Top 10 Lipsticks

 

Freshers’ week is looming (not really, not for another month like, i’m just too keen) so i have started thinking about what things i’m going to be packing. Last year i packed a bit too much, in all aspects, so i’m trying to be a lot more selective about what is being brought.

While choosing my favourite things which were definitely being brought i thought it might be nice to share these faves with my readers (that’s you!). Products that I just wouldn’t want to not have at hand.

Autumn and Winter are going to be the 2 seasons i’ll be facing until I come home again, so i had this in mind for the products I was bringing; all about that colour scheme, eh? So, without further adieu, here are my 10 lip products which I won’t be leaving at home.

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Nudes:

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Soap & Glory Naked Beige,

Soap & Glory Cinnamon Beige

Bourjois 17 Cool Brown

Maybelline Colour Drama 630

I love brown shades when it comes to nudes and each of these, to me, are the perfect subtle lip colour. The Bourjois liquid lip stick is quite sheer but is easy enough to build up. They all have decent staying power.

Reds:

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Maybelline Colour Drama 510 Red Essential

Barry M Matte Me Up

Bourjois 15 Red-volution

Soap & Glory Pommie Girl

Mac Diva

Mac Studded Kiss

The Barry M liquid lipstick sets down and stays on all day. The longest staying power out of all these lipsticks. I find these all a bit hard to apply though, so recommend using a lipstick brush.

Hope you liked this post and got saw a shade or two that you liked yourself!

Thanks for reading,

Steph x

 

 

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Revisiting oldies

Hi all, hope you’re enjoying this laavely weather we’ve been having (Those in the UK, you get it). Today when i was getting ready i decided to have a go with products that seemed to find themselves being set aside. I don’t think i have a reason really for why these were put aside, probably just i started using newer products. (should also say now that the eyeshadows weren’t products that were rediscovered, they’re newbies!)

So, which products did I use && what do i think of them now?

So i’ll start with what i started with;

Miss Sporty InstaGlow primer

This primer is a pink-toned shimmery liquid. It doesn’t have a powdery/matte finish, more of a slightly tacky product. I applied this onto clean skin with no moisturiser as i remember it could go bally combined. Applied nicely today though.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless 105 

This isn’t a completely matte foundation and is a little dark, but blends in easily. It has reasonably good staying power and don’t feel it overly needs set. I quite like this and will deffo use it up, but unlikely buy another.

L’oreal Infalliable Sculpt contouring palette

I actually have been really enjoying this one lately. It’s nice and creamy, but has a cream-to-powder finish. V easy to blend and the paler shade is matte, so nice for a natural finish. The paler shade can also be used to lighten the contour. Nice cool tone as well, so perfect for contouring.

Natural Collection Dusky Pink Blusher

This is a product i will always go back to. It has such a lovely soft blushed shade which is easy to wear… on pale skin anyway… It blends in perfectly and doesn’t kick up too much dust.

Technic Get Gorgeous Highlighter

I love this one. It is the perfect amount of glow and shimmer and everything you would want for an everyday highlighter. So easy to apply and easy to build up. Laaaaaavely. Super cheap as well, you should deffo try this one out.

Freedom brow pomade

This one can be q difficult to use, you only need a small amount on your brush. I think this is easiest to use with a small-bristled brush and wipe off excess product in the lid. It has good staying power and gets a lot easier to use the more you practice.

Soap & Glory It’s about prime

I actually really like this one. Makes a nice base and makes everything look more glowey. Laaaaaavely. I won’t be repurchasing this one as i prefer cream eyeshadows to liquid ones. Easy to apply and is very good though, definitely one to pick up if you prefer liquid primers.

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette 

I used the shimmery shade, Skimp and the 2 matte ones were cover and primal. These were used in the crease area. These blend out soooo nicely and are perfect for brown eyes. You can’t really see ‘Skimp’, but it does make a lovely base for your eyes.

