Beginner’s Makeup Bag

Hi there beauties! Hope you are all having a great week! (I’m not, i’m back to school!!) Recently I got a little comment from another blogger about what would be suitable for a first makeup bag! I’ve been thinking this through for the past few days, thinking about what products I first had and what products I love using now! I figured i’ll do two sides to this post – a cheaper and slightly more expensive option for the majority of products. Obviously I don’t think that everyone should be wearing a full face of makeup everyday, you can all pick and choose which you would like to include in your makeup bag! Everyday is a different day and you can change up your looks accordingly! I’m not going to go on a big rant about how you are beautiful both with and without makeup, because who actually wants to read that?

So, on with the post! My Beginner’s Makeup Bag:

BAG:

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I highly recommend the Zoella makeup bag range. They are the perfect size for all o your makeup goodies! She has a few different designs selling for £7.

For your FACE:

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w7 Prime Magic £4 && Benefit the POREfessional £24.50

Prime Magic is my favourite primer of all time. A tiny amount applied on your face gives your foundation such a smooth application and makes sure that it stays on all day. I had a tester size of the porefessional and it was good, but, I certainly wouldn’t spend any more than £4 on a primer now!!

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True Match £9.99 &&& Rimmel Match Perfection £7.99

The true match foundation has such a lovely feeling on your skin. It is a thin, liquidy formula that blends in so perfectly. This also comes in a huge range of tones and shades. The Match Perfection foundation is often on sale for about a fiver. This has ore of a dewy finish on the skin. This is medium coverage that gives your skin such a natural glow.

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Soap & Glory Kick Ass Concealer £10 &&& Benefit Boi-ing concealer £17.50

The soap & glory concealer is actually the best one that I have used. The consistency is so creamy. There are two shades – one for red patches and one for under eye circles. There is also a translucent powder to set the concealers. These are the best in the drugstore! Meanwhile there’s the Boi-ing concealer which is thick and creamy. It’s a good one too, but I honestly prefer the soap & glory one for my skin type.

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Collection Sheer Loose Powder £2.99 &&& Maybelline Matte Maker £3.99

Two amazing powders. The collection one is perfect for paler skin and it sets foundation perfectly without leaving you with a ‘cakey’ finish. The Miracle Matte Maker is the best pressed powder i have ever used. I have sworn off all other powders and they just ended up looking chalky on my skin. This is perfect though.

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Natural Collection Blushers £1.99 &&& Soap & Glory Love at First Blush £11

Natural Collection do amazing blushers. They range from light pinks to medium-dark reds. The pigmentation is fantastic and it applies so so smoothly too. Meanwhile you will never feel more glowey than when you are wearing the Soap & Glory Love at First Blush. This is such a lovely neutral pink with the most gorgeous amount of shimmer.

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The Body Shop Honey Bronze £13 &&& Soap & Glory Solar Powder £11

Yes there might not be much of a comparison in price between these 2, but I can honestly say they are the best 2 I have ever used. They are both so incredibly smooth The Body Shop is all one matte colour which is perfect for paler skin to do contouring. Meanwhile the Solar Powder is half matte contour powder and half highlighter. The highlighter is beautiful also as it is so subtle!

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Sleek Face Form £9.99

This is the only highlighter that I recommend to you. This is so lovely and it gives your skin such a beautiful, elegant glow. I wear this everyday and love the ‘life’ that it brings to my cheeks!

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Eco Tools Powder Brush £9.99 && Real Techniques Blusher Brush & Contour brush £9.99

These are all fantastic brushes. I do recommend the Real Techniques Powder brush as well, as a more expensive option at £12.99. Each of these apply and blend in the products so perfectly.

For your EYES::

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Mac Paint Pot Chrome Angel £16 && S&G It’s About Prime £4

So the mac product is a base whilst the S&G product is a primer. They are both paler shades, I much prefer this in bases as it helps the eyeshadow colours ‘pop’. They both make your eyeshadow last all day and they both apply very easily.

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Revolution Flawless Matte £8>> MUA undress me too £4 && w7 In The Nude £5.99

Revolution, without a doubt, are THE best drugstore makeup brand for eyeshadows. They are so creamy, so highly pigmented and just blend in perfectly. The MUA palette above is the perfect dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette. It has 12 brilliant shades for any look! The w7 palette is a dupe for the U.D Naked 3 palette. I love this palette for brown eyes! Such a brilliant one!

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MUA E3 blending brush £1.95 && No.7 Blending & Contour Brush £8

Both of these brushes are amazing. They both blend in your eyeshadows so perfectly. I recommend them both. The no.7 brush has slightly looser bristles, meaning that it is a slightly softer application on your lids.

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Maybelline Colour Tattoo Permanent Taupe £4.99 && Collection Eye Brow Kit £3.99&& Maybelline Brow Drama £4.99

So i you have brunette or blonde hair the colour tattoo is perfect for your brows. Not only does it fill them in, but it sets them in place too. The collection brow kit is perfect as it has 3 shades to use and also a handy clear brow gel! Lastly the brow drama is brilliant. Mine is tinted, so it is perfect for either filling your brows in or just setting them!

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Seventeen Perk & Paint £3.99 && Collection Kohl Eyeliner £1.99

These are both brilliantly priced liners, I actually recommend them both! The collection one, once applied doesn’t budge all day! The seventeen one is the same. It also creates the perfect smokey liner look too!

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Eyeko Liquid Liner £15 && Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner £5.99

These both do the same job. Very easy application – especially for beginners. I really love the tip of the eyeko pen as it helps to create such a nice flick to my liner. The Maybelline liner is very pigmented and also stays on all day – however, it isn’t waterproof.

