Autumn Drugstore Makeup Haul

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Hi Everyone,

I popped into town the other day and spotted that Superdrug had 3 for 2 on all of their makeup… Dangerous! So I got a little spendy and I thought I’d show you what I got from there and Boots!

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L’Oreal L’OR Highlighter – £4.99

I’d heard Alix from I Covet Thee on youtube rave about this and I really wanted to try it for myself. I expected it to be much more expensive but I was pleasantly surprised. I haven’t used it on my face yet, but from swatching it, it has an almost velvet texture.

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Barry M Matte Lipstick – 179 – £4.99

This is one of the new matte lipsticks from Barry M and I just fell in love with the colour!

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MUA Luxe Eyeshadow Palette – Enchanted – £6.00

I can’t get over how pretty this palette is and I’m so excited to try it. It really reminds me of the Hourglass Modernist Eyeshadow Palette but around £50 cheaper! I’m not sure on the quality of the eyeshadows but I’ll keep you updated once I’ve tested it.

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Garnier Moisture Bomb Face Mask – 99p

I actually tried this mask the night that I got it and after trying other sheet masks, it is one of my favourites. The product didn’t drip off and go everywhere like others do and it clung to my face so it felt like it was really working. My skin didn’t feel very soft afterwards but it looked very moisturised and brighter. For the price (it’s usual price is £1.49) it’s worth a try if you have dry skin like me.

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Max Factor Creme Puff Blush – Gorgeous Berries – £8.99

I haven’t had a berry blush shade before and this just looked so pretty! I’m all about the autumn make up at the moment and this fits in perfectly.

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MUA Luxe Glow Beam Liquid Highlight Cushion – £5.00

This is another new release from MUA and it’s a cushion highlight which I’ve never tried before. I have swatched it and it’s quite subtle, but I think it will work well layered under a powder highlight to ensure that it doesn’t budge all day!

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NYX Matte Lipsticks – Eurotrash and Tea Rose – £6.50 each

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Makeup Obsession Build Your Own Palette – Palette – £6.00 and each pan – £3.00 each

  • Top Row from Right to Left – Contour Powder C102 Light, Contour Powder C101 Fair, Highlight H103 Bronze
  • Bottom Row from Right to Left – Banana Powder C111, Blush B112 Bloom, Highlight H104 Moon

So Boots now have something called a Makeup Emporium in some of their stores and they have one in Northampton. You can test lots of different makeup they have selected and you can build your own face or eyeshadow palettes. I really wanted to build a face palette so I can take it with me when I travel. They have everything you need from contour powders, blush and the most incredibly pigmented highlighters!

Have you been buying any of the new Autumn make up releases?

Much Love,

 

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,

 

 

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,

 

BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Face Palette Review

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Hi Everyone!

I’ve had this palette a while now and I really wanted to share my thoughts because I know how hotly anticipated it was! It’s also a luxury brand, with a luxury price tag so I hope my views can help you decide whether it’s worth the cost.

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The most infamous shade in the palette is Champagne Pop, shown above on the bottom row on the left; I had never actually tried this before even though it has such a huge fan base and it didn’t disappoint! It is the most gorgeous high light with a pinky gold undertone which would flatter so many people.

The other highlight in the palette is Prosecco Pop which is much more gold based and is perfect for an evening make up look as it really ‘pops’.

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The three blush shades are insanely pigmented and I love the variation in colours within this one palette. The shade Rose Spritz could be used as both a highlight and a blush as it has a really luminous finish which is perfect for a daytime look and for quickness!

Amaretto is more brown toned and to be honest I’d probably use this for contour on my cheek bones rather than on the apples of my cheeks as I’m always much too pale! If you were tanned after a holiday however or have a darker skin tone, then this would be a lovely bronze blush shade.

The final colour in the palette is Pamplemousse which is a beautiful pink which can certainly pack a punch! You have to be so gentle when applying this, use a tiny bit on your brush and build the colour up slowly, else you could end up looking like a clown! (Unless that’s the look you’re going for of course!)

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From L – R – Prosecco Pop, Champagne Pop, Pamplemousse, Amaretto, Rose Spritz

All in all, I’d say this palette is worth the money if you love your highlighter as much as me! The formula is amazing, the highlighters and blushers are so buttery and pigmented which means they will last for quite a while.

BUY HERE

Have you tried this palette, what did you think?

Much Love,