Makeup Obsession Eyeshadow E124, Copper && E141, Alba

I actually recently got these 2 eyeshadows simply because of how warm toned they are. These blend so nicely and warm a look up really nicely. Also, for only £2 a piece you should deffo give them a go!

L’oreal Superliner; Black

I stopped using this everyday simply because of how non-waterproof it is. If you have watery eyes i really don’t recommend it. It has good pigmentation and is ok for standard liner, but don’t recommend it for winging it out. Won’t be repurchasing this one once it runs out.

Collection Supersize mascara

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I love this mascara. Gives my eyelashes gorgeous volume and length and layers really nicely. I highly recommend this one. Will deffo be repurchasing soon! (the bottom mascara with pink lid)

Soap & Glory; Naked Beige 

This is the perfect cool toned brown lipstick. Feels really comfortable on the lips, a nice satin finish. Pretty sure the brand discontinued this one though. I like to use this one for everyday kinda looks. Swatch is below the black liner.

 

AAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand the finished look. The camera kinda washed me out, so you can’t properly see what the eyeshadow looks like, my bad.

So hope you enjoyed reading this. Will hopefully be back posting a bit more soon. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Steph x

 

 

My opinion vs Youtube

So we all have seen the ‘my drugstore/highstreet favourite makeup products’ videos by our favourite youtubers. So i thought i would watch a few and see if any matched mine/ any that i had a different experience with, so let’s get on with it, eh? (What works for one may not for another)

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  • Real Techniques Brushes/Applicators

Have to agree with this one; mostly. The most talked about one was the beauty sponge that they do. I love this, especially when dampened. Applies all foundation in a flawless way!

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  • Rimmel Foundations

This i agree with, they are brilliant for paler skins and have a range of different formulas depending on what you want. However, did not like the wake me up foundation – it has literal glitter chunks in it????Not for me, thankyou.

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  • L’oreal true match

I bought this ages ago. All that needs to be said is that I finished it, but haven’t and probably won’t be in a rush to repurchase it. It was ok, just didn’t overly impress me. Too liquid-y. Feel it highlighted dry areas around my nose also.

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  • Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation

Definitely loved this one. Lovely smell, relatively cheap and sat beautifully on my skin. Only comes in a few shades though, but matches mine nicely. Nice glowey finish on the skin. This will be one that i will buy again, soon, soon.

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  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

I just haven’t had the same experience most seem to have had with this one. I just found this really cakey, didn’t blend whatsoever and didn’t match my skintone. Perhaps it has changed its formula – i have seen it does a lighter shade now, so may try this one again?

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  • Sleek contour palette

Nope, too dark for pale skin, doesn’t blend at all. Highlighter is clumpy and doesn’t do much?? Nope nope nope. V disappointed in this.

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  • The Body Shop Bronzer

Have to agree with this one, really enjoyed this one for my pale skin, nice and light. Will definitely be using this again over the summer months as it is a bronzer, not a contour; if you get me.

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  • Sleek eyeshadow palletes

This i have to agree with. The pigmentation is so nice. So buttery and easy to blend in. A bit expensive though, but if you have the money deffo worth it. Think they do a good few unique shades too that you wouldn’t find elsewhere! I really like their shimmery and matte shades. Reallyyyyy niiiice.

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  • Maybelline brow pencils

I used to agree with this, it was my first brow product that i used. I think that i’ve just started to find better products since. I find this a bit too waxy for me now.

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  • L’oreal felt tip liners 

Nooooooooo. For me this smudges everywhere! Not at all waterproof, impossible to have anything stay on my lids personally. It has great pigmentation, great nib and is v easy to use, just the formula completely lets it down for me. Maybe it is just the one that i used though, perhaps there are other l’oreal felt tip liners which are more waterproof.

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  • Barry M Lip Liners

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas. I love the lipliner that came with the lipkit duo thing that i got a while back. It is so creamy and easy to use. One of my most-reached for lip liners. They’re cheap as well, definitely agree with this one!

