Kylie Jenner Holiday Collection with Swatches

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Hi Everyone,

As you probably know, Kylie Jenner’s latest release has been her holiday collection and I managed to pick up a couple of the new pieces including the new Kyshadow palette and the mini matte liquid lipstick set.

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I love the jewel tones of the eyeshadows in this palette and most of them are very pigmented; from the swatches my favourites have to be the shimmers as they are buttery smooth, some of the matte shades felt a bit chalky. It’s so hard to photograph these due to the metallic packaging and my photos really don’t do it justice! It also has a mirror which is the first for her Kyshadow palettes.

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Swatches from L-R: Sugar Cookie, Frosty, Chestnut, Mittens, Winter, Nutcracker, Gingerbread, Evergreen, Silent Night

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The mini matte liquid lipsticks are small…! Smaller than I thought but a perfect handbag/ travel size. They look incredible and the size actually would make them much easier to apply for me than other liquid lipsticks. Four of the shades are from the permanent collection and two are exclusive releases which are Angel and Vixen. From the swatches you can see that Vixen seems to be quite patchy so it’ll be interesting to see what it looks like on the lips.

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Swatches from L-R: Moon, Ginger, Angel, Love Bite, Kristen and Vixen.

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I’m going to be doing a New Years Eve makeup look using some of these products next week and I will be able to give you my thoughts on how they work.

Much Love,

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Poundland Make Up Look – Testing and Review

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Hi Everyone!

As you all know, I’m a make up addict and I love using lots of different products from drug store to high end. My husband however is an addict to Poundland and I find myself in there quite often…!! And when I realised that they did their own make up line, I wanted to try these out and review them for you guys as they are extremely affordable!

For some reason I completely forgot to buy concealer so I haven’t used any and I couldn’t see any eye brow products in our local store, so apart from that my whole face is purely Poundland!

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I used the foundation in the shade Warm Ivory 2 and I’m actually very surprised. I expected it to be low coverage as it was quite watery but after giving it a shake and applying it straight onto my face before blending with a Spectrum foundation brush, it covered my face really well and evenly. It has quite a matt finish, but it didn’t cling anywhere or emphasise any dry spots.

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The pressed powder is in the shade Natural Beige 2, I didn’t see a huge amount of difference to my skin after using it but after a couple of hours, it did keep my makeup in place well.

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I was slightly nervous about the matte bronzer (they also do a shimmer version which would be really nice in the summer) as it was very orange toned and the shade is Matte Light 1. It actually translated into a lovely bronze shade on the skin, it was pigmented but easy to build up the colour and easy to blend.

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Finally the last base product is a highlighter in the shade Pearl Shimmer, it’s a shame as there is only one shade available (from what I could see). I’ve photographed it above in sunlight so you can see that it’s not at all glittery, but has a subtle shimmer which is so pretty. It has a pink/lilac undertone which actually works well as a blusher / highlight and although it’s not at glazed donut levels (!) it’s perfect for a daytime make up look.

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Above, after using all of the base products.

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I picked up two eyeshadows as they looked amazing in the pan, the white shade is White Frost 1 and the brown shade is Bronze 7. They are both hugely pigmented, I applied the white one with a brush and the bronze one with my finger and they worked both ways. They are quite glittery which doesn’t translate brilliant in the pictures, but is really flattering in person.

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There were a couple of mascaras to choose from but I went with the Plump Up The Volume mascara in Carbon Black; on the packet it actually states to ‘ apply generously for plumped up lashes’ and this was definitely true! It took a lot to get my lashes anywhere near coated, though once they were the overall look wasn’t too bad and they did lift and separate my lashes, I definitely wouldn’t say they were volumised though.

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Finally, I used the Matt Lip Colour on my lips. It’s really interesting that they have actually brought out Matt lip colours for this price point and I have to say I was very surprised at how much I liked it! It has a metallic sheen to it and it applies and dries down to a velvet finish rather than fully matte, but it lasted well for a couple of hours and I had to re-apply after food and drink. The colour was very pretty, it felt comfortable on my lips and not drying.

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The finished look;

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I have to say I am very impressed with Poundland make up, so much more than I thought I would be! If you are on a budget and don’t have lots of money to splash out on make up then I would definitely recommend trying some of these items.

The products I liked the most were definitely the highlighter and the eye shadows and I hope that they bring out more shades of the highlight powder in the future!

