to compare to this little baby. I find a lot of eyebrow brushes very stiff which makes it difficult to create a nice shape, this is fairly flexible which allows the movement to create the shape you need for the perfect brow. Again, so affordable and Zoeva have such a wide selection of brushes in different designs.

Crown Brush – C510 Pro Oval Shader Brush see here

I find this type of brush so hard to get hold of and for whatever reason brands just don’t believe this is an essential – but for me it definitely is. How are you meant to apply glitters or the main shadow on your lid? This little baby is perfect for both, I use it literally every day and to be honest I think I have around 4 of the same brush. To be honest I normally buy these from IMATS where you get a discount but £6 for this brush is amazing in my eyes – complete life saver.

Real Techniques – Powder Brush see here

So I don’t actually use this for setting powder in fact I use this for bronzer. I’m not to careful with application of bronzer, and this is the perfect brush to evenly distribute the powder. As it has so many hairs it effortlessly runs over my face creating a flawless, even base. I don’t to be honest have any other bronzing brush so I heavily rely on this little baby to see me through.

Zoeva – 114 Luxe Face Focus Brush see here

Another beautiful looking brush! I love the rose golden collection from Zoeva, they all look so damn pretty. So I use this brush for powdering under the eyes and setting my concealer into place. For me a large powder brush just doesn’t do the trick and it needs to be smaller and a little dainty when it comes to the eye area. In comes this brush, it is the perfect size and it is so damn soft! This brush is pretty versatile and I am sure you could use it for other things like highlight but I keep to one use per brush.

Beauty Blender – Sponge, Original see here

So I am sure everyone has heard of these. In recent years they have well and truly took the beauty world by storm. Now, yes they are a little pricey but in my opinion well worth the investment. I know a lot of people prefer the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponges but for me the original beauty blender just trumps it. The finish I get is amazing and I find that it gives such a better finish than any brush I have tried. I also use this to apply my concealer.

As I am sure you are aware, the best way to use this is to wet your blender, it works like an absolute treat and I don’t know where I would be without this little baby.

Real Techniques – Accent Brush see here

I don’t actually think this is sold anymore but the one in this set is very similar. I didn’t use this brush for years but recently I have been putting eye shadow on my lower lash line and every brush I tried just wasn’t do the right job. I wanted it to be precise I didn’t want to look like I had just been punched in the face. In walks this brush, I tried it one day and now I am in love. I use it near enough every day. My mum also has this brush and she have never used it so I now have two of these babies to alternate with. It’s such a good brush when it comes to detailing, so I supposed it can be used to multiple things. I’m sure there are a few of you out there that have this brush sitting unused, well here is your chance to whip it out – trust me life saver!

MAC – 221S Brush see here

Now this is a brush that I have mentioned a few times on my blog. You know the 217 brush that EVERYONE has – was you like me and a little disappointed by what it had to offer? I mean for a blending brush it’s alright but I have a lot cheaper brushes that do the same thing. Last summer I was lucky enough to have my make up done by a MAC MUA and she introduced me to this brush and to be honest I have never looked back. This is the perfect crease brush, in softness, size, blending power EVERYTHING. I honestly don’t know how I did my make up previously without this brush.

My only annoyance is that it is pretty pricey for a brush in my opinion, however I say that but I have recently picked up a second because I was scared to loose it. I mean some say a fool and their money are soon parted. I just say I know what I like and sometimes you just need to invest! Sometimes certain brushes are worth the investment and for me this is a massive winner on that front. Do I think all MAC brushes are worth their price tag, no. But this one I can’t just about justify.

Real Techniques – Cheek Brush

Sadly this was part of a limited edition collection which is no longer sold, I’m sorry! If you are after an alternative I would suggest the Spectrum C07 Luxe Tapered Sculptor Moving onto this baby, to be honest I have had this for years and always think this is the perfect brush when it comes to applying blusher. it is the perfect size for the apple of my cheeks and every blusher just seems to work well with the brush. It also is the perfect density so you never have to much on your brush and you look like a tomato which is great when you are heavy handed like me!

Let me know if you have used any of these tools before and what your thoughts are on them. What are your favourite brushes to use? I’m always open to welcome more brushes into my life!

-A x

IMATS Haul 2018

Hello my lovelies,

So this post is long overdue, this make up has been sitting in my room for a little while now and I finally have the time to write this post so I can get using the goodies I have brought. If you don’t know IMATS is a international make up artist trade show which travels over the world and comes to London once a year. It is a great day out by getting discounts from your favourite brands as well as finding new brands. You can also watch make up artists in action as well as talks from well known people within the make up industry.

This is my 5th year in going and for me is a massive date in my diary. This year I went with my older sister and one of my close friends who loves make up & beauty nearly as much as I do. I did go into this knowing roughly what I wanted to pick up but then I did get swayed by a lot also, I just can’t help it I’m an addict! We had such a lovely day and after the trade show we ventured to Westfield and sipped cocktails in the sunshine as well as doing a little more shopping, whoops..

