March Favourites

Can you believe that we are just about to finish a quarter of the year? That went v v fast if you ask me. We have just finished Winter and are now in Spring! Spring time means pastel colours, sunglasses and cute dresses! (For me anyway) So I just can’t wait to ditch my warm fluffy clothes and say hello to my Spring wardrobe! As for the makeup, I will be trying out some new things – step out of my comfort zone!

But, there are some products that I just can’t dismiss and forget about! These are the products that I’ve been loving in the month of March!

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A lot of makeup products, so let’s see what we’ve got!

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I’ll start off with the gorgeous FACE products;

  • Rimmel London Match Perfection foundation 

This is one that has been in my makeup stash for quite some time now. This is the one I reach for when I want a natural, even looking finish. This applies like a dream and is so easy to blend. Unlike many drugstore/ highstreet brands, this comes in a pale enough tone for my whiter-than-white skin. I apply this with my fingers and buff it in using my stippling/buff makeup brush. I am in the shade ‘IVORY’. This foundation has SPF 18, which is perfect for spring time. There are 30ml of product in the tube. This sells at £6.99 in Boots, but it is almost ALWAYS on offer! I believe I bought this one at £4.99 earlier in the year. This alone, for me, doesn’t last all day. But, with the use of my primer it certainly does! I recommend using primer before applying this and setting both the foundation and the primer with a powder to keep the foundation on all day. I rate this one a 9/10 – simply because it needs the primer. BUT, may I add that I touch my face a lot, so that is probably a contributing factor to why it doesn’t last.

  • w7 Prime Magic face primer camera ready

I bought this a while back in a local makeup shop. Honestly, I picked it up because it was selling for £3.99 and I thought that because most primers are very expensive, there wouldn’t be much of a loss, even if it was bad. There is 30ml of product in this squeeze tube. The product itself is transparent, thick and smooth. It leaves a silky finish to the skin which makes the foundation that is applied afterwards so simple to glide on. It leaves your skin PORELESS and irresistibly smooth.This is an absolute bargain and I rate it 10/10. You can buy this online on amazon or if any makeup shops near you sell it! I really recommend this for those whose foundation doesn’t last!

  • Revolution Sugar and Spice blusher palette 

This palette of 8 shades is perfect. There are 2 highlighters, 1 contour and 5 blushers. This month I have been loving the last 3 shades on the top row and the 3rd shade on the bottom row. These are highly pigmented so only a teeeny bit of product is needed on your brush. I recommend also using a fluffy blusher brush for an even application. The texture of these is a gorgeous creamy powder (if that makes sense?) The 2nd shade on the top row, for me, is a perfect contour colour for my skin. The highlighter is very over the top so I apply the teeeniest amount to where I like! ( Should I do a contour/ highlight/ blusher tutorial? either like this post or comment below!) Over all I rate this 9.5/10 simply because I haven’t tried all the shades yet. This costed £8 which, for me, is a complete bargain for such high quality.

Next in my monthly favourites is EYES So, what have I been putting on my peepers?

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  • No.7 Lovely Lashes Mascara 

So I got this in a gift bag after buying 2 products from No.7 earlier this month. I love little samples like this they’re perfect for travelling because of their little dinky size. So I have tried this out this month and I can honestly say i’m impressed! I usually stay away from no.7 mascaras because they typically have a plastic wand and I can’t stand them! But this one is a fibre wand and I LOVE IT. A lot of product comes out when you remove the wand from the tube, but you just swipe it off inside and you’re sweet. I apply this as a 2nd coat mascara. It thickens my lashes and gives them a gorgeous amount of volume. It comes in a brown colour and a black one also. The cost of a full tube is £12.95. Honestly, I won’t be repurchasing it, but I am very happy with this sample! I won’t be repurchasing because, although it is a good quality, I do prefer my maybelline mascaras which are 1, cheaper and 2 the product isn’t as ‘wet’. Nonetheless, I rate this one a 7.5/10. 

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  • Maybelline Mega Plush Mascara 

This product I bought in a 3 for 2 a while back. This is perfect for long, curved lashes. For £7.99 I very much approve! This is long lasting, holds the curl in the lashes and comes in such a lovely black shade – a true black, not the gray-black that you get in other mascaras. I rate this 10/10 and 100% recommend it to those who want bolder, longer lashes for less! 🙂

  • Revolution aqua seal primer 

I’ll admit I was very doubtful of this product when it arrived. It is a liquidy oily product and this made no sense to me how it could actually help your eyeshadow stay?! BUT, it most certainly does. I rate this higher than urban decay. For £3 this is a complete steal. Once you get used to applying/using this you are winning! I dab it onto my ring finger and then apply it to my eyelids. Then apply my base coat of eyeshadow to set it and continue with the shadows wanted for my lids! I rate this 10/10 and recommend it to all! £3 for a primer is crazy – especially because it is so good!