Have you tried Poundland make up before? What did you think?

September Favourites

Hi Everyone!

Here’s what I’ve been loving in the past month, there’s not many new make up additions as I’ve been sticking with a lot of the same products as previous months, but I have found a couple of new things I’ve discovered that I’ve been enjoying.

Make Up Favourites

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Primark Love to Glow Moisturiser -£3.00

So I’ll start with skincare and I actually have a review of a couple of the new Primark skincare range coming soon to the blog so I’m not going to talk about it too much, but I’ve recently purchased this Primark Love to Glow moisturiser and it’s so good! For the price it’s incredible and I’ve paid a lot more for moisturisers just like this.

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L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Fatale – £9.99

I’ve been trying out and loving the combination of two mascaras this month, the first is this one by L’Oreal and it does an amazing job of lengthening and fanning out my lashes, it’s also really black which I like. I wouldn’t say it’s amazing at curling my lashes, but I just use it with an eyelash curler and it makes them look really volumised.

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Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara – £6.99

The second mascara I have been using is this one from Revlon, I actually have the waterproof black version and it’s honestly one of the best waterproof mascaras I have ever used. I can put this on my bottom lashes in the morning and if I’m out late, it won’t have budged or smeared the whole day. My lower lashes always smudge as they are quite long so this mascara is a God send! I also tend to pair it with the L’Oreal mascara over the top on my top lashes just to give more volume and so it stops all of my mascara budging.

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Make Up Revolution Ultra Pro Glow – £10.00

This is a fairly new release by MakeUp Revolution, I had tried quite a lot of their other products including their eyeshadow palettes etc and always liked them, so as a highlight junkie I had to get my hands on this! I’m so surprised on how much I like it, recently I’ve been using Anastasia Beverly Hills and this is such a good dupe! There’s 8 different shades ranging from pink to gold tones and they’re all so buttery and pigmented. For the price, this is so worth buying.

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Urban Decay Cream Vice Lipstick – Insanity – £15.00

So it wouldn’t be my favourites if I didn’t have at least two lip products..! And there’s two I’ve been loving in September; the first is a nude shade which is so pretty. It’s more of an orange toned nude which is quite different to what I’d normally go for but it’s so easy to wear, no need for a mirror to apply and I love it for a day to day look. I love the formula of the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks, they’re not drying at all and this is a cream finish so it’s quite moisturising but long lasting too.

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Wet N Wild Mega Last Matte Lipstick – Rose-Bud – £3.99

I found this lipstick whilst I was in America in the summer and I’ve fallen in love with it! The shade rose-bud is perfect for this time of year as it’s a mauve-y toned pink which is great for a beautiful ‘english-rose’ look. I can’t even remember it being called Mega Matte as this may have put me off buying it as I tend to get very dry lips so I avoid most matte lipsticks, but this is absolutely amazing. It’s so comfortable to wear and I’d say it has more of a velvet finish than totally matte, but this suits me much more! I wish Wet N Wild were more easily available in the UK; I have linked one I found on amazon which is brilliant (and potentially dangerous for my bank account) so hopefully you can get your hands on one too.

Random Favourites

I can’t remember how I stumbled onto this youtube video, but I can’t stop watching it! If you ever need something to cheer you up, just watch this it’s so entertaining!

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My last favourite is a TV Show called Dexter on Netflix. I watched this a few years ago and loved it so much I have convinced my husband to watch it all over again with me as he’d never seen it before! I have to admit it’s very gory, so if you’re not into that kind thing then I wouldn’t watch it.. but if you enjoy thrillers and comedy combined then I’d definitely give it a go. It’s got a lot of drama and there’s 8 seasons so it’s perfect now for autumn and winter all cuddled up inside in the warm!

What have been your favourites in September?

Much Love,

 

 

Urban Decay Moondust Palette Review and Make Up Look

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Hi Everyone!

My friend recently went to America and I asked her to pick me up this eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay in Sephora as it hadn’t been released in the UK yet.. it since has, so I wanted to tell you all about it and create a make up look using it, so I can give you an idea of what it looks like on my face!

Firstly, the packaging is beautiful it’s so super sparkly from the outside all the way through to the eyeshadows themselves. The packaging is quite hefty though, so it’s not massively great for travel as it would take up a lot of room in my make up bag!

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As you can see there is a whole range of colours and shades, all of which are glittery and not for the faint hearted! The moondust name itself gives you an idea of why the colours have been selected as the majority are cool toned and space-like shades.