If you want to see what I brought last year from IMATS see here

MAC

Skin Base Visage see here

I have wanted this for quite some time, I have received so many testers of this and never got round to buying the full size version so IMATS was the time to finally make the purchase. MAC had 25% off their products which I obviously couldn’t refuse. This is a primer that is extremely lightweight and works amazingly with pretty much any foundation. I’m so happy that this is now back in my life.

Prep & Prime, Fix + see here

I honestly don’t know how I have never picked this up before. I have always wanted to try this out but always told myself I shouldn’t buy it. This was a purchase that I wasn’t expecting to make but with the discount I thought this was the perfect time to add it to my collection. Let’s hope it lives up to the all the amazing reviews I have heard about it.

221S Brush see here

This brush was 100% on my list, I already own one of these babies and I knew I needed another one because I use it every single day. Now I know this is pretty pricey for a small brush but it is totally worth it and to be honest I don’t think I could live without it. For me, this is the perfect crease brush, I found the 217 waaaay to big for my eyes and this is just perfect. Seriously pick it up and try it out for yourself because I couldn’t create an eye look without this baby now, life changing!

Revolution/Revolution Pro

Regeneration – Revelation Eyeshadow Palette see here

One thing I said to myself is that I didn’t need any more eyeshadow palettes but here I am talking about one I brought, whoops.. I want to branch a little with some bright pinks which this really does have and to be honest I got sucked into it because of the glitter shades. I’m really looking forward to experimenting with this palette and for me Revolution are pretty good when it comes to the formula of their eye shadows.

Regeneration – Goldmine Eyeshadow Palette see here

I know, another eyeshadow palette! This one I did see first and I just fell in love with the orange tones of the palette. I am really loving an orange eye and although this isn’t for everyone I am totally rocking it with no shame. I always think if you are wanting to experiment with different colours buy an affordable palette like Revolution and then if you get on with the colour you can always invest in other palettes. I can’t wait to start creating looks with this little baby!

4K Highlighter Palette – Rose Gold see here

I’m a sucker for a highlighter palette and to be honest I didn’t even look at it. My sister just came across and said she was buying one and I was like yea I’ll get one to. Luckily she has good taste and I trust her opinion. These shades are completely up my street and to be honest I haven’t brought highlighter in a while and I thought this would be a perfect addition to my collection.

Supreme Matte Finishing Spray see here

I was running a little light on the amount of finishing sprays I have so I thought rather than buy one lets buy two different ones. I always try and go for a matte finishing spray as that’s the look I prefer especially with my oily complexion. I have tried a Revolution one before which I have just run of, I did actually mention this in my last Empties Post so I thought yeah lets buy another one!

Fast Base Foundation Stick in F6 see here

So lets all be honest this little baby is everywhere in the beauty world and I have tried to get my hands on this for the longest time and they have never had my shade in stock. I finally found my shade and I cannot wait to get using this little baby. I have heard so many things about this product and I also had a good recommendation from my older sister so to me it was a no brainer to try out. I’m sure I will be reporting back on my thoughts of this!

Conceal & Define Concealer in C7 and C3 see here

Yes I also found shades in these babies, I think these have to be my favourite purchase of the weekend because I have been wanting to get hold of these for the longest time. I brought two shades in the end C7 for concealing and C3 for my under eyes as a little brightener. I have been wanting to try these out ever since I brought them and I finally can. I have heard nothing but good things about these so I can’t wait to have perfect skin!

Urban Decay

All Nighter Foundation 2.0 see here

This is a product I knew I wanted to get and I had already been colour matched prior to the event so I knew exactly what I wanted. I cannot wait to try this, again another product I have heard so much about and I cannot wait to try this out. I hope it lives up to my expectations. I haven’t ever actually tried an Urban Decay foundation before but I am completely won over by the packaging – I mean who wouldn’t be!?

Naked Skin Concealer in Light Warm see here

Again another product that I knew I wanted to pick up, I was tempted to buy the All Nighter Concealer but thought that would be a bit too heavy so I thought this would be the perfect pairing with the All Nighter foundation. Seriously, I don’t think I’m going to need any base products anytime soon I’m completely stocked up!

Kat Von D – Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Requiem see here

My only liquid lipstick purchase of the haul – be proud! I have two of these in my collection already and I thought it was about time I added another one to my collection. This is something a little bit different to my collection but I thought it was time to mix it up a little. It’s a beautiful purple/pink colour which I think is going to look amazing in the summer months. I mean I’m definitely going to rock it whether people like it or not. I love the shade range that Kat Von D have as they have some really out there shades and to be honest I wish it was acceptable to wear them because I totally would.

OPV – Eyeshadow Palette in Gorgeous II see here

So I brought this on a complete whim but I was just drawn in by the colours and to be honest the pigmentation is insane. This reminded me so much of a Morphe Palette I own but a lot better quality to be honest. I cannot wait to get trying these shades and I just hope the pigmentation is transferred onto my lids. I have never heard of this brand before but I have just realised they are stocked on Beauty Bay so if I like this I may have to explore what else they have to offer.

