Feelin’ Dandy – Review

So I bought Lip and Cheek kit from a Benefit stall when I was flying to Liverpool, back in February. This usually sells for £25.50, but I got this reduced as it was in Duty Free – lost the receipt, so no idea for how much I got it for. So what do you get in this little box of goods? I will label them below along with their full-sized price.

Posie tint cheek and lip tint £24.50

High Beam highlighter £24.50

Dandelion blusher£23.50

Dandelion Lipgloss £14.50

You can get each of these as travel sized items except for the blusher.

So, What do I think of the products? I’m in love with only half of this box of goodies.

The Lipgloss is amazing, my favourite in the world. I love the grapefruit flavour, the subtle shimmery pink colour and the non-sticky formula. I’m just in love with this and will definitely be purchasing the full sized product once this is finished.

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I’m also in love with the highlighter. I love to dab this onto the high points of my cheeks, on the tip of my nose and anywhere else I feel needs a little shimmer. This is a really gentle highlighter, but is easy to intensify. I can wear this underneath my foundation for a really subtle natural glow, or can put it over for a more intense look. I feel it blends easiest using a damp beauty blender – but what doesn’t?

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It would be untrue for me to say that I dislike the blusher, it’s just that I don’t really reach for it. It’s probably just because it’s in this big box that doesn’t really have a place on my dressing table. I’ll leave it out and try to make more use of it, you’ll probably see this in a favourite post soon! (Is the swatch closest to the left)

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Lastly is the posie tint. This is one that I can almost definitely say that i’m not a fan of. It’s a neon pink shade and is really liquidy.. I feel like it blends into nothing really. I don’t like this on my lips and i’ve only used it once or twice on my cheeks. I’ll try it out more in days to come and maybe give an update on both this and the blusher.

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I’ll lastly throw in a wee comment abouth the brush that you get in this box. I like to use this for on-the-go contour as it is the perfect shape. It’s kinda similar to the Nars (?) contour stick that everyone is losing their chill over, even though it costs like £30+?

So I hope you enjoyed this post. Have you tried any Benefit products? If you have, which ones and did you like them? I’d love to know what’s worth the money and what’s not!

Thanks for reading,

Steff x

 

 

 

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5 Summer Products

So as the sun has been making more of an appearance lately I have switched up the kind of makeup that i’ve been wearing. Summer is the perfect time to add colour to your makeup. Whilst loads of people do this with their lips, I prefer to use bright eyeshadows and keep my lips more neutral. So as I sip on my chai latte I shall tell you about the 5 products that I know i’ll be getting lots of use out of this year!

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MUA Cover & Conceal Concealer

For the face makeup i like to keep it relatively simple as i tend to feel like things are caked on in the Summer months when wearing a full face of makeup. So basically I stick to just concealer and powder. I use the MUA Cover& Conceal concealer which is £1.50. This is amazing and comes in a range of 3 shades, one light enough for the paler people also! This shouldn’t be used to conceal blemishes, but instead to cover dark circles and possibly to highlight. I use this only really under my eyes to cover up my dark circles. I found the best way to make this work is to apply it and then leave on for about 2 minutes, before blending it in and then using a small stippling brush I buff it into the skin. It gives much better coverage by doing this and leaves a non-streaky finish also. Below, to the left, is the concealer blended in and to the right is a swatch of the concealer applied.

 

Makeup Revolution Sugar & Spice Blusher Palette

Adding colour to the cheeks is perfect during the Summer. My favourite 3 shades to use in this palette are the last 2 in the top row and the 2nd in the 2nd row. The two blushers add such a lovely pink flush whilst the highlighter adds an amazing glow to the cheeks. I love how this highlighter is pure shimmer with no sparkle also. Below are the 3 swatches. The 2blushers didn’t swatch well – not sure why, sorry about that!

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So as well as face makeup, I like to switch up my eye makeup. There is an Urban Decay Palette that always finds its way in my Summer Makeup Bag. I don’t think this one actually has a name, but is very recognisable. It has a range of neutral and bright shades. I can’t even find the price of this one online?! Almost certain it is still available and probably sells for about £25-27. Anyway, I love the colours PEACE and GRAFFITI in this palette. I like to add these to more neutral looks. I would apply these to my waterline or the outer/inner corner to add a little bit of Summery colour to my looks! The bottom 3 shades could be used also as the more neutral looks.

