Starting From Scratch Makeup Kit

So let’s say there was a flood in your makeup collection and it ruined alllll your products… or a fire burns down your beauty favourites. After realising you have lost hundreds of pounds worth of makeup – literally –  you go to your local makeup shop and pick up your previous favourites. When hoking through my makeup drawer, deciding which products I would 100% repurchase, I was surprised to find that none were my high end products. So anyway, What did I choose? 

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Eyes:

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I wouldn’t be able to go out without having my brows filled in, so it is a necessity for me to have a brow product that I know matches my brows and can do both a natural brow or a statement one. For this I chose Freedom’s Du0 Brow Powder in soft brown. This is the perfect ashy brown for my medium brown hair. Really easy to work with and is only £3.

When it comes to my eyelids, I do like to wear a bit of eyeshadow everyday. Whether this be a smokey eye, natural looking one or a bold coloured look, I tend to lift this eyeshadow palette from MUA. It is called Undress Me Too and costs £4. This is supposedly a dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette. With its high pigmentation and buttery application it is my favourite everyday eyeshadow palette. Each of these shadows are cool toned also. I’ve hit pan on a quarter of this palette too! Would 100% repurchase.

A brow pencil which I always have in my makeup bag is the Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eyeliner Pencil in 061 Jet Black. This is just a bog standard pencil eyeliner. It has a true black pigmentation, stays in place on the tight/water line and is perfect to create a smokey liner look too. This lasts forever and is only £2.99. 

So I have tried a ton of mascaras since I started using makeup. This ranges from the pricey Benefit, No.7, Clinique to the cheaper Natural Collection, Miss Sporty etc. However, one that I have been loving recently, one that seems to overtake all the previous mascaras is one from the brand Essence. This is a slightly lesser known brand, but a good’un nonetheless! This mascara seperates the lashes, gives them amazing length and 10/10 definition. I only use one coat of this, but it is easy enough to build it up also. For £2.79 it doesn’t get much better than that!

FACE:

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So I have to mention my new favourite from Maybelline, the Fit Me Matte & Poreless foundation. This costs £5.99 and is the best foundation i have used. This is so easy to apply, doesn’t go cakey around my nose or forehead, like other foundations do, and it stays on a good amount of the day! I like how this is a natural looking finish, not too drying on the skin. A really great find and a good price too, will definitely be repurchasing when this one finishes!

Miss Sporty have launched a whole new range of products, the Insta Glow range being my favourite. I love this primer. This helps the foundation go on smoother and stay on longer throughout the day. This also is the perfect highlighting product that i’ve tried. It has the most subtle glow, one that isn’t completely OTT. This product costs £3.49 and is definitely worth a try.

I’ve also tried Miss Sporty’s Perfect Stay 10 Hours concealer. I have this in shade 001 light. This is nice and creamy, so is perfect for hiding dark circles or using as a more natural highlight. It stays on all day without creasing and is a good price too at only £2.99. This is the best concealer that i’ve ever used from the drugstore.

MUA is a very hit or miss kinda brand. However, recently a lot more of their products have been getting better and better. This pressed powder, the Skin Define Hydro Powder , which costs £3 , is the best powder that I have in my makeup bag. It is so finely milled, meaning that you only need to dab your brush into this product to get just enough off. This sets makeup perfectly without looking cakey and is perfect for touch ups throughout the day!

Lastly for face products, I was looking through my blushers trying to decide which was my favourite. Which could i use everyday and not need another? The truth was that there are none that I would choose over the rest. So I decided I would repurchase my Makeup Revolution Sugar  & Spice Blusher palette. This ranges from a neutral soft red colour to a bright orangey-peach one. This has 2 highlighters in it also. Perfect to travel with as it has so much choice and a big mirror inside also. For 8 highly pigmented products it costs £6. 

LIPS:

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There are 2 products that I would definitely repurchase. Although I have 3 Mac lipsticks I don’t go for those often, mostly because they were so expensive and I want to save them? So the red that I lean towards every time is Red Essential from Maybelline. This lip crayon is perfect for a neat application and the product itself is really long lasting. It feels good on the lips as it doesn’t feel overly matte or dry. This has a ‘velvet’ finish and costs a small £4.99.