Nip+Fab – Viper Venom Micro Blue Fix see here

This is my favourite primer and I am running low on the one I currently have and I just knew I needed to buy another. I didn’t actually buy this at IMATS I went to Superdrug after and brought this but I thought it was worthwhile putting this in here. I think this is being discontinued and I am actually gutted, this is amazing and I am obsessed with it. If you prefer silicone based primers then you need to try this. It transforms my skin and works with every single foundation I own. I think I am going to need to buy a few more so I can carry on using this!

That’s all folks, congratulations to you if you made it to the end. It was pretty lengthy! So pleased this is written because now I can start enjoying these products! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are on them. Also if you have been to IMATS or would like to know a little more information about it let me know and I will answer your questions.

-A x

Current Everyday Makeup Routine

Hello my lovelies,

I haven’t written one of these posts in the longest time! Whenever I have a ‘good’ makeup day I always forget to share what I have been using. In recent months I have completely changed it up mainly with my eyeshadow and trying new colours! I have finally gone away from the standard brown tones and mixed it up a little with more of an orange tone and I’m loving it! Some things don’t really change for me like my brows, in this case I stick to what I know works! Just an FYI my brushes are dirty but is there any point showing clean ones when I use them everyday? Apologies in advance if this offends you.

If you want to see my previous make up routine you can read all about it here

Base: 

Make Up Forever – Step 1 Radiant Primer

MAC – Studio Fix Fluid Foundation (NW15)

Estee Lauder – Double Wear Concealer (2C Light Medium)

I use my Original Beauty Blender to buff in my foundation & concealer – apologies it’s not clean I use it allll the time!

Brows:

Sleek – Brow Kit (Light)

Zoeva – 317 Wing Liner Brush

Benefit – Precisely my Brow Pencil (Shade 4)

Miss Sporty – Clear Mascara (I know it doesn’t look clear!)

Eyes:

Urban Decay – Primer Potion (Original)

Tarte – Tartelette Toasted Palette (Colours Used: Warmth, Cozy, Fireside & Flame)

Crown – Flat Shader Brush

MAC – 221 Brush

Spectrum – B06 and A15 Brushes

Real Techniques – Accent Brush

L’Oreal – Perfect Slip Eyeliner (Black)

L’Oreal – Volume Million Lashes, So Couture (Black)

Face Products:

Soap & Glory – Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder (Totally Translucent)

Zoeva – 114 Luxe Face Focus Brush (Under the eye)

Spectrum – A00 Brush

Kevin Aucoin – Sculpting Powder (Medium)

Real Techniques – Contour Brush

BECCA – Apres Ski Glow Face Palette (Bronzed Bondi – Bronzer & Winter Berry for Blusher)

Real Techniques – Powder Brush (Bronzer)

Spectrum – C07 Brush (Blusher)

MAC – Minralise Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle

Real Techniques – Setting Brush

Lips:

Too Faced – Melted Matte Lipstick in Queen B

Let me know if you have tried any of these products and your experience with them. Also, I would love to know your views on the look I have achieved!

-A x

January Favourites

Hello my lovelies,

This is not a drill – the end of January is finally in sight! This month has gone on FOREVER, does anyone else feel the same? January really hasn’t been a great month for me I have been ill for the WHOLE month and I am still suffering now which has really got me down. I completed a training course for my full time job which is the toughest thing I have done, mentally. It was so hard and I came home every evening crying but I came out the other side and managed to pass with 95% which I still can’t believe. There have been some really tough moments this month and somehow I am still battling on, positive vibes!

There have been some really exciting things happen though – I can FINALLY say I’m off to NYC in September. It’s all booked and I am beyond excited! If you have any recommendations please send them my way! I also have been wedding/ hen party planning for my best friends wedding which has been so lovely. I also spent time with my favourite person, my Grandad who really is so special to me. As this goes live it is his birthday so I hope he has the best day.

ANYWAY enough of me babbling on you have clicked on to see my favourites so I will get on with it. This month has seen me re-organise my beauty collection which was well overdue and with Christmas it was of course time to test my new products which is mainly what these products are.

L’Oreal – Volume Million Lashes So Couture Mascara see here

This might be a shock to a lot of people but for me I just don’t really like the Volume Million range. They don’t work with my lashes and they are a total disappointment to me. I have tried to get on with them and they just don’t work, their are so many in the range but at around £10 a pop I don’t want to try every single one. However, my mum went away to Spain for NYE and came back with this mascara and the eyeliner to match. I was like great I have a mascara that I can’t use but as it was a gift I didn’t want to write it off without trying it.

To my amazement I have FINALLY found one in the range that I love and I’m so happy. This is perfect for my lashes and creates the perfect amount of volume and length. I have used this every day of January and I’m seriously impressed. The only annoyance is that on application it is a little flaky and I do have to have a little clean up but apart from that seriously impressed. It even works on my bottom lashes which I struggle to find a product that doesn’t create the whole panda look after a couple of hours. Very impressed!

MAC – Minralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle see here

So this is a little re-discovery. 2017 was a year of finding lots of new highlighters and as much as I have loved finding new gems I forgot about the beauties I have in my collection including this one. In my opinion this is one of the best highlighters ever made. It is the perfect highlight, and although it looks very glittery in the pan it just creates the perfect glow and I have used this so much this month. It still doesn’t look as though I have really made a dent in this even though I have used this crazy amounts.