Soap & Glory The Missing Pink Lipstick

L’oreal infalliable Mega Gloss 101 Lipgloss

Lastly, for my lips I like to use pink/neutral shades during the summer months. My favourite pinky-nudes are Soap & Glory, the Missing Pink, £9 and L’oreal 101 lipgloss, £6.99. The lipstick is relatively sheer and just adds a fresh pink shade to the lips and the gloss adds a soft pink shine. I feel this is perfect when you are having more focus on the eyes.

Sooo, here’s a wee look that I made using these products 🙂

Hope you’re having a fab month & I would love to know what you’ve been loving/what you like to use in the Summer months! Hopefully i’ll do a few more Summer makeup posts soon!

Much Love,

Stephanie xx

 

The Best of 2015

I have found so many products in 2015 that I love, so let’s jump straight in and talk about it! I’ll do this in 2 separate posts, Face and eyes. So today,

Face:

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Micellar water has become a huge thing this year for us beauty fans. This Garnier one is the first that i’ve tried and it was a lucky one to start off with! This gets your makeup off in one wipe and leaves a nice feeling on your skin. – In comparison to some makeup removers which leave a greasy feeling on the skin.

The body shop have the best lip balms that i’ve ever used. They are so hydrating, nice and creamy and have amaaazing flavours!

Once again, Boots‘ moisturiser is in my favourites. Good price, nice smell (THE SMELLLL) and great on my skin!

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For my Foundation fave it has to be Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation. This is medium coverage and cancels out my red tones perfectly!

Pressed powder winner goes to Maybelline’s Matte Maker. This is the perfect pale powder which is perfect to give your skin a natural matte finish. This is perfect for your handbag & can be applied with either a brush or a sponge. Next to it is Collection’s sheer loose powder. This is what I use in the mornings to set my foundation. I use a big fluffy brush to apply this.

The best contour and highlight I have used (almost) everyday this year has been from Sleek’s face form in light. This is v v pigmented, so only a little is needed. It amazed me that I haven’t hit pan on this yet?! V V good. I bought this for about £12? Can’t really remember!

For blushers, i’ve been loving the Makeup Revolution Sugar & Spice Ultra Blush Palette. This palette is amazing. The most pigmented face products that i’ve ever used. There are 6 blushers and 2 highlights.

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Real Techniques have found their way into my yearly faves! To the left is the Sculpting brush and beside it is the blush brush. The sculpting brush is amazing with applying bronzer/contour. It is so soft and easy to use. Meanwhile with the blusher brush, just the right amount of product transfers from the brush to your skin. It is really easy to blend with.

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MUA Cover and Conceal is the first concealer that I have properly fallen in love with. This is such a lovely brightening concealer & blends in beautifully.

Hope you have had a fab fab year! I swear i’ll be doing the other half of this post very very soon! Much love my beautiful friends!

Stephanie x

September Favourites & Catch Up!

So how many more posts am I going to start with my “i’m so sorry about the lack of posts etc.”?! I swear, this will be the last one….

So how have you been? I’ve been fantastic! These past 3 weeks have been crazy! So what’s new with me?

I’ve started a work placement at a local primary school & I love it!

Just sent of my uni application forms

Went to see Fallout Boy?!

Got a job at TK Maxx

Been having fab lil nights with my girrrrls!

I’m going to Liverpool this weekend

I’m going to Scotland (TO SEE MY BFFFF) at the end of this month for 3 nights (Might do a travel makeup post?)

Lotsa fam parties at the end of this month which i’m buzzin for!

There are a few more things, but i’ll not blab too much!

So what makeup have I liked?

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For my face;;

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The Bourjouis healthy mix foundation has been looking mighty fine on my face. This looks so nice and dewy on my skin! It applies easily, smells unreal and lasts a reasonable amount of time! I have also been using the Real Techniques beauty sponge and it is so nice. I dampen the sponge and apply in a dabbing motion. This works with any liquid foundation and leaves such an amazing result! Throw out your brushes and replace it with this! Pretty sure it was only about £5 too! To finish off my face i’ve been using Makeup gallery feeling blush blusher on my cheeks. I love the soft red this gives to my face. This is the perfect Autumnal shade.