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Cool Brown has been worn everyday since I bought it. It is the perfect natural lip colour for me and I feel like it finishes off a makeup look. This drys matte and stays put on the lips all day. Barely any reapplication throughout the day, but when you are reapplying, the applicator is really easy to use, so there’s no difficulty with applying – even without a mirror! This is a slightly more expensive product, but I say it’s completely worth it for £8.99.

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Lastly, in terms of applicators, there are none that I love more than the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. This is a dupe for the well known and loved beauty blender. However, this only comes in at £5.99! I use this damp to apply my foundation, in a dabbing motion for the best application and I would use it dry to apply powder under my eyes for when I am baking. Really brilliant product that I feel should be in every girl’s makeup bag!

So I hope you enjoyed this post! What would you repurchase if you had no other makeup products? Comment below & share your favourites!

Thanks for reading,

Steff x

 

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Coconut oil – top 5 beauty uses

Coconut oil has been finding itself in more and more products over the recent years. This ranges from shower gels, shampoos and body lotions. Although it’s one thing to have it in products, what about using the raw product itself? Since early 2016 I’ve been using it in a range of different ways, so today i’ll tell you my top 5 uses for it.

  1. Hair

So everyone – and their mother – has heard about this one. This is the ultimate oil to put in dry or damaged hair. After I started bleaching my hair, to be mentioned in an upcoming post, my hair was gagging for a rich moisturising product, who knew it would be something I already had in the cupboard! The vitamins and essential fatty acids naturally found in coconut oil nourish the scalp and help to remove sebum build-up from hair follicles. It will help to strengthen weaker hair and give it a beautiful glossy shine after washing it out.

I used this by scooping some of the product out and warming it between my hands until it goes from the waxy solid to an oily liquid. Then I just apply to the ends of my hair. I then put my hair up into a bun and let it sit over night. When I wake up I would then wash it out with a moisturising shampoo and conditioner. Lovely lovely hair afterwards!

2.Lip Scrub

For this beautiful remedy all you need is some sugar, cinnamon and the coconut oil. Start of my melting your coconut oil, add it to a small container – I used an empty Carmex tub. Then add some sugar, i’d say like a quarter more than you have of the coconut oil. Add in a sprinkle of cinnamon – this is for flavour, but also to make your lips tingle! Mix all together and tadaaa! Just apply this to your lips, use your finger to rub it in and either wipe or lick it off! Your lips will be baby smooth after.

3. Face Mask

For this all you need is honey and coconut oil. Mix together a tablespoon of honey with about a tablespoon of coconut oil. Put this moisturising mask on your face and leave it to sit for about 10-20 minutes. Wash this off with warm water and maybe a cleanser. Your face will feel so soft afterwards!

4. Moisturiser

Over the past few months I have been using coconut oil as a night time moisturiser. Just get a small amount of this and melt it in your hands. Next just apply to your face and rub it in gently. Don’t apply too much that your face is very very oily, just so that it is … a little oily? In the morning it will have absorbed into your skin and it will have a gorgeous smooth glow.

5. Foundation Base

Lastly, I apply a tiny amount of this onto my face when I wake up. I go about the house doing whatever – making breakfast, cleaning my teeth etc. After i’ve given it some time to sink into my skin I would then go and apply my foundation. If it is too slippy however to apply the foundation, just dab your face with a towel. The foundation will go on so smoothly and your face will have such a beautiful, natural glow.

Annnnnnd those are my favourite five uses for coconut oil. Have you got any beauty uses for coconut oil? I’d love to hear about yours!

Thanks for reading,

Steff x

Gimme Brow – Is it a Dupe?

So recently Benefit have released a new range of brow products, also repackaging for their well known and loved ‘Gimme Brow’. Since the original release of the Gimme Brow, many brands have been creating their own versions, but which are as good?

I’ve tried brow gels from 3 different brands, Maybelline master drama brow gel, Technic brow gel and Essence brow gel and a few different clear gels – Collection did one with their brow powders and it was really good. I may do another post about these ones, but for this I will focus on the Essence one.