Interestingly, I went to visit my sister in Brighton this month and she said to me do you know what I have fallen back in love with and I looked at her face and saw MAC’s soft and gentle! Great minds think alike. I feel like this is a bit of a forgotten product in the beauty world because it still is an amazing product and if you haven’t tried it already and you love your highlight I strongly recommend!

Spectrum – White Marbleous Brushes see here

I haven’t had new brushes for the longest time and for some reason I don’t really talk about make up brushes, I promise 2018 will be the year that changes that! Anyway I have wanted to try Spectrum for the longest time and I was blessed at Christmas to receive the 12 piece Marblous set. I had heard so many good things about them any my oh my they didn’t disappoint! Every one is flipping amazing! The quality is incredible and obviously they are so damn pretty. My favourite one has to be the A00 which is their powder brush. BEST POWDER BRUSH EVER.

Seriously if you haven’t tried Spectrum before then do it, take the plunge. Investing in good brushes is so important. I will definitely be buying more from them – I just have to decide what babies will be mine next!

Ted Baker – Blush Palette 

Ok so this is really annoying, I can’t find it ANYWHERE. I suggest if you like the sound of this Ebay may be the best place to go. I received this for a Christmas gift in a beautiful Ted Baker beauty gift set. I have never tried any of their beauty products so I was keen to try it out and see what they have to offer. My oh my this has got to be my favourite in the bundle. The blush is beautiful. It the perfect pink shade that has a brown undertone which allows the pink to come through softly on the cheeks. To my amazement it’s highly pigmented and everything I want in a blush.

I have used this near enough every day this month, I just can’t get enough. Also, can we just apprecaite the packaging – I love the whole copper vibe! To make it even better it comes with a mirror – Ted Baker you have done well. To see what other Ted Baker make up I now have see here

Jo Malone – Blackberry & Bay Body and Hand Lotion see here

Another Christmas present that I have been absolutely loving this month. I have never really paid much attention to my hands. I don’t suffer crazy amounts with dry hands but in the colder winter months I feel as though I need to do more for them and I have started off simple with hand cream. I know this is a very expensive way of getting into hand cream but it has worked because I use it so much.

The smell is absolutely gorgeous and perfect for this time of year. It sinks into the skin so quickly and the smell lingers for a good 4 hours. Sometimes I don’t put perfume on because the smell of this is enough on the body. This is a very luxe product I know and people may think I’m a little crazy but honestly my hands are thanking me for it. Who doesn’t want a Jo Malone product in their life anyway!?

Stila – Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Splendore Shimmer see here

I picked this baby up in a recent Cult Beauty Haul and if I’m honest I didn’t know how I felt about the whole metallic vibe. I have always been a matte lip girl and the whole metallic thing threw me. When I got this in the set I thought I should just give it a go to see what I thought. I’m converted. I love the way this looks on the lips! It helps that the formula of these are AMAZING and last for the longest time. Stila isn’t a brand I have really ventured into but I really need to get some more of these! Any colour recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

BECCA – Apres Ski Glow Face Palette see here

Last but by no means least, this gorgeous little baby. The only products I owned from BECCA prior to buying this was champagne pop & opal skin perfectors. When I saw this in the January sale for me it was a no brainer. It was a chance to see how good their other products were. I will say every single shade in here is super pigmented and their is no dud shade. They are all absolutely beautiful and I love them all. It was nice to try other highlighters and give their blushers and bronzers a go. It is the perfect face palette and perfect for travelling. Even though this is part of their Christmas collection it is still available, if you want to get it don’t miss your chance – you’ll regret it otherwise!

Gold star to you if you have got to the end of the post, I just had a lot to say this month! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are on them. Hope you have had a wonderful month!

-A x

Top 10 MakeUp Products of 2017

Hello my lovelies!

It’s nearly the end of 2017, I’m completely baffled by how quickly this year has gone. I thought it would be a good idea to give you a round up of my favourite products of 2017. If you have read my blog for a while some of these products will not be a surprise however some I absolutely adore and for whatever reason I haven’t mentioned before. I will also be doing a skincare version of this post so keep your eyes peeled!

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I Heart Makeup – Goddess of Love Triple Baked Highlighter see here

So if you know me, I blooming love highlighter. Who doesn’t!? I have brought so many new highlighters this year and my collection is a bit overwhelming. However, you know you have those days where you are indecisive so you stick to one. This is the one. I know for most this will be a bit of a strange choice but it’s so blooming gorgeous. I much prefer a golden highlight and for me this is just perfect. It creates such a beautiful glow on your cheeks and personally I just don’t think you can beat it.

I mean for me I’m not a massive a fan of the packaging, it’s a little young for me and it’s so bulky it takes up a lot of space in my collection. But, I can forgive it because it’s so damn beautiful. I love it even more because of the price because you get so much product. I mean I use this at least once a week and it still seems as though I haven’t made a dent in it. Seriously, if you haven’t tried this highlight it’s a must!