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Hair & Nails

For my hair I’ve been using Jo Baz’s Caffeine Shampoo. This stuff smells realllly nice! I could also (almost swear that) this stuff has made my hair grow faster. -But it may also be because i’m crazy… For nail polish i’ve been using Maybelline’s Sidewalk Strut nail polish. This is such a lovely warm gray! This is so easy to apply as it dries so quickly. Only annoying thing is that it chips so quickly.

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Lashes & liner

So i love this MAC mascara sample that I got. It’s the False lashes in extreme black. This makes my eyelashes hugeee! So easy to apply too. Will I buy it in the bigger size? For now, no. When the product runs out i’ll reuse the brush with a cheaper formula. I’ve been using the NYC High Definition liquid eyeliner in soft black. This creates such a slim line on my eyes and it stays on all day.

LIPSSS

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So I love lipstick now! I got my first mac lipstick in ‘DIVA’ and it is such a brilliant vampy colour! This is a very matte lipstick. I prefer to wear lipbalm underneath it to give it a smoother application. This is soooo pigmented! Here’s a few pictures with me wearing it!

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The other lipstick I’ve been loving is ‘wine’ by the brand Autograph. It is a more red toned lipstick! It is so moisturising on the lips and leaves a shiny red finish. I don’t have any pictures with it on though, sorry!

As a last update I’ll tell you about my new hairstyle! (As of Monday haha) I was standing infront of the mirror and was thinking ‘dammit hair why can’t you sit nicely what’s your deal?’ Then I just got a pair of scissors and cut myself a lil fringey! I really like it & feel all floopy!

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Hopefully i’ll be doing one or two halloween posts and then some party looks! Hope you are having a wonderful Autumn!

Hopefully talk soon,

Stephanie x

Superdrug Haul!

Hi there! I feel as though I should be explaining my absence. Basically, i’m helping out at a childrens’ summer scheme, needless to say I am drained as soon as I get back home. But today I went shopping afterwards with my friend and I picked up a few drugstore goodies that I have to tell you about! So, let’s get on with it, huh?!

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If you’ve been reading my page recently, you’d know that I was very impressed with Real Techniques’ contour brush. With that in mind I knew I had to replace my blusher brush (i’ve been using the same one for like 5 years and it was almost scratchy on my face!) So, I picked up the Real Techniques Blush Brush. This was £9.99. I’m not too sure how I feel about it yet – let’s see if it applies my blusher any nicer! 🙂

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Micellar water has been raved about so much this past year, so I finally gave into the hype! I purchased Garnier’s Pure Active Micellar water. Garnier describes this product as ‘ an easy way to remove make-up, cleanse and purify the skin, eye area and lips in 1 step without rinsing. For combination to oily and sensitive skin.’ This description 100% appeals to me. Only thing is, I need more cotton pads!! Also, just to add, this claims to last up to 200 washes. HMM.

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I picked up the NYC City Proof 24 hr Eye Primer crayon in ‘nude 1’. I tried this on tonight to see how it felt on my eye. It’s very different feeling in comparison to my other eyeprimers, it’s not a creamy feeling, it’s more ‘tacky’? But, I hope that this does work because I have been wanting one like this for ages. Perfect nude for pale skin too!

And that’s the end of my haul! Keep an eye out for updates on these products – what I think of them and id I recommend them etc. I hope you enjoyed reading today! Have you tried out any of these products, if so, did you like them & how would you recommend I use them?

Thanks a billion, as always!

Stephanie xx

Everyday Work Makeup Routine!

So recently I got two new jobs, so I’ve been trying to find the ‘appropriate’ makeup for a work place. So basically I’ll be showing you what I wear to work and how I get my look! 🙂

Hope you enjoy reading, i’m always a bit weird about posting tutorials because I’m not, in any form, a professional and nor am I overly comfortable in posting pictures like this of myself… so yeah, hope you enjoy!

So I always begin my makeup routine with moisturiser. This is the most important step in your makeup routine. It is good for your skin and also creates a sort of ‘base’ for the rest of your makeup. No, your moisturiser does NOT have to be expensive. Just experiment with a few different brands that offer a moisturiser for YOUR skin type. I personally use Boots’ own brand moisturiser that sells for £1.49 and it works wonders on my skin! This is for all skin types and I find that the fresh cucumber scent is just lovely!10085480

So after I apply my moisturiser, I then dampen my Real Technique’s beauty blender under cold water. I find that if you squeeze the blender whilst the water is going through it, it will make the blender go twice the size and work so much better!