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  • Revolution brow dual ultra brow arch and shape

So another hit from revolution – That’s 3 in a month!! I have been using this just to fill in my brows as a quick fix. I haven’t really gotten much use out of the felt tip end as I’m too scared to try it, but I will – soon! I do recommend this and for £3.50 it is certainly worth the try. This is the best brow pencil that I have tried – ever and I am v happy with it. 9/10

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  • Maybelline Brow drama brow gel 

On with the brows. I got this a while back and didn’t really think much of it. But alongside with my brow pencil I like this to set my brows in place and fill them in a touch too! £4.99 is an alright price for this too. I rate this 8/10 … The applicator kinda annoys me… But, all-in-all it has been a monthly favourite so it obviously hasn’t annoyed me too much!

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  • L’oreal Super Liner Black Lacquer 

I have been loving this every month since I bought it. It is perfect for a fine line or you can build it up into a thicker line too. The liquid is 100% waterproof and the applicator is like a felt tip so it is perfect for those who don’t like the typical liquid liner brushes. I rate this 10/10 and it is only £6.50 too.

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  • Collection Cream Puff Lip Cream 

I bought this in 2 shades this month – Cotton Candy and Fairy cake. Shown in the swatch above is Cotton Candy. I have loved both shades, but for me this is the more natural one. It applies as a cream and sets as almost a powder? It lasts ALL DAY and is certainly one for the handbag. I rate this as 9/10, c’mon collection, RELEASE MORE SHADES! For £2.99 I’ll buy many more!

So now that i’ve told you all about the brilliant makeup products that i’ve been loving, this month I thought that I’d include some other things that I just can’t put down!

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MAKEUP BRUSHES

Where in the world did I find these mind-blowing brushes? EBAY! I never in a month of Sundays thought to look on Ebay for makeup brushes. -Nor did I even think I needed to. I was getting a bit fed up with my current makeup brushes so, I though I should take the chance of buying them online. So, I came across this set of 10 Kabuki Style Professional Makeup Brush Set on ebay.co.uk. For £7.45 I though it’d be worth the risk. and HELL, am I glad that I tried it! These are so wonderful. My makeup application is flawless. This WHOLE set added up as CHEAPER than one brush from Real Techniques. Honestly, I am stepping away from real techniques face brushes. They are NOTHING in comparison to these. I found that with RT’s stippling brush it would leave my skin with a poor foundation-finish. It LOOKED fake. Now, I am so happy with the finish that these brushes give! There are 5 big brushes and 5 smaller brushes. I would be more than happy to do a review/how to with each of these brushes if you’re interested – comment below if you would be! The link to these amazing brushes is: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10pcs-Kabuki-Style-Professional-Make-up-Brush-Set-Foundation-Blusher-Face-Powder-/261448212457?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item3cdf871fe9 I truly truly urge you to purchase these. They are the best thing I have bought – They truly make your makeup look professional.

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  • Macleans White & Shine toothpaste 

I have never gotten my teeth whitened and nor do I plan to. There’s a whole load of negative aspects of getting your teeth whitened, So I just avoid it completely. So instead I use whitening toothpaste. I have tried many many many different kinds. Colgate, Arm & Hammer etc. This is one that I really love. It sells in places like superdrug, tesco etc. for around £1.90 when on offer. I love the minty taste of this which, for me, is a huge advantage because I hate that baking soda taste you get from other whitening tooth pastes. I really recommend this to those who want a whiter smile for a very cheap price!

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  • Soft & Gentle Deodorant 

I have this in Jasmine and Cocoa milk. I just like a nice smelling deodorant that keeps me from smelling! This lasts all day and is just a nice fresh smell for Springtime! 🙂 It sells at around £1.70 so definitely one to pick up!

  • Marc Jacobs Dot

I have been loving this perfume for about a year and a half now. My lovely boyfriend, Nathan bought me this for my Birthday. I suck at describing scents, so i’ll just paste what boots describes it as: ‘A signiture floral heart signed by beautiful jasmine and the elegant base of vanilla with musk leaving and addictive trail. Dot is the most detailed bottle yet, its signioture oversized cap features butterfly wings and a polka Dot ball centre. The circular bottle displays the branded Marc Jacobs gold plaque with desbossed frame logo and butterflies with pearl ball centre. Dot carries a lush, effervescent floral scent perfect for every eclectic and spontaneous woman.’ The 50 ml bottle sells at £50 which I know sounds verrryyyy steep, but i’ve had this a long time! Just one spray does you the whole day.