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Benefit – Hoola Bronzer see here

So most makeup lovers have this little baby in their collection, if you haven’t tried this why the hell not!? I have been upping my contour game this year, well attempting to anyway and this little baby has been with my every step of the way. Although it’s branded as a bronzer it’s the perfect contour shade for me. It has never let me down and it is the perfect shade for my skin tone. I hit pan earlier on in the year and I got so worried but it’s still going strong.

I am trying to use other contour products but I always go back to this wonderful product. I don’t know what it is, it’s just perfect. I love everything about it and I know that I won’t be giving up this baby anytime soon. I know I have mentioned this product in quite a few favourites I just love sharing how amazing this product is. I know it’s a very hyped up product but there is a good reason why!

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Nip + Fab – Viper Venom Micro Blur Fix Primer see here

So this is fairly recent purchase to my collection, again I have brought way to many primers this year! This has by far been my favourite. In fact I will go as far to say this is my favoruite primer in my collection currently. This is the only product I have from Nip + Fab and I seriously need to buy some more if this little baby is to go by. It is a little pricey at £20 but I believe it is on offer in Superdrug quite often and I found mine in TK MAXX for a fraction of the price.

I have written a full review of the product here so if you want a little more information on it then this will help. This is a clear gel primer that is more on the silicone side. I thought this was worth mentioning because people have different preferences. I absolutely adore this primer, super long wearing and makes all of my foundations look that much better. I seriously don’t think a primer can beat this, but we shall see!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance Palette see here

Yes of course this little baby made on the list. I am OBSESSED with this palette. I absolutely love it. I was determined this year to shake up my eyeshadow looks and this little baby has opened my eyes to so much. The colours in this palette are just AMAZING. If you are thinking about buying this palette I seriously would go ahead and buy it. These are the best eye shadows I have ever used formula wise. They beat the likes of Urban Decay and Charlotte Tilbury.

The only annoying thing is that I have kind of wrecked the packaging. It’s beautiful packaging don’t get me wrong but seriously it gets so messy! I have completed a full review of this product here so if you are still on the fence this may help. I know I won’t stop using this palette for the longest time. I love you Modern Renaissance thank you so much to opening my eyes to beautiful colours.

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Soap & Glory – Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder see here

I never thought I would see the day that I would rave about a powder. I mean seriously it’s the most boring product I apply to my face daily but I’m so impressed with this little baby. It just works with my skin and is great at oil control. It just sets my make up and I never feel like I need to touch up. I thought at first that it must be my primer but when I swapped my powder I noticed a difference. I never realised how important finding a good powder was.

I have mentioned this in recent favourite posts actually because I’m so impressed. I don’t have many make-up products from soap and glory because I feel it is slightly overpriced but the powder is seriously worth the money. I have gone through a couple of these little babies and I don’t think I will stop using this any time soon. If you are on the hunt for a new powder I recommend trying this out.

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Benefit – Roller Lash Mascara see here

Another Benefit product, I didn’t realise this until now – whoops! So I haven’t really featured this in my blog I don’t think. The reason why is because I don’t use it as my upper lash mascara. It just doesn’t do what I want it to do I have had it for a while but I didn’t want to throw it away because it’s a waterproof mascara. Unfortunately a lot of mascara I own when I apply to my bottom lashes transfer to under my eyes so I look like a panda.

So, this little baby I apply to my bottom lashes every single day. A little tip if your mascara is running out but you don’t want to throw it away until it’s completely used up I would use it as a bottom lash mascara. I don’t think I will repurchase because I have found so many wonderful mascaras but I do use this every single day so it was worth mentioning.

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MAC – 221 Brush see here

For whatever reason I don’t really talk about brushes, 2018 is the year I introduce you to my brush collection I will warn you it’s quite extensive! However, a couple of years ago I jumped on the hype of MAC’s 217 brush and although I love it, it just wasn’t working how I wanted it to. For my birthday this year I got my makeup done by MAC, it was so much fun! She started to work on my eyes and focusing on the crease and she used this brush and literally it has become the best brush I own.

It’s so flipping soft, it is perfect for crease work. You know when you never can replicate what people do to you even using the same products – I could replicate it. Now it’s not down to my skills it’s this blooming brush. I use it every single day, my crease always look AMAZING. I need to buy more of these because they are the best brush ever. With a £20 price tag though it does deter me.

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Urban Decay – Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original see here

Eyeshadow primer is a must for me, if you don’t use it WHY!? The best one I have ever tried is this little baby. It seriously is amazing and my eye shadow always looks so much better. I can’t apply eye shadow without using this. However, I really don’t like the new packaging I much prefer the whole squeezy tube than doe foot but the product inside is still amazing as ever.

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NYX – Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Teddy see here

So this was really hard to only put one lip product in this post but I thought I would narrow it down to just one, the most worn. This shade is flipping gorgeous. This year has been this year of a brown lip for me. The formulation of these lipsticks are incredible and one of the best I have ever tried. For a drug store this product this is seriously impressive. I seriously need to get my hands on more shades and I am sure you will see more from me.