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  • Rimmel Lip Liners

Has to be my favourite of the lip liners that i have. I love their shade range and the creaminess of the products. Love the twist up liners and also the sharpening ones. 100% recommend these and prefer them the the mac ones also.

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  • Rimmel Kate Moss Lipsticks

I’m Neutral on these actually. Some i like, others i think are just meh. Lipsticks are very personal i think though. Depends what shade, finish etc. you’re looking for. There have been a good few that i just didn’t like at all; the shimmery ones, and some that i lovvveeee; the brown/neutral (shade 48) toned ones. Although they’re cheap enough, i just am not overly drawn to rimmel for lipsticks.

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  • NYX Matte Lip Creams

yenno what, i’m not overly fussed. I only have 2; a berry red and a brown matte. They sit ok on the lips, don’t overly fully set, a factor which i don’t like. The shade range is massive though, so you will probably find something that tickles your fancy. Just not really the brand that i would go to for liquid lipstick though.  I hear the Sand Storm liquid lippy is good though, so might try it out.

 

So I hope you enjoyed this kind of post? Just thought it would be cool to hear a range of opinions on products. Are there any of these which you’ve used/have an opinion on? Please comment below! Good to hear a range of opinions!

Thanks for reading,

Steph x

 

 

July Makeup Favourites

Annnd i’m back to the monthly favourites! I’ve been really bad with these this year (let’s blame this one the 3 coursework based A levels, eh?). I’ve found some really good beauty items this month but some more towards the end of the month, so i didn’t really see it as fair to include them… look out for them next month. 😉

So, here are my July Gems:

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FACEY

I’ll start off with my face powders. Seen above are my 2 Soap and Glory blushers and my MUA face powder. Left>>Right Love at First Blush, Peach Party, The Body Shop Honey Bronzer & Skin Define Hydro Powder. 

Love at First Blush

This shimmery blusher costs £11. It has to be said that Soap & Glory is more on the high end side of ‘drugstore’ brands. But. This is the perfect Summer blusher. This is a beautiful shimmery shimmery shimmery blusher… Did I mention that it is shimmery? This is a multi shade one too, so if you want simply the highlighter shade you can choose this with a smaller brush. I however just use a blush brush and sweep it through the whole product. You can use a small amount for a subtle glow of pink, or build it up for that wow-look.

Peach Party

Now I definitely didn’t like this at first. This is neither a blusher nor a bronzer, it’s smack bang in the middle, and at first I didn’t know how to work with this. I’ll admit that I had this unused for about a year/year and a half. I picked it out this Summer though and i am in love with the look that it gives. I wear this only really on my cheeks, not around my face like I would a bronzer. I will do a look with this at some stage and show you how it gives the face a lovely Summer glow. This also costs £11.

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer

I use the mirror that this has in it everyday to apply my makeup … just as a side-note. This is perfect for us pale girls to use as a soft and subtle bronzer. It’s matte, but more orangey toned, so doesn’t make a good contour. I put this on my cheeks, forehead and just below my chin to get a nice soft summer-skin look. This costs £13.

Skin Define Hydro Powder

I’ve been talking about this powder in quite a few posts recently. But, here I am again! I love this powder. I have finally found the perfect powder for me. This is so finely milled, so you only need a tiny amount on your brush to set your makeup. As I only use a small amount, I never look cakey with this. A perfect product at a perfect, affordable price, only £3. Thanks, MUA.

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Matte Foundation Shade 1 Soft Sand

This was the product that brought me back to foundations. This applies so smoothly on my skin, which is weird as it is a matte one – matte foundations tend to emphasise your pores etc. Just checked online, it looks like they have either repackaged/reformulated this, and the price for it now is £4. This just gives your skin a natural look and has a buildable coverage. Can’t remember it being able to last all day though.