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L’oreal Super Liner (Lacquer) £6.49 && Collection Fast Stroke £1.99

If you would prefer to use liquid liners then these are the 2 I think you should try! The L’oreal liner has such a slim applicator, making it so easy to apply a perfect, thin line. It stays all day and is very pigmented. I also love the Collection liner. It stays on all day also, but the applicator is a bit thicker so it can be easier – or harder to used depending on your application method!

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Mac Edge to Edge £12.50  && Rimmel East End Snob £3.99

Both of these are wonderful nude liners. I honestly do prefer the mac one as it stays on my lips all day and matches my lip colour perfectly, but the east end snob is a lovely nude colour that is very creamy to apply!

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Kate Moss lipstick 08 £5.49 && Julianne L’oreal £6.99

Both of these are lovely creamy nude lipsticks. The Kate Moss one has more of a mauve/brown undertone whilst the Julianne one is slightly more pink. I think the smell of Julianne lipstick is a bit strong and you mightn’t like it, but the colour is so lovely!

So thanks to iamjustnicole for inspiring me to do this post!

Hope you enjoyed reading

Stephanie x

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Newlook Makeup Haul

So today I was at the local mall and decided to look about in New Look! And to my surprise they now have their own makeup range! So, I couldn’t help but pick up a few products! So I got 3 lipsticks and 2 lip liners. Each lipstick costs £3.99 and each liner, £1.99! There are about 12 lipstick shades available and i’d say about 6 lip liners.

So, let’s see!

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70 Pink > 67 Burgundy > 74 Deep Pink

The lipstick is so lovely! It is so creamy and so pigmented! So impressive for something so cheap! I like the packaging, however, the shape of the product itself is a bit odd, it kind of dips in in the middle, making it slightly awkward to apply to the lips. But, I hope that after a few uses it will even out like a normal lipstick. I got 2 nude shades and one lovely red.

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The last 2 swatches are the lip liners.

The lip liners are much drier, but I love how they apply! I love the pencil itself and they are also so pigmented. Really great lip liners! I hope to pick up a more nude one in the future. Annoyingly the coloured end on the pencil got sucked into the lid, on the red pencil, when I put the lid on the end… does that make sense? and I find that annoying, but other than that, good product!

Here’s the lip liner, 61 and deep pink lipstick on my lips!

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{Drugstore} Shopping Haul – Review!

So on Tuesday I posted a drugstore shopping haul and promised i’d be doing my review on each of the products soon. So, today I’m going to tell you about each of the products purchased!

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NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner (Soft Black) £2.99

Makeup Gallery Pout It Out Lip Liner (Rose 2) £1

MUA Cover & Conceal (Fair) £1.50

MUA Pro Base Argan Plus Concealer (Natural) £3

Makeup Revolution London Focus & Fix Liquid Concealer (Light) £2

So, The NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner in Soft Black I actually really like! I can see myself using this a lot for school because it is only a soft black. It can do a really thin line and is easy to build up into a more dramatic, thicker line too!

Here’s a picture of a look I made using the pen.

Eye Liner As you can see it is so subtle. The softer black, almost a dark gray, makes it much less in your face. I am a big fan of this one, especially because not only does it stay on my eyes all day, it is pretty waterproof too!

Next up are the 3 concealers.

Concealer I actually really like each product. I know that the third swatch looks significantly darker in comparison to the others, but it blends right into your skin, not looking anything like it does when originally applied. The swatches are the Revolution Focus & Fix, the MUA Cover & conceal and lastly, the MUA Pro base.

I love the MUA cover & conceal under my eyes to brighten my face up. It is such a lovely product. I tended to avoid concealers because they were too thick and just looked cakey on my skin (this was about 2 years ago i’m talking about!) But MAN, makeup companies have really fixed this problem! None of the above products left me feeling like I was wearing too much makeup. The other two products are just used on the face to conceal blemishes. I think the MUA pro base is perfect for the handbag too as it’s just a quick fix for any redness throughout the day! 🙂

Lip liner

Lastly is the Makeup Gallery lip liner in Rose 2. This is originally difficult to apply, so I heated the product with a match for like 2 seconds, let it cool and then it applied with ease. This is the perfect match for my lips, so i will be wearing this under any nude lipsticks in the future! Like many lipliners however, this is drying. But, for £1 i’m impressed!

So basically, my last shopping trip was 100% success! Gotta love when that happens!

If you’d like to see the original haul, click here

Or, click here for my Summer Favourites for 2015

Stephanie x

Shopping Haul! {Drugstore Of Course!}

Just a quick post today about what I picked up from different drugstores today! Each product was less than a fiver & you should be expecting reviews within a week!

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NYC High Definition Liquid Eyeliner (Soft Black) £2.99

Makeup Gallery Pout It Out Lip Liner (Rose 2) £1

MUA Cover & Conceal (Fair) £1.50

MUA Pro Base Argan Plus Concealer (Natural) £3

Makeup Revolution London Focus & Fix Liquid Concealer (Light) £2

As a first impression kinda thing, the NYC liner lasts all day, but it is a lighter black, which some may find annoying. The Makeup Gallery lip liner is waxy, which makes it more difficult to apply, but look out for ways to fix that (soon to come posts!) The Cover & Conceal MUA product applies so easily & the Pro Base Concealer is a handy stick concealer. Lastly, the Makeup Revolution concealer blends in well, but has a smaller range of shades/skin tones.

So! I’ll be posting a proper post tomorrow, but for now, ciao!

Stephanie x