I have actually done a full review of this here so if you would like a little more information then this may help. If you haven’t tried this liquid lipstick then you seriously need to – there are so many beautiful colours in the range and if you are a lipstick junkie like me then you’ll love this!

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Benefit – Precisely, My Brow Pencil in Shade 4 see here

Last but by no means least my eyebrow savior. I know another Benefit product – I clearly have been loving the brand this year without even realising.  This is the best brow pencil EVER. I don’t use this product for the whole of my brows, I use it for the front to create a more natural brow as they are a little sparce. I absolutely love it, and I don’t think I am going to be using a different brow pencil any time soon.

This has made my Top 3| Eyebrow Products obviously. My only annoyance is that I just go through it so quickly, for the price I do expect a little more in it BUT it doesn’t take away the fact that it is flipping amazing. Benefit really are at the top of their game for brow products. There are brow products for everyone in the range – if you haven’t tried any go and the lovely people on the counter will always help match you to your correct shade.

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Hats off to you if you made it to the end of the post! Let me know if you have tried any of these products and how they work for you. Keep your eyes peeled for my top 10 skincare products of 2018!

-A x

Christmas Beauty Wishlist 2017

Hello my lovelies,

So it’s that time of year where Christmas is upon us and for me the countdown has well and truly begun. For me I have already done 70% of my Christmas shopping, yes I am that crazy organised freak! Everyone always has a wishlist and although I have given my actual Christmas list to my parents I thought for everyone else who wants to be noisy or is wanting to get me something this may help.

I had a lot of fun thinking about what I wanted, if you have been reading my posts for a while some of these items have been on wishlists for quite some time and I still haven’t got round to buying them. Christmas for me is the best time of the year, spending time with your loved ones, snuggling in blankets watching Christmas films as well as all the food. Gifts for me are an added bonus and I don’t give to receive I just genuinely love watching people open their presents as I put a lot of thought into them.

CHRISTMAS WISHLIST 2017

  1. Oskia – Renaissance Cleansing Gel see here

I have wanted this for a long time to be honest. I have heard so many great things about the product and the brand as a whole that I know this is the next cleanser that I want to get my hands on. For me as much as I love make up, skincare is so important to me and spending a little more on it is a worthwhile thing to do.

2. Huda Beauty – Warm Brown Obsessions Palette see here

So this is Huda Beauty’s most recent launch and I NEED to get my hands on it. The shades are absolutely beautiful and nothing like anything I own. Slowly I am heading towards these shades they are just so beautiful and perfect for the cold weather. I have heard a lot of good things of the pigmentation of these eye shadows – I’m hoping this won’t disappoint. The only product I currently have from Huda Beauty is the Liquid Lipstick which I reviewed here

3. Clinique – Moisture Surge see here

I had a little mini of this and I fell in love, the texture and the effect the product had on my skin completely wowed me. I know that I need to get my hands on a new pot because I don’t think I can live without it. I mentioned this in my most recent empties post and I knew this would be straight on my Christmas Wishlist. Honestly if you are in the market for a new moisturiser I would seriously consider this little baby.

4. Charlotte Tilbury – Liquid Matte Lipstick in Show Girl see here

This is a fairly recent launch from Charlotte Tilbury and I have been to my local counter to try these out, I love near enough all the colours in the range but I have decided the first one I want is Show Girl. I am a complete sucker for a liquid lip and I feel that Charlotte Tilbury have been a little late on the hype of this but I’m hoping it is worth the wait!

5. MAC – Pigment in Museum Bronze see here

I completely fell in love with MAC pigments, I finally got my hands on the Blue/Brown Pigment which took me ages to get and now I have it I need more colours. They are absolutely beautiful and my oh my the colours are AMAZING. I have decided after a lot of deliberation that the next colour I want to go for is Museum Bronze. I feel like I could wear this on its own or I could mix other colours with it. Yes I’m that person that thinks of everything.

6. Kevyn Aucoin – Sculpting Powder in Medium see here

In the last year I have really upped my contour game and spent time on it as well as trying out a lot of products. I saw this around 8 months ago and it caught my eye from a number of different bloggers. Every time I am willing to take the plunge in the cost of the product it’s always sold out. I thought the best hope of me getting this is to put it on my Christmas list, lets hope dreams do come true! I know that when I get my hands on this my cheek bones are going to look AMAZING!

7. Hourglass – Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 3 see here

I don’t think this product needs much explanation literally I saw it and fell in love. Who does not want this palette!? I am tempted to buy it myself but I just can’t justify spending that amount of money so close to Christmas. The shade range in this palette is outstanding and I have heard only good things about this palette. Santa I promise I have been good this year – I hope this will be in my stocking!

8. Tarte – Shape Tape Concealer see here

Another product that I need to get my hands on very soon otherwise I feel like I am going to go insane! Everyone and their dog has spoken about this concealer and I think the time has come for me to join the bandwagon. Who doesn’t want a full coverage concealer in their collection. I don’t currently own anything from Tarte but I have always known the first product I want to get my hands on is this one. Unfortunately it just is a little tricky to get your hands on here in the UK.