So one that i’d say is mostly known as a dupe for the gimme brow is ‘Make me brow‘ from essence. So as I have both I thought i’d do a wear/compare!  The Essence ‘Make me brow’ is £2.50 while Benefit ‘Gimmie Brow‘ is £18.50

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Realistically, when on the brows, they are very similar. But the Gimmie Brow has a much better hold and staying power and i feel it fills the brows in a bit better. But if what you’re looking for is just to set your brows and fill them in a tad, absolutely just get the Make me Brow, you’d be saving £15! Although I do like the Benefit one, I most certainly will not be paying £18.50 for a tiny product. No way.

So I hope you enjoyed this post & i’d love to know if you know of any good dupes for this product!

Thanks for reading,

Steff x

 

A trip to Boots & First Impressions…

Ah, once again i’ve visited the local makeup shop and once again I have bought more makeup. One of these makeup items I was given for my Birthday though, so it’s not like I went completely over the top… Plus as this is my birthday month I get extra points any time I buy something in Boots… Anyway, Lemmie show ya what I got!

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  • Benefit: Ultra Plush Lipgloss – Fauxmance
  • Maybelline: Fit Me Matte + Poreless – 105
  • Sleek: i-Divine – Enchanted Forest 
  • Benefit: Gimme Brow – Shade 1
  • Bourjois: Rouge Edition Velvet – 17 Cool Brown
  • Maybelline: Colour Tattoo – 91 Creme de Rose

So i’ll start from the top then!

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Benefit: Ultra Plush Lipgloss – Fauxmance £14.50

So this was the lovely lovely lipgloss that I was given for my Birthday. I had tried Benefit lipgloss with the Dandelion product and absolutely loved it. This is the perfect consistency for me! I love how it isn’t sticky but also not oily. This tastes like grapefruit and has such a lovely colour to it. I like to dab this onto my lips and then blend it in using my finger. Hoping this tube lasts me ages because i’m just in love!

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Maybelline: Fit Me Matte + Poreless – 105 £5.99

Finally, a foundation that is from a trustworthy brand that isn’t a rip off! I’ve noticed recently that lots of brands have been increasing the prices of their concealers and foundations… I thought it was supposed to be highstreet products for highstreet prices?! Apparently not for many brands. I imagine this one is a bit cheaper as it is in a squeezy tube as opposed to a glass bottle. I don’t mind a glass bottle because I like that the pump gives you a good amount of product whereas you have to ‘eye’ it with a squeezy one. However once you are coming to the last of your product in a glass bottle it’s impossible to get it out, unlike a squeezy one where you can cut off the end and get the remainder of product! -Or maybe am I going overboard on the cheapskate? ANYWAY. That’s what I thought of the packaging… But what about the product? This is way more liquidy than any other matte foundation i’ve used, which made it much easier to blend without going all cakey around my nose and forehead. The colour matches my skin really nicely and i’d say it leaves a satin-finish moreso than a matte one. Honestly though, i much prefer that to completely matte because it looks way more natural. 8/8 Maybelline! I will likely be repurchasing this one as it is a good price and a good product! I’ve noticed recently that I don’t actually like a lot of the foundations that I have because i find they go quite cakey on my skin, so I might do a post about my foundations and whether or not I recommend them?

Sleek: i-Divine – Enchanted Forest £8.99

So this was actually what I was looking for when I went to Boots, but of course I couldn’t resist from all the other deals going on! I was looking specifically for a maroon shade eyeshadow, one that would look beauttt in my crease. I’ve heard many amazing things about Sleek eyeshadow palettes, but when brands like Makeup Revolution and MUA do palettes as cheap as £4, i’m more likely to reach for them. But, neither of these brands were doing the shade that I was looking for, so I looked at the Sleek stall. This palette has deep shades of colours not typically seen in your everyday shadow palette. I’m really pleased that I picked this up however as I can definitely see myself making use of these. The shade ‘Anastasia‘ ( 2nd row, 4th across) is the one that I was looking for – kinda (Still on the hunt…) I love each of these shades and can definitely see myself making bold eye looks with these. I think this definitely replaces my Urban Decay palette, the one that everyone got in like 2010… The purple one with the metal beads? If you know it you’ll understand why this is replacing it – these colours are stronger, less neon, more wearable. If you don’t know it click *here* to see it.