So that’s my March monthly faves finished! I know this was a longer post in comparison to what I usually do, but i’ve got a lot of free time now as i’m off school for 2 weeks! Do expect a lot of posts over the next fortnight! Also, I suggested 2 posts that I could do, if you would be interested! They were the brush tutorial/review and the contour,blush and highlight how to. If you would be interested in either, please comment below! 🙂

Thankkkssss for reading! If you’ve tried out, or are interested in knowing more about any of the products above I’d love to know! Hope you all have a lovely April and i’ll speak soon! 🙂

Stephanie x

Body Shop Discount Code

HEY! I know I posted like an hour ago, but I was just hoking through my e-mail and got one from The Body Shop. There is a hugeee sale on! 40% off EVERYTHING including what is on sale! So if you’ve been noseying around The Body Shop but decided not to buy anything because it’s on the pricey side, now is the time to pick your products up!

They do FREE home deliveries for sales over £20. I highly recommend the lip butters and body butters/lotions. I’ve never tried the shower gels or bath products, nor their makeup – maybe next time!

Sooo, the code that you type in once you’ve chosen all your goodies is, 14664. So, go crazy!

Stephanie x

Favourites/Hate its

Hallooo! I’ve found a new product which I really love! Pretty certain that this is actually a relatively new release too! ( In the UK anyway.) And this product isssss:

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Maybelline color drama lip pencils

COST: £4.99

For a fiver, I am impressed! This currently comes in 10 different shades, ranging from the perfect nude to the boldest red. I could quite easily buy all of the colours in this range. Maybelline have improved so much in recent years and I am just as happy buying their products as any high-end equivalent. This is highly pigmented, applies precisely and only a small amount is needed. The texture is not too dry but I ensured I had applied a lip balm underneath and then blotted it off to give it a good base, and if you feel it is too dry in texture, add your own gloss or balm over it to improve it. – I do this because for me it is a bit dry, but all matte lipsticks are, eh?

I have got this in 4 shades. I started with 2 and loved it so much that I just had to get a few more! I began with ‘Keep it Classy’ and ‘Berry much’. My camera needs charged, so I will have to use online swatches:

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So I have keep it classy, berry much, nude perfection & red essential. Each one is perfect and I highly recommend!. These are almost like a stain and don’t smudge. Reaaaallly brilliant. 10/10 🙂

Stephanie x

The Versatile Blogger Award

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So this is the second or third award i’ve been nominated for since I started blogging. Each of these times I am totally shocked that i’ve even been considered and I am very grateful! I got nominated by @JaydeeDanielle and I just want to say a big thankyou to her! (Also I don’t know if this tagged her because I haven’t tagged anyone on this before?? :S

So there are ‘rules’ of this award:

1.Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you.
2.Share 10 random facts about yourself.
3.Nominate 10 bloggers who are fairly new to blogging.

10 random facts? HM. I swear, i’m not really that interesting, but let’s give it a shot!

1 Green is my favourite colour

2 I’m 18 in like 3 more months and that terrifies me

3 I wanted to be a makeup artist for the past like 2 years, I had a reallly bad work placement and now I can’t think of anything worse! (Maybe for another blog post)

4 I can touch my nose with my tongue…

5 I love orchids, they’re my favourite flowers!

6 I have a boyfriend called Nathan and we’ve been together for 2 years in May!

7 I do art, photography and health and social care for A levels in school.

8 I play piano!

9 My best friend lives in Scotland, meanwhile i’m here in N.I! 😦

10 I love the whole concept of blogging, but even a year later and i’m still a bit shy/awkward to be posting! :L

So, I will post onto 10 other bloggers’ pages nominating them because I’m not so sure how to tag on this haha!

Favourites/ Hate its

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Maybelline have done it again! I love this foundation! This is a quick swipe-on & blend-in foundation. I love this, very quick very simple and it matches my skin perfectly. I have this one in ‘ivory’. This is concealer and foundation in one stick and gives me medium coverage. Perfect handbag essential!  Sorry I don’t have any swatches or anything, just a quick post today!

But I actually got this for like £3 on a sale in Sainsbury’s!! BRILLIANT. This costs £8.99 in boots, which actually i’m not sure if i’d be happy paying?? But, maybelline always has offers on, so just look out for one and definitely pick this one up! 4/5 for this one (would be 5 but £8.99 is too much in my opinion!)

Thanks for reading! 🙂

Stephanie x

Favourites/ Hate its

Hi there beauties! So I tend to do big posts with lots of words and stuff, so I thought i’d do something that I don’t really do! For the next couple of weeks I plan on doing little posts of ‘Favourite/ Hate its’. In these posts I will be telling you about 1 product that is either a ‘favourite’ or a ‘hate it’. …Pretty self-explanatory if you ask me!