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Matte & Poreless foundation, 105

I’m in love with this foundation. For only £5.99 this is a complete steal in comparison to other ‘drugstore’ brands’ foundation.  I recently did a full review on this, read it *here* just to avoid repetition.

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Stay Perfect 10 hour 001 light

Miss Sporty are a lesser-known and lesser-raved about brand. A lot of their products are misses, but this one is a complete win. This is £2.99. It blends into the skin so easily as it is so creamy. I dab this into my skin using my finger. It’s easy to layer also. Perfect for brightening up the under eyes, just set it with a light powder. One of the only concealer that i’ve found in the drugstore that is pale enough for my skin.

EYES:

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Top>Bottom:

Essence Maximum Definition mascara, Rimmel Black Kohl eyeliner, MUA Matte Black Eyeliner, Freedom Duo Brow Powder, Freedom brow pomade.

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Essence Maximum Definition mascara

The small bristles on this mascara wand hug your lashes and fan them out beautifully. It gives your lashes amazing volume and good length! It’s easy to layer this product as well. Bargain  at only £2.79.

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Rimmel Black Kohl eyeliner

This is only £2.99 and is honestly one of the best eye pencils i’ve ever used. Once you have set this in place it stays on all day. It has really good pigmentation and is easy to use. It also smokes out nicely. I’d say, the more coats you use of it, the more intense the smokey eye will be. In the above photo, the second swatch is one coat blended with my finger whilst the first swatch is one coat of the liner.

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MUA Matte Black Eyeliner

My friend bought this when we were out shopping, tried it that night, when she was getting ready for our night out, and just didn’t like it. She didn’t like how thick the applicator was, so that’s something to consider if you prefer a slim applicator. I don’t find this to be overly thick, i would say it’s a standard liner applicator. ANYWAY. I love this for how I do my eyeliner. I can do it in one sweep and it’s a very true black which stays on all day. I find that the inner corner can wear off some days though. This doesn’t chip off throughout the day though. Good value for a good product. MUA have really upped their makeup game recently, it has to be said. OH. Also this is a true matte liquid. Bravo, great price, only £2. Above, the first swatch is me leaving on the side whereas the second is me leaning significantly lighter and using the point.

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 Freedom Duo Brow Powder

I have this in the shade soft brown and this sells for only £3. If you’re looking for a highly pigmented brow powder then this isn’t the product you’ll like. This has medium pigmentation, which I find makes it really easy to do a soft natural brow, or build it up to a more bold look. I use the lighter shade (left swatch) to fill my brows in and the darker shade (right swatch) to give my brows a more defined shape. This was great for when my hair was blonde, so maybe next time i’m in Superdrug i’ll pick up the darker shade.

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Freedom brow pomade

For £5 this is a complete steal as not many drugstore brands are doing a pomade kind of product for brows. This fills the brows in and also gives you a statement look, depending on how you use it. I dip my brush into this product and wipe excess off into the lid. I start off lightly because it is so much easier to add more product than take some off. This sets the brows in place, so no need for a brow gel to do this. Perhaps I’ll do a pomade tutorial, as I did my powder one recently, click *here* to read that.

LIPS:

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Rouge Edition Velvet Cool Brown

Another one that i’ve been raving about a lot recently. Although I only bought this one recently, I must mention it. I’ve been using it almost everyday. It sets into a comfortable matte shade and is my perfect nude shade. It sells for a bit of a pricey £8.99, but it is completely worth it. Bourjois have completely nailed the liquid lipsticks. Read a full review *here* if you’re interested in finding out more about it.

So those are my beauty favourites. Hope you enjoyed these past  14 days where I’ve been talking about makeup items. I’ve really enjoyed a more dedicated blog routine. I have more to come for the next 2 weeks also! I decided at the start of August to post for 28 days straight! I’ve said it in a post now too, so have to stick to it! So keep an eye out for my upcoming posts, there are some good ones! I have three topics, Makeup, which was this week and last week, hair and body. I’ll probably be talking about university and what I plan on bringing with me to it come September time also! ~Wow, what a range of topics you have to talk about, Steff.