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Benefit: Gimme Brow – Shade 1 £18.50

So let me start by bragging… I got this for £4… In fact I bought 2. They were in a magazine that was reduced as it was out of season and I just couldn’t help myself. Again, the boyfriend stood there baffled by my excitement, but i can confidently say that i wouldn’t be the only one basically jumping with glee at this bargain! So what do I think of this? Lol it’s ok. Not overly much to write home about. I do prefer this to the dupe I have for it (I will post about this soon, I swear) but I most definitely will not be paying £18.50 for it when I run out. Maybe £10. I’ll do a full review of this, again in an upcoming post, but i’ll say now that it isn’t worth £18.50 – in my opinion.

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Bourjois: Rouge Edition Velvet – 17 Cool Brown £8.99

In a previous post I was talking about how much I love the Rouge Edition Velvet lip creams from Bourjois. Nothing has changed. When I spotted this brown-nude shade in Boots I couldn’t help but pick it up. If you read the previous post (Click Here) then you will know I found the perfect shade in the Maybelline range, but it didn’t seem to have the same lasting power as the Bourjois range. So this is perfect. I’m in LOVE. This fills in my lips – covers the lipscar which i’m not a fan of – and is a perfect nude shade for me. 8/8, Bourjois! I know £9 seems a bit much for a highstreet brand, but this is deffo deffo worth it. You won’t be disappointed!

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Maybelline: Colour Tattoo – 91 Creme de Rose £4.99

So i’ve posted before about my opinion of the colour tattoos from Maybelline – to sum up, I think they’re OK… I have On and On Bronze and Tough as Taupe honestly, the bronze one isn’t one that I often reach for because I prefer a more cream base to my shadows and the Taupe one, I feel is too dark to use as a base, so i’d only really use it for my brows or as a creamy eyeliner. It’s also weird going from Mac’s creamy Paintpots to this stiffer product – you’d only understand if you’ve used both. I really do hesitate when paying for any product from Mac though. I’d have been happy to buy more colour tattoos had they have been selling more of a range in colours, which they seemed to in America. So anyway, when I saw this I was so excited to use it. This is amazing and makes the shadow stay on all day, increasing it’s vibrancy also as the shade is lovely and light. The perfect base for a good price. I am yet to try wearing this by itself though, I imagine it would stay on without needing set with shadows though as it is a thicker consistency.

Hope you enjoyed this post, thanks for reading! Also, thanks for sticking with me, even when I take like 3 month breaks between posts.  I have some in mind though, so expect some good ones soon! Hope this one wasn’t too rambley for you – unless you like that kind of style!

Much love,

Steff x

 

Liquid Lipsticks: My thoughts

So recently liquid lipstick have been becoming more popular in budget beauty brands, so I couldn’t help but pick a few up from different brands and give them a try! Superdrug is currently doing 3 for 2 across all makeup brands whilst Boots are doing a few different offers, including 3 for 2 on specific brands or money off products – including liquid lipsticks!

I’ve tried a few different liquid lipsticks over the past few years but have only recently found some that i’ve thought much of. I’ve tried from brands such as Collection, MUA, Revolution, Sleek, Maybelline and Bourjois. Some I have thrown out because I just didn’t get along with though, so can’t do swatches for all. I can give a short review on those that I don’t have anymore though!

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Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid 35 Rebel Red, 50 Nude Thrill, MUA Whipped Velvet Rococo, Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lacquer Black Heart, Sleek Matte Me 436 Birthday Suit, Bourjois Rouge Edition 15 Red-volution, 07 Nude-ist.

Collection Cream Puff Lip Cream: Powder Puff & Fairy Cake

This was the first liquid lippie that I bought, for £2.99. I got this like 2+ years ago, before liquid lipsticks had become a thing in Boots/Superdrug. I didn’t really understand how to use these nor how to wear them, so I quickly lost interest as I was more into moisturising lipsticks at the time, not these matte liquid ones. I do remember though that these smelt nice and that I liked the colour of Powder Puff a lot, it was a soft nude. Unfortunately I must have thrown these out though as I can’t find them anywhere in my collection. Perhaps I’ll repurchase, but perhaps not also as i’ve found some really brilliant ones from other brands and this was just OK.