So I then choose my foundation, today I used Bourjois healthy mix foundation. I put one pump of it on the back of my hand and then dabbed the blender into it. I begin in the middle of my face and then move to my forehead and then finish on my chin!

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So once i’m happy enough with the finish of my foundation (honestly, for everyday I love just a natural finish – a your skin but better kinda thing) I would then use my new contour powder from the body shop. I use my Real Techniques Contour Brush to do this! I apply this to the hollow of my cheek bone. This looks quite harsh when first applied, but this brush makes it so easy to blend out to a natural finish!

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Next with a little blusher brush I apply my Natural Collection Blusher. I dab only a little bit of product onto my brush because with blusher I think it is so easy to go OTT and look crazy. So it’s best to start with a little and build it up! 🙂 Blusher, I feel is so important in an everyday look because It fills your face with a lil bit of life and colour 🙂

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So lastly for my face I apply loose powder. I use a large fluffy brush, from real techniques, to do this. I focus on my nose, chin and forehead because they’re the most likely to be getting oily throughout the day. Plus, I like to avoid applying powder on my cheeks because it takes away the natural glow from your skin. This means you don’t have to use a highlighter!:)

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So then I move onto my eyes. I begin by applying my It’s About Prime eye primer from Soap & Glory to my eyelids. Next I sort out my brows! I use a spooli to get them into shape and then use my Catrice Cosmetics brow powder. I use the lighter colour to fill my brows in!

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So Next up are the eyes! I use a small little stippling brush to apply a light colour from my Revolution palette all over my lids. This just evens out the colour of my lids and kind of ‘pulls the whole look together’ whilst also setting the primer! After I’m happy with the base, I then apply a little bit of my favourite gray eyeshadow, from Catrice Cosmetics, to the crease of my eye. I use a small fluffy blending brush to do this.

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After this I use my Eyeko cosmetics pen eyeliner in the brown shade and line my upper lids. I do a very close-to-the-lash liner for this look – No flicks or anything! Once this is finished, I curl my lashes and then apply a thin coating of mascara. Instead of using my Maybelline ‘Big Eyes’ mascara (a big fave of mine) I use a more natural looking mascara called ‘great lash’ again, by maybelline. I use the waterproof version to avoid any awkward panda eyes throughout the day!

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To finish the eye look off, I use my maybelline brown eyeliner on the outer corner of my waterline and blend it in using my finger. I also like to use my pale eye pencil from Seventeen in my inner corner to open up my eyes!

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To finish off the whole look I moisturise my lips and then apply a lipstick from the body shop on my lips.

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annnnd here’s the final look:

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So I hope you enjoyed reading and here are a few links to the products that were used if you’d like to read more about them!

Shopping Haul

Catrice Eyeshadow

Loose Powder

Eyeliners

Thanks for reading! 🙂 Let me know what you think of this tutorial… should I do more?

Stephanie x

In my Summer Routine: Cream Blushers!

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I don’t know why, but I always seem to be reaching for my cream blushers in the Summer. I love the dewy finish that you tend to get with these cream blushers! I own 2, one from Topshop and the other from Maybelline.

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Topshop Cream Blush – ‘FLUSH’ £7

Personally, I prefer to apply this with my fingers and then blend it in with a dense blending brush! But, the only problem with that is that I find it can get a bit dirty, I would get a baby wipe and swipe any dirt/dust out. This adorable packaging is so convenient, there’s a mirror on the lid and it’s a click-close product. This lasts for absolute ages too! It has such a high pigmentationI adore this blush for summer; it has the perfect natural dusky pink to it, it’s easy to blend, and the pigmentation is brilliant – not too subtle, yet not too powerful and bright either. So for £7 I think this is the perfect product for you to keep in your handbag! Such good quality for such a low price!

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Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Blusher – ‘PLUM’ £6.49

This cream blusher is sooo nice! I don’t like the packaging, if i’m honest. It’s so awkward a small glass tub which is chunky? Does that make sense? The product is so pigmented though. So soft to apply and leaves your cheeks with such a beautiful flush of colour! Like the topshop blusher, I apply it to my cheeks with my finger tips and blend it in with a dense stippling brush!

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two swatches of how beautiful these two are! I’m also hoping to buy a few more cream blushers for the Summer, so if you have any nice recommendations, I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading friend! 🙂

Stephanie x