So today I have got a HATE IT. After I did my little beauty shopping spree, I have tried out a few of the products bought. I usually give products a good few tries before I either put it in my collection or just put it aside. This product however is very different. This product is one from a growing brand, MUA.

So let’s face it, MUA has been making more and more products to date due to its recent success. The majority of the products are £1 too, so it is certainly budget friendly! I have a love-hate relationship with this brand to be honest. I love a good few of their products and just can’t stand others. So on Saturday I went into Superdrug and picked up one of their new products, MUA, Luxe Whipped Velvet Lips in ‘Rococo‘.

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This product has a doe-foot applicator, which I actually tend to prefer with lip products. The packaging is very sleek too, the black lid along with the nice font and clear tube so that you can see the product inside. So, that’s about all the positive aspects of this one. Now with the not so good.

  • Let’s start with the texture. It is slimy/ oily/ greasy.
  • The texture is grainy.
  • The smell is too vanilla-sweet for me.
  • The colour is pasty and very unnatural – not the ‘nude’ that I was hoping for.
  • You can’t achieve an even application as the texture is crap.
  • It will never stay on your lips in the hotter months – it will just melt down your chin!

So, I think that’s enough to say that i’m not impressed, MUA. The product claims ‘Sweep this luxurious Whipped Velvet over your lips for an ultra-soft and subtle pop of colour. This super smooth new formulation won’t dry out your lips ensuring you have the perfect pout at all times.’

How it Looked:

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I was expecting a much better product and was quite disappointed. £3 down the drain, just glad I didn’t pick up more than one of these! It’s not just the colour that I was disappointed with, more so the awful feeling it leaves on my lips!

So, maybe after all these downs I’ll post a favourite next time! 🙂

Hope you enjoyed reading and if you liked it… well like this post and i’ll know to do more! Have you tried this product? What did you think of it…? Did I possibly just get a dud? Let me know!

Stephanie x

Look of the day!

Hey there friends! So I know I said i’d be doing the second half of my lil haul… but I actually used my makeup today and I thought I may as well do a look of the day kinda thing! So, here goes!…

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Soooo!(I’m always a bit awkward posting selfies online haha)

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To begin, I moisturised with my boots moisturiser (The one product I don’t have a picture of, typical!) and moisturised my lips with EOS lip balm (picture shown below) So I began, with the makeup, by swiping the Maybelline ‘fit me anti shine stick’ in ‘IVORY’. I then proceed with my flat top stippling/buffing brush (purchased online) until i’m happy with an even-coverage. I only use a stroke on my forehead, down my head and across my chin. This gives a light coverage! I really like this product! Next I use my concealer in ‘Light 2’ and dab it under my eyes. I then use my blusher brush (the top left brush) and dab it once into the bottom left blusher in my ‘Sugar and Spice’ blusher palette by Makeup Revolution. I then blend it into the apples of my cheeks,this needs blended in for about 30 secs or else you look like a clown because it’s reallllly pigmented! Once I’m no longer looking like a clown, I use my Eco-tools powder brush and dab it into the second powder from the left on top. I use this as a bronzer/contour and put it onto my cheek bones and the top of my forehead!

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Next I applied the aqua primer onto my eyelids by using my ring finger and dabbing it on. I then used a flat eyeshadow brush to apply on the colour ‘pearl’ all over  my eyelids. I like this as a base as it is a nice soft colour. Once this has been done I used ‘bark’ on applied it to the outer 2/3s of my eye. I then used the last column of this palette to create a nice darky depthy kinda thing to my eyes. I used the second bottom shade, ‘charcoal’ on my outer ‘V’ and then dotted the darkest colour (bottom right) ‘carbon’ on the outer corner. This all got blended out using my MUA E3 blending brush. The palette used was the Makeup Revolution Flawless Matte eyeshadow palette.

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I then carefully applied the Collection Extreme 24 hour felt tip liner onto my upper lash line and gave it a flick on the outer corner. I can’t go too close to my inner corner using this liner because my eyes water like crazy and smudge this one like mad! I used the colour ‘carbon’ in the makeup palette above on my lower lash line to make the look more smokey.

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I then curled my lashes with my clinique lash curler, applied a coat of my Maybelline Mega plush mascara, The falsies mascara and then no.7 lovely lashes for glossy volume mascara.

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I then wiped off any lip balm that hadn’t yet sunk into my lips and then I applied Collection’s Deluxe lipstick in ‘Tallulah’ onto my lips (Just one coat)

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I finished off by applying my maybelline fit me powder in 125 nude beige all over my face using the real techniques powder brush.

ANNNNNNNNNND that’s it. I really like all of the products I used in this look and I 100% recommend each of them. (I’d say the 2 maybelline foundation products are the highlights though.)

So yeah! Hope you enjoyed reading!

Stephanie x