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MUA Whipped Velvet: Rococo

The price of this was £3. I think i’ve even done a review about this before on my page, saying how disappointed I was with it. It was the 2nd liquid lipstick that I had bought, so after that I had low expectations of liquid lipsticks, discouraging me from trying more. This is so strange. It has a horrible sickly sweet smell mixed with the baby powder scent??? The colour of this is nice, a soft pink pastel colour, but because the product itself is so creamy and powdery – like a matte foundation almost, but more liquidy – it doesn’t apply smoothly, but with horrible streaks. Doubt this stays a long time either – if you somehow manage to apply it nicely. All-in-all, a complete miss from MUA. This is the product at the top of the photograph.

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lacquer: Black Heart 

This one was also sold for £3. This was the 3rd lacquer that I had tried and again I was disappointed – not going well! I tried this January time in the shade Black Heart. When I was swatching the different lippies in the shop there were samples for all shades except this one. I liked the one a shade lighter than this one, but I thought I could go for the darker one because there aren’t many drugstore options for dark ones. The smell of this is horrible. A really chemical smelling one, kinda like pen ink/ hair dye??? I mixed this with lipbalm to try and sheer it out a bit because I like the colour, it’s just way too intense for moi. When I did it was nice, but slipped and slid about way too much. It also goes very flaky when you apply just a little bit and smudge it out. Not what I was expecting from a liquid liner unfortunately. I may try more of these from this brand though, just in a more wearable shade. This is the product at the bottom of the photograph.

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Sleek Matte Me: 436 Birthday Suit

After the disappointing 3, named above, I was in Tesco in March and there was a sleek counter. This was around the time that more brands were releasing their own matte lip creams, so I thought i’d give it a try for £4.99. A neutral nude shade, so what could go wrong? Absolutely nothing, I really loved this. It is the perfect nude with a brown undertone to it. It’s a Kylie Jenner kinda colour. This applies easily and dries matte. This stays on all day, maybe 1 or 2 touch ups, but only if you’re rubbing your lips or whatever. This stays on with eating, drinking and there’s no transfer when kissing either! It does have that dried feeling on your lips, but you get used to this pretty quickly. V good product!

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Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick: 50 Nude Thrill & 35 Vivid Red

50: I’ve found the lipstick that i’ve been looking for for years! This is my lips but better. Finally. I’ve only had this a day, so haven’t been able to wear it a full day yet, but it has a nice satin finish – not matte. I’ve found though, dabbing it with a tissue makes it dry matte, if this is what you prefer. I’ve read reviews saying that this does stay on 8-12 hours with no reapplication, so hopefully! If not, it’s a nude shade, so not a big deal if it does go a bit patchy. I think that this will quickly become my ‘go-to’ lipstick when I don’t want to wear a bold one. Gorgeous shade that I recommend to all! 35: This is a nice true-red lipstick. It’s easy to apply and gives you a strong, bold lip. Really beautiful shade and I look forward to wearing this with a strong winged liner. These cost £6.99. As seen in the photograph, this applicator is a stretched out doe foot applicator.

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet: 07 Nude-ist & 15 Red-volution 

I wore 15 Red-volution last night when out at a bar with friends. This involved eating and drinking and it stayed on all night. Annoyed the hell out of my boyfriend as I kept asking if it had worn off, but it seemed to stay on all night! I reapplied it once, after I’d eaten a burger, but it didn’t really need it. This is a gorgeous berry red with blue undertones. This was £8.99, which is a bit pricey, but for such a lovely product! Haven’t tried 07 yet, but it’s a nice nude with a more pinky tone to it. This wore more comfortably than the sleek liquid lippie also. This is a doe foot applicator, which makes applying it with no mirror a bit easier!

Swatches:

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Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid 35 Rebel Red, 50 Nude Thrill, MUA Whipped Velvet Rococo, Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lacquer Black Heart, Sleek Matte Me 436 Birthday Suit, Bourjois Rouge Edition 15 Red-volution, 07 Nude-ist.

So I hope you enjoyed this post and i’d love to know what you think of liquid lippies! Have you tried any brands that I haven’t Any that you do/don’t recommend? Leave a comment! 🙂

Stephanie x