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L – R: Specter, Element, Magnetic, Lightyear, Granite, Lithium, Vega, Galaxy

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When I swatched the eye shadows I was so excited by the pigmentation of them and the colours but I could already feel that some of them were much more buttery than others. They applied really well with my fingers but as soon as I started to use them with a brush on my face, the pigmentation was nowhere near as strong and there was a lot of glittery fall out!

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I used the shades Specter as a base, Magnetic as all over colour and Granite in the crease. I found that although they weren’t super pigmented, it was easy to build up the colour and you could create a look you wanted quite easily. I do want to try them wet too because it will help much more if you want very pigmented eye shadow and I think that Urban Decay have created these shadows this way, so you have both options.

Because of the fall out, I did the rest of my foundation etc afterwards and this was fine. There is always going to be some fall out when using glittery eye shadows and it wasn’t extreme.

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Overall I love this palette purely because it’s so sassy! It’s perfect for evening looks but you can also use the more warm tone shades like Specter and Element for a daytime look. I would say that the eye shadow looks so much better in person because you can see the full effect more than in still photos, so please bare that in mind and of course I’m no make up artist, so these are purely my opinions on how I’ve found the product to be as an amateur! 😉

You can buy the palette here in the UK!

Have you tried this palette? What are your thoughts?

Much Love,

August Favourites

Hi Everyone!

Here we are again for another monthly favourites and I feel like I say this every time, but hasn’t this month flown by?! Here are a few things that I have been loving this month, there’s not as many as usual as I feel like I’ve been using a lot of the same make up as in my July favourites and also I have lots of new things to review and try!

Makeup Favourites

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Josie Maran – Illuminizer – £19.00

My friend brought this back for me from America after I had seen reviews on youtube raving about it; I have been mixing this in with my foundation and I love the effect that it has. It makes my skin naturally dewy and bright without looking sparkly as the shimmer is very subtle.

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Benefit – Gimme Brow – £18.50

I actually got this free sample in a magazine this month, I had never used it before and it’s actually a complete game changer! I have very full brows anyway, so if I’m going for a natural look all I have to do it comb this through them and I’m done!

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NYX – Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi – £5.50

I find some nude lip colours really hard to wear but I love this shade as it compliments my skin tone. It glides on really easily and isn’t too drying which is perfect.

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Tarte – Tartelette in Bloom Palette – £33.00

I hadn’t really tried many Tarte eye products before I purchased this palette but I am completely sold! All of the shades are really buttery and easy to blend and there is a brilliant mixture of both matte and shimmery shades which mean it can be used just as easily for daytime and evening looks.

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L’Oreal Sexybalm – £4.99

These have to be my favourite favourite of the month! The sexybalms come in both sheer and bold, both of which are incredible. Even the sheer balms are very pigmented and moisturising as are the bold shades. You have to take your time applying the brighter shades because they can slide around on the lips a lot but after 5 – 10 minutes of them setting in, the colour will literally not budge for hours on end which is amazing for a balm.

Random Favourites

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River Island – Cat Cap – £16.00

My fashion favourite for this month is this cap, I haven’t taken it off since I got it! I can put it on when I’m wearing the most boring, comfortable, everyday outfit and it gives instant sass!

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Marks and Spencer – Honey BBQ Wholegrain Snacks – £2.00

These snacks come in 5 small bags and they taste sooo good! I can kind of convince myself that they are healthy as they’re ‘guilt free snacking’ which is great in my books. I’d definitely recommend you trying them if you haven’t already!

TV Show – How to Get Away with Murder

This is an american tv show on Netflix which is about a group of students training to be lawyers and the trials they have to go through to defend murderers in the court room, whilst their own lives get turned upside down. It has so many twists and turns and it kept me on the edge of my seat right up until the last second.

So these are my monthly favourites, what have yours been for August?

Much Love,

My Top High Street / Drugstore Makeup Picks

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Hi Everyone!

I  get asked quite a bit about what make up I’m wearing in instagram posts etc. (follow me here if you’re not already!!) and I do tend to wear a lot of high end makeup but some of my staple everyday products are all high street which are obviously much cheaper and easier to get a hold of, so I thought I’d give you a run down of all my favourite high street and drugstore picks!