That’s a wrap guys! Talking about Christmas has well and truly got me into the spirit I just want the day to come now! Let me know if you have tried any of these products out and what your thoughts are. What is on your beauty Christmas list this year?

-A x

October Favourites

Hello my lovelies!

I’m back! I have had a few weeks away from my blog this month for various different reasons but I’m back and there is no better way to come back than sharing my favourites with you. October for me has been a complete roller coaster ride full of dreadful lows combined with some amazing personal achievements. I am ending the month on a positive note as I have so much to look forward to including Berlin next month and helping my big sister plan her wedding and CHRISTMAS! This month I have tried to use new products or products that are different to my normal and actually I have really enjoyed it.

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Make Up Revolution – Soph X Highlighter Palette see here

When this came out, I knew I had to get my hands on it. As a fellow creator I do try my best to support them BUT only if it appeals to me. I’m not one of these people who buys everything because I just know I wouldn’t use it all. On a serious note, who can refuse a highlighter palette with shades as beautiful as these. I must say on a slight downer I’m not a fan of the colour of the packaging..

Aside from that the highlighters are AMAZING. I love every single color and I know I am going to get so much use out of this. It’s just perfect and she has done an amazing job! The pigmentation is actually pretty impressive and so easy to control how much highlight you want. I know I will be using this for a long period of time because I just can’t seem to put it away or stop looking at it. It’s so affordable for what you get 8 highlighters for £8 – bargain!

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Sephora – Supreme Cleansing Oil see here

This really is a first for me having a cleansing oil, I have naturally oily skin so I had no idea how this was going to go down with my skin, but I have fallen in love. This is near enough the only cleanser I have used this month. It’s so easy to use and it does such a good job of removing makeup. It feels so luxurious on your skin while your massaging it in and it leaves your skin feeling so soft afterwards. I’m sad because I want to stop using this because I have no idea when I will be in a Sephora again to pick this up. But, I don’t want to stop using it because it’s so lovely to use. Serious dilemma’s here! Seriously if you have never tried a cleansing oil I really do recommend this one if you pop into Sephora.

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L’Oreal – Hydra Genius see here

I have had this in my skin care collection for a few months now waiting for my moisturiser to run out. This was the month I could finally start using it. It’s such a strange consistency because it’s so light and more of a gel/liquid texture. The reviews I have read on this are pretty impressive and I’m realising very quickly why. I normally apply just half a pump which is enough to apply all over my face which really is nothing and it quickly sinks into the skin. I have noticed a real difference in my skin using this. It’s perfect for my oily skin and seems to somehow control this. I’m not a massive fan on the scent but that is really me being picky. I will be doing a full review on this so keep your eyes peeled!

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Clinique – Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer see here

I have mentioned this a few times on my blog and there is a reason why – because it’s AMAZING. It has quickly become one of my favourite ever foundations, for me this is a pretty big statement. From the application to the end result I am just truly in love. I love that it is a medium coverage and can be buildable to a high coverage. Normally if I need a high coverage that is long lasting I would use my Estee Lauder Double Wear, this has now demoted and this is seriously my go to. It even means most of the time I don’t need concealer! I just use a brightener for my underneath my eyes. Incredible! I cannot fault this baby and I love it so so much. The shade range is incredible – if you are on the hunt for a new foundation go test this one out you won’t be disappointed!

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Marc Jacobs – Dot Perfume see here

I go through phases with perfume. I get bored of a scent after a while and I have to switch it up. This one I hadn’t worn for a while and decided to whip it back out, I fell in love all over again. There is a reason why I love this and it all came back to me. Fragrances for me are so personal and bring back so many different memories and for whatever reason this perfume brings back so many happy memories. This for me is my perfect winter scent and I know I will continue to use it for the next couple of months and smile every time I put it on. It is actually one of my top 3 perfumes and I would still put it in that category.

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MAC – Blue Brown Pigment see here

I can’t explain to you how much I adore this pigment. This is truly beautiful and I’m now 100% completely converted to MAC pigments and I want them all. The colour is just stunning, I have never in my life seen anything as beautiful as this. I know that seems like a very bold statement but until you apply it you will have no idea. From different angles the colour changes in different lights and every angle you see it in is beautiful and I am so blown away.

It’s so easy to apply and it doesn’t budge. Obviously the pigmentation is incredible, I just have never used something so amazing. Seriously, this has quickly become one of my favourite ever purchases EVER. I knew as soon as I saw it years ago I would love it but seriously exceeded all my expectations. Go to your local MAC store and swatch this I promise you, you will fall in love I can’t see how anyone couldn’t.

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Let me know if you have tried any of these products and your thoughts on them – I would love to know. Also, what have your standout products been this month?

-A x

 

 

September Favourites

Hello my lovelies

Another month is over and done with, I can’t actually quite get over we are officially now in autumn! My countdown to Christmas is well and truly on & I cannot wait. I have actually already been listening to Christmas songs, whoops! This September has been one of the best months of the year, I went to Paris with my boyfriend to celebrate our 5 year anniversary. I then went and brought myself a brand new car, yes brand new. It’s absolutely beautiful and I’m completely in love. Let’s hope October will be as good as September!