So, anyway, what were you loving in July? Comment below, let me know what I should consider picking up!

Lotsa lotsa love,

Steff x

My top 3 Lipsticks: Reds & Nudes

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So I was thinking about doing a post about all of my lipsticks – swatches and reviews. But then, halfway through I realised that there isn’t much point talking about a ton of products that I think are just meh. So i’ve decided, instead of showing you all of my lipsticks, i’ll show you my best ones. There are 3 main colours for lipsticks – red, nude and pink. I only really have one pink that I wear, so I will just talk about my reds and nudes!

As we’re finishing off Summer and going into Autumn it’s the perfect time of year to be rocking the nudes and reds anyway, so my lipsticks are just perfect for now! (Not as if I don’t wear these in Summer, but hey.) I’ll start off with my reds:

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If there’s one makeup brand that have completely nailed the reds, it’s Mac. My favourites from this brand, shown above are ‘DIVA‘ and ‘STUDDED KISS‘. The liquid lippy in the middle is ‘RED-VOLUTION‘ from Bourjois.

L>R Diva, Studded kiss, Red-volution.

So, i’ll start with the 2 from Mac. Diva is a beautiful burgundy red colour. It is a brilliant vampy look and is perfect for the colder months. I find this dries matte, but doesn’t go crackly on my lips. perfectttt! Studded Kiss is described as a “dark oxblood red [with a Retro Matte finish]. This is more of a red colour, in comparison to diva. I find that this doesn’t dry to the same kind of matte finish as Diva – I’ve never heard of a ‘retro matte’ finish before? But it does stay on the lips all day and feels a bit more comfortable to wear. These both cost £15.50. 

Lastly is my new favourite from Bourjois. Their velvet matte lip creams are all angels to me. They are so comfortable to wear on the lips and last so long! I just swipe this on in the morning and it requires barely any touch-ups throughout the day.The shade Red-volution is my favourite red liquid lippe. It is a true-red shade and is blue-toned, so helps brighten your smile! Really gorgeous product, for £9.99.

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Next up are my nudes. I love brown-nudes. I’m not really a pinky-nude kinda gal. Recently lots of drugstore brands have been coming out with these brown-nudes which I am so pleased about! Everything was a soft pink and it was so difficult to find affordable nudes! My favourite 3 are Bourjois COOL BROWN, MUA FAWN FANCY & Soap & Glory CINNAMON BEIGE.

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L>R Bourjois COOL BROWN, MUA FAWN FANCY & Soap & Glory CINNAMON BEIGE.

 

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Bourjois COOL BROWN, MUA FAWN FANCY & Soap & Glory CINNAMON BEIGE.

I’ll start with the Bourjois Cool Brown. This is so easy to wear. It dries to a matte nude and stays put all day … like it doesn’t start to crack off or anything. It is the perfect nude for me and this is my absolute favourite of the 3. It is £9.99. After this is the MUA Fawn Fancy. This is my favourite matte nude. It is a simple, mauveish shade, so easy to apply and is just gorgeous on the lips. This does wear off, but doesn’t go patchy. Easy to reapply and is a creamy-matte finish/isn’t drying. This is ridiculous as it is only £1. I should comment on the fact that it is quite a sheer colour though, so 2+ coats are necessary to get a bit of colour. And lastly is Soap & Glory’s Cinnamon Beige. This is £9. The packaging of this is really nice and feels high-end. It’s a really nice smooth, moisturising formula that doesn’t clingy to dry skin on the lips despite it being a matte shade. It’s a cool-toned brown.

So I hope you enjoyed this quick post! What are you favourite lipstick brands? Comment below!

Thanks for reading,

Steff x

 

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

 

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