Primer- Next – Face Illuminator

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I love to have an illuminator under my foundation as I suffer with dry skin and this one gives a gorgeous ‘glow from within’ effect.

Foundation – L’Oreal Infallible Sculpt Foundation – Light – £8.99

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Although there are only two shades of this foundation, this colour is actually a perfect match for me which is lucky! I really like the consistency of this, it’s got a good coverage without being too heavy and it actually lasts for a long time on my nose whereas other foundations come off so easily!

Concealer – Bourjois Radiance Reveal – 01 Ivory – £7.99

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This shade is brilliant for brightening underneath my eyes, it’s very easy to blend and it isn’t matte which I prefer.

Powder – Revlon Photoready Powder – 010 Fair/Light – £11.29

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I don’t use a lot of powder during the summer months because I embrace the ‘glow’ but when I do I always use this one; it’s really light and doesn’t feel like it’s clogging up my face but gives a flawless effect.

Contour – Makeup Revolution Iconic Lights & Contour Palette -£8.00

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If there is one drug store product I’d recommend it would be this contour palette from Makeup Revolution, as you can probably tell due to the state of it..!! I blend all 4 of the contour shades together and use sparingly because they’re very pigmented! It’s also a great palette for travel because it has under eye powders and two high light powders which are so pretty too.

Blusher – H&M – Sunrise Pink – £6.99

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H&M have some amazing make up but one of the stand out products is their blusher, it blends well and they have a huge amount of shades to suit every skin tone.

Highlighter – Sleek – Solstice – £9.99

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Highlighter has to be one of my favourite make up products to buy and use! I usually use high end high lighters much more than high street but after re-discovering this, I have to say that it’s incredible! I use the powder shades much more often than the one creamy shade and I love them.

Eyebrows – Maybelline Masterbrow Pro Palette – Deep Brown – £6.99

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I have this eye brow palette in my make up bag constantly and it’s brilliant for the price. I don’t use the brush that comes with it as it’s too tiny!

Eyeshadow – Makeup Revolution – Fortune Favours the Brave – £9.99

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I have reviewed this eyeshadow palette on my blog before and the range of shades, pigmentation and blend ability of the eye shadows makes this an easy recommendation!

Eyeliner – Soap and Glory Smoulder Kohl – Super Black – £5.00

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I get very watery eyes and this water proof eye liner stays on no matter what!

Mascara – Maybelline Lash Sensational -£7.99

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This is my go to drug store mascara, it is really black and makes my lashes look beautifully fanned out and dramatic.

Lip Liner – New Look Pure Colour – £1.99

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I just cannot get over how cheap this lip liner is! It glides on so easily and stays put for a long time, it’s incredible for the price.

Lipstick – Topshop -£8.00

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I have so many lipsticks from Topshop and I love them all too much I couldn’t pick a favourite! They range from matte to satin and even the matte lipsticks are creamy and comfortable to wear.

Setting Spray – Avon – £6.00

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I love this setting spray so much; not only does it keep my make up in place but it also refreshes my skin and keeps my make up looking just as good as it did when I first put it on!

Which drugstore or high street products would you recommend to me? Let me know if this post inspires you to try any of these!

Much Love,

 

Summer Makeup Look

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Hi Everyone!

As it’s summertime now, I wanted to give you an update on the make up I’ve been wearing lately! I’ve recently been on my honeymoon as you may know and the majority of this look I wore religiously from one day to the next as it’s so simple!

I’ve been going for a simple coppery/peach eye, using dark eyeshadow on my lash line so it’s super quick and I’m not faffing around for hours trying to do perfect eyeliner! I’ve also upped my highlight game after purchasing a certain beauuuutiful palette that I will be reviewing in a couple of weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

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Products I used;

– Body Shop Vitamin E Moisturiser
– Too Faced Born This Way Foundation – Vanilla
– Maybelline MasterBrow – Deep Brown
– Make Up Revolution Iconic Lights and Contour Palette
– Milani Baked Blush – Luminoso
– Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette (hands down one of my favourite ever palettes!!) – I used the shades; White Peach, Nectar, Luscious in the crease, Cobbler under my eye and Talk Derby to me on my lash line
– Benefit Rollerlash Mascara
– Tarte Lights, Camera Splashes Mascara on bottom lashes
– Becca Jaclyn Hill Palette – Champagne Pop
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick – Crush
– Avon Make up Setting Spray (never forget to set your make up, especially in the hot weather!!)

Much Love,