Onto the beauty though, enough about my life, I have rediscovered some very old but good products this month. Along with enjoying some of my recent purchases. Autumn/Winter is my favourite time for beauty, a dark lip really is my favourite and who doesn’t want more face masks in their life!?

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PS Velvet Matte Lipstick Crayon in Wine 

For some reason I forgot to add this in the main picture, whoops! What is ever more annoying is that because it’s a Primark product I can’t link it for you. I brought this quite a while ago wanting to try their make up out because 1. it’s cheap and 2. there is always hype around Primark makeup. I thought the best thing to try out is a lip product and I fell in love with the colour. As the name of the colour suggests it is a red wine shade with purple undertones, my FAVOURITE. I thought I’d try it back out recently because I couldn’t remember if I liked it or not. My oh my, it’s amazing. Seriously it’s so easy to apply and extremely creamy.

It’s a matte finish but isn’t drying at all on the lips, it really is comfortable and it doesn’t budge. I just flipping love it I think I paid £1/£2 for this and it’s probably the best money I have spent ever. It’s flipping good and even rivals my NARS lip crayons which is quite a statement to make. I seriously need to get back to Primark and hope they still have this range and pick up more colours. So damn impressive. Hello number 1 autumn shade of 2017!

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MUA – Mosaic Blush in English Rose 

Sadly I think this has been discontinued which has really upset me. I have had this for blooming ages, I probably shouldn’t keep it but as I was sorting out my makeup recently I saw this and knew I needed to start wearing it again. It is the perfect neutral blush when you don’t want anything to overpowering. Although I wear blush I don’t always like it to be very noticeable and this is the perfect shade for creating that little flush of colour. I don’t know how I haven’t hit pan on this because I have used it so much over the years. Amazing product and I’m sure I would of paid no more than £3 for this, what a bargain!

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Collection – Contour Kit see here

I really love contouring, but I’m the sort of person that just sticks to the same product because it works for me. I picked up a few months ago this contour kit as I thought it was about time I mixed it up but I didn’t really use it. This month I thought it was time to give it a go and the contour shade I am in LOVE with. For the price it really is impressive. It is the perfect colour for my skin tone and creates the perfect contour. I don’t use the highlight it isn’t really for me but that doesn’t bother me because even the contour shade alone is such good value for money. If you are on the hunt for a new contour product, head over to Collection!

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Soap & Glory – Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder in Totally Translucent see here

Setting powders as a whole don’t really excite me, very few I have been wowed by. Luckily this one I have enjoyed for a while now and I thought I would share it with you. I always try to go for translucent powders as I usually don’t want any more colour to my face I just need it to control my oil! This is quite a thick powder which I really love and works well for oily/combination skin. You seriously don’t need to put a lot on your brush a little goes a long way! I just love the powder and it really does the job, I don’t even feel like I need to touch up during the day because this does such a good job of controlling oil. Seriously impressed!

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L’Oreal – Mega Volume Miss Baby Roll in Black see here 

I brought this in my most recent Boots Haul and I cannot stop using it. It’s amazing! I would say this is on par with Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara at literally a fraction of the price. It created the perfect amount of volume and lengthens as well. I’m all up for volume, who doesn’t!? The packaging I love, the brush just everything about it. I know this is going to be a firm favourite for a long time. If you haven’t tried this out yet – you need to especially if you love a volumising mascara. I will be doing a more in depth review of this soon so keep your eyes peeled!

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MAC – Pigment in Blue Brown see here

I have wanted this for the longest time I mentioned it in a wishlist post and my birthday list and no one had brought it for me. When I was in Brighton on a sister day we went into MAC and found they do a smaller version of this and I knew I had to buy it. This seriously didn’t disappoint in any way. This is true eyeshadow love. It’s perfect there is no fall out and the pigmentation is incredible. The colour is just out of this world, in different lights the pigment changes colour it has the most beautiful shine and I’m just in love. I seriously want to get my hands on more of these pigments because they are incredible!

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Sephora – Triple Action Gentle Makeup Remover Gel 

For whatever reason I can’t seem to find it on the Sephora website, but I picked this up in Paris. To find out what else I brought while I was there see here I must say, this product really interested me. A gel to remove makeup, strange right? But don’t knock it ’till you have tried it. It seriously is impressive at removing makeup, my eye makeup just comes right off like a dream along with my face products. I just love using it and is the perfect alternative when I don’t want to use a cleanser – it even comes with a pump guys! Sephora you have well and truly impressed me with this product and when this runs out I need to somehow go back to a country that has a Sephora so I can buy it again!

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PS Master Eye Palette 

Another Primark product, sorry again no link! I picked this up pretty recently in my local Primark as I was drawn to the colours and I thought for £6 it would be rude not to try it. I have used it in the past couple of weeks and I am in love. This is the perfect autumn palette and is right up my street. The shadows are really pigmented and blend perfectly with one another. I can see myself using near enough every colour in this palette which doesn’t normally happen for me! All I would say is go to your local Primark and go pick it up I really don’t think you will be disappointed.

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That’s all guys! Let me know if you have used any of these products and what your thoughts are on them – I’d love